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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pyramid Card - Metronome

Happy Thursday!  Today I have a new to me card....the Pyramid Card!  I first saw this when checking out a stamping friend's blog....and she had the awesome idea to make this card as a metronome!  I love all things music....and what better card to give to our piano teacher?  I must say...this is probably the most fun I have had with a metronome! *wink!*

You can check out my inspiration from Vicki's blog HERE. 

I used some sheet music, washi tape, some funky lock and key brads from somewhere that I fashioned into my metronome needle.  Flowers are from Prima, gemstones and some butterflies punched from some Prima paper scraps.  
 I decorated all three sides just for fun.
This is the side that opens.  It is held shut with a magnet in the lower right corner of the white triangle piece.   This folds flat for mailing or delivering in an envelope.

I pieced the inside as well where we will write our little notes of thanks for her whole bunch of awesome.  I loved making this card and think it will be fun to make in other themes as well. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

More Chalk Pop - Morning Glories!

 I have a few more happy cards for you today using The Rubber Cafe's April Creative Cafe' Kit - Petticoat Fashion and the Chalk Pop Technique!
I used the flowers from the Hello, World stamp set.  They look sort of like Morning Glories to me...and I have fond memories of them winding their way up the iron railings as I headed of to school spring mornings as a child.  I chose chalks in the blue tones for these flowers.  I inked the solid image with Versamark ink and then patted the light blue chalk onto the image.  Next, I  stamped the more detailed stamp with Versamark over the chalked image and patted the darker blue chalk on top.   As a final step I inked the flower center with Versamark and then add the orange chalk. 

The leaves were done in a similar way with light and dark green chalks.  Once the images were colored, I fussy cut them.

I used some of the patterned paper from the included paper pack and did a fun paper embroidery edge around it.

HINT:  Use the pattern of the paper to pierce your embroidery holes.  I love the symmetrical look you get!  I used 2 strands of white embroidery floss.

Flowers are then popped onto the card, some flat and others on foam tape as desired.

I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Black ink. 
This card was done in a similar fashion using scraps of the paper from the kit.

Supplies:
Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: Hello, World
 Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink, Versafine Black
Paper: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- 6 x 6 Petticoats & Pinstripes Paper Pad from Echo Park
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM, Light Green
Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Glue Dots
Other:  Needle, Embroidery Floss-white, Sequins, Pebbles Chalks

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chalk Pop Technique!

Today's card is an explosion of color using The Rubber Cafe's Creative Cafe Kit of the Month; Petticoat Fashion.

The card base is the Lime Pop cardstock and is 5 1/5 x 4 1/4 inches.

To create the flowered panel I used Pebbles Inc Chalk in Basic Brights and Pastels and the Chalk POP technique.

To do this technique I cut a white piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/4 x 4 inches.  Then I stamped the solid flowers randomly around the background with Versamark ink, being careful not to overlap them and leaving spaces in between so you can later add leaves.  They will be hard to see, so I recommend a good light source when you are working on this and you can tilt the paper a bit and the flowers will be easier to see.

Next I took a pastel chalk on an applicator and applied it to random flowers.  As soon as you touch a Versamark flower, it will grab the ink and it will be easy to color your entire flower.  Then repeat with a pastel purple color on the rest of the flowers.    Then go through as stamp the leaves and chalk with a pastel green color.

The next step is to add some more detail to the images with the second step stamps in the set.  I stamped each flower with Versamark, being careful to line up the images.   Then I took a pink, purple and green chalk from the brights collection and brushed the images again to add the darker detailing on each image.

When you are finished, wipe your project off with a Swiffer sheet or soft cloth to pick up any stray chalk.  I then stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and attached the panel to my card. 


Supplies:
Kit: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM- Petticoat Fashion
Stamps: The Greatest Gift Add On Set
Ink: Versamark Watermark Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Cardstock: The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe KOTM Lime Pop, White
Tools: Chalk Applicator
Chalks:  Pebbles Inc Brights and Pastel sets

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

....Because I Had So Much Fun....

 You know how I am....I make one card and then somehow bits and pieces end up creating new inspiration for new cards!  This is similar to the graduation card in my last post, but it is done with a 2007 Stampendous stamp set and a more recent Stampendous set Birthday Wish.  The background is still the Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz background that I inked with Distress Inks and then spritzed with water.  I stamped them out on regular cardstock and they are just perfect (and much cheaper than watercolor paper).  The flowers are colored with Copic Markers and are accented with a Signo white gel pen.
Here you see background pieces showing up yet again as accent pieces...too big of scraps to toss!
I used the same two Stampendous stamp sets as the card above for the sentiments.  To be honest, the girl and the bird were colored bits from previous design team work....but they hopped on this card and it just makes me grin!
And I will bet this background seems familiar.  It was the cardstock version of the ones I posted for The Rubber Cafe.  This time I stamped a fun verse from Art Gone Wild...I just love the fun fonts and the cute sentiment.  It's a clear set and it's so easy to perfectly align the image on the panel.

Hope you are having a fabulous week!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Congratulations Grad!


Tis the season....I have enjoyed playing with the Stampers Anonymous image that says Dream, Discover and Destiny on it.  For this card I stamped it over the number background from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Perspective set.

I inked the background up with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Spiced Marmalade.  I sprayed the stamp with a light mist of water before stamping on cardstock.  I did some on watercolor paper....but this is actually just cardstock and it turned out great for this purpose.

The Congratulations stamp is by Purple Onion Designs.

This card is similar...I just stamped on an upcycled birthday card, added a graduation hat from Stampin Up and a little verse from Stampers Anonymous.  I added a bit of penwork around the outside of the card.  Quick and simple!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

I Can't Thank You Enough...

I have another fun set of cards today for The Rubber Cafe using the May Creative Cafe Kit called Petticoat Fashion.  I used a fun technique today with the Echo Park embossing folder Curved Pennant that is included in the kit. 

I stamped with the embossing folder using Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Spicced Marmalade.   How do you do that you say?  I simply tapped the ink onto the raised portion of the embossing folder and for this first card just closed the folder and pressed firmly.  As you can see, this gives the most defined look of the three cards I am sharing, but also the most mottled. 


The card bases are all 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and are the Caribbean Sea cardstock included in the kit.
For the stamped pieces I used Ranger Watercolor Cardstock and then cut it to 5 1/4 x 4 inches. 
I love the bold font of the sentiment which I stamped with Versafine Black Ink. 

I created the frame border for my card using the little squiggle in the set....it's so fun peaking out from under the watercolored panel.

I had so much fun with the first card that I reinked the embossing folder and this time misted it lightly with water.  This gives a much looser impression...love the ink splatters that just happen with a drippy embossing folder!   

I used the sentiment from the optional set on this card....this would be such a fun card to receive in the mail!

And finally, for my last card, I used generation stamping...I had inked and stamped one panel already and simply sprayed the folder again and stamped with the rest of the ink.  It is very wet so it is very undefined, but is a soft and pretty.  I used a swirl stamp from the optional stamp set to define the banners a bit and loved how they curl around the Hello sentiment so perfectly!

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Supplies:
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' KOM- Petticoat Fashion: Hello World 
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' KOTM and Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Ink:  Versafine Black Ink, Distress Inks:  Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Spiced Marmalade
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe'-Scrap Happy Glue

Friday, May 6, 2016

Metal Accent Pieces

I found a bunch of fun rusty metal pieces on a recent forage at our local Good Will.  All sorts of fun metal images that just cried out for this Basic Grey Archaic collection.   

A bit of paper embroidery, some fussy cut designer paper that I popped up on foam tape and then add the rusty tree piece with foam tape. 

Penny Black: birthday Stamp


This leaf was not rusty, but I loved it anyway.  I curled the wire around the handle of a paintbrush and then stretched it out into a curly stem.  Again, a bit of paper embroidery and Candi were a simple finish to this card.

Stampin Up!:  Thankful Thoughts