Demonstrator Sketch Challenge

Demonstrator Sketch Challenge

Last night was our meeting for area Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Most are members of my team, but there are several other demos in the area that don’t have local uplines, so we include them as well. They’ve all been such a wonderful addition to our group. We learn so much – at least I do! – and have fun.

This month, we said goodbye to one of my dear friends and downline Chris. She and her husband are moving at the end of the month – to Japan! I think she’ll still be able to be a demo, since they’re military. We’ve promised to Skype meetings so she can still join us. (How awesome is this time we live in?) It was fun – but kind of sad at the same time. We’re all super excited for Chris and her husband, though, as they embark on this adventure.

Each meeting, we have a challenge to work on for the month. Last month, it was a sketch challenge, and I wanted to show you the cards that team members made. I was super happy, because almost everyone shared a card. Our Make & Take Hostess didn’t, because she was prepping for the Make & Take. She actually did all the work, since she knew we’d want to eat and chat with Chris; all we had to do was assemble. I’ll share that later. And Chris has been in a whirlwind for months getting everything ready to go – and she’s had a horrible cold. So she was also excused. Here are the others, though.

First – here’s the sketch and the inspiration for the sketch. (Disclaimer: I’m pretty confident I made the card for another sketch challenge. So even though I “redid” the sketch, it’s not original. I think it’s one from Jackie or Susan for our Friday challenges.)

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Card that inspired the sketch

Here are our team cards.

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Carol’s Card

This is Carol’s. How cute is that? Love the paper and coordinating Washi Tape. And look how she turned the card to make it a little more original. Fun!


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Sandy’s Card

How spooky is this? I love how Sandy used rhinestones for the eyes. The sequins, banner, paper – everything works so well together.


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Liz’s Card

Liz used the Balloon Bouquet punch  – and it looks like she used elements from the Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set and Project Kit along with other catalog products. How clever is that? I love the little touches of glitter, too.

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Christy’s Card

Christy used Swirly Scribbles Thinlits for the shape and butterflies instead of banners. I love how she made it original while still keeping all the elements of the sketch. And how gorgeous are those colors? Night of Navy and Whisper White are so classic.

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Judy’s Card

This is Judy’s card. Ugh. There have been several times I haven’t gotten a certain pack of Designer Series Paper, but Judy created a card that made me change my mind. This is one. The Moroccan Designer Series Paper is on my next list. (And, don’t forget if you buy three packs, you get one free! But hurry – you only have through October 31, 2016.) I love Judy’s added colors, the die-cut elements – and that pinecone! So cute. Something else I may add to my list.

Judy made another card. She was going to use pumpkins as one of the elements of the sketch, but it didn’t work out. So here is her pumpkin card.

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Judy’s Other Card

I love everything about this – the colors, the textured pumpkins, the twine and metallic elements – gorgeous. I’m definitely CASEing this one!

So there you go! I hope we’ve given you some inspiration. For next month we’re doing a “BINGO” card. I’m looking forward to that! If you’re a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and live close enough to Winchester, VA to make it to our meetings, please leave me a comment and I’ll send you details. And if you’re interested in becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, give me a shout – or click here to join my team.

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

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Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy

Here’s one of the cards I made and considered for Friday’s “Take it or Leave it” Challenge. This one has all the elements from the challenge – a die-cut, “green,” ribbon and it’s a Christmas card.

Jar of Cheer, Tin of Tags, Stampin' Up!

I laid the Crumb Cake layer over the open Whisper White card (without adhering) and die-cut the jar from both layers. Then I stamped the jar image through the front so it would be in the perfect place.

I stamped the tree in Stampin’ Up! Basic Black Archival Ink, then colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers. I added a little Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details to give it a snowy look.

Before I adhered the Crumb Cake layer to the front, I stamped some splatters in Crumb Cake, and the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler. Then I cut a small window sheet to fit between the two layers. That gave me a base for the stamped, embossed Copper Foil lids. I added lids to the inside of the card as well, to give it a more finished look.

Jar of Cheer, Stampin' Up!, Tin of Tags

The last think I added was twine in all three of the colors of the Baker’s Twine Trio pack – Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Gold.

I love how well the products in the Holiday catalog coordinate with each other, as well as the products in the Annual Catalog. The tree, splatters, and jar are from the Jar of Cheer set, the die-cuts are from the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies, and the sentiment is from the Tin of Tags stamp set. The Tin of Tags Project Kit is fun and fresh, and the tags are so sweet. But you can use the stamp set for so many other projects – and you can use tag elements on cards and memory pages as well.

