Stuck in Neutral

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It’s time for another Stamp off with Jackie & Susan. This is a color challenge again. We decided to do a neutral challenge – as in, “Use any neutrals.”

StuckinNeutralWe could use our choice of any of the 10 neutrals in the Stampin’ Up! Neutrals Collection plus Tip Top Taupe. The teeny tiny twist was we could add a splash of color. I always think of the brown end of the spectrum (Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Early Espresso…) when I think neutral, so this time, I decided to go Black and White. Like a zebra! (More on that later.)

Here’s my card.

A Nice Cuppa, Stampin' Up!

I used the “A Nice Cuppa” stamp set. The Cups & Kettle framelits coordinate with this set, so, of course, I bundled when I bought these so I could save 15%.

I stamped the cup stack in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White, then cut it out. There isn’t a framelit for this image, so I used my handy dandy Paper Snips. I realized I didn’t have any current black and white designer series paper (I was sure I had Everyday Chic, but I guess I just got the washi tape. Strange.), so I stamped the stars from “Botannical Blooms” repeatedly in Smoky Slate ink on a Whisper White panel. I embossed the panel with the Lucky Stars embossing folder, then positioned the cups on the card without adhering the image. I just wanted to know where to stamp the Real Red heart (also from “A Nice Cuppa”). (Yeah – I should have stamped it before I embossed. But it turned out ok.)

I added a piece of Everyday Chic washi tape, and layered the cups over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black Archival ink and adhered it to the card.

So speaking of zebras…When I was growing up, we separated the word between the e and the b, pronouncing it zee’ bruh. (That should be a “schwa” sound at the end.) But there’s a show on Sprout called Zou. It’s about a cartoon animal that I thought was a zebra, but when they sing the theme song, it’s not zee’ bruh. Hmmmm. Well, this is a cartoon, so maybe it’s not about a zebra. Maybe it’s about another black and white creature. But they’re not singing skunk, that’s for sure. Interesting. So I listened closer. (For the record, Amelia doesn’t spend all day watching TV. We mostly listen to the theme songs and dance and sing, then we play or read. Just throwing that out there. But, you know what, sometimes Grandma needs a little break. Or a shower. I’m not ashamed to admit that I sometimes turn on the TV if I need to make a phone call or write my blog, and I refuse to feel guilty. Or, too guilty, anyway.)

Back to Zou. I finally realized the guys were singing zeb ruh, with a short e sound. Interesting. I had never heard it pronounced that way. And then I saw a video on facebook of a little girl – about 2 or 3, I guess – standing on a stool in the kitchen with her back to the camera. She was, um, unclothed. He older sister was standing beside her, looking very proud. That one was fully clothed and accessorized with a black permanent marker. And little sister’s back was covered with black Sharpie stripes. “What did you do?” her mom asked. Big Sis proudly announced, “I turned her into a zebra! I like zebras!” And she pronounced it like the Zou singers, with the short e. Of course, if you divide the word between the b and the r, that makes sense, right? So I looked it up, and it can be pronounced either way. So now you know!

I would love to say that I told you that long story because either Jackie or Susan made a zebra card, but I actually have no idea. You need to head to their blogs to find out! Here’s Susan’s, and here’s Jackie’s. Take a look, because I know they’ve got something fabulous. They always do. (Oh, that reminds me of another Sprout show. Clearly, watch too much children’s TV.)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!
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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Stuck in Neutral

  1. Susan Horr says:

    Love your card. You don’t need a framelit for those cups. You cut it out perfectly! I am confused about the zebra thing though. I always say zee brah not zeb rah. That just sounds weird!

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    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Susan! I actually enjoy fussy cutting. (I know…) I always pronounced zebra with a long “e” as well. I still do, although I’ve stopped saying, “Huh?” when I hear it the other way.

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  2. Mom says:

    Oh, I do love your classy Nice Cuppa card in neutrals. It is truly a keeper, and I predict that stamp set will grow more and more popular.

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  3. Jackie says:

    Beautiful card Buffy. Friends and I made up words on a daily basis, but zee bruh would have fit right in!

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  4. debsmart says:

    Zee bruh, ze bruh, toe may toe, toe mah toe; between spellings and pronunciations, the world is an interesting place! (let’s not mention politics – too scary right now!) Love your classic black & white card, Buffy!

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