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October 2014

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog Design Team

A couple of months ago Katie Skiff and I came up with an idea for a new challenge blog.  We both have older stamps that get ignored in favor of the latest products.  We figured that if we did, others would too!  

With that, the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog was born!  We put out a call for a design team and were humbled by the amount of applicants.  We really appreciate everyone who applied.  However, we had to narrow it down to just 6!!

Without further ado…(drumroll please)…the Retro Rubber Mod Squad!!

Mod squad

These six talented ladies will be joining us on our challenges each week. 

Christine Traversa

Neva Cole

Claire Grantham

Debbie Mageed

Katy McGloin

Kelly DeTommaso

Please visit their blogs and congratulate them!! Katie and I look forward to working with these ladies!  Be sure to stop by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog too!  Our first challenge goes live on November 4th!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I will be back tomorrow with a project!

Pine Branches...

Today’s CAS card celebrates Christmas.  I like a woodsy Christmas card and even though I don’t have trees on here, I do have a pine branch. 5

I opted to do a simple treatment of the branch and sentiment.  I find that when you have such lovely words – they should be the focal point of the card. 6

By stamping off the pine branch once, and leaving the sentiment full strength I got the effect I wanted.  I die cut a tag and layered it on the DSP/CS.

Quite by accident, this card fits the Festive Friday challenge so I decided to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! Cherry cobbler and trim the tree DSP. PTI rustic white.  Inks:  SU! Early espresso and cherry cobbler.  Stamp:  SU! Ornamental pine.  Die:  Lil Inker anytime stitched die.  Other:  early espresso and cherry cobbler twine.  Rhinestones.

Eat drink and be scary...

Lately I have been trying to find my stamping voice.  (I watch too much reality TV apparently because everyone is “finding their voice”.)  I have been jumping around different stamping styles and am not really happy with some of my projects. 

I have made a number of clean and simple cards that I have/will be posting and I must say, I have been really happy with these cards.  I am going to try and stay on that journey for a while and see where it leads me. 7

This brings me to my card for today.  I am using the Reverse Confetti SFYTT and made this Halloween card.  I really like the simplicity of the card.  I used some retired SU! washi to act as the panels in the sketch.  Then I used this great sentiment from the RC Spooky Sentiments stamp set and popped it up using the RC Circles N Scallops die set. 8

Quick and easy to do duplicate if you had too.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white.  Stamp/die:  RC spooky sentiments/circles n scallops.  Other:  SU! retired washi tape, rhinestones, and candy dots.  Ink:  memento black.

Two Lovebirds on a Twig...

I have a change of pace for you today by posting this lovebird card.  I picked up this Lawn Fawn Feathered Friends stamp set last month and just had to use it!  Of course!  The stamp set includes sentiments for friends but this little set of birds is perfect for a card for your sweetie. 1

I messed up the rhinestones and hearts a bit but I decided to roll with it anyway!  I added one of the great sentiments from the Stampin’ Up! Good Greetings hostess set as it seemed perfect for the lovebirds! 2

I won’t be posting over the weekend but I will be back next week with four projects and an announcement.  Have a lovely weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white, SU! early espresso and cherry cobbler.  Stamps:  SU! good greetings and LF feathered friends.  Inks:  SU! cherry cobbler, early espresso and daffodil delight.  Die/EF:  Lil Inkers Design anytime stitched die and SU! stylish stripes embossing folder.  Other:  SU! cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon and rhinestones.

Tee hee hee and PPA Challenge...

Don’t you just love the Stampin’ Up! Tee Hee Hee stamp set?  It is just too cute.  Great stamps and especially perfect sentiments!  Today I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts.  It is a color challenge that required us to use basic black, tangelo twist and very vanilla. 9

I used some retired washi tape for my background.  Then stamped the shoes and the sentiment on a circle and backed it with tangelo twist.  A few rhinestones, a perfectly place black layer and the card is done. 10

Happy Thursday!  I am also taking advantage to play along with The Paper Players as their theme this week is Halloween.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic black, very vanilla, and tangelo twist.  Stamps:  SU! tee hee hee.  Ink: memento black.  Other: washi tape and rhinestones.

October Pals Blog Hop...


Welcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating an early Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Trick or Treat!!  Lucky you - no tricks here – only treats!  I paired up my tangerine tango fry box with the Merry Everything stamp and punch set.  When I eyeballed that stamp set I knew that “Good to the last bite” was going to come in handy! blog hop 1

This fry box is the perfect way to deliver a yummy treat to your favorite little ghost or goblin. blog hop 2

You get two treats at this stop - one for your eyes and one for your tummy!  Here is the recipe for the cookies featured in this post.  The recipe is from Taste of Home and is called Five Chip Cookies.  This has become the go to cookie recipe in my house! 


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup each of milk chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate baking chips and butterscotch chips.


Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Combine flour, oats, baking soda, and salt: gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool 1 minute before removing to wire racks.  Yield:  4 ½ dozen.

Happy Halloween!


The next stop is Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.


  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at


Supplies:  CS:  Tangerine tango, whisper white and motley monsters DSP.  Stamps:  gorgeous grunge and merry everything.  Die/punch:  fry box and note tag punch.  Other:  tangerine tango twine.  Five chip cookies.  One hungry crafter.


Count your blessings...

