Birthday Memories Supply Box and Gift Bags

Birthday Memories Supply Box and Gift Bags

Paper crafters often have friends and family who need a last-minute card for a birthday, and, of course, they usually ask for one when you have the least amount of time to make it. Then there are those times when you remember a co-worker’s birthday as you’re running out the door and don’t have time to make a card. In this tutorial, you’ll make a box to hold birthday supplies, and we’ll use the Birthday Delivery Bundle – complete with the Birthday Delivery Photopolymer Stamp Set, Birthday Friends Framelits Dies, and Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper – to create coordinating cards, gift card envelopes, tags, and gift bags. This box is very easy to put together, so you may want to use an extra pack of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper to make a set for a gift.

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

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Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

I am always so excited when Stampin’ Up! releases a new catalog. I tend to use new products in every project, because who doesn’t want to use new stamps, ink, paper, and embellishments? But there are so many great stamps and embellishments that I’ve been neglecting because they aren’t “new” any more. So I decided to pull out an older set to play with.

Mike & I had a short road trip the other day, and the leaves in the Shenandoah Valley are just beautiful. We still have some green, of course, but there are also red and yellow and orange and russet leaves on the trees. They’re gorgeous. It’s like a colorful shawl draped over the trees. One year, the peach trees on the way to my parents’ house were so orange and yellow it looked like the orchard was on fire. It was breathtaking and beautiful.

To celebrate my favorite season and the gorgeousness that is the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I made this.

Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up!

I used Sheltering Tree for this card. (Susan and Jackie – I do have a bike! I forgot about this one.) Several years ago at a Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference, Andrea Withers, one of the presenters, showed the different types of stamps we have and demonstrated some ideas to help customers be more successful with their stamping. When she stamped the leaves for the Sheltering Tree, she put the stamp on the block face down. Of course, everyone gasped when they realized what she had done – but then we all went, “Wow!” Photopolymer stamps give you a really fun background shape if you put them on with the back side up. It increases their versatility a lot.

This tree is very staightforward. I stamped the trunk and branches in Early Espresso, then added the “wrong side” of the leaves in Crushed Curry. After I cleaned the stamp and turned it right side up, I inked it in an orange – I think maybe Tangerine Tango – then “thumped” Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler over the leaves before stamping. It’s very subtle, but it gives a little more dimension to the leaves.

The thumping technique is done with Stampin’ Write Markers. Ink the stamp with a lighter color (Tangerine Tango), then take two darker markers (Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze) and use them like drum sticks and drum (or thump) on your inked stamp. Halfway through, I switched hands so one side wouldn’t be all one color. Then breathe on your stamp to reactivate the ink, and stamp. Done!

I added the bike in Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler, and the grass is Always Artichoke. With all the gorgeous new greens we’ve had in the past few years – the (sadly) retired Mossy Meadow,  current In Colors Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy, as  well as the current core grees – Garden Green, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, and Wild Wasabi – I’ve been neglecting Always Artichoke as well as my older stamps. So it was fitting to pull it out for this card. Besides, it’s a nice fall grass color – not quite spring green but not dead brown either.

Instead of a sentiment or clouds, I added some Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon, because, like my friend Susan, I’m determined to use more ribbon and designer series paper this year.

So are you up for the challenge? Pull out some of your older stamps and give them an ink-up. Because, of course, old friends are always some of the best!

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Birthday Memories

Birthday Memories

Saturday, October 1, was World Card Making Day. I know lots of crafters spent the day making beautiful cards, and Stampin’ Up! has a fabulous promotion for the event. Through October 10, you can enjoy a 15% savings on selected stamp sets as well as note cards and envelopes.


World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up!If you read about this fabulous promotion earlier, you’re probably wondering, “What happened to the Fast Fuse promotion (buy one adhesive, get two refills free)?” Yes, well, about that. It was a tremendous promotion and everyone loved it. They loved it so much that we blew through years worth of our stock of adhesive in five days. Because of the costs involved in the huge backorders, Stampin’ Up! suspended the promotion. And that’s a good thing, because if any business incurs astronomical costs (or even small costs), they have to pass that on to the consumer if they want to stay in business. None of us would like price increases because Stampin’ Up! doesn’t charge us for shipping backorders, right? But here’s the amazing news – that promotion will be back for five more days later this year. Wooot! So stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to place your order today to take advantage of the discounted note cards/envelopes and stamp sets. And don’t forget to add coordinating designer series paper (DSP) to your order! Through October 31, if you order three packs of DSP on this list, you can select a fourth absolutely free.

Buy 3 Get 1 Free, Stampin' Up!

I love our DSP, and the best thing about it is it coordinates with Stampin’ Up! colors and stamp sets. You don’t have to guess or search for something that coordinates; all the work has been done for you.

