Watercolor Retreat

Watercolor Retreat

Here’s a fun card I made using one of my favorite Stamping Techniques – watercoloring with the Stampin’ Up!® Stamparatus.

Rustic Retreat, Stampin' Up!

I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with this set, so I started with Whisper White Cardstock. Since I ended up watercoloring, Shimmery White or Watercolor Paper would have been better, but this worked ok.

First, I placed the cabin image from the Rustic Retreat Stamp Set into the Stamparatus, then inked the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers. I used Gray Granite for the roof, Soft Suede for the logs, Smoky Slate for the smoke and chimney, and Shaded Spruce for the trees. (Tip: If you don’t have all the markers, and you’re just starting out, use Mossy Meadow for the green. That way you only have to purchase the Neutrals Markers.)

I inked each area separately so the colors wouldn’t get too muddied, and I cleaned the stamp each time. After I was happy with the image, I filled in some areas with more ink and an Aqua Painter. Then I fussy cut the image with Paper Snips.

On the Whisper White background panel, I stamped the treeline multiple times with Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. I spritzed the stamp to give it a little more watercolored look, and I stamped repeatedly until the ink was gone.

I stamped the sentiment on Crumb Cake Cardstock with Soft Suede Classic Ink, then cut it with Paper Snips. I added two pieces of Shaded Spruce/Gold ribbon under the sentiment. This is a little sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog! You can order this ribbon beginning September 4.

I added the cabin and the sentiment to the background using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then layered to Soft Suede Cardstock, then the Soft Suede Plaid design from the 6″ x 6″ Neutrals Designer Series Paper. Finally, everything was added to a Shaded Spruce card base.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie, and me! We’ll be showing you our favorite techniques.

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CASE-ing Susan

CASE-ing Susan

My dear friend Susan creates the most elegant and gorgeous cards. Every time I open her blog, I am “wowed.”

Recently she shared a “card with a pop of white.” It was lovely, and I had to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it. I used slightly different colors, but most of it is the same.

Heirloom Frames, Daisy Lane, Daisy Delightl, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that fun? I don’t know why the frame looks so (as my dad says) “Whoppyjawed.” It’s straight on the card. Must be the camera angle.

Here are the details. First – Emboss the front of a Balmy Blue card base with the Brick & Mortar 3-D Embossing Folder.  Die cut the oval frame using the Heirloom Frames Dies from Whisper White Cardstock. Place the center into the coordinating embossing folder, then place the frame into the embossing folder around the oval and send it through your Die-cutting & Embossing Machine.  How gorgeous is that embossed frame? (Answer – totally gorgeous. This was one of the first things I zoomed in on when I saw the sneak peeks at OnStage in April.)

Next, die-cut another oval frame from Balmy Blue Cardstock. Save the large Balmy Blue frame and the smaller Whisper White center for another project. Stamp the sentiment from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set on the small Balmy Blue oval using Night of Navy Classic Ink. You’re going to add this stamped oval back into the frame. That’s why it’s not embossed; it’s a separate layer.

Stamp two medium daisies from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set and two large daisies from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. (Note: You can use the large daisy in the Daisy Lane Stamp Set if you don’t have Daisy Delight. I just hadn’t used Daisy Delight for awhile, so that’s why I used it.)

Use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen to blend the ink into the flowers. Then punch the flowers with the Daisy Punch and Medium Daisy Punch. Layer them to create a large flower, and add a Perennial Essence Floral Center to the center of the large diasy. (Just a reminder: Bundle the Daisy Lane Stamp Set and Medium Daisy Punch to save 10% over the retail price!)

Punch two sets of leaves from Whisper White Cardstock using the Leaf Punch, then assemble everything as shown.

When I showed Mike the five cards I had made over the weekend, this was his favorite. Of course it was his favorite. It’s blue. He’s definitely a blue guy.

