Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Upcoming Classes For The Rubber Cafe

Some people are hard to buy for ... I have a few of those people in my life. Gift Cards are great to give but lack the WOW factor . In this class we are going to make two really neat gift card holders and you will get the step by step directions to complete more of these really cute cards on your own

In this class you will get the color instructions for the cards that are completed in class . We will complete 2 cards .. One shaker card and this really neat gift card holder ... All supplies used in this class will be available ...

Two Classes available Sept 18th 11am - 1 pm
Sept 18th 2 pm - 4 pm
Kits are also available please check out the website for further details

What do you need to Bring ? Basic supply kit , adhesive, scissors , Copic Markers if you have them ...

If you have any questions call me 1-800-991-6712 ext 201

Melon thanks!

With Labor Day right around the corner, I decided to use this sweet watermelon stamp today. My inspiration for colors and embellishments came from picnics and bbq's, which I'm sure many of you will be attending this coming weekend! Wouldn't this make a nice thank you card for your host or hostess?
This is a very clean and simple design. I really wanted the watermelon to take center stage. Instead of coloring the image, I paper pieced it. To do this, I first stamped the watermelon on red cardstock and then again on olive cardstock, I trimmed both and then pieced them together. To give it an even more realistic look, I colored the smallest part of the rind with a dark green marker.
Thanks for stopping by! Come back soon :)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Let it Snow!!!

Well, I wouldn’t mind  waiting a couple of months or so to tell the truth… but it was fun to bring out the wintery products again! I love Holliday papers!!!

Let it snowI stamped the snowman from the Baby it’s cod outside set twice. First on the background paper then on white cardstock. I mounted it with some 3d foam and added the sentiment piece on top. Done. Really simple card, but I love the fun happy look of the  snowman!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Winter Fun!

I'm still loving the Winter Fun Labrador from The Rubber Cafe all glitzed up! The glitter and acetate technique is so fun...just apply your glitter glue to the reverse side of the image and apply your glitters...once they dry you have a fun image to create with! I cut mine out with a narrow border and applied it to my card with glue dots. I embossed the Happy Holidays 2 stamp on acetate, and the additional clear embossing powder that stuck to my acetate mimics ice on a window! Never too early to get your holiday cards together!! Michelle Pearson http://www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I'm Berry Lucky!!!

Wow are you all in for a huge treat. New stamps from The Rubber Cafe are coming down the pike and boy are you going to be in LOVE!!! Today I am using two new stamps and I am sorry they have not posted yet to the website so I cant link you or even give their names but the first set is full of fruity sweetness. Great berry images and sentiments. Today I used the Strawberry image for my background and then for my two corner berries. The other stamp I used was a new border stamp that is around my sentiment stamped in red. I colored my berries with my copics, cut them out and popped them up on some dimensionals. All paper used are scraps of October Afternoon and I finished things off with a handmade (not by me!!) crocheted flower and paper prima.

Keep checking back daily for new release updates and thanks so much for stopping by today!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Snow in August

It's a very late Tuesday here and I know...in some places...it's now Wednesday. I was having a sort of lazy day...thinking for some reason it was Monday and I had all day to work on the post for tomorrow...as it turns out...I didn't. I'm a little late.
I wanted to share an email I received from one of the newest design team members. She used one of the cards from her challenges here to enter another challenge. Kristine made the top six for her entry to card patterns. You can find the post here.
Melissa and I have been doing a bit of traveling with The Rubber Cafe to a few scrapbook conventions. For those of you who came to hang out with us and say HI...thank you. Our customers are really wonderful and we are so gratefull for you all. While at the show I did a lot of demoing and I was always getting asked "ok...cool...now what do you do with it?" So I wanted to show you all a fun way to decorate this really easy card. Starting off with 2 sheets of cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, score one piece at the gatefold and half fold and then turn the card around and score the gate fold again. Fold accordian style. Score the second piece at the half only. I used a few stamps here...Baby it's cold outside, It's a blizzard outside, and Magical Ball for the mini snowman. I added a snowflake cuttlebug background a little ribbon and I'm good to go. The mini snowman dangles from the pop out piece. I used dental floss for the string. If you have any questions don't forget to leave a comment in the designated section.
Have a great week and Happy Stamping.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hooked on You!!

Today I pulled out one of my favorite cutie stamps from The Rubber Cafe called Hooked on You. Stamped this little guy in memento tuxedo black and colored with copics. I pulled out some scrap Cosmo Cricket Paper from my desk and created alittle grid for my focal panel and embellished with a ton of silver brads. Then for today, I felt that my sentiment would not fit on the front of my card so I finished off the inside and stamped my sentiment in there. Cute right?? I am happy with the way this turned out. Off to go enjoy lunch with hubby. Have a great day!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

More Halloween

Happy Wednesday folks! I week and two days late and a penny short, but don’t shoot me. I have two cards to share today, two Halloween easels. One I was supposed to blog last week, but things happened and I never did. Aaaand then I did another one for today, to match and team up with the first one.

Halloween 1 First one is a circle easel, made with my Spellbinders nestabilities and theeee cutest lab ever, Where’s my treat labrador. I also added a spider web -  You need to dust - in the background for some more “spooky” action. LOL!

