Ornate French Countryside

Ornate French Countryside

The Stampin’ Up!® Ornate Garden Suite (a pre-release from the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog) has been available to demonstrators since the beginning of March. I didn’t pre-order the products, because I had so many other stamps from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the January-June Mini Catalog that hadn’t been inked yet, and I couldn’t justify ordering more.

But then the Covid-19 Quarantine hit, and I spent a lot of time in my stamp room. So much time, in fact, that I could justify buying the Ornate Garden Suite!

I decided to pair the Ornate Layers Dies with the French Countryside Stamp Set (and the Stamparatus), and I got this.

I placed the stamp in my Stamparatus with Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, then inked the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers. I inked just a little area of the stamp at a time, then stamped on the Watercolor Paper, repeating until I was happy with the results.

After the image was finished, I used an Aqua Painter to dab a little water over some of the images to fill them in (like the tree and the other greenery and the roof). The Stampin’ Write Markers I used were Smoky Slate, Garden Green, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Gray Granite, Basic Gray, and Cajun Craze.

I used the second to largest Ornate Layers Die-cut to cut the frame from Purple Posy Cardstock. I used my Paper Trimmer to cut out the center, then layered the French Countryside image behind it.

I used the same technique to stamp the pump (also from French Countryside) using Basic Gray, Gray Granite, Gorgeous Grape, and Pacific Point Stampin’ Write Markers, then fussy cut the image using Paper Snips.

After I embossed the front of a Night of Navy card base with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, I adhered the stamped pieces and the frame.

I’m happy to add that my Butterfly Garden from last year has returned! Mike doesn’t like it, but I love having gorgeous flowers greet me outside our front door. Here’s my rainbow and sunshine for today.

What’s your rainbow today?

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

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Finding Rainbows

Finding Rainbows

Happy Monday, Stamping Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was very peaceful and relaxing!

I mentioned in my last post that my beautiful and awesome granddaughter Amelia finds rainbows everywhere she goes. I have committed to do that as well, especially these days when there’s so much bad going on in the world.

Friday, I promised Wesley I’d bring my sewing machine to his house. If you don’t know, my younger son Wesley is a correctional officer at our local jail. He had about 12 days of leave (scheduled before the Coronavirus crisis) so he could spend time with Amelia. After he went back to work, he decided to make face masks for his team.  Hence the sewing machine.

Wes wasn’t home when I got to their house Friday; he was having therapy on his shoulder. So Amelia and I went outside to play. She wanted to show me her “secret place.” Her secret place is awesome! It’s in a clearing between the front of their yard and the neighbor’s yard. It’s a perfect place for a hideout! And then she started climbing the huge hill at the top of their yard to look for adventure.

Wesley’s house is across from a cemetery. Sadly, lots of people who lay flowers and other memorabilia to graves don’t anchor them well, so when the wind picks up, these things end up in Wesley’s yard.  I had already checked to see what happens to the things that get blown away. Answer: They go in the trash. Because if they are replaced to the wrong area, there could be problems. So anything that blows away is either thrown away or “up for grabs.”

As Amelia climbed the huge hill, she started finding things. Mostly she found flowers, but then, “What’s this??” It was a stuffed Christmas dog. “Seesa,” she said, “we have to save him!” We each had a stick (in case we encountered an enemy), so I took her stick and used hers and mine to carry this dirty stuffed dog back to the house.

We left him on the doorstep, rang the bell, and pretended to be “no contact delivery people.”

Suffice it to say, her dad and step-mom said no to letting the dog in the house. They were adamant about this. Amelia said, “Seesa, I want to show you something.” I followed her into her bedroom. “Can you close the door?” she asked.

“Seesa,” she said, “can you take the dog? You’re his last hope. They won’t let him in here, and I know my mom won’t let him go there, because she won’t let outside toys in the house. You’re his only hope.”

Well, of course you know what happened. I was this sad dog’s only hope, so I had to take him home and clean him up.

I’ll swear this dog looks so much happier now! And he is so fluffy and clean after being washed and dried (and sanitized).

