Birthday Tulips

Birthday Tulips

Here’s one of the cards for our, “So Long, Farewell,” April classes.

Tranquil Tulips, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up!

Lots of products on this card are retiring. Wisteria Wonder (the card base), the beautiful Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (it’s already gone. *Sad*), and the Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. The Tranquil Tulips hostess set, of course, is also retiring, as well as Teeny Tiny Wishes. I use Teeny Tiny Wishes all the time for small sentiments. If you don’t have it, now is the best time to think about adding it to your library of stamps!

The only way to get Tranquil Tulips is to host a workshop. It’s only $10 in Stampin’ Rewards, so a minimum $150 workshop, class, or order will give you enough rewards to earn the set. Of course, as a demonstrator, you’d have the opportunity to purchase a hostess set or two during the preorder period. Just another perk among many. Join now, and you’ll be able to enjoy the preorder during May.

Card Details

To create this card, adhere a 3″ x 5-1/2″ layer of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the Wisteria Wonder card base. (In class, we used a 2″ x 5-1/2″ strip of DSP. It seeed to be a better balance.)

Next, stamp the larger tulip in Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant Classic Ink on a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock. Then stamp the smaller tulip two times in Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum Classic Ink. Cut out the three tulips.

On a 4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, stamp three stems and some grass in Emerald Envy Classic Ink, then add the cut out tulips with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Use a small circle punch to notch the corners, then tie a length of Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding around the stamped layer. Stamp happy birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes on the bottom of the card in Elegant Eggplant Classic ink, and layer the stamped piece to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Remember – everything on this card is retiring (except the Whisper White Cardstock), so be sure to order your favorite colors and stamps today!

Last Chance Products, Stampin' Up!

View all the retiring products here.

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Blackberry Beauty

Blackberry Beauty

I know you love sneak peeks, but there are also so many beautiful Stampin’ Up! stamp sets and other products that are available now. And, of course, you don’t want to miss out on the fun sets that will be retiring in June. You can order them now, or you can order them on ebay after they retire for many times more than they cost now. (Hint: Order now!)

The Beautiful You stamp set has been a favorite of mine since I won it in Secaucus, NY, in November 2016. It was my Prize Patrol prize, and I was thrilled! It was one of my favorite sets in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, and then it carried over to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. Good news – it’s carrying over again! It will be in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!, Share What You Love

I CASEd this idea (Copy and share everything) from the new Stampin’ Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog. They used a different set but I loved the idea. Simply stamp the lady in Basic Black Archival Ink (remember, this is retiring, so if you love it, order the stamp pad and/or the refill now!), then stamp over the original image with VersaMark ink and emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder (use the new Stamparatus – also available in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog if you didn’t get in on the early orders – for perfect placement). Color the image with a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker. Blackberry Bliss is one of the returning In Colors. I’ve kept all my retired In Color stamp pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Cardstock since the last color renovation (aka “revamp”), but if you didn’t, it’s ok. It will be available in a “New Color Bundle” in June. I also used a Soft Sky Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the image.

Oh, look. I did give a sneak peek. I used the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) behind the stamped layer. This will be part of a suite in the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog, but the suite will be pre-released in May! That means you can order the paper as well as embellishments, stamp sets, and more on May 2. I’ll post more details as the date gets closer, but you’re going to love that DSP. It’s so beautiful!

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators get to preorder products a month earlier than customers. If we attend an OnStage event, we get to preorder selected products even earlier. This is one of my favorite perks for being a demonstrator (besides the awesome benefits, the free products we can earn, the tons of samples only demonstrators can see, and more!). This is a perfect time to join my team of demonstrators. If you join now, you can preorder from the new catalog in May, and you do not have to meet the minimum sales requirement ($300/quarter) until September 30. (And, since you have an extra month to make up any shortfall, you really have until October 31. Sweet!) For only $99 you can purchase a totally customizable starter kit with $125 worth of product that you choose, plus catalogs and other business tools. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! junkie like me, you’re going to want to take advantage of this!

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

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Last Chance – and Discounts!

Last Chance – and Discounts!

I’m popping back in today for a quick post. Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with lots of fun products! Be sure to check it out; I’d hate for you to miss out on a great deal on your favorite product!

