Butterfly Card

I’m on a roll here, friends.  Once I started with one sketch, I was excited to try another one.  So I did!  If you give it a try, let me know if you aren’t addicted.  I’ll be surprised.

This card is made using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (FMS217).  I love their clean designs. Nothing too fussy for them.  That reflects my style, too (well, on some days  . . :))  so I was drawn to the sketch.

Here is my card:

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The butterflies add lots of dimension and interest.  The smaller butterfly is made from vellum.  I love the soft look of vellum.  And of course, the butterfly is covered in some glitter.  What else?

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Here’s the sketch:

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I have something funny to share about the card.  It’s up-cycled.  I used this butterfly in another card but I never really loved the card — but I sure did love the butterfly.  So yes, I removed the beautiful butterfly and added it to this card — where I it works much better!  I then reused the paper in the first card.  Nothing wasted!  Up-cycling can save you lots of work.  Give it a try.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:Watercolor Wings (139424), Sheltering Tree (137163) – sentiment
Paper: Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Vellum, Tip Top Taupe, Gold Foil
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Hello Honey
Other: Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (138135), Gold Thread

Have a great Tuesday!
Rina

Cheerful Butterflies

You know how it is when there’s a new Stampin’ Up! catalog. You go through it as quickly as you can and there’s always ONE stamp set that is calling your name (well, at least one).  For me, it was Watercolor Wings.

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The funny thing was that after I got it, I wasn’t thrilled with the cards I made using it . . . till now!  I was in the zone when creating this card — you know how that goes, everything moves quickly, you’re not overthinking things, things come together (wouldn’t it be great if we were always in the zone????).

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I used our new incolor, Mint Macaron and loved how the layers ended up.  I don’t know if you can see the silver thread in the card above.  Here’s a close-up.  Lots of sparkle!  I coated the larger butterfly in dazzling diamonds over the ink, too.

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What is your favorite stamp set and have you created something terrific with it?  If yes, please share and send me a picture!  I love it when you send me your pictures.

Stamp Set:Watercolor Wings
Colors: Mint Macaron, Hello Honey, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe, In-color DSP
Accessories: Silver Thread, Silver Glimmer Paper, Glass Buttons, Lace

Best,
Rina

Glamming it Up

Before I show some “glam,” I want to let you know about a HUGE sale starting TODAY!!  Stampin’ Up! is having specials for this whole week.  Click on the graphic below to take you to details.

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Click HERE to view the entire PDF of Sale items.

Click HERE to view the stamp sets that are only found ONLINE.

Enjoy the sale 🙂

Now, back to stamping.  Last week I posed a card that was elegant, yet simple.

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I decided to glam it up a bit to experiment with my style.  Take a look at decide what YOUR style is.  Do you like things clean and simple?  Or do you like lace, stamping, and bling?

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I like both styles.  I find the simple style to be lovely, but sometimes, I also feel like a card needs a little something extra.  Though I like both, the bottom card is actually more my style.  I had fun making it!!

Try playing with your card making to figure out YOUR style.  Once you realize what you like best, card making will go much smoother and you’ll enjoy the process more.

Stamp Set: Summer Silhouettes
Paper and Ink: Sahara Sand, Hello Honey, Pool Party

XO,
Rina

Simple yet Elegant

Today I wanted to show you that you can create beautiful cards without doing a lot of work.  Check out the card below.  Simple, and elegant!  I used the stamp set Summer Silhouettes (126447)

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The card is a smaller size than usual.  The base card is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 (folded in half).  The pool party brightens it up and the little bit of sparkle in the flower center adds a lot of “umph.”  It is a cute size and I think a little box of these would make a GREAT gift.

What are you making today?
XO,Rina

P.S. Tomorrow is the LAST day to get the class below for free.  Click here for details.

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Awesomely Artistic

I love making cards in the style shown below.  It is my absolute favorite kind of card.  Do you know a name for the style?  I have no idea what it’s called, but every card I make that’s messy and grungy, yet beautiful and perfect in it’s imperfect way, makes me giddy with my love of stamping.  It is also a QUICK way of stamping.  When you’re in the zone creating a card in the style, it all flows and nothing needs to be stamped perfectly in place (except the sentiment!)

This is why I bought the stamp set, Awesomely Artistic. I can’t wait to make more cards with it.

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Click here to see details on the stamp set:

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Stamp Set: Awesomely Artistic
Colors: Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe

Have a happy Monday!
Love,
Rina

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Elegant Bird

So I am loving the new stamp set Joyful Season (139770).  It is a two-step stamp stamp, which is just plain FUN — and it’s even better in photopolymer because you can see through the stamp and position it exactly where you want it.  It can be used for the holidays, but also for general stamping fun.  A big bang for your buck.  I got the stamp set last week and have already made a bunch of cards with it.

