Tropical Oasis

Tropical Oasis

Mild winter is back in Virginia this week. Our high temperatures will be above freezing for the next few weeks at least, so I’m dreaming of tropical climes. Here’s a tropical card we made at classes this month.

Tropical Oasis, Timeless Tropical, Stampin' Up!

Another card we made at class was a “window card.” We die-cut a Stitched Circle from the front of a Gray Granite card base. I hate wasting usable card stock, so we used the die-cut stitched circle on this card.

First, we adhered a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of the gorgeous Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the front of a Rococo Rose card base. Then we stamped the sentiment from the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set on the die-cut circle in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and adhered the circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

We stamped the floral image three times on Shimmer White Cardstock using the amazing Saddle Brown Stazon Ink, then die-cut with the coordinating In the Tropics die. We colored the flowers with Rococo Rose Stampin’ Write Markers and Rococo Rose Classic Stampin’ Pads and Aqua Painters. This gave them a beautiful watercolored look. It also really brought out the pinkish tone in the DSP.

For the flower centers, we used the beautiful Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels from the Parisian Blossoms Suite in the new January-June Mini Catalog.

Of course, as always with new catalogs, you can bundle the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set and In the Tropics dies to save 10%. But wait – if you purchase the bundle, you can add a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product to your order. Even better – add the Tropical Oasis DSP, the Stitched Shapes Dies, and the Saddle Brown StazOn to your order, and you can select two Level 1 Sale-a-bration products or one Level 2 product to your order. Don’t you love Sale-a-bration? You can order products to make an abundance of beautiful cards and also get free stamps, paper, tools, kits, or embellishments. So fun! (Hint: Add a few extra products – Stampin’ Dimensionals, Embellishments, Memento Ink – to bump your order to $150 and you’ll be able to add more Stampin’ Rewards products to your order.)

Here’s a video from Tanner, the Demonstrator Development Manager (DDM) for the Southeast Area (my area!) showing the products in the Tropical Oasis Suite and some fun ways to use them. (I love the wardrobe changes and the last scene. Maybe this is why Tanner is the DDM for the southeast!)

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

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Ladybug Thanks

Ladybug Thanks

Happy Friday! Welcome to another Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie, and me. This week, we’re showing off our favorite Sale-a-bration products.

First, if you don’t know what Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration (SAB) is, it’s my favorite time of the year. Customers, Hosts, New Recruits, and Demonstrators all earn lots of fun products during SAB (January 3-March 31, 2020).

Customers can select free Level 1 products from the SAB brochure with every $50 (or a Level 2 product with a $100) order. There’s no limit; the more you spend, the more you earn.

Hosts receive amazing credits for products as well as the super cute Little Ladybug Stamp Set if they host a party during SAB.

Demonstrators who join during SAB enjoy the standard starter kit – $125 in product of their choice – plus an extra stamp set of their choice and the mini paper cutter/Designer Paper Sampler – all for $99 plus tax.

Of course, Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators are also rewarded for sales and new downline during the SAB period.

Choosing my favorite SAB product was a no-brainer for me. It’s the Little Ladybug Stamp set.

Little Ladybug, Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!

I love the Little Ladybug Stamp Set. There are four adorable little ladybugs (plus a row of four others) and a large flower plus fun sentiments in the stamp set. Even better, beginning February 3, there will be dies that coordinate with the set – so no fussy cutting the ladybugs! The coordination products will be available through March 31. Take a look at all the coordination products in this video.

To make my card, I stamped the flower on Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and stamped the sentiment using Calypso Coral Classic Ink.Then I stamped two of the ladybugs on another scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, again in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I colored the flower using the Blackberry Bliss and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs. The ladybugs are colored using Petal Pink, Mango Melody, and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends Combo Packs. Because I’m a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, I was able to preorder the coordinating dies a month early, so I used them to die-cut the ladybugs.

After I embossed the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder, I adhered it to a Whisper White card base. I die-cut a label from the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper using the Painted Labels Dies from the January-June Mini Catalog and added it to the front of the card. The stamped Whisper White layer is added to the card with Stamping Dimensionals. Finally, I added the die-cut ladybugs, also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

These little ladies are so fun to play with. At our recent demonstrator meeting, one of our local demonstrators (Donna) showed us some pins she made using stamps and punches. These little bugs would make darling pins, and they are also perfect for Valentines. All you have to do to earn this stamp set is host a $300 minimum party. Of course, your guests will earn a Sale-a-bration product for every $50 they spend, so $300 is an easy goal to reach! Simply gather some friends, bring a snack, and I’ll do the rest.

Before you leave, please check out Susan’s and Jackie’s favorite Sale-a-bration products. I know you’ll love what they have made for our challenge!

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

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Thinking of You

Thinking of You

One question I’m often asked is, “How do you pick the colors for your cards?” There are several ways, actually. Sometimes, I pick the Designer Series Paper (DSP) first, then work with the colors in it. Sometimes I choose a color that seems perfect for a certain stamp set. Sometimes my gorgeous little helper says, “Seesa, make a purple card.” And then there are times that I look at my paper stacks and say, “Oh, my! I have really stocked up on Very Vanilla. Have I not gone vintage for awhile?” That’s what happened here.

Forever Blossoms, Beautiful Moments, Stampin' Up!

I was working on cards for a couple of weeks’ worth of blog posts, and this idea came to me. I love how it turned out! All the stamps, dies, and ribbon are from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog.

First, I stamped the large flower spray and several leaves and blossoms from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set in Early Espresso Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Next, I colored them with Light Calypso Coral, Light Petal Pink, and Light & Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends, then die-cut with the Cherry Blossoms Dies. (And, of course, you know you can bundle the stamps and dies and save 10%.)

Next, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock and sponged Soft Suede Ink over it. I layered the flowers over this piece and adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. (A few of the leaves and blossoms are adhered with SNAIL, but most are raised a bit.)

I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set in Early Espresso Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I punched with the Pretty Label Punch, then trimmed a bit so it would be an oval. And then I sponged with more Soft Suede Classic Ink.

I adhered the flower layer to a Very Vanilla card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the sentiment to the corner of the card (also with Stampin’ Dimensionals). A little Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon completed the card.

I love the dusty, aged look of vintage cards. I think it’s because if you mess up, it’s ok! Just rip or crumple or add more ink. (And now, I have my dear friend Susan itching, because she has hives thinking of crumpling and ripping paper. Susan and Jackie are very clean stampers and don’t need a fix for covering mistakes.)

Speaking of Jackie and Susan, be sure to check in on Friday for our favorite Sale-a-bration products! And don’t forget to place your Sale-a-bration order. With every $50 purchase, you can select a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product. With a $100 purchase, you can select a Level 2 product or two Level 1 products. And if you host a party, you can add the super cute Little Ladybug Stamp Set to your regular Hostess Benefits.

Do you have a huge wish list? Join my team of awesome demonstrators and save a minimum of 20% on every order. Your starter kit will contain $125 in product selected by you, plus an extra stamp set (excluding hostess and Sale-a-bration products) and a 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler and a mini paper trimmer – for only $99 (plus tax/no shipping).

What are you waiting for? Sale-a-bration only lasts through March 31 – and coordination products and more are coming soon! Order/Host/Join today!

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

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You Rock!

You Rock!

Welcome to a bright new week! We had a gloomy Saturday (with another disappointing winter storm) followed by a semi-sunny Sunday. Today, it’s cold again, but sunny. (Disclaimer: I’m posting this early – Susan & Jackie, don’t faint! – so I’m depending on my weather app to give accurate information. If it isn’t sunny and cold in northwestern VA today, blame the weatherman for a faulty report.)

Don’t ask why I’m trusting the weatherman. We were supposed to have 1-3″ of ice and snow this weekend, so I was expecting to spend at least one day snuggled in bed with a book. We got a skiff of snow, enough freezing rain to cover my windshield and ice up metal hand rails, then rain that melted everything. Still, it was a wonderful weekend and I got a lot of crafting done.

Whenever Stampin’ Up!® offers stamp sets with a musical theme, I almost always purchase them. And if there’s a piano involved, it’s definitely on my wish list. So you can imagine that when I saw the Music From the Heart Stamp Set in the January – June Mini Catalog, it was one of the first that I purchased. That it was Dawn Olchefske’s $1,000,000 stamp set made it even easier to buy. Dawn is such an amazing crafter and offers so much help to her customers and other Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators. She is truly an inspiration to all.

