Stamp-Off Friday Sketch Challenge

Stamp-Off Friday Sketch Challenge

Susan, Jackie, and I have a sketch for you this week. I love sketch challenges, and this one is really fun!

How cute is that? The diagonal cut is so “in” right now. And, really, you can whip up a stack of these in just minutes, because the designer series paper does all the work. Here’s my card.

Fresh Fruit, Stampin' Up!

It took me a little longer to create this card, because I’ve lost a lot of my blocks. I took the “suggested blocks,” paper snips, and Fast Fuse Adhesive to OnStage over the weekend, and I can’t find my container of blocks and paper snips anywhere. I know they’re here; I just need to remember where I put them. So the search really cut into my creating time.

For this card, I cut the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 4″ x ~3-3/4″. Then I cut it diagonally (not point to point; just pick a place on the side and cut diagonally) and placed it over my Watermelon Wonder Cardstock (with about a 1″ gap between them). It was a little long, so I cut off 3/4″.  Obviously, my measurements aren’t hard and fast; I kind of play it by ear.

I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to fit the open area, then glued it all together and trimmed off the excess Whisper White from the sides of the card. It’s a very scientific and mathematic process. (I’m kidding, of course. Again, I’m playing it by ear here.)

I stamped the sentiment from the Fresh Fruit stamp set exactly as the sketch – and then I thought it looked wonky. I should have stamped it in the center of the space since the sentiment is a little small. So – I decided to add a few flowers. The flower outline is Watermelon Wonder, and the inside is Peekaboo Peach (for the outside ones) and Flirty Flamingo (the middle flower).

The vertical layer is a bit longer and thinner than the sketch. The Peekaboo Peach background is 1-1/2″ x 4″, so the stamped layer is 1-1/4″ x 3-3/4″. Again the outline of all the flowers is Watermelon Wonder; the inside of the larger flowers was stamped in Flirty Flamingo and the smaller in Peekaboo Peach. (Seriously – does no one else think that all the 2016-18 In Colors sound like strippers? Peekaboo Peach. Flirty Flamingo. Sweet Sugarplum. Emerald Envy. Even Dapper Denim could be a Chippendale.

That’s pretty much it for my card. I stamped the center of the larger flowers in Daffodil Delight – and my plan was to stamp the smaller centers in Daffodil Delight as well. Apparently, tonight is not my night. The stamp fell off the block and I have no idea where it went. It’s probably with my blocks and Paper Snips. *sigh* So I gave up and just added some of my Dazzling Details mixed with Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill. (I miss clear Dazzling Diamonds so much! And in 2017-18, we don’t have gold or silver either. *sad*) But there are so many other cool products and embellishments in the catalog, I won’t miss them too much.

Now – check out what Susan and Jackie did with this sketch. I know you’ll be “wowed.” I’m always inspired by those two!

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

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Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local Gifts

Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local Gifts

I had the best time at Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in Richmond, VA, last weekend. I know – I’ve said that before. Probably several (hundred) times. There was very little I would change. Ok – the gymnasts or cheerleaders or whoever was in the exhibit hall next door were a tad loud. Picture thousands of little girls, middle school girls, and high school girls, and their families (including bored little brothers) and you’ll understand. Our hotel was connected to the Convention Center, and many of them stayed there. Sadly, if someone in the hall is talking above a whisper, the sound is very loud in the rooms. So you can see how it was a little hard to sleep with exhuberant cheerleaders and their families chatting as they headed back to their rooms. Loudly (like calling down the hall to each other). At 1 a.m.

Still, I had decided a little sleep deprivation was not going to spoil my fun. At one point, I closed my eyes during a lull in the events, and then started laughing. My table mates probably thought I was delirious, but I was thinking of an episode of Last Man Standing. Vanessa (the mom/wife on the show) was very tired and closed her eyes during a meeting. She fell asleep and fell off her chair. Instead of admitting she had been sleeping, she faked a heart attack and was taken to the ER. I imagined myself doing the same thing, and Mike driving to Richmond – only to find out I was faking because I was embarrassed to admit I was asleep. I decided to get coffee instead.

Anyway – whether it was the company, the location, the group from Stampin’ Up! that was assigned to Richmond, or some other reason, it was one of the best events I’ve ever attended.

And speaking of the company. We all had little gifts and cards to give to the others in the group. Here are a few that I received.

Judy made this beautiful notebook and pen using the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. I love the bright, happy colors – and the binding, elastic and pen are perfect with the DSP.

Affectionately Yours, Stampin' Up!Holly made me this. Looks like a decorated picture frame, right? It is – kind of. Instead of a photo, it holds a magnet. Now I won’t be losing my framelits and thinlits! I can just attach them to the magnet, and they won’t be lost on my table. How many hours of searching is this going to save me? (Answer: Many!)

Papillon Potpourri, Stampin' Up!

