Give it a Whirl with Hats Off

Give it a Whirl with Hats Off

Hello, my crafty friends! I have a few reminders for you. Today is the last day to order from the January-June Mini Catalog Last Chance List and the last day to order the Hey, Chick Bundle and the Hey, Birthday Chick Bundle. Tomorrow, the Designer Series Paper Sale begins! You can see the papers that are on sale in this post.

Over the weekend, I held a class using the Give it a Whirl Dies. These are so much fun! Here’s one of the cards we made with the dies and the Hats Off Bundle.

Give it a Whirl, Hats Off, Stampin' Up!

Give it a Whirl, Stampin' Up!, Hats Off

You can see from the pictures that the little wheel on the right side turns so that the image in the window changes from the sunrise, to the mountain, and then to the Life Is Great sentiment. Here’s how we made it.

First,cut the front from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is one of the designs that will be 15% off from July 1 – August 2, 2021, by the way. Next, cut the wheel from Basic White Cardstock. Using the die as a guide, lightly trace the three windows so you’ll know where to place the stamps.

The dies make creating this card so simple. You’ll notice when you cut the front piece that there’s a tiny hole die-cut in the center for the brad. It lines up perfectly with the hole in the center of the die-cut wheel. AND each window design (you can use circles, rectangles, hearts, and a wedge-shape) also has a hole that lines up with the front of the card and the wheel. Easy!

Then, using images from the Hats Off Stamp Set, ink the sunrise stamp in Bumble Bee Classic Ink. Before you stamp on the paper, re-ink the outline with a Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Marker and the sunrise with Calypso Coral and Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Markers. Ink the mountain stamp with Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, the re-ink the mountain detail in a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker. Color the mountain using a Gray Granite Stampin’ Blend. Finally, for the third window, ink Life is Great using Calypso Coral Classic Ink, then re-ink life and is with a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker.

When I put my card together, I added a small punched (or die-cut) circle behind the wheel so it would be easier to turn. I die-cut the clouds from the Give it a Whirl Dies to cover the brad that holds the wheel to the card – and to make it a little more fun.

Stamp the hat from the Hats Off Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink on Bumble Bee Cardstock, then die-cut with the Hat Builder Dies. Stamp the sentiment using Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

Layer the pieces to the card front, then use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the card front to the Merry Merlot card base. Be sure the dimensionals are on the edges; you don’t want to adhere the wheel to the card base!

These whirly card are perfect for kids, because they’re interactive, but adults enjoy them as well. It’s a little surprise with each turn of the wheel!

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

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Designer Series Paper Sale

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale

Don’t you love the Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper? From the whimsy of In the Wild, to the floral beauty of Hand-Penned, to the lovely texture of In Good Taste, and all designs in between, I think our papers are some of the best.

From July 1 through August 2, you can enjoy a 15% discount on select Stampin’ Up!® Designer Series Paper. Now is a great time to stock up on some of our most popular designs.

Here are the designs you can choose from (click on image for more information and more photos):

Beauty of the Earth 12″ x 12″, 155841,$11.50 $9.78

Beauty of the Earth, Stampin' Up!

Bloom Where You’re Planted 12″ x 12″, 155696, $11.50 $9.78

Bloom Where You're Planted, Stampin' Up!

Hand-Penned 12″ x 12″, 155499, $11.50 $9.78

Hand-Penned, Stampin' Up!

In Good Taste 12″ x 12″, 152494, $21.00, $17.85

In Good Taste, Stampin' Up!

In the Wild 12″ x 12″, 155817,$11.50 $9.78

In the Wild, Stampin' Up!

Pansy Petals 12″ x 12″, 155807, $11.50 $9.78

Pansy Petals, Stampin' Up!

Sweet Symmetry 12″ x 12″, 155605, $11.50 $9.78

Sweet Symmetry, Stampin' Up!

Tidings of Christmas 6″ x 6″, 155718, $11.50 $9.78

Tidings of Christmas, Stampin' Up!

You’re a Peach, 155686, 12″ x 12″ $11.50 $9.78

You're a Peach, Stampin' Up!


Mark your calendars for July 1, and get ready to stock up on your favorites!

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

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Paper Pumpkin – with a Twist!

