Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Color challenge time at Retro Rubber

 This color challenge is right up my alley, I love all shades of purple!  Retro Rubber's challenge is:

This stamp has been in my collection for awhile, but sadly had never seen ink.  What was I waiting for? 

The focal image is Penny Black's Lovely Lilac release in 2020.  It is perfect for coloring directly on the image technique.

  • Using Memento Dual Tip markers (water based) the parts are colored and stamped using a stamp positioner.  First Bamboo leaves for the stems.  The flowers are stamped from lightest to darkest color: Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, and Grape Jelly.  The stamp positioner allows for multiple layers of coloring.  The secret is to gently mist water over the coloring on the stamp itself to reactivate the ink.
  • The sentiment is from Inkadinkado Thanks released in 2011 and is stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves.
  • Memento Bamboo Leaves is used to edge the card front after it is trimmed.  
  • The edges of the card base are inked with Grape Jelly and an ink dauber.    

This was an enjoyable card to create and the results are elegantly satisfying!  Please do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

 CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB231.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.


 


 

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Retro Rubber Challenge Out to Sea

Retro Rubber Challenge for the next two weeks is a nautical themed card (or project) to go with out to sea!   For me watching the ocean is a mesmerizing peaceful time to just chill.  Sometimes it's wild and foamy, other times it is on a beach with warm sand and gentle waves.  I was fortunate to grow up in a place where I could see the ocean daily from age seven to seventeen.  Now I live far from any ocean but have a wonderful lake for water viewing pleasure.  

There are many wonderful ways to interpret this challenge.  I went with the lighthouse image in my stash.

This is the inspiration image from Retro Rubber, please check out the rest of the Design Team's creations for addition ideas!

 

To create this card I pulled out an image from Stampendous 1997 labelled Portland Head Lighthouse. That would be the Portland, Maine Portland, not the one in Oregon.

  • The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and is colored with Derwent Water Color pencils. Some of the colors are colored on paper then moistened with a wet fine brush to allow fine details to be colored.  
  • The focal image is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles, then matted on chocolate cardstock.
  • The image is adhered to the card front off center to balance the sentiment.
  • The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations Thank You from 2018.  It is stamped in Versa Fine Vintage Sepia. (I tested having the image centered and much preferred the final design!)

Please do join us and make your own nautical themed card!  Thank you for stopping by!

 CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB223.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tic Tac Toe! Friendship card

Spring is inching happily towards us!  At Retro Rubber Challenge Blog we have a fun Tic Tac Toe and it happens to be my contributed challenge.  Often I have a hard time with Tic Tac Toe challenges, as I overthink the process.  But once I got going on this one I was able to check all the squares off, and complete a black out, well I guess that's a bingo term!

 
This is the challenge image to create your card or project. 
 
 
My card was created using the following:
  •  The die cut is Stitched Ovals from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It is die cut from white cardstock and stamped with Hero Arts 2009 Friends are Flowers in Memento Luxe Pear Tart and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Fireworks! Bamboo leaves is gently tapped over the image to add some depth and painted into the leaves. Small die cuts from Sizzix Tim Hotlz Tattered Flowers are die cut from scraps of cardstock to put over the stamped flower.
  • The pink shimmer card stock is first die cut with the Stitched Ovals from Elizabeth Craft Designs then pressure embossed with Darice Petal Background embossing folder.  With a white core paper, the flowers are distressed with a sanding block as well as the edges.  K & Company adhesive gems are added to a few of the flower's centers.
  • The card base has Fireworks! Bamboo leaves gently tapped around the edges to pair with the focal image.
  • The layers are adhered together to the card base, taking care the the oval is placed the same direction as it was die cut.  Even with symmetrical dies they are not perfect!
  • Sheer purple ribbon is tied into a small bow and adhered to the card.

How fun is that?  Sometimes a Tic Tac Toe board can inspire the next little detail on your card!

 CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB229.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog. We would love to see what you create!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Sketchy time at Retro Rubber

Sketches are THE best for a quick make on a card for any occasion.  I used this sketch to make a super quick birthday card in under ten minutes!  Please come and play along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


Here is the sketch to start your card planning.

 
 
For my card I went into my left over scrapbook papers and selected a very Retro collection, that I have had for at least 12 over more years.  Basic Grey Euphoria has some of my favorite colors to use in crafting.  
  • Base and diagonal both started with 4" x 5 1/4" pieces of cardstock.  To get the perfect diagonal I made pencil marks 1 3/4" from each end before using my trimmer to create the diagonal.
  • Unity Stamps " . . . birthday jubilee" sentiment is stamped in Versa Color Peony and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  This image was easy to fussy cut.
  • The edges of the card base are inked with Versa Color Peony
  • The layers are adhered together with the sentiment added with dimensional foam adhesive.  
  • Voila' a finished card in under 10 minutes!

Please enjoy this sketch and post it over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  We we love to see how you complete this sketch in your make. 

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB222.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Multnomah Falls for Nature, Naturally Retro Rubber Challenge

Our challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber Challenge blog is Nature, Naturally.  With the color suggestions and knowing I had this wonderful stamp in my stash, I knew exacting what I wanted to create.  This is an image of an iconic Multnomah Falls National Recreation Site in Oregon.  It is visited by over 2 million visitors per year.  There is a historic lodge at the base that was nearly destroyed in 2017 by enormous wild fire, but was saved by firefighters dousing the lodge overnight with water from the Columbia River.  This beautiful water fall had all of it's vegetation destroyed by the fire, and the trails to the bridge and the top were deemed unstable for  over three years.  It holds a special place in the hearts of those who have visited this picturesque place including me!


