Cards for Any Occasion

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I make my newsletters as special as possible. They always include projects (along with step-by-step instructions) that I don’t share anywhere else in cyberspace. I often also include 3-d projects, too. My card below is an example of a card that I’ll be sharing when my next newsletter goes out. (Shhh. I’m not sharing anything else so the projects will be a surprise.)

Click here for the step-by-step instruction sheet on how to make this card.

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

Watercoloring

This card has a bit of watercoloring in the background. It’s simple watercoloring and hard to “mess up.” However, if you’d like to see a detailed video on how to watercolor, watch the video below. It’ll show you soup-to-nuts from picking the right paper to how to combine embossing with watercoloring.

Don’t be intimidated, though. To make the effect, I used Shimmery White cardstock (my go-to for watercoloring). I didn’t do anything fancy. I just squeezed a little water over the center of the card with my Aqua Painter. I then brushed some Calypso Coral ink over the water. That’s it. I let it dry while I made the rest of the card.

Banners

When playing with the free Any Occasions stamp set, I found that it worked best to make several banner images that intertwined. Otherwise, the card looked a bit bare. (I love trying things out and making the mistakes so you don’t have to! LOL.)

Thank You Card idea with Any Occasion (Sale-a-bration stamp set) by Stampin' Up!

I used the second largest stitched framelit circle and with Smoky Slate, I made a few banner lines that intersected on top, and one that was a bit below (for my sentiment). I love the way it looks with the banners intersecting! It adds color and interest and is fun.

Color

Since there was already watercoloring on the card, I wanted to keep it simple, so I made the card using almost all one color. This also made stamping the little banner pieces much easier since I didn’t need to worry about cleaning anything or figuring out which went where. I’m big into “keep it simple!” The monotone looks really neat with the watercoloring, and I was thrilled with how nicely it turned out.

Supplies

All the supplies for making this card are listed with the instructions here.

Looking forward to chatting with you in my next newsletter. Till then, happy stamping.
Love, Rina

Cupcake Trucks – Are They For Real?

I can honestly say that I’ve lived my whole life without ever eating out of a food truck. Really!! If you follow my blog, you know I’m vegetarian. I make almost all my own food from scratch. Also, food trucks just aren’t in my day-to-day neighborhood. But they are so neat to look at! Sometimes when I go to Washington D.C. (one of my favorite things to do!), I see rows and rows of food trucks lined up. My husband and I like to walk slowly by them and see their menus. Last time we did this, we were shocked at how “upscale” the food truck industry had become!

We even saw a food truck that had vegan only food! Wowser. The price at all these food trucks reflected that the food was upscale, too. LOL. That’s Washington for you, right?

Tasty Trucks

I was excited to see in that the Sale-a-bration catalog this year had the adorable stamp set called “Tasty Trucks.” The stamp set is cute, but it also reminds me of my visits with my husband to browse the museums in D.C., so the stamp set makes me happy. This stamp set is free with any $50 order, which is awesome too, right? I love getting free things in the mail.

Handmade card made with Sale-A-Bration stamp set Tasty Trucks by Stampin' Up!
This card is the first one I made with the stamp set. Of course, I had to make it a cup cake truck. Are there really cup cake trucks? Better I don’t know….There’s a business idea that would make a fortune…

I was excited when I flipped through my paper and found the “Pop of Pink” DSP. The little good speckles look just like sprinkles! I had to make it work for the card!

The Details

To make the card, I started with Shimmery White card stock because I knew I wanted to watercolor. I then embossed the truck image in copper. I like copper because it has a bit of pink in it and I like pink. Pink is good, right? After embossing, I cut out the truck and watercolored it using my brand new Watercolor pencils and Aqua Painter. So much fun!

Handmade card made with Sale-A-Bration stamp set Tasty Trucks by Stampin' Up!
I added some gold foil paper behind the Pop of Pink layer. Looks so cool in real life! Not sure if the picture does all the shininess justice. I then added more gold with the gold ribbon (also for free!). I’m going to have stock up on that gold and silver ribbon. Not only is it gorgeous, it has a nice hand to it and just feels good.

Behind the truck there is some linen thread and gold thread, to give the card a bit of interest and layers.

I hope you enjoy this truck as I do! Now I want some cupcakes. That’s the only drawback to the stamp set. I guess it’s no surprise I made tacos for dinner last night. I’ve got food trucks on my mind!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Tasty Trucks
Paper: Pop of Pink, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Melon Mambo
Other: Copper embossing Powder, Watercolor Markers, Aqua Painter, Gold Thread, Linen Thread, Versamark

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Coloring Inside the Lines!

