Picturesque Sunrise

Picturesque Sunrise

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! Have you ever ordered something you really loved, but when it got to you, you went, “hmmmm. I wonder what it was about this that caught my eye.” That happened to me when my Stampin’ Up!® order from the January-April Mini Catalog with the Picturesque Stamp Set arrived. I didn’t remember ordering it, but I was sure there was a reason. It may have been one of the sentiments. There are a couple sentiments in the set that resonate with me.

I pulled it out the other day and had so much fun playing with it. The first thing I realized was that all three of the larger stamps “fit together” to create a beautiful scene.

Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! January-April Mini Catalog, Picturesque

Isn’t that a fun sunrise? I used my Stamparatus, of course, to fit the pieces together. First, I stamped the large trees in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then added the smaller ones in Mossy Meadow Ink. I stamped the sunrise using Tahitian Tide, Crushed Curry, and Calypso Coral Ink. And as hard as I tried to keep everything lined up, I still had a few blank spots, so I filled them in with the appropriate colors of Stampin’ Write Markers. I love how Stampin’ Up!® colors coordinate!

Finally, I added the birds in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the sentiment in Calypso Coral. I adhered this piece to a Mossy Meadow Cardstock layer.

For the background, I wanted some Designer Series Paper (DSP). I looked through all my “stash,” and decided on this piece from the Dainty Flowers 12″ x 12″ DSP in the Sale-a-bration brochure. This paper is awesome!  – and it’s free with any $50 order through February 28 (or while supplies last). It’s beautiful and it’s very popular, so don’t miss out; place your order soon to avoid disappointment.

My card base is Mossy Meadow, and I added a few Iridescent Pastel Gems in sunrise colors.

I am so glad I ordered this set – even if it was by accident! I’m going to have a lot of fun with it.

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

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Playing in the Rain

Playing in the Rain

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I hope your week is off to an amazing start. I had to work on some taxes today (bleh!), but I also got to do some “work” in my craft room. I love working there, because it’s never work!

I wanted to use a few more of the products I ordered from the January-April Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration, and I had such fun.

Stampin' Up!, Playing in the Rain Bundle, Rain or Shine Product Suite

This card uses most of the products in the Rain or Shine Suite from the Mini Catalog. I think this was the first set on my list after I saw the new mini. My granddaughter loves rabbits, so I had to get this suite! When she was “little,” she loved cats and horses. Now that she’s a responsible eight year-old and all grown up (!), she wanted a pet for her birthday, but a horse was out of the question and they already had a cat. She found a beautiful little bunny that she fell in love with and named him Havana (but they call him BunBun). He is a sweetie, and Wesley is happy to have another male in the house.

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral card base. After embossing a Daffodil Delight layer with the Raindrops Embossing Folder, I adhered it to the base. The Rain or Shine Designer Series Paper (DSP) is so fun! Many of the images have a little shimmer to them. I cut a 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of the DSP and adhered it to the Daffodil Delight Cardstock.

Using Basic White Cardstock, I die-cut a circle from the Layering Circle Dies, stamped the bunny (from the Playing in the Rain Bundle) in Basic Gray, and the sentiment (from the Easter Bunny Stamp Set) in Old Olive Classic Ink. I colored the bunny with Smoky Slate, Polished Pink, Petal Pink, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. The bunny was darker than I liked, so I lightened him a little with the Color Lifter.

For the little rain puddle, I used several colors. I didn’t want it to be mud, but puddles aren’t usually a pretty blue either. First I colored it with Balmy Blue, then colored over that with some Pool Party. Finally, I added a little Crumb Cake over that. It’s still not perfect, but it’s ok and he seems to be happy with it.

When I pulled out the die from the Playing in the Rain Dies, I realized that the puddle wasn’t part of the die, so I used the “Out of the Box” technique. Basically, you cut whatever you don’t want the die to cut (the puddle and spashy drops), then tuck this behind the die before you die-cut. I added this to the die-cut circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added that to the card front.

I created a banner edge on the sentiment, then slipped it behind the bunny. He just looks so happy, dancing in the rain! And the DSP umbrella is keeping him mostly dry while he plays.

