Favorite New Stamp Set

Favorite New Stamp Set

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie & me. This week, we’re showing off our favorite new stamp set from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

This was an easy one for me. My favorite new set is Sailing Home. (You may have already guessed that since it has figured very prominently in my blogs lately!)

Come Sail Away, Stampin' Up!

Mike and I love the water and his favorite color is blue, so the Sailing Home Bundle from the Come Sail Away Suite was one of my first purchases. Actually, I ordered everything in the suite except the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder, and that’s only because it wasn’t available on the Product Purchase Premier after OnStage in April.

For this card, I used a little retired Designer Series Paper (DSP). I made this card before the paper retired, and I had forgotten that by the time this post launched, it would be gone. However the Sailing Home DSP has designs that would work perfectly with this card. Or, you can simply stamp on Balmy Blue Cardstock using a background or textured stamp with Whisper White Craft Ink. (Be sure to give it a few minutes to dry before you add other elements. You can also use your heat tool to speed up the drying process.)

Stamp the birds from the Sailing Home Stamp Set in Basic Gray ink on the DSP. Then layer the DSP to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, then to a Balmy Blue card base.

Stamp the sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink on  a 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock and emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (This would be lovely with Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder! Did you notice that and the Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the new catalog? So excited!) Layer the embossed panel to the card.

On Whisper White Cardstock, stamp the smaller sailboat in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Color the boat with Balmy Blue and Soft Suede Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends, and the Ivory Stampin’ Blend Marker, then diecut with the coordinating Smooth Sailing Die. Stamp the compass using Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock, then punch with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. Die-cut the magnetic needles from Silver Foil. Stack them and add to the compass. (You probably only need one needle, but I really like the way they look stacked. It looked a little incomplete with only one.)

Color a Rhinestone Basic Jewel with a Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blend, then add it to the center of the magnetic needles. Add the compass and sailboat to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Of course this card is for my Mike. I tend to get distracted by silly things that don’t matter, and he keeps me grounded and focused on what’s important. Love that guy.

Please head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their favorite new stamp sets. I have a hunch or two about what they’ll use, but you never know. Often two out of the three of us use the same set, or the same colors, or the same design idea. We’ll see if that happens this week.

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

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The Perfect Day

The Perfect Day

We’ve had lots of perfect days on our little vacation. This week, the weather forecast has called for thunderstorms every day. While it can be a little daunting to see that on your weather app the entire week you’re going to be at the beach, we have to remind ourselves we are in Florida. Most of the storms last about 10-20 minutes and then are over. And almost always the rain has started when we were ready to head back inside anyway. I think it’s God’s way of keeping us from frying our lily white Virginia skin.

Tomorrow we’ll be taking Wesley to the airport in the morning, and then we’re meeting some of my Stampin’ Up!® team members for ice cream. I’m excited to see Rose, who moved to northern Florida a few months ago, and her downline Kay, who is visiting her this week. Tomorrow night is our regular team meeting, so, although the three of us won’t be at the meeting, we’ll have our own “mini meeting” in the Sunshine State.

I’m also hoping the ice cream date will distract Amelia from missing her dad. Since I’m her “primary caregiver” when her parents are working, I reminded them several months ago that they would need backup care for the two weeks Mike & I would be gone. Since Wes works 12-hour shifts, he was able to get almost two weeks off by simply taking four days of leave time – which was much easier than trying to find a babysitter for two weeks. And since he was going to be off anyway, we convinced him to bring Amelia and spend the second week with us in Florida. But after spending two weeks with her dad every day, I know Amelia is going to miss him a lot. Even on the nights he’s working, he makes sure to wake up in time to stop by the house for a few hours to see her before he goes to work.

Those two have such a special relationship. It’s so fun to watch them together. Wesley never had much use for kids, even when he was one. He wanted to hang with the big kids. But the minute he saw his daughter, that changed forever. He is an amazing dad. But you probably checked into my blog to see a creative project, not hear me gush about my kid, right? (Wait until next week. Jon will be the one I’m gushing over. Be forewarned.)

Here’s another card I made for Mike using the Come Sail Away Suite. It will probably be his Father’s Day card, although I have at least one other that I made for him back home. Maybe this will just be an “I love you” card. He has a whole drawer full of those that he’s kept over the years. (I think Wes learned a lot of his “dad skills” from his own dad. Mike is a pretty awesome husband, dad, and granddad!)

