October Mystery Pieces

October Mystery Pieces

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy, my friends! Mike & I had a fabulous anniversary weekend. We ate Thanksgiving leftovers, walked Max a lot, and just relaxed the entire time. We even watched several holiday movies. They were fun, but after a while, you can figure out the plot before the movie even starts. (Big city girl, usually named Holly, Carol, or Merry, goes to small town and ends up falling in love with a handsome small town guy named Jack, Nick, or Chris, and gives up her big city life and stressful job for the small town and cute guy. Really, the only difference was the location of the small town. This weekend, it was Mississippi, Louisiana Bayou, and Vermont.

Now that we’re back home, I have another “Mystery Parts” challenge to show you! Here are the parts we were given.

I think these were from Nadine. We got Basic White and Basic Black Cardstock, black twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack, and a piece of the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper (DSP). I LOVED this pack of supplies, because there were so many possibilities. Here’s what my team did.

This is Nadine’s card. I love how she used both sides of the DSP and colored the flowers on one side. The Painted Texture 3D Embossing on the Basic White piece is a perfect backdrop.

This is Christy’s card. She “spotlighted” one area of the DSP to color, and backed it with some of the Basic Back Cardstock. So pretty!

This is Sandy’s card. I love how she sandwiched the flowers between the dotted side of the DSP.

Carol went in a totally different direction, and I am in love with this card. Carol’s not a “flower” stamper, so she went full-on Halloween with this one. I LOVE those potion bottles, and she repeated the colors in the dotted side of the DSP. I have a feeling Carol was (and is) the cool mom on their street. And I love how she used the twine. I wish I had been as clever.

Amazing Thanks, Perfectly Penciled, Stampin' Up!

This is my card. (Look, Ma! No stamping!) I cut the DSP into three sections, then colored the background instead of the flowers – and idea I got from Georgia demonstrator, Brian King’s blog. It’s fun and different – but be sure you’re in a well-ventilated area if you’re using Stampin’ Blends or you might get a little more creative than you’d like!

I used Tahitian Tide, Fresh Freesia, and Parakeet Party Stampin’ Blends to color the DSP, then added the strips to the Basic Black Cardstock, then to a Basic White card base. I used the Amazing Thanks Dies for the sentiment. I love that you can cut the shadow outline as well as the words! I forgot about the twine until I had already glued everything down, so I just made a bow and stuck it behind the sentiment. That part I’m not super happy with, because it obviously says, “Oh, yeah. I have to use this twine. Let’s just throw it on at the last minute.” Hopefully the beautiful colors will detract from that!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have an amazing week!

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Forever Fern Thanks

Forever Fern Thanks

Happy Saturday, my friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. All my kids were here, plus my mom and niece and Stephanie’s younger sister. It was so nice, because everyone chipped in and brought a dish or two, so I didn’t have to cook much at all. And everything was delicious!

Mike and I always head to the mountains after dinner, because our anniversary is usually a few days after Thanksgiving We enjoy just relaxing, reading, and enjoying life without a schedule for a few days. Last night, we were watching TV and Mike got a notification that someone – or something – was on our porch. “Buff, look at this! I think there’s a rat on our porch.” I was hoping he was kidding, because all rodents creep me out. I can handle squirrels, but that’s about it. I declined to look at his phone. “But I need you to help me verify if it’s a rat.” Ummm – keep watching. Maybe he’ll smile for the camera. Turns out it was a little opossum. Which is weird, because we’ve never had one near the house before. Maybe it ate some bugs while it was there! We do have a stray cat (Mike has named him Bob) that hangs out on our porch some nights; I hope Bob and the opossum get along!

Our demonstrator team’s challenge for the meeting we had in November was to create a thank you or gratitude card without using flowers. Not using flowers wasn’t a challenge to a couple team members, but for the rest of us, well – almost all of us used leaves. Everyone who brought a challenge project gets their name in a drawing and the winner gets all the cards. I won this month, and I showed you Sandy’s card here. Here’s Nadine’s card.

Isn’t that gorgeous? I love how she masked a circle in the center, then stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Very Vanilla Cardstock. I am guessing, but I think she used Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, and Merry Merlot (or another red). The background dots are stamped in the same colors. The sentiment is from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

I’ll post the other cards from the challenge next week. They were all so lovely, and I happily accepted my “win.”

