Swirly Watercoloring

Wow is life exciting for me today! My sister, who lives in another country, has come to visit for just a few short days. We never know when we’ll have the opportunity to see her again, so these days are so precious.

Whenever she visits, we usually plan to chill. I don’t like doing a whole lot since she’s usually tired from her flight, anyway. Hanging out and chatting over tea is always fun. Such a treat to have her visiting! I have big smiles on my face as I’m writing this post.

Getting’ Wild with Watercoloring

For my card today, I was feeling a bit over-the-top. Must have been my excitement over my sister’s visit. I haven’t done Watercolor Washing lately, and I was ready to have a go at it!

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Whenever you do this technique, you never know how it’ll look in the end, especially when trying new color combos. I always start with a hope and a prayer. LOL. But, the truth is that it’s just paper, so if the color combo doesn’t work, it’s really all good, right?

Color Combo

My color combination for this card is Emerald Envy…which you probably already guessed. But can you guess the second color? I did the other color first and then added the green Emerald Envy to it. (I told you this was scary! Who knows how it would work?!) But joy of joys, it worked great! The other color was Bermuda Bay.

And my secret was that when I had the idea to blend colors, I actually used scrap paper first. LOL. I tried some color combos that REALLY didn’t work. But the Bermuda Bay married nicely with the Emerald Envy.

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How to Make this Card

To make this card, I started out with Watercolor Paper. I cut the paper a little larger than what I wanted for the finished card so I could trim any stray edges.

  1. This step is optional – adhere Watercolor paper to a scrap paper with washi tape so that the paper doesn’t curl when it gets wet.
  2. Stamp the images from the Swirly Bird stamp set onto Watercolor paper with versamark. My card has swirls and also the random dot image placed throughout. Start with the biggest image first, then fill in with smaller swirls and random dots.
  3. Using clear embossing powder, heat set images.
  4. With your AquaPainter, paint the entire card stock with water. Next add Bermuda Bay Ink. When the Bermuda Bay dries (you can use your heat tool to speed this this up) add Emerald Envy over top of it. Let dry.
  5. If you adhered the watercolor paper to scrap paper, remove and trim edges of watercolor paper.
  6. Embellish as desired!

Have fun with stamping

To me, this type of stamping is so much fun. I had a ball making the card and putting together different colors. It does take a little longer to make than other cards, but it’s also more fun, isn’t it?

I’m off to enjoy more time with my sister! Thanks for stopping by.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird Suite
Paper: Watercolor, Emerald Envy, Bermuda, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter, Hello You Thinlits, Metallic Sequins

Coloring Inside the Lines!

Happy Friday, my friend. This week sure went quickly, didn’t it? I don’t yet feel like I’m back on schedule from the holidays, but I’ll get there.

I’ve been working on setting some goals this year. I try to keep my goals easy and doable. My most important goal is to go to bed by 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. We’ll see how I do! It’s my hardest goal since I’m such a night owl (at 9pm I usually feel my most creative) but if I don’t get my sleep, I have no energy. We need energy to create, right? Who can make a card if we’re bone tired?

Shoot me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) or comment below and let me know if you’re working on any goals. I’d love to be inspired and learn from you!

The Coloring Craze

Have you caught the coloring craze? I sure have. I have two little girls and we love to color together. We have the adult coloring books and their favorite activity is to sit with me and color. When I saw the coloring book inspired paper for Sale-A-bration, I was thrilled. I can now do both at the same time!

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Card

Since I love coloring, I wanted my card to feature the new paper. I therefore designed the card so the paper would fill it almost entirely. However, before I could get started, I needed to learn how to use the paper.

Playing with the Paper

Before diving in, I first grabbed a piece of scrap paper. (I’ve been burned so many times that I’ve learned my lesson!) I tried different techniques:

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

  1. Watercoloring with an AquaPainter. I really wanted this technique to work since I love using the AquaPainter. It’s so fast and makes a great results. However, the Aqua Painter didn’t work so well on this paper. Watercoloring is best done on paper specially designed for holding water, so my results weren’t anything I’d post. LOL.
  2. Coloring with a Marker. Next I tried using my regular markers to color the images. However, for me, I felt the results were too dark.
  3. Using a Sponge Dauber. Here’s where I hit a home run! The flowers on the paper were large, and I didn’t want to be coloring them forever, so the sponge dauber worked GREAT. The result is beautiful and it was fast, too!
  4. Using a Blender Pen. After coloring in the large flower successfully with the sponge dauber, I had some smaller leaves to color in. I used a Blender Pen with them and the result was stunning!