This dog is Amelia’s rainbow from Friday. This is my rainbow from that day.

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This card made me so happy! Several of my customers and team members swap cards each month. This is from my friend Christy Tobin.

Christy used the Inspiring Iris Stamp Set for this card. How gorgeous is this? It uses my favorite colors (anything purple or green).

Other products she used are the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Layering Ovals Dies, and the Story Label Punch. Everything works so well together to create a gorgeous card!

Thanks, Christy, for today’s rainbow!  I hope you all find rainbows to be thankful for today!

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

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Another Fun-Fold Friday

Another Fun-Fold Friday

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. There’s so much ick in the world right now, but in times like these, I think about my granddaughter. Amelia loves rainbows (and unicorns and kittens) and she finds them everywhere. We have beveled windows in our front door, so when the sun shines through, it makes rainbows. Rainbows on the walls, rainbows on the floor, rainbows everywhere. The other day, I was hanging out with her while Wesley had therapy on his shoulder.

When Amelia walked into their kitchen, she said, “Look, Seesa! Rainbows!” And there on the floor under one of the kitchen chairs, were several splotches of color. I don’t know where they came from, but there they were. No matter how things are going, she finds the rainbow. She always makes me smile.

So in these days of uncertainty and stress, I have decided to find the rainbow each day. My rainbow last week came in the form of my friend and fellow Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, Christy Fulk. Christy is an amazing artist. We worked together on Craft Project Central projects, and hers were always over the top gorgeous and fun. And she is even more lovely than her creations!

Knowing this week’s Stamp Off! challenge was a fun fold, I had one ready to go (you can see it here). But then I saw Christy’s Overlay Card, and decided to change my challenge entry.

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This is a super cute “overlay” design. Here’s how to make it.

For the overlay, cut a piece of 4″ x 4″ card stock. I used Grapefruit Grove Cardstock. Next stamp the flowers from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock using Saddle Brown Stazon Ink. (I’m pretty sure I tapped a little ink off before I stamped.) Use a Blender Pen and Melon Mambo and Pineapple Punch Classic Ink to add a little color to the flowers, and an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker to add color to the centers, then die-cut with the In the Tropics dies. (Of course, you can bundle the stamp set and dies to save 10%.) Stamp the leaf image in Garden Green Classic Ink. Use an Aqua Painter to blend the ink a bit if you’d like. Then die-cut.

Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on the 4″² Grapefruit Grove Cardstock panel, making sure you stamp it at least 1-1/4″ below the top of the card stock. Next, add the flowers to the Grapefruit Grove panel. It’s ok for the flowers to hang over the side edges, but be sure they do not extend past the bottom edge of the card stock. Set this aside.

Cut a 5-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Grapefruit Grove Cardstock. With the 5-1/4″ side at the top of your scoring board, score at 4-1/4″ so you have a 1″ flap. Fold the flap down, making sure the “valley” of the score line is on the outside of the fold. Use a Bone Folder to sharpen the crease.

On the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ inside of the card, add a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Cut two 1″ x 4″ pieces of Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper. Adhere these to the side edges of the Whisper White Cardstock.

Timeless Tropical, Stampin' Up!

Add two strips of SNAIL or Tear & Tape Adhesive to the top of the 4″² layer. Be sure you keep the adhesive at the top 1″ of the layer. Center the 4″² piece over the inside of the card, keeping the bottom edges even, then close the 1″ flap over the 4″² layer.

Finally, add a piece of 5/16″ Mini Braided Burlap Trim around the 1″ top flap. When I measure ribbon or trim, I wrap it around the area it will be tied to two times for a bow and one and a half times for a knot, then cut. (So this was wrapped 1-1/2 times – which means 13-3/4″ of ribbon. Feel free to check my math.)

Now that you’ve seen my Overlay Fun Fold, check out what Susan and Jackie have for you. They both love fun folds – even more than I do – so I’m sure they have something fabulous!

