Thursday, April 30, 2015


The thought of keeping it simple was very important to me on this card.  Not all cards need to take a lot of time to create.  This one could be completed in a out 10 minutes.  The toughest part is deciding on your color choices!  

Start with a gray card base and layer pro pattern papers slightly smaller.  Cut a 3x4 piece of coordinating paper, lay it on the center of the card, stamp the banner.  Remove this card, stamp the telephone, back with foam and attach connecting the pieces of banner.  Clump flowers to the left and add enamels.

Change this card by changing the papers.  That is all there is to it!  Simple and quick.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit- Good Times to Follow
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit  Echo Park's  "Jack and Jill"
Ink: Black, Gray colored pencil
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Lace trim,; Enamels & Flowers (included in kit)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Leave A Little Sparkle

Hello TRC Fans!  Today I have a fun square card to share with you using the April Creative Cafe' Kit - Good Times To Follow.  I really love all the vintage images and pretty paper!

I stamped the cameo image from Vintage Findings onto the grey and white cardstock using Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  I cut out the cameo portion from the white cardstock and colored her.  I used a Stardust Gelly Roll pen to add sparkle to the pearls and the top of the cameo.  I also used the Gelly Roll pen to outline the sentiment label I punched out.  Here is another view......

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
 Vintage Findings stamp set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Good Times to Follow
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle, Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy GlueScor-tape and 3d foam squares
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
Lace, flowers, enamel dots and brad
Tools:  Gelly Roll Stardust Clear Pen, label handheld punch

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Enjoy The Little Things...

Ooooh, and who doesn't love flowers?  Today's card for The Rubber Cafe uses the cameo stamp from this month's Good Times To Follow Creative Cafe Kit in yet another alternative way!  This time I used it to frame my beautiful rose!   The rose is colored with Copic Markers and is popped up on foam tape.

I scattered punched circles and enamel dots around on this card for a bit of fun!

Stamps:The Rubber Cafe' - Good Times To Follow Creative Cafe Kit
Paper The Rubber Cafe' -
Ink:  Copic markers Memento Tuxedo Black
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' -Foam Tape
Embellishments: Enamel Dots from the kit
Tools:  Scor-Pal

Monday, April 27, 2015

Sneak Peek Time Again! May's kit of the month is out of this World!

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

Sign up for our Creative Cafe' Kits packed with inspiration today!

 This month's kit is truly out of this world!  Featuring hello world  by My Minds' Eye, I think you'll find this is perfect for the traveler whether you're planning a trip or just organizing all those photos from previous journeys!    As always, this kit is packed full of fun, including papers and embellishments that all coordinate very nicely with our special exclusive stamp set "So Many Places". 
I just know you're going to love this kit, we're really going places with this one!  So don't wait or hesitate-  click now to receive your kit!
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 Here's some sneak peeks of the kit contents...

and a look at some of the papers in the 6x6 pad from 'hello world' by My Mind's Eye
and a quick look at the amazing exclusive stamp sets that as always coordinates so perfectly!

 As always, shipping for subscribers begins May 1, 2015
So don't delay... treat yourself today and order your kits now!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Oh, Snap - Center Step Card

Hi Everyone!  I have my final project from the April Creative Cafe kit of the month!  

With April's kit, we've taken a Vintage flair, teamed up with a wonderful 6x6 pad from Echo Park, I think you'll be very inspired!   The kit is called Good Times to Follow, and the exclusive coordinating stamp sets this month are amazing Vintage Findings and Those were Good Times.

Today I created a fun center step card that showcases several of the great stamps that came in the April kit and add on set.

To create this card I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of pink cardstock.

I scored the cardstock as shown in the picture.  4/1/4", 51/4", 2" and 1" and the I cut the two vertical lines 1 1/2" in from each side and stopping an inch from the edge.

Then I folded on the score lines so it looked like this.

I covered the front panels with paper panels using Scrap Happy Glue.

To create the banner I stamped the banner on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then I stamped each of the flags on scraps of patterned paper.  I cut them out and adhered them to the full banner with Scrap Happy Glue.

I cut out the banner and adhered it to the card front with Scrap Happy Glue

I paper pieced the dress form and added it to the card.

Then I stamped the camera on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I fussy cut out the camera and adhered it to the card with 3D Foam Squares.

I stamped "Oh Snap" on a pink oval panel with Memento Rhubarb Stalk dye ink.
I backed that panel with a slightly larger oval panel and then adhered it to the card front.

