Love of Leaves Fall Challenge

Love of Leaves Fall Challenge

Let’s hear it for Friday! This week has flown by (nothing new there); it seems like it was just Monday! But I’m thrilled to show you my BS&J Fall Challenge Card.

Love of Leaves, Stampin' Up!

I used the Stampin’ Up!® Love of Leaves Bundle for this challenge. The bundle, from the August-December (A-D) Mini Catalog, includes the Love of Leaves Stamp Set and Stitched Leaves Dies, and you can save 10% by ordering the bundle.

For my card, I die-cut the leaf from Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, then embossed the card stock using one of the Greenery Dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I backed the Pumpkin Pie Cardstock with a piece of the Plaid Tidings 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP), also from the A-D Mini Catalog.

Oh, my goodness – the colors in the Plaid Tidings DSP are so beautiful, and they’re perfect for so many occasions. The papers don’t have all the colors in each paper, of course, but the colors in the papers are Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock, Bumblebee, and Pumpkin Pie. The design I used is primarily Pretty Peacock, but there’s also a little Pumpkin Pie and maybe some Bumblebee, and of course a little Whisper White.

I decided to use some of the Brushed Metallic Cardstock (in Copper) for my background piece. I die-cut/embossed the bottom of this layer with one of the Stitched Leaves dies. This die embosses the paper, but you use the “sandwich” for your die-cutting machine like you’re die-cutting.

I needed to add ribbon, because I tend to hoard ribbon and I’m determined to stop that. I loosely created a multi-layer bow from the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, then cut the desired length. I colored the ribbon with a Light Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blend, then re-created the ribbon and tied it with the Gold Trim from the Forever Greenery Ribbon Combo Pack. I love the frayed look with this trim.

So I felt like this card just said, “Look, I’m a die-cut leaf on a card.” Kind of boring, don’t you think? But I didn’t want a tag or banner with a sentiment. I decided to die-cut a small Pumpkin Pie leaf from the Stitched Leaves Dies and stamp it with the sentiment from the Love of Leaves Stamp Set. Perfect!

I can’t wait to see what Jackie & Susan have created for this fall challenge. Take a few minutes to check out what they’ve done, then leave a comment telling them how much you love their cards (because I know you will!).

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day and an amazing weekend!

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Curvy Christmas

Curvy Christmas

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! Stampin’ Up!® is releasing a new bundle from the upcoming January-June Mini Catalog in November! Customers will be able to purchase the Quite Curvy Bundle (Quite Curvy Stamp Set and Curvy Dies) two months early. How fun is that? You can order this bundle from November 3 until the end of the mini catalog. Two other products – the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set and the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) will also be available November 3 – but only until January 4. The Curvy Christmas Stamp Set coordinates with the Curvy Dies. Best news – between November 3 and January 4, you can bundle all the products in the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. This bundle incudes both stamp sets, the dies, and the DSP and it’s offered at a 10% discount.

Want a sneak peek?

Curvy Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Curvy Celebrations

I used three of the four products for this card. First, I used the Curvy Dies to cut the Shaded Spruce and Sahara Sand Classic Christmas DSP. Don’t you love the little designs the dies cut into the DSP? Before I adhered the pieces to the Whisper White card base, I used the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set to stamp the stars in Sahara Sand, and the sentiment and pine boughs in Shaded Spruce in the center of the card. I was going to use a Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend to color the stars, but I remembered that Stampin’ Blends bleed through the card stock. I didn’t want Daffodil Delight splotches on the inside of the card, so I used Wink of Stella instead. It’s very subtle, but it does add a little sparkle.

Somehow, I ended up with a little dot of ink on the card front, so I used some Basic Rhinestone Jewels to cover it. Besides hiding my mistake, the rhinestones give the card even more sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Please check back in Friday for another BS&J challenge. Have a lovely day!

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Geared Up To Celebrate

Geared Up To Celebrate

Who else thought the weekend flew by? I can’t believe it’s Monday already. But my weekend was fun. I spent some time in my craft room (always a happy time!) and spent a lot of time reading. Today was rainy and a little chilly, so it was a perfect day to spend snuggled up with a book or four.

