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Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Christmas, June 2018, Stylish Christmas, The Creative Way | 0 comments

Season’ Greetings take two…

Yesterday I shared a clean and modern feeling holiday card. Today we are going to take a second look and the process that I took to get from yesterday’s card to today’s final card.

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We started with a very clean and modern card that featured a combination of greens and gold. I really wanted to keep the feel of the original card.  Yet, I wanted to kick it up a notch using the holy leaf distinktive stamp from Stylish Christmas.

Modern Christmas Card

There is so much that I love about this card!! My favorite part it that it was quick and easy to create. Witch means that it is perfect if you are going to mass produce Holiday Cards. You can see more about this card here

The question is what if you wanted to add a little Jazz to this design.  By the way, I think about Stylish Christmas as smooth Jazz…

So, the first step was to decide did I really want to keep the design clean and simple. And the answer was yes!!!  The second question was did I want to add any additional colors.  The answer was no…So then I stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green (this month’s The Creative Way product feature) and I was in love!!! How, exactly was I going to add this beautiful leaf into this card???

This is what I did…I fussy cut the leaf I had just stamped.  I used it as a template moving it around on the card trying to decide exactly where I wanted the leaf.

Holiday Card

This version of the card is quite lovely!! I really love how the leaf adds a little holiday flair!! I think you could leave it here and it would be beautiful!! Just as beautiful as the original.   The thing was, The card did not feel like it had given me everything it had to offer…. So, I kept tinkering…

Here you can see where I used my “template” trying out options of places to put a second leaf.

Holiday Card

This is when I know the card was Completed!  I love how the leaves play off each other.  Just like in Jazz…

So the absolute final touch was to create a coordinating envelope!! Our envelope are just like the album cover of days gone by!! The album cover was how you knew the record inside was going to be awesome!!! The same is true for out envelopes! The envelope shows that there is something extra special inside!!!

Who new one little leaf stamp had so much to offer!! 

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!

Day 2

Day 3


I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can make several different versions of a card from one basic design!  Have a great Thursday!! I truly hope you find time to be creative, even if it is 5 minuets!!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 11, 2018 in Christmas, Distinktive stamps, Lemon Lime Twist, Stylish Christmas, Stylish Christmas | 0 comments

Season’s Greeting to a modern holiday

This is always the time of year I start thinking about making Holiday Cards!  This is my little jump-start that always saves me when It gets down to the time to send Christmas Cards!  One of my most wanted stamps is the new to me, Stylish Christmas Stamp Set! This stamp is made using the new distinktive style of rubber stamps.  This means you get lots of detail from the stamp!!! I love wood mounted stamps!! So, I was super excited that Stampin’ Up! Came up with this new way to really bring out the awesomeness of rubber stamps!!! Today’s card features the greeting from this set for a clean and modern holiday card.

Stylish Christmas Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Stylish Christmas Wood-Mount Stamp Set

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This month’s The Creative Way is all about the color Granny Apple Green.  This color is so fun and full of life!! I choose this particular green cause it is perfect any time of the year!!! Today’s card happens to be a Christmas Card, but change the sentiment and a little stamping you could have a fun Summer or Spring time Birthday Card. Even better and use the basic design for a nice masculine card!!! The possibilities are quite fun to think about!  I’m going to share with you a card that uses a fun color combination!  And how you can get a very modern card.  Then, tomorrow I will be sharing a stepped up version of the card that will open the possibilities up even more!!!

The color combination is based upon the fact that Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green are two different tones of one color. Without getting two deep…basically, they are the same color. Lemon Lime Twist is a lighter shade of Granny Apple Green.  They are both yellow-greens better know as Chartreuse. This color was give the name Chartreuse because it resembles a French liqueur of the same name.  Anywhoo, The third color Shaded Spruce was chosen because it was what looked good to me visually with the other two colors. Old Olive would have worked as well and would have been a darker version of the yellow-green pallet

Modern Christmas Card

  • This card was quite simple to make with a little masking, ink blending, and heat embossing
  • The green stripes were made by masking off sections of the card panel. Then using the sponge brayer to add the ink.
  • To add ink with the sponge brayer you want to start with light pressure and build the color up
  • The smaller stripes are a combination of two colors.  One is Lemon Lime Twist and Granny Apple Green .  The other is Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce
  • The final step was to add the heat embossing in Gold
  • The card base is the New Merry Merlot.

Without giving you too much more color theory, Merry Merlot was chosen as the card base because it is a complimentary color to the yellow-greens uses.  This basically means the card base makes the colors of the card pop!!!  It also means that they are across from each other on the color wheel. Well, now that I have sufficiently board you with color theory, ? I hope you will stop back by tomorrow and see how I step this card up a bit!

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

We will turn this classically modern card into a fresh up to date card with a modern vibe….


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


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!

Day 2


Thank you for stopping by today and spending a little time with me!  I always enjoy sharing my thoughts with you guys!! Always feel free to contact me if you ever have questions about anything you see here at Westside Paper Creations.  Go and find a moment to be creative my friends!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Copic style coloring, Mediterranean Moments, Stampin' Blends | 2 comments

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!!

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


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 7, 2018 in Accented Blooms, Big Shot, Embossing, June 2018, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, The Creative Way, Varied Vases | 1 comment

Modern color combination

I love a good card challenge and this weeks Fab. Friday challenge is just awesome!!!  I have always loved the design team for this super fun Card Challenge!  That being said, I have not played along with them in a very long time!!! It was the perfect sketch for a modern card I had been working on!! Yeppie!!!!!

Fab Friday Challenge

 

The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I am having so much fun playing with color combinations using the New color Granny Apple Green!  Today’s color combination would be perfect for modern Christmas, spring, and summer crafting!!!  I really like the fresh feel of Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, and Gray Granite!!!

Modern and Fresh Color Combination

Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, and Gray Granite

I know, I’m supposed to be convincing you that Granny Apple Green is the boom!  Because, it truly is!!! But, I just have to tell you today’s card features my most favorite new item! It is the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!!! This embossing folder is beyond amazing!! It leaves a soft texture that is somewhere between linen paper and textured wallpaper from days of old.

Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

This picture does not do this embossing folder justice!  It really is beautiful, promise!!

So, the fresh and modern color combination and the super cool embossing folder were combined with a great stamp set Varied Vases!!

Varied Vases Stamp Set

Varied Vases Stamp Set

I truly adore this modern stamp set!! The vases just makes me happy!! And the sweet flower are just perfect!! Even though I did not use them today…

A Modern Hello Card

  • The first thing was to stamp the outlines of the vases with Gray Granite.
  • The second step was to use Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green to add color!
  • The Hello was stamped in Granny Apple Green using the Accented Blooms stamp set and the Tailored Tag Punch
  • The Gray Granite layer is embossed with the super cool new embossing folder Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions

No card is complete with out a coordinating envelope!!

Hello Card and Envelope

The envelope was created using the same process as the background of the card. First stamping the gray outlines of the vases. Then randomly filling in the vases with color! 

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


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’m so glad you chose to spend a few minutes with me today! I will be back soon with more fun inspiration for you all! Till then, go and live creatively!

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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