Garden Workbench & Card

Garden Workbench & Card

If you love gardening, or have a friend/relative who gardens, they would love receiving this adorable workbench and matching card. The workbench features potted plants and flowers, complete with gardening tools, gloves, and mud boots. The card matches the workbench, and as all gardeners know, a gift from the garden is a work of HEART. This project fits the bill. The workbench is a cinch to put together. The pots, plants, and tools are all hand cut, but oh so worth the effort!

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This fabulous project was designed by Sandy for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to May, or select one of the 3-, 6-, or 12-month packages that include May.

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Floral Thanks

Floral Thanks

One of my favorite sets in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is Floral Phrases. There’s coordinating designer series paper (DSP), designer washi tape, and thinlits dies. The suite is very classy and so versatile. Christy made our OnStage team beautiful monogrammed wall hangings.

I was happy to see that the stamps and thinlits are being carried over to the new 2017-18 Annual Catalog. Of course, DSP and washi tape rarely carry over; I can only remember one or two times a DSP was carried to the next catalog.

I think the paper must have been very popular, because that’s the pattern for the new 2017-19 In Color Designer Series Paper stack. I can’t wait to start using it.

For our classes this month, I’m using Floral Phrases. I think we made a card very similar to this one months ago, but I decided to change the colors and technique a bit.

Floral Phrases, Stampin' Up!

I used Blushing Bride, Rose Red, and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp. I love the way it turned out! I usually stamp in one color for a stenciled look, and the multicolored flower is very fun.

The borders are Blushing Bride, and the sentiment is stamped in Old Olive. I had a little strip of Pear Pizzazz Washi Tape along the bottom, because the card just seemed to need something to “ground” it. But when I was typing the list of supplies, I realized the washi tape was retired. Oops. It was in with my current tape. Someone needs better organization. The only thing I could find in my stamp room that coordinated even a little was the Blooms & Bliss DSP. I don’t really like it, but for now, it’s ok.  I’m thinking most of my class members are going to skip that step! I think the new Powder Pink DSP will look lovely, but I don’t want to tempt everyone with too much that they can’t order yet. I’ll save it for next month.

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

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Creativity Starts Here

Creativity Starts Here

I don’t know about you, but there are days I just don’t have the Stamping Mojo working for me. Maybe I’ve been really busy, or planning for events, or the weather has been gloomy (or gorgeous and I’m outside playing!). Whatever the reason, sometimes I feel like I just don’t have a creative bone in my body. And I hear from new stampers all the time, “I want to create something fabulous, but I just don’t have all the tools I need yet.”

Don’t let the lack of creative ideas or fun tools stop you, because Stampin’ Up! has the answer.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Beginning May 11, you can enjoy 25% off your first three months of a Paper Pumpkin subscription*. That’s a huge deal! In each box you’ll get –

  • An expertly-designed project
  • All the supplies to complete the project, pre-cut and ready to go
  • Step-by-step instructions (including a video)
  • Something new and different every month

The kits vary; sometimes they’re packaging or 3-D items and sometimes they are cards. It’s a surprise each month, but each project is fun and the instructions are easy to follow. And, of course, if you want, you can change the project a bit and use what’s in the box for a custom project of your own.

Here’s “the fine print.”

  • You must subscribe by Saturday, June 10 to receive the discount.
  • The 25% discount will be applied to one kit per month for the first three months of the subscription. After that, the price will revert to the regular price of $19,95 US.
  • This offer only applies to new month-to-month subscriptions, not current or past subscribers or pre-paid kits.
  • You can put your kit on hold or cancel at any time (before the 10th of the month).

Do you want to see how fabulous Paper Pumpkin kits can be – and how easy they are to use? Check this out.

Look at the concentration on that little face! This is my 2-1/2 year-old granddaughter creating cards using the April kit. Granted, Amelia is brilliant and amazingly talented (at least, Grandma thinks so!), but you can see that anyone can do this. Amelia is working on a “resist” technique, using the Watercolor Pencils that were included in the kit with a paintbrush and water (also included in the kit last month; well, the paintbrush was. I supplied the water) – and we had no mishaps. She even remembered to blot the paintbrush to remove excess water each time.

