Geared Up

Geared Up

Today is my Jonathan’s 29th birthday. I know you’re shocked that I have a 29 year-old, and if you did the math correctly, you know that I was 11 when he was born.

Now that you’ve stopped laughing, you’re right. I was much older than 11 (like two decades older!). But the past 29 years have flown, and I’m so proud of my Jonny. In his spare time, he does electrical work for our company, and he’s seriously the best around. All our clients love him. His full time job is head trainer at a local gym, and all his clients love him there as well. His is kind, smart, talented, very handsome (he looks like his dad), and so much more.

I made a birthday card for him several weeks ago. The sentiment – from the Let it Ride Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog – fit him perfectly. But then I created this, and the images were more his style.

Geared Up Garage, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Textures, Timeless Textures

Fortunately, I will see him for a few minutes tomorrow, so I can give him this card. We’re having “family birthday dinner” on Tuesday, so I can give him the original card then.

This card was so much fun! I die-cut the set of three and the big set of gears in the Garage Gears Thinlits Dies from Gold Foil Sheets. Then I set them aside while I decided how I wanted to use them. (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I rarely have a plan when I start creating. I get an idea, and then it kind of evolves. Unless it doesn’t. Fortunately, this time, it did!)

It seemed like the best background for the gears would be the Timeless Textures and Artisan Textures Stamp Sets. The Garage Gears dies coordinate with the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog (and you can bundle them and save 10%), but Jon’s not into cars except for using them to get him back and forth. I could have used the tool box, though! He’s always been a tool guy. Even as a little boy, he wanted tools for his birthdays and for Christmas. Not toy tools; he wanted real tools. By the time he was five, he had a real tool belt filled with the basics – screw drivers, hammer, tape measure, a wrench or two, and more.

To create the background for this card, I stamped the smudgey stamp from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Classic Ink on a 4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. Next, I used Soft Suede for the floral image in the Timeless Textures set. Finally, I added the circles (which remind me of coffee rings, and Jon loves coffee!) in Early Espresso. It was a little “clean,” so I sponged the edges with more Crumb Cake ink.

All that was left was to add the gears and a sentiment. I stamped the sentiment from the Geared Up Garage Stamp Set on a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using Early Espresso Classic Ink, then punched with the Story Label Punch that will be available during March. I trimmed the top and bottom to make it a “squared off oval,” sponged with more Crumb Cake Ink, then added it to the top layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I die-cut a few more gears than just the two sets, so I added the extras to the inside of the Very Vanilla card.

The Geared Up Garage Bundle is very versatile. It’s great for cards for guys, but there are lots of other ways to use it. I can’t wait to try some “Steampunk” projects! I love the gears.

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

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Be Mine

Be Mine

Happy Valentine’s Day! This card is for a challenge for our Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Team Meeting tonight, so I was going to wait until tomorrow to post it, but that would be a little anti-climactic, I think, so you get to see it today.

This is a CASE from Cindi Clarke, another Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator. I changed a few things, but the idea is mostly hers.

First, I diecut the heart from the free Sale-a-bration Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets using the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. The Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets are a Level 1 Sale-a-bration item (free with a $50 order), and you get four sheets of each color. That’s huge!

Next I ran the inside heart through the Big Shot with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (DTIEF). You may remember that this was a free product added in the second release last February. You can still order it, because it’s in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, but you have to pay for it now.

I used the small flowers die in the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies to cut the little flowers from Blushing Bride and Old Olive Cardstock. I had to do a little snipping and gluing, but they turned out quite well. I added those to the card with  little adhesive and added a Very Vanilla bow from the Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack under the flowers. To complete the heart, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin’ Ink, then used Paper Snips to cut out the word love.

I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using the beautiful new Lace DTIEF from the Occasions Catalog, then layered that to a Very Vanilla card base. I adhered the embossed heart to the front of the card, then added the scalloped border around the heart.

I love this card, because it can be used for so many things. In an earlier post I mentioned that I would save all love cards I didn’t use for Valentine’s Day to give to Mike. Well, I ended up giving one away, and since this will go to the challenge winner, I don’t have quite as many love cards for him as I thought I would. Guess I’d better get back at it, because I have a lot of foil to use!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day. I have a meeting tonight, so Mike took me out to dinner Wednesday. What a sweetheart! He is definitely a keeper, right? We had a lovely, relaxing time.

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Postcard Pals Swap

Postcard Pals Swap

Postcard Pals is one of my favorite sets in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. Look at these little cuties.

Postcard Pals, Stampin' Up!

I used this set for a monthly swap. I was in the mood for bright, spring colors, so I used lots of Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight.

Stampin' Up!, Postcard PalsI had so much fun coloring this image. I used Stampin’ Blends in Real Red, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Granny Apple Green. Oh – and some of the swaps had a little swoosh of sky in Balmy Blue. (I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not.)

Our Stampin’ Blends make it so easy to look like an artist. They blend beautifully. I always order a combo pack so I have a light and a dark marker in each color. (You don’t save money, but it does save me frustration to have both.)

Simple Details

Since I knew I’d be using Stampin’ Blends, I stamped the image on Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. After coloring the image, I rounded the corners, then layered to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black Cardstock (also with corners rounded).

Before adding the stamped layer, I adhered a strip of Brights (Granny Apple Green) 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). I added a sentiment along the bottom, also in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and then the stamped/colored image went on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A Word of Caution

Sadly, over half of my swaps haven’t made it to their destination yet. It’s probably posted somewhere on the Stampin’ Up!® web site and on the USPS site (although I couldn’t find it), but I didn’t realize that if you mail a card in our Medium Clear Envelopes, it needs to be hand canceled. I’ve been using these envelopes for years without a problem, but apparently, this time there was a stickler for policy in the post office. Three of my swaps were delivered, three were returned to me, and two are still MIA. So – word of caution – if you use Clear Envelopes to mail your card (and who doesn’t want everyone who touches it from your house to its destination to see your creation?), be sure to add an extra 15¢. The good news, though, is that the “non-machinable” extra is 7¢ less than it was before the postal increase last month, so there’s that. (There’s always a silver lining, right?)

Here’s a photo of the sticker that came with my returned cards. So be sure if you have clasps, bumps, plastic, or any of the other things mentioned, you need to add 15¢.

According to the label, it sounds like I could have gotten away with just adding the extra postage. The stamps weren’t canceled; they had a squiggle over them. I didn’t want to take a chance, though. I stuck the entire original (envelope and all) into a Whisper White Medium Envelope with a new Forever postage stamp. Hopefully they’ll get there ok. Lesson learned!

Another Silver Lining

If you purchase everything I used to make this card, you’ll not only have a lovely collection of Stampin’ Blends, lots of paper for future projects, and a great corner punch, but you’ll also qualify for a Level 1 and a Level 2 (or three Level 1) Sale-a-bration Product! How fun is that? You know my motto, of course. “Why spend $8 for a beautiful card at the store when you can makea better one yourself for ~$150?” Actually, though, that $150 will make a LOT more than one card. I made nine, which reduces the “per card total” drastically – and I can make at least 39 more before I run out of Daffodil Delight Cardstock, so that brings the price per card to less than $4.00. PLUS you get free products, the joy of creating, and the recipient will be touched that you took the time to make a card for him/her. That makes the card priceless. (Feel free to use this math/logic on your husband, parent, significant other, or conscience as needed.)

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

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Painted Seasons Bundle

Painted Seasons Bundle

One of the products from the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration Second Release is the Painted Seasons Bundle. This Level 2 bundle includes a stamp set – with images you can use all year long – and 12 sheets of double-sided Designer Series Paper (DSP). Usually there are two sheets of six different designs in our DSP packs, but since there are four seasons, the Painted Seasons DSP has three sheets of four designs. One side coordinates with the four seasons and the other has a simple pattern. This bundle, and the other second release products, will be available to you on February 15.

One of the Sale-a-bration Coordination products that will be available in March coordinates with this bundle. The Four Seasons Framelits Dies include 10 dies and you can purchase these from March 1-31.

Here’s a video showing the new bundle and dies. Remember, Level 2 Sale-a-bration products are earned with $100 in sales. The Second Release products will be available February 15, and the coordinating dies can only be ordered during March 2019.

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Painted Seasons

Painted Seasons

My weather app says we’re having more ice and snow tomorrow, so I’m thinking flowers today! I’m not sure I trust my weather app; a couple weeks ago when it snowed pretty much all day, it told me it was sunny. I’m sure it was somewhere, but not here.

Anyway – as I promised, I have some new Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration (SAB) products to show you! Do you remember when you were a kid at Christmas and you got lots of new toys and wanted to play with them all, but couldn’t decide which to start with? Or you get lots of new clothes and can’t decide what to wear, because you want to wear everything? That’s how I was with this card. I wanted to show you everything at once, so I went a tad overboard. There’s a little from every new SAB product plus some sneak peeks of products coming in March. (Oh, and a little Occasions catalog product thrown in, just because I could.)

Painted Seasons, All Adorned, Stampin' Up!

Did I mention we’re expecting bad weather? So if it looks like spring threw up on this card, it’s because I’m hoping that the storm passes quickly. The temperatures the past week put me in spring mode.

The New Products

First, we have the gorgeous Designer Series Paper! The Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper is gorgeous – and there are patterns for all four seasons. Plus there’s a Painted Seasons Stamp Set – also with images for all four seasons that coordinates. It not only coordinates, but they come as a bundle! When you spend $100, you can select this bundle. And didn’t I do a beautiful job cutting out those flowers? Psych! I didn’t. Remember I told you that there will be products coordinating with SAB products available during the month of March? The Four Seasons Framelits Dies coordinate with the Painted Seasons Stamp Set images. You’ll only be able to purchase the dies in March, so don’t miss out.

The next new SAB product used on my card is the beautiful Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (whew – from now on aka DTIEF). I used it on the Pool Party layer under the sentiment. You can select this product with a $50 order.

The final new product is the All Adorned Stamp Set. This is another Level 1 product (free with a $50 order). There are three sentiments (one I used on this card) and some cute corner/background images.

Oh – wait. There’s one more. The Story Label Punch will also be a “March Only” product. I love the lines on this punch!

The Occasions Catalog product on my card is the Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8″ Reversible Ribbon. Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green are not colors used on my card (I used Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Poppy Parade), but they coordinate really well with Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist. And they are two of my absolute favorite colors ever, so I had to use them.

You can add the new SAB items (All Adorned, Country Floral DTIEF, Painted Seasons Bundle) to qualifying orders beginning February 15 (my Jon’s birthday!) The Story Label Punch and Four Seasons Framelits (plus other products) will be available March 1 – 31 or while supplies last.

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

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Valentine Stamp Off

Valentine Stamp Off

Welcome to another Stamp Off Friday with my friends Susan and Jackie! This week, we’re sharing Valentines. I don’t typically make a lot of Valentines. Usually I make one for Mike and one for my parents. For the kids, I create a little treat pouch with candy. These days, though, the kids are all eating healthy, so sugary treats aren’t as appreciated as they were a decade or more ago. However, it has been suggested to me that card makers need to create cards for all occasions – especially Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and birthdays. So I have created quite a few Valentines this year. I tried to make them a little more generic, so they can be used for lots of occasions. Probably Mike will find them on his desk or pillow on days I’m feeling especially appreciative. (Honestly, he’s the best. Sometimes I forget to tell him, so now I have cards stocked up!)

Here’s my latest Valentine card.

Artisan Textures, Petal Palette, Stampin' Up!

This was inspired by a card Jackie posted earlier this week. I’ve been creating lots of quick and easy cards lately, so Jackie’s card called to my “inner vintage” crafting self. (You can see Jackie’s card here.)

