Framed Florets

Framed Florets

Happy Friday! I have a fun weekend ahead. I’m pet sitting for one of my sons this weekend, and on Sunday, I get to hang out with my granddaughter Amelia. That’s always a fun time!

Before she started school several years ago, both of Amelia’s parents worked, so she was with me at least 2-3 days a week. I set up a corner for her in our family room with toys, books, puzzles, and Amelia-sized chairs. Now that she’s older, we’ve decided to “upgrade” her corner with more grown up activities. She wants art supplies and a desk. I can’t wait to start planning and shopping!

I spent lots of time in my stamp room this week and thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here’s a card using the Framed Florets bundle. This bundle will be in the January-June Mini Catalog, but Stampin’ Up!® released it early; you can order it now! As well as the Framed Florets bundle, there’s also Designer Series Paper (DSP), embellishments, and the Framed & Festive Stamp Set, but those last three are only available through January 4, 2023 and while supplies last. Here’s a peek at the Fitting Florets DSP, Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls, and a few of the dies and stamps. You can see the entire collection here.

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And here’s my card.

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To make this card, I first die-cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock using two of the floral dies. Then I centered this onto a piece of 4″ – 5-1/4″ Basic White Cardstock and, using my Stamparatus, stamped through the diecut area onto the larger piece of card stock. Here’s a tip: before you stamp, place a piece of clear card stock, a window sheet, or the thicker backing for a photopolymer stamp set over your project and stamp on that first. This will ensure that your card stock pieces are correctly lined up so you won’t get ink on the top piece. And if they’re not lined up perfectly, you can move them a bit before you stamp “for real.”

I colored the flowers with Watercolor Pencils (both assortments) and used a Blender Pen to smooth out the pencil lines. The sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set. It’s stamped in Gorgeous Grape on a Basic Whte Cardstock scrap, and I die-cut it with the coordinating die from the Floral Gallery Dies.

I added some 2022-2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots to the front. Well, all except the Orchid Oasis one. I have apparently used all of my Orchid ones, so I added one Classic Matte Dot in white and colored it with an Orchid Oasis Stampin’ Blend.

I popped the top layer over the stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It’s fun to see the images and color peeping through! The card base is Garden Green.

After the card was assembled, I added some White Pearlized Enamel Effects Basics to the berries. (These Pearlized Enamel Effects aren’t just for the holidays!!) Then I left it to dry – far away from anything that could smoosh the “pearls” before they dried. It doesn’t take long to dry, but my cat likes to prowl on my stamp table looking for anything that resembles a sponge that she can chew, and I didn’t want to take chances that she might leave a pearlized paw print on my card.

Give the Fitting Florets Collection a look. The Framed & Festive stamps fit perfectly in the oval frames, the DSP is gorgeous, and it’s a great set for any occasion.

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Faux Cast Iron

Faux Cast Iron

I have a super fun card and technique for you today! On the last Thursday of every month, we have a Zoom technique night. It started out just for demonstrators, but others were interested as well, so anyone who would like to can join us! If you would like to join in, simply send me a message with your email and I’ll send you the link.

In October, Nadine showed us the Faux Cast Iron technique. It was totally new to all of us, and so much fun! Here’s my card.

Faux Cast Iron Technique, Stampin' Up!

Before I go farther, I have a disclaimer. Before she started school several years ago, Amelia stamped with me a lot, and she knows how much I love it and how fun it is. So for my birthday in September, she gave me two stamp sets and a beautiful purple (my favorite color) ink pad. They aren’t Stampin’ Up!® products, but I love them so much because they’re from Amelia. I decided to use them on this card, so don’t drive yourself crazy trying to find them in the Stampin’ Up!® store, because they’re not there.

