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. I’m so happy that Rubeena’s anniversary helped you to go back to creating. To me, you are a ‘big name’. You have such a unique style and are able to incorporate trends into your cardmaking like no other crafter I know. I also miss the W&W Gossip Column, that has inspired me to try and explore new techniques and generally have fun playing.
    Marianne x

  2. What a fun card! Please don’t give up paper crafting & posting your lovely creations! I love your site! Life can get in the way but playing with stamps & paper really helps my sanity! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sweet card. You are a very talented paper crafter Taheerah. I’m glad you decided to continue in this wonderful community. I enjoyed your Advent Calendar extravaganzas, and appreciate the tremendous amount of organization and effort that goes in to making them happen. Thank you for participating in Rubeena’s celebration

  4. First of all, I think you are a major player in this industry. I love the Advent Calendar you do at Christmas. I think I’ve done it 2 or more years. It is loads of fun. Thanks for supporting Rubeena. Your C&S card is stunning.

  5. YAY! So happy to see you posting! You’re kidding, right? About stepping away from crafting? I hope you are…check out this post. Your card, brilliant. The partially embossed sentiment, genius. I’ve missed you + your wonderful inspiration.

  6. Lovely to see you back joining in with this wonderful hop! Your card is so very pretty, love the simple, fun design!

  7. Oh….what a delightful card. Simple…yet beautiful. I pray you will bless all of us with an occasional creation! You are so talented. Thanks so much for being a part of this blog hop!

  8. Beautiful celebration card, so artsy I LOVE it! I also love your Advent Calendar extravaganza and I get so much inspiration on your blog! Thanks so much for sharing your incredible talents.

  9. Congratulations to Rubeena! Love her work. And what an amazing group this crafting world is to sponsor such wonderful prizes. Love your card inspiration too!

  10. Ooh! What a fun card! Thanks for coming out and being a part of this blog hop!! I hope you will continue to create!

  11. Your background is unique and motivates me to get experimenting with my watercolors and my alsohol ink.

  12. I LOVE this sweet card with the very sweet sentiment! The tiny little YAY! makes a big impact. So sweet and fresh too!

  13. Another great design by you, and another card I really like 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration, and for supporting Rubeena, too!

  14. Wonderful card! Thanks for sharing your feelings. Hope you stay in the crafting world. You definitely would be missed…

  15. Hey! I love your adorable card in honor of Ruby. I always thought you were a “biggie” in the crafting world and think you have great talent. Your beautiful work and inspiration will be missed if you hang up the heat tool and put away the inks and paints. Just sayin’! 🙂

  16. I really like the fun element in your CAS card with the lines dripping down from the YAY. Even though it is clean & simple, you have an eye for balance & just where to place the dots to make it cohesive looking. I lack that. I know any time in the past I’ve seen your blog on hops I’ve always left a comment as I think your cards are top notch. It’s easy to say, but not always easy to do, please don’t think you don’t belong in this crafting arena. We can’t all “soar with the eagles”, but you are definitely up there!

  17. Taheerah, thank you for the beautiful card. I hope that life will treat you well and that you will feel better soon. Do whatever makes you happy when it comes to crafting.

Leave a comment!

Keep the conversation going! Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.