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

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

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

Project kits make card creation easy!

Stampin’Up! project kits make card creation easy! Whether it is a monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit, new and returning card kits at the front of the new Annual Catalog or our lovely Memories & More card packs, you can put together a card easily and quickly!  You can make the card just as suggested in the directions or do your own thing. As a matter of fact since my card sample for today was so easy, I decided to share cards from the May Paper Pumpkin kit (that I just got around to opening!). I’ll post the products below the two samples.

Today’s Card Sample

For this card I used the new Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack. No stamping, no ink! The card packs were originally created for memory keeping and scrapbooks but so many of us began to use the lovely designs on cards we were creating that Stampin’Up! introduced Whisper White Memories & More cards and envelopes. There are two sizes with 10 cards and envelopes per pack. Use the 3×4 inch for small cards or the 4×6 inch for larger cards. You can find them on page 194 of the Annual Catalog.  I just used a larger card design, trimmed it a bit and put on a standard 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

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Paper Pumpkin Alternate Design from the Catalog

With the anticipated June Paper Pumpkin on the way to me, I figured I better open up May! That happens some months. Now that I have opened it, I love it! I have seen so many great cards by other demonstrators and Paper Pumpkin fans, but I wasn’t sure what I would think. LOVE IT!

I created two cards as suggested in the monthly kit (if you aren’t familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it’s a monthly subscription that includes everything you need to create a project with a different theme or project every month). Then I used the cardstock and mountain stickers along with items from the Annual Catalog to create a third card.

May Paper Pumpkin Kit: 

Did I mention the ink color this month is Mossy Meadow! Now you know why I love it!

My Alternate Card:

Product List – along with the May Paper Pumpkin cardstock, mountain & tree stickers and stamps 

 

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.  – Helen Keller

Create Joy! Deena