Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Romantic Tutorial - Love Notes

Hi Everyone! Are you having some unusual weather in your neck of the woods, too? I live in western Pennsylvania, and we've gone from unseasonably warm to rain to snow. That's okay because it's nice and cozy in my craft room.

I thought about what I wanted to share with you today and decided on a super simple sticky note holder. This is great to toss in your purse or to give to a friend. I'm also going to share a quick tip about drawing teeny tiny hearts with you in the tutorial.

You'll need:
- Strip of cardstock 3 1/4" x 7 3/4" (I used SU! Mellow Moss)
- scoring tools
- colored and matted Rubber Romance image (I used the versatile Cutie Pie Home Tweet Home stamp)
- coordinating ribbon

1. The first thing that you'll want to do is score your strip of cardstock. Score at 1", 1 1/4", 4 1/2", and 4 3/4" - crease.

2. Peel backing off the sticky note package and adhere to the cardstock between the 1 1/4" and 4 1/2" score lines.

3. Fold the cardstock to enclose the sticky notes. Add your colored and matted image to the top panel. Tie a simple knotted ribbon to the bottom panel - you'll be able to slide the image panel under the ribbon to keep the holder closed.

Cute, simple, and great to have!

Here's how I created my little heart posies: Using a brush tip marker, draw a V to make little hearts. I start on the left and make a dash toward the center then finish up on the right by making another dash toward the center.

Don't you love this image - I can totally see this little image used for all seasons. I'd add some liquid applique for a wintery branch or some glossy accents on bright leaves for a summery image.

Enjoy the tutorial and enjoy your day!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tent Topper Card Tutorial

Hi, this is Sherry. Today I am going to show you how I made this Tent Topper Card using the Diva Chef from Rubber Romance. It's just as easy as a regular A2 size card, but it's fun and just a little something extra.

The supplies you will need are very basic:
4.25" x 8.5" piece of card stock
Patterned Paper and Scraps of CS for decorating and embellishing the front of your card.
Rubber Romance Diva Chef (or Rubber Romance image of choice)
Foam Tape (optional)

First, you take your 4.25" x 8.5" card stock and score it at 4.25" to make a 4.25" square base for your card.
Next, trim your patterned paper and decorate the front of your card as desired. For my card I used Basic Grey Lemonade patterned paper and the Fiskars Threaded Water Border Punch.

I layered my pieces and added some ribbon.
Next, I colored and cut out my Diva Chef image. Here I used my Circle Nestabilities to layer card stock with the image. The image was colored with Prismacolor Pencils and blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits.
Once your image is ready, attach adhesive to the LOWER half of the image panel, on the back. I used foam tape to give it added dimension, but any adhesive will work also. Now it's time to attach the main image to your card. The image will go over the edge to make the card 5.5" tall-and it will fit in a regular A2 envelope.

Once everything is put together, this is what the finished product looks like

That's all for today- Have a great day and I hope you are inspired to try something different.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cute Doggy Treat Bag

Do you have a friend that has a special furry friend? These cute little treat bags would be the perfect little something to say you are thinking of them! Steps to make the doggy bag:

1. Adhere a 5 inch x 3 inch piece of pattern paper to a paper bag. (These are the lunch bag size) Then cut a 5 inch x 1 1/4 inch piece of pattern paper. Ink the edges of this last pattern paper and adhere it over the first one like shown below.

2. Stamp the Rubber Romance "Claire and Charley" stamp on white cardstock.
3. Color the stamped image. I used colored pencil. Cut it out in a half circle as I did below. Ink the edges and mount it on cardstock.
4. Adhere it to pattern paper.
5. Adhere this circular piece to the paper bag. Add your sentiment and then fill your bag with doggy treats. Fold over the top edge. Give this to your friend and watch their face light up! Enjoy!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Online Class Featuring Rubber Romance Stamps

Hi everyone,
I'm a teacher over at My Creative Classroom and i'm teaching a class this semester featuring Rubber Romance Stamps called "Sassy Stamping" -- hope to see you in the classroom!


Sassy Stamping with Samantha Star

Sassy Stamping is not for the faint of heart! In this class we will create 8 tongue in cheek cards, sassy party favors and we’ll create a chic chalkboard from scratch! So if you enjoy sarcasm, and are looking for edgier cards and projects, join me in this class!

Prerequisites: Basic stamping skills.
Start Date: Feb. 24th, 2010
Course Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $40.00 US

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Easy Embossed Card Tutorial

Happy New Year everyone. I thought today would be a good day to show you a tutorial to make a quick and easy embossed Rubber Romance card. I talked to my good friend on New Years Day and she asked for a set of cards for her birthday which is January 19th. I knew I had to come up with some cards that I could create quickly. So here is what I came up with. I plan to create a set of ten using the Rubber Romance ATC sized divas.

To start, cut a piece of cardstock to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2, and score at 4 1/4. Use a decorative border punch to punch the bottom front of the card.

Stamp your image on the front of the card. I used Babs here, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Note to self, clean that acrylic block!

Now chose a nestability that will frame your image nicely. I thought this label fit the image well. To emboss the card only (not cut through it) this is the sandwich I used: Plate A, Plate B, nestability with cutting side up, card front, two cardstock pieces, tan mat and Plate B. That is from the bottom up, using a Cuttlebug machine to emboss. It may vary with different die cutting machines.

After embossing, while the die is still in place sponge some ink around the inner edges of the die. Here I used SU Bashful Blue ink. I love how this gives the card a layered effect, yet you only have one layer.

Color your image however you like. I used copic markers on mine.

To embellish my card I added some stickles and ribbon. I also adhered a strip of cardstock behind the bottom edge to peek through the scallops of the border punch.

I'm really happy with how fast and easy it was to create this project. Using only one layer makes it easy to mail, too. One stamp should do just fine. I'm off to create the rest of my set. I just might get this gift in the mail on time.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Jan 10th Card Sketch

First off, let's announce our winner from our last Sketch Challenge:

Julie - Big congrats, please get in touch with me rubberromance @ gmail.com (no spaces) with your mailing address

Here's our Jan 10th Card Sketch Challenge:

Here's how to play and win!
1. Create a card using a Rubber Romance Stamp
2. Post your card in a gallery or on your blog
3. Link that post here
You'll be entered in our draw to win!
Good luck!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Tutorial - Magnet Board Stand

Good morning everyone! It's Wendy here, and today, we're making a magnet board stand.

This is a sheet of roofing flashing that you can buy at the home improvement store for under $5 a sheet. It's approximately the same size as letter sized paper. Be careful when handling - the edges are sharp.
Put the bottom edge of it over your table and carefully push down, creating a fold.

Now, your flashing is a "stand"

From there, its on to decorating. Adhere paper to the front, and then wrap it around like a present. You need to wrap those sharp edges.
Cover the gap in back with another sheet of paper.
Now, color your rubber romance image - this one is Diva Chef
And then simply decorate the top of the board any way you wish. I'm using mine for recipes, so I'm keeping it flat because it has a sealant over it to protect the paper.

And here it is in action - with a recipe magneted up. Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by.
(original concept to use the flashing for magnet base is the brilliant idea from crystle torvinen)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bunnie Girl Giveaway Winner!!!

Thanks for all the great comments! We take it you guys love free stamps??? lol. Winner was picked by Random.Org  with Min being 1 and Max being 20, the result was 1!!! (I don't know if I have ever had 1 picked!!!! Congrats to GWEN! Email me your address at sammyejo@62cards.com and CONGRATS! We hope you will use your new stamp to join in our challenges and maybe win more stamps!!!!!