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Here’s one of the cards I made this week.  At the bottom right, you can put a sentiment if you like. I think that would look beautiful.  I used a gold doily and purposely put the white circle to the left of the doily to give it an interesting look.  I seriously love the red paper.  It’s from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper (139590).

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Keep sharing your projects with me.  I have been getting emails with projects you’ve been making and I enjoy seeing them.  Keep them coming!

Have a happy day!
XOXO,
Rina

Card Class!! Fun Projects

I love card class.  I get to visit with friends, teach new techniques, chat, laugh, and share.  What’s not to love?  I know I say this every time, but I especially loved class last week.  We really took things up a notch, with two step stamping, embossing, making 3-D items.  Here are a few of the projects we made.

The first project we made was a candy holder.  I put a kit kat in it.  I could make 100 of them and not get tired making them.  It’s a small project so it goes FAST.

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Here’s how to make it. Cut a paper 4 inches by 6 inches.  Score on the long side at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/2, 5, and 5 1/2. Flip the paper on the short side and score at 1/2 inch.

At the 1/2 inch score, cut out everything except for the long tab in the left side.

Accordion fold the sides and assemble the put glue down the side.  Next, put glue on the bottom tab and fold up.  (I used fast fuse).

Stamp Set: For all Things

My next project is, I believe, my favorite card of all time.  I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I do.  It’s vintage and it doesn’t follow the rules — it sticks outside of the card.  I don’t like following rules so I think that has something to do with it 🙂  The black on the flower is actually embossed, so there is dimension on the card.  The women had so much fun with this card.  I’m glad I chose it for the class.

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Tip: The ribbon color is Watermelon Wonder.  I cut the ribbon lengthwise and used the bottom under the green paper.  I then used the rest of the ribbon, scrunching it under the flower for a pop of color.

Stamp Set: Blended Bloom

Have a great day,
Rina

 

Summer 2015 Special

I am excited to let you know that I have a new Summer 2015 Special, just in time for Summer’s official start date on Sunday.  For the special, I used one of my top two favorite stamp sets, Sheltering Tree.  There are SO MANY beautiful cards you can make with this stamp set just by changing up the colors of the leaves.

As with all my specials, you can use any stamp set that you have on-hand — no need to buy this one for your kit.

Also, I am including a new feature with my kits.  They will come with a color instruction sheet on how to make the card, along with the measurements of the card stock that will come with your kit.  This will allow you to replicate the cards in the future.

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For more information, click on here or the “Specials – Summer 2015” tab above.

Best,
Rina

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To those who celebrate, I hope you had a very lovely Valentine’s day.  You will laugh, but because I don’t celebrate this holiday, I completely forgot about it this year.  I have someone special that I send a card to every year and this year it was rather late, but I’m not perfect 🙂  I made up for it with an especially fun card.  You know how much I love my blendabilities 🙂  I just got Melon Mambo and so far, that’s my favorite color of the markers.  So bright and fun.

The black flower is actually embossed.  Makes it a little extra special, don’t you think?

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To make the card:

– The colors I used were Melon Mambo Cardstock and blendabilties, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

I hope you have a great week.  I have an especially busy one, also filled with great & happy things. All the best,

Rina

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Playing with Markers

I know grown ups are supposed to be done with coloring.  I’ve never seen a coloring book for someone in their 30’s.  But I never grew out of coloring.  I love to do it.  One of my favorite activities to do with my kids is color their projects with them.  Given this, it makes sense that I can’t seem to get enough of using blendabilties.  I am embarrassed to say that I even used my sister-in-laws set that I’ve been meaning to return to her.  Twice this week. *blush* Below is a card I had a great time making:

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Stamp Set Used: Bloom with Hope (133952)

Paper Dimensions:

  • Garden Green 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and 4 3/4 x 3 1/2
  • Whipser White 5 1/4  x 4

To make the card:

  • Fold the large piece of Garden Green in half.
  • Using Tuxedo Momento ink, stamp the flowers on the white paper
  • Stamp the leaves in Garden Green ink.  Highlight in Garden Green Maker.  Add red dots with Real Red marker.
  • Using the Cherry Cobbler blendabilities, color the big flower, darker color to lighter color.  Using Rich Razzleberry blendabitlies, color the smaller flowers, , darker color to lighter color. Using Daffodil Delight blendabilties (this time light to dark) color the centers of the flowrs.
  • Put two-way glue in the center of the flowers and sprinkle on Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
  • Stamp sentiment in Garden Green.