Monday, February 28, 2011

Gated Cupcake

One of our design members, Tess, was unable to post I thought I would drop by with one of my favorite fun folds to share with you. Did you see Michelles version of the gate card yesterday? If can check it out here. I have to say it really is a simple card that just gives it a little something extra. If you haven't seen our challenges, you can check the latest challenge out here. We're sharing fun folds with you all week. If you link up and share your fun folds, you'll be entered into a random draw for our weekly prize.

My gate card uses the Hey Cupcake set. I added a full sized panel over one side of the front, which I embossed with swiss dots. I ran the cupcake topper through my xyron top side down to make the top sticky and embellished it with our couture glitter. A little punched flower and a Jelly Dot finished it off.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out our challenges.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Gate Fold Card!

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is fun folds! I have not posted a gate-fold card lately...and had this one on my mind, so I went with clean and simple!

If you are looking for directions, here is the tutorial I followed on SCS.

For the base of my card, I stamped Love Words on a diagonal in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I used one of the Card Labels for the panel behind my heart. I also stamped the Love Words image on a diagonal on the label in Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I stamped the Floral Heart in black ink and colored it with a white gel pen, black Spica glitter pen and a Prismacolor pencil in Mineral Green. I popped the heart up on foam tape. I glue dotted the knot on the heart.

I added heart buttons on each end of the label. My little HINT for you is this....the right side of the label tucks under the heart and holds the card closed! sure you stop by The Rubber Cafe's blog and join our challenge and a chance to win the prize!

Michelle Pearson

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Criss Cross Card

Good Morning!!! I created todays card for this weeks Fancy Fold Challenge here at The Rubber Cafe. I have always loved this little Criss Cross Card and was so glad for a chance to make it again. I  used two seperate stamps for my card today. Just my type and Hooked on You. My dp is October Afternoon.

So here are the quick instructions for this fun little card. What is fun also is to stick alittle treat behind the insert panel. I have put tea bags, hot cocoa packs, candy bar....ect.


2- 4 1/4 x 11 Cardstock for base
1- 4 x 5 piece of double sided patterned paper
1- 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock for insert
1- 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 piece of neutral cardstock for insert
1- 1 1/2 x 12 piece of colored cardstock for band

*Score both the 4 1/4 x 11 pieces at 5 1/2
* Take one scored piece and cut diagnally from center to bottom left
* Take next scored piece and cut diagnally from center to bottom right.
* Add adhesive to the rectangle back of one piece of cardstock Glue both cardstocks together making sure long pieces of diagnal are on bottom
* Cut patterened paper in half at diagnal.
* Glue to front of card
* With tape runner glue both flaps down to center at the bottom to form a  pocket.
*Take insert pieces and round the corners if you choose to.
* Decorate insert and then glue both insert pieces together. Neutral on top.
* Score the band piece at 5 5/8 x 11 1/4 and wrap around the card and glue together. You can decorate the front of this also if you choose to.

I hope you were able to follow. If not you can find the directions that I follow on SCS in the resources section under Criss Cross Card.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

TRCC #6-Fun Folds

It's time for another fun challenge!!!

Today's challenge is called "Fun Folds". You can interpret that anyway you want! Use any Unique or Non-Traditional Fold. There are so many different things you can create for this challenge ... I hope you have fun with it.

I decided to use "fun folds" to create this fun slider card. This is the front of the card.

Here it is as you begin to pull the string to slide the fold up.

Here it is fully open.

and...a front view of it fully open!

You can measure, cut and score to make this card...or you can do what I did and start with a "Sliding Pop up card" from from Creative Cuts & More. Takes all the frustration out of creating because it comes all ready to stamp and put together!

"Fishing for Details" by The Rubber Cafe
"Sliding Pop up Card" from Creative Cuts & More
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
copic Markers
Martha Stewart Bakers Twine
SU Eyelet
Spellbinder die

I hope you'll join us for this weeks "Fun Fold" challenge!

