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Welcome to my blog! I am a paper crafter that loves to share new tips and techniques. Feel free to case (copy and share everything) any of my projects. I am honored when my work is duplicated. I only ask that you provide a link to my blog if you are uploading to the internet anywhere, giving credit where credit is due. . Please do not submit my projects for contests or magazine submissions. Content within this blog are shared for personal/non-commercial use and for inspiration only. From time to time some of the products used on my blog have been provided by the vendors mentioned in my posts. Let me reassure you , I will always be completely honest with you whether I truly believe a product is fabulous or not.


Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Dare to Get Dirty Challenges

Hello Crafty Friends!


I have been busy today creating a few Scrapbook pages with Rubbernecker Stamps and being inspired by the challenges for the Spiltcoaststampers Fan Club Challenges.

 This first one is photos of my crafty Seattle Pals. Top picture is Sandra, Emily (M) aka Emily (M) aka Stamp Muse, me, and Betsy.  Bottom pictures are Emily again with Judy aka jaydekay, Cindy aka YLM with Heather aka Princessheather and them myself and Betsy again.  I am so hoping to get to Seattle again for another week of craftiness! My mojo could really use it!

This is a Scrapbook page of my little niece Stella, who is a bundle of life and energy!
This was a quick page to put together! I usually to incorporate my stamps to make me own paper.  So much more economical!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!!

Stampin' Hugs,


Friends Page

Stamps~ All by Rubbernecker Book Antique Alphabet Set ,
Journal Bracket Heart,
http://Journal Freehand
Paper~Stampin' Up
Ink~Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
Accessories~Petaloo Flora Doodles Flowers, Cinnamon Stickles, Sponge, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Buttons and RRR Twine, Memory Box Lorelai Leaf

Stella Page

Stamps~All by Rubbernecker-Family, Flourish #2,
Paper~Stampin Up
Ink~Gathered Twigs Distress Inks
Accessories~ Sponge, Pearls, SU Cord Buttons, SU Ribbon, Small Heart Punch and a large Heart Punch

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A Queen, A Dirty Challenge and Blog Candy to Give Away

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Scroll to the bottom of the post if you are looking for the Blog Candy.

This weeks QUEEN on Splitcoaststampers is none other than Bev Gerard aka texasgrammy one of my talented  Rubbernecker Sister's, so I had to take the time to honor her and make a card.  To my pleasant surprise I saw that the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are on so I had to play too!
 I loved Bev's Grandpa card and you just can't have to many masculine cards on hand so I chose this card to case.......Here

All of the stamps I used on this card is from Rubbernecker Stamps. I stamped Grandpa w/ Fishing Pole on Kraft paper with Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossed it. I colored him using Brushstix by Tsukineko. I had not used these before and absolutely love them for coloring! I know I colored out of the lines but I am covering it up with my sentiment~ Quite often that is how I decide placements of embellishments and sentiments~LOL.  I colored his shirt with Broken China Distress Ink, his skin with Memento Desert Sand, and Aged Mahogany for his fishing basket.  I  stamped and embossed the fish from The Rod and Fish Set on the image panel  to hang the fish from his rod. using a stamp-a-ma-jig. I did it again on scrap paper and colored them with Spun Sugar and Peeled Paint distress inks and cut them out and pieced them on the panel.

I stamped the largest Cat tail from the Cat Tails set with Vintage Photo Distress Inks on Kraft paper for the panel under the main image.  I sponged all of the card stock with Vintage Photo with a heavy hand and added dots with a Brown Marker. the sentiment is Rubbernecker's Old Fisherman  and I used a 7 Gypsies Clip on it, I wrapped black hemp twine around the largest panel and adhered it with Scor-Tape.

It's time to share some BLOG CANDY!!!

I have these fabulous Clip It Up Organizers in my craft room and can't live with out them!!  This is only for my followers. Anyone can enter, if you are international - I will ship there as well!  Just become a follower if you are not already and share and link the candy on your blog or any other social media and leave me a comment in this post letting me know where you shared it.  I will do a drawing on August 31, 2012 using Random Generator.  Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!


Stamps by Rubbernecker~
Rod and Fish Set
Cattails Set
Grandpa w/ Fishing Pole
Old fisherman (Sentiment)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Lego Punch Art

Today's CAS 179 Challenge on SCS is to use twine.  I needed a birthday card for my little friend Cobie who is turning 11.  He loves lego and  his dream is to go to Lego Land.  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest a while back.   I sponged  the edges of all the colored card stock for some extra oomph.  I am sure Cobie will be  tickled with his punch art lego!

This is Cobie in Paper Crafting class at school helping clean up after making Mother's Day cards~LOL  Yes, I get by with a little help from my friends!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!


Memento-Cottage Ivy &Love Letter

Accessories~ Sizzix Four Petal Flower Embossing Folder,  Twine from RRR, 5/16" Circle Punch, Signo White Gel Pen, Pop Dots, Sponge

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Distress Inks Reference Tags

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Just thought I would share an organizational tool that I use to choose the colors that I use on a project.  I make these for all the ink lines I use.  This is my Rangers Distress Inks Color Chart.  I have a tag for each color ink on a ring.  I sponge the whole tag from and back and stamp on it with the same color.  On the back of the tag I write the name of the color of ink with the coordinating marker.  This way I see the true colors of the ink.  I can also fan it out and choose my color combos much more effectively.

The gorgeous stamp I used for this ink tag ring is Rubbernecker's Wild Garden Corner Sku:539-05. The stamp is much bigger than my small tags so I only used part of the image for each tag.

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Partial Background Stamping Tutorial

Sometimes I don't want a solid background image, so your eye is drawn to the sentiment or another focal point.  Here is the super simple way to achieve this......

