Paisleys & Posies Card Set & Purse

Paisleys & Posies Card Set & Purse

Paisleys are all the rage right now, and this card set will be perfect for all paisley-lovers! This set includes two different card designs, and three need to be made of each to fill the cute purse-box that goes with it. This project features the beautiful Petals & Paisleys Suite of products. Make one as a gift and make another for yourself. This would also make a great product-based class.

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This beautiful project was designed by Christy for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to October, or select one of the 3- or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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Take it or Leave it Challenge

Take it or Leave it Challenge

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It’s Friday! Wooooot!  Here’s another Stamp-Off challenge for you, from my friends Jackie and Susan, and me. This week, it’s a “Take it or Leave it” challenge. I love those – because you can basically do whatever you want. Here’s what you can take or leave.

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I actually have been on a ribbon, framelit, Christmas, green kick today. I created at least three other cards that used everything on the list. But my favorite only used two of the elements.

Stampin' Up!, Christmas Magic, Tin of Tags

This was my favorite of all the cards I made today, but I did like the others as well – so I went to a higher authority. “Mike, which is your favorite. And there are no wrong answers.” (I added that last because he always has a “deer in the headlights” look when I ask him those questions.)  He started to open this one, and I shook my head. “You know there’s nothing inside yet.” He laughed. “After all these years, you’d think I’d know!” Anyway, this is the one he picked. (YAY!)

I stamped the trees from the Christmas Magic set in VersaMark on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I embossed with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and painted over them with ink. I used an Aqua Painter and Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Night of Navy ink.

Ideally, you should let your cardstock dry before stamping, but I couldn’t wait so the sentiment is a tad fuzzy. I like it thought, because it fits with the overall “feel” of the card. I stamped Joy to the World from the Tin of Tags set in Night of Navy. It still seemed a little blah, so I splattered some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details/Water mixture over the card, and then sprinkled Silver Stampin’ Glitter over the splatters. Because I trimmed the paper before it was dry, it also ripped a bit. So…this is where the sequins come in. I added stars and circles from the Metallics Sequins Assortment over the card.

Here’s a closer look at the embossing and glitz.

Stampin' Up!, Christmas Magic

I wanted to add some Silver Metallic Thread to the top of the card, just for a bit more glam and sparkle. Thread could be considered a ribbon or twine, but the sequins covered that line anyway. It’s a Christmas card, so that box is also checked off. No die-cuts were used in the creation of this card. And, unless you consider Pool Party a green (and it is kind of a blueish green), I didn’t use green anywhere either.

Over the next few days, I’ll post the other cards I made that checked off all the boxes. In the meantime, check out Susan’s and Jackie’s amazing creations! And feel free to join us in our challenge. If you post your card to your web site or blog and leave a comment with the link, I’ll post it here for everyone to see!

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

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(Did you notice that last line is all silver? I have a theme going here!)

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So Long, Farewell…

So Long, Farewell…

Our next Stampin’ Up! demonstrator meeting will be very bittersweet. One of my dear friends – who is also a downline – is moving to Japan on October 31. I’m really excited for her and her husband, but I’ll miss her terribly. She’s so much fun and always upbeat and encouraging.

Since my friend Christy & I are bringing snacks for the October meeting, I suggested we do a Japanese theme. I’m bringing sushi and Christy is bringing drinks. I think she mentioned saki and some kind of green tea product. I can’t wait! It’s going to be so much fun – even if I end up crying.

Christy suggested a “Farewell” banner – and since I have all the banner items (Banners Framelits, Letters for You Stamp Set, Large Letters Framelits), I offered to make it. While we were gone over the weekend, I googled the Japanese translation for “Farewell.”

Here’s my banner.

Stampin' Up!, Letters for You Bundle

Let me just say that Japanese is hard! I remember trying to do perfect “circles and sticks” in Kindergarten, and being frustrated because my circles weren’t perfect and my sticks were angled. But Japanese? I’d hate to be a Japanese kid with no artistic talent. Japanese letters are just art. I mean – look at the Calypso Coral banner. Doesn’t each letter look like a picture? And I’m seriously hoping that really says, “Farewell,” and not something nasty or weird. (Apologies in advance if the latter is the case.)

I used the By the Shore Designer Series Paper for all the banners. I love the two ombre’ designs. I knew they would be the base for the banners as soon as I started searching for the right paper. I used the Tags & Labels Framelits for the next layer for both banners, and for the Very Vanilla pieces on the Japanese banner. I stamped “Farewell” using the wonderful Letters for You stamp set with Dapper Denim ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock. After die-cutting with the Large Letters Framelits, I was ready to tackle the Japanese letters. I used a pencil first, just in case I needed to erase, then went over it with a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker. Done!

