Choose Happiness

Dear Friends,

As you know, Stampin’ Up! is retiring some products soon to make room in the catalog for new products. Of everything that’s retiring, there is one set that makes me sad. The set is called “Choose Happiness.” It was my favorite stamp set from the ENTIRE catalog the year it came out and I’ve used it many times.

What I like most about it, though, is what it taught me about myself. I used to be a neat and structured stamper. Using Choose Happiness, I learned to do some grungy stamping. Later in this post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite cards I’ve made with this stamp set and you can see the different styles I used.

For my card today, I am combining my favorite stamp set with a challenge. This week for the Paper Craft Crew challenge, we’re supposed to stamp flowers. Since 90% of my cards have flowers, this wasn’t a challenge for me, this was my comfort zone.  LOL. Come play along with us at the Paper Craft Crew! Click here to see all the cards and submit one of your own, if you wish.

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My card for this week uses a very cool technique. Simple, but also effective. The picture  does not do it justice. The flowers are embossed in gold and I used a sponge dauber to color in the flowers. It was SO simple and yet so effective. I LOVED using the technique.

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The close-up shows some of the depth of embossing.

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As promised, below are some cards I’ve made with Choose Happiness.

The card below is one of my favorite cards that I ever made.

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Here’s another favorite. It uses Lost Lagoon, which is an awesome color, retiring in a few weeks.

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The sample below showcases some different colors and is my favorite part of the project.

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The good news is that I certainly got my money’s worth out of that stamp set, didn’t I?

Supplies Used (Pink Flower Card):
Stamps: Choose Happiness
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight
Other: Gold embossing powder, Gold Thread

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Happy Stamping,
Rina

Elegant Birthday

Hello dear friends,

I’m so excited about the card I’m sharing with you — but the picture truly doesn’t do it justice.  It is very cool in real life because there is a lot of dimension and the colors compliment each other.  The inspiration for the card came from sketch #TGIFC43.

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The card started out as two mess-ups.  I did the inner piece with the stamped flowers and didn’t like it.  Next, I decided to replicate the card on a bigger piece of white and see if I’d like it better.  However, I didn’t like it either.

Then I put the two together — and BINGO!  I had inadvertently created a Double Layer Card.  Together, they looked really neat.

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Once I had the two layers together, I added more pieces, such as the lace, banner, etc.  I glitzed it up by covering the bird in glitter.

The moral of the story — great things can come from “mess ups.”  Never never never get down on yourself for trying.  Just keep going and you never know, your “mess up” may become your favorite creation.

Reminder: Less than a week left to get my Stamps in the Mail class for free!  Click here for more info.

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Here are supplies used for the card:

Hope you make something beautiful today.
XO,
Rina

 

Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness.  The name of the stamp set makes me smile.  Sometimes when we are in the dumps, we can’t “choose” to be happy.  But for the most part, we can make choices that will bring us joy.  For me, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is a way I choose happiness. It’s a lot of work, but it fills me creativity, brings new friends into my life, and makes me happy (oh yeah, and it makes me grow.  But that’s just a happy side effect!)  Other choices that I make include doing yoga (I am heading out to a class tonight despite freezing temps!), spending time with my family, reading, etc. Friends, let’s choose happiness!

Today is an exciting day in my world. It is the first day of the new Occasions Catalog and also the start of Sale-a-bration, where for every $50 spent you get a free item. To see the brand new catalogs, click here.

Also, if you aren’t already a member of mailing list, click here to subscribe.  I’m sending it out today and I have lots of fun projects on it, exclusive to my mailing list.

My card today uses in-colors.  I wanted a non-traditional flower card. I had fun adding different elements and putting it together. The background paper is sponged to give it a more rustic feel.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Choose Happiness
Paper: Typeset DSP, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Lost Lagoon, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Garden Green
Other: Gold Glitter, Mint Macron Lace

Reminder: Registration is still open for my Creative Challenge. To learn more about it, click here.

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Lovely as a Tree Bookmark

I recently bought the stamp set, “Lovely as a Tree.”  I don’t know what took me so long to get it!  It’s been available since I started stamping.  I made a lot of holiday cards this year using the set.  I just pulled it out again to make this bookmark.  I love how it turned out.  I used two different color green markers to color the leaves and I love the gradations in color.

