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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Retro Rubber Anything Goes Butterfly Kisses

Hello all!  Either you have more time to craft than you've ever had before, OR you are even more busy because not only are you working from home, schooling your children, AND taking twice the amount of time to do grocery shopping.  I would fall in the later category.

At any rate, our challenge for the next two weeks over at Retro Rubber is Anything Goes!


This morning was the first time I've had time to sit down at my craft table and create something, and I am very pleased with the results.  I was inspired by the challenge listed below.



  • This wonderful bit of ribbon was in my scrap ribbon stash and was the starting point for the card.  
  • The native butterflies are just starting to hatch in our area (my GSD loves to chase them and their shadows), plus butterflies are a favorite of mine anyway.  This set is by Joy Clair Butterfly Kisses from 4/2017.
  • The background is Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze that is brayered onto Bristol cardstock with a soft rubber brayer.  
  • The background butterflies are stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.
  • I ended up doing a second go at the background, and then decided the focal butterfly could be stamped on the scrap in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.  (The first stamping of the background butterflies do not go as planned!)  The focal butterfly is fussy cut.
  • Bristol cardstock is die cut with Spellbinders Mystical Embrace die and then inked with an Ink Dauber in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.
  • The edges of the card base are also inked with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.
  • The ribbon is adhered to the background, then to the base with foam adhesive.  The sentiment panel is adhered with foam adhesive as well.  The focal butterfly is shaped a bit and adhered with a bit of foam adhesive and glue dots.  
 I was inspired by TGIF Challenges Sketch for my card!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please to come by and join our Anything Goes Challenge at Retro Rubber!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Guest Designer for Single Page at Stick It Down

I am excited to give a single page layout a sketch with our team over at Stick It Down.  I had just two photos printed from an event and decided this would be a great way to showcase them since a long title was perfect for the layout.


My version is from a fall event, and the colors are very vibrant for the season.


  • The Quick Quotes Autumn Brilliance Collection was perfect, I used I used two sides of one paper and one side of two more of the collection.
  • A Plaid ruler for tearing paper made quick work of tearing the edges.
  • During the quarantine I am learning how to use my Brother ScanNCut and Canvas Studio.  It was easy to create my own wavy edged circle frames.
  • The title font is a Silhouette font, ZP Whiplash.  
I hope you enjoy my interpretation of the single page sketch!  So come a play along with us over at Stick It Down!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Easter version of Be Squared!

We have a fun challenge over at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks.  Do go check out all the options the Design Team created! 


We have a few simple rules: 1)  Use at least one stamp older than a year  2) Tell us how old the stamp is  3) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  That is it, so come and play along!


This is the front of the card, which was designed to be clean and simple.

  • Sizzix Card, Square Flip-It #2 was used to die cut Lawn Fawn Watercolor Shooting Star cardstock.  
  • The smaller square die cut is from Elizabeth Craft Design's Stitched Squares.  
  • Unity Stamp Company Everything Easter from 2/2015 was used to stamp both the front and inside sentiments in Memento Tangelo.   
  • Memento Tangelo was rubbed on the inside of Cuttlebug Gingham embossing folder before the cardstock was pressure embossed.  
This is how the card appears with the Flip-It opened.


Although there is not much room for a written hand written message this is a quick and simple card to create.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I do hope you will play along with us over at Retro Rubber for our Be Squared Challenge!  

Monday, April 6, 2020

April SID sketch, State Wrestling

How much our everyday life has changed in the last few weeks.  I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy as we weather this pandemic together.  We over at Stick It Down will continue to provide inspiration with our monthly sketches for cards, single page layouts, and double page layouts.  April's double page layout features a large photo.




My choice was to use a photo I purchased from the professional photographers at my older son's state tournament appearance.  I also went for a really BIG title.  I am happy to report that my son was pleased with the layout.


  • I have a collection of wrestling related papers from Stamping Station AKA Scrapbook Customs.  If you have need for a particular sport this is a great place to purchase theme related papers.
  • I keep the cardstock simple and used school colors of red, black and white.  
  • The smaller team photo is backed with Darice Large Black Dot.  The photo was taken from a distance on a balcony above the event center main floor.  I am still pleased that I captured this moment.
  • The wrestlers and singlet cut files are purchased on Esty from PenAndPosh
  • The white script is from Silhouette Sweet Tea font and the red is a font on my Brother ScanNCut.  
During this time we are all dealing with a myriad of emotions depending on our situation.  For me and my family I am at home on 6 acres with my husband, two sons, and four German Shepherds.  We have plenty of chores and activities to keep us sane and happy.  My husband is able to work from home, but as a substitute teacher my services are not required.  I am the family errand runner, so am taking great care to stay safe and clean! 

