Saturday, October 21, 2017

Challenge Reminder - Shadow Box

Hi there!

Susanne writing today and I want to send out a little reminder for our running Theme Challenge. It's really easy this month. We want you to show us stamped animals on your projects.

I used the Tim Holtz BigZ die from Sizzix for the tiny houses to create a shadow box:

My main images are from the Textured Spring stamp set. I combined them with the Tim Holtz Wildflowers, they are cut from left over papers. I used ColourCraft  Brushos to colour the background and WOW! Sparkles for some glamour!

I hope you like my project!
Join our October Theme challenge here and have a nice weekend!

xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

ColourCraft Brushos
WOW! Sparkles
Tim Holtz Tiny Houses, Mixed Media Dies and Wildflowers

Friday, October 20, 2017

Always Take The Scenic Route

Good morning and happy Friday. It's Sue here with a step by step project that really was a labour of love.

This is a wooden photo frame/box which is great to play with 'cos it's about 2 inches deep.

I started by giving it a coat of gesso, and then sponged on the greens (for grass) and blues (for sky) PaperArtsy Fresco paints with an old kitchen sponge. As you can tell I only got to primary level at colouring-in school.

For my box, I've only used one stamp set Whimsical Summer which the lovely Donna designed for Rubber Dance. Here I've stamped the tree and cloud stamps. I've built up the colours in the trees with a cotton wool bud. Sometimes you just have to splash out on the specialist equipment!

I love these happy clouds, had white Fresco paint sponged on them too, and then I've re-drawn in the lines with a blue pencil.

Ohh Summer, please come back! Now the frame's complete it's time to concentrate on the inside.

I painted a background and a sheet of mixed media card with Aqua Tints.

Then added a bit more sponging to give it some texture.

I die cut some clouds and made a plaster of Paris sun - who mentioned Tele Tubby land!

On my Aquatint background, I stamped the hill from Whimsical Summer and coloured them with Posca pens.

For my happy houses, I used a Gelli print background and lots of white pen. The trees have been die cut from some Christmas paper (it's only 65 days now) :-).

Honestly, this stamp plate has everything! I love these cars - the red one's mine. They're even quite simple to cut out.

I know what you're thinking - I must have spent years at art school, or at the very least the road planning department, but no! I know the white lines are a bit wonky but it's so you avoid the hedgehogs!

I gave the houses little tabs so I could stick them to the base of the frame.

Then added a Tim Holtz sticker to finish it all off.

I had such fun making this, which to me is what it's all about. So just go and stamp and have fun, but don't forget to show us what you've made.

Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Rubber Dance Stamps - Whimsical Summer

Other 'Stuff'
Deep photo frame
Fresco Paints in blues and greens
Posca Pens
White paint pen
Kitchen sponge
Cotton wool buds
Black card
White card for die cuts
Scrap of Gelli plate print
Green paper for trees
Plaster of Paris sun

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween in the Street - Greeting Card by Susanne

Hi my dear crafty friends!

Susanne here and I have to share another  Halloween related project. This time I made a greeting card with the Rubber Dance Textured Houses.

I used a gelli print as my night sky and added white splatters to create some stars. I combined some designer papers from DCWV. The houses are coloured with Distress Inks. I used the Tim Holtz word block die for the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by today!
xx Susanne.

Rubber Dance Stamps:

Gelli Plate
Tim Holtz Sizzix Word Block Die
Tim Holtz Decorative Strip Die
Distress Inks
DCWV Paper Stack

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Rubber Dance October Theme Challenge

Hi my dear crafty friends!

It's time today for a brand new Theme Challenge. We'd like to see stamped animals on your work! Animals are one of the favourite crafty themes and we are looking forward to your entries!

        Challenge Rules:          *

Stamping must be obvious on your project.  
You do not have to use Rubber Dance stamps to participate.

Your creation must follow our theme.

Max 3 entries per person. 

Entry via the linking tool with a direct link to your post (not just your blog). No backlinking to projects posted prior to the start of our challenge.

You may combine with other challenges, as many as you like.

We reserve the right to remove entries that don't meet these simple requirements.


Honourable Mentions:

goes to fave entries chosen by our Design Team
and to one randomly picked entrant
We don't have a prize as such, other than the fame and glory of Honourable Mentions and our bragging badge. 
However, we think you deserve a discount if you want to add some Rubber Dance stamps to your stash. 
If you would like a 30 % discount AND a free surprise stamp with your order, please email Susanne at 
to get your coupon code to use in our web shop.

The honourable mentions
will be announced on the 5th of November.

If you've used our stamps you can link up your project to our
Forever Stamping Challenge, too. 


Here are some inspirational makes we've created

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Flutterbies by butterflies

Hello Everyone Debs today here with a birthday card I made using the fabulous Butterfly Trio.

Using Vesafine I stamped the 3 butterflies and then sprinkled Embossing Glitter in 3colours and heat set it to bring out the sparkle.

You can just see it sparkle in the photo below

For the background I used my favourite medium of the moment, which is Sennelier Watercolours. I first spritzed the page with water and then loaded 
my brush with colour. As I touched the page the colour exploded onto the paper whooshing around. I love how the colours run round the page chasing each other and blending together. Of course you need to be mindful of what colours you use, as mixing any combination of primary colours will make brown. Of course if that’s the colour you want, you can mix some beautiful shades of brown, but if browns aren’t what you want, don’t mix your primary colours of red, blue, and yellow.

I dried the page thoroughly and then added black around the edges which acts as a good contrast, and helps the butterflies pop from the page. Adding flowers in plain black added some balance, and for more interest I added black dots.

Above you can see where I added some shadows to the right of the butterflies. 