So don’t let a toddler outshine you! Subscribe today and be on your way to a creative escape at a discount! (Edited to say: If you’re reading this on May 9 or 10, don’t subscribe today! To get the discount, you need to subscribe between May 11 and June 10. But if you want to join the fun early and get May’s kit, subscribe by May 10. You won’t get the 25% discount, but you will get an extra month of fun!)

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

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Another “Bloom”

Another “Bloom”

This is a late post today. Last weekend was our town’s annual “Apple Blossom Festival.” What began as a celebration of one of our area’s largest industries has been overtaken by the tourism board and basically has nothing to do with apples. There are a few things – an apple pie baking contest, and…well, that’s about it. People dress and decorate their homes and businesses in pink and green to kind of mimic the blossoms, but that’s really the only nod to the apple industry. It’s mostly an excuse to take a few days off and enjoy parades, craft shows, luncheons, dinners, and parties. Mike & I typically head out of town as soon as we can.

We just got back from our mountain hideaway, and we had a wonderful weekend of rest and relaxation. I worked on craft projects most of the time, and we got back late last night. After I unpacked, I hit the sack, because I knew Amelia would be visiting bright and early.

Here’s one of the cards I made this weekend. In honor of our “Bloom,” as the locals call it, I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set and pinks and greens.

Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up!

I used a few things that will be retiring at the end of the month – the Lace Doilies from the Holiday Catalog and the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack. I hope you ordered those early, because they’ve sold out. I always tell my stampers, if there’s something you love in the catalogs, order them before April, because once the retiring list is released, some things go quickly.

Things that will be around for at least another year – the Birthday Blooms stamp set. It’s so fun, and such an elegant set. As you can see, it’s for more than just birthdays. Another fun product that will be in the new catalog – the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies. The coordinating Swirly Bird Stamp Set will also be available, but the discounted bundle will not be. So – if you’d like to save 10% on the stamp set and thinlits, order that bundle today.

The final carry over that you can just barely see is the Silver Metallic Thread behind the doily. It’s so fun to add a little of the thread to a project. It adds just a little extra bling to the card.

Amelia and I had a fun time of crafting today. We worked on several Mother’s Day projects, and I’m really excited for her mommy and the grand and greatgrandmothers to see what we made. I’ll try to remember to post them after Sunday.

Hope you’re having a lovely day – and thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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Feminine & Masculine Multipurpose Journals

Feminine & Masculine Multipurpose Journals

With summer just around the corner, you are sure to need a beautiful and functional journal for those upcoming vacations, projects and anything else you care to write about! Whip up one or both of these gorgeous Multi-Purpose Journals for yourself, or the special man or woman in your life! The coordinating cards make these perfect gifts!

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This beautiful project was designed by Julie for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to May, or select one of the 3-, 6-, or 12-month packages that include May.

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Stamp-Off Sketch Challenge

Stamp-Off Sketch Challenge

It’s Stamp Off Friday! Woot! I love the Stamp Off! challenges with Susan and Jackie. They always stretch my creativity, and I can’t wait to see what Susan and Jackie do with the challenges. Whenever I think, “WOW! I have a great entry here!” I go to their blogs and think, “WOW! My entry was really sad compared to these two.” They’re simply amazing, and I love their work.

This week we have a sketch challenge, and it was so much fun.

The Sketch

This sketch has so many possibilities. I thought about doing flowers in the oval, with little flowers as the embellishments, but that seemed too easy. Two of my downline, Liz and Sandy, participate in a challenge each week, and this week it was to create a Mother’s Day card without flowers. I decided to use that theme for my card, as well as our Stamp-Off sketch.

My Card

While this isn’t specifically for Mother’s Day, it could be, because my Mom and my kids’ mom are super sweet. (Ah – you got that, did you? Good for you! It’s like when I tell people Mike’s in-laws are amazing. They look at me with that, “Huh?” look for a second. And then I nod and say, “Yes, I’m talking about my parents. They’re the best. And Mike will totally agree!”)

The Details

This year, I’ve been on a mission to use more of my ribbon (not on this card, obviously) and my designer series paper (DSP). This is a DSP card. I used the Tasty Treats Specialy DSP as my starting point. While I thought about ovals and flowers, I decided to use the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits instead of ovals. Since the DSP gave a hint of sweetness, I used the Sweet Cupcake stamp set for the sentiment and the coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits for the banner and “sweet” sentiment. Using mini cupcakes or ice cream seemed to be a “no-brainer,” so I used strawberries from the Cool Treats stamp set instead.

