Wednesday, 25 October 2017

New Stamps from Rubber Dance!

Hello everyone! Right now I'm over at the Rubber Dance blog, bragging about the new stamps that are being released today! All the new stamps are 20 % off until October 31st. Yooohoo! :-) You can find them in the web shop here.

So far, I've made two cards and this picture with the new flower stamps:

I cut the spiral of the flowers to make them stand up:

Supported by foam dots:

The snail was made from two spiral flowers:

I used the same idea on this card:

I also made a tulip card with the new stamps.


I cut the middle out of two flowers to make mini-stamps I used on the edges.
Just pop them back in next time you use the flower stamps, or use them without.
I love that you can do that so easily with un-mounted stamps!

...and here they are, our brand new stamps:

 plus this set of sentiments:

If you want the new stamps, pop over to the Rubber Dance web shop for a nice discount! 

Thanks for looking!

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? Edited: Many have not heard of the rhyme, so if you want to get a mind bug.... you can hear the song on youtube here.

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!