Something’s Ajar – Stamp-Off Friday

Something’s Ajar – Stamp-Off Friday

Stamp Off New Logo

It’s time for another Friday Stamp-Off with Jackie, Susan, and me. This one was so fun. It was to stamp something “ajar.”


Hmmmm…that could be a partially open door or window, or an actual jar. Or something rattling. I chose to stamp a jar, because, hey, we have that great Jar of Love set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Stampin' Up!, Jar of Love

This looks a little boring, I know. When I was thinking about a magic card for my team meeting, this was my first idea. I thought it would be fun to use the Jar of Love stamp set and the new Layering Ovals Framelits.

When you open it, you see this.

Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!

So fun! I love the banners from the Birthday Fiesta set, and the sequins! Those sequins are a mix of a bunch from so many different places. I think some were Paper Pumpkin sequins, but there are also Gold Sequin Trim sequins, and Metallic Sequins, and, oh, there may be some from a Christmas kit from years gone by. I just kept adding sequins to the jar until I was happy. The designer series paper on the front of the card is one of the designs in the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.

If you’d like the instructions for my magic card, you can find them here. And here’s the card we made at the team meeting.

Now – hop over to Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see what they created for this challenge. Hope they jar some creative ideas for you! I know their projects will inspire you.

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

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Here’s to Cheers

You’re going to love the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. There something for everyone – cute, vintage, stuff to watercolor, bold stamps that don’t need watercoloring, sweet, scary, spooky. I had a hard time limiting myself to my budget. (So, what’s new, right?)

One of the fun projects is a tag stamp and coordinating framelits that you can use for gift giving. Ummmmm, did I mention Christmas is just around the corner? Yeah. You have 122 days until Christmas, so it’s time to get shopping and stamping and baking and creating!

I’m going to use the “Here’s to Cheers” bundle for my October project for Craft Project Central, so keep your eyes open for that! They show it with a bottle of wine, but you can use it for so much more – like baked goods, candles, cards, gift tags, and – well, you’re just going to have to look for my post in October!

Here’s a video with Donna (one of my faves at Stampin’ Up!) so you can see what the bundle includes.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for our latest “Stamp-Off Friday” challenge. I’ve had my project ready for a month or more, and I’m so excited!

So here’s my latest with Miss Amelia. I won’t post a picture, because…well, she’s almost naked. I don’t want to exploit her nakedness on the internet. She didn’t want to get dressed today. Usually when I ask what she wants to wear, there’s something that she’ll say, “YAY!” to. But today? Today, she didn’t want to wear clothes. Most of the day she had on her diaper and shoes. And, of course, she added accessories. She found the pearls her mommy had for the photo shoots at her birthday party, so she accessorized her, um, nakedness with pearls. And lip gloss. A girl has to have lip gloss, right? What a hoot! And we learned the letter “R” with fun pirates from Sprout. Amelia kept looking at me today and saying, “Arrrrrrrr!”

Whenever her daddy sees her, he says, “Hi, Bubba!” (I keep telling him she’s a Bubbette, not a Bubba, but he doesn’t listen to me.) So when I ask her, “What does Daddy say?” she’ll answer, “Hi, Bubba!” If I say, “Hi, Bubba!”, she’ll answer, “Hi, Daddy!” How brilliant is that girl? (Yes, I am a doting grandma. She could sit in a corner and drool all day and I’d still post pictures and talk about how smart she was.)

Hope you’re having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy!

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Colorful Fiesta Quilt Designs

Colorful Fiesta Quilt Designs

Quilting is a popular craft and one that affords great opportunity to put vibrant colors and shapes to work.  With this tutorial, use a couple of quilting techniques and designer paper to create four festive birthday cards.  You’ll also learn how to use one punch and the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper to create a bright and colorful home décor canvas that is sure to add a little happiness to any room where it’s placed.

Birthday Fiesta, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

This project was designed by Regina for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions for Regina’s fun project, simply subscribe to August – or select one of the 3-month or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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

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A Day To Sparkle!

A Day To Sparkle!

Each month, a couple of my friends – Lorraine & Christy – and I head to a local assisted living facility for a craft day. Here’s the project we’re doing this month.

Paper Pumpkin, Big Shot

I think the ladies will love this frame. It has magnets on the back, so it can hang on their refrigerators or on the doors to their apartments. The frame itself is a Bigz die by Sizzix, but it’s not a Stampin’ Up! exclusive one. Sandy, another of my stamping friends, has a friend who is downsizing, and she brought a LOT of Sizzix products to Sandy to get rid of distribute for her. I asked Sandy if I could take some of the dies to Spring Arbor. They have a Big Shot, and they use it for a lot of projects. This is one of the dies she gave them.

Here are the deets. I cut the frame from Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point, and Melon Mambo Cardstock. Then I clipped the Pacific Point rectangle from the frame and glued it to the “vine.” I also clipped flowers from the Melon Mambo frame, but they just didn’t look right. For the project tomorrow, I decided to simplify.

