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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!!!

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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.

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 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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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!


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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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Posted by on Jun 27, 2018 in June 2018, Perennial Birthday, Stampin' Blends, The Creative Way | 0 comments

Happy Birthday blooms

Today I am sharing a card made for a fellow stamper for her birthday.  I decided to use Perennial Birthday stamp set.  I really like how the blooms are drawn in this birthday set.  Of course, they would also pair well with just about any sentiment.

Perennial Birthday

Perennial Birthday

Perennial Birthday stamp set

You can create your own blooms and pair this with the blooms already created to make beautiful backgrounds or clusters of flowers.

The Creative Way, A Product Feature

This months creative way is all about Stampin’ Blends.  I love these fabulous alcohol based markers by Stampin’ Up!  They bring the coordination of Stampin’ Up! Colors to a fun coloring medium! There are so many fun things you can do with these wonderful markers. I have enjoyed exploring all the possibilities while creating ideas for you guys.  Some have been epic fails, some have been surprise successes. But, that’s what creating is all about.  If you are not creating for the trash can, then are you really creating???  Meaning, give yourself the right to make mistakes.  Today’s card went through several generations before I got it exactly how I wanted it!

  • The first thing I did was to create a pattern using the stamps from Perennial Birthday and the returned Poppy Parade
  • Then using my blends and a very loose coloring and the brush tip the blooms were colored.
  • The next step was to use the colorless blender and lightly make brush strokes over the coloring
  • The final step, for the background was to add the little smoky slate dots with the bullet tip of the blend.

Birthday blooms with Stampin' Blends

  • Matching envelopes make the world a happy place .
  • If you are going to use Stampin’ Blends with an envelope, be sure to use a scrap piece of whisper white between the layers so they don’t bless through

I’m sharing a few of my trash can creations that lead to this card.  I always sample on the paper I am planning on using.  Also, I test different colors to get the card just how I want it.

Mistake

A lot of people love thick whisper white for Stampin’ Blends.  My preference is the regular whisper white.  I feel it is easier to get the blends to do their thing on the thinner paper.  And what is their thing??  It is a blend of color that is smooth. For this to happen the fibers have to be soaked with ink.  That’s the point real magic of using blends happen.  I highly suggest you try both regular whisper white and think whisper white. And sea which you like better to get the look you want.  I find when trying to color images on thick whisper white that the point of saturation of fibers is the same point the color bless an outside the lines.  When you use your blends it is perfectly normal to see the coloring on the backside of the paper…you actually want this!!! That means your paper fibers are soaking in the ink and the blends can do there thing!!! In the above picture you can see where the ink is showing through from a test on the other side…..here’s the second side

Not right

Remember, to create for the trash can. It is more than okay to make mistakes!  They are how we learn. And trying something different takes some guts, mistakes, and a positive attitude while figuring it out!!! So, just go for it and create!!!

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


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Enjoy your awesome day!!! I am in the middle of two art classes. I’m not really sure why I choose summer to learn new things.  What am I learning??? Well, I am taking a colored pencil coloring class with Sandy Allnock. She is awesome!!! And I’m learning so much. I hope to be sharing some things I have been working on for this class with you very soon.  And just because I though life was not busy enough, I decided to mix things up with a large piece mixed media class by Janie Oliver. Wild Awankings  has  already offered a reading assignment and a rust transferring assignment!!! This class is definitely going to take my way out of my comfort zone!!!  I hope each of you have a wonderful Summer!!! And that you fin that living creatively is your vibe!!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2018 in 2018 Designer Series Paper, Annual Catalog Stamp sets 2018-2019, Crafting Forever, In-color Designer Series Paper 2018, June 2018, The Creative Way | 4 comments

A Little Hello

One of the stamp sets that carried over into the New Catalog is Crafting Forever. This set is perfect for making projects for your favorite crafty people.  I absolutely love the images in this stamp set.  The set of three pens being one of my favorite!  I just love sending a little hello to fellow crafters! This pen set though would be perfect for a guy as well!

