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Sharing More Sweet Thoughts in a Jar

July 15, 2017

My goal while still at home was to making and Sharing more Sweet Thoughts cards but, alas, I only got two made before time ran out.

Today’s card:

RMHC stamp set - strawberries

Ronald McDonald House Charities 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Sharing Sweet Thoughts: strawberries fill the jar today. 144048 (wood mount), $29; 144051  (clear Mount), $21

 

I stamped and fussy cut (cut out using my Paper Snips) the lid of the jar because my Big Shot was already packed up and in my car ready for the trip to Idaho.  Then I attached the lid with with two of the new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

TIP:  When you’re coloring in the strawberrries with your Aqua Painter, be sure to leave some white spaces.  You’ll be inclined to not want to leave those spaces and have everything colored in with the same intensity.  But……when you leave those white spaces and have the different shades/intensities of ‘strawberry red’, they’ll look much more natural and luscious.  Then streak one side of each strawberry with a line or two with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  That adds a subtle little touch!

I’d like to reach into that jar and pull out a berry or two.  How about you?  I hope you’ve enjoyed a little more Sharing Sweet Thoughts today.  It’s a fairly quick and easy card.  You can get your set here.

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0 In Cards

Sharing Sweet Thoughts in a Jar

July 14, 2017

I’m Sharing Sweet Thoughts and a good morning from Boise, Idaho!  After a long drive, my husband and I arrived here yesterday to visit my daughter, Andrea, and her family in their new “far away from us” home.  Rather than being just over two hours away they’re now nearly 11 hours away.  Seeing them is fabulous.

Before I left home I took a few hours to use a new 2017-2018 stamp set found just inside the back cover of the new catalog:  Sharing Sweet Thoughts, the Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the RMHC each time one of these sets is purchased.  So far they’ve donated over $1.5 million.

 

What’s my favorite thing about this set?  It uses the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies.
 

And here’s my simple card which is just waiting for a greeting when I know to whom I’m sending it:

Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set

Using my Aqua Painter, I put a very thin and light wash of Soft Sky classic ink inside the jar and then used my Basic Black Marker to draw a random line around the perimeter.

Products used:

 

Now all I have to do is add my greeting when I want to send it to that someone special.

If you haven’t yet added this Ronald McDonald stamp set to your collection, please think about it.  You get double ‘bang for your buck’ if you already have the Everyday Jar Framelits.  Or add them to your order along with the stamp set, if you don’t.  Click on an photo and you’ll be in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Need a catalog?  Send me an email and I’ll send you one.

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0 In 3-D Projects/ Cards/ Scrapbooking

A Few of My Favorite Things

July 5, 2017

I’ve been asked to share a variety stamped items to show a cross section of my style.  I must say I always wonder just what “my style” is but I think it’s either ‘simple’ or ‘tell a story’.  What do you think?

 

Colorful Seasons birthday card

Colorful Seasons birthday card

 

Card for a Cool Kid

Card for a Cool Kid, showing him that adult’s can send thank you cards too.

 

New Home card for my daughter and son-in-law

New Home card for my daughter and son-in-law

 

Candy filled crate

Candy filled crate

 

3" x 3" purse or pocket scrapbook

3″ x 3″ purse or pocket scrapbook

 

Multiple pages inside mini photo book

Multiple pages inside mini photo book

 

two of my smile makers

Two of my favorite smile makers

 

quick and easy double scrapbook layout

Quick and easy 12″ x 12″ double page scrapbook layout

 

And these are a few of my favorite things

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0 In Celebrations/ Patriotic

Happy Birthday America

July 4, 2017
Charles Wysocki American Uncle Sam

Charles Wysocki Americana Uncle Sam

 

As I was going through the overabundance of rubber stamps that I’ve had in boxes pretty much since I became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in 1996 I came upon this charming Charles Wysocki Uncle Sam.  I’ve been trying to cull stamps to sell in my Cyber Stamp Sale but this guy was rescued again.  He’s the perfect gentleman to represent my American Pride.  And he’ll remain in my small and special collection of ‘other company’s stamps’.

I’m not sure if I did this last year, but I’m going to share the song that I think brings to mind the America we all remember, sung by the woman who is synonymous with America, Kate Smith.

 

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This patriotic song was written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and then revised by him in 1938. Thank you for bearing with me.  I can never get enough of it and I stop in my tracks whenever I hear it.

Happy Birthday America!

 

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0 In Cards/ Kids/ Paper Pumpkin

What Kid Doesn’t Like a Donut?

July 3, 2017

May’s Paper Pumpkin Donuts are just the perfect way to share that summer reach-out-and-touch with  my grandchildren.  Three just moved to Idaho and the other is in San Jose CA.   I’m pretty sure they’re going to love them.  I think they’ll even get the puns in some of the greetings.

