Monday, November 30, 2015

The Most Wonderful Life...

Ah, it has been so nice to spend some time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday, reliving memories, both of heartache and joy, laughing till your sides hurt and watching the next generation turning into little people.  So very much to be thankful for.

I have one more card with the Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Family Tree.  I stamped the images out on white cardstock and then colored them with Copic markers before fussy cutting them.

I created the card by layering a piece of the paper from the Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Echo Park The Story of Our Family collection measuring 4 x 5 1/4 inches onto a piece of the Blue Shimmer Cardstock from the kit measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  
I attached the cut out images to the card base with Scrap Happy Glue and the n cut out elements from the paper kit, creating banners as shown.  The banners are all attached to the card with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

I popped a hole in the word banner with a Crop-o-Dile and then tied a ribbon from the kit in a bow before attaching the panel to an A2 folded piece of cardstock.

Stamps:   Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Family Tree
Ink/Color:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink; CopicMarkers
Adhesives: Foam tape; Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit: ribbon

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Roots and Wings...

Roots and wings...that seems to be on my mind these days...seems like yesterday the kids were babies...and now I have one finishing up middle school!  I know these last four years or so are going to FLY by!  We are busy making memories!!  Today's Rubber Cafe Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit was again my focus with it's adorable owl images and that famous quote.

The blue shimmer card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, and the patterned paper is 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

I created a ribbon-woven background by cutting a piece of cardstock 3 x 4 1/2 inches.  Then I simply taped a piece of the ribbon in the kit along one edge and continued to alternate them across horizontally.  Next I put the ribbons in the same color order and repeated the process along a vertical edge.  Then I wove the pieces over and under in a basket weave manner until I reached the opposite edge of the cardstock and secured the tails on the back.  This panel is popped up with foam tape.

I stamped and colored the images with Copic markers.  The flowers and owls are stamped on white cardstock and are fussy cut.  The verse is stamped on kraft cardstock measuring 1 1/2 x 1 inch.  The home is stamped on a piece of the blue glimmer cardstock measuring 3 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches.  I stamped this image with Stazon ink and then carefully colored it with Copic markers, taking care not to touch the stamped image and cause smearing.
Cardstock, Designer Paper, Stamps, Ribbon: Love Makes You Family Creative 
Copic Markers
Foam Tape

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Best Things In Life...

Oh, I had fun with this card for The Rubber Cafe!  Included in this month's Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit was a Signo Uni-ball Impact 207 pen.  If you follow my blog, you would know that I have fallen for the Zentangle-Inspired Art movement.  There is something so relaxing and satisfying about creating patterns....with simple lines that can frame or showcase any image.
To make this card I took a piece of the kraft cardstock and cut it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I free-hand drew the frame and then divided it into four similarly sized sections. 
I used the pattern Strimonds on the bottom of my card.  Next I  did a pattern called Chard, which you can see I have started in this photo.  The patterns are all easy to do, just break them down into steps and work your way through!
Next is a variation of the Tucson pattern.  Finally, I finished the background with a pattern called Tri-Linz.    You can find these patterns and many more online.   I have a hint for you when selecting patterns; alternate patterns with dark and light designs.  Similarly alternate rounded and linear designs for a pleasing effect. 

For a bit of contrast I used the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink in the kit and Mowed Lawn Distress inks to paint the background.  I smooshed them onto an acrylic surface, spritzed them with water and then painted them onto my background.   TIP:  For the lighter green areas, I spritzed the ink with water to dilute it further for a lighter value.

I stamped the images on white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers and then fussy cut them before popping them up on foam tape.  The sentiments are stamped on kraft cardstock, and are trimmed to  2 x 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 x 3/4 inch.

Stamps, Cardstock, Pen, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink:  Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit
Copic Markers
Foam Tape
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sunshine and Laughter

 Oh, how much fun these cards were to make!  I had a frame stamp from The Stamp Shoppe that I used, I'm not sure of the manufacturer.  I tangled in the frame and then stamped a sentiment from Verve in the center.  The flowers are from Darcie's, set JCS150.  I tangled the flower and colored it and the leaves with Copic Markers.  I colored the frame around the sentiment for another pop of color.  The dragonfly is a a stencil that I traced and then colored and tangled.  I do find tangling so relaxing...especially when my nerves are a bit jangled.
So much so, that I made another one!  This time I did more of a beveled tangle pattern on the frame and left everything else the same. 

Thanks for popping by today!  Which frame attracts you more?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

No Place Like Home

It's time to share this month's Creative Cafe Kit from The Rubber Cafe.  This month's kit is called Love Makes You Family.    This month's paper collection in the kit is Echo Park's Our Family collection.  I used the Signo Uni-ball pen in the kit and the Scor-Pal/Scor-Bug to create Faux Stitching around the 4 x 5 1/4 inch panel of designer paper. 

I stamped the HOME image on a 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 inch piece of the woodgrain designer paper.  The images are colored with Copic Markers:  BG75, YG97, E74, YR27, R39, R43.  I stamped the branch image on the craft cardstock and  then fussy cut it. 

I stamped the flowers from the Home Sweet Home set randomly around on the background paper with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink that had been stamped off once.   Home is attached on the card with foam tape. 

I cut a strip of the owls from the designer paper that is 2 5/8 inches long, banner cut and layer it on a black mat that has also been banner cut. 

I trimmed a branch off of the tree branch and then glued the branch onto the card and re-attached the branch in a way that all of the owls are visible. 

I cut a few elements from a sheet of designer paper and then attached them to the card.  I stamped the There's No Place Like image onto the card as shown.

Stamps, Cardstock, Designer Paper, Pen, Distress Ink:   Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit
Copic Markers
Foam Tape
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue