Window Frames

When the Fall/Winter catalog came out, it contained a beautiful window cut out. I didn’t buy it at the time, but when the framelit was also available in the Spring catalog, I ordered it right away.  And I’m glad I did! It is such a simple concept but it has such a lovely effect.

I combined the window panes with the thumping technique.  I made a fall-themed tree because I wanted the gorgeous reds and yellows of fall.

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Tips for using the thumping technique:  When using this technique, the most important thing to remember is to color the lightest color first.  I first colored the top of the tree Crushed Curry marker.  I then thumped the following colors on it: Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, and Cajun Craze.  I added Wink of Stella and made it sparkle!

Below is a close up of the tree.

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Here are the supplies used to create the card:

 

The best thing in life are . . . People!

Can I tell you how much I love the sentiments in the stamp set, “Feel Good.”   I’ll probably keep this stamp set forever.

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For my card today, I used the sentiment “The best thing in life aren’t things.”  To me, the best most important thing in my life are the wonderful people who make it rich and sometimes funny or frustrating 🙂  But my family is my heart. Any member of my family would do ANYTHING for me.  In our family, we aren’t about “things.” We try hard to be about experiences and appreciating the things we do have. Of course, there are always going to be things we want (like more stamps, paper, etc.) But when we buy them, we use what we buy and if we don’t, we try to pass them on to others.

As many of you already know, I have put together a creative challenge (you can register for it here till Sunday).  One of the reasons why I did my challenge is to encourage crafters to use our beautiful supplies.  We are all so busy.  Sometimes the lovely things we purchase sit around and gather dust.  What a shame!  Pull them out and make something beautiful with them.

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I was inspired to make the card by the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge (#218).  The challenge was to put a border with a piece chunked.  I immediately thought of using my tag topper punch.  I did cut off some of the edges to make it slimmer.

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Below is a close up of the ribbon.  I first threaded the glimmer ribbon through, then tied a bow around that ribbon with the thinner ribbon.  I kept the stamped image on the card simple because there was a lot going on with the card.

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Below are the supplies use:

Stamps: Feel Good
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (140557)
Ink: Soft Suede, Old Olive (for some of the splatter)
Other: Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Pool Party 3/8″ (1 Cm) Glitter Ribbon (140561), Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon (140569)

Best of 2015

Happy 2016!!  Wishing you a fabulous year, filled with lots of creativity and only good things.

Today I did something I haven’t done in many years, I’m embarrassed to even think about how long it’s been. I took off work and went to the museums — by myself!  This is one of my favorite things to do. I love being able to see whatever exhibits I’m in the mood to see, and stay for a second or an hour, whatever I feel like doing!  And since I live near Washington, DC, the museums are free and amazing. Check out my facebook page (click here) for pictures of my day.

Here are some of my favorite cards and projects from last year:

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I’m looking forward to many more projects in the coming year.  Thanks to YOU for all you do to inspire and encourage me every day.

XOXOXO,
Rina

Butterfly Card

I’m on a roll here, friends.  Once I started with one sketch, I was excited to try another one.  So I did!  If you give it a try, let me know if you aren’t addicted.  I’ll be surprised.

This card is made using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS217).  I love their clean designs. Nothing too fussy for them.  That reflects my style, too (well, on some days  . . :))  so I was drawn to the sketch.

Here is my card:

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The butterflies add lots of dimension and interest.  The smaller butterfly is made from vellum.  I love the soft look of vellum.  And of course, the butterfly is covered in some glitter.  What else?

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Here’s the sketch:

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I have something funny to share about the card.  It’s up-cycled.  I used this butterfly in another card but I never really loved the card — but I sure did love the butterfly.  So yes, I removed the beautiful butterfly and added it to this card — where I it works much better!  I then reused the paper in the first card.  Nothing wasted!  Up-cycling can save you lots of work.  Give it a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:Watercolor Wings (139424), Sheltering Tree (137163) – sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Vellum, Tip Top Taupe, Gold Foil
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (138135), Gold Thread

Have a great Tuesday!
Rina

Stampin’ up a Storm

What have you been up to this weekend?  I have been stampin’ like a crazy gal.  It has put a great big smile on my face – which I needed, because my bookclub book was so sad this month.  Ugh!!  But stamping always cheers me up.

For my project today, I am sharing a holiday card that I made for my sweet friend, Kimberly.

