Forever Sunflowers

Forever Sunflowers

Welcome to another Friday Challenge with Susan, Jackie, and me! This week’s challenge is so fun, because it’s a sketch challenge. Sketch challenges are so fun for me, because they are mostly just a “jumping off” point. You can follow the sketch literally, or you can just use the elements (for example – a circle can be a stamped sentiment, or a punched or die-cut element, or whatever you want!).

I chose a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. This is #FMS356. Here’s the sketch.

Freshly Made Sketches

You’ll notice (after I show the card) that I didn’t totally follow the sketch, so I may be eliminated from the challenge. Oh, wait – here’s the good news. We don’t really have rules, so even though I added things to the sketch, Susan and Jackie will be cool with it. I hope.

Sunflowers, Celebrate Sunflowers, Stampin' Up!

I started with the sketch. I used the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper (DSP) for the three vertical strips and the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon for the horizontal piece. But I was so inspired by Susan’s sunflower card a few days ago, I had to copy it.

I tied the Just Jade Gingham Flowers for Every Season around a Soft Seafoam card base for the horizontal layer. Then I added the three Forever Greenery DSP. And then I added my own twist to the sketch.

Using the Sunflowers Dies, I diecut the sunflower base from Bumblebee Cardstock and the overlay from Daffodil Delight Cardstock.  I added an Early Espresso Cardstock die-cut to the center of the sunflower. The leaves are die-cut from Old Olive (the overlay) and Granny Apple Green Cardstock (the leaf base).

Obviously, there is no stamping on this card. It’s perfect for an online only class for members who are used to having packets of materials sent (or given) to them for class. While online classes are fun and a great way to connect with stampers from out of town, I really miss being together in person with my stampers. I am looking forward to the day when we can all be together again!

Now – please check out Jackie’s and Susan’s blogs today. I am sure their sketches are absolutely amazing and their projects even more so!

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

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Last Day of School

Last Day of School

Hi, Stamping Friends! I had such a fun time creating this afternoon! This Friday is another BS&J StampOff Challenge, and I created two cards for the challenge. I liked both of them, but saved my favorite for Friday. Here’s the alternate.

Ornate Style, Ornate Layers, Stampin' Up!

This is a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#380). Whenever I’m stuck for inspiration, I look for sketches to inspire me. Here’s the sketch I used for the card.

Freshly Made Sketches

One of the reasons I didn’t save this card for Friday’s challenge was that I didn’t totally follow the sketch. After I added the image, I didn’t have room for a sentiment. Or maybe I’ll add one at the bottom where I had to “piece” the tiles because I added wrong. I somehow went really wrong when I divided 4″ x 3. (What is 1/3″ and why don’t rulers have a mark for it?) But never fear; I’ll hide the glitch before I send it! I only left it like this to show you that all of us have moments, but you do not have to trash a creation because it’s not perfect. I’ll post my corrected card soon!

To create this card, I stamped the image from the Ornate Style Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I used Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, and Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends to color the flowers. Then I cut it into nine rectangles and added them to one of the Ornate Layers Dies. Of course, you can bundle the stamp set and dies and save 10% over the individual price.

Finally I backed everything to a Highland Heather card base. The hardest part of this card was deciding where to cut and then pieceing it back together!

Today was Miss Amelia’s last day of school. Technically, she is now a first grader. She had a conference call with her teacher to show her “Memory Book” from Kindergarten. She had pages of her favorite things from Kindergarten, and had to draw pictures of the favorites. I have to say, I could not draw a Pirate Ship or pictures of her teacher and friends, or of her swimming as well as she did. I was so proud of her and she has learned so much this past year.

She had to wear her dress uniform for the closing conference, and she looks so grown up.

This is her serious face, of course. I ran over to visit this morning, and by the time I got there, she was dressed as a mermaid. It was such a clever and creative outfit. This girl always amazes me!

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

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Forever Blossoms

Forever Blossoms

I can’t believe the weekend is over already. It flew past, but that’s probably because this was “reading weekend.” I didn’t get a whole lot accomplished, but it was fun to relax and read after my Zoom catalog launch Saturday. I did do a little bit this afternoon. Mike had to go to the office, so I tagged along so I could take the cards that used retired stamp sets off the display boards and replace with cards using new stamp sets and products. Oh, my – one of the boards looks very sad! Apparently I’ve been sending a lot of cards lately, because I know I’ve made more than I had to display. I’m hoping both boards will be full and ready for my first “in person” class for months. I’m so excited!

