Poinsettia Petals with Poppy Parade

Poinsettia Petals with Poppy Parade

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be able to go to Amelia’s school this afternoon for a “Fun Run” fundraiser. I don’t have to run, but I do get to cheer Amelia on. Although she loves to run, she has decided to skip instead of run today. At the end of the event, they’re having a popsicle dance party. She may be more interested in that than the actual Fun Run.

Meanwhile, here’s a card we made at our September Card Classes using the Poinsettia Petals Bundle from the Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog.

Poinsettia Petals, Stampin' Up!

The Poinsettia Petals Bundle includes the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set and coordinating Poinsettia Dies. Bundling them saves 10% over the cost of purchasing them separately.

For this card, I started with a Poppy Parade card base. It really makes the white poinsettia stand out, especially with the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper (DSP). The fun thing about the Poinsettia Dies is there are dies that cut the petals and leaves, and dies that emboss the veins. With the new Magnetic Plate for the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, it was a cinch to cut and emboss all three of the Whisper White layers at one time. I did the same with the Just Jade layers, then cut the Copper Foil and Bumblebee pieces. So all of the die-cutting for this card was finished in just three passes through the machine. And I just realized I didn’t use the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set (except for the inside sentiment), just the Poinsettia Dies. Still, you’re going to want the stamp set as well. Check in on Monday for a card that really does use the bundle!

All that was left was to glue everything together and adhere to the card. I added a little sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink under the flower. The inside sentiment, “May magic & wonder bloom this holiday,” is perfect to use with the poinsettia.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope your day is full of magic and wonder!

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Sparkly Snowflake Wishes

Sparkly Snowflake Wishes

Happy Wednesday, Everyone! Mike was shopping last week and sent me a photo. Christmas decorations were already on display. While it seemed a little early for premade decorations, I understand why crafters need supplies early. We need time to gather ideas, order our supplies, and then make the projects. So here’s a fun and simple holiday card idea.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I love sparkle for the holidays. (Oh, I’m not fooling anyone. I love sparkle and shimmer all the time!) For this card, I started with a Highland Heather card base, then embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock with the Winter Snow Embossing Folder from the Stampin’ Up!® August-December Mini Catalog (ADMC).

The 2″ x 5-1/4″ Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP) is layered to a 2-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock. (Tip: to save paper, you can simply cut two 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of Coastal Cabana Cardstock and glue them to the back of the DSP.) Before I glued the DSP to the card stock, I stamped the sentiment from Poinsettia Petals in Highland Heather at the top.

I absolutely love the Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper, also in the ADMC. You get the gorgeousness and “wow” of glitter, but the sparkle isn’t not going to flake off and leave glitter all over your house. Or your husband and kids. I don’t mind the extra shimmer in my house, but Mike doesn’t always enjoy meeting clients with a sparkly face.

I die-cut a Balmy Blue Glimmer snowflake using the So Many Snowflakes Dies. These dies coordinate with the Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set, and, you guessed it, if you bundle the dies and stamp set, you’ll save 10%. I added the snowflake and some Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the card.

So here’s a glitter story for you. I may have mentioned that Amelia has a dress that has a glittery skirt. She sent it home with me one day, because no one else will let her wear it because she leaves a trail of glitter.

We were playing “Beauty Shop,” and she was sitting in Mike’s desk chair. When she got up, we saw that the chair was covered in glitter. “Will Mike be mad?” Amelia asked me. Of course I assured her that he would never be mad at her, but maybe we could get some of the glitter off the chair. We did get most of it, and she had fun following him around after he got home to see if he had a glittery tush. My husband is a very good sport!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope your day sparkles!

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24-Hour Stamp Sale

24-Hour Stamp Sale

Stampin' Up!, Stamp Sale

Welcome back, my friends! This is my second post today, but I had to share this news right away. If you’re just checking in, you can see my earlier post here after you read this awesome news.

Beginning at midnight (MT) on Wednesday, September 23, Stampin’ Up!® is offering a 15% discount on selected photopolymer and cling stamp sets. The sale ends at 11:59 p.m. MT, so be ready to order early Wednesday. You don’t want to miss out on the savings.

Here are the sets that are discounted on Wednesday.

