Monday, August 31, 2015

I'm So Jelly....

Oh, I had a bit of fun with this card for The Rubber Cafe featuring the Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit.  I combined the girl image with the bouquet is a great way to stretch the images in your stamp sets by combining them!
For this card, I stamped the row of jelly jars 3 times:  once on acetate, once on white cardstock and once on the blue designer paper.  I glittered the backside of all of the jars with the the red glitter included in the kit as well as Lilac Purple, Purple Rocks, Copper and Canadian Blue and let them dry.  I colored the the jar labels and lids with a coordinating combination of Copic Markers and a silver gel pen.  I cut out the jar lids and labels and attached them to the dried glittered jars as shown.
Finally, I attached the glittered jars to the 3 7/8 x 1 inch strip of blue cardstock.

In this close up you can see how I cut around the girl image so that she can hold the flowers instead of the veggie box.  I layered her onto a 2 1/2 x 2 3/8 inch piece of linen designer paper.  I sanded the edge of the paper before layering it on a 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 inch piece of cardstock.  I added a Chip Candi Dot as an embellishment.

The sentiment is stamped on a 3 7/8 x 3/8 strip of white cardstock.  I banner cut the ends and then layered it on a slightly larger strip of cardstock.
Stamps, Paper, Cardstock, Glitter: Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit
Copic Markers
You're So Fine Glitter
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue
Detailer Kit

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Berry Sweet Swing Card

It's the end of August so I have the last of my August Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month projects.

This month's kit from The Rubber Cafe' is called Farm Fresh and it is full of bright, fun, papers, glitter, the "Home Grown" stamp set, and great embellishments.

For today's card I used the add on set, Farm Fresh.

This is the Swing Card that I created.

To Create this card start with a  5 1/2" x 6 3/4" panel of red cardstock.
Use a Scor-Buddy to score at 2 3/4" and 4".  
Score on both sides down about 1 1/4".
Then I cut the rectangle shape so that there was a 1" border around the edge of the panel.

Fold the right edge over on the score lines.

Fold the left side underneath the card on the score line.

Unfold so the panel lays flat and then add patterned paper from the Echo Park Farm Fresh paper pack using Scrap Happy Glue.

Trim two patterned paper panels slightly smaller than the center rectangle.
Decorate the two panels with images, sentiments, and red pearls.

Adhere the back panel to the flattened card panel with Scrap Happy Glue.

Adhere the other panel to the other side of the card with Scrap Happy Glue and the fold the card back up.

Add a bow and you're all done!
A fabulous fun fold card that will be perfect to thank that special someone!

Here's a closer look as those yummy looking strawberries.

And...a final look at this fun Swing Card.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Farm Fresh and the add on set, Farm Fresh
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit- Echo Park Home Grown paper pack and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: ribbon and Queen and Co. pearls

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Using Diecuts to Create a Layered Card around Negative Space

Hi Everyone!

I love using punches and die cutting in my card and paper crafting projects - I'd have to say it's an addiction with me!  So I'm always looking for different ways that I can do just that to create a simple card.

Here's my card today - I saw this idea awhile ago watching uTube, and decided to give it a try with today's card.

I used a Nestabilities die to create my window or negative space however you could achieve the same with a punch or even a xacto knife.  The key is to pop-up the top portion of the piece with the window and layer behind it another piece of white cardstock the same size.  Giving you dimension and an element to work around on your front layer.

I chose to use the shape I cut into my card as a vase for the bouquet of flowers I added.  My flowers were stamped and embossed with Rubber Cafe' detail embossing powder, and to color I used my Distress inks, and with a brush, water-colored in my flower.  The embossing helped keep the colors contained and from pooling out and into each other.

Here's a pic of all the front elements to my card....  in addition to the stamping the bouquet, I stamped and fussy cut additional flowers to apply around the base of the vase-  I also free handed in some stems for the flowers which I continued down into the vase on the second layer. (as you can see in my finished card)   To add my tag with the phrase 'let love bloom'  I punched tiny holes and wove the natural twine through and tied the ends into a bow.
The card was popped up on double layered foam tape - and cut down to 3 1/2 x 4 " - which I applied to a navy diagonal stripe layer cut at 4 x 5 1/4 "-  That piece was than put on a Red card cut at 4 1/4 x 11, scoring at 5 1/2" to create a top fold card.

For the inside I cut a piece of white aprox 2  x 3 on which I stamped my sentiment; made with love, and in the lower RH corner stamping off the edge using the floral bouquet stamp.
Here's another look at my finished card

 Thanks for stopping by - I hope you'll take a look at your punches and dies in a different way and give the negative space they create a try in your next card or project!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Café Kit- Farm Fresh -Home Grown Stamp set
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Café Kit- Farm Fresh -Echo Park's- Home Grown 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versa Mark; Rubber Cafe' Black detail embossing powder; Distress Inks- Tumbled Glass; Broken China; Red Lipstick; Festive Berries; Mustard Seed; Painted Shingles
Adhesives: Dimensional tape; tape runner
Embellishments: Twine from the kit

Friday, August 28, 2015

September's Sneak Peek - for the Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month!

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

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

Here we are and summer's end is fast approaching.  This month we're kicking off fall with some super cute,  super fun halloween stamps and coordinating paper featuring a 6x6 pad from Doodlebug!  Along with Monster Bash, we've included some of their coordinated halloween boutique trims; enamel dots and gems that will really help get your spook on this month!  This month's exclusive stamp sets  'Spooky feet' and 'Monster Lab' are so unique and I know they will both really get your creative juices flowing. 

So check it out - I just know you're going to love this kit, we're calling Monster Bash!
Don't wait or hesitate click now to receive your kit!
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Here's a quick look at some of the goodies in this month's kit...

along with assorted coordinating Bazzill cardstock... 

and finally a sneak peek at the stampset - Spooky Feet!

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

Berry Sweet Thanks

Hi everyone!  Time for some berry sweet fun with the new Creative Cafe' KOTM--Farm Fresh!  I've got a "berry" sweet thank you card to share with you today:

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

First Layer: 5&1/4" by 4" piece of green gingham patterned paper

Next Layer:  4&3/4" by 3&1/2" piece of kraft canvas patterned paper--glue to first layer using Scrap Happy Glue.

Stamp sentiment and berries on white cardstock with Black Tuxedo Memento ink.  Color berries with markers.  Trim sentiment to 4" by 5/8", mat on red cardstock glue to top of card (about 1/2" from the green gingham border).

Trim berries piece to 4" by 1&3/4" and trim off corners.  I did this on a scrap piece of cardstock to get the look I wanted, then used it as a template to trim all the corners so they'd be even.  Mat this piece on a 4" by 2" piece of red cardstock.

Punch a 3/4" circle from the kraft canvas patterned paper, glue to the sides of the berry piece.

Cut a 4" by 1" strip of red cardstock, tie a bow around it with green seam binding ribbon.

Stamp single strawberry in Black Tuxedo Memento ink, color with markers, and tie to green seam binding bow with jute string.  Use Scrap Happy Glue to adhere this piece to bottom of card front (about 1/2" from the green gingham border).

Glue berry piece in the middle of the card.  TIP: it's easier to center this now that the other two strips are in place!

Add red pearls to finish card.

Thanks for stoppin' by the cafe' today!  We'll have so much more inspiration for you.....stop back soon!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Farm Fresh
Farm Fresh-Add on Set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Farm Fresh
Ink/Color:  Copic Markers R45, R20, YG11, YG63, Y17 - Memento-Black Tuxedo
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Farm Fresh
seam binding, hemp fiber, pearls

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Berry Sweet Strawberries!

Oh, check out these yummy berries from the Farm Fresh Creative Cafe Kit.  I stamped the berries on a 3 x 1 1/2 inch panel, colored them up with Copic Markers and doodled a frame around the edge.

Next, stamp up your flower image on acetate with Stazon ink three times.  Add Scrap Happy Sheer Glue with the Detailing Tip to the back of your stamped images and let dry.  I used the 2 glitters in the kit and added a bit of Limeade Green You're So Fine Glitter on the leaves.

Assemble card as shown.  Stamp the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and attach to panel as shown.  Punch a 1/8 inch circle that you can tie a piece of red ribbon through.  Attach your glittered flowers to card as shown.
I added a few Yellow Sunshine Pearls to the stamped strawberry image as shown.
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Café kit- Home Grown and Farm Fresh add-on
Paper:The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Café kit- Echo Park's- Home Grown 6x6 pad
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Sheer; GlueDetailer Tip
Embellishments: Glitter, Ribbon, Pearls all from the kit  and Limeade Green You're So Fine Glitter

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Good Morning TRC friends.  I am here with the stunning strawberry stamp that every designer will most likely use this month.  I have to tell you that it is my favorite of the stamps for this months Creative Cafe KOTM - Farm Fresh.  

