Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®


March 31, 2019

LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE #392 and AAA CARDS CHALLENGE #137

Hi, Stampers!
     I made this little note card to enter the Less is More Challenge in about 10 minutes and then saw the challenge at AAA Cards - Made in Minutes.  So I used it to enter both!  Less is More Challenge #392 is titled "Shine a Light,AAA Cards Challenge #137 is titled "Made in Minutes."
     I used Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes and a Paper Trey Ink set and dies I have had, literally, for years, called "Lighten Up."  I used Distress Oxide ink (Fossilized Amber) for the sponging and Versafine Onyx Black for the lamp base and sentiment.  A scrap of SU! Butterfly Gala DSP for the shade and done!
     Wish me luck!

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 29, 2019

Stampin' Up! ® BUTTERFLY GALA BUNDLE and BUTTERFLY DUET PUNCH BACK IN STOCK


     SALE-A-BRATION - JUST TWO MORE DAYS!  LAST DAY SUNDAY, MARCH 31.

Hello, Stampers!     
     Just a very quick post to let you know that the Butterfly Gala Bundle and Butterfly Duet Punch from the Occasions Catalog are back in stock, just in time to help you towards a $50 order and earning a FREE Level 1 SAB item - like the coordinating Botanical Butterfly DSP!  Although the Bundle and punch will be carried over into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, what better time to purchase than now.  Just click the photos below to order.  And thanks for using the Host Code!

Happy Stampin’!

Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net


March 28, 2019

BIRTHDAYS ARE A "PIECE OF CAKE"! HOW SWEET IT IS

Hiya, Stampers!
    Today's card was created with the Piece of Cake Stamps/Punch Bundle and How Sweet It Is DSP (both are in the Occasions Catalog).  I love the bright colors in this paper pack.  In fact, I bought the DSP before I bought the Bundle!  I also really like the tongue-in-cheek sentiments.  The inside of my card says, "Who cares what the question is!"
     Do you notice anything else about my card?  My cake stand is upside down!  LOL  Anyway, let's get started with measurement, etc.
Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net

Measurements
     My card base is Coastal Cabana, a standard A2 Horizontal top-fold.  I embossed the front with the Polka Dot Basics TIEF.  The Gorgeous Grape CS piece is 4-1/4 x 2-3/4 and adhered to the base at an angle.  I think I should have made it a little bigger, like 4-1/2 x 3, so the embossing would show more.  I embossed it with the Dot to Dot TIEF (Occ. Catalog).  The DSP is 4 x 2-3/4.
     The Grape circle was die cut with a roughly 2" scalloped die from the Layering Circle Framelits and it is mounted onto a Pearlized Doily (2 sets FREE with $50 during Sale-A-Bration). The cake and stand are stamped on Shimmery White CS and punched out with the Cake Builder Punch and colored with Blends and Markers, and a little Wink of Stella over the frosting.  The candles are fussy-cut. All three were glued together and then popped up with Dimensionals.
    My sentiment and DSP banners are 1/2" and 3/4," respectively.  I added some Glitter Enamel Dots and that's it.  Product pictures and links are below on my blog.

March 27, 2019

PLAYING AROUND (AGAIN)! FAIRY TALE BIRTHDAY with FABLE FRIENDS


Hello, Stampers!
     I picked up some new toys this past weekend at the Heirloom show in Danville, IN.  I purchased this book stamp and die set from Toomuchfunrubberstamps.
     My sentiment and Peter Rabbit book title were created on my laptop after much trial and error.  I printed them on labels, added to card stock and punched out or die-cut.  The book is stamped on Whisper White in Crumb Cake and stamped again on the DSP in Soft Suede, then die-cut. glued, etc.  I used a retired tri-corner punch for the corners on the DSP, but there is a pretty punch that is current, called "Detailed Trio," on p.211 in the Annual Catalog.  The Fable Friends set also makes adorable baby cards, of course.
    The main Stampin' Up! products I used are set out below on my blog.  Please do leave a comment with any questions.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 26, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! SALE-A-BRATION PART 3? YES!


         

         

Hi, Stampers!
     Stampin' Up! has added the above 6 items to the final offering of FREE products with a $50 purchase!  Sale-a-Bration ends in less than a week!  March 31. If you earn any of these new items, you must use the item # I have set out below to get it for FREE.  Just click any photo to shop.
  • Painted Seasons DSP - 149572
  • Pearlized Doilies - 152837
  • Petal Promenade - 152839
  • Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon (x2) - 152838
  • Scattered Sequins Dynamic TIEF - 152833
  • Share What You Love Embellishment Kit - 152838 
Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 22, 2019

APRIL PAPER PUMPKIN KIT - STAMPIN' UP! DISTINKTIVE© STAMPS!

Hello, Stampers!
     Distinktive© stamps are coming to Paper Pumpkin in April.  If you are already a subscriber, you need do nothing, unless you have suspended your subscription - then, of course, you need to "unsuspend" it before April 10.  If you want to be a new subscriber,* be sure you sign up well before April 10, and make note of THIS line below, in particular.
     Lasting Lily and Healing Hugs are both examples of Distinktive© stamps.  See my LL post of March 18.

