Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fall Colors for Retro Rubber

The nights are a little cooler, the days are shorter, and a few of our trees are changing to their fall colors, so it must be time to create a card with a fall color theme!  Join us at Retro Rubber for a little fall fun!  Remember our very simple rules 1)  Use at least one stamp that is one year or older and tell us how long it has been around and 2)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours! 

I acquired a Ginkgo embossing folder last fall and really wanted to use it for this card . . . I also have a stamp from about 1998 or 1999 from Stamp Out Art that I bought at a stamp convention in Portland.  Time to use them both together!  I have a small fascination with Ginkgo trees.  There were several on my college campus and my botany professor taught us that they are living fossils, the only species left in their Division.  They also have male trees and female trees, not both genders on one tree.  Your little botany lesson for the day!

I also played along with the card sketch from Stick It Down.  I am on their design team for double page layouts, which is the post below that went live on September 9th.

  • I had a scrap of paper that was spritzed with several Fireworks! colors that I used for the background strip.  Fireworks! in Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, and Rich Cocoa give it a shimmery multi-hued look.  
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Ginkgo embossing folder is used to pressure emboss, then Versa Fine in Vintage Sepia is rubbed over the surface to bring out the embossing.  
  • Three Ginkgo leaves are stamped on another section of the scrap with Vintage Sepia, then fussy cut.
  • The happy Birthday sentiment is from Ms. Sparkle & Co from March of 2017.  Sometimes you can find great stamps from the bargain bin at Joanns!  It is stamped in Vintage Sepia. 
  • The sentiment is die cut with my Brother Scan N Cut.  My new machine is used in almost every project now, so I think it was a good investment!
  • A bit of mesh from my stash is layered under the Ginkgo embossed strip and also held down with dimensional foam adhesive that anchors the sentiment and leaves to the card.  
Thanks for stopping by, and do join the fun at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks with your fall color inspired projects!
(I did mention I have a thing for Ginkgo trees!)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Stand Up Paddleboarding for Stick It Down

The summer just sped by and here we are starting fall!  I wanted to celebrate summer a little longer so my September layout for Stick It Down features photos from our camping trip at Dillon Reservoir in Colorado.

Dillon Reservoir is the highest in the US at 9017 feet, hence part of the title.  It has several campgrounds, but may be better known for Summit County  and home to several ski resorts.  This layout is to celebrate the new sport I took up this year, and paddling on Dillon was one of the highlights of the summer.  

  • I wanted to keep the focus on the photos so I keep the design true to the sketch but clean and simple.
  • FYI, all the photos except the one of me were taken through my dry bag!  
  • The background is a blue cardstock from a Michaels blue combo pack.  Perfect color to match the color the sky!
  • I went shopping around on Etsy for SVG cut files to match the scenery.  The mountains are from thesvgearth Mountain SVG Bundle.  The Trees are from MandarinSVG Forest SVG, and the SUP are from SmilingWild SUP silhouette SVG.
  • Each file is cut on my Brother Scan N Cut after being sized to fit the layout.  Each color of cardstock is from my stash.
  • The Mountains and Trees are shaded with Square Pastels.
  • The papers are all Provo Craft from their ancient stabs bought at Michaels more than 15 years ago, except the evergreen trees.  It was in my stash and has no label. 
  • I got out my trusty Quickutz from the tall but slender Abigail font for the main title.  The dates are a mix of Olivia and Stiletto (for the slash and dash).  
  • Since I had so much to say I really wanted to type my journaling . . . MSW didn't do the trick so a quick tutorial on Youtube and PSE came in really handy!
Do check out the rest of  the Stick it Down Double Page Layouts and the fun sketches for single page and cards too!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the fall!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. for Retro Rubber

We recently were honored to go to a family destination wedding to Catalina Island.  What a wonderful place to enjoy family, the sights, and a very memorable wedding!  This sketch for Retro Rubber came in really handy to put together a quick but elegant card.

I went for clean and simple and incorporated the elements of the sketch

  • I have a collection of papers that are very retro, easily more than 15 years old that were purchased a Costco.  The card base is 5" x 6 1/2" and each of the layers are 1/2" smaller in dismension.
  • The sentiments are from Feb 2017 Cardmaking and Papercraft, Sincere Sentiments by SC Design.  This set has been a mainstay for elegant cards.
  • The sentiments are stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer then embossed with Creations Unlimited Embossing Powder in 24K Sterling.  The embossing powder is silver with gold glitter which is not only really sparkly but also pulls together the gold and silver accents in the layers.
  • The champagne glasses are a die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs Wedding Charms 1188.  The charm loop was trimmed away and the glasses are heat embossed with matching ink and embossing powder.
  • The layers are adhered together to finish the card.
Please do join along with us at Retro Rubber.  We would love to see your creations using this great sketch.  We have two simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp older than a year and tell us how long you have had it in your stach 2) Enter up to ten (10) challenges including ours.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful crafty day!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber

Always a favorite challenge at Retro Rubber is Anything Goes!  We have a few simple rules: 1) Use at least one stamp older than a year 2) enter up to ten challenges including Retro Rubber. 

