Monday, November 30, 2009

Update ...Christmas ...Valentines

Do you ever feel like your life is on Fast Forward ?
Whew what a Week-end Dinner with friends and family ,make-n-take at Stamping Details, and moved into a new house. With all of this I was even able to find my creative mojo in all the mess .
We have been busy here at the Rubber Cafe as you can see and I can not wait to show you what is in store for you for Valentines Day 2010 . We have some more Rubber Cafe goodness coming ..... I am stalking the UPS man .

So I thought that I would post my Christmas Card set that I did for a very special lady in my life . Last year she made me a set of hand Tatted cards that I could never send to anyone they are too special . She used to be a avid Card maker and crafting Godess when there wasn't any supplies . Imagine that days where there wasn't much at your finger tips . So she was creative and used parchment papers that she used on her typewriter , markers , and crochet yarn.

This card is done using few supplies .... Glossy Card Stock , Color Box petal point , Versa mark , Mirror Gold embossing powder, of course the stamps D-433 Cancel mark
Brushed Deer .
Remember those color box boxes of ink that were all the rage at one time . I finally found a use for mine with this card. I always thought that the colors were pretty but couldn't find anything to do with them . LOL

I hope that you are all getting your cards done for Christmas .... We would love to see what you are up to with your Rubber Cafe stamps ... so I am posing this Challenge to you .... use your stamps send us a picture of what you are doing and Dec.18 2009 We are going to do a drawing for a $30.00 gift bag from The Rubber Cafe ... You never know what I am going to toss in ....


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Let it SNOW!

The New Christmas Line is amazing. It contains old friends in wintery atmospheres as well as new acquaintances. I have loved the Labrador since the first day I saw him earlier this year (with a trick or treat bag – check out that cutie HERE) and I was so happy to find him with friends in the DT kit I was sent! He is pure joy! LOL! And here is the first card I’ve made with the set of four stamps called Winter Fun Labrador.

December #1

He is colored with distress ink and cut out and then mounted with 3D foam. I stamped the white cardstock with the background stamp It’s a Blizzard Outside. To get a really soft stamped result, I used Distress Ink Broken China and when inked up, I stamped once on a piece of scrap paper and then a second time on the card stock. The sentiment is from the two piece set Baby it’s cold outside.

December #1 detalj Have you ever tried Fun Flock? I did it for the first time with this card, and it was super fun. It added a touch of sparkling snow to the card as a finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great new week, and PLEASE let it SNOW!!!


The Nugget Box

I had a fabulous time at Stamping Details yesterday. I truely enjoyed everybody that came to the Make*n*Take. I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.


A lot of you were asking about the Nugget box that we made and wanted instructions, so we've posted them here for you.

The Nugget Box:

· 5 x 5 ¼"piece of cardstock (or heavy patterned paper) for box
· 7 3/8" x 3 1/16” piece of cardstock, heavy patterned paper or clear acetate for sliding cover
· Scor-pal
· Scissors
· Sticky Strip™ or other adhesive
· 6 Hershey's® Nuggets® chocolate bars
· 6 1” x 3 ¼” pieces of cardstock or patterned paper or Avery® 5160 address labels to cover nuggets
· Embellishments

1. On the 5 x 5 ¼" piece of cardstock, score and fold all 4 sides at ½" & 1 1/8".
2. Use scissors to remove the 3 small boxes that make an "L" shape at EACH corner. On the long (5 1/4") sides, cut along the score line to the 1 1/8" mark creating little flaps.
3. The box goes together easily if the flaps are trimmed on an angle.
4. Using the 7 3/8" x 3 1/16" piece of cardstock, with the 7 3/8" side at the top of the scor-pal, score the 3 1/16" length at the 1/2", 3 5/16", 3 15/16" and 6 3/4".
5. Fold on the score lines, wrap around the box to check for correct fit and secure the overlapping edges with Sticky Strip. This is the sleeve.
6. You may use strips of cardstock or patterned paper cut into 1" x 3 1/4" strips or Avery® 5160 address labels to cover nuggets. Because the cardstock is a heavier weight, use glue dots to secure the two ends of the strip at the bottom of the nugget. This creates a mini sleeve for each nugget.
7. Place nuggets in box and slide sleeve to cover.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Christmas Cheer Easel Card

Oh my, I couldn't wait to ink up these stamps when they arrived!  Christmas Cheer is such a great Christmas Stamp.  The image is quick to colour and easy to stamp.