What I had in mind at the  beginning is not what my card ended up being like.  But, sometimes that works!

I started by embossing the stamp in white on watercolor paper.  I started with the dark green around my leaves.

Using my blender pen, I colored inward to blend my color.  I moved on to yellow then the red.

Here is my end result.  I was going to leave it like this but decided to fussy cut it at the last minute.

I added it  directly to the cute Echo Park papers included in the kit.  To make my banners, I embossed the sentiments on white paper with white embossing powder and then colored with the pen that I wanted my banner to be.

Last minute doodling and enamels helped bring my card together.  You could make this card any size you want.  Twisting the ribbon and stapling it to the ends, make it a little thinner.  Cutting it in half causes it to fray.  This works good for me.  See you again soon.
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Farm Fresh
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit- Echo Park Home Grown paper pack and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink: Versamark, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue3D Foam Squares, glue dots
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Queen and Co. pearls, Ribbon, Stapler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Believe In Tomorrow

Hello Rubber Cafe' Fans!  Hope you have been having as much fun with your August Creative Cafe' Kit - Farm Fresh, as I have!  I really haven't been a fan of coloring images but lately that has changed. The little girl image in the main stamp set - Home Grown - is super sweet and very fun to color.

Here is a card I created using that image!

As you can see, I didn't get really fancy with my coloring and that is okay!   The patterned papers and the sentiment all come together to make a fairly quick and easy card.  

Have you been coloring the images from your Creative Cafe' Kit?  I would love to see the results.

Stamp:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit- Home Grown stamp set
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe' kit- Echo Park's Home Grown 6x6 pad

Ink - Espresso Truffle Memento Ink Pad, Spectrum Noir Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Sheer Glue, 3d Foam Squares
Embellishments: Pearls, Lace & Ribbon all from the kit

Monday, August 24, 2015

You Are Berry Sweet

It's Monday and it's Katrina here on the Rubber Cafe blog today.  I cannot believe the month is almost over and it's almost time for another Creative Cafe kit!  You can get so many cards out of these kits, I am totally impressed!

Today I am sharing a watercolor/embossing technique for my card. The card I made for today is PERFECT for sending thru the mail, because it's not too bulky at all.  Most of the time, my cards are too bulky! I used the Farm Fresh add on stamp set for this card. 

I started of by cutting my 8.5 x 11 inch piece of khaki cardstock in half, straight down the middle of the shorter side. I then cut a piece of the white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches. Using Versamark ink, I stamped the single strawberry all over my white cardstock.  I stamped randomly, not in any particular pattern. I covered all the strawberries with white embossing powder and then heat embossed.  Using a red color from my Zig Gansai Watercolors, I painted over the entire sheet that I embossed the strawberries on.  If the color get too strong in an area, you can just take a wet brush and blend into a nearby area. Before everything dried, I daubed with a paper towel, to get the color off the white embossed areas.  I decided to add some green to the leaves and then I ran some of the pearlescent watercolor paint over the entire layer also. 

I had a strip of the yellow honeycomb paper left over from my previous card that fit the front perfectly!  I added the green seam binding. Tip, if you have trouble with bows looking pretty make them separately!  I just ran a strip of the seam binding across my paper and then attached the ends at the back.  I made the bow separately and then attach with a liquid adhesive.  This lets you fuss with the bow until it is the way you want it!  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of white and then added some of the gem to complete the look.  The only thing that I used foam adhesive for was to pop up the yellow pattern paper.

This is a fun way to use those "single" stamps in sets!  The bananas in the set would look awesome like this also!  I think I may try that next!!  Have a great week!

Katrina Hunt

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' kit Home Grown; Farm Fresh
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe kit- Echo Park's Home Grown 6x6 pad
Ink:  VersaMark, Zig Gansai Watercolors -Embossing Powder-American Crafts in White
Adhesives: ThermOWeb-Mini Tape Runner; 3D Foam Squares
Embellishments:  Ribbon from the kit