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Walmart Inspiration

Walmart Inspiration

Welcome back, happy crafters! Is it just me, or do you also have to start conversations with the phrase, “I’m really not creepy…”? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Lots of times I’ve been inspired by products on the shelves of a store while I’ve been shopping. I’ve also been inspired by people’s clothes. Often, it’s my stampers who inspire me, and they understand why I want to take a photo of their clothing. Strangers, though, kind of look at you like you should be locked up somewhere when you first approach them. Seriously, do people just not talk to each other any more? Anyway – tonight Mike & I were at Walmart (because, really, where else would you go for artistic inspiration?) and I passed a lady with a lovely dress on.

When I passed her, I thought, “What a beautiful dress! That would make a wonderful card.” I kept going, but then I realized I really needed a picture to remember the “essence” of her outfit. So I went back. And the conversation was something like this.

“Hi! I’m not really creepy or anything, but I make greeting cards, and I love your dress. That design would make a lovely card. Do you mind if I take a picture? I won’t include your face and I promise not to post it anywhere.” She was so adorable and sweet, and kept saying, “Sure, it’s ok! No, honey, it’s ok; go right ahead.”

Of course, at the same time, Mike realized what I was doing, and he was telling her (from a distance), “It’s ok; she does this all the time. Honestly, she’s not dangerous,” like I had some sort of weird deficiency of some sort. She probably was thinking, “Ok, her care giver is right here, so if she gets agitated, he’ll take over. It’s probably best to just go along with her.” I need to ask Mike to stop helping before I get locked up.

Anyway – here’s the card I made from her inspiration. I wish I had gotten contact information so I could send her this.

To a Wild Rose, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that beautiful? I created the stripes using a retired Stampin’ Up!® mask, Stamping Sponges, and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock.

I stamped the flower and leaves from the To a Wild Rose Stamp Set in the Tuxedo Black ink, then colored with Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut them using the Wild Rose Dies. If you bundle the To a Wild Rose Stamp Set and the Wild Rose Dies, you can save 10%.

The sentiment is from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set. I punched with the Timeless Label Punch, then trimmed the top and bottom before adding a few Lovely Lipstick flowers from the Free as a Bird Stamp Set.

I hope the lady who was wearing this dress knows how amazing she is. She was kind to a crazy stranger who wanted a picture of her dress, and that was such a kind and caring act. We need more people like her in this world!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you have a lovely day, and maybe meet a kind stranger or two.

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Sparkles & Foil

Sparkles & Foil

From August until the end of the year, our family has lots of birthdays. Usually I load up on thank you cards, but these days, I need some birthday cards.

Today I decided to play with the Stampin’ Up!® Shimmer White and Shimmer Black Embossing Powders, as well as Noble Peacock Foil Sheets and the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D Embossing Folders.

Floral Essence, Special Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

Well, I must say, this is much more strking in person. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo until it was dark outside, so I didn’t get a good image of the foil and shimmer emboss powder.

First, I diecut an oval frame from Night of Navy Cardstock as well as the Noble Peacock Foil Sheet (Pretty Peacock) and a piece of Pretty Peacock Cardstock. Then I used the Petal Labels Dies with the Noble Peacock oval to diecut the overlay for the Night of Navy oval. How fun is it that the Petal Labels oval die coordinates with the Heirloom Dies?

Next, I stamped three small flowers from the Floral Essence Stamp Set on the small oval center of the Perfect Peacock Cardstock frame using Versamark. I heat embossed the flowers with the Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This does not show well in the photo, but it adds just a little shimmer to the flowers.

Next, I stamped a larger flower from the Floral Essence Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock using Versamark Ink. I embossed this flower using the Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Again, the shimmer doesn’t show in the photo, but it does in real life.

I colored the flower using Dark Mango Melody and Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, then fussy cut the flower with Paper Snips. I don’t know what it is with yellows, but they almost always smear ink for me. I’m not sure why the Stampin’ Blend smeared the black embossing powder. Any guesses? I forgot to add a floral center, so that will take the attention away from the smeariness. And I’ll go over the non-embossed areas again with the Stampin’ Blends before I send it.