ITEM DESCRIPTION RETAIL PRICE DISCOUNT PRICE
143006 HIGH TIDE $26.00 $22.10
143462 MARÉE HAUTE $26.00 $22.10
146386 WATERFRONT $17.00 $14.45
147079 AU BORD DE L’EAU $17.00 $14.45
146519 SWIRLY FRAMES $21.00 $17.85
146676 MAKE A DIFFERENCE $27.00 $22.95
148193 FAIRE LA DIFFÉRENCE $27.00 $22.95
147678 COUNTRY HOME $21.00 $17.85
148433 MAISON DE CAMPAGNE $21.00 $17.85
148580 BUTTERFLY GALA $21.00 $17.85
149096 GALA DE PAPILLONS $21.00 $17.85
149229 BLOOM & GROW $26.00 $22.10
150310 S’ÉPANOUIR ET GRANDIR $26.00 $22.10
149237 FRIEND LIKE YOU $21.00 $17.85
150222 UNE AMITIÉ COMME LA NÔTRE $21.00 $17.85
149252 BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP $22.00 $18.70
149268 INSPIRING IRIS $21.00 $17.85
149379 FAMILY PARTY $22.00 $18.70
149418 PERFECTLY PLAID $17.00 $14.45
149438 HERE’S A CARD $22.00 $18.70
150168 VOICI UNE CARTE $22.00 $18.70
149450 FLORAL ESSENCE $17.00 $14.45
150205 ESSENCE FLORALE $17.00 $14.45
149452 TO A WILD ROSE $26.00 $22.10
150335 ROSE SAUVAGE $26.00 $22.10
150458 SNOWMAN SEASON $18.00 $15.30
150681 LA NEIGE PREND VIE $18.00 $15.30
150483 SNOW FRONT $22.00 $18.70
150508 TAGS TAGS TAGS $21.00 $17.85
150776 ÉTIQUETTES COQUETTES $21.00 $17.85
150513 ITTY BITTY CHRISTMAS $22.00 $18.70
150732 NOËL TOUT MINI $22.00 $18.70
150528 NATURE’S BEAUTY $21.00 $17.85
151345 DANDELION WISHES $20.00 $17.00
151513 GRACE’S GARDEN $18.00 $15.30
152215 JARDIN DE GRACE $18.00 $15.30
151518 UNDER MY UMBRELLA $16.00 $13.60
151906 SOUS MON PARAPLUIE $16.00 $13.60
151643 SPECIAL SOMEONE $17.00 $14.45
151650 MY MEADOW $21.00 $17.85
151666 DRESSED TO IMPRESS $18.00 $15.30
152370 JUSTE LA CLASSE $18.00 $15.30
152496 MOVING ALONG $17.00 $14.45
152897 JOYEUSE EXCURSION $17.00 $14.45
152500 A GRAND KID $21.00 $17.85
152847 CHERS PETITS-ENFANTS $21.00 $17.85
152509 COMFORT & HOPE $21.00 $17.85
152902 ESPOIR ET RÉCONFORT $21.00 $17.85
152512 RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME $22.00 $18.70
152533 HOORAY TO YOU $17.00 $14.45
152536 ZANY ZEBRAS $19.00 $16.15
152539 HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS $19.00 $16.15
152981 OCCASION DE CÉLÉBRER $19.00 $16.15
152544 LOYAL LEAVES $23.00 $19.55
152547 CAMOUFLAGE $17.00 $14.45
152550 WHISKEY BUSINESS $19.00 $16.15
152988 CATÉGORIE SUPÉRIEURE $19.00 $16.15
152553 CAMPOLOGY $22.00 $18.70
152556 STACKED STONE $17.00 $14.45
152578 MASSIVE THANKS $22.00 $18.70
152592 SENDING SUNSHINE $17.00 $14.45
153252 PLEIN DE SOLEIL $17.00 $14.45
152594 EMBRACE EACH MOMENT $22.00 $18.70
152599 DRYBRUSH $17.00 $14.45
152607 QUEEN ANNE’S LACE $17.00 $14.45
153269 DENTELLE DE LA REINE ANNE $17.00 $14.45
152612 TEXTURED ESSENTIALS $23.00 $19.55
152618 WALK IN THE WOODS $21.00 $17.85
153258 PROMENADE BOISÉE $21.00 $17.85
152627 BORDERS ABOUND $21.00 $17.85
152630 SENIOR YEARS $20.00 $17.00
152931 LE TROISIÈME ÂGE $20.00 $17.00
152633 MANY MATES $23.00 $19.55
152641 FROM ALL OF US $21.00 $17.85
153189 DE NOUS TOUS $21.00 $17.85
152646 GAME ON $19.00 $16.15
152947 COUP DE CHANCE $19.00 $16.15
152651 SEASIDE VIEW $19.00 $16.15
152657 WAY TO GOAT $19.00 $16.15
152959 VIEUX BOUC $19.00 $16.15
152660 HIS LOVE $22.00 $18.70
152965 SON AMOUR $22.00 $18.70
152663 PRETTY PARASOL $16.00 $13.60
153289 GORGEOUS POSIES $19.00 $16.15
153292 BOUQUET MAGNIFIQUE $19.00 $16.15
153303 ZOO GLOBE $17.00 $14.45
153305 BASKET OF BLOOMS $17.00 $14.45
153307 CELEBRATION OF TAGS $21.00 $17.85
153591 FRAMED FOR YOU MSA $19.00 $16.15
153594 BIEN ENCADRÉ $19.00 $16.15

