Tasty Taco Truck

I love a layered card! The more layers, the better, because it adds so much interest. When the layers are a bit askew, I love it even more! This totally cracks me up because in real life, I’m the straight and narrow. I’m traditional in many of my tastes and I certainly don’t wear crazy or loud clothes. People usually describe me as “calm.” (Though I have no idea why! I often don’t feel calm, but I must give off that vibe.)

The paper (Festive Birthday Designer Series) used in the card is the opposite of calm, wouldn’t you say? It’s actually been sitting in my desk since the annual catalog was released in June, untouched. The colors aren’t “me” and are very bright and cheerful. I was so crazy excited to use the paper in a card, in a way that’s still me and uses the paper in a cool way.

Sale-A-Bration Card Idea using Tasty Trucks Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Using Loud Colors

The way I used the colors in the card – while loving the results, is to tone it down by using only small strips of color. I purposely kept the main card color as white so that the colors would compliment and not overwhelm.

The food truck in Tasty Trucks is a great stamp for these colors since the truck is a neutral design and can be colored however you like. I decided to go with a Mexican theme for my food truck and serve Tacos.
Sale-A-Bration Card Idea using Tasty Trucks Stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The funny thing is that after making the card, I served vegetarian tacos for dinner the next night. Bwaaahha. I had tacos on my mind.

Lots of Layers

The reason why I love this card so much is because of the layers. The card starts with layers on each side, with the different colored papers adding a splash of color. I then tucked some layers under the food truck, with the bright strips of color showing through. Next is the truck itself, stamped on a square, and then layered again with scallops under it. All the layers make the card so special. I need to make more cards with a million layers!

The food truck is stamped on Shimmery White paper. (I need to order more! With all of this watercoloring I’ve been doing, my Shimmery White’s been getting a lot of love lately.) I used the new watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter to color in the truck.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Tasty Trucks
Paper: Festive Birthday, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Melon Mambo
Other: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter

Crystal + Gold Chandelier = Love!

Do you love crystal chandeliers as much as I do? When I bought my first house, a chandelier was one of the first purchases I made. I really needed a sofa and a dining room table. Instead, my family and friends ate off a folding table. But when they come into my house, they were greeted by a gold and crystal chandelier. Priorities, right?

I still need a couch, BTW. But when I sit on the ancient sofa, I smile as I look at that sparkly chandelier! It was for sure the right decision! And it’s too high up for the kids to (generally) damage it, unlike the sofa.

Now that you know how much I love shiny things, it’s not surprising that the Builder Birdcage was in my first order of the Occasions catalog. To tell the truth, the stamp set had me at the bird cages. I thought they were so pretty. Then when I looked closer and saw the chandelier, I was hooked.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

After I made the card and went upstairs, I laughed. No wonder I chose to emboss the chandelier in gold. That’s the color I have hanging up!

For today’s card, I wanted sheer elegance. I considered adding a pop of color, but in the end, I kept it at gold, black and white. Classic, right?

The Details

I started the card by embossing the chandelier in gold. I then cut out a scallop in gold foil. So pretty!

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Next, I played with setting the stage. I added gold acetate paper as an accent (it’s called Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, item number 141653). Next, the card needed more “oomph” so I added a classy design from the Pop of Pink DSP. I was so tempted to add some pink, too, but it really would have changed the look of the whole card, so I left it off.

Finally, I added some banners, using yummy free Sale-A-Bration ribbon (3/8″ metallic ribbon combo pack). After making the card I realized I accidentally put on the silver ribbon instead of the gold (you get both for free!) but it still looks nice. LOL.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp: Builder Birdcage
Paper: Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Pop of Pink DSP
Ink: Versamark
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, 3/8″ metallic ribbon combo pack (free with Sale-a-bration)


Fun Glamper Stamping

There are some stamp sets that I buy just because they’re fun. I imagine myself using them, laughing while I create and just having a ball. Glamper Greetings is one of those stamp sets.