By the way, the Timeless Tropical Bundle, Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper, 5/16″ Braided Burlap Trim, and Saddle Brown Stazon Ink are all in the Tropical Oasis Suite in the January – June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you have a lovely day – and look for the rainbows!

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Ornate Garden Suite

Ornate Garden Suite

This is not – repeat, notan April Fool’s joke. Stampin’ Up!® is offering an early release of some products from the upcoming 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. And it’s not just for a month; you can order products from this suite throughout the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog Sales Period.

You’re going to love the Ornate Garden Suite. And here’s some good news – you can order the entire suite or pieces of the suite. There are stamp sets and dies (that you can purchase separately or as a bundle to save 10%), embossing folders, designer series paper (DSP), embellishments…Well, take a look at these gorgeous products!

Don’t you love those borders dies? And the frames? And that DSP is gorgeous! Oh – and that ribbon…

Here’s an easier to read chart with prices and order numbers.

Stampin' Up!, Ornate Garden

You can order this product beginning today (April 1, 2020 – no foolin’!). If you’re living in a “shelter in place” state for the next two and a half months (like Virginians), you’re going to need some craft therapy! Best news – there’s no contact. You can order online, then your order will be dropped on your doorstep via UPS – the professional “ding dong ditchers.” Of course, my UPS driver doesn’t ring the bell any more; he just drops and runs. I think he’s tired of hearing our dog bark. I’m not complaining, believe me! Max is very protective. If he thinks anyone is within five miles of our house, he starts barking, so I don’t mind if the UPS driver doesn’t get Max involved. I can see the driveway from my craft room (aka “quarantine central”) window, so I know when my package is delivered, with or without a bell.

I was hoping I’d get a lot of Amelia time now that she’s out of school for the year. However, her mom and both “steps” are working from home and on modified schedules, and Wesley has been on leave for two weeks (planned before the crisis). So my time with her has also been modified. It’s ok, though, because she has really enjoyed spending time with parents – and that’s a very good thing!

Katelyn (her step mom) is a planning genius. Her planners are absolutely gorgeous and so creative. She gives Amelia her old planners to play with. So Miss Amelia made a “Girls’ Secert (sic) Book; No Boys Allowed.” So cute! Only two boys can look at it – Katelyn’s brother Casey (who Amelia adores) and Wesley. They came to visit the other day (shhhhh – don’t tell our governor! But there were fewer than 10 of us and we have all been “quarantined” so none of us are contagious) and she wanted to play school. When she plays school, she always wants to be the teacher – and she is awesome at it.

Apparently Wesley was not paying attention, so he got sent to the principal’s office (Amelia’s bedroom at our house) for detention. He had to read a book on “Goodness” while he was there. It wasn’t too bad; he got snacks. But since he was in detention, Amelia gave Mike permission to read the Secret Book – but only while Wes was in detention. I’m so proud of her. She loves reading and writing notes to everyone. She misses her friends and teacher, but her parents are making sure she continues her school work every day.

Be sure to check back on Friday for another Stamp Off! Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. I can’t wait to see their fun fold cards!

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


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Birthday Walrus

Birthday Walrus

Happy Monday! I have to admit, I don’t usually buy a lot of “cute” stamp sets. But now that I have a granddaughter, I’ve been buying more of them. There’s a fun story behind the “We’ll Walrus Be Friends” set that ended up in my craft room.

About a year ago, a friend of mine realized she had accidentally ordered a second Rustic Retreat Stamp Set. Did anyone want to trade?

This set has a cabin, wildlife, evergreen trees…It’s perfect for people who love the woods, and it’s especially good for “guy cards.” Sure, I’ll trade. She chose the We’ll Walrus Be Friends set. I ordered it, we traded, and everyone was happy.

Fast forward to about a month ago. One of my team members wanted to use Rustic Retreat for a card. Did I have it, and could she borrow it? Sure!

After she made the card, she didn’t want to give up the set. Could she buy it from me? No, that’s against Stampin’ Up!® policy, but we could trade. I really liked the set, but I only used it once or twice, so trading for something I would use more often seemed like a good idea. Hmmm…what would I like to trade for? I chose, “We’ll Walrus Be Friends.” Funny, don’t you think? Now, if Patty trades Rustic Retreat for the walrus, it will really be hilarious.

