Organization, Cut files, and play time!

Oct 29, 2011

So I was surfing around the internet and checking emails a few weeks ago and I happened to see someone on one of my yahoo groups was looking for project samples for their online store. Since it was a cutting file group and I have a dusty old Cricket machine sitting in a corner of the my scraproom, I thought it was high time I broke that puppy out.

I won’t bore you with the details but I was sent a wonderful magazine file to try my hand out with. Here’s what I came up with:


Just to let you know I sized this way down so that I could have a cute little container sitting on my desk to hold my ever elusive dimensional adhesive! I can never remember where I put them so this was a perfect solution.


A few weeks ago I got a great deal on the flower trim above. I know they have been out for a while but I finally got my hands on them AND they were incredibly inexpensive at that!!


I roughed up the edges of some old SISTV paper that I had in my scrap pile and adhered it to the magazine file base. I used a Spellbinders die adorned with mini pearls on the edge.


On the front I used a Rubber Café dress form stamp and gave her a blinged-out waistline with their jellies too.


I hope this inspired you to get organized and use your scraps!

Supplies used:

Steampunk Charity Wings by The Rubber Café  
Bazzil Green, SisTV scraps  
Distress Ink, Old Paper
Cut File – Visual Designs by Chris – a Christy Cleary design
Label Four Small #1 by Spellbinders
Crystal Jellie Dots
Scrap Happy Glue
Misc Beads
Stick Pin
Glue Gun

Happy Crafting ladies!


Show us Your Halloween Décor!

Oct 27, 2011

This week The Rubber Café design team is showing off their mad home décor skills! Hopefully you’ll be inspired to make your own decorations too.

I’ve been wanting to make a wreath for a long time so I decided our front entry needed a little bit more pizzazz so here is what I came up with. 


A little Trick-or-Treat fun to get us in the mood to hand out some candy!

Here’s how I made this tissue paper wreath.


1. Stamp the I-986 Roaring 20’s Placard with Distress Ink Old Paper on to two sheets of white tissue paper. Then over-stamp using the small bat from the CL-002 Pumpkin Face Mix-n-Match set using Memento Tuxedo Black and cut into 3 x 3 inch squares.


2. Cut two concentric circles from your chipboard. The largest circle should be approximately 10 inches in diameter.


3. Crumple the tissue paper before pushing the center in to form a pocket. Place some hot glue on the bottom and adhere to the wreath form.


4. Next curl some black wire, thread some beautiful beads onto it and adhere to wreath. Don’t the little bats look adorable peaking out of the paper?


5. Finally stamp the Trick or Treat from the CL-002 Trick or Treat set using Memento Tuxedo Black and back with black cardstock. Embellish with 121007 Crystal Jellie Dots and adhere to project using TRC0010 Scrap Happy Glue.



I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial today. I really enjoyed making this wreath and it didn’t take me long at all to create it.


CL-002 Trick or Treat set by The Rubber Cafe
CL-002 Pumpkin Face Mix-n-Match by The Rubber Cafe
I-986 Roaring 20’s Placard by The Rubber Cafe
Cardboard from back of paper pack
Bazzil Black
Memento Tuxedo Black ink by Tsukineko
Distress Ink Old Paper
121007 Crystal Jellie Dots
TRC0010 Scrap Happy Glue
Black Wire
Glue Gun


Fall Elegance Card–Thinking of You

Oct 22, 2011

I had a lot of fun creating my The Rubber Café design team challenge card this week.  Did you know you could win a $20 GC to The Rubber Café?  It’s really easy. Simply visit this post to find out all the details.


When you sit down to make a card there is nothing like being able to diecut your pieces quickly so you can start playing with glue! Well Spellbinders™ makes it so very easy with their Grand Calibur™ machine. 

Here’s how:


1. Cut card base to 5 1/2 x 11” and card facing at 5 1/4 x 5 1/4. Fold card base in half lengthwise.

2. Pierce card facing with a stick pin at even intervals along each side and adhere to card base using TRC0010 Scrap Happy Glue.


3. Diecut S4-190 Labels Four #5 and S5-031 Fancy Labels Three #1 and ink the edges of the label with Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Ink and our Lil Inkers tool.


4. Stamp Thinking of You sentiment from J-1095 Fabulous Phrases set in Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Snip right side of Fancy Tag off before adhering Want2Scrap Baby Bling Pearls to label and 121007 Jellie Dots Silver with Stick “Em” Up tool to center of lace flower. 


5. Assemble card using embellishments of your choice.


Supplies Used:

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and project today.


Halloween Layout Showcase and a Challenge

Oct 13, 2011

I’m filling in for Melissa this week over at The Rubber Café as she is getting ready to teach some fabulous classes in West Palm Beach at the Scrapbook Expo. If you happen to be in the area, stop on by our booth for some great card Teach-n-Takes.

So this week the challenge to be entered to win a $20 GC from The Rubber Café store is to create a layout featuring . . you guessed it. . Halloween! 


I did mine a little differently since we don’t normally dress up in ghoulish outfits but we do like to carve a pumpkin every year to help us get ready for the trick-or-treaters.


I couldn’t find the right patterned paper so I decided to create my own background paper by stamping over the entire cardstock piece with H-977 Background Basics #1 and then overstamping with the pumpkins from CL-002 Pumpkin Face Mix-n-Match.


I then added my embellishments including the 121007 Jellie Dots in Crystal with the very handy RC001 Stick “Em” Up tool. These work great as centers for your flowers.

Only thing left was to add my photo, bling, and title to complete the layout. I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and are inspired to participate in our challenge of creating your own Halloween layout.

Products Used:


The Rubber Café DT Project: Treat-or-Trick Sweets Box and a Simple Card

Oct 8, 2011

This week at TRC we were challenged to come up with a treat box or bag so I decided to convert a pizza box I saw over Splitcoast to create my project. You can now surprise your little trick-or-treater this year with their very own treat-filled box! Just be sure and save enough of that chocolate for your favorite little peeps!  I just can’t seem to stay away from it.


These adorable mini pizza boxes are easy to convert into a Halloween goodie box by simply adding ribbon as an enclosure.


Here’s how. 

1. Use this template from Jen del Muro to make your box.

2. Diecut and emboss two LF-161 Grand Nestabilities Label One #2 in black.


3. Heat emboss the Trick-or-Treat sentiment  multiple times from the
CL-002 Trick-or-Treat set. I love how spooking that saying is!!


4. Next stamp the treaters from that same set three times and color as desired with markers, Copics, or colored pencils. I used my colored pencils and some mineral spirits to give it that watercolor effect.


5. Fussy cut the image creating three layers in spots for areas you want to give dimension. Adhere with your Scrap Happy Glue layering each additional layer with dimensional adhesive.

6. Double check opening is on the right side and adhere your ribbons first then the two diecuts to the front and back of the box.


7. Fill with your favorite candies.

That’s it!  A great little box to give out to those little goblins.

I also created a card to go with the box.


Using the TRC0050 Lil Inkers, I  inked the edges of the white card to give it a spooky look too.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial today and are inspired to spoil your little hooligans this year. 


Products Used:

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