Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®


May 27, 2020

ANOTHER MUSIC FROM THE HEART (Retiring)


Hi, Stampers!

One of the reasons I like this set is that I thought it would be great for Valentines Day cards, with this sentiment in particular.  The sketch for this card is by Mary Fish - I changed it a little color-wise and I used a different embossing folder.  I used what I had, which is the Seaside embossing folder (on the 3 x 5 Gorgeous Grape piece), an older whale-tale heart punch and the Subtle embossing folder on the 3 x 4 Real Red piece.  You can use any heart punch or heart dies.

The white piece behind the red is 2 x 3-1/4.  I liked the way Mary offset this piece, so I did the same.  It is glued to the red and both popped up on Dimensionals.  See the inside on my Blog.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 26, 2020

SAH CARD FOR MY NIECE AND HER HUSBAND in NYS



Hello, Stampers!

I wanted to create a quick card for my niece and her husband, who live in East Aurora, NY (near Buffalo).  The NYS stay-at-home orders have been much tighter than ours because they have so many more cases than here.  I don't believe they are even opening outdoor seating at restaurants until possibly next week.  

The convex circle background (I love optical illusions) was created by sponging with Distress Inks onto a Funky Fossil Designs stencil (a UK designer) called 3D Sphere.  I layered this 5 x 3-3/4 piece onto Flirty Flamingo, leaving a 1/16" border. The "smile" die is by Lawn Fawn/Cuts and is two layers of Flirty Flamingo and one Basic Black, slightly offset, attached with a few Mini Glue Dots.  I used my old large corner rounder punch on the lower right corner.

I used the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch for the inside sentiment, printed in Bermuda Bay, and a couple of die cuts from the (sadly) retired Sip Sip Hooray Bundle,* rather than print out another whole sheet of images from the Share Sunshine .pdf. I added a little Wink of Stella to the olives, stamped in Memento and colored with Stampin' Blends.

*If you already have the Sip, Sip Hooray stamp set, the Sip & Celebrate Dies are available on the Clearance Rack for just $18!


You will find a Stampin' Up! product list on my blog and, if you are already there, click "Read more."

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 21, 2020

SAILING HOME TO GRADUATION!


Hi, Stampers!

Well, here it is, almost June.  I would have thought that during full SAH that the time would just drag, but at least for me, it has flown by!  I hope it's been like that for you, as well.

Since many graduation gatherings have been delayed, I decided it wasn't too late to post for you a graduation card you can make with a bundle and DSP you likely already have.  Inside, this card says, "Set sail in the direction of your dreams."  I think this is a perfect sentiment for someone starting a new stage in their life, either after HS or college.  I also added the sea birds and a sailboat inside.

For measurements and supplies, click "Read in browser," if you are reading in email or "Read more" on my blog.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 16, 2020

MORE SHARE SUNSHINE COVID-19 DOWNLOAD SAMPLES


   


Hi, Stampers!

Here are two more easy samples for you using the $12 Covid-19 .pdf that you can order here.  https://covid19.stampinup.com/


The two Quarantini cards are quick and easy to make.  The slightly different template was inspired by Jackie Bolhuis' card at Klompen Stampers.  Once again, I used retired DSP scraps, so I will not list that here.  The only stamp I used is "It's your day!," from the Under My Umbrella set, which fit perfectly over the top of the "Have another Quaran-tini" sentiment from the download.  Find measurements and supplies below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 15, 2020

SHARE SUNSHINE $12 CHARITY DOWNLOAD SAMPLES




Hello, Stampers!

Aren't these face masks adorable?  Well I could have picked a prettier pattern for the second one, but I get so stingy with my time that if I'm experimenting and it turns out, it's going on a card!  LOL  I imagine you've seen them different places on the Net, but here is a link to the video that taught me - they really are pretty easy.  Lisa Fleming, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBzo_zxdOnk&list=LL5V72yr7nEvrjYqurV6TT_Q&index=25&t=100s

I do have a couple of photos and measurements for you, some suggestions and hints, so be sure to click "Read in browser" or "Read below" for those.

Have fun!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 13, 2020

EMBOSSED AND WATERCOLORED - LOVELY MAGNOLIAS


Hello, Stampers!

I'm so glad the Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder is not retiring.  I embossed watercolor card stock with the embossing folder and then just colored it with ink pads and here and there with Stampin' Blends.  It's hard to tell here, but the turned up edges of the magnolias are colored Soft Sea Foam and I added Clear Wink of Stella to the flower centers.  The DSP is Magnolia Lane.

