Stamp Off Vellum Challenge

Stamp Off Vellum Challenge

Welcome back to another BS & J Stamp Off! This week, we’re using vellum.

I love vellum, because there are so many things you can do with it. The challenge for me was to choose which technique I wanted to use. It’s gorgeous when you run it through the Big Shot with an embossing folder. It’s also a great layer to use over a busy background with a sentiment or simple image. I decided to go with “Stained Glass,” because I wanted to use the new Cambridge Carols Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog.

Cambridge Carols, Stampin' Up!

Don’t you love that scene? I stamped on Vellum with VersaMark, then embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I used Stampin’ Blends to color the image. Typically with the Stained Glass Technique, you use markers on the back of the image, so this isn’t technically stained glass. It’s more “stamping and coloring on vellum,” I guess, because I colored on the front.

I used a lot of Smoky Slate for the bridge and church roof. Sadly, the powder on the cross on the steeple got knocked off before I heated, so it’s not as obviously a church.

Because I wanted a little color for the snow, I did color that on the back with a Light Crumb Cake blend. The bridge bricks are Cajun Craze, and the trees behind the church…well, those trees gave me a fit. First I colored them with a Shaded Spruce Blend, but why would they be green in the middle of the winter? They don’t look like evergreens. I added a touch of Crumb Cake over the Spruce. And then I thought, well, maybe it’s kind of a mountain. So I covered the Crumb Cake with a little Highland Heather. I may very well have used something else too. I just kept adding color until I was happy with the results.

For a little fun touch, I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to paint some glue over the ice and a little on the snow. (Fun fact: The fine-tip glue pen glue is – as far as I can tell – just like our retired Crystal Effects, just in a different bottle with a fine-tip. So you can use it to add a glassy look as well as for ice or water.)

The sentiment is embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I cut the Whisper White Cardstock layer a little smaller than the vellum so I could wrap the vellum over the cardstock and adhere to the back.

I used the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss the front of the Basic Gray card front.

Now – please check out Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs. I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with vellum. Every week, I have an idea about what each will do, and I’m usually wrong. They go totally “out of the box” and out of their comfort zones each time.

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

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Pines in Plaid

Pines in Plaid

Stampin’ Up!® offers stamp sets and coordinating dies or punches in bundles when they are first released. Buying the bundle gives you a 10% discount on the items. It’s very rare for me not to take advantage of the bundles, but sometimes I think, “Oh, I don’t need the stamps (or dies); I’ll just get the dies (or stamps).” Almost every time I’ve done this, I’ve ended up buying the second product later at full price.

One would think I would have learned my lesson many times over, but one would be wrong. I ordered the Christmas Pines Stamp Set, thinking, “I don’t need the dies.” UGH! Fortunately I have a wonderful friend who did take advantage of the bundled price and let me borrow her Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. (Thanks, Sandy!)

Christmas Pines, Stampin' Up!

I used the Buffalo Check Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog for the background. I did not use my Stamparatus® (for a couple reasons), but now I wish I had. It could have used one more coat of black ink on the Granny Apple Green Cardstock. Still, I kind of like the faded, weathered look!

The top of the card uses the Christmas Pines Stamp Set. I stamped the pine boughs in Granny Apple Green, then the more detailed boughs in Garden Green on Shimmery White Cardstock. It gives it a little extra sparkle.

I’d love to say that I chose the cardstock because of the word “sparkle” in the sentiment. Sadly, I’m not that clever. I just pulled out a piece of white cardstock that was the right size. Apparently I had grabbed a pile of white paper one day and filed it all together, because I have a separate bin for Shimmery White; it isn’t filed with Whisper White. But this was a happy accident, because I love the shimmer. (The card base is Whisper White.)

After I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento, I decided to use a little Clear Wink of Stella on the word sparkle. My camera doesn’t pick it up well, but in real life, it’s very pretty and has just a subtle touch of sparkle.

The pine cones are stamped in Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Early Espresso. I added them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then wrapped some Crumb Cake Nature’s Twine around the stamped layer before adhering it to the rest of the card.

