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Hello Dear Friends,

Happy Monday.  I hope it’s a fantastic week.

For my card today, I tried to keep it simple.  And I did!  I almost squeezed in some elements that would have changed the card, but I kept reminding myself “clean and simple.”  You see, I was following a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Click FMS228 for more information.

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The theme of Freshly Made Sketches is to do simple layouts that are beautiful and non-fussy.  I love the how this type of card looks, so I wanted to challenge myself this week. Since I wanted to use the Petal Pusher stamp set, I had to flip the sketch — I didn’t think I could make the bike work in the upper corner. But don’t forget — sketches can be flipped, no problem. Always use sketches as inspiration and make them work with the card. After all, we wouldn’t want the card to look ridiculous, with a bike floating in mid air …

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For the banner at the bottom, I did something fun. Using a dimensional on each side of the banner, I curved it outward in the center.  A fun technique!

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I hope you will give clean simple cards a try. There is great beauty in simplicity, isn’t there?

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Pedal Pusher, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wildflowers DSP
Ink & Markers: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Hello Honey
Accessories: OMG – none!

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Have a wonderful week,
Rina

 

Pedal Pusher – First Card!

There are generally two kinds of craftyMojo438 shoppers – those who buy a little at a time on a regular basis, and those who save up their orders and make them BIG.  I’m the latter type of shopper.  I don’t place orders often, so when I do, they usually contain many things I’m running low on (envelopes, reinkers, paper) and a few fun things.

Guess what?  I just got a large order in.  And it included the new Pedal Pusher stamp set.  It is such a cute, whimsy stamp set and I was excited to get it inked up.

Never being satisfied with doing one thing at a time, I decided to use the new stamp set WITH a challenge.  I did the  Mojo Monday challenge (Mojo 438).

Initially, I felt this sketch didn’t lend itself easily to the stamp set I wanted to use, but I decided to just go with it 🙂  Why not, right?  It’s called a challenge for a reason.  In the end, I was happy with how it came together since I was able to flip the sketch and fit the cute little bike on the card.

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Such an adorable bike, isn’t it?  And the sweet little birds — oh my!  I love it.  I also decided to use my favorite image from the Wildflower DSP.  (Share, don’t hoard, your favorite paper!  See, I’m learning to do this, too!!)

You can see in the close up below that I put some silver ribbon under the bow for a little extra sparkle.

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Below are the supplies I used:

Stamps: Petal Pusher, Gorgeous Grunge (of course! Can’t make a card without this set . . .)
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Tip Top Taupe, Wildflowers DSPInk: Basic Gray, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe. Markers – Soft Sky, Old Olive
Accessories: Rhinestones, Silver Cord, Silver Buttons, Silver Ribbon

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Happy Stamping,
Rina

More Flowering Fields Fun

Dear Friends,

Happy weekend!  The first Sunday of the month is a fun day for me because I release my video for the Creative Challenge members.  I’ll post it to my blog later this week so you can enjoy the video, as well.  This month we’re doing Embossing Folder Stamping, which is a gorgeous technique.  Lots of excitement going on in the facebook page today.  To join, click on the link here for information.

If you own the Flowering Fields stamp set, what do you think of it?  I’m personally glad I got it with my first order because I love to use it and have to resist using it for every single card I make 🙂 I also used my favorite color, Lost Lagoon, which I love so much, I’ve been hoarding.  🙂

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I colored the flowers using Wink of Stella (clear) which makes an amazing tool for watercoloring . It adds dimension and sparkle.  Fun stuff.  Too bad it doesn’t show up in photos 🙁

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For the card above, I used the sketch by the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#185):

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flowering Fields (free during Sale-a-bration), Happy Home, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Wildflower Fields DSP, Calypso Coral, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Archival Black, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Smoky Slate
Tools: Circles Framelits dies, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)

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Have a fantastic week!
Rina

Isn’t chatting with a good friend the best?

Dear Friends,

Does this happen to you?  You’re exhausted, you had a bad day, and you just want to sleep.  Then a very good friend calls.  Suddenly, you have a ton of energy, you can’t stop talking, and you never want to get off the phone?  That’s how it is when I talk to Shira. I rarely talk to Shira so it is a treat when we are both home and available to talk. Life is exhausting and unfortunately, sometimes the first thing we drop is our contact with friends. It’s terrible, isn’t it?

Tip: Every few weeks I schedule into my calendar specific friends that I haven’t talked to in a while.  I make a point to call them or meet them for dinner.  Otherwise, life takes over.  If you don’t schedule it, it never happens!

I made the card below when chatting with Shira. I started out with the idea to make lots of different circles. My origonal plan was to go up the left side of the card.  Once I stamped the sentiment, I had no room on the side.  I was forced to “get creative” with the placement. The end result is even better than I’d planned — I LOVE the circles going across diagonally.

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Unfortunately I had to take this picture indoors today so the picture doesn’t do it justice, but in person it sparkles and the colors in the DSP look even more vibrant.  I hope you’ll give this technique a try. You can’t mess it up!  Be sure to add some dimensionals to some of the circles — that adds a lot to the effect.

Happy Stamping,
Rina

Supplies Used

Stamps: Feel Goods
Paper: Wildflowers Fields DSP, Calypso Coral, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Other: Circles Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)

Have you ever used the Hexagon Punch for Hexagons?

Hello dear friends,

Happy Monday.  Hope you have a great start to your week. Did you have time for stamping this weekend?  I squeezed in a lot, so I’m happy 🙂

I have a running joke and if you’ve watched my videos, you’ve seen me use the hexagon punch — a lot. I use it almost every time I stamp to make quick banners, but I rarely use it to make hexagons.  I decided to dust off my hexagon stamp set, “Six Sided Sampler” and give it a little inky love.

The Six Sided Sampler is a great stamp set because it can be used for any occasion, it’s not too “girly,” it’s trendy, and with the matching hexagon punch, it’s easy to use.  You can punch out your images and play with them before you glue them down.  Now that’s some helpful stamping.

For the card below, I played with the Paper Craft Crew’s color challenge PCCC#183.

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Those are some great colors, aren’t they?  It’s neat when you use colors that go so well together. It makes your card come together easily (and we like easy . . .)

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Under the butterfly I used two different types of threads.  I used thick smokey slate baker’s twine and also silver metallic.  For the baker’s twine, I separated the threads so I would have thin threads.

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Stamp Set: Six Sided Sampler, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Smokey Slate, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Smokey Slate, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Doilies, Rhinestones, Metallic Thread, Smokey Slate baker’s twine
Tools: Bold Butterfly Framelit Dies (138135) , Hexagon Punch

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Have a wonderful week,
Rina