Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day/TGIF/Retro Rubber Challenge No. 58 - Anything Goes!

Hello everyone!  TGIF.....Happy St. Patrick's Day 2017....happy everything. many things going on here at once.  I got a job for a cafe/bakery in town.  They are making their own handmade chocolate Easter eggs and they asked me to make bands to go around the boxes.  200 of them.  When I am done I will show it all.  I am also taking part in an ATC swap.  Not only is it my first swap but I have never done an ATC before.  It's been a lot of fun and I cannot wait to finish them all to show you guys!  But free time has been tight.

But for's Retro Rubber Challenge Blog Day.  I am thrilled to say that I was their top pick for last week's challenge!!  Thank You Retro Rubber!  All the cards entered rocked and I am honored to have won.  I will be a guest designer for them on an upcoming challenge.  You can check out the winning card HERE.

For this week's Retro Rubber Challenge No. 58 it's an Anything Goes challenge.  Last week I pulled out a stamp by Hero Arts that I wanted to use and, since I had some Kraft paper laying about, I decided to throw the two together for today's card.  All the stamps in this post are at least two years old and the ink was still in the packaging and is now discontinued by Hero Arts.  LOL.  

I started with a top folding A2 card base of white cardstock.  I then pulled out a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the Hardwood background stamp (Stampin Up) using Latte Chalk Ink by Hero Arts.  Once dry I trimmed it to 4.25" x 5.5", distressed the edges with the Latte chalk ink, and adhered it to the card front.

Next I cut another piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped/embossed Leafy Vines (Hero Arts) using Versamark ink and white embossing powder (Hero Arts).

Next I trimmed the Leafy Vines to 3.75" x 5", distressed the edges with the Latte chalk ink, and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock, 4" x 5.25".  I then cut a piece of black fun foam, adhered this to the back of the black cardstock, and then adhered this to the card front.  You will have 4 layers.   

Lastly, I stamped the words "Just" and "Because" from Label Maker Sentiments  (My Favorite Things) in Onyx Black Versafine ink on white cardstock, trimmed both the words, adhered them to Kraft cardstock, distressed the edges and adhered to the card front using some small pop dots.  Done!!

A pretty easy card to make and with the Label Maker set, you can use whatever words best fit the occasion of why you need the card.  A great set to own!  I hope you liked this card.  If you want to take part in the Retro Rubber Challenge, you have until March 24th to enter a project.  Just click HERE to enter one of your own.  

Until next time - 

Hugs from Brasil - 


  1. Beautiful card. Elegant looking. I'll wait for your other projects.

  2. Just because is just perfect! I like the look of the white EP on the Kraft paper, then paired with black! Thanks for sharing with us at Retro Rubber!

  3. Love the simplicity and yet elegance of it! Must find that flourish stamp!

  4. I really should just leave a blank comment space, just to show how speechless I am. Michael, you've done it again. This is a glorious creation, managing to straddle the line between rustic and elegant with ease. The attention to detail such as distressing the edges with chalk ink really pay off. Thanks so much for joining us again at Retro Rubber.

  5. A really lovely card...I love the contrast of the kraft and white!

  6. This is awesome Michael, I love the kraft and white together and the black sentiment really pops out. Wonderful. Thanks for playing with us again at Retro Rubber. Claire DT

  7. What a beautiful card! I especially love the white embossed image! Thanks for joining the RR challenge!

  8. Love your card, I love the kraft card stock with the white embossing. Thanks for joining Retro Rubber's challenge.