The two winning techniques for me: Sponge Daubers and Blender Pens. I haven’t yet ordered the watercolor pencils, but I know they’ll be GREAT, too!

When I was done, I put a sheet of vellum over the entire paper to soften it a bit. It’s like a facelift for paper!

Happy weekend! I hope you give this paper a try. Let me know what techniques worked for YOU!

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: None!
Ink: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Inside the Lines DSP, Vellum
Other: Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestones, Layering Squares framelits (for the scallop), Doilies

Happy Sale-A-bration!

Before I begin my post, I’m putting the links to the new catalogs, released today, right up top so you can see them right away!

Today is an exciting day since two new catalogs are being released: The Occasions Catalog contains brand new beautiful seasonal items. It’s fun to see new products throughout the year and not have to wait for the annual catalog in June. My favorite is the Succulent Garden suite. I’ve already ordered it and have started playing!

The other catalog is for Sale-A-bration. Do you know what Sale-A-Bration means? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a little bit about celebrating the return to normal life after the holidays. Usually, this can be a sad time for some of us. But Stampin’ Up! wants to turn this time around to make it something to celebrate. And they know that the best way to make us stampers happy is to give us free stamping supplies.

Happy Sale-A-bration!

I don’t know about you, but in my world, that’s more exciting than cleaning the bathrooms, making dinner, or even doing laundry! Shocking, right? It takes my humdrum world and fills it with excitement. That’s why I love our hobby. It actually uplifts me every time I head to my stamping space, but that’s another blog post! Free supplies are exciting! And Stampin’ Up never makes the supplies boring or something you’d see on the clearance rack of other people’s leftovers. No way! The company makes their free products as exciting as they possibly can, incorporating the latest stamping trends.

If you’re new to Sale-A-Bration, the way you earn free products is for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) on products, you get any product of your choice from the Sale-A-bration catalog here.

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Succulent Garden

Whenever there’s a new catalog, we always have our favorites. I always gravitate to the flower stamp sets. They make me smile. The Succulent Garden stamp set is neat because you can also make cactus-type plants with it – succulents. Here’s my first card made with the stamp set. I wonder how many more cards I’ll make with it?! Many, I’m sure!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

The Technique

To make the card, I first cut out the center oval. I then lightly traced around it in pencil onto the Whisper White card stock. This allowed me to create a wreath effect, with the flowers surrounding the sentiment. Thanks the pencil mark, I knew exactly where to stamp to surround the sentiment. Once I finished stamping, I used a good quality artist eraser to erase the pencil line. It’s a simple technique, and it has a cool effect, doesn’t it?

Do you notice something else on the card that’s new? If you look carefully, you’ll see a little paper clip. Adorable, no? This paper clip is also in the new Occasions catalog. It adds just enough interest to make the card a little special without it being over-the-top. I love it!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

There are also little orange enamel dots throughout the card. Those dots add so much fun and texture to a card. I love them and need to use them more!

Finally, to put it all together, I splattered the card with ink. I LOVE this effect. It’s amazing how plain a card can look without the splatter. Afterwards, the flow is different and everything comes together. To do this effect, I used my Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach ink. I inked up the Aqua Painter with the ink and then hit it so the ink would splatter over the card. Fun!

If you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration, let me know! I’m here to help. I hope you enjoy perusing the two new catalogs. Have a happy Sale-A-Bration!

With love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Oh So Succulent
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Archival Black
Paper: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach
Other: Gold Metallic Thread, Gold 1/8 ribbon, Brights Enameled Dots, Rhinestones, Paper Clip, AquaPainter (for splatter)

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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

Palm Trees in December!

How are you holding up? The end of December is a rough time for some of us. For me, my kids are out of school and one is sick with a high fever. When things are rough, I am so thankful for stamping because it always brightens my day to make or card, or even just peek at someone else’s card on pinterest.

