Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tulips and Spring Time - April Creative Cafe' kit

Hi -  I'm here with one quick last post featuring our April Creative Cafe kit-

Today is pretty simple - I used a lace doily as a template and created a border with Ranger Distress ink; Broken China.  To balance my card I trimmed the bottom with a curved edge.

I tied my ribbon to give me an idea of where I wanted to draw and trim my curved edge at the bottom.  Using my flexible ruler- I placed it on my card took a pen and traced my curved line.  Taking a pair of scissors I trimmed it down.
To assemble my card:
Cut a white cardstock base at 4 1/4 x 11" - scored for a top-fold card measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
White piece - approx 3 1/4 x 5 - curve the bottom edge
2- 2" -scallop punch circles - pink dot
1- 2" plain circle- stamped and inked

I stamped the tulip cluster onto white cardstock - and stamped just the stems 1/2" below- leaving space for my phrase,  Happy Spring. 
After coloring in my tulips with Copics - I took my punch and created a circle the size I will punch out tulip image.  Laying that over the tulips I am providing a circular mask to ink in the background of my image with Broken china again.  I applied this a little lighter - as I didn't want to mute the colors of my tulips.  Finihed with that I punched out the image.
I overlapped the 2 scallop circles and adhered my stamped circle.
With the Yellow ribbon tied around my laced inked curved piece I popped the whole thing up on dimensional tape.
Next came my phrase - stamped on white with Memento Espresso Truffle ink.
*Note: To add depth - I stamped and used my label punch and popped it up on dimensional tape.
I finished by adding 3 fish tail trims - 1 stripe pc about 3/4" wide, and 2 other prints both about 1/2" wide.  At the upper RH corner of my card I added a layered butterfly.
Here's another look at my finished card.

Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'- April Creative Cafe' kit- Spring is in the Air
Ink:  Memento -Espresso Truffle; Ranger Salty Ocean; Copic markers
Adhesives: Dimensional adhesives
Embellishments: Ribbon; from the kit
Tools:  2" circle punches- smooth and scallop; round paper doily (to be used as a template)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Under the Weather?

Hello The Rubber Cafe' Fans!  Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you using the April Creative Kit of the Month - Spring is in the Air.  The reason I say this is quick and easy is because I am using a paper piecing technique instead of coloring.  If you are not wanting to color your images because it takes longer, paper piecing can really be cute and saves alot of time!  Here is my card!

The base of this card is A2 size - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2".  I cut a piece of 8 1/2 x 11" at the 4 1/4" mark along the top of the cardstock and folded it at 5 1/2".  Then I cut a layer of white cardstock at 4 x 5 1/4".  The patterned paper ( included in kit) was cut at 3 3/4 x 5" and layered onto the white cardstock.  I added a strip of the blue rain drop patterned paper, which was cut at 2 x 4".  I cut/embossed an Elegant Ovals die using the same cardstock as the base.  I stamped the boots and umbrella image using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink onto the white cardstock then cut/embossed this using Standard Ovals Lg.  I stamped the umbrella and boots images onto the different patterned paper and cut them out and pieced them onto my die cut.  Here is a closer look.

I stamped the sentiment onto a small scrap of white cardstock and trimmed it to fit along the bottom of the card.  To complete everything I added some 3d foam squares under the ovals and adhered this to the card.  Then added the blue bubbles into the 4 corners and on the top of the umbrella.  I really love this card and think it would cheer up anyone feeling under the weather!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you are enjoying your April Creative Kit of the Month - Spring Is In The Air!!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month - Spring is In the Air 
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Spring is in the Air
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa Memento Ink
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments: Blue Bubbles from the April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Dies - Elegant Ovals & Standard Ovals Lg - Spellbinders

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Side Step Card

Hi There!  Kristine here today to share another fun fold card that I made using the April Creative Cafe' Kit of the month.  It's a bright Spring Side Step Card.