Do take some time to be crafty!  For many of us it is an escape and therapy!


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dog Sympathy Card

On Monday of this week I accompanied my In-laws to the vet to help their beloved Duke cross the Rainbow Bridge.  It was not unexpected, but is still always hard to say goodby to a well loved dog.  Once I found a sketch and the pet patterned paper I was good to go!


  • DCWV The Pets Stack provided the right panel and the "Duke" name.  One sheet had a list of common dog names, conveniently so for Duke!  
  • I used the Three-in-one heart die by Lifestyle Crafts from 2010 to create all the hearts, and fussy cut the aqua around the Duke names.
  • Recently I purchased a Dog Sympathy stamp set from Scrapbook.com and have already used it twice since the beginning of the year.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Wedding White and the paw prints in Memenoto Luxe Rhubarb Stalk
  • All the cardstock is from my scrap stash. 
This card was inspired by the following sketch at Freshly Made Sketch 429


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I was happy to have the time to create a special card for my Mother and Father In-Law. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Magic Picture Changer card for Retro Rubber Challenge

We have a super fun challenge that you can use to create Easter cards, or just about any season for Retro Rubber.  One of our DT is in the Southern Hemisphere and she used this challenge to create a fall card.   Do stop by to see all of the wonderful projects.



I ended up using two diagonals: eggs, die cut, pattern paper AND Easter, die cut, baby animals.  One of my favorite things is to create interactive cards, and have been doing it for years, even before cool dies and online instructions are around.  However this time the process went much quicker with the use of a set of Lawn Fawn dies called Magic Picture Changer.  This is the closed position:


I followed the directions from the Lawn Fawn assembly video
  • All my images are from the Chirpy Chirp Chirp set (2/2016) and are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with Chameleon pens.  
  • To layer the images they were first stamped on Post-It notes and fussy cut to create mini masks.
  • I used Chameleon NU4 Caramel, YO2 Mellow Yellow, OR4 Seville Orange, PK3 Bubble Gum, and WG3 Warm Gray.   (One of my goals during the social distancing time is to actually sit down and go through the instructions videos about color with Chameleons so I can become a better colorist!)
  • The  grass which is peaking through the frame is Memento Pear Tart.
  • With the masks still in place the sky is sponged in with an Ink Dauber and Memento Summer Sky.
  • The pattern paper is from a very old set of Provocraft papers that I've had for 20 years!  Still have a selection and am glad to see them make an appearance in my crafting.  

This is the card in the open position.  What shows up during the transition is the word: Translation: happy easter.

I hope you enjoyed this project and it will be in an envelop soon for Easter.  Please do play along and join our fun little challenge at Retro Rubber.  We have a few simple rules.  1)  Use a stamp that is older than one year.  2)  Tell us how old the stamp is in your description.  3)  Enter ONLY up to 10 challenges including ours.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020

NW Duals

Wrestling is a sport that I have thousands of photos . . . when the boys were younger I could distill a season down into a layout or two.  For John's senior season I decided to scrap each event in it's own layout.  Even with that I must select down to a few photos of some very intense minutes. 


Mountain View colors are red and black, so an easy choice to stay in that color scheme.  I ordered a batch of Darice papers as I knew with three kids to go through Mountain View I would use them frequently for sports and school events.  
  • Each photo is backed with Bazzill red cardstock and the background is Bazzill black cardstock. 
  • Three patterns of Darice papers are used:  Large Black Dots, Red Plaid, and Red Stripe
  • Since I wanted to layer the patterned papers a frame of grey cardstock helped define and separate the two. 
  • The red stripe is punched with the Paper Studio Pennant punch.
  • Paper Studio Wrestling stickers are backed with the grey cardstock and fussy cut.  They blended into the background too much otherwise.  
  • The title font is Recollections, and stood out much better on the red plaid than on the black back ground.  
  • Journaling was also printed out on the grey cardstock.  
I am happy to have another layout completed.  Sometimes not doing all the wrestling layouts at the same time helps my creativity.  Thanks for stopping by, and know that your comments are always appreciated!  

