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For the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC720), we are going to Burton & Burton. There were a lot of things I wanted to use for inspiration, but I kept coming back to THIS picture. 

After I die cut the trees, deer & a white front, I sponged the Distress inks down another white panel, then splattered it w/ some picket fence Distress stain.  The die cuts were attached (I used a black Prismacolor pencil on the birch trees) & the little scene was spritzed w/ a shimmer spray.  

After I decided how tall to make my little scene, I used my Resizing Technique to divide the top white panel in two, then shorten them (this technique works for making die cuts smaller as well as larger!). I had some corrugated white cardboard saved from a light bulb pkg, so I used it to pop up the 2 white panel a bit. Stickles was used on the white snowflake & a few clear sequins for additional sparkle. Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Merry Christmas
Paper:  Staples 110# white
Ink: Versaclair nocturne (greeting), Distress inks twisted citron, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon
Accessories:  Rubbernecker:  Stitched RectanglesDeer FamilyBirch Trees,Sm. Snowflake dies, black Prismacolor pencil, clear sequins, shimmer spritz, Distress stain in picket fence


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For the Inspiration Challenge (IC719) on Splitcoast, we’re heading to Dormify. A fun site (especially for back to schoolers) & I was inspired by THIS poster. I really liked the orange/blue combo.

To make my beach scene, I masked off the water & sky area & sponged in some oranges for the ground/sand, added a little brown to the sides along w/ stamping a splatter image for a little texture. The mask was reversed for the water & sky & those were sponged. I used some Tombow markers to “ink” up the palm trees & stamped them on either side. Surfer boy Zeke was colored & fussy cut & the old woody was die cut. The greeting is partly another stamp combined w/ some die cut & colored letters. I added the white wavy polaroid type frame for a little separation & to make the greeting stand out.

Here is the inside & the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps –Zeke, Woody, Splatter Bg,Life is a Circus, Island Dreams  (inside: Many Happies)
Paper:  Staples 110# white, X-Press It 
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean, spun sugar, dried marigold, carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon, tea dye
Accessories:Rubbernecker: Stitched Rectangles,Woody, Alphabet Upper Case,Alphabet Lower CaseRectangle Scallop, Square Scallop dies, Tombow markers, Copic Markers

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Congrats to Rebecca, the newest Featured Stamper (FS657) on Splitcoast! She has a lovely gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the fall leaf theme w/ the  big central leaf, but I used different images, different colors & a different technique.

For my fall card, I started by die cutting a large leaf shape & using the negative as a mask to sponge Distress inks in the fall colors. Then I stamped the Single Fall Tree in Distress oxide ink in ground espresso. I used a water brush & more of the distress inks to add a little splatter. 

For the larger bg, I used the woodgrain bg, but not in the conventional sense. I used a technique I learned probably 15 yrs ago but I don’t see it used these days. I wanted the bg to look a little more solid, so I used a hair dryer to slightly heat a piece of fun foam then pressed it to the woodgrain bg. What I got was a solid version of the woodgrain. (See pic below.) The green block is made of fun foam & I inked it so you could see it better. This works w/ any stamp, it just looks better w/ some. I will caution you, do not use a heat’s just too hot & will melt the foam into a solid hard mess. I have an old, not very powerful hair dryer I kept just for things like this 😀 . I used my solid foam “stamp” & Distress inks in vintage photo & walnut stain for the bg.

Here’s the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: DRS DesignsSingle Fall Tree Woodgrain BgBeauty of Autumn  (insideGoodbye SummerOpen Leaf )
Paper: Staples 110# white
Ink: Distress inks ripe persimmon, dried marigold, crushed olive, fired brick, walnut stain, vintage photo, Distress oxide ink in ground espresso
oAccessories: Misti, Rubbernecker Rectangle StitchDeckle Rectangle, Splatter Leaves dies, fun foam, hair dryer


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