Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I’m late! Sorry! I’ve had one of those days. Scheeeez! But it’s all good now, sitting with the lap top in the knee and with a hot cup of tea right beside me. This week’s challenge is all about envelopes. But no envelope without a card to tuck inside it so I’ll start with that one.
Isn’t the Paris Nights Background stamp absolutely MAGNIFICENT??? I’m in love, I can tell you! I stamped it with Archival ink Coffee on vanilla colored cardstock and clear embossed it.Then I went over it all with some Distress ink Broken China and Frayed Burlap. Stitched it down on some vanilla cardstock and mounted the sentiments (Vintage is from Vintage Treasures and Love from Fabulous Phrases).
I decided to dress up the inside too and used the background stamp but used a kleenex to wipe off ink so that it’s mainly the tower and it’s nearest surrounding that gets stamped with soft edges.
I think you can guess the look of the envelope by now…. It’s dressed with a fabulous tower!
I hope you want to play with us and make a fancy envelope! You find all the info about the challenge HERE!
And if you haven’t already, go check out the new The Rubber Café homepage. WOW!!!
Hope you all have a wonderful new week!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
For my card I used the State Fair set, which is a fun new set that came out this summer! I chose to go with the Peach Preserves image in the set and combine it with a sentiment from the Fruit Medley set for a homey country kitchen feel. I was inspired by a piece of Crate Paper and colored my image with 3 Copic markers: YR20, B0000 and G20.
I framed my image with the Beaded Circle die from Spellbinders. I left cardstock in the die and added a touch of color with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dried Marigold.
For my coordinating envelope, I simply embossed the left 1.5 inches with a coordinating Cuttlebug Embossing folder. I like clean and simple envelopes, but this gives them a fun touch of class!
Be sure to pop by and enter for your chance to win this weeks prize and be inspired by all of the fancy envelopes the design team is sharing!
Also be sure you check out the Rubber Cafe's new website! It's fun and easier to navigate! Check out the gallery for lots of samples!
Michelle Pearson - Inspiration Blooms
Thursday, August 25, 2011
There are so many things to do with envelopes besides putting letters or cards in them. There lots of tutorials on making envelope mini albums, decorating the inside and out of an envelope, turning an envelope into bag. What can you do with an envelope?
What about making your card fit your envelope instead of the trying to find an envelope to fit your card? have an odd sized piece of paper you don't want to throw out...make an envelope with it and then the card to match. Make you're envelopes out of magazine pages or double sided decorative paper.
For an envelop with a long straight flap and an A2 sized card (half sheet of paper scored in half = A2), I started off with a piece of paper 10 inches by 6 3/4 inches. Line your paper up vertically and score at 1/2 inch and 6 1/4". Turn a quarter turn and score at 2 1/2 inches and 7 inches. Fold all score lines and trim off the excess at the top and bottom where the score lines cross.trim in at an angel for a neater finish. A little tip about gluing your envelope together...add your adhesive to the bottom flap sides instead of the middle sides. The bottom is shorter and you won't get adhesive where you don't need it. For this type of envelope you can use a border punch on the top flap for decoration. Change up the sizes and score lines to make cool envelopes.
I used a spellbinders labels die to mask the back...notice my extra score line look kinda neat. Once masked, the envelope was stamped and stippled. I removed the mask and then stamped using fleurididy 1.
Another great project, as mentioned earlier, is the envelope mini album...a fun way to recycle envelopes. make sure you're envelopes are sealed on all sides. If you want a pocket...trim off either or both sides of the envelope. score your envelope in half. Do this for 4 or 5 envelopes. I think this was made with 4. Remember...you're going to be adding embellishments and other goodies to this envelope...each envelope adds another two pages of bulk and embellishments.
I'm sure you're thinking it's really late...where is that challenge.
Finally...I want to leave you with one last piece of wisdom... Party like you're a Pop-Tart in a world of toast!"