The Rules are Simple:
•Make a new card incorporating this weeks challenge (you are welcome to combine with other challenges and you do not have to use TRC stamps but if you do you'll be entered twice for the random prize draw)
•Link below, directly to your post
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC6

Each week we will randomly draw a winner out of the projects that are entered and the winner will win a prize. This weeks prize is a $10 gift certificate to the Rubber Cafe store.

Good Luck!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Be Stylish

One of my favorite new stamps from The Rubber Cafe is Be Stylish designed by Candy Rosenberg. It's a to die for Corset that screams to be layered and embellished. I stamped it, cut it out and glittered it to the hilt. Then I added strips of One and Only tape to the backside to add ribbon. I layered the pink first then added another strip of tape to layer the cream ribbon. I made paper roses by punching a circle and cutting it into a spiral. The spiral is then quilled into a beautiful rose. Each rose has a light pink Jelly Dot in the center that was adhered with a tiny drop of Scrap Happy glue. I also used a little bit of Scrap Happy glue to add some glitter to the tops of each rose. The background wasn't made with patterned paper. You may have noticed...our weekly challenge was no patterned paper. So...I cut strips of pink stardream paper and glued them to the cream cardstock, then embossed with one of the folders from the Heritage set. I layered it all onto chipboard that was covered in black carstock and sponged with black ink. Finally, I added a little pink ribbon to hang with style.

It was a little hard to photograph the glitter...oh...but it's there.
Our design team has done a wonderful job with this challenge. Don't forget to stop by and give them a little love.
Now...On to the winner...
Our winners for the challenge are chosen using Thank you to all who have participated this week. We had so many great entries to check out. I always love blog hopping and checking out all the great talent that is out there.

Todays winner was our first entry, Kendra. Kendra you can go to The Rubber Cafe webside and contact us with your information to receive your prize. Congratulations!

I love to take the time to show off some of the other entries we've received.

I love the tile look and the shrinky dinks. Very cool ideas. Check back tomorrow for another great challenge with Kristine.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Michelle's No Pattern Paper Card - A Day Late!

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe was to make a card with NO designer paper. I'm on vacation and it seems that my brain was I'm posting this a day late! Be sure that you scroll down to see the regular Monday post!! What I did for my background paper was to stamp the Blossom Branch randomly with Tim Holtz Peeled Paint. Then I randomly added Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap and Victorian Velvet inks to distress the panel. Next I ran it through Cuttlebug's Hounds Tooth embossing folder and then inked it again with Peeled Paint distress ink. For the main image, I stamped Blossom Branch on ivory cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers E44, RV89, RV34 and RV32. The sentiment is from Give Momma Some Love. Other items on this card are Martha Stewart border punch, vintage seam binding and adhesive pearls. Come join the challenge for a chance to win a prize!

No Patterned Paper!?!

Well, this was not an easy challenge, but it sure was FUN! Have you made your card yet? Still a couple of days to go!  All details HERE!

My card is a classic Clean And Simple one using the Umbrella stamp and Hi There! sentiment.

Hi There 4

I stamped the umbrella on the white panel and on white cardstock scraps. Cut the extra ubrella tops out and colored them with different colors with copics and used some pop dots. To frame it, I simply drew a line around it all. To finish it off a little bling. Done. I like how it came out. And I have fixed the green mat (didn’t see it until I started photo editing. But when I had fixed it, it was too dark to take a new photo). The design is inspired by this weeks Card Pattern’s sketch.

Hope to see your no patterned paper cards!!! Have a great new week!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

No Designer Paper Challenge!!

Okay I have to admit that this challenge was HARD for me.... I LOVE my Designer Paper....I really have a love affair with paper. You need to see my craft room!!! But I am a team player so when they issue a No Paper Challenge I just have to play along and we are hoping you will play along with us too!!

