Thursday, September 30, 2010

You are well preserved

Happy Thursday!

I have a fun birthday card to share with you today. I made it with images and sentiments from "Fruit Medley". This is such a fabulous set. It has so many sentiments and images that the projects and cards you can make from it are endless!

The patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket and I think paper piecing the lid of the jar was the perfect way to tie everything together! If you haven't picked up "Fruit Medley" yet after seeing all the awesome projects the design team has shown you I can't imaging why not!!!

I hope you enjoyed this card and will stop by again soon to see what else the ladies have to share!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010're it

Treats are not just for little kids...NOW...Where's My Treat??

I had been making this card for the CAS challenge over at Splitcoast this last monday and while I was making the card I felt inspired to make a cute tag set.

This set uses the Where's my treat set and some fun ribbon I found from last halloween. It all started when I tried to clean my room. Unlike Melissa...mine isn't nearly as neat. I came across this ribbon and thought it would make a great embellishment on a card. I couldn't decide what to do with it so I set it aside and never really got back to cleaning. I came across the CAS challenge and thought I would use this ribbon. It looked great on the card and then again on the tags. I'll get back to cleaning another day.
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to leave a comment for any one of our design team posts.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tree of life

Hi! Hope you are having a good start of the week! I started mine with inking up some good red rubber from The Rubber Café. I played some more with the Tree of Life set. Sooo beautiful, and easy to make clean and simple block designs with.

tree of life 4I stamped the three tree stamps on patterned paper and cut it out and adhered it on a leaf embossed cardstock with 3D foam. And a crochet flower with a button to make the square design a bit softer. Done. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hook, Line and Sinker

This week I am using The Rubber Cafe's Fishbowl and Fishing for Details sets. When they were included in my design team package along with acetate, I knew I needed to make a circular easle card with them!

1. I stamped the fish bowl on designer paper and then again on acetate.
2. I stamped the rock and grasses onto the designer paper, masking the bottom or the fishbowl, and colored them with Copic Markers.
3. I stamped the fish and skull on ivory cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.
4. I attached fish and skull to patterned paper fish bowl with glue dots.
5. Using a stamp-aligner, I stamped the bubbles on the acetate with black Stazon ink.
6. On the reverse side of the acetate, I used Art Institute Glitter and dries clear glue.
I used crystal for the top of the bowl, pearl for the bubbles and fauna for the bottom of the bowl.
7. Once dry, I attached the acetate bowl over the paper one, attaching under the glittered top and bottom with glue dots.
8. Finish your easle card.
Michelle Pearson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall is my Favorite

Hi there, Sabrina here with your Saturday post.
Fall is my favorite time of year so I thought I'd use some stamps with that season as a theme...
I started off by making a tea light candle holder.
I cleaned and removed the label from a chicken salad tin as shown below

Then using some paper and heat embossing
I stamped the grape leaves from the Bon Appetit set.
I then tied some string around the bottom and voila candle holder.
As a side note I used a glue dot to stick the candle to the bottom of the tin to help prevent it from sliding around, and as always NEVER leave a burning candle unattended.

(Sorry the gold embossing is hard to photograph)

Then onto my card, I had every intention of trying the "spotlight" technique but then I got so carried away making my card I ended up coloring the whole image and didn't actually do what I wanted LOL. So I'll leave that for next week.
So I stared by dusting off my cuttle bug and embossed my background then stamped the Pumpkin and Corn image on some Pugnacious Signature Paper, I colored it with copics and prisma color pencils. I layered this on brown and then yellow/orange card stock and popped it up with foam dots. I finished the look off with three little gems and cut the same yellow/orange card stock for the inside.

Again as always I hope you enjoyed your visit and I promise I'll try to remember to demonstrate the "spotlight" technique next time. I'm really enjoying learning and then showing you the techniques I'm learning along the way and I'd appreciate any input on techniques you recommend or would like to see.

Have a great week.


Fall Harvest

By now school is in full swing and the football season has begun...the beginning of the fall season is here! I wanted to share a couple of cards that I made using the "Fall Harvest" image that are sure to put you in the mood for fall.
I stamped the "Fall Harvest" image on cream colored cardstock and colored it with copic markers. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Matilda pack and the ribbon is Textured Trio's from Michaels. The sentiment on the first card is "Give Thanks" by The Rubber Cafe.

The second image was also stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with copics. I sponged chalk by Pebbles Inc. around the image. The ribbon is from my scrap jar so I'm not sure of the brand but there is a lot of brown polka dot ribbon available out there. The sentiment of this second card is also by The Rubber Cafe and is called, "Hi there".

I hope you enjoyed these cards and are feeling inspired to create some fall fun too!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stamping on Tiles

I know there are several tutorials for stamping on tiles, but I wanted to just give you the basics. I have been working on a set of tiles for my grandfather. He'll be turning 94 this Friday. I think most my family has hand stamped tile coasters...I even gave a set to Melissa last year sometime. My grandfather...on the other hand...doesn't seem to have any. He had seen them at my moms house and thought they would look nice on his tables. I'm glad it came up this week...I just didn't know what I was going to get a 94yr old that has it all and doesn't need half of what he has. Here is a sample of what he will be getting.

