Ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas? I know it is still early, we were lucky to have a week after Thanksgiving but I am feeling a tad behind. Most of my decorations are up but I haven’t started Christmas cards yet and on Day 3 of Advent, my Advent calendar is just half done.

So if you are like me and need to get started on cards, I am thinking about a stamp night on Monday, Dec 10 from 6 – 9 p.m I have events every night this week so I might only get a couple of cards designed and prepped to choose from. I have another order coming from the Holiday Catalog this week so I might be motivated to get some done. Stamp night might just be an open stamp, make cards using my stamps and cardstock.

Pricing will be 6 for $15 or free with a $30 order. So come and play with some stamps and decide what you might need to finish your cards. We might be able to sneak in more more open stamp night but it would have to be the following week just to stamp more of what you have designed.

Let me know if you would be interested and I will confirm later in the week. Of course you will get to sneak peek the Occasions Catalog and items I have on hand. Catalogs are shipping soon directly from Stampin’Up! to you if you have ordered from me.

I saw this cute post on Facebook

#Truth

Create joy! Deena

 

Online Extravaganza begins soon

Online Extravaganza begins soon! Stampin’Up! has great deals from the Annual Catalog beginning on Black Friday through November 28.

Check out the photos below for details on the items that are on sale each day. But these are the details:

  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
    • Includes customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online orders.
  • Promotion includes items from the 2018–2019 annual catalog only.
  • While discounts will be available for most items, some exclusions apply. These non-discounted items include—but are not limited to—the following products:
    • Host stamp sets
    • Paper Pumpkin (prepaids, monthly subscriptions, past kits/refills)
    • Big Shot
    • Stamparatus
  • Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion.

Make sure you order the items below on the specific day (order every day!) to get the discounts!  All at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!

Also, stay tuned for details on the Craft and Carry Tote. Mine arrived yesterday. We saw it at OnStage and then were able to pre-order this month.It’s huge and lots of pockets.  Watch a video by clicking here!

Love it? It is going to be a demonstrator only option. You can add this tote to your starter kit during Sale-a-bration this year. Even if you are a hobby only stamper and don’t want to work Stampin’Up! as a business, if you order $100, we might as well order a starter kit! Then just order $300 a quarter to remain active. You can combine orders with your friends or just order on your own.

I also received more new items in an order this week (with my Craft and Carry Tote and the new Stamparatus bag!) that we saw at OnStage. I might play a little this weekend before starting on Christmas cards. I definitely post on Facebook so follow me there or I will try to do another post over the weekend.

Lastly and most important, thank you for reading my blogs and ordering this past year. I am truly thankful for you, my stamping friends – the joy we share stamping and your support ordering from me!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Create Joy! Deena

OnStage 2018 – Day 2

We are well into OnStage 2018 – day 2! Yesterday was a very full day so having a little down time here mid day after our Make and Take session is great! Time for pictures of displays, checking in at work (yes, I really did) and looking at all the pictures of snow at home in Illinois. It’s pretty but wow, I hope it is all gone by Sunday!

The new items in the Occasions Catalog have been fun to work with. My list is long already! But the consistent theme for all the stamp presentations has been focusing on 3 levels of stampers – Beginning, Casual and Avid. We all have our different ability and interest in stamping. It isn’t just about ability, it can be time, desire to purchase and how we like our cards to look when we are done. Right? 

But remember that first time you put ink on paper and thought “I did that!”. It was so exciting! Or maybe casual is just enough time and product for a Birthday, sympathy or thinking of you card. Then there are Avid stampers – either they love complicated, layered, detailed cards and ALL the stuff to make it. OR just have to have all the stuff just because they love it! (Yep, that’s me!)

I love the categories and will try to keep them in mind as I plan classes (online or in person) and share card  ideas.

This is a nice card we made today during our Make and Take using a new stamp set, Bloom by Bloom. The Designer Series Paper, behind the stamped flower image, has a raised texture feel (super cute patterns) and the Night of Navy enamel dots are sweet!

