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Sue Duffy
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!®


May 13, 2021

GORGEOUS PANSY PATCH

 


Hi'ya, Stampers!

    This Pansy Patch card was inspired by a Jo Blackman video tutorial on masking.  You can find it here. Jo is a talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK.  I switched the colors on my version and added the Gingham Gala DSP (retired).

    Lots of masking on this card but, remember, you can use them again.  Don't throw them away, even when they are filled with ink.  I hand-cut 3 of the solid image, smaller pansy and about 5 leaves.

May 12, 2021

SEA SHELLS WITH SUNNY STENCIL MASHUP

 


Hello, again, Stampers!

    Still playing with my stencils stash.  The stencil is called Sphere (Altenew).  I applied the color with blending brushes and sponges.  At the bottom is Crumb Cake, then Coastal Cabana as dark as I could get it, then I lightened up a little.  After that is Daffodil Delight and ultimately, Mango Melody.

May 10, 2021

UPDATE - PLAYING WITH STENCILS WITH SU! INK

 



Hey, Stampers!

    As promised, I just tried the stencil-water-emboss technique with Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry ink and one of our Decorative Masks.  I believe it worked just as well as the Distress Ink.  It's not as easy to apply our ink evenly direct-to-paper, so I also tried it with a rubber brayer - many coats (top photo).  My inked piece is more evenly colored  (if that's what you want), but I am impressed with the top, transfer piece especially.

PLAYING WITH STENCILS TECHNIQUES

 


                     

Hello, Stampers!
    Did you know that you can use your stash of stencils and/or Decorative Masks as embossing folders?  All of the above patterns were created using stencils and my Big Shot.  And, in some cases, depending if you want to add a heavy coating of Distress Ink, you can even get a transfer image at the same time, like the top photo.  I haven't tried this yet with SU! inks, but I will.  It is a simple technique, but not quick.
 

May 7, 2021

SCENIC TRIANGLES


 Hello, Stampers!

    Let me start with credit to Kim Singdahlsen (joyfulcreationswithkim) for her card created based on a Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  So clever to imagine a mountain and lake scene composed of triangles.

    My lake and mountain triangles are cut from Shimmery White CS (of course) and blended with Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss and Gorgeous Grape, respectively.  The trees are Shaded Spruce and Evening Evergreen, as is the mat layer.  My "canvas" is just Basic White run through the Subtle 3D embossing folder once.

April 30, 2021

TURN YOUR EMBOSSING FOLDER INTO A WATERCOLOR PALETTE - A SHAMELESS CASE

 

Hello, Stampers!

    Isn't this undersea watercolor gorgeous?  I did create the cards shown here, but full credit must be given to Nadine at https://NadineKreativ.de.  Nadine is a talented Stampin' Up! demo in Germany. You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.  I've shown a very similar version below - the only difference being that I spritzed it with Lindy's Magicals powder (mixed with water) in Hydrangea Blue.

    Keep reading for the instructions and supplies - fewer than you might think!

April 25, 2021

FRIENDS ARE LIKE SEASHELLS ON STENCILED GEL PRESS BACKGROUND


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Hey, Stampers - 
    I used a gel press, acrylic paints and stencil for this undersea-like background.  It works beautifully with SU's Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle, which will still be available in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

April 24, 2021

ART GALLERY ON STENCIL PASTE X 2

 



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Hello, Stampers!
    I do love the Art Gallery Bundle - it is SO easy to work with.  I created the raggedy background for these cards with SU embossing paste and a stencil by Sugar Pea Designs on Seaside Spray card stock.  Any of our SU background stencils would look great, too - I just wanted some texture. The large "hugs" on the bottom card is by Honey Bee Stamps.

April 23, 2021

THESE STITCHED TRIANGLES GLIMMER . . .


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Hi, Stampers!

    As some of you know, I love abstract backgrounds (and sparkle) and have been playing with abstract backgrounds using a gel press. But then, I came across this post on Pinterest by "stampitupwithjaimie" and HAD to order the die set:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/574701602456476911/  FYI, Jaimie used one of the plain, ombre sides of the Artistry Blooms DSP for her card.  Her card base is Rich Razzleberry.
 

April 14, 2021

HEY CHICK and HEY BIRTHDAY CHICK - Such fun bundles to play with!


 Hello, Stampers!

    It's been a while.  I just love the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles.  They're so easy to use separately or to combine elements from each.  Below are are a few details and the supplies for this card.

    All of my die cuts were stamped onto Shimmery White CS, my favorite for focal points.  I love the subtle sparkle and it works so well with Blends and Markers.

    The DSP I used are Paper Blooms and Oh So Ombre.  The Ombre piece is 2-3/4 x 4.

Happy Stampin’!

Sue Duffy ~
mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 25, 2021

RHODE ISLAND RED HEY BIRTHDAY CHICK

 

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Hi, Stampers!
    Here's another Hey Birthday/Hey, Chick Bundles combo card for you.  The idea for the stacked feed sacks is from Debbie Henderson, Debbiesdesigns blog.  
    I love this Rhode Island Red ready to celebrate your birthday.  She is colored with Light and Dark Cajun Craze Stampin' Blends and a little Wink of Stella on her wings, tail, etc.  I sponged a little Granny Apple Green at the bottom of my 3x4 piece of Oh So Ombre DSP (FREE with a $50 order during SAB - which, BTW, ends in just a couple of days).  I used Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand CS for the sacks.
    Click below for more colors and supplies.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 20, 2021

HEY, BIRTHDAY CHICK - HELP ME DOWN! - SALE-A-BRATION ENDS 2/28!