Halloween 1 öppen

Second card uses the cuuuute kitten – Charming Kitty – stamp. The pumpkin is from the oh soooo fab clear stamp set Pumpkin Face Mix-N-Match.

Kitten halloween Kitty Halloween öppen I love making easels. They are fun and EASY to make, and there are endless possibilities of making the cards different in shape and size. You can find na easy to follow tutorial here if you haven’t tried one before.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Acetate Card

I was over on another site yesterday...splitcoaststampers.com. Every monday they have really great challenges. Actually...they have really great challenges all week long...but I think Monday is my favorite. The two they have are a technique lovers challenge and a clean and simple (CAS) challenge. I decided to do one card that fit both. The cas challenge had this sketch and the technique challenge was to use ribbon any way but a bow or a knot. I think I did ok here. I decided to add one other element...an acetate card. Acetate is so hard to score, but one of the tools on the Ultimate has a nice straight edge that works perfect on acetate. I used Grandma's Doilies on the outside and Thank You 3 on the inside.

I think I'm going to send this to my son and his grandma...she's taking such great care of him while he's away at college. A 'Thank You' card is the least I can do.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your week and go check out all the challenges they have over at Splitcoast.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Halloween

Our heat wave snapped today....and I've got fall on my brain. I used Creepy Fence and Tree, colored with Copic Markers to make my fall scene. I paired it with Just Batty. For my moon, I cut out the moon image and placed a layer of sheer gold ribbon behind it. Layered over yellow cardstock, my moon fairly shimmers! I stamped Frightful Halloween and then accented it with a black Copic Spica Glitter Pen. I used the Halloween Candy stamp to make my fun candy border! Michelle Pearson http://www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Can't wait to SEA you

We are so excited for this week-end ... Stamping Details is participating for the SoCal shop hop again. This year the themes are related to movies ..

So I designed a shaker card with our new stamp set for Stamping Details called "Fishing for Details" The set is designed around their movie theme Finding Nemo.

OUR FREE TEACH AND TAKE starts at 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (you should be there by 3:00pm if you want to do this card )

What you need ? Scissors are a must Xacto Knife and BOO Copic marker

How do I get there ?

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

858-513-8024 Call of you need Help ?

Prizes will be drawn through out the day ...

Can't wait to SEA you !

This set will not be available online until August 16th


Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Today I imagine beautiful flowers, fun colors and a pretty bow. What do you imagine?

I wanted to share our last couple of weeks with you all. We've been to one side of the country (Valley Forge, PA) and back again (San Jose, CA). We've met great customers and had so much fun. We even played a little on the boardwalk of Atlantic City, NJ. Somebody had a camera...but it wasn't me. As soon as I get those incriminating photographs...I'll post them.

Our next adventure is in St. Charles, IL...just outside of Chicago. I can't wait...I think we're borrowing Frank and dressing him up again. Check back for more details later (I'll be sure to bring the camera to Chicago).

In the meantime...I wanted to share a fun card I made using the Ultimate from Crafters Companion. You may have noticed...and it's alright if you didn't...I've been using the Ultimate a lot these last few weeks. If you manage to get to one of our shows...be sure to stop by for a demo. It's great for card makers and scrap bookers alike. It's fabulous for boxes too. My favorite part is the bow maker. It really makes the bows easy. The easel card comes together very easily with this fun tool as well.

I started with a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at the gatefold us letter and half us letter. I folded the score lines, each in the same direction. This will be the front of your card. I layered a piece of cardstock 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" on the front of the card, making sure to add adhesive to the bottom only, otherwise it will just be a card with a fold. This will create your easel. I added layers and stamped the Grated Floral and Imagine, popping them up. The inside needs to be popped or something dimensional added to keep the easel in place. I hope this all makes sense. Thanks for stopping by and Have a great week.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Winter Fun Labrador!

It was a hot one here today.....so thinking of snowflakes is a good thing!! This is a fun card I did using the Glitter and Acetate Technique. I stamped my image from the Winter Fun Labrador and Kitty set with black Stazon ink on acetate. Then I applied glue and glitters on the reverse side of the image. I cut out my image leaving a narrow border once the image had dried.

I also created faux glitter ribbon by applying the glitter to sticky tape. This is a fun way to cover the edges of the Cuttlebugged Snowflake panel. Love the crisp feel of this card and the fun color scheme!!
Michelle Pearson www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hug the dog

A new Monday, a new week, and new cards. For today, I’ve been playing with my favorite character from The Rubber Café – the labrador. He is soooooooo cute!!! Here is the lab with the party hat from the Birthdays and Balloons set.

Hug the dog Cuuuute sentiment too, from the same set. The lab is stamped on water color paper and colored with distress inks Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo. A clean and really simple card. Have a fab week!!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CAS Butterfly!

I'm loving summertime! Blogging today from a cabin we rent for a week each summer. I enjoyed the eyeful of beauty I saw at CHA in Chicago this week!! And now I'm looking forward to a week of watching butterflies and eagles and sunsets on the lake!!

I colored my Large Highwing Butterfly with Copic markers and popped up the wings slightly for dimension. Wishing you all a peaceful week!
Michelle Pearson