Sitting Pretty

Sitting Pretty

I’ve been super puny all weekend and into the beginning of this week. I don’t know if it’s allergies (pollen is crazy right now) or a cold shared by my dear granddaughter who loves to share everything, but I have not been at my creative best.

You may remember the card I made using the Sitting Pretty Bundle. If you don’t remember, you can see it here. I love the benches in the set, as well as the little bulldog and other elements in the bundle. I knew when I saw it at OnStage that it was going on my wish list.

Here’s a video from Brandi at Stampin’ Up! who is always at her creative best! This video shows some of the features of the Sitting Pretty Bundle. It’s one of my favorites, and even though Max, our newest addition to the family, isn’t a bulldog, he reminds me a little of the pooch in this set. (More about Max after the video.)

Isn’t that fun? I love all the options with the park bench, and the ways you can use the framelits with the embossing mats.

Now, about Max. Max was originally named The General. I had heard a lot about The General (TG) from Mike. TG belonged to one of our rental clients. Mike made him treats at Christmas and always had a story to tell when he visited our clients.

When they had to move, the family couldn’t take TG with them. They were going to take him to a shelter. Well, we couldn’t have that, could we? After all, we’re a full service agency. Seriously, we do it all. One month, the gentleman tenant was out of town so he asked if we could pick up the rent since his wife had broken her leg and couldn’t drive. Sure. We called to let her know we were on the way. “Can you bring me a bottle of Merlot as well? I’ll pay you when you get here.” So, yeah. Property Management, Wine Delivery, and now Dog Rescue.

TG spent the first week “marking” his new home. I cleaned up so much dog pee, I was ready to send him back to Belgium (his original home before he came to the US). After the third or fourth time, I demoted him to “Recruit.” His name is now Max. (Actually, sometimes it’s Walter/Taz/Sam/Oh – DOG.) Amelia calls him “Maxie Bug.” Fitting name. Mike calls him General Maximilian. And if you’re wondering how I could change his name halfway (or a third of the way) through his life, I can honestly say he never answered to “General,” so I figured I might as well rename him. I’m happy to say he is over his territorial spree and is settling in nicely. He gets along very well with the cat, even though she’s not always sure he’s ok. They take turns chasing each other through the house, because they’re just about the same size.

He does kind of look like a general here. He just needs to be chomping on a cigar.

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


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Nature Sings

Nature Sings

One of the Stampin’ Up! stamp sets I had been putting off purchasing is the Nature Sings Stamp Set in the Annual Catalog. When I saw the 2018-19 Annual Catalog and found out it had carried over, it went onto my next order.

This set is in the Holiday section, and it is a beautiful Christmas set. But it also is perfect for other occasions as well. I used it for a Father’s Day card for my dad.

Nature Sings, Stampin' Up!, Thoughtful Banners

I know it’s a little late for Father’s Day, but you can easily substitute the sentiment with Happy Birthday! (And this is probably what I’ll do for my brother’s birthday next week.)

I decided to do a monochromatic card, so I stamped the images in Early Espresso on Crumb Cake Cardstock, then added a sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set, also in Early Espresso. To add a little interest to the Early Espresso Cardstock Layer, I used the large and small leaves from the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies with the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the leaf images. So fun! These mats let you have much more versatility with your framelits and thinlits. You can cut, emboss, or cut and emboss. I’ll post a quick video showing how to use them at the end of this post.

To finish up the card, I added some Burlap Ribbon under the stamped layer. I cut two small pieces and adhered them to the back of the Crumb Cake Cardstock so I wouldn’t waste what you can’t see under the layer. I adhered the embossed Early Espresso layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, then to a Crumb Cake card base. Finally I added the stamped layer/ribbon to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

As promised, here’s how to use the Embossing Mats.

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

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Stamp-Off Sketch Challenge – Tea & Cake

Stamp-Off Sketch Challenge – Tea & Cake

Happy Friday, Stampers! Today is another Stamp-Off Challenge. This week, it’s a “three square sketch challenge.”

The official title of the challenge is a “Three Square,” but it’s also a sketch. So I started to use alternate shapes, but as I progressed through the process, it ended up being, well, maybe  not squares, but rectangles. Check it out.

Time for Tea, Stampin' Up!

It’s a little busier than my usual style. I cut the “quadrilaterals” from the Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP). I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Cake Soirée Stamp Set (in case you were wondering where the cake in the title came from) in Tranquil Tide on Soft Seafoam Cardstock, then punched with the Pretty Label Punch. Two squares down!

My up-up-upline rewards us with product for different achievements (Tami Waddell is the best!). I ordered the Time for Tea Bundle for part of a first quarter reward I earned, and I love it! (This is the tea part of the title, of course.) The bundle includes the Time for Tea Stamp Set and the Spot of Tea Framelits Dies. You can buy these separately, but if you bundle them, you save 10%.

I stamped the teacup in Night of Navy Classic Ink on Soft Seafoam Cardstock, and diecut it. (No, I didn’t. I stamped it on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I realized there’s really no Whisper White in the DSP I used, so I sponged it with Soft Seafoam. Save yourself a step and just stamp on Soft Seafoam.)

I stamped the leaf spray in Tranquil Tide also on the “faux Soft Seafoam.” I used a Blender Pen to blend the ink into the leaves, then die-cut them with the coordinating framelit. I added the leaf sprays to a Balmy Blue die-cut frame, then layered the tea cup and half of a Pearlized Doily over the frame. It needed some embellishments, so I added a few Tranquil Tide Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the leaf die-cuts.

I added everything to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Tranquil Tide Cardstock, then to a Mint Macaron Card Base.

Now – head over to Susan’s & Jackie’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. This was a real challenge for me, so I can’t wait to see how they interpreted it.

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

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Diagonal Blooms

Diagonal Blooms

Here’s another diagonal fun fold for you using the Stampin’ Up! Accented Blooms Stamp Set.

Stampin' Up!, Accented Blooms

I posted the details for the diagonal cuts and scores here. This is a super easy fold, but it’s so fun to receive!

For this card that we made at classes this month, we embossed the Rich Razzleberry 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. And we learned an important lesson. You need to lay your embossed piece over the card to decide which way you need to cut the embossed layer diagonally. I cut this one the wrong way, so I had to either – a) refold the Whisper White card base so it opens “backwards” (aka “left handed”), or b) adhere the embossed layer wrong side up. We chose option “a.” You can send it to a left handed friend and pretend you made it just for them. It will make them feel special. Trust me – as a left-hander, I always felt extra special when anyone catered to my south paw tendencies. My grandmother always set my place at the table with the fork on the right, and she bought me left-handed scissors. She and my mom also did everything backwards (for them) when they taught me to sew and when they tried to teach me to knit and crochet. If I’m going to continue this amazing tradition of kindness, I guess I’d better start learning to do things backwards so I can teach Amelia, since she’s definitely right-handed.

Of course, you can cut the cardstock first, then emboss, but you still need to make sure you’re embossing the correct sides. And if you cut after embossing, you need to start your cut in the middle. Because the “point” of the diagonal is so small, it will sometimes tear the cardstock if you start cutting at the point. So I place the cutting blade in the middle of the layer and cut one way, then come back to get the other side.

The stamped layer on this card uses the Accented Blooms Stamp Set. I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and colored the image with Stampin’ Blends. There are a couple that may look different to you. The yellow flowers are light Daffodil Delight and light Pineapple Punch, and the bottom center pink flowers are light Lovely Lipstick. Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick are two of the new Stampin’ Blends colors, but they’re (as of this posting) not available quite yet. But they will be soon – so stay tuned! You’re probably wondering how I got them. Well – it’s a perk for being a demonstrator and attending OnStage! We used these markers at OnStage Local in Hartford, and at the end of the event, we could select products from the Make & Take box to keep. I chose the Stampin’ Blends. The other colors I used were Rich Razzleberry Combo and Olive Combo.

I carefully added centers to the Daffodil/Pineapple flowers with a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Marker. Since Memento is a water based ink, you don’t want to use it with other water based products, because it can bleed. But since I was careful and used it sparingly, it worked quite well. (Poppy Parade is one of the new Stampin’ Blends colors you’ll be able to purchase when the new ones are available, but I don’t have it yet; that’s why I used a Stampin’ Write Marker instead. But you can bet it will be on my first order after it’s available! You’ll definitely win that bet, because Poppy Parade is one of my favorite colors.)

After I colored the image, I die-cut it with the Layering Squares Framelits Dies. I sponged the edges of the die-cut with some Mango Melody Classic Ink and a Sponge Dauber.

On a separate piece of Whisper White, and using the Stamparatus, I stamped the hello sentiment in Daffodil Delight Classic Ink. Then I used a Sponge Dauber to sponge Poppy Parade across the center of the stamp, and stamped again. Because I used the Stamparatus, I could be confident of perfect placement.

I punched the stamped hello with the Tailored Tag Punch, the added it onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Embedded Embossed Love

Embedded Embossed Love

I don’t know about you, but I have four guys to make Father’s Day cards for – Mike and my dad (of course!), but also Wesley (from Amelia) and Jon (from his dog Taz). Yeah, we’re one of those families that consider our pets “kids.” Of course, once we have human babies, the fur kids take a back seat. But Jon and Adrianna don’t have kids, so Taz is their baby. He gave Adrianna flowers for Mother’s Day (and promised not to “mark” them), so he has to have something for Jon for Father’s Day, right? But I digress.

