2020 Sunrise

2020 Sunrise

Happy 2020, my stamping friends! I hope your new year is full of peace, happiness, good surprises, and blessings!

I was playing around with the Stampin’ Up! Mountain Air and Waterfront Stamp Sets and created this fun sunrise. scene.

Mountain Air, Waterfront, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the trees from Mountain Air in Pretty Peacock Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped smaller trees from Waterfront, also in Pretty Peacock. Next, I stamped the mountains from Waterfront in Basic Gray Classic Ink, stamping off before stamping on the card front. Finally, I added the ground with another Waterfront stamp using Crumb Cake Classic Ink.

For the sunrise, I sponged some Crushed Curry, the Terracotta Tile, Rococo Rose, and Highland Heather over the sky. I added some morning clouds with a Waterfront stamp using Rococo Rose. And then I sponged Basic Gray over the mountains, trees, and ground to give it an early morning, not quite light look.

Sunrises always make me think of getting a new start. Each day is full of new opportunities and adventures – and since today is the start of a new day, month, year, and decade, I thought a morning card was very fitting!

Remember, while the Waterfront Stamp Set is available now, Mountain Air will not be available until January 3, unless you’re a demonstrator.

We’re having a wonderful time in the mountains. Mike came down on Saturday to do a few electrical things (putting up ceiling fans and lights) and cleaning up from the last construction weekend. I had promised to play for a local church service Sunday, and then Jon and I went to see the final Star Wars. The others had to work over the weekend, so we didn’t come down until Monday. I wouldn’t have missed my date with Jonny for anything in the world, though. It was so much fun! He and I have been seeing the newest Star Wars movies for several years, but now we’ll have to find something else to do together, I guess. I love that my kids still like to spend time with me. I am blessed!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope 2020 is your best year ever!

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Mountain Air

Mountain Air

How can it already be December 30? It seems like 2019 just started and now it’s almost over. It’s true what “they” say – time does go much faster the older you get.

Since Mike & I will be in the mountains for the next few days, I thought using the new Mountain Air Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! January – June Mini Catalog would be perfect for today’s card.

Mountain Air, Stampin' Up!, Sending You Thoughts

Mountain Air is a reversible photopolymer stamp set, meaning you can stamp on both sides of the stamp. It coordinates with the Majestic Mountain Dies (I didn’t use these on this card). If you bundle the stamp set and dies, you can save 10% during the January-June Mini Catalog Sales Period.

For this card, I inked the tree skyline stamp with Shaded Spruce Ink, then stamped on Whisper White Cardstock. I decided some of the grass at the bottom of the stamp could be water ripples, so I colored the bottom third of the card using Pacific Point and Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink and an Aqua Painter.

Again using the Aqua Painter, I added a little Balmy Blue to the top of the card for a hint of sky. Finally I added the birds from the Mountain Air Stamp Set in Basic Gray.

My sentiment is from Sending You Thoughts, a Sale-a-bration set that you can get free with a $50 order. Remember, the Mountain Air and Sending You Thoughts Stamp Sets will not be available until January 3 unless you’re a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. One of the benefits of being a demonstrator is we can preorder from catalogs before the sales period begins.

I’m looking forward to our time away in the mountains. Wesley, Katelyn, and Amelia are joining us for at least part of the time. Amelia and I have a lot of things planned. She has some LEGO sets we want to put together, and her first two Highlights Top Secret Adventures arrived last week, so we’re going to have so much fun! She’s been studying continents and visiting different countries via magic carpet in school, so she’s really excited about the kits. At least she was excited when we ordered them. But it was months ago and she’s five, so she may have forgotten about them by now. But she’ll remember when she sees them!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely (and safe) New Year’s Eve. Check back on New Year’s Day to see how I paired the Mountain Air and Waterfront Stamp Sets!

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3-D Sympathy Card

3-D Sympathy Card

Welcome to another StampOff Friday! I cannot believe it’s almost 2020. We had a lovely Christmas dinner with all the kids (non-traditional; we were tired of turkey and several family members aren’t fond of ham, so we enjoyed steak and salmon!), then visited my parents for dessert. I had offered to take the food to their house and have dinner there with the kids, but Mom thought that might be a bit much for Dad’s first day home. Turns out, she was right (as she usually is). The home health care nurse and some therapists were there to check on him until well after dinner time.

The best news – he’s getting stronger every day. Being in an uncomfortable hospital bed for a week took a toll on his strength. They ordered a wheelchair for him to use when he came home. However, when they stopped at the store to pick it up, that chair was out of stock. That turned out to be a good thing. Dad walked into the house (and up two steps!) and has been fine without it. With each step, he gets a little more confident. Thank you all for your prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts for my dad and mom. I appreciate all of them!

Now – for our Stamp Off! challenge this week. We’re making Thinking of You or Sympathy cards. I CASEd Christy’s card from our December Demonstrator Gathering Make & Take for my sympathy card. Here’s Christy’s card.

