Lovely Words

Lovely Words

One of my favorite new products in the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is the Lovely Words Thinlits. There are three shapes with a word inside. The heart has lovely, the circle says hugs, and friend is in the oval.

Lovely Words Thinlits, Stampin' Up!

I used the friend thinlit in this post . Here are the other two.

Lovely Words, Daisy Delight, Stampin' Up!

We’ll be making these in June classes. The shapes and words are cut from the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (DSP) paper, then backed with a coordinating color of cardstock. Add a daisy and some ribbon and you have a quick and simple but very pretty card.

The daisy is the beautiful daisy from the Daisy Delight stamp set, punched with the Daisy Punch, of course. There are so many color possibilities for this – and they’re all lovely.

I decided to use the new In Colors for this card. I cut a few card bases from each new In Color (Lemon Lime Twist and Powder Pink shown here), then used the coordinating Fresh Forals DSP for the top layer. The daisies are stamped in the darker of the two colors, and then the petals are colored with the lighter color and an Aqua Painter.

Here are all the color combinations –
Lemon Lime Twist/Bermuda Bay
Powder Pink/Wisteria Wonder
Fresh Fig/Calypso Coral
Berry Burst/Perfect Plum
Tranquil Tide/Pool Party

These are great combinations, if I do say so myself! My favorite, I think, is Berry Burst/Perfect Plum. But Lemon Lime Twist/Bermuda Bay is also a gorgeous combo, especially for summer.

It was fun matching all the new ribbon up with the cards. I used the Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon for the Lemon Lime Twist card, and Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon for the Powder Pink card. Ribbon for the other three choices are – Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding for the Fresh Fig card, Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon for the Berry Burst card, and 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon for the Tranquil Tide card.

I’m loving the new 2017-18 In Colors! I hope you are as well. Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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A Coffee Day

A Coffee Day

What a whirlwind week this has been. Wait, seriously? It’s only Tuesday? It seems like everything waited until this week to happen, and I’m spinning in circles. I don’t know if I just needed to focus or I was extra tired today, but I hit the coffee pot really hard. To be fair, the coffee we buy is really, really good. Even their decaf is excellent. Usually I hate decaf, because it just tastes weak and funky. But Camano Island’s decaf tastes as good as regular – not that I drink it a lot. I buy it for Mike. But sometimes, late at night, you just want a cup of coffee, but you still want to sleep.

I had a little time yesterday and today to play with a new stamp set from the 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog – Coffee Café. It’s so fun – and there’s a coordinating set of Coffee Cups Framelits. (Of course, if you bundle them, you save 10%.) There’s also coordinating designer series paper, and some of the framelits also die-cut images in the paper. So cool!

For my card, I only used the stamps and framelits, although I did use two new Designer Series Paper Stacks.

Coffee Cafe, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the cup on a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and ran it through the Big Shot with the coordinating die. Then I cut foam from Whisper White Cardstock, a sleeve from Crumb Cake Cardstock, and a frappuccino lid from Vellum Cardstock. Finally I cut a straw from Soft Sky Cardstock. All that was left was to put the cup together. (A note about the sleeve die – it corrugates your paper as well as die-cuts it. Fun!)

I decided to use a piece of the “crackle” pattern in Old Olive from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. It went well with the other colors without overwhelming the cup. And it was light enough that I could stamp the image on the paper. I didn’t want a tag, because I didn’t want it to compete with the coffee.

My sentiment is from Balloon Celebration, a set that carried over from last year’s catalog. It has such fun sayings. I stamped “Come, let us sit together and drink coffee” in Early Espresso and “(and eat cookies)” in Old Olive. I could have eaten cookies today, but I didn’t. I just drank another cup of coffee instead.

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

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Lovely Watercolored Words

Lovely Watercolored Words

Sometimes, one can find inspiration in odd places. Mike & I had dinner out one night while we were in Floriday. While I was admiring the décor of the restaurant, I happened to notice the sign for the rest rooms. I took a photo, but, sadly, the light wasn’t great and there is a huge glare in the center; it was a little difficult to take a good picture without bothering (or scaring) the ladies at the next table.