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

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So Grateful with Cheerful Basket

So Grateful with Cheerful Basket

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy, Stamping Friends! Can you believe Thanksgiving in the US is tomorrow? Am I ready? Yes, I am – because Mike & the girls are doing all of the cooking. All I have to do is set the table.

When the boys were little, we started a birthday tradition. They could choose their main dish and dessert for their birthday dinners. That has grown to include wives, ex-wives and ex-wives new husbands. We all love Stephanie’s (granddaughter Amelia’s mom’s) new husband Garrett. His birthday is a little over a week after Thanksgiving, so I asked what his favorite food was. Chicago style pizza with spinach and pepperoni. Um….ok. When I started the tradition, the choices were basically hamburgers and hot dogs, steak, lasagna. One year we added taco salads, thanks to my mom. But now, apparently, it’s turned into “stump the cook.” Chicago style pizza? What’s that, and how is it different than my normal pizza?

Well – I found a recipe, and my dear Katelyn came over after she got off work to help with a trial run. Ok, to be honest, Katelyn made the pizza and I had a few glasses of wine while reading the recipe.

Katelyn rocks! I have never had pizza dough turn out so amazing – and this was her first time making it. The pizza was delicious as well. I’m not sure what a true Chicago-an will think, but I was blown away! When I googled the difference between Chicago style and “normal” pizza, Chicago style is basically backwards. While I usually make a crust (ok, now that I found out Pillsbury has one already made, I don’t make it), then add sauce, cheese, then toppings, Chicago style is totally backwards. For that you add cheese, toppings, then sauce. I was blown away by Katelyn’s Chicago Style Pizza! She totally nailed it! I’m waiting to hear what the Chicago guy says, but I loved it! So onto more challenges…

Every month, our demonstrator team has a challenge. This month it was “Thanks/Grateful card with no flowers.” The no flowers part was because most of us use flowers in every card, so not using flowers was really the challenge. Here’s one of my favorites from this challenge.

Cheerful Basket, Stampin' Up!

This was Sandy’s card using the Cheerful Basket Stamp Set. I LOVE the little cat and the butterflies (stamped and Brushed Brass). And Sandy is a master at adding shading around images. It’s simply g0rgeous, don’t you think?

This card makes me remember how much I am grateful for all of my team members, customers, friends, family, and more as we head into this Thanksgiving season. And, of course, and always – for you. Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

 

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Framed & Festive

Framed & Festive

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! Here’s another simple and easy card we made in classes this month. It uses the Framed & Festive Stamp Set and the gorgeous Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper.

Stampin' Up!, Framed & Festive, Boughs of Holly

First, start with a circle die-cut from the Layering Circles Dies. I used Basic White Cardstock, but any color will work, because you don’t see the circle.

Cut 1/4″ x 3″ strips of Designer Series Paper (DSP). As I said, I used Boughs of Holly DSP. The easiest way for me to add the paper to the die-cut is to add three vertical strips of adhesive on the circle, then lay the DSP over the strips. I played around with the strips until I found a pattern that was pleasing. You can also add a bit of gold foil or trim between the strips or overlap them a bit. It’s your card, so do what you like! After your circle is covered with the DSP strips, use Paper Snips to trim the excess.

Using the Tailor Made Tags Dies, die-cut the top of one of the smaller rounded ones from Distressed Gold Specialty Paper, then adhere it to the back of your “ornament.” Tie a piece of Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon in the tag. (I cut the ribbon in half so it woldn’t overwhelm the ornament. You can also add Linen Thread, Twine, or Simply Elegant Trim.)

Stamp the sentiment  a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. I used my ornament as a guide for my sentiment from the Framed & Festive Stamp Set. This set will only be available through January 4, 2023 or while supplies last. It’s full of fun holiday greetings! For this one, I masked the to be jolly half, inked the top with Real Red Classic Ink, removed the mask, then stamped at the top of the card stock. After cleaning the stamp and making sure it was dry, I masked the top (‘Tis the Season), then inked To be Jolly, removed the mask, then, using the ornament as a guide to be sure I was stamping low enough on the card stock, I stamped the last part of the sentiment (after I knew where to stamp, I moved the ornament, just in case. I tend to be a messy stamper!). Some of my stampers decided this was a lot of work for a fun card – especially if it was going to be mass produced, so they used shorter greetings that didn’t have to be masked. I was thrilled that they were using their creativity to make the card their own!

