Sunday, September 27, 2015

Get Christmas Organised by Katy

While I do like Christmas, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the fuss and planning in the run up! So for my project this month I've tried to ease that pain a little with an easy-to-make planner which can be re-used every year.

Now, I know a lot of people use their mobiles for this kind of thing, but I am also sure there are plenty like me who find you can't beat paper and pen for planning stuff!

The basis of my book is mini envelopes with tags slipped inside (hence you can re-use it just by replacing the tags) - I used a die for my envelopes but you can just as easily buy some small envelopes from a craft store or stationers, or create them using a score board.

Stamp a selection of envelopes with Christmas stamps in embossing ink and emboss in white.

Colour the images with Twinkling H20s - the embossed lines allow you to do this without obscuring the stamping

Once you've finished painting, assemble the envelopes and ink the edges.

Glue patterned paper to kraft card then add the envelopes. Stick pairs of pages together with washi or craft tape in a design to match your paper.

When you've assembled the required number of pages, glue a piece of ribbon to the back cover. Cover the ribbon with patterned paper. Also cover the front with patterned paper.

Once the ribbon and patterned paper is in place, use several strips of washi tape to bind the spine of the book.

Glue the ribbon down on the front with a strip of decorative tape underneath. Add a stamped and painted bow and painted word 'wish' to complete the book. It can be tied closed with the ribbon.

See you soon,
Katy x

I used these delish Rubber Dance stamps:

Cozy Christmas


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Altered Cigar Box

Hello my crafty friends!

Majo from the Design Team here. Welcome to my Rubber Dance tutorial post.

Today I am going to show you how to turn a dull cigar box with a lot of stamps and some embellishments into a beautiful treasure box to keep for yourself or to give away. There is much room in the box, so someone will be a very happy person ;)

I started with Gesso to make the surface even. I used two shades of Brown and a tad of Red, since I knew my lace was going to be red.

I stamped all my images from the Set SEW SWEET on white card stock and cut them simply with scissors. I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain and set them aside.

I randomly stamped a few images on Design paper and also stamped the "tape measure"  on Sticky Canvas. The criss cross stitching is from our "Stitch & Frame" Set

I added sticky lace all around the lid of the box and decided against an knob or something else to open it, it is easy the way it is.

Here are some more pictures ....

I wish you a wonderful crafty day. See you all soon, Majo.

Stamp sets from Rubber Dance:
Sew Sweet
Stitch & Frame

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Autumn Stamped and Embossed Card

Hello again! Niki here, I have snuck back to do another design. Hehe! I am feeling the Fall weather and have never made a Fall card so that was where I started! 
This is a 3.5 by 4.5ish card. The main flower image (Antique Botanicals) was stamped with black Archival ink onto some Shimmer Sheetz and then cut down. 

I used plain white heavy cardstock for my base and embossed it with a Tim Holtz embossing folder. 
I then added some Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo, and blended those together to stay with my Autumn color theme. 

The corners pieces were made using a Spellbinders die cut. I applied a little bit of clear crackle to each "leaf" but you can't see it very well. I grouped the dies in each corner and added the red center bling. The red ribbon was added through small slits I made on the sides of the Shimmer Sheetz and pulled through to make the bow on the front of the card. 
Those Shimmer Sheetz are hard to photograph because your reflection is right there! Lol. Lastly, I added the small red gems for some fun bling. 

I wanted the lovely Rubber Dance Art Stamp to the central focus of the card and believe I succeeded! My first Fall card! Yippee! Have you started your Fall designs yet? 

Thank you so very kindly to Bibi and the team for this wonderful opportunity to showcase some amazing stamps. Y'all are so very awesome sauce! Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki

My blog:
Rubber Dance store:
Shimmer Sheetz are available from Elizabeth Craft Design

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Stamping without an Ink-Pad

Hi everyone! Susanne from the DT here and today I'd like to show you two other mediums with which you can ink up your stamps. It doesn't always have to be standard ink-pads. First of all we start with a card that is stamped with Neocolor II watercolor crayons. I'm sure you can use any kind of watersolubal crayons to do this.

Let the fun begin! I picked out some autumn colors and one of the maple leaves from the Rubber Dance "Maple Leaves" set. I colored the stamp with the crayons and added some water with a brush. You need to experiment a little bit not to use too much water but even enough to get a good impression.

I fixed my background (it's heavy weight watercolor paper) with some washi tape onto my working area. Your paper will not slip away and you'll get a nice white border.

