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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!!

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!

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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 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 3, 2018 in Itty Bitty Greetings, July 2018, Lilypad Lake, Stampin' Wright Markers, The Creative Way | 0 comments

Granny Apple Green

I’m not a big reader of non fiction books. I tend to read to escape this world or for poor entertainment.  There are a few exceptions to this rule. Book that expand my philosophy on life. I love reading about different philosophes.  Right now, War on Art is this book.  I have so enjoyed reading this book about the creative process and what it is that keeps us from our muse.  War on Art was a suggested reading in an online art class I am taking.  Wild Awakening, painting Big  is a mixed media class by the very talented Jeanne Oliver.  I am learning so much about myself and my creative process from this class.  If you want to learn something new check out all the awesome classes from this sight!  And check out the book War on Art.  I truly am learning what keeps me from creating and why I should push myself to create more, blog more, paint more, live more!  I have learned that blogging for you guys is an area that I really feel a lot of resistance. Witch means it is something I should be doing more!!! Like sharing with you beautiful color combinations including today’s Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, and Whisper White.

The Creative Way – A Product Feature

Each month, I pick one product to share with you guys. It can be a stamp set, a coloring tool, a color, a die, a embossing folder.  Just about anything!!!  I thought a lot about exactly what I wanted to share with you guys. Did I want to do a Christmas in July idea, or did I want to use a stamp set, was I going to feature the new upcoming watercolor pencils.  That’s right, you heard me right!!! There are new watercolor pencils coming soon!!! This made me very excited!!! In the end, I picked a color to feature this month.  This color speaks summer to me!!! And since it is July, hot as all get out, and summer it was the perfect time to feature the all NEW Granny Apple Green!!!

So, what will you see this month.  You will see fun color combinations, different techniques to use ink and paper, you will see it stamped, with Designer Series Paper, and how the color Granny Apple Green is Awesome!!!

Granny Apple Green is available in cardstock, Ink pad, Stampin’ Blends, Ribbon, and in the Designer Series Paper Tropical Escape! In August a new set of watercolor pencils will be available!  And Granny Apple Green will be apart of this assortment of pencils! Yeppie

Granny Apple Green – Products!

Granny Apple Green

Granny Apple Green Ink Pad

I adore this color!! It is happy and fun! Full of life and just perfect!  Just so that you know, Granny Apple Green is a darker version of Lemon Lime Twist! So, if you love Lemon Lime Twist then you will be over the moon for Granny Apple Green!!

Granny Apple Green

Granny Apple Green Cardstock

Stampin’ Up! makes amazing cardstock!  Granny Apple Green is no exception!! Matter of a fact, the card stock was the first thing I wanted to feature for you guys!!

Granny Apple Green

Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends

You know how much I love Stampin’ Blends!! And the new colors are now available!!! I can’t wait to have this awesome set of colors in my hands to color with!

Granny Apple Green Ribbon

Granny Apple Green Ribbon

Can we say, Love it!!! This ribbon is awesome!!! It is apart of the Tropical Escape Suite of products!! This is absolutely one of my favorite suites in the Annual Catalog!!! I love the colors, the beach fell, and the happy vibe!!! Witch leads me to the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.

Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper

Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper

Boy, do I love this awesome paper!!! So, the only product that is missing from this list is the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Wright marker.  This marker is available two ways. Either with the New Color Assortment or the  Brights Stampin’ Wright Markers

Today,  I chose to pair Granny Apple Green with Night of Navy and Whisper White! This color combination is just perfect for manly cards! It is also great for anyone who loves a nautical feel!!! It screams preppy!!! And I love that!!  I so would love a plaid out of this color combination, maybe one day!!!

Happy Birthday

  • The Granny Apple Green was cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • Then glued down onto the Night of Navy cardstock
  • The next step was to use the layering ovals dies to create a stacked look.
  • The sail boats from, Liliypad Lake was stamped in Night of Navy.  Then colored with the Granny Apple Green, Gray Granite, Night of Navy, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Wright Markers. These images are small, which make them perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ Wright Markers
  • The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings! I adore this stamp set. I really debated about which sentiment to use from Itty Bitty Greetings.  Happy Day, Thank You, Always & Forever…in the end Happy Birthday won out!!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this preppy fun color combination as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you!

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!  Tomorrow is the 4th of July!  I hope each of you have wonderful times celebrating with friends and family. I will be celebrating with a little creativity!!! I will be back soon with another The Creative Way!  Till then go and live creatively my friends!!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Beautiful You, June 2018, Stampin' Blends, The Creative Way | 0 comments

New Stampin’ Blends Colors!!!

I’m super excited that the New Colors of Stampin Blends are now available!!! This makes me so happy!!! That we now have 11 new colors with two shades of each color!!! That’s 22 new shades of Stampin’ Blends!!!  If you can’t tell I’m jumping up and down as I tell you this!!!  And I’m squealing like a teen who just saw her favorite celebrity in real life 😝  These markers are just wonderful and so fun to work with!  If you have always wanted to try alcohol markers but, never taken the plunge well now is the time!!!

The Creative Way – A Product Feature, Stampin’ Blends

Like I said we have 11 new colors!!! The new colors include: Call Me Clover, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, Poppy Parade, Soft Sea Foam, and Soft Suede.  Each of these new colors come in two shades, a light and a dark.  They are available as a set of 2 or as individual markers!!!  The addition of these colors expands the collection to a total of 22 colors plus bronze, ivory, and a colorless blender.

Shop the new colors here

 I have been using these markers all month for The Creative Way, they are just so much fun to color with!  Today’s card is colored on  Sahara Sand cardstock. This is a beautiful color to use your blends on!  Don’t be afraid to experiment with coloring on different colors of cardstock!

Sahara Sand Cardstock

Sahara Sand Cardstock

One of my favorite all time stamp sets is Beautiful You. I adore the way the set is drawn!  It reminds me to take time and slow down and enjoy life!!!  The stamp I am using today stays on my desk always! It reminds me of a peaceful moment.

Beautiful You

Beautiful You Stamp Set

The sentiments are beautiful!!! I love that you can color the girls however you would like. Or you can use the watercolor wash stamps to add a little color! So fun both ways!

Stampin' Blends

  • The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • Then using the Stampin’ Blends the image was colored in. Here I used Daffodil Delight and Pool Party
  • The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty
  • I tried several different ideas for the background.  But, in the end I decided to keep the card quite simple.

I have really enjoyed sharing with you about the Stampin’ Blends.  I hope you have seen a little something along the way that makes you want to try out these wonderful markers!!

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


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The All New Catalog is available and ready for you to shop from.  You can shop online here


The Creative Way – A Product Highlight, Stampin’ Blends

If you would like to see more about the Stampin’ Up! Blends click here

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I hope your Friday is just perfect!!! Coffee, creativity, and maybe just a little work….

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jun 28, 2018 in June 2018, Petal Palette, The Creative Way | 0 comments

Thank You Creative Souls

Life is strange how we want to save our favorite creations for special moments or just the right time. I have been holding on to this card for a few weeks waiting for just the right moment to share it!  Why, because I wanted you to love it as much as I do.  Because, I was proud of the card and the moment had to be just right.  Truth be told, there is no better time than now!!!  Each creation deserves to be shared with the world.  Weather it is a masterpiece painting, a beautiful piece of music, or a wonderful paper creation.  Art is ment to be shared.  We create because it lives and breathes within us!  We share our creations to bring joy to others. Creating can be very personal even in paper crafting, those creations that mean the most to us are sometimes the hardest to share. They contain a piece of our soul. And it is hard share that with others… I often hold on to my favorite creations, like they are security.  Well, today is the day I say no more!!! I’m sharing it all! Every card gets mailed or given away or sold so someone besides me can find a little happiness in the world!!  Let’s all make this world better by being givers of art!  Share our passion to make cards with those around us! It is The Creative Way after all –

 

Thank You

  • Set back stamping is the perfect way to highlight a stamped image. Especially, one you colored
  • Sometimes it nice to keep the coloring quite simple! The Stampin’ Blends are just the right tool for easy coloring. Not all coloring has to be over the top to be beautiful!!! That’s a good thing! Most of us don’t have time for a lot of over the top “detail” coloring!! Life is busy, Right???
  • Simple coloring pairs well with bold images like this one from Petal Palette

Set back stamping is easy to create!  To learn more about the process click here.  I love wood mount stamps. And this card was created using the wood mounted version of Petal Palette.  The process was 1.  I stamped the image where I wanted it on Whisper White.  2.  Lay the Mint Macaroon layer over the stamped image. 3. Later my die cut in place over the two layers, using micropore tape to hold it in place.  4. The final step was to die cut the Mint Macaroon layer.

The black and Petal Pink were added to the card after everything else was in place!

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

I just want to take a moment and say Thank You to all the creative souls out their that have shared there talents with me!  Each one of you have blessed my life more than you will ever know!


Shop

The All New Catalog is available and ready for you to shop from.  You can shop online here


The Creative Way – A Product Highlight, Stampin’ Blends

If you would like to see more about the Stampin’ Up! Blends click here

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I have really enjoyed sharing the Stampin’ Blends with you guys this month!  I’m still trying to decide exactly what will be the next Product Feature in The Creative Way Series!  Go live creatively my friends!! The other and I are catering a group tonight at “the real job”. So, I’m going to make myself squeeze a few paper crafting moments into my day!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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