Ecclectic Expressions for a Stamp-Off

Ecclectic Expressions for a Stamp-Off

It’s time for another Stamp-Off with Susan, Jackie, and me! This week is a sketch challenge. 

How fun is that? There are so many things I could have used for the circles, but I decided to use circles. (Very original, right?)

Eclectic Expressions, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I thought this design of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (DSP) would be perfect with the circles from the new Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration stamp set, Ecclectic Expressions. I layered the DSP over Garden Green Cardstock, then to a Soft Sky card base to pull in colors from the DSP. To cover the seam, I added a skinny strip from the opposite side of the DSP.

You’re going to love the new Ecclectic Expressions Stamp Set. It’s a new Level 1 Sale-a-bration item, and you can have it free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration. There are so many fun images that will add texture to your images. There are also two sentiment stamps – Happy Birthday and Thank You – which are the two that I use the most.

I stamped the circles in Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, and Soft Sky, then punched with 1″ and a 1/2″ circle punches. The sketch doesn’t call for a sentiment, but I added one anyway. I stamped the Happy Birthday in Garden Green Classic Ink, then filled in with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker. Since I stamped on a scrap, there was just enough room for the sentiment, so I cut the banner freehand.

I can’t wait to see what Jackie & Susan have created this week. The first thing I do on Stamp-Off Fridays is check their blogs. Take a few minutes to check out their creations. I know they’d also appreciate a comment, if you’d like to leave one!

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


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Blossoming Basket with Springtime Foils

Blossoming Basket with Springtime Foils

I did it! I sneaked this card away from Miss Amelia long enough to get it photographed. I used two of the new Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration products – Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Blossoming Basket Bundle.

Look at that lovely basket weave! It’s such a deep and gorgeous impression since it’s a dynamic embossing folder.

I stamped the basket of flowers in Basic Gray Archival Ink, then colored with Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Garden Green, and Tranquil Tide Classic Pads and a Blender Pen. Then I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the image.

The butterfly and tag are also stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White. Trust me, they’re way easier to fussy cut than the basket.

I decided to color the leaves on the DSP using the Dark Olive Green Stampin’ Blends Marker. Then I used a Sponge Brayer to color over the entire panel to tone the white down a bit. You probably wouldn’t even notice this unless it was right beside the original paper, because it’s quite light.

These are fabulous products, and you can get them free! The Springtime Foils Specialty DSP is a Level 1 item, so you can earn it with a $50 order. The Blossoming Basket Bundle is a Level 2, beacause it includes the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. You can earn that with a $100 order. (Or, spend $150 and get both PLUS Stampin’ Rewards!)

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

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Video Tuesday

Video Tuesday

It’s Video Tuesday! Yeah, I know; that’s not a thing. I was gone all weekend, and Monday was very busy. It started at 6:30 a.m. and ended with a rehearsal that went until 9:30 p.m., followed by a long drive home. I didn’t have time to create anything new, although I do have some products started with the new Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration Blossoming Basket Bundle.

Funny story. I was working on some ideas with the Blossoming Basket Bundle and the Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper while Amelia was painting in my craft room. What I created must have been lovely, because she decided she must have it. I agreed, but said, “I have to finish it and take a picture first…” Amelia is three. She doesn’t understand the concept of  waiting, but she’s learning! Still, she managed to abscond with part of my project. So, I have a video for you today. Hopefully, I can get my project found, finished, and blogged before she sees it tomorrow!

This video shows you a few fun things you can do with the Blossoming Basket Bundle. (I actually am trying to see how many times I can use that phrase in my blog today.) It’s a Level 2 Sale-a-bration product, so you can get it free with a $100 order. It contains the Blossoming Basket Stamp Set and the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Remember – during Sale-a-bration (through March 31, 2018), you can earn free products with a minimum $50 order! Level 2 items are free with a $100 order. Host a party, and you’ll earn even more Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying workshop orders. And if you join my team during Sale-a-bration, you can select $125 in Stampin’ Up! products and pay only $99 plus tax – PLUS you can select two sets of your choice to add to your starter kit.

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



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Lots of Lavender

Lots of Lavender

Lots of Lavender was the first Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration set I pre-ordered. I love lavender, and this set is so lovely. It’s also a perfect set to use with the new Stamparatus, because you can set up all the pieces on the four stamping surfaces. It’s a snap to create multiple cards with this set.

Lovely Lavender, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

Measurements and More

For this note card, I cut a 4-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, then scored the 6″ side at 3″ to create the 3″ – 4-1/2″ card. Because I was using the Stamparatus, I wasn’t hesitant to stamp right on the card. I placed the lavender bouquet outline stamp on one suraface and stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink. Then I placed the lavender on another surface and stamped in Perfect Plum Classic Ink. The leaves and stems were placed on another surface and stamped in Garden Green Classic Ink, and the bow was placed on the final surface and stamped in Crushed Curry Classic Ink. Easy!

A Little Tip

Although it’s really easy to see where you’re stamping with the photopolymer stamps, I still miss the mark sometimes. So before I stamp on cardstock, I test my stamp placement in the Stamparatus with the Imaging Sheet from the Stamp-a-ma-jig. If you don’t have one, any clear, non-porous material will work – window sheets, our cellophane bags, or even vellum.

The Sentiment

For my sentiment, I used the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Duet Banner Punch in Perfect Plum. Thoughtful Banners is a wonderful set, because you can mix and match to get almost any sentiment you want. With the coordinating Duet Banner Punch, it’s easy to create a lovely banner with your choice of sentiment.