After the ink dries, emboss the Basic White Layer with the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder.  For almost every card, the ink transferred to the folder, so you may want to have some wet paper towels or baby wipes or something to clean the folder if you’re making lots of them. The ink will transfer to the card stock. (You don’t need to ask how I know.) Fortunately, the “ornament” covered the mishap! It was actually a happy accident, because to totally cover the “oops,” we had to tilt the ornament and it looked to much better!

Add the ornament to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then add a few Iridescent Rhinestone Embellishments to glam it up.

For a little more fun, flick the edges of a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Evening Evergreen Cardstock with Versamark Ink. Then emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (from the Metallics pack). It gives it a little more interest than just a layer of card stock.

Adhere the Evening Evergreen and Basic White layers to a Basic White card base. I know this seems like a lot of steps, but this is really a very simple card to create, and it’s very festive and fun!

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

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Mountain Air Shaker Card

Mountain Air Shaker Card

Welcome back, my friends! I just realized today that it’s less than a week until Thanksgiving. Eek! I am not ready at all. I used to be so organized, but then we had kids and started a few businesses. In working toward getting back to an organized flow, I made a prioritized list today. Sometime after I crossed off the first two things, I lost the list and then spent about 30 minutes looking for it. I did make another one, and accomplished all but one thing on it. But I added three more things I had done that weren’t on the list, because I wanted to cross them off. It makes me feel more productive.

Here’s a card we’re making in November classes. The basic idea is a CASE, but I can’t remember where I saw it. I decided to turn it into a shaker card.

Mountain Air, Regal Reindeer, Stampin' Up!

This card is so fun, but so simple. First, cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ card base from Basic White Cardstock and score at 4-1/4″. The top layer is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White. Using one of the Layering Circle Dies, cut a circle from the 4″ x 5-1/4′ piece. Place it on the card base without adhering, then lightly trace the circle from the top layer onto the card base.

Stamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink under the window on the top layer. Mine is from the Regal Reindeer Stamp Set. Die-cut a tree from Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the Majestic Mountain Dies, and adhere it to the side of the layer beside the window.

Now that you know where the window will be in relation to the card base, stamp the trees from the Mountain Air Stamp Set in Shaded Spruce Ink inside the circle on the card base. I stamped off a couple times, so I’d have a little more depth in my woods. If you go outside the circle, it’s ok; no one is going to know unless they tear your card apart to see how you made it.

Next, wrap a Foam Adhesive Strip just outside the traced circle on the card base. Make sure it’s not inside the circle or directly on the penciled circle, or it could show. This will give you a little fenced area for your shaker bits. I added a pinch of Sparkle & Shine Sequins and a couple pinches of the pink For Everything Fancy Sequins, but you can use anything that’s small and non-adhesive. (Note: If you want to erase your penciled circle, remember not to blow away the eraser bits, because you could lose some sequins. Just gently swipe them off the card. The brush in the Embossing Additions Tool Kit in the July-December Mini Catalog works great for this. And, just so you know, my notes are so you can learn from my “Oops!” moments.)

Cut a piece of Window Sheet a little bigger than the window on the card. Mine is about 3″ x 3″. Add adhesive around the window to adhere the window sheet. Then add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the corners and sides of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer. Remove the backing from the Adhesive Strip and Stampin’ Dimensionals, then place the window layer over the card base, lining up the window over the Foam Adhesive.

And that’s all there is to it. It seems like a lot of instructions, but it’s really simple. I mostly made simple shakers using clear envelopes like this one. But now I’m hooked on “real” shakers. I can’t wait to make a few more using some of my brand new products from OnStage and my preorder!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a lovely day – and don’t forget the Seasonal Sale. These products in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog are discounted:
Punches – 10%, Stamp Sets – 15% (excluding host stamps), Dies, Embossing Folders, and Designer Series Paper (excluding Specialty and assortments) – 20%. The Sale ends at 11:59 MT tonight (November 18), so order now!

