Sunday, 15 October 2017

Rubber Dance Animal Challenge - Two Cards

Hello humans! The challenge over at Rubber Dance blog this fortnight is to incorporate stamped animals in your work (you don't have to use our stamps to join).

Rubber Dance has lots of animal stamps and I ended up making two cards with the largest ones - one on land and one underwater.

My first card, or picture really as it's rather big, features the blue whale - at least one of mine is blue - 
this adorable stamp from Whale Wishes:


I made the background with Distress Oxides, blending the colours and spraying light with water. After the first layer had tried, I added more green ink, lots of it, add water and held it upside down to let the green run down the background to look like tall seaweeds. I used a black pen around the edges of the "seaweed" to make them stand out more, and stamped the smaller seaweed and flowers at the bottom. The whales were stamped on watercolour paper and coloured in with Zig clean colour markers, cut out and adhered with foam dots. The fish from Something Fishy were stamped on acetate so I could turn one of them around to swim in the opposite direction. I coloured them on the back with copper paint and gave them a dash of copper glue glitter on the front.

My next card features the Elephant from African Animals. Do you know the children's rhyme about the elephants playing on the spider's web?

One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day.
He had such enormous fun,
He called for another elephant to come​ ...
I cut the head off one of the elephants so I could tilt it upwards to reach the tail of the other: 

The leaves are die cuts, stamped on top with leaves and texts from Rubber Dance:

Wanna join our animal challenge? 
You have until 31st of October (midnight CET)
and you don't have to use stamps from Rubber Dance to enter. 

 I'm so proud that Susanne chose my blue whale for the challenge image!
She's our DT & social media manager over at Rubber Dance
and also the one who designed the Whale and Elephant stamps for Rubber Dance.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 2 October 2017

Masking with Washi tape

Hey people! I want to show you the two cards that I made for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, which I'm sponsoring this month with stamps from Rubber Dance.  If you want to see more cards made by the Rubber Dance teamies, check out this post.

Here's my first card. I'll show you below how I made it:

I used the challenge colours in the opposite order of the stripes below:

And here's how I did that:

Mask off every other stripe using Washi tape - which is low-tack and won't tear the paper when you pull it off again. 
Fill stripes in with colour (I used Zig Clean Colour Makers and a waterbrush):

Stamp the twig image, using a waterproof ink: 

- Repeat the process with the other stripes. Easy peacy!
Here it is again so you don't have to scroll back:


The flower twig is from this stamp:

My second card for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge took a while longer to make, but I had such fun making it!
(... maybe a bit too much fun??)

I used stamps from these sets (all by Rubber Dance):
 Handsome Hedgehog, Funny Fungi, Sarcastic Superpower

When I started making this card, I didn't plan to make it look like an advertisement for LSD - or whichever hallucinating substance the hedgehog found in that toadstool .... 

Or maybe she's just high on glitter? Yeah, that's it.

Funny Fungi from Rubber Dance, coloured in with Zig Clean Colour Markers. 
I added Glossy Accent inside all the little circles, then sprinkled some fine glitter on top.
Flower stamped a second time, cut out and glued over the other.

When I make a card, I like to keep just the essentials on my table: 

OK, let's zoom out and see what I mean by "just the essentials" ..........

That's not too bad, is it? A girl needs her schtuff around to make a card - in this case TWO!
(My substance is coffee with soy milk, 'case you wondered what's in that mug. Keeps mama going all day!)

Thanks for looking!
Now, pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog,
and join their October colour challenge!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Gloomy by Night Card

Hey, everyone! Here's my card for this fort-night's challenge at Rubber Dance (October 1.-14th).
It must be the gloomiest card I've made in ages - you know I love bright and vibrant colours, but I also love a real challenge once in a while! :-)

I have used two Tom Holtz dies - the distressed diamonds in the sky and the houses in the back, combined with Textured Houses stamps from Rubber Dance. The moon and stars are also stamps from Rubber Dance, from a fun set called Whimsical Summer. I don't know where the barbwire die is from ....

Below is a closeup of the houses. I glued a piece of yellow paper behind some of the cut out windows (from the die) and painted yellow in some of the stamped windows as well, in an effort to make it a bit less gloomy....


Here are the colours for this challenge:

If you visit the Rubber Dance blog, you'll find other inspiration makes that are far from gloomy - pop over and have a look at what the other teamies have made! I hope it will inspire you to join our challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Is This My Favourite Stamp?

If you had to pick a fave stamp out of your collection, would you know which one right away? Is there one stamp that stands out from all the rest, one that you love more than all the other ones, or one that you end up using over and over again?

I can never answer those "name your fave song/artist/movies/books" kind of question because there are so many faves, not only one. But the challenge at Rubber Dance this fortnight is to use our fave stamp...... Oh, maaan - that's such a tough question!! As with everything else, I have many fave stamps, many that I love and use over and over again. Sounds familiar to anyone?

After sitting here with my thinking cap on (it's purple and very becoming, in case you wondered), I came to realise that there IS one stamp in particular that I have used more than any other stamp I've ever owned! I'll explain why below. Here it is - the Giraffe from Rubber Dance.