The Good News

Except for the the Watermelon Wonder Cardstock and Ink, everything on this card is carrying over to the new Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog. How cool is that? So many fun products are carrying over, and there are lots and lots of new products that are on my wish list.

And now – a plug for…

In case you missed it, the horizontal DSP layer is ice cream. It’s hard to see, but, yeah – it’s little bowls of ice cream. I LOVE ice cream. Everyone in our family (Mike & me, my parents, and all the kids) have been on a low-carb/high fat diet lately. It’s just healthier, I think. Jon – who started all of this with his healthy habits – discovered Halo Top ice cream. Oh my goodness! What an amazing product. It’s the best. Check it out! Of course, you can’t eat two pints and expect to lose weight, but it’s a great way to get some sweet in your life!

Jackie & Susan’s Blogs

Check out what Jackie & Susan made for this challenge. Prepare to be totally wowed, as always!

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Celebrate!

Celebrate!

I suppose I could make an obscure reference to “May the Fourth,” but I won’t. I have seen all the Star Wars movies, though. I saw the early ones with my younger brother, and went on dates with my older son to see the latest releases. It’s fun getting some time with him. Wes and I often go to lunch with Amelia, so the movies have provided a chance to spend some time with Jon – just the two of us. However, I’m not a huge Sci-Fi lover, and I sometimes (although not often) confuse Star Wars and Star Trek. I know. Sacrilege.

I try to make all the cards Mike needs for real estate closings. Now that he’s really busy, sometimes I don’t know about them until the night before. And that was the case with this one.

Balloon Celebration, Stampin' Up!

Mike asked, “Hey, do you have a card I can use for a closing?” Woot! Another chance to use Lemon Lime Twist. But it was late, and I needed something fast.

I embossed a Whisper White panel with the Celebrations Duo embossing folder. Perhaps I should say, “debossing folder,” because that’s what it does. Instead of raising the words, it lowers them. Then you can stamp over it without (much) ink getting into the sentiment. I was in a hurry, and got a little more ink in there than I wanted. My dear friend Susan has perfected stamping over the debossed image. I need to take lessons, but I’m not sure if it would be lessons in stamping or in patience (or both!).

My color palette for the Balloon Celebration balloons was Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, and Dapper Denim. Or maybe Tranquil Tide. I know I’ve been wanting to use Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, and Dapper Denim together, so I’m pretty sure those are the inks I used. The card has been delivered and it’s been several days since I made it, so I can’t be positive. I’ve had either a head cold or bad allergies this week, so the past few days are a bit of a blur. But I digress…

I always like to know a little about the family the card is going to, and Mike mentioned that they were younger (mid-30’s, which is “younger” to us) and that the wife loved glitter. So much, in fact, that she wanted to paint the house with “glitter paint.” (Her husband balked at this. I’m not sure why.) Since I’m a serious glitter lover myself, I had a blast finishing their card. I decided to stamp the balloon “shadows” in versamark, then add glitter using Heat & Stick Powser over the stamped areas. (I’m going to need a moment here. I love Heat & Stick Powder, and it was discontinued for the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. So sad.) I also stamped stars from the Balloon Celebration set on the Bermuda Bay card and glittered them with Heat & Stick powder as well.

In case you don’t know, Heat & Stick works like embossing powder. Stamp with a pigment ink, sprinkle on H&S powder, shake off the excess, and heat just until the powder melts. Any longer than that, and it will lose its stickiness. (And whatever you do, don’t check to see if it’s sticky, because that will nullify the adhering properties as well.) Then simply sprinkle on your Stampin’ Glitter; I used Dazzling Diamonds. I know we have other “glitter” options, but nothing looks like Dazzling Diamonds. Nothing. And, sadly, I didn’t capture the “Ahhhhhhhh!” effect of this card in the photo. (Or, “Arrrrrrgggggh!” if you one of those sad people who aren’t glitter lovers.) One nice thing about the Heat & Stick powder is that the glitter stays where you put it, so you don’t have stray bits flying around.

As a final glimmer measure, I used Clear Wink of Stella to color inside the “Celebrate.” But Stella just isn’t as outgoing as other shimmery products, so you don’t really see it. I think she’s a tad camera shy.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy – and for hanging in there until the end of my head-clogged ramblings. Have a wonderful day!

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