I stamped the phone on grey patterned paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
Then I cut it out and attached it to the card with 3D Foam Squares.

The "Thinking of you" panel was the final step to complete today's card.

I hope you enjoyed today's Creative Cafe' kit card!  The team is busy working on our cards with the May Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month so stop by soon for new inspiration!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Add on set, Those were Good Times
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Echo Park Jack and Jill
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares
Embellishments:  flower, lace trim, and brad from the kit
Tools: Scor-Buddy, EK Success Oval punches

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Make Your Own Shadow Box - Featuring Creative Cafe' kit -Good Times to Follow!

Hi Everyone!  This week I'm back with a fun project to share using of course this month's Creative Cafe' kit - Good Times to Follow!   I love Vintage, and this kit is screaming just that - so I had no choice but to come up with something where I could incorporate some of my vintage photos with these great images and papers included in the kit.

The foundation of my project today are shadow boxes that I created with the cardstock included in the kit.  I love the size of these sweet shadow treasures, and even more how they turned out!  Even more I loved how easy they were to create. So I didn't stop at one and made two!!

To create your own shadow boxes I put together a little step by step tutorial for you to follow:

To begin; cut an 8 1/2 x 11 pc of paper - down to 8 1/2" square.  This will give you a 4" square area inside to decorate.

Using my Scor-Pal I started scoring - in from each end 1/2"; 1"; 1 1/2" and 2" turn 90 degrees and repeat until you've scored all the way around on all 4 sides as you see below:

Next score in at 2 1/2" but only to the 2nd score line from the edge - you will do this on just 2 sides but on each corner. See how my vertical sides do not have this extra score line at 2 1/2" in from each side.

Here's a close up- of the 4th line scoring just to the 2 score line on the Horizontal row.
Taking your scissors - cut out each of the 16 patch corners. They look like cute little quilted squares! 
And on just the horizontal sides cut that 4th score line to just the 2nd score line. 
Just as you see below:

Take each side and score each 1/2" score line, rolling in each side as you fold and crease those lines.
Getting ready to adhere the sides down, I first measured the area inside so I could cut my photo and paper backing for the inside of my shadow box.  This 8 1/2" square gives you a 4 1/2" area.  That will be just down to 4" when the sides are in place.

Here you can see where I'm placing my strong tape on the inside edge before pushing it down in place- giving box like look on each side. 1/2" deep all around.  My photo is cut down and adhered to the inside.
To finish - I decided I wanted to distress it and distract the eye so it would not look so much like cardstock.  So I took a large bristled brush and some white acrylic paint and brushed it across the frame. Leaving cardstock color to show through.  I then took my Pumice Stone Distress Ink and a sponge applicator and applied it over the paint. And I love how it turned out and think it compliments my photo perfectly!  The photo I'm featuring is my Grandmother and her siblings.

Ready to embellish!

I knew I wanted to use stamped images to help decorate my shadow boxes, so I just started stamping a bunch of images on white using Memento's Espresso Ink.  And again distressed each with Antiquie linen and Pumice Stone distress ink.  I stamped some images twice because I knew I was going to layer some of the images.  See my stamped images below:

I finished by fussy cutting them all out and then just started playing and trying different combinations. And here's what I came up with! I used flowers from the kit fluffed them up a bit to finish my corner over the colored pennant and chandelier.  Another lace flower is layered behind the old camera image in the lower LH corner.  I also popped up the lense on the camera for more depth.
 On the 2nd one, I have patterned paper adhered to the inside wall - and hen I cut out 4 button cards, that I applied the enamel dots to the card for added dimension. The dress form was perfect to add to one side, and a die cut layered flower lends some additional pop of color at the lower RH side.

I think I'm going to actually hang these vertically!  I think it pulls the embellishments from the bottom of the top shadow box into the lower one.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe'- Good Times to Follow- Vintage Findings; and These are the Good times.
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' - Good Times to Follow- Echo Park's Jack and Jill 6x6 pad
Ink:  Memento- Espresso; Disrress Inks' Antique Linen and Pumice Stone; white acrylic paint
Adhesives:  Score Tape; Dimensional pop- dots
Embellishments: Flowers; Echo Park's - Jack and Jill enamel dots from the kit
Tools: Scor - Pal; Flower die from My Favorite Things


Friday, April 24, 2015

Hello, Hello, Hello!!

Hi everyone!!!  Laura here, with more inspiration from the April Creative Cafe' KOTM.  Today I'm sharing a bright, sunny card to send to anyone who just needs a cheerful hello!

