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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$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