Thanks for Being You

Thanks for Being You

Sometimes when you tell people something, they look at you like you’re trying to pull something over on them. Does that happen to you? Like when I tell people I’m an introvert, they usually laugh, because I get along well with most people and can easily talk to strangers (and friends). And talk, and talk, and talk.  But being an introvert doesn’t mean I don’t like people or even don’t like being around people. It means I need my “alone” time to recharge. Mike, on the other hand, is energized when he’s around people. If he’s alone for long stretches at a time, his energy starts to flag.

Another example is when I tell people birds creep me out, and then they see all the cards I make with Stampin’ Up!® bird sets. They think I can’t be telling the truth about that.

The fact is, I am creeped out by real birds. I’ve told the story before, so I won’t bore you with it again. If you’re new to my blog, I’ll just say there was an incident from my childhood involving a cherry tree, a ladder, and a blackbird that pretty much scarred me for life. (No, I didn’t fall off the ladder, but it was a close call.)

But the Stampin’ Up!® birds are adorable, and I really am loving the Free as a Bird Stamp Set from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!
This is one of the cards I made while I was away last weekend. It’s a super fun and simple mirror technique using the Silicone Craft Sheet. You can see the instructions (and a video) here.

For this card, I first stamped the birds on Whisper White Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored them with Light & Dark Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. I also used a little Calypso Coral on the beaks and some Crumb Cake for the dirt. Then I die-cut the image using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. These dies can be bundled with the Free as a Bird Stamp Set for a 10% savings.

Next, I added a strip of Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the So Saffron card base. Originally, the card was a landscape design with the 5-1/2″ side horizontal, but when I placed the birds over the DSP, it looked weird. So I pulled the bird label off and flipped the card to a portrait layout and added the birds at a 90 degree angle to the DSP. Better – but now I had little glue blobs from where the Stampin’ Dimensionals had been. Hence the strategic placement of the 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots.

It needed a little something under the birds, so I added a strip of the Pressed Petals Washi Tape. I love that design! And, finally, I added the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I love how all our products work together, whether they’re meant to or not.

Just a little FYI here…During Bonus Days in July, for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax), you’ll receive a coupon code via email for $5 to spend in August. And the Free as a Bird Bundle just happens to be $51.25. Order it today, and keep your code to use for something fun in August. You can shop the entire online store here.

And, of course, if you join my team during July or August, you can select an additional $30 in product to add to your starter kit. That’s $155 in product for only $99 plus tax (shipping is free!). PLUS, you’ll receive a $10 coupon code to use on an order the next month. You’ll also be part of a really fun group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators.

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

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Smooshed Beauty

Smooshed Beauty

Hello, my crafty friends! I have been a total slug the past week as far as blogging is concerned. Mike’s mom was, according to the doctors, at death’s door last Tuesday, so Mike and I were in the hospital with her until late Tuesday and I just didn’t feel like blogging when we got home. The doctor said she wouldn’t last the night, but, once again, this woman has surprised us. Not only did she last the night, she has “perked up” every day since. Crazy, right? Honestly, I think it’s because of her children’s decision to put her on “comfort care” only. They took her off the 19 drugs she had been receiving (seriously???), and not only did she not die, she got better. I’m thinking 19 might be too many drugs. Mike has been begging her caregivers and doctors to take her off some of them. I mean, they had her on one thing which caused something else, then they put her on something to fix that new problem…and on it went. She also was falling into severe dementia, which has lessened as the drugs were taken away. Makes one wonder…

Anyway, she was much better Thursday, so we felt comfortable going on our annual Independence Day Mountain Retreat. We’ve had such a lovely time together catching up on little things (school for Mike; craft projects for me) and resting. (…and, obviously, not blogging!) But I wanted to share a few things I created while I was gone.

When a new Stampin’ Up!® catalog comes out, I go crazy playing with new products. We all love new stamps, new ink, new embellishments, dies, and embossing folders, right? But when a product retires, I’m always sad that I didn’t get as much use from it as I could have. So–I decided to pull out one of my favorite sets from the Occasions Catalog that carried over to the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

Beauty Abounds is that set. There are so many fun ways to use it – Bokeh techniques, butterflies, flowers…it’s gorgeous. I also wanted to play with an older technique that my friend Deborah Smart reminded me of. I’m not sure what the exact name of the technique is, but I call it “Smooshing.”

Beauty Abounds, Stampin' Up!

This is a card we’re making in classes this month. I was going to change it a little, but Mike really liked it, so this is the card.