I decided to use the walrus for my nephew’s birthday. I just realized he’s a year older than I thought. He may have been ready for this birthday, but I wasn’t, because it means I’m really old. (Of course, now that we’ve been plagued with the Coronavirus, the CDC is plastering warnings for the “elderly” everywhere. I didn’t realize until I read the “elderly qualifications” that I am one of the elderly citizens they’re sending warnings to. Good grief. When did that happen?)

We'll Walrus Be Friends, Stampin' Up!, Birch, My Meadow
I had a blast making this background. I used the My Meadow Stamp Set in Pacific Point Classic Ink as well as the Birch background stamp in Night of Navy to create water on the Balmy Blue Cardstock. I used an Aqua Painter to blend the water a bit, then embossed with the retired Seaside Embossing Folder. The new High Seas 3D Embossing Folder would have been perfect, but I don’t have it yet. Maybe someone will want to trade. 🙂

I stamped the walrus in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Smoky Slate and Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy Classic Ink, and both ovals are die-cut with the Layering Ovals Dies.

Here’s the inside of the card.

We'll Walrus Be Friends, Stampin' Up!, Birch

I love the look on this guy’s face, don’t you? It’s exactly how I looked when I first heard that I was “elderly!” (I still think it’s all in the mind. I refuse to be elderly until I’m at least 85.)

By the way – tomorrow (Tuesday, March 31) is the very last day of Sale-a-bration! Don’t miss out on free product. Place your online order of $50 or more today! Or join my team of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators for even more fun!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful, exciting, good surprise-filled day!

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Fun Gate-Fold

Fun Gate-Fold

Happy Friday, Stampers! Today marks 14 days that we have been officially “quarantined.” To be honest, I did hold two “in person” classes, but they were only with two-five people each; the others opted for online. But I wiped the tables, chairs, door knobs, stamp blocks, scissors, stampers, and anything else that was “communal” with anti-bacterial wipes. (Just kidding about the stampers. I didn’t really wipe them down. I did, however, offer wipes for them to clean their hands. And I can happily say I didn’t spray anyone with Lysol! At least not without their permission.) I also had to go to the grocery store a time or two, because no matter how much you plan, life throws surprises at you. Like all the parents who had plenty of toilet paper until their kids got sent home and the TP users went from two to four (or more). So I guess I haven’t totally quarantined. But for the most part, I have been home, washing my hands, crafting, washing my hands, snacking, washing my hands, snacking before more crafting… I’m thinking Jennie Craig, Nutri-System, Noom, and Weight Watchers are going to have a ton of new business when this Coronavirus is over!

Today’s card is a fun fold card with a twist. This is actually the first fun fold card I ever created – a gate-fold. Gate-fold cards are probably the easiest cards to create. Instead of folding a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock in the middle, you fold the edges to the middle. Then the card opens at the middle, like a gate.

Usually with gate fold cards, I just guess/eyeball the fold, but since this one had some added pieces, I actually measured. So first – here’s the card.

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To create this, I first cut two  1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper. I used the same design, but simply flipped one piece over.

I placed the two pieces of DSP together, then used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to diecut the center.

Next, I cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock. I placed a smaller Stitched So Sweetly die in the center and ran it through my die-cutting machine.

And then I cut it down the center.

I glued the DSP to the front of the Pool Party Cardstock pieces.

Next, I cut a 5-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock. I scored 1/2″ on both of the 5-1/2″ sides (so you need to place the 5-1/4″ side at the top of your scoreboard or Stampin’ Trimmer to score).

Add Tear & Tape Adhesive to the outside of each of the 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ flaps.

Adhere the Pool Party/DSP layers to the flaps, being sure to line up the edges of the Pool Party/DSP layers to the scored edges of the Pool Party card base.