Paper Pumpkin – with a Twist!

Hello, and welcome to a new week, my friends! Before I show you what I did with my Paper Pumpkin kit this month, I want to share some fun things that happened to me on Friday.

First, I got to visit with my mom, sister-in-law, and nephew. It’s been fun to get together every week and catch up. I had bought Sharon a Stampin’ Up!® kit to put together, so I showed her how to sort the pieces and stamp the sentiments and the images. I think she’ll enjoy putting it together!

On my way home, Mike called and suggested we go to dinner. Several months ago, he “saved” a real estate deal for another Realtor. At the final walk-through, some lights wouldn’t turn on, and the buyers were getting ready to walk. Mike put on his electrician’s hat and walked the Realtor through the repair. Since he didn’t have to do anything except advise, he didn’t charge him for the virtual service call. They just sent photos back and forth, Mike said, “do this; now do this…” and it was fixed. Still, the agent was so grateful he sent a gift certificate to one of our favorite restaurants! We used that Friday for dinner.

Next, we stopped at the grocery store for a few things. As I was putting my cart away and walking back to the car, a young girl came up to me. (Ok, I say young. She was probably in her early-mid 20’s. To me, that’s young.) She explained that she wanted to do nice things for people that day, so she had bought some lovely pink roses at the grocery store and was looking for someone to give them to. How sweet! I was so pleased that she chose me, because I love pink roses. And yellow roses. And coral…Ok, I just love flowers.

So not only did Mike & I get a free meal, I got roses! I need to up my game. All I did was give a young man a dollar I found on the floor and pick something up for a lady outside.

This is all small stuff, but it reminds me that we are all connected and all one “human family.” It costs very little – if anything – to be kind to others!

So this brings me to the Paper Pumpkin kit. I love kits, especially when I need a card quickly. Very rarely do I alter the design or add things to the kit projects. For me, that negates the purpose of the kit. But this month, I did change one of the card designs a little bit.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

Here are the three cards from the June Paper Pumpkin Kit. If you got the kit, you will know that I changed the note card in front a bit. The other two are almost just like the instructions called for; I simply left off the twine.

Paper Pumpkin, Stampin' Up!

The original background for the thanks card did not have the gilded leafing. I painted “veins” over the background piece using my Fine-Tip Glue Pen, then added the Gilded Leafing to it. I love the way it looks!  If you had put your subscription on hold and didn’t get this kit or if you want more, check my store later today to see if there are any available. (Note: You must be a subscriber to take advantage of this offer.)

If you aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you have through July 10 to sign up for the next one, The Adventure Begins. You can order a pre-paid subscription from my store, or you can subscribe month-to-month here.

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Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and happy crafting!


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Use Those Chalks

Use Those Chalks

Welcome back to another BS&J Stamp Off Challenge. These week we’re using our Stampin’ Up!® Soft Pastels Assortment. In other words, we’re using chalk.

I love the new Soft Pastels Assortment. You can use them to color directly only a project or use the Stampin’ Up!® Blending Brushes, Blender Pens, Water Painters, Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers, or even cotton swabs. I opted to create a background with the Basic Patterns Decorative Masks for my card.

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I used the Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy, and Coastal Cabana Chalks. Lay your mask over a Basic White Cardstock panel. You may want to secure it with a low-tack tape. Then color over the mask with the chalk. As you color over the mask, the edges of the mask (in this case, around the flowers) will scrape the dust from the chalk, leaving it on the mask. After you cover the area you want for the background, use a Blending Brush to move the dust from the mask into the card stock. It’s quite easy; simply rub over the mask with the brush. If you’ve used several colors, you may want to wipe the brush off on a paper towel between colors so they don’t get muddy. If it’s not as dark as you’d like, simply add more chalk, then blend it in.

Chalk will rub or smear if you’re not careful. If I use the chalk with a cotton swap, Blending Brush, or sponge, I give the panel a quick spritz with cheap aerosol hair spray to “set” it.

