Thursday, May 26, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Rainbow Plates..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Rainbow Plates' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

Back to my old ways, I fused them!

I love colour, so I love this inspiration image. I decide to use some old fave stamps by Ellen Hutson - 'Unicorns & Rainbows' and 'Pure Magic'.

I stamped, coloured, and die-cut the unicorn, rainbow and clouds. I used a scrap of fun rainbow coloured paper by Studio Calico to mimic the sketch and then I stamped my sentiment on a circle. Putting it all together to recreate the sketch was fun, as it came out just like I had imagined! Don't you love it when that happens?!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on June 7th.

Cx

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #183 - Anything Goes..

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

Hubby and I are heading to NYC this weekend!! So excited to go dancing in our fave spots.

It's time for Anything Goes! WHOOP!!! I love Anything Goes.



I decided to do something that I rarely do and went with a mix of brand new and old. I tend to stick with my older stamps (as there are 2hundred million of them), but this was so pretty I just had to use it here.

The floral stencil is new-ish (released this year) by Taylored Expressions and is one of their 'create in quads' (or thirds for mini slim like this one) range. I LOVE them. SO easy to make a quick batch of cards.

I wanted a really big sentiment, but I wanted it to be delicate, enter a set that I had TOTALLY forgotten about by Simon Says Stamp 'It's No Secret' I have had it since 2016 and it has not had the kind of use it deserves - doesn't it look great?

I made x3 of these cards all at once using the same sentiment stamp, because it's just fabulous.

I can't wait to see what parts of your stash you choose to use. And pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends June 3rd

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.

Cx

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - At The Movies..

Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'At The Movies' as a theme for you. As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.



Which will you try?

I used the theme as the inspiration and the film strip / reels in the photo. 

I flexed a bit of creative license here as I only had a tv stamp and I thought, as you can watch movies on a tv that would work ;)

I tied it all together with the sentiment and the fabulous card blank that I have had forever - saved for just this moment.

I used -

Jillibean Soup So Fabulous stamp and die

Taylored Expressions Little Critters

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on May 24th.

Cx

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #182 - Flower Power....

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a 'flower power' theme for you this time.


I love flower stamps and I am sure that I have way too many of them!

I dug out one of my all-time fave stamp sets by MFT - Large Desert Bouquet that I have had since 2016, it is my default set when I want impactful flowers. Weirdly there are no leaf dies, so I used a freebie die. The flowers were stamped with Altenew Inks.

The background was one from my stash, I like to make backgrounds and keep them for using when I need inspiration and don't know where to start. It is a Clearly Besotted stencil with Distress Stain used through it.

I love these little sentiments by Mama Elephant (Simple Sentiments), they come with their own dies and I cut this one in half so it worked better on my card.

I used this as a thank you card, it felt like a lovely way to say thanks!

Which of your many flower stamps will you use?  Also, pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends May 20th.

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.

Cx

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Colour Palette - Blue Butterfly..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have a colour palette with the image and of course a fun sketch.


Which will you try?

Surprise! No sketch for me this time. I fell in love with the colours and the butterfly, so went with that.

I used my all-time fave butterfly stamp by Stampin' Up 'Watercolor Wings' - it is a layering stamp and I am not normally into these, but this one is so fun and you get great results.

I stamped all the layers with Distress Oxides and spritzed and dried each layer before adding another one, I love all the drippy goodness. I used Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

I finished it off with a splatter of black ink and a heat embossed sentiment strip by Taylored Expressions.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on May 10.

Cx

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #181 - Tic Tac Toe....

Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a fun tic-tac-toe board for you.


I love tic-tac-toe challenges, as even if we all choose the same row, our makes are so different.

I went with the left diagonal row - watercolour-dry embossing-twine or ribbon.

I watercoloured the sweet Hummingbird stamp - I love this stamp set 'Hummingbird Thanks' by Pretty Pink Posh and I have had it since 2018. I decided to add an unexpected pop of colour and used the Sizzix 'Basketweave' embossing folder with a scrap of neon pink paper! I wrapped some twine around my embossed circle and popped on a foiled sentiment - I am loving foiling right now, especially as I finally understand how to use my mini minc!

Which row will you choose? Don't forget to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends May 6.

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.

Cx

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Tulips..


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have a 'Tulip' themed image for you and as always a fabulous sketch

Which will you try?

No surprise, but I fused (but my tulips are orange as they are my fave!).

The pretty border stamp by Clearly Besotted from their 'Mr & Mrs' set inspired me to create a card with a simple Spring sentiment. I love this stamp, it's so fun and easy to watercolour.

