Beautiful Eclectic Mediterranean Waterfront

Beautiful Eclectic Mediterranean Waterfront

When I attended my first Stampin’ Up!® workshop, I had no idea what “rubber stamping” was. The hostess, one of my dearest friends, said, “We’re going to make greeting cards using rubber stamps.” The only rubber stamps I knew about were name and address stamps. I wasn’t sure how in the world we were going to get pictures and greetings using those, but I liked Kathy, so I agreed to go. And, of course, I was very interested in how we were going to get cool stuff out of boring name & address stamps. But, in typing class, we typed the letter “x” in patterns and ended up with a cat (if we typed correctly!), so anything was possible.

I was surprised and pleased to see all the different rubber stamps that were available. Of course, I was totally overwhelmed by the catalog (sound familiar?), but I got over that quickly. Just a few years later, I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator and I’ve never regretted it.

My favorite style in the beginning was collage stamping. You’d stamp different images over and over, sometimes overlapping, sometimes upside down. You could use different colors for the stamps – or not; it was very easy to do and almost impossible to mess up. Even if you had a smudge, you could stamp over it or sponge and cover it up.

I decided to go back to my roots when I saw a shirt my friend Lorraine wore to our stamp class last week. It was so sweet – and I immediately had an idea. I forgot to ask permission to post the photo, so you’ll just have to imagine how awesome it was when I show you my card.

Mediterranean Moments, Oh So Eclectic, Waterfront, Beautiful You, Itty Bitty Greetings, Stampin' Up!

This card came together really quickly and was super simple. First, I stamped the café scene from the Mediterranean Moments Stamp Set several times on Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I stamped the open flower from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set a few times, also using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Finally, I added some palm trees from the Waterfront Stamp Set in Soft Suede and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink.

To add a little more interest, I stamped some scribbles from the Beautiful You Stamp Set in Crumb Cake and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink. Then I colored the bricks on the café wall with Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends (light and dark) and the bottom flower using Crumb Cake Light & Dark Stampin’ Blends.

I adhered the stamped layer to a Cajun Craze 4″ x 5-1/4″ cardstock layer, then adhered it all to a Mossy Meadow card base. Super easy! The last thing was to add the sentiment. I stamped enjoy your retirement from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set in Cajun Crazy on Mossy Meadow, then punched with the Pretty Label Punch. I cut most of the “pretty” off so I’d have a simple rounded rectangle. For a final touch, I stamped the Beautiful You scribble several times on the edges in Sahara Sand (stamped off twice).

I thought about adding some twine or embellishments, but I kind of liked the pattern standing alone.

This is a wonderful card for a beginner class, because even though there are lots of stamp sets used, there’s little coloring and only a few snips off the punched piece to fussy cut. And it was really fun to go back in time and enjoy a technique I haven’t tried for awhile.

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

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Meanwhile, Back at the Farmhouse…

Meanwhile, Back at the Farmhouse…

I tend to go overboard whenever Stampin’ Up!® offers country, farm, or apple stamps. I grew up in a rural area of the county on a farm, and our family grew apples. So, of course, I have to have as many of those themes as I can.

One of the new sets from the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog is Farmhouse Christmas. It kind of reminds me a little bit of the house I grew up in. There are lots of fun Christmas and winter stamps as well as a set of coordinating Farmhouse Framelits Dies. (And, yes, you can bundle them to save 10%.)

I wanted to play with an idea for a swap, so I pulled out the new stamps and dies.

Farmhouse Christmas, Stampin' Up!I know. Pretty plain and simple, right? I stamped the tree in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored it with the light Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend.

I used the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set to stamp the background snowflakes using Frost White Shimmer Paint. I was so excited to see this in the Holiday Catalog! I love using shimmer paints for a hint of sparkle. You can add it to a palette or a stamp pad made from felt. But if I’m only stamping a few times, I don’t want to waste any of my paint. I shake the bottle (make sure the lid is on tightly!), then use a Sponge Dauber to pick up ink from the lid and apply to the stamp.

The Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set has a coordinating Blizzard Thinlits Die. You can die-cut an entire sheet of snowflakes with just one pass through the Big Shot. I used Sparkle Glimmer Paper for the snowflake.

Here’s the inside.

Farmhouse Christmas, Beautiful Blizzard, Stampin' Up!

It’s another shadowbox card. These are so easy to make and so fun, because they fold flat to mail. I stamped the farmhouse in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then die-cut and colored with Stampin’ Blends. I stamped and die-cut another tree and more snowflakes (in Smoky Slate this time). Then I added a few more die-cut sparkle snowflakes to the inside of the card. I bundled the Beautiful Blizzard Stamp Set and Blizzard Thinlits, again saving 10%.