Ink your image. I am using Rubbernecker's Wire Grid Panel Sku:573 and inking it with Stampin' up River Rock........

Using a baby wipe, randomly remove some ink.....

Stamp your card stock.....


I stamped  the "thinking of you" sentiment from Rubbernecker's Best Wishes Set sku:600 in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Here is the finished card......

 Rubbernecker's Wire Grid Panel Sku:573
 Rubbernecker's Best Wishes Set sku:600

Memory Box Dies~
Twirling Vine Frame, Ringed Buckle, Prim Poppy

Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, SU- River Rock

Black, White, River Rock

Maya Road Pin, Pop Dots, White Satin Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, Pearl from Making Memories (Thanks Pam!!).

On a personal note.....
I just came back from  British Columbia. I am so thrilled that my brother and his family have moved here to Lacombe!! These are some photos of my travel mates and some sights along the way for those of you that have never been through the B.C. mountains or Jasper National Park in Alberta.....

 Wild Elk with velvet covered antlers......
Wild Mountain Sheep, looking a little mangy since they are just shedding their winter coats.......

My niece Stella was quite fascinated ......

Jasper National Park is one of the prettiest places I have ever scene. The colors of the water is second to none!

We followed the truck and trailer filled with all there worldly possessions, driving my SIL's car. What a fun trip!! Here is my travelling companions......

My niece Stella....
My nephew Sam.....
My Sister in Law Stephanie ( Yup, this was a tinkle stop~LOL)....

And the Smokey I met along the way ( Yup, I got a speeding ticket).....
It was good to get home!!!

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate your comments and visits!  Have a most fabulous day!!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Easy Handy Bag Tutorial

I made it  home from my trip to B.C. to move my brother and his family to Alberta, YIPPEE!!, and I have a project to share with you....

This was one of the make and takes for the  Pampered Crafter's Sorority Retreat. I had to giggle when I asked my friend Dodie aka Camera Girl what to call this bag, she replied that it is an "EASY HANDY BAG" since I use it for Easter baskets, Christmas gift Bags, Card holders, last minute birthday bags and just about anything.. You know she is right, it's dang handy!!!~  This is one of the favorite projects of the kids at school to make since it is so easy to make and we give them lots of candy to fill it with at Easter...hmmm could just be the candy.   Diane and I made one for each of the retreat attendees and filled them with all sorts of little things to pamper themselves with. Then they got to learn how to make it.

Here is the measurements and basic fold directions......

Score a 12 x 12 piece of card stock at 4 1/2" and 7 1/2" .  I went over the score lines with a pencil, only so you could see them better.......

Rotate 90 degrees and score at 3" and 9" ......

Fold all score lines very well.....

If you would like to stamp anything on your bag, now is the time to stamp. I didn't photograph this part, but I stamped Rubbernecker's Flourish #1 sku:611-01 with Memento Rich Cocoa...

Flourish #1

Fold the outer center score lines to meet the score lines as shown below. 

I am supporting the inside corner with my finger so I can get a crisp clean score line.  It has to be exactly on the score line for it to fold together properly......

Burnish your fold with a bone folder. 

You will do this with all four corners.....

Use a strong adhesive to adhere the flap in,  I used Scor-Tape.....

Adhere the second flap ... do this on both ends of the bag...

This is what your bag sides should look like......

I made handles that measure 3/4" by 12 and strengthened them by adding a strip of ribbon over them with Scor-Tape.  I attached them with brads and because I am so anal about  brad backs showing I covered them with some circles that I punched out of scrap paper.

I added a punched border (EK Success Scrolls and Dots) and some brown grosgrain ribbon.  I die cut 2 Sizzix#2 Daisies and sponged them with Memento Summer Sky before layering them together. I added a dollar store rhinestone to the center and tucked some pins into it.  To finish it off I added some Frosted Lace Stickles to the tips of the flowers and the Flourish.

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Day at The Beach~SS19

Happy Sunday!  It's time for another Sisterhood Sunday Challenge!

 Our challenges are now monthly, so you have lots of time to play along. There are two ways you could win an awesome Rubbernecker stamp set of your choice. To find out how to play and see how to win.....just pop over to the Stampin' Sisterhood Blog. 

 Jacquie has provided a gorgeous inspiration photo for the month of July.

I was tickled to see that Jacquie had chosen a beach scene!  I love to have scene cards on hand for when I need a masculine card!!!  I created my scene by sponging Memento Summer Sky on the entire piece of Xpress Blend it card stock, then masking the sky off with a post it note so I could create the water. I sponged Memento Bahama Blue and added some water ripples. Kittie Kits Cause a Scene Sets are so versatile. The scenes you can create are endless!!  The Cattail Set SKU: 650-14 was the perfect compliment to my little beach scene.

Don't forget to check and see what inspiring projects my Sisters have created for your viewing enjoyment!! There is links to their blogs in the right bar of this blog. Sure hope you get the chance to play along with us.  We would love to see what you come up with!!

Big Stampin' Hugs!!


Stamps~All by Rubbernecker Stamps-
Cattail Set SKU: 650-14
Kittie Kit-Cause a Scene-Beach Master -KKCS-M002
Kittie Kit-Cause a Scene-Day At The Beach #4-KKCS-S004
Ink~ Memento-Summer Sky, Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Bahama Blue

Copics~B000(water ripples), E21-E25-E27 (Cattails), G21-G24-G28 (Cattail Leaves and grass at bottom of the sign)

Linen Thread, Pop Dots, Sponge, Charm, White Gel Pen, Spellbinders Grand Labels 1, Spellbinders Labels 15

Paper~ kraft, Woodgrain Kraft, Shimmery Green Metallic, Xpress Blend it