After looking at my meeting room, I’m confident we can maintain appropriate distance. Of course, all of my stampers know not to touch their faces or put their fingers in their mouths, and to wash their hands. I’m even working on a way to demonstrate the projects on “the big screen.” I am so looking forward to seeing everyone live.

I also have a Zoom class scheduled for out of town guests and for those who aren’t quite ready to join in person. I just want everyone to feel comfortable and safe.

I have my first order from the (almost) entire catalog coming tomorrow. I have worked with the Celebrate Sunflowers and Jars of Flowers so much the past month, so I wanted to do something new. Sometimes when a new catalog comes out, I forget about the beautiful products that carried over. So here’s a Forever Blossoms Card for you.

Forever Blossoms, Stampin' Up!, Beauty Abounds

This set premiered in the January – June Mini Catalog, along with the coordinating Cherry Blossom Dies. Sadly, while the stamp sets and dies carried over, this is not one of the bundles that carried over. So while you won’t be able to enjoy the 10% discount, you can purchase the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and the Cherry Blossom Dies separately.

Even though I’ve been a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator for many years and I know the “stamp in water/color with alcohol; stamp in solvent/color with water” rules, sometimes I get caught up in the moment. I wanted a soft outline, so I stamped in Saddle Brown StazOn Ink, then colored with Stampin’ Blends. After I finished, I thought, “That really doesn’t look right…” And then reality returned as I was going over what products I used. If you stamp in a solvent based ink, the alcohol markers cause the lines to bleed. Oops. I carefully removed my image (of course, I had already adhered it to the card), then started over.

This time, I used Early Espresso Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, and colored with Rococo Rose and Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends (and a little Daffodil Delight). Much better! Except I kept thinking, “Oh! I want to color the petals with Magenta Madness and the leaves in Just Jade!” Ugh. Tomorrow. Tomorrow I can do that, but none of the new In Color inks were ready for the preorder, so I had to wait until June. Still, I think the Rococo Rose and Shaded Spruce work well.

I die-cut the image with the Cherry Blossom Dies. Next, I cut a piece of Vellum Cardstock that was a little large than the blossoms and ran it through my embossing machine with one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. I love embossing Vellum Cardstock. It turns white when the embossing folder breaks the fibers.

I popped the blossoms onto the vellum with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then popped that with more dimensionals (behind the die-cut) on a piece of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I layered that to a Just Jade card base.

For the sentiment, I stamped thanks from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set, in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then cut it with my Stampin’ Trimmer. I rounded the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch and added it to the card.

Remember that the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machines and the plates that go with them aren’t quite available yet. Hopefully, they’ll be available by fall. In the meantime, remember that if you host a minimum $250 class/workshop/party in June, you’ll get an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. You can place an order with some friends, host an in person or online event, or place a large order yourself to enjoy this benefit ($50 minimum in rewards!). Contact me if you need ideas or want to schedule an event.

Also – look at your wish list. Is it huge? You may want to sign up and join my team of amazing demonstrators! If you join my team between now and June 30, you can add a Stamp/Tool Bundle to your starter kit. (You can see the bundles on pp. 168-169 and 173-179 in the Stampin’ Up!® 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.)

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

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Jar of Sunflowers

Jar of Sunflowers

How much do you love the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog? Oh, my goodness! It’s awesome. I placed a very nice order yesterday and it will be here Monday. I can’t wait to show you some more of the new products. In the meantime, here’s another Jar of Flowers card.

Celebrate Sunflowers, Stampin' Up!, Timeless Tulips

I used the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set for this card. First, I stamped the jar and flowers on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper using Saddle Brown Stazon Ink. I used Watercolor Pencils and Watercolor Pencils 2 to color the jar and the flowers. Then I blended a bit with an Aqua Painter. (Note: the Aqua Painters have retired, but we now have Water Pens. Mine haven’t gotten here yet, so I used Aqua Painters.)

I punched the jar using the Jar Punch (bundle the punch and the Jar of Flowers Stamp Set and save 10%. Or get this bundle free when you join my team!*). Then I “fussy cut” the flowers with my paper snips.

After I die-cut a Stitched Rectangle from Whisper White Cardstock, I layered the jar and the flowers to the stitched rectangle panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added it to a piece of the 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper, then to a Cherry Cobbler card base. The sentiment, stamped on Whisper White Cardstock using Early Espresso Classic Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and punched with the Tailored Tag Punch, is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set. I added a bit of Clear Wink of Stella on the centers of the sunflowers, but it’s not easy to see in the photo. Wink of Stella is very bold in person, but in photos it’s really shy.

