Circle Pop-Up Card

Circle Pop-Up Card

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! Today, I want to showcase another Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog suite for you. I absolutely love the Come Sail Away Suite. It was one of the first things I ordered after Stampin’ Up!® Onstage in April. It’s perfect for so many occasions – and so many people.

Come Sail Away Suite, Stampin' Up!, Sailing Home

How fun is this Circle Pop-Up Card? And it’s very easy to create. Here are the paper measurements:

4-1/4″ x 11″ Balmy Blue Cardstock; scored at 4-1/4″, 8″
4″ x 4″ Whisper White Cardstock
4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock
4″ x 4″ Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP)
2-1/4″ x 4″ Come Sail Away DSP
Scrap Night of Navy Cardstock

First, score the 4-1/4″ x 11″ Balmy Blue Cardstock along the 11″ side at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″. Adhere the 2-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Come Sail Away DSP over the top (shorter) flap. Center the 2″ Circle Punch over the 4-1/4″ score line and punch.

Adhere the punched card stock/DSP circle to the bottom inside of the card, making sure to line it up so that it fits through the punched area when the card is folded.

Stamp the smaller sailboat from the Sailing Home Stamp Set on a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the Balmy Blue Classic Ink. Stamp the birds in Night of Navy Classic Ink.

On the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, stamp the larger sailboat in Night of Navy Classic Ink, and the smaller sailboat in Crumb Cake Classic Ink. Use a circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies to diecut a circle slightly smaller than 2″. Stamp the compass in Crumb Cake (stamp off one or two times first), then stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy Ink over the compass.

Die-cut the Night of Navy and Crumb Cake sailboats. Add the Night of Navy sailboat to the stamped 4″ x 4″ Whisper White Cardstock using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the Whisper White Cardstock over the inside bottom panel, covering the punched circle.

Come Sail Away Suite, Stampin' Up!

On the outside of the card, adhere the 4″ x 4″ DSP to the bottom flap. Adhere the Crumb Cake sailboat nest the top so that it’s hidden when the top flap is closed. Adhere the stamped stitched circle over the DSP side of the 2″ circle. Diecut love from the Night of Navy Cardstock scrap using the Well Written Dies and adhere to the bottom of the outside flap.

Come Sail Away Suite, Stampin' Up!

Close the card and wrap the Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker’s Twine two times around the top flap. Tie in a knot, including an anchor from the Sail Away Trinkets.

Come Sail Away Suite, Stampin' Up!

That’s it! It’s really quite simple, although there is a bit of die-cutting. But don’t you love those two blue DSP patterns together on the front?

I got the idea for this card from Sharon Armstrong, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. She received a card using this technique from another demonstrator. Part of the fun of being a demonstrator is the inspiration we get from other demos. If you’d like to be part of this incredible network, it’s easy. Simply join my team. And if you join in August, you can add $155 of product of your choice (including Holiday Catalog products) to your $99 (plus tax) starter kit. You’ll also receive a coupon early in September for $10 to spend on your first order before October 31. You’ll enjoy product discounts, sneak peeks of products, early ordering, and so much more. What are you waiting for? August is half over; join today!

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Feels Like Frost

Feels Like Frost

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! In case you missed it, Stampin’ Up!® is doing something new. You probably know that in each catalog, there are suites of products that all work together – stamps, dies, embossing folders, embellishments, Designer Series Paper, and more. Beginning with the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Stampin’ Up!® started adding one number for the entire suite. You can, of course, still purchase products separately, but if you’d like to order everything in the suite, you can just enter one simple number.

Isn’t that convenient? I have only used the suite numbers two times, once for the Pressed Petals Suite in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, and once for the Feels Like Frost Suite in the 2019 Holiday Catalog. You don’t get a discounted price (except for the bundled stamps and dies or punch), but it really makes it easy to order when you want everything in the suite anyway.

Here’s a card I made with several products in the Feels Like Frost Suite.

