Time To Celebrate

Time To Celebrate

I have lots of reasons to celebrate right now. Spring is (finally) looking like it’s going to hang around the Shenandoah Valley. Our businesses are all going really well. And there’s a color revamp at Stampin’ Up!

I am loving the new color palette we have. The colors are so fresh and fun. I don’t want to cheer that the colors that are retiring are going away, but I do want to celebrate the colors. Here are some retiring blues for you. (And even though I love them all, I’m not “singing the blues,” because I know what’s coming to replace them!)

Happy Celebrations, Stampin' Up!

Just so you know, everything on this card except the Whisper White Cardstock layer is retiring. That means, if you like any of the inks, embellishments, or cardstock, you need to order them now before they are gone. Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 25, but all other products are “while supplies last.”

The Details

First, stamp the large splatter background from the retiring Happy Celebrations Stamp Set in Soft Sky Classic Ink on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped it a couple times so it would be a little thicker.

Next, stamp celebrate over the splatter in Dapper Denim. Then stamp time to in Marina Mist. Pick up a bit of the Dapper Denim Classic Ink with an Aqua Painter and “whack” the Aqua Painter with your finger to splatter the ink on the cardstock. Repeat with a little Marina Mist.

Finally, add a few Glitter Enamel Dots to the card. Layer the Whisper White panel to a Soft Sky card base. Done!

I enjoy creating works of art and spending a lot of time on a card, but, honestly, most of my cards and “quick and easy.” This one definitely falls into the latter category. It’s quick and easy, but it’s still cute and will work for a variety of occasions – non-generic birthday, new baby (especially a boy!), anniversary, graduation, job promotion or retirement, and more.

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

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Garden in Blooming In Colors

Garden in Blooming In Colors

One of the fun things about Stampin’ Up! events is getting to see and use new products. We got to play with products from four of the suites from the new 2018-19 Annual Catalog. We got to use the new stamp pads, too, and a couple brand new Stampin’ Blends in two of the new 2018-20 In Colors, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.

Besides Prize Patrol, where staff members give away free product throughout the event, we get to divide up the supplies that we used at the end of the event. I was thrilled to get some embellishments, a new stamp pad, and two of the Stampin’ Blends (Light Lovely Lipstick and Dark Pineapple Punch).

The night before OnStage, demonstrators with the title Silver Elite and higher were treated to the first look at the catalog, new stamp pads, and new colors – plus a lovely Italian buffet and more gifts. We got a logo tumbler (with a voucher for a free stamp set!), a sampler of all the Stampin’ Up! colors, and a pack of 2018-20 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. So awesome!

I decided to use the new Stampin’ Blends (and a few older ones) with a retiring stamp set, Garden in Bloom.

Garden in Bloom, Stampin' Up!

Since I was using Stampin’ Blends, I stamped the flowers and leaves in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I colored! The two larger flowers are a mix of Lovely Lipstick and Rich Razzleberry. The smaller flower at the bottom is Lovely Lipstick only. The darker flowers are Rich Razzleberry. All the flowers have Pineapple Punch centers (with a little Clear Wink of Stella), and the leaves are a mix of Light and Dark Old Olive.

Since we don’t have the new stamp pads yet, I inked the sentiment with my Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Write Marker. Even though the Garden in Bloom stamp set is photopolymer, I was happy with how the marker covered the stamp.

After adding the stamped layer to a Melon Mambo layer and an Old Olive card base, I wanted something else. I colored some Whisper White 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon with the Pineapple Punch Stampin’ Blend. Gorgeous!

My Product Purchase Premier order and preorder for the May special will be here tomorrow. I can’t wait!

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

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They’re Back!

They’re Back!

I’m so excited about the Stampin’ Up! Color Revamp. Not only do we have more colors (53), they’re fresher and vibrant. And six of my favorite retired In Colors are coming back.

The New Colors

Flirty Flamingo will retire as an In Color, but will come right back as a core color in the Brights Collection. Also in the Brights will be Poppy Parade and Coastal Cabana. Mint Macaron will enter the Subtles Collection, Blackberry Bliss will join the Regals, and Mossy Meadow will be a new Neutral. There are lots of other changes as well. Take a look at all of the new, current, and returning colors.

