A Touch of Ink

A Touch of Ink

Welcome to another Stamp Off with my friends Susan and Jackie! This week, we’re showcasing our Favorite Sale-a-bration Products for the January/February Sale-a-bration.

If you’re not familiar with Sale-a-bration (SAB), it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For every $50 or $100 you spend (at one time), you can select free products! If you host a qualifying part during SAB, you will receive an extra free stamp set on top of the already awesome rewards for hosting. And if you join my team during SAB, you will receive five packs of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). You’ll receive a pack each of Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and the 2020-2022 In Colors in the new design that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Think of the fun you’ll have when you create a project and always have coordinating DSP.

So, my favorite SAB product. That was a tough one, because my stamps and paper are kind of like my kids; I don’t have a favorite. Or sometimes it’s whatever I’m using at the time.

I chose the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set. I love watching hummingbirds, and my mom loves hummingbirds, so I usually get hummingbird stamp sets so I can create cards for Mom. Here’s my card.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Many Messages

I stamped the leaves, flowers, and the bird using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Balmy Blue Cardstock. I colored the images with Flirty Flamingo, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, and Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. I know what you’re thinking. If I stamped on Balmy Blue Cardstock and my top layer is Balmy Blue Cardstock, why in the world would I fussy cut the flowers, leaves, and hummingbird? That’s an excellent question, and I’m glad you asked. There’s a story (isn’t there always?).

When I was coloring the bird, I got a tinch out of the lines and it bothered me, so I used my Color Lifter to erase the mistake. That was a mistake. While that works on Basic White Cardstock, it left a dark shadow on the Balmy Blue. I colored over it with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend, but that didn’t work either. It looked horrible, but I loved how the bird and flowers looked, so I decided to cut them out rather than re-stamp. It would have been easier and quicker to start over, but I was determined.

After I colored the flowers with Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends, I had a brilliant idea to use a white gel pen to brighten them up. I wasn’t sure how the gel pen would work with the blends, but I had a feeling it may smear. It did, but still looks ok I think. I colored over the gel pen and got a “I’ve been hanging on this stem for too long and I’m about to drop my petals” look. So I stamped another bunch of petals, this time on Basic White Cardstock, and colored with Flirty Flamingo and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends again. I was going to cover the originals, but I really liked the way it looked with both sets of flowers, so I went with that.

I embossed the Balmy Blue layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, then added the stamped elements. The sentiment and tag are from the Many Messages Bundle in the January-June Mini Catalog. I love how you can get a lot of sentiment tags with just one stamp and one die. I have sentiments for almost every occasion.

The card base is Pretty Peacock. And after all that, this is still one of my favorite products. 

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their favorite products! 

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

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Friends Are Like Seashells

Friends Are Like Seashells

Happy Wednesday, my friends! I am so excited about my card for today. (Susan, take a Benadryl!) I have been doing more simple and clean cards lately, and I just needed a shot of vintage therapy. This was inspired by a card created by Narelle Farrugia, but I did add a few original touches.

Stampin' Up!, Friends Are Like Seashells

Something about the vintage look just makes me happy. I love to distress and crumple and tear. This gives my dear friend Susan a rash.

First, I stamped the sand dollar, starfish, and shell using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I used Petal Pink, Perfect Peacock, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends to color the images before die-cutting  with the Seaside Seashells Dies. I also sponged a bit of Soft Suede on the sand dollar.

Next, I distressed a piece of the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock to mess up the edges a bit. I also spritzed the Crumb Cake Cardstock with water so I could easily crumple it up. I love the texture you can get from crumpling! You can get a similar look using the Old World Paper or Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folders. It’s not quite as distressed, but a benefit of that is that Susan won’t break out in hives. I’m joking, of course. I don’t think Susan really gets hives, but her cards are always so clean and perfect that seeing them distressed distresses her. I get it. I am a very messy stamper. When I try to do “clean and classic” cards, I always seem to get a smudge that I have to either cover up or turn the card into a “vintage” one. I get hives trying to be clean!

I added the Crumb Cake Cardstock and the DSP to a Very Vanilla card base. I really wish I had distressed the card base a bit, because it looks a little too clean for a vintage card. The Gilded Leafing or some sponged ink would have been perfect around the edges.

