Thankful Stamp Off with Jar of Flowers

Thankful Stamp Off with Jar of Flowers

Welcome back, my friends! If you live in the USA, I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving. I know a lot of you probably couldn’t gather with family due to COVID restrictions, and that’s hard. My aunt has moved to an apartment in a Senior Living Center, and they are currently locked down. She could join us for dinner, but then she’d have to quarantine for 10 days after. Still, they will have an awesome dinner. The chefs there are wonderful (and much better than me).

Even with all the unrest and uncertainty in the world, there is a lot to be thankful for – life, health, homes, family (even if we can’t be physically together), and more. For me, I’m thankful today for 38 years of marriage to my amazing husband. Today is our wedding anniversary, and I’m even more in love with Mike today than I was in 1982. We have grown so much in the past 38 years. We’ve weathered a lot of storms the past 38 years – and we’ve always come out on top. But we’ve also experienced so many amazing  good things as well. I can’t even list them all, but the top three would be our boys, a precious granddaughter, and now two future daughters-in-law. I am so excited to welcome Adrianna and Katelyn into our family. (Well, they’re already in the family. But I’m excited to officially have two more females! With the addition of Amelia, the females finally outnumber the males in the Cooper family!)

Our Stamp Off Challenge this week is “Thankful.” Here’s my card for the challenge.

Country Home, Jar of Flowers, Stampin' Up!

I punched the jar from a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (DSP) using the Jar Punch. I placed the punched DSP over a 4″ x 5-1/4′” piece of Whisper White Cardstock (without adhering yet) in my Stamparatus, then placed the jar image from the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set into the punched area. After I closed the plate to set the stamp, I removed the DSP and stamped the jar in Smoky Slate Classic Ink. Then I stamped the stems in Mossy Meadow and the water in Pool Party Classic Ink.

I stamped the sunflowers image from Jar of Flowers in Early Espresso Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I colored the image with Mossy Meadow, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blends, then cut it out with Paper Snips.

After I added the Whisper White panel to a Merry Merlot card base, I adhered the punched DSP back onto the Whisper White layer. Then I added the sunflowers over the jar using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Country Home Stamp Set in Merry Merlot Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Before I inked the stamp, I used transparent tape to mask the bottom line of the sentiment, then removed it before stamping on the Whisper White Cardstock. I die-cut the sentiment with the Stitched Labels Dies, than added it to the card.

For a little glimmer and glitz, I added a few Champagne Rhinestone Jewels to the card. I love how they work with the DSP!

Before you leave today, please check out Jackie’s & Susan’s thankful cards!

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

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza

Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza


EDITED – The Extravaganza has been extended through 11:59 p.m. MT Wednesday, November 25! Shop now to avoid shipping delays or the chance that your favorite products may go on backorder or become “unorderable!”

Welcome back, Crafting Friends! Stampin’ Up!® will be having an online extravaganza flash sale Tuesday, November 24. Almost everything in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be 10% off!

Don’t miss this awesome sale. Place your online order before 11:50 p.m. (MT) on the 24th. If you need me to order for you, please be sure I have your order and payment information by Sunday, November 22 at 5 p.m.

Here are the excluded items. Everything except the following will be 10% off on Tuesday – even bundles!

Merry & Bright Excluded Items, Stampin' Up!

Happy shopping!

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

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Another Art Gallery CASE

Another Art Gallery CASE

Here’s my second Art Gallery CASE (Copy and Share Everything) card. This card is on the front of the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog. I didn’t have everything they used for the catalog sample, so I changed a few things so I could use what I have.


Art Gallery Stamp Set, Fine Art Floral, Stampin' Up!

I started with a So Saffron card base, then embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder and added it to the card base.

I didn’t have a gold frame, so I made one using the Stitched Rectangle Dies and Gold Foil Sheets. This way, I didn’t waste any of the Gold Foil.

Next, I added a piece of the beautiful Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper under the frame. This paper is so gorgeous! I love the added texture and the beautifully hand painted designs.

