Simply Succulents

Simply Succulents

Happy Wednesday, my friends! I have a fun card for you today. I was inspired by my friend Jackie to order the Simple Succulents Bundle from the January – June Mini Catalog. Here’s my card.

Simply Succulents, Stampin' Up!

Jackie has done so many gorgeous projects with this bundle. Her “thank you” card for my participation in the (in her words) “evil plot” to coerce her to purchase the Gilded Leafing Embellishments tipped me over. So who’s really plotting here? Jackie and Susan have convinced me to order so many products and bundles I didn’t think I needed that I think they’re actually plotting against me!

If you haven’t met my friends Jackie and Susan, they are the J & S of our BS&J Stamp Off challenges. Check out their blogs, because they are amazing!

For this card, I stamped the succulent images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Mint Macaron, Highland Heather, and Rich Razzleberry, and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends. I die-cut the stamped images as well as a few other images (from Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce Carstock) using the Potted Succulents Dies. If you order the stamps and dies together (the Simply Succulents Bundle), you’ll save 10%. And, seriously, you’ll want the dies and the stamps, so why not save some money?

I embossed a Soft Seafoam Cardstock layer with the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, then added the die-cut images using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment is also from the Simply Succulents Stamp Set, stamped in Shaded Spruce die-cut using the Potted Succulents Dies.

This sentiment is perfect for my mom. When my brothers and I were growing up, Mom made every day an adventure. And this continued with my kids and my nieces and nephews. Mom is amazing! We never had a “blah” day. Our backyard swing set was a horse we needed to tame. Our dining room table was a fort. Rainy days were times to read about mysteries that kids our age solved. Years later, when Mom was with my boys and me in a motel where we were supposed to enjoy the pool and other outdoor activities but the thunderstorms canceled that plan, she turned it into an amazing adventure. My mom is a superhero, and I can only hope to be a pale imitation of her. Mom, if you’re reading this – you totally rock!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have an amazing day!

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Darling Donkeys

Darling Donkeys

Darling Donkeys, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

I can’t believe the first Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration of 2021 is just about halfway over. This month has gone so fast! The Darling Donkey set was one of my first free sets. I love these cute little guys.

Darling Donkeys, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

Aren’t they adorable? This is one of the cards we’ll be making at the Bingo Event. The event is February 20 from 1-3. Here’s what you get for your $25 ticket price –
4 Make & Take (simple but cute greeting cards)
3 Games of Bingo
Welcome packet with awesome gifts
Lots of fabulous prizes
…and more! It’s going to be so much fun. The deadline to sign up is January 31. Contact me if you’re interested. It will be in person and online. Of course, the in person one will follow the current COVID safety suggestions. (Hint: Space will be limited, so you’ll need to sign up soon!) Online will be through Zoom – and I’ll send the link as soon as I receive payment.

So back to the donkey. For the Bingo event, we’ll use the Oh, So Ombre Designer Series Paper, another Sale-a-bration product. Sale-a-bration products are free with $50 and $100 purchases. For this card, though, I used the new Blending Brushes to blend Blackberry Bliss Ink on Purple Posy Cardstock. I love the soft look you can get with the brushes. (Check in later this week for some tips for using the brushes!)

I adhered the Purple Posy Cardstock to a Blackberry Bliss card base, then cut a window in the front of the card using the Layering Ovals Dies and added a layer of Basic White Cardstock on the inside of the card. Making sure of placement (I wanted to be sure the donkey was in the center of the oval, not off to one side, or only half visible through the window), I stamped the donkey using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I lightly blended some Purple Posy Classic Ink around the donkey in an oval pattern. I didn’t mask; I just “eyed” it. I added a little ground under the donkey with some Granny Apple Green Classic Ink, then used Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate, and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends to color parts of the donkey and the flower.

I stamped the sentiment using Blackberry Bliss Ink, then punched with the Timeless Label Punch and added it to the front of the card.

This card was super quick to make, and it made me smile because the donkey is so adorable.

