Sunday, April 20, 2014

Another Fabulous Fun Fold Card!

Hi There!  Kristine here today with another Fun Fold card that I made with the April Creative Cafe' Kit of the month. I originally saw this design on a friends blog and contacted her for the measurements so I could share them with you!  

This bright fun card is perfect for today!

To create today's card you will need the following from your kit:
Yellow cardstock cut to 10" x 6"
Orange cardstock (2 panels 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" and 7 Panels 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"-I only show 6 in the picture)
patterned paper of your choice.

To create the card base score on the solid lines and cut on the dotted lines.  all the little squares are 2".

After cutting and scoring you should be able to fold the panel into the card base like this.

Cut your patterned paper pieces slightly smaller that the orange panels (approximately 1 3/4" squares for the small panels and approximately 3 3/4" square for the larger squares.  Adhere with  Scrap Happy Glue.

Adhere the panels to the card with  Scrap Happy Glue.

Here is a look at the round panel.  I die cut a scallop circle panel from green cardstock and a slightly smaller scallop edge circle panel from the coral cardstock and adhered them with  3D Foam Squares.

I stamped the girl and sentiment and colored with copic markers.

The triple bow was created with the Zutter Bow-it-all.  The Zutter Bow-it-all is a tool I didn't know I needed until I had it.  Now it sits on my craft table at all times and I use it on nearly every card I make!

Here's a close up of the other panel.  I used the square Spellbinders die and the square scallop die.  The bunnies tail has a dollop of White Puffies on it and I fussy cut him out and adhered him to the panel with 3D Foam Squares.  I added a gem on each corner of the panel too!

One more bow with the yellow ribbon and you're done! 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will give it a try.  It's easier than it looks and so very cool when it's complete!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month - Spring is In the Air & the add on stamp set, Happy Spring
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Spring is in the Air
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,copic markers
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments: Ribbon and gems included in kit, White Puffies 
Tools/Dies: Spellbinders dies, Zutter Bow-it-all

Saturday, April 19, 2014


Good day Rubber Cafe' fans, we are going to do a little throw back to February and share a quick little card made from the Creative Cafe kit of the month - February 2014.  These kits are never ending, pull them out even months after and create again!

It is STILL freezing here in New England and all we are doing is drinking hot cocoa, tea and coffee to keep warm.  My feet are freezing!  Creating with February's Cafe Creations Kit of the Month has been just what the cold weather ordered!  It's Mary-Ann here to share with you a quick creation for the month, showing you that these kits NEVER get old. 

 My Mom drinks lots of tea, so we all call her Tea Grammy.  I had her in mind when creating this card, it is something she would love to receive!  She is here visiting right now to help me with some after surgery transportation and this card will be perfect as a little thank you for all she is doing for my family.

First, I want to share with you the trials I have had with this creation.  Nothing seemed to work but my outcome was just right.  I started off by coloring this tea pot blue and embossing it with clear powder. Not what I expected or liked.  
So, I re-VersaMarked it and with my fingers, I pinched gold embossing powder (just like you would with salt when cooking) and lightly sprinkled it on my tea pot. Then I added white embossing powder over that. I was careful to go sparingly with the white because I would not be able to recycle any extra powder because it is now two colors mixed. In the end, I loved the mixed color look. (see above)

Because of the gold flecks in my pot, I wanted to add the tiny gold embossed spoon with foam tape to the center of the pot.  It needed ribbon but the ribbon was too big.  As I have shared with you before, I altered the ribbon by slicing up the edge carefully with my scissors to create a very thin, almost twine looking ribbon.  Tied this around my spoon and voila!

A cute little tea pot short and stout!

My card base dimension is 8 1/4 x 5 1/2 folded in half.  I heat embossed the word "TEA" with gold and sewed through the center of it.  You can see that I sewed around all the edges of my papers, and lifted the edges of the pages for dimension.  As I confessed before, I cut one of my stamps into two pieces, and this "TEA" is the second half!

