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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Mindy's Box

For grandchildren, us Nana's go the extra mile to make birthday gifts for them.  Actually, these covered wooden boxes really didn't take that much time to make with a hot glue gun and the wonderful supplies from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.  

This is a 8x8" wooden box is covered with the stunning Stamperia Flower Alphabet paper with the gorgeous 

Prima Marketing - Frank Garcia - Memory Hardware Resin Frames - Vincennes Regal Frame that I colored with pastel Copic Markers.  The beautiful sentiment inside the frame is also in the Stamperia Flower Alphabet paper pad that I cut out and glued behind the frame.

No shabby chic project goes without adding the gorgeous Venise Lace, rhinestone or pearls.


I used these gorgeous two sheets from the Stamperia Flower Alphabet paper pad collection to cover this wooden box using Prima Marketing Memory Hardware Artisan two-sided adhesive 1" tape and a hot glue gun.  I added some NUVO Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen on the sentiment and the flowers to make this stand out more.  You will really love the NUVO Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen for most of your cards and projects.  It is a light shimmer that is just beautiful and easy to apply.
The beautiful floral alphabet was cut out and glued on the front side of the box with the lace glued with a hot glue gun and the Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull.
I added some pink 10mm Wild Orchid Craft roses on the lace.  The Rubber Buggy has a variety of flowers in different sizes for your projects and cards.  

I made my flowers using the beautiful LeCrea Design Pink/Red Flower Foam.  
I added small rhinestones in various places on the front to make the shabby chic look stand out a little bit more.  

Venise Lace

So I hope I have inspired you to get started on making your foam flowers and using the Stamperia products.   You can purchase the Stamperia papers from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Mother's Day Cards

As the time comes to celebrate mothers around the country, send a Happy Mother’s Day card personalized for your daughter and daughter-in-law to show your them how much they means to you.  These wonder mothers laugh with our grandchildren to the way she kisses away their pain and always been an amazing parent. This year, use the perfect Happy Mother’s Day sentiment on your card  for your daughter and daughter-in-law to tell her how proud you are of her and how much you love her. With a Happy Mother’s Day card and gift for them, you can make this the best celebration ever!

The Rubber Buggy on-line store has all of the name-brand supplies that you will need to make your Mother's Day card so special with that WOW from your daughter and daughter-in-law.

The Rubber Buggy was able to get this gorgeous LemonCraft New House of Roses paper back into their store again.  Supplies won't last long since this is such a gorgeous paper collection with many vintage/shabby chic paper pattern pages with 36 paper sheets, 2 pieces per design in the paper pad.  
LemonCraft New House of Roses


For both cards, I typed the sentiment and printed it out and glued it behind a decorative frame cut out with metallic gold card stock.  I tore on a sheet of the LemonCraft New House of Roses and glued on top of another patterned paper in this collection.  I sponged on the Tim Holtz Distress Antique Linen ink around the edges of the papers, banners and  the Heartfelt Creations Fleur Border Basic Die Set  (shown on the above card) to give it a vintage/shabby chic appearance.  I added a vintage lace die cut and glued around the edges of the card.  I added some flat back string of pearls to most of my cards like these for that shabby chic look.
Jim Holtz Distress Antique Linen Ink
Heartfelt Creations Fleur Border Basic Die Set
Wild Craft Flowers
LemonCraft New House of Roses
Don't forget the flowers and The Rubber Buggy carries a huge selections of  Wild Craft Flowers and leaves for your cards and projects.  I like cutting up small piecea of cheese clothe and white feathers before using a hot glue gun to glue my flowers to the card.  


If you have already made those Mother's Day card, don't forget that in June is Father's Day for your son or son-in-law.  I will be creating these masculine cards soon for you with all the supplies and products from The Rubber Buggy.  My cards and projects are always posted on Saturday.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

I hope I have inspired you to use the gorgeous collection of the LemonCraft New House of Roses.   You can purchase this from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team




Saturday, May 5, 2018

Doggie Card

So much fun making cards and projects with 

 The Rubber Buggy has these adorable Wild Rose Studio stamps, papers and dies in stock and better buy yours right away before they are sold out.
  I used both the Wild Rose Studio Dogs in Pots and Wild Rose Studio Cats in The Garden with the Wild Rose Studio Bella's Birthday paper on this card.  I cut out a variety patterned paper from this paper pad in two inch scallop squares for the background.  I stamped the Wild Rose Studio Dogs in Pots on white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers, and cut the stamped image using the Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval die set.