I have been hoarding this very last piece of the patterned paper by Studio Calico.. I love it SO much. But this card is going to someone special, so I figured that they deserved the last piece LOL. The circle die is by Memory Box and it was featured in Jennifer Maguire's fave dies of 2021 and I use it a lot.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on April 26.

Cx

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #180 - Sketch Time...

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a sketch for you this time.



You know how much I love a sketch!

I thought it would be fun to use the super large 'Hello' background stamp by The Stamp Market and chop it up to match the sketch - I worked out all the measurements by 'sight' and luckily it worked! I have had the stamp since 2020, but it has not been used much, as it's SO big LOL.

I kept this super simple and just used x2 colours to colour some of the words. I added a foiled sentiment strip - these are Taylored Expressions toner sheets, which you foil and cut out using the die (from their Sentiment strips collection).

Show us your interpretation of the sketch and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends April 22.

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.

Cx

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Cloth Bunnies...



Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Cloth Bunnies' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

You know I love to 'fuse'!

I love Bunnies! This 'Bunny Hugs' set by Unity Stamp Co is my FAVE of all my Bunny stamps. I think she is so elegant! I haven't been using her much, as I hate fussy cutting, but with the arrival last year of Big Sexy (my Brother ScanNCut) I have been able to cut her out a lot!

I love the white space in the sketch and tried to remain as true as I could to that. I stenciled a circle using a Tim Holtz heart stencil and cut it in half. The glittery strips are scraps from my desk (winning) and the sentiment is another all-time fave by Simon Says Stamp 'Square Sayings', so over used it has to be swiped with water to stick to the block!

Such a cute card and I loved it so much, I made two, well I did have the other half of the circle after all!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on April 12.

Cx

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #179 - 60's Colour Challenge...

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a fun colour challenge for you this time, use 60s colours!


I thought it would be fun to use this awesome set by Penny Black 'Be Happy' that I have had since 2020. I saw someone use it in a challenge and had to have it. I love all the fun animals that it has!

I chose the fabulous unicorn for this card, because I thought it would look great in the 60s colours. I used bright yellow, bright pink, bright green and add in a bright blue for a bit of extra punch!

Show us your interpretation of the sketch and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends April 8th.

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.

Cx


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Bookshelf...


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

Slightly sad day for me, as after 3weeks my Momma is heading home to London today :(

Anyway, this will cheer me up! This time we have 'Bookshelf' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

As always I loved both, so I fused them!

I love bookshelves! And I thought it would be fun to dig out a very old set by The Ton 'Haute Books, which combines all my loves, coffee table books about fashion and stamps!

I decided to create a single-layer card and rather bravely for me stamped directly onto my card blank! I kept my colour palette simple and stamped my 'bookshelf' across the card to mimic the sketch. It felt like it needed a fun element, so I added a pair of shoes from The Ton 'Shoe Wardrobe 2' and I love it, I need to make more of these.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on March 29th.

Cx

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #178 - Anything Goes...


Hey,

WHOOPS!!! I got all confused and jumped ahead two weeks! So I am re-posting this one!

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have everyone's fave this time - Anything Goes!!



This is my fave challenge, as I get to raid my stash and I like to mix old with new.

The sentiment is by Concord & 9th from their 'Snail Mail' set that I got last year (Happy Birthday is from the Avery Elle set), paired with my all time fave Avery Elle 'I'm Late' snail stamp that I have had since 2017.

I kept the whole thing simple and popped my happy little snail for some interest. I love adding white gel pen to his balloon and hat.

What will you find in your older stash to play with? Can't wait to see, don't forget to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends March 25th.

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.

Cx

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Turquoise Flower Bouquet...


Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Turquoise Flower Bouquet' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.



Which will you try?

No surprise here, as usual, I loved both, so I fused them!

I rotated the sketch and added a piece of coordinating paper to the bottom to match the sketch. As my stamp was so large it worked perfectly as the central piece of the sketch.

The stamp is a fave of mine by Concord & 9th 'Wonderful Florals'. Every time I used it, I have to watercolour it, as it is such a great canvas to do that with. I used Distress Inks to watercolour and iuile watercolours for the gold lettering, as IRL it gives the most amazing shimmer.

Another simple but impactful card.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on March 15th.

Cx

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #177... Tic Tac Toe...

 


Hey,

What a mistake! I didn't post this card for the last challenge!

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a tic tac toe board.



I chose the diagonal row - Metallics, Die-cut or Punch, Twine.

I love this set by Taylored Expressions 'Abstract Accents & Stencil' that I got late last year, and I mixed in an old fave by Neat & Tangled 'Landscape Textures' that I have had since 2017. The hello die is one of my all-time faves by Simon Says Stamp and I use it a lot.

