Thursday, March 31, 2011

TRCC #11-Spring Flowers


It's time for the weekly challenge here on The Rubber Cafe Blog.

After a solid week of rain we are having some beautiful Spring Weather out here in California so I thought that it would be fun to challenge you to make cards using some beautiful Spring flowers!

Here's a little something to get your mojo going:


Stamps:

Paper:
Bazzill Prismatics cardstock

Ink:
Memento Tuxedo dye ink by Tsukineko
Copic Markers

Other:
Dots & Dashes ribbon

I hope you'll join us for this weeks Spring Flower 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)
• to link your card below with Mr. Linky
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC11

*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.

Good Luck!

Kristine


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lovely Lavender

The Rubber Cafe team has been busy all week getting ready to head to Vegas for the scrapbook and rubber stamp show. Melissa will be doing a great make-n-take and a fun demo using our Glots. While we were working, I took a vote, what stamp would you like to see a sample of and what color? Their choice: Floral Fancy and lavender. So...I promptly went home late into the night and played around till I was happy.


I embossed the background with cuttlebug birds and swirls to go along with our challenge this week, embossing. I added the bow and pearl Jelly Dots to finish off the card in style.



This stamp also makes great stemps for any small flower. Here I've used a little daisy punch and added a purple Jelly Dot to each center...Great for a nice spring garden.





Winner Of The Week...





This weeks winner is


Scrappy

Here are some other great cards (and wall hanging) that were entered.




Congrats Scrappy. Email me at smiles4126@aol.com with your contact information. Don't forget to check out tomorrows post for an all new challenge. Have a great week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Embossing challenge: Happy Birthday

This weeks challenge has been to use embossing on your project.
Here I used a cuttle bug folder with a birthday theme and highlighted it with a colored ink.
I used some scraps of a basic grey paper and stamped the sentiment with the
Happy Birthday stamp from the Hey Cupcake set, I distessed the edges of the white cardstock with pink ink and added three green gems.


I hope you have been following our weekly challenges, check in every Thursday for the new one.

Be sure to play along and get your chance to win a prize. 

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Double Embossing Technique

Embossing is such a fun technique....and this one is a fun one from my archives.

My card is a white base. The next layer is a double-cuttlebugged layer. I'm sure this is on the net somewhere...but I've never seen it anywhere and I came up with it the other night and have really enjoyed working with it! I ran it through a Cuttlebug Script embossing folder first and then through the Cuttlebug Leafy Branch embossing folder.

The white cardstock strip has been pierced and then scored on the Scor-pal every quarter inch for interest. I did valleys down on this card, but I think I'd like valleys up as well.

The white heart is a Cuttlebug die cut that has been run through one of the coordinating Heart Embossing Folder.

The stamp is the Exotic Flower from The Rubber Cafe. I stamped it on acetate with Stazon ink. I glittered it with Cranberry and White Pearl glitters. The red is really pretty in real life...it's a rich cranberry color. I cut out the flower when it was dry and attached it to the card with mini-glue dots.

Michelle Pearson
http://www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 25, 2011

Card Buffet @ Stamping Details

Well I am a little late with my blog post today (sorry) its been a little  hectic . The phone just would not stop ringing .
 We are prepping for a Class this week-end at STAMPING DETAILS and it is one of my favorite stores ... they have everything there and great service. We teach there once every quarter our RUBBER CAFE card buffet and we always have a blast. There will be prize drawings throughout the day for participants.

What is a Card Buffet ? 
A card buffet is set up in stations so you can move around and create the cards that you would like to. You will have the option to choose between 8 cards .... you get to make four of them for $12.00. 
If you want to make the other four its $12.00 but you have that option if you want . The Card buffet is done at your own pace we are there for the day.... 


What do I need to bring?  SCISSORS  and ADHESIVE  


Here is a sample of some of the cards that you can pick from .