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Palm Trees in December

For today’s card, I’m feeling a bit sad. I’m not ready for Totally Trees to retire. There’s so much I can do with it. I had to get one last use out of it, so I made a card using my favorite image from the set, the palm tree.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

The palm tree makes me smile. It screams “summer!” “tropical island!” “Go, relax!” Isn’t it great?

Today’s card is simple yet pretty. I used the scallop square framelits to cut out the pretty shapes. It is such a versatile framelit, isn’t it? I actually just got it – it’s one of those tools where I wonder what took me so long?! LOL.

What makes the card so simple is that I used washi tape. The bold Emerald Envy color pairs beautifully with the Moroccan Suite paper and washi tape. I cut a strip of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper and adhered it to the card with the brown piece of Moroccan Suite washi tape.

Handmade card using the stamp set Totally Trees by Stampin' Up!

I don’t often remember to use washi tape, but when I do, I love the results. It adds some pretty color to projects and the tape is repositionable, which is perhaps my favorite feature. I moved it around a few times when I was designing the card.

When I finished the card, I felt it needed a little something extra. I added the bow and it added just the right amount of appeal to make the card look “put together.”

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Crazy About You (sentiment)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Early Espresso
Paper: Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate paper
Emerald Envy, Whisper White,
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Gold Metallic Thread, Scalloped Squares Framelits, Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine

Learn How to Make a Pocket Card!

I am so excited about today’s project! Every year I take upon an important task. I make the cards for all the teachers in our kid’s small school. The cards mean SO MUCH to the teachers. They thank me, and then thank me again. And a few months later, again….It is amazing how much they appreciate my work! I also take the time to write EACH teacher an individual note, telling them why the students and parents appreciate them. It takes me forever, but as you can tell, it’s so worth it. The teachers should be earning more than investment bankers, in my opinion. I can’t give them the six-figure salary that they deserve, but I can tell them how much we all appreciate them.

We usually give them cash or gift certificates for their holiday gift, so I wanted a project with a pocket. I have a tutorial to show you exactly how to make the cards. It’s easy! I had to make it easy since I needed to make a lot of them. LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I decorated the cards for Chanuakah using the candle from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. The card is square and the finished size measures 4 x 4.

Chanukah (Hannukah) card with Sprinkles of Life stamp set with Stampin' Up!

When you open it up, here’s how it looks on the inside:

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

The project is easy to make since I needed so many of them. Here’s how to make them:

Step 1: Cut the card stock to 8 x 5 1/2. I designed the cards so I could get two projects from one sheet of card stock.  This saved me some money since I had so many to make! If you’re making them in bulk, I suggest shaving 1/2 off the long side (as shown below), and then cut the card stock in half, at 5 1/2″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 2: Score the card stock at 4″

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 3: Turn the card stock and score again at 4″. See, you can’t mess it up!!! LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 4: Trim off the left block. I like to trim on the outside of the score lines .

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 5: This step is optional, but lovely. If you have a corner rounder, round the left corner pocket. This makes it look especially lovely when the pocket is done.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 6: You’ll want to us a strong adhesive, such as sticky strip or tombow, to adhere the pocket. Put the adhesive, as shown below, and bend up to form a pocket.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 7: If you’d like to decorate the inside of the card (with designer paper or white so you can wrote a message), cut the paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

 

Here’s how it looks when it’s done. You can fill your pocket with cash, gift cards, anything!

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I hope you enjoy this project!! If you make it, please send me a picture. It was such fun to make and I’ve already given them to the teachers. I’ve gotten so many heartfelt thanks that my heart is swimming with joy. Isn’t it great to be a papercrafter? What a beautiful opportunity.

Love,
Rina

 

Copper Trees? Why Not?!

It’s less than a week before the holidays start! Today I’m uber excited because my kids will be performing in their Chanukah play and I know it’ll be adorable. One of my kids will be a candle and the other will be a Greek. Should be adorable. They get so excited to perform on stage. Personally, I’d be terrified, but they always get over their stage-fright and enjoy it so much. We can learn a lot from our kiddies….