June's Paper Pumpkin Donuts

May’s Paper Pumpkin Donuts

 

They’re cute and so quick and easy to make.  There are three siblings in Idaho (Hi Austin, Nora and Landen) and my special Zion in California so everyone will be getting their own individual donut.

 

Photopolymer words in May Paper Pumpkin Kit

Aren’t these words great?

 

And what do I love just as much as these particular donuts and words???  The envelopes!  They’re so soft and lightweight but yet sturdy enough to mail.

May Paper Pumpkin envelopes

 

I think each child will be a happy camper when they get their very own piece of mail from the family’s mail box.  And yes, because the envelopes are 4″ x 4″ I did have to pay an extra $.21 for each one!  Crazy.  But the envelopes are so simply cute I didn’t want to place them inside a plain old white one just to save a little postage.  They’re definitely worth 84 cents.

 

May Paper Pumpkin, closer view

I think this is one of the cutest, easiest, most versatile Paper Pumpkin kits I’ve seen.  And who doesn’t love (these non-fat) donuts?  Now if only I could un-bury my June kit…………..

Hmmmm.  Who else could I send a donut to?  You?  I have six more to send out.  I’ll send one to the first six readers (non-demos please) to send me their snail address in an email (in the banner above).  And check out the Paper Pumpkin subscription information on my Stampin’ Up! website.

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0 In Announcements/ Stampin' Up! Events

Bonus Days are Here Again

July 1, 2017

Bonus Days are here again! 

You can put that to a tune so it’ll stay with you for the entire month of July………

Happy Days are here again…..

For Stampin’ Up! fans just substitute Bonus for Happy and hum away.

Bonus Days are Here Again

Bonus Days are Here Again

 

During the month of July you’ll earn a $5 coupon for every $50 of Stampin’ Up! purchases (before tax and shipping of course).  Stampin’ Up! will send you a coupon by email for each $50 purchase.  Save those emails or write down those coupon numbers.  Then, in August you’ll be able to put those coupons against August purchases by entering the coupon number/s in the coupon box.  I’ll point out the location of that box as August gets closer.

Happy 1st of July everyone.  I’m off now for the annual Pancake Breakfast at our Fire Station.  If you’re in the Sonora/Hwy 108 area come on up.  Highway 108 in Sugar Pine.  The guys (and gal) in our department cook great pancakes!  Sausage is yummy.  And the camaraderie is outstanding!  Meet your neighbors and fire fighters.

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0 In Big Shot/ Tips

Eastern Medallions Thinlits are Amazing

July 1, 2017

I was stunned when I started playing around with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits and my Big Shot.  With 14 dies you can create so-o-o-o-o-o many patterns.

 

Eastern Medallions Thinlits, 143725, $33

Eastern Medallions Thinlits, 143725, $33

 

Looking at the individual thinlits (above) doesn’t begin to show you what they’ll look like when run through the Big Shot.

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #1

Patterns #1

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #2

Patterns #2

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #3

Patterns #3

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #4

Patterns #4

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #5

Patterns #5

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #6

Patterns #6

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #7

Patterns #7

 

Eastern Medallions Patterns #8

Patterns #8

 

I’ve tried very hard not to show any duplicates but……..    And I used My Memories Suite (the originator of Stampin’ Up!’s now retired My Digital Studio) to place all my single samples onto larger pages.  Hopefully it makes it easier for you to see all of the different patterns.

I used these awesome thinlits the other day on my tissue box which you can see here.

Exciting July/August news starting today at Stampin’ Up!.  But more about that on my next post.  These medallions are enough for now!  I hope you’ve checked them out carefully to see all the little tweaks by using one thinlit instead of another.  I’d definitely recommend purchasing the Eastern Medallions Thinlits as part of the Eastern Beauty Bundle so you can start creating your medallions for accents on cards, packages, and even tissue box covers.  The Bundle link will take you right to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  If you don’t already have a demonstrator with whom you work, please name me as your demo-with-the-most-est.

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0 In 3-D Projects/ Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Designer Series Papers

Birthday Friends Tunnel Card

June 27, 2017

Would you believe that I forgot/neglected to post the promised tutorial for this Birthday Friends tunnel card that I created for April’s OnStage event in San Diego?

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear was my first card

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear was my first card

 

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear, inside

Birthday Delights: Happy Bear tunnel card, inside

 

Let me begin by saying there was A LOT OF FUSSY CUTTING on this card because I didn’t have the Birthday Friends Framelits to work with.  But I had so much fun working with the different characters.

 

Birthday Friends Framelits, 143658

 

Below are the ‘basics’ of this ‘tunnel’ card.

