Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter Place Settings

Good morning everyone! It is Wendy here, with a project for place settings for Easter.

I modified a tutorial I did last easter for this one.

Cut a piece of double sided cardstock weight paper to 6x6". (I am using Basic Grey's new Kioshi line).

Round the four corners.

Score at 2" and at 4" Take your paper, turn it one turn, and score again at 2" and 4". You should have a tick tack toe pattern of scores, with nine squares.

Fold at your score lines, and cut from side of paper 2" to middle score lines on the top and on the bottom.

Fold it up, punch a small hole

secure with mini brad

cut a .75" strip from the same paper, and adhere to top

Color your Rubber Romance Image - this is Marcie Has Something to Say.

Cut out colored image and adhere to basket

Use stickers or stamps to name the basket for your place setting. At the brunch, I will fill this up with some easter "grass" and jelly beans or something like that.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Jan 10 Sketch Challenge

Phew. I'm way overdue to post our winner for this.
The winner is: Jodi H
Please send your address to rubberromance @ (no spaces) for your prize! Congrats!

Life is Sweet: Indulge

March 15-21 is National Chocolate Week. I bet you didn't know that, did you?  It's a great reason to indulge in some chocolaty sweetness- as if we needed one.  ;)  If you are looking for a calorie-free way to indulge, Rubber Romance has quite a few stamps that follow the theme.  Now is the perfect time to get them out and create some stampy goodness. 
For today's card I used the Diva Chef.  She is one of my favorite images ever.  She is holding a chocolate cake with a caramel topping.  YUMMY.   I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils and I paper-pieced her hat and cuffs with designer paper.  I kind of went a little crazy with the lay out, but I like how it turned out.  
Fun Facts About Chocolate
  • Chocolate is America's favorite flavor. A recent survey revealed that 52 percent of U.S. adults said they like chocolate best. The second favorite flavor was a tie (at 12 percent each) between berry flavors and vanilla.
  • U.S. chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the almonds produced in the United States and 25 percent of domestic peanuts.
  • U.S. chocolate manufacturers use about 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make chocolate.
  • Sixty-five percent of American chocolate eaters prefer milk chocolate.
  • The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature (98.6 degrees) — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
  • Older children are significantly more likely to prefer chocolate than younger children (59 percent of 9-11year-olds prefer chocolate vs. 46 percent of 6-8 year-olds), according to an NCA survey.

Hopefully I have inspired you to get out your Rubber Romance stamps and make a sweet, indulgent card.  Thanks for stopping by today- Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Making bookmark favors

A while back I shared how to make birthday goody bags from regular brown paper bags. I used these for my daughter's 7th birthday party. We filled it with all kinds of party favors including these "Girly Girl" bookmarks. The girls just loved them. They are so simple and fun to make too!Instructions:
1. Cut the base of the bookmark out of pattern paper. Mine measures 2 inches by 6 inches.
2. Cut a 2 inch piece of pattern paper and adhere this to the base.
2. Stamp the Rubber Romance "Girly Girl" stamp on a separate piece of cardstock, diecut, or pattern paper. I used half of a diecut from Scribble Scrabbles. Adhere this to the right side of the bookmark. It should just overlap the bottom piece of pattern paper.
3. Cut a couple of flowers out of pattern paper. You don't want these to be too bulky since it will be a bookmark. Adhere them just over the piece of paper with the stamped sentiment.
4. Take a pen and detail around the pieces of pattern paper and the flowers.
5. Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark and add some fibers. I used 2 colors that matched my pattern papers.
6. Add a touch of stickles to the flower center. I also brushed some over the stamped sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed this and give them a try sometime!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cutie Pie Frame

The Cutie Pie line from Rubber Romance is just perfect for creating baby gifts. I thought I'd share a quick gift idea with you. These frames are available at most craft stores. This one came from JoAnn fabrics and only cost a dollar! What a bargain.

I just gave it a few coats of black acrylic paint. The unfinished wood really drinks up the paint so it takes a few coats to cover well.

I stamped my image, this sweet little elephant from the Cutie Pie line, on white cardstock and added some shadowing with copic markers. Your can find these Cutie Pie stamps as well as other Rubber Romance stamps in the Etsy shop. I then stamped my image again on pink patterned paper from Making Memories. I cut out the patterned image.

I adhered the cut out elephant on top of the stamped one. Then I mounted the image on some nestability die cut ovals.

I added some ribbon trimmings. I layered some pale pink organdy and checked gingham ribbons. I used red line adhesive to hold the ribbon in place. Then I glued my image in place.

I personalized this frame using the Base Camp cartridge for the Cricut machine. You could easily use stickers or chipboard letters, too. And you can see in the finished photo at the top, I added some buttons just for fun.

This project came together quickly and makes such a nice personalized gift. You can easily coordinate with the colors in any nursery or room.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you are able to use this sweet little project idea.

Friday, March 5, 2010

window candy card

Good morning everyone. It's Wendy today, and I'm making a just because window card, to give a pick me up piece of candy to a special someone.

Cut cardstock to 6"x12" and score at 5 7/8" and 6 1/8"
Fold at scores. (I use a straight edge to ensure a crisp fold)

Using a circle cutter (this is CM), cut a circle from top left quadrant of front of card

Make another circle to act as a frame, and adhere. Adhere flower, and candy piece (mine is caramel).
Stamp and color your Rubber Romance image. Since the cardstock is flat, a straight color on the present may make the card a bit too flat.
To fix that problem, paper piece the present part. Stamp image again on two printed patterned papers, cut and adhere. Adhere to your card with pop dots. Anchor the entire image with two strips of paper going both sideways and upwards (I am using a paper frill).
The card is a bit top heavy, so it does not stand up well. But that's not going to matter to the recipient, who will eat the candy... :)