My Favorite Cards

Happy last weekday of 2016!! Today I get to do my favorite blog post of the year! I get to look through all the cards I posted each month and pick my favorite. So much fun! Of the cards below, what’s your all-time favorite?????

Let’s see them up close!

January 21016:

This card brings with it some terrific memories. I made the card when I was featuring my first ever Creative Challenge (click here for more info or to join.) The card features the stamp set I used for the different challenges, and it also incorporates several of the techniques. When I look at the card I am reminded of the many women who participated in the challenge and how fun it was. Click here for details on the card.

February 2016:

In February I featured a Waterfall card – which is a card that flips as you pull on it. I spent hours and hours coming up with the perfect dimensions and I fell in love with the results. Click here for details on how to make this card, as well as a video showing the step-by-step process.

March 2016:

My March pick featured my favorite free Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Ohhhh do I love those delicate flowers. Although I’ve given away many retired stamp sets, I’m still holding on to this one. Click here to see the blog post.

April 2016:

In April, my favorite project was a card holder. For years I’d wanted to create a project where I could give cards as gift along, with a matching beautiful box. The project below was finally born! I gave the project to one of the sweetest souls you’ve ever met. She had stage 4 cancer and I loved visiting with her and learning all I could. She passed away a few weeks ago and when I look at this project, I am reminded of the blinding smile she gave me when I presented her with this gift. Rest in Peace, Winona. I love you. Click here for the project details and video.

May 2016:

In May I started playing more and more with watercoloring. This project makes me smile because the watercolored flower (much to my surprise) turned out to be my favorite shade of coral! Here are the details on the card.

June 2016:

June was when our new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog was released. I had a hard time choosing my favorite for this month because so many of the cards are made with new stamp sets that I love. One of my favorites is Moroccan Nights. I don’t know what is about that stamp set, but I love it. The card I’m featuring is also one of my favorite sketches. Any card that has something askew in it looks FUN to me. As long as there’s not too much askew. We don’t want to get dizzy….Here’s the info on the card.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up!

July 2016:

For July I’m also featuring a card made from another of the new stamp sets, Seaside Shore. Maybe it’s because we have a pet fish, but I couldn’t stop using the stamp set for just about every card I made. Below is the card I made the first time I inked ‘er up. Here are the details.

Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

August 2016:

August started me down the road of addiction. I made my first shaker card, and I haven’t stopped since. They had always seemed intimidating to me, but once I learned how to do it, it was easy. I made a video on how to do it – click here for all the details. I cannot tell you how happy this card makes me. I love everything about it!! Gotta love a shaker card, right?

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

September 2016:

Okay, so I wasn’t joking about my love of Seaside shore or shaker cards. I seriously love them! Can’t have too much of a good thing, right? Click here for the details.

Shaker Card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

October 2016:

Oh my word. This card made me smile big time. I love using non-traditional colors for holiday cards (any holiday!) I made a video on how to create this card. Click here to see it.

Christmas card (and video!) using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set by Stampin' Up!

November 2016:

Sorry, it’s a shaker again. LOL. This time with a stinking cute skunk. It also uses my favorite favorite favorite color, Flirty Flamingo. Isn’t the pink stunning? Click here to learn how to make your own skunk.

Shaker card featuring adorable skunk made with the Foxy Friends stamp set and Foxy builder punch by Stampin' Up!

December 2016:

My favorite card for December isn’t a holiday card! I know, it’s shocking. The card below features Moroccan Nights, which you know I love. The delicate colors in the card (especially the gold) are so cheerful and happy! Click here for the details.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I hope you enjoyed this non-political walk through 2016!! I had a fun time going through memory lane.

What is your favorite of all of these projects? I’m curious!

Best wishes for a most fabulous 2017. May the year be filled with blessings and lots of stamping.

Love,
Rina

Oh, The Gingerbread Man

There was one reason and one reason only why I purchased Cookie Cutter Christmas. Of course, I bought it for the adorable Gingerbread Man. That Gingerbread man is so stinkin’ cute. I love him. Today I’m showing the first card I made with the stamp set.

Here’s what always happens to me. Does the same thing happen to you? I buy a set for one specific stamp, and I end up using other stamps just as much (probably more) than the one I bought it for. I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of different characters from this stamp set showing up on my cards in the next few months. Till then, let’s enjoy some Gingerbread.

Quick Card

Today’s card came together SO FAST! It would be a great one to replicate for holiday cards.

Here's an easy card to make for Christmas using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I can’t take credit for the card layout – today is Wednesday, which means that there’s a new sketch on the Paper Craft Crew site. I’m lucky to be a designer for the Paper Craft Crew so I get to see the sketches early. *smile*

Here’s the sketch for this week. To play along, click on PCCC#213. Isn’t it a great sketch? Simple but pretty. You can do amazing things with it.