I did run into one problem.  Watercolor card stock has a mind of it's own and/or I embossed it too deeply - I ran it through the Big Shot several times.  I had some problems with warping, so if I try it again, I may try going light on the water and using Shimmery White CS instead.  The background is a combination of Blushing Bride and Petal Pink.  The leaves were die-cut with the Magnolia Memories Dies.  The sentiment is embossed on Mossy Meadow and is from a very old set I go to often, Warmest Regards.  More colors and supplies are below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 9, 2020

MANGO POPPIES THANK YOU NOTE with LABEL ME BOLD (again)

Hello, Stampers!

I'm glad Painted Poppies has carried over to the 2020-21 Annual Catalog (and, it has been carried over as a 10% off Bundle with the Painted Labels dies).  Although I love the poppies DSP and have used it tons, I wanted to use something other than our usual reds, purples or pink, which seem a natural for this set.  Since I'm a big fan of Mango Melody, that'swthat I used.

I wanted to keep this to no layers, so I stamped the flower with the "fill-in" stamp in the set with Mango Melody and added a little bit darker accents with the marker as opposed to Blends, which show through on the reverse.  The Label Me Bold "thank you" is stamped in Old Olive and popped up with Mini Dimensionals.  Not sure if you can see here, but I laid the note card face down on my Simply Scored and scored two lines, about 5/8" apart, across the front for just a little something extra.

Click "Read in browser" or "Read more" for supplies used.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 8, 2020

SU! 2020-22 IN COLORS!

Hi, Stampers!

     Just wanted to give you a sneak peek.  These are the 2020-22 Stampin' Up! In Colors!  Which do you think might be your favorite?  I love the Cinnamon Cider, because it reminds me of the old Creamy Caramel - who remembers that?  How long ago was that?  Looks good enough to eat.  I like them all, but the softness of Bumble Bee, if these are true color projections.  It's hard to be spot on when dealing with different mediums.
     There you have it.  I'll post another little note card with the retiring Label Me Bold set in a little while.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 7, 2020

LITTLE-NOTICED RETIRING SET - LABEL ME BOLD with MOUNTAIN AIR and SNOW FRONT TREES


Hello, Stampers!
     I just recently noticed the Label Me Bold set in the January-June 2020 Mini.  I have always liked this type of strip sentiment.  I also like the smudges, squiggles and stars, etc. in the set, which, sadly, is not being carried over.  I used the little stars in the sky above, as well.  I love this impression of looking up through the trees at the sky.  I also made a couple in shades of green on Seaside Spray CS and one on Balmy Blue, but I thought them a bit dull - one is below - you might feel differently!  I used Snow Front for some of the trees.
     Good news, BTW.  Mountain Air has been carried over as a 10% off Bundle!  #153820
     I made up a couple different sentiments of my own for the inside and will print them, as needed.  Click "Read more" or "Read in browser" for colors and supplies.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 5, 2020

RETIRING - MUSIC FROM THE HEART


Hello, Stampers!
     I'm sorry to say this set, Music From the Heart, designed by Million $ sales winner Dawn Olchefske, will not be carried over into the 2020-21 Annual Catalog.  I haven't had it very long, but will surely keep it because it's not flowers, animals or scenery!  LOL  The inspiration for my card came from Mary Brown - I changed some colors and the sentiment, but otherwise, the credit is due Mary.  Don't you love the LPs?
    I used Black Foil for my LPs, but regular Basic Black CS is fine.  Also not necessary to use DSP for the guitar - it's a bit flimsy for fussy-cutting.  I plan to use Gorgeous Grape for my next guitar.  ;-)
     Click "Read more" or "Read in browser" for my colors and supplies.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

May 4, 2020

NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER THE MOUNTAINS


Hi, Stampers!
     Today's inspiration is the Northern Lights.  It's a simple sponging technique and there are some videos online.  I tried to recreate what I call the "curtain" type of Lights.  I Googled images of the Lights online and went from there.  The Lights are perfect for coordinating with the Mountain Air Bundle, which will be carried over, but not at a 10% bundle discount.
     I used Mossy Meadow ink on Mossy Meadow CS for the tree line, stamped off once. The mountains are stamped in black onto Navy CS.
     You can find colors and materials I used by clicking "Read more," or "Read in browser" to visit my blog.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

April 28, 2020

SHARE SUNSHINE PDF DOWNLOAD FOR WHO and UNITED WAY COVID-19 RESPONSES



COVID19.stampinup.com
Hello, Stampers!

     This digital stamp set ($12, see more below) is packed with both lighthearted and thoughtful sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we are currently in. Aou can use the download in your cardmaking and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with your friends and family by sending cards!  I just received mine.  There are even instructions telling you which punches, dies, etc., are compatible with the images on which pages!!
     
     As part of Stampin’ Up!’s Making a Difference program, 100% of the Share Sunshine PDF Download proceeds will go to COVID-19 efforts through these organizations:
  • The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund
  • United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

April 11, 2020

ALCOHOL INKS - GULF BEACH FLYOVER


Hello, Everyone!

