Monday, November 20, 2017

BSS IDEA - Fold Out Card

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

A new card design for me.  I found it on Split Coast Stampers HERE

I really like this card, it's so much fun to decorate.  Hope you like it too.

I chose to use all Laurel Burch  Stamps from Stampendous.


Close up of front of card image.


 Front View of Card



Card panels when opened


Stamps - Peace Moon -(LBCR010) Stampendous
Reindeer Spirit (LBCP006) Stampendous
Heavenly Holiday (Birds) (LBCLD01)
Word Die - Dees Distinctively Festive Words(IME-220)
Snowflakes - Martha Stewart punches
Colored with Copics
Red Twine tie

I also adhered a white panel on the back of the card
with a Christmas message and a place to sign the card.



I have a couple of  bonus cards to show you today also.




Stamp - Holiday Dove Tapestry Die -  Tutti - 372
White, Gold Mirror and Gold Glittered paper.






Stamp and Die set - Spellbinders - SDS-090
Background created with Oxide Inks
            White embossing powder   
                                        
Thanks for stopping by today.
 Have a great week.
Sue Drees

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Let the Holidays Begin!

Stepping back into the store after two weeks was like walking in for the first time. My eyes kept darting back and forth looking for all the things I missed while I was away! I got that deliciously overwhelmed feeling looking at all the goodies that make the store "My Happy Place".

On with the new stuff! Here are few closeups of some photos you may have already seen but are worth repeating. I'm seriously hooked on stencils for foiling and here are two great holiday/winter themed ones from Newton's Nook. Look at that snowflake one. What a great card base it would make.

Karen Burniston has some really cute dies sets out. These pictured are not holiday focused but we don't only make holiday cards and projects this time of year.

New images from Reverse Confetti - snowmen, gingerbread house, Santa's helpers and a cute bear under your tree along with several great sentiment stamps with a matching die set.


Debbie really enjoyed making interactive cards. Her cards were never flat...Papercut has a variety of premade step cards and now has the dies you can use to make your own. We have in Outer Stair Step, A2 Center Step, and Slider dies.

More Newton's Nook. I love the whimsy quality of their designs. These sets are great for all kinds of holiday, winter and just fun cards. They also have a snow globe die this year.

We've got several of their most popular stamp sets back in stock. 

I'm sounding like a broken record again but I couldn't resist! I walked to the back of the store and saw this rainbow color display of foils and wanted to grab each and every one! (I settled for three...)

We have several of these 12x12 BoBunny paper packs. Each pack contains at least two coordinating themed papers for every month. Great for anyone wanting to start a year in review or progressive yearly scrapbook.

I was wandering around and saw these few things; items I probably seen before but just caught my eye. First up is Gina K dies. I really like the ovals in these sets. (I'm sorry that for some reason these photos would not turn when I imported them.)
 I was wandering around looking at what all was new and saw these unmounted rubber IO stamps. They are in the back of the store by the tables. I didn't want them to get lost in all the holiday shuffle as they are great images for your cards and coloring

I'm really annoyed I couldn't flip this photo. I wanted to show you the face on the cat. He was none to happy when somebody plunked a Santa hat on it's head! I think it's the reincarnation of Scrooge!

That's it for this week. Don't forget our basket raffle and Sharon has BIG, BIG plans for small business Saturday coming up NEXT WEEKEND!  I'll get a post in when I can to give you a preview of all we have planned. On behalf of Sharon, Mark and everyone here at BSS I'd like to wish you all a blessed and happy Thanksgiving -  gobble, gobble!

Monday, November 13, 2017

BSS IDEA - Polar Bears

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Did you put an extra blanket on your bed this past weekend?
I got the down comforter on there and we were toasty warm.

Guess it's inevitable that it's going to get colder, but sure
seems like a surprise when it does!!



Speaking of colder....here is my card for this week!




