How Do You Write That?

How Do You Write That?

Have you seen the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog? It’s so fun! The kit includes practice sheets and 16 cards and envelopes. If you add the Calligraphy Essentials Stamp Set and the Coastal Cabana and Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Markers, you can create beautiful hand lettered cards using modern calligraphy! Check out Shannon’s video from Stampin’ Up!.

I don’t know about you, but this is a super easy way to use calligraphy on cards. I was a music major in college, and one of my electives was Calligraphy. It was mostly for composition majors, and we learned how to write music notes in calligraphy, but we also learned how to write letters. It was fun – but this kit is easier and even more fun. If you purchase the stamp set, you just need to follow the lines with your Stampin’ Write Markers. And you don’t have to purchase a calligraphy pen and ink. You can get two brand new Stampin’ Up! Markers that coordinate with the kit for only $6.00. (Believe me, I paid a lot more for my pen and ink.)

About Mom

I want to thank everyone who sent happy thoughts to my mom yesterday. She’s doing very well and came home from the hospital a day early. Bottom line – she needs to take her meds and avoid stress.

Before she left the hospital, we had to pick up a prescription for her meds. While she was getting a final X-ray (f0r a cough caused by previous meds) and the wheelchair to get her out of the hospital, I ran to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription.

At our hospital, every time they do anything for a patient – give them drugs, move them to another room, take their blood pressure, leave dinner – they ask for their birthday. I always thought it was to see if the patient was coherent. Today, I learned that’s maybe not the case.

When I went to get Mom’s meds, I was asked her birthdate. Fortunately I knew she was 25 years older than me, so it was easy to answer.  “Oh, it looks like that was just called in. It’s not ready yet.” No problem. Everything at the hospital is slow, so I knew she wouldn’t be ready to leave for awhile.

While I was waiting, I looked around. This hospital pharmacy has a LOT of fun gift ideas. I saw a doctor’s jacket with a pretend stethoscope and other doctor things – the hammer you use to check reflexes, the thing you use to look into eyes and ears (that I won’t even try to spell, because I was a music major, not an Allied Health major), thermometer and more! Before I could cave and give in to an impulse purchase, one of the ladies at the “pick-up” counters said, “Can I help you?”

I told her, “I don’t think it’s ready yet, but it’s for (my mom’s name).”

“Date of birth?” she asked. My response, “Month/Day/1933.” (And now, if you’re good at math, you know how old I am. If you’re not – I’m not telling! Ok Keep reading. I will eventually tell.)

“I’m sorry. What was the date?” I repeated it. “What was the year again?” Me: 1933.

Girl at the counter: Was that 1933? Seriously? Is my diction that bad? I know I don’t yell when I speak, but it’s my Mom’s birth year. I’m not whispering like I would if it were mine.

At that point I realized she hadn’t heard that it was for my mom.  I felt like saying, “I look good for 85 don’t I? You should use Ever skin care products!” But I didn’t. I just repeated the date and continued with the purchase.

So, yeah – I’m almost 60 but don’t look like 85. I guess that’s a good thing?

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


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

Vintage Seasons

Vintage Seasons

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” (Robert Burns) In case you don’t understand Scottish English (‘gang aft a-gley” threw me…), the adaptation is, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” 

I had huge plans to spend the weekend working on projects for this week. I had even planned which Stampin’ Up! products I wanted to use, because I had a few new ones. When I got home from class Saturday morning, I had to choose. Did I want to swim, because it was a perfect day, or stamp? In the end, I opted to take a nap, and, as it happened, that was a perfect choice – even though it wasn’t one of the original choices.

Around 7:30 p.m., my older brother called to let me know Mom was in the ER. My nephew and his son were visiting for a bit, and they noticed something wrong while she was chatting. They thought she had a stroke (but, good news – it wasn’t!), so Dad called 9-1-1 and off they went to the hospital. We met them there, and – long story short – got home and back to bed around 4:30 a.m.

Since we have a dog and a cat, my other plan (to sleep until 9 or 10) didn’t happen. I still managed to squeak out a few cards between hospital visits and sleep, though.

Oh – and if you’re wondering – Mom will be fine. Her symptoms were brought on by extremely high blood pressure, so  she’ll be having tests to see what’s up with that. I’m sure she’s looking forward to renewed energy and less stress (which was what caused some of it).

Here’s a card in my favorite style – vintage.