Happy Friday, my friend. This week sure went quickly, didn’t it? I don’t yet feel like I’m back on schedule from the holidays, but I’ll get there.

I’ve been working on setting some goals this year. I try to keep my goals easy and doable. My most important goal is to go to bed by 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends. We’ll see how I do! It’s my hardest goal since I’m such a night owl (at 9pm I usually feel my most creative) but if I don’t get my sleep, I have no energy. We need energy to create, right? Who can make a card if we’re bone tired?

Shoot me an email (rinastamps@gmail.com) or comment below and let me know if you’re working on any goals. I’d love to be inspired and learn from you!

The Coloring Craze

Have you caught the coloring craze? I sure have. I have two little girls and we love to color together. We have the adult coloring books and their favorite activity is to sit with me and color. When I saw the coloring book inspired paper for Sale-A-bration, I was thrilled. I can now do both at the same time!

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

Coloring the Card

Since I love coloring, I wanted my card to feature the new paper. I therefore designed the card so the paper would fill it almost entirely. However, before I could get started, I needed to learn how to use the paper.

Playing with the Paper

Before diving in, I first grabbed a piece of scrap paper. (I’ve been burned so many times that I’ve learned my lesson!) I tried different techniques:

Handmade card using the "Inside the Lines" Sale-A-Bration paper by Stampin' Up!

  1. Watercoloring with an AquaPainter. I really wanted this technique to work since I love using the AquaPainter. It’s so fast and makes a great results. However, the Aqua Painter didn’t work so well on this paper. Watercoloring is best done on paper specially designed for holding water, so my results weren’t anything I’d post. LOL.
  2. Coloring with a Marker. Next I tried using my regular markers to color the images. However, for me, I felt the results were too dark.
  3. Using a Sponge Dauber. Here’s where I hit a home run! The flowers on the paper were large, and I didn’t want to be coloring them forever, so the sponge dauber worked GREAT. The result is beautiful and it was fast, too!
  4. Using a Blender Pen. After coloring in the large flower successfully with the sponge dauber, I had some smaller leaves to color in. I used a Blender Pen with them and the result was stunning!

The two winning techniques for me: Sponge Daubers and Blender Pens. I haven’t yet ordered the watercolor pencils, but I know they’ll be GREAT, too!

When I was done, I put a sheet of vellum over the entire paper to soften it a bit. It’s like a facelift for paper!

Happy weekend! I hope you give this paper a try. Let me know what techniques worked for YOU!

Love,
Rina

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: None!
Ink: Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Inside the Lines DSP, Vellum
Other: Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestones, Layering Squares framelits (for the scallop), Doilies

More Flowering Fields Fun

Dear Friends,

Happy weekend!  The first Sunday of the month is a fun day for me because I release my video for the Creative Challenge members.  I’ll post it to my blog later this week so you can enjoy the video, as well.  This month we’re doing Embossing Folder Stamping, which is a gorgeous technique.  Lots of excitement going on in the facebook page today.  To join, click on the link here for information.

If you own the Flowering Fields stamp set, what do you think of it?  I’m personally glad I got it with my first order because I love to use it and have to resist using it for every single card I make 🙂 I also used my favorite color, Lost Lagoon, which I love so much, I’ve been hoarding.  🙂

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I colored the flowers using Wink of Stella (clear) which makes an amazing tool for watercoloring . It adds dimension and sparkle.  Fun stuff.  Too bad it doesn’t show up in photos 🙁

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For the card above, I used the sketch by the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#185):

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Flowering Fields (free during Sale-a-bration), Happy Home, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Wildflower Fields DSP, Calypso Coral, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Archival Black, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Smoky Slate
Tools: Circles Framelits dies, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787)

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Have a fantastic week!
Rina

Template #2 Card

If you get my newsletter, you’ve seen Template #2.  I love it because it’s a basic template, but can look so elegant.  Below is the template.  You can also click on the template tab and download a pdf.

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Here’s a card I made using the template:

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I had so much fun using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set using the Lotus Blossom Stamp Set.  The flower comes in three pieces so you can add color gradients and dimension.  It is so lovely — and fun to use!  And it’s FREE with a $50 order till the end of March.

Here are the supplies I used to make the card:

  • Lotus Blossom Stamp Set (FREE during Sale-A-Bration)
  • Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Garden Green, and Momento Tuxedo Ink
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (133701), Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Soft Sky
  • Vintage Faceted Buttons (127555), Sponge, Doilies, Gold Baker’s Twine