Friday, May 31, 2013

Build-a-Bloom ...3 ways!

Hi Friends...Kendra here today with a super simple card set that features a fun little stamp set and just a few additional supplies.  

I used the stamp set called Build-A-Bloom and made three different cards all using the same colors, cardstock, pattern papers, inks & embellishments.

For my first card, I stamped the flower stems in light green ink directly on the white cardstock.  Then I inked up the flower in light blue and stamped it on another piece of cardstock.  After I trimmed it out with a scallop circle diecut, I popped it up using Kool-Tac foam dots.  I also popped up the sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set with foam dots.

For my second card, I used some different images from the Build-A-Bloom set and used the sentiment from the True Friend set.  I used all of the same supplies on this card, but just changed up the layout.

On my third card, I once again used the same supplies with yet another layout.  The Thank You sentiment is from the Thank You For Everything set.

Get more out of your stamps and use up the bits and pieces you have laying around.
See you next time!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Build-A-BloomFabulous PhrasesTrue Friend;Thank You For Everything
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Adhesives:  Kool-Tac foam dots

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Picture Perfect Card - from Glueista Heidi Blankenship

Hi-  Today's post features our Glueista Heidi Blankenship! I just love the use of color with these fun simple black and white designs we now have in The Rubber Cafe'!  Read-on and be inspired!!

Hello everyone!  Today, is going to be a quick post with a fun and easy card to create.

For the cute little camera image and the sentiment I used the Picture Perfect stamp set from The Rubber Cafe`.  The card came together really quick and easy with a few layers of cardstock, stamps and die cuts.
I used die templates from Spellbinders Creative Arts™, and used Royal & Langnickel Silver Engraving Art Foil for the camera die cut and lightly sanded the paper to reveal the silver foil.  I love how the camera turned out!  The only coloring that I did was to add a little sparkle to the stamped image of the camera using a Spica Silver Glitter Pen.

Here is a close up of the camera.  Love the sparkle!

For the snapshot and little word block I used letter press technique (or maybe you have heard it called Reverse Stencil) with Versa Magic Midnight Black in from Imagine Craft/Tsukineko.  If you have never done the letter press technique it is really easy--put the die template on a piece of scratch paper with the cut side (ridges) face up, press the ink pad in to the die template giving it a good coverage of ink.  Then carefully pick up the die template and place it face down on the paper you want to cut and then die cut the image.  The ink can get a little messy so I usually put a sheet of printer paper down on my mat, then the die template and cardstock and then fold over the printer paper.  When you do this both sides of  the die template will be covered and you won't get ink on your mats.  Once you are done you can use a baby wipe to remove the ink or wash it with soap and water.  The best ink to use for this technique is a craft ink--like a pigment or chalk ink--something that won't dry too quick.  To finish off the card I added a few Holly Berry Red Jellie Dots, that I adhered to my card with  Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and my Stick "EM" Up Tool all products  from The Rubber Cafe`!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Hugs & Smiles,

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe- D-504 Picture Perfect
Paper: Simply Smooth White, Kraft, Really Red; Royal & Langnickel Silver Engraving Art Foil
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Magic Midnight Black; Copic Spica Silver Glitter Pen
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Sheer Glue,
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe`- Holly Berry Red Jellie Dots, Really Reasonable Ribbon Silver Metallic String; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Sanding Block
Tools/Dies: The Rubber Cafe' - Stick "EM" Up Tool;  Spellbinders Creative Arts™ Grand Calibur™ Machine, S5-149 Snapshot, S4-399 Charmed I'm Sure, S4-398 Say What

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Just because

Hello and happy Wednesday to you! I have a soft and rather romantic creation to share today.  I finally got an embossing buddy so that I could emboss without tearing my hair out, and it worked like a charm!
I started with my papers and than added some details using Old Key at the bottom for a border.
 I colored both the circles and the keys in with a Faber Castell grey pencil

I also used they card labels at the top layering them a bit to create my scallops.

I added vintage buttons, laces, a doily and than my favorite part my embossed mini envelope!
      I used the script background and embossed it with a soft aqua blue embossing powder. Here's where my embossing buddy came in, and I just love how it turned out!

  Enjoy and have a beautiful week! hugs, cherry

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Old key, Card Labels, Script Background

Inks: PTI; Pencils- Faber Castell; misc embossing powder- soft aqua blue
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' -Pugnacious cream cardstock
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' -Scrap Happy glue
Embellishments:  Misc doily and vintage buttons; Really Reasonable lace and ribbon;
laces and ribbons- Really Reasonable ribbon; misc stick pins, tissue flowers, key/locket charm
purchased mini scallop envelope
Tools/Dies:  Embossing Buddy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Cherry Blossoms Thank You!

Hello Friends!  Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Now its time to get ready for summer and all the fun we will have in the hot weather.  But before we do that, I have a spring-time card to share with you.

This is a simple Thank You card using Cherry Blossoms die templates as the flowers.  After I cut/embossed them, I inked the edges using a peachy ink.  Then I added some brown pearl bling to the centers.  I added the sentiment from Thankyou For Everything along the bottom.  This was a quick and simple card!  Just the way I like them!


The Rubber Cafe' - Thankyou For Everything stamp set
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Pugnacious Signature Paper Cream ; Kraft - Discount; Divine A4 Paper Pad - Prima
Ink - Rich Cocoa Memento Ink Pad - Tsukineko; peach pigment ink
Embellishments: misc winter white seam binding, brown pearl bling
Tools/Dies - Cherry Blossoms - Spellbinders; paper edge distresser 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Day

Hello everyone!
Victoria is here and my new card for someone's birthday. I really don't understand why so many people try to hide their age. I believe that every age is beautiful and in every period one can be happy. So, it doesn't matter whether you are 28, 36, 45, 32 or 50. Looking back in a couple of years you will think that it was nice time. And it is because now it is so! 

I used for this card stamp from a set Pictures Framed. I love to stamp, cut and simply staple these words to my projects.

When I used glue, I applied it only in the center of cut papers. This helps to save some volume.

Thanks for stopping by The Rubber Cafe' today! Wish you a fabulous Sunday! 

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Pictures Framed
Ink: Memento
Paper: American Crafts
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Thailand 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paint Day...Art Journal Painting with Stamps

Put on your painting smocks, because today is Paint Day at The Rubber Cafe!
I wanted to share a page taken out of my art journal which is a collage affect consisting of pages from an old children's book, acrylic paints, an old photo, some markers and, 2 background stamps from The Rubber Café!
In today's technique, you'll see I put away my ink and used acrylic paints to achieve the wonderful effects, and dimension that is hard to fully appreciate in photos.
I used the Background Basics 2 to create wonderful stripes and dots, and the Card Labels stamp set allowed me to create circles to highlight focal images.  When stamping with paint, I find it easiest to apply the paint directly to the stamp using an old brush or disposable foam brush applicator.  *hint... be sure to clean your stamps right away before the paint dries.
The best part of Mixed Media art, is there are no rules!  If you don't have an art journal, use a scrap of cardboard, or 110 lb wt Watercolor paper, that's sold in pads of all sizes.   
Most of all be creative and just have fun!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Card Labels, Background Basics 2
Paper: Art Journal or Cardboard
Ink: Acrylic Paint
Adhesives:  The Rubber Café Scrap Happy Glue
Other:  Book Pages, Photo, Misc. Ephemera