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

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A Touch of Ink

A Touch of Ink

Welcome to another Stamp Off with my friends Susan and Jackie! This week, we’re showcasing our Favorite Sale-a-bration Products for the January/February Sale-a-bration.

If you’re not familiar with Sale-a-bration (SAB), it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For every $50 or $100 you spend (at one time), you can select free products! If you host a qualifying part during SAB, you will receive an extra free stamp set on top of the already awesome rewards for hosting. And if you join my team during SAB, you will receive five packs of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). You’ll receive a pack each of Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and the 2020-2022 In Colors in the new design that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. Think of the fun you’ll have when you create a project and always have coordinating DSP.

So, my favorite SAB product. That was a tough one, because my stamps and paper are kind of like my kids; I don’t have a favorite. Or sometimes it’s whatever I’m using at the time.

I chose the A Touch of Ink Stamp Set. I love watching hummingbirds, and my mom loves hummingbirds, so I usually get hummingbird stamp sets so I can create cards for Mom. Here’s my card.

A Touch of Ink, Stampin' Up!, Many Messages

I stamped the leaves, flowers, and the bird using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Balmy Blue Cardstock. I colored the images with Flirty Flamingo, Just Jade, Pretty Peacock, and Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends. I know what you’re thinking. If I stamped on Balmy Blue Cardstock and my top layer is Balmy Blue Cardstock, why in the world would I fussy cut the flowers, leaves, and hummingbird? That’s an excellent question, and I’m glad you asked. There’s a story (isn’t there always?).

When I was coloring the bird, I got a tinch out of the lines and it bothered me, so I used my Color Lifter to erase the mistake. That was a mistake. While that works on Basic White Cardstock, it left a dark shadow on the Balmy Blue. I colored over it with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blend, but that didn’t work either. It looked horrible, but I loved how the bird and flowers looked, so I decided to cut them out rather than re-stamp. It would have been easier and quicker to start over, but I was determined.

After I colored the flowers with Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blends, I had a brilliant idea to use a white gel pen to brighten them up. I wasn’t sure how the gel pen would work with the blends, but I had a feeling it may smear. It did, but still looks ok I think. I colored over the gel pen and got a “I’ve been hanging on this stem for too long and I’m about to drop my petals” look. So I stamped another bunch of petals, this time on Basic White Cardstock, and colored with Flirty Flamingo and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends again. I was going to cover the originals, but I really liked the way it looked with both sets of flowers, so I went with that.

I embossed the Balmy Blue layer with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, then added the stamped elements. The sentiment and tag are from the Many Messages Bundle in the January-June Mini Catalog. I love how you can get a lot of sentiment tags with just one stamp and one die. I have sentiments for almost every occasion.

The card base is Pretty Peacock. And after all that, this is still one of my favorite products. 

Be sure to head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their favorite products! 

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

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Friends Are Like Seashells

Friends Are Like Seashells

Happy Wednesday, my friends! I am so excited about my card for today. (Susan, take a Benadryl!) I have been doing more simple and clean cards lately, and I just needed a shot of vintage therapy. This was inspired by a card created by Narelle Farrugia, but I did add a few original touches.

Stampin' Up!, Friends Are Like Seashells

Something about the vintage look just makes me happy. I love to distress and crumple and tear. This gives my dear friend Susan a rash.

First, I stamped the sand dollar, starfish, and shell using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I used Petal Pink, Perfect Peacock, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends to color the images before die-cutting  with the Seaside Seashells Dies. I also sponged a bit of Soft Suede on the sand dollar.

Next, I distressed a piece of the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) and a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock to mess up the edges a bit. I also spritzed the Crumb Cake Cardstock with water so I could easily crumple it up. I love the texture you can get from crumpling! You can get a similar look using the Old World Paper or Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folders. It’s not quite as distressed, but a benefit of that is that Susan won’t break out in hives. I’m joking, of course. I don’t think Susan really gets hives, but her cards are always so clean and perfect that seeing them distressed distresses her. I get it. I am a very messy stamper. When I try to do “clean and classic” cards, I always seem to get a smudge that I have to either cover up or turn the card into a “vintage” one. I get hives trying to be clean!