I made the Distress Oxides background on a sturdy piece of cardboard, knowing my card would be quite long to fit a giraffe in all the colours of the rainbow - thereby using my fave colour as well: ALL of them! :-) The black stripes were made by dipping a ruler into black acrylic paint that I had  smeared out on my craft sheet. The stars and suns (also stamps from Rubber Dance) were stamped using the black paint as well.

 Bling, bling! I gold embossed the Giraffes and coloured them in using Zig clean colour markers. After gluing them to the background, I drew a black shadow with a marker to make them pop. Notice the heart - the frame looks a bit like giraffe fur pattern, doesn't it?

When this Giraffe stamp was released on a set with other African Animals a couple of years ago, I started using it on all the shipping envelopes. The stamp comes with the text Hello there!, seen on the card below, so all those envelopes had the giraffe peeping out from one of the corners with the greeting next to it, and that's how the giraffe ended up being the stamp I have used more than any other, ever!

This card was published in Rubber Stamp Madness :-) 

I haven't used the giraffe only on envelopes, though! Below are just a few cards I've made with it, 
but if you want to skip that part and jump straight to our challenge - here's the link again.


So...which is YOUR favourite stamp? Make something with it and show us by joining our challenge at Rubber Dance! You have until midnight CET on the 30th of September.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Happy Accident Watercolour Card

Hi folks! When I was making some cards showcasing the new stamps from Rubber Dance, I stamped the magpie with Oxide inks and coloured in some areas with Zig clean colour markers. It looked OK, but kind of boring.... so I sprayed some water on it, and this happened. Whoopsie!

That wasn't my plan at all, so I put it aside and started on a new card ... but the more I glanced over at my magpie accident, the more it grew on me!  Who says we have to colour inside the lines, right?

So I made it into a card and did the same "accident" with the sentiment, only on purpose this time. 
I poked a hole through the beak for the silver string and threw some bling on it. So there you have it, my happy accident watercolour card, mounted on a glitter panel. Bling-bling!

I wish you all a happy week with many happy accidents! :-)

Thanks for looking ♥

Friday, 28 July 2017

Salty Stamp Sale & Tutorial

Heyyyy, lovely people! It's been a while, or should I say: Been a whale? ;-)

The whale tail above is just a sneak peek of my salty scene tutrial over at the Rubber Dance blog today. 
Pop over there and say hi!

There's a big sale going on - 20 % discount on all of Rubber Dance's beach & sea stamps: 

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

CAS card - a little birdie ....

Hi everyone!

My stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week as well! It was such fun seeing the entries last week, when the cue word was 'house'. Have a looksie here if you missed it.

The CASology cue word this week is FLY, and here is the card I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

My card is featuring stamps from the new set called Whimsical Summer, designed for Rubber Dance by Donna Gray ♥
I have also used the twig from Mama Owl, designed by Melina Dahl ♥, and the sentiment from the set called A little birdie ... You can see all the new stamps here if you like.

To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.
You have until Monday 3rd of July to enter.
The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance!

♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥

I'm entering my card to this challenge as well:
That's Crafty! Keep it Simple

This one runs till Friday 7th of July.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Clean House - CAS cards

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post today to let you know that my stamp company is sponsoring the CASology challenge blog this week!

Their cue word this time is HOUSE, and here are two cards I made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

This house and the hill stamp, and many more, are on sale this week.

To join the CASology challenge,
jump over to their blog.

The winner will get a whole sheet of stamps from Rubber Dance! 

♥ Have fun and good luck! ♥

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Deep Sea Diva - Cards for That's Crafty!

Hi everyone!

That's Crafty! has launched two new stamp sets designed by Donna Gray! I have had the pleasure to work with these stamps a bit ahead of time and so far I've made the three cards below. To see many more sample cards with these beautiful stamps, pop over to That's Crafty's blog for a look.

I LOVE everything beach and sea, so I'll make more cards with these stamps when time permits. But for now, here go you - my first three cards using stamps from the Deep Sea Diva collection:


Here are the two sets. 
These clear stamps are both available in the That's Crafty web shop

Full Disclosure: Yes, I am affiliated with That's Crafty! and the designer of these stamps, Donna Gray, is a very good friend of mine. She's designing stamps for my own rubber stamp company as well. That's Crafty! gave me these two stamp sets to make sample cards. They also carry stamps from my company, Rubber Dance, which you can find in their web shop here. They will be addding more stamps from Rubber Dance soon (I'm working on their order as we speak; ready to ship later this week!)

I had great fun making these sample cards
and I hope you like them.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, 15 May 2017

Rule of Three - Rubber Dance Challenge

Hi everyone!

I would like to invite you to join our challenge over at Rubber Dance, where the theme is Rule of Three. You can make anything where you use three things - see our challenge post for more info. I've used three flowers on this card:

The flowers are from a set of stamps called Beki from That's Crafty!
Text and smaller stamps from Rubber Dance.

Join us over at the Rubber Dance blog!
You have until midnight CET on May 31st to join.

Thanks for looking!