It has a bunch of components and you can choose which ever one you’re in the mood to create. You can also create Halloween themes or Christmas themes, but it doesn’t have to be holiday related.

Glamper Greetings stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Home is Where you Park It

Glampers are trendy right now. Have you seen people post them on your facebook feed? Now that you’re looking for them, you’ll see them everywhere. It’s fun that Stampin’ Up! takes trends and turns them into stamps.

My card isn’t holiday related, but I did use some Halloween paper to add some oomph. I also used orange ink (Pumpkin Pie) to encourage me to use colors I wouldn’t normally use. I love how it came out.

Glamper Greetings stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I wish you could have seen me in my stamp room while I was creating it. Since the glamper lends itself to watercoloring, I used Shimmer White paper and archival black ink. I started with the Glamper and just kept adding different components such as the grass, banners, etc. I had a BALL putting it together.

Once I was done adding different features to the Glamper (don’t you LOVE the flamingo), I grabbed my aqua painter and different inks and painted on different colors. The orange is Pumpkin Pie, and looks darker in the bottom left. I used more water on the rest of the Glamper to dilute the shade. This made sure the color matched, but there was a variation to add interest to the Glamper.

When I was done watercoloring, I added some layers with the Halloween Night Specialty DSP and Smokey Slate paper, stamped the sentiment, and then attached it crookedly. Because attaching things crookedly always makes me smile!

Happy Glamping,

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Glamper Greetings
Ink: Archival Black, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Halloween Night Specialty DSP
Other: Blender Pens, Brights Enamel Dots

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Filling with the Jar of Love with Fairy Dust

Oh do I have a fun card for you today. I think Stampin’ Up! hit the nail on the head when it came out with the Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelits. It is just the neatest stamp set ever! As I was planning my card for today, I thought “what could put in that jar that’s a little bit different?” And I thought “Fairy Dust!” I combined the Jar of Love and Fairy Celebration stamp sets to make this card.

Card using Fairy Celebration and Jar of Love stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

All our Hobbies Inspire our Artwork

You may be wondering. How on earth did you come up with that? Yeah. That thought occurred to me, too. Here’s how I came up with it. I’ve recently started reading a new genre for me – fantasy. I read one great fantasy novel, about princesses and magical kingdoms, and now I’m hooked. Magic and fairies are in the books I read, so they come through in my artwork.

What hobbies do you have? Have you combined them to make your card making even more special? If yes, tell me about it! I have a friend who is really into motorcycles, so the new One Wild Ride stamp featuring motorcycles really appealed to her. She could combine her two passions.

Another one of my passions is vegetarian eating. The stamp set Fresh Fruit appeals to me. I know it’s because the beautiful fruit in the set remind me of my lifestyle.

No matter how different your hobbies are, it’s fun to relate them when paper crafting. Now I just need Stampin’ Up! to release a yoga stamp, and I’ll be all set. LOL.

Tips for using the Jar of Love framelits

When using the Jar of love framelits, there’s a a framelit to cut out the jar shape. However, there’s also another framelit for cutting out the center of the jar. This second framelit was key in my design because

  • It let me play with stamping different things to put in the jar and I could easily switch out the center of the jar if I didn’t like the result
  • I was able to sponge around it, giving the a sponged blue ethereal look to the inside of the jar
  • It allowed me to pop up the inside of the jar using TWO dimensionals layered on top of each other, making it a bit higher then the actual jar so it would stand up more.

    Card using Fairy Celebration and Jar of Love stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

The sweet Fairy came from the Fairy Celebration stamp set. The sparkles (AKA fairy dust) also comes from the Fairy Celebration stamp set.

The fairy dust is done in embossed gold, but the beautiful gold color didn’t come through in my picture. In real life it’s really neat looking.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Fairy Celebration
Paper: Emerald Envy, In-color envelope paper, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Gold embossing Powder, Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine

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Bright & Colorful Moroccan Nights

When I was little, some of my closest friends were from Morocco. I loved them because they were the sweetest friends. They would give the shirt off their back to anyone. And if they thought I was wrong about something, they explained why, so I learned to think differently and more broadly. I’m sure it’s because of these childhood friends that I was drawn to the Moroccan Nights set. It was in my first package when the new catty arrived.

