You Make Me Happy

You Make Me Happy

The sketch challenge at Craft Project Central this month is so fun. Here’s the CPC76 sketch designed by Regina.

It’s a fun gatefold card. Here’s my take on the sketch. You’ll see I didn’t change much at all; I took the sketch almost entirely at face value. And, of course, I used all Stampin’ Up! products.

Stampin' Up!, CPC76, This Little Piggy

I love the This Little Piggy stamp set, and this one in particular always makes me smile. I stamped him in Tuxedo Black Memento on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then colored with Pink Pirouette, Ivory, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. (And, wow – does it look unblended in the photo. Yowzers. It looks so much better in real life. I’ll go back and add some more blending!)

I hadn’t planned to use the Ivory marker, but I picked it up, thinking it was another color. It worked out ok, though, because pigs really aren’t pink, so it toned the pink down a bit.

Instead of stamping on the front of the card, I used some Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. The stamped layer is adhered to a piece of Fresh Fig Cardstock. I die-cut the cloud and the heart using the Up & Away Thinlits.

You can see my original post with Regina’s card here. Every month, Craft Project Central has a sketch challenge – Creating Pretty Cards. For every 10 entries, one winner is randomly drawn. The winner will receive a one month subscription of his/her choice. Fun, right? And this is a great sketch. Take advantage and enter your card today! Post your card to a forum, blog, or web site, then add the link to the challenge post using the linkup button. Please be sure to link your card, not just the site it’s coming from, so people can see it without having to search. Here are the “rules” for the challenge.

Please Do:

  • Share cards related to each month’s card challenge using Stampin’ Up! supplies only.
  • Post the card to your blog or other online forum (e.g. SplitCoastStampers).
  • When posting the card to your blog or other online forum consider using as a keyword CPCX, with the X representing the card challenge number. E.g. For this our 76th challenge it would be CPC76.
  • Use the link tool below to link to your card (not just your blog, please).
  • If posting to your blog, please link back to Craft Project Central.
  • Leave comments for those that share their card creations! Thank you!

Please Don’t:

  • Try to advertise with your creations.
  • Use non-Stampin’ Up! supplies, stamp sets, ribbon, accessories, etc. on your creations.

That’s it! Join the fun, and you could win a free subscription!

Oh – and speaking of Stampin’ Blends, comment on, share, or like the Stampin’ Up! Facebook post about the Stampin’ Blends giveaway for a chance to win the grand prize or all the markers, or to be one of 100 winners to get a combo pack!

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

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Stamp-Off Embossing Folder Challenge

Stamp-Off Embossing Folder Challenge

Welcome to another Stamp-Off challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week’s challenge is to use our favorite Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Oops. I missed the “favorite” part of the challenge. This one isn’t my absolute fav, although I do like it a lot. But I wanted to do a special technique with it, and this one worked the best. (So it’s my favorite for the technique. Does that count?)

Here’s my card.

Lift Me Up, Stampin' Up!

This is a little twist on the “Waxed Paper Resist” technique. The idea is to run a piece of the waxed paper through the Big Shot in a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I chose the Seaside TIEF, because I thought it would work best with this technique. Sandwich the embossed waxed paper between two pieces of Glossy White Cardstock and iron on low heat (no steam) for a few seconds, keeping the iron moving. Be sure the glossy sides are on the inside with the waxed paper in between. Somehow, this piece got turned with the glossy side up. I realized my iron was sticking a bit. Oops. (Two “oopses” in one post. Oh, no!)

We just bought a new iron (and by “we,” I mean Mike), and the old iron got sent to my craft room. I use the iron for crafts; Mike uses the iron for clothes. I think he was looking forward to having his iron used exclusively for clothes. When I was ready to do this technique, though, the new iron had just been used and was still hot and the ironing board was still up, so I decided to take advantage. Fortunately, I realized very quickly that I had the wrong side up, and Mike’s new iron is still clean. Whew. As long as he doesn’t read this post, my secret is safe.

Because the gloss was a little melted, this sheet didn’t get as great as an impression as the other sheet. But I liked the look of it better for this card.