Here is my card for today. I used the Gorgeous Iris Image for my simple but elegant card. I colored with my copics and cut out the image with a Spellbinder. To finish this card off I dry embossed the purple panels, added some white satin ribbon and a few silver brads to the corners. What do you think??

So get rid of that paper this week and grab some stamps and come play along!! Cant wait to see what you create

Have a great day!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

TRCC #5-No Patterned Paper

It's time for another fun challenge over on The Rubber Cafe Design Team Blog!

This weeks challenge is to make a card or other project with NO Patterned/Designer Paper! If you know me you know that I love patterned paper! I use it on nearly everything so this really was a challenge for me! was also a terrific opportunity to get my new set, " Vintage Treasures" inky! I don't usually do Vintage but it was fun to challenge myself for this challenge.

Here are three samples with no patterned paper that I came up with:

For all three of these cards:
"Vintage Treasures" by The Rubber Cafe
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Prism Cardstock
May Arts trim
Prima flowers
Buttons from my stash
American Crafts felt flower

If you want to join the challenge this week....

The Rules are Simple:
•Make a new card incorporating this weeks challenge (you are welcome to combine with other challenges and you do not have to use TRC stamps but if you do you'll be entered twice for the random prize draw)
•Link below, directly to your post
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC5

Each week we will randomly draw a winner out of the projects that are entered and the winner will win a prize. This weeks prize is a $10 gift certificate to the Rubber Cafe store.

Good Luck!!!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

To Say A Melon Thanks

Thank you to all who been participating in our weekly challenges.

This weeks challenge is paper piecing. I had a much different card in mind, but it never really came together for me. I started with a gate fold card and red was just not a good look. Eventually I went with a "Z" fold card...and now...I am finally pleased with it.

I used one of the background stamps from Background Basic 1 and stamped at an angle for the background of the watermelon. The watermelon and sentiments are from the Fruit Medley set. For a "Z" fold card I cut the paper to 10 1/2" x 4 1/4" and scored at 2 1/2" and 5". The sentiments were layered over each other so that when the card was closed you would only see the top sentiment and open you would see both. Adding a little bling and glitter finished this card off with spunk.
Now...for this weeks winner...

And here are a few other enteries in our challenge:

Congratulations MelissaMade! Follow the link to The Rubber Cafe online store and send us your contact information. Be sure to include the challenge TRCC4.

Check back tomorrow for our next challenge. Happy Stamping and have a great week.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hi There!

There is a Paper Piecing Challenge going on! I LOVE paper piecing (check out my card from last week…. LOL) and I loved making today’s card!!! I decided to use the Large Highwing Butterfly, cause I think it’s very beautiful and I’ve never tried to paper piece it before. It was a little fuzzy cutting involved, but I sure think it was worth it!!!
Hi There 2
Do you see the tiny beige dots on the butterfly? It’s tiny pieces from the beige polka dot paper. Fuzzy cutting, I’ll tell ya!!!! The card is simple but with lot of dimension. I love pop dots!!! :):):)
Hi There 2 detalj
I hope you will play with us this week! There are still a couple of days to enter to win a $10 gift certificate to The Rubber Café web shop. Make your paper pieced project and enter it HERE.
Take care and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Can't Wait To Sea You!

This week's challenge to the design team was to use the paper piecing technique. This is a really fun way to color your creations without coloring them!

For my Fishbowl, I paper pieced the water using a darker piece of designer paper that had bubbles and waves on it. I stamped my plant life images from the Fishing For Details set, which I did color with a combination of Copic markers and a white color pencil.

For my sand, I used ScrapHappy Glue and real sand! The paper sort of shows through the sand, but it gives the illusion that you are looking through the glass and see the sand.

I stamped the sea life images on different scraps of designer paper and cut them out.

We hope you can play!! Use code TRCC4 if you upload your card...but be sure to enter your card on the challenge post! There will be a great prize for a lucky participant! Good Luck!!