I stamped the two-step flower using Calypso Coral and Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Ink, then stamped the stem and leaves using Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink. Of course, I bought the Art Gallery Bundle (Art Gallery Stamp Set and Floral Gallery Dies) so I could save 10%, so I die-cut the flower using the Floral Gallery Dies and added them to the corner of the frame.

I didn’t want to add a sentiment yet, but I did want something more, so I added a few Holiday Rhinestones Basic Jewels to the card. It’s pretty close to the catalog sample, but there are a few differences.

This is what I love about Stampin’ Up!® – everything coordinates, and you don’t have to search all over town to find things to coordinate with the products you use. It’s one-stop shopping!

I’ve had so much fun the past 38+- hours. Amelia is out of school for Thanksgiving this week, but all her parents were working the past two days, so she and I had a wonderful time together. She decorated our Christmas tree, made snowflakes that ended up all over the house (it was a total blizzard!), and used the ornaments that didn’t work with our mini “grandparent tree,” as the boys call it, to create a little Christmas village.

I mentioned in my last blog that Amelia’s pet fish died Sunday, and she was really sad. We created a tribute wall to Goldein (her fish), complete with art, stories, poems and more, and she created a commemorative outfit. And that was only Monday.

Tuesday, we created more decorations, put up some Christmas lights outside, and made a beautiful red carpet out of chalk up the steps to the house. Oh, we also did our regular sleepover traditions – a movie with popcorn, three or more books before bed, and shadow puppets. Needless to say, I’m exhausted, but she has more energy than a litter of puppies. She woke up at 6:30 Tuesday morning, so we watched the sunrise through her window. Thankfully, her room faces east, so I didn’t have to get out of bed.

No matter how tired I get, though, I love making these memories with her. She is such a delight. My favorite thing was when she decided to read a book to me last night. She did an amazing job. A year ago, she didn’t even care about knowing her alphabet, and today, she can read! I am so proud of her!

Please check in on Friday for another BS&J challenge. It’s a “thankful” challenge, and Friday is Mike’s and my 38th wedding anniversary, so that may be a hint. Or not…

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

 

 

 

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Art Gallery Catalog CASE

Art Gallery Catalog CASE

My favorite stamp set (so far from the January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up!® is the Art Gallery Stamp Set. I had so much fun last week making samples with the Art Gallery Bundle (stamp set and coordinating Floral Gallery Dies). There were several samples in the Mini Catalog that I loved, so I had to CASE them (copy and share everything). Here’s one.

Stampin' Up!, Art Gallery

I loved the background on this using the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks and the new Blending Brushes. I simply placed the mask over a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Purple Posy Cardstock, then blended some Highland Heather Classic Ink over the mask. I made sure not to cover the entire piece of card stock, and kept it very light on the edges.

Next I stamped images from the stamp set using Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, and Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin’ Pads on Whisper White Cardstock. I die-cut the pieces, then snipped them before adding them to the Purple Posy Cardstock to create the floral arrangement. I popped some up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from the stamp set. I stamped it in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink, die-cut with a coordinating die from the Floral Gallery Dies, and added it to the arrangement. The Purple Posy layer was  adhered to a Whisper White card base.

We’re very sad at our house today. Amelia had a Betta fish named Goldein, and she swam her last lap in the aquarium yesterday. We’re making things and writing stories to commemorate her life.

Don’t forget the Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza that begins at 12:01 a.m. (MT) Tuesday, November 24. Almost everything from the 2020-21 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be 10% off. But the sale ends at 11:50 p.m. MT, so get your list together now. Then, you can order online at any time during the sale tomorrow.

Here are the excluded items.

Merry & Bright, Stampin' Up!

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

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Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza

Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza


EDITED – The Extravaganza has been extended through 11:59 p.m. MT Wednesday, November 25! Shop now to avoid shipping delays or the chance that your favorite products may go on backorder or become “unorderable!”

Welcome back, Crafting Friends! Stampin’ Up!® will be having an online extravaganza flash sale Tuesday, November 24. Almost everything in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog will be 10% off!

Don’t miss this awesome sale. Place your online order before 11:50 p.m. (MT) on the 24th. If you need me to order for you, please be sure I have your order and payment information by Sunday, November 22 at 5 p.m.