Next I added a small piece of the Golden Garden Specialty DSP then added the shells using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Golden Garden DSP is gold on one side and silver on the other. I love the gold, but it’s nice to have options!

The sentiment is stamped in Perfect Peacock, then punched with the Timeless Label Punch. I sponged a bit of Soft Suede ink over the edges.

The final touch was to add a few Champagne Basic Jewels to the card. I think these are Champagne Basic Jewels. In my haste to use my embellishments, I take them out of the packaging, so I’m not entirely sure this is what they are. But they would work with this card, right?

Be sure to stop by on Friday to see Susan’s, Jackie’s and my favorite Sale-a-bration products. Hmmmm…Donkeys? Hummingbirds? DSP? I think I have my favorite made, but it may change by Thursday night!

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

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Mercury Glass Acetate Valentine

Mercury Glass Acetate Valentine

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was totally uneventful, which is a good thing these days. I had a fun class Saturday morning, and Mike and I did some shopping on Sunday, but that was the extent of my exertions.

While I was prepping for January classes, I made a fun Valentine using the Rainbow Glimmer Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. (You can see it here.) But when I started cutting for the online class, I realized I was out of the glimmer paper. Oops! I had forgotten that I had given Amelia some of it. Since she has lots of other things to occupy her thoughts and time, I thought I’d just borrow it back and order more to give to her. Sadly, I had also forgotten that she wanted me to cut it into color strips, so I couldn’t use it. (Was that her plan all along? I would hate to think she has such a devious – or suspicious – mind!) I decided to use the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate since my rainbow stash was depleted.

Here’s the same card that I posted Friday, but it uses the acetate instead of the glimmer paper.

Word Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

This is so gorgeous in person. The acetate is so beautiful. There are four sheets of 12″ x 12″ acetate – two Rococo Rose and two Highland Heather. The back of each is silver. I used the Highland Heather for the front layer. The die-cut heart is the silver side.

I have to say, I like this one better than the glimmer paper one. To make it, I used the Stitched Be Mine dies to die-cut the heart from the acetate and the front of the Purple Posy card base. Then I simply used the reverse side of the acetate heart diecut inside the card. I added the Word Wishes Dies to cut Happy Valentine’s Day from Basic White Cardstock. Can a gorgeous Valentine be any easier?

I had two die-cut pieces left over. I wanted to use the acetate scallop border around the heart as well as the heart that was die-cut from the card front. So I made this card as well.

Mercury Glass Acetate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Thoughts

Again, this was super simple. I adhered the acetate border around the Purple Posy die-cut heart, then stamped a sentiment from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set on the die-cut heart using Highland Heather Classic ink.

The card base is Purple Posy, but I wanted a coordinating layer between the Purple Posy heart and the Purple Posy layer, so I added some Rich Razzleberry to set it off. Before I adhered it to the card, I embossed it with the lovely Painted Texture 3-D Embossing Folder.

I love how both cards use basically the same colors and products, but they look totally different. And they are both so simple there’s no excuse not to send a handmade card to someone you care about.

Except for the dies, ink, and Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, and Basic White Cardstock, all products are from the January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up!. You’re going to love it! And remember – for every $50 or $100 order, you can select a free Sale-a-bration product!

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

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Rainbow Valentine

Rainbow Valentine

It’s no secret that I love glitter. I just love the sparkle and the shimmer and the “wow!” Glimmer Paper is amazing, because you get all the sparkle and shimmer without any mess. Currently, the Glimmer Paper at Stampin’ Up! is Rainbow. It’s so lovely.

Look at those gorgeous colors! I had to make a shimmery Valentine with this paper.

Word Wishes, Stampin' Up!

First, I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Glimmer Paper. Then I die-cut the hearts from the Granny Apple Green card base and the Glimmer Paper using the Be Mine Stitched Dies. I added the “negative” piece of the Glimmer Paper to the front of the card and the die-cut heart on the inside.

I die-cut the sentiment from Basic White Cardstock using the Word Wishes Dies. The hardest part of this card was adhering the apostrophe and the dot for the “i” in “Valentine’s.” Make sure you save these pieces when you release the die-cut words from the die!