By the way, you do not have to iron two pieces of cardstock. You can just place the waxed paper over the glossy side of the cardstock and iron. But you might as well do two, right? That way you’ll have one to send and one to keep in your files.

After you iron, you’ll see the impression of the embossing folder on the cardstock, because you’ve melted some of the wax into the cardstock. I used five drops of Bermuda Bay Classic Ink Refill in a Stampin’ Spritzer half full of water, and five drops of Lemon Lime Twist in another spritzer filled half full. I started with the Lemon Lime Twist and spritzed, leaving some white space. Then I spritzed again with the Bermuda Bay. Some of the ink was pooling, so I blotted gently with a paper towel and let it dry. (You can always add more ink if you need to. And you can sponge instead of spritz, if you’d rather.)

This pattern reminded me of a breezy day, so I decided to use the Lift Me Up Stamp Set with the Up and Away Thinlits. Actually, I think Jackie is the one who pointed out that this looks like wind – and she’s right! Here’s the other piece that was turned correctly so the gloss didn’t get a little melted. It’s a little more pristine.

I stamped the balloon in Bermuda Bay, then added Lemon Lime Twist to some white areas, then die-cut the balloon. I used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the sentiment stamp, then die-cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. With all that breeziness, it needed a few clouds, so I die-cut a few using the Up and Away Thinlits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve done with this challenge. They both always have such fun ideas!

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

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Just a Note

Just a Note

Here’s one of the cards we made at our October card classes. I’m loving the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! hostess set, Tranquil Tulips.

Tranquil Tulips, Flourishing Phrases

I stamped the flowers in Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride. The stems and leaves are Wild Wasabi. I mean’t to use Wild Wasabi for the card base, but I’m still getting used to my new craft room and pulled out Old Olive by mistake. (I thought something looked odd!) For class, though, they had Wild Wasabi.

The sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases. I stamped it in Calypso Coral. Because I ran out of the Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon, they had the option of Calypso Coral Ombre as well. And then that ran out. The third option was Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon. (Powder Pink and Blushing Bride are very close, so the ribbon worked perfectly.) The stampers with Powder Pink ribbon stamped the sentiment in either Blushing Bride or Wild Wasabi.

I decided to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for this card. I loved the layout for the Tuscan Vineyard card on page 144 of the Annual Catalog, so that’s the sketch I used.

Stampin' Up!, Tuscan Vineyard

For a challenge, go through either of the current Stampin’ Up! catalogs and pick a project you love. Then change it using a completely different set and colors but the same basic sketch. You’ll have fun, I promise!

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

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Half Full

Half Full

Want to win an early Christmas gift? Stampin’ Up! has new alcohol markers that will be available to you November 1. Stampin’ Blends are so easy to use; Stampin’ Up! demonstrators were able to pre-order them early this month, so, of course, I have a complete set. And I’ve been using them a lot.

Here are a few of the features –

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

There’s also a color lifter, so you can add highlights. You’re going to love these markers, I know. There’s also a card kit (while supplies last) and a coordinating stamp set that is perfect for using with the Blends.

So back to the gift. Leave a comment on, share, or like the post about the Stampin’ Blends Giveaway on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook Page from now through 11:59:59 MT October 31 (just think “midnight Eastern” so you don’t miss it). A grand prize winner will receive all the markers, and 100 lucky winners will receive a combo pack.

Here’s a card I made for a friend’s birthday. It’s a CASE, and I forgot to write down the demo’s name. It was from a facebook group, and there’s no way I can find it without spending hours on facebook. I’m so sorry I can’t give credit. (If it’s yours, please leave a comment and I’ll credit you right away!) The only thing I really changed was the wine glass. I switched from red to white, because my friend likes white wine. Ok – I don’t think she really cares, but I prefer white.

Half Full, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' BlendsDon’t you love how the colors just pop? I used Cherry Cobbler and Rich Razzleberry for the red wine and the grapes, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive for the white, and Crumb Cake for the labels, and a little Smoky Slate for the glass and shadows. The sentiment label coordinates with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, but I didn’t want the ribbon hole, so I fussy cut it. Actually, I fussy cut all the elements – the bottles, glass, and tag. I know I’m in the minority here, but I find cutting and coloring relaxing. I don’t force that on my classes, though, because I know most of the attendees do not feel the same way.

