Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EEEEEK! Spiders are everywhere!


Things are crawling and creeping everywhere this time of year, especially the front of my house.  We have webs and large spiders speckled on the siding to spook all kids big and small.  There may be a few large rubber rats to catch as you walk by too, but I am not sure.  I would rather see the look on your face than to warn you!  Mary-Ann here, and I can not help  but obsess over these spiders and the large web on the "Halloween Traditions" Stamp set included in your September Creative Cafe KOTM.  Quick, simple and clean.  Unless you make a mess with the embossing powder and have to re-start all over again:o)



I started with a standard A2 size card base.  Layered colored polka dot paper and black as shown.  I cut a white piece slightly smaller than the black but did not attach yet.  I took the white over to my embossing station (which is really just my other desk) and stamped the spiders first with Versamark and embossed with black powder.  I then stamped the web with black ink.  Once I was sure it was dry, I added the lines to the web with a ruler and black marker.  Gems added to the bodies were the perfect touch.

That is it!  DONE!

Stop by as we start to introduce Octobers KOTM.  
You won't believe your little elf self!


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook -featuring paper pad by 
            Doodle Bug-ghouls and goodies 
Ink:  Memento Ink - Black, Black pen, Black Embossing powder.
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' -Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  Doodlebug gems included in your kit






Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spooky Step Card

Happy Sunday Rubber Cafe' Fans!

I Have a fun side step card to show you today that I made with this months Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month from The Rubber Cafe'.

For today's card I used the Halloween Traditions and Halloween Predictions stamp sets.


To create this card start with a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panel of cardstock.
I used the shiny striped black cardstock that came with this months kit.

There is one horizontal cut and then all the vertical dotted lines are folded mountain/valley.



Here is how the card base looks when it is folded and ready to decorate!
Cover the card base with patterned paper that is cut slightly smaller than the panel that you are covering.




Then have fun decorating!
I stamped the web, the poison sign, the sentiment and the game board with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and after cutting out the images, sponged Grape Jelly Memento Ink on the edges.

The ghost, the cat, and the fence were stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Detail Black embossing powder.



The bling and ribbon are from the kit and are the final touch to this fun card!






Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo; Grape Jelly
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM (Bling and ribbon)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ouija Boards and Black Cats


September's Creative Cafe KOTM has to be my all time favorite.  I think I say that every time but anything to do with fall or Halloween just makes me happy.  Mary-Ann here to share my next card with you.  I could not resist the "OUIJA" board stamp from "Halloween Predictions"  add-on stamp set. It takes me back to the late night sleepovers back in high school.  I swear, Belinda and Marcy moved the cursor.  I remember the small hairs standing up on the back of my neck.  Regardless of your beliefs in ghosts, bad luck or the afterlife, playing around with a Ouija board and a black cat, all on the same card my me a tad nervous.  But, I just loved them both!  It was worth the chance:o)


I started with a 5x5 base of the black paper.  Cut the orange to be 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 and same with the black and white polka dot.  I wanted to create a TV type screen on my card so with my ruler I measured the Ouija board and marked a rectangle on the orange to where I wanted my cut out.  I cut a rectangle slightly larger than the board itself.  Then I cut the black polka dot a bit larger than the orange.  I backed the black with foam tape and the orange with foam also.  This will create shadows and dimension.  I layered these together as shown in the photo at the very top of the page.  Now color your Ouija board to your liking.  I stamped the cat on scrap white paper and then black heat embossed him.  It is amazing the texture I actually got on him.  I added creepy green eyes which made him come to life (hehe).  I stamp another Ouija board so I could cut out the cursor, back it with foam tape and add to the top of the  board for dimension.    I then stamped my sentiment, cut the strips at an angle, layered them and added them to the front of the card.  I went back and added some of my extra bling provided in the kit to the board for embellishment.  




BOO!  
Thank you for stopping by to be inspired by this months kit. 
 Stop back by for more from our design team.


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook -featuring paper pad by 
            Doodle Bug-ghouls and goodies 
Ink:  Memento Ink - Black, black Embossing powder.
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' -Scrap Happy Glue, Foam tape
Embellishments:  Doodlebug gems included in your kit
Ruler, distress ink, ink applicator,  colored pencils, scissors, x-acto knife








Sneak Peek time for October's Creative Cafe kit of the month!

Hi Everyone! It's sneak peek time again here at The Rubber Cafe' !

Creative Cafe Kits
Sign up for our Creative Cafe' Kits packed with inspiration today!
It's October but we're already thinking ahead to the holidays this month with some Jolly ol' elves that will be sure to get you in the mood!   This month's kit is called ''Christmas Behind the Scenes"!
We hope you'll find there is lots of inspiration here as you are begin prepping for your holiday plans whatever they may in the upcoming season! 

So click now to receive your kit! Yes I want to sign up .
Here's a quick sneak peek look at our kit '' including fun embellishments; ribbons and a 6x6 paper pad by Doodlebug, called Santa Express !