Blended Seasons, Stampin' Up!

It needs some embellishments – maybe pearls – but I didn’t get quite that far. I used the Blended Seasons Stamp Set that will be available in August. It’s a limited time set, only available in August or while supplies last. Demonstrators, of course, can preorder in July, which is how I was able to create this! (Join my team and get $125 worth of products and a color collection of 10 Classic Stampin’ Pads for only $99!)

You can buy the stamp set and coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies separately or you can bundle them and save 10%.

Card Details

Stamp the floral image in Versamark Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then heat emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Die-cut with the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelit, then color the flowers and leaves with an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen and Crumb Cake ink. After you finish, lightly sponge the rest with Crumb Cake ink. Easy!

Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock in Early Espresso ink. The largest framelit in the Stitched Seasons Framelits was a tad too small, so I punched with the Pretty Label Punch.

Here’s a tip for you. To get more “bang for your buck,” trim your punched pieces to get a different look. Here are two options, but there are lots more.

I cut mine like the piece on the left. But the one on the right is perfect for words or skinnier sentiments. Cutting them when you use smaller images/sentiments balances it a bit better, and the punch doesn’t cover as much of the front of your card.

Add the Very Vanilla layers to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Early Espresso layer (round the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch), then add to a Sahara Sand Card. It would be even lovelier if you embossed the Early Espresso layer with the Subtle or Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

This bundle is a perfect set to use with Stampin’ Blends, and lots of new colors were added to the collection this year! Look at all the gorgeous new choices. You can buy the light and dark versions of each color separately, or combine the two in a combo pack.

And don’t forget that during the month of July, if you order three packages of Designer Series Paper (specialty paper not included), you can order a fourth package free!

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

Product List


Posted in Blended Seasons | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

All about the Beach Stamp Off

All about the Beach Stamp-Off

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends! Susan, Jackie, and I are celebrating summer this week with a beach challenge.

Stamp-Off Friday

Sadly, this photo is as close as I’m going to get to the beach for awhile. Between Mike’s busy schedule and a new dog, we’re staying closer to home until November. Then we’ll be heading to Orlando, Florida, for Stampin’ Up! OnStage Live! I can’t wait. Wes, Katelyn, and Amelia are going with us, and I can’t wait to see her at Disney World. Plus, we’re celebrating Stampin’ Up!’s 30th Anniversary. What fun!

I had lots of ideas for a beach picture this week, but I decided to go simple.

This is very like the card I posted yesterday, but I created this card first. I went with my favorite beach colors – Pacific Point, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay. Here are the details.

Start with the watercolor wash layer. On a 2-1/2″ x 4″ piece of Shimmery White Cardstock, scribble the bottom third with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil. Then blend with a paintbrush and water or an Aqua Painter. Next, scribble the middle third with a Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencil, and blend with water. Finally, scribble the rest of the layer with a new Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil. This color is in the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, which you can purchase in August, unless you’re a demonstrator. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators can order them now, so join my team and get them early! Oh – and you can add a collection of Classic Stampin’ Pads to your starter kit!

Once the color wash layer is dry, stamp the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set with Bermuda Bay Classic Ink. Then adhere this to a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ Crumb Cake Cardstock layer.

The card base is Coastal Cabana. Emboss the front of the card base with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Adhere the Crumb Cake and Shimmery White layers to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Die-cut the chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies from Pacific Point Cardstock. Layer it to the color washed piece with Mini Glue Dots.

I can hear the ocean waves while I’m sitting in my Pacific Point chair on the Crumb Cake sand when I look at this card, can’t you?

Now, please take a few minutes to check out Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve created. Challenge Friday mornings are my favorite times, because I’m always so excited to see their posts. Will one of them use the Waterfront Stamp Set? Will we see a sunset from Susan’s lake cottage? Will Jackie post a gorgeous picture from the Southwest? Ok, that’s not really beach, so probably not. But you never know! Let’s go see, shall we?

Don’t forget, if you order three packages of Designer Series Paper in July, you can add a fourth package free! See the options and order here.

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

Product List


Posted in Colorful Seasons | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

“Grape” Friends

“Grape” Friends

Every month, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have the opportunity to gather to share ideas, discuss business tips, and talk about what’s new at Stampin’ Up! We also have a Make & Take, yummy snacks, and a challenge to work on for the next month.

