Dandelion Seasons

Dandelion Seasons

Hi, Stamping Friends! I’m totally into spring this week. The weather has been lovely, even though we’re enjoying April Showers today. Ok, maybe “enjoying” isn’t the right word. Last spring was so…wet. It rained from March until November, I think. So having a day of rain makes us happy because rain is important, but we really don’t want quite as much rain as we had last year. I mean, my garden drowned. Seriously. Nothing grew. All my vegetables drowned.

So here’s a quick joke for you. If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. (That was a favorite of my kids’ years and years ago. They had a “punny” joke book.)

I wanted to create a spring card for you, but I also wanted to use the Stampin’ Up!®   Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. So here’s what I came up with.

Stampin' Up!, Colorful Seasons, Dandelion Wishes, Timeless Textures

We’re not in the “blow on the dandelion and make a wish” season yet. Actually, I haven’t even seen a dandelion in the yard. But it’s coming, and soon. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the Dandelion Wishes image using Smoky Slate and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Markers. Looking back, I should have used the Mossy Meadow for everything, because these are full bloom dandelions.

After I was happy with the dandelion images, I used a Sponge Dauber and a Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pad to color the dandelions. So easy!

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set in Calypso Coral. I thought the card was a little blah, so I added some Timeless Textures splatters in Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green (stamped off several times to mute it a bit).

After I added the Whisper White panel to a Calypso Coral card base, I decided to add a little Calypso Coral Satin Ribbon to the card. I thought it needed a little pizzazz. And I have ribbon I need to use up before the next Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog comes out.

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

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Oxidized Copper

Oxidized Copper

Hi, Stamping Friends! Do you know how hard it is to spell “Copper” when your last name is “Cooper?” Wow. That fourth finger really wants to add that extra “o.”

I watched an Oxidized Metal video from Jay Soriano recently, and I loved the idea. He used Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Refills, but my friend Holly suggested it might be fun with Brusho Crystal Colour. I tried both, and my results with the Brusho Crystals were much better. First, here’s my card.

Stampin' Up!, Sea of Textures

And here is how I made it.

First, use an Aqua Painter or Stampin’ Spritzer to add lots of water to a Foil Sheet (mine is copper). Then sprinkle on the Brusho colors. I made this awhile ago, but I think I used Prussian Blue, Gamboge, and Yellow. If the colors aren’t wet enough to spread and “zing” out, add a little more water. I used my Aqua Painter to move the color around a bit.

I’m impatient, so after I got the look I liked, I used a paper towel to speed up the drying process a bit. Then I used my heat tool to finish.

After the panel was thoroughly dry, I added a layer of Versamark Ink, then sprinkled on Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set for a nice finish. Quick Edit: Be sure to keep your heat tool moving and not too close to the paper when you dry/heat emboss.  You can burn the foil or cause it to pull away from the backing – which can actually be a cool look if you like that kind of distressed look.

This has been sitting on my stamp table for weeks, waiting to be used. I had lots of ideas, but I finally borrowed one from another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (whose name I cannot remember). This does look a lot like water, so I thought about the Waterfront Stamp Set, but I didn’t know how well the images would show up on the embossed metal panel. I opted for the Sea of Textures Bundle – the Sea of Textures Stamp Set and coordinating Under the Sea Framelits Dies.

First, I die-cut the net from Crumb Cake Cardstock, then the coral and seaweed from Vellum Cardstock. I colored the seaweed with a Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend, and the coral with a dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. Then I die-cut the octopus from the Sea of Textures Stamp Set using Blushing Bride Cardstock. (I originally cut the octopus from Vellum, but it just didn’t look really great.) I placed the negative from the die-cut into my Stamparatus, inserted the octopus stamp, closed the plate to adhere the stamp, then added the Blushing Bride Cardstock into the negative from the die-cut and stamped with Gray Granite Classic Ink.

I adhered the net, seaweed, and coral with tiny drops of Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. The octopus is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, as is the sentiment, stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake Cardstock and punched with the Tailored Tag Punch.

Here’s another look at the card.

Stampin' Up!, Sea of Textures

I don’t have a video today. I didn’t finish with concerts over the weekend until evening, and it was too dark to create a video. But my Storage by Stampin’ Up! products should be here tomorrow, so I’ll post those later this week.

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

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Floral Stamp Off Friday

Floral Stamp Off Friday

Welcome to another Stamp Off Friday Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me. This week is a Floral Stamp Off. Let’s face it. We all have flower stamps. Every year, more flower stamps are added to the Stampin’ Up!® Catalogs, and no matter how many you already have, there’s that one (or five) new one(s) that you have to have. A friend once asked me, when she was trying to justify not ordering more flower stamps, “How many flower stamps to you need?” My answer – “Just one more.” Because each flower set has that one thing you just can’t do without, am I right? (She has ordered many, MANY flower sets since she asked that question, so obviously she agrees with me.)

I decided to use the Vibrant Vases Stamp Set from the 2019 Occasions Catalog for this challenge.

Stampin' Up!, Vibrant Vases, Well Said

Spring has sprung here in the Shenandoah Valley. It looks like we’re totally finished with first, second, and third winter! Mike mowed last weekend, so he has decreed winter is over.

Whether or not that’s true, I love the spring feel of my card for today. I used the Vibrant Vases Stamp Set for the images. I love when Stampin’ Up!® introduces a product that works with older products. Vibrant Vases coordinates with the Vivid Vases Stamp Set and Vases Builder Punch in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I stamped the vase outlines in (l-r) Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, and Crushed Curry. Then I stamped the insides with Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, and Daffodil Delight, and punched with the Vases Builder Punch.

After deciding where I wanted the flowers, I stamped the flower images with my Stamparatus and Stampin’ Write Markers on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. I used (again from l-r) Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst and Old Olive, and Mango Melody and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers. Then I stamped the inside images with (l-r) Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist, and Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pads.

I added a strip of the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper to the bottom of the stamped Whisper White Cardstock, then adhered the punched vases using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think the reason we love flower images is because they work for so many occasions – birthdays, sympathy, weddings, anniversaries, get well – and, of course, thank you cards. I decided to make a thank you with mine. I stamped heartfelt from the Well Said Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog in Tranquil Tide Classic Ink. Then I die-cut thanks and the butterfly using the Well Written Thinlits Dies and added them to the card. I need to use some of my ribbon before it all retires, so I added a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Ombré Ribbon to the card fold. One day, I will stop hoarding my ribbon and embellishments. (It’s a sickness.)

Now – check out what Susan and Jackie have created for the Flower Challenge! I always have an idea of what they’ll use, but I’m usually wrong.

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

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Storage by Stampin’ Up!

Storage by Stampin’ Up!®

I posted about this earlier, but I wanted to remind you. Storage by Stampin’ Up!® is available to purchase now. I ordered mine Monday and I can’t wait for it to get here. Whether your craft area is a small corner, your kitchen or dining room table, or an entire room, you can organize and customize your space your way. Purchase as much or as little as you need. I ordered 10 of the stamp pad/marker units, because I have all the Classic Stampin’ Pads and Stampin’ Write Markers. Note: The old Classic Stampin’ Pads do not fit in the units. That’s important to know! I also ordered two (I think) of the Stampin’ Blends units, because I have all the Stampin’ Blends. And, of course, I ordered two of the open lids, because I have all the ink refills.

I’ll be bringing at least some of my storage units to classes this month so you can see them in person if you’re local to me. And my video next week will highlight the units. I know there are already videos out there, but, if you’re like me, you have questions. So I’ll try to answer some of the questions with the video. It will probably not be on Monday since I won’t have an opportunity to film this weekend because of my concert schedule. I also won’t have the units until at least Wednesday. I hope they’re here by then; I leave Thursday for Stampin’ Up!® OnStage in Charlotte, NC. I’ll check the order status and decide what the video will be next week.

But – back to the units. Here are a few options for using them.Stampin' Up!, Storage by Stampin' Up!Stampin' Up!, Storage by Stampin' Up!

I love having my stamp pads on my stamp table, but I’ll see how much room they take up and how much space I have. Then I’ll show you what I’ve done. Since Mike & I are empty nesters, I have a whole room for crafting, so I have lots of room. Well, I say I have lots of room. It’s amazing how easily it gets taken up! But I remember my early days, when all my craft supplies fit in one or two big storage tins in the dining room. Then Mike and the boys created a stamping area for me in the furnace room while I was at a Stampin’ Up!® Convention. That was my favorite space, because it was created by my guys! And it was definitely a love gift, because that was Mike’s work area before he gave it up. Although…I had be using the desk in the family room, so he got that instead. He may have had an ulterior motive. But maybe not. He probably just wanted to have the dining room table back for dinner. Surprise! That’s my “desk” now, so at least 1/3 of the table is taken up with catalogs, samples, and my laptop. But, seriously, how much room do two people need for dinner, right?

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

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Happy Birthday, Dad

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today is my dad’s birthday. He used to joke that he was an April Fool’s prank on his mom because he was supposed to be here on April 1 but waited. My dad has a quirky sense of humor.

They say that every little girl’s first hero is her dad, and that’s definitely true for me. Whenever I think of my dad, I feel safe and loved. He has always been there for my brothers and me (and all his grands and great grands) – loving, guiding, providing, and being a good example for us.

As a farmer, my dad didn’t get many days off. Cows still need to eat on Christmas. And when he wasn’t working on the family farm, he was working in our garden or on our lawn. We always had fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers all summer and fall, and there was always enough left over for Mom to can or freeze for winter. In the summer, Dad usually came home around 5 or 6, then worked until dark in the garden before finally stopping for dinner around 9 p.m. “Hard working” doesn’t even begin to describe my parents. Still, I remember many nights when he and Mom would pile us into the car and go to the drive-in movie theater as a surprise. And on Sunday afternoons, we’d go for drives in the country. Invariably, we’d find a country store that sold ice cream cones and he’d buy us all one. Whenever we went for a trip with Dad, even if it was just to one of our orchards, it was always an adventure.

Some evenings when we were all watching TV, if something scary came on, Dad was ready for my younger brother and me to jump in his lap so he could wrap his arms around us and keep us safe (my older brother would never admit that he was scared). We always knew if we were in Dad’s lap, nothing could hurt us.

Dad’s the one who taught me to write in cursive. I wanted to be like grown-ups, so I wrote in loopy letters (that weren’t really letters). Dad showed me how to write letters – and then words – in cursive the summer I turned seven. I was so proud to know how to write my name in cursive! And then our second grade teacher told us we had to wait until she taught us all the letters in our names before we could write it. What a time to be named “Elizabeth!” I still wrote my name in cursive at home, though, because Dad and Mom said it would be our secret.

So here’s the card I made for my dad.

Peaceful Place, Nature Sings, Let it Ride, Stampin' Up!

Dad loves the woods (Mom & Dad’s house is nestled against a beautiful woods – with a perfect lawn that would rival any golf course!) He’s always been an outdoors kind of guy, so the Stampin’ Up!® Nature Sings Stamp Set – even though it’s technically a Christmas set – is perfect for him. I paired it with the Let it Ride Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog.

I usually stamp an image, then mask it and stamp the background, but I recently read on a friend’s blog (I think it was my friend Deborah Smart) that she masked, then stamped the background, then stamped the image in the masked area. Oh, my goodness! This worked so well. Deborah – you ROCK! I created a mask of the big antlered guy (an elk? a moose? Unlike my dad, I am not outdoorsy. I know white-tailed deer. That’s all we have around here.) from a post-it note, then stamped the trees from the Let it Ride Stamp Set in Shaded Spruce. Then I removed the mask and stamped the animal using my Stamparatus. It worked so much better this way!

So here are a few tips. I inked the image in Early Espresso Classic Ink, but I placed the imaging sheet from an old Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ) over the card stock in my Stamparatus. That way I could get the, um, animal perfectly placed. If you don’t have the SAMJ imaging sheet, you can use any non-porous material – a window sheet, report cover, cellophane bags, waxed paper, whatever you have on hand. You can wipe off the ink when you’re finished and use it again.