I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Night of Navy Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, created a banner with Paper Snips on the right side, then rounded the corners on the left with the Detailed Trio Punch. Finally, I punched two leaves from the Noble Peacock (Old Olive) Foil Sheets.

To put it all together, I layered a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Neutrals Designer Series Paper (Night of Navy) to a Night of Navy card base. Then I added the frames in the center and the flowers and sentiment as shown. The Night of Navy frame, the Mango/Daffodil Flower, and the sentiment are all adhered with Stmapin’ Dimensionals.

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Blue Birthday

Blue Birthday

My favorite summer dress has lots of blues – Blueberry Bushel, Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana –  and a little Granny Apple Green in it. I love the color combination, so I decided to create a card using those Stampin’ Up!® colors.

Colorful Seasons, Stampin' Up!

I started with a Coastal Cabana Cardstock base, then added a layer of Pacific Point Cardstock. On a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, I used a Pattern Party Decorative Mask and sponged all the blues and green over the mask to create a gorgeous background. I added a scalloped border using the die in the Seasonal Layers Dies.

Next, I die-cut floral images from the Seasonal Layers Dies, then put the negative into my Stamparatus. Next, I added the flowers (two at a time) back into the negative spaces and stamped Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green flowers from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set. It was so quick, and each stamped image turned out perfectly because I used the Stamparatus.

Oh, goodness. I totally missed that the Happy Birthday die was retired. You can use the Word Wishes Dies or the Well Written Dies instead. I die-cut two from Blueberry Bushel Cardstock then layered them together to get a little more dimension. (Thanks, Deborah Smart, for that idea!)

All that was left was to put it all together. I added some embellishments to the centers of the flowers. I think they’re retired, too. I simply must start using my embellishments before they retire. Still, there are lots of options that will work just as nicely – the Rhinestone Basic Jewels or the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets would be my first choice.

So how much do you love that combination? I think you may see it a lot in the next few days. It’s a really cool combination for summer, don’t you think?

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A Best Friend Leaves a Paw Print…

A Best Friend Leaves a Paw Print…

…on your heart (forever). Mike & I have owned several rescue dogs. Our latest, of course, is General Max. Before Max, we had Hoss and Walter. Hoss was a huge Rottweiler; the sign on his crate when we adopted him was “Hoss: The Gentle Giant.” He definitely was. Although he was a large as a small bear, he rarely barked and was such a love. Walter was as old as dirt when we got him, but he was full of life. He charged through life with abandon. Both of them died just the way they lived. Hoss died quietly in his sleep; Walter was running up a hill on a walk and just fell over dead.

My dear friend Susan had a Golden Retriever named Emma. I found out yesterday that Emma passed away over the weekend. Emma was a member of the family, and I know her passing has left a huge hole in Susan’s and her husband Rob’s hearts.

I shared a card similar to this a few weeks ago. It’s a CASE from my demonstrator friend Pam Irwin.

Happy Tails, Stampin' Up!

The card I shared earlier used the cat from Nine Lives instead of the Happy Tails dog, but it’s the same idea from Pam. This isn’t Susan’s sympathy card; I don’t like to share a card I made for someone specific until they actually see the card in person. But I wanted to have something to show you today. (It’s my online sympathy card for Susan, though. Sending hugs and love, Susan.)

When Susan told me Emma was sick, it sounded so much like our Shepherd/Golden mix Tony. Tony was another rescue. A friend adopted him from the SPCA, then had to move back home with his parents. Tony didn’t get along with his parents’ dog, and Mike and I just happened to be visiting when they told us they would have to “re-home” Tony. Tony came home with us, of course.

Tony lived with us for a long time. He was a wonderful dog, and everyone loved him so much. Tony’s favorite thing to play with was an empty water or soda bottle. Whenever we finished one, we’d give it to Tony to chew on. He liked the crunching sound, I think.