The sign was very simple – hot, summer colors watercolored across the sign with “Rest Rooms” painted on it, and it was the inspiration for this card.

Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up!I had so much fun mising colors. I used mostly reds and yellows with a little pink and simply washed the color over Watercolor Paper. I’d tell you what colors I used, but I made this two weeks ago. Half the fun, though, is mixing and creating your favorite design.

After the ink dried, I used the Lovely Words Thinlits to die-cut friend. I stamped missing you from Oh So Eclectic in Chocolate Chip Classic Ink, then layered the watercolored paper to Chocolate Chip card stock, and then to a Pumpkin Pie card. Of course, I added some Enamel Shapes in Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry. I thought using a heart for the dot on the i was a fun touch. Very middle school, don’t you think?

I loved having minimal supplies with me on vacation, because it stretched my creativity a little. I’m sure Mike will raise his eyebrows at my use of the word “minimal.” As Inigo Montoya would say, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” But compared what I usually have available, it was definitely minimal!

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Boxed Card Set & Candy Holder

Boxed Card Set & Candy Holder

This matching card box set and cute candy holder project makes a wonderful gift-from-the-heart. Who wouldn’t love a set of handmade cards and a jar of flowers with a hidden chocolate surprise? The card box is a simple design and holds four cards with envelopes. This set of cards features the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits, and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper highlighting new 2017-2019 In-Colors. This project requires a lot of Big Shot work, but it is worth it in the end.

Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central, Jar of Love

This lovely project was designed by Julie for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to June, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month package that includes June.

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Sketch Challenge in Tranquil Tide

Sketch Challenge in Tranquil Tide

Stamp Off Friday is here! This week, we have a really fun sketch challenge for you.

There are so many possibilities with this one, but I needed a “Make & Take” for my open house Saturday, so I went the easy route. In fact, I kind of turned it inside out. Instead of using designer series paper (DSP) for the center, I used it for the sides and left the card stock plain for the center. Here’s what I mean…

Text Ya Later, Label Me Pretty, Stampin' Up!Had I kept the sketch in front of me while I was working, I would have cut the DSP so that it went to the edges of the card instead of having borders, but I think it’s ok. Susan and Jackie are very forgiving, and our “rules” are mostly, 1- Have Fun. 2- Don’t Stress. I started to cover the card with a layer of DSP, then add a strip of Tranquil Tide down the center, but – hey, I’m lazy, and I have to cut about 10 or more of these cards. I decided I’d rather cut two layers than three.

The DSP I used for this card is the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack. You may remember that in past years, we’ve had DSP stacks in all the core and In Colors. This year, the only DSP stack we’re offering in color collections is for the new 2017-19 In Colors. You may also remember the Fresh Florals DSP from 2016-17 in Night of Navy and Whisper White. This is the same pattern, but it’s in the new In Colors. Gorgeous! I love all the patterns and am trying to use it all up before it retires. (If you’re new to my blog, you may know that I tend to hoard paper. And embellishments. And ribbon. It’s a sickness, but I’m determined to use more paper and ribbon and embellishments this year. If our designer series papers weren’t so pretty, it wouldn’t be so hard to make that first cut.)

I used the Label Me Pretty stamp set for the background label, and the Pretty Label Punch to punch it out. You can order these products separately, but if you bundle them, you’ll save 10%.  (In case you want to know, I used Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the label stamp.)

I wanted to use a different set to show the versatility of this set, so I stamped the circle sentiment with stamps from Text Ya Later. This is another set I got in my Display Stamper Box. It includes a cell phone screen image with lots of word bubbles and emojis and more. At first I thought, “How many cell phone cards can you make for one display board?” And I was stumped for about two seconds. Then I looked at the different sentiments that you can stamp in the word bubbles, and I realized that it’s a very versatile set. I used it with the Beautiful You ladies and made a set of note cards. So cute! Of course, time to celebrate was too long to fit in the 1-3/8″ circle punch, but since it’s photopolymer, you can bend the stamps. And just like that, it fit!

So now it was time to layer it to the card. Susan and Jackie do such creative things with their projects, so I didn’t want to just plop the label on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I decided to layer it to a Silver Metallic Foil Doily (cut in half and spread to make it bigger). Then I added some Silver Metallic Thread to the back for a little more interest.