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Framed Florets Swap

Framed Florets Swap

Welcome back, Stampers! I am happy to show you my swap from Stampin’ Up!® OnStage. This card is the original, but it’s a little different than the one everyone else received. I realized I wasn’t going to have enough of the Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (DSP), so I had to alter it a bit.

Fitting FLorets, Framed Florets, Stampin' Up!

I love this Pre-release Collection!  Besides the Framed Florets Stamp Set and Framed Florets Dies (which I, of course, bundled and saved 15%), between now and January, you can add the Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper, Framed & Festive Stamp Set, and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls to your order as well. These coordinate perfectly with the Framed Florets Bundle, but they’re only available through January 4 or while supplies last. Only the Framed Florets Bundle will be available in the January-April Mini Catalog, so order now to avoid disappointment.

To make this card, I started with a Night of Navy card base, then added a layer of Basic White Cardstock. On top of that, I added a layer of the Fitting Florets DSP.

I die-cut the oval and frame from Basic White Cardstock. I love that the die cuts both layers at once! I wanted the frame to be blue, though, so I used a Blending Brush to add a light coat of Night of Navy Ink to the frame. I love that it’s not all one color like card stock would be. I added the frame to the card using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, then stamped the sentiment from the Framed Florets Stamp Set in Balmy Blue on the oval Basic White Cardstock and added it inside the frame.

I die-cut some elements using the Framed Florets Dies (and did you notice that the stamp set and dies have the same name? I am so excited about that change!) and Fitting Florets DSP and some Splendid Day DSP, then added them to the card with Multi-purpose Liquid Adhesive.

I stamped the flowers from the stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored them with Stampin’ Blends in Mint Macaron, Soft Succulent, Flirty Flamingo, and Daffodil Delight. I added these with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch is the Iridescent Pearls. They didn’t show up as well as I wanted, so I colored them with the Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend.

I will confess that I did a lot of the coloring and assembling in the car on the way to Jacksonville. I totally ran out of time before the event, but since I had hours to just sit, I thought making cards was a good way to spend the time.

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

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Seasonal Sale Coming Soon!

Seasonal Sale Coming Soon!

November 15-18, Stampin’Up!® is having the Annual Seasonal Sale on products in the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog. The details are later in this post, but first, here are some highlights of the Stampin’ Up® OnStage Event in Jacksonville, FL.

This is everything I received Friday night at Center Stage. Center Stage is a “Pre-Event Event” for demonstrators with the title Silver Elite and above. This year there was a networking session and a dessert. I had a dinner planned with members of our team who attended OnStage, so I could only stay long enough to pick up the beautiful Evening Evergreen bag, January-April Mini Catalog, Sale-a-bration Brochure, name badge and pins, notebook, and two new Stamp Sets – one from the mini and one from Sale-a-bration. Additionally, Center Stage participants were given a Stampin’ Up!® Logo Umbrella. Fun! Years ago, demonstrators earned Great Rewards points for sales, team building, and leadership, and we could order selected products with the points. One of the first things I earned was a beautiful Stampin’ Up!® umbrella. It was yellow and was covered with tulip images from a current stamp set back in those days. I loved it, but it was showing its age. I’m happy to have a new one!

I was happy to have four of our team there.

(l-r, back row – Rose, Christy, Debbie. front row – Nadine, Buffy)

We also made a new friend, Melissa, who was so sweet. We were so pleased to have her join us! Here are the products we won through the “Prize Patrol.” Everyone leaves with a prize.

I got these adorable Daisy embellishments. They’re flat, so they won’t add too much bulk to the card so they’re easy to mail.

Nadine and Christy won these beautiful Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins.

Rose won this fun twine combo pack. The colors are Garden Green, Coastal Cabana, and Calypso Coral, I think. We’re not home yet, and my catalog is packed away, so I’m not positive about the “orange” color.

And Melissa won Bordered Night of Navy Ribbon.

We all had such a good time, and it was so fun to spend the day together.

Seasonal Sale Details.

And now, as promised, here are the Seasonal Sale details.

Create more by spending less during the Seasonal Sale! Between 15 and 18 November 2022, select products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be on sale with the following discounts:

  • 10% off all punches
  • 15% of all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)
  • 20% off all dies
  • 20% off all embossing folders
  • 20% off all non-specialty Designer Series Paper

With the season of giving upon us, this is a great opportunity to buy gifts for your fellow crafting enthusiasts, or to stock up on supplies for all your upcoming handmade projects. Remember, this sale is for four days only! Don’t miss out – Shop now! Sales are while supplies last, so don’t wait. If your order is less than $150, feel free to use the host code – VNCCYPQQ. Of course, if your order is $150 or more, do not use the host code, because you’ll want the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself!

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

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Splendid Thoughts Dish Garden

Splendid Thoughts Dish Garden

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I hope you had a wonderful week. We are on our way to Jacksonville, Florida, for Stampin’ Up!® OnStage Local on Saturday. Tonight is CenterStage, an event for demonstrators with the title of Silver Elite and higher. It’s a networking session with a dessert. It sounds fun, but several of my team members are also attending the Jacksonville event Saturday, and we have a dinner planned on Friday night. One of my team members lives in Jacksonville, and I haven’t seen her for several years. Some of the others I have never met as they live in Georgia and Florida, so dinner with them definitely won out. I’ll probably go to CenterStage long enough to get my catalogs and “swag,” because I know my team will all want to see what they’ll get on Saturday.

It’s always more fun to get a first look at the catalog with friends. Several years ago, a demonstrator friend of mine in Oregon called me and we looked at it together virtually until my phone died a few hours in. It was so fun! (And that was before Zoom!)

I was going to post my “table swap” today. I ran out of time to make more swaps, but I have enough for the ladies on my team attending OnStage and anyone else at our table. I didn’t want them to see it early, though, so I’m posting this fun Splendid Thoughts Dish Garden instead.

Splendid Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Splendid Day, Go To Greetings, Ranunculus Romance

I am having so much fun with the Splendid Thoughts Bundle and Splendid Day Designer Series Paper (DSP). (Hint: I’m using the Splendid Day DSP on my “table swap” for OnStage too. You’ll see it Monday unless I have something super fabulous to show you from OnStage.) Here are the details.

I used a Calypso Coral card base, then topped it with a piece of the Splendid Day DSP. I normally use the gorgeous foil sides of this DSP, but I needed this background to be a little more demure.

I stamped one of the floral images in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron Cardstock two times, then die-cut them. Another image is die-cut from Petal Pink Cardstock, and one more in Calypso Coral. The final three images are die-cut from the foil sides of the DSP. I arranged all of them on the card base/DSP layers, then added the dish, a Petal Pink die-cut from the Splendid Thoughts Bundle, stamped with an image from the Ranunculus Romance Stamp Set in Calypso Coral Ink.

Instead of making a tag for the sentiment, I stamped it directly onto the card using Calypso Coral Ink. And the final touch was a few gems from the Leaf Label & Amber Gems Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalog.

I was a little hesitant to add all the diecuts to the dish, but Mike liked them. When we received flowers after the kids were born, lots of them were in dish gardens that were full of different plants. It was fun, because it gave me more plants to check off my “I killed this” list. Despite the fact that my dad was an incredible orchardist and both my parents grow incredible flowers, fruits, and vegetables, I have a very brown thumb. Both my brothers’ thumbs are green. And, incredibly, I was once president of a Virginia Horticultural Auxiliary. Everyone in my family laughed at that. Especially after the apple tree in my backyard that I was so proud of finally produced…pears. That was a bit embarrassing. Oh, well None of them can play a Beethoven Sonata on the piano, so we all have our strengths, right?

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

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More Fond with Autumn

More Fond of Autumn

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! It finally feels like fall here in Virginia. It’s been so warm the past week or so, but today it’s finally getting a little more “autumnish.” I’m looking forward to sweater weather.

I posted one of the Mystery Cards we made a few weeks ago with Stampin’ Up!®’s Shannon West. You can see it here. I was playing around the other day, and I decided to make a similar one, but with a little twist and different colors.

Fond of Autumn, Go To Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Obviously, I used different colors, going with a Fall Theme this time. I laid the masks diagonally across a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, leaving about 1/2″ between them. Then I blended Pumpkin Pie ink about halfway across using a Blending Brush. I blended the other half with Cajun Craze. After the ink was dry, I moved the masks, down and blended the next stripe with Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie ink. I decided to add one more stripe, so I moved the masks once again, and blended with Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral.

