Colorful Fiesta Quilt Designs

Colorful Fiesta Quilt Designs

Quilting is a popular craft and one that affords great opportunity to put vibrant colors and shapes to work.  With this tutorial, use a couple of quilting techniques and designer paper to create four festive birthday cards.  You’ll also learn how to use one punch and the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper to create a bright and colorful home décor canvas that is sure to add a little happiness to any room where it’s placed.

Birthday Fiesta, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

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

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A Day To Sparkle!

A Day To Sparkle!

Each month, a couple of my friends – Lorraine & Christy – and I head to a local assisted living facility for a craft day. Here’s the project we’re doing this month.

Paper Pumpkin, Big Shot

I think the ladies will love this frame. It has magnets on the back, so it can hang on their refrigerators or on the doors to their apartments. The frame itself is a Bigz die by Sizzix, but it’s not a Stampin’ Up! exclusive one. Sandy, another of my stamping friends, has a friend who is downsizing, and she brought a LOT of Sizzix products to Sandy to get rid of distribute for her. I asked Sandy if I could take some of the dies to Spring Arbor. They have a Big Shot, and they use it for a lot of projects. This is one of the dies she gave them.

Here are the deets. I cut the frame from Cucumber Crush, Pacific Point, and Melon Mambo Cardstock. Then I clipped the Pacific Point rectangle from the frame and glued it to the “vine.” I also clipped flowers from the Melon Mambo frame, but they just didn’t look right. For the project tomorrow, I decided to simplify.

For the final project, we’re die-cutting the frame from green cardstock. (It’s all different colors of green – Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, and Old Olive.) Then, instead of cutting the frame again from a blue cardstock, I just cut a piece of blue cardstock to fit. Again, it’s a variety of blues – Pool Party, Soft Sky,and Coastal Cabana.

The flowers just didn’t look right when I cut and layered them, and I thought it was a HUGE waste of paper to die-cut the entire frame for just four flowers. I decided to use the Petite Petals Punch with Melon Mambo Cardstock and glue the punched flowers over the originals. I love the way it turned out!

I used various Paper Pumpkin products for the stamped insert. And because it needed a little more sparkle, I added some Metallics and Bermuda Bay sequins and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details.

And now – my sad, sad confession. Today is my dear friend Susan’s day to sparkle. It’s her birthday. And it’s a BIG birthday. Early in August, I thought, “I have to mail Susan’s card!!!” But it was too early, so I waited. And then life happened, and although I remembered her birthday, I forgot she lives at least two mail days away and there was a weekend involved. UGH! So – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSAN!!!! Hope your day is a sparkly one! You’d probably have a heart attack or something if my card actually arrived on time, so maybe it’s a good thing it’s going to be late. Again. Just know that I was thinking about you all month.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. If you have a minute, leave a comment on Susan’s blog today and wish her a very, very happy birthday! Have a wonderful day!

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It’s Your Birthday!

It’s Your Birthday!

This is a card we almost made for classes this month. After I worked on it, though, I realized it was a little too involved for a large class. The alternate card was just as pretty, but was slightly easier and a little less time consuming.

Stampin' Up!, Balloon Celebration, Thoughtful Banners

I love the colors in this card. Whenever I’m stuck for color combinations, I just pull out a designer series paper (DSP) pack. All the work is done; I just have to choose which colors from the DSP I want to use.

For this card, I chose the By the Shore DSP with Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, and Dapper Denim. The other colors in the DSP are Mint Macaron and Very Vanilla. I stamped the balloons on Soft Sky and Peekaboo Peach with the same color ink as the cardstock. Then I stamped the air bubbles (or whatever…) in Island Indigo and Calypso Coral. Just a few punches with the Balloon Bouquet Punch, and that’s all there was to the balloons. I added some Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine to the balloons.

Instead of layering the DSP to a piece of cardstock a little larger than the DSP, I opted to add thin strips of cardstock under the DSP for a “Faux Layer.” The bottom strip is Calypso Coral, and the top is, of course, Soft Sky. Because, really, why would you want to use a whole piece of cardstock that will be covered up when a 1/2″ will do just as well, right?

For the final touch, I tied some Dapper Denim rouched ribbon around the card, and stamped celebrate from Thoughtful Banners onto Soft Sky cardstock in Island Indigo ink. I punched the banner two times with the Duet Banner Punch, the clipped and layered with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So there you go! Super easy card. And it will work for anyone.