 

There is a board for sharing our thoughts about Stampin’Up! or business ideas. I did not write this one but…

Just a giggle for today!

Create Joy! Deena

Checking in from OnStage in Orlando

Hello, checking in from OnStage in Orlando. It is our 30th Anniversary event and annual Stampin’Up! conference. In order to accommodate more people than events at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, the event is at the Orange County Convention Center. It’s huge! 

I spent today checking in, getting the great registration items, posted below, navigating the I-Drive Trolley Bus and walking around. All that time in the sun walking and a short time at the pool resulted in pretty pink cheeks and nose!

The stamp set didn’t show too clearly on the edge of this picture but I showed it in a Facebook Live earlier.  Stampin’Up! has lifted the usual restriction on sharing anything unless we order it. We can share it all, except opening and showing you the inside of the  new Occasions Catalog. So stay tuned, especially on Facebook and Instagram, for updates. The stamp set is great and has some awesome sentiments! 

Ok, tomorrow the fun begins. I am going to try to relax and rest now. I am still not used to time change and first night of travel etc., I was wide awake and up at 5 a.m (4 at home!)! The doors open at 8:30, the trolley was ok but lots of waiting!! So I think a taxi might be the ticket for the a.m.!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Create Joy! Deena

Snowflake Showcase

The Snowflake Showcase is available November 1 – November 30 or while supplies last.  It is a combination of two stamp sets (Snow is Glistening and Happiness Surrounds), Blizzard Thinlets, white velvet Designer Paper, Swirls and Curls embossing folder and snowflake embellishments.  The Snow is Glistening stamp set will be beautiful for cards all winter and Happiness Surrounds goes well beyond the holidays. 

This is a card I made tonight using Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper and the Blizzard Thinlets. The large snowflake was cut using the white velvet Designer Paper and the small snowflakes on silver foil paper. The Joy sentiment is from the Snow is Glistening stamp set.

The Artisan Team, selected by Stampin’Up! to showcase stamp sets and other products, created some beautiful cards. I’ve posted two of them here.

Click on this link to see more information regarding the Snowflake Showcase.   Click Here!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I posted these updates today to connect my blog updates with email again. I hope it only shares the last two updates and not a lot more.  If so, just scroll by. I am pretty sure I already sent these updates in an email newsletter.  I will be excited to share updates with you from Florida and OnStage, our 35th anniversary convention and the announcement of the new Occasions Catalog!

Have a great week and I’ll be in touch!

Create Joy! Deena

Catching up and updates

Wow, it has been awhile! I have been posting daily on Facebook and Instagram but now it is time for catching up and updates!

The truth is I am still deciding the format of my blog and newsletters but can’t really decide. I also get overwhelmed with SEO ratings and following the right format, so in the end I don’t get anything posted.  So instead of worrying, until my following grows more, I am just going to post and keep my site active.  

I had a lot of fun with posting new 2018 Holiday Catalog items and Halloween themed items on Facebook and Instagram. It is so easy to make a card and post quickly.  I hope if you are able you will follow me on both platforms.  I only have one Instagram account, which you can find by my name. For Facebook you can search by @deena stamps or Deena Pavinato – Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

Don’t forget about Paper Pumpkin, a monthly kit of creativity! It contains all you need for cards or projects (depending on what they ship us each month).  Your first month, for new subscribers, will also include a clear acrylic block.  It contains one Stampin’Up! ink cube for stamping so over the course of a couple of months, you will have a nice collection. I love the ink cubes for stamping with my Stamparatus, I don’t get ink all over the stamping plate (although it never gets on the card, I just like to keep it tidy!). The November kit promises to be a good one, with hints for the holidays.

My goal for the next couple of days is to make some quick posts and attach the posts to email again. Then this week attending the closing conference for the 2018 year and our 35th anniversary, I will be able to share exciting news from the new Occasions Catalog! Wow, it is that time already!

