Life’s Good Things

Life’s Good Things

Today is Mike’s and my 36th wedding anniversary. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have spent the past 36 years with. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend the next 36 years with, either! He’s amazing, my husband. He’s smart, funny, kind, brave, strong, talented, and… well, you get the idea. I kind of admire the guy a little.

Here’s the card I made for him.

Waterfront, Butterfly Gala, Stampin' Up!

I used Waterfront, a stamp set from the 2018-19 Annual Stampin’ Up!® catalog, for the Daffodil Delight sun. Waterfront is one of my very favorite sets. My sketch is from a swap I received, and I didn’t plan mine well. I wanted to use Night of Navy, because Mike’s favorite color is blue. I also decided on three designs in Gray Granite and Night of Navy from the Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper (DSP). So far so good.

I had wanted to have a beach scene, since Mike & I love the beach, but I decided that adding some Bermuda Bay or Pacific Point to the image for water would be weird, since those colors aren’t in the card otherwise. After trying Night of Navy for water, I opted for Adirondack chair instead. I love that die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. These coordinate with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, also in the Annual Catalog.

So here is my fairly simple card. A sentiment, a sun, some DSP and die-cuts. The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set that will be in the 2019 Occasions Catalog in January (December, if you’re a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator). And, of course, the ovals are from the Layering Ovals Framelits and Stitched Shapes Framelits sets.

You know you always see things after you finish a card. As I’m looking at it now, I’m thinking how fun it would have been to have the sentiment in a sunset. Then it could have been us at home by the pool, in the mountains, or at the beach. Because all times (and places) are better together than separately. Maybe that’s an idea for next year…

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

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Final 2-Day Online Extravaganza Sale

Final 2-Day Online Extravaganza Sale

Today is the first day of the last two day Stampin’ Up!® Online Extravaganza Sale. Selected (actually almost all) tools and ink will be discounted 10% on November 27 and 28. But, trust me, you do not want to wait until the 28th to order. Once the inventory set aside for the sale price is depleted, you will not be able to order it at the sale price (and you may have to wait a day or two for the number to be turned back on at the regular price). Don’t be disappointed; shop early!

You can see everything that’s on sale as well as other products in my online store.

I’m sending a huge cyber thanks to those who ordered from me during the sale. You’ll be getting your card in the mail, as well as your gift if your order was $50 or more.

I’ll be back later today with a project for you to view. Stay tuned! Meanwhile – happy shopping!

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Tea Time Thanks

Tea Time Thanks

Before I show you my card for today, I just want to remind you about the Stampin’ Up!® Online Extravaganza.  As I write this, you have three more days (well, 2-1/2) to enjoy a 10% savings. Today is the second and final day of the Stamp Sets and Kits sale. Tuesday, November 27 (just in time for my anniversary!) begins the Tool & Ink sale. You can see everything that’s on sale in my online store. Today will show the Stamp Sets and Kits; tomorrow will show the Tools and Inks. Don’t miss out! Sale inventory is limited, so shop early to get the best selection.

Just a note – if you see an “item is discontinued” comment, that just means the sale inventory is gone. The product will still be available after the sale is over. We’re working on getting this worded more clearly before the next big sale!

Time for Tea

I always have so much fun playing with new products from the Stampin’ Up!® seasonal catalogs. Right now, we have the Holiday Catalog, and demonstrators who attended OnStage have a few products from the Occasions Catalog to work with. But there are still tons of beautiful products in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog that need some love.

I was using the Time for Tea stamp set for classes this month, and I realized I hadn’t used it as much as I would like. So while we were away, I created this as a thank you for some of my online customers.

Time for Tea, Stampin' Up!

I love Calypso Coral and Bermuda Bay together, don’t you?  For this card, I used the Time for Tea Bundle, which includes the Spot of Tea Framelits Dies. You can purchase these separately, but if you bundle them, you can save 10%. You can add this to your Online Extravaganza order. Bundles are not included in the online sale, because they’re already 10% off. But you can always add non-sale items to your order.

