Friday, October 20, 2017

Classes, getting ready for *gasp* Christmas!!!

OK, so fall and Thanksgiving first but we are starting to gear up for Christmas. Before I get started I want to share this cool pic I took at Wegman's earlier this week. First, I love the look of vegetables. The colors are just gorgeous. Too bad I'm not a veggie eater. I've got a very small selection of veggies I like. ANYWAY, look at these beautiful cauliflowers I spied this week, green and orange, WOW! Now if only I ate them...


Saturday Jennifer Snyder will be here for her another crafty visit. We have openings still available for both the pumpkin decor class and for her card class. Check your e-mails and call the store to reserve a spot.

Stephanie Klauck will be here on Tuesday, October 24 with My Favorite Things new release. Join us for a fun morning of coloring with these adorable images from MFT along with MFT's nifty lip balm holder/card.

I don't have a lot of new stuff for you this week, just a few things - like paper, Pion paper! Just a little FYI, I had a lady in the store today who was looking for older Pion paper. In between the racks of our most recent Pion papers are two stand-up paper holders with past Pion releases. Check there if you are looking for an older patterned paper from Pion. Here is Christmas 2017 and Hanukkah papers too!



Karen Burniston has come out with some creative pop-up dies long with other traditional word and winter die sets.



Lastly, I couldn't resist a photo of these gorgeous sunflowers - Wegman's again. Something bright and cheery for your weekend. Hope it's a good one and we'll see you next week.

Monday, October 16, 2017

BSS - Haunted House

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Halloween is just two weeks away.  So I 
thought I would feature a Halloween Card
I made from a stamp from Stampendous.


Cute trick or treaters are very brave to climb the hill
to this spooky looking place, right?
Matted on black, white and a Periwinkle 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
card base.

Stamp - Haunted Hill - Stampendous (CRR292)
Colored with Copics
Sponged sky and moon with dye ink pads and
a sponge applicator
Yellow stickles used in windows

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

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Is that cold we're feeling??

Hi! just a quick post this week. We're in transition, finally! Don't hit me with your winter sweaters  but I'm happy the weather is cooling down a bit.

I do have a bit of clerical work first. Stephanie from MFT will be here on Tuesday, October 24 for a class featuring the latest MFT release. Cost of the class is $20 and there were sample photos in the latest e-mails. I apologize that we've gotten some of the details confused but according to informed sources (Sharon) this should be the correct date. I believe the time will be at 11 a.m.

A number of you have asked for an address to send cards or notes to Debbie's family. Sharon will be sending an email out with contact information in it. Again, thank you to everyone who has expressed their condolences and sympathies to not only the family but to us. It is very much appreciated.

There are a few new classes up on the board for October. Please check the website for descriptions, dates and times. Stamp Camp is coming! Dates and times have been posted, samples are being made, kits are being kitted. The cost for SC is $50 this time around but it includes a $15 gift certificate for product in the store! The first session is Sunday, October 29.

This weekend is Demo Sunday. Mona will be demoing foiling and Concord and Ninth 'Turn Around' stamp sets. Call the store to let us know you are coming.

My daughter was home for the weekend and we all went to Cleveland to watch the Browns lose, what else is new! Being out of the store for a full week did give me a chance to check out all the new product that came in since I was last in the store. Here's what I found:

The NEW MFT - My Favorite Things release. Love the one with the little dogs!



This die set makes great snow globe cards and scenes!

I think I posted this already but it bears repeating. Instead of trying to figure out the measuring and cutting for a Magic Card - Let the Paper Cut do it for you! Your card base and slides are included to make these fun disappearing cards!

Tim Holtz Ideology for the holidays is in! Bottle brush trees, 2 sizes, enameled Santa and reindeer. Transparent letter, metal embellishments and more!

Foiling supplies! This is so much fun and so easy with these Gina K. Design kits. All you need is a laminating machine.

All Halloween stamps, dies and embellishments are 20% OFF - No Coupon needed! Paper is NOT included.



Last and maybe least. I found this wall hanging in my daughter's apartment when I brought her back to school earlier this week, no words...
See you next week.

Monday, October 9, 2017

BSS IDEA -THE CANDLE

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Hi friends.  Another beautiful Fall day here.  Leaves are falling like crazy now though.  I see raking in my near future.

This week I colored up a wonderful new stamp from Stampendous.
It's a Christmas card. Need to get on that soon, or I will be buying
them again this year...........ugh.....




