Crafting with Amelia

Crafting with Amelia

After playing with baby wipes and ink refills to create this card last week, I had a brainstorm. What about Stampin’ Up!® Pigment Sprinkles? Would they work as well?

Well, yes. Yes they do. In fact, I think they work better. You don’t have to use much (unless you let your granddaughter do the sprinkling) and they are so bold and bright.

Yesterday, the Kindergarten and Elementary students at Amelia’s school gave fall concerts and parents (and grandparents) were invited. I was so happy to be able to attend, and I was so proud of the kids. Here’s the carload Amelia rode with to the second concert.

Cuteness overload, right? The kids who had parents at the concert got to go home early, so we had the whole afternoon together. We met Mike for lunch, and since we had a few extra hours, I showed her the baby wipe/Pigment Sprinkles technique.

I had planned to create a video tutorial for the technique, but Amelia was doing such a beautiful job, I filmed her and decided to use that video for the tutorial (plus she snitched the leaf I was going to use for my video).

Just so you know – this was very impromptu, so I didn’t put out a clean grid sheet or clean off my table, so this is as real as it gets. Especially when our cat Ashlynn caused the abrupt ending. She decided she was tired of being ignored and caused havoc in the background. I was also holding my phone, so there may be a little wobble when I noticed the cat stealing chicken nuggets. Life, right? Oh – and watch closely to see a new use for VersaMark, compliments of Amelia.

In case you couldn’t hear it well, we used a baby wipe with Pigment Sprinkles and “mushed” the die-cut leaves and punched daisies into the color. The leaf colors are Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, and just a small tap of Melon Mambo. Amelia created the color mix for the daisies and “winter leaf.” I know there’s a lot of Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay, and I’m fairly sure she used some Granny Apple Green (because that’s so fun to watch change color when it gets wet).

Oh – here’s a little tip for you. You can use the inked up baby wipe as a “stamp pad” as well!

I wasn’t sure about her colors for the winter leaf, but I liked it so much I made a couple more. I love how children aren’t afraid to try things! Here’s what I did with winter leaves.

Come to Gather, Stampin' Up!

After they dried, I stamped them with the leaf image from the Gather Together Stamp Set (bundle the stamp set and the Gathered Leaves dies to save 10%!) using Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. (I’m still getting used to my Storage by Stampin’ Up!® system; I meant to use Highland Heather.) I wanted them to be really frosty, so I added some Shimmery Crystal Effects and Ice Stampin’ Glitter. (Hey, you can never have too much glitter, right? Don’t answer. At least Amelia agrees with me!)

I embossed the Night of Navy Cardstock with the Layered Leaves 3-D Embossing Folder, then added it to a Purple Posy card base. The Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) is perfect with the winter leaves.

For a little more icy feel, I colored the Rhinestones with Highland Heather and Blackberry Bliss Dark Stampin’ Blends, then added them around the leaves.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy (and Amelia). Have a wonderful day!

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Nature’s Beauty Fall Card

Nature’s Beauty Fall Card

One of the best things about living in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is we get all four seasons. Thankfully winter is short, because contrary to what the rest of the South believes, Northwestern Virginia is still in the South. I think they’re just jealous because we don’t have the excessive heat and humidity, but we still enjoy warm(ish) temperatures mostly year-round. We have some really, really hot days in July and August, and we suffer through a week or two (maybe three) of cold temperatures in January and February. But for the most part, our temperatures are quite mild. (Hopefully I don’t jinx it by those remarks! Every several years we have a crazy winter with lots of snow and cold temps, but it’s not the norm.)

Anyway – here’s a nod to fall from me. My card today is for our Stamping Team Challenge for our meeting next month. It’s a color challenge, and we are to use Terracotta Tile, Garden Green, and Soft Suede.

These colors are gorgeous together! Here’s my card.

Nature's Beauty, Stampin' Up!

After I made it, I realized it’s a #simplestamping card! I don’t do that very often, so this was a happy circumstance! This card was inspired by our Stampin’ Up!® CEO Sara Douglass.

