Saturday, April 30, 2016

Stars are for Wishing

 

Hello crafty friends. It's Sam here with my final guest designer make. I've had great fun and thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and to Bibi for making me feel so welcome here :)

I've had so much fun using the {Affirmations} stamp set again but this time I used a deep edged canvas and my inspiration was the stamps and a song, a Disney song which I'm sure you all know. It's quite difficult to do this write up because I made this a couple of weeks ago and as soon as my daughter saw this she claimed it as her own and took it away lol.

Like my previous makes I began with a coat of black gesso and then where colour paints were going to go I painted white gesso, this keeps the colours nice and bright. I used one of my favourite colour combinations and used Martha Stewart paints: Raspberry Ice and Blue Sky and Claudine Hellmuth: Purple Palette. I used a Dylusions star stencil for the star details, some Stickles for glitter and some sequin stars. The big star is a Tim Holtz Idea-ology mirrored star.


Don't forget that with this stamp set you are not limited to the words that are there, you can use letters from other words of the set to make new words.
The black stamping was done on tissue paper and glued in place using PVA glue, I did this because I find a canvas surface isn't smooth enough for crisp image, which is what I wanted on this occasion.
The main white letters were stamped on white card and after being glued in place were given a coat of glossy accents. 


Deep edged/box canvasses are great because they give you the opportunity to carry your design around and over the sides and top. So I added some more of the song lyrics using a black Posca pen.

I do hope you like it!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

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This is the stamp set I have used.
Actual size is 13 x 18 cm, so it's much bigger than you think!
You can find it here: Affirmations



Friday, April 29, 2016

Recap April - lots of inspiration!


Hello everyone! April is almost over, and as usual we want to show you some of the things we have made with Rubber Dance stamps during the whole month. Make sure you check back tomorrow, though, as we have one more project to show you - by Guest Designer Sam from the UK. (Edited on Saturday: Here is the link to Sam's post)

Some of these projects have been published on this blog, some on our Scandinavian blog, and others again on the DT members' own blogs - so even if you are a follower of this blog there are probably quite a few you haven't seen before. Hopefully you will find some artwork that inspire you :-)


In alphabetical order:



Anita:







Bibi:




Gail:




Irit:







Chipboards from EyeConnect Crafts



Kristiina:







Majo:








Sam, Guest Designer :



Susan:



Inspired by a class with Helen Allen. You can order these stamps and 10 tutorials here.



Susanne:




Impressive lot of work, isn't it?

Are you ready for a new challenge? Then check back on May 1st and see what we're up to this time! I think it's a colour scheme and theme many of you will like ... ;-)

Thanks for visiting!

With Love,
Bibi and the Fab Team




Need stamps? We've got plenty ....








Thursday, April 28, 2016

Easy Mushroom Card


Hello this is Susan from Rubber Dance Design Team and here is my second post with an easy and particular mushroom card.

Helen Allen and Rubber Dance Stamps have made a fine collaboration with video and stamp set.
It's a really good video instruction with suggestions for sizes and material list on what project you can chose to make. The mushroom stamp set is very beautiful and it is only your imagination that sets limits. I have amused myself with this mushroom card.

Photos of the front and inside of the card.


The Mushroom stamp set and 10 video tutorials can be purchased both at Helen's Etsy Shop and on Rubber Dance Stamps website, and there are links to both below,
There is also a link to Helen's intro video.




Thank you for visiting and have a creative day.
Hugs, Susan

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Altered Puzzle Piece and Tutorial

Hello everyone, it's Majo from the Design Team here at Rubber Dance Stamps, and today I want to show you an altered puzzle piece which I turned into a wall hanger. It always make a neat little present or give away.




I started with Gesso on my puzzle piece and colored it after drying with Gelatos:



I stamped my images and the sentiment on tissue paper and adhered it to the puzzle piece with napkin varnish.



I colored a piece of watercolor cardstock with the same Gelatos, added some shine with Perfect Pearls "Biscotti" and punched hydrangeas in different sizes.




I added some black dots with my Paper Pen:


I added the hemp cord with some brads and ready is my little gift :)



You can find the stamps here at the shop:


 



I used the following stamps:


As a special treat, please use "MAJO2016" to receive a 15% discount on your next order!

Have a lot of fun crafting!


Love


Majo

PS: There is still time to join our spring challenge!
http://rubberdance.blogspot.no/2016/04/april-challenge-stamp-into-spring.html

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Back from The Netherlands


Hello everyone! It's Bibi here today, typing to you from my new keyboard ....



Isn't that speck-tacular? But what does my "new" keyboard have to do with my trip to The Netherlands? Keep reading and you'll soon find out ...

As our regular blog readers will know, I spent a week in The Netherlands earlier this month. The main reason I went there was so I could go to the ARTSpecially stamp show in Nijkerk to meet my Dutch retailer - Marian, who owns Hobbycompleet de Duif. But before that, my sweetheart and I spent some days in Amsterdam, one of my fave places in the world!


The huge "I amsterdam" letters on the plaza behind Rijksmuseum (National Gallery).
Any toursist with respect for herself will take 100's of photos of those letters....

