Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Graduation (better late than never!)

Hello Retro Rubber fans . . . my post is very late, my apologies.  The last week had been filled with visits to the ER with two different family members, one was followed by emergency surgery and a hospital stay.  So my blogging ground to a halt, but now I’ve a few minutes to share my card with you for the latest Retro Rubber Blog Challenge from the following sketch.

I had a number of Graduation cards to make so the sketch came in handy to create this quick and simple version.

The Technique Tuesday Grad stamp from 2015 is stamped in Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze is added with a rubber brayer to make the image stand out.  The image is mounted on black cardstock and iridescent ribbon is added along the bottom edge.  The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer and heat embossed with Silver Surf Embossing Powder.  The black cardstock is mounted to an A2 card base and was ready to be sent to the lucky graduate!

Thanks for stopping by and there is still time to play with the challenge through June 30th at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  Just remember to use a stamp that is at least a year old and tell us how long it has been around, and to enter no more than 10 total challenges!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Butterfly Coasters

I am always up for a challenge that does not involve cardstock, the challenge of the month for Imagine.  This is my take on the challenge.  These coasters have been in my stash for a while and with this challenge it was the time to make something cool with them!  My Mom loves butterflies, and this will be a perfect gift for her to take along on their motorhome trips as they are light-weight and will store easily.  The actual crafting time is relatively short, but the dry time between each layer is about 30 minutes, so plan accordingly—it will give you time to work on other projects!

Level: Intermediate
Time:  30 minutes + several hours of dry time between coats.

Step 1
Apply StazOn Opaque Cotton White ink directly to metal and dab with an Ink blusher to cover the surface.  Set aside to dry thoroughly.

Step 2:
Use an ink blusher to gently dab StazOn Azure around outside edges of each coaster.  Set aside to dry. 
Step 3:
Use a foam brush to seal layers with GlazOn matte.  Place GlazOn in a small disposable container and paint on coasters.  Do not add directly to coaster as it will lift the ink from the surface.

Step 4:
Trace a coaster on a scrap piece of paper for the stamp positioner.  Practice location of stamp and adjust if necessary.   Stamp images in StazOn Blazing Red Joy Clair’s Butterfly Kisses is used for these coasters.  Stamp sentiments in StazOn Blazing Royal Purple.  Let dry thoroughly before sealing with 2 additional coats of GlazOn Matte, allowing for complete drying between coats.

Step 5:

Adhere metal coaster to cork coaster with E6000 glue.  Set aside to dry.  Get set to enjoy personalized coasters!


Recollections Metal and cork coasters
Joy Clair Butterfly Kisses stamp set
Foam Brush
E6000 glue

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Planes for Father's Day

Time to make another Father’s Day card as we celebrate on Sunday! I was inspired by the Off the Edge challenge and pulled out my Carta Bella Adventure is Out There stamp set and the matching Vintage Airplane Stencil.  With a little Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa on both the image and through the stencil I created a cohesive look. What is fun about a stencil is I could make the planes go the opposite direction from the stamped image.  In all honesty, I stenciled the images and then decided to redo the process so I could leave room for the sentiment.  The sentiment is an old Studio G set and is stamped in Memento Luxe Nautical Blue.  The airplane image is heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut with the matching die.  After mounting the plane image on the blue cardstock I added the dotted ribbon to ground the plane.  Before adhering the front panels to the card base I sponged Memento Luxe in Nautical Blue and Rich Cocoa around the edges to contrast the card front. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Quirky Crafts Challenges  Things with wings
The Male Room #62 Off the Edge Enter on 6/20!
Crafting by Design Things with wings
City Crafter #366 Frame It!
Tuesday Throwdown #347 For the Men
Always Fun Challenges #10 For the Male or Dad
Cards in Envy You’re the Man

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tangerine Daisy Aster Birthday Card

Tangerine in the color of the month over at Imagine.  Today this card with hand-made flowers is featured.

There are so many wonderful tangerine colored flowers, the daisy asters being one example. I wanted the flowers to look as realistic as possible and included lots of layers to pop off the card front.

I started by die cutting multiple layers to create very realistic flowers with a bit of shaping.  I selected a matching stamp set from Heartfelt Creations to decorate the card layers to fashion a cohesive look with the coordinating dies. And just like a good crafter would, I finished by adding Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the front panel along with the Tangerine All-Purpose Ink with the same Gold Shimmer to create a very striking look!  I am really glad the photo shows the wonderful shimmer!


Heartfelt Creations—Delicate Asters stamp and die set, Bold Delicate Asters stamp set, Inspire Me sentiment
White cardstock
Corner rounder

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joining the Stick It Down Double Page Design Team

If you know my style of scrapbooking, you know that I tend towards double page layouts that tell a story or share an event.  I am delighted to be included in the Stick It Down Double Page Design Team.  Look for our sketches at the beginning of the month and DT reveals on the first Monday of the month. 