Hope you are keeping yourselves occupied during SAH and, most important, that you are still safe and healthy!

I have had more time to do some experimenting with some new-to-me art supplies - mainly alcohol inks.  This (to me) aerial view of a Gulf beach was, literally, my first attempt - I think it is beginner's luck - it was really pretty easy.  I was just experimenting and it was like, "Hey, this actually looks like what I had in mind!"  I would like to attempt a full-size one some day to hang, but haven't the nerve, yet.  On my original, the water is slightly deeper blue-green.

Anyway, if you'd like to know what I used (only a few supplies) and how I did it, leave a Comment on my blog.  I'll be happy to share, as much as I can remember.

Happy Crafting!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net



April 9, 2020

MORE CRAZY FUN - WATERCOLOR TO ALCOHOL - NO STAMPIN'


Hi, Stampers!

I came across my inspiration for these cute little "splotch" birds while marathon-watching YouTube tutorials for using alcohol inks.  However, these little guys popped up (watercolor) and I couldn't resist watching the video.  You can find the Amber K Creative video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1H9Tnv2xUI&t=4s.

Since I've been practicing with alcohol inks, I created a version (nowhere near as cute as Amber K's) using alcohol inks on Yupo** paper.  But, I wanted to share here, because you can easily use SU! watercolor paper and ink refills!  The "details" are drawn with a Sharpie.  I haven't decided if I want to add a sentiment.  My first attempt is below.


Have fun!
Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net

April 7, 2020

CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THESE SWEET MEERKATS! and UNDER MY UMBRELLA BUNDLE


Hi, Stampers!

Another easy share for you.  I know SAB is over, but I also know The Gang's All Meer was a very popular FREE set, so thought I'd share another card; this time in combination with the Under My Umbrella Bundle.  Materials below.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

NO APRIL SHOWERS HERE! - UNDER MY UMBRELLA BUNDLE


Hello, Stampers!

This template was inspired by a Pinterest post by Jini Merck, stampwithjini.com.  A simple wash background (on WW Thick CS), See A Silhouette DSP and Glossy CS for the rubber boots.  (I probably could have gone a little brighter on the DSP umbrella.)  The flowers and boots are fussy-cut and the sentiment was punched with circle punches and popped up with Dimensionals, with a little ribbon underneath.  Links to the products are below.

Hope you are staying inside, taking precautions and staying well.  Good excuse for some extra stamping and crafting.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

April 2, 2020

STAY-AT-HOME EXPERIMENT - SANS STAMPING



Hi, Stampers!

I hope all of you are being very careful, obeying guidelines and are still safe and healthy.  Since our gym is closed, so no spin class, no Tai Chi class (I've been doing it at home),* no lunch group, no book club, no stamp camp this month, I've got time to PLAY with new stuff!!

The background on this "work of art" (I call it "Dark Before Dawn") was created on Yupo paper with Ranger Alcohol Inks (Tim Holtz):  Dandelion, Indigo, Coral and a tiny bit of Silver Mixative.  The flowers silhouette was simply die cut from Basic Black CS with the SU! Friendly Silhouettes Dies.

What have you been doing?


Happy Crafting!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

*If you are interested in how to find some wonderful beginner Tai Chi videos on YouTube, let me know and I'll send you some names to look for.

March 24, 2020

ONE WEEK LEFT - AND EVEN MORE SALE-A-BRATION ITEMS!

Hi, Stampin' Friends!
     Just one more week left to Sale-a-Brate and SU! has added 8 more items to the FREE with $50 or $100 selections.  Just click below.
     Be sure to use the Item Numbers listed below each product - they are exclusive to SAB numbers. 

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 21, 2020

INSPIRING IRIS VARIATIONS FOR EASY EASTER CARDS



Hello, Stampers!
     These are some easy variations for Easter greetings using the Inspiring Iris stamp set and various embossing folders, ribbon, etc.  I have added the colors, etc. below.  Use whatever embellishments you have!  We made the card at the top left at March stamp camp.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

March 2, 2020

STARTING TODAY - MORE SALE-A-BRATION FREE ITEMS


Hello, Stampers!
     It's been a while - our first cruise and travel fun and some not so fun - DH and I ending travel with sinus infections and lolling around the house for a week!  I even postponed March stamp camp to the 14th.  BUT, I'm feeling better now, so onward to SAB-2.
     Remember, that with China extending it's New Year due to the Coronavirus, although SU! attempted to stock up, some Sale-A-Bration items are limited and may run out before the promotion ends March 31.  For example, I think the Flowering Foils Specialty DSP (#152312) is going to be quite popular, so you might want to shop sooner, rather than later if that is on your list (using the Host Code, of course ↗).  😀
     Need a little help getting to $50?  Some great add-ons are refills for your 2018-2020 In Colors!*  You know they will run out fast after SAB.  The pads are already listed as "low inventory."
    *Blueberry Bushel (love it), Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, and Call Me Clover.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net     

February 11, 2020

PAPER PUMPKIN IS CELEBRATING 7 YEARS! MARCH SNEAK PEEK

Hi, Stampers!
     Below is a little info about the March 2020 Paper Pumpkin Kit.*  

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 7, 2020

OVER THE MOON VALENTINES


Hi, Stampers!
     I love these little bovines and the sentiment, which I thought was perfect for Valentine's Day - cute and not sappy.  Here's a couple more versions.



