Saturday, October 31, 2015

Santa's List - Featuring Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month - Creative Christmas

Happy Saturday Everyone!  It's Halloween today - but I'm going to share with you a Christmas card from this month's kit cause it's such a terrific kit! 
Today I played with layers and border dies.  I love the prints in the paper pad from Echo Park that you get in this kit so much that I wanted to use as many as I could in today's card.   First here's a look at my card that I'm calling Santa's List. 
The card base is green A2 card 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 - scored at the 4 1/4". 
The top two pieces were cut as 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 and 2 x 3 1/2. 
They were overlapped a bit- to fit into the 4 1/4" width.
Here's a close-up - I stamped and fussy cut that sweet Santa, and created a pieced list that I die cut the top with a torn notepad edge on.  I also stamped the phrase 'Ho, Ho, Ho!, 3 times on this piece.
To work on the lower portion of my card I got out my Spellbinders border dies and played around until I found 3 that worked well together.

The bottom pieces are all about the same width - 1 1/2" x 4 1/4"
The bottom edge piece is just cut straight-
The next red patterned piece I used a large scallop die
The light patterned piece is a decorative scallop die with some embossing as well as cut work
The final green layer is the same color from the card base.  I used a smaller scallop die that I laid on an inlet cut piece to make it more airy.  I used this to cover the seam from my Vertical top pieces as they transist into the horizontal borders at the bottom.

The Santa and his list are popped up with dimensional adhesives

Well that's all I have for now - I hope you've enjoyed this month's kit - and all the amazing cards and inspirations the Design Team has shared with you - Keep your eyes open there will be a new kit revealed soon!
Stamps:  The Rubber Café- Creative Cafe' kit of the month; Creative Christmas
Paper: The Rubber Café- Creative Cafe' kit of the month; Echo Park's 6x6 pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Adhesives:  Pop-up dimensional adhesives
Tools and Dies:  Spellbinders border dies; various scallop and notepad edge

Friday, October 30, 2015

Warm Gift Wishes

Hi there everyone!  Today I'm sharing an easy fun fold card made with the Home for the Holidays KOTM bonus stamp set that also holds a little holiday gift giving surprise....a gift card holder.

Ok, looks simple on the outside, cause the cute is on the inside:

And better yet.....that hidden surprise:

Even tho' it looks a little complex, this card is super easy!!

Base:  To create the base, start with a full 8&1/2" by 11" sheet of red cardstock.  Trim down to 9&1/2", then score across the middle at 4", score down each side at 2&1/8", and you will cut out the top outer sides.  Here is a picture of the template I created:

Once all of that is complete, you will end up with a piece that looks like this:

To create the card base, fold the bottom of the card up:

Then fold the sides in:

Now it's time to decorate:

Side panels:  3&3/4" by 1&7/8" snowflake patterned paper.  Glue to front panels using Scrap Happy Glue.

Back panel/gift card tag slot:  Cut a 4" by 3" piece of snowman patterned paper.  Glue to the back panel.  Run glue along the sides to create the pocket:

Create the inside panel:  Cut a 4" by 3&3/4" piece of green patterned paper and glue to the inside of the card using Scrap Happy Glue.

Cut a 3&1/2" by 3&1/4" piece of white cardstock.  Stamp snowman using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink in bottom left corner.  Color with markers.

Stamp sentiment using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on white cardstock, trim down, and mat on red cardstock. Save to glue on later.  Also stamp trees on white cardstock--two sets of 4 trees, and one set of 6 trees (just stamp them right next to each other).  Add shading to the trees using a gray marker and fussy cut out.  Stamp, color, and fussy cut two cardinals.  Glue one each to the sets of 4 trees (one on the left, one on the right).

To assemble the trees, foam tape one of the 4 tree images to the center of the 6 tree image:

Then glue the second 4 tree image to the top of the 6 tree image....but slightly under the foam taped 4 tree image, you'll end up with this:

Next, I wanted a sparkling snowy look, so I brushed the tree image and the snowman with Scrap Happy Glue, and sprinkled, then buffed on You're So Fine Crystal Ice glitter.

To finish the inside, glue the trees and sentiment to the card:

The gift card tag in the pouch, is a 4" by 3" piece of red cardstock, with a 3&3/4" by 2&3/4" piece of green pattern paper glued on top.  The pocket that holds the gift card is a 2&3/4" by 2" piece of wood patterned paper glued only around the edges to allow for the gift card.  I added a decorative strip by stamping 3 snowflakes in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink on a 2&3/4" by 3/4" strip of white cardstock then matting on a 2&3/4" by 1" strip of green patterned paper and gluing to the front of the pocket.

