Sunday, February 28, 2010

Eagle Petroglyph

If you've seen Melissa's booth, you may have seen these cards featuring the Eagle Petroglyph image. I'm heading out for a vacation tomorrow, so I dug into my archives and don't think these images have been shared here. This image is perfect for patriotic cards as well as for any masculine purpose. For this first card I stamped the image once on kraft cardstock in brown ink, and a second time in black ink on white cardstock. I carefully tore around the inside of the image to create a frame for my eagle. This panel was run through a cuttlebug embossing folder, faux stitched and then distressed. I colored the eagle's beak with Copic Markers and cut him carefully out.
This card also uses the frame technique. I printed the verse from the computer.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into the past with these....this is a totally timeless stamp that I will be pulling out again and again!
~michelle pearson~

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Spring is Happiness

It's an exciting day over at spiltcoaststampers because there are hourly stamping challenges for VSN (Virtual Stamp Night)...Woo Who! I love these because it keeps me motivated and gives me an excuse to stamp all day long :)

The first challenge of the day was to make a free standing pop up card. This was my first attempt but won't be my last, it's so fun to make! The card is flat for mailing but by pulling the top of the tag you transform it into a free standing display. The way the picture emerges reminds me of flowers coming up for spring so I wanted to use this beautiful iris image as the focal point. I added a "spring is happiness" rub on for my sentiment and the iris clearly shows why spring is such a joy!

Now break out your Rubber Cafe images and join me for virtual stamp night. I'll be scouting the galleries to see your creations!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Just My Type

This is the last of the Valentines that I have to show you but this particular stamp can be used for more than just Valentines day because it has a few different sentiments to go along with it!! So much fun!! It is called Just my Type and I had a blast making this card. I just love the old feel of the typewriter so I tried to go with a little bit of a vintage feel with my paper and embellies. I hope you feel I succeeded. I stamped my image onto cream cardstock and colored with my copics which can be found at The Rubber Cafe. I used red and brown cardstock to layer everything and my dp is from October Afternoon. Then I finished things off with some antique lace, a button and some brown linen thread that I double looped.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. Hope the weather by you is better than here on Long Island. It is just down pouring (yes better than snow I know!!) but it is supposed to turn to snow later and last about two days. UGGhhh....So yes I hope the sun is shining were you are today!!! Send some my way!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Many Thanks!

Happy Wednesday!  I've got two fun and quick cards to show you today. I needed a few thank you cards for people who sent well wishes for my eldest when she was in the hospital last week.

Both people are cat lovers and so I pulled out my Sweet Kitty set and my Many Thanks sentiment. I
stamped the kitty on white cardstock and then cut her out and pop dotted her up on the circle.

I hope you're having as great a week as I am...hubby is away at the Olympics and so us girls are having a great time at home...baking muffins, colouring images, making cards, knitting. :)  Hop on over to my blog to see what else I've been cooking up!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I Adore You

Isn't always nice to know when you're adored. The relationship of Stella and Angus (be it dog or turtles) reminded me of an adoration that is hard to find these days. My grandparents will be married 72 years this year. They have that kind of love that just makes one feel adored. They have loved and been loved for so long. It's easy to see how much they adore one another in their every day actions and glances. He holds the door or her chair, he stands when she comes to the table, he carries her purse when we go to lunch...that bugs her a little...he doesn't seem to mind. Today I wanted to share a little adoration your way.

Here we have Stella and Angus (the turtles) having a romantic ride on the water, sharing smiles and adoring glances.

I used an easel pattern that was very easy to duplicate. This is a rather small but cute card and very easy to make. I cute the cardstock to 4 ¼"x 10" and scored at 3 ½", 5", and 6 ½" using my Scor-pal. Once you've scored your lines, fold your paper accordion style and add adhesive to one of the panels closest to the middle. Fold over the large panel next to it and decorate. The card folds flat to fit in an 4 bar envelope. I cuttlebugged the background cardstock and sponged a little bit of ink over the embossed image. I colored Stella and Angus (Love Boat) using Copic markers and stamped the sentiment (I Adore You) on a punched scallop rectangle. I'm thinking of adding a little glitter to the water just to make it stand out...I haven't decided yet. All stamps, Scor-pal, Cuttlebug folders, punches, and Copics are available at The Rubber Cafe

Monday, February 22, 2010

More Butterflies

This is the third post in a row that showcases a butterfly stamp. It must be that we all are longing for spring or something. Or the fact that these stamps are simply wonderful to work with!

