Valentine Stamp Off

Valentine Stamp Off

Welcome to another Stamp Off Friday with my friends Susan and Jackie! This week, we’re sharing Valentines. I don’t typically make a lot of Valentines. Usually I make one for Mike and one for my parents. For the kids, I create a little treat pouch with candy. These days, though, the kids are all eating healthy, so sugary treats aren’t as appreciated as they were a decade or more ago. However, it has been suggested to me that card makers need to create cards for all occasions – especially Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and birthdays. So I have created quite a few Valentines this year. I tried to make them a little more generic, so they can be used for lots of occasions. Probably Mike will find them on his desk or pillow on days I’m feeling especially appreciative. (Honestly, he’s the best. Sometimes I forget to tell him, so now I have cards stocked up!)

Here’s my latest Valentine card.

Artisan Textures, Petal Palette, Stampin' Up!

This was inspired by a card Jackie posted earlier this week. I’ve been creating lots of quick and easy cards lately, so Jackie’s card called to my “inner vintage” crafting self. (You can see Jackie’s card here.)

First, I’ll tell you that this was not the card I created for this challenge. I had a totally different card, but after I made this one, I asked Amelia which she liked better. This one won, and I’m glad, because it’s also my favorite.

This is definitely a card for “avid stampers.” I used two stamp sets, an embossing folder, two sets of die-cuts, and embellishments – plus there’s sponging. I have to say, this card makes me happy, although I have some friends who love clean, elegant lines and they may be breaking out in hives right now. (You know who you are, and I apologize! In my defense, though, I didn’t crumple or tear, so there’s that.)


Here are the details.

First, stamp a few splatters from the Artisan Textures Stamp Set in Sahara Sand Classic Ink on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Very Vanilla Cardstock layer. Then run it through the Big Shot with the gorgeous Lace Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from the 2019 Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog. Finally, sponge the edges with more Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

Die-cut a label from Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Stitched Label Framelits. Sponge the edges with Sahara Sand Classic Ink.

Die-cut the two sets of roses from Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Petals & More Thinlits Dies. Place the negative from the diecuts into the Stamparatus, then fit the coordinating stamps from the Petal Palette Stamp Set into the negative spaces. Close the plate to adhere the stamps, then re-insert the die-cuts into the negative spaces. Ink the stamps with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and stamp onto the die-cuts. Color the flowers with Calypso Coral and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends.

Die-cut the leaf sprig in the Petals & More Thinlits Dies from Mossy Meadow Cardstock. I snipped mine into a few pieces so I could spread it around the die-cut label.

Stamp the sentiment from the Petal Palette Stamp Set onto the Stitched Label diecut using Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink. Adhere the label to the embossed layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then adhere the flowers and leaves around the edges of the label.

Add a few Pearl Basic Jewels (my go-to embellishment for vintage cards) around the card. Tie a bow using the Very Vanilla ribbon in the Tea Room Ribbon Combo Pack and add it to the card with a Glue Dot. Adhere to a Very Vanilla card base.

If you’re not a fan of vintage, simply leave off the sponging and the Artisan Textures stamps. Then you’ll have a card more like Jackie’s.

Now – please head over to Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs to see their Valentines. I’m very excited to see what they’ve created. Susan has used the beautiful Meant To Be Bundle in other posts. Will she use it this week? What will Jackie pick? Will they go “cute” (Susan has grandkids who need Valentines for preschool classes) or will they go “romantic?” Oh, the suspense. 🙂

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

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Home To Roost “Retweet”

Home To Roost “Retweet”

I decided to redo my Home To Roost card from yesterday and make it a little more simple and cost effective for new stampers. (You can see the original here.)

I used the Stampin’ Up!® Stampin’ Blends to color the card yesterday. For today, I used Watercolor Pencils. I think a good “starter kit” for a new stamper includes a black solvent based ink pad (like Stāzon), Watercolor Pencils, Whisper White or Very Vanilla Cardstock, a color collection of cardstock (like Neutrals), and a few Classic Stampin’ Pads. Oh, and of course a stamp set or three with images and sentiments.

Here’s my #simplestamping rooster redo.

Home To Roost, Stampin' Up!

First, I stamped the rooster and the sentiment from the Home To Roost (free Sale-a-bration) Stamp Set in Jet Black StãzOn Ink on Watercolor Paper. Then I colored the rooster with Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils. I used an Aqua Painter to blend the colors a bit, but you can use a Blender Pen, or even a paint brush and water. If you prefer, you can simply color the image without blending. The pencils are very simple to use.