First, I used the “smoosh” technique. Basically, you take an ink pad, pat it over a non-porous surface (I used a Silicone Craft Sheet), and spritz with water until the ink runs. Then press card stock into the mix. I used Whisper White Cardstock, but Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Cardstock will also work well.

When I used this technique in the past, I patted two to three colors onto the craft sheet, then spritzed. However, if you’re not careful, the colors bleed and combine to create a quite unusual (and sometimes ugly) color. So this time, I worked with one color at a time.

First, I patted Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink onto the Craft Sheet, then spritzed and smooshed my card stock into the color. I worked with smaller areas, so mostly the edges got the color.

After I cleaned off the craft sheet, I repeated the process with Rococo Rose Classic Ink, keeping most of the ink toward the center of the card stock. Honestly, I wasn’t super thrilled with the results, and I was tempted to stop and switch gears, but since I had already gone this far, why not continue, right?

I waited for the card stock to dry, then added some bokeh dots from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set in Pear Pizzazz and Rococo Rose, then added the floral images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Not too shabby! I added some color to the petals and leaves with Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. (Remember, I’m out of town with limited supplies.)

The last stamping step was to add the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The card base is Pear Pizzazz Cardstock.

This card reminds me of a day with Amelia last week. We made a bubble wand from a water bottle and Stampin’ Up!® ribbon, then made homemade bubble soap. It was fun, and it worked pretty well. Had I read the instructions first, it would have worked better, but we had fun.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days in July. For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) you’ll receive a$5.00  coupon code via email to use in August.

And if you join my team in July or August, you can select an extra $30 in product to add to your starter kit ($155 in product for only $99 plus tax) – AND you’ll receive a coupon code for $10 toward an order the next month. So fun!

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

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One More Sparkly Unicorn

One More Sparkly Unicorn

Little did I know when I ordered the Leave a Little Sparkle Stamp Set from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog for Amelia that I would be the one using it most of the time. It’s really fun to use, especially when it’s paired with Pigment Sprinkles.

Leave a Little Sparkle, Stampin' Up!
This was for another swap I participated in. Holly Obier, my friend Christy’s upline, adopted me into her group since I don’t have an active direct upline. I usually use floral or beach stamps for swaps, but I wanted to challenge myself a little, so I chose Leave a Little Sparkle. I was a little intimidated, because this group is amazing! Every time I swap with them, I am blown away by their talent.

For this card, I pulled out my Pigment Sprinkles again. I was inspired by this song. (Warning: Do not click on that link if you don’t want the song in your head for a few days.) I wanted to do a kind of rainbow-ish background, even though the unicorn isn’t very fluffy.

I sprinkled some Melon Mambo Pigment Sprinkles on an acrylic stamp block, then spritzed with a little water. I used the stamp block as a stamp pad to ink the swirl image, then stamped on Shimmer White Cardstock. I cleaned the block and stamp, then repeated with Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, and Coastal Cabana Sprinkles.

After I stamped the unicorn image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I added some glitter to the card. I mixed a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue with a tiny bit of water, then splattered it onto the front of the card with a paintbrush, trying to keep it around the “rainbow,” not the unicorn. (Yes. Yes you can use an Aqua Painter and it works very well. However, after doing this several times, my Aqua Painter closed up and refused to work. I don’t know if it’s just a tired Aqua Painter, or if it was the glue, but I’m not taking chances. I used an old paintbrush. You can also use your fingers.) Then I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter over the glue.

I colored the mane and tail with Dark Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Blends and the horn with Light Bermuda Bay. I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the hort, because you can never have too much sparkle. The hooves, of course, are Light Basic Black Stampin’ Blends.

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the tag. I inked the sentiment in Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, and Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Markers. Since I used my Stamparatus, I inked each set of words with the marker, then stamped as many times as I needed to get a good image. Then I added the second color, and then the third. I punched with the Story Label Punch, then dipped the edges of the tag in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

The final sparkle comes from the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. I love using jewels on my cards, especially when I want some extra sparkle!

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Don’t forget Bonus Days this month. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up!® Product, you’ll receive a coupon code via email for $5 to spend in August.

Recruiting Promotion, Stampin' Up!

Join my team from now through August 31 and you can add $30 in product to your starter kit. That’s $155 in product for only $99 plus tax. And as if that’s not enough, you’ll receive a $10 voucher to use on an order the next month.

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

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Susan’s Sunset

Susan’s Sunset

One of the things I love most about being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is the relationships I make. About six or seven years ago, I was on the Stampin’ Up!® forum and saw a post by a New Yorker named Susan.  She wanted a decal for her car so she could advertise her Stampin’ Up!® business. While we had decals that attached to the outside of your car, that wouldn’t work for her. Susan lives in upstate New York where they have two seasons – Winter and July. Decals on the outside of her car would never work.

