Christmas Season

Christmas Season

Welcome to our final Stamp Off of the year. It’s also the last official Stamp Off for awhile. Susan, Jackie, & I have all been overwhelmed lately, and, let’s face it – we’re not spring chickens anymore. (Did you hear that in Aunt Bea’s voice, from the Andy Griffith Show? In case you never saw it – or don’t remember, here are some “reviews” that give a recap.) We’re putting the challenges on hold for now. Keep an eye out, though, because we may be adding some challenges every now and then just for fun.

Today’s challenge is to show our personal Christmas cards. That was definitely a challenge for me, because I have already shown you all the cards I made for Christmas. Here’s the one I had scheduled for today, but I realized it uses the same Embossing Paste/Soft Pastels background idea that I showed you on Monday, so this is a bonus for you.

Snowflake Wishes, Stampin' Up!, Christmas Season

I added some snowflakes die-cut from the Ombre Specialty Paper to add a little more sparkle.

Here’s the actual card for today.

Christmas Season, Stampin' Up!

This is the fourth and final card in my Using Soft Pastels series. For this card, I used the chalk as ink. It’s so fun and so easy, and it gives a watercolored look to your card.

I shaved Mossy Meadow, Granny Apple Green, and Poppy Parade chalks onto acrylic stamp blocks. One of our Silicone Craft Mats would work as well.

Next, I affixed one of the stamps from the Christmas Season Stamp Set to another block, spritzed the stamp with a little water, then “inked” it with the chalk dust. You can spritz the chalk dust instead of the stamp, but sometimes the dust will fly off the block with the force of the spritz, and it’s also very easy to add too much water, so I prefer spritzing the stamp.

Now, simply stamp randomly on Basic White Cardstock. You can stamp at least two times before re-chalking your stamp. Clean the stamp, and continue with the rest of the images and colors you want to use.

I stamped the pinecones with Classic Stampin’ Ink, because I wanted them a little more detailed. I used Crumb Cake and Soft Suede, then I die-cut with the Seasonal Labels Dies. These dies coordinate with the Christmas Season Stamp Set, and if you bundle the stamps and dies, you’ll save 10%. But hurry! While the stamps and dies are continuing, the bundled price ends January 3 with the July-December Mini Catalog.

I used two of the label dies to create the sentiment in Basic White and Poppy Parade. The sentiment is from the For Unto Us Stamp Set that will be retiring on January 3.

If you haven’t used the Soft Pastels Assortment, do give them a try. I have only shown you four ways to use them, but there are so many more!

Please take a minute to check out Jackie’s and Susan’s Christmas cards. I received one from each of them, but, like me, they may have lots of different designs. I can’t wait to see if they used the beautiful ones they sent me or something different.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy, and for your support over the years. We have thoroughly enjoyed our challenges, and I hope you have gotten some inspiration from them as well. While we won’t each be using the same idea on Fridays, we’ll still be blogging, so we look forward to having you drop by! Have a lovely day!

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Blessings of Home

Blessings of Home

Welcome back for my third post in the Using Soft Pastels series. Today’s is my favorite so far!

Blessings of Home, Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that beautiful? And it’s very simple. Here’s how I made it.

First, I stamped the beautiful flowers from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set on Night of Navy Cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″) using White Craft Ink. Then I heat embossed using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. (The Blessings of Home Stamp Set and coordinating Flowers of Home Dies will be available January 4, 2022, in the January-June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog. If you bundle it, you will save 10% and be eligible to select a free Sale-a-bration product!)

Next, I used my Take Your Pick tool to shave some dust from the Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Pastels. I simply used the for corners of a large Acrylic Stamp Block to create little batches of each color.

Using a Blender Pen, I picked up the color I wanted (i.e. Granny Apple Green for the leaves) and colored over the embossing. The pastels stick to the embossing, and the color shows up so well on the white embossed areas. I also painted a little of the color inside the image as well. I continued with all the colors until I was happy with the results.

And that, my friends, is basically it. Isn’t that cool? I created a label using one of the sentiments from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set. I used Night of Navy Classic Ink and stamped on Coastal Cabana Cardstock. I used one of the Seasonal Labels Dies from the July-December Mini Catalog, then added it and a few Holiday Rhinestones to the card. I decided on Coastal Cabana Cardstock for my card base as well. Good news – the Christmas Season Stamp Set and Seasonal Labels Dies can be bundled to save 10%, but only through January 3. These items aren’t retiring (YAY!), but the bundled discount will end January 3, so order now to save some money.

On Friday, Susan, Jackie, and I will have special Christmas cards to show you, so be sure to take a minute and stop by. Yes, I know it’s Christmas Eve, but maybe you can squeeze in a few minutes in between wrapping gifts to check out our projects!

