Country Home

Country Home

Since I grew up in the country, I usually order every country-type stamp set that Stampin’ Up!® releases. Tractors, cowboy boots, trucks (especially if there are apples in the set), and, of course, the Farmhouse Christmas. I don’t know why it took me so long to order the Country Home Stamp Set, because it is one of my favorites! But I have it now, and it’s a keeper for me.

Country Home, Stampin' Up!

I love, love, LOVE that milk can. So many things that are trendy now were the norm on the farm. Old metal pitchers and milk cans weren’t fancy when I was a kid, but they do bring back memories! I think that’s why I love this set. It gives me “the feels” from when I was younger.

I loved growing up in the country. There weren’t a lot of kids around – and they were mostly boys. That’s probably why I was such a tomboy. But there was always someplace new to explore, relatives all around, and always fruits, vegetables and meat to eat that we had grown or raised ourselves. (It’s lovely to know where your food came from and to know there’s nothing harmful in it!)

I remember a girl in sixth grade talking about a fancy dinner her family was having. Roast beef, green beans, and potatoes were on the menu. I thought, “That’s not fancy; that’s Wednesday supper and Sunday dinner.” Because we raised beef cattle, steak and roast beef were staples at our house. I had an awesome childhood!

As inspiration for this card, I used the Country Lane samples in the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. I changed the colors a bit from the milk can image on page 42. I stamped the milk can and floral images in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I used Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, and Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends. I love these markers. They make everyone look like an artist.

I rounded the edges of the Whisper White layer using the Detailed Trio punch, then added strips of the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the top and bottom of the layer.

The Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) is part of the Country Lane Suite, which includes the Country Lane DSP, Galvanized Metallic Paper – which is awesome embossed with the Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF – and the Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze Stampin’ Blends and more. I used it to emboss the Lovely Lipstick layer, then added everything to a Lemon Lime Twist card base.

I hoard embellishments, so I decided to add a bunch of the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to this card. They’re so lovely and delicate, and they’re a perfect complement to this stamp set, because they’re so not “country.” It’s kind of like pairing flannel and lace, or burlap and silk. They’re kind of unexpected.

Please check in tomorrow for our BS&J challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me. I’m scratching my head on this one, so you’ll want to see what I come up with. I want to see what I come up with. I’m hoping for inspiration!

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

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CASE? Or Sketch Challenge?

CASE? Or Sketch Challenge?

One of the debates my Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Team has been having is, “What’s the difference between a CASE and a Sketch Challenge?” That’s a great question, don’t you think?

When I first became a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, I CASEd (Copy and Share Everything), well, “Everything.” I wasn’t confident in my abilities, and when I saw something I loved, I copied it to the letter.

Over the years, “CASE”ing has taken on a different meaning. These days, if you “remake” a sketch, it’s a CASE. There may be nothing the same between the two projects, but if the sketch is the same, it’s a CASE.

So here’s my question. Is this a CASE or a Sketch Challenge? I used a sketch from Brian King for the card in this post. And I used the same sketch for the card for today.

Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!

This is my entry for a swap I’m participating in. Everyone should have their card by now (except maybe Chris. Sorry, Chris! No surprise now.) It’s the same Designer Series Paper (DSP), although it’s a different design. And it’s the same Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, although I used different stamps.

Here are the details for the card.

I used the beautiful Share What You Love Specialty DSP for the two DSP designs. It’s so beautiful, you can let the DSP do all the work. I simple added a sentiment and had a gorgeous card!

Stamp the sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set on Whisper White Cardstock in Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Ink, then the floral image, also from the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, in Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Ink. Punch with a 2″ Circle Punch. Punch the larger circle from Tranquil Tide Cardstock using the 2-1/4″ Circle Punch. Adhere the stamped circle to the Tranquil Tide circle.