I am looking forward to sharing more of my scrapbooking with you in the next few months!  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Starrry Father's Day Card

I am in the time crunch to create a few more Father’s Day cards.  I also have a ton of birthdays plus graduations to think about this time of year.  This card concept came to mind when I created this layout as a GDT for Colors, Stories, Inspiration blog.  I originally die cut this set of light blue stars and changed my mind . . . figuring I could use it later!  Interior stars from the red die cut fit perfectly and I decided to die cut a few of a patterned paper found while cleaning up my craft table.  Not enough energy to go figure out the manufacturer right now, cold induced fog is limiting my mojo!  Next up was Say it Happy from Technique Tuesday.  This die and stamp set is perfect when needing almost any holiday sentiment.   The Father’s Day is stamped in VersaFine Cimrson Red and is a awesome match to the red I do think!

Here are the challenges I would like to join, thanks so much for stopping by!

Allsorts Challenge #419 Use at least two dies
Crafty Catz #374 AG with twists of dies
QKR Stampede #247 For the guys
Craft Rocket Challenges #8 For the Men/Boys
Cardz 4 Guys #171 Something Blue for Father’s Day

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day Card featuring Kaleidacolor

This gorgeous wolf is featured at Imagine today along with another Tangerine inspired animal card.  Check it out!

Summer time brings a few holidays to celebrate, Father’s Day starts off the fun!  I am so pleased with how this card came together with the lovely colors of the Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight ink pad.  The focal image is stamped on glossy cardstock in StazOn Timber Brown and die cut with the matching die.  Using a Fantastix color from the Kaleidacolor pad is picked up and added to the image starting with the lightest colors first.  To lighten and move the ink around a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 is sprayed on the craft mat and picked up with the Fantastix.  The background is brayered on glossy cardstock and stamped in colors from the Cappuccino Delight palette.  The wolves in the background are stamped in StazOn Jet black.

My dad is sure to enjoy this nature inspired Father's Day card.  He has spent a great deal of time in the outdoors enjoying the wilds of Alaska.


Local King Rubber Stamps—Wolves and matching die
TPC Studio—Dots and Strips (Hill line)
Glossy cardstock
Kraft card base

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Anything Goes at Retro Rubber

Retro Rubber’s challenge for the next two week is ANYTHING GOES!  This is always a popular challenge and we usually get some fantastic projects.  Please check out the fun projects the Design Team has created. 

We had a big birthday in our home this last week, my son turned 18!  Wahoo!  This card was inspired by the sketch over at Paper Craft Crew Challenges.  


My son likes the color blue, so I found ribbon in my stash in several colors of blue and used that as the starting point for color selection.  I wanted to feature eighteen on his card so I went with some really old Idea-ology grunge board—harlequin digits & punctuation.  The grunge board readily absorbs ink, I used Memento Luxe Nautical Blue.  DCWV cardstock in two coordinating colors are added to the mix.  One is pressure embossed and sanded with Cuttlebug’s Happy Birthday embossing folder.  The other is stamped with Taylored Expression In & Out Birthday from 9/2014.  The sentiment is fussy cut before it is adhered to the card with dimensional foam adhesive. 

Please come play along with our Retro Rubber challenge and share your ANYTHING GOES project with us!  Remember to use a stamp at least 1 year old, after all we are the Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, and let us know how long it’s been around.  We also ask that you enter only 9 other challenges besides ours.

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

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Class of 2017

Wow, it is that time of year, Graduation!  We have several friends with High School graduates this year, so it is time to make a few graduation cards.  I started with the scraps I had on my craft table that will be featured tomorrow in another card, so the color scheme will be familiar!  I really like the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and had to give it a go.  One of my newest embossing folders, Congrats Collage by Darice came out to play.  I really like the texture an embossing folder and a little sanding creates.  Technique Tuesday’s Cap & Gown seal was stamped in Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and die cut with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die.  The Spellbinder’s Classic Scalloped Circles Large provided the half circle in the sketch.  Fiskars Monumental Moments and a very old Hero Arts alphabet, Serendipity adds the sentiment above the line.  A bit of iridescent white ribbon finishes off the card. 

Stay tuned for a few more graduation cards, a fun way to spend some time in my craft cave.
I am delighted to play along with the following sketches.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Guest Detective for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration Case #231

The Imagine Artists in Residence have joined forces with CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration to create a few inspired layouts. 

I went back in time and found some photos of my son in one of his favorite costumes from the Halloween season.  In all honesty these costumes were worn many times after the holiday for many great play times.  These photos are from school on Halloween, the day when all the little girls were princesses and the super heroes were saving them during recess . . . that will be the other side for this layout when I have the time!  

