Stamp-Off Double Z-Fold Card Challenge

Stamp-Off Double Z-Fold Card Challenge

Stamp Off New Logo

It’s another Stamp-Off Friday! (Cue the confetti and balloons!)  

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So I have to admit – “fun fold” challenges aren’t my thing. They’re fun once you get into them, but I like sketches, color challenges, and tic tac toe challenges.

At our Craft Night, I decided to re-create a cute little snowman card that a friend had given me. I wanted to turn it into a sweater using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) – and it looked wonderful. The only problem I ran into was when I embedded the snowman and snow into the card with the TIEF, it just looked like a big blob of white snow. Poor snowman. I added a bit of Soft Sky ink and some glitter, and he was back.

And then it hit me. Why not use this for the Double Z Fun Fold Card Challenge? Why not, indeed! It worked really well (thanks, Christy and Liz, for the creative input).

Here’s the original snowman embedded in the sweater.

Stampin' Up!, Christmas Cards, Snow Place

And here’s the rest of the card. I added some of the trees from the Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies (found in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog), and a snowman and sentiment from the Snow Place stamp set and coordinating Snow Friends Framelits from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Snow Place, Christmas, Double Z-Fold, Stampin' Up!

The skinny strip is simply a 1/2″ x 11″ strip of Soft Sky card stock covered with “greenery” from the Flourish Thinlits dies. I hadn’t really planned ahead, so I had limited supplies with me. I think it turned out really well, though!

Here’s a look from the side so you can see the double-z. Of course, it’s not a Z since I turned it on its side. Susan’s not the only one who can “go rogue.”

Z-Fold Cards, Stampin' Up!, Snow Place

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Please go check out Susan’s & Jackie’s blogs to see what they did for this challenge.

Have a wonderful day!
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Merry Christmas, Lisa

Merry Christmas, Lisa

First – some Stampin’ Up! News.

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Stampin’ Up! is moving out some inventory to make room for wonderful and new stamping products! Check out the list of closeouts and the updated Clearance Rack today – as well as the list of retiring products from the Holiday Catalog. Don’t miss out on your favorites – and maybe you’ll snag a deal at the same time!

I was supposed to have a Craft Day from 11-3 today, and then I realized that not only was I scheduled to take care of Amelia for a few hours, but I was also in charge of Mike. Mike had a routine “procedure” today (you can read about it here), and I needed to be with him. So – I called in the Big Guns (aka “Mom”), who graciously sat with Amelia this morning. And I switched my Craft Day to a Craft Evening.

We had a BLAST! Since it was after working hours, more people were able to come. My attendance doubled! Ok, it was going to just be Christy and me, but since it was after school was out for the day, Liz could be there too. And she brought her darling Home Sweet Home Thinlits (I’ll post that later). She and Christy both posted cards for the Craft Project Central November Sketch Challenge (see them here). They did a great job!

Before they got there, I made a little treat box with the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits Dies. Mike and I have worked together since before we got married. Even when the boys were little, I worked from home and helped as much as possible with our businesses. But these days, with Miss Amelia and my Stampin’ Up! business, I’m just not able to go to the office as much as I used to. So he recently hired an office administrator to help with some of the organizing that we’ve been neglecting lately. She also keeps everyone on track with home inspections, deadlines, and all the other stuff that goes with selling houses.

Lisa has also been organizing my Stampin’ Up! paperwork, and I noticed tonight that my desk actually has a top! Who knew? Where has this woman been my whole life? She’s amazing. Mike is very picky about who he works with. It has to be someone who will think like he does, someone with a good sense of humor, and someone who can put up with his, um, haphazard filing. Lisa has filled the position nicely – and she has taken over his filing system in ways I never could without hurting his feelings. She’s like a magic angel from heaven; a Christmas miracle, if you will. So I made her this little box o’ candy.

Santa's Sleigh, Stampin' Up!

I filled one of the Tiny Treat Boxes with candy, and added a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper liner to the box. Then I die-cut the Santa’s Sleigh from Gold Foil sheets and more  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and the tree from Emerald Envy cardstock. This was so quick and simple. (In case Lisa is reading -) This took hours and hours to create. I also made a tag for it so she’d know it was for her, but it’s not in the picture.

If you need some stocking stuffers, check out the Tiny Treat Boxes. They’re perfect for little gifts – and they’re super quick and easy to customize.

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

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Elegant New Year Party Ensemble

Elegant New Year Party Ensemble

You can ring in the New Year in style with this Elegant New Year Party Ensemble! The festive Top Hat Centerpiece will bring an element of celebration to your party décor, while the dangling glitter balls add a touch of elegance. The easy to assemble party poppers will be enjoyed by adults and children alike when the clock strikes twelve! Finish off this ensemble with a fun shaker card that can be used as an invitation to or to send a note to welcome in the New Year.

Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!

This beautiful project was designed by Julie for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions for Julie’s project, simply subscribe to December, 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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Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set

Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set

A simple sheet of steel can easily be transformed into a beautiful two-sided magnetic board for hanging your pictures and keepsakes!  This Serene Scenery Magnetic Board Gift Set includes a two-sided magnetic board, decorative magnetic photo pockets and a coordinating gift tag. Find out how to go from hardware store to home décor in this fun tutorial.

