Monday, December 31, 2012

2013- New Year's Resolution - Tag Book

Here we are just about to cross over into the new year! If you are like me you're probably asking yourself where this past year went! You may also like me be reflecting on the past year, and thinking about what is to come in the year 2013. In the past I've had trouble with the concept of resolutions. But this year, I think it would be good to set some personal goals and write them down in order to achieve them. Having said that, I've come up with a project that will enable me to capture my "New Years' Resolution" and display it in my studio as a constant reminder.

Here's a sneak peek - you can see the rest at The Rubber Cafe' - here!
Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lake News and Views from Minnesota... the Eagles have Landed!

Hi Everyone!   Well - 2012 is winding to a close!  It's so hard to believe.  That just a year ago I was planning and creating my Blog.   As I reflect back- it's been a fun and rewarding process. 

Right now I'm still in Minnesota, visiting with my family who all still live here.  Today - together with my Sister and Mother took a quick trip to Lake City, MN - to check out some local Quilt Shops!

Driving through this fun town, I was quickly reminded of how Lake City got it's name, situated right on Lake Pepin which ultimately connects to the Mississippi River the Marina was full of ships all dry docked for the winter!  Living in San Diego now, I found the contrast of this harbor to ours interesting so I took some pics!
Snow covered these boats as we've had probably a foot of snow just while I've been here !
Many had tarps and covers that looked like shrink wrap to protect the decks and exposed portions of these summer fun vessels.
Driving around town it became evident most businesses are very seasonal. 
One of the other wonderful sites along this area of Olmsted and Wabasha counties are the Eagles that live all along the Mississpi River and area Lakes.  In the summer months hundreds of Bald Eagles, nest and feed here, and in the winter hundreds more migrate here, looking for open water in and around Wabasha.  Here is where you'll find The National Eagle Center- home for rescued Bald Eagles that can no longer survive in the wild on their own- and where studies and tracking is organized for Bald Eagles and now also the Golden Eagle!
Both of these pics - were from National Eagle Center
These amazing regal creatures are wonderful to watch in the wild - and this is the time of year to do just that!
Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Rubber Cafe' - Triangle Origami Gift Box

Greetings Everyone!! - I'm writing today from Minnesota- let me say we're definitely going to have a White Christmas- and for me today it was a bit cold being in the low 20's and upper teens! I was born and raised in SE Minnesota, but living in So California for the past 20 years, I'm not as used to these colder climes as I used to be!!

For my project today I have a quick and fun little gift box that I first made last week for a bunch of my co-workers.  I used a simple stamp and die set from Stampin'UP! to complete these.  And the kraft christmas paper pad from Hobby Lobby  - too cute right?

 I liked them so much I decided to make another using the Ornamental Holiday set, from The Rubber Cafe' and share a simple message for the season with you!

Enjoy the Magic of the Season!

Here's a side view...

I took pictures of this cute box as I made it to show you how simple it is once you get the proper scoring done. But just was not pleased with how the pictures came out. I think the tutorial I used from Splitcoaststampers by Deb Feltz, is so much better, so I will share that link with you here!

They're fun cute easy to make and for a 2" Triangular box you only need 1- 6" square pc of paper, and for the cover or flap 2" x 4 1/4" scored in half at 2 1/8".
I close mine with these new velcro closeures you can buy here at The Rubber Cafe (I just love these)

Give them a try wouldn't they be fun as treats next to everyone's place setting your Christmas dinners??

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Ornamental Holiday set
Paper: We R Memory Keepers Vintage pack
Adhesives: 3d Foam Squares
Embellishments: Velcro Closures
Tools: Score-Pal


Monday, December 17, 2012

The Rubber Cafe'- New Release Blog Hop Winner Revealed!

Well it's that time to reveal the lucky Grand Prize Winner of our New Release Blog Hop!

Drum roll please!!

Congratulations to Teresa Godines !!!
Teresa, you have until Sunday, December 23 at midnight to contact us at and claim your Grand Prize!

Thank you to all of you that particpated in the fun and 'hopped' along with us as we celebrated our latest releases by Artist and Designer Jamie Dougherty

We appreciate you, our customers and followers so much!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Rubber Cafe' - Tinsel Trees

Hi There- today I'm taking a break from Card making and sharing with you some fun paper folded trees I made to sit as a center piece.  I love how simplistic and grogeous these are, I don't think the pictures quite do them justice though.

I have more pictures, and step by step tutorial on how I made these if you head over to The Rubber Cafe' blog here!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Rockin' Santas- and Tutorial

Today I want to share a fun little item, that I saw and was inspired to make some of own. I saw Beate Johns blog and tutorial first but her blog will also lead you to the tutorial featured Splitcoaststampers by Judi Maddigan. You'll find her tutorial here.

