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

Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to School and all that means!

Different parts of the country are already thinking about “Back to School” in early August so Imagine is sharing a few ideas for theseason.  Our schedule here in Oregon runs a little later, so we still have a bit of time before thinking school supplies and fun fall activities.  With my layout I wanted to have a color cohesiveness with the embellishments, because the patterned paper by Bo Bunny and my photos are bright and multicolored.  It is easy with a bit of Versa Color ink and Imagine Embossing powder.  

Level:  Beginner
Time:  90 minutes plus time to select photos

Step One:
Select patterned papers, here I chose Bo Bunny’s Toy Box line using ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful.  All the photos are backed with the yellow striped side and the edges are inked with direct to paper technique with Versa Color Scarlet.  ABC paper is cut with a circle cutter and the edges are inked with Versa Color Scarlet.  All pieces are set aside to dry as the inked edges can mark up your project if you get in too much of a hurry.

Step Two:
Select the journal card for the layout and hand journal in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  Ink the edges in Scarlet and add irRESISTible in Lady Bug, Pear Tart, and Shimmer to the apples on the card to add a little dimension and shine.  Set aside to dry.

Step Three:
Stamp each of the embellishments on the yellow striped patterned paper.  You can see my practice on the scrap paper in the background.  A variety of school themed and alphabet stamps sets were used to create the various title strips.  Versa Color ink in Scarlet is heat embossed with Candy Red Embossing Powder.  The eyeball is stamped in Versa Color Black and heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.  It was the perfect choice for an embellishment on a photo of the dissection of a cow eye!  For the strips that were not the labels, the edges are inked in succession and heat embossed.  After each edge cooled the next edge was completed.   

Step Four:
To make the chipboard letters match the color scheme exactly they are enameled with the Candy Red embossing powder.  The surface was sanded so the first layer of Versa Color Scarlet with adhere more readily.  Use tweezers to keep the number from moving too far as it is heat embossed.   I used a heat resistant mat for a glue gun to avoid damaging my craft mat.  Immediately add another layer of embossing powder while the layer on the chip board number is still hot.  Continue the process until a smooth enameled look is achieved.  These took three layers of embossing powder.  There will be excess embossing powder that will not adhere and blow around on your craft table so you can also do this in a small box, and some will stick to the metal tweezers requiring a bit of clean up.   

Step Five:
Adhere the layout together and enjoy the memories of a fun fall!


·      Craft Mat

·      Bo Bunny Toy Box, ABC, Storytime, and Cheerful
·      Unity Stamp Smarty Pants
·      Inkadinkado Test Tubes
·      The Paper Company Grade School
·      Hero Arts Tiny Carnival Letters alphabet
·      Studio G Typewriter alphabet
·      Heidi Swapp Lemonade Stand Chipboard numbers
·      Sanding block
·      Heat gun & heat resistant mat
·      Tweezers
·      Circle cutter


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sail Away

Sail Away is our new challenge over at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges.  It is time to get out your sailboat themed stamps and share your wonderful project.  I am a bit behind on a few graduation cards and thought this image and sentiment was perfect for the theme and for a special card to celebrate the destination of a college degree.

I started with Black Magic cardstock and the Sizzix Compass embossing folder.  It is the perfect background for the concept of the card.  The embossed areas are sanded slightly and the edges of the cardstock are distressed to bring out the white core. 

The Technique Tuesday All Aboard sailboat image is stamped in StazOn Jet Black on white cardstock and die cut with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1A.  It is water colored with a Nishi water brush and a combination of Memento Dual Markers in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch, and Morocco.  The edges are inked with Memento Danube blue. 

The sentiment is stamped in Danube Blue on white cardstock and die cut with Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create 1B and the edges are inked.  The sailboat image is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive over the sentiment and Compass background that are adhered to the card front.

I am really pleased with the final card, it is masculine and perfect for someone launching into the next phase of their adult life.  Please stop by Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges and create your own Sail Away themed project to enter in the challenge.    

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lime Green and Aqua Color Challenge

It is color challenge time at Retro Rubber.  Use your beloved stamps older than a year and the colors Lime Green and Aqua Blue along with one neutral to complete this challenge.

I have Lime Green and Aqua Blue products from Imagine that fit the bill perfectly, actually they are called Radiant Neon in Electric Green and Electric Blue.  I used the pigment based inks and Amplify! to create the color and textures in this card.

The section of cardstock is inked with an Ink Blusher and Electric Green, then stamped with the sentiment by Dream Ink that I have owned since 1997.  It is part of a set that has every greeting you would every need.  So when I can’t find what I what it is my go to staple for sentiments.  The sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The next section is texturized by adding Amplify! in Electric blue and using a brayer to smooth the color into the cardstock.  Clean the brayer and surrounding surface, then heat cure the Amplify! 

A stencil, Shine by Teresa Collins is used to ink the chevron pattern into the next layer.  Ink Blushers make the job easy.

The backing is Electric Green Amplify! around the edges that is brayered and heat set.  The base card is inked with Electric Blue and an Ink Blusher.

The layers are adhered together with the top two layers rasied with dimensional foal adhesive. 

Please come join us and share your Lime Green and Aqua Blue creations over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Let's Go . . . Explore!

It is the Centennial of our National Park System this year!  Yes, we have been enjoying the foresight of those who planned the park system for 100 years.  If you are lucky enough to have a fourth grader living in your home like I do, your pass to the National Park System is free.  Imagine Crafts theme for July is summer time, which to me means camping and seeing the natural wonder of the landscape around us.  I have many childhood memories of camping all over the Western US including the great state of Alaska.  It is those memories that inspired the scene behind the map of the United States in this three dimensional card.  The card was photographed in bright sunlight to highlight the shiny trailer die cut so the sentiment and map is shadowed into the background for a fun colored layered effect.

A full tutorial can be found over at Imagine Crafts so you can duplicate this fun card for yourself.  

Supplies used
·      Memento in Paris Dusk, Pear Tart, and Cottage Ivy
·      StazOn in Forest Green and Timber Brown
·      Ink Blusher

·      Strathmore Bristol Heavy Weight white cardstock
·      Fun Foam
·      Repurposed clear packaging
·      Spellbinders:  Grand Labels Eleven, On the Road
·      Unity Stamp Company:  Life is a Journey
·      Technique Tuesday:  On Vacation
·      Fairytale Creations Chalk Talk stencil
·      Stamping Station:  The Great Outdoors and Skiing stencils
·      Repositionable tape
·      Die Cut machine
·      Permanent adhesive

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fun in the Sun with a recipe

It is time for a new challenge over at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges, Fun in the Sun with a recipe.  Use one image, two patterned papers, and three embellishments for this challenge.  What is more fun than a sun wearing sunglasses sending Good Vibes?

The images are stamped in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with Imagine Iridescent embossing powder.  The sun is by American Art Stamp and the sentiment is from Unity Stamp.   Memento Dual Marker is colored on a plastic work surface and picked up with a Nishi water brush.  I used Lady Bug, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, and Dandelion.  The lips are colored directly with Lady Bug.  The image is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  Three gold heart brads are added to the bottom corner.  My Minds Eye Magnolia paper collection provided the two patterned papers that back the image.

Please stop by Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges to see the creations of the talented design team, and enter your own version of Fun in the Sun.  We would love to see your work!