Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lacey Details!

Here we are rolling into fall in Central Oregon.  Although the weather this week is more of the Indian Summer variety!  Our challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber is to use Lace, Ribbon, or Twine. 

I decided to go really girlie frilly with a lace bedecked card and a very lacey die cut, along with one of my oldest unmounted stamps. 

To create the card I die cut layers of the Heartfelt Creations Ariana Lace from papers of the Blazing Poppy Collection.  The sentiment is by Sonlight and most likely purchased in 1996, yes 20 years ago, at the Portland Stamp Convention.  It is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die set was the perfect size and added more lacey details to the card.  I used my practice piece to fussy cut the center oval and with an Ink Blusher the edges are inked with more Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.  I like how the embossed sentiment is slightly darker than the inked section.  The lace is most likely 30 years old or more and was found in my old sewing supplies.  Therm O Web’s Ultra Thin Zips was the perfect solution to adhere the lace to the background cardstock.  The card is assembled on an A7 size Kraft card base with dimensional foam adhesive.  The final touch is a little jewel from my stash for a flower center. 

Please do come play along with our challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and enter your own creation.  Remember that we require that you use a stamp that is older than a year, and please let us know it’s age in your post.

I am pleased to enter my card in the following challenges:

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mini Book Fun for Imagine

I was very excited when I heard our theme at Imagine for the month of September was to highlight books because I am a mini-book fanatic!  I have truly enjoyed creating small books over the last 20 years.  So I set out to craft a cute little book from fun foam, chipboard and cardstock that has a ribbon binding.  To make the book more portable, I made an elastic closure to hold it together.  It is easy to decorate the fun foam with StazOn ink, and the elastic closure uses some Fabrico makers to add color inside the ridges. 

A few details:

Skill Level:  Intermediate
Time:  2 hours plus dry time

Step 1
Trim tan fun foam to 5” x 7”.  (This size was chosen as I hoped to add some texture with an embossing folder, but didn’t like the lack of results so that ended up on the inside.)  The fun foam is stamped with a variety of marbling stamps using StazOn in Saddle Brown, Timber Brown, and Cactus Green.

Step 2
The create a color coordinated elastic closure, a 12” piece of soft ¼” elastic is inked with StazOn in Saddle Brown and colored with Fabrico markers in Chocolate and Pea Pod.  The colors are muted with a spritzing of Ink Potion No. 9.  It was a little lighter than I liked, so another layer of StazOn ink in Timber Brown was added.  The elastic is set aside to dry. 

Step 3
The stack of pages, called a signature of the book, is 5 sheets of cream cardstock trimmed to 4 ¾” x 6 ½”.  Each sheet is scored down the middle and creased.  The signature is lined up and the inside set is marked with a pencil at the center and 1 3/8” away from center. The holes are punched with a paper piercer, or you can use a heavy duty thumb tack.  The same marks and punch holes are made in the fun foam cover.  The signature and cover are slightly different sizes so it is more simple to use a centering ruler for this measuring task.   

Step 4
A 15” length of 1/8” ribbon is threaded through the signature and cover using a tapestry needle.  Starting from the outside, the ribbon is threaded through the center hole in the cover and signature.  You will have to line up the needle with holes in the signature before pulling it all the way through.  A length of ribbon, or tail, is left on the outside. 

Step 5
From the inside the ribbon is threaded through an outside edge hole of both layers.  Next the ribbon is threaded from one outside hole to the other outside hole back to the inside of the book.  From the inside the ribbon is threaded back through the center hole.  Take care to not pierce the ribbon and only go through the hole.

Step 6
The ribbon tails should be on either side of the center ribbon.  You may gently adjust the length of the tails at this point.  Tie the tails around the center ribbon and make a bow.

Step 7
Round the signature in a stack with a heavy duty corner rounder like Zutter.  Rounding the corners after binding allows them to line up more neatly.  Trim two pieces of chipboard to 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” and round outside corners.  Line up the chipboard between the cover and the signature. 

Step 8
Mark holes for elastic 1” from the top and bottom edges of the cover and ¾” from the outside edge.  Punch holes through both the chipboard and foam cover.

Step 9
Add a quick dry adhesive designed for paper to the chipboard cover and adhere to the foam cover.  Place wax paper between chipboard and the signature in case a bit of adhesive leaks out from around the edges.  Repeat for the front of the mini book.  Place under a stack of books and let dry.  Mine took about an hour.

Step 10
Thread elastic through the holes in the back cover.  Leave the elastic slack enough to go around the front cover.  Pin the elastic together and then stitch at the mid-point to secure.  This is flatter than knotting the elastic. Trim the excess elastic.  Add adhesive to the chipboard and adhere to the last page of the signature so the elastic is hidden.  Adhere the front page of the signature to the front chipboard cover.  Add the wax paper to protect the rest of the signature as before and dry under a stack of books. 

This little book is the perfect size to hold wallet size photos, meandering thoughts and notes, or sketches. 


·      StazOn-- Timber Brown, Saddle Brown, Cactus Green
·      Fabrico Markers—Chocolate, Pea Pod
·      Ink Potion No. 9

·      Fun foam--tan
·      Chipboard
·      Cardstock—Cream
·      1/8” ribbon
·      ¼” elastic
·      Quick dry paper adhesive—Scotch works well
·      Yvonne Albrition Designs—Marble tile stamps
·      Acrylic blocks
·      Score board
·      Centering ruler
·      Paper piercer and mat
·      Tapestry needle, needle and thread
·      Heavy duty corner rounder
·      Heavy duty hole punch
·      Wax paper

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge

Wow, where did the summer go?  It is already mid-September and time for a new challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  The theme is ANYTHING GOES, yeah!  So dig out your retro rubber (older than a year) and create something to share with us!

As fall starts changing the colors in nature, I start thinking along the same lines.  I created this card to share with a family who lost a young son to suicide last January.  Our town had a suicide awareness and prevention walk over the weekend, and I wanted to have a card for our friends to share our support even though we couldn't attend the walk.

I started with Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters stamp and die set that has been around since September 2012.  I stamped on cream cardstock in StazOn Orange Zest and die cut two each of the flower petal layers.  The petals are spritzed with Fireworks in Dandelion and set aside to dry.  The 9 sets of stamens are die cut from orange cardstock, the same color that backs the sentiment layer.  The leaves are stamped in StazOn Cactus Green and spritzed with Fireworks Pear Tart and are set aside to dry.   After the petals and leaves are dry they are gently  shaped and adhered together with clear adhesive. 

Cream cardstock is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  The sentiment by Heartfelt Creations is from the Heartfelt Expresssions set released in December 2010.  It is stamped in StazOn Cactus Green.  The orange backing layer is die cut with the die 2 sizes larger from the same set. 

I went searching for a ribbon in my stash and found the perfect gingham in yellow and orange.  Using my Bow-It-All v.2 I tied a triple looped bow. The card is assembled using a Kraft cardstock A7 card base.

Please do join us with your Anything Goes project at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, and have a little fun!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Happy Birdday for Use a Critter Challenge

It is time for a super cute challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Use a critter stamp!  A critter can be a bird, butterfly, anything with fur, or whatever if it has a cute face!  So come join us and share your cute critter creations at RRBC.

I am not much of a “cute” stamper, so my image choices are a bit limited.   Glad to have this fun peep from Unity Stamp Company that has been around since May of 2014.

The front of the card in closed position.

I also used a new-to-me Oval Pull Card by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To use this die it is best to just head over to her YouTube channel and take a look at her how to video or this fun video for inspiration.  She is a great designer of moving cards and an excellent teacher as well. 

