Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Day TWO + Giveaways

Welcome to Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary 2-Day Blog Hop! You should have arrive here from Kimberly Wiener's blog. This hop is epic with more than 70 guests and over $1000 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 and 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 before another winner is selected.

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


I adore Rubeena's passion for cardmaking and her support of everyone in the cardmaking/crafty community. She's a cheerleader and super talented artist, and I'm thrilled to help her celebrate her cardmaking anniversary!

In 2006 after my son was born I began scrapbooking and it quickly turned into cardmaking. The smaller format, the variety of stamps and supplies, and the ability to make someone smile with a handmade creation was part of the appeal. One of my first loves in cardmaking was patterned paper and it still is. The mix and match of ephemera, journal cards, stickers, alphabets and 6x6 pads sucked me in and like many of us, I began hoarding papers. :) To help Rubeena celebrate today, I created a collection of five inspirational cards using one paper collection- Flourish by Crate Paper and coordinating ephemera just like I did when I first started creating. 

All five cards were created similarly using the papers and floral ephemera from the Flourish collection. I added a stamped sentiment to each, embossing a few in gold, added some gold paint splatters here and there, and adhering some gold sequins. There's a cohesive look to them all, and yet they are each unique. I love how they turned out! 

Do you have a favourite?! I'm partial to the one that says 'throw kindness around like confetti."
There are so many other stops on the hop today, so carry on and enjoy yourselves and have fun creating! Thanks Rubeena for inviting me to join you on this fabulous hop.


CASology- FLIP

It's time for another CASology challenge and this time the cue card is FLIP.

I made an interactive card where the unicorn 'flips' or spins. Clean and simple cards CAN be interactive without all the fuss...just keep your other elements minimal.

For my card I first die cut the window, and then stamped and die cut the unicorn and coloured it in with Copic markers. Thread is used to suspend the unicorn so it moves. A stamped sentiment and patterned paper to back the window finish it off. 

Go have fun creating your CAS design and don't forget to link up on the CASology blog. This is another two-week challenge.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


It's time for another CASology challenge and this time the cue card is SPORTS. 

My one layer creation uses the now retired 7th Inning Stretch stamp set from Papertrey Ink

I stamped all my elements, masking the hat to the bat behind it, and added my sentiment and some enamel dots. The cursive "A" on the hat was hand drawn and looks like my son's team hat. :) 

You have two weeks to play along in our challenge this time around, and remember to keep it CAS! I can't wait to see what you come up with. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CASology Design Team annoucement- SUNBEAM

I am so thrilled to announce that I am joining the CASology challenge as a design team member! Clean and simple is one of my favourite styles to create in and I'm excited to share my creations. 

In case you're not familiar with this challenge, here's a run-down for you:

Each week, we'll study clean and simple design using a cue word as our inspiration.  The design team will share their CAS creations and a little bit about their designs to inspire you to create a clean and simple card of your own!
Weekly challenges begin Tuesday mornings.
  1. Interpret the word on the weekly cue card however you'd like!  This is about creativity!

  2. Link up your *new* creation (card, tag, scrapbook layout, etc.) here on the CASology blog.

  3. Please add a link back to us on your blog post when submitting your creation.

  4. Please feel free to combine this challenge with other challenges.

  5. Be creative.

  6. Keep it simple.

  7. Have fun!

All submissions are due Mondays at NOON (CST)! Winners & Honorable Mentions will be announced on Tuesdays, an hour prior to the start of a new challenge. Weekly winners will have the opportunity to be Guest Designers for upcoming challenges.

Fun right? The current challenge cue word is SUNBEAM and I have a card to share with you today. 

design defined: 
Create a simple scene for maximum cute factor! 

I used the Flora & Fauna Love Bug set to create a sweet scene with the sun and it's beams shining behind the card, drawing your eye up to the little sentiment. Copic markers were used to colour it all in, and I sketched a road using a Sharpie marker to ground the car. 

Thanks for stopping in today and I look forward to sharing more CAS creations with you!