The pull tab is a 1&1/4" circle punched from silver paper (I used the back flat gray side and stamped a snowflake using Rich Cocoa Memento Ink), and mat on a 1&1/2" circle of red cardstock.  Glue to the top of the tag.

Lastly, to create a "latch" to hold the card closed, just cut a 1" by 2" strip of red cardstock for the tab, punch out a 1&1/4" silver cardstock circle, mat on a 1&1/2" red cardstock circle, and stamp two snowflakes on white cardstock, fussy cut out, then glue to the circle.  Glue the circle to one end of the tab, and the other end of the tab to the left flap of the card.  Add a small piece of velcro under the circle to secure the card closed.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Hope you are inspired to make those gift card gifts a little extra special this holiday season!


Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Creative Christmas
Christmas is Coming-bonus set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Christmas
Ink/Color:  Memento Rich Cocoa Ink, Copic Marker-YR07, R46, YG63, C3
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-You're So Fine Glitter: Crystal Ice
Tools:  1&1/4" and 1&1/2" circle punches 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Somebody's Coming To Town!

Ha! Look at this pup....what a fun little image from The Rubber Cafe! This is another  sweet image from the Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit. 

This image is from the Hearts of the Season Add-On set that is available this month.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then fussy cut it, leaving a narrow white border.    You know I'm nuts about cutting....and the trick is to use a really sharp scissors and turn the paper rather than the scissors.  This gives you more control and a smoother cut.  

This card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches  The red panel measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I did a bit of hand embroidery with Metallic DMC Floss (E703) to add a bit of sparkle and fun.

I used up scraps from a previous card I did with this kit.  The Spellbinders Scalloped Circle frame I trimmed to a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square and then lined with a piece of designer paper the same size. 
I wrapped a piece of the enclosed ribbon around the base of the scalloped panel and stamped some snowflakes in white ink before attaching it to my prepared card.

TIP:  Bend your clear stamps for fun effects on cards!  I bent the Santa Clause is Coming sentiment to match the curve of a 3 1/2 inch circle of kraft cardstock that I stamped with white snowflakes.  I love the way it ties my card together.

I added a strip of the snowflake designer paper measuring 4 1/4 x 1 inch just above the ribbon and then mounted my fussy cut image on it with foam tape.
I added a bit of fun bling to my snowflakes with clear Jellie Dots and Glossy Accents.
Stamps, Cardstock, Ribbon:  Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
 Metallic DMC Floss (E703)
 Foam Tape
 Jellie Dots
 Glossy Accents

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

All Is Bright

Morning, I have really been enjoying October's Creative Cafe KOTM.  At first, I was not ready for Christmas, but as I started creating, I really got into the mood!  It has given me a great chance to get ahead this year.  I kept my next card really simple.  Grab your embossing product and your heat gun and try to make this clean crisp card.  I used the stamp set that is included in your kit.  It is called - Home for the Holidays!

Start with a silver A2 standard card base.  4 1/4 x 11 then folded in half.  Next, cut a 3 3/4 x 5 piece of light blue backed with foam tape.  Cut a 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 piece of white.  Before adding this, stamp your details then back with foam and attach.  I embossed the little town.  I placed a scrap piece of paper down under the moon so that would not get stamped right away.  I then used silver embossing powder and a heat gun.  Same for the sentiment at the top.  Now, cover the town and re-stamp just the moon with yellow.  Back with foam and attach to the blue.  Simple, clean and elegant.

Tip:  I used a dryer sheet and rub it on my entire piece I am about to emboss on.  This prevents some, if not all of the little unwanted pieces from sticking.

See you again real soon.

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit: Creative Christmas; Main stamp set - Home for the Holidays
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit Echo Park's 6x6 pad- The Story of Christmas and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink:  Versamark embossing pad, Silver Embossing powder, Head gun
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue, Foam Tape 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Cardinal Merry Christmas!

Hello TRC Fans!  Today I have a fun Christmas card for you.  I used the supplies from this month's Creative Cafe' Kit - Creative Christmas.  I also used a stamp included in the bonus stamp set -  Christmas is Coming.  I love Cardinals so this was one of the first cards I created using the kit!