First, I’ll tell you that this was not the card I created for this challenge. I had a totally different card, but after I made this one, I asked Amelia which she liked better. This one won, and I’m glad, because it’s also my favorite.

This is definitely a card for “avid stampers.” I used two stamp sets, an embossing folder, two sets of die-cuts, and embellishments – plus there’s sponging. I have to say, this card makes me happy, although I have some friends who love clean, elegant lines and they may be breaking out in hives right now. (You know who you are, and I apologize! In my defense, though, I didn’t crumple or tear, so there’s that.)


Here are the details.

First, stamp a few splatters from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Sahara Sand Classic Ink on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock layer. Then run it through the Big Shot with the gorgeous Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog. Finally, sponge the edges with more Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

Die-cut a label from Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Stitched Label Framelits. Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

Die-cut the two sets of roses from Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. Place the negative from the diecuts into the Stamparatus, then fit the coordinating stamps from the Petal Palette Stamp Set into the negative spaces. Close the plate to adhere the stamps, then re-insert the die-cuts into the negative spaces. Ink the stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp onto the die-cuts. Color the flowers with Calypso Coral and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends.

Die-cut the leaf sprig in the Petals & More Thinlits Dies from Mossy Meadow Cardstock. I snipped mine into a few pieces so I could spread it around the die-cut label.

Stamp the sentiment from the Petal Palette Stamp Set onto the Stitched Label diecut using Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink. Adhere the label to the embossed layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then adhere the flowers and leaves around the edges of the label.

Add a few Pearl Basic Jewels (my go-to embellishment for vintage cards) around the card. Tie a bow using the Very Vanilla ribbon in the Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack and add it to the card with a Glue Dot. Adhere to a Very Vanilla card base.

If you’re not a fan of vintage, simply leave off the sponging and the Artisan Textures stamps. Then you’ll have a card more like Jackie’s.

Now – please head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their Valentines. I’m very excited to see what they’ve created. Susan has used the beautiful Meant To Be Bundle in other posts. Will she use it this week? What will Jackie pick? Will they go “cute” (Susan has grandkids who need Valentines for preschool classes) or will they go “romantic?” Oh, the suspense. 🙂

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

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Home To Roost “Retweet”

Home To Roost “Retweet”

I decided to redo my Home To Roost card from yesterday and make it a little more simple and cost effective for new stampers. (You can see the original here.)

I used the Stampin’ Up!® Stampin’ Blends to color the card yesterday. For today, I used Watercolor Pencils. I think a good “starter kit” for a new stamper includes a black solvent based ink pad (like Stāzon), Watercolor Pencils, Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock, a color collection of cardstock (like Neutrals), and a few Classic Stampin’ Pads. Oh, and of course a stamp set or three with images and sentiments.

Here’s my #simplestamping rooster redo.

Home To Roost, Stampin' Up!

First, I stamped the rooster and the sentiment from the Home To Roost (free Sale-a-bration) Stamp Set in Jet Black StãzOn Ink on Watercolor Paper. Then I colored the rooster with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils. I used an Aqua Painter to blend the colors a bit, but you can use a Blender Pen, or even a paint brush and water. If you prefer, you can simply color the image without blending. The pencils are very simple to use.

Instead of Real Red, I used Merry Merlot for the layer under the Watercolor Paper. Since Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake are both in the Neutral Color Collection, it reduces the amount of paper you have to purchase and you have all the neutrals colors to use on future cards.

Finally, I stamped the grass on the Crumb Cake card base using VersaMark ink. It adds a subtle tone and you can use it on any color card stock to get a tone-on-tone look.

If you purchase the supplies used for this card, you’ll earn a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product. And, of course, you’ll have paper, ink, and Watercolor Pencils to use on your next projects!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the Valentine Edition of our Friday challenges. I can’t wait to see Jackie’s and Susan’s cards.

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

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