Using Bright Colors with Moroccan Nights

My friends adored bright colors. When I saw the large stamp from the set, it screamed “bright.” I took out almost every bright marker I owned to color the circle. It did take me awhile. LOL. But is was worth it! The card is as colorful as I’d pictured it.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to see in the picture, but in the box with the stamp I also lightly stamped with the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge so that the paper didn’t look overly bright. I first dipped it into Smoky Slate ink, stamped off twice, then randomly stamped on the image.

To complete the card, I stamped the images in Basic Gray in random depths under the focal part of the card. I’m thrilled with how it came out since the bright colors remind me of the colors in my friend’s house.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Scenes from Morocco

Even though the Moroccan Nights suite comes with more neutral colors, I invite you to use your creativity and stamp images in colors that you love, or that you imagine are found in Morocco.

I just did a google search and the colors I remembered were SPOT on. Check out these lovely photos of life in Morocco. Now I want to go for a visit!

moroccan vendor


moroccan baskets


morocco street

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Various Bright Colored Markers, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Other: Delicate Doilies, Silver Thread

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Adding Washi Tape to Projects

Before I share my latest card from the Moroccan Nights stamp set, I have a question for you. If you have a spare minute, I would love if you would leave a comment or send me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) and let me know about your summer stamping plans!  Do you have MORE time to stamp in the summer? Or do you have less time because you are busy with vacations and kids/grandkids? I’m very curious so let me know!

The reason why I’m asking is that because I am very inspired to stamp with the sets from the new catalog and I’ve been stampin’ up a storm, but time seems shorter than it did a few months ago. Is it just me, or is it that way for you, too? I can’t believe June is over — it went in a flash.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set Using Washi Tape

My card today uses the stamp set, Moroccan Nights. I used an accessory in the card that I haven’t used in (I’m embarrassed to say) months….washi tape. I stopped using washi tape a while back because I noticed that while I was collecting lots of it, it never actually made its way into a card. I’m not sure why, since I love it.


When I saw the gorgeous Moroccan Washi tape in the catalog, I resolved to buy my favorite set and use it as much as possible.

The tape made this card come together so quickly. I find cutting small strips of paper evenly to be a challenge. The washi tape looks like thin strips of paper, but it’s not! I didn’t need to cut a thing! (Note that the washi tape is on the sides of the card. The red on the left, and the two strips of dark brown on either side of the lanterns.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Moroccan Washi Tape

Another fun part of this card is the bronze thread. I coudn’t have the lanterns hanging in mid-air, I needed something for them to hang on. The bronze thread came to the rescue! There are large pearls on either side of the thread to help hold it onto the card.

The card is splattered with gold Wink of Stella. It looks really neat in real life with the gold sparkles.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Moroccan Washi Tape

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:Moroccan Nights
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Ink: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Wink of Stella, Pearls

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Yummy Fresh Fruit

Of all the gorgeous stamp sets in the new catty, Fresh Fruit is one of my favs. I’m not sure what it is about the stamp set, but I ADORE it. I suspect my love of it has something to do with my personal ideology.

I’m a veg head.  There.  Now you know.

For about 5 years, we’ve been Pescatarian. No, that’s not a religion. (Actually, spell check doesn’t know what it is, either. LOL.) Pescatarians are like vegetarians, but we eat fish, too. I’m building up to be completely vegetarian, but I really really really love fish. We’re Pescatrarian because we hate the thought of animals dying so we can eat them. We also don’t approve of how animals are treated these days, with the crowding, overuse of antibiotics, etc.

Fresh fruit (and veggies :)) are always in my kitchen, since that’s what we cook with every day. This stamp set feels like home to me. It’s “me,” which makes me smile when I use it.