So easy and fun to make this card, you just play around with the stencils and the stamps and create a fun abstract background!

I finished it off with a piece of twine to match the row I chose.

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

Challenge ends March 11th.

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.

Cx

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Colour Palette Bird...

Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Colour Palette Bird' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I love birds, I have become a bird nerd since moving to Florida! I have tons of bird stamps, but decided to use one of my faves by Pretty Pink Posh 'Hummingbird Thanks'. I love Hummingbirds and have a couple in my new garden!

I stamped and watercoloured the birds using distress inks, I got as close as I could to the colour palette. Then I used a couple of different colours to create the background clouds, which I created using my fave MFT 'Cloud Edger' stencil. The sentiment is actually from a Woodware set 'Paper Birds' that I got as a gift from a friend, perfect for this card.

I am so happy with it and it will be leaving soon to accompany a gift.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on March 1st.

Cx

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #176... Let's get Sketchy...


Hey,

Welcome to another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a sketch for you this time.


You know how much I love a sketch!

I love Monster stamps, I have tons of them and the majority have been surprise gifts from my friends, who are trying NOT to give me duplicate ones. This set is by Jane's Doodles 'Monster Squad' and I have had it since 2017 and it is one of my fave sets - I use the monster I have used here a lot. BUT believe it or not, I don't think the arrows that are part of the set have ever been inked!

Show us your interpretation of the sketch and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends February 25th

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.

Cx

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Valentine Cupcake...


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

Such a fantastic gallery for our last challenge, I look forward to seeing what you do with this one 'Valentine Cupcake'. As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.

Which will you try?

I loved both, so I fused them!

I love cake, so I was totally going to use a cake stamp on my card! But which one?! 

Well, I decided to go with this super cute mini cupcake stamp by Unity Stamp Co, I think I got it fwp, which is always nice. I stamped the lines using Creative Expressions 'Build a Background' set - which is a very versatile set and was a gift from my best friend JT. I decided to watercolour the cupcake and added a little bit of bling to it. I am a big fan of corrugated card stock and it was fun to use a piece of it here, to add some texture. The sentiment is by Mama Elephant 'Birthday Messages' I didn't even realise I had this until I went looking for a cake sentiment!

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on February 15th.

Cx


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #175 - Love, Love, Love...


Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We are all about the love this time..


I bought these amazing Love wood die-cuts from Dollar Tree and I made a bunch of fun cards with them. This one is a shaker!

The background is stamped using my all-time fave Hero Arts Tiny Hearts background stamp that I have had since 2017, when I bought it second-hand from Jenn Shurkus!

I stamped the hearts onto white card and die-cut the heart aperture to create the shaker. The love die-cut is popped up on foam dots for a bit more dimension.

Looking forward to seeing the things that love inspires you to make and don't forget to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends February 11th.

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.

Cx

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Fusion Card Challenge - Coffee Chalkboard...


Hey,

Welcome to another fantastic Fusion Card Challenge.

This time we have 'Coffee Chalkboard' for you! As always both the sketch and the inspiration image are awesome.



Which will you try?

I had an idea in mind, so no 'fusing' for me this time. I was inspired by the image and the chalkboard specifically.

I heat embossed the stamps onto black cardstock using white embossing powder (my fave is by WOW!) to get a kind of chalkboard feel and that is it! LOL. Don't you love it when everything is just that simple and I didn't fluff my heat embossing, so I am feeling quite smug.

I used - Erin Lee Creative 'Coffee Lover' set.

Make sure you check out all the rest of the inspiration by the DT over at the Fusion challenge blog, and play along with your own creation! When playing along you may use the sketch OR the photo to inspire your makes. OR, if you are feeling adventurous, you can fuse them together (see what I did there!).

Can't wait to see your makes. 

Challenge ends on February 1st.

Cx

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Retro Rubber Challenge #174 - Can you dig it? 50s colours

 Hey,

Welcome to the first Retro Rubber challenge of 2022 - YAY! I hope you had a wonderful break and brought your mojo into 2022, so we can have some creative fun.

Also, the RR team is sending a warm welcome Heather Heroldt to our team - WHOOP!! Heather is super talented and has been a big supporter of RR, can't wait to see what she creates as a DT member.

This time we have 50's colours for you!


I love these colours and you know I am a huge fan of creating cloud backgrounds. Perfect for my card here, as I just cut this amazing bunny by The Cats Pajama's (Bunnies in Flight I have had it since 2017) using my BSNC and it all just worked so well.

Show us how the colours inspired you and pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends January 28th.

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.

Cx