Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Interview with DT member Bibi

Les intervjuet på norsk her. (Interview in Norwegian)

Name: Bibi Lindahl
Location: Fredrikstad, Norway
Occupation: Owner of Rubber Dance
Blog: This one & our Scandinavian one

How long have you been stamping and what made you start?
Since 1992 after seeing how beautifully a penpal had decorated her envelope with stamped images. I wrote back and asked her where she got them, waited a couple of weeks for her reply, then I sent a letter to the stamp company (Cherry Pie) and asked if they had a paper catalogue, which I received a couple of weeks later.  I quickly placed my first order (of many to come!), and waited two more weeks or so... Those were the days, before the Internet! Cherry Pie still exists, now with an online catalogue and shop, of course.

How do you improve your skills and/or learn new techniques? 
I keep learning a lot from the women on my DT and bloggers I follow. Back in the 90s and early 2000s, I subscribed to several US stamps magazines. Nowadays I only read Craft Stamper (UK), which I love. I'm not really a technique junkie, so what I'm looking for is inspiration and fun ideas. Pinterest can also be a great source for that.

How would you describe your style?
I'm not sure that I have a distinctive style as I like to dabble with different materials and styles, but I guess most of my cards are quite colourful and "flat" - without a lot of 3D embellishments. For the past few months I have enjoyed making CAS cards, too (= Clean And Simple), which has been a challenge - but a fun one!

What do you make the most often? 
I mostly make cards and tags, and I decorate all the envelopes in which I ship out stamp orders. I did some art journalling for a while, but ended up going back to my roots as a card maker.

Which materials/products do you frequently use?
Watercolour paper and watercolour paint, black archival ink, Distress ink pads, paint, stains and sprays (I have other brands, but Distress are my faves - and within reach on my work table).

How often do you make something?
Oh, that varies a lot! As much as two weeks can pass between each time I make a card or anything else. It depends how much work I have to do (admin stuff and filling orders). I am getting better at setting aside time to create, though, because I am happier when my fingers are full of ink. Did I say fingers? Make that hands and clothes, too! When I decorate shipping envelopes, I make them in batches so I have a pile ready. It's a nice activity when I don't feel super creative but need to feel that ink .... 

Where do you buy the supplies you need? 
I buy regular cardstock at a local craft store (Panduro), but order anything watercolour related from Ken Bromley in the UK, because they have so much more of it. I order my Distress ink pads from Bikuben (best price I've found in a Norwegian store). Once in a very blue moon, I visit the awesome stamp & scrap store Scrappiness, which is only a 20 minutes drive away. I always end up spending a fortune and a half when I'm there ... (they have everything - and then some!).

Are there any particular stampers you would like to meet? 
I would like to meet the women on my DT, current members as well as previous ones! We've also had quite a few guest designers that I'd like to meet, and of course several of the people who frequently join our challenges and leave comments here on our blog (hi there!). I have many online friends/stamping buddies whom I've never met in person. Sure would be fun if we could! Stamp retreat, anyone? 

Being the founder and owner of Rubber Dance, I have sort of been a member of the Design Team since the very beginning. What I like best about being on the team? Getting to know the other teamies (we also chat in a private FB group), having to meet a deadlines (push and challenge myself), and of course seeing what the other teamies make with my stamps! I could never have done this without the fab team members' help, their encouragement and endless creativity!

Here are some of the things I have made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

Stamps from African Animals, Winter Wonderland (sentiment), bow cut off from Gift Box

Stamp from Celestial Images

Stamps from Sew Sweet, African Animals, and Just a Note (sentiment).
Chipboard arms (gloves) from EyeConnect Crafts

Stamps from Vintage Birds

And, finally, this card - which won me an honouralbe mention 
at the CASology challenge blog just recently!
You can see my post here (including the poem that inspired me).

