Monday, September 30, 2013

One last project using the Best Witches - and sneek peek for October's Creative Cafe' kit- Fall Harvest!

Well September 30th is here, and I leave you with a final project from our Creative Cafe kit - Best Witches! 

This was one of my favorite cards, as it seemed to go together so easily for a change.  It's a lot of layers, but that just makes it all the better!   Check it out - I'm featuring that wonderful witch flying on her broom stick again! Just love this stamp set !!  And the large polka-dot paper in the background is another of my favorite papers. 

Here's a closeup of the layers- you can see it was a series of white on black - and finally placed on the polka-dot patterned paper.

Here - you can see I finished the inside of my card with a strip of the same patterned paper.

The fun pumpkin embellishment I created using the pumpkin stamp- I stamped it 5 times and fussy cut them all out, removing the stem.  I flipped each piece and stamped the design of the pumpkin again so the pattern could be seen from both sides.  I inked edges and both sides of the pumpkin as well.
Using my score pal- I scored down the center of each pumpkin piece and with my mini fastener stapled them all together following along the score line. 

Here's a closer look

Fanning them out gave the the dimensional pumpkin you see placed in the Lower RH corner.  I tucked a piece of green cardstock in for the stem.
Thanks for stopping in!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe' -Kit of the Month - Best Witches
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe' -Kit of the Month - Best Witches
Ink:  Memento-Lux: Black Tuxedo; Distress inks
Embellishments:  Goosebumps; ribbon all contained in the kit
Tools:  Spellbinders Decorative Rectangle die -Card basics dies; Ranger Mini fastener (stapler)

September's almost gone -but don't forget that we still have another new kit starting October 1st!  So if you haven't already placed an order to subscribe you'll want to do so now and get our latest, Creative Cafe Kit for October: Fall Harvest

These kits are going fast so be sure to get your order in soon!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Best Witches and Halloween Elements

Kristine here with my last post of the month.  I have two more projects left to share that I made with this months Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month -  Best Witches.

The first card is a card I made using lots of the yummy patterned paper that comes with the kit.  I started by adhering three different patterned papers on to a yellow cardstock panel.  I adhered an orange panel to the bottom below all the patterned papers.

Then I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I added three Queen & Co. black rhinestones on each side of the sentiment.  I wrapped a piece of washi tape  and a piece of orange ribbon around the card between the patterned paper panels.

I wrapped the orange and black trims around the panel too.  And yes!  All of these amazing riibons, trims, rhinestones, and washi tape come in the kit!

Finally, I adhered the entire panel to a black card with Scrap Happy Glue
For the main panel I stamped the witch image on a die cut yellow oval with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder.  Then I backed it with a black die cut oval and adhered it to the card with Scrap Happy Glue.

Here's one last look at the completed card!

The second card I have to share today is a fun Z-Fold card that I made with the regular  Creative Cafe' Kit as well as the awesome add on stamp set-Halloween Elements.

To make a Z Fold card start with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock.
Fold it in half to create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.
Then fold the front backwards. (see photo)

Trim green cardstock for each of the three panels slightly smaller than the panel and adhere with Scrap Happy Glue. (2 panels 5 1/4" x 1 7/8" and 1 panel 5 1/4" x 4")
Trim patterned paper panels slightly smaller than the green panels. (2 panels 5" x 1 5/8" and 1 panel 5" x 3 3/4")
The main panel with the words is 4 1/2" x 3 1/2".
I used my Spellbinders Circle Dies for the three circle panels.  First I stamped the circles and images with Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and then just chose a circle die that was slightly larger.

The inside of the card was stamped with stamps from the Add on set, Halloween Elements.
The fabulous orange ribbon and the pretty purple rhinestones are from the kit too!

Here's one last look at this card when it is closed up.

I hope you enjoyed my two cards today and that all of the great DT samples are giving you lots of ideas for using your Creative Cafe' Kit!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe Kit - Best Witches and Add-on Stamp set 
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe Kit - Best Witches  
Ink: Memento Tuxedo BlackVersaMark Ink
Adhesive - The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: All included in the kit -seam binding ribbons & trim; Queen & Co. Black pearl;, Black Embossing Powder
Tools/Dies: Spellbinder Classic circle, Label, Oval and Scallop Oval dies.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Best Witches Gift Tags

Hi Everyone! 

I have a fun set of tag to share with you today- using our Creative Cafe' -Best Witches kit!

To create these cute tags I first cut all my base tags from Black cardstock using the small tag Bigz die from Tim Holtz. I also used the cute little bread ticket tag that comes with this die, to stamp my sentiment for each tag. 

