Don't you love having the Christmas tree all lit and glowing? Here's ours from a few years ago. Today it looks quite different as I've stripped off the the white lights and added colored ones instead. I love it. However...and you know it had to be ...

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"Buffalo Stamps & Stuff" - 5 new articles

  1. What's Your Favorite...?
  3. It's Beginning to Look...
  4. BSS IDEA - Christmas Eve
  5. Our First Snow...
  6. More Recent Articles

What's Your Favorite...?

Don't you love having the Christmas tree all lit and glowing? Here's ours from a few years ago. Today it looks quite different as I've stripped off the the white lights and added colored ones instead.

I love it. However...and you know it had to be coming from me, each year I drag my feet when it comes to decorating the tree. I should be doing it right now, but I'm stalling to write this!

Anyway, What's Your Favorite...? comes from what I like to do when I decorate the tree. I put on my favorite Christmas movies. My favorite is an old, old, OLD, movie from 1947, "The Bishop's Wife" staring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven. Now, I'm not that old, but I loved watching old movies when I was a kid and I stumbled upon this movie several times not knowing what it was. Today, it's my favorite. I do have a modern favorite also, "Love Actually". This is my happy movie. What do you like to do decorating the tree and do you have a favorite Christmas movie(s)? Let me know the next time you come in the store.

On to the store - We have a few inspiration cards we've done. These first cards were done with a great background stamp from Taylored Expressions. Buffalo print is very popular here and we've been trying to get it in the store in whatever form we can, paper stamps, dies. Unfortunately, we've haven't had a lot of luck, this stamp is about it and perfect on red paper.

Neat and Tangled has this cute background die that can be used to make a really simple and fast card.

Creative Expressions makes these intricate, classic and beautifully styled dies. Cut out in a shimmer, glossy or even a glitter paper on a a simple white background gives you a gorgeous card that's easy to make but packs a lot of punch.

The new Lawn Fawn and MFT release just came in late Wednesday, take a peek! Looks like we're getting ready to move on to our next holiday (these companies, not me!)

 Gotta love a koala!

I saw several cute cards made with this toaster die set on Lawn Fawn's You Tube site yesterday. Do a little Google-ing and check it out!

Great background die in both a landscape and portrait version - little hearts. According to Lawn Fawn they are designed so that their rectangle dies align with the heart cut-outs. 

On to MFT - what a great couple of stamps for coloring. I can see watercolor pans coming out for these two!

New owl stamps.

Lovely scripty sentiments.

I'm intrigued with the 'BEAUTIFUL' die and I'm liking the little woodland creatures. 

We also have the non-shedding glitter paper in metallics back in stock.

Lastly, we have a sale on select planners and products, 50%!- a great Christmas gift!

Well that's it for this week. You literally have gotten the latest and greatest.  My trees are up, my house is decorated and my daughter comes home on Sunday. Let the holiday begin! See you next week, have a crafty and good one.



Are you wondering about now how you are going to finish
everything you have to do to get ready for Christmas.  Me too.

Still need to finish shopping and wrap!  Hope to get a lot done
this week to take some of the stress off the remaining time.

This weeks offering:

Oh boy, is this guy just beyond fun!!

I used the die set from Sizzix  called
Merry Moose, by Tim Holtz (663103)
The tree die is included in the set.
I cut a small circle from white card stock 
for the moon.

The background is washie tape, by Altenew.

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

Sue Drees

It's Beginning to Look...

Sorry I'm a day late...

Well, we're trying to make it look a lot like Christmas! But first I want to wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah! I have several neighbors who put up menorahs and the candle lighting has begun!

I've got a few new things for you this week so lets get started. I posted last week that we had Lavinia stamps back in stock. I didn't know we also had a nice selection of their 6"X6" paper sets in also.


 A little inspiration...W+9 has stamp and die sets for simple cards that take now time to put together. TIP - a way to make your simple cards pop is to emboss the mat! We've used a Taylored Expressions embossing folder on this Cheer card and kicks up the simple design with an elegant touch!

Another example using a patterned background paper to give your cards a little extra something.

 Next up is Neat and Tangled. We've used this great 3-D box die for samples around the store and we've just gotten it back in again. I hope it doesn't sell out by time this is posted!

We also have this cool stamps set and tie to go with the box or on it's own. Frankly, I was a little confused as to what to do with this die and how to use it so I went to my best bud, Google and here's what I found.

Full disclosure, I found this on Neat and Tangle's web site. Go to newest-products to see what you can do with this die and many others. 

Manufacturers web sites are a wonderful thing. You don't need to buy everything you see but you may get inspiration on how to use everything you see. If you're stumped on how to use or re-use a die or stamp, check out the manufacturer's web site and blog. They are a great resource for inspiration and very often answer the question, "What is that die for???"

We've decided to do a little recycling. We are in the paper business after all. We've taken a selection of card samples and combined them with envelopes and are selling them. We often get asked if we have cards for sale and now we do. We have mostly Christmas cards on display right now but we will be adding and adjusting as the seasons change and we will also be adding birthday, get well, thank you, etc. as we come across them. Look for the turning rack behind the 12"X12" card stock.

I've been a busy little elf the last few days making cards to send to my daughter and her roommates. This is their last Christmas at college and every year I like to send them a little 'somtin-somtin'. This year they are getting my own card design from my class and it's been fun remaking these cards. Small images but a lot of coloring! I pair them with gift cards to Starbucks for each girl and stuff the box with Lindor truffles! Oh, to be back in college and get packages from home!

BSS IDEA - Christmas Eve

Welcome to the Buffalo Stamps and Stuff Idea
Well, the whirl wind that is Christmas is in full steam ahead mode
We decorated the tree yesterday, and brought boxes of "stuff"
 from the basement to decorate the rest of
the house, hopefully, we will finish with that tomorrow.  Out door light
show to go up tomorrow too.

Here is todays card offering

The inside

Stamps - Angelina's Christmas Eve Scene-Creative Expressions(UMS841)
Inside sentiment-Stampendous-Christmas Sky (CRQ238)
Paper - Blue, White, and Silver
 Mirror Card Stock, 
Blue and White gingham paper
Oval Die
Snowflake is a punch
Colored with Copics

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day, Until later....

Sue Drees

Our First Snow...

It couldn't have waited till December. We all got our first good snowfall yesterday and some of us may be getting a little more in the next few days. I was even a good wife and shoveled a path for the car down our driveway for my husband. Then I went in had a nice cup of coffee and organized my stamps and die sets, much more my speed.

First up, let me give a shout out to our Holiday Basket/Bag Raffle. We will be selling tickets through the middle of December, so you still have a chance to buy a ticket or buy another ticket and increase your odds! Check back a few posts here on the blog to get details of this year's family.

On to what's new this week. New dies, papers and more from DIY and Kaiserkraft.

Lots of new stuff from Stampendous. These are a joy to color.

Power Poppy, one of Sharon's favorites...

We have this great new affordable stamp and die set that is perfect for making tags for your presents. We've included some examples. I especially like the 'Handmade Christmas' sentiment for your handmade gifts.

To go with the handmade set, My Favorite Things has a set of ribbon bow dies. You can make several different sized paper bows including tails with this set. For me, it's a must have die set that can be used all year round. You might want to put it on your Christmas list. We've combined it here with a Reverse Confetti die and used the tail to create the ribbon design on top.

Lavinia Stamps are back in stock with the fairy stamps that were so popular this past fall. 

Lastly, we had a Christmas Sweater die a few weeks ago that was gobbled up like your Thanksgiving turkey. We are still working on getting it back in stock but we have another die that might just work for you until then from Sunny Studio. Let your patterned paper go wild with this one!
Have a great week. Finish up that shopping (I still need a list and a clue from my family), decorate that tree (think I can trade shoveling time for having my husband haul up all the decorations from the basement?) and sit back and enjoy some card making with some hot chocolate (or laced coffee in my case - I haven't even started my cards yet - YIKES!) and I'll see you next week, Happy Crafting!

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