For today’s card I wanted to use some of the new copper embossing powder. I’ve also sorely neglected the stamp set, Totally Trees. I’m really hoping this stamp set doesn’t retire and carries over to the next Annual Catalog. There’s so much I can do with it…we’ll have to wait and see! In the meantime, I’ve inked it up for the card today.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

Watercoloring is so trendy right now. It’s been trendy for a while and it’s getting more and more popular since it looks so gorgeous. Luckily, it’s not hard to do. LOL. Also, like with everything in life, the more you do it, the better you get.

I started with Shimmery White card stock, which I embossed in copper. I then used Cherry Cobbler and my aqua painter to paint some ink over the tree. Much to my surprise (and watercoloring is full of surprises) the watercoloring came out pink instead of red. Oopsie. I really wanted a red card. I let it dry and went over it again with Cherry Cobbler ink and it got a bit darker, but still pink. See, watercoloring is an experiment no matter how often you’ve done it. I’ve never watercolored with red before so now I know! And now you know, too. LOL.

The reason why I wanted the watercoloring to be red is because I wanted to use more of my Warmth and Cheer designer series paper. If you had a chance to see my post on Monday, I shared that I am loving the paper and sad to see it retire in a few weeks.

Totally Trees stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My card features as much as the Warmth and Cheer paper as I could put in without overdoing it. That’s always a delicate balance, isn’t it? Pretty, without overwhelming. I also brought in some of the copper foil to highlight the copper in the tree.

A pretty doubled bow in Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine finishes off the project and adds some whimsy to it. Of course, I can never stop there. When I was done I splattered some gold “Wink of Stella” over the whole project to give it that “ Shabby Chic” feel. I can’t resist. It brings the whole project together!

Wishing you a most fabulous last few days before the holidays. I cheated a bit and bought some of my holiday food ready-made. I never do this since I don’t like eating processed food (bleh) but sometimes we’ve got to give ourselves a break, right?

Happy Preparing,
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Totally Trees, Endless Birthday Wishes (sentiment)
Paper: Warmth and Cheer, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Copper Foil
Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Copper Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine

Cozy Christmas

Happy week-before-the-holidays-begin! I hope it’s a good week for you. My to-do list is a bit overwhelming.  I’m hoping I surprise myself and get much more done than I think I can. LOL. In the meantime, I have some exciting projects to share with you this week. My first project is a cozy one that uses the uber cute stamp set, Cookie Cutter Christmas.

I have a confession! When I first saw the Warmth and Cheer designer paper (which is now on sale for half off!) I thought it wasn’t my style. To me, it screamed country, and I’m seriously not a country girl. I live in a suburb of D.C. and I’ve never been camping in my life. The closest to the country I’ve gotten is visiting the Amish in Lancaster County, PA (which I LOVE!!!).

Once I started using it, I realized it wasn’t a country design, it was a cozy design! The more I used it, the more I fell in love with it. I’m sad it’ll be retiring in only a few weeks since it is lovely. I’m using it as much as I can!

Christmas Card made with Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t the paper make the whole project look cozy and warm? Okay, so maybe it is a little country looking, but I LOVE it!

Watercoloring and Details

Another part of the card that makes it stand out is the watercoloring. To get the effect, I stamped Archival black onto Shimmery white card stock. I used an aqua painter with soft suede ink. To get the shading, I colored the image, then let it dry. I then went over parts of it again with the aqua painter, and it created some beautiful dark and light effects.

I also used my new Stitched framelits. Oh I’m loving them. Below is a close up so you can see the effect better.

Christmas Card made with Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Aren’t those framelits beautiful? I then punched a hole in the top and laced some ribbon through it. The ribbon was very thick, so I separated it, pulling some strands out so it would be less thick and more vintage looking. I frayed the ends to add some interest.

A little gold thread offsets the image and adds some sparkle.

Hope you have a most fantastic week and that everything magically and effortlessly gets done on your to-do list. And that you enjoy the process.