You can order any time from midnight – 11:59 p.m. MT from my web site to enjoy the discount. If you have questions, please contact me!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy – and Happy Shopping!

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Gather Together

Gather Together

Happy Monday, my friends! I think fall has fallen here in Virginia. The weather has been lovely. Chilly (and even cold!) at night and early morning, then mild temperatures as the day progresses. It’s my favorite time of the year.

One of the fun things about Stampin’ Up!® and crafting in general is that crafters like to swap projects. I participate in a swap with my team and some of our customers, but last month, I joined a swap with a friend’s team. I received a gorgeous card from Judy Scherban, a demonstrator in Connecticut. Her card was gorgeous, and when I needed a fall card recently, I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) her card.

Judy made a Halloween card, but mine is more “generic fall.” (Warning: I did use a few retired products, but, as always, it’s simple to substitute with current products!)

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I started with a Basic Black card base, then added a layer of Blackberry Bliss. The next layer is a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of the gorgeous Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper (DSP). This paper is so pretty, and there are a lot of “non-Halloween” designs. This design does have some spider webs, but, honestly, they aren’t specific to Halloween – at least in my house.

I decided to use retired Champagne Glimmer Paper. Judy used the beautiful Black Glimmer Paper from the August-December Mini Catalog, but I didn’t order it. (I know! What was I thinking??) Still, I must have had a design in mind for classes using Champagne Glimmer Paper because I have a lot left over. I sponged some black ink on it, but it wasn’t StazOn ink. The ink didn’t want to dry and stay on the paper, so after I washed my hands – a lot, I covered the glimmer paper with VersaMark, then embossed with black embossing powder. It is much easier to just order the Black Glimmer Paper before it’s gone! I die-cut the Glimmer Paper with the Stitched Labels Dies. And, oh, good grief. Apparently these are also retired. I totally missed that when I moved my retired dies to the back of the die box. I’m sorry. But, again, there are beautiful current products you can use.

For the gorgeous leaves, I used the Gathered Leaves Dies in the Gather Together Bundle. Here’s a fun fact. The Gather Together Bundle (Gather Together Stamp Set and Gathering Leaves Dies) was from last year’s Holiday Catalog, but it returned for the August-December Mini Catalog. Not only did the stamps and dies return, but the bundled price returned as well!

Back to the leaves. I dipped the three leaves into the retired Celestial Copper Delicata Ink from last year’s Holiday Catalog, then ran them through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss with Cajun Craze Cardstock. I love the shimmer it gives the leaves!

I added the leaves to the Glimmer Paper, then adhered some Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon and Metallic Mesh Ribbon underneath the label, then I adhered it to the card.

The sentiment, stamped on Whisper White Cardstock in Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink, is also die-cut with the retired dies. But check out the Ornate Frames Dies for a beautiful alternative.

I didn’t plan on this being the point of my blog today, but it fits – if there’s something in a Stampin’ Up!® catalog that you love, be sure to buy it now. You never know whether it will retire or become “unorderable” by the time you decide to order! Don’t be disappointed; order now.

