Don’t Wear White When You’re “Messy Stamping”

Don’t Wear White When You’re “Messy Stamping”

One would think that not wearing white when you’re spritzing and doing other messy stamp techniques would be a given. But one would be wrong.

Here’s the thing…I never wear white. Ever. I am messy. I’ve always been messy. You’d think I’d grow out of that, but, again, you’d be wrong. As my grandmother always reminded me, I am “hoodly.” I know what that means, but I can’t define it. I think it just means, “you’re really messy and you break things,  but if you’d be more careful, that would change.” It doesn’t matter how careful I am, I’m like Pigpen in the Charlie Brown cartoons. No matter how hard I try, ink (and coffee and spaghetti sauce) are attracted to me. Maybe it’s a magnetic thing; I don’t know.

I think the last time I wore white was at my wedding. Ok, really, that’s not quite true. The “uniform” for the choir I sang in used to be white top/long black skirt or pants. But it’s hard to get coffee, spaghetti sauce, or ink on a top while you’re singing. (It’s hard, but I could do it, I’ll bet!) Fortunately, I never wore the uniform when I was drinking, eating, or stamping, so I was safe.

While I rarely wear prints, especially in “bottoms,” I found a cute pair of capris that I decided would be perfect for summer. They had gorgeous Melon Mambo, Grapefruit Grove,  and Blueberry Bushel flowers with Mossy Meadow, Granny Apple Green, and Shaded Spruce leaves on a white background. I loved them, so snatched them up before we left for our two weeks in “the South.”

Jon and Adrianna invited us out for breakfast today, so I decided to wear my snazzy new pants. And when I got home, I needed to work on some swaps. I wanted to use the new Stampin’ Up!® Pigment Sprinkles. What was I thinking? Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, and Coastal Cabana sprinkles spritzed with water? And me in white-ish pants? So far, I haven’t noticed any spritzes on my floral capris, but I was actually very careful, and trying not to be “hoodly.” But it begs a couple questions.

Why didn’t I change clothes before I started “messy stamping?” Why didn’t I wear an apron if I didn’t want to change clothes? After all, I have three gorgeous stamping aprons. Who knows? It’s probably why kids go outside in their socks. It used to drive me crazy when my boys would run around outside in their socks. No way were those grungy socks coming clean, and I wasn’t going to throw them out. So my kids had grungy gray socks until they grew out of the “walking outside in socks” stage. (This happened to coincide with the time they started doing their own laundry, by the way.)

So here’s one of the cards I (almost) sacrificed my wardrobe for.

Daisy Lane, Stampin' Up!

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I have tried and tried to stamp with Pigment Sprinkles, but never got a good image. The idea was to sprinkle the, um, sprinkles on your stamp, then spritz, then stamp. Every time I tried, it looked horrible. I almost gave up, but today I decided to try something different. I sprinkled sprinkles on a stamp block, then spritzed the block with water and used that as a stamp pad. Love it! That’s how I did the fern images from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set for this card. After it dried, I stamped the stems in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink.

I stamped the medium daisy from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set three times for each flower on Highland Heather Cardstock using Highland Heather and Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink. Then I punched with the Medium Daisy Punch and layered the punched flowers over the stems. Oh, by the way, if you bundle the Daisy Lane Stamp Set and Medium Daisy Punch, you can save 10%. And – the Daisy Lane Stamp Set coordinates with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch. I love the way Stampin’ Up!® products coordinate, don’t you?

For the two outer flowers, I stamped the floral center from the Daisy Delight Stamp Set in Crushed Curry Classic Ink on Daffodil Delight Cardstock, then punched. I used a retired 1/4″ circle punch, but the 1/2″ circle punch works just as well. For the center flower, I used a Perennial Essence Floral Center. Love these! The sentiment is stamped in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink.

This is such a fun and super simple card. While the sprinkles stamped images are drying, you can stamp and punch the flowers. Then stamp the stems, add the flowers, centers, and sentiment and you’re finished!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope you have a lovely day!

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Over the Moon

Over the Moon

Being a farmer’s daughter, the Over the Moon Stamp Set in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called to me. My family’s main products were apples, peaches, and polled Hereford cattle. This is not a polled Hereford cow (or bull), but I love him (or her. It’s kind of hard to tell….).

Over the Moon, Stampin' Up!

I used the sample in the catalog from our amazing Stampin’ Up!® concept artists for this card. I changed the colors a bit, though.

First, I stamped the barn door image from the Barn Door Stamp Set two times on a Pool Party card base using Pool Party Classic Ink. (Using the Stamparatus makes this so easy!) Then, I added a punched banner using the Rococo Rose pattern from the 2019-2021 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack and the Banner Triple Punch.

Finally I got to the cow/bull/heifer/steer- whatever. I’m going to call it a cow. I stamped the dreamy eyed cow as well as the grass and heart images, using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I decided to color the images with Watercolor Pencils because this is an easy coloring tool for new stampers. I simply colored the images with Basic Black, Real Red, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive pencils. I added a little more “grass” using an Old Olive Watercolor Pencil – and I blended it a little with a Blender Pen. So easy! I remember the first time I used Watercolor Pencils years (and years and years) ago. I was so proud of my results. These are a great confidence builder.

Finally, I stamped the “dream big” sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then notched the edge with Paper Snips.

I layered the elements with a lot of Stampin’ Dimensionals. The “dream big” banner is the only element that was layered “flat” with SNAIL Adhesive.

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

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Heirloom Daisies

Heirloom Daisies

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up!® is the product coordination. Ink, card stock, Designer Series Paper (DSP), stamp sets…they all work together. Here’s a card that proves my point.

Daisy Lane, Heirloom Frames, Stampin' Up!

This card uses products from at least three suites and bundles. First, I used the beautiful Daisy Lane Bundle. This bundle includes the Daisy Lane Stamp Set and the Medium Daisy Punch. The stamp set also coordinates with the Daisy Punch and Daisy Delight Stamp Set. I also used the Heirloom Frames Dies & 3D Embossing Folders from the Woven Threads Suite, and the Perennial Essence DSP  and Perennial Essence Floral Centers from the Perennial Essence Suite.

Here are the card details.

First, I die-cut the oval frame using the Heirloom Frames Dies with Petal Pink Cardstock. Then I die-cut again using Whisper White Cardstock (for the center oval).  I ran the Petal Pink Oval Frame through my Die-cutting and Embossing Machine using the Heirloom Frames 3D Embossing Folder. I do not have the 3D Embossing Folder Plate yet, so I used the basic platform, gray embossing mat (retired), embossing folder with card stock, then a top plate. You can also use a shim to get a great embossed image. Simply cut a piece of the DSP backing to fit your folder. You can also spritz your card stock with water to get a better impression.

I wanted to bring out the embossing a bit more, so I sponged some Petal Pink Classic Ink over the embossed oval frame.

Next, I stamped images from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set onto the Whisper White Die-Cut Oval. I used the small daisy and the fern image in Petal Pink and Soft Seafoam. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink.

I cut three 1-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ strips of the Perennial Essence DSP and adhered them to a Soft Seafoam card base. Next I added the stamped Whisper White die-cut oval to the card, then added the Petal Pink die-cut and embossed oval using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The last step was to add some daisies. I stamped the smaller daisy from the Daisy Lane Stamp Set three times in Petal Pink on Petal Pink Cardstock. After punching with the Medium Daisy Punch, I layered them together and added a Perennial Essence Floral Center to the center of the daisy. I also punched a few leaves from Soft Seafoam Cardstock using the Leaf Punch (which also coordinates with the Floral Essence Bundle in the Perennial Essence Suite). I added the leaves and the daisy to the corner of the oval frame.

Can you see how it’s so easy to create using Stampin Up!® products? So many things coordinate! And in most cases, it’s all done for you. Perfect!

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

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For the Love of Felt

For the Love of Felt

I have a new favorite project kit from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It’s the For the Love of Felt Project Kit. To complete the kit, you need the For the Love of Felt Stamp Set, plus a few other materials (ink pads, Paper Snips, adhesive) and the For the Love of Felt Project Kit. Here’s a peek at the cards.

There are four each of three designs, so you get 12 cards in all. But even better, the project kit is packed in this super cute box, which doubles as a card holder when you finish creating the cards.

How cute is that? I love the Shaded Spruce box top, don’t you? Green is my favorite color, so I may be a bit biased.