The Time for Tea Stamp Set and Spot of Tea Framelits are part of the Tea Room Suite in the Annual Catalog. One of my favorite products in the suite is the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s gorgeous and lightweight. (Hint: Don’t make boxes out of this paper and then carry them to a Stampin’ Up!® event four states away. It’s a little too lightweight for the box base, but it makes a beautiful embellishment! Ask me how I know…)

Card Details

I used a Coastal Cabana card base, then added a layer of the Calypso Coral striped design from the DSP. The final DSP layer is the Coastal Cabana floral design.

The rest of the card was simple. First, I die-cut the Calypso Coral DSP frame (under the teacup), the teacup, flowers, floral spray and leaves. I put the negative from the die-cuts into my Stamparatus®, placed the appropriate stamp in the negative, then closed the Stamparatus®. I always ink the stamp and stamp into the negative first, just to be sure my stamps are lined up correctly.

After making any necessary adjustments to the stamp placement, I add the die-cuts back into the “template,” then stamp. Easy! (You can read more about this technique here.)

I used Tuxedo Black Memento for all my die-cuts, because I knew I’d be coloring with Stampin’ Blends. I used Light Bermuda Bay and Dark Pool Party on the teacup, since we don’t have Coastal Cabana Blends yet. The flowers are Calypso Coral, and the leaves are Old Olive.

The sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. This is from the upcoming 2019 Occasions Catalog, which you’ll be able to order from in January.

If you were (or will be) one of my Online Extravaganza shoppers, look for this card in the mail soon!

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

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New 48-Hour Sale Begins Today

New 48-Hour Sale Begins Today

Black Friday Deals, Stampin' Up!

The next 48-Hour Online Extravaganza Sale from Stampin’ Up!® begins today! Sunday, November 25 and Monday, November 26, Stamps and Kits will be offered at a 10% discount. (Note: Only stamps from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog will be discounted; Holiday Catalog Stamp Sets will be full price.)

Here’s a partial list of items on sale:

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

You can see the entire list of products in my online store.

Remember, as in all “Black Friday” sales, only a select number of each item has been set aside for the sale. Discounted items may be turned off if their supply reaches a predetermined threshold. If an item is turned off during a 48-hour sale, it will be made available again at its regular price within 36 hours of its 48-hour sale ending.

What that means is, shop early to get the best selection! If you wait until 9 p.m. Monday to order, you may be disappointed. (But at least you didn’t have to stand in line in the cold with a lot of other shoppers in the middle of the night. So there’s that, right? There’s always a silver lining. Or at least bronze.)

The next 48-hour sale will begin Tuesday, November 27 and will include selected tools and ink.

General Max News

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. We’re in the mountains with the dog and cat, celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary. Our anniversary is Tuesday, but we decided to take advantage of a 4-day weekend and run away for a few days. It’s been lovely!

Speaking of the dog, thank you all for all your prayers and well wishes for our Max. He is doing better. He has been redeemed from his e-Collar (aka “Cone of Shame”). He didn’t seem to mind it after the first few days. I think he looked at it as an accessory of sorts. His eye still is a little wonky, but at least it doesn’t seem like it hurts him. He’s enjoying all the new smells here, and the grass and trees to claim as his own. A 10 minute walk takes about a half hour, but he enjoys it.

Today is glorious! Everything is fresh and clean from the icy rain yesterday. It’s a sunny 50+ degrees. Did we take a wrong turn and end up in Colorado? These crazy weather changes! I’m not complaining, though. Today is beautiful.

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

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Shop Your Heart Out

Shop Your Heart Out

Here’s a fun and simple card to get you ready for the Stampin’ Up!® Online Extravaganza. The event begins today and lasts through next Wednesday (November 28). There are three sales, and each lasts for two days. You can read more here, and check out each day’s sale items here. Basically, by the end of the Extravaganza, almost everything in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018-19 Annual Catalog will have been discounted 10%.

