Wednesday, January 26, 2022

A Quick Wednesday with More to Come

 I wanted to post Wednesday's Winging It as soon as possible and I'll tell you why in a moment. Sharon will tell you more during the course of her video which you will find HERE. Lots of fun do-dads for your shaker cards start the video. I love doing shaker cards and I'm doing one in my class tomorrow. 

Sharon also talks about the Super Bowl Party. It's a bummer that the Bills are out of it but next year looks really bright. I was impressed that Chief fans contributed $80K to the Oshei Children's Hospital, many in amounts of $13 dollars signifying the 13 seconds left in the game to the tie. Class act those Kansas City fans. ANYWAY, come and join Sharon for a fun day and skip all that hyperbole before the game and spend the afternoon at the store.

I don't have product photos but I do have class photos. See what tickles your fancy. Charlene has another great pencil class. She is using Polychoromos on these images from Whimsy Stamps,


These are the mixed media tags from Prima that Sharon is doing as a class, very Victorian.

Kim's shaker card class. Yes, you can make shakers in almost any shape you'd like!

I beleive this is Sharon's Heartfelt class. Great cards for a variety of occasions. 

This is a super easy class with fun coloring and easy assembly. 

I love Oddballs. I need to get some more. This class will let you practice your pencils skills in coloring these odd-erific stamps!

This is the class running tomorrow. The slim line has a bit more detail than shown here. I had to get the photo to Sharon quick. This class is also running Feb. 11. 

Sharon has also created a Valentines To-Go Kit for Kids.  Using Doodlebug papers Sharon has created a kit that will make 12 cards (envelopes included) that your children or grandchildren can easily put together for Valentine's giving. A set of pop squares are also included. Please note, this is a To-Go Kit. It is NOT a class. Everything you will need is in the kit along with a basic instructions. This is a great project you can do with your littles and older littles can probably do on their own.

Lastly, short post today because I'll be doing another post on Friday. Mona will be doing a Facebook Live at 2:15 on Friday afternoon! Yay! Sharon will still be doing her Saturday morning video also. So come on down, check out the new product Sharon showcased today and maybe be her audience for Saturday. Sign up for our great classes, in person or via ZOOM, we'd love to see you either way.

Here's my funny for the day. It's my homage to the Bills

That's it for today. I'll see you again after Mona's FB video and again after Sharon's Saturday morning video. Stay warm and STAY SAFE! 


Monday, January 24, 2022

Happy Monday Everyone!

I suppose that I shouldn't say that it is a "happy Monday" after the heartbreaking football game last night. We do thank the Buffalo Bills for a great season and there's always next year!

It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of January which means that Valentine's Day is coming soon (and hopefully warmer weather). This week I am using the Love Shaker die from Pretty Pink Posh to make a Valentine's Day card.


I was also able to use the same Love Shaker die in a card that it is for Valentine's Day by snipping out the word "love" from the center of the heart. It is always a good thing to find multiple uses for our stamps and dies!

This winter-themed card is part of my Shaker card class that is coming up in February. 

Supplies for Valentine's Day card:

--Pretty Pink Posh: Love Shaker die

--Pretty Pink Posh: Sending Love stamp

--Doodlebug patterned paper from the Cute & Crafty collection

--Scrapper's Spools carnation twine

--Copics: W0,1,2,4,6,7; R20,81,83,85

I hope that everyone stays warm and keep creating!-- KIm

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Prepping for the next Holiday

 Welcome back to the BSS Blog Saturday edition. I will be posting Sharon's FB live HERE.

I've asked for more product pictures and I will share what I've received. First up are photos of new Hero Arts. Not quite sure what to call this collection. Lots of fruits and veggies, layered stamping and layered die cuts. We have samples above the display on the front counter.




Sharon  shared an Altenew card she made with their layered stencils. This also looks like an embossing folder was used. 

Lastly. from the continuing saga of trying to consolidate, straighten and move my stamping/scrapbooking stash into the basement before the kitchen reno starts, I found a selection of cards I made many moons ago in a class with Dave Brethard(sp) from Memory Box I've now added these to my labeled colection of finished cards. As I look back on these I remember how much we loved Memory Box.


Don't forget sign-ups for classes, check out photos on Classes page under gallery. Several new  classes have been added or are about to be added. Maker Mania may have a few openings and the Super Bowl party will be coming up, busy, busy, busy!

