Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY TWO – AND Some Giveaways!

By Taheerah | 28th August 2018 | 120 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Tap, tap – is this thing on?

Yes, it’s been such an eternity since I posted anything that you’d be forgiven for forgetting I actually exist! So allow me to reintroduce myself: I’m Taheerah, and I used to be far better at being a part of the papercrafting community than I have been recently. Let’s just say that life and a few issues have been putting paid to that quite a bit. In fact, I had been considering my place in the papercrafting world, and had been coming close to hanging up my heat tool, secreting my scissors, and shying away from my stamps altogether.

So it took something rather special to break me out of my funk and back into creating. And that something special goes by the name of Ruby.

A Rare Ruby Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop Graphic

You’re probably more than aware of the amazing and awesome talent that is Rubeena Ianigro – she has, after all, been setting the place ablaze with her talent, her style, and her infectious humour. So when she asked me if I’d help her celebrate her 4 year blogging anniversary, I just had to say yes!

So welcome!

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!

So seeing as we’re celebrating crafting, I thought I’d talk about what it means to me, and why I love it so much.

To me, crafting has always been a way for me to express myself through art. I see it as anything from a technical exercise, to something to do with my hands to balance out all the cerebral stuff I do at work, to just having fun and seeing where the supplies take me. Through this ‘hobby’ I found the industry and the amazingly talented individuals that inhabit it. I’ve seen dizzying heights when my star was in the ascendency, to quieter periods where I’ve questioned whether I even belong her anymore. But one thing that has always kept my soul fed, was the inspiration and joy of others’ work, and the kind souls I’ve encountered in my journey. I may not be one of the ‘big names’ – but I won’t ever forget some of the industry’s biggest hearts. Like Ruby’s.

So, before I get all existential again, let’s have a pretty card!

Yay Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

Well, this event called for a celebration so here’s my celebration on a card!

Yay Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

I used some Ranger Detail Blending Tools to add pops of colour to my card base using some of my favourite inks from Catherine Pooler. I love these inks so much!

Yay Confetti Card by Taheerah Atchia

I added sentiment, stars and little circly things (sorry, I really can’t think of the names of them!) from the Pinkfresh Studio Sweet Treats stamp set. I also built a multi-layer cake which was originally going to adorn this card, but I settled for just the ‘YAY’ topper instead, which I partially heat embossed with sparkly gold embossing powder. This card is perfectly ‘me’ in its style – bold, bright, trendy, and fun!


So it wouldn’t be a party without prizes! Ruby has pulled out all the stops to secure you some amazing prizes!

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 [email protected] to claim their prize before another winner is selected.

Let’s take a look at what you could win, shall we?

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
Holy prize bonanza, Batman!
All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is to visit all the destinations on the Hop and leave a comment on each one!

Here’s your Hop order for today:

Rubeena Ianigro
The Stamp Market Blog
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Nina-Marie Trapani
Neat & Tangled Blog
Cheiron Brandon
Tania Ahmed
Laurie Willison
Barb Engler
Janette Kausen
Carly Tee Minner
Nichol Spohr
Amy Tsuruta
Mayline Jung
Emily Midgett
Kelly Griglione
Caly Person
Stephanie Klauck
Tracy Freeman
Dana Joy
Erica A-B
Channin Pelletier
Kimberly Wiener
Marcie Sharp
Rowena Miniaci
Sharna Waksmulski
Laurel Beard
Miriam Prantner
Leanne West
Tracey McNeely
Marge Yoon
Ankita Gupta
Justine Hovey
Taheerah Atchia
Kimberly Crawford
Lisa Hetrick
Laura Jane
Michele Ferguson

Talk about talent! I’m sure you recognise many famous names there!

I want to thank Ruby once again for inviting me to her Hop, and for just generally being awesome. Happy crafting Anniversary Ruby! Here’s to many more!

Thanks for stopping by!


120 thoughts on “Rubeena’s Crafting Anniversary Blog Hop DAY TWO – AND Some Giveaways!”

  1. Wonderful card! Lovely design and perfectly celebratory! I would hate to see you hang up your heat tool. You are an amazing paper artist and I’ve enjoyed your work.

  2. Love your fun card! I am enjoying Rubeena’s crafting anniversary celebration and all the inspiring creations along the hop!

  3. Super-fun card! Very encouraging to see you back crafting, Taheerah. BTW…..I always thought you were a big name, so don’t burst my bubble! 🙂 The crafting community will still be here…even when you need to take a bit of time off…..or even a lot of time off. I love it that there is a place here for everyone……whether we post everyday or struggle to get one post done per month. Life happens, but crafting is always waiting in the wings for when we can rejoin at whatever level is right for us at that particular time or season in our life. Hoping to see you make an appearance again soon.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Fun card! I was just about to send you another email (worried about you) when I saw your name on the blog post. May your mojo return with lots of trendy ideas to inspire you.

  5. The card is simple but you don’t always need a lot of
    fussy to have a fantastic card. You hit it out of
    the park – great card. TYou need never fear
    that you don’t belong in this group of
    artists. thanks for sharing

  6. I have missed you Taheerah, always here so you can email me if you need to vent to someone. Anyhow, you are back and back in business, love the card (typically you). I particularly love the subtle coloured inks used to create the background to the heat embossed sentiment and fabulous shapes representing a celebration. TFS :O) xxx

  7. Love your card, Taheerah, and you MUST NOT QUIT! You are much too talented to give this up – everyone gets into a funk now and again and so glad you emerged to do this blog hop – hoping now you stay here and we get to see more of your awesome work!

  8. Well, I am happy to know that you DO still exist! I check your blog every now and again and have been wondering about you!! I hope you don’t stop crafting!! You make such beautiful art!! And look how many of us miss you!! I love your artsy, fun & modern card.

  9. It has been a really long time, I have been checking in every now and then, glad you are back! YAY!
    Your card is sweet and gorgeous as always!

  10. You should never think about quitting all together…I can see taking a little break…but you are talented….so share it….
    Very sweet card…..thank you for partipating in this wonderful blog hop…hugs

  11. Thanks for coming out of your funk, Taheerah, and joining Ruby’s celebration blog hop! Love your simple colorful card and no, talented lady, you’re not forgotten.

  12. Fun and happy card! BTW, don’t hang up your heat tool! We miss you! I love your work! Hope all is well.

  13. Super cute card!!! Love the simplicity of your card!!! The soft colors, pop of gold, and the little circly thingys ?, amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing! ?

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