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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

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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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