Most of the books I read these days are on my Kindle app. I love having an entire library with me wherever I go. Before I picked Amelia up from school Friday, I had a few errands to run. I always overestimate the time my errands will take, so I was at least 20 minutes early, which put me first in the pick up line and a long wait until the end of the school day. No problem – I had my phone, so I started a new book. It’s so much easier to carry a phone or tablet than a bag full of books. My aged back says, “Thank you!” to technology.

Here’s one of the cards I made this weekend when I wasn’t reading. I needed a birthday card for a man, so decided to use the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set for this one.

Stampin' Up!, Geared Up Garage

According to my husband, this is a “muscle car.” Before I met Mike, I had no idea what a muscle car was. Apparently, they’re hopped up with Tim the Tool Man “More Power” engines that are loud and lift wheels off the ground. I only know that it looks a little like the Chevelle his stepdad had when we got married, so I decided to replicate it.

I stamped the car using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored with Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut the image as well as the Champagne Foil gears with the coordinating Garage Gears Dies.

I stamped the sentiment from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a Smoky Slate card base, then added a strip of the beautiful Magic of This Night Designer Series Paper. I added the gears and car  with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Sometimes I find creating cards for males a little difficult. My stamping tastes run toward flowers and vintage and more feminine images. But I love this card, and will use this design for many of my future “guy cards.”

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

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Country Home Thanks

Country Home Thanks

From November 3 – January 4, Stampin’ Up!® will be pre-releasing a bundle from the upcoming 2021 January-June Mini Catalog. The Quite Curvy Bundle includes the Quite Curvy Stamp Set and coordinating Curvy Dies. Also available will be the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set that coordinates with the Curvy Dies, and Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). You can order the Quite Curvy Bundle, the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set, and the DSP separately, or you can order them together (the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle) for a 10% discount. (Note: While the Quite Curvy Bundle will be available in the January-June Mini Catalog, the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set and Classic Christmas DSP will only be available from November 3 – January 4.) 

I had a little time to play this morning, so I made this Thanksgiving/thank you card.

Country Home, Quite Curvy, Itty Bitty Greetings, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the leaves from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Early Espresso Ink. I colored them with Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends.

Next, I cut a piece of Plaid Tidings DSP, then die-cut the bottom edge with the Curvy Dies for a fun border. On another piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, I stamped the milk can and floral arrangement using Basic Gray Classic Ink. I colored the milk can using Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, and the flowers using Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.

To put it together, I fussy cut the floral arrangement and added it over the milk can with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set using Early Espresso Classic Ink, then rounded the corners of the stamped layers with the Detailed Trio Punch.

Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

This was such a fun card to make. I love the country feel of the main images, as well as the beautiful fall colors. Don’t forget the 15% discount on selected Designer Series Papers – including the beautiful Plaid Tidings DSP. You can see all the discounted paper here.

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

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More Handmade Cards from Friends

More Handmade Cards from Friends

I always have trouble making sympathy cards, don’t you? Maybe it’s because they’re not super fun. The creating process may be enjoyable, but there’s always the sadness for friends and family in the back of your mind. It’s hard to create when you’re sad. And you want them to be comforting and beautiful, yet still a little reserved and “peaceful” looking.

Here are six more ideas for sympathy cards for you. All but the last one were made by my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator friends.

This is from my friend Jackie. Jackie is the “J” in our Friday BS&J challenges. I love the colors and the embossed Whisper White Cardstock layer.

My friend Mary created this card. She used the same Good Morning Magnolia Stamp Set as Jackie, but by using the Designer Series Paper, it’s a totally different look. I love the way she highlighted the blossom by adding a Whisper White circle behind it. Instead of detracting from the focal image, it helps it stand out.

This card is from my friend Susan, the “S” in BS&J. I love the borders on both sides. And, of course, I love Purple Posy and Gorgeous Grape on Whisper White.

Kathy is a new friend, but she creates the most beautiful and amazing cards. The colored vellum is so elegant.

Here’s the card from Christy. The soft watercolored background behind the focal image is so calming, don’t you think?

The next card is from Mary Ann. Mary Ann is such a sweet lady. Before the pandemic, she attended live classes, but now she’s crafting on her own. She sends me some of her creations, and they’re all lovely!

I love the foil with the black background, as well as the cardstock and vellum flowers.

All of the cards I received are so beautiful. These aren’t all the cards I received. Some of my friends sent beautiful and heartwarming “store bought” cards that are no less amazing. And while all the cards are so lovely and sweet, the messages and sentiments warmed my heart. Thank you, all of you, for your thoughts and your prayers for my family and me.