One day, Tony seemed to have a little cold. I took him to the vet, and after some x-rays and a thorough exam, they were fairly sure he had lung cancer. We were devastated, but the vet suggested we take him to a specialist to be sure. The specialist confirmed the initial diagnosis, but there was still a small chance that it could be a fungal thing. They said he had up to a year left. Tony had other ideas.

The next day was Wesley’s birthday, so we gave Tony some of the treats from dinner – steak and a little ice cream. Later that night he tried to go off by himself, and I noticed a few spots of blood on the concrete. Mike immediately picked Tony up and brought him to the family room. Several hours later, he passed away with his family around him.

It was very sad, as anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows. But they do leave their paw prints on your heart forever. We have so many wonderful memories of all our pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and although it hurts so badly to lose them, I wouldn’t trade the memories and chuckles we share over their antics for anything. Susan – I’m hoping that the wonderful memories you have of Emma will help ease the pain of losing her.

By the way, we did have a birthday do-over for Wesley several months later. And we all ate an extra bite of ice cream in Tony’s memory.

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

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Fun Fold Stamp Off

Fun Fold Stamp Off

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie & me. This week, we have a fun-fold challenge.

I love to use funky folds on cards. Not only are they fun to receive, but they’re also fun to make. For my card this week, I used a fun fold, but it’s more of a decoration than part of the card.

Floral Essence, Daisy Lane, Stampin' Up!

I’ve seen this fold called “curtain,” “double curtain,” and “drapery.” Whichever name you give it, it’s really fun and easy. We made a card similar to this one for one of our team meetings. I wasn’t able to be there,  so I decided to recreate it with different supplies later.

Start with a Garden Green Cardstock base. Stamp a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece  of Mint Macaron Cardstock with the ferns from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set. Use Mint Macaron Classic Ink, stamping off each time before stamping on the Mint Macaron layer. Next create the “Drapery Fold” piece.

I used a 5″ x 10″ piece of the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my card. The design works well with the colors and the Daisy Lane fern background. 5″ x 10″ is a perfect size, because you can get two cards from one piece of DSP.

First – with the 10″ side at the top of your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, score the DSP at 1″, 1-1/2″, 2-1/2″, 3″, 4″, 4-1/2″, 5-1/2″, 6″, 7″, 7-1/2″, 8-1/2″, 9″ (Basically, you’re alternating 1″ and 1/2″ scores.)

With a pencil, make a little mark at the 4-1/2″ and 5-1/2″ scores at the top and bottom.

With the 5″ side at the top, make a little mark at 2″ and 3″ at the top and bottom.

Place your DSP in your paper cutter, line up the outside marks on each side, and trim as shown.

You’ll end up with a shape that’s a large Tailored Tag Punch shape.

With the DSP design you want to show facing up, begin at the 4-1/2″ mark and accordion fold to the left edge, beginning with a valley fold. Repeat for the other side, beginning with a valley fold at 5-1/2″ and accordion folding to the right edge. (You can, of course, start at 5-1/2″ and fold to the right, then go back to the 4-1/2″ score and fold left. Either way works.)

Your “curtain” should meet nicely in the center. You can add a little adhesive to hold the pleats down. Only add adhesive on the 1/2″ panels. Then adhere the curtain to your card.

To add a little more stability to the curtain, cover the center with a 1-1/4″ x 4″ Garden Green banner. After stamping Smile from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock, punch with the Story Label Punch and add to the card over the banner.

I thought this card was finished, but it still seemed to need something. I love the yellow peeking out from behind the curtain, so I wanted to bring it out a little more. I stamped two medium daisies from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set in Daffodil Delight ink on So Saffron Cardstock. After punching with the Medium Daisy Punch, I cut the petals in half, then layered and added a Designer Element (from the Pressed Petals Suite) to the center. I stamped a leaf from the Floral Essence Stamp Set (Garden Green ink – stamped off one time – on Mint Macaron Cardstock) and punched with the Leaf Punch.

Here’s one more look.

Daisy Lane, Floral Essence, Stampin' Up!

Now, for a really big smile, head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. I can’t wait to see their folds!

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

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