Sweet as a Peach

Sweet as a Peach

When I saw the You’re a Peach Suite in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it. For many years, my dad grew peaches (as well as apples), and peaches have always been my favorite fruit. There’s just nothing like a sweet, juicy peach on a hot summer day!

I ordered the Sweet as a Peach Bundle, which includes the Sweet as a Peach Stamp Set and coordinating Peach Dies, as well as the You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP). I haven’t ordered the Mini Jam Jars yet, but I may for gifts.

I thought it was fitting to showcase this card today, because Amelia, Mom, and I are making peach jam this morning. I think she’ll enjoy helping, and I know she’ll love tasting!

Sweet as a Peach, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this DSP gorgeous? I’m loving both sides of every sheet. I used both sides of one sheet for this card. I a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the DSP, then cut about 1-1/2″ off one side and flipped it to the opposite side. I layered both pieces to a Calypso Coral card base.

I inked the peaches with Pale Papaya Classic Ink, then used a Sponge Dauber to add some Calypso Coral ink along the edges. Next, I stamped on Pale Papaya Cardstock. I repeated this for the second peach, then die-cut them with the Peach Dies. The leaves and stem are Granny Apple Green Classic Ink on Soft Seafoam Cardstock. After I die-cut the leaves, I added the peaches and leaves to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The three blossoms are stamped in So Saffron Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock. After I die-cut them, I added a flower center with Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. Two of the blossoms are added with Stampin’ Dimensionals; the third is simply adhered to the DSP with SEAL.

The sentiment is also from the Sweet as a Peach Stamp Set. I stamped in Calypso Coral ink on Pale Papaya Cardstock and punched it and the Calypso Coral layer using the Double Oval Punch.

Just a quick reminder – today is the last day to add an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards to your order or workshop of $250 or more. That’s a minimum of $50 in free product! Be sure to place your order today. Can’t spend that much on your own? Grab a few friends and put in an order together! Then have a fun day crafting together with all your new products!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely, “peachy” day!

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Hand-Penned Petals with Chalk

Hand-Penned Petals with Chalk

It’s Friday! I am so excited, because today is Amelia’s last day of school. I get to pick her up at noon, and we have plans. First, each child gets to ring the bell to celebrate summer. Then, she and I are going to a local farm market for ice cream and then lunch with Mom, my sister-in-law, and one of my nephews. If it doesn’t rain and we have time, maybe we can swim, too. She’s getting so comfortable in the water and has come a very long way from the little girl who wouldn’t even get in the “big pool.” I’m so proud of her!

Today, Jackie, Susan, and I have another Stamp Off! challenge for you. This one was difficult for me. We can use stamps, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper (DSP), but no stamps or punches.

My card is very simple and it uses the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

Hand-Penned Petals, Stampin' Up!, Tissue Paper

I love this technique, and it’s another “oldie” that I had forgotten about. First, cut a piece of tissue paper about 5″ x 6-1/4″. Stamp the image on the tissue paper using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the sentiment in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink.

Use the Soft Pastels to color the image. Be careful, because the tissue paper is very fragile and you don’t want to rip it. Add color to the flowers by gently coloring the image with the Soft Pastels. I didn’t try to be artistic; I just added the color into the image. Use a Blender Pen to blend the color on the image, being careful not to smear the Memento Ink.

Now comes the fun part. Crumple the tissue paper into a ball. I smooshed my up fairly tightly. Then un-crumple, but don’t smooth it out too much. Leave lots of wrinkles.

Add Multipurpose Liquid Glue to cover a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock. Be sure to use the Silicone Craft Sheet so you can add glue all the way to the edge. Lay the tissue paper over the Pool Party Cardstock. You can trim the tissue paper to fit the card stock, but I like to miter the edges (cut triangles at the four corners), then glue the excess tissue paper to the back. I think it looks a little more “finished” than simply trimming the tissue paper, and it’s not a whole lot more work.

Adhere the Pool Party/Tissue Paper layer to a Coastal Cabana card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. No punches. No dies. But lots of texture!

Before you head out for the day, please check out Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see their die- and punch-free creations!

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

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Red, White, & Blue Summer Challenge

Red, White, & Blue Summer Challenge

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you’re having a lovely week. I finally got our pool open this week, and Amelia & I swam a little after she got out of school yesterday. We had so much fun. And since our temperatures have been in the upper 80’s and beyond, the water wasn’t extremely cold.

Our demonstrator team challenge this month was to create a red, white, and blue or other summer themed card. I realized that all my star stamps and dies are retired. I thought about a picnic theme with a red or blue checked tablecloth – but then I remember that the Buffalo Check background stamp also retired.

After much dithering, I settled on this idea.

