Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bokeh Technique

So what is "Bokeh", you ask?  First off, it's pronounced "BOH-kay".  Go figure.  It's also a photography term.  I found this description on a web search:
  • Bokeh, also known as “Boke” is one of the most popular subjects in photography. The reason why it is so popular, is because Bokeh makes photographs visually appealing, forcing us to focus our attention on a particular area of the image. The word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”.
So what does this have to do with stamping?  You can create this effect on cards - making a gorgeous background!  No need for a camera here!
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The first two cards were made with ink, sponges, and sponge daubers.  You start with a plain piece of Whisper White card stock, then sponge color all over the background.  To get the Bokeh effect, you use Craft White ink, sponge daubers, and a template of circles (I made my own by cutting circles out of a window sheet.)  When you sponge the white circles, you want to have different sizes and different intensities of the white.  It's also important to let it dry completely before stamping on it.
Colors used on the card above were Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, and Soft Sky.  Image is from Balloon Bash stamped with Memento Black Ink.

The colors used on this card were Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana.  Sentiment is from Perfect Pennants.
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The Bokeh technique used on these next cards is a little more time-consuming.  You use Watercolor Paper and an Aqua Painter.  You start by getting the Watercolor Paper wet all over.  Then using the Aqua Painter, pick up drops of re-inker and randomly apply them to the paper, letting the ink run and mix together.  In this technique the paper needs to be completely dry after you've added the ink before adding the white circles.  Then that also needs to be dry before stamping a sentiment on top.

 Ink colors used on this card were Melon Mambo and Island Indigo.  Sentiment is from Bravo and stamped with Memento Black Ink.

Ink colors for this one were Daffodil Delight and Island Indigo.  (Notice how they mixed together so you can see some green?  Very cool!)  The sentiment is from Another Thank You

If you want more detailed instructions on how to create Bokeh backgrounds, there are lots of videos available on-line.  Just search for Stampin' Up! Bokeh Technique.  Give it a try - I think you'll fall in love with how cool this technique is!

Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING!
Jayne Stenstrom
jayne@jaynestamps.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekly Deals and Birthday Organizing Book Class

 
New Weekly Deals announced today!  These special prices are good through any orders placed now through May 18.
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Have you ever wondered how to keep track of upcoming birthdays and other events?  How about this birthday organizing book?  I am offering a class to make these on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 PM at my house.
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This useful and cute book helps you keep track of birthdays and other occasions all year long!  You can keep track of dates and addresses in this book and never forget a birthday (or other occasion) again.  We will also make pockets in this book to store cards that you are getting ready to send!  Practical and cute, you're going to love this project!
COST:  $25.00
RSVPs are due by May 19th.  Contact me if you're interested in attending

*For this class you will need sharp scissors, regular adhesive, and a strong adhesive like Sticky Strip in 1/8" width (any wider will make your pockets too small).  I do have some of the proper size adhesive that you can use if you can't find any.
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Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING!
Jayne Stenstrom 
jayne@jaynestamps.com

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Flower Bouquets for Mother's Day

 
Just a few weeks left to get stamps and accessories that are retiring from the current Stampin' Up! catalog.  You can check which items are retiring by going HERE.  Some of the accessories are already sold out, but stamp sets will be available through the end of the month.
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Spring and Mother's Day always make me think of flowers.  Every year for the past 20+ years, my mother-in-law and I have gone to a local greenhouse on Mother's Day weekend to pick out flowers to plant in our yards.  Although I often say that those that come to my house are doomed.  I didn't inherit my mom's green thumb.
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These gorgeous flower bouquets were made by a fellow demonstrator, Pat H.  She is always creating over-the-top projects that make you just amazed that they are made from card stock!  Check it out for yourself...
Here are a couple of close-up pictures of some of the detail in this bouquet.
This looks like a "real" flower, doesn't it?
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And Pat didn't make just one bouquet - she made two!


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Amazing, aren't they?  I love how creative people can get with ink and paper!

Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING! 
Jayne Stenstrom
jayne@jaynestamps.com

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Spring Shadowbox Frame

 
Wow, things are flying off of the Retiring Products List quickly!  Remember that accessories are only good while supplies last.  Some items are already gone, gone, gone!
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I am so excited to finally show you this spring frame project!  I have scheduled a class to make this on Thursday, April 30.   Diane Kipp came up with the original idea, and I tweaked it just a little.
Isn't it pretty?  I just love it and can't wait for my class attendees to make it.  If you're in my area and are interested in coming to class to make this frame, contact me at the e-mail address below and I'll give you the details!
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Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING! 
Jayne Stenstrom
 jayne@jaynestamps.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retired List - Don't Miss Out! Plus Deals Galore!

 
With a new catalog coming soon, it’s time to say goodbye to some stamps and accessories from the 2014–2015 annual catalog. Don’t worry, though!  You have the opportunity to order retiring products at discounted prices (up to 50 percent off retail).

Retiring stamps and accessories will be available while supplies last until June 2; however, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamps through May 26 (not accessories—accessories are only while supplies last).

The list of Retiring Products has been posted by Stampin' Up!  You can view the list at http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=3073  (Just FYI, the 2013-2015 In Colors are already sold out in all ink pads, refills, and card stock.)

BUT, the butterflies have arrived!
1. Get the Stampin’ Up! Butterflies Thinlits Dies (137360) at 15% off–just $21.20!
     OR
2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits bundles already at 15% off (wood bundle #139322, clear-mount bundle #139323, photopolymer bundle #138865) and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items below (only available while supplies last) as a FREE gift.  This offer is only good through April 30, 2015.

SAB Choices:
Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)

And... the new Weekly Deals are out!
Phew!  I think that about covers it for now.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING!
Jayne Stenstrom
jayne@jaynestamps.com

Friday, April 17, 2015

More Cards

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I have some more cards from the Upscale Swap Group to share.  I'm heading out for another fun-filled weekend of stamping and sharing!  Three days all to ourselves with lots of other stampers, ideas, chocolate, prizes, and so much more!  I can't wait!
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 Yvette DuBord - Butterfly Basics
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 Barb Pisciotto - Celebrate Today
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Jayne Stenstrom - Painted Petals
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And this gorgeous card was given to me by my good friend and downline, Diane K.  Isn't it striking?
 Diane Kipp - Indescribable Gift
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Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING! 
Jayne Stenstrom
 jayne@jaynestamps.com 
Shop now at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jaynestamps/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stamping-with-Jayne/305361602711

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Weekly Deals and Card Samples

I can't wait to give the Designer Washi Sheets a try!  I saw the cutest cards that someone had made, so I decided that I should order some and play with them a bit.  Maybe I'll even offer a class...
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I have some cards from the Upscale Swap Group to share today.  First off is this beauty from Diane Kipp.
 Diane Kipp - Butterfly Basics, Petite Petals
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 Judi Cayton - Petal Potpourri, Crazy About You
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 Laura Barto - Indescribable Gift
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Candy Leggett - Crazy About You
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Don't they all make you think about Spring?  Hope you have a wonderful week!  Until next time...
HAPPY STAMPING!
Jayne Stenstrom
jayne@jaynestamps.com
Shop now at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/jaynestamps/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stamping-with-Jayne/305361602711