Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rubbernecker Designs

Wow, another week has flown by and I haven't had time to catch up with posting to my blog.  So, I have four projects to share that I've worked on this past week.  All four of them use various stamps by Rubbernecker.
First up is for our weekly CCEE Stampers challenge.  Cindy Haffner challenged us to use lace in our design this week.  I used this lace doily behind my main image.  I used the emboss resist technique.  First, I stamped the sentiment with Memento Black and let that dry.   Next, I stamped the flowers with versamark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  After the heat embossing cooled, I sponged Broken China Distress Ink over them to reveal the white flowers.

Swing by our CCEE Stampers blog and check out the designs of my teammates and play along with us!

My next card was made for Cindy's Teapot Tuesday challenge this week.  You can get all the details at that link about her challenge and the destination station for this card.   I colored this image with a mixture of reinkers and watercolor brush and Copic markers.  I added Icicle Stickles to the sugar cubes.

Last Sunday was Featured Stamper day, which introduced me to Sarah's SCS gallery (her username is criminalgrace).  Lots of cute cards!  Here is the clean and pretty card of Sarah's I cased.

After I embossed the silver cardstock with a snowflake embossing folder, I brushed some glitter paint onto it and added a touch of dazzling diamonds. It's very sparkly in real life!  The "Merry Christmas" sentiment is also from Rubbernecker; I absolutely love this beautiful font.  I heat embossed the sentiment with silver. The large snowflake was made with a Sizzix Snowflake #2 die; the middle one is a Stampin Up punch; and the very small one is a snowflake rhinestone.

Here's another card using the emboss resist technique.  This one was made in honor of the Queen for the Day, Maxell (Bev), on SCS.  Here's the beautiful card of Bev's I cased.

This is a one-layer card. After I dry embossed the Labels Ten Nestability shape onto the Soft Suede cardstock, I white embossed the largest Evergreen tree from the Rubbernecker Evergreen Trees set. I sponged Soft Suede ink over that, wiping any excess off the white-embossed tree. I painted the snowy ground and falling snow with white craft ink and white acrylic paint. I sponged the outer edges with white craft ink and then distressed the very outer edges of the cardstock with Soft Suede ink. Added the bow to the top of the tree and was good to go!

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thanksgiving to my USA friends!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Christmas Cards

It's Thursday, which means it's time again for another CCEE Stampers challenge.  Cindy Haffner challenged us to use buttons in our design.  I applied three buttons to my Stocking Kitty image (by Rubbernecker).  I paper pieced the stocking with the same Bo Bunny designer paper I used in the background.  I colored the image with a combination of Copic markers and reinkers and watercolor brush.  I used my version of Flower Soft (crushed styrofoam) for the fluffy fur on the kitty's holiday cap and the top of the stocking.  I just rub two styrofoam balls together to get it to flake, and I keep it stored in a small plastic container. 

To play along with us and see the designs my friends Joanne, Shirley, Tosha, Frances and Cindy made, you can check it out at our CCEE Stampers blog.

I had a little extra time to play and use some more of this pretty Bo Bunny designer paper from their Midnight Frost collection (beautiful stuff!!).  For my next card, I used this fun sketch from this week's Mojo sketch challenge (MOJO165).  I used only punches, circle Nestabilities, and some pretty blue pearls in this design.  The snowflake and bird punch are by Stampin' Up.  The snowflake was actually punched twice out of Bordering Blue and Whisper White cardstock for a shadow effect.  I punched the bird using the Bo Bunny designer paper, and I used a smaller blue pearl for his eye.  It's kind of hard to tell in the photo, but I used retired Stampin' Up wine organdy ribbon on the angled panel.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Hearts of Friendship

Happy Sunday, everyone!  I had a chance to play in today's Featured Stamper and yesterday's Musical Card challenges over on Splitcoaststampers.  I combined these two challenges into one card.