I choose to work the the following prompts in the Evidence:  Stripes, bow, and stars.  Captain America is a big one for stars!  I started by punching the Royal Blue cardstock with EK Success border punch before adhering it to the Primary Red cardstock.  The red is die cut with Spellbinder's Cascading Stars, and several sizes of Standard Circles Large and Small to create embellishments.  The Royal Blue cardstock is also die cut into a circle to complete the Captain's shield.  Momenta's Cut & Emboss Stars is used to embellish the center of the shield with Canson Silver paper.  Another layer of silver paper is used in the shield.  The star embellishment is layered stars along with the craft thread tied in a bow. 

The star background strips are made with Buttery Yellow cardstock pressure embossed with Darice's 12" x 2" Assorted Stars embossing folder.  The surface is then inked with Memento Danube Blue.  Turquoise is embossed with The Paper Studio's Small Stars embossing folder, the surface is inked with Memento Lady Bug. 

Since I didn't have any striped paper on hand that was coordinated with the color scheme I decided to stamp my own.  Memento Danube Blue and Lady Bug along with Versa Magic Sea Breeze are stamped on the buttery yellow cardstock with stamps from the TPC Studio Dots & Stripes set.  

The Testimony was quick and easy!  The title is stamped in Memento Lady Bug on the Turquoise cardstock with Scrappy Cat's Playful Serie.  The Buttery Yellow cardstock is cut into strips and journaling is done in Memento Dual Tip Marker in Danube Blue.  The journaling is written with exclamations and with inspired words of Super, Awesome, and Wow. 

Do stop by CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and check out the layouts with a Super Hero theme.  Today is Superman's birthday after all!

Memento and Memento Dual Tip Markers--Danube Blue and Lady Bug
Versa Magic Sea Breeze

Spellbinders--Standard Circles Large & Small, Cascading Stars
Momenta--Cut & Emboss Stars
TPC Studio Dots & Stripes
EK Success--Star border punch
Scrappy Cat--Playful Serie alpha stamp set
The Paper Studio--Small Stars embossing folder
Darice--Assorted Stars embossing folder 12" x 2"
Craft Thread--Royal Blue
Cardstock assorted--Buttery Yellow, Primary Red, Turquoise, Royal Blue

Imagine and Joy Clair blog hop WINNERS!

There are two winners of Imagine + Tsukineko gift certificates of $25 each!  Winner #1 is Carly Pool who commented on my post for the blog hop

Carly said "Beautiful Page! I love the ocean seen and the sparkles are wonderful! I think the ocean is the most soothing and healing place you can be and when you add Jesus in you get the most peaceful place on earth"

Thanks so much for the lovely comment Carly and congratulations!  Please contact me by going to my complete profile and send me an email.  I will forward you information on to Imagine so you can soon be spending your gift certificate on wonderful product on the Imagine website.

Winner #2 commented on Roni Johnson's post and she is Juanita Brooks.  Congratulations Juanita!

Check out Imagine's post regarding the winners!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Blended Memento Ink for a Birthday Card

The challenge for the month at Imagine was to incorporate blending into a project.  I love how Memento Inks can be blended with water or Ink Potion No. 9.  I also think it is really cool that the Fireworks Sprays are in the same colors, so it was quick and easy to put together this fun color coordinated card using Joy Clair stamps, Imagine's cross promotional blog hop partner for May.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped the card front and two additional layers with StazOn Jet Black ink.  The top two layers are die cut into circles.  The top layer is water colored with a small paint brush and Memento in Danube Blue and Grape Jelly.  The next layer is inked with an Ink Blusher and Grape Jelly.  The bottom layer is splatted with the Fireworks in you guessed it, Danube Blue and Grape Jelly.  A little secret here, I accidentally marked the top layer with a splotch of ink, but was able to cover the splotch with the strategically placed happy portion of the sentiment.  Once dry the card is assembled with dimensional foam adhesive.

StazOn Jet Black
Memento—Danube Blue and Grape Jelly
Fireworks—Danube Blue and Grape Jelly

Joy Clair—Spring Time Flowers and Hello Sentiments
Spellbinders—Standard Circles Small and Large
Foam Adhesive
Paint brush
Stamp Positioner

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Color My World Congratulations

Time for a new challenge over at Retro Rubber!  Go check out the cool cards created for this color challenge.

I choose to go with a sketch from CAS(E) this sketch and keep the card look simple.  It is graduation season and a few congratulations with a few balloons will do the job nicely I think!

