It’s Your Day

It’s Your Day

Today is the day you can order from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. Ordering begins at noon MT. I have a HUGE wish list, but my plan is to spread it out over the year. There are several things that I really want to see in real life right now, so my patience will be limited. Being able to order 24/7 makes it a little harder to hold back, though! Be sure to use the current host code – JKV732YW – with your online order. If your order is $50 or more, you’ll get a gift from me. If your order is $150 or more, do not use the host code, because you’ll want the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself!

I was looking through my Color Coach the other day and found a really fun color combination. It’s Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, and Night of Navy. At first, I had my doubts, but I love how the Poppy and Grapefruit just pop with the Night of Navy.

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up!

First, I stamped the larger flower image from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock in Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink two times for each flower, twisting the stamp each time. Then I repeated with the smaller flower image and Poppy Parade Classic Ink. The inside of the flowers is stamped with Early Espresso. I used the little dotted image to fill in with Night of Navy.

After I finished stamping, I ran the card stock through my die-cutting machine with the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White using Poppy Parade Ink, then layered the stamped card stock to a piece of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Grapefruit Grove and then to a Night of Navy card base.  The Gingham Gala DSP has retired, but there’s a gorgeous plaid design in the DSP stacks in the new catalog – and you can get it in every color! A little bow made from Grapefruit Grove twine completed the card. The twine is in the Nature’s Twine pack.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and have fun shopping from the new catalog!

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Thankful Birds

Thankful Birds

Before I show you today’s card, I have a Public Service Announcement. I am out of town for two weeks. Mike has a class this week in Georgia, and I tagged along for a week of relaxing. I’m looking forward to stamping a little, sitting in the sun, and reading.

I managed to get a few cards made before we left, and scheduled them ahead of time. But I’m not sure how much I’ll get done while I’m away, so you may only hear from me on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the next two weeks. I’ll try to post more, but I won’t promise. After Mike’s class, we’re heading to Florida for another week, and Wes and Amelia are meeting us there. I can’t wait to see how much she enjoys the beach and to hear all about her first airplane ride.

For today, though, I have a beautiful card from Sandy Moriarty, my dear friend and downline. We’ve been in a swap together for over a year, and this is Sandy’s latest swap.

Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!

Sandy used the new Free as a Bird Stamp Set from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!© Annual Catalog for her swap, and you can purchase it beginning tomorrow, June 4, 2019! It’s such a fun set, and it coordinates with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. (You can see one of the dies in this card.) If you bundle the stamp set and dies, you can save 10%.

Sandy used Stampin’ Blends to color the birds, and they are so adorable! I love the way she added some Balmy Blue sky around them. She has always been a master at watercoloring, and she’s even more  amazing with the Stampin’ Blends.

Behind the birds is some Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Occasions Catalog. It was very popular DSP, and, sadly, it has all sold out. However, there are gorgeous new papers in the new Annual Catalog; you’re going to love them! I want every pack.

Free as a Bird is part of the Bird Ballad Suite. This year, Stampin’ Up!® has indexed all the elements of a suite on one page, and you can order the entire suite of products with just one catalog number. Suite, er, sweet! If you don’t want it all, though, you can still purchase items separately.

Thanks, Sandy, for this gorgeous card! And, thank you, my crafting friend, for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Retiring Dies Stamp Off

Retiring Dies Stamp Off

It’s another fun Stamp Off Friday! This week, we’ll be showing you our favorite retiring dies. When I looked through my retiring dies, I saw quite a few that I really would miss. But when I came to the Petals & More Dies and the coordinating Petal Palette Stamp Set, I know that would be my choice. I loved that bundle and used it a lot.

I think this card will be so much fun for an anniversary or a wedding card. First, I stamped the flowers in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then die-cut them with the coordinating die. I used Light and Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and Light and Dark Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut the leaf spray from Call Me Clover Cardstock.

I cut the leaf spray into smaller pieces so I could move it around a little. I thought it would be fun to have two little birds sitting on a branch. Ah, but that stamp set doesn’t have “opposite birds.” Here’s a quick video showing how I managed to stamp the backwards bird and die-cut it as well.

Fun, right? This opens up so many possibilities!

I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of the Balmy Blue design of the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper Stack (DSP) to a Grapefruit Grove card base. I added most of the die-cut leaves under the stamped flowers. Before I adhered the die-cut elements, I simply placed them on the card to get an idea of where to add the sentiment in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink. After stamping, I adhered the flowers to the bottom right edge of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added one branch at the top of the card and placed the birds on it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I still thought I needed a bit of blue in the flowers, so I added a Blueberry Bushel bow in the flowers.