Supplies:

  • (Step 1)  Card base: Card stock color of your choice:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4″
  • (Step 2)  Inside card base:  Card stock color of your choice: 5″ x 5-1/4″ scored at 2-1/2″
  • (Step 3)  Tunnel piece:  Card stock color of your choice:  8-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, scored at 2″, 4-1/8″ and 6-1/4″
  • (Step 4)  Card front layer:  4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″

 

For my card, these are my supplies, shown in the order used (as much as possible):

 

Big Shot

$110.00

Step by step:

Step 1:  Score the Pacific Point card front and set aside.

Step 2:  Sponge the Olive Olive card stock piece using Old Olive ink to make it look ‘smudgey’. Be sure it’s scored and attach it to the inside of the card front, matching score lines using the adhesive of your choice.  My choice would be either the Liquid Multipurpose Glue or Fast Fuse.  With your Old Olive marker, randomly draw in little clumps of grass.  Attach a critter of your choice in the fold area.

Step 3:  This is the fun/busy step!  Using Crumb Cake ink and the 8-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, sloppily sponge the inside of the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the side that has the Sizzix words (on the outside).  Place the card stock long ways and so the framelit covers only to the score line.  Then turn the card stock around and repeat.  Your bricks probably will not line up.  Clean the embossing folder.  Also, score the piece with your Stampin’ Trimmer, at 2″, 4-1/8″ and 6-1/4″.  Fold the middle in half poking up like a mountain and the two outside score line like valleys.   Valley, mountain, valley folds.  Position an Oval Framelit in the center and run it through the Big ShotAdhere the side panels over the Old Olive layer and onto the Pacific Point card base layer.  Crease everything so the proper shape is formed.   Adhere your critters as you choose.  Yes, I cut out every one of them, using Paper Snips, from the awesome Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.

Step 4:  Before running this smaller piece of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot, use Pacific Point classic ink to stamp the birthday greeting.  Then, again, using Crumb Cake classic ink, sloppily sponge the opposite inside side of the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, place the card stock and run through the Big Shot.  Fussy cut the bear and five balloons (with strings).  Attach the ‘second’ blue or orange-ish balloons with DimensionalsAdd the Honeycomb balloon in the center.

You will have to do some tweaking placing the critters where you want them, especially around the folds.  Carefully fold these critters to coincide with the scored folds.

Of course, you can use just the basic layering of card stocks and decorate your card as you choose, with any Designer Paper, any stamp set and any embellishments.

Have fun and, as always, remember, if you need any supplies to make this card or one similar, please go to my Stampin’ Up! store by clicking here or clicking on the images above.

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0 In 3-D Projects/ Big Shot/ Designer Series Papers

Eastern Medallions Thinlits are the Perfect Embellishment

June 26, 2017

A few days ago I share my tissue box cover using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack and Lemon Lime Twist cards stock.

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 1

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover

 

This morning I added an embellishment using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  Oh my, are there almost innumerable combinations of these medallions!

Tissue box with Medallion

Tissue box with Medallion

 

Close up of embellishment

Close up of embellishment

 

Embellishments on my tissue box on my desk

Embellishments on my tissue box on my desk

 

Tissue box with Eastern Medallion Thinlits

Tissue box with Eastern Medallions Thinlits

 

I think that simple embellishment makes this tissue box pop a few notches.  How about you?  Do you have the Eastern Medallions Thinlits yet?  They’re going to prove to be mega-versatile.  If you try one of these tissue box covers, even for a larger box, please take some photos and share them with me and other readers.   (Are you on my mailing list yet?  Blythe’s Craft Club on the right sidebar.)

 

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0 In Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Masculine/ Techniques/ Tips

Z-Fold Birthday Card for Jason

June 25, 2017

It’s fun making a special z-fold card for a special person and today’s card was for my son’s birthday (which was last week).  A bit of Jason’s history:  animal prints are his ‘thing’ and I’ve held on to the now retired Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack just for him.

Go Wild Paper Stack - retired

Go Wild Paper Stack – retired

 

Despite how it looks, it’s really a fairly easy card.

Jason's b.d. card closed

Jason’s b.d. card closed

 

Jason's b.d. card open

Jason’s b.d. card open

 

Card basics:

  • Crumb Cake card stock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and 2-1/8″ – make first fold (4-1/4″ score line) as for a normal card; fold at 2-1/8″ score line back on itself, creating a “z”.
  • Go Wild Designer Series Paper Patterns
    • zigzag pattern: 5-3/8″ x 2″
    • leopard pattern: 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″
  • Whisper White card stock: determine this by the size of framelit/stamp set used.  Mine are about 3-3/4″ square.   Adjust yours to what looks right to you.
  • Basic Black accent layer: 1/8″ smaller on two sides than the Whisper White base layer
  • Whisper White layer: 1/8″ smaller on two sides than Basic Black layer

 

Supplies Used:

Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack

Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack
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$8.00

Big Shot

$110.00

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Here’s my big tip for this card:

It took me two tries to properly die cut the Happy Birthday Thinlit with the adhesive backing on the right side!

