Pinewood Planks Birthday

Pinewood Planks Birthday

I love making cards to send to family and friends, but sometimes it’s a lot of pressure. I always want to go “over the top” for family and close friends. And because I want them to be extra special, I always get creative block – especially when it comes to cards for my dad, brother, husband, and sons. Man cards are hard.

Because of this, my brother’s birthday card was about 6 weeks late. I don’t mind late birthday cards, because it means I can stretch the celebration out. But not everyone feels that way.

My sister-in-law’s birthday is this week, and I feel a little guilty that her card will arrive on time. But she’s a girl, so it was easier.

Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up!

I was playing with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and this was my favorite take on it. I added some Smoky Slate to the “wrong” side of the folder (the side without the Stampin’ Up! logo) with a sponge brayer. Then I ran it through the Big Shot with Sahara Sand Cardstock. I love the way it turned out!

I found a lovely color combination – Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Pool Party, and Lemon Lime Twist – and decided to use that combo with the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set and coordinating Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies. And, of course, you can bundle them and save 10%.  How gorgeous are those colors together? There’s also a little Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach.

I added a Delicate White Doily and some Silver Mini Sequin Trim. Here’s a tip about the sequin bow. I looped the middle to form “ears,” then tied it closed with a strand of thread from a piece of Solid Baker’s Twine. Simply pull a thread loose, then keep pulling until it’s free. It’s less bulky than tying the trim or using a full piece of ribbon or twine.

The sentiment is from Tabs for Everything. This was the “free set” from OnStage in April, and I finally inked it up. It has lots of little sentiments and images, and it coordinates with the new Circle Tab punch. Bonus – it works perfectly with the Love Today Planner Kit.

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Rainbow Smash

Rainbow Smash

Miss Amelia loves horses. Specifically, she loves My Little Pony, but, honestly, any horse will do. Her favorite pony changes. A few weeks ago, it was Applejack (she’s also my favorite). Last week it was Rainbow Dash, because Amelia also loves rainbows. We made an amazing Skittles rainbow a few months ago.

It looks like a pie, but it’s not. (And notice Rainbow Dash helping out from the edge of the plate. Amelia thought having her around would make a better rainbow.) This is so fun, and your kids will love it. Simply place Skittles around the edge of a plate, then pour a little warm water in the center until it touches the Skittles. The water pulls the colors from the candy to create this gorgeous work of art. Fun!

I’ve been in a rainbow rut lately. I used rainbow colors for the card backgrounds I made with Mom yesterday, but I wasn’t totally pleased with the results. Then my friend Margo sent me a photo and asked what the technique was. *Light Bulb* I hadn’t done a smash/smoosh technique for awhile, so it was time.

Work of Art, Stampin' Up!

I got a little crazy with the water, but I love the way this turned out.

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This is probably the most simple background technique ever. Add a water based ink to a Window Sheet. You can use direct to paper with ink pads or water based markers; I used Classic Ink Refills. I added three little drops (about 1/4″ – 1/2″ apart) of Real Red, three of Daffodil Delight, and three of Pacific Point, then spritzed with water. The idea was to have the left dot of the Real Red mix with the Pacific Point for violet, the center to stay Real Red, and the right dot to mix with the Daffodil Delight for orange. Then the center dot of Daffodil Delight would stay yellow, and the right dot would mix with Pacific Point for green, so I’d get a ROY G BV kind of thing. After the water mixes the ink a bit, you simply smash a piece of cardstock over the ink.

Working with water is very like working with kids and animals; they have minds of their own, and my rainbow is more of a gorgeous sunset. Still, I like the way it turned out, and it works wonderfully with the sentiment from Work of Art.

I thought this needed something else, and I thought ribbon might overwhelm the background. I opted for some rhinestones that I colored a dark navy with a permanent marker before adhering them to the card. (These were supposed to be black, and it really looked like a black marker until I colored the rhinestones. I decided I liked it enough not to go looking for a real black marker.)