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

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Forever Fern Stamp Off

Forever Fern Stamp Off

Welcome to another Stamp Off with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, we’re using the Forever Fern Stamp Set/Bundle from the Forever Greenery Suite. The bundle includes both the Forever Fern Stamp Set and the Forever Flourishing Dies. If you bundle them together, you’ll save 10%. Besides the Forever Fern Bundle, the Suite also includes the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper (DSP), Forever Greenery Trim (includes Gold Trim and Vanilla Ribbon), Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper, Gold Hoops, and Greenery Embossing Folders. It’s a beautiful suite of products, and Stampin’ Up!® has made it easy to order the entire suite. Simply click on the Suite Collection. The link I included is for the English version; it’s also available in French.

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For my challenge entry, I used the Forever Greenery DSP, Forever Fern Stamp Set, and Forever Flourishing Dies.

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I used the Stitched Nested Labels Dies to cut a piece from the Forever Greenery DSP. I love the “stitching” around the opening, don’t you? I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock slightly larger than the opening. After coloring an Acrylic Block with Mint Macaron, Just Jade, and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Write Markers, I spritzed with water, then stamped the inked block onto the Whisper White layer. After it dried, I added it behind the DSP.

Next, I stamped one of the greenery images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set in Just Jade Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then die-cut with the Forever Flourishing Dies. I stamped another image using Pretty Peacock, and die-cut it as well as the Shaded Spruce and Copper Foil images. I added them inside and around the die-cut opening.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays. I stamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink on a scrap of Mint Macaron Cardstock, then die-cut it and the Copper Foil circle using the Layering Circle Dies.

You may notice some embellishments. They are retired White Enamel Dots that I colored with Just Jade and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends. You can color Frosted & Clear Enamel Dots, Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels, or use the Flowers for Every Season Enamel Gems.

So that’s my card! Now, head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve done with this set!

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

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Snowflake Wishes Times Two

Snowflake Wishes Times Two

Happy Wednesday, Stamping Friends! I’ve been looking at the recent Slimline Cards, and decided to join the craze. Mostly, I made this decision because this is the sized card my mom likes. Years ago when she made her own Christmas cards, she made this size because my dad liked bigger cards. Check it out.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I used the Snowflake Wishes Bundle (Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set and So Many Snowflakes Dies from the August – December Mini Catalog; bundle the stamps and dies to save 10%) for this card. First, I cut a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Pacific Point Cardstock and scored it at 3-1/2″ to create a 3-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card base. Next, I cut a 3″ x 8″ piece of the gorgeous Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper (DSP), then die-cut the label using one of the So Many Snowflakes Dies.

I stamped the sentiment from the Snowflake Wishes Bundle in Whisper White Craft Ink inside the label (before I adhered it to the card), then I embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  After adhering the DSP back to the card base, I added some Balmy Blue and Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper die-cut snowflakes. Finally I added some Basic Rhinestones Jewels.

You can create your own envelopes for these cards, or you can use a business envelope. Easy!

I had a 4″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Pacific Point Cardstock leftover after I made this card, so I decided to make a small twisted easel card.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

First, I scored the 4″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Pacific Point at 4-1/4″ to create a 4″ x 4-1/4″ card. I scored the front side from top right to bottom left. I cut a 3-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of the Snowflake Splendor DSP and cut it from the bottom left to top right so I could have two triangles. I adhered the triangles to the card base.

Next I cut some snowflakes from Whisper White and Balmy Blue Cardstock, Silver Foil, and Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper using the So Many Snowflakes Dies. Be careful when you adhere these to the front of the card, because some of the snowflakes overlap the fold. Make sure your adhesive is only on one side of the score line.

Here’s the front of the card.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

And here’s the inside of the card.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the sentiment using Whisper White Craft Ink, then embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Next, I added one more large snowflake cut from Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper. When you twist the easel behind the glimmer snowflake, it looks like this.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!

Aren’t these fun? And I love that I got two cool cards from one piece of card stock.

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

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Jacob’s Coat with Love of Leaves

Joseph’s Coat with Love of Leaves

Can you believe September is almost half over already? Wow – time really flies these days.

I have been playing around with some old techniques, and today I have a Joseph’s Coat technique to show you.