Hope you have enjoyed my card and can not wait to see you next month!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Tea for Two
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Tea for Two
Ink and Paint: Versa-Mark pad, gold embossing powder, white embossing powder
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Sewing Machine, Ribbon included in kit, thread
Tools/Dies: Fine tip scissors, acrylic block, sewing machine

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dancin' in the Rain: Creative Cafe' KOTM

Hello everyone!  It's Laura with a pick me up Get Well Wishes card using The Rubber Cafe' KOTM:

To make this card:
Base: 4&1/4" by 5&1/2" white cardstcok

First Layers: Stamp raindrop stamp using Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink along top edge.  Cut a 3&1/4" by 4&1/4" piece yellow pattern paper as a mat for 3" by 4&1/4" piece aqua raindrop pattern paper.  Adhere these directly under stamped raindrops.

Tear a piece of washi tape (about 2&1/4") and stick to bottom right side of card.  Attach "Get Well Soon" sentiment stamped on a small scrap of yellow pattern paper.

Cut a 1&1/2" by 3&1/2" piece of rainbow stripe paper, adhere to left side of raindrop paper about 1/4" from bottom.

Here is a close up of the first layers:

Two notes/tips here....I do not show the bow....I took the picture before I glued everything down....make sure to add your bow to the upper edge of the yellow/aqua raindrop piece before you glue it down! get your raindrops centered well....stamp in the MIDDLE of the cardstock first, then work your way to the edges.

Next step, stamp the "life isn't about waiting" sentiment on yellow pattern paper, trim down (1&1/2" square) then mat with a small piece of aqua cardstock (add 1/8"--so 1&5/8").  Cut Fancy Framed Tags Two frame out of pink dot pattern paper, use foam dots to attach sentiment to frame.

Add a piece of washi tape to top edge of rainbow stripe paper in center of card (about 3" long with top edge about 1/4" from top edge of blue raindrop paper), then glue sentiment to this piece using Scrap Happy Glue.

The umbrella is stamped on white cardstock in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink and cut out using Spellbinders Classic Circles.  The umbrella is stamped again on the floral print paper, the top fussy cut out, and foam taped to the original image.

I stamped and fussy cut a few flowers, using Queen and Co bubbles for centers and for a few "raindrops" under the umbrella.

Love that this card is bright and cheerful to cheer up a friend or family member!

Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today! 

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Spring is in the Air
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Spring is in the Air
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink, Memento Luxe Ink-Bahama Blue
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; dimensional foam tape
Embellishments: Queen & Co bubbles, washi tape, yellow seam binding
Tools/Dies: Spellbinders-Classic Circles, Fancy Framed Tags Two

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Treat Baskets

Hi There!  I'm sharing some fun treat baskets with you today - these projects all feature products from our April Spring is in the Air Creative Cafe' kit, and the Add-on stamp set "Happy Spring"! 
 The baskets - are made primarly the same- my finished sample in white I used a punch from Martha Stewart that I think looks like a pretty fence with a scallop top.  I cut my stripe about 2 3/8" wide and punched one side than flipped my paper lined it up and punched again meeting up with my previous punch. Joining the ends - I adhered my bottom piece to create a finished basket.  To make the handle, I twisted the washi tape included in the kit.
My pretty bows on this are also so fun-  they're made from 2 different graduated oval punches which I share more details on below. So dimensional and fun.
I made the blue basket to show you how you can do this by cutting a strip of paper and scallop punch the top edge.  Same construction process for both baskets. I scored in about 1/2" on the bottom and cut out triangles to make it easier to ease my basket into a circle join the ends and adhere to a 2 1/2" scallop circle for the bottom.  The smaller 2 1/4" circle I adhered to the inside to cover the exposed edges.
Here's a closer look -
I've tucked a sweet little tag - which I am featuring the cute little bunny image tucked into a basket of his own! More washi tape for the tag ribbon, and some enamel gellies, and a punched butterfly finish it up.
Here are my basket and bow parts-  2 3/8 " x 8  1/2"
1 scallop circle and a smooth circle for the inside about 2 1/4"

The bow parts- make 2 bows, the green scalloped ovals, I used on my cone carrot treat holder and the 4 blue smaller ovals make up my double bow for my baskets.
To put together the bows- I just used a glue dot to ahere the ovals together- I used my finger nail to help the ovals start to curl and softly bend each in half with a glue dot to join each one.   I overlapped each folded oval and adhered with another glue dot.  I had cut a 5" stripe of green, and ribbon cut each end.  Taking my bow I adhered it in the middle of the stripe.  Than bending each end in towards the center I adhered again to create my 'tails'.  See the image below from the back.