To add some interesst I added some color splatters to the card. I skribbled the crayons onto an acrylic block, added water and splashed it randomly. I used different colors.

I also used some Viva Decor Inka Gold for some golden splatters.

There was something missing on my card so I decided to emboss the outlines of the stamped images. I used a Ranger Emboss It Pen and drew some sketchy outlines to the leaves. I embossed them with Ranger gold embossing powder. I used this one for the sentiment, too.

Befor I finished the whole card I painted the edges of the top layer with Inka Gold.

I told you to show two different mediums for stamping. I did nearly the same with the ColourArte Twinklings H2Os. I LOVE these colors. They are so brilliant and shiny.

The difference between the Neocolor stamping and stamping with the Twinklings H2Os is how you ink up the stamp. First of all you have to wet the colors you want to use with some water and let them sit for some minutes. Now you can take a brush and paint the color onto the stamp. I used different leaf stamps from the "I Love Leaves" set from Rubber Dance. Instead of gold outlines I used a black Pitt Artist Pen to draw some sketchy outlines.

I wish you a nice and crafty day. See you all soon, Susanne.

Stamp sets from Rubber Dance:
I Love Leaves
Maple Leaves
Happy Birthday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September Challenge Reminder

Hello everyone! Still lots of time to enter our very special anniversary challenge - we have so many choices so no excuses for not playing! That means YOU!

Our (optional) challenge theme is CELEBRATION and as always there's an amazing bundle of stamps up for grabs to a randomly selected winner. And we will also choose our DT Pick of the Month and our Honourable Mention (given to our favourite make using Rubber Dance stamps).

Here's our inspiration moodboard for this month
To join the September challenge, please see the guidelines here. Remember you don't have to use Rubber Dance stamps to play along (although we love it when you do!).

If you need a little bit more inspiration then look no further than this stunning card by Susanne Rose! Susanne used the November colour scheme.

Can't wait to see your challenge makes!

Katy xxx

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A Challenge Year in Review

Helloooooo, friends, fans and adorable oddballs! (Takes one to know one, did you say?)  It's Bibi here today (in case you hadn't already guessed). As you may have heard, this month we celebrate the 1st anniversary of our challenges! That's right! One whole year already!

And what a fabulous year it was been. It has been such FUN seeing all the entries each month, and I've learned so much, been so inspired, and made some new friends, too.

I've been extremely lucky with my DesignTeam who has made such good sample makes for the challenges, and DT Katy who has organized it all. You're the besties!

I don't think this blog would have been such a fun and busy place, had it not been for our challenges. I know that many of you regular readers heard about this blog and Rubber Dance for the first time when you joined our challenges, or saw someone else's entry and followed their link back here. Thanks for staying with us! :-)

I have browsed through all of our previous 12 challenges and picked out a few entries and some makes by the DT.  I love the big variety! The only thing they have in common is that they've made with Rubber Dance stamps. Well, that and the goes-without-saying fact that they've been made by some very lovely people! Oh, and myself....

OK! Let's start at the very beginning and work our way through the year that has passed:

September 2014 - Helen

September 2014 - Gabriele

October  - Helen

October - Irit

October - Katy

October - Katy

October - Olga

November - Katy

November - RosA

December - Irit

December - Susanne

January - Lynne M

January - Shilpa

February - Hélenè

February - Julie Ann

March - Danie

March - Gabriele

March - Julie S

March - Shilpa

March - Craftyfield

April - Kristiina

April - Susanne

April - Julie Ann

April - Julie S

May - Bibi

May - Boo

May - Majo

June - Majo

June - Alice K

June - Bibi

June - Niti

July - Cazzy

July - Gail

July - Sandie

July - Katy

August - Bibi

August - Sandie 

And last, but certainly not least, this beautiful tag by Dagny in Denmark. I thought this one was a perfect end of my post today because the text on this tag is so true and all you lovely people do exactly that (more often than you realize ...) when you post on your blogs or leave kind words to someone in blogland. 

So beautiful, so true.

Our current challenge is right here and runs all throughout September.
 Come join us, why dontcha? You don't have to use stamps from Rubber Dance to join in.

Till next time, be good and... go light a candle, so to speak.


If you happen to remember how you first heard about this blog (and/or our challenge), please tell us in the comments below. If you don't recall, leave a comment anyway - you know I always love hearing from you all! :)