Friday, November 30, 2018

Rubber Dance is Moving to Germany!


Dear friends and fans of Rubber Dance,

It's Bibi here (the stamp maker and owner of Rubber Dance) to share some good news and bad news. The bad news is that I have so many health issues that I am no longer able to run this stamp company, but the good news is that my very dear friend Susanne Rose in Germany is taking over!

Susanne has been with me since the very beginning of Rubber Dance, first as a monthly Guest Designer before joining the regular Design Team. She has also designed many of the Rubber Dance stamps, such as the bestseller sheet 'Textured Flowers, and the very adorable 'Playful Penguins' and 'Whale Wishes'. Susanne has been my DT & Social Media Manager for the past two years, so my stepping down and passing the torch over to Susanne won't change much, everything will continue like before - just better! Even if it has been difficult for me to come to the realisation that I can no longer run this stamp company, knowing that Susanne will take over makes it a lot easier. I know she will do a wonderful job and that Rubber Dance will be in very good hands.

Thank you everyone for being part of my life for the past years. It has been a wonderful journey and I have enjoyed the ride. One of the things I have enjoyed the most during these years has been seeing all the wonderful, amazing artwork that everyone has made with my stamps. Seeing your challenge entries, blog posts, hundreds of video tutorials, and all the articles in many stamp magazines around the world has been such fun and I have learnt so much from seeing how other people have used my stamps! I am very grateful for this and for all the wonderful and creative people I've met online, and the lovely friends I have made for life.

So, what will I do now? I do not know yet, maybe I will go back to writing and finish my three novels - you know the bestsellers you are all waiting for, ha ha, or maybe I will write music, or perhaps I'll breed pink elephants - only the lack of imagination can stop me, right? What I will do first is enjoying my "retirement" (at only 52) and spend much more time with friends and family.

Please note that the web shop will remain closed until Susanne has everything set up and ready to go. I live in Norway and I've just started shipping all the stamp moulds and other equipment to Susanne in Germany. Until she re-opens, you may order our stamps from one of our many retailers (see this page).  



Thank you.

Stay beautiful. 

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Love from Bibi

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A snowy Christmas card by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a very Wintery Christmas card for you all as I decided that I really must get started on making them!!





I made the background by masking off a circle for the moon on some thick card and then blending a mixture of purple and blue Distress Inks to create a snowy looking sky. I used the middle sized snowflake stamp from the Whimsical Winter set to add to the background and used the tree from Carved Whimsy Wood to frame the edges of the scene.

I tore some white paper to replicate the look of newly fallen snow and added that to the background. The ultra cute log cabin from Whimsical Winter was stamped onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media paper and coloured in with Zig Clean Colour pens as I find they blend really well together on this surface. I adhered the cabin to the background with foam pads for some extra dimension.

The finishing touches were to add a Tom Holtz metallic sentiment and some lovely glittery Stickles for the snow, smoke and frost effects.

Now I really just want to walk into that log cabin and find a roaring fire going....total bliss :)

Hope you like it
Donna xx



Stamps Used:




Sunday, November 25, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Card by Dot

It is Simplicity Sunday over on the Rubber Dance blog.
Today it's my turn for a little inspiration.


The stamps used are all from Dancing Star.

The background in the center panel is from some left-over scraps when playing with Distress Oxides.
We all have a little stash of left-overs don't we? They come in handy sometimes.
The background took a little working out on some scrap paper. But the swirls and background fit beautifully when you stamp twice down on one side, once across the top and once across the bottom, and then twice down the other side.
I then trimmed the card and coloured in the stars and swirls.

The words are from the same set too.
I had to add 're to the word you so that it reads correctly.

Stamps played with are from:
Dancing Star

Other Products Used:
Distress Oxides
Jane Davenport markers


Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Happy Stamping!

Dot x




Thursday, November 22, 2018

Watercolour Stamping - Video Tutorial by Susanne

Hi there!

I have a Christmas card to share with you today and also a new stamping technique. I used the holly leaves from the Cozy Christmas stamp set and inked them up with watercolor brush pens.
 

