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!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Double Page for Stick It Down, Soccer Season in one Layout!

I just loved how quick and easy this layout went together with this fun sketch from Stick It Down!

I am working through some events from a few years back and wanted to get all of one Parks and Rec Soccer Season in one layout.  Many soccer photos are best as landscape, so using three photos that are 3 1/2" x 2" took the place of each portrait photo.

  • I stayed fairly true to the sketch, using 3 3/4" circles around the perimeter.  I used Autumn Leaves (blue check with soccer balls and sayings) and two Stamping Station papers, Soccer Typewriter and Soccer Sayings.  
  • The ball soccer balls are ancient Queen & Co Felt Fusion.  
  • The top border is a ribbon from Bobbin Ribbon. 
  • I have a new toy!  A Brother Scan N Cut SDX 225, which I used to die cut the title.  with a little experimentation I used painters tape to keep the letter spacing and applied liquid glue to the letters to adhere them to the layout.  
  • With so much going on already on the layout, I choose smaller embellishments form a Stick-a-bilities set for Soccer.  The colors were perfect!
Always glad to have another layout completed and memory preserved . . . even it if is from a few years back! Have fun with this sketch and come play along with us at Stick It Down!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Christmas in July Retro Rubber teaming up with Double Trouble

Happy July! Here at Retro Rubber, we are starting off this month with a bang (because it’s July, after all)! We are starting our challenge a day early so that we can team with the Double Trouble Challenge!
Our theme is Christmas in July so all you have to do for our challenge is to make a Christmas card using at least one stamp older than a year.
Here’s the cool part: by teaming with Double Trouble you get to play along with their challenge as well! All you need to do is follow their requirements which are super easy and fun!
  • Thing 1 – Double Trouble: Make a square card, scrapbook page, gift box or use squares on your project.
  • Thing 2 – Double Dare: Use a rubber or acrylic stamp older than one year. (Sweet – that’s us!)
  • Thing 3 – Twisted Sister: If you create a beach scene with Santa you can earn an extra chance to be in Double Trouble’s random draw.
Be sure to visit their website – Double Trouble Challenge – to get all the details for their challenge to make sure that you are following their requirements as well!  So here we go! Double the fun! Double the Trouble!
For my Christmas in July card I went with silver, white and a bit of pastel.  I am not a big Santa fan, so didn't have anything to play along with Thing 3.  
  • I started by stamping the Angel by DeNami Designs from 1998.  She is one of my origanal Angel stamps.  The image in stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer on white cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver Embossing Powder.
  • The image is colored with Decorating Chalks and gently blended to give just a hint of color.
  • The sentiment is another really old stamp, one from 1992 by Annette Watkins.  It is also stamped in Delicata Silvery Shimmer on white cardstock and heat embossed with Stampendous Sterling Silver Embossing Powder.
  • Both sections are edged in Delicata Black Shimmer to help them pop off the background.
  • I have a fun new toy . . . the Brother Scan N Cut SDX 225, the background is one of the designs that comes loaded on the machine.  I sized it to 5.25" x 5.25" to fit the front of my square card base and die cut Canson Silver Cardstock.  
  • The 5.5" x 5.5"  card base is also edged in Delicata Black Shimmer,
  • After I adhered the die cut I added the Angel image and the sentiment with dimensional foam tape.  
 I am very pleased with this quick and simple card, and may make a few more for the Christmas Season!  Please do come play along with us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and Double Trouble.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Birthday Greetings for Anything Goes at Retro Rubber Challenge

Everyone's favorite challenge, Anything Goes!  Come join the fun at Retro Rubber and enter your project for the challenge.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is older than a year and share how long it has been around.  We also ask that you only enter up to ten challenges including ours.

I used a few inky techniques to create the monochromatic birthday card.

