Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Anniversary Sketch Challenge

Welcome to the last Stamp Off Challenge for November! This one is a sketch challenge, and I used it to make an anniversary card for Mike. (Our 37th wedding anniversary was Wednesday.)

Here’s the sketch.

How fun is that? As with all sketch challenges, you can create your card exactly as the sketch, or you can flip the sketch, use different shapes and embellishments, or even use a stamp instead of a shape. You really only need to add the basic elements.

Here’s my take on the sketch.

Stampin' Up!, Dandelion Wishes

If you look closely, you can see that for the background rectangle, I was going to use the blowing dandelion from the Stampin’ Up!® Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set. I just didn’t think that gave me enough color, though, so I changed my mind.

Instead, I colored a Pearlized Doily with a Dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend. I used the non-pearlized side, because there was more depth of color. I also decided to use the “stamped on” Whisper White Cardstock, because I kind of liked having the littls pieces of dandelions flying through the air.

Next, I stamped the dandelion cluster on Blueberry Bushel Cardstock using Silvery Shimmer Delicata Metallic Ink. I used the Stamparatus and stamped multiple times to get a really shimmery image.

For the final rectangular element, I used a piece of the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP). This is some of my favorite DSP ever. It’s so pretty!

I don’t have any current stars (someone please revive Susan; she loves stars!), so I used a few Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins.

The sentiment, also from Dandelion Wishes, is stamped in Blueberry Bushel. This sentiment seemed perfect for an anniversary card for my husband. (It would also make a wonderful sentiment for one of the kids’ birthdays.) Blue is Mike’s favorite color, so I made sure to use a lot of it on the card.

After I stamped on the Whisper White Cardstock, but before I adhered any of the elements, I embossed the top 2/3 with the Tin Tile 3-D Embossing Folder.

Mike gets up first (usually) in the mornings, and the first thing he does is make coffee. I left the card in front of the coffee maker so he’d be sure to see it first thing.

Now, let’s see what Jackie and Susan have created for this challenge. Will we see stars? Holiday cards? Sneak peeks from OnStage from Susan? I can’t wait to find out!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day – and I hope all your wishes come true!

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Dressed To Impress

Dressed To Impress

Here’s another sneak peek for you from the 2020 Stampin’ Up!® January – June Mini Catalog. The Dressed To Impress Stamp Set is adorable, and there are coordinating All Dressed Up Dies, Best Dressed 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP), Mint Macaron Ribbon, tassels, and 3″ x 3″ Note Cards and Envelopes. The note cards have a printed front and the envelopes have printed fronts and backs and a scalloped edge flap. So adorable. As always, if you bundle the stamp set and dies, you can save 10%. This suite of products will be available in January unless you’re a demonstrator. Demonstrators can preorder products in December. Click on the Join Now button for more information and to join my team!

Dressed To Impress, Stampin' Up!This card was another simple one, although I did use the All Dressed Up Dies. First, I stamped the lipstick in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then colored with Blackberry Bliss and Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends. Then I die-cut the image with the coordinating die.

The Lovely Lipstick card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″ to create the base. The Best Dressed DSP layer is 2″ x 5-1/2″. I placed it on the card base without adhering, then stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Why? Because sometimes I cut the paper too wide for a sentiment, or I stamp the sentiment a little too far to one side. By stamping before adhering, I could fix it if I miscalculated.

I added the die-cut lipstick with Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added the DSP. For a little more glam, I colored the stamped and DSP lipsticks with a little Wink of Stella. I also grabbed a piece of Mint Macaron ribbon for the top of the card. Oops – it’s retired, but there are lots of other ribbon options that will work. (The ribbon in this suite, for example!)

Be sure to check in on Friday for the BS&J challenge. This week, it’s a really fun sketch. It was perfect for an anniversary card for Mike! Today is our 37th anniversary, and I can honestly say it’s been the best 37 years of my life.

Here’s a little anniversary joke for you. On her grandparents’ anniversary, a girl asked her grandma, “How many years have you and Grandpa been married?” The grandma replied, “43 wonderful years. But 50 altogether.”

I have to say, our first year was a little rocky, because we were both used to being on our own. But we figured it out, and, as they say, “the rest is history!” Two kids, multiple business ventures, and a granddaughter later, I can honestly say my life is full!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a beautiful day and a very happy Thanksgiving!

Product List (wait! Where are the images for the stamps and dies and DSP? Since it’s not even time for the demonstrator preorder, these aren’t available to show yet. You’ll see them in December and you can order in January. Another benefit of being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and attending OnStage events is being able to order selected products even earlier than the preorder!)

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Birthdays Are the Best Days

Birthdays Are the Best Days

I love birthdays! Not the getting older part so much, but being with family. When my brothers and I were young, Mom always made our birthdays special. We got to choose the kind of cake we wanted and the dinner menu. I always chose steak, which sounds super special, right? Our family raised beef cattle, though, so steak was just another dinner at home. My older brother always chose spaghetti and my younger brother chose fish sticks. Oddly enough, those were dishes we didn’t have very often.

Still, beef was (and is) one of my favorite things. I try to see my dad and mom on my birthday every year, and she still fixes a steak for me. (When people say, “You’re just like your mom!” it makes me very happy, because she is amazing.)

And Now, the Card

I loved the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!® when I first saw it, but I have so many similar flower sets, I didn’t order it. But then I saw so many lovely cards made with that set – especially from Susan and Jackie. I usually use rewards from orders to stock up on paper and adhesives for classes, but this time, I saved a few for this stamp set. It’s so much fun – and so simple to create a beautiful card in very little time.

Beautiful Friendship, Stampin' Up!

I think this card took about 10 minutes to create. It’s definitely a #simplestamping card!

I chose the colors from the new Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper. It’s in the January-June Mini Catalog, and you’ll be able to order from it in January. If you’re a demonstrator, though, you can order in December! Simply click the Join Now button at the bottom of this page on my web site. This paper is gorgeous! I don’t think there’s one design I’m not in love with.


First, stamp the roses in Poppy Parade Classic Ink along the side and bottom of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then add the other flowers in Blackberry Bliss. Stamp some leaves in Old Olive and a few in Garden Green. Finally, add the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Add the stamped card stock to a Blackberry Bliss card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. That’s all there is to it. Of course, you can dress it up with some embellishments if you’d like. But it’s beautiful just the way it is.

It’s a beautiful day here in north western Virginia! I’m off to take a walk with my lovely granddaughter and her dad since she’s out of school all week, which will make the day even better.

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

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My Meadow

My Meadow

You are going to love the new January – June 2020 Mini Catalog (formerly known as Occasions). It is jam packed with sets in all styles to suit any taste. And once again, Stampin’ Up!® has hit it out of the park with Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I have loved using the Waterfront and Snow Front Stamp Sets. There’s a new set in that same style called My Meadow. We received this stamp set after CentreStage, and I was so happy. I came home and made this card.

My Meadow, Little Ladybug, Stampin' Up!

You will be able to purchase this set beginning January 3, 2020. Since I attended an OnStage Event, I got it early – even earlier than the Demonstrator Preorder! The thank you sentiment is from a Sale-a-bration Hostess Set, Little Ladybug. It’s adorable; I’ll have another card from that set to show you next week.

For those of you who don’t know about Sale-a-bration, it typically happens at the beginning of the calendar year and coincides with the Mini Catalog. When you spend $50 during Sale-a-bration, you can earn a free Level 1 product. With $100, you can earn a Level 2 product, or two Level 1 products. Hostess a workshop, and besides earning the regular Stampin’ Rewards, you’ll get the Little Ladybug Stamp Set free! January, February, and March are some of my favorite months!

To make the My Meadow card, I used the Stamparatus to stamp the gazebo in Gray Granite Classic Ink, the grass in Mossy Meadow Classic Ink, the path in Crumb Cake, the trees in Early Espresso and Old Olive, the birds in Basic Gray, and the clouds in Smoky Slate. I stamped on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper so I could get a good watercolor look.

I stamped most of the images at least two times, spritzing after the second “inking.” I also added some color with my Aqua Painter and more classic ink.

The sentiment is stamped on Whisper White Cardstock using Basic Gray ink. I die-cut the sentiment with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. If you bundle these dies with the Free as a Bird Stamp Set, you’ll save 10%. But wait! If you order before midnight on Friday, November 22, you’ll save an additional 5% on the bundle! Plus, you’ll notice I only used Neutral and Regal Stampin’ Pads. Even the sky is a very watered down Night of Navy. The Neutrals & Regals stamp pads and cardstock colors are also discounted during the Online Extravaganza! See the entire list here.

You will not be able to purchase the My Meadow Stamp Set or earn the Little Ladybug Stamp Set until January 3. The other products are listed below.

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

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Shop this Week & Save!

Shop this Week & Save!

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

The annual Online Extravaganza from Stampin’ Up!® begins today and continues through Friday night (November 20-22). You can enjoy a 15% discount on Regals, Neutrals, and In   Color  Cardstock and Classic Stampin’ Pads, plus an extra 5% on already discounted Neutrals, Regals, and 2018-2020 Classic Stampin’ Pad Assortments, and eight select bundles.

To see the full list and to place your order, click here.  Use the host code KBQUVNXT to be entered into a drawing for a special prize from me!

Trash Projects

While I was waiting for my Stampin’ Up!® Product Purchase Premier order to arrive, I used some of the table decorations from OnStage to create a few projects. I should probably say, “Repurposed” instead of “Trash.”

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

The Painted Poppies Suite from the January – June Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalog was the inspiration for OnStage last week. When I saw the printed acetate on the tables, I knew I wanted to take it home if no one else wanted it. Apparently none of my table mates were hoarders, so I got to keep everything – table tents, printed acetate, the “wraps” around the Make & Takes. It was a craft hoarder’s dream!

For this card, I colored the poppies with Stampin’ Blends (Poppy Parade, Cajun Craze). Next I made a frame using the Stitched Rectangles Dies and attached the acetate to the frame. I adhered the frame and acetate to Pumpkin Pie Cardstock using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then added it to a Basic Black card base.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set.