 Hello, Stampers!

    This tubby little hen is yelling for help!  One balloon would have been enough and now she's out of control.  ;-)  

    I've used elements from both Chick Bundles for this birthday notecard, as you will see below when you see the inside!  I had fun playing with the different dies.  All of my stamped images are on Shimmery White CS.  You'll have to click below and go to my blog to see more, colors, etc.  

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 15, 2021

BUMBLEBEE AND TERRACOTTA SU FINE ART FLORAL


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Hello, Stampers!

    Remember, Sale-a-Bration ends this month!  Can you tell I love this Art Gallery Bundle?  And I wasn't going to order anymore flowers. Ha!  It's just so easy to use with any colors you like from subtle to bold.

    I picked the colors above, Bumblebee and Terracotta Tile, because I saw them on the cover of a lovely photobook posted on her blog by Jan Clothier, a demo in New Zealand.  Jan chose Night of Navy for her base, etc.  I used Misty Moonlight.  The flowers and leaves are stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  The leaves are Mossy Meadow.

    I created a textured background for my card using the Potted Succulents Dies and Thick cardstock, but in my opinion, you could get the same effect with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder.  Supplies are below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

February 4, 2021

SIMPLY SUCCULENTS on ROCOCO ROSE


 Hello, again, Stampers!

    This pot of succulents is mounted with Dimensionals on a piece of Oh So Ohmbre DSP in Rococo Rose.  There are print sides and plain sides of this FREE Sale-a-Bration 6x6 DSP.  Rococo Rose is one of my favorite colors.  

    I used pretty much the same Blends and marker colors on this card as I used on the card I posted on February 1, just tweeking them a little.  I die-cut the pretty coordinating openwork background from Whisper White/Basic THICK card stock for stablity.  The only place I used adhesive was around the outside edge.

 

February 2, 2021

HEY, STAMPIN' CHICKS! DO YOU REMEMBER "HEY, CHICK?"

 

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Hiya, Stampers!

    You may recall that the Hey, Chick stamp set was a very popular FREE SAB item last year.  You can see it here.  Well, it was SO popular that now you can buy coordinating Chick Dies that also include a hen house, tree stump, chicken wire, corn, and more.  You can find those here.  Don’t have the Hey, Chick stamp set?  You can purchase it and the dies at 10% off as a bundle!  #158627, $44+ USD.  But wait, there’s MORE!

    There is now a Hey Birthday Chick stamp set,* here, Hey Birthday Chick Dies, here, and, of course, a Hey Birthday Chick Bundle!  #158631, $43+ USD. 

     AND, since it’s Sale-a-Bration time, just a few dollars more added to your bundle order and you qualify for FREE SAB!

 *Guess which stamp in the Hey Birthday Chick set is my favorite!**

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

 **It’s the Chick who’s about to set her feathers on fire! It cracks me up.

February 1, 2021

Simply Succulents Bundle with Granny Apple Green


 Hiya, Stampers!

    I played around this weekend with my most recent SU! bundle, Simply Succulents.  Lots of fun to color with our Stampin' Blends because the color range for succulents is endless, as you can see below.  


 

January 16, 2021

STAMPIN' UP! ART GALLERY Bundle on EASY, DISTRESS INK/GEL PRESS BACKGROUND

 


Hi, Stampers -
    Just a quick post with the Art Gallery Bundle.  The background layer is just simply distress ink, brayered on a Gel Press, then splashed with a little water and Prussian Blue Brusho (very little Brusho), using a fan brush, and then lifting a print.  I die-cut the layer with the largest of the Stitched Rectangles dies.  Flowers and leaves were stamped onto Shimmery White CS.  SU! supplies are below.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net

January 10, 2021

ART GALLERY - 2021 Pantone Colors

 


Hello, Stampers!

    Today's card utilizes what are allegedly the top Pantone colors for 2021 - yellow and gray - which I am very fond of, actually.

    I stamped the background on this card with Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight, using an Altenew stamp set called Halftone Circles.  The Art Gallery flowers are Daffodil Delight, with the 2nd step in So saffron and Wink of Stella added over the 2nd step areas only.  I used a Basic Gray marker for the stems and leaf (I think I should have stuck with Smoky Slate).  I would suggest using Shimmery White for your flowers.  I didn't, and I'm a little disappointed.

  The circle is cut with the largest of the Stitched Shapes dies.  The sentiment and scalloped sentiment die are part of the Art Gallery Bundle.  I added a few Basic Pearls and a Basic Gray mat.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net


Product List
Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker
[120966]
$3.50

January 7, 2021

PAINTED ART GALLERY

 


Hello, Stampers!
    This card was created with the Art Gallery Bundle and Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, the first items I purchased from the Stampin' Up! January-June 2021 Mini Catalog.  They are featured as part of the Fine Art Floral Suite (pp.32-33.)  Two things inspired my purchase:  to me, the flowers look like peonies, which I love, and I also love images that look hand-painted.  I also liked the bold sentiment die, which comes out in three pieces, so it's easy to use just one or all of them.  Below are the products I used.  The Painted Texture embossed layer is 5-1/4 x 4, the same color as the Pool Party base and added with just 4 glue dots so that it is just slightly raised.

Happy Stampin’!
Sue Duffy ~

mandsduffy@comcast.net


Product List