Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Textured Flowers & StarTrish Design Canvas

Hello stampers, Craftyfield here with a larger than usual project.

When I saw Bibi's collab projects (here and here) with Trish Latimer's StarTrish Design stamps and her own Textured Flowers I was tickled... I had already decided that these designs belonged together and was planning a piece of my own. So this is my contribution to this collaboration!

The background is inspired by Trish's process, although obviously I made it my own with "my" colours, motifs and foreground scene! My substrate is a humble box lid, but it is canvas size at 28 x 32 cms (11 x 12 1/2 inches) and will be in constant use during my crafting hours as it will hold some of my stash...


I smeared the paints in layers over some White Tinting base, using a brayer first and my fingers at the end.

The stencilling and lid printing was also done with acrylic paints whilst the stamping has all been done with Archival ink.

Finally I edged the "canvas" with black Brilliance ink.

  • DecoArt: White tinting base, Primary Cyan, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Violet
  • Paper Artsy: Yellow Submarine and Nougat Frescos
  • Sequin waste (small and large),
  • Harlequin die-cut Tim Holtz Mixed Media die set
  • Memory Box Piestra tile die cut .
Rubber Stamps: all by Rubber Dance
Other:  Wow embossing powder in Grape, various lids and credit cards as mark making tools.


The "Girl with flower" (my name for her) is a digital image by Trish Latimer, available in the August issue of Craft Stamper. I printed it on standard cardstock, thin enough to go through the printer, and coloured it with alcohol pens. After sticking my girl down I smudged a bit of black pencil around her.

The Textured Flowers were first stamped directly on the lid and then on cardstock to be coloured and fussy cut. The blue one has had its centre replaced by a face from the Collage Mix plate.

Finally, after 3 previous unsuccessful attempts using various methods, I hand lettered my sentiment with a pen nib and India ink.

I do hope you will like LOVE my project, but please do leave a comment to tell me what you think, below or on my blog!

Many thanks to Bibi for having me here today, it's always a pleasure as well as an honour to grace this wonderful blog!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Interview with DT Member Susanne

Name: Susanne Rose
Location: Bayern, Germany

How long have you been stamping and what made you start?
I've been stamping for 2-3 years now. I started because I wanted to create stamped polymer clay jewellry. This brought me to cardmaking and scrapbooking. After I became a guest designer for Rubber Dance my passion for stamps started growing fast.

How do you improve your skills and/or learn new techniques? 
I learned lots of techniques on YouTube and by experimenting by myself.

How would you describe your style?
I'd say my style is totally mixed media and very colourful.

What do you make the most often? 
I LOVE to make tags and cards. I work in my art journal to find ideas for canvases. I also love creating mini albums to put in family photos. As I don't share private things on the internet I rarely show these.

Which materials/products do you frequently use?
Stamps, acrylic paints, ink, markers, my Gelli Plates, dies and stencils.

How often do you make something? 
I create nearly every day. Instead of watching TV I'm sitting at my craft table and play.

Where do you buy the supplies you need?
I am from Germany and my favourite online shops are:
Rubber Dance (as the international shipping is free on orders over €35)
Are there any particular stampers you would like to meet? 
There are so many awesome artists, so this is too hard to decide.
But I'd really like to meet my Teamies as we share the same passion!

I've been a member on the Rubber Dance Design team since August 2014. First I started as a guest designer and became a full member in Feb. 2015. What I like the most about being part of the team is that it is a very friendly and uncomplicated team. I'm feeling like home at Rubber Dance because all my stamping skills grew in this group.

Wish you all a wonderful and creative day!

Hugs, Susanne!

Here are some of the things I have made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

 Autumn Paper Lantern

 Art Journal Page

 Journal Cards

Cards with the Textured Flowers
Card with the Cozy Christmas and Frosty Friends Sets

Friday, August 19, 2016

Flowers and recycling

Hello and welcome, it's DT-member Anita here today.

