Monday, September 29, 2014

Sweet Dreams - mixed media in pastel colours


Hello everyone! This is Olga from the Design Team and I'm so glad to see you here!  As you know, I love nature very much and I always find a lot of inspiration in the beauty of the nature! Today I come to you with my new nature card "Sweet Dreams". I hope that this card will inspire you for your new creations.






And some close ups where you can see the lovely stamps:




Notice the lovely bird nest in pink? It's a stamp from the Vintage Birds sheet.





The lovely leaf stamps are from the sheet called I Love Leaves, and you know I love leaves! So, it's my mix of the stamps for your inspiration!  I love to use stamps in my own way, just color them with acryl paints and stamp on the office paper. Them I cut them out and use in my creations. It's very simple to do and I love how the stamped images look - so full of detail! Just try to do it and you will be amazed! Sounds interesting? Lets create together!

Here you can find the Rubber Dance stamps I've used:
I Love Leaves:
www.rubberdance.com/nature.html
Vintage Birdswww.rubberdance.com/sheets.html


I wish you a wonderful, creative day!
Hugs, xoxo
Olga

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Love Your Decisions - Mixed Media Tag


Hello everyone! Today we are proud to show the work of Marina Johan who have made a stunning tags for us!!



Thanks, Bibi! I've had so much fun playing with my stamps from Rubber Dance!
For my mixed media tag, I was inspired by this sentiment stamp:


 


To stretch the stamp, I've stamped it in various parts and took out the word "Love". Instead, I used chipboard letters to spell out "Love". 








I used the same sentiment stamp and clear embossed it in the background. You can see in the close-up photos where I have randomly stamped it in the background to create a fun texture:





Using sentiments as a background pattern and finding a new way to use the sentiments like I did here, is just one of the many ways you can get more out of the stamps you have.

The stamp I used is from this set of sentiments from Rubber Dance :

SEW1-M: Something Wonderful



I hope my idea will inspire you to look at your own sentiment stamps from a different point of view - be creative and play with them!


Greetings from Marina Johan
My blog: www.polishandcraft.com







Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Hoppin' Superpowers


Rubber Dance has gained a following of stampers that love our Sarcasm Superpowers sentiment stamps. These aren't exactly our best seller stamps (not very surprisingly), but if you love them, you'll LOVE them! And this particular group of followers certainly do - not very surprisingly at all with a group name like theirs .... namely the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! (I know, right? Too darn cute!)

These fine ladies have bullied me and some of my designers into a blog hop featuring our Sarcasm Superpower stamps. It didn't take much persuation, nor any bribes to speak of. Just mention  "challenge", and we'll be all over you like underfed fruitflies on a brown banana. And that's what the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is all about - a challenge blog with new challenges every other week.

Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the bumpy ride! Of course there will be a prize.... if you make it to the end.




Here's what I've made for our hop:




Technique: Distress ink and watercolour pencils on watercolour paper.
Stamps: Petro People, Sarcasm Superpower (both from Rubber Dance).




Technique: Archival ink and watercolour pencils on watercolour paper.
Stamps: Bohemian Woman, Sarcasm Superpower (both from Rubber Dance).


To get a chance to win yourself some Superpower - a whole sheet of it, all you need to do is to comment on each of the posts listed in the hop below before midnight on Sunday the 28th. (But hop carefully so you don't slip on any banana skins, 'couse I'm having those for lunch!)




Hop List:

Lee

Chris 

Lindsey

Jessi

Michelle

Lynne

Karen

Donna

Helen

Katy

Gabriele

Majo


Bibi (you are here)



This blog hop was brought to you by the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers and Rubber Dance Stamps

Thank you for hopping along!

:-) Bibi

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Life as a puzzle by Irit Shalom


 Hello my dear crafty friends!

Irit is here and this time I am going to share my new project  that was made a tribute to trends.
I am not a very trendy girl when it comes to outfits or home decoration; but when I craft I try to incorporate a few of  latest trends as usually people are looking for them. But then it's always my own take of those trends.