Christy made monogrammed frames for everyone using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. This was my favorite paper in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog. It’s so elegant, and, of course, coordinates with the Floral Phrases stamp set (also used in the frames). Sadly, the Floral Boutique DSP will be retiring with this catalog, but the good news is the pattern is being continued in all five new In Colors! I’ve seen it live (ok, yes, I have it already. One of the amazing perks of being a demonstrator!) and it’s beautiful. The Floral Phrases set is also continuing.

Floral Phrases, Stampin' Up!

There were other goodies as well. Christy, Judy, and Carol shared swaps with us, and Sandy made beautiful decorated gift bags with Lindt chocolate bars (YUM!). I was going to post a picture, but, um, the candy bar has gone missing. (Hmmmm. Wonder where it could be? It was dark chocolate and orange. And, yes, I said, “was.”) I’ll find a replacement and post her gift. Holly also gave me a bag full of snacks and goodies to keep energy levels high. It was very helpful at keeping me awake so I didn’t have to fake an attack.

Remember, many of the products used on these projects (Papillon Potpourri stamp set, punches, DSP, ribbon) will be retiring. Check out the list and order your favorites today!

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

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You’ve Got Vellum

You’ve Got Vellum

I had planned to make at least a few swaps for Stampin’ Up! OnStage 2017 Local in Richmond, but time just got away from me. I did manage to make cards for our table, though.

You've Got This, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the flower and sentiment in VersaMark on Vellum Cardstock, then embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I used Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Tangerine Tango, and Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers on the back of the vellum to color the petals. The stem and leaves are colored in Old Olive.

I love the “Stained Glass” look, don’t you? And depending on what you use to back it, it can be radically changed. I mounted this one (and half of the others) on Peekaboo Peach Cardstock. I mounted the other half with Flirty Flamingo. I was amazed at how different they looked – even though I used the exact same markers.

The rest of this was simple. I created a card from the same color as the layer under the vellum (in this case, Peekaboo Peach), then added a strip of Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (DSP). After adhering the vellum layer to the cardstock layer – and this is easy, because wherever there is ink, the adhesive doesn’t show. I used glue dits behind the flower and some of the letters. – I layered it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. (Oh – did I mention there are mini dimensionals in the new Annual Catalog? Woot! There are the regular size as well, but no more cutting into tiny pieces.)

The final step was tying ruched ribbon around the card. The fold is on the side (the cardstock is 4-1/4″ x 11″, folded to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card). Of course, this is Peekaboo Peach, but I used Flirty Flamingo for the Flirty Flamingo cards. It’s almost a monochromatic card, if you discount the Old Olive and DSP.

 

The ruched ribbon and all of the DSP collections/stacks in the Occasions and 2016-17 Annual catalog will be retiring, along with other embellishments, tools, and stamps. While I always hate to lose the products I love, I really don’t miss them after I start getting new products!

You can see the retiring list here. Hurry – because everything except stamps will be “While supplies last.” Retiring stamps will be available through May 22. Don’t miss out on your favorites! Order today.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!
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May Day Door Hanger and Accessories

May Day Door Hanger and Accessories

May Day might not be a big holiday in your area, but it’s always fun to put together little gift baskets to hang on your neighbor’s door to celebrate the arrival of Spring. Even if you don’t celebrate May Day, you can use this door hanger to give little gifts to your neighbors, roommates, or even hang one on your child’s door for any occasion you choose!

Craft Project Central, Stampin' Up!

This project was designed by Stephanie for Craft Project Central. To get the instructions, simply subscribe to April, or select a 3-, 6-, or 12-month package that includes April.

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

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This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy

While I will be posting some “sneak peeks” from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog over the next couple of months, I’m going to focus mostly on things you can order now – current annual and Occasions products. But for today…

Miss Amelia saw my box of goodies from OnStage Local in Richmond, and immediately zoned in on the This Little Piggy stamp set. It was the final “All Attendee” Prize Patrol giveaway, and it’s adorable. It goes really well with another product I ordered as well, but you’ll see that later.

Here’s the card we made today.

This Little Piggy, Stampin' Up!

Besides This Little Piggy, I used new In Colors – Powder Pink (the pig), Berry Burst (the card and the flower), and Tranquil Tide (the grass and flower stem). There’s also some of the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper on the card, and a little Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon. I used the Hexagons 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the card.

The retiring list is now available on the Stampin’ Up! web site. Be sure to order early; accessories are only while supplies last, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. The retiring 2015-17 In Colors will go fast! So order now!

As promised, here are some photos of OnStage. This is the group of demos from the Winchester area (Sandy, Carol, Buffy, Judy, Christy).

Carol and Christy with their Prize Patrol sets.Sandy with her set.

And another picture of Holly and me at CentreStage.Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!

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Good Times in Richmond

Good Times in Richmond

I had such a fabulous weekend! Sandy Moriarty and I left Friday morning and headed to Richmond, VA, for Stampin’ Up!’s #OnStage2017 Local in Richmond. I love the local gatherings, because they’re a little smaller and you can meet more people.

