Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Hello! I'm super excited to celebrate Rubeena's 4th Crafting Anniversary:)) and participating in the Bloghop! Thank you and big hugs Ruby, for the invitation!
If you are hopping along from the beginning, you should be arriving from Lisa Hetrick's blog.

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1,000 in sponsored prizes!  Not only are we celebrating four years since Rubeena first discovered cardmaking but also crafting in general. This industry is made up of wonderful individuals who are creative, inspirational, kind, and incredibly supportive! Hop along so you can learn about why we create and how much joy it brings us! For details on day one of the hop, you can visit this post.

In celebration of this anniversary, we have several amazing sponsors. Let’s thank them for their generosity! Winners will be randomly selected from comments left on all the blogs. The winners will be announced by Wednesday, September 5 on this page. Winners will have up to 2 weeks to contact Rubeena at ararerubycrafts@gmail.com to claim their prizes.

Studio Katia - $50 gift card
Hello Bluebird - $50 gift card
Altenew - $50 Gift card
Pinkfresh Studio - $30 gift card
Gina K. Designs - $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted - £25 gift card
Simon Says Stamp - $25 gift card
Spellbinders Card Kit ($55 value).
Jennifer McGuire - $50 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Winnie & Walter, LLC - $40 gift card
Mama Elephant - $25 gift card
Hero Arts - $25 gift card
Nichol Spohr LLC - Custom-sewn rainbow pencil case filled with brand new Spellbinders dies
Danielle Flynn - $25 Simon Says Stamp gift card
Picket Fence Studios - four $25 gift cards
Ellen Hutson - two $25 gift cards  
Pretty Pink Posh - two $30 gift cards
The Stamp Market - July 2018 Release (estimated $100 value)
Indigojade Art Shop - $50 gift card to Art Prints & Gifts Shop
Flora & Fauna - a 4x6 stamp set
Waffle Flower - $25 gift card
Power Poppy - $50 gift card

It's been a joy seeing all that Ruby 'shares' in the crafting community. Her love of learning and mastering new techniques is evident in her creations! The amount of cards and projects Ruby shares is staggering! BRAVO!!
***Remembering a PM several years ago from Ruby about hoping to be on the same DT someday...I feel we are already on the most rewarding team together now. Team Mamma:
creatively nurturing little people; growing them in mind, body and spirit:))In celebration of RUBY, I created this card, encouraging her to CONTINUE creating for the JOY and wonder of it all:))

Here's my card:
OH, what fun I had creating this one! Using the MISTI and Crips inks, along with clean water mist, I achieved a very loose watercolor look on the leaves and Flowers. I shared a quick process video on Instagram of how I made the "gingham look" background. CLICK here to see it:) After fussy cutting and inking the edges of the leaves, I arranged a pretty floral swag mixed with a few blooms simply stamped and die-cut for interest.
I then added a heat embossed sentiment and a thin messy bow and clear drops for embellishment.

Why do I craft? Because creating is wonderful therapy for me...working through a technique and completing a project is VERY satisfying:) like chocolate and afternoon tea.

Supplies used:
ALTENEW, Ethereal Beauty, Focus on You, Molded Lines Stencil, Crisp Inks: Sea Shore Mini Cube SetSweet Dreams Mini Cube SetTropical Forest Mini Cube Set,
SHIMMERZ paints products; SPRITZ :Chick-a-dee, VIBEZ:Glorious Day
Silver Floss, Clear Embossing powder, Nuvo Drops

Your next stop is the final blog on the list; Michele Ferguson!
Flutter on over there to see an ethereal beauty of a card:)

Rubeena Ianigro

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SPELLBINDERS Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low

Hello Papercraft fans! 
I had the pleasure of creating with the new SPELLBINDERS Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low. I LOVE that each set has the stamp and  coordinating die to create quick projects!


 I started out by stamping all the images from both sets onto white cardstock then enjoyed coloring with Ziggy markers. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Let's take a closer look at each one!

First up I have the anchor from ROUGH WATERS STAMP AND DIE SET  layered onto a stenciled card front. 
Then I tried  a variation of a technique shared by Jennifer Mcguire, called Set Back Stamping.

  • Since I already had the images cut out and glued into place, 
  • I laid a 1.5" colored cardstock border over the top my card 
  • Lined up the coordinating dies over the images( anchor, and sentiment) below, 
  • Taped the dies to the border.  
  • Lifted the border up from the cardfront and took it to my cutting machine. 
  • Then popped up the cut  border pieces with dimensional foam tape; leaving the colored  anchor image and sentiment receding, yet highlighted by the bold border.

