Learning and Growing

Dear Friends,TGIF MARCH Challenges-005

I am a huge advocate of life-long learning.  Whether it’s cardmaking, baking, relationships, or any other aspect of our lives, if we’re not growing, we’re stagnant. To challenge myself and help develop my cardmaking skills, continual practice is the key for me. Another tool is card sketches. You’ll notice I try to do at least one a week. I do them to challenge myself and help learn new ways of doing things. The card sketch I used today was a challenge for me.

It seemed so simple, so I was surprised. Maybe it was because my mojo was gone?  For whatever reason, I struggled.  And with struggle comes learning and growth, so if you’re like me, keep at it! The more cards I make, the easier it is to make something beautiful.  The sketch I used today is from TGIF Challenges #TGIFC46.  Give it a try and send me a link to your card!

To make the card, I used an overlay of velum. Velum is under-rated, isn’t it?  It can make a huge impact on a card, softening the colors and creating fun effects. The vellum I used is from Sale-a-bration, so it was free.  Free is always good 🙂


If you look closely, you’ll see some coral and gold thread under the “dear friend banner” I unraveled some thick baker’s twine for the coral. The gold is washi tape (free again with Sale-a-bration).


I hope you’ll give sketches a try.  Let me know if you think they help you improve your card making skills.  Above all, enjoy every minute of time you have to paper craft.  After all, that’s why we do it.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Flowering Fields, Birthday Blooms
Paper: Botanical Velum, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe
Markers & Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Metallic Wasabi Tape, Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine, Gold Metallic Thread, Rhinestones

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More Flowering Fields Fun

Dear Friends,

Happy weekend!  The first Sunday of the month is a fun day for me because I release my video for the Creative Challenge members.  I’ll post it to my blog later this week so you can enjoy the video, as well.  This month we’re doing Embossing Folder Stamping, which is a gorgeous technique.  Lots of excitement going on in the facebook page today.  To join, click on the link here for information.

If you own the Flowering Fields stamp set, what do you think of it?  I’m personally glad I got it with my first order because I love to use it and have to resist using it for every single card I make 🙂 I also used my favorite color, Lost Lagoon, which I love so much, I’ve been hoarding.  🙂


I colored the flowers using Wink of Stella (clear) which makes an amazing tool for watercoloring . It adds dimension and sparkle.  Fun stuff.  Too bad it doesn’t show up in photos 🙁


For the card above, I used the sketch by the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#185):


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flowering Fields (free during Sale-a-bration), Happy Home, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Wildflower Fields DSP, Calypso Coral, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Archival Black, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Smoky Slate
Tools: Circles Framelits dies, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)


Have a fantastic week!

Flowering Fields

I cannot get enough of the Flowering Fields stamp set!!  I love using it since the images are so pretty, but I also enjoy the paper that coordinates with it so beautifully.

The card below was inspired by my little girlies.  They were playing with me just before I did the card so I was in a happy cheerful mood, which comes through in the card.  I love the effect of the two card layers being a little askew (which reflects my life most days . . .)


When I was done the card I realized it needed a little “umph,” so I added the banners at the bottom and a little gold embossing.  Gold makes everything better, doesn’t it?  If you look carefully, you’ll see a little silver thread behind the banners.


Hope you have a great week!  Make something pretty . . . it’ll put a smile on your face, guaranteed.

My free class for this month uses this gorgeous stamp set, too. You will love it.  Click here for all the details.


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I couldn’t decide

A few weeks ago when I was designing my online card class for February, I was in a quandary.  I designed 5 projects instead of my usual 4 and I couldn’t figure out which one not to use.  I loved all of them.  I always put special attention to the cards for my class and take my time designing them.  I thought I was done, but I was in the zone.  You know, that creative zone where things seem to flow and everything comes together nicely.  That’s a zone I love to be in and I’m always sad when it’s gone.

This “zone” isn’t just for creative projects.  I can be programming and hit the zone, or cooking, even playing with my kids.  The zone is an awesome place to be because when we’re in it, we’re happy, creativity is flowing and things are just easier.  I find the more I create, the easier it is for me to get into the zone in ALL aspects of my life.  That’s one of the reasons whey I created my Creative Challenge. I wanted to encourage others to take the time to create so they could be more creative in all aspects of their life.

Below is the card I made:


I love how the colors coordinate.  Okay, now I’m sad that I didn’t include it in the class. The cool thing about the card is the vellum, but you can’t see it clearly in the picture.  There is a round piece of vellum over the circle.  It is muting the flowers and makes the card come together in a soft, elegant style.


Tip: when using vellum, only dab a little adhesive on it since you don’t want the adhesive to be seen.

If you’re not subscribed to my mailing list, please do so because I am including a step-by-step instruction for sheet on this card for my subscribers.  Click here to subscribe.

For information on my free class, click here.


Below are the supplies for making the project:

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Have a wonderful day,

How to Make a Matchbook Candy Holder – with Video

If you are looking for a fast fun way to give someone a little candy treat, I have the perfect project for you!

The project below is designed to look like a matchbook holder. The paper slides right down to get to the candy. The candy is stapled in and is easily pulled out – without ruining the project. Wouldn’t you hate if the pretty project was ruined to get to the candy out?

Matchbox Candy Holder

Here’s a side view of the project.

Matchbox Candy Holder side

Watercoloring with Wink of Stella
There’s a surprise element to this project. To color in the flowers, I watercolored it using Wink of Stella (a glitter pen). How cool is that?! I was so excited to do this technique and it worked GREAT. Actually, I thought it was even easier than traditional watercoloring.

To make the project, use a piece of paper measuring 2 ¼ x 9. Score at 1, 5, and 5 ½. For a full list of project supplies and dimensions, click Matchbook Candy Holder for the pdf.

Almost all of the supplies I used to make the project were FREE because we are in Sale-A-Bration. For every $50 in orders (before tax and shipping) you get a free product. The stamp set and paper used for this project were my favorite of the free items. The supply list is at the end of this post.

Join my Team:
Sale-A-Bration is an ideal time to join Stampin’ Up! You should think about joining and send me an email with any questions (RinaStamps@gmail.com). Also click here for more information. We will have FUN as a team! Lots of stamping, laughing, and inspiring each other.

If you choose to join, doing it during Sale-A-bration gets you the most bang for your buck. For $99 you get $155 worth of products – and you get to choose whatever products you want (the days of getting a pre-fab kit are WAY over). That’s like getting a $56 gift certificate to Stampin’ Up! “nuff said.

Here’s a video on how to make the project.

Supplies used:

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