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Annual Extravaganza Starts on Monday

November 19, 2017

The annual Extravaganza sale starts on Monday, November 20th, 12:01 a.m. — the time of the year customers and demonstrators all look forward to!

Annual Extravaganza Starts on Monday

Monday, November 20th — selected stamps on sale!


The first great offering of this promotion will be the 24-hour stamp sale.  Select stamp sets will be 20% off for the first 24 hours of  this year’s Online Extravaganza.  The stamp sale segment ends November 20 11:59 PM.

Click the link below to see all of the stamp sets available on Monday, the 20th, only.


Be sure to check this list from top to bottom since way down near the bottom are items that vary from 10% – 50% off from the 20th – 26th.  You don’t want to miss anything!  Even though the annual online extravaganza sale starts on Monday it does continue until the 26th.  Check in daily to see what’s being offered next.

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Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board

November 17, 2017

Sometimes it’s just plain fun to give a card that has a unexpected way of opening up–like this Pinwheel Card made with the Envelope Punch Board.

You’ll need an 8″ x 8″ piece of Designer Series Paper, or any paper that has a printed pattern on both sides.  You’ll also need the Envelope Punch Board and the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  You could substitute with the scoring blade on your Stampin’ Trimmer.

Today’s pinwheel card is made using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board

Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board, complete with ‘belly band’


Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board

Inside Greeting


Here are the quick and easy step by step instructions for making your Pinwheel Card:

— Double sided patterned paper – 8″x 8″ Score at 3.5″ using envelope punch board (no punching!)

—return to 3.5” mark for each side

— Using paper snips, cut out ‘v’ notch as shown in photo below on each side.
— Using Simply Scored Scoring Tool, score at 7/8″ on each top left section

Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board

Rotate 1/4 turn after you’ve scored each line and score again


— Belly band – 1.25″ x 10.5″
— Circles – 2″ & 1.75″ (punches or Layering Circles Framelits)
— Envelope – 8″x 8″ – Score 4″ on envelope punch board; proceed as normal

I swapped ten of these cards at OnStage 2017 in Salt Lake City last week and the instructions above are what I enclosed with each card.

Pinwheel Card Made with the Envelope Punch Board

Close up of each In Color card plus 2017-2019 In Colors Classic Ink Pads


I hope you try making this striking card.  It’s pretty easy, very stunning, definitely a WOW and you can use any Designer Series Paper with any greeting inside.  Go for it!  A Pinwheel Card made with the Envelope Punch Board is a sure winner.  If you don’t have one you can get it in my Stampin’ Up! online store.

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Introducing the Stamparatus: A New Way to Stamp!

November 13, 2017

This is probably the biggest innovative news from OnStage Live in Salt Lake City this past week….

…..Introducing the Stamparatus!

It’s always big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything, especially from Stampin’ Up!  The Stamparatus is going to change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Introducing the Stamparatus

We didn’t get to play with the Stamparatus or even touch it but we, as attendees of Stampin’ Up’s 2017 OnStage Live event last Thursday-Friday-Saturday, got to see it demonstrated.  Simply stated:  Oh My!  Oh Wow!  Oh Awesome!  And I’m so glad I waited for Stampin’ Up!’s version of a repetitive placement tool.

How did Stampin’ Up! come up with the name?

  • Stamp:  it helps you to stamp by acting as a clear block and holding the red rubber or photopolymer image.
  • Apparatus:  it’s a technical piece of equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose.
  • New vocabulary word:  stamp+apparatus = stamparatus

Check out this video:


Even though it won’t be available until February, have someone give you a promissory Stamparatus gift card for Christmas.

As a customer you can reserve your Stamparatus via a new system Stampin’ Up! is trying.  Reserve between November 16-30, for delivery around February 1, 2018.  Just go to my Online Store between those dates and place your reservation.  If you find that you need to “un-reserve” it before it has shipped you can also do that on my website.  But to “re-reserve” it you’ll have to wait until the next reservation period.  I’ll keep you updated on those time periods.  While a credit card is required to reserve your Stamparatus, it will not be charged until the item has shipped.

