Saturday, February 28, 2015

Recap February Pretties

Hey, friends and fans and fans of friends! :-)

It's been a short month of only 28 days, but that hasn't stopped us from being busy creative bees. Here are just a FEW of the pretties we've made this month:

Card by Susanne

Card by Bibi

Valentine's Art Journaling by Gabriele

Card by Majo

Fun shaped card Majo

"Is it ever enough?", art journal page by Gabriele

Canvas by Susanne for Faber-Castell at the Paperworld show (video tut here)

Art Journal page by Gabriele

Card with a twist by Helen (video tut here)

Heart tag decoration by Katy

Tag by Majo

Art Journal page by Gabriele

Susanne for Noor! Design (the let's party stamp is from Rubber Dance)

Card by Susanne

Valentine Bunting by Helen (video tut here)

Valentine card by Helen (video tut here)

ATCs by Susanne

Altered book by Katy for the Unruly PaperArt's theme BOOKS

Inside the book:
 (see Katy's tutorial here)

Bibi, tagbook for Unruly PaperArts (original post here)

Fridge magnet note holder by Katy
(that pen split is a stamp!)

Tag by Katy

Tag by Irit

Art Journal spread by Helen (video tut here)

All the stamps on all these pretties are from Rubber Dance.
You can find the stamps in our web shop:

We hope you have enjoyed seeing all the pretties we've made this month!
Come back tomorrow to see our new Challenge - funfunfun!

Bibi & the DT

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flower to my Lover

Hi everyone! It's Bibi here today, just to show you the card I made for my sweetie on Valentine's day. We don't really celebrate it (not a tradition here in Norway), but I do make him a card every year and he gives me flowers. Usually I make him a more masculine looking card, but this year I decided to make something completely different.

When I started making this card, what you see here was meant to be the background paper with a panel with some romantic stamp and message on top .... but once it was finished, I liked it so much that I didn't want to cover it with anything, so ... pretty plain and simple, here it is:

Watercolor paper
Inktense pencils and waterbrush
Love washi tape
Black Archival ink
Stamps from this set:

Antique Botanicals
This set measures 13 x 18 cm (5 x 7 inches)

Katy on my Design Team made this set of stamp designs for me. They are vintage etchings that she compiled and revised to make them suitable for rubber stamps. Aren't they just lovely? It is the first time I've made stamps with such fine details, and the engraver did an amazing job for me to get all those delicate lines in the mold I use when I press the rubber. They stamp so beautifully! The set retails at only €18.50 ($22.20), which I'm sure you have to agree is a bargain for so many gorgeous stamps ;-) You'll find it in my webshop.

OK, 'nuff bragging. If you want to see what Katy made with these stamps the other day, jump over to her blog and check it out:   
As chance would have it, she had used Inktense pencils and a waterbrush, too! Great minds think alike, you know ;-)

Thank you for stamping by! Leave me a comment and make my day, why don'tcha? :-D


Sunday, February 22, 2015

With Love from Majo

Hello everyone!

It's Majo from the design team showing you a tag I created for a friend for Valentine's day.

This is what I used:

  1. I started with a #5 Tag from Sizzix and covered it with design paper.
  2. I cut and heat embossed the label.
  3. The lady was stamped from the *DaVinci* set , my most favorite stamp, the sentiment from the set *Just a note*
  4. I embossed the 2 hearts, cut the lace and assembled everything on the tag.
  5. A piece of lace, 2 star brads and my *Love* tag was ready to go to a friend for Valentine’s day.

 I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and I wish you a wonderful Sunday!


To find the stamps I have used, and many more, here's the Rubber Dance web shop:

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fun transfer technique with rubber stamps

Hello my dear friends!
It's Irit here, and today I am going to share my new technical tutorial made with Rubber Dance gorgeous big stamp from the Women Collage set.
All you need is a deep edged red rubber big stamp, gel medium and a lot of patience...

Let's see how to make this project:
1. Cover the red rubber stamp with a thick layer of Gel Medium. I used whatever I found here in Israel; you can try any kind you have and I am pretty sure the results will be the same.
On the photo you see two stamps covered with Gel Mediums, but for the final project I used the Woman image only. Here you can see it dry- after 24 hours at least- and peeled from the stamp.

2. Paint over the peeled image with black acrylic paint and let it dry.
Wipe the extra paint so you just see a bit of black over the image.
3. Make the frame from a chipboard and cover it with a few layers of copper embossing powder.  Cover the black painted piece with a layer of copper pigment powder (not the embossing one, just the thin pigment).
Make the card over the transparent piece- I used the package back for this project.
Add some flowers or other embellishments and your fancy stamped piece is done.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will try this fun technique!


All stamps by Rubber Dance:

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Take Flight

Hello everyone! My make for today is a little something to brighten up my craft space. I found this old fashioned, oversized cotton reel in my local craft shop - it found its way into my shopping basket but it's been sitting unloved in a drawer for quite a while! Now thanks to these lovely Rubber Dance stamps it's a little piece of art, bursting with fluttering butterflies and inspiring words. I used images from lots of different sets here - showing how well RD stamps mix and match.

I was really quite easy to make - here's how!

STEP 1: Stamp lots of butterfly wings and colour them using Distress Sprays and a paintbrush, blending the colours. I used Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed. Cut them out and ink the backs with Distress Ink (as some of the back will be visible).

STEP 2: Cut some narrow strips of cardstock and join pairs of wings together on the reverse. Allow the glue to dry before going on to the next step. I made 14 pairs of wings.

STEP 3: Shape some pieces of florists wire to make loopy wire structures of different lengths (I wound the wire around objects like a pencil or paintbrush to make the loops). Glue the pairs of wings back-to-back to the top of each wire piece. This is best done with strong wet glue.

STEP 4: Trim some Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and ink them lightly. Glue in place in the centre of the butterflies. Bend the tips of the wings out slightly to give them shape and movement.

STEP 5: Use some paint to distress a cotton reel. Stamp text on the top and around the edges with permanent black ink.

STEP 6: Stamp a length of card with the Burlap stamp in Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Add some touches of Peacock Feathers ink and black stamping with the ruler image. Stamp the word FLY onto another piece of paper, colour using the same method as for the butterflies and glue in place. Wrap the card around the cotton reel and secure with glue.

STEP 7: Turn the cotton reel upside down. Squeeze PinFlair or silicone glue into the hole. Add something to block the hole and stop the glue splurging out (I used a bit of foam).

STEP 8: Stick the wires into the glue-filled hole, placing them with the shortest at the front and longest at the back. Add some additional curls of wire close to the base if desired. Finish with some stick pins. When the glue is dry you can gently bend some of the wires to adjust the placement of the butterflies.

Hope you've enjoyed my tutorial!
Katy x

I used these gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps to make my piece.

 Collage Elements 1


Da Vinci (art defintion)

A Little Birdie (word 'fly')