I sponged Terracotta Tile, Garden Green, and a little Soft Suede Classic Ink on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ Very Vanilla Cardstock panel. Then I stamped the trees from Nature’s Beauty using Soft Suede Classic Ink. I know Garden Green may be a weird choice for “grass” in late October, but we still have green grass. In fact, I’ll probably be mowing this weekend (hopefully for the last time this year!).

I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Soft Suede Classic Ink. The stamped layer is adhered to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Soft Suede Cardstock, then to a Garden Green card base.

Just a note about the Nature’s Beauty Stamp Set. When you purchase this set, $3.00 will go toward Mental Health Organizations across the world. I was so excited to see this in the Holiday Catalog. Mental Health Issues are a big deal to me, as I have many friends and family members dealing with this. Mental health is no different from physical health; if you have issues, you need to see a doctor. Seriously – if you have high blood pressure, you don’t hesitate to seek treatment. But people suffering from depression or other mental health issues tend to suffer alone, and that’s not acceptable. It’s an illness that needs treatment and there should be no stigma attached. In fact, I celebrate those who seek medical help. In these days, there is absolutely no reason to suffer from mental health issues when there’s so much help available And, honestly, we have all suffered from some degree of this, just as we’ve all suffered from colds, flu, or viruses. So, Bravo, Stampin’ Up®, for helping to support this cause, just like we did with heart disease.

And speaking of heart disease… My dad had a heart attack last Thursday. It was scary, but I am confident in his complete recovery. Even Thursday evening, after the attack, his color was good and he was in good spirits. He had a few really bad days, mostly because of the drugs he had when a few stents were inserted, but he’s on the mend and almost back to his old self. He has been laughing, talking, and enjoying reminiscing about “old times.” Just for the record, I’m not old enough to remember “old times,” but I enjoy listening to my dad’s stories about them.

And, of course, three generations later, we have Amelia. She is doing so well in school, and everyone is amazed at how well she’s adjusting since she didn’t go to preschool. Tomorrow, the children get to dress in their Halloween costumes and they’ll be performing their fall/Halloween songs. I can’t wait! She has been singing her songs to me, and yesterday she and her friend Emma performed one for me (cuteness overload!). But I am looking forward to seeing the whole class perform their fall songs tomorrow – in costume! Several weeks ago, Amelia was going to be a princess. But for the last month or so, she said she was going to be a black cat. Again. This would have been her fifth Halloween as a black cat. (One year she was a pirate.)

When I picked her up from school today, I asked, “Are you excited to be a cat for school tomorrow?” Answer: “No.” What??? Amelia: “I want to be a fairy.” Ok. Where did that come from? I texted her mom and asked, “Did you know she doesn’t want to be a cat after all?” I didn’t want to overstep and buy a fairy costume, so like any good mother-in-law, I asked permission before heading to WalMart to load up on fairy stuff.

Amelia knew exactly what she needed. First – wings. Then tights, a skirt, shoes, and a headband. She picked out everything she needed for her costume all by herself. Here’s my beautiful little fairy princess.

The only thing I don’t like about this is how grown up she looks. Where did that baby girl go? She’s already lost two teeth and she has definite ideas about what she wants to wear, read, look like, and eat. Time really does fly, but if it could slow down just a bit, I’d be very happy!

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

 

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Fall Fun

Fall Fun

Stampin' Up!, Flash Sale

Happy Wednesday, Stamping Friends! Today is the day you can snap up some of your favorite Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog Stamp Sets at a 15% discount. How cool is that? You can cross a lot of sets off your wish list today.

The 24-hour Flash Sale begins today! You can see the basics in my Monday post, including the list of discounted stamps. Please order early to be sure you get the products you want. And you can, of course, add other products to your order.

Here’s one of the cards we made at our October classes.