It was colder in April than I had expected, and the spring was indeed late this year. 
Even so, the famous Tulip Festival was on. Here I am by the pond (still at the Rijksmuseum plaza) where thousands of tulips of different species had been put out on display:

Yes, those all all tulips - some of them looked like roses and some like some sort of lily.


In addition to sight-seeing and spending time with dear friends, one of the highlights of our trip was of course the stamp show! I wish I had LOTS of photos to show you, but I forgot to take any!! Duh on me. I guess it means I have to go back next year ... ;-)

Hobbycomplete de Duif (my Dutch retailer) had a big booth at the show and it was such a thrill to see my own Rubber Dance stamps on display!  It was the first time I met Marian in person, and she was really, really nice and fun to talk to.  

I also got to meet Jetske from De Stempelwinkel, whom I've known online for years, and two of my previous Guest Designers: Ellie Knol was demoing at a booth and Liesbeth Fidder was teaching workshops. It was really nice to meet them  - I only wish we had more time to talk! But you know, people who work at stamp shows are super busy, it's just the way it is - and should be :-)

I didn't spend a fortune at the show, in fact I stuck to my shopping list of a few items I wanted/needed, which I all found at de Duif's booth: Black Gesso (which I had never tried, but wanted after seeing many of you guys using it!), a new VersaMark ink pad (my old one must be 10 years!), some Distress reinkers and quite a few Distress Spray Stains - many more colours than those on my list, but what can a girl do when they all look so tempting? I walked around and saw most of the other booths, but it was too overwhelming for me to concentrate enough to want to buy anything! I think I need to go back to Nederland just to visit de Duif's shop in Leeuwarden, and spend a week there instead ... Oooh-yeah, sounds like a plan! :-D



So, now that you know that I bought a bunch of Distress Spray Stains, you know why my keyboard look so speck-tacular! Kids, do cover up the surrounding areas if you use ink sprays ...  It is a messy thing to work with! Here's what my desk looked like after just a few minutes - the underpaper became prettier and prettier, though, so that's a cool side effect!



Some orders were waiting for me to fill when I came back from Nederland, so I decorated the shipping envelopes with my new ink sprays. I masked off the area where the addresses would go, then sprayed - waited till dry, then stamped. (Forgot to cover up the names and addresses before I took this photo, so I've whited those out in Photoshop). 



More envies, this time I used stencils to spray through, all ready to decorate with stamping:



I also made my very first card using the Distress Spray Stains to create background papers in the colours I wanted (pink and green):

The text is in Norwegian and reads, "The OLDER you get, the older you ARE!" (I have the stamp in English as well). I made this birthday card for one of the women on my Design Team, and even if the text may sound a bit rude, she IS younger than ME - and she has a silly sense of humour, so I think she liked it ... (she'd better, right? Right!)

After I had stamped the flowers from Antique Botanicals, I masked the centres and gave the petals a mist of Distress Spray Stains. The centres were coloured with Inktense pencils before I added some Dimensional Magic on top.

My second card using my new sprays
I wanted to try this new thing that I've seen a lot of lately, namely the galaxy cards:

 Moon Lady stamp (Celestial Images) cut out and adhered with foam dots. Text written on the computer, hand doodled frames.


And, finally, an old cigar box I altered by decoupaging the underpaper to it:

I'm going to decorate it more - with stamping, of course - and perhaps add some embellishments 
to the top of lid ... I haven't decided yet.

Inside: 

I made the panel for the inside of the lid on watercolur paper, 
some white embossed stamped images and some stamped with dark blue ink. I glued the panel to the inside of the lid after the decoupaged underpaper was dry.


If you read my post on April the 2nd, you might wonder how the surgery went ... but if you don't, you can skip the rest.

During the last couple of days of my The Netherlands, one of my molars started to hurt really badly, so much so that I called my dentist in Norway and asked for an emergency appointment on the day after we had returned home. I had a root canal in that tooth last year and it has been bugging me on and off ever since. Turned out there was an inflammation below one of the roots and my dentist agreed with me - no more fiddling about, just pull that damn thing out! Ahhhh... so much better.

I was scheduled for a surgery on the following day and I went to the hospital as planned. But when the surgeons heard that I had pulled a tooth the day before due to an inflammation, they got worried! When there is an inflammation, there are bacteria... and those suckers swim around in the blood stream and might cause infections in the surgery wounds. I had no idea! Long story short: the surgery had to be postponed for at least two weeks!! I am glad they don't take any risks, of course, but I was really down. All that planning ahead, dreading and preparation - for nothing.

It's been a few days now, and I feel a lot better. The gap after the pulled molar has closed nicely, the sun has been shining most days, I've planted out some pansies, and yesterday we had our first outdoor BBQ with some friends. Life is pretty good! :-)))

Besides, I have a bunch of new "toys" to play with - and decorate my keyboard with (it comes right off with a baby wipe, btw). 


A little bit of spring in our backyard. 
The "zebra striped pansy" in the back is not a pansy 
- it's a plastic zebra that I always use in my decorations, it being indoors for Xmas, New Year's, Easter, etc - and then, finally, she gets to go out in the spring and stays out all summer, till it's time to make an autumn decoration indoors .... and so the cycle continues.



My dog, Ulla, is glad to have her momma home :-)


Till next time - be good, stay creative, and brush your teeth & floss at least twice a day!

  XOX,
Bibi