Stamp and Die set - Polar Bears (CLD07) Stampendous
Background is done with Distress inks and sponge applicator
Stars which are included in the set, stamped with Versamark watermark ink
and embossed with white embossing powder.
The bottom of the card is embossed with clear sparkle WOW embossing powder
but doesn't show up in the picture very well.
I adhered the Mama bear to the card directly, and the babies I
popped up.
I colored the polar bears with Copics and cut them out with
the die that was included in the set.
Matted with a purple sheet and mounted on a light blue 4 1/4x51/2 inch
card.
  Thanks for stopping by today for a peek.
Have a great day.  Until later.......

Sue Drees


Thursday, November 9, 2017

On the Road Again, Part Deux

I'm on the road again this weekend but for a not so fun reason. My stepmother-in-law passed away and we're headed to Connecticut for the memorial service. It will be a long trip as we are going to swing down to Ithaca to pick up Alexa.

The past weekend was lots of fun with my girls, as always. I did no scrapping! I did do card making though and got a handle on my card classes for this month and next. As always I forgot a few things necessary to make what I wanted to make and wanted to swap out a few things that weren't working for other things which made coming away with a completed project pretty much moot! I'll post a photo of a layout or two at the end of the post.

I really want to show you what is new (which will be hard since I haven't been to the store!) I have my ways though...

First up, Altenew. This is just a lovely layered rose stamp and matching die.

KaiserCraft is coming out with some beautiful, intricate dies. I love this sample. Keep in mind it will take several layers of cutting to get this effect but I think it's worth it.

Great die for a man card or dressed up for a holiday card.

For those of you who didn't do Stamp Camp, this is a great little box we created using the Lawn Fawn box die and a tiny tag set. The box is an investment. I will say that BUT - you would have so many uses throughout the year. It is perfect for small notecards, gift cards and more!

Taylored Expressions is in! Lots of new stamps and coordinating dies. Look at all the sentiments you get in the stamp on the right in this top photo.



 Just in time for the new year - mini calendars for 2018. I believe there are 10 in a pack.

I told you I would post some layouts from my friends from last week. Here are a few:
Suzanne's daughter looks as zany as she is!
Amy's daughter had  a loose tooth that she refused to wiggle out. Finally, her Dad had to bribe her to pull it out that last little bit!
 Recognize Button Farm? Jessica worked on "all those kits that I buy that I never finish!"
Amy, the woman who did the second layout and this one of NYC is a perfectionist. Trust me when I say this is not the final version. She will change it up until she finds just the perfect combination of color, composition, distressing and accents.

Kris is one of our speedsters. She needs to get as many layouts done as she can.

I did do something while I was there. I want to turn these into a holiday banner. Now I just need to be home long enough to unpack everything and actually finish it!

Last, but definitely not least, our holiday basket is up and on display at the store. Get your tickets! All the proceeds go to our Holiday Family Adoption.
See you next week!

Monday, November 6, 2017

BSS IDEA - Christmas Baubles

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Have you started your Christmas cards yet?  Do you make them year round
so that you are ready when you need them?  I have a zillion Christmas
stamps, and love everyone of them, but never seem to get enough made
to send to everyone on my list, So this year I am trying to get them
made a few at a time so I have enough.  The other thing is designing
them so that you don't have to pay extra postage on them!!

Here is a card I made with a wonderful set of dies.

Close up of ornaments





Die Set - Kaisercraft-DIY Cuts-Layered Baubles (4 pieces)
Paper - Gold Mirror, Green and Red Glitter Paper
Embossing Folder - We R Memory Keepers Quilted
Distress Oxide Inks - Worn Lipstick and Lucky Clover
Gold ribbon
Tiny white self stick pearls
Gold Mirror Mat on a 41/4 x 51/2 inch card base.

Loving this beautiful die set, can't wait to use it
in so many other ways.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great week

Sue Drees

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On the Road Again...

I'm attempting to write this post and get it on-line early. If I don't make it please excuse me because I'm on the road this week and next when I should be posting! This week is happy travel. I'm going to my twice a year scrapbooking retreat with my peeps from the central NY area. We meet down in the southern tier at the Watson Homestead and scrap, talk, laugh and generally have an awesomely great time. We are an offshoot of the crops Scrapbook Creations from Rochester, a store that closed a number of years ago used to do. The owner, Terry, sponsored a scrapping weekend retreat twice a year that I went to for a number of years before I moved to Buffalo. The event is still going strong under new ownership and they recently met in the East Aurora area. The ladies I scrap with are the 'bad girls' of the original group. I say that with a wink and smile because we're not really bad, just a little naughty... Anyway, I'll be with my girls from Thursday through Sunday and for a change I won't be scrapping, I'll be card making and coloring! See the influence you all have had on me! If I get a chance I'll bring back some photos of the beautiful work my friends do. I've also just watched a whole slew of watercoloring videos and I'll be doing some practicing while I'm away.

On to this week. So, since I'm leaving on Thursday I'll just have to make another trip to the store to take some new pics of what's new and exciting. Also, as a reminder, there is another weekend of Stamp Camp this Sunday and Monday. I had a blast on Monday doing Stamp Camp with some of my favorite friends from the store. Dawn, Sharon and Charlene - you are the bomb! Yes, we were noisy, maybe a bit loud and definitely slow...The 'rookies' at the table next to us were faster than us seasoned veterans! I hope everyone had as good a time as we did and I'll definitely have to do this again!

OK, new this week. More new Holiday papers. Our organizer extraordinaire, Dimitra, is back from Greece and she has been whipping the store into shape organizing and moving holiday stamps up to the front where you'll find these.

How cute are these?! Memory Box has come out with these large deep edge dies that make really cute cards, decorations even ornaments if you do them in felt!

The top two in this photo are card samples MB sent with our order, just to give you an idea of what the finished product could look like.

Next up is several new stamp sets and coordinating dies from Pink Fresh.  Jennifer McGuire used these in a video earlier this week and combined her stamped and die cut images with stitching. Check out the link here. The dies to these stamps are a bit different from what you may be used to. Instead of cutting out the individual stamped images, the dies cut a window as if the images were stamped around it. Check out Jennifer's video and check the back of the packaging for placement or the website for PinkFresh.




Our Holiday Raffle basket is here again. There are some really cool things in here and we will be selling tickets up through December. It's $2 per ticket, three tickets for $5 and all the money goes to the family we will be adopting this holiday season. I need to put a bow on that basket!

Lastly, I had a birthday this week, ugh! Don't care for them at all, but I love this. I got a sweet Happy Birthday and thank you from another budding artist Janelle's son, Judah. Talent runs in that family!
See you all soon!

Monday, October 30, 2017

BSS IDEA - PINE CONE

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Do you love it when the leaves turn beautiful colors of red, gold, and
orange, and the days get cooler?  Me too, but not so much when
they start to fall from the trees and the raking begins.  We have
two old Horse Chestnut trees in our front yard and the chestnuts are 
enjoying a bumper crop this year.  Squirrels and young children are
enjoying this fact, me, not so much. I have raked and bagged ten
large clear garbage bags of the chestnuts, their prickly outer shells,
and their massive leaves.  AND, only about half the tree has shed it's
fall bounty.........ugh...

This week, I have a beautiful Pine Cone stamped image
for you.



Stamp - Penny Black - Cones and Berries (40-495)
Paper - Fawn Lawn - Plaid, white card stock.
Frame die is Spellbinders, Branching Out.  I have
had it for awhile so don't know if it is still available.
Using the Misti, Stamped image Using several
colors of brown, starting with the lightest and
using Tombow Brush Markers, added darker
tones on a second stamping where I wanted
them.  Then colored in the rest of the image.
I then inked the image with Versamark Watermark
ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.
This allows you to create the background without
worrying about getting ink on the image.
Background was sponged with light blue
die ink, leaving the center white to add brightness
to the image. 
I added Crystal Stickles to the area along the ground
along the branches and pine cone.
White liquid pearls finished it off with lightly
falling snow. 
Colored with Copics, card is 5x7 inches.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a great week.
Sue Drees