Monday, August 31, 2009

ELEGANT BOQUET EMBOSSING FOLDER!


This is an easy, quick card that we're going to make at my Friday Hostess club. I used the Elegant Boquet Embossing Folder in the corner of my Whisper White Cardstock, then just added a little Red Dotted Grossgrain Ribbon and a sentiment from the Short and Sweet stamp set. I punched my sentiment with the Modern Label punched and then added a mat for the punch made from my Movers and Shapers Big Shot Die. This is one of those cards that is very versatile and can be used for almost any occasion!

ON A PEDASTAL!


This card is a creation of Caroline Morgan. She shared it with us at our last demonstrator get together. How clever to use the cupcake upside down as a drink glass!

DASHER AND SIMPLE SNOWFLAKE!


I love the look of the double snowflake punch on this card. A customer suggested that we make this card useing a brad instead of a button, so that it could be mailed. I am going to switch my Designer Series Paper for some Soft Suede Pattern Paper, switch the button for a brad and make this one at my September Holiday Stamp-a-Stack!

Be sure to check out my calendar and sign up early for the Holiday Stamp-A-Stack so that you can make two of these cards to use at the holidays this year!

AUTUMN DAYS MEETS MELON MAMBO!


This is a really quick card I will be shareing with my Friday Night hostess club gals this week. They have had the summer off, so I'm going to go easy on them Friday with some simple cards and lots of new products!

The sentiment I used on this card is from the Level Three Hostess Set called Kind and Careing thoughts.

ORNAMENT PUNCH ACORN!


Isn't this the coolest creation! A fellow stamper named Ellen Kemper came up with this idea made with her ornament punch, large oval and wide oval punches. You can see her creation and her card HERE. Ellen also created a great fish with this punch too that you can see on her blog.

Thanks for letting me share your creative idea, Ellen!

MY SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be out of town for a few days this week, so my September Newsletter will not be going out until after the Holiday. I am going to try to get some posts scheduled before I go. That way you will still have some new creations to look forward to while you await the arrival of my Newsletter!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

HOLY FAMILY!


Here is another Sneak Peek from the Holiday Mini Catalog! This stamp set is called Holy Family, and it is just beautiful, and very detailed! For this card I used some of the Sleigh Bells Ribbon, that is also available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.

I stamped my image from the Holy Family Stamp Set in Soft Suede Ink on Naturals Ivory Cardstock and then distressed my edges with my distressing tool. Then I mounted that onto some Real Red Cardstock and distressed the edges of that cardstock also. I added a little Sleigh Bells Ribbon to the side of my card and then stamped my sentiment from the Christmas Greetings Stamp Set in Soft Suede Classic Classic Ink onto some Naturals Ivory Cardstock and mounted that onto some Real Red Cardstock and then added a litte mini clip.

This is a very quick and easy card to make!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MORE AUTUMN DAYS!


Here is another card that Michelle made for me~~I just gotta love that talented girl!

For this card Michelle used the Autumn Days stamp set and stamped the pinecones in Old Olive Classic Ink and then colored the pine cones in with her Soft Suede Marker. She stamped her berries from the Autumn Days stamp set in Real Red Classic Ink and then she drew (yep, she drew) the holly leaves in. She added some Old Olive sponging around the "wreath" and a taffeta bow. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Greetings and punched with the Modern Label Punch.

This card is just beautiful in real life! She even put some Crystal Effects on the pine cones.

Monday, August 24, 2009

MORE DELIGHTFUL DECORATIONS!


Here's another card useing the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set and the Ornament Punch. For this card I used Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry! I stamped the bulb images from Delightful Decorations onto Whisper White Cardstock and then punched them out with the ornament punch. I used my large oval punch to punch an oval out of the Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. I took my large oval punch and punched an oval out of my Melon Mambo Cardstock and then punched my Scallop Oval around the hole left from my large oval punch. That made the little scallop frame that I then attached to my Rich Razzleberry Cardstock. The sentiment is stamped with Melon Mambo Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, and I just placed it behind my Rich Razzleberry Cardstock so that it showed through the "window" where my large oval punch was punched out. The sentiment comes from the Season of Joy stamp set. I attached a piece of Melon Mambo Polka Dot Grossgrain across the top of my Rich Razzleberry Cardstock and then "hung" my ornaments with some Gold Cord! This card took a few minutes to "perfect" with the hanging bulbs, but I am very happy with the way it turned out.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

DELIGHTFUL DECORATIONS!