Michelle Pearson

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Another Great Challenge

A new week means another great challenge here at The Rubber Cafe. This week we are challenging you to do some paper piecing on your projects. Fun right?

For my card today I pulled out my Hey Cupcake set and pieced away. I paper pieced both pieces of the cupcake and popped it up onto some circles cut with my Spellbinders. My dp is October Afternoon and I added some brads, crystals and a thin piece of ribbon with a tiny bow.

Please feel free to join us this week. A great prize is up for grabs to one lucky random winner. This weeks keyword is TRCC4 if you upload to a gallery but then come back here to Mr Linky and leave your entry.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

TRCC #4-Paper Piecing

Welcome back to another challenge at The Rubber Cafe!!!

We are so excited to see so many of you coming back each week! This week we are challenging you to incorporate some "paper piecing" into your project.

Paper Piecing is such an easy way to add texture and interest to your paper projects.

Here's my card using paper piecing:

Cosmo Cricket Early Bird patterned paper
Bazzil Basic cardstock
Memento Tuxedo black
American Craft red brads
EK Success border punch

We hope you'll join us for this weeks challenge!

The Rules are Simple:
•Make a new card incorporating this weeks challenge (you are welcome to combine with other challenges and you do not have to use TRC stamps but if you do you'll be entered twice for the random prize draw)
•Link below, directly to your post
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC4

Each week we will randomly draw a winner out of the projects that are entered and the winner will win a prize. This weeks prize is a $10 gift certificate to the Rubber Cafe store.

Good Luck!!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Challenging Tutorial and a Winner's not that challenging. I had been checking out other blogs here and there and came across this box (can't recall where). I went searching for directions only to find out that it had been cut from some sort of online template. I'm not really into buying templates. I'm more into buying stamps. the spirit of saving you a little you can enjoy spending more on stamps...I've created this little tutorial that goes along with our weekly challenge.

If you've been checking out the challenges, you'll know this weeks challenge is to use red, pink, and black together. If you're not sure what I'm talking about...check out this post here.

What you'll need:
*Cardstock 6" x 8 1/2"
*Stamps and embellishments for decorating
*adhesive (only for decorating your box)


Line your cardstock up against your Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy and score at 2, 4, 6, & 8. (Cardstock is cut at 6, not 6 1/2...typo in my pic)

Turn your paper a 1/4 turn lining up the short scored edge to the top and score at 1 1/2 just to the second score line, 2 & 4 all the way down, and again at 4 1/2 to the second score line. This will be the top of the box.

flip your paper over and line a bottom corner (not having extra scor lines) into the 6" line. Score corner to corner in the first square and skipping the second square score again corner to corner in the third square. Turn 1/4 turn staying at the bottom and repeate the score again lining it up at the 6" score line. Cut the top 3 corners off as shown. Cutting all the red lines and cutting off the X'd boxes.

Fold all your score lines, folding all the corners inward.

Close the box by sliding the tabs on the top of the box into the base of the box and it will stay shut.

You're ready to decorate.

This is a fun box to add small gifts or a couple of pieces of chocolate for that special somebody.

I've used the Small Trailing Butterflies and Fleuradidy 1. I made a mask by stamping off the Small Trailing Butterflies and cutting them out then covered the butterflies and stamped Fleuradidy 1 as a background in pink. I popped one of the butterflies on the top of the box to help it stand out a little. Add a little glitter and it's done. Inside I added a couple of pieces of chocolate...maybe I'll leave them in there when I give the box to Melissa.

And The Winner Is...

We can't forget about this weeks winner. I've been using to help generate a random winner. Also, if you use Rubber Cafe stamps, you'll be entered twice.

Now...for the winner:

Chris Olsen

To claim your prize, go to The Rubber Cafe and contact us with your information. Please include the challenge that you entered.

Here are some of the other great cards that entered our challenge this week:

You could be next. Check back tomorrow to see what the challenge will be.