Cards for Any Occasion

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I make my newsletters as special as possible. They always include projects (along with step-by-step instructions) that I don’t share anywhere else in cyberspace. I often also include 3-d projects, too. My card below is an example of a card that I’ll be sharing when my next newsletter goes out. (Shhh. I’m not sharing anything else so the projects will be a surprise.)

Click here for the step-by-step instruction sheet on how to make this card.

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

This card has a bit of watercoloring in the background. It’s simple watercoloring and hard to “mess up.” However, if you’d like to see a detailed video on how to watercolor, watch the video below. It’ll show you soup-to-nuts from picking the right paper to how to combine embossing with watercoloring.

Don’t be intimidated, though. To make the effect, I used Shimmery White cardstock (my go-to for watercoloring). I didn’t do anything fancy. I just squeezed a little water over the center of the card with my Aqua Painter. I then brushed some Calypso Coral ink over the water. That’s it. I let it dry while I made the rest of the card.

Banners

When playing with the free Any Occasions stamp set, I found that it worked best to make several banner images that intertwined. Otherwise, the card looked a bit bare. (I love trying things out and making the mistakes so you don’t have to! LOL.)

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

I used the second largest stitched framelit circle and with Smoky Slate, I made a few banner lines that intersected on top, and one that was a bit below (for my sentiment). I love the way it looks with the banners intersecting! It adds color and interest and is fun.

Color

Since there was already watercoloring on the card, I wanted to keep it simple, so I made the card using almost all one color. This also made stamping the little banner pieces much easier since I didn’t need to worry about cleaning anything or figuring out which went where. I’m big into “keep it simple!” The monotone looks really neat with the watercoloring, and I was thrilled with how nicely it turned out.

Supplies

All the supplies for making this card are listed with the instructions here.

Looking forward to chatting with you in my next newsletter. Till then, happy stamping.
Love, Rina

Flowers for your Birthday

We can never have too many birthday cards, can we? Besides being an amazingly beautiful stamp set, one of the things that I love about Oh So Succulent is that it has terrific sentiments. You can use it for Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Anniversaries, or even just because. (And it’s great to send a card “just because.” Wouldn’t you love receiving a random card in the mail, for no reason?!)

For today’s card, I decided to make a birthday card.

Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Adding Layers

This card was all about layers! I think layers add interest and make a card special, so I wanted to add as many as I could – without overdoing it! I started with the center circle and created a pretty grouping of flowers. One of my favorite stamps in the set is the greenery that I have stamped on the edge of the circle. Isn’t it neat looking? I then stamped the Birthday sentiment on some beautiful Sweet Sugarplum and cut out the piece of the sentiment that I wanted.

Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!
To finish, I lightly added some speckles from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and then finished the card by adding yet more layers to the side of it. A little sparkle of silver in the bow finished off the card.

Fun Times

This week has been such fun for me! On Sunday we started my 2017 Creative Challenge . There are over 150 women registered and it’s been a BALL!! I have a private facebook group and every day for 14 days I’ve been giving them different challenges (or games!) to inspire their creativity. The cards that have been created are over-the-top gorgeous! Some of the ladies are also going through some difficult health issues, and the support from the group has been tremendous.
This group makes me feel honored to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. I already love the women and without this amazing hobby, I never would have met them. The funny thing is that I started this challenge to inspire others, but I can honestly tell you that I’m the one whose the most inspired. I am so grateful for these women and this opportunity.

Sending you stamping hugs and thanks for being part of my stamping community.
Love,
Rina

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My Favorite Cards

Happy last weekday of 2016!! Today I get to do my favorite blog post of the year! I get to look through all the cards I posted each month and pick my favorite. So much fun! Of the cards below, what’s your all-time favorite?????

Let’s see them up close!

January 21016:

This card brings with it some terrific memories. I made the card when I was featuring my first ever Creative Challenge (click here for more info or to join.) The card features the stamp set I used for the different challenges, and it also incorporates several of the techniques. When I look at the card I am reminded of the many women who participated in the challenge and how fun it was. Click here for details on the card.

February 2016:

In February I featured a Waterfall card – which is a card that flips as you pull on it. I spent hours and hours coming up with the perfect dimensions and I fell in love with the results. Click here for details on how to make this card, as well as a video showing the step-by-step process.

March 2016:

My March pick featured my favorite free Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Ohhhh do I love those delicate flowers. Although I’ve given away many retired stamp sets, I’m still holding on to this one. Click here to see the blog post.

April 2016:

In April, my favorite project was a card holder. For years I’d wanted to create a project where I could give cards as gift along, with a matching beautiful box. The project below was finally born! I gave the project to one of the sweetest souls you’ve ever met. She had stage 4 cancer and I loved visiting with her and learning all I could. She passed away a few weeks ago and when I look at this project, I am reminded of the blinding smile she gave me when I presented her with this gift. Rest in Peace, Winona. I love you. Click here for the project details and video.