I added the Crumb Cake Cardstock and the DSP to a Very Vanilla card base. I really wish I had distressed the card base a bit, because it looks a little too clean for a vintage card. The Gilded Leafing or some sponged ink would have been perfect around the edges.

Next I added a small piece of the Golden Garden Specialty DSP then added the shells using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Golden Garden DSP is gold on one side and silver on the other. I love the gold, but it’s nice to have options!

The sentiment is stamped in Perfect Peacock, then punched with the Timeless Label Punch. I sponged a bit of Soft Suede ink over the edges.

The final touch was to add a few Champagne Basic Jewels to the card. I think these are Champagne Basic Jewels. In my haste to use my embellishments, I take them out of the packaging, so I’m not entirely sure this is what they are. But they would work with this card, right?

Be sure to stop by on Friday to see Susan’s, Jackie’s and my favorite Sale-a-bration products. Hmmmm…Donkeys? Hummingbirds? DSP? I think I have my favorite made, but it may change by Thursday night!

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

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Mercury Glass Acetate Valentine

Mercury Glass Acetate Valentine

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was totally uneventful, which is a good thing these days. I had a fun class Saturday morning, and Mike and I did some shopping on Sunday, but that was the extent of my exertions.

While I was prepping for January classes, I made a fun Valentine using the Rainbow Glimmer Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. (You can see it here.) But when I started cutting for the online class, I realized I was out of the glimmer paper. Oops! I had forgotten that I had given Amelia some of it. Since she has lots of other things to occupy her thoughts and time, I thought I’d just borrow it back and order more to give to her. Sadly, I had also forgotten that she wanted me to cut it into color strips, so I couldn’t use it. (Was that her plan all along? I would hate to think she has such a devious – or suspicious – mind!) I decided to use the Hydrangea Hill Mercury Glass Designer Acetate since my rainbow stash was depleted.

Here’s the same card that I posted Friday, but it uses the acetate instead of the glimmer paper.

Word Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

This is so gorgeous in person. The acetate is so beautiful. There are four sheets of 12″ x 12″ acetate – two Rococo Rose and two Highland Heather. The back of each is silver. I used the Highland Heather for the front layer. The die-cut heart is the silver side.

I have to say, I like this one better than the glimmer paper one. To make it, I used the Stitched Be Mine dies to die-cut the heart from the acetate and the front of the Purple Posy card base. Then I simply used the reverse side of the acetate heart diecut inside the card. I added the Word Wishes Dies to cut Happy Valentine’s Day from Basic White Cardstock. Can a gorgeous Valentine be any easier?

I had two die-cut pieces left over. I wanted to use the acetate scallop border around the heart as well as the heart that was die-cut from the card front. So I made this card as well.

Mercury Glass Acetate, Stampin' Up!, Happy Thoughts

Again, this was super simple. I adhered the acetate border around the Purple Posy die-cut heart, then stamped a sentiment from the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set on the die-cut heart using Highland Heather Classic ink.

The card base is Purple Posy, but I wanted a coordinating layer between the Purple Posy heart and the Purple Posy layer, so I added some Rich Razzleberry to set it off. Before I adhered it to the card, I embossed it with the lovely Painted Texture 3-D Embossing Folder.

I love how both cards use basically the same colors and products, but they look totally different. And they are both so simple there’s no excuse not to send a handmade card to someone you care about.

Except for the dies, ink, and Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, and Basic White Cardstock, all products are from the January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up!. You’re going to love it! And remember – for every $50 or $100 order, you can select a free Sale-a-bration product!

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

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Rainbow Valentine

Rainbow Valentine

It’s no secret that I love glitter. I just love the sparkle and the shimmer and the “wow!” Glimmer Paper is amazing, because you get all the sparkle and shimmer without any mess. Currently, the Glimmer Paper at Stampin’ Up! is Rainbow. It’s so lovely.

