Succulent Birthday

I’m curious – how do you stay on top of your friends’ birthdays? (Assuming you do stay on top of it.) I’m so bad about it…I’m hoping you’re MUCH better than me and can give me ideas. For most of my friends, I have their birthdays in my head and never get around to putting them in my Google Calendar. Then the day passes and as usual, I haven’t sent a card. It’s a pity, because I’ve got some nice cards to send. LOL.

Starting TODAY, as soon as I’m done writing this post, I am putting at least 5 of my friends’ birthdays in my Google Calendar, with reminders set for a week in advance, so I can get some cards in the mail. I hope you join me and go running to do this as soon as you’re done reading this, if you haven’t already. Why not send some joy and cheer around. Isn’t that one of the big reasons why we love card making?

Woodgrain

For my card today, I wanted to incorporate some woodgrain into the card, without making it too dark looking. Luckily, I have a slew of browns to choose from. I went with a subtle Sahara Sand (my absolute favorite light brown color) and added some cool texture to the card. I love the woodgrain embossing folder.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Use Your Pretty Paper

The Succulent Designer Series Paper is so beautiful that I’m trying not to hoard it and to use as much as I can in my cards. Some of my paper is actually used up. Really. That never happens, right? The paper I used in this card is so soft and beautiful, it is one of my favorites from the stack. It makes a difference in the card, doesn’t it?

The flowers are so pretty but I didn’t want them to overdone. I stamped a few on scrap paper, using the same colors from the Designer Series Paper. Adhering them to the sentiment is a subtle technique, but it makes everything pop.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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I did something brand new the last time I sent out my mailing list and I’ve gotten such amazing responses – instead of the usual intro to my newsletter, I made it made it really chatty and fun by doing it as a video! It’s as if you and I are in my kitchen, chatting away. It was so much fun for me because whenever I write, I imagine you sitting at your computer reading. This way I was able to literally talk to you. I LOVED it! And much to my surprise, I wasn’t camera shy – because we were just chatting.

May you have a wonderful day, filled with lots of creativity and joy. Thanks for stopping by.

Love,
Rina

Going Crooked

Do you ever wonder what your style of card says about your personality? Since my favorite cards are a little messy and often crooked, I’m guessing you know a lot about me. LOL. I think there’s something very pleasing about the “imperfect.”

If you look at ads in Ikea, the rooms look lived in. The kitchens usually have someone working along with a bit of a mess that goes with cooking, the fridge is adorned with a creative kid’s painting. That scene looks right to us. It looks lived in and cozy. Perhaps that’s why “imperfect” cards are so appealing. They are cozy and lovely in their imperfect state!

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Simple Style

My card today, though crooked, LOL, is actually very easy to make. Feel free to copy it! I used it an event this past weekend in my neighborhood called “Crafts and Soup.” All the stampers were new to stamping, and there was a lot going on since it was a big event (not just mine…there were lots of other crafts going on, too.) so I kept it simple.

My favorite part of this card is that it totally doesn’t look like a newbie card. The different layers really have a neat effect and make it look complex – when it really isn’t! Such a great card for my new stampers to take home and enjoy.

Tips for Making the Card

To make the card, I used my favorite Oh So Succulent stamp set, but since my stampers were newbies, I didn’t want them to worry about two-step stamping. Instead, I started them with our addictive stamping hobby easy! We just stamped the outline of a flower in versmark onto the Old Olive card stock. Isn’t that a great way to get people’s feet wet? You can’t mess that up! LOL.

Next, we added some layers. I popped up some Tip Top Taupe using dimensionals, but since there were so many layers, that was the only piece I chose to pop up.

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Color!

When working with neutrals, pops of color are always a great thing. I added some flowers in a cheerful bright color, as well as some subtle blue scallops under the sentiment. The scallops are from the Layering Squares Framelits. I cut out a scallop square and cut out one side. Isn’t it neat looking? One of my favorite effects!

The event went beautifully and I had so much fun stamping with the wonderful women. We shared lots of giggles and stories. It was a great evening.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Oh So Succulent, One Big Meaning
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Succulent Garden, Calypso Coral
Other: Layering Squares Framelits, Rhinestones

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A New Technique

Happy Friday! It’s been an especially fun week for me since I’ve been in a class and it’s nice to change up my schedule a bit. I love to learn. Whether I’m in a classroom or just reading a book, if I’m not learning, I feel more tired and less energized.

My latest thing is podcasts. I can learn every day via audio podcasts and I don’t even have to read a book. I am totally obsessed with them. If you have a favorite podcast, would you please let me know in the comments? I’m always looking for some great ones.

Scalloped Frames

Since I’m always learning, one thing I like to do is learn new ways to make cards. A friend of mine had been using the technique on this card and I adored it. Isn’t it fun to try new techniques? Do you spot the technique used in this card?

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The new-for-me technique is the light blue (Pool Party) scalloped frame.

If you read my last blog post, you know I also love tilting paper and making them topsy turvy. This technique combines both these techniques since the frames usually work best when turned a bit. It’s a perfect marriage, no?

Tips and Tricks

When designing the card, I first started out with my fav “Oh So Succulent” stamp set. I cut out a few images for the card, using Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, and Rose Red ink. This helped me figure out the color scheme for the rest of the card.
To make the Scalloped square:

  • Choose the size of the scallop you want from the Layering Squares Framelits. Cut out your cardstock.
  • Next, choose a square that’s smaller than the scallop. You don’t want the square to be too close in size to the scallop because otherwise your frame will be too thin.
  • Once you’ve chosen a good size, cut out the center square using the magnetic platform on your Big Shot so nothing shifts.
  • I like to glue my Square onto the card with a thin layer of Tombow.
  • This effect can also be done with two squares or two scallops. Change it up and have some fun!