(1) Dani's Musical challenge to make a card based on the song Chain of Love by Clay Walker; and
(2) The featured stamper challenge honoring Jellybean74 (Angela) on being this week's featured stamper! I love her gallery! I chose to case her Bold Bouquet 1 card.
Things I changed:

1. stamps
2. colors
3. used heart punch instead of ribbon
4. used brad instead of button

Cardstock:  Marina Mist, Marina Mist dp, Whisper White, Rose Red
Accessories:  heart punches, brads, circle Nestabilities, Seeing Spots embossing folder, dimensionals

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I Need Simple

Boy, was I tired when I made this last night.  I really needed to just make a clean and simple card.  Work has been quite hectic for several months.  The days have been long just because there's too much to do with so little staff to do it.  Fortunately, I'm not going to have to put up with it too much longer as I do plan to retire at the end of December.  I can't wait, and am looking forward to more time for stamping!

In any event, Thursday brings us to another CCEE Stampers challenge.  Cindy Haffner is our November challenge hostess and she has challenged to use a store bought flower in our design.  I've got a lot of store bought flowers that I never use, so this was a great challenge to make me start using them.  I love these sweet little purple rosettes.  I know a lot of people don't care for purple, but it is one of my favorite colors and I haven't used it as the main color in any of my designs in ages. 

As you can see, this was a quick, clean, and easy card to make.  I used my five-petal flower punch on the checked designer paper and centered the store bought purple rosettes onto the dp.  I love this rich, deep purple embossed dotted swiss paper (that was a mouthful!), which I border punched with this zig zag design.  "Congratulations" is from Stampin' Up's Well Scripted stamp set.

If you have some time, why not stop by our CCEE Stampers blog, see the terrific designs Joanne, Frances, Cindy, Shirley, and Tosha made and consider playing along with us!

Monday, November 8, 2010

He Loves Me Daisies

He loves me,
he loves me not,
he loves me,
he loves me not....

Remember those days of plucking the petals from daisies and reciting this little verse? :-)

This pretty bouquet of daisies is an image available by Rubbernecker.

I colored the daisies with Adirondack reinkers and blender pen. I stamped two extra daisy images, cut them out and popped them up.  Here's a close up view

he loves me,
he loves me not,
he loves me!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Whimsical Fall Tree

Even though the colorful leaves are almost done falling from the trees and the temperatures are cold here (41 degrees currently), it is still fall here in Michigan.  Fall is one of my favorite seasons as I love the vibrant colors and clean, crisp air.  So I chose to use some fall colors in my design today, which is in honor of Tobi, aka jazzytobi on Splitcoaststampers, on being this week's featured stamper!! I chose to case her artistic and pretty Chalk Pouncing card.

Things I changed:
1. image
2. used distress inks instead of chalk
3. added buttons in place of ribbon
4. colors

This image is a flourish in the Rubbernecker collection that reminds me of a whimsical tree. I colored the main image with SU markers (chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, really rust) and stamped it onto the cs. I used my distress inks and blending tool for the colors around and over the tree; I then added brads onto some of the leaves.

Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Downhill Racers

Cindy Haffner is the CCEE challenge hostess for the month of November, and she has a terrific line up of challenges for us every Thursday.  She's kicking off this Thursday with the challenge to make a winter scene card.  What better for a winter scene than a big ol' polar bear sleddin' with his little bunny buddy?  Isn't this pair just too cute?  The set is called Downhill Racers by Rubbernecker from their Northpole collection, and I just love this darling image!

I used Fun Flock on my polar bear and iridescent ice for the snowy ground.  The designer paper is Snow Much Fun by 3BugsinaRug.  I watercolored the sled and scarves with Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze reinkers and the bunny was colored with Copic markers.  I used the large Stampin' Up snowflake punch for the red snowflake and a Martha Stewart punch for the smaller white snowflake.  I spritzed shimmer spray on the snowflakes for some added dazzle.

Please stop by our CCEE Stampers blog and check out the challenge details to play along with us and the wonderful designs of Tosha, Joanne, Frances, Cindy, and Shirley

Thanks for stopping by and your much appreciated comments!