Thanks for reading this far! ;-)

All the other DT members have been interviewed this month.
Check out their answers here:


Saturday, August 27, 2016

NEW Stamps! - Textured Feathers by Susanne Rose

Great news - Great stamps!  Most of you will be familiar with our Textured Flowers stamps by now, and the textured series continues with these fabulous Textured Feathers! Designed by Susanne Rose exclusively for Rubber Dance. We're super excited!!

The sheet measures 13 x 16 cm (5 x 7 inches)
The three big feathers on top are 9 cm long.

I love how well the Textured Feathers work together with the Textured Flowers:

Or on their own: 

And of course in combination with other stamps:

Textured Feathers and Hippie Gal.

Another birthday card:
Combined with stamps from A little birdie and Happy Birthday

You may order the new Textured Feathers in our web shop.
Want FREE shipping with that? I bet you do! ;-)
Simply use this Coupon Code: TF278
(If you order other stamps at the same time, shipping will still be free!)

I hope you'll love these new rubber babies as much as I do!

*la cucaracha*



CASology Challenge #212: Fun - Card by Bibi

The theme at CASology this week is FUN, so I've had some fun with this elephant stamp :-)

Elephant stamped with second impression black archival ink, 
coloured in with Distress ink, black sooth and vintage photo (toe nails and tail hair).
Computerised text, edged with diluted black sooth ink, popped up with foam tape.
Card mounted on grey base card.

Thanks for looking!

Fun hugs,

I'm entering my card to this challenge:

Friday, August 26, 2016

Make your own Planner Stickers

Hi my dear Rubber Dance friends!

It's Susanne here and today I'd like to show you some of my DIY planner stickers, that I've created with some blank labels, my Gelli Plate and the Textured Flower stamp set.

Watch the video to see the whole process.

And it's not only your planner where you can use these homemade mixed media stickers. They are perfect to add to art journal pages, tags, ATCs and cards. You can also decorate an envelope or use it as labels for your jam.

Thank you for stopping by today.
I hope this could be an inspiration for you...

xx Susanne.

Products from Rubber Dance:
Textured Flowers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Textured Flowers & StarTrish Design Canvas

Hello stampers, Craftyfield here with a larger than usual project.

When I saw Bibi's collab projects (here and here) with Trish Latimer's StarTrish Design stamps and her own Textured Flowers I was tickled... I had already decided that these designs belonged together and was planning a piece of my own. So this is my contribution to this collaboration!

The background is inspired by Trish's process, although obviously I made it my own with "my" colours, motifs and foreground scene! My substrate is a humble box lid, but it is canvas size at 28 x 32 cms (11 x 12 1/2 inches) and will be in constant use during my crafting hours as it will hold some of my stash...


I smeared the paints in layers over some White Tinting base, using a brayer first and my fingers at the end.

The stencilling and lid printing was also done with acrylic paints whilst the stamping has all been done with Archival ink.

Finally I edged the "canvas" with black Brilliance ink.

  • DecoArt: White tinting base, Primary Cyan, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Violet
  • Paper Artsy: Yellow Submarine and Nougat Frescos
  • Sequin waste (small and large),
  • Harlequin die-cut Tim Holtz Mixed Media die set
  • Memory Box Piestra tile die cut .
Rubber Stamps: all by Rubber Dance
Other:  Wow embossing powder in Grape, various lids and credit cards as mark making tools.


The "Girl with flower" (my name for her) is a digital image by Trish Latimer, available in the August issue of Craft Stamper. I printed it on standard cardstock, thin enough to go through the printer, and coloured it with alcohol pens. After sticking my girl down I smudged a bit of black pencil around her.

The Textured Flowers were first stamped directly on the lid and then on cardstock to be coloured and fussy cut. The blue one has had its centre replaced by a face from the Collage Mix plate.

Finally, after 3 previous unsuccessful attempts using various methods, I hand lettered my sentiment with a pen nib and India ink.

I do hope you will like LOVE my project, but please do leave a comment to tell me what you think, below or on my blog!

