Saturday, June 30, 2012

I Wuff You

Hi folks! Tesa here to share a card filled with love. :)
I felt like inking up my all time favorite lab from the Labrador Love set

I wuff you 1

Adorable, isn’t he!?! The cardbase and panel is done out of Pugnacious Signature Paper, it gives a great crisp stamp result. I masked most of the panel with post it notes and left a stripe on the left side bare and stamped with the 18th century proclamation background stamp to get a more interesting background

. I wuff you 2

The darling lab is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with distress inks and then cut out and mounted with 3D foam.  A ribbon finish it off. A real simple card.
Hope you are having a great Saturday!
Ink: Versa Fine – Onyx Black, Distress inks – Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Other: White Satin Ribbon

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cottage roses...

Hello there! I have a quick little share today....a peek at a gorgeous new rose set and new sentiment, that is coming soon to The Rubber Cafe.   I will keep this short and sweet...I am getting over a migraine and the pills I take do not make me the smartest tool in the shed.  

I made a card....I was craving yellows...sunshiney and bright.  Something to cheer my soul up. 

I simply covered my card and stitched around it.  I wanted a bit of a patchworky feel to this, the papers I chose reminded me of a warm quilt.  

So I stamped each rose separately and stitched around each one and layered them using some foam adhesive.

I added vintage crochet lace to the bottom and snippets of it along with button.  I also used the sweet sentiment that comes with the set...and added some root beer jellie dots .

   That is that...just a simple and homey card!  I hope you enjoy!  hugs, cherry

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe- new Rose and sentiment set
Paper:  PTI Cardstock,  Printed paper - Simple Stories and Crate Paper
Ink: PTI
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap happy glue
Embellishments- The Rubber Cafe- root beer jellie dots, misc -buttons and vintage crochet lace

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Woodland Fairy

Hey bloggers Rita Barakat here!
I love small things and today I have an ATC to share with you.

If you are not familiar an ATC it stands for Artist Trading Card, measuring at
 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, it is (usually mixed media) art on a little card.

What I love about this size is you can try something different, experiment new techniques,
it doesn't take a days to finish and it's cute!
Most people create them to trade in the mail - I have not done that,
I like my little creations and am thinking about doing something different with them.
(I am just not sure what that is yet! LOL!)

This card actually has lots of steps

Step 1.
The Woodland Fairy is stamped directly on the acrylic ATC.  ( I used StazOn ink.)

Step 2.
Once dry, on the back of the acrylic card I added a layer of Scrap Happy Glue to some of the sections of the wings and dress and allowed it to dry completely. When it was dry (it will be clear not white)
I added  my first color of glitter, and rubbed it in using a light pressure, remove any excess glitter, and go in with another color of  glitter.  Repeat step 2 with the other sections.

Step 3.
I cut a white piece of cardstock  for the backing and colored it with a yellow Gelato.
To apply, I drew on the surface and then spread the color with a wet paint brush.

Step 4.
I added another layer of glue on top of the glittered areas and allowed it to dry completely.*
When it was dry was able to attach it to the acrylic.  I used Gel medium in the corners to keep them from separating, next I added glitter on top before it dried.

Step 5.
I cut out a sentiment and glued it on top of the card.

*Because I am working with acrylic I can't use a heat gun and I have to wait for things to dry naturally, so I am usually working on several cards at once.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Woodland Fairy
Ink:  StazOn- Black, Faber-Castell DMC - Gelatos
Paper:  White Cardstock, Acylic
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe '-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe' -You're So Fine Glitter

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Special Delivery Card

Hi everybody!
I am working double time this week, trying to get ready to go on vacation next week, but before I close up shop, I would like to share a card I created using some items from The Rubber Cafe.

I started with 3, distressed layers of Webster's Pages paper, staining the edges with some of Tim Holtz' Victorian Velvet Distress Stain  found in The Rubber Cafe store.

Next I added a layer of Vintage look lace, die cut two different shapes using Spellbinder's Iron Motiff die, cutting one from pink card stock and the other from cream.
I then used The Rubber Cafe's Vaticane Post Stamp and stamped the image onto the cream layer.

I made slits in the cream layer and ran some sheer pink ribbon through it like a slider and then accented it at the ends with some Pearl Jellie Dots. I added a sheer pink ribbon bow and a handcrafted flower to the bottom of the die cut, creating my own special embellisment!

Finally I  used a sweet little Pink Paislee Rub On to add detail to the upper  right hand corner.
Well, hopefully I will get everything caught up so that I can take some much needed down time, and spend some quality time with my family!!  Hope you have a great weekend! ~Renea

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'-  Vaticane Post Stamp
Paper: Webster's Pages Patterned Papers, misc. solid pink and cream cardstock
Ink: Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet Distress Stain, and Pumice Stone Ink
Adhesives: One and Only Tape, Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe' -Pearl Jellie Dots, Pink Paislee Spring Jubilee Rub Ons, Vintage Look Lace
Tools:  Spellbinder's Iron Motif Die

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Think Outside the Envelope!

Hello everyone ! 

So now let's take a look at the project I have created before I take off
Instead of making a birthday card. I made a birthday envelope.
How did I make it ? 

I started with a plain vellum envelope, and a few colors of  Spray inks.  I took the vellum envelope and began spraying each color in a random pattern.  Finishing by using my heat gun to dry it.
Next  I used some stickers and glitter tape to embellish the front of my envelope.

