Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Retro Rubber Pastel Birthday Card

 Even though I am late with my post . . . it is time for another Retro Rubber challenge!  

I have newish Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder that was perfect mix of pastels.


  • A brayer was used to ink glossy card stock with the Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder.  It was then pressure embossed with Cuttle Bug Devine Swirls embossing folder.
  • The image is from Unity Stamp Company's July 2013 . . . birthday jubilee.  It is stamped in Orchid Versa Color and heat embossed in Iridescent Embossing powder. and fussy cut.
  • The yellow ink is from the Kaleidacolor ink pad in Baby Powder and is applied with an ink dauber.
  • The card front is adhered to the card base, and the sentiment is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The finishing touches are sequins from different sets from Spiegelmom Scraps:  50's Sock Hop, Marmalade Tarte, Grape Juice, and Southern Blue Bells.  The sequins are adhered with On Point glue.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please do play along with us at Retro Rubber.   We have a few simple rules:  1) Use a stamp older than one year and tell us how old the stamp is  2)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours 3) Enter our challenge up to three times to be considered for top pick.

Do stop by the blog and check out the Design Team's creations!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Rainbow time for Retro Rubber

 It is time for a new spring themed challenge over at Retro Rubber! We have a few simple rules to play along.  1)  Use at least one stamp that is a year or older 2)  Tell us how old the stamp is 3)  Enter up to ten challenges including ours.  Have fun!

A few years back I purchased a club membership with The Stamps of Life.  The theme for March of 2017 was rainbows.  I've used these images a few times as they make great encouragement cards, spring time cards, and birthday cards.  All images and dies are from The Stamps of Life Rainbow2Stamp, Sayings4Rainbows, Solids4Rainbows, and Rainbows2stamp Die.  

  • The rainbow and cloud image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • Using a stamp positioner I stamped each color of the rainbow separately.  Easy, peasy with clear stamps!  The following Versa Colors were used:  Scarlet, Orange, Canary, Fresh Green, Cyan and Heliotrope.  The entire image is die cut with the outline die.
  • A set of clouds were die cut and then stamped with Essential Glue Pad and then dusted with Fun Stamps Snow White Fun Flock.  The clouds have a slightly "fuzzy texture" if you look closely!  After drying I tapped off the excess Fun Flock.
  • The background was created with a Deja Views ruler I received for National Scrapbook Day back in 2001.  It included both the sun burst and the cloud shapes.  The sunburst was traced on a post-it then fussy cut and both the positive and negative parts were used.  First I placed the post-it to ink the sun  with Canary and Orange.  Then the sun was covered while I inked in the layers of clouds using Versa Color Smoke Blue.  
  • The sentiment is stamped in Orange and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  
  • The base card is inked with Orange as well.  
  • The layers are adhered together using foam adhesive to add a little dimension.
  • The final touch was a few sequins from Spieglmomscraps Southern Blue Bells.  They are applied with On Point Glue.

 All the supplies unless other wise mentioned are by Tsukineko and Imagine. 

The day I made this card the wind was gusting to 38 MPH, but I wanted to take the photo in sunlight as the sequins, iridescent embossing powder and fun flock would all photograph better.  Solution?  Headed to my greenhouse and set up a little photo shot! 

Please do come join the fun at Retro Rubber and play along with our current challenge!  Head over and see the lovely cards the rest of the DT created for this challenge, they are lovely!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

See how to Make a Stamp Multi-Colored for Imagine

See How to Make a Stamp Multi-Colored

By Neva Cole

In today's crafting tutorial, I will show you how to use a single stamp image and stamp each line in a different color ink.  I will also share how to blend VersaMagic inks for a background and take it up a notch by dry embossing.  

Skill:  Intermediate

Time: 1 hour


Step 1

Place image on stamp positioner and use a post-it to cover the bottom three lines of the image.  I used a sentiment stamp from Unity Stamp Co. titled "Everything Easter" with four lines of text.  Use a paper piercer to tuck the post-it securely in place. Ink the top line with VersaMark in Aloe Vera.   Remove post-it and stamp image on cardstock. Clean ink off of the post-it so you can use it for subsequent steps.  Clean image after stamping and moving to Step 2.  Repeat this after each step through step 4.

