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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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lots of Cards...

Oh, sorry I forgot to get these posted....I have been having a card making spree...such fun!  This card features images from Our Craft Lounge and papers from My Mind's Eye.  I typed up the verse on the computer and added a bit of faux stitching and distressing.
 Same card....different papers!
Found this image in my stash, not sure who makes it...but this is my first time coloring it up.  Papers are from Basic Grey's Archaic collection and the burlap elements are from some clip art that I bought years ago from a stamp store.
This card features more clip art images along with papers from My Mind's Eye.  I think the sentiment is from Inky Antics. 

I have lots more to share....hope you are having a happy fall!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Somebody is Coming to Town!

Ha! Look at this pup....what a fun little image from The Rubber Cafe! This is another  sweet image from the Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit. 

This image is from the Hearts of the Season Add-On set that is available this month.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then fussy cut it, leaving a narrow white border.    You know I'm nuts about cutting....and the trick is to use a really sharp scissors and turn the paper rather than the scissors.  This gives you more control and a smoother cut.  

This card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches  The red panel measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I did a bit of hand embroidery with Metallic DMC Floss (E703) to add a bit of sparkle and fun.

I used up scraps from a previous card I did with this kit.  The Spellbinders Scalloped Circle frame I trimmed to a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square and then lined with a piece of designer paper the same size. 
I wrapped a piece of the enclosed ribbon around the base of the scalloped panel and stamped some snowflakes in white ink before attaching it to my prepared card. 

TIP:  Bend your clear stamps for fun effects on cards!  I bent the Santa Clause is Coming sentiment to match the curve of a 3 1/2 inch circle of kraft cardstock that I stamped with white snowflakes.  I love the way it ties my card together. 

I added a strip of the snowflake designer paper measuring 4 1/4 x 1 inch just above the ribbon and then mounted my fussy cut image on it with foam tape.
I added a bit of fun bling to my snowflakes with clear Jellie Dots and Glossy Accents.
Stamps, Cardstock, Ribbon:  Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
 Metallic DMC Floss (E703)
 Foam Tape
 Jellie Dots
 Glossy Accents

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Let It Snow!

I had fun making this card for The Rubber Cafe.  The Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit had these adorable square sequins in it....and I was just itching to add them to a card with paper embroidery!

To make this card, I cut the silver cardstock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.  I cut white cardstock at 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped it with the snowflakes in the Christmas is Coming set with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then added some sparkle with the Stardust Gel Pen.

I embroidered the white cardstock to the silver cardstock with Silver Metallic DMC embroidery floss.  Next I embroidered the silver and white sequins across the top of the card and the red and green across the bottom of the card, varying the positions and colors/sizes as shown.  

 Cut a 2 x 4 inch strip of white cardstock and tear the top edge to mimic snow.  I added a 3/8 x 4 inch strip of Scor-Tape to the bottom of the white strip.  Add some You're So Fine Diamond Clear Cool Highlight Glitter.   Stamp Let It Snow from the Christmas is Coming stamp set on each side of the strip as shown with the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Attach the strip to your card with Scor-Tape and adhere the snowflake punch in the center and add a rhinestone if you have one handy.

Add a strip of the green ribbon from the enclosed ribbon pack with Scor-Tape as well.

Stamp the houses and trees on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  Cut out the images with a narrow white border.  Then attach them to the card by tucking the images under the torn edge.  I added foam tape to the houses, but that is optional.

My final touch was to add glitter to the rooftops with Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and a detailer.

I hope you enjoyed today's card, I know I had fun creating it!
Stamps, Sequins, Ribbon, Cardstock:  The Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
Stamps: Christmas Is Coming (optional set)
Markers: Copic
Ink: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Floss: DMC Silver Metallic Embroidery Floss
Punch: Martha Stewart Himalayan Snowflake Punch
Clear Rhinestone
Score Tape 
Your So Fine Glitter: Diamond Clear Cool Highlight
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and detailer.