Retro Rubber Challenge #145 Tic Tac Toe…

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge – OCTOBER already!! 

This year is racing by, not sure if that is good or bad, given everything that has happened.

You know we LOVE a Tic Tac Toe board! So here is our final one for 2020!

This was a bit of a no-brainer for me, show me the word metallic and I am SOLD.. LOL.
I went with the top row – yellow/one word/metallics.
Several years ago I bought a Studio Calico paper clearance box and it was a magical thing! All the papers I used here are from that box! Including the glittery paper – which I am counting as my metallic, because it’s gold!
I die-cut all the papers with my stitched square dies by Lawn Fawn. The scripty thanks die is also by Lawn Fawn and I die-cut it twice, once in yellow foam and once in the pretty paper you see. The foam piece is underneath, to pop it up – much easier to do this, than cut a bunch of tiny little foam pieces…
I added the cute little Mama Elephant Monkey holding presents, he is from ‘Little Monkey Agenda’, this was given to me as a gift by a friend early in 2019.
I sent this card to a friend already to say thanks for something and she said she wants more ‘Mini Monkey’ cards LOL.
Which row are you going to use? Make sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends October 16th.

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

Retro Rubber Challenge #144 Anything Goes…

Hey,

Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

I am counting down to VACAY!! I have my birthday week off next week, there is gonna be a whole lot of eating and crafting!

But before then, we have everyone’s fave Anything Goes..

By now you should not be surprised to see a Monster pop up on most of my cards, I LOVE Monster stamps and I am so lucky that my friends are constantly gifting them to me. To date I have not had a duplicate, which is amazing.
I chose this Hero Arts ‘Eat Cake All Day’ set (I’ve had it since 2017) deliberately because it was given to me by my friend Cheiron, who I was introduced to by Jenn Shurkus who was the previous owner of the MFT Birthday Speech Bubbles set (Jenn bought it in 2016).
I love these ladies and I thought it would be fun to make a card that combines things from them 🙂
As you know I am a big fan of Altenew inks and I used x3 of them to stamp the bubbles here – Starlight, Tide Blue and Sea Breeze.
It felt like the Monster needed something and so I hunted through my dies and came up with a bow-tie for him from the Elizabeth Craft Designs ‘Party Accessories’ set. Perfect!
Your turn to dig out something neglected and show us what you can do with it. Also, pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends October 2nd.

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

Happy (belated) Birthday Momma..

 

Hey,
So my Momma’s birthday is 1st of August (I didn’t forget..), but that was just as I was coming out of a crazy work period!
I love to make her cards that are a bit more involved for her birthday. This year I went with a bird slider! My parents have an amazing garden and they get all kinds of birds and I thought she would like this. 
She did (phew).
Here is a photo showing it after the ‘slide’
The cute birds are by Elizabeth Craft Designs ‘Feathered Friends’ and the slider mechanism is also by them, from a set with all different kinds of slider channels. The papers are by Lawn Fawn and the sentiment is MFT with teeny glitter stickers.
I love easy interactive cards.
Cx

MFT: Picture Perfect Party Animals..

Hey, 
Happy Friday!
Hope you have had a good week?
I love the Birdie Brown for MFT Picture Perfect sets, I have the original set and when this one (Picture Perfect Birthday Animals) was released I had to have it. I already have the dies that match the selfie squares, so it made it all very easy.
Colouring them was a blast! I used all scraps of paper to create the frames for each card and I used the sentiments from the set and stamped them using Altenew inks. The sentiments on a banner, are by Taylored Expressions and are their simple strips – genius!

I got creative with the Lion below and he is actually a shaker. These x2 cards are my fave images from the entire set. The Hippos are just too much and I think I eat my cupcakes like the Lion!

 Have a great weekend, gym, NFL and desk time for me.

Cx

Hippo Queen…

 

Hey,
I love Clearly Besotted stamps.
I saw this great ‘Love London’ set of theirs on sale and had to have it.
I wanted to make a fun card for a friend who is based in London and this set made me laugh, with all the possibilities.
I stamped the bus and the taxi first, then masked that off and blended the blue bottom panel, using Chipped Sapphire distress oxide.
I stamped and fussy cut the Hippo wearing a crown. When I was getting ready to pop her up ontop of the bus, it felt like something was missing, so I added the little heart scatter from another Clearly Besotted set ‘Happy Days’.
Fun, and a little bit crazy. Like my friend.
Cx

Dino-mite Dies..