The final bundle I used from the Holiday catalog is the Tags & Tidings Bundle. First, the Tags & Tidings Stamp stamps 16 images at one time. Then the Christmas Tags Thinlits Die die-cuts all 16 – again all at one time. So cool! It really speeds up the process. I used the Merry Christmas to You and Yours tag on my card using two silver Metallic Brads.

To create the shadowbox card, you’ll need one sheet of cardstock. I used Balmy Blue for my card. Cut the cardstock into two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces. Score one piece at 4-1/4″ to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card – just like we usually do. This will be your card base.

Cut 1/2″ off one edge (so one half of the card base will be 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and the other will be 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″). The short side will be the inside back of your card (on mine, it’s the part where I stamped snowflakes and added the three Sparkle snowflakes; the front has the fence and tree).

Score the second piece of cardstock at 1/2″, 4-1/4″, and 4/3-4″. Cut a very small sliver off the side opposite the 1/2″ flap. This will make it easier to put together when you’re on the final step.

On the 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ section (right beside the 1/2″ edge, die-cut or punch a window. This will pop up to show your card design when you open the card.

Decorate the inside back of the card (the piece that has one score and 1/2″ cut from the edge). You can also use Designer Series Paper to speed up the process! Add die-cuts and decorate the front of the card.

Use Tear & Tape Adhesive to cover the 1/2″ edge of the cardstock insert. Place that edge right in the fold of the card base, remove the adhesive backing, and close the card over the adhesive.

Fold on all scorelines and wrap the insert around to adhere to the back of the card. Be sure to keep the 1/2″ panel adhesive free or your card won’t pop up.

If you have questions, please let me know and I’ll try to be more clear! (I’m writing this as I play farmer’s wife who has to wake up the entire farmhouse at rooster’s crow, so I’m a little distracted! At least our game fits in with the blog, right?)

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

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More Pleasant Pheasants

More Pleasant Pheasants

The last card I posted using the Stampin’ Up!® Pleasant Pheasants Stamp Set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog didn’t have pheasants on it. You can see it here. It was a fall “Z-fold” card, but it was disappointing for people who were looking for pheasants. (I won’t mention names, but if I did, it would rhyme with “Zeborah.”) So I decided to humor her and color a couple pheasants today.

Wait! First – a side note. I was trying to think of a catchy title for this post. (Obviously, I didn’t come up with one.) I asked Mike for inspiration. I was thinking, “Pheasants from Heaven.” Of course, I sang that to him. (You have to be old to get this.) So he followed up with, “Pheasants…Entertain You! Pheasants…Make you Smile!” Basically, “we got nothin’.”

Here’s the card –

Pleasant Pheasants, Stampin' Up!

What Color Are Pheasants?

First, I Googled “pheasant pictures,” because I’ve never seen a pheasant up close and I had no idea what colors they are. This is kind of close, I think. And even if it’s not close, I had fun, which is the whole point.

I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Glossy White Cardstock. Years ago, my friend Liz Hamman went to a Scrapbook Expo and returned with a gorgeous sample of a bird (I think it may very well have been a pheasant, but it was a long time ago and I’m old, so I don’t really remember). It was stamped on glossy cardstock and colored. It was gorgeous, so I decided to give it a go.

The artist who colored Liz’s sample used a different medium, I think, but still – the colors really pop on the Glossy White! I used Stampin’ Blends to color these little guys. I die-cut the image and a Pumpkin Pie mat with the Layering Ovals Dies.

That Background, Though!

My favorite part of this entire card is the background. I wanted to play a little, so I inked a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Galvanized Metallic Paper (again from the Holiday Catalog) with a Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad. I just streaked it down the cardstock, trying to keep it kind of even.

Next, I sprinkled Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the whole piece, heated it, then ran it through the Big Shot with the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (DTIEF). I love the way it turned out! It looks like weathered metal.

I wrapped Mint Macaron and Crumb Cake Twine from the Nature’s Twine pack around the Metallic Paper, then knotted it together. And then I adhered it to my Garden Green Card Base – upside down. AAAAARRGH! I really like for my knots and extra embellishments to be on the right. But I’m (somewhat) adaptable! After layering the matted image, I added a little leaf from the Leaves Trinkets embellishments.

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The Pleasant Pheasants Stamp Set, Galvanized Metallic Paper, and the Tin Tile DTIEF will all be available to order from the Holiday Catalog on September 5. Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators, of course, can preorder in August. You know you want to enjoy this perk, so join my team and you can order the Holiday Catalog products now. This is only one benefit of being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator. There are lots more, like –

  • Enjoying a 20% minimum discount on orders
  • Opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up!® Events
  • Access to thousands of project ideas only available to demonstrators
  • Making new friends who love paper crafts
  • Ability to earn free product
  • Forums and Facebook Groups only available to demonstrators
  • and much, much more

If you’d like more information, please feel free to contact me!

