Take it or Leave it Stamp-Off Challenge

Take it or Leave it Stamp-Off Challenge

It’s another Stamp-Off Friday with Susan, Jackie, and me! This one is so much fun. It’s a Take it or Leave it Challenge. There are four items on the list, and you can use one, two, three, four – or none!

I decided to use them all. I was going to use the new Birthday Delivery Bundle, but I’ve shown too many sneak peeks already. I didn’t want to tease you with products you can’t buy for another six weeks.

I decided to use the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set with the Pansy Punch instead. I love that set – and it’s carrying over to the new catalog!

Birthday Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

First I stamped the bunches of little blossoms on the Tempting Turquoise Cardstock in Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ ink. Then I stamped the larger flowers in Smoky Slate on Whisper White Cardstock, and colored them with Berry Burst ink (ok – I did include a little sneak peek for you!). I colored the flower centers with Crushed Curry ink, then added some of the (very sadly) retired Dazzling Details with Crushed Curry refill over the colored centers. And, of course, they’re punched with the Pansy Punch.

This color combination was supposed to include Rich Razzleberry, and I know I have some here, but it must be hiding out with the blocks and Paper Snips that have disappeared. So the card base and flowers are Berry Burst, but I colored over the outlines with a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker. I’d love to say it was an artistic thing, but I was really just being lazy. My new In Color Markers were packed to take to a meeting, and I didn’t want to pull them out. But – hey – I think it turned out really well. There’s a lot to be said for laziness.

I stamped the leaves in Smoky Slate as well, then used a  Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker over the outlines. I dragged the color into the leaves with an Aqua Painter. So – berries and pear are my “food” entries. The linen thread is obvious, as is the doily. The die-cut is the Pear Pizzazz Swirly Scribbles Thinlit over the doily.

Now – go check out what Susan and Jackie have done with this challenge. They’re both total madcaps, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they decided was in and what was out!

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

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Ink Refill Roundup

Ink Refill Roundup

Sometimes the most beautiful cards can be created with the simplest of supplies.  In this tutorial you will learn to use your Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills in new and creative ways, This Ink Refill Roundup Set includes a beautiful collection of ink-decorated tissue papers, a set of four abstract art cards and a case that is perfect for storing your cards and your ink-decorated tissue papers.  This is a fun project for adults and kids alike. Let’s put those ink refills to some creative use and allow our inner abstract artist to come out and play!

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This fun project was designed by Michelle for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to April, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month discounted package that includes April.

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Daisy Delight

Daisy Delight

I know, I know…I said there would be minimal sneak peeks until mid-May. But this is what I was working on today, so I had to show you.

Daisy Delight, Stampin' Up!

I was making cards for our group of local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and I wanted to have something new for them. So I grabbed the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) for inspiration. If you can only get one thing from the new 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, get this DSP. It’s gorgeous. (You’re probably going to hear, “If you can only get one thing…” a lot – and there will be a different answer each time. So just plan to eat peanut butter and wear last year’s spring and summer clothes. The catalog is awesome, and you’re not going to want to deny yourself. Now – back to the card…) Wisteria Wonder is not one of the colors in the DSP; I’m guessing the flowers that look lavender-ish are a light Night of Navy. Still, I decided to use Wisteria Wonder for the flower (which, since it’s Wisteria, probably isn’t a daisy) and the cardstock. And, of course, there’s a coordinating punch that you can bundle with the stamp set for a 10% savings.

You may be saying, “Wow, that card looks familiar.” Well, if you read my blog a few days ago, it is very familiar. It’s basically the same card as our Daisy Delight Make & Take from OnStage 2017, just different colors. The daisy, as I mentioned, is Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the outline for the leaves in Tranquil Tide (love that new In Color! Ok – I love all five. I can’t wait to play more and come up with fabulous combinations!) and the insides in Old Olive. “Fabulous” is stamped in Calypso Coral, and “You are” is Perfect Plum.

A couple other new products on the card – Old Olive 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon and Gold Faceted Gems. I love those gems! They make wonderful flower centers!

You may be asking where in the world that “You are Fabulous!” sentiment came from. That set was a “give away” at a convention several years ago. I think Stampin’ Up! gave it to us for attending a certain number of classes. It has such encouraging sentiments, especially for team members.

Tomorrow is “Stamp-Off Friday,” and I promise to show you products you can buy now!

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Here for You

Here for You

Here for You is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets – and it’s not retiring! I love this set, because it has several sentiments that I really want to say to people. Like this one –

Stampin' Up!, Here for You

Isn’t this just what you want to say to someone who’s going through a hard time? It’s like a “cyber hug.” There’s nothing you can do or say, but it expresses your love and your frustration at not being able to “fix” things.

When the boys were little – before I found Stampin’ Up! – I bought a card that said, “If you are what you eat, I’m fast, cheap, and easy.” While funny, this really expressed what my life was like with small children.

Fast forward 28 years. Now that I’m helping care for Amelia (my amazing granddaughter – and I love every second I get to spend with her. Except for about five minutes this morning at 5:45 when she was half awake and unreasonable…), plus parenting parents (ok – only one parent. Mine are amazing and still parenting me!) and being a mom (even when my kids don’t want me to be) – fast, cheap, and easy is my mantra once again. In the past 48 hours, I’ve only had about six hours of sleep. And I can’t survive on three hours of sleep per night.