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

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Butterfly Basics Painted Tote Set

Butterfly Basics Painted Tote Set

Learn how to get a double dose out of your photopolymer stamps by getting both a background and a detailed image from the same photopolymer stamp!  This Painted Tote Set includes a paint-stamped canvas tote, a set of matching tote notepapers and a beautiful tag for gift giving.  What a fun project to keep small hands stamping!  You can add additional gifts to the totes such as stamps, stamping or scrapbooking treats!  These totes make great gifts for the holidays and any special occasion!

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This gorgeous project was designed by Michelle for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to October or select one of the 3- or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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

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Faith & Friendship & Sushi

Faith & Friendship & Sushi

Today was such a fun day. Our 40th (yep. 40th! I know you’re thinking, “Oh, Buffy, you can’t possibly be that old. HA!) high school class reunion was last night, and even though Mike & I left way before the midnight end time, we stayed up watching a movie. Ok – Mike watched the movie. I slept. But – I didn’t set an alarm, so when my phone started pinging this morning, I thought, “What is that noise?” It took me a minute to realize it was the phone – and it was my Amelia! It was wonderful waking up to, “Hi, Seesa!” (She calls me “Seesa.” I don’t know what that means. But I like it.) I haven’t seen her for a week, so FaceTiming with her this morning was like being in heaven. She told me all about her week and what she’s been doing. (Ok – I understood about 10 words, but I got the gist of it.)

Then I spent some time with my Adrianna over coffee and breakfast. She was very sweet to listen to stories about the boys’ childhood. I love that girl! And then I had a stamp class with some friends.

Here’s one of the cards we made today.

Artistically Asian, Stampin' Up!

I know, I know. I promised to show you my “Take it or Leave it” rejects. And I will, I promise. But this ties in to today’s story.

This card uses the Artistically Asian set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. The colors are Sweet Sugarplum, Perfect Plum, and Crumb Cake. And Very Vanilla, of course. It was inspired by our demo meeting that’s coming up.

Tuesday is our next local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator meeting. Any demonstrators who live close are welcome to attend our meetings – which are mostly fun with a little business thrown in. One of my very good friends who is also a downline is moving to Japan at the end of October, so we’re having a party for her. I have a friend who owns an Asian restaurant, so I headed over today to order some sushi for the meeting. We thought that would be a fun “treat” for the meeting. I talked with the sushi chef and ordered what we thought would be a good sample for “sushi virgins.” And then I realized I hadn’t had anything except yogurt since breakfast, so I ordered some take out for dinner.

I was checking my emails when one of the servers said, “He wants to see you over there.” The chef asked me if I was hungry. “Yes!” I said. “Ok. I’ll make you food.” Well – that’s what I thought was going on anyway, I mean, I had ordered food! But he had other ideas. He made an amazing “cone” of crab, avocado, and veggies in a seaweed wrap. Oh, my – it was delicious. Then he started working on one of the rolls I ordered. We chatted a bit. He asked about the meeting, and I told him I thought we were having saki. Would that work well with sushi? Yes – he likes saki. He likes it cold, but some people like it hot. When it’s cold outside, they heat the saki, then go out in the cold, then go back in the warm house, and “Woosh!” He made this movement with his hand that broke any language barriers we had. Apparently, you’re going to be knocked out cold if you drink hot saki, go out in the cold, and then back in the warmth. You’ve been warned!

He finished one roll, then handed me another cone of goodness. This time it was salmon and veggies and more avocado. (How did he know I’m an avocado junkie?) I am totally committed to my husband, but I think I may be just a little in love with this sushi chef. I mean, I can you not love someone who feeds you such amazing goodness?

I hadn’t been home five minutes before my platter was gone. And – shhhhhh – don’t tell, but I ate a couple of Mike’s as well.

Hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy!

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Paisleys & Posies Card Set & Purse

Paisleys & Posies Card Set & Purse

Paisleys are all the rage right now, and this card set will be perfect for all paisley-lovers! This set includes two different card designs, and three need to be made of each to fill the cute purse-box that goes with it. This project features the beautiful Petals & Paisleys Suite of products. Make one as a gift and make another for yourself. This would also make a great product-based class.