Here's an easy card to make for Christmas using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make my card, I decided to let the paper take center stage. I adore the Candy Cane Lane paper, probably because it also has Gingerbread men on it. I must have a “thing” for Gingerbread. (Actually, I have an AMAZING recipe for Gingerbread muffins. I know what I’ll be making this week….)

Using the Coordinating Colors

For this card, I found it worked best if I used the same colors that showed up in the Candy Cane Lane paper. I used Early Espresso to stamp the Gingerbread Man. The greeting is also embossed onto Early Espresso to bring the color in again.

Here's an easy card to make for Christmas using the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you wanted to make these for your holiday cards and didn’t want to bother with embossing, I would suggest that you change the color that the greeting is stamped on so it is lighter, such as Crumb Cake or White. You could then stamp directly onto the card stock, saving you the time it would take to emboss. If you do have the time, I think embossing is a wonderful addition.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Paper: Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versmark, Early Espresso
Other: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Burlap Ribbon,Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder

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Swirly Flowers

If you like to create stunning cards without a lot of work, Swirly Bird is the stamp set for you. This stamp set is easy to use and creates stunning results. You can create gorgeous creations without much thought or effort (that’s MY kind of stamping!).

Fun Swirls

I bought the stamp set to make swirls, picturing in my mind a card similar to the one below. The swirls are so pretty – they can be whatever you like. In my card, they are flowers. For added dimension, you can cut out paper swirls and give the card an extra somethin’ somethin’. But even without the dimension, it would have been gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with this one!

Fun flower card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The colors add brightness and cheer to the card, too. Flirty Flamingo is my favorite color and is featured prominently on the card. I also used Peekaboo Peach, which complements the pink perfectly. For my third feature color, I decided to use a bright yellow, Daffodil Delight. The card makes me smile and I’m so glad I got the stamp set.

Fun flower card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The little enamel hearts add so much to the card! Click here to see them. They are actually on sale this week, so if you like them (in ANY of the colors), you can pick them up for a steep discount.

After I got the stamp set home, I was surprised to see so many other possibilities with it. There’s a cute bird (I should have guessed that from the name, but I was focused on those swirls!), eggs, kites, even a sailboat. This set packs a big punch.

swirlybirdstampsetGreat Sentiment Set

Did you catch the cute sentiment on this card? I got some new rubber in my stamping room this week. It’s the stamp set called One Big Meaning. It has terrific sentiments and is a great basic for your stamp room. I know I’ll be using it often.

One Big Meaning

Wishing you a happy September and a wonderful labor day.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: One Big Meaning, Swirly Bird
Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink:Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight,
Other: Brights Enamel Shapes, Peekaboo Peach Ribbon

Love,
Rina

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Stamping Gives Me Energy

How is your summer going? If you have young kids like me, summer can be an incredible joyful time to make memories. However, it can also be challenging since schedules are so different. Despite how hectic life seems to be in the summer, I relish the time I get to stamp. Time in my stamp room provides me the energy I need to deal with anything challenging going on in my world. Stamping gives me energy.

Stamping Gives Me Energy

When I created this card, I was having a rough day. After the kids went to sleep, I went downstairs and calmly made this card. It was time for ME and it put a smile on my face after a hard day. This is why I stamp. If you are having a challenging day, for whatever reason, make a card. It’s amazing how such a simple thing it can change our mood and bring smiles to our faces.

The card below is based off of the Paper Craft Crew Sketch # 203 (PCCC#203). I love being on the design team of this amazing team because the sketches really get me working outside of my comfort zone. The angle of blue paper is part of the sketch and it adds elegance and a unique twist to the design.

Botanical Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I designed the card around the blue Floral Boutique paper. The blue makes a statement on its own and I wanted the rest of the card to be subtle so the blue paper would pop. I therefore made the rest of the card in coordinating colors that didn’t compete, such as gray and a little bit of sparkle in the silver.

Here is the sketch – feel free to play along!

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To make gray tag, I simply cut notches out of the sides with scissors. I didn’t use a punch!

Botanical Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up!

When I was done with the project, I realized that my mood had shifted. I was smiling and filled with creativity. Actually, since I’m a night owl, if my husband hadn’t reminded me how late it was, I would probably still be in my craft room. . .

I encourage you to keep crafting. Do things that give you joy. It is amazing how stamping gives me energy. I know it will do the same for you. Wishing you only joy in your hobbies and your life.