So there you go. Super simple Rainbow Smash card. Mike said you might not get the “Rainbow Smash” reference, but I’ll bet after reading about Rainbow Dash you got it right away. If not, you just did, right?

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Oh So Eclectic in Action

Oh So Eclectic in Action

At Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in Richmond last April, Judy and I won the Oh So Eclectic stamp set for a Prize Patrol. Here were are with our happy smiles.

This set has a coordinating set of thinlits, Eclectic Layers, and if you bundle the stamps and thinlits, you’ll save 10%. The Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper also coordinates with this bundle, and it’s gorgeous. You’ll definitely want to add the paper to your bundle order!

Here are a few projects I made with the products in this suite. You’ve seen them before; this is just to refresh your memory!Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up! Oh So Eclectic, Stampin' Up!

The interesting thing about the thinlits is that some of them only emboss; they don’t cut. Others are framelits that cut out an entire stamped image. The other products in the suite are also abslutely gorgeous. The 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is my favorite ribbon ever. Plus there are Naturally Eclectic card overlays that dress up your card even more. You can also order the 8-1/2″ x 11″  Naturally Eclectic Cardstock Pack with eight sheets each of Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, and Soft Sky. How beautiful is that combination?

In this video, Stampin’ Up! trainer, Shannon West, shows some of the ways you can use this fun bundle to create stunning projects. You can order all of these products as well as all other catalog products on my web site. 

I promised to tell you about my afternoon crafting with Mom yesterday. I had so much fun! She has a lot of Stampin’ Up! product – mostly retired – and it was a blast playing around with some of my old favorites. Since she’s trying to “declutter” and simplify, she creates most of her cards on the internet, so she’s trying to downsize her stamping corner. I was able to help her out with that! I’m happy to announce I have lots of glimmer paper, foil sheets, watercolor paper, and a new StazOn pad. Woot! Thanks, Mom!

I’d post pictures of the cards we made, but I left them all with her. She has such creative ideas, and I love stamping with her. I can make one card in about the same time as she can make five. And she has a box of card pieces, so when she needs a card, all she has to do is assemble. The woman is brilliant; I’ve always wanted to be just like her. When people tell me I remind them of Mom, it’s a definite compliment.

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Sleepovers, Ice Cream, and New Friends

Sleepovers, Ice Cream, and New Friends

Last week, Amelia’s mommy was out of town, and her dad had to work overnight, so I jumped at the chance to have a sleepover. What a blast!

We started out with this super cool fort.

I found an old sheet and we hung it over a bunch of chairs in the family room. Amelia found some stickers in my craft room, and we decided they’d be perfect for her to use to decorate the fort. And use them she did. (There are more on the other side.)

Thursday night, we had popcorn, pizza, and her choice of movie (Frozen). It was so fun. We capped the evening off with ice cream before heading to bed.

Wes had this weekend off, so we all went out for ice cream Sunday afternoon. There’s a custard stand near our house, and they have amazing ice cream, plus picnic tables on the grounds so you can sit and enjoy your frozen custard. The first time I went there, I got a small cup and almost couldn’t finish it. Now I order a kids’ size. They really are that big.

Amelia finished her ice cream and decided to meet the other people at the ice cream stand. She wandered to different tables saying hi. And then she noticed a family at the table behind us with three girls and a boy. The oldest girl was probably around 14 – and obviously used to little kids, because she was an angel, and so sweet to my 3 year-old granddaughter. Amelia decided she must join them. (She did receive permission from the girl to sit “side” her.) She told them all about us and what kind of ice cream we had eaten. Then she pointed out all the things she had already discovered, and basically kept up a running monologue, occasionally asking a question or two so she could find out a little about her new friends. The kids were amused, I think. The parents were turned with their backs facing the table, so it took a minute before they realized that the unfamiliar voice they kept hearing was from a person sitting at their table. They both turned around at the same time and looked a little taken aback that they had a fifth child.

I was a bit surprised at how outgoing Amelia is. Of course, her mom is very bubbly and outgoing as well, so that’s obviously where she gets it. She had absolutely no problem mixing in with another family. And I was also very happy that she didn’t fuss when it was time to go. She thanked them, told them she “yiked” (liked) them, and went cheerfully to the car. She did, however, stop at the car and call out, “Friends! Hey, friends! Don’t go anywhere. Stay there!” I’m thinking she’s going to be very disappointed in them when she goes back in a couple of weeks and they aren’t there.

It was refreshing to watch her talk and interact with others. Too often, we get so wrapped up in ourselves (and our electronics) that we miss out on human contact. I think people would be happier if they actually spent time with real people instead of just cyber friends (although I do love my cyber friends!).

In honor of our ice cream trip, here’s a card I made with our local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Group challenge colors for August.

Cool Treats, Stampin' Up!

The colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight. I used the Cool Treats stamp set (just for You’re in Pool Party), the coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits for the ice cream cones, and the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits for sweet (which apparently gave me some trouble coming out of the die. It’s not quite as disheveled in person!). A little of the Washi Tape Basics Pack 2 and 3 and that’s it. This is a very clean, simple card for me. No sponging, no smudges, and lots of white space!

These colors were super fun to play with. They’re perfect for an ice cream card.

Tune in tomorrow for my Crafting with Mom experience this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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Stamp-Off Friday Ribbon Challenge

Stamp-Off Friday Ribbon Challenge

Friday is one of my favorite days of the week. Oh, I know Friday is almost everyone’s favorite day, because a fun weekend is on the way. But Friday is our Stamp-Off challenge, and I love seeing what Jackie & Susan do with the challenge each week. Every other day their blogs are a surprise, but on Friday, I know it’s going to be the same theme as mine. It’s so much fun to see how differently we all interpret the challenge.

I totally enjoyed this one.

Yep. It’s a ribbon challenge. Stampin’ Up! has some gorgeous ribbon (and, looking at this photo, I just remembered I need to add more Lemon Lime Twist Ombré ribbon to my next order), and it’s easy to hoard it. You know it’s going to retire at the end of the catalog period, and you don’t want to use it all up. But here’s a little tidbit I’ve been trying to teach myself. “You can buy more!” If you run out, you can buy more. So use that ribbon on your projects!

In case you didn’t hear me gush about this earlier in the year, I was a display stamper for the April OnStage Local in Richmond. I received a huge box of Stampin’ Up! products from the 2017-18 Annual Catalog to work with. There was a LOT of ribbon in there, as well as Washi Tape, stamps, die-cuts, and cardstock and paper. Here’s one of the projects I created.

Stampin' Up!

The project I’m talking about is the Princess Wand on the right. I made it with the beautiful princess in the scrapbook page in mind. I used some new (and some retired) ribbon and washi tape on this – plus the retired star framelits. Amelia loves it, and she’s turned many frogs into handsome princes. (Ok, she mostly uses it on the dog and cat, but she still has fun.)

That’s not my ribbon challenge project, by the way. I just wanted to show off my granddaughter. I decided that a princess with a wand needs a tiara, so my challenge project is this.

Stampin' Up!, Daisy Delight

How awesome is that? I wrapped a headband in washi tape. You can use ribbon for this, but the washi was a little less bulky. Then I wrapped some Gold 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon around it, and added Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon, more gold metallic-edge, Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, and Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon to the back.

Of course, Buttercup (formerly known as Amelia) wanted flowers. I stamped the Daisy Delight daisy in Tangerine Tango ink on Peekaboo Peach cardstock, in Rose Red ink on Berry Burst cardstock, and Calypso Coral ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock. I punched with the Daisy Punch – which you can now order! – then layered and added them to the crown. The centers are simply 1/2″ Daffodil Delight circles with Glitter Enamel Dots in the centers. Buttercup/Amelia loves those and snitches them whenever she thinks I’m not looking.

Here’s the fairy princess wearing her crown.

Now – head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see what they’ve created for you. I know they will have something awesome!

