Sunday, May 15, 2016


Hello readers of Shades of Stamping...
" Life isn't about finding yourself- 
it is about creating yourself". 
Dyan Reaveley's products, defines this statement.  Dyan's energetic art mediums will claim your imagination to spawn and inspire that inner gal.  Here are the more  samples of work I created using Dyan Reaveley Stamps,Stencils Paints and Sprays.  

Products used for these Journal Covers 

Dylusions Cling Mount Stamps:

Monday, April 25, 2016


Holy Doddle redefined, yes journal and doodle your heart away with Dyan Reaveley paints.
Blaze away with spirit and style with Dyan's mediums and invent  these dramatic gals.  

Products used for these Journal Covers 

Dylusions Cling Mount Stamps:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dyan Reavely Dylusions Journaling

Hello readers, Connie Paxman here for Shadesofstamping Blog.  
 I have four  samples I created  of these wonderful gals by Dyan Reavely; what can I say they explode with Character. 
 To compliment their individuality are:  Dylusions Paints and Sprays formulated  by Dyan Reavely.  
If paints could talk, we would have to say, Dyan broke the sound barrier of colour.
The  color intensity of this line of paints  captures a new altitude of vibrant.
Allow  your inner inhibitions to soar past the boundaries of imagination; and, create inspirational statements for your journal books, cards and altered art projects.  

Products used for these Journal Covers 

Dylusions Cling Mount Stamps:

Sunday, January 24, 2016


Hello Shades of Stamping readers.  It has been an extensive time since I posted any of my work on this blog. I am happy to be back crafting.  I have been working on an Herbal Medicine Course and thus my crafting time had to take a back seat.
A customer requested me to make her some cards with a religious influence.  I came up with the idea of Stained Glass with an Ornate Cross. 
Rubber Stamp – Rubber Stampede
Cardstock Vellum (heavy weight)
White - Ultra Smooth Cardstock.
Blender Pens
Black and Copper Embossing Powder
Black Pigment Ink and Versa Mark Ink Pad 
Ornate Cathedral Stained Glass merged perfectly with Spellbinder Shapeabilities Pendants Fleur De Lis. 
I created  another background cross that would compliment the stained glass window image,  I cut off one corner of the die to attach to the bottom of the image.
The Fleur De Lis die cut was created by applying the art medium of gesso to heavy confetti card stock and allowing drying thoroughly for a day.  The subsequent ink medium applied to the dried card stock was a collection of different colors of Ranger Alcohol inks; applied by means of a pouncing technique using   their awesome blender tool.   This technique provokes a very stimulating complexity of colors   which cannot be seen by the camera. 
The Stain Glass Cross image was Wet embossed on Vellum Cardstock and color applied on the backside using Prima Marketing  Water ColorPencils and Blender Pens…
I simply mixed colors and made the correct combinations on plastic  work-mat and then picked up the paint with the blender pen…In this process, less is always better.  Have some q-tips and small pieces of paper towel handy to remove excess color.  The color should pop out along the embossed line but be somewhat subdued in the middle areas.  I played around with two images before I achieved the technique. 
Allow the vellum pieces to dry  and then applied the embossed piece to white ultra-smooth cardstock using velum tape very sparingly …this white cardstock enhances  the color from the backside to be more prominent…stained glass look.  

thank you for stopping by my blog

Connie Paxman

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"SIMON SAYS WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE - Make Your Own Background (Water Color Distress Backgrounds for Cards)

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Hello Shades of Stamping readers, Connie Paxman here from Stony Rapids, Saskatchewan.
Be sure to stop by Simon Says Blog - Wednesday Challenge and feast your crafting appetite on the what other challenge players created 
I have to share today, five Cards I created using Water Colors and Dry Embossing; I made these cards for one of my customers.
First, I must say, water color paints are by far my favorite art medium.
Water Color paints allows for an inherent freedom of expression.  The paints, blamelessly stream where they may, into indiscriminate color formations. There are no mistakes and each piece brings about its own personality. This, is my passion, to create with no rules and go with the flow. For added dimension, I  ran the pieces through my Big Shot machine using Dry Embossing Folders.  After dry embossing the water color pieces, I gently sanded off the raised portion of water color. Voila and another expression is born. 
Water Color Paints:  Zig Kuretake Gansa Tabi and Dick Blick
Border Punches:  Friskars and Martha Stewart 
Stamps:  Stampin Up
thanks you for visiting my blog and I enjoy your comments.
Connie Paxman

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014


Greetings  Shades of Stamping readers, it is Friday and today I am sharing a Scrapbook page I did of my beautiful grandaughter Julie.  I love scrapbooking School photos. I call these pages quick and simple  to complete, as the market has the perfect  paper and embellishments for fall and school.  In no time you can have your keepsakes beautifully embellished and scrapbooked. 
Today I am playing along with Lisa Somerville's Blogger's Challenge.  Lisa challenged us to an open interpretation of the task, "ALTER IT".  Take a tour of Lisa's site, scroll down to the bottom of the post and click on the pictures to see what other challenge players created
My translation of  'alter it' is incorporating recycling using  chipboard from a cereal boxes. I diecut the chipboard using Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix Die - Honey Comb (#695430); painted with Acrylic Paints, Gesso and finished off with Tim Holtz Distress Stains 'Broken China' paints. 
The word September is from Riff Raff Designs was painted in similar fashion.
I was thrilled to find this wonderful and simply perfect patterned paper by:
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