Look at those gorgeous colors! I had to make a shimmery Valentine with this paper.

Word Wishes, Stampin' Up!

First, I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Glimmer Paper. Then I die-cut the hearts from the Granny Apple Green card base and the Glimmer Paper using the Be Mine Stitched Dies. I added the “negative” piece of the Glimmer Paper to the front of the card and the die-cut heart on the inside.

I die-cut the sentiment from Basic White Cardstock using the Word Wishes Dies. The hardest part of this card was adhering the apostrophe and the dot for the “i” in “Valentine’s.” Make sure you save these pieces when you release the die-cut words from the die!

Now that Miss Amelia knows about my blog, she makes sure to ask me to post her artwork on it. For the past couple of weeks in her art class at school, they’ve been using oil pastels. She had such fun with them the first week, so I bought at set for us to use here. In this week’s class, they covered white card stock with the pastels, making sure to leave no white spots. Their teacher, Ms. Abi (Abigail Gomez), is going to paint over the paper with black paint. When it dries, they’ll have homemade “scratchers.”

We (meaning “I”) couldn’t wait to play with the scratcher, so we made smaller versions today. We covered Whisper White Cardstock with the oil pastels, then painted with black acrylic paint. Here’s how they turned out.

Of course, she and her cookie eating unicorn also had to be in the photo. I started the card on the right, but she finished it. The card on the left is hers. She wanted all the black scratched off except at the top where she left a message. We had so much fun! We always have too little time to do all the fun things we want to do.

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

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Jar of Flowers

Jar of Flowers

I’ve mentioned before that when new catalogs come out, I tend to ignore Annual Catalog products for a time. I decided to pull out one of my favorites, Jar of Flowers, to create a simple card.

Jar of Flowers, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the jar, stems and the flowers  on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored the flowers and stems with Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. Basically, that’s all there is to it. Easy, right?

The Jar of Flowers Stamp Set has a coordinating punch. If you order the stamps and punch as a bundle, you will save 10%.

I layered the stamped panel to a slightly larger piece of Misty Moonlight Cardstock, then added a piece of Flower & Field Designer Series Paper (DSP). This DSP is one of the free Sale-a-bration products you can select with a $50 order. It’s beautiful.

There’s definitely a whole field of flowers in that paper, don’t you think? Just for fun, I colored some of the Opal Rounds from the January-June Mini Catalog with a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blend and added a few to the card.


Sale-a-bration is in full swing right now. If you join my team for $99, you can select $125 worth of product of your choice, plus you’ll get five packs of 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper. These include Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and the 2020-2022 In Colors in the brand new design that will be in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog! When you shop, you can select free product for every $50 or $100 you spend, and if you host a qualifying party, you will receive a free stamp set along with the regular host rewards. It’s a win-win-win!

Basic White Is Here!

I’m also happy to announce that these Basic White products are available now.

  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK (159276)
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ THICK CARDSTOCK (159229)
  • BASIC WHITE 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE 3″ X 3″ (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)

I love the Basic White Cardstock. It’s a bit brighter than Whisper White (in my opinion, anyway), and takes the ink just as well or better. You’re going to love it!

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

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Forever Fern with Joseph’s Coat

Forever Fern with Joseph’s Coat

Welcome to another week, my crafty friends! So much has happened this past week. First, we are now in the beginnings of the January-June (J-J) Mini Catalog Sales Period and Sale-a-bration. I absolutely love the new Mini Catalog, and because of that, I have multiples of some of the Sale-a-bration products. It’s a wonderful time of the year.

Also – you can now order both the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! If you need a smaller version for traveling or because you have less space, this is the machine for you!

I was really looking forward to this week, because last Wednesday, Amelia’s school closed until January 18. Something happened that caused them to close for 10 days. But apparently, that wasn’t as bad as they thought, because they’re re-opening this Tuesday. I am so bummed, because Amelia and I had lots of plans for the upcoming week. Still, I’m hoping we’ll be able to do some of it today.

