Friday, July 31, 2015

All the Best!

Hello everyone!  Are you enjoying the summer.....and summertime crafting with this amazing kit?!!  The Creative Cafe' KOTM is full of all sorts goodies this month, and we have so much fun inspiration to share!  I've got a bright fun card to share with you today:

Base:  5&1/2" by 4&1/4" yellow pearl cardstock

First layer:  3&1/2" by 4" piece of green grass patterned paper.  Center and glue about 3/4" from the top of the yellow cardstock base.

Next layer:  Cut a 4&3/4" by 3&1/2" piece of orange dot patterned paper, and a 5" by 3&3/4" white cardstock.  Die cut a 2&3/4" circle in both of these pieces (close to 1/2" from the top of the orange piece).  Glue them together using Scrap Happy Glue.  Then die cut a circle border using the 2&3/4" AND the 3&1/4" dies.  The washi tape in your kit comes in handy for holding the dies in place to get a perfect border:

Glue this border around the circle in the orange dot patterned layer.  Then foam tape the entire layer to the card front (make sure the green grass is all you can see through the circle.

Next I stamped the sentiments using Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, and trimmed the "you are the" into a banner, and matted it on yellow pearl cardstock.  I die cut the "best" using a 1&7/8" circle die....if you take your time centering this, you'll get pretty much the entire sentiment:

I also punched out two circles out of chevron patterned paper (1" and 3/4"), then I arranged the sentiment and the circles around the circle die cut on the card front, using Scrap Happy Glue and foam tape:

To make the pinwheel....I stamped the pinwheel twice using Black Tuxedo Memento Ink, on the chevron patterned paper.  I fussy cut out the entire pinwheel, and then just the top of the pinwheel--this piece was foam taped to the entire pinwheel.  I curved the edges up slightly to give it some pop.  I also stamped the pinwheel one more time on green pearl cardstock, and cut out just the handle of the pinwheel and glued it to the original image.

To finish the card, I cut a 3&1/2" by just a little over 3/4" piece of yellow pearl cardstock, wrapped and tied this with a green bow, then glued to the bottom of the card front.  I slipped the pinwheel under the bow, using Scrap Happy Glue to adhere it.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Hope you've enjoyed all the bright, fun inspiration from this month's kit!  More coming.....stop back soon!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Too Much Sun
The Perfect Sentiment-Add On Set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Too Much Sun
Ink/Color:  Memento-Black Tuxedo
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Too Much Sun
Satin ribbon
Tools:  Spellbinders Classic Circles; CM circle punch

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy Summer

Who visiting here, doesn't want the largest ice cream from the ice cream parlor?  
If you do, then this post is for you!  Since my family is avid ice cream fans, none of the same flavors, I felt obligated to use the ice cream stamp. 
 It is included in the Creative Cafe July kit - Too Much Sun.  
You don't see it?  I may have tricked you a bit!  I'll explain, but first lets look at my card.

Now, lets take a look at how it all came together.

I started by stamping the actual stamp on scrap paper.  I felt that I needed it bigger because, 
with ice cream, bigger is always better.

I placed it on my copier and magnified it. 

I had to copy and magnify it another time, to get it to the size I wanted.  This is all on regular paper.  I then added a piece of cardstock to my copier and re-copied the largest size.  Then, I colored and fussy cut this out, backed it with foam tape before adding it to layered papers on my card.

A couple things, the bright colors of the papers required bright color markers for this card.  Don't look close at my coloring but do take a look at the stamped, enlarged image.  This here shows you the quality of the stamp itself is incredible.  I have used this technique before with different stamps.  Usually the larger you blow it up, the more grainy and spotty the outline will be.  Not here.  The outline is still as crisp and strong as the original stamp!

I hope I have inspired you to maybe try this technique.  It is super fun and these stamps will hold up for you.  How cute would the lemonade and lemons look?  Oh, maybe I will try that next!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: "Too Much Sun"
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit- Doodle Bug "Sun Kissed" paper pack and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, black pen and Pearl Pen

Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam squares

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Washi BFF Card!

Hello TRC Fans!  I don't know about you but I think washi tape is really cool and I have a pretty nice collection of it, too.  This month we were lucky enough to get a roll of washi tape in our July Creative Cafe' Kit - Too Much Sun.  It's a really nice roll of washi tape with colorful polkadots that match the patterned papers and cardstock.  Now I have this big collection of washi tape but knowing how to use it can be a challenge.  Here is how I used the washi tape included in our kit!

