Meadow Flowers

Meadow Flowers

What a crazy week this has been! Here in Virginia, as in many other states, the governor has mandated K-12 school closings for two weeks. That means Miss Amelia is out of school for three weeks, since their spring break is the week after the quarantine is over. I don’t know if her parents’ businesses will be closing (obviously not Wesley’s, since he’s a Correctional Officer!). If they don’t, I get to play with my favorite girl several days each week. I’m so excited. Sadly, the things on our “want to do” list will take more than three weeks. Still, we’ll have a blast.

Here’s one of the cards from our March classes. I used the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP), but there wasn’t enough of the Blackberry Bliss design for everyone, so some attendees can choose Lovely Lipstick.

My Meadow, Stampin' Up!, Thanks for the LaughsThe My Meadow Stamp Set was one of the first sets in the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog that caught my eye. Some of the scenes can get quite involved, and I knew I had some new stampers in class, so I kept it on the simple side.

First, we stamped the wheelbarrow base in Basic Gray Classic Ink, then the bucket in either Lovely Lipstick or Gorgeous Grape. Next, we stamped the ground in Garden Green Classic Ink (the purple card uses Mossy Meadow, but that was a little too dark for spring).

The flowers are stamped in Crushed Curry and the leaves are stamped in Granny Apple Green Classic Ink. We die-cut the image with a Stitched Shapes Die, then a larger Crushed Curry scalloped circle using the Layering Circles Dies.

A fun element that I forgot to photograph is what happened under the DSP. We die-cut a circle from the front of the Garden Green card base, then adhered the DSP over the front of the card. Now the reverse side of the paper shows when you open the card.

On a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, we stamped the sentiment from the Thanks for the Laughs Stamp Set in either Lovely Lipstick or Gorgeous Grape, then adhered to the circles, and then to the card. Easy!

I was very happy that two of my attendees were teenagers and they loved all the cards. They were so sweet and did an awesome job.

I hope you’re staying well and are getting adequate liquids, rest, and nourishment during this stressful time in our world. I wash my hands often in normal times, but now I’ve doubled (or tripled) up. I need to remember to add extra hand lotion!

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

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Just a Note

Just a Note

Welcome back, Stamping friends! You may know that besides being a paper crafter, I’m a musician. I started taking piano lessons when I was about four years old. My older brother (by 14 months) was taking lessons with our cousin (who is an amazing pianist). Almost from birth, I was always trying to do everything Mike could do, so I would take his piano books and “teach” myself how to play. My parents were concerned that I’d learn the wrong things, so they signed me up for lessons as well. Although my brother is much more musical than I am, he moved on to other things, but I continued with music, eventually majoring in piano in college. I started off in Music Education. After two years, I realized I really didn’t want to teach, so I switched to the only other option at the time – Performance. I was a really good sightreader, so it didn’t take me long to learn music. But memorizing was a whole other ball game. I can memorize poems and scripts, but music? Not as easy. (I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I’m a visual learner, so I should be doing more in the visual arts. But I cannot draw. At all! This is why I love Stampin’ Up!®.)

When I started my junior year, the college added quite a few new degrees. One was Piano Accompanying. These days they call it “Collaborative Piano,” but it’s the same thing. One pianist and one or more singers or instrumentalists. And maybe even more pianists if you include piano duets or two piano music. I realized this was my calling. I love working with others to create beautiful music – and best of all, I didn’t have to memorize anything. I have continued accompanying groups and soloists since I graduated, but for over 40 years, I’ve mostly used what I learned in classes I thought I didn’t need. What a shock to find out that I, a college junior, didn’t know as much as the professors who created the requirements for the degree! (Yes, I am much more humble now that I’m older and wiser.)

Because of my background in music, and mostly piano, I usually purchase all the music related stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!®. I was thrilled to see the Music from the Heart Stamp Set in the January-June Mini Catalog. Here’s my latest creation.

Music from the Heart, Stampin' Up!

This is a very simple “fun fold” card. First, create a card base from 8-1/2″ x 11″ Old Olive Cardstock. Cut it in half so you have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ rectangle, then score the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″ to form a card base. Next, score the card front at 2-1/8″ and fold that part back to form a Z-fold card.