Here’s a quick card I made with this set.

Music from the Heart, Stampin' Up!

I used Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape for this card. Blueberry Bushel is a 2018-2020 In Color, so it will be retiring in June. I’m so sad, because it’s such a beautiful blue and works well with so many other colors.

First, I stamped the treble clef image on Whisper White Cardstock – twice in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink and once in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. Then I stamped the guitar base in the same colors. These images are super easy to line up, especially if you use the Stamparatus.

Next, I took Light Seaside Spray and Dark Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends to color in the hearts in the treble clef images. Because Classic Ink is water based and Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers, you can easily color with images without the ink bleeding.(Tip: You want to use opposites. If you stamp in a solvent ink – like StazOn, color with a water based ink – like Stampin’ Write Markers or Classic Stampin’ Pads and an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen. If you stamp in a water based ink – like Memento – use solvent markers to color – like Stampin’ Blends. You can also watercolor with Memento if you heat set the ink first. I just make sure to use water sparingly and try to stay away from the lines.)

I layered the Whisper White Cardstock to a Gorgeous Grape card base, then stamped You Rock! at the bottom of the card. The stamps in the Music from the Heart Stamp Set are photopolymer, so I bent the stamp a little to make it more of an arc to mimic the bottom of the guitar.

This is one of my favorite sets from the new Mini Catalog, because it’s so versatile. You can use it for any gender or age, and for musicians or just music lovers. And they can be classical lovers or rock, metal, pop, or other genres.

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

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We Might as well Dance!

We Might as well Dance!

Happy Friday! I just looked at my calendar for tomorrow and I have absolutely nothing on it. That makes me happy. I do have lots to do – some practicing for church on Sunday and choir on Tuesday, tons of stamping, a webinar to catch up on, and some marketing to do – but I don’t have to leave the house. How exciting is that? I love staying at home and getting things done, don’t you?

At our local Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator gathering last week, our Make & Take hostess, Kathy Atherton, showed us this super cool technique. It involves paint, string, and card stock. First, I’ll show you my card.

Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!

To create the blue background, Kathy poured some paint (this is blue kids’ paint) on a paper plate, then cut a length of string about 22″-24″ (I’d go with 24″ and I’ll explain). Next, leave about a 6″ piece of string in your hand and dip the rest into the paint. Make sure it’s really covered. Use a craft stick to scrape some of the paint off so the string isn’t dripping with paint; you just want to be sure the string is covered with paint but not super soupy.

You’ll need a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock, folded at 4-1/2″ to create a card base. Open the card, then carefully make an “S” with the string (not a fat S. That was my downfall; the S should be kind of skinny. And that’s why I needed a longer piece of string), then make a little loop at the end. Make sure the part that isn’t covered with paint is long enough to keep in your hand. NOTE: Once you put the string down, you cannot pick it up again. That’s part of the creative fun.

Now, close the card. Hold the card closed with one hand and pull the string out of the card with the other. If you pull fast, the string will fly a bit when it’s free, so stand back. (We learned this quickly.) Open the card and you’ll have two backgrounds to use.

Let the paint dry, then cut each piece at 3-3/4″ x 5″. I took Kathy’s idea and stamped the dancing lady from Beautiful You in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I colored her dress with Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends, her hat with Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends, and her skin with Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. Then I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Isn’t this fun? I’m going to play with a few other “string positions” to see if it’s cool or a hot mess. Here are a couple other ideas.

  • You can use Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills for this technique, but I think it would take a lot of refill.
  • Mix White Acrylic Paint with Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills to get colors that will coordinate with our other products.

Play around with this idea and see what you come up with. It’s super fun, especially because you can’t control the outcome. The older I get, the less I want to control things; it’s just fun to see what happens. (Oh, Susan and Jackie, I’m sorry if I just gave you hives.) I love this card, because it looks like she’s dancing into the waves. That may not be the smartest move- especially with a hat and a dress. She could lose the hat, and I hope she has a swim suit or leggings under the dress, or that’s she’s on a deserted beach. Just sayin’. I never want to be caught with my dress over my head and seaweed in my teeth – but it does look like she’s having fun.