Joseph's coat, Love of Leaves, Stampin' Up!

The “Joseph’s Coat” technique has always been one of my favorites. I changed it a little bit for this card.

The first step for this technique was to sponge color over a light card stock. I decided to try something different. Instead of sponging color, I used the Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my card stock base. It saved a lot of work, and I love the way it turned out.

The next step is to stamp a solid image over the inked cardstock/DSP using VersaMark Ink. I used the Love of Leaves Stamp Set.

Next, heat emboss the images using Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This creates a resist for the rest of the Joseph’s Coat technique. The colored area behind the embossed images will stay colored when you do the next step. (Let the embossing cool for a minute or so.)

Use Stamping Sponges or Sponge Brayer to add a dark ink over the embossed layer. I used Night of Navy Classic Ink with my Sponge Brayer. I kept adding ink until I was pleased with the results. I love that a hint of the Playing with Patterns DSP still shows up.

I added my stamped/embossed/sponged layer to a Crushed Curry Cardstock layer, then to a Calypso Coral card base. I’ll add some embellishments and a sentiment later. But in the meantime, isn’t this fun? At first, I was a little dismayed at the blank areas in the stamps, but they’re made to look a little distressed. And, honestly, when you look at fallen leaves in autumn, aren’t they really distressed and never perfect?

This is a great card for so many occasions – thank you, birthday, thinking of you, sympathy. and many more! I have a cousin with a house in the woods, and this would make a perfect birthday card for him. What can you use this card for?

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

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Tasteful Textures with Feathers

Tasteful Touches with Feathers

My dear friend Susan recently posted a card using the Stampin’ Up!® Tasteful Touches Stamp Set, and I had to CASE (copy and share everything) it. You can see Susan’s card here.

I coped her card idea using Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles inks for the same design. Here are my two favorites.

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This is the card using Neutrals inks. I stamped the feathers from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock using (l-r) Basic Gray, Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, and Merry Merlot. I stamped the sentiment (also from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set) in Night of Navy, then adhered the stamped layer to a Night of Navy card base. This is a perfect card for anyone! The neutral colors make it a wonderful “masculine” card, but it is also a great card for women as well.

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Here’s my Regals card. I stamped – again on Whisper White Cardstock – using Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Cajun Craze, and Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, and the stamped panel is layered to a Cherry Cobbler card base.

I love both of these color palettes, so I can’t figure out which is my favorite. Using the Stamparatus made this card so simple! All I had to do was move the plate, clean the stamp, and add a different color of ink. It’s a perfect #simplestamping and #hingestamping card, because you don’t need anything fancy. There are no dies or embellishments. All you need are stamps, ink, and card stock. And with the Stamparatus, anyone can easily make this card.

I also made a card using Subtles and one using Brights (with the exception of one new In Color). They are so simple, but so gorgeous, don’t you think? And that tells you that anyone can create gorgeous handmade greeting cards, no matter their skill level. Thanks, Susan, for the awesome inspiration!

If you love stamping, do take advantage of the Get & Go Starter Kit Promotion happening at Stampin’ Up!® through September 30, 2020. Besides selecting $125 in product of your choice for your starter kit, you will also get business supplies (catalogs, forms, and more), two extra stamp sets, kits with cut card stock and envelopes to create 16 cards, and a pack of Rhinestones Basic Jewels – all for only $99 plus tax. Your shipping is free. This is an amazing deal, and there’s no obligation. Simply enjoy your new products and the 20% discount on future purchases. Of course, if you want to hold classes, do online events, or get together with friends to stamp, you can enjoy even more benefits. It’s totally up to you! You have until January 2021 to meet your first minimum sales requirement ($300). But you can still rejoin if you don’t meet the requirement – and January is the beginning of Sale-a-bration, another awesome time to join (or rejoin). Best of all, as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator you have access to tons of information, training, and samples to use as inspiration. And I’ll be here to help you as well.

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

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A Challenge Rooted in Nature

A Challenge Rooted in Nature

Happy Wednesday, my fellow crafters! What a crazy week this has been. Between “the virus” and Labor Day, I have totally lost track of days. I think it’s because we’re not watching our weekly shows. We have three TV shows we enjoy – NCIS, The Blacklist, and Blue Bloods. Mike doesn’t like reruns, and who knows when new ones will be out, so my days are all off. Thank goodness for my cell phone calendar.