I cut out the daisies using the smallest flower in the Tattered Lace Floral Layers Echinacea Flower die set with LeCrea foam flower sheets.  I colored the center of each flower using the magenta color in the Prima Marketing Prima Soft Oil Pastel crayon, glued two flowers together and glued yellow Flower Soft in the center of each daisy.  The sentiment is found in the adorable Wild Rose Studio Cats in Garden stamp set.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out with a scallop circle die set.

I added some pearls close to the butterfly and added a butterfly next to the dailies.  I made a bow from white seam binding and used a hot glue gun to glue the bow and daisies onto the card.


Wild Rose Studio Cats in The Garden
Wild Rose Studio Dogs in Pots
Wild Rose Studio Bella's Birthday Paper Pack
Tattered Lace Floral Layers Echinacea Flower Set

Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval Die Set
Prima Marketing-Prima Soft Oil Pastels
LeCrea Design Flower Foam Sheets


So I hope I have inspired you to get started on making your cards using the Wild Rose Studio stamps, papers and die sets.   You can purchase this from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team




Friday, May 4, 2018

Foam Flower Tutorial 101

Beginner's Guide to Foam Flowers 
Part 1# Basic Tools, Coloring and Introduction to Shaping Foam Petals 

In Part #1,  I will be demonstrating the basic tool, color techniques and basic shaping of foam flower petals for beginners.  

Part #2 tutorial will be how to make these flowers shown below.  These are some of the flowers that I made using the foam flower sheets from the LeCrea Designs foam for flowers purchased from The Rubber Buggy.  




Basic Tools for Foam Flowers
Iron Hot Glue Gun   
  1. Optional of different products to color foam petals and leaves:  Oil Pastels, Ink, PanPastels, Chalk 
  2. Scissors or Dies 
  3. Optional:  Very Soft Foam/sponge pad to use a ball stylus tool in shaping some petals 
  4. Optional: Large and Small Ball Stylus Tool
  5. LeCrea Design Foam for Flowers, Foamiran, or Silk Foam
Iron:  I love this little iron made by Darice that is for crafts like using for foam flowers.  It was only around $9.00 and ordered it through Amazon.  It has three settings and I use the medium hot setting for shaping my foam flowers.  When I put the petal on the iron, I count to 10 and then I am ready to roll it in my fingers, until I feel that the foam is really thin like a flower petal.  Unfold the flower and shape each petal.  I tried other glues like super glue or nail glue and didn't prefer this since I get a tiny amount of glue on my fingers and when I touch the foam, the foam sticks to my fingers and tears apart when trying to get the foam off of my fingers.

Hot Glue Gun:  I am using a hot glue gun with two settings.  When the hot glue gun gets too hot for me to handle, I reset it on low and this works well without burning my fingers.

Large and Small Ball Stylus Tool and Soft Foam Pad:  Not that many people who do foam flowers use a ball stylus tool but I found it very useful to shape the ends of my petals and some of my small flowers on a soft foam pad.  I will be demonstrating this later in this tutorial.

Colors to use on foam:  There are a variety of ways to use to color the foam flowers especially when you want the flowers to look more real.  I have used a variety of products but like the
Prima Marketing Soft Oil Pastels and PanPastels.  Many people apply the oil pastels first on a sponge but I just apply the oil pastels right on the foam.  When you start ironing the foam and rolling it, the colors will blend through the petal.

Foam:  Flower foam comes in different thickness of foam 0.8mm or 0.6mm thick which look a bit like paper, easy to shape when warm and silk foam which is very thin. This foam, LeCrea Designs for Foam Flowers,  a special kind of foam dedicated to flower making.  You can buy foam in many colors but I use white almost all the time for my flowers and green for the leaves.  I use the Prima Marketing Soft Oil Pastels to color most of my flower petals.