Adhere a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper to the front flap of the card. Next, stamp the piano image on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Color the heart using a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend. Die-cut the image using the Layering Squares Dies.

Next, cut a slightly larger scalloped circle from Basic Black Cardstock using the Layering Squares Dies. Layer your stamped image to the scalloped square and then to the card front. Be sure you only add adhesive to the left side of the stamped/scalloped layers.

Music from the Heart, Stampin' Up!

On a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, stamp the sentiments using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Don’t glue the card stock to the card yet, but use the squares on the card front as a guide for placement. The sentiment should be hidden by the front flap and the squares.

Stamp the heart/eighth note in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and color the heart with the Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend. Adhere the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card.

This is a simple and fun card to create! Thanks to Brian King for the design. Brian is one of my favorite bloggers and Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators because his designs are clean and classic and his blogs are fun.

Just an FYI – the Music from the Heart Stamp Set is a design from a Million Dollar Achiever, Dawn Olchefske. Dawn is another of my favorites, and her videos and blog posts have helped me immensely in my crafting journey.

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

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Make Today Amazing

Make Today Amazing

When I was in high school, I loved to watch Good Morning, America, with host David Hartman, while I was getting ready for school. His “sign-off” phrase was, “Go out and make it a good day.” I loved that, because it put me in charge of my day. I was responsible for how my day went, and if something went wrong, it was up to me to figure out how to turn it into a learning experience or to remember how many good things outweighed the one bad.

I also need a cup (or a pot, actually) of coffee in the morning to help me get into an amazing frame of mind to “make it a good day,” so I knew the Rise & Shine Stamp Set from the Sale-a-bration (SAB) second release was going to find its way into my craft room. I love the sentiments and the reversible images, and I already have the coordinating Cup of Cheer Dies, so it was a match made in heaven, right?

I promised on my Stamping with Buffy Facebook Page (you can “like” it here!) that I’d show a card I made using another SAB second release product, Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is it!

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First, I cut a 2″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the grid pattern, knowing I wanted to color it with Pigment Sprinkles but not having a clue what I was going to use it for after. I was hoping inspiration would strike.

I tapped a little Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, and Gorgeous Grape diagonally across the paper from top to bottom. The colors in Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, and Bermuda Bay are very saturated, so I used just a little bit of those colors (like a tap and a half). They tend to overpower the other three, so I did two-three taps of Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, and Granny Apple Green.

After I spritzed it with water, I used a scrap piece of Whisper White Cardstock to mop up the excess. You can use a paper towel, but as my friend Emilie said, why waste that beautiful color? If you use card stock, you get an extra background. (Wise woman, that Emilie!) And, bonus!! The foil resists the ink, so when you blot it with the cardstock, you get the grid pattern as well as the color. Fun!

As I looked at my new creation, it looked to me like a sunrise over a flower garden. I needed a “gender neutral” card for my classes this month, and this would be perfect. No flowers. No swirls and hearts and “girlie” elements. And everyone drinks something from a mug – tea, coffee, hot chocolate. I even had a supervisor in my college work study days who drank diet soda from her coffee mug. So it’s a card for anyone!

I stamped the mug in Mango Melody on Whisper White Cardstock, then die-cut with the Cup of Cheer dies. I stamped the sunburst image using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, and Rise and Shine in Melon Mambo.

Now, for the card. I wanted to use Daffodil Delight, because it’s a happy, morning color. I stamped the Make Today Amazing sentiment in Gorgeous Grape on the bottom corner, then embossed the top part of the card front with the Stone 3D Embossing Folder (part of the Power of Hope SAB Bundle). It’s easy to “partially emboss.” Simply place the card front into the embossing folder. When you place the 3D Embossing Folder Plate over the embossing folder, only cover the portion you want to emboss. Your sandwich will look like this.

Stampin' Up!, 3D Embossing Folder Plate

Since the Embossing Folder Plate is not covering the bottom of the card, it won’t get embossed. Easy!

After I embossed, I adhered the beautiful DSP to the card, then added the mug with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This card makes me happy. I love the colors, the foil, the coffee (or whatever you want to be in the mug), and the positive sentiment. It inspires me to go do something amazing today. For me, that means getting my swaps for March done!

