Rubbernecker Stamps Coffee Blanket Birthday Card

Howdy, it is that fun time again. That would be the Coffee Lovers Hop!

I created this card for the hop using a Rubbernecker Stamps set, Gina Marie Designs stencil and a Spellbinders die.

For the background I used a stencil and did some ink blending thru it.

The stack of cups was stamped and colored with Copic Markers. The funny thing is I had a completely different stack of cups as far as coloring and it was just to much so I stamped again and colored these to match the background. This panel and mat is raised using fun foam.

The sentiment was die cut twice for some dimension. I took an ink pad direct to paper before die cutting and I also went over it ink pad direct to paper after to make it darker in color.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps Coffee Blanket stamp set
  • Gina Marie Designs Coffee Bean stencil
  • Spellbinders Sentiments Three die set
  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Hero Arts Reactive Ink

Watercolor Sympathy Cards

Recently my aunt passed away so I wanted to make a card for each of my cousins. I spent a lot of time growing up at their house. My cousin Susie and I were born 18 days apart. My aunt had  alzheimers. I mention this because one time I went to visit and they had her at my cousin’s house for Thanksgiving day. It happened to be my aunt’s birthday. She did not talk rationally but was helping dry dishes. We decided to sing Happy Birthday to her and she piped right in singing it perfectly. Music is pretty amazing even when the mind is not what it used to be.

Here is the three cards I made for my cousins.

Sympathy in Blue

For this one I made the flower panel some time ago and thought it was nice for a sympathy card. I watercolored the background on watercolor paper. I heat embossed the flowers in white over that with a Rubbernecker stamp. I cut around the image using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is stamped using a Paper Smooches set.

When I made this panel I was trying out Jennifer McGuire’s block watercolor stamping techinque.


  • Rubbernecker Stamps – Petunias
  • Paper Smooches Set – Sympathy Sampler
  • Spellbinder Die – Marvelous Squares

Sympathy Watercolor Flowers

The technique for this card was a fun one. I colored on a Hero Arts stamp and misted it just a bit and then stamped. I really like the look. Then I decided to make a frame for those flowers.  I die cut a deckled rectangle from a watercolor panel. I used the same green as the flowers to color the frame. The sentiment is simply stamped on the frame.


  • Hero Arts Flower Stamp – Exotic Bloom (H5424)
  • Spellbinder Die – Large Deckled Rectangles
  • Hero Arts Sentiment Stamp Set – Everyday Sayings (CL432)

Magenta Azalea Sympathy Card

And the third one.. I stamped these pretty flowers on some watercolor paper. I colored them using Zig Clean Color Pens. I stamped over that with a really light ink using a text background stamp. Then I realized the text was not going the direction I wanted it to. So you turn the card and it is all good. I think this image would look better going horitzontal but it would bug me way more to have text going sideways so here it is.  The sentiment is stamped using some nice bold black ink (probably Versafine onyx black).

One time when my hub saw a card I made with text he said you can’t read it. Yes I use text from another language on purpose . That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh I like it, uh-huh, uh-huh!


  • Flower – Magenta Azalea
  • Text – Impression Obsession French Text
  • Sentiment – Hero Arts Everyday Sayings (CL432)
  • Zig Clean Color Pens

Sepia Sympathy Card

Sepia Sympathy

It’s kind of interesting how this card came about. I stamped this Hero Arts image Large Blossom (CG271) on some watercolor paper and had some ideas on how I wanted it to look. I was thinking stamp in lighter olive green and have some light pink flowers. I started working on that. This card was for a friend of my husbands whose father passed away. When I showed my husband my original idea he wasn’t really diggin’ it. He says why don’t you make it a sepia look. At first I thought nah. Then I thought why not try it. I really like how it turned out. On the one hand I think it is ok for a sympathy card and a part of me thinks it is a bit dark colored for a sympathy card. If you have a thought on this please comment.

