Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Rubber Cafe - Daisy Bouquet

Here's another card using stamps from The Rubber Cafe. This image is called Daisy Bouquet and is great for those of you who enjoy coloring in line images. You can't see from the picture but I added Crystal Effects on the flowers and leaves to give it a more elegant look. The card is really more stunning up close. I also decided to use a couple of things that I seem to forget about, charms and rub ons. They seem to find their way in my hand at the store but rarely on my projects.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - Daisy Bouquet
Paper: Tango Tangerine, White, Wild Wasabi, DCWV dp
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, SU Rub Ons, Ribbon FX Ribbon, Charm Me Charm

Here's the same card only in green:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - Daisy Bouquet
Paper: Wild Wasabi, White, DCWV dp
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, SU Rub Ons, Ribbon FX Ribbon, Charm Me Charm

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Rubber Cafe - Wheat Bundle

This is my first card using The Rubber Cafe's stamps. This image is called Wheat Bundle and is perfect for this time of year. I wanted to use rich, warm fall colors so I ended up with a Morning Marigold, Really Rust/ Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip color combination. When I saw this image the first thing I thought of was texture so I wanted to add a few elements to showcase its natural look. I distressed the cardstock that the image was stamped on, used a heavily textured paper aand added a little paper tearing. The second thing I thought of was metal/industrial, hence the antique copper brads and the silver wire screen.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - Wheat Bundle
Paper: Really Rust, Marigold Morning, Very Vanilla, Provo Craft Textures
Ink: Marigold Morning, Really Rust
Accessories: Natural Hemp Twine, MM Antique Copper Brads, Wire Mesh, Sponge Dauber

I enjoyed making my my first card that I decided to make another one only this time really allowing the colors and images pop. I used a combination of the CB fall embossing folder and paper tearing to give it a raw and more interesting look. Then I added the antique copper brads and Alpha Letters. To highlight the embossed lettering I applied chocolate chip ink with a sponge dauber. As you can see I also stamped the image in two different color inks this time. I think it gives it a bolder, stronger look.

The Rubber Cafe - Wheat Bundle

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe - Wheat Bundle
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Morning Marigold, Really Rust, Very Vanilla
Ink: Marigold Morning, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: CB Fall Embossing Folder, More Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon, Spare Parts Alpha Letters, Dimensional, MM Antique Copper Brads

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Thanks so much

Here's another Rachelle Anne Miller card. The image is very versatile. I left the little bird on Lily's head this time. If you look at yesterdays card you'll see that I omitted it. Again a little paper piecing because Lily deserves designer clothes. This time I kept the colors simple and bright. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to add a little texture and paper piercing for an added detail. I also used Crystal Effects on the bird, hair ribbons and on the star on her front pocket.

Rachelle Anne Miller
Stamps: Rachelle Anne Miller, Garden Silhouettes
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Green Galore, PP scrap
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, RibbonX Ribbon, CB mosaic folder, Crystal Effects

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fall Splendor

Rachelle Anne Miller stamps are super popular right now and I can definitely see why. I especially love the Lily and Milo collection. A dear friend from the Wish Rak group (thanks bottomphish) on sent me a wonderful envelope of stamped wishes and my very own RAM stamp. Of course I had to use it right away :) She also sent me tree images. One of them can be seen below. The trees were stamped on white cardstock so I took my Pumpkin Spectrum pad and a brayer and gave it a burst of color. I haven't used my brayer in ages and I have to say that I do love it. I really wanted to put something in the upper left hand corner but wasn't sure what so I left it alone for now. I may have to make some leaf punches.

Rachelle Anne Miller
Stamps: Rachelle Anne Miller, Unknown Tree Image
Paper: Basic Black, White, Paper scrap for paper piecing
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Pumpkin Spectrum Pad
Accessories: Copics, Dimensionals RibbonX Ribbon

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blog candy alert and a good cause

Not only is this an incredible chance to win spectacular blog candy its also a way to say thanks to those taking care of Alzheimer patients. A very important and challenging job. For more information please click here. Here are just a few of the generous companies that donated to the cause and just happen to be some of my favorite things-no pun intended.

My Favorite Things
The Cat's Pajamas
Stamping Bella

Here's my card. The card believe it or not uses rub ons rather than stamps. Who knew it could be that easy :)

Paper: Real Red, PTI White, Basic Black, Real Red DP. White Vellum
Accessories: SU Rub ons, 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Dimensionals, Eyelet

Odd Bird Planet - Round 2

I am super excited. I just found out this morning that I have made it to Odd Bird Planet's Round 2 Design Team call. Of course there is a lot of work to do and I'll definitely have to step up my game if I really want to make it on the team. I'll have about 2 weeks to make 4 cards, one of them digital. We'll have to see how that goes. If you aren't familiar with the company check out the link above and take a peek. They have a large selection of whimsical designs. If you have any good vibes please send them my way because I will sure need them.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Here's a card that I made using Wish Rak Images. Unfortunately I don't know what company made the images. I will have to go on a little search mission so I can give proper credit. If you happen to find out first please let me know. The images were stamped on white cardstock so all I had to do was color, cut and assemble. Well most of them. I did stamp the name Bud on the doghouse sign but other than that it was me, my copics and a little sponge dauber. This is as close as I'll get to having a real dog and I'm fine with that. Kids keep me plenty busy already.

Stamps: TBD, MFT Sentiment, Karen Foster snap n stamp
Paper: Chocolate Chip, DCVW DP, White
Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Misc. Ribbon, Dimensionals, Copics, Round Tab Punch

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Time to shop

Today's card is featuring one of C.C. Designs Glam Girls. It's actually an image that I colored some time ago but never got around to making the actual card to go with it. I have about a dozen of images like that just sitting on my desk. I just never know what I'm in the mood for on a given day. Some days I make several cards in a sitting and some days I'm lucky if I finish one. On a true off day I either stamp wishes for the Wish Rak group or color images to be used later. Of course the down side to coloring images ahead of time is trying to get an idea of which paper you'll be using down the road. If I do color something and can't quite find the right paper I just pass the images down to my 5 year old. She's happy to have them and displays her cards proudly. I may have to post some of them soon. She'd love that.

Stamps: C.C. Designs -Glam Girl, MFT sentiment
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, Basic Black, Misc. DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Dimensionals

Friday, September 19, 2008

Great news!!

I have some exciting news to share. I have been accepted as a Design Team member for The Rubber Cafe. I am so excited be a part of the team and can't wait until I get my new stamps so I can start creating. I'm in the process of updating my blog to reflect the design team members so you will see more names added to the list. Please take a little time to see what The Rubber Cafe has to offer and don't forget to visit the design team blogs. Thanks Melissa and Diane (owners of The Rubber Cafe) for this fantastic opportunity.

the rubber cafe

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Let it Snow

Stampin Up's new In Colors are the best so far. Of course I tell myself each time that I won't get them but each time I end up with more of them. This card showcases a little bit of the Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I think its a brighter version of Old Olive. It looks really good with Brilliant Blue. I can't wait to try the other In Colors.

Stamps: Unity Stamps
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Kiwi Kiss, Pebblesinc. DP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Snowflake Charm, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Go Hawks

Back to the moose cards. I know Riley is my weakness. I never thought I'd enjoy a sports image so much. I decided to use the Iowa Hawkeyes team colors of course. I only had a few paper scraps left from my Iowa Hawkeyes mini scrapbook album I made. I may have to post that after I attach the pictures I took at the Iowa vs. Maine game. So far the Hawks are 3-0. Can't complain about that. Beware I have other unmounted moose rubber to break in.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps
Paper: Summer Sun, Basic Black, White, Reminsce DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, Reminsce Stickers, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen, Misc. Ribbon

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank you - Day 5

This is my last Garden Silhouettes card for the week. I love its simplicity. I wanted to change the colors a bit but still wanted to keep the theme of the week using something black. I added a little paper piercing to add a little more detail thereby making the card more striking. Although the card looks a little one dimensional here the sentiment has been popped up and does add a little more detail to the overall look of the card.

Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Simply Solitude
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, White
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black
Accessories: Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Paper Piercer

Monday, September 15, 2008

Every day is a gift - Day 4

It's day 4 and here is the card I promised. This time I colored the image with SU markers and only used black ink on one of the sentiments. I'm not sure what tomorrow's card will be but I do know that I am enjoying Garden Silhouette Week and I hope you are too.

Garden Silhouettes
Stamps: Garden Silhouettes, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Garden Green, Groovy Guava, White
Ink: Basic Black, Garden Green
Accessories: Markers, Jumbo Eyelets, Tag Corner Punch, Silver Cord

Sunday, September 14, 2008

With sympathy- Day 3

Here's the third Garden Silhouettes card. I stamped the image in black just like the first two but this time to incorporate a little more color I also stamped the image in Certainly Celery. I decided to keep the black accents in order to make the card more dramatic. Tomorrows card will be very different and I promise will not include any black cardstock.

