Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fun with Buttons!

Wow, it is time for a new challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, and this time around it is to use buttons on your project.  Do check out the Design Team’s wonderful creations.

I first looked through my button collection and was not inspired by what I had on hand . . . so while I was at Joann’s I checked out their novelty buttons.  Once I saw these cute outdoor themed buttons by Favorite Findings I had the perfect retro stamp in mind to create a fun scene!

First I stamped and masked the tree images from Creations Unlimited from about 1999.  I inked the trees with Memento Pistachio and then added some lowlights on the stamps in Olive Grove before stamping. The stamp of my beloved Mount Hood is most likely from Stamp Cabana and purchased in the early 2000’s at the Portland Stamp Convention.  It is stamped in Tuxedo Black over the masked trees.  The images are lightly chalked with EK Success craft chalks to finish the scene.  To create the look of the snowfields on the mountain I used Imagines’ irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Wedding Dress.  It added just the right amount of shine to look like snow!  The frame is Kraft cardstock pressure embossed with Theresa Collins woodgrain embossing folder then is inked with Memento Rich Cocoa and Potter’s Clay.  The cute buttons had the hasps removed before they were adhered to the scene.  

Come join the fun at Retro Rubber and create your own project with buttons!  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than a year old!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

McKenzie River Campout with DCWV and Imagine

My layout is featured over at Imagine on the blog today, honoring Earth Day!  Wahoo!

What fun times we had when we stayed a tiny campground along the McKenzie River last fall.  When I received the Die Cuts with a View Adventurer paper collection I knew exactly what event I planned to scrap, it was just a matter of selecting the photos to get started.  I tend scrap events in two-page layouts, so I started with olive green cardstock with the yellow Bright Textured cardstock to back the photos.  Working from the photo colors I choose the plaid blue and green design and two journal cards from the collection.  One of the papers had fun adventurer circles that worked perfectly to die cut and use as additional embellishments.  Once all of my selections were made and the design was decided, I marked off the area for the title and removed all the papers.  The “Campout” was stamped in Memento Northern Pine.  “McKenzie River” was stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder, which matched perfectly with the pre-embossed journal card and the circle embellishments.  An ink blusher was used to ink the edges of all the papers with Memento Northern Pine before the layout was adhered together.


DCWV Adventurer Collection and Bright Textured cardstock
Making Memories Foam Stamps Philadelphia
Technique Tuesday Farmhouse Large
Spellbinders Small Circles

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bigger is Better AIR challenge for Imagine, COLE

Imagine is featuring this fun project on their blog today along with another really cool BIG word project, go check it out!

This project is a perfect example of buying something with the full intent of completing a project but never actually getting around to working on it . . . I’ve had these letters for about 2 years, maybe even more.  Insert a blush here!  When the challenge to create something Bigger and Better came along it was finally time to decorate these 9 ½ inch tall letters that spell our family name.  The Sierra Pacific Crafts Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) letters were painted with a mixture of Creative Medium mixed with Versa Magic Jumbo Java ink.  This gives a nice glossy color in one coat that dries quickly.  Several stencils and Creative Medium Metallic in Gold mixed with a small amount of Copper finishes the look.  The stenciling was completed in several steps with drying time in between to avoid smearing.  This fun wall d├ęcor was easy to create in an afternoon which included dry time and was ready to hang on the wall with small Velcro hangers.  Our name is now proudly hanging above the coat rack my husband built in the entry way of our home.   


Sierra Pacific Crafts MDF large letters
Stencil Girl—Compass Rose stencil
ART-C Adhesive Stencils Imagine
Momenta Adhesive Stencils Celebrate
The Crafter’s Workshop TCW 219 stencil

Thursday, April 13, 2017

He is Risen!

Easter season is upon us and I need to get one more card in the mail.  Using the inspiration form Sketch Saturday and The Paper Girls challenges gave me the creative push to get this card done in a few minutes.  (Well not really because I was searching through my stash for an “Hallelujah” sentiment stamp, not to be found!)  

I stamped the Unity Everything Easter sentiment in Memento Luxe Lilac Posies on DCWV Brights cardstock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  After I die cut it with Spellbinders Labels Nine and edged it with the same and an ink blusher before heat embossing.  The trick is to do half of the shape and heat emboss, then the second half of the shape.  The background is more of the DCWV Brights that is  pressure embossed with a Darice Crosses embossing folder.  The final touch is the Recollections washi tape to finish the design which is first adhered to cardstock then adhered to the embossed panel.  The little flags are doubled over then cut into shape to embellish the sentiment label which is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.

The inside is stamped with another sentiment from the Unity Everything Easter set in Memento Luxe Lilac Posies on light pink cardstock.  The edges are inked with an ink blusher before adhering to the inside of the card. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lapis Mini Jar for Imagine AIR

The color challenge for April at Imagine is the stunning deep blue color of Lapis Lazuli. With a little research, I discovered that it is semi-precious stone used in ancient mosaics and as a pigment in many well-known paintings.  It most likely is what is referred to as sapphire in Biblical times as the sapphire was not known at that time.  I was inspired to create a mini Lapis jar from a votive candle holder and large glass drop fashioned into a lid.  This simple project is only time consuming due to dry time and the results are very realistic.  This tutorial is featured at Imagine today. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  1 hour plus ample dry time

Step 1:
Apply StazOn Opaque Cotton White directly to the surfaces of the votive candle holder and the glass drop. 

Step 2:
Use and Ink Blusher to gently move ink and cover the surface of the glass.  Set aside to dry.

Step 3:
Place StazOn Azure on a plastic surface (for ease of clean-up) and gently apply to the surfaces with an Ink Blusher over the StazOn Cotton White.  Work quickly to prevent picking up the Cotton White, some variation will add to the realistic look of the project.  Set aside to dry.

Step 4:
Add GlazOn Layer Protectant to each surface with an Ink Blusher.  Set aside to dry. 

Step 5:
Apply a second layer of StazOn Azure with an Ink Blusher.  Set aside to dry.  Apply a second layer of GlazOn and set aside to dry, each successive layer requires more drying time.

Step 6:
Place StazOn Metallic Gold on a plastic surface (for ease of clean-up) and apply with crumpled cling wrap to the surfaces to mimic gold flecks in the Lapis stone.  Set aside to dry.  Apply a final coat of GlazOn and set aside to dry.

Step 7:
Stain a small wood bead with StazOn Azure and set aside to dry.  Thread wire through bead and twist into a fixture.  Adhere to the lid with E6000 adhesive.


Ashland glass votive candle holder
Sierra Pacific Large Glass Drops
Small white wood bead
Crafting wire
Cling wrap
E6000 Adhesive

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baby Elephant for New Baby

It is time for a new challenge at Retro Rubber!  So dig out your older stamps (older than a year) and give them some inky love!  This time around we want to see your baby critters . . . loosely defined as something alive that is a baby!

I have some friends who announced recently that they will be blessed with their second child.  They plan on waiting until the birth to find out the gender, so I wanted to create a somewhat gender neutral baby card.

I started by stamping the Fiskars Teeny Tiny (2012) image in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloring the sweet little elephant in Chameleon BL2 Baby Blue and BL4 Cornflower Blue.  The image was die cut with Spellbinders Label 34, which was pressure embossed with Gold Label 34.  The pressure embossed areas are inked with Versa Color in Baby Blue and the edges are inked with Versa Color Pink.  A second Labels 34 is die cut with Gold Label 34 hearts insert.  The area behind the hearts us also inked with Versa Color in pink on the card base.  The edges of the backing die cut are inked in Versa Color in Baby Blue.  The sentiment is stamped on white cardstock then die cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Banners.  It is pressure embossed and inked with Versa Color in Baby Blue and Pink.  The layers are adhered together with dimensional foam adhesive.

I decided to finish off the inside of the card with a sentiment from the set and the sweet little heart!

Thanks for stopping by and consider creating your own card, tag, or project and enter our challenge at Retro Rubber!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Hugs and Prayers Tulip Card

Last night I sat down to play with my new Penny Black First Waltz tulip set and did a little water color style stamping.  Can’t beat the quickness of the technique when using a stamp positioner like the Precision Press.  Color on the image with Memento Dual Tip markers, spritz with water and stamp the color.  Clean stamp and repeat the process until you are satisfied with the image.  I used Memento Dual Tip Markers in Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Pear Tart, and Bamboo Leaves.  The sentiment is by Paper Smooches from the Spiritual Sampler and is stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves.  A quick pass around the edges with an Ink Blusher and Rose Bud and then mount to a Kraft card base and the card is done!  Less than 10 minutes and the results are stunning if I do say so myself!

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Enjoy the Journey Retro Rubber Challenge

Hello everyone, it is time for another challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, and this time it is an easy peasy sketch.  Please check out all the fun takes on this sketch by the Design Team

I’ve had this cool Sizzix Compass Blueprint stamp and die set since April of 2015.  I finally sat down and created a card with this set.  Yeah me!  There are five layers to stamp to use all the dies to add dimension.  So each layer is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Blank on cream cardstock and then colored with Square Pastel Chalks by Koss, a very quick way to color and shade.  The layers are die cut and the compass portion was fussy cut.  The label sentiment is stamped in Memento Pistachio and Nautical Blue and the edges are colored with the chalks.   The bottom layer is adhered directly to the card base and the next layers are adhered with thin dimensional foam adhesive. 

