Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY ONE + Giveaways

by Tasnim

arareruby hop banner 1080 01Hello, crafty friends!

Today I am joining my friend Rubeena Ianigro in celebrating her four-year crafting anniversary. If you came from her blog, you are right on track! In light of this celebration, I thought I would share a little fun fact about my discovery of clear stamps.

I have been crafting and making cards from a very young age, but I only discovered stamps more recently – about seven years ago. One day I was out buying some ink pads for two woodblock stamps that I had received as a gift. Near the ink pads aisle, I noticed some clear rubbery material which had the word ‘stamp' on its package. I thought they looked interesting and bought a couple of them.

Now here is the funny part, I didn't buy any blocks, for I had no clue that clear stamps needed blocks! Instead, I simply peeled them off their sheet and tried to ink them using my hands like you would use a block. You can imagine how frustrated I was with the process! However, it wasn't long before I realized that I needed to get those ‘glass blocks' which I had seen next to the clear stamps but had no idea what they were at the time. I also had no idea how much I was about to get involved with clear stamps!

For today's hop, I decided to create a card using one of my all-time favorite techniques: applying ink with a sponge applicator. I mostly combine this technique with masking, but this time I did something different.

Halftone circlesUsing the Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set, I die cut circles of various sizes from the same piece of white cardstock. I overlapped some of the circles so I could arrange them like puzzle pieces.

Halftone circlesc1I used the following Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Peach Perfect, Rubellite, Minty Mint, and Lagoon to color my die-cut circles using a sponge applicator. For the sentiment, I used the Fine Alphabet Die Set along with some Gold Foil Cardstock.

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Blog Hop!

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!


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 to claim their prize 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 4×6 stamp set
Waffle Flower – $25 gift card
Power Poppy – $50 gift card

Your next stop on the hop is Pinkfresh Studio Blog

Thanks for joining me today!


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Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set
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Maria L August 31, 2018 - 10:58 PM

Love the design and colors you used with your card. Thanks for sharing your story, I also didn’t know about the blocks for clear stamps as I had always used rubber stamps on wood blocks. Luckily there was a nice lady at the paper crafting store that showed me how they worked! Now I’m hooked.

D.AnnC September 1, 2018 - 9:26 AM

Darling stamp story!? Love the interlocking circles!! Huge congrats to Rubeena and thanks for sponsoring this hop!

Cornelia Fulmore September 1, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Great, clean and simple card. It reminds me of blowing bubbles in the Summer as a kid. :-)

Colleen Beamish September 1, 2018 - 5:50 PM

I love your story of how you discovered stamps! I too recently discovered new techniques for card making especially since finding all of these wonderful blogs and YouTube tutorials!

Ilda September 1, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Fabulous card!

LC Lamothe September 1, 2018 - 11:29 PM

So excited to have been brought to your blog in this awesome blog hop! Such a beautiful card!

Larissa Heskett September 2, 2018 - 12:51 AM

SQUEAL!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Lisa Bzibziak September 2, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Really cool card! Love the colors and the arrangement of circles.. quite “mod”!

Lisa Bzibziak September 2, 2018 - 2:04 AM

And thanks so much for being a sponsor!

Rosali September 2, 2018 - 5:52 AM

Super beautiful card, Tasnim!! And I loved reading your story! :-D

Valerija Pukšič September 2, 2018 - 7:17 AM

OMG! What a GREAT idea…beautifully done!

laurie2cats September 2, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Lovely card: clean and simple yet unique!

Andrea Murdock September 2, 2018 - 2:30 PM

love the soft pastel feel of this card xo

Abril Martinez September 3, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Simple and beautiful card . Maybe card making isn’t as hard as I think it is… I definitely want to try .TFS

Krista Knight September 3, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Wow beautiful card

BrendaLea Abbott September 3, 2018 - 11:38 AM

I love how you overlapped the dies, for the puzzle look. What a great idea for this technique and to ‘thank’ all of the wonderful sponsors who chose to celebrate Rubinnas world of c acting.

Beverly Jordan September 3, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Congratulations on your own journey, and look how far you have come and have so many followers like me!!! We are your avid fans and cheerleaders and will continue to love this journey we are all on! And now we can stamp using a MISTI or clear blocks as well!! Lovely card too!!

Cary Ann Lombardo September 3, 2018 - 4:25 PM

What a simple but beautiful card. I love how the colors are the focus. You could use for any occasion. Thanks for sharing.

Marilyn Edans September 3, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Love simple cards.

Wardah Khalid September 4, 2018 - 3:20 AM

Lovely stamp story.. Such a simple and perfect card.

Lisa September 4, 2018 - 7:45 AM

what a gorgeous card!

JanM September 4, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Congratulations Rubeena! I love your style! Thanks for all the inspiration you give.

Priyanka Kantak September 4, 2018 - 5:27 PM

Such a pretty card! Even I discovered clear stamps accidently like you & now there is no looking back! Stamps do that to you. Lol :D

Priyanka Kantak September 4, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Such a pretty card! Even I discovered stamps just like you accidentally! There is no looking back now! Stamps do that to you. Lol :D

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