While you’re shopping, don’t forget to take a look at the very large list of retiring Stampin’ Up! products. If you’re a little confused because all of the Stampin’ Up! classic ink pads are retiring, don’t worry. We’re having a “Color Revamp” this year. 13 of our core colors and the 2016-18 In Colors are retiring. But six previously retired In Colors (Mossy Meadow, Coastal Cabana, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade, and Flirty Flamingo – who didn’t stay in retirement for long! Maybe five minutes.) are returning to the core collection, as well as 10 fabulous new colors and five new In Colors for 2018-2020.

I know what you’re thinking. 18 colors are retiring; 21 colors are new or returning. How is that possible? Stampin’ Up! has created a new Basics category, giving more room for new colors! This includes Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White. These colors are available in cardstock and some accessories. There’s also a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker as well as a Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad and Refill. (For black ink, we have Tuxedo Black Memento – for general stamping and use with Stampin’ Blends, and Jet Black StāzOn – for watercoloring.)

Here are all the In Colors.

In Colors, Stampin' Up!

And here are the yummy new colors.

New Colors, Stampin' Up!

And here’s a look at the four color collections.

Color Collections, Stampin' Up!

How gorgeous is that palette? The colors are so fresh and pretty. And did you notice three “colors” are added to the Neutrals? I often use navy, mossy green, or a deep red as a neutral in decorating or dressing. Especially navy, because blue jeans are my wardrobe staple most days.

The stamp pad case has also been reconfigured, and opening it is much more intuitive. Honestly, didn’t you just look at our current stamp pad for a few seconds when you were first handed one? My first stamp pads just opened. You flipped up the top and – BOOM! – it was open. We stored them upside down, because you want the ink to be at the top of the pad, not the bottom.

About 15 years ago, the style changed to the “push, flip, slide” one. They required a bit of instruction the first time or two stampers new to this style used them. But we’ve made as many of the pads as we can without making a new mold, so Stampin’ Up! decided to reconfigure the case.

The new case simply opens, and then you can slide the pad over the lid. So easy! The foam area is the same size, but the case is a bit sleeker. The new pads are also stackable, and the ink has a “defoamer” added, so you don’t get those little annoying bubbles on your stamp. You can use the current refills in the new pads or new refills in old pads except for Basic Gray. The new Basic Gray will be a Classic Stampin’ Pad, and you do not want to use your archival ink on that! The new pads also fit in the Color Caddy (although not as tightly, so don’t give it a whirl or they may fly out).

Here are some photos of the new Classic Stampin’ Pad.

This is the pad closed. The label is larger, and it has the new branding. Simply flip the lid up to open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the pad open and locked. See the color swatch inside the case? No more stamping in the wrong color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final photos show the size compared to the current style.

Be sure to order any retiring colors or other products now, because they are only available while supplies last. (Stamp sets are guaranteed through May 25.) And check out the discounts on the Clearance Rack products!

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

 

 

 

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Varied Vases Wreath

Varied Vases Wreath

Every time I think spring is here, the weather says, “Psych! Just kidding!” and gets chilly again. It was in the mid-upper 80s here over the weekend. Today? Kind of chilly low 50s. (Did I mention I’m from the South? That’s chilly here. Especially when there’s not much sun.) So I’m forcing the season with this card using the new Varied Vases set from the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Varied Vases, Stampin' Up!

This set was inspired by million dollar sales achiever Mary Fish. It has various vases and flowers you can add together to make a cute card. There’s also a coordinating punch which you can order separately or with the stamp set and save 10%.  I decided to use some of the leaves and flowers with my Stamparatus to make a wreath.

Susan made a wonderful template – actually templates! – using plastic and square framelits – that’s perfect for creating a perfect wreath. And she gave me a set at OnStage! Susan gives the best “pillow gifts.” Mine are pretty lame in comparison. (She got a pillow box filled with candy. Not too original.) Here are the templates (yes, there are two of them!)

I used the smaller one for my card. Cut a 3-1/2″ square piece of cardstock and insert it into the template in the Stamparatus. Place the stamp where you want it, then ink and stamp. Turn the cardstock to the next “point” on the template, and stamp. Continue until you have the design you want. I went round and round and round, because I used four colors for the flowers (Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Blueberry Bushel) and Call Me Clover for the leaves. These are the five new in colors for 2018-2020, by the way.

