Quality or Quantity?

They say it’s not the number of years that counts, it’s the quality. This is a big year for our family. There are two big “60” events this summer and fall.

My parents will be celebrating their 60th anniversary. Trust me, they have quality as well as quantity in those years. I know it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for them; they’ve had their share of loss and disappointment. But for the most part, their marriage has been full of loving memories and good times. They’re truly an example for those of us who are younger.

My dear husband is also having a 60 even this fall. He’s not as excited about his as my parents are about theirs, though. Still – he wears his years well, and no one would guess he’s that old. He sure doesn’t look (or act) like it!

I wanted to celebrate the 60’s, so I used the Number of Years stamp set (bundled, of course, with the Large Numbers Framelits dies) with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Number of Years, Stampin' Up!My inspiration came from two places this time. First – Christy made me a card using the stars confetti border punch, and it was so cute, I wanted to try the idea. Second, the Creating Pretty Cards sketch at Craft Project Central this month was perfect for this. I knew as soon as I saw the sketch what I wanted to do.

Here’s the sketch, designed by Monika (and – ack! When I went over to grab the sketch, I saw that apparently Yapha has a big birthday in her family as well. Honestly, I didn’t copy! But if I did, Yapha would be one of the artists I would totally copy. She’s amazing.)


This sketch lends itself to so many options, I think. I decided to use Marina Mist, because Mom and Dad both like blue. (See how scientific my creative process is?) Then, I needed a red, because…hearts. I decided the Love Blossoms designer series paper stack in the Occasions catalog was perfect for the bottom section. I was on a roll!

The “Happy” and “th” are stamped in Marina Mist, and I also stamped the “60” on the card, even though I knew I’d be covering it up. That way, I had a better idea of where to place all the elements.

After I had stamped  and added the heart dsp layer, I punched confetti hearts from Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper, and from Rose Red, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky card stock, then I added two strips of Tear & Tape Adhesive over the seam at the top of the dsp. This was a perfect width for the confetti. I simply dumped on the hearts (ok, it was a little more difficult than that, because I had to make sure they were fairly well mixed, and the glimmer side of the glimmer paper was facing up). Then I turned it over and rubbed to set the hearts into the adhesive. I repeated the process until the tape was completely covered.

I had a few hearts left over, so I added some to the top of the card, as well as some Dazzling Diamonds ones over the hearts on the dsp. Finally, I die-cut the numbers, stamped the banner and “anniversary,” and added them to the card.

Here’s a close up of the numbers so you can see how glimmery the glimmer paper is.

Number of Years, Stampin' Up!

Of course, you know that 60 is the Diamond year, right? I was thrilled, because I love using our Dazzling Diamonds options!

My biggest challenge right now is remembering where I’m putting this card for safe-keeping until August. Maybe I should just get a jump on things and give it to Dad & Mom early. Otherwise, I’ll be scrambling to find it on the 12th.

Give the CPC sketch challenge a try, then upload your card to the site. For every 10 entries, one is randomly selected to receive a free subscription! Good luck!

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

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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5 Responses to Quality or Quantity?

  1. Mom says:

    Go ahead and give us our card!! We are already talking about the big 60 and celebrating!!! I promise to give it back around the 10th of August so you can give it to us again!! (You know we save every card you make for us!!!)
    I think it is such a bright, fun, celebratory card!!!


  2. Monika/buzsy says:

    Such a fun card Buffy Love the tiny stars. That must have taken you a long time to adhere all of those. The sparkly numbers look great. Nice take on the sketch!


  3. Liz Miller says:

    Wow! 60 years!! Congratulations to your parents, while I have been married almost 17 years it feels like much longer! : ) Love your heart border and sparkle on the “60”!


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