These cards are so easy to put together. There’s a little stamping on each card, plus embellishments to add. Each one is a “wow!” The colors are so bright and dynamic. I had a lot of fun creating the cards, and I will be proud to send them to friends.

Here’s a video showing how to assemble the cards. (I didn’t watch the video; I kind of played it by ear.) There are also printed directions for the cards.

The Classic Stampin’ Pads you’ll need are Sahara Sand, Shaded Spruce, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, and Calypso Coral. You’ll also need Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and Paper Snips. 12 coordinating envelopes are also included in the kit.

Be sure to add this kit to your next order. And if you live close to me, order from my web site using the current host code JKV732YW or through a class, and we can work together using my stamps and ink. How fun would that be?

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

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Favorite New Product 2.0

Favorite New Product 2.0

I played with the Stampin’ Up!®Pigment Sprinkles today. Oh. My. Goodness. This was so fun. First, I love the colors – all six of them. Second, the packaging is amazing. I love the shaker tops with lids to keep them from spilling. And third, they’re surprising. If you look at the information in the online store, it tells you that you need to add water to see the exact color. Well, I didn’t realize until I used them what that meant. When I shook out several of the powdered sprinkles, the color was nothing like I thought it would be. I can’t remember exactly, but it was like the green was orange, and the orange was pink. I felt like I was stamping with Mary Poppins when I spritzed with water and the colors were all as they should be. So here’s the finished card.

Leave a Little Sparkle, Stampin' Up!

I still need to work a little more with these sprinkles. I was trying to keep most of the color away from the unicorn’s face, so there are some “splotches” that should be more spread out. But overall, I love this card.

The first thing I did was stamp the unicorn in a light color (I used Petal Pink) on Whisper White Cardstock using my Stamparatus. I wanted to get an idea of where the face would be when I added the sprinkles and spritzed. I left the stamp on the plate, but I removed the card stock.

I decided to use Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles. I shook a bit out, then spritzed with a Stampin’ Spritzer. I tried to keep the spritzer opening pointing away from the unicorn so s/he wouldn’t get too colorful.

After my card stock dried, I inserted the card stock back into the Stamparatus, then stamped the unicorn one more time over the original using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I also stamped the sentiment in the Memento Ink as well. Then I added some color. I used Dark Melon Mambo, Dark Mango Melody, and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to color the flowers and unicorn mane. So far, so good.

Next, I stamped the swirl in Smoky Slate Classic Ink. And then came the fun. I lightly traced the swirl with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then added some Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. Then I traced the word sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella Pen. It was ok, but not quite sparkly enough. I traced some of the unicorn’s mane and horn with more Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then added more Dazzling Diamonds. Finally (although you probably can’t see it unless you’re “in person”) I added a few Heart Epoxy Droplets to the card. It definitely sparkles. (In fact, I was working on a sympathy card at the same time, and the glitter morphed to the sympathy card. Now it’s a little too sparkly to be a sympathy card. Oops. Time to get out a Swiffer® sheet.)

If I recreate this card, I may stamp a partial swirl on the bottom right corner. I’m not sure though. The sparkly mane might be enough. What do you think?

After consulting with my creative director (Amelia), I added the stamped layer to a Melon Mambo card base. This card just makes me happy.

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

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Favorite New Product

Favorite New Product

Now that I’m back from vacation, I’m looking forward to using some of the new products from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. My order arrived last week while I was gone, so I haven’t even looked at it yet. (*gasp!* I know!)

You already know how much I love the Come Sail Away Suite of products. But there are others that are so much fun! My Favorite New Product Blog may be a series, because every time I try something new, it’s my favorite. But for today, this is my favorite.

I received the Pigment Sprinkles in a separate order while I was gone, so the was waiting for me at the house. I haven’t used them yet, because I’ve been unpacking, but I know they will be amazing.

Pigment Sprinkles, Stampin' Up!

Pigment Sprinkles are watercolor pigment crystals in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Mix them with water to make watercolor backgrounds and washes, and use them for other watercoloring techniques. These are very like the Brusho products we sold last year, but they come in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, and Melon Mambo.

Although I haven’t used them, I did peek – and the packaging is wonderful. If you ordered the Brusho crystals, you know we suggested punching a few small holes in the top of the lid with a thumb tack or “push pin” and shaking the crystals onto your paper or stamp. You don’t have to do that with our Pigment Sprinkles. Each jar has a shaker top and a reclosable lid. Trying to replace the pins in the holes so powder wouldn’t shake everywhere was a pain. Now I can simply close the lid. And these are some of my absolute favorite colors as well.