I was a “Display Stamper,” so I had to be there by 2. Sandy was very sweet to wake up at dawn to be sure we’d be there on time. We had such a good time catching up and chatting – and we left early enough that we missed the horrible traffic that snarled the drive for a lot of attendees. In fact, a lot of the conversation Friday night and Saturday centered around how much longer it took to get to Richmond. (I 95 from DC to Richmond is not fun on the best of days.)

Friday night, Holly Obier (Christy Tobin’s upline) and I headed to CentreStage. It was wonderful! The dinner was amazing, and fit really well with my “eating style” these days. We’re trying to avoid carbs and wheat. In fact, it’s the first time in over 10 years that all of us have been eating the same thing. Family dinners are lots of fun now!

I realized most of my pictures are of me. I’m not narcissistic (or, at least, not too much!), but the other pics have product in the background or scattered catalogs, and I can’t show you those until later this afternoon.

This is Holly and me after CentreStage. Besides the delicious dinner, we learned a few easy tips to help our team members advance, and we heard some exciting news from Stampin’ Up!. The best part (besides hanging with Holly) – we got to look at some new product and product samples. Oh, and we were given the new 2017-2018 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

We went back to the hotel, met up with Christy, Sandy, Judy Hockman and Carol Forthman, and had a little impromptu party in my room. I gave everyone their candy bars and card so they wouldn’t have to carry it around (with everything else) on Saturday. Christy and Judy had quite a few swaps, so I know they didn’t want one more thing to carry.

Saturday started bright and early. In face, I took this photo of the sunrise over the Convention Center just to prove to my family that I can get up early.

We saw some beautiful new products, learned a lot of tips and tricks, and had a blast. We all won a Prize Patrol, plus a few “all attendee” giveaways, and some extras that were given away by our emcee, Scott Nielsen. Scott is so much fun and so friendly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him without a smile – even when crazy Stampin’ Up! demonstrators interrupt his breakfast.

And, finally – here’s a picture from one of the recognitions at OnStage. In April, the recognize career sales milestones, anniversaries, and title promotions. I thought I could just stand and wave, but…

 

I was going to try to skip the “walk across stage.” I have no problem presenting anything in public – sharing, performing, whatever. But having to receive recognition like this is hard for me. However, they called our names – and there weren’t very many, so it would have been obvious if someone didn’t show up. And besides, everyone at my table was saying, “Go. You have to go!” So here I am – “going.” (That’s Scott in the background. I didn’t realize I already had a picture with him. Guess I didn’t have to interrupt his breakfast after all. Sorry, Scott!)

Stampin’ Up! holds events every November and April. If you’re interested in being treated like royalty for a couple of days and having the time of your life, you can! Plus you can make lots of new friends, get a discount on all your crafting supplies, and make some extra money. In fact, if being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is your full-time job, you can make a nice living. I’m not going to “shine you on;” It takes work to make a lot of money, but it’s fun work! Contact me today to join my team of awesome demonstrators as Stampin’ Up! plans for our 30th anniversary!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Check back later this afternoon for pictures of fun, new products!

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Punch a Bunch Stamp-Off Challenge

Punch a Bunch Stamp-Off Challenge

It’s Friday – and by now I’m (almost) on my way to OnStage Local in Richmond, VA. Ok – honestly, when this launches, I’ll still be asleep. But I’ll be up and getting ready in about an hour. Then Sandy and I are heading out later this morning. We’re going to be super early, but both of us would rather be early than stressed out. And it will be so much fun to hang out with Sandy. I don’t get to see her as often these days, and I miss our chats!

I can’t wait to show you the things I made for my display board. I posted some projects several months ago, sent the link to Stampin’ Up!, and I was chosen to be a display stamper for OnStage Richmond. I was totally surprised, because there are some incredibly talented demonstrators who are going to Richmond. I know a lot of people didn’t even “audition,” but I finally gathered enough courage to try. I figured what’s the worst that can happen? I don’t get chosen. But I definitely won’t if I don’t try. So…besides the fun of creating, I got a HUGE box of products that will be new to the 2017-18 Annual Catalog. WOOT!

The other thing about today is – It’s Stamp-Off Friday!

This week’s challenge is “Punch a Bunch.”

I’m fairly sure “punch” could also mean “die-cut,” but I took the literal route and used punches. In fact, I used three punches.

Balloon Adventures, Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!

This card uses three of the 2016-18 In Colors (Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach) and one that will be retiring in June (Watermelon Wonder. *sad* I’m going to miss you, WW!). I also used Pear Pizzazz for some of the balloons and Soft Sky for the background.

To start off, I punched a bunch (because, hey, that’s the challenge, right?) of balloons using the Balloon Bouquet punch, then stamped a few with images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. After placing the balloons, I tied a Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon bow around the strings, then added a “celebrate” tag from Beautiful You. I finally broke down and ordered the Triple Banner Punch a couple months ago. It does make banners much easier.

The third punch I used was the Corner Punch. With all the round balloons, the square edges of the Soft Sky layer were just too sharp.

Even though there’s a lot going on with all the balloons, this is a very simple card. Now – check out what Susan & Jackie have done with the challenge. I can’t wait to see what punches (or die-cuts) they used!

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

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