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.

 

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Stamparatus

$49.00


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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.

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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

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all who are receiving this in email or viewing the post on my website. I hope you had a marvelous day.  We celebrate our independence and no matter how much we disagree or have opposing views, the fact is that we can have them. We can have civil (well, most of us!) discussions and debates, and are all free to believe what we choose.  Men and women have fought to protect that right and there are men and women who continue to fight to defend that freedom (my nephew included!). I am forever grateful that my grandparents were immigrants to the US!

In honor of that celebration, I created this card today (on the 4th, some of you are seeing this on Thursday, the 5th via email). A fellow demonstrator saw the card, or something similar, on Pinterest and shared it. I’ve seen a couple of versions so far. We all see ideas, share our creations and then change it slightly based on our style or personality. 

The card uses the Waterfront stamp set and the Celebrate framelit in silver glimmer paper.  I also added a star and then used pearl embellishments instead of embossing stars or using silver glitter. 

I have a personal update before I share some Stampin’Up! news for July.  I am going to continue to post cards and updates on this blog, Facebook and Instagram.  Facebook and Instagram are the easiest and I love to post there! I mentioned once before that I was trying to find a difference between email newsletters and my blog posts. So after this blog post in email, I am going to turn off the connection to the email.  You have the link from the email, so check in weekly and you will see the new blog posts. I am working on ideas for my stamping, journaling and newsletters so if you stay on my list, you will see new items when I am ready to send them. I hope you will follow along all these places.

July Special Promotion – Designer Series Paper

 What a great time to buy some of our new DSP. Buy three and get one free (equal or lesser value on the list). Check out this link to see the DSP listed below. I know you will love them!

New Stampin’ Blends Colors Are Here!

I placed an order for most of the new colors last week, I can’t wait to try them. I’ll get the rest this month.  I used Stampin’ Blends to color the flower and leaves on this card. I saw a technique by an artist for another company on Facebook last night that I thought was so pretty and very easy! She simply stamped a flower image and then outlined the stamp vs. coloring it with watercolor pencils or blending tools. I used the flower image from Petal Palette stamp set because of the dark bold lines.  I like the way it turned out but I would like to order other flower images and try again.

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Stay tuned later this month a new stamp set and framelit bundle was made available to demonstrators on the 1st.  (Of course I ordered it!) Customers will be able to pre-order, while supplies last, in August. So far Stampin’Up! is only saying the stamp set might carry over to a catalog.  It will be great for general sentiments as well as Fall and Holiday greetings. I will share details as soon as I receive the bundle.

Another card in honor of the 4th that I created for my nephew, the stamp is by Tim Holtz. 

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore! Oliver Wendell Holmes

Create Joy! Deena

Sunny and Hot Days Ahead

With sunny and hot days ahead, the Sunny Days Stamp Set is perfect! I think lemonade is going to be a welcome refreshment for the next few days here in Illinois.

I used Memento black ink and the Stampin’ Up watercolor pencils for my coloring. I love to smooth out the pencil lines with Stampin’ Up! Blender Pens. I used Old Olive ink for the sentiment and grass. The background cardstock is Pineapple Punch, one of the 2018-2020 InColors.

For those of you that don’t follow my Stampin’ Up! Facebook page, I explained that I took a break from the 30 Day Card Challenge I set for myself, and really, from stamping all together. I have been going through a very stressful time and decided I was only making things worse by adding more to my to do list. I am spending time on my emotional and physical health, so I appreciate the understanding and “likes” on my Facebook page as I posted other things rather than cards I had stamped. I am focusing on what’s next for me in many areas of my life. It’s a challenging time but also one that I know will bring about positive results. So Sunny Days is a great Stamp Set to get back to stamping with! I will continue to stamp but you may see some other products used with my Stampin’ Up! products. I am excited about the times ahead. I hope you will continue to join me on this journey.

Quick note – as of this evening as I write this, the new Stampin’ Blends markers are available today. I just worked on my order and I am sure many demonstrators are.  Get an order in right away if you are anxious to try some of the new colors. I know Stampin’ Up! was waiting to allow ordering until they felt they could prevent a back order situation, but they are highly anticipated so we’ll see how long they are in stock.  I am sure they will continue to keep inventory coming in but I wanted to give you a heads up.

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Blender Pens

$12.00

 

I genuinely wish you Sunny Days ahead!

Create Joy, Deena

Broadway Star & Broadway Bound

Stampin’Up! designed the June Paper Pumpkin to create interest in one of the new stamp sets in the Annual Catalog. Broadway Star & Broadway Bound are meant to coordinate, so if you ordered and liked what was in the June kit, you could continue with Broadway crafting by ordering the Broadway Bound Suite.  I ordered the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper during our pre-order month and used one of the designs on my card post on June 7 but wasn’t sure about ordering the Suite. Using the Paper Pumpkin kit to make my first card, I think the Suite is now on my wish list. Really cute!

Once again, I did not follow instructions making this card.  It’s not that I was opposed to the card, I used the design. But there was a white adhesive tag in the kit and we were supposed to use the TINY little star pattern to stamp all over the white tag.  Not Happening! My compulsive and perfectionist nature would make me crazy trying to line up all those little stars. And after a long day at work, seriously, not happening! 

