Butterfly Brilliance Peek-a-boo Slider

Butterfly Brilliance Peek-a-boo Slider

Are you ready for the weekend? I sure am! As far as I know, I’m totally free, so I plan to spend the weekend preparing for March Card Classes and my Card Buffet at the end of the month. I’m so excited to be able to offer another buffet. Everyone will pay a flat fee to make 10 cards. They can make 10 different cards, 10 of the same, or a mix. It will be totally “first come, first served,” but we’ll have about 15 different designs. And if anyone wants to make more than 10 cards, they can for a “per card’ fee. You can see my event schedule here. If you live at a distance and would like information for a zoom event, let me know!

Today is a BS&J Challenge Friday, and I’m so excited about this one. The challenge uses one of my favorite mediums – our Stampin’ Up!(r) Stampin’ Blends. I made a “Peek-a-boo Slider Card.” There are several videos out there, but I used Dawn Griffith’s. It was the easiest to follow and she didn’t “dither around.” If you know me, you know I would rather follow printed directions, so I appreciated Dawn getting right to the heart of things. Keep reading for the link to her video.

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This is the front of my card. I used a Bermuda Bay card base, with the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set. This is a “pre-release” bundle from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. You can order the stamps, the Brilliant Wings dies, or bundle the stamps and dies for a 10% savings. The DSP is an exclusive product and will only be available during the promotion (March 2-May 3, 2021) or while supplies last. This paper is gorgeous and you do not want to miss out, so order early!

After I stamped and die-cut the butterfly, I colored it with Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends. Look back several posts and you’ll see that the Magenta Madness/Bermuda Bay combination is my current favorite!

Here’s the inside of the card. Notice that when it opens, a new message slides into the “sentiment circle.”

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I used the Many Mates Stamp Set for my sentiments. I love this set, because you can have a sentiment for the front, and a coordinating sentiment for the inside! I used Magenta Madness and Bermuda Bay Classic Ink for the sentiments.

I added a few more of the die-cut butterflies, colored with the same colors of Stampin’ Blends, and added a different pattern of the DSP on the inside.

Here’s a video of the “slider” part of the card. I know it’s sideways; just tilt your head. Videos keep evolving and just when I get everything figured out, it changes again.

And here’s the video of Dawn’s tutorial. It’s really easy to create this fun fold slider card. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Now – for more fun, check out Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs for today. I can’t wait to see their Stampin’ Blend creations!

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

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Flowers & Dragonflies

Flowers & Dragonflies

I’m ready for spring; who’s with me? I’m ready to see little spring flowers, I’m ready to start seeds for the garden, and I’m ready for flip-flops! We’re getting there, but not quite yet.

I had a different card planned for today, but I realized it was perfect for our BS&J challenge on Friday. Instead, I have a very simple card for you. It’s not quite “simple stamping,” because I used two punches and some Braided Linen Trim.

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This is another one of those times when I let the Designer Series Paper (DSP) do all the work for me. For this card, I cut two designs of the Flowers for every Season DSP and adhered it to a piece of Just Jade Cardstock. I love this pattern, because it reminds me of wallpaper. It’s just like visiting your grandma’s house, don’t you think?

I decided to use the linen trim as “chair rail” between the two patterns, because it looked a little earthy and “garden-ish.”  After it was secure, I added the card stock and DSP to a Mint Macaron card base.

I used the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set for the sentiment and dragonfly. I stamped the sentiment using the beautiful Marvelous Magenta Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then punched with the larger, scalloped oval in the Double Oval Punch. The dragonfly is Just Jade Classic Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock and punched with the Dragonflies Punch. This punch can be bundled with the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set through June 30. If you bundle, you can save 10%. And, honestly, don’t you want a dragonfly punch? The Double Oval Punch is also part of the Oval Occasions Bundle, but I didn’t use the Oval Occasions Stamp Set on this card. However, if you do want the stamp set, bundle it with the punch to save some money!

The Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and both punches are from the January-June Mini Catalog. The DSP, card stock, trim, and ink are all in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog – except for Basic White, which is new. You can find the Basic White Cardstock, along with all the other products used on this card, in the list of products at the end of this post.

Be sure to check back Friday to see what Jackie, Susan, and I have created for you with our Stampin’ Blends!