Adhere the chalk background to a Pacific Point panel, then to a Gorgeous Grape card base. For the rest of the card front, stamp the small flower from the Art Gallery Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana, then stamp the detail with Pacific Point. Stamp the sentiment on Coastal Cabana Cardstock with Pacific Point Classic Ink. Die-cut the sentiment and flower with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies. If you hurry, you can order the Art Gallery Stamp Set and Floral Gallery Dies in a bundle and save 10%, but while the products are all carrying over, the bundle price ends June 30.

For fun, I added some Gorgeous Grape floral sequins that I pulled out of my embellishments box. Sadly, they are retired, but there are so many other gorgeous embellishments in the Stampin’ Up!® Catalog that will be even prettier!

Before you leave today, please check out what Susan and Jackie have done with chalk. I cannot wait to see what they have for us!

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

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Color & Contour with Gold Leafing

Color & Contour with Gold Leafing

First, let me admit that I’m a paper hoarder, and the more gorgeous the paper, the more I hoard. Isn’t that silly? What’s the point of having beautiful paper if you can’t share it? I’m really trying to mend my ways, and this might help. I love, love, LOVE the Expressions in Ink Specialty Designer Series Paper, especially the sheets with the “alcohol background” and gold veins. So to help me use it more, I learned to make my own.

I had an idea to add my own gold leafing to an alcohol background card. Before I had a chance to experiment, someone else had the same idea, So while it looks like I’m CASEing (Copy and Share Everything), I’m really not.

Color & Contour, Stampin' Up!

For this background, I used Vellum Cardstock with Dark Shaded Spruce and Dark Polished Pink Stampin’ Blends. First, scribble on the vellum with the Stampin’ Blends, making sure the scribbles don’t touch and there’s a little bit of room between them. Then paint around the edges of each scribble using 91% Isopropyl Alcohol and a Water Painter or paint brush. The ink should begin to bleed and run. Tilt the Vellum to move the ink around a little more. When you’re satisfied with it, you can either wait for it to dry or use your heat tool to speed the drying process. If it’s not dark enough, you can add more Stampin’ Blends and alcohol after it’s dry.

When it’s completely dry, use a Fine-tipped Glue Pen to draw veins over the Vellum. Then place your vellum ink/glue side down into Gilded Leafing. Use a Stamping Sponge to wipe away the excess leafing, and you have a gorgeous background piece.

Stamp the flower from the Color & Contour Stamp Set on Basic White Cardstock using Smoky Slate Classic Ink, stamping off one time before stamping on the card stock. Stamping off will ensure that your outlines are very light. I thought that Tuxedo Black Memento or Basic Gray would be a little harsh, so I opted for the “no-line” look. Color the flower with Stampin’ Blends. I used Polished Pink and Shaded Spruce. Die-cut the flower with the coordinating die in the Scalloped Contours Dies. These dies can be bundled with the Color & Contour Stamp Set for a 10% savings.

Stamp the sentiment on another small piece of Basic White Cardstock using Shaded Spruce Classic Ink and die-cut with one of the Scalloped Contours Dies.

I though about adding ribbon or other embellishments, but I really liked it the way it was. Layer the vellum to a piece of Basic White Cardstock that’s the same size as the velum. Use the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder with a piece of Shaded Spruce Cardstock, then layer the vellum to the Shaded Spruce piece, then to a Polished Pink card base.

I love this technique, especially with the leafing, don’t you? Give it a try; it’s super easy and so much fun.

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

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Free Shipping Thursday

Free Shipping Thursday

Stampin’ Up!® is offering free shipping on orders of $50 (US) or more on Thursday, June 24. You’ll need to start and close your order between midnight MT and 11:59 p.m. MT Thursday. (Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions are excluded from the free shipping offer.)

Get your shopping list out and be ready to shop! The easiest way for you to order is through my web site. Please use the host code PDU2TWDR when you order unless your order is $150 or more. If your order is $150 or more, you’ll want the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself, so do not use a host code!

This is a great time to snatch up January-June Mini Catalog products that are retiring, as well as all the new products you’ve been wanting!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day – and enjoy a “free shipping shopping spree” on Thursday!

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Under the Sea

Under the Sea

What a wonderful Father’s Day we had yesterday! All the kids and my mom were here, and we had such a wonderful time. Mike picked the menu with all his favorites since he was the “reigning dad.”