If you want to sign up click on this link STAMPING DETAILS
Call and let them know that you are coming or just stop by last person to sign up is 4:00 pm
















 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

TRCC #10 Embossing

Welcome to another great Rubber Cafe Challenge!

This weeks Rubber Cafe challenge is embossing. When I first started stamping years ago I thought embossing was the most fascinating, fun technique! As the years have passed I've gotten away from it so it was fun to do for this challenge.

For the challenge you can do wet or dry embossing and I decided to do both on this card!
I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the left side of the card. For the background I stamped the words in Peeled Paint distress ink. Then I randomly stamped the butterfly and clock with Versafine ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged on Shabby Sutters distress ink which made the embossed images "pop". The card image was embossed with bronze embossing powder.

Stamps:
"Vintage Treasures" by The Rubber Cafe
Paper:
Bazzil Prismatic cardstock
Ink:
shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint distress ink by Ranger
Versamark ink by Tsukineko
Other:
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Ofray sheer ribbon
Stampendous embossing powders

I hope you'll join us for this weeks embossing 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)
• to link your card below with Mr. Linky
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC9

*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.

Good Luck!

Kristine



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

You Make Me Smile

Happy Wednesday. Here's hoping somebody makes you smile today. Thinking of how the Rubber Cafe is growing and growing really makes me smile. There is so much to do and so little time to get it all done. Last week...with all that had to be done...we missed the random draw. Don't worry...today I've included last weeks along with this weeks.
But first...my card for this weeks challenge...











On the outside I used g.c.d. Studios paper and die cut a circle to frame a smaller circle window in the base card. Stamped my fabulous phrase and framed it with fleurididy 1 for the inside of the card. All stamps used on this blog can be found at The Rubber Cafe.

2 Winners...
The first winner is from the Favorite die challenge...


Dawn Frost

That guy cracks me up.

And the 2nd winner is for this weeks challenge...Monochromatic

Grace N.



Thank you for all the wonderful cards. For our winners...please email me at smiles4126@aol.com with your contact information to recieve your prize.
Visit us on Thursday for a new challenge each week.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sweet Birthday

Hi folks! I have a monochromatic birthday card today. I got home late from work, so the daylight photographing I had planned did not happen. So sorry for bad photo!

Sweet birthday

Stamps are from the Hey Cupcake! Set.

Hope you want to play along this week! All info about the monochromatic challenge can be found HERE!

Take care!

Tesa

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Masculine Monochromatic Card!

The Rubber Cafe challenge this week is to make a monochromatic card.

I chose to use the Large Herbal Leaf image for my card. For the background paper I used the generation stamping technique. I stamped the image and then stamped it once more before reinking. Sentiment is Anything is Possible.

I used an assortment of coordinating Bazzil cardstock for my monochromatic inspiration. The button is vintage. The natural mesh is a perfect match.

There is a $10 gift certificate for The Rubber Cafe store up for grabs. Come and play and good luck!!

Michelle Pearson
www.inspirationblooms.blogspot.com

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Monochromatic

Hi All!!! Here is my monochromatic card for our challenge this week. I used the stamp Its a dogs life and as you can see, simply cut it out with circle nesties and mounted it onto a black larger circle.

Please come and join us and play along with the Monochromatic Challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Frantic Friday

Good Morning all ...

The title of this post comes from what my whole week has been like. We sent the first crew off to a show is Pleasanton Ca (Scrapbook Expo.com) this week-end and I am heading to Carson Ca (Astampinthehand.com) for a rubber stamp show . There is a lot of work that goes in to each show ... and a ton of sleepless nights . I was busy creating sample boards last night and making a cute little project that is not quite finished she is still a work in progress. We will have more on this technique to make the rosettes later next week. As you can see its a beautiful San Diego day here ... I hope that you are all getting some signs of spring.

The next little treasure that I have to show you is this beautiful box that was made for me .... using an old cigar box and paper clay this is stunning .



Also I have a little card that I made for the make-n-take for Charity Wings this week-end ...

