Hello, 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.

Using 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.

I 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.

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 ararerubycrafts@gmail.com 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!


Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set
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Fine Alphabet Die Set
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Gold Foil Cardstock (10 sheets/set)
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Peach Perfect Crisp Dye Ink
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Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink
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Minty Mint Crisp Dye Ink
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Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink
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