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Close-up of the tree:

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To make the bookmark:

  • Cut out Pear Pizazz paper to 5 1/2 x 2
  • Using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324) punch out the top of the tag.
  • Stamp “Love Life” image on the bottom of the bookmark using the Project Life stamp set.
  • Randomly stamp dots over the paper using versamark ink and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.
  • Using the single tree from the “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set, color directly on the stamp.  First, color the whole tree top using Pear Pizazz.  Next, using Wild Wasabi, color around all the edges of the tree top and randomly on the center of the tree top.  Using Soft Suede, color the tree trunk.  Breath onto the stamp to re-moisten it and stamp the image onto very vanilla card stock.  Cut out using a 2 1/2 inch punch. Using a paper timmer, cut off a bit of of the circle so it will fit on the card.
  • Using the tree banner image from the Choose Happiness stamp set, stamp onto crumb cake card stock using gold ink.  Cut out image.  Adhere to card.
  • Cut off a bit of the serged edge of the burlap ribbon. Adhere over banner using tombow.
  • Adhere the round tree image to the card using dimensionals.
  • Tie a bow with the bakers twine and adhere to the paper using a glue dot.
  • Put Pear Pizazz ribbon on top.  Tie with a thread from the burlap ribbon.

Book Recommendation:

My 3rd book recommendation is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  This is a young adult book but worth reading for any age.  It is about a boy who looks different.  It takes place his first year attending a formal school.  I laughed and cried reading this book.  This book was also meaningful to me because I have a disabled brother.  Many of the issues identified in the book I have experienced.  The author wrote in a way that was uplifting and fun.  There was lots of humor throughout the book.  I am so impressed with the book that that I think it should be required reading for all middle school children.

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Combining Two Fun Hobbies

I have confession.  I used to be an avid reader.  I could go through a stack of books in a WEEK.  I kid you not.  My parents didn’t allow us to watch TV so reading was the only entertainment we had available (I grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s so computers were not what they are today).

After I had my first daughter, I stopped reading fiction.  As a reader, you can’t keep me away from books.  However, I developed a new interest in non-fiction. I loved reading biographies, how-to-manage-juggling-a-career-with-kids, books on economics, really brainy strange stuff.  Well, last year my friend, Stephanie, invited me to join her book club.  The book club reads only fiction.  I was BACK to my old hobby and LOVING it.  I can’t stop reading fiction.  I have a kindle  (which is great if my husband is sleeping — I can read without disturbing him) and I also read “real” books borrowed from the library or my friend, The Book Fairy, Melissa. (Melissa has a lovely habit of dropping by my house with books that she thinks I will like.  Now that’s a true friend.)

This week I am hosting my book club so I thought it would be really fun to combine my two hobbies, stamping and reading.  For the next five days I will post a bookmark, along with a favorite books I’ve read in the past year.  For the first bookmark, I created a video to show you how to make it.  I hope you enjoy!

Below is the first bookmark.  I used my favorite stamp set from the annual catalog, Choose Happiness.

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See the video for information on how to make the bookmark.

Favorite book of 2014:

Of all the books I’ve read in the last year, my favorite is called Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

secretdaughterBelow is the book summary from Goodreads:

On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.

I loved the book because I was fascinated to learn about Indian culture and the storyline was riveting.  The book was set in two different periods and I thought the author did a masterful job going between them.  The book was very well-written and the story line has remained with me.

Rina
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Choose Happiness – A new look

I cannot get enough of this stamp set!!  I challenged myself to make a card with a totally different look from the ones I made last week.  My inspiration for the card came from the catalog.  There is a card stamped on crumb cake that uses this stamp set.  The card looks very different then mine, but I liked the crumb cake.  🙂

needafriendThe butterfly on the card comes from the set “Kinda Eclectic.”  I finally bought the matching punch and it makes life so much easier — especially since I had to fussy cut the flowers.

Have a GREAT week,

Rina

Below are the supplies used for card:

Choose Happiness – Voltaire

My absolute favorite stamp set in the Annual Catalog is Choose Happiness.  I love the font, I love the leaves, the bird, of course the flower, everything.  Perhaps the quote below by Voltaire inspired the stamp set.  Happiness is much healthier then being sad.  Of course, you can’t always choose to be happy.  When depression hits sometimes the hardest thing in the world is to be happy, even if you want it more than anything in the world.  To me, this quote isn’t about choosing happiness over depression.  It’s about a lifestyle of when you have a choice, make one that will bring joy to you and the world around you.  When you are in traffic, you can choose to be angry, or you can choose to accept it.  Accept the traffic jam, turn on some 80’s tunes, and you are choosing happiness over road rage.  That’s a good way to live, in my book.

i-have-chosen-to-be-happyHere is the stamp set:

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And here *insert drum roll* is my first card made with this set!  I had such fun making it.  For the leaves, I used a blender pen so they would look soft and light.  The flowers are from the Color Me Autumn DSP.  That’s how they have the different shade gradations.

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Let me know if you have any questions — also let me know if it’s your favorite set, too!  Below are the supplies I used.