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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!!


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???


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!!



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Posted by on Mar 27, 2018 in Color Me Happy Stamp Set, Copic style coloring, Envelope Love, Hello Cards, InColors 2017, Occasions Catalog 2018, Petal Palette, Petal Passion, powder Pink, Stampin' Blends, Tranquil Tide | 4 comments

It’s a colorful day

Some times  you just have to create your own color!  The days have been cool and gray here in Alabama.  So today, I decided it was time to create my own Spring!!  I love the colors of spring! Bright yellows, pinks, corals, and shades of green . It is just a happy time of year.  To recreate my Spring day, I chose the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper .  This paper is so fun to color!

Petal Passion

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

I truly love this paper!  The patterns are modern and classy!! The most perfect combination for Designer Series Paper!!!   If you choose to color the paper it completely changes the look of the paper . My favorite way to color this paper is with Stampin’ Blends.  The Stampin’ Blends are Stampin’ Up! version of Alcohol Markers. They will be available soon! Due to popularity they are currently sold out!  But, they will be back soon! Stay tune for more!!

Petal Passion Card

  • The card base is Powder Pink cut at 4 1/4 inches and scored at 5 1/2 inches.  I call this the Brian way, cause he always makes his cards this way!  And Brian was the first person I noticed to do this years ago.
  • The layer is Tranquil Tide
  • After coloring the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper, I had a 6×4 piece,  it was cut down to fit the card.
  • The final step was to pop up the sentiment from  the Color Me Happy Stamp Set

You guys know I love to decorate my envelopes . I did something a little different for this envelope!

Petal Palette Stamp Set

  • I made a square using a t-ruler and a pencil .
  • The second step was to add the stamped images from Petal Palette stamp set
  • Then, I added the square with a fine line pen.  After adding the ink lines, I erased the pencil lines
  • You can see some pencil lines within the square . That is for the address.  They will help me right straight . After I address the envelope, I will erase the pencil lines

Petal Passion Card

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

Below is the list of products used .If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope each of you have a little time today to be creative!




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Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Copic style coloring, Love you Lots, Perfectly Wrapped | 0 comments

A Big Thank You!

A few weeks ago , I was head over heals involved in a copic coloring class.  Copic jumpstart by Sandy Allnock.  I loved every minuet of this class. And I can not even begin to tell you how much I learned form Sandy.  So, if you are looking for a great place to learn Copic coloring check out her class.  I only  own a few Copics but, I do have a set of Prismacolor markers.  They are both alcohol markers.  The Prismacolors preformed very will for this class.  Today’s card is a result of one of my coloring projects for this class.   I fell in love with the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Love You Lots during this class.  The elephant, frog, and ladybugs are just so much fun to color…Love you Lots

Are they not just the cutest little sketched animals ever!!!  After spending time coloring the image I decided to keep the rest of the card quite simple.  I have been trying to teach myself how to embrace open space on a card.  Some times this can be tricky….  But, with a well colored image it really does not take much to make it pop off the page.   And besides after coloring  a image that takes time.  You don’t want it to be overshadowed by everything going on with a card.   I did decide to pair the elephant with “A Big Thanks” from the stamp set Perfectly WrappedPerfectly WrappedThis is another must have stamp set from the new catalog.  I am already loving having the bold sentiments in my stash!!!!IMAG3382

Here are a few details:

  • I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink .  When stamping I masked the little mouse.
  • Then colored the image using my gray Prismacolor markers.
  • I stamped the sentiment with the same black ink
  • The card base is made from cherry cobbler card stock.  The final card size is 4×4
  • For a quick and easy envelop I used the envelope punch board and  a sheet of cherry cobbler card stock.

Be sure to check out Sandy’s Copic Jumpstart class.  It is defiantly worth the time!  She has loaded it full of information.

Here is a supply list:

Stampin’ Up! – Tuxedo black Memento Ink, Perfectly Wrapped stamp set, Love You Lots stamp set, Cherry Cobbler card stock, Whisper White card stock,  envelope punch board and multipurpose glueshop

Other supplies:  Alcohol markers of your choice  Copic or Prismacolors work great!

Next week is our big Christmas in July class.  I hope to see you all there.  I am so very excited about this class!!! There is so much planed.   Kim and I have been busy designing cards and making samples for you guys.  You defiantly don’t want to miss it!!! I have updated the Facebook event page and the page here for the class. I will be adding other sneak peaks of the projects we are going to be making over the weekend so check back on here and on Facebook.   The class is also now live on meetup.  I just recently discovered meetup.  I have many ideas about how to use meetup with card classes.  You defiantly want to be apart of the Westside Paper Creations group on meetup.  If you have not registered for the Christmas in July class now is the time to do so!westside-eb-christmas



Remember the clearance rack is always a great place to find savings!


Thank you for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  I would love to here from you

Much Love,


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