How gorgeous is that palette? Look at those beautiful lavenders, lilacs, and purples! And the greens! Sadly, when one or two of the retiring colors was announced at OnStage, there was some heartless cheering in the group. There are some retiring colors that I really liked (but their replacements are wonderful) and a few I didn’t use much, but overall, I wasn’t cheerfully giddy about them leaving. I mean, those colors have feelings, right? And once upon a time, we loved Always Artichoke with Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler for vintage Christmas cards, didn’t we? (Well, some of us! Susan gets hives when you mention “vintage.” Shelli Gardner created a card and she sponged and crumpled designer series paper. I thought I was going to have to call 9-1-1 for Susan.) I guess Always Artichoke is like huge shoulder pads from the 80s – wonderful when it was “in,” but now just snipped out so you can still use the jacket (or color collection).

Did you notice that Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, and Old Olive are all Regals now? When I joined Stampin’ Up!, Old Olive was one of the “Earth Elements” (along with Pumpkin Pie, I think). Then it moved to the Brights Collection, and now it’s a Regal. No wonder it’s my “go to” green. What a versatile color!

A New Group

Did you notice the new Basics group? This makes room for more colors!  And Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, and Merry Merlot in the Neutrals? Awesome!! We got a color swatch book at Center Stage, and, honestly, the new color palette is amazing.

I’ll be making cards with retiring product (and some new product and colors) over the next few weeks. Plus there’s an early release of a whole suite in May, but more on that later!

Returning In Colors

Here’s a card I made with the returning In Colors – Flirty Flamingo (she just couldn’t stay in retirement, could she? What a tease that one is!), Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade, and my all time favorite color – Coastal Cabana. I’m so happy that it’s back.

Beautiful Day, Stampin' Up!< Around the Corner

I used a new stamp set from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog – Around the Corner (Yay, Prize Patrol! Ok, I really think this was Susan’s Prize Patrol, but we traded) – and the Beautiful Day Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog for this card. (If you checked my blog yesterday, you know that Beautiful Day is NOT on the retiring list. WOOT!)  Stamp the corner sentiment on a Blackberry Bliss card base in VersaMark ink, then emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

A Little Sidetrack

I know I blame all my stamping gaffs on Amelia, but honestly, she did have a hand in this one. Since we hadn’t seen each other since Thursday, she wanted to play with me today. A lot. So I was rushing to finish this while she was playing in my craft room, and the embossing got a little messy. She also wanted to help, and I was trying to keep her away from the smoking hot Heat Tool! Now that we have the Color Revamp, I let her choose as many of my retired markers that didn’t make the cut (who’s surprised that Summer Starfruit is destined to be in the “markers for kids” bin?) as she wanted to color some images I had stamped for her. Apparently she colors really fast. While I was working on this card, she had not only finished coloring her flower and butterfly, but she had drawn “tattoos” on both her arms and a lot of her face with Island Indigo and Raspberry Ripple. (Her Uncle Jon thought she had a nose bleed. Nope. Just a crafter.) It was actually quite artistic. I sent her picture to her parents with a note saying that by now, I should know that when kids are quiet, it’s usually not good at all. Neither one responded. I may be out of a job. Anyone need a nanny? We’ll play games – all sorts! And I am kind, witty, and fairly sweet. And your kids will definitely need a bath when they come home.

Back to the Card

Stamp the butterfly on Shimmery White Cardstock, first in Blackberry Bliss Classic ink, then stamp over the original using VersaMark ink. (Tip: Use the Stamparatus or another stamp positioner for perfect placement.) Then emboss with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Color the image using Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron, Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow, and Flirty Flamingo ink and an Aqua Painter (on my card, Coastal Cabana is the top and bottom color, then Flirty Flamingo and Poppy Parade. The two dark green areas are Mossy Meadow, and the remaining four spaces are Mint Macaron).  Stamp the sentiment from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set in Mossy Meadow ink, and sponge the edges with a little Flirty Flamingo Classic Ink. Add the stamped panel to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here’s another little tip for you. Measure the area between the two corner sentiments so you won’t cover them up with the stamped layer. My Shimmery White piece is 3″ x 4″, but yours may be a bit different depending on where you stamp your corners.