I used the different sized circle punches I had in my stash and punched out a bunch of circles using different patterns from the paper pad.  I arranged the circles into a tree shape.  I stamped the Cardinal image onto white cardstock and colored it with my markers.  I cut them out so I could adhere one onto the tree and one along the bottom of the card.  I created the base of the card using red cardstock, cut to 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2".  I cut the white cardstock layer to 4 x 5 1/4".  I stamped the sentiment along the bottom using black ink.  I added a 1/2" strip of red patterned paper and using some 1/8" Scor-tape, I added the green ribbon (included in kit).

Here is a close-up....

This is another card that would be easy to mail!  I really love those kind of cards!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit:, Creative Christmas plus bonus set - Christmas is Coming
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit Echo Park's 6x6 pad- The Story of Christmas and Bazzill Cardstockc
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glu
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit:  ribbons
Other: Spectrum Noir markers

Monday, October 26, 2015

Merry & Bright

Hello Rubber Cafe' fans! It's Mary Ann here today with a card I made using Creative Christmas, the October Kit of the Month and the cute Merry & Bright stamp from the Christmas is Coming add-on stamp set.

To start my card, I stamped Merry & Bright 5 times onto white cardstock (4x5) alternating the spacing on each line.

Next, I added a mixture of sizes and colors of the Doodlebug Square Sequins in line with the stamped words, using Glossy Accents for the adhesive. To give it even more of a dimensional look, I machine stitched on top of the sequins. (they look just as cute without the stitching if you do not have access to a sewing machine)

After I had the sequins attached, I added the white cardstock to the next piece of patterned paper (4.5x5.5) and then layered both pieces onto the green cardstock base (10x 6) folded in half.

Thanks so much for stopping by The Rubber Cafe blog today, be sure to stop back by tomorrow to see even more creative projects using the October Kit of the Month!

Stamp:  The Rubber Cafe'- Christmas is Coming - add-on stamp set
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe' Kit Echo Park's 6x6 pad- The Story of Christmas
Sequins: Doodlebug - Creative Cafe' Kit - Creative Christmas
Ink: The Rubber Cafe'- Memento Ink Pad - Love Letter
Adhesive: The Rubber Cafe'- Glossy Accents

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas Center Step Shaker Card

Hello Rubber Cafe' Fans!

Kristine here today with my second card that I made with the October Kit of the Month Club.   This month's kit called Creative Christmas!  

The kit includes Echo Park's 6x6 pad- The Story of Christmas by Designer Lori Whitlock, and tons of amazing ribbons and other embellishments.  

For today I used the kitty and sentiment from the add on set, Hearts of the Season.

This is my center step shaker card!
That's a thing...right?

To create the card base I used my Scor-Pal and an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" panel of green cardstock.
I scored at 1", 1 7/8", 4 1/4", and 5 1/8".
Then I cut horizontally between the 1" and the 5 1/8" marks.

I folded the card base and covered it with patterned paper panels.
The panels are 3 1/4" x 3" (big front panel)
5 1/4 x 5/8 for the bottom front
2-2 7/8" x 3/4" for the side panels.

Then I tied red ribbon around the lower portion of the card.

To create the shaker part of the card:
I Die cut a scalloped edge from out of patterned paper.
The square die is the 3" one.

Stamp the kitty on a 3" square panel of white cardstock and color with pencils.
Adhere a panel of the acetate to the back of the die cut frame to create a "window" and then add foam tape around the edges

Add sequins to the inside of the "window".

Rub a dryer sheet on the acetate and shake the sequins in a dryer sheet to help get rid of the static.

Take the paper off the tape and adhere the kitty image face down to create the shaker panel.

Adhere the shaker panel to the card with Scrap Happy Glue.

Stamp the sentiment on a white die cut circle and back with larger die cut patterned paper circles and then adhere to the card with Scrap Happy Glue.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.

Check back every day to see all the amazing projects by the rest of the team!

Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit:, Home for the Holidays, add on stamp set, and the bonus set.
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit Echo Park's 6x6 pad- The Story of Christmas and Bazzill Cardstock and clear acetate
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glu
Embellishments: The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' Kit:  ribbons and sequins and words
Other: Prisma Colored Pencils, Spellbinders classic square dies and classic scallop edge square dies

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Gingerbread House and Reverse window layers

Hi - today's card I'm using the stamp set Home for the Holidays that comes along with your kit, I just love the houses and cluster of trees so had to create a little scene with them.   