Moving on to the pretty Florals, I colored and cut out 3from ROUGH WATERS STAMP AND DIE SET INKED MESSAGES

 Layered with the swag from the August Large Die of the Month Kit, over a stenciled card front. 
 The coordinating die for the floral makes it EASY to arrange a pretty cluster that has dimension!

Again, I used the  to cut a large "cloud" and layered it over a stenciled card front.

  • Stamped, colored and cut more envelopes to sprinkle down from the birds beak.
  • cut an extra bird shape from dark cardstock to serve as a shadow underneath the colored bluebird
  • Stamped the sentiment and added a tiny strip of cardstock to help ground cardfront visually
  • Kissed each heart with glossy accents

It was a successful day in the craftroom:) I adore how each of these cards turned out! Both of these Inked Messages Collection by Stephanie Low are in the shop now, as well as the August Large Die of the Month Kit.

PS. there IS a blog hop full of inspiration featuring the entire Special Moments & Inked Messages Releasecheck it out:))

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


Shapeabilities Hearts and Butterflies Borders Etched Dies On the Wings of Love Collection by Joanne Fink

Hello Again! I have a few more cards to share today using Spellbinders dies:))
This post features lovely border dies!


Using the Heart Shaped border die first on white cardstock, and cut a second heart Border after splashing some purple sprays onto watercolor paper. I then replaced the smaller heart cuts back into the purple border and layered it onto a cardfront.

The next card was quick and easy dry embossing with the rubber mat on white cardstock.

Then I when a bit outside the box! I happened to see a Chicken in the craps:)) with a few touches of marker on the edges maybe YOU can see it too?

Back to more serious cardmaking for the last one using the Butterflies border.
Trimming the border down to three butterflies was easy using sharp scissors. A single butterfly was created by stacking several on top of each other.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Spellbinders Large Die Of The Month Kit - August 2018

Large Die of the Month Membership

Hello lovelies! I had the pleasure of working with new August Large Die of the Month Kit at SPELLBINDERS. You can find the kit in the shop all through the month of August.

Here are three different cards I created using the kit which has four separate dies. 

For the first card I used all four dies cut from Neenah Solar White card stock, then added some ink blending on the swag and blossom dies then layered them all together onto a cardfront with a kiss of ink blending on the edges.

For the next one I cut the pretty swag and blossom from pattern paper and layered them together for a unique scrappy card.

And the final one, I cut the swag die from heavy card stock and replaced it using the inlaid die cut technique for a quick and easy, yet elegant card:)

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Altenew Build-A-Flower: Cattleya

It's August first which means there is a new Build-a-Flower at Altenew, YAY!

Welcome the newest bloom to the BAF family: Cattleya

BAF: Cattleya

Here is the layering guide included with the set.  The designers at Altenew have added a new feature making it so much easier to tell which image goes with which, by circling and adding numbers to each grouping on the stamp acetate sheet.

What a JOY it was creating with this new set:))
For my first card, I went Scrappy and stamped all the layers using the Shades Of Purple mini cube set.
Other Altenew products used:
Feeling Dotty Stencil

I will be adding this card to the AECP gallery for the Timeless Floral Layouts class. While this is not a lay-out, I DID learn several good tips on creating scrappy projects with balance! 

My next card is a One-Layer Wonder: stamped with the Tropical Forest Mini Cube Set
 I wanted to show how beautiful each layer of the BAF: Cattleya is. From the simple outline image all the way to layering 2 to 3 layers!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Card Blog, and other three winners will be announced on the Scrapbook Blog on 8/8/2018.

Optional Giveaway:
I will draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from comments left right here on this post! So tell me which kind of card is your favorite? One-layer Wonder or Scrappy Layers:))) I will post the random winner right here after August 6th.

And now for the randomly chosen  winner:
Beautiful cards! I do like the scrappy layers the most, but the one layer wonder does such a great job highlighting the different layers!
Congratulations STACEY!!  Please contact Altenew at
winner@altenew.com by 8/15/2018 with the subject line 
BAF: Cattleya Release Winner from LauraJane's Blog. 
Happy Shopping:))

Get 5% discount on this bundle:
Cattleya Bundle
Thanks for stopping by!
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