Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Back in the crafting DT saddle again!

 I am happy to announce that I've been invited to be on the guest design team for Imagine.

You will see a project or two a month for the Imagine blog, which I will cross post here as well.  I am looking forward to sharing a pretty sweet Valentine sometime in January so stay tuned!

You can check out the announcement here:  Imagine Blog

Neva Cole

Hello fellow crafters, my name is Neva Cole and I live in the high desert of Central Oregon on a mini-farm with my husband, son, four German Shepherds, and one inside kitty.  A life-long crafter I gravitated towards mostly paper arts, stamping, card making, and scrapbooking about 25 years ago.  My style varies with my mood, sometimes clean and simple then I swing to shabby chic or layered elegance.  I have instructed classes in the paper arts, and come by teaching naturally—I am a retired High School Science teacher.  I look forward to creating with you in the Imagine Community! 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Christmas Theme for Retro Rubber

For our last Retro Rubber challenge of the year is a Christmas theme board.  We have a couple of simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is at least one year old 2) Tell us how long you have the stamp 3) Enter no more than ten challenges including ours 4) Enter our challenge up to three times.  Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber. 

I decided to dig through my really old Christmas themed papers.  The old ones from Paper Pizzaz that came in 8 1/2" x 11" tear out books, from about 1996 or so.  The prints are smaller and coordinate well together.


  • The sentiment manufacturer is unknown, but written on the back is 1998 and a price of $4.75.  My guess is Sonshine stamps?  It is stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy, then trimmed and edged in the same ink.
  • Patterned paper is trimmed to fit the front of the 5" x 6 1/2" card front and edged in Cottage Ivy as well.
  • Sizzix Winter leaves is used to die cut three layers of red, green, and brown cardstock to assemble the greens.  
  • Stars are die cut from patterned paper, then backed with three layers of white cardstock to create "chipboard" stars.  
  • Snowflakes are die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs Entwined Circle, and Spellbinders Four Seasons. 
  •  The add to the country feel theme, a strip of burlap ribbon is added and the embellishments are adhered with glue dots.  

Another Christmas card ready to send greetings is finished!  Please come join the fun of our last challenge of the year over at Retro Rubber!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Happy Birthday for Retro Rubber

Here we are soon to wrap up 2020!  Over at Retro Rubber we are celebrating birthdays with our challenge.  So for the next two weeks come and play along!  Our rules are simple 1) Use a stamp that is at least a year old that needs inky love 2) tell us about the age of said stamp 3) Enter up to ten challenges including ours 4)  You may enter our challenge up to three times.

Since snow is falling,  in all honesty it's mixed with rain, I thought a winter birthday card would be in order.  Plus I have a niece who is big into the outdoor sports including snowboarding so I thought a snowflake themed card would be fun and feminine.

  • A quick search in my vellum stash I found the perfect light blue vellum.  It is pressure embossed with Darice Snowflake background.
  • Tried and true Spellbinders Create a Flake One and Three provided the die cuts.  They are also pressure embossed and then inked through the die with Versa Color Mountain Lake to high light the snowflake shape.
  • Taylored expressions In & Out Birthday from Sept 2014 provides the sentiment.  It is stamped in Versa Color Mountain Lake.  The corners are rounded with the WeR Memory Keepers corner punch.  I like this punch because you can choose three different curves for the corners.  The panel is edged in Versa Color Mountain Lake.
  • I adhered the snowflakes and sentiment with dimensional adhesive THEN wrapped the American Crafts color hemp around the snowflakes.  It seemed a little easier than trying to glue down the hemp cord!
  • All the layers are adhered to the front of a standard A2 card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do come by Retro Rubber and play along with us!  We love seeing you in our gallery!



Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber Anniversary Card

 We have the ever popular Anything Goes for our challenge for the next two weeks over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

We have very simple rules:  1) Use a stamp older than a year, give it some inky love!  2)  Tell us how old the stamp is or give us your best guess  3)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.


Today I am featuring a card I made for my husband for our 15th Anniversary.  I used the colors from our wedding and the paper selection is what I used when I scrapped our wedding.

  • The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Inspired Dragonfly released in 2016 and Unity Stamp Company's . . . no remedy for love released in 2015.  It is stamped on Coordinations Light Icy Indigo in Versa Color Grape.  Spellbinders Labels 25 is used to die cut the sentiment and the edges are inked in Versa Color Grape.
  • Canson Silver paper is die cut with Impression Obession DIE 056-I.  
  • Coordinations Groovy Grape is pressure embossed with Sizzix Textured Impressions Confetti Hearts.  
  • Silver sheer edged ribbon is adhered around the embossed layer and adhered to Coordinations Deep Racy Raspberry.  The additions embellishments are adhered to the layers.
  • The base card is Coordinations Light Icy Indigo.