Love,
Rina

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Classy Chanukah Card

Today I have another Chanukah card to share with you! It’s fun making Chanukah cards using stamps that aren’t necessarily intended for this purpose. In today’s card, I used the stamp set “Sprinkles of Life.” It is an amazing versatile set. You can make cupcakes, ice cream cones, and yes, even menorahs. How cool, right?
Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Colors

I enjoy using non-traditional colors for my holiday cards. This card is no exception. My color scheme was simple, the deep red Cherry Cobbler and the mustard yellow of Delightful Dijon. There are splashes of gold, too, thanks to some subtle ribbon and thread. The combination looks classy and interesting.

How to make the Menorah

To make the Menorah, I used the candle stamp from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and couple of markers (Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight). I started in the center and made the middle candle high. I then started stamping to the right and made each of the four surrounding candles a bit lower. The strategically based ribbon hides the bottom of the candles so you don’t see the jagged lower parts. Gotta love ribbon, right? It can hide a host of problems while enhancing a project.

Chanukah Card (Hannukah) using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Lots and Lots of Ribbon

Ribbon is featured highly in this card. Since I didn’t have any other images that were Chanukah themed, I needed something to fill the card and not detract from the central image. I decided to use lots of ribbon! And it was SO MUCH fun to do this. The card uses five different ribbons or threads:

  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Gold Baker’s Twine
  • Gold Thread
  • Linen Thread

Since the colors all coordinated, it worked so great to pull them all in. Some ribbon is carefully tied, others is artfully placed. It adds so much interest to a card. I can never have too much ribbon in my craft room! It’s a fun effect.

Happy December

I hope you’re having a happy December. I’m looking forward to my kids performing in the annual Chanukah play. I’ve also started buying lots of potatoes to make my famous sweet potato pancakes. Here is a link to my favorite recipe for making the latkes. The recipe was created by Aviva Golfarb of the Six O’Clock Scramble. My kids enjoy having them with apple sauce or sour cream. Click here for the link. They are delish. I usually triple or quadruple the recipe. Lots of work, but worth it – they freeze well, too. Definitely my favorite Chanukah Treat!

Happy Day!
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Endless Birthday Wishes, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Thread, Linen Thread

Delicate Lanterns

Do you ever make a card that reminds you of why you love to stamp? Usually when you feel this way, your card exceeded your expectations and fits the style of stamping that you aspire towards. Although designing a card looks easy, if you’ve ever done it, you know it’s not easy at ALL. Luckily, there are so many resources now, such as blogs, pinterest, google, and stamping communities, so most stampers don’t need to come up with their own ideas. (It’s my hope that this blog inspires you in your creations!) However, when we create a card that comes out prettier than we expected, it’s sweet, isn’t it?

My card today came out better than I had imagined it would. The colors make me happy and the style is a mix of elegance and artfully placed mess (the messy part is the gold splatter all over, along with the lace). Perhaps I should call the card style shabby chic? Whatever it’s called, it makes me happy.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in the Paper

The reason why the card came out better then expected is because I first started with very different paper. The paper I was using, however, wasn’t “me.” The colors didn’t excite me, they didn’t coordinate well with the images, etc. I’m not sure why, but I was going with this paper even though I didn’t love it. However, as I was designing the card, I realized I was being silly. I didn’t “have” to use colors outside of my comfort zone. I could use colors I love – after all, it’s my card, right? I went with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653). Oh my, oh my, oh my. This acetate is so beautiful. The design of the paper is trendy and modern, yet is also reminiscent of old architecture and vintage designs. In the metallic colors, is breathtaking.

I used only a small strip, but it made my card. The gold color tied into the other colors and gave it a delicate, vintage feel.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the design on the circle, I inked up the large stamp from the Moroccan Nights stamp set with Sahara Sand and inked off onto scrap paper. I then stamped onto the circle, and it made a subtle image on the paper.

The lanterns are fussy cut but since there are only two, it didn’t take too long. When I finished the card, I used Gold Wink of Stella to put everything together. I splattered it over the whole project.

Follow a Layout

The Paper Craft Crew sketch inspires the layout for this project. Isn’t it an awesome sketch? I hope you will join in and play along! You have a whole week to follow the sketch, too. Click PCC#223 to follow along.

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I hope that next time you stamp, you hit your sweet spot and enjoy!
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, One Big Meaning
Paper: Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Other: Gold Wink of Stella, 1/8” Gold Ribbon, Very Vanilla ½” Lace Trim, Rhinestones

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