Examples of Dies and Basic Flower Template

I  use dies often for my foam flowers but have cut petals with scissors using a template that is shown below.  When using scissors, I cut about 4 petals at once. The best part is that these can be die cut with your Big shot machine or any other die cutting machine.

The Rubber Buggy carries beautiful Heartfelt Creations flower dies.  If this is the first time you are making foam flowers, easier to use the largest flower die from one of these die sets.
Heartfelt Creation Large Sweet Peony die set

Using a well-know basic petal template is to cut the square pieces from heavy cardstock to form your template for the petals especially for roses
Cut the three edges of square pieces in curve shape to give them petal shapes.

How to make the basic foam flowers - Also on U-Tube shown below
1. Cut out or die cut the flowers
2. Put on the medium hot iron, turn the steam off.
3. After count of 10, release from the iron fold and roll in your fingers until you feel that
the foam is really thin like a paper.
4. Unfold the flower and shape each petal using your fingers and occasionally the large ball stylus tool. 
5. For one flower you may use 2-3 layers of petals, stick them together with hot glue
6. Make a hole in the middle, put stamens through with a crochet needle and secure on the bottom of the flower  or inside with hot glue.

1.  Introduction to Basic Foam Flower Coloring and Shaping Flower Petals
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzc8Bk4cw6c 
by Nancy Hill

2.  Making Foam Flower Stamens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yum02DWtzk 
by Nancy Hill


In the next tutorial in June, I will be demonstrating how to make peonies from the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony die set made with the LeCrea Foam Sheets for Foam Flowers.  Also, I will have a tutorial for how I made my foam roses.

So I hope I have inspired you to get started on making your foam flowers  You can purchase this products from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team








Saturday, April 28, 2018

Halee's Box

It is the time of year that both sides of our family have birthdays. The Rubber Buggy on-line store has your Stamperia collection of paper pads that contain ten sheets of 12x12 sheets of double sided paper, each with a different designs.  

I love how I can personalize my projects with this gorgeous Stamperia Alphabet Flower papers in this pad that captures the beauty and tranquility of shabby chic or vintage handmade cards, mini albums, journals, and scrapbook pages along with unaltered projects like covering my wooden box that will be filled with  chocolates, card and a gift certificate.  This Stamperia Alphabet Flower paper pad has gorgeous tags, bookmarker, note pads and alphabet squares in this paper pad.  
Stamperia Alphabet Flower
This gorgeous paper with the bookmarkers and note pads are in the Stamperia Alphabet Flower paper pad.  Look at all of the variety of flowers and nature on this paper.

Venise Lace - 1.75 wide White
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
The Rubber Buggy carries a variety of Venise Lace.  I used the white Venise Lace.  The Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull handle was painted in areas with white gesso from The Rubber Buggy to give it more of a style of vintage and Shabby Chic.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere the lace and handle on the box.

Below photos, I used pink and white foam sheets along with Heartfelt Creations Large Peony and Heartfelt Creations flowers dies and not any stamps to make these handmade flowers.  I lightly added Prima Marketing Prima Soft Oil Pastel crayon magenta along the edges of some of the petals before shaping these petals.  Some people use a sponge for a dried up diaper sheet to apply the soft oil pastels on each petal but that didn't work for me.  I just like applying it lightly around the petals with the Prima Soft Oil Pastel crayons. Don't worry if you get a line or more since the colors will be smooth when you start putting each petal on an iron on medium for about ten seconds and then start shaping the petals. 

Heartfelt Creations Large Sweet Peony Die Set
Heartfelt Creations Berry Blossom Die Set
Prima Marketing Soft Oil Pastels
LeCrea Flower Foam

Heartfelt Creations Bridal Bouquet Small Stamen
Note:  Also, I don't use a stamp but just the die for my petals.  The Rubber Buggy sells each of these items to make foam flowers along with the Heartfelt Creations Bridal small stamen.  Rather than buying stamens in different colors, I like using Copic Markers or just regular inks to color the stamens.  It doesn't take much time and you can rub several stamens on an ink pad at once.  I poke a hole in the center of my flower and use a crochet needle to pull the stamen through the flower and use a hot glue gun on the back of the flower to adhere it.  