Thanks so much for stopping by and do come play along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Seasonal Color Challenge for Retro Rubber

 Ah it's fall (or autumn) here in the Northern Hemisphere.  We've been enjoying a bit of Indian Summer, and had our first  frost of the season 2 nights ago.  My dahlias suffered, but I carried in my hanging baskets.  Actually for Central Oregon this is really late to have our first frost, so the last few weeks I've been enjoying the longevity of my flower garden including roses that had buds!  At any rate we are highlighting the colors of the season at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge for the next two weeks.

For most in the U.S. we celebrate Halloween with black, orange, and white.  It just so happens that my Sister-In-Law was born on Halloween and it is her FAVORITE holiday, and she is our favorite witch.  So I decided to create a birthday card that also celebrates Halloween just for her.


  • A very ancient Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers stamp of the relief of the moon was stamped in Memento Luxe Dandelion and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  
  • I created a circle mask with a Spellbinder's circle die and sponged ink around the moon image.  I started with Memento Luxe Dandelion, faded to Morocco, and finally Rhubarb Stalk at the bottom of the card.
  • A bit of Memento Luxe Grey Flannel was sponged over the moon and the excess cleaned with a baby wipe from the embossed moon.  The moon was a little too yellow, so a tiny bit of StazOn Orange Zest was sponged over the moon.
  • The tree image is another stamp that been in my inventory forever, Ann-ticipations trees made in 1996.  It's a lovely stamp for fall cards!  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle and Grey Flannel to add some depth.
  • The sentiments are from Technique Tuesday Say It Happy.  The interior happy is sponged in Memento Luxe Morocco.  The sentiments are stamped in Memento Luxe Wedding White and heat embossing in detail white embossing powder.  The ampersand is from Technique Tuesday's Say It Hugs from 2013. 
  • The witch and hat are Cheery Lynn Designs Witch Hunt from 2015.  They are die cut from black cardstock as is the outline for the Technique Tuesday's Happy die cut.  

I really had fun creating the card, and I am sure my Sister-In-Law will enjoy it!  Play along with our Retro Rubber challenge for the end of October.  We have several simple rules 1) Use one stamp at least a year old 2) Tell us how long you have had the stamp 3) Enter no more than ten challenges including ours.  Simple and fun!  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tic Tac Toe for Retro Rubber Sympathy card

 Time for a new challenge over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, a fun Tic Tac Toe inspiration board.   There a a few simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) Tell us how long you've had it or when it was manufactured 3) Enter up to ten challenges, including ours.  

I decided to use the middle horizontal row to make a clean and simple sympathy card.  As the card would be masculine I went with twine instead of ribbon, thinking that it's super similar and a tad more masculine.


This is an A2 sized card 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 base.

  • Sizzix skeleton leaves are die cut from green cardstock.
  • Twine is tied around the stem of the leaves.
  • The 4" x 5 1/4" edges of the card front are inked with Memento Luxe Northern Pine.  
  • The sentiment from Sincere Senitments 2/2007 is stamped in Memento Luxe Northern Pine.  This set has been used many times and was acquired when I had a subscription to Cardmaking & Papercraft.  It is designed by Simonne Clay. 
  • The die cut is adhered with Zig Two Way Glue.
  • The card front is adhered to the base.

I made several of this design, as I had family members on my husband's side pass away recently.  (Not COVID related)  My uncle who was not expected to survive his bout with shingles that caused encephalitis is making his recovery.  We are very thankful for his recovery, and keep praying for his family.  (So I still have a few in my stash if needed in the future.)

Thanks so much for stopping by and please do join our challenge over at Retro Rubber.  

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Retro Rubber Anything Goes!

 A challenge that everyone can enjoy, Anything Goes at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  We have a few simple rules:  1) Use a stamp at least a year or older 2) tell us how old the stamp is 3) enter up to ten challenges only including ours.  Thanks!

I made a few thank you cards for my birthday, and decided to share them with you!

I started with Concord & 9ths' Many Thanks Stamps and Dies from 2017.

  • Since I needed a stack to send out I stamped four sets of the background Thanks.  I used Versa Color Paprika and Brown, Versa Fine Vintage Sepia, and Delicata Dark Brok Shimmer.  Using my stamp positioner I stamped four in succession and cut each 6" x 6" into 3" x 6".
  • The background is inked in Paprika and then mounted to dark craft colored cardstock which is also inked.
  • Brown ribbon from my stash is wrapped around the top for balance and a knotted section is adhered with a glue dot.
  • A die cut of the quote bubble is adhered around the thanks.
  • "so much" is stamped in Paprika on dark craft cardstock.
  • A die cut heart from the set is inked with Paprika as well.
  • The final embellishment is the butterfly from Recollections.
  • Light brown craft cardstock is the card base. 

Here is the finished stack, I ran out of brown ribbon so I repeated the process in another color scheme to make a few more thank you cards.

Come join us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for Anything Goes!