Vintage Leaves Glisten with Gold

On my blog I talk a lot about comfort zones. I don’t think that comfort zones are necessarily bad, though they have a very bad reputation! If you think about it, almost everything we do well is within our comfort zone, because we’ve learned and practiced the skills. For example, I’m really good at creating cards that use soft, subtle colors since those are the colors that appeal to me. I think the reason why comfort zones get a bad reputation is because we do sometimes need to leave our comfort zones so we can learn and grow. The Vintage Leaves stamp set has helped me grow since it’s a stamp set that can be used for so many different techniques.

Using Vintage Leaves for Watercoloring

I decided to use Vintage Leaves for watercoloring this card. I’ve done a lot of watercoloring this year, but it’s a skill that I’m still learning to use in different aspects of card making. I’ve been experimenting with using it for backgrounds (my favorite!), coloring images, even watercoloring using an acrylic block!

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!


For this card, I used a technique that combines embossing with watercoloring I love to emboss when I watercolor because the image stays crisp. The embossing also gives nicely defined lines that make using a paintbrush easier since the color doesn’t get everywhere.

For this card, I did another fun technique by combining ink colors. I love love love the effect of combining different colors to create a totally unique color for a card.

The gold embossing makes the leaves stand out and looks so gorgeous in real life. I had a difficult time getting a picture of the sparkle, but in the close up below, you can see how bright and stunning the leaves look.

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I had wanted to do a card for a while that was surrounded in white, with just a pop of color in the border. I’d seen a card with this sketch on pinterest. The colors among the white made the design elements stand out.

Tips for Making this card:

  • I used Shimmery White for the watercolored images. If you haven’t watercolored on this paper, you should give it a try. It is lovely to work with and has a pretty shimmer.
  • Before embossing, always use an Embossing buddy so that you have less static on your paper. Less static means that the embossing powder doesn’t go all over your paper, just where you want it.
  • The large leaves at the bottom are cut out using the matching framelits
  • Here are some color combinations I used for the leaves:
    • Pumpkin Pie and Real Red
    • Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
    • Per Pizzazz and So Saffron

Making this card was so much fun! I hope you join me by sometimes dipping a toe outside of your comfort zone and trying new color combos or a new technique.

If you love new techniques, join my Creative Challenge, where I introduce a new technique every month and we make cards using the Technique and share them on a private Facebook site to inspire each other. Click here to join.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, and Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Other: AquaPainter, Leaflits Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

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Happy Stampin’,

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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,

Celebrating a dozen years

This year marks our 12th wedding anniversary.  I don’t know how it’s possible it’s been a dozen years, but I am thankful for every one of them.  We got married at the end of October when the leaves were changing color.  It was a beautiful day, filled with lots of warmth and laughter.

One of the reasons everyone remembers my wedding because of my father.  In Jewish weddings, people take turns giving the blessings.  One of the blessings has my name in it.  My dad specifically asked for that blessing.  First, he gets to the Podium and in front of everyone, unplugs the microphone.  At this point, the guest who knew him started laughing because they knew he was up to something.  Then he says the blessing in a very loud, jovial voice.  When he gets to my name, I don’t know how he manages it, but he says it so loud that the entire room erupts in laughter.  My name, “Rina,” means the joy your find in music.

I’m so lucky to be married to my honey.  He’s the one who told me to sign up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and encourages me on this  journey.  His message to me is “If you’re having fun, keep going!”  So that’s what I’m doing.

The card below is embossed in gold.  And it has hearts in gold to celebrate Tim’s love of all things glitter.  🙂


Here are the supplies used:

More CASE fun!

Last week I challenged my friends on Facebook to show me their favorite card and I would CASE it.  Check out Robin’s favorite:


I don’t have the stamp set used, or the framelet.  No problem!  Don’t ever let that hold you back if you love a card.  Find supplies you already have and use the card for inspiration.  I used the same color scheme as the catalog card and gold embossing powder for the menorah.  To make the background, I used my aqua painter and a bunch of different inks.  To use the inks from your pads, with the ink pad closed, squish the top down.  When you open the pad, there will be a little bit of ink on the lid.  Use that with your aqua painter.  Here’s my card.


TIP:  When using an aqua painter, it is best to use special watercolor paper.  However, I didn’t have any on hand so I used whisper white.  If using whisper white, be careful not to go over the same area too many times with the aqua painter or your paper will fray.

Have fun getting ideas from the catalog and use the inspiration to make your own creations.  Be sure to send me photos of your cards — I love seeing what you come up with.

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