Today I thought to show a little recycling. As I wrote in the interview - which was published both here and in the Scandinavian-language blog, I like to recycle. For example a used coffee cup from the petrol station, or a nut box, and then you make a completely different design on this.

Here is what I've done:

Susanne Rose, who is also a Design Team member at Rubber Dance, has designed these amazing stylish flowers.  They called Textured Flowers and you can find them in Rubber Dance online store here.  I just love these!  They can be used for any project.  Even a recycling project.

Here I will show you step by step, both how they looked before I started the whole process, up to the final and (I think) great result.

 I started here

I added gesso

Then I used Lindy's sprays in Baby Blue Eyes Aqua and Creme Brulee Cream colours. Too bad the camera failed to capture the stunning shimmer.

After it was dry, I used my finger to smear the whole cup with Distress Micro Glaze. This is to "seal" the spray to prevent color begins to flow if the cup get wet.

After the Micro Glaze was dry I stamped these gorgeous flowers around with Archival ink in the colors purple, brown, blue, green, red, yellow and orange.  I also used the leaves and the doodles a bit randomly.

Then it was the nut box's turn :-)

At the start

I tore off the outer paper and then it looks like this.

I primed it with gesso

Then I brought out all my yummie Dylusions Paint I have in my collection.  I just have to say - Dylusions paint is absolutely fantastic!  They are so colorful and delicious to work with.  The result is always perfect.

So I used my finger and painted little spots here and there around the Box.

Dried and continued painting with other colors in the blank areas

Then I used diluted gesso just to mute the colors slightly.

Then I bring out some Distress Markers and the distress marker spritzer tool and made lots and lots of little dots of different colors around the entire box.

I also used a Posca Pen for white dots

When it was all dry I stamped the flowers at random around the box with black Archival Ink

Now the box was dried, I could fill it with my delicious and healthy (?!) Fruits (fruit is healthy, I've been told) Skittles :-)

Close ups of details

What do you think? I have the box with Skittles standing on my craft table. I think it was so beautiful. Loooooots of color and life.

Hope you were inspired by this to recycle something yourself.  All the stamps I have used on these projects can of course be bought at the Rubber Dance online store.

Thanks for stopping by! I wish you a wonderful, colorful and creative day.

Hugs, Anita

CASology Challenge #211: Dream - 2nd Card by Bibi

Here's my second entry for this week's challenge at CASology. I guess this card won't make much sense if you're not familiar with Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Dream Within a Dream", so I'll post it below my photo.

My my first card for this challenge was inspired by the same poem, and one thing led to another:

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow -
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand -
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep - while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?
                   - Edgar Allan Poe

When I was around 18, the German band Propaganda used Poe's poem in one of their songs. 

I'm entering my card to this challenge:

Thanks for looking!


All the stamps on my card are from Rubber Dance:
Face - Collage Mix (stamped with Jet Black Archival ink + Distress ink - broken china)
Dream - Affirmations (same inks as above)
Kiss - Envelope Stamps (stamped with Distress ink - picked raspberry)

Edited August 23rd: My card was choosen as one of the honorable mentions at CASology!!! 
Thank you so much!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

CASology Challenge #211: Dream - Card by Bibi

Hi everyone! When I saw that this week's cue word at CASology was DREAM, I immediately thought of Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "Dream Within a Dream" - so that's what I wanted to make. As you can see, I ended up making a dream within a dream within a dream:

I used the stamp 'dream' from Affirmations for the horizontal word, then cut the stamp apart so I could spell 'dream' vertically as well. The small 'dream' stamp is from the same set. The letters are painted with ink from Distress Spray Stain - picked raspberry - in different hues.
Using only black & white + one more colour happens to be the challenge here at Rubber Dance this month, so I'm entering my card to both:

Thanks for looking! :-D


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Interview with DT member Anita

Name: Anita Sæløen, also known as Niti
Location: Bergen, Norway

How long have you been stamping and what made you start?
WelI, I think I began stamping three/four years ago. What started it all was that I was home sick and bored. I thought I'd like a cool hobby and I'm not exactly a knitting and crochet kind of girl .... :-)  So I was surfing around a bit on the internet, including Youtube, when I suddenly discovered Dyan Reavley.  I was totally fascinated by her both as a person and by what she makes.
That is how it all began.