XOXO,
Rina

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Botanical Gardens
Paper: Night of Navy, Silver Glitter Paper, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Floral Boutique DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Other: Botanical Builder Framelits, Silver 1/8 Ribbon, Rhinestones, White Thick Twine, Delicate White Doilies

Watercolored Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is ideal for watercoloring. The big flower looks spectacular when watercolored and it’s large enough to make the process easy. Are you comfortable with watercoloring? For some people, watercoloring is intimidating. When people tell me they’re afraid to do it, I remind them — it’s just paper! What’s the worst that can happen? I love it when my friends decide to take the leap and learn to master the technique.

Birthday Blooms Watercolored

I decided to make watercoloring the feature for this card. Not only is the flower watercolored, but the background is, too. Why not, right? When you’re already getting out the AquaPainter, you may as well keep going 🙂

The flower from Birthday Blooms was pretty easy to watercolor. I first stamped the image in Archival Gray Ink on Shimmery White paper. I fussy cut the image and colored it in using my AquaPainter.

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

Tips for Watercoloring:

  • For the paper, I used Shimmery White card stock. I love how this paper takes ink and water. It also has a beautiful shimmer.
  • For the background watercoloring, I first tacked the paper down using old washi tape so as it dried, it wouldn’t curl up.
  • Before adding ink to the card stock, I first brushed water onto the card stock.
  • The colors I used for the background was Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.
  • After watercoloring, the colors weren’t bold enough for me. I dried the paper using a heat tool and watercolored it a second time. This made the colors pop.

Below is a close-up of the watercoloring. Do you see the sparkle in the middle of the flower? I did it using Silver Dazzling Details. Very sparkly 🙂 But hard to see in the photo!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

For a video on how to do this technique, click below:

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Techniques: Watercoloring
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Dapper Denim, Shimmery White
Other: Silver Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Aquapainter

Happy Stamping!
Love,
Rina

How to do the Spotlight Technique

For my technique challenge this month, I wanted to feature a technique that would have a huge impact, but wouldn’t involve anything messy. The Spotlight Technique fit the bill!  (Last month was WAYYYY messy with the Acrylic Block Stamping Technique. Totally love it, but some people <gasp> don’t like to get their hands inky.)

I decided to use Spotlighting when I was playing with the Fairy Celebration stamp set. The stamp set is ideal for this type of technique. Traditionally, this technique uses images that are colored in, but solid images can also be used.

My card below is actually very simple, but the spotlighting gives it a “Wow” effect. I am also so excited about the new Layer Circles framelits. The little pop of color from the scallop highlights the image and makes it pop even more. To color the image, I used blender pens. It adds a soft look to the images and has a beautiful watercolor effect.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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How to do the Spotlight Technique

To do the spotlight technique as shown above, you stamp the image twice. For my sample above, I first stamped the image on green Emerald Envy paper. I then stamped it again on Whisper White.

After stamping on the Whisper White, I played with the circles from the Layer Circles framelits . I chose where I wanted my image to be cut out and after cutting it, I colored it in with blender pens. I then added a scalloped border and carefully placed it over the green Emerald Envy paper so the images matched exactly.

There are other ways of doing the technique as well. Watch the whole video below to learn some additional tips and tricks.

Here is a close up of the card. For the linen thread, I first doubled the length of ribbon, then tied it into a double bow.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Fairy Celebration
Paper: Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Blend Pens
Other: Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Layer Circles framelits.

Happy Stamping,
Love,
Rina

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.

friendcoral

 

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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Embossing Folder Stamping with Vellum

Dear Friends,

A few months ago I posted a video on how to do embossing folder stamping. I had some leftover cardstock from my video. The leftover scrap was gorgeous. I couldn’t waste it so I created another card with it.

Below is the video on the technique:

Click here to the link on the original post, and for a pdf instructions sheet.

Making the card was a challenge because my technique was very bold. I did a trick — one I want to share with you. Vellum, my friends, vellum. It’s a great tool for softening any color that’s too bold. You can’t tell from the picture, but there is a sheet of vellum over the background. It feels neat when holding the card and it makes the colors soft and pretty.

Feel Goods Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For the layers, I punched hexagons in Mint Macaroon and put them behind the banner. Gotta stay in the theme, you know 🙂

I’m really going to miss the Feel Goods stamp set, which is retiring on June 3rd. Actually, I’m thinking it’ll be one of the few stamp sets I keep forever. My favorite quote from the stamp set is “She Believed She Could So She Did.” Yes, this one is a keeper.

Feel Goods Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

For the ribbon, I took apart Smokey Slate Baker’s twine so it would have a vintage look, and then tied the bow. I love baker’s twine, but it’s very thick — taking it apart fits my stampin’ style better.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Feel Goods, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Vellum, Mint Macaroon
Other: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Silver Squins, Doilies, Hexagon Punch, Smokey Slate Thick Baker’s Twine

Have a happy week,
Rina

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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