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September 2014


New Design Team Members Wanted!

We are looking for design team members to join our new challenge blog –   

“Our Challenge Blog is Brand New, but our challenges are Old School!”

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog encourages you to use "retro" stamps.  Breathe new life into your old loves.  Break out your older, unloved stamps that are 1 year or older for our challenges. 

Design Team Requirements:

  • Passionate about stamping!
  • Participate in 2 to 3 challenges per month. 
  • Post the challenge on your blog during your assigned week, and reference the challenge on your off week.
  • Use of older stamps and/or supplies.
  • Projects must use quality supplies and stamped images.
  • Images must be photographed well, not blurry or distorted.
  • Work must be high quality with time and effort put into the work.
  • Great coloring and stamp techniques.
  • Great card coordination (i.e. – color combos, layers, embellishments).
  • Projects must be submitted in a timely manner in order to be on the week’s blog post – i.e. due date will be one full week before the challenge.
  • Commenting on participants’ blogs is a MUST, as we love our participants and want them to come back!
  • You must have an active blog.
  • Length of term – 6 months.

Deadline to apply:  October 8, 2014   Lucky team members will be notified by October 15, 2014.

Contact:  Katie Skiff or Jane Knudsen at

Email:  your contact information plus blog address and samples of your work.


So more holiday SU! goodies.  I bought the tree punch and paired it with some fun new DSP.  This card is quick and easy to produce a lot of – perfect for sending at Christmas. trees 1

I used soft suede as my base layer and layered with some old olive.  I ran some old olive through the stylish stripes embossing folder to add a little oomph to the tree and topped the tree with a rhinestone.  Fun and easy! trees 2


Supplies:  CS:  SU! soft suede, old olive, and Santa & Co DSP.  Stamps:  SU! retired more merry messages.  Ink:  memento black.  Other:  SU! stylish stripes EF, tree punch and rhinestone.

Bearing gifts...

I just got in a huge order of Stampin’ Up! goodies and got a chance to play with some of them this weekend.  Their holiday catalog this year is fabulous!  I want just about everything in there!  The only problem I see is when you get your order, it is hard to decide what to use first! bearing gifts 1

So I started with Bearing Gifts…such a cute stamp and I am a sucker for polar bear stamps.  I colored this one up with my SU! markers and kept to the colors in the SU! retired DSP that I used.  I add a bit of twine and a lot of layers but love how this turned out. bearing gifts 2

The stamp almost makes you wish for a polar bear or a coke!


Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! island indigo, pool party and retired winter frost.  Stamps:  SU! bearing gifts.  Ink:  memento black and variety of SU! markers.  Twine:  pool party and island indigo.

Class Act...

With school back in session (ours has been going for a couple of weeks now) I decided I had better play along with The Card Concept this week.  Their theme was back to school!  So I paired the school theme with the Reverse Confetti SFYTT as I was intending to use the RC stamps anyway. 

I started off with kraft paper as my base layer, the white looked too stark I thought.  I created a mini chalkboard to put my paper on by using black paper and white chalk.  I added the sentiments and added an apple.  A is for Apple after all! rc 1

You won’t believe it but the background strips are actually from some Christmas paper!  So I used my spiral punch and kept the school theme going. rc 2

Overall, I am pretty happy with this card.  Simple and quick to put together and fits in with a clean and layered card style.


Supplies:  PTI white and kraft, SU! basic black and Santa & Co. DSP.  Stamps and dies:  RC class act.  Inks:  memento black and real red,  Other:  spiral edge punch, white chalk, thread and button.


So, inspired by the Festive Friday theme challenge, I set off to make a card full of texture.  Ummm…I ended up with a bit of a third grade school project that would warrant a B- (or worse).  Is it me, or do you find that the idea that you had percolating in your brain was much cooler than what you ended up with?  With my apologies, here we go…

I started off with an embossed layer and a white embossed sentiment.  Easy and cute, right?  Then I used some of my SU! retired sweater trim and braided it together for a wreath.  Soft and fuzzy, kind of cool.  Still with me? ff 1

Then the big idea…I used embossing paste that I tinted with cherry cobbler ink (which should have been darker and less pink!).  I ran the letters merry thru the cuttlebug on a scrap piece of cardboard and on scrap white.  Then I attached the white with washi tape to the negative merry stencil I had created and filled with embossing paste.  I let that dry.  Then I peeled off the letters and glued them to the merry letters that I had left over from the cardboard.  Still good to this point, right? ff 2

I used my tombow glue and got my braid all ready, flipped it over and smeared the glue all over the front of my cherry cobbler layer.  Cripes.  Then I peeled it off, wiped off the glue and tried again.  I got it stuck on there but it is a wonky shaped wreath!  At this point, the wheels flew off the wagon.  I took my “supercool” merry letters and attached to the wreath and quickly took pictures for fear they would fall off.  That is when I realized it…a third grade craft project!  *Sigh*  Great idea, poor execution.  I will try this again but need to re-think the engineering of it.