I think it's time to share some of my creations from the items I pre-ordered from the Holiday Mini Catalog. This is by far the best Mini Catalog I have seen in a long time, and I hope it is already arriving in the mailboxes of my customers, because I know they're going to love it as much as I do!

This card uses the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set and the new Ornament Punch, both of which are in the new Holiday Mini Catalog that you can start ordering from on September 1st.

This is avery simple and quick card to put together, and I used some FUN colors for it. The cardstock is Melon Mambo, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay. I stamped my bulb images from the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set with Melon Mambo Classic Ink onto Whisper White cardstock, and then I punched them out with the Ornament Punch. I added a little gold cord (also available in the Holiday Mini Catalog) to make the bulbs look like they were "hanging". Then I just attached all my layers of cardstock.

SEE, how easy is that? Well, it's so easy that I would hazard a guess that this card may make it into one of my upcoming Holiday Stamp-A-Stack classes!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

SYMPATHY AUTUMN DAYS!


For some reason I think of Fall colors when I am useing this stamp set, and this pheasant is just so versatile. Today I'm going to share this little Sympathy card with you.

I made a frame with my Big Shot Top Note Die and then sponged the edges of it with Close to Cocoa and Old Olive Classic Ink. I used a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock for my images, and I started by punching out a 1" circle and attaching it to my Very Vanilla cardstock (this becomes a "mask" for my sun in the upper right corner). Then I stamped my images in Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Soft Suede and Mellow Moss. I stamped my sentiment from Close As A Memory in Soft Suede Classic Ink. then I just sponged some Close to Cocoa and some Mellow Moss onto the cardstock and right over my stamped images. I removed the "mask" from my sun and lightly daubered some So Saffron Classic Ink onto the vanilla circle (for my sun). To finish it off, I popped the frame up with some dimensionals, and then mounted it onto a piece of Kraft cardstock.

Friday, August 21, 2009

MORE AUTUMN DAYS!


I am still playing with Michelle's stamp set, and still having a ball! This card was pretty simple to make other than the trimming ("cutting" as my customers are fond of saying). I used my Sanded Background stamp from Stampin' Up! and inked it up with some Soft Suede Classic Ink, then stamped it onto some Soft Suede cardstock. I stamped my images from the Autumn Days stamp set in Soft Suede Classic Ink onto Naturals Ivory Cardstock and cut the cardstock into squares. Then I stamped the images again, trimmed them and then attached them to my square piece (with the image already stamped on it) useing some dimensionals. Then I just added a sentiment from A Rose Is A Rose stamp set.

I am going to make more of these so I can change the sentiment to be for a sympathy card or a masculine birthday. I am amazed at how versatile this Autumn Days stamp set is!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ROOM IN MY HOLIDAY STAMP-A-STACK!

I have had a couple cancellations for my Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this month, so if you want to join us, there's room!! Holiday Stamp-a-Stack will happen on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You will make 10 cardS (2 each of 5 different designs). The cards are easy to make, so that there is no stress or pressure to get them all done in two hours. I have posted all 5 designs to my blog, so you can check them out. However, I will tell you that I am no photographer, so my cards are always nicer "in real life". Class is $20 and you must pay when you register.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP!!

MORE WOOD SHEETS!



I always seem to be collecting "containers" that I have every intention of "altering". But, in reality, what I really do is store them! Well, I decided to take one out and actually alter it (I know, what a concept ;o). This is what I came up with. AND it was actually very easy and quick to put together.

The see-through paint can came from Staples. I added some Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper with More Mustard and Ruby Red cardstock. My sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! On Your Birthday stamp set, ad it is stamped in Ruby Red Classic Ink. I cut out some leaves from the Designer Series Paper and added them to the front of my can.

I cut three leaves from my Wood Sheets with my Big Shot, useing the Leaves #2 die. I simply used a sponge to sponge Always Artichoke More Mustard and Ruby Red Classic Ink onto the leave-cut Wood Sheets. I tied some raffia around the stem on the leaves and then tied them to the handle of my paint can.

You can't see the top of the paint can very well, but I just cut a circle of the DSP and then mounted it onto a larger circle of Ruby Red cardstock.

This is a great gift container, and so unique!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

AUTUMN DAYS AND WOOD SHEETS!


New in this year's Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog are Wood Sheets. You can find them on page 158 of the catalog, and they are very neat! I have a few more things I'd like to try with them, but so far I love the effect the wood adds to my stamping projects. They make it easy to create cool textured die cuts, AND they are sized for the Big Shot!