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

No River Required

I often create layouts in duplicate or triplicate for my kids' albums.  This was the case for this layout, three kids with memories to preserve, so three layouts. 


I found several patterned papers I wanted to use that were great colors for the photos, but I only had one sheet of each.  So the challenge was to create a layout that would use one third each.  I think I accomplished my goal! 

Several years ago I purged all my printed magazines as they were taking up room on my shelves and not being used.  Before I did that though, I salvaged articles and ideas for layouts that appealed to me.  This layout is based on an article from Creating Keepsakes Nov/Dec 2010, about using scraps. 

  • My Minds Eye Lime Twirl collection stripes and darker blue patterned paper, and Creative Imaginations Blue Scroll were used.  Bottom rectangles are 2" x 3".  
  • Top strip is 1" backed by 1 1/2" white cardstock.
  • Four punches were used to created the different size circle.  The punches are fast, compared to die cutting!  EK Succes, Fiskars, Marvy and McGill are all represented.
  • Bazzill green is the background, Darice Persimmon is the orange.
  • The journal strips are inked in Memento Danube Blue and written in Zig Writer Navy.  
  • The title was cut on my Brother Scan N Cut.  
A bit time consuming to create three of the same, but I am very pleased with the results.  Thanks so much for you comments and time to stop by!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

YOU for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

The next two weeks we have a great CAS sketch over at Retro Rubber.  Please do come and play along with our challenge, and check out the wonderful cards the Design Team created as well.  We do have several simple rules:  1)  Use at least one stamp that is older than one year and needs some inky love.  2)  Let us know about how old the stamp is  3)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.


My card took all of 15 minutes, once I decided on the papers and stamps.  I rotated the sketch as the sayings I wanted to put on the card would not fit the other direction!

  • Hot Off The Press has a great set called YOU, the die is die cut from Basic Grey's Granola.  This is a very retro paper from about 2008.  Three more die cuts are made to stack and add dimension.
  • Three sentiments from the You Greetings are stamped in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Cool Grey.  Each sentiment is trimmed and the edges are inked.  
  • Another selection from the Granola collection is adhered to the front of the card.  
  • The YOU die cut and the sentiments are added with dimension foam adhesive. 
There you have it!  A great masculine card to send to my son.  Please do come by Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and check out this fun sketch challenge.  Thank you so much for stopping by and I enjoy reading all your comments.  

Monday, March 9, 2020

Butterflies for SID March Double Page Reveal

Even though my photos were taken last fall (in Florida) they are perfect for a spring green layout.  We have several fun sketches for you over at Stick It Down.  Not only a double page, but also a single page, and card sketch to play along with for the month.  Check it out!


For my layout I choose to add more photos, by making them smaller.  There are too many wonderful things to share from this experience at The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservancy.  (At least I had the long title!)


I tried several different colors of background cardstock before I finally decided on the green.  With the bright colors of the butterflies and fun patterned paper I think it holds the layout together.
  • A very old collection by Me & My Big Ideas by Ellen Krans (2006) had all the selections of coordinated paper to make it easy to put together.  
  • Paper Studio light yellow washi adds a dash of pastel to the eges of the butterfly paper.
  • I love butterflies, and sometimes (well often!) will buy a stamp or die just because it is a butterfly.  The Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Butterfly Trio was just such a purchase.  Look how wonderful they are as embellishments for this layout.  If you look closely some of the highlights are colored through the die with Writer Chalk Collection markers.  I also backed each butterfly with a matching die cut by scanning on my Brother Scan N Cut and die cutting coordinating cardstock to put behind the butterflies.
  • Another butterfly tool in my stash is the Tonic Butterfly border punch.  I just had to use it in this layout as an add on embellishment.  The top edge is punched with EK Bubble edge border punch.   
  • The title is a combination of Stampabilities Vintage Type alpha stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe and Quickutz Tangerine & Shadow.
  • The yellow and orange dot patterned paper is backed with orange cardstock, and the journaling is printed on yellow cardstock that is the exact color of the patterned paper.
Do come and check out the blog and give one of our sketches at Stick It Down a try.  It will be fun!

Thanks for stopping by your comments always make me smile!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

MOPS Play Day

Another layout featuring my younger son in his preschool days.  We had a group over for a time to play and socialize.