After dinner, Amelia and I swam. We were the only ones, which surprised me, because it was really hot. She is swimming like a little fish. Last year, when she had swimming lessons in school, she would only stay under water about a second. Now, she’s doing flips and handstands, and is actually swimming – and without her “water wings.” I am so proud of her.

In honor of my little fish, I pulled out my new Sea Life Dies. Fortunately, you can make a really cute card using only the dies, because my Seascape Stamp Set is backordered. Of course, I still ordered the bundle, because I wanted to save 10%. The stamp set should be here soon, but I couldn’t wait.

Sea Life, Seascape, Stampin' Up!

I cut the Betta Fish from the Seaside Spray “water” design from the Sand & Sea Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the January – June Mini Catalog. If you love it, order it today, because it retires June 30 (or when supplies run out). This die doesn’t cut the entire fish from the paper. It cuts details out of the paper; so fun! It looks almost invisible in the water. I cut the two little fish from Bermuda Bay Cardstock and the coral from Petal Pink Cardstock. For the sea bed, I tore a piece of the Sahara Sand design from the Sand & Sea DSP and added it to the bottom of the Seaside Spray piece.

After I put the card together on a Calypso Coral card base, I realized I needed a suitable sentiment. I love, “Here’s to the Next Adventure,” from the Hats Off Stamp Set, so I stamped that in Calypso Coral Classic Ink. And that’s the only thing on this card that’s stamped.

This is another stamp set/bundle that Miss Amelia picked out. Honestly, when I get the July-December Mini Catalog, I’m just going to give it to her and tell her to make a list. Her choices have been so much fun – and they’ve pushed me out of the ruts I’ve been stuck in.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope your day is filled with fun adventures!

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How’s Your Summer Going?

How’s Your Summer Going?

Welcome back, my friends! I know it’s not quite summer yet, but it feels like it. Today was a glorious day here in the northwestern part of Virginia. It was warm, but there was a breeze and the humidity was very, very low. It reminded me of summers when I was a child. I don’t think the heat bothers me, but the humidity – sheesh! It’s awful. Today, though, was beautiful.

I ran out to my mom’s this morning, planning to weed her flower bed since it was such a perfect day to work outside. But while we were having lunch, she mentioned her blog. She started her blog years ago, but hadn’t had time to do much while my dad was ill. She’s attending a virtual writer’s conference next weekend with some of her favorite writers, and wanted to get back into blogging. When I went to her blog site, it seemed she hadn’t “launched” it – even though I could see her blog posts. Not wanting technology to win over my stubbornness, I got her site up and running. There’s still some work to be done and some posts to move to the new site, but I’m so proud of what she’s written so far. Mom is an amazing writer, and I can’t wait to see her books in print. She and my dad have “works in progress,” and Mom is working on a way to merge them into one amazing book. I’ll keep you posted on her progress!

In other summer news – When Mike and Jon opened the pool this year, it was basically dry. What??? Apparently, we have a leak in the liner. <groan> Although we’ve been able to fill and clean it (and swim!!), it’s been a siege to find the leak. Hopefully, we’ll get it fixed in the next week or so. If only the cicadas would stop trying to find their true loves in our pool. I try to save as many as I can, but I keep having to say, “Dude – she’s in the tree! Just keep shrieking and let her come to you! Stop looking for her in the depths.” Sadly, they do not listen to my words of wisdom, so I save those I can and leave the others in the grass to decompose.

I may have mentioned that Amelia and I created a Fairy Garden at my mom’s. It’s lovely with the lights we’ve added (although I have only seen them in pictures from Mom) and her beautiful additions – chairs and sofas for the fairies, beautiful décor, and more! I’ll post some pictures soon! I’m sad that the flowers we planted didn’t grow, but I think it’s because it was a “rock garden,” and there just wasn’t enough soil. Sill, it’s lovely with her additions. She has written a few notes to the fairies, and they’ve responded. I know she will be excited to see the responses! Don’t you love the magic of childhood?

Speaking of magic – The Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) this year is amazingly gorgeous and adds so much beauty (and magic) to a card or other project. From July 1 to August 2, 2021, selected DSPs will be offered at a 15% discount! I won’t know until next week which papers will be discounted, but I’ll let you know when I do. I love all the papers in the current catalog, so I know I’ll be stocking up on several designs!

Here’s a look at all the DSPs available in the new 2021 Annual Catalog. This video shows the full page of all the designs so you can really see each page in all its beauty.

So what’s your favorite? I have a hard time choosing my fave, because they’re all so awesome! Leave a comment by June 30 with your favorite DSP and I’ll randomly draw a winner who will receive his/her favorite pack of DSP.

I hope your summer has been as fun (except for the pool leak) as mine! Capture all the moments and savor every memory.

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

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“Turtle-y” Loved

“Turtle-y” Loved

When Amelia saw the Turtle Friends Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, she couldn’t wait to get it. Since I didn’t have a lot of “cute” stamps, I agreed to order it. Of course, I bundled it with the Turtle Punch to save 10%.  I’ve had such fun playing with it. Here’s my latest.

Turtle Friends, Stampin' Up!

This card is perfect for a child, but I think anyone would get a smile from it. I cut a 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Just Jade Cardstock. I used the Stamparatus “Hinge Technique” to stamp the sentiment down the right side in Evening Evergreen Classic Ink, skipping the next to last hinge. The Just Jade Cardstock is layered to a Misty Moonlight card base.

I stamped the turtle-y loved sentiment and the turtle and shell on Basic White Cardstock using Evening Evergreen Classic Ink for the sentiment, Just Jade Classic Ink for the turtle, and Evening Evergreen for the shell. I colored the turtle with Daffodil Delight and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. I used the Turtle Punch to punch the turtle, but instead of punching his eye from Basic Black Cardstock, I colored it with a Basic Black Stampin’ Blend. So easy!

I added the turtle to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The turtle has “accessories” you can stamp – party hat, bow tie. confetti, and more. I may add a couple of the baby turtles later.

It was fun to step out of my “flower comfort zone” and use this cute little turtle. I’m looking forward to stamping with Amelia so she can create with this bundle. She’ll love it, I know, but her summer is really busy. She may have to wait until fall or a rainy day, because if she’s here on warm, summer days, she wants to swim, of course.

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

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Sweet as a Peach

Sweet as a Peach

When I saw the You’re a Peach Suite in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, I knew I had to have it. For many years, my dad grew peaches (as well as apples), and peaches have always been my favorite fruit. There’s just nothing like a sweet, juicy peach on a hot summer day!

I ordered the Sweet as a Peach Bundle, which includes the Sweet as a Peach Stamp Set and coordinating Peach Dies, as well as the You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper (DSP). I haven’t ordered the Mini Jam Jars yet, but I may for gifts.

I thought it was fitting to showcase this card today, because Amelia, Mom, and I are making peach jam this morning. I think she’ll enjoy helping, and I know she’ll love tasting!

Sweet as a Peach, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this DSP gorgeous? I’m loving both sides of every sheet. I used both sides of one sheet for this card. I a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the DSP, then cut about 1-1/2″ off one side and flipped it to the opposite side. I layered both pieces to a Calypso Coral card base.

I inked the peaches with Pale Papaya Classic Ink, then used a Sponge Dauber to add some Calypso Coral ink along the edges. Next, I stamped on Pale Papaya Cardstock. I repeated this for the second peach, then die-cut them with the Peach Dies. The leaves and stem are Granny Apple Green Classic Ink on Soft Seafoam Cardstock. After I die-cut the leaves, I added the peaches and leaves to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The three blossoms are stamped in So Saffron Classic Ink on Basic White Cardstock. After I die-cut them, I added a flower center with Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. Two of the blossoms are added with Stampin’ Dimensionals; the third is simply adhered to the DSP with SEAL.

The sentiment is also from the Sweet as a Peach Stamp Set. I stamped in Calypso Coral ink on Pale Papaya Cardstock and punched it and the Calypso Coral layer using the Double Oval Punch.

Just a quick reminder – today is the last day to add an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards to your order or workshop of $250 or more. That’s a minimum of $50 in free product! Be sure to place your order today. Can’t spend that much on your own? Grab a few friends and put in an order together! Then have a fun day crafting together with all your new products!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely, “peachy” day!

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