Ok – here’s the technique. First, we embossed a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic Gray Cardstock. I totally copied Nadine and used the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. Next, we used a Blending Brush to add Soft Suede Classic Ink in random areas on the card stock. Don’t cover the entire piece; just add “patches” of color. We repeated this in other areas with Evening Evergreen Classic Ink, and then Basic Gray. Next, we swiped the edges of the card stock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Now comes the fun part. We lightly blended Basic White Craft Ink over the raised areas. Don’t worry if it looks like a hot mess right now. The white will lighten up a bit when it dries. Finally, add a little metallic ink (if you have some) over the card stock. I blended it mostly on the embossed areas, but I did add a little to the edges and other areas of the piece. I used the retired Copper Delicata Ink from several years ago. You could probably also – with a very light hand – add some VersaMark and metallic Embossing Powder.

That’s it! So easy and fun. And it makes a fabulous background. I stamped my sentiment and some leaves on Soft Suede Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and added it to the background with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Since it’s fall, I decided to add a leaf and some embellishments from the Leaf Label and Amber Gems Combo Pack. I colored the leaf with the same colors as the card, except for the White Craft Ink. Since I didn’t emboss the leaf, I didn’t use the white.

I tied a bit of twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack around the stem of the leaf, then added some Amber Gems. I LOVE this technique. Thanks so much, Nadine, for sharing!

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Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #4

Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #4

Happy October 31, everyone! I should have a spooky card today, but I don’t. I did make one, but I gave it to my daughter-in-law for her birthday earlier in October. Can you believe tomorrow is November 1?

Our weekend was so much fun! All the kids came over Saturday for tacos and pumpkin carving and cookie decorating. I forgot to take pictures, but Stephanie and Katelyn did a beautiful job on their pumpkins, and Adrianna, Garrett, and Amelia are fabulous cookie decorators. I did get a picture of the cookies.

Didn’t they do a great job? I just noticed the mole (or maybe it’s a wart) on the witch’s nose. So cute! And they taste as good as they look! Jon, Wes, and Mike cheered everyone on. I also carved a pumpkin, but we have learned that’s not my forte!

Here’s the fourth Mystery Card using the Splendid Thoughts Bundle from Stampin’ Up!®.

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loved making this card. it was very simple, but it’s so pretty. The design will work for any occasion too.

This was supposed to be a one layer card, but I decided to use a separate Basic White layer for the sponging and masking. This is another card from Shannon West. She is so awesome! Shannon used the new Stampin’ Up!® Masking Paper to mask the areas to blend the ink. I haven’t gotten the Masking Paper yet, so I used 5″ long Post-it Notes. They worked perfectly.  I masked off a 1″ area about 1/3-1/2 of the way down the 4″ x 5-1/4″ card stock. Then, using a Blending Brush, I added Fresh Freesia ink a little over halfway across the horizontal strip. Then I used Gorgeous Grape on the other side of the strip, overlapping a bit to blend the colors.

After I moved the masks down to mask off another 1″ strip, I blended Gorgeous Grape on the left and Orchid Oasis on the right. I love purples, but any three “close” colors will work. I think Shannon used Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze for a beautiful fall card. Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Pool Party would also be pretty, I think. Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, and Garden Green would also work well.

Here’s a tip – If you start with the lightest color and move to the medium, and then the darkest, you can use one brush. I rub it over my grid paper between colors, but you don’t have to be sure it’s super clean before moving to a darker color. Because, let’s face it, cleaning is an important part of the process, but it’s not the most fun.

After I was happy with the sponging, I stamped the flower two times and the bee once using the Orchid Oasis Ink. The sentiment is also in Orchid Oasis. I added a few Iridescent Rhinestone Gems, then colored over my blended stripes with a little Clear Wink of Stella for a little extra sparkle. Hopefully that will distract from the flubbed bee. (I accidentally dropped the stamp. Sheesh!) I will probably stamp another one on a scrap piece of Basic White Cardstock, die-cut it with the Splendid Stems Dies and layer it over the original. I adhered this layer to a Basic White card base.

I have loved these Mystery Stamping events! It’s been fun seeing all the ways to use the same bundle!