The card base is made from a piece of green cardstock that comes in the kit.  Start with a half sheet (5 1/2" x 8 1/2")  Score horizontally at 3 1/4", 4 1/4" 6 1/2" and 7 1/2".  Cut vertically up the middle of the panel (2 3/4") between the two furthest score lines. 

Fold on the score lines until it looks like this.

Here's a side view.

Then you can decorate your card!  Start by adding patterned paper panels.  I used a Fiscar grass punch for the top edge of my "Grass" panel but you could cut it with scissors too!  Then add the flower garland that comes with the kit.  I glued it all on with Scrap Happy Glue.

Finish decorating with the stamps and Washi Tape.

Here's one last look from the side.

I hope you enjoyed today's Side Step Card.  It's a really fun style of card to send and receive and yes, it fits in a standard A2 envelope.  Stop by to see more great ideas with this months kit and soon...we will be sharing more fabulous cards with the May  Creative Cafe' Kit of the month..

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month - Spring is In the Air & the add on stamp set, Happy Spring
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Spring is in the Air
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,copic markers
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments: Washi Tape and Flower Garland from the April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Spring!

Spring is in the air here in New England and the sun has been shining!  Makes me want to create using the bright beautiful colors from the April - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month Spring is in the Air! I have been missing in action for a couple weeks mending from a surgery and there has been nothing more cheerful than the beautiful stamps and papers in this kit.  

I wanted to create a starburst effect to use several of the patterned  papers.  I started by creating a card base and cutting a scrap of paper for the size starburst that I wanted.  I then cut the starburst with long scissors and labeled them in order.  

I used temporary adhesive to attach these to the patterned paper.  I wanted to make sure that my papers were all in the correct direction.  I then cut these along the templates edges.  

Placed them down on my cardstock card base with permanent adhesive and using my sewing machine for added embellishment.  I then added the floral stamp image and colored with colored pencils.  You could use watercolors, copics or any marker you have on hand.  I accordioned my ribbon and added my stamped title.

I hope you have enjoyed this simple color packed card and that your neck of the woods is thawing out too!  Happy Spring!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Spring is in the Air
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe Kit of the Month -Spring is in the Air
Ink and Paint: Memento Ink - black and pink
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Scrap Happy Glue, dimensional foam tape
Embellishments: Sewing Machine, Ribbon included in kit, thread
Tools/Dies: Fine tip scissors, acrylic block, sewing machine

Friday, April 25, 2014

Souper Get Well: Creative Cafe' KOTM

Hi everyone!  Laura here at The Rubber Cafe' today to share a different sort of "get well" card using the Creative Cafe kit of the month.  If you feel like you want to give someone more than just a simple card, this one has a little extra something.

To make this start with an 8 1/2" x 8 1/4" long piece of green cardstock. Score at 2" and again at 2 1/8" down each length, turn your piece a quarter turn and score at 2 3/4" and 2 5/8" in from the bottom edge.  This will leave you with a card that is the standard A2 size, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" when folded.
You will then cut out both corner pieces, and fold on all score lines to end up with your card.

Here is a picture of my template with measurements, and score lines:

Note:  You should have about a 1/4" gap in the front--don't worry....we want that! 

To maximize my cardstock and add a bit of interest to the front of the card, I added a 1" strip of pink patterned paper to cover the gap--you could use a border punch for this edge, I liked it plain.

To decorate the front:
Cut two pieces of butterfly patterned paper 5 1/4" x 1 3/4" and adhere using Scrap Happy Glue to the front panels.  Add 5 1/2" by 1" strip of pink patterned paper to left front panel (should stick out about 1/2").

The front strip is 5" by 1" piece of green cardstock, with a 1/2" of rainbow strip patterned paper glued to it.  It's scored at 3/4" and  again at 7/8" along the left side, to make the tab that is glued to the back of the card.  I also glued the rest of this strip down on the left side of the card to hold it well with Scrap Happy Glue.

To finish the strip, I added a 1 1/2" pink paper circle to the end of the right side, added the white cardstock banner with the "heard you were feeling" sentiment stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink.  I punched out a 1 1/4" piece of white cardstock, stamped it with the raindrops using Memento Luxe Bahama Blue Ink, and adhered that to the pink circle using foam tape.

