Stamp-Off Color Challenge

Stamp-Off Color Challenge

This week’s Stamp Off challenge is a fun color challenge. We are using at least three of the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-19 In Colors.

When I first saw the new In Colors, I wasn’t sure how Lemon Lime Twist would work with the other colors, and especially the other greens in the Color Collections. But, wow! It’s such a versatile color, it goes with almost everything. I decided to use Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (LLT), and Powder Pink for my card today.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

I chose those three colors because they worked really well with the color palette in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  LLT is in the palette. Sweet Sugarplum is also in there, and it looks beautiful with Fresh Fig. Blushing Bride is another color in the palette, and – ok, it’s not Powder Pink. But if you don’t put them side to side, you probably won’t notice that it’s not the exact same color.

After I decided on my three colors, it was a cinch to pick the stamps and sentiments. I used the poodle from Birthday Delivery, because this is also a birthday card for Amelia and she loves dogs. The other reason is that I ordered the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Bundle, which includes the Birthday Delivery stamp set, Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, and the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies. Paper, stamps, and dies? Yes! And do you know why? Those fun framelits work with images in the designer series paper as well as the stamps. (You didn’t really think I stamped and colored the poodle that well, did you?)

I decided the poodle should be carrying some birthday balloons, so I used the smaller balloon image in the Balloon Celebration stamp set and the coordinating balloon in the Balloon Bouquet punch.

What’s that? You see Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide in this project too? You’re right. When I started stamping balloons on Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, I thought, “Hey – if I stamp the LLT balloon in Tranquil Tide and the Powder Pink balloon in Berry Burst, I’ll have used all five colors!” So, yeah. I’m an overachiever sometimes.

The sentiment is also from the Balloon Delivery stamp set. I stamped in Fresh Fig on Powder Pink cardstock. I have the Triple Banner Punch, but this time I just notched the banner by hand with Paper Snips.

Now – go see what colors Susan and Jackie used. I have a feeling at least one of them also used all five colors, because they’re both overachievers as well!

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You’ve Got Style

You’ve Got Style

When I saw You’ve Got Style in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, I knew I’d one day have that stamp set. I love the attitude of the character. Holly, the leader of the Virtual PJ Party last month, drew names for prizes after the party, and I won one! We could choose our prize, and this was my choice.

You've Got Style, Stampin' Up!

I used Watercolor Pencils to color the lady and cat. Obviously she’s very, very pale. Although I did color her skin, it’s not obvious in the photo. I used Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight for her Caucasian skin tones. I usually go a little heavy and my people look either sunburned, jaundiced, or a bit tipsy; this time, I think I was too gentle with my pencils. It’s ok, though. Her outfit is the star of the show!

I added a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter to her ring, necklace (one of them, anyway) and her watch using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. I also added some Wink of Stella to the cat’s collar, because cats have style, too.

Some of the other little details – I wanted to add some ribbon or something to the card, but I didn’t want to do my usual and just tie it around the card. So I simply added it to the sentiment layer. I inked the sentiment stamp with Basic Black Archival ink, then used a cloth to take off the ink from Fabulous!, then recolored that with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker. (You could also cover the part of the stamp you want to use a marker on with tape or a post-it note when you ink it in Basic Black. Then remove the tape and color the rest of the stamp with the marker. That’s easier, but I was tired and still recovering from the zoo trip, so “thinking” wasn’t part of my repertoire last night.)

I keep forgetting about my Fine-Tip Glue Pen, even though it’s on my stamp table right in front of me. It’s perfect to add a little texture, especially to things like water and glass, so I added a tiny bit over her glasses. And the Rich Razzleberry layer looked so blah; I ran it through the Big Shot with the Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It seemed to fit the mood.

This card uses leftovers from my class yesterday. I had a cancellation, so decided to use the “kit” a little differently. I cut down the Whisper White image layer a bit, then matted it with Calypso Coral Cardstock.

I’m headed out to buy birthday presents for Miss Amelia today. I can’t believe she’s almost three years old. The time has gone so fast. It doesn’t just seem like she was a baby yesterday; it seems like her daddy and uncle were babies just yesterday. I’m determined to enjoy and make memories every single day.

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Delightful Daisy with Wood Textures

Delightful Daisy with Wood Textures

Usually when I think of daisies, I think fresh and clean. This time I decided to go grunge. I’ve been wanting to use the Daisy Delight bundle from the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog at classes for two months, but that darned Daisy Punch has been so popular, they couldn’t keep it in stock. While frustrating, it’s good that it’s selling well, right? And the good news is, it’s back in stock, and it looks like we have inventory under control. (A little background – it’s the best selling punch in years. And the bundle was one of the top Annual Catalog sellers. That’s not bad, considering it wasn’t available a lot of the time. That’s how popular it is. So go order your Daisy Delight Bundle right now!)

Daisy Delight, Timeless Textures

I made a tag very like this one but with a ribbon flower (you can see it here). It takes a LOT of ribbon and a lot of time, so I decided to simplify with a punched daisy and turn it into a card. First I layered some of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Pack to an Always Artichoke card. I thought Always Artichoke needed a little love since I haven’t used it…well, probably since Mossy Meadow was an In Color. And then we had Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide, and Lemon Lime Twist, plus my go-to greens, Old Olive, Garden Green, and Wild Wasabi. So it was time to pull out Always Artichoke. And it looks great with the designer series paper.

