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

Graceful Glass Suite of Products

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.

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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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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.

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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

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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

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Fun in the Sea

Have fun in the sea with Sea of Textures stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I had so much fun with this set, selecting the colors to use for the seaweed, sand dollar, fishing net and of course the octopus.  This set will definitely become one of your favorites. I will post the products used for this card below the other updates in this post.

I have a couple of updates to share so I turned the blog post/email option on for this post. Maybe I will turn it on every other or every third post. If you are reading this post from an email, click on the link at the bottom of the email (or the link “Read in Browser), you will leave the email and be routed to my blog. There you will be able to scroll and see cards for the days that I did not share the post in email. Let me know what you think of sharing in this way.

July Designer Series Special!

I will share some of the new Designer Series Papers that have been introduced in the new catalog this month. Once again, Stampin’Up! is offering a Buy 3, Get 1 free special in July.  If the card project I share includes one of the DSP’s that will be part of the offer, I will note it.  This will be a great time to purchase some of the new papers!

June Paper Pumpkin

June Paper Pumpkin is going to coordinate with the Broadway Bound Suite of products. You don’t have to order the suite if you are already receiving Paper Pumpkin monthly or if you choose to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin this month, but it will be a fun month to use the stamp set and coordinating Framelits! Subscribe by June 10 to receive the project.  The Broadway Bound Suite can be found on pages 68-69 of the Annual Catalog.  I will use a piece of the Designer Series Paper in tomorrow’s card project. I love the paper with gold foil on some of the sheets! I had issues with the new Poppy Parade ink but I will share the card so you can see that not all projects turn out as planned! LOL!

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Yves Cousteau

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