Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet Song of Spring...

Happy Friday!  Today I wanted to share some fun I had recently with Rubber Stamp Tapestry's new stamp set Sweet Song of Spring.  I was so inspired by this set of stamps that I decided to create little scenes by incorporating a bit of free-hand drawing and watercolor painting with the stamps...here's what I came up with...


My first card I made this little home for the Spring robin...I wanted to give him a nice secluded home in a secret garden to live. All of the flowers and foliage were stamped using VersaFine Clair then embossed with clear EP.  The bird was stamped using VersaFine ink and I drew the birdhouse and pole in free-hand.  The remainder of the image was watercolored using Kuretake Watercolor.  The sentiment is from Club Scrap.


This card is my attempt at a clean and simple watercolor card...not sure if it fits the "C&S" police term but it's pretty simple for me.  I started off by penciling in the mailbox to give myself a rough idea on where to add the foliage.  Next I stamped the greenery and added the flowers with VersaFine Clair inks.  I then went back and watercolored the mailbox and pole.  The final step was adding the sentiment (Club Scrap).   I messed up though - I wanted to sit the bird on top of the mailbox but my proportions were off and he looked like a giant next to the mailbox so I left him off ;)  LOL!!

Supplies:

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Sweet Song of Spring
Imagine - VersaFine Clair
Kuretake Watercolors
Club Scrap - Sentiments

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Steampunk Inventor Gothic Arch

Last Sunday was Thomas Edison's birthday...he was and in my mind will probably always be one of the great inventors of our time.  In honor of his birthday they named February 11th National Inventors Day and I made this fun Gothic Arch to celebrate them both!


There's a little bit of everything on the arch...vintage ephemera, stamping, die-cuts, Vintage Creative Medium (my favorite), Metallic Creative Medium (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Copper); lots of embossing powders on the Gothic Arch base (red, copper and patina) as well as the fun vintage images.  I love when I can mash 'em all together to make something like this.

If you'd like step by step instructions 
and a complete list of supplies you can find it here - 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day Friends!!


First I wanted to share my steampunk inspired Valentine's Day Tag with you!

And I also have a selection of vintage Valentine's Day cards from my collection...

Enjoy!







Hope you all have a lovely day!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hot Foil & Letterpress

Hello Peeps....I've been busy!  First I think I mentioned a while ago we bought a Kingsley Hot Foil Stamper.  We are looking at doing some stamping for a company we already work with.  We're hoping to talk them into hot foil stamping their logo into tags that they can then sew into their seating products (they do van conversions).  Exciting stuff. So I've been experimenting with it to get a feel for how it all works and practicing on paper, cardstock, vinyl and leather just to see how the machine preforms under different temps and materials.


This is gold foil on black vinyl.  We have a small die that we can use to cut it out on one of our clicker presses.



These are some business cards I made using an aqua blue foil. 
It looks amazing in real life.


AND....

Look at this baby!


It's our new Chandler & Price Letterpress machine!

We don't have it home yet but it came out of an old print company that closed down last year.  It needs a little bit of work but we're very excited about it. It comes with all sorts of goodies and the alphabets I have for the hot foil machine will work in the letterpress machine as well.  We have been talking about getting one for a while now and this one was less than half an hour from our shop. I think we're going to move it next week sometime...I can't wait!  It has a large print area - 12" x 18" large enough to print book pages! 

So, that's what we've been up to lately...

Oh and the International Correspondence Writing Month is coming right along.  I'm still up to date with mailings. We're going to be taking a trip in the next week or so - I'm going to do a mass mailing at that time so I don't miss any days while we're gone.  I've heard from a few people that their cards are starting to arrive...so happy about that!

What's new with you all?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

A Card Sketch for February

Hello Friends!  Today I wanted to share the card sketch I created for the Card Sketch Challenge on the Club Scrap Facebook group.  If you'd like to join us there you can find the group here: Club Scrap Chat.  You have to answer a couple questions to make sure you're not a robot then you're in :)



This is a card for my sweetie...made using supplies from the "Sweet on You" collection.


This card was made from the Surprise collection (01/18).
Don't you just love those ring sequins?  I've never seen them before but I love em!


Finally a card made using goodies from the "To You...With Love" kit. 

Hope you decide to join in on the fun!!
Be sure to stop by the FB page and check out all of the fun cards folks have made using this sketch.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Geranium Magic

Have you seen 2 of the newest sets of stamps over at Rubber Stamp Tapestry?  They are themed around geraniums!! Cottage GeraniumRed Geranium -  I just love these sets.  Geraniums are some of the first flowering plants I can remember aside from violets.  My grandma had a small nursery/greenhouse and these were always a favorite.  Here's what I made...


The first card was stamped and embossed using Imagine's VersaFine Clair. I was able to stamp the entire piece then emboss in one fell swoop - no stamp emboss, stamp emboss, etc.  This ink is just amazing!  All stamps are from the Red Geranium set.


This is a combination of both geranium sets along with a tiny single flower from my stash...  It just needed that little pop of red don't you think?  Inks are a combo of Memento  & VFC.  