A few months (well more than a year ago now!) I made several cards using Technique Tuesday's Wild Rose from 2016.  Two others have been featured here on the blog and now the last of the set.  I used the same stamp set for the purpose of showing one stamp used in three different ways.  The first can be found here and the second here

For this card I used a water color technique and stamping the same image as the background layers.
  • Two sections of water color paper are die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  
  • The smaller section is stamped using a stamp positioner with the Wild Rose image using Memento Morocco ink pad and Dual Tip marker for the flower section.  It is spritzed with water to allow the ink to migrate on the paper.
  • The leaves are stamped using the same method and Memento Pistachio.
  • The panel is dried with a head gun then over stamped to create a crisp image over the top.
  • The next layer is stamped with just the flower portion and spritzed to allow the ink to migrate.
  • The Kraft cardstock base is stamped with just the leave portion of the image.
  • The sentiment (from the same set) is stamped in Memento Morocco.
  • The layers are adhered together with dimensional foam adhesive.  
Altogether this is a quick card to put together and is a lot of fun to create.  Please do share your own Anything Goes creation with us at Retro Rubber!  Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Monday, August 5, 2019

5th Birthday for Stick It Down Double Page Reveal

This is a great sketch that can be easily manipulated to add a few more photos.  Head on over the Stick It Down and check out the rest of the Design Team's layouts! SID also has single page and card sketches to play along with every month.

I had more photos than what the sketch called for, so I sized them down and put together the layout.

  • I choose Echo Park Paper Company's Happy Birthday Boy Collection to highlight all the bright colors in my photos.
  • Both sides of Age is Just a number is trimmed for the numbers and orange sections.
  • Birthday Hats is also used along with the Element Stickers.
  • I found some aqua colored cardstock in my stash that was a perfect match to the color scheme to use as the background for the layout.
  • The "5th" is a very old sticker font by Pebbles.
  • I had a rather long story to tell so the journaling is done on the computer.
Thanks for stopping by and do enter in and join the fun at Stick It Down!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Retro Rubber Tic Tac Toe creates a Thank You Card

I think Tic Tac Toe challenges are so much fun over at Retro Rubber because of the huge variety of projects that can fit the theme!  Do check out the Design Team's cards, they are amazing!

I used the diagonal that includes enamel dots/gems, texture, and heat embossing. 

Sometimes when I am at a loss for inspiration I look through my stash of test projects to help me kick start my mojo.  This is just one of those times!
  • The background is white cardstock that is spritzed with Fireworks! in Rhubarb Stalk.  It was in the stash, so it was already dry.
  • It is pressure embossed with Tide by Lifestyle Crafts.
  • The surface is sanded to take off most of the Fireworks! spray.  In a few place you can tell the spray soaked all the way through the paper.
  • The sentiment is by Taylored Expressions from their In and Out Thanks collection released in October 2014.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and heat embossed with iridescent clear embossing powder.  I used my Scan N Cut to die cut around the outside.
  • The background is mounted to a card base, the sentiment is mounted with dimensional foam adhesive, and the accent gems are added at the ends of the swirls in the pattern.
This card was very quick to put together once I had the initial concept.  I am very pleased with the final outcome!  Do come play along with us at Retro Rubber!  We have a few simple rules 1) use at least one stamp that is at least a year old 2) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Color Me! Pansies for Retro Rubber

We have a wonderful summer time color challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber.  Use Purple, yellow and green on your card.  What a fun color combination.  We have a few simple rules:  1)  Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and in need of inky love 2) Enter no more than 10 challenges including ours. 

The inspirational photo guided me to the exact image I wanted to use for this challenge.   It is one in my collection that has remained on it's wood block for sentimental reasons.  The Pansy image from PSX 1993. 
  • The image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed in Black Detail Embossing Powder.
  • I tapped a bit of Imagine's Fireworks! on my craft mat and water colored the image.  There is a very pretty shimmer to the images.  I used Dandelion, Tangelo, Grape Jelly, New Sprout, and Bamboo Leaves.
  • The left over was used to color the edges of the mat and the base of the card.  
  • The image and the base layer are both die cut with Stitched Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Design.  
Easy peasy!  Pansies are a favorite flower of mine because they are a happy flower that will reseed in my Central Oregon Flower beds.  Thanks so much for stopping by and to come join the challenge at Retro Rubber!