So I used some one of the designs of the DSP and cut the paper the size of the tag, adhered the paper to the tag and then adhered the tag to the card base.  You can see what it was supposed to look like in the pictures below. I like mine too!

I didn’t use the Broadway Bound Suite, except for the Designer Series Paper on my version of the Paper Pumpkin card but I will post the suite items here in the event that you don’t have a catalog.

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I think the Paper Pumpkin kit and the Broadway Bound Suite are great for birthdays but could also be used for graduation or general congratulations.  If you get this or any suite in the new catalog, please visit my Facebook page, (a quick way to find the page is @deenastamps) and share ideas. I would love to see posts from all of you on my page! 

Another day, another destiny. – Les Miserables

Create Joy! Deena

Graceful Glass Suite of Products

The Graceful Glass Suite of products will be a versatile suite to use for birthday, sympathy, thank you and other events to celebrate. The thinlet dies are very detailed and striking when added to cards.  The stamps are beautiful for coloring on their own but the Designer Vellum also adds beautiful backgrounds or focal points of a card.

I mentioned in my last blog post that I loved all the card samples from this suite shown at OnStage, and posted by demonstrators since, but I couldn’t get motivated to use the suite. I decided to use the vellum backgrounds as a card sample and practice some anniversary of ordination cards for priest friends. I copied a card design I saw on Pinterest and then once I started I got several ideas for future cards using the vellum and stamps. Initially I stamped the sentiment on plain vellum but (not patient to wait I guess) I kept smearing it, so I used regular cardstock and added the one of the thinlet dies as a background.

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While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.  – Mattie Stepanek

Create Joy! Deena

Layering Alphabet Edgelit Dies

The Layering Alphabet Edgelit Dies are really interesting and versatile as you will see in the video by Stampin’Up!  But they are probably not a Stamp Set and Edgelit set that I am going to order. So I thought I would share a video on the different ways you can use them. I like all the different options that Tanner shows us but not every set stands out as one that I feel I have to purchase.  But I feel my job as your demonstrator is to show you items that might excite you, even if they don’t me. 

Click here to watch the video on YouTube!

I really appreciate the videos that Stampin’ Up! produces to help us learn about products that we might not find interesting in the catalog but then when we see them used, we are surprised.

Another video regarding the Graceful Glass Suite of products may help me get inspired to use those products.  I saw all the wonderful cards made at OnStage, ordered the whole suite of stamps, framelits, specialty vellum Designer Series Paper and haven’t been motivated to use it.  I’ll try to get one made in June for my 30 day card challenge!

almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.  – Anne Lamott, American novelist

Create Joy! Deena

Share What You Love

The Share What You Love Suite of products by Stampin’ Up! is a wonderful suite celebrating Stampin’Up, 30 years of stamping and sharing what we love to do.  You may recall during May this was a pre-order suite with a lovely stamp with our “Statement of the Heart”.  While that stamp is no longer available, the rest of the suite is amazing.  You can find all of the product details on pages 176-178 of the catalog and I will post the products I used for my card below.  Instead of a quote today, I’ll share our Statement of the Heart. 

I created another Thank You card, I use a lot of them, but this card would be great with Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Friendship, Hello and so much more.  The Specialty Designer Series Paper has a beautiful finish and glam to it that isn’t reflected in the picture. I would highly recommend this DSP!

The Thank You sentiment from the stamp set is a pretty font and I wanted to use it but I didn’t have a square or oblong framelit that the Thank You would fit in. I have ovals large enough but I wanted the contrast of a recentangle. So I simply trimmed the edges close to the sentiment and then used the new Detailed Trio punch to round my edges. Then I added a bit of Mint Macaron to the edges. I love the way the card turned out. You will definitely see a lot more of this suite!

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Stampin’Up! Statement of the Heart

TO LOVE what we do and

SHARE what we love as we help others

ENJOY creativity and worthwhile accomplishments.

In this we make a DIFFERENCE.

Create Joy! Deena

Lots of Happy Card Kit

I would like to share one more card kit, Lots of Happy Card Kit, then I will get back to cards using new stamp sets. I wanted to make a Thank You card for a neighbor that helped me with a new car battery. I didn’t want anything with flowers or cute patterns, not his style (wink)! So I pulled out Lots of Happy. I remembered the bold black and white stripes and great label options. Once I pulled out the pieces I wanted to use, I decided I needed just a little bit of color but simple, because I wasn’t going to use the flower and vellum pieces that come with the kit. I used a simple pattern from the new Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper.

I like the way it turned out and easy to make! The Lots of Happy Card Kit has three size envelopes and cards that can be used as gift cards or the full size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card for mailing like I chose for his card. There are lots of patterns to color with the watercolor pencils included in the kit, vellum shapes, white and gold foil tags and labels, ribbon,  cardstock for the card bases and of course stamps with a variety of sentiments.  You can find it on page 9 of the Annual Catalog or by clicking on this link then Kits on my website to see all of the card kit options.

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.  – Ferdinand Porsche.

Create Joy! Deena