Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®


October 30, 2018

SNOWFLAKE SHOWCASE SUITE! Available November 1-30

Hi, Stampers!
     Still undecided what theme to go with for your Christmas and Holiday cards or a couple of new ideas for all-occasion?  Here's an easy answer.  Click above for a showcasing video on YouTube.  Love the snowfall stamp with the Stamparatus ladder technique!  Here are a couple of closeups of the stamp images.  Click here Snowflake Showcase Flyer for more images and prices.


SNOW IS GLISTENING  #149742 - $21
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HAPPINESS SURROUNDS  #149744 - $17
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HAPPY HOLIDAY STAMPIN'!
Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net
All images ©Stampin’ Up!®

October 27, 2018

LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE #383 - DIMENSION - BRUSHO on BUBBLE WRAP

Hello, Stampers!
     This is my entry for the Less Is More #383 Challenge - "Dimension."  I thought about doing a simple embossing folder background, but then thought about this easy, colorful technique I played around with when SU! first started carrying Brusho.  For this card, I used  4 of the 5 colors of Brusho from Stampin' Up!:  Prussian Blue, Brilliant Red, Gamboge (mostly orange with yellow), and Moss Green.  I hope this fun background is not too "busy" for the Less Is More team!  Here's the technique; it's pretty simple and you can find video tutorials on YouTube:
  • Brusho can be messy, so you should probably lay down scrap paper, wax paper, or a silicone baking sheet.
  • On a piece of the smaller size bubble wrap - bubbles up - (you might be able to see it above), cut larger than your desired background piece (my watercolor paper on this card is 3 x 4-1/2"), lightly sprinkle one or two colors of Brusho or use as many as you like!  I sprinkled mine in vertical sections:  blue, green, gamboge and red - left to right.
  • Spritz with water and lay your watercolor paper on top and lightly press your paper down to pick up the color.  Let dry and that's it for this fun background.
  • NOTE:  If  you can't wait for your paper to dry you can use heat, but it might fade your colors a little, so in the meantime, just proceed with the rest of your design.
  • The mat is one of my favorite new colors, Mango Melody - so nice and bright.  The Happy Birthday is die cut with Poppy Parade - a nice, bright tomato red.
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October 24, 2018

LOVELY AS A TREE in the Moonlight - AAAcards Game #126




Hi, Stampers!
     Whenever I think of "moonlight," the current challenge on AAACards, I think of trees and especially Lovely as a Tree.  I came across this challenge site - AAAcards.blogspot.com.  I really like Clean And Simple cards, but I often have trouble paring them down, so I enter a CAS challenge once in a while for some practice, although so many of the samples I see posted there are by stampers much more talented and imaginative than me.
     The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature and the trees, of course, are from Lovely as a Tree - a must in anyone's stamp collection - at least in my opinion.  The mask for the moon was made with the 1-1/2" Circle Punch.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

October 23, 2018

WINTER WOODS HOMETOWN UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS


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Hi, Stampers!
     I came across the inspiration for this card on Pinterest and just had to dropk everything and try the "technique."  It's so simple, I hesitate to even call it a technique - really just sponging.  So, let's get started.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net
All images ©Stampin’ Up!®

Measurements
Thick Whisper White standard A2 horizontal card base
Coastal Cabana CS - 5-1/8 x 3-7/8
Whisper White CS - 5 x 3-3/4
Sparkle or Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper - 3 x 5

Click above to go to my Blog for Instructions and Products

October 22, 2018

HAVE YOU SEEN . . . ? SOMETHING YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED IN THE HOLIDAY CATALOG


Hello, Stampers!
     Have you started your handmade Christmas cards yet?  Did October surprise you like it did me?  Remember these quick and easy Christmas cards I shared last week?  How about we make them even easier!  Did you notice on page 11 in your SU! Holiday Catalog the Gold and Silver FOIL EDGED CARDS &; ENVELOPES!!? - 20 Cards & Envelopes for just $9.50 US - see them below.
    Just add some holiday DSP and your favorite greeting(s).  Ta Da!  Done.
    AIn case you didn't get my email yesterday, don't forget, Stampin' Up!'s 15% off, 1-day 30th Birthday sale is TODAY, October 23.  Just click the banner below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

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#147901 Gold



October 21, 2018

VOILA - VINTAGE, MUCH LOVED RETIRED SU! STAMP - CASology: Week 317


Hi, Stampers!
      The CASology theme for Week 317 is "menu."  This is my first-time submission and I don't even know if it will be accepted because of the age of this stamp set.  It is an SU! set called "Voila" and it is one of only a few retired sets that I will not part with - it is at least 10 years old.  Do any of you long-timers remember it?  Leave a comment if you do.
      I used Memento ink for the main image and a combination of Stampin' Write Markers and Stampin' Blends for the small amount of coloring.  Just a simple, 1/16" of black mat showing on a white card base. That's it!

