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March 2012

Matching Frame and Background

Good Saturday morning!  I have missed posting a few days in a row due to some extra long work days. Thank you to each of you who took the time to write and let me know my posts were missed.  I was very touched.  I have had a wonderful time this morning relaxing and creating a project for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. The inspiration site is the Harabu House.  I was inspired by this lovely tea towel.


Here is what I came up with.  The pattern of the tea towel reminded me of the Rubbernecker Morning Glory Panel and matching Morning Glory Frame.

KC Morning Glory Frame 3 right

I stamped the frame image and the panel image on white cardstock.   I die cut the center of the frame opening with oval Nestabilities and cut a blue oval to create a double matted frame for contrast.   I attached the panel to the card base and then mounted the frame layer with mounting tape.

KC Morning Glory Frame 3 center

I die cut several pieces of foliage, distressed and attached to the frame base. I stamped another piece of white cardstock with the panel image and then punched several flowers to create a focal point for the project. I think the blue pattern on the flower petals adds a touch of elegance to the project.

KC Morning Glory Frame 3 close

I punched several smaller flowers to place around the foliage to soften.  The Morning Glory frame and the matching panel in any color work beautifully together.  I especially like the blue and white.

KC Morning Glory Frame 3 left

I hope you have a great weekend. 


Stamps:  Rubbernecker Morning Glory Panel 518 and Morning Glory Frame 523

Paper:  Brocade Blue, White

Ink:  Bashful Blue

Accessories:  Martha Stewart Hydrangea Punches and Branch Punch, EK Success Large Daisy Punch, My Favorite Things Leafy Flourish, Nestabilities Oval Punches, Fiskars 1/8” Circle Punch and 1/4” Flower Punch, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents

Belleek Inspired with Faux Patina

Good morning!  The Technique Lovers Challenge at Splitcoaststampers this week was to add a couple of steps to the Belleek Inspired technique that we learned a few weeks ago and to create Faux Patina

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 6 left 

The additional steps was to lightly sponge ink over the raised areas to help it stand out and then finish with rubbing the versa pad over the raised area and light sprinkling gold embossing powder over it with a spoon and heating. I used Antique Linen to brayer the embossing folder to create the Belleek embossing.  I then used a sponge to lightly apply Broken China to the raised embossed areas and then heat dried. I then lightly rubbed the versa ink pad directly on the raised embossing and lightly sprinkled gold embossing powder and heated. It is a beautiful effect.

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 6 close

I tried to duplicate the gold effect on the vanilla foliage and the frame and blue flowers.  I sponged both with Antique Linen and then sprinkled the embossing powder on lightly so it wouldn’t stick and cover the whole thing.  I distressed the back of both the flowers and foliage with a stylus on a mat to shape. KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 6 center

I attached the frame with mounting tape and then arranged the foliage and flowers with Glossy Accents to create a flower spray. I finished by placing a tiny antique gold pearl in the center of each flower. This card is so much prettier in person than in the photos. I seem to have difficulty photographing gold embossing. It must be the camera’s fault. LOL!

KC Martha Stewart Punched Flowers 6 right

I hope you have a wonderful day and I appreciate you stopping by.


Paper: Aqua Mist, Vanilla
Ink: Broken China, Antique Linen, Versa
Accessories: Martha Stewart Flower Punch and Deco Flowers PATP Set, MFT Leafy Flourish, Cuttlebug Textile Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Pearls, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents

Nature Babies

Happy Monday!  I have a sweet project to share with you today using Angels Landing Nature Babies 2.  These forest animals are so adorable and fun to work with.

KC Fox Raccoon Squirrel 1 right

I printed the digital fox, squirrel and raccoon image on plain white cardstock and heat set well so the ink wouldn’t fun when I painted.  I watercolored the images with reinkers and cut them to put in my scene.

KC Fox Raccoon Squirrel 1 center

I die cut three sections of Grassland Border and attached two them together and attached to the card base. I attached the fox in front of the two grass sections and then attached the third section in front of the fox. I attached the squirrel and raccoon over the grass in front of the fox.  I really liked the grass showing between the animals.

KC Fox Raccoon Squirrel 1 left

I placed the clouds in the sky area and then attached the tree in behind the grass. I finished the project  by tucking several springs of punched branch and attached tiny little flowers to create a field of wild flowers, I love how this turned out.  The animals are so adorable. You can check out the wonderful Copic Coloring Guide at Angels Landing if you would like help knowing how to color these forest babies.  I don’t use Copic markers but I found the guide very helpful. You can see the complete set of images below.

