Birthday Candles from Merry Patterns

I love the versatility of Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and Paper Pumpkin kits.  With a little creativity (and of course lots of idea-sharing among demonstrators) we can create Birthday Candles from Merry Patterns Christmas stamp set.  Our photopolymer stamp sets make it easy to add color to the outline of the candles.  

I used two patterns of Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to create the background and the label from the Large Number Framelits. It’s Your Day sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. The Product List of items used is at the end of this post.

Stampin’ Blends – Coming in November

Today on Facebook I shared Stampin’ Up’s post and chance to win the new Stampin’ Blends which will be available November 1 to all customers.  Demonstrators were able to order them October 1, I ordered them but can’t say that I have had a lot of time to color with them yet.  Stampin’ Up! introduced alcohol-based markers a couple of years ago, but there were quality issues so they were discontinued.  The new alcohol-based blending markers seem to have resolved the issues of drying up. I am anxious to share more information about them when they are released on November 1. 

Visit my Facebook business page to see the Stampin’ Up! post I shared and either like, comment or share (on the Stampin’ Up! page) to be entered for a chance to win one of 101 prizes. 1 winner will win a complete set and 100 people will win a combo set. There is a light and dark marker in each combo set. Each marker have a fine and a thick end just like our Stampin’ Write markers.

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”   – Maya Angelou

Create Joy! Deena

Product List

Just Breathe

Some days a trip to the beach sounds like the only thing to soothe a soul! Creating this card and the Just Breathe sentiment are perfect for such a day. I imagined the soft and relaxing lull of the waves hitting the beach, the song of the sea gulls and the gentle wave.  Ahhhh, perfect!

I used the Seasonal Layers Thinlets in Crumb Cake cardstock to create the chair. I added a bit more Crumb Cake ink with a blender pen to give the chair a well used look.  The sand effect, water and sea gulls came from High Tide stamp set. “Just Breathe” is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set in the Annual Catalog (the Seasonal Layers Thinlets are the coordinating dies for the stamp set).

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.     – Anne Morrow Lindberg

Create Joy! Deena

Thoughts and Prayers

A card we usually regret having to create is a card for someone who has lost a loved one or who is seriously ill. Thoughts and Prayers is a beautiful set, my go-to set, for this type of card.

A simple image and sentiment can send the message that you care and are thinking of them. Sending a personally crafted card adds more to the message because you took the time to make it with them in mind. 

The Thoughts and Prayers stamp set features this lovely tree and a pretty flower flourish.  The set has many beautiful sentiments to let someone know you care and are thinking of them.  I used the Work of Art stamp set to create a serene background to the tree image. It adds just a touch of color to blend with a simple image in the foreground. 

Ah, kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in the world.                    – A.A. Malee

Create joy! Deena



Wednesday – What’s Up?!

Wednesday – What’s Up?! A lot, that’s what!  September is zooming by, I can’t believe there is only a week left to the month and then we are really in the holiday season whether it is just enjoying Fall, getting spooky for Halloween, decorating with mums and pumpkins, taking at least one day (hopefully you are doing daily, it does wonders for the soul!) to be thankful for the gifts and graces we have received throughout the year and then remembering the gift of Jesus in our world and sharing that love and light with others!  I love each and every part of this time of year but want to savor each day and want to remember not to rush through it.

Monday Night Stamp Night

Monday night I will host another stamp night, 6 – 9 p.m. (That is the time frame if you need that long, but if you don’t, you can leave when finished. We will stop on time!).  Last month was so much fun and for September I will follow a similar format – 4 cards for $10 but about 6 choices, one a project, to choose from.  If you want to make all 6, $12.  PLEASE RSVP to [email protected] and let me know you are coming so I can make sure to have enough supplies.  Please bring your adhesive and snips (i.e. scissors).  

Have you seen the Eclipse Card?

I was so curious about the Eclipse card samples I have seen on demonstrator pages and Pinterest. So, I decided to try it. Watch my video on my Facebook Page to see the process. As I mentioned there, I don’t have the Large Letter Stamps and Framelits in the annual catalog so I decided to try it with the Large Number Stamps and Framelits, just to see if I like the technique. I LOVE IT! And I will be ordering the large letters!  So we might make this as one of the card techniques in October.

Something to make you smile

That cute meme was from my friends at Stamp-n-Storage (love love love my storage bins in my craft area!).

Create joy! Deena

Birthday Month Fun Continues

Birthday month fun continues with the Annual and Holiday catalogs! I’ve posted cards on my Facebook page and added to the 2017 gallery on my website so don’t forget to like and comment on the Facebook page or comment on these blog posts during August with a chance to win one of 3 prizes from the new Holiday Catalog.  Look for details on an earlier post.

New Catalogs should be shipping and arriving to you soon!

Stamping – short and sweet

This week’s Facebook Live video featured the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper and my Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers, which I cannot get enough of! Love these stickers!

Paper Pumpkin Special – now is the time to try it!

The special is for new subscribers only but it is a great time to try Paper Pumpkin. I got an email that my August kit is on the way, so I’ll post a sample as soon as I receive it but they said we won’t want to miss the upcoming Fall and Holiday kits!

Something to make you smile!

Create Joy! Deena

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back!

Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch is back in stock!

The Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch have been one of the most popular bundles for Stampin’Up!  Good news – it is back in stock.  I think with all the attention on the holiday catalog (by demonstrators) in August, it might actually stay in stock for you.  July would be a great time to order it if it’s been on your list because we are in the final days of Bonus Days.

As a reminder – during Bonus Days, for every $50 you spend you get a coupon (save the email) for $5 to use in August. No limit!

This is a versatile set, just check out Pinterest for hundreds of ideas on this stamp set and punch. There are so many great ideas to CASE (copy and share everything) and tweak to make your own. The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) has so many pretty patterns to use but I actually have a lot of ideas using the other DSP packs too!

August – Birthday Month Specials!

August is my birthday month so we are going to have a bit of fun during the month. I’ll select THREE winners at the end of the month to win an item (new ribbon or trims, seasonal embellishment, or a new Winter embossing folder) from holiday catalog.

These are the ways you can win:

  • Post a comment on my Facebook business page when you see me post a birthday card sample during the month or a birthday card in my new Stamping – Short and Sweet FB live videos.
  • Comment on any blog post sent during the month of August.
  • Post a birthday card you made on my Facebook business page and send me a virtual birthday greeting.

I will also be giving away one of the new ribbons or trims if you place an order during the month of August. This is in addition to the prizes above.

Stamping – Short and Sweet

I am trying to improve my Facebook Live video skills (and equipment!) so I’ve challenged myself to share more online.  Tonight I posted my first “Stamping – Short and Sweet”  to demo the Daisy Delight stamp set and card shown above. This month, because of my birthday, I will be creating birthday cards during the segments, in addition to demo’ing new holiday product. My goal is to post a new card 2 – 3 times per week.

So, if you haven’t start following my business page yet, this is the month to do it. Be sure to comment or post after the videos or card posts for the chance to win items mentioned above.

Take time to relax

There is so much in the news or going on around us to get stressed about if we let it get to us.  So take time to relax, just like Bela did today (of course I was trying to work but that didn’t matter to him!).  Get up from your desk or task at home, stretch or go out for a walk or to water the flowers. Just breathe! You will feel better as a result. I know I did for the few minutes that I let Bela remain undisturbed on my desk  🙂

Create joy! Deena