I painted some Tea Dye or maybe another brown Distress ink on some watercolor paper. Then I stamped the image, which is a reverse image, using a darker brown Oxide ink (can’t remember which one). I like how it has a texture look to the background from the watercolor paper. The background piece is stamped with a Rubbernecker stamp Distress Dotted Lines. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches set Sympathy Sampler (NOS298). This is a really good sympathy set with several different sets of words for these type of cards.

Hero Arts Scramble 157

Hero Arts Scramble 157

The challenge for Scramble #157 is “Frame It”.  LaVon asked us to use a frame or framing technique as part of our creation. LaVon was the host for this Scramble and she showed a card made by Jacqueline that she received a few years back and one that she made and they were both very nice so mine was made from this inspiration.

Here is my card and I went over the 90 minute time frame some.. what’s new. Whenever I use a layered stamp I have to stamp it many times to practice the lining up and get the color combo I want. So when will I learn not to use those during the Scrambles. I think I spent at least 2/3 of the time stamping over and over to come up with the right color combo and have the layers lined up nice.

Anyway.. I first put down three different Distress Oxide green inks on watercolor paper that I wet first. I used Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Twisted Citron. I set that aside to dry. The first one didn’t come out right so this is number two.

Then I spent quite awhile stamping the bird. Stored with the stamp set was a die set so I thought great just die cut that bird. Well I just noticed that the die set I put in the same plastic sleeve was not even the one that matched this stamp set. Ha jokes on me. So I hand cut the bird. The stamp set I used is Color Layering Bird (CL866). The die is for the Color Layering Dimensional Bird. Oops! Now I need to get that stamp set. The inks I used on the bird was Color Box Chalk Dark Peony, Colorcube Heliotrope, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves.

The branch is by Tessler (DCL019) and I altered it after die cutting. There was a swirl at the end of the branch and I cut of one grouping of leaves and a single leaf so the bird could sit there. I colored the branch with Oxide inks Peeled Paint and Frayed Burlap.

The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called Birthday Messages (SSS101391) stamped with Memories black ink. It is stamped more crooked than I would like it to be.

The circle frame is from Rubbernecker Stamps Freehand Border Circle (955) and also stamped with the Memories ink.

Blue & Silver Flowers Thanks

Blue & Silver Flowers Thanks

One more book page for now..

When I was in Wyoming I found this awesome Scrapbook store called Scrap Tree in Laramie Wyoming and I bought the book pages there. It was perfect because the thought of me ripping up a book was kind of a tough one but someone else did and I got many pages from it. The paper is kind of delicate but fun to work with. If you try to cut it with a paper cutter with the sliding blade that does not work. I used either scissors or a guillotine type paper cutter. I made a few backgrounds and a few cards recently using this book page paper. Some of this is a repeat but maybe you did not see all the posts with the same info.

On this one I also painted over the book paper with gesso. I used a plant stamp which I am not sure where the plastic pouch is to put it away which also means I can’t remember who makes it. But anyway.. it is stamped with gray ink. Okay now I have it. It was in a pile with other stamps I forgot was right by me. The branch is from Rubbernecker and it is called Floral (496-03). The flowers are from Hero Arts stamp Small Striped Flower (CG256). I heat embossed them with silver and then colored them in with Copics. The sentiment is a from a Tim Holtz die set called Celebrations and cut out from dark gray card stock which the base is made from too.

Petunia Hello

Petunia Hello

I created this card using a stamp set from Rubbernecker Stamps. This stamp is called Petunias (866). I like their stamps and I got another set like this one called Poppies. I like the look and that you can be a bit more free with it instead of trying to line things up perfectly. They do some nice demos at the stamp shows. I stamped on watercolor paper. I forget what I used for the color in the flower but I am pretty sure the outline is Versafine Onyx Black. I might of used some pens and spritzed them with water? Then I did a little watercoloring around the flowers. The oval and frame is cut with a Spellbinders die Card Creator Filigree Delight. The sentiment is stamped with a stamp from Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings (CL342).