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Carols of Christmas

Carols of Christmas

One of my favorite benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is we get to see the Annual and Seasonal Catalogs early. Not only that, but we get to preorder selected products a month before the catalog sales periods begin. Since the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog sales period begins September 1, our preorder started yesterday.

Before you get too jealous, Stampin’ Up! is “pre-releasing” the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (and the bundle with both of these products at a 10% discount) for you in August.

Watch Brandi’s video to see the stamps and thinlits in action, and to see a few beautiful samples.

I found this card on Pinterest. I copied it (changing a few things), but I don’t know who originally posted it, since there was no watermark. So…If you are or if you know the creator of this gorgeous card, let me know!

Carols of Christmas, Stampin' Up!Here are the price details for the set, thinlits, and bundle.

Order your bundle today (because you know you’re going to want both products). And be sure to use your coupon codes from July when you order. You can also add any current catalog products as well as Paper Pumpkin prepaid kits and Clearance Rack items to your order.

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Stamping with a Toddler

Stamping with a Toddler

I’ve been posting a lot of challenge cards lately. Today I had my most challenging challenge ever. Miss Amelia was here, and shortly before lunch she decided she wanted to play downstairs. My craft room is downstairs, and I needed to design some cards for August classes, so this sounded like a win/win.

If you’re new to my blog, Amelia (who will now only answer to “Buttercup”) is my almost 3 year-old granddaughter. She is the light of my life and brightens every day. She’s beautiful, sweet, kind, funny, and brilliant. (I’m a grandma; what do you expect me to say? But, in this case, it’s true.)

When my boys were in their teens, Mike & I never knew how many kids would be here when we woke up in the morning. Especially on Saturdays, we’d wake up to boys sprawled everywhere. We had a couch in the living room, one in the basement, one in the family room, plus two love seats and a large chair with an ottoman that someone could sleep on. Most of the boys were too long for the love seats (and sometimes there were more kids than couches, beds, and even love seats), so Mike bought some thick mats. They’re about four inches thick and two feet wide and much more comfortable than the floor or a love seat. They also fold up and velcro together, so they don’t take up a lot of room. These, pizza, and pancake mix got us through the 2000’s.

Miss Amelia found one of the mats. She dragged it into my stamp room and used it as a nap mat and a place to watch her “shows” while I stamped. Then she realized it folded up and could give her an extra foot in height. So the first thing she did today was head to the mat and say, “Seesa, look out,” as she pushed it toward my stamp table.

With that extra height, Miss Amelia could reach everything she wanted. And, oh, did she want. “What’s this? What’s this? I need this!” In spite of all her help (and moving all the Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tools, and Xacto Knives out of the way), I got this card made (and one other!). It’s a version of the tag I posted here.

Stampin' Up!, Daisy Delight, TImeless Textures

Of course, it’s a card instead of a tag, and I used the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) instead of cardstock. And, instead of ribbon, I used the Daisy Delight Stamp Set and coordinating Daisy Punch (bundle these and save 10%). I’m crossing my fingers and holding my breath that the Daisy Delight Bundle is still available in a couple of weeks. Ever since the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog went live, I’ve been planning classes with the Daisy Delight Bundle. And each month, it’s been unorderable because the punch is so popular. It’s so popular that even though it’s been unavailable most of the sales period so far, Daisy Delight is still one of the top selling bundles. Pretty cool, don’t you think? So – yeah, you need to order it now!

I stamped some of the images from the Timeless Textures stamp set (in Old Olive and Soft Suede) on the DSP. Then I stamped the sentiment from Just Add Text on the bottom – also in Soft Suede.

I stamped the Daisy Delight daisy two times in Tangerine Tango (Amelia’s choice) on Daffodil Delight, then sponged more Tangerine Tango ink on the daisy centers. After layering the flowers, I stamped the center in Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive on Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. It needs some glitter, I think, so I’ll add a glitter alternative for class.

For classes, I’ll have some extra cardstock just in case there’s a smudge or incomplete stamp with the sentiment. I love stamping in DSP, but there’s always an “Oops!” factor.

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