Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #78

Creating Pretty Cards – Card Sketch #78

Each month in addition to the great 3D projects that Craft Project Central has for you, they also host a monthly card challenge – Creating Pretty Cards!! To help you recreate the sketch each month, they also provide a free Sketch Mini Tutorial! This mini tutorial has information about how the inspiration card (using the sketch) was created, supplies used, and basic measurements!!  For every ten cards submitted, they’ll pick one winner of a free one month subscription! The winner(s) will get to select the month of their choice! Head over to Craft Project Central to learn more and submit your creation!!

Here’s the sketch for December, designed by Monika.

And here’s Monika’s beautiful card that inspired the sketch.

Night in Bethlehem, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

Good news! The beautiful Night in Bethlehem stamp set and Bethlehem Edgelit used in Monika’s gorgeous card will be carrying over after the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Sales Period ends. 

Use Monika’s fun sketch to create a card, then post it and upload it to the Craft Project Central site. You could be the winner of a free subscription!

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Peace Pennants

Peace Pennants

PEACE is such a beautiful word and one that is a perfect sentiment for anytime of the year.  In this tutorial you will be creating a stunning home décor piece that will be perfect for the upcoming holidays as well as throughout the year, it will also make a perfect gift! Using products from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, you will learn how to make each of the pennants and assemble them for display.

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This project was designed by Cindy for Craft Project Central for December. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to December, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month package that includes December.

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Stamp-Off Friday Sketch Challenge

Stamp-Off Friday Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday! Susan, Jackie, & I have a really fun sketch challenge for you this week.

And here’s my card.

You've Got This, Stampin' Up!

I used scraps of the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the skinny layers. This is one of my favorite papers in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I didn’t quite follow the sketch. Now that I’ve looked at it again, my layers are a little off – but the elements are all there.

I love the stamp set You’ve Got This. The flower is lovely, and so much fun to color with various Stampin’ Up! coloring tools.  I was going to use the new Stampin’ Blends, but instead I used Classic Stampin’ Pads with Stamping Sponges and Sponge Daubers. The hardest part was keeping the cat away from the sponges. I think she thinks they’re little mice or something.

First, I stamped the flower in Basic Black Archival ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I used a sponge dauber to color the stem and leaves in Emerald Envy, and sponges to color the flower center (Crushed Curry) and petals (Peekaboo Peach). Since I knew I was going to fussy cut the flower, I didn’t have to be neat with my sponging;  everything “outside the lines” was cut out. Of course, I had to add some Clear Wink of Stella to the center of the flower for a little shimmer.

Here’s a happy accident. When I was sponging the center, a little of the Crushed Curry ended up on the petals. After the Peekaboo Peach was sponged over it, it had a really nice highlight.

For the background, I used the crosshatch stamp in Lemon Lime Twist ink on Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock. My sentiment layer (from Paisleys & Posies) and the 2-1/4″ circle are both Peekaboo Peach.

This is definitely an In Color card! I pulled the colors from the Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Take a few minutes to check out Susan’s & Jackie’s blogs. I know they’ve created something fabulous!

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And Santa’s on His Way!

And Santa’s on His Way!

I’ve been trying to use some of my Stampin’ Up! Annual and Holiday Catalog products more often. Almost everything on this card is from the Annual Catalog.

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Mrs. Claus is merrily waving Santa on his way. And it’s easy to see why she’s so jolly; she’s celebrating a successful Christmas Eve with a bubbly adult beverage. Hey, it gets cold at the North Pole, so she needs a little something (besides the fur coat) to keep her warm, right?

I stamped the stylish lady from You’ve Got Style in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with the new Stampin’ Blends. She needed some sparkle, so I added a little sneak peek. Her bubbles (and her teardrop earrings, which are hidden by the window) are the new Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. They’re perfect for bubbles, raindrops, jewelry…anything that needs some “shimmer and shine.” (Yes, I do watch kids’ shows, and the theme song is running through my head right now.) You can order from the Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2018, unless you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. We get to preorder beginning Friday, December 1. Just one of the many perks from Stampin’ Up!

My house is Smoky Slate, embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. And since Susan & Jackie have been creating such gorgeous cards with the Hearth & Home Thinlits window die, I had to jump on the band wagon. I chose to have Mrs. Claus standing outside the window so she could wave to Santa and his reindeer as they begin their trek around the world. And also because she’s wearing a fur coat, and no matter now cold it is up north, I don’t think she’d want a fur coat inside. Especially after a few glasses of champagne.

I started to add a window sheet behind the window, but I was afraid you wouldn’t see my glitter bubbles. Instead, I used a little glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to add some shine to her glasses.

My Jolly sentiment is from Oh, What Fun. I used the Banner Triple Punch to notch the edge. I thought this card would be really fun to make – and it was! It was also surprisingly quick and easy.

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

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Petal Palette Sneak Peek

Petal Palette Sneak Peek

I couldn’t resist taking the new Petal Palette stamp set with me on our weekend getaway. The images are so fun – and perfect for coloring, and the font for the sentiments is lovely. There’s coordinating black and white Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I love. Here’s the card I made.

Stampin' Up!, Petal Palette

This is one of the “limited supply” cards I made while we were gone. I stamped the flowers in Basic Gray Archival Ink, then colored with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen. And, yes, I fussy cut the flowers. I love to color and fussy cut. I think it’s relaxing, but I have a lot of friends who disagree.

I stamped the sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink on an Everyday Label punched piece of Basic Black. Had I been home, I would have embossed it to make it really pop. And, of course, that’s a strip of the Petal Passion DSP along the side. It’s gorgeous – and some of the designs are perfect for coloring.

When I got home, I added the Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Here’s the stamp set. Look how many stamps there are!

Petal Palette, Stampin' Up!

