A Touch of (Alcohol) Ink

A Touch of (Alcohol) Ink

Happy Friday, my friends! Can you believe there are only three more days of Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration? It has flown by, and I haven’t had enough time to play with all my free products! There are such beautiful papers and fun stamp sets. If you haven’t ordered, be sure to place your order before Sunday is over, or you’ll miss out.

While I like all the Sale-a-bration products, there are several Sale-a-bration products I absolutely love! The Darling Donkeys are so cute, and the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper (DSP) is gorgeous. Today’s card uses the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set, free with a $100 order during Sale-a-bration.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

The main colors in this card are Bermuda Bay and Magenta Madness. Aren’t they gorgeous together?

To create the background, I scribbled on a Window Sheet with Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends. Then I spritzed with 90+% alcohol and let the colors run. When I was happy with the mix of colors, I smooshed a piece of Basic White Cardstock over it.

While I was waiting for the card stock to dry (which doesn’t take long since it’s rubbing alcohol), I stamped the butterfly two times on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored the butterflies with the same two Stampin’ Blends that I used for the background (Dark Magenta Madness and Dark Bermuda Bay).

After the background piece dried, I stamped the butterfly one more time on the background in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I did this so I wouldn’t have to fussy cut the butterfly’s little legs and antennae. I simply cut the body and wings of one and just the wings of the other. I layered the colored body and wings over the background, then used Mini Glue Dots to layer the wings over that. Then I pulled the wings forward a bit so there was a little more dimension. The sentiment is also stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

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I layered the stamped panel to a piece of the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (available in March).

Before I added the Basic Black layer, I covered about two-thirds of the top and bottom and the right side of the Basic Black Cardstock with Tear & Tape Adhesive. After I removed the backing over the Tear & Tape, I placed the card stock face down into my Gilded Leafing box, then used a Stamping Sponge to remove excess leafing. I love the way this looks, don’t you?

The Magenta Madness DSP is the new design for the Core Colors and In Colors DSP. If you join my team during Sale-a-bration (before Sunday night), you will get the new designs of the paper in the Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles collections as well as the 2020-2021 In Colors. That’s five packs of 6″ x 6″ paper, plus $125 in product of your choice, plus business tools (order forms, catalogs, folders and more) for only $99 plus tax (and shipping is free).

The next layer, of course, is Basic Black Cardstock, then the Bermuda Bay card base. I may be biased, but I love this card. I love the colors, the fluttering butterfly, and the gilded leafing edges.

The way this card turned out was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t at all what I had envisioned when I started. You may know (if you have read my blog for a few months or more) that I help with art classes in my granddaughter Amelia’s school. This does not mean I’m a talented artist. I hand out papers, help clean up messes (and it’s art class; there will be messes!), and tell the kids how awesome their creations are. Ms. Abi does the hard part; I just get to have fun – and learn a lot from Ms. Abi.

One of the things Abi has the kids do is sketch out their ideas for a project on scrap paper before they execute their ideas. This is such a crucial step in creating and I’m trying to incorporate that into my stamped creations.  I didn’t do that this time, so the card kept evolving as I realized some things weren’t working (while some things looked amazing!). Still, I’m happy with the results.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Place your final Sale-a-bration order before Sunday night. And if you have any questions about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, feel free to message me – soon! This is the best time to sign up. Have a lovely day!

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Berry Delightful Blessings

Berry Delightful Blessings

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I have a super fun card for your today, created by my friend Christy.

I love “wow” cards (like my Chicks card on Monday), but, really, most stampers I know who create hundreds of cards for friends and family every year don’t have time to spend hours on one card. So I totally appreciate cards that let the paper and stamps do all the work. And if those papers and stamps are free, it’s even better!

Berry Blessings, Berry Delightful, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

Christy’s card uses the Berry Blessings Stamp Set and Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP), which are free with a $100 order from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. This bundle coordinates with the Sweet Strawberry Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalog.

First, Christy added a piece of Vellum over the DSP, then added some Braided Linen Trim over both. Then she adhered the DSP to a Granny Apple Green card base.

The sentiment and blueberries from the Berry Blessings Stamp Set are stamped in Pacific Point Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then die-cut with the Stitched Shapes Dies.

To get the free product (and make lots and lots of cards!), just add the Basic White  Cardstock, Brights Cardstock, Pacific Point Classic Ink, Vellum Paper, Sweet Strawberry Bundle, Stitched Shapes Dies, and Braided Linen Trim to your order. You’ll be ready to make cards for every occasion!

