Stamp-Off Polaroid Photo Bomb

Stamp-Off Polaroid Photo Bomb

It’s another Stamp Off Friday! I had so much fun with this one. It’s a Polaroid Sketch.

I’m not sure my card really looks like a Polaroid, since I had to explain it to everyone. Still, I had fun! Check it out.

Animal Outing, Sitting Pretty, Stampin' Up!

How cute is that? I used the Animal Outing Bundle, and since this was a Polaroid, I decided to have the giraffe photo bomb the kangaroo. Its eye was closed (all the animals in the Stampin’ Up! Animal Outing Stamp Set look sleepy except the frog and the koala – who looks like he’s thinking, “Wait, you’re not my mother! How did I get in here?” Maybe they had too adventurous of an outing!), so I opened up its eye with a new Basic Black Stampin’ Blend. My giraffe looks much more mischievous with the open eye, don’t you think?

I stamped all the images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored them with Stampin’ Blends. This stamp set has a coordinating set of dies, the Animal Friends Thinlits. You can, of course, bundle the stamps and thinlits and save 10%, but only if you purchase the bundle in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Even if the current stamp sets and dies don’t retire, the bundles do, so you’ll have to pay full price and buy them separately.

I die cut a couple extra branches of leaves from Call Me Clover Cardstock so the giraffe could peek out from behind it. Then I adhered all the pieces to a Brights Designer Series Paper design in Granny Apple Green.

The sentiment, from the Sitting Pretty Stamp Set, seemed fitting, because you really only photo bomb good friends, right?

Check out what Jackie and Susan have created for you. As always, I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with this sketch!

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

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Eastern Beauty

Eastern Beauty

The Stampin’ Up! Eastern Beauty Stamp Set has been out for over a year, but I just got it. It’s a lovely set, and it coordinates with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and Layering Circles Framelits Dies.

Eastern Beauty, Stampin' Up!

I used my Stamparatus and a very cool template Susan made me to make this. You can see the template and another creation I made with it here. Basically, I placed the template in my Stamparatus, lay the cardstock inside, and positioned the corner stamp where I wanted it. Then I stamped on the Coastal Cabana Cardstock with Bermuda Bay ink, turned the cardstock, and stamped in the next corner. I repeated this until all four corners were stamped. Then I sponged around the outside of the square.

After I stamped the sentiment in the center of the square, it looked a little blah. I decided to die-cut it with one of the Eastern Medallions Thinlits, back the negative space with a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock, then sponge around it with more Bermuda Bay ink. I popped the sentiment back in using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I used a double layer for a little extra pop.

The picture looks very dark purple, but I actually used a card base of Gorgeous Grape. I pulled a piece out, and I had already embossed it using the Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies and Big Shot Embossing Mats, so this card went very quickly! That was good, because my little sidekick was also in my craft room painting. Amelia loves to paint, but I often hear, “Oops, I spilled my water!” or “Oh, my (whatever she’s painting) fell on the floor, but it’s ok!” (The carpet, however…) My crafting this past week has been in three-minute spurts, broken by mopping up water or cleaning paint out of a carpet. I really have to get a mat for under her table – and maybe under my table as well!

The final touch was to add a few Rhinestones Basic Jewels to the card. I usually go really overboard with the sparkle (but, really, can you have too much sparkle?), so I used a lighter touch this time. I think I may go back and add a couple more.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day! Be sure to check in tomorrow for our Friday challenge. It’s a fun one!

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Pleasant Pheasants

Pleasant Pheasants

One of my favorite stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog is Pleasant Pheasants. What a lovely set for fall! It’s so fun to color, and there are six new colors of Stampin’ Blends in the Holiday Catalog. All of the Stampin’ Blends, except the Ivory and Bronze, are available in light and dark versions which you can order separately or as a combo. Two of the new colors are Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss. Aren’t those perfect for the autumn season?

I decided to make another simple “Z-fold” card using the wheelbarrow full of pumpkins image from Pleasant Pheasants. Of course, I have a wheelbarrow story, but I’ll save it for after the card.

Pleasant Pheasants, Stampin' Up!

For a Z-fold card, simply score a 4-1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock at 5-1/2″ to form the card base. Then score the front at 2-3/4″ and fold it back for the “z.” Easy! I decided to make a kind of “Gatefold Z” for my design.