Nature Babies 2 digital stamps

I hope you have a great week.  Thanks for stopping by.


Image: Angels Landing Nature Babies 2
Paper: Blue, Spring Moss, White, Watercolor, Regal Rose
Ink: Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Brushed Corduroy
Accessories: Memory Box and Poppy Stamps Dies-Grassland Border, Arboscello Tree, Puffy Clouds, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, 1/8" Hole Punch, Glossy Accents

Craft a Moonlight Scene

Good Sunday morning.  The March Craft a Scene theme is moonlight. My first project at the beginning of the month was a snowy winter night scene. My project today was made with a big moon shining through evergreens.

Kittie March 25, 2012 2

I cut a circle out of a post it note and used it as a mask to create the moon in the sky.  I placed the mask in the sky area and then sponged blue around the moon to create the night sky.  I removed the mask and placed the negative of the circle over the moon area to protect the blue ink and then sponged in in the circle of the moon with yellow.

Kittie March 25, 2012 3

I brushed a dry paint brush across the green pad to lightly gather ink. 

3 Dry Brush Wiped on Pad

Using a stipple motion I started applying ink to the trees. This technique allows the ink to look more like it has been sponged rather than the look of full watercoloring. You will continuously need to go back to the ink pad to gather more ink on the brush. Fill in all the green areas of the tree, heat dry well.

6 Brown Trees Finished

Go back and lightly fill in the tree trunks with brown. Heat dry again so ink does not smudge in later steps. I borrowed a couple of pictures from my Winter Snow Scene tutorial to show how I paint the evergreen trees. 

Kittie March 25, 2012 1

I sponged in a little more yellow ink around the moon and trees to create the appearance of light coming through the trees. I finished by creating a double matted frame in blue and yellow.

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you have a great week.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker Evergreen Tree Set 689 690 694 SO

Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Barely Banana, Watercolor

Ink:  Broken China, Lemonade, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo

Accessories:  Brush, Sponge, Nestabilities Oval Dies, Circle Punch, Post It for Mask, Mounting Tape

Rubbernecker Mother’s Day Blog Hop


Good Saturday morning.  Welcome to the Rubbernecker Design Team Happy Mother's Day hop.  Rubbernecker has a wide variety of stamps for your Mother’s Day projects! The Stampin’ Sisterhood has created wonderful projects to share with you today and give you a glimpse at some of the beautiful  images.

I have listed the hop route below my project for you to follow. You will find it listed at every stop along the way. As always you will want to leave a comment at every blog post and then return to the Stampin’ Sisterhood Blog and comment that you have completed the hop. You will have a chance to win any Rubbernecker stamp set of your choice. The winner will be announced on the Stampin’ Sisterhood Blog Friday, March 30th.

An EXTRA winner winner will be chosen to win a stamp set of their choice for sharing our Team Hop on your Facebook Page or Blog. After you have SHARED, just go back to the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog and let us know where you have SHARED our HOP.

For my project today I combined the lovely Rose Silhouette image with punched and die cut roses and foliage.  I loved how the paper rose mimics the silhouette image.

Rose Silhouette

I used a Regal Rose and Old Olive marker to apply color directly on the stamp, spritzed with a little water and stamped on white cardstock. I used a small wet brush to go over each section of flower and leaf to smooth out and fill in the color of the image.

KC Rose Silhouette 1  right

I used a round Nestabilities die to cut the image layer into a circle and mounted over a round scalloped layer. I attached this to an all white base layer because I wanted the image, flower and foliage to be the main focus.

KC Rose Silhouette 1 center

I used the McGill rose punches and Spellbinder foliage dies to create the flower spray.  I added sprigs of Martha Stewart Branch punch to fill in and soften the spray. KC Rose Silhouette 1 left

I like how pretty the image and dimensional flower look together.  I hope to create more projects like this in the future.

My mother was a florist so when I think of Mother’s Day I think of flowers. Check on the links below if you would like to see more of the floral images Rubbernecker has available.

Florals, Florals 2, Florals 2010, Garden, Wildflowers 2010, Floral Sets, Bold Florals, Brush Florals, Flourishes, Panels, Ornaments and Frames, Wild Garden

Hop Path


Stamps: Rubbernecker Rose Silhouette 537-01
Paper: White, Regal Rose
Ink: Regal Rose, Peeled Paint
Accessories: McGill Garden Rose Punches, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Spellbinders Foliage, Circle and Scalloped Circle Punches, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents, SU Regal Rose and Old Olive Markers