The blue double bow,is made the same way I just layered the smaller two joined folded ovals over the larger pair as you can see in the picture below. 
I finished my blue bow in the same way by attaching to a 4-5" strip and bending back to create the tails of my bow.  Here theyare all that is left is to embellish the centers.*  I used the blue enamel dots from the kit for the blue bow, and layered buttons for the 2nd. 
hint:  you could also cut a small strip of matching paper and wrap it around the center to look like a knot.
Here's a closeup - as it sits on my basket handle!
To construct the cute carrot cone- I used one piece of patterned paper from the Doodle bug pad included in the kit - and started shaping my cone.  This works easiest using a square piece of paper.  So using a piece from my Doodlebug pad in kit was perfect. 

Here's some photos of the cone as it takes shape.  I connected my ends by stapling in the back top with my mini- stapler from Tim Holtz.
And as I tightened the bottom part of the cone- I flattened it and stapled the end as well.  I added a little adhesive along the side to avoid it from lifting. 
Here it is - all joined and I've started to add my grass.  I also added a piece of looped ribbon and stapled in from the top at the back of my cone.  I'm going to place my green single layer bow over this to finish it and cover the staple.

For my grass in both treat containers, I used my Grass Sizzlet stripe die from Tim Holtz here you see just 1/2 of it - I love the long blades on this!  If you don't have this die - you can also take about 2" wide strip and just start cutting blades in leaving about 1/4".
Here's a look at my basket - with a layer of grass. I added a second layer into my white basket - but you want to be sure to leave room for goodies too!

That's it!  I hope you'll be inspired to give these a try.  The carrots are especially quick how cute would that be on each of you place settings for Easter dinner!
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue; Glue dots
Embellishments:  Ribbon; blue enamel dots; washi tape and buttons from the kit
Tools/Dies: Stampin'UP! Sm/ medium; large scallop Oval punches; Spellbinders scallop and classic circle dies; MS wide lace punch; scallop edge die; Tim Holtz mini stapler; Grass Sizzix sizzlet long die

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When It Rains

Hello! Dawn Rene here today with another card I made with The Rubber Cafe's April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month.  One of the sentiment stamps is "When It Rains On Your Parade Just Put On Really Cute Boots." So I crafted up this card with clouds, rain, and boots!

Here is a picture of the card...
TRC When It Rains - Designs By Dawn Rene
Here are the steps I went through to create the card.

1. I covered white card stock with Tim Holtz Distressed Stain (Stormy Sky). I did this by rubbing some of the stain on my craft mat and then swirling the card through the stain.
Card - When It Rains - DDR 1 wm
2. I put some of the distressed stain in a mini spray bottle. I sprayed layers of the distressed stain and Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink on the cardstock - letting each layer dry before applying another layer. I did this until I liked the color and texture.
Card - When It Rains - DDR 2 wm
3. Next I used the rain image and the distressed stain to stamp the background of the card.
Card - When It Rains - DDR 3 wm
4. I stamped the umbrella, boots, and sentiment on patterned paper from the kit, fussy cut them out, and distressed the edges.
Card - When It Rains - DDR 4 wm
5. For the clouds, I stamped the image on vellum with the VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad and heated them with clear embossing powder. I lightly applied distressed stain with a sponge. Then I cut out the clouds.
Card - When It Rains - DDR 5 wm
6. Last, I adhered all the pieces to the card and added White Enamel Accents.
TRC When It Rains - Designs By Dawn Rene
Here is a close up of the card!
When It Rains - Designs By Dawn Rene CUI wm
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Paper: The Rubber Cafe - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Ink and Markers: Dylusions Ink Spray - Pure Sunshine; VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Adhesive: Scrap Happy Glue
Other: Enamel Accents - White, Clear Embossing Powder