Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Stamping on Fabric

I love the Iris that our design teem has been using. Each one so different from the last. Don't forget to comment on them and let our design teem know they're loved.

Now...on with the show...

Sometime in January I did a little lecture about stamping on fabric. It was very well recieved and I think there were a few converters from fabric to stamps. It was a blast and the ladies were very excited. How cute would it be to have kitties and labradores on a quilt...very very cute of course. So...this week I decided to add a little ink to fabric and then die cut for a great card. Join us and play along.

Here are the basics to stamping on fabric...

* ink: pigment (thicker, takes longer to dry, needs to be heat set)

* stamps

* heat tool or iron (I'm not sure where my iron is...I think I'll stick with the heat tool)

* cuttle bug or sizzix (can also use a cricut if the fabric is fused first)

When stamping on fabric, make sure your stamps are clean from other colors and you have a good large flat serface to stamp on. I fould it was easier to use a foam pad (fun foam or the like) under the fabric to keep it from moving around. Using a pigment ink, stamp your fabric and heat set. you want to move your heat tool around constantly to avoid over heating or burning your fabric. If you are using a fabric that can burn easily, use limited heat and pull the heat tool away from the fabric often. If you are using an iron to heatset, use a paper bag or old sheet between the iron and fabric to avoid ink transfer onto your iron. Frost white (by color box) is a great white pigment ink for darker fabrics. Finally, when you've stamped your heart out and your ready to make a card, die cut in the shape of your choice and assemble fabric with a fabric glue such as Fabri-Tac.

*Tip: To keep edges of fabric from fraying, fuse fabric to a freezer sheet or fusable web. This will also help die cutting in an automatic die cut machine such as the Cricut
For this card, I've used Floral Background for my main focal point, spellbinders scallop oval for my die cut and a few odds and ends to finish off the card. I hope you enjoy this tutorial. Now go find some fabric scraps and give this a try. Have a great week.

Monday, March 29, 2010


I’ve made a clean and simple card with my favorite flower stamp ever – the Iris. I kept her blue, that’s the color of this beauty in my childhood garden. :o)

Greetings Spring is in the air, and Easter is around the corner. Hope you have time to enjoy it!

Take care and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Yellow Iris

I have to say that an iris is one of my favorite flowers. They are so gorgeous, such an amazing flower! Have many varieties, and though I love purple, the ones I really love are the big yellow ones!

I was happy to see the iris stamp tucked in my design team kit from Melissa...and decided to make my iris yellow! I used Copic Markers (Y21, Y11, YG67, YG17, YG25) and airbrushed my background with YG00.

I hope you've enjoyed a peek of spring....I see my iris are popping up and it won't be long until I can enjoy them in nature!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just a Note

I wanted to share one of the things I included in a housewarming gift basket for a friend who just moved into her first house. I decorated this little notepad I found in a 3 pack in the dollar section of Target. These are so fun to stock up on because they are easy to personalize with a little ink and paper. I've added this beautiful iris image colored in with copics and a touch of ribbon. It went perfect with the garden theme of my other gift items. Now who would have guessed this was a .33 cent notepad?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sweet Filled, Zero Calories

These cupcakes are on a roll this week. The card that we're doing today was featured the night we were up late...Melissa took some pictures of her work room and us working late. Today I thought I would post a quick how to for this card.

What you'll need:
* Strip of cardstock 4 1/4" x 10"
* piece of cardstock 4" x 3 1/4"* piece of cardstock or decorative paper 3 3/4" x 3"
* piece of cardstock or decorative paper 4" x 5 1/4"
* circle punches* edge punches
* stamps for decoration

Score long piece of cardstock at 2 1/2" & 5" & fold accordion style

attach cardstock according to picture. It will hang over your first score line.

Stamp and attach decorative elements.I have added a little snowflake on the topper, a well as ribbon to give it a little pop. The tag was made from a little 1/2" strip of paper and using a square punch...by inserting the strip and punching in the corner, the back end of the tag is made. Rather than sliding the paper in normally, I also slid the paper in over the top and under the back end...also at a corner...that's what makes the front point of the tag. I guess I could have just used a pair of scissors...but I am a sloppy cutter and this works great for me.