Here's my card-

I started by cutting out a 2" square in the front of my A2 card front - which was cut at 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2".
To prep my scene, I stamped my house and a couple of the tree groups on a separate pc of white cardstock so I could color and fussy cut them out to build my scene.  
I did the house first so I could use this as a guide for my tree placement.  Tracing lightly with a pencil I sketched lines around the house and began stamping my clusters of trees.  These were stamped directly to the inside of the card, and I colored these to match the ones I'd colored and fussy cut earlier. 

Once they were ready I popped my house and the other 2 tree clusters on dimensional dots, and my scene was done!

I decided I needed some texture or snow- so I used a stencil and some paste and created a snowy top portion on my card front.  I dipped the tip of my brush into the paste to create some simple little snowflakes down the side.  While this was still wet I used a sparkle ice embossing powder which stuck to the paste.  I allowed that to dry before I took my heat gun to heat set the embossing powder.  Letting it dry first helps in ensuring your embossing paste won't puff up and /or distort.  In this case My dots at the top were already large enough so I wanted to maintain their size.

 At the bottom of my card, I wanted to create some more movement on my white base so I cut some layers, and just freehand cut the mounds of snow.  I did two to layer one over the other - there are dies out there for this but you can easily achieve the same results with a pair of scissors!

My simple All is calm, all is bright sentiment was perfect for this card, and just finished it off nicely at the bottom stamped in Memento Black Tuxedo.  
I also as a final touch took my Wink of Stella clear glimmer brush pen to my trees and roof top- I think since I had added snow they needed some too! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe- kit Creative Christmas -featured kit set;  Home for the Holidays
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Creative Cafe- kit Creative Christmas- Echo Parks' The Story of Christmas
Ink:  Memento Black Tuxedo; Copic markers; Wink of Stella -Clear glimmer
Adhesives: Dimensional pop dots
Embellishments: Textured paste; Sparkle Ice embossing powder
Tools:  Square die 2" - or a Square punch would work as well


Friday, October 23, 2015

Santa's Coming Shaker Card

Who is ready for the holidays?  It's coming up fast.....time to make those holiday cards!  And we have a load of inspiration for just that all this month here at The Rubber Cafe'!  The KOTM is full of gorgeous papers, embellishments and stamps and today, I'm sharing a fun shaker card!

Base:  4&1/4 by 5&1/2" kraft cardstock card

First Layer: 4" by 4" square of green festive word patterned paper, 4" by 2" piece of dot patterned paper.  Glue green word to the top of card base using Scrap Happy Glue.

Next Layer:  Cut a 4" by 1" strip of green cardstock wrap with red ribbon, you'll have these pieces ready to assemble:

Next glue the dot pattern to the bottom of the base.  Then add bow to the red ribbon strip and use a bit of thread to tie on the word charm.  Glue to card about 1&1/4" from bottom of the dot paper, then add red lace trim along bottom edge.

Shaker box:  Start with a 3&1/2" by 2&1/2" base of red cardstock.  Cut a 3&1/4" by 2&1/4" piece of Santa/Village patterned paper and glue to the red base.  Cut a 3&1/4" by 2&1/4" piece of kraft cardstock, and cut out the center leaving a 1/4" border.  I do this using the measurements on my paper trimmer, you could also use a craft knife.

Cut out a 3&1/4" by 2&1/4" piece of acetate and glue to the back of the 1/4" kraft frame using Scrap Happy Glue.

Add a layer of foam tape around the edges of this frame to create the shaker (I use a double layer because of the thickness of my foam want a good 1/8" at least), then put a few of the sequins on the center of the Santa/Village piece, then remove the foam tape backing and adhere it over the sequins:

Stamp sentiment on white cardstock and village on kraft cardstock using Festive Berries Distress Ink.

TIP: to get a good clean image, coat the stamp with Versamark ink first, stamp off on scrap paper, then coat the stamp with the distress ink.  The Versamark helps the ink hold to the stamp for a cleaner image.

Fussy cut the village and glue to the bottom edge of the shaker box using Scrap Happy Glue.

Trim the sentiment into a banner, and mat on red cardstock.  Glue to the top of the shadow box.  Glue entire shadow box to the top of the card.

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


Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Cafe' KOTM: Creative Christmas
Home for the Holidays
Paper:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Christmas
Ink/Color:  Festive Berries Distress Ink 
Adhesives: Foam tape; The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  The Rubber Cafe'-Creative Christmas
ribbon, word charm