I stuck the page onto a plain white card and now it’s ready to send. 

The stamps I used are Butterfly Trio and the flowers are from Beautiful You.

Take care and I’ll see you soon.

Hugs Xxx

All the stamps are available here:

Reasonable shipping, world-wide!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Create with your own imagination... (by Corinne, GDT this month)

Hi Everyone and happy Wednesday!

I'm glad to guest design this month for Rubber Dance, as I have been invited to do it by Bibi after my last win, thank you again very much to all of you. Today, I'm going to share how I created the booklet you saw at the beginning of the month and its content, I hope you will enjoy this blog post, I'm thrilled to offer you a complete tutorial of it. 

In case some of you don't know me, here just a few words to start :)
I am 
Corinne Rollet aka Coco(folies) on craftyblogland, living in France in a small village of Brittany. I'm a more than happy mixed media crafter (full-timeyippeeeee), teaching classes and workshops in my local area mainly. This is the way of life I chose two years ago...  quitting my regular job (well-paid, but very boring :-D) to live my passion. I love sharing my techniques and meeting other crafty ladies. 
I have been also a proud designer for Crafty Individuals rubberstamps brand for several years now, and in the past a proud designer for Tando Creative and Katzelkraft too. 
I'm also the wife of a very patient man lol, and a mum of 5, from 27 to 10(x2) who make me really mad! But this is another story :) 😄

Just before the holidays, I was lucky enough to receive several new wonderful stamps from the shop, to guest design with them. And wow, I LOVED them all, so really wanted to feature them at the best!!
But time was missing to think deeply about what to do with them at first... So when preparing my survival craft kit lol before taking the road, I took with me only these precious stamps plus my watercolours paints as I wanted to practice a bit with them, brushes, a small tube of Gesso, a few stencils, some good oldies like black and brown archival inks fitting with everything and my precision scissors, and of course smooth quality watercolor paper. I had no plans, just wanted to have a bit of fun creating instinctively with my stuff, and trying to use some elements found into the places I would visit.

Here my make, a booklet totally made from scratch during my hols. Created with only very basic envelopes, watercolours, and bits and bobs found during my walks or visits. I hope you you will love it as much as me, and as the stamps deserve. 
Enjoy my tutorial!

On the cover: Merry Magpie and a few stamps from Textured Flowers.

Here's how it started

After climbing a vulcano, I bought a set of four beautifully illustrated animal postcards, in black and white. Decided it would be my starting point, Eureka!! :D

I took out four envelopes from a pack of simple envelopes.
I adhered to one another but taking the care to leave the openings, to insert some of the original postcards or future treasures maybe.

I stamped with my Archival inks (Potting Soil, Jet Black) the lovely Mama Owl and super cute Handsome Hedgehog on my watercolour paper and fussy cut them out. Then I had a lovely time watercoloring them in natural tones (blues, brown/red and grey mainly). 
At this stage, I had no precise idea of what to do with all that.

Looking at the postcards, printed on heavy glossy paper... 
I tried to watercolor them a bit; I was quite happy with the result, the colours looked bright and the paper resisted to the water! 
Therefore I decided to integrate my stamped animals with the ones sketched, thinking it could end up with a beautiful association. And that is indeed :-)

So I simply - very quickly - colored all the postcard images chosen to become the backgrounds with my watercolor paints (with the help of a few pencils too), just a little. If you try this too, be careful, don't insist too much to not damage the paper as such glossy paper supports a bit of water sometimes but not too much!

Here the result for one of my postcards 😊

Next step, I applyed Gesso over parts of a TH stencil... 

Once dry, I played with some blue paint watered down, as you can see below.

... and with orange, grey and black shades - sometimes with dripping - on the following pages. I must confess that I have been widely inspired by the combo of colours chosen this month for the October challenge, and also the one coming soon haha! 😍

After the appropriate drying time it was easy to decorate my envelopes with just a few strips of washi tapes and my four postcards. I chose to either directly glue them or slide them inside the openings, as it can be seen thereafter. 

The little dotted circles on the right page are from Textured Houses.

Next spread and postcard, featuring big mushrooms that I love!! 

My letters forming my 'Collect this' and some leaves or branch die-cuts added for further interest and a bit of dimension come from my stuff. To tell the truth, I found them only when back home :) Just watercolored them a bit as needed using the same paints than for the booklet, and glued them here or there for a beautiful finishing touch! 😄

Here the two next pages and postcards...

This last postcard was glued in place.

Look! Isn't Mama Owl wonderful, so full of life in these colours?... :)

Below, you can see the process for the cover. I used some scraps and free samples of watercolor papers to do it!

Finally, to decorate it, Merry Magpie was the perfect stamps set to me!! To go with it, chose two real feathers found during my walks and a beautiful doily bought in the village of the Puy en Velay. This French village has been well know for ages for its exquisite laces and doilies, don't hesitate to visit it if you can, it is a wonderful place, very inspiring too!


And there we are, all done. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial, this is the most fun and cute little book I've ever made. It just shows that you don't always have to buy a lot of expensive stuff... Just beautiful stamps like the ones I used, a few pencils or paints, and that's all you need, really. 

I'd love sharing and entering my booklet and tutorial into the Mini Albums Makers challenge, and also if i'm allowed to do it, into
Craft Stamper Challenge: Anything Goes.

Have a creative month with Rubber Dance, and don't forget the coming challenge in two days... you will see that my make today suits well the theme! :)

Thank you very much for looking today! xxx

Rubber Dance Stamps
Merry Magpie
Mama Owl 
Funny Fungi 
Handsome Hedgehog
Textured Flowers
Textured Houses