By the way, since Christmas Pines came out last year, the bundled price ended with the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, so I don’t feel too badly about missing the bundled price.

Check in tomorrow for Jackie’s, Susan’s, and my Friday Challenge. It’s a fun one – and I inked up a brand new stamp set.

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

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Plastic Wrap Christmas

Plastic Wrap Christmas

I’ve been revisiting several old stamping techniques – first the Never Ending Card and now the Plastic Wrap Technique. This one is really fun – and super easy. (By the way – here’s the link to the instructions for my 5″ x 5″ Never Ending Card.)

Here’s my plastic wrap card.

Stampin' Up!, Timeless TidingsDoesn’t that look like ice on your windshield in the winter morning? I love the Plastic Wrap Technique. Most importantly, you don’t need to buy anything special. I mean, we all have plastic wrap in our kitchens, right?

To make the background on this card, simple tear about a 3-4″ piece of plastic wrap from your container, then scrunch it up. Pounce it over the stamp pad, then pounce it on your cardstock. That’s it. So easy!

I used Balmy Blue Classic Ink first, then Night of Navy. I wanted a little frost, so I pounced again using Smoky Slate. Then I had a grand idea – use the Frost White Shimmer Paint from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. I dipped a little of the plastic wrap into the lid of the shimmer paint then pounced over the card. So gorgeous! You can’t see it in the photo, but there’s a lot of shimmer.

After the Shimmer Paint dried, I die-cut Merry from Night of Navy Cardstock using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies. Then I stamped Christmas on Whisper White Cardsotck in Night of Navy Ink using the Merry Christmas stamp in the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog. I used cellophane tape to cover merry on the stamp. Then I inked the stamp, removed the tape, and stamped onto the cardstock.

I used the larger label die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies to die-cut the sentiment, then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Merry die-cut was added with rolled up Mini Glue Dots. These gave a little dimension but still stayed hidden under the die-cut.

After I finished pouncing and stamping, I adhered the Whisper White layer to a Night of Navy card base. Inside is another Whisper White layer with a few Beautiful Blizzard snowflakes and a sentiment in Night of Navy. I love those blues for Christmas, don’t you?

If you have a minute, please send some prayers and/or positive thoughts out for my dog Max. I think he may have ruptured a blood vessel in his eye. He’s so pitiful right now. He’s on five different medications (which he hates, but he’s getting better at taking them) and has to wear a cone. He finally figured out how to sleep with it, though, so that’s good! It’s so hard when your pets are sick, because you can’t explain what’s happening.

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Beautiful Blizzard

Beautiful Blizzard

Stampin’ Up!® has had a lot of gorgeous snowflake stamps over the years, and I’ve bought a lot of them. The ones I had all retired, and I sold most of them, so when I saw the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set with the Blizzard Thinlits Dies in the 2018 Holiday Catalog, I had to buy the bundle. Of course, you know that when you purchase a Stampin’ Up!® bundle, you save 10%.

For this card, I used only the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set. It did such a wonderful job, I didn’t need to use any die-cuts.

Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!

I decided to use Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, and Whisper White for my color palette, with a little Smoky Slate thrown in for fun. Those colors seemed to suggest “blizzard” to me.

The Details

First, cut a piece of Balmy Blue Cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. After scoring the long side at 4-1/4″ to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base, cut 3-1/4″ off the front flap. (Save this piece; you’ll add it back in later.)

On the short front flap, stamp the snowflakes randomly in Balmy Blue Classic Ink. Wrap a piece of Silver Mini Sequin Trim around a 1″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel Cardstock, then adhere to the front flap of the card.

Cut a 3″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Stamp the background splatter two times in Balmy Blue, Then stamp the snowflakes several times in Blueberry Bushel. Add a couple wind images in Smoky Slate, then adhere to the Balmy Blue Cardstock you cut off the front flap. Adhere to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stamp the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink. Punch with the Everyday Label Punch and adhere to the front of the card.

What’s Inside?

I don’t always show the inside of the cards I make, but I always try to stamp something to add a little more interest.

Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock using Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink. Then I stamped a few more snowflakes in Balmy Blue. It’s all covered up with the extra flap on the front, so it remains a little surprise until the card is opened.

This is a perfect card to send to a friend this winter. I’m at the age where a lot of my contemporaries are Snowbirds, heading to Florida at the first sign of chilly weather. This could be a fun card to send to one of my friends to remind them of what they’re missing back here. Even though Virginia is technically in the South, it hasn’t felt like it much this summer. We had a really rainy and chilly spring and summer (I know; you’re tired of hearing me whine about this.) According to the weather experts and the woolly bear caterpillars, that means we’re having a very snowy winter – which doesn’t bode well for drivers around here. We’re not used to a lot of snow. I may be hibernating until spring!

By the way – here’s the link to the Never Ending Card from yesterday. If you make one, please post a link to it in the comments so we can enjoy it!

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The Card that Never Ends

The Card that Never Ends

When I was young, Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop were popular on TV. Imagine my surprise when she was back on TV with Lamb Chop, Hush Puppy, and Charlie Horse 30 years later when the boys were little. The closing song was The Song that Never Ends, and I always think of that when I talk about this card. You can hear the song here, but be warned: once it’s in your head, you can’t “unsing” it.

I saw a Never Ending Card at a Stampin’ Up!® Convention about 14 or 15 years ago (so it’s been around almost as long as the song). It seems to have made a comeback, so I decided on that technique/fold/style for our Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Team Meeting this month.

Here’s the front of my Never Ending Card.

Stampin' Up!, Farmhouse Christmas

When you open from the center, you get this.

Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!

Open from the center again, and you see this.

Farmhouse Christmas, Stampin' Up!

Then open the “doors” in the center for the final side.

Farmhouse Christmas, Stampin' Up!

If you open the center flaps one more time, you’ll be back at the beginning. How fun is that?

This card looks difficult, but it’s really simple. Deciding on the Designer Series Paper (DSP), stamps, and dies takes the longest. It helps if you purchase products from a suite from a Stampin’ Up!® catalog, because everything will coordinate. I didn’t think that far ahead when I was ordering my holiday supplies, I I had to mix and match. I used the Farmhouse Christmas and the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle (Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set and Blizzard Thinlits Die) with the beautiful All Is Bright DSP. The ink colors are mostly Call Me Clover and Real Red, but there’s a little Smoky Slate (on the second side – with the snowflakes) and Crumb Cake (stamped off) for the front tree. Other images are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento and colored with Stampin’ Blends.

I only used a few Sparkle Glimmer Paper snowflakes for my card. It was already pretty full from all the paper layers.

There’s a wonderful tutorial on (scs) for this card. There are printed instructions as well as a video. I changed the measurements a bit. The finished card on scs is 6″ x 6″, and I didn’t want one that large. I’ll post my instructions with measurements in the Pages section of my blog (under the header). I’ll post the link in my next post, and I’ll edit this one with the link as well. (Edited: You can see my instructions here.)

Give one of these cards a try. They are a lot of fun to create and for the recipient!

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A Case of Mono

A Case of Mono

Each month, I give my team of Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators a challenge for the next month. I try not to be a dictator, so we work together to develop challenges. Everyone who wants to participate brings a card or other project using the challenge to the meeting the next month, and we randomly draw a winner. That person wins a prize. For our October meeting, the challenge was to use either Whisper White or Very Vanilla and a metal embossing powder or other metal embellishment.

Everyone’s cards were so amazing. Some of our team members thought this might produce boring cards, but it didn’t at all! Everyone’s cards were strikingly beautiful. I forgot to take pictures, but I do have mine.

Stampin' Up!, Special Celebratons

The Details

Emboss a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It will look like layers of ribbons across the card. I love this embossing folder.

Die-cut flowers from the Flourish Thinlits. Adhere the floral spray to the embossed layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I cut my floral spray in half so I could spread it over the entire card from top left to bottom right. (You may need to cut some of the dimensionals in half, even if you use the Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.)

Stamp the sentiment from the Special Celebrations Stamp Set in Versamark Ink on Vellum Cardstock. Heat emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then die cut with the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies. Adhere to the embossed layer with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals at the right and left edges. (You’ll cover these with pearls later.)

Adhere the remaining floral die-cuts to the card over the edges of the vellum with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Cover all the adhesive – and anything else you want to embellish – with Pearl Basic Jewels.

Adhere the panel to a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base. Wrap Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the card, and tie in a bow. (Tip: If you’re tying ribbon in a knot, wrap it one and one half times around the card, the cut. If you’re tying in a bow, wrap it two times around the card, then cut.)

I don’t have anything inside the card yet. I have two nieces getting married next year, and tons of relatives having anniversaries, so I’m not sure how I’ll use this card yet.

The Story behind the Card

At Stampin’ Up!® OnStage Events, they’ve been passing the box of products used in Make & Takes around the tables. Everyone gets to select a product from the box. We keep passing until everything is gone. This is a fabulous way to get new supplies for our classes! At a recent event, there was a dowel covered in ribbon as a decoration on the table. For one of my choices, I chose the ribbon. One of my “table mates” said I should choose something else. There were more embellishments, stamp pads and more in the box. Nope. I wanted the ribbon. Part of the ribbon is on this card, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice! There are so many beautiful products in our Stampin’ Up!® catalogs, but I can’t buy everything. If I can get even a little sample to show you that I don’t have to buy, I’m happy. (But I’m probably going to buy this ribbon. It’s gorgeous!)

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Even though it’s only October, most crafters have already started working on their fall and winter holiday projects. When it gets closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have a hard time juggling all my errands and responsibilities: concerts, family gatherings, cooking, making gifts, buying other gifts, wrapping, decorating, creating cards…It seems like I’m always playing catch-up when I wait until closer to Christmas to get started. I’m grateful that the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog is available in September (and even earlier for Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators) so I can get a head start.

I was playing around with some Copper Foil Sheets and Embossing Powder the other day, and made this card.

Merry Christmas to All, Stampin' Up!, Farmhouse Christmas

I felt like a scientist performing experiments with this, but it was a lot of fun. First, I stamped some leafy images on the Copper Foil using Jet Black StāzOn Ink, but by the time I was finished, you couldn’t see it, so we’ll leave that step out from now on.

Card Details

Emboss the Copper Foil using the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Next, take the edge of a Jet Black StāzOn Pad and carefully drag over the embossed areas to bring out the raised trees. (Tip: It helps if you ink pad is a little on the dry side. You can always add more ink, but once it’s on there, it’s hard to take it off.)

Drag a Versamark pad over the panel. You don’t want to completely cover it; it should be splotchy. Emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. When it’s cool, repeat with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and then once more with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Die-cut Merry from Night of Navy Cardstock using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies from the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. This set includes Merry, Holidays, Happy, and Christmas, and they coordinate with the Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set, so you can mix and match the stamped and die-cut sentiments. (Of course, if you bundle the stamps and dies, you’ll save 10%.)

For this card, I used the Happy Christmas Wishes stamp from the Farmhouse Christmas Stamp Set (also from the Holiday Catalog). I taped over Happy and Wishes, then inked with a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad, removed the tape (very important step!) and stamped on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I diecut it with the frame die from the Merry Christmas Thinlits.

Finishing the Card

Adhere the stamped embossed panel to a slightly larger panel of Merry Merlot Cardstock. Create a card base from a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, scored and folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. Emboss the front with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, to look like snow. Of course, you can use any folder. Oh My Stars or Sparkle folders would also look lovely.

Adhere the smaller layers to the card. Don’t forget to add a panel inside. I stamped the bare trees from the Winter Woods Stamp Set (another of my Holiday Catalog favorites) in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then added an extra sentiment from Farmhouse Christmas in Night of Navy. Not only does this add interest to the inside of the card, but it makes it easier for the recipient to read your message and signature.

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

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