Irresistible Resist

Irresistible Resist

I love stamping techniques, and I thought of one today I haven’t done for awhile. It’s a fun resist technique.

Irresistible Blooms, Go To Greetings, Resist

Sometimes you want a colored background on a card, but you don’t want to stamp on colored card stock – especially if you’re going to color your images. The color in the card stock will change the color you’re using. So, here’s my technique.

First, I stamped the flowers, leaves, and splatters from the Irresistible Blooms Stamp Set on Basic White Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. This stamp set and coordinating dies as well as many other products are available today in my online store. They won’t be in any printed publication, so check out my store to see these Online Exclusives.

Next, I colored the images with Poppy Parade, So Saffron, and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Now for the resist part. You’ll need to cover the colored images with Versamark. There are a couple ways to do this. You can squeeze some Versamark Refill on a palatte, then pick it up with a brush and “paint” over the images with the Versamark Refill. Or you can use a VersaMark Pad with a Blender Pen. However, I may have mentioned I’m “patience challenged.” When I first became a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, we carried the VersaMarker in our catalog. It’s a marker filled with Versamark Ink. I fell in love. If you missed a spot when you were stamping in embossing ink before heat embossing, the Versamarker was a life saver. Even though we don’t currently carry it and I try only to use products I can sell, I had to purchase another Versamarker, and that’s what I used for this card. Simply color over the image, then emboss with clear embossing powder. So easy!

Now that my alcohol ink colored images had a layer of melted embossing powder over them, I simply blended Balmy Blue Ink over the entire card. There’s no need to be super careful, because the ink won’t stick to the powder. After all the unembossed Basic White areas were covered, I used a craft towel to shine up the embossing and remove any ink residue on the embossed areas. If you’re wondering what a craft towel is, it’s a cloth I keep in my craft room to clean up any ink messes.

I stamped the sentiment from the Go To Greetings Stamp Set in Poppy Parade Ink on a scrap of Blushing Bride Cardstock, then punched it and a Poppy Parade scalloped oval with the Double Oval Punch. I added a few Iridescent Pastel Gems, then adhered the 4″ x 5-1/4″ stamped panel to a So Saffron card base.

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Lavender Sachet Bags with Decorative Borders

Lavender Sachet Bags with Decorative Borders

A few months ago, I had a stamper ask me what she could do with her stamps besides make cards. I realized that most of our class projects lately were cards. Back when I started out as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, I almost always added a technique and a “3D” project to our class line-up. Boy, have I gotten lazy lately!

This year, I’ve decided to  add more non-cards to classes as well as a technique now and then. So here’s one of the projects we made in February classes.

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I know I’ve mentioned before that my dad was an orchardist. We grew mostly apples, but also had peaches, cherries, plums, and other fruit trees. A few weeks ago, I saw a box of little muslin bags in Mom’s entry. When I asked what she was going to do with them, she said, “throw them out, I guess.” They are now in my craft room. They’re perfect for dozens of uses that I’ll think of. Deer like to rub their antlers on the trees or eat the branches or do other destructive things. Orchardists fill the bags with a repellant, then tie them to the branches. These are brand new; they have not been filled with deer repellant. But I couldn’t resist making some sachets for little gifts.

First, I used my Stamparatus to stamp the image from the Decorative Borders Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow onto the bag. You do need to use the Stamparatus, because you’ll need to stamp several times to get the best image.

Next, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bag. After it was safely tucked into the bag, I colored the border image with Old Olive and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends. You really need the cardboard or some other material in the bag so that the ink doesn’t bleed through the bag. Also, you want to use a very light touch when coloring, because you don’t want to saturate the fibers and have the ink bleed over the stamped lines.

I filled the bags with lavender (I used food grade, just in case I want to make lemonade or a cheesecake or something. Ha! This will never happen, but maybe one of the girls will!), tied them tightly, and now I have lovely lavender sachets for my dresser, closet or anywhere else I want. Lavender is an excellent remedy for headaches, so these are wonderful if you need to just take a minute and rest with one on your forehead.

