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!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Retro Rubber Color Challenge

 Hello!  I've been missing the time in my craft space, but real life and challenges have prevented the creative mojo from flowing.  I am thankful that my crew over at Retro Rubber has been super understanding!  At any rate I am back, and here is the challenge for the next two weeks.

 Even though I do not have sunflowers growing in my garden I do love seeing the ones around town.  With this challenge I had to find a purchase made at one of the first stamp conventions I attended in Portland, Oregon.  A sunflower image from Auntie Amy that I have had since September of 1996!


  • The sunflower is stamped in StazOn Jet Black and then water colored with a mixture of Fireworks! in Dandelion and Tangelo on the petals, and Cottage Ivy and London Fog for the center.
  • Heartfelt Creations Bold Leaf from 2018 is stamped in Memento Cottage Ivy.
  • Both images were die cut using my Brother ScanNCut.  (Since I made multiples of this card it made easy work of the job!)
  • A scrap of yellow patterned paper laying on my desk was a perfect match, it is backed with a strip of white cardstock inked with Memento Cottage Ivy.  
  • One of the reasons yellow ink is not popular for stamping sentiments is that it is usually difficult to read!  So I die cut Sizzix Thinlits Phrase: Thank you with hearts from 2014.  
  • The layers are adhered together, with the flower popped up just a tad with foam adhesive.  

Thanks for so much for stopping by, it is pleasure when I read your comments.  I know that my blog has been neglected for a few months.  If you wish to read part of the story behind my "hiatus" you can check out our Go Fund Me page regarding my DS14.  

 Please do join us at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge, and remember our very simple rules.  1)  Use and image that is at least a year old 2)  Tell us how long you've had it around 3) Enter up to only ten challenges including ours.  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!  Couldn't resist with the challenge image, :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber

 Hello everyone, it's been awhile since I've posted on my blog . . . many things have been happening in my immediate family that required my attention.  There wasn't much left to be creative in my craft cave.  It was not COVID illness related, but just didn't have the time or energy to stamp.  Then I needed to create some sympathy cards for family members, and the creative juices thankfully started flowing.  This time around at Retro Rubber we have the ever popular Anything Goes!

I had several different cards to make and this is the one that features a butterfly.
  • The background features an ancient stamp from Fancy Pants Designs Pollen Dust set stamped in Encore Green.  I believe it was released in 2014.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Encore Pink from Unity Stamp Company's "beautiful life, blessed memories" from 2015.   
  • Circut Cuttlebug's Butterfly trio was used to die cut the butterfly.  The die cut is inked in Encore Blue, Green, and Purple.  I placed the negative from the die cut over the base card to ink in the areas that were die cut open in the butterfly.  
  • Edges are inked in Encore Green and Purple to pull the card together in a jiffy!

Please do come join us over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge and enter your own Anything Goes project.  We have a few simple rules:  1)  Use a stamp that is at least a year old 2) tell us how long you've had the stamp 3) only enter up to ten challenges including ours.

Thanks for stopping by!  I've missed my creative time and sharing my creations with you!  Blessings during this unique year of 2020.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Spring Flowers for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

A new challenge over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, perfect for May as things are starting to bloom!

I decided to go with clean and simple for my flower based card.  The bonus of my technique is that I got two stampings from the same coloring job, so both of my Mother's Day cards are done!

  • Penny Black Lilacs from 2018 image was colored directly on the stamp.
  • Memento Dual Markers were used in the following colors:  Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and Cottage Ivy.
  • The image was lightly misted with Ink Potion #9 and then stamped.
  • The second stamping was slightly lighter, but still stunning! 
  • The sentiment is from Hero Arts CL498 from 2015.  It is stamped in Memento Danube Blue.
  • The card base is ink with an Ink Dauber in Memento Danube Blue.
  • A bit of pom pom fiber is attached to the card front before adhering it to the card base.  
I hope you are staying safe and healthy during this time and have some spare time to craft.  Please do come and play with us at  Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have very simple rules 1) Use a stamp that is at least a year old and tell us how long it's been in your stash 2) Enter up to ten challenges including ours. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Stick It Down Double Page Drill Team Reunion

Hello all!  A few months back I attended an All Class Reunion for my High School located in Kodiak, Alaska.  We had four members from our junior year that were all on Drill Team Together.  These photos were perfect for this month's sketch from Stick It Down!

I choose to use school colors of Blue and Gold to scrapbook the page and add embellishments that represented our High School and mascot, the Kodiak Bear!

  • The base cardstock is two toned, so the die cuts and journal strips are the reverse of the base cardstock trimmed from behind the patterned paper.
  • Core'dinations Yellow Small Dots, and Dark Blue large dots, Darice Yellow Stripes and Dark Blue Plaid, along with some ancient Provocraft Slab II Yellow Plaid are used to create the sketch.
  • Blue ribbon from my stash adds the final background section.
  • The Bear is did cut from a file from the Silhouette Store.
  • The KHS emblem is designed from the Varsity font also from the Silhouette Store.
  • The title is die cut with a font on my Scan N Cut.
I am so pleased that I had so many patterns to work with on this sketch, why don't you give it a try and join us at Stick It Down! this month!