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January 2011

Weekend Stamping Fun

I had a great weekend of relaxing, celebration and stamping.  Our 13th wedding anniversary is February 1st so we celebrated Saturday night  and went out to eat. We had a wonderful evening. I also got some great stamping time in and was able to play in several SCS challenges.

I found a wonderful blog site called Ann's Creative Moments by Ann Fitzgerald that has some wonderful tutorials on different ways to use the Stampin’ Up!  bird punch. If you have a bird punch and love using it then you must go check out Ann's blogs. She has several different examples using the punch.

KC SU Bird Punch 7

I created my bird using one of Ann's instructions and framed it with pine foliage and a fluffy/fuzzy fabric cording that someone gave me a long time ago. I wondered what in the world I would ever do with it and today's challenge to create warm and fuzzy  project seemed the perfect opportunity to put it to use. If you would like to know how I made my bow check out my multi loop bow tutorial.

Saturdays Inspiration Challenge provided Rooms By Zoya for our inspiration site. Wow! I almost went into overload with all the gorgeous things to see on the site and into total shock by the prices. I loved the rooms with the Safari theme and  I especially loved the scene on this full bed.


I tried to recreate the background scene on the headboard of the bed by watercoloring with reinkers. My background is no where as soft and whimsical as the inspiration piece but I do think it looks fun behind the giraffe images.

KC Safari 2

I wet my piece of watercolor paper and then painted on the green area, sky and water. I used a pencil to sketch out my tree lines in the background and then painted over them with brown ink. I added the leaves with a sort of dotting motion with the brush and then softened by dabbing a plain wet brush over them. I used the same dotting technique to create greenery around the water's edge and base of the trees. I used a scruffy brush to stipple in more texture with the darker green. The giraffes were stamped on watercolor paper,  painted with reinkers and cut out to pop up in front of the scene. I cut just the edges of the frame with the deckle scissors. I attached the scene to the base of the card and attached the frame over it with mounting tape. I punched out the foliage, sketched on little lines with a marker and then ran it through my crimper to add some texture. The giraffes were popped up in the scene and the foliage was layered in front of them and around the frame for embellishment.

Here are a couple of fast cards I made using the retired Stampin’ Up! set Watercolor Minis.  It’s always nice to have a few simple cards on hand for notes and thank you cards.

KC Watercolor Minis 26

My last project is a sweet baby card using Baby Bear image from Rubbernecker.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper, painted and cut out to pop up on my polka dot embossed layers. I thought the soft pink satin and blue gingham were perfect with this fun baby image. Check out my multi loop bow tutorial if you would like to know how I made my bow.

KC Babies 9

Have a great week .

No Stamps
Paper: Parchment, Dark Brown, Caramel
Ink: Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Fluffy Cord, Brad, Grosgrain, MS Punch, SU Bird Punch, Mounting Tape, Glossy Glaze, Nestabilities

Stamps: Rubbernecker Safari Collection Giraffe 185-05
Paper: Hot Pressed Watercolor, Olive, Brown
Ink: Antique Linen, Forest Moss, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Brushes, Mounting Tape, MS Punch, SU Bird Punch (brown foliage), Nestabilities, Deckle Scissors, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots

Stamps: Watercolor Minis retired
Paper: Olive, White, SU DP
Ink: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint
Accessories: MS Punch, Ribbon

Stamps: Rubbernecker Baby Collection Baby Bear 62-15
Paper: Pink, White, Blue, Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Bashful Blue, Spun Sugar
Accessories: Satin, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Folder, Brushes, Mounting Tape, MS Border Punch, Gingham

Pink And Blue Twins and Waves of Flourishes

Good Wednesday morning. I have two SCS challenge projects to share with you today. The Teapot Tuesday challenge this week was to feature baby images for twins and to honor our friend and new grandma Kokirose-aka Patricia Rose. I used one of my favorite baby images called Nursery from the Rubbernecker Baby Collection.

KC Babies 8

I stamped the image on watercolor paper and stamped the baby section of the image a second time on scrap paper.  I watercolored both images  using a brush and reinkers and then cut the second baby out and popped up in front of the original baby in  the nursery scene.  I love framing in scenes with a double matted frame and it seemed like the perfect finishing touch to layer it over the white scalloped background with a sweet soft white multi loop bow.

Here is a closer look.

KC Babies 8 Close

My second card was created for the Monday Clean and Simple challenge to use a flourish image somewhere on our project. I don’t use flourishes much in my style of stamping.  I decided to use one of the images from the Rubbernecker Flourish Inchies set to create ocean waves.

KC Fun in the Sun 13 

I stamped the image repeatedly across a piece of watercolor paper and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I sponged the same blue color over the waves to create the ocean blue and then cut out the top of a row flourishes to create the rolling wave.  I placed my little sailboat right in behind the first wave layer and then placed the row that I cut off in the back of the boat for added dimension.  I sponged a little blue on white paper, embossed and then cut out clouds using scalloped scissors and popped them up in the little scene.  I placed the little scene layer over the plain white background with red ribbon for the clean and simple look.

I hope your week is going well.  It is hump day and the weekend isn’t that far off.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Baby Collection- Nursery 89-01
Paper: Pink, Blue, White, Watercolor
Ink: Shabby Shutters, Lemonade, Bashful Blue, Spun Sugar Antique Linen, Blush Blossom, Victorian Velvet, Black Versafine
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Organdy, MS Border and Corner Punch, Brushes

Card Size 5.50” x 5.50”

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Fun in the Sun KKCS S006 , Flourish Inchies 423
Ink: Broken China, Fired Brick
Paper: White, Red, Watercolor
Accessories: Sponges, Grosgrain, Brush, Clear EP, Snips, Glue Dots, Mounting Tape
Card Size 5.50" x 4.25"

Weekend Stamping Fun

I had a three day weekend but not so much for fun.  I had to be off Friday to have a root canal.  Ugh!  But it didn’t keep me from being able to play in the challenges. It’s been pretty cold, wet and rainy this weekend and it has been especially nice to stay inside. in the warmth of my stamping room.  I have three weekend projects to share. 

