Thursday, July 9, 2020

Time Warp!

My internal calendar clock has been so screwed up this week it is not funny. I'm seriously looking forward to a new week! I missed a major appointment on Monday (Sharon was not happy...) I thought yesterday was today so I texted the repairmen coming to finish my garage ceiling and made my husband move the car (for no reason...). You are lucky I'm remembering the blog! Although I had a big hint. I did today's Wednesday Facebook Video. Now, that may have not been a good thing, but I'll let you and Sharon decide. Here is a link to theVIDEO.

I will share photos of the cards at the end of this post but first, I have new product to show you. First up is Taylored Expressions newest addition to the Grumplings line, Hot Flash Grumplings. Boy, could I have used this a couple of years ago!

New, lovely, stylized stamps from a new company Molly Harrison Art - Fairies and Fantasy!

Wendy Vecchi's Make Art Stamp Positioner in a smaller size! Also, a Stylus Set of two tools.

Great phrase stamps for the insides of your cards from Sweet 'n Sassy.

Lovely Wildflower stamps.

Paper! From Ciao Bella!

I think these are fussy cut aparts. You'll just have to come in and check for yourself!

New dies from Alexandra Renke. Renke also has a new sheet or two of cocktail paper. I'll try and post a picture.

 Non-shed Glitter Cardstock! (I hate to tell you but Sharon is already planning Christmas orders!)

MFT's large floral stamps.

 Great Buffalo Rubber Cling Stamps!

Here are card samples from Wednesday's video.

Here's my funny for the week.

I'll be back on the weekend with Sharon's Saturday Facebook Video, until then, Stay Safe and Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 6, 2020

BSS IDEA - Baby Shark


Hope everyone found something to enjoy over the 4th of July
weekend.  More neighborhood fireworks than ever before.
Some very loud and quite like the ones we used to drive to see.
Only problem is our sweet dog is scared to death of them.
We have some meds to give her, but she got so worked up
they didn't kick in.  Feel so sorry for her, but there is absolutely
nothing we can do to console her.

This weeks card

Die - Baby Shark-My Favorite Things
The paper with the big wave is from my stash,
bought many years ago, it just was the perfect
piece for this die I couldn't resist using it now.
Glossy Gray card stock
White glitter paper for his teeth
Black glitter paper for his eyes
I popped up the fins and mouth.
Then popped up the baby shark onto the card.
Finished card is 41/4 x 8 1/2 inches tent folded.

the inside

I cut a piece of  the wave paper for the bottom of the insert.
The sentiment is a freebie from a card making magazine I
subscribe to.
Tag and baker's twine

That will do me for this week.

Thanks for stopping by today
Have a good week.
Until later.........

Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy 4th!

Short post this week. I haven't gotten any product photos yet so you know if I post this Sharon will send me a ton before she leaves for New Jersey! So, to start HERE is Wednesday's video. I hope you either saw it or will connect to it. Sharon shared a lot of tips and tricks to her card making style and shared her love of Penny Black. They make beautiful stamps in a wide variety of collections in both rubber unmounted and acrylic. I hope you enjoy her video, I did!

We will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, so no store video on Saturday. As you may know, Sharon and Mark are making a long postponed trip down to the Jersey shore to see the grandkids. They may say hello to Jessica and Scott too, but I think most of the time will be spent with Adalyn and Brianna! (I'm told pool toys may be involved!) Sharon has hinted there may be a FB live video of the festivities so stay tuned!

We will be open on Monday at our usual time of 10-3. Wear your mask get a splash of sanitizer and come on in! There will be a Wednesday video and I will be doing it for a change and to give Sharon a break after her weekend with the kids. I will be demonstrating the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris interactive die set. I will also be showing you how you can combine it with the new Camera Add-on. If there is time, I will also demonstrate the Magic Pull-Up with the Camera. I've got a few samples of different ways you can use this camera die without the Magic Iris so I hope you can join me on Wednesday at 1:00 pm.

One of my stress relievers is watching Zoo and Aquarium programs on Discovery, Animal Planet, wherever. Otters are my favorite but when I saw this little guy I had to post him. This is a  QUOKKA Quokkas are a small marsupial native to Australia.  He has a reputation as the 'happiest animal in the world' due to it's cute and friendly appearance. They are found only in a few isolate forests and small islands off the coast of Australia. Quokkas conservation status is listed as vulnerable. I may have to change my spirit animal.

Well that's it for this week. I hope everyone has a SAFE and HEALTHY July 4th weekend and I'll see you next week.  DM

Monday, June 29, 2020


Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Hope everyone is well, and that you are taking this
heat okay.  Too warm for me and my long haired
pup, not to mention the fire crackers going off
all weekend late into the night.  Had to give her
calming meds which don't do much, but at
least they help a little.

This weeks's card is all about a day at the beach
for these darling little beach beauties.