Fjärilskort This beauty is called Large Highwing Butterfly and is so easy and fun to make cards with. You don’t need to do much but stamp and color it and you have a lovely card. On this one  I colored it up with my copics and layered two images and pushed up the wings some to get a 3D effect.

Take care!


Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Glittery Goodness To Share!!

Here is another card featuring the beautiful Paisley Tulip done up in glitter and acetate!!
....and the Large Celitc Rosette is stunning done in this technique as well!
...and one more Large Swirl Butterfly done up with Cosmo Cricket's Chemistry Collection. Happy Birthday Outline is filled in with a black Spica Glitter Pen.

If you are interested in the Large Celtic Rosette or the Paisley Tulip, please contact Melissa to request these as they are not in the store just yet.

I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!!

Michelle Pearson

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cozy Butterfly

I was inspired to make this card by the yellow butterfly paper from Basic Grey. It instantly brought the Highwing Butterfly to mind. I stamped the beautiful image in rich cocoa ink and colored in with some copic markers. The overall card reminds me of a soft quilt. It must be the blend of patterned paper.
For the sentiment I used a stray rub and applied it to the tag. I added a little "4U" with my journaling pen.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

This is a sweet Valentine

This was one of the cards that I made for my kids for Valentines Day. My son just LOVES bubble gum so this was so perfect for him. This stamp from The Rubber Cafe is appropriately called Bubble Gum Machine. I stamped it onto white cardstock and colored with my copics and then added a layter of crystal accents to the glass bow. My dp is October Afternoon and I finished things off with some red ribbon and brads. This set comes with the Happy Valentines Day Sentiment but really can be used with just about any sentiment. It is not just for Valentines Day.

Take a peek over at The Rubber Cafe and you can pick up this stamp along with many other amazing things including copics!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a great day!!

Happy Birthday!

Whew, what a week!  My 7 year old had her appendix taken out late Saturday and it threw whole week off.  She went back to school today, but somehow I lost a day and thought that it was Wednesday when I arrived at work this morning.  Imagine the kids surprise when Thursday Pizza lunch shows up and I've already packed them a full lunch...I wonder what they'll eat!?!

My card today (that should have been up yesterday, 'cause today is Thursday LOL!) is a birthday card for my aunt.  Although I really love colouring images, I'm having a lot of fun using my sentiment as the focus on my last few cards.  I stamped Swirled Happy Birthday in Rhubarb Memento Ink on a creamy coloured paper.  My layout is based on this weeks sketch over at Mojo Monday. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Match Box of Cards

Good things are going on over at The Rubber Cafe. We're working on our show schedule as well as our teaching schedule. Keep an eye on the blog for more information.

In the meantime...I thought I would share a box I did not too long ago using the Woodland Fairy. She's one of my fav's as fairies go. Back in Nov. Melissa did a tutorial for a nugget box using a match box template. This is the same concept but a little bit bigger to hold A2 size cards. This box holds 5 cards and 5 envies easy

Monday, February 15, 2010

Tea For Two

Hi all! Hope you’re having a good start on the new week. We (that is Sweden :D) won our first Olympic gold minutes ago so things are grand around here! Wohooo!

Today’s card is a Tea Bag Holder Card. I love this folding, it’s pretty easy and people LOVE to get a little gift like this. I sometimes exchange the tea bags with small chocolate bars. That is yummy too! HERE is a tutorial if you want to try it yourself.

Tea for twoThe front is decorated with one of my all time favorite Rubber Café images the Curled Mug.

And here is the inside

Tea for two insida The photo angle turned out a little crazy, but you get the idea.

Take care! I’m heading back to the TV sofa and the Olympics!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Rubber Cafe Buffet

First of all Happy Valentines Day to all ... Today I am spending my day with my second love RUBBER STAMPS ... we are having a Calorie Free , Fat Free Valentines Day Card Buffet at Stamping Details ....

I know I had you at Fat Free .... and then add stamping to the mix ...

So what is a Card Buffet ? Well you are going to get to make 3 cards for $10.00 with 6 to choose from ... The best part is you do not need to sign up . Just stop in

When : Feb 14th and 15th
Time 11-3pm both days

Where: Stamping Details
14009 Midland Road
Poway, CA 92064
(San Diego North County)

What to bring ??? Sissors , Adhesive ... and the want to play with Copic Markers , Glimmer sprays , embossing powder and lots more fun stuff .

