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Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hi everyone and welcome to this year's exciting Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia!  I  hope your holiday season is treating you well!
















Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!










I created my card for this hop using Waffleflower's adorable monkey stamps!  The monkey on the left is from the Willy set and the monkey on the right is from the Faye set.  I colored the images using Copic markers and Wink of Stella.  I added them to the card front using dimensional adhesive, and added a Santa hat to each from another stamp set that I own.  After die cutting some snowflakes and adding gems and twine and a "joy" diecut,  I placed the entire front card panel atop an invitation sized card with rounded corners.  So quick and easy, but so very fun!  

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Waffleflower so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It is time for Retro Rubber Challenge #53! Please join the challenge!

Please join us over at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog for challenge #53.  The challenge involves using a stamp one year old or older and the challenge graphic holiday photo for color inspiration! Bring those old stamps back to life!.


Here is the challenge graphic and the card I created using this challenge:







To create this card, I took a white card in the invitation size.  I ran it through an embossing machine with The Paper Studio embossing folder in the pattern shown.  Next, I stamped the bow and ribbon image onto white cardstock, then colored it with Copic markers in different shades of red.  I cut the ribbon out, and placed it on the card, using dimensional adhesive for the bow.  I added an EK Success snowflake and a green gem.  I die cut the word "joy" using Krazy Kreations glittered paper, and added two green gems to the word.  Then I added it to the card.  So simple with really fun results! 

The stamp set I only recently acquired, however, it is dated back to 2013 I believe.  I just love this set!  It is by Flourishes and called "That's a Wrap",  It is great for holidays, birthdays and more!  It comes with a gift tag image as well!  And it also contains holiday images.  Too fun!

Please join us in the challenge!  Then check back to the Retro Rubber Blog one week from this Sunday to learn the challenge winner!  I can't wait to see your creations!






Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time for Retro Rubber Challenge #52! Let's have some fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  It is time for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog's 52nd challenge!  The theme this time involves using a sketch and a stamp one year old or older.  Too fun!  Here is the card that I created for this challenge and the photo inspiration image:





To create this card, I used a stamp released in July of 2015 by Technique Junkies, Peonies.   I inked the stamp with different colored inks from Tim Holtz (distress ink).  I used my small Misti to stamp the floral image onto a white panel.

Next, I mounted the white panel onto a black invitation sized card.  I took a piece of white glittered paper and stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts in black ink.  I placed this strip on the card with adhesive.  Next, I cut a smaller strip of the glittered paper and added it to the left far side of the card. Next I tied black cord from American Crafts on the card, and added a green dot.  

I'd love to see your creations for this challenge!  So come join the fun!  Visit the Retro Rubber Blog today, then revisit one week from this coming Sunday, to learn the challenge winner! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Please join challenge 51 at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!

Please join us in the fresh, new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!  The challenge involves using a designated color scheme, a thankful theme and a stamp one year old or older.  Easy and fun!  Blow the dust off your old stamps and have some fun!

Here is the challenge graphic and the card I created using this challenge:









To create this card, I ran some white cardstock through an embossing folder, with background dots.  It is from Darice.  Next, I took a slightly smaller piece of white cardstock and a stitching die, and made the cut with design.  I placed the stitched white cardstock over the embossed cardstock and adhered the two pieces together.

Below the embossed cardstock I inserted two pieces of colored cardstock, slightly larger in size.  I placed all these elements attached atop a white invitation sized card.  I took a thin, sheer yellow ribbon and tied it on to the card with a bow.

Next, I used black outline stickers from Krazy Kreations, and glittered cardstock from Krazy Kreations also.  I applied the stickers to the cardstock, and used Copic markers to color inside the sticker borders.  I fussy cut the stickers leaving a thin white border.  I applied them to the card front using pop dots in an overlapping fashion.

Finally, I stamped on vellum using black ink with a sentiment from an older stamp set I own from Sweet Stamp Shop.  I do not know exactly the age of the stamp, but I know I have had it for at least a couple years.  I trimmed the vellum and cut the ends in banner style.  I adhered the banner to the card using Glossy Accents.