So here are some trends I tried to show on this altered recycled puzzle trio:
Pink and Aqua colors - but I made them more saturated.
Recycling - this one is done "as is": the puzzle pieces were found in the  trash and I really up cycled them to this art piece.
Chipboards: I used at least one chipboard over each puzzle piece, but I altered them a lot as a usual trend is to leave them bare, whitewash or inked a bit.
Mixed Media art trend - ongoing one: I tried to make it " lighter"; not to cover all pieces with a heavy layer of gesso, masks, mists and inks. Just to use stamps, some inks and embossing powders over this piece.
It still counts as Mixed Media, but in my own really light way.


And now for some close-ups.
Each puzzle piece was stamped with a one main encouragement sentiment from Something Wonderful set with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with black fine detail powder. Then I stamped Lace background around the sentiment with the same ink and white fine detail embossing powder. Then I added a few of Collage elements stamps with black embossing again over the white lace image. Both powders work as emboss resist technique when you ink/color over them; so I used a mix of distress Ranger inks to make the color mix over the pieces.


The chipboards were glittered with blue glitter embossing powder and glued over the pieces.




I made the holes with my forgotten hole punch and tied some vintage ribbons to connect the puzzle pieces. Some random pearls are my only extra embellishment over this piece as I wanted the stamps to shine and not to be covered with embellishments.


I hope you got some inspiration from my art piece. See you again soon!

Irit
My blog: http://iritshalom.blogspot.co.il


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fun Swap with Crystal Flowers



Hello everyone! It's Bibi here today and I'm going to show you some cards made with a set of flower dies that I've fallen madly in love with! I'm not affiliated with the manufacturer (Elizabeth Craft Designs), I'm just a happy customer and I love this set of dies because it's so versatile and the size of the petals allow for a good surface to stamp on.

My friend Judi Kauffman and I are both fans of this set of dies (Crystal Flower Set 1), so we decided to do a swap. To keep it simple there was only one requirement: Use any Rubber Dance stamps along with the dies. In addition, I gave Judi permission to revise my card if she wanted to add to or alter it. She isn’t a minimalist so I had a feeling she’d want to make a few changes.... She took the bait!

Here's my original Crystal Flowers card:






To make the paper for the flowers, I used a grid mask and Distress inks on a piece of watercolor paper, then lightly sprayed some water for the speckled effect. Make sure your paper is completely dry before using die cuts on it. Speed up the drying time with a heat gun if you're impatient like me..... I stamped on the flower petals after I had cut them out to make sure I got the words where I wanted them.

Supply list for my original card:

Rubber Dance stamps:
Sentiments from JNEN-2E: Just a Note (hello, friend) and B3-M: A little Birdie (love).

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
924 Crystal Flower Set 1
1241 Borders Leaves Peel-offs in Black


Here is Judi’s makeover of my Crystal Flowers card:





Judi loves pattern on pattern so she incorporated a random dot pattern paper with orange and silver metallic dots on a black background (Anna Griffin AAG1933). She also added more of the leafy border peel-offs and a Love-stamped flower that was inside the original card. (She said she cut the extra flower into two pieces to camouflage the fact that it didn’t have a center circle and glitter. If she hadn’t mentioned it I don’t think I would have noticed. Would you?)

Follow the instructions for my original card, but use the random dot pattern paper and a black cardstock card base for a 5” x 7” card (folded size). Use torn white paper and additional leafy border strips, along with stamped and glittered Crystal Flowers to complete the card front.

Judi, it’s your turn!

Thanks, Bibi. This swap was a lot of fun. It gave me a chance to combine a trio of surfaces – canvas, Shimmer Sheetz, and newsprint. The Crystal Flowers and straight bands are Shimmer Sheetz, the stamped and torn collage elements are newsprint, and the background is a piece of cardstock-backed canvas, punched with two holes for hanging.