Here are the excluded items. Everything except the following will be 10% off on Tuesday – even bundles!

Merry & Bright Excluded Items, Stampin' Up!

Happy shopping!

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

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Darling Donkey Easy Shaker Card

Darling Donkey Easy Shaker Card

Shaker cards are so fun, especially for kids, but sometimes they can be a lot of work. This one, though, is super easy. Rosemarrie Gonzalez, another Stampin’ Up® Demonstrator, showed us this technique at the Stampin’ Up!® OnStage@Home event.

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

This is my take on Rosemarrie’s idea. I used the Darling Donkey Stamp Set, which will be a Level 1 Sale-a-bration option in January and February. (And, yes, this is the set that I called “goats.’ Seriously a “farmer’s daughter” fail! Obviously they are donkeys, so I don’t know what I was thinking.)

First, I stamped stars in Highland Heather and the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Playing with Patterns Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Next, I slipped the DSP into a Clear Envelope and sprinkled in some sequins. These sequins were leftovers from several packs that were in Paper Pumpkin Kits as well as some retired sequins. I had just dumped them all together in a container, but I love the different colors and styles. They work well for a birthday card, don’t you think? Of course, there several current sequin sets available. The Whale of a Time and Woven Threads sequins are in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, and in the August – June Mini, we have Sequins for Everthing and Snowflake Sequins which are perfect for winter themed cards. You can use any small beads or trinkets, or even punch your own confetti. You do not want to use any self-adhesive sequins or embellishments, of course, because they wouldn’t shake since they have adhesive already on them.

The next step is to close the envelope.  Position the DSP at the bottom and a side edge of the envelope, Then seal snugly, making sure there’s no “excess” envelope around the DSP. If you use the adhesive strip on the envelop to seal it, be sure you pull it down as far as you can. Then cover the seal with some transparent tape. Next, fold the top of the envelope to the back of the card and tape.

The final step is to decorate the front of the card. Mine is very simple. I stamped the donkey on Whisper White and colored with Stampin’ Blends, then cut it out with Paper Snips. I added my donkey to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, but I will probably add a shape under him; perhaps a Purple Posy or Calypso Coral circle.

I added the shaker envelope to a Calypso Coral card base, then tied some Ornate Garden Combo Pack ribbon in Terracotta Tile around it.

Can you imagine the fun possibilities there can be with this idea? I have so many different ideas in my head right now; I know I’ll never be able to make them all.

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

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More from Dragonfly Garden

More from Dragonfly Garden

I had a lovely time in my craft room yesterday! I created several cards using new sets from the upcoming Stampin’ Up!®  January-June Mini Catalog and the Sale-a-bration Brochure. Two of my cards were CASEd almost directly from the catalogs, but this one is all mine. (Although…I saw one very like it on Facebook today. I guess there really is nothing new “under the sun!”)

Dragonfly Garden, Dandy Garden, Stampin' Up!,

Isn’t this lovely? I love stamping directly onto Designer Series Paper (DSP), and this pattern worked perfectly for that. I stamped the flowers from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set on the Dandy Garden DSP using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink. Then I colored the flowers using Stampin’ Blends (Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive).

I punched the dragonfly image from another design of the DSP using the Dragonfly Punch. I love when our DSP coordinates with punches or dies, don’t you? The sentiment is also from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set; I stamped it using Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink.

The card base is Rich Razzleberry, and the extra strip of card stock is Just Jade. Fun!

This stamp set and the DSP and punch will be in the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog, and you can order it beginning January 5. Of course, if you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can preorder these products beginning in December. It’s one of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator. (And, of course, it’s one of my favorite perks!)

I hope you’re having a lovely week. I won’t get much crafting time tomorrow; it’s going to be a crazy day! But I have a super fun (and incredibly easy) shaker card to show you on Friday! I have wanted to have a shaker card option at my classes, but they can be a bit intimidating and “worky.” We learned a shortcut last weekend at the OnStage event, and I can’t wait to show you!

