Mystery Pieces from December

Mystery Card Pieces from December

Happy last day of January! Today I have another group of Mystery Pieces cards for you. These are the fun card pieces Liz gave us in December.

My colors always look a little off, but here’s what we received – Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Cinnamon Cider card base, Blackberry Beauty Designer Series Paper (DSP – which, sadly, retired on January 4), Pale Papaya Shimmer Vellum, Gold Simply Elegant Trim, and Gilded Gems. I had so much fun with this one. Here’s my card.

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One of the reasons I enjoyed this so much is because I never bought the Blackberry Beauty DSP. Shocker, I know! It is gorgeous. I had it on my original list, but then I thought, “Do I love the paper, or do I love the colors?” I dithered for awhile, and then it was unavailable. Then it came back, but by then, I decided not to get it, because I knew I wouldn’t use it if it retired, so I waited to see if it would carry over. Now, don’t get me wrong. Using retired product is totally ok with me, except I can’t sell it. So unless I’m making a card for family or friends who don’t make cards, I don’t use retired product. And since I have a lot of retired paper already, I decided not to buy it when it retired. Ugh! You can see how my thought process can make me a little crazy. Because now – I really would like to have some. I have enough current DSP to last me through the current catalogs (and beyond), so it’s ok. But if you’re not a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, buy what you like as soon as you can so you don’t miss out and are disappointed.

Here’s how I made the card. First, I cut 2-1/8″ off the right side of the Cinnamon Cider card front, I think my thought process at the time was to have a little DSP to play with later. I added a 2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the DSP on the front flap. Next, I cut two layers of the Blackberry Beauty Cardstock. The larger is about 3″ x 4″, and the smaller one is 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. I sandwiched a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Gold Foil between the two layers. I used the Forever Flourishing Dies to cut some Gold Foil “greenery” (or “goldery,” I guess). I cut it so it would stretch diagonally across the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.

I cut a Stitched Rectangle from the Shimmery Vellum. Sadly, I wasn’t paying attention, and stamped the sentiment on the wrong side of the vellum. Oh, the angst! I didn’t have enough left to do it over after I realized my mistake. (Fun fact: I have more now, but was too lazy to redo it and take another photo. Sad, right? But, honestly, no one is going to know or care unless they happen to read this blog post.)

I cannot remember what stamp set the sentiment is from. Feel free to leave the name of it in the comments if you know. I’ll send a card to the first person who comments with the stamp set.

The sentiment is embossed on the vellum. I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink using the Stamparatus. Usually ink stays wet long enough on vellum that you can emboss it, but I didn’t want to take a chance since I used most of the vellum. So after it dried, I stamped over it – which was easy since I used the Stamparatus – with Versamark Ink, then embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Finally, I added the gold trim and the embellishment. Don’t you love all the gold accents? Thanks, Liz, for the gorgeous packet of supplies!

Now for the rest of the Mystery Pieces Team! Here’s Nadine’s card.

Nadine used the opposite side of the DSP and embossed the punched dragonflies on vellum. Gorgeous! And I love how she used the gem for the small dragonfly’s head!

This one is from Chris. I LOVE how Chris die-cut the label, then die-cut and embossed the vellum overlay. And I always love new ideas for adding ribbon and trim. So fun!

This is from Liz. I love the die-cut frame for the DSP, and the embossed vellum. Oh, and that extra vellum vine under the Blackberry frame is such a fun “extra” touch.

This is Carol’s card – and now the theme song from The Golden Girls is running through my head. Carol also used the reverse side of the DSP, and it looks awesome with the die-cuts she added. I love that she used “winter” set die-cuts, but it’s perfect for any season. And the blackberry sentiment on the white tag really stands out. And I’m always impressed with Carol’s use of ribbon.

This is Sandy’s card. Again, she used the ribbon in a fun way, and I love the die-cuts she added. They look so pretty and elegant! All of Sandy’s cards are pretty and elegant.

I know I’ve said this before, but I am so in awe of the creativity of my team. All the cards are gorgeous!

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 Mystery Pieces from December

  1. jackie says:

    Buffy, such a beautiful card. The gold with that DSP is lovely


  2. Susan Horr says:

    You are very talented and so are your friends. All the cards we just beautiful!


  3. I like the layout you did; everyone did a great job with their cards!


  4. Mary Ann Hughes says:

    Your mystery pieces//wow–ALL the cards are simply stunning—my note books are getting full–I print the cards you do and refer to them so often for idea’s.. Thanks Buffy–take care


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