I centered the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock in the inside of the card. Then I closed the card so I could see where to add my sentiment from the So Sentimental Stamp Set. I placed the stamp in the open area, then carefully moved the stamp and Whisper White Cardstock to my Stamparatus. After adhering the stamp to the Stamparatus plate, I inked it with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then stamped.

I added a couple Peaceful Poppies Elements to the inside of the card as well as the front.

Peaceful Poppies, So Sentimental, Stampin' Up!

Be sure you only add adhesive to the top of the Peaceful Poppies Element so you don’t seal your card closed. (This is a rookie mistake that I made with my first gate-fold card. I have never made that mistake again!)

By the way, if you bundle the So Sentimental Stamp Set with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies, you can save 10%. But this deal only lasts through June 2, so order now!

Since Wesley took some leave time and Stephanie has been working from home, I haven’t gotten as much Amelia time as I had hoped. But life will be back to normal soon, and she’s out of school until fall. I did get to spend a little time with her today while Wes had therapy for his shoulder. We had such fun. First, she gave me a manicure and did my hair. Then she played teacher and taught me some ballet moves that she learned from their dog, Sophia. And she encouraged me to journal. Then she set up stations with different activities. So fun! She even wrote me a note to let me know what a good job I was doing. She’s so amazing! She misses school, but is still learning and growing and looking forward to next year with Ms. Laura. And she’s really enjoying spending time with her parents. So there’s a plus for the quarantine! I have a feeling that a lot of kids will look back on this time as one of the best times of their lives because they got to spend time with parents.

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

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Framed Tulips

Framed Tulips

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy. I have been having a blast in my craft room. I spend some time straightening it up, but that didn’t last long! I try to clean up after each project, but sometimes I get so excited to start on a new one, I get distracted.

Right now, I’m working on designing some cards that use only one stamp set (plus a sentiment). Since April’s classes will most likely be online, my stampers will have to purchase the sets before the class or use alternate ones they already have. So I’m trying to make it easy for them. This is a challenge for me. My plan is to pull two sets off the shelf and put blinders on so I’m not tempted to pull off another one (or three).

Here’s one of my favorites. It was inspired by “ArtsyCraftsyPhoebe” and by my friend Susan. The coloring of the tulips is from Phoebe. The frame idea is from Susan. She often uses frames in her projects, and they add so much!

Stampin' Up!, Timeless Tulips, Beautiful Day

First, I inked the tulips from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set (from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalog) with Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink, then I used a Sponge Dauber to add a little Lovely Lipstick over the inked stamp before I stamped on the Whisper White Cardstock. I repeated this technique with the leaves, using Granny Apple Green Classic Ink, then sponging Garden Green over the edges. The stems are stamped in Garden Green. I punched the tulips using the Tulip Builder Punch. You can bundle the punch with the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set to save 10%. But hurry! This deal only lasts through June 2, 2020. I fussy cut the leaves and stems.

Next I die-cut two frames from Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove Cardstock using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. There’s also a piece of Vellum Cardstock behind the Whisper White Cardstock and frames, but you can’t see it well. I thought it would be a fun touch, but it isn’t really necessary unless you cut your Vellum a little larger than I did.

All that was left was putting it together. I added a layer of the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP) to a Lovely Lipstick card base. The Lily Impressions DSP is free during Sale-a-bration, so you have one more week to earn it with a $50 order. After March 31, it will be gone forever (except for much inflated prices on internet auction and sales sites).

Next I added the Vellum and Whisper White Cardstock, then the frames, and finally the flowers, stems, and leaves.

I love the colors in this card (taken from the DSP). Remember, too, that Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove – along with Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, and Pineapple Punch – are 2018-2020 In Colors that will be retiring June 2. If you love them, stock up now before they, too, disappear!

My sentiment is from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I cut it by hand, then added “notches” to each end to form a banner.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! I’ll have a fun-fold card for you on Friday. Susan & Jackie – don’t panic. I know this isn’t our challenge Friday, but I created a card early (shock!!), then found one I liked better. So you get two “Fun Fold Fridays” in a row!

Have a lovely day!

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