After I finished, I used a Blender Pen and ink pads to color in the flowers and leaves. The sentiment – thanks – is also from the Vivid Vases Stamp set; I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink for that.

I thought it needed a bit more, so I created a Call Me Clover vase with some Lovely Lipstick flowers. Easy!

Thanks, Susan, for the idea and for the templates! (She’s the best!)

The Varied Vases stamp set, punch, and new In Colors will be available at noon MT on June 2.

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

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Under the Sea

Under the Sea

I’ve been wanting to play with Brusho on foil sheets for several weeks now. I’m so glad Stampin’ Up! is offering the Brusho Crystal Colour bundle – and I’m even more glad that my dear friend Jackie decided to use it on foil sheets. She’s used it a couple times on foil sheets and DSP. Here’s one she did for our Friday Stamp-Off Challenge.

Jackie and Susan always stretch my creativity, and I’ve learned so much from them. I’ll be using an idea from Susan later this week.

Back to the foil sheets and Brusho. I’ve wanted to play with this since I saw Jackie’s first post using it, and I finally got a chance today. What do you think?

Sea of Textures, Stampin' Up!

The fun thing about this technique is if you don’t like it, just keep playing. You just can’t overdo it. Here are the details.

How to Create this Amazing Background

I decided to use a Copper Foil Sheet, but you can use gold or silver as well. First, sprinkle some Brusho on the sheet. (I used Gamboge, which is orange, and that’s what I’ll be calling it throughout this post.) Then spritz with water. It looked gorgeous on the Copper Foil Sheet. It looked so gorgeous, that I didn’t want to waste the excess, so I smooshed it onto a piece of Watercolor Paper so I’d have a second panel for later. Don’t do this. Now I had an orange yellow watercolored sheet, and a copper sheet with orange smeared over it. There was no texture, no flecks of color, nothing. Just blah.

A Little Sneak Peek

The Sea of Textures Stamp Set and Under the Sea Framelits (and the discounted bundle) were on the list of items we could purchase early because we attended OnStage. If you’re a demonstrator who didn’t attend OnStage and are a little jealous, let me tell you, I earned this perk.

But first, a Detour

I attended OnStage in Hartford, CT. I live in a small town in Virginia. I’m a Southerner. It was a challenge to drive to Connecticut. (It’s a challenge to spell Connecticut.) Ok, I didn’t drive. I dragged Mike along with me and he drove. But still, it was harrowing. First, Yankees are fearless and aggressive drivers. We faced death more times than I can count. Mike had printed directions to the hotel before we left (yeah, I know. Old school.), but somewhere along the way, he thought it might be a good idea to plug the destination into his car’s GPS.

His car’s GPS hates me. She will not let you enter your destination when the car is moving, because she doesn’t want to get sued when you wreck your car because you’re plugging in your destination and don’t see the crazy Yankee passing you on the shoulder at 180 mph. So you have to give voice commands. “Please state your destination in New Jersey.” Ok, my destination wasn’t in New Jersey (thank God); it was in Connecticut. I gave the destination address. She couldn’t find it. Then she suggested I say, “Change state.” Seriously? Why didn’t she say that before? (She didn’t answer when I asked that.) Through clenched teeth, I said, “Change state.” It went downhill from there. I honestly expected her to say, “Please do not be so snippy. It’s not helping your situation.” But no. She didn’t say that. Instead, the evil woman sent us through New York City. New York City. On a Friday. At 3:00 p.m. Well played, Siri. Well played.

My Connecticut friends later told me we didn’t have to do that, and my dear friend Christy gave us directions home that didn’t even take us close to NYC. She’s my forever hero. So after all that, I think being able to order a few stamp sets early is totally earned!

Back to the Card

You’re still with me? You deserve a medal! I wasn’t going to get the Sea of Textures bundle, but then I looked at the stamp set. When they say, “textures,” they mean it. I’m a grungy texture girl, and there are some amazing textures here. And then I looked closer at the Under the Sea Framelits (they may be Thinlits. Actually, they really are both.). Another net. Sand Dollars. I’m hooked.

