Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Retro Rubber

 It's time for a new summer breeze challenge at Retro Rubber.  Do come see all the wonderful summer themed cards the design team has created!

I can think of nothing better than a lazy day walking the beach in the summer, having the cool ocean breeze across my cheeks and the sand between my toes!  Now in real life this has only happened on a very rare occasion, as growing up in Kodiak, Alaska the beaches were black sand, the breeze was VERY cool, and it was really too cold be be barefoot.  But still I was inspired to make this color layering beach scene birthday card.  The main images are all from the Hero Arts Color Layering Waves set from 2019.

  • I started with light blue cardstock as the card front.  The solid image was stamped at the bottom in Memento Luxe Wedding Dress to make the blue even lighter.  Then a layer of Memento Desert sand that I allowed to be a bit "mottled" to resemble the sand of a beach.  
  • The same solid stamp was turned 180 degrees and stamped in Memento Summer sky.
  • The next layer was stamped in Memento Bahama Blue.
  • The final ocean layer was stamped in Memento Nautical Blue.
  • The bird and sentiment images are from Hero Arts Color Layering Mountains at the Lake.  They are stamped in Memento London Fog from 2020.
  • The set of four birds is from Pink Fresh Through the Trees 2019.
  • The card front is adhered to a printed card base.

This is a really easy clean and simple masculine birthday card that is perfect for my Dad who will be 94 this June.  He mostly relaxes at this point, but I think he will enjoy his card.

 We have a few simple rules at Retro Rubber.  To play along please use at least one stamp that is a year or older and tell us how long you have had the stamp.  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  But most importantly give a little inky love to your retro stamps!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber

Everyone's favorite challenge!  Anything Goes for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber.  Please do check out what the design team has created, we have a talented bunch of ladies!


We have three simple rules to participate:  1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) Tell us how old said stamp is 3) Enter up to ten (10) challenges including ours.

I have a clean and simple sympathy card to share.  There are times in our lives where having sympathy cards on hand is important, so they can be posted quickly to the bereaved family.  

  • I started with a Fancy Pants Designs Pollen Dust stem and leaves.  The 12" x 12" set was released in 2014.  It has sooooo many possibilities with all the different designs.  I stamped the stem and leaves in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy along with the sentiment by Stampendous 2012 Encouraging Words set.
  • The flowers are stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy.
  •  The card front is inked in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy and the card base in Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy.

A quick and easy card with simple lines, but flower color pops.  This card was created when I had about 15 cards to make for family members.  I used the same design for two cards each, which helped my creativity stay fresh but not be overwhelmed.  As it turned out, only one set was needed . . . we were blessed by the recovery of my uncle. 

 I do hope you will join us at Retro Rubber for this challenge, and have a little fun!  As always, thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Learn how to make a Quick Father's Day Card for Imagine

 Learn how to make a Quick Father's Day Card

 By Neva Cole

Today I will be demonstrating how to make a quick multi-layered card using three stamps and Versa Color and StazOn inks.  This tone on tone card is a simple way to create a wonderful card for the Father in you life.

 Skill:  Beginner

Time: 30 minutes



Step 1

Stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark Mountain Lake and heat emboss with Sparkle Embossing Powder.  Then die cut the sentiment with Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners.

Step 2
Use Versa Color Mountain Lake and stamp the Tape Measure and the Love Beyond Measure around the perimeter of an A-2 card base.  Ink the edges of a 3 1/2" x 4 5/8".  Stamp the Tape Measure in StazOn Ink in in Jet Black, die cut with matching die.

Step 3

Pressure emboss the 3 1/2" x 4 5/8" with Spellbinders Maze Embossing Folder.  Lightly ink with Seafoam.  Stamp the the Love Beyond Measure on card front.

Step 4

Assemble the card with dimensional foam adhesive and enjoy!


Art Supplies


  • Versa Mark-Mountain Lake, Seafoam
  • StazOn-Jet Black
  • Embossing Powder-Sparkle


  • Hero Arts CL1498 Holiday Sentiments
  • Technique Tuesday What a Guy Stamp and Die
  • Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentient Banner
  • Spellbinders Maze Embossing Folder

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Retro Rubber Tic Tac Toe Just Saying Thank You Card

Retro Rubber has a new Tic Tac Toe to play along with for the next two weeks!  Do check out what amazing things the Design Team created!

