Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Envelope Challenge (element in a comp book)

Hi everyone hope your week has been going better than mine has. Lets just say I was very glad when the weekend came, unfortunately it's over way too fast.  Well that aside, have you been checking out all these beautiful  decorated envelopes this week for this weeks challenge?  Aren't they great?  Well this week I'm "killing two birds with one stone" so to speak, not litterally of course LOL.  I joined a swap on a popular stampers community site and this swap is to send the hostess 4 altered Composition books, well how does that tie into this weeks challenge here at the Rubber Cafe you ask??  Well I added a decorated envelope to my book of course.  :) I'll include the pictures of the whole book for you to view (not just the envelope) hope you like it. 
We had to decorate the front and back covers and at least 4 other pages.

 I used scraphappy glue on the clock face and poured on clear beads

I used stamps from the following sets

Hope you enjoyed everyones projects this week and dont forget to stop by everyday and especially Thursdays to see what the new weekly challenges are.  Join in and have a chance to win.

P.S.- have you seen the new webiste for The Rubber Cafe???? I didn't realize it was live :)  It looks great, come on by and let us know what you think. 

**I forgot to mention that I made the rossettes too, watch this video on how to make your own using scraphappy glue"

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fancy Parisian Night Envelope

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.

Love vintage

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.

Love vintage insida

I think you can guess the look of the envelope by now…. It’s dressed with a fabulous tower!

Love Vintage kuvert

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 CafĂ© homepage. WOW!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful new week!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Well Preserved

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is to make a fancy envelope.  I am giving you a quick and easy way to dress up an envelope to coordinate with your card!

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

Challenge #32 Fancy Envelopes

As promised...I'm back with a little tutorial.  For what you ask?  Envelopes.  Yep...that's right...learn how to make your own envelope using the Scor-Pal or other fun scoring tool.

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.

For an envelope with a pointed flap I started off with a sheet of paper 8 1/4 inches square.  I lined it up corner to corner on  the 6 inch line on the Scor-pal.  That will be our middle point.  I scored on the 3 inch line and then the 9 inch line.  If you score 3 inches to the right...you have to score 3 inches to the left...try this with different sizes of paper and different score lines.  The next step is to turn a quarter turn and and score on lines that will cross the first lines.  Score on the 3 3/4 inch and 8 1/4 inch lines...don't mind the extra score line...let's just call that an embellished envelope.  I wasn't paying attention when I was scoring...so I had an extra line.  

I trimmed the lines that crossed and rounded the corners of the envelope.
Make sure you only add adhesive to the bottom flap edges.  If your adhesive overlaps, it'll be a nice envelope...but you won't be able to fill it with anything.
You can add decorative paper to the inside for a liner or make the envelope from decorative paper for a fun and fancy look.

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 cut my edges off and I'll use them for pockets later on.

 Love this vintage camera from the Vintage Treasures.  It goes great with the "You Make Me Smile" from the fabulous phrases.

This isn't finished yet...I want to add a little more stamped images to it as well as photos.  Check back Wednesday for more pictures of this project.

I'm sure you're thinking it's really late...where is that challenge.

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 below 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 TRCC29

*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 online store

Finally...I want to leave you with one last piece of wisdom... Party like you're a Pop-Tart in a world of toast!"

Wednesday Winners

I'm not at home this week...so Wednesday's winners didn't get posted on Wednesday.  So...you thought you would see a project with a window...nope...I also didn't get a chance to take pictures of the window cards I meant to show you.  I know...strike two...but don't worry...there isn't a strike three.  I'm listing the winners of the banner challenge and the window challenge at the end of this post.  The Thursday challenge will show up later this evening...I'll even throw in a little tutorial for your wait.  Want to know what the tutorial?  You'll have to check back later today for the details.  

In the meantime...how about a little inspiration.  A few weeks ago there was a challenge on Splitcoast to do a red card...and use something in the home for inspiration.  I think the inspiration is obvious.  The card uses Roller Baby...one of my favorite stamps.   I stamped in red ink on a circle from the small circle Nestabillities set.  The circle behind that is from the large circle set.  Then...one more Nestabillities behind that is from the peony set and that was embossed to add a little more pop.  As I was taking pictures of this card...I thought it would be great with the Oh Santa stamp with longer spellbinders.  The Rubber Cafe has a great selection of Spellbinders to dress up all of our cards.

I bet you're thinking...ok...enough blah blah blah...where are the winners... OK...here they are.

Winner #1 is for the banner.  

Nubia...thanks so much for participating and hanging in here while we hiccuped.  

Winner #2 is for the window challenge.

Nancy D...Spellbinder frames make great windows.

Thanks ladies to both of you.  Send your contact info to design-team@therubbercafe.com and we'll get your gift certificates right to you.

Sooo...lets have a look at what other fab entries we've had this week.

Remember...for a little tutorial and the challenge...check back later tonight.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Window of Opportunity

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…

Window of opportunity

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.

window detalj

We hope to see you play with us this week! You find all the info about the challenge HERE.

Take care!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Through A Winter Window!

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is to make window cards, so I decided to make a winter shaker card.  Be sure you stop by the Rubber Cafe Blog to get all of the challenge details and prize information!

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

Windows of My Heart

Happy Friday Everyone! Today I have a fun, full of color kind of card. The challenge this week was to use the new S-120 Through the Window stamp set from The Rubber Cafe. I had so much fun with this set, I stamped the window stamp then cut out the panes, stamped B-241 Trailing Hearts using the fading technique and vineyard berry ink.

I die cut S4-137 Classic Scalloped Hearts from Spellbinders and added Nestabling Scalloped Hearts to the die cut.
I just love the sentiments for the new Through the Window stamp sets, I stamped the sentiment using black ink and then die cut it out using S4-290 Labels Fourteen from Spellbinders. Top top my card off and add a little dimension, I used gold foil card stock and I2-1009 Flourish Impressabilities, sanded the foil paper and began to layer my card. I finished the card off with buttons, ribbon and some 2010 Black Rhinestone Flourishes from want2Scrap.  So the question is.... what did I see Through the Window? My heart! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Crafty Smiles.....Terre

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Challenge # 31 Through the Window

So...last week I was really unprepared for the challenge.  I went on the road with Melissa thinking she would have a computer by which to upload a pic of the banner I had made...the banner that is in her booth and not a good picture was taken...and that just didn't work out.  That'll teach me to do things a head of time.  This week I'm on it...a little late in the day...but I'm here.  We did have one person who participated and left a comment with her link in last weeks blog post.  I just couldn't get it together to get the link up and running.  As a result of last weeks mishap...I would like to extend the banner dead line.  I'm going to post Mr. Linky for this week's challenge and if you have a banner and would like to share there...you may do so.  I'll draw two winners.  One for the banner and one for the Window challenge.

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.

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 below 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 TRCC31

*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 online store

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fall banner

Sorry for such a late post today, but as they say better late than never.

This weeks challenge is to make a banner.
I made this one with a fall theme using the following stamps:

I used spellbinders for the banners eyelets to reinforce the holes and twine to string them up.
Used Scrap Happy glue to adhere everything together and stamped on Pugnacious paper (cream), used lil inkers to distress the edges and promarkers and copics to color the images. I finished it off with chipboard litters spelling out the word FALL.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks challenge and please post a link if you want to join in the chance to win a prize and stop by again on Thursday to see our new challenge.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Banners Layout

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!

Banners detalj 2

They are called Bingo and Roaring 20’s Placard. They are big, totally GORGEOUS and gives a perfect stamping result. You’ll see more of these on my work!!!

I also used a stamp from the Steampunk Charity Wings set.

Banners detalj 1

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!


Halloween Banner

Today's post is for The Rubber Cafe, and the challenge this week was to make a banner.  Since a lovely cupcake banner was already shared, I decided to go with a holiday banner, and since the next holiday is Halloween, I went with that.  I had fun mixing both brand new and older images to make my project.

To make my banner shape, I used the largest die in the Spellbinders Grand Labels One and ran it through my new Spellbinders Grand Calibur.  What a sweet machine that is!!  I love that it attaches firmly to my table and easily rolls right through!  Then I cut the die cut to resemble a banner.  I like how the top of the banner resembles bat wings!

Next I cut my banner layers.  I love glitter, so I decided my mats would have a touch of bling!  I only needed a border of glitter, so I ran some Scrap Happy Glue around the edge of the panel and added some You're So Fine Purple Dress Glitter.

Images on this banner piece include:

~Bat Motel which is colored in alchohol markers, distressed and fussy cut.  I stamped the moon separately on cardstock, ran it through the xyron machine, glittered with You're So Fine Diamond Clear Glitter, colored with alchohol marker and fussy cut.  While hard to photograph, it's so cool in real life!
~You Need To Dust is stamped on each banner because you NEED spiderwebs on a Halloween project!

~Pattern Royale - Love how overstamping designer paper gives a totally different feel!
~Trick or Treat Clear Set - These cute trick-or-treaters come with a variety of masks and items to dress them up for their adventure.  The little girl's mask is glittered, though it may not appear so in the photo.

This was a fun one to make!  There is *glass* in the windows, and the spider web window is hanging open!
~Trick or Treat - Sentiment and the spiderweb in the window!
~You Shake My Bones - stamped in white behind the window *glass*
~Through A Window - I chose the window that resembled the ones in the Bat Motel image.

Here is a photo of the banner on a door.  We would love to see the banners you create!  Check out all of the challenge details on The Rubber Cafe's blog!