So go enter the giveaway right now! What’s that? You don’t want to wait until November; you want the Blends right now? Join my team of amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and you can add the Blends to your starter kit.

Don’t forget the awesome promotions this month – the Buy Three, Get One Designer Series Paper sale and the Merry Patterns promotion.

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

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The Smoky Slate layer is embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, then sponged with Basic Gray and Crumb Cake.


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Quilter’s Christmas Sampler

Quilter’s Christmas Sampler

What quilter wouldn’t love this receiving this Quilter’s Christmas Sampler to adorn their sewing room wall at Christmas?! This 12″ x 12″ sampler looks as if it’s made of fabric and will delight any person who loves to sew. Quilters, stampers, and crafters of all kinds have a lot in common – an appreciation of handmade projects made with love and patience. This sampler is no exception. Make one for your favorite friend who quilts/sews and “warm” their heart!

Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!

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

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

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Christmas Candles

Christmas Candles

It’s only the middle of October, and you’re already seeing Christmas cards on Stampin’ Up! demonstrator blogs. We’re not trying to “rush the season,” but we know you want to get a jump on your holiday cards. This one is very simple and quick to put together, thanks to the Merry Patterns stamp set.

Merry Patterns, Stampin' Up!

Some days, you just need quick and easy, and this was one of those days. Seven of our local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators had a craft sale this weekend, and we sold a lot of our retired products. When I moved my craft room, I found so much “stuff” that I hadn’t used for years, and I knew I’d never use it again. I’m happy to announce that much of it found a new home where it will be loved and used on projects from the heart. I’ll tell you more about the sale later, but I know you want card details now, am I right?

This is a CASE (copy and share everything) from Rochelle Blok, a Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team member. I changed quite a few things on this card, because I didn’t have all the products she used. But the basic idea and design are Rochelle’s.

The candles and greenery are from the Merry Patterns stamp set. It’s a free hostess exclusive set, and you can only earn it when you host a $300 US/$375 CAD minimum party through October 31. “Party” can mean a private class that you invite your friends to attend, an online party, an online order where you check off a lot of products from your wish list, or an order from you and a few friends who want to order some stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments so you can get started on holiday cards. And, of course, it can also be a party with refreshments and “make & takes” and door prizes. As long as your order reaches the minimum, we can call it anything you want. I’ll be happy to help you with a class or party – or you can place your order on my web site whenever it’s convenient. My online store is open 24/7. If you live in Canada, you’ll need to place your order with a demo there. I have lots of friends I can refer you to, or you can find a demonstrator near you using the demo locator.

About the card… I stamped the candle outlines in Basic Black Archival ink, then stamped the designs in Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ ink. I chose to stamp all the candles in the same color, but the way the stamps are designed, you can alternate colors for the candles.

I wanted a little more depth and interest to my candle flames, so I inked the stamp in Crushed Curry Classic Ink, then dotted the tips using a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker. It made them seem a little hotter to me.

I added some greenery around the candles using Always Artichoke Classic Ink. That’s another color I’ve been neglecting, and it’s so perfect for evergreens.

Since the candles were kind of hanging in mid-air and there were evergreen branches in odd places, I added a few strips of Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape under the candles. It covered a lot of things I wanted to hide, but it also looked a little odd.

When the new catalog came out, my friend Susan and I split several of spools of ribbon. One of the ones we ordered and split was the Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon – and it was perfect as a little layer between the two designs of washi tape. I was a little concerned, because the ribbon color is Very Vanilla and my card stock was Whisper White, but because the washi tape has silver, gold, and copper, it looks great!

The last thing I needed to do was add a sentiment. Since my background paper from the Christmas Around the World designer series paper pack and my card base were Pool Party, I decided to go with Pool Party Classic ink for the sentiment. It’s very non-traditional, but I love it! If you’re hosting a party or placing an order to earn the Merry Patterns set, don’t forget to take advantage of the “Buy Three Designer Series Paper, Get One Free” promotion this month.