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Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #3

Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #3

Happy Friday, Stampers! Every Wednesday in October, Shannon West, the Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Development Manager (DDM) for the Great Lakes Region of the United States, along with one other DDM from the US, has presented a “Mystery Card” using the Splendid Thoughts Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalog. On Monday, we’re given a supply list, and then on Wednesday, Shannon and her guest present a card for us to create. It’s so relaxing, because we are stamping just for fun. And Shannon, of course, is a fabulous presenter. The cards are fairly simple, but each week, Shannon has shown a technique or product we may not have used before. Here’s the card from week three (October 19).

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This card uses the Gilded Leafing that we’ve had for a year or so. I love it. It’s so easy to use. For this week’s card, the idea was to use a background stamp inked in Versamark to stamp on the Soft Succulent layer. I discovered I don’t have a current background stamp, but since I knew it would be a Christmas Card, I used the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder instead. I inked the folder with Versamark (on the side with the Stampin’ Up! logo), then ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Soft Succulent Cardstock.

Next, I covered the card stock with Heat & Stick Powder. This works so well with the Gilded Leafing, and I’m so glad we have Heat & Stick again. You use it like Embossing Powder, but you need to be very sure you do not overheat the powder. As soon as it’s melted, move to another area – and it doesn’t take long to melt. Overheating will cause it to lose its stickiness. You may be tempted to touch it to be sure it’s sticky. Do NOT yield to that temptation! Touching it will also cause it to “de-stickify.” (That’s a made-up word, but I’ll bet you understood what I was saying! And aren’t all words made-up once?)

Now it’s time to add the Gilded Leafing. The easiest way to use it is to dump the entire jar of leafing into a box with a tight lid. I bought a plastic shoebox from the dollar store, and it works perfectly. Simply place your card stock sticky side down into the leafing. You can press the leafing into the sticky areas, then use a Blending Brush or sponge to remove the excess leafing. I prefer a sponge, and I leave one in the box with the leafing so it will always be ready.

All that’s left is to add the stamped/die-cut pieces, the bow, and the sentiment. The bow is Soft Succulent Satin Shimmer Ribbon, and the sentiment is gold embossed on a Real Red Die-cut from the Splendid Stems Dies.

One of the things I love most about Shannon’s Mystery Card Events is almost everything she uses is from the Splendid Thoughts Bundle, including the sentiments. However, even though the Splendid Thoughts Bundle is in the Mini Catalog with holiday products, there are no Christmas sentiments in the bundle; it’s more of an all-occasion set. So I used a sentiment from the Regal Reindeer Stamp Set for my greeting.

I can’t wait to show you the card from week four (October 26). It was a little sad when it was over, but, hopefully, Shannon will offer more events like this.

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

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Framed & Festive Cottage Wreaths

Framed & Festive Cottage Wreaths

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I just want to remind you that you have less than one more week to join my team of Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators and select $155 in product for only $99 (plus tax). This is an amazing deal and a great way to build your collection of stamping products. This promotion ends October 31, so don’t wait!

I had a kit left over from classes this month, so I decided to do something with it. We used the Apple Harvest Stamp Set with this at classes (minus the Boughs of Holly Designer Series Paper [DSP]), but I decided to create a Christmas card with the leftovers.

Stampin' Up!, Framed & Festive, Cottage Wreaths

To create this card, I first colored the stripes in the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP) with Shaded Spruce and Real Red Stampin’ Blends. I attached this to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Boughs of Holly DSP.

Next, I created the wreath. I stamped the grapevine wreath from the Cottage Wreaths Stamp Set in Early Espresso Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock. You can’t really see it, even in the “live” version. I just wanted a guide for my wreath. I used the pine bough stamp from the Christmas Season Stamp Set to stamp the wreath repeatedly in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. The five sets of berries from the Cottage Wreaths Stamp Set are stamped in Real Red Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock and die-cut with the Country Wreaths Dies. I also used the Country Wreaths Dies to die-cut the finished wreath and the Real Red bow.