I added my stamped/background image to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Basic Black Cardstock layer, then to a Whisper White card base.

Don’t forget all the amazing Sale-a-bration benefits. From now through March 31, you can enjoy –

Customers (and demonstrators) – Free Products! For every $50 you spend, you can select a Level 1 product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. Spend $100 and select two Level 1 products or one Level 2 product. Spend $150 and select one Level 2 and one Level 1, or three Level 1. And …. well, you can do the math.

Hosts – With a $300 minimum Sale-a-bration party, you will earn a minimum of 12% of your party sales in product of your choice, plus you’ll earn the Little Ladybug Stamp Set free! (And dies for these stamps will be available to purchase in February!

Join My Team during Sale-a-bration and you’ll get $125 in product of your choice for $99. PLUS you’ll get the Mini Paper Cutter and Designer Series Paper Sampler free. But wait – there’s even more! You can add a stamp set of your choice to your Starter Kit. All this is only $99 plus tax (no shipping). This is the best time to join my awesome team of demonstrators!

Thank you, Kathy, for the amazing technique instruction and Make & Take!

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

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Dressed To Impress

Dressed To Impress

Happy Wednesday, Stamping Friends! Although I kept thinking Monday was Tuesday, and Tuesday was Wednesday, this week has gone by quickly. It’s been super busy, so that’s probably why.

Here’s a card I made on Monday. It uses some of my favorite products from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog.

Dressed To Impress, Strong & Beautiful, Stampin' Up!

I don’t think I’m a “girly-girl.” I love make-up, but don’t wear a lot. I don’t usually dress up, but when I do, I love it. When I was growing up, I was more of a tomboy – climbing trees and playing with my brothers more than playing with dolls. I have almost always had short hair, because I just can’t make it do what I want to look stylish.

Still, I do like the Best Dressed Suite in the current Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. The Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP) is beautiful, and it has some of my favorite colors . The little Note Cards and Envelopes (with the scalloped edge on the envelope and watercolor wash on the note cards) are so adorable. But what sold me on the Dressed To Impress Bundle was the All Dressed Up Dies. There’s a bag! It can be a sleek and chic bag or more of a tote – it’s your choice.

While I may not wear a lot of makeup or dressy clothes or wear a fancy hairstyle, I am a sucker for a pretty bag! I’ll post some party favors using the bag soon. So, of course, I bought the bundle. And I saved 10%, because I bundled them. Instead of buying half of the bundle and then realizing I really do need the other part of the bundle and purchasing the other half later, I learned from my mistakes and bought the bundle. Don’t purchase separately and have remorse later. Just go ahead and get the bundle. You’ll thank me later.

For this card, I embossed the Pear Pizazz Cardstock with the new Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder and layered it to a Purple Posy card base. Next, I cut a piece of the Best Dressed DSP to 3″ x 4″, then notched the bottom to create a banner and layered it to the card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock using Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. I love this saying; it reminds me of my mom. I punched the sentiment with the Everyday Label Punch.

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink seemed a little too harsh for the soft colors in this card, so I used Basic Gray Classic Ink to stamp the lipstick. (Ok, you got me. I used Basic Gray because my Memento was packed for a class. But I do think the Basic Gray looks better!)

I colored the Lipstick with Lovely Lipstick (what else, right?) and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends. I adhered the sentiment and lipstick using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This was such a fun card to make because I love coloring with Stampin’ Blends. And it’s a perfect card for just a note to a friend or for a birthday or a celebratory card (like for a job change or promotion).

When you place your order for this bundle, be sure to add the Best Dressed Note Cards. They are so adorable, and at 3″ x 3″, they’re perfect for gift tags, for tucking into lunch boxes, or leaving on co-workers’ desks. Simply stamp an image and sentiment and you’re finished!

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

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Sale-a-bration Birthday

Sale-a-bration Birthday

Happy Monday, Stamping Friends! We had the most beautiful weekend. The weather was lovely and our snow is all gone. I love a fresh snow, but when it lingers and gets dirty, I’m ready for it to melt. It looks like the milder weather will continue through this week, then it turns back to winter on Friday.