I’ll bet you’re wondering about the cost.  $49.  What a deal.  I saw the Stamparatus demonstrated at OnStage Live and WOW is it awesome and does it have more capabilities that you’ve seen in other similar products!  I’m definitely looking forward to that February 1st shipping date.

It will be in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog that will be released on June 1st but that’s a long time from now so be sure reserve (pre-order) yours during one of the three pre-order periods.

Introducting the Stamparatus

I hope you’re as excited as I am that we are introducing the Stamparatus.  It’s amazing.  I’ll be pre-ordering mine between Nov 16-30 and getting it in February.  Will you?




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Greetings from Salt Lake City

November 9, 2017

I woke up in chilly town this morning and that means greetings from Salt Lake City!  It’s time for another Stampin’ Up! convention and I haven’t missed one since becoming a demonstrator in 1996.

I attend conventions – now called On Stage – for many reasons:

  • to see new products
  • to get new ideas
  • to see what ‘free’ goodies we’ll be getting
  • to see friends whom I’ve met over the years
  • to see my upline, sideline and downline members – more special friends
  • to hang out with lots of other crazy crazed demos
Greetings from Salt Lake City

West Coast hangs out with East Coast. My friends Liz, Martha, Tammy and Susan Elise are from North Carolina


We ran into each other in the Bar/Dining area of our Little America Hotel and shared some ideas and thoughts and had lots of giggles!  I think other diners knew we were there.  🙂

When my sister Janet, one of my downline team, and I arrived at Oakland airport on Wednesday we started seeing other demos sauntering in to the same SouthWest Airline gate:  Olive….Patty….Cindy….Gina….Gina’s daughter whose name I just can’t remember….Rosemarrie….Lorena…..   There were a bunch of us on the plane.  More oooh, ahhh, and laughter time.

Janet and I took Trax, the local rapid transit system, from the airport to our Little America Hotel.  It cost us ‘seniors’ (really?????) $2.50, round trip for this door to door service.  It really beats a taxi.

Today, Thursday is day one, starting at 1 p.m.  I’ll be doing my first FB Live later today so be watching.  I have a plan and it should be fun.  LIKE my FB Biz page so you’ll be able to see it first.

Greetings from Salt Lake City.  Stayed tuned.






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Blends have Joined the Ink Family

November 9, 2017

I’m really excited that Blends have joined the ink family with newly released alcohol markers.  I was quite un-excited when there proved to be problems with the Blendabilities several years ago but I’m proud of Stampin’ Up! for spending time, dollars and energy to redesign the product so we can once again have some awesome alcohol pens of our own.  These are artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors.  There will be more colors offered in due time.

During the last few weeks I’ve had a great time testing the Blends that, as a demonstration I could pre-purchase and then ‘test-drive’.  They are soft, smooth and efficient and blend just as they are supposed to.  I will admit I have more of a learning curve to climb but bottom line:  I like them!

You can either scroll down to earlier posts to check out my little piggies that were colored with the Pink Pirouette Blends or click here or here to see two of them.


Check out the Stampin’ Blends flyer below:



Stampin' Up! Blends availalbe Nov 1st

Be among the first to get your favorite colors or the whole set!


You can order your Blends through my Stampin’ Up! store .   Remember, they come in twelve of Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors:

Pink-ish tone SU! Blends

Pink-ish tones of SU! Blends


Blue-ish Blends tones

Blue-ish Blends tones


Brown-ish Blends tones

Brown-ish Blends tones plus Bronze and Ivory Skin tones and the color lifter


Now that you’ve seen them, be watching for more samples colored with the BlendsWhat colors will be in your first purchase?  Get yours in my Stampin’ Up! online store here.  I’m sure you’re going to love them all.

The price point is really reasonable:  $4.50 each or $9.00 for a combo pack of the light and dark of a particular color.  There are no refills for the pens but the reasonable price makes it easier to replace the pen you’ve just worn out. Each Blend pen is individually wrapped to keep it moist until you open it/them in your home.  The Blends are also available under a single order number for all of them for $121.50 in case you don’t want be entering a whole lot of individual  numbers.  🙂

I’m so glad the Blends have joined the Ink Family!  Try ’em, you’ll like ’em.












0 In 3-D Projects/ Christmas/ Designer Series Papers/ Gifts

Mini Pizza Boxes aren’t Just for Pizza

November 4, 2017

When I first saw the Mini Pizza Boxes in the Holiday Catalog I thought “oh really”, what are those going to be for!? I wasn’t wild about the samples and just couldn’t get impressed.  But, as always, once they got into the hands of demonstrators from all over the globe, the WOW ideas started to flow.


Mini Pizza boxes 1

How yummy is this Mini Pizza Box?


Then. when I was in Boise ID last week my friend and upline, Debra Godfrey, gave me this box.  I was **in love**.

Look at all the lovely elements (in addition to the Mini Pizza Box):

The Metallic Foil Snowflakes.  24 in a package, 12 silver and 12 gold, 3-3/8″ diameters

Foil Snowflakes, 144642

Spunky Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper:  twelve great fun patterns

Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper

7/8″ Striped Ribbon with wire for twisting and turning.

7/8" Striped ribbon, 144624

When I first saw these little Mini Ornaments again I thought…..really???  Well, I love them and have already used up one package of 8.

Mini Ornaments, 144626

What’s winter (in the northern hemisphere anyway) without Green Sprigs from an evergreen tree?

Green Sprigs, 144627

And then there’s the little bitty Basic Black twisted Baker’s Twine.

Black Baker's Twine, 134576

And they all come together to make this quick and easy Mini Pizza Boxes gift box.

Simply wrap a 2-3/4″ x 10″ strip of the Designer Series Paper of your choice, securing the overlapping ends with a strip of Fast Fuse AdhesiveAdd a gold or silver snowflake (or other layer of your choice), tie it up with some ribbon, add a little adornment or two and you are good to go.  Make someone’s day!

Get the supplies for making your own gift Mini Pizza Boxes on my website here.  You can also get to my on line store by clicking on any of the images.  These are so quick and easy.  And whether there’s a cookie or a piece of jewelry inside, your recipient is going to be doubly impressed.  Call or email me if you have any questions with this project.  🙂






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Eastern Medallions Pantry Labels

October 30, 2017

Several months ago I thought I shared with you the Eastern Medallions pantry labels I had made for my daughter.  I can’t find that post so apparently I didn’t share.  Oooops.  I’ve looked through all my photos and nothing there.  Double oooops!

I had been having fun showing the many thinlit combinations that can be achieved using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and shared those photos on my blog here and then with her when we visited the family’s new Boise home in mid-July.  There must be 25-30 combinations.

When the family moved to Idaho she retired her old pantry basket labels (wrong color [Ruby Red/Crumb Cake] and wrong theme [French Country] ) and asked for some new ones in Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.

Eastern Medallions Pantry Labels - closeup


It was neat to walk into her pantry last week and see the line up of labels in position on their respective baskets.   I’d almost forgotten about sending them to her in August.


Eastern Medallions Pantry Labels

Each basket has its own category on its own label.


I had some leftover Bermuda Bay Thick Twine from some project or catalog as well as old white eyelets.  There are some things you just can’t get rid of!  The labels look right at home in their new kitchen with the turquoise-y/white color theme.  Nice and fresh.

There are so many places in a home that could benefit from a sassy and fresh Eastern Medallions label in any color combination that suits your need.  Try it.  You’ll like it.  🙂  If you don’t have the needed supplies, just click here to go my online Stampin’ Up! store.  Email me, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com, if you need any help or suggestions.

