Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop | Day One (+ Giveaways)

Hello, my fellow crafting friends! Thank you for stopping by today to join me and some of my very favorite crafters for Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop: Day One — a mega celebratory two-day hop to mark four years since I first discovered the world of cardmaking, with over 70 blogs participating! I hope you’ll sit down with a cup of coffee (or tea) and read through my post for my story, about my creative process and project, the list of generous sponsors in our industry (over $1,000 in giveaways!), and day one’s blog hop list of extraordinary crafters!

I’ll share a little about my journey for those who are new to my blog.

In July 2014, I discovered the world of papercrafting. Before this, my involvement in arts and craft was minimal (i.e. only if it was required as homework). I love to write and celebrate my friendships so I used to buy cards for my friends all the time for no particular reason. When I found out about cardmaking, I thought that I could save money by making cards for my friends. Thousands of dollars later, here we are!! If you want to see the cards I made exactly four years ago, you can check them out on my old blog here. Look how far I’ve come! 🙂

The reason I am having this anniversary blog hop at the end of August is because most people like to spend time with family during the summer break. I’m so honored that 74 other crafters have joined me to celebrate this milestone. I hope you’ll find time in the next week or two to visit each and every blog to read what they have to share. Of course, there are many more people in our crafting industry who are extraordinary as well that were not able to participate. I am blessed to know so many people!

In my personal life, I’ve always considered myself a student of learning. I love to learn (that’s why I have two master’s degrees) and I pick up on things quickly. Professionally, I’m licensed as a social worker, currently not employed since I just had a baby girl five months ago. When I crafted from 2014 to 2016, it became an important part of my life. However, I took a break from cardmaking shortly after I got married in September 2016. Although I stopped making cards, I continued to follow the cardmaking industry. It’s a passion that has only gotten stronger over time. I have moved twice since I got married, and I finally have a creative space that makes me happy. I post photos on my Instagram often (be on the lookout for a separate giveaway there this week!) It’s a work in progress for sure. It is through creating that I learn more and more about myself.

I got back into crafting again in January 2018. Since then, I have been blessed to work with many amazing companies and am currently on a few design teams. I was lucky enough to attend Creativation 2018 and meet many online friends in real life! I’m excited that I will be able to attend Creativation 2019 and hope to connect with even more people. My main goal for this year was to have more fun. I still remember my first two years of crafting, feeling worried I was never going to be good enough, which impacted my creativity. The work I’ve put out this year shows that I have truly been enjoying the process and building confidence as an artist.

If you don’t already follow my blog, I highly recommend you subscribe now! I have so many new things to share in the upcoming months. I started a sketch and watercolor series, but due to commitments, it is on hold for the next few weeks. Next month, I’ll finally be sharing my very first video tutorial so subscribe to my YouTube channel now. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for videos but it’s been hard finding the time since I have a newborn. I have a big surprise in October. I am also working on a blog series that you won’t want to miss! So look to my right sidebar to subscribe now. Thank you so so much for your support.

PROJECT

The card I am sharing today is a perfect representation of me and my style! Although I love trying new things, this is one of my favorite signature looks.

Affiliate links used in this post. You can find a list of my favorite supplies here (will be updated again soon).

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I started with one of my favorite sets from Altenew, Spring Daisy (SSS). I stamped it on watercolor paper (SSS) and die-cut with the coordinating dies (SSS). I used my Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Paints (SSS) to watercolor the images. I added details with black and white gel pens.

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For the base, I did some watercolor smooshing with an acetate sheet and the same paints. The sentiments are from Neat and Tangled’s Magnolia. They are perfect! I just love how uplifting they are, and this is how I try to be in my daily life. I love to heat emboss sentiments in white on black cardstock. They add the perfect contrast to bold colors. I mounted the flowers and sentiments with foam tape over my smooshed watercolor base. I finished it off with my favorite iridescent gems from Studio Katia (SSS).

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I hope you were inspired by my work! The next blog on the list is the ever-so-sweet and super talented Tasnim on the Altenew Blog!

GIVEAWAYS

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 + 6 Spellbinders die collections (estimated $115 value)
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


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SUPPLIES

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489 Comments

  1. Mona Tóth

    September 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I would be soo happy If I got this amazing card from you! 🙂

  2. Stacy K

    September 5, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Wow! It is amazing to see everyone’s creativity, thank you for sharing yours!

  3. Cathy

    September 5, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Congrats! Not sure if I am too late but wanted to say it anyway!

  4. Priyanka Kantak

    September 4, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Congratulations Rubeena! I love all your cards! They are always so bright and very pretty. Thank you for sharing your creative journey 🙂

  5. mandalj

    September 4, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    What a lovely reason to have a blog hop! Congratulations!

  6. Jan

    September 4, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Congratulations on your Anniversary Rubeena! and thanks for sharing your story. I luv, luv, luv your beautiful creation posted here. you are very talented. Thank you.

  7. Pauline Abeysekera

    September 4, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary, your success, and your growing confidence in your artistry. Thank you for sharing a bit about your life. Wishing you joy in all you do.

  8. Lisa

    September 4, 2018 at 7:43 am

    congratulations, you make the crafting world a brighter one 🙂
    this card is gorgeous, as always <3

  9. Wardah Khalid

    September 4, 2018 at 3:15 am

    And many congratulations to you.

  10. Wardah Khalid

    September 4, 2018 at 3:14 am

    You’re so amazing rubeena <3

  11. KNERR

    September 4, 2018 at 1:05 am

    Wow ! ♡♡♡

  12. Marilyn Edans

    September 3, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Love those colors.

  13. Cary Ann Lombardo

    September 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your creative journey. It ebbs and flows for all of us, especially when we’re juggling little ones. You card is gorgeous.

  14. Sharda Maheshwari

    September 3, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Congratulations.. work break work is so difficult but looks u managed it in an awesome way

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