Thanks in Reverse

Thanks in Reverse

Several years ago, I had an amazing friend come into my life. She found me through my Stampin’ Up! web site. Christy Tobin is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who actually lived right around the corner from me when she was growing up. Her family moved, and she grew up, and went to college, and got a job. She ended up in Connecticut, where she joined the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Family. When she moved back to Virginia, she was looking for a group to stamp with, and she found me. And, wow, am I glad she did!

Christy is the most giving person I know. The first class she attended, she brought me a really cool 3-D gift. And every time she comes to a class or a team meeting (several years later), she still brings cards and gifts. Our local team has adopted her, and we’re all better off because of it. And her Connecticut team has adopted me (and I’m better off because of that, too, because my upline has dropped and I’m kind of an orphan. Thanks, Holly Obier!).

At the OnStage Local in Secaucus, NJ, in November 2016, Christy got the Swan Lake set for her Prize Patrol prize. Prize Patrol is a cool thing Stampin’ Up! does at events. They randomly select demonstrators to win stamp sets and other products. At the Secauscus event, I got Beautiful You. (WOOOT!) Christy wasn’t as thrilled with Swan Lake as I was with Beautiful You. But I had another set that I didn’t use a lot, so we traded. This, of course, made Christy’s upline (Holly) a little upset, because she wanted Christy to stretch herself and embrace the swan.

Apologies to Holly, but I have totally embraced the swan. I love this set, and I’m so glad I traded with Christy. This card was made with her in mind.

I stamped all the images (except the swan) in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored them with Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the swan in Basic Black Archival ink on a Window Sheet, then turned it over and rubbed it onto the Whisper White Cardstock so it would be facing the opposite direction.

After everything was colored, I added a bit of water to the card using Marina Mist Classic Ink and an Aqua Painter. The last step was the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink.

Christy – thanks for being you! You are the best – and I’m glad we found each other!

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

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Bubbly Thanks

Bubbly Thanks

I’ve used the Brusho Crystal Colour for backgrounds and for painting an image. Today, here’s a card that uses it as an ink pad.

Brusho, Bubble Over, Stampin' Up!

Behind the sparkly bottles of refreshing goodness, you’ll see watercolored bottles. That’s the Brusho. It’s so fun – simply sprinkle Brusho Crystals on a bottle stamp from the Bubble Over Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog spritz with water, and then stamp on Watercolor Paper. I think I only sprinkled one time, and I was able to get five bottles out of one “inking.”

I used Prussian Blue for the bottles. Then I diecut two bottles (and some labels) using the Myths & Magic 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper (Turquoise and Light Green) and the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies.

I added a few bubbles in Smoky Slate to the background piece, then adhered the bottles and labels. I used a hot glue gun to add the labels to the bottles, since it’s hard to get other adhesives to stick to the glimmer paper.

Pacific Point is one of the colors I don’t use a lot, but it looks lovely with Lemon Lime Twist (my card base). To mimic the bubbles on the card, I embossed it with the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, then layered it and the stamped layer to the card base.

Don’t forget – you can earn free product through March 31 during Sale-a-bration. For every $50 you spend, you can select a free Level 1 product. There are some amazing Level 2 products you can earn with a $100 order. And on February 16, there will be several more items added to the Sale-a-bration products! Mine will be here tomorrow, and I can’t wait to show you some samples.

Do you have a HUGE wish list already? You need to host a party with me! With a qualifying workshop (only $250), you can add $25 in product to your Stampin’ Rewards. Wait – your wish list is bigger than that? Join my team of amazing demonstrators and enjoy a 20% minimum discount on all orders! You can select $125 in product of your choice for your starter kit – PLUS two additional stamp sets of your choice – for only $99! And there’s no shipping. You only have to add your state tax. Join today and you have through July 31, 2018 to meet your first minimum sales requirement of $300 (and, seriously, if your wish list is like mine, that’s a piece of cake!). Get together with some friends and get them hooked on paper crafts, and the next thing you know, you’ll be making enough money to pay for groceries, or a car payment, or ballet lessons, or a ton of books on Amazon! And what’s more fun than crafting with friends?

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

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Stamp Off Friday Valentine

Stamp Off Friday Valentine

It’s time for another Stamp Off! Friday with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, it’s all about Valentines!

I found a really fun technique from Esther at Stampin Star Creations. Esther is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the UK, and she has an awesome “Faux Brusho” technique that is so simple.

First, here’s the card I made.

Heart Happiness, Stampin' Up!

See the “Brusho” behind the heart? I used Berry Burst ink with the Touches of Texture splatter stamp. Simply ink the stamp, then place on the Shimmery White Cardstock, then slide it a bit after stamping. After I inked as much as I wanted, I spritzed with a little water so the colors would run, then dried it with my heat tool.

