Celebrate Beauty

Celebrate Beauty

One of my favorite stamp sets in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog is Beauty Abounds. Of course, there is a coordinating set of dies – Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies – and if you bundle the two together, you will save 10%. More good news – if you purchase the bundle by March 31, you will earn a Level One Sale-a-bration product free!

For this card, I mixed products from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual, Occasions, and Sale-a-bration publications.

Beauty Abounds, Stampin' Up!

First, I die-cut a frame for my sentiment from Whisper White Cardstock using the Stitched Labels Framelits from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. Then I stamped some of the bokeh dots from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set in Lemon Lime Twist Classic Ink onto the frame. Using the Layering Ovals Framelits, I diecut an oval from Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock, then layered it under the Whisper White frame.

The Butterfly Beauty Thinlits work beautifully when they’re layered. I used two different butterfly thinlits to create the Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist layered butterflies.

Remember the lovely Celebrate You Thinlits from our 2018 Sale-a-bration? They carried over to the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, so if you missed them last year, you can purchase them now. I used them for the celebrate you sentiment using Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

My Sale-a-bration product for this card is the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (DSP). It coordinates with the Butterfly Duet Punch in the Occasions Catalog, but it’s gorgeous with any product. One side has a lovely color palette, and the other has black and white designs. I used the DSP as the anchor layer on an Old Olive card base.

To stay with my monochromatic theme (even though it wasn’t planned!), I added a Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombré Ribbon bow to the Whisper White frame. Can you believe Lemon Lime Twist is set to retire in June? It seems like we were just introduced to it. It’s such a lovely yellow-green color, and I’m going to be using it a lot before it retires!

This is definitely a card to show off your Big Shot! Lots of framelits and thinlits in play here.

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

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Watercolor Fun

Watercolor Fun

Last week, my friend Susan posted a series of cards using Designer Series Paper (DSP) and just a stamp or two. Her goal was to show how to use minimal Stampin’ Up!® supplies for a quick and gorgeous card.

Susan not only met that goal, she knocked it out of the park! All five of her cards were lovely, and none took over five minutes to create. You cannot go to the store and pick out a card that lovely in five minutes. And people appreciate handmade cards so much. I used to hear, “Did you make that lovely card?” each time someone received a card I sent. I still hear it sometimes, but most people know that’s what I do, so I don’t hear it as much these days.

One of the things I loved best about Susan’s series was that each card was very adaptable to other DSP, stamps, and ink. I used her Friday card sketch to create this one.

Let it Ride, Stampin' Up!

I love the Let it Ride Stamp Set from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog. It’s very versatile and can be used for many occasions.

There’s a saying in the contracting world, “Measure twice, cut once.” Well, my style is more like, “Eyeball it, cut, then trim a little, then…” (Too often, it ends with grab another sheet of paper and try again, but I digress.) I cut a 3-3/4″ wide piece of the Twinkle, Twinkle DSP from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, then lopped the bottom off at a diagonal. It didn’t give me room to layer over the Night of Navy Cardstock, so I trimmed a little more.

If you need measurements, the diagonal piece of DSP is 3/3-4″ x 4″ at the lowest tip of the diagonal. I used the DSP as a guide for the Night of Navy Layer. I did plan ahead a little before stamping. I placed the Night of Navy Cardstock on the card, then lightly traced the bottom  so I’d know where to stamp my horses and sentiment. After all that non-measuring and cutting, I didn’t want my horses’ heads to end up under the DSP.

First, I stamped the horses in Jet Black Stāzon Ink, because I used Watercolor Pencils to color the images. I had planned to color with Stampin’ Blends, but they bleed through the card stock, and I didn’t want the inside of the card to be ugly. Of course, I could have covered it with another layer of card stock or DSP, but this is supposed to be a simple card.

I created a mask for the horses by stamping them on scrap paper and cutting them out. Then I laid the mask on the already stamped horses and stamped the trees behind them in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. Tip: Create your mask using Post-It notes. Make sure at least part of the image is over the repositionable area so your mask stays in place when you stamp. This is especially important if there’s a skinny part of the mask that might want to move a bit – like a horse’s leg, for example.

Using a Blender Pen, I pulled color from the trees and grass to fill in the grassy area behind the horses. I also added a tiny bit of Old Olive Classic Ink to the grass. I colored the horses with an Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil, blending with the Blender Pen.

Finally, I added the sentiment in Night of Navy. I absolutely love the sentiments in the Let it Ride Stamp Set. They are so positive and encouraging.

This card would have been posted earlier today. Mike & I went out of town over the weekend, and I took a week’s worth of cards to blog, as well as my Stamparatus and some other supplies to practice a watercolor technique. As I was unpacking my supplies, ready to practice the technique, I realized the Stamparatus was missing. I checked the car – nothing. Sadly, the cards I was going to post were in the Stamparatus carrying bag. Oh, drat. I must have forgotten to carry it out of my stamp room, or maybe we left it on the sofa at home.

