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!

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!