 
  • This layout features Echo Park All About a Boy collection kit, the same one as yesterday's layout featured.  The bright colors and boy themed embellishments make for a quick layout.
  • The background is Kraft cardstock which is a nice contrast to the fun colors of the patterned papers.
  • If you look really close you can see that I was able to turn other letters into the "a"s that I needed for the title.  I choose "g" and added the bottom serif from the "z".  
Thanks for stopping by!  I've had a little more time to scrap and am glad to have the opportunity!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Gymnastics

Well not exactly full on gymnastics, but more pre-school time at the gymnastics gym!  I played along with at sketch challenge over at 2PeasRefugees.

  • Dark Blue cardstock creates a base for a layout that features bits and scraps from the Echo Park All About a Boy collection kit.
  • Stickers from the element sheet and die cuts from the spinner patterned paper came in handy as embellishments.
  • Making Memories Dot Style Creative Letters stickers stand out nicely against all the patterns in the layout.
This was fun to put together using as many scraps as I could.  Collections allow me to do this, and Echo Park makes great collections!

Great memories from when my son was small and learning all kinds of new things!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Kindermusik

It is super fun to scrap photos that are now (yikes) ten years old.  They are good memories that help when parenting a teen gets tough!

 The left side is inspired by the sketch challenge over at Scrap Your Stash.  The sketch is altered for 4 photos on the right side.
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  • I started with light blue cardstock as a base and added a colorful music patterned paper I have in my stash for who knows how long?  There was no identifying printing on the paper to even know who made it, but it was perfect for this layout!
  • I has some great scraps from Bo Bunny Toy Box, Circles (which I think count as polka dots) and Cheerful.  The small 4 represents how old my son was in the photos, and is from the B side.
  • The yellow strips is also a B side pattern as is the two color small strips.  I think they all coordinate together well.
  • To add both washi tape an follow the idea of the sketch I added lime green washi by Paper Studio.  It did take a few minutes to miter the corners.  
  • The tag was cut with Paper Studio's Tag punch.  A small remnant of ribbon from my stash tops the tag.
  • The Musical die cuts are from the Silhouette store.
  • David Walker Creative Imaginations letter stickers create the two titles. 
  • Journaling was completed with a Zig Writer in Splash.  
 Thanks so much for stopping by!  It is therapeutic to share my crafting with the blogsphere!   
 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

New Baby card for Retro Rubber Anything Goes

Woops, I am a little late with this post as real life got in the way!  So this go around at Retro Rubber the challenge is everyone's favorite.  Anything Goes!  Remember we have a few simple rules 1)  Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old  2)  Let us know how long it has been around with a date (approximate works too) 3)  Enter up to ten challenges including Retro Rubber.




Some dear friends of our just had a baby girl!  She joins her two big brothers.  The parents waited until her birth to find out her gender, so it is such an awesome time for all of them.  Her biggest brother who is all of 4 1/2 said "It's going to be a girl, I can feel it in my bones!"  Such an old soul little boy!



Since I had some really cute baby charm dies, I decided to go that route and include a stamped sentiment.  All of the cardstock is from my stash, some are just little scraps.
  • The rabbit and onesie are from Elizabeth Craft Designs Baby Charms.  There are stencil spots on the dies to easily color in the hearts and other details with pens.  I used Zig Writers in Pure Pink, Pure Red, and black.  A white Gelly Roll pen colored the interior of the rabbit's ears.
  • The heart is from another Elizabeth Craft Designs set, Hanging Charm Pull TabZig Writer in  Hyacinth is used to color the highlight.
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Chains 1 is die cut from metallic silver cardstock.  The charms are attached with silver craft thread.  It is softer and easier to mail than jump rings!
  • Spellbinders Lacey Ovals is die cut and the placement of the chain allowed me to determine the spot for the sentiment.
  • The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Chickadess 2.0 and is stamped in Versa Magic Eggplant.  
  • White cardstock is pressure embossed with  Elizabeth Craft Designs Hearts Entwined and the edges are inked with Versa Magic Eggplant.
  • The card is adhered together with the lacey oval adhered with thin foam adhesive. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and we hope to see you in our gallery at Retro Rubber for Challenge #129 Anything Goes!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Monster Valentine

One last Valentine to share . . . this one for our resident 14 year old male child.  Nothing to mushy for for the teenager!