Crystal Flower Card #3 – Judi’s Collage:










Instructions:

1. Round bottom corners and punch two quarter-inch holes in a cardstock-backed canvas measuring 6” x 6”. Paint the canvas with a mix of acrylic paints for a mottled surface. Use the palette shown (dark purple, black, and teal) or substitute other colors to customize the project. Set aside to dry.

2. Alter Shimmer Sheetz for flowers and horizontal bands using alcohol inks in colors shown or whatever palette you prefer. 

3. Die-cut Shimmer Sheetz Crystal Flowers using a metal adapter plate in your machine’s cutting “sandwich” (place Shimmer Sheetz between the adapter plate and the CUTTING side of the die; place these three inside the usual cutting plates).

4. Using StazOn ink in Jet Black, stamp the flowers with Grunge Swirls and stamp the bands with Sheet Music. With the same ink, stamp newsprint with the swirl pattern and Nostalgia.

5. Add an adhesive-backed gem to the center of each flower, bend the petals upward. Tear stamped papers into pieces for the collage.

6. Use the project photo as a guide, assemble the hanging card. Use double-sided adhesive tape to adhere the Shimmer Sheetz bands. Use Power Tabs to hold the flowers in place, use decoupage glue or a glue stick to hold the torn paper collage elements.

7. Add knotted twine for a hanging loop.


Supplies:

Rubber Dance stamps:
BK1-1E: Grunge Swirls
M1:4H: Sheet Music
CO3-4E: Nostalgia

Elizabeth Craft Designs:
924 Crystal Flower Set 1
1241 Borders Leaves Peel-offs in Black
SS0217 Shimmer Sheetz in Turquoise Gemstone (for flowers)
SS0103 Shimmer Sheetz in Blue Iridescent (for bands)
803 Metal Adapter Plate
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Other:
Die cutting machine
Faceted adhesive-backed gems
Power Tabs (Tombow)
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
6” x 6” cardstock-backed canvas
Decoupage glue or glue stick
Newsprint
Acrylic paints
Paintbrush

Links:
Rubber Dance Stamps: www.rubberdance.com
Elizabeth Craft design: www.ecraftdesigns.com


Thank you all for stopping by today. Judi and I hope you'll like our mini swap and we encourange you to do the same: One-to-one swaps are quick and fun!!

Have a great day!

:-) Bibi





Saturday, September 20, 2014

We have a Givaway Winner!


Many thanks to all the fabulous people who supported our Giveaway!

If you did not win, remember that if you order any of our nature stamps this month, we'll throw in this set of sentiments as a token of our appreciation! :-)

Just a Note (6 x 9 cm)



So, who is the lucky winner of our Giveaway? And what exactly did she win??


She won:

TWO of our sheets of leaf stamps!
A package of our vintage book pages
Several meters of cool fibers in autumn colours
Autumn Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbons
Lots of tags in three sizes
AND
(drum roll, please ...)
A card made by Bibi, the owner of Rubber Dance! (yes, that's me ... )



Come on! Let us know who won!!

Alright .....


Please give a big round of applause to:


Yes, Dagmar, you won!!! Congratulations!
Please email me your shipping address so I can send you the goodies (stamplist@gmail.com)
I hope you will LOVE your new stamps and I'd sure love to see what you make with them! :-)

Thank you all for playing, for sharing, and for giving Rubber Dance your support!




Bibi at Rubber Dance
www.rubberdance.com


We have lots and LOTS of beautiful artwork lined up to show you here on our blog,
so check back regularly to see what we've been up to.

See you soon!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This is how the winner was drawn:
I ued a random number tool, plotted in the number of comments, which was 16 (after I had subtracted comments from our designers and 1 from someone who left two comments). So, when counting from the top and skipping the comments from our designers, I landed on Dagmar as being #6. 






Friday, September 19, 2014

Colour Challenge Reminder

Still lots of time to enter our NEW COLOUR CHALLENGE with an amazing prize of stamps to be won.