After we got home last night, I discovered my Stamparatus was not on the sofa. Neither was it in the stamp room. Using a flashlight this time, I checked the car again, and there it was. It had been in the car the entire weekend. UGH! So my plan for getting more organized and catching up didn’t work out, but I did have a lovely time. Mike’s gouty toe was acting up, so I got several nice walks in with Max, and Max and I read a couple books. It was cold over the weekend, and Max likes to snuggle to get warm after his extensive search for the perfect spot to, well, you know. And, of course, he had to mark every dead bush, dry twig, and snow pile he could find. Dogs, right?

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

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Happiness Blooms

Happiness Blooms

Our local team of Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators meets each month to discuss business tips, Stampin’ Up!® news, and enjoy a make and take and yummy snacks. This month, our make & take hostess was Carol Forthman, an amazing crafter and all around awesome person. Carol’s creations are always so much fun and so pretty, and she’s an excellent teacher. Here’s our card from January’s meeting.

Happiness Blooms, Bloom by Bloom, Stampin' Up!

I love this card! It definitely qualifies for #simplestamping. Technically, “simple stamping” doesn’t use Designer Series Paper (DSP), but as we’ve seen from this card as well as my friend Susan’s blog this week, DSP can definitely make stamping simple! If a new stamper buys a stamp set and coordinating DSP and cardstock, and one or two ink pads, the results can be simply spectacular!

The Details

This card uses three elements from the Happiness Blooms Suite in the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog – the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set, Happiness Blooms DSP, and Calypso Coral 3/8″ Satin Ribbon. It’s so gorgeous, don’t you think? Carol knocked it out of the park, as always.

First, stamp the flower and stem from the Bloom by Bloom Stamp Set, and sentiment (I didn’t pay attention to which set she used for this, but let’s go with Itty Bitty Greetings, because it’s a great set for alternate greetings) on a 2″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Call Me Clover and Calypso Coral Classic Ink. I like to stamp the darker image (stem, in this case) first, because it’s easier for me to line up the lighter stamp to the darker image.

That’s really all there is to the card, except for layering. The 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card base is Calypso Coral. Then there’s a 3-3/4″ x 5″ layer of Blushing Bride hiding under the DSP. The Happiness Blooms DSP is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″. I love this DSP, and have no idea why it wasn’t on my order last month. What in the world was I thinking?

There’s a 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Vellum Cardstock layered over the DSP, but you may not be able to see it in the photo. I obviously didn’t see it well in person either, because my next layers are not even close to being centered over it. But, seriously, it doesn’t have to be perfect, because no one is going to look at the card and say, “Oh, look! That vellum is really not centered under the rest of the elements on the card.” They’re going to think, “Wow, she did some really creative things there with the layering.” They’re just going to be so grateful for the time and thought you put into creating a card for them. So stop stressing about being perfect!

In my defense about the non-centered layers, I always position myself at the end of the make & take line, because I want to sample the snacks. I’ve always been a fan of food. What can I say? I grew up on a farm and we grew and raised food. When Mike and I got married, we often went to dinner at a restaurant our friend managed that offered steaks but also had a salad bar. You could order a salad bar only, or you could order a steak and get the salad bar free. I always ordered steak; Mike ordered the salad bar. When they brought the steak they always tried to place it before Mike, but he would shake his head and point at me. Yeah. Sad fact – I can still out-eat my husband of 36 years.

This month’s snacks were awesome. Three out of eight people brought fruit. (Well, of course, they did; we were still in the “keeping your New Year’s resolutions” phase!) There was regular fruit, strawberries and pineapple with coconut cream drizzled over it (can you say, “diet legal” Piña Colada? YUM!), and chocolate dipped strawberries surrounded by smaller berries in white chocolate cups (seriously yummy but I’m not sure it was “diet legal.” The demo who brought it left it at the office, so skinny Lisa, our Office Admin, and Mike finished it off the next day.). And the other snacks were amazing as well. I love January! And February’s meeting will be on Valentine’s Day, so I’m expecting a lot of chocolate. And everything will be green in March, of course.

Back to the card (sorry – snacks always get me sidetracked) – at OnStage in November, Dale from Canada demonstrated an alternate way to color with Stampin’ Blends. He has a condition that causes his hand to shake when he does detailed work like coloring, and the more he does it, the more his hand shakes. It was a good reminder to have alternate ways to use our products! Carol also has a physical condition that makes it hard for her to tie bows and knots (although she’s getting better), so this ribbon treatment with the Calypso Coral 3-/8″ Satin Ribbon is perfect! Simply add adhesive to the base (in this case, under the focal image), then loop the ribbon over it. Easy!