Of course, I used my Stamparatus® to make this card super easy and quick to complete. It had to be quick, because I was working on it on September 28 and it had to be in the mail by September 30. Which it was! But, sadly, there’s no mail pickup in the USA on Sunday. Sorry, my dear swap friends! Hopefully, my October swap will be in the mail sooner.

I added a few Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the card, then adhered it to a Blackberry Bliss card base. So quick and easy!

If you think you don’t have time to make handmade cards, think again. This one was so much quicker than driving to the store to buy a card. And you can make multiples at one time with the Stamparatus®. Simply place your stamps on the plates (you have four sides, and if you buy extra plates, you have even more!), then stamp, stamp, stamp. Then glue, glue, glue. And now you have enough cards to last several months. (Hopefully, if they’re sympathy cards, they’ll last longer than that. But, sadly, I’m at that age where sympathy cards are needed more often.) But in less than an hour, you could have birthday cards to last all year if you simple change the sentiment.

And now, you can have even more plates since you can order the Stampin’ Up!® accessories.

Leave a comment with your answer. Is this a CASE or a Sketch Challenge? I’ll randomly draw a winner from the comments and send you a prize if you’re chosen. (Please answer by October 7!)

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

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World Card Making Day Discounts

World Card Making Day Discounts

World Card Making Day, Stampin' Up!It’s World Card Making Day again, and Stampin’ Up!® has some great deals for you. Selected items have been discounted so you can make beautiful cards for friends and family and save money. Click on the chart below to view the list in your browser. Then head to my store and order your favorites.

Stampin' Up!, World Card Making DayBut there’s even more good news.

Stamparatus Accessories, Stampin' Up!

It’s been almost a year since the Stampin’ Up!® Stamparatus® was unveiled at the OnStage event in Salt Lake City. I’m loving mine. It’s a mainstay on my stamping table.

Replacement Magnets have been available in the 2018-19 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. The rare earth magnets are super, super strong – but, sadly, they’re also very brittle. If they smack together, they could break. I keep one in the little storage area on the back and one inside the Stamparatus. I don’t like to have them in the same plane, because they have a strong attraction to each other. But if they do break, you can buy replacements.

Now, we have even more accessories.

There’s Grid Paper that fits perfectly inside the Stamparatus®. This is a great tool, because it gives even more help in lining up your stamps. It’s also awesome for “stamping off,” or for making sure your stamp is right side up. (Don’t laugh. I know a lot of people who have stamped an image or sentiment upside down. Or maybe I know I have done this a lot of times.) There are 50 sheets in each pack.

My favorite new accessory product is extra plates. This will give you eight plates to stamp on, because you can move them and turn them over. So you can set up your entire project, or multiple projects at once. How fun! And what a time saver if you’re making multiples of one project. Each pack has two plates.

You can also purchase extra mats to use with Photopolymer Stamps.

And, of course, you can purchase all the accessories in a bundle so you only need to enter one number.

The Stamparatus®, extra magnets, and the new accessories are all available now. You can order online using the hostess code 2H7EA6UT, or send me your order with payment information and I can enter it for you.

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

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Timeless Tidings Project Kit

Timeless Tidings Project Kit

Have you seen the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog? It’s amazing! If you haven’t gotten one yet, please let me know and I’ll get one to you!

One of the first products that grabbed my eye was the Timeless Tidings Project Kit. Look at these beautiful cards.

How impressed will your friends and family be when they receive these cards from you? There are five of each design, for a total of 20 cards. The kit costs only $20, so that makes each card only $1 each (except for tax and shipping).

I’ll definitely be ordering this kit. It’s backordered right now, but more will be arriving in October. You’ll have plenty of time to finish them, so you’ll want to order now to get in line.

You’ll also need the Timeless Tidings Stamp Set, as well as Jet Black StazOn®, SNAIL Adhesive, and Stampin’ Dimensionals. If you’re local, I’m going to order the stamp set, and I have several Jet Black StazOn pads, adhesive and dimensionals. Order your kit, then let’s get together to make the cards! I’ll bring the extras.