Instead of Real Red, I used Merry Merlot for the layer under the Watercolor Paper. Since Merry Merlot and Crumb Cake are both in the Neutral Color Collection, it reduces the amount of paper you have to purchase and you have all the neutrals colors to use on future cards.

Finally, I stamped the grass on the Crumb Cake card base using VersaMark ink. It adds a subtle tone and you can use it on any color card stock to get a tone-on-tone look.

If you purchase the supplies used for this card, you’ll earn a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product. And, of course, you’ll have paper, ink, and Watercolor Pencils to use on your next projects!

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the Valentine Edition of our Friday challenges. I can’t wait to see Jackie’s and Susan’s cards.

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

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Home To Roost

Home To Roost

How much are you loving Sale-a-bration (SAB) this year? I hope you’re having as much fun as I am. There are so many products I’m enjoying – the By the Bay Stamp Set (my favorite!), So Hoppy Together Stamp Set, the Tea Time Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Occasions Catalog Tea Together Stamp Set. And let’s not forget the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack. I just got the Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets today, and I can’t wait to open them and start playing.

Another set I just got today is the Home To Roost Stamp Set. Oh, how much fun that chicken is to color! I decided to use that set for my January thank you cards.

Stampin' Up!, Home To Roost

I think this sentiment should be, “just a tweet…” You have to watch the Disney movie Moana to totally understand this. That was one of our movies for our Sunday Sleepover. It’s one of my favorites, and Mike hadn’t seen it yet, so Amelia decided we could watch that instead of The Great Mouse Detective (one of her favorites). Here’s the “tweet” clip from the movie.

This is another simple card, even though it costs a bit more than I’d like for a beginner. But you can make tons of cards with the products once you have them.

For me, nothing is easier for coloring an image than the Stampin’ Blends. First, stamp the rooster in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then, use a Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin’ Pad to stamp the sentiment. The sentiment, rooster, and background grass are all included in the free Home To Roost Stamp Set from SAB.

Color the rooster’s comb and outline the feathers with a Light Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend. Then use Dark Pumpkin Pie and Dark Daffodil Delight to blend the Cherry Cobbler. Finally, add the breast, feathers, and dirt with a Light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend. (If you’re more advanced, you can use a Dark Crumb Cake for the feathers and breast, then blend with the Light Crumb Cake.)

Layer the Whisper White stamped piece to a 3″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock. Before you layer that to the Crumb Cake card base, stamp the grass several times in Crumb Cake Classic Ink on the corner of the card base. If you a beginner, you’ll want to add a VersaMark pad to one of your first orders. This is, as the name suggests, very versatile! Not only can you emboss with it, but you can also use it for a “tone on tone” look. So if you don’t have all the ink colors, simply stamp the grass in VersaMark.

Add the stamped layers to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and you’ve got a gorgeous card you can be proud to send to anyone. The best news, if you purchase the card stock, ink, and Stampin’ Blends, you can get the Home To Roost (or any other SAB Level 1 product) free.

Don’t forget, more SAB products will be added February 15. And in March, you can purchase products that coordinate with SAB products. So fun! I’ll post more information closer to the dates you can purchase. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll post projects as soon as I get my preorder!

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

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You Are Loved Always

You Are Loved Always

Typically, if I make Valentines, it’s only a few for my kids (usually a “treat pouch”), Mike, and our parents. I was told by a dear friend (thanks, Susan!) that creating Valentines was a must for a stamper. To be fair, Susan loves hearts. I think she has every heart stamp, die, and punch that Stampin’ Up!® has sold – and she does amazing things with her “heart cards.” Of course, you can take the hearts and create butterflies…

Still, when the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog was released, I knew I wanted the Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies. These hearts are so lovely! You can layer them, make confetti hearts, emboss with them, or simply cut a single heart. They’re very versatile, and perfect for more than just Valentines. There is a coordinating stamp set, Meant To Be, and if you purchase the dies and stamps together, you’ll save 10%.

I wanted to practice the watercoloring technique with the Stamparatus, and I ended up with this card.

Vibrant Vases, Stampin' Up!I used another new stamp set from the Occasions Catalog, Vibrant Vases, to create this card. (It coordinates with the Vases Builder Punch in the Annual Catalog, but I didn’t use the punch.)