I stamped the image on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored with Stampin’ Blends. I know I used Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, and Crumb Cake. I’m not 100% sure which greens I used for the grass, but whichever ones you use will be lovely. I love all our greens. (I’m thinking Old Olive, but maybe I added some Dark Granny Apple Green as well.) My sky is just a scribble of Light Pool Party. I just wanted to give a hint of sky. The image layer is backed with a slightly larger layer of Early Espresso Cardstock.

The card base is Mango Melody, because that may be my favorite new color. (Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade don’t count, because they are returning colors.) It also looks really nice with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack pattern that I chose. Several Neutrals also look great with this DSP, but I wanted a card base that was a little brighter.

I added the Wood Textures DSP to the front and the inside far right. On the inside panels, I stamped and colored the leaves from the Pleasant Pheasant Stamp Set, and colored them with Stampin’ Blends in “fall-ish” colors. It gives lots of room to write a message or stamp a smaller sentiment.

Stampin' Up!, Pleasant Pheasants

You may know that I come from a farming family. My dad’s family raised cattle and grew apples and peaches. My grandparents’ home was the “base of operations,” especially in the early years before a separate office was built. They also had the main barn, and when there were chickens and pigs, they were there as well. So some of the employees were often at the house working or dropping off boxes of fruit. To my brothers and me, they were more like family than employees. They treated us like we were their own kids – or, at least, nieces and nephews.

One of my favorites was Mr. Wharton. If we were at the house in the afternoons after school and before he went home, he would grab a wheelbarrow and give us rides. He’d pretend to dump us, but he never did. It was the closest thing we had to amusement park rides back then.

Years later, I tried to push a wheelbarrow. They are very tricky little things. Balancing a load on that one tiny wheel is much more difficult than Mr. Wharton made it look. (Maybe he wasn’t pretending to dump us after all!) I’m more of a “cart” person, I think, because I need four wheels.

Don’t forget about Bonus Days in August! To help you get started earning those $5 coupons for every $50 order, consider adding the New Color Classic Stampin’ Pads to your next order. You’ll get all 16 new stamp pads. This includes the returning In Colors (Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, and Mint Macaron), as well as all the gorgeous brand new colors – Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue, Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Petal Pink, and Shaded Spruce.

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

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Bonus Days & Blended Seasons

Bonus Days & Blended Seasons

August Promotions, Stampin' Up!

August is a wonderful time to be a Stampin’ Up! addict, er, customer or demonstrator. First, if you’re a demonstrator, you can preorder from the new Holiday Catalog! That’s a whole extra month that you can enjoy holiday products and get a jump start on your projects!

Everyone can take advantage of Bonus Days. For Every $50 you spend in August, you’ll get a $5.00 coupon code to use in September. (Be sure to keep these codes in a folder in your email; that’s the only record there will be!) How fun is that? And to help you on your way, we have the amazing Color Your Season promotion – the Blended Seasons Stamp Set, Stitched Seasons Framelits (or you can bundle them to save 10%), and a brand new assortment of Watercolor Pencils. So fun!

Here’s a card I made with the Blended Seasons Bundle and the Watercolor Pencils. It’s a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) from a card the Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists designed, but I changed it a little. I loved everything about the original – the layout, the colors, everything!

Stampin' Up!, Blended Seasons

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the floral image from the Blended Seasons Stamp Set. I inked the flowers using a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker and the leaves with a Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker. The centers are Crushed Curry. Then I used Flirty Flamingo and Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils to blend the color. They’re a little more blended and vintage than I had planned. When I was fussy cutting them, they got airborne (don’t ask) and landed in my coffee cup. I decided to just roll with it.

I stamped a few background images in Granny Apple Green and Flirty Flamingo using the Artisan Textures stamp set, then flicked a bit of ink over the card with an Aqua Painter and ink pads.

The border under the Melon Mambo sentiment layer is from the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. Before I layered everything, I also embossed the trellis image from the Stitched Labels Framelits using the new Big Shot Embossing Mats.