Come join the fun at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and enter your own card based on the sketch.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Time Thank You

We had a rainy weekend here in Central Oregon, which keep us inside . . . and I had time to play in my craft room, yeah!  It was time to practice with my newest color layering stamps set by Hero Arts, Color Layering Bird and Branch.  I created a series of cards with this being my favorite of the bunch.

I discovered through a few practice runs that it is best to use a stamp positioner to create a series of cards with the same image.  I started by stamping the bird and adding the layers, followed by the branch, additional branches, with flowers and leaves. 

Memento Inks were used to stamp the images, ink the backing square, and stamp the sentiment.  Memento inks used—Morocco, Tangelo, Dandelion, Pistachio, Olive Grove, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is by Stampendous.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Glittery card made with On Point Glue

Love the look of glitter, but not the possible mess it might make for the recipient of a glittery card?  The perfect answer is to use On Point Glue to apply the glitter on the reverse side of an acetate sheet.  This fun card is created with StazOn ink stamped on one side of the acetate sheet and colored with StazOn Studio Glaze and glitter on the reverse.  The fine tip of the On Point Glue allows great precision for applying in tiny spots.


Unity Stamp Company Sending Up Something Beautiful
Light blue carstock
Paper Pizzaz patterned paper
Creations Unlimited Rainbow Glitter
Art Institute Ultra Fine Glitter—Red Rose, Aquamarine, Purple
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles die

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Great Impressions GDT Sweet Chick

It has been delightful to be a Guest Designer for GreatImpressions this month.  This is my third project for the Spring Challenge.  

I used Sweet Chick G499S and a Sizzix Framelit Step-ups to create a fun spring card ready to say hello!  The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with a variety of Chameleon pens.  The image is die cut and edged with Memento Angel Pink.  Green and light pink DCWV cardstock is die cut with the Sizzix set.  The green die cuts are pressure embossed with Cuttlebug Kaleidoscope embossing folder.  The embossed green sections and the “oh, hello” sentiment are adhered with Imagine On Point Glue.  The Chick is adhered with thin dimensional adhesive.  

I would like to join the fun at the following challenges!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Two Hearts Wedding Congratulations

Recently a friend of mine shared her happy news of her impending nuptials.  We are so happy for her and her intended as they look forward to a happy future together.  I wanted to play along with the CAS-ual Fridays’ challenge Off the Edge and used their inspiring Heartbeats and Love Notes stamp sets along with the Fri-die Double Notes.

I wanted to craft a multi-hued background and decided to play around with All Purpose Inks (API) and shaving cream to create a swirled background.  First I squirted a small amount of white foam shaving cream on my craft mat (less is better) and then added drops of API with a toothpick. I used Thistle, Sky Mist, and Platinum API.  A little goes a long way when working with API!  I used another toothpick to create the swirled pattern and laid a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper over the top.  After I removed the paper, I used a squeegee to take off the excess shaving cream and ink.  (I repeated these steps with a few more pieces of watercolor paper before cleaning up, I now have these for future projects.) 

The Love Notes music staff was stamped in Delicata Black Shimmer on Canson Silver metallic paper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Using a stamp positioner (We R Precision Press) helped to get it in just the right place.  I repeated the stamping process on the swirled paper.  The sentiments from Heartbeats were added to completed the design.

The Double Notes Fri-Die was die cut three times from watercolor paper and once from the Canson Silver Metallic paper.  The layers are adhered together with On Point Glue and the edges are inked with Delicata Black Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  All the layers are adhered together on an A2 size card base.  I am really pleased with the finished card!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Pi Day!

It’s Pi Day!  My husband was really excited . . . he loves it when I make him pies. He convinced me that Sunday was pie day and he got his wish.  He special favorite is Huckleberry pie, but alas there are no Huckleberries this time of year and I didn’t have any in the freezer.  So, he had to settle for a streusel topped apple pie, his second favorite.  I know this pie wouldn’t win any beauty baking contests, but it is really delicious and made from apples that grew in our front yard last summer.  Yeah for freezing apples to bake with! 

In actuality I told him because I wanted to make a card that celebrated Pi day for Imagine Artist in Residence.  Being a science (and sometimes) math geek, it just made sense! 

To create the resist Pi symbol I found and image on the internet and printed it.  The image was traced with Versa Marker using a light box.  Clear embossing powder was added and the process was repeated until the image was covered.  Memento in Dandelion, Lilac Posies and Teal Zeal were sponged onto the card using an Ink Blusher.  The sentiments “Sweet” and as are from a very old set of sentiments by Dream Ink.  The “as” is from another word with the rest of the word masked while the stamp was inked.  The numbers are from a Hero Arts set from 1991, Dot Number set.  The sentiment and numbers are stamped in StazOn Jet Black so they would stamp over the embossed areas. 


White cardstock
Dream Ink sentiments
Hero Arts Dot Number Set

A few challenges for this card!
Rubber Dance Blog March Color Challenge  (I really like this color combo . . . second post today!)