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Over The Edge

Good Tuesday morning!  My blog title represents my card technique today as well as how crazy my past week has been.  My husband was admitted into the hospital last week and was discharged on Saturday. Luckily he was in the hospital where I work so that helped a little. Over the weekend I had the great pleasure of demonstrating in the Rubbernecker booth at the Orlando Stampfest. What fun I had meeting so many wonderful people. With that said I never knew my feet and back could hurt so bad. LOL!!

I was off from work on Monday and was able to play in the Technique Lovers Challenge.  The challenge was to create a card with a frame that showed an image from the base layer overlapping on to the edge of the frame.  I have done this many times with beach scenes and decided it would be fun to show a simple pot of greenery sitting out in a grassy garden area.  I tried my hand again at the watercolor technique shown in the wonderful tutorials at Art Impressions.

Kc Create a Garden Set II 4 
I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Since Distress Ink is water based I can pull the color off the lines to fill in the image slightly and create the watercolor look.  I added touches of Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to add shading and texture and then went back with a fine brush and dark ink to add defining lines back to the pot. I masked the pot and added foliage from my Kittie Kits Outdoor Master.  I used a grass stamp to create the grassy ground base for the pot and once again pulled the color out a bit with a damp brush.  I added the brown in between the grass springs for a more natural ground appearance.  I used a hand cut scalloped cloud template to sponge on the light clouds in the background. I cut a watercolor paper frame using a Nestabilities die. Using the same techniques I created the ground and clouds to allow the scene to carry over on to the frame. I mounted the frame over the scene using mounting tape.

Here is a closer look at the pot of foliage.

KC Create a Garden Set II 4 close 
I hope you are having a good week.  I know we are all looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Create a Garden Set II 513, Kittie Kits Outdoor Master , Grass Set   Paper: Watercolor, Cool Caribbean  Ink: Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Brush, Sponge, Nestabilities, Mounting Tape

Beach Card

I have a quick post to share a beach card that I made last evening for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge.  The colors to be used were Cherry Cobbler (dark red), Night of Navy and Crumb Cake (kraft). These colors were perfect for a nice patriotic or nautical themed card.  I went with a fast and fun beach and lighthouse scene.

KC Day at the BEach 5 

I stamped the lighthouse on watercolor paper with the red ink, painted in some of the details and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I applied versa over the whole lighthouse and embossed again with clear embossing powder to give it a bit of shine and then cut out to pop up over the water scene.  I sponged in the dark blue ink for the water and lightly sponged in the sky using a cloud template (retired SU). I cut the sand dunes out of kraft cardstock using deckle scissors and stamped in the sand texture using an image from my Kittie Kits Beach Master. I created the white foamy waves on the water by applying Liquid Applique and light tapping with my finger to spread well before heating.  This step helps eliminate the dreaded bubbles that can appear when heating LA. I attached the sand pieces over the water and then tucked the lighthouse in behind them.  I created a triple matted frame to layer over the scene and attached with mounting tape. 

KC Day at the Beach 5 center 

KC Day at the BEach 5 left 

Several people have written asking how I make my matted frames so I will be placing a step by step tutorial on my blog in the next week or so..

I hope you have a great day.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits A Day At The Beach
Paper: Prism Dark Red, Night of Navy, Kraft, Watercolor
Ink: Aged Mahogany, Chipped Sapphire, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Accessories: Mounting Tape, Nestabilities, Brush, Sponge, Marker, Liquid Applique, Versa, Clear EP

Buddy, Vintage Woody, Friends and Tall and Thin

Happy Monday Morning everyone. I hope you had a fun and restful weekend. I have a story to share before I move on to stamping. I had an interesting weekend introducing a new cat into our already packed house of kitties. Let me insert here that there must be a blinking neon sign on my house announcing that I am a huge sucker for stray animals. A big cat appeared on our back patio inside our 6” fence in January and he never left.  He had been either dropped or had gotten lost from home.   It was obvious he had been out on his own for a very long time as he was so thin and starving.  Much to my husbands displeasure I couldn’t resist feeding him.  Someone had to take care of him.  After a couple of weeks to see if he was going to stay I took him to the vet for tests and a check up and he was found to be fairly healthy and thought to be about six years old. Since we already have four cats in the house we decided Buddy was going to be our outdoor cat.  Last Wednesday I came home and found Buddy on the front porch having an attack of some kind with labored breathing.  I raced him to the vet and it was determined that he was having an asthma attack and that he could not live outside in our terrible heat.  So there has been much hissing, growling, stare downs and out and out attacks on poor Buddy and I know he feels under siege. It is getting better but I know it will take a long time for everyone to be a happy family. 

I have some weekend cards to share with you. First is a beach scene with a vintage Woody and a surfboard.

KC Woody 1 
This was a fast scene to create using my sponges and Kittie Kits Beach Master. The Woody was stamped on watercolor paper and cut out to pop up on the frame.  I hand painted the little scene on the hand cut surfboard.

The second is a couple of friendly lambs made using a new image and sentiment from the Rubbernecker Friends Collection.  The image was stamped twice on watercolor paper, cut out and popped up in the little scene.  Aren’t they cute.

KC Lamb 1 left 
I am the guest designer this week for the SCS Clean and Simple challenge.  The challenge was to make a tall and think card.  I couldn’t resist using my cornflower and hydrangea punches to create a floral spray.  You can check out my punched paper flower and floral spray tutorials on the top right side of my home page.

KC Thinking of you 1 left 
KC Thinking of You 1 close 
KC Thinking of You 1 
Have a great week.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Woody 567-01, Kittie Kits Beach Master M002
Paper: Soft Sky, Watercolor
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Black Versafine
Accessories: Sponges, Brush, Nestabilities

Stamps: Rubbernecker Friends Collection
Paper: Pink, White, Black, Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Pumice Stone, Shabby Shutters, Bashful Blue, Shell Pink
Accessories: Organdy, Nestabilities, Brush, Sponge, White Watercolor Paint, Corner Cutting Scissors

Stamps: Rubbernecker Friends Collection Thinking of You 565-10
Paper: Cool Caribbean, White
Ink: Broken China
Accessories: Mouse Pad, Stylus, Crimper, Martha Stewart Lattice, Cornflower, Hydrangea, Pine Punch, SU Bird Punch, Fiskars 1/4" Flower Punch, Glossy Accents, Postal Decorative Scissors


Inspired by Bev "TexasGrammy"

The Splitcoaststampers Free For All challenge this week was to pick a card from the gallery of one of our SCS friend’s that inspires us and use elements of it to create a project of our own. I went straight to the gallery of my friend, Bev Gerard, better known on SCS as TexasGrammy and Tex. I had a great time browsing through Bev’s wonderful gallery and finally settled on this adorable cowgirl card, Texas Sawdust and Casey’s Howdy

I loved Bev’s card layout and all the texture she created with the crimping and the embossed corner element.  I especially loved Bev’s little hay bale and the paper piecing on the little girl’s clothing and boots  and all the tiny details like the twine looped on her skirt and the little lasso.

Here is what I came up with.

KC Sarah Kay  Bernadette Spring Flowers 2 center 
I kept the same basic card layout, used crimping on my background and kept the little girl theme.  I changed the color combination and made my little girl a gardener instead of a cowgirl. I punched the edge of my corner element instead of embossing and created a little flower garden for my special detail.  The Sarah Kay Bernadette image was stamped on watercolor paper, painted and cut out and popped up over the flower garden.

KC Sarah Kay Bernadette Spring Flowers 2 right 
KC Sarah Kay Bernadette Spring Flowers 2 close 

I added touches of diamond Stickles to all the little flower centers and on the watering can.  The sparkle doesn’t show very well in the photo but there is even a little right under the spout of the can to look like water pouring out. Check my punched flower tutorial if you would like to know how I made my little flowers.

I hope you enjoy your Saturday.  I hope to get some fun stamping time in between weekend chores.

Stamps: Stampavie Sarah Kay Bernadette Admiring The Spring Flowers
Paper: White, Red, Watercolor
Ink: Black Versafine, Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Tea Dye, Blush Blossom, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Stylus, Paper Piercer, Martha Stewart Pine Punch, 1/4 Fiskars Flower Punch, Glossy Accents, Mouse Pad, Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page Eyelet, Stickles

Vellum Cornflowers

Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It challenge this week was to use vellum on our project.  I decided to try my hand at making a floral spray with vellum flowers.  I made the flowers using the Martha Stewart Cornflower and Hydrangea punches. I thought I would show a couple pictures to show how I put these together. I used pink paper for the photos so the flower would show up better than the vellum on my project.

Punch out several embossed cornflowers. Using deckle or postage scissors cut the petals of one flower to shorten for an inner layer of the flower. Cut the petals of another flower almost totally off so there is just a hint of petals around the circle. Punch out three or four little hydrangea petals and one tiny flower. Round and form the flower sections using a stylus (see punched flower tutorial) and mouse pad or piercing mat.

Cornflower 1 
Attach the first three large cornflowers offsetting each layer a little so the petals are not perfectly lined up.  Add the first cut down flower and then the small circular flower and finish layering with the tiny flowers.

Cornflower 2 

Cornflower 3 
Here is the project I made for the vellum challenge. I love how it turned out.  The white embossed vellum really looks puffy with all the layers. Check out my multi loop bow  tutorial if you would like to know how I made my bow.

KC Martha Stewart Cornflower 1 right 
KC MArtha Stewart Cornflower 1 close 
KC Martha Stewart Cornflower 1 left 

I hope you have a great weekend.  I know I am sure looking forward to good restful days off.


Paper: Pink, Vellum, Spring Moss
Accessories: Martha Stewart Pine, Foliage and Cornflower Punches, Stylus, Mouse Pad, Paper Piercer, Crimper, Retired Sizzix Leaf Die, Glossy Accents, SU Embossing Folder