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net
All images ©Stampin’ Up!®

October 18, 2018

HEALING HUGS


Hello, Stampers!
     I ordered this set mostly for the get well sentiments included which are atypical of Stampin' Up! and more my "style," I guess.  BUT, I do love the Distinktive© rose and leaves.  This is a pretty simple card and, as we all know, sometimes we need simple and quick.  Let's get started.

  Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net


Measurements
WW Thick card base - 8-1/4 x 5, scored at 4-1/4
Nature's Poem DSP - 5-1/4 x 4
Granny Apple Green CS - 4-1/8 x 2-7/8; scrap for extra leaves
Shimmery White CS - 4 x 2-3/4

October 15, 2018

COUNTRY HOME AND TIN TILE IN COPPER

Hello, Stampers!
     I'm sharing here one of the cards we will be making today when a few of us get together to stamp.  I love copper, I love Tin Tile and I love Country Home!  Let's get started.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

Measurements
Thick Whisper White horizontal fold card base
5-1/4 x 4 Blueberry Bushel CS
5 x 3-3/4 Whisper White CS
Approx. 4 x 3 Shimmery White CS for oval
3-3/4 x 1-3/4 - 2" Copper Foil; second piece at least 2 x 1-1/2 for planter

October 13, 2018

PAPER PUMPKIN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Hi, Stampers!
     The Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale is over, but the next kit is tailor-made for the Holidays. The October-November kit gives you everything you need to make 10 Holiday cards - 5 of 2 unique holiday designs.  The coordinating colors are:  

    • Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Gold, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
     Remember, you get all of this PLUS an exclusive stamp set AND an ink spot—all for $19.95 - NO shipping, just Indiana tax.
     If you will be a new Paper Pumpkin subscriber, be sure to sign up by October 10 at www.paperpumpkin.com, if you want to receive this kit.
Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net
All images ©Stampin’ Up!®

October 11, 2018

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL BUNDLE - QUICK HOLIDAY CARDS

Hi, Stampers!
     Just a short post to share these quick Holiday/Christmas cards.  Aren't they beautiful?  I just love the All is Bright DSP for a background that needs little embellishment.  
     On my samples above, I just used the DSP cut at 3-3/4" x 5", a mat of 4 x 5-1/4 and a white card base.  I used a Real Red CS mat for the Merry Christmas card and Merry Merlot CS for the other two.  The "Merry" and "Holiday" die cuts are in Gold Foil and the "Christmas" die cut is Merry Merlot CS.  All were attached with the sponged Liquid Multi technique, or you can use just tiny dots of Multi here and there.  Sentiments on card fronts were stamped, die cut and popped up - all included in this bundle.
      Stamp the desired holiday sentiment(s) inside and you're done!

Happy Stampin'!
Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net
All images ©Stampin’ Up!®


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October 3, 2018

LILYPAD LAKE SAILBOATS ON A GRACEFUL GLASS "SEA"

Hello, Stampers!
     I must start by giving credit where it is due to Tracy Elsom (SU! Demo in Nova Scotia) for this wonderful idea for this vellum pattern.  As usual, I did change a couple of things - I changed the sentiment and added an additional sailboat.  Let's get started!

Measurements
Thick White CS - scored horizontally or vertically
Whisper White CS - 2 x 5-1/2
Bermuda Bay CS - 2-1/4 x 5-1/2; 1-5/8 x 2-3/4 (for sentiment_
Graceful Glass Vellum in wave pattern - 2 x 5-1/2
Shimmery White CS - enough for sailboats and sentiment

Instructions

  • Color wave pattern vellum all over with Dark Pool Party Blends - I used two layers of color
  • Color sections where desired with Dark Bermuda Bay and Light Night of Navy Blends
  • Lightly sponge liquid glue onto 2" WW strip and attach vellum; adhere these layers to 2-1/4" Bermuda Bay piece and then add to card front
  • Stamp sailboats from Lilypad Lake onto Shimmery White CS with Memento ink and color with Blends as desired - I used Smoky Slate, Real Red, Light Night of Navy and Dark Daffodil; mount onto vellum with Mini Glue Dots
  • Stamp sentiment from Lilypad Lake on Shimmery White and die cut with small label die from Lakeside Framelits; adhere to small Bermuda Bay strip and mount on card front with Dimensionals
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