 

Adhesive sticker paper

Adhesive sticker paper – Cut a section of Adhesive Sticker paper to the size needed for your image.  Peel one side of the protective wrapper and lay it on the card stock.

 

Happy Birthday Thinlit

My first attempt:  WRONG:  I laid the thinlit on the protected (non-sticky) side of the Adhesive Sticker Paper.  (The exposed sticky side is adhered to the Crumb Cake card stock.) After running the thinlit through the big shot the adhesive was on the front.  If I applied it to my card you would read the words backwards!  Not good.

 

Adhesive positioned on card stock

Second Attempt:  RIGHT:  I attached the Adhesive Sticker Paper to the card stock but then………

 

Place Thinlit on reverse side of cardstock

I placed the thinlit on reverse side of card stock, ran it through the Big Shot and then the sticky part of the paper is on the back side of the words.

 

Adhesive is now on back/proper side of die cut thinlit

Adhesive is now on back/proper side of die cut thinlit–peel the protective layer from the back of the cut out words and stick them onto your layer.

 

easy to place on card front layer

Apply adhesive only to the left side of this layer and attach it to the folded back part of the card front — after you attach Designer Series Paper layer.  Then you have a completed card.

 

Now it’s your turn to try a z-fold card.  You can change the Designer Series Paper, the greeting, the thinlit or framelit and have a card that’s totally yours.  Be sure to go to my online Stampin’ Up! store for any supplies you need for your card.  And if you don’t already have a demonstrator I’ll love it if you’d select me as your new demonstrator.  I’m always at the ready to help you with questions and guidance.

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0 In 3-D Projects/ Designer Series Papers

Fresh Florals Meet Boutique Tissue Box

June 24, 2017

The more I play with the Fresh Florals Designers Series Paper Stack, the more I love the potential of the colors and designs.  I have to admit that my first thought for these papers was not as a tissue box cover.  But then I saw this box made by Amanda Bates of the UK:

Amanda Bates' tissue box inspiration

Amanda Bates’ tissue box inspiration

 

Hi ho Hi ho….off to make my own I go.

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 1

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 1

 

I’ll start by saying it was not easy but….nor was it extremely hard.  Construction required precision.

To start you need to measure the height of your particular tissue box.  Then measure the width of all four sides.  Sides 1 and 3 will be the same. Sides 2 and 4 will be the same.  (Maybe they’ll all be the same.  Mine were not.)  Then add 1/2″ to each side, as well as the top side.  The bottom sits flush onto the table.  I highly suggest using scrap (computer) paper to establish your measurements before cutting into any of the precious 12″ x 12″ card stock.  (You can use 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.)

Tissue box & cover

Tissue box & cover

 

Supplies Used:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

I don’t know if all ’boutique’ tissue boxes are the same size, but here are my measurements.  I used a Puffs (Plus Lotion) box.

Height: 5″ plus 1/2″ for the flap used for gluing.
Width: sides 1 and 3: 4-1/2″.  Add 1″ for flaps for each side.  Cut piece 5-1/2″ x 5″, scoring at 1/2″ on two longer and one shorter side.  You don’t score the edge that will be the bottom on the box cover.
Width: sides 2 and 4: 4-3/4″.  Add 1″ for flaps for each side.  Add 1″ for flaps for each side.  Cut piece 5-3/4″ x 5″, scoring at 1/2″ on two longer and one shorter side.

Coordinating Designer Series Paper layers: Cut each side and the top piece 1/4″ smaller on all sides, not including the flap measurements.

Try this next step several time with scrap paper before proceeding with adhering your sides to each other forming the outside of the box.  I placed Fast Fuse one the ‘inside’ of the side 1 flap and the ‘outside’ of the side 2 flap.  Then repeat for the other side of side 2 (Fast Fuse on inside) and side 3.  Continue this pattern for attaching side 4 and then attaching side 4 to side 1.  Just work slowly and you can do it.

Before attaching the top of the box, using an appropriate size Layering Oval Framelit to cut the hole where the tissue will pop up and out.  You’ll be using two oval framelit pieces.  Use the smaller one on the card stock and the slightly larger one on the Designer Series Paper layer.

Top:  4-1/4″ x 4-1/2″.  Apply Tear and Tape to the top flaps of those four sides.  Then carefully, squaring up the sides, lay the top onto the box sides.

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 2

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover – flip the Designer Series Paper for a contrasting layer on the top of the box.

 

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 3

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover – on my desk

 

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover 4

Fresh Florals Lemon Lime Twist cover  for my tissue box – handy and cute!

 

When your tissues are gone just slip the box cