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Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Copic style coloring, Mediterranean Moments, Stampin' Blends | 1 comment

Quite Moments

Every once in a while I just want to take a little time to really color something in great detail.  Normally, it is a Saturday morning having coffee and trying to recouping from the week. Taking a few quite moments to just be.  Coloring is a great way to escape and is a great way to learn meditation.  coloring is the closest we can get to meditation without actually really working hard to.  It is an activity that you can completely get lost in.  It can give you a sense of being centered and focused.  It really is a wonderful therapeutic activity.

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Recently, I shared a card using the Mediterranean Moments stamp set. It was a very simple card on Smoky Slate.  I loved the elegance of the gray-scale look of the card! You can see it here. Today, I have a version of the same card colored with Stampin’Up Blends.  The fun thing about using Stampin’ Blends on Smoky Slate is that the marker gives a very watercolor look.

Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set

Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set

I really love this stamp set!!!

We just got 11 new colors of Stampin’ Blends!  These markers are just fabulous!!! They are my favorite coloring tool at the moment…

Stampin' Blends

I love these markers so much they were the product featured in The Creative Way.  I really enjoyed taking a month and really exploring what all you can do with these markers.  The Creative Way is just a jumping off place for many ideas when it comes to such a awesome product!!!

Mediterranean Moments

  • One of the things I did was the bridges are colored with the dark versions of each color in the front. The ones in the back are using the light version of the colors. This is an easy way to add lots of depth to the picture.  The same was done with the bushes and the wall below the bridge
  • Don’t be afraid to try something different. The Stampin’ Blends are very unique looking on the Smoky Slate paper. The ink moves quite a bit more and gives a watercolor look
  • After the image was colored, I used the colorless blender to soften the edges.

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  Coloring can be very intimidating.  Just remember that creating is an exploration in the unknown, so really none of us have a clue what we are doing… Lydia at Understand Blue always says “create for the trash can”  I love this idea.  It gives you the freedom to let go and just create.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.


There are a few Stampin’ Up! specials this month. One is a Designer Series Paper Sale that is quite special!! Buy 3 get one FREE!!

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The second is for those who Join Stampin’ Up!!  Everyone who Joins Stampin’ Up! to save on their favorite stamps, inks, and papers will receive a FREE family of inks!!! That’s 10 ink pads for FREE! How awesome is that???

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The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I adore sharing with you guys all about one product each month! This months feature product is the color Granny Apple Green!! I love the modern fresh feel of this awesome color!!! To see more about Granny Apple Green check out this month’s first post in the Series!


I always enjoy sharing with you guys!  I will be back very soon with a new instalment of The Creative Way! Till then go and live creatively.  I hope you find a few quite moments to try something new or revisit a favorite coloring tool!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 5, 2018 in Mediterranean Moments | 0 comments

Mediterranean Moments

One of the great joys in the stamping world is to find a stamp that is beautiful just simply stamped.  There are always those moments when you need a quick and simple card.  I adore Mediterranean Moments because it is just beautiful!  You can stamp it simply, like I did today! Or you can choose to color it and create something completely different.

Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set

Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set

There is so much to love about this stamp set!  It is drawn very beautifuly. The sketchy look is perfect! It truly reminds me of old photographs of Italy.  And the gray-scale of an old photo was inspiration for today’s card.

Mediterranean Moments

  • Keeping it simple was the theme
  • This card was super simple, I just simply stamped the image in Basic Black on Smoky Slate paper .
  • The black layer was torn to add a little interest to the vintage feel
  • If I had wanted to I could have used graphite pencils or three grays to add more color to the photo.  But, for the sake of simply it was kept to a bare minimum of poor stamping (maybe soon)
  • There was on sentiment because I wanted to have the feel of a framed black and white photograph

I love it when a card is just simple because the stamp set is so beautiful it requires very little extras to make it look amazing!  I did make a Stampin’ Blends version of this card that I will be sharing soon. And now I want to do one in a true gray-scale!  Or even sepia toned. I have been working with coffee and tea as watercolor for mixed media class I have been taking. They make beautiful sepia tones so maybe I will try that as well!  Anyway, this stamp set is Awesome!!!

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.


There are a few Stampin’ Up! specials this month. One is a Designer Series Paper Sale that is quite special!! Buy 3 get one FREE!!

Sale

The second is for those who Join Stampin’ Up!!  Everyone who Joins Stampin’ Up! to save on their favorite stamps, inks, and papers will receive a FREE family of inks!!! That’s 10 ink pads for FREE! How awesome is that???

Special


Thank You for stopping by today!  I hope everyone had a amazing 4th of July!! I always enjoy watching fireworks and just having a relaxing day during the middle of the week. I was thinking this morning Wednesday is a great day to have off from work!!! I finished my first project for the Wild Awakening mixed media class over at Jeanne Oliver!!!  I will share pictures soon!! Go and live creatively my friends-

Peace

Jennifer

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