You are going to love the Take Your Pick Tool in the Holiday catalog. There’s a paper piercer, stylus, a spatula, the putty end, and an extra putty refill. I used it to grab the sequins from my sequin container and it was a piece of cake! (I’m not sure where those sequins came from. Whenever I have leftovers from a kit, I add them to the container.)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Make sure you order your Blended Seasons Bundle soon, because it’s only available while supplies last. And you want those Bonus Coupons, right?

Have a lovely day!

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Happiness & Cheer

Happiness & Cheer

I had a lovely “getaway” over the weekend. I did absolutely nothing I had planned to do. In fact, I mostly did nothing. I read, watched a few tutorials, and just “hung out.” It was lovely not to have any expectations.

When we got home, my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog preorder was here. Wooot! I was so excited. I made a few tags with the Tags & Tidings bundle which includes the Tags & Tidings Stamp Set and the Christmas Tags thinlits. Of course, you can purchase these separately, but if you bundle them, you can save 10%. This is a fun idea. You stamp all the tags at once (they’re all on one stamp), then die-cut them all at once. So easy!

I also played a bit with the Happiness & Cheer Stamp Set. I love the images in this set and it was on my wish list – but not at the very top. That is, not until Amelia saw it. “Buy that one!” she insisted, and who am I to say no?

Happiness & Cheer, Tags & TidingsI think she liked this set because there’s a puppy in it. When I showed Amelia the finished card, she said, “That’s me and Sofia!” Yep. That was the idea.

I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I used a LOT of them, because there are so many new ones. There were a lot of new colors in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, but Stampin’ Up! also added six more colors for the Holiday Catalog. Stampin’ Blends are the Stampin’ Up! Alcohol Markers, and they’re so easy to use. Anyone can look like a pro with these.

After I colored the image, I used the Ovals Framelits does to die-cut, then sponged the edge with some Pineapple Punch Classic Ink. Before adhering the stamped image to the Regals (Shaded Spruce) Designer Series Paper (DSP) I punched the corners of the DSP with the Detailed Trio Punch. It really stands out over the Real Red card base (embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder).

For a final touch, I added one of the Tags & Tidings tags and a bow to the front. I love how the Real Red die-cut bow mimics the bow on the wreath.

Remember, this month you can earn Bonus Days Coupons for every $50 you spend. Then you can redeem them in September – just in time for the Holiday Catalog! The limited time Blended Seasons Stamp Set, Stitched Seasons Framelits, and Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 are also available through August 31 (or while supplies last). So much “end of summer” fun!

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

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Looking for Inspiration

Looking for Inspiration

I’ve been having so much fun finding inspiration for my cards and other projects. Everywhere you look, there are things to spark your imagination. Like these towels from Costco. Look at the Stampin’ Up colors!~ I see Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Pumpkin Pie right away.


The colors in these towels remind me a bit of the colors in this post that was inspired by Amelia’s sunscreen (she calls it “sun scream.” So cute!!).

Then there’s this pen from the dollar store.


I love this pen – and it writes purple! Of course, it has been claimed by an almost 4 year old.

And finally, here are some pillows. I forget where I found them.


I was having so much fun with my inspiration finds, I wanted to share this fun with my team. Our challenge this month was to find something that inspired us and create something using the inspiration piece. For my entry, I was planning to create something using Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel, Mango Melody, and maybe some Daffodil Delight. But then my mother-in-law’s Better Homes & Gardens magazine arrived. Since she’s in an assisted living facility, all her mail comes to our house, mostly so I can take care of her financial stuff. But the perk is I get to read magazines I wouldn’t normally purchase before I take them to her.

Take a peek at the cover.


Of course I had to pull out my Stampin’ Up! Daisy Delight Stamp Set and Daisy Punch.

Stampin' Up!, Daisy Delight, Inspiration

I actually had more flowers, but they wouldn’t all fit. I had so much fun making these, I couldn’t stop. I stamped the flowers on Whisper White Cardstock in (clockwise from top left) Daffodil Delight, Soft Sea Foam, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Soft Sea Foam, and Melon Mambo. Then I sponged them in the same color – except for the Melon Mambo and Soft Sea Foam ones. I sponged Flirty Flamingo on the Melon Mambo one. The Soft Sea Foam, of course, was just to add a little definition to the Whisper White flowers.