I also used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp. I wanted grass in Shaded Spruce, the creature in Early Espresso, and the antlers in Crumb Cake, so Stampin’ Write Markers worked best for that. I kept inking and stamping until I was happy with the image. If you don’t have a Stamparatus yet, you need to add it to your next Stampin’ Up!® order.

I used an Aqua Painter and Classic Stampin’ Pads to add color to the trees, the animal (I will ask my dad what this is. I’m thinking maybe a moose, but I’ve never seen a moose. Or maybe it’s an elk. It’s one of those, I’m sure.) and the “field.” Looking back, I probably should have used another green for the “field,” but we have so. much. mud. here in Virginia, it’s hard to think of fields being anything but brown. If we have a nice spring and summer this year, maybe I’ll redo this with a lovely green field.

The sentiment, from the Peaceful Place Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, is stamped in Shaded Spruce, and I added a little Balmy Blue sky with an Aqua Painter.

I looped some Linen Thread to create a kind of bow, and added it to the stamped layer with a Glue Dot. I added the stamped layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Shaded Spruce Cardstock layer, then to a Very Vanilla card base.

Happy birthday, Dad! I love you so very much!

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

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Just Resist

Just Resist

My apologies if you were expecting a political post. We have an unspoken rule in my craft groups: No political talk allowed! Craft time is our stress release, and political conversations can be stressful at times, so we try to keep them at a bare minimum. The resist I’m talking about is a technique.

When I first heard about this technique, it was called “Ghosting,” I believe, but it’s really a basic resist technique. Stamp an image on Glossy White Cardstock using Versamark Ink, let the ink dry well, then add one of our Stampin’ Up! classic colors over top. It’s fun, easy, and a lot like the “Magic Pictures” we had when I was younger. (Am I showing my age here? The pages looked blank, but you’d rub over them with a pencil and pictures would magically appear.)

Here’s my card using the Resist Technique and the Wonderful Moments and Floral Phrases Stamp Sets.

Floral Phrases, Wonderful Moments, Stampin' Up!

I used Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink and a Sponge Brayer to color the Glossy White Cardstock. Then I stamped the image from Wonderful Moments in Jet Black Stazon Ink. The sentiment from Floral Phrases is heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. When I finish the card I started in the video, I’ll emboss the image as well. I think that looks much better.

Here’s my video showing the technique. We had some challenges this weekend (nothing bad, just things that derailed some plans), so I was later filming than usual and I got a little glare from outside. Plus, Glossy White Cardstock is a little reflective! I showed this to Mike, and he said it would be ok this one time. 🙂

Give this technique a try – or a “retry.” It’s another fun and easy one!

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

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Let it Ride

Let it Ride

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog is Let it Ride. I love the sentiments; Amelia loves horses. So between the two of us, this was one of our first picks when the catalog came out.

Let it Ride, Stampin' Up!

My friend Jackie Susnik has done some lovely things with this set. I needed one more design for my classes this month, so I CASEd (Copy and share everything) one of her cards. I changed a few things, but not much. Her card was so perfect that any changes I made took away from the awesomeness.

Let it Ride, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that fun? Here are the details.

First, I punched a 2″ circle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). On a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock, I stamped the horse image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I used a Light Crumb Cake and a Light Soft Suede with a little Petal Pink for the ears.

Next, I stamped the Hardwood Background Stamp on the Soft Suede card front using Early Espresso Ink. One of the most striking things about Jackie’s card was the Basic Black layer along the edge. I used the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it, then added it to the front of the card.

When I cut my Whisper White Cardstock for the horse image, I trimmed a bit off for the sentiment. I simply notched one edge with my Paper Snips.

To create the “bow,” I looped the Old Olive Linen Thread several times, then tied another little piece of thread around it to keep it together. Then I added it to the card with a Glue Dot.

Some of the ladies in class decided they’d rather have the row of trees instead of the horse. (I won’t tell Amelia.) We used Shaded Spruce to stamp the trees, and they looked lovely.

Thanks, Jackie, for the awesome inspiration. You rock!

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

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