The Designer Series Paper is stunning! One side is a winter scene in gorgeous winter colors, and the other is a silver/white combination. I paired the snow scene with some Night of Navy Foil from the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets (from the Annual Catalog).

I diecut the frame from the foil, and the inside, stitched area from Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped some snowflakes from the Frosted Foilage Stamp Set using the new Delicata Silvery Shimmer Metallic Ink Pad. It’s beautiful, and you do not have to heat set or emboss it. It dries beautifully!

I stamped the sentiment, also from the Frosted Foilage Stamp Set, in the Silvery Shimmer. To highlight it a little, I did emboss the sentiment with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. And finally, I added a couple Sparkle Glimmer Paper snowflakes.

Other products in this beautiful suite are the Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon, Shimmery Crystal Effects, and Ice Stampin’ Glitter. You can definitely create frosty scenes with this suite.

You’re going to want to add the Feels Like Frost Suite to your wish list. It’s erfect for winter, and you can use it for many occasions.

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Double Masked Daisy Lane

Double Masked Daisy Lane

I have said many times that crafting is my therapy. Lately, I’ve needed therapy more than ever, and I’ll tell you why. But first – here’s my card for today. (The reason for therapy is at the end. Keep reading to find out about the card. If you care about my mental health, read to the end.)

Stampin' Up!, Daisy Lane, Basic Pattern Decorative Masks

This card was very fun to create. First, I used a technique from my friend Deborah Smart, a crafter in Canada. Deborah is so creative, and I love seeing what’s she’s created. For this card, I used her “double masking” technique.

I used the new Basic Pattern Decorative Masks from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. Unless you’re a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, you can’t order the holiday products until September 4, but demonstrators can preorder products now.

The masks are awesome! There are winter trees, polka dots, and two “floral-ish” masks. (Some people also call these masks “stencils.” I am one of those, but for the blog, I’m using Stampin’ Up!® approved terms.) You can do so much with masks/stencils – spritz, sponge, ink, ink and emboss…and the list goes on and on.

For this card, I used the polka dots and one of the “floral-ish” masks/stencils. If you have the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog, it’s on page 35 at the bottom left corner. The second mask I used is the one of the lower right. It’s kind of a flourish.

First, I sponged Mint Macaron Ink over the Polka Dot pattern on a Whisper White Cardstock panel. (Disclaimer: I meant to use Coastal Cabana, but I’m still getting used to my new system with the Storage by Stampin’ Up, so I grabbed Mint Macaron by Mistake. But it was a very happy accident, because I love the way it turned out.)

Next, I left the polka dot mask in place and layered the floral-ish flourish over it and sponged Bermuda Bay over that one. This added some depth and extra color to the polka dots. (This was the idea I got from Deborah. Thanks, Deb Smart!!)

I punched a 2″ circle in the center of the card stock, then punched another 2″ circle from Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I used the Layering Circles Dies to cut the center from the Bermuda Bay circle, making a frame, then added it back to the card.

On a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock, I stamped “Smile” in Bermuda Bay ink, then layered it to a Bermuda Bay Cardstock base.

I stamped the smaller daisy from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set three times in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, then punched with the Medium Daisy Punch. I used a Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend to add some color at each petal (close to the center of the flower), then blended it out with a Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blend. After layering the three daisies together, I added the flower to the card with a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

The leaves are from the Floral Essence Stamp Set. I stamped them in Mint Macaron Classic Ink, then punched with the Leaf Punch and added them to the card. The final touch was a 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dot in Terracotta Tile. I love how it adds a pop of color to a basically monochromatic card.

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And here’s why I need therapy. If you’ve been reading my blog for a month or so, you may know that my wonderful mother-in-law passed away last month. Mike & I have been closing accounts and paying off her final bills. I called her health insurance company to cancel her account.

“Welcome to the XXXXXXXX account center. Let’s begin. Please tell me the zip code you’re calling from. Wait for the tone after each question before you answer.” *tone* (I stated the zip code) “I heard XXXXX. Is that correct?” Yes. “Please wait until you hear the tone before responding.” **TONE** Me: Yes. “Ok. Let’s continue. Please tell me your account number, claim number, or (another number I can’t remember).” There was no tone. “Please tell me….” I said, “There was no tone!” But then I stated the second number they asked for, as it was the only number I had. “We cannot confirm that number. Please tell me your account number, claim number, or (the other number I can’t remember).” I said, “claim number XXXXXX”. Before I even got finished, automated operator said, “I cannot confirm that number. Please tell me …..(blah blah blah numbers) or say ‘Repeat’ to start over.” Me: AAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGH. Automated Operator:  “I did not understand. Please tell me the (numbers I already asked for) or say ‘repeat’ to start over.” There was no tone. Then: “I didn’t understand you.” Me: You didn’t give me a tone. You were supposed to give a tone before my answer. I want to talk to an operator. Automated Operator: “Please tell me the (numbers I already asked for) or say ‘repeat’ to start over.” Me: “Oh, for Pete’s sake.” Automated operator: “Welcome to the XXXXXX call center….” SERIOUSLY? I didn’t say, “repeat….” (Apparently, “For Pete’s Sake!” and “repeat” are the same respone.) So I pressed 0000000, because I had been told this would send you to an operator who was actually human. This didn’t happen. The automated operator hung up on me. REALLY? I just got dissed by a robot? So, yeah, I need craft therapy.

A few days later, I tried to cancel her magazine subscriptions. I went through the whole automated operator stuff, then I heard, “I have all the information an operator would have. Do you want to try to fix this with me?” Me: Oh, for the love of God, nooooooooo! “I didn’t understand you. Do you want to continue? Or say, ‘Operator,’ to speak with an operator.” Seriously, it went downhill from there. Her subscription price (for several subscriptions) was almost $200. The operator offered me a $40 refund. I said, “What? You just charged her $175 after I had asked you to cancel her subscriptions a month ago. And you’re giving me $40 back? Did I mention she is dead? She can’t read your magazines, because she’s dead.” Reply: “I have to ask my supervisor about this. Please wait for at least 90 seconds.” Less than two seconds later: “I will send you a total refund….” So, yeah, I need craft therapy. The sad thing about this is I didn’t have to embellish. It happened just like this.

Oh, yes, my friends. I need craft therapy, and I have created so many projects in the past few days! Hope you enjoy them!

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Country Home and Floral Essence

Country Home and Floral Essence

Hi, Stamping Friends! I have a fun fall card for you today. I mixed and matched several Stampin’ Up!® products to create this card.

Country Home, Stampin' Up!, Floral Essence

I had so much fun creating this card, because I used so many products that weren’t necessarily made to work together – but they do!

First, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Watercolor Paper with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder. Sadly, this is one of the last few “carry over” 3D Embossing Folders that isn’t available yet, but it should be soon! Of course, you can use any of the other 3D Embossing Folders for this technique. Pinewood Planks, Tin Tile, Woodland, and Swirls and Curls Folders would be gorgeous with this technique.

Using an Aqua Painter, I added (from top to bottom) Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Poppy Parade, and Cajun Craze Classic Ink to the paper. I love this look! It’s a really fall ombré effect.

To add the ink to your Aqua Painter, you can squeeze your stamp pad together to add ink to the top of the stamp pad. If you have the newest stamp pads, use your palms to squeeze the pad together. If you don’t get enough ink in the lid of the stamp pad, simple add a few drops of ink refill in the same color as the pad to the lid or to a palette.