I have several stampers (including me) with scent sensitivities. Some artificial scents cause more harm than good, so I made sure to use real lavender flowers, not just an artificial scent. Also, the lavender made a nice, soft bag that wasn’t lumpy with too many dried flower blossoms.

Quick reminder – Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration ends tomorrow at midnight! Don’t miss your opportunity to earn free products!

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Naturally Gilded with Brilliant Wings

Naturally Gilded with Brilliant Wings

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I have definitely been into “simple” cards lately. They don’t actually qualify for Simple Stamping, because I’ve almost always used either a die or punch. But the cards have been simple to create.

Naturally Gilded, Stampin' Up!, Charming Sentiments, Brilliant Wings

For this card, I used the Naturally Gilded Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) that will be available March 1. (Of course, if you’re a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, you can order it now.) There are six single sided pages in this paper collection – All have metallic nature scenes. This one is Silver and White, and the other two designs are Copper and White, and Gold and Vanilla. There are two pages of each design. So fun – and these are beautiful.

The last time we had metallic/white paper, I spritzed some color onto it. I decided to use Blending Brushes this time. I brushed Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, and Granny Apple Green over the 4″ x 5-1/4″ design. The metallic acts as a resist so only the white part (or vanilla) takes on the color. Since the ink on the metallic areas doesn’t absorb the ink, I buffed the silver parts with a soft cloth to be sure none of the ink rubbed off onto something else.

So now that I had a cool background, what should I do with it? I die-cut butterflies using the Brilliant Wings Dies and Silver Foil. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments Stamp Set on another piece of the foil with Versamark and embossed with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I die-cut this with the coordinating die in the Sentiment Silhouettes Dies. Currently, you can order the stamp set and dies as a bundle or separately. If you use the bundle number, you’ll save 10%.

See how easy that was? Piece of cake! I love the way it turned out. The Naturally Gilded DSP is one of the Online Exclusive products that will be available March 1. These products won’t be in a printed publication, but you can find them in my store beginning March 1, 2023.

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Enjoy the Journey

Enjoy the Journey

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! Did you ever order something and think, “hmm,” wondering why you ordered it? I’ve done that several times recently, but I realized there must have been a reason. One such purchase was the Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Stampin’ Up!® January-April Mini Catalog. I am so glad I ordered it, because I love it! It has a lot of my favorite colors, and it goes really well with the Picturesque Stamp Set! (That’s not what I used with it today, though.)

Stampin' Up!, Grove Dies, Enjoy the Journey DSP


Several of my friends and I are in a monthly swap. We send each other a card each month – any theme, any design. This month, I received one from Margo that was a cute fun-fold and kind of the same design as this one – except she used birds and a nest. And mine isn’t the fun-fold.

Using a Garden Green card base, I die-cut the trees from the front using the Grove Dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. These are part of the Grassy Grove Bundle (Grassy Grove Stamp Set/Grove Dies) and this bundle is perfect for masculine cards or cards for nature lovers!

After I die-cut the front of the cards, I backed it with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Enjoy the Journey DSP. Instead of doing a “card in a card” like Margo’s fun-fold, I adhered the DSP to the inside front of the card. Not only is the DSP design perfect with the die-cuts, by adhering it to the inside front, you can see the other side of the DSP as well.

I used the Grove Dies to die-cut the two deer from Soft Suede Cardstock and then added them to the forest. I wasn’t sure who I was going to send it to or for what occasion, so I haven’t added a sentiment yet. But it did need something so I tied some Linen Thread around the front.

This card was super simple and quick to create. These days, I need simple and quick! Don’t forget you only have six more days (unless you’re reading this after February 22) to enjoy Sale-a-bration products! After February 28, they’ll be gone, so don’t miss out. (Here’s a helpful hint – Order the Grassy Grove Bundle and your order will qualify for a free product!) Also, check out the updated Clearance Rack for discounted products!

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Watercolored Irresistible Blooms

Watercolored Irristible Blooms

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I have news for you today! Stampin’ Up!® is adding a new line of products beginning in March.