Yesterday I was supposed to pick up my aunt and help her find a new cell phone. When I was on the way, I called to tell her I’d be there soon and to agree on where to pick her up. She lives in a retirement complex and visitors aren’t allowed in yet. She had forgotten and had planned another outing later that day. (This is why she needs a cell phone; she can set reminders.)

It turned out to be a good thing, because I was able to help Mike with some of the finishing touches on the condo we’re flipping. He lost all last week because of school, so we’re down to the wire. It closes Friday, and while it looks beautiful and the buyer is very pleased, I will be very happy when the deed is handed over. I’m sure Mike will be too. He’s done a fabulous job, but it has been a lot of work.

I’ve been enjoying all the birthday cards I’m getting from friends – especially the handmade cards. Besides brightening my day and bringing me much joy, they’ve been great sources of inspiration. Our demonstrator team meeting is tomorrow night, and our challenge for the month was to use something unexpected on a card. Mike drinks lemon water and baking soda every morning to help with his pH balance, so we always have a bag of lemons in the kitchen. I got to the bag before he threw it away and decided to use the mesh on my card. And the card Susan sent me was the perfect inspiration. Here’s her beautiful card. (By the way, the smashed corner was from the USPS; Susan’s cards are always flawless.)

Prized Peony, Stampin' Up!

I love the Prized Peony Bundle, and the colors on her stenciled background are some of my favorites! I decided to CASE her idea for my challenge card.

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I taped the lemon bag to my table with a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock underneath. Then I sponged with Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Classic Ink. I love how it turned out!

I had several ideas about what to use as my focal image, but since the background looked like a net, it seemed cruel to use images of animals or people. I chose the tree from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set. I inked the leaves with a Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker and stamped on Very Vanilla Cardstock. I used my Stamparatus so I could have several layers of color. Next I inked the trunk and branches with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, again adding several layers. When I was happy with it, I used the Nature’s Roots Dies to die-cut the tree with the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine. The sentiment, also in Rooted in Nature, worked perfectly under the tree. I added a little Linen Thread then layered the 3-3/4″ x 5″ background panel to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Bermuda Bay Cardstock layer, then to a Very Vanilla card base.

I’m excited to see what the other demonstrators do for the challenge. The last time we had a challenge like this, their entries were amazing!

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

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Prized Peony Birthday Card

Prized Peony Birthday Card

Friday was my birthday – and we won’t talk numbers. My aunt turns her numbers around, so when she turned 82, she claimed she was 28. Of course, eventually, you reach a number you don’t want to turn around – like 29. Or 68. When I turn my number around, it’s a little over the age I got married, and, honestly, no one would believe it. Fortunately, my hair is just “turning gray,” and since we’ve been painting white walls, I can say, “Oh, no…it’s paint!” I actually did find some white paint in my hair the other day, and was very pleased when it came off. Or perhaps I pulled them out.

Anyway – I received some gorgeous birthday cards last week, and I’ll be posting them for you. Today’s card is from Sandy. Sandy will celebrate 10 years as a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator in November. She’s my first team member to reach that milestone, and I can’t wait to celebrate. I’m hoping we can all be together, but I have a Plan B in case we’re still meeting virtually. Sandy is a wonderful friend, an spectacular artist, and an amazing demonstrator. I am so happy that Stampin’ Up!® brought us together, because I can’t imagine life without my friend.

Here’s the card she sent me.

Prized Peony, Forever Flourishing, Stampin' Up!

This card is so stunning, and the picture does not do it justice. There are so many gorgeous Gold Foil diecuts from the Forever Flourishing Dies, and that peony from Prized Peony is gorgeous. Sandy always adds special touches – like the Wink of Stella (that, of course, doesn’t show up in the photo) and the enamel dots. But look what happens when you open it.

Prized Peony, Forever Flourishing, Stampin' Up!

It’s a twisted easel card, and all that gorgeous gold foil just pops when it stands up. Honestly, when I opened this card, it took my breath away.

Thank you so much, Sandy, for this beautiful card!

I can’t wait to show you the other cards I received. I am so humbled by the cards and gifts I received from my friends. They are the very best!

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

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