Life is slowly returning to a new normal for our family. It’s hardest, of course, for Mom.  Mom & Dad had a sweet Golden Retriever that crossed the Rainbow Bridge a few years ago. They had both wanted a new dog, but didn’t want one that would outlive them. When Dad got sick, they decided they didn’t need more responsibilities. Mom had thought about adopting a small dog for companionship after Dad passed away (that sounds so weird. I’m still getting used to the idea that he is no longer physically here). It had to be small enough for her to lift into the bathtub. But if it was that small, she would have to get up when it needed to go out (day or night) and stay out with it until it was finished, because my parents’ house is against a wooded area and there are coyotes and at least one bear. She started thinking maybe having a dog would be more work than she wanted right now. What would she do with it if she were gone all day? What if it wanted to go out at 6 a.m.? She’s getting to sleep in until she wants to get up for the first time in her life. Did she want to get up with a dog? Wisely, she decided to put all serious and life-changing decisions on hold for a year. But then…

Several family members had gone to the house after the funeral. Close to dusk, we were getting ready to head home. As I was walking to my car, I heard it. There was a cat in the woods. A cat? There were never cats at my parents’ house. But there it was again. A pitiful, “Meow!” coming from the edge of the woods. A little gray and white cat was sitting on a log. My niece, the “Cat Whisperer,” called her in, and she and her husband fed it scraps from the kitchen.

Mom is adamant about not having cats in the house. Dad wouldn’t have liked it, so she won’t do it. But she has fixed a little house for it on the carport and feeds it twice a day. And it’s becoming more and more tame.

I can’t help but think that this little girl was sent to keep her company without being a lot of work right now. How weird is it that it showed up the night everyone would be leaving and she’d be “alone” more than she was used to? And as long as the cat sleeps on the carport, she will be safe, because no animals come that close to the house.

I have no idea where the cat came from, but I’m happy that Mom has a little companionship and something to care for – at least for now. She’s finding her way in this new normal, and I’m so proud of her. She has always been strong, but I’m looking forward to seeing her grow into this new stage of life. I can only hope I’ll be that strong and independent when I’m her age. Oh, but wait! Mike & I have an agreement, and I get to go first. So she’s being an amazing example for Mike.

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

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Cards from Friends

Cards from Friends

Welcome to a new week, my friends! Today I want to show you some of the sympathy cards I received from friends. This is only a few of them. I’ll show you more on Wednesday.

This card is from April. I love the pretty and bright colors she used, and all the butterflies.

This one is from Carol. Again, I love the soft colors. It’s such an elegant card.

This card is from Marilyn. Marilyn’s cards are so cool, because they’re bigger. My mom loves making the larger cards. And I love the fall colors, and the sentiment.

Here’s Peggy’s card. I just realized that every card uses a shade of purple – which is my favorite color. And all the sentiments are so comforting.

This is from Sandy. I love how each card is different and all are amazing! Aren’t they beautiful? Each card made me feel cared about and brought peace.

When we were talking about my dad after the funeral last week, Mike & I were remembering the little tree in our backyard when we moved to our current home. I was so happy, because I was sure it was an apple tree, and I couldn’t wait to show Dad the apples I grew. (He is probably still smiling about this story.)

The first year or two, we had no fruit on the tree, but the third year we were thrilled to see blossoms in the spring. And then fruit started growing. When I checked on the tree, though, there weren’t apples growing on the branches. Apparently it was a pear tree. Dad’s comment was, “Well, at least you got fruit!”

My dear mom said, “In your defense, apple leaves and pear leaves look a lot alike.” To which my older brother, also named Mike and who had spent most of his high school and college summers working in the orchards, said, “You can tell the difference from the bark.” I told him I had never heard the tree bark, so how would I know? He looked at me like I was crazy. Sometimes I think he wonders how I made it this far in life.

Check back Wednesday for more gorgeous cards from my friends.

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

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Coming Home Color Challenge

Coming Home Color Challenge

Welcome to another challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week we have a color challenge.

How fun is that? I used the Coming Home Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog for my card.

Coming Home, Stampin' Up!, Light Me Home

As always, if you bundle the Coming Home Stamp Set with the Home Together Dies, you can save 10%.

I stamped two houses and the trees on Whisper White Cardstock using Smoky Slate Classic Ink. After I diecut them with the Home Together Dies, I colored the images using Smoky Slate, Granny Apple Green, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends. I also colored the trunk with a Bronze Stampin’ Blend and the houses with Pool Party. We don’t have a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Blend, so I carefully colored the windows using a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. I say, “carefully,” because since I stamped in a water based ink (Smoky Slate) using another water based ink (Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker) could cause smearing.

I adhered a 1-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock over a 3″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I placed the die-cut images on the card stock without adhering, then stamped the sentiment and smoke in Smoky Slate Classic Ink. Because I used the Stamparatus, I could stamp the sentiment (from the Light Me Home Stamp Set) several times to make it darker. Then I adhered the images using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used a 4-1/8″ 5-3/8″ piece of the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper as a background. I adhered it to a Bermuda Bay card base, then I added the panel with the die-cut images.

Please take a few minutes to check out Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see how they interpreted the color challenge. 

And now – a quick KUDOS to Susan. She and I both use the same blog platform. Susan, being the organized and amazing woman she is, scheduled weeks of blog posts, because she knew she’d be moving and wouldn’t have time to create or blog. I, however, write my blogs at midnight the night before they post (and the creating process takes place an hour or so before that.)

Several weeks ago, I logged into my site and everything had changed. I almost cried. (I actually blogged about it and talked about the angst I was feeling.) Although I hated the new format, I learned to (sort of) live with it.

Today, Susan texted me. She was scheduling new blogs and hers had also changed. Susan, however, is amazing. I told her the few things I knew to do. Somewhere along the way, she got an error message which took her to a place where she could revert to our “Classic Editor.” I am so happy – and Susan deserves a medal from me. She is my hero for finding this fix. 

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


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Zany Zebras Slimline Card

Zany Zebras Slimline Card

Happy Wednesday! I have another slimline card for you today, using the Zany Zebras Stamp Set from the 2020-2021 Annual Stampin’ Up!® Catalog. I’m on a mission to use Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) this month, since selected patterns are being offered at a 15% discount.  

Zany Zebras, Stampin' Up!

First, I cut a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Purple Posy Cardstock, then scored at 3-1/2″ to create a 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base. I love this size. My dad’s sister always sent Dad a funny card for his birthday and Christmas, and they were always this size. Memories!

I cut an 8-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock for the next layer. Then I used the Rectangle Stitched Layers to cut two stitched rectangles from Whisper White Cardstock. I stamped zebras on these panels using Night of Navy Classic Ink. I also stamped the shadow under the zebra images in Night of Navy Classic Ink. 

Since there was room under the zebras, I stamped sentiments under the images using Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. Then I needed a center panel. 

I decided to use the Playing with Patterns DSP for this one. I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy in the center of the 2-1/4″  x 3-1/4″ piece of the DSP. Because I used the Stamparatus, I could stamp the sentiment several times so it was dark enough to be seen. You can also stamp the sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock, then die-cut, punch, or fussy cut the sentiment and add it to the DSP.

The two stamped die-cut panels are adhered to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The center DSP panel is adhered using Stampin’ Seal Adhesive.

This is a perfect birthday card for anyone! You can send it to men, women, or kids. 

Check back in on Friday for another Stamp Off! Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This one is a color challenge, and I’m really excited to show my entry!  Ok, this has been a crazy couple of weeks. I haven’t created my card yet. I don’t even have an idea of what I’ll be creating. I know Susan and Jackie are saying, “What’s new?” But I’m sure I’ll have an inspiration by then! Next week I’ll show you some of the beautiful handmade cards I’ve received from friends after my dad’s passing. They are amazing – as was my dad!

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


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One Sketch, Two Cards

One Sketch, Two Cards

Hi, Stamping Friends! I hope you had an amazing weekend. I was able to get into my craft room this weekend, and it was awesome! It was also a mess, so I spent a lot of time straightening it up. But I did make two cards. Here’s the first one.

Gather Together, Stampin' Up!

In October, Stampin’ Up!® is offering a 15% discount on selected Designer Series Paper (DSP). This card uses the Plaid Tidings DSP from the August – December Mini Catalog. I stamped the wheat/grass on Whisper White Cardstock using Mango Melody Classic Ink, then stamped the sentiment from the Gather Together Stamp Set in Cinnamon Cider.

I used the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut the four pieces of DSP, then adhered them to the stamped layer. I die-cut two leaves from Copper Foil using the Gathering Leaves Dies (bundle these with the Gather Together Stamp Set to save 10%!) and added them to the card with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used a Mango Melody card base for this card. I love that the colors still say, “Fall,” but it’s a bright and cheery card.

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For this card, I used the Snowflake Wishes Bundle and Snowflake Splendor DSP. I love the Snowflake Splendor DSP. This was the first thing I bought from that suite. The colors are beautiful! 

Again, I die-cut the square from the DSP using the Stitched Shapes Dies. Before I adhered them to the Whisper White Cardstock, I stamped the sentiment (from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set) in Balmy Blue. I like to do all the stamping before I adhere anything, just in case I mess up the stamping and need to use the other side of the cardstock. That happens more than I’d like to admit.

I diecut one of the snowflakes from the So Many Snowflakes Dies (again, bundle these with the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set to save 10%) using the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper. I added one of the Beaded Pearls to the center of the snowflake for a little more glitz. 

These cards were so fun – and so simple! And I feel so frugal since I saved 10% on both bundles and 15% on both packs of DSP. 

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


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No Stamps? No Problem

No Stamps? No Problem

Hi, Stamping friends! I have another “friend card” for you today. This one is from my friend Christy Tobin, another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Each month, our demonstrator team have a challenge. Last month, the challenge was to use something unusual on a card. Here’s Christy’s.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

How cute is this card? Can you guess what “unusual” item Christy used? Our team had quite a few good guesses, but no one got it.

Christy used a wine bottle! The small open circles are the cap, the smaller closed circles are the top of the cap. And the large dotted circles? The bottom of the bottle. How awesome is that? The colors she used are Blackberry Bliss, Merry Merlot, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla. She also used a small circle punch or die to create the openings for the Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon. 

Her sentiment is from the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set in the August – December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. 

Honestly, this is one of the most creative and imaginative cards I’ve seen. I mean – a wine bottle? Who would think to do that? So fun!

And now it’s time for the daily Miss Amelia story. Tonight was the “family viewing” of my dad. Frankly, I think open caskets are a very bad idea. I know people want to say goodbye to loved ones, and they want closure. But honestly, no one is at his or her best when they’re dead. And, of course, someone else is doing your makeup, or trying to make you look as alive as possible. This is not the last image I want people to have of me. Needless to say, I am not having an “open casket” viewing when I die. One of my nieces married a young man from England. They do not do the open casket thing over there, and this was his first experience. He agrees with me that it’s really creepy. (And, yes, I did try to keep him talking, because he has the best accent. I could listen to him all night.)

Back to the viewing. Of course, the bottom half of the casket lid is closed, but the top is open so you can see the deceased. When Amelia went to see Papa, she asked me, “Does he have pants on?” Yes, he is wearing pants. At least, we took pants. I didn’t check that he was actually wearing them, but I’m assuming they put them on him. “Then why is that closed over his bottom half?” I explained about the lid, and that the top part would be closed before the service tomorrow. “So we won’t ever see him again?” No. Only in our hearts and memories. And pictures, of course. She thought for a few minutes, which, thankfully, gave me time to think about what her next question would be and formulate my answer. I wasn’t even close to knowing what her next question would be.

When she visited Dad at home, she would climb into bed with him and show him whatever she was doing at the time – playing a video game, watching a YouTube video or movie, her coloring book…whatever. I thought for a minute she was going to climb into the casket and snuggle with him, but fortunately, she didn’t. She did, however, point out the lint on his jacket and some other “flaws” she thought we should fix. While we were brushing the lint away, she came up with more questions.

“So after they close the lid, then what?” I explained about placing the casket in the vault, then lowering it into the ground. “Wait – we don’t get to keep him?” Now that would be a fun conversation piece in the house. No, we don’t get to keep him. But this isn’t really Papa. What made him Papa was his heart, and we can carry that with us forever.

After a few more questions, she was satisfied and ready to walk around the facility. We took a tour of the funeral home and she discovered the “kids’ corner.” I taught her to play checkers and then we started to color until her dad was ready to leave. 

I love seeing life from a child’s perspective. It’s so much simpler sometimes.

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

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