To color the vase, simply place your flower stamp in the Stamparatus with Watercolor Paper. Be sure your paper is large enough for the flowers and vase. Next, use a Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker to color the flowers. You’ll color directly on the stamp. Since you’re using the Stamparatus, if you don’t get perfect coverage with markers on a photopolymer stamp, that’s ok. You can simply stamp it again!

Before you stamp on the Watercolor Paper, spritz a bit of water on the flowers. You don’t want too much (this is why I was practicing. I tend to be a little heavy handed.); just enough to spread the ink just a little. If you get too much ink, you can dry your stamp with a cloth, then stamp again without spritzing.

Since the stems are adjacent to the flowers, you’ll need to let the flowers dry before you continue. Then color the leaves and stems with a Call Me Clover Stampin’ Write Marker, spritz a bit, then stamp.

When your flowers are dry, you can add the vase using the same technique and a Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Write Marker. After the entire image was dry, I added a tiny bit more color with Classic Stampin’ Pads, water, and a tiny paintbrush. You can use an Aqua Painter, but I get more control with a small paint brush. If you’ve been around Stampin’ Up!® products for awhile, you may be lucky enough to have one of the brushes we used to sell. It’s perfect for tiny spaces. If you don’t have the Classic Stampin’ Pads in the appropriate colors, that’s ok. Simple scribble on one of our Clear Blocks with the marker you used to “paint” the vases and pick up the color with your paintbrush.

When the image was totally dry, I die-cut it with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, then matted to a slightly larger piece of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock. Then I used the cute heart border at the bottom of a piece of the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) to cut out the heart border. This die cuts the whole flock of hearts out, so after i made sure all the centers were cut out, I added the die-cut back in to the negative space and mounted the whole card to a Powder Pink card base.

The inside of the card says, “You are loved always” from the Vibrant Vases Stamp Set. This is perfect for a Valentine, but you can also send it to someone just as a “thinking of you” or encouragement card. And the best news is, if you purchase everything you need to make this card, you will earn a FREE Sale-a-bration (SAB) product. Beginning February 15, new SAB products will be released, and in March, you’ll be able to purchase some products that coordinate with a few of your favorite SAB products. (Tired of fussy cutting frogs? You’re in for a treat!)

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

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Picture Perfect Birthday

Picture Perfect Birthday

I love the sentiments in the Stampin’ Up!® Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set. They’re so fun and are appropriate for anyone’s birthday. I used this set for a #simplestamping birthday card.

Picture Perfect Birthday, Stampin' Up!

A few weeks ago, my friend Susan posted a whole week’s worth of #simplestamping cards that only took a few minutes to create. All of them were gorgeous and used our lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP). This layout was one of her sketches.

First, cut the DSP (I used the Share What You Love Specialty DSP) so the bottom is a diagonal and adhere to a Whisper White card base. Ink an acrylic stamp block with Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Ink, then spritz with a bit of water and “stamp” on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Set this aside until it dries completely.

While your cardstock is drying, stamp Happy Birthday from the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog on the bottom of the card base. Then stamp the line of asterisks underneath with Petal Pink Classic Ink. If you use the Stamparatus, you can stamp several times to get a nice depth of color.

Be sure that your Petal Pink watercolored layer is dry. If it’s still a little damp, wait a few minutes or use a Heat Tool to speed up the drying process. Stamp the sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Again, if you use your Stamparatus, you’ll be sure to get perfect coverage. Trim this layer if you need to, then adhere it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This is a super easy card, and the best part is it’s easy to change the paper, ink, and stamp set to get a totally different card. It’s such a versatile and simple layout. (Thanks, Susan!)

Hope you’re thawing out from the big freeze last week. We are having lovely temperatures the next few days, and our snow from the weekend is almost gone. We had a sleepover with our granddaughter Amelia tonight, complete with pizza, popcorn and two movies. Actually, it was more like 1-1/2 movies. We watched half of her choice, and then she decided we could switch to Mike’s choice. I love these times with her.

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Attention Sewers

Attention Sewers

Ok, if you’re like my weird older brother, when you see “sewers” you don’t think about sewing and stitching. You think about something a lot different. But I’m shouting out to those who love to sew and do stitched crafts.

When I was younger and had better eyesight, I loved to do cross stitch. I had several projects going for my mom and grandmother. The sad thing about this is if you get a block or two off, you have to pick out a lot of thread and start over. I’m not that patient. I still have a cute project for Mom that has been sitting in our storage area for about 30 years. One of the ladies at the Assisted Living Facility where I volunteer has offered to finish it for me, and I’m going to take her up on that offer.

