Embedded Embossed Love

Embedded Embossed Love

I don’t know about you, but I have four guys to make Father’s Day cards for – Mike and my dad (of course!), but also Wesley (from Amelia) and Jon (from his dog Taz). Yeah, we’re one of those families that consider our pets “kids.” Of course, once we have human babies, the fur kids take a back seat. But Jon and Adrianna don’t have kids, so Taz is their baby. He gave Adrianna flowers for Mother’s Day (and promised not to “mark” them), so he has to have something for Jon for Father’s Day, right? But I digress.

Mike and my dad, as well as Mike’s dad when he was still here, always got a tree card. You have to love Lovely as a Tree for guys, right? It’s a staple! When I bought High Tide, they also got several lighthouse cards. Dad also got some farm ones – a truck with a bed full of apples, since he’s a retired orchardist, as well as a couple barn ones. I’m thinking he may get a barn door this year, but I haven’t made it yet. And, of course, now we have even more fun guy sets with Sea of Textures and Rooted in Nature.

I decided to go geometric this year for one of the four cards. No trees. No lighthouses. No octopi. Just some shapes and a sentiment.

Special Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

This card is very simple – but I love the colors and the clean shapes. I punched one Smoky Slate, three Bermuda Bay, and three Rich Razzleberry, tags using the Tailored Tag Punch. Using the Smoky Slate one as a placeholder – but not adhering yet, I arranged the other six on the Smoky Slate card. After adhering them, I embossed the card front with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it kind of looks like streamers being thrown into the air. Then I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink on the Smoky Slate punched piece and adhered it to the center of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think this card will be perfect for Amelia to give to Wes. She has already picked out a gift for him – and he’ll love it! Wes went back on night shift Monday, so for the next two months, I’ll have Amelia every weekday, at least for a few hours while Wes sleeps. I’m so looking forward to it! We’re going to have an awesome summer. Our biggest problem is there’s too much to do in the few hours we’re together each day. I guess we need to learn to pace ourselves and not try to do everything in one day. And this is one reason I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – I can make extra money on my terms and set my own schedule – which allows me to spend lots of time with my granddaughter. How amazing is that?

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Abstract Impressions Bundle

Abstract Impressions Bundle

I love the bundles in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Not only can you save 10% by ordering stamps and dies or punches together, but you get products that coordinate so well together.

The Abstract Impressions Bundle includes the Abstract Impressions Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies. There are 21 photopolymer stamps in the set, and with the three thinlits dies, you can create a beautiful detailed die-cut butterfly, flower, or intricate flower cluster which can be placed in a corner of a project, or cut for smaller clusters.

Take a look at this video for ideas and tips for using this set.

And here are instructions for creating some projects with this bundle. How fun!

Order this bundle today and release your inner artist.

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CASEing Holly

CASEing Holly

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators love to swap. You design a project, then create a bunch of them, take them to an event and exchange with others. These days, a lot of swaps are held online as well, so you don’t have to wait for a Stampin’ Up! event to swap.

I don’t usually participate in “live” swaps. I love getting the samples and ideas, but it’s so hectic for me. I do like team swaps, though. One of my team members started a swap this spring, and we had other team members and customers join us. It’s so fun getting a card in the mail. There’s nothing like a handmade snail-mail card, right?

Since I don’t have a direct upline, my friend Holly Obier adopted me into her group. They also had a swap last month, and all the cards were over the top. I have loved every one I’ve received. Holly’s was a fun fold that I had to CASE (copy and share everything).

Isn’t that fun? (Between Holly and Susan, I’m going to get talked into Lilypad Lake. I thought it was too much like another set I had, but they’ve done such cute things. And my will power is basically non-existent sometimes.)

To make this card, you simply cut a card base diagonally, then score so you have a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. You get two cards from one 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. I trim just a sliver from the diagonal edge or each piece so it closes a little neater. The triangular flaps open up and out. So fun! Here’s my case.

I used the Varied Vases Stamp Set and Vase Builder Punch – bundled, of course, because when I save 10%, that’s that much more I have to put toward more product. Just an FYI – if there’s a bundle you love, go ahead and buy it early. When the retiring lists come out, or when it gets close to the end of a catalog sales period, the bundles sell out. Even if the set and coordinating dies or punches carries over, the bundle price does not. So don’t miss that chance to save. Of course, Varied Vases is a brand new set in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, so you have through May 2019 to enjoy the discount. But it’s perfect for summer, so why wait?

My card base is Whisper White, and the Scattered Sequins embossed layers are Daffodil Delight. The scalloped oval is the new Mango Melody (gorgeous!). I stamped the center vase and the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then filled in with Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. In person, the Mango Melody flowers on the right look like they are varied in color, but, honestly, I only stamped them one time in the same ink.

My little tulips are stamped in Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather Cardstock. These are two beautiful new “purples.” The larger vase is Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather, and the smaller is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Granny Apple Green. Can you tell I’m loving all our new colors?

To add a little variety, I colored the middle vase with a little Pool Party Classic Ink. And the sentiment is Granny Apple Green again. If you like Lemon Lime Twist, you’re going to really love Granny Apple Green.

Be sure when you add your top layer that you only adhere to one side (mine is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the right of the oval); otherwise, your card won’t open. (Yes, I have made that mistake with gatefold cards before.)

Here’s the inside of the card. You can see how the two flaps open. And, again, those flowers at the bottom corner are all colored with Mango Melody, but some look a little more yellow. It’s probably because I didn’t ink my stamp well. But I like the look.

Thanks, Holly, for the inspiration! And thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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A Birthday Lift

A Birthday Lift

I’m having so much fun with this Gorgeous Grape/Coastal Cabana color combination! For this card, I added some Pacific Point and a little Bermuda Bay as well. At first, that combination sounded off to me, but then I happened to look at the shirt I was wearing. I saw Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, and Pacific Point. I love getting inspiration from other sources – like clothes, home décor, and nature.

Lift Me Up, Stampin' Up!

Aren’t those colors lovely together? First, I want to give you a little tip about using red rubber stamps in a template with the Stamparatus.

I posted here about using the Stamparatus with die-cuts. It’s easy with photopolymer stamps; you can see exactly where to place the stamp in the template. But with red rubber, it’s a little more difficult, because there’s a little wiggle room around the edge of the image. Here’s how I fixed that.

First, die-cut the balloon image to create the template using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies. These coordinate with the Lift Me Up Stamp Set. Then place the stamp upside down on your surface and fit the template over it.

Next, carefully pick up the template with the stamp still in it, flip it over and insert into Stamparatus.

To double-check placement, I stamp one time into the template without using the die-cut piece. You’ll want to have a piece of paper on top of the Stamparatus base so you don’t get ink everywhere. It will wash off, but I usually get it on my fingers first, and then it transfers to the cardstock, and I just have a mess.

You can see that the entire image will be lined up perfectly onto the die-cut. The only stray ink I have is where it got on the edge of the stamp, because I was rushing and forgot to check. But it’s ok; that part would be outside the die-cut area, so it wouldn’t show anyway.

Here are the card details.

After lining up the stamp in the template, I used Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Gorgeous Grape, and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamp. Since you’re using the Stamparatus, if you miss a spot, or don’t get it dark enough, you can simply ink and stamp again.

I stamped the smaller balloons in Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape, and the clouds with Versamark. I heat embossed the clouds using Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

The final element is the Sentiment in Pacific Point. After adhering the stamped Coastal Cabana layer to the Gorgeous Grape card base, I added the die-cut balloon with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Easy!

If you don’t have a Stamparatus yet, you’ll want to add it to your next order. It’s an amazing tool, and it’s available now in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

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You Are Wonderful

You Are Wonderful

Here’s another Rooted in Nature card for you. As you can probably tell, I love this bundle. It’s perfect for so many occasions, and you can use it for anyone. The cardstock and Designer Series Paper on this were left over from one of the Make & Takes from my Open House last weekend. I decided to use the “card guts,” as Diana Gibbs calls them, to create something different than the Open House card.

Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!

This is a very simple card. I die-cut the tree from Whisper White Cardstock, then used the negative for a template in my Stamparatus. After inserting the tree stamp into the template, I closed the plate to adhere the stamp, then placed the die-cut into the template.

I colored the tree with Tranquil Tide and Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Markers. Funny thing about those red rubber stamps. They’re great if you want to use Stampin’ Write Markers to ink them up, but they’re a little more finicky than photopolymer stamps when you use them in a template. Obviously, mine is a little off, and it bugs me. Still, most people who aren’t obsessive crafters wouldn’t notice unless I pointed it out. If you noticed, you now know you’re an obsessive crafter. You’re either a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, or you should be one! Give me a call. 😉

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede Classic Ink on Whisper White, then backed it with a piece of Tranquil Tide Cardstock. I added a few leaves in Soft Seafoam along the edge of a Soft Seafoam layer (I stamped off one time for each set of leaves), then adhered the cardstock to a Mint Macaron card base.

Since the card at the open house used the Sea of Textures Stamp Set, the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is two designs from the Tranquil Textures DSP. I adhered the tree with Stampin’ Dimensionals, because I wanted it to pop a little.

After layering the sentiment and the Tranquil Tide Cardstock layers, I tied a bit of Linen Thread around it and added one of the Leaves Trinkets embellishments to the sentiment layers. I know people think, “Wow, those Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators spend a lot of money on stuff! They have everything!” Well, that would be true. But I haven’t bought the Leaves Trinkets yet. I tend to hoard ribbon, DSP, and embellishments – although I’m getting better! But the Leaves Trinkets were a product we used on Make & Takes at OnStage in April. At the end of OnStage events, Stampin’ Up! has been letting us pass the box of supplies around, and we get to choose something from the box. It keeps going around until everything is gone. How awesome is that? One of my choices was the package of trinkets (and there were only five people at our table, so I had almost a complete package!).

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Colorful Waterfront

Colorful Waterfront

Happy Wednesday, Stampers! I got caught up in America’s Got Talent last night, so my blog is a tad late today. My plan has been to write lots of blogs and schedule ahead, but that got a bit derailed with the rain and other things around here.

For today’s card, I decided to pull out two returning stamp sets – Colorful Seasons and Waterfront. Take a look.

Colorful Seasons, Waterfront, Stampin' Up!

This was going to be a totally different kind of card, but after two tries, it just wasn’t working the way I wanted, so I switched course. Still, I like it.

Highland Heather & Coastal Cabana

I’m thinking I may have a new favorite color combination for spring – the new Highland Heather and the returning Coastal Cabana. I stamped some flowers from Colorful Seasons in Highland Heather around the scalloped circle cut-out in a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the sentiment at the bottom in Bermuda Bay. I did not use my Stamparatus for the sentiment, and it was awful. So I stamped it again on a Whisper White scrap, punched with the Pretty Label Punch, trimmed to make it a little “Word Window,” and added it to the card.

On another piece of Whisper White Cardstock – cut a bit smaller than the top layer – I stamped the water from Waterfront in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay and added a branch and flowers from Colorful Seasons in Soft Suede and Gorgeous Grape (another new color). I added a few Waterfront clouds and sponged the sky with the new Balmy Blue. I added it behind the die-cut layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then adhered both layers to the Coastal Cabana card base.

The final element is the little die-cut Adirondack chair in Highland Heather. The chair is one of the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies. These thinlits coordinate with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. I love how the purples and aquas look together. I am so happy to have Coastal Cabana back, and Highland Heather is such a beautiful lavendery purple.

I’m not sure if this is a beach scene, Susan’s lake, or my backyard. Some people have to buy a house at the lake or ocean. This spring, we got a waterfront house for free. Actually, it’s not that bad. There are a couple places in the yard where apparently drains got plugged, so as soon as it dries out enough, Mike’s going to dig a few ditches for new drains. We are actually very lucky. There are so many towns in our area that have experienced serious flooding. We’re not close to a river or creek, so we just had a damp basement.

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Rooted in Nature

Rooted in Nature

Hi, stamping friends! As promised, I’m posting a video showing all the cool things you can do with the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set and Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies. This is one of my very favorite bundles in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. It went on my wish list the minute I saw it. It coordinates well with the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set – and it has framelits! And it has cool sentiments. And did I mention framelits? Plus – the framelits have a few elements that emboss as well! These work really well with the Big Shot Embossing Mats in the new Annual Catalog. If you’ve been around as long as I have, you may already have the basic Silicone Rubber Mat and Impressions Pad. The new set includes a Thick Silicone Rubber Mat as well.  You can use them with dies that have decorative ejection holes for additional embossing, or use with cutting dies to emboss instead of cut. How awesome is that?

Here are lots of tips and ideas for the bundle.

 Be sure to add this bundle to your wish list today!

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