I hope you have enjoyed this fun and easy fold. Check back tomorrow for another great cupcake card.

A Sweet Gift

I hope you enjoyed yesterdays sweet treat. Today's we're doing an A2 card that unfolds to a fun little gift card holder.

What you'll need:

* base sheet of cardstock 8" x 5 1/4"
* Decorative paper 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
* Decorative paper 5/1/2" x 2 1/2"
* Decorative paper 4 3/4" x 1 1/2"
* Circle punches approx 3" and up for straight and scallop punch
* Ribbon
* Stamps to decorate

Score base sheet of cardstock in half at 4"

Attach DP (4 1/4" x 5 1/2) to the back of the base card with decorative side showing up.

Score DP (5 1/2 x 2 1/2) a little over half at 3"

Attach shorter end to the back side of your card.

Attach ribbon from behind the card so that it wraps around and ties in the front.

Stamp circles and attach to the front flap.

Attach strip of DP to the inside with adhesive on the top and bottom only. If you add adhesive to the middle the gift card will not be able to slide in and out.

Don't forget to decorate your card...inside and out.

This is another card done with our all new cupcake set. The icing was made with liquid applique and all other pieces were colored with Copic markers. With words and more...you can design anything from birthday to congratulation or just because.

Keep checking in all week for more new cards done with these wonderful cupcakes.

Sweet Treats

Melissa and I had some great fun playing with these cute cupcakes...so much fun that we stayed up till 3am making cards. Last week you saw a little sample of what we created. This last weekend we were in Pleasanton, CA meeting and greeting tons of wonderful people. While there we had a lot of comments on today's card so I thought I would show it off and let you know how this fun card was made.

Once again, I used my favorite scoring tool...the Scor-pal.

What you'll need:

* Strip of cardstock 4 1/4” x 11
* Coordinating cardstock pieces for the base back of the card 1 ¼" x 5 ½", 1 ¾" x 5 ½", & 4 ¼" x 5 ½"
* Coordinating cardstock for decorative panels 1" x 5 ¼", 1 ½" x 5 ¼", & 4 x 5 ¼"
* Stamps and embellishments to decorate
* don't forget your Scor-pal


Score strip of cardstock (4 1/4” x 11”) at 3”, 6”, 8”, & 9 1/2”

Fold cardstock accordion fold.

Add base back cardstock to each front of panel starting with the first panel.

Line up the second panel with the top and bottom of the first panel and attach.

Do the same for the final piece.

Decorate your top panels and attach.

On this card I used our new cupcake set "Hey Cupcake", just out last week. I added glossy accents to all the cherries and snowflake on the top of the cupcake for frosting. On the last panel I used the cherry and stamped into versamark, randomly stamped all over my panel and embossed with clear embossing powder. I used one of the “toppings” for the middle and again embossed with clear embossing powder. This is truly a have it all set. Everything from frosting to toppers & toppings and everything in between. All products used are available at The Rubber Cafe.

Thanks for stopping by today...
Stay tuned for cupcake # 2 tomorrow.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Birthdays are good for you!

I love this sentiment! Birthdays are good for you for enjoy that slice of cake for making it another year. I covered a chipboard flower with some Amy Butler patterned paper and topped it with a button.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Well I think I messed the blog up ..... Not sure what I did but our cuteness is gone .... Bare with me while I get this fixed.


Hey Cupcake ....

Well what I Birthday I had it was beautiful here in San Diego my father and I sat by the pool and soaked in some rays. I think the sun was getting to him here is some eye candy (oh I am dead)LOL

....I started by working a little this morning opening new product .... Oh the new Petaloo flowers and glitter papers are SWEET. (I put those babies online )

After opening that box I thought my day couldn't get any better and then UPS arrived New Stamps could I ask for anything more ? Lisa and I had fun breaking them in . What a mess (Lisa makes more mess then I do)she trashes the place.