Please join us in the challenge!  Then check back to the Retro Rubber Blog one week from this Sunday to learn the challenge winner!  I can't wait to see your creations!



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Retro Rubber Challenge Blog, time for challenge 50!!

Come join the crafty fun!  Right now, the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is hosting a photo color inspiration challenge.  Simply use a stamp one year old or older, and the chosen theme, and join us!

Here is the card I created using this challenge and the challenge graphic:







To create this card, I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a watercolor brush.  Taking watercolor paper in white, I "painted" using the inks and water.  I used several colors to mimic the graphic colors. Then I took a die, I believe it is from My Favorite Things, it has "stitching" and the "windows" shown.  I then took the cut out and applied it to a pre-made white invitation sized card.

Next, using a floral die set (again I believe it is from My Favorite Things) and black and white cardstock, I cut three floral images  I took pop dots and a rectangle that resulted from my original die-cutting of the window image, and placed the rectangle high on the card in the front center.  I stamped in black ink using a sentiment stamp that is from 2015 from Clearly Besotted, "Sentimental Type".  then, I added the floral diecuts in an overlapped style.  

The card is so simple to make.  I love color graphics like this one from Retro Rubber.  It is so inspiring for my crafting!  

Please join us in the challenge!  Then check back to the Retro Rubber Blog one week from this Sunday to learn the challenge winner!  I can't wait to see your creations!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Come join us! Retro Rubber challenge #49! Halloween!

Hi there!  Today it is time for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog's 49th challenge!  The theme this time involves using a theme of Halloween and a stamp one year old or older.  Too fun!  Here is the card that I created for this challenge and the theme challenge image:





To create this card, I took white cardstock and transformed it into an invitation sized card.  I trimmed and folded accordingly.  I rounded all four corners using my EK Success corner rounder.  Next, I added a sticker at the top from SRM Press.

Next I added some retro patterned paper that I love!  I added a small strip of black cardstock at the top of the patterned paper.  Using my Mini Misti and a stamp I bought at a craft show (Jean Arneson? 2013?). a few years ago I stamped in black ink onto white cardstock.  Using my Copic Markers I colored the image using colors that coordinated with my patterned paper.  Using Pop Dots I added this image to the card.  Then I restamped the image and cut off the cat's tail section and added that atop the original image for added dimension.  Again I used a Pop Dot.

I added a sentiment sticker from SRM, and two gems.  Then I added a small strip of black cardstock near the bottom and added a SRM rickrack style sticker.  Finally, I added a sticker from SRM matching the one at the top of the card.  

I love how vivid this card turned out!  Happy Halloween!

I'd love to see your creations for this challenge!  So come join the fun!  Visit the Retro Rubber Blog today, then revisit one week from this coming Sunday, to learn the challenge winner

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time for Retro Rubber Challenge #48! Let's have some fun!

Thanks for stopping by!  It is time for Retro Rubber Challenge Blog's 48th challenge!  The theme this time involves using lace, ribbon or twine and a stamp one year old or older.  Too fun!  Here is the card that I created for this challenge and the photo inspiration image:






I created a background card in red, invitation size.  I then added a slightly smaller piece of black cardstock to the front.  Then, I ran a stitching die over kraft cardstock, and added that to the card front.  Next, I added white cardstock to the top.  Then, I added a smaller piece of kraft to the front.  I placed a heart sticker on the upper right corner of the kraft.

Next, on white cardstock I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink using a stampe set I have from the Rubber Cafe dated 2013.  It is called "You've Stolen My Heart".  I used the cat stamp and teh sentiment.  I colored the cats using Copic Markers.  I colored the background with very light pink.  I tied American Crafts twine onto the front.  I added a heart sticker on the lower left.  After putting pop dots in all corner I added this top layer to the card.  

I'd love to see your creations for this challenge!  So come join the fun!  Visit the Retro Rubber Blog today, then revisit one week from this coming Sunday, to learn the challenge winner!