Now that Miss Amelia knows about my blog, she makes sure to ask me to post her artwork on it. For the past couple of weeks in her art class at school, they’ve been using oil pastels. She had such fun with them the first week, so I bought at set for us to use here. In this week’s class, they covered white card stock with the pastels, making sure to leave no white spots. Their teacher, Ms. Abi (Abigail Gomez), is going to paint over the paper with black paint. When it dries, they’ll have homemade “scratchers.”

We (meaning “I”) couldn’t wait to play with the scratcher, so we made smaller versions today. We covered Whisper White Cardstock with the oil pastels, then painted with black acrylic paint. Here’s how they turned out.

Of course, she and her cookie eating unicorn also had to be in the photo. I started the card on the right, but she finished it. The card on the left is hers. She wanted all the black scratched off except at the top where she left a message. We had so much fun! We always have too little time to do all the fun things we want to do.

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

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Jar of Flowers

Jar of Flowers

I’ve mentioned before that when new catalogs come out, I tend to ignore Annual Catalog products for a time. I decided to pull out one of my favorites, Jar of Flowers, to create a simple card.

Jar of Flowers, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the jar, stems and the flowers  on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored the flowers and stems with Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. Basically, that’s all there is to it. Easy, right?

The Jar of Flowers Stamp Set has a coordinating punch. If you order the stamps and punch as a bundle, you will save 10%.

I layered the stamped panel to a slightly larger piece of Misty Moonlight Cardstock, then added a piece of Flower & Field Designer Series Paper (DSP). This DSP is one of the free Sale-a-bration products you can select with a $50 order. It’s beautiful.

There’s definitely a whole field of flowers in that paper, don’t you think? Just for fun, I colored some of the Opal Rounds from the January-June Mini Catalog with a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend and added a few to the card.

Sale-a-bration!

Sale-a-bration is in full swing right now. If you join my team for $99, you can select $125 worth of product of your choice, plus you’ll get five packs of 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper. These include Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and the 2020-2022 In Colors in the brand new design that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog! When you shop, you can select free product for every $50 or $100 you spend, and if you host a qualifying party, you will receive a free stamp set along with the regular host rewards. It’s a win-win-win!

Basic White Is Here!

I’m also happy to announce that these Basic White products are available now.

  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK (159276)
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ THICK CARDSTOCK (159229)
  • BASIC WHITE 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE MEDIUM ENVELOPES (159236)
  • BASIC WHITE NOTE CARDS & ENVELOPES (159232)
  • BASIC WHITE 3″ X 3″ (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)
  • BASIC WHITE ASSORTED MEMORIES & MORE CARDS & ENVELOPES (159234)

I love the Basic White Cardstock. It’s a bit brighter than Whisper White (in my opinion, anyway), and takes the ink just as well or better. You’re going to love it!

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

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Forever Fern with Joseph’s Coat

Forever Fern with Joseph’s Coat

Welcome to another week, my crafty friends! So much has happened this past week. First, we are now in the beginnings of the January-June (J-J) Mini Catalog Sales Period and Sale-a-bration. I absolutely love the new Mini Catalog, and because of that, I have multiples of some of the Sale-a-bration products. It’s a wonderful time of the year.

Also – you can now order both the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! If you need a smaller version for traveling or because you have less space, this is the machine for you!

I was really looking forward to this week, because last Wednesday, Amelia’s school closed until January 18. Something happened that caused them to close for 10 days. But apparently, that wasn’t as bad as they thought, because they’re re-opening this Tuesday. I am so bummed, because Amelia and I had lots of plans for the upcoming week. Still, I’m hoping we’ll be able to do some of it today.

In other news – Remember I told you that Whisper White Cardstock products were going to be discontinued because our supplier had to close operations? Well, the Basic White products are available! I ordered some of the Basic White Cardstock, and I love it. I think I may like it more than Whisper White. I did a comparison and asked Mike which looked better. He chose Basic White every time!

Today, I wanted to “revisit” another old technique, so I decided to give the Joseph’s Coat Technique another go. I love this technique, because it’s so striking.