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

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Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock

Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad

Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin’ Pad

Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad

Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad

Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin’ Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin’ Pad

Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad

Poppy Parade Classic Stampin’ Pad

Heat Tool





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Stampin’ Up! Annual & Occasions Catalogs – Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up! Annual & Occasions Catalogs – Retiring Products

Stampin’ Up! released the Occasions and Annual Catalog retiring products. You can see them here:
Annual Catalog Retiring Products

Occasions Catalog Retiring Products

You’ll notice a LOT of retiring colors. We’re having a Color Revamp this year, and you’re going to absolutely love the new color palette. I was a little sad to see some of my favorites go, but I perked up immediately when I saw the colors they were being replaced with. So gorgeous!

Remember – if there are products you love, be sure to buy them now. You can use the host code QJUS6UBA and order online now if you’d like. Online orders using the hostess code that are $50 or more qualify for a special gift from me!

Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed to be available through May 25; other retiring products are “while supplies last.” Remember – if you see a bundle retiring, but the stamps and dies are still available, the stamps/dies are still available, but the bundled price is retiring. (So save 10% and buy the bundle now.)

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

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Petal Passion Thank You

Petal Passion Thank You

This was an amazing weekend! We just got home from Hartford, CT, where I attended the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local event. What fun!


We got to the hotal and convention center just in time for me to dress for the CenterStage event for demonstrators who have reached the title of Silver Elite and above. Since Stampin’ Up! is celebrating our 30th anniversary, we were encouraged to dress like we would have in the 80s. If I remember correctly, in the 80s, I wore button down collars, pencil skirts, and pumps. For casual days, I wore jeans, polo shirts, and sneakers. Except for the sneakers (high tops in the 80s; not so much these days!), I wear the same clothes now that I did then. So I reached into my closet and found a pair of black pleated slacks, a dress shirt, and a jacket with shoulder pads. (Ok – most of my old jackets and sweaters have had the shoulder pads removed, but this one somehow missed the scissors.) I felt really confident with my choices until I put them on and realized I didn’t look any different than any other day. Hmmmm….Was I Jessica Fletcher or just a bad dresser?

Still – CenterStage was a blast, and we got lots of fun gifts and new product. We got even more fun stuff on Saturday at the OnStage Local event – and I got to see lots of friends from all over the East Coast (Susan, Pam, Holly, Linda, Judy, Sue, Kristy) and made a new friend in a demonstrator I’ve followed for years – Brenda Quintana (or Q-Bee). She’s such a sweetheart, and an amazing artist!

I’d love to share some of the things we learned, but, sadly, I have to wait until 3 p.m. today (Monday, April 9). Until then, here’s a quick card I made using the Petal Passon Suite from the Stampin’ Up! Occasons Catalog.

This is a very simple card to make. I used a card from the Petal Passion Memories & More Card Kit adn colored the flowers with our wonderful Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens. You’ll notice some of the leaves and flowers look a little bright for the Watercolor Pencils that we have. That’s because I used the pencils from the Lots of Happy Card Kit from the Occasions Catalog. This kit includes four pencils, and two of them (Lemon Lime Twist and Flirty Flamingo) are exclusive to the kit. I mixed Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral to get a unique color for the bottom flower.

After coloring the flowers, I stamped the splatter from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set in Blushing Bride Classic ink, then stamped thank you from the Petal Palette Stamp Set in Basic Black Archival Ink.

I embossed the Lemon Lime Twist card base with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. This was part of a free bundle during Sale-a-bration – but it will be back in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog. Then I layered the card to a Rich Razzleberry Cardstock layer, and added it to the card base. A little Fresh Fit ribbon finished off the card.

Check my web site tomrrow after 1 p.m. MT for a list of products that are retiring May 31, 2018. We know that the 2016-18 In Colors will be retiring, as well as many designer series papers and embellishments. If there’s something you love and want lots of, you should order now to avoid disappointment!