The card open, notice how the bird and heart moves revealing the present and sentiment!
I started with by stamping the peep form the aforementioned Little Sumptin’ Peep set.  He is stamped in Imagine Memento Tuxedo Black on white card stock and colored with Chameleon pens in Cornflower Blue BL4, Indigo BL7, and Mellow Yellow YO2 and then fussy cut.  All of the other papers were from my scrap bin; the patterned plaid paper is a very old Hot Off the Press probably purchased at Michaels 15 years ago!  My scrap of pink was so small I almost didn’t get the 2 additional hearts I needed to hid the sentiment behind the window, glad that worked out!  The balloons and mini present are dies that I have owned forever (think 15+ years) from Quickutz.  The rest of the card is from the Oval Pull Card set, including the cute little heart.  The sentiment that shows through the transparent window is from the Hero Arts OWH Missing You set.  The sentiments are stamped in Imagine Memento Danube Blue.  A little bit of craft thread in coordinating colors finishes the balloons off quite nicely don’t you think?  

Close up details.

So come play with us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and show us your cute critters!

I am pleased to enter this card into the following challenges:
Pixe’s Crafty Workshop Week 244 Snippets (love that it matches my blog name!)  All the papers are from my scraps, just barely enough pink to make the extra hearts I decided to use!
DJKardKreations NBUS #7  I had never used the Oval Pull card die, love it!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Puppy Love!

Puppy Love

There is almost nothing better than puppies, and we should know because our family breeds AKC German Shepherd Dogs so we have had a few puppies around to enjoy.  There are so many fun stages of puppyhood from the tiny squirmy newborns with tongues too large to fit in their mouths to the confident 8-week-old bundles of wiggly energy.  For the Dog Days of summertheme for Imagine, I selected some of my favorite puppy photos to create a scrap book layout.

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  Two hours plus ample dry time

Step One
My photos had multi-colored backgrounds so I created a cardstock pattern paper with Walnut Inks from the Spritzer Workstation.  I placed KI Memories Lace Dog Treats over a cream cardstock and spritzed Walnut Ink in Eucalyptus, Terra Cotta, and Walnut then added a touch of Shimmer Spritz in Copper.  It is repeated for the second sheet and both are set aside to dry.

Step Two
Chip board from Queen and Co. in the dog themed set is used for both the title and embellishments.  The title is first painted with All Purpose Ink in Chocolate using a small paint brush.  After the letters are dry they are lightly spritzed with Shimmer Spritz in Copper. 

Step Three
The heart and bones are decorated with several techniques.  The heart is inked with Delicata in White Shimmer and heat embossed with white Embossing Powder.  A bit of irRESISTible in Love Letter is spread over the heart with a cotton swab.  The large bones are inked with Delicata in White Shimmer and heat embossed with white Embossing Powder, then irRESISTible in Copper is tapped from the tube end of the spray applicator to create larger droplets of color.  The small bone is inked with Delicata in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear Embossing Powder.  A few spots of irRESISTible Pico in Wedding White are added for additional texture.  All are set aside to dry.

Step Four
A strip of vellum is torn with a deckled edge ruler to 2” x 11 ¾“.  A dog paw print is stamped in Delicata Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear Embossing Powder in a pattern that resembles puppy steps. 

Step Five
The journaling block is printed on the computer because I had a lot to say about our wonderful puppies.  The photos, journal block, and vellum strips are adhered with dry adhesive.  The chipboard is adhered with a wet adhesive. 

A few close ups of the details:


·      Walnut Inks from the Spritzer Workstation (Eucalyptus, Terra Cotta, and Walnut)
·      Shimmer Spritz in Copper
·      All Purpose Ink in Chocolate
·      Delicata in White Shimmer and Celestial Copper
·      Embossing Powder in White and Clear
·      irRESISTible in Love Letter and Copper
·      irRESISTible Pico in Wedding White
·      Craft Mat

·      KI Memories Lace Dog Treats
·      Cream Cardstock
·      Queen & Co. Dog themed Chipboard
·      Vellum
·      Deckled edge ruler
·      Cotton swap
·      Paint brush
·      Artistic Impressions dog paw stamp
·      Wet and dry adhesives

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sketch time at Retro Rubber Blog

It is time for another fun challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and this time around it is a sweet sketch done by Claire.  Please stop by the blog and check out all the wonderful makes by the design team and leave a little commenting love while you are at it!   