I stamped the tag with images from Timeless Textures in Old Olive (what did I tell you?) and Soft Suede, then distressed a bit with Crumb Cake ink. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Just Add Text in Early Espresso and added my Crushed Curry/Calypso Coral/Early Espresso daisy. So fun, and so easy!

So my “life story” for today – Wesley, Katelyn, and I took Amelia to the zoo today. We had so much fun. Although Wes thought it was supposed to be nice (and tomorrow will probably be absolutely gorgeous. That’s the day they wanted to go, but I had a commitment), it rained. And when I say, “rain,” I mean deluge. By the time we walked from our parking area to the zoo, we were all soaked, even though we had umbrellas. Fortunately, the Visitor’s Center had rain ponchos, so we grabbed four. As soon as we got them on, Amelia wanted to go outside. She’s been excited about this trip for a week.

I looked out the window and decided we should also rent a row boat, because some of the walkways were covered with water over my shoe tops. It was one of the hardest rains I’ve ever seen. Amelia kept saying, “Outside, outside!” (I think she has watched too many episodes of Bubble Guppies.) Because we’re softies easily manipulated by an adorable three year-old – and because we knew we were going to get soaked eventually anyway – we headed out.

The good news is, the zoo was basically empty. The sad news – most of the animals had sense enough to get out of the rain, so we didn’t see many until the elephants and the otters and sea lions. However, far from being sad about the rain, Amelia was delighted by it. She had the best time splashing in puddles and running in the rain. I love to see the absolute joy in her face when she experiences life. And after getting totally soaked, the adults gave in and enjoyed it as well. And it finally cleared up in the early afternoon and was quite lovely. We almost dried out.

I will cherish the memories from today forever. The smiles on that little girl’s face as she saw in person the animals she’s read about are embedded into my brain. I’m so glad we didn’t let a little (ok, a lot) of rain spoil our day of fun.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you have a wonderful day full of future memories!

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Christmas in August

Christmas in August

I like to get an early start on my Christmas cards. This doesn’t mean I actually get an early start; I just would like to. I actually have a fairly large stack of cards ready for this year, because I didn’t mail last year’s out. Things got hectic and it was mid-January before I realized I hadn’t sent my cards. I thought about sending them in June or July, but I don’t think most people would understand. They’d probably think I was trying to rush the season. Amelia and I were shopping the other day, and one of the stores was packed with Christmas stuff. It’s a little soon, I think. I mean, it’s not even Labor Day yet, and Christmas is over four months away.

One of the challenges at the virtual pj party last month was to create a Christmas card. We had no new holiday products yet, so we had to use either the pre-released Carols of Christmas or something that has carried over. Well, what better set to use than the much carried over Lovely as a Tree, right? Seriously, that set has been around since before I became a demonstrator – and that will be 15 years in October. No other set has lasted that long.

Lovely as a Tree, Teen Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I used Watercolor Paper for the stamped layer. I stamped the evergreen from Lovely as a Tree multiple times in Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Ink. I used a small circular motion when I stamped (about 5 times), then re-inked the stamp and repeated. It gives the look of a nice, full forest.

After I finished stamping, I used an Aqua Painter with some Fresh Fig Classic ink and filled in around the trees to give the image of a night sky. After mounting the stamped layer to Basic Black Cardstock, I stamped Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes in VersaMark, then embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

It seemed a little stark to me, so I die-cut some Tranquil Tide trees from the Card Front Builder Thinlits, then layered everything to a Fresh Fig card. Just to break up the horizontal movement of the card, I added a strip of Washi Tape from the Basics Pack 1.

I’m hoping to play in my stamp room soon. I haven’t had much time to work with my new Holiday Catalog preorder, but that’s ok, because I’ve been having fun with the granddaughter. This morning, Miss Amelia arrived at 10:30, and we headed to the office so she could drive her jeep. She was thrilled to find out that our Office Administrator, Lisa the Magnificent, had brought her daughter Claire to work today. They had such fun, and I had a blast listening to them talk. My favorite comment of the day: They were both sitting in a huge chair in one of the rooms in the office, and Claire decided Amelia should take her shoes off. Amelia was wearing sneakers without socks, and if you’ve ever had kids wear sneakers without socks, you know where this is headed. Claire said, “Amelia, I think you should take your shoes off. I don’t care if your feet stink; I have a brother.” (Ivan is only a year old, but he’s all boy! And, apparently, he’s all boy with stinky feet. Which is kind of an oxymoron, because they all have stinky feet.)

The girls had a really fun time driving Amelia’s jeep. Claire did very well; Amelia ran into Lisa’s car twice.

In case you want to send a comment telling me how dangerous this is, don’t panic; they weren’t moving at this point. Amelia and Claire were both sitting when the jeep was in motion.