This set will be available January 3, 2018, but if you’re a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can purchase it beginning Friday, December 1. Join my team today so you can enjoy the preorder this week! Everything from the upcoming Occasions catalog will be available for preorder, and you can “pre-earn” Sale-a-bration products.

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Christmas Quilt Ensemble

Christmas Quilt Ensemble

Whether you need a festive and simple Christmas card or gift packaging and ornaments, you’ll enjoy the projects in this tutorial!  Learn to make two boxes—one for a small gift and one to be hung on the tree, a quilty greeting card, and a tree-shaped ornament made from paper.  The gift box (and the ornament, too) are the perfect size for a gift card or cash!  The embellishments on these projects are pleasing and add just the right amount of texture.  Invite a few friends over, and create these projects together!

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This is the November bonus project for Craft Project Central, designed by the amazing Regina.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages that include the month for which you’d like the bonus.  

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I Forgot What?

I Forgot What?

Free Shipping, Stampin' Up!, Coffee Cafe

Here’s the big news for today. Although Stampin’ Up!’s Online Extravaganza ended yesterday, for today only (Monday, November 27) you can enjoy free shipping on all orders! If you have anything on your wish list, you’re going to want to order today to save 10%. The best way is to order online to be sure your order is placed before 11:59 p.m. MT. Please use the hostess code YU4NNE2B.

Stampin’ Up! has a super cute coffee cup stamp set called Coffee Café. Of course, there are coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits dies, and if you purchase both as a bundle, you’ll save 10%.

Since I enjoy the occasional cup of coffee (ok, by occasional, I mean I drink a cup about every 15 minutes for the first several hours that I’m awake. And sometimes a little longer.), I ordered this bundle. (Side note: I asked Mike, “How many people do you think will laugh at “occasional cup of coffee?” Mike: “Um, anyone who knows you.” Oh, the man is so funny. He has kept me laughing for years. Since today is our 35th anniversary, I’m looking forward to laughing for years to come!)

There are a lot of other super fun elements in this suite, including the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, and beautiful Classic Weave Ribbon in Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.

Before I show you my card, I have to give the “back story.” Mike & I had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with most of the kids and Mike’s mom. Our plan was to leave for the mountains after dinner, but we were both exhausted. I’m not sure why I was; Mike cooked all of dinner except for the mac & cheese which I made Wednesday night, and the delicious Keto friendly pumpkin pie and spice cake that Adrianna brought. So early Friday morning, we headed south. I had packed all my clothes and stamping supplies for the trip on Thursday, so I was ready to go. All we had to do was gather food, which was simple, because all the leftovers were in containers ready to go.

Since I have several concerts coming up in the next few weeks, I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to run through music for four days, so Mike suggested we take a keyboard to the mountain house and leave it there. Good plan! Except the keyboard is a bit large, and it took up the space I usually reserve for my craft supplies. Instead of the three or four bags and a Big Shot, I trimmed my stash to a mere two bags. No Big Shot. No accessories. Just the basics – stamps, ink, paper, a little adhesive, and one punch. (I also brought my watercolor pencils and Stampin’ Write Markers, but I call those “ink.”) But now I always have something to practice on when we “retreat.”

We had leftovers for lunch and dinner Friday, and enjoyed a very restful afternoon and evening. The best thing about our little retreat is that we never set an alarm. We wake up when we wake up (or when the cat wakes us up). Mike, of course, usually gets up first and makes coffee. (I love that man! This has been the best 35 years of my life. And not just because of the coffee.) Saturday was no different. He came back into the bedroom with a mug in his hand, and then said the five most horrible words ever, “You forgot to pack coffee.”

I what? I never forget coffee. It’s the first thing in the food bag. We order our coffee online from Camano Island Coffee Roasters. It’s roasted the same day it ships, and it’s the best. How could I forget? But I did. (I did, however, remember to pack my French Press. Which, of course, is useless without coffee.)

Fortunately we have a Keurig at the house, and there were some coffee pods here from a previous visit. As Mike said when he brought me my first cup, “I’m not sure how good these are; they’re kind of old.” Yes, they were. And the coffee in pods is already “pre-stale” so it won’t explode the pods. So after several years – super stale.

So there you are. I spent an entire long weekend with old coffee. And, yes, I know we could have gone out for more, but neither of us wanted to leave and go shopping. And it wasn’t so bad. It wasn’t even close to Camano Island, but I just kept telling myself I was “roughing it.” I was already working with minimal stamp supplies, wasn’t I? How difficult could it be to start the day with average coffee? (Answer: As difficult as stamping with minimal stamp supplies. “Roughing it” isn’t for the faint of heart.)

So here’s the card inspired by my weekend of Spartan living.

Coffee Cafe', Stampin' Up!

The cup, the sleeve, the lid, and the little coffee pot in the corner – all fussy cut, because although I have the Coffee Cups Framelits, I don’t have them (or a Big Shot) here. I used the Coffee Cafe’ stamp set, the Coffee Break DSP, as well as the Everyday Label Punch from the Holiday Catalog. Since the punched element is kind of hidden behind the coffee cup, I could have punched two and layered them. But instead, I elongated it by cutting the Pear Pizzazz cardstock at 4-1/4″ x 1-1/2″, then pulling the end I didn’t want to punch out of the punch. Like this.

Then simply repeat for the other side. Easy!

Susan Horr, you will be happy to know that I did not have even one meltdown when I found out there was no coffee. (Of course, had we not had leftover pods, that might have been a different story. We’ll never know, thank goodness!)

By the way, there’s another set – Merry Café – in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that’s perfect for fall and winter cards. It also coordinates with the Coffee Cups Framelits. You still have another month to enjoy the Holiday catalog – and you’ll want to order today to enjoy free shipping!

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