Stamp the texture stamp and the seaweedy stamp in VersaMark ink on the Brusho Copper Panel, then emboss with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Diecut the net from Whisper White Cardstock, then sponge with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Ink. Lay it upside down on a Silicone Craft Sheet, then add a bit of SNAIL Adhesive to the back, and adhere to the bottom right corner of the copper foil. Use the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies from Sale-a-bration (you didn’t get them? No worries! They’ll be in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, so you can buy them in June) to die-cut Celebrate from Coastal Cabana Cardstock (Yes! It’s back in June! Happy Dance! I’ve been wanting this color back since it retired as an In Color several years ago), and You from Tranquil Tide, then adhere over the net with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add the copper foil to a Tranquil Tide card base. Done! You’ll probably want to add a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock inside the card, because unless you stamp a sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink and use a white gel pen to write your message, it’s going to be hard to read. And while you’re at it, stamp the octopus or seaweed/coral on the inside for some added interest.

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

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Hello, Goodbye

Hello, Goodbye

My theme for Stampin’ Up! classes this week is, So Long, Farewell. We’ll be using a lot of retiring stamp sets over the next six weeks. While I usually sell my retired products, there are some I’m going to keep – like the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set.

Birthday Blossoms, Stampin' Up!

I love that little bunch of blossoms, don’t you? They’re so delicate and pretty.

How-To

First, color a 2″ x 5″ strip of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP; from the 2018 Occasions Catalog; available through May 31 or while supplies last) with Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Markers. (Reminder: All the colors except Daffodil Delight will be retiring May 31, or when supplies run out.)

Layer the colored DSP beside a 2″ x 5″ strip of Colory Theory DSP (retiring). Cover the seam with a strip of Pick a Pattern Designer Washi Tape (not retiring!).

Stamp the sentiment in Peekaboo Peach Classic Ink on a 2-1/2″ punched circle.  (Oops. Just realized that’s retired. So we’ll be using the Layering Circle Framelits!) Stamp the spray of flowers in Daffodil Delight Classic ink along the edge, then sponge the circle with more Daffodil Delight ink. Add the punched circle to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Layer everything to an Emerald Envy card base.

Hello, New Products!

While there are many colors, stamps, and other products I’ll miss after they retire, I can’t be too sad. Look what arrived at my door on Wednesday morning.

This photo in no way shows the magnitude of my order. Seriously, I kind of overdid it. Demonstrators who attended OnStage 2018 had a chance to pre-preorder a lot of products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Plus, all demonstrators can preorder products from the Love What You Do pre-release. Love What You Do is a suite in the new catalog that will be released early (in May instead of June). As the time gets closer, I’ll let you know more about this fabulous promotion. But look at all that gorgeous product! And there are two new In Color stamp pads right on top. (Did you notice there’s a new design? It’s much easier to open!) I have already played with a few of these, and can’t wait to spend the weekend playing, er, working! on projects for the next few months.

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

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Time To Celebrate

Time To Celebrate

I have lots of reasons to celebrate right now. Spring is (finally) looking like it’s going to hang around the Shenandoah Valley. Our businesses are all going really well. And there’s a color revamp at Stampin’ Up!

I am loving the new color palette we have. The colors are so fresh and fun. I don’t want to cheer that the colors that are retiring are going away, but I do want to celebrate the colors. Here are some retiring blues for you. (And even though I love them all, I’m not “singing the blues,” because I know what’s coming to replace them!)

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

Just so you know, everything on this card except the Whisper White Cardstock layer is retiring. That means, if you like any of the inks, embellishments, or cardstock, you need to order them now before they are gone. Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 25, but all other products are “while supplies last.”

The Details

First, stamp the large splatter background from the retiring Happy Celebrations Stamp Set in Soft Sky Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped it a couple times so it would be a little thicker.

Next, stamp celebrate over the splatter in Dapper Denim. Then stamp time to in Marina Mist. Pick up a bit of the Dapper Denim Classic Ink with an Aqua Painter and “whack” the Aqua Painter with your finger to splatter the ink on the cardstock. Repeat with a little Marina Mist.

Finally, add a few Glitter Enamel Dots to the card. Layer the Whisper White panel to a Soft Sky card base. Done!

I enjoy creating works of art and spending a lot of time on a card, but, honestly, most of my cards and “quick and easy.” This one definitely falls into the latter category. It’s quick and easy, but it’s still cute and will work for a variety of occasions – non-generic birthday, new baby (especially a boy!), anniversary, graduation, job promotion or retirement, and more.

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

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