Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One of four

I do hope you enjoyed the blog hop. There were so many amazing creations, weren't there? I loved it.

I thought I would share a card I made as a result of the blog hopping I did. Lisa made a wonderful ensemble of cards that I just had to try. I'll share the first one with you today.

This is a simple layout and really showcases the beautiful JustRite stamps so well. The paper is from My Mind's Eye. The stamp set is the same one I used for my blog hop project, JustRite Stamps® JB 09700 Plant a Little Love Set and I also used Spellbinders™ Circles Nestabilities® and Lattice Borderabilities. The image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic markers. One thing I love about the ensemble I made is that all the cards are flat and therefore so mailable. Another product that made these so easy to assemble is Xyron adhesives! Oh boy do I love being able to apply the adhesive so easily and so well! I use the Xyron create-a-sticker™ for smaller pieces and the Xyron 900 for the bigger pieces. Love them both!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll post #2 of 4 tomorrow, so be sure to come on back! Have a great day!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Welcome to Day 3

Isn't this blog hop exciting? Today is my turn to share what I came up with using the new release stamps from JustRite.

JustRite Stamps®: JB 09700 Plant a Little Love Set

Spellbinders™ products: Circles Nestabilities®, Big Scalloped Circles Small Nestabilities®, Flower Silhouette Impressabilities™.

Copic: E13, BV08.

This is a 5" square card.

Stamp the image and border on Vanilla cardstock with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink then clear emboss. Cut/emboss using Spellbinders™ Circles Nestabilities®, then distress the edges and ink again with the Vintage Photo ink, really working it in towards the center of the image to give it a very vintage look. Color the flowers with Copic Sketch markers and add a little sparkle with Diamond Stickles

Use Core'dinations Blackberry cardstock to create the mat. Cut/emboss with Spellbinders™ Big Scalloped Circles Small #7 and emboss with Flower Silhouette Impressabilities™. Sand to bring up the detail. The color wasn't dark enough for what I wanted, so I airbrushed using the Impressabilities™ as a stencil. Distress the edges, inking with Vintage Photo. Use foam squares to pop the layers up.

The next layer is white cardstock stamped with Rubbernecker Victorian Lace background stamp using vintage photo ink and overstamping with Rubbernecker Flourish stamps using Elegant Eggplant ink. Distress and heavily ink the edges. Airbrush the white half pearls using Copic E13 and adhere one in each corner.

The card is Elegant eggplant stamped with Versmark ink and the Flourish stamps then heat embossed with clear EP. Distress the edges and ink using Vintage photo once again. For a finishing touch, I airbrushed the ribbon to match my project. The ribbon is actually ¼" white silk ribbon! Seriously, it was. Doesn't it look old?

For all the important details, visit the JustRite Blog.

30 designers, FIVE shopping sprees each day. No one knows where the prizes will be! Each day of the hop JustRite will have five Mystery Blog Candy Prizes hidden along the hop with a total retail value of $600. JustRite will randomly select five mystery blogs each day of the hop and randomly allocate each of the shopping sprees. For your chance to win, simply leave a little love (a comment) on each designer’s blog including the JustRite blog. The more designers you leave comments with, the better your chances of winning. Each day’s comments will remain open for three days. A winner from each of the mystery blogs’ comments will be randomly chosen using Consult the listing of designers at the JustRite blog each day (each day’s designers will be different) and start out on your way! Beginning Friday, March 26, summaries of all the winners will be posted on the JustRite blog. Good luck to everyone and enjoy all the JustRite eye candy along the hop!

Today during the JustRite Mega March Blog Hop (Day Three) JustRite and its sponsors will be giving away the following five prizes:

· $200 JustRite Shopping Spree
· $100 Spellbinders Shopping Spree
· $100 Copic Prize Package, and
· Two additional $100 JustRite Shopping Sprees!

Blog comments for Day Three will be open until Saturday at 6pm EST. On Sunday, JustRite will announce on their blog which five blogs have the mystery candy for Day Three. You will need to go to the JustRite blog to determine where you need to go to find out if you are one of the five lucky winners.

Be sure to check out all the fabulous designer's projects by going to all these blogs today.

Just Rite Inspiration Blog

Debbie Olson

Sherrie Siemens

Beate Johns

Heidi Blankenship

Kathy Jones

Karen Hunsaker (you are here!)

Peet Roeven - Belgium

Michele Kovak

Cheryl Nelson

Anja Curvers - Netherlands

Kay Sibley

Katarina Menzies

Holly McMillen

Tammy Hershberger

Angela Barkhouse

Heidi Van Laar

Jerri Jimenez

Sarah Parker

Jennie Black

Laura Davis

Ashley Newell

Alice Wertz

Shanna Vineyard

Rae Barthel

Ryann Salamon

Terre Fry

Mona Pendleton

Jenn Balcer

Lisa Silver

Kim Moreno

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Don't miss out on this fabulous blog hop! There are prizes! Lots and lots of prizes! I will be posting my creation for it on Thursday, March 25th! It's gonna be good!

Click here to go right to the JustRite blog!

Exciting news!