Here's my Rockin' Santa, using The Rubber Cafe' 'Oh Santa's stamp. I made about a dozen of these cute little fellas! And although the still shot does not show them rockin' out, you can see them in motion on Beate's Blog.

Here's a close-up of my Santa, I stamped and used all but his legs, as these were replaced by the paperclips. I backed him with a die-cut tree using Tim Holtz' Tree die. You can see one of the 'Santa' rockin' in the background to the right- I set him in motion when I snapped the picture so you could see how they move side-to-side!

Here's another group shot! Together like this they just make me smile!
Our Hula Santa stamp would be cute to use as well can't you just see the grass skirt sway as it rocks!

I hope you can pick a fun character and get 'em rockin' too!
They are so worth the time, and effort. These were gift favors at a crop, but I think I'm going to need to make some more for Christmas Eve dinner and place them at everyone's place setting!

What do you think ? Too cute for words right??
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe' - Oh Santa
Paper: The Rubber Cafe' - Pugnacious White, Christmas Kraft Paper pad from Hobby Lobby
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Adhesives: The Rubber Cafe' - One and Only Tape
Tools: Tim Holt- Big Shot Sizzix Tree die
Other: Hershey chocolate Nuggets, Paper clips (I found color coated ones at .99 store)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Rubber Cafe'- New Release Blog Hop - Final Day!

Welcome to The Rubber Cafe new release blog hop!  Today is the last day so get hopping!     

Today you'll be hopping with Jen Matott, Heidi Blankenship and myself!!

If you just happened to visit my blog today and would like to start this BLOG HOP from the beginning, simply follow THIS LINK to be taken to The Rubber Cafe blog to begin the celebration.
There will be a Grand Prize for one lucky winner so be sure to stop at each blog and leave a comment to be registered. Don't forget to also leave a comment on each day of the Blog Hop at The Rubber Cafe too.

This time our new releases are featuring stamps designed for us by Jamie Doughtery, and can be found here!

Let's get started. Here's my project for the day:  Using the Don't be Wishy Washi set, I created a Christmas tree- by stamping directly on my patterned Christmas paper, by Authentic.  This is their Festive Collection and I just love it!  For my sentiment I used the one from the Ornamental Holiday set.
To top my tree, I used the 'Love' phrase, from the Remember the Moments set,
I positioned the stamp just below a circle of flowers - just so it could be my Tree topper!

A paper doily and Baker's Twine in Red, help to finish it up!

To stamp and create my tree, I laid each of the 'Washi' tape designs just as I wanted them to appear on my card directly to my clear block.  I than inked each layer with the color of my choice.  Fnally I stamped it on the area of my printed paper I wanted - I trimmed the RH side edge so I could have a balanced look to my tree.  It wasn't perfectly graduating in size, so I did this and trimmed the RH side which was a great look for my card!

Heres' one more look at my finished card!


Stamps:  The Rubber Cafe' - Dont' be Wishy Washi, Remembered Moments, Ornamental Holiday
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear, Bamboo Leaf, London Fog, Rich Cocoa
Paper:  Authentic Festive collection 12 x 12 paper pack
Embellishments:  Red White Bakers Twine, paper doily
Tools:  Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Release Blog Hop Kick off day at the Rubber Cafe

It's time again for another New Release at the Rubber Cafe'!  - Head on over to the Rubber Cafe' blog to get started- we'll be hopping Monday - Wednesday this week. December 10-12!

Today we are celebrating our new Jamie Dougherty Designs releases. These exclusive stamps are available for purchase at The Rubber Cafe Store!

These releases are perfect to use in your Project Life scrapbooks, mini albums, or projects you are currently working on. They are great with cards throughout the year as well. These sets are are beautifully done in Jamie's typical style and truly reflect her creative talent!
There will be a GRAND PRIZE for one lucky winner. To be eligible simply:
  1. Comment on ALL blog hop destinations including The Rubber Cafe  Blog.
  2. Subscribe to The Rubber Cafe blog
Want more ways to enter? For each addition task below, you’ll receive an ADDITIONAL ENTRY. Please comment on this post with a link to let us know you have earned an additional entry. Good luck!
  1. Become a fan of our Facebook page
  2. Share our blog hop announcement on Facebook
  3. Follow us on Pinterest!
  4. Pin our Blog Hop image to Pinterest
EARN A TRIPLE ENTRY for signing up for our newsletter HERE!

Contest ends Wednesday, December 12, 2012 midnight CST. Winner will be announced Monday December 17, 2012. GOOD LUCK!