Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Black and White color challenge for Retro Rubber

We are off and running into the New Year, Happy 2019 everyone!  At Retro Rubber we have a new challenge for you and it is easy peasy!


Now for my version of the Black and White challenge, and no you don't have to adjust your color on your computer monitor!


I photographed my card on a black background, so this photo actually looks like it might be black and white photo!    I used two different black specialty cardstock sections to create this card.  The base is Bazzill Bling and is very pretty, the frame is Fancy Pants Designs black glitter paper.  To make the frame I die cut the glitter paper using Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  I die cut a lattice from white cardstock using Spellbinders Fancy Lattice.  It is layered it between the two black sections and added a bit of dimension with foam adhesive.  The snowflake flower is actually Arianna Lace by Heartfelt Creations die cut from white cardstock.  Shimmer vellum is die cut with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small then stamped with Memento Luxe Ink in Wedding Dress.  The stamp is the Sincere Sentiments from early 2017 by SC Design.  I used several from the set to fill the oval.  The finishing touch is a gem by Creative Imaginations from their Signature Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please join us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have very simple rules 1)  Use a stamp that is at least 1 year or older and tell us how old it is 2)  Enter up to 10 challenges including ours.  Have a wonderful 2019!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pretty Birthday Card

I spent the day Thursday (finally) packing up the last of the Christmas decorations and setting things back into order.  If you read my blog you know that I LOVE decorating for Christmas, and miss the soft glow of the lights I put up around my home.  THEN I had some time to sit at my craft table as a reward, after all I had been cleaning and packing all day!  I decided to play along with My Favorite Things sketch challenge.


I keep a file of scrap papers together for the express purpose of making cards.  This card was created from one of those baggies of scraps.  I also had some brand new dies and stamps from My Favorite Things that I thought would be fun to use.
  • I started with a very old, but pretty feminine glitter paper by Die Cuts With a View.  There are little glitter highlights in the centers of the flowers.  It is trimmed to 3 7/8" x 4 7/8".  The edges are inked in Memento Luxe Elderberry to give it a finished look.
  • The card base is from Recollections and is 4" x 5", slightly smaller than A2 standard size.
  • A small piece of Bazzill purple cardstock was die cut with MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals.
  • The image by MFT Birthday Greetings is stamped Memento Luxe Elderberry ink and heat embossed with Creations Unlimited Mystic Rainbow embossing powder.  It is amazing in person, but hard to photograph the glittery shimmer of this embossing powder!
  • I used the large MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles to die cut the edges of the strip across the design.  
  • The card is adhered together with the sentiment raised up with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The interior is stamped with a matching image from MFT Birthday Greetings in Memento Luxe Elderberry ink.
This card came together very quickly and is now ready to cheer someone's birthday that is coming soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:
(I used glitter, die cut, and blue for my inspiration.)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thanks so much

I took some time out from cleaning out my craft room to make a thank you card.  Still have a few more to make to send out as thank yous for Christmas gifts!  My focus has changed a bit for 2019 and I hope to de-stash the clutter and organize the craft room as well as enter a few more challenges and submit for publication.  I also have a few new stamps and dies compliments of Black Friday shopping.  I do wait all year and purchase from my wish list at the discounted prices.  I decided to play along with a few challenges to create this card. 


A new favorite company is Concord and 9th and their delightful Turnabout stamp sets and matching dies.  Here I have used the Many Thanks Turnabout and the die.  I pulled out my Versa Magic inks and used Pixie Dust, Malted Mauve, Sea Breeze and Aegean Blue to create the background.  The original stamped image is 6" x 6", so I trimmed it in half and edged it with the Malted Mauve.  The speech bubble is die cut and the outer edge is a separate piece, so it is easily inked with Aegean Blue.  The sentiments are stamped on the inner section also in Aegean Blue.  Since I've been going through my supplies and taking inventory I have found a few fun embellishments that you will see showing up in my creations.  To create the border from the sketch from Mojo Monday I used the Sew Easy Zig Zag piercer by We R Memory Keepers.  Little Boy Blue Floss also by We R Memory Keepers is used to stitch the pattern.  The final little embellishment is a very old Fancy Pants Designs set named Fashion Sense Sassy.  A posie, button, and pin are assembled into one embellishment with a bit of Little Boy Blue Floss tied into a bow to complete the card.