My wonderful husband bought me flowers and took me out for a very nice dinner (yumo).
Then he worked like a little beaver getting all the sets packaged and did not even complain.
Here is just a taste of these Calorie Free Cupcakes that Lisa and I created ...

Just want to post a reminder in Celebration of my Birthday those who leave comments on the March 16th post will be entered in a drawing for the new Hey Cupcake Set.This set is available RIGHT NOW ONLINE .....

Hope you are having a wonderful day ... I will be in the car all day on my way to a show . PLEASANTON California are you ready .... If you are around we would love to see you For more info SCRAPBOOKEXPO.COM

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today I want to wish Melissa...the owner of The Rubber Cafe...A wonderful and very happy Birthday. So let's all celebrate and Eat Cake!!!

This week I'm using a couple of really fun flourishes. I made a template for the cake and cut each layer out then stamped using the flourishes. I had a dotted background stamp that I used for the middle layer but it didn't show that well so I added stickles to make it pop. I used fleurididy #1 as the topper and sticked that a bit as well. It's a little hard to tell, but I also used fleurididy #2 on the top layer of the cake. If you are using your Scor-pal, this tri fold card was scored at 3^(3.66) & 7^(7.33) and folded accordion style. I added my favorite birthday saying "Eat Cake!".

Enjoy this calorie free cake and don't forget to leave a comment wishing Melissa a very happy Birthday!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Card

Do you have spring in the air yet??? We don’t. We have loads of snow and it’s still cold BUT we’ve had sunshine the last couple of days. YAY! And that calls for a spring inspired card! And I have the perfect stamp for it: this fab Iris from The Rubber CafĂ©. I have had this stamp colored up for over a week, so I decided to try making a clean and simple card. And this is the result:


It’s simple, and didn’t take that long to do and that is a good way to make cards. And I kind of like it. Take care!


Saturday, March 13, 2010


I love the image of Stella's little smile and thought maybe she laughing because he's trying to play something beautiful but not quite hitting the right notes. I colored in this image with copics and then finished off this clean layout with the metal giggle tag from Making Memories.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Black & White Stella and Angus

I've been playing a lot with my copic markers lately and working on my shading skills.  So, when I coloured up this image, I imagined a card that would be all shades of grey...but that red flower kept calling to me!
When I stamped my Life is Better With You stamp, I first masked off the flowers, so that they wouldn't be peeking into the edge of my image.  Then, I started playing with my shading, leaving Stella a little bit lighter in colour than Angus.  Once assemebled, I added a small bit of red to the image and the red flower.  I left the card blank, as it could be used for any number of occasions...having a few cards for this purpose in my stash is always a good idea for when life gets crazy busy!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

My Favorite Tool

This last weekend Melissa and I were in Mesa, AZ meeting tons of wonderful people. I was lucky enough to be able to demo todays technique several times over the weekend.

I bet you're now asking yourself..."what's her favorite tool?". Well if you've made it to one of our shows, you'll know that I spend most of the time playing with the Scor-pal.

This week I wanted to showcase how I made this very cute easel card and background technique.

4 ¼" x 4 ¼" Easel card with scored background


* 1 piece of cardstock 4 ¼" x 8 ½"
* 1 piece of cardstock 4" x 4" for mat
* 1 piece of cardstock 3 ¾" x 3 ¾" for background
* 1 strip of cardstock 4" x 2" for insert mat
* 1 strip of cardstock 3 ¾" x 1 ¾" (or 2" if punching with border punch)
* Scor-Pal
* Scor-bug
* Stamps and ribbon to decorate


1. Score 4 ¼" x 8 ½" cardstock at 2 1/8" (it's that little dot under the #2), and again at 4 ¼" (the line between 4 & 4 ½").
2. Fold away from your score lines to form the easel part of your card.
3. Line up 3 ¾" x 3 ¾" cardstock with any groove from corner to corner. Score with scor-bug along each ½" line, turn ¼ turn and repeat every ½".
4. Keeping your background piece lined up from corner to corner, using your scor-tool, score on the same lines that you used your scor-bug. This will create your background piece.
5. Add background piece to mat and tape only the bottom half of the mat to adhere to your easel card.
6. On the inside of your easel card, adhere smaller pieces of cardstock to hold the easel card open.