Fresh Fruit is also a great general stamp set. You can use it for any occasion. If you’re having an outdoor summer party, it would be an amazing stamp set for invitations. If you’re the guest at a party, you could use the stamp set to make thank you notes or other gifts. There are so many possibilities.

Fresh Fruit Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t that pear look like you can take it off the card and take a bite out of it? The pear paper is also so cute! It goes so beautifully with the stamp set. I used the new doilies, too, and those are fun since they are small and fit on a card nicely. The bow is made with the new copper thread.  Lots of new on this card!

Fresh Fruit Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Hope you enjoy the card. It’s making me hungry!

Have a great week,

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Fresh Fruit
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Fruit Stand DSP
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Other: Doilies, Copper Thread

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A Scalloped Shaped Card

Dear Friends,

I love making cards that are a little different. Don’t you? The Circles Framelits will be retiring soon and I wanted to take advantage of it and make a unique card using the large scallop shape.


To make the card, I folded a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock in half (measuring 5 1/2 x 11). When cutting out the card, I pushed the scallop framelit a little off the paper where the fold was, so it wouldn’t cut all the way through.

The stamp set, Blended Bloom is on sale right now, while supplies last. Click here. It has been one of my favorites and I sure got my money out of it.  I’ve made countless projects with it and I still adore it. I will miss it once it retires.

For the colors, I followed the color challenge from Sunday Stamps #SSC125.


For the design, I followed Mojo Monday #445.


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blended Bloom
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Black, Blushing Bride
Other: Sahara Sand Ribbon, Gold Sequins, Silver Doilies, Silver Thread

I’ve been getting lots of great feedback on my free class tutorial featuring the Circle of Spring stamp set. It is a gorgeous stamp set, isn’t it? Makes me wish I had a real wreath to put on my door.

Below are some projects by Stampin’ Up! using the stamp set. Don’t forget that I will send you a tutorial free with any order (with different projects then the one shown below).  I love to inspire you!


Have a fantastic day,

Circle Punches — all over a card

Dear Friends,

So I had an idea. I thought it would be really cool to surround an image in punched circles. I gave it a try and it was fun! I did encounter a problem, though. My punches wouldn’t reach that far in.  LOL. The best laid plans, right?

I added some metallic sequins, even gluing them to the center of the larger punched holes. It’s a different kind of card, yet still delicate looking. I also challenged myself to use a color I never ever use — Tempting Turquoise. I love the bright color and decided to leave my comfort zone and use it! I didn’t go too crazy with it, though. I muted it with some neutral browns so that the card would be vivid, but still elegant.


Hope this inspires you to try an idea that you’ve had. And if it doesn’t work out perfectly, I hope you will love the results and learn something new, just as I did!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Silver Glimmer PaperInk: Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party, Sahara Sand

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Adding Personality to Cards

Dear Friends,

One of the cool things about card making is that we can design cards in different styles. Sometimes we want a strikingly beautiful card or a card that makes us laugh. When I’m in an artistic mood I like to make modern looking cards or a funky card fold.  Other times, however, I want a card with some personality. The card below definitely has some personality!


When I first designed it, I didn’t have the dog peeking out the window, so the card was pretty, but had no personality.   I thought — this card needs something extra to give it “oomph.” (Which usually equates to glitter in my book, but not today :)) Then I remembered the little dog in the Beautiful Ride stamp by Stampin’ Up!  Ohhhhhh, that sweet dog.  I carefully rolled up the window shade and put the dog in there, peeking out.  And with that one addition, my card now had a story.

“Missing You” is the perfect sentiment, isn’t it? The dog is waiting in excitement for someone to come home.


The siding on the card is made with strips of Very Vanilla card stock, cut into 1/2 stripes.  I cut the strips a little larger then the card, then trimmed them when done so that strips would all be the exact right width.

Have  fun with this!!!!  Hope you have some time to stamp this weekend.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Happy Home, Beautiful Ride
Paper: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Regals DSP