Stampin' Up!, Gather Together

This was really fun to do. First, we “dog-eared” a piece of the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and adhered it to a Crumb Cake card base. Next, we die-cut two small leaves in the Gathered Leaves Dies from the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog from Gold Foil Sheets. Next, we die-cut the large leaf in the Gathered Leaves Dies from Very Vanilla Cardstock.

To color the leaf, we placed a piece of aluminum foil on the table, then folded a baby wipe and placed it on the foil. We dripped some Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills on the baby wipe, then folded the aluminum foil over the baby wipe and leaf to press the leaf into the inked baby wipe. (This keeps your fingers a little cleaner.) Keep looking at the leaf and moving it around over the inked baby wipe until you’re happy with the image. Let it dry (speed this up with a heat tool), then stamp using the coordinating stamp in the Gather Together Stamp Set with Golden Glitz Delicata Stampin’ Pad. (You can bundle the Gather Together Stamp Set ane Gather Leaves Dies and save 10%.) Adhere the die-cut leaves to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and you’re done!

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

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24-Hour Flash Sale

24-Hour Flash Sale

Flash Sale, Stampin' Up!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23. That’s the day you can scoop up all the Stampin’ Up!® Stamp Sets on your wish list (and maybe some that aren’t!) at a 15% discount. Lots of my favorites are on there – Beautiful Day, A Good Man, Share a Little Sparkle, Let it Ride, and more from the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.

The sale is 24 hours only on Wednesday, October 23. Place your order early, because once the reserved sets are gone, the price reverts back to the catalog price. (Please note that bundles including these stamps are not on sale.) If you’re interested in becoming a demonstrator, you can add these sets to your starter kit (at the sale price, while available).

Here’s the list of stamps that will be discounted Wednesday only.

Flash Sale

Flash Sale, Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up!, Flash Sale

Because of the time sensitive nature of this sale, you will need to place your order online to be sure you get the stamps you want. If you use the Host Code 2JSJJG2S and your order is over $50, I’ll send you a gift from me!

Remember – the sale is only being held Wednesday, October 23, so be sure to order your favorites then.

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

 

 

 

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Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

Stamp Off Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another Stamp Off Friday Challenge! This week, it’s a sketch challenge.

How fun is that? My card is not at all what I had planned, but I like the way it turned out.

Winter Woods, Cup of Christmas, Stampin' Up!

I used some “leftovers” from a class to create this frosty winter scene. First, I adhered the strips of the gorgeous Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock. Next, I stamped the bare trees from the Winter Woods Stamp Set on Purple Posy Cardstock using Highland Heather Classic Ink. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the trees so that I could stamp over them with VersaMark ink. I wanted them to look frosty, but I still wanted the Highland Heather Ink to show through, so I used Heat and Stick Powder, one of my favorite retired Stampin’ Up!® products. You use it like embossing powder, heating it just until it melts. It’s very sticky, so you can add glitter without having a mess after. So cool. After the powder melted, I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

In retrospect, I could have used Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. That would have worked just as well, and all products would be current. So let’s pretend I did that.

The sentiment is from the Cup of Christmas Stamp Set. I stamped the sentiment in Whisper White Craft Ink on Night of Navy Cardstock, then embossed with the gorgeous Whisper White Shimmer Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Everything is layered to a Purple Posy card base.

Please check out what Jackie and Susan have created this week. And if you want to give the sketch a try, please send me your creation!! I’ll happily post it here.

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

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Set Sail for a Happy Birthday

Set Sail for a Happy Birthday

As much as I love the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog and creating cards for the fall/winter holidays, I also love so many products in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. I find that I tend to neglect them when the new seasonal catalogs come out, so I’m determined to play with them often!

Sailing Home, High Tide, A Good Man, Birch, Waterfront, Stampin' Up!

For today’s card, I used a few stamp sets from the Annual Catalog – A Good Man (the sentiment), Waterfront (the water, sun), High Tide (birds), Sailing Home Bundle (sailboats, wheel), and the Birch Background Stamp (also the water).