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I really like the simplicity of this card. First, I stamped the flowers from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. I colored them with Real Red, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, then die-cut with the Penned Flowers Dies. This stamp set and the coordinating dies from the new Stampin’ Up!®Annual Catalog can be bundled for a 10% savings.

Next, I stamped the pot from the Simply Succulents Stamp Set and colored it with Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends before cutting it with the Potted Succulents Dies. While this stamp set and the coordinating dies from the January-June Mini Catalog both carried over to the Annual Catalog, the bundle price did not. So if you want to save 10%, be sure to order the Simply Succulents bundle now!

I cut a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock and another strip of Real Red Cardstock. I used the Basic Borders Dies to cut the edge of the Real Red layer. I adhered the two card stock layers to a Basic White card base, then added the flowers, the pot, and the sentiment (also from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set). I’m thinking the Hand-Penned Bundle is one of my favorite products from the new catalog. Stop back by on Friday for our Stamp Off! challenge to see another version.

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

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Mystery Parts Challenge for May

Mystery Parts Challenge for May

Welcome back to another Mystery Parts Challenge! As always, this was a lot of fun! Here’s what Liz sent everyone.

We each got a Highland Heather card base, a Gorgeous Grape Cardstock square, a layer of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP), and a Square Vellum Doily. Just a note about the Hydrangea Hill DSP: While the Hydrangea Haven Bundle carried over to the new Annual Catalog, the DSP did not. It will retire June 30 (or while supplies last), so if you love it, order today!

Here’s the card I made with the challenge parts.

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I mostly used the Seaside Spray side of the DSP. After I cut 1″ off, I used the Polka Dot Pattern Party Mask to add Highland Heather polka dots to the DSP. I used the scalloped edge die from the Scalloped Contours Dies to create the front edge of the card. Behind this, on the inside, I adhered the 1″ strip of DSP I cut off earlier. Then I adhered the inked DSP to the front of the card.

On a separate piece of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the flowers from the Hand- Penned Petals Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, the colored with Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

After I adhered the Square Doily to the Gorgeous Grape Cardstock square, I adhered it to the front of the card. Next I die-cut the flowers with the Penned Flowers Dies (which, of course, I bundled with the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set). I adhered the flowers to the doily using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added a bow made from the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon, the sentiment, and a few Pastel Pearls.

Here are the other entries for the challenge.

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This is Sandy’s Card. I love that little butterfly!

Stampin' Up!, Hydrangea Haven

This is Liz’s. I love how she turned the square piece of card stock into a frame for the doily.

Stampin' Up!, Hydrangea Haven

This is Christy’s card. She also made a scalloped edge for the front of her card, and I love the three panels of DSP.

Hydrangea Haven, Stampin' Up!

This is Carol’s card. Carol cut the DSP into a right triangle so she can use it on two cards. Clever and fun, don’t you think?

Stampin' Up!, Hydrangea Haven

And this is Chris’s card. She cut the doily down and turned the DSP into a tri-panel for the front of the card.

Everyone did a beautiful job! For June, we have another set of fun products to use. I can’t wait to get started.

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

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Artistically Inked Background

Artistically Inked Background

I am totally in love with the Expressions In Ink Suite from the 2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. The Artistically Inked DistINKtive Stamp Set and the Expressions In Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper have images that look like an alcohol ink background. They are both gorgeous.

Some friends and I are in a swap each month, so I pulled out the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies) for my May swap.

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I love the border stamp in this set, but I didn’t want just one color. Even though DistINKtive stamped images are different strengths of colors, I wanted more. So I used  Sponge Daubers to add Pale Papaya, Polished Pink, and Soft Succulent Classic Ink to the stamp, then stamped on Basic White Cardstock. I used a different Sponge Dauber for each color so the ink wouldn’t get muddy, and I also cleaned the stamp between stampings.

I stamped the border on all four sides of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ card stock. On a different piece of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the round flower in Polished Pink, the small flowers in Pale Papaya, and the leaves in Soft Succulent Classic Ink.

I die-cut the stamped flowers and leaves, and the Evening Evergreen greenery using the Artistic Dies, then added them to the stamped layer. I wanted just a bit more, so I stamped the small dots randomly on the Basic White Cardstock layer using Pale Papaya Classic Ink.

On a scrap of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the sentiment in Polished Pink, then punched it and the Evening Evergreen scalloped oval using the Double Oval Punch. The top layer with the punched and die-cut pieces is adhered to a Soft Succulent card base.

I love the way this turned out, don’t you? The background is so soft and colorful, but I don’t think it overwhelms the die-cut images.