I always need a few Thank You cards in my stash, and this challenge was perfect to use some of my really pretty spring paper scraps from a Basic Grey collection Mint Julep released in 2012.  So very retro paper too!  I went with the Patterned Paper, Heat Embossing, and Ribbon column.


  • The stamp is Happy Day by Studio G from 2011 when they were still made of rubber!  It is stamped in Encore Teal and heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  The collection is two sided so the coordinating papers are all from the Min Julep collection.  
  • The sentiment is die cut with TT Die Banners.
  • The square and rectangles are both sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Squares and Stitched Rectangles.
  • The bow is made from layered sheer yellow and lopped edged pink ribbon.  
  • The final touches are the Butterflies!  First the paper is inked with Versa Mark Dazzle and then heat embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.  Then die cut with Cuttle bug Springtime Confetti.  They are the perfect size to coordinate with the small print flowers.  

Please do join along with our challenge at Retro Rubber.   We have a few simple rules:  1) Use a stamp at least one year old  2) Tell us how old the stamp is  3) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  Thanks for stopping by!

I would like to enter into the following challenge as I based my card off their simple but great sketch!

Fab Friday 213

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Mother's Day Gate fold card

I recently took a class through Heartfelt Creations using their new Gateway Dies.  The paper collection from Heartfelt Creations is from 2016, Berry Blossoms.  The finished card was very pleasing!  I hope you enjoy my version of this card!

Along with the Berry Blossoms stamp and Die and the Floral Basic Shaping mold I made some quick flowers to decorate the front of the card.  They are stamped in Memento Angel Pink and sponged in Lilac Posies.  The sentiment is also Heartfelt Creations and is stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid.     The center of the flowers are decorated with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow and Suze Weinburg's Mini Mosaics in Cracked Corn.  The front is decorated with the Scalloped Flourish Gateway Die and Elegant Swirl Die.

The interior also used the Elegant Swirl Gateway Die and Scalloped Flourish Gateway Die.  The sentiments are from Unity Stamp Company's . . . . Mama's & Grandma's.  All are stamped in Memento Northern Pine.

The card kit was put together before the online class, but I didn't really have time to complete all the details, so I went back and finally finished the card this week!  

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Learn How To Make Elegant Flowers For A Spectacular Mother's Day Card

In today's crafting tutoring I will share how to make absolutely gorgeous flowers from foam paper and StazOn inks that hold their shape beautifully.  Create a very special card to give to a Mother for Mother's Day. 


Skill:  Advanced

Time:  3 hours plus time to dry ink on art foam paper



Step 1

Stamp Calla Lily image in StazOn Bordeaux.  Stamp Calla Lily Leaves image in StazOn Forest Green.  Set aside while working on the rest of the card.  The ink will take time to dry, otherwise it will smear or come off on your fingers.

Step 2

Trim a sheet of Strathmore Bristol Vellum Finish 100 lb paper to 7" x 15".  My pad comes in 14" x 17" so it will make two cards of this style from one sheet.  Score at 5" from each end and accordion fold sheet using bone folder to crease folds.  

Step 3

Place folded cardstock into Largest die from the Teardrop Lattice Gateway die by Heartfelt Creations.  Run through die cut machine.  Remove curved corners once they are cut, to allow all layers to cut through.

Step 4 

Die cut decorative card front from white cardstock.  It is from the Heartfelt Creations Lattice Swirl Gateway die.  Die cut lower portion of Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway die (shown below).

Step 5

Use an ink blusher and Delicata Rose Gold to color die cuts.

Step 6

Use Versa Magic Aqua Splash Dew Drop to ink all outside edges of the tri-fold card.  Front is shown.

Step 7 

Using direct to paper method ink the front panel and back panel of the tri-fold card.  Shown is the back panel.   

Step 8

Die cut scalloped edge die from the Hearfelt Creations Scalloped Flourish Gateway die.  Ink the edge with Versa Magic Perfect Plumeria.  Using direct to paper method ink the center of the panel.


Step 9

Stamp the sentiment from Heartfelt Creations Fancy Special Day Stamp in StazOn Bordeaux at the top of the panel from step 8.

Step 10

Center Lattice Flourish Gateway die below the sentiment and trim to fit.  Adhere with On Point glue. 