Here are all the dies and punches used to create the pieces for all of my tags.

Layers are the order of the day - each circle base backed with a doily diecut from Spellbinders, to frame in my cute elements from the Best Witches stampset included in the kit.
 To begin-I cut 3 tags using my Tim Holtz tag die - and than to change it up a bit I used my 2 1/2" circle punch to curve the bottom edge.  To cut the semi curve of the circle, I worked the upper half of my tag through the back of the punch leaving only the bottom edge under the cut blade of the punch. 
See in my photo below. 
The end result is a nice curved edge - to my tag. Circle dies, tracing from a glass can also achieve this effect.
I repeated this for each tag and adhered the black lace trim from the kit along each tag edge with Scrap Happy Glue.  
Using my Spellbinder die- I cut another layer from the patterned paper for 2 of the tags. The 3rd tag I just cut and created a fishtail for the bottom edge.
 Here's a view of my first 'best Witches' tag where I used the fish tail the middle layer. Another strip of the striped patterned paper cut at a width of 1/2" added yet another layer. I stamped background on my white circle with 2 rows the star stamp and stamped the witch hat using black Memento- Lux ink and than dragged a plastic knife through to create pattern before stamping, fussy cutting it out and popping it up with dimensional adhesives.  This than was backed with my doily cut.

The 2nd tag 'have a Wicked!" I used the caldron and witch feet from the stampset.  For some added whimsey - I inverted the feet so it looked like the Witch fell into her own brew! LOL!
This is layered with an additional circle of patterned paper, and the diecut label offers ribbon tracks to weave your trim through.  I used paper for this - and cut fish tails on each end.  This time when I inked the caldron - again using the Memento -Lux in Black I rolled my stamp so I would not get complete coverage.  You can see the lower LH side of the caldron looks a bit worn!

My final Boo! tag, is featuring our friendly ghost! This time instead of a white circle I stamped on black and used my Unicorn White ink pad.  I did the same technique dragging the plastic knife edge through before stamping my image - and created the lines you see here.
This time I wove washi tape through the ribbon tread, by putting to layers together, and cutting fish tail ends.  The washi tape is also included in your kit!
All of three of the tags were finished off with the orange rope dazzling trim- and goose bumps and black pearls all provided in the kit to add some more fun and interest to my tags.
Here's another look
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you're enjoying your our new kits- and if you've not purchased one yet there's still time to get in on this one in time to reserve your kit for next month which I know you'll love as well!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit -Best Witches
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit -Best Witches
Ink:  Memento-lux Tuxedo black; Memories Unicorn (white)
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue; dimensional adhesives
Embellishments:  Washi tape; orange round dazzle rope; black lace ; goose bumps and black pearls all included in your kit
Tools/Dies:  Sizzix - Ticket die from Tim Holtz; Spellbinders' - decorative rectangle die and circle doilies; 2 1/2" -EK Success Circle Punch

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ghostly Fun with the September Creative Cafe' Kit

Hey all!  Laura back with a little frightful fun in another project from the ever inspiring Creative Cafe' Kit from here at The Rubber Cafe'!

This ghostly little card was a great way to use up scraps from other projects:

The base is a standard A2 card, with the stripe and web paper layered in first.
Then I added a Spellbinders Labels 18 die cut in black cardstock.  A purple
rectangle acted as a base for my focal point of the card.

Using scraps left from my other cards, I cut varying widths (1/2", 3/4" and 1")
strips of cardstock and paper and glued them to the edge of my purple base
using The Rubber Cafe' Scrap Happy Glue.  I used a 1"x2" strip of black
along the right edge and purple Queen & Co bling to frame out my little
ghostly scene.

The plain white cardstock was stamped with the ghost using Versamark Ink,
and then embossed in white.  This gave me a "resist" to then apply Distress
Ink over to give me a smoky spooky background.  I also dripped water on
my background, then blotted it dry, and then applied more ink right over it.
That is how the background spots "pop".

Here is a closer look to see the background look with the water spots and
how they really pop out when you go back over them with ink:

The moon is a punched circle with distress ink and I stamped the small bat
in Tuxedo Black Memento and the larger bat is stamped and fussy cut, then
I used foam tape to pop it up for dimension.

The sentiment was stamped on yellow cardstock then cut out (I do this to
make it easier to keep the sentiment straight and centered!).  A little Distress
Ink and Queen & Co bling finish it off.

Enjoyed spending time with you in the cafe' today!  Stop back soon for more
stamping inspiration!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' Kit-Best Witches
Ink:  Memento-Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink-Black Soot, Mustard Seed,
Dusty Concord, Versamark
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' Kit-Best Witches
Embellishments: Queen & Co Black Pearls, Purple Goosebumps, WOW
embossing powder-white
Adhesive:  The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18, CM circle punch

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Best Witches Creative Cafe Kit + Halloween Elements

 Hi There!  Kendra here with more super fun Halloween cards using the new Best Witches Creative Cafe Kit from The Rubber Cafe!

My first card today uses images from the Add-On stamp set for the kit called Halloween Elements. The cardstock (green & black), pattern paper, lace trim and all of the stamp images are all part of the Best Witches kit ~ the only things I used that weren't included in the kit were ink, die cuts and adhesive.

I started my card by stamping the gate image across the bottom the card in Memento Black Tuxedo Ink and then stamped the cat on top of the fence.  Since these are clear stamps, it's super easy to line them up.

Next I added two different patterns of paper as a top border and added some lace trim to hide the raw edge of the pattern paper.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, used a die cut oval to trim it and then cut a mat.  I attached it to the card using Kool Tac Foam Tape and then added Queen & Company black gems (included in kit) to the top and bottom of the sentiment.

My second card today, uses various scraps of pattern paper included in the kit to highlight the Happy Halloween sentiment.  

After I prepared the black card base and two layers, I stamped the large and small bat images on the purple card panel with VersaMark ink.  Next, I added a piece of the Halloween Washi Tape across the top of the card and folded the edges around the back of the panel.  Then I cut a strip of the sparkly tulle and tied it around the purple panel.   Once that was finished, I added Kool Tak Foam Tape to the back of the panel and attached it to the card base.

Next, I trimmed 6 different trip pieces of pattern paper (1/4" x 3") and attached them to the purple card panel.  

I then stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment (from the add-on wet called Halloween Elements) on the white cardstock and added a piece of the Halloween Washi tape from the kit.

I lined up my oval die and cut the image so the Washi tape was a border for the sentiment.

Next I trimmed green and black layers for the sentiment and attached them to the card with Kool Tak Foam Tape and stamped a bat in Grape Jelly Memento Ink on white cardstock.  I attached the bat with a small piece of the Kool Tak Foam so he would pop off the card.

The last touch was to add a few black Queen & Company gems to each side of the sentiment.

I made 5 cards with my kit supplies and I still have tons of products left ~ pattern paper, cardstock, almost a full roll of Washi tape, 3 packages of gems with just a few gone, and yards of ribbon too!  These kits are such a great value and I can't wait to make some Halloween tags for my kids treats!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit -Best Witches ; Halloween Elements Add-On set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit -Best Witches
Ink: Memento Ink- Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly; Versamark Ink
Adhesive: Kool Tak Foam Tape
Embellishments: Queen & Co Gems and blk pearls; Washi tape; lace trim and tulle and ribbon -all included in kit

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thinking of You Easel Card Tutorial

Hello! Dawn Rene here with you today to share an easel card I made featuring the Winter Bird stamp from The Rubber Cafe'.   After I started coloring the bird, I decided I wanted to use patterned papers which have more autumn colors so I changed it to be a "fall bird."

I stamped the Winter Bird with Black Memento Ink, colored it with Copic markers (YR21, YR24, and E19), and fussy cut it out.

1 Colored Bird  
I used a paper crimper to create the background for the bird.
3 Crinkled Background  
I cut an oval into a piece of patterned paper to use as a window for the bird. I randomly stamped leaves from the Leafy Fun Labrador set on this top layer.

  4 Stamped Top Layer
I adhered the top layer over the bottom layer and then embellished the front with mesh and ribbon.

TRC Bird Card Front

Next I created the base of the easel card. This was done by cutting a 6" x 12" strip from cardstock and scoring it at 6" inches and 9" inches. Folding the score lines using all "moutain folds" my easel begins to take shape! See how that looks in the photo below.

5 Easel Fold  
I randomly stamped leaves from the Leafy Fun Labrador set again on the base of the card. Then I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment from the Fabulous Phrases set onto a paper covered chipboard label. The label was distressed and embellished with brads.
   6 Stamped Sentiment
The 6" x 6" front of the card was adhered to the 3" x 6" folded base to create the finished easel card!

TRC Bird Card Full
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe'- Winter Bird, Fabulous Phrases, Leafy Fun Labrador
Ink: Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black; CTMH Inks; Copic Markers
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Pugnacious Signature Paper - Cream; Little Yellow Bicycle Patterned Paper
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Lovebug Creations Autumn Spice Ribbon and Halloween Mesh; Paper Flower; Brads