Stargazing Pets

Stargazing Pets

Hi, Stamping Friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Ours was (again) lazy and quiet. This is not a complaint. I love lazy, quiet weekends. Mike and I actually got to run to the mountains Saturday for a quick overnight stay. It was lovely just to kick back and relax.

My card for you today has several retiring products. Remember that Stampin’ Up!® products that are retiring will only be available through June 2 or while supplies last. Some may show up in the Clearance Rack, but do you want to take that chance? It’s best to order now so you’re not disappointed.

Stargazing, Stampin' Up!, Pigment Sprinkles

When I started this card, I had no idea where it would go. I cut a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, then covered it with water using an Aqua Painter. You can also spritz it with a Stampin’ Spritzer.

Next, I added some Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, and Mango Melody Pigment Sprinkles to the wet paper. I love not knowing what the sprinkles are going to do, and I was thrilled with the results I got. I used an Aqua Painter to blend the sprinkles a bit so the paper was fully covered. (Note: The Pigment Sprinkles are retiring, and they are discounted, so you’ll want to snatch them up while you can!) Be sure to clean the Aqua Painter between colors so you don’t muddy them.

After the paper dried, I added the sentiment from the Stargazing Stamp Set (also retiring). I stamped in Versamark Ink, then embossed with Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This is also retiring. It’s easy to add shimmer to embossing powders with Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, but, sadly, this is retiring as well. (I need a moment. This is one of my absolute favorite products. I’m definitely a “Glitter Girl.”) Unless you have a lot of Dazzling Diamonds saved up, you need to order the Shimmer White and Shimmer Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder – because the Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter is all gone.

I diluted some Multipurpose Liquid Glue with water, then used a paintbrush to flick the diluted glue on the paper. Then I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to the glue and waited for it to dry.

I decided to use the Dog Builder and Cat Punches for my stargazers. These punches are carrying over to the new annual catalog, but the coordinating Nine Lives and Happy Tails Stamp Sets will be retiring in June.

I added the stamped/sprinkled layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of Basic Black Cardstock, then to a Mango Melody card base. This will be a perfect card for my granddaughter Amelia. She loves cats and dogs, and who doesn’t want their grands to stop stargazing?

You can order any of the products used on this card by clicking on the links below.

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

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In Color Stamp Off

In Color Stamp Off

Happy Friday, my friends! It’s time for another Stamp Off challenge with Susan, Jackie, & me.

This week, we’re using retiring In Colors. Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, and Blueberry Bushel are retiring June 2, 2020. I’m going to miss them for a lot of reasons. The first – Lovely Lipstick. What a fun red! It’s not pink, but it’s not red either. The second reason – Blueberry Bushel. Oh, my goodness, what a gorgeous Blue. It added a gorgeous pop to so many projects. The third reason – Crayola. I called these the “Crayola Colors,” because they are so bright and beautiful. And add Gorgeous Grape or Highland Heather, and you have a rainbow. All of the colors were so bright and happy. But, take heart – the new In Colors are also very beautiful. You can see four of the five in the May Paper Pumpkin kit. (Happily – but also sadly, this kit has sold out already.) The colors in the Paper Pumpkin kit will be – Bumblebee (a dusty yellow), Just Jade (somewhere between Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay), Magenta Madness (what a gorgeous pinky red! It’s a little more pink than Lovely Lipstick), Misty Moonlight (blue, of course. It’s hard to tell online, but if you’ve been a Stampin’ Up!® artist for awhile, it looks like a cross between Ballet Blue and Brocade Blue – two of my favorite retired blues!), Pumpkin Pie, and Purple Posy (these you know already).

Here’s a photo of the colors in the kit (excluding Misty Moonlight).

You can see Just Jade, Magenta Madness, and Bumblebee on the box. The light lavender is Purple Posy. But look to the right…you can see Misty Moonlight in the embellishments.