This card is like two in one.  You create a 3x3 card, then attach it to the right side of a standard A2 card scored longwise) and you've got an easy little fun-fold card!

Base:  Cut yellow cardstock piece 4&1/4" wide by 8" long.  Score at 2&1/2" and fold.

Next, cut a 3" x 6" piece of gray cardstock, score at 3" and make the mini card.

You can honestly decorate this up as much or as little as you want.  I cut a 2" by 3&3/4" piece of the yellow phone pattern paper, and matted that on a 2&1/4" by 4" piece of gray cardstock and attached it to the left front panel.  I added a small banner in the upper left corner of yellow paper from the 6x6 pad matted on gray, and added the 2 enamel dots.

Next I cut a 3" by 5" piece of yellow pattern paper, and matted that even with the right side....on a 3&1/2" by 5&1/4" piece of white cardstock.  I then glued that down inside the card even with the right side, using Scrap Happy Glue.

To decorate the 3" by 3" card with a 2&3/4" by 2&3/4" piece of the yellow phone pattern paper on the outside.  I added two enamel dots.

Stamp the sentiment in Black Tuxedo ink on white cardstock, trimmed it to a banner, and matted on gray cardstock, then added it to the front about 1/8" from the edge of the yellow phone pattern paper.

For the inside, cut a 2&3/4" by 2&3/4" piece of white cardstock.  Stamp the chandelier in the upper left corner, and the sentiment in the lower right corner, using Black Tuxedo Memento Ink.  Use a bit of Scrap Happy Glue on the "gems" on the chandelier, let dry, then apply You're So Fine Silver Medal Glitter.  Glue to inside of 3" by 3" card.  Then cut a 3/4" by 1" strip of gray cardstock, glue under the 3x3 card, then glue the entire card to the right side of the card, even with the right side.  Add enamel dots.

For the strap: Cut a 6" by 3/4" piece of yellow pattern paper, and mat on a 6" by 1" strip of gray cardstock.  Score at 1&1/2" and fold:

Glue short piece to back of card so it wraps around (it's approximately 1" from the bottom of the yellow phone pattern paper).

Stamp the telephone in Black Tuxedo Ink, color with markers, cut out, then glue to the very end of the strap.  Add a small piece of velcro or Kool Tac to close.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Hope you enjoyed this fun fold card....and stop back soon for more inspiration!!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
Those Were Good Times stamp set, Vintage Findings stamp set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-Good Times to Follow
Ink/Color: Copic Marker-C3, C5; Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue; Kool Tac 
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Good Times to Follow
Enamel Dots; You're So Fine Glitter-Sliver Medal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Vintage Hello!

I have a fun vintage card for you today for The Rubber Cafe, featuring this month's Good Times To Follow Creative Cafe Kit.

I used the Scor-Pal and Scor-Bug to create the stitching detailing on the main panel of the card and then used a white gel pen to sew my card together.    I stamped the dress form image onto the designer paper with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.  I stamped the form portion again onto some of the designer paper and then popped it up on foam tape and added some of the enamel dots from the kit to the center.

The scalloped detailing down the edge is a bit of the pink scalloped paper that I cut out and then flipped over to the reverse side.  I punched little circles from the coordinating papers and tucked them in for an additional faux scalloped detail.

Stamps, Paper, Enamel Dots: Good Times To Follow Creative Cafe Kit

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month - Featuring "Those Were Good Times"

This dress form has been a huge hit with The Rubber Cafe Design Team.  You have seen this same stamp used in various ways.  That is the best thing about having so many designers with different styles.  Here is my take on the add-on stamp set from the April Creative Cafe KOTM using the dress form, the banner and a sentiment.  I kept my palette neutral.  

Start with an A2 teal card base.  I added a 4 x 5 1/4 white woodgrain piece backed with foam tape.  Using a large punch (or a Spellbinders die) I cut a teal floral circle.  I stamped the dress form twice, cutting the bodice from the rack, backed it with foam and added directly on top of the other.  Layered banners as you see, enamels, corner pieces, drips of black paint and a bit of doodling.  

Thank you for taking a peek today, hope you have been inspired  See you soon.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit:  Add-on set "Good Time to Follow"
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' Kit - Echo Park "Jack and Jill"
Ink: Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, black pen
Adhesives: Scrap Happy Glue, Kool Tac Foam Tape
Embellishments:  Enamels (included in kit)