Get this Set Free

If you order the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set, the coordinating Duet Banner Punch, the Basic Black Archival Stamp Pad (because this is a neccessity!), and the Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon I used on this card, you can select any Level 1 product as your free gift. This products will work wonderfully with almost all of the Level 1 Sale-a-bration products! And what’s better than free, right?

One Last Thing

I used the Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for this card. It’s perfect for creating envelopes for up to 66 sizes of cards! Add it, Whisper White Cardstock, and the three ink colors I used for this card, and you can select a second Level 1 Sale-a-bration product or a Level 2 product – free!

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

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Blooms in Color

Blooms in Color

The Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set – available free during the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration event – is a beautiful, photographic bouquet in a gorgeous vintage look. It’s a one-step stunner for all your projects! This new Distinktive stamp (patent pending) lays down the ink at different opacities, giving the finished image more depth.

There are lots of things you can do with it – stamp it randomly in a Classic Stampin’ Up! color for a background; stamp it in gray or black for a fun monochromatic black & white card; or stamp it in an archival ink and color with Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Write Markers, Classic Stampin’ Pads and Aqua Painters or Blender Pens, or Brusho; or stamp in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends. These are just a few of the options.

For my card today, I decided to stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink, then color the blooms.

Heartfelt Blooms, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

This card is very plain and basic. It’s really a “prototype” for a class, so I haven’t added a sentiment. (Note: If you’re coming to February classes, you’ll be surprised when you see the card we’re making! It uses this techinque, but it’s also a fun fold. Be sure to RSVP if you haven’t already!) It could be a great birthday card, a sympathy card, a wedding or anniversary card, or even just a “thinking of you” card.

I stamped the flower three times in Basic Black Archival Ink, then colored with Watercolor Pencils. I’ve used Aqua Painters and Classic Pads and Stampin’ Blends, but I think the Watercolor Pencils look amazing as well. After I scribbled color on the petals and leaves, I smoothed it out with a Blender Pen. I love the way it turned out.

Before I send this, I’ll add some ribbon or other embellishments and a sentiment. For now, it’s just a plain, stamped card. To create the simple card base, I scored a 4-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock to form a 3″ x 4-1/2″ base. I used my wonderful Envelope Punch Board to create a custom envelope for the card.

If you purchase the Whisper White 12″ x 12″ card stock, the Envelope Punch Board, Blender Pens, Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad, and Watercolor Pencils, you have more than enough to earn the Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set free! Don’t wait – order today!

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

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Simple & Wonderful Things

Simple & Wonderful Things

Here’s a fun and simple card we’re making in February classes. It was originally for a demonstrator team color challenge. The color palette was Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Lemon Lime Twist. The second part of the challenge was to use products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog and/or Sale-a-bration products on the card. Here’s my original entry.

Oh So Eclectic, Just Add Text, Stampin' Up!

My Occasions products on this are the Tutti-Frutti Washi Tape and the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Actually, I only used one folder twice. The flowers really do look a lot like some of the flowers in the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set.

The flower outlines are stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink, then the centers in Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and some Lemon Lime Twist in the centers. I love this combination. (The centers may be Crushed Curry. I made it a while ago. At any rate, even if it really is Lemon Lime Twist, it’s not enough of my favorite color, so I added the washi tape.)

I love the sentiments in the Just Add Text stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I added this one in Bermuda Bay.

Tonight we’re having another sleepover with my granddaughter Amelia. So far we’ve had popcorn, watched Finding Dory, and now she’s sharpening all her colored pencils. Mike & I had a lovely dinner – and I offered her either pizza (our typical sleepover fare) or some of our pork roast. Sadly, she was too full of popcorn to eat dinner. There may or may not have been some chocolate involved as well, but I will have a sudden attack of amnesia if her parents ask. Tomorrow will be a lovely day for healthy food.

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

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More Brusho Love

More Brusho Love

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m really loving the Brusho Crystal Colour from Stampin’ Up!. It’s a pack of five colors – Prussian Blue, Gamboge (Orange), Brilliant Red, Yellow, and Moss Green. I’ve shown you several fun things you can do with them – and here’s one more.

I mixed some Brilliant Red Brusho Crystals with Silver Embossing Paste, and it was absolutely gorgeous. It ended up a shimmery Sweet Sugarplum, and it’s lovely on Basic Black.

Brusho Crystal Colour, Sunshine Wishes, Stampin' Up!

The Silver Embossing Paste is a bit thinner than the White and Shimmery White pastes, so it takes a little longer to dry. I also used the widest palette knife with it, because it’s so thin. (It also has a bit of a smell, so if you have scent issues, please ask your demonstrator to let you check it out before you buy it. Some scents give me instant migraines, but this one didn’t cause me any problems. Yay!)

I simply spread a bit of paste on a Silicone Craft Sheet, then sprinkled Brilliant Red Brusho in the paste and mixed it up. Then I spread it over the mask and let it dry. Some of the hearts were a bit thick, so I used a paint brush to move the paste around a bit and give the hearts a little more texture. I thought they kind of looked like a box of chocolates when I got finished (and now I have Forrest Gump in my head).

After the paste dried, I added some more hearts. I die cut a few hearts using the Wood Crate Framelits with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and sponged Sweet Sugarplum ink over them. Then I die-cut the heart from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits from Champagne Foil Sheets. And just for a little more glitz, I added some hearts and dots from the Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes. The last step was to add the love die-cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits over the center.

This is Mike’s valentine, of course. I hope he likes it! He came home early from a conference (yay!!), so he’ll be here for Valentine’s Day. We’ll also have a little preschooler here for a sleepover, so I’m not sure how romantic it will be. But it will be fun!

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

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