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

Product List (Note that the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set and Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ DSP are not included in the list. That’s because you can’t purchase them right now and I didn’t want to tease you.)

Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Garden, Dandy Garden

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Art Gallery Sneak Peek

Art Gallery Sneak Peek

Oh, my goodness! Late fall just jumped in over the weekend – blustery winds, “chilly” temperatures…I wasn’t ready! Ok, I guess the temperatures aren’t that chilly. It was in the very upper 40’s (at night) and 50’s during the day. (We’re talking Fahrenheit here, so don’t be concerned, my Celsius friends! It’s not that hot.) But that wind! It was crazy, but it blew a lot of leaves off the trees, so we can close out fall for the year.

But here’s the thing…Now that I have some products from the upcoming January-June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog, I’m thinking spring. I know, I know. Spring is two seasons away. We’re still in fall, and then there’s winter to contend with. Hopefully now that 2020 is almost over (thank God!), winter in 2021 will be mild, but, who knows? Northwestern Virginia has been known to have winter weather in April. But we can only hope 2021 will be gentle. And more kind than 2020.

When I saw the Art Gallery Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog, I wanted it. Do I need more floral stamps? Yes, of course! I always need more floral stamps, because I can’t grow flowers, so I need to stamp them. Plus there are other amazing products in the Fine Art Floral Suite – the Art Gallery Bundle that includes the Art Gallery Stamp Set and Floral Gallery Dies, the Golden Gallery Designer Specialty Acetate, the awesome Gilded Leafing Embellishment, Fine Art 3/8″ Gold Ribbon, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, Heat & Stick Powder (can I hear a WOOOOHOOOOOO! that this is back?) and the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper. This is an awesome suite, and I ordered everything I could. The only thing I really needed but couldn’t get was the Gilded Leafing. (I stocked up on Heat & Stick when it was taken out of the catalog a few years ago.) But you can be sure that as soon as it’s available to purchase, it will be on my order!

Here’s the card I made with the Art Gallery Bundle, plus a few other Mini Catalog products.

Art Gallery, Stampin' Up!, Many Messages

First, I ran the Oh, So Ombre Designer Series Paper (DSP; a Sale-a-bration product available in January!) through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. Before I added the paper to the folder, I inked the folder with some Rococo Rose Classic ink. That really brought out the texture in the folder.

Next, I stamped the Art Gallery flower with Merry Merlot Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the overlay image in Versamark Ink. If I could have ordered the Gilded Leafing, this is where it would go, but it wasn’t available for my order, so after I stamped in Versamark, I embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. It doesn’t show up well in the photo, but it’s gorgeous in person.

I stamped the leaf and stem using Mint Macaron Classic Ink. Then I die-cut the flower and stem/leaf with the Floral Gallery Dies. I added them to the DSP using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added that layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Rococo Rose Cardstock. I wrapped a length of the Gold Fine Art 3/8″ Ribbon around the layers, then added them to a Mint Macaron card base.

I used the Many Messages Bundle for the sentiment. This bundle has one stamp and one die – but you end up with lots of sentiments! There are so many awesome sentiments, and the die cuts all of them at once. I love storing them so I can pull out the one I need when I need it. I inked the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (except for the heart and stars; I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color those), then die-cut with the coordinating Messenger Die. So fun! I used a thank you sentiment for this card.

I think you’ll love the new January-June Mini Catalog! If you want one, please be sure to ask for one in the comments – and make sure I have your mailing address.

Since most of the products used for this card won’t be available to customers until January, I’m not adding a product list to my “sneak peek.” But if you’d like to be able to order these products in December, think about joining my team of amazing demonstrators! You’ll have access to the preorder a month early, thousands of samples to enjoy, demonstrator only Facebook groups, plus so much more! You’ll also have access to my team meetings and Facebook group with lots of inspiration and fun ideas, plus technique videos. And did I mention you’ll make some awesome new friends? You can order $125 in products for only $99 plus tax, plus you get me and my awesome team to help guide you through your journey. What are you waiting for?

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

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Stamp Off Inspiration Challenge

Stamp Off Inspiration Challenge

Happy Friday, Crafting Friends – and welcome to another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, we have an inspiration challenge.