Step 11

Die cut the third from the largest Hearfelt Creations Eyelet Frame Gateway from white cardstock.  Ink the edges and the center of the panel with Versa Magic Aqua Spalsh.  Die cut center panel form Heartfelt Creations Regal Lattice Gateway die from white cardstock.  Use an ink blusher to color the die cut.

Step 12

Die cut two smallest Eyelet Frame Gateway dies from white cardstock.  Ink smallest with Versa Magic Aqua Splash around the edges and lightly in the center.  Stamp with Inspire Me Sentiment Stamp in Caribbean Green StazOn ink.  Ink the larger die with Perfect Plumeria around the edges and lightly in the center.  Stamp "Happy Mother's Day" from the Hearfelt Thank You Sentiments in StazOn Caribbean Green. 

Step 13

Apply Tear It tape to the back of prepared panels from Steps 9, 10, and 11.  (Notice that I decided to change color used for the sentiments  for step 12 and simply used the opposite side of the die cut.)

Step 14

Use and ink dauber to color the leaves and Calla Lily images with StazOn ink in Caribbean Green and Bordeaux.  Set aside for the ink to dry, I let mine dry over-night to keep from staining my fingers in the next step and smudging the ink.

Step 15

Die cut the Calla Lily and leaves.  Prep space to create flowers.  Heat glue, glue gun, die cuts and Heartfelt Creations Pastel Pollen Stamens.  (Note I colored the back of the die cuts as well, but turns out it is not necessary because the back of the images do not show on the finished card.)

Step 16

Holding the Cally Lily die cut with a pair of tweezers and heat the back of foam paper until it just begins to curl.  The foam paper will curve towards the heat.  While the foam paper is still warm gently add a small dab of hot glue at the very base of the Cally Lily.  Place stamen and pinch closed, hold for a moment until hot glue cools and flower will hold it's shape.  Repeat with remaining five flowers.

Step 17

Heat the back of the leaf image until it curls.  While it is still warm pinch into shape until the foam paper has cooled and it will hold its shape. 

Step 18

Using small dots of On Point glue adhere the Lattice Swirl Gateway die cut from Steps 4 and 5 to the front panel of the card.  


Step 19

Apply Scalloped panel to middle of section of the tri-fold card. 

Step 20

Use hot glue to adhere foam flowers to the front of the card as shown above

Step 21

Continue to adhere flowers and leaves to the card front as shown.  Adhere the sentiment over the trimmed wires from the stamens.

Step 22

Adhere die cuts from Step 11 to the back panel of the card.  Adhere flower and leaf and the sentiment panel in place as shown.  

Art Supplies


  • StazOn Ink Pad-Bordeaux, Caribbean Green, Forest Green
  • Versa Magic Ink Pad-Perfect Plumeria, Aqua Splash
  • Delicata Ink Pad-Rose Gold
  • Ink Blushers
  • Ink Daubers
  • On Point Glue
  • Tear It Tape!


  • Strathmore Bristol Vellum Finish 100 lb cardstock
  • Bone folder
  • Heartfelt Creations Art Foam Paper
  • Heartfelt Creations Calla Lily stamp and die
  • Heartfelt Creations Inspire Me Sentiment stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Fancy Special Day stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Thank You Sentiments stamp
  • Heartfelt Creations Scalloped Flourish Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Swirl Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Lattice Flourish Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Regal Lattice Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Frame Gateway die
  • Heartfelt Creations Pastel Pollen Stamens
  • Tweezers
  • Heat Gun
  • Hot Glue Gun and hot glue sticks

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Retro Rubber Sketch Chanllenge Congrats Grad Card

 Our new challenge over at Retro Rubber is a sketch, very fun and easy to modify for many types of cards.  Go check out what the design team has done with this sketch, it is amazing!


It is that time of year that graduations are happening, so I pulled out my tried and true Technique Tuesday Grad set from 2012 to create this card.



  • The image is stamped in Encore Silver and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver embossing powder.  I used my Scan-n-Cut to die cut the image.
  • A sheet of blue ombre paper was pressure embossed with Darice Grad Hats.
  • Congrats Grad is stamped in Memento Paris Dusk.
  • The circle is Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Circles.
  • The diploma is a die from Quickutz that is die cut from blue and silver cardstock.
  • The card is assembled with a scrap of blue cardstock under the layers to finish off the sketch.
  • The out edge is inked with Memento Paris Dusk.

I hop you have fun with this sketch.  It helped me put together a unique graduation card in a short amount of time.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, I enjoy reading your comments!