I had a hard time deciding what kind of critter I wanted to use . . . so went looking through my stash and found these fun monsters from The Stamps of Life released in May 2017.
  • Searching through my stash of past mixed media experiments I found a sample of Amplify by Imagine the mixed Radiant Neon Electric Pink and Black.  It was rolled out onto cardstock then heated with a heat tool to have a slightly raised textured surface.  I die cut the three monsters plus a backing of black cardstock with the dies from Monster4Celebrations.  One monster has his features penned in with a Zig marker.  
  • Additional die cut pieces add the tongues inked with Radiant Neon Electric Pink ink, and white for the teeth.  I had three different sizes of googly eyes in my stash that worked perfectly!
  • The sentiment is Hero Arts CL498 Celebrate Every Day stamped on black cardstock and heat embossed with Think Ink Magenta Bright Light embossing powder.  
  • The background is pressure embossed with Sizzix Hearts and Dots and then inked with Radiant Neon Electric Pink ink.  
  • The card base edges are inked with Delicata Black Shimmer.
  • All the layers are adhered together and parts of the monsters are trimmed off so they feel like they are just jumping into the scene. 
Overall I think the card is really fun and conveys the Valentine message well for a teenage boy!  Thanks so much for stopping by and know that I appreciate all your comments!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

For My Sweetheart

As a card maker, every once and awhile I like to make a very special card for my husband.  This card did take some time to plan and create, but the results are really fun!


The front of the card is just a hint of the inside!
  • Dark red cardstock is the base of the card, topped with Me and My Big Ideas patterned paper from 2011.  The base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (or 11" before the fold).
  • Karen Burniston's Twisted Panel Pop-up dies are used to die cut light grey cardstock, dark red cardstock, and black cardstock for the front.
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink is used through the card for the stamping.  
  • Joy Clair's Hello Sentiments (2017) stamped the "For My" and Studio G's Sweetheart (2006) completes the front sentiment.
  • Red twine decorates the tops of the sentiment's before the entire card front is adhered together.
 


As you can see the majority of the labor of love was in the interior of the card!  To die cut and assemble the card, please follow Karen Burniston's excellent video HERE!
  • Red, black, grey, pink and green cardstock are used to die cut all the pieces. The center panel with the mechanism is die cut from the same Me and My Big Ideas patterned paper used on the front of the card. 
  • The top panel use's Hero Arts CL498 Celebrate Everyday from 2015.  Using a stamp positioner I stamped each word of the sentiment one at a time, although it is one long sentiment, "Happy Valentine's Day".  
  • "Be Mine" is another 2008 Studio G.  They just happen to be the perfect size!
  • Lawn Fawn's 2014 Hedgehugs was perfect for the two center panels of the card.  The images are stamped and die cut from kraft cardstock and colored with Prisma pencils.  
  • Hero Arts 2013 CL582 XOXO hugs & kisses is stamped on the far right panel.  
  • A combination of Technique Tuesday's So Grateful from 2014 "Love You" and Scrapbook.com's 2019 XOXO "forever & ever" finish the final bottom panel. 
I hope you find this card to be an inspiration of ways to combine stamps, die cuts, and different company's products to create one really fun and fantastic card!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments #244 Valentine/Love Sentiment 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Guest Designer for Imagine Valentine

There was a call for Guest Designers for Valentines, and of course I had to send in a card using Imagine products.  I was fortunate to be a part of the Artist in Residence for two years, so I had plenty of choices to work with on this project.  The Imagine blog post featuring guest designers went live while I was traveling so I am sharing my post with you now.


This card was super easy to put together and color!
  • Concord & 9th's Geode Stamp and die set heart was stamped several times on the card front in Delicata Golden Glitz and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder.  
  • Angel Pink and Rose Bud Fireworks! is flicked on the front of the card.  
  • The same image was stamped and die cut.  The different layers with water color painted with Fireworks! in Angel Pink and Rose Bud and diluted with Ink Potion No. 9.
  • The sentiment "You are a Rare Find" was die cut three times and stacked to make a dimensional die cut.  The top layer is inked with Delicata Golden Glitz and heat embossed with iridescent embossing powder. 
  • The die cut heart is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive and the sentiment is added to the card base.
This card is on it's way to my son for Valentine's Day, I hope he enjoys it!

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy reading your comments!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Valentine's for Retro Rubber

We are already well into February and time to think about Valentine's.  I like to make and send Valentines to all my kids, so I have a few to do.  Our challenge at Retro Rubber , "love is in the air!" is just the thing to get me motivated!


Two of our kids are boys, so I wanted to go more masculine with this theme, and choose to go bold with dark red, a touch of pink, and use white ink.


  • I trimmed the base cardstock to 11" x 4.25 and created a top fold card.
  • Red cardstock was pressure embossed with Cuttlebug's Hugs and kisses embossing folder.  
  • The "XOXO" is a from the stamp set XOXO by Scrapbook.com released last year, 2019.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Wedding White and heat embossed with white embossing powder on the same pink cardstock as the base card.  
  • The "happy" and Valentine's Day is from Joy Clair's Hello Sentiments released 4/2017.  
  • The "XOXO" and "happy" were dic cut using my Brother Scan N Cut, on the direct cut setting.  That allowed me to separate the XOXO and create a more pleasing design on the card.
  • All of the elements are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.   
  • The final touch is craft thread tied in a bow around the top of the card.
Hope you have time to play along with us at Retro Rubber with our "love is in the air!" challenge.  You know you have someone who would appreciate a Valentine!  Our rules are simple, 1) sse at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) let us know how old the image is AND 3) Enter up to ten challenges including ours.

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope this inspires you to make a few Valentines and play along with us!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Stick It Down Double Page for February

This month we have a great couple of sketches over at Stick It Down.  As always we have a Double Page, Single Page and a Card Sketch for you to play along with during February.  I am debuting the Double Page sketch with my take on the sketch.


As you can see the design is perfect for a Valentine's Layout.  But I decided to go a different route, one that show cases my stateroom from my recent scrapbooking cruise.


 I had never been on a cruise before, so everything was documented, including our 170 square foot cabin. 
  • I matched some DCWV light mint green cardstock to the Carta Bella Ahoy There collection for the base of the layouts.
  • The B side of Waves and the B side of Let's Sail were trimmed to fit the sketch.
  • I purchased the cruise ship cut file from the Silhouette Store and cut it with my Brother Scan N Cut.  Not wanting the place all those tiny little pieces with a second cut in black, I then traced the outline of the ship, scanned and then cut the result.  I never did figure out how to accomplish the same thing in the software!  Hum, something new to learn!
  • The Nautical embellishments were also purchased from the Silhouette Store and cut from coordinating cardstock.  
  • The Memories by the sea title is from Quick Quotes and is inked with the darkest ink on the Kaleidacolor Denim set with an Ink Dauber.
  • The remaining part of the title is die cut using Honey Classic, Honeybee Classic and Santa's Workshop all by Quickutz.  The die cuts are inked with Kaleidacolor Denim as well.
  • My Sea Pass fit great with the theme and was used as part of the embellishment cluster  
I have many more layouts to work on to document this really fun experience from last November.  I hope to do it again someday!

Please do check out the sketches over at Stick It Down, and come play along!  We would love to see what you create!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Blankies Layout

Hello all, I am finally having some time to do some scrap layouts.  Not usually a single page gal, I choose a single page sketch for these precious photos of my boys almost 10 years ago!


I am like many scrapbookers, and have a huge stash of patterned papers.  I found a few that are almost vintage to create this layout.
  • My Mind's Eye Lime Swirl from 2006, and Magnolia from 2008, and Art Imaginations Blue Scroll from 2005 all coordinated together.  
  • Wanting to go a bit mixed media I splattered some Fireworks! in Bahama Blue and Summer Sky on white cardstock.  After it was dry, it was die cut with Spellbinders Cascading Stars.  One of the things I like about this die is you can use all the parts!
  • The title is die cut from a light blue cardstock using an installed font on my Brother Scan N Cut DX.  
  • A few bits of ribbon from my stash are tied into bows.
  • Everything is mounted on Core'dinations Distress Collection Blue cardstock.
  • The final embellishments are Spiegelmom Scraps Southern Blue Bells sequins.  
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Tic Tac Toe for Retro Rubber

We have a very fun Tic Tac Toe board for our second challenge of the year at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.   We have very simple rules to play along.  1)  Use at least one image that is more than a year old and share with us how old it is 2)  Enter only up to a total of ten challenges.


There are so many ways to use these fun elements!