Finally layer the 2″ x 2-3/4″ stamped layer to a 2-1/4″ x 3″ Calypso Coral rectangle, then add both to the card over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love this card layout, and you’ll be seeing more of this from me. It’s so easy to use alternate colors, stamps, and DSP to create gorgeous cards for anyone.

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All My Love

All My Love

Valentine’s Day is on the way, so I decided to create an early Valentine for my hubby. Since Valentine’s Day is several weeks from now, I’m thinking I may lose this card before February 14, so I may just give it to him now.

I’m waiting for my fun January Paper Pumpkin kit to arrive. Amelia and I are going to have so much fun making little treats for everyone with that! In the meantime, I grabbed my new Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog to create this.

Stampin' Up!, All My Love, Valentine's Day

The Backstory

There’s a story behind the Gold Foil frame around the Blushing Bride heart. (If you don’t want to know, that’s ok. Just skip to the Card Details.)

My mom is famous for “repurposing.” She was a repurposer before it was a thing. She didn’t throw out anything that could be used again. We didn’t call it repurposing, though. It probably had a much less cool and trendy name. She and Dad have always been thrifty and refused to waste money on something they could make or fix themselves, or recreate from something else. Now, it’s just habit for them. “Why should I throw out a perfectly good grocery bag? I can use it for something later.” Sadly, I have inherited that trait. There’s a very fine line between repurposing and hoarding. I’m teetering over the edge, I’m afraid.

In Mom’s case, she had a Victoria’s Secret shopping bag she had saved. I’m thinking Mom probably got a gift in that bag from someone else, because I’m not sure my mom has ever stepped into a Victoria’s Secret store. “You could freeze to death in that thing!” was her comment when she saw a catalog. “Well, Mom, you usually wear clothes over your underwear if you’re not a super model on the runway or in a catalog. Or Madonna in the 80s.” She still looked skeptical. But I digress.

One year she gave me a birthday gift and used the shopping bag as a gift bag. Why not, right? It was gorgeous – all pink and gold and white. She stamped a cute image on copy paper and pasted it over the store logo, and voilà – cute gift bag.

For her birthday this year, I couldn’t find an appropriate gift bag in my stash, but I had saved the VS one. I decided to re-repurpose it. I don’t have a photo, but I removed the copy paper that had seen better days before spending 10 years in my basement, cut a rectangle of Melon Mambo to cover the logo, then die-cut some gold foil hearts and a Glimmer Paper “Happy Birthday” to add to it. It was gorgeous, I must say.

When I grabbed the dies to create this card, I realized that the gold frame for the heart was still in the die. Oops! But it turned out to be a wonderful thing for me this week.

Card Details

I cut the heart from Blushing Bride Cardstock, then ran it through the Big Shot with the new Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the Floral Romance Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog.

Next, I die-cut a banner from Berry Burst Cardstock using the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog,  then stamped I Love You from the coordinating Banners for You Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The All My Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) would have been gorgeous on this card, but, sadly, I also hoard DSP. I’m doing better, but I’m trying not to buy more than I’ll use, so I don’t have it. Instead, I used a bit of the Needlepoint Nook DSP as a background for the heart.

After layering the DSP to the Berry Burst card base, I added a little of the Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8″ Variegated Ribbon to the DSP, then added the Blushing Bride heart with the gold frame over it. Finally, the sentiment went on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies and the coordinating Meant To Be Stamp Set (which you can bundle for a 10% savings through June 3) are part of the All My Love Suite in the Stampn’ Up!® Occasions Catalog. There are two bundles in this suite – Meant To Be and Forever Lovely. You can see products from the All My Love Suite in this video from Stampin’ Up!®.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy today! Hope your day is lovely!

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So Hoppy Together

So Hoppy Together

So Hoppy Together is one of the stamp sets you can earn free during Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration. In case you don’t know about Sale-a-bration, here’s a quick recap.

For every $50 you spend, you can select a free product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure. When you spend $100, you can select two free products, or one Level 2 product. Host a minimum $250 party during Sale-a-bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards. If you join my team during Sale-a-bration, you can select an extra $50 in Stampin’ Up! products for your starter kit ($175 in products for only $99), and you can add the beautiful Craft & Carry tote (valued at $50) for just $30 more ($129) if you’d like.

Whichever benefit you choose (and, of course, you can choose all three!), Sale-a-bration is the best time ever.

Take a look at the So Hoppy Together Stamp Set.

So Hoppy Together, Stampin' Up!

I was sold on this set at OnStage Live in November. The demonstrator who showcased this set had a super cute card with the two single frogs (not the one on the bike) stamped together as a kind of wedding or anniversary card. They were very close together, and, well, her placement was a bit suggestive. It wasn’t something you’d really notice unless you were watching it on the jumbotron with about 6000 other sleep deprived (and slightly dirty-minded) demonstrators. She was such a wonderful sport, though, and I’m sure this set ended up on a lot of wish lists because of her.