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

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A Chalky, Friendly Hello

A Chalky, Friendly Hello

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Can you believe Christmas is only five days away? Where has 2021 gone?

I’ve had so much fun playing with my Soft Pastels Assortment. These chalks are so much fun to use, and there are many techniques they are perfect for. This is my favorite from today’s “play.”

Friendly Hello, Stampin' Up!

The first thing I did for this card was to create the background. I covered a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock with a Basic Patterns Decorative Mask. Then I spread a very thin layer of Shimmery White Embossing Paste over it with a Palette Knife. I shaved some Poppy Parade and Mango Melody chalk dust over the mask and used the Palette Knife to mix it into the paste.

While that was drying, I stamped the flowers from the Friendly Hello Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. This stamp set will be a free Sale-a-bration product January 4 – Feberuary 28, 2022. I also stamped some leaves from the same stamp set using Granny Apple Green Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock.

I used my Take Your Pick tool to shave some Mango Melody and Poppy Parade into little cups. (I used a different cup for each color.) I added a few drops of a clear acrylic floor cleaner to the dust; you don’t need a lot. I added just enough to liquify the chalk dust. Using a paintbrush, I painted the chalk dust/floor cleaner mixture onto the flowers. The cleaner is clear, but it gives a nice shine to the flowers. Plus, it binds the chalk to the paper so that it won’t rub off. I used the Layering Diorama Dies to die-cut a background for the flowers using the Ombré Specialty Paper in Mango Melody. I wanted it to be a green so it wouldn’t get lost in the background, so I used a Blending Brush to add Mossy Meadow Classic Ink to the diecut. It turned out just a little darker than Granny Apple Green; I’m super happy with the results.

I had to fussy cut the flowers and leaves, but these weren’t difficult to cut out. I added the ombré diecut, flowers and leaves to the paste/chalk background, then to a Poppy Parade card base.

I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Granny Apple Green Cardstock, and I cut it out with a Tailor Made Tags Die. I didn’t have any Poppy Parade ribbon, so I made my own by coloring a piece of Very Vanilla Scalloped Lace Trim with the dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend and tied it through the tag. I love the shimmer in the embossing paste and ombré paper and the shine on the flowers.

I’ll be showing you chalk projects through Friday. By the time I’m finished, I hope I’ve convinced you that you need the Soft Pastels Assortment!

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

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Art Gallery with Soft Pastels

Art Gallery with Soft Pastels

Welcome back, Stamping Friends! I am happy to say that I am almost ready for Christmas! My cards have been mailed, 99% of the gifts are bought, and I have most of the food I need for dinner. I still have a few things to pick up, but mostly, I am more ready than I ever have been this close to Christmas.

I watched a technique class using the Stampin’ Up!® Soft Pastels (chalk) the other day. Most of the techniques were not new to me, but it was good to be reminded of them! Here’s what I did with them when I was playing today.

Art Gallery, Honeybee Home, Stampin' Up!, Soft Pastels

To create this card, I started with the background. Using the “spatula” tip on my Take Your Pick Tool, I shaved some Mango Melody, Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green chalk over Basic White Cardstock, then carefully spritzed it with 91% rubbing alcohol. The spray blows some of the chalk dust off the paper; next time I may try spritzing first.

Next, I stamped stamped the two flower blossoms, the full flower, and two stems from the Art Gallery Stamp Set using Versamark on Basic White Cardstock. I shaved more Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green, and a little Poppy Parade into a palette (aka a Pringles Potato Chip lid), then picked up each color with a Sponge Dauber. I dabbed color on each image (this was the hardest part; it’s hard to tell what you’re dabbing!). when I was finished, I sprayed them with cheap hair spray to fix the chalk, then die-cut them after they were dry. This Versamark/Chalk technique is called Poppin’ Pastels.

Going back to the background, it wasn’t dry yet, so I used my heat tool to speed it up. Cautionary note: Heat from the back of the card stock. Some places where the chalk was a little thicker chipped off while I was heating it. I sprayed this with hairspray as well, just to set the chalk. You can use a sealant for this, but the hairspray (aerosol, not pump) is only $1.00 and works fine.

I diecut the flowers with the coordinating Floral Gallery Dies and added them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For fun, I stamped and die-cut one of the honeybee images from the Honeybee Home Stamp Set that is in the January-June Mini Catalog. It will be available January 4, 2022. I added the chalked panel to a Poppy Parade card base.

By the way, you can bundle the Art Gallery Stamp Set and Floral Gallery Dies can be bundled to save 10%. (You’ll also be able to bundle the Honeybee set and dies, but not until January 4!)

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

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Flourishing Mystery Pieces

Flourishing Mystery Pieces

Welcome to a new week, and a new month of “Mystery Pieces.” Here are the pieces we were given in November.