I just got notice that three of my layouts are featured in a slideshow online at Scrapbooks Etc. There are layouts from eight other Spellbinders designers too! I hope you will take a moment and check them all out! Here is a link:

Scrapbooks Etc. slideshow

The photos I used are of my great niece Lucy, taken by her mother. Her Mom takes awesome photos!

Childhood memories!

Today on SCS, Holly's challenge was to reach back into our memory and pull out some favorite childhood activities or events, then make a card based on one of those memories/events.

I have two cards/memories to share with you today.

This card is a memory of playing dress up with my Mom's clothes. One particular outfit was my favorite - a turquoise and black striped satin skirt with a velvet bodice. The skirt was very full and we wore her big old petticoats under it to make it really stand out. Now the shoes! She had these gorgeous turquoise suede high heels with a big satin bow. Oh they were beautiful! I wish I still had them or at least a photo of her in the outfit. I can even remember the smell of the tulle of the petticoats. What a beautiful memory.

The high heel image was stamped onto black cardstock with Frost ink and then embossed with Mint Sparkle embossing powder. I then cut cardstock using Mega Curved Rectangles die with image near bottom. I removed the cardstock from the die and inked die with Versamark Frost ink. Carefully put cut cardstock back into die and emboss with Spellbinders Flourish Impressabilities. Remove from die and heat emboss outer edge using Mint Sparkle embossing powder. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock with frost ink and emboss with Mint Sparkle embossing powder. Cut/emboss with oval die. Cut/emboss center Pendant die from Turquoise Shimmer cardstock. Mount onto card front using 3D foam squares. Attach sentiment oval on top of center piece using 3D foam, squares. Cut about 18” of white silk ribbon and airbrush with Copic marker to match the card. Using a 6” length of ribbon, attach both ends to back of turquoise layer. Tie bow from remaining length of ribbon and attach to top of sentiment piece with glue dot. Attach completed card front to black card.

This card is based on my memories of playing Barbies with my sister. We spent hours with our dolls. This image reminds me of Barbie, and of course the colors are definitely Barbie, don't you think?

The image is stamped with memento black ink and clear embossed before being cut/embossed and mounted using Spellbinders Labels Four. I added dots with a black marker. Behind the image panel, I embossed the dots with Cuttlebug's Just My Type border folder. The edge of the card was cut/embossed with Spellbinders Lattice Borderabilities. I wove a black ribbon through and added the bow using pink grosgrain and the narrow black ribbon. There is a black strip added to the inside of the card to show through the Lattice. The black strip is also embossed with the dots, but you can't see that in the photo.

Did you play Barbies too?

Thanks for walking down memory lane with me today!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wanna save some $$$$$?

Rubbernecker is having a sale!


Many products from -




and Clearsnap

at discounts from 15% -28% until midnight Wednesday March 24th!

I love a good sale! Just click on the link at the top of this post to go right to the Rubbernecker site!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My niece Jill takes the best photos! Her daughter is such a great subject. This photo is so awesome, I couldn't resist creating a layout with it.

The journaling reads: The beach at the hotel was bayed off so the waves were so very mild which was wonderful for Lucy. She thought she loved the beach. At least she loved it for two days.

I used mirror image on the fish to get them to face each other. The seashells were cut/embossed from Core’dinations cardstock and sanded to bring out the detail.

I used these wonderful Spellbinders™ products:
S4-273 From the Sea
S4-205 Eyelet Pendants
S4-235 Fancy Tags
S4-016 Shells
S4-214 Eyelet Borderabilities Petite

And these other terrific products:
Core’dinations: Black Cherry, French Vanilla from The Chocolate Box collection
Core’dinations: Barn Siding, Antique Vanity from the White Wash collection
Paper: Upsy Daisy Designs: Sophie Love-Circle of Friends
The Paper Company: Bright Pink and Turquoise Shimmer
3L-Foam Squares (These are my favorite pop ups!
Glue Dots: Mini Dot n Go
The Robin’s Nest: Asst. Dew Drops
Copic Sketch Markers: R24, RV14, Y08

And that netting? It's from a bag of oranges I bought. You can use anything!

Please tell me what you think! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

First of all, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In keeping with the green, my first thoughts for creating this card were to make it green. Well, the green got a little overshadowed with other colors, but it is still there!

The main circle panel is stamped with Rubbernecker Wild Flower background with pink ink, then the sentiment is stamped over with Tim Holtz Forest Moss distress ink and clear embossed. This was cut/embossed with Spellbinders circle die templates. The designer papers are by Kelly Panacci.

I added a few rhinestones for bling, and there you have it.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Green hugs,

Monday, March 15, 2010

For today's first ever Queen For The Day challenge on SCS, I cased Mutnik's card here chick, chick! My rooster is a bit bigger, so I had to change a few things. I didn't use newspaper for the bg as I don't have any around, so I used a Rubbernecker French Script bg stamp, stamped with tea dye distres ink, distressed and smudged with more tea dye and vintage photo distress inks. I stamped the rooster with the vintage photo ink and clear embossed before coloring with Copic markers. The ruby red card front is stamped with the Rubbernecker chicken wire bg stamp and smudged with vintage photo distress ink. I added only one button because of space issues. The "thread" is actually a bit of regular twine which was taken apart to get a smaller bit. The card is Kraft.