May 2016:

In May I started playing more and more with watercoloring. This project makes me smile because the watercolored flower (much to my surprise) turned out to be my favorite shade of coral! Here are the details on the card.

June 2016:

June was when our new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog was released. I had a hard time choosing my favorite for this month because so many of the cards are made with new stamp sets that I love. One of my favorites is Moroccan Nights. I don’t know what is about that stamp set, but I love it. The card I’m featuring is also one of my favorite sketches. Any card that has something askew in it looks FUN to me. As long as there’s not too much askew. We don’t want to get dizzy….Here’s the info on the card.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up!

July 2016:

For July I’m also featuring a card made from another of the new stamp sets, Seaside Shore. Maybe it’s because we have a pet fish, but I couldn’t stop using the stamp set for just about every card I made. Below is the card I made the first time I inked ‘er up. Here are the details.

Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

August 2016:

August started me down the road of addiction. I made my first shaker card, and I haven’t stopped since. They had always seemed intimidating to me, but once I learned how to do it, it was easy. I made a video on how to do it – click here for all the details. I cannot tell you how happy this card makes me. I love everything about it!! Gotta love a shaker card, right?

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

September 2016:

Okay, so I wasn’t joking about my love of Seaside shore or shaker cards. I seriously love them! Can’t have too much of a good thing, right? Click here for the details.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

October 2016:

Oh my word. This card made me smile big time. I love using non-traditional colors for holiday cards (any holiday!) I made a video on how to create this card. Click here to see it.

Christmas card (and video!) using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!

November 2016:

Sorry, it’s a shaker again. LOL. This time with a stinking cute skunk. It also uses my favorite favorite favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. Isn’t the pink stunning? Click here to learn how to make your own skunk.

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Foxy builder punch by Stampin' Up!

December 2016:

My favorite card for December isn’t a holiday card! I know, it’s shocking. The card below features Moroccan Nights, which you know I love. The delicate colors in the card (especially the gold) are so cheerful and happy! Click here for the details.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoyed this non-political walk through 2016!! I had a fun time going through memory lane.

What is your favorite of all of these projects? I’m curious!

Best wishes for a most fabulous 2017. May the year be filled with blessings and lots of stamping.

Love,
Rina

Adding Bling to our Lives

After using the Irresistibly Floral paper last week, I couldn’t help myself from using it again! I love being able to create my own custom paper. Have you used it yet? If not, be warned, it is addicting!

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Letting the Bling In

One of the things I love about stamping is the opportunity to be girly and use some bling. In my real life, I don’t get many opportunities. I dress seriously (I’m wearing almost all black today), my home is practical and elegant (nothing pink or blingy!), and my car is a classy shade of silvery…gray!

If you’re like me, and every part of your life is muted except for your artwork, let’s resolve to change it! I’m bringing the bling into every area of my life.

Do you have ideas on how to do this? If yes, please comment below! Here are some things I’ll be trying:

  • Wearing clothes with more colors I love (light blue, pink, purple. No more buying black!)
  • Buying home accents with bling. A picture frame studded with gems would be ideal!
  • Buying  costume necklaces with sparkle!

What will you do to bring your fun personality to your every day life? I’m so excited to get started. I can just see the smile on my face when I look in the mirror and see the bling!

Irresistibly Floral Paper

Below is the card that has started the revolution. And for good reason! The card uses so many colors that I love. Being able to customize the paper means that I was able to throw any color that I love at it. I used Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (my absolute favorite color!), and Melon Mambo. And what a great effect! The yellows and pinks made a spectacular result.

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

I made the card by using sponges in the ink colors mentioned above. Sponges are my secret weapon. They are the cheapest tool in the catalog and they create such an amazing effect. Click here to pick up a package.

I loved the background paper and wanted an image that wouldn’t cover it up. I went with the Hello You Thinlits Dies. If you don’t have these thinlits yet, you’ll definitely want to think about getting them. I only got mine a few months ago and I don’t know why I waited so long. I’ve used them so many times. They are large, yet airy looking. They also offer a trendy, chic look to cards. They are a great tool to have on-hand.

For the sentiment, I used silver foil for a blingy effect (we’ve already talked about how much I love bling….)

Irresistibly Floral paper from Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits Dies

Don’t the colors and the bling make you want to smile?