Online Exclusives will have their own tab in the store, and new products will be released three times a year. These products will not be in a printed publication (i.e. “catalog”) but will be available online only. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new products that will be released March 1.

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Today’s card uses the Irresistible Blooms Stamp Set. This set has a coordinating set of dies that you can bundle with the stamps (to save 10%) or order separately. There’s also beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP), Specialty DSP in Copper, Gold, and Silver, three 3D Embossing folders, alphabet stamps, and embellishments. And even more will be added in March.

Stampin' Up!, Online Exclusives, Irresistible Blooms

The technique I used on this card is one where you create your own background by blending ink onto paper. After you blend the ink, you spritz with water, then wait for the paper to dry, then stamp, emboss, and watercolor the images over the background. That’s a lot of waiting for someone who is “patience challenged.” Don’t you love that term? Thanks, Jackie!!

I decided to skip a few steps and use some of the gorgeous DSP from Stampin’ Up!®. This paper is from the Fancy Flora Suite, the 6″ x 6″ Fancy Flora DSP. One side has a floral design and the other side of each sheet has a fun background. I thought this would be perfect for my card.

First, I stamped the flowers and leaves from the Irresistible Blooms Stamp Set in Versamark directly onto the DSP, then embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the Metallics powder collection. I used Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green Ink Refills and a Water Painter to color the flowers and leaves. After I was finished, I blotted any ink residue from the embossing powder with a paper towel.

One of the images in the stamp set is a splatter image, so I stamped a few splatters in Night of Navy. The sentiment is also in the Irresistible Blooms Stamp Set. I stamped on Night of Navy Cardstock with Versamark Ink and embossed with Copper powder.

I added the stamped DSP to a piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, then to a piece of Soft Seafoam Cardstock that I embossed with one of the new Basic 3D Embossing Folders.

Check my online store on March 1 to order the new Online Exclusive products and to see the extras that will be added then.

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Forever Fern Shadow

Forever Fern Shadow

I saw such a fun technique today, and I had to give it a try. It’s called shadow stamping.

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The idea is to stamp an image in a darker color, then stamp it again (and off a little to the side) in Versamark and emboss with a light powder. This wasn’t working for me, though. I am impatient, and after stamping the leaves in Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock, I didn’t wait for the ink to dry before I stamped in Versamark and embossed. This caused a lot of embossing powder to stick to the Early Espresso leaves. After several failed attempts, I decided to cheat.

I stamped the three greenery images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set in Versamark on a separate piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, then embossed with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next, I used a Blending Brush to add some Crumb Cake Ink to the images and then I die-cut them with the Forever Flourishing Dies.

On the Very Vanilla Cardstock that would be a card layer, I stamped the same leaves in Early Espresso Ink, then blended Crumb Cake Ink over the entire layer. I glued the die-cut, embossed leaves over the stamped Early Espresso leaves and stamped the sentiment  from the Something Fancy Stamp Set on the bottom of the layer with Early Espresso Ink. Except for the blotch of Crumb Cake Ink in the upper corner, I’m very happy with how this turned out. I was sure I tapped excess ink off my brush and started blending off the card stock, but, apparently, at least once, I did not.

I added the stamped layer to Crumb Cake Cardstock, then to a Very Vanilla card base. Since I knew it would be a sympathy card, I kept it simple and unadorned.

If you wondered about my lunch with Amelia, it was awesome! She introduced me to many of her friends and I had such fun meeting them and enjoying time with my grand. School has changed a lot since I was a kid. First – family members couldn’t just drop in for lunch any time they wanted. And we had to be quiet. This was not a quiet lunch. In fact, I may have some hearing loss! But the kids were having a lot of fun, so I’m happy.

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Something Fancy with Favored Flowers

Something Fancy with Favored Flowers

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I finally cut into my Favored Flowers Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s so pretty, and I love that the patterns to most of the work! Plus, it’s free with a $50 order during Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration (through February 28, so hurry!).