So I would love to say I had this great idea and it all came together in just a few minutes. And that’s kind of true, but not exactly. Had I made it all at once, I would have stamped the sentiment (from the Framed & Festive Stamp Set) on the “negative” circle from the die-cut wreath. But – that’s not how this all happened. I stamped and die-cut the wreath and the berries, colored the DSP, and then I put it away for the night. When I came back to it today, I had the brainstorm to add the Shaded Spruce sentiment and Boughs of Holly DSP. The die-cut center of the wreath was in the trash can from yesterday, and I just didn’t feel like digging through trash to find it. So instead, I die-cut the sentiment using one of the Layering Circles Dies and adhered it to the center of the wreath. I also added a few Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls. These embellishments and the Framed & Festive Stamp Set, as well as the Framed Florets Stamp Set and Dies and Fitting Florets DSP are part of the Fitting Florets Collection that will be available November 1. It’s a pre-release from the January-June Mini Catalog, and you’re going to love it!

I am really pleased with the way this turned out, and it’s nothing at all like the class card (which I don’t have a picture of). I simply changed the stamp set/dies and added a piece of DSP. Easy!

 (Note: The Framed & Festive Stamp Set and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls aren’t available until November – except for demonstrators, and this is another great reason to join my team! You can add this collection to your starter kit, too! – so they won’t show up in the product list.)

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

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Birthday Card Organizer Kit

Birthday Card Organizer Kit

I am so impressed with the Stampin’ Up! Kits Collection. I’ve ordered almost all of the kits so far, and I love every one. They are so simple to assemble, but look amazing. Even a first-time stamper can create beautiful projects that make you look like you’ve been crafting forever!

The newest kit is the Birthday Card Organizer Kit (161056, $25.00). This kit comes with everything you need to help you get organized and never miss out on a birthday celebration. It comes with the supplies to make 12 birthday cards with matching envelopes that you can easily customize. This kit is filled with precut floral and background pieces to really make your crafts unique. I love that six of the cards are perfect for the girls in your life and the other six work for the guys. The 8″ x 10″ (20.3 x 25.4 cm) yearly birthday organizer has pockets to hold cards and envelopes as well as extra pockets for postage stamps and addresses. Take a look at this gorgeous kit. (This includes the finished cards.)

The only thing that concerns me about this kit is that my friends and family all expect my cards to be late. If I’m on track and on time with my future cards, I’m afraid the shock may be too much for them! Honestly, I have the cards made – usually early. But then I put them in a safe place so they’ll be ready to mail, and when the time comes to mail them, I forget where that safe place is. Now – I can just tuck them into the appropriate pocket and I’ll always know where to find them!

Of course, if you’re like me, you have more than 12 birthdays to celebrate each year. No problem. Simply add the Nourish & Flourish Kit from the Stampin’ Up!® July-December Mini Catalog to your order (160230, $39,00).

NOURISH & FLOURISH KIT

This kit includes an insulated canvas lunch bag as well as an all-occasion cardmaking kit that’s perfect for crafters of all levels. Best of all, Stampin’ Up!® will donate $3 from the sale of each kit to support organizations working to end food insecurity. This kit will only be available through January 4, 2023, so order soon!

While the cards in the Nourish & Flourish kit are All-Occasion, it’s easy to adapt them to birthday cards – and I can help you do that! In November, I’ll be hosting a Facebook Live on my Stamping with Buffy page. I’ll show you how to create all of the projects and how to adapt the Nourish & Flourish cards. Subscribe to my blog and follow me on Facebook so you’ll know when to watch! You can create along with me if you order the Birthday Card Organizer Kit and Nourish & Flourish Kit ahead of time. Everything you’ll need will be in the kits! But hurry! The Birthday Card Organizer Kit is available while supplies last, and the Nourish & Flourish Kit will retire with the July-December Mini Catalog in January.

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Soft Seedlings

Soft Seedlings

Every year, it seems like summer hangs around forever. And then – poof! – it’s gone and fall is here. Leaves have gone from all green with just a touch of orange, yellow, and auburn to glorious fall colors, and temperatures are magically 20 degrees lower. It’s like one night autumn waved a glorious, multi-colored shawl to chase summer away, then spread it over the trees. I was ready for cooler temperatures, and I love the fall leaves, but I really wasn’t ready to give up my flip flops yet. My feet always feel like they’re suffocating the first few weeks I have to wear shoes again.

