Love and Happiness are always in the air in February. It’s a great time for making Valentine’s Cards, celebrating love and friendship, remembering those we love. The heart is a beautiful symbol for those things and for remembering to do the things that make us happy, that keep our hearts beating and joyful.
I posted this Valentine’s Card, a friendship card on my Facebook page the other day. It is a mix of old and new – retired heart framelits and gold vinyl stickers from last year’s products as well as the new All My Love Designer Series Paper.
Today I played with a stamp set from the Sale-a-bration flyer. As a reminder, Sale-a-bration items can’t be purchased, you can choose a free item from the flyer for every $50 in your order. This one also reminds me of following your heart and finding happiness in life. The stamp and sentiment are from the By The Bay stamp set. I used a variety of Stampin’ Blends markers to color the house, path, sand and sea. The wood Designer Series Paper is the Wood Textures 6 x 6 paper in the Annual Catalog.
The Occasions Catalog has some awesome new stamp sets and Designer Series Paper but it also has some cute project kits. This is the Cute Crew Punch Box on page 32. It comes with a photopolymer stamp set, a black archival stamp spot, a clear acrylic block, 4 full size watercolor pencils and a perfect scallop top punch for making adorable tags. It is all packaged in a bright tin that will be great for storing stamping supplies. We will use this kit to make a tag at next week’s Stamp Night (but during the day) on Sunday, February 17 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Speaking of Stamp “Night” we will also decorate one of these Sweet Cups. Since it will be after Valentine’s Day, you can keep it for yourself or save for a birthday or thinking of you treat!
Enjoy your week, do something that makes you happy. Be sure to spend time with those who are special to you. And Don’t Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle!
I’ve seen that sentiment a lot but just adore this little vase I found on a new website, Natural Life (www.naturallife.com). Check them out, they have awesome products!
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Repeating Pattern Techniques are an easy way to create wreaths and elegant designs on cards. Using stamping tools like Stampin’Up!’s Stamparatus or the MISTI help with precision alignment. Using square pieces of cardstock create a wreath or circle appearance. In my card sample, I wanted to use my typical layering size pieces of cardstock so it created more of an elongated design. Do what make you happy! There is no right or wrong.
I also received the new bundle of Blended Seasons and Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies earlier this month. These are pre-order items for demonstrators in July and will be available for you to order August 1.
This is just a practice image, I didn’t create a card. I wanted to try the largest stitched die (love it!) and stamped the largest flower image. I used Stampin’ Blender markers on the pink flowers (my attempt to represent the beautiful little Proven Winner Superbells I have in a pot on the patio). I also used the markers for the various greens on the leaves. I used the Gorgeous Grape from the new Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen to smooth out the pencil lines. I stamped a leaf branch in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock.
It is going to be a fun set for Fall and Winter!
Speaking of Fall and Winter – can you believe it, the Holiday Catalog will be available to demonstrators this next week. I’ve seen some sneak peeks from demonstrators on the Alaskan Incentive Cruise, Holidays are never a disappointment with Stampin’Up! We’ll be able to order August 1 and customers September 1. Fall is my season, so I am really looking forward to it!
Join my team, there isn’t a better time than right now, new demonstrators (besides getting all the early perks and peeks like I do) will receive a free assortment of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads along with the “regular” starter package of $125 product for $99 and free shipping. The free colors are from the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and 2017-2019 In Colors. What a great way to build your stamp pad assortment! But you must join by July 31 to take advantage of this offer.
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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
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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