Remember, you only have through February 28 to take advantage of the free Sale-a-bration products. Don’t miss out! And you can join my team for $99 and select $125 in Stampin’ Up! product for your “starter kit.” Plus you’ll receive five packs of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper! After that, you’ll receive a minimum 20% on every order plus many more perks (early access to promotions, preorder benefits, access to demonstrator only information, and so much more).

And remember, with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration, you’ll receive a free Level 1 product. With a $100 order, you can receive two Level 1 products or one Level 2 (like the Berry Blessings Stamp Set & Berry Delightfyul DSP) product. Order now! 

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

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Party with the Chicks

Party with the Chicks

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I’m excited that our weather is warming up a bit. The snow has been fun, but it’s a little disappointing here. It only lasts a day or two before it starts melting. And then it’s just a mess. Slush, mud, yuck, and icy mornings from the day-melt freezing on the roads overnight. I’m ready for spring!

Last week, I saw a darling card from Bronwyn Eastley made with the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles. When I see a Bronwyn Eastley watermark, I know I’m in for a treat. She makes the most amazing cards. I also know I’m probably not going to make that card, because it’s going to be a lot of work, and I like to make quick and easy cards. Bronwyn is a true artist, and her cards are full of artistic detail. I was hoping none of my stampers also saw this card, but, alas – my observant Margo did see it and wanted to make it. I agreed to work with her, so over the weekend, I copied Bronwyn’s card so I’d be ready to help Margo. Well, I mostly copied. There were a few things I changed and a few I left out. But, for the most part, this is an exact CASE (Copy and Share Everything).

Hey Chick, Hey Birthday Chick, Stampin' Up!

This card is not hard at all; it’s just a lot of die-cutting. The most difficult part was figuring out the measurements. I fiddled and dithered, then finally decided to just make it a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card to avoid weird 1/3″ measurements.

First, I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I trimmed it to 4″ x 5-1/2″. Next I cut two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, and scored the 4-1/4″ sides at 4″. Then I scored those two pieces at 2″. (Be sure you don’t include the 1/4″ flap in the measurements.) Then I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the 1/4″ “flaps” to the back of the 4″ x 5-1/2″ center panel. You may have to trim your adhesive a bit before you adhere the card base panels together, but now you have a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card base. All three panels are 4″, but the two side panels fold at 2″.

The Coastal Cabana layers are 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the four side panels, and 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the center. I used my amazing Blending Brushes to add some Bermuda Bay Classic Ink to all the Coastal Cabana pieces before adhering to the card.

The rest was simply stamping, die-cutting, and adhering. I stamped all the chickens using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then coloring with Stampin’ Blends and die-cutting with the Chicks and Birthday Chicks Dies. I die-cut the signpost two times, once from Soft Suede Cardstock and once from Crumb Cake Cardstock. I trimmed the post from the Crumb Cake sign and adhered it to the Soft Suede signpost after sponging a bit of Soft Suede over it. Then I stamped the sentiment using Soft Suede Classic Ink.

The fence is die-cut from Soft Suede, the chicken wire from Champagne Foil Sheets, the corn stalks from Garden Green, and the corn from Crushed Curry. I added a bit of Granny Apple Green “grass” behind the fence, and the Happy Birthday die-cut is Poppy Parade. I played with the chicken coop a bit. First I die-cut it from Poppy Parade, but it just didn’t look right, so I switched to a Basic White Die-cut, then colored it with Stampin’ Blends.

When you close it, the front is adorable with the peeking chicken, the cupcake eating chicken, and the dancing chicken.

Stampin' Up!, Hey Chick, Hey Birthday Chick, Sale-a-bration

So there you have it. A little coloring, a lot of die-cuts, and a fabulous birthday card that I’m not sure who I will send to. I have to get this right, because I will very likely not make another one!

True confession – When I saw the birthday chick chicken with the balloon, I thought, “Why is that chicken pooping a balloon?” I think it was Susan (my dear friend formerly from New York and now from Tennessee) who politely pointed out that the balloon was making the chicken fly. Before I noticed this, I had decided that the only people who would appreciate this were Wes and Jon, because my kids and I all have the imagination of a 13 year-old boy. Whenever someone says certain words, the boys look at me, because they know I’m going to giggle and probably snort. I was never like this growing up. I was not like this until the kids were maybe in their 20’s. I used to be an intelligent, grown-up mom. This is what happens when you raise boys and don’t have any girls in the house to balance it. For most of the kids’ lives even our dogs were male. Hopefully having a granddaughter will help me turn back into a mature grandma, but I’m not banking on it.