In honor of fall, we made a card in classes this month using the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and the Stamparatus.

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First, I inked the leaf stamp from the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set using Mango Melody Ink and stamped it onto a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. I repeated that two more times. Because I used the Stamparatus, each time I stamped the leaf it was in the same place on the card stock.

After I had a good leaf base, I inked the stamp one last time (without stamping yet) and used a Blending Brush to add some Cajun Craze ink to the edges of the stamp. Then I stamped onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I used Mossy Meadow ink to add the sentiment (also from the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set), then embossed with the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. Both the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and Leaf Fall Embossing Folder are from the July-December Mini Catalog.

I adhered the stamped layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Cajun Craze Cardstock, then to a Mango Melody card base. Finally, I added a few 2021-2023 In Color Opal Rounds to the corner of the card.

These all turned out so lovely in class. Just remember that since this is a DistINKtive stamp set, you’ll get various depths of color from one inking. You don’t want to be too heavy handed when you add the Cajun Craze, because the edges of the stamp are already a little darker. And remember, you can always add more ink, but it’s really hard to take some away! And, of course, the Stamparatus makes adding more ink a breeze.

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North Pole Mischief

North Pole Mischief

Welcome back, Stamping friends! I hope your week is going well. I just realized my Stampin’ Up!® Anniversary is coming up Monday. I knew it was late October, but I thought it was closer to the end. This will be my 20th anniversary! I can’t believe it. My plan was to spend $100/month until I had everything I wanted and then drop. And here I am – all these years later – with consistent sales, a team of awesome stampers, and some wonderful friends who have kept me going all this time. I am so grateful to all of you who have encouraged and supported me the past 20 years and for all the friends I’ve made along the way.

I created the card for today using the North Pole Mischief Stamp Set. Honestly, while I thought this set was adorable, I hadn’t planned on buying it. But then Stampin’ Up!® offered free shipping and I decided to add something fun just for me.

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How cute is that little dog’s face? And doesn’t the cat look a little like Grumpy Cat? (True confession time: I darkened under her eyes a little to make her look a little more menacing.)

I usually have a stamp set in mind when I start creating, but this time, I started with a technique. One of Susan’s posts last week was Embossing with Masks, and I had to try it. (Check out her gorgeous card here.) Sadly, I don’t have any current masks. I’ve purchased all of them as they’ve been released, but I’m a little behind right now. I did have this snowflake mask from several catalogs ago, so I gave it a go.

Oh, my goodness! I love this technique. It’s so simple. Create the sandwich like you would to die-cut – the base plate (plate 1), the die plate (plate 2), cutting plate (plate 3). Now you need to add a retired product. We had a black rubber mat years ago for embossing with dies, and then several years later, we had blue and gray ones (one was thicker than the other). I could only locate the black one, but I think any of them will work. Next, add the card stock and mask, and finally, another cutting plate (plate 3). Run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and you have a beautifully embossed layer. So fun!

I sponged Starry Sky, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay over mine to bring out the snowflakes, then layered it to a Starry Sky card base. Next I stamped that sneaky little dog sending the cat to the North Pole. This reminds me so much of my pets – except our dog totally ignores the cats. I think our Ashlynn would send her cat brother to the North Pole, though. Or to Antarctica, or anywhere else she could book passage for him.

I colored the image with Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Starry Sky, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, then adhered it to another panel of Starry Sky Cardstock. The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay.

Maybe I’m trying to convince the weather fairies to send more snow this year, but I decided this card needed more than just embossed/masked snowflakes. I placed little dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue over the card, then added Sparkle & Shine Sequins over the dots.

I don’t know why, but I just love the look of satisfaction on that little pup’s face, don’t you? He looks so proud of himself! And the cat, of course, is thoroughly disgruntled! If you read that we’re down a cat in the new year, you’ll know why.