     You can probably tell that a couple of the cows are popped up on Wobbles (mini), which you can find on Amazon or, probably most craft stores.  I'm not going to post step-by-step for these cute note cards because they are so individual.  I think you'll have plenty of information when you see the product list below - click "read in browser" or "read more."

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 4, 2020

THE POPPIES ANGLE - A FREE TUTORIAL


Hello, Stampers!
   I've created a photo tutorial for cutting the DSP angle for the above card front my January stamp camp, mostly because I am somewhat math-challenged and became frustrated trying to create this card using strictly measurements.  Just click below for the step-by-step.
    I hope you find it helpful.  If you would like a printable version, just contact me or leave a comment!  Products below.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 3, 2020

STARTING TODAY! FEBRUARY 4 (-March 31 or) WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

Hi, Stampers!
     Just a reminder that the SU! Product Coordination Special starts February 4!  Check my January 20 post for more details, click above to replay the info video, contact me, or click the link below to shop.  Back soon with more Poppies!

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

January 21, 2020

I DO LOVE POPPIES! ANOTHER STAMP CAMP PROJECT - GIFT CARD OR $ SLIDER


Hello, Stampers!
     I purchased the tutorial for this gift card/$ slider through Kelly Acheson and the Stampin' Society - a group of talented SU! demos from across the globe.  I then created my own printable project sheet and shared the project at my January Stamp Camp.  I'm happy to share mine with you - just leave a comment with your email address or email me - it's FREE. Click "Read in browser" for more details and inside photo.

January 20, 2020

COMING SOON! ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS TO COORDINATE WITH SAB and MINI CATALOG ITEMS

Hello, again, Stampers!
     Want more to play and create with during Sale-A-Bration?  Beginning February 4 (thru March 31), you can purchase new dies to coordinate with some of your favorite SAB and Mini Catalog images and Designer Series Paper to coordinate with all of the new Mini Catalog punches!  BUT, before I show you more, remember, like all SU! Special Offerings, they are While Supplies Last.
     Click above to watch a short video about the new coordinating products.


Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net


12.01.19_DHEADER_OOP_Q1_NA

I'VE BEEN MISSING! PAINTED POPPIES BUNDLE STAMP CAMP PROJECT


Hello, Stampers!
     We are more than halfway through January and this is my first project post!  Yikes!  We traveled to Buffalo for Christmas and I've also been making reservations, learning lots online, and shopping for our first ever cruise!  Just a 4-night blues cruise to Nassau, but when it's your first time, boy, we are clueless!
     Anyway, this is one of the cards we created this month at stamp camp.  The color inspiration was a happenstance.  I arrange my card stock in color families and in alphabetical order within the family and have been doing it that way for almost 17 years.  It just so happened that these three stacks ended up in a kind of stair-step on the shelf and voila!  I like bright colors, anyway, so...
     As you can see, it's really pretty simple, but what you might not see in this shot is that the larger blooms are enhanced with the Shimmery Crystal Effects from the Holiday Catalog.  The large poppy was stamped with Stazon onto watercolor paper and watercolored, as were the leaves.  Measurements and products to follow.
     Don't forget!! FREE Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 or $100 purchase.  Planning to shop?  Please use the current Host Code on my blog sidebar.  Thanks!

January 3, 2020

HAVE YOU TALLIED YOUR MINI CATALOG WISH LIST TO EARN FREE SALE-A-BRATION GOODIES?

SALE-A-BRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!
Sorry.  One of my favorite Kool & the Gang tunes pops into my head every year!  😉


Hello, Stampers -

     HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!  I know it's been a while.  No, we did not decide to stay in Buffalo for the winter - some travel to Florida - the smart ones - we travel to Buffalo,NY!  LOL  Just being gone over Christmas, having our dear friends over New Year's Day for a Polish brunch - fresh kielbasa from Buffalo, homemade Polish coffee cake, called placek, a yummy egg casserole and Mimosas.  Then taking down the holiday decor (still not finished with that - waiting for DH to bring boxes down from over the garage - ugh! - I hear them being plopped down now).