So while I’ll miss the 2018-2020 In Colors, I’m looking forward to the 2020-2021 colors! The fifth may be my favorite, but I can’t share until I get the “Official Okey-Dokey” from Stampin’ Up!®.

In the meantime, here’s a look at the five retiring In Colors. Yes, I did use all five in my card for today’s challenge.

Beautiful Moments, Stampin' Up!, 2018-2020 In Colors

My card base and the embossed layer are Grapefruit Grove. I embossed the 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder. This is also retiring, so be sure to order it before it’s too late.

I stamped the little girls and birds from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then die-cut with the Stitched Layers Dies. I colored the image with Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Ivory, and Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends Markers. Then I added a sky using an Aqua Painter and Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink. I added a slightly larger Pineapple Punch circle from the Layering Circles Dies under the stamped image.

The sentiment from the Beautiful Moments Stamp Set is stamped in Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink. I punched it using the Tailored Tag Punch, then ran a Pineapple Punch Dark Stampin’ Blend around the edge.

After adding the stamped circle to the scallop circle die-cut, I adhered it to the card base (over the embossed layer), then added the sentiment tag using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

If you want any of the retiring products, you should order now, because retiring products are only available while supplies last. The Stampin’ Blends light and dark single packs will be retiring; they’ll be available in the new catalog as combo packs only. And right now, the Layering Circles Dies are sold out, although they will be returning with a new order number.

Before you head into the rest of your day, please see how Jackie and Susan have used the retiring In Colors.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! I hope you have a lovely day!

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Best Dressed with Beautiful You

Best Dressed with Beautiful You

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. Not only do days pass quickly when you get older, but weeks (and months and years!) do as well. A picture of Amelia popped up on my Facebook timeline yesterday; it was from three years ago, but seemed like just yesterday. Every time I blink, she seems to grow up so much more.

Speaking of time flying…It also seems like just yesterday that I won the Beautiful You Stamp Set at a Stampin’® Up! OnStage event. It has always been one of my favorite stamp sets. Sadly, it’s retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog sales period on June 2. Although I won’t be sharing it on my blog or in classes after it retires, I’m still going to use it for cards for family and friends.

Best Dressed, Beautiful You, Stampin' Up!

This card uses several retiring products – the Lovely Lipstick Cardstock, Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends, and Classic Stampin’ Ink; the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper (DSP), and the Beautiful You Stamp Set. It’s always sad when things retire, but there are also gorgeous and fun new products to look forward to!

It was super easy to create this card. First, I stamped the lady in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto Whisper White Cardstock. There was just enough room to add the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick Classic Ink. I colored the image with Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends, then die-cut with one of the Stitched Rectangles Dies. While I was cutting, I added a larger stitched rectangle with Lovely Lipstick Cardstock to my “sandwich” so I could cut both rectangles at the same time.

After creating a Lovely Lipstick card base, I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Best Dressed DSP (from the January-June Mini Catalog) to the front of the card. Then I simply added my stamped layers to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love when you can let “tools” like paper and die-cuts do most of the work for you. And I only just realized the timeliness of this card with all the pinks and greens. This weekend would have been our annual Apple Blossom Festival. Our town swells in size as tourists, marching bands, celebrities, and groups from all over the country don their finest pinks and greens and join us for parades, parties, and other events throughout the weekend. My favorite is the Arts and Crafts festival in the park. Sadly, due to Covid-19, the festival was canceled this year for the first time since WWII. Mike & I usually head out of town for the weekend, but for most locals, it’s a big deal. It really has nothing to do with the apple industry any more, but it is a big tourist event, and the local establishments (hotels, restaurants, and shops) will miss it for sure. The weekend forecast (at least for now) is rather dreary, so it wouldn’t have been as comfortable watching parades in the rain!

You can see the list of retiring products on my web site, and you can shop 24/7 from my online store. Some of the retiring products have been marked down, so take advantage of the special prices! Remember, retiring products are only available while supplies last, so order now.