First, I stamped the water from the Waterfront Stamp Set in Seaside Spray and Pacific Point Classic Ink on Whisper White Cardstock. Then I stamped the Birch Background in Whisper White Craft Ink and heat embossed with Shimmer White Embossing Powder. In real life, this looks just like when the sun glistens on the water.

To create the sky, I first stamped the sun from the Waterfront Stamp Set in Mango Melody Classic Ink, then sponged Balmy Blue over the top of the card, leaving a little bit of space around the sun. I finished it off by lightly sponging Daffodil Delight Classic Ink around the sun.

After I added the birds from the High Tide Stamp Set using Shimmery Silvery Delicata Ink, I realized I hadn’t left room to stamp…anything. No problem! I stamped the large and small sailboats from the Sailing Home Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a Whisper White card stock scrap, then die-cut with the Smooth Sailing Dies. You can bundle the Sailing Home Stamp Set and Smooth Sailing Dies through June 2, 2020 and save 10%.

I colored the sailboats with Ivory, Dark Crumb Cake, and Light Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends, then added them to the water with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Instead of using an ordinary label or tag, I decided to add the sentiment to the wheel die-cut from the Smoth Sailing Dies. I stamped the sentiment (from A Good Man) in Pacific Point Classic Ink on a Whisper White card stock scrap, then punched with a retired punch. But have no fear! You can use the Layering Circles Dies and get the same result. I was pinched for time and the punch was handier than the dies.

The wheel from the Smooth Sailing Dies is diecut from the woodgrain design from the Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). I added the sentiment to the center and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I layered the stamped layer to a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Pacific Point Cardstock, then to a Seaside Spray card base.

Although this looks very involved, it was really simple to stamp and came together quite quickly.

Be sure to check back Friday for a BS&J challenge. This week, it’s a sketch. It will come as no surprise to Jackie and Susan when I say that I’m still scratching my head over this one. I haven’t even started it. I can’t wait to see what I come up with. 🙂

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

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Fall Daisies

Fall Daisies

Fall is absolutely my favorite season. Apples, pumpkins, soups and stews, colorful leaves…what’s not to love? Well, hayrides make me sneeze, but I can live with that.

Last Friday, Amelia got out of school early, so Wesley and I took her to a local farm market. We have a lot of farm markets in this area; this is, after all, apple country. The one we went to Friday has lots of kids to do, particularly play areas – a castle, pirate ship, wooden tractor to play on, swings, and of course, the cow train.

It’s kind of hard to see in this photo, but the cars look like Holstein cattle and it’s pulled by a tractor. Two of the cows are large enough for adults in case a child or two can’t (or doesn’t want to) ride alone. The last time we went, Amelia had a blast riding the train, but, sadly, this time, it wasn’t running. She didn’t seem too disappointed, though. She made several friends and enjoyed the apple cider doughnut holes. I was disappointed; I was hoping she’d want someone to ride it with her and I was ready to volunteer.

I didn’t get much stamping done this weekend, but the fun we had made up for it! Here’s a thank you card I made last month.

Good Morning Magnolia, Stampin' Up!, Daisy Lane

I wanted to use the Daisy Lane Stamp Set, but I also wanted it to feel a little like fall. It looks a little more like fall in real life than it does in the photo!

First, I sponged ink on a black and white design of the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog. I didn’t write down the colors I used and the card has long since been sent. I’m sure I used Petal Pink and Purple Posy. The darkest color is Highland Heather (I believe).

I stamped the large and small daisies using Highland Heather Ink on Whisper White Cardstock, then sponged colors inside. I used a mix of pinks, purples and blues.

After adding the sponged DSP to a layer of Basic Black Cardstock, I added both layers to a Purple Posy card base. Then I added a strip of Basic Black Cardstock to the front of the card and added the punched daisies with a Pretty Peacock Faceted Dot in the center.

The sentiment – from Good Morning Magnolia – is stamped on Petal Pink Cardstock with Highland Heather Classic Ink and punched with the Tailored Tag punch.

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

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