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Enlightening Video About How Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads are Made

Last year when my sister and I drove to Stampin’ Up’s convention in Salt Lake City we went quite a bit out of our way to stop in Kanab Utah, site of Stampin’ Up!’s manufacturing plant.  It — was — interesting to say the least.  The entire manufacturing plant visit was amazing.

I can’t figure out how to post a more direct link to Sara Douglass’s video of the process, so please click below to see how our stamp pads are made.

Once in a great while an over- or under-inked classic stamp pad will slip through the warehouse and into your order box.  If that ever happens to you, let me know immediately!  Stampin’ Up! will make it right immediately.

There is both manual and automatic labor from start to finish in preparing the stamp pads for us:

Glue is placed on open pad; then ink soaked pad attached

Glue is placed on open pad; then ink soaked pad is place on top of glue.


Bottom label is attached by machine

Bottom label is attached by machine after being set in place by the ‘blue gloved’ employee.


Top label is attached by machine

Top label is attached by machine after being set on conveyor belt by same employee.


Pads are wrapped in shrink wrap, manual and machine

Pads are wrapped in shrink wrap, manual start and machine finish.


Finished pads are placed in carton ready to ship to Riverton Utah warehouse

Finished pads are placed in carton ready to ship to Riverton Utah warehouse


Be sure to check out the video for a much better view of the making of our stamp pads.  You’ll have to scroll down a bit.  I’m not always a technological genius!  Enjoy it though.



0 In Paper Pumpkin

Love Getting My Paper Pumpkin Box in My Post Office Box

As if the Paisleys & Posies stamp set hasn’t offered enough ‘cute’ and ‘thankful’ for November greeting opportunities, this month’s Paper Pumpkin has added some frosting.

October Paper Pumpkin box waiting to be opened

October Paper Pumpkin box waiting to be opened


Paper Pumpkin box, just opened

Paper Pumpkin box, just opened


Sealed pack has all you'll need for the project

Sealed pack has all you’ll need for the project — stamps and ink are ‘loose’


Included in the bright orange box:

  • Season of Gratitude Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • 8 Kraft card bases
  • 8 window sheets
  • 8 vanilla envelopes (printed inside!)
  • 8 vanilla embossed sheets
  • 5 sheets of die-cut elements
  • 5 yards green baker’s twine
  • 3 sizes of autumn colored sequins
  • 2 sheets of adhesive strops (2 sizes)
  • 150 adhesive dots


Open the plastic wrapped pack...

Open the plastic wrapped pack…


Check out the envelopes

Check out the envelopes


Coordinating colors in this kit:  Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla.

Now it’s time to play!

It took me 30 minutes from the time I opened the package, checked out all the ‘parts’, and started and finished these two cards.

Two quick and fun Season of Gratitide cards

Two quick and fun Season of Gratitide cards


Card 1 - horizontal Gratitude Card

Card 1 – horizontal Gratitude Card – fold on top


Card 2 - vertical - fold on side

Card 2 – vertical – fold on side


Check out the awesome envelope

Check out the awesome envelope – it’s like a yummy knit sweater on the inside


If you aren’t currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, consider becoming one.  You can check out the details right here.  $19.95/month.  Delivered to your door (or PO Box).  Everything included.  Each month’s kit is always a surprise!  And I love surprises.




0 In Deals & Discounts/ Designer Series Papers

I Totally Need a Cane – A Candy One, That Is.

Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (141981)


Remember, October 1-31 is the time to stock up on Designer Series Paper.  Buy three.  Get a fourth for free.

Here’s part of a cute little project I made with the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper:

Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper Mini Book

Folded up layer unfolded

I’ll get that tutorial done one of these days soon.  My time hasn’t been and won’t be my own for a few days.  You can still enjoy how darned cut this paper is though.





1 In Cards/ Thank You

Paisleys & Posies Pacific Point Note Cards

A few days ago one of my dearest friends called to tell me that her daughter had just succumbed to ovarian cancer.  That’s bad enough.  But she also left a two year beautiful son.

All that said, I just made up a pack of Note Cards thank you cards.

Thank you notes (131527)


I used Island Indigo card stock and classic ink as my accent color since it’s the closest Stampin’ Up! color to TEAL, the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Color.

The Island Indigo layer is 4-1/2″ x 3″ and the Whisper White stamped layer is 4-3/8″ x 2-7/8″.

I stamped the ‘flower’ from the Paisleys & Posies Photopolymer Stamp Set on Whisper White scraps, cut it out with the corresponding die from the Paisley Framelits and attached it to the card front with Dimensionals, the Thank You from the Circle of Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set on the front of the card.  No greeting on the inside.

Much love to you my friend.  And I hope you all enjoy this simple simple card.



0 In Announcements/ Classes & Events

October’s Card Buffet Selections Are Ready For You

The October 2016 Card Buffet selections are now up and ready for your selection.  You can click here or in the green box, above right, that says Blythe’s Buffet.   This month’s card are a combination of Autumn and Christmas/winter cards.

All 8 October 2016 cards for Blythe's Buffet

All 8 October 2016 cards for Blythe’s Buffet


If you can’t attend the class in person (October 25th, a.m. or p.m.), there are two choices of PDFs with complete list of supplies plus measurements and instructions, one with pre-cut card stock ($20), and the other ($5) without the pre-cut card stock.  PDFs will be emailed; card stock will obviously be snail mailed (and labeled per each card).   Check ’em out on the Buffet Page!




0 In Tools

Hand Held Stapler Is Being Discontinued

Stampin' Up!'s Hand Held Stapler 139083

I don’t know about you, but I just love Stampin’ Up!‘s oh-so-convenient Hand Held Stapler.  Sadly, due to supplier issues outside of Stampin’ Up!‘s control, both the stapler and the coordinating Silver Mini Staples  will be discontinued after current inventory runs out. Stampin’ Up! apologizes for any inconvenience.

Stampin' Up!'s Mini Staples refills 134857


I use mine for personal things, such as normal stapling of several papers together, as well as attaching ribbons or bows or tabs to cards and tags.  I know I use it for other purposes as well, because I’m always pulling it out of it’s drawer, but I can’t recall them right now.

If you’ve thought about getting this Hand Held Stapler and some extra staples, now would be the time to do so because they’ll only be available until existing inventory runs out.  Click on any red words to be taken to my online Stampin’ Up! store to get yours today!


0 In Tools

Good News from Stampin’ Up!

I was thrilled to see, in this morning’s updates from Stampin’ Up! to it’s demonstrators, that the Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Cutting Mat (131375); $4.00 US/$5.00 CAN is once again available!


Paper Trimmer Cutting Mat 131375


It doesn’t look like much but it’s really truly important.  Two (opposite sides) are grooved and the other sides are flat.  I’m so glad SU! brought it back because if you, for some reason, lost yours your paper trimmer would become quickly useless.

The Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blades (126996); $5.00 US/$6.50 CAN have also been returned to availability.

SU! Paper Trimmer Scoring Blades 126996

The scoring blade is light gray.


The Stamping Trimming Cutting Blades were returned to ‘availability’ a few months ago so now we crafters can once again be totally at ease with Stampin’ Up!‘s more-than-awesome Paper Trimmer.

SU! Paper Trimmer Cutting Blades 126995

The cutting blade is dark gray.


SU! Paper Trimmer 126889

SU! Paper Trimmer 126889


What makes the Paper Trimmer so darned awesome???  It cuts or scores a full 12″ length.  Plus…..
* 1 cutting and 1 scoring blade included
* Extra-wide, 6-1/4″ cutting base for most projects; 14-1/2″ extendable ruler for large projects
* Ruler and grid protected by durable plastic cover
* Point on cutting handle for precise measuring
* Right-side grid for cutting thin strips
* Includes storage compartments for Bone Folders and more

I frequently take advantage of the ability to cut a square or rectangle out of the middle of a piece of card stock.  That’s awesome — and very convenient — for me!

Click on any of the items (shown in red) to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! online store to get yours.  I recommend having spare cutting blades on hand all the time.  You’ll know when they’re dull because you just cannot get a nice smooth cut!






0 In Announcements

Crazy Monday Morning

Well…….I spent 5 hours at the Apple Store yesterday (2 hours from home) and am now restoring all contents of my computer from my Time Machine/Airport backup.  It will take about 13 more hours.  This saga began last Monday and has been very time consuming with trips to the Apple Store or on the phone with Apple Tech support.  All will be good when my data is restored.  Right!?

I won’t be able to upload my October Buffet Cards since they’re all in that backup.  I hope.  Look for them on October 12th.

I look forward to being back to somewhat normal tomorrow.  I’ve lost several stamping days due to my computer’s almost dead battery (after 5 years so I can’t really complain) and computer bits that fell apart with the new battery.  Obviously it was time for a good computer purging.

I’m using my hubby’s Mac right now—it has none of my photos/projects on it so…….no graphics today.

Have a great Monday.


0 In Catalogs/ Tools

Check Out This Ronald McDonald Ad!

Stampin' Up! In Colors 2016-2018

Was Ronald McDonald peeking into Stampin’ Up!’s creative offices?


I wonder if Ronald had a sneak peak into Stampin’ Up!‘s hidden dens when they were coming up with the 2016-1018 In Colors?  I’ve had this ad since early summer but couldn’t find it until I cleaned up some pictures on my desk top last night and this morning!  Does misplacing files or photos ever happen to you?

Save 2016-2018 Stampin’ Up! In Colors

Check out the colors!  Pretty amazing I think.  To me it’s just one more reminder that Stampin’ Up! is right on trend.