My take on the sketch is clean and simple.  I am glad my creative mojo showed up because I had a hard time getting started, but now I am really pleased with the outcome.

Step One:
Stamp Unity Stamp Company’s “Love Brings You Home” (Jan, 2015) world map on blue cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Back with black cardstock and adhere to a Kraft card base.

Step Two:
Stamp sentiment from the same set on Kraft cardstock and trim to fit card front.  Adhere to card front.

Step Three:
Die cut Quickutz heart from black and red cardstock.  Tie small bow from Darice Hemp Cord.  Adhere heart with dimensional foam adhesive and adhere hemp bow with wet dries clear adhesive.

Do create your own mini master piece using this sketch as a template and come share it with us over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.

Imagine:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Unity Stamp Company:  Love Brings You Home
Darice:  Hemp Cord
Kraft, black, blue, and red cardstock

Monday, August 15, 2016

Xyron and Imagine Blog Hop Hanging Terrarium

It is time to blog hop with Imagine and Xyron!  I have been using products from both companies for years and was delighted to come up a unique way to incorporate them together into a beautiful home d├ęcor hanging terrarium.  I have wanted an air plant for a while and decided this would be the perfect home to display my new indoor low maintenance plant.

Level:  Beginner
Time:  1 hour of actual crafting time, with many “drying” time breaks.

Step One
Choose two or three small and simple dies for leaves and butterflies.  I used two different Quickutz leaf dies and Impression Obsession Mini Butterflies.  Trim a section of aluminum foil to 5” or 6” by 2 ½” and run it through the Xyron 250 Create-a-sticker with a Repositionable cartridge.   Do not be concerned with slight wrinkling of the aluminum foil as it will not affect the outcome of your project.  Die cut two or three of the dies chosen for the design leaving about ¼” margin around each die cut.  I die cut from both sides to allow some mirror imaging of the designs. 

Step Two
Cut each die cut area into separate pieces.  Remove die cut and discard, keep the exterior section as your stencil.  Carefully remove surrounding aluminum foil from the backing paper. It may tear--but it will repair easily as you use it as a sticker stencil.  Lay each aluminum foil sticker stencil on glass terrarium.  Adjust the edges as needed with tweezers.  The ease of aluminum foil stencils with repositionable adhesive allows you a bit of wiggle room to fold edges back as needed to allow for a curved surface.  Ink with StazOn ink and Ink Blusher until it is the desired hue.  The green leaves are a Forest Green, Cactus Green, and a combination of both.  Remove first set of stencils and set project aside to dry for 20-30 minutes.  Remove first set of stencils and set project aside to dry for 20-30 minutes.  If you try to hurry the GlazOn will lift the StazOn ink from your project, causing you to have to re-ink an area.  (Learned by experience!)      

Step Three
Carefully sponge GlazOn over the first images.  Set aside to dry for 20-30 minutes.

Step Four
Repeat steps two and three with additional aluminum foil stencils to complete design until you are satisfied with the placement and amount of color.  Some of your stencils may need an extra little masking, I used some of the spare aluminum foil sticker to provide more coverage where it was needed along a very thin border section.  

Step Five
Repeat steps two and three with butterfly stencils.  The butterflies are inked with Orange Zest, Blazing Red, and Royal Purple.

Step Six
Add decorative moss and air plant and proudly display in your home.  Mine is hanging in my bathroom and will go along on a cross country trip in my motorhome as well.  Need to keep that little plant alive for 3 weeks!

  • Xyron 250 Create-a-sticker
  • Xyron 250 Repositionable cartridge
  • SPC 5” Glass wall terrarium
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Tweezers
  • Foam Brush
  • Decorative moss
  • Air Plant