For this card I used my Top Notes Big Shot Die and cut a Top Note from my Wood Sheet. Then I stamped on it with Michelle's Autumn Days stamp set and used Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. Then I took my sponge and sponged some Close to Cocoa, Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry Classic Inks onto the Wood Sheet.

The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Close to Cocoa Classic Ink on Close to Cocoa cardstock and then punched with my Stampin' Up! Modern Label Punch. I added a little hemp and a couple dimensionals, and my card was ready to go.

Be sure to check out the Wood Sheets in the catalog! I will post another "sample" from my play time with them tomorrow, so be sure to stop back by and check it out!

AUTUMN DAYS BIRTHDAY!


I borrowed Michelle's Autumn Days stamp set, and I have really been enjoying it. I'm trying to play with it long enough to make myself tired of it so that I don't have to actually break down and purchase this set~~nope, so far that's not working too well. The more I play with it, the more I'm convinced I NEED it.

For this card I used some Really Rust patterned paper, Really Rust cardstock, Close to Cocoa cardstock and Very Vanilla cardstock. I "kissed" my stamp by inking it with Close to Cocoa Classic Ink and useing my dauber inked with Really Rust Classic Ink just dabbing a little on the edges. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Really Rust Classic Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I used my Stampin' Up! Modern Label Punch to punch out the sentiment. I used my Movers and Shapers die to make the Really Rust piece that I mounted my sentiment onto. I popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and then added some hemp and distressed the edges of my stamped image.

It took a little while to make this one, but I love the way it turned out. I think it will be a great masculine birthday card.

OH MY GOODNESS!!

WOW! I was so shocked to realize that this morning I had reached 16,000 hits on my blog. I cannot believe how many people stop by to see what's going on in the Rubber Room on the web. I hope that in some way each of you has been inspired by what's happening here.

THANKS EVERYONE!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

DASHER MEETS SNOW SWIRLED!


I really think Stampin' Up! outdid themselves with the addition of the "Under $10" page in their catalog! If you haven't checked it out yet, you absolutely must visit page 208 of the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog! This little "Dasher" stamp is only $8.95, and for that price even I can justify purchaseing him, despite that fact that I have assured myself that there is no way I need a new holiday stamp set. You can also see the Simple Snowflake stamp there, for only $7.95 AND that stamp matches the new Stampin' Up! snowflake punch, for even more fun!

Okay, honestly, what I have really assured myself is that holiday stamps rank up there with black shoes, butterflies, and flowers (you can never have too many)! So, go Check out all the holiday stamps (not just the ones on page 208) and then contact me to place an order and "treat" yourself this holiday season with a new holiday stamp set for all your holiday stamping needs!

This is the last of the five cards we'll make at this month's Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. The Stamp-A-Stack is on Tuesday, August 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You will make 10 card (2 each of 5 different designs, see all of them in earlier posts). Cost of the class is $20. Space is limited, and you must pay for the class when you sign up!

for this card I stamped "Dasher" with some Soft Suede Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then distressed the edges of the cardstock. On the Ruby Red Cardstock I used some Ruby Red Classic Ink to stamp some snowflakes from Snow Swirled to make a background. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Messages, stamped with Ruby Red Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I used some Soft Suede Dotted Grossgrain to wrap around my Ruby Red Cardstock and mount my sentiment on. Quick and Easy, AND looks great!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

RUSTIC CARDINAL CHRISTMAS!


This stamp is one that I love, but it takes a long time to color, so here is a "quick" version. I stamped my image with Creamy Caramel Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I distressed my edges for a more "rustic" effect. I mounted the image on some Not Quite Navy Cardstock and then onto some Kraft Cardstock and then onto a Not Quite Navy Cardstock card base. My Sentiment is from All Holidays, and I simply stamped it on Not Quite Navy Cardstock with Not Quite Navy Classic Ink and then punched it out with my SU! 1 3/4" circle punch. I used some dimensionals to pop it up and give my card a little more depth.

Because this is such a quick and easy card to make, it is perfect for my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack class this month! Be sure to check out all the class details HERE and then make plans to join the class and get a jump-start on your holiday card making!

Friday, August 14, 2009

SEASON OF JOY!


This is one of those stamp sets that I never get tired of or bored with. I think the little "doodle" in the trees is so unique and adds a soft, feminine touch to them.

Yep, this is another card we'll be making at the Holiday Stamp-A-Stack this month. Check out the details on my calendar HERE. Please know that I always try to accommodate as many people as I can in my classes, but for my Stamp-A-Stacks I do limit my class size. I do my best to make certain everyone has plenty of time to make all ten of their cards in a stress-free environment, and in order for that to happen, I cannot have twenty people in the Rubber Room at the same time. SO, please sign up early to avoid any disappointment with the class being full.