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I had so much fun making it — not only because it was a break from my downer book, but because I used a card sketch!  The sketch is PCCCS174 (click here for details on the Paper Craft Crew).  Here was what the sketch looks like:

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Tip: I flipped the sketch upside down.  Feel free to change up sketches to make them work for YOUR card.  Also, to give the bird color depth, I stamped him first in Crumb Cake and then Soft Suede.

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Joyful Season (139770)
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobber
Paper: Season of Cheer DSP, Pool Party, Whisper White

Have a fantastic week,
Rina

New Class – In your Mailbox

Dear Friends,

I am SO EXCITED to share my newest class with you.  I know you will LOVE it.  I’ve put time and love into it and I know you’ll enjoy taking the class as much I’ve enjoyed putting it together.

The class uses the stamp set “For All Things,” but I designed it so that if you don’t have that stamp set, you could easily substitute what you already have on-hand.

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The class consists of three parts:

  1. A kit that will mailed to you with the project pieces for you to stamp and assemble.
  2. An easy-to-follow instruction booklet.
  3. Videos for each of the four projects, to walk you through every step of the way.

I am so excited about this class that I’m offering it for FREE for a limited time.  Now through November 20th, the class is FREE with a $35 order from my Stampin’ Up site.  Click here to access.  On November 21th, the price of the class will go up to $25.  Note – when placing your order, be sure to use hostess code 7C7SF2KX.

For more information, click the tab on this blog labeled Class in the Mail.

Looking forward to stamping with you!
XOXOXO,

Rina

Background Sponging

Looking at the cute bird from the stamp set Joyful Season (139770), I thought some outdoor scenery was called for.  Have you ever sponged ink on a card?  It’s a breeze to do and makes a huge statement.

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Don’t you agree?  The above effect was crazy easy.  You take a sponge (item number 141337, $3.50).  TIP:  I cut my sponges like a pizza so I get about 8 slices of sponge.  You sponge on some color from your ink pad, then sponge the ink onto your card.  I used Marina Mist for the blue and Wasabi for the green. Actually, my 7 year old came into my room when I was sponging so I had her finish for me.  Yes, it’s that easy and makes a huge difference.

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Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a fabulous day.
XOXOXO,

Rina

Sale on Stamps!

I’ve been shopping with Stampin’ Up! for a long time.  First as a customer, then as a demo.  In all my years, I’ve never seen them do a flat 15% off on all stamps.  But that’s what they’re doing this week only!  The sale ends on Friday.  If you’re like me (i.e., frugal), I’ve had stamps I’ve been eyeing for a long time.  I am so excited to finally get them!  You’ll be seeing some fresh pics soon 🙂  Place your order online at www.stampinup.com or send me an email.

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I’ve been busy getting ready for stamp class tomorrow night.  I am so looking forward to my friends coming over and crafting with me.  Will post pics of the projects after the class — I want them to be a surprise for the ladies.

Best,
Rina

 

Sunshine

Two weeks in a row of sketches!!  I’m on a roll here 🙂  I did the Mojo Monday sketch.  I had as much fun as I did last week.  It is really challenging me to create different types of cards and use my supplies in fun ways.

Here is the sketch:

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I didn’t have a star, but no worries, I substituted a flower.  Here’s what I came up with:

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Stamp Set: Beautiful Bunch (134279)
Ink and Paper: Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, Lost LagoonPaper: Watermelon Wonder

XOXO,
Rina

A New Way of Creating Cards

There are a ton of sites that offer card templates.  I’ve even created some!  (See Templates Tab.)  I love a template because it makes card-making easier and less intimidating.  Instead of starting with a blank piece of paper (it’s hard enough deciding what color that will be), you have a plan.

For the first time ever, I decided to play with someone else’s template.  I picked Mojo Monday.  They always have great designs.  Their site is http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/. 

Different sites call templates by different names.  Mojo Monday calls them “Card Sketch.”  Other sites call them “Challenges,” or “inspiration.”  Essentially, it’s a template that you can loosely follow 🙂

I had a BALL using their template.  I am thinking playing these challenges will be my new “thing” to follow other people’s templates.  I love to learn and I think this is a great way to grow your skills.

Here is their card sketch for this week:

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And here is the card I came up with.  I am loving all the leave stamps.  This is my first fall card of the season 🙂  I used Crushed Curry card stock.  The leaf is stamped in Always Artichoke. The stamp set is called For All Things.

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Have a happy weekend!
Best,
Rina