Stamp - Stampendous Parchment Candle (CRR302)
Sentiment is on the stamp.
Red card stock, Gingham Designer Paper
Image is colored with Copics
Sponged edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Yellow Stickles around the candles glow
Glossy Accents on the candle drippings and
the centers of the poinsettia
Inside sentiment is Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz Collection
Doodle Greeting 2 (CM5286)

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

New this week

Just a quick post this morning. Yesterday was a busy day all around and later today we say goodbye to Debbie. We got in the new release from Taylored Expressions and there are several really nice stamps and dies. Maybe a word or two on each...

First up is this Mason jar and what could be peppermint candies - I see a shaker in someone's future!

I really like the layered tree; their sample, not so much. I'd love to see it as the basis of an outdoor scene with maybe some deer around it and some snow glitter on one of the layers. You could also mask off the bottom of the tree to make a tree that appears in the distance. Ideas, we've got ideas.

I love some of these phrases for tag designs and the inside of cards and who doesn't want to make a snowman?!?

TE had a nativity scene die several years ago that was insanely popular. I see the same possibility with these two dies. The bottom one would make a great box card.

This is a great tag die. you cut a tag any size larger than the window you want to lift up. Set your die on the tag, run through your machine and you have a tag with window you can lift up to reveal a message inside. The top edge of the die is a score line - not a cut line! Check out the sample in the store.

You know I love the bouquet line TE has. I've been waiting for another version to be released and this is it! Flowers in a sleigh, dashing through the snow or on a holiday table, whatever! It will join my other bouquet stamps.

We've also gotten in some new Altenew. I'm happy to see a menorah stamp and verses for my Jewish friends and the world ornament is different and unique. Got to admit, I scooped up the holiday verses stamp for the inside of my cards.

Lastly, I have to end on something bright and cheery. This is Altenew's sunflower stamp with two gorgeous cards and a tag.
On behalf of Sharon, Mark and everyone here at BSS I'd like to send a sincere thank you to everyone who sent a card to Debbie. The cards were on display at her calling hours and showed her family and friends how much she was loved by everyone she touched at the store. See you next week.

Monday, October 2, 2017

BSS IDEA - SIX WITCHES

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea.

Hello, did you put an extra blanket on the bed this week? Turn on the heat?  Guess we
are going to get another round of summer like weather this week though.

Well, Halloween will soon be here.  Have been making some cards
for the kids in my family to send to them.



Dies -Impression Obsession Six Witches (457-Y)
Ghosts - Memory Box Ghastly Ghosts (98701)
Paper - Orange, green and yellow brights card stock
Base card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
Witches are cut from pearlized black paper
Squares are 1 1/2 inches with Witches popped up on each square
Ghost are cut from pearlized white card stock
Sequins in green, yellow and orange

These witches are so cute.
Thanks for stopping by to day.  Have a great day.  Until later.....

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dear Deborah...

We never got the chance to say goodbye.

Friday evening our dear friend and co-worker, Deborah Morrisey, passed away after a battle with liver cancer.  Many of you knew Deborah from the store, especially as she shared her creativity and artistic gifts with us through the many classes she taught. I know I learned so much from her and enjoyed each and every class I took with her. I loved how she colored and boy, did she love to color! Pencils, Copics, Zig watercolor, coloring with re-inkers you name it she could color with it. She taught me her little tricks and secrets like the art of 'flicking' when she used Copics. We joke a lot how the people who take our classes always want their cards to look exactly like the samples. When it came to Deb's classes I was at the head of the line on that one. If I could get my images to come out like hers I was a very happy girl.

The last time I saw her we colored in the hospital. I even took notes because I knew then that she didn't have a lot of time left and I selfishly wanted to absorb as much of her wisdom as I could. I was hoping to have another chance to spend some time with her, make her laugh if I could. She always said I could make her laugh.

Deborah gave a lot of herself to everyone at the store. She didn't have an easy life and the store was her safe place, her happy place. She worked very hard, long hours and had a career that spanned a wide variety jobs and talents. She had her family. Family was so important and precious to Deborah. She loved her sons and her grandchildren. She was over the moon about her first granddaughter! Her picture would pop up as a the screen saver on her iPad. Deborah was always sharing  photos of her and stories of her latest achievements and her eyes would light up when she talked about her.

Deborah also had her faith. There were many Saturday afternoons we would work til closing together and she would fret she wouldn't make it to the church on time for Saturday evening mass. I'd tell her to go and I'd finish the drawer and tidy up so she could make the service. I hope she has found peace through her faith and the rest she deserves. I am forever grateful her pain is gone. I will be reminded of her and smile as I gaze on her many cards that decorate the walls of the store. I will see her in every image I color as I remember her kind words of instruction and encouragement. I will see her in every corner of the store and hear her voice when I'm alone at the beginning of the day or when I close at night and all times in between.

Goodbye Deborah, until we meet again. Love always, Donna

Just a handful of her beautiful work over the years