This entire process took about 10 minutes. Yep – it’s a ten minute card. How awesome is that? When people tell me they don’t have time to create a hand crafted card, I usually reply, “But it’s quicker than driving to the store!”

Now – head over to Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see what they’ve done with this sketch. I know it will be something amazing. Those two are so creative. I love being part of this group, because I learn a new tip or trick every week.

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

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Diamonds, Daisies, and Fresh Figs

Diamonds, Daisies, and Fresh Figs

I played with the new embossing paste from Stampin’ Up! today, and it is just as fun as I thought it would be. If you missed the “introductory video,” you can see it in yesterday’s blog post.

Using the Embossing Paste

I decided to add a little Fresh Fig Classic Ink Refill to mine, as well as a pinch of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. What fun! There’s just a little sparkle and shimmer without being overly obnoxious, I think. Take a look. (Disclamer: The glitter doesn’t show up really well in the photo. But in real life, it’s quite nice.)

Daisy Delight, Stampin' Up!

I only used part of the mask, because I didn’t want to cover the entire card. I used one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and one of the palette knives to mix and spread the paste. It takes a few minutes to dry – but it does dry quickly. So when you finish with the Embossing Paste, clean your mask, palette knives, and whatever you used for a palette. I used the Silicone Craft Sheet. Then work on other parts of the card. By the time you’ve finished, the paste will probably be dry. It takes about 5 minutes or so.

It’s all about the Daisy

I stamped the daisy from Daisy Delight in Calypso Coral, then colored the petals with Daffodil Delight classic ink and a Blender Pen. So many delightful flowers in our line-up this year. Of course, there’s a coordinating daisy punch, so making the flower was a snap. You can order the products separately, but if you bundle the stamps and punch, you’ll save 10%.

The Embellishments

Aren’t you loving the gold and silver Faceted Gems and the Glitter Enamel Dots? Yes, well, demonstrators loved them too. We loved them so much that between the OnStage “Product Purchase Premier” and the pre-order period in May, we bought a year’s worth. Seriously, we bought them out. But the good news is they’ll be back in the warehouse very soon, so you can still order them. And if you love Stampin’ Up! products as much as I do and want to be one of the first to order new products, consider joining my team of demonstrators. You’ll enjoy a discount on your products and you can earn free product as well as extra spending cash. You can work as much or as little as you want, because it’s your business. And if you only want the discount for own purchases, that’s fine too. You don’t need to “do workshops” or classes, although it’s fun to meet new people and share what you love to do.

Earn Free Product

Another great way to load up on free product is to host a party. Invite some friends, fix some snacks, and I’ll bring the rest. And if your party totals $350 or more in June, you’ll earn an extra $35 in Stamping Rewards.

Contact me today to schedule your party or to find out more about becoming a demonstrator. You can leave a comment here, or email me – buffycooper (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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

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Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste

Stampin’ Up! Embossing Paste

One of the things that really caught my eye in the new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was the Embossing Paste.

Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!

This is such a fun way to add texture and dimension to a project. And you can add color to it with our Classic Ink Refills.

I just got mine today, and I haven’t had time to play yet, but tomorrow I’m going to try a few things. Of course, I’ll add some ink to it. But I also want to see how it will work with glitter. One of the coordinating products is a set of masks. How gorgeous would glittery diamonds look?

Until I get a chance to make a few samples for you to look at, here’s a video of the product in action!

How fun does that look? You’re going to want to add the Embossing Paste to your next order. And remember, if you place an order with me Saturday, June 10, you can enjoy free shipping! If you’re local, stop by my open house and see what I’ve created with some of the new products and enjoy a few make & takes. If you can’t make it, you can still order online (and I’ll rebate your shipping) or send me your order and payment information and I’ll place it for you. If you order online, please use the hostess code Z74FFHKU. However, if your order is $150 or more, do NOT use the hostess code, so you can enjoy your own “Stampin’ Rewards” and get free product. Gather a few friends and place a $350 minimum order and you can enjoy an extra $35 in free product! Or contact me to set a date for an in person or Facebook workshop. Either way – you’ll get free product and everyone will have fun!

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