Mike and my dad, as well as Mike’s dad when he was still here, always got a tree card. You have to love Lovely as a Tree for guys, right? It’s a staple! When I bought High Tide, they also got several lighthouse cards. Dad also got some farm ones – a truck with a bed full of apples, since he’s a retired orchardist, as well as a couple barn ones. I’m thinking he may get a barn door this year, but I haven’t made it yet. And, of course, now we have even more fun guy sets with Sea of Textures and Rooted in Nature.

I decided to go geometric this year for one of the four cards. No trees. No lighthouses. No octopi. Just some shapes and a sentiment.

Special Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

This card is very simple – but I love the colors and the clean shapes. I punched one Smoky Slate, three Bermuda Bay, and three Rich Razzleberry, tags using the Tailored Tag Punch. Using the Smoky Slate one as a placeholder – but not adhering yet, I arranged the other six on the Smoky Slate card. After adhering them, I embossed the card front with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think it kind of looks like streamers being thrown into the air. Then I stamped the sentiment from Special Celebrations in Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink on the Smoky Slate punched piece and adhered it to the center of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I think this card will be perfect for Amelia to give to Wes. She has already picked out a gift for him – and he’ll love it! Wes went back on night shift Monday, so for the next two months, I’ll have Amelia every weekday, at least for a few hours while Wes sleeps. I’m so looking forward to it! We’re going to have an awesome summer. Our biggest problem is there’s too much to do in the few hours we’re together each day. I guess we need to learn to pace ourselves and not try to do everything in one day. And this is one reason I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – I can make extra money on my terms and set my own schedule – which allows me to spend lots of time with my granddaughter. How amazing is that?

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

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Abstract Impressions Bundle

Abstract Impressions Bundle

I love the bundles in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Not only can you save 10% by ordering stamps and dies or punches together, but you get products that coordinate so well together.

The Abstract Impressions Bundle includes the Abstract Impressions Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies. There are 21 photopolymer stamps in the set, and with the three thinlits dies, you can create a beautiful detailed die-cut butterfly, flower, or intricate flower cluster which can be placed in a corner of a project, or cut for smaller clusters.

Take a look at this video for ideas and tips for using this set.

And here are instructions for creating some projects with this bundle. How fun!

Order this bundle today and release your inner artist.

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CASEing Holly

CASEing Holly

Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators love to swap. You design a project, then create a bunch of them, take them to an event and exchange with others. These days, a lot of swaps are held online as well, so you don’t have to wait for a Stampin’ Up! event to swap.

I don’t usually participate in “live” swaps. I love getting the samples and ideas, but it’s so hectic for me. I do like team swaps, though. One of my team members started a swap this spring, and we had other team members and customers join us. It’s so fun getting a card in the mail. There’s nothing like a handmade snail-mail card, right?

Since I don’t have a direct upline, my friend Holly Obier adopted me into her group. They also had a swap last month, and all the cards were over the top. I have loved every one I’ve received. Holly’s was a fun fold that I had to CASE (copy and share everything).

Isn’t that fun? (Between Holly and Susan, I’m going to get talked into Lilypad Lake. I thought it was too much like another set I had, but they’ve done such cute things. And my will power is basically non-existent sometimes.)

To make this card, you simply cut a card base diagonally, then score so you have a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card. You get two cards from one 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock. I trim just a sliver from the diagonal edge or each piece so it closes a little neater. The triangular flaps open up and out. So fun! Here’s my case.

I used the Varied Vases Stamp Set and Vase Builder Punch – bundled, of course, because when I save 10%, that’s that much more I have to put toward more product. Just an FYI – if there’s a bundle you love, go ahead and buy it early. When the retiring lists come out, or when it gets close to the end of a catalog sales period, the bundles sell out. Even if the set and coordinating dies or punches carries over, the bundle price does not. So don’t miss that chance to save. Of course, Varied Vases is a brand new set in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, so you have through May 2019 to enjoy the discount. But it’s perfect for summer, so why wait?

My card base is Whisper White, and the Scattered Sequins embossed layers are Daffodil Delight. The scalloped oval is the new Mango Melody (gorgeous!). I stamped the center vase and the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then filled in with Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. In person, the Mango Melody flowers on the right look like they are varied in color, but, honestly, I only stamped them one time in the same ink.

My little tulips are stamped in Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather Cardstock. These are two beautiful new “purples.” The larger vase is Gorgeous Grape on Highland Heather, and the smaller is stamped in Shaded Spruce on Granny Apple Green. Can you tell I’m loving all our new colors?

To add a little variety, I colored the middle vase with a little Pool Party Classic Ink. And the sentiment is Granny Apple Green again. If you like Lemon Lime Twist, you’re going to really love Granny Apple Green.

Be sure when you add your top layer that you only adhere to one side (mine is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the right of the oval); otherwise, your card won’t open. (Yes, I have made that mistake with gatefold cards before.)

Here’s the inside of the card. You can see how the two flaps open. And, again, those flowers at the bottom corner are all colored with Mango Melody, but some look a little more yellow. It’s probably because I didn’t ink my stamp well. But I like the look.

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

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