Stampin' Up!, Joseph's Coat, Forever Fern

For this technique, you need a “block” stamp. In other words, one that doesn’t need to be colored, because whatever color you use colors the entire stamp, not just an outline. I opted for the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

First, you need to sponge color on a piece of Basic White Cardstock. I used Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Bumblebee with the new Blending Brushes that are available now in the J-J Mini Catalog.

Next, stamp the image in Versamark, and emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Doing this ensures that the color shows through the image. It also ensures that the image is “protected” from the next step.

The final step is to sponge black ink over the entire panel. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with a Stamping Sponge. I could have used the Blending Brushes, because this is a water based ink, so it can easily be washed out of the brushes. But I was a little scared about using my new brushes. In the future, I’ll be ok with it. If you use an archival or solvent based ink, you will want to use a sponge that will be ok if it’s stained, because the ink will not wash out with water. (Of course, you can use a cleanser that works with solvent inks.)

Because the embossing powder works as a resist agent, the black ink will not adhere to the embossed image, so your beautiful color shows through. After you heat the embossing powder and it cools, buff the embossed areas with a smooth cloth.

I added a sentiment from the Forever Fern Stamp Set on another piece of Basic Black Cardstock. I actually added it to the stamped/embossed layer, but the Memento Ink was still wet, so I couldn’t get a good image. I finally gave up and stamped it in Versamark on a separate piece of Basic Black Cardstock, then embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch was a bow made from the Sheer Gorgeous Grape Ribbon. I love how it added a bit of interest and brought the three leaf stamps together.

In case you missed it on my Facebook Page, I was showing Amelia how to use a bone folder the other day. I asked her, “Do you know why it’s called a bone folder? Because sometimes they’re made of bones.” Her eyes widened, and she looked at me with a very startled expression and asked, “Whose??” (No one you know…) She always makes me laugh.

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

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Friends Are Like Seashells

Friends Are Like Seashells

Welcome to another BS&J Stamp Off! This week, we’re showcasing our favorite Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog products. This week, my favorite product is the Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle from the Sand & Sea Suite. This bundle is so fun, because the Friends Are Like Seashells Stamp Set, Seaside Seashells Dies (say that three more times, really fast! I dare you.), and the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder all work really well together. (Ok, the embossing folder isn’t part of the bundle. But it’s part of the suite!) Of course, there are other absolutely amazing products in the suite – like the Pearlescent Specialty Paper, the Opal Rounds, and the gorgeous Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper. Plus, I’m going to throw in a few other of my favorite products – the Blending Brushes and the Gilded Leafing Embellishments. (But not all on one card!)

I was playing with different techniques when I created these two cards. Someone had the idea to use the Blending Brushes to add Frost White Shimmer Paint to any color card stock. That’s what I did here.

Seashells, Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!

I added the Shimmer Paint to Blushing Bride Cardstock, let it dry, then die-cut the paper with the Seaside Seashells Dies and embossed with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. The sentiment is a Well Written die-cut using Champagne Foil Sheets. I added several Opal Rounds to the Very Vanilla card base.

Here’s a close-up of the shimmer.

Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!, Seaside, Shimmer Paint

Beautiful, right? I wanted to use this idea for a class, but I wasn’t sure I had enough Frost White Shimmer Paint. “Light Bulb!!” What if I added color to Pearlescent Paper? I ordered extra Pearlescent Paper, so I definitely have enough of that for classes.

Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!

Again I used the Blending Brushes to add Calypso Coral Classic Ink to a piece of Pearlized Specialty Paper. Then I die-cut and embossed as before, added it to a Calypso Coral card base, then added a Well Written sentiment in Copper Foil. I also blended some Terracotta Tile Ink on the card base using one of the Pattern Party Masks. And, of course, there are more Opal Rounds. These are GORGEOUS!

Here’s a close up of the shimmer.

Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Seaside SeashellsBoth techniques work equally well, I think. However, adding ink to the Pearlescent Paper is quicker than using the Shimmer Paint on regular card stock. And there’s a little less drying time. Either way, the Blending Brushes are amazing!

Here are two more examples using my favorite products.