Step 2

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,3 and 4 and ink image with VersaMark in Spring Pansy. 

Step 3

Use two post-its to cover lines 1,2, and 4 and ink image in VersaMark Sea Breeze. 

Step 4

Use a post-it to cover lines 1,2, and 3 and ink image in VersaMark in Spring Pansy.

 Step 5

Clean entire image and ink in VersaMark and stamp image over the colored lines.  Heat emboss with Iridescent Embossing Powder.

Step 6

Using ink blushers ink a section of 4" x 5.25" cardstock in VersaMagic Aloe Vera, Spring Pansy, and Sea Breeze and blend into each color.  Use an ink blusher to ink over the heat embossed sentiment image with VersaMagic Pixie Dust.

Step 7

Pressure emboss 4" x 5.25" blended color cardstock with Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder.

Step 8

Use a sanding block or sand paper to gently remove the color from the raised areas of the embossed cardstock.  The white color of the cardstock will show through.

Step 9

Die cut sentiment image and use and ink blusher to in the edges in VersaMagic Spring Pansy.

Step 10 

Ink the edges of an A-2 (4.25" x 5.5") card base in Versa Magic Spring Pansy.

Step 11

Adhere layers together with foam adhesive.  Adhere pearl embellishments in curly- ques of the embossed background.  Adhere pearl embellishments to the center of small flower sequins and adhere with On Point Glue.  Tie a triple looped bow from sheer ribbon and adhere with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies


  • VersaMagic-Pixie Dust, Spring Pansy, Aloe Vera, Sea Breeze 
  • VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder-Iridescent
  • Ink blushers
  • On Point Glue


  • Unity Stamp Co.  Everything Easter
  • Post-it notes
  • Paper piercer
  • Lifestyle Crafts Tide embossing folder
  • Sanding block
  • SpiegelmomScraps 50's Sock Hop sequins
  • Foam adhesive

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Anything Goes for Retro Rubber

 Always a fan favorite is an "Anything Goes" challenge.  Come play along and enter your project at Retro Rubber.  

A few quick reminders:  1)  you must use at least one stamp that is older than a year AND let us know how long you have had it.  2)  You may enter up to ten challenges including ours.  3)  Please limit your entries to our challenge to three projects.  

If there is one kind of card that is more difficult to make it is a Sympathy Card, especially for family and close friends.  Often they are a card that you need at a time when your crafting mojo may not be working because of the circumstances.  With that said I do encourage you to have a sympathy card or two on hand so they are ready to send as needed.  Recently I needed three to send to a friend and her daughters following the passing of their dad and grandpa.  I am really glad I had cards in my stash ready to go!

This card is simple, elegant, and a quick make:

  • Trim white cardstock to 4.75 " x 6.25" and pressure emboss with Darice Corner Scroll embossing folder.  Edge the card front with Delicate Silver Shimmer.
  • Stamp sentiment in Delicata Silver Shimmer.  It is from the Sincere Sentiments set released in 2017 by SCDesigns.
  • Heat emboss with Imagine Sparkle Embossing powder.
  • Secure sheer ribbon around card front then using a second piece of ribbon, tie a knot around the first ribbon.  It is much easier to get the correct placement of the knot using this method.
  • Adhere card front to A-7 card base.

Please come join our Anything Goes challenge and see what you come up with to delight the design team.  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tic Tac Toe for Retro Rubber Birthday Card

Here we are in March already and a new Retro Rubber Challenge is up to play with your paper and stamps!

I choose to go with the top line, and some really ancient supplies!  The Rhinestones or gems really caught my eye and so I ran with it.

  •  I started with the background paper from DCWV in my card scraps kits, called Posies Glitter Print.
  • Also in the card scrap kits were the matching cardstock colors.  
  • Using Spellbinders Labels Nine (released in 2010!) I die cut both layers.
  • Want 2 Scrap makes matching Nestabling to several of the Spellbinders dies, and this set was released in 2016.
  • The sentiment by Unity Stamp company "Jubilee" sentiment set released in July 2013 is stamped in Memento Luxe Sweet Plum and heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing Powder.  A few extra rhinestones from my stash finished the top die cut.
  • The background paper is edged in Memento Luxe Sweet Plum, and the card base in Memento Luxe Pear Tart.  
  • The die cuts are adhered with foam adhesive to finish up the card. 
Please do come join us at Retro Rubber Challenge and play along with our challenge.  We have a few simple rules: 1)  Use a stamp that is older than a year and needs a little inky love 2) tell us how old the stamp is 3) enter up to 10 challenges including ours.

Thanks so much for stopping by and know that I love reading your comments!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Playing along with Sheetload of Cards February 2021

 I've recently started playing along with Alicia at the Call Me {Crafty} Al YouTube Channel.  Her February sheetload was fun to use to creat a batch of cards.  The February Sheetload can be found with this link

Here is my take on the February Sheetload, along with the extra scraps leftover from the batch of nine cards.

The top five cards follow the Sheetload design, the next four flip it around a bit to fit the sentiments.  The remaining cards used up the last bits of patterned paper.

Supplies used:

  • ProvoCraft Stack I circa ~2000?
  • Memento Luxe Olive Grove
  • Technique Tuesday Large Birthdy
  • Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiment Banners
  • WeRMemoryKeepers corner rounder 7 mm
  • Paper Studio Fishtail Punch.

Now I have a masculine birthday card ready to send out at a moments notice!

Thanks for stopping by, and go give Alicia's Channel a looksie.  It is a great way to get a nice set of cards finished in a relatively short amount of time! 

#SUYSFeb2021 #showusyoursheetload

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Sketch Time for Retro Rubber

 Such a wonderful sketch to work with from Retro Rubber for our challenge for the next two weeks. The design team has really out done themselves in the variety shown with this sketch by our own Claire.

 This sketch had me thinking about all the card scrap "kits" I have in my stash from past projects.  The first set I pulled out was perfect for this sketch.  With the paisley printed paper and a recent challenge to use up naked chipboard I was ready to roll!
  • The patterned papers are all from Boxer Scrapbooking, a company that I loved that left the industry several years ago.  Originally they were used to make a mini album so I had a plethora of scraps to work with for each element of the card.
  • The fishtail banner is easy to punch using the Paper Studio punch that accepts 1.5", 2", or 2.5" strips.  
  • To match the colors of the patterned papers I used Memento Luxe inks in Tuxedo black, Rose Bud, and Pear Tear to color the Paisley #1 from Deluxe Designs Plain Janes, the naked chipboard that needs a little love in my stash.  I applied the color with an ink dauber and set them aside to dry while I assembled the rest of the card.
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Circles was perfect to die cut the lime green cardstock.
  • The image is from 2019 Ms. Sparkle & Co, one of the bargain sets you can find at Joann's.   
Working from a sketch is a really quick and easy way to put together a beautiful card.  This card came together in about 30 minutes total!  Please do come play along with us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.   

We have a few simple rules to play along with our challenge:  1) Use at least one stamp that is more than a year old 2) Tell us how old the stamp is 3)  Enter up to only ten challenges including Retro Rubber and 4) You may enter our challenge up to three times.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I enjoy reading your comments if you happen to stop by!

Friday, February 5, 2021

New Techniques for Embossing Stunning Cards for Imagine

In today’s crafting tutorial I will show you how to use various Imagine products to create a sparkly stunning spring time Birthday Card.  It will feature both Mboss Valentine, Versa Mark Ink, and Embossing Powders.  The tutorial will also show you how you can use Versa Mark over other inks to create a cohesive embossed look for a card, even if you do not have embossing powders in additional colors. 



Skill:  Intermediate

Time:  45 minutes


1.     Trim card front to 4.75” x 6.25” to fit a standard A-7 card base.  It is important to use a stamp positioner platform for this technique to ensure that the image lines up properly on the finished card front.


2.     Color stamen portion of Penny Black First Waltz Tulip with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Black embossing powder.  Pro tip: use a dry fine tip paint bush to remove any embossing powder that ends up on the card you do not want to emboss before heating. 


3.     Use the Versa Mark small cube which allows you more precision in where you place the Versa Mark ink to ink the flower portion of the image.  Cover with Mboss Valentine, and carefully remove powder from the stamen area with a dry fine tip paint brush then heat emboss.



4.     Color directly on the stem portion of the image with Memento Dual Marker in Pear Tart and Bamboo leaves.   Mist stamp lightly with water before stamping as this reactivates the ink to create a crisp image.



5.     Clean leaf portion of the image and ink with Versa Mark ink.  Stamp over the previously colored and stamped image with Versa Mark Ink and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing power.



6.     Stamp the Celebrate sentiment in Versa Mark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.  Die cut the sentiment, I used my Brother Scan N Cut.



7.     I also stamped the inside of the card, as I intend to send it to a special friend for her birthday.  Stamp the sentiment in Versa Mark Ink and heat emboss with Mboss in Valentine.



8.     Lightly ink the card base and card front with the Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink pad to add just a hint of green around both layers.  I ran the ink pad around the edges of the cardstock to create a light tint.


9.     Apply Tear It tape to back of the card front and adhere to the card base.


10.  Adhere the Celebrate sentiment to the card front using adhesive foam tape.


Art Supplies



·      Versa Mark Ink

·      Versa Marker

·      Mboss - Valentine

·      Memento Dual Marker - Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves

·      Embossing Powder - Black, Iridescent

·      Memento Luxe - Pear Tart

·      Tear It! Tape

    0.5 fl oz spray bottle



·      Penny Black - First Waltz

·      Kelly Creates - Traceable Celebration Stamps

·      Brother Scan N Cut

·      Stamp positioner

    Fine tip paint brush

Thanks so much for stopping by, know that I always appreciate your comments.  It is super fun to be back with Imagine as a Guest Designer!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

For My Love Valentine for Retro Rubber

Hello!  It is Valentine's season and our challenge over at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge can be either for a Valentine, or other special card as the Design Team will demonstrates on the blog.  Do go check out their wonderful cards for our theme:


I wanted to create a special Valentine for my husband and using this color scheme makes for a very masculine look.

I just purchased this great die from Sizzix designed by Tim Holtz and thought it was perfect for a shaker card.

  • I used the Sizzix Thinlits 66416 to die cut the heart with the heartbeat squiggle from 4" x 5 1/2" grey cardstock from Recollections.  
  • The front was then pressure embossed with Sizzix 3-D Confetti Hearts embossing folder.
  • The squiggle didn't fare so well after being embossed so I die cut another and fussy cut tabs so it could be adhered to the back of the card front.
  • A section of acetate was trimmed to fit the heart opening and Darice Adhesive foam strips were used to create the window around the heart.  More foam adhesive was put around the outside edges of the card front.
  • An A-2 card base was inked with Versa Fine Crimson Red before the card front was adhered.  A small amount of heart confetti (manufacturer unknown--too old!) in the spot where the window will be in the card.  It is much easier to center the card front on the card base using this method.
  • The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday, a set from 2008 "All you need is Love".  It is stamped in Versa Fine Crimson then die cut with Lawn Cuts Everyday Sentiments Banners.  The custom length is done be placing the die cut piece back in the die to get the diagonal ends just where I wanted them.

Wait, there's more!  Here is the inside of the card!  I also loved the additional squiggle die cuts and had to use them on the inside.

  • The heart and love squiggles are die cut from the same grey cardstock and adhered with very small dots of Zig blue at the tips of the lines.
  • The inside sentiment is from the same Technique Tuesday set and is stamped in Vera Find Crimson Red.
  • The final touch is a small cupid sequin, again it is so old I have no idea who made the sequins, but they sure come in handy around Valentine's Day! 
Do come join the fun for our challenge at Retro Rubber!   We have a few simple rules:  1) Use a stamp that is at least one year old or older in your project.  2)  Tell us how old your stamp is  3)  You may enter up to ten challenges including ours 4)  You may enter our challenge up to three times.  Thanks so much for stopping by and do have some fun with this challenge!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Slimline Valentine for Imagine GDT

Today I am sharing how to make a Slimline Valentine using Memento inks.  This is a great quick and easy card that can be given to the special guy in your life for Valentine’s Day.  Slimline cards are the new "it" style in card making.  It is so great to be back as a Guest Designer at Imagine for Tsukineko.  I love their inks and mixed media supplies and showcasing all the fun things you can create with all of their products. 

Skill:  Beginnner

Time: 30 minutes


  1. The great thing about slimline cards is that you only need a single sheet of 8.5” x 11” cardstock for the card and card front.  Trim cardstock to 7” x 8.5” and score to make a card base of 3.5” x 11.  It will fit in a standard A10 envelope.  Use a sponge dauber and Memento Rose Bud to ink the outer 0.5” of the card base.
  2. Trim the remaining cardstock to 3.25” x 8.25”.  Edge with Memento London Fog.  Stamp a background in Memento Angel Pink with a small valentine’s themed image.  I used an ancient Rollergraph heart stamp.  It is very subtle but adds a just a bit of depth to the card.
  3.  Die cut four layers of cardstock with the Technique Tuesday Paper Airplane on the Border die.
  4.      Ink one loop with a sponge dauber and Memento Rose Bud.  Ink one airplane in Memento Lodon Fog.  Ink one airplane leaving the cutout section in place when inking with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  5. Layer the loops together with dots of On Point Glue, the lower photo shows the very small dots of glue, a little goes a long way!  Lightly press together to create a raised die cut.
  6. Using On Point Glue layer the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane over one white airplane.  Layer the third airplane with the cutouts removed over the Memento Tuxedo Black airplane.  Layer the Memento London Fog airplane with cutouts removed on top.
  7. Stamp sentiment image in Memento London Fog.  I placed all the elements on the card to decide position before using a stamp positioner to stamp the sentiment. 
    Adhere the card front to the base using Tear It! tape.
  9. Adhere die cuts and sequin embellishments with On Point Glue.

Art Supplies

  • Memento Ink Pad-Angel Pink, Rose Bud, London Fog, Tuxedo Black
  • On Point Glue
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Tear It! Tape


  • Technique Tuesday Die-Paper Airplane on the Border
  •  Hero Arts-CL493 Holiday Sentiments
  •  Spiegelmomscraps-Sock Hop sequins
  •   Rollergraph-Heart Stamp

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A New Year a New Challenge at Retro Rubber!

 Welcome back, a new year, a new challenge!  The first challenge of 2021 for Retro Rubber is:

Six years ago, and four years ago we had record snow falls in our part of the country.  This year . . . not so much.  But it's still fun to celebrate snowflakes and all!

I choose to make a birthday card for a nephew with a January birthday.  Maybe a little too cutesy, but it  fits the theme.

  • The images are from Winter Warmers by Hunky Dory sent out in November 2017 Creative Stamping magazine from the UK.  The sweater (or jumper as they say in UK) is stamped first in Memento Nautical Blue.  A mask is cut from a post-it note and covers the sweater.  The bear is stamped in  Memento Tuxedo Black.  The sentiment and stars are stamped in Memento Nautical Blue.  The center panel is 3 5/8" x 5", just because I trimmed it after I stamped it!
  • I will admit I am not an expert at coloring with alcohol ink pens, but I've practice a little on this image.  Chameleon CG5 Cool Grey, PK3 Bubble Gum, and BL4 Corn Flower Blue are used to decorate the bear and his sweater.  I am pretty pleased with my results!
  • Scrounging through my wintry papers I found some scraps.  The background is Provo Craft (4 3/4" x 6 1/4"),  the white snowflake is unknown (3 3/4" x 4 3/4"), and the strip is SandyLion Let it Snow (2 1/2" x 5"). 
  • All the layers are adhered together and now it is ready to be sent off!  (I've made a resolution to get birthday cards out on time this year!)
Please do come and play along with our fun challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  We have a few  simple rules 1) Use at least one stamp that is at least one year old 2) Tell us how long you have the stamp 3) Enter no more than ten challenges including ours 4) Enter our challenge up to three times.  Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber, we would love to see your projects!