Thanks for Being You

Thanks for Being You

Sometimes when you tell people something, they look at you like you’re trying to pull something over on them. Does that happen to you? Like when I tell people I’m an introvert, they usually laugh, because I get along well with most people and can easily talk to strangers (and friends). And talk, and talk, and talk.  But being an introvert doesn’t mean I don’t like people or even don’t like being around people. It means I need my “alone” time to recharge. Mike, on the other hand, is energized when he’s around people. If he’s alone for long stretches at a time, his energy starts to flag.

Another example is when I tell people birds creep me out, and then they see all the cards I make with Stampin’ Up!® bird sets. They think I can’t be telling the truth about that.

The fact is, I am creeped out by real birds. I’ve told the story before, so I won’t bore you with it again. If you’re new to my blog, I’ll just say there was an incident from my childhood involving a cherry tree, a ladder, and a blackbird that pretty much scarred me for life. (No, I didn’t fall off the ladder, but it was a close call.)

But the Stampin’ Up!® birds are adorable, and I really am loving the Free as a Bird Stamp Set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!
This is one of the cards I made while I was away last weekend. It’s a super fun and simple mirror technique using the Silicone Craft Sheet. You can see the instructions (and a video) here.

For this card, I first stamped the birds on Whisper White Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored them with Light & Dark Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I also used a little Calypso Coral on the beaks and some Crumb Cake for the dirt. Then I die-cut the image using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. These dies can be bundled with the Free as a Bird Stamp Set for a 10% savings.

Next, I added a strip of Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the So Saffron card base. Originally, the card was a landscape design with the 5-1/2″ side horizontal, but when I placed the birds over the DSP, it looked weird. So I pulled the bird label off and flipped the card to a portrait layout and added the birds at a 90 degree angle to the DSP. Better – but now I had little glue blobs from where the Stampin’ Dimensionals had been. Hence the strategic placement of the 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots.

It needed a little something under the birds, so I added a strip of the Pressed Petals Washi Tape. I love that design! And, finally, I added the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I love how all our products work together, whether they’re meant to or not.

Just a little FYI here…During Bonus Days in July, for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax), you’ll receive a coupon code via email for $5 to spend in August. And the Free as a Bird Bundle just happens to be $51.25. Order it today, and keep your code to use for something fun in August. You can shop the entire online store here.

And, of course, if you join my team during July or August, you can select an additional $30 in product to add to your starter kit. That’s $155 in product for only $99 plus tax (shipping is free!). PLUS, you’ll receive a $10 coupon code to use on an order the next month. You’ll also be part of a really fun group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely 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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6 Responses to Thanks for Being You

  1. Emilie Boyd says:

    Love the card and designer paper.

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  2. Susan Horr says:

    I like birds…from afar. When they get close you can see how ugly (and scary) some of them are. I love hummingbirds though! I love your card!

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  3. debsmart says:

    It’s surprising how many people I know who are freaked out by birds! I don’t get it – but okay! Your stamped birds are adorable, and the layout is perfect!


    • buffycooper says:

      Thank you, Deborah! I love stamped birds. But clearly you’ve never been attacked by a psychotic blackbird intent on protecting his fruit in a tree that didn’t belong to him in the first place. It’s horrifying and life altering for sure! At least when you’re 10 years old…


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