Stamp Off Thanksgiving Challenge

Stamp Off Thanksgiving Challenge

It’s another Stamp Off Friday! This time, we have a Fall/Thanksgiving Challenge.

(Thank you, Stampin’ Up!®, for the image for our challenge!)

We have so many options for fall and Thanksgiving this year. I love the Country Home Stamp Set, and I almost used it for the challenge. But Christy designed a super fun card for the residents at Spring Arbor yesterday, and I wanted to use that idea.

Stampin' Up!, Colorful Seasons, Pleasant Pheasans, Winter Woods

The idea I took from Christy was the embossed and die-cut leaves. She used a different leaf, but the Seasonal Layers Thinlits leaves worked great for this.

Creating the Leaves

First, die cut the open leaf from Crumb Cake Cardstock using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Then, use the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the veins on the leaves. Place the die-cut into the detailed leaf die, then make your sandwich. From the bottom up, you’ll have the Big Shot Platform, cutting plate, die with the cardstock inside (facing up), then the blue silicone rubber mat, and finally the white impressions pad. I used the thicker gray mat the first time, and it almost cut all the way through. It gives a deeper impression, but it was almost too deep for my taste (look at the difference between the Cherry Cobbler top leaf and the other two to see what I’m talking about). If you like the more detailed embossing, you’ll want to use the gray mat.

Sponge classic ink on the leaves to give them color. I used Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, and Pumpkin Pie. Then I added a little Clear Wink of Stella for a bit of glimmer (because even though it’s fall, we have ice in our forecast today).

The Background

Stamp the tree line from the Winter Woods Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog multiple times in Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Ink on a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of  Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used the Stamparatus to make it easy to line them up. Simply stamp, then move the plate, ink the stamp, and stamp again. And again, and…you get the idea.

Putting it Together

Create a Pumpkin Pie card base by scoring an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of cardstock at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Layer a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock over the card base, then add a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper over the Cherry Cobber layer. Finally, add the stamped layer.  Adhere the leaves using Stamping Dimensionals.

Stamp Happy Thanksgiving from the Pleasant Pheasants Stamp Set in Cherry Cobbler Classic ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. Punch with the Pretty Label Punch, then trim the top and bottom from the punch to create a long oval. Adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Please check out what Susan and Jackie have created for you. You’ll love their projects, I know. They are such amazing crafters!

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

Happy Fall

I think we skipped fall here in Virginia and went straight to winter. Maybe it just seems that way because we were in Florida for a little over a week. It was very hard to leave to come home Sunday morning; the weather was beautiful. It’s been chilly and wet here. It rained Monday. Tuesday wasn’t too bad. Today was chilly. Tomorrow – nothing has happened yet, but area schools are already closed because of the thread from Winter Storm Avery. (Maybe we are in the South after all.)

Avery is supposed to drop a few inches of snow and some ice here tomorrow. The snow isn’t bad, but ice scares us! It’s too unpredictable.

So in my attempt to bring back fall for a few more weeks, here’s a card using the Pleasant Pheasants Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog (without pheasants).

Pleasant Pheasants, Stampin' Up!

This is a simple card for more avid crafters, and it’s really not difficult for casual or beginner stampers if it’s made in a class with everything cut and ready to go.

The Background

To create the background, cut a square of Watercolor Paper the size you need. I have no idea what size this is. I found a scrap and used that. Then I die-cut it with Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Square Framelits.

Use an Aqua Painter to thoroughly wet the paper. Then, pick up ink from Classic Stampin’ Pads with the Aqua Painter and create a wash over the paper. I used (top down) Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, and Tranquil Tide. I know they don’t look like those colors, but I used a lot of water.

We learned a bokeh technique at OnStage from our CEO Sara Douglas. Flick some water from the Aqua Painter onto the colored square, then use a paper towel to pick it up. It leaves lovely dots on the background piece.

The Image

After the background is totally dry, stamp the wheelbarrow image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. You can leave it just like that and it will look lovely. I chose to color the image with some Stampin’ Blends. I used Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, and Old Olive for my card. The I added a little frost to the pumpkins (because it’s cold and icy here) with a Clear Wink of Stella Pen.

Finishing it up

I left the Crumb Cake card base plain, except for the row of leaves at the bottom. Adhere a layer of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the middle of the card, then lay the Pumpkin Pie scalloped layer over it as a guide for stamping the leaves (don’t adhere yet). Stamp the leaves two times in Tranquil Tide, leaving a gap where the bottom of the square (or diamond, actually) will be.

Adhere the stamped layer to the scalloped Pumpkin Pie square/diamond, then adhere to the card over the DSP with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add a little Grapefruit Grove 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon beneath the DSP and under the square layers. Of course, you can use any ribbon you’d like; Grapefruit Grove is what I had at hand.

Stamp the bucket of pumpkins from Pleasant Pheasants inside the card, and you’re finished!

This would be a fun card for a class (and my stampers may see it in the next class). If you have everything (including the squares) cut, it will be easy, especially if you use the Stamparatus.

Check Back Tomorrow

Check in tomorrow for a Friday Stamp Off with Susan, Jackie, and me. (Hint: It will be another fall/Thanksgiving card!) I’m excited about mine, because I used Big Shot Embossing Mats and a stamp that had never seen ink. Of the two (today’s and tomorrow’s), tomorrow’s was Mike’s favorite. So if you liked today’s card, you really want to see the challenge card!

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

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One More Sneak Peek

One More Sneak Peek

One of the cool perks for Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators who attend OnStage events is the Product Purchase Premiere. Selected products from the upcoming catalog (this time, it’s the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the 2019 Sale-a-bration Brochure) are available for us to purchase early. All demonstrators enjoy a preorder period before new products launch to customers, but OnStage attendees get to order even earlier.

This is one reason my post is very late today; I was waiting for my order. Actually, I was so tired yesterday, I kept falling asleep. OnStage Events are so packed with activities that it takes me a few days to get my energy back. In fact, I was so “jet-lagged” that I forgot what I ordered. And being jet-lagged is very difficult when you haven’t changed time zones. But that’s how I’ve felt for two days. It’s probably from the 16 hour car trip home on Sunday. Usually we stop midway, but I needed to be home Monday. Amelia was an angel, in case you were wondering. She’s a born traveler.

But you don’t want to read about my adventures any more. I’ve talked, and talked, and talked about my week in Orlando. Here’s the promised sneak peek.

2019 Occasions Catalog, Stampin' Up!

This is the Needlepoint Nook Suite of products. It includes the Needle & Thread Stamp Set, Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper (DSP), Needlepoint Nook Cardstock Pack, Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies, Old Olive Linen Thread, and the darling Needlepoint Nook Mini Buttons. This is the only full suite I purchased. I’m trying to keep my spending under control this time.

2019 Occasions Catalog, Stampin' Up!

This is the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set and the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots freom the Happiness Blooms Suite. There’s also DSP, cute note cards and envelopes, a Memories & More Card Pack, four punches in the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Calypso Coral 3/8″ Satin Ribbon, a cardstock pack to coordinate with the DSP, and the Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).

2019 Occasions Catalog, Stampin' Up!These are from the Gingham Gala Suite. We received the Gingham Gala DSP as an OnStage gift. Shown here is the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set, Butterfly Duet Punch, Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon, and the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins.

2019 Occasions Catalog, Stampin' Up!
The All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack and Hearts Epoxy Droplets are from the All My Love Suite. There are two stamp sets, and two sets of dies with this suite.

Sale-a-bration, Stampin' Up! This is from the Sale-a-bration Brochure. Sale-a-bration typically begins the same time as the Occasions Catalog, so products often coordinate between the catalog and brochure. In this case, the Botanical Butterfly DSP coordinates with the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and Butterfly Duet Punch. Fun! The Lasting Lily Stamp Set is a DistINKtive set in photopolymer. I can’t wait to ink it up!

There were so many other products I wanted – A cake punch, butterfly dies, Just Because Host Stamp Set, and the Classic Garage Suite – perfect for the men in your life! But some things will have to wait until later.

There’s one more thing I need to show you. You will be able to order this beginning December 5.

It’s a beautiful Stamparatus® bag! You’ll be able to purchase the bag for $29, or you can purchase the bag and Stamparatus® with one order number for $78. I’ll post more information when it gets closer to order time.

This is a perfect bag. There’s plenty of room for your Stamparatus®, extra plates and mats, and small grid paper. And there’s a little extra room for even more. There’s a shoulder stamp and a handle, so you can carry it either way you’d like.

Hope you’re getting excited for the holidays! I am. I thought I had an extra week before Thanksgiving. Guess I’d better start planning. And shopping.

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

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Simple Thanks

Simple Thanks

I’m home from OnStage, and I had to play with at least one new stamp set. I think I have four from the upcoming Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure, and one that’s a “demonstrator only” set that we got at Center Stage.

One of the key points of OnStage this time was #simplestamping. Sometimes, we demonstrators forget that not all of our customers have a craft room full of supplies that they’ve collected for years. Beginning stampers and busy crafters can get overwhelmed with “over the top” projects.

You may remember, the week before I left for OnStage, I also focused on simple and quick cards. How crazy is that? I had no idea that would be a focus in Orlando. But simple stamping takes the pressure off when you don’t have a lot of time. How many times have I heard, “I wanted to make a card, but I was so busy, I just bought one.”

Well – no more excuses. This one took about five minutes and that included cutting the cardstock. I don’t think it totally qualifies for the #simplestamping challenge. We’re supposed to use note cards (or one layer) and one color ink and a stamp set or two. I used three colors of Classic Stampin’ Ink and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, so it’s not quite a “beginner” card.

Stampin' Up!, Humming Along

I loved the Humming Along Stamp Set when I saw it, because – flowers. I tend to gravitate to flower sets. There’s also a hummingbird in this set, and Mom loves hummingbirds, so I tend to buy those as well.

This is pretty simple. First, dab a bit of Mango Melody Classic Ink on the center of an acrylic stamp block “E.” Then add a little Garden Green to the bottom and Rich Razzleberry to the top. Spritz the stamp with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer and lay a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock over the block. Lift it up, and you have a beautiful background. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I think it looks better when there are some white spaces and a dribble or two.

After the cardstock dries, stamp the flower and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then add it to a Whisper White card base. Of course, Thick Whisper White gives a nice sturdy card base, but I always forget and use the regular Whisper White. It works fine for me, though. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add it to the base, but you can use plain adhesive.

One reason I like this background technique is it covers a lot of errors. If you look closely, you’ll see a few “shadows” of black ink on the card – by the blossom and by the leaf. We learned at OnStage that you should tape your cardstock down when you’re doing anything with water. That’s a very good tip, and would that I had followed it.

I wanted my flower to be very dark since I had some dark inks in the background, so I used my Stamparatus so I could stamp it several times until it was dark enough to suit me. I did not use any Washi Tape. My cardstock moved just a smidge in my Stamparatus, and I didn’t notice until my plate had already touched the card. I noticed the blossom “oops” right away, but it took awhile to notice the leaf. It kind of looks like it’s a second leaf hiding behind it, don’t you think?

Anyway – I thought about covering the blossom smudge, but decided to leave it. Because if I were a beginning stamper, I’d like to know that this background does cover up  mistakes. Or, at least, it camouflages them a bit.

This set will be available in the 2019 Occasions Catalog in January. Demonstrators will be able to preorder it in December (so join my team for this fabulous perk!). Humming Along also has a coordinating set of Hummingbird Framelits Dies. Of course, Stampin’ Up! always gives us sets that have coordinating punches or dies. They know we’ll want the rest of the bundle when we can order it. They’re sneaky that way!

I’ll be showing a few new products now and then until January, but I mostly want to focus on the Holiday and Annual catalogs. I love seeing and showing new products, but I don’t want to frustrate you by showing you things you can’t order! You can use this background, though, with any colors (even a single color) and any line art stamp!

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

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#OnStage2018

#OnStage2018

When you read this, I’ll (hopefully) be home. Stampin’ Up!® #OnStage2018 in Orlando ended Saturday around 5 p.m. What a wonderful time we had! It started with a day at Epcot on Wednesday for Center Stage achievers, compliments of Stampin’ Up! At the end of the day, we had a party with yummy desserts and karaoke. (I did not participate in the karaoke!) I heard several of the participants were quite good. Mike and I were so exhausted, though, we left soon after the party started. I wanted to hear the announcement (about the cling stamps, which you can read about here) and pick up my Occasions Catalog, but then I just wanted to go home and go to bed. It had been a long and very hot day. And I’m old.

We had events Thursday through Saturday. And now it’s over. I’m going home with a ton of products from the upcoming Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure plus awesome gifts from friends. Seriously, my heart is so full. My friends Mary, Joanne, and Patti were there. I haven’t seen them for years. (Except for Mary; she was in Hartford last April.). And, of course, my dear friend Susan was there with a few of her downline. It was so awesome to celebrate Susan’s achievements (a career sales milestone and a promotion! I’m so proud of her.)

Here are some of the gifts I received and one of the Make & Takes from OnStage.

First, here’s a gift from my dear friend Christy. It’s a decorated planner with a matching pen. While I use my phone for most dates, I’m a Baby Boomer, so I also use physical planners. I love this one. It’s my favorite designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalog

This is a card from my friend Mary Fife. I love this! The stamp sets all work together to create a fun image. Mary is a nanny (Amelia thinks she is Mary Poppins), so this is perfect!

Here’s an Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek for you. This is the only Make & Take I finished at OnStage. (I think there were four or five total.) Make & Takes are my least favorite thing at Stampin’ Up!® events. Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE doing make & takes. But you have to share supplies and things can get chaotic, so it’s stressful for me. I’d rather spend the time talking to friends, so I get behind – and that’s even more stressful. So I tend to do the bare minimum, then finish at home.

This project, using products from the Needlepoint Nook Suite, highlights the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper, Needle & Thread Stamp Set, Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies, and Old Live Linen Thread – all from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. Stampin' Up!, Needle & Thread

How cute is that? I’ll trim the thread when I get home. I wanted to be sure I had enough to retie the bow if it came untied on the way home.

When we started the Make & Takes for the second day, we realized all the blocks were missing. It’s hard to stamp without a block, although we tried using alternate methods – water bottles, phones, and more. Nothing worked well, and the rest of the table gave up and left. When I relayed this message to my dear friend Christy (see the first project), she offered to do the Make & Takes for me. Of course, I said yes! She is way more of a perfectionist than I am, so I’ll have pristine make & takes now. Woot!

This was from my friend Joanne. What a gorgeous card! Joanne lives in Hawaii, so this is perfect for her. I was so happy to get to see her and her husband David this week.

I hope you got a little inspiration for current products and are a bit inspired from the Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek.

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

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OnStage Live 2018

OnStage Live 2018

We are having so much fun celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up!®  Although the Live event was supposed to be in another market, they switched the schedule so we could celebrate the anniversary in the United States, since that’s where Stampin’ Up!® started. Still, we have demonstrators here in Orlando from all the markets – South Pacific, Europe, and, of course, North America.

Everything started Wednesday with registration and Center Stage. Center Stage is for demonstrators who have achieved the level of Silver Elite and above. For live events, Center Stage is always entertainment, followed by additional training later in the week. Our entertainment this year was a day at Epcot. So fun! Mike & I had a blast yesterday at Epcot. Wesley, Katelyn, and Amelia were able to join us for the trip this year, and they had two-day Park Hopper tickets to Disney parks, so they played all day yesterday and today. We met up with them at Epcot at 1 on Wednesday, and we had such fun watching Amelia enjoy her first trip to Disney. She met Anna and Elsa from Frozen (the only thing she really wanted to do), rode lots of rides, and had great naps in the stroller she didn’t think she wanted to use. Here are some pictures, because I can never resist posting pics of my granddaughter.

Amelia started her day at Magic Kingdom. This was very crowded, so she was a little intimidated and shy. She loved the Dumbo ride, though. When she went to Epcot, her favorite spot was the Nemo Adventures. I didn’t think we’d get her out of the aquarium. Maybe we should have gotten tickets to Sea World instead. She had a blast watching all the sea creatures. She watched the manatees for over an hour.

This was at Animal Kingdom on Thursday. She had her face painted and looks so grown up here!

And here she is with Timon, from the Lion King.

Later on Wednesday, well after Amelia had fallen asleep in her Mickey Mouse stroller,  Center Stage achievers attended a special event at Epcot with fun desserts, music, and more. By that time, Mike & I were exhausted, so we didn’t stay long – especially since we had a sleeping child and super tired parents waiting for us. We were there long enough to eat a yummy doughnut, hear an announcement, and pick up my Occasions Catalog and a lovely gift from Stampin’ Up!®

So here’s the news. Stampin’ Up!® is doing something new. Again. But first – a little background.

A Little Stamp History

When I joined Stampin’ Up!® 16 years ago, we had wood mount and foam stamps. You had to adhere the wood mount stamps to blocks and I was afraid I’d mess up. So as a newbie stamper, I ordered foam stamps – which were ready to use as soon as you got them, but didn’t give a lot of control, because they were on foam. (Think cheapie dollar store stamps for kids.) As a new stamper, though, these were ok for me.

I finally grew confident enough to order wood-mount stamps – mostly because I had to, because soon after I joined, foam stamps were retired, so I had to order wood-mount. We had to cut the stamp out of the rubber and trim around it before mounting to the wood block. My first few stamp sets were a little intimidating, but I soon got “the hang” of it.

Several years later, Stampin’ Up!® began die-cutting their red rubber stamps. All we had to do was punch them out of the rubber casing. So easy! And they added Clear-Mount Stamps, which could be temporarily attached to an acrylic block instead of permanently mounted to wood. They cost less than wood mount and took up less space. Needless to say, I became a clear-mountaholic. (Yeah – that’s another word I totally made up.)

The News!

Now we’re doing a new thing. I think this has been tested in the Japanese market for the last year or so, but beginning with the Occasions Catalog, Stampin’ Up! will be transitioning to “cling” stamps. We will no longer offer “clear mount” or “wood mount” stamp sets. All our stamp sets will be photopolymer or red rubber cling stamps. The Cling stamps are still red rubber, just like clear-mount, but the “cling” labels are super sticky.

How many of you never added the labels to your stamps because they didn’t stick well? (My hand is raised, even if you can’t see it.) How frustrated were you when your stamps fell off the block right as you were beginning to stamp or when you cleaned it before restamping? (Very frustrated.)

You don’t have to be frustrated any more! The cling stamps are super, super clingy. We used them today for a Make & Take, and, trust me, they stick really well to the blocks. You’ll want to be sure to pick them up from the corner so you don’t rip the foam, but they are a HUGE improvement over the clear-mount stamps. You get the wonderful stickiness of wood-mount with the temporariness (yeah, I made that up too) and space saving perks of the clear-mount. You’re going to love them!

The transition will be (somewhat) complete by the 2019-20 Annual Catalog. In North America, the background stamps will still be offered in wood for the time being. Sales will determine if the wood-mount background stamps stay around, so your purchase is your vote!

I’ll post some pics of our Make & Takes and some of my “swaps” tomorrow. “Swaps” is in quotation marks because I didn’t make swaps. I made some pillow gifts which I meant to show you today, but got distracted by Epcot. My dear, dear friends who got the pillow gifts gave me cards to show you! So check in tomorrow to see those

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

 

 

 

 

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Special Announcements from Stampin’ Up!

Special Announcements from Stampin’ Up!®

Sales for the following products have exceeded Stampin’Up!®’s forecasting and are continuing strong, resulting in a large number of backorders. Because backorders are so costly, they have made the decision to shut these items off effective immediately. Since these products cannot be sent from the manufacturer in time for the holidays, these item numbers will not be reactivated.

147816: Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper
147890: Festive Farmhouse Elements
147811: Santa’s Workshop Enamel Elements

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. In order to provide you with another holiday-themed option,  Stampin’ Up!® decided to make the promotional Dashing Along Designer Series Paper (item 149903) available for sale at ($11.00 USD/$15.00 CAD). This beautiful, 12″ x 12″ traditional Christmas paper has a festive, eclectic feel and is perfect for layering. Coordinating colors are Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and Whisper White.

Though we don’t yet have a fulfillment date, all backorders for Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Farmhouse Elements, and Santa’s Workshop Enamel Elements will be filled as soon as possible.

Good News

Here’s some good news!

We’re testing a new Shop by Project option in our online store that should make shopping for project supplies a little easier for you. In addition to featuring fun project ideas (and their accompanying supply lists), this new ordering option allows you to pick and choose only the items you need to complete a project and add those items to your cart—all without leaving the page!

The Shop by Project option will be available until December 31, 2018; however, depending on feedback, it may become a more permanent fixture in our online store. So check it out! It makes it super easy to create your favorite designs! Of course, while you’re there, you can add other products to your order as well. I may need to add some adhesive.

Can you believe I came to Stampin’ Up!® OnStage and forgot to bring adhesive for my Make & Takes? This is the first time I’ve ever done that. Usually I bring everything on the list they send us and more. This time, I didn’t even bring adhesive and Paper Snips. To be fair, though, I was supervising a preschooler while I was packing, and we had so much stuff in the trunk, I’m not sure there was room for anything more. Usually when we travel, we use my Expedition. I love my car/truck! About a year ago, the engine blew up. We had a new one put in, and everything was going well. Mike bought fancy new lights for it, we had it painted, got a new radio and a back-up camera (I need all the help I can get!), and were planning to take it on our trip.

A few weeks ago, it “threw a rod,” whatever that means. I think it’s bad, though, because we can’t drive it until it’s fixed. Again. More good news – it’s under warranty, so we don’t have to pay for it a second time. Yay! The downside – we’re in Mike’s car. While it’s wonderfully comfortable, it was a tinch crowded on the way down. Of course, we had two bags of activities (coloring books, crayons, pencils, assorted toys and books), a large snack bag, and Katelyn’s and Wesley’s luggage (they flew down later to meet us since Wes had to work Sunday). Hopefully we’ll use a LOT of the things we brought with us (snacks, food, paper towels) and there will be more room, because we’ll have two more people in the car. Should be a fun bonding time on the way home.

Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of Amelia. This is her first trip to Florida, her first long road trip, her first stay in a motel (Sunday night), and her first time to Disney. She’s excited! I took these at the welcome center.

She loved the “Jazz Dolphin.”

This guy is a little big, but she still wanted her picture taken with him. Who knows, maybe she’ll be the first one in our family to go into space.

She was a wonderful little traveler. I was so proud of her. We were all happy to be out of the car Monday afternoon, though.

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

 

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