It doesn't get much jollier than this!  Take a look at our exclusive featured stampset"Elf'n Around"

and here's this month's add-on stamp set "Santa's Workshop"


As always, shipping for those of you already subscribed begins October 1, 2014


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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ghost in the Graveyard: Creative Cafe' September KOTM

Ghostly fun at The Rubber Cafe' today!  The Cute & Spooky September KOTM inspired this spooky ghost in the graveyard:


Here are the details to create this card:

Base: 5&1/2" by 4&1/4"

First Layer: Star pattern paper 4&3/4" by 4" and glued to the right side of the base using Scrap Happy Glue.

Cut a 1&1/4" by 2&1/2" strip of black cardstock, add a 1" by 2&1/2" strip of purple pattern paper to that, tie orange seam binding around the piece, and glue to the upper left side at the edge of the card base.

To create the image, on a 3&1/2" by 3" piece of white cardstock, stamp the graveyard stamp in Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  When I did this, I "stamped off" on a scrap piece of paper, then stamped the image using the remaining ink.  It gives a softer and spookier look to the tombstones....it also gives a decaying "old cemetery" feel since some of the ink doesn't transfer.  Then I added the RIP with full ink to one tombstone.  The sentiment is stamped in Black Tuxedo Memento on the right, then I used Black Soot Distress Ink around the entire piece to make it a little more creepy.

The ghost is stamped in Memento Cloud White Ink on purple cardstock and fussy cut out.  I used a 1&1/2" circle punch on the orange pearl cardstock in the kit to make the moon.  I stamped the little bat in Black Tuxedo Memento directly onto the moon piece, and stamped the larger bat on white cardstock, fussy cut it out, then used Black Soot Distress Ink (this covers any white you might see).  I glued the large bat to one of the Doodlebug mini clips and clipped it to the moon, then glued the moon to the card.  I used foam tape to add the ghost, matted this piece using black cardstock (3&3/4" by 3&1/4"), and added a little bling to finish.


Thanks for stoppin' by today....hope you are enjoying all of the spooky inspiration this month from this amazing Creative Cafe' KOTM!!




Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Halloween Traditions
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Cute & Spooky
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo, Cloud White; Distress Ink-Black Soot,
Pumice Stone
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; foam tape
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Doodlebug rhinestones, mini clips; Seam binding
Tools:  1&1/2" circle punch

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paper Weaving with the September Creative Cafe' Kit!

Today's card for The Rubber Cafe features the Paper Weaving technique with the Too Cute To Spook special incentive set for Kit club members at the special price of 7.99, (reg priced 14.99)

The first thing I did to create this fun backgound is to cut 1/2 inch strips from most of the papers in the paper pack in the Creative Cafe' Kit.
 It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but I ran tape down the left side, bottom and diagonally from top left to bottom right of a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch panel.  Start weaving papers as shown.
When you complete the weaving, flip your panel over and trim off the excess tails.
I then inked the edges of the woven piece with a black ink pad before attaching it to my black cardstock panel.  

I added the paperclip on this card with a bit of Scrap Happy Glue.  I could have clipped it, but I wanted to see all of the color on the clip, so I glued it on top of the image panel.

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Supplies:
Papers/Embellishments: September Cute and Spooky Creative Cafe' Kit: papers, cardstock, gems, paperclips, ribbon
Adhesive: Foam Tape
Tools/Dies:  Paper Cutter




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Happy Howl-o-ween Fun Fold Card

Happy Sunday Rubber Cafe' Fans!

I finally had some time to play with this months Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month from The Rubber Cafe'.
It's a super fun Halloween kit with two optional add on stamp sets.

For today's card I used the Too Cute to Spook stamp set along with the Halloween Traditions set that comes with this months kit.


Of course I made a fun fold card with my kit.  This is a new fold that I had never used before.  I saw the 5 x 7 version on Pinterest but worked to figure out how to make it fold down to a standard A2 size.

Start with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock.  I used purple.
Cut on the two solid horizontal lines and fold on the vertical dotted lines.


You'll end up with this.
You can see that I was still experimenting and have a couple mistake folds in there...but I covered them with patterned paper and you can't even tell in the finished card!

Cover the card base by adhering patterned paper with Scrap Happy Glue.


Stamp the web and spiders on a 2 1/2" square panel of card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Sponge Grape Jelly Memento ink around the edges and backed it with a slightly larger orange panel.

Stamp the dog image on a white scrap and color with Copic Markers.
Cut out the dog image and adhere to card with 3D Foam Squares.

Stamp the sentiment with Tangelo Memento ink.
Cut into flag tag shape and back with slightly larger orange panel.
Adhere to card with Scrap Happy Glue and finish with bling from the kit.


Here's a closer look at the details on the front.
Simply stamp the dog on a white scrap and color with Copic Markers.
Cut out the dog image and adhere to card with 3D Foam Squares.

Stamp the sentiment with Grape Jelly Memento ink and die cut with dies. (I used Spellbinder oval dies)
Adhere the sentiment panel to the card with Scrap Happy Glue and finish with bling from the kit.

The final touch for this card is to tie on a piece of orange ribbon from the kit!


I just love how this card turned out and hope you do too!
I'll be back next wee with another fun fold card that I made with this month kits but check back sooner because the rest of the team will be sharing more all week!