  •  A subscriber must have an active subscription by April 10, 2019 at 11:00 pm (MT) in order to receive the April kit.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.
  • Kit makes 9 cards (3 cards of 3 designs) (always with envelopes).
  • Includes an adorable gift box—in addition to your 9 cards.
  • Coordinating colors are: Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macron, and So Saffron.
*NOTE:  You can skip a month, suspend, or cancel at any time, so long as it is before the 10th of the month.  E.g., if you subscribe in April and then decide you want to skip the May kit, just go to your Paper Pumpkin account page and skip or suspend.
Just $19.95 + tax each month you receive a Kit, FREE shipping!

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 19, 2019

STENCILED CONGRATS CARD - PAPER PLAYERS CHALLENGE #433 - NEW! CARDS FOR SALE!



Hi, Stampers!
    I have a new stencil (from Funky Fossils) and although that is not the name of the design, to me it screamed skyscrapers, urban, big city, etc.  I knew exactly how I wanted to use it and the The Paper Players Challenge 433 - One Layer Wonder - fit the bill, as well.
     I sponged the stencil on Whisper White CS with Pacific Point and also thinly around the edges.  The "congrats" is die-cut from the Sale-a-Bration Grapefruit Grove Foil with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits and the sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! set, Lift Me Up.  The card base is Grapefruit Grove CS. Products on my blog or below.

     CARDS FOR SALE
ANY of the cards you see on my Blog can be purchased!  Far less $ than in a store.  If anyone is interested, post a comment and I will set a general price.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

SU! Products

March 18, 2019

STAMPIN' UP!® LASTING LILY FOR A WEDDING and SALE-A-BRATION WINDING DOWN SOON

Hi, Stampers!
     To some of us, lilies mean not just sympathy and Easter, but weddings.  What's great about this set, with just two sizes of one flower, is that you can use any color you like and customize your card to match the couple's wedding color scheme, which makes it an even more special keepsake.
     Remember, this popular set is available only during Sale-A-Bration, as a Level 2 reward and it is now on Low Inventory.
     I stamped the lilies in Flirty Flamingo ink using the Stamparatus, and the stems and leaves with Pear Pizzazz.  If you have the Lily Framelits, you can die-cut them or, they are easily hand-cut.  Unfortunately, the Framelits have just sold out.
     The lacy cut-out on my Whisper White card front was made using Eastern Medallion Thinlits. The layer behind it is Soft Sea Foam and the card base is Flirty Flamingo.  I added a bow of 5/8" Polka Dot Ribbon and a wedding sentiment from a retired set (Rose Wonder).  I often associate pearls with a wedding, too, so I added three up in the corner.  The sketch for my card was inspired by a similar one in Berry Burst, by Mary Brown, the Stamper Camper.  Products below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 16, 2019

STAMPIN' UP!® LET IT RIDE (IN THE BARN) - PLAYING AROUND, AGAIN

Hello, Stampers!
     Cloudy and gray yesterday; perfect for staying inside and playing with my stamps.  Let it Ride is a new set and I haven't used Barn Door in a while, soooo, what goes better with barns or stables than horses?
      My barn wall is, of course, Wood Textures DSP - i couldn't get any easier than that.  The barn door (just cut in half) and mat are traditional Real Red, base is Very Vanilla.  I stamped the door in Early Espresso and also a few weeds or grains from Home to Roost at the bottom left. My chestnut Bay horse was stamped in Memento and colored with Dark Cajun Craze and Dark Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends.  The rope is just medium Baker's Twine.  Products are below.  Here's the inside.
Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net



March 15, 2019

INSPIRE.CREATE.CHALLENGES - #038 Sketch Challenge




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Hi, Stampers!
     The above Inspire.Create.Challenges 038 Sketch Challenge was too simple for me to pass up.  I flipped it and used a piece of Whisper White Country Floral embossed card stock and added my cute squirrel friend from Fable Friends. Both were colored with Stampin' Blends. The lavender background is from the Needlepoint Nook DSP pack.  That's it!

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net


Products

March 14, 2019

JUST PLAYING, WITH STAMPIN' UP!® HAPPY TAILS AND MORE


Hi, Stampers!
     Such a yucky day, so I sat down to play around with my new stamp set, Happy Tails (see it wag?), and it took off from there!  SU! sets work so well together, even with other, non-SU! items you might have around the house.  I used bits of 4 SU! stamp sets for this card.
     I hadn't used the At Home With You set in some time, so I brought it out, along with A wreath from the Barn Door bundle, and the sentiment from Home to Roost!  I didn't want this door to be just flat, and I didn't want to put the sentiment inside the door, so I dug around and came across a stamp/die set I've had for some time from Taylored Expressions, and decided to put it to use inside the "house."  You could easily use DSP to make wallpaper, instead.
     You can't tell unless you look really close, unfortunately, but I used the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF, horizontally, for the house.  The door is cut from the Wood Textures DSP.

