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Stamp Review Crew -- Buffalo Check

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Buffalo Check background stamp.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this week's hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Betty's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Tanya's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

"Back in the day" before we had Designer Series Paper and embossing folders, creating a background for your focal point meant some creative stamping or a background stamp.  At that time, I had a pretty large collection of background stamps and making the decision on which background to use for a project held just a much angst THEN as the decision for which Designer Series Paper or embossing folder to use NOW.  That doesn't mean that I don't use background stamps's just that they're not the first thing I reach for.  All that being said, when I saw the Buffalo Check background stamp in the Holiday Catalog, I was tickled to see it but wasn't sure how I would incorporate it into my projects.  So I did not order it with my Holiday Catalog pre-order.  However, when I began seeing projects online using this stamp, I started envisioning projects I could make with this stamp.  My Buffalo Check stamp arrived just a few days ago and I put it to good use right away.  This will be one of my October class projects.


This card begins with a card base of Crumb Cake cardstock.  A panel of Mossy Meadow cardstock was stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  [Tip:  If you plan to stamp this image multiple times for a stack of cards, I would suggest using the Stamparatus to ensure that the image stamps straight.  (That's if you purchase the stamp in the Clear Mount configuration, of course.)]  A strip of paper from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Gold Foil Sheets and adhered across the stamped panel with the bottom edge of the Gold Foil mat 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the stamped panel and the right and left edges of the paper strip/Gold Foil mat flush with the right and left edges of the stamped panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

The wreath image from the Wishing You Well stamp set was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Mossy Meadow ink.  The "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath -- just a bit above the center -- using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The wreath was die cut with the Big Shot using the "straight edge" 2-3/8" circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  The die cut wreath was matted with a piece of Gold Foil Sheets die cut with the Big Shot using the 2-1/2" scallop circle framelit from the Layering Circles Framelits.  Loops of Gold Metallic Thread were adhered behind the wreath and the wreath adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The bottom edge of the wreath mat is 1-1/2" above the bottom edge of the Mossy Meadow panel.

The bow image was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The bow was adhered at the bottom right of the wreath using a Mini Glue Dot.  Isn't this bow image AMAZING???  I just love the new DISTINKTIVE stamps.  The images are just stunning!


The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of Gold Foil Sheets was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper and the strips adhered across the bottom edge of the liner with the left, bottom, and right edges of the strips flush with the left, bottom, and right edges of the liner.  The "Season's Greetings from our home to yours" image, from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Mossy Meadow ink.


The wreath image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Mossy Meadow ink.  The bow image was stamped at the lower right corner of the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.  And the "Season's Greetings" image was stamped inside the wreath using Cherry Cobbler ink.

I've mentioned before that when I design Christmas cards, I like to make sure that the design is simple, the colors are vibrant, the message is meaningful, and that the card can be mailed with one stamp.  I think this card meets those criteria, don't you?

Card Measurements -- 

Crumb Cake:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Mossy Meadow:  4" x 5-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  3" x 3", 2" x 2"; Gold Foil Sheets:  1-1/2" x 4", 3" x 3", 3/8" x 4"; Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper:  1-1/4" x 4", 1" x 4"; Gold Metallic Thread:  60"

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Tanya Boser   
  2. Ann Schach   
  3. Dawn Tidd    
  4. Cindy Elam 
  5. Holly Krautkremer   
  6. Bronwyn Eastley   
  7. Adriana Benitez   
  8. Heidi Baks   
  9. Debra Burgin   
  10. Mike Funke  
  11. Nikki Spencer   
  12. Mary Haugen   
  13. Stesha Bloodhart   
  14. Linda Callahan   
  15. Betty Traciak   
  16. Mickey Roberts   


Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Buffalo Check, Wishing You Well, Merry Christmas To All; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Festive Farmhouse; Embellishments:  Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope



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Linda Callahan

This background makes a wonderful Christmas card! I love that sweet wreath with the gorgeous bow! Beautiful card!

Dawn Tidd

Striking Christmas card, Mickey! The touches of gold look great with Buffalo Check and the inside of your card is almost as pretty as the outside!

Mary Haugen

Beautiful card! Love the Buffalo Check as a background for the wreath!

Heidi Baks

Beautiful card, Mickey! And I just ordered this set. It is so lovely.


I here you too many decisions. lol Love this card it's simply beautiful you did a fantastic job!

Laura Greig

I really like this card, great job!


So warm and inviting! Your detailed instructions are great!!

Cindy Elam

I see I wasn’t alone in waiting on ordering this stamp. And, of course, seeing it used so many ways made me want it, as well. I’m sure your beautiful card is going to make someone want to order it, too!

Danielle Roberts

Fantastic job on your card Micky Love it


Ann Schach

Beautiful, Mickey! You have me wishing I would have purchased the Wishing You Well stamp set. The inside of this card is just as lovely as the outside!

Debra Anderson

Your card is terrific. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions and even including the cutting dimensions!

Debra Burgin

This is so beautiful -- a perfect pairing of stamped background and DSP. I'm with you on the bow from Wishing You Well! Hope to see you in Orlando in November!

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