For the final project, we’re die-cutting the frame from green cardstock. (It’s all different colors of green – Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, and Old Olive.) Then, instead of cutting the frame again from a blue cardstock, I just cut a piece of blue cardstock to fit. Again, it’s a variety of blues – Pool Party, Soft Sky,and Coastal Cabana.

The flowers just didn’t look right when I cut and layered them, and I thought it was a HUGE waste of paper to die-cut the entire frame for just four flowers. I decided to use the Petite Petals Punch with Melon Mambo Cardstock and glue the punched flowers over the originals. I love the way it turned out!

I used various Paper Pumpkin products for the stamped insert. And because it needed a little more sparkle, I added some Metallics and Bermuda Bay sequins and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.

And now – my sad, sad confession. Today is my dear friend Susan’s day to sparkle. It’s her birthday. And it’s a BIG birthday. Early in August, I thought, “I have to mail Susan’s card!!!” But it was too early, so I waited. And then life happened, and although I remembered her birthday, I forgot she lives at least two mail days away and there was a weekend involved. UGH! So – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSAN!!!! Hope your day is a sparkly one! You’d probably have a heart attack or something if my card actually arrived on time, so maybe it’s a good thing it’s going to be late. Again. Just know that I was thinking about you all month.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. If you have a minute, leave a comment on Susan’s blog today and wish her a very, very happy birthday! Have a wonderful day!

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It’s Your Birthday!

It’s Your Birthday!

This is a card we almost made for classes this month. After I worked on it, though, I realized it was a little too involved for a large class. The alternate card was just as pretty, but was slightly easier and a little less time consuming.

Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration, Thoughtful Banners

I love the colors in this card. Whenever I’m stuck for color combinations, I just pull out a designer series paper (DSP) pack. All the work is done; I just have to choose which colors from the DSP I want to use.

For this card, I chose the By the Shore DSP with Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, and Dapper Denim. The other colors in the DSP are Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla. I stamped the balloons on Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach with the same color ink as the cardstock. Then I stamped the air bubbles (or whatever…) in Island Indigo and Calypso Coral. Just a few punches with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and that’s all there was to the balloons. I added some Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons.

Instead of layering the DSP to a piece of cardstock a little larger than the DSP, I opted to add thin strips of cardstock under the DSP for a “Faux Layer.” The bottom strip is Calypso Coral, and the top is, of course, Soft Sky. Because, really, why would you want to use a whole piece of cardstock that will be covered up when a 1/2″ will do just as well, right?

For the final touch, I tied some Dapper Denim rouched ribbon around the card, and stamped celebrate from Thoughtful Banners onto Soft Sky cardstock in Island Indigo ink. I punched the banner two times with the Duet Banner Punch, the clipped and layered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So there you go! Super easy card. And it will work for anyone.

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

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Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set

Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set

Light up your nights and hang on to summer a little bit longer with this shiny silver lantern. Add a battery powered tea light inside and it will remind you of seeing fireflies twinkling in the evening in summertime. You can hang the lantern for display from the attached ribbon so it can grace either your table or your walls. Bring a smile to someone’s face by gifting this beautiful lantern with the matching card and a set of note cards. This would be an excellent class project or hostess gift!

Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set SP

This beautiful project was designed by Amanda for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to August or select one of the 3-month or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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

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Stamp-Off Friday – DSP to the Rescue!

Stamp-Off Friday – DSP to the Rescue!

It’s time for another Stamp-Off Friday challenge! This week, it’s all about Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper.


I love the Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stampin’ Up! offers in our catalogs. They’re fresh and pretty, and the coordinate with other products – stamps, die-cuts and punches, accessories, and, of course, our cardstock and ink.

My card is super simple. I needed a quick card for an event, and this is what I designed.

Floral Phrases, Floral Boutique, Stampin' Up!

Because this is probably the simplest card I’ve ever made, I wanted to do two, so you could see what it would look like with dark DSP on Whisper White Thick Cardstock. But, as often happens, time was not my friend today!

This card originally had two pieces – the Night of Navy card base and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. I cut the bottom of the DSP with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, then stamped the sentiment from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Add the DSP to the card, and you’re done! As I looked at it today, though, I thought, “It would look better if there was something across the DSP above the die-cut. So I added a 1/2″ x 4” strip of Night of Navy. And then I decided a little strip of the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape across the Night of Navy would make it even better!

I also planned to redo the embossing and use either gold or silver instead of copper, but I ran out of time. I love the copper embossing powder, though. This is a card for class, and I wasn’t sure I had enough gold for everyone. And the silver? Your guess is as good as mine. Someone – who’s about 3 feet tall – has rearranged all my embossing powders and glitter. I’ll find it one day.

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they designed for this challenge. It will be amazing, I promise!

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

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