Crafting Forever

Crafting Forever Stamp Set

The Creative Way – A Product Feature

June’s The Creative Way is all about Stampin’ Up! version of Alcohol Markers, Stampin’ Blends.  These are amazing markers that make coloring loads of fun! They come in a light and dark of a Stampin’ Up! color. Such as a light and Dark Old Olive.  If you would like to read more about the blends click here.

 For today’s card I did a fun technique where the background was colored first with Stampin’ Blends. The second step was to stamp the image.  The third step was to color the image in.  This made making the background quick and easy!!!

The second technique on the card is to color Designer Series Paper with the Stampin’ Blends!

A Little Hello

  • The first thing to do is just lay some color down on Whisper White Paper. In this case I used the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend
  • The second step was to stamp the image(after the paper has dries)
  • The third step was to color the image in. For this you want darker colors than the background.  Also, you want colors that work well together. This keeps you from making mud.
  • I used Light Night of Navy, Light and Dark Smoky Slate, And Light Pineapple Punch.
  • The next thing I did was to use the colorless blender to remove the green color from the places I wanted to add Lovely Lipstick .  I used the bullet nib end for this. Also, I worked on it in steps. Adding one layer of colorless blender, then letting it dry, then adding another layer of colorless blender. All the color will not be removed .Just enough so you can add the Lovely Lipstick on top and not make mud
  • The background was created from a piece of In Color paper stack.  I used the same Light Old Olive and the bullet nib to color in the white dots.  Leaving a few white dots for interest
  • The sentiment , A Little Hello, is from the Stamp Set Itty Bitty Greetings

I love sending little hello cards to expecting friends!  I really do think that they are my favorite type of card to send. What type of cards do you like we to send???

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


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Have a great Monday!! I will be back Wednesday for the Inking Royalty Blog Hop!  Till then go and live creatively

Peace-

Jennifer

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Coffee Cafe', In-color Designer Series Paper 2018, June 2018, Pineapple Punch, The Creative Way | 0 comments

Lemonade summer

When it gets hot here in Alabama, all I really want to do is sit on the porch and drink Lemonade. It is hot and it is sticky. So our best defense is to stay as still as possible.  Summer is not officially here yet, but we have already had many of those two hot to move days!  I decided to make a fun little card to celebrate the warmth of the Summer and well Lemonade of course….

The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I love sharing different ideas with you about how to use your Stampin’ Blends!  Stampin’ Blends are Stampin’ Up! version of Alcohol Markers.  They are awesome in every way!!! Check out this post for more information about the Stampin’ Blends.

One of my favorite stamp sets from last years catalog was the Coffee Café stamp set!  I love anything to do with coffee or tea. And after almost 20 years in the Café business this set just makes me happy!

Coffee

Coffee Café stamp set and Coffee Cup Framelits

The stamp set and dies were combined with a technique by Jennifer McGuire, called Set Back Stamping.  This is a fun technique that really takes advantage of good white space, a focal point, and a colored panel. To create Set Back Stamping you will want to have coordinating die and a stamping tool, such as the Stamperatious is useful.

Lemonade

  • Using the Stamperatious, The cup was stamped on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black.
  • Then the panel (2018 In-Color Designer Series Paper) was played over the white and the cup was stamped a second time
  • While using the Stamperatious, I stamped the fabulous friend with versa mark ink.  Then, heat embossed with black embossing powder
  • The cup on whisper white was colored with Pineapple Punch and Daffodil Delight blends.  After coloring in the image I decided to add Ice Cubes and the Straw.
  • The next step was, to use die cuts to cut the panel.  The inside of the cup was discarded. Then the panel was popped up using plenty of dimensionals.
  • The hello was created using the Pineapple Punch Stampin Blends on whisper white. After that dried, hello was heat embossed in black. Then die cut out using the Bunch of Banners dies. After die cutting, I used the colorless blender around the edges of the yellow banner to create a little variety of color
  • The final touch was using the same coloring technique to creat a thin yellow background on the card base.

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

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Have a great Monday!! We have another catering event tonight at work. But, I’m planning on sharing with you again tomorrow!! Till then, go and live creatively!!!

Peace-

Jennifer

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