Saturday, August 30, 2014

Everything Day - Celebrate it All!

Hello there, TRC fans, Mary-Ann with you today.   I am sharing my last card of the month using August's Creative Cafe KOTM.  E.V.E.R.Y. single stamp is amazing in this pack.  
I really wanted to use the pinks, blacks and gold that were provided in the kit so this is what I came up with.  

I started with an A2 base in black.  Keeping every line clean and simple I added a 1" pink and white stripped piece backed with foam to the left side.  Cut a thin strip of gold and added it as shown.  I then cut a 2x3 piece from the map paper, backed it with foam and attached to the lower right.  I stamped the flower shown (two times) from the "Flower Bouquet" stamp set with black ink on scraps of the white paper.  At this point, I would suggest you do your fussy cutting.  I then added Scrap Happy glue to each dot and sprinkled with gold glitter.  I used my heating tool to help heat set these.   You could also use stickles, a gold pearl pen or embossing powder to get to get the same effect.  Add your flowers after they have completely dried, overlapping slightly.  

Stamped my sentiment, backed with thin gold paper and tied a tight little pink bow.  This is the time that I wish I had the Bow-it-all to help with the perfect bow.  That is definitely on my "NEED" list.

I hope you have been inspired to create with color combos that work for you.  
See you in September!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Gold N' Glitz
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Gold N' Glitz
Ink: Memento Black

Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; dimensional foam tape
Embellishments:  Ribbon from kit, gold glitter included in kit

Friday, August 29, 2014

Special Limited Edition Stamp set- Too Cute to Spook!

Well you've seen the Sneak Peek for our September Creative Cafe' kit - Cute & Spooky- but hold onto your broom sticks 'cause I have some more fun to share!

This month - in addition to the Add-on set, we are offering a limited edition set ...  regulary priced at  $14.99, this special set will be avaiable to our kit club members, for $7.99!  It's called Too Cute to Spook and coordinates perfectly with our "Cute & Spooky" Creative Cafe' kit. 
Check it out!
Here's some fun ideas using this sweet canine treat!  Treat toppers for your favorite canine, or kids- I also had some fun with the cute little paper clips that come in the kit - and made some rocker toppers with hershey nuggets!  Too perfect! 

The limited edition set is available only while supplies last, so be sure to get your's ordered today!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vellum Embossing with the August Creative Cafe Kit!

Hi -Michelle back to finish up the month with my last card as Guest Designer here at The Rubber Cafe'!   I have had so much fun playing with the August Creative Cafe Kit! For today's card I am using a fun Vellum Embossing Technique and added a touch of dimension to my leaves to create this fabulous tag card!
As I did on an earlier card, the leaves were stamped on the green designer paper from the MME pad and then color was added with YG46 and YG43 for interest.   To finish I fussy cut the leaves.

For this card you will be folding the leaf over your scissors blade, right down the middle to give the leaf some dimension!

Next stamp the flower image onto white vellum (not included in kit) with StazOn ink and let dry. TIP: StazOn ink is a fast drying ink, so perfect when working on non pourous smooth surfaces like vellum 

Flip your dry images over onto a foam pad.  Using an embossing stylus, gently rub every other section of the flower petals until they stretch and turn white as shown.

Color the flat sections that you did not emboss with Copic B97.

Flip your image back over to the *right* side.  If you wish to tone down the white, you can color it carefully with a Copic B45.  Just be careful not to touch the stazon or you will have a bleeding issue. TIP:  Copics and StazOn ink don't play well until dry!

Fussy cut  your flowers and attach to your tag with glue dots under the center of the flowers.  I added a sunflower gem on my flowers for added dimension and interest.

I stamped the little black flowers onto the Bazzill Bling paper with Stazon ink.  I embellished the center of each with a dot of glue and then the gold glitter.

My tag measures 4 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches.  I free handed the corners and hole punch, but if you have a tag in your stash, go ahead and trace it!

I hope I have inspired you to give this technique a try!  I have enjoyed my month as Guest Designer with The Rubber Cafe!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit -Gold 'n Glitz;  My Mind's Eye -Market Street 6x6 pad, Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic Markers, Stazon Black ink
Adhesives: Dimensional 3d Pop-dots, glue
Embellishments:   Green Rayon Ribbon; Queen and Co. Bling adhesives foound in your kit

Creative Cafe' Sneak Peek for September!!

Hi Everyone! It's sneak peek time again here at The Rubber Cafe' !

Creative Cafe Kits
Sign up for our Creative Cafe Kits packed with inspiration today!
This month -we're getting ready for that Spookiest time of the year- Halloween!  We've pulled out all the stops this time with ghoulish fun that will have you howling at the moon over this month's kit called 'Cute & Spooky' !

So click now to receive your kit! Yes I want to sign up .
I want to share a sneak peek look at our kit 'Cute & Spooky' with goodies,  papers... featuring a 6x6 pad by Doodlebug, ghouls & goodies!

Here's a look at the featured stamp set - ''Halloween Traditions"

and here's this month's add-on stamp set "Halloween Predictions"

As always, shipping for those of you already subscribed begins September 1, 2014

So don't delay...  and order your kits today!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Floral Bouquet- 'Pink' Wash and Blackboard technique - Featuring August Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month

Hello!  Today I'm back to share what is becoming a favorite technique of mine. Especially when I want to do that almost single layer card! 

I came across this when Blackboard and White wash started becoming a fun and new trend.  I've changed mine up a bit today as I'm using a pink inks instead of white ink on a black background.  And once again, I'm featuring the gorgeous Floral Bouquet stamp set that is included in our August Creative Cafe' kit. 
Check this out it's easier to do than you think!

 To Ink this beauty - I started with Memento Luxe Inks - the outline looks white but it is really Memento-Luxe Angel Pink; I wanted a little more color so used my Memento Luxe Rosebud and a water brush to softly fill the interiors. I stamped small circles with a clean pencil eraser end dipped in Rosebud ink.
To finish - I took my T-bar ruler to help me create a 'wonky' edge to my card. There are dies out there to do this as well, but I just had fun cutting my angles myself.
Once I had cut my background piece to the angles I wanted, I backed it with Pink cardstock with  just a 'smidge' showing. I put this all on a White card - cut and top scored at 4 1/4" x 11 - so it would finish as a standard A2 card and fit any envelope.
I used the stamp phrases 'Happy' and 'everything' from the Add-On stampset this month "Laurels" to create my sentiment 'Happy everything' aligning each word with the angled edge of the bottom. Stamping directly to the white card.
That's it for me today - keep an eye out we'll be sharing a sneak peek soon of our upcoming new kit release for September! 
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit- Gold 'n Glitz; Floral Bouquet and Add-on set Laurels
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit - Gold 'n Glitz; My Minds' Eye Market Street- 6x6 pad
Ink:  Memento-Luxe Angel Pink; Rosebud; Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools/Dies:  T-Rule to aide in cutting my angles