To stamp on tiles you need to have the right tools. Stazon ink is a must. No other ink, that I know of, will work for this technique. The tiles I used are Travertine tiles, not completely smooth. I recommend you use a 4x4" square cardstock to map out what you want to stamp first. This will save you the frustration of stamping on a tile and not liking it. Use a cloth to make sure your tiles are clean and ready to recieve ink. Be sure your Stazon is fully inked. You want to start with a nice juicy pad. If your coloring, you do not want to use Copics on these tiles. Copics will pick up the Stazon color. I used Sharpies. Sharpies also pick up the Stazon ink, but they are a lot cheaper to replace. Once you stamp and color your tiles, then it's time to add the felt feet. Adding felt or cork to the bottom will protect your furniture.

Rubber Cafe Sale

We are getting ready to leave for Portland today and I popped by the blog to see whats going on and noticed that it hasn't been updated in a few days so I thought I better leave some eye candy ... and updates ...

Well first off ... did you know that is having a sale only untill Friday ????? Embossing Folders 20% off , Spellbinders Clearance Bin 50% off
New Spellbinders 27% off and 15%off all Rubber Cafe stamps ...
Quantity is limited and so is this sale you might want to check it out ... All items are instock and ready to ship today .

I feel fall in the air ... its starting to get cooler at night and I wouldn't even think about getting in the pool right now . Do you find that you get a little more Crafty in the fall and winter ? Leave a comment ... for a chance to win a Cosmo Cricket MINI deck ... ( Its the new one not sure of the name )

Monday, September 20, 2010

Can’t wait to Sea you

Happy Monday folks! I have a sea card for you today. A blue and kraft colored sea card using the gorgeous sea shell stamps that The Rubber Café carries in different shapes and sizes.

Can't wait to SEA you The big stamp is the Large Lightning Whelk Conch Shell (phew!) which is stamped, clear embossed and cut out. The border is made out of the Small Clam Shell. I simply stamped the shell side by side and then cut it out – and to be honest – I love how it came out! LOL! The sentiment is from the oh sooooo gorgeous Fishing for Details set. I covered half the sentiment with tape when inking it up and stamped it twice to make it fit the card. This make the big and long sentiments more versatile.

Have a great week!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Swirled Ornament with Hanging Ribbon Cards

Today's cards are done with Swirled Ornament with Hanging Ribbon Cards. For this first card I used the glitter and acetate technique. I stamped Season's Greetings on white metallic cardstock. The ornaments are attached with glue dots.
This second card is made in the same style on metallic silver cardstock. The ornaments are colored with Copic Markers and are popped up on foam tape.

Michelle Pearson

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Shalom with the Tree of Life

Today's card was created using the new Tree of Life set from The Rubber Cafe. The set is beautiful and so much fun to work with on gorgeous cards. I stamped all three tree images that come with the set using a plum ink. I then cut them out and mounted them on squares of grey cardstock. My dp is Bo Bunny in this wonderful plum color which matched perfect to my ink. I popped up all the tree squares on dimensionals and then added my sentiment for the fourth panel.

That is all for me today as it is a Jewish Holiday today and I should not even be on the computer...(dont tell hubby!!)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Two weeks in the Making ... a clean some what organized Studio

Well I have been getting several requests to show pictures of my studio which has been a total disaster for ever. After two weeks of gutting it out and sending lots of goodies to the thrift shop its DONE.
I hope that you are all having a wonderful week-end ... This week-end at The Rubber Cafe we are getting ready to teach full classes all day .. I am so excited if you were unable to come this time .. or live far away we are offering our class kits for $15.00 plus shipping for a limited time ... Fully stamped , all the parts, and FULL COLOR DIRECTIONS click on the link above if you are interested . They are ready to go Monday morning first thing ...

(Stamping Queen)

Friday, September 17, 2010

The 3 R's- Recycle, Reuse and Reduce

Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely week....

Well as you will all find out soon enough, I like to re-use packaging and other everyday disposable items.

Today I'm showing you what I did with the package from a
dog nail trimmer replacement blade kit.
You can do the same with packages from embellishment packaging like I did with a bobunny package seen here on my blog and many others, just think outside the box.

Original package

Package opened and paper insert removed

I used the paper insert to measure (or you can trace) the shape needed and then used my own paper, punches and embellishments and of course the it's a dog's life stamp and the bone from the birthdays and balloons stamp set to decorate.
Just remember in most cases you can't make it too thick or it won't be able to close back up.

I like these type of packages because they have a little bubble built in that you can put things in. You can put little embellishments like I did with the fire hydrant, or candies or anything else that will fit. Basically think shaker card.

On this one I used the grater stamp and I had a little package of flower seeds from a wedding favor I received. The possibilities are endless......

Here's what it looks like empty, It's also handy as a gift tag tied to a present.
I haven't adhered the design so it can be removed if someone wanted just the "card" part after they used their little gift.

