Delicate Lanterns

Do you ever make a card that reminds you of why you love to stamp? Usually when you feel this way, your card exceeded your expectations and fits the style of stamping that you aspire towards. Although designing a card looks easy, if you’ve ever done it, you know it’s not easy at ALL. Luckily, there are so many resources now, such as blogs, pinterest, google, and stamping communities, so most stampers don’t need to come up with their own ideas. (It’s my hope that this blog inspires you in your creations!) However, when we create a card that comes out prettier than we expected, it’s sweet, isn’t it?

My card today came out better than I had imagined it would. The colors make me happy and the style is a mix of elegance and artfully placed mess (the messy part is the gold splatter all over, along with the lace). Perhaps I should call the card style shabby chic? Whatever it’s called, it makes me happy.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in the Paper

The reason why the card came out better then expected is because I first started with very different paper. The paper I was using, however, wasn’t “me.” The colors didn’t excite me, they didn’t coordinate well with the images, etc. I’m not sure why, but I was going with this paper even though I didn’t love it. However, as I was designing the card, I realized I was being silly. I didn’t “have” to use colors outside of my comfort zone. I could use colors I love – after all, it’s my card, right? I went with the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate (141653). Oh my, oh my, oh my. This acetate is so beautiful. The design of the paper is trendy and modern, yet is also reminiscent of old architecture and vintage designs. In the metallic colors, is breathtaking.

I used only a small strip, but it made my card. The gold color tied into the other colors and gave it a delicate, vintage feel.

Moroccan Nights Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the design on the circle, I inked up the large stamp from the Moroccan Nights stamp set with Sahara Sand and inked off onto scrap paper. I then stamped onto the circle, and it made a subtle image on the paper.

The lanterns are fussy cut but since there are only two, it didn’t take too long. When I finished the card, I used Gold Wink of Stella to put everything together. I splattered it over the whole project.

Follow a Layout

The Paper Craft Crew sketch inspires the layout for this project. Isn’t it an awesome sketch? I hope you will join in and play along! You have a whole week to follow the sketch, too. Click PCC#223 to follow along.

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I hope that next time you stamp, you hit your sweet spot and enjoy!
Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, One Big Meaning
Paper: Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Emerald Envy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Other: Gold Wink of Stella, 1/8” Gold Ribbon, Very Vanilla ½” Lace Trim, Rhinestones

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Bright & Colorful Moroccan Nights

When I was little, some of my closest friends were from Morocco. I loved them because they were the sweetest friends. They would give the shirt off their back to anyone. And if they thought I was wrong about something, they explained why, so I learned to think differently and more broadly. I’m sure it’s because of these childhood friends that I was drawn to the Moroccan Nights set. It was in my first package when the new catty arrived.

Using Bright Colors with Moroccan Nights

My friends adored bright colors. When I saw the large stamp from the set, it screamed “bright.” I took out almost every bright marker I owned to color the circle. It did take me awhile. LOL. But is was worth it! The card is as colorful as I’d pictured it.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to see in the picture, but in the box with the stamp I also lightly stamped with the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge so that the paper didn’t look overly bright. I first dipped it into Smoky Slate ink, stamped off twice, then randomly stamped on the image.

To complete the card, I stamped the images in Basic Gray in random depths under the focal part of the card. I’m thrilled with how it came out since the bright colors remind me of the colors in my friend’s house.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Scenes from Morocco

Even though the Moroccan Nights suite comes with more neutral colors, I invite you to use your creativity and stamp images in colors that you love, or that you imagine are found in Morocco.

I just did a google search and the colors I remembered were SPOT on. Check out these lovely photos of life in Morocco. Now I want to go for a visit!

moroccan vendor

 

moroccan baskets

 

morocco street

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Various Bright Colored Markers, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Other: Delicate Doilies, Silver Thread

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Adding Washi Tape to Projects

Before I share my latest card from the Moroccan Nights stamp set, I have a question for you. If you have a spare minute, I would love if you would leave a comment or send me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) and let me know about your summer stamping plans!  Do you have MORE time to stamp in the summer? Or do you have less time because you are busy with vacations and kids/grandkids? I’m very curious so let me know!

The reason why I’m asking is that because I am very inspired to stamp with the sets from the new catalog and I’ve been stampin’ up a storm, but time seems shorter than it did a few months ago. Is it just me, or is it that way for you, too? I can’t believe June is over — it went in a flash.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set Using Washi Tape

My card today uses the stamp set, Moroccan Nights. I used an accessory in the card that I haven’t used in (I’m embarrassed to say) months….washi tape. I stopped using washi tape a while back because I noticed that while I was collecting lots of it, it never actually made its way into a card. I’m not sure why, since I love it.

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When I saw the gorgeous Moroccan Washi tape in the catalog, I resolved to buy my favorite set and use it as much as possible.

The tape made this card come together so quickly. I find cutting small strips of paper evenly to be a challenge. The washi tape looks like thin strips of paper, but it’s not! I didn’t need to cut a thing! (Note that the washi tape is on the sides of the card. The red on the left, and the two strips of dark brown on either side of the lanterns.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Moroccan Washi Tape

Another fun part of this card is the bronze thread. I coudn’t have the lanterns hanging in mid-air, I needed something for them to hang on. The bronze thread came to the rescue! There are large pearls on either side of the thread to help hold it onto the card.

The card is splattered with gold Wink of Stella. It looks really neat in real life with the gold sparkles.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up! and Moroccan Washi Tape

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:Moroccan Nights
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze
Ink: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Wink of Stella, Pearls

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Moroccan Nights Stamp Idea – and blog candy!

PCCCS200I’m super duper excited about today’s blog post. Not only am I featuring the amazing Moroccan Nights stamp set, but I’m also offering something I’ve never done before — blog candy! Most of the designers in the Paper Craft Crew design team will also be offering blog candy, so be sure to check out everyone’s site and enter to win some fun stamping supplies.  The website is www.papercraftcrew.com.

While you’re at it, you may want to follow the Paper Craft Crew sketch. Isn’t it amazing? You can make some pretty cards with the template. To see the details on the sketch, click here.

I am so excited about the card I made for the sketch. I love the DSP off the right side. It add so much fun to the card. This card was so much fun to make because I got to use a ton of new products in it. The green is such a beautiful emerald green. In real life, the ribbon adds interesting texture and sheen to the project.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The red paper is actually washi tape. I taped it to a piece of cardstock to give it stability, then trimmed it to the exact size I needed.

Moroccan Nights stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Now for blog candy! I’m so excited to be offering blog candy — my first time, ever! You have two opportunities to win. The first way to win is to is to comment on this post. Let me know your current top three favorite colors to stamp with!  This season, my top favs are the new Flirty Flamingo,  Emerald Envy, and Watermelon Wonder.

The second way you can enter is to share my post on facebook (Click here for the post). If you comment on my blog AND share my post, I’ll enter you twice 🙂

Here is a link to my general facebook page. If you haven’t already liked it, please do so! I post all my projects, videos, etc. It’s a lot of fun!

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You have until Monday, June 27th to enter. Good luck!  And have fun 🙂

(I can only mail the prize within the US. If you are outside of the US, I will email a pdf class tutorial to you if you win, and then pick another winner till I pick someone from the US.)

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Moroccan Nights
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Emerald Envy, Moroccan DSP
Ink: Emerald Envy, Night of Navy, Early Espresso
Other: Moroccan Washi Tape, Circle Framelits, Buttons, Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine

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