Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Recap - Lots of Inspiration!

Hi my dear crafty friends! It's Susanne here and I am so proud about all the amazing creations our new Creative Team has made this month.  Believe me: there are inspirations for EVERYBODY. We have a lot of mixed media, card making, art journaling and DIY. Grab yourself a cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy!

The first two beauties were made by no other than Donna Gray,
who won our December challenge!
Donna also happens to be on the DT of our new stockist in the UK, That's Crafty!

Judi Kauffman
 created these amazing envelopes

Here comes the inspirations our Creative Team has made:

created this amazing layered card for our "Layers" challenge

and three more colourful cards...

inspired us with beautiful pastels 


A video for this lovely tag is here

you'll find a video tutorial for this amazing spread here
 created amazing Artist Trading Cards

showed her gorgeous CAS style

made this lovely spring card 

inspired with a bunch of wonderful cards

shared her amazing stamping talent

created a fantastic art journal spread
and this lovely Artist Trading Block

created awesome layered mixed media projects

shared these great art journal pages

sewed her own cell phone case

a video tutorial for these ATC is here

Visit our blog tomorrow for the March Colour Challenge!
Big big hugs

Monday, February 27, 2017

Envelopes, Envelopes! By Judi Kauffman

By Judi Kauffman for Rubber Dance

Thanks for inviting me back as a guest designer!

I’ve got a confession to make. I sometimes like stamping envelopes more than making the cards that go inside of them. Envelopes are inexpensive and meant to be thrown away once they’re opened so there is zero stress if something isn’t quite perfect. I spread out a dozen or so at a time and whip up a batch that uses the same stamps and ink(s), each envelope one-of-a-kind within the series.

Care to give it a try? Simply fill a table with your favorite stamps (a LOT of them in varying sizes), a few acrylic blocks (I use low-tack double sided tape on mine, and nothing on the back of the unmounted rubber), and an inkpad or two to get things rolling. Stop at a dozen or set aside the first batch and keep stamping! The more you make the more ideas will pop up. At about 3 cents each, why not!

Go for a quirky, whimsical look or keep things serene and elegant. No rules, no planning needed other than leaving an open area for the name and address.

Once you’re done stamping, stack up the envelopes, get out the markers and pencils and head for a comfy chair to color and doodle. Choose bright offbeat colors like I did or go for a combo like navy, sepia, buttercream yellow and metallic gold.

Go forth and stamp envelopes!

Judi K.

All stamps are from Rubber Dance:
Mail Art
The Pearfect Pear
Face Up
Artfully Stamped
Bon Voyage
Eiffel Tower
Old Book Page

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Dream a little dream - A dreamy Art Journal Page

Hello and welcome, Anita from the Design Team here today to teach you a lesson..... No, I'm just kidding, ha ha.

What I really want to do is show you my art journal page. (I'm certainly in an art journal flow these days :-) ) And I want to give you some ideas and tips along the way.

My first tips for you: use another stamp and stamp inside a bigger stamp, as I did inside the petals in the smallest flowers:

The flowers are colored with Distress Ink.

The word dream is embossed with blue embossing powder.

My second tip for you my friends: Make your own washi tape by stamping image on Dina Wakley's Media Tape, as I did on the tape you see at the picture below:

Here I used the star stamps from the Textured Flowers set and Distress Ink in various colors

After I colored all the flowers I embossed them with clear embossing powder.

The beautiful lady got some red cheeks. And I used blue and black Distress Ink around the edges. The blue background is painted with watercolours.

My third tip for you is: When you make a background in your journal or on tags, make many, then you have finished backgrounds for later use and you can start on the fun part right away!

Do not know about you, but I get a little dreamy looking at this art journal page :-)

Stamps I've used:

Please visit the new Rubber Dance shop, it's awesome, it's just like a candy shop.

And last but not least I want to remind you of the challenge which runs until February 28th, where the theme is Layers. Click here to join the Challenge!

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs, Anita

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Theme Challenge Reminder

Hello! It's Susanne writing today and I have a little reminder for to to enter our February Theme Challenge! Our theme this month is:

Lots of Layers does not only mean many papers on your project. It also could be many layers of colour or embellishments. Just what you like the most
I created a mixed media tag with different layers of colours and papers.

I picked the Mona Lisa stamp as my focal point. I stamped her on tissue paper and adhered it with Gel Medium on top of my tag. Of course the title "ART" is perfect for her. I embossed it with WOW! Opaque Bright White powder.

One of my favourite background stamps is the Vintage Postcard stamp. It adds a wonderful texture to nearly every piece.

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you for stopping by today! Click here to join the challenge!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance Mona Lisa
Rubber Dance Vintage Postcard
Rubber Dance Kiwi Postoid
WOW! Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder
Archival Ink
Gel Medium
Acrylic Paints