Friday, January 6, 2017


Hello there! Back today with another card from my Card Buffet last night. I asked the group if they had any requests for next month's cards and they wanted snowmen, so I came up with another design. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a piece of By the Shore DSP. On top of that I added a layer of Dapper Denim Cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

As I'm preparing for my Card Buffet, I place all the supplies I used for the card in a plastic tote that I got from Dollar General. Once I'm happy with the design, I cut the cardstock, DSP, ribbon, etc. and put the supplies in an envelope. I usually make 12 of each design, including the sample. I then use 1 of our Gold Binder Clips to bundle that card design together, along with the corresponding # on the tote:

I place this tote holding the kits, next to the 15 totes containing the samples & supplies needed to make the card:

So a guest decides she wants to make card # 8. She grabs that tote and then grabs one of the kits from the #8 bundle. She takes them to her spot at the table and makes however many of that card that she wants. When she's finished, she puts all the supplies back into the tote, along with the sample, returns the tote to the "buffet table" and repeats the process with another card.

Once I have everything cut and all the kits made, if I have time I'll go back and cut out and emboss what I can. I went ahead and did the embossing on this card and cut out the snowmen heads and noses. I like to do anything ahead of time that will save them time and free up the Big Shot as much as possible. That way they get more time to make more cards:) For this sweet little snowman I used Watercolor Paper and the Stitched Shaped Framelits. I got a perfect nose using the brand new Basket Builder Framelits in the new Occasions Catalog! I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock and the retired Candy Dots for eyes.

I used a Sponge Dauber and the Pink Pirouette Stamp Pad to give him some rosy cheeks. For the scarf I used the retired Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack. I don't usually use retired products at my events, but that DSP worked perfectly and I had a bunch to use up. I used the 1/2" Circle Punch to round the corners by sticking the DSP corner into the slit in the punch. Who knew the Bow Builder Punch would work so perfectly to make the tails of the scarf? I folded the tab over the scarf and attached the tails with Glue Dots.

I used the sentiment from Sheltering Tree, stamping it with Whisper White Craft ink. I heat-embossed it with White Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. I finished it off with a little red heart from the Brights Enamel Shapes. Make sure to stop back again tomorrow for another project and a few more tips on my Card Buffet. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Hi Laura, Thank you for all your details, you answered all of my questions! Even on how one runs a card buffet (do the gals pay you per card made, or there is a flat class fee???). I would like to make your snowman at my stamp camp on Sunday so, thanks for the details and process! Love ya, cheers!! Donna

  2. Oh I'm so glad it was helpful:) Thrilled that you like my snowman:) I charge $3 per card or 12 for $30. I also give them a free card for every $25 they order. I just collect the $ that night, as I was never very successful in getting $ ahead of time anyway:)You'll have to let me know how it goes if you decide to give it a try:)

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