This weeks card was made with Iris and Thank you from The Rubber Cafe' where you can also purchase the Scor-pal & Scor-bug

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment to let our design team know they're loved. Have a great week.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

More Eagles!

I'm just fresh back from vacation, so will share a few more eagles from my archives. I just love the Eagle Petroglyph. For this one I paired it with lots of eyelets! I colored the eagle as a Golden Eagle with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. For this card I did the eagle with the acetate and glitter technique. I stamped the image on acetate. Since it was on acetate I was able to apply the glue to the stamped side of the image and reverse his direction....is that cool or what?!

I apply the glitter colors from lightest to dark, allowing the image to dry in between contrasting colors. Then, once dry I run the image through the Xyron sticker machine. I rub the backside of the sticker paper with my bone folder to push the glue into the dried glittered surface. It should then release easily and you can apply it to the designer paper.

Michelle Pearson


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Spring is Almost Here

We're having one of those Spring teaser days in Seattle where we're reminded why we put up with the rain. I was enjoying the sunshine in my backyard when I saw a dragonfly skim the top of my bird bath. It inspired me to use this beautiful Paisley Dragonfly for my post. I've colored in the image with copic markers and added a bit of sparkle with a pink spica pen. The dark pink gem from Queen & Co was the perfect finishing touch.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Carousel Horse Thanks

Of all my stamps from The Rubber Cafe, this Carousel Horse is my all time favorite! 
Not only is it the kind of stamp I can use on Birthday or Thank You cards, but it is super fun to colour! I used my Many Thanks sentiment for this card and I added some stickles on the flowers this time and a little gem on the ball at the top of the pole. 

To see all the details for this card, visit my blog Danderella

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


This morning I was taking photos of several cards. I couldn't decide which one to share. I pondered over each photo and that alone took way too much time this morning. Then I had to securitize every little detail that I photographed and ended up taking more pictures. Creating seems to be such a small part of the process compared to taking pictures. Finally I decided on two cards and a little sneak peek for next week.

The first card uses a stamp I had long before I knew anything about The Rubber Cafe. When Melissa took over The Rubber Cafe I went and looked for all stamps related and this was one of them, Small Star Ladybug. This was the hardest card to photgraph. Between the glossy accents and cuttlebugged black background the camera just didn't like it. I did manage to get a little bit of the sparkly goodness I added to the small star ladybugs.

The second card I decided to share uses one of the newer stamps Dancin' Cheek to Cheek. I finally found a use of slime green pearls. It's hard to tell in this photo, but these pearls do match up beautifully. The background is cuttlebugged using the Allegro folder. I used a corner punch to make the medallion that shows these lovers off so sweetly. A fiskars border punch and ribbon make a nice finish to this card.

Finally...a little sneak peak. Next week I'll be giving you a little tutorial on how I made this fun background and card using one of my favorite tools (hint...it's not an embossing folder). I hope you enjoy.

Thanks everybody for stopping by. Be sure to leave a comment or two so that our design team knows they are loved. Have a great week.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Monday!

I love Mondays! A fresh new week lays ahead of you to be filled with love and crafts. My day didn’t go all that well though. I ruined the card I was supposed to share with you today. I was trying to photograph it in snow storm. It blew away and ended up face down in wet snow and smeared (I wish I had used my copics instead of the distress ink!). Anyway, I did have a new card with the AMAZING butterfly since a week or two back that I haven’t shared yet. Just pretend you don’t see the sentiment…

Thank You  The stamp is called Large Highwing Butterfly. And I love it!

Wish you all a good week!