So I hope I have inspired you to get started on making your foam flowers and using the Stamperia products.   You can purchase these dies and Stamperia papers from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team






Friday, April 27, 2018

Lemon Craft Violet Silence Envelope

 Welcome back and wanted to share an envelope and card that I made using the Lemon Craft Violet Silence collection of papers purchased from The Rubber Buggy.   Isn't the paper collection from Lemon Craft Violet Silence just so stunning?  I am using the Lemon Craft butterflies on several of my cards and projects.  Plus the flowers and stamped sentiment always looks more wonderful using the NUVO Aqua Glitter Gloss Pen.  I use this pen somewhere on all of my projects and cards.  It provides just enough glitter to highlight where you use it.  

I used basic heavy weight card stock for the base and glued the Lemon Craft Violet Silence paper to the front.  Here is one of my tutorial HERE that will help you make your envelope.



The number 16 for the age is a free die in the Tattered Lace #3 Magazine.  I use this free die of alphabets and numbers often and the size is perfect for many of my projects and cards.  My friends borrow this die often since they like it so much.  


I ran out of time to make my flowers and used the beautiful Wild Orchid Craft flowers from The Rubber Buggy on-line store. 
Since I have a grand daughter turning 16, I personalized it by adding the 16 to the front of the envelope and adding a typed/printed card glued to the purple paper found in the Lemon Craft Violent Silence paper pack. 

The beautiful white border on the envelope is from the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Border die set and the beautiful sentiment is from the Heartfelt Creations Small Petunia stamp set. 


The stamped scrolls on each corner is from the Wild Rose Studio Bella Party #2 stamp collection in which you will be seeing one of these stamps from this collection in many of my card in the near future since I just got it.  Look at the adorable butterflies flying around with the Happy Birthday banner.  
Wild Rose Studio Bella Party #2 Stamp Set
So I hope I have inspired you to make a card with the gorgeous Lemon Craft Violet Silence paper collection and other craft dies, stamps and supplies from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.
Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wild Rose Studio Duckie

 Springtime is showing up at times in the Northwest and soon there will be young duckling in our pond on the farm.  
The Rubber Buggy on-line store just got in several new Wild Rose Studio stamps and I love the two Wild Rose Studio stamps sets on my card called Wild Rose Studio Little Duck along with the very versatile stamp set called Wild Rose Studio Bella's Party 2 that included the stamp with the butterflies holding the Happy Birthday banner.  


The card measures 7" x 8".  I colored the duck with PanPastels and Copic Markers. I added a tiny bow and glued a tiny heart shaped pearl.   The patterned paper behind the image is from the Heartfelt Creations Celebrate The Seasons paper collection.  I used 1/8" wide Scor-Tape to adhere the 3mm flat back string of pearls around the image and inside near the duck.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere each layer of this card besides some glue. I love Scor-Tape on  variety of projects because I can lift the Scor-Tape off to reposition it and the tape remains sticky.  I don't lift it off of most paper to do this but objects like adhering bows, pearls and flowers.   The Rubber Buggy carries a variety of widths of Scor-Tape.  
Wild Rose Studio Bella's Party #2 stamp set
Wild Rose Studio Little Duck stamp
 
I die cut 6 of the small Tattered Lace Echinacea flowers with white cardstock using the smallest die in this set and glued two flowers together after using my fingers to bend each petal.  I added
US Artquest Mini Prills - You Had Me At Yellow in the center of the small flowers and for the large Echinacea flower, I took a large flat back pearl and glued prills on it before gluing it in the center of this flower.  I cut out a butterfly with white cardstock and glued it behind the large flower. 


Tattered Lace Floral Layer Echinacea Die Set

So I hope I have inspired you to make a card with the adorable Wild Rose Studio stamp sets along with the gorgeous Tattered Lace Floral Layer Echinacea die set.   You can purchase these dies and supplies from The Rubber Buggy on-line store.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team