Let’s put these smiles in our lives every day. If you are reading this post and are like me, and only put these bright colors and sparkle in your artwork, let’s change that starting today! Can’t wait to see the new you.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps:
Paper:Irresistibly Floral, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach
Ink: Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, and Melon Mambo
Accessories: Hello You Thinlits Dies, Rhinestones, Doilies, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Silver Foil Sheets

Taking Care of Yourself

I’m doing something BIG. I’m going on vacation for a week and I’m unplugging. I’ll be resting and rejuvenating my mind and body, and most of the time I’ll have no Internet, computers, TV, or phones. I know you’re thinking – why am I doing something so extreme? How will I manage? What will I do with my time? My answer to these questions is “How will I manage if I DON’T take the time to unplug?”

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I think it’s important in our busy modern lives to give ourselves a rest. Our eyes get tired, our minds never seems to get a break, and we’re chronically short on sleep.

Receive Encouragement to Take Care of Yourself

A common theme I hear when I chat with stampers is that lots of us aren’t taking care of ourselves. We love to stamp since it’s a great stress reliever, but we’re so busy taking care of everyone else that we put ourselves last. I’m on a quest to change that!

In my stamping newsletter, I have a special feature called “Taking Care of Yourself.” In each newsletter, I suggest a different idea that you can do to take care of yourself. Even little things, like drinking more water, will add up and keep you healthier and more energized.

Subscribe to my  newsletter here. You’ll also receive projects and project sheets that I don’t post anywhere else!

While I’m Away

Since I’ll be unplugged, I won’t be posting to my blog this week. I’ll miss you and our interactions a ton and I already look forward to saying hello when I get back.

Please leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever taken a vacation where you unplugged. How did it go and what were the benefits?

Have a fabulous week!
Love,
Rina

 

 

 

 

Happy July 4th!!

Happy July 4th 🙂 I hope you have a great day!! If you are going to a BBQ, be sure to have some extra food for me — maybe a nice grilled veggie burger??  <smile> The girls want to stay home this year so we’re taking it easy and hanging out. Low key is a good thing!  I’m pretty sure we’ll be in my stamp room for part of the day, but I’ll probably be too busy containing their messes  enthusiasm to make a card.

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Hope you have a most spectacular day!
XXXOOO,
Rina

I’m here for you

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.

FMS228

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

 

Do Less So You Can Do More

Do less

Have you ever thought about the concept of doing LESS so you can do MORE? That’s a concept that’s hard for me because I tend to do it all. I’m sure I’m not the only woman with this problem.

And it is a problem. It’s a problem because a day is only 24 hours and you only have so much energy and time. If you try to do everything, you can easily get overwhelmed and fall into the procrastinator trap of doing nothing. Or you can get things done, but maybe they won’t get done “well.” (And you know our expectations are high so that’s a big problem for some of us!)

I’m feeling great about where I’ve taken my stamping business recently. A few months ago, as some of you may know, I decided to focus my efforts and go exclusively online. This was a great decision for me. It epitomized what it means for me to do less so I could do more. Instead of doing a half-hearted attempt at both aspects of the business, by focusing on one area, I could really develop it.

At the advice of my husband, I’m doing this again. And I’m so excited about the decision! Instead of posting to the blog almost every weekday, I’ll experiment with posting three times a week – but one of those days will be a video! Of course, this may mean my husband needs to make dinner once a twice a week, so he may not be happy with his advice. LOL. I’m going to try it for the next month or two and see how it goes. It may not work out, but if it does, it will be so much fun. (I’ll also be traveling this month, just to add to the challenge . . .

My plan is to post a card on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a video (with pdf dimensions and supplies) on Fridays. I’ll check back in to let you know how it’s going.

Looking forward to lots of continued new ideas, and developing new and better ways of doing things with you – both in our stamping world and our home lives.

XOXO,
Rina

Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. If the snow in the east coast has affected you, I hope things are back to normal. Even though I’m an artsy gal, I do much better on a schedule. When everything is shut down, there’s 30 inches of snow outside, and the kids get cabin fever, things get challenging in my household. Okay, maybe I had a little cabin fever, too 🙂

car

This card is whimsy and makes me smile. I love Bugs that are decorated with daisies. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. They are non-pretentious and always cheer me up. It was a great match to cut the car out with the daisies.

Of course, this week my car was going no where, so it was great to stamp one and drive “virtually.” This is SUCH a great stamp set.

Supplies Used:

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Happy Home

Happy Home is such a versatile set, isnt’ it?  You can do so much with it, be it window panes, background scenery, or something simple, like the card below. The tree lends itself so nicely to the Thumping Technique and looks so great with the different variations of green in it.  I’ve been pushing myself to use this stamp set for a variety of different techniques, and you’ll get to see lots more over the next couple weeks.

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Be sure and check back tomorrow.  I have a new video for you!

Here are the supplies I used for the card:

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