With that, I am off to enjoy my Friday.  Go forth and create crafty friends!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! cherry cobbler, PTI white.  Stamps: PTI Wonderful words - holiday.  Dies:  PTI modern alpha.  EF:  SU! stylish stripes.  Other: SU! retired sweater trim in cherry cobbler, gumball green and whisper white.  White embossing powder.  Embossing paste, cherry cobbler reinker

PPA and Fab Friday

Yay!  Today is the Pals Paper Arts color challenge and they have picked three fun colors to go together..hello honey, blackberry bliss, and crumbcake.  Now, these are all colors I love on their own but wasn’t sure how I would like the honey and blackberry with the crumbcake.  That sounds like it would be a good recipe, doesn’t it? ppa fab friday 1

But it turns out they do go together fairly well.  I opted to use a strip of blackberry bliss in a faux suede style on the card base.  I also took advantage of Fab Friday’s sketch to make this all work!  I used my retired SU! french foliage stamp set to make my image.  I used the three mandatory colors plus a bit of mosey meadow to stamp the images.  I stamped off several times before stamping on the project itself.  I added the layers behind the white CS to “tie” the image to the card and added the white twine to stay true to the Fab Friday sketch. ppa fab friday 2

This card came together fairly quickly and would make a great thinking of you, get well, happy birthday or just saying hello card with the fast addition of a sentiment.  Multi-purpose!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! hello honey, blackberry bliss, crumbcake and moonlight dsp.  Stamps: SU! retired french foliage.  Inks:  SU! hello honey, blackberry bliss, crumbcake, and mossy meadow.  Other:  SU! white twine.

I Love Stamps...

I am finally using one of my Pure Innocence girls.  I have four of them but since I have been feeling so crafty lately, I thought I would choose the MFT Crafty Friends and make a card.

I chose my colors based on the papers I decided to use and the sketch from this week’s Mojo Monday Challenge.  As I have mentioned before, checking out challenges for sketch layouts and color combos is a great way to help if you are stuck on either of these things. mm 1

I was a bit broken hearted when Stampin’ Up! retired midnight muse and summer starfruit (although I love all of the new in colors!) so I decided to dig out some retired DSP with these colors and make my card. mm 2

I used a couple of different blendabilities on the face and arms.  Then using the color lifter pen, was able to create some lighter shades on the face and arms.  I need to practice this more until I get comfortable with creating skin tones.  I added a strip of ribbon and I was done.


Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, summer starfruit, and midnight muse, retired DSP.  PTI white.  Inks:  memento black and SU! blendabilities.  Stamps:  MFT PI Crafty Friends.  Other:  Nesties, SU! retired midnight muse ribbon.


I love this little bear from the retired SU! under the stars stamp set.  He is so cute and ferocious looking!  I have wanted to use him (I am going to call him Yogi) on a card but nothing seemed to gel.  I was looking at the Sweet Sunday Sketch and had an a-ha moment.  This was it!  I stamped Yogi on PTI cream with memento rich cocoa ink.  I used my colored pencils to fill him in – leaving a cream belly and nose.  He is so darn cute! ssk 1

I ran my card base thru the cuttlebug in the SU! wood grain embossing folder.  I added some old DSP that I have had for a while as the next layer.  The sketch actually called for a piece of vertical cardstock but I opted to use twine (oh how I love twine) instead.  I popped Yogi up on more cardstock using SU! dimensionals and then added the buttons on the side.  I really wanted to add the grrreat! greeting but it didn’t fit anywhere.  Then I had another a-ha moment!  So under the arm it went! ssk 2

Very happy with Yogi!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! early espresso, PTI cream and dsp from my stash.  Stamps:  SU! retired under the stars.  Ink:  memento rich cocoa.  Other:  SU! wood grain embossing folder, SU! early espresso twine, colored pencils, buttons from stash.

Snow much fun...

Happy Labor Day!  I am one of the lucky ones who does not have to labor on Labor Day.  Hopefully you are too!  Instead I spent some time in the craft cave yesterday and plan to do some more crafting today!

So I am playing along with the Sugar Pea Designs SugarSketch 10.  I loved this layout until I stamped and colored the image and realized I had the image the wrong way.  What’s a girl to do?  Flip the sketch! sugarpea sketch 1

This snowman stamp is one I have had for years so I decided it was his day to shine!  I love snowman stamps – I can hardly pass one up! sugarpea sketch 2

I colored this little guy with my blendabilities and threw a little color under him to ground him.  I wanted to use grey but decided it would be too dark.  However this color (which is beigey) - looks pink here - so either my snowman had a weird accident or he is standing in cotton candy.  I am going with cotton candy!  I layered the snowman on some chocolate chip CS and dug out some retired SU! dsp for the background. sugarpea sketch 3

I used a sentiment from my retired SU! snow much fun stamp set, added flags and buttons and I was finished.

Enjoy your day off (or Monday if you have to work!)!!

Supplies:  CS: PTI white, SU! crumbcake, old olive, chocolate chip and retired seasons of style DSP.  Stamps:  SU! snow much fun and snowman from my stash.  Ink:  versamark and white embossing powder.  Other:  twine and button from stash, corner rounder.