Now check out Jackie’s and Susan’s favorite retiring dies! I can’t wait to see what their favorites are.

Remember – the Petals & More Dies, Petal Palette Stamp Set, and the Gingham Gala DSP will all be retiring June 3, so don’t miss out on your favorites! Also, many Last Chance products have been discounted up to 30%. Discounts will go into effect at noon MT on May 30.

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

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Wishing You the Best

Wishing You the Best

This week, I’ve been saying goodbye to some of my favorite products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I’ll miss using so many of my “old friends.” Today, I have a Floral Frames card for you.

Floral Frames, Stampin' Up!

I had so much fun with this card! First, I used some of my favorite colors – Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, and some of my favorite coloring tools – Stampin’ Blends.

First, I stamped the image on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored the flowers using Dark Petal Pink and Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. I used Light and Dark Mossy Meadow and Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends for the leaves. I wasn’t sure what color to use on the other greenery. I wanted it kind of silvery looking, but I had just planted some lavender in my “deck garden.” Light purple must have been in my head, because I opted for a Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend.

For the sentiment, I wanted to pull in both the Mossy Meadow and Calypso Coral. Since I was using the Stamparatus, it was easy to color half using a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker and the other half with a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker. I had never used that stamp (gasp!), so it was a little grainy. I simply inked again with the markers and stamped over the original. **If you don’t have a Stamparatus, you need to add it to your next order!**

After rounding the corners of the Very Vanilla Cardstock, I sponged some Petal Pink on the edges. I tied a piece of Calypso Coral 3/8″ Satin Ribbon around a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP), then layered the DSP to a Calypso Coral card base. Then I added the stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Everything on this card except the card stock and ink is is retiring June 3, so don’t miss out on your favorites.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the latest Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Susan, and me! I even have a quick video showing another fun and easy technique.

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

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Mediterranean Promenade

Mediterranean Promenade

Here’s another card using one of my favorite retiring stamp sets, Mediterranean Moments. This is a wonderful stamp set to watercolor. You can stamp it in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and either color with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, or Classic Stampin’ Ink and Aqua Painters or Blender Pens.

Mediterranean Moments, Stampin' Up!, Itty Bitty Greetings

I decided to use my favorite technique – watercoloring with the Stamparatus. I cut a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock a little larger than the stamp, inserted the card stock and stamp into the Stamparatus, then started adding color to the stamp . This was a very fun (and very quick!) card. I know it looks like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t. I inked the bricks with a Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker, the doors and windows with Night of Navy, the greenery with Garden Green, and the motorcycle/scooter with Real Red and Basic Gray. I added some Soft Suede, Gray Granite, and Crumb Cake to some of the other elements – the floral boxes, door frames, and the transom window over the doors, and some Crushed Curry to the curtains in the upstairs window.

As I always do with this technique, I kept adding color until I was happy. Then I used an Aqua Painter to blend some of the color into the images. Finally, I used the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker to add lights to the transom over the door.

I used Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set for the sentiment in Gray Granite. Then I added the stamped panel to a Gray Granite Cardstock layer. I loved the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper design that I used. It works so well with the stamped image. Finally, I added all the elements to a Gray Granite card base.

Several months ago, I needed a thinking of you card for a male friend. Most of the cards I had in my stash were more suited to females. This would be perfect for either gender, don’t you think? But it would be very good for a male. I wish I had thought of it back then! I know if I sent this to my husband on Father’s Day (with a different sentiment), he’d think he was getting a motorcycle as a gift. (I need to sell a lot more product to buy him a motorcycle. Help me out, Stamping Friends!)

I didn’t add embellishments or ribbon to this, because it may be for a guy. But I might add some ribbon or even some sequins later, depending on who I send it to and for what occasion.

Be sure to order this amazing stamp set by June 3, because after that, it will be gone. You may find it, but it will be for a lot more money that it costs now. Trust me, eBay and Amazon sellers take advantage of your procrastination. Don’t procrastinate. Buy this set today.

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

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. For many it’s a day off from work, a holiday to spend with family, a time to grill dinner and enjoy a picnic with family and friends, or a day to do yard work. And that’s fine, of course. But while we do all that, we need to remember and honor our armed service members who died while they were in service.

The military members of my family that I remember all made it home safely. I wrote a post in 2015 about my uncle, Jennings Marston, who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, made it back home, served in Korea, and then retired and lived a long, happy life on his farm in western Frederick County. He was the best of uncles, and you can read about him here.

Also in that post, I wrote about a family member I don’t remember, because he died before I was born. Delmer Linaberg served in the 101st Airborne Division and was airdropped into France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Delmer was 21 years old, and did not make it home.

