Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Retro Rubber Challenge #140 - Tic Tac Toe.. Oceans of Fun..


Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have another fun Tic Tac Toe board for you.

I chose the middle vertical line - Blue/Rectangles/Pattern Paper.

I stamped and heat embossed the lovely Jellyfish and bubbles by Jillibean Soup from their 'Whale Done' set, I love this set and I have had it since 2018. I masked off the Jellyfish and blended Peacock Feathers distress oxide ink over them. The heads I actually heat embossed, coloured and fussy cut them out and then popped them up onto my Jellyfish on the blended piece.

For the rectangles, I used x2 stitched rectangle dies by MFT. My patterned paper which I think went really well with the 'sea' theme is by Echo Park.

The sentiment is from the same set and I stamped it onto an offcut of the blended piece and die-cut it out using a smaller stitched rectangle die and framed it with a piece of the patterned paper.

It came together so well, just as I had envisioned.

Which row will you choose? Pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends August 7th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, that is part of the fun of our challenge and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

TMS: Happy Purr-thday..


Hope you are all having a good week.

I was fortunate to be a prize winner over at Tuesday Morning Sketches, during their anniversary bash.

So I thought it was only right that I play along with the current challenge -

This sketch is so fun!

I thought it paired well with my new Lawn Fawn Dandelion papers that were a gift from Lisette.

I love the Newton's Nook 'Newton's Birthday Balloons' set, so I stamped, coloured and die-cut the main image from the set. The sentiment is also from the set.

I am super happy with the die-cut circles - both of them are from The Works in London and I have recently 'rediscovered' the fancier circle and it's getting ALOT of use.

Super simple and pretty card.


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Retro Rubber Challenge #139 Buttoned Up..



Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a fun embellishment challenge for you - 

I actually have a very large button collection, a lot of it was my Nana's and I was actually planning to use some of it for this card, but then I came across these amazing paper buttons! I think I bought these approx 13-14 years ago!! And I totally forgot I had them - talk about retro :)

I decided that one of the large buttons would be good enough for my card and I wanted to make something that was a paper hug for a friend and I wanted it to have texture.

I found a scrap piece of Tim Holtz watercolour woodgrain paper and I smooshed a mix of distress inks and shimmer spray ink onto the paper. Once it was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment from the AMuse Studios 'Fierce' set that I have had since 2017.

As the scrap was square, I went with a square card base. I covered the front with brown corrugated card and I found a really nice piece of embossed pale blue paper in my stash (sadly you can't see the embossing that well in my photo) and I thought it tied the whole card together nicely, as the button has a touch of blue in it.

A really simple but impactful paper hug for my friend.

How will you use buttons on your project? Hop on over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends July 24th.

Don't forget to tell us the age of your stamp, which is part of the fun of our challenge, and please only enter 10 challenges including Retro Rubber.


Saturday, July 11, 2020

Berry Sweet...


Happy Saturday!

I am probably slightly hungover today :) As Hubby and I ventured out for the first time since March to a friends house last night for a bbq.

Today's cards are ones that I finally made, after having the idea in my head for ages.

I love the giant cherries by Michael's and I thought they would play nicely with the sentiment stamps by Studio Calico.

I stamped, coloured and cutout the cherries, then I stamped the sentiment and cut it up to form the little banners, stamping the berry onto white paper, so I could colour it with Sakura glitter gel pen.

I created the backgrounds by smooshing Mermaid Lagoon distress ink.

They are so bright and cheery, I am so happy with how they came out.


Friday, July 10, 2020

Magical Day..


So even though I haven't blogged much - I have been VERY busy at my desk :)

Today's card was just for fun because I really wanted to play with the rainbow stamps!

When Lisette and I went to Connecticut before the pandemic, we spent an EPIC 2hrs in a local Michael's after our classes. We came out with a lot of bargains and one of the things I acquired was this great set from their Craft Smart range.

It comes with x4 stamp sets!!

I stamped the rainbow in x3 different colours and added the cute Unicorns and sentiment by Taylored Expressions from their 'Dreamer' set.

A couple of sequins to finish it off and I ended up with a super cute card!


Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tuesday Morning Sketches - Unicorn thanks...


I have been a bit of a blog stranger!!

Work in June was ridiculously busy and hard, given the situation in the world right now I am extremely grateful I have a job and that I can continue to work from home. BUT it still hurt a bit last month.

Anyway, let's kick off hopefully a month of decent blog action with a challenge entry!

I saw my Retro Rubber teammate LeAnne's entry and I loved the sketch so much I decided to join in the fun too.

Tuesday Morning sketches are celebrating their 11th birthday with a revisit of their 1st ever sketch -

So fun right!

Well it was the perfect sketch for the new Crate Paper stamp that I have. It's from their Willow Lane collab with Maggie Holmes.

I stamped the wonderful Unicorn onto white paper using Wisteria Chalk Ink by Colorbox. The ink colour basically set the tone for the whole colour palette of my card.

All my papers are scraps and are by DCWV - including the glittery strip, which is the penultimate piece of this paper (sobs at desk).

I added a simple strip sentiment and banner by Taylored Expressions (love these, SO handy). 

I love the finished card, so pretty and unusual.