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.
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 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.
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
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.
I genuinely wish you Sunny Days ahead!
Create Joy, Deena
One more week of Sale-a-bration – it amazes me that we are at the end of March. It is also Holy Week and we are preparing for Easter on April 1. I may only get one more post in this week, due to business travel, so I thought I better send a reminder that Sale-a-bration will be ending next Saturday and that means this is your last chance to select FREE product with your order of at least $50. If nothing else, I would at least place one order to replenish cardstock or ink and select the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper. It is so pretty!
Visit my site to view the items you can order as FREE items for every $50 or $100 and place your order this week! Click here, then select any product line and click until you get to the complete set of links on the left side and you will see Sale-a-bration at the top to view all the options you can select as free items with your order.
I posted on my Facebook page today that you won’t be able to order Stampin’ Blends. Stampin’ Up! took them off the order list because certain items were starting to back order due to popularity of our Stampin’ Blends and they didn’t want to create a frustrating situation for those ordering. I hope the inventory will be restored soon and the awesome blends back in stock! As I mentioned on Facebook, I have purchased some other blender pens and markers, and the ease of use and look of the Stampin’ Blends is superior!
As Holy Week begins today, I started some Easter Card designs. I love the Hold On To Hope stamp set/bundle. I used Stampin’ Up! Gold Foil Paper for the cross in the middle. I saw this design on Pinterest and changed the flowers and sentiment a bit.
The little lamb is a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp but so cute I had to use him for a card. I used current Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper for the background and colored him with Stampin’ Blends.
My Stamparatus reservation was filled and was available for me to close the order and ship this week. I have been playing with it, it takes some practice. I find that the red rubber (clear) stamps work the best for me. I am not getting clear images with the photopolymer stamps yet but the good thing is that the stamp goes to the exact same place on the cardstock so I can reink and stamp again. My favorite use so far is getting the stamps lined up perfectly and stamping exactly where I want it! I added an image below, The two stamps are on the Stamparatus plate and the cardstock with the inked sentiment is on the foam bottom of the tool. This is the inside of the Hold On To Hope card with the crosses that I posted above.
As I mentioned I might try to post during the week if I am able. I will be posting more again in April and May as we close out the Occasions Catalog and 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.
Create Joy! Deena
We had a taste of Spring on Thursday, albeit brief, with the 50 degree temps. I took the outside decorations down while the ground was soft enough to pull out stakes etc, I was tempted to look at the flowers and plants to make sure they were still in their winter sleep!
So why not work with some bright colors and birdhouses! The Flying Home stamp set is perfect for watercolor pencils or our Stampin’ Blend markers. I used markers.
My Virtual Party was fun the other night too. I previously posted I was practicing with embossing paste and would finish a flower on a card during a live video during the party. This was the finished product. I love the embossing past and have decided to order Brusho Crystal Color (page 26 of the new Occasions Catalog) and play with that too. I wasn’t interested at first but have seen some beautiful cards from fellow demonstrators!
I also worked with the Waterfront stamp set. The watercolor look of the stamps and images that can be created are soothing and relaxing.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than a year of conversation. – Plato
Create Joy! Deena
Product List – Flying Home card sample
Product List – Happy Birthday card using embossing paste
Product List – Waterfront card sample (my house on a lake!)
Welcome to our Blog Hop and thank you for visiting my blog! Our Theme tonight is Stampin’ Blends.
I used the Count My Blessings and Color Me Happy Stamp Sets along with a variety of Stampin’Up! Blends Markers to create my card. My product list is below the links to hop from blog to blog.
I hope you enjoy my card and have fun as you hop along.
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I am thankful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. – Henry David Thoreau
Create Joy! Deena