I hope you’re enjoying the new Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog as well as Sale-a-bration. I sure am. I think I may be enjoying it a bit too much; I have almost everything in the Sale-a-bration brochure now. But I got started in November at OnStage, so I’ve had almost three months to collect the free products. It’s not so bad when you look at it like that, right?

Here’s a card using the Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set in the Sale-a-bration catalog. You can have it free with a $50 order from the current catalogs, Paper Pumpkin Prepaid kits (3-, 6-, and 12-month), and other current online products – excluding hostess products.

Happy Birthday to You, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I was on the fence about this set. I wanted it, because I love cake and I always need a good birthday set. But there were other products I wanted too. Then Stampin’ Up!® announced that they will be releasing products that coordinate with Sale-a-bration products, and one of the coordinating products was Birthday Dies that coordinated with this set. How could I pass that up? Especially when Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators can preorder these products now. (Answer: I couldn’t.) Even though I’ll only use it for blogging through March 31, I can still use it for family and friends’ birthday cards. You can order the coordinating dies for this set beginning February 4, 2020 – and they will be available while supplies last through March 31, 2020. (Hint: Don’t wait until March. Order them as soon as you can!)

Card Details

First, I sponged a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock with Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, and Pool Party Classic Ink. I love this soft background. (yes, this is a weird sized panel. But keep reading for more information.)

Next, I stamped the cake image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on another piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I die-cut the cake with the coordinating Birthdays die. Since I wanted the flowers to stand up a bit, I die-cut those from the cake. (The first die cut everything; the second die cut just the flowers out of the cake image.) And then I colored the flowers using Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo, and Pretty Peacock Stampin’ Blends. I colored the cake with Pool Party Stampin’ Blends. I left the cake stand white, but I did cover it with Clear Wink of Stella to sparkle it up a bit.

I adhered the cake to the sponged background, then added the flowers back in using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Oh, wait! There’s a splatter stamp in this set. Well, I had to use that! I stamped it randomly around the cake and then stamped the sentiment using Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Ink.

I had a leftover Pretty Peacock card base from last month’s card classes (which explains the odd dimensions of the sponged layer), so I added the stamped/sponged panel to that using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added Basic Rhinestone Jewels to the flower centers.

Since the card base had been cut with a shorter front flap, I sponged a 5/8″ piece of Whisper White with the same colors are my background (Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Melon Mango, in case you’ve forgotten) and adhered it to the inside edge of the card.

Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!, Happy Birthday to You

This lets me know where to stop writing on the inside of the card so the writing won’t show from the front.

Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!, Happy Birthday to You

I know exactly who this card is going to. I had two BFFs in college – my roommate and the first friend I made my freshman year. This card is going to Nodie in Maryland. I was a mess in college (still growing up, I guess), and Nodie got me through a lot of dark days. She and my older son also share a birthday, so there’s another connection.

My current BFF is my husband. Although we decided not to give each other gifts this year, because we have everything we could ever need or want, Mike bought me a new laptop for Christmas. I love it, and I finally got time this weekend to transfer files and set it up like I want. Whew! While I love new electronics, I hate setting them up like I want. I think Mike or one of the boys has always done this in the past, but the boys have moved out since the last laptop, and Mike was in Atlanta, so I had to grow up and do this myself. So far, though, it’s going well. I have a few things I need to switch to default, but for the most part, it’s been a breeze! Honestly, though, I mostly use my laptop for blogging, photo and video editing, and word processing. Everything else mostly happens on my phone or tablet.

Just a reminder, here are the benefits you get during Sale-a-bration:

Customers – Earn a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration set for every $50 you spend on current Stampin’ Up!® products. With a $100 order, you can earn a Level 2 product or two Level 1 products. With a $150 order, you can earn three Level 1 products or one Level 2 and one Level 1. And…well, you can do the math, right? It all amounts to a lot of free stuff. $50= one Level 1; $100 = two Level 1 or one Level 2.

Hosts – With a $300 party, you will get the Little Ladybug Stamp Set free along with the regular hostess benefits ($36 minimum in catalog product and a gift from me!)

Recruits – Join my team of awesome demonstrators during Sale-a-bration and you can select $125 in product for $99 + tax (no shipping) PLUS a free stamp set of your choice and the mini paper cutter and Designer Series Paper Sampler (while supplies last, so join now!)

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

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