This card was so much fun.  I had a piece of cardstock laying on my desk that had 2 holes cut out of it from a previous project.  I used that piece of cardstock as a stencil to stamp through.  All of the inks were VersaFine Clair that was stamped and embossed.  Simply stamp through the stencil, move the stencil and stamp some more.  Once all the stamping was done, embossed using a clear EP.  I wish you could see it in person...the colors are stunning.  I know blue isn't the usual color for geraniums but I thought it worked out well.


My final card was made using the Cottage Geranium set...the bucket I planted my geraniums in is also a RST stamp.


Supplies:

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Cottage Geranium, Red Geranium
Imagine: Memento Dye Ink; VersaFine Clair Ink; Clear Embossing Powder
Club Scrap.com - Sentiments
Cardstock
MFT Dies

Monday, February 5, 2018

I.C.W.M. Under Way!

Yes, in case you didn't see my post near the end of last month I found out not too long ago that February is International Correspondence Writing Month! I decided to take up the challenge and have started writing little notes and cards, sending them off across the country and globe. I am hoping that some of them will start arriving at their destinations soon and that they will spread a little joy.  If you'd like to receive a bit of happy mail, please e-mail me your addy.  I'd be happy to drop you a line :)

Between the writing and work things have been a bit backed up here but I'm going to try to catch up a bit.

First I wanted to share the new challenge on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog this month.  We're featuring silhouette images!  There are so many fun silhouette stamps out there that you're sure to have at least one in your stash.  If you're feeling up to it, stamp up a card with your favorite silhouette and share it here - JFF Feb Challenge - Silhouettes.  We'd be happy to have you!

To get you started here are a few cards I made for the challenge....




Now it's your turn!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Giddyup Cowboy!

Today I wanted to share some fun cards made using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's stamp set Giddyup!  This is such a cool kit great for any buckaroo in your life, young or old.  I paired the stamps with Imagine's VersaFine Clair for some amazing, clear bold images....


I had a strip of flannel from an old shirt that looked great in place of ribbon for this card.


I love to use corrugated cardboard on my cards - 
this piece was rescued from the trash at work ;)


Finally I used some die-cuts and this fun staying from Club Scrap to finish off this happy card!

Supplies:

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Giddyup! Peg Stamps
Imagine - Versa Fine Clair, Tear It! Tape, On Point Glue
Club Scrap - Sentiments
MFT - Dies
Cardstock

Friday, January 26, 2018

Having Fun & a Request for Help

I've been having lots of fun as you can see from this photo of what was on my desk last night.  I get kind of scattered and messy but it's how I create best. The ideas start pouring out the more ink I get on my fingers!  How about you?  How do you create?


Last night I found out about something going on during the month of February which apparently has been taking place for a while now ~ International Correspondence Writing Month (you can click on the link to read more about it).  I know of a couple friends who have crafty pen pals because they post their lovely correspondence on the FB pages and it's so much fun to see what they send/receive.  I don't have time to do it every month but I thought it would be fun to participate in February anyway. 

I think hand written correspondence in many circles has become a thing of the past. I think this is a great way to involve people and get them back into writing/sending cards and letters.

There is a section on the ICWM website to add your addy to a master list of sorts but I'm not comfortable doing so...  You know it's the internet and you just really never know who could be reading it or their purpose for doing so. I'm asking you for your help here...if you would like to receive a card with a handwritten message in the mail please e-mail me your addy (to: roni jj (at) g mail (dot) com (no spaces) and I'll add you to my card list! I'd like to send at least one card out each day but I'll send more if there are folks out there that would like to receive some happy mail :)

I promise I won't share your info with anyone...

Do you think you'd like to participate?

Please drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you.



Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sparkle & Shine

Hello my inky friends!

I hope you're week has been going great so far. Today I wanted to share a few cards using one of Rubber Stamp Tapestry's newest sets - Sparkle & Shine!  I love these stamps because the flowers come in multiple sizes AND there are solids and outline images - perfect blend for all sorts of projects.


My first card I made a grid pattern using a pencil and ruler to place dots where I wanted the flowers to be located. I stamped the solid and outline flowers both using VersaFine Clair Warm Breeze then stamped the leaves with  VFC Verdant.  I sprinkled clear ep over the entire panel and embossed.  I added faux gemstones in multiple colors of blue over top.  The sentiment (clubscrap.com) was stamped on a banner which was affixed to the card with double stick foam tape.


I love this card...it's one of my fav's, so easy but it turned out so pretty.  The flowers were all stamped with VF Clair as were the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment along the bottom then flicked a lavender watercolor paint over the panel.


My final example looks a bit tropical don't you think?  It was a total surprise because it wasn't at all what I was going for.  My original intent was to do something similar to the circle card I made yesterday where the circles were "bouncing" along.  When I started stamping I just got carried away and it ended up like this...that sometimes happens - LOL!! Does that ever happen to you?

So there you go - can you tell I was having fun with it?
Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did making them.
Have a great day friends!!

Supplies:

Rubber Stamp Tapestry - Sparkle & Shine
Imagine - VersaFine Clair; Clear Embossing Powder
ClubScrap.com - Sentiments
Prima- Watercolor
Cardstock
Gemstones