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Dancing Goats

Dancing Goats

It’s March, and that means it’s only a few more weeks until spring! I hope you enjoyed Sale-a-bration. I sure did! There were so many fun products available, and they were free! If you missed it, you’ll have another chance in July. That’s right; Stampin’ Up! is having another Sale-a-bration in July and August. The January/February Sale-a-bration offered products made in the USA, so they were guaranteed to be available for the entire Sale-a-bration event. In July and August, other products will be offered, and not all of them will be made here, so they will only be offered while supplies last. (That means – don’t wait until the last minute to enjoy the benefits!)

I had planned to post this card before Sale-a-bration ended, but I created some projects for later this spring, and I cleaned out our pantry closet instead. I’ve been putting the closet off for way too long. Every time I organize it, someone makes a run to Costco and just stuffs stuff in empty spaces. Or piles them precariously on top of other products. It’s been a mess – and a hazard. So it was time to clear out and organize.

So here’s a last look at free Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper that you could have gotten free during Sale-a-bration. The Way To Goat Stamp Set is still available though!

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Aren’t those goats so cute? I love them, and it looks like they’re so enjoying their dance!

Every month, our local demonstrators have a fun technique night. We take turns demonstrating different techniques, and this month, Sandy demoed the Mirror Image technique. There are lots of ways to do this, but the easiest (in my opinion – and Sandy’s!) is to use the Stamparatus and the Silicone Craft Mat.

Basically, you stamp an image in the Stamparatus on the craft mat using a water based ink. Then, either place your paper over the mat, then stamp again, or place the mat upside down over your card stock and rub to transfer the image. Because I tend to be messy (or “hoodly,” as my grandmother used to say), I don’t want to move the craft sheet, so I simply place my card stock over the image. But if you do this, you have to plan ahead of time where you want the other image (if you’re using two like I did here). Also, if you’re going to die-cut the image, you’ll want to keep the mat where it is and add the paper to the mat in the Stamparatus. That way, you get an original image to use to line up the die.

This isn’t as detailed and amazing as Sandy’s demonstration, but here’s a quick video I did showing the technique.

After I stamped the goats, I colored them with Stampin’ Blends, then die-cut with the Layering Ovals Dies and added the oval to the Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is the same piece of the DSP; I simply used both sides.

The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. Since I used the Stamparatus for this, I stamped it several times so it would be extra dark. Then I added it all to a Rococo Rose Card Base.

By the way… Rococo Rose, Terracotta Tile, Seaside Spray, Pretty Peacock, and Purple Posy will all be retiring in May 2021. We’ll be getting five beautiful new In Colors, but if you love the five that are retiring, you need order now! Be sure to add the card stock, Classic Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, Ink Refills, and Stampin’ Blends (in all the colors except Terracotta Tile) to your next order. Once the retirement list comes out, these products will sell out fast, and they will be available only while supplies last.

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

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A Touch of (Alcohol) Ink

A Touch of (Alcohol) Ink

Happy Friday, my friends! Can you believe there are only three more days of Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration? It has flown by, and I haven’t had enough time to play with all my free products! There are such beautiful papers and fun stamp sets. If you haven’t ordered, be sure to place your order before Sunday is over, or you’ll miss out.

While I like all the Sale-a-bration products, there are several Sale-a-bration products I absolutely love! The Darling Donkeys are so cute, and the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (DSP) is gorgeous. Today’s card uses the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set, free with a $100 order during Sale-a-bration.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

The main colors in this card are Bermuda Bay and Magenta Madness. Aren’t they gorgeous together?

To create the background, I scribbled on a Window Sheet with Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends. Then I spritzed with 90+% alcohol and let the colors run. When I was happy with the mix of colors, I smooshed a piece of Basic White Cardstock over it.

While I was waiting for the card stock to dry (which doesn’t take long since it’s rubbing alcohol), I stamped the butterfly two times on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored the butterflies with the same two Stampin’ Blends that I used for the background (Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Bermuda Bay).

After the background piece dried, I stamped the butterfly one more time on the background in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I did this so I wouldn’t have to fussy cut the butterfly’s little legs and antennae. I simply cut the body and wings of one and just the wings of the other. I layered the colored body and wings over the background, then used Mini Glue Dots to layer the wings over that. Then I pulled the wings forward a bit so there was a little more dimension. The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

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I layered the stamped panel to a piece of the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (available in March).

Before I added the Basic Black layer, I covered about two-thirds of the top and bottom and the right side of the Basic Black Cardstock with Tear & Tape Adhesive. After I removed the backing over the Tear & Tape, I placed the card stock face down into my Gilded Leafing box, then used a Stamping Sponge to remove excess leafing. I love the way this looks, don’t you?

The Magenta Madness DSP is the new design for the Core Colors and In Colors DSP. If you join my team during Sale-a-bration (before Sunday night), you will get the new designs of the paper in the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles collections as well as the 2020-2021 In Colors. That’s five packs of 6″ x 6″ paper, plus $125 in product of your choice, plus business tools (order forms, catalogs, folders and more) for only $99 plus tax (and shipping is free).

The next layer, of course, is Basic Black Cardstock, then the Bermuda Bay card base. I may be biased, but I love this card. I love the colors, the fluttering butterfly, and the gilded leafing edges.

The way this card turned out was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t at all what I had envisioned when I started. You may know (if you have read my blog for a few months or more) that I help with art classes in my granddaughter Amelia’s school. This does not mean I’m a talented artist. I hand out papers, help clean up messes (and it’s art class; there will be messes!), and tell the kids how awesome their creations are. Ms. Abi does the hard part; I just get to have fun – and learn a lot from Ms. Abi.

One of the things Abi has the kids do is sketch out their ideas for a project on scrap paper before they execute their ideas. This is such a crucial step in creating and I’m trying to incorporate that into my stamped creations.  I didn’t do that this time, so the card kept evolving as I realized some things weren’t working (while some things looked amazing!). Still, I’m happy with the results.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Place your final Sale-a-bration order before Sunday night. And if you have any questions about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, feel free to message me – soon! This is the best time to sign up. Have a lovely day!

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Berry Delightful Blessings

Berry Delightful Blessings

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I have a super fun card for your today, created by my friend Christy.

I love “wow” cards (like my Chicks card on Monday), but, really, most stampers I know who create hundreds of cards for friends and family every year don’t have time to spend hours on one card. So I totally appreciate cards that let the paper and stamps do all the work. And if those papers and stamps are free, it’s even better!

Berry Blessings, Berry Delightful, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

Christy’s card uses the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP), which are free with a $100 order from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. This bundle coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalog.

First, Christy added a piece of Vellum over the DSP, then added some Braided Linen Trim over both. Then she adhered the DSP to a Granny Apple Green card base.

The sentiment and blueberries from the Berry Blessings Stamp Set are stamped in Pacific Point Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then die-cut with the Stitched Shapes Dies.

To get the free product (and make lots and lots of cards!), just add the Basic White  Cardstock, Brights Cardstock, Pacific Point Classic Ink, Vellum Paper, Sweet Strawberry Bundle, Stitched Shapes Dies, and Braided Linen Trim to your order. You’ll be ready to make cards for every occasion!

Remember, you only have through February 28 to take advantage of the free Sale-a-bration products. Don’t miss out! And you can join my team for $99 and select $125 in Stampin’ Up! product for your “starter kit.” Plus you’ll receive five packs of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper! After that, you’ll receive a minimum 20% on every order plus many more perks (early access to promotions, preorder benefits, access to demonstrator only information, and so much more).

And remember, with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration, you’ll receive a free Level 1 product. With a $100 order, you can receive two Level 1 products or one Level 2 (like the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightfyul DSP) product. Order now! 

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

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Party with the Chicks

Party with the Chicks

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I’m excited that our weather is warming up a bit. The snow has been fun, but it’s a little disappointing here. It only lasts a day or two before it starts melting. And then it’s just a mess. Slush, mud, yuck, and icy mornings from the day-melt freezing on the roads overnight. I’m ready for spring!

Last week, I saw a darling card from Bronwyn Eastley made with the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles. When I see a Bronwyn Eastley watermark, I know I’m in for a treat. She makes the most amazing cards. I also know I’m probably not going to make that card, because it’s going to be a lot of work, and I like to make quick and easy cards. Bronwyn is a true artist, and her cards are full of artistic detail. I was hoping none of my stampers also saw this card, but, alas – my observant Margo did see it and wanted to make it. I agreed to work with her, so over the weekend, I copied Bronwyn’s card so I’d be ready to help Margo. Well, I mostly copied. There were a few things I changed and a few I left out. But, for the most part, this is an exact CASE (Copy and Share Everything).