Our challenge for this month’s meeting is to create a project using a color combination that isn’t in the online Color Coach. (I’m also the Make & Take Hostess this month, so it’s also the Make & Take card!) My color combination is Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana.

Blended Seasons, Stampin' Up!

This is a super simple card, so it’s perfect for classes or workshops – and it includes a technique and new product. (Plus, the colors are yummy, don’t you think?)

First, I used the new Watercolor Pencils (and one “old” one) to create a fun wash on the 3-1/2″ x 4″ Shimmery White layer. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators can order the new pencils (and the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, or Blended Seasons Bundle – the stamps and framelits bundled at a 10% discount – also used on the card) in July, but these products will be available to everyone in August. The stamps and framelits are a limited time offer, but the new Watercolor Pencils may end up in a future publication. In any case, right now, you’ll only be able to order them in August (and July, if you’re a demo).

I scribbled Gorgeous Grape on the bottom of the Shimmery White layer, then used an Aqua Painter to blend it out. In the middle, is Bermuda Bay (from the current set). The top third is Coastal Cabana, another new pencil. (I’m in love! Almost all of my favorite colors are now available. Oh, my heart!)

While my Shimmery White panel was drying, I used the new Embossing Mats and the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies to emboss the front of the Gorgeous Grape Card. I love the Embossing Mats, because they double the impact of your thinlit/framelit  investment. You can die-cut or emboss. So cool! (I posted a video with instructions, tips, and ideas for using the Embossing Mats in this post.)

The little bow is from the Stitched Seasons Framelits. So cute! I die-cut it from the center of the 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ Bermuda Bay layer. I mean, you’re not going to see that part of the layer anyway, right?

I adhered the Bermuda Bay Cardstock layer to the embossed Gorgeous Grape card base. When the Shimmery White layer was dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay, added the bow with a Fine-Tip Glue Pen, then adhered it to the Bermuda Bay layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Please drop in tomorrow to see another variation of the watercolor wash with pencils in our Stamp-Off Challenge! I always look forward to seeing what Jackie & Susan have created for our challenges. (It’s not a wash or a pencil challenge, by the way.)

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

Product List



Posted in Big Shot, Blended Seasons | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Animal Outing Foiled

Animal Outing Foiled

I love having a granddaughter who loves art. Whenever I need to spend the day in my craft room, Miss Amelia is right there at her table – painting, stamping, using glitter (with a lot of supervision!), coloring, and more.

One of the downsides, though, is when I create a project she really likes. She’ll ask, “Can this be mine?” When she looks at me with those big, blue eyes, and smiles so big her little dimples show, how can I say no? Especially when she follows all that cuteness with a “thumbs-up?”

So, since this is now one of her cards, I’m going to rely on memory (and hopefully a good photo) when I tell you how it was made.

Animal Outing, Stampin' Up!

I found a piece of Copper (or maybe Gold) Foil that I had colored with Brusho Crystal Colour. It seemed a shame to just let it sit there, so I decided to create something with it. I wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Stamp Set and Animal Friends Thinlits (of course, I bundled them and saved 10%). Oh, wait. No, I didn’t. Animal Outing was a set that Stampin’ Up! gave us at OnStage in April, so I, of course, had to buy the thinlits. But you can bundle and save 10%.

Free stamps is a perk of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. And you can definitely enjoy all the perks with the super promotion right now. Select $125 in product for only $99 and add a color collection of brand new Classic Stampin’ Pads!

I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark and Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (YAY! It’s back!!). Then I added some stamped leaves. I used Jet Black StazOn to stamp the leaves, since I was stamping on a Foil Sheet.

I knew I wanted to use the giraffe. He’s my favorite! I stamped him (her?) on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored with ink and Blender Pens or Aqua Painters. I’m going to just guess here, since Amelia has the card, but I think it looks like Pineapple Punch and Early Espresso (or maybe Soft Suede).

I colored my stamped leaves with a Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker. I knew it would be very faint, because it’s a water based marker on non-porous material. (My new color Stampin’ Blends came today, so I’ll have more options!) But that’s ok, because I also planned to die-cut more leaves from Call Me Clover Cardstock.

When I die-cut the giraffe, I added a little more of a cut to his mouth so it would look like he was actually chomping the leaves.

I added the foil to a Basic Black layer, then to a Call Me Clover card base. Thanks, Amelia, for sharing you card with all of us!

And thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy (and Amelia!). Have a lovely day!

Product List

Posted in Animal Outing | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Set Back Petals

Set Back Petals

Last week, Susan posted a card using the “Set Back Stamping” technique demonstrated by Jennifer McGuire. It was amazing, and it inspired me to try the technique. It’s so fun, I got a little carried away and made several. Here’s my favorite.

Set Back Stamping, Stampin' Up!, Petal Palette

I used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets, Petal Palette. And here are the instructions.

Set Back Stamping, Stampin' Up!

First, cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and a piece of Gorgeous Grape Cardstock, both at 4″ x 5-1/4″. It helps if you use a stamp positioner – like the Stampin’ Up! Stampamajig – so you can stamp both sets of flowers in the same place on each cardstock piece. Then color the image on the Whisper White Cardstock. (You do not have to color the flowers on the Gorgeous Grape Cardstock; you won’t be using those on this card.)

I used the new set of Watercolor Pencils that will be available in August to color the image. I love them, and as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I have the opportunity to order this month and play with them now. Of course, I took advantage of that! I used Gorgeous Grape, a little Night of Navy, Garden Green, and Granny Apple Green to color the flowers and leaves.

Set Back Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Die-cut the flowers from the Gorgeous Grape Cardstock using the Petals & More Framelits Dies. Save the die-cut for another project.

Set Back Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Slice the Gorgeous Grape piece so you cut a little away at the top and bottom, as shown. You will not need the top and bottom pieces that you cut; you only need the center piece. But I wanted you to see how I cut it. I also stamped the small flower in Gorgeous Grape over the layer, and I ran it through the Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. (You can see that in the pictures of the completed project.)

Set Back Stamping, Stampin' Up!Add Foam Adhesive Strips or Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the Gorgeous Grape pieces. I like Foam Adhesive Strips, because they’re skinny and bendable. You can see, though, that I did cut a few Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals for the smaller, thinner pieces of the layer.

Stampin' Up!, Petal Palette

Adhere the Gorgeous Grape pieces over the stamped and colored Whisper White image, like a puzzle. The Gorgeous Grape is like a little window that the image peeks through. Finally, add a sentiment. I never have sympathy cards on hand – and I hate to make them when I need them, so I decided to use the Love & Sympathy sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings.

Isn’t that fun? We’ll be making a card using this technique at July classes. If you’d like to attend, click on the “Buffy’s Stamping Events” link in the right sidebar. You can see my events and RSVP at the same time!

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

Product List


Posted in Petal Palette | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Inspired by Peggy

Inspired by Peggy

I look for art inspiration for my Stampin’ Up! creations wherever I can. It can be in a furniture store, where there are super cool patterns in sofas, chairs, and pillows. Or it can be in nature with gorgeous flowers and trees. I even find inspiration in a warehouse store where they have awesome beach towels. Most often, I find inspiration in fashion, specifically in clothes my stampers are wearing. When my friend Janet moved to Florida, I threatened to visit just so I could photograph her closet. Janet had (and still has!) the most amazing fashion inspiration.

A few weeks ago, my friend Peggy was wearing a beautiful top that reminded me of the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set. I took a photo (with her permission. I love my inspirational friends.  Strangers take a little more convincing that you’re not a psycho before you can take their photo!) and I made this from the inspiration.

Abstract Impressions, Stampin' Up!

Peggy’s top was so gorgeous with the pinks and greens. I created this while I was at our mountain house with limited supplies. I only took brand new Classic Stampin’ Pads and my Stampin’ Write Markers.

I knew when I saw Peggy’s shirt at class that I wanted to use the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set to re-create her top. For this card, I used Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, and Poppy Parade to create the flowers. The leaves are Soft Sea Foam and Call Me Clover. I’m loving the new In Colors, aren’t you? They’re so bright and pretty – and you have ROYGB- almost a whole rainbow of colors. If you need a violet, simply add one of the gorgeous new purples we have in the color palette – Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, or Blackberry Bliss.

After stamping the flowers and leaves, I added the sentiment in Call Me Clover. Instead of ribbon or embellishments (remember, I made this with limited supplies!), I punched two corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.

Thanks, Peggy, for the wonderful inspiration for this card – and for letting me take your photo! You totally rock! I’m sending you a thousand hugs!

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

Product List

Posted in Abstract Impressions | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments