Thursday, March 22, 2018

Dad's Vintage Birthday Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

      Happy Thursday! I went vintage with my Dad's birthday card this year, having fun with some Mixed Media Stamps from Red Rubber Designs!

     My design inspiration came from Sketch #1, used for the March Card Sketch Challenge @, that I flipped horizontally.

     The sentiment was embossed onto wood veneer banners with the Contemporary Greetings Unmounted Rubber Stamp Set, anchored by some brads that I applied Prima Rust Effect Paste (Red and Brown) to. I also rusted the edges of the base of the card, cut from black cardstock.

     But first I created the background with a stencil and black gesso, applied to white cardstock. Once dry, I lightly went over it with some Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age). Then I stamped all over with the Vintage Background, Postage, and Fly Fairy Unmounted Rubber Stamps, using permanent black and red ink, while embossing others. Along the edges and corners, I embossed the Background Soup Stamp, and colored it all with some sprays, finishing the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

     The tape measure was colored with Distress Inks (Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Rusty Hinge), to which I applied Prima's Black Gesso to the Tim Holtz Measured Stencil. Like the black gesso on the background, I again gave it a light dab of Prima Wax (Rich Copper and Bronze Age), hand-stitching below it.

     To personalize it some more, I added his mom and grandma's buttons that I was lucky enough to inherit, and truly is my treasure, for the March Treasure Challenge @ A Vintage Journey.

     Then I embossed the Postage Stamp onto black cardstock, cutting out the center, to frame a piece of white cardstock colored with sprays. I popped it up, and added Prima's Patina Effect Paste to the chipboard numbers. The grid behind it was stamped with the Vintage Background Stamp, and finished with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.

     Thanks for looking, and shop for these great quality rubber stamps @  Red Rubber Designs!


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Frilly and Funkie ~ Knock on Wood (Wood Veneer Banners that I sprayed and embossed my sentiment on)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time Springs Eternal LO

     Hello! I'm back with a layout using some older Bo Bunny collections, (Trail Mix and the Avenues) combined with some masking, stamping, and embossing.

     I was inspired by the colors and natural elements in the mood board used for the  February Time ChallengeMixed Media & Art

     It also gave me the perfect opportunity to play with my Prima Rust Pastes, which I masked, applied to the brads, some stamping, and to the chipboard "time". 

     The background was masked with some LSG sprays, also used to color the stamped butterflies, and a couple of the flowers. Then I used the Ranger Mini Birch Stencil with Prima's Heavy White Gesso, behind an actual piece of bark. 

     I popped up this alarm clock that I stamped with Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink, and applied some touches of the rust paste to. Then I covered the face with Glossy Accents. 

     The majority of the stamping was done with the Prima Finnabair Rust & Dust Stamp, including the odometers that I stamped onto the leftover packaging from my Petaloo flowers, with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink applied to the edges.

     The clock below was embossed with LSG Midnight Copper EP, also used on the edges of the fussy cut clocks on top. To create moss, I used some stipple brushes with Distress Embossing Powders (Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, and Shabby Shutters), applied in that order, along the bottom and right side of my page.  

     I framed my page with some fibers, colored with the same sprays, and anchored with some rusty brads.

     Finally I made the doors with paper from Bo Bunny's the Avenues, and stamped a keyhole on the right. The doors were placed onto black cardstock with the edges embossed with Distress Embossing Powder (Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters).

     And to Get In On the Action over at Frilly and Funkie,  I made the doors open to this photo.

     Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Charming Gardens Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     With Spring right around the corner, I wanted to feature the Charming Gardens and Charming Gardeners Cling Mounted Stamps from Red Rubber Designs, since I hadn't used them since the blog post here, and they're so much fun to color!

     I was inspired by this beautiful bonus sketch, used in last months Card Sketch Challenge at

     The sky was done with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, and the stamping colored with Distress Inks and Distress Spray Stains. Then I finished the circle edges with Ranger's Verdigris EP, adding some to the fountain, watering can, and bucket. Finally, I added some Glossy Accents to the water in the fountain, and the puddle under the can. 

     The sentiment was embossed with the Sophisticated Sentiments Unmounted Rubber Stamp using LSG Purely White EP.

     I used a resist technique by stamping the dots onto white cardstock with the Build A Background Stamp, using Ranger's Clear EP. Then I went over the dots with my blending tool dipped into Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, which I also used to stamp the flowers with the Happily Grateful Stamp, embossing the leaves from the set with Ranger's Verdigris EP.

     Thanks for looking, and shop Red Rubber Designs for these stamps and more!

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Serendipity Art Journal ~ FotoBella DT

     Happy International Scrapbooking Day! The FotoBella Design Team is celebrating today with some fabulous projects found here, with supplies from I made another page in my art journal using Bo Bunny's Serendipity Collection, and some mixed media, including Distress Spray Stains.