Thanks for Stopping by

Melissa

Thursday, March 17, 2011

TRCC #9-Monochromatic Color


Thursday means another challenge for The Rubber Cafe design team and all of you too! We are so happy to see so many new people participating each week!

This weeks challenge is to make a monochromatic card/project.

Here's what I came up with for my Monochromatic Card:

Stamps:
"Fruit Medley" by The Rubber Cafe
Paper:
Bazzil Prismatic Cardstock
Ink:
Adirondack Sunset Orange Dye ink by Ranger
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink by Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Other:
sponge


I hope you'll make a monochromatic card for this weeks Rubber Cafe Challenge too!

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)
•Go to The Rubber Cafe Blog to link your card
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC9

*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.

Good Luck!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Favorite Spellbinder…

This week’s challenge is a tough one. To choose ones favorite Spellbinder. But how am one to choose??? Love them all!!! I finally decided to use one of my favorites that is not used that often. It’s from the Fancy Tags set.

May all the love

I used some lovely DeLovely Cosmo Cricket papers and my favorite stamp, the Large Paisley Dragonfly. The sentiment is from the Give Momma Some Love set.

Hope you want to play with us and your favorite nestie. All info about the challenge can be found HERE.

Tesa

Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Pair of CAS Yellow Foxtail Cards

This week's challenge at The Rubber Cafe is to use our favorite Spellbinder's Die. Well...I don't have a one that isn't my favorite!! I chose one that I haven't used much yet...the Beaded Oval die.

For the smaller die panel, I distressed the oval with Frayed Burlap distress ink. For the beads around the outside of the oval I used Walnut Stain distress ink.

For the Yellow Foxtail, I put some Scattered Straw and Rusty Hinge distress ink on my craft sheet and spritzed it with a sheer shimmer spray. I inked my stamp up in this puddle and stamped for a watercolored effect with a slight shimmer!

Many thanks is stamped in walnut stain ink.
Here is one more...for this one I just inked the image with Scattered Straw ink and did the rock and roll technique to hit the edges of the image with Rusty Hinge ink. This gives a more crisp and brilliant image.

I cut tiles from some orange corrugated paper that I've had in my stash for probably 15 years!
I used the scrap I had left as a design element on my image...it reminded me of one of those wide staples you sometimes see.

Happy Birthday comes from the Fruit Medley set and is stamped in Walnut Stain ink. The torn piece is a piece of bark paper that has also been in my stash for 15 years!

Obviously I'm not one of those people who purge my stash often....I do know what I have...and I get a kick out of it when I find something and use it up! Go me!!

What is YOUR favorite Spellbinders die?!
Michelle Pearson
Inspiration Blooms

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Here is my Die Cut Challenge Card

Okay, If you were here earlier today you saw my message that I was running a bit behind with my Saturday post. I finally had a chance to take my picture and post my Die Cut Card for this weeks challenge. I chose my oval and scallop ovals because they were some of the first sets that I purchased and still love to this day.

For todays card I used the adorable Bubblegum Machine image, colored it with my copics and then cut it out with my ovals. My dp is Echo Park and the ribbon and brads I used were from my stash.

Please join us for the challenge this week. We love to see what you create!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and forgiving me for my tardiness!!! Have a great weekend.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Challenge your favorite Spellbinders die

So I have been a bit crafty lately ... trying to get samples done for the shows and stores ...

For those of you that do not know we are now a partner company with Spellbinders and we have started creating some stamp sets that coordinate with their dies ... I have had a love for their dies since they started and I saw them at a scrapbook show several years ago. I have the original machine and tons and tons of dies . The Challenge this week is what is your favorite die ... I will have to say that the one that I use the most is the Nested Circles and the Scalloped Circles ... I use them more that anything . The best part about the Spellbinders dies is that you can layer the shapes .

The first card I have to show you is a layout that I used from a card challenge somewhere .





