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

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

Find Joy in Nature

There is beauty everywhere, just stop, look and find joy in nature around you! I have bird feeders outside my office window, I love to look up and catch a glimpse of a little yellow finch, perched and ready to grab some sunflower seed hearts. However, it has been gloomy with rain and storms lately, I haven’t seen one for a couple of days. So, I thought I would create one! 

I used Petal Palette for the bird and branch and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper as my background on cardstock. I love the vibrant colors and playful flowers in this DSP. Can’t find a sentiment or word to add to your card? Make your own!

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  – C.S. Lewis

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Quick and simple images

Quick and simple images can make beautiful cards whether a flower image or Eastern Beauty patterns as used in this card. The simple circle stamp with lotus flower pattern inside repeated in various spots on the paper create a pretty background.

In keeping with my theme to highlight new items in the Annual Catalog, I used Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper on the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

I added black to make the images more striking on the DSP and cardstock. The label was easy too, I simply cut out a second label in black and cut it in half with scissors then used adhesive to attach the top and bottom halves peeking behind the white.

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Create Joy! Deena

Welcome Little One to this world!

Welcome Little One to this world!  What an adorable way to send a baby welcome than with the new Animal Outing Stamp Set.  It is such a sweet set and the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper helps create cute backgrounds, trims, patterns to fussy cut or use in scrapbook pages. 

We are so excited waiting for our first baby in the family. My niece Maureen and her husband Ben are waiting for Baby Holmes on July 1, so you may be seeing a lot of baby cards as I play and experiment with different cards! I can’t wait!

Animal Expedition DSP is one of the papers that will be offered in the Buy 3 get 1 Free special in July. Take a look online or in the catalog (stamp set and DSP on page 27 of the Annual Catalog) to start planning all the ways you will use this paper!

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ba-by  (noun) A little bit of heaven sent down to earth

Create Joy! Deena