This card is a regular A2 sized card - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut a piece of the orange cardstock 4" x 5 1/4" slightly smaller than the green cardstock base.  I cut the white cardstock panel to 3 3/4" x 5".  I applied the washi tape diagonally on two opposite corners and trimmed it along the edge of the white cardstock.  Using the add-on stamp set - Perfect Sentiment, I stamped sentiment "best" in Tangelo Memento Ink and "friends forever" in Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink.  I also stamped the little dots included in the Perfect Sentiment set using the red and orange inks.

Here is a close-up......

I tied a knot using the yellow seam binding and then wrapped the orange wire around the knot.  I used a tweezer to coil the orange wire and then added a little flower sticker over the knot to complete the card!

Washi tape is easy to use and repositionable, so get out your washi tape and start makings some super cute cards!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Add-on set - Perfect Sentiment
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit-  Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Tangelo and Rhubarb Stalk Memento Ink
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Ribbon & wire
Tools: tweezers

Monday, July 27, 2015

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Happy Monday, friends!  Missy back with you today.  
I'm so excited to share my newest card with you using the July Kit of the Month!  
I was so inspired by all of the lemon elements in the kit that I decided to create a shaped card.  Yep, it's a lemon!  You don't even need a die cutting machine to make it.  I made it freehand, and it was easy.  I love how it turned out!

The first thing I did was just draw a big lemon on my white cardstock.  I used a pencil, and as you can see, it was very sketchy.  I made sure the very top of the lemon went to the fold in the cardstock.

Then I cut it out.  Don't worry about the pencil lines.  You can erase those later.

The important thing to remember is to cut just around the top fold at the top of the folded cardstock.  This way you have the connecting piece that makes the front and back of the card.

 Next, I picked out the yellow paper from the 6x6 paper pad and traced around one side of the lemon.

I cut that out and glued it to the front of the card.  So easy!  I erased all of the visible pencil lines, and now when the card opens, the inside is white.

Here's a close-up of the stamped images.  I don't own any Copic markers, so I used a tiny paintbrush and some gelatos to color my images.  I just stamped them onto white cardstock scraps, colored them and carefully cut them out.  I went back over the pitcher with a white gel pen to give it some shading.  I also added some of the pale yellow ribbon in the background, along with some Mustard Seed Distress ink and Butter Color Shine.  Lastly, I added in some tangled thread from my stash.

I hope this gives you some fun ideas on how to make homemade shaped cards!  This was a lot of fun!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe' kit- Too Much Sun-
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit- Too Much Sun - Doodlebug 6x6 pad, cardstock
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Ink, Heidi Swapp Color Shine
Embellishments: Ribbon from the kit, thread from my stash
Tools: Ranger ink blending tool, Signo White Gel Pen, Faber Castell Gelatos

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Side Step Card

I've been having lots more fun playing with the July Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month from The Rubber Cafe'.

This month's kit is called Too Much Sun and it is full of bright, fun, papers, and embellishments. Just playing with all the brights papers and stickers makes me happy!

Here is my latest card...
A Side Step Card that features a big yummy ice cream cone from the kit stamp set and a fabulous sentiment from the add on stamp set, The Perfect Sentiment.

To make this card I cut an 11" x 8 1/2" panel of aqua cardstock in half to create a 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" inch panel.  Then I used my  Scor-Buddy to score on the dotted lines.  I used my paper cutter to cut on the one solid line.  Then I folded my card to create the card base.

I adhered patterned paper from the Doodle Bug "Sun Kissed" paper pack to the card base using Scrap Happy Glue.

To create the sentiment panel I stamped the words with Memento Rose Bud and Bahama Blue dye ink.  I added a strip of Washi Tape from the kit to the top of the panel and then adhere it to a slightly larger pink panel with Scrap Happy Glue.

I created the awesome bow with the green ribbon from this months kit and my Bow it All.

Then I tied the bow on to the card and added the stickers.

The final touch was to stamp the ice cream cone on a die cut oval shape with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with Copic Markers.  Then I backed the panel with a scallop edge pink die cut oval and adhered it to the card with Scrap Happy Glue.

That's all you need to do to create this fun side step card that anyone would be thrilled to receive!

I hope you enjoyed today's Creative Cafe' Kit card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Too Much Sun and Add on set, The Perfect Sentiment
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit- Doodle Bug Sun Kissed paper pack and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Memento Rose Bud ink and Memento Bahama Blue ink, Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Ribbon,  stickers, washi tape
Tools: Spellbinder's Dies, Scor-Buddy

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sending You Sunshine Citrus Wreathe

It's the weekend again - and I'm back to share another card using our latest kit from the Creative Cafe's- Too Much Sun!
Today I decided to make a wreathe out of the lemons!  You know what they say when life gives you lemons... well I made a wreathe instead of lemonade.