So today, there was a chance that I’d be babysitting Amelia if Wes had overtime. He didn’t, but I still got to play with her a little. We had so much fun today. She’s trying to teach me how to play her favorite video game. I am not good at video games, but I’m learning. She’s so patient and kind. She’ll make a great teacher one day, if that’s what she chooses to do. She decided to teach me to run a few weeks ago, because most of the time, I don’t run. I’m almost 62 years old. I do not have to run. Even if someone is chasing me, I’m not going to run. I’ll just pretend to be crazy or something to get them to leave me alone. Still, Amelia insisted that I learn.

She showed me the beginning stance. It was very like the beginning stance of throwing a Frisbee (which was a lesson from several weeks ago). Then – just “pump your legs as fast as you can.” After she had been running for awhile, I started running and was abreast of her.
“That’s the spirit!” she cried. Oh, my goodness. That was so funny, I started laughing, which caused me to lose the race. Maybe that was her idea in the first place.

*About the joining my team and bundles comment – From June 3-30, if you decide to become a Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator, you can add a stamp/tool bundle to your starter kit. That means when you sign up to be a demonstrator, you can add any punch/stamp or die/stamp bundle to your starter kit for free! And if you decide to host a class/workshop/party – you can add an additional $25 to your Stampin’ Rewards with a $250 order. How cool is that? It’s a minimum of $50 in Stampin’ Rewards if you host a qualifying party. Contact me to schedule your party today!

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

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Celebrate Every Day

Celebrate Every Day

Today’s the day! The 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog goes live at noon MT today. I am so excited. My order is ready; all I have to do is key it in.

In the meantime, here’s a quick and simple card using products from the new catalog.

Jar Punch, Many Mates, Stampin' Up!

Since we’ve been holding our stamp classes and workshops virtually, my challenge has been to design cards that don’t need specific stamps. My stampers have all different tastes and they’re at all levels of stamping. Some are brand new stampers with few supplies; others have more than I do. We don’t all have the same stamps. So class cards have used mostly sentiment stamps. This is one of those cards. I wanted to use new products, and punches and dies seemed the way to go.

First, I punched the jar from 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP), then punched the lid from Gold Foil. Next, I hand-cut a straw from Coastal Cabana Cardstock and drew lines with a Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Marker. The bow on the jar is the metallic trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack.

I layered it to a Pool Party stitched circle (one of the Stitched Shapes Dies), then to Whisper White Cardstock. The card needed a little something more, so I used the Small Bloom Punch to add a punched flower from Bumblebee Card Stock.

After I stamped the sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set in Misty Moonlight Classic Ink, I adhered the card to a Magenta Madness card base. To balance the card a bit more, I added some 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots.

I love the brightness of this card. Of course, there are so many things you can do with the Jar of Flowers Bundle (Jar Punch and Jar of Flowers Stamp Set). As always, if you purchase the bundle, you enjoy a 10% discount on the products.

Now – get your order ready and have fun shopping!

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

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Peaceful Poppies

Peaceful Poppies

I love the Peaceful Poppies Suite from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog, don’t you? And here’s some good news – the Painted Poppies and Peaceful Moments Bundles are both carrying over to the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. That means that not only can you enjoy the stamps and dies for another year, but you can also enjoy the 10% discount when you purchase the bundle.

Painted Poppies, Peaceful Poppies, Stampin' Up!

I used the Painted Poppies Bundle and the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set for this card. First, I stamped the poppies from the Painted Poppies Stamp Set in VersaMark Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, then embossed with the Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (The Shimmer Black powder and the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP) are both retiring.)

Next, I used the “Watercolor Spread” technique to color the poppies. I’m not sure what the actual name of this technique is. I’ve heard it called lots of different things, but this is the one I remember.

After the embossing powder has cooled, fill the areas within the embossing powder with water using an Aqua Painter or Water Brush. Pick up a few drops of Poppy Parade Classic Ink Refill with your Aqua Painter, and then touch it to the water. It will spread throughout the area that’s embossed. The embossing acts like a little fence to hold in the ink. Of course, if you use a lot of water and get a little messy (like I did), it will flood over the “fence,” but for this card, it didn’t really matter since I was only using one color.

