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Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities

Blendabilities LOVE and How Perfectionism Can Ruin Your Creativity

 

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities

Maybe you’ve noticed I’ve been absent from this space for far too long!!!  And I’ve missed it.  A lot.  I love having a reason to get up and create everyday.  And I’ve missed you.   You’re amazing, and you keep coming back, and you continue to order from me.  Thank you!!

So what’s with the title?  Perfectionism is the reason I’ve been absent.  Now I could say it is grandbabies and moving and school and volunteer work and, and, and, but truthfully, it’s perfectionism.  See, if I couldn’t do blog everyday, with all the bells and whistles I wanted to add, then I just couldn’t do it.  Which is ri-di-cu-lous!

In fact, right now I want to change everything about my website.  And I mean everything!  I want a different layout, a different color scheme and a different header, etc., etc.  But I’m going to embrace the here and now, and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day, for heaven’s sake. I’m sure you would rather for me to post three or four imperfect blog posts every week on my imperfect blog than just disappear.  Am I right?  Well, I hope I’m right, because that is my new No-More-Perfectionism Manifesto.

How has perfectionism stopped you this year?  Join me and embrace your imperfections and enjoy your creativity!!  Don’t let perfectionism ruin your creativity!

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities flower detail

I am in love!!!  Yes, it’s true!  My new, true loves are the Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities markers!!!  Oh     My     Goodness!!!!!!!!  Seriously, folks, FUN, FUN, FUN!  I love coloring.  Ask my grandkids. I can color Ariel, Barbie and Scooby Doo like nobody’s business.  So give me a new tool for coloring and I’m in heaven.  Love, love, love!

But patience is NOT my strong suit.  If you look closely at the flower above you’ll notice that it is not perfectly blended.  (Yep, there’s that perfect word again.)  If you’ve used alcohol-based markers, like Copics before or you’ve seen a demonstration, you know that working in small areas is ideal because it allows the color to blend together while it’s still damp or something very scientific like that.  But I, on the other hand, do not like the idea of using four different markers on one petal before moving on to the next one.  People, that’s seriously time consuming!

blendabilities markers cherry cobbler

Each color comes in a three pack.  Brilliant!  No blending guess work.  My approach on this flower was to start with the darkest color of the Cherry Cobbler assortment, coloring in the shadows of the petals.  Then I used the medium Cherry Cobbler marker and pulled the darker color out a little further.  And finally coloring with the lightest shade, I blend out to the petal edges.  I love the look of white spaces in watercoloring so I left some small white spaces.  I then went in with the lightest Pumpkin Pie shade and blended into the white spaces for some additional color interest and depth.

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities card front

I used the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers for the flower center.  I then added a few of the tiniest pearls.  Be sure to use the Memento stamp pad with your blendabilities.  The Memento stamp pad and Whisper White card stock are a perfect pair for “blendabiliting”. Yep, I made that up.  “Blendabiliting.”  I think I will be doing a lot of that.   I hope you like my very first blendabilities project. There are many more to come!

Blended Bloom cherry cobbler blendabilities ribbon detail

This card also features other great, new products: the Something to Say stamp set, the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack and the Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon.

(All supplies are Stampin’ Up! and can be ordered through my online store.  Thank you!  I love my customers!  <3 )Stamps: Blended Bloom wood-mount #135906,  Something to Say wood-mount #134177 or clear-mount #134180
Ink: Momento Stamp Pad #132708
Paper: Whisper White cardstock #100730, So Safron cardstock #126957, Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack #133701
Extras: Big Shot Die-cutting Machine #113439, cuddlebug embossing folder (the Lovely Lace ef #133737 would make a great substitute), Hello Honey Stitched Satin Ribbon #133671, Corner Punch #135346, Dimensionals #104430
 

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Enjoy!  Julie

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stampin' up! bombs away birthday cassette

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concept art color challenge card ideas

Some great card ideas from the Concept Art Color Challenge!  Do you see the Sent with Love products and Designer Typeset stamp set in these cards?

concept art color challenge

I love this Bakers Twine storage idea.  I’m definitely going to do this!!

DISCONTINUING COLORS AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, River Rock, Lucky Limeade.  Some are already gone!  Read more here  and order here.

TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE SPRING SURPRISE – A Round Array stamp set and coordinating scallop punch bundle available now.

THE EPIC DAY THIS AND THAT BUNDLE IS AVAILABLE NOW!  I love the Epic Day Journal and accessories! Available now at a 15% savings!

Coming soon!  Wood-Mount Stamp Cases

Enjoy!  Julie

betsy's blossoms lots of love

Betsy’s Blossoms Lots of Love Card

betsy's blossoms lots of love This slide card is magical.  From the front you can see the flower peeking through the circle window, but when you open it up a message appears.

betsy's blossoms lots of love detail I made this card before the end of the last catalog period.  The sentiment here is from Curvy Verses which retired last month but is still available as a digital download.  The Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper also retired, but again, it is available as a digital download.  betsy's blossoms flower detail  I love these funky flowers from the Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set.  The stem was created with a white gel pen.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Set:  Betsy’s Blossoms #126004 wood, #126006 clear
Paper:  Lucky Limeade #122926, Whisper White #100730
Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950, Lucky Limeade #126984, Daffodil Delight #126944
Extras:  1-3/8″ Circle Punch #119860, Scallop Punch #119854, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, Rhinestones #119246, White Gel Pen #105021
 
Betsy's Blossoms Stamp Set
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