Valentine’s Day is almost here!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Have you made your Valentine’s cards for those special to you? Right, I haven’t either! LOL! Just like Christmas, I’ve been busy making cards for stamp night and Facebook posts but don’t have mine done yet.  But I hear there is a big game on Sunday and I will likely only watch the commercials, so plenty of stamp time!

This one was one of my favorite Valentine’s cards so far! I cut the heart out of the Designer Series Paper on the front, so I have a heart to use on another card! 

The card below is one I created this week, a very different style than I have stamped before but I wanted to play with distress backgrounds and using stencils. I love it! The stamps are current and retired Stampin’ Up! stamps but the stencil and some of the ink in the background are Tim Holtz products.

I have included a post (below) from my Facebook page (easier to paste it!). February is a great time to order because of Sale-a-bration and my little party incentive!

I invite you to order during the month of February and use the party code posted in this picture. The party is being hosted by one of our stampers, Jan.  The party closed February 25th. 

To encourage you to order using this code. Anyone ordering $50 or more will not only earn a free Sale-a-bration (SAB) item but I will send you a free set of Painted Love Gold stickers (page 19 in the Occasions Catalog). The brilliant gold flowers, leaves, hearts and shapes are gorgeous additions on cards and envelopes. I 💛 them!!

Don’t forget, you earn a FREE item for EVERY $50 of your order!  And new items will be available on Feb 16 besides those in the current SAB catalog. You can see the current items on my website by clicking here.

There are three new items that will be added on Feb 16; Eclectic Expressions stamps (my favorite), Springtime Foil Designer Series Paper (foil is huge right now in the paper craft industry!), and Blossoming Basket Bundle (a Stamp Set and Embossing Folder!). Pictures coming soon!

Share this with your friends and join the party!

Let me know if you would be interested in hosting a party too. Very easy, I create a code and you share it with friends and earn the rewards on your party sales. I will add a gift for orders on your party too! 

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans. – Mark Twain

Create Joy! Deena

A Taste of Spring

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

Circles Collection Framelits Die

Circles Collection Framelits Die

Product List – Happy Birthday card using embossing paste 

Product List – Waterfront card sample (my house on a lake!) 

Embossing Paste is so much fun!

Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste is so much fun! It reminded me of art class in grade school, spreading the paste, mixing colors, then watching the magic!  The embossing paste is now available in Shimmery White (this is the paste I used) and Silver.  I created one flower without adding color and then on the second added some Melon Mambo drops from an ink refill.  The picture doesn’t do justice to the shimmer!

Tomorrow night during my Facebook Virtual Party I will have a short Facebook Live showing how to create a flower using Daffodil Delight on the card posted below.  Most of the Virtual Party is just posts and information regarding the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration but I loved using the paste so I decided to do a live video.

The cardstock is taped using washy tape to a piece of chipboard to help prevent curling. I found the thick Whisper White cardstock was better for using the paste but the regular cardstock worked just fine. Another hint – WASH THE MASK USED IMMEDIATELY.  I let mine sit while working on another card that I want to show during the Virtual Party, it came off with very hot water but it was work!

I used one of the card bases from the Tutti-Fruitti set in the Sale-a-bration catalog and stamped some flowers around the edges of the card stock before stamping the sentiments on the white carsstock. We will add the embossing paste to this during the live video. 

Tomorrow during the Virtual Party I will also show a card sample using one of the cards from the Petal Passions Memories and More Card Pack. I just trimmed it up and stamped a couple of sentiments on it. I’ll be sure to post after the party, it’s adorable!  I will also share a sample of one of the cards from the Lots of Happy Card Kit tomorrow. I hope you can join me!

Update on Stamp Night – we will meet on Monday, January 29 from 6 – 9 p.m.  If weather is bad, we won’t be able to meet again until Monday, Feb 26 due to travel.  So mark that night on your calendar too!

