Stamp Off Color Challenge

Stamp Off Color Challenge

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off! This week, we have a color challenge from Susan.

How gorgeous are those colors? I love Pretty Peacock, and Blushing Bride is my favorite pink. Mint Macaron is my “go-to” when I need a lighter green, so I really enjoyed this challenge.

Here’s my card.

Country Home, Stampin' up!

First, I stamped the pitcher and floral arrangement from the Stampin’ Up!® Country Home Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I colored the images with Mint Macaron, Lovely Lipstick, Ivory, and Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends.

After I fussy cut the images (sadly, there are no dies with this set), I decided to play a little. I love the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog. It is so much fun. Simply shake the bottle, squeeze a bit of the paint onto your image and heat. Easy! It’s perfect for snow, but also for cotton, popcorn, latté foam, and more. Be sure to add this to your next order so you’ll be ready for winter cards. (Oh – this would make great seafoam as well. So maybe order several bottles, just in case.)

Next, I die-cut a small rectangle from Blushing Bride Cardstock using the Stitched Rectangles Dies, and a larger stitched rectangle from one of the Pretty Peacock designs of the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Paper. The Blushing Bride layer looked a little plain, so I used a (retired) stipple brush to add some Blushing Bride ink to the card stock.

On the Mint Macaron card base, I repeatedly stamped one of the images from the Tasteful Textures Stamp Set in Mint Macaron Classic Ink. And then – everything was ready to put together. I popped up the Blushing Bride layer as well as the stamped images with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Thanks, from the Country Home Stamp Set is stamped in Pretty Peacock. And, because I love it so much, I added a few 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots in Pretty Peacock.

Please take a few minutes to check out how Jackie and Susan used this bautiful color combination.  The first thing I do on Stamp Off Fridays is check their blogs – sometimes even before coffee! (Really. That’s how much I love their creations!)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Sip Sip Hooray!

Sip Sip Hooray!

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! This week has flown by. Now if I could just say, “Summer is over!” It was sweltering here today. Well, if you live in the Deep South, you might not thing 91 degrees is sweltering, but here in the “Upper South” (I just made that up; I guess we’re really “Mid-Atlantic,” but I like “Upper South” better), it’s hot!

I made this card last week for a friend of mine. I used the Sip Sip Hooray Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog.

Sip Sip Hooray, Stampin' Up!

First, I have to say I absolutely love the Delicata® Metallic Ink. It’s perfect for stamping, because it dries quickly. You can emboss with it, but you don’t have to.

For this card, I stamped the glasses in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then stamped the drink in the Golden Glitz Delicata® Ink. I also used the Golden Glitz for the sip sip and the bubbles. I used Pretty Peacock Classic Ink to stamp Hooray!

I die-cut the “bubbles” using the Sip and Celebrate Dies and Whisper White Cardstock, then backed the bubbles with Gold Foil. The Whisper White piece is attached to a Pretty Peacock card base. This makes a very simple card, but it shows off the gold elements nicely.

So here’s a Miss Amelia update. She’s adjusting very well to school. She was used to being the only child in our “day care,” so if I said, “It’s time for (whatever),” she could negotiate. “May I finish my drawing first?” or “May I finish coloring this picture?” I totally understand that, because I want to finish my projects before I have to clean up and do something else. So we worked really well together. But when you’re in a setting with other children, sticking to a schedule is important. She’s learning, though.

The first thing she told me when I picked her up today was, “I listened really well today!” She was so proud, and I let her know how proud I was of her. It’s hard to be an independent woman and have to follow someone else’s instructions. After being in charge of family businesses for 25+ years, it was very hard for me to go to work for someone else. (I only lasted five months before I just couldn’t take it. I hope she lasts longer than that!)

Amelia does love school and is making lots of friends. Her school is amazing. They have field trips every Friday afternoon (except for the one Friday each month that they dismiss early), and every Monday afternoon, the Kindergarten and Lower Elementary students have swimming lessons. She loves that, because she was really starting to enjoy the pool this summer. The other three days, they have art, music, and other fun subjects in the afternoon. She has been entertaining me with her new songs. Yesterday, she started singing John Denver’s Country Roads. I think that was from the music on the ride to the pool, though.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Be sure to check back on Friday for our latest BS&J challenge. It’s a fun color challenge from Susan. (Ok, when I read the colors, I thought, “Really? Did Susan hit her head?” But she added, “It really is gorgeous. Honest.” (That may not be a direct quote, but it’s close.) And she’s right; it is a beautiful combination, and I totally enjoyed it.

Have a lovely day!

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Flourishing Phrases Pigment Sprinkles

Flourishing Phrases Pigment Sprinkles

Happy Monday, Stamping Friends! Wow – can you believe it’s the end of September already? For the most part, it still doesn’t feel like fall here in the mid-Atlantic region, but the mornings and evenings are cooler. Gotta love the South, right?

Mike has been super busy with real estate (which is a good thing!), so I’ve gotten a lot of time to craft. This is one of the cards I made last weekend.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the foral image from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set in VersaMark ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next, I spritzed the card stock with water, then sprinkled Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles over the card stock, then spritzed again with water. I kept spritzing and adding sprinkles until I was happy with the results.

I stamped the sentiment from the Good Morning, Magnolia Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock using Mango Melody Classic Ink and punched with the Everyday Label Punch. I trimmed a bit off the top and bottom, then added some (sadly) retired accessories to the label. You can use the Frosted and Clear Epoxy Droplets, or simply add a few drops of glue from your hot glue gun to to your Silicone Craft Sheet. After the glue cools, color the dots with a Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend, then add to the label with Glue Dots.

I adhered the stamped label to a Mango Melody 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of card stock, then to a Daffodil Delight card base. One more cooled “hot glue dot” was added to the top corner and colored with a Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend.

This is a super easy card to create. Waiting for the card stock to dry and the glue dots to cool is the hardest part of the card! I love how the Pigment Sprinkles really make the embossed area pop, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Last Shoebox Swaps

Last Shoebox Swaps

Hi, Stamping Friends! This has been a whirlwind week. I always say, “…but next week, things should calm down.” And then one of my cousins posted this on her facebook page today.

I think this is probably true. Whenever I have a “light” week, I tend to load it up with things I’ve been putting off. Still, I’d rather be busy than just sitting around, wouldn’t you?

Today, I have the final two shoebox swaps from our even two weeks ago. They’re both fall cards, and so much fun!

This is Tiffany’s card.

Harvest Hellos, Stampin' Up!

Tiffany used some elements from the August Paper Pumpkin – the sequins, ribbon, Crumb Cake label and leaves, and linen thread. What? You don’t see Linen Thread? Yeah…I forgot to add it around the Whisper White stamped layer.

The pumpkins, leaves, and sentiment are from the Harvest Hellos Stamp Set in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. This set is so amazing, because you can stamp pumpkins or apples. And there’s a coordinating punch that you can purchase separately, or you can bundle it with the stamps to save 10%.

I love Tiffany’s design. The circle punched area highlights the pumpkin that’s adhered inside the card. So fun!

This is Marsha’s card.

Gathered Leaves, Stampin' Up!

I love cards that let the Designer Series Paper (DSP) do a lot of the work! Marsha used the beautiful DSP from Sale-a-bration earlier this year. It was a favorite, for sure! The Cajun Craze leaf is from the Gathered Leaves Dies from the Come To Gather Suite in the Holiday Catalog. The dies coordinate with the Gather Together Stamp Set, and, of course, you can bundle the dies and stamps and save 10%.

The final element is the ribbon. It’s the gorgeous Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. And since many people are “bow challenged,” Marsha has a fun way to add ribbon without having to tie anything.

I love all the swaps. Here’s a quick recap of all eight of them.

Gathered Leaves, Stampin' Up!

Marsha’s Card

Harvest Hellos, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Tiffany’s Card

Still Scenes, Stampin' Up!

Jennie’s Card

Snow Front, Stampin' Up!

Christy’s Card

Toile Christmas, Stampin' Up!

Shari’s Card

Christmas Gleaming, Stampin' Up!

Judy’s Card

Stitched Stars, Stampin' Up!

Chris’s Card

Frosted Foliage, Stampin' Up!

Buffy’s Card

Don’t you agree that everyone did a fabulous job? I’m looking forward to our next event!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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More Shoebox Swaps!

More Shoebox Swaps!

Here are some more of the swaps from our Shoebox Swap a few weeks ago. First – here’s Shari’s card.

Toile Christmas, Stampin' Up!

I love this cardinal in the Toile Christmas Stamp Set! The Toile Christmas Bundle includes coordinating Christmas Cardinal Dies. The dies cut the cardinal and the banner, and the All-Around Wreath Dies, another item in the Toile Tidings Suite, cut the wreath. Shari also used the Toile Didings Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Stitched Nested Dies. So fun!

Snow Front, Stampin' Up!

This is Christy’s swap. I love the pop of Real Red with the Night of Navy card, don’t you? She used the Snow Front Stamp Set from the Holiday catalog. I love how the image peeks out from the front of the card. Christy’s card is also a fun fold. The inside of the card is another card that opens backwards to reveal the sentiment.

Christy also used the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder from the Holiday catalog. And we colored the Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon with Stampin’ Blends. Stampin’ Blends are an awesome way to add color to your neutral ribbon or twine!

And here’s Jennie’s swap.

Still Scenes, Stampin' Up!

Jennie used the Still Scenes Stamp Set with the Snow Gloe Scenes Dies (bundle and save 10%!). And she also used my favorite DSP, the Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP. I took my swap home to finish, because I wanted to color the snow globe scene. And while I was at it, I decided to add a little Snowfall Accents Puff Paint to the trees, roof, and yard. So fun!

The last two cards are Tiffany’s and Marsha’s. Both are fall cards and used products I don’t have yet, so they were an extra bonus for me! Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

 

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Yuletide Cheer

Yuletide Cheer

Happy Monday, Stamping friends! I still have five shoebox swaps to show you – and they’re awesome! But I got to spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in my stamp room. Oh, the joy! Mike was showing property, and except for a mess on the dining room table (this always happens when we come home), the house looked pretty good. So I had no qualms about spending the time in my stamp room and ignoring the house. (How did I survive before Door Dash?)

I created a bunch of cards. I can’t even remember how many, but I had a ton of fun! As I was going through emails, I found a tutorial for a flip/easel card. It was so easy and so fun, I had to make one. I’m pretty sure I’ve made one of these before, but it was a good excuse to use some of my favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) – the Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP.

Here’s my card front.

Frosted Foliage, Stampin' Up!

Yeah, kind of boring, right? But look what happens when you open it.

Frosted Foliage, Stampin' Up!

Woot! It’s a twisted fun fold!

This card is so easy to make. First, cut a 4-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ of Seaside Spray Cardstock for the base. Then score at 4-1/4″ to create a 4-1/4″ square card base. (This card will easily fit in a Medium Envelope, so you don’t need extra postage because it’s square.)

Next, score diagonally from the top right corner to the score line.

Cut one more 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Seaside Spray Cardstock for the front of the card. Next, cut three 4″ x 4″ pieces of Feels Like Frost DSP. Cut one in half diagonally, so you have two right triangles. Adhere one of the 4″ square DSP pieces to the inside of the card, and one on the extra Seaside Spray piece that will be the front. You can decide where you want to place the two triangular pieces. I placed one on the inside and one on the outside of the card, but it really is a matter of taste. You can even cut one more 4″ x 4″ piece, cut it in half, and then cover all the open Seaside Spray areas.

Die-cut two sets of the Frosted Frames foral pieces from Noble Peacock Foil Sheets, and one set from Silver Foil Sheets. Cut two sets of the floral filler from Sparkle Glimmer Paper.

Using the Stamparatus, stamp the Yuletide Cheer sentiment on Vellum Cardstock first in Night of Navy Classic Ink, then in Versamark Ink, making sure to clean the stamp between colors. Heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder. This ensures that the ink won’t smear on the vellum before it dries. Plus it gives a little extra shimmer. Die-cut with the Frosted Frames frame die.

Repeat this embossing process on another piece of Vellum Cardstock with the wishing you a season… sentiment. Punch with the Everyday Label Punch. Punch another label from Whisper White Cardstock. Adhere the vellum over the Whisper White using Mini Glue Dots, then use Basic Rhinestone Jewels to cover the dots. Adhere the two vellum pieces to the card as shown, using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Hide the dimensionals on the top frame using embellishments. (I used brads which are apparently retired. But there are lots of current options that you can use.)

Note: I used two layers of Dimensionals for the “wishing you a season…” label so it would be tall enough to hold the card in place.

Fold the left triangle of the card base down, and adhere the front card piece (with the Sending you a little Yuletide Cheer sentiment) to the folded triangle. Remember, when you fold the card down, the front will be sideways! When you open it and prop it up, it will be a different orientation, so play with it a little before you adhere your card front to the base.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Stampin’ Blends Challenge

Stampin’ Blends Challenge

Welcome to a new Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie, and me. This is one of my favorites, because we’re using Stampin’ Blends.

I decided to take a break from holiday cards and use Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog products for my card.

Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!

The Beautiful You Stamp Set has long been one of my favorite stamp sets. I won it in a “Prize Patrol” at a Stampin’ Up!® event the year it came out, and I still love it.

I stamped the umbrella lady in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends. After die-cutting with the Stitched Shapes Dies, I sponged a little Rococo Rose Classic Ink on the edge of the diecut.

The background layers are two designs of the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper. I layered them to a Crumb Cake card base, then adhered some Rococo Rose 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon over the “seam.” The sentiment from the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set is stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink.

As much as I love coloring, I realized with this challenge that I’m running low on line-art stamp images. Oh, the horror!! I’m going to need to re-evaluate my future purchases, because I love to watercolor and use my Stampin’ Blends to color images.

Please head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. They are both “Blends Masters,” so I know their projects will be amazing!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

 

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