Here’s the card to inspire your shopping spree.

Wonderful Moments, Time for Tea, Stampin' Up!

How To

First, use an Aqua Painter to thoroughly wet the Watercolor Paper. Then, pick up a little Melon Mambo Classic Ink from the lid of the stamp pad and paint the Watercolor Paper. Easy! I used lots of color at the top to create an ombré look.

While the watercolor wash is drying, stamp the small flower from the Time for Tea Stamp Set multiple times in Versamark Ink on a Berry Burst card base.

When the paper is completely dry, stamp the shopping, bag, and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used my Stamparatus® so I could stamp it several times to get a really good image. (Hint: If you’re stamping the image and sentiment at the same time, you may want to remove the sentiment from the Stamparatus® after the first or second stamping so it doesn’t get too dark. It’s also a good idea to place all the stamps in place before stamping so you’re sure you have lots of room for your sentiment.)

Adhere the stamped layer to a slightly larger panel of Basic Black, then add to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This is a quick and elegant card you can whip up in a jiffy! You can step it up by adding a little Designer Series Paper, some ribbon or other embellishments, and maybe coloring part of the bag or the tissue paper with a Stampin’ Write Marker.

Now that you’re motivated, take advantage of the Online Extravaganza to stock up on craft products! You can enjoy Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals – plus four more days – without having to leave home. I don’t know about you, but shopping outside today in cold weather isn’t an option.

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

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What I’m Thankful For

What I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Here in the USA, today is Thanksgiving. I know it’s celebrated at different times in other countries, but whenever it’s celebrated – and even if it’s not – it’s always a good thing to take some time to think about the things you’re thankful for.

Of course, for me, it’s all the obvious things – my amazing husband, my kids, my parents, my friends, food, shelter, clothes, a family that loves me even when I’m unlovable. But then there are the less obvious things – the little things my obvious things do that bring me joy.

For example, there’s Mike. We’ll be celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary next Tuesday. That’s hard to believe, because I don’t feel old enough to have been married 36 years. Mike has taught me so many things, and I’ve grown so much as a person because of him. (And I’m not just saying that because he blogged about me today.)

When I talked with him about becoming a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, he was all in favor of it. He loved that I had another outlet for my creativity. So even though it doesn’t look professional in a Real Estate Brokerage/Electrical Contractor’s office, he is totally on board with me holding classes and displaying my cards and catalogs at the office.

Today, I was shopping with one of my other “top ten thankful for”s (Miss Amelia). She loves to go to the craft store that she calls “Hobbly Hobbly.” They have a section with animals, and she likes to look at the horses, unicorns, and dogs. Even if we can’t buy one, she wants to look and point out what she loves so we can “keep it in our minds” for later.

Insert Photo of Adorable Grand

I have to show you this. Amelia likes to pick out her own clothes these days. Of course, she loves to wear dresses – especially summer dresses. But today was not a summer day. It was chilly. So I suggested she wear leggings under her dress and add a jacket. She also wanted “pretty shoes,” which were her Barbie heels from my friend Joanne. Um – no. Maybe in the house, but not outside. So her final ensemble included a butterfly rainbow dress, pj bottoms, her Rainbow Dash jacket, Paw Patrol boots, and a tiara. It wasn’t what I would have chosen, but, oddly, it worked for her. She looked awesome and brought smiles to many faces.

Back to our Shopping Trip

I happened to find some beautiful duct tape at “Hobbly Hobbly.” I had been looking for something pretty to put on my Stamparatus® magnets so they would be easier to pick up. Washi tape is great, but it does tend to rip (those rare earth magnets are super strong), so duct tape is better.

After we checked out (with a unicorn and duct tape. I’m a pushover.), I took her home, then stopped by the office for a few minutes to duct tape my office Stamparatus® magnets. Lisa, our office administrator (another top ten on my thankful list!) was still there with her daughter. Claire, who is seven years old, was out of school today. I had forgotten, or we would have gone earlier to play; Amelia loves Claire.