I also love all the free products on this card. You only have through March 31 to earn free SAB products. The beautiful DSP is free with a $50 order. The Rise & Shine Stamp Set is free with a $100 order, and you can earn the Power of Hope Bundle with a $100 order.

You can see all the SAB options here. Remember, you get a free Level 1 SAB product with every $50 order. If you order $100 in product, you can select two Level 1 products or one Level 2 product. Don’t miss out on all the free products you will love! Order today, because SAB ends March 31, 2020.

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

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You’re Amazing

You’re Amazing

The Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog didn’t really catch my interest when I first saw it. I liked it, but I had other sets that were close in style, so I ordered other sets that were very different from ones I already had.

But then Susan and Jackie started doing such lovely things with the set and I got pushed over the line. Here’s a card I made for my mom using the Beautiful Friendship and Thanks for the Laughs stamp sets.

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I love these colors, don’t you? I used Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, and Pacific Point Classic Ink with Whisper White and Pacific Point Cardstock. This looks awesome with Blueberry Bushel, but I’m running low on Blueberry Bushel Cardstock. Remember, Blueberry Bushel is a 2018-2020 In Color, so if you love it, you’d better stock up while you can! It will be retiring when the 2020 Annual Catalog comes out in June, and once supplies are depleted, they’re gone forever. (Of course, there’s always that small chance that retired colors will return with another Color Refresh, but since we just had one, it will probably be a couple of years before another one. But that’s just a guess.)

First, I stamped the large roses along the side of the Whisper White Cardstock in Bermuda Bay Classic Ink. Then I added leaves using Granny Apple Green.

For the smaller buds in the lower right corner, I inked the stamp using Bermuda Bay Classic Ink, then cleaned the ink from the stems. I’m fairly sure I used my finger, but you can use a cloth or a Blender Pen if you don’t want inky fingers. I re-inked the stems with a Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Marker, then stamped onto the card stock. (Tip: If you’re using Stampin’ Write Markers with photopolymer stamps, you might want to use the Stamparatus. Sometimes you don’t get quite the coverage using markers on photopolymer stamps, so if you use a Stamparatus, you can stamp multiple times until you’re satisfied.)

The sentiment, from the Thanks for the Laughs Stamp Set, is stamped in Pacific Point Classic Ink. (The inside sentiment says, “Today you get it in writing.” I added a few more rosebuds inside.)

This sentiment is perfect for my mom, because every day I think about what an amazing woman she is. She is the best mom and has always been a perfect partner for my dad – in life and in business. They’ve weathered a lot of storms in almost 64 years of marriage, and they’ve always come through wiser and stronger. I cannot imagine having better parents or a more awesome childhood. Every day was an adventure, and Dad and Mom were always there to help guide us through.

I tried to be like Mom when the boys were growing up. I know I missed the mark – a lot! – but, happily, being a grandma is like having a “do-over,” – but with more sleep.

Since I was raised with brothers and raised two boys, having a little girl around is a bit different for me. But it’s so much fun. A few months ago, I was shopping for a new purse. Amelia decided she should help. She started searching through all the purses, then abruptly stopped. “Seesa,” she said, turning to me, “how do you feel about a backpack?”

“Hmmm. I think I may be a little old for a backpack.”

“Well, I think you could pull it off, but ok.” After another few minutes of searching, she discovered a lovely purse that was also in the right price range (cheap). Perfect!

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

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Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper

It’s time for another Stamp Off with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week, we’re showing you our favorite Designer Series Paper. My blog title, of course, gives mine away – it’s the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP)

While there are many Stampin’ Up!® DSP packs that I love, there’s always one design that I don’t care for as much as others. That’s sometimes a good thing, because when I love both sides of a sheet of DSP, it’s hard to use it and I tend to hoard it. But with the Peaceful Poppies DSP, there isn’t one design that I don’t care for as much. I love all the designs, all the colors, all the styles. So selecting that DSP pack was easy.

Stampin' Up!, So Sentimental, Peaceful Poppies

I had another card for this challenge, but it didn’t really showcase the DSP; there was only one small strip. I decided to let this paper do all the heavy lifting for this card. I cut the DSP to 4″ x 5-1/4″. I love the paper design with the sentiment, because it kind of looks like confetti falling, don’t you think?

