Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Most of us hate the idea of gift certificates or gift cards. It feels so impersonal. So...why not make it more personal. The challenge...create your own personal gift card holder. The gift is not just the gift card...but the holder as well.
For today's sample...I combined the last challenge with this challenge. I thought I would leave you with one more Christmas card and add a little something extra for the inside.
The front is stamped with Background Basics 2. I stamped the Small Thistle Flower on red card stock a couple of times then cut them out and layered them to look like a poinsettia, adding gold dots with a gel pen to the center. The leave were made from a strip of green card stock folded in half and run through a crimper at an angle. Cut and unfold to form the leaves. The die cut on the front of the card comes from a Cricut cartridge...don't recall which one.
The inside of the card was stamped with Background Basics 2 and the holly border stamp from the set Christmas Tidings. Also from Christmas tidings, the Happy Holidays sits behind the gift card. When the person takes out the gift card, they'll see the greeting.
I didn't realize how crooked the pocket was till I took a few photo's and took a closer look. I tool a piece of card stock and scored at 1/2 inch on one side and the bottom. I folded the side and bottom to attach to the base card and cut the remaining section at an angle to form a pocket. The pocket can be altered to fit larger cards or gift certificates.
Now it's your turn. Let's see how you decorate your gift card.
Now...let's have a winner for last week's challenge.
The winner is...
Congratulations Jackie Rakoski. Please send us your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get that right out to you.
Here are some other great cards submitted to us this week.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I decided that there would be no red and green for me....so I decided to make some whimsical ornaments since I wanted to play with my You're So Fine Glitter and some of the Scrap Happy Sheer Glue.
I took some white wood and wire ornaments I picked up a while ago and stamped Solid Leaf Pattern images that I *inked* up with Scrap Happy Sheer Glue randomly on them. Next I covered the swirls with the You're So Fine Glitter in Silver Medal and Purple Dress. Let the glitter and glue dry and then you can brush off any excess glitter clinging to the surface. You are left with a fun glittery brocade design.
For my star and banner images, I stamped unages from the Ornamental Holiday set with black stazon ink on acetate. I ran my acetate through my Xyron sticker machine, burnished the glue to the acetate and then applied my glitters.
The images were fussy cut and then applied with foam dots for dimension.
I hope you are enjoying the winter inspiration we're sharing this week!
Michelle Pearson ~ Inspiration Blooms
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Although it may be difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas in all this heat, it is possible! Today I am going to concentrate on a great Christmas gift-giving idea for your friends.
Look at these little beauties! What friend wouldn’t want a set of magnets to help get them organized! I had a great time making them and they will make great stocking stuffers for anybody.
I first took the beautiful butterflies from the Butterfly set and stamped them on cardstock using Tim Holtz Adirondack Ink. I then used the Versamark ink pad to cover the butterfly. Next I added the BEAUTIFUL Your so Fine Diamond glitter to each butterfly.
Look how they sparkle! So pretty.
Last but not least I covered the butterflies with Crystal Lacquer and let them dry very well. Finally I used Want2Scrap adhesive rhinestones for the center. A dab of Scrap Happy Glue on a magnet back was all that was needed to complete each one.
So the next time you’re looking for a little stocking stuffer look no further. You can make these instead!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project this week.
Until next time!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
For my sample today I've used the Stitched Snowman for my main image. He sort of sits over the top to make a 4 1/4 inch square card into a standard A2 card (4 1/2 inch x 5 1/2 inch). The base of the card was layered and stamped with It's a Blizzard Outside. The sentiment comes from the set Warm Wishes. It's actually an entire verse, but I just masked off the area I didn't want and inked the stamp to get just "warm wishes". The base of the card was punched with the edge of a circle punch to look like the spellbinders nested small labels...used behind the snowman.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
For today's card, I used spellbinders Peony and Standard Circles sm...largest of both. The Peony was cut on the fold to create a card base and adhered to the circle. I die cut a smaller circle and ran it through an inked embossing folder from a Cuttlebug combo set, Damask Frame. I stamped the Large Celtic Rosette on kraft cardstock and die cut it with the Peony to match the card. The Butterfly comes from the Butterfly set which has 4 beautiful butterflies that are sold individually in larger sizes. The word dream...also on Kraft cardstock...was stamped using one of the background stamps from the Vintage Treasures. I masked off the words around it and then inked the stamp...so that I could stamp just the word "dream". I finished off the card with beautiful pearl jelly dots.