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How fun is this gatefold card? Christy used new products from the upcoming January – June Mini Catalog (Timeless Tulips Stamp Set and Tulip Builder Punch, which you can bundle and save 10%) and the 2020 Sale-a-bration Brochure (Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper). I missed most of the meeting, because Amelia had her school Christmas Concert that night. Christy was sweet enough to make me one, though, and it’s gorgeous.

Here’s my CASE of her card.

Timeless Tulips, Stampin' Up!

I stamped the tulip image from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set seven times on Purple Posy Cardstock using Highland Heather Classic Ink. Then I punched them with the Tulip Builder Punch. I scored each tulip down the center, and folded with the stamped side in. Then I simply adhered all the folded tulips together using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, making sure to keep the folded edges straight and together as I stacked the punched tulips.

Because the Annual Catalog gets a little neglected after the seasonal catalogs arrive, I used the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) on my Soft Suede card base. Then I die-cut an oval from Pool Party Cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Dies, and stamped the sentiment from Timeless Tulips in Soft Suede Classic Ink. I kept it a little to the right of center so there would be room for the tulip on the left. I let the tulip hang over the edge a bit.

It needed a little greenery, so I punched the leaf from Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and positioned it so there would be a tiny stem under the tulip and leaf along the side. This makes me smile, because when kids pick flowers (at least my kids and my granddaughter), they always leave a very small stem. I usually “float” the flowers in a shallow dish of water until the children are old enough to remember to leave a longer stem for a vase. (Hey, I’m just happy they want to share the flowers with me!)

Here’s the inside of the card.

Timeless Tulips, Stampin' Up!

This uses the medium and small flowers from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set stamped in Petal Pink three to four times using the Stamparatus, and partial stems in Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment (also from Timeless Tulips) is stamped in Soft Suede.

Because there are many layers on this card, be sure to add extra postage unless you are hand delivering. It would be awful to send a sympathy card “postage due.”

Before you head out for the day, please check out Susan’s and Jackie’s Thinking of You/Sympathy cards. I know they have created something amazing for you!

And because I’m so proud of my granddaughter, here’s one selection from the Kinders portion of the Christmas Concert. They had a couple songs and dances, as well as this poem about the Chubby Little Snowman.

In case you don’t speak Kinder, here are the words:

A chubby little snowman had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny; what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny, looking for his lunch,
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!

(So honestly, don’t you think this is more about the bunny than the snowman? Let me know in the comments. So far, it’s two to a bunch of others in favor of the bunny being the star. After the first line, the bunny upstages the snowman, don’t you think?)

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Best Present Ever

Best Present Ever

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! We had the best sleepover with Miss Amelia last night. She and I watched (most of) a movie, then played outside before doing a little last minute grocery shopping. When we got home, we had pizza for dinner, then watched another movie with Mike, and then drove around to look at the Christmas lights.

There are several homes that are seriously decorated. One is on the way to her dad’s house, so we see it a lot. I discovered another one on the way to my parents’ last week. It looks like a gingerbread house, because every inch of the house and yard is decorated – and there are Christmas trees in every window! It’s her new favorite now. It’s like a fairy land. Of course, seeing it with a child made it even better.

After she went home this morning, I visited my parents. Dad is still in the hospital. He was very weak and a little confused again last week. They discovered his sodium was very low, so they wanted to keep him for a day or two. It took quite a few days to get his sodium up, and after almost a week in bed, he was very weak. But – good news! He’s coming home on Christmas Eve! They’ll have a home care worker help for a while until he gets his strength back, but I think he should get better very soon after he gets home. Mom has stayed with him, and I’m sure she’ll be glad to get back to “normal” as well. At the very least, sleeping in their own bed will be a huge relief. And I’m so glad they’ll be home for Christmas, because no matter how great the care is in the hospital, it’s not home.

So now I’m finally home and able to show you, as promised, the last two entries for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator team challenge.

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Isn’t Liz’s card gorgeous? And look at that background paper! Wait – it’s not background paper. It’s a napkin. I had forgotten that Liz took home a napkin from the meeting in November and used it as a background for her card. Simply use plastic wrap and an iron to adhere the napkin to cardstock, creating a beautiful background.

But wait – there’s more! The red and gold ornament was a tag from a pair of socks. How cool is that? Liz’s card is so elegant and beautiful, don’t you think?

And here’s Kathy’s card.

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I wasn’t sure Kathy understood the challenge when I saw her beautiful card. I kept looking for a non-stamping, “household” item. She had to pint it out. The silver is tape for HVAC ducts. How clever is that? She added it to the card ad embossed it. Gorgeous! Before the meeting, Kathy showed us the cards she made for her “You Used What?” card class. I was totally wowed.

I hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from the “household products” (aka “trash”)  used on the cards. Before you throw anything out, look at it with a critical eye to see if you can use it in a creative way. (This may be why my house is full of “stuff” I can’t bear to throw out.)