All you need to do to enter is use the colour swatch as inspiration for a piece of art - simple! Click here for the challenge details!

In case you need a little inspiration, here's a tag I made using the Maple Leaves stamps and this month's colour combo.

A really simple tag with a stencilled background and some stamped seed pods. I scrunched and crumpled the leaves for a more 'realistic' effect and mounted them with silicone so they stay nicely 3D.

Hope you will give the challenge a go - and good luck!!!

Warm Autumn Greetings,
Katy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Leafy Hello


Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I have fallen in love with the leaf stamps from Rubber Dance.  This set - NP1-M: I Love Leaves - has a variety of leaves in all shapes and sizes. 



You can easily cut apart the stamps and use them independently, but I opted to keep the sheet of rubber whole and use it as a background stamp.  I wanted to stay with a fall theme, so I used greens and browns.  After inking the stamp with assorted colors of Clearsnap chalk ink, I stamped a panel of white cardstock. 


After inking the edges of the panel with brown ink, I matted it with 2 colors of brown cardstock, then  wrapped some coordinating ribbon around the panel before adding it to the green card.


Several leaves were fussy cut and scrunched to give them a more realistic look.  They were added to the card with foam adhesives under the ribbon.    The sentiment (JNEN-2E: Just a note) was tied to the ribbon with some twine.

To see more of the stamps available, visit the Rubber Dance store.


Supplies:
Stamps:  Rubber Dance
Ink:  Clearsnap
Cardstock:  Bazzill


Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph
My blog: http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A mixed media travel card


Hello everyone, it's Susanne again with a mixed media travel card. I used the Rubber Dance Travel stamp set. It's one of my favourites because it's so vintage an the images are adorable!

Here is a tutorial on how I created this card:


First of all I started with some stenciling. I used a stencil (one from Theresa Collins) and some Distress Ink Walnut Stain and blended the color (using the round blending tool) form the outside to the middle. After that, I stamped the Vintage Globe Map and the Vintage Hotel Recipe with some Archival Ink Coffee.


In the next step I distressed my paper a little bit more by coloring the edges with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and some stenciling using the Tim Holtz Speckles Stencil. I also altered the edges with my craft knife.

I stamped my main image (Venezia), the Compass and the Sentiment on some white paper and distressed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink (I used my craft knife to alter the edges of the sentiment a little bit more). I colored my main image and the compass also with Distress Inks. I've got a video for you on how I created the woodgrain background. You need some craft cardstock, gesso, gelatos and a black pen.



I distressed the background using the Speckles stencil again and wiped with a baby wipe over the woodgrain background. Because it's created with Gelatos on some Gesso the color will wipe away.




All the stamps I have used for my card can be found on this page:
www.rubberdance.com/travel.html


I hope you had some fun! Have a nice day an keep on crafting!

Hugs, 
Susanne
My blog: http://clayscrapkreativ.blogspot.de


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Autumn Thank You Card by Majo


Hello everyone, it's Majo from the Design Team here at Rubber Dance Stamps, and today I want to show you a “Thank You” Card  I created for many occasions.



Instructions:

I prepared a Master Board using Rubber Dance Stamps NP2-M: Maple Leaves and
B3-5B: Silhouette Seagulls and Distress Inks Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss:




 I stamped the maple leave again and cut it out, I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain:




 I cut black panel and cut a panel from the Master Board fitting the black panel:



To give it some more texture, I spritzed my stamped panel with Ranger Black Soot:




I stamped my sentiment from the set #JNEN-2E: Just a note
and matted it also with a black panel:






To add dimension I adhered the maple leaf with pop dots:



I assembled the panels and tied some twine around since it’s a nature theme.



And there you go!





Have fun crafting!


Majo



All the stamps on my card are from Rubber Dance: www.rubberdance.com

This week, running until Saturday the 2Oth, we have a giveaway where you can win leaf stamps! 
Check it out here: http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2014/09/autumn-stamps-giveaway.html