We received a piece of Evening Evergreen Cardstock, a Soft Succulent Cardstock base, some Genial Gems, Just Jade Gingham Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, and Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Here’s my card.

Pansy Petals, Forever Greenery, Stampin' Up!
I diecut some greenery using the Forever Flourishing Dies and Basic White Cardstock, and colored the leaves and stems on both sides with Stampin’ Blends, then set them aside.

I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Evening Evergreen Cardstock to the Soft Succulent card base, then added the Pansy Petals DSP. I cut another piece of the Pansy Petals DSP using the Scalloped Countour Dies and added that to the card.

I draped the ribbon to my card, then added my colored greenery and some pansies that I fussy cut from the DSP to the front of card.

I somehow lost some of my Genial Gems, but I added the one I found and some Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the card as well.

Here’s Nadine’s card.

The Plentiful Plants Bundle is perfect with these pieces! I love how she added the flower basket to the bow. So clever!

This card is from Christy.

How awesome is that sentiment? I love how she used a stamp to “splatter” the tag with the sentiment.

Chris sent this one.

I love how Chris added the Potted Succulents Die-cut to the front of her card. It adds so much!

Here’s the front of Liz’s card.

This is such a fun fold – and I love how she coordinated the DSP with Christmas paper! Here’s the open card showing the fold.

Carol sent a masculine card.

Carol did an amazing job of turning the pieces into a card suitable for any man in her life. So nice!

And finally here’s Sandy’s card.

I love the floral border on the card as well as the vertical sentiment that mimics the border and the ribbon.

I’m – as always – so proud of my team! They are so clever and creative!

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

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In the Moment

In the Moment

Happy Friday, Stamping Friends! It’s time for another Stamp Off with Jackie, Susan, and me. This week we have a color challenge – Fresh Freesia, Night of Navy, and Coastal Cabana. Aren’t they beautiful together?

I decided to do a sneak peek this week. One of my favorite stamp sets in the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog is In the Moment. Its so sweet, and each image makes me happy.

In the Moment, Stampin' Up!, Blessings of Home

I started with a Night of Navy Cardstock base, and then added a layer of Simply Marbelous 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Coastal Cabana. I used the Layering Diorama Dies to cut a piece from the New Horizons 6″ x 6″ DSP in Fresh Freesia, then layered it over the Coastal Cabana DSP.

Next, I stamped the lady in the window image from the In the Moment Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock. I colored with Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Fresh Freesia, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Ivory, Cinnamon Cider, and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. I love how you can mix and layer colors with these alcohol markers!

I cut the tag from Basic White and Night of Navy Cardstock using the Tailor Made Tags Dies. The sentiment is from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set. I used a Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker to ink What a Beautiful Day. Of course, I picked up a bit of the “for love” part of the stamp, so I covered it with Rhinestone Basic Jewels that I colored with a Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blend. (They’re crooked in the photo, but I do believe I have them ordered into straight submission on the card now.)

The Simply Marbelous DSP will be a FREE Sale-a-bration item with a qualifying order in January and February. The In the Moment and Blessings of Home Stamp Sets and New Horizons DSP will be available in the new mini catalog beginning January 4, 2022.

Remember that the July-December Mini Catalog will be retiring on January 3, 2022. Lots of retiring products are already gone, so be sure to order your favorites soon!

Before you head off on your day, be sure to see what Jackie & Susan did with our beautiful color combination! And on Monday, I’ll have a new “Mystery Pieces” challenge from our “Apple Blossom Stampers” Demonstrator Team!

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

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A Grand Kid

A Grand Kid

Welcome back,  Crafty Friends! I’m so excited to show you my card for today. It’s totally not in my usual style! But first – don’t forget that Stampin’ Up!® is offering free shipping all day today on orders $50 and over! It’s a great time to stock up on supplies and splurge on that item you’ve been wanting. (Month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are excluded.)

A month or so ago, Stampin’ Up!® warned us that some things in the upcoming January-June Mini Calendar might not be available. As we were planning our demonstrator team challenges, we chose to make a Valentine/anniversary/wedding or other “love” card using products from the Annual Catalog or the July-December Mini Catalog – but not from the new mini. As it happened, almost everything in the new catalog was actually available (yay!!), but we stuck with our challenge. Here’s my card.

A Grand Kid, Stampin' Up!

I made this with Amelia in mind, so of course, I used the “A Grand Kid” Stamp Set. The sentiments are so cute and perfect for grandkids! I had already chosen to use the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) to keep the colors cheery. This paper is a host benefit so it’s free with a $150 order/workshop.  One side of each paper has bright colors and patterns and the opposite side of each design is a black and white pattern. You can leave it black and white or you can color the patterns with your Stampin’ Blends. So fun!