I love inspiration challenges because you have so much room for interpretation. You can use the picture, the idea, the colors…It’s all up to you.

The little Christmas tree ornament really caught my attention, so I used that for my inspiration. Here’s my card.

Perfectly Plaid, Curvy Christmas, Stampin' Up!

I haven’t used my Pine Tree Punch at all this year, so I pulled it out and punched two trees from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), then punched one more from a Champagne Foil Sheet. I added a Gold Foil star to the champagne tree using the Playful Alphabet Dies. This is probably an asterisk die, but it was the closest thing to a little star that I could find. And with the rustic look of the DSP trees, it seemed to work.

To mimic the tree in the background of the inspiration photo, I stamped some evergreen branches from the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set in Garden Green Classic Ink on a Garden Green Cardstock panel. I love “tone on tone” stamping.

Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink at the bottom of the card stock. The perfectly Plaid Stamp Set has several adorable tree stamps that coordinate with the Pine Tree Punch.

I adhered the two DSP trees to a Garden Green panel , then added the foil tree – with a bow made from the Poppy Parade All the Trimmings Ribbon – to the card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added the Garden Green panel to a Real Red card base. Even though the ribbon is Poppy Parade, I think it works really well with the Real Red card base, don’t you? It’s far enough from the card base that you can’t tell they’re not exact, and it pulls in the red from the inspiration photo. Plus, the gold “star” looks great with the gold edging on the ribbon. That’s one thing I love about Stampin’ Up!® products. They all coordinate and you don’t have to search all over for products that go together.

This was a fun inspiration photo, and I can’t wait to see what Susan and Jackie have created. Please take a minute to stop by their blogs and see how they were inspired by the photo. And I know they’d love it if you’d leave a comment.

I’m going to have a lovely weekend (starting tomorrow!), because my order from the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Event arrived today. So many fun new products to play with! What should I start with? Vote in the comments – goats or flowers?

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

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Quite Curvy with Spots

Quite Curvy – with Spots!

Welcome back, Crafty Friends! I saw a new idea last weekend at the Stampin’ Up!® OnStage Event. Take a look.

Quite Curvy, Stampin' Up!

This is such an easy way to create a colorful and fun background. Simply take a Stampin’ Spot and, starting a little off the card stock, swipe it side to side until it’s off the card stock. Easy!

The colors I used are Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, Pear Pizzazz, and Bermuda Bay. Yes, I know the Pear Pizzazz looks like Old Olive. Pear Pizzazz is actually a lighter shade of Old Olive, and I had just refilled my Pear Pizazz Stampin’ Spot, so it’s quite dark.

After I inked the Whisper White Cardstock and let the ink dry a little, I added the curvy leaves from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set in Garden Green Classic Ink. This stamp set, as well as the coordinating Curvy Dies will be in the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog, but you can order them now. You can also add the Curvy Christmas Stamp Set and the Classic Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper.

I added the sentiment in Early Espresso Classic Ink. And then the card went sideways.

I wanted to add one of the birds from the Quite Curvy Stamp Set to the card. So they would stand out, I stamped them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. It looked horrible, and I threw the card front away. A few minutes later, however, I could hear myself telling my stampers, “You can always fix things you don’t like.” Feeling a little guilty, I decided to “practice what I preach,” and fished the card front out of the trash. Fortunately this trash can was for paper only!

I used the Curvy Dies to die-cut the black birds from the card front. Then I stamped them again on Whisper White Cardstock using Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, and Just Jade Classic Ink. I die-cut the new birds, then added them back to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added it to a Bermuda Bay card base. I need to add a few embellishments or some ribbon, but for now – this is the completed version.

Give the Stampin’ Spots a try! They’re fun to work with – especially with the Stamparatus since they don’t make as much mess on the plates since they’re smaller – and they’re super easy to pack if you’re stamping “on the go.” We sell the empty spots as well as a set of Classic Spots that are already filled. And, of course, if you order any of our all-inclusive card kits or the Paper Pumpkin kits, you’ll get a Stampin’ Spot in each kit.

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

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