Expressing Creativity!

Today’s post is slightly different from my previous posts.  This pencil box was created by a beautiful young lady who has had to stay home due to our current COVID -19 circumstances here in New Jersey. Rory is a high school Junior and loves music.  She plays piano and guitar and has the singing voice of an angel.  Similar to her peers, she is bored!  It’s interesting how this time has given her the opportunity to explore more of her own creativity.

Rory knows how much I enjoy my creative time and space and texted me a picture of this pencil box.  Of course, I thought it was fabulous and then it occurred to me that this would be a great blog post. Something different and certainly unique. It made me smile and I thought it would make you all smile.

So, when Rory gave me her permission to publish this, I asked her how she made it.  She used a cardboard box, acrylic paints, Studio Series Colored Pencils and images from a Pusheen the Cat Coloring Book!

She painted the background; painted, penciled, and fussy cut images from the coloring book and put them all together in a most interesting combination. Take a look at her fussy cutting!!!

Below is the box before her imagination took over… just paint.  In Stampin’ Up! colors, this would be Real Red and Pool Party with an accent of Daffodil Delight; a very “happy” combination.

Here’s a view of the side of the box… just an ordinary box turned into an amazing pencil holder.

When I wanted to begin sharing creativity through blogging many years ago, I wasn’t sure what to call my blog.  I talked about it with my Sister and her husband and Mark immediately came up with my “expressively deb…” blog title with the tag line, “…the only limitation is your imagination”.

So, this is what it’s all about.  “…the only limitation is your imagination”.

Thank you, Rory, for expressing your imagination so beautifully and allowing me to share your creativity!

Be safe and hugs to you all.


Parisian Beauty Bundle Is Retiring!

Another favorite of mine that is going away is from Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  The Parisian Blossoms Suite caught my eye immediately.

I switched up the Suite’s color palette a bit and used Rose Gold Foil Paper from the Everything is Rosy Product Medley (now on the Clearance Rack), shadowed by some Soft Suede.  The warm combination of Pool Party and Soft Suede is a favorite of mine.

If you look closely, you’ll see that I cropped two Eiffel Towers; one in Soft Suede and one in Rose Gold.  I glued them together, but slightly offset the Soft Suede in back of the Rose Gold to give some depth to the Eiffel Tower.  I repeated the same process when I cropped the “Amour” sentiment. The swirl image from the Parisian Dies is simply stunning! A few sequins add just a little more shine.

The Soft Suede stamped background font is simple and elegant. Rather than Whisper White, I used Very Vanilla for the card layer just to keep the color palette soft. A little Soft Suede ink around the edges of both card layers sets them apart nicely.

The center card layer is a piece of the patterned paper from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper which is not only on the Retiring Products list, but its on sale at 20% off.

So, treat yourself to the Parisian Blossoms Suite, add a little Soft Suede and just a few sequins and create something soft and pretty.

Stay safe and be well!

Hugs to you.


“Enjoy Life” is Saying Goodbye!

What can show more gratitude than this sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Enjoy Life stamp set? Enjoy Life is one of my favorite stamp sets. I’ve used it again and again. It’s one of the Last Chance products from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. A perfect thought for the current world environment… don’t you agree?

Random acts of kindness always put a smile on the faces of the receiver and there is no doubt that whoever receives a hand made thank you card like this will smile.

This simple card was built with four layers on a standard A-2 card base. I used Basic Black and Whisper White card stock and added a center slice of Granny Apple Green.

A little bit of Granny Apple Green ink took this project to the next level. I’m sure a little slice of Lovely Lipstick, Poppy Parade or Crushed Curry in place of the Granny Apple Green would look great, and what a beautiful note card set a combination of those colors would make.

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Take a look at the current Last Chance Product list. You can download it by clicking here or on the image below and think about adding Enjoy Life to your stamp set collection.

So… download the Last Chance PDF, get out your Granny Apple Green card stock, say “thanks” to someone, and Enjoy Life!

Be safe and stay well!

Hugs to you!