I used a stamping tool, because I stamped every image twice. Once to create that watercolor effect and once to get the details. Check out my video to see how this works. I am looking forward to trying this technique with other stamps, too. I'm sure it will turn out really nice. Especially for greeting cards.





Thank you so much for stopping by today
xx Susanne


Due to illnes, our store is temporary closed. 
Please check out our retailers page:


Supplies:
Rubber Dance Stamps:
Cozy Christmas
Happy Christmas
Others:
Arteza Real Brush Pens
Gold Embossing Powder

Sunday, November 18, 2018

ATCoins turned into Christmas gift labels by Melina

 Hello!

It´s Melina here today sharing a little idea on how to use all those coins 
you are creating. I know, they are addictive, aren´t they!?

Christmas is getting closer, and I had this idea to use coins as Christmas tree ornaments
or labels. You can give away a little piece of your art as a label on the present, 
and then the recipient can hang it in the Christmas tree if she or he wish to.

I kept these ones simple because it´s a Simplicity Sunday blog post,
but clearly you can go totally nuts with embellishments and glitter on
the coins for this purpose ;)


For these coins I used the Whimsical Winter stamp set. I stamped with Memento ink
and used my Chameleon alcohol markers to colour them in. Added some splatters with diluted 
gesso as a final step. The coins are greyboard coins from That´s Crafty!




Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope you liked my idea
on how to use coins as gift labels and/or Christmas tree ornaments :)
I also want to send my warmest hugs to the lovely Bibi - hope you get well soon!
xx Melina

Rubber Dance stamp set used:
Whimsical Winter

PLEASE NOTE: We are temporarily closed due to illness. You may order from our retailers: http://rubberdance.blogspot.com/p/retailers.html




Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stamping with Paint - Art Journal Page by Dot


It's coming up to the busy time of the year
so it is important to remember to take some time for yourself
and have fun with stamps.



Today I'm sharing an Art Journal page that I made using paints.
As I was playing at finger painting I thought it might be fun
to stamp with the paints too.


To start with I added a thin layer of gesso to my pages, I tend to do this each time I use paints as it makes the colours more vibrant.


Then I added some more paint, purely because finger painting is so much fun.




I added a watered-down coat of gesso to tone the colour down a little.
Then came some stamping with Round in Circles and some stenciling.


A little more stamping, but this time I added some stamping with paint.
There are a couple of things to remember when stamping with paint ...





Firstly, spread your paint out on your craft sheet thinly. 
It is easy to have the paint too thick and this leads to 'gluggy' stamping.
Sometimes gluggy stamping is okay, but then sometimes you might like a crisper image
so thinning the paint helps.
I would suggest that you might like to grab some scrap pieces of paper and practice first,
it gives you an idea of how it will look.


Then clean your stamp STRAIGHT AWAY!!!
Once it dries on the stamp it is difficult to remove.
This isn't so bad with a circle stamp like in this pic, but later I stamped with some words 
so it was super important to clean the stamp straight away.

I have a rag at the kitchen sink so I just clean it with that.





I added some white paint to the corner and stamped the circles with black paint.
And coloured them in with a contrasting colour.





The words are from 'Something Wonderful'.
I've stamped it onto some tissue paper and added it with gel medium
You can see a tutorial for this technique here.
And some more stamping with paint just for fun!

I'm in the process of packing up my house and shifting
so the words were ideal for my page.





And this is the finished page.
I stamped some butterflies from 'Butterfly Trio' and carefully
painted some gesso around the images.
This made the butterflies stand out.

I stamped 'Old Book Page' with black paint it it looked great.
A little doodling, a few flicks of paint and the page is finished.

I left the other side of the art journal spread blank 
because I thought it would be fun to add a tag there in the future.



I hope you enjoyed seeing this page come together.
Stamping with paint is something I highly recommend
that you have a go at.
It is just fun to do!