Claire was curious about what I was doing, so I got some of my retired stamps off the shelf to show her how the Stamparatus® works. Of course, she wanted to stamp. And fortunately, I have retired stamps, a second set of stamp pads, markers, and some card stock at the office, so I suggested she make a card for a friend who has a birthday party coming up.

I’m fairly sure Claire’s friend doesn’t follow my blog, so I’m going to post Claire’s card. Remember, the stamp set is retired (it’s one of my favorites, so I may never sell it), but the ink and card stock is all current. Claire picked the colors and designed the card herself. Take a look.

How beautiful is that? Especially for a first time stamper! We wanted to stamp the flower in Jet Black Stazon, then color with markers, but the StazOn needed to be refilled. So – Plan B. She colored the petals in Gorgeous Grape and the stems and leaves with Garden Green. Because she used the Stamparatus®, she was able to add layers of color. So today, Claire learned to ink with markers and use the Stamparatus®. She was pretty good at breathing on the stamp to reactivate the ink, but she didn’t want to get too close and have purple lips. After I told her these were water based inks that would wash off, she mastered the technique.

Claire also learned to use the Blender Pens. She was awesome at that! She did a magnificent job of blending the colors without obliterating the outline.

The butterfly is inked with a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker, and the sentiment is Melon Mambo. But look at the inside.

This is another retired set, but I can’t remember the name of it. This design is total Claire. She inked with markers, and she decided to do the multi-color sentiments. I was so impressed and “wow”ed when I saw her end result. Remember, she’s seven, and although she has stamped random images, this is her first card.

I was very proud of her, and I encouraged her to sign the back with her name and the date. I also suggested she write, “You’d better not throw this away, because I worked really hard on it!” on the back. But she’s seven, and that’s a lot to write, especially with a marker. (And it’s a little threatening for a friend, so there’s that. Every now and then I got an eyebrow raise from Lisa and had to remember Claire’s friends are girls and they’re not like boys. Good practice for future years with Amelia.)

So another of my top ten things I’m thankful for – I can help a little girl be successful at creating a birthday card for a friend (or a pony card for her dad – which happened earlier this morning at home. Forgot to take a picture of Amelia’s masterpiece.).

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Hope you have a ton of things to be thankful for this year!

 

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Online Extravaganza Coming Soon

Online Extravaganza Coming Soon

Stampin' Up!, Online Extravaganza, Black Friday

You’re going to love this year’s Online Extravaganza. It begins Friday, November 23 and lasts for six full days. There will actually be three separate sales – one for tools and ink, one for stamps and kits, and one for paper and embellishments. Each sale will last two full days, and when one sale ends, the next will begin. By the end of the Extravaganza, almost everything in the catalog will have been on sale for 10% off. (That’s almost like free shipping!)

Here are some details.

November 23–24
PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26
STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits

November 27–28
TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

The deadline for ordering is 11:50 p.m. MT on the second day of each sale (11/24 for Paper & Embellishments, 11/26 for Stamps & Kits, and 11/28 for Tools & Ink). Do not wait until the third day to get Designer Series Paper or the sixth day to get kit refills, because that will be too late. Each group of discounted items is only on sale for two days, so be sure to order before the deadline for that sale.

Some products will not be included – like bundles (but if you order items separately, you’re still saving 10% on the individual components), Prepaid Paper Pumpkin, You Can Make It bundles, Host items, and other assorted tools and supplies.

To see the full selection of discounted items during each 48-hour sale, please visit my online store during the sale. Each sale will be given its own category, which will contain all available discounted items for that particular 48-hour sale. After that, the only thing left to do is shop! Please use the host code H3EDHH3S when you order. If your order is $50 or more, you’ll get a free gift from me. If it’s $150 or more, please do not use the host code. You’ll want to be the hostess for that order so you can collect the Stampin’ Rewards. (Hint: Grab some friends and order together to maximize Stampin’ Rewards. And you can split the shipping costs.)

Have a lovely week – and thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

 

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