I added a piece of Pretty Peacock 1/2″ Scalloped Linen Ribbon to the watercolored panel, then added it to a Poppy Parade Cardstock base. On Very Vanilla Cardstock, I stamped the small rose from the Floral Essence Stamp Set three times – once in Crushed Curry, once in Pumpkin Pie, and once in Poppy Parade Classic Ink, Then I stamped the floral centers using Early Espresso Classic Ink. And then I fussy cut each image. It’s not hard, and it doesn’t take a long time, so if you’re not a fan of fussy cutting, know that this isn’t a big deal. You can do it!

The leaves from the Floral Essence Stamp Set are stamped in Pretty Peacock, then punched with the Leaf Punch. And now – the can from the Country Home Stamp Set. I stamped it on Mint Macaron Cardstock with Pretty Peacock Classic Ink. I used my Aqua Painter to pull a little of the Perfect Peacock Ink into the can. Then I stamped Hello from the Country Home Stamp Set in Perfect Peacock on the can.

The final touch – I stamped the tag outline in Celestial Copper Ink. This is a product that will be in the 2019 Holiday Catalog, and you can order it beginning September 4. This is amazing ink! It is perfect for detail, and you do not need to heat set or emboss it! It’s a beautiful ink – and it will be available in Golden Glitz and Silvery Shimmer. I’ve used all three inks, and they’re all awesome to stamp with.

I fussy cut the can, but you can easily stamp it on the Very Vanilla panel with Perfect Peacock Ink and color it with Mint Macaron Ink before adding the sentiment and tag images. Add all the elements to a Very Vanilla panel, then add to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This is such a fun card to send to a friend, don’t you think?

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Technique Challenge Stamp-Off

Technique Challenge Stamp-Off

Welcome to another Stamp Off Friday with Jackie, Susan, and me! This week, it’s a technique challenge. In fact, we’re showing our favorite techniques. Or, at least, our favorite techniques this week.

We’ve done at least one of our favorite techniques in the past, and the “Watercoloring with the Stamparatus and Markers” is still my top favorite. I didn’t want to do it for a challenge so soon after the last, but you can see the card I made in yesterday’s post.

For this week, I decided to go with “Partial Die-Cutting.” I used this technique quite a bit when I first bought my die cutting and embossing machine about 10 +- years ago. But like all my favorite techniques, once a new one comes along, you forget about the old ones.

Here’s the first card I made for the challenge.

Good Morning Magnolia, Stampin' Up!

It’s a simple technique to do. Stamp the image, then sandwich the stamped image and die in the die cutting machine as usual – until you get to the top plate. Place the top plate only over the area you want to cut (in this case, the top half of the image).

Good Morning Magnolia, Stampin' Up!

Yes, I do need new plates, but I’ll keep using these until I absolutely must change them.

Here are the details for my Purple Posy card.

Stamp the magnolia from the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set (I hear Robin Williams every time I talk about this set) on Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Die-cut as shown above, then color the image. I used Purple Posy and Granny Apple Green Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends and a dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend. I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink, the added it to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Purple Posy layer that I had embossed using the Country Floral 3-D Embossing Folder. I added a Purple Tricolor Ribbon bow with a Glue Dot and added the entire panel to a Whisper White Cardstock base.

While I was at it, I decided to make one more.

Good Morning Magnolia, Stampin' Up!

For this one, I folded a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in half, stamped the image over the fold, then laid the open card on the die cutting platform with the top plate stopping at the fold. This would make a lovely card, but you have the open section inside, so I layered the front to a Petal Pink Cardstock base. I also used the Stitched Lace Dies to cut a decorative border along the bottom of the Whisper White front, then added some Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) between the Whisper White and Petal Pink layers.

I love both of these cards. The partial die-cutting technique is so simple, but it adds a huge impact to your cards.

Now – what do you think Susan & Jackie‘s favorite techniques are? Head over to their blogs to see what they’ve created for you!

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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.

Don’t forget you can join my team this month for $99 (plus tax) and select $155 in product for your starter kit – including Holiday Catalog products if you’d like. You’ll also get a $10 coupon to use in September. What are you waiting for?

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