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

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Stampin’ Up!® Color Challenge

Stampin’ Up!® Color Challenge

Hello, crafty friends! I hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend. Ours was very relaxing and quiet, and I got to spend a lot of time in my craft room. However, our internet was down while Mike & Jon changed our modem – and then we had to reset every device in the house that’s connected to the internet. Whew! (Hence the lateness of this post!)

I mentioned last week that Stampin’ Up!® is offering a #keepstamping challenge each week. This week, the colors are Lovely Lipstick, Blushing Bride, Gorgeous Grape, and Old Olive.

You can use one or all of the colors on your project. And, of course, if you don’t have the exact colors, you can use colors that are close. We just want everyone to #keepstamping!

I used all four colors with products from the Ornate Garden Suite, a Stampin’ Up!® 2020-2021 Annual Catalog “pre-release.” It will be in the new catalog in June, but it’s also available for your to order now! It’s always fun to have products from new catalogs a little early, don’t you think?

Here’s my card.

Ornate Style, Ornate Garden, Stampin' Up!, #keepstamping

First, I stamped the floral image from the Ornate Style Stamp Set onto Whisper White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I colored with Highland Heather, Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends and die-cut it with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Next, I embossed a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Gorgeous Grape Cardstock using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. I added that to a Gorgeous Grape card base.

Finally, I die-cut a Blushing Bride frame using the Ornate Layers Dies. You can bundle the dies and Ornate Style Stamp Set and save 10%. You can also order the entire Ornate Garden Suite now if you want lots of new products.

I adhered the stamped flowers to the frame, then added them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Give this color challenge a try! Be sure to add a picture of your project to social media with the hashtag #keepstamping. It’s important to continue to do what you love and share with friends and family, even if you can’t be physically with them right now.

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

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Seeing Stars

Seeing Stars

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends! I spent a huge amount of time in my craft room the past few days, preparing for the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. There are lots of products I just had to have, but I haven’t used them in a while, so I need to show them a lot of love before they’re gone!

Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter is one of those products. I love Dazzling Diamonds. It’s so subtle, but adds a wallop of sparkle. Since our Heat & Stick Powder retired years ago, I don’t use it as much, but I still love it. Sadly, it will not be in the next Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

Another product I thought would be fun was the Shimmer Embossing Powder, available in Black and White. I used to make my own Shimmer Embossing Powder by adding Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to different Stampin’ Emboss Powders. It was fun to just sprinkle shimmery powder on and not have to add a step by adding glitter. Sadly, the shimmer powders will also be retiring.

Today’s card uses several retiring products – Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, and the Stargazing Stamp Set.

Stargazing, Stampin' Up!

I chose one of the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper (DSP) patterns for the background. It reminded me of a night sky. I decided to add a few stars from the Stargazing Stamp Set in VersaMark Ink so I could emboss with the Shimmer White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

I stamped the sentiment from the Stargazing Stamp Set in Pacific Point Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then punched with the punched with the Everyday Label Punch. It was a little naked, I thought, but I didn’t want to hide any more of the gorgeous DSP. I decided to add a little Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter along the edges of the punched piece. I simply added a little glue from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen along the edge, then added the glitter.

Everything on this card is retiring except the punch, card stock, and ink. The Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, See a Silhouette DSP, Shimmer White Embossing Powder, and the Stargazing Stamp Set will all be retiring June 2. If you love these products, you need to order (and stock up!) before they’re gone. Remember – except for stamp sets, all retiring products are while supplies last, so order now!

You can see and order all the retiring products (some are discounted!) on my web site. Several products from the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog have already run out, so don’t wait until the last minute. Order now!