Although I didn’t stamp anything at all on World Card Making Day (WCMD), I have been in my craft room a lot lately. It’s so much easier to get motivated in my new room. (And here’s a quick update on this post: I got the light switch in my stamp room changed today! No more flickering and I didn’t have to get electrocuted. So it was a win/win. But now I can’t blame my stamping mishaps on bad lighting.)  On WCMD, however, I had a last minute “grand day” with Amelia. Both of her parents had commitments they couldn’t get out of (a job and a wedding), and no one else was available to enjoy the day with her. I canceled and rescheduled (because that’s what you do when you have grandkids you love more than life), and we had a blast visiting a local farm market (with a “cow train” and a huge playground), decorating cookies, eating pizza, and watching movies. And then we had a sleepover – and I was sorry we had so many cookies, candy, and ice cream, because she was totally wired at bedtime.  But we still had such a fun time, and she slept until 7:30 Sunday morning. By then, we were all ready for breakfast at IHOP.

I found out late last night that my friend Susan (one of my Stamp-Off Challenge friends) also had a grand day Saturday. Her third grandchild (and first grandson) Nolan was born in the afternoon. He’s beautiful, and I’m so happy for Rob and Susan and their family.

Speaking of birthdays, here’s a card I made last week. I used the Birthday Memories DSP for this card. (And, of course, you can get this free when you buy three other packs on the list. Or buy this and two other packs and get a fourth pack free. However you want to do it, just take advantage of this offer!)

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that just too cute? I made it for Adrianna, and when she opened it, Mike gasped (yes, he actually gasped) and said, “You didn’t make that card!” He knows I always give handmade birthday cards to all my family and friends (and I get a little frustrated with my loved ones who buy cards and don’t ask me for one!), and he was so shocked because it looked like a store bought card. (I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.) I laughed and said, “Oh, yes I did!”

I stamped and die-cut the Happy Birthday banner using the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set and Bunch of Banners Framelits. Then I covered the Pumpkin Pie card with a piece of the Birthday Memories DSP and added a few sequins, just for fun. (Huge apologies for the unfortunate placement of the star sequin. It looks like that bunny is pooping out a little joy there. I didn’t catch it until it was too late. Sorry, Mr. Turtle! Do watch your step.)

Birthday Delivery, Stampin' Up!

Here’s the inside. It’s very simple. I added more DSP (and a glue dot) to hold the gift card, then die-cut the cake from the Birthday Memories DSP. Lots of the dies in the  Birthday Friends Framelits – the fox, the banner,  the four-candle cake, the little girl, the poodle, and more – coordinate with images in the DSP and, of course, the Birthday Delivery Stamp Set. And you can bundle all three and enjoy a 15% discount. Totally cool, right? I didn’t want to just plop the cake on the DSP, so I added half of a silver doily. And, of course, there’s another stamped sentiment at the top (from the Birthday Delivery stamp set that’s on sale through October 10.)

You can order these products as well as any other Stampin’ Up! products 24/7 through my web site. You can also contact me with your order. If you use the hostess code HDTWKFCZ before October 21, you’ll be eligible for the fabulous door prize drawing. (Since I live in Virginia, you don’t have to purchase to be eligible. Simply leave me a comment asking to be entered.) If your order is $150 or more, do not use the code, because you’re going to want the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself! However, you’ll still be eligible for the drawing. 

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

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Wine, Anyone?

Wine, Anyone?

A bottle of wine is a lovely gift to have on hand for a housewarming gesture, a bring along to a party for the host, or a birthday/holiday treat for just about anyone. A special hand crafted wine tag or stamped card shows thought went into your practical gift of a bottle of wine.

Half Full, Tuscan Vineyard, Stampin' Up!, Craft Project Central

This beautiful set was designed by Cindy for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions for Cindy’s project, simply subscribe to October, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month subscription that includes October.

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Going in Circles – A Stamp-Off Challenge

Going in Circles – A Stamp-Off Challenge

Susan, Jackie, & I have a fabulous and fun challenge for you this week. It’s all about circles.

I told you – fun! I was going to do a bicycle, but all my cycle stamps are retired. There were so many possibilities, but in the end, I decided on Paisleys and Posies.

Paisleys & Posies, Stampin' Up!, Vertical Greetings

I love the Pink Pirouette and Old Olive with the Early Espresso. Even though I use the pink and green a lot in the spring, the Early Espresso kind of “autumns it up” a little bit. It also reminds me of a box of chocolates (and did anyone else hear Forrest Gump’s voice in your head when you read that? Bet you do now.).

First I stamped and embossed the scalloped circles from Paisleys and Posies using VersaMark and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Early Espresso Cardstock. I used a stamp positioner to line up the scallops, then fussy cut around them. After I was finished, I had a “light bulb,” head-smacking moment. I have the dies that go with this stamp set; I could have stamped and embossed and then die-cut them and layered to the cardstock. That would have been much easier. So – if you decide to make a card like this, do it the die-cut way, unless, of course, you love fussy cutting.