UPDATE: I just read tonight, on Facebook, that The Ink Pad, the only stamp store in New York City is closing the end of February after 23 years. I'm so sad. I was planning on visiting  the store President's Weekend when I go down to visit Alexa. I'm hoping they will still be open so I can say good bye. 😢

My funny for today is also my life! What is more scary is that I've been figuring out how old some of this stuff I'm finding in the basement is and it goes too far back for a woman of my tender years...

That's it for this spring chicken for now. Have a warm, crafty weekend and I'll see you after Wednesday's FB. Stay Safe and... 
GO BILLS!



Wednesday, January 19, 2022

NO Winging it Wednesday in the Snow!

Like I said last week, we can't really complain, it is Buffalo after all. I posted the following photo to my facebook page and I received a comment from a friend in Tampa, Florida who commiserated with me because his temperature dropped to a chilly, wintery 70 degrees... 


On to what's new and Sharon's FB video for the day. UPDATE: Sharon is not doing a FB live today. I just read her note on FB. She is very busy packing up orders and other chores so she's sorry for today but will be back on Saturday.

Sharon has gotten in a selection of papers to coordinate with last week's Buffalo Bills papers. These are great for not only cards but scrapbook pages, especially for those brave, brave souls who made it to the game last Saturday night. I hope you took pictures.

I mentioned I was putting my latest IKEA purchase together during Sunday's games (yes, I watched all three games on Sunday and at least half of the Monday night game). Anyway, I bought a new Raskog cart from IKEA and a custom made insert that holds ALL 360 Copic markers off Etsy. This is my third Raskog cart, I just love them! Just as a comparison, I also have one of Michael's Lexington carts which looks pretty identical to IKEA's Raskog. I have that one next to the chair I sit in in our family room. It was incredibly handy to have the first few months after my knee surgery. However, it is not as sturdy as my Raskog cart. 


Here's my funny for today. This was so true after my knee surgery and will be again after other knee gets done in March!

Have a crafty good week everyone, I'll be cheering on the Bills on Sunday. I think this will be a tougher game to win but I think Allen has the right stuff to go toe to toe with Mahomes. They just need their receivers and defense to do their parts. Stay warm, stay safe and I'll see you after Saturday's FB live.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Hello Everyone!

I hope that everyone has been able to dig out of the snow that we received the past couple of days! I live on the edge of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda and there were about 22 inches of snow. The snow is pretty to look at but, snow removal is a different story. I am very thankful for the people that helped clear my driveway!

For this week, I decided to use one of the stamps that Sharon showed on last Saturday's Facebook Live. The stamp is from Whimsy Stamps and it was so much fun to color and easy to fussy cut! 


Supplies used:

--Whimsy Stamps: Dorky Dragon Rubber Cling Stamp

--MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies

--MFT Buffalo Plaid 6x6 paper pad

--Copics: YG01,03,21,25,63,17,23

YR23

Y13,15,17

E51,53

RV11,13,14

I hope that everyone has a great week and stay warm! --Kim


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

STORE CLOSING -Weather Watch!

DUE TO ANTICIPATED SNOW STORM SUNDAY AND MONDAY BUFFALO STAMPS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JAN. 17TH. Weather permitting, we will open again on Tuesday, Jan. 18th for normal store hours. Our on-line store is open and you can place an order for Tuesday pick-up.

MONDAY CLASSES: If you are signed up for a class on Monday, Jan. 17th the class will still be held via ZOOM.  If we need to extend the closing past Monday, we will post to email, instagram, Facebook, and this blog. If you need to be out on the roads please drive safely - Let's be careful out there!

Brrrr! I was out Saturday morning during Sharon’s FB live so I missed most of it. I need to go back and watch. You will find the video HERE.

Saturday afternoon I tried to watch an on-line video class on Lawn Fawn’s FB site. They used the current release, Scent to You stamp set and add ons. I have most of this release so I thought I’d give it a go. I started watching on my iPad, the device I usually use for watching our FB videos. From the beginning the feed would stop every five seconds or so, stay frozen for anywhere from 30 seconds to over a minute or more. I kept missing what was being said. I typed in the comments what my feed was like and someone said they had the same issue and solved it by using a different device to watch the live video. I grabbed my husband’s laptop and it worked! Moral of  the story: If you are having the same difficulty watching Buffalo Stamps FB videos use a different device, probably a desktop computer or a laptop. Hopefully, this will stop the buffering or whatever this issue is we have been experiencing. 

I know we have some new classes coming up. I’ll try and get descriptions up by tomorrow of the new ones Sharon shared Saturday. 