Many thanks to Bibi for having me here today, it's always a pleasure as well as an honour to grace this wonderful blog!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview with DT Member Susanne

Name: Susanne Rose
Location: Bayern, Germany

How long have you been stamping and what made you start?
I've been stamping for 2-3 years now. I started because I wanted to create stamped polymer clay jewellry. This brought me to cardmaking and scrapbooking. After I became a guest designer for Rubber Dance my passion for stamps started growing fast.

How do you improve your skills and/or learn new techniques? 
I learned lots of techniques on YouTube and by experimenting by myself.

How would you describe your style?
I'd say my style is totally mixed media and very colourful.

What do you make the most often? 
I LOVE to make tags and cards. I work in my art journal to find ideas for canvases. I also love creating mini albums to put in family photos. As I don't share private things on the internet I rarely show these.

Which materials/products do you frequently use?
Stamps, acrylic paints, ink, markers, my Gelli Plates, dies and stencils.

How often do you make something? 
I create nearly every day. Instead of watching TV I'm sitting at my craft table and play.

Where do you buy the supplies you need?
I am from Germany and my favourite online shops are:
Rubber Dance (as the international shipping is free on orders over €35)
Are there any particular stampers you would like to meet? 
There are so many awesome artists, so this is too hard to decide.
But I'd really like to meet my Teamies as we share the same passion!

I've been a member on the Rubber Dance Design team since August 2014. First I started as a guest designer and became a full member in Feb. 2015. What I like the most about being part of the team is that it is a very friendly and uncomplicated team. I'm feeling like home at Rubber Dance because all my stamping skills grew in this group.

Wish you all a wonderful and creative day!

Hugs, Susanne!

Here are some of the things I have made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

 Autumn Paper Lantern

 Art Journal Page

 Journal Cards

Cards with the Textured Flowers
Card with the Cozy Christmas and Frosty Friends Sets

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flowers and recycling

Hello and welcome, it's DT-member Anita here today.

Today I thought to show a little recycling. As I wrote in the interview - which was published both here and in the Scandinavian-language blog, I like to recycle. For example a used coffee cup from the petrol station, or a nut box, and then you make a completely different design on this.

Here is what I've done:

Susanne Rose, who is also a Design Team member at Rubber Dance, has designed these amazing stylish flowers.  They called Textured Flowers and you can find them in Rubber Dance online store here.  I just love these!  They can be used for any project.  Even a recycling project.

Here I will show you step by step, both how they looked before I started the whole process, up to the final and (I think) great result.

 I started here

I added gesso

Then I used Lindy's sprays in Baby Blue Eyes Aqua and Creme Brulee Cream colours. Too bad the camera failed to capture the stunning shimmer.

After it was dry, I used my finger to smear the whole cup with Distress Micro Glaze. This is to "seal" the spray to prevent color begins to flow if the cup get wet.

After the Micro Glaze was dry I stamped these gorgeous flowers around with Archival ink in the colors purple, brown, blue, green, red, yellow and orange.  I also used the leaves and the doodles a bit randomly.

Then it was the nut box's turn :-)

At the start

I tore off the outer paper and then it looks like this.

I primed it with gesso

Then I brought out all my yummie Dylusions Paint I have in my collection.  I just have to say - Dylusions paint is absolutely fantastic!  They are so colorful and delicious to work with.  The result is always perfect.

So I used my finger and painted little spots here and there around the Box.

Dried and continued painting with other colors in the blank areas

Then I used diluted gesso just to mute the colors slightly.

Then I bring out some Distress Markers and the distress marker spritzer tool and made lots and lots of little dots of different colors around the entire box.

I also used a Posca Pen for white dots

When it was all dry I stamped the flowers at random around the box with black Archival Ink

Now the box was dried, I could fill it with my delicious and healthy (?!) Fruits (fruit is healthy, I've been told) Skittles :-)

Close ups of details

What do you think? I have the box with Skittles standing on my craft table. I think it was so beautiful. Loooooots of color and life.

Hope you were inspired by this to recycle something yourself.  All the stamps I have used on these projects can of course be bought at the Rubber Dance online store.

Thanks for stopping by! I wish you a wonderful, colorful and creative day.

Hugs, Anita