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,
Rina

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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Foxy Friends is My Top Pick

The other day my daughter asked me what my FAVORITE stamp was from the new catalog. What a question…..I was forced to pick only one, so I chose my absolute favorite. If I could only get one new stamp set from the WHOLE catalog, it would be *drumroll* — Foxy Friends.

I love the Foxy Friends stamp set first and foremost because it’s different. I’ve never stamped foxes before, or any other of the many animals included with the stamp set. Not only is it adorable, but it comes with a product suite. When you can get matching paper and a punch, it is easy to make a spectacular card with less work. I also love the colors in the product suite. Pool Party is one of my standbys and Watermelon Wonder is another favorite.

By the way, would you ever have thought to put the two colors together? Not me! So glad Stampin’ Up! showed us how nicely these colors work by putting them together with the Foxy Friends product suite.

Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Another tool that I used for this card is the new circle framelits. In the catalog, I had a hard time figuring how large the scallops would be. I was so happy once my order arrived and I played with them. The scallops are very small and add a lot to a card, but in a subtle way. Before this set, it was always a challenge when I used a circle in a card since I had no border around it, or a very large circle border. Now I can put a small subtle and adorable border. I will need to order the ovals next….so cute!

Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Have a Happy Friday! Hoping your upcoming weekend brings some extra time to stamp 🙂

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Foxy Friends
Paper: Pool Party, Smoky Slate, and A Little Foxy DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake and Smokey Slate
Other: Pool Party Ribbon, Circle Framelits, Fox Builder Punch

Awesome Friends

Dear Friends,

I hope you had some time to relax this weekend. I got to see my sweet friend, Sharon, who lives in another country. We went to high school together and I love her so much. There’s something special about people who knew you back in the day, isn’t there? I can tell her things I wouldn’t tell anyone else. Her husband and kid are also lovely so it was a real treat for me to see her and most of her family yesterday.

If you saw my facebook page, I told a funny story of something that happened in yoga today. (Click here to like my facebook page.)

Today I managed to make it to an 8am yoga class. A miracle, I know. We get into a crazy pose (not as crazy as the one below) and she asks me “What was the best thing that happened to you this week?” I’m like “Ahhhh. I don’t know.” She said “that’s okay. Take your time. We’ll stay in this pose till you think of it.” I thought of something real fast, let me tell you….Great way to bring gratitude into your routine

I told my yoga class how special it was to see Sharon, my good friend, whom I see so rarely. The card below, a friendship card, is an ideal card to send to a friend that you love, but don’t see very often. Social media has take the place of snail mail, and it’s not the same. It’s great, but really, it’s not the same. Make the card below and send it to someone who lives far from you. It will make your friend smile a great big smile and bring you close together, no matter how many miles separate you.

The card below uses my favorite stamp set from the soon to be retired catalog. Luckily, the stamp set isn’t being retired (phew!!). You know a stamp set is great when you can create lots of cards from it without struggling.

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To make the card, I first embossed black embossing powder on Shimmery White paper. I watercolored using an aqua painter in only one color, watermelon wonder. It sure makes the color pop when you only use one color, doesn’t it? It was hard not throwing in a green, so instead of fussy cut the image and stamped green under it.  I was thrilled with how this came out! The flowers are popped up with dimensionals, as is the Friend label.

I wanted to remind you that I’ll be sending my newsletter out this Wednesday. I always include some neat cards with step-by-step instructions in my newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

Have an awesome week,
Rina

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Awesomely Artistic, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Watermelon Wonder
Other: AquaPainter

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Sponging – 2 ways!

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing my latest technique video. In the video, I teach two ways of using sponging to make stunning backgrounds for your stamped images.

The video was created for my Creative Challenge group. Click here to learn about the challenge and join. We have a vibrant facebook group and lots of projects shared throughout the month.

Last month we did Watercolor Washing, which is one of my absolute favorite stamping techniques. This month, I wanted to feature a beautiful technique – but one that didn’t involve water. LOL. A little less mess, anyone? I decided on using sponges because they are my favorite tool. I’m a frugal gal and in my opinion, sponges are the cheapest tool with the largest impact. A package of sponges only costs about $3.50 (click here if you need to order any) and you can cut them up and get tons of use of them. I like to label my sponges and keep them forever. The more you use them, the better they get!

The first card uses all-over sponging. Using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo, I show how to sponge, adding layers of color to make the beautiful effect shown on the card.

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The second card shows two techniques in one. It shows how to create the ripped paper effect, as well as sponging, merging different colors together.

Many of my videos for my Creative Challenge members include more than one way of doing a technique. I therefore have two different neat ways of doing sponging. I like to fill my videos with as much information as possible since my technique videos are designed to be a class. The videos are comprehensive and include as much information about the technique as needed for beginners and advanced stampers to be successful with the technique.

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Below is the video. I hope you enjoy it and give this technique a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo
Tools: Sponges