Obviously, I used the brightly colored, diagonal striped design. I cut a 5-1/4″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Poppy Parade Cardstock, then scored 2-1/8″ from each side. I cut two 2″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of the DSP to layer to the front of the card.

I stamped the sentiment in Poppy Parade ink on Basic White Cardstock, then punched that and the Petal Pink hearts with the Heart Punch Pack. I wanted a little larger label to act as a kind of latch, so I used the (retired) Stitched Label Dies with the gorgeous Ombre Specialty Paper in Poppy Parade. This pack has four sheets of ombre glimmer paper inGorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Night of Navy, and Poppy Parade.

To finish off my card, I added some Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels to add some sparkle.

This, of course, is another example of letting the DSP do most of the work for your card. Stampin’ Up!® has such beautiful Designer Series Papers that add so much to any project.

Check back in on Friday to see Susan’s, Jackie’s and my creations using a lovely color palette!

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

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Free Shipping

Free Shipping!

Great news! Stampin’ Up!® is offering free shipping tomorrow, December 8, on all orders over $50 (excluding month to month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions).

Stock up and save on Wednesday, December 8! You can order online or send me your order before 5 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. Don’t miss this great opportunity! But hurry! Products on the July-December “Last Chance” list are only available while supplies last, so order now!

Happy shopping!

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Eden’s Garden in Polished Pink

Eden’s Garden in Polished Pink

Is it just me or did that last week really fly by fast? Of course, it is a very busy time of the year, so days do seem to disappear before I get everything done!

I’ve been enjoying playing with the Stampn’ Up!® Eden’s Garden Collection, particularly the Ever Eden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s so beautiful, and it’s going away so quickly! The Eden’s Garden Stamp Set and Eden Dies (bundle and save 10%) are in the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog. But the Ever Eden DSP and Ever Eden Cotton Paper are only available through January 3 or while supplies last. The DSP has beautiful floral designs with splashes of Gold Foil accents. Gorgeous! And the Cotton Paper is similar to origami paper – very thin and great for folding. I used the leaf die to cut several leaves from the Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent Cotton Paper, and the border die to cut a border from the Cotton Paper. I placed these on a white candle, then wrapped it in waxed paper and heated until the paper melted into the candle. Gorgeous!!

Here’s another idea.

Ever Eden, Stampin' Up!

Most of my Ever Eden projects use lots of green, so I wanted a little more color in this card. I stamped the floral image in Polished Pink (my favorite pink right now), then cut it out using one of the Eden Dies. This die cuts a beautiful frame, but in this case, I kept the center and saved the frame for another project. Before I continued, though, I realized there was a lot of white space, so I had to fill it up with Soft Succulent stamped greenery. (For my second card with this idea, I turned the greenery stamp around so you can see more greenery and fewer stems!)

Next, I die-cut another frame using the Ever Eden DSP. I love that there are touches of gold in it! I adhered the frame to a Polished Pink card base, then inserted the center, stamped piece back into the frame.

Next, I die-cut the tag and stamped one of the Eden’s Garden sentiments on it, then adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For a little more color, I added some Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon to the edges of the tag/card. I also added a bit of Essential Baker’s Twine behind the sentiment.

Before I send this, I’ll probably add a little more “bling” to it. I love it the way it is, but I think it needs just a little more sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a fabulous week!

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Poinsettia Petals in Eden

Poinsettia Petals in Eden

Hello, my friends! I know this is a late post. I was having so much fun with our Demonstrator Technique Night, I forgot to schedule anything. We created a super cute coffee mug treat holder with Christy.

I’ll post some of my little mugs later, but here’s a card inspired by Annette Elliott. I didn’t change much from her card; it was so gorgeous! Take a look.

Poinsettia Petals, Ever Eden, Stampin' Up!

I absolutely love the Ever Eden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). It has lovely patterns and many shades of green with a little gold splashed in. If you want it, though, you need to order it now, because it is a limited time offering. It’s only available through January 3, 2022.

For my card, I stamped the three poinsettia layers from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set in Versamark on Basic White Cardstock, then embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I die-cut the berries and flower center from Gold Foil Sheets. I wanted the petals to be a little less bold, so I sponged some Soft Seafoam in over them with a Sponge Dauber, starting at the center and moving out to the tip of the petal.

Next, I stamped the leaves on Soft Seafoam Cardstock, again using Versamark so I could emboss with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I sponged them with Evening Evergreen.

Finally, it was time to put it all together. I added two patterns of the Ever Eden DSP to a Soft Succulent card base, then I added the gold berries and leaves. I stacked the poinsettia layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the center, also with a Stampin’ Dimensional. I really didn’t want to use a tag for the sentiment (from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set), so I stamped it directly on the DSP with Evening Evergreen Ink. To make it extra dark, I stamped it three times, using my Stamparatus for perfect placement.

One more Christmas card done! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!

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