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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Karin Bauer August 28, 2018 - 14:42

Simple, yet effective card.

Carolyn Cece August 28, 2018 - 14:48

Funny stamp story. Lovely card.

Michelle Hackett August 28, 2018 - 14:53

Simplicity can be so fun. Great card.

Debbie Rossman August 28, 2018 - 15:00

Thanks for sponsoring!!

Betty August 28, 2018 - 15:48

your stamp story made me smile – and love your card design – wonderful colors!

Martha H. August 28, 2018 - 16:05

Gorgeous card! Love the colors.

Rebecca Gaede August 28, 2018 - 16:16

Love the colors!

Arlene Plastine August 28, 2018 - 16:31

Beautiful card! I love the halftone circles stamps & dies.

Heike August 28, 2018 - 16:42

Clean and simple just the look I like.

Miriam Prantner August 28, 2018 - 16:44

Such a pretty color combination and I love the placement of all those circles!

Marcela August 28, 2018 - 17:01

I just got into stamping this year and I love the clear stamps. I remember when they first came out I was not to receptive to clear stamps but mostly at that time it wasn’t something I was interested in. Today I am all about stamping, die cutting, and new techniques. I am so thankful for all the blogs and inspiration that they bring.

Niki August 28, 2018 - 17:13

I love the gold hello, it totally makes this card adorable!

Lisa Moline August 28, 2018 - 17:17

Love your simple card – the gold hello really sets it off!

Michelle Williams August 28, 2018 - 17:36

Love it…

Annette Reed August 28, 2018 - 18:01

Such a great and fun card! I love the idea of inking instead of just using different colored paper. The sequins are a great addition!

Karthikha Uday August 28, 2018 - 18:09

This is such a lovely card! Simple and beautiful :)

Brandi Davies August 28, 2018 - 18:10

love your colours!

RoZee August 28, 2018 - 18:18

I really the the simple card design. Something a new card maker can like myself can make.

Cassie Langley August 28, 2018 - 18:18

I love this card! Simple yet elegant!

Laura J. August 28, 2018 - 18:22

Simply beautiful!!!

pamboe August 28, 2018 - 19:16

It’s unimaginable to think back to a time when stamping supplies were not a major part of our lives.

Dana W August 28, 2018 - 19:16

Fabulous card!! love the colors with the gold sentiment!!

Toni L August 28, 2018 - 19:19

Wonderfully simple yet effective card. BRAVO!

Lindarub August 28, 2018 - 19:21

Love all the colors and the gold hello.

Nikol S. August 28, 2018 - 19:42

Love your cards! They are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Kate P. August 28, 2018 - 19:46

Just beautiful. Love it!

Ruth Tacoma August 28, 2018 - 20:05

Loved your story! Love the colors of your card too…very pretty!

Karen Letchworth August 28, 2018 - 20:06

This is a fabulous event, and I can’t thank you enough for participating.

Brenda L August 28, 2018 - 20:07

Love all your inlaid inky circles on this beautiful card! The bold “hello” and sequins finish this card off beautifully. Hugs, Brenda

ruok72 August 28, 2018 - 21:02

Love all the circles with the gold foil!

Jenny Lloyd August 28, 2018 - 21:39

I love the story. Your card is so simple and fun

Cheriese H August 28, 2018 - 21:50

So pretty and simple!

Tracy Teas August 28, 2018 - 21:56

I only have a few Altenew products, but I love them. Thanks for sharing your beautiful talent.

Rosemary w August 28, 2018 - 22:13

This is a keep it simple card and get very cheerful and happy. Thanks for the inspiration.

Gayle Bartholomew August 28, 2018 - 22:13

Your story had me laughing out loud. Great card.

Carol Jones August 28, 2018 - 22:41

Love your card! I love simple, graphic designs and this one is perfect how it fits together. Thanks for sponsoring this hop and for the inspiration.

Nancy Penir August 28, 2018 - 23:35

Perfectly charming card, with gorgeous bright circles! And of course, perfectly done!

Renate Harrison August 28, 2018 - 23:56

It was meant to be!! Love your art!

Carissa Workman August 29, 2018 - 00:44

A very bright and happy card! I love that you chose gold for the sentiment, it turns it into a “posh” hello, rather than a casual one! I have a similar story like your’s when I was new to the crafting world! It’s so fun to see how far you’ve come from when you first started!!

donnahitz August 29, 2018 - 01:18

Great graphic designs and I’m so glad you found blocks to mount your stamps on! Lol!! ?

Lynne Jardine August 29, 2018 - 01:48

Fab card, I love your circles!

momentsofcrafting August 29, 2018 - 02:10

Great card – so simple yet so eye catching! Thanks so much for sharing!

Chantel Figueroa August 29, 2018 - 02:16

Super cute i love circle everything lol and that font is uber cute too!

Margery C August 29, 2018 - 02:19

Love the clean and simple card.

Becca Neeley August 29, 2018 - 02:31

I love how bold and graphic this card is! The way the circles inlay into each other is a cool effect.

Jeannie F August 29, 2018 - 02:46

Such a wonderful card! Your story was sweet. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole England August 29, 2018 - 05:24

Lovely, but its the embellishments that I as a newbie card maker have the most trouble with! Where to I place them? How many? Questions that are very important at this stage of card making

Nunzia August 29, 2018 - 05:48

This card looks simple but has a cleaver design.

Danielle G. August 29, 2018 - 08:59

What a simple and beautiful card! I chuckled at your story about the stamp block. It makes me think back to all the mistakes I made in the very beginning. Thanks for sharing your story!

TerryG August 29, 2018 - 10:03

I love simple cards that also have that wow look and this one is a great example. I love it.

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