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

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Stampin’ Up!® “Last Chance” Products

Stampin’ Up!® “Last Chance” Products

Stampin' Up!, Retiring Products

Don’t miss out on your favorite Stampin’ Up!® Products! The retiring lists from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and the January-June Mini Catalog have been released. You can view them here –

Annual Catalog Retiring List

January – June Mini Catalog Retiring List

Here are some things to remember:

  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after June 2.
  • Due to high demand, retiring stamp sets will have guaranteed availability until May 15, 2020; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • If you purchase a product at retail price and it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you wants, I recommend buying it as soon as possible; as mentioned above, products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Both catalogs and the retired/discounted items are combined in my online store. This will make it easier for you to shop in one place in the store with a single URL.

Please do order online since time is a factor and you don’t want to miss out on your favorite products. Please use the host code TNZVWW79 unless your order is $150 or more. You will want to keep the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself!

Order Deadline: June 2 by 11:50 PM (MT)

Happy shopping!

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Vellum and Blossoms

Vellum and Blossoms

Welcome back, Crafty Friends! I am sad to admit, I’m very sore today. I’m always distressed to realize how totally out of shape I’ve allowed myself to become, and then I always promise to get back into shape. Maybe this time…

A couple months ago, I was on a roll. I was exercising, eating right, and then I got shingles and didn’t want to move because of the pain. I was finally feeling better, and then CoronaQuarantine hit, and I didn’t want to do anything except craft and snack. But now, I’m thinking I need to get back on the program, because, eventually, we’re all going to see more than each other’s heads and upper torsos, and friends are going to say, “Wow, did you eat a whale, or what???” But back to today…

I promised my mom to finish weeding her flower beds and plant a lily for her. Back story – my dad had a stroke last spring, and it caused him to lose the peripheral vision in his left eye. He was recovering very well, but their gardening was neglected while he was healing. She started weeding their more than a year long neglected flower bed over the weekend, but it was difficult work and she’s 87. I offered to finish the weeding.

I am not 87. I’m not 77 or even 67 yet. There was only about 1/4 of the bed left to weed. Oh, my gosh, I am so sore! Some of those clumps of grass in the bed were incredibly stubborn. This was hard work, and I’m am even more impressed with my mother. My generation is totally weak compared to hers. But I did finish, and I planted the lily, dug up a few thistles from the yard that would have caused my dad to maybe have another heart attack (yeah, that happened last fall), and did a few other gardening things for them. We also fertilized and watered the roses – all with my dad’s verbal supervision. It’s very hard for him to let us take over the gardening duties, but we’re hopeful he’ll recover his strength and be back at it eventually. (Currently, he’s recovering from an infection from a dental procedure that caused an infection that turned septic. Bless his heart. This has been an awful year for him. He has never been sick, so this sickness/recovery/sickness/recovery cycle is hard for him.)

But even though my body is screaming at me for neglecting it for too long, I have a gorgeous card for you. I think it’s totally fitting that it’s a floral card.

Forever Blossoms, Beauty Abounds, Stampin' Up!

First, I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Perennial Essence Vellum, then embossed with the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder. I love the look of embossed vellum, and it’s even more gorgeous on the colored vellum.

Next, I stamped the floral image from the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set using Soft Suede Classic Ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock and die-cut with the Cherry Blossoms Dies. Because I used a water based ink, I colored the flowers with Petal Pink and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. (Remember – stamp in a solvent/alcohol ink – color with water based inks. Stamp in a water based ink – color with a solvent/alcohol ink.)

I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock using the Painted Labels Dies, then stamped the sentiment from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set using Soft Suede Classic Ink. I added the embossed vellum to a Soft Suede card base, making sure to only add adhesive only to the area that would be covered by the flower and label. Finally, I added the floral die-cut, and the stamped label to the front of the card.

I’m super happy with my results today – the flower garden and my card! What a sense of accomplishment.

Tomorrow the Stampin’ Up!® retiring list for the Annual Catalog will be released, and I’ll post it for you. Remember, retiring products are only available while supplies last, so be sure to check in to see what you need to order now before it’s gone forever!

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

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