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Halloween Traditions
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Cute & Spooky
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo; Grape Jelly, Tangelo
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Doodlebug rhinestones & Ribbon
Tools:  Spellbinders Oval and scallop oval Dies

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Halloween featuring "Halloween Traditions" Stamp Set

Creepiness is all around the blog this months with Pumpkins, spiders, webs, puppies, ghosts, tombstones and more.  I decided to focus on the creepy spider web that was just calling my name! It is the stamp set, "Halloween Traditions" that is included in your Creative Cafe Kit.
 Mary-Ann here to take you through how I put this creepy card together.  



I started with a 5x5 card base of the lime green.  I cut a white piece 4 3/4 x 4 3/4.  I then cut a black piece 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.  I found three nesting circle dies (here you could use three different size glasses or whatever you can find that are round).  I placed them on my black paper and sent it through my cutting machine.


I then placed my black on top of the white and lightly traced where the circles were going to be.  Now, set the black paper aside.  I used extra scrap paper or sticky notes to block off what I didn't want stamped.  I inked and then placed the web stamp in the center of the circle.  I repeated this process, moving my sticky notes around blocking off other areas I didn't want stamped.  Once this completely dried, I went back and erased the pencil marks.  


Now I back the entire black piece with foam tape.  On the webs, I stamped spiders and embossed with silver embossing powder.  You can do any color you prefer. I then placed clear gems in the center of each spider body.   


Once all the layers were in place, I added a spider with a long web down the left side.  I just turned the stamp upside down to use the straight line.  I stamped the ghost with white ink on white paper, and used white embossing powder to get this look.  I took a black pen and colored his facial features.  Added the sentiment and a gem and I was done.


Keep coming back if Halloween is your thing!  
You should see all the Spookiness on Instagram and Pinterest.  Be sure to follow.  
Come back soon for more design team inspiration.


Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit Too Cute to Spook -featuring paper pad by 
            Doodle Bug-ghouls and goodies 
Ink:  Memento Ink - Black and white, Black pen, Silver and white Embossing powder.
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' -Scrap Happy Glue, Foam tape
Embellishments:  Doodlebug gems included in your kit
Tools/Dies:  Spellbinders nesting circles







Friday, September 19, 2014

Creepy Crawly Fun: Creative Cafe' KOTM

Hey everyone!  I'm a huge fan of Halloween crafting, and so The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' KOTM for September is so full of fun spooky, cute stamps, it's hard to choose!  This time, it's a little creepy crawly fun with some of the spider stamps:



This card is a basic easel card:
   Base:  8" by 4" green cardstock; score at 2" and 4"; fold

   Add: 3&3/4" by 1&1/2" piece of black cardstock to base.

   Stamp: on a 3&1/2" by 1&1/4" piece of white cardstock, stamp hanging
   spiders using Memento    Black Tuxedo Ink, Happy Halloween sentiment,
   and then individual spider on the word Halloween.

   Add rhinestones to spiders, ink around edges with Black Soot distress ink,
   then use Scrap Happy Glue to attach to card base.  

   Top: 4" by 4"of green cardstock; top with 3&3/4" by 3&3/4" purple spider
   pattern paper.

   Add: two banners in upper left corner (I used a 3/4" piece of star paper and
   1" piece of dot paper) and two rhinestones in the upper right corner.

   Stamp:  Spider web in Versamark on white cardstock, and use fine detail
   black embossing powder (coming soon from The Rubber Cafe'!!) and
   fussy cut out.   Use foam tape to add to the card front.

To make the large spider, I used a 3/4" and 1" circle punch on black cardstock to make the body and used foam tape to put the pieces together:




For the legs, I cut about a 2&1/4" piece of the black seam binding, and cut 4 slits on each side like so:




Then just give it a twist in the center to make the legs fan out:



Use Scrap Happy Glue to attach the legs to the spider's body, then use foam tape to add it to the web.  Add rhinestone eyes, and there you have one friendly little web slinger:


Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today!  Stop by soon for more creepy crawly fun!
 



Supplies:
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Halloween Traditions
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Cute & Spooky
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo; Distress Ink-Black Soot; Versamark
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; foam tape
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Doodlebug rhinestones
Tools:  The Rubber Cafe' fine detail Black embossing powder; 1" and 3/4"
circle punch

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boo From Me To You Card!

Hello Rubber Cafe' Fans!  Hope you have been enjoying all the wonderful projects from the design team using the September Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month - Cute & Spooky!  Isn't this a great kit?  I know I really love it (I say that every month and I really mean it!)  This week I have a cute card to share with you using the main stamp set - Halloween Traditions and the add-on stamp set - Halloween Predictions.  Of course, I made a quick video showing how I put this all together!  It's easy peasy!!

Here is my card.....


Here is a close-up, too!


Here is my video!  Enjoy!




Thanks for stopping by today!!


Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Cute & Spooky
Halloween Traditions and KOTM add on Halloween Predictions
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Cute & Spooky
Ink: Memento-Black Tuxedo; 
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Sheer Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'- black seam binding, paper clips & rhinestones from the Creative Cafe' KOTM