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

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For the Birds Challenge

For the Birds Challenge

For the Birds Stamp-Off Challenge

Welcome to another Stamp-Off Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me! This one is so fun. It’s all about birds.

Birds in the Catalogs

There are lots of birds in the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. In the Annual Catalog, there’s High Tide, Best Birds, Bella & Friends, Quirky Critters, Feathery Friends, You Move Me, Badges & Banners, Wherever You Go, Good Vibes, flamingos in Glamper Greetings, Pop of Paradise, a swan in Swan Lake, and (not sure if these count) a chicken in Wood Words and a flying pig in This Little Piggy. In the Occasions Catalog, we have A Good Day, Petal Palette, Sweetest Thoughts, Hedgehugs, Flying Home, and Bird Banter. Not in the catalog, but still available while supplies last is the Color Me Happy Stamp Set. (And I’m sure I’ve missed some; birds seem to be a big deal.)

Scary Childhood Incident Involving Birds

I’ll be honest – I have a lot of bird stamps (most of the ones I listed, plus some retired ones I just can’t bring myself to get rid of). I love bird stamps, but real birds creep me out. I think it’s because of a childhood event. My younger brother and I were picking cherries one year. We were on ladders in the trees and having a lovely time picking (and eating!) fresh, ripe cherries when all of a sudden, a blackbird flew at my head. Apparently he (or she) was also having a lovely time eating cherries and we startled him or her. I don’t care how old you are, when a blackbird suddenly flies at your head, it’s startling. (I have another story about blackbirds that involves my dad, but I’ll post that another time. Suffice it to say, whether they’re crows, starlings, grackles, or any other black bird, they all have the same name to my farmer dad.)

This bird, though, is super cute. (Maybe because it’s not flying at my head with murder in its eyes.)

Flying Home, Stampin' Up!

I love this card for spring! The little bird house with the bluebird and flowers…I can almost feel the sunshine and warmth. (Not literally, of course, It’s freezing here. Ok, maybe not freezing. It’s in the low 50’s, but there’s also wind that cuts right through your bones. I’m seeing “snowbirding” in my near future.)

Quick Details

I used two bird sets – Flying Home for the image and Petal Palette for the sentiment. I stamped the birds in Basic Black Archival ink, then colored with Classic Stampin’ Pads and Blender Pens. I die-cut the image with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, and the Basic Black scalloped circle layer with the Layering Circles Framelits. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is the Wood Textures DSP Stack. I added a layer of Crumb Cake Cardstock, embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and a bit of Copper Trim, then added it all to a Blushing Bride card base.

Today I get to see Susan in person for the first time in almost two years. I’m so thrilled and excited! One of these days, I’ll get to meet Jackie as well, but in the meantime, I’ll visit with her via email, blogs, Facebook and other forums. I love my cyber friends!

Take a few minutes to see what Jackie & Susan have done For the Birds!

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




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Rose Wonder

Rose Wonder

Here’s a card using one of my favorite stamp sets. It’s a few years old, so I haven’t used it for awhile since I’ve been playing with new stamps. Still, Rose Wonder is a lovely set with lots of sentiments suitable for sympathy, thanks, birthday, wedding, and more.

Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

First, stamp the image in Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then color with Classic Stampin’ Pads and a Blender Pen. I used Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves, and Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango for the petals. Die-cut the flower using the coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits from another piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen, adhere the diecut over the stamped image.

Use backgrounds from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set in Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango around the flower, if you’d like. Or you can leave it plain for a “Clean & Simple” card. Stamp Thank You in Garden Green Classic Ink, then die-cut with the label die from the Rose Garden Thinlits. Sponge the edges with some Lemon Lime Twist ink, then adhere to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add the stamped layer to a Punpkin Pie card base.

It’s funny that the card base is Pumpkin Pie, but I didn’t use Pumpkin Pie at all when I was coloring. With all the yellow in the rose, Pumpkin Pie just seemed to be the best choice for the base.

I keep thinking today is Friday – and I almost posted my Stamp Off Challenge today. Oops! I am really looking forward to Stampin’ Up! OnStage (which starts Friday!), but wishing won’t make the time go faster. And I have a ton of things to do before we go, so it’s good that I have an extra day.

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

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