Rubber Dance stamps Used:
Round in Circles
Something Wonderful
Old Book Page
Butterfly Trio
Floral Wreath


Other Products Used:
DecoArt Paints
Archival Ink



Happy Stamping!
Dot x

Monday, November 12, 2018

WEBSHOP NEWS

Hello.  Gail here with a bit of news. The wonderful Bibi, owner of Rubber Dance stamps and one-person all singing, all dancing stamp company employee has hurt her hand!! As a result she has taken the difficult decision to close the webstore this week as she is unable to press stamps at the moment. We are really sorry for this but I am sure you will join me in wishing Bibi a swift recovery, and hopefully the shop will be back in business again very soon. Big HUGZ Bibi. God Bedring. 

I have decided to send Bibi a cyber get well soon wish by sharing this card I made a while ago.  I only shared it on my own blog so maybe now's a good time to show it here.

Here's a giraffe to make it all better, because as you all know, nothing beats the healing power of a giraffe's stare. Hugz


Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Wintery Card by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today and as the nights get longer and there is a chill in the air my thoughts turn to the more Wintery themed side of things hence my card for you today ;)






I drew a circle and cut it out from a sticky note pad (make sure you still have some of the sticky side still on the circle after cutting of course). I used this as a mask for the moon so I could add Distress Inks in two shades of blue for a dusky sky around it.

When you take the mask off, go around the edge of the moon with a little more Distress Ink to soften the whiteness of it.

Next step was to use the smallest of the cute snowflakes from Whimsical Winter which were randomly stamped on the background using a blue archival ink.

The star from Whimsical Summer and the trees, in both sizes, from Carved Whimsy Wood were stamped on a book page and then fussy cut and adhered to the background. I drew a little line with a black fine liner pen to 'hang' the stars from.

The finishing touches were to add a few strips of a Washi tape to 'ground' the trees and then added a sentiment from Whimsical Winter with a red Archival ink to make it pop from all the blues. I also added a touch of Stickles on the trees and stars to make them look a bit frosty too.

Hope you like my card.....brrrrr I feel cold now!!



Stamps Used:

Whimsical Winter

Whimsical Summer
Carved Whimsy Wood


Thursday, November 08, 2018

Christmas cards with 3 x embossing, video tutorial by Melina

Hello!

It´s Melina here today with a video tutorial to share.
I made these four rather quick Christmas cards and I´m quite happy
with the outcome - simple with a touch of gold.



I used the Music and Whimsical Winter stamp sets for the background and 
one of the trees from Four Seasons as focal image.
The trees are stamped and cut out from a piece of Brusho coloured paper.

Here is the video, hope you´ll enjoy!


Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hope you´ll get a wonderful and creative weekend, hugs
Melina

Rubber Dance stamps used:




Sunday, November 04, 2018

Easy Greeting Card with Distress Inks and one Embossing Folder

Hi there!

Susanne writing today, I have to share a very quick and easy card with our Crazy Flowers stamps.


I used Distress Inks together with an embossing folder to create the background. I inked up the folder before I embossed a piece of watercolor paper with Pine Needles. The rest of the colour was added by squishing the ink onto my glass plate. I gave it a spritz of water and dipped the paper into it. I used Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.
My main image, the flower, is stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper that was coloured with Distress Inks before. I cut it out and adhered it to another piece of white paper. I cut this also to add some white space at the outside of the flower. This makes it pop more from the background.
My sentiment is embossed onto black cardstock. It comes with the Floral Wreath stamp set.
I added some glitter washi tape to the bottom of my cardbase before I adhered my front.
You will find a process video at the end of this post.




Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.
xx Susanne.

http://www.rubberdance.com/shop

Supplies:
Rubber Dance:


Others:
Distress Inks (Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Pine Neeles, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry)
Sizzix Embossingfolder (Tim Holtz)
WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder
Washi Tape.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

November Stamping Challenge

Hi there!

We've just uploaded the November Challenge Folder! We have moved the challenge to our new group on Facebook, the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge, so do pop over and join! If you are not on Facebook, you can always enter our Forever Challenge here on our blog for all your projects featuring Rubber Dance Stamps.


The team will be posting inspiration here and in the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge throughout the month so don't forget to check it out and also join up your stamped makes using those lovely autumn shades and/or make a greeting card.

Big Hugs,
The Rubber Dance Crew
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