Stargazing

Stargazing

Hi, Stamping Friends!

Having kids and a granddaughter has made me a fan of kids’ movies. One of my favorites is Balto. I’ve seen it many times and I still tear up every time I watch it. That’s probably a no-brainer since I’m an animal lover. And, of course, I have always rooted for the underdog, even when I was a small child.

I’ve also been a fan of the Northern Lights. That may be because I’m a Southerner, and we don’t have Northern Lights. (Ok – for all of you in the Deep South – Virginia is still a Southern state, and some of us in Northwestern Virginia – despite the proximity to Washington, DC and more “northern” states – still consider us “South.”) Anyway, the Northern Lights fascinate me, so here’s my nod to them.

Stargazing, Stampin' Up!

If you have followed me for the past six months or more, you probably know that I’m also a huge fan of the Stampin’ Up! Pigment Sprinkles. And so I used them to create this card.

First, I stamped the stars from the Stargazing Stamp in Versamark Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. I embossed with the Shimmery White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, because stars have to shimmer, right?

After I heat set the stars, I sprinkled some Gorgeous Grape Pigment Sprinkles across the middle of the paper, then spritzed with water in a Stampin’ Spritzer. Next, I sprinkled some Bermuda Bay Pigment Sprinkles and spritzed again. And finally, I sprinkled some Melon Mambo Pigment Sprinkles around the corners and spritzed again.

You can’t tell from the photo, but the stars shine amazingly bright among the pigment colors. When Mike saw the rough and wet result, he said, “ugh!” I told him to just wait. When he came home, I showed him the finished project and he loved it!

After the spritzed sprinkles dried, I added it to a Bermuda Bay layer and then to a Gorgeous Grape card base. I stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then used the Layering Ovals Dies to diecut the sentiment. I also added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the card. I am so happy with the way it turned out.

Don’t forget the Year-End Closeout Products! Don’t miss out on your favorite Holiday Catalog Products!

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

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Christmastime Is Still Here

Christmastime Is Still Here

Hi, Stamping Friends! I’m slowly catching up from our extended weekend in the mountains. As always, I had great plans, but, also as always, I ended up mostly reading and relaxing. It was lovely, but I’m paying for it this week.

I wanted to remind you that the Stampin’ Up!® Christmastime Is Here Suite of products is still available! The sales period began in November, but there isn’t an end date; the products will be available while supplies last – so be sure you order your favorites today while you still can.

Here’s the whole suite, but remember you can order everything in the suite or just the elements you want.

Christmastime Is Here, Stampin' Up!

I’ve been having so much fun with my new January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration products that I’ve neglected some of my favorites. This morning, I decided to play a little more with the Christmas Rose Bundle.

Christmastime Is Here, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the outline – which is a Cling rubber stamp – using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. The “pieces” of this flower are photopolymer so you can ink each piece in a different color and place each exactly where you want them to fill in the outline. I opted to color mine with Stampin’ Blends instead, so it’s not quite as “distINKtive” as it is when stamped.

I used Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Old Olive, and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends to color the flower, pine cones, and greenery. Then I die-cut the image with the Roses Dies and added it to some of the Christmastime Is Here DSP. The label for the sentiment is another die in the Roses Dies set. I stamped the sentiment using Merry Merlot Ink.

The Christmas Rose says, “Christmas,” but it’s also perfect for celebrations all year long. You can add this set to your “Year-End Closeout” products! Select retiring products from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog are discounted. You can add your favorite Chistmastime Is Here products as well as Annual and Holiday Catalog products and other online products to the same order.

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

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Year End Closeout, Carry Over List, and a Sneak Peek

Year-End Closout, Carry Over List,
and a Sneak Peek

Do you love great deals? Me too! The amazing Stampin’ Up!  Year-End Closeout is the best time to shop. You’ll get great discounts on retiring Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets and items from the holiday catalog. The Year-End Closeout happens only once a year, so make sure to shop early for the best selection! And don’t forget: This offer is December 3, 2019 – January 2, 2020 or while supplies last only. Here’s a hint: popular items will sell out early, so order now so you’re not disappointed!

What’s on Sale

Here are the discounted favorites.

Discounted Products, Stampin' Up!

What’s Going Away

And here are the retiring products you need to order now before they’re all gone!

Retiring Favorites, Stampin' Up!

What’s Staying!

And here’s some more good news for you. Some of the most popular items from the 2019 Holiday Catalog will be returning – not only to the 2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog but some will also be in the 2020 Holiday Catalog!