Remember – if you order the Rain or Shine Product Suite, you get the Playing in the Rain Bundle (Playing in the Rain Stamp Set & Dies at the bundle discount), Rain  or Shine DSP, Raindrops Embossing Folder, and Loose Daisy Embellishments. You can also order all of the products separately, but if you order the Playing in the Rain Bundle (or the Suite), the bundle is 10% less than if you order the stamps and dies separately. And you will want the dies with this set!

If you’re free, join me for my Facebook Live later today. I’ll be showing you how to make the Spring Shaker Card with this same suite of products. If you can’t make it, it will be recorded to my Stamping with Buffy Facebook page.

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

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Two-Tone Flora Shaker Card

Two-Tone Flora Shaker Card

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I have such a fun shaker card for you today. I usually think of kids when I make shaker cards, but adults like them too. I decided to create one that doesn’t use Designer Series Paper. Take a look.

Stampin' Up!, Two-Tone FLora, Framed Florets

While I was thinking about what to use as a background for the shaker card, I noticed a die-cut on my desk. One of the dies in the Two-Tone Flora Dies is a full page. Here’s the whole set of dies.

TWO-TONE FLORA DIES

I used the big die on the left. It makes a perfect stencil! You can use Blending Brushes with ink pads, Spritzers with ink refills and water or rubbing alcohol, or other coloring media to stencil the image onto card stock. Or, you can simply die-cut it and adhere all or part of it to your card base. I used the new Small Blending Brushes to blend Fresh Freesia, Tahitian Tide, and Bermuda Bay ink onto (and through) the die-cut.  Then I adhered it to a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Tahitian Tide Cardstock and slipped both layers into a Clear Medium Envelope. I put pinches of For Everything Fancy Sequins in the envelope in front of the stencilled layer, then made sure the layers were flush with one side and the bottom of the envelope. I sealed the envelope as tightly as it would go without bending the paper and taped the other side down so it was also flush with the card stock. Finally, I adhered the envelope to a Fresh Freesia card base.

Since there was so much going on inside the envelope, I kept the front of the card simple. I stamped a sentiment from the Framed Florets Stamp Set in Bermuda Bay, then die-cut it with the Scalloped Contours Dies. After I looped some twine from the Three Twine Combo Pack to the front, I added the die-cut sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I am very happy with how this card turned out. Even adults can’t help giving it a shake! These clear envelope shaker cards are so simple and so fun.

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

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Beautiful Hello

Beautiful Hello

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! If you know me or have been following me for a while, you will know that one of my Stamping Besties (probably my best Stamping Bestie!) is Susan Horr. Susan is an incredible demonstrator and creates the most beautiful cards.

A few days after Christmas, Susan posted about her daughter-in-law Tara. Tara is in charge of a program at Vanderbilt working to improve the end of life experience for patients and their families, She has asked for handmade sympathy cards to send to families. If you can, any cards you can send her would be helpful. (Envelopes are also appreciated!) Please send them to:

Tara Horr
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN  37212

Susan assured me that this is her work address, so it’s ok to post it.

I sent a few cards after Christmas, and I received this gorgeous card in return. I was going to send a thank you for the thank you, but Susan said that would be weird.

Isn’t that beautiful? This is definitely Susan’s style, and when I asked she said it was one in a box of cards she made for Tara last year. I think the stamp set and gorgeous sentiment dies have retired, but Stampin’ Up!® has lots of similar flower sets that can be used. I know she used Pool Party and Purple Posy (an In Color that recently retired), and maybe some Mint Macaron. And I love the little Pastel Pearls. Don’t you agree that Susan’s style is so clean and beautiful?

I was so thrilled to get this, and it was so sweet of Tara to send it. If you’re able to send some sympathy cards for Tara’s awesome project, it will be a blessing to many people.

And while I’m promoting the Horr family, Tara and Sam’s daughter Madelyn (Susan’s oldest grand) is selling Girl Scout cookies. If you need a cute little Girl Scout Cookie supplier, click here. Besides the returning favorites, they have some new flavors! Check it out!

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Beautifully Happy

Beautifully Happy

Today I have a simple card for you. Still, I think it’s very elegant despite its simplicity.

Two-Tone Flora, Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration, Beautifully Happy

First, I stamped the flowers and greenery from the new Two-Tone Flora Bundle in the January-April Mini Catalog. I stamped in Evening Evergreen Classic Ink on a Basic White card base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″ to form a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card), but to make this even simpler, you could use the Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes. That way, you have your card base already made and you don’t need to buy an envelope, because it comes with the note cards! I think it’s a better size for this design as well. Sadly, that thought didn’t occur to me until I was finished.

I love to color images, but I know a lot of people do not. So this technique gives you a little color without the time. And it brings out your inner child, because splattering is a fun technique. Take a Watercolor Pencil (I used Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green) and a Water Painter or paint brush. Make sure it’s really wet, then paint along the point of one of the Pencils. When you’ve picked up a bit of color, hold the brush in one hand (I use my non-dominant one) and whack the brush with the index finger of your other hand. Easy! If you need more ink, simply repeat the process. Switch pencils and repeat. If the mess this creates at the tip of the pencil bothers you, it’s ok. It will disappear when you sharpen your pencil.

Stamp the sentiment from the Beautifully Happy Stamp Set in Melon Mambo Classic Ink, then add a few Pastel Pearls to the card.

The Beautifully Happy Stamp Set is free with a $100 order during Sale-a-bration (through February 28, 2023). It has lovely images and fun sentiments. To earn this set free, here’s all you need to purchase.

  • Two-Tone Flora Bundle, 160414, $55.75
  • Basic White Note Cards & Envelopes, 159232, $7.00
  • Pastel Pearls, 154571, 6.50
  • Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1, 141709, $16.oo
  • Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, 149014, $12.50
  • Water Painters, 151298, $13.00

You can click on the products below to see and order them in my store. (Or, if you want it all, simply click the Add All to Cart button.) Add the two stamp sets I used (Melon Mambo, 147051, and Evening Evergreen, 155576) at $8.00 each and you’re well on your way to a second free Sale-a-bration product!

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

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Nothing’s Better Than Daily Chocolate & Coffee

Nothing’s Better Than Daily Chocolate & Coffee

For classes this year, I’m heading back to my roots and offering a 3D project as well as greeting cards. I knew I wanted to make a hanging calendar, but I didn’t want anything that would take a lot of time or supplies. Sometimes getting a bag full of card stock, paper, and other supplies can be a bit daunting, and our class time is limited!

Here’s my first idea, but I know I’ll change it before the class!

Nothing's Better Than, Stampin' Up!
I chose Pale Papaya Cardstock for the base. Since five of our current In Colors will be retiring in a few months, I’ll be using the 2021-2023 In Colors (Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Fresh Freesia) a lot in the near future. These truly are some of my favorite colors, and I’m hoping some come back when we next have a “Color Refresh!”

The Pale Papaya base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ I covered the top half with two 2″ x 5″ pieces of the Dandy Designs 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). This paper is not only very pretty, but it’s FREE with a $100 order during Sale-a-bration (ending February 28, 2023). Then I covered the “seam” with a Mango Melody strip of card stock that I die-cut with the Basic Borders Dies.

The bottom half of the base is covered with a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock. Then I added another die-cut strip of Mango Melody Cardstock, plus a layer of Mango Melody Cardstock cut just a little larger than the calendars I’m using. I added the calendar to the Mango Melody layer with Tear & Tape Adhesive and the Mango Melody “2023” (die-cut with the Alphabet à la Mode Dies from the January-April Mini Catalog) with Fine-Tip Glue.

The last touch was to stamp Calypso Coral cups and Soft Suede and Crumb Cake chocolate from the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set, die-cut them with the coordinating Love You More Than Dies, and add them to the panel. I used two magnets – one at the top and one at the bottom – to hang it.

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

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Sunshine & Smiles

Sunshine & Smiles

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! We had a little Spring teaser after Christmas. The weather was quite warm, the air smelled fresh, and it got me in the mood for Spring. Now we’re back to more winter weather (i.e. cold!). I don’t mind the cold too much, but at least it’s not bringing snow and ice with it! As a school kid, I prayed for snow, but as an adult, I’m happy that it’s staying away from us!

Cloudy days don’t have to be dreary, though. Make cloudy days a little brighter with the Sunshine & Smiles Paper Pumpkin Kit! This kit includes nine sweet and sunny cards—three each of three designs. If someone you know is weathering a storm, this kit is just what you’ll need to create cards that are sure to brighten his or her day!

This kit includes:

  • Everything you need to create 9 radiant cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
  • A sweet springtime photopolymer stamp set.
  • A Mango Melody Stampin’ Spot
  • A fun peek-through window scene on each card!
  • Cute precut critters and labels, fun raindrop embellishments, and more!

Finished card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce

And fun news – This kit perfectly coordinates with the Rain or Shine Suite Collection (item number: 160556). I love this collection! The little critters are so adorable. You can mix and match the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Rain or Shine Suite Collection with the Paper Pumpkin cards, or stamp and die-cut images from the Playing in the Rain Bundle to add to your Paper Pumpkin cards.

And here’s more fun – there’s an add-on! For the first time ever the add-on is a die set. The dies are available to purchase now, and will be available while supplies last. This add-on includes:

  • One coordinating frog-shaped die: 1-1/8″ x 7/8″ (2.9 x 2.2 cm)
  • One coordinating flower bouquet die: 1-1/8″ x 7/8″ (2.9 x 2.2 cm)
  • Item number: 162486, $6.00 USD

Wait – did you just say you don’t have a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine? No problem!! Join my team during Sale-a-bration and you can add the original white or the exclusive new In Color  Boho Blue Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (a $63 value) and $175 in Stampin’ Up!® products for only $129. (That’s $238 in product for only $129. That’s huge!) You can also take the third “Join” option and order $175 in Stampin’ Up!® products (but no machine) for $99. It’s a great deal either way, don’t you think?

Start your monthly subscription to Paper Pumpkin here. You can cancel your subscription or put it on hold at any time. OR you can order a pre-paid subscription. These are available for 1-, 3-, 6-, and 12-months. If you order 3-, 6, or 12-month subscriptions during Sale-a-bration (now through February 28), you will be able to add at least one Sale-a-bration item to your order! Pre-paids can be ordered at a party or on my web site here.

Order or subscribe today – and don’t forget your add-on!

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

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Something Fancy

Something Fancy

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I am so excited for the launch of the Stampin’ Up!® January-April Mini Catalog, and, of course, Sale-a-bration! It’s the most fun time of the year, don’t you think? You can join my team for $99 and get an extra $175 in products if you join during Sale-a-bration.  That’s $50 more product that the standard Starter Kit offer. And, if you choose, you can add an exclusive Boho Blue or the original white Mini Stampin’ Emboss Machine for an extra $30. (That’s $238 in product for only $125 or $175 in product for only $99. It’s your choice.)

PLUS you can earn free products with your order. For every $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up!® product, you can select a free Sale-a-bration product. And there’s no limit to the number of free products you can earn. So fun! But you only have through February 28, and then Sale-a-bration is over – so don’t be like Cinderella and wait until the last minute.

Today I have a super easy card for you using products from both the Annual Catalog and the January-April Mini and from Sale-a-bration!

Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration, Decorative Borders, Something Fancy

First, look at this beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s 48 sheets of beautiful DSP (four each of 12 doubled-sided designs), and it’s FREE during Sale-a-bration! And check out the colors – Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Gree, Mango Melody, and Petal Pink. These are some of my favorite colors, and the designs are so fun. 

For my card, I used a design with Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green. First, I stamped a border from the Decorative Borders Stamp Set in the mini catalog using Bermuda Bay. I stamped directly onto the DSP. Don’t forget you can do that! I colored the leaves/flowers using Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freesia, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. (Just a tip – you do not have to stamp your images in black ink to color them with Blends. Any watercolor ink will do!)

Next, I stamped the sentiment  from the Something Fancy Bundle using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. I die-cut the label using the Something Fancy Dies. (Here’s another tip for you. You can order the stamps and dies separately, but if you take advantage of the bundle number, you’ll save 10%.)