The Easel Card is extremely easy to make, much to my surprise, and I think that I'm going to make a few more like this.  I kept the card simple, so that the focus is on the image and the design.

I assembled the flowers before I put them on the card...gotta love my glue dots!  Same with the button on the inside of the card.  My sentiment is Seasons Greetings 2, and I can see this one getting a lot of use this year.  It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Stamps:  Christmas Cheer, Seasons Greetings 2
Paper:  Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, Red Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Black, Copic Markers
Accessories:  Prima Holiday Poinsetta's, Misc. Button, Misc Waxy Flax.

Monday, November 23, 2009

We're Moving...

Hi all…hope your week is starting out well. We here at The Rubber Café are on our way to a new location. We are very pleased and excited about this transition; however, it means that we'll be unable to provide mail order service until Monday November 30th. Thank you for your patience. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

Happy Stamping from The Rubber Café Staff.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Colorful Challenge

All new here at The Rubber Café, a fun challenge for anybody to participate. Once a month we'll post a new challenge. For this month we're making fun cards and projects using non-traditional holiday colors and we would like you to play along. All you have to do is make a card/project using non-traditional holiday colors and upload it to your blog or online gallery, then leave a link to your project in the comments so that we may see what fun creations you've come up with. There is no limit to how many projects you can make, just have fun and make sure you let us know where to find you. If you upload to an online gallery, please use keyword/tag TRCC1 and The Rubber Cafe

Here are some samples from our design team to get you started…

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Stella and Angus say Thanks

I'm not scheduled to post until Wednesday, but I got this card finished and just couldn't wait to show you.   An online friend of mine, Christyne made her very first sketch and I used it to create this cute card.

First, I stamped Stella and Angus Life Is Better With You on GP110 with my Memento Ink.  I coloured the image with my copics and matte'd it with the pink paper. 

Next, I broke out the brand new Nestabilities and created my sentiment (which I printed on my computer) and cut out with my Nesties. 

My goal recently has been to use up some of my scraps, so I'm not sure where the patterned paper is from, but it fit nicely with the colours that I was working with and looked so much better than a plain background. 

I have to tell you that I love this is just so versatile. The fact that it fits nicely on a 4x4 piece of paper is a bonus in my opinion. It is the perfect image for notecards...colour the image, matte it and you're done.  I hope that you like my card.  The sun was finally shining here, and it definitely shows in my photo.  Yeah for sunshine! 

Stamps:  Stella and Angus Life Is Better With You
Paper:  Misc scraps, GP110 for image
Ink:  Memento Black, Copic Markers
Accessories:  Misc pink brads, Classic Ovals Small and Classic Scalloped Ovals Small

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Paper Bag Lantern

Wow, can you believe it's going to be winter soon?  I know for some that just means the weather turns a little colder, but here in Thunder Bay, Ontario we're already wearing winter jackets!  Thank goodness for the time change, the kids absolutely despise catching the morning bus in the dark.  And speaking of the dark, I found this great project to add a little light and warmth to our home.

It's called a Paper Bag Lantern, and it was so easy to make.  You can find instructions here.  I used Bo Bunny' Kitchen Spice Ginger Paper and some matching Prima Flowers.  Best of all?  I used Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match to make this beauty!  I stamped the pumpkins on some Bazzill cardstock and then sponged one side to add a little bit of dimension.  I used my Nestabilities to cut the ovals, and then added a little bit of vellum. 

I'm not sure how well you can see it, but on the flower on the right side of the Lantern, the brad matched the flower almost exactly...that's because I used my Copics to colour it!  I had heard of this before but never tried it.  It worked great and was super easy.

I'd love to see your Paper Bag Lantern...hop on over to Splitcoast for the instructions, then link your here so that we can all check out your work.  

Monday, November 2, 2009

Grass Edge Tag Card

I love this Grass Edge is so natural looking, and with our windy Wisconsin weather these days, I can just see it blowing in the wind!

To achieve this look I clear embossed the image on a cream tag. Then I applied distress inks and some Adirondack Espresso Color Wash. After it dried I placed the tag between two pieces of cardstock and ironed off the clear embossing powder. It leaves this wonderful resist effect.