Serene Scenery, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

This November Bonus Project was designed by Michelle for Craft Project Central. Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting the Craft Project Central badge on their blog, or by referring a friend and when they subscribe, letting the CPC Admins know.

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

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Wherever You Go

When I saw the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog at #OnStage2016, I fell in love with a lot of products. The Beautiful You and High Tide stamp sets and, of course, the Watercolor Pencils called to me. But I also liked the Swan Lake stamp set. It’s on my “first order in January” list. I like the sayings, and I love the images. Maybe it’s because I’ve been singing “duck” songs with Amelia, or maybe because we pass a lake full of ducks every day on our way home. Whatever the reason, I like the set. (Yes, I know ducks and swans are two different creatures. I read The Ugly Duckling when I was little, and I kept hoping that I’d turn out to be a swan one day. Alas, I’m still just a clumsy duck. But, hey – clumsy ducks have way more personality that silent swans skimming the surface of the shimmery lake. Yes, I’m also into alliteration today.)

My friend Christy won the Swan Lake set at #OnStage2016 for her “Prize Patrol,” and she brought it to one of our stamping days. I keep trying to get her to trade it to me, but she won’t. (pout) Anyway – here’s a card I made with it.

Stampin' Up!, Swan Lake

There are lots of “Sneak Peeks” on this one! First – the stamp set. The sentiment (Wherever you go today…) has a follow-up inside the card (may happiness follow). I think I was using that idea when I stamped the dragonflies (sorry about the smudge), but the placement is a bit unfortunate. Growing up on the farm, flies used to buzz around the cows, um, derrieres, because cows are gross and don’t bathe. So the swan looks like she needs to just dip in that lake a bit so she won’t attract flies. What can I say? I was having an “off” day.

I stamped the swan two times – once on the Very Vanilla panel, then again on Whisper White. I cut the Whisper White one out, and adhered it over the one on the Vanilla panel. I’m not sure why I wanted a pristine white swan, though, since she’s drawing flies.

The designer series paper layer is one of my all time favorites. It’s the Falling in Love DSP from the Occasions Catalog. Other peeks – the Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon (gorge!!!!) and the So Detailed Thinlits Dies. These make great borders, but since we couldn’t order the new Lace Doilies yet, I decided to make my own pretty embellishment with the dies and Soft Sky cardstock.

If you’re like me and can’t wait until January to order from the Occasions catalog, you can join my team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and order beginning December 1. You’ll enjoy a 20% discount, free catalogs, and more! If you love the products and want to order without being a demo, that’s fine too! Let me know if you’d like a catalog and I’ll send you one as soon as I can order them.

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

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Last Day of the Online Extravaganza

Last Day of the Online Extravaganza

Stampin' Up!, Online Extravaganza

This is the last day to enjoy up to 40% discounts on selected Stampin’ Up! products. The Online Extravaganza is coming to an end. And that’s not all. November 30 is the last day to order selected stamp sets that coordinate with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and enjoy a 25% discount. And there’s a 24-hour sale on selected products that you can also enjoy today only. So take advantage and order now!

Stampin' Up!, Online Extravaganza, Flash Sale

Here are the sets that are 25% off through November 30.

Stitched from the Heart, Stampin' Up!

You can add the discounted stamp sets, Clearance Rack products, annual and holiday catalog products, Online Extravaganza products and anything else in my online store to your order. So what are you waiting for? Save some money and order now. If you have crafty friends, add a few items for them and get some Christmas shopping done!

Speaking of Christmas – we had a sleepover with Miss Amelia Saturday night. I decided we should put up our little Christmas tree. Our big tree finally died a few years ago. Limbs were falling off and half the lights were dead. That was the first year Mike & I had an empty nest, and I bought a little four-footer for the two of us. It’s perfect – even though one of the boys (Wesley, I think) made a comment about us having an “old folks’ tree.” We’re just returning to our roots. This is the same sized tree we had before we had kids.

When I pulled this out of the box Saturday, Amelia’s eyes lit up and her face just glowed. I’ll never forget the look on her face. All I could think of was “Christmas Magic!” We had a blast decorating our little tree. Only one ball got broken – and that was my fault.

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This photo was taken before we added any ornaments. We had such a great time adding all the favorites – some crocheted snowflakes my grandmother had made for us early in our marriage, handmade ornaments from the boys when they were little, and favorite ornaments from friends over the years. Every ornament is a cherished memory! Of course, the memory of decorating our tree with the first grand is the most cherished of all.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful, memory-filled day!

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Final Days of the Online Extravaganza

Final Days of the Online Extravaganza

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

Monday, November 28 is the last day of the Online Extravaganza. You can enjoy discounts up to 40% on selected products. And there’s another 24-hour sale on products available only on Monday. Don’t miss out! You can order online, or send me your order with payment information. I’ll be entering one last order before noon on Monday.

Online Extravaganza, Flash Sale

Remember – you can add any current catalog products and Clearance Rack and other products to your order. Don’t miss out! Place your order or contact me today.

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


 

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