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Color Challenge Entries

Color Challenge Entries

Every month, a group of area Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get together. We talk about stamping news and business tips, share projects we’ve created (kind of like “Show & Tell”), and have a make & take. We also have a challenge to work on for the next meeting. Sometimes it’s a “tic tac toe,” sometimes a sketch, and once in a while we have a “Chopped” challenge (use all the ingredients in an envelope in some way). For August, we had a color challenge.

The colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist. Everyone’s cards were gorgeous, even though several people didn’t care for the combination. (Hey, if it was easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge, right?)

This is Christy’s card. I love the die-cut flowers and sentiment, and the layout is so simple and elegant. I love those Swirly Scribbles flowers, and the die-cut sentiment really pops.

This is Sandy’s first card. I love this, but her husband thought it was too “fussy.” So she made this.

Again – I love this one, because all three colors are very prominent, but Sandy didn’t like this one, because it’s not her style. She used the Oh So Eclectic bundle with the Happy Birthday thinlit. How clever to cut “Happy” off, to give it more versatility!

This is the one Sandy settled on. I don’t think there’s any stamping on this; it’s all die-cuts and embellishments (she and Christy were on the same wave length, I think – although Christy did stamp the leaves for the flowers before they were die-cut.) This is a perfect card for a new crafter who might be intimidated by stamps and ink. I love the washi tape layers on this card.

This is Judy’s card. I love how Judy embraced all three colors. This reminds me of summers at my grandparents’ house. My grandmother had a trunk full of fabric pieces and one of my favorite things was to dig through all the different colors and textures. This card makes me happy.

This is Carol’s card. I love the way she used High Tide for the water behind the chairs. These colors are perfect for a beach card.

Liz also used the Oh So Eclectic bundle. I love the peek of paper behind the cut out, and all the coloring on the front of the card. So pretty.

And this is Allison’s card. Allison is one of our newest team members. I love the jar of flowers – and she used a glaze on the jar to make it look like glass. If you have any of the retired Crystal Effects, it’s perfect for this. If you don’t, try the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. You can really get into the corners with that.

I didn’t add my card, because I used the wrong colors. (oops!) Pool Party was stuck in my head instead of Bermuda Bay. You can see the card here. (Bonus: This was a post mostly about Amelia.)

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Stamp-Off Friday Word Challenge

Stamp-Off Friday Word Challenge

It’s time for another Stamp Off Challenge! I love challenges with Jackie & Susan, because they’re so laid back. There aren’t really any rules, and we interpret the challenges the way we want. Like this week.

Now – when you look at this, do you think the challenge is about a party? Or should you just use words on your card? Or both? The beauty of the challenge is it’s all up to how you choose to interpret it, and that’s where the fun comes in.

I chose to use both ideas this week. Party is all about celebration to me, and I didn’t do anything for my card except stamp words.

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

This is a double challenge, because I grabbed colors I don’t use often. It’s not that I don’t like them – and this Tempting Turquoise/Real Red combo is a favorite of mine – it’s just that there are others that I run to more often. I kind of get into a creative box sometimes, and I have to kick my way out.

This card is super simple. I stamped celebrate from Happy Celebrations two times with Versamark ink and embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then a third time and embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Easy!

To make it a little more celebratory, I added some sequins from the Silver Mini Sequin Trim and some rhinestones. Before I took them off the backing, I colored them with a red permanent marker to pull the Real Red in a little.

So that’s my “Word Party” card. I can’t wait to see what Susan and Jackie have done, can you? Be sure to check out their blogs, and if you can, leave a comment! I know they’ll appreciate that.

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Pinewood Planks Birthday

Pinewood Planks Birthday

I love making cards to send to family and friends, but sometimes it’s a lot of pressure. I always want to go “over the top” for family and close friends. And because I want them to be extra special, I always get creative block – especially when it comes to cards for my dad, brother, husband, and sons. Man cards are hard.

Because of this, my brother’s birthday card was about 6 weeks late. I don’t mind late birthday cards, because it means I can stretch the celebration out. But not everyone feels that way.

My sister-in-law’s birthday is this week, and I feel a little guilty that her card will arrive on time. But she’s a girl, so it was easier.

Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up!

I was playing with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and this was my favorite take on it. I added some Smoky Slate to the “wrong” side of the folder (the side without the Stampin’ Up! logo) with a sponge brayer. Then I ran it through the Big Shot with Sahara Sand Cardstock. I love the way it turned out!

I found a lovely color combination – Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist – and decided to use that combo with the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. And, of course, you can bundle them and save 10%.  How gorgeous are those colors together? There’s also a little Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach.

I added a Delicate White Doily and some Silver Mini Sequin Trim. Here’s a tip about the sequin bow. I looped the middle to form “ears,” then tied it closed with a strand of thread from a piece of Solid Baker’s Twine. Simply pull a thread loose, then keep pulling until it’s free. It’s less bulky than tying the trim or using a full piece of ribbon or twine.

The sentiment is from Tabs for Everything. This was the “free set” from OnStage in April, and I finally inked it up. It has lots of little sentiments and images, and it coordinates with the new Circle Tab punch. Bonus – it works perfectly with the Love Today Planner Kit.

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