Oh I forgot to mention ... there are also going to be prize drawings ... If you have any questions you can call the store for more info ... 858-513-8024
14009 Midland Road
Poway, CA 92064
(San Diego North County)

LOTS of Glitter!!!

I have been on a roll with the glitter of my favorite techniques, so you get THREE cards to look at today!

This card features the gorgeous Paisley Tulip. that has been stamped on acetate with Stazon ink and glittered. If you like the image and need it for your collection, email Melissa!

This card features the Large Celtic Rosette. If you'd like this image, you'll have to email Melissa and ask for the Large Celtic Rosette, and tell her I sent you!! Finally, this card features the Large Swirl Butterfly. The wings are popped up on dimensional dots so it this card has a lot of dimension!

All of these are gorgeous in real life....beautiful stamps are showcased to perfection with the glitter!


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Bug

My husband and I have been living out of boxes for the last 3 weeks in preparation to move any day. That day finally came last Wednesday and I can't tell you how relieved I was! I've been busy unpacking, and yes my craft room is further along than the kitchen. This card is the first thing to be made in my new craft room...hooray! And this little card could not have come at a better time since I need one for my hubbie tomorrow. I just love this little bug! He's from the Love Bugs set which is perfect for valentines to give anyone.

I first stamped the little guy where I wanted him on the card base. Then laid over the ribbon and added some stickle covered chipboard hearts. I colored in the little bug with some copics on a scrap piece of paper. Adding him with some foam pop ups made the card complete. It's not too late to whip up this card for your valentine!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Would you like a cup of coffee?

I posted this on my SCS gallery but I was really looking forward to posting it here too. I used the super cute Rubber Cafe stamp called Curled Mug. Wouldn't you just love to have a nice hot cup of Joe with this fun mug?
I started by stamping my image with Memento Tuxedo Black and cut it out with my circle nesties and colored with my copics. I used Kraft and Navy cardstock and my dp is from October Afternoon. To finish things off, I used a bunch of silver brads and did alittle piercing around the scallop on the outer circle. Hope you enjoy this card and enjoyed your cup of coffee while reading this post. Stop by The Rubber Cafe and check out this stamp and the rest of the awesome January Release that is chock full of fun valentine images. Have a fantastic day!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Quick & Easy Valentine

This year, I wanted to keep the Valentine's for the Kids' Teachers quick and easy. I pulled out my Heart Nestabilities and Bubblegum Machine stamp set and whipped this together in a matter of minutes, and then made 7 more (2 teachers, 3 Teachers Assistants/Helpers, 2 After School Helpers and the Daycare Provider, whew!) for a total of 8. It took me less than an hour!

Have a great Wednesday!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Flagged again

Flagged with puppy love...

I had been off and running since early this morning. First I had a little car I had to drop that off first thing, then I had a doc appointment, then I had to pick up my son, then take him to the doc...and now...I'm finally home. I wanted to make sure I had a chance to post before it was late...and I would be running off to bed. This last Fri I posted a tutorial of a flag card seen here. I hope you all had a chance to play along. I decided to keep going with the flag and stick to a little puppy love. This cute kitty and pup are in two of my favorite sets. Sweet Kitty & Labradore Love. I finished off the inside with another stamp from Labradore Love, as well as Small XOXO. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Have you seen Lisa’s fun tutorial and challenge for a Flip Flop Flag Card? You can find it HERE. And I simply HAD to try that out. It was fun, and it’s sooooo cool to open the card up and see the 3D effect! Try it! And share it! Here is my take.

Valentines 8Yes, I’ve used these stamps before… But they ARE my favorites, and Valentine’s day is just around the corner! *smile* The dog is Labrador Love, the sentiment is one of great but small sentiments included in Just My Type.

Valentines 8 insidaNow it’s your turn to try it out! Good luck!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

I Fancy You!

Ack! These little cuties are getting all cozy for Valentine's day!! I Fancy You is a complete get the frame and the turtles. I stamped the image in green ink and then traced it with the Olive Spica Glitter Pen. I cut out the heart and some of the greenery to make a small frame for my little lovers! I glittered the heart with some Cranberry glitter. The turtles also come separately in Dancin' Cheek to Cheek, so I stamped them again in black ink and then colored them up with Copic Markers. Here is another version I did with less cutting and a few more fun Valentine stamps!
XOXO comes from the set Labrador of Love. I stamped it along the edge of the card as a border. I Love You comes from the set Sweet Kitty. I added some more Cranberry glitter and a few gems for a bit of bling!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Just my Type!