     I started by layering some papers from the Ephemera, along with a torn dictionary page, to the center. Then I applied Prima Marketing's Heavy White Gesso to the background using Dylusions Diamond in the Rough Stencil with Bo Bunny's Palette Knife. Once dry, I spritzed it with some Distress Spray Stains (Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, and Fossilized Amber). After that dried, I stamped some text with Prima Marketing's Garden Fable Stamp.

     Then I used my fingers to apply White Linen Dylusions Paint around the bible quote from the Ephemera to create a cloud.

     I took out my Serendipity Noteworthy and Chipboard Packs to add the birds, butterflies, nest, and banner.

     The rest of the stamping was embossed with Emerald Creek Onyx Frost EP. Above the banner I used Bo Bunny's Stitches Stamp and Prima Marketing's Garden Fable Stamp for the sprig of leaves.

     It's faint, but under the nest of eggs, I used the doily from Prima Marketing's Vintage Emporium Doily Stencil with Emerald Creek Soft Fallen Snow EP.

     I also used the Vintage Emporium Doily Stencil to make the cross with Emerald Creek Onyx Frost EP.

Thanks for stopping by, and shop for these supplies and more!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Masculine Feel Better Cards ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Hello! I'm welcoming the first day of March with a couple of masculine cards that can be used for any occasion with a simple change of sentiment, featuring some Unmounted Rubber Stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

          The Savvy Sayings Stamp gives you lots of other options for sentiments, including the one I embossed here, onto a smooshed Distress Ink background, framed with the Fabulous Frames Stamp. 

     The rest of the stamping was done on a coat of gesso, with the Gingham Background and Background Stripes Stamps. I immediately washed my stamps with soap and warm water, and it left no trace at all of the gesso. Once dry, I colored with some LSG sprays, and finished by rubbing some Prima Metallique Wax on top, to reveal the texture.

     I especially love the blues and silvers on this card, that I made for my uncle!

     But I know my cousin will appreciate the black, grey, and silvers on this card!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, February 18, 2018

Forever in our Hearts

     This photo of my late grandparents is very dear to me, so I scrapped it yet again, as a Valentine's gift for my mom.

     The purple and pinks from February's Color Challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang, are definitely mom's colors!


     I started with the chipboard heart frame, covered with some silver charms (angels, keys, hearts), and my Grandma's buttons, and coated with Prima's Heavy White Gesso. Then I colored it with LSG Sprays (Cotton Candy Pink, Witch's Potion Purple) and Magical Shimmer Powder (Prima Donna Purple) finished with some embossing using Queen Sheba's Silver EP. Finally, I glued each and every little pearl around the frame.

     Behind the heart, is some notebook paper, made with a stencil and LSG Spray (Witch's Potion Purple) along with Magical Powder (Prima Donna Purple). Then I stamped it with some script, and added the title with some old stickers.

     The background was made from a heavy piece of watercolor paper, with some overall stamping, and white gesso applied to the Tim Holtz Lace Stencil. Since doilies remind me of my grandma, who used to crochet them, I applied some Bo Bunny ones, cutting out the centers, to mimic the doughnuts from the color chart. Then I colored my page with the same sprays, finishing off my Cotton Candy Pink, :( and adding Magical Powder (Prima Donna Purple) with some water. The round windows, inspired from the ones in the photo, were embossed onto transparency paper with LSG Queen Sheba's Silver EP using Prima's Finnabair Net & Wire Stamp. Then I adhered them to the doily centers with Ranger's Glossy Accents. After coloring some more watercolor paper with the same Lindy's products, I used the Bo Bunny Stitches Stamp to create the smaller doilies, embossed with LSG Purely White EP.

     Since I was missing the larger angel wings from the Tim Holtz Grungeboard, I used it as a stencil with white gesso, sprinkling glitter to them while wet. I love how some of the the colors underneath bled through the gesso! Finally, I added some Petaloo DIY Burlap Flowers colored with the same Lindy's Sprays and Magical Powder, also used to color the strip of lace that I added vertically. 

      Thanks for looking!


Magical Powder ~ Prima Donna Purple from the Drop Dead Diva Shimmer Magicals 

Challenges Entered:

More Than Words ~ February Challenge "Forever" inspired the title

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Paris Collage Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Bonjour! The French flag inspired this birthday card that I made for my son, who shares my love of France, featuring the Paris Collage, Triomphe Collage, and Ancient Map rubber stamps from Red Rubber Designs.

     The stamping was done with permanent black ink, onto torn pieces of white tissue paper, layered, and made into a collage. Then I used TCW Mini Raven Mosaic stencil with white gesso for some texture. Once dry, I taped off the inner lines, and applied Distress Spray Stains (Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple Red) to the outside edges.

     After applying white gesso to Tim Holtz' Numbered Stencil, and waiting for it to dry, I covered it with Emerald Creek (Hammered Metal) Embossing Powder, which I also used along the edges of the black cardstock underneath.

     The Eiffel Tower was cut from black cardstock with my Cricut Expression, and covered with Emerald Creek (Soft Fallen Snow) Embossing Powder.

          I finished it up with hand-stitching in blue, white, and red. Vive la France!


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