Next I stamped and embossed the smaller circles at the top of the Early Espresso layer, also with VersaMark and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. And then I got out my new Stampin’ Blends and went to work. It’s very subtle, but I used the darker Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, and Cherry Cobbler Blends to color over the embossing powder. Since the new Blends are alcohol markers, the color doesn’t rub off.

After positioning the Early Espresso layer over the Pink Pirouette layer, I stamped the tiny circles in Early Espresso Ink. Then I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the centers. I also colored them with the Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Blends before I adhered them.

The final circle is the scalloped die-cut under the die-cut chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. The Whisper White circle was a little bold, so I sponged it with Pink Pirouette ink. The banner is just a scrap of the Old Olive ombré design from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack (which you can either order in October with two more packs of DSP and get a fourth free, or select the Color Theory DSP as your free one. Either way – you need that paper. See all of this month’s specials here.). I stamped the sentiment from Vertical Greetings on the DSP, then added a Copper Trim bow to the top.

Our challenge was “Going in Circles,” and I really was when I made this card. My little three year old helper loves my craft room, and she had a fun time exploring today. Whew! I thought stamping with a toddler was an adventure. Stamping with a preschooler takes it to a whole new level.

Now – head over to Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see their fabulous circular creations. I can’t wait. They both tend to think “out of the box,” so it will be fun!

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

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Rose Wonder Blends

Rose Wonder Blends

In case you haven’t heard, Stampin’ Up! is bringing out a new line of alcohol markers – Stampin’ Blends. They won’t be available until toward the end of the year, but demonstrators can preorder them now. (There’s another reason to join my team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.) The current collection includes markers in 12 of our exclusive Stampin’ Up! Core Colors, and each color comes in a light and a dark (so 24 markers). There are also two markers for skin tones – ivory and bronze, and a color lifter. The markers are not refillable, but you can purchase each marker separately.

I, of course, ordered all the markers and the color lifter as well as the card kit and stamp set that were also released this week. I played with them a little tonight, but since I didn’t have a huge amount of time, I opted to use an older stamp set – Rose Wonder – because it’s easy to watercolor.

Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Blends

It’s easy to get lots of shading and highlights with the different markers and the color lifter. Since this was my first time with the markers, I only used the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blends for the flower and leaves. I can see that I need to go back and blend some of the lines a little better. My craft room is awesome, but the ceiling fan/light combo is on a dimmer with an LED bulb, and that’s a bad combination. At least that’s what the family electricians tell me. One day, I’ll pretend I’m going to change the switch from the dimmer to a “regular” one. After all, how hard can it be, right? You just turn off the breaker and match up the wire colors. (That should get someone to step in and take over really quickly.) During the day, it’s perfect, because I have windows on two sides so there’s lots of light. But at night with just the light on, it kind of flickers, so it’s a little difficult to see things like lines that need to be blended a little more.

After I finished coloring the rose, I colored the background with the lighter Pool Party marker. (I should probably order another one of those as soon as I can. I’m thinking it’s going to be used a lot!) Finally, I added the sentiment from All Things Thanks. It’s super crooked on purpose. I never get that stamp straight on the block, so it’s always a little off. I decided to just stamp it really crooked so it would look like it was supposed to be that way. I love the way it turned out, because the sentiment mimics the shape of the rose.

I’ll be sure to let you know when you can order the Stampin’ Blends. I know you’re going to love them.

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Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

I love the Watercolor Christmas Project Kit in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. The colors just pop, and the cards are so easy to put together. Best of all, most of the work is done for you – everything is cut and ready to go! All you have to do is stamp and assemble. The coordinating Watercolor Christmas Stamp Set is an additional purchase, but you can easily use other stamps for your sentiments.

Watercolor Christmas, Stampin' Up!

Aren’t these pretty? And they really are easy to assemble. One kit has materials for 20 cards and envelopes. Look at the beautiful gold foil envelope liners. You can get all your cards made in a snap and WOW your friends and family when they receive your handmade cards this year. Everyone on your card list will think you’re a superwoman because you hand crafted your holiday cards and completed all the other tasks on your “to do” list. Hint – Sign up for the Season of Style Paper Pumpkin Kits in October and November to get even more help with holiday preparations! You can also order prepaid kits for yourself or to give as gifts. That’s one more thing you can check off your “to do” list! Because, really, wouldn’t you rather enjoy the holidays than stress out over them?

If you’d like to invite some friends to get together and make their cards, we can schedule a party! We’ll put on a Christmas movie, make some popcorn, and stamp the night away (or at least two hours). If you have five friends and they order the kit and the stamp set, you’re well on your way to earning the Merry Patterns stamp set this month! Plus, if you and your friends order the kit and stamps before October 10 and add the Fast Fuse Adhesive to the order, you’ll each get two free refills. Contact me today to take advantage of this great deal.

Watch this short video with Holly from Stampin’ Up! to see how fun and easy this kit is. You’ll have a blast at your Girls’ Night get together!

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