Hi folks! Hope you are enjoying a good weekend with some time put aside for crafting! I’m substituting for Sarah today, she is in the middle of moving. I wish her a good move and a great scrap space at the new place!

I have a Just my Type card to share. I colored it red, inspired by a card by Sarah. At once I saw her card a while ago, I knew the typewriter had to be red sometime in the future. :) The heart is covered with red glitter and then a coat of Glossy Accent. It didn’t photograph well, but I can assure you the heart really pops IRL. Januari 6b

I used the same set of stamps – Just my Type -  to make the inside a little more interesting. I cut a circle in a note it paper with my circle Nestability and used it as a mask, so that only a little part of the stamp ended up on my journaling spot.

Januari 6 insida I’ll be back on Monday with a Flip Flop Flag Card, using the great tutorial by Lisa which you can find HERE.  I hope you try it out and participate in the Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 5, 2010

Tutorial and Challenge

While Melissa and I were away at Costa Mesa and CHA we met the most wonderful people and had such a great time showing different tips and techniques. One card that I made was such a hit and I had so many requests to recreate the tutorial online, so here I you the know how...
Flip Flop Flags

What you'll need:
· 2 pieces of cardstock 5 ½" x 8 ½"
· Acetate strips 1" x 3"
· "Flag" pieces to go at the end of each strip of acetate.

1) Score one sheet of cardstock in half to make your A2 card.

2) Score second sheet of cardstock at 3 ½" & 5". Flip cardstock over and score at 4 ¼". Fold on score lines accordion style.

(*Tip...fold your cardsock away from the score line for a cleaner fold)

3) Line the front of the card (piece scored in half) with the inside of the card (piece scored accordion fold) and attach together. Do the same for the back of the card.
4) Attach each piece of acetate to the inside middle of the card in a staggering formation.
(*Tip...put flag pieces together with your acetate completely covering the tip of your acetate before attaching flags to your card)
5) Decorate as desired.
Now that you have the tutorial, comment and add a link to your flip flop flag card. This is a Rubber Cafe when you upload to a public site, like, please link back to this tutorial and add The Rubber Cafe and TRCC3 in your tags.
Stamps used for this tutorial were all from The Rubber Cafe...Just My Type K-1160 & Fleuradidy1 I-961. The Scor-Pal is also available at The Rubber Cafe

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Meow Love!!

Phew!! I did not think I was going to be able to make this post today. My camera has been so temperamental. But after changing around the batteries and playing with my usb cord I finally got this card to upload!! YAY because I could not wait to share it with you all today. I used one of the new stamps from The Rubber Cafe called Sweet Kitty. It comes with this lovely sweet cat and two romantic sentiments. We own three sweet cats ourselves so this stamp is right up my ally and will be using it for one of my kids valentine cards.

I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock and cut it out with my circle nesties. My dp is from My Minds Eye and I finished the card off with some sewing around the larger panels, some paper piercing aroung the image and sentiment and then a few red crystals in the corner. How sweet is this!! You really need to get on over to the Rubber Cafe to check out all of thier new releases!!

Hope you enjoyed this card today. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday!

A stamper can never have too many birthday cards, and I had a great time creating these fun birthday cards with my new Swirled Happy Birthday stamp from The Rubber Cafe

I used scraps on these cards, so they were quick and easy.  The image is stamped in Versafine Black Onyx, which I'm finding gives a very crisp stamped image.  My favorite part about these cards is that they were quick.  I love having a stamp around that I know I can use in a jiffy and it will always produce a nice card!

Monday, February 1, 2010

February Love

I think February is such a nice month with Valentine´s day, the Olympics and the first sights of early spring. Many nice things, that is!

This week, I’ve been making small cards in the size of 4x4. And when I was at it, I made a set with similar card based on the same design and set of stamps. I made a simple holder and tied it together with a ribbon. Valentine kit 1 kopieraValentine kit 2  The stamps used are from the Labrador Love set which includes the two adorable labs and the I wuff you! sentiment used on the card holder (and the set has yet another sentiment not used here). The small sentiments are from the Just my Type set.

I stamped the labs four times each, once on the patterned paper, once on kraft cardstock and twice on white cardstock. Then I paper pieced them to make a 3D effect, and I also popped them on 3D foam. To make them sparkle some I added red stickles and red rheinstones. Here are close ups on the cards.Valentine kit 3

Valentine kit 4

Valentine kit 5

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely new week!