Oh and I wanted to show you how I got matching ribbon for my project.
I'm sure all you copic pros out there already know this trick but I thought this was just the neatest thing. Take your regular white ribbon and a copic that matches your project, add the two together and voila you get perfectly matching ribbon without the hours upon hours of shopping for a ribbon that "kinda" matches you project.

Alright so thats my version of the 3 R's.
Reusing product packaging, Reducing scrap ribbon by coloring my own and
Recycling the original insert.

I hope I have inspired you.... I'd LOVE to see your projects!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Sabrina MacD

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Best Fishes

Happy Thursday!

The end of the week is almost here and I've got some more fishy fun to get you inspired for your weekend stamping! Today's sample is another scene that I made with "Fishing for details".

I colored this with copic markers. I didn't plan for that little popped up starfish in the original design but I accidently smudged it and needed to cover it up! Don't you love when you can improve the card with a "mistake"?

This is such a fun versitile set. Did you see the card I had on my blog earlier in the week?

There are lots of fabulous new sets in the store so be sure to check back daily for more fun samples!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Orange You Glad?

Every Monday Splitcoast Stampers has a Technique Lovers Challenge. Last Monday was a stage card. You can see the tutorial here. I hadn't tried this in a long time so I thought I would have a little fun with the new stamps from The Rubber Cafe, Fruit Medley. These stamps are great for oranges, lemons or limes. I especially like the words for this set. I used the Background Basic set #2 and Card Labels to help complete this card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Clean and simple

Hi folks! I have two clean and simple cards to share today. First up is a card using the Menorah stamp from the Celebrating the Festivals of light set. It’s soooo beautiful that I simply stamped it on blue cardstock and silver embossed it. Then it’s layered on white and blue cardstock. Done in ten minutes but it looks really nice! (MHO) :):):)


Second card is almost as simple (the stitched frame took a little bit of time, but it was worth it), but to ad some flair, I used glitter cardstock. The dove is from the Tree of Life set.

Duva två Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shalom Dove

These cards use stamps from the Tree of Life set embossed in silver on a polished stone background. The dove has been done in the glitter and acetate technique and is attached with glue dots.
This card has the addition of a Star of David done in the glitter and acetate technique and is attached with tape.
Michelle Pearson

Saturday, September 11, 2010

With Sympathy...

Hi everyone, well this week has been a bit of a sad week for me. My friend lost her grandmother, and one of my REALLY awesome clients lost her elderly cat.
I work at a Veterinary Hospital for those of you that didn't know.
So the silver lining to my story is ...... I got to make some cards! WOOHOO
The blue card is an easel card with the stamped image from The Rubber Cafe called
I colored them with pencils and added some sparkle with Stickles and three brads.
I roughed up the top layer to give it some dimention and popped that layer with foam.
The bottom layer I used a border punch to make the paw print edge and some old misc stamps I had laying around. I layered the dark blue behind that and again popped it up so the "easle" part had something to set up against.

This sympathy card, stamped with Inked Poppy is very easy to make so its great for any skill level but in my opinion it's one of simple elegance....ok I may be pushing it by saying its elegant HAHAHA but I still do like the result.

Ok joking aside, I really wanted the poppy to pop so I colored the image with pencil crayons and I muted down the rest of the card by using cream colored Pugnacious Signature Paper and some scrap patterened paper that is also cream and black. I layered them ontop of eachother using foam tape to add depth. Finished it off with three black pearl type embellishments and tada sympathy card complete.

I hope you all enjoyed what I had to offer today, thank you.

Fruit Medley!!

Fruit Medley is the name of this new set from The Rubber Cafe. Full of juicy yummy goodness and fun sentiments. For todays card I used the preserves jar and fruit image from the set. I stamped with memento black and colored with my copics. My dp is again scraps from my desk as I am trying desperately to use them up and not waste. They are too gorgeous to waste. Then I cut the image out with circle and scalloped circle nesties, stamped the sentiment onto a spellbinders tag and looped through a small piece of red ribbon and tied it off with some linen thread. Easy peasy.

Head over to the Rubber Cafe when you get a chance and check out this set as well as the rest of the New Releases. Lots of fabulousness!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy your weekend!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Squish Squash part 2

Didn't I say I was going to post the rest of that squash book later Wednesday? So sorry for the delay. Here it is. If you didn't get a chance to see the tutorial, you can view it here. I've used several fun stamps on this card. There is the Fruit Medley, Card Labels, the Background Basics #1, the Background Basics #2 and Happy Birthday (Script). It was hard to photograph this card at it's full size. Each panel has a glittering fruit (stickles) to wish a well preserved and berry special friend a 'Happy Birthday'. This turned out to be a great project. I love the new stamps from The Rubber Cafe. One last thing to remember, only add ribbon to one side, front or back, doesn't matter which. If you add it to both sides, it'll keep your book from opening up completely. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.

If there are other tutorials you are interested in, please let us know. A great place to do that is on Melissa's post, Tuesday Sept. 7th. There is a blog prize and a name will be drawn after the 25th comment. Just hop backwards a little bit...check out the post and comment there. Let us know what you like (or don't like) about the blog...let us know how you started stamping...just say HI. We can't wait to hear from you. Also...don't forget to give our design team a little love too. They work so hard on their cards and projects.