Come Sail Away, Stampin' Up!

No stamps were used for this card. It was so much fun to put together, though. I made it very quickly the other day before we went to the beach.

First, I chose several elements from the Come Sail Away Memories & More Card Pack. These are so fun. You can use them for so many creative projects – memory keeping, cards, 3-D projects…That’s why they’re “Memories & More.” I trimmed the frame card just a bit at the top and bottom, then layered it over the lighthouse card. I layered a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Blueberry Bushel Cardstock to a Crumb Cake card base. Before I added the Memories & More cards, though, I decided I needed a little something to break up the Blueberry Bushel layer and tie the lighter blue into the card. I chose a striped pattern from the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP). Instead of stamping a sentiment, I chose a couple self-adhesive die-cuts from the Memories & More pack. I thought this summed up my relationship with Mike. Every day together is pretty much a perfect day. Well, for the most part, anyway! We are human, after all. But I can’t think of too many bad days in almost 37 years. We both tend to focus on positive things instead of what’s gone wrong, and try to find humor in every situation. Like the time our car blew up on the way home from vacation one year…but that’s another story.

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Sailing Dandelions

Sailing Dandelions

I think being at the beach is definitely influencing me. I noticed that most of the cards I’ve made this past week have been using the Come Sail Away Suite. Of course, it could also be that I love that suite, or that’s it’s Father’s Day week and Sailing Home is a great set for guy cards. Whatever the reason, here’s a card I made last week while I was in Georgia. (Obviously it was the thought of going to the beach that influenced this one.)

Dandelion Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I wanted to mix some different elements from the Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. First I started with the Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped the dandelions in Seaside Spray on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then die-cut using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

I absolutely love the Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP). I layered a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of the DSP to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Soft Suede Cardstock, then to a Seaside Spray card base. I added the dandelion layer to the DSP, then added the Soft Suede diecut from the Well Written Dies. I used a few In Color Faceted Enamel Dots in Seaside Spray and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a little shine.

The last addition was the twine. I love the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine. It’s perfect for the nautical suite.

We are having so much fun. Amelia is loving the beach, but she’s also having a great time in the pool as well. Today she made several friends, and she also put her whole face in the water. Not bad for a little girl who was afraid to even get in the water until later last summer.

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Seaside Sailing

Seaside Sailing

I’m really enjoying the new Sailing Home Bundle from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. This was a quick card I made on vacation. I’m not sure about the colors; I wanted to use new In Colors, but I think Seaside Spray may be a little to light. It’s a lovely color, and I really like it, but I think Pretty Peacock might have worked better.

Sailing Home, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the lighthouse, anchor, and compass from the Sailing Home Stamp Set on Whisper White Card Stock in Blueberry Bushel ink. Then I die-cut them with the Smooth Sailing dies. If you bundle the stamp set and dies, you can save 10%.

I used the Seaside Spray designs from the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack (DSP) for the background paper. I cut the paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″, then used the leftover strip for the left side. I added these to a Whisper White card base, then added the die-cuts.

Again, I’m not sure how I’ll use this card, so I haven’t added a sentiment. It may be a Father’s Day card for Wesley from Amelia. They’re here with us in Daytona Beach Shores this week. She was so cute on the beach. It’s her first time to see the ocean, and she was so excited. She loved watching the tide come in, and we built a sand castle – kind of. It was more like a “sand mound,” but it was kind of cool. We also played in the pool for a bit. Usually when Mike and I are at the beach, I sit in my chair and read, and my back doesn’t see much sun. This time, I was playing, swimming, and digging in the sand. Since I forgot to put sunscreen on my shoulders, I’m a bit red. But we had so much fun.

Wes is flying home Thursday so he can go back to work on Friday. Mike, Amelia, and I are leaving Saturday, and we’ll be home Sunday. Since Wes has to work and we’ll probably get home too late to see him, we’re going to celebrate Father’s Day a little early. Amelia and I are taking Mike & Wes out to dinner this week, so I need to get a couple cards ready for them. I actually have a card for each of them, but I forgot to bring them with me. Guess they’ll get to celebrate twice!

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Pressed Petals Product Suite

Pressed Petals Product Suite

Pressed Petals, Stampin' Up!

Oh, my goodness. How in the world did I miss this suite in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog? I actually didn’t miss it; I have the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape on my next shopping list. But look at all the elements in this suite.

Pressed Petals, Stampin' Up!

The Rococo Rose/Gold Ribbon, that beautiful DSP, that washi tape. It’s not a strip of petals. Each petal is an individual piece of tape, so you can use the petals individually as embellishments or together to build a flower. And I am always weak when it comes to journals, and this one is too lovely to pass up. How could I have thought I could wait to purchase this suite?

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up!® showing all the elements in this suite in a little more detail than a picture.

I don’t usually buy everything in a suite; there’s often something I think I don’t “need.” But this time? I need this whole suite and it will be on my next order.

I may order some of this for my mom. She’s a floral girl like me, and I think she’d love many of the elements in this suite. Or maybe I’ll just order her a journal and decorate it for her, adding a few cards and tags. (Mom, if you’re reading this, please put it out of your mind for now.)

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Perennial Wild Rose

Perennial Wild Rose

I’m loving the new 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Catalog, aren’t you? So many gorgeous new products. There are a few new features that I absolutely love. First, on page 1, there’s a Table of Contents that lists all the new suites in the catalog. That makes things so much easier if you’re looking for a particular suite. Also, if you go to the suite page, you can see all the elements of the suite on one page. The page numbers of the products, the item numbers, and the prices are also included. AND you can order the entire suite with just one item number if you’d like. There’s no discount for order the entire suite, but it makes it very simple if you want everything.

Another fun feature is the Bundle Index beginning on page 4. All the bundles are right there for you to find. It’s lovely to be able to easily find them.

As a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, I already have some products because we can preorder selected products from the annual catalog a month early. So fun! I also placed an order June 4 with a few more things that I just couldn’t wait to have – like the 2019-2021 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers, the Good Morning Magnolia Bundle (I know, I know. “You mean you didn’t order that in May? Or April after OnStage?” Shocker!), the Medium Daisy Punch, more Stampin’ Blends Markers, and some business supplies.

One reason I don’t have the Good Morning Magnolia yet is I only allowed myself two flower sets in the preorder. I chose the Floral Essence Bundle and the To a Wild Rose Bundle, and that’s what I used for this card.

To a Wild Rose, Stampin' Up!

This was the first card I made in my makeshift studio (aka “the motel lobby”). I wanted to use some of the new Purple Posy, an In Color for 2019-2021. It’s gorgeous with Blackberry Bliss (a former In Color that returned last year in the Color Renovation!) and coordinates with the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP – even though Purple Posy isn’t listed as color used in the DSP). This is another Freshly Made Sketches design (FMS360), by the way.

First I stamped the medium rose image in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the full image using the Purple Posy Classic Ink over the Blackberry Bliss image. If you’ve tried to purchase the Purple Posy Classic Stampin’ Pad, you probably got a message saying it wasn’t available. We could order this after OnStage, and several demonstrators noticed some ink bubbles in their stamped images. Not all the pads were affected, but it was enough for Stampin’ Up! to pull the stamp pads until the problem with the ink is corrected. I’m so pleased to be part of a company that cares about product quality. A lot of companies would just let it go.

I used the Stamparatus for my Purple Posy, because it did look a little bubbly and I wanted to stamp a few times. But when it dried, it was perfect! No bubbles at all. Yay!

I stamped the leaf outline in Mossy Meadow on Whisper White Cardstock, then the medium image in Old Olive. And then I diecut the rose and the leaves with the Wild Rose Dies.

That was all I had to do for this card except for layer. I went back and forth over the order of colors, and finally let Mike decide. He chose a Blackberry Bliss card base topped with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and then a 3-3/4″ x 5″ layer of the Perennial Essence DSP. I love this paper.

After adding the flower and leaves, I decided to add a Perennial Essence Floral Center. It was a little bright and kind of “in your face,” so I colored it with a Light Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blend. I’m not sure that was the best idea, because now it looks a little dark. But I’m ok with it. I filled in around it a little with the Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blend so it would look a little larger.

I’m not sure how I’ll use this card yet, so I haven’t added a sentiment.

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Stamping on Vacation

Stamping on Vacation

I’m happy to report that I have cards made for all of this week and at least one for next week. Whenever I pack my craft supplies to go out of town, I usually just grab a bunch of stuff and hope for the best. More often than not, I end up with several bags and a die-cutting machine and still wish I had that one thing I didn’t bring.

This time, I decided to plan (what a novel idea, right?). I went to the Freshly Made Sketches board on Pinterest and grabbed about seven sketches. Most of them are older, although I did write down the numbers if you’d like to check out the sketches. I knew I wanted to work with mostly new stamps, so I decided which stamp sets would work with which sketch. Then I grabbed three new packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and coordinating ink, card stock, and Stampin’ Blends, as well as some Watercolor Pencils and some embellishments, dies, and embossing folders. (I told you – three bags and a die-cutting machine. But this time it was three bags with purpose!)

Yesterday morning, I paired three sketches with DSP and stamps, then decided what other paper to use and headed to the motel lobby for an hour or so. I discovered a few things I forgot to bring, like the Perennial Flower Punch and the Leaf Punch. I kept thinking, “Oh, I need to get those…” but still left them home. We’ll find a work around!

Here’s one of the cards I made in my makeshift craft room.

Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!

It’s another Free as a Bird card – minus the birds. This is sketch FMS345. I love to use sketches, because you can follow them literally (like I did with the rectangle diecuts) or stamp images or use other elements that mimic the idea of the shapes.

I decided on a Petal Pink card base, then added a layer of Mossy Meadow and a strip of the beautiful Magnolia Lane DSP. And then I ran it through the die-cutting machine with the Lace 3D Embossing Folder. (Note: The 3D Embossing Folders that are carrying over from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, from the 2019 Occasions Catalog, or from Sale-a-bration are not available yet. But all of the new 3D folders are available for you to purchase. Look for the “n” icon to know which are new. And stay tuned for updates on the returning folders.)

I die-cut two Whisper White rectangles using the Stitched Rectangles Dies and stamped the larger with floral images from the Free as a Bird Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink on the smaller one. I sponged the edges of the rectangles, and grabbed some Stampin’ Blends to color the flowers and leaves.

Well, there’s another thing I forgot to bring. Petal Pink is a color in two of the three sets of DSP that I brought, but I did not pack Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. But they’re called “Blends” for a reason. I used a Light Flirty Flamingo and Ivory Stampin’ Blends to create my own version of Petal Pink. I was really happy with the results. The leaves are Mossy Meadow which I did remember to bring.

I didn’t get any stamping done today. When Mike and I packed the car, we realized the back isn’t as large as we thought. It’s fine for most trips, but when we go to the beach, we pack, well, a lot, including a large beach cart to haul stuff from the condo to the beach. I didn’t realize how large this cart was until it filled the back of the car. We have a cargo bag for the top that fits on luggage racks, so no problem, right? Wrong. We have luggage racks, but not crossbars. These are apparently very important to the process. Good news! Mike found some on Amazon. The bad news – when he got the shipping notice, they would be arriving in Atlanta on June 16. On June 16, we would be almost home. He quickly canceled that order.

Since there was really nothing we could leave home, we filled the car (including the back seat where Wes & Amelia will be sitting when we pick them up from the airport on the way to the beach), packed the storage bag, and prayed we’d find luggage racks somewhere along the way. And, yes, Mike did find some that would be here on Thursday, which would give us lots of time to install them, repack the car and be on our way.

And this is why I didn’t get any stamping done. Mike’s computer has been sketchy for months. He has threatened to buy a new one. For months. He has not bought a new one, so after he found the parts and was ready to purchase them, his computer froze. He waited, but, alas – there was no warming. It stayed frozen for quite a while. I offered the use of my laptop. Or my tablet. Or my phone. (I always travel prepared.) He used the laptop. The laptop I write my blogs on. The laptop I use to edit my photos and videos. The laptop he transferred his curse to. Yep. This morning, I couldn’t get it to do anything correctly. After fussing with it for longer than I should have, I finally reset my computer and uninstalled my photo editing app and reinstalled a newer version. Success! The curse has been lifted.

Hopefully tomorrow I can create at least three more cards and snap a picture of my temporary studio!

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