How do you improve your skills and/or learn new techniques? 
I develop myself and learn new techniques by taking courses, watching youtube and watching some of all the great tutorial that can be found around blogland. Right now I'm taking three (!) online courses with Tim Holtz called Creative Chemistry 101, 102 & 103. They are incredibly informative and inspiring. I also learn a lot from the other Rubber Dance DT members, and of course I learn a lot by sitting in my creative room and just trying new techniques, colours and stamps.

How would you describe your style?
That's a good question.  I think my style is a little crazy, colourful, messy, whimsical and inky.... phew :)  I love Mixed Media Art.  That's me.  Mix everything together and finally create unique art.

What do you make the most often? 
I must admit that I like to play in my Art Journals, but I'm also very fond of manilla tags and canvases of course.  Sometimes I even make cards and ATC's.  And recycling, taking old paper bags, nut cans or coffee cups and making them completely different and unique.

Which materials/products do you frequently use?
I use almost always gesso.  The only time I don't use gesso is if I use my Dylusions Ink Sprays.  I use Archival Ink when I stamp images for coloring.  Also I use stamps - loads of stamps, both the background and the main subject.  I also use stencils regularly.

How often do you make something? 
Well, it all depends on my condition and whether there is time to create something.  With a three year old in the house there isn't always time and space for a mother to be creative :-)  I may start a lot, but do not get time to finish, so maybe an average of three-four times a week.

Where do you buy the supplies you need?
I shop at Rubber Dance - obviously!  I also shop at Hjerteboden, HobbyKunst Norge and Bikuben.

Are there any particular stampers you would like to meet? 
Yes, I have all the time - since I got this passion, dreamed of meeting Dyan Reaveley and Tim Holtz.  There are many great artists out there, but these two are my absolute favorites.  Actually, in September, half my dream will be fulfilled - I'm going on a two-day course with the Lady her self - Lady Dy (Dyan Reaveley), and I'm excited as a little child!
I must admit that I am very fascinated and have been very inspired by Helen Allen, Marta Lapkowska, Tracy Scott and Karen Haysleden, but I'm unsure if they can be called stampers. I would love to meet them too.
And I have a dream to meet the others on the Rubber Dance DT team!  I've been lucky to meet the big boss, Bibi That was really nice!  I had a tour of her workshop where she makes the most amazing stamps and we drank coffee and talked.  A very nice meeting which I would gladly repeat several times.

I have been a member of the Rubber Dance Design Team since August 1, 2015 and what I like the most about being on this team is that it is the best team ever and the world's best boss!  Everyone is very good at encouraging and providing positive feedback, and all are incredibly talented artists that I get a lot of inspiration from and not least tips and ideas.
You can call me a very proud member of Rubber Dance Design Team!

Wish you all a wonderful and creative day!

Hugs, Anita

Here are some of the things I have made with stamps from Rubber Dance:

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tag For a Man in Blue

Hi.  Susan from the DT here.  I wanted to make a tag for the man in my life.  He is fond of blue and so it fits the Rubber Dance challenge theme of this month!

First I put black acrylic paint on my craft sheet and gave my # 8 tag the first layer with my brayer, then blue and white until I was satisfied. I stamped the edges with the sewing machine stitches stamp and black archival ink.  It looked pretty good.  I embossed the tag with a texture folder from Spellbinders. The butterflies are stamped with chipped sapphire distress ink and then cut out, the same with "my" man in the photo frame. The heart is a Tim Holtz die and I have stamped my silk ribbon with Love Forever.

Thank you for your visit to the blog and I wish you a very good day.
Hugs, Susan