OOPS! I just read that I can’t share the list with you. So to be on the safe side – be sure to order what you really, really want before it may be too late! (Hint – if it’s not on the retiring/close-out list, it’s probably staying.)

And Now, the Sneak Peek!

Little Ladybug, Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-bration

How cute is that little ladybug? Actually, that’s the name of this stamp set – Little Ladybug – and it’s adorable! If you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can order it now, but if you’re not, the only way to get it is to host a qualifying workshop or private class during Sale-a-bration (January 3 – March 31, 2020). Be sure to contact me to schedule your date early, because my calendar will be packed soon!

I paired the Little Ladybug with some Blackberry Bliss and Poppy Parade Cardstock, and the gorgeous Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper from the upcoming January – June Mini Catalog (ordering begins January 3!).

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

 

 

 

 

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Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Welcome to the last Stamp Off Challenge for November! This one is a sketch challenge, and I used it to make an anniversary card for Mike. (Our 37th wedding anniversary was Wednesday.)

Here’s the sketch.

How fun is that? As with all sketch challenges, you can create your card exactly as the sketch, or you can flip the sketch, use different shapes and embellishments, or even use a stamp instead of a shape. You really only need to add the basic elements.

Here’s my take on the sketch.

Stampin' Up!, Dandelion Wishes

If you look closely, you can see that for the background rectangle, I was going to use the blowing dandelion from the Stampin’ Up!® Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. I just didn’t think that gave me enough color, though, so I changed my mind.

Instead, I colored a Pearlized Doily with a Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend. I used the non-pearlized side, because there was more depth of color. I also decided to use the “stamped on” Whisper White Cardstock, because I kind of liked having the littls pieces of dandelions flying through the air.

Next, I stamped the dandelion cluster on Blueberry Bushel Cardstock using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Metallic Ink. I used the Stamparatus and stamped multiple times to get a really shimmery image.

For the final rectangular element, I used a piece of the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is some of my favorite DSP ever. It’s so pretty!

I don’t have any current stars (someone please revive Susan; she loves stars!), so I used a few Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

The sentiment, also from Dandelion Wishes, is stamped in Blueberry Bushel. This sentiment seemed perfect for an anniversary card for my husband. (It would also make a wonderful sentiment for one of the kids’ birthdays.) Blue is Mike’s favorite color, so I made sure to use a lot of it on the card.

After I stamped on the Whisper White Cardstock, but before I adhered any of the elements, I embossed the top 2/3 with the Tin Tile 3-D Embossing Folder.

Mike gets up first (usually) in the mornings, and the first thing he does is make coffee. I left the card in front of the coffee maker so he’d be sure to see it first thing.

Now, let’s see what Jackie and Susan have created for this challenge. Will we see stars? Holiday cards? Sneak peeks from OnStage from Susan? I can’t wait to find out!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and I hope all your wishes come true!

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Dressed To Impress

Dressed To Impress

Here’s another sneak peek for you from the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog. The Dressed To Impress Stamp Set is adorable, and there are coordinating All Dressed Up Dies, Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP), Mint Macaron Ribbon, tassels, and 3″ x 3″ Note Cards and Envelopes. The note cards have a printed front and the envelopes have printed fronts and backs and a scalloped edge flap. So adorable. As always, if you bundle the stamp set and dies, you can save 10%. This suite of products will be available in January unless you’re a demonstrator. Demonstrators can preorder products in December. Click on the Join Now button for more information and to join my team!

Dressed To Impress, Stampin' Up!This card was another simple one, although I did use the All Dressed Up Dies. First, I stamped the lipstick in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Blackberry Bliss and Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.

The Lovely Lipstick card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″ to create the base. The Best Dressed DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/2″. I placed it on the card base without adhering, then stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Why? Because sometimes I cut the paper too wide for a sentiment, or I stamp the sentiment a little too far to one side. By stamping before adhering, I could fix it if I miscalculated.

I added the die-cut lipstick with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the DSP. For a little more glam, I colored the stamped and DSP lipsticks with a little Wink of Stella. I also grabbed a piece of Mint Macaron ribbon for the top of the card. Oops – it’s retired, but there are lots of other ribbon options that will work. (The ribbon in this suite, for example!)

Be sure to check in on Friday for the BS&J challenge. This week, it’s a really fun sketch. It was perfect for an anniversary card for Mike! Today is our 37th anniversary, and I can honestly say it’s been the best 37 years of my life.

Here’s a little anniversary joke for you. On her grandparents’ anniversary, a girl asked her grandma, “How many years have you and Grandpa been married?” The grandma replied, “43 wonderful years. But 50 altogether.”

