Oceanfront Harvest

Oceanfront Harvest

Can you believe it’s Friday already? This week has flown by so quickly. It’s been a busy one, but full of good things!

I’m excited to share this card with you today. It’s one we’ll be making at our classes this month. I was inspired by Susan & Jackie’s creations.

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To make this card, I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut the center from another piece of card stock. I saved the center for another card, then laid the “frame” over a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Cardstock to create a mask. I used the Oceanfront Stamp Set and Balmy Blue and Pear Pizazz Classic Ink Pads to create the background. I used my Stamparatus so I could get good coverage. When you stamp close to the mask, you need to use a little more pressure on the edges of the stamp. Using the Oceanfront Stamp Set for the background was my inspiration from Jackie. I love the way it looks, and it doesn’t have to be for water-based cards!

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and the grasses in Garden Green Classic Ink.

On a separate piece of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the flowers. I used Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamp – Early Espresso for the centers, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie for the petals, and Garden Green for the stems.

When I use Stampin’ Write Markers to color a stamp, I like to use the Stamparatus. That way, I can ink each piece (like the petals), stamp it, then ink again if needed.  Then I move to the next section (centers), ink, stamp, and reink as needed. And then I ink and stamp the final section (leaves/stems). When you finish all the inking, you can always go back and add more ink or even a different color to fill in any spots you aren’t happy with. What did I ever do before I had a Stamparatus?

I used a Blender Pen to blend the ink a bit. I used the Harvest Dies to cut them out, then adhered them to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. If you want the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set and the Harvest Dies, it’s best to use the bundle number (156813) so you can save 10%. This layout is one Susan used a few days ago, and I loved it.

I adhered the Basic White piece to a Garden Green card base. This card is one of my cards celebrating “World Watercolor Month.” It’s not technically “watercoloring,” but you use water based ink and blend it with either water or a Blender Pen. And the Oceanfront background looks watercolored, don’t you think?

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

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Celebrating Your Splendid Day

Celebrating Your Splendid Day

Welcome back, friends! Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques, and I’ll be highlighting a few different ways to do it this month. Sadly, when I looked at my current stamp sets, I don’t have a lot of “watercolorable” sets. Of course, I’ll have to remedy that very soon. Now is the perfect time, because it’s Sale-a-bration!

I decided to use the Splendid Day Suite Collection for my first watercolor project this month. I was drawn to this suite because of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), but the more I use it, the more I love it. Although it’s in the July-December Mini Catalog, it’s more of an All-Occasion Suite. I always think fall or winter with this Mini Catalog, but this set is so much more.

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First, I started with the DSP. I wanted to use the little bee, so I chose the DSP pattern with the bee. This beautiful DSP is what drew me to the suite. One side of each paper is foil and white ink, while the other side is simply a beautiful soft pattern.

I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece, making sure I included the little bee, and adhered it to a Coastal Cabana card base. Using the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, I stamped the two larger floral images and the bee from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set in Jet Black Stazon Ink and die-cut them with the Splendid Stems Dies. The stamps and dies are included in the suite, along with the Open Leaf Trinkets and Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon. You can, of course, purchase items separately, but if you want the stamps and dies, you need to use the bundle number – 159677 – to save 10%. (If you order the suite, the stamps and dies are already bundled.)

I colored the die-cut pieces using Watercolor Pencils. These are so easy to use! I used Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green, and Crushed Curry. I used a Water Brush to blend the ink and soften the pencil marks.

I decided to die-cut a few more of the images using Soft Sea Foam and Pool Party Cardstock. I also die-cut the semi-circle from one of the “non-foil” sides of the DSP and stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I added all the die-cut elements to the card, then added a few of the Glossy Dots for even more shimmer and shine. This card can be used for so many occasions, but I have the perfect use for it. My cousins just celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary, and I think this card is perfect!

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

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The Best Remedy

The Best Remedy

Welcome back, my friends! Stampin’ Up!® has added a new kit to the kits collection. It’s called The Best Remedy, and it’s perfect for when you need cards that comfort or encourage. Here are the cards you can make.

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Aren’t those little creatures adorable? My granddaughter Amelia laughs at me, because real mice kind of creep me out, but I like cartoon or stamped mice! And that little bird with the ice pack on his head is so sweet. Here are the contents of the kit.

The Best Remedy, Stampin' Up!, Kits Collection

As you can see, everything you need to create the cards comes with the kit. You’ll get:

  • The Best Remedy Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Starry Sky Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
  • Folded card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)
  • 9 coordinating envelopes
  • 1 clear block
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Polished Pink, Starry Sky

Even the adhesive is in the kit box. As soon as you open it, you’ll be ready to start creating. The kit is available online now (while supplies last), and it’s available in English and French. While you’re in my store, you can see all the kits that are available here.

I love our Stampin’ Up!® kits! They look so professional and beautiful, yet they are so easy to assemble. You can create the projects according to the instructions, or you can change them a little to add your own personal touch. Personally, I usually create them exactly according to the instructions.

Watch this video of Sara Douglass as she shows how to create the cards.

Of course, another good remedy for me is having family around. I so love all my kids – the two I gave birth to and the four that are grafted in. My kids and mom are so sweet to indulge my need for family! Whenever there’s a special occasion or birthday, we have dinner (or “lunch,” actually) for whoever is available. Usually all the kids are here, and my mom and niece Beth. Amelia’s mom’s birthday was Sunday, so we had lunch on Saturday to celebrate Stephanie. Stephanie and my younger son Wes were married when they were quite young, and have since divorced. But Steph and Wes, Garrett (Steph’s second husband) and Katelyn (Wes’s second wife) are all good friends and are amazing parents for Amelia. Of course, everyone loves my older son Jon and his wife Adrianna and Mom and Beth. Our get-togethers are always a bit raucous with a lot of laughter. Garrett and Adrianna did a lot of the cooking this time, and Katelyn brought delicious “cake bites.”

Funny story. In my family, the evening meal was called “supper.” Somewhere along the way, Mike & I started calling it dinner, which was 6 p.m. or after –  except on Sunday. Sunday dinner was the midday meal, and Sunday “supper” was just something light and easy. When I was growing up, it was usually grilled cheese sandwiches, popcorn, and ice cream sodas before we watched The Wonderful World of Disney on TV.

The first time Garret came to “dinner,” he was thinking “evening,” even though it was Sunday. So when I noticed he wasn’t eating, I was a little concerned. He finally confessed that he had just eaten lunch, because he thought we were having an evening meal. I sent home “to-go” boxes so he could have something for “dinner.” We also had a long discussion on Cooper Semantics.

I think we all are on the same page now – dinner is evening except on Sunday, when it’s usually 1 p.m. Next up – Amelia’s lunch in a few weeks! She has everyone’s favorites planned for her menu!

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Regal Reindeer

Regal Reindeer

Happy Friday, my friends!  This week has seemed so short; I’m thinking it’s because Monday was a holiday. After being away for five days, I’ve been catching up yard work. Jon & Adrianna gave Mike & me some clippers and pruners for Mothers’ & Fathers’ Day, and I had a blast cutting down some scrub brush that was creeping over our fence. I also trimmed a few branches that I had to keep dodging when I mowed. And, of course, the wind had blown quite a few leaves into the pool, so I had to get them out. Things look pretty good, I think. Tomorrow, I’m doing some baking for Stephanie’s birthday (Amelia’s mom) and cleaning up the house a bit. Our cats are enjoying their “scratch pads,” but they sure do make a mess. And then, hopefully, I can get back to my stamp room after the birthday festivities.

Here’s a card I made using the Regal Reindeer Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalog.

Regal Reindeer, Stampin' Up!, Leaves of Holly

This was so fun to make, because I love to color. First, I stamped the trees on Very Vanilla Cardstock using Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. I stamped several times before I re-inked my stamp. Then I stamped them again on a Very Vanilla Scrap and die-cut them with the coordinating Reindeer Dies. (If you use the bundle number – 159728 – you’ll save 10% over the cost of purchasing the stamps and dies separately. AND you’ll be able to select a Sale-a-bration Level 1 set!)

Next, I stamped the reindeer and little girl images on another piece of Very Vanilla. I colored them with Stampin’ Blends – Sweet Sorbet, Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Tahitian Tide, Soft Suede, and Petal Pink.

After I die-cut the images, I added them to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment, from the Leaves of Holly Stamp Set, is stamped in Early Espresso directly on the card. I added the card to a Tahitian Tide layer, and then to a Sweet Sorbet card base.

If you enjoy watercoloring, you’ll be happy to know that July is World Watercolor Month. I can’t wait to share some watercolored cards with you.

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

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Wisteria Wishes on the Horizon

Wisteria Wishes on the Horizon

Welcome back, my friends! Mike & I had such a relaxing and restful weekend in the mountains. I missed the kids, but it was also fun to have so much “down time” together!

I made this card before we left, but it reminds me so much of the sunrises at our mountain house. I’m more of a sunset than sunrise person, but lately Mr. Max (our Pug) has been waking up very early for breakfast and a walk. So I’m seeing more mornings!

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It’s another “Peek-a-boo” card. When I created it several weeks ago, the beautiful New Horizons Designer Series Paper (DSP) was still current. Sadly, it retired with the January-June Mini Catalog, but there are lots of other beautiful designs in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual and July-December Mini Catalogs.

First, I embossed a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White Cardstock with the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Then I used Blending Brushes to add Calypso Coral, Tahitian Tide, Evening Evergreen, and Soft Succulent Classic Ink to the front. After I cut a little slice out of the Basic White, I rolled it back and added a little more ink to the rolled up area, then secured it with Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive. Next I adhered a little piece of the New Horizons DSP behind it.

The trees are actually the wisteria from the Wisteria Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped the flowers in Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, then diecut them with the Wisteria Dies. Use the Bundle number – 158860 – to save 10% when ordering the stamps and dies.

This looks like a lot of stamping and cutting, but I only stamped the basic flowers two times. The stamp and dies stamp/cut three flowers at the same time. The darker green was the only part I had to stamp six times. I cut one off so I could add it to the bottom corner.

The sentiment is also from the Wisteria Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped it in Evening Evergreen on Basic White Cardstock and cut it by hand.

The little embellishments are the Fine Sparkle Adhesive Gems from the July-December Mini Catalog. They are Calypso Coral, Pale Papaya, Pacific Point, and Pool Party. They work so well with the colors in the misty sunrise, don’t you think?

I backed the embossed layer with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Tahitian Tide Cardstock, then added it to a Pacific Point Cardstock base.

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

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Splendid Day Suite

Splendid Day Suite

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. In the United States, we’re still in “weekend mode,” as we’re celebrating Independence Day. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and, although our country isn’t perfect (is any country?) I always reflect on how far we have come as a country that started with 13 colonies and a group of people from different countries, religions, and backgrounds.

Another reason to celebrate this month is the new July-December Mini Catalog and Stampin’ Up!® Sale-a-bration. The summer Sale-a-bration began July 1 and will continue through August 31, 2022. For every $50 or $100 you spend on regular products (before shipping/tax), you can select a free Sale-a-bration product to add to your order. You can order from the Annual Catalog, the July-December Mini, or add kits, Paper Pumpkin pre-paid kits and refills, or Clearance Rack products to your order. If it’s in the online store, it counts toward the $50/$100 order. And there’s no limit to how many free products you can earn.

Here’s a card to get you started. It’s another card from the “Creativity Now” event and uses products from the Splendid Day Suite in the July-December Mini Catalog.

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First, I ran a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. Then I lightly added some White Craft Ink to the embossed layer with a Blending Brush.

Next, I stamped the greenery on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock, and the floral image on Petal Pink Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I die-cut these and some of the other greenery (from Basic White Cardstock) using the Splendid Stems Dies. I also cut the semi-circle from a piece of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I layered the flowers, greenery, and semi-circle DSP die-cut to the Calypso Coral Layer and tied a piece of the Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon around it. I added this layer to a Thick Basic White card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Basic White Cardstock, then fussy cut it and added it to the semi-circle die-cut. And for a little glam, I added some Basic Pearl Jewels.

If you purchase the Splendid Thoughts Bundle (Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set and Splendid Stems Dies, order #159677) you will be able to add a Level 1 Sale-a-bration item to your order. If you order the entire Splendid Day Suite (Splendid Thoughts Bundle, Splendid Day Specialty DSP, Open Leaf Trinkets, and Soft Sea Form Seam Binding Ribbon, order #159681) and the “add-ons” from my card, you’ll have more than enough to earn two Level 1 or one Level 2 items!

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

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Hello, Harvest

Hello, Harvest

It’s July 1, and do you know what that means? The July-December Mini Catalog is live now! And, even more good news – it’s time for Summer Sale-a-bration! During Sale-a-bration, there are so many benefits for you, whether you’re a customer, a workshop/class host, or a new demonstrator.

First, if you host a party or place a personal order of $300 or more (excluding shipping and tax), you can add the beautiful Perfect Pomegranate Stamp Set to your order. Of course, with a $300 order, you will also be able to add a minimum of 12% of your order total in free products, and you can also choose the Caroling Mice Stamp Set or host sets in the Annual Catalog with a qualifying order.

If you choose to join Stampin’ Up! during the summer Sale-a-bration, you can add the beautiful Making Plans Collections to your Starter Kit – as well as $125 in current products (plus catalogs, order forms, and other business supplies) for only $99 (plus tax). And shipping is free.

The Making Plans Collection is so much fun, and it’s so beautiful. I love the designs, and the planner collection includes stickers, a stamp set, creative journals, and more to keep you on track.

Of course, customers also benefit! Customers can add a free Sale-a-bration Level 1 product for every $50 the spend. And if you spend $100, there are even more exclusive items to add to your order!

Here’s a card I made using the Hello Harvest Bundle from the July-December Mini Catalog.

Hello Harvest, Stampin' Up!, July-December Mini Catalog

love the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper (DSP). One side of each design has beautiful fall designs; the other side has black and white images that you can color – or leave black and white.

I chose a Cajun Craze card base, and added the dotted DSP layer for a background. On a separate piece of Basic White Cardstock, I stamped the pumpkin and flowers using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I colored the images with Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. I die-cut them with the coordinating Rustic Pumpkin Dies (I used the bundle number – 159644) to save 10% and get the stamps and dies together).

I stamped the sentiment in Cajun Craze Classic Ink, then punched it with the Label Me Fancy Punch. I added the die-cuts and punched sentiment to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added a few Fine Sparkle Adhesive Backed Gems.

If you purchase the Hello Harvest Bundle and Fine Sparkle Adhesive Backed Gems, you will be able to add a Level 1 Sale-a-bration product to your order! So fun!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! If you need a Sale-a-bration brochure or a July-December Mini Catalog, let me know and I’ll send them to you! Have a lovely day!

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Mystery Pieces for May

Mystery Pieces for May

Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy. I’ve had the best weekend. Mike & I were both free all weekend, so we caught up on a lot of projects, binge-watched one of our favorite TV series, and did some shopping. What does it say about me that my favorite thing we bought was a new “pooper-scooper?”  Our original finally “pooped out” after five dogs, and the replacement seemed cool, but it was totally worthless. We now have one that works well again. It’s the little things, right?

I also got to spend a lot of time in my craft room this weekend, and you’ll see the results over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are the cards some of my amazing team members created with “Mystery Parts.”

Here are the pieces Nadine gave us in May.

And here are the cards. This one is mine.

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First, I created a “Book Fold” card base with the Gorgeous Grape Cardstock. Basically, you score a 4-1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock at 5-1/2″ and 6-1/2″. After you fold the card in half (at the 5-1/2″ score), add Tear & Tape Adhesive or another strong adhesive to the 1″ area between the fold and the extra score. This makes the card like a book; the front 4-1/2″ folds back when the card is opened and you have a 1″ spine at the left edge..

I embossed the Heart & Home Designer Series Paper (DSP) with the Fern 3D Embossing Folder, then sponged Pear Pizzazz ink over it using a Blending Brush.  I trimmed 3/4″ off the top of the DSP to use on the spine.

Next, I used a Fresh Freesia Stamping Blend to color the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and one of the green Stamping Blends to color the Irridescent Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Sadly, I cannot remember which green, because I forgot to write that down on the sticky note in the card when I created this in April. (Yes, Nadine sent the pieces early since she was traveling.)

I cut the Fresh Freesia Cardstock layer into two pieces; one is 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ for the front, and one is 3-4″ x 4-1/4″ for the spine. I stamped the bottle from the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set in the center of the 4-1/4″ square using Highland Heather Classic Ink, then I stamped the outline using Orchid Opulence Classic Ink. I punched it with the Vintage Bottle Punch.

On a Basic White Cardstock scrap, I inked the greenery from the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set using Garden Green and Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Markers, then die-cut with the coordinating Nature’s Prints Die. I stamped the bottle label in Pear Pizazz Classic Ink on a Basic White Cardstock scrap and the sentiment using Garden Green Classic Ink. Since the Bottled Happiness bundle includes a punch, I fussy cut the label and added it to the bottle.

To put this together, I adhered the Fresh Freesia pieces to the front and spine, then adhered the embossed/sponged DSP. I wrapped the ribbon around the spine, the added the punched and die-cut pieces and the colored rhinestones to the front.

Of course you know – if you bundle the Bundled Happiness Stamp Set and Vintage Bottle Punch, and the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set and Nature’s Prints Dies you will save 10% on each bundle.

Now – here is Nadine’s card. And I promise we did not see each other’s cards – or even talk about them – before we make them.

I LOVE this card! Nadine used a different embossing folder and the opposite side of the DSP. But how crazy is this that we both used the Bottled Happiness Bundle for our cards? Great minds! (I love her green bottle!)

This is Liz’s card. I love the beautiful butterflies. Liz also used the reverse side of the DSP. This is such a pretty card, don’t you think?

This is Chris’s gorgeous card! I love the shutters looking out at that gorgeous view. She embossed some of the New Horizons DSP from the January-June Mini Catalog for the view outside the shutters. So pretty!

Here’s Carol’s card. She used the Sending Smiles Bundle for this beautiful and happy card. I love the flowers that coordinate with the card stock layers over the beautiful DSP. And that side of the DSP is a perfect backdrop for the flowers.

This is Christy’s card.

I love how the embossing on the front mimics the DSP and also how she used both sides of the paper for her sentiment layer. It also opens in a unique way. Here’s the open card.

Fun! And here’s Sandy’s card.

Sandy used the beautiful Hues of Happiness DSP and the Blossoming Happiness Dies for her flower. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s perfect with the Heart & Home paper. I love the flower on the die-cut scalloped rectangle!

These are all so pretty and so different. Check back next month for the June cards and to see if Nadine and I are still on the same wave length!

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Paradise Palms with Bottled Happiness

Paradise Palms with Bottled Happiness

I think I need a big dose of Vitamin SEA, because the Paradise Palms Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog has been one of my go-to sets lately. I resisted buying this bundle (and why not buy the bundle when you know you will want the dies to coordinate with the stamp set – and you can save 10%?) because I had one that was very similar. But Jackie & Susan (aka “my favorite little enablers”) had created so many beautify, cute, amazing, and wow! cards with it. I held out a long time, but then I found out it was carrying over to the Stampin’ Up!® 2022-2023 Annual Catalog, so I had to buy it, especially when I realized that the bundle was not carrying over. Let me explain.

When Stampin’ Up!® bundles a product – usually a stamp set with a set of dies or a punch – if you use the number for the bundle when you order, you’ll save 10% over the individual product price. This bundle number/price doesn’t last forever. Usually it’s for one catalog, although that may be extended, depending on the popularity of the product. So ordering the Paradise Palms Bundle before the end of June is a LOT smarter fiscally than ordering the stamp set and Palms Dies after June 30 when the bundle price retires. Ok, I don’t know if it’s a lot smarter, but it’s 10% smarter, and that $6 will get you at least a gallon of gas these days.

Mike & I love going to the beach, as do many of our family and friends, so I know I’ll get a lot of use out of this bundle. For today’s card, I paired it with the Vintage Bottle Punch (which, of course, I bundled with the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set) to create this.

Stampin' Up!, Paradise Palms, Bottled Happiness

For this card, I first measured the bottle and palms for placement so I wouldn’t have the bottle poking into the palm trees. Then I stamped the palms (in Old Olive Classic Ink) and trunks (in Soft Suede Classic Ink) on Basic White Cardstock. I added some sand in Sahara Sand Ink and grass using Shaded Spruce Classic Ink. And then I stamped the sentiment in Shaded Spruce Classic Ink.

Next, I punched the bottle from the Basic White Cardstock using the Vintage Bottle Punch. I also stamped the cork using Crumb Cake Classic Ink on a Crumb Cake Cardstock scrap, then fussy cut the cork image. I cut a Coastal Cabana Cardstock image a little bigger than the bottle.

I filled a Vintage Bottle Shaker Done with Effervescent Elements, then removed the backing from the adhesive on the front of the bottle. I placed the stamped layer upside down over the bottle, then added the cork to the top. After I removed the adhesive from the back of the Bottle Shaker Dome, I adhered the Coastal Cabana Cardstock over it to seal in the Effervescent Elements.

All that was left was to adhere the stamped layer to a 4″ x -5-1/2″ layer to Coastal Cabana Cardstock, and then to a Bermuda Bay card base.

I have to say, I LOVE the way the Effervescent Elements look in the bottle. It’s not quite like a “jar of dirt,” but it’s a jar of something magical, don’t you think? (Maybe I’ve watched too many of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.)

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

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Splendid Day

Splendid Day

There are some days that you can definitely say are absolutely splendid. For me this week, those days were Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. (And this is why you didn’t see a blog on Wednesday.) On Tuesday, I went to lunch with my dad’s sister, my daughter-in-law Katelyn, and my granddaughter Amelia. It was so much fun! Of course, any time I spend with Amelia is so much fun! And Katelyn and my aunt too, of course. We had lunch, and then my aunt suggested we visit the Dollar Tree. Amelia (no surprise) said yes to this. She loves to go to the Dollar Tree (now the mostly $1.25 Tree) with my aunt, because Aunt Ruth encourages her to buy things (which she pays for), and tells her that once it’s in the cart, it can’t come out.

I was aware of how quickly Amelia is growing up during this trip. She usually throws everything that looks fun in the cart. This time, she only wanted four things. It ended up being a few more than four, but it included make-up, notebooks, and other “grown up” things. There were very few toys. We all had a fun time, and then I got to have a sleep over with Miss Amelia. Now that she’s in school and has other activities and friends, we don’t get as many sleep overs, so I was thrilled.

We stopped at the grocery store for crab legs, then swam a bit in the pool until my fingers started going numb. When it was time for dinner, she was a crab leg maniac! We ate (and by “we” I mean mostly she) about three pounds of crab legs! It was so fun to watch her enjoy them!

On Wednesday, the fun continued until she had to go home. Then on Thursday, I spent a wonderful time with my mom. My mom is so amazing. She is so active and fun, and I hope that never changes! I enjoy every minute I spend with her.

Last Saturday, Stampin’ Up!® had an online event called “Creativity Now.” It showcased the Splendid Day Suite Collection from the July-December Mini Catalog. It was scheduled from 4-8 p.m. MT, which is 6-10 p.m. here on the East Coast. Since I was still getting ready for a Father’s Day event with the kids, I got to enjoy it later. Fortunately, it’s available online through the middle of July, but I did get to start watching today. Here’s the first card we made.

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The Splendid Day Suite Collection includes the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set and Splendid Stems Dies (which are bundled to include the 10% discount), Open Leaf Trinkets, Soft Sea Foam 3/8″ Seam Binding Ribbon, and Splendid Day 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). It was the DSP that sold me on this event. It’s so gorgeous, and one side of each paper is a beautiful foil

Here’s how we created this card. On the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ Basic White Cardstock layer, we scribbled on the top half with a Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Marker. On the bottom half, we scribbled with a Light Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blends Marker. Then we scribbled over the bottom half of the Pool Party and the top half of the Fresh Freesia with the dark marker of the appropriate color. What a fun background!

We stamped bees from the Splendid Thoughts Stamp Set two times in Pool Party and two times in Fresh Freesia. Then we die-cut two of the open greenery from Soft Seafoam Cardstock.

On a Basic White Scrap, we stamped the sentiment in Fresh Freesia Ink. I used a different sentiment, because I wanted to coordinate with my celebration with family days. My sentiment was a tiny bit smaller than the suggested one, so I trimmed my card stock to fit, then notched the ends with Paper Snips.

The 8″ of Soft Sea Foam Seam Binding Ribbon was folded in half, then adhered to the back of the sentiment tag with Stampin’ Seal. The greenery die-cuts were added to the back of the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals. We added the tag to the stamped Basic White Layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The DSP piece was supposed to be the other side, but the foil layer was too gorgeous to hide, so I adhered the beautiful foil DSP piece to the Soft Seafoam card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the stamped layer(s) with Seal.

This was a super fun card to create, and I can’t wait to make the other four projects! All of the products used in this card (except ink, card stock, and adhesive) will be available in the July-December Mini Catalog. If you don’t have one, let me know and I will get one to you!

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

Product List (note: the products in the Splendid Day Product Suite are not included in this list since they’re not available until July.)

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