Spooky Halloween: Altered Frame Tutorial!

Sep 30, 2011

It’s that time of year again! Have you started decorating yet for those little goblins and ghouls?  I have and I am having a blast repurposing those old frames I purchased at the garage sales this summer.

I love to turn trash into treasure so today I’m going to show you how easy it is to put some new life into an old object to make a beautiful Spooky Halloween Frame.


So let’s get started:

1. First you will need an old frame, some paint, and a paintbrush. Disassemble the frame and paint it.


2. Then remove the photo mat and paint it.


3. Cut your Kraft cardstock to the photo mat measurements.


4. Stamp your sentiment (Happy Halloween from the CL-002 Pumpkin Faces Mix n Match) consecutively until it fills in the photo opening completely.

5. Finally reassemble the frame and decorate the front as you wish.


The ribbon rose I made using using the Scrap Happy Glue glots as a base.  They are so easy to make. 


I used the CN-0076 Candis Trick or Treat and my bling on the outside of the frame to give the frame some depth.


I also used the spooky faces from the CL-002 Pumpkin Faces Mix n Match stamp set to create the spooky faces in the corner of the frame. They are stickled and adhered to the glass front.


I hope I’ve inspired you to find those hidden treasures around your home. Why not breathe some new life into an old piece? You might be surprised what you come up with!

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Just Us Ducks!

Sep 24, 2011

This week was a layout kind of week at The Rubber Café and with fall around the corner I couldn’t resist making a layout that captured the essence of the season.
Here is my (now 10 year old) daughter. I can’t believe she was ever this little!
This layout was inspired by a Jana Eubanks sketch and I created it first by stamping the leaves using the G-773 Falling Leaves set on cardstock. I then fussy cutted and arranged them as a border at the bottom of the page.
I used our TRC0010 Scrap Happy glue to adhere both the ribbon and the leaves and it worked great! I LOVE that glue.
I used a crochet flower and made my own rosette for the middle using glots made from the Scrap Happy glue.  Making flowers is so easy when you have a base to start with.
The most exciting part of this layout was the journaling section. I got to use my Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine and the Labels One die set. I’m a long-time user of another machine and I have to say that the Grand Calibur is SOO much easier to turn!!  I then used the Nestabling Labels One BlackR to accent this beautiful die cut.
The blank space is there for my personal journaling that I will add later. This was my daughter’s first Fall event she participated in and I wanted to capture those memories in writing for her.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope your weekend is a wonderful one!
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Pumpkins and Shades of Brown

Sep 17, 2011

I LOVE Fall!  It’s my favorite time of year. The leaves turn beautiful colors, the pumpkins come out, and we start to appreciate and be thankful for what we have been given throughout the year.

So with this challenge I wanted to reflect on Fall by capturing its colors and of course its pumpkins!


By using the pumpkin from the CL-002 Pumpkin Face Mix n Match Set , I created this dressed up glossy pumpkin by double stamping it onto paper painted with Tim Holtz Crackle Paint and then popping it up with glots made from our Scrap Happy Glue. If you haven’t seen Melissa’s video on how to use her fabulous glue. Check it out here!


Here’s a close-up. I like using the glue to make my adhesive dots because I can control the thickness and size I need.

I didn’t put a sentiment on this card because I wanted to leave that beautiful pumpkin in the center. I also used some leftover bling from the Nestabling Beaded Square Silver Rhinestones and used my markers to give it just the right Fall color I needed. That was fun and easy to customize!



I hope you were inspired to create your Fall card this week for the challenge! Add your link to the Fabulous Fall post for a chance to with a $20 gift certificate to the Rubber Café Store!



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The Rubber Café DT Project - Create Your Own Background Paper

Sep 10, 2011

I was really excited when I saw this week’s challenge at The Rubber Café because the door was wide open for us to create anything as long as we made our own stamped background paper.  How fun is that? 


Well I decided it would be fun to work up one of those toilet paper roll mini albums for a very special friend of mine for her birthday. Since she is a crafter herself, I thought I would let her decide what pictures to put in it and how to give it that final touch . . . something she can add her special pieces and notes to.


For the front cover I used the brand new stamp I-984 Pattern Royale, Versamark ink,  and black UTEE embossing powder to create a beautiful background. That stamp is so gorgeous and versatile. It’s definitely one of my favs.


I also had a lot of fun playing with Sculpey clay and the beautiful C-392 Small Trailing Butterflies stamp. I was able to make a mold and then create a custom embellishment for my album charm.  I topped it off with metallic paint so the intricate detail could be seen. The deeply etched stamps that The Rubber Café manufacturers makes making molds a breeze!


For the inside pages of this mini, I wanted to keep with a shabby chic rustic theme so I aged the cardstock with Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink using our TRC0050 Sponge Brush Little Inker and our dress form from the S-113 Steampunk Charity Wings set. I love how you can use one tool to get varying degrees of aging on your paper.



In between the pages I used an acetate sheet to give it more interest and bring the background alive.


On the second page I used the gears from the S-113 Steampunk Charity Wings set and Nestabling Heart Circles in brown to decorate the tag.


The background on this page was created from the I-987 18th Century Proclamation. The sizes of the stamps are just perfect for these little minis!


On page four my background stamp of choices was the S-120 Through the Window set.


Here is a close-up so you can see how the sponge brush works in conjunction with the stamps. It really gives it that aged worn look very easily.


On page five I used our I-985 Bingo stamp.  Who knew making background paper was so easy! I also created another clay embellishment using the clock from the S-114 Vintage Treasures set.


On the final page of the album, I used the I-985 Paris Nights stamps for my background. Again I left some areas for my very crafty friend to fill in. I think she will have fun putting the finishing touches on this mini.


and last but certainly not least a close-up of the tags that fit inside the pockets. After all. . . this is a toilet paper roll mini so it has built in pockets!


Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini album today and hopefully you might be inspired to get your fabulous Rubber Café stamps out and start making your own background.  It really is oh so easy.

Happy Crafting!


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