Stamp-Off Friday Brusho Challenge

Stamp-off Friday Brusho Challenge

Today is Stamp-Off Friday with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week’s challenge: Use Brusho.

Brusho, Stampin' Up!

Every idea I had for this challenge was rejected because I had already done it. I’ve actually done today’s as well, but this one has a little twist.

First, you can see in the photo that these are “real” Brusho containers, not a catalog photo. Instead of opening the lid – which can cause the powders to shoot into the air with abandon – it’s best to poke a few “shaker holes” in the tops. I use my Paper Piercing Tool to make 2-3 holes. Since your containers now have holes in the tops, simply tape them over with Washi Tape to help keep the powder a little more secure.

Second, if you haven’t used them or purchased the set from Stampin’ Up!, “Gamboge” is orange. (Just in case you wondered.) Gamboge is a brownish or orange gum resin from various Asian trees. You can do a search and find more information, but I don’t want my blog to be too pedantic. (Yeah, like that could ever happen!) And I know you want to see my Brusho project. So, without further definitions or ado —

Stampin' Up!, Brusho, Sweet Soiree, Eclectic Expressions

You’re probably saying, “Where is that stamp set?” Well, it’s not a stamp. This is one of the cards from the Sweet Soirée Memories & More Card Pack that you can earn free during Sale-a-bration. It coordinates with the  Sweet Soirée suite in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. So where’s the Brusho? Here’s the original card from the card pack.

Stampin' Up!, Sweet Soiree, Memories & More

I trimmed the card a bit so it would fit on a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Calypso Coral card base. I think it’s 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″, but I can’t guarantee those measurements. Basically, I trimmed the border off the top and sides, then trimmed just a bit from the top.

To get the different colors, I mixed Prussian Blue and Yellow to get the green for the leaves. The flowers are Yellow, Brilliant Red, and a mix of Gamboge and Yellow for the peach colored ones. I mixed the colors on little palettes (aka lids from Pringles chips) with an Aqua Painter. I love our Aqua Painters, but I would love to have one with a smaller tip. Actually I do have one, and halfway through one of the thin-stemmed plants turned fat, I was wishing I had used it. Still, I’m happy with the results.

I had a bit of color left on my palettes, so I decided to pick it up with the Aqua Painter and flick it on the top of the card. I used the thank you stamp from the Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set (another free product during Sale-a-bration!) in Calypso Coral for the sentiment.

It  needed just a bit more, so I decided to use the Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon (from the Shimmer Ribbon Combo, yet another Sale-a-bration freebie. Seriously, I didn’t intend to make a “free” card! But if you order the Brusho and then add another amazing stamp set from either the Sale-a-bration or Occasions Catalog – like the Petal Palette set, or the beautiful Waterfront set. Of course, the perfect pair for Brusho is the Beautiful Day set. – or any other product that’s at least $20, you can get any one of these or another Level 1 Sale-a-bration set free. All three of my suggested sets are from the Occasions Catalog, by the way.)

I decided to just add a bow to the card front and used Mini Glue Dots to secure the bow and keep the ends where I wanted them. I think it added a perfect frame for the sentiment and flowers.

Now – please head over to Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see what they’ve created for the Brusho challenge. I’ve loved what they’ve done with Brusho so far. In fact, I almost borrowed Jackie’s idea to use it on Designer Series Paper. And, really, I guess I kind of did!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Party Pandas Make & Take

Party Pandas Make & Take

Today was my snow day, and I planned to work on lots of craft projects, Instead, I caught up on a lot of other household stuff and took care of things I’ve been neglecting for months. Then tonight, Mike & I discovered The Greatest Showman was available for purchase on Xfinity. I’ve been wanting to see this since before it premiered, so we had to buy it.

Oh. My. Gosh. So amazing! I mean, Hugh Jackman, right? I’d pay to watch him sell toothpaste for two hours. He sings. He dances. He acts. He’s gorgeous. He was awesome, as was the movie. It was definitely the best purchase we’ve made. Ok, to be fair, our other movie purchases are Frozen, Finding Dory, My Little Pony the Movie, and a Peanuts movie. Can you tell that most of our purchases are for sleepovers with Amelia? But still – I’d buy this movie again. It was that good. Even Mike liked it, and he’s not usually a musical fan. That’s mostly because the songs pop into his head at random times during the day. I’m sure “From Now On” and “This is Me” are going to be running through our heads for awhile.

Anyway – I didn’t get around to stamping today, but I do want to show you the fun Make & Take Sandy created for our monthly Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Meeting.

Party Pandas, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I love everything about this card! The panda with the glittery Gold Shimmer Paper balloon, the sparkly celebrate die-cut, the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper – Sandy hit it out of the park with this one, don’t you think?

Then there’s the inside. Sandy always stamps the inside of her cards (and the envelopes. She’s amazing!).

Party Pandas, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

Another cute panda and some sequins to enhance the birthday sentiment. So fun! By the way, if you’re wondering how I got such perfect coverage with the solid areas of the pandas – Stamparatus. You’re definitely going to want to add this to your first order from the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog in June.

The Party Pandas stamp set and the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies are both free during Sale-a-bration. You can get the Party Pandas with a $50 order, and the Celebrate You Thinlits with a $100 order. Or host a party and get both! But hurry – Sale-a-bration ends March 31.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!


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Marquee Messages

Marquee Messages

This is another of our March class cards. One of my demonstrator friends reminded me that I had never used the Marquee Messages stamp set in a class. I think I got it free at OnStage two years ago. It’s not a set that I would gravitate to, but since the challenge was issued, I had to rise to it, right?

After giving it a second look and reading the sentiments, I wondered why I had been avoiding it. As a matter of fact, I have a fun idea for it that I’m going to send to one of the ladies who didn’t make this card in class. Since today is a “snow day,” I’ll try to finish it and post it tomorrow.

The Card

Here’s the card we made in class.

Marquee Messages, Epic Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

I used the stars and sentiments from Marquee Messages, and the guitar from the Epic Celebrations stamp set, a free Sale-a-bration product. For class, we stamped  Happy Birthday on the front and Party like a Rock Star inside. This is one of the “leftovers” that I made up after class.

The Details

First, stamp You Are in Basic Black and Awesome in Bermuda Bay on a Whisper White die-cut circle. Color the inside of the open sentiment with a Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker. Add some Lemon Lime Twist stars.

Stamp more stars and the guitar in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Color the guitar with the Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker; add some Clear Wink of Stella to the stars. Layer to the front of the Bermuda Bay card base, then add the stamped circle with Stmapin’ Dimensionals.

Inside, stamp more stars and another guitar with VersaMark ink, then add the sentment in Basic Gray. Another beautiful Sale-a-bration product is the Shimmer Ribbon Pack. The three colors of shimmer ribbon are Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral, and they’re in different widths. I chose Basic Gray so it wouldn’t get lost in the card colors.

Yes, Virginia, it is Spring

I mentioned today was a “snow day.” We have about 6″, which is the most we’ve had all year. Funny that it waited until the first day of spring to start. I know 6″ isn’t much to my northern friends, but we don’t get a lot of snow here in northern Virginia, so 6″ is enough to close most schools and cause delays and late openings for most businesses. It started snowing yesterday morning, stopped for a few hours in the late afternoon, then started up again in the night. It looks like it’s slowing a bit, so I’m thinking it’s almost over.

Even though we didn’t get a huge amount of snow, it was enough for some fun. Amelia and I went sledding in our backyard yesterday. After she warmed up and had lunch, she and Mike went back out. She had so much fun, but she was exhausted by the time she got back inside and thawed out.

Don’t forget – Sale-a-bration ends March 31. Take advantage of the free products and place your qualifying order today!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day.

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Exotic In Colors – Order them Now

Exotic In Colors – Order them Now

As the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog sales period is winding down, you need to start thinking about purchasing those products you love. We know that the 2016-18 In Colors will be retiring, as well as most of the Designer Series Paper and many ribbons and embellishments (specifically those with the retiring In Colors).

Stampin' Up!, 2016-18 In Colors

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators all over the world will be attending OnStage events in early April, and we will get a look at the new catalog. Even though the official retiring list will be released later, those of us who see the catalog will know what’s staying and what’s retiring. After that, there’s absolutely no guarantee if retiring products will be available for purchase. Retiring stamp sets are usually guaranteed through sometime in May, but other products are while supplies last.

Products that often sell out first are the retiring In Colors. I love the 2016-18 In Colors – Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Dapper Denim. And there’s a reason I call them “exotic.” Don’t you think those names describe, um, “exotic dancers?”

The Exotics

First we have Flirty Flamingo. She’s a sassy lady, with lots of plumes and boas. But this saucy, flirty wench never goes beyond the line of what’s proper. She may skirt close to the line, but she never crosses it.

And then there’s the shy Peekaboo Peach. She’s quietly watching the others, but don’t underestimate her. She is more wise and knowing than you might give her credit for. She may peek from behind the curtain, but when she’s on stage, she’s a powerhouse.

Emerald Envy is the sophisticated lady in the group. Pearls are her favorite accessory, and she is bold enough to hold her own with other colors. Dancing is just what she does to work her way through school. She’ll be a brain surgeon one day.

Sweet Sugarplum is quiet and demure, but she works really well with other colors – especially the berries. She’s the “Gypsy Rose Lee” of the group, teasing you with her dropped glove.

And finally, Dapper Denim. He’s the “Chippendale” of the group. He’s the perfect complement for most other colors. He’s too bold to be a “neutral,” but he makes other colors stand out. That’s why he’s so dapper and charming. He works with the other colors to make a statement.

Order them Today!

After two years of hard work, these colors deserve a small break. There are a few (specifically Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy, followed closely by Dapper Denim) that I’m hoping will one day make it to the “Core Line-up,” but until then, be sure you order them today or you could miss out. They’re available in Ink, Cardstock, Designer Series Paper, Ribbon, Embellishments, and more. You can order 24/7 from my online store.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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The Stamparatus Slap

The Stamparatus Slap

This sounds like the name of a cool new dance move, right? Close. It’s a fun technique from Tandra Boyer, another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. And I borrowed a technique from my good friend, demonstrator Susan Horr to stamp the images in exactly the same places on the corners. Check it out.

Touches of Texture, Artistically Asian, Stampin' Up!

The Details

First, place a 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Watercolor Paper in my Stamparatus. Then position the flower stamp (from Artistically Asian) at the top left corner. I wanted it to partly hang off the paper, so I slipped a piece of Stampin’ Up! Grid Paper underneath so I wouldn’t get ink on my mat.

Ink the stamp with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers, then spritz with a little water. Now comes the fun part. As you close the plate over the Stamparatus base, let gravity take it and slap it closed. I didn’t slap as hard as I could, so I didn’t get a lot of overspray on the flowers. You have to be bold, and it took me a couple tries to sum up the aggression needed.

Turn the watercolor paper 180 degrees so you can stamp the second flower. Repeat the inking and spritzing. Note: I cleaned and dried my stamp before re-applying the marker ink so I’d get better coverage. Then slap the plate closed again.

When the flowers dried, I decided I needed a little splatter in a color that didn’t evoke Christmas. Use the splatter stamp from Touches of Texture, and place it over the Watercolor Paper at the bottom left of the paper. After closing the plate to adhere the stamp, ink it with Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ ink, then spritz and slap. Turn the Watercolor paper 180 degrees, and repeat, again, cleaning and drying the stamp before inking.

“The Slap” is a fun and super simple technique. Your image will be different every time. Stamp the sentiment (from Artistically Asian) in Basic Gray Archival Ink. Note: I spritzed some frost spray over the card before I stamped. Bad idea. I didn’t get a really clear sentiment, but I’m still happy with it.

Layer the stamped image to a Basic Gray Cardstock layer, then to a Marina Mist card base. I didn’t add embellishments, but the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes from the Occasions Catalog would look great, I think.

Just a reminder – if you reserved a Stamparatus, the “first window” reservations have been shipped, and the second window begin shipping March 20. If you have not reserved a Stamparatus, they will be available in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog in June.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Eclectic Expressions

Eclectic Expressions

Everyone loves free stamps, right? And how about a stamp set that can do everything? Even better – especially when it’s free! The Eclectic Expressions Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! is a perfect stamp set, especially if you’re a new stamper. And best of all, you can get it free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. But hurry! Sale-a-bration ends March 31, so you only have about two more weeks to get it before it’s gone forever.

Eclectic Expressions, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

This is a quick and easy card that we’re making at classes in March. In fact, it’s so quick and easy, we’re making two. First, stamp the larger “smudge” in Pear Pizzazz two times on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I inked once and stamped twice. The stamp the smaller smudge two times in Pool Party, again without re-inking between stampings. Finally, stamp the splatters in Tangerine Tango two times. This one I did ink each time.

Now you’re ready for your sentiment in Tranquil Tide. I decided to use Happy Birthday, because I always need birthday cards.. Thank You is another option in this set, but you can use a sentiment from any of your stamp sets.

To jazz it up just a bit, I added a few Glitter Enamel Dots to the card, then added the layer to a Whisper White card base. I love this card, because it’s so simple, yet it’s elegant at the same time. And it will work for anyone (look, Ma! No flowers!). I gravitate to floral sets when I stamp, but those just don’t work well for the guys in my life!

New products were just added to the Sale-a-bration lineup. Several  current catalog products are free with a $50 minimum order, and there are some Level 2 items that you can get free with a $100 minimum order. See everything you can get free here.  Then head to my online store to place your order.

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Beautiful Day

Beautiful Day

Here’s another card we’re making in March classes. It uses the Beautiful Day set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and the Brusho Crystal Colour set.

Stampin' Up!, Beautiful Day

First, stamp the flower on Watercolor Paper in VersaMark ink, then emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I stamped the leaves a couple extra times so I could have more than just one. Since there’s no purple in the Brush Crystal Colour set we have in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, I mixed Prussian Blue and Brilliant Red. I also wanted a prettier green than the Moss Green in the pack, so I mixed Prussian Blue and Yellow for the green leaves. Then, use an Aqua Painter to mix the colors and apply to the image. Use more water for a lighter color.

After everything dried, I cut out the image using Paper Snips. Then I added it to a 3-3/4″ square of the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper. This is a recent addition to the Sale-a-bration products, and it’s so fun to use. You can sponge over the paper to color it, or color images in other designs with Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Blends.

The card base is a 4″ x 8″ piece of Perfect Plum Cardstock, scored and folded at 4″ to create a 4″ x 4″ card. Since we don’t sell envelopes that size, I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope. To dress it up a bit, I inked the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped on the corner of the envelope.

For the sentiment, I stamped “Happy Birthday” in Perfect Plum on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the bottom half in Basic Black on Perfect Plum cardstock, cut it out and layered it over the original sentiment.

Remember, you only have about two more weeks of Sale-a-bration. Don’t miss out on those free products. And more are being added today! Check out my online store to see the current catalog products you can earn free with qualifying orders!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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