You have less than a week to enjoy free products from Sale-a-bration! If you order the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles, you will earn a Level 1 Sale-a-bration product ($50 order), but you’ll be very close to a Level 2 Product ($100 order). Add some card stock, Stampin’ Dimensionals, or maybe some Stampin’ Blends to your order to earn even more!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!
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Mountain Air Masculine Challenge

Mountain Air Masculine Challenge

Happy Friday, my crafting friends! It’s time for another Stamp Off! Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me. This week, we’re creating masculine cards.

I have to say, while I don’t have trouble creating masculine cards, it’s not a style I turn to a lot. I create masculine birthday cards for the guys in my family, but usually, my all-occasion cards are for women. I rarely send, “Hey, guy friend! How are you?” cards. But I’m always sending cards to my girlfriends for all different occasions and reasons – thinking of you, how are you, you’re the best – as well as birthdays, anniversaries, and other occasions. But I don’t send a lot of thinking of you cards to men. I should, though, because I have a lot of male relatives and friends that I’m thinking of. So here’s my “masculine” thinking of you card.

Mountain Air, Stampin' Up!

I used the Mountain Air Bundle for this card (Mountain Air Stamp Set and Majestic Mountain Dies). You can order the stamps and dies separately, but I ordered the bundle, of course, because it saved me 10%.

Mountain Air is a reversible stamp set. That means, you can stamp the detail image, then turn the stamp over to stamp the “fill in” color. For this card, I stamped the mountains using Highland Heather Classic Ink. Then I turned the stamp over and inked it with Highland Heather. I stamped it on scratch paper, then stamped the “second generation” ink over the original image.  I also stamped the trees using Shaded Spruce Classic Ink, then die-cut all the images with the Majestic Mountain Dies.

Next, I stamped the moon image in Smoky Slate Classic ink, then stamped the reverse image using So Saffron Classic Ink. I punched the moon with the retired 1″ circle punch, but the 1-1/2″ Circle Punch or the Layering Circles Dies would also work. (I always opt for punches when I can, because they’re quicker!)

I die-cut two clouds from Vellum Card Stock and two from Smoky Slate Cardstock using the Majestic Mountain Dies. I sponged a bit of Smoky Slate Classic Ink over the Smoky Slate clouds to add a bit of depth to them.

I added all the die-cut and punched pieces to a 4″ x 5-1/2″ Misty Moonlight Cardstock layer, then added that to a Basic White card base. (Please overlook the fact that I folded it in the wrong direction! I didn’t even notice until I saw the photo. Oops! I’ll trim it before I send it!)

The Thinking of You sentiment is from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set. I stamped it in Basic Gray on Smoky Slate Cardstock, then punched with the Double Oval Punch.

I love mountains, because I live in the Shenandoah Valley and we’re surrounded by mountains. Because of the mountains, we don’t have a lot of tornadoes and hurricanes, because our mountains stop the bad weather. We do get some snow, though, and, I’m happy to say, we got some snow overnight from the slow-moving storm that’s been moving west to east. Apparently a lot of people in the valley were expecting a lot more snow than we got. (As always, the forecast was much worse then the reality.)

Because much snow was in the forecast, I headed to WalMart to look for some snow/rain boots for Amelia since she has outgrown hers. She has some beautiful boots, but they’re too pretty to mess up with snow and mud.

When I entered the store, I almost exited the store. The lines were unbelievable. I kept wondering why the lines were so long and why it was so crazy. (When I was heading back to my car I remembered, Oh, yeah. Snow forecast in the South. While you can probably walk to a grocery store or any other convenience store with milk and bread, you need to stock up on all essentials today because there may be an inch or two of snow! The South is crazy when it comes to inclement weather.) I had about 1/2 hour to find the boots and check out since I needed to be at Amelia’s school to help with art class, so I set my phone timer, just in case. There were no snow boots in her size, but I did find some cute pink rain/mud boots in a unicorn design that I thought she’d like. (I was right. My ears are still ringing from her squeals.) Fortunately, I was able to check out with an extra 15 minutes to spare!

After we left school and were talking about her boots, I used the rest of the time taking her home to talk about the “good old days.”

In Virginia, we don’t usually have snow or bad winters, so buying snow boots and other snow clothes every year can be a wasted expense. I explained to Amelia how we didn’t always have waterproof boots and mittens when I was growing up, so Mimi put bread bags over our gloves and shoes. Of course, this was beyond her comprehension, and she decided I was older than she thought.

