Friday, July 30, 2010
We're so glad you've checked us out today. Make sure you continue to follow our blog for some exciting projects and upcoming news.
Today...Melissa & I are in Valley Forge for a scrapbook convention and looking forward to a great weekend with our customers. Here we have Melissa and our friend Frank. We borrowed him for the weekend and dressed him up. Isn't Frank handsome in his tiara? If you are coming to the show...don't forget to stop by and say hi. Have a great weekend from The Rubber Cafe.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
When I had originally designed this card...it was green. Not a quiet green either...but a kind of lime green. I don't know what I was thinking. I showed Melissa. Her and I both agreed...it was not worth keeping nor photographing...not at all. I really liked the way the card came together...but I just couldn't get the colors together. Then it hit me...the color challenge...I knew what colors I was going to challenge you all with...but I wasn't using them. It was the perfect combo for this card. Blue with a splash of brown and a hint of red. I loved it. I hope you do too. If so...leave a comment letting us know how we're doing.
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Take care and Happy Stamping.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Happy Monday all! I have a green card for you today, featuring the Grater Floral stamp. LOVE this, I get all these nostalgic feelings of Swedish Summer when I see i. My childhood in my granny’s old summer house with a tin of different flowers on the kitchen table. Did I say I love this stamp??? LOL! I did it almost all green.
Sorry for bad photo. We’ve had pouring rain for several days with no proper day light. This was the best I could do. I used a Spellbinders nestie both as card base and as layers on the card. The image is colored with copcis and the edges inked with distress ink. I leaved the nestie die on the die cut while inking the edges. It works like a mask and gives a crisp and clean non inked frame. I love that!
Thanks for stopping by!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
This week I asked them to do a sketch challenge. Some of our design team members have already posted their sketch. Don't forget to check Michelle and Tesa's posts as well. Wow...aren't these beautiful cards. At the end...leave a comment letting us know who you vote for in the search for our new design team members. If you've played along...because we really like it when you play along...leave a link so that we can say...oooo...aaahhhh.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The card and holder make a nice combo...don't you think? The brand new adhesive, Scrap Happy, is great for attaching those tiny butterfly bodies to the front of the card. Another great trick with Scrap Happy is that it's still tacky when it dries...this means making your own adhesive dots. They work great for ribbon and buttons and any other fun tiny embellishment that may need a little dot. Just drop little dots on wax paper or parchment paper and wait for them to dry. I store mine with a sheet of parchment over them as well...that way they don't collect those pesky dog hairs lying around my work room. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to leave a comment or any questions you may have.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Hi folks! Hope you had a lovely weekend! I have a easy peasy card to share today. It uses the magnificent Large Highwing Butterfly. I have let this one rest for a while, but I thought it was about to let it fly again.
I kept a very clean color scheme – white, blue and black. Love these kind of color schemes, they often end up really elegant and clean and classy. Well, I don’t know about this one, but I do like it! LOL!
I distressed the edges of the patterned paper with some sandpaper so that the white core would shine through and then I stitched it on a white card base. I use my favorite size, 4x6. What sizes do you usually make???? Have a favorite??? The butterfly is stamped with black dye ink on white smooth cardstock, colored with a copic and cut out. I pimped the flower ribbon with some rhinestones and added a sticker sentiment to finish it off. Done. Easy peasy!
Looking forward to see what our DT applicants will do next??? I know I am!!!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sabrina inspired by this card
Katie inspired by this card
So...now that you have a chance to look at all the wonderful choices we've made...don't forget to cast your vote...leave a comment and let us know what you think. We also encourage you to find a card that inspires you and play along. Don't forget to give the ladies some love and tell us which is your favorite. I can't pick all by myself...I would have to pick them all. Maybe this isn't the job for me after all. We hope you feel inspired and have a great week.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hope you're having a terrific Tuesday. I have been working on several tutorials for your Tuesday pleasure. I was going to do a post-it note tutorial today...but a customer at the Georgia show saw the card drawer tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and wanted a how-to on the Ultimate. So...next week...we'll do the post-note tutorial. If you check out the resource section over at Splitcoast, you'll find some wonderful tutorials. One of the most recent tutorials is this card drawer. The design is very simple. The measurements are slightly different for the Ultimate.
What you'll need...
* Two sheets of cardstock 9" x 6"
* One sheet of cardstock 9" x 7 1/2"
* Strip of cardstock 6 1/2" x 1"
* Scraps and embellishments to decorate.
On the inside of your Ultimate, there is a section for boxes with the base and top of the box using separate score lines. This is the section we'll be using today.
1. Score each sheet of 9"x 6" on the 3rd score line for each section...one on the top and one on the base...on each of the short ends and one of the long sides leaving one side open with no score line.
2. Fold all score lines and cut into your paper horizontally on each score line...just up to the intersecting score lines and add adhesive to the outside of each end flap. Box will be open on one side. It is important to cut into each section from the back because if the flaps are attached on the side and not the back, your drawer will stick going in.
3. Score 9" x 7 1/2" sheet of cardstock on all four sides, also on the 3rd score line using the base.
4. Fold all score lines and cut into each corner horizontally...just up to the first intersecting score lines and add adhesive to each corner flap to close up to form your box.
5. Add One and Only adhesive to the inside of the open box section that was score on box top.
6. Slide open box base into open box lid to form the drawer slot.
7. Use a 1" punch to punch a notch out of the front of the drawer.
8. The 1/2" strip is used to make the drawer handle if you so choose.
9. Add scraps and embellish. Today I used the Calla Lily Collage to the top and added Pearl Jelly Dots to accent the drawer handle.
Monday, July 12, 2010
There is a DT search going on and there were so many fantastic card makers out there applying. Next step will be a couple of challenges and I can’t wait to see what the ladies will come up with. I saw the sketch Lisa made for one of the challenges, and simply had to use it. It’s a GREAT one!
Used it with the Birthdays and Balloons set (soooo much fun with this one), and kept it really simple. I stamped the dog with balloon first, with the oh, so lovely MME paper with clouds taped down with removable tape on the background patterned paper. I then masked it and stamped two more balloons. Tied a twine around the cloudy piece and and then popped it up with some 3D foam for some dimension.
I stamped the balloons on some scrap paper, (soft pink, love it against the teal!) and cut out and popped them too on 3d dots. The dog is stamped and colored and cut out and adhered with…. yep, you guessed it, 3D foam. I love me some dimension… LOL! It’s really clean and simple, but with this adorable dog, I think it’s all it needs.
Have a great week!!!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This beautiful butterfly was stamped with Memento ink and colored with Copics. I actually used 5 different colors because I couldn't decide if I was going blue or green...in the end...I did both. BG10, BG15, BG49, YG11, and B24 were the colors used today. I added a little green in the background and a little blue for the ribbon. I thought glitter finished off the butterfly nicely and really made him pop. What do you think?
Monday, July 5, 2010
Hope you all had a great 4th of July! Hope you enjoyed our week filled with red, white and blue cards!
It’s for my hubby (who is the happy gent on the photo. The gal with the silly glasses would be me, and theeee cutest dog ever is Flisan) and I thought it’s a card and a photo to have on his desk all in one. I’ll mail it to his work as a surprise. I used some Basic Grey Nook & Pantry papers and a Kraft card base. I inked all the edges with some brown chalk and stamped the It’s a dog’s life stamp with distress ink to get a little vintage feel on that. When all was glued down and stitched, I went over all the edges with my finger nails. Works fine, but if you are afraid about your manicure, do the distressing with a tool BEFORE adhering it. Just a friendly tip…
Have a great new week, and see you again next Monday!