Friends Are Like Seashells, Stampin' Up!, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Seaside Seashells

For this one, I die-cut the shells from different colors of card stock, then stamped (using the technique in this video) in Versamark. After adding Heat & Stick Powder (a long time favorite of mine, and I’m so happy it’s back – at least for six months) and heating, I added the Gilded Leafing to the shells. It’s much more beautiful in person than in the photo. After adding the Leafing, I embossed with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment uses the Many Messages Bundle. And I added a piece of the Fine Art Ribbon. It’s so beautiful with its gold-ness. Oh – I also embossed the smaller Calypso Coral layer with the Seaside Embossing Folder from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

Finally, for those of you who think you don’t have enough talent to create beautiful projects, here’s a card that my amazing granddaughter created.

Stampin' Up!, Friends Are Like Seashells, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder

I helped a tiny bit with stamp placement, but she chose the colors – including the card base. I wanted to use Coastal Cabana or Bermuda Bay, but she chose Pool Party. It’s perfect! Stampin’ Up!® makes everyone an artist. (Although Amelia is already there. I’m the one that needs help!)

So there you go – my favorite Mini Catalog product(s). What will Jackie & Susan choose? Check out their blogs to see! And if you can, please leave a comment on their blogs!

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

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Simply Succulents

Simply Succulents

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! I hope your week is going well. I received a thank you card from Jackie (the “J” in BS&J Challenges) the other day. Here’s the back story.

A few weeks ago, Jackie, Susan, and I were discussing the Gilded Leafing in the January-June Mini Catalog. Susan and I love it; Jackie wasn’t sure. Susan messaged me and suggested we send Jackie cards using the Leafing to kind of push her over the edge. I added a little sample of the Leafing in my card, so she would have a chance to try it out.

She appreciated our cards so much. Actually, I think she called it our “evil plot,” but apparently it worked, because she has some on the way! She made a beautiful card using the sample I sent her, and can’t wait until my Sweet Strawberry Bundle gets here so I can use her idea!

This is the thank you card she sent me – and I was so happy to get it, mostly because Jackie creates such beautiful cards, but also because I don’t have the Simply Succulents Bundle yet. (It’s on the way, though.)

Simply Succulents, Stampin' Up!

Jackie embossed the top Crumb Cake Cardstock layer with the lovely Painted Texture 3D Folder before adding the stamped and die-cut images from the bundle. (And, yes, again – if you order the bundle instead of ordering the stamp set and dies separately, you’ll save 10%.) I think there may be some sponging on the embossed layer as well.

She colored the blooms and container with Stampin’ Blends – and didn’t she do a beautiful job? I love how she mixed and blended the colors. And there’s a bit of Wink of Stella there as well.

The sentiment and the die-cut label are also in the bundle, and the strip of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper adds a lot of “faux texture.” When I first opened the envelope, I thought it was a rustic ribbon until I pulled the card out of the envelope.

I am looking forward to using this bundle – and seeing more of Jackie’s and Susan’s Gilded Leafing projects! On Friday, Susan, Jackie, and I will be showing our favorite product from the new Mini Catalog. I have cards planned, but my favorite changes daily.

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

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A Touch of Ink

A Touch of Ink

Welcome to the first full week of 2021! So far, it’s been calm and uneventful, but we’re still in our peaceful house in the mountains. Mike & I were going to head home on Sunday, but we realized we didn’t have to. We are empty nesters and self-employed, so that gives us a lot of freedom!

We have had an amazing weekend. It was so fun to have some of the kids here. After Wes, Katelyn, and Amelia went home, it was so quiet. Amelia had such fun “pranking” me. She used some of my washi tape and Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach my glasses and other things to my desk. I had made a card that I was going to send to either my mom or my sister-in-law for a birthday card (it was my Hydrangea Haven card from my blog on Friday). She placed it into my closed laptop after she wrote, “I love Seesa,” inside. Well, no one is getting that card now! Every time I look at it, it warms my heart. I could add it to another card base, but I won’t (or as Amelia would say, “I willn’t!”) Her little love notes make me smile every time I see them.

Today, I have a Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek for you.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

This card uses the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set from the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration. My mom loves hummingbirds, so I usually buy all the hummingbird stamp sets Stampin’ Up!® releases. I didn’t have to buy this one, because it’s a Sale-a-bration product that I “pre-earned” with a $100 order. Here are the details.

First, I stamped the floral outline image with Pretty Peacock Classic Ink. Then I stamped the insides of the leaves with Just Jade Classic Ink. Next I stamped the hummingbird outline with Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink, then stamped the inside with Highland Heather Classic Ink. I added a few extra highlights to the hummingbird with Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends. The sentiment is also stamped in Pretty Peacock Classic Ink.

I wanted to add a little more detail to the card. so I used a Versamark Pad over the cardstock using the “Direct to Paper” technique. In other words, I patted the Versamark Pad over the edges of the cardstock. Then I sprinkled some Heat & Stick Powder over the ink, heated just till it melted, then added some Gilded Leafing. This is Amelia’s favorite card that I brought with me this weekend, and I promised I’d help her make a Gilded Leafing Card when we all get home. I love this product!

So – just a reminder – today is January 4. This is the last day you can order from the August-June Mini Catalog. Order today to be sure you get the products you want before they’re gone forever.

Tomorrow is the first day of the January-February Sale-a-bration and the beginning of the January-June Mini Catalog Sales Period. I have sent many of my current customers a copy of the mini and the Sale-a-bration brochure. I think they have been delayed because … Well, I don’t know why, but I know a lot of people haven’t received them. If you want a catalog, I will send you one. If I’ve already sent it and you haven’t received it yet, I’ll let you know. I can always send you another one, and you also will have access to the online catalog. I know you’re going to love all the products that are available in the mini and the free products available during Sale-a-bration!

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

(This product list only includes products that you can order through January 4, 2021. The other products will be available January 5, 2021.)

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Hydrangea Haven

Hydrangea Haven

Happy New Year! Like most of you, I’m happy to see the end of 2020. But while lots of bad things happened, quite a few good things happened as well. I began doing online events, and it turned out to be one of my best Stampin’ Up!® years. It was a year of growth and learning for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store in 2021.

Right now, we’re at the very end of the August-December Mini Catalog sales period. Many of the products in the mini will be retiring on January 4, so if there’s something you want, you should order it now. On January 5, the January-June Mini Catalog will launch along with Sale-a-bration! You’re going to love the products. The catalogs that have been mailed seem to be taking the slow boat. If you want a catalog and haven’t received one, let me know!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the products in the Hydrangea Hill Suite in the January-June Mini Catalog. The picture is a tad dark; we are in the mountains for the weekend, and I don’t have my normal set up. And today is very dreary, so there’s not much natural light. (Amelia wanted me to add that part. We are having a blast this weekend. Her dad and Katelyn managed to stay up for 2021, but Mike, Amelia, and I didn’t quite make it.)

Hydrangea Haven, Hydrangea Hill, Stampin' Up!

This is another “very little stamping” card. I die-cut the flower using the Hydrangea Dies two times – once from Purple Posy Cardstock and once from Garden Green Cardstock. I snipped the stems from the flowers and layered the Purple Posy flower to Garden Green stem and leaves.

Next, I die-cut the detailed flower, again from Purple Posy Cardstock, and the detailed leaves/stem from Granny Apple Green Cardstock and layered over the original flower. The little individual petals in the detailed die add some dimension to the flower. Before I used my Take Your Pick Tool to curl the petals a bit, I sponged some Highland Heather ink onto the flower using the new Blending Brushes in the upcoming mini catalog.

I stamped the sentiment from the Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set on a piece of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper, then die-cut the flower border with the Hydrangea Dies. Of course, the Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set and Hydrangea Dies can be bundled for a 10% discount.

I had a partial bottle of retired Gold Dazzling Details glitter glue, so I dotted that in the centers of the little petals on the flower. I miss this glue. You could add glitter to a project without having it flake off an annoy the recipient of the card, and you could color it with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills to have any color you wanted. Hopefully Dazzling Details will be like so many other amazing products that retired and came back later. I will definitely stock up!

I’ll have another sneak peek of a Sale-a-bration product on Monday. Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

(Since most of the products on this card will not be available until Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the product list only shows current products.)

Product List

Hydrangea Hill, Hydrangea Haven, Stampin' Up!

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