Here are a few samples from the Stampin’ Up!® concept artists.

Pigment Sprinkles, Stampin' Up!

To use the Pigment Sprinkles, simply shake Sprinkles onto card stock, then spritz with water. Or you can spritz first, then shake on Sprinkles. Or you can shake Sprinkles onto a stamp and spritz the stamp with water to use it as an ink. Another fun technique is to heat emboss an image, the sprinkle Pigment Sprinkles over the card stock and spritz. The embossed areas resist the color, so you get a beautiful background around your image.

I’m looking forward to trying out different techniques, so stay tuned for more! I’ll have my big box of products tomorrow. Long story short (maybe…) – since our demonstrator meeting was Thursday and my order was arriving Wednesday, my friend Christy picked up the box from my porch and took it to the meeting so our team members could see some more new products. Everyone is very helpful when the time comes to pack up after meetings and classes, and sometimes things get packed in the wrong place. My box ended up in Christy’s car. (Hmmmmm….coincidence? You be the judge.) She’s bringing it back to the office (it may already be there), but I asked her to please try out anything she wanted.

I was really hoping some of the ladies would try out a few things at the meeting, but they were too polite. I need to remind them that my stamping supplies are tools for my business, and I want them to try things out and let me know what they think. It saves me some work and gives me a few extra sets of eyes, especially if it’s something that “you have to hold your mouth right” to get it to work. (In case you didn’t have a dad like mine, that expression means some things go wonky if you don’t take extra care in some way or another. For example, if you use too much or too little water with the Pigment Sprinkles, you won’t get as good results.) Tips for using products are always helpful, don’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! I know Amelia will want to use the sprinkles tomorrow, so hopefully we’ll have something amazing for you – probably with a unicorn. Have a lovely day!

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Favorite New Stamp Set

Favorite New Stamp Set

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie & me. This week, we’re showing off our favorite new stamp set from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

This was an easy one for me. My favorite new set is Sailing Home. (You may have already guessed that since it has figured very prominently in my blogs lately!)

Come Sail Away, Stampin' Up!

Mike and I love the water and his favorite color is blue, so the Sailing Home Bundle from the Come Sail Away Suite was one of my first purchases. Actually, I ordered everything in the suite except the High Seas 3D Embossing Folder, and that’s only because it wasn’t available on the Product Purchase Premier after OnStage in April.

For this card, I used a little retired Designer Series Paper (DSP). I made this card before the paper retired, and I had forgotten that by the time this post launched, it would be gone. However the Sailing Home DSP has designs that would work perfectly with this card. Or, you can simply stamp on Balmy Blue Cardstock using a background or textured stamp with Whisper White Craft Ink. (Be sure to give it a few minutes to dry before you add other elements. You can also use your heat tool to speed up the drying process.)

Stamp the birds from the Sailing Home Stamp Set in Basic Gray ink on the DSP. Then layer the DSP to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock, then to a Balmy Blue card base.

Stamp the sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink on  a 1-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock and emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (This would be lovely with Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder! Did you notice that and the Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the new catalog? So excited!) Layer the embossed panel to the card.

On Whisper White Cardstock, stamp the smaller sailboat in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Color the boat with Balmy Blue and Soft Suede Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends, and the Ivory Stampin’ Blend Marker, then diecut with the coordinating Smooth Sailing Die. Stamp the compass using Night of Navy Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock, then punch with the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch. Die-cut the magnetic needles from Silver Foil. Stack them and add to the compass. (You probably only need one needle, but I really like the way they look stacked. It looked a little incomplete with only one.)

Color a Rhinestone Basic Jewel with a Dark Basic Black Stampin’ Blend, then add it to the center of the magnetic needles. Add the compass and sailboat to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Of course this card is for my Mike. I tend to get distracted by silly things that don’t matter, and he keeps me grounded and focused on what’s important. Love that guy.

Please head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their favorite new stamp sets. I have a hunch or two about what they’ll use, but you never know. Often two out of the three of us use the same set, or the same colors, or the same design idea. We’ll see if that happens this week.

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