Two-Tone Floral, Favored Flowers, Something Fancy, Stampin' Up@

I used two patterns and layered them on a Blackberry Bliss card base. Since I had a little of my dyed ribbon left from this card, I wrapped it around the “seam” where the two patterns met. I wanted to add a couple stamped flowers, but I didn’t order the Fragrant Flowers Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® Jan-April Mini Catalog. The Two-Tone Flora Bundle worked ok, though, so I stamped the flowers on Basic White Cardstock with Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia Classic Ink, then die-cut with the coordinating Two-Tone Flora Dies (which I bundled with the stamps to save 10%). I colored the centers with Daffodil Delight Stampin Blends.

The sentiment is from the Something Fancy Stamp Set. I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark Ink on Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, then embossed with White Embossing Powder. I used the Something Fancy Dies to die-cut the shape and added it to the card. So easy!

If you order the Two-Tone Flora Bundle, you’ll be able to add any Level 1 (free with $50 purchase) product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure. Add the Something Fancy Bundle and you can select a Level 2 or two Level 1 products! There are only two more weeks of Sale-a-bration; don’t wait until the last minute and be disappointed!

I am so excited for today. I am taking Amelia to school, then heading back at noon to have lunch with her. It will be so fun! She enjoys school lunches; so did I when I was in school. Most of the time, they were quite tasty! But she did suggest politely that I may want to get Chick Fil-A (her favorite). She’s been wanting a lunch buddy, but her parents all work, so I offered to step in. I’ll admit, going to school always makes me a little nervous as it brings back memories of being teased in school. Hopefully the third graders will be kind to this old grandma!

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Greatest Journey

Greatest Journey

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! Today I have an awesome card for you that was designed by one of our “team members.” The quotes are there because Kathy isn’t technically part of our team. She moved here, but her upline and stampers are in another state. She happened to be doing a craft fair with one of my other team members and they started chatting. One thing led to another, and Carol invited Kathy to our team gatherings. We quickly adopted her and she’s a hugely valued member of our team! It’s funny, because when new people come to our gatherings each month, they really don’t know who’s adopted and who’s not. It’s so fun!

Just to clarify – our gatherings are kind of like meetings, but since all of my team members keep up-to-date on what’s going on at Stampin’ Up!®, going through all the updates were super boring. So we stopped having “meetings.” I post updates in our facebook group, and we have a “business chat” for those who want to build a stamping business a week later. But our meetings are more like “gatherings” now – we chat, have snacks and a challenge, and a make & take. I think our relationships are stronger now since we share what we’ve been creating and what’s happening in our lives. And “meeting” just sounds too formal and boring.

Here’s the make & take Kathy brought for us at our gathering tonight.
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This isn’t the best photo, but I took it at the gathering with lots of stuff all around (instead of in my little light box at home). But I LOVED the card Kathy made and wanted to post hers.

Our area has lots of mountains, hiking and biking trails, and camping areas, so the Greatest Journey Bundle is perfect for us! Mike and the boys have also done some mountain biking. I have as well, but on a more limited scale. The first time I went, I kind of messed up a downhill and flipped over my bike and ended up sprawled in the dirt with mud in my mouth. I’m more of a cheerleader now.

Kathy made creating this card so easy! She had a plate full of die-cuts from the Greatest Journey Dies, and pre-cut Enjoy the Journey Designer Series Paper (DSP). This card reminds me so much of Mike who biked through the Rockies for a fundraiser several (well, many) years ago.

But even more fun is the way this card is designed. It’s like an easel. Here’s how it looks from the side.

The card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″, but there’s an extra 4-1/4″ x 5″ piece added to it. It’s scored on each end at 1/2″, then at 2-1/2″. Glue the 1/2″ edges to the bottom front and back (inside) to form the easel. Genius!

The sentiment is from the Picturesque Stamp Set which also works perfectly with this DSP. Kathy always brings such fun ideas to our gatherings. And the Greatest Journey Bundle is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts! And now I have more to add to my wish list! (Thanks, Kathy!)

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Daffodil Daydream Color Challenge

Daffodil Daydream Color Challenge

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! Every month, our local demonstrators have a challenge to create for the next month’s meeting. Our challenge for February is a color challenge, and this was so much fun! The colors are Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, and Starry Sky. I had so much fun with this card.

