Sunday, December 17, 2017

Try a little flower power - Make a brooch

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with an idea to turn your beloved Rubber Dance stamps into a brooch you can take with you everywhere you go, now there's a good idea huh?!

I suggest you grab a warm cuppa as there are quite a few pictures to guide you through the process ;)

I used a wonderful flower from the Crazy Flowers 1 set and a piece of medium thickness Calico which can be bought pretty much anywhere and is not expensive.

I used black Archival ink to stamp directly onto the fabric, it's amazing what a clear image you can actually get.

Next step was to colour the flower with some yummy That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints. I chose these especially as they're quite translucent so will not cover up the flower design too much.

I stamped the inner part of the flower onto some red felt, cut it out and then sewed some white beads onto the circles already contained in the flower centre.

Once the beads were sewn onto the red felt, I then stitched it directly on top of the stamped image on the Calico. I also used black thread to sew around the inner part of the flower too.

I then decided I wanted to sew some blue beads on the outer petals as I was enjoying myself so much with the sewing by now.

Here's what it looked like after I finished sewing the blue beads on, taking shape nicely isn't it ;)

 I thought well why not outline the entire flower using black beads and that's exactly what I did.

So here's the image all beaded and stitched up and ready to go!

Next step was to give it a firmer backing so I took a piece of green felt and attached it to the flower by sewing around the Calico after I cut out the flower in a circular shape.

Here's what it looked like when I'd finished sewing the green felt backing on.

Hmmm, I thought it lacked a little something so I used some Prima Cord to dangle from the brooch. I sewed a brooch clip on the back of the flower so I could then use it to attach to anything I wanted. Once again these supplies are widely available, I usually use that fab online shop beginning with an E....

I decided to pin it to a fabric bag I have as the bag is quite plain so shows the colourful brooch off perfectly. I also added a little wooden bead I had in my stash to one of the dangling cords.

Oh and Fred loved it so much he has asked if I could make him one of a little fish or bird!!!

Since making this brooch I find I'm now addicted to stamping on Calico and making things using stamps as a template. I really hope I've inspired you to dig your stamps out and look at them in a different way as you can do so much with them. 
Also don't worry if you don't fancy sewing as you can achieve pretty much the same effect by gluing the beads on.

Hope you like it
Donna xx

Stamp Set Used:

Crazy Flowers 1

Friday, December 15, 2017

Our BIG December Challenge - Reminder

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne here today to remind you on our BIG December challenge! There are some awesome prizes "under the Christmas tree"!!!
You can choose to use our challenge colours OR just glitter, or a combination of the two. We welcome any kind of projects, as long as you have used stamps somewhere. Maybe you want to make some Christmas cards in these non-traditional colours? We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Stamp-Santa at Rubber Dance is feeling generous!
No matter if you've been naughty or nice, here are the prizes:

1st Prize, Random Draw: €50
2nd Prize, DT Fave: €25
Bibi and I are sharing one inspiration for each theme today! Bibi created this wonderful bright and happy tulip card with our Crazy Flowers #1 stamps and Distress Oxide Inks! She used our December colour scheme.

My card is a traditional Chrismas card with a glittered sentiment. I used the Whimsical Winter Stamps together with Distress Inks and Embossing Powder.

Click here to jump directly to our challenge post!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Scene - Art Journal Page Tutorial

Hello Everyone,
Shilpa here,

I am sharing this Winter Art Journal Page created with 2 Rubber Dance Stamps stes- Frosty Friends and Textured Houses.

To start with I stamped houses with black archival ink and colored them with watercolors.

I fussy cut them so I can adhere them on journal page.

To create the snow, I applied Modelling paste and sprinkled glass glitter on it.

When modelling paste dried completely, I used watercolors again to create blue/grey hues in the scene. I also stamped snowflakes randomly on the page with archival ink.

On another watercolor paper, I stamped this cute snowman and colored him with watercolors!!

Happy Winter sentiment is also from Frosty friends stamp set.

I enjoyed playing with these super cute house images and watercolors!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
See you in New Year!!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Christmas Flip Flop Book

Good morning and happy Sunday. It's Sue here and I'm happy to be sharing another Christmas project with you, a flip-flop book.

We've recently had a new release of fabulous, fun, Winter/Christmas stamps, so I was keen to try them out, and there's also some old favourites in here too.

I've made a pre-cut flip-flop book before, but never one from scratch. I started with a piece of A3 black card and drew it out. All of the squares are 3.5 inches (I've very old school, non of this metric mullarkey) This was the largest I could get on the card and still have an easy to see measurement. I then cut this out with my old Fiskars trimmer.

For my first layer I cut 10 pieces of blue patterned paper and gessoed the edges. These are all 3.25 inches

Then I cut 10 pieces of watercolour card into 3 inch squares. That's it now, no more measuring thank goodness!

Now for the fun part! I stamped the images from Whimsical Winter, Playful Penguins, and Frosty Friends onto the white card with Momento, and Archival inks, as I knew I wanted to water colour them and I didn't want the ink to run.

They've all been coloured with watercolour and sparkle pens, and then glittered to within an inch of their lives - well it is Christmas!

Then they've been sewn down onto the backing sheet, and some Tim Holtz Christmas stickers added.

Now it's just a question of sticking them all down!

Trying to keep them all straight and even. The cord has also been stuck down to tie it all together at the end.

So now it flips....

And it flops!

And it all ties up! If I make another one I would cut the inside layers a little shorter just to make it easier on the creases.

Don't forget this challenge is running until the end of December, 
so please join in.

All of the fab stamps can be found here.

I hope that you like my flip-flop book, and that you have a very Merry Christmas. See you again in the new year xx

Rubber Dance Stamps Used

Other 'Stuff'
A3 black card
Patterned paper
Watercolour card
Archival inks
Watercolour pens
Sparkle pens
Tim Holtz sticker
Butchers twine

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Christmas cards with poinsettias made out of stamped leaves


It´s Melina here today with some Christmas card inspiration.
Can you believe it´s soon Christmas!? I can´t...

Here´s what I did:
I used the leave stamps from Crazy Flowers #1 and Crazy Flowers #2.
I stamped them and heat embossed the images using both silver and gold embossing powder.
Then I had some serious fussy cutting to do!

I punched out three small circles as a base for the flowers and started to glue the leaves 
down in layers, going from the bigges to the smallest in the middle. I finally glued some mini beads in the center and splashed some white paint onto my poinsettias.

Here are my finished cards.

Rubber Dance stamps used:

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Melina