Here’s a look at all the things that come in the kit.

Check out those gorgeous envelopes and the gold foil elements. The cards even have guides to show you where to place the self-adhesive die cuts.

This set is really quick and easy to put together. But don’t take my word for it. Watch this video from Shannon West at Stampin’ Up!® and see for yourself how easy it is to create these beautiful cards.

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

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Loving What I Do

Loving What I Do

One of the best things I love about being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is building relationships with other stampers and demonstrators. Some of my best relationships with demonstrators (other than my downline) have been forged online. We’ve all cheered each other on, grieved when others hurt, and celebrated their successes. I’ve met many of my online besties at Stampin’ Up!® events, and I can honestly say they’re even better in person.

Of course, my Stampin’ Up!® team members are some of my best friends, and they all have a place in my heart. I’ve watched many of them grow from casual stampers to confident teachers, and it makes my heart happy.

As always in life, there are times when we go through dark days. Many of my online friends, “in real life” friends, and downline are going through some challenges right now, so I made this card for them.

Stampin' Up!, Rooted in Nature, Flourishing Phrases

I used the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) for this. The DSP does most of the work. Here are the details.


Cut two pieces of the Share What You Love Specialty DSP – one at 4″ x 5-1/4″ and the other at 2″ x 5-1/2″. Layer to a Blackberry Bliss Card Base (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card) as shown.

Die cut circles using the Layering Circles Framelits. I used a slightly larger scalloped circle die for the Blackberry Bliss circle.

On the Whisper White circle, stamp Comfort & Healing to You… from Flourishing Phrases using Mossy Meadow Classic Ink. Stamp the greenery from Rooted in Nature in Old Olive Classic ink.

I used my Stamparatus® for all the stamping. After you die cut the Whisper White circle, place the negative (the card stock the circle was cut from) into your Stamparatus®. Then place the circle back into the negative, place the sentiment stamp where you want it, close the plate, ink the stamp, and stamp the sentiment.

I placed the greenery stamp where I wanted it, then inked the stamp. I placed a piece of scrap paper over the circle and stamped. Then I stamped on the circle. After turning the circle in the template (the negative that I cut from), I stamped again. Then I turned the circle and stamped one more time at the top. Easy!

If you don’t have a Stamparatus® yet, you really need to order it. It’s an amazing tool.

I sponged just a bit of Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink on the edge of the Whisper White stamped circle. Then I adhered it to the Blackberry Bliss Scalloped Circle, and then to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here’s the inside of the card. It’s very simple; I didn’t want to get to crazy with a serious card.

Flourishing Phrases, Rooted in Nature, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases using Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Ink, then the greenery from Rooted in Nature in Old Olive. Again, I stamped on scrap paper first, then stamped on the Whisper White layer. I moved the stamp a bit, then stamped the third time.

Thanks to Brian King for the sketch idea for this card.

And thanks to you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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Rainbow Play-Doh

Rainbow Play-Doh

Unless you’re a preschool or Kindergarten teacher, day care provider, or you have other small children in your life – children, grands, nieces or nephews – this post may not interest you. (Just giving you a warning!)

Amelia and I were playing with some of her play animals today, and the wolves got hungry. The two largest went off to “battle,” and came back with Captain Hook (from her Jake & the Neverland Pirates Lego set). To keep the wolves from eating all the people in the village, Amelia decided to make Play-Doh food for them.

Sadly, Amelia also does not always put lids back on her Play-Doh, so it was a little sad. I did some research on how to refresh Play-Doh, and it looked like more trouble than it was worth. Below that search was “Make Your Own Play-Doh.” This sounded like a lot more fun.

How to Make Your Own Play-Doh

First, I’m fairly sure I have won the award for “Most Uses of the word Play-Doh in One Blog Post.” For the most part from now on, it will just be dough, because it really isn’t the trademarked product.

