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0 In Cards/ Fall/ Punches

Happy Fall Y’All

I thought I’d share the Make & Take card we did yesterday at my Open House.  It conveys two important sentiments:

Happy Fall to You


I’m THANKFUL for you, my readers and customers

This is intentionally a simple card, designed so it could be recreated quickly and easily.  It worked!

Acorny thank you 139718


Supplies used:

Stamp Set:  Acorny Thank You, Hardwood

Card Stock:   Chocolate Chip, Delightful DijonVery Vanilla,

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Delightful Dijon

Accessories:  Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Gold Satin Ribbon, Punches: 1-3/8″ Circle, 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle, Paper Snips; and IF YOU have the Acorn Punch go ahead and us it!  Obviously I don’t.  Yet!  It’s actually on the order I placed this morning.

So now, if you’d like to order any of the items I’ve used for today’s card (except the retired punches!) just click on any of the links and you’ll go straight to my Stampin’ Up! store.  Thanks!  🙂

0 In Classes & Events

Open House Day Has Arrived

And it’s raining.  OK, it’s sprinkling.  And it’s only 7.30 a.m. right now.  I’m seeing breaks in the clouds but…… never rains in California in September!  (There’s a Beach Boys tune in there somewhere.)  Fortunately my tables are both under an ‘easy up’ tent and the rest is inside my County Loft stampin’ studio.

Rain or shine, the open house has gone just fine.  Stamp sets, punches, Simply Created Kits, retired Designer Series Papers.  Even a cool hand-made Heat Tool holder.  Many of my items have found new homes and what is remaining will be going to Habitat for Humanity’s thrift store and hopefully the senior center, local disabled adults facility and a few schools as well.  Now it’s up to me to make those contacts.

Thank you to those who came.  And thank you for the rain–we need it desperately.  It smells wonderful!

Seeking shelter from the rain

It was a very good day………



0 In Blythe's Stamping Business

Have You Ever Considered Becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?

Short and sweet, if you have I would love to have you join my downline.  By the end of September! Why the rush?  I’m working hard on a promotion and need YOU to help me achieve my goal by September 30th.

Why become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Can you do it your way?

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator you have the opportunity to meet so many people and go so many places!  With a few requirements, you can run your business any way you want to!

  • As a hobby demo you are pretty much your own best customer.  You get a discount on your purchases.  You get previews of upcoming promotions and catalogs (oh my but that’s a fun one!), and you get to feel a part of two great families:  Stampin’ Up! and my Country Loft team.
  • As a business demo you’re in charge of your own destiny.  You can do workshops, classes, trade shows, craft fairs……anything that works for you.

One thing you don’t have to do with Stampin’ Up! is carry inventory.  Yeah!!!  I have catalogs on hand all the time, Annual and Seasonal as well as Snail Adhesive.

Rather than duplicating what I have right at the top of my blog site, I strongly suggest that you check out those details and information here.

I’m pretty laid back, don’t bug you for sales, but am always at your service when you have questions, concerns or need some support.  I’d love to have you join me and my eclectic team of demonstrators.  Distance isn’t an issue thanks to email, phones and Skype.

All this said, if you’re wondering about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, please give me a call (209-352-1059) or send me an email,  I’d love to be your upline.



0 In Blythe's Stamping Business/ Blythe's Studio/ Cards

Preparing For My Open House

Do you think that items just ‘appear’, magically, on the tables at an Open House?  I know as a guest, I’ve never even thought about that.  But as a ‘presenter’ I’m really thinking about it now.

It started with those three boxes filled with retired stamp sets.  Then it was the creeping overflow in my stampin’ studio.  It’s definitely time to jump on that before it takes over my room again.  I will admit, only because you all know I’m quite honest, I found more than 5 non-completed or even started Simply Created Kits.  Fun kits.  Just not completed.  I am parting with them at my Open House.  Come and get ’em while the price is right!

And finished cards or just card fronts!!!  Oh my gosh, I have a ton of them.  If you’re looking for any kind of card, come and check out that stash.  $.50 for a card front.  $1.00 for a completed card.  Envelopes not included–but available for .$20 apiece.

……….Six hours later—my tables are ready.  My room is not but it will be in order tomorrow.   I did make my guests gifts.  Now to design my Make & Take……….

I did finish this cute card holder that I brought home unfinished from Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event in Salt Lake City last April.  It’s cute and unfortunately I won’t be able to duplicate it since I don’t have the machine to do the die-cuts–except for the Botanical BloomsBotanical Builder Framelits and the Big Shot.  I hope you like it.


Lattice covered card basket


Lattice covered card basket filled with three cards


Lattice covered card basket filled with three cards


Cards and basket


One more day to prepare.  Then back to normal.  Normal???  🙂





0 In Classes & Events

I’ll Be Stamping at the Mi Wuk Library Today, 1-3 p.m. Join us?

It’s the third Thursday of the month and I’ll be guiding our monthly Stamping at the Library ‘class’.  $3 for 2 hours of fun stamping and camaraderie.  No experience or reservations needed.  Just a smile will do!

Lovely ladies stampin' at the Mi Wuk Village Library

These gals just make me smile! Mary Ann, Roberta, Jeanne, Pat and Cathy


Would you believe our library used to house fire engines?  We are truly a community library!

Far (east–‘up the hill’) end of Mi Wuk Village, on Sierra Park Road, just off of Highway 108 near the Ranger Station and Post Office.



0 In Deals & Discounts/ Project Life/ Scrapbooking

Week 3 of Stampin’ Up!’s 25% Off Specials for September 15-21

September 15-21 Special Offers

Sept 15-21 Items at 25% off

If you don’t have the layering oval framelits, this would be a great time to get them.  You might want them for your holiday cards…..such beautiful layers.

And if you haven’t tried Project Life for your memory keeping (aka scrapbooking) the Hello Lovely collection is a gentle place to start.  Quick and easy.  I’d be happy to walk you through getting started with Project Life in person, on the phone or even on Skype.   The card collection can also be used for greeting cards and gift tags.  Versatile!



0 In Tips

Washi Tape Storage Tip

As I was working on a project this morning it dawned on me that I hadn’t shared this quick and efficient way I’m now storing my Washi Tape sets.  Put them all on a 2″ ring.

Washi Tape Storage/Corralling solution

Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape, 141985



Washi Tape Storage/Corralling solution

Just pick up a ring and you have all rolls of your washi tape set.


To be extra smart and organized, put a label inside EACH WASHI TAPE ROLL and when they do go astray you’ll know what set they belong to, what catalog they came from and the page number, order number and cost!  Neat and tidy.  It’s a bit tedious to put them inside the rolls (I used regular computer paper and scotch tape since I didn’t have any tiny sticky labels) but it’s so worth it once the task is accomplished.

Try it.  You’ll like it!







0 In Cards/ Designer Series Papers

Stamped Note Cards, Ready to Go, are a Good Idea

Yesterday afternoon I was cleaning up a bit in my stampin’ studio and I came across (again!) a California Starbucks cup that I’d purchased for a girlfriend in Eastern Germany at least four years ago.  I grabbed a box and then looked around for something hand-stamped I could quickly put in the box and then get it ready for mailing.  TODAY.

Sigrid's 'Just a Note' card


Isn’t this just bright and fresh and a smiler?

I used a 1″ strip of Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper, the Swirly Birds stamp set, and the Just a Note greeting from the awesome Watercolor Wishes Card Kit stamp set.  Once I finished the kit, I set the stamp set aside for frequent greeting use.

Colors used are Peekaboo Peach, Dapper Denim (an awesome shade of blue) and Pear Pizzazz.

The base for all of these colors and Designer Series Paper are the Note Cards & Envelopes.  They are just so versatile and easy to quickly stamp and go.  And they’re available in Crumb Cake as well as Whisper White.

Now it’s time to head out to the Post Office to get this package and several others mailed.  What a good feeling that will be.

What ‘chore’ do you have hanging over your head that you could just do and then feel so much better?


0 In Announcements/ Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Classes & Events/ Halloween/ Punches/ Stamp Sets/ Techniques

My September Card Buffet Cards are Posted

Whew!  I’ve just finished posting my September Card Buffet’s samples.  You can find those cards and the registration information here.

Here are this month’s cards:

September card buffet cards sneak peak


If you’re interested in attending my fun Card Buffet in person on September 27th, or if you’d like a PDF of the cards plus instructions OR if you’d like a PDF of the cards plus instructions plus pre-cut card stock and embellishments (if any), please check out the offerings here.



0 In Birthday/ Kids/ My Digital Studio

My Digital Studio (retired) Child’s Birthday Party Invitation

I need to come to terms with the fact that Labor Day Weekend, the week before and the week after are just nuts in my life.  This year’s end-of-summer/Labor Day Weekend was compounded by a commission to make forty two-year-old birthday party invitations.

This is the prototype of what the mom wanted:

Prototype of birthday party invite

The only way I could imagine making something like this was with either the retired Top Note Die or the retired My Digital Studio application.  After lots of head scratching I decided to go with the remains of my My Digital Studio.  The challenge was that she wanted the invitation to be like a postcard!  No problem if we still had My Digital Studio’s printing option!  But on my home printer it was a real challenge!

Here is the front of the final card I came up with:


And here’s the back:


After printing both sides of the card I had to trim the card parts and then glue them together so they looked ‘like a postcard’.  I’m delivering the finished cards tomorrow.

Harper's finished birthday invitation


I’ll be happy to be moving back to a project tomorrow that involves stamping with ink and paper!  (Day late preps for the September Card Buffet.)