Garden Silhouettes
Stamps: Stampin Up, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, White
Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Paper Piercer Tool, Certainly Celery Ribbon

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wonderful- Day 2

It's Day 2 of Garden Silhouettes week. This set is very versatile and can be done in a simply or more complicated way. I decided to go bold with the image and to stamp it in black, keeping it nice and simple of course.

Garden Silhouettes
Stamps: SU Garden Silhouettes, Around the Block
Paper: Bazzill, White, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Ribbon

Friday, September 12, 2008

Garden Silhouettes Week- Day 1

It's Garden Silhouettes week. I decided to put this set to good use and to challenge myself by using the same stamp set different ways. The first two cards will be stamped in Stazon Black and I plan on transitioning to tone on tone as the week progresses. We'll have to see what happens.

Garden Silhouettes
Stamps: SU Garden Silhouettes
Paper: Bazzil, White, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets

Thursday, September 11, 2008

From the Heart

Here's a Magnolia Stamps card. I received this image from a fellow Wish Raker so I wasn't able to paper piece her outfit. I did have fun coloring her in with my Copics. Since this is such a large image I kept the design simple since other elements may have been lost in the design. I did a little paper piercing to add a little dimension to the image, used my Martha Stewart scallop punch and added a little ribbon. Not much to it although it does have a nice contrast using pink and black.

Magnolia Stamps Matilda
Stamps: Magnolia Stamps -Matilda, SU Holidays and Wishes
Paper: Pixie Pink, Basic Black, White
Accessories: Copics, Dimensionals, Mini Sewing Machine, Martha Stewart Scallop Punch, Ribbon

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Here's my newest Chantigo Stamp. Luckily for me my local Hobby Lobby sells limited Chantigo sets. Too bad they don't carry the new Halloween sets. I'd love to have those. Until then, I'm jumping ahead to Christmas time. With all my season jumping you may feel like you are going around the world in a week. I usually make cards with what inspires me, sometimes I like to revisit an old stamp set and sometimes I have to go with the new ones. Either way I love to get my creative juices flowing.

Stamps: Stampendous - Chantigo Hearth
Paper: Textured Wild Wasabi, Wild Wasabi and Real Red DP, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, Striped Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Martha Stewart Scallop Punch

Friday, September 5, 2008

Here's a different take on Lily. This time she is holding a flower and is decked out in purple and green. No matter what she is wearing she is adorable. This card is 4.25 X 4.25. I thought I'd change the dimensions a bit so I could focus more on the image rather than its surroundings. I'm also trying to use up the last of my lavendar lace cardstock although I know I'll miss it when its gone.

Pink Cat Studio
Stamps: Pink Cat Studio
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Marcella by Kay DP, Green Galore, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, Plaid Ribbon, Dimensional

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Stamp out illiteracy

Here's keeping to the current season and thinking about school. This is Bookworm Hanna from Hanna Stamps. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few images to try out. Although the chair begs to be paper pieced I had to resort to coloring, at least until I am able to get my own set. Its hard to tell in the picture but the half sized index card slides in and out of the pocket. I wanted to not only use school supplies but to mimic a library card theme as well.

Hanna Stamps
Stamps: Hanna Stamps -Bookworm Hanna
Paper: Ballet Blue, Basic Black, White, Misc. DP, Index Card
Ink: Stazon Black
Accessories: Copics, Binder Clip, Misc. Flower, Spiral Punch

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fun in the Sun

As summer reaches its end I thought I'd make a few more cards that remind me of the sun's warmth. I've never been a big fan of cold weather so I am always said to see it go. This set by Clear Dollar Stamps was a gift from a fellow Wish Raker (Thanks McFadden for your generosity). I've had my eye on this set for awhile now. The images are fun and versatile and the sentiments are just the right touch. I'll be using this set for a long time to come and am sure that it will grace a few scrapbookpages along the way.

Clear Dollar Stamps
Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps, DMD (sun image)
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Gable Green, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Copics, Striped Ribbon, 1/2 inch Circle Punch, Slot Punch, Dimensionals

Monday, September 1, 2008

Attitude - supply your own

Still in the sports mood -baseball that is- I decided to make another card with the same color scheme as yesterday's post. Since I already had the materials on my desk I wanted to maximize my stamping time and make two cards without having to put too much thought into it. This time I used my baseball Hanna set by Hanna Stamps. I stamped the image awhile ago and finally got around to coloring it. I was inspired by the baseball paper that I found at Hobby Lobby last week. It was 5 sheets for $1. Not bad, huh? The sentiment was cut out from a piece of Adornit designer paper. I thought it was perfect for Hanna.

Hanna Stamps baseball Hanna
Stamps: Hanna Stamps -Baseball Hanna
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, White, Adornit DP, The Paper Studio DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals