In the Moment

In the Moment

I love the In the Moment Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog. The images are so fun, and they’re “colorable,” which is my favorite thing. This is my favorite image.

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I have to admit, reading is one of my favorite things. When Mike & I go to the mountains, I almost always spend 90% of my waking hours reading. And, of course, usually Mr. Max is right beside me.

For this card, I stamped the image on Basic White Cardstock, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I had such a fun time using the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends. These are available now in the All Together promotion from Stampin’ Up!®, and they’ll be available for everyone beginning February 1. There are 10 different tones, so finding the right color is so easy! I used these to color the hair and skin of the bookworm and for the dog.

I die-cut the image and the Soft Seafoam layer behind it using the Layering Diorama Dies. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the In the Moment Stamp Set on Pumpkin Pie Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I embossed the cardstock (before I adhered the image) using the Bark 3D Embossing Folder. The card base is Pale Papaya.

Doesn’t this card make you want to curl up with a good book and your favorite pet and hot beverage? To be honest, though, most of my reading is done on my tablet lately. It’s just easier to adjust the font size for my aging eyes. When Mike & I went on vacation in October, I had a bag of books to read. During the day with bright sunlight, I didn’t have trouble, but at night, I had to use a page sized magnifier. I remember my grandfather using one of those. Looking back, he was probably about the age I am now. One day, Amelia will say, “My Seesa used to use one of these…”

I hope you get to spend some time relaxing over the weekend! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Love & Happiness

Love & Happiness

I definitely enjoyed some love and happiness today. Amelia’s school was closed, so Wes dropped her off here this morning and we got to spend the day together. We had so much fun! We made several videos that I posted on my Stamping with Buffy Facebook page. The first one was our snow volcano that was a huge success. The second was one showing how I die-cut the sentiment from my card on Monday using dies that didn’t fit the sentiment. We had some technical difficulties on that one; my die-cutting plates were pretty warped and wouldn’t go through my machine. UGH! No problem. Amelia took over and presented a craft of her own. I wasn’t going to post it, mostly because of my video fail, but she was so excited about it, I did. She loves teaching and sharing ideas; she’s a natural. Her craft used a lot of glitter, so she’s obviously my granddaughter. We’re saving it for the fairy garden this spring.

I did go back later tonight and re-filmed my video, so if you’re looking for my live at 11 a.m., it’s really more like 5:30 or 6 p.m. Of course, if you’re into blooper reels, feel free to watch the earlier one.

I ordered the Stampin’ Up!® Love & Happiness Bundle after OnStage in November. It includes the Love & Happiness Stamp Set and the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder. The hybrid folder cuts and embosses at the same time. Or you can cut or emboss if you choose. I used the dies with the set to cut and emboss.

Love & Happiness, Stampin' Up!

Since I’ve done several bright cards lately, I decided to make a vintage Valentine with this bundle. First, I ran a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock through the Cut & Emboss Machine using the embossing folder and the heart die. Then I repeated it with a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I sponged the Very Vanilla heart and the Blushing Bride panel with Crumb Cake Classic Ink, then adhered the heart into the center of the Blushing Bride panel over a Very Vanilla card base.

Next, I stamped some Forever Fern Greenery using Merry Merlot Classic Ink on Old Olive Cardstock, then die-cut them with the Forever Flourishing Dies. The Love & Happiness Bundle also includes several flower dies, so I die-cut some Merry Merlot flowers and added them to the card. Every vintage Valentine needs pearls, so I added some to the centers of my flowers. I used a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend Marker to add a little ink to the pearls to age them a bit more.

The label die and the sentiment are also part of this bundle. I stamped the sentiment in Crumb Cake Classic Ink on Vellum, then die-cut with the coordinating label. It kind of disappeared on the die-cut and embossed heart, so I cut another label from Very Vanilla Cardstock to add behind the vellum, then added it over the heart with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This card was really simple and very quick to create. And it was fun to make it while the snow was coming down last weekend. As excited as I was to have snow, I’m ready for it to be gone. We’re in the phase where it’s no longer pretty and is just extra work for everyone. So spring can’t come too quickly for me!

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

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Sweet Ice Cream

Sweet Ice Cream

Welcome back, Stampers! In preparation for our “big snow,” (which I don’t think is going to be that big), Mike went snack shopping the other day. He bought doughnuts, popcorn, fruit (had to throw in something healthy, right?), and ice cream. I know ice cream isn’t something you think of eating during a snowstorm, but Mike’s mom ran an ice cream store for years. It was the go-to dairy in his family!

I had seen so many cute cards with the Stampin’ Up!® Sweet Ice Cream Bundle that I had to buy it. I ordered it in the summer, and I don’t think I ever used it. Between recent holidays and snow days, I finally got a chance to break it in.

Sweet Ice Cream, Stampin' Up!

Doesn’t that look yummy? One of Mike’s favorite flavors is lemon, so I know he’ll like this. I started with a Mango Melody card base, then added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Mango Melody over the card base. Before I glued it, though, I stamped and die-cut the sentiment from the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer. I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to diecut the sentiment. Looking back, I should have used a little bit narrower die. I had to stretch it to fit the sentiment. I’ll be doing a Facebook Live at 11 am Tuesday, so I’ll show you how I did it.

I cut a piece of Granny Apple Green Cardstock (a tinch smaller than 3-3/4″ x 5″) and embossed it with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. I cut a 3-3-4″ x 5″ piece of Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (DSP), then used another Stitched So Sweetly die to cut the center out of the DSP. I layered this over the embossed card stock.

For the ice cream cone, I made it a double scoop of lemon and blueberry using Mango Melody and Coastal Cabana Ink with basic White Cardstock. The cone is stamped in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. It was so easy to create this delicious treat with the coordinating Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch.

This layout is so fun – and it works well for any occasion. Simply change the paper, colors, and stamps for a totally different look.

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

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Snow Day Fun!

Snow Day Fun!

Hi, Stampers! I thought I’d post a bonus this week since I missed Friday. My friend Christy has started a “birthday club.” Each month, someone posts a card layout, and we use it for birthday cards for that month. Of course, most layouts can be used for other events as well. Since I don’t have too many birthdays in January, I made a generic card that I’m sending as a thank you for online orders I’ve received.

Amazing Thanks, Stampin' Up!, A Grand Kid

I had so much fun making these cards! I realized I have been hoarding the beautiful Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Annual Catalog, so I chose that as my starting point. Selecting card stock colors was simple; I simply picked the Just Jade, Polished Pink and Pale Papaya from the DSP colors.

You can see that this is another “Let the DSP do most of the work” card! Honestly, this paper is so gorgeous, I hate to cover it up with extra layers. I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Just Jade Cardstock to the card base, then added a 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of DSP. I cut a 1″ x 4-1/4″ strip of Just Jade for the left side (over the DSP), then added a 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ strip of coordinating DSP over it.

For the sentiment, I chose the awesome 2021-2023 In Color Shimmer Vellum in the same colors as the card bases (Polished Pink or Pale Papaya) for the base. Then I die-cut amazing from Just Jade Cardstock using the Amazing Thanks Dies. I cut the amazing “shadow” from Gold Foil Sheets and layered it behind the Just Jade piece. I added it to the vellum using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used Polished Pink and Pale Papaya Stampin’ Write Markers to ink only the You are from the You are so loved stamp in the A Grand Kid Stamp Set.

My embellishment is a piece of the Gold Shimmer Ribbon behind the vellum.

You can, of course, step this up a notch by embossing the Just Jade layer, but I kept it simple.

It’s finally snowing here! We’ve been looking forward to it (or dreading it, depending on who you talk to) for days. It’s supposed to be 3″ or so. That’s where the forecast started, then it went up to maybe 18″. Now I think it’s back to 3-6″. Since Monday is a holiday, most schools and businesses were closed already, so it’s kind of a waste of snow. Amelia’s school was not closed (but it is now!) so I know she’s excited to have a day to play in the snow with Wesley.

I hope wherever you are you stay safe and warm! Have a lovely day, and thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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Hello, Friend!

Hello, Friend!

Happy Wednesday, my crafty friends! I may have mentioned in passing that I love Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration. It’s the best time of the year, because you get free products! Every time you spend $50, you can select a free product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. New team members can add two stamp sets* to their starter kit – Free!! The starter kit contains $125 in Stampin’ Up! product of your choice for only $99. And if you host a qualifying party, you can add the beautiful Calming Camellia Stamp Set to your order – also free. That’s on top of the already fun rewards you get for hosting a party. It’s a win/win/win.
*Host sets and Sale-a-bration sets are excluded from this offer.

On top of that, every time you spend $50, you can write your name in a square on my 50/50 chart. When it’s full, I’ll draw a name and the lucky winner will get a Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine from me.

One of the free bundles available during Sale-a-bration is the Friendly Hello Stamp Set and Friendly Hello 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). You can select this bundle when you spend $100 during Sale-a-bration.

Hello Friend, Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that little bird so sweet? He seems to be bringing springtime melodies, just for you!

To create this card, I stamped the bird on a branch on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers and die-cut it with the Layering Diorama Dies.

I cut a 5-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece of the Friendly Hello DSP and adhered it to the side of a Fresh Freesia card base. I added a few splatters around the bird and on the card base, then adhered the die-cut over the paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black ink. Because it just fit, I used my Stamparatus to be sure the image was stamped properly on the paper. (For classes, I cut the paper a little wider so this wouldn’t be a frustration for some.)

Finally, I added some of the lovely Iridescent Rhinestones from the January-June Mini Catalog to the flower centers. I love these little gems; they pick up whatever color you’re using at the time and are the perfect accessory.

Be sure to send me your mailing address if you need a mini catalog and/or Sale-a-bration brochure and I’ll send them out! (US only, please.)

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

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Dragonfly Garden in Vellum

Dragonfly Garden in Vellum

Welcome to the second week of 2022! I hope you’re having a wonderful year so far, and that you’re enjoying the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration. I’m taking a short break from new catalog peeks. My card today is mostly from the Annual Catalog. I tend to get so excited about the new products that I forget about my favorite things in the Annual Catalog.

The Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog is so big and so full of gorgeousness that it’s easy to miss things. For example, I missed the In Color Shimmer Vellum on page 135. It’s hard to miss; it’s right there in the bottom right corner. But somehow I missed the “shimmer” part. Fortunately, my friend Liz used it for one of our Mystery Pieces challenges (you’ll see it soon!). One side of the vellum – which comes in the 2021-2023 In Colors – is shimmery. (Well, of course it is; it’s right there in the description.) But until I used it, I didn’t realize how shimmery. When I saw it in the catalog, I thought, “Oh, colored vellum. Nice, but I can make it with Blending Brushes and ink.” But when I saw it in person, I had a whole new perspective. It’s so gorgeous and so shimmery. I mean, you don’t have to hold it under the light and move it around to see shimmer. It’s like someone sprinkled fairy dust all over it. Yet it’s not overwhelming. Take a look.

Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Garden

Sadly, like Wink of Stella, the shimmer tends to hide from my camera. But trust me; there’s shimmer!

To make this card, I created a card base from Thick Basic White Cardstock. Then I sponged Balmy Blue ink over the front with a Blending Brush. I wanted a hint of sky and a kind of shadow backdrop for the dragonflies.

Next, I stamped the dragonflies from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set randomly in Basic Gray Classic ink. I had an idea where my vellum images would be, so I tried to keep the swarm in areas that wouldn’t be totally covered by the larger images.

I stamped the large dragonfly image on Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent Vellum using Versamark Ink. Then I embossed them with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated. So pretty!

I punched the dragonflies with the Dragonflies Punch, then added them to the card with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I kept the dimensionals in the center, along the body of the dragonflies. That way they’re a little more “alive,” and don’t look so much like specimens pinned to a board.

After I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray Classic Ink, I added a few Irridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels from the January-June Mini Catalog. These are so delicate and pretty, and they add just a little more shimmer and magic to the card.

This card is quite simple to create, and it doesn’t take a lot of special tools. It really makes me long for spring, though, especially this week when it’s dreary and cold here. We’re not even a month into winter and I’m ready for spring. That means you’ll see a lot of spring cards in the next few weeks!

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

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Friends of the Forest

Friends of the Forest

Welcome back, my friends! I hope your year has been amazing so far. I’m so excited that the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini and Sale-a-bration have started! There are so many amazing new products available now, and, of course, Sale-a-bration is my favorite time of the year.

When I saw the Friends of the Forest Stamp Set in the new mini catalog, I thought it would be perfect for Amelia. She and her friends have been sharing their favorite animals. Amelia’s is a bunny; her friends Monroe and Emma both love foxes. I made ornaments for Amelia and Monroe, but I haven’t finished Emma’s yet. Amelia asked me to make her a fox, a bunny, and a deer. I now have the perfect stamp set to make Emma’s ornaments! But first, I created this card.

Friends of the Forest, Picture This, Stampin' Up!

This set works perfectly with the Picture This Dies in the Annual Catalog and the Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Sale-a-bration. I used the circle Picture This die to die-cut the circles in the Balmy Blue marbled DSP, the again on a piece of Basic White, and once again on a piece of the Friendly Hello DSP. The Friendly Hello DSP is also a Sale-a-bration item, but it’s bundled with the Friendly Hello Stamp Set and free with a $100 order.

I stamped the bunny, the tree stump, mushrooms, and bird on two of the Basic White circles, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. One of the things I love about the Stampin’ Blends is that you can use any of our Classic Stampin’ Pads to stamp an image you want to color. Because the classic ink is water based and the Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers, they work really well together.

On the largest Basic White circle, I stamped the sentiment. I used a Stampin’ Write Marker to ink only the my friend part of the sentiment. This was also for Amelia. She is teaching herself cursive. I’m not sure when they learn it at her school, but they don’t teach it in public school – and she wants to learn. So I’m sending her cursive notes when I can! I think she looks at it like a secret code.

I added the smaller die-cut circles from the Friendly Hello DSP into the open spaces, then stamped, colored, and punched the deer. I am so happy the Deer Builder Punch carried over from the July-December Mini Catalog!

This card seems like a fun frolic through the forest, don’t you think? I’m happy with the way it turned out – even without any embellishments.

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

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New Horzons

New Horizons

Welcome back, craft friends! I hope your new year is off to a great start. I’ve had a wonderful time trying out some of the new products from the January-June Mini Catalog. It goes live tomorrow (January 4); can you believe it? I’m so excited. Sale-a-bration also begins tomorrow, so get your shopping lists ready!

Today, of course, is the last day to order retiring items from the July-December Mini Catalog, so if there are any products you want, be sure to order today. Some things have already sold out, so don’t miss anything else you’d like.

I was playing with the New Horizons Suite from the upcoming mini. It’s so much fun. The New Horizons Designer Series Paper is so beautiful. You can add a few die-cut or stamped images, or you can use it all on its own. I paired my card today with the On the Horizon Bundle (On the Horizon Stamp Set and Horizon Dies).

Isn’t that gorgeous? I stamped a few trees and grass using Evening Evergreen Ink, then added some die-cut grass in Old Olive. I sponged the die-cut fence with a little Crumb Cake Ink to weather it a little, then glued it to the front of the card.  Multipurpose Liquid Glue is perfect for this because you can scrunch it around to give it more dimension,

The sky needed a little something, so I stamped the birds in Night of Navy Ink and the Sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento. Finally, I added it to a Fresh Freesia card base.

The other products in the bundle (that I forgot to use) are some cute Enamel Pebbles and a combo pack of cotton ribbon (Misty Moonlight and Petal Pink).

I think you’re going to love this suite. There are so many possibilities. And, of course, I’m a beach lover, so it was at the top of my list.

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

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One Final Christmas Project for 2021

One Final Christmas Project for 2021

It’s almost 2022, so I thought I’d share one final Christmas project with you. This was created by my dear friend Sandy. Some of my local stamping friends are members of a monthly swap. We’ve been doing it for several years, and it’s so much fun. I love getting the cards in the mail! We sign up for six months, then we can take a break or keep going for another six months. Sandy & I are the only ones who have joined every time.

Sandy is so artistic. Her cards are always so tastefully and beautifully done, and I am always thrilled when I see her return address on an envelope. This month, though, it was on a bubble mailer. Intrigued, I couldn’t wait to open it. This was inside.

Peaceful Cabin, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that gorgeous? Sandy used my absolute favorite stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® July-December Mini Catalog, Peaceful Cabin. This set is so versatile; I’ve made winter, fall, and summer cards with it. I didn’t get around to creating a spring card yet, but I will – just because. Sadly, even though this set seemed very popular, it’s retiring January 3. Actually, it’s already sold out, so it’s officially discontinued. I sell most of my retired stamp sets to make room for new ones, but this is one I’ll be keeping.

There are so many things about this ornament that I love. Look how she used a mask on the cabin so the trees are behind it. And the detail! You can see the trees through the porches. Perfect!! It’s hard to tell in the photo, but for the snow, she used a puff paint, so there’s a lot of texture. And there’s glitter on the evergreens and in the snow, so it feels really cold. And I love the little snowflake glitter she added.

Now you know why I get so excited when I see a card from Sandy in my mailbox! She is simply amazing.

I hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve, and a healthy, happy, and blessed 2022. Mike & I are staying home this year so we can catch up on some things. I’m going to try to stay up, but Mike will probably be asleep by 9:30. Why knows, though? He may surprise me!

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

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Hand-Penned for December

Hand-Penned for December

What is it about the new Stampin’ Up® January-June (aka Spring) Mini Catalog that makes me yearn for spring? I could live in an environment that was spring-like all the time. I love the warmth and just the smell of the air after a cold winter. Perhaps if I lived in that environment all the time it wouldn’t be as special. But my aunt lived in Miami, FL, for about 40 years, and she never tired of the tropical temperatures.

Still – I’ve had a super fun time playing with some of the products from the upcoming Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration products. I posted a couple of my favorites on my newsletter for January. If you’d like to see it, please ask to be added to my mailing list in the comments, and I’ll send it to you!

Today, I have a mix of old and new. The old is the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. The new is the Vellum Layering Designs paper in the January-June Mini Catalog. So fun!

Hand-Penned Petals, Stampin' Up!

Every month, some of my stamping friends and I participate in a swap. The participants change every month, but my friend Sandy and I have been participating since the beginning. (Check in to my blog on Friday to see Sandy’s amazing swap for December!) For my December card, I chose to use the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set.

I stamped the image three times in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. I die-cut them with the coordinating Penned Flowers Dies (bundle the stamps and dies and save 10%) and colored them with Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Granny Apple Green, Pale Papaya, and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ blends.

I layered one of the new Vellum Layering Designs (4″ x 5-1/4″) on a granny Apple Green card base, then added the die-cut images using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set. I stamped it on a Stitched Rectangle Die in Granny Apple Green Classic Ink, then added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Please drop by on Friday to see the swap I received from Sandy. I was totally in awe when I got it!

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

(Note: The Vellum Layering Designs isn’t included in the product list since it will not be available until January 4.)

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