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Garden in the Spring

Garden in the Spring

Sometimes you find a card design that just really “wows” you, right? I wanted to use some of the Stampin’ Up!® Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP) for class this month, and I found a card from Vanessa Baker (Confetti Design) that I loved. I loved it so much, I didn’t change a whole lot, just some of the colors, dies, and stamps used. I love the freshness of the Soft Sea Foam card base.

Abstract Impressions, Stampin' Up!, Bunch of Blossoms

Using the Big Shot Embossing Mats

Every month at classes, I try to introduce at least one new technique. This month, I wanted to show off our new Big Shot Embossing Mats. I say “new,” but we did have a very similar product years ago when we had the “Texturz” plates (before we began offering embossing folders). The new version includes two mats. Using these mats, you can use our thinlits or framelits to emboss as well as cut. I love being able to get twice the use out of a product, don’t you? There’s a thicker gray mat that gives a deep impression, and a thinner blue mat that gives a little lighter impression. Sometimes with very detailed dies, you can cut through your cardstock with the thicker mat, so I used the thin blue one for this die. When you purchase these, the packaging has instructions and the different Big Shot sandwiches you use, so be sure to hang on to that!

For this card, I used the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the floral image from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies onto the Soft Sea Foam card base. It adds a little texture and interest without overwhelming the rest of the card.

Garden Party Butterflies

While I was watching (or listening to!) the America’s Got Talent Semi-Finals Tuesday, I die-cut all the butterflies  – also from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits – from the Garden Impressions DSP. I love the way these turned out! They remind me of dresses one would wear to a springtime garden party.

I cut another strip of DSP for under the Stitched Seasons Label, then notched the edges with Paper Snips. You can also use the Banner Triple Punch for this, but my Paper Snips were handier at the moment.

Blended Seasons Bundle

Aren’t you loving the Blended Seasons Bundle? It includes a versatile all-season Stamp Set and the Stitched Seasons Framelits. I die-cut one of the labels from Powder Pink Cardstock and stamped a few flowers from the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set in Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink. The sentiment (from the Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set) is stamped in Call Me Clover. By the way, if you bundle the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set with the Springtime Impressions Thinlits, you’ll save 10%.

By the way, the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, and Watercolor Pencil Assortment 2 will no longer be available after August 31 (or while supplies last), so be sure to order yours today. The new Watercolor Pencils assortment may be in a future publication, but there’s no guarantee, so do order those soon. You don’t want to miss out on the chance to have these beautiful colors – Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape and more!

I Love Punches and Buttons

I was going to stamp and die-cut the leaves from the Rooted in Nature bundle, but after die-cutting 25 butterflies, I decided to punch the leaves instead using the Leaf Punch. I love my dies, but when you need 48 of something, punching is much quicker!

The final touch is the adorable little Tinted Faceted Button in the center of the butterfly. So sweet! I used one Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the butterfly over the label, then a Mini Glue Dot for the button. So easy!

This card is one of my favorites ever. I love the fresh, clean, springtime look.

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

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Blackberry Congrats

Blackberry Congrats

Are you loving the Stampin’ Up!® Blended Seasons Bundle? What? You don’t have it yet? What are you waiting for? It’s an awesome set that will carry you through all four seasons. You need to order it now, before it’s gone forever!

Here’s a card we’re making at August classes.

Blended Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Ignore the finger; that’s not part of the fun card! It’s a simple “Z-fold” card created from Blackberry Bliss Cardstock. I cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, then scored at 4-1/4″ and 2-1/8″. It’s not really a “Z-fold” card, because I glued the two smaller flaps together. You can also cut the front of the card at 2-1/8″. But it was a Z-fold when I started. (Does that count?)

I used the Stitched Seasons Framelits to create the Powder Pink and Mint Macaron labels. Stamp the “congrats” in Blackberry Bliss Ink, and the flowers from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set in Shaded Spruce on the Powder Pink label.

Stamp the leaf image in Whisper White Craft Ink on the front flap, then heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Adhere the Powder Pink label to the front of the Blackberry Bliss card base.

For the inside of the card, adhere a 2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of a Blackberry Bliss design from the Regals Designer Series Paper to the back of the short piece of the card front. Stamp the leaf image on the Mint Macaron label die-cut in Shaded Spruce Classic Stampin’ Ink, then stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink. Adhere the label to the inside of the card.

Stampin' Up!, Blended Seasons

Easy, right? This is such a fun card to send to someone who has done something amazing. Or simply switch out the sentiments to make it a birthday or thank you card. This design is so versatile, it can even be a sympathy or thinking of you card. This is a limited time set, and it’s only available in August or while supplies last! So 0rder your bundle today and collect those Bonus Coupons to use in September!

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Pop-Up Anniversary Card

Pop-Up Anniversary Card

My amazing parents celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sunday. They are truly an inspiration. They’ve been through good times, bad times, ups, downs, happiness, and heartache, but they’ve never lost their love for each other or their love for and faith in God.

To celebrate their anniversary, I made a cute pop-up card for them.

Stampin' Up!, Oh So Eclectic

We made a Christmas card using this template for our demonstrator meeting, and I thought it would be a fun card for Dad & Mom. It looks worky, but it’s actually quite simple.

I used the beautiful Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the “box” part. The stamped and die-cut flowers and leaves are from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies.

Here are some details and measurements.

Start with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock (I used Blushing Bride).
Score at 1″, 2-3/4″, 3-3/4″ 5-1/2″ 7-1/4″, 8-1/4″ and 10″ using your Simply Scored Scoring Tool.
Place the cardstock in your Stampin’ Trimmer, with the 5-1/2″ score line on the cutting line. Place the cutting blade in the center of the line and cut up to the 1/2″ mark. Cut back down to the 3-3/4″ mark. Add two strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive on each of the 1″ ends.

Decorate the top and front of the box with DSP. You’ll need two 4″ x 1-1/2″ and one 3/4″ x 4″ piece. (If you’d like to also decorate the back, you’ll need two 3/4″ x 4″ pieces.)
The two larger pieces go on either side of the center score (the one that is cut); the smaller pieces go on the 1″ sections (between the 2-3/4″ and 3-3/4″ scores, and the 7-1/4″ and 8-1/4″ scores.)
The other sections will either have adhesive on them or will be on the bottom, so you don’t have to decorate those. For Dad & Mom’s card, I wrote a little note on the bottom pieces.

For the pop-up insert, you’ll need:
5-1/2″ x 3″ Cardstock (I used Berry Burst)
5-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ DSP
5″ x 2-1/2″ Cardstock (Highland Heather in the anniversary card)

I used the Springtime Impressions Thinlits with the Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the Highland Heather layer. Then I adhered the layers and added the stamped and die-cut flowers. To get the striped look, I first stamped and die-cut the base image from the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and Eclectic Layers Thinlits. Then I used the “open flower” thinlit to create a stencil and sponged more Berry Burst through the stencil onto the flower. The leaves are Mellow Moss on Mellow Moss.

Once you have everything decorated, feed the insert through the slit in the base from the inside out.

Fold the ends to the inside making sure the front of the insert will be facing front. Otherwise you’ll be decorating the back after all! Then remove the adhesive backing from the bottom end, and adhere the insert flush against the fold at the bottom. Then remove the liner from the top adhesive and fold it down over the the bottom, keeping the edges even.

Here’s the completed version one more time.

Stampin' Up!, Oh So Eclectic

You can add a sentiment and other embellishments to the front.

To mail, simply push down on the center so the top pieces of the base fold together and the bottoms show. Here’s a photo of the closed version. This is the one we made at our meeting.

Give this cute pop-up a try. It’s super fun and really easy to do.

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

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Blended Christmas

Blended Christmas

The Stampin’ Up! Color Your Season promotion is almost half over. Have you ordered yours yet? There are stamps and framelits for every season, and they’re so fun and versatile. There are lots of products in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that will coordinate with them, as well, of course, as current Annual Catalog products.

Color Your Season, Blended Seasons, Stampin' Up!

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas card I made using the Blended Seasons Bundle, Watercolor Pencils (assortments 1 & 2), and some Annual Catalog products.

Blended Seasons, Stampin' Up!

First, I die-cut the medium label from the Stitched Seasons Framelits dies, then stamped the images from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the sentiment in Garden Green Classic Ink. Then I colored the images using the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green).

On the scrap of Whisper White that was left after die-cutting the label, I stamped two bells. After die-cutting, I colored them with the Cherry Cobbler Watercolor Pencils from the Assortment 2, and the Basic Gray pencils from the original assortment. I added a little Wink of Stella to the bells for a little shimmer.

I decided to pull out my Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the front of the Old Olive card base. It’s been sadly neglected lately. Next, I cut a 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece of a Cherry Cobbler design from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack, and layered everything to the card base.

The products in the Blended Seasons Bundle are some that you will use for a long time. Be sure to place your order today, because they will be gone after August 31 (or when supplies run out). And, remember, we have Bonus Days in August, so for every $50 you spend, you’ll receive a coupon code for a $5 savings in September!

Hope you have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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