The label looked a little too stark for me, so I used the Small Blending Brushes to add some Granny Apple Green to the tag. And now all of my Blending Brushes are easily accessible on my stamp table in the Blending Brushes Storage container that works with the Stampin’ Storage containers. 

I added a bow from Parakeet Party 1/8″ Metallic Woven Ribbon to the label with a Glue Dot, then added the label to the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I layered the DSP to a Bermuda Bay Cardstock layer and then to a Granny Apple Green card base.

I have to say, I love the plaid background, don’t you? And it was free!

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

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Playing in the Rain

Playing in the Rain

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy.  I am so excited about Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration and the new January-April Mini Catalog! I am happy to share this fun shaker card with you. It uses the Playing in the Rain Bundle from the new mini. Actually, it uses a lot of the products (ok, all!) in the Rain or Shine Suite Collection. The bundle includes the Playing in the Rain Stamp Set and dies. The other suite items are the oh, so cute Loose Daisy Embellishments, the Raindrops Embossing Folder, and the Rain or Shine Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

This looks so much cooler with the shaker items in motion, but before I took the photo, I tapped them all to the bottom. This is commonly called a “Faker Shaker,” but I love it because it turns most of your card into a shaker card – and these are so fun!

To create this card, I first cut a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Daffodil Delight Cardstock. Then I ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Raindrops Embossing Folder. Next, I cut a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4′ piece of the Rain or Shine DSP. I stamped the sentiment  From the Thanks a Bunch free Sale-a-bration Stamp Set directly onto the DSP with Orchid Oasis Classic Ink. I adhered the DSP to the Daffodil Delight Cardstock, then placed them in a Clear Medium Envelope. Before I sealed the envelope, I tossed in some of the Loose Daisy Embellishments, Effervescent Elements, and For Everything Fancy Sequins. I have discovered that the more “shakers” you add, the cooler and more fun your card is.

I closed the envelope as tightly as it would go, then wrapped the excess to the back and adhered with Tear & Tape Adhesive. I adhered the envelope to a Granny Apple Green Card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On a scrap of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the turtle, then die-cut him with the coordinating Playing in the Rain Die, and colored him with Stampin’ Blends.

I adhered him to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was finished. So easy and fun!

We’ll be making this card at classes this month, but if you live too far away to attend, I’ll demonstrate it on my facebook page, Stamping with Buffy, on January 25 at 11 am. If you want to make the card along with me, simply order the products below. If you order on my web site using the host code for January (X9KKS6ZV), I’ll send you more ideas for using this suite! Remember, if your order is $150 or over, do NOT use the host code, because you’ll want the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself. And, as always during Sale-a-bration, for every $50 you spend, you can order a FREE Sale-a-bration product!

If you want to attend the class in person, simply RSVP on my site for Wednesday, January 18 or Saturday, January 21.

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

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Hand-Penned Petals

Hand-Penned Petals

Welcome back, my friends! I tried something a little different this time. One of my goals this year is to get out of my comfort box and do some new things – including more than just cards!

I didn’t make a “not a card,” but I tried a little different technique. I’m not sure I’m a huge fan, but I do love the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!®

Stampin' Up!, Hand-Penned Petals, Painted Poppies

I stamped the large and small splatter images from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set several times in Orchid Oasis and Sweet Sorbet Classic Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I used my Stamparatus, and after I inked the stamp, I spritzed it with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Clear Wink of Stella. It’s sparkly in person, but not overwhelming. After I spritzed the stamp, I let the Stamparatus plate fall, so it caused the ink to splatter and spread a bit more than if I had just stamped it. This is a technique called The Stamparatus Slap, and it was created by accident by demonstrator Tandra Boyer.

After the ink dried, I stamped the flowers from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and the sentiment (also from Hand-Penned Petals) in Orchid Oasis.

I adhered the stamped layer to a layer of Basic Black Cardstock, then to a Sweet Sorbet card base. So fun – and very quick! If you’re not a fan of coloring images, this is a good technique for you.

I added some Iridescent Rhinestones to the flower centers to add just a bit more sparkle.

Don’t forget that Sale-a-bration and the January-April Mini Catalog Sales Period both begin tomorrow, January 5. There are so many fun new products! I have a “Faker shaker” card ready to show you Friday!

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

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