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This card is not hard at all; it’s just a lot of die-cutting. The most difficult part was figuring out the measurements. I fiddled and dithered, then finally decided to just make it a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card to avoid weird 1/3″ measurements.

First, I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I trimmed it to 4″ x 5-1/2″. Next I cut two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, and scored the 4-1/4″ sides at 4″. Then I scored those two pieces at 2″. (Be sure you don’t include the 1/4″ flap in the measurements.) Then I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the 1/4″ “flaps” to the back of the 4″ x 5-1/2″ center panel. You may have to trim your adhesive a bit before you adhere the card base panels together, but now you have a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card base. All three panels are 4″, but the two side panels fold at 2″.

The Coastal Cabana layers are 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the four side panels, and 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the center. I used my amazing Blending Brushes to add some Bermuda Bay Classic Ink to all the Coastal Cabana pieces before adhering to the card.

The rest was simply stamping, die-cutting, and adhering. I stamped all the chickens using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then coloring with Stampin’ Blends and die-cutting with the Chicks and Birthday Chicks Dies. I die-cut the signpost two times, once from Soft Suede Cardstock and once from Crumb Cake Cardstock. I trimmed the post from the Crumb Cake sign and adhered it to the Soft Suede signpost after sponging a bit of Soft Suede over it. Then I stamped the sentiment using Soft Suede Classic Ink.

The fence is die-cut from Soft Suede, the chicken wire from Champagne Foil Sheets, the corn stalks from Garden Green, and the corn from Crushed Curry. I added a bit of Granny Apple Green “grass” behind the fence, and the Happy Birthday die-cut is Poppy Parade. I played with the chicken coop a bit. First I die-cut it from Poppy Parade, but it just didn’t look right, so I switched to a Basic White Die-cut, then colored it with Stampin’ Blends.

When you close it, the front is adorable with the peeking chicken, the cupcake eating chicken, and the dancing chicken.

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So there you have it. A little coloring, a lot of die-cuts, and a fabulous birthday card that I’m not sure who I will send to. I have to get this right, because I will very likely not make another one!

True confession – When I saw the birthday chick chicken with the balloon, I thought, “Why is that chicken pooping a balloon?” I think it was Susan (my dear friend formerly from New York and now from Tennessee) who politely pointed out that the balloon was making the chicken fly. Before I noticed this, I had decided that the only people who would appreciate this were Wes and Jon, because my kids and I all have the imagination of a 13 year-old boy. Whenever someone says certain words, the boys look at me, because they know I’m going to giggle and probably snort. I was never like this growing up. I was not like this until the kids were maybe in their 20’s. I used to be an intelligent, grown-up mom. This is what happens when you raise boys and don’t have any girls in the house to balance it. For most of the kids’ lives even our dogs were male. Hopefully having a granddaughter will help me turn back into a mature grandma, but I’m not banking on it.

You have less than a week to enjoy free products from Sale-a-bration! If you order the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles, you will earn a Level 1 Sale-a-bration product ($50 order), but you’ll be very close to a Level 2 Product ($100 order). Add some card stock, Stampin’ Dimensionals, or maybe some Stampin’ Blends to your order to earn even more!

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Mountain Air Masculine Challenge

Mountain Air Masculine Challenge

Happy Friday, my crafting friends! It’s time for another Stamp Off! Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me. This week, we’re creating masculine cards.

I have to say, while I don’t have trouble creating masculine cards, it’s not a style I turn to a lot. I create masculine birthday cards for the guys in my family, but usually, my all-occasion cards are for women. I rarely send, “Hey, guy friend! How are you?” cards. But I’m always sending cards to my girlfriends for all different occasions and reasons – thinking of you, how are you, you’re the best – as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. But I don’t send a lot of thinking of you cards to men. I should, though, because I have a lot of male relatives and friends that I’m thinking of. So here’s my “masculine” thinking of you card.

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I used the Mountain Air Bundle for this card (Mountain Air Stamp Set and Majestic Mountain Dies). You can order the stamps and dies separately, but I ordered the bundle, of course, because it saved me 10%.

Mountain Air is a reversible stamp set. That means, you can stamp the detail image, then turn the stamp over to stamp the “fill in” color. For this card, I stamped the mountains using Highland Heather Classic Ink. Then I turned the stamp over and inked it with Highland Heather. I stamped it on scratch paper, then stamped the “second generation” ink over the original image.  I also stamped the trees using Shaded Spruce Classic Ink, then die-cut all the images with the Majestic Mountain Dies.