We are featuring some of our new stamps today
Sweet!
Birthdays and Balloons 
Background Basics 2





Floral Heart

Vintage Treasures 
I have to say my favorite set that we have released so far this year I use it on everything not all the cards that I do are Vintage but I can use those background stamps on just about everything even if its cute stuff .

Floral Fancy is a new set that will fit the New Spellbinders die Lattice Rectangle ... Its not available yet we are patiently waiting this is a really great set and so beautiful and elegant.




Vintage Treasures

Floral Heart

Floral Fancy

Hope you all are having a wonderful day and enjoy your week-end ...


Melissa
Stamping Queen

Thursday, March 10, 2011

TRCC #8 Favorite Die

Thanks to all of you who joined us for last weeks Sewing challenge. We just loved seeing all of your creative designs!

This weeks challenge is an easy peazy one!

We are challenging you to use your favorite die on your card...which let's face it...you would probably do anyway, huh? But if you are like me...the real challenge is in choosing just one favorite!!!

Here's my card:

As you can see I am still having fun with "Love Bugs"! It was hard to decide on my favorite die. I have a huge collection of Spellbinders Dies and I LOVE them all but I settled on my latest nestabilities set, "

Stamps:
"Love Bugs" by The Rubber Cafe
"Background Basics 1" by The Rubber Cafe
Paper:
Pugnacious Signature Paper (white)
Bazzil Basics Cardstock
Ink:
Memento Tuxedo black die ink
Copic Markers
Other:
Martha Stewart Optic Dot border punch
Lacey Circles Nestabilities

I hope you'll join us for this weeks "Favorite Die" 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)
•Go to The Rubber Cafe Blog to link your card
•Mention our challenge, on your post (with a link back here)
*If you post in a public gallery use key word TRCC8
*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.

Good Luck!

Kristine



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tutorial with a Twist

Last week we were showing you all sorts of fun folds. We had a lot of great responses to our challenge. In the past we've shared projects and tutorials on how we did them. On Friday I shared the twisted easel card, but didn't quite have time for the tutorial. So...today I'm sharing the tutorial. Don't forget to check the end of the post for our weekly random winner. If you participated in the challenge and linked to Mr. Linky...you'll have a chance at a great prize. If you didn't get a change to play this week...check the next challenge tomorrow to play for another great prize.

Twisted Easel and Double Twisted Easel


For the double you’ll start off what a square sheet of paper. I’m using 8 ½" x 8 ½". Score at the half way point and turn, score again at the half way point. In this case, I scored at 4 ¼" in both directions. On one side, cut down your score line just to the first score line. Score from the outside corner to the center on each of the cut sections. Fold all of your score lines. Use your score tool as a bone folder and run across your score lines to get a good crease. A sharp score line with help the easel keep shape.






For the single I started off with an 8 ½" x 4 ½" piece of cardstock and lined the cardstock to 8 ½" and scored at 4 ¼" and then scored again from left outside corner to the right middle corner. Fold all score lines the sharpen the creases to hold the easel form.




The rest is all personal taste. I used the Be Stylish set along with fleurididy 1. I stamped the corset then stamped it again in the same color. Cut out the top and popped it up. The bottom of the corset is just ribbon that had been pulled to give it a ruffle. I stamped fleurididy 1 in deep lagoon versafine ink. Because this week’s challenge is to do a little sewing…I added just a touch of sewing to each side of the corset. I think I should stick to faux sewing next time. The sentiment from Be Stylish is popped up to hold open the easel.





The roses were made using a circle punch. I punched a 1" circle and cut into a spiral. Starting at the end, roll in. I used a pair of tweezers, but a quilling tool works great as well. Using Scrap
Happy glue
, I glued the inside down and added Teal Jelly Dots to finish them off with a little glitz.


And The Winner Is...



This weeks winner for a wonderful gift certificate from The Rubber Cafe is Katie Tate. Congratulations Katie. Hop on over to The Rubber Cafe and leave us your contact information.


Thanks to all who participated this week. There were so many great cards. Here are just a few...