Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Flower Fun with Retro Rubber Tic Tac Toe

We have another fun Tic Tac Toe board for you to play along with us at Retro Rubber.  Just a few rules to follow, use at least one stamp that needs inky love and is more than a year old (tell us the age please), and enter no more than 10 challenges total.

I choose the vertical row: Ribbon or Twine, Flowers, Embossing.  I was experimenting with several different colors of Tsukineko's Delicata inks to create a shimmery card. 

  • Different portions of the Wild Rose set by Technique Tuesday (2016) were stamped on to coordinating squares of cardstock.  
  • The coral squares are stamped in Dark Brown Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  
  • The white square is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • The black square is stamped in Shimmer White and heat embossed detail white embossing powder.  
  • The card base is inked with Dark Brown Shimmer and a large Ink Dauber.  
  • A square of white cardstock is trimmed to 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 and inked with Celestial Copper.  
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Copper is flicked over the card base and backing cardstock.  
  • The sentiment is stamped in Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
  • A small hole is pierced at the fold and gold twine is wrapped around the card.  A double looped bow is adhered over the knot.
  • The layers are adhered together with dimensional foam adhesive.  
 Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do come and play along with us at Retro Rubber, we look forward to seeing you in our gallery!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flowers for Spring at Retro Rubber

I don't know about you, but I love when the spring flowers are blooming.  We have a few in our flower beds, and also some of our trees bloom as well.  It is all lovely!  Retro Rubber's Challenge is to use flowers in your project!  Check out our simple rules 1) Use a stamp that is older than a year and tell us how long you have owned it and 2) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.

I've enjoyed playing with layering stamps in different ways and using Altenew's Vintage Stamp and die set from 2014 was perfect for this challenge.  I used glossy cardstock as the dye based inks are more vibrate when layering stamp colors.  Starting with the lightest color first gives the layered depth to the color.

  • The flowers are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Elderberry, Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, and Lulu Lavender then die cut with the matching die.  
  • The leaves are stamped on glossy cardstock in Memento Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, and Pistachio and die cut.
  • Kraft cardstock is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.
  • A background layer is trimmed to 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I used an Ink Dauber to ink the edges in Lulu Lavender to have a perfectly matching frame.
  • Ink a section of glossy cardstock with Lulu Lavender and die cut with Echo Park Sentiments Enjoy die.
  • Adhere the layers together to an A7 Kraft card base.  Select a few flowers and leaves to adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to add a bit more dimension.
Thanks so much for joining me today.  I enjoy reading your comments if you are so inclined to share with me how I've inspired you!  Please join our challenge at Retro Rubber and have some fun creating!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stick It Down May Reveal Jumping on the Tramp

We have a really fun sketch for May at Stick It Down!  I knew that this sketch would be perfect for a sequence of photos taken by my Mom of my boys on the trampoline.

My version moves the photos apart just a smidge to highlight the triangle shapes. Most of the photos lined up so closely that the sky from one photo blended into the next, so the small separation works really well.

  • I started with yellow cardstock and three patterns from Me and My Big Ideas Boy collection.  
  • Just a little tip to help you get the triangles to fit together well and closely match the sketch.  First print the sketch design in a Word Document 6" wide.  It is easy to measure and size up the sketch because the ratio is 1 to 4.  In the sketch the edge of the triangle is 1 1/4", so my photo edges are 5".  (1.25 x 4 = 5)  I decided where I wanted the center of the photo on my 4" x 6" prints and placed them on a cutting mat.  Each photo is then cut on the diagonal 2 1/2" from the center point.  
  • Once the photo sequence is placed on the background I then measured the distance and matched it with each of the patterned paper strips.  
  • The Best Buds is actually a ribbon that fit the theme and color scheme perfectly.  
  • Before adhering the patterned papers I splattered the two corners with Danube Blue Fireworks! spray.  
  • Blue cardstock is used to die cut the title with Quickutz Zelda Grand.  
  • The same blue cardstock is die cut with the star pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.
  • Red cardstock is die cut with the heart pennant from Spellbinders Pennant Trio.  
  • Searching through my embellishment stash I found a star paper clip and some heart paper clips.  Bits of craft thread are tied into small bows around part of the clips before they are adhered to the layout.  
  • Journaling is done in Zig Writer Blue.  
Please do come join us at Stick It Down.  We have sketches each month for double page layouts, single page layouts and cards.  We have a ton of fun, and would love to have you play along!