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This is my favorite trash, er..”repurposed” card. I didn’t have to do much at all except trim some of the paper confiscated from the tables. I added a couple die-cut butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty Dies and adhered to a Basic Black layer and then a Poppy Parade card base. Easy!

Shop Now!

Don’t forget to shop early for the Online Extravaganza so you don’t miss out on the fabulous deals! Be sure to add the new Paper Trimmer to your order to help you cut all your new card stock!

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



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Stampin’ Up!® Online Sale

Stampin’ Up!® Online Sale

Online Extravaganza, Stampin' Up!

Get ready for three days of savings with the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza! For three days only, you can get these deals:

15% Off Ink Pads and Cardstock Including:

Neutrals Collection
Regals Collection
2018–2020 In Colors
2019–2021 In Colors (except Purple Posy)

Take an Additional 5% off the original 10% discount:

8 bundles – Parcels & Petals, Path of Petals, Free as a Bird, Dino Days, Memorable Mosaic,
Band Together, Bloom and Grow, To a Wild Rose
Neutrals Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment
Regals Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment
2018–2020 In Colors Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment

The best way to order is on my web site so you’ll be sure to get what you want. This week is a little on the crazy side, so I may not be able to place your order in a timely manner. If you use the host code for this month – KBQUVNXT – I’ll add your name to a drawing to receive a special gift!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Be sure to check in for the sale and for some of my new creations! Have a wonderful day!


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Stampin’ Up!® OnStage 2019

Stampin’ Up!® OnStage 2019

What a fun weekend this was! Early Friday morning, Christy, Mike, & I headed to Hartford, CT, for a Stampin’ Up!® OnStage Local event. This is kind of a mini convention for Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators. There’s one Live event that lasts several days (in Germany this year) and local one-day events in the other markets (North America, Australia & New Zealand, and Japan). It’s a great time to see friends who live farther away as well as to make some new friends.

Centre Stage with Susan

Friday night was Centre Stage, a dinner for demonstrators who have achieved the title of Silver Elite and above. I was so excited to see Susan, my friend from New York. It’s always so much fun to hang out for a few days. (She needs to live closer to me!) Of course, we also receive our catalogs and special gifts. We got a fun business/credit card holder as well as the My Meadow Stamp Set (think spring version of Waterfront and Snow Front. So beautiful!). The most fun, though, was catching up with Susan and seeing the latest pictures of the grandkids!

Saturday OnStage Local

On Saturday, we had make & takes, announcements from the Home Office, demonstrations from other demonstrators using products from the new mini catalog and Sale-a-bration products, and more. And, of course, there were lots of prizes.

Stampin' Up!, OnStage 2019

Here are a few of the things we received at OnStage and CentreStage. Some of the things could be considered “trash” – the grid sheet, the CentreStage placemat, and some of the paper table decorations and paper that wrapped the make & takes. These all coordinate with products from the new mini catalog and were too pretty to be left for the trash can. One of the things I’m especially excited for is the acetate “OnStage” piece at the very top center. You probably can’t tell it’s acetate, because it’s on top of a Terracotta Tile piece. Until my Product Purchase Premier order comes in, I’m going to use some of the “trash products” for backgrounds! I can’t wait to color the poppies and some of the other elements on the acetate with my Stampin’ Blends.

You may not be able to tell from the photos that much of the décor included poppies. There’s a lovely poppy set in the mini catalog (second from left in the photo). At the end of the OnStage Local events, we get to pass the make & take tote around and everyone gets to select something from the box. We keep passing the tote until everything is gone. The poppy set is one that I selected. I also got some brand new Wink of Stella and Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, new Whisper White Crinkle ribbon, and more! I can’t wait to use the ribbon, because you can dye the white ribbon with refills and rubbing alcohol or color with Stampin’ Blends. Of course, you can also keep it Whisper White.

Here are pictures of the Make & Takes and Sale-a-bration and Mini Catalog covers. “Mini” might be a misnomer. This catalog is huge, and it’s packed with so much gorgeousness. And can you see that it’s a landscape orientation? It’s so much easier to see the two-page spread, and the pictures of the projects seem bigger.

I know it’s hard to see the Make & Take pictures. After I make them, I’ll post the projects for you to see. I don’t usually finish the make & takes at events. I’d rather chat, visit with friends, and then create the projects at home.

Stampin' Up!, #onstage2019

I mentioned the “Product Purchase Premier” earlier. Demonstrators can usually preorder all new products a month before the sales period begins. This is so we can plan classes and play with the products a bit so we’re familiar with them before we sell them. However, demonstrators who attend an OnStage event have the opportunity to order selected products even earlier! Instead of working on the Make & Take, I worked on my Product Purchase Premier order. I waited until Saturday night to finalize it – after all the prizes were given out and the Make & Take tote was empty – just to be sure I didn’t duplicate anything. And as a special treat to myself, I “next day” expedited my Product Purchase Premier orders. It will ship today and be here tomorrow. I’m so excited!

If you want to see more Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration products, check my facebook page here.

Online Extravaganza

We’re having an Online Extravaganza event for three days this week (November 20-22). We’ll get more details today, so I’ll let you know more when I do!

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

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