I am delighted to enter into the following challenges:

I choose Diecut, Thank You, and Stitching

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy 13th Birthday with Stick It Down

We have a super fun Stick It Down sketch to start the New Year, happy 2019!  Come play along with any of our sketches and be sure to enter before the end of the month.


I stayed fairly true to the sketch elements, although my photos are a bit larger.  I used a collection from My Minds Eye by Jen Wilson called Academy.  It was easy to use the scraps of the collection from other projects to make the little tags that go across the bottom of the layout. 


  • The background is trimmed to 9 1/2" x 11".  The paper is glittered so it is heavy and hard to adhere elements to, so I needed to use permanent heavy duty adhesive!
  • The tags are 2" x 2 1/2" with the corners trimmed.  I punched 1/2" circles and adhered them to each tag.  Then the tags were hole punched.  Each tag is inked Tsukineko Versa Magic in either Reg Brick or Aegean Blue.  
  • Journaling is done a a bit of paper from Bo Bunny Press named Shabby Princess collection.  Don't know how long it's been in my stash, but was a great match!  I used the Antique Burgundy Zig Writer to complete the journaling. 
  • The title is die cut with a Stephanie Barnard die by Sizzix Framelits 3-D Drop-Ins.  It is designed to be part of a pop-up card, but with a little creative trimming it makes a great title.  The Happy and Birthday were trimmed apart.  A second die cut for just the "th" is also trimmed.  Quickutz's Frankie Classic is a very similar font, so I used that to die cut the 13.
This is a supper quick and easy sketch to use for a great 2 page layout.   Come join us at Stick It Down!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ice Sktaing Giggle & Grins

Welcome to 2019!  I am sharing a seasonal layout featuring the B-side of Spring Showers from Quick Quotes.  The subdued colors highlight the colors of the photos that lend nicely to a balanced composition.


Last winter our family went to visit the local outdoor Parks and Rec Skate Rink.  We were pleasantly surprised, and enjoyed a session of skating.  Even have the photos taken by my husband to prove it!  The lighting was not great but a few colors in the photos led me to use Spring Showers to create this layout.  All of the blue layers are inked in Deep Sea Powder Puff Chalking Ink, and the orange and stripes are inked in Barn Board Sea Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • Spring Showers 102 is used for the background.
  • Spring Showers 100 is trimmed to 6" x 12" and adhered to span the two pages.
  • Spring Showers 101 is trimmed to 2" x 12" and is adhered to the left edge of the layout.
  • Spring Showers 104 is trimmed to 3" x 4 1/2" to mat the top right photo where it goes above the blue mat.
  • Spring Showers 103 is trimmed right along the edges of the diamonds, it is approximately 1/2" wide.  These are adhered just inside the edges of 100, I think it looks a bit like washi tape! 
  • Another section of 103 is trimmed to 3" x 5" to add a double mat the top right photo. This technique provides more room to add another photo and adds visual interest.


I had a few die cut pieces left over from the June 2018 Club Q kit that also featured Spring Showers.  A bit of modification made them perfect for this layout.
  • Spring Showers 104 was a pennant that I trimmed into three sections, adding tails to the third shape.  They are 2" x 4 1/2" (upper left), 2" x 2" and 2" x 3 1/8".
  • Spring Showers 101 is trimmed to 2" x 3 3/8" and the tails are trimmed into the shape to match the pennants.

I will admit I struggled a bit to come up with a catchy title, that morphed as I completed the layout.  First I started with Skating Giggles, when it was complete turned into Ice Skating Giggles & Grins.  It also moved around the page before I was finally satisfied!  I think the pop of orange color moves your eye through the layout and I am very please with the final outcome.

Quick Quotes Products
Spring Showers Paper Pack
Powder Puff Chalking Ink--Deep Sea, Barn Board

Other Products
Tangerine by Quickutz
Teal Zig Writer

Thank you for stopping by!  It is my hope that 2019 brings you and your families much joy!
~Neva