Next, I stamped the moon image in Smoky Slate Classic ink, then stamped the reverse image using So Saffron Classic Ink. I punched the moon with the retired 1″ circle punch, but the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch or the Layering Circles Dies would also work. (I always opt for punches when I can, because they’re quicker!)

I die-cut two clouds from Vellum Card Stock and two from Smoky Slate Cardstock using the Majestic Mountain Dies. I sponged a bit of Smoky Slate Classic Ink over the Smoky Slate clouds to add a bit of depth to them.

I added all the die-cut and punched pieces to a 4″ x 5-1/2″ Misty Moonlight Cardstock layer, then added that to a Basic White card base. (Please overlook the fact that I folded it in the wrong direction! I didn’t even notice until I saw the photo. Oops! I’ll trim it before I send it!)

The Thinking of You sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set. I stamped it in Basic Gray on Smoky Slate Cardstock, then punched with the Double Oval Punch.

I love mountains, because I live in the Shenandoah Valley and we’re surrounded by mountains. Because of the mountains, we don’t have a lot of tornadoes and hurricanes, because our mountains stop the bad weather. We do get some snow, though, and, I’m happy to say, we got some snow overnight from the slow-moving storm that’s been moving west to east. Apparently a lot of people in the valley were expecting a lot more snow than we got. (As always, the forecast was much worse then the reality.)

Because much snow was in the forecast, I headed to WalMart to look for some snow/rain boots for Amelia since she has outgrown hers. She has some beautiful boots, but they’re too pretty to mess up with snow and mud.

When I entered the store, I almost exited the store. The lines were unbelievable. I kept wondering why the lines were so long and why it was so crazy. (When I was heading back to my car I remembered, Oh, yeah. Snow forecast in the South. While you can probably walk to a grocery store or any other convenience store with milk and bread, you need to stock up on all essentials today because there may be an inch or two of snow! The South is crazy when it comes to inclement weather.) I had about 1/2 hour to find the boots and check out since I needed to be at Amelia’s school to help with art class, so I set my phone timer, just in case. There were no snow boots in her size, but I did find some cute pink rain/mud boots in a unicorn design that I thought she’d like. (I was right. My ears are still ringing from her squeals.) Fortunately, I was able to check out with an extra 15 minutes to spare!

After we left school and were talking about her boots, I used the rest of the time taking her home to talk about the “good old days.”

In Virginia, we don’t usually have snow or bad winters, so buying snow boots and other snow clothes every year can be a wasted expense. I explained to Amelia how we didn’t always have waterproof boots and mittens when I was growing up, so Mimi put bread bags over our gloves and shoes. Of course, this was beyond her comprehension, and she decided I was older than she thought.

When I was retelling this to my mom, she said, “Didn’t I use rubber bands to attach the bags to your shoes and gloves?” Yes. Yes, Mom, you did. So not only did we slide around on bread bag feet (and fall a lot!), we had circulation problems because of the rubber bands. The current generations have no idea how easy they have it.

So now, please head over to Jackie’s and Susan‘s blogs to see what they have created for the Masculine Card Challenge. They have both endured more winterish winters than I have, so I’m not looking for winter themed cards from them.

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

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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Garden

Happy Wednesday, Stamping Friends! I pulled out my Dragonfly Garden Bundle (Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Dragonfly Punch) and had some fun playing around with the dragonflies.

First, I stamped and punched three Misty Moonlight dragonflies. I placed two behind  laser-cut areas of the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper, then added the third on top.

After I cut a Stitched Rectangle from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (DSP), I layered it to a Misty Moonlight card base. After trying a few different ideas, I decided to leave it askew. Next I adhered the laser-cut paper and two smaller dragonflies punched from a Gold Foil Sheet.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on Vellum, then tucked it behind the top dragonfly.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration will be winding up in a little over a week. Can you believe it? It has gone so fast this year. Be sure you place your orders soon to redeem Sale-a-bration products. And if you join my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators before Sale-a-bration is over, you will get five packs of 6″ x 6″ DSP in all of our core colors (Brights, Regals, Subtles, and Neutrals) as well as a pack of the 2020-2022 DSP. That’s in addition to the $125 in product of your choice, business supplies, and all the perks that come with being a demonstrator – discounted products, access to thousands of ideas and samples, opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events, and much more. Contact me for more information.