In other news – Remember I told you that Whisper White Cardstock products were going to be discontinued because our supplier had to close operations? Well, the Basic White products are available! I ordered some of the Basic White Cardstock, and I love it. I think I may like it more than Whisper White. I did a comparison and asked Mike which looked better. He chose Basic White every time!

Today, I wanted to “revisit” another old technique, so I decided to give the Joseph’s Coat Technique another go. I love this technique, because it’s so striking.

Stampin' Up!, Joseph's Coat, Forever Fern

For this technique, you need a “block” stamp. In other words, one that doesn’t need to be colored, because whatever color you use colors the entire stamp, not just an outline. I opted for the Forever Fern Stamp Set.

First, you need to sponge color on a piece of Basic White Cardstock. I used Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Bumblebee with the new Blending Brushes that are available now in the J-J Mini Catalog.

Next, stamp the image in Versamark, and emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Doing this ensures that the color shows through the image. It also ensures that the image is “protected” from the next step.

The final step is to sponge black ink over the entire panel. I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with a Stamping Sponge. I could have used the Blending Brushes, because this is a water based ink, so it can easily be washed out of the brushes. But I was a little scared about using my new brushes. In the future, I’ll be ok with it. If you use an archival or solvent based ink, you will want to use a sponge that will be ok if it’s stained, because the ink will not wash out with water. (Of course, you can use a cleanser that works with solvent inks.)

Because the embossing powder works as a resist agent, the black ink will not adhere to the embossed image, so your beautiful color shows through. After you heat the embossing powder and it cools, buff the embossed areas with a smooth cloth.

I added a sentiment from the Forever Fern Stamp Set on another piece of Basic Black Cardstock. I actually added it to the stamped/embossed layer, but the Memento Ink was still wet, so I couldn’t get a good image. I finally gave up and stamped it in Versamark on a separate piece of Basic Black Cardstock, then embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and added it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch was a bow made from the Sheer Gorgeous Grape Ribbon. I love how it added a bit of interest and brought the three leaf stamps together.

In case you missed it on my Facebook Page, I was showing Amelia how to use a bone folder the other day. I asked her, “Do you know why it’s called a bone folder? Because sometimes they’re made of bones.” Her eyes widened, and she looked at me with a very startled expression and asked, “Whose??” (No one you know…) She always makes me laugh.

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

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Friends Are Like Seashells

Friends Are Like Seashells

Welcome to another BS&J Stamp Off! This week, we’re showcasing our favorite Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog products. This week, my favorite product is the Friends Are Like Seashells Bundle from the Sand & Sea Suite. This bundle is so fun, because the Friends Are Like Seashells Stamp Set, Seaside Seashells Dies (say that three more times, really fast! I dare you.), and the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder all work really well together. (Ok, the embossing folder isn’t part of the bundle. But it’s part of the suite!) Of course, there are other absolutely amazing products in the suite – like the Pearlescent Specialty Paper, the Opal Rounds, and the gorgeous Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper. Plus, I’m going to throw in a few other of my favorite products – the Blending Brushes and the Gilded Leafing Embellishments. (But not all on one card!)

I was playing with different techniques when I created these two cards. Someone had the idea to use the Blending Brushes to add Frost White Shimmer Paint to any color card stock. That’s what I did here.

Seashells, Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!

I added the Shimmer Paint to Blushing Bride Cardstock, let it dry, then die-cut the paper with the Seaside Seashells Dies and embossed with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder. The sentiment is a Well Written die-cut using Champagne Foil Sheets. I added several Opal Rounds to the Very Vanilla card base.

Here’s a close-up of the shimmer.

Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!, Seaside, Shimmer Paint

Beautiful, right? I wanted to use this idea for a class, but I wasn’t sure I had enough Frost White Shimmer Paint. “Light Bulb!!” What if I added color to Pearlescent Paper? I ordered extra Pearlescent Paper, so I definitely have enough of that for classes.

Seaside Seashells, Stampin' Up!