That concludes this weeks challenge. If you would like to get in on our challenges, be sure to check back every Thursday afternoon for a new challenge post.
Who was this weeks winner you ask?
Chris O. for this beautiful butterfly slider card.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Hello! Are you having fun with our Spellbinders week??? Love this stuff so this was an easy one!
Here I’ve combined the Hey Cupcake! set with some looovely Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent Shapeabilities. Sketch used is from Clean & Simple.
All info and linking tool can be found in this post. I hope you will play with us!!!
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Another favorite thing of mine is glitter...and I used the You're So Fine Diamond Clear Glitter on my creation. I ran a 4 x 5.25 inch piece of white cardstock through the Xyron sticker machine and then covered it with glitter. Next, I ran my panel through the Cuttlebug Victoria Embossing Folder...instant textured glitter cardstock! This glitter comes in a huge jar at a great price...what's not to love?!
I used the Small Thistle Flower, but colored it as a clematis this time. I love stamps that can do double duty! I colored an additional flower green and cut it apart to use for my leaves. Mom comes from the Give Momma Some Love set and is colored with Copic markers and accented with a Spica Glitter pen.
Be sure to join in the fun and share your Spellbinder creations with us! Check out all of the challenge details and prize information on The Rubber Cafe's blog.
Michelle Pearson ~ Inspiration Blooms
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I have to say these challenges have really helped me keep my creative mojo going and this week is no different. I love being able to think about a challenge and see what comes of it. I hope you’ve been inspired by the wonderful challenges thus far as well!
This week we were to use Spellbinders products in a card. I had so much fun making a shape card last week that I decided to do another one but use the Spellbinders Nested Butterfly set that my friend had.
Here is a close-up of the Get Well sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set.
Yes that is my “go-to” set. I use it ALL the time! To finish the card I adhered the Want2Scrap Nestabling Fleur-de Lis and one of my hand-made flowers.
I hope you enjoyed my card today and are inspired to create something with Spellbinders dies this week! Don’t forget about the contest. Details below:
The Rules are Simple:
• Make a new card/project 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 your card to this post with Mr. Linky (in green). There may be a delay in showing the link, please be patient.
• Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
* If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC25
* NOTE: Please enter only one card each week! 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.
Thanks for stopping by!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Now...on to today's challenge. A lot of us have the spellbinder addiction...I know I'm one of them. I was going through the spellbinders website the other to make a list of spellbinders I didn't have that I wanted...the list wasn't as long as I thought it would be. So...for this week's challenge I want to see what you're doing with your spellbinder dies, whether you have one or two...or you're an addict like me.
My card today features eight different spellbinders from seven different sets. I used Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles, labels three, five and fifteen, fancy tags (two different tags from that set), lattice borderabilities and then popped the kitty on the standard circles small. The outside has the kitty from the You're Purrr-fect set and the name of the floral wreath escapes me at the moment...I'll have to look that up and get back on that.
The inside has the words from You're Purrr-fect on one of my favorite tags from the fancy tags set. Backed with orange, to give it a little bright pizzazz, and "Z" folded, this card is finished off with an orange ribbon that I layered over a strip of One and Only tape in a ruffle.
I can't wait to see what all of you do with your spellbinders.
Over the the last few months we have been doing these challenges and have had great response. It's hard to pick just a few to display here on our blog. Coming soon...not sure if it's next week or the week after...when you upload your link, you'll be able to choose a picture of your project to share. I can't wait. I love what everybody has done. Be sure to leave us feedback and give the design team some love.
So...who won last week...you ask??
Congratulations Martha. Send us your contact information to email@example.com and we'll get your prize right out to you.
Here are some other wonderful entries...