I have to say, our first year was a little rocky, because we were both used to being on our own. But we figured it out, and, as they say, “the rest is history!” Two kids, multiple business ventures, and a granddaughter later, I can honestly say my life is full!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a beautiful day and a very happy Thanksgiving!

Product List (wait! Where are the images for the stamps and dies and DSP? Since it’s not even time for the demonstrator preorder, these aren’t available to show yet. You’ll see them in December and you can order in January. Another benefit of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and attending OnStage events is being able to order selected products even earlier than the preorder!)

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Birthdays Are the Best Days

Birthdays Are the Best Days

I love birthdays! Not the getting older part so much, but being with family. When my brothers and I were young, Mom always made our birthdays special. We got to choose the kind of cake we wanted and the dinner menu. I always chose steak, which sounds super special, right? Our family raised beef cattle, though, so steak was just another dinner at home. My older brother always chose spaghetti and my younger brother chose fish sticks. Oddly enough, those were dishes we didn’t have very often.

Still, beef was (and is) one of my favorite things. I try to see my dad and mom on my birthday every year, and she still fixes a steak for me. (When people say, “You’re just like your mom!” it makes me very happy, because she is amazing.)

And Now, the Card

I loved the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!® when I first saw it, but I have so many similar flower sets, I didn’t order it. But then I saw so many lovely cards made with that set – especially from Susan and Jackie. I usually use rewards from orders to stock up on paper and adhesives for classes, but this time, I saved a few for this stamp set. It’s so much fun – and so simple to create a beautiful card in very little time.

Beautiful Friendship, Stampin' Up!

I think this card took about 10 minutes to create. It’s definitely a #simplestamping card!

I chose the colors from the new Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper. It’s in the January-June Mini Catalog, and you’ll be able to order from it in January. If you’re a demonstrator, though, you can order in December! Simply click the Join Now button at the bottom of this page on my web site. This paper is gorgeous! I don’t think there’s one design I’m not in love with.

How-To

First, stamp the roses in Poppy Parade Classic Ink along the side and bottom of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then add the other flowers in Blackberry Bliss. Stamp some leaves in Old Olive and a few in Garden Green. Finally, add the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Add the stamped card stock to a Blackberry Bliss card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. That’s all there is to it. Of course, you can dress it up with some embellishments if you’d like. But it’s beautiful just the way it is.

It’s a beautiful day here in north western Virginia! I’m off to take a walk with my lovely granddaughter and her dad since she’s out of school all week, which will make the day even better.

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

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My Meadow

My Meadow

You are going to love the new January – June 2020 Mini Catalog (formerly known as Occasions). It is jam packed with sets in all styles to suit any taste. And once again, Stampin’ Up!® has hit it out of the park with Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I have loved using the Waterfront and Snow Front Stamp Sets. There’s a new set in that same style called My Meadow. We received this stamp set after CentreStage, and I was so happy. I came home and made this card.

My Meadow, Little Ladybug, Stampin' Up!

You will be able to purchase this set beginning January 3, 2020. Since I attended an OnStage Event, I got it early – even earlier than the Demonstrator Preorder! The thank you sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration Hostess Set, Little Ladybug. It’s adorable; I’ll have another card from that set to show you next week.

For those of you who don’t know about Sale-a-bration, it typically happens at the beginning of the calendar year and coincides with the Mini Catalog. When you spend $50 during Sale-a-bration, you can earn a free Level 1 product. With $100, you can earn a Level 2 product, or two Level 1 products. Hostess a workshop, and besides earning the regular Stampin’ Rewards, you’ll get the Little Ladybug Stamp Set free! January, February, and March are some of my favorite months!

To make the My Meadow card, I used the Stamparatus to stamp the gazebo in Gray Granite Classic Ink, the grass in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, the path in Crumb Cake, the trees in Early Espresso and Old Olive, the birds in Basic Gray, and the clouds in Smoky Slate. I stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper so I could get a good watercolor look.

I stamped most of the images at least two times, spritzing after the second “inking.” I also added some color with my Aqua Painter and more classic ink.

The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Gray ink. I die-cut the sentiment with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. If you bundle these dies with the Free as a Bird Stamp Set, you’ll save 10%. But wait! If you order before midnight on Friday, November 22, you’ll save an additional 5% on the bundle! Plus, you’ll notice I only used Neutral and Regal Stampin’ Pads. Even the sky is a very watered down Night of Navy. The Neutrals & Regals stamp pads and cardstock colors are also discounted during the Online Extravaganza! See the entire list here.

You will not be able to purchase the My Meadow Stamp Set or earn the Little Ladybug Stamp Set until January 3. The other products are listed below.

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

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