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

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More “Trash” Cards

More “Trash” Cards

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to share two more of our Stampin’ Up! demonstrator challenge cards with you. In case you don’t know, our area demonstrators meet each month. We are on lots of different teams; any demonstrator in the area is welcome to come to our meetings. At each meeting, we talk about business tips and Stampin’ Up! news, and we have a challenge each month. The challenge for the December meeting was to use a “household” or trash item on a project. There are so many techniques using dryer sheets (see yesterday’s post), citrus bags, plastic wrap, waxed paper, and more. I was blown away by the crativity of our local demonstrators. Here are two more of the cards. They both use things that most people would consider “trash,” but for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, “trash” is another word for “something to be creative with!”

This was designed by my wonderful downline Rose. Rose used my favorite Designer Series Paper – the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). I love this design, because it’s so frosty and wintry.

Rose die-cut the Celebrate You two times – once from Gorgeous Grape Cardstock and once from…a tissue box! The box must have been very shiny and sparkly. I want those tissues! It’s beautiful, and the card is so versatile! It will work for so many winter events – birthdays, mid-semester graduations, weddings, anniversaries, and more.

Christy is a wonderful friend who lives in the area but is a member of a group in the North East. Here’s her entry.

If you look closely, you can see that Christy used plastic wrap with Whisper White Craft Ink to create the background on the Pool Party card base. Of course, Christy is an overachiever, so plastic wrap isn’t the only challenge for her. The red piece with ornaments is from a cup from her favorite take-0ut. It is beautiful with the Real Red sentiment and Pool Party card base, don’t you think?

Check back on Monday for the last two entries using a tag from a pair of socks and HVAC silver duct tape. Oh, my gosh – the creativity! As I said before, I was totally blown away.

Thanks for all the well wishes for my dad. He was doing so well, but I think he had a reaction to the oral antibiotics prescribed after his hospital stay. He was very weak and Mom was having a hard time keeping him upright (in posture, not in integrity!). This is one of the side effects of the drugs he was on. She took him to the Emergency Room (doctor’s orders) and we discovered that his sodium level (after days of a low sodium diet while he was in the hospital last week) was very low. UGH! So now he’s back in the hospital to get his sodium levels back to normal. I don’t remember my dad ever being sick, so being in the hospital so often is not going well with him. I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes from all of you. I know he will be back to his old self soon!

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

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Thinking of You

Thinking of You

I have a gorgeous card for you today. It was created by my friend Sandy for one of our demo team challenges. The challenge was to use something around the house to create a project. We always draw names for a winner of the challenge, and whoever wins gets all the entries. I won this time!! – so over the next few days, I’ll show you the rest of the cards.

All of the entries were amazing, and I was blown away by the creativity of these demonstrators! There was HVAC duct tape, tissue boxes, coffee cups, tags from clothing, and this.

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How cool is this card? It uses my favorite designer series paper (DSP) from the Holiday Catalog – Feels Like Frost Specialty DSP. Apparently this DSP was a lot of people’s favorite, since it sold out very quickly. But, take heart if you missed it…You may see it again in the future.

This card is so elegant, but also very simple to create. First, cut the DSP at 4″ x 5-1/4″. Then cover the DSP with adhesive. I like to use a glue stick, because it gives you a little “wiggle room.” Place a used dryer sheet over the sticky DSP and smooth it out. Then either trim the excess or fold it to the back of the card. If you have a Silicone Craft Sheet, it’s much easier to make sure you completely cover the DSP with adhesive.

After you have the dryer sheet placed properly, sprinkle a little Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter over the front, then shake off the excess. The glitter will stick to the adhesive through the dryer sheet.

Finally, add the DSP to a Night of Navy card base, then add a sentiment.

I love using the dryer sheet on this DSP, because it’s like an extra layer of frost. But you can use it over any DSP or even a stamped image. Just be sure the ink is totally dry – and you may want to give it a shot with your heat tool to set the ink so it doesn’t smear when you add the adhesive.

Didn’t Sandy do a lovely job? I’m looking forward to showing you the rest of the cards, but first, I must finish my Christmas shopping. I thought I was finished until I started wrapping gifts. I realized that I had bought lots for Amelia, but the rest of the family came up very short.  That’s probably because Amelia and I walked through the toy department at WalMart, and we took pictures of everything she might like for Christmas. That gave me a lovely list to select from. Once kids grow up and stop giving Christmas wish lists, they’re much harder to buy for. (And, of course, their lists are much more expensive!)

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

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Clearance Rack Refresh

Clearance Rack Refresh

Hi, Stampers! Check out my online store right now. The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack has been “refreshed,” and there are so many amazing products on there. Framelits & Thinlits, Embossing Folders, Embellishments and Ribbon, retired In Color Cardstock and Designer Series Paper, and so much more! Check it out, and then give your favorite Santa(s) a wish list. Everything is at rock bottom prices.

You can see the clearance rack items here. But don’t dither; items are while supplies last only, so when they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Shop now for the best options!

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

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