Here’s the recipe for the dough.

2-1/2 c water
1-1/4 c salt
1-1/2 Tbsp cream of tartar
5 Tbsp vegetable oil (I used canola, and it was fine)
2-1/2 c flour
food coloring (or Stampin’ Up!® Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills)

Mix all ingredients except the food coloring in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently. When it looks like Play-Doh, it’s done.
Let the dough cool a bit until it’s cool enough to work with. Add color.

We started with about 10-12 drops of ink refill per color. As we mixed it in, we added more as needed.

What We Learned from Our Experience

First, you may want to wear gloves while mixing the color. Amelia did not want gloves until after she mixed the Real Red dough. I suggested we start with Crushed Curry, but she wanted to start with red. So she has Real Red hands today. I used gloves and still have a few spots of Pacific Point.

Second, I didn’t have white salt. I only had pink and black salt. We used pink. I’m not sure if you can tell in this photo, but our dough is a little on the pink side. I’m thinking black salt dough may be hard to color.

It colored ok, though. And I know these aren’t the colors crafters usually use for a rainbow, but Amelia picked the colors.

Stampin' Up!, Ink Refills

We used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, and Highland Heather refills. The recipe we used made enough for all six colors. Most of each color fit in an old Play-Doh container, with a little left over, so it makes a nice amount of dough.

This was a great experience for both of us. I had so much fun watching her mix all the ingredients. I helped measure, but she mixed. She also stirred a little while we were heating it (with lots of supervision). Once it started turning into dough, I took over. And, of course, she did all of the color mixing. I only helped a bit at the end of each color, just to make sure we didn’t have any stray ink.

Miss Amelia is now happily playing with her new dough, mixing colors and creating letters and numbers, and having a fun tactile experience. She is having a blast. And the wolves are now munching a lovely dough pizza, which is much better than an old pirate, don’t you think?

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Playing Around

Playing Around

I often take photos of my friends’ clothing, because the designs inspire me. The latest was Lorraine’s shirt; you can see it here. This is one of my favorites, by the way.

Today, I was inspired by my own wardrobe. Surprise!! I have branched out into patterns. Stampin’ Up!® makes it easy to mix patterns and colors for art projects, but with my clothes, I’m pretty boring. My standard uniform was jeans or black pants with a solid color top, but lately I’ve been moving into patterned tunics with jeans and leggings. Here’s the card inspired by my very own wardrobe.

Stampin' Up!, All Things Thanks, Flourishing Phrases, Rooted in Nature, Timeless Textures

I was rushing, so I didn’t do a great job of coloring. I need to fill in a few white flower tips. But here are the details.

Stamp the floral and leaf images from the Floral Phrases Stamp Set several times on Bermuda Bay Cardstock using Versamark ink. Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, then color with Stampin’ Blends. I used Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, and Cajun Craze.

Add a few extra leaves from the Rooted in Nature and Timeless Textures Stamp Sets using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Easy!

Stamp the sentiment from All Things Thanks in Calypso Coral on Petal Pink Cardstock, then punch with the Tailored Tag Punch. Sponge the edges with a little more Calypso Coral ink to make it stand out. Then adhere to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of a Pumpkin Pie design from the Regals Designer Series Paper Stack to a Calypso Coral card base, then add the stamped Bermuda Bay layer to the card.

This card is for someone who made my birthday extra special. I had the happiest birthday with kids and friends. We have a HUGE celebration from the end of August (Amelia’s birthday) until the beginning of October (Mike’s birthday at the end of September and Adrianna’s birthday in early October, plus Mike’s mom’s birthday, his sister, and several nieces). So much fun. From the middle of October until the end of November, I get back on the healthy eating wagon. Then we have Thanksgiving, Katelyn’s birthday, Christmas, and Mom’s birthday, followed shortly by Jon’s birthday. Fortunately most of us are on a low-carb diet, so we can have sugar and wheat free cakes.

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