KC Boatloads of Love 5

I made this card for the SCS Free For All Challenge  (F4A) Friday.  the challenge was to use a sentiment repeatedly on our project.  I thought it would be fun to use “you float my boat” in the waves area of the image.  The image was painted using water with reinkers. I like the simple popped up square frame and the puffs of smoke popping out of the stack of the boat.

KC Babies 7

Isn’t this the sweetest baby card image.  It is from Rubbernecker Baby Collection?  

I stamped the images on watercolor paper with black Versafine and heat set. I always have a bit of a hard time trying to color in an open space around images like the sky background of this image. It seems my ink wants to run on into the images as well. I learned somewhere (I can't remember where I got this hint) that if you paint an area lightly with plain water and not allowing the water to enter the image line that when you add color it will not run past where the original water line was. I used this technique here and it not only protected the images but also made the aqua sky color apply more evenly. I popped up additional bunnies and the box for the jack in the box and the adorable little duck pull toy. I thought this would look really pretty layered on pure white and it gave me the opportunity to use my new punch around set.

Here’s a closer look at the darling little stuffed animal images.

KC Babies 7 Close

Valentine’s Day isn’t far away and I made this card using an image from the Rubbernecker From The Heart Collection. I love this Victorian style heat and roses envelope. My Heart Envelope was stamped with versa on watercolor paper and embossed with gold. I watercolored the images and cut out. The envelope portion of the image was cut out and layered over the base image. The embossed polka dot background and red scalloped borders seemed like the perfect finishing touch for this card.

Here is a hint to avoid TROUBLE. Make very sure your red ink is DRY before you start assembling your project. It seems red reinker takes a lot longer to dry even if it is heated. I had this card almost completed and smeared red ink over a couple of the envelopes. One could be fixed with a wet wipe but one had to be redone. Even after all that I smeared a little of the red ink again but figured it was as good as it was going to get.

KC Hearts 2

Here’s a closer look at the image so you can see the pretty detail of the roses and leaves.

KC Hearts 2 Close

I hope you have a great week and have the opportunity to get some stamping time in.

Stamps: Boatloads of Love
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Red Watercolor
Ink: Black Versa, Fired Brick, Broken Glass, Aqua, Pumice Stone
Accessories: Clear EP, Nestabilities, Gingham

Stamps: Rubbernecker Baby Collection -Animals in Window 89-05 , Ducky Pull Toy 62-09
Paper: Pink, White, Hot Pressed Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Lemonade, Aqua, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal,
Accessories: Cuttlebug Folder, Brushes, Glue Cots, Linen Thread, Martha Stewart Punch Around Set, Grosgrain
Card size: 5.25" Square

Stamps: Rubbernecker From The Heart Collection- Heart Envelope 246-17
Paper: Parchment, Red, Watercolor
Ink: Fired Brick, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Gold EP, Nestabilities, MS Border Punch,Cuttlebug Folder

Stampavie Winter CHA 2011 Sneak Peak

I have had a  really wonderful time preparing  samples for the Winter CHA release.  It is even more exciting to watch the Stampavie blog  each day to see what my fellow team members have created using the new images.  I have a fun Laurence Design image called the Explorer to share for my sneak peak today.  Indiana Jones has nothing on this guy.

Laurence Design Explorer 1

I stamped the image twice so I could cut the Explorer out to pop up over the scene.  I love the dimension paper piecing adds to a project.  Doesn’t it look like he is really climbing down that rope to the treasure.

Laurence Design Explorer

If you look closely you can see all the gold coins and jewelry but I especially love the little stuffed bear face sticking out. There is even a gold key for the lock on the chest.  This  snake  isn’t quite as mean looking as the ones in the Indiana Jones stories but the Explorer has him wrapped up in his bull whip anyway.

Teapot Tuesday Challenge- Bad Dogs

Cindy Motherway hosts the Teapot Tuesday Challenge at Splitcoaststampers every Tuesday. Week after week she writes the funniest stories and this week was no exception.  BAD DOGS, BAD DOGS, WHATCHA GONNA DO. The T.E.A. Squad was to be on the lookout for dogs to recruit to work for the police department.  A little sideline of the story is a policeman named Alex  who was injured in the line of duty and has been a little discouraged about being off work for so long. Many of us will be sending our cards to Alex to cheer him up.

My challenge project doesn’t show a bad dog.  He just likes to dumpster dive behind the local McDonalds but he just hasn’t gotten the lids off the trash cans yet. You can probably tell from the expression on his face that he really isn’t the police dog type.

KC Alley Background

The complete cartoony scene behind Alfie is from the Cat Collection on Rubbernecker. I stamped an extra trash can and lid to pop up in the scene to fill it in a little. Alfie is from the Dog Collection. He was colored, cut out and popped up. I always like having items that go out of the main scene layer and over the card base.

Have a great Wednesday.  The weekend will be here before we know it.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Alley Background 76-01, Alfie 77-05
Ink: Black Versafine, Pumice Stone, Aqua, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Lemonade
Paper: Soft Sky, Barely Banana, Watercolor
Accessories: Brushes, Snips, Mounting Tape