This card does involve a little "trimming", but you will love the effect and will agree it's worth the "trimming" time! I used Old Olive Classic Ink and Cardstock and Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink and Cardstock, along with Whisper White Cardstock. I popped up the two Old Olive trees (after trimming them) with some dimensionals. For my sentiment, I just stamped it in Old Olive Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock, punched it with my SU! Large Oval Punch and then mounted it on an Elegant Eggplant Scallop Oval Punch. I popped that up too!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SCENIC SEASON SIMPLICITY!


This has got to be one of the most beautiful stamp sets that I have, and it is so quick and easy to make an awesome card with! This is another one of the cards we'll be making at my Holiday Stamp-A-Stack this month. Check out my calendar HERE for all the class details!

When I mounted this stamp set, I took the sentiment (Season's Greetings) and separated it from the trees so I could mount it on a separate wood block. This makes it a lot easier to use the sentiment with other stamps and to stamp it in another color without markering it, or just to change the placement of it.

So, for this card, all I did was put a little post-it note mask over my little bird, then inked my stamp with Garden Green Classic ink. I then removed my post-it note mask and colored my bird with my Real Red marker and stamped that image onto Whisper White Cardstock. I inked my sentiment with Real Red Classic Ink and stamped it in the bottom right-hand corner, mounted it onto a piece of Garden Green Cardstock and called it AWESOME!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SNOWFLAKE PUNCH!


I seriously think I am a "Punch Addict"! Between the SU! Ribbon and SU! Punches, I ALMOST don't need stamps. Well, maybe not, but I am really loving my punches lately.

This is a card we will be making at my upcoming Holiday Stamp-A-Stack. If you haven't attended a Holiday Stamp-A-Stack, you are missing lots of excitement, AND it is a super easy way to get your holiday cards made ahead of time, which makes for a lot less stress during the holiday season. Click HERE for all the class details and be sure to sign up right away, as these classes always fill quickly!

For this card I used the "traditional" holiday color, Rich Razzleberry. I made my background with the CuttleBug Snowflakes Embossing Folder. I stamped my snowflakes in Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink and then punched them out with my new SU! snowflake punch. I added a little bit of glitter in the middle of each snowflake, and I embossed my sentiment from Many Merry Messages with White Craft Ink and White Embossing Powder. VOILA, how quick and easy!

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!


This is the last of the three cards we'll be making in the Triple Play Club this month. I really like this color combo (Old Olive, Brocade Blue and Chocolate Chip). I embossed the tree from Thoughts and Prayers with White Craft Ink and White Embossing Powder. I think the ribbon makes it look very elegant and classic.

SIMPLE FRIENDSHIP!


Who doesn't love a purple butterfly? This is another card we'll be making in the Triple Play Club next Tuesday. It's quite simple, and there is only a little bit of cutting! I used Almost Amethyst with Lovely Lilac for my color combo. I stamped on the Lovely Lilac to make a little "shadow" for my butterfly. Then I added some dimensionals to pop up the butterfly and my sentiment. I am really getting hooked on that Modern Label Punch!

Monday, August 10, 2009

TALL TALES IS IN THE MONEY!



This is a money holder that I designed to accommodate me when I'm in the mood to give away money. Like that's going to happen...

My gals in the Triple Play Club will be making this as one of their projects this month. If you want to join the fun, be sure to check out my calendar HERE for all the "Club" details, then RSVP so you can make one for yourself! You will also get the pattern, along with two other cards that I'll be posting here later this week!

For this money holder I used the Tall Tales Designer Series Paper, along with some Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Olf Olive cardstock. The sentiments come from the On Your Birthday stamp set. I also added some trees from the Trendy Trees stamp set on the inside. I really like the way it turned out, AND the best part is that it fit perfectly inside my envelope!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

I'M BACK.......

WOW, what the heck happened to last week? I got way sidetracked trying to catch up on all the things that had been neglected around here during the month of July, and I, apparently, lost track of time along the way!

BUT, the good news is that I'm back and so excited to have so much to share with my customers this month.

I have finished making all my cards for classes, workshops and clubs coming up in August in the Rubber Room. I will be shareing them all with you here over the next week or so (thus catching up on all the posts that were missing last week).

Be sure to check out my calendar for August HERE. That will give you all the details for August events in the Rubber Room. Once you have the details, sign up for some stamping fun soon! Come on, you know you want to ;o)