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The History of Christmas Cards

October 29, 2017

This is the time of year when we’re spending a lot of time talking, thinking and making Christmas cards and I thought it would be fun to share a bit about the history of Christmas cards.

The history of giving Christmas cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive. But they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840.  Then a few ambitious printers and manufacturers perfected printing methods and hired artists who designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s.

Talk about things WE take for granted!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The first Christmas card:

history of Christmas cards

The First Christmas Card

John Calcott Horsley was commissioned by Sir Henry Cole, who in London in 1843, was too busy to write to his friends as usual over the festive season.  Printed in black and white and then colored by hand, 1,000 cards were produced for “Old King” Cole (<<that’s the part I found funny and interesting), with the leftovers sold off by the printer.

The design showed a happy family raising a festive glass as a toast to the recipient. Sadly, un-festive critics condemned the design – for promoting drunkenness.

But, a few years later, Boston-based printer Louis Prang (originally from what is now Poland) introduced the Christmas card to the American public.

History of Christmas Cards

This is one of Prang’s early Christmas cards, printed using his newly invented chromolithographic color processing.


Before Prang’s invention of chromolithographic color processing, cards were lithographed but in basic black and were then colored in.

After some years had passed, in 1871, the backlash of real-life Scrooges began with the first newspaper article asserting that the deluge of cards was delaying “legitimate correspondence”.

Hmmmm, does that sound somewhat like those who are lamenting nowadays, that text messaging and FaceBook are taking away from the personal touch of greeting cards and snail mail ?!!!

Now we’re making our statements by hand stamping our Christmas/Holiday cards and using various materials to make them pop in addition to coloring them by different means:  markers, aqua painters, blender pens or the new Stampin’ Blends which will be available on November 1st.

We’ll be a part of the next phase of the history of Christmas cards!












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You Get an Extension

October 28, 2017

Because I’m out of town for a week (hanging out with grandkids in Boise, ID while my daughter and son-in-law have a get-away) you get an extension on the registration deadline for my monthly Card Buffet.

October’s Card Buffet which will take place on November 1st is focusing on Christmas Cards.  This will help both you and me get at least some of our Christmas cards ready before December!  November’s Card Buffet (Tuesday, Nov. 28th) will also focus exclusively on Christmas cards.

All that said, registration will remain open for October’s Buffet until Monday, October 30th and that’s because…..I’m out of town and won’t be putting the remaining packets together until I return home on the 31st.  Oh yes, that will be a busy afternoon!

I'm out of town

October Buffet’s eight Christmas Card offerings.


If you aren’t able to attend any Card Buffet in person, I always create a step-by-step tutorial, with photos and a supply list.  Just scroll down the page of “that month’s” buffet to order yours.

One tutorial is complete instructions, supply list and photo/s for $4.00

The other tutorial is complete instructions, supply list and photo/s PLUS precut/punched/die cut supplies for each card for $14.00 which includes postage.

Again, in-person registration will be closed on Monday, October 30th.  If you’re in the Mi Wuk Village area, I’d love to have you join us.  There is a morning session 10:00-12:30 and an afternoon session, 2:00-4:30.  Maximum of 5 attendees/session.

Remember, you get an extension on registration so take advantage of it!  I look forward to seeing some of you on November 1st.  In the meantime, check the buffet offerings to see what combination of this month’s eight cards you’d like to make.





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Best Inside Card Sayings

October 27, 2017

This is the time of year when card making is a huge event and figuring out the best inside card sayings is sometimes a struggle.  Lots of us are making Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday cards to send to loved ones near and far.

Several of the stamp sets in this year’s 2017 Creativity Delivered Holiday Catalog, as well as the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, present the answers to your wishes.

And have you noticed that the Labels to Love stamp set (available in either wood or clear mount) has a simple greeting to add to the back of your hand stamped card?

Inside Card Sayings

Add a little image to the back of your card along with your name and the year.


