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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Steampuck Journal

Welcome and sharing my first handmade vintage steampuck handmade journal for my older grandson's birthday.  If this is your first time working with the steam puck theme, you are not alone.  I am learning from each project of what I will do different for the next one.
If you are looking for vintage parts for your vintage steam puck projects, The Rubber Buggy on-line store carries the supplies you will need from Prima Marketing, Tim Holtz, etc.  I also went to the hand ware store for a few more trinkets like the hinges to add besides adding the burlap to the side of the journal.  Occasionally, I pick up junk jewelry at thrift stores to add to my vintage projects like this blue stone and chain.  


Ciao Bella Codex Leonardo 
I started with the gorgeous Ciao Bella Codex Leonardo cardstock and used the Prima Marketing double sided-self adhesive 1" wide tape over a brown leathered journal.  I used a brush to apply gesso to coat the paper for the colored inks and paste for the stenciling. I purchased the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials  This gessos comes  in three tubes of black, white and clear.  I used the black gesso on the stencil and let dry and then colored it with a little bit of Prima Marketing Rich Copper wax.  I selected the gears, handle and parts and took an evening on arranging how I will arrange this on this cover besides looking on google and Pinterest on how other people did their steam puck crafts before gluing it together.

Like I mentioned before in my first mixed media project, I really love the Prima Marketing Metallique Wax - Rich Copper and Prima Marketing Metallique Wax White Gold because of the metallic shimmer on the gears.  I used my fingers to apply this on the gears and the wax dries very slow so you can add or smear off what you don't want.  I added dabbed with a brush different colors of the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste - Metal Rust.  These jars have a sandy texture which brings out the rust effect on the trinkets. 

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste - Metal Rust



Products used 
Tim Holtz Timeless Clock Faces

I hope I have inspired you try out these mixed media products that are available at The Rubber Buggy on-line store.  My cards and projects are always posted on Saturday.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team




Saturday, June 9, 2018

Father's Day Card to Husband

 Welcome nd Nancy Hill, Design Team for The Rubber Buggy.  Father's Day is June 17th and I like to make cards for my sons and husband.  I am not going into detail on how to make this since this is my first mix media card one and still learning.  My goal was to make it as rustic as possible since we live on a farm and lots of rustic farm equipment around.   I looked at numerous tutorials and examples to learn a few techniques on how to use mix media supplies and how others layered some of their cards with gears and clocks.

I cut out the top left section of the Ciao Bella Leonardo rice paper and sprayed the back with adhesive spray to adhere to a sheet of red/brown cardstock.  The embossed paper behind it was embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder.


Ciao Bella Leonardo Rice Paper

What I did learn is the love of certain products that will get you started with mix media.  First - the need for gesso to coat the paper for the colored inks and paste. I purchased the Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Basics Mixed Media Essentials  Gessos that comes black, white and clear.  This will be step one in coating the paper before adding the different colored paste and inks.  


The Prima Marketing Metallique Wax are so beautiful when applied to these gears and clocks and easy to apply as well as wipe off before the ink dries. This wax reminds me of applying the old shoe polish.   I especially love the Prima Marketing Rich Copper with the White Gold since it adds just enough sheen to the gears and background paper to give it nice rustic and metallic look.  
 I added the different colors of the 

Prima Marketing Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste - Metal Rust except for the green this time.  These jars have a sandy texture which brings out the rust effect on the gears, nuts, and watches.  I just use a brush to dab on some of these colors on these metal embellishments.


Products used 
Tim Holtz Timeless Clock Faces
Tim Holtz Mini Pocket Watches
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal Embossing Folder

I hope I have inspired you try out these mixed media products that are available at The Rubber Buggy on-line store.  My cards and projects are always posted on Saturday.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team






Saturday, June 2, 2018

Anniversary Card

I am excited to share with you my son and daughter-in-laws first anniversary card.  I made this easel card that measures 6" square when folded.  

I used the Heartfelt Creations Classic Wedding paper along with the gorgeous Heartfelt Creations Decorative Medallion die set.   I handmade the roses using the gorgeous peach foamiran from Scrap and Craft with the Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose die set.  I cut out the leaves using gold metallic cardstock with this die set.  This time, I learned to use my fingers to shape the petals without using the iron since the petals were so small.  This card wouldn't be complete without the gorgeous Venise lace.  
Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose die

I found an old wedding bouquet at a thrift store and cut some of the applique and pearl and used a hot glue gun to apply the applique and pearls on the back of the handmade roses.  I also added a coral feather behind the rose.   


I cut out both of the Heartfelt Creations Decorative Medallion dies 
with white cardstock and cut out  other background die with gold metallic cardstock. This die set included dies to cut a background behind the decorative dies.  

I used an ole Spellbinder heart set for the picture and glued a string of pearls around it.  Tip:  The string of pearls are attached with two strings.  If you snip the outside string about ever other pearl, the string can be glued around the heart much better.  
Other supplies:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baroque Frames

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Stamp Set #2
Spellbinder Shape-ability Lace Heart Set


I used the Zephyr foam peach to make my flowers from Scrap and Craft and entering the Scrap and Craft June Challenge - DIY Flowers., 

I hope I have inspired you to make your next anniversary or wedding card.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!


Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kitty Card

Welcome back and Nancy Hill, Design Team for The Rubber Buggy.  I am excited to share my card with you using the adorable Wild Rose Studio stamps sets:  Wild Rose Studio Cats In the Garden with the Wild Rose Studio Bella Party #2.  All of these wonderful stamps and supplies are available at The Rubber Buggy on-line craft store.  

I colored this picture with Copic Markers and added the wonderful NUVO Glitter pen in different places to bring out water can and sign.  I love the NUVO Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen with the clear liquid shimmering glitter that flows evenly and slowly out of  the brush. 
    
Take a look of these adorable Wild Rose Studio stamp sets and imagine all of the different occasions you can use this on your cards and projects.  I just love the fonts and sentiments besides the adorable animals in these sets.  Make sure to see the other Wild Rose Studio stamps and die sets that are available at The Rubber Buggy.

Wild Rose Studio Cats In the Garden 
Wild Rose Studio Bella Party #2
NUVO Shimmer Glitter Gloss


I hope I have inspired you to use these adorable Wild Rose stamp sets that are available at The Rubber Buggy on-line store.  My cards and projects are always posted on Saturday.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

Nancy Hill
The Rubber Buggy Design Team



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