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

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Framed Florets

Framed Florets

Stampin’ Up!® is pre-releasing the Fitting Florets Collection from the January-June 2023 Mini Catalog in November. The collection includes the Fitting Florets Designer Series Paper (DSP), Framed Florets Bundle – which includes the Framed Florets Stamp Set and Framed Florets Dies (you can buy them separately or bundle them with the stamp set to save 10%), Framed & Festive Stamp Set, and Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls. You can purchase the products together as a collection or individually beginning in November. Of course, you can also wait until the release of the Mini Catalog in January, but why would you want to? (In case you haven’t noticed, patience is not one of my virtues!)

One of the benefits of being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is we get to pre-order most products a month early, so I already have the collection. Here’s a little sneak peek sample for you.

Framed Florets, Fitting Florets, Stampin' Up!

I die-cut the oval using a piece of the Fitting Florets DSP. The die cut both the inside oval (Night of Navy floral) and the outside layer (Soft Succulent) at the same time. Next, I cut the frame from Balmy Blue Cardstock. After I embossed a 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic White Cardstock with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, I added the three die-cuts to it, lining them up to make a framed picture.

I layered the embossed Basic White Cardstock to a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Night of navy Cardstock, then to a Soft Succulent card base.

I stamped three flowers and one pair of leaves in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock, die-cut them with the coordinating dies, and then colored them with Soft Succulent and Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends. I added them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I totally forgot I wanted to add the Adhesive-Backed swirls to the centers of the flowers until after I dabbed on a bit of Clear Wink of Stella Glitter. But glitter is just as good, right?

I wanted a sentiment, but I didn’t want to cover too much of the beautiful DSP, so I stamped the Thank you from the Charming Sentiments Stamp Set in Night of Navy Classic Ink on a Basic White Cardstock scrap and die-cut it with the Sentiment Silhouettes Dies.

Did you notice that both the stamp set and the dies in the bundle are called Framed Florets? Yes! Instead of having to remember the names of two products, the stamps and dies will have the same name now. I’m so happy! I don’t know if it’s because we have so many more products now or because I’m much older than when  started, but I never had trouble remembering names of products when I was a newer demonstrator. This will make it so much easier!

Remember that you can join my Stampin’ Up! team during October and select $155 in product of your choice (inlcuding this fabulous new collection!) for only $99. Your state tax will be included, but shipping is free. You’ll immediately begin receiving a 20% discount on all your orders, access to Stampin’ Up!® training, social media groups, and much more.

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

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Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #2

Splendid Thoughts Mystery Card #2

Welcome back, Stampers! Stampin’ Up!® is doing the most fun thing in October with demonstrators in the United States. Each Wednesday, there’s a “Mystery Card” stamping event using the Splendid Thoughts Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalog. We’re sent a supply list, then we gather and create a card together. It’s so fun! You can see the first card here. And here’s the card from this week.

Stampin' Up!, Splendid Thoughts Bundle, Soft Pastels

Isn’t that fun? We used the Soft Pastels Assortment to create the “Poppin’ Pastels” background using the Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, and Gorgeous Grape pastels. The Basic White die-cuts are from the Splendid Stems Dies (part of the Splendid Thoughts Bundle, or you can order them separately – but you save 10% when you order the bundle). The background is layered to a slightly larger piece of Basic Black Cardstock and then to a Basic White card base.

The sentiment, also from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set, is stamped in VersaMark and embossed with White Powder on a Basic Black “Layering Circles” die-cut. This would also make a cute note card, don’t you think? A few Classic Matte Dots in Basic Black finish off the card.

If you’ve never done “Poppin’ Pastels,” it’s a super easy and fun technique. First, stamp an image (in this case, the “flower filler” from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set) on Basic White Cardstock using Versamark Ink. Next, simply scribble over the card stock using the pastels.

You can use a soft cloth, your finger, or a sponge dauber to blend the ink gently over the card stock. The image(s) you stamped with Versamark will magically appear a little darker than the rest of the background. I keep a little Swiffer cloth in my drawer to help clean up any excess residue from the pastels.

One more thing – the first time you use our Soft Pastels, you’ll want to scrape a little of the coating off the chalk. I use the “spatula” attachment with my Take Your Pick tool, but you can simply scribble on scrap paper. This way you get fewer harsh lines across your card stock and it blends much smoother.

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

 

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