Saturday, April 6, 2013

Birthday With A View

I've been "playing" lately...  mixing and matching stamps to see what happens... sometimes this can be a dangerous thing you never know what might happen when those creative juices get flowing!  In this case, the results became a bright sunny birthday card just waiting to be made with stamps from The Rubber Cafe'
This cute little window is made from the Large Jar stamp the window awning is the lid from that set.
Follow along with my step by step tutorial:

First I stamped the jar on white Pugnacious Paper
and stamped the lid on patterned paper from
the MME Fine and Dandy Boy 6x6 pad as seen here:

The jar lid gives a perfect score line to fold to make
the awning for the window.

I used a 1&1/4" square punch to make window panes,
then embossed this piece with a wood grain folder
inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I blended
Scattered Straw and Frayed Burlap Ink on top to
give it a true wooden look as seen here:

 To finish the window, I used cloud paper from
 MME Fine and Dandy Boy 6x6 pad, and tore
 BoBunny Surprise! paper to look like rolling hills,
then attached that to the card base, and used
foam tape to pop the window frame on top.

To make the awning, I attached the scored flap
from the jar lid to the top of the window piece
using Scrap Happy glue, and used a bit of foam
tape to hold the awning down.

For the window box....I stamped one of the labels
from the Card Labels set, and cut the top off like so:

 Then I made the box like the window frame, using
the wooden embossing folder, but this time Weathered
Wood Distress Ink, and then a bit of Snow Cap Paint
Dauber to give it a whitewashed look.  Then I attached
it at the base of the window with foam tape.

The flowers were made using the tiny flower from 
the Hey Cupcake! set, and using the inside of the
citrus slice from the Fruit Medley set as seen below:
 The flowers were colored using Copic Markers
YR04, YR07, Y15, BG15 & BG49.

I arranged and glued down the flowers using
Scrap Happy glue and foam tape, added a few
leaves I cut and shaped from scraps of green
cardstock, and a few Jellie Dots as flower centers.

Here's a close up of the completed window box:

 The Happy Birthday sentiment from the Fruit Medley
set was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and added
to the top with a button and twine to accent the banner.

I so enjoyed my playtime in The Rubber Cafe' today....
hope you are inspired to look at your stamps in new
ways too.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Fruit Medley; Large Jar; Card Labels; Hey Cupcake!
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'-Pugnacious Signature Paper--white; BoBunny Surprise; MME Fine & Dandy Boy
Ink: Black Memento Ink; Ranger Weathered Wood Distress Ink; Copic Markers; Snow Cap -Paint Dauber
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy glue; foam tape
Embellishments: Jellie Dots--Golden; Trendy Twine-orangescicle; Cosmo Cricket--Sea Air button
Tools: Tim Holtz-Woodgrain Texture Fade; CM-1 1/4" punch


Kristine Reynolds said...

WOW Laura! So creative. I don't have that talent to see other uses for stamps. Love this!

cherry said...

LOVE this...girl after my own heart!

Heather said...

Pure genius, Laura!! You really knocked it out of the park with this card. SO creative! Love it!

Holly B said...

Love this card! You so took this card out of the box. Your use of the stamps beyond their original design is simply inspiring!

KathyR. said...

Great Card, love how the jar now becomes a cute little window.. Love those flowers too!!!!

dat56 said...

WOW...awesome card!!!! I love how creative you have gotten using those stamps!

dat56 said...

WOW...awesome card!!!! I love how creative you have gotten using those stamps!

Vee said...

laura, this card is truly outstanding. who would have thought....a mason jar? love how you created your flowers.

Tcee said...

This card is wonderful! Gives me a whole different window (wink, wink) to look at my stamps thru. Love that you are looking at your stamps in new ways. Great job Laura!

Lynda said...

Laura your card and design is outstanding!! Good job!