I had need for a sympathy card and choose the diagonal to include punch and patterned paper.
  • The base patterned paper is from a very old Provo Craft paper slab.
  • Stampendous Encouraging Words from 2007 is used to stamp the main image in Versa Magic Tea Leaves.
  • A strip of paper is punched on both sides with EK Success Edger punch.
  • Green cardstock from my stash is used to back the elements.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Northern Pine. 
  • The layers are adhered to an A7 card base.
Please check out the challenge and come play along with us!  We would love to see your wonderful creations at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Berry Blaze Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards aren't typically cards that I keep on hand, as I like to make each one specifically for the recipient.  For this card I pulled out glossy cardstock that had Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze brayered over the surface to create an ombre effect.


  • One section is stamped with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and a very old Ink Links Butterflies image and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • Another section is pressure embossed with Elizabeth Craft Designs Berry Branch.
  • The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company . . . beautiful life, blessed memories set.  It is stamped on vellum with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
  • To create a textured look I gently pressed the card base into the Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze.  I am pleased with the end result!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter Birthday card for Retro Rubber

Time to get back into the swing of things over at Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  Our first challenge of 2020 is "it's Cold Outside!"  In our part of the world we are in the mid 30's during the day and freezing temps over night. 


I have a family member who has a January birthday so it was perfect to create a winter themed birthday card for him.


It is hard to tell in the photo, but the trees do have a bit of shimmer to mimic a light frost of snow.
  • A very old stamp in my collection, a tree by Ann-Ticipations from 1996 is the featured image.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer which also edges the image.
  • The trees are outlined with Zig's Wink of Stella, which is very subtle.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Art's "It's your day" from 2013.  It is stamped in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.  The ends are trimmed with Fiskars Art Deco Corner Edger to create a unique banner look.  The edges are inked Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer.
  • Judikens Extra Fine Grove Corrugated Sheet is wrapped with Darice Natural Hemp cord and tied in a knot.  
  • All the layers are adhered to a A-6 size card base.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do visit the rest of the Retro Rubber Design Team's blogs and leave them a little love!  Enter the Retro Rubber challenge with your own Winter Themed project and remember our simple rules:  1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old and needs a bit of inky time 2) State how old your image is 3) Enter only up to 10 challenges including ours.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Thank You in Blue

You know how sometimes you have a new stamp and you just have to use it?  My new Triple Step Thank You from Concord & 9th is that stamp and die set that earned the distinction of "I wanna play with it now!"  I created a few cards with the set and played around with several colors of Memento Ink.  These are my two favorite versions.


  • For both versions I set up my stamp platform so I could stamp several of the main Triple Step Thank you.  I used Memento Inks in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, and Paris Dusk.
  • Wink of Stella added a bit of shimmer and sparkle on the letters of the sentiment, it is hard to photograph without bright sunlight and we are a bit short on that here in Central Oregon!  Currently it is snowing.
  • The same three inks are used with the sprinkles from Concord & 9th's Sweet Sprinkles set.  I varied the order of the colors and stamped the design across the card.
  • Craft twine is wrapped around one edge and tied in a bow.
  • The Thank you sentiment is mounted with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The card base is inked with Bahama Blue and an Ink Blusher.
  • The base layer is adhered to the front of the card.

  • The background is created with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.  The ink is applied directly to the embossing folder and the white cardstock is pressure embossed.  only the recessed sections of the cardstock pick up the ink for the most part.  This is a really quick way to create a background, although your fingers do get a bit inky!
  • For this version the card base is inked with Summer Sky.
 Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed New Year!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sympathy Card for a dear furry friend

I've been hunkered down out home for what seems forever!  Not much crafting, but plenty of celebrating birthdays and holidays!  Unfortunately a little bit of illness too.  Now that we are in the new year of 2020 it is time to play with paper.  Sadly the necessary cards to be made are related to losses, in this case a dear furry friend of the feline persuasion.

My stash does not contain any cat related stamps, so I went to the old paper collection by DCWV called Pet Stack.  It had many dog related papers which are used more frequently in my scrapbooking.  I used the Paper Craft Crew PCC365 sketch for my inspiration.


  • The papers are trimmed to fit the sketch and adhered to the card base.
  • Unity Stamp's  . . . beautiful life, blessed memories stamp set provided the sentiment.  It is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.
  • To finish the card Echo Park Enamel Dots are adhered.

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