Again I used the Blending Brushes to add Calypso Coral Classic Ink to a piece of Pearlized Specialty Paper. Then I die-cut and embossed as before, added it to a Calypso Coral card base, then added a Well Written sentiment in Copper Foil. I also blended some Terracotta Tile Ink on the card base using one of the Pattern Party Masks. And, of course, there are more Opal Rounds. These are GORGEOUS!

Here’s a close up of the shimmer.

Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Up!, Seaside SeashellsBoth techniques work equally well, I think. However, adding ink to the Pearlescent Paper is quicker than using the Shimmer Paint on regular card stock. And there’s a little less drying time. Either way, the Blending Brushes are amazing!

Here are two more examples using my favorite products.

Friends Are Like Seashells, Stampin' Up!, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder, Seaside Seashells

For this one, I die-cut the shells from different colors of card stock, then stamped (using the technique in this video) in Versamark. After adding Heat & Stick Powder (a long time favorite of mine, and I’m so happy it’s back – at least for six months) and heating, I added the Gilded Leafing to the shells. It’s much more beautiful in person than in the photo. After adding the Leafing, I embossed with the Seashells 3D Embossing Folder.

The sentiment uses the Many Messages Bundle. And I added a piece of the Fine Art Ribbon. It’s so beautiful with its gold-ness. Oh – I also embossed the smaller Calypso Coral layer with the Seaside Embossing Folder from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

Finally, for those of you who think you don’t have enough talent to create beautiful projects, here’s a card that my amazing granddaughter created.

Stampin' Up!, Friends Are Like Seashells, Seashells 3D Embossing Folder

I helped a tiny bit with stamp placement, but she chose the colors – including the card base. I wanted to use Coastal Cabana or Bermuda Bay, but she chose Pool Party. It’s perfect! Stampin’ Up!® makes everyone an artist. (Although Amelia is already there. I’m the one that needs help!)

So there you go – my favorite Mini Catalog product(s). What will Jackie & Susan choose? Check out their blogs to see! And if you can, please leave a comment on their blogs!

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

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Simply Succulents

Simply Succulents

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! I hope your week is going well. I received a thank you card from Jackie (the “J” in BS&J Challenges) the other day. Here’s the back story.

A few weeks ago, Jackie, Susan, and I were discussing the Gilded Leafing in the January-June Mini Catalog. Susan and I love it; Jackie wasn’t sure. Susan messaged me and suggested we send Jackie cards using the Leafing to kind of push her over the edge. I added a little sample of the Leafing in my card, so she would have a chance to try it out.

She appreciated our cards so much. Actually, I think she called it our “evil plot,” but apparently it worked, because she has some on the way! She made a beautiful card using the sample I sent her, and can’t wait until my Sweet Strawberry Bundle gets here so I can use her idea!

This is the thank you card she sent me – and I was so happy to get it, mostly because Jackie creates such beautiful cards, but also because I don’t have the Simply Succulents Bundle yet. (It’s on the way, though.)

Simply Succulents, Stampin' Up!

Jackie embossed the top Crumb Cake Cardstock layer with the lovely Painted Texture 3D Folder before adding the stamped and die-cut images from the bundle. (And, yes, again – if you order the bundle instead of ordering the stamp set and dies separately, you’ll save 10%.) I think there may be some sponging on the embossed layer as well.

She colored the blooms and container with Stampin’ Blends – and didn’t she do a beautiful job? I love how she mixed and blended the colors. And there’s a bit of Wink of Stella there as well.

The sentiment and the die-cut label are also in the bundle, and the strip of In Good Taste Designer Series Paper adds a lot of “faux texture.” When I first opened the envelope, I thought it was a rustic ribbon until I pulled the card out of the envelope.

I am looking forward to using this bundle – and seeing more of Jackie’s and Susan’s Gilded Leafing projects! On Friday, Susan, Jackie, and I will be showing our favorite product from the new Mini Catalog. I have cards planned, but my favorite changes daily.

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

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