I always stress to “my stampers” the importance of making sure their name and the date are on the back of their card…..along with a ‘handstamped by’ image.  It doesn’t have to say ‘handstamped by’.  It can be any smallish image related to the theme of the card.  Just be sure to add your name and the year–date too if you want to.

The Snowflake Sentiments stamp set has card front greetings as well as  appropriate inside card sayings.

Inside card greetings


The Musical Season stamp set has only two greetings and they happen to be really interchangable.  You can use either one on the outside and the other on the inside.  Then perhaps use one of the musical instruments or the branch on the back of your hand stamped card.

Inside Card Sayings

Musical Season


There are other stamp sets that offer both card front and inside card sayings.  Check these out (from the Holiday Catalog):

And from the Annual Catalog:


I’m sure you’ll find a stamp set that offers you the best inside card greetings.  Just click on any of the links above to go straight to my online Stampin’ Up! store to select your favorite set.  I’m also always available to answer any questions you might have.










0 In 3-D Projects/ Gifts/ Techniques

Rubber Stamping on Chocolate

October 26, 2017

Have you ever tried rubber stamping on chocolate?  This is the time of year when you start thinking about special treats and chocolate is one of them.

You’ll need some cooking oil, store bought chocolates, little paper liners for individual chocolates to sit in and small clear photopolymer rubber stamps. Experiment with different chocolate brands.

Rubber Stamping on Chocolate

1. Place a small amount of vegetable oil on a paper towel and allow it to absorb. Take your choice of a clean, ink free acrylic rubber stamp and dab it in the oil.  It is important that you use meticulously clean rubber stamps for this since the finished product will be consumed and you don’t want any ink coming off the stamps onto the chocolate.

2. Heat the surface of the chocolate with a heat embossing tool.

3. Place the oiled photopolymer rubber stamp (without a stamping block) into the melted chocolate.  Refrigerate the chocolate with the stamp still in the chocolate. Complete your set of chocolates using different rubber stamp images.

4. Once the chocolate has solidified, bring it out of the fridge and gently peel the  stamp from the surface of the chocolate.

5. Package your personalized, unique stamped chocolates in a box.

Rubber Stamping on Chocolate - SU pizza box

Rubber Stamping on Chocolate – SU pizza box

Add a little colored tissue paper if you like.  Be sure to clean your clear rubber stamps with soapy water after ‘chocolate stamping’ as you don’t want any traces of chocolate or oil left especially when you return your photopolymer stamps to use on paper crafts.

That is it! It is easy and it is yummy!

• Stamping a favorite image in a plain sugar cookie before baking.
• Stamping a flower into fondant, cutting it out and decorating cakes or other goodies with it.
• Stamping a special message in a chocolate bar with this technique for an unexpected surprise.  (not the easiest)

Use your imagination in the kitchen, stamp on anything that will hold an image. Remember, if it doesn’t work – you might have to eat it!  No matter how unbelievable, enjoy rubber stamping on chocolate and for making other fabulous sweet treats!








0 In Deals & Discounts/ Designer Series Papers

Designer Series Paper Special Ends in Just a Few Days

October 25, 2017

Have you taken advantage of the Designer Series Paper Special yet?  What is it you ask?  When you purchase three selected Designer Series Papers from the Annual Catalog as well as the 2017 Holiday Catalog, you can select a fourth pack for FREE.

Designer Series Paper Special


If you use a lot of Designer Series Paper don’t miss out on this special opportunity.  Check my October Card Buffet cards here, you’ll see that I’ve used designer series papers on cards 3-8.  They add a nice “pop” to your card with very little effort.

I’m on my way to Boise, Idaho as you read this today.  I’m off to see my daughter and her family (triple woohoo), babysit for a few days and see my Stampin’ Up! upline and friend Debra.  What a break from ‘my’ normal.  I’ll still be posting and creating although at a different level I’m sure.

The Designer Series Paper Special ends on October 31st, Halloween.  Don’t miss out.  You can shop in my online store right here.