After the paper dried, I die-cut the images using the Painted Labels Dies. While I had the dies out, I cut the circle swirl from Basic Black Cardstock and a label from Mango Melody. I love Poppy Parade and Mango Melody together.

After I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set using Poppy Parade Ink on the Mango Melody label, it was a cinch to put it all together. I added a few rhinestones to the card for a little more sparkle. The card is a little dark, but I love how the poppies and sentiment look against the darker paper.

Speaking of the new catalog…There are only two more days until we can order from it! Some things will not be available right away due to (mostly) COVID-19. Things are a bit backed up as they deal with keeping employees healthy and slow shipping from manufacturers. But at least things are moving, albeit slowly, right?

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

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Mossy Cake Pool Challenge

Mossy Cake Pool Challenge

Welcome to another Friday Stamp Off Challenge with my friends Jackie and Susan, and me. Today’s challenge is a color challenge using Pool Party, Mossy Meadow, and Crumb Cake.

I love these colors together, but it ended up being a little bigger challenge than I thought. After staring at the card stock and my Tasteful Touches Stamp Set for about 10 minutes, here’s what I came up with.

Tasteful Touches, Stampin' Up!

First, I stamped the flower from the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set (from the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, available June 3) using Soft Suede Ink on Crumb Cake Cardstock. I colored the flower with Daffodil Delight and Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and Whisper White Watercolor Pencils. Then I fussy cut it with my Paper Snips.

Next, I stamped some of the feathers in Pool Party Classic Ink on Pool Party Cardstock, stamped the sentiment in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, and rounded the corners with the Detailed Trio Punch.

I used the retiring Neutrals Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Crumb Cake for the background. I stamped the flowers over the DSP design using Crumb Cake Classic Ink, then layered it to a Mossy Meadow card base. I popped the Pool Party layer to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the flower in the corner, also with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added my very last piece of the Crumb Cake Nature’s Twine around the card. I’m so happy to have used up at least one spool of retiring ribbon!

After another cool, rainy spring, everyone in the area was looking forward to warm weather. Today it’s over 80 degrees and sunny. I have promised myself I will not complain since I wished for it so badly. I will say, though, that Willis Carrier is my hero.

Check out what Susan and Jackie have created for you this week! I am always excited to see their “take” on the challenges!

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

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Simple Pop-Up Video

Simple Pop-Up Video

Yesterday I showed you a simple pop-up card. While I printed the instructions, I find it easier sometimes to actually see how something is done.

Here’s a video showing how I made the pop-up stage. And as a bonus, this is a completely different card, and it’s a portrait instead of landscape card. (Don’t worry; both start out the same way!)

Here’s the card I made.

Peaceful Poppies Suite, Stampin' Up!

And the inside.

Peaceful Poppies Suite, Stampin' Up!

And now the video. Hope you enjoy it!

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Super Simple Pop-Up

Super Simple Pop-Up

Happy Memorial Day, Crafters! I hope you’ll take some time today to remember our fallen heroes, those brave men and women who died protecting our country and our freedoms.

While I have many family members who have served in various branches of the military, the only one I know of who died in battle was a distant cousin, Delmer Linaberg. He died on D-Day. I posted the story years ago (you can read it here and here), and later, received an e-mail from a teacher who had purchase some WWII memorabilia to use with his history class. In the box was Delmer’s final letter home. The gentleman sent me a copy of the letter. It was filled with news and questions about home and family members. At the end, he wrote, “…in the near future, you might not hear from me for a month, so don’t worry about me…” The letter was dated two days before D-Day.

Knowing it was the last letter he would write to his mom, and knowing that by the time she got it, he had already been killed, was heart-wrenching. So today, I’m thinking about him as well as family and friends who made it home alive.

If you’re crafting today (or any day!), here’s a fun pop-up card for you. It’s the first pop-up design I ever made, and it’s so simple.

Sailing Home, Stampin' Up!, Pop-Up Cards

For this card, I used the Sailing Home Bundle (Sailing Home Stamp Set and Smooth Sailing Dies) as well  as the retiring Come Sail Away Designer Series Paper (DSP). While the stamps and dies are returning to the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog, the 10% discount for purchasing the stamps and dies together will end after June 2. That means, if you’ve been wanting this bundle, you can still order the products from the new catalog next week, but you’ll pay full price.

Here’s the inside of the card.

Sailing Home, Stampin' Up!, Pop-Up Cards

You can’t tell in the picture, but the ship and the scalloped oval pop up when the card is opened. Here’s how to do it.