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Happy Monday!

Today I thought I would share these fun cards I made.

I love Monsters and Dinosaurs and most people know that. 

JT sent me this great set of Dino dies by Sizzix. Then I found the great Dino papers by Echo Park on sale, so I bought us both a pad to go with the dies.

I love how these crazy little cards came out. I used Tim Holtz stacked deckle dies to cut the layers and used a little arrow die I have to create a fun little banner for part of my sentiment. The sentiments are by Avery Elle.

Also isn’t everything just better with googly eyes?!

Cx

Retro Rubber Challenge #143 Colour Me…

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Can you believe it’s already September?!

Time for another awesome Retro Rubber challenge.

This time we have a colour challenge for you, use only yellow and green.

I thought it would be fun to pull out a set that I really haven’t used very much and I have had it since 2018, it has been thoroughly neglected – Avery Elle Balloons & Banners.
I stamped my banner and balloons using Altenew inks – Sweet Leaf and Maple Yellow. I love their inks, they stamp SO well. I am slowly buying them when they have deals on 🙂
As I was putting it together with the pretty polka dot Lawn Fawn paper, I thought it was a teeny bit dull. So I was going to add my default Monster to jazz it up and then I thought how about an actually ‘green’ creature and went with the fun Croc from the Heffy Doodle Happy Snappy Crocs set (I’ve had this since 2017).
The end result made me smile a lot! I love a card with a happy Critter!
How will you use the colours? Be sure to pop over to Retro Rubber and get inspired by the things the DT have made.

Challenge ends September 18th.

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

Balloon Car..

 

Hey, 
Happy Friday!
If you are in the US, you are probably dancing for joy at the long weekend ahead of us (Labor Day). BUT it does mean that the Summer is officially over, which makes me so very sad.
I am excited for the weekend, as tomorrow, I reunite with most of the craftgang for a fun socially distanced playdate at Tiffs house! Yay! We haven’t all been together since FEB!!
I am a big Avery Elle and own a TON of their stamps.
I really loved their Journey set, even though the car looks like it should be only used for Weddings, the set comes with sentiments that mean you can use it for birthday’s too – which is what I did here.
I love that you can stamp in the license plate slot!
These were really easy cards to make, I stamped, coloured and die-cut the cars. I die-cut the white background panel – the die is from The Words and is one of my current faves. 
Before I added the cars to the card front, I stamped some fun confetti, streamers, and stars in coordinating colours. 
So simple and fun. And a bit of a surprise for the recipient.
Have a great long weekend.
Cx

Beach Please…

Hey,

Welcome to September!

I can’t believe it is my birthday month already, this year has flown by!

I thought I would share a card that I made a while back during a coloring challenge. 

I love the Hero Arts mini stamp and die set ‘Beach Please’ it makes me laugh every time I see it, with the dog on the towel! The umbrella and the pineapple cocktail are separate stamps and dies and there is also a suntan lotion bottle!

I used a fave Dutchdoobadoo stencil for the clouds, I added a little Lawn Fawn stitched hill for the sand and a Lil Inker sun.

I always love how these cards turn out.

It also seemed appropriate to share it now, as I just got back from x4 days at the beach with Hubby and Lisette.

We had a wonderful time and it was SO good to get out of NYC and our apartment, even for a short time.

Cx

Retro Rubber Challenge #142 Lets get Sketchy…

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Welcome to another fun Retro Rubber challenge.

We have a sketch for you this time.

You know how much I love a sketch!

I recently made a large background panel for chopping up, I used a Dina Wakely stencil and Picket Fence Studios Golden Rose paper glaze. I used a piece of it for my card, as you can see.

The sentiment is from a cute set by Jillibean Soup ‘All My Happy’, that I got in early 2019 when I was on a road trip. I love that a lot of the words come with a shadow effect die. I stamped parts of the sentiment onto white paper and trimmed them down to create little blocks to work with the sketch. The ‘wishes’ I heat embossed onto gold paper. 
It felt a bit flat and I decided to get a bit brave and pop some gold thread (I never do this technique) under the sentiments and it worked SO well.
I am so happy with this elegant card, a perfect addition to my stash.

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 September 4th.

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