The leaves from the Painted Harvest Stamp Set are Stamped in Granny Apple Green on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock, then punched with the Leaf Punch. The flower centers are Sahara Sand ink on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock, then sponged with a little Daffodil Delight.

To make sure I could get as many daisies on the card without covering up the white embossed sentiment, I placed the flowers on the card without adhering first, then stamped and embossed the sentiment. I love how everything pops on the Basic Black background. I used Mango Melody for my card base.

When you read this, I’ll be in Chesapeake, VA. I love this area of the state. Mike & I spent lots of time in the Tidewater area when Jon and Wesley were little. We had several rentals here, and had fun family times when we’d come down to check on things or clean for new tenants. There was a very cool place – The Fun Escape – that was a lot like Chuck E Cheese’s – without the rodent – on steroids. They had lots of games, virtual reality sports, bumper cars, and a crawl through/slide play area (like they have at fast food restaurants).

This time, we’re here because Mike has a class – and I came along just for kicks. My plan is to get up early, eat a healthy breakfast, take a walk or work out in the gym, and catch up on things. The reality will probably be me sitting in bed reading all day. But I have hopes that I’ll get at least a little exercise.

Here’s the funny part of the story. We’re staying in a suite. I always think, “kitchenette,” when I think suite – with plates, silverware, glasses and things like that. We have a fridge, microwave, and a lovely kitchen sink. Since I knew we’d be getting in late, I brought last night’s leftovers for dinner (coriander crusted tuna with black bean salsa. And, yes, it was as good as it sounds.). We bought two tuna steaks the other night from Costco, and, of course, it was enough to feed 8 people, because – Costco. I didn’t think about freezing one for later until I looked in the pan and thought, “Wow. That’s a lot of fish.” But, hey – lunch and dinner the next day, right? And we grew a lot of the ingredients ourselves, so I was very proud. (Not the tuna, of course. Although we’ve had quite a bit of rain for the past 40 days and nights, it hasn’t reached Biblical proportions.)

I looked for plates to reheat the tuna. None. No problem. I used the lid of the container I packed it in as one plate and the container for the second. Silverware? None. No problem. Since Mike travels a lot, he keeps a bag with plastic ware and more in his car. Then I noticed the only dinner ware in the motel room consisted of two coffee cups and two tumblers for water. And then I noticed that there were two single serving packs of coffee. One was regular; one was decaf. Seriously?

Me: Dude, I love you, and I know you’re much bigger and stronger than I am, but I will seriously fight you for the regular.

Mike: Calls front desk and asks for more regular to be sent up. Smart man. He hasn’t lived with me for 36 years for nothing!

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

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Amazing August

Amazing August

WOW! Stampin’ Up! has so much fun for you in August. Take a look at the amazing promotions we have going on.

Bonus Days, Stampin' Up!

First of all, Bonus Days are back! Bonus Days are kind of like a mid-year Sale-a-bration. For every $50 you spend in August, you’ll get a coupon code for $5.00 to spend in September. How awesome is that? It’s easy to get to $50, especially if you love bundles like I do! If your order is a little under $50, simply add one of the fabulous new ink pads to your order. BOOM! $5.00 free. And you’re going to want to use those coupons in September, because you’ll be able to order from the amazing new Holiday Catalog! Demonstrators could preorder beginning today, and I want to tell you, I’m going to enjoy getting a lot of free product in September with my coupon codes!

Color Your Season, Stampin' Up!

To help you earn those coupons, you’ll be able to order the Color Your Season Limited-time Products this month. The Blended Seasons Stamp Set is so lovely, and you can use it all year long. But it’s only available while supplies last in August, so don’t miss out! You can also order the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies – or you can bundle the stamps and dies to save 10%. But wait, there’s more! We have a brand new assortment of Watercolor Pencils available as well! Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, and more! If you like to water color, you’re going to love these pencils as much as I do (that’s a lot!).

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Finally, new Paper Pumpkin subscribers have through August 10 to sign up for the fabulous Blooming Summer Savings 50% off promotion. Use the Promo Code BLOOM0818 and your first kit will be 1/2 off! Awesome, right? Subscribers can also purchase previous kits and refills.

If you need a Holiday Catalog, or want more information about any of the promotions this month, be sure to let me know!

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

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