Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Holly Wreath Card!

Hello TRC Fans!  Today I have a fun card to share with you using supplies from the October Creative Cafe' Kit - Christmas Behind the Scenes.  For this card, I used a masking technique that is easy to do and you get a really great card!

For the masking, I used some Eclipse masking paper I have had for a long time.  But its easy to get the same effect by using Post-it Notes.  Just be sure to stamp on the sticky part!  Here is a close-up of my card!

I created a video to show you how to make this card.

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps:The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe' -October Kit of the month -Christmas Behind the Scenes
  • Paper: The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' - October kit of the Month -Doodle bug 6x6 pad Santa Express
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink pad; Copic Markers
  • Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue; 3d foam squares
  • Embellishments:  s; Little B red bow in the kit
  • Tools:  Circle dies, masking tape, scissors, glue dots, white pen

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diagonal Swing Front Card

Hello Rubber Cafe' Fans!!!

t's time to share another fun card that I've made with this months Rubber Cafe' Creative Card Kit!

Today I have a fun "Diagonal swing front card" to share with you that I made with The Rubber Cafe' October Kit of the Month, "Christmas behind the scenes".

I used the add on stamp kit, "Santa's Workshop",  Scrap Happy Gluememento inkcopic markers, and Score Tape.

Here is a look at the front of the  Card. Keep scrolling down for step by step instructions to create one on your own.

Here is the inside.

To create the front diagonal flap, cut a 4 1/4" wide white panel and a 4" patterned paper panel.  Cut the diagonal top on the two panels.
Score the long edge of the white panel.

Adhere the patterned paper panel to the 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" tree panel with Score Tape.

Here's how it will look on the front.

Here's how it will look on the back.

Adhere the panel to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel of green cardstock.

 Create a tag and stamp "Merry Christmas" on it.
Tie the tag to the front panel with twine.

Create the main image panel by die cutting a red scallop edge circle panel with a Spellbinders die.
Die cut another slightly smaller scallop edge green circle with a Spellbinders die.
Stamp elf on a die cut white circle and color with markers.
Adhere all the panels together as shown and then adhere to card with Scrap Happy Sheer Glue.

When you adhere the image to the card, only use Scrap Happy Sheer Glue on the part that is attached to the "Present Patterned Paper" so that the front panel can still swing open.

Then on the inside of the card, create this panel by stamping and coloring the image.  Back it with red cardstock and adhere to card.

That's it!  I hope you you enjoyed today's "Diagonal Swing Front Card" tutorial and that you will give it a try! 

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - October Kit of the Month, "Christmas behind the scenes" and the add on set.
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento dye Ink;  Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Sheer GlueScore Tape
Embellishments: The three colored twines are from the October Kit of the Month, "Christmas behind the scenes"
Other: Spellbinders Classic Circle and Classic Scallop Circle dies

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tree Decorating Place holders- featuring a folded tree tutorial with the Creative Cafe' KOM

Hi Everyone!  Hope you've had a great week!  I'm starting off the weekend, with a cute place card idea, show casing those adorable Elves!!  Yep they're at it again, and busy at work decorating trees for Santa's delivery!
Grab your favorite beverage and read on, while I show you how to make these cute simple trees!
First of all here's my finished tree - It's hard to tell in the picture but I've added some wow by covering them with The Rubber Cafe's very own ultra fine "You're So Fine" Diamond Highlights glitter!  We still sell this in a huge assortment of amazing colors, but I'm such a fan of the Diamond Highlights glitter, I bought the large pot.  This works wonderfully with a coat of our Scrap Happy Glue directly on your paper, and as many of you know once you've let that get a little tacky - you can burnish your glitter into your paper with gorgeous results!  

Here's a closeup - of the top portion - I've added a cute tag as reminder of this special date!  And used the adorable Red bows from Little B which are also in your kit to top off my tree!  You can see my Elf buddy is attempting to add some Mistle Toe to the top for a finishing touch!

Here's a view of the lower half, for place card I've added fish tail banners for my 'Merry Christmas' sentiment, and an extra one for you to hand write each of your guest's name.  I added a fun peppermint candy embellishment also by Little B- and included in your kit.  Tiny jingle bells from the kit are attached to each of my Jolly elves hats- (or not so jolly elves take a look at the poor guy on the bottom!)

So how did I make these cute trees??  Well if you have a digital cutter, I know there are designs that you could use and cut quite easily if so great!  But if you don't I've tried to come up with a simple way score this and create a bottom opening so you have a way to tuck in some sweet surprises as well if you choose!  I admit I'm really not a percision type when I'm creating, I rely a lot on my eye and feel for balance, but I've attempted to create some precision and measurements to help you find your way.
First of all this starts off with a 6x6 pc of Cardstock, so it's perfect to use with any selection from the Doodle Bug 6x6 pad that is also included in this month's kit!
Measuring and creating your score lines:
In the row of pictures below, Working with the top edge of your paper, I'm measuring in from each end at 2" and marking it repeat that a 2nd time.  
Work your way in from the LH side of the paper measuring in again from the edge at 2" and again another 2" from that mark.  This will leave your center section a kite shape so that the LH corner of the square is centered by your 2nd 2" measurement from each side.  
These are your score lines - as you can see in the 3rd picture on the end.
You want to start scoring from the wide 2" mark and angle your paper so your score line will end at the point of the corner of your paper in the Lower RH corner.