 To get started - I created a square card base cut at 4 1/2" square.  I then cut nine  1 1/2" squares from the multi stripe paper.  I turned them so that every other one was going the opposite way of each other.  Here are all my parts below - and my squares laid out.  I also stamped and fussy cut out 6 lemon clusters.  I colored these with my copic markers.  I also punched out 4 - 5 leaves.

 Before adhering my squares down I distressed the edges with my scissors and inked them all with Antique Linen- Distress Ink.  I used Scrap Happy glue to adhere them to my card.  I used this so I would have time to align and adjust them evenly on my card front.  As you see below:

 I used the orange wire cord in the kit and loosely wrapped it in a few rounds - using again my Scrap Happy glue I adhered it down.  I used some painter tape to hold in place until my glue had dried.

 To finish I laid my cluster lemons in a round wreathe shape working in my leaves as I went.  I used pop-up dots to adhere it to my card front - and a stamped phrase from the set 'Sending you Sunshine' tops it all off!

Here's a close-up - thanks for stopping by, I hope you're being inspired this month to take time out of all the summer time fun to stamp and create some cards of your own!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' -Creative Cafe' kit- Too Much Sun- Fun in the Sun
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit- Too Much Sun - Doodlebug 6x6 pad-Sunkissed
Ink:  Espresso Memento Ink; Antique Linen Distress Ink
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue - Pop-up dimensionals
Embellishments: Wire cord from the kit

Friday, July 24, 2015

Color Me Happy!

Hi everyone!  Ready for more inspiration for this month's gorgeous Too Much Sun Creative Cafe' kit?

Base:  5&1/2" by 4&1/4" green pearl cardstock

First Layer: 5&1/4" by 4" pink flower patterned paper

Next Layer: 5" by 3&3/4" piece of white cardstock....and brush 3 colors of ink on card. 

Background technique:
This was a direct ink pad to paper swipe, using mini distress ink pads-Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Shabby Shutters.  You can do this with any ink pad, and try different sizes and ways to swipe to get different looks.

Then the sentiment was stamped directly on this in Black Tuxedo Memento Ink.  Then it was glued to the card front using Scrap Happy Glue

To finish, I tied a bow around the left side of the card.  This is a great type of card to mass produce with any sentiment you'd like, so you can have them on hand, or give as a gift.

I also played around with the inks and a similar background using the washi tape in this months kit.  I tore off a piece of tape about 5" long, then dragged it across the ink pad like so:

Then I just pressed this piece down on my white cardstock to create a pattern:

I used the same piece of tape for the light pink, and then the dark pink, and tore off a new piece for the green so the colors didn't get muddy.

When I trimmed it, it made a cute background for the sentiment also:

A similar take on the ink background, with a little different technique.

Thanks for stoppin' by today.....stop back soon for more inspiration!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Too Much Sun
The Perfect Sentiment-Add On Set 

Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Too Much Sun
Ink/Color: Distress Inks-Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters; Memento-Black Tuxedo
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Too Much Sun
Organza ribbon

Thursday, July 23, 2015

All You Need Is Ice Cream!

I am loving today's card using The Rubber Cafe's Too Much Sun Creative Cafe Kit.  The images are from the Fun in the Sun set included in the kit.  I added a bit of You're So Fine Glitter in Blue Skies to my supplies for this card.

Fun tip:  The glitter strip is a cut-off piece from the panel I created on my last card.  I don't throw away my glittery bits and pieces....they always add a pop of fun to a future creation!
You can see for the vellum panel that I folded the vellum around the back of a piece of 4 3/4 x 2 inch white cardstock.  I few well placed mini-glue dots behind the flowers holds my vellum down along the vertical edges.  

I colored my images with Copic Markers and I just felt like if a little ice cream is good a whole bunch would be much better! 
I tucked the sentiment under the vellum panel and anchored it with a sticker from the kit.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

love - making tassels!

Good morning.  
I am going to share a technique with you today that is with that stunning teal ribbon that is included in this months Creative Cafe Kit - Too Much Sun.

First lets look at the complete card.

First, I wrapped the entire length of ribbon around my three fingers.  

Tightened it towards the top and wrapped the orange metal wire around to keep it in place.  

Trimmed the opposite ends loops so they hang like a tassel and trimmed them to be even.  

Now, this may be too bulky for you.  It does stick out from the card quite a bit.  Keep this technique in mind for your next gift bag or for the next card that you hand deliver.  Layer those gorgeous Doodlebug papers to your liking.  I used some of my very old border punches for bit of character. See you next week!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: "Too Much Sun"
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit- Doodle Bug "Sun Kissed" paper pack and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink and blue
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam squares

Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit:  Ribbons