Thursday, April 28, 2016

Father's Day Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I wanted to get an early start on Father's Day, so I made this card for my dad featuring stamps from Red Rubber Designs! Since my dad's always attracting animals, and especially birds, I thought the See Beauty stamp would be perfect for him.

     I stamped and layered the duck image twice with white and kraft cardstock, colored it with Distress Inks, and used some brown sprays on the kraft background. To the background of the image, I added some stamped trees with the Tree Silhouettes stamp, and colored the trunks and branches with a marker. Then I attached a small silver brad to the compass on the left.

     For the sentiment, I used the Contemporary Greetings stamp onto a piece of kraft cardstock that I added some LSG Magicals (Sandra Dee Sepia and Greased Lightnin' Green) to, giving it some great texture. I also used the Sepia Magical with some brown sprays added to some clear gesso to a strip of drywall tape along the bottom.

            Thanks for looking, and be sure to shop Red Rubber Designs for some amazing stamps at great prices!


Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Show us your metal (I used a small silver brad)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Beautiful Butterflies Tree Stump ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     Happy Earth Day! I'm always saving items that would normally be thrown away for future projects, and decided to finally transform one of the many almond cans that I've been hoarding. So I used some mixed media to create a tree stump with these Beautiful Butterflies that I stamped from Red Rubber Designs!

       I started by covering the whole can with a light coat of gesso, including the lid. If you want to be able to take the lid on and off, I suggest you leave the top lip of the can alone, as I did NOT and had a hard time putting it back on again. :( Once dry I applied another coat with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil just around the can. Then I sprayed it with various browns, sprinkled on some Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals (Greased Lightnin' Green and Sandra Dee Sepia), and lightly covered it with some Distress Embossing Powders (Shabby Shutters and Brushed Corduroy) to mimic moss and dirt. Here's a closer look at the front!

     When I applied my second coat of gesso to the lid, I placed some twigs and these delicate fern leaves that my Mom collected for me YEARS ago, from the woods in her own backyard when she lived in Truckee, CA.  Thanks Mom! Then I used the same techniques that I did on the stump, but added more of the greens. I love the natural texture and almost didn't want to cover it up with the butterfly. Lol!

     But I did, embossing all of the butterflies in black onto white cardstock, and coloring them with Distress Inks. Then I applied some Wink of Stella for a light sparkle. Here's a view of the back.

I hope I've inspired you today to recycle and celebrate our beautiful Earth! 



(Recycled an almond can)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Water Lily Mother's Day Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     I was so excited to try my first digital stamp from Pickled Potpourri Designs, which is the digital side of Red Rubber Designs! It was super fast and easy to print out the Water Lily stamp onto white cardstock, and lots of fun to color it in with Distress Inks and some sparkle with Wink of Stella. To the water background I added Eucalyptus Stickles for even more sparkle!

     My design inspiration came from this beautiful sketch #5 used for this month's Card Challenge @

     The wood strips and background were created with gesso, sprays, paints, and stencils. Then I followed some of the lines of the grid with my sewing machine. To the main image I hand-stitched a circle, adding some ribbon and green fiber along the bottom.

     Then I added my stamped Beautiful Butterflies, which I also colored with Distress Inks, fussy-cutting and layering them together. For the sentiment I used Contemporary Greetings, which has a great variety of sentiments to cover the major holidays throughout the year, as well as birthday and sympathy. 

Thanks for looking! 


Simon Says Stamp Blog ~ Butterfly Beauty

Try it on Tuesday ~ Mood Board ( I took my inspiration from the water and lily)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy Mother's Day Card ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     What mother wouldn't want to receive flowers for Mother's Day? I colored and fussy cut these yellow roses with the Charcoal Flowers stamp from Red Rubber Designs onto this tag/card that I made for my mother-in-law!

     My design inspiration came from sketch #3 used for this months Card Challenge @

     The background squares were colored with Distress Inks onto white cardstock, cut with decorative scissors, and machine stitched around the edges. I used the Beauty Of A Woman Background stamp to create the script on the green squares, by simply using water onto my stamp and letting it react with the Distress Inks for a softer look. To the yellow squares, I used a dotted stencil with some white gesso to create some polka dots. Then I stamped some smaller dots onto the white tag, using the Speckle Background stamp, and raised it up a little with some pop dots. 

     For the sentiment I used the Contemporary Greetings stamped along the bottom. Thanks for looking!


House of Cards ~ Add script and/or color inspiration: I stamped the script on the green squares with water.

Dare 2 B Artzy ~ Polka Dot Challenge: I made polka dots on the yellow squares with gesso, and stamped dots onto the background of the tag. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Bo Bunny Secret Garden Shaker Tags ~ FotoBella DT

     Shake things up with these elegant vellum shaker tags made from Bo Bunny's Secret Garden I Want It All Bundle @ FotoBella!

     The tags are cut from the papers from the 12 X 12 Collection Pack and the Ephemera, and measure 5 1/2" X 3 1/2",  making them the perfect size to fit the vellum foil pieces. But first I punched holes on the tops, and finished the edges with Ranger Silver Embossing Powder. Using fibers from my own stash I tied them off through the holes. 

     After adding some glitter pieces to the centers of the tags, I ran a glue stick around 1/2" of the vellum pieces, and glued them in place. Then I machine-stitched around the vellum, so the glitter doesn't escape, and attached a Brad to the top center right below the punched hole.

     I used some more of my fibers to string through the banner Buttons, as well as the bird one on this purple tag.

     To finish them off, I added some of the word stickers that come in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack

Thanks for looking, and shop FotoBella to pick up your own bundle! 


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Happy Mother's Day Card Preview ~ Red Rubber Designs DT

     These beautiful roses will last a lifetime, on this tag that I added to my card featuring the Charcoal Flowers stamp from Red Rubber Designs

     So check out the Red Rubber Designs Blog, to see the rest of my card, and how I created the background squares! Thanks for your visit!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Bo Bunny Secret Garden Layout ~ FotoBella DT

     Bo Bunny's Secret Garden I Want It All Bundle from FotoBella isn't just for Spring and Easter projects, like I've mentioned before. I created this special memorial page of a friend who passed away a few years ago, and love that the papers and colors actually match her outfit!

          By using the left side of this sketch from Let's Scrap Sketches, I was able to showcase some of the beautiful papers that come in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack, along with some from the Ephemera, creating a quilt design made from 1 1/2" squares!

     All of my paper edges were distressed with the Tim Holtz Paper Distresser, and finished with machine stitching. In the center of my squares, I added various Buttons and Brads, along with some from the Ephemera, like the ones in my flower centers, which also come in the Ephemera, and were colored with Blueprint Sketch and Dusty Concord Distress Inks.

      The bottom left side of the page was sprayed with some blue and silver LSG sprays, before adding the purple Chipboard flourish. To make the title I used the alpha stickers that come in the 12 X 12 Collection Pack to spell "REMEMBERING", and masked "ROXANE" using the Tim Holtz Cargo Alphabet Stencil with Distress Inks (Blueprint Sketch and Seedless Preserves).

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!