Shaping and folding your tree treat box:
Once you've scoring is complete, I start rolling and folding it into my tree shape so you have what you see in the first picture below.  You will end up overlapping the two outside pieces one over the other so you have basically four sides visible when standing, (5 if you count the square bottom)

You can see from the first picture, that it's not even, but you have the point of the kite to work with and this will be your piece you fold to create for your box closer. 
Shaping your bottom is not exact, I found it best to mark the lowest point and with scissors I trimed it so it was as straight as possible while I still had it folded in it's tree shape.  I did try to draw some lines that show my bottom edges in picture #2 - mainly for purposes of scoring the bottom so your sides and flip piece can be scored to create the closure -
Finishing and creating your box bottom:
Here's a look at my finished bottom- I trimed some of the sides off to create a straitght piece, cutting in on each side, so that I created to side flaps and 1 back flap that will fold down and create the bottom of my box. 
I scored my flap by working in from the point to the straight area, this will provide me with a flap that will tuck in and keep the box closed.  And again the flat square surface becomes your tree bottom. 
See how it looks folded in and closed in picture #2.  The 3rd pic is how my tree looks closed and standing up!

Applying your Glitter:
Once you get your tree scored and cut - I opened it up and laid it on my mat with the side up that I wanted to apply the glitter to, and began to prep my tree for the glitter!
I applied Scrap Happy Glue with a wet brush to get it on evenly and not too heavily.  I focused my glue on the areas above the bottom score line, I decided not to bother applying glitter to my bottom and closing flaps. However you could do it all if you choose to, the glitter is so fine it will not hamper your tree from standing up.
Once my glue was tacky... I placed another piece of paper on my craft mat, mainly to easily catch my excess glitter, (below you can see my large pot of glitter!)  I've just sprinkled/poured glitter over the entire tree surface, and burnished the glitter into the adhesive with my finger tips, your outcome is glitter covered paper!  If you don't over apply the glitter you'll find most of it is used and aheres to your paper.  Shake off the rest and return it to your jar. 
Here's a picture with my finished tree again, surrounded by more trees!  Once you get going they are really quick and easy to make!  I didn't glitter the other trees so hopefully you can see the difference with them all clustered together. 
The Glitter really does add an amazing affect to your finished project!  It kind of reminds me of sugared candy.
Thanks for stopping by - I hope you'll give these a try!  Embellished or alone, they are really fun and clustered make a great center piece as well!
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' - October kit of the Month -Doodle bug 6x6 pad Santa Express
Ink: Memento Espresso; Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue; Red line tape
Tools:  Trimmer; Ruler

Friday, October 17, 2014

Special Delivery: October Creative Cafe' KOTM

Hi there everyone!  Sharing more holiday spirit today with this card made with the  October Creative Cafe' KOTM and also the Santa's Workshop add-on set:

Start with a  5&1/2 by 4&1/4" red cardstock base.

Add a 5&1/4" by 4" piece of white cardstock.

Stamp the top elf and the North Pole elf in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, and color with Copics, then fussy cut out.

Add Cool Highlight You're So Fine Glitter from The Rubber Cafe' using Scrap Happy Glue to the snow on the pole and sign.

Glue pole to the right side of the card.  Add a 1&1/8" strip of red cardstock, with a 3/4" strip of snowflake pattern paper to the bottom of the card add lace trim.

Use foam tape to add the elf to the card.  And a tip here: I cut off the mistletoe and glued it down under the elves little gloves/hands to give it more dimension.

Add 2 banners to the upper left corner using 1" strips of patterned paper, tie with jute string and glue to card.

Stamp the postage cancellation stamp in Memento, color with Copics, and add some Blue Skies You're So Fine Glitter.  Use foam tape to add to the banners.

Stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink on white cardstock, trim to banner shape, mat on red cardstock, foam tape to card and add bow.

Here's a closer peek at some of the details:

Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today!  More holiday inspiration coming soon!!


Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Christmas Behind the Scenes
Elf'n Around and Santa's Workshop
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Christmas Behind the Scenes
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo; Distress Ink-Black Soot; Copic Markers-
R17, R37, YG06, YG23, BG01, BG05, N2, 0
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; foam tape
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Christmas Behind the Scenes
little b red bow, jute string; lace trim; You're So Fine Glitter -Blue Skies; Cool Highlight

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elf'n Around!

It is Thursday and time to share another card featuring the Elf'n Around stamp set that is included in the October Christmas Behind the Scenes Creative Cafe Kit. 

For this card I stamped up a pile of the holly image on a piece of acetate with Stazon ink.  I applied glue with the detailing kit to the back of the image and then added glitter.    Once dry, I cut the holly pieces out and now have some fabulous embellishments for any holiday project!

I created a frame on this card, attaching the holly pieces in alternating positions.

I stamped the image and colored it with Copic markers.  I added Gold Medal You're So Fine Glitter  to the stars and the jingle bell on his hat.  The image is matted on black cardstock and popped up on foam tape.


You're So Fine Glitters:  Patriot Red, Fir Tree Green, Gold Medal