Monday, November 28, 2016

Mini Medallions Winter Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Instead of stamping snowflakes on this winter birthday card, I decided to use the Mini Medallions Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp from Red Rubber Designs!

     I took my inspiration from the November Card Sketch Challenge @ with this beautiful bonus sketch!

      The background was done with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Sassy Sapphire and some silver sprays. Without attaching it, I placed a large snowflake onto the wood strip of paper, and masked it with silver sprays. Then I lined up the snowflake onto my background and masked it with white gesso. Once dry, I distressed and machine-stitched the edges. Next, I layered it with a snowflake die covered with Stickles, and a leftover flower that I made using my Water Flower Tutorial. I just added some Blending Solution to lighten up the alcohol ink. In the center, I added a chipboard circle covered with gesso, and embossed with the Mini Medallions stamp. For some more sparkle, I added silver glittery branches, and some bling to the middle of my medallion.

     I also embossed another design from the Mini Medallions stamp onto a chipboard circle, placed onto a chipboard snowflake that I covered with gesso, dry painted, and applied some Distress Crazing Medium to. 

     The sentiment was embossed onto a wood banner piece that I also covered with white gesso, using the Sweet Sayings Unmounted Stamp. I finished it off with a mini silver brad.

     Thanks for your visit, and be sure to visit  Red Rubber Designs for the Cyber Monday Sale!



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mister Penguin Shaker Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     When I saw this adorable Mister Penguin Stamp Set from Red Rubber Designs, I knew I had to use it for my son, who loves penguins! So I created this shaker card for him.

     I cut the scallop frame with my Cricut Expression, covered it with Snow-Tex, and placed some clear acetate on the back, along with a thin frame of double-sided foam tape to enclose the glitter. Then I created the background scene by embossing the Mountain Scenery stamp set with glitter, and adding a couple of snowy hills, covered with Stickles. Mister penguin was colored with markers and Distress Inks, with some Clear Wink of Stella on the black and white parts. The fun part was adding the metallic stars and Diamond Dust, and adhering the frame to the background!

    The snowflake strip was colored with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Broken China) onto white cardstock with a blending tool. Then I sprayed my snowflake (Vintage Santa) stamps with water, and pressed them all over my paper. Once dry, I embossed the snowflakes in white, adding some circles from the Cheery Christmas stamp set, along with the other snowflakes that were embossed onto black cardstock. 

     I also embossed the Vintage Santa stamp set for my sentiment, which I placed on a kraft board banner covered with black gesso to look like chalkboard. I love the contrast against the sparkly red velvet ribbon!

     The tree was embossed in two steps, using the Oh Christmas Tree Cling Mounted Stamp, and topped off with a metallic star from the shaker. I can't wait to give this to my son!

Thanks for looking!



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Masculine Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Black is my husband's favorite color, so I challenged myself to make him an all black card for his next birthday, and this was the result!

     Since he loves soda the way I love coffee, I glued some bottle caps and soda tabs to a piece of corrugated cardboard, along with some black buttons. Then I went over everything with a heavy coat of Prima black gesso, waited for it to dry, and sprayed it with some black and silver sprays. Thinking it needed more texture, I added some strips of fibers in between the ridges.

     On the base of my card, I embossed the Chicken Wire Background stamp from Red Rubber Designs with Lindy's Stamp Gang Queen Sheba's Silver Embossing Powder.

     I used the same embossing powder for the sentiment stamped onto a piece of vellum with the Sweet Sayings Stamp Set. Around the edges, I rubbed a little bit of Inka Gold Platinum, along with touches on the bottle caps and gesso work.  The chipboard numbers were covered with black gesso, some black and silver sprays, and a coat of Tim Holtz' Crazing Medium for a little crackle. Then I added some Black Soot Distress Stickles for some sparkle, which also went over most of the gesso work.

     It's hard to tell in these photos, but I embossed some phrases onto each bottle cap with the same silver embossing powder, as well as black, with the Sweet Sayings and Savvy Sayings Stamp Sets to spell out hugs & kisses, Happy Birthday, and I love you.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

National Button Day ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy National Button Day! It was founded by the National Button Society in 1938, as a celebration of all who enjoyed collecting and crafting with buttons. Being a former seamstress, I've been collecting buttons for much longer than I've been scrapping, and have many boxes and jars that also include ones that I've inherited over the years. But that doesn't stop me from buying new ones, and Bo Bunny ones are my favorite! So I created this page featuring Bo Bunny's Christmas Collage Papers to showcase these festive Buttons, in addition to some included in the Ephemera.

     I stitched all of my buttons, along with the sides of this page, and around these adorable photos of my son when he was just 3 years old. The doilies were masked with Bo Bunny's White Gesso, and the yellow one done with Prima's Lace Doily #3 Stencil.

     The edges of the Holly Jolly piece from the Noteworthy, were inked with Picket Fence Distress Ink, and popped up with the Chipboard flourish peeking out beneath it.

     Then I used Abandoned Coral Distress Ink along the sides of my page, and edges of my title tag, which I finished with a Brad.

     Thanks for looking, and click here to shop for more buttons from FotoBella! 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanksgiving Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Sunday scrappers! I'm sharing this Thanksgiving card featuring a few stamps from Red Rubber Designs, since it's less than two weeks away now.

     I took my design inspiration from the November Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook. com, using Sketch #4.

     The colors were inspired by The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #30 with this beautiful Fall color combo.

      To loosely mimic the rocks from the image, I combined black and white gesso applied to TCW Well Rounded Stencil onto my background. Once dry, I went over it with a few sprays and mists, which produced a fabulous shimmer. I tucked a couple of stamped Sunflowers behind my main image, stamped with the Arboretum Collage Cling Mounted Stamp, colored again with sprays and mists.

     The sentiment was stamped with the Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, which covers most holidays and occasions, and is a must for all card makers!


     All of the leaves were stamped, fussy-cut, and curled using the Nothing Is Better Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set.

Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Be brave Layout

     I was so honored to be one of the lucky 50 winners, out of 973 entries, for the Layout Challenge! My prize was the gorgeous Graphic 45 Safari Adventure papers, Cardstock Tags and Pockets, and Cardstock Banners, which I used to create this layout.

     I knew this photo that my sister took would be perfect for this collection, along with this month's Sketch Challenge no.80 @ Scrap Africa.

      I started by spritzing my background and smaller hexagons with some sprays and mists, along with a touch of Greased Lightnin' Green Magical from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Then I tore around the edges of my background, inked them with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, and gathered the top right side by wetting my paper. Underneath the gathers, I added a flower and tiger embellie, attached to a piece of cardboard that I sprayed and added black gesso to. 

     All of the hexagons were distressed and hand-stitched, and I added some burlap behind the large one. To the top one, I placed the tiger tag.

     Next to that, I placed my banner pieces under a piece of orange and white fiber, knotted at the ends.

     I framed the photo with a circle of branches, leftover from a previous project, made out of tissue paper and floral wire.  Then I placed my Petaloo flowers, after spraying the large cream one with orange and beige, onto some layers of  silk leaves.

          Finally, I used the same color sprays on my chipboard title, after covering them with gesso, and drew the tiger stripes on with a black Sharpie.

Thanks for looking!




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thanksgiving Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, I created a card featuring the Arboretum Collage Cling Mounted Stamp, along with a few other Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs. Behind the main image I stamped Sunflowers, the leaves were stamped with Nothing Is Better, and the sentiment using Contemporary Greetings. Here's a quick peek of just one of my photos, with my card and process posted on today's Red Rubber Designs Blog.

Thanks for visiting!