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This beautiful project was designed by Christy for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to October, or select one of the 3- or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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Take it or Leave it Challenge

Take it or Leave it Challenge

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It’s Friday! Wooooot!  Here’s another Stamp-Off challenge for you, from my friends Jackie and Susan, and me. This week, it’s a “Take it or Leave it” challenge. I love those – because you can basically do whatever you want. Here’s what you can take or leave.

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I actually have been on a ribbon, framelit, Christmas, green kick today. I created at least three other cards that used everything on the list. But my favorite only used two of the elements.

Stampin' Up!, Christmas Magic, Tin of Tags

This was my favorite of all the cards I made today, but I did like the others as well – so I went to a higher authority. “Mike, which is your favorite. And there are no wrong answers.” (I added that last because he always has a “deer in the headlights” look when I ask him those questions.)  He started to open this one, and I shook my head. “You know there’s nothing inside yet.” He laughed. “After all these years, you’d think I’d know!” Anyway, this is the one he picked. (YAY!)

I stamped the trees from the Christmas Magic set in VersaMark on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and painted over them with ink. I used an Aqua Painter and Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Night of Navy ink.

Ideally, you should let your cardstock dry before stamping, but I couldn’t wait so the sentiment is a tad fuzzy. I like it thought, because it fits with the overall “feel” of the card. I stamped Joy to the World from the Tin of Tags set in Night of Navy. It still seemed a little blah, so I splattered some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details/Water mixture over the card, and then sprinkled Silver Stampin’ Glitter over the splatters. Because I trimmed the paper before it was dry, it also ripped a bit. So…this is where the sequins come in. I added stars and circles from the Metallics Sequins Assortment over the card.

Here’s a closer look at the embossing and glitz.

Stampin' Up!, Christmas Magic

I wanted to add some Silver Metallic Thread to the top of the card, just for a bit more glam and sparkle. Thread could be considered a ribbon or twine, but the sequins covered that line anyway. It’s a Christmas card, so that box is also checked off. No die-cuts were used in the creation of this card. And, unless you consider Pool Party a green (and it is kind of a blueish green), I didn’t use green anywhere either.

Over the next few days, I’ll post the other cards I made that checked off all the boxes. In the meantime, check out Susan’s and Jackie’s amazing creations! And feel free to join us in our challenge. If you post your card to your web site or blog and leave a comment with the link, I’ll post it here for everyone to see!

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

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(Did you notice that last line is all silver? I have a theme going here!)

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So Long, Farewell…

So Long, Farewell…

Our next Stampin’ Up! demonstrator meeting will be very bittersweet. One of my dear friends – who is also a downline – is moving to Japan on October 31. I’m really excited for her and her husband, but I’ll miss her terribly. She’s so much fun and always upbeat and encouraging.

Since my friend Christy & I are bringing snacks for the October meeting, I suggested we do a Japanese theme. I’m bringing sushi and Christy is bringing drinks. I think she mentioned saki and some kind of green tea product. I can’t wait! It’s going to be so much fun – even if I end up crying.

Christy suggested a “Farewell” banner – and since I have all the banner items (Banners Framelits, Letters for You Stamp Set, Large Letters Framelits), I offered to make it. While we were gone over the weekend, I googled the Japanese translation for “Farewell.”

Here’s my banner.

Stampin' Up!, Letters for You Bundle

Let me just say that Japanese is hard! I remember trying to do perfect “circles and sticks” in Kindergarten, and being frustrated because my circles weren’t perfect and my sticks were angled. But Japanese? I’d hate to be a Japanese kid with no artistic talent. Japanese letters are just art. I mean – look at the Calypso Coral banner. Doesn’t each letter look like a picture? And I’m seriously hoping that really says, “Farewell,” and not something nasty or weird. (Apologies in advance if the latter is the case.)

I used the By the Shore Designer Series Paper for all the banners. I love the two ombre’ designs. I knew they would be the base for the banners as soon as I started searching for the right paper. I used the Tags & Labels Framelits for the next layer for both banners, and for the Very Vanilla pieces on the Japanese banner. I stamped “Farewell” using the wonderful Letters for You stamp set with Dapper Denim ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. After die-cutting with the Large Letters Framelits, I was ready to tackle the Japanese letters. I used a pencil first, just in case I needed to erase, then went over it with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker. Done!

I punched the holes in each banner piece with the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, then strung the pieces together with Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine. It’s perfect for holding up banners.

I was never a banner person before I was a demonstrator, but lately I’m loving having banners for different occasions. Stampin’ Up! has the best products for creating perfect banners in just minutes. You can see what I used by clicking on the products in the list below.

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