I had purchased some clings for the inside of windows, and after I added some to each of my cars and the door to my studio, I had a few left over, so I offered one or two to Susan. All I asked was a card from her.

Oh. My. Gosh. The card I received from Susan was over the top amazing. She is such a wonderful artist. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything she’s created that I didn’t like. Everything she creates is artistically balanced, and she has the most amazing color combinations. I CASE (Copy And Share Everything) her a lot! Susan quickly became my cyber bestie, and I was so thrilled to meet her at a Stampin’ Up!® Leadership conference shortly after.

When I found out I was going to be a grandma, Susan was a little jealous. But then, a few months later she found out she, too, would be a grandma. And then again. And again. And again. She has three granddaughters and a grandson, and they’re all adorable. I’m so happy for her, even though now I’m a little jealous. (Just a little jealous. After all, I have my one grand almost every day, and hers are a little farther away, so she only sees them every few weeks/months. But still, I’m jealous.)

Susan and I have been cyber BFFs for years now. She’s probably my closest friend – cyber or otherwise – because we share the same things in life. We hold Stampin’ Up!® classes, we’re building businesses and only buying Stampin’ Up!® products we can actually use in classes, and we’re moms, grandmas, and wives. (Ok, that list is probably totally backwards in priority order.)

Susan and her awesome husband Rob bought a lake house a few years ago. It is amazing, and they enjoy the most beautiful sunsets. Here’s a photo of one of her recent sunsets.

How gorgeous is that? I have to admit, Susan’s sunset pictures are always amazingly beautiful. But this one made me want to recreate it.

Oh, seeing them together makes me realize I cannot ever compete with God. But still my awesome Mike was impressed.

I worked on this card without writing down what I used, but…

I masked off the center of the card and added Terracotta Tile ink to the top and bottom of the mask. I used some blender brushes that aren’t Stampin’ Up!®,  but I can say they will “change your life!” The sunset wasn’t quite as magnificent as I wanted, so I added some Lovely Lipstick Ink to the mix.

Moving outward, I used some Smoky Slate Classic Ink and Basic Gray Classic Ink to the Whisper White Cardstock.

Finally, I masked the outer colors and added Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to the center of the card. Then I added some silhouettes to the mix. Honestly, I can’t remember all the stamp sets I used, but I know I used some Waterfront, Rooted in Nature, and Painted Harvest Stamp Sets. I also added more color using Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends to brighten up the sunset.

For the final touches, I added some “waves” using Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. Finally, I die-cut the sentiment using the Well Written Dies and Basic Black Cardstock.

This is an obvious example of how you cannot outdo God. But I’m still happy with my results!

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

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Pressed Petals Birthday

Pressed Petals

A few weeks ago, I posted about the Stampin’ Up!® Pressed Petals Suite. You can see that here. A few days after I got home from vacation, my order arrived.

I don’t always buy everything in a product suite. And, by the way, have you noticed that the product suites are listed in the front of the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Catalog? And so are the bundles. Sweet! Anyway – I bought everything in the Pressed Petals Suite. And Stampin’ Up!® has made that very easy by including one number for all the products. So you can tell people (aka your husband who sees yet another Stampin’ Up!® box get delivered to the front porch), “Oh, I only ordered one thing!”

I needed a card for a swap I’m in, and I decided the Pressed Petals Suite would be perfect.

Pressed Petals Suite, Stampin' Up!, Itty Bitty Birthdays

It was hard to pin down which products I wanted to use. They’re all so beautiful! I finally chose the absolutely gorgeous Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), the Pressed Petals Specialty Washi Tape, the Petal Labels Dies, Designer Elements, and the 1/2 Gathered Ribbon in Rococo Rose and gold.

First, I die-cut the label and oval from Merry Merlot and Rococo Rose Cardstock. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set in Merry Merlot. I wrapped the ribbon around the DSP, then adhered to a Merry Merlot card base.

It needed more. I thought about stamping and die-cutting a flower, but then remembered the Washi Tape. Each piece is a single petal. I used eight of the petals on a 1″ punched circle to create the flower. A Designer Element in the center completed the flower. Such an easy card, but I love the way it turned out.

I can’t wait to play more with this suite – especially the journal – next week. Mike & I always go to the mountains over the 4th of July. It’s quiet and peaceful and we get a lot done. The resort has a festival over the weekend of the 4th, so we’ll probably head down the hill on Saturday. We’ll see how hot it is before we venture out.