After I added the paper to the Poppy Parade card base, I stamped the sentiment from the So Sentimental Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock. I used the Stamparatus, because I wanted to ink the stamp in Basic Black and Poppy Parade Ink. By using the Stamparatus, you can ink small areas of the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers so you don’t accidentally mix colors. After I had it as dark as I wanted, I die-cut with the coordinating Stitched So Sweetly die. Remember – if you bundle the So Sentimental Stamp Set and Stitched So Sweetly Dies, you can save 10%. But hurry! This offer ends June 2, 2020.

I wanted one more layer under the sentiment, but I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful DSP. So I die-cut the second label from Vellum Cardstock and added it and the stamped layer to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

All of the products on the card (except the card stock, ink, and adhesive) are from the Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog.

I’ve been using my Stampin’ Write Markers a lot lately, and I love to use them directly to a stamp with my Stamparatus. It’s frustrating, though, when you’re missing a color. If you join my team of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators, you can add the Many Marvelous Markers to your starter kit and pay only $99 plus tax. And you’ll still have a little bit extra for something small. Join during Sale-a-bration (SAB), and you’ll get a mini paper cutter, DSP Sampler, and an additional stamp set of your choice. On top of all that, shipping for the starter kit is free! It’s a great deal. The $99 starter kit is available year round, but the paper cutter, DSP sampler, and extra stamp set are only available when you joing during Sale-a-bration (through March 31). Wouldn’t you love to be part of my amazing team?

Of course, if you’d rather enjoy free SAB products, you’ll earn two Level 1 or one Level 2 if you order the Many Marvelous Markers during SAB. (Add an extra product or two to bump your order to $150 for even more fun, free products!)

Before you leave, check out Susan’s and Jackie’s blogs to see how they used their favorite paper.

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

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Mountain Sunrise

Mountain Sunrise

Mountain Air is another stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog that I loved right away. I could see so many possibilities. I decided to create a mountain sunrise for today’s card.

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First, I inked the mountain stamp with Highland Heather and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers. Because I used the Stamparatus to stamp the image on Whisper White Cardstock, I could add multiple layers of color to the mountain range. To get a little more color, I turned the stamp over and inked the “blank” side with Highland Heather Classic Ink. I stamped off a few times before stamping the color over the mountains.

I stamped the trees and meadow image in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. I used a Sponge Dauber to fill in with a little more Shaded Spruce Ink.

Next, I stamped the mountains image on scrap paper, then cut it out to create a mask. I placed it over the mountains, then used the reverse side of the moon stamp to create a sun using Mango Melody Classic Ink. Finally, I sponged a little Daffodil Delight and Balmy Blue Ink in the sky with two more Sponge Daubers. And I decided to add birds at the last minute, because there are always birds at sunrise. At least there are at my house, cawing and chirping and making loud noises that wake me up before I’m ready. There’s even one that sings, “Pi-ka, Pi-ka, Pi-ka-chu!!!” really early. Amelia loves that one. I want to stuff it in a Pokeball.

I decided to use the collect beautiful moments sentiment from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set on the front of the card. I used Shaded Spruce again so it would blend with the meadow behind it. And I thought a little bling was needed, so I colored some Rhinestone Basic Jewels with Mango Melody and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends and added them to the card. The stamped panel is layered to a Purple Posy card base.

Whenever I think about mountains, it reminds me of the John Denver song, Country Roads. There’s some debate about whether it’s really about West Virginia or Southwestern Virginia, because we have some nice mountains down there. Either way, it’s one of the first songs I learned to play on the guitar at a slumber party when I was in middle school. Recently, Amelia started singing this song. I think she learned it because it was on one of the field trip driver’s play list. I started singing along, then went to the verse, and she said, “Seesa! How do you know that song?” She’s so funny. She thinks anything she learns is new stuff that old people (like grandparents) can’t possibly know.

Hopefully she will learn – like I finally did – that grandparents and great grandparents are the smartest people around. I have always been in awe of my mom, because she always knows the answer to every question (and if she doesn’t, Dad does). My go-to answer whenever the boys asked me something was, “You know who would know that? Grandma/Granddaddy.” It kind of scares me to know that my parents are getting older and someday, I’m going to be the one everyone looks to for answers. Now I’m wishing I had listened more to my parents and grandparents.