Sometime after my 2015 blog post, I was contacted by a history teacher who had read the post. He was in possession of Delmer’s last letter home. It was dated June 2, 1944 and was posted from England. In order for his students to fully understand the history of WWII, this teacher was using Delmer’s letter and any information my family could provide as primary sources for the US History class.

First, I was very impressed by this man. What a wonderful way to make history alive by using real people to teach it. When he offered to send scans of the letter, I was thrilled. I sent copies to anyone in the family who was interested. Every time I read it, though, I end up in tears.

The letter was to Delmer’s mom, and he started by talking about the weather, asking about family, chatting about friends from home. Then he ended, “…in the near future, you might not hear from me for a month, so don’t worry about me…in case anything should happen to me, I want you to know you are the best mother in the world and I appreciate everything you’ve done for me.” Of course, you can do the math; the letter was dated two days before he was killed in action.

As a mother of two boys, and knowing that this letter was most likely received after the news of his death, it tears my heart out. I’ve read it many, many times, and I weep every single time I read it.

So in honor of Delmer Linaburg and all the men and women who have died in uniform, I offer this on Memorial Day.

Artfully Aware, Stampin' Up!, Sitting Here

I promised to use retiring Stampin’ Up!® products this week, and I have. The sentiment is from the retiring Sitting Here Stamp Set. The background paper is one of the retiring Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper designs. The focal image is from the Artfully Aware Stamp Set from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog, and this one is carrying over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

While I appreciate all members of our military – past and present – and am so grateful for their service, on this Memorial Day I honor all those who paid with their lives to keep our country safe and free. Thank you for being there.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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Free as a Bird

Free as a Bird

My plan for next week is to highlight some retiring Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets, because it will be your last week to order them! The 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog sales period will begin June 4, so you’ll need to order those things you love that will be retiring from the current 2018-2019 catalog by June 3.

This week, though, I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with some stamp sets from the upcoming catalog. They’re only available to demonstrators right now, so if you want to get your hands on them early, you need to join my team of awesome Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators. We get to preorder selected items from the annual catalogs and everything from seasonal catalogs and other product releases a month early – and we get a 20% minimum discount! As a demonstrator, you do not have to sell anything; you can sign up simply to enjoy the discount on your own purchases. And while it’s nice to have a few customers help you meet your $300 quarterly minimums, your status doesn’t change if you meet that quota by yourself.

One of the products we got to play with and preorder at OnStage in April was the Free as a Bird Stamp Set. True confession: Birds creep me out. I’ve told the story before, but if you’re new, I’ll give the short version. While picking cherries with my little brother one year, a blackbird flew out of the tree right toward my head. Of course, he turned before we collided, but ever since then, I’ve had an aversion to birds. Even so, I have bought a lot of Stampin’ Up!® bird stamp sets, especially cardinals (Virginia’s state bird). And the Free as a Bird birds are so cute. Not at all like the DOBB that flew at my head. (DOBB stands for “damned old blackbird.” That’s what my dad, the farmer, calls any blackbird that tries to steal his harvest.)

Free as a Bird, Stampin' Up!Aren’t those birds adorable? This card gives you one more reason to order the Stamparatus and Stampin’ Blends. First, use the largest die in the Stitched Nested Labels Dies to diecut a label from Very Vanilla Cardstock, and place the card stock in the Stamparatus. Then, position the bird where you’d like him to appear on the label (the left bird in this photo). Close the Stamparatus to adhere the stamp to the plate, then ink the stamp with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp the image onto the card stock.

Give the image a few seconds to dry, then place the Silicone Craft Sheet over the card stock in the Stamparatus. Ink the bird image with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink again, then close the plate to stamp the image onto the Silicone Craft Sheet. Now, carefully turn the craft sheet over and place it on the right side of the diecut. Rub well to transfer the image from the craft sheet to the card stock – and voilá – you have two birds chatting with each other! (Other products can also be used for this technique – a window sheet, vellum card stock, a clear cellophane bag – anything non-porous that you can see through. I like the stability of the craft sheet, though.)

Color your birds. I used Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Mossy Meadow, and Balmy Breeze Stampin’ Blends. Add a little sentiment below the birds (I used a little hello from Itty Bitty Greetings) in Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

Add your bird label to a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I’m using up my retiring DSP, so I used a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Tea Room Specialty DSP. Then I layered to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Mango Melody Cardstock layer, and finally to a Calypso Coral card base.

To add a little extra touch, I colored some Pearl Basic Jewels with Mango Melody and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends (remember, I told you there would be another reason to purchase the Blends), then added them to the card.

Beginning June 4, you can purchase the Free as a Bird Stamp Set and the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. If you bundle them, you can save 10%.

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

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