It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Nov 30, 2011

Well the chill is in the air, the tree is up, the outside lights hanging, and I’m listening to Christmas music! What better way to cap off a week of decorating by making a cute little stocking ornament for your tree?


The design team has been hard at work making stockings all this week to help get you in the spirit. I hope you’ve had some time to get in your craft room and play along with us as well.

I wanted this stocking to have a vintage shabby chic feel and I challenged myself to use Melissa’s AMAZING background stamps! These are definitely my go-to stamps to give life to all kinds of projects.


For my project, I used the H978 Background Basics 2 Polka Dot stamp and the EP200 Stampendous Adhesive Powder to adhere the gorgeous G108 Your So Fine Diamond Clear Cool Highlight glitter.


I heart this glitter. It is so baby powdering fine and it sticks so well to the adhesive powder. I was even able to outline the edges of the patterned paper.

Just in case that isn’t enough sparkle for you, I also used the 121007 Crystal Clear Jellie Dots along the edge of the dainty little pom-pom ribbon I had in my stash. Isn’t that just beautiful! It looks so sparkly on my tree.


So there’s my little stocking sitting perfectly in the tree. You could also make these to use in a garland as decoration too. The possibilities are endless.

I hope I’ve inspired you to use your products in new and different ways or to simply try a new technique using the fabulous products in The Rubber Café store.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Background Basics 2 Polka Dot stamp
Paper: Pink Paisley Butterfly Garden, Bazzill Cardstock
Ink: Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink
Bling: 121007 Crystal Clear Jellie Dots 
Accessories: Scrap Happy Glue, EP200 Stampendous Adhesive Powder, G108 Your So Fine Diamond Clear Cool Highlight glitter
Misc: Stick pin, glass beads, floral ribbon, mini pom pom ribbon

Happy Crafting!

Gift Idea: Card Set to Go!

Nov 19, 2011

I really love this week’s challenge to make a card set for gift-giving. There are so many possibilities with this one that it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to do. Then I saw this Card Pouch tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers and I completely had to stop what I was working on and do it instead!

Do you ever do that? Stop in the middle of a project and change course? Well I’m sure glad I did. 

This little pouch is super easy to make and it came together quickly. I’m going to be making more of these to keep on hand for emergency gifts and also I think my daughter’s teacher will really enjoy something like this too.



For the little cards I used the sentiments from the J-1095 Fabulous Phrases set. They fit perfectly in one of my hole punches I had in my stash.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card pouch. The card fits nicely inside.


One other thing I got to play with was the T000-0001 Goosebumps texture spray. This product is so much fun! Just spray it on and let it dry. Easy peasy!

I wanted the outside of my pouch and the cards to look like they were covered in melting snow. This technique is great to do if you don’t want to have the look of embossing but want something fun for a texture.


It does look like melting snow doesn’t it??


You can really see the texture and the lovely sentiments in these photos. The ‘Get Well’ card is using less spray and the ‘Thanks’ card behind it is using an all over application of the spray.


Well I hope you’ve enjoyed my project this week and are inspired to create your own. There’s just a little over a month left before Christmas and it will be here before you know it!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: J-1095 Fabulous Phrases
Paper: Cosmo Cricket More Holly, Bazzill Cardstock
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Eco Green Paris Trunk 
Dies: Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur, S5-031 Fancy Tags Three #3
Accessories: Scrap Happy Glue, Dimensional Squares, Want2Scrap mini rhinestones

Happy crafting!


Special Touches with Gift Wrapping

Nov 12, 2011

I always like to add that extra something special to my gift wrapping for every person I give a gift to. I guess it is my way of showing that person how special they are to me.

So for this challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do in creating my own wrapping paper:


I love the background stamps at The Rubber Café because they are so interesting in and of themselves. . especially this I-986 Roaring 20’s Placard!


Simply stamp repeatedly to make a seamless background. Then using the Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur simply cut the #2 fancy tag from S5-031 Fancy Tags Three and you've got yourself a tag.


I also made a small ornament embellishment using shrinking dinks and our I-980 Swirled Ornament with Hanging Ribbon stamp. I simply topped it off with some glossy accents and that was it!  So simple but yet very elegant.

I hope I’ve inspired you to make your wrapping a little bit more interesting. Would love to see what you come up with.

Supplies used:
Stamps:  I-986 Roaring 20’s PlacardI-980 Swirled Ornament with Hanging Ribbon stamp
Paper: Brown Grocery Bag, DCWV Elegant Stack
Ink: Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Dies: Spellbinders™ Grand Calibur, S5-031 Fancy Tags Three #2

Glue: TRC Scrap Happy Glue, glue gun
Accessories: Making Memories Velvet Pleated Ribbon, Making Memories Floral Mesh Ribbon, Vintage button, Want2Scrap Baby Bling Creme

Happy stamping!


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