Monday, August 22, 2011
Hi folks! This week’s challenge is Through the Window and I’ve been working on making a window scenery. I ended up with a simple distressed view. I liked it best. Oh well, it was a fun process…
I inked up a white smooth piece of cardstock with Stormy sky and Rusty hinge Distress ink and it feels like home to me. The yellow/brown fields in front of the sea. With a blue sea and sky meeting in the almost invisible horizon. *Sigh* :) I don’t live by the sea anymore, but I sure miss it!
I’ve used the new fabbie stamp set Through A Window, a set you will se a whole lot of in the future.
I stamped on of the windows twice, once on the inked cardstock, and once on a greyish cardstock. I cut out the windows from the grey piece and then layered the stamped pieces with a sheet of gelatin in between to give a old vintage window feeling.
We hope to see you play with us this week! You find all the info about the challenge HERE.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
This card features the new Through A Window set. I stamped the image twice, once on acetate with Stazon ink and then again on blue cardstock. I stamped the blue cardstock with the new Pattern Royale background stamp to mimic wallpaper inside the house.
I stamped my snowman from a winter background stamp twice, once on very light blue paper and then once on white cardstock. For my snow hill, I tore a piece of white cardstock. I used ScrapHappy Sheer Glue to glitter both the snowman and the hill with Diamond You're So Fine Glitter. The snowman is accented with Copic Markers and then was fussy cut.
I assembled my layers and created my shaker window, adding a bit of pearl glitter for snow. This snow can either be another closer hill, or snow piling up on the window sill!
Finally, to finish off my window I made a curtain topper with the jar lid from the Large and Mini Jar sets.
I adjusted the length so it would fit my window and wrapped it behind my shaker box. I slipped in some decorative pins for my curtain rod.
Be sure to stop by the Rubber Cafe blog all week long to be inspired by what the design team has seen through their windows!!
Michelle Pearson - Inspiration Blooms
Friday, August 19, 2011
I die cut S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts from Spellbinders and added Nestabling Scalloped Hearts to the die cut.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So...on that note...Welcome back for another great challenge. This week we're showcasing some of our new stamps. Today's challenge card features the new Through the Window set and Paris Nights Background.
You don't have to have window stamps to participate in this challenge. You can make your own from Spellbinders or punches.
What do you see when you look through the window? I see beautiful pine trees with a light dusting of snow. there is a little bit of snow in the corners of the window...winter is coming. Well...ok...I don't see that now...and being that I live in San Diego...I would have to travel just to even pretend to see this through a window...but it sounded good.
I stamped Medium Pines and Rocks on white card stock...then one of the windows from the new set. I stamped the window on acetate with stazon and added a little bit of glitter using Scrap Happy glue. The window was stamped again on white card stock and then cut out with a craft knife. The acetate sits behind the cut out window and then they're popped up over the trees. The inside reads "bad weather always looks worse through a window"
Share your window scene, you punched windows, window frames, or for that matter...a computer with windows. Take your imagination where ever you would like to go.
Don't forget...if you had a link with your banner/garland that you would like to share from last weeks challenge...be sure to add it this week.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Hi folks! Hope you had a good weekend! It’s a true Monday here today – work starts for real again. I’m off for a kick off and next week the students will arrive and everything will be upside down. I have NO IDEA where summer went! Yikes!
Over to scrapbook business… The challenge this week is banners. I loooove banners and my Design Team colleagues have made some amazing samples.
I decided to go for a layout with a banner (or two).
This is my boy playing cards with me. We often do, especially when waiting at things…. He wins most of the time I’m sorry to say. :)
I did two easy banners by diecutting circles with my circle nesties and simply fold them over scrappers floss.
I’ve used two of the new background stamps on this page. Take a look!
I also used a stamp from the Steampunk Charity Wings set.
Don’t mind the scrap paper. Saw it when editing the photos, but it’s too dark to take a new photo by then. Only very irritating… :)
Have a great new week!