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

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Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set

Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set

Light up your nights and hang on to summer a little bit longer with this shiny silver lantern. Add a battery powered tea light inside and it will remind you of seeing fireflies twinkling in the evening in summertime. You can hang the lantern for display from the attached ribbon so it can grace either your table or your walls. Bring a smile to someone’s face by gifting this beautiful lantern with the matching card and a set of note cards. This would be an excellent class project or hostess gift!

Lightning Bug Lantern Gift Set SP

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

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Stamp-Off Friday – DSP to the Rescue!

Stamp-Off Friday – DSP to the Rescue!

It’s time for another Stamp-Off Friday challenge! This week, it’s all about Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper.


I love the Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stampin’ Up! offers in our catalogs. They’re fresh and pretty, and the coordinate with other products – stamps, die-cuts and punches, accessories, and, of course, our cardstock and ink.

My card is super simple. I needed a quick card for an event, and this is what I designed.

Floral Phrases, Floral Boutique, Stampin' Up!

Because this is probably the simplest card I’ve ever made, I wanted to do two, so you could see what it would look like with dark DSP on Whisper White Thick Cardstock. But, as often happens, time was not my friend today!

This card originally had two pieces – the Night of Navy card base and a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. I cut the bottom of the DSP with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, then stamped the sentiment from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set. Add the DSP to the card, and you’re done! As I looked at it today, though, I thought, “It would look better if there was something across the DSP above the die-cut. So I added a 1/2″ x 4” strip of Night of Navy. And then I decided a little strip of the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape across the Night of Navy would make it even better!

I also planned to redo the embossing and use either gold or silver instead of copper, but I ran out of time. I love the copper embossing powder, though. This is a card for class, and I wasn’t sure I had enough gold for everyone. And the silver? Your guess is as good as mine. Someone – who’s about 3 feet tall – has rearranged all my embossing powders and glitter. I’ll find it one day.

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they designed for this challenge. It will be amazing, I promise!

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Traveler Travel Log Gift Set

Traveler Travel Log Gift Set

A place to record memories and moments from your trip.  A place for a special friend to make quick sketches of sites and significant finds.  This Traveler Travel Log Gift Set is a perfect gift for yourself or for any explorer with the travel bug! In this project you will learn how to create a faux alligator finish using embossing powder and your bone folder.  You will also learn how to make a mini travel log with simple hand-sewn signatures. This gift set includes a mini travel log and a unique “suitcase” to hold the travel log.

Traveler, Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!

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

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One Sketch/Two Cards

One Sketch/Two Cards

In my monthly card classes, we make five cards each time. Usually, there are three designs, and we make two of two of the designs. Here’s one of the designs for classes this week.

Stampin' Up!, Fresh Fruit

Cute, right? I love the Fresh Fruit stamp set and the coordinating Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s so happy and bright. Plus, of course, I’m from a family of orchardists, so the fruit images hit home for me.

Cutting paper for 20+ of the same card can be a little challenging, though. Sometimes I don’t have enough of the same color card stock, or the same DSP design. So I decided to use the same sketch with a different DSP.

Blooms & Bliss, Fairy Celebration, Stampin' Up!

It’s interesting how using different colors and paper will give the card a whole different “feel.” I used the Blooms & Bliss DSP for the Sweet Sugarplum card. The sentiment is from the Fairy Celebration stamp set. I love the Fairy Celebration set. Those little fairies are so cute, and the font for the sentiments is beautiful.

We’re in the middle of several home repair projects at the Cooper house, so my stamp room is my refuge.  Basically, every room on the upper level is in disarray because of the various projects. It’s going to be wonderful when it’s finished, but in the meantime – chaos. I don’t do well in chaos, so I’ve been hanging out in my creative spot as much as possible! Fortunately, Amelia loves it down there. There’s so much to see and do. She loves looking through my craft supplies.

Funny story – and I wish I had a video. One of the floor lamps from the family room is missing its shade. I think it was so Mike would have more light to paint. Or something. Anyway, the light bulbs (which, I have been told, are technically “lamps”) look a little like microphones. So Miss Amelia grabs the floor lamp and sings into the light bulb. Sometimes it’s the A-B-C song or Old McDonald, but her favorite lately is Let it Go from Frozen. It was playing when we were shopping one day, and she’s been singing it ever since. So cute!! So I’m not sure if she’ll be a musician or an artist. Or a dancer. Or…Well, she’s only two (in two weeks!), so there’s lots of time to figure it out.

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