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

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Friends…Give it a Whirl

Friends…Give it a Whirl

I have been having so much fun with the Give it a Whirl Dies. These dies aren’t exactly hidden, but you may have missed them, because they’re “stand alone” dies without a coordinating stamp set.

Give it a Whirl Dies, Stampin' Up!

With these dies, you can cut the front of a card, a window, the “spinner” wheel, and so much more! Here’s a card I made using the Friends are Like Seashells Bundle.

Friends are like Seashells, Stampin' Up!, Give it a Whirl Dies

I cut the card front from the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the January-June Mini Catalog. I love the “sandy” look of this paper. Can’t you just feel the sand between your toes? If you love this paper, you need to order it today, because it will be retiring June 30 and is only available while supplies last.

Next, I cut the wheel from Basic White Cardstock. I traced where I wanted each image to be on the wheel very lightly in pencil. Then I stamped the starfish from the Friends are Like Seashells Bundle in Crumb Cake, as well as two other sets of shells. I masked the starfish, and added some seaweed behind it in Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink. I colored the starfish image with an Ivory Stampin’ Blend. Then I erased the pencil marks.

After I lined up the wedge-shaped window with the wheel, I cut the window from the DSP. You can add the window anywhere you want; I chose to place mine at the top. To put it together, simply add a brad through the top layer and wheel (don’t close it too tightly!) and use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop the front up over the Evening Evergreen card base. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals helps the wheel to spin easier. You could even add another small layer behind the wheel for even greater ease.

To finish the card. I stamped the large shell in Blushing Bride Ink on a Basic White Seaside Seashells die-cut. I filled in the white spots with the Ivory Stampin’ Blend. I die-cut some of the seaweed from Evening Evergreen Cardstock, then added it behind the seashell. The sentiment, in Evening Evergreen Classic Ink, is from the Friends are Like Seashells Stamp Set.

If you are purchasing the stamp set or dies, you should definitely bundle them and save 10%. Here’s the good news: this bundle is not retiring, so not only can you purchase the Friends are Like Seashells Stamp Set and Seaside Seashells Dies from the new catalog, you can also still bundle them for another year! (Note: The numbers for many carry over products are different in the annual catalog than they were in the mini, so be sure to check for the correct number so you don’t get an error message.)

Give these dies a whirl! I promise, you could get addicted. I planned on making one card for Amelia, and I ended up with at least four.

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

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Last Chance and New Kits

Last Chance and New Kits

It’s June 1, and that means the Last Chance list for retiring January-June 2021 Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog products is available. If you have a 2021 Annual Catalog, you probably already know what’s retiring, but some of the products are being discounted through June (or while supplies last). Be sure to snatch them up before they’re gone!

Here’s the file with retiring products and the discounts. Remember to check the reference column, as some product bundles that are retiring include individual products that aren’t retiring. And, of course, retiring host products can only be purchased with Stampiun’ Rewards. Here’s the key –

*Amount in Stampin’ Rewards; host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
** Bundle includes some products that are not retiring; refer to the list above to see which individual products are retiring.
***While the items in these bundles are not retiring, they will no longer be available in a bundle after 30 June 2021.

Oh, but there’s more happening on June 1!

Beginning June 1, you can order from the Kits Collection. Stampin’ Up! has taken the guess work out of creativity and done the hard parts. You get to do the fun stuff: craft! Each kit is all-inclusive and includes the predesigned projects, preprinted pieces, and even the adhesives you need to complete the projects.

There’s a wide variety of kits for all different occasions, and new kits are being added regularly. You can shop the current selection in my online store. But hurry! Kits are available only while supplies last!

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Mountain Air Sunrise

Mountain Air Sunrise

I am having so much fun playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels Assortment. Here’s another card I created this week.

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This one is my son Jon’s favorite.  Here’s how to create this card.

First, use the side of the Mossy Meadow and Granny Apple Green chalks to cover the bottom of a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. You can use your finger to blend the chalk, but you can also use Stamping Sponges or Blending Brushes.

Back to the card — Add some Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight Chalks to create a sunrise, and again, blend the chalks with your fingers/sponges/blender brushes. Then add some Pacific Point chalk for the sky above the sunrise. After you blend all the chalk colors, blend in a little Poppy Parade chalk for the sunrise.

Now it’s time to stamp. Stamp the mountain image from the Mountain Air Stamp Set using a Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad. I stamped this several times using the Stamparatus.

Next, turn the stamp over and stamped the reverse image using Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink.

For the bottom of the card, stamp the evergreen trees from the Mountain Air Stamp Set in Evening Evergreen Ink along the bottom of the card. Stamp most of them full strength, but fill in with stamped off trees.

Stamp a sentiment in Evening Evergreen on Soft Succulent Cardstock, then punch with the Double Oval Punch, then add to the card.

I made several more cards over the past week using the Soft Pastels, but I’ll save them for later. I can’t wait to show the one using stencils! That was a fun learning experience.

One of the other products I played with over the weekend was the Give it a Whirl Dies. You may have missed these “stand alone” dies. They coordinate with quite a few stamp sets, but they aren’t part of a bundle. They are much easier to use than they look and quite a bit of fun.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day! If you’re in the United States, take a minute today to remember our soldiers who gave their lives for our country. May they never be forgotten.

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Stamp Off! Technique

Stamp Off! Technique

Welcome to a new Stamp Off! Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, our challenge is to present a new technique.

This isn’t a new technique, but it’s a technique with a new product. I was so thrilled to see Soft Pastels in the 2021-2022 Annual Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. I love working with chalks – and so does my granddaughter Amelia.

When the art teacher at Amelia’s school used chalk pastels for a class, some of the children loved the mess, but others tended to melt down. Not everyone likes to be messy. Of course, Amelia loves the creative mess. Here’s what her hands looked like after her first experience with chalk pastels.

If you think a few of those chalked fingers look too perfect, you’re right. I watched her chalk her fingers while she was blending her colors. She doesn’t shy away from messy hands, whether it’s chalk, ink, glitter, or any other medium. She does embrace the mess that comes with the creative process. 

Here’s the technique I used in creating with the Soft Pastels this week. I made at least three cards with the pastels, and this one was Mike’s favorite.

Stampin' Up!, Tasteful Touches, Many Messages, Soft Pastels

To create this card, stamp the image from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in Versamark Ink along the borders of a 3-3/4″ x 5′ Basic White Cardstock panel. I used my Stamparatus and the “hinge technique” so the distance between the images would be the same. Allow this to dry. It only takes a few minutes, but I used my heat tool to help speed up the process. Then, I used Stampin’ Chalk to add color. I rubbed Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, and Gorgeous Grape chalk over the stamped images, then blended with my fingers. I kept a damp paper towel on my work table so I could clean my fingers after each color. The chalk brings out the VersaMark stamped images, kind of like the Magic Pictures I played with as a child. (Who am I kidding? I still play with them.)

Ink the sentiment from the Many Messages Stamp Set on the Daffodil Delight Stitched Rectangle die-cut using Granny Apple Green and Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Markers. (Tip: Use the Stamparatus for this. Place a clear, thin, non-porous medium over your card stock – like a Clear Medium Envelope or one of our Cellophane Bags – and stamp on that first to be sure of correct placement. You can wipe the ink off with a damp paper towel when you’re finished so you can reuse the envelope or bag.) Stamp the flower from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink on Fresh Freesia Cardstock, then fussy cut the image with Paper Snips.

Add the flower to the rectangle die-cut, then add the die-cut to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Add this panel to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Granny Apple Green layer, then to a Gorgeous Grape Card Base.

Please take a few minutes to stop by Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs, and leave them a comment if you can! I can’t wait to see their techniques!

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

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Dragonfly Garden Hello

Dragonfly Garden Hello

Welcome back, my friends! I hope you’re having a lovely week! I think it’s Background Week at Stamping with Buffy. I had such fun creating for our BS&J Stamp Off Friday that I totally forgot there was a Wednesday to prepare for. But I had a really fun background that I used for a Background Technique Class over the weekend, and it was a snap to add some stamps and a little color to it.

Dragonfly Garden, Tasteful Touches, Stampin' Up!First, here’s how to create the background. Cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. Next cut a Window Sheet just a bit bigger (4″ x 5-1/4″). Using Stampin’ Write Markers (I used Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape), scribble over the Window Sheet. Leave a little space between the scribbles.

When you have your Window Sheet covered with scribbles, place it on the Silicone Craft Mat and spritz with water until the colors run. Because you left space between the scribbles, the colors shouldn’t run together too much and become muddied.

Next, press the Basic White Cardstock over the spritzed piece. You can use a paper towel to wipe up the excess that “gooshes” out from the sides. Peel the card stock off the window sheet and use a paper towel to dab the edges where the water will pool. Let the card stock dry thoroughly. (You can use a heat tool to speed up this process.)

When the card stock is dry, stamp the floral image and the dragonflies from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Color the flowers with Granny Apple Green, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, and Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blends, and the dragonflies with Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Finally, add the sentiment from the Tasteful Textures Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Layer the stamped layer to a Bermuda Bay4″ x 5-1/4″ layer, then to a Granny Apple Green card base.

Give this technique a try. It’s so simple and so fun. You get a different look every time!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Be sure to stop by on Friday for another Stamp Off! challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. Have a lovely day!

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