Now – about the craft sale. We started at 8 a.m., because most “yard salers” are out and about really early. Crafters, however, are not. Most of our best sales were from 11-1. If we do this again, I’m definitely not getting up at 6:30 a.m. on a weekend to set up. (The fact that I needed a nap and a hot, soaking bath or shower after the sale is another reason I needed quick and simple cards this week!)

Throughout the sale, I also had a lesson from my stamping coach, John Sanpietro, stuck in my head. He shared a story of attending a vendor fair where the Stampin’ Up! demo didn’t interact with him as he was looking at her wares. He left without buying anything, even though there was something he wanted. I was determined not to let that happen at our sale.

Whenever anyone came to our sale this weekend, I spoke with them. I wanted to make sure that if they wanted something in particular and we had it, they could find it. That included the dear lady who had moved to the area and needed an oncologist. I don’t remember who my brother’s doctor was, but I did know the one who had been recommended to her. He was a neighbor of ours when I was in high school, and I babysat his kids. Actually, one of those kids was the doctor she was wondering about. I was happy to know that he followed in his father’s footsteps, and I confidently seconded the recommendation, knowing that he will be as compassionate and caring as his dad.

Another lady was looking at my Big Shot dies and told me she had a Cricket. I didn’t have any Cricket cartridges, but my downline Sandy did! I pointed her in the right direction (“Why didn’t I see those?”), and she bought several.

And then there were the older men just looking to see what was out there in “yard sale land.” They didn’t want to buy craft items. As one told me, “It takes too d*mn long to make them.” I knew right then that he wasn’t a buyer, but he needed to talk. I’ve always been taught that we all have a reason to be on earth, and I think mine is to listen. So I listened. His wife had passed away several years ago, and I could tell he still misses her. We talked about so many things – life, politics, and even ballroom dancing. He and his wife danced together, because, as he said, “I wanted to hold my wife while we danced.” My heart melted, because I could see this couple dancing together and driving cross-country (and through Canada) to visit Alaska, and making so many of the memories he shared with me.

One of our customers looked so familiar to me, so I asked what her name was. Turned out she was one of Sandy’s first downlines – and she was buying a lot of Sandy’s merchandise.

If you’re still reading, you deserve a medal. Seriously. But my “lesson” for today is – be in the moment. There are so many people who need a connection. They need to talk and to be heard. They need to know someone cares. They need someone just to touch their arm as they’re leaving. There is a lot of ugliness and hate in this world today. Be part of the healing and part of the love that will triumph over evil and hate.

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

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Pounced Blossoms

Pounced Blossoms

While I love Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP), I also enjoy making my own backgrounds for cards and other projects.  Years ago, before DSP was as plentiful and gorgeous as it is today, background techniques were quite popular. Here’s an oldie, but it’s a really fun one.

To create the background, simply scrunch up a little plastic wrap, then get it inky with a Classic Stampin’ Pad, and then pounce it on your cardstock. I used Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, and a little Bermuda Bay for this card. It was one of the examples for our technique class this week. Just a tip – it’s best to use lighter colors or to “pounce off” on scrap paper first so the background doesn’t overwhelm your main image. Of course, this image is a little delicate; if you’re using a bolder image, you’ll want your background colors a little stronger so they can hold their own.

After I finished the background, I stamped the bunch of blossoms from the Birthday Blossoms set along the side. They needed a bit more oomph, so I watercolored them with an Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach and Bermuda Bay ink. The sentiment (also from Birthday Blossoms) is stamped directly on the cardstock with Bermuda Bay ink.

I finished this card off with some Bermuda Bay Mini Chevron Ribbon, then adhered the inky layer to a Bermuda Bay card. (Yeah, I do like Bermuda Bay.) This was one of three techniques for the class, and all three used cling wrap. Too fun!

If you don’t want to make your own backgrounds, Stampin’ Up! has lots of gorgeous designer series paper, and through October 31, you can select a free pack when you purchase three at the regular price. Here are the papers that are included in the sale.

Don’t miss out on this sweet deal!

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

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