Every artist was first an amateur.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Create Joy! Deena

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Birds of a feather

Birds of a feather flock together and we have a lot of choices in the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs!

I loved playing with Beautiful Peacock photopolymer Stamp Set! She is such a pretty bird but adding the feathers makes it very elegant. What a lovely set!

These are Sale-a-bration Stamp Sets. You can order Beautiful Peacock or Amazing You (the verses) with a $50 order.

Last week I shared the toucan from Bird Banter Stamp Set. Today I would like to introduce you to these two little cuties.  What an adorable pair!!

Have you been building your wish list? Do you have a favorite item yet? It’s so hard, there are so many cute sets?!

The Facebook Virtual Party was rescheduled until Tuesday, 6 – 7 p.m  Join Me!!

I would like to paint the way a bird sings.  – Claude Monet

Create Joy! Deena

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Product List – 2

Sale-a-Bration – Helpful hints for the catalog

Well Sale-a-bration has launched, along with our new Occasions Catalog.  I created a YouTube video for Sale-a-Bration – Helpful hints for the catalog.  I recorded a longer Facebook Live Video on Weds night for the weekly Stamping Short and Sweet, but I am aware that some of you don’t use Facebook or might not follow my business page.  The video covers a few helpful hints on symbols in the catalog and I share the card posted below.

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Speaking of Live events – I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live on Sunday from 6 – 7 p.m.  It is supposed to be a bad weather day here in IL so I thought a party might be fun.  A virtual party is just posts, and maybe a live video, regarding the new catalogs to encourage some interactions and prizes,  of course!  Be sure to login, visit my Facebook page (or come back and click here) and join us at 6 p.m. CST.  If you have an Occasions Catalog you might want to have it on hand.

Heart Happiness

I wait to take my decorations down on the Feast of Epiphany, so I’m already dreading taking down all the bright lights and favorite decorations.  So I thought some pretty bright pink would pick me up. Heart Happiness is one of the two stamps sets perfect for Valentine’s, Thinking of You, Wedding, etc.  I used the gorgeous new Painted with Love Designer Series Paper and Painted Love gold vinyl stickers for a quick card. I love the stickers! Perfect when you need to add just a bit more to a card!

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.  –  Rumi

Create joy! Deena

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Today is the day – the new Occasions & SAB Catalogs!

A new catalog is always exciting!  Today is the day – the new Occasions & SAB Catalogs!  That’s right, January 3 at Midnight MST (3 a.m. EST), the catalogs will be live online and you can place your orders.  Don’t forget to select your FREE Sale-a-bration items for every $50 you order from the Occasions or Annual catalogs.

One of my favorite items in the new catalog is Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. The Silver Foil added to each sheet creates an elegant and textured look to each design. 

This is a card sample, using that DSP, that I created after seeing a similar card that a demonstrator posted from a card swap. Unfortunately she didn’t list who created the card, so I can’t provide kudos for such a sweet card.  The Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder creates deep impression on the card stock. I added more sparkle by applying some of the new glitter epoxy shapes to a few impressions.

I’ll post the Product List at the end of the post each day.  It might be easier if viewing the posts in email to see all the updates, then the product list.  Let me know if you prefer this.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time, let me know if you need a copy of the catalog!

Paper Pumpkin Red Box Challenge

If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, or were in the past,  take the Red Box Challenge!

Put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge before January 31 and you will be entered into a random drawing to win Paper Pumpkin’s March kit, AND the winners of the drawing will get the kit before anyone else!

You can see the contest details by clicking HERE

Update on Stamp Night Dates

I must have been looking at the 2017 section of my planner! The dates I provided were Tuesdays!  The options are Monday, January 15  OR   Monday, January 29.   So far, I have 1 Jan 29 and 1 no preference, others responses were unable to attend or questions about my mistake!  Thanks for catching that!

Creativity is contagious, pass it on!  – Albert Einstein

Create Joy! Deena

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