When I was retelling this to my mom, she said, “Didn’t I use rubber bands to attach the bags to your shoes and gloves?” Yes. Yes, Mom, you did. So not only did we slide around on bread bag feet (and fall a lot!), we had circulation problems because of the rubber bands. The current generations have no idea how easy they have it.

So now, please head over to Jackie’s and Susan‘s blogs to see what they have created for the Masculine Card Challenge. They have both endured more winterish winters than I have, so I’m not looking for winter themed cards from them.

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

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Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Garden

Happy Wednesday, Stamping Friends! I pulled out my Dragonfly Garden Bundle (Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Dragonfly Punch) and had some fun playing around with the dragonflies.

First, I stamped and punched three Misty Moonlight dragonflies. I placed two behind  laser-cut areas of the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper, then added the third on top.

After I cut a Stitched Rectangle from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (DSP), I layered it to a Misty Moonlight card base. After trying a few different ideas, I decided to leave it askew. Next I adhered the laser-cut paper and two smaller dragonflies punched from a Gold Foil Sheet.

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on Vellum, then tucked it behind the top dragonfly.

Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration will be winding up in a little over a week. Can you believe it? It has gone so fast this year. Be sure you place your orders soon to redeem Sale-a-bration products. And if you join my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators before Sale-a-bration is over, you will get five packs of 6″ x 6″ DSP in all of our core colors (Brights, Regals, Subtles, and Neutrals) as well as a pack of the 2020-2022 DSP. That’s in addition to the $125 in product of your choice, business supplies, and all the perks that come with being a demonstrator – discounted products, access to thousands of ideas and samples, opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events, and much more. Contact me for more information.

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

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Butterfly Brilliance

Butterfly Brilliance

Welcome back, my crafting friends! It’s hard to believe that the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is right around the corner. While the January-June Mini Catalog sales period  will continue through June 30, the current annual catalog will be retiring on May 3. Of course, that means all of the 2019-2021 In Colors (Purple Posy, Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, and Rococo Rose) will be retiring – card stock, ink pads, refills, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, Designer Series Paper (DSP), and embellishments and ribbon in those colors will all retire. Typically, all the DSP retires as well, but there have been a few times that some of the DSP carried over. But we never know until the retirement list comes out, and once that happens, it’s “Katie bar the door,” as my mom says. Retiring products sell out quickly once we are sure what’s retiring. So – avoid disappointment and order the things you love now!

One of the things I love about the new catalog season is pre-release product! This year, the Butterfly Bouquet Bundle, the Butterfly Bijou DSP, and the Natural Touch Specialty DSP will be available March 2 – May 3, 2021. The stamps and dies (and the bundle) will be in the new catalog, but the Butterfly Bijou DSP and Natural Touch Specialty DSP will only be available during the promotion (March 2 – May 3).

You will definitely want the DSP. The Butterfly Bijou is gorgeous. One side of each paper has a collection of butterflies (and one design coordinates with the Butterfly Wings Dies). The other has a beautiful background design.

You can add lovely texture with the Natural Touch Specialty DSP. The pale woodgrain is versatile enough for any project and any time of year. You can stamp on it, emboss it, and use it with dies.

The Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set has one stamp – with six different butterflies! You can stamp them all at once, then die-cut with the Butterfly Wings Dies. Here’s the cool thing about the dies. There’s one die that cuts the outline of each butterfly, so you get six with one pass through your Die-cut and Emboss Machine. But the die cuts the butterflies individually, so you don’t have to cut them apart. So fun!

Here’s the whole suite of products that will be available next month.

I had a bit of time to play today, so here’s the card I made with this collection.

Butterfly Bouquet, Butterfly Brilliance, Stampin' Up!

I die-cut the butterflies from the DSP, thinking I would use the pre-colored butterflies in my project. But I really liked the design on the other side, so I die-cut detailed butterflies using Gold Foil Sheets then adhered them to the butterfly outlines.

I layered a panel from the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper to the “background side” of the DSP, then adhered the butterflies to the paper. I love how it turned out. It’s very soft, but the Gold Foil makes the butterflies sparkle in the sun.

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

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Itty Bitty Birthdays with World of Good

Itty Bitty Birthdays with World of Good

Tonight was our local Stampin’ Up! Gathering. I love getting together with my team and other area demos, even when we’re not in person. We spend the time chatting, catching up on what’s happened in each others’ lives over the past month, and more. Of course, we also talk about the Stampin’ Up! promotions and events, have a challenge for the next month, and enjoy a Make & Take.

Carol was our Make & Take hostess this month, and she brought an amazing “masculine” card for us. Many of us get stuck when we’re making cards for men. I know I feel funny using flowers and butterflies on cards for the guys in my life. So I was thrilled with this card.

World of Good, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stampin' Up!
Isn’t this a great card? The card base is Crumb Cake, with a layer of Misty Moonlight over that. The beautiful banners really take this card to another level. She used the World Of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the top banners. The DSP has beautiful antique designs and textures, as well as brass foil accents. (The accents on the banner on the left is all brass. The bottom half looks a bit different because it’s reflecting my red fleece jacket. Virginia is cold right now.) The two DSP banners are layered to a larger Brass Foil banner. Carol used the Banner Triple Punch to create the banners.

The sentiment is stamped on a Crumb Cake Rectangle Stitched Die-cut. I chose to stamp the Happy Birthday stamp from the Itty Bitty Birthday Stamp Set using Soft Suede Classic Ink.

This card is very quick and simple (especially since Carol did all the work cutting and punching! All we had to do was stamp and layer), but it doesn’t look simple at all. You could step it up by adding a few embellishments and/or embossing the Misty Moonlight layer, but, honestly, I like it the way it is. It’s very classic and definitely “manly.” And while I love cards that have a lot of pieces and texture, I don’t always have hours to make a card. This one has texture and lots of interest without a lot of work. Carol definitely hit this one out of the park!

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

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Ornate Thanks

Ornate Thanks

Happy Wednesday, my friends! My card today is a challenge for my local demonstrator team. Every month, I host a meeting with local Stampin’ Up! demonstrators to discuss business tips, Stampin’ Up! news, and more. We also have a challenge to complete for the next month, and enjoy a Make & Take. This meeting is open to all area Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (and even those not in the area!), even if they’re not on my team. Lately, we’ve been calling our monthly meeting a “demonstrator gathering” since we enjoy getting together and chatting about various aspects of our lives, not just the demonstrator part. All of us have made so many new friends, and we enjoy checking in on each other and hearing about what’s happening in each others’ lives. It’s been a little more difficult this past year, since we can’t all meet in person, but we can still see each other on Zoom, and, for those who can’t do that, on Facebook and in emails.

Our challenge for this month was from Liz. She suggested a “Groundhog Day” challenge. The idea comes from the movie Groundhog Day. If you’re familiar with it, you know it’s where every day, the same things happen. To be honest, while I kind of get the gist of the movie, I’ve never watched it, so I don’t know how it ends. But – the idea for the challenge is to do something that happens over and over and over. Like a repeating pattern, or a product that is available – then retires – then comes back again. Or even a groundhog idea. I love challenges that are open to interpretation! With our group, we draw names for a winner of the challenge, and that person gets all the challenge cards for the month.

I chose to do a repeating pattern and a product that retired and came back.

Stampin' Up!, Ornate Thanks, Punch Party

I stamped the “thanks” sentiment from the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set repeatedly on a Coastal Cabana panel using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink. When I was finished filling the card layer, I embossed it with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.

Next, I cut a square from Bermuda Bay Cardstock using the Stitched Layers Dies. I patted it with a VersaMark pad using the “Direct to Paper” technique, then added Heat & Stick Powder to the card stock. (This was my second nod to the challenge – a product that retired and came back.) After I melted the Heat & Stick Powder, I added some Gilded Leafing to the square. To do this, simply place your sticky panel into the leafing – sticky side down. The leafing will stick to the melted Heat & Stick. Then use a Stamping Sponge to brush off excess leafing. (This is another “comeback” product – the sponges. I don’t think we were ever without them, but the originals did retire and we got new ones.)

I stamped the sentiment from the Punch Party Stamp Set (free with a $300 minimum class/workshop/personal order) using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, then punched with the Double Oval Punch. I added it to the gilded square with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finally – I decided I needed a heart to go with the sentiment. I die-cut the heart from Gold Foil using the Be Mine Stitched Hearts Dies and added a loop of 3/8″ Gold Fine Art Ribbon behind it. The Coastal Cabana layer (with all the trimmings) is adhered to a Basic White card base.

I love the versatility of this card. It can be for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, congratulations, thinking of you, and more! Thanks, Liz, for this awesome challenge!

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

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Hydrangea Hill Treat Box

Hydrangea Hill Treat Box

Welcome back, my crafting friends, It’s another week full of exciting possibilities! I have such a fun project for you today. Every now and then, I like to do 3D projects – boxes, bags, notebooks, and other things that are of practical use. I was inspired by the Stampin’ Up! Love You Always Treat Boxes in the January-June Mini Catalog.

Hydrangea Hill Suite, Stampin' Up!, Punch Party

Here’s the closed box. I made the bottom from Rococo Rose Cardstock, and the sleeve from the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate. The acetate has four 12″ x 12″ sheets – two Rococo Rose and two Highland Heather. It is so beautiful!

To make the box, you need a 5″ x 7-1/2″ piece of Rococo Rose Cardstock. Score all four sides 1-1/2″ from the edge. On two opposite sides, snip on the 1-1/2″ vertical score lines to the horizontal score. You can snip the edge of the tabs, from the edge to where the scores meet (kind of like a very skinny triangle) for neater folds. Adhere the tabs inside, and you have an open box.

For the sleeve, you’ll need a 4″ x 7-1/2″ piece of the acetate. Score at 1-9/16″, 3-9/16″, 5-1/16″, and 7-1/16″. If you use a bone folder when you fold on the scores, you’ll get really nice creases. Use Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the 1/2″ flap inside the sleeve. That’s it! It’s a tight squeeze, but it will work.

To embellish, I stamped the sentiment from the Punch Party Stamp Set (free with a $300 party during Sale-a-bration) using Rococo Rose Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then punched with the Double Oval Punch. I punched a Rococo Rose oval with the larger oval in the Double Oval Punch and layered the two ovals. The last step was adding a bow using the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon, also in the Hydrangia Hill Suite.

You can put lots in this little box. It’s 4″ x 2″ x 1-1/2″, and it’s perfect for little gifts, candy, wrapped cakes (like a Twinkie), or small cookies.

Hydrangea Hill Suite, Stampin' Up!, Punch Party

I hope your week is off to an amazing start! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Shaker Stamp Off

Shaker Stamp Off

Happy Friday, my friends! Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me. Today’s challenge is to create a shaker card.

I think shaker cards are fun, but I have never enjoyed making them. It takes a lot of time, and no matter what I do, the “shaker items” stick to the foam tape or stick to the Window Sheet when I place it over the shakers. I almost always end up frustrated.

I was thrilled when one of the presenters at Stampin’ Up! OnStage in November demonstrated her Faux Shaker card. I may never make another real shaker again!

Here’s my shaker for today.

Floral Gallery Dies, Be Mine Stitched Dies, Stampin' Up!

This card was so easy – and there’s no stamping! I diecut the sentiment from Basic White Cardstock using the Floral Gallery Dies from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalog. I used Adhesive Sheets when I die-cut, so it was easy to adhere the words to the 4″ x 5-1/4″ paper from the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP). This paper and the Berry Blessings Stamp Set are available through February 28 as a Sale-a-bration product. If your order is at least $100, you can select this bundle as a free product!

Next, I placed the DSP into a Clear Medium Envelope, making sure it was flush with the bottom and the end opposite the flap.

I didn’t have any green confetti, so I punched some Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, and Basic White circles and tossed them into the envelope. I used a retired 1/8″ circle punch, but there are lots of other options – hearts from the Dog Builder Punch, little pieces from the Detailed Trio Punch, small butterflies from the Butterfly Duet, and many more. I also added some Gold Glitter as well. Of course, Stampin’ Up! also has sequins you can use.

Next, I folded the flap edge of the envelope. I pulled it way down, farther than it would go if you were mailing a card, so that it would, again, be flush against the DSP. Next, fold the top of the envelope down so that edge is flush with the DSP as well. Use a piece of adhesive tape to adhere it to the back of the envelope. You may have to mitre the edges to make it look a lttle cleaner.

I adhered the envelope to a Granny Apple Green card base using Tear & Tape Adhesive. This works a lot better than liquid glue, because it won’t slide around. You can add anything you want to the front. Since this was for a St. Patrick’s Day theme, I diecut hearts from the Stitched Be Mine Dies and Garden Green Cardstock to create a Shamrock. (The stem is free-cut.)

So easy, don’t you think? And it’s still as fun and “shaker-y” as the “real” shakers.

Please take a few minutes to see what Susan and Jackie have created. I wonder if they will create real shakers or faux shakers. I can’t wait to find out!

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

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