Mother's Day Card using the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Hope you also decide to make these frames. They are so cool, aren’t they?

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Bright and Cheery Birthday Card

I love bright and cheerful cards. The funny thing is that I’m one of the few people in the world who doesn’t love bright and cheerful days. Crazy, right? I prefer rainy, overcast days because they make me feel cozier, even when I need to leave the house. The bright sun, on the other hand, hurts my eyes and sometimes gives me headache. I should be living in the UK, right? No such luck, though…

I don’t like my cards to be drab and gray, though. I love anything bright and cheerful and happy looking. I used to “force” myself to use colors I didn’t love in order to get me out of my comfort zone. But I’ve recently stopped and just go with the colors I love.

For today’s card, I went with the colors that are in the paper, Succulent Garden. The colors are so pretty and I wanted my card to have the same bright, airy look as the paper.

Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It’s all in a Sketch

What I love about this card is the sketch. A sketch is the layout of the card. It is perfect for this stamp set since I can stamp random flowers, but the simple bottom of the card keeps it from getting “over the top crazy.” Right? If it had been flowers all over, it possibly could have been a bit too much….
Feel free to copy this card exactly, or copy the sketch, for a card of your design. You can PIN the card above to Pinterest and save it for later.

If you like sketches, click here to follow my Pinterest Boards. I regularly post sketches and also cards that have great layouts.

Birthday Card made with the "Oh So Succulent" stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Using Paper to Cheat

After I made the card, I realized I could have cheated BIG TIME! Instead of stamping the images, I could have used our gorgeous Succulent Garden DSP for the top half of the card. Either way, it would be fantastic. That paper sure is stunning. It’s my favorite of all the paper in the Occasions Catalog.

Did you notice the ribbon on the card? I got it for free with Sale-A-bration. Good times, right? It’s such beautiful ribbon – I’m using it up! I’ve already used it on so many projects. It’s a great neutral. It feels nice and soft, too, so it’s even more fun to use.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend. In my life, things are buzzing with my Creative Challenge program. I have some tasks this weekend that I know they’ll enjoy. I’m looking forward to seeing all the neat things they’ll come up with.

Love,
Rina

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Happy Sale-A-bration!

Before I begin my post, I’m putting the links to the new catalogs, released today, right up top so you can see them right away!

Today is an exciting day since two new catalogs are being released: The Occasions Catalog contains brand new beautiful seasonal items. It’s fun to see new products throughout the year and not have to wait for the annual catalog in June. My favorite is the Succulent Garden suite. I’ve already ordered it and have started playing!

The other catalog is for Sale-A-bration. Do you know what Sale-A-Bration means? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a little bit about celebrating the return to normal life after the holidays. Usually, this can be a sad time for some of us. But Stampin’ Up! wants to turn this time around to make it something to celebrate. And they know that the best way to make us stampers happy is to give us free stamping supplies.

Happy Sale-A-bration!

I don’t know about you, but in my world, that’s more exciting than cleaning the bathrooms, making dinner, or even doing laundry! Shocking, right? It takes my humdrum world and fills it with excitement. That’s why I love our hobby. It actually uplifts me every time I head to my stamping space, but that’s another blog post! Free supplies are exciting! And Stampin’ Up never makes the supplies boring or something you’d see on the clearance rack of other people’s leftovers. No way! The company makes their free products as exciting as they possibly can, incorporating the latest stamping trends.

If you’re new to Sale-A-Bration, the way you earn free products is for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) on products, you get any product of your choice from the Sale-A-bration catalog here.

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Succulent Garden

Whenever there’s a new catalog, we always have our favorites. I always gravitate to the flower stamp sets. They make me smile. The Succulent Garden stamp set is neat because you can also make cactus-type plants with it – succulents. Here’s my first card made with the stamp set. I wonder how many more cards I’ll make with it?! Many, I’m sure!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

The Technique

To make the card, I first cut out the center oval. I then lightly traced around it in pencil onto the Whisper White card stock. This allowed me to create a wreath effect, with the flowers surrounding the sentiment. Thanks the pencil mark, I knew exactly where to stamp to surround the sentiment. Once I finished stamping, I used a good quality artist eraser to erase the pencil line. It’s a simple technique, and it has a cool effect, doesn’t it?

Do you notice something else on the card that’s new? If you look carefully, you’ll see a little paper clip. Adorable, no? This paper clip is also in the new Occasions catalog. It adds just enough interest to make the card a little special without it being over-the-top. I love it!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

There are also little orange enamel dots throughout the card. Those dots add so much fun and texture to a card. I love them and need to use them more!

Finally, to put it all together, I splattered the card with ink. I LOVE this effect. It’s amazing how plain a card can look without the splatter. Afterwards, the flow is different and everything comes together. To do this effect, I used my Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach ink. I inked up the Aqua Painter with the ink and then hit it so the ink would splatter over the card. Fun!

If you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration, let me know! I’m here to help. I hope you enjoy perusing the two new catalogs. Have a happy Sale-A-Bration!

With love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Oh So Succulent
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Archival Black
Paper: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach
Other: Gold Metallic Thread, Gold 1/8 ribbon, Brights Enameled Dots, Rhinestones, Paper Clip, AquaPainter (for splatter)

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