See you again later today after some stamping!

Create Joy! Deena

Love What You Do Stamp Set

This week on Facebook I shared 7 samples using the Love What You Do Stamp Set and the coordinating Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.  We can get stuck thinking of ideas and ways to use a stamp set so I wanted to focus on it and share some samples.  Also, with the Holiday Catalog in your hands now (if not, let me know) and another order due on my porch tomorrow (Yeah!), I will likely start focusing on Fall and then holidays so I don’t want to forget the wonderful products in our Annual Catalog.

 

Day 7 of Love What You Do Stamp Set featured a special card created by Kay Corredato for my birthday yesterday. It is lovely!

Kay mentioned she saw the card and another on Pinterest and changed it up to make it her own. Like many of us do! Creating is easy! As we move through the new product and Holiday Season I would love to share your creations too!!

Product List

 

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. – Steve Jobs

Create Joy! Deena

Ready for Fall Colors and Leaves

The 2018 Holiday Catalog is out so I am ready for Fall Colors and Leaves! I did a small order so that I could receive my Holiday Catalog with the order because it is so hard to see all the items and fine details looking at the Catalog online in PDF format.  Oh WOW, my list is sooooo long now. There are so many beautiful AND FUN items in the catalog. I love that many of the stamps and sentiments are versatile for other occasions not just Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Those of you that have ordered from me will be receiving your copy in the next week or so.  If you don’t have a demonstrator and are visiting this page, please let me know and I would be happy to mail you a copy.

I have been feeling a little low, no stamping mojo lately but Fall colors just perk me up! Also, playing with new products like the items in the Country Lane Suite really improved my mood for stamping. I used the Country Home stamp set for this card.

I wish I had seen and ordered the Galvanized Metallic Paper, new in the Holiday Catalog.  I think it would have been a great background but I do love the way the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in Crushed Curry turned out. I gently spritzed it with water, as recommended for all the Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. (This prevents cracks in the cardstock due to the deep impressions.) The details from the Tin Tiles impressions are awesome! I added a small piece of the Chicken Wire Elements to the left side of the card. 

I ordered a few of the new Stampin’ Blends in the Holiday Catalog to add to my complete set of Stampin’ Blends colors added this year in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog but I missed Blackberry Bliss Combo Pack. No worries, I will be placing another order this weekend! There are just too many items to order, so I will be ordering frequently so that I can pace myself for sharing the new items (and my wallet LOL).

Don’t forget that the all new Blended Seasons Bundle with coordinating stamps and Framelits and Watercolor Pencils (new colors) is available for a limited time to customers this month (and while supplies last). I have been using the label Framelits for cards that I have posted and cards we made at Stamp Night the last week of July.  I just love the Framelits! There are three sizes so if you like to make layers on cards, they are perfect.  Since I am posting Fall Colors and Leaves, I used the leaves stamp from the Bundle to create the image for the front of the card. 

Lastly, don’t forget August is Bonus Days! For every $50 you spend you get a $5 coupon to use on an order in September (just in time for your Holiday Catalog)!  Don’t misplace the coupon when you receive it in email from Stampin’Up!, you must save the coupon code to get your discounts!

Stay tuned for lots of updates regarding these amazing Holiday Catalog items.  

Next Stamp Night – August 27, my craft studio from 6 – 9 p.m.

This blog post is similar to my newsletter for today’s version, since I haven’t sent one in awhile due to travel and prepping for Stamp Night in July. But if you want to be sure to be informed of specials and other events, be sure to scroll to the bottom right of this blog and you will see the button to subscribe to my newsletter. I don’t send email updates of blog posts, just my newsletter so that there are not too many emails from me. I will be posting cards and product details on the blog. The newsletter will be for other updates with card sample pictures only.

You can visit my Demonstrator Site to order items seen in the Product List below, except the new Holiday Items, those won’t be posted online until September 5.  Click here to visit my site.

