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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Bye Bye, Pedal Pusher

I am going to miss the Pedal Pusher stamp set so much when it retires. Would you believe that I love it so much, it actually inspired me to get a bike?  Yep, last Sunday I went to the bike store and fell in love with a beautiful bike, the same beautiful blue color as Pool Party. Too bad it costs a little more than the bike stamp, otherwise it would be home with me now 🙁

For my card today, I thought it would fun to put together a scene with the bike. I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set with Pedal Pusher.  I love fall colors, so I made it a fall scene.

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The road lines (under the bike) are made from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I was excited when I saw it and realized it would work . . . since I always have Gorgeous Grunge out and ready to go, it jumped into my card, almost on its own.

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I used a blender pen to color the bike so it would have a more subtle effect.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Pedal Pusher, Sheltering Tree, and Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Soft Sky, Smokey Slate, Archival Black, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake

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XOXO,
Rina

I’m here for you

Hello Dear Friends,

Happy Monday.  I hope it’s a fantastic week.

For my card today, I tried to keep it simple.  And I did!  I almost squeezed in some elements that would have changed the card, but I kept reminding myself “clean and simple.”  You see, I was following a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Click FMS228 for more information.

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The theme of Freshly Made Sketches is to do simple layouts that are beautiful and non-fussy.  I love the how this type of card looks, so I wanted to challenge myself this week. Since I wanted to use the Petal Pusher stamp set, I had to flip the sketch — I didn’t think I could make the bike work in the upper corner. But don’t forget — sketches can be flipped, no problem. Always use sketches as inspiration and make them work with the card. After all, we wouldn’t want the card to look ridiculous, with a bike floating in mid air …

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For the banner at the bottom, I did something fun. Using a dimensional on each side of the banner, I curved it outward in the center.  A fun technique!

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I hope you will give clean simple cards a try. There is great beauty in simplicity, isn’t there?

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Pedal Pusher, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wildflowers DSP
Ink & Markers: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Hello Honey
Accessories: OMG – none!

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Have a wonderful week,
Rina

 

Flower Bookmark

My second bookmark for this week uses the stamp set, Blended Bloom.  I was inspired by a bookmark created by Kaitlyn Zumbach.  I changed it up a bit (added some sparkle, too).  It was FUN bookmark to make.  I hope you are inspired to make one, too.

I used blendabilities to color the bookmark.  To hide the back of the card, which can look a little messy with the markers showing through, I just created a second white bookmark and glued the two together.  See details below on how to make the bookmark.

 

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To make the card:

  • Cut Whisper White card stock 5 1/2 x 2 (cut out two)
  • On both pieces of card stock, punch out the top of the card stock using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324), and
  • Using the corner rounder, round the ends of both pieces of card stock.  Glue the two pieces together.
  • Using Momento Tuxedo ink, stamp the flower from the Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set (135906) off the right bottom edge of bookmark.
  • With blendabilties ink (I chose Rich Razzleberry but you can use any color!) color in the flower. I colored the center using Daffodil Delight blendabilties and wild wasabi markers.
  • Using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, ink up the stamp well in rich razzleberry (or whatever color you used for the flower) and stamp off on scrap paper TWICE.  Do this randomly over the entire bookmark.  Using Crumb Cake, do this again.  Finally, using gold ink (without stamping off), stamp the dots randomly over the picture.
  • Add some gold sequins using tombow.
  • Add ribbon to the top using Hello Honey and gold ribbon.

Book Recommendation:

My second book recommendation is by Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  I preferred listening to this book on CD.  For me, hearing a book is sometimes even more powerful then reading it.  (I ran out of time and had to finish the book using a hard copy so I would be done in time for book club.  My kids were on their own that afternoon.  I could not put it down.)

jojoBelow is the summary from Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

The book is about a man who gets injured in an accident.  He is a paraplegic and Lou is hired to be his companion.  We go through Lou’s journey as she learns about helping paraplegics.  It is a powerful book and well written.  I will definitely be reading more books by JoJo Moyes.

Rina
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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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Soft Butterfly Card

Happy Monday!!  It is a coooool day here.  Freezing ice.  I am ignoring the cold weather and stamping with the colors I enjoy.  I love soft colors.  Add some lace, a vintage button, and I’m happy. The card below uses some of my favorite colors, blushing bride.

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Cut card stock to the following dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride 4 1/4 x 11
  • Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4
  • Scrap of Whisper White for the butterflies

To make the card:

  • Fold Blushing Bride cards stock in half.
  • Stamp the sun from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Daffodil Delight
  • Stamp the dots in Smokey Slate
  • Using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Smokey Slate, we want a very subtle effect of gray dots on the card.  To make the dots light, stamp off two times onto scrap paper, then stamp onto the whisper white card stock.
  • Stamp the leaves in Sky Blue
  • Sponge the sides of the card in Blushing Bride
  • Stamp the butterflies in Melon Mambo.  Cut out with scissors or the butterfly punches. (I don’t have the small butterfly punch so I just fussy-cut it.)  Adhere pearls to the butterflies.  Using a half a dimensional, adhere to the card.
  • Add Blushing Bride ribbon, Venetian Lace ribbon, a small piece of a doily, and a Glass button (with linen thread) to the card.  I used tombow to get it to stick well.  Adhere card top to Blushing Bride.

Hope you have a great week,
Rina