Lastly, as you may know if you read my posts with any regularity, especially the last one, I'm a 40+ year veteran New England Patriot fan. My hat and jersey go off to the Buffalo Bills who played an almost perfect game to win their wild card match up. Josh Allen was perfect! They outplayed my guys by a mile. I will be solidly rooting for Buffalo to go all the way to the Super Bowl and WIN! This does not mean I'm abandoning my Pats, just facing the realities of this year's playoff run. We will be back but until then -

LET'S GO BUFFALO!

One of the tings I'll be doing during Sunday's football games is assembling my latest delivery from IKEA. I hope it doesn't have this many pieces...

Stay warm and cozy everyone this snowy weekend and tomorrow. Great opportunity to stay inside and be crafty. Beyond that, numbers may be turning so continue to mask up and Stay Safe! See you after Wednesday's video.




Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Wicked Cold Winging Wednesday, Brrrrr!!

It's still only January so we really can't complain about the cold yet, but boy, is it cold! Kim has the right idea, stay in and make cards! After I finish this I'm headed back down to the basement to continue the 2022 Purge. I've started finding Alexa 'stuff' from baby to college. I like Sharon's idea. As her girls started to get older and move out and on with their lives Sharon would ask them about the items she and Mark had been storing at their house that the girls said they wanted -- until Sharon started bringing these items to the girls new homes. Suddenly, they didn't want the stuff to clutter up their homes! My daughter's excuse is she lives in a studio apartment and can't possible store all her 'stuff'. She still uses us as her off season clothes closet! Even though, for the most part, I agree with her, I have fonder memories of certain items then I know she does so I still struggle with tossing childhood memories. Another wonderful challenge of getting older.

On to new stuff! You will find Sharon's FB video from today, Wednesday, HERE.

First, I have a picture of the card Sharon was working on last week for you.

I was in the store yesterday to do a class and I had the same feeling many of our customers have when they walk in for the first time or after a long time away, it's overwhelming! I had to walk around after my class and look at the new displays and locations and try and take in all the stamping and paper fabulousness! Less you miss out, here are a few photos. Love the new class chalkboard, here's what's happening this week!


The top of the table and the rest of the displays are all winter and really cozy and cute.







Here's where there is a big change. Can you see it? No more solid cardstock! Welcome Doodlebug!

We've moved all the beautiful and bright Doodlebug papers to under our Copic markers, directly across from the check-out counter.

Directly behind the Copics is a new display of washi tapes. Look for an upcoming class with Alison that will use at least one of these larger washi designs.

Did you know underneath our large front counter is all our tools and to the far right, at the corner, are lots and lots of brushes! A full variety of brushes from at least 9 different companies for your distressing enjoyment.

Sharon has talked about her Kid's display and she's moved it to the end cap of the first display after the front counter. There is more room for fun stuff for the kiddies. We may be having a kids Valentine card kit using the new Doodlebug collection we just got in. Keep a look out for that coming soon.

Now, right around the corner from the kid's display is our Buffalo display. We have stamps, dies, papers and more for you to create Buffalo cards AND directly below this display is our paper display featuring the Bills! All you Bills fans who are throwing parties for the playoffs, get those cameras and phones out and take pictures of your Bills Mafia! Turn those pictures into great scrapbook layouts to commemorate the Bills being their division champs for the 2nd year in a row! Let's Go Buffalo!



For all of you who aren't football fans (and how did that happen?!) directly across from the Buffalo display is our Valentine's Day display. We have paper, stamps, dies - you name it for Valentine's Day. We also have at least one card class devoted to Valentine's Day using Lawn Fawn stamps. Check it out on our Class Description page of our website.


Right on the end cap of the Valentine's section is lots of little flat sided gems. We love these for accenting our cards.

Here is a big change. We've moved our 12X12 solid cardstock to the back of the store underneath our adhesives. So many more racks to display the color variety.

At the back-end of the store, facing the tables is Sharon's new Pink Fresh display with lots of the Pink Fresh product we've been using lately,

My last photo is of a box of Doodlebug that came in while I was at the store. I'm sure Sharon will be showing you all this doodly goodness in one of her videos.

That's it for me for today. So much new and fun stuff. Here's my funny for the day although, I have to admit I still struggle with FOMO* (remembering what the letters stand for and having it!)


Have a warm, healthy, SAFE week and weekend ahead. I will wish the Bills good luck, but you know my heart is with the other team. I'll be watching with my new Patriot jersey on and will be happy with which ever team wins and gets to move on (happier though if it's the Pats). Take care everyone.