Product List – Country Lane Suite

Product List – Blended Seasons Bundle 

 

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.   Albert Camus 

Create Joy! Deena

Repeating Pattern Techniques

Repeating Pattern Techniques are an easy way to create wreaths and elegant designs on cards. Using stamping tools like Stampin’Up!’s Stamparatus or the MISTI help with precision alignment.  Using square pieces of cardstock create a wreath or circle appearance. In my card sample, I wanted to use my typical layering size pieces of cardstock so it created more of an elongated design.  Do what make you happy! There is no right or wrong.

I also received the new bundle of Blended Seasons and Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies earlier this month. These are pre-order items for demonstrators in July and will be available for you to order August 1.  

This is just a practice image, I didn’t create a card. I wanted to try the largest stitched die (love it!) and stamped the largest flower image. I used Stampin’ Blender markers on the pink flowers (my attempt to represent the beautiful little Proven Winner Superbells I have in a pot on the patio). I also used the markers for the various greens on the leaves. I used the Gorgeous Grape from the new Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen to smooth out the pencil lines. I stamped a leaf branch in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock.

It is going to be a fun set for Fall and Winter!

Speaking of Fall and Winter – can you believe it, the Holiday Catalog will be available to demonstrators this next week. I’ve seen some sneak peeks from demonstrators on the Alaskan Incentive Cruise, Holidays are never a disappointment with Stampin’Up!  We’ll be able to order August 1 and customers September 1.  Fall is my season, so I am really looking forward to it! 

Join my team, there isn’t a better time than right now, new demonstrators (besides getting all the early perks and peeks like I do) will receive a free assortment of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads along with the “regular” starter package of $125 product for $99 and free shipping. The free colors are from the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and 2017-2019 In Colors. What a great way to build your stamp pad assortment! But you must join by July 31 to take advantage of this offer.

 

Product List

Stamparatus

$49.00


Product List 2

Blender Pens

$12.00

 

Create Joy! Deena

Playing with color

I think some of the reasons that we get involved with paper crafting and making cards is that we have fun playing with color, creating something unique for someone special vs going to the store and picking out a card. We add heart, soul and love in each project, unless we get hung up on trying to be perfect and different. I am taking a painting class and it is amazing how it mirrors things going on in my life and how I lost some of my creative playful spirit. But more about that in a minute. 

I received a new order yesterday, I wanted to get some of the new Stampin’ Blends markers and stock up on more of the new cardstock colors. I also added the All The Good Things stamp set to my order. I love some of the sentiments, they are really aligned with focus that I want my stamping to take. 

So I decided to take the koi image (koi are symbols of love and friendship in Japan) and use some of the Stampin’ Blends.  The stamp image is one of Stampin’ Up!’s Distinktive stamps (deep etched images that create beautiful impressions when used). I stamped in Memento Black ink and then just colored the lighter shaded areas with the markers.

Product List

So more about playing with color… I found an online art class teaching a specific style of mixed media art. When I was in the registration process I read that the artist teaching the course recommended that we take a mixed media mantra course first.  Either way, my intention was to free up my creative spirit, worry less about what others are creating with their stamps and focus on expressing my spirit more. So, I signed up for that course, watched the intro and ordered all kinds of art supplies (Yes, more art supplies! But not to worry, I will be able to use my stamps, retired designer papers, and more in this process!) It is truly an amazing experience, all the pre-work before we paint our first mixed media mantra painting is perfectly aligned with the counseling I am going through, journaling I have been doing and my return to a chiropractor to heal my physical body too. It is teaching me to let go, be playful and unlearn restrictive thought patterns so that I can return to the deeper journey of rediscovering who I am and what I want to become. 

Tonight’s exercise was just playing with paint with water, brayers and our fingers! I was covered in paint and loved it! I’ll keep you posted along the way. I’m curious to watch the changes in my paper crafting as a result of taking the course.

My intention for tonight’s exercise was “Play, Have Fun”

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.  Pablo Picasso

Create Joy! Deena