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

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Butterfly Brilliance

Butterfly Brilliance

Welcome back, my crafting friends! It’s hard to believe that the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is right around the corner. While the January-June Mini Catalog sales period  will continue through June 30, the current annual catalog will be retiring on May 3. Of course, that means all of the 2019-2021 In Colors (Purple Posy, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Rococo Rose) will be retiring – card stock, ink pads, refills, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, Designer Series Paper (DSP), and embellishments and ribbon in those colors will all retire. Typically, all the DSP retires as well, but there have been a few times that some of the DSP carried over. But we never know until the retirement list comes out, and once that happens, it’s “Katie bar the door,” as my mom says. Retiring products sell out quickly once we are sure what’s retiring. So – avoid disappointment and order the things you love now!

One of the things I love about the new catalog season is pre-release product! This year, the Butterfly Bouquet Bundle, the Butterfly Bijou DSP, and the Natural Touch Specialty DSP will be available March 2 – May 3, 2021. The stamps and dies (and the bundle) will be in the new catalog, but the Butterfly Bijou DSP and Natural Touch Specialty DSP will only be available during the promotion (March 2 – May 3).

You will definitely want the DSP. The Butterfly Bijou is gorgeous. One side of each paper has a collection of butterflies (and one design coordinates with the Butterfly Wings Dies). The other has a beautiful background design.

You can add lovely texture with the Natural Touch Specialty DSP. The pale woodgrain is versatile enough for any project and any time of year. You can stamp on it, emboss it, and use it with dies.

The Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set has one stamp – with six different butterflies! You can stamp them all at once, then die-cut with the Butterfly Wings Dies. Here’s the cool thing about the dies. There’s one die that cuts the outline of each butterfly, so you get six with one pass through your Die-cut and Emboss Machine. But the die cuts the butterflies individually, so you don’t have to cut them apart. So fun!

Here’s the whole suite of products that will be available next month.

I had a bit of time to play today, so here’s the card I made with this collection.

Butterfly Bouquet, Butterfly Brilliance, Stampin' Up!

I die-cut the butterflies from the DSP, thinking I would use the pre-colored butterflies in my project. But I really liked the design on the other side, so I die-cut detailed butterflies using Gold Foil Sheets then adhered them to the butterfly outlines.

I layered a panel from the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper to the “background side” of the DSP, then adhered the butterflies to the paper. I love how it turned out. It’s very soft, but the Gold Foil makes the butterflies sparkle in the sun.

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

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Itty Bitty Birthdays with World of Good

Itty Bitty Birthdays with World of Good

Tonight was our local Stampin’ Up! Gathering. I love getting together with my team and other area demos, even when we’re not in person. We spend the time chatting, catching up on what’s happened in each others’ lives over the past month, and more. Of course, we also talk about the Stampin’ Up! promotions and events, have a challenge for the next month, and enjoy a Make & Take.

Carol was our Make & Take hostess this month, and she brought an amazing “masculine” card for us. Many of us get stuck when we’re making cards for men. I know I feel funny using flowers and butterflies on cards for the guys in my life. So I was thrilled with this card.

World of Good, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!
Isn’t this a great card? The card base is Crumb Cake, with a layer of Misty Moonlight over that. The beautiful banners really take this card to another level. She used the World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the top banners. The DSP has beautiful antique designs and textures, as well as brass foil accents. (The accents on the banner on the left is all brass. The bottom half looks a bit different because it’s reflecting my red fleece jacket. Virginia is cold right now.) The two DSP banners are layered to a larger Brass Foil banner. Carol used the Banner Triple Punch to create the banners.

The sentiment is stamped on a Crumb Cake Rectangle Stitched Die-cut. I chose to stamp the Happy Birthday stamp from the Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set using Soft Suede Classic Ink.

This card is very quick and simple (especially since Carol did all the work cutting and punching! All we had to do was stamp and layer), but it doesn’t look simple at all. You could step it up by adding a few embellishments and/or embossing the Misty Moonlight layer, but, honestly, I like it the way it is. It’s very classic and definitely “manly.” And while I love cards that have a lot of pieces and texture, I don’t always have hours to make a card. This one has texture and lots of interest without a lot of work. Carol definitely hit this one out of the park!

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Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!, World of Good

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