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Favorite New In Color

Favorite New In Color

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off! This week, Susan, Jackie, and I are showing off our favorite new In Colors for 2019-2021.

Oh, my goodness, this was hard! Here are the five new In Colors for 2019-2021.

I love all of these colors so much! Maybe it was subliminal, but my favorite is the first color – Pretty Peacock. Is it green? Is it blue? It all depends on what you pair it with. It’s a beautiful color, and even prettier in foil.

Itty Bitty Birthdays, Perfect Peacock, Stampin' Up!

I wanted to use the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets and Noble Peacock Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my card. Both have foil elements and both are absolutely gorgeous.

First, I die-cut the seaweed in the Smooth Sailing Dies from the Pretty Peacock Noble Peacock Foil Sheets. Then I die-cut the label from the Petal Labels Dies (my second favorite dies in the catalog and maybe my first favorite suite – the Pressed Petals Suite. So gorgeous!), also from the Pretty Peacock Noble Peacock Foil Sheet.

I die-cut the center of the label from Whisper White, then stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays in Night of Navy Classic Ink. Then, since I used my Stamparatus, I stamped over the Night of Navy with Versamark Ink, then heat embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It just seemed like the sentiment should have a little glitz so it could hang out with the foil sheets and DSP without feeling like the drab stepsister.

I decided to use the Night of Navy design in the Noble Peacock DSP pack. Because, really, from the first time I saw the Noble Peacock DSP and Foil Sheets, I was totally hooked, and it was because of the Night of Navy sheets. My husband has totally converted me to blues.

I know I’ve said this before, but I love how Stampin’ Up!® products all work together I used three totally different suites in this card – Noble Peacock, Come Sail Away, and Pressed Petals – and they all work together.

Please take a few minutes to see what Jackie’s and Susan’s favorite new In Colors are. I’m not even trying to guess right now, although I do have a few ideas…

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Unicorn Sprinkles

Unicorn Sprinkles

I’m trying to break out of my “floral stamp obsession.” It’s not going really well, but I’m doing better. I love floral stamps. A friend of mine once said she wasn’t going to buy any more floral stamps, because, “How many flower stamps do you need?” And my answer was, “Just one more.”

I love using florals, but I also love to create cards for men and children. Most guys and kids don’t want vintage floral cards – unless, of course, they have money inside. Then they really don’t care what the card looks like.

Because Miss Amelia wants a unicorn for a pet (she’s convinced they are real), I ordered the Stampin’ Up!® Leave a Little Sparkle Stamp Set. She’s convinced it’s hers, no matter how many times I’ve told her we’re sharing it. (Kids, right?)

[Here’s a little side note. I promised Amelia I would ask my friends if they ever saw a unicorn or found one in the wild they’d let me know. So – my dear friends, if you ever see a unicorn or find one in the wild, would you please let me know? Thanks!]

Unicorns are mystical – and so are the Stampin’ Up!® Pigment Sprinkles. I mean, when you shake Granny Apple Green Powder out of the bottle, but it’s kind of an orange, but then you add water and it magically turns green – that’s mystical! So unicorns and Pigment Sprinkles are a perfect match!

Leave a Little Sparkle, Stampin' Up!
For this card, I sprinkled Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles on Whisper White Cardstock, then spritzed with water. I tried to keep most of the sprinkles on the left side of the card.

After it dried, I stamped the unicorn using my Stamparatus. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, but it really wasn’t dark enough. For a little sparkle, I thought it would be fun to “overstamp” with Versamark Ink, then heat emboss with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It was ok, but the unicorn’s body was still a little overwhelmed by sprinkles.

I stamped the unicorn again on Whisper White Cardstock using Versamark Ink, then again heat embossed with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Then I cut out the body. It wasn’t too difficult; I ignored the main and tail, so it was fairly simple to fussy cut. Then I added the fussy cut image over the original. The white body really stood out!

Finally, I added some color to the tail, mane, hooves, and horn using Stampin’ Blends, then added the sentiment. When I finished coloring, I added the Whisper White image to a Basic Black Panel, then to a Coastal Cabana card base.

I have one more unicorn image ready to show you, but it’s for a swap, so I’ll wait until next week when I’m sure everyone has received their cards before I post it.

Be sure to check in tomorrow when Jackie, Susan, and I showcase our favorite new In Color. What do you think we’ll choose? – Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, Purple Posy, Seaside Spray, or Rococo Rose? I really love all of these colors, so it was hard for me to decide.

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