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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Inspirational #139: Stay Focused on Stamping - Anything Goes


Welcome to Red Rubber Inspirationals!
We are excited to bring you a weekly challenge that will focus on stamping and related techniques to inspire and enable you to create art!

Inspirational #139 - Stay Focused on Stamping Anything Goes

Deadline for submitting your projects is Wednesday, October 1 at 11:59 PM US Central time. 

This is Kendra hosting this week's Inspirational!
Our theme this week is Stay Focused on Stamping Anything Goes!

For complete Inspirational Rules, please read them here.

A stamped image must be the focus of your project, but the theme of your project can be anything you would like. Please be sure to write in your write-up what you stamped on your project, so that it is clear to us what is stamped.

So now for my project, I am so SUPER excited to share this adorable card with you:
I just LOVE the adorable Hello Day Cling Stamp Set!!
The adorable little girl reminds me a lot of my little girl!!

Drea created the following using the Darling and Running Stitches stamp sets:



Happy Stamping!

I hope you are inspired by my Inspirational this week and link up a newly created project to this post by the deadline!  We look forward to seeing what you create!!

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Are you an inspiration?

Inspiration Projects - After each Inspirational, the Inspiration Team will choose three projects from those submitted via the link-up tool below which we think best reflect the theme of the Inspirational.

Each artist whose project is chosen receives a special Inspiration Badge they can display on their blog - and we'll showcase these projects each Monday following the end of the Inspirational! 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Inspiration Projects for Challenge #137


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Inspirational #137: Just Text Me
Such beautiful projects from everyone!!

Each week the Inspiration Team choose three projects from all of the just-closed Inspirational participants.  These projects are chosen because they truly capture the essence of the Inspirational. 

Congratulations to the creators of our three Inspiration Projects from Inspirational #137!

#3 Dawn and this fabulous tag:


We love how the background colors really make the sentiment on this tag the focus of your attention when you look at it.

#1 Nikki submitted this wonderful card:


The sentiment on this card really is the star of the show.  We loved all the additional star elements that really focus your attention back on the words.


#5 2amscrapper and her wonderful altered playing card:


The different size words really make a statement on this altered playing card.  The butterfly die cut even has text stamped on it!

Lovely work ladies!

All of our Inspiration Project creators are entitled to an Inspirational Badge for their blog! If your project is chosen as one of the Inspiration Projects, please send an email to - challenge AT redrubberdesigns DOT com - to collect your badge. Please include your name and the Inspirational number your project was created for.

There is still time to join in our current Inspirational #138 Stamped Metal hosted by Drea. Please link up your project by 11:59 PM (U.S. Central time zone) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

And don't forget our next Inspirational starts on Thursday, September 25!!


Have a lovely day!





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Inspirational #138: Stamped Metal



     Welcome to Red Rubber Inspirationals!

We are excited to bring you a weekly challenge that will focus on stamping and related techniques to inspire and enable you to create art!

Inspirational #138: Stamped Metal

Deadline for submitting your projects is Wednesday, September 24th, at 11:59 PM U.S. Central time.

This is Drea hosting this week's Inspirational!
Our theme this week is Stamped Metal! Create some kind of metal on your stamping using inks, markers, colored pencils, mists, paints, or embossing powders. Be sure to let us know what metal or metals you've chosen, whether it's silver, pewter, iron, bronze, gold, or copper. 

For complete Inspirational Rules, please read them here.

I made this card using gold, bronze, and iron, and embossed all of my stamping. The background was done using an old sewing pattern of mine, which I glued onto kraft cardstock. I cut up a real tape measure, as the colors were just right for this project. The sentiment, dressform, needle with thread, and the single buttons were stamped using the Sew Thoughtful set. The sewing machine, other buttons, and scissors were done with the Sew Thankful set. The black stitching along the bottom was done using Running Stitches. And finally, I used Reinforcers for the tag, which was made from muslin. 



I hope you are inspired by my Inspirational this week and link up a newly created project to this post by the deadline! We look forward to seeing what you create!


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Are you an inspiration?

Inspiration Projects - After each Inspirational, the Inspiration Team will choose three projects from those submitted via the link-up tool below which we think best reflect the theme of the Inspirational. 

Each artist whose project is chosen receives a special Inspiration Badge they can display on their blog - and we'll showcase these projects each Monday following the end of the Inspirational!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Inspiration Projects from Inspirational #136 - Favorite Stamping Technique


Thank you to everyone who participated in our Inspirational #136: Favorite Stamping Technique!

Such awesome projects from everyone!!
I was also very excited to learn some new techniques!! 

Each week the Inspiration Team choose three projects from all of the just-closed Inspirational participants.  These projects are chosen because they truly capture the essence of the Inspirational. 

Congratulations to the creators of our three Inspiration Projects from Inspirational #136!

#2 Alicia
Fun design!  Embossing is such a fun technique, with so many different possibilities!


#3 Debby
Such a fun technique to use! Layering your stamps!!  One I think some of us are afraid to do sometimes or don't even think of doing!


#7 Pauline
Such an adorable Baby card!  Love your paper pieced "baby" sentiment!!




Lovely work ladies!

All of our Inspiration Project creators are entitled to an Inspirational Badge for their blog! If your project is chosen as one of the Inspiration Projects, please send an email to - challenge AT redrubberdesigns DOT com - to collect your badge. Please include your name and the Inspirational number your project was created for.

There is still time to join in our current Inspirational #137: Just Text Me hosted by Lynda.  Please link up your project by 11:59 PM (U.S. Central time zone) on Wednesday, September 17th.

And don't forget our next Inspirational starts on Thursday, September 18th!!


Have a lovely day!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tutorial: Stamped Alpha/Text Background

    I decided to break out my stamps and inks to create this layout for Lynda's Inspirational #137 ~ Just Text Me! I've been wanting to do a technique like this for awhile, so I thought I'd share my process with you.



    I started by lightly misting some white cardstock with black, dark blue, and medium blue mists. Then I randomly stamped letters all over using the Alpha Grunge Set stamped with Versa Magic ink (Aspen Mist).



     Then I repeated the process, stamping with Palette Ink (Cote d'Azure). Now you can start to see some dimension with the letters.




     Next I used black ink to stamp the smaller letters and numbers using Background Soup, which is one my favorite stamps sets, and really is a must for anyone who likes to dabble in mixed media.



     Then I used Palette Ink (L'Amore Red) to stamp the polka dots using Build-A-Background, which I also used to stamp the stars on the lightest blue cardstock. I created the checkerboard on red cardstock using Background Blocks.



     You can consider it finished  now, or go a step further like I did, and add some masking with stencils and more ink. I added So Splattered and  Running Stitches. I also used the Alpha Grunge Set again to make part of my title, coloring the letters with some Prismacolor markers.



     I hope you'll give this a try, and feel free to put your own spin on it! It really was fun to make!