So “Here for You” came to the rescue tonight when I needed a fast and easy card. I created a card base from Sahara Sand Cardstock, then added a layer of Island Indigo and a layer of Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper. A little Washi Tape and a matted layer of “Here for You,” and my card was done! I was happy – and I can think of so many people I can send this to.

Of course, you can substitute any sentiment or image. This can be a birthday, thank you, thinking of you, or even sympathy card. Or it can be a note card. The possibilities are endless. I love versatile sketches, don’t you?

Most of all, I love that when I have limited time (and energy!), I can still create a beautiful and heartfelt card for someone in very little time.

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

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Make & Takes from Stampin’ Up! OnStage 2017

Make & Takes from Stampin’ Up! OnStage 2017

OnStage 2017, Stampin' Up!

I’m going to try not to show you too many sneak peeks until later in May, because there are so many fun products still available in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog, I don’t want you to miss them. But, as seems to be the norm around here, life has gotten in the way of my crafting, so I’m falling back on projects we made at Stampin’ Up! OnStage.

We had a wonderful mix of styles and products, and for the first time, I got all my products finished! Our table seemed to flow really well together, so it was easy to finish. I also think we had more time this year.

This is another set using the Birthday Delivery Bundle (Birthday Deliver Stamp Set, Birthday Friends Framelits and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper [DSP]) that I used yesterday.

How cute is this little guy? The fox and banner are part of the Birthday Memories DSP. Didn’t I do a fabulous job of fussy cutting? NOPE – the Framelits match the DSP as well as the stamp set. That’s one of the most exciting things about the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

This is the Daisy Delight bundle (Daisy Delight stamp set and Daisy Punch). I love using punches, because they’re so quick and easy. We stamped and punched two for the card to make it more full. This also uses the Delightful Daisy DSP, Gold Faceted Gems (love them!), and Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon.

Here’s a card using the Colorful Seasons stamp set. The large flower and “DSP” are part of the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack, and the ribbon is one of the new 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbons (in Crushed Curry).

And finally – the 3-D project.

The sentiments and images on the note cards are from the Wood Words stamp set, and the paper is part of the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper Stack. So beautiful! And look at that little crate! It’s die-cut, using the Wood Crate Framelits Dies. I can see lots of possibilities with this. Before I adhered the little piggy in this post to the larger card, it fit perfectly in the crate. Who wouldn’t love a little crate full of piggies? One of the other products in this bundle that I LOVE is the 1/4″ Copper Trim. You can see it

The note cards and crate were packaged in a cellophane bag with linen thread and the new 1/4″ Copper Trim. You can see it in the top photo. It’s gorgeous!

So there you go! A few sneak peeks for you. I’m always sad to see some of my favorites retiring, but – wow! – there are so many wonderful new products that I wasn’t sad for long this year.

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

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Birthday Delivery

Birthday Delivery

I decided to do a “redo” of Friday’s sketch challenge. I didn’t realize until I put my card side to side with the sketch that I totally messed it up. I cut the wrong direction and I didn’t cut “point to point.” Of course, it’s ok. The sketch is just a jumping off place for creating, and Susan and Jackie are very forgiving. Still – I had a great idea to use a brand new set from the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog – Birthday Delivery – with the sketch. (And Jackie was hoping Susan and/or I would use some sneak peeks!) Take a look at my second try.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

How cute is that little girl? With that curly hair, she reminds me just a little of my Amelia – but from another century. Here are some fun details.

The card base is a new In Color for 2017-19 – Powder Pink. The pink in the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Blushing Bride, but I really like the powder pink – and it’s a nice match with the DSP. While I received a sample of all the new In Color Card Stock as part of my “Display Stamper” box for OnStage Local – Richmond, I was sent only two of the new stamp pads – Powder Pink and Berry Burst (which look fabulous together!). So I became a little attached to Powder Pink over the past month.

The other two layers are Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum. Don’t they look great together with the Powder Pink?

Here’s my favorite thing. The Birthday Delivery stamp set has coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits dies. There’s a die for every image in the set. But even better – the dies coordinate with the DSP! How fabulous is that? The little girl on my card was die-cut from a sheet of the DSP. I cut out the oval with the Ovals Collection Framelits, then die-cut the girl from the oval. To give her a little shadow, I die-cut her again from Powder Pink, slipped that back into the card, then added the little cutie over the Powder Pink shadow with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I needed a background for the Sweet Sugarplum, so I randomly stamped some gifts from the Birthday Delivery set. The “Friend” sentiment is also from the set.

To see the original card and sketch, check out my post here.

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Princess Party Birthday Pack

Princess Party Birthday Pack

What little girl wouldn’t want their own crown and magic wand on their birthday? This is your chance to learn how to make a sweet little crown that could double as a table decoration, a wand, a small gift bag and a birthday card… all fit for a princess. Jazz up your creations with butterflies and tulle to make someone’s birthday magical.

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This fun and magical project was designed by Monika for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to April, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month discounted package that includes April.

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