But the other day, one of the kids asked me something, and after I answered, I thought, “Oh, my gosh! How do I know that?” Because the answer was right, but it was in an area that I have very little knowledge. Maybe I listened more to my parents and grandparents than I thought. Or maybe osmosis kicked in. Whatever the answer, I’m just really grateful for Google!

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

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Tropical Hugs

Tropical Hugs

Good Monday Morning, Crafty Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. It was chilly, but beautiful here in northwestern Virginia. I’ve been trying to take it easy until my nerve endings stop acting up. I thought driving for a field trip to the local library Friday would be easy. I hadn’t thought about lifting little girls into the car and moving car seats around. It was fun, though, and the kids had a blast learning about the different jobs a librarian has. (Hint: He/she doesn’t just sit at the front desk and say, “Shhhhhh!” like they show on old TV shows. But I’ll bet you already knew that.) I think most of the moms wanted the librarian job at either Disney World or on a cruise ship!

I felt a little rough on Saturday, so Mike & I decided to head to the mountains and rest a bit. It was short, but lovely! We usually take lots to keep us busy, but this time, I took one Paper Pumpkin kit (which didn’t get touched) and my tablet. For the first time ever I didn’t even take my laptop. Talk about relaxing! Mike even did a lot of the cooking, most of the clean up, and all of the dog walking. (Sadly, Max doesn’t understand the concept of sleeping in.) I have the best husband ever. Mike had shingles shortly after Wes was born, so as a mom with a toddler and a newborn, I was not as sympathetic as I should have been. He has been an angel, though.

Today’s Card

This morning, it was time to get back to the craft room. This little card came together really quickly.

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I loved the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set from the January-June Mini Catalog as soon as I saw it, but I haven’t had much chance to play with it. Today was the day – and what fun! Coloring images relaxes me. Maybe it’s a throw back to my childhood, but I really enjoyed creating this card.

First, I chose the image, then decided it would work really well with the Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Mini Catalog. I let the DSP dictate the colors (Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove with a splash of Old Olive and Real Red).

I stamped the images on Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I stamped the sentiment – from the Tags in Bloom Sale-a-bration Stamp Set – in Grapefruit Grove, and die-cut the stamped panel with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

The Tropical Oasis DSP is so gorgeous, and it makes me think “Spring.” The colors are so fresh and pretty. I added a layer of the DSP to a Pool Party card base, then added some ribbon and the Whisper White layer. Sadly, I have a bad habit of hoarding my ribbon until it’s retired, and that is the case with the Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, However, you can easily create your own Pool Party ribbon using any Whisper White or Very Vanilla ribbon and either Stampin’ Blends or Classic Ink Refills with alcohol. (You can use water with the refills, but I find rubbing alcohol gives a more vibrant color and dries a little more quickly.)

Sale-a-Bration Second Release

Don’t forget that tomorrow – March 3 – is the second release of Sale-a-bration (SAB) products. During Sale-a-bration, you earn free Level 1 products with every $50 order. If you bump your order to $100, you can earn two Level 1 or one Level 2 Product. The Tags in Bloom Stamp Set that I used on today’s card is one of the free Level 2 Second Release Products. It coordinates with two punches from the Mini Catalog – Label Me Fancy and Label Me Lovely Punches. Other second release products include a masculine stamp set, Foil and Vellum Specialty DSP, and the fun Rise & Shine Stamp Set that coordinates with the Cup of Cheer Dies from the Holiday Catalog (and still available online). You can view the brochure with all the SAB products here.

More Sale-a-bration Fun

Host a qualifying party during SAB and besides the regular Stampin’ Rewards, you’ll also earn the Little Ladybug Stamp Set free (and you can purchase coordinating dies for this set).

Join my team of amazing demonstrators and you’ll receive $125 worth of product of your choice plus a DSP sampler, a Mini Paper Cutter, and an additional stamp set of your choice – for only $99.

Sale-a-bration ends March 31, so don’t dither around and miss it! Shop – Host – and/or Join today!

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