  • For the background I inked white cardstock directly with Memento Lulu Lavender then pressure embossed it with Darice's Damask embossing folder.  The raised portions were then inked with Memento Sweet Plum.  I used painter's tape to mask the center portion and inked the outside edges with Memento Grape Jelly.
  • I trimmed strips of cardstock (inked with Lulu Lavender) and then pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's James Embossing Folder set Stripes.  The raised portions were inked with Memento Luxe Grape Jelly  (pigment vs dye of the regular Memento ink) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Ribbons are typically shiny so I wanted to have that effect for this card.
  • Altenew's Bells and Bows is color layered stamped on white cardstock with Memento Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, and Elderberry.  To get the shiny effect the entire bow is inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • I die cut Spellbinder's Opulent Ovals from white cardstock and then inked the center section with Memento Lulu Lavender.  The sentiment by Taylor's Expressions: In and Out Birthday is stamped in Memento Luxe Grape Jelly and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The edges are inked with Memento Luxe Grape Jelly.  
  • The layers are adhered together with the bow and greeting raised with dimensional foam adhesive.  
I hope you enjoyed the monochromatic card!  Create your own Anything Goes project and join us at Retro Rubber!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Congrats Bridal Shower Card

It is a busy month for our family this year.  Besides Father's Day and three June birthdays we also have a wedding and a college graduation.  This is the card I made for my niece's bridal shower.  She is a music teacher, so I incorporated that a little bit into the design. 

With a few embossing folders and dies this card came together very quickly using the Mojo Monday sketch from Poetic Artistry.
  • The card base is 5" x 6 1/2".
  • A section of Bazzill Bling in purple is pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Confetti Hearts.
  • Silver glitter paper is pressure embossed with Spellbinder Music.
  • Another section of Bazzill Bling is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Design Stitched Circles.
  • Heartfelt Creations Timeless Amour hearts die cuts two hearts to top the circle.
  • Ribbon from my stash is tied into a double bow before being adhered to the front of the card to finish the sketch.
I was inspired by the following challenges:

Until next time . . . thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PADA Award Winner

Today I am sharing a layout about a stand-out event in my husband's career.  He is an aerospace engineer, and this is one of the first major awards that recognizes his excellence in the field of aviation design and engineering.  He is a long time EAA (Experimental Aviation Association) member and this award is from a subsidiary, the Personal Aviation Design Academy (PADA).

Echo Park's Jack and Jill collection was perfect for this layout.  I love the aviation themed parts of this collection.  I created this layout primarily from scraps left over from previous layouts.

  • A 2" strip of the B side of Travel pattern and 1 1/2" strip of the B side of Plaid pattern span both pages.  
  • I used a single 12" sticker from the Element stickers sheet to create the pop of red across the layout.  With creative placement of elements and a snip of the scissors it goes the distance.  I even had a small section left to add at the bottom of the layout for balance.
  • A journal card with the same print as the Planes pattern incorporated the diagrams of various aircraft in two places. 
  • A 6" x 6" square of the Planes pattern spans the bottom of the layout.   This paper is a favorite and I wanted more of it to show through. 
  • A small squares and rectangles of the B side of Cars pattern creates a visual triangle.
  • A few more elements from the Element Sticker sheet highlight the Dad and Son photo and balance on the opposite side with the compass.
  • The alpha stickers from the set are used for the title and sub-title.
  • Tangerine Quickutz is used to die cut the year for the title and add a bit more red for visual interest.
I really like how this layout came together and preserves an amazing memory for my husband.   Thanks for stopping by and visit again soon!

Monday, June 10, 2019

A Cut Above the Rest Father's Day card

One more Father's Day Card to share with you.  With a husband, a dad, and a Father-in-law I typically make three every year.  This time they were are unique.

I used the same elements as the previous two cards.  The inspiration of different sketches helped me produce all three in about an hour.  All of the papers were from my "experimenting" stash, and worked together perfectly!  The What a Guy stamps and dies sets from Technique Tuesday provided all kinds of inspiration!
  • The saw image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with Imagine's Black Embossing Powder.  The image is die cut with the matching die.
  • Kraft cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Wood Grain and Memento Rick Cocoa ink is rubbed over the surface to bring out the embossing.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Three brads from my stash decorate the corner to match the sketch design.
  • White cardstock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Polka Dots and then rubbed with Kaleidacolor Fresh Green ink.   
  • Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze is inked over white cardstock with a rubber brayer.  The saw image is stamped randomly with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  •  The layers are adhered to the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. 
I am entering the following challenges, thank you for your consideration.
Cards4Guyz #221 Father's Day

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