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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Minty Mint Crisp Dye Ink
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margaret driscoll UK August 27, 2018 - 09:22

Hello to you too!
I can’t believe how beautiful your card is and such lovely colours…love it!
Love Marg

Laurie Brown August 27, 2018 - 09:24

Oh my what a fun card!!! Love that fine alphabet set!!!!

Mona Tóth August 27, 2018 - 09:25

Ruby is my favorite cardmaker! I love her creations! She is amazing! :)

Lisa Byers August 27, 2018 - 09:29

Oh, I have made blunders like yours. Don’t feel alone. I’m still learning!! :) Your card is very nice, I love the colors you used!!

Becca Yahrling August 27, 2018 - 09:35

Your story gave me a giggle … I hope you don’t mind! :-) Sounds like something I would do … daily! haha I am not a ‘natural’ crafter at all and I make lots of mistakes. I jokingly call myself ‘a terrible crafter!’ It’s okay. I enjoy it anyway! Your card is a cute design! Love the minty mint color … yum!

Kathleen Difato August 27, 2018 - 09:40

I love that combo of colors! Lately I am spending way too much $ at Altenew site so a chance for a GC is wonderful! haha

PamR August 27, 2018 - 09:41

Love your card! I really like the geometric type cards, circles, squares, triangles! So cool!

Kathy Niergarth August 27, 2018 - 09:47

What a unique use of the nesting dies! Love the colors you chose.

FeM August 27, 2018 - 09:50

I like the colors you chose for your card. I, like many others, like geometric designs .

Sonja Verhey August 27, 2018 - 09:51

Love the colors on the card. Thanks for sharing.

KM Miller August 27, 2018 - 09:53

I was a slow learner too! Thank goodness for bloggers to help me along.

Kim Faucher August 27, 2018 - 09:56

Haha! Loved hearing about your discovery of the stamp block !!! I used to put the embossing powder on and add the heat tool ( but didn’t wait for it to actually melt) and couldn’t figure out why it was partially setting! lol my good friend who was an advanced card maker showed me how it melted… and I felt so silly! Lol

Dolly August 27, 2018 - 09:58

such a pretty colorful card! TFS

Mary Holshouser August 27, 2018 - 09:59

Fun, happy card. Love the color combination.
The gold adds a touch of elegance.
thanks for sharing

trainwithmeghan August 27, 2018 - 10:00

This is SOOOOO COOL! I love the circles! So simple and the gold is perfect!

Nana Griffin August 27, 2018 - 10:01

A funny story and a great card.

Laurie Case August 27, 2018 - 10:01

Loved your story on the “rubbery material”, haha! We all have to start somewhere! This card is so fun and pretty!

Varada August 27, 2018 - 10:08

Such a fun, beautiful card! And lol on the story about blocks for clear stamps ? Thanks for sharing!!

M.FATEMA August 27, 2018 - 10:15

Lovely card and thanks for sharing your story with us!

D Idlet August 27, 2018 - 10:20

Cute card, I love the soft colors and the gold letters!

Michele W August 27, 2018 - 10:21

Love your story about your first encounter with clear stamps! I didn’t buy clear stamps for a long time because I couldn’t figure out what to do with them and at the time was struggling to line up the few wooden stamps I had. Thank goodness for the internet and all the fabulous designers who share their talent and expertise! Without them I would probably still be sitting on the sidelines wondering what to do with all the products I see in the craft store. :-) Thanks for telling your story today and for sharing your talent with the rest of us!

Susan Romito August 27, 2018 - 10:22

Love the simplicity of this card! Such a great idea (and now I’m seeing this on a scrapbook page also!!)

Donnalee Boisseau August 27, 2018 - 10:26

Supercute card! Love it!

Amy Tsuruta August 27, 2018 - 10:28

Such a fun + fresh design!

Stanlee Runner August 27, 2018 - 10:30

Love this idea, so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa P August 27, 2018 - 10:33

Beautiful card! Love those gorgeous colors.

Cindy G. August 27, 2018 - 10:40

Creative card! Inlay is a beautiful technique and I love using it. Thanks for sharing.

A.Rose August 27, 2018 - 10:41

Simple but so gorgeous with the shadowy circles!

barbara lassiter August 27, 2018 - 10:55

I like the simplicity and elegance of your card. Many years ago, I was invited to a card making workshop with each lady offering a different technique for us to try, while making her card. Needless to say I was hooked and of course there are so many more products today from which to choose and I have my fair share. :)

Teri S. August 27, 2018 - 11:00

Tasnim, I can sure relate to buying things & then being rather clueless about how to use them, but I blunder on as I really do like this craft. It is so rewarding when someone says they like the card I gave them. Your card looks so CAS & the soft colours are just lovely. That alphabet die set is one I have on my wishlist.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow August 27, 2018 - 11:02

Hahaha!!! Sounds JUST like me–I had ink all over my fingers! Anyway, love your card–so clean and versatile! This is a card you could make for literally anyone! And color combos are countless! Thanks for sharing and for brightening my day! You have a very blessed day.

Michelle Gardner August 27, 2018 - 11:14

Beautiful simple design.

Lisa Petrella August 27, 2018 - 11:15

Gorgeous card! I love the arrangement of the circles and the beautiful color combo!!!

Barbara Rodriguez August 27, 2018 - 11:17

Beautiful card

Maureen Reiss August 27, 2018 - 11:20

Super cute card!!! Thanks sponsors!!

dpglasser August 27, 2018 - 11:29

Super fun card!

Isabel z August 27, 2018 - 11:30

You are such a talented artist! Thank you to all for inspiring me to create.

Linnea Sundstrom August 27, 2018 - 11:31

so glad I gave stamping another try. my first go, years ago, with wood block stamps was not successful! with all that is available to me now, I LUV IT! thank you for being a wonderful friend to stamping!!!

Mary Locke August 27, 2018 - 11:34

I like the graphic design of your card & the colors…gorgeous!

memalagene August 27, 2018 - 11:36

Great blog hop, Awesome card! I love how your overlapped the circles and die cut them!

Lori Proulx August 27, 2018 - 11:36

I love love the way you used the circle dies. Adding those to my wish list.

Connie August 27, 2018 - 11:43

Such a happy card. I love the design and colors and the gold letters just make it pop.

Jackie McKnite August 27, 2018 - 11:43

I never think to do circles in different sizes and colors. Thanks for the idea. It should be a quick card.

Esther August 27, 2018 - 11:50

Absolutely LOVE this gorgeous card! So simple and yet so beautiful!

hsmom24kids August 27, 2018 - 11:50

I love your card design… and your story about the blocks! When I first stamped it was over 20 years ago and I had quite a collection that took up alot of space, since they were all wood mounted! I donated them about 10 years ago when I got out of crafting due to too many family responsibilities. When I picked up stamping and cardmaking a couple years ago, I was tickled to find out about the new acrylic stamps! So much less space (which means I can have more, right? )

janintucson August 27, 2018 - 11:50

Your card is “simply” beautiful!

Linda M. August 27, 2018 - 12:13

Love your fun card, and your story made me giggle. Glad I’m not the only one that has made silly mistakes in the learning process!

Teri W August 27, 2018 - 12:14

Simple card yet so beautiful!

Nelissa Winters August 27, 2018 - 12:32

Great card, love the colors.

AutismMommy August 27, 2018 - 12:55

Beautiful card. I loved hearing your story about how you first discovered clear Stamps :) thanks for sharing. I’m so excited about this hop!

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