Stamp - Art Impressions (AI Watercolor) Beach Girls Set (5118WC)
Stamped with Momento black ink and water colored on Tim Holtz water color paper.
 I used A pearlescent water color paint set in blues.
I drew in a couple of sea gulls
Finished card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

The inside sentiment (old)

Thanks for stopping by today.
Have a good week
Until later............

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Quickie Post for Today

I'm doing a quickie post today featuring yesterday's video from Sharon. I've got photos of the cards that Kim made and they are just adorable! First up is the video itself. Click HERE.

Our biggest excitement came from the new release from Lawn Fawn. We also had a great release from Pretty Pink Posh. Today's video  cards feature these PPP products. First up is three samples using Pretty Pink Posh. Kim did an absolutely awesome job on these cards. I love the the monkey card and those vines. How great is adding a little easy dimension using stencils like in the tiger card, the lion and elephant card and the colors Kim used in the clouds of the monkey card. Great job Kim!

Next up is Lawn Fawn. I'm a sucker for Lawn Fawn, I love their little faces and simple designs.

Lawn Fawn comes out with a stamp set each season with rows of season or theme related symbols. I've often wondered exactly how I would use these (because, of course, I have several!) These are simple and really easy. Another set to come home with me...

Now, this card combines my two favorite dies from the last two releases. I love the maze die and the these little Crazy Antics stamps are adorable!

I'm not big on unicorns but this stamp set would be great for little girls and then you have dragons for little boys. These dies and stamps coordinate with the new castle die and you can combine with older Lawn Fawn sets with dragons, knights and princesses you may already have in your stash.

 Again, how stinkin' cute are these tiny box add-ons? A little bumble bee, a horse and a unicorn to add to your collection!

 I wanted to give you a preview of one of the companies Sharon will be featuring in Wednesday's Facebook Live at 1 pm. Sharon will be showing the Pink Fresh release we featured a quick look see last week here on the blog. I mentioned Laura Bassen in my last post. She is a great designer that works for a variety of companies. This is her card as part of a blog hop she is part of to bring awareness and understanding during this time of divisiveness. I really love this and wanted to share it with you. 

Coming in last is a card I made for my husband for our 44th wedding anniversary. Wow! I feel old just writing that sentence! I loved this little stamp set from Lawn Fawn when I first saw it. 

Last up is my PSA of the week for you all. Let's be careful out there!

See you all next week and join Sharon on Wednesday for her weekly video. Stay Safe out there, DM

Friday, June 26, 2020

Color, Color, Coloring

I'm willing to bet a number of you have been doing a lot of coloring during this Stay at Home time. This week in Sharon's Facebook video she illustrated blending with Ranger Distress inks and Ranger Distress Oxides. These inks are the OG for coloring backgrounds, using with stencils, creating shading on a card and more. We've gone from finger daubers to ink blending tools (what Sharon used for blending) to brushes for applying these inks. They are great for creating sky, sunsets, grass, dirt, sand, water and waves. If you'd like to see more examples of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink blending go to Pinterest and search for Distress Ink Blending. You will see lots of combinations that will peak your interest.

Someone asked about creating color charts. We do have tags with each color on hooks by our inks showing you what each color looks like. You can create your own color chart  by going to the Ranger website and downloading their  Ranger Template Page for Distress Inks. You can download, print out and copy on to cardstock and fill in as you accumulate each of the 60! Distress/Oxide ink colors.

Here is a LINK to Sharon's Facebook Video from Wednesday.

I've been doing another kind of coloring, Copic coloring. I've stamped full and half pages of some of my favorite new and old stamp sets and have been practicing my coloring. I do cheat and check Pinterest and YouTube for coloring examples of all of these sets. I'm still not confident enough to create my own coloring combos. I create my version of color charts for each set to help me remember and refer back to for future projects. It can get a little out of control.

On to new stuff! First up is a large collection of Pink Fresh stamps and dies. Many of these dies coordinate with the large stamps you see in the photo. To get a really good take on the versatility of these stamps and dies, check out Jennifer McGuire's video HERE. I'm also going to link to a video by Laura Bassen who also uses many of these dies in her cards. Laura loves a good rainbow effect as you will see HERE.

All the individual elements of these stamps can be removed. For example, in the sets below you can remove individual strips to create a pattern.

These dies coordinate with the stamp sets below. You can use the dies to cut out individual stamp elements, create frames for the individual elements and lots more. Check out those videos!

The new Lawn Fawn release is in the store! I'm so excited. I picked up several of these new stamps and dies today. I could have gotten much, much more! I'll be using the 'Camera Add-on' to the 'Magic Iris' die in a video in a couple of weeks as part of our Wednesday Technique Facebook video.  The 'Crazy Antics' stamp, directly below, is my favorite of this release and yes, it came home with me.

Next up is new Stamping Bella. Those Oddballs are growing me, just saying...

More Gnomes!

Gnomes and Oddballs together, that's interesting...

My funny for today is especially timely. Today is my husband's and my 44th wedding anniversary.
(I do this all the time and it drives him crazy! It's gotten to the point that I close my eyes when we drive in bad weather!)

Stay Safe everyone and watch those gasps ladies!