I’ve been stamping like crazy lately, but it’s all been for things other than my blog. I’ve made several sympathy cards, but it just seems a little disrespectful to post them here. I know there’s nothing wrong with it, but it feels weird to me, especially since they were for close friends. I also got a message on Tuesday asking if I could do a project for Craft Project Central for July. Of course, I said yes, and I totally love what I made. It’s one of my favorite projects ever, but you’ll have to wait until the end of July to see it. And I’m working on several designs for our Watercooler Challenges (check in on Sunday to see the newest!) – but, again, I can’t post them yet.
My dear friend Christy Tobin came to the rescue. Not only did she help me photograph my July project AND helped me put together my “Tin of Cards” cards, she brought me a sampler with a little swatch of every single Designer Series Paper Stampin’ Up! offers. It’s beautiful! (And now I want all of them, but that’s another story.) She also made me five pinwheels out of the new In Colors AND let me have some of her Paper Pumpkin samples this month to display. (I haven’t had time to keep up, and I’ve been giving more of my kits away than making them, so I put June on hold. And it’s adorable and useful and I really want it now. Darn it.)
On top of all that, she was here when I started taking samples that used retired stamps off my display boards. I mentioned how bare the the boards were – so she also brought about 10 samples for me to display. How sweet is that? So here’s one of them. Note that even though it has my watermark, it’s Christy’s card all the way.
Isn’t this cute? I love the colors, which I’m guessing are Tangelo Twist and Night of Navy. The Thank You is from the photopolymer set, Another Thank You, and the stars are from…well, I don’t know where the stars are from. My New York friend Susan used to say we need stars!!! – and Stampin’ Up! must have listened, because I’m seeing stars everywhere. These may be from a Paper Pumpkin kit. Maybe. I’ll ask Christy, who can point to any project and tell you what products were used, even if she didn’t make it.
Oh – I think I know where they came from, and it seems like I can remember Christy saying this (but it was over a week ago, so it took awhile to get pulled up!). It’s from the Hearts & Stars Decorative masks. Well, not the hearts one; the stars one, obviously. But she just sponged selected stars onto the card with Night of Navy ink. Clever, right? (If that’s not what she did, she’s still clever.)
The Thank You panel is “emboss resist.” The Thank Yous are embossed with either white or clear powder on Whisper White cardstock, and then ink is sponged around and over the embossed area. It’s a real “Wow!” in a workshop or class, I think. There’s just something magical about seeing that powder melt.
So, thanks, Christy! You’re the best! I have at least three thank you cards to go out this week. (But I can’t send this one. I need it for the board. Maybe I’ll CASE it. Think Christy would notice? Yeah – probably.) I had kind of committed to send at least one greeting card each week to someone this year. It was a great “resolution” – although it was a personal goal, not a New Year’s Resolution – but I kind of fell down on the job. Well, the past two weeks, I’ve sent about 10 or more, so I think I’m caught up.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day – and I hope you’ll look for something today to be grateful for!