The rainbow was stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, colored with Copic Markers, then foam taped to the top of the circle.  Sprinkles of bubble gems were added to the circle and the front of the card. and a velcro tab to the back of the circle and front of the card to keep it closed as you see here.
The inside of the card:

Decorate the bottom flap using a 4" x 1 1/2" strip of pink dot paper.  Then stamp the three flowers on white cardstock 5 times in a row (very of the benefits of acrylic stamps!) and color using Copic Markers.  Fussy cut around the top edge and trim down to a 4" width and no more than a 1 1/2" length. Glue down ON TOP OF pink dot paper.

Along the bottom edge of the flowers, you will make a 4" x 3/4" strip of green cardstock with a 4" x 1/2" strip of rainbow pattern paper and one of the Framed Fancy Tags Two, die cut from green cardstock, with a center cut from pink pattern paper, and the "get well soon" sentiment stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink and trimmed down to fit (about 2 1/4" x 1/2").  Glue along bottom edge of flowers and add bubble gems to finish.  Finally add blue seam binding ribbon and a bow (with plastic spoon) around left front panel of card....and insert a cup-of-soup packet to the inside.

And there you have it....a souper card for a super person!

Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today! 

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Spring is in the Air
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit-Spring is in the Air
Ink:  Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, Memento Luxe Ink Bahama Blue; Copic Markers RV06, YR04, Y17, G14, YG11, 0
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; dimensional foam tape
Embellishments: Queen & Co bubbles, blue seam binding; all from the kit
Tools/Dies: Spellbinders-Fancy Framed Tags Two, circle punch 1 1/2"; 1 1/4"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

May - Creative Cafe' kit of the Month Sneak Peek!

I'm back today to share with you all our latest sneak peek for our Creative Cafe Card Kits!
With the month of May we bring you "How Sweet it is"- and sweet it is definitely!

Shipping for those of you already subscribed begins May 1, 2014

So don't delay... subscribe and order your kits today!


Most important of all is our exclusive coordinating Creatively Clear stamp set Make Life Sweet:


You still have time to get in on this month's kit, and during the month of May for added inspiration, the Design Team will be sharing their projects and tutorials with you here so be sure to visit the blog often!   

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Spring Tag

Hello! Dawn Rene here today to share a cute tag I made with The Rubber Cafe's April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month. It is bright and cheerful - it just makes me smile!

Here is a picture of the tag...

Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene

Here are the steps I went through to create the tag.

I cut a piece of the orange cardstock in the kit to 6" x 3" and trimmed off the top corners to make the base of the tag. On a separate piece of orange cardstock, I took various sized pieces that I ripped from patterned paper in the kit and randomly glued them on the orange cardstock with Scrap Happy Glue.
Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene 1 wm  Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene 2 wm
I cut out the tag shape from the patterned paper collage sheet I just made - 1/4" smaller than the base of the tag. I attached the patterned paper to the base, punched a hole in the top, and added an eyelet to re-enforce the hole.
Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene 3 wm  Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene 4 wm

I stamped butterflies from the kit with pink, orange and green colored CTMH inks. Then I colored in the butterflies with a yellow Copics marker. I stamped the "Happy Spring" sentiment from the kit with green ink.

Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene 5 wm

I cut out all the pieces and adhered them with Scrap Happy Glue. Strings of the flower garland were tucked under the sentiment so they dangle from the bottom of the tag. The blue bling dots were added as accents. Blue and yellow ribbon from the kit were tied to the top with some white fiber.

Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene wm
Here is a close up of my tag!
Happy Spring Card - Designs By Dawn Rene CU wm
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Paper: The Rubber Cafe - April Creative Cafe Kit of the Month
Ink and Markers: CTMH Inks, Copic Markers
Adhesive: Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Ribbon; flower garland; Queen&Co. blue gems all found in your kit; misc eyelets and fiber.