As I mentioned on Sunday’s post, this is the card that I made using the leafy branch from the SU! Gratitude for Days stamp set.  This stamp set really has a lot of versatility and would allow you to make a lot of different types of cards. 3

One of the things I like about this card is the fact that I could mass produce it if I had to.  It took less than 20 minutes from start to finish.  And I am one of those that once I have the model made, I can bust out the next dozen or so cards in short order. 4

I started by drawing a circle as a guide to stamp the different inks – all of which I stamped off once before stamping on the card.  A quick sentiment in the middle, a little ribbon and some layering and I was done.

I will be participating in the Pals Blog Hop tomorrow.  I am only half done so I need to get crack-a-lackin and finish up.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! tangelo twist and chocolate chip.  Stamps:  SU! gratitude for days.  Inks:  SU! hello honey, tangelo twist, mossy meadow, chocolate chip and crumbcake.  SU! tangelo twist ribbon.


This weekend I got a chance to work in the craft cave and made several clean and simple cards that I will post over the next couple of weeks.  I find clean and simple difficult to make so I thought I should face my fears!  And, I quite like what I came up with.

A good way to stretch your clean and simple muscles is to play along with a clean and simple challenge.  So enter the Card Concept challenge.  The current challenge is to make a card with black, orange, and white. CAS 1

So I busted out this cute little PTI stamp set called Happy Haunting.  I die cut a ghost, gave him a scary look and paired him up with the word BOO that I die cut using the little letters dies from Stampin’ Up!   I used the wrought iron impression plate on the top layer.  When I saw this impression plate, I immediately thought of a spooky old house with a wrought iron fence.  And when you see a spooky old house you know there has to be at least one ghost, right? CAS 2

Finally I backed the BOO sentiment with some stripey SU! DSP.  Easy, clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies:  PTI white and SU! motley monsters DSP.  Ink:  memento black.  Stamps/dies:  PTI Happy Haunting and wrought iron impression plate.  SU! Little Letters.

The eyes have it...

Hello all!  Happy Sunday!  Today I am super excited to be guest blogger for the wonderful Mary Fish, my Stampin’ Up! upline!  Mary is always so gracious to showcase members of her downline on Sundays.  And today is my day!  Thank you so much Mary!  I really appreciate it!

When I signed up for an October date it was a given that I was going to do something for Halloween and came up with this idea to make a wreath of spooky eyes.  In my mind’s eye it was brilliant!  However making it a reality was something else.  I went thru a lot of samples over several days to finally achieve the result that I wanted. 1

My plan was really simple or so I thought.  It actually took me about a dozen tries in all and some consulting with two stamping wonders – Mary Fish and my buddy Katie Skiff.  Tip #1 – when your mojo is stuck – consult with some other stampers!  Mary and Katie gave me some great advice and encouragement.

Tip #2 – look through your stamps and dies to see if you can use them in unexpected ways.  I used the Stampin’ Up! Gratitude for Days for the wreath.  I tried three major themes in trying to come up with my spooky eye wreath.  The first was to use the leafy branch from this set for the wreath.  (I will have a card later this week that I made from the branch stamp.)  The leafy branch was the wrong choice to pair up with the spooky eyes.  The second was to use the spooky eyes (from Freaky Friends) themselves to make the wreath.  It looked scary all right – but not a good kind of scary!  The third was to use the leaf stamp in this set.  I know these stamps are made for journaling cards and not necessarily to be the focus on an A2 sized card but again – use your stamps for something other than is expected. 3

By using a circle framelit to make a guideline, memento black ink and second generation stamping, I created my wreath.  Then I embossed the eyes from the SU! Freaky Friends stamp set randomly.  At this point I admit I struggled a bit as to how I was going to cut the wreath out.  It dawned on me – why not use the wonderful wreath die?  It was the right choice especially by pairing it with a circle framelit for the middle.

Tip #3 – the power of threes.  I placed the wreath on my base card and added three pieces of tangerine tango thick twine.  However, it just didn’t look right.  So I used the patented Brian King method of squinting at the card (the nickel is in the mail) and decided candy dots would finish it off.  So two sets of three it was. 5

Tip #4 – do you sometimes struggle to find the right sentiment for the card you are making?  I do.  I knew what sentiment I wanted so asked my friend Katie for some help writing it out.  Katie did a great job!  And then she realized that she had written them the wrong way on the word bubbles I had cut out.  So plan B it was: use Word and print the sentiment on my cardstock instead.  Bonus:  word had the perfect font – chiller – for the sentiment. 4

So there you go – the eyes have it!  I hoped you enjoyed my card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! whisper white, basic black.  Inks:  memento black and versamark.  Black embossing powder.  Stamps:  SU! Gratitude for Days and Freaky Friends.  Dies:  SU! wonderful wreath, circles and word bubbles.  Embellies:  SU! candy dots and tangerine tango thick twine.

Moose and friends...

Hello!  It is Wednesday already!  Sorry for being radio silent the last few days, I have been working on a project that I can’t seem to get right or be happy with!  But in the middle of all of that I did make a quick card using the moose from the Stampin’ Up! Visions of Santa stamp set. moose

This moose is just too cute!  So I colored him up and made him the star of the card.  I paired him with SU! DSP, added some ribbon and buttons and was done.  I don’t think I will be back until Friday with a new card.

Happy Wednesday!

Supplies:  CS: PTI White, soft suede, so saffron, Santa & Co DSP.  Stamps:  SU! Visions of Santa.  Ink:  memento black, SU! blendies and markers.  Other:  SU! real red ribbon and buttons from my stash.