The Stamparatus made lining up the row of hearts from the Heart Happiness stamp set (in the Occasions Catalog) super easy. When you move the stamping surface down, the hearts “overlap” perfectly. If you have a Stamparatus reserved, you’ll be getting it soon! If you didn’t get one reserved, you can order it in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog that will come out in June 2018. I inked the hearts with VersaMark, then embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

The large heart is also one of the Heart Happiness stamps. I stamped it in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. Of course, you can see it in the photo, but I added some Clear Wink of Stella over some of the flowers for a bit more sparkle.

Since I don’t have the Lots of Love Box Framelits that coordinate with the Heart Happiness set, I simply fussy cut the heart with Paper Snips. I added a bit of the gorgeous Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon under the heart, as well as some Copper Metallic Thread.

The next question was…what sentiment should I use? I didn’t want to stamp a sentiment, so I opted for a die-cut. While I was dithering, I found a pink “lovely” that I had cut out of one of the Lovely Words Thinlits. It was just sitting on my stamp table in the “waiting to be used” bin. It was already cut from the rest of the die-cut, so all I had to do was snip off the “ly” and it was ready to go. Easy!

The ombré design from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack worked really well with the Sweet Sugarplum card base. Before I adhered everything, I ran the card front through the Big Shot with the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Now, take a few minutes to enjoy what Susan and Jackie have made. I can’t wait to see!

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

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Thinking of You

Thinking of You

Fast Fuse, Stampin' Up!Before I show you today’s project, I have news! The Buy One/Get Two Fast Fuse promotion is back. From now through Monday, February 12 (or while supplies last), you will get two free Fast Fuse refills when you buy one Fast Fuse Adhesive. That’s a great deal – and everyone thinks so, so be sure to order quickly so you don’t miss out. You can click on the photo above to order, or head to my web site here. (Edited: The promotion was very popular, and the supply is gone. You can still order Fast Fuse Adhesive, just not the “BOGT” promotion. I’m sorry!)

I had such fun making this card. It uses several stamp sets – one from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, one from the 2018 Occasions Catalog, and one from the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Waterfront, High Tide, Heartfelt Blooms, Stampin' Up!

It’s so easy to create art with the Waterfront stamp set. I stamped the mountainous island first. I used Fresh Fig Classic Ink, and stamped it three times, two full strength, then the middle one stamped off first. For the water, I stamped it over and over in Pacific Point, then filled in with Island Indigo.

The sky needed color, so I used an Aqua Painter with Soft Sky Classic Ink to create the cloudy sky. Another stamp from Waterfront created the sparkles on the water. It still needed something (besides the sentiment from Heartfelt Blooms, a wonderful Sale-a-bration set), so I added birds in Basic Gray using the High Tide set from the Annual Catalog.

I’m definitely thinking of the warm sunshine and water right now. It’s mid-winter in Virginia, and we’re longing for spring. My friend Susan just got back from Florida, and posted lots of gorgeous pictures on Facebook. Another dear friend is in the process of heading to Key West for a new job. I’m trying not to be jealous of them! It is sunny today, so that’s something, right?

Another edit: I created a tutorial for this card (not a video, but lots of pictures!). You can see it here – https://buffycooper.com/waterfront-island-tutorial/

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Brusho Birds

Brusho Birds

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m loving the Brusho Crystal Colour in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. I like that you don’t always know exactly how it’s going to turn out. It’s fun for random backgrounds, for “painting” an image, or even for using it as ink on a stamp. And the five colors in the Stampin’ Up! bundle (Moss Green, Prussian Blue, Yellow, Brilliant Red, and Gamboge – which is orange) are perfect, because you can mix and match to create almost any color you want.

For this card, I started with the background. I knew I wanted sky and “land,” and kind of a morning scene, so I sprinkled Prussian Blue and Yellow on Watercolor paper and spritzed. (I sprinkled and spritzed the yellow first. After it dried, I repeated at the top of the paper with the blue.)

Brusho Crystal Colour, Flying Home, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the bird image and colored it with Stampin’ Blends after the Brusho dried. It was fine – except for the birds. They were a little dark, so I stamped again in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. I fussy cut the birds and pieced them over the originals. I love how they really stand out against the blue sky.

For a little extra touch, I added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The sentiment is from the Occasions Catalog Stamp Set, Lovely Wishes. A few Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes complete the card.

I’m looking foreward to chirping birds and sunshine through the trees. Today, it’s gray and drizzly with freezing rain. Bleh. If it’s going to be cold and wet, I’d rather have snow than ice. But it’s a good day to stay inside and craft, so I can’t complain.

By the way, Sale-a-bration (SAB) is the perfect time to order the entire Stampin’ Blends collection. You’ll earn two Level 1 SAB products, or one Level 2 product. Add the Brusho Crystal Colour, and you can get three Level 1 products, or 1 Level 2 and 1 Level 1. PLUS you’ll earn Stampin’ Rewards, because your order will be $150 – so you can add one of the stamp sets as well. I love this time of year. (Minus the snow, ice, and cold, of course.)