I punched the holes in each banner piece with the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch, then strung the pieces together with Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine. It’s perfect for holding up banners.

I was never a banner person before I was a demonstrator, but lately I’m loving having banners for different occasions. Stampin’ Up! has the best products for creating perfect banners in just minutes. You can see what I used by clicking on the products in the list below.

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Merriest Wishes Tags & Gift Box Set

Merriest Wishes Tags & Gift Box Set

Gift packaging is something we need throughout the year, especially during the holidays!  This gift box is designed to include four individual compartments, just perfect for the Merriest Wishes gift tags.  The tutorial also includes four gift tag designs. The tags can be easily customized to your favorite colors, images, or greetings, from the Merriest Wishes/Merry Tags Bundle.  Just make four of each design and you will have sixteen beautiful tags to give to that special person this year.  Or, you can leave off the divider and fill the Gift Box with candies!  The Gift Box containing the candy uses Candy Cane Christmas and Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper.

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This beautiful set was designed by Jari for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to October, or select one of the 3- or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Ok, so technically it’s our fall vacation. Mike and I were scheduled to hit the Florida beaches in early October, but Hurricane Matthew beat us to it. We were contacted by the condo owners to hold off for a few days. When we didn’t hear anything from them, we planned alternate activities.

We’ve taken two long (like Friday through Monday!) weekends, which have been wonderful. I spent a couple days with Amelia and Wesley. He had taken off two days last week (and with his 12-hour shifts, two days off gave him seven days in a row). We took her to Chuck E Cheese’s, had dinner together, shopped, and just had fun. I spent a few days cleaning out closets and the refrigerator (all long overdue jobs). The cleaning out part wasn’t that fun, but looking at the organized and neat closets sure is. I had planned to do a lot of stamping, but family activities took precedence – and that’s fine!

Then there was today. I had asked Mom if she’d go with me to her mom’s grave site. It’s way back in the country, and I wasn’t sure where it was or if I could even find it. Of course, she said yes – and suggested we stop at Mike’s dad’s site as well. It was kind of in the same direction, and I hadn’t been there since his funeral.

Early this morning (ok – 9-ish, but I’m on vacation), one of my cousins texted to let me know her great-nephew would be visiting my aunt today. Did I want to stop by? Ummmm – yes! This little guy is so sweet and adorable. He’s one of my favorite little boys in the world. He had been in the hospital for a while, but is doing so much better. I filled a “surprise bag” with a book and some “goodies” for him. Sadly, I had to leave before he got there, but I did get this photo from my cousin.


My cousin said as soon as he opened the bag, he started reading the book to his granny. So fun. How cute are these two?

I had a wonderful afternoon with Mom – and I learned so much about our family history. I need to record all the stories and history so it doesn’t get lost one day. She pointed out all the family landmarks – “Your granny used to live there. This is where Uncle Fred used to live. Did I ever tell you about….” It was the best day ever!

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Just Wanted To Say Hello

Just Wanted To Say Hello

What a beautiful fall day we’re having! The sun is bright, the leaves are changing to gorgeous fall colors, and the temps are in the mid-70s. It’s my favorite time of the year!

I subscribe to the Stampin’ Up! “Paper Pumpkin” kits. I put the last couple on hold, because they kits had been stacking up in my stamp room. They’re fun and easy to put together, but, well – I just had other things to do and hadn’t gotten around to them.

While packing for vacation, I was in a quandry about what stamping supplies to take. I didn’t want to go for days and days without stamping at least a little! But I also didn’t want to take my whole craft room with me. So – I grabbed my latest Pumpkin (I think it’s August’s) and the Tin of Tags kit from the Holiday Catalog.

I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge, huge fan of the August Paper Pumpkin. I loved the idea of note cards and gift cards, and I liked the stamps. But the colors… Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Mint Macaron, Tangerine Tango, and Tip Top Taupe are some of my favorites. I just wasn’t sure about the combinations and the huge splashes of Tangerine Tango and Cajun Craze. But after playing with it a little…

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

I used pieces from all three designs on this card. The only products I added to the kit were the Copper embossing powder (and VersaMark, of course), and the Copper Metallic Thread behind the envelope.

Here’s the card insert –

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

How fun is that? It’s like two cards in one! I’m excited to try some other ideas with this – and with the Tin of Tags kit. I think they’ll make some really fun Christmas cards.

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Boxes of Thoughts

Boxes of Thoughts

It’s time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays and here is a great project to help you get a jump start for your Thanksgiving and Christmas Décor.  This project will make the fun mantel piece for both as it is double sided.  Just turn it around after Thanksgiving is over and you are ready for Christmas!

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This fun holiday project was designed by Twila for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions for Twila’s project, simply subscribe to October, or select one of the 3- or discounted 6- or 12-month packages.

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