 To finish it up I used the cute "Have a Sweet Birthday" sentiment stamp from The Rubber Cafe's, Hey Cupcake stamp set, and carefully stamped the lower left hand corner.

I just love how colorful it is!
You can use this envelope idea for so many things, small gift, gift card etc.

Thank you everyone so much for stopping by and your support.

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Hey Cupcake
Ink:  misc spray inks
Paper:  Vellum envelope
Embellishments:  Misc stickers and glitter tape 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Window Garden

 The Rubber Cafe's Window Garden set made it to my house this week....and onto my stamp desk!

I stamped the window image on cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers: W7, W5, W3, W1.  I colored the flowers with the following Copic Markers:  E44, G46, G24, RV66, RV55, V04.

I stamped the window a second time on acetate with Stazon ink so I could cut out the windows and make my windows *glass*.  I used One and Only Tape for this home improvement!

Check out my lacy sheers inside my window!  I stamped the Grandma's Doilies image with Moonlight White Brilliance Ink onto some green vellum...and got my embroidered sheers!

Flowers are fussy cut and popped up on foam tape for dimension.  I'll save my sentiment for the inside of the card...and am planning on using one from the Friends stamp set.

The embossing folder is by cArt Us and is embossed on some coated pearlescent paper which I then sanded for a distressed and textural detail.
Happy Sunday all!

Stamps: TheRubber Cafe' - Window Garden, Grandma's Doilies
Ink:  Moonlight White Brilliance, Copic Markers
Paper: Green Vellum, Coated Pearlescent  Paper
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' - One and Only Tape
Other: cArt Us- Embossing folder

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fabulous Phrases Tags and Gift Box

It's the weekend again, and today's  post is full of fun color inspiration, and techniques.  In addition I have a small tutuorial on how to use what's becoming my current favorite tool, the Stamp-a-ma-gig!  It's so helpful when you want to make sure your stamp positioning is always right on. 

First of all here's my project, a set of tags and a cute gift box to put them in! 

The colors for my tags were inspired by a pillow I made during CKU- I love the colors and how cheery the combination made me feel.  Hopefully that is the feeling these tags will bring to my lucky recipient as well!

Here are some other views of the box itself- open and closed.  This box was simple since I just had to use my Silhouette to cut and size to fit my tags.   I lined each flap with color and the closure is a simple band.  Mimicing the tag shape and another Fashionable framed stamped and ink embossed for the center. 

The decorative band slides off to allow eacy access from the top - where inside there is just enough room for 8 tags.

To create the tags, I embossed and diecut the tag with a Spellbinder Label set, and used a Spellbinder textures folder for additional dry embossed affects.  Black Soot from Ranger Distress inks were used to bring out the raised areas.

Each tag, has a different phrase stamped on it from The Rubber Cafe's - Fabulous Phrases set. 
Giving you a tag for any occasion!

To guarantee the accurate placement of my phrase, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Even with a clear block I find these phrases are easier to line up for perfect placement if I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Here's a quick tutorial.  You can use this with phrases, or image stamps, for plain stamping or special masking techniques.   Overall a great tool when accuracy really counts!

1. Start by taking the plastic template provided with your Stamp-a-ma-jig.   And line up the corner to your tool, I took my stamp mounted on a clear grid block, which is also lined up with the corner of the tool and stamped on the plastic guide. (Don't use Sta-zon when creating this guide, it does not clean off the plastic template well)  how perfect the coverage is not important you just want to get a clear enough image for placement. 

2.  Now take your plastic stamped template and place it over your paper and line it up where you want your phrase or image to be.
3.  Once the template is placed where you want, take the Stamp-a-ma-jig and once again, align the corner of the plastic template inside the corner of the tool.

4. Firmly holding the tool in place, carefully remove the plastic template, with your image, and replace it with your stamp and block image already inked and ready for stamping.  Carefully stamp,  lift off and ...

Oila!  A perfectly placed and aligned image!

To embellish my tags, I used the flourish and simple flower from The Fashionable Frames set, stamping them both on Glossy White paper, with Black Archival ink. 
I used clear embossing powder, providing a simple resist technique so I could rub Distress inks with a sponge over the entire frame.  After I fussy cut out the frames I popped them up with foam dimensional adhesives directly to the edge of each tag.  The simple black flower was punched with a 3/4" circle punch, and popped again with another dimensional pop-dot.  In the center I adhered a pearl embellsihment.
Here's a closeup view of each tag.  I made 2 each of 4 different colors for a total of 8 Fabulous tags!
A small black flourish from a Spellbinder die set, was added as a finishing touch!

Well that's it, Inspiration, color, technique and a tool-tip all in one! 
Enjoy the rest of  your weekend!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Fabulous Phrases, and Fashionable Frames
Ink: Black Archival Ink, Memento Black Onyx, clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz, Distress Inks, Blue Denim, Marigold, Ice Spruce, Stampin'Up Yoyo Yellow
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' -White Pugnacious cardstock,  Stampin'Up! -Colored cardstock, Misc Kraft and black cardstock   
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue, Dimensional pop-dots
Embellishments:  Adhesived back Pearls, large brass eyelets, misc black white stitched ribbon
Tools:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crop-o-dile, Silhouette -Cameo