Stampin' Up!, Daffodil Daydream, Something Fancy

I have a confession – which isn’t a secret. I’m a Designer Series Paper (DSP) hoarder. I save it because I hate to cut it and use it up. Then it retires and I give it away, so I don’t get to use it anyway. I’m trying to break this habit, so while there is DSP on this card, it may not be where you think.

The Starry Sky background is not the DSP. I spritzed some Watercolor Paper with Starry Sky Ink Refill and rubbing alcohol, then sprinkled a little sea salt over the wet paper. The salt gave just a hint of texture, and by spritzing instead of blending, I got the uneven color I was going for.

After it dried (and, of course, I helped it along with my heat tool), I dusted off the salt, then adhered this piece to Daffodil Delight Cardstock, and then to the Dainty Flowers DSP that I got free with a $50 order during Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration. The card base is Granny Apple Green.

Next I die-cut the flowers and stems using the Daffodils Dies and Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and So Saffron Cardstock. The top “detailed” layers are in the darker yellows and the base of the flowers uses the lighter yellows.

My sentiment is a stamp from the Something Fancy Bundle. There’s a die in the bundle that’s perfect for this, but I used the Double Oval Punch instead. I stamped in Starry Sky on Basic White Cardstock, then layered the smaller punched sentiment to the larger Starry Sky scalloped oval.

I decided I needed some embellishments, so I added a few Brushed Brass Butterflies. Who else is ready for spring?

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Fancy Flora Mystery Pieces

Fancy Flora Mystery Pieces

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine sure was, because, again, part of it was spent with family. Mom has three younger sisters (and three younger brothers, although one recently passed away). The middle younger sister had a birthday last week, so we celebrated Sunday. I got to hang out with Mom and my niece, my older son Jon, two of the three aunts and several cousins (and second cousins. Not sure about how they’re removed, or even if they’re “removed,” but they’re the kids of my cousins). Here in the South, we just say they’re cousins. Even if they’re not related, they’re cousins! And next weekend we’re celebrating Jon’s birthday, so more family stories coming up next week.

Our Mystery Pieces team has been working on February’s pieces. We took January off for a little break after Christmas; here are the pieces for February.

These pieces are from me. You can tell because I used colors on the lavender/purple side of the color wheel (Fresh Freesia, Orchid Oasis).  And, of course, the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper (DSP). I LOVE that paper from the January-April Mini Catalog. The other element is the White Frayed Ribbon. I have to be honest, I’m not a huge ribbon user. It adds bulk (and more postage) to a card, and I just don’t think about it a lot of the time. So everyone got this piece of ribbon so I wouldn’t feel guilty when it retires and I haven’t used it. (Does this make me an awful person? Yes, probably.)

Here’s Christy’s card.

I love that she used the Medium Daisy Punch and sequins with this. And the ribbon adds a gorgeous extra layer!

This card is from Nadine.

I LOVE the folded DSP behind the sentiment layer! And the addition of the Two=Tone Flora Stamp Set (and die) pulls out the best of the DSP colors.

Here’s my card.

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This photo is a bit wonky, but like Nadine. I used the Two-Tone Flora Bundle for the flowers. I stamped them in Fresh Freesia and Orchid Oasis to match the DSP. The leaves are stamped in Soft Succulent. I die-cut the DSP with the large Two-Tone Flora Die, but realized I needed a little bit more on the front of the card. I dyed the ribbon with some Orchid Oasis Ink Refill and rubbing alcohol, then used it as another layer under the flowers. The sentiment is one of the stamps in the Go-To Greetings Stamp Set in Orchid Oasis on Basic White Cardstock. While I usually sell my retired stamps as soon as I can to make room for more new ones, this is a set I will keep for a long time. These sayings are perfect for so many occasions, and the fonts are beautiful. I don’t know what’s retiring from the current Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, but you need to get these stamps while you can! They are so versatile. They are definitely my “go-to”s.

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

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