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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Learn how to make a Paper Purse – that’s also a gift card

Dear Friends,

I love making paper purses. They are so cute and elegant and fun. And the best – is giving one as a gift! Years ago when I first started paper crafting, I made a paper purse for a close friend. It took me hours and looked stunning. A few months ago I was at her house – and don’t know, she had it on display in her quilt room. I felt honored!

My project today goes with the purse theme, but I wanted something FAST. It’s not always practical to spend hours making a gift. Also, if you need a bunch, then it’s especially important to have a fast project.

I designed the project below to work with the envelope punch board. Why make an envelope from scratch when we have a great tool (I hope not collecting dust!) available to make our lives easier. I did have to play with the proportions a bit so a gift card would fit nicely, but you’ll see in the video, there’s only one adjustment I made.

purse

To keep it simple, you can tuck the flap under the buttons. If you have it, you can also use Velcro to close the top. I have Velcro at home, but you may not, and I didn’t want you to have to run to the store for something so small – we have enough to do!

Here’s the inside:

purseinside

Please enjoy the video and the project.

Happy weekend,

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:
Paper: Soft Sky, Birthday Bouquet
Other: Silver Basic Metal Buttons, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Envelope punch board

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Sponging – 2 ways!

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing my latest technique video. In the video, I teach two ways of using sponging to make stunning backgrounds for your stamped images.

The video was created for my Creative Challenge group. Click here to learn about the challenge and join. We have a vibrant facebook group and lots of projects shared throughout the month.

Last month we did Watercolor Washing, which is one of my absolute favorite stamping techniques. This month, I wanted to feature a beautiful technique – but one that didn’t involve water. LOL. A little less mess, anyone? I decided on using sponges because they are my favorite tool. I’m a frugal gal and in my opinion, sponges are the cheapest tool with the largest impact. A package of sponges only costs about $3.50 (click here if you need to order any) and you can cut them up and get tons of use of them. I like to label my sponges and keep them forever. The more you use them, the better they get!

The first card uses all-over sponging. Using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo, I show how to sponge, adding layers of color to make the beautiful effect shown on the card.

sponging1_Summer_Silhouettes_Stampin'_Up!

The second card shows two techniques in one. It shows how to create the ripped paper effect, as well as sponging, merging different colors together.

Many of my videos for my Creative Challenge members include more than one way of doing a technique. I therefore have two different neat ways of doing sponging. I like to fill my videos with as much information as possible since my technique videos are designed to be a class. The videos are comprehensive and include as much information about the technique as needed for beginners and advanced stampers to be successful with the technique.

sponging2_Summer_Silhouettes

Below is the video. I hope you enjoy it and give this technique a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo
Tools: Sponges