Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Recap - Lots of Inspirations

Hi everyone!

It's time for our monthly recap! October is already over and we have to share some nice inspirations today!
Did you know, that our monthly challenge is now running over in our brand new facebook group?

You are very welcome to join us!!!

Ok, now let's see what was going on our blog and in the Facebook Group in October, starting with our tutorial projects.

Melina made this awesome art journal spread
using our Carved Whimsy Wood stamps

Dot stamped this cool card with a mix of our
Playful Penguins and

Susanne created this awesome art journal page
using our Fun-gie Mushroom stamps

Here are even more beautiful projects by our design team

Donna created these stunning pieces

Dot stamped this super pretty card

Gail stamped these super beautiful cards

Sue created these amazing projects

Melina created these wonderful projects
 you will find a video tutorial here


 Susanne created a bunch of awesome 
mixed media projects

You will find video tutorials to all the makes by Susanne on her
YouTube channel!

Thank you all for stopping by today!

Join us on facebook to play in our November challenge and to 
be continously inspired by our Design Team.
We also have some giveaways from time to time.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - Card With Stamps by Dot

Hi everyone,
I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.
A little while ago Melina showed us how to make some gelli print cards, so I made this one with the quick background that she shared (which you can find here and here).  It looked like so much fun so I thought I would give it a go.

The stamps used are Butterfly Girl #2, Twiggy Leaves, Vintage Flourishes
with words from Dancing Star.

Butterfly Girl was coloured with water colour pencils and cut out.

Stamps played with are:

Other products used were:
Gelli Plate
DecoArt paint
Water colour pencils

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

Dot x

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wintery tree hanging by Donna Gray.

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today and I thought as we're nearly into Winter now (shudder) then it's time for a Wintery creation.

I took a really thick piece of cardboard and covered it with a layer of white Decoart Crackle paint and set it aside to air dry.

While that was drying, I stamped the awesome tree from Carved Whimsy Wood onto a scrap of Gelli printed paper and fussy cut it out.

When the background had dried and cracked, I added the tree to the background and started to add all the other pieces too. Under the tree is a lollipop stick covered with sand texture paste and painted with rusty coloured acrylic paints. Another little strip of Gelli printed paper was added below the lollipop stick.

I cut a little piece of Calico fabric out and then added a heart cut from some painted scrap paper.

The finishing touches were to add a small metal disc, some twine and some sentiments from Tim Holtz. I used my Cropodile to make the holes for the hanging, added the eyelets and used a piece of thick twine to hang it up with.

There you have my very Wintery tree just in time for the first biting winds, frost, snow, ice etc etc :)

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamp set used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Simplicity Sunday - easy journal spread by Melina


It´s Melina here today sharing a really easy and simple journal spread
on this Simplicity Sunday. Hope you enjoy your weekend and are
up for some creating!

This is one of my really small journals. I often use it to mop up leftover
paint from other projects. So, I already had some green and orange going on
in the background. I took out my Round in Circles stamp set and started playing.
I stamped with different stamps from the set using green, orange, turquoise, red and 
brown Distress Oxides. I made some white and black splatters and drew a black 
line to frame the spread. For the focal point I just piled up some scrap pieces of 
old book paper and added a sentiment from Tim Holtz.
Here are some close-ups for you.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope you found some inspiration from
my simple, grungy journal spread!

Hope to see you in our newly started Facebook group
Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge. There you can share your lovely art
made with Rubber Dance stamps and join our monthly challenges.

Hugs, Melina

Rubber Dance stamp set used:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fun-gi Mushrooms - Art Journaling Video by Susanne

Hi there!

Susanne here today with a new autumn themed art journal page. I used the Fun-gi Mushrooms stamp set and also the I Love Leaves, Twiggy Leaves and Round in Circles from Rubber Dance. Instead of stamping ink I used water-soluble crayons to stamp the mushrooms. Scroll down to watch the process video.

Enjoy watching the video:

Here are some close-ups:

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Susanne

Rubber Dance:

Neocolor II Crayons
Metallic Paint
StazOn Ink
Texture Paste
Tim Holtz Stickers
Tim Holtz Leave Thinlits (Sizzix)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A non scary Halloween card by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

It's Donna here today with a non scary Halloween card for those of you that like something a little bit spooky but not too much!

This really is a very simple card to make but I think looks effective.

On black card I used a Memento white ink to stamp the yummy tree from Carved Whimsy Wood twice to provide a backdrop to the houses.

The houses are from the wonderful Textured Houses set which I stamped onto white card and coloured in with a selection of Halloween colours using my Zig Clean Colour pens. I fussy cut them out and mounted them onto the background using little foam pads.

The spooky moon was just a scrap of Gelli printed paper I had in my stash that I cut a circle from. That was added to the background, behind the houses, with foam pads too.

The finishing touch was to add a sticker sentiment from Tim Holtz that I think fitted the card perfectly.

I then added everything to a 5x7 white card stock.

There you have a Halloween creation that you don't have to hide behind the sofa from ;)

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamps Used:

Carved Whimsy Wood

Textured Houses

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stamping with an Acrylic Block - Card by Dot

Hi everyone,
It's Dot here with a fun tutorial for you using the 'Take The Plunge' and 'Playful Penguins' stamp sets.

The technique is using an acrylic block to create some quick and fun backgrounds ... and some masking.  I've used the acrylic block technique before which you will see here.

This card also meets the criteria for the challenge over on our face book group challenge.

Okay ... are you ready?
Here we go.

Step 1:
These 4 pictures show you the order in which I've stamped the images to create a little scene. These are stamped onto water colour card as I thought I would colour the finished image with watered down distress ink.

Step 2:
Cut out the group of images.

Step 3:
I've added some distress oxide ink to the edges of an acrylic block and spritzed it with water. The reason for using the oxides was because I was going to layer the colours and oxides are great for this.  The colours of the normal distress inks tend to blend in together.

Step 4:
Stamp the acrylic block, with the ink on it, onto your cardstock.  I tried it on water colour card first and it came out wish-washy, so I decided to use white card.
Dry with a heat gun.

Step 5:
I added some more orange onto the acrylic block and stamped over the print again as I wanted more interesting bits to look at. 
Repeat with red oxides (just a little less) and then purple oxides (less again).
Remember to dry between each layer.

Step 6:
When I was happy with the colours I stamped the lady from 'Take the Plunge' onto the background.  The reason for this is pretty much about me being lazy and taking a short-cut.  I can't be bothered sometimes fussy cutting intricate things (like grass!).  By stamping the image onto the background meant that I only had to cut around a lady and penguins after my masking was done.

To finish I stamped some words from the Playful Penguins set, coloured in the lady. flicked some purple distress ink on the background and adhered the grouped image to the background.

Stamps Played With Were:

Other Products Used Were:
Distress Oxides
Distress Ink

Thank you for taking the time to see how this card was made.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and decide to give acrylic block stamping a try.

Happy Stamping!
Dot x