 
  • The Multnomah Falls image by Stamp Cabana from around 1997 is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on craft cardstock.
  • EK Success Color pencils in Wedding White, Chestnut, and Baby Blue are used to color the image.  Coloring on craft cardstock makes for a stunning image.
  • The image is trimmed and mounted on a scrap of blue cardstock.  
  • The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations Thank You from 2018 and is stamped in Versa Magic Night Sky.
  • Paper Studio flag punch is used to punch the flag shape. 
  • To tie the colors and card together a craft card base in A7 size is stamped with Judikins background stamp  from around 1998 in Versa Color Baby Blue.  Chalk based inks work well on craft cardstock.
  • The layers are adhered together and a card is ready for Father's day which is still a few months away. 
Here is the inspiration image from Retro Rubber, have fun interpreting it in your own way!
 


 CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB227.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Your comments are appreciated!


 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Spring is on the Way!

Our theme for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is Spring is on the Way!Early blooming flowers are a sign that spring is right around the corner.  The sunny faces of Daffodils smiling will brighten anyone's day!  I created two of these cards, one for each of the Mothers in our family.


The stamp/die/mold Spring Daffodil set from Heartfelt Creations was released in 3/2021.  These flowers do take a bit of time create, but the end product is so worth the effort!  Heartfelt Creations has been a leader in exquisite flowers for over two decades.  Sadly the creator and owner is retiring.  If there is a flower you really love, now is the time to see if they are still available.  (I'm not in any way affiliated with HC, but have loved their products for many years!)

There are videos available on YouTube (Heartfelt Creations Spring Daffodil) to help you make these flowers, so I am going to list the supplies I used rather than describe the creation.  There is an accordion fold between the front die cut and card base, with the fence die cut mounted in the middle.  This allows the dimension of the flowers to shine.

Supplies:

  • Heartfelt Creations Spring Daffodil stamps, dies, shaping mold
  • HC Fragrant Hyacinth Stamp and die for the leaves
  • HC Spring Garden Paper collection (on card front base and tag)
  • HC Deluxe flower shaping kit
  • HC golf tool
  • HC Pastel Pollen Stamens
  • HC Teardrop Lattice Gateway die
  • HC Lattice Flourish Gateway die
  • HC Thank you sentiment stamps 9/2018
  • Memento Luxe' Dandelion
  • Memento Cantaloupe, Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves
  • Versa Magic Pumpkin Spice
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft wire
  • Floral green tape
  • Paper Studio Tag Punch
  • Creative Memories Corner punch, Trimmer
  • Ofray Ribbon
  • Green, Purple, and white cardstock

Enjoy creating for Spring or in my case preparing ahead for Mother's Day!

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB226.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Fun Oval Floral Card for Retro Rubber

 Time for another challenge over at Retro Rubber.  This is a Tic Tac Toe board.  Give a row a try and join us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  This is what I came up with for the Diagonal row of "Shaped Card, Embossing, Floral".  

This is one of my favorite retro stamps made by Personal Stamp Exchange, or PSX.  There was an entire series of iconic floral images.  This Pansy was released in 1993 mounted on wood.  So pretty.

  • The image was stamped in Memento Luxe' Espresso Truffle, as I wanted a color softer than black.  Then heat embossed in clear embossing powder.  
  • An easy way to blend inks is to color on a plastic surface with Memento Dual Tip Markers.  Colors used for the flowers are:  Cantaloupe, Danube Blue, Lulu Lavender, Grape Jelly, Cottage Ivy, and Pear Tart.  The colors can be mixed before adding a bit of water with a paint brush, then gently applied to the image.  The heat embossing keeps the coloring inside the lines.
  • The image is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Ovals.  
  • The next larger size is die cut from card stock to serve as the card front.
  • A 12" x 12" x 5" piece of cardstock was folded in half and die cut with the same size die as the card front with the fold inside a small section of the die to kept the card in one piece.
  • Hero Arts "It's Your Day" released in 2015 sentiment Birthday Wishes is stamped in Memento Luxe' Espresso Truffle and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
  • The sentiment is die cut with Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners and the edges are inked in Memento Luxe' Espresso Truffle.
  • The layers are adhered together with the sentiment raised with dimensional foam adhesive. 

This is the Tic Tac Toe board used for the challenge.  Have fun!

 
In case you are wondering how the card stands up?  The Sizzix Small Easel is die cut and adhered to the back of the card.  It shows when the card is flat, but makes for a very unique Oval shaped card that can be displayed in a vertical position.
 

Please do join us over at Retro Rubber and play along!  

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
  • We require stamps older than one year.  If we feel you are using newer stamps, you may be disqualified from the challenge without notification.
  • New papers/dies are OK – but you must use at least one stamp older than a year and describe the age in your blog post.
  • Please note that all challenges require the use of at least one stamp older than a year.
  • Post your new creation to your blog or online gallery.   Use keyword RRCB225.  No backlinking. 
  • Link back to the blog using the Linky Tools by the due date. 
  • Enter as many times as you like. 
  • Feel free to combine our challenge with a maximum of 10 challenges.  Entries linked to more than 10 challenges will be disqualified without notification.
  • If your project is posted on a private group site such as Split Coast Stampers or a photo sharing site not all DT members may be able to comment.   Thank you for understanding.
  • Turn off Word Verification.  We love to comment but word verification can make that difficult.

Until next time . . . enjoy your crafting time and make some joy in your life!