Today, I’m focusing on the Needlepoint Nook Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® Occasions Catalog. What a fun suite! I love the paper, the Needle & Thread Stamp Set, the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies (that you can bundle with the stamps and save 10%), the thread, and the buttons. I actually have every element of this suite. (Just for the record, that never happens. I usually pick and choose what I love from a suite. This time – I have it all!)

When I was much, much younger, my mom taught me to sew. I loved making my own clothes and little gifts for others. Over the years, sewing has taken a back seat to other crafts. While my mom and grandmother were amazing “sewers,” I was not. I didn’t have the patience and usually made a huge mistake that had to be picked out because I was rushing. I also did not have the patience for “picking out,” so a lot of my sewing projects were thrown out or finished by Mom, who is the most patient person I know.

Still, sewing is in my roots and I love it, so I ordered the whole suite before I know what I was doing. But it’s a beautiful suite and there is so much detail in the paper and other products.

Take a few minutes to check out this video by Stampin’ Up!® to learn a little more about this suite and how it was created. Then be sure to add it to your next order!

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

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Friends Forever

Friends Forever

At the Stampin’ Up!® OnStage event in November, demonstrators were challenged to create #simplestamping projects. These are projects that are easy for new stampers to replicate. Typically, these projects use minimal card stock, ink, and stamps.

Demonstrators, especially those who love to buy products (which is pretty much all of us), tend to have a lot of Stampin’ Up!® product – ribbon, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Big Shot, embossing folders, dies, punches, and we use several stamp sets and ink colors per card. When you crunch the numbers, most of our cards cost about $100 minimum! The cards are lovely and over the top gorgeous, but they are also a little daunting to new stampers who have limited supplies and money to spend. The answer? #simplestamping. It reminds demonstrators to remember our new friends and create things they can easily re-create at home.

To help keep us on the #simplestamping track, Stampin’ Up!® has been offering us challenges each month. January’s challenge is a #simplestamping Valentine. We’re to use stamps, ink, and paper, plus one extra. January’s “extra” is a punch.

I don’t usually make cards for Valentine’s day, but I decided to join in the challenge this month. Here’s my #simplestamping card. (How many more times will I use that hashtag in this post? At least one, I’ll bet!)

Happy Tails, Stampin' Up!

This was, perhaps, the hardest card I’ve ever made. I had to fight myself not to add more color, more stamps, embossing, and more layers – and maybe even a little sponging! It is so simple, but I really like it. I decided to use the Happy Tails set for my Valentine, because there’s a coordinating Dog Builder Punch, and during the Occasions Catalog sales period, you can save 10% if you bundle the stamps and punch.

Here are the details – but I’ll bet you don’t really need them!

First, I stamped the dog outline in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then, I punched the dog from a post-it note and used the negative as a reverse mask over the dog. It may be just me, but the spots on the dog (and the details on the cat Nine Lives set) seem to go outside the lines. I’m sure it’s because I’m not lining them up right. But instead of fighting it, I decided to “reverse mask” the dog, then stamp the spots in the mask.

Next I stamped the sentiment, also in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then stamped two hearts in Poppy Parade Classic Ink. Finally, I punched three hearts from Poppy Parade Cardstock using the Dog Builder Punch and adhered them to the Whisper White Note Card. Done!

This card is perfect for kids to make to give to friends on Valentine’s Day. Use the Stamparatus, and they can make them in a snap!

This card uses one stamp set, one punch, one ink color (plus black), and one color card stock (Poppy Parade) plus a Whisper White Note Card. And here’s the good news! If you purchase the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad, Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad, the Happy Tails Bundle, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, and Poppy Parade Cardstock, you’ll more than qualify for a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product – and you’ll have enough note cards left to make 19 more cards! And honestly, who doesn’t love a black & white card with a pop of red? Select the Home To Roost set, or the So Hoppy Together set and you can make super fun cards with a pop of that Poppy Parade. Or do a black & white card with the beautiful By the Bay set. Need sentiments? The Part of My Story set is perfect for cards for friends.

This card is a perfect reminder that you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to create a fun #simplestamping card.

In honor of our four-legged friends, here’s a cute meme from my friend Lorraine.

dogs light bulb

I have to say, from personal experience the Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, Boxer, German Shepherd, and cat are all true!

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

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