This is a perfect card for anyone who isn’t fond of coloring. Normally, I would use Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Write Markers, or Stampin’ Blends to color the fall leaves and flowers. This time, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink over the blended stripes. Instant coloring!

The sentiment, from Go To Greetings, is stamped in Cajun Craze. I added a few embellishments from the Leaf Label and Amber Gem Combo Pack, but thought it needed just a little something. I colored both sides of one of the Textural Elements from the July – December Mini Catalog with Cajun Craze and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends, then added it to the top of the card with Mini Glue Dots.

This card was fun to create, and didn’t take a long time at all.

By the way, on November 9 and 10 (Wednesday & Thursday), all current Paper Pumpkin subscribers can save up to 50% on Paper Pumpkin past kits, refills, and add-ons. Customers who subscribe by 10 November will receive the November From The North Pole Paper Pumpkin Kit as their first subscription order.

Past kits, refills, and add-ons make perfect gifts for this upcoming holiday season. Get a head start on holiday shopping now! Past kits don’t include a clear block, but they can be purchased separately if needed. Items are available while supplies last.

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

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Christmas Season with Leaves of Holly

Christmas Season with Leaves of Holly

Welcome to another week, my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mike & I were pet sitting for one of our sons, and it’s always fun to hang out with their critters. It’s a welcome change from our grumpy old dog (who is actually very sweet, but not to other dogs) and “I’ll be friendly if I feel like it, but don’t hold your breath” cats.

After Mike mowed for my mom today, we went shopping to stock up on a few necessities for winter. It’s not like we’ve ever gotten snowed in for more than a day or two at a time, but it’s nice to know that if we do have a rare snowstorm that leaves more than three inches of snow, we’re ready! In the 40 years we’ve been married, I can only remember three times we’ve had more than two feet of snow.

For the past few years, some of my friends and I have been swapping cards. It’s a six month commitment, and each month we send cards to the other members of the swap. The group changes each rotation; sometimes people have to drop out for a rotation or two, then come back when life calms down. My friend Sandy has been in every rotation so far, and her cards are always so elegant. She’s awesome.

There are four of us this time – which is perfect, because we can do extra special things without getting overwhelmed. Here are the cards from the other three this month (I can’t find mine).

Stampin' Up!, Soft Seedlings, Forever Fern, Hello Harvest

I love all three of these. Nadine’s Faux Torn Layers with the Forever Fern Stamp Set is so fun. Margo added little metallic die-cuts with her fall card (and I LOVE the painted label over the pumpkin from the Hello Harvest Stamp Set), and Sandy’s soft, multicolored leaf from Soft Seedlings is so gorgeous. I need to up my game, because these three are so amazing!

Nadine’s was the first card I received this month, and I had to CASE it.

Christmas Season, Leaves of Holly, Stampin' Up!

I tore a Post-It note in half lengthwise to mask the left side of a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock since I don’t have any of our Masking Paper yet. I have 5″ long Post-It’s, so they’re perfect for card masks! Next, I lightly sponged Sahara Sand Classic Ink along the right side of the card stock. Leaving the mask in place, I stamped pinecones from the Christmas Season Stamp Set (in the Annual Catalog) in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede Classic Ink, pine branches in Shaded Spruce, and dots in Merry Merlot Ink. Using the Leaves of Holly Stamp Set, I stamped the berries in Real Red Classic Ink.

I stamped the sentiment from the Leaves of Holly Stamp Set in Real Red on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then die-cut with the Tailor Made Tags Dies. The ribbon on the tag is probably retired, because I keep forgetting to pull out retired ribbon from my ribbon box, but we’ll say it’s the Gold Shimmer Ribbon from the July-December Mini Catalog.

I added some of the White Pearlized Enamel Effects Basics to the berries for a little dimension. I love this product, and if it retires in January, you’re still going to see me use it a lot. (So buy it now while you can, just in case!)

Thanks, Nadine, for the inspiration! And thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Stampin' Up!, Leaves of Holly, Christmas Season

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