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

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Bubble Over Birthday

Bubble Over Birthday

My friends Susan and Jackie have been doing such cute things with the Bubble Over bundle from Stampin’ Up! that I had to treat myself. I haven’t spent a lot on stamps and supplies since the Occasions Catalog came out. I ordered some things during the Product Purchase Premier after OnStage in November, but everything else I’ve gotten has been free (a fun perk for being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!). By the way – if you join my team, you’ll enjoy these fabulous benefits and more! During Sale-a-bration (through March 31, 2018), you can add two additional stamp sets – any price! – to your starter kit. That’s $125 in product plus two sets for only $99 plus tax (no shipping). Sweet!

Speaking of sweet, after I decided to make a birthday card with the bundle, I had to wonder what took me so long to order this bundle. So fun!

Bubble Over, Stampin' Up!

You can see Susan’s and Jackie’s influence in the Wood Textures and Color Theory Designer Series Paper, as well as the colors (Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist, specifically).

I had so much fun making this card. Amelia was painting while I was working. I turned around to see what she was doing at her craft table, and she had painted all of her fingernails (and fingers) black. She also painted one of her little ponies black. Hmmm – I wonder if someone has been playing The Rolling Stones around her?

To create this, simply stamp the smaller bottles from the Bubble Over Stamp Set onto Whisper White Cardstock. I die-cut the labels and bottle caps from Champagne Foil Sheets, because I couldn’t find my silver. Then I stamped for you on Whisper White with Berry Burst and die-cut for part of the labels.

The bubbles are die-cuts from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits Dies (you’ll want to bundle the dies with the stamp set so you can save 10%. And you need both. Trust me!) The “condensation” on the bottles are Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes. So cute!

If you order the Bubble Over Bundle, the epoxy shapes, and the Foil Sheets and Glimmer Paper, you’re over halfway to earning the adorable Celebrate You Thinlits Dies from Sale-a-bration that I used on the card. They can be yours FREE with a $100 order. Or, you can select any Level 1 product with your $50 order.

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

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Thinking of You in Crayon

Thinking of You in Crayon

Well, this one isn’t exactly in crayon, but it uses crayon. I was so happy when I learned that Stampin’ Up! was bringing back Glossy White Cardstock. There are so many fun techniques you can do with Glossy White. One of my favorites is the Crayon Resist.

Stampin' Up!, Touches of Texture

This is such a simple technique. Stamp an image in Basic Black Archival Ink (I used the floral spray from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set) on Glossy White Cardstock. After stamping, I like to use the Heat Tool to set the ink, just for added security. Then take a white crayon and color in some of the images. I actually colored all the blossoms, buds, and leaves with the crayon, but you can leave some uncolored if you want.

Stampin’ Up! used to have some pencils that worked well with this technique. If you have the retired Metallic Pencils or the Pure Color Pencils, they will both resist the water based Classic Stampin’ Pads. But, alas, I sold mine recently. I held on to them for a long time, thinking I’d use them again, but finally sold them this past fall. I also tried this with our Whisper White Watercolor Pencil, but, as I suspected, it didn’t work.

Since my resist pencils and crayons were gone, I had to “borrow” one of Amelia’s. I don’t think she’ll mind too much. She has just recently embraced the shade of white. We were coloring one day, and the image she assigned me (yes, that’s what she does) was a white pony with a gorgeous purple mane and tail. (Rarity, if you’re familiar with My Little Pony.) I colored her mane, tail, and hooves, and put it on the “finished” stack. Miss Amelia handed it back to me. “Seesa, you no finished.” I tried to reason with her and explain that Rarity is white, so it was ok to leave her uncolored. She was as unrelenting as my third grade teacher. I tried to color her with a white crayon, but Amelia wasn’t going for that either. I found the lightest silver I could find to use, then colored over part of it with my Clear Wink of Stella gitter pen. (That was a mistake. Now Ameila wants to use it every time she colors. Several of these are going on my next order, because my stampers love it as well.) So you see why I have no qualms snitching her white crayon.

(Edited to add: Deborah just reminded me that the resist technique works with Brusho. How did I forget that, since Brusho Crystal Colo(u)r is one of my favorite new products? Thanks, Deborah!!)

Back to the card…after you use the crayon on the white spaces, simply sponge classic ink over the card. I used Marina Mist Classic Ink with a sponge brayer. After the ink dried, I rubbed off the crayon with a towel, then colored with Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers. The ink isn’t as dark as it would be on Whisper White Cardstock, because we’re using Glossy White, but it gives a little hint of color.

I used the Everyday Label punch with a sentiment from the Heartfelt Blooms Sale-a-bration set, then added a couple Glitter Enamel Dots. This card is so simple, but very “peaceful.” Maybe it’s because blue is calming. Anyway, this is an “oldie but goodie” technique that you will love. Give it a try.

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

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