I decided to be a little less, um, touchy-feely  with my card.

So Hoppy Together, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I love this sentiment for an encouragement card, don’t you? Here are the details for the card.

Two Techniques and an Extra Stamp Set

First, I stamped the frogs on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I stamped far enough apart that I could use a Layering Oval for the unicycle frog.

I used Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends to color the images. Then, I laid the Stitched Shapes oval over the unicycle frog and lightly traced around the bottom of the die. I cut out the wheel that fell outside the oval, then pulled that to the outside of the die so I could die-cut without cutting off the wheel. (See the Out of the Box Technique for detailed instructions.) I fussy cut the second frog with my Paper Snips.

I wanted a lily pad look for the background, so I stamped the bokeh images from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog using Granny Apple Green ink on Granny Apple Green Cardstock. (Just a note – If you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle – the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set and coordinating Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies – you will be able to order the So Hoppy Together, or any other Level 1 product from the Sale-a-bration Brochure, free!)

The second technique I used was heat embossing. I colored a Pearlized Doily on the plain side with Granny Apple Green ink. You can use Stampin’ Sponges or a Sponge Brayer. I simply pressed the doily into the ink pad until I got the coverage I wanted.

It still looked a little drab, so I quickly sprinkled on some Clear Embossing Powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. The ink on the doily was still wet enough to hold the powder while I heated it. Here’s a caution, though…The pearlized part will melt and peel off if you heat too long. It’s ok, though. Simply peel it off and keep going.

The final step (besides putting it all together) was to stamp the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I snipped it so I could spread it out a little.

My card layers are (top to bottom) – Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and a Pumpkin Pie card base.

So there you go. I have several people in mind that I’d like to send this card to. They’re all amazing, but don’t realize it, so maybe this will help them believe it!

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Bubbling Over with Thanks

Bubbling Over with Thanks

This is a fun card using the Bubbling Over stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® 2018-19 Annual Catalog. What a super easy card for new stampers to create in a class!

Bubble Over, Stampin' Up!

This card uses only two colors of cardstock, three colors of ink, and a little bit of foil. If you use the Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes, you don’t even need to cut any paper for the card base.


First, die- cut the bottles from Soft Suede Cardstock using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits Dies. Then sponge a bit of Early Espresso Ink along the edges. From a scrap of Very Vanilla Cardstock, die-cut the labels from the bottles, then stamp the sentiments in Merry Merlot and Early Espresso. The final die-cuts are the bottle caps. Since the framelits have two dies for the caps in both the large and small sizes, you can die-cut both at one time from the Copper Foil Sheets.

Adhere the labels to the bottles and the bottle cap to one. Set the second bottle cap aside. Stamp the circle star along the bottom of the card using Merry Merlot ink. Stamp once in full strength ink, then stamp the next without re-inking the stamp. Continue until you have a nice star border.

Without adhering, place the bottles on the card to get an idea for the placement of the bubbles. Stamp them in Smoky Slate. Adhere the bottles to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add the bottle cap using a Glue Dot.

This is a quick and simple Thank You card. While you have the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits out, you might as well make multiples of this card to have on hand. You can substitute birthday sentiments and have some fun birthday cards. If you use the Stamparatus to stamp the labels in the die-cut “stencil,” it’s very quick and you’ll get a perfect label every time.

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An Inside Look at February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit

An Inside Look at February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit

We got our first real snow this weekend, and, wow! It was a doozy (for us). It was about 8-10″. It started on Saturday and snowed through Sunday night. It’s been fun having “snow days,” and I’ve enjoyed having extra time to craft.

Speaking of snow day crafting, if you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin from Stampin’ Up!® lately, now is a perfect time to give it a try. There are two ways to subscribe. First, you can order a monthly subscription and pay as you go. Or, you can order a prepaid subscription from my web site.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Right now, prepaids are the way to go. If you purchase a three-month prepaid subscription, you can select a free Sale-a-bration item.  With a six-month subscription, you can select two level 1 products or one level 2 – plus you’ll save $1/month. And if you want to subscribe for a whole year, you’ll earn even more. You can see the Sale-a-bration Brochure with all the free products here.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to create beautiful and professional projects quickly and easily – and everything you need to complete each kit is included except for scissors, but I’ll bet you have some around the house, right?

An extra perk for subscribers is the ability to order past kits and refills. Only subscribers can purchase the past kits, and that’s a huge bonus if there’s one you really love.

You need to order or subscribe by February 10 to get February’s kit. Here’s a little sneak peek and a behind-the-scenes look at how it was created.

Contact me if you want more information.

Although we got more snow than usual, it’s already melting some, but the weatherman says more is on the way next weekend. Check back to see if I’m still excited about it after two weeks of snow!

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