First, you need a card base (mine is Night of Navy). Simply cut the 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half to create a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece, then score the 8-1/2″ side at 4-1/4″.

Next, you need the insert. I chose Whisper White, but any color works. If you want to stamp or write a message, a lighter color works better. Balmy Blue or Seaside Spray would have also been good choices for this one. The Whisper White layer is 5-1/4″ x 8-1/4″, and I scored the 8-1/4″ side at 4-1/8″.

With the folded side of the Whisper White piece facing you, make two parallel cuts perpendicular to the fold. You do not need to measure; I always just “eyeball” it. I made my cuts about 1″ deep and 1″ apart. If your pop-up is smaller, you’ll want the cuts closer together and maybe not quite as deep.

Take a bone folder and score between the tops of the two cuts, then fold the cut piece back and forth (to make it pliable), scoring each time. Now, push it to the center of the card to form a “stage” for the pop-up.

Here’s a photo of my cuts making it easier to see what I’m talking about.

I find it easiest to put the card base and insert together before I add the pop-up. I do stamp first, though, just in case I smudge or stamp crooked and need to turn the paper over.

Simply add adhesive to the bottom back of the Whisper White insert, making sure to keep adhesive away from the stage, of course. I run my adhesive around the edges of the insert and the stage, but you do not want to glue the stage to the card – because then it wouldn’t be able to pop up.

Place the bottom half of the insert into the card base, keeping it just a hair below the fold of the Night of Navy card base.

Next, add adhesive to the top back of the Whisper White insert. Close the top of the card base over the insert to adhere.

You’ll attach your pop-up to the front of the stage. I adhered it about 1/8″ above the center fold of the stage. If it gets too close to the fold, the card doesn’t want to close well.

Finally, decorate the front of the card. I simply added the DSP, then the lighthouse on the Night of Navy scalloped oval. I may add a sentiment later, depending on who this card is for. It’s perfect for a graduation, or for someone starting a new job, business, or a new career.

While the directions are long for this card, it really only takes minutes to complete. The longest amount of time (for me) was spent deciding on the layout, the stamps, and the colors. After that, it was smooth sailing! (Sorry. I had to say it.)

Hope you have a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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Tropical Fun Fold

Tropical Fun Fold

I had so much fun creating this fun fold card today. Take a look.

Tropical Oasis, Timeless Tropical, Stampin' Up!

So I have to admit, I only have a little over a week before my huge stack of Designer Series Paper (DSP) retires. So I’m looking at as many designs as I can find that use a lot of DSP.

For this card, I used Very Vanilla Cardstock and Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (sans envelopes). I started with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ Very Vanilla card base. Next, I cut a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ “flap” from Very Vanilla Cardstock and scored the long side at 1/2″. I cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ layer of the Tropical Oasis DSP, added SNAIL to all four sides of the back, then placed the 1/2″ tab of the flap behind the DSP. Then I added the DSP and flap to the Very Vanilla card base.

I trimmed the Very Vanilla Note Card to 3″ x 4-1/2″. I added a 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″  piece of the Mossy Meadow DSP to the back of the note card, then adhered it to the card. (Note: Be sure you add adhesive to the front of the note card, so the DSP on the back is shown, and the card opens backwards.)

I cut a 1-1/4″ x 2-3/4″piece of the leftover Tropical Oasis DSP and layered it to the flap. But, sadly, the card and flap don’t stay closed.

To use up some of my leftover 2018-2020 In Color Cardstock, I die-cut the three small flowers from the In The Tropics Dies from Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch Cardstock. For this card, I adhered the three Lovely Lipstick flowers to the flap, then added the Pineapple Punch floral centers using Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. This still didn’t keep the card closed, of course, so I used the Small Bloom Punch from Sale-a-bration to punch one Pineapple Punch and two Grapefruit Grove flowers. (If you didn’t get this punch during Sale-a-bration, don’t worry. You may see it again!) I added a glue dot behind one of the Pineapple Punch flower petals so the flap could slip behind it to keep the card closed.  When you slip the flap from under the flower, the card opens like this.

Timeless Tropical, Tropical Oasis, Stampin' Up!You can write a note to the recipient, or you can stamp a sentiment in the note card.

I punched 1/4″ circles from Lovely Lipstick for the centers of the flowers. This punch has retired, but there are other dies and embellishments you can use for flower centers. Any self-adhesive sequins or enamel dots would look awesome!

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

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