The balloon image is from Hampton Arts set released in 2015, but I couldn’t find a name on the set.  It is actually a birthday set!  The sentiment is from the 2014 Fiskars Simple Expression set.  The balloons are stamped directly on the card front in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The images are colored with Fireworks Sprays.  I tapped a little on my craft mat and picked up the color with a small paint brush.  I didn’t have a teal color but a mix of New Sprout and Bahama Blue created a great teal!  New Sprout and Lulu Lavender complete the coloring.  The stars are punched from cardstock and colored in the same manner.  The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark on Black cardstock and heat embossed with Detailed White Embossing Powder.  The stars and sentiment are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  The card didn’t really look festive enough so I tapped on the Fireworks Sprays from spray tube to create splats.  After mixing the color for the teal I did the same with a small paint brush.  This card will be in the mail soon to a lucky graduate!

Come join us a Retro Rubber and play along with this challenge.  Remember to use a stamp at least 1 year or older and list how long you have had it in your stash.  We also ask that you enter up to 10 challenges including Retro Rubber's #63.  Thanks!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Imagine and Joy Clair Blog Hop

Imagine and Joy Clair are sponsoring a wonderful blog hop.  Follow along and have some fun seeing great projects using products from both.

I choose to work with Joy Clair’s Anchor of Hope Bible Journaling stamp set.  It worked perfectly for Psalms 69: 14-15.  I started by prepping the page with Creative Medium in Shimmer.  Not even the darkest Versa Magic ink or underlining with Memento shows through to the other side.  When applied in a thin layer with a foam brush the CM dries within 15 minutes.  I stamp the various images with a bit of masking, and then ink in texture with a dry sea sponge.  Memento Dual Tip Marker in Paris Dusk underlines the passage.  Enjoy the rest of the blog hop!

Versa Magic—Wheat, Sahara Sand, Jumbo Java, Midnight Black, Tea Leaves, Aspen Mist, Turquoise Gem, Ocean Depth, Night Sky

Sea Sponge
Foam Brush

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.


You are Here---->Neva Cole<----You are Here
Stay tuned for day two tomorrow and more blog hopping fun!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Guest Designer for Paper Girls--Yellowstone Road Trip

I was asked to do a Guest Designer Gig for Paper Girls, and I had a blast creating this two page layout with the recipe for the challenge!

What a fun challenge to use 4 patterned papers, 3 wooden elements, 2 inks and 1 stamp!  I started by looking at the wooden elements I had in my stash and came up with these fun Little Yellow Bicycle Travel wood shapes.  I recently acquired Die Cuts With a View Adventurer paper collection, so with those choices in mind I decided to create a two page layout of our quick trip through Yellowstone National Park.  We made a last minute side trip into Yellowstone and hit the major sites in just 6 or 7 hours!  The papers picked up the reds and oranges nicely and complemented the other colors of nature nicely.  I had a great amount to say in my journaling, so the computer was the best way to accomplish that task.  The edges of the papers are inked with Memento Luxe Morocco ink.  The “1-stamp” is the title, and is actually Junkitz Sketchy alphabet along with Fiskars When In Roam set.  These images are also stamped with Memento Luxe Morocco ink.  The internal parts of the letters were colored in with a second ink in Peanut Brittle from a Memento Dual Tip Marker.  It was difficult to narrow down just a few photos, but I think I captured that quick Road Trip through Yellowstone nicely!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flower Time!

It is spring time and the flowers are finally starting to bloom here in Central Oregon!  Our newest challenge over at Retro Rubber is celebrating just that! 

Come join us with your Flower inspired project!  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and to enter 10 or fewer challenges including RRBC!

My Day Lilies are not blooming yet, but I was inspired to use a set from Heartfelt Creations called Sunrise Lilies released in February 2016.  The HC paper collections include a number of panels just for card making, so I decided to use a pre-made card front with wonderful printed layers.  The Sunrise Lilies were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Fantastix in Versa Magic Mango Madness and Persimmon.  The leaves are colored in Tea Leaves and Sage.  The stamens are die cut from black cardstock and the tips are touched with the smallest amount of On Point Glue.  The tips are then dipped in Recollections Flock in Coral followed by Art Institute Ultra Fine in Sedona Sun.  I tied a section of sage ribbon from my stash in to a double looped bow using the Bows-It-All-V2 to finish the embellishments.  The "Thanks a bunch" is also by Heartfelt Creations from their Heartfelt Expressions sentiment stamp set from December 2010.  It is stamped in Versa Magic Tea Leaves with a bit of Versa Magic Sage lightly sponged over the top.  After adhering the card panel to the card base I inked the edges in Tea Leaves.  Even with shaping and assembling the flowers the card took about 30 minutes to complete.

Please come join us at Retro Rubber and enter your own spring inspired flower creation!  Do check out the rest of the Design Team’s wonderful creations as well!

Imagine Memento—Tuxedo Black, Versa Magic—Mango Madness, Persimmon, Tea Leaves, Sage, Fantastix
Heartfelt Creations Paper Collection
Heartfelt Creations Heartfelt Sentiments

I am pleased to enter the following challenges: