Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Halloween Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy first day of Fall! My favorite season, with Halloween being my favorite holiday, I created this card with stamped and embossed images from Red Rubber Designs. Here's a sneak peak, but the whole card can be found on the Red Rubber Designs Blog.


Thanks for looking!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Avila Pier Layout ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I had so much fun making the background on this layout, featuring the So Splattered Cling Mounted Stamp from Red Rubber Designs!



     My design inspiration came from this awesome Sketch no. 78 from Scrap Africa



     All of the colors on this page were done using Lindy's Stamp Gang Go Greased Lightnin' Magicals, which happens to be the palette for the September Color Challenge. It's also the first set of Magicals that I accidently bought, as I had ordered the sprays, but was SO glad that I decided to keep them and try them out instead.




     I started by spraying my background with Lindy's Stamp Gang Treasure Island Aqua onto watercolor paper. Then I mixed some clear gesso with my Magicals, and applied them with a brush in a circle/spiral design. Once dry I sprinkled more of the powder over my design, spraying it with water. Then I mixed Danny Zuko's Denim with white gesso to use with TCW Butterfly Collage Stencil, after placing my photos. At first it was too light, so I added more powder, sprayed with water, to create some of the darker blues. I love the splash on the stencil, and added part of it over my photos! To further enhance the splashes, I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Purely White Embossing Powder with the So Splattered Cling Mounted Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs.


   
     The circles were hand-stitched using all 5 colors from the palette. Then I added a circle of rope in between the stitching for some texture. To make the palm trees, I cut them with my Cricut Expression using the Life Is A Beach cartridge onto cream cardstock. I tore apart a piece of the same rope, and wrapped it around the trunks, covering it with clear gesso. Once dry, I colored it with Sandra Dee Sepia Magical powder. Then I covered the palm fronds with a coat of clear gesso, and drew some lines in the centers of the fronds before coloring it with Greased Lightnin' Green.



     All of the Petaloo Textured Flowers and butterfly  were also colored with this Magical set, along with the titlework, which was also cut from the Life Is A Beach Cricut Cartridge.



     Finally I added some enamel dots to my page for the September This or That Challenge.


Thanks so much for looking!

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Challenges:


This Or That Challenge ~ I used 7 enamel dots.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

Showy Strips Birthday Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     With so many September birthdays this month, I decided to feature some fun and bold stamps from Red Rubber Designs using some blue bling to mimic "sapphires",  the birthstone for September. I made this card from black and white cardstock, with lots of embossed stamping in black and white, to really make the bling stand out.




     For details, close-ups, and to view my full card, please visit the Red Rubber Designs Blog! Thanks for looking!


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Red Rubber Designs Stamps:



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bay Bliss Layout

     Happy weekend! Sharing a layout I did with a photo I took of Monterey Bay, California last summer.




     I changed the hue a little, cooling the colors with more purples and pinks to go with this month's Mood Board Challenge at Scrap Africa. I was inspired by the whole board, from the gorgeous colors, to the flowers, butterfly, ocean, and glass, which I replicated with my flower centers.




     My design inspiration came from the beautiful August 15th Sketch at Stuck Sketches.




     The background was colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Prima Donna Purple and Sassy Sapphire) and Sprays (Afternoon Delight Denim and Witch's Potion Purple). The rest was done with stencils masked with inks, and embossed with Ranger's Rainbow Sparkle Embossing Powder, which I also used to stamp and emboss the stitching, flowers, and butterflies. I used the Well-Rounded Stencil from TCW to mask the black along the left of the photo, and to create the waves on the tag. 




   
     Around the hole of the tag, I rubbed some Platinum Inka-Gold before adding my fibers. Then I used the Butterfly Collage Stencil, also from TCW, to ink the circles with Distress Inks (Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, and Blueprint Sketch) before adding the embossing powder. The butterflies were layered and embossed with black ink using Bo Bunny's Flutter Stamp and also colored with Distress Inks.




     The netting I got from my mom was perfect for this page, and has flecks of silver in it.
   



     The banners were cut from purple and blue vellum, and the edges embossed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Queen Sheba's Silver Embossing Powder. I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and Wilted Violet Distress Ink to ink and emboss the edges of the matting, which I popped up with Pop Dots. 




     The title was masked with Tim Holtz' Cargo Stencil using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. Then I embossed the stitching underneath with Bo Bunny's Stitches Stamp. 



Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Challenges:




A Vintage Journey ~ Stencil It (I used 3 different stencils)




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Charming Gardens Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Thursday! Sharing a shabby birthday card featuring the Charming Gardens and Charming Gardeners Cling Mounted Stamps from Red Rubber Designs.



     I was inspired by this fabulous Sketch #151 @ Feeling Sketchy



     Instead of staggering frames, I decided to make a window out of kraft board. The outside frame measures 7", and the inner window panes are 2" X 3". After covering it with gesso, I applied several coats of paint using a fairly dry brush, and then lightly went over the paint layers and edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Finally, I backed the window with a piece of clear acetate. 



     To create the garden scene, I stamped 3 images from the Charming Gardens and Charming Gardeners stamps with Burnt Umber Palette Ink onto white cardstock. I colored everything in with Distress Inks, water, and sprays. Then I added a strip of fencing that I got from my Martha Stewart border punch, using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink again around the edges. For the sentiment, I used the Darling Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set with Starry Night Palette Ink.