I hope you like it. Here's to you Mutnik!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Watercolored background

For this card, I stamped the Rubbernecker Baroque Backgound with Forest Moss Tim Holtz Distress Ink and clear embossed on watercolor paper. I watercolored with re-inkers and an aqua pen.

The sentiment is Rubbernecker Garden Tapestry stamped and clear embossed before being cut/embossed using Spellbinders™ Mega Ovals LG and Mega Classic Scalloped Ovals LG for the mat. The organdy ribbon is heated and then I added the small prima flower.

Once dry, I added Stickles to the berries: Distress Worn Lipstick (what a pretty color) and Distress Clear Rock Candy. These are also available at Rubbernecker.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sparkling TuTu Bunny

I wanted to share my cute little TuTu Bunny card with you today. The image and sentiment are from Rubbernecker Stamps.

The bunny is stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with copic markers. I added Diamond Stickles to her skirt and neckline, and the flower on her headpiece. The sentiment is cut/embossed using Spellbinders Labels 4.

The dp is from the Nana's Kids pack.

Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Embrace the Goddess!

I am a day behind on the SCS challenges, but I love doing vintage. When I first saw this image from Rubbernecker Stamps, I loved it. I think the sentiment is perfect as well. It reminds me of how my Mother dressed when I was little.The outfit is paper pieced using a beautiful vintage type paper from Kaisercraft.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


My friend Janine had some questions about the storage cases I am using for my organization, so I thought I would post my answers to her questions, with additional pictures of how I am using them.

Will the cases you purchased hold stamps on both sides?

Cling Mount Red Rubber - They will only hold stamps on one side. They aren't thick enough for cling mount stamps on both sides.

Clear Stamps - yes, you could put stamps on both sides. The cases will close easily.

Clear- both sides. Yes, I like this.

Is there an opening like on standard CD cases where stamps could fall out? Does that make sense?

Yes, there is an opening along the hinge side. It is 1/2" wide and the length of the case. If you put cling mount stamps in it, they cling to the case, so it shouldn't be a problem. I have tested some of the smaller Spellbinders dies and after shaking the case, they can't get the angle to fall out. I think I will be adding a strip of the magnet sheet to hold the smallest dies in place though.
Will these cases fit the Borderabilities Petite and the Mega Curved Rectangles? Yes. The borderabilities will fit, the long way, but not horizontally.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Something new

I did demos in the Rubbernecker booth at a local Stamp show this past weekend and while cruising, picked up this BIG punch at one of the booths. I love this lattice it creates.

The sentiment from Rubbernecker is stamped with Rose Red onto Pretty in pink cardstock and then cuttlebugged with the swiss dot folder. I added little jeweled flowers from KaiserScrapbook to each corner. The big panel border was created with my new Martha Stewart Garden Trellis punch I picked up. The dp is from an old SU! paper pack. I doubled the trellis for a slightly different look.

Have a wonderful Wednesday (or whatever day you happen to read this!)


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Focusing on the sentiment!

For today's card, I used several little techniques you might be interested in.

First, I created my background paper by smearing the marker ink onto my craft sheet, misting with water and smooshing the cardstock into it. I dried that with my heat gun, then stamped the sentiment in the center with Always Artichoke ink.

I used Spellbinders™ new Labels Eleven to cut/emboss that, and then used the next size up to create the mats. To get the artichoke one just a touch smaller than the gray, I hand trimmed the embossed edge off. For the curry layer, I stamped Rubbernecker's Flourish background with Versamark ink and clear embossed. Next I mounted all that onto the main piece of cardstock I had created, hiding the sentiment cut out underneath the sentiment panels. The main card is the curry cardstock, and I used Spellbinders™ Curved rectangles to create the borders on the top and bottom of the main panel.

I stamped the little Rubbernecker Butterfly Inchies image onto the white cardstock with the curry ink and then punched and mounted onto the green punched layer. Added a nice double bow, and there you go.

I hope you like this. Next week I am planning to do a tutorial on how to create backgrounds like this.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm moving forward!

I got started and I'm loving the results! Now I'll tell you a little more with the risk you will think I am OCD. lol

So, I showed you the empty cases I bought to store my cling mount stamps. YesterdayI put the stamps in cases trying to fill the space as well as possible and/or with a theme going on. For instance, the hearts are in one (if they all fit), the farm style images are in one, etc. That is working great. I numbered each of the cases with my label maker and put a colored mark on each with a permanent marker.

Next, I went to the website and copied the images of the stamps I had and pasted them onto a page. I also copied the name of the stamp set and the SKU so I could name them when showing you a creation using them. Under that is the number of the case they are in. This is now my catalog. I've taken a photo of one of the pages to show you.

I also listed all my stamps in an Excel spreadsheet, separating them into categories: background, sentiments (all typed out so I know what they say), and Images. Each of those categories with the corresponding color and the number of the case they are stored in.

I have a lot more work ahead of me, but I have all my Rubbernecker images and sentiments done! Wooo hoooo!

Thanks for stopping by!