March 13, 2019

STAMPIN' UP!® LEMON ZEST NOTE CARD

Hello, Stampers!
     This is such a solid set for several "occasions."  There are sentiments for birthday, get well, tough times, encouragement, even a valentine.  I love puns, too, so this one's right up my alley.
     I stamped the lemons on Glossy White CS and ran the top lemon through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling TIEF, rough side on top, to get a peel effect.  Pretty realistic, don't you think?  The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive and all were punched out with the Lemon Builder Punch.  I added a bow of Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, a Glitter Enamel Dot,wrapped the bottom edge in black pattern Washi-tape and stamped the envelope.  My inside sentiment says, "Chuck them right back!"  A quick little card with a big message.  Products below.




Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 10, 2019

ENCOURAGEMENT CARD WITH STAMPIN' UP!® FABLE FRIENDS


Hi, Stampers!
     The images in the SU! Fable Friends set are so like the adorable illustrations in Beatrix Potter books, and I love these little ducklings.  I kept thinking, "ducks in a row, ducks in a row..."  I decided the phrase was perfect for someone in our family trying to cope with a major life change and, voila!, I utilized my newly discovered (to me, anyway) method to add my own verse inside a card.  It sure opens up lots of possibilities!
   I've listed products below, which is really all you need to know.  Everything else is pretty much standard.  The Shimmery White stitched rectangle is 2-3/8 x 3-5/8; the offset piece of Grapefruit Grove is 2-3/4 x 3-3/4.  One note of caution:  use markers, not Blends for coloring the mama goose on the inside of your card, because it might show through the back - take it from me.  ;-(


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 6, 2019

QUICK & EASY STAMPIN' UP! FABLE FRIENDS TREAT TAGS FOR EASTER


Hello, Stampers!
     It's never too early to start on making favors when you have to make about 20 of them!  And when the Easter candy hits the shelves, I get started. Out of necessity, I always try to come up with something quick and easy to share. These little bags hold a dozen Easter "eggs" (by M&M's) and are tied with whatever thick or medium SU! Baker's twine I had laying around, or a narrow ribbon works great, too.
     I used pieces of Gingham Gala DSP for the tags (p.35, OC) cut 2 x 4-1/2 and punched with the Tag Topper Punch and I rounded the corners.  I stamped the bunny and goose in Memento on WW card stock and colored just a few areas with Blends - clothes, ears, bill, feet - and die-cut with a scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  Stamped the sentiment in color or Memento.  Oval is added with liquid glue, the sentiment with a glue dot or Dimensionals. Tie your bag shut, add and tie the tag and you're done!  I've only got 15 more to go!  ;-D  Products are below.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 5, 2019

I'M A SUCKER FOR GALAXIES - Non-SU! BIRTHDAY CARD SHARE


Hi, Stampers!
     I love anything that looks like the night sky, the galaxy, the Northern Lights - and if I can get my hands on it, I have to use it for a card.  And now that I have learned how to print my own verses inside the card, the possibilities are endless - well, limited to my imagination, anyway.  I came across this, what I thought was "Watercolor Nebula" DSP online, but it is Washi tape (by Altenew).  I had to have it, regardless.  It came in a roll (it's 7" wide!) and, of course, now I have way, way more than I can ever possibly use.
     I just added a "happy" sentiment die-cut from SU! Galvanized Metallic Paper and offset another cut from Mango Melody and added a Mango Melody mat.  The "birthday" is from the SU!  Perennial Birthday set, punched out with the Classic Label Punch.  Perfect for a masculine birthday, too.  The version below is accented with a Gorgeous Grape mat and the Grapefruit Grove SAB Foil offset over SU! Silver Glimmer Paper - looks much better IRL.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net



March 1, 2019

STAMPIN' UP! COUNTRY FLORAL DYNAMIC TIEF with SPONGE DAUBERS and FABLE FRIENDS

Hi, Stampers!
     Oh my goodness, I just love this little guy/girl? girl from the Fable Friends set in the Occasions Catalog (p.30).  I plan to use this sweetie and the adorable rabbit to make tags for simple Easter favors, too - I'll post them here.  The details for this card follow.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net


STAMPIN' UP!® SURPRISE! MORE FREE ITEMS ADDED TO SALE-A-BRATION and SAB COORDINATION

Hi, Stampers!
     A surprise from SU!  New Level 1 items ($50) have been added to Sale-A-Bration for the last month!  They are:  
  • Painted Seasons Designer Paper (you can earn separate from the Bundle) #149574
  • Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, #152832
  • Scattered Sequins Dynamic TIEF, #152833
  • Mini Pizza Boxes, #152836
  • Pearlized Doilies (x2), #152837
  • Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon (x2), #152838
  • Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper, #152839
  • Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, #152840
     And don't forget, Sale-a-Bration Coordination starts today - coordinating dies, stamp set and a punch you can purchase to enhance your FREE SAB items!  


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net