     The background was spritzed with some blue and green sprays, with machine stitching around the edges. The bricks were done with a stencil and white gesso, and painted with 3 different shades of grey. Then I used Shaded Lilac Distress Ink to dye a strip of lace, making a loop on the left. I used Petaloo flowers, and colored the 2 smaller ones with sprays and Distress Inks. Finally I added some vintage buttons.



Thanks for looking and stopping by!

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Challenges:




Ooh La La Creations ~ Challenge #211 Three Embellishments ( I used 3 garden stamps, 3 buttons, 3 flowers, and made 3 window panes.)





Sunday, August 14, 2016

Eclectic Rainbow Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I always have fun when I'm playing with color, and used the rainbow to create this card with Distress Inks and stamps from Red Rubber Designs!



     My design inspiration came from Sketch #150 at Feeling Sketchy, as I love combining cards with tags.



     I started with a Tim Holtz Manilla Tag that I applied Distress Inks (Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet) to with my blending tool. Then I dripped water from a paintbrush over each color, and let it run down the tag. Once dry, I stamped the dragonflies using the Everyday Eclectic Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set. Then I stamped and layered my flower on top with the Nothing Is Better Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, coloring it with Distress Inks. Behind the tag I used Distress Inks again onto white cardstock, blended my colors, (Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet) and used black gesso to create the stripes with the Tim Holtz Stripes Stencil. Behind the stripes I used a piece of green mesh that I had saved from some fruit. I can never throw those away. Lol!



     I used the same ink and dripping water technique on the pocket, machine stitching the edges in black. The striped gesso piece was stitched along the edges with a rainbow thread. Then I stamped the black flower with the Natural Dream Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp, and the smaller flowers with the Floral Collage Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp




      Finally, for the sentiment, I used the Darling Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, stamped in black. 



Thanks for your visit!

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Challenges:








Thursday, August 11, 2016

Ancient Map Coasters ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     This set of coasters is so fun and easy to make for the world traveler in your life! Six come in a pack, but I only used four for the tutorial that you can find on the Red Rubber Designs Blog.



    You'll need the Ancient Map Background and Sweet Goodies Squares stamps, along with the Square 4" Black Coasters, all from Red Rubber Designs, to make this coaster set with gift tag, made from torn bits of tissue paper. For the rest of the supplies with step-by step directions and photos, please click here



Thanks for looking! 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kisses Layout ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I finally got a wedding page done for my sister and brother-in-law using mixed media and some stamps from Red Rubber Designs!



     My design inspiration came from this beautiful sketch from Scrap Africa!



     I started by coating a layer of  Prima Clear Gesso onto watercolor paper, attached some white tissue paper to it, and sealed it with another coat. Once dry, I used some Lindy Stamp Gang Sprays onto the background (Brushed Nickel, Black Orchid Silver, and Cathedral Pines Green), waited for it to dry again, and then stamped black script over it with the Beauty of a Woman Background Unmounted Stamp.  For the title I used the Sweet Sayings Unmounted Stamp with red ink to make it stand out.



     All of the other stamping was embossed onto clear, red, and green vellum papers using Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder (Queen Sheba's Silver), and the Celtic Images Cling Mounted Stamp, for my Irish brother-in-law. Then I used a small watercolor brush to color in the designs with Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray (Black Orchid Silver).



     The lattice work was done with white gesso and TCW Butterfly Collage Stencil. Once dry, I used the stencil again to apply some Inka-Gold (Platinum) with my finger. Then I layered three different sheer ribbons, and attached some white fibers and strands of pearls across the page.



     All of the red flowers are Petaloo's Textured Red Blossoms.



     The small white flowers I've had for a long time, and just added some pearls to the centers. The large white one is from Prima's Holiday Jubilee. Then I scattered some buttons around, stitched in white, to go with the hand-stitching I did in between the photos.


Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Relax and Fish Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Red Rubber Designs has a wonderful selection of Outdoor/Nature Stamps, which I used to make this birthday card for my brother with lots of texture and layers.


   
     All of the layers are made from white cardstock colored with sprays and Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. I stamped the main Relax and Fish Unmounted Stamp with permanent black, brown, and green inks. Behind it, I stamped the Charming Forest Cling Mounted Stamp with permanent black ink, tore around the edges, and gave them both a coat of Tim Holtz Collage Medium Vintage.



     I also coated the trees on top with Collage Medium after first stamping the treeline with Magicals, using the Mountain Scenery Unmounted Stamp, and then stamping over it again with brown permanent ink.



     The PERFECT addition to this card is the vintage buttons! The large green one I inherited from my grandma, and covered it with Distress Embossing Powders, (Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo) to give the illusion of a trunk and branches coming from the stamped tree below it.


     I also love this brown leather button that I inherited from my great grandma, and stitched it inside of the loop of rope that was inked with some browns! Buttons always go great with stitching, so I machine stitched most of my layers, using a different color thread on each one.



     
     The background of the card was made with gesso and cheesecloth for some texture, and colored with sprays. The banner pieces are chipboard colored with LSG Magicals (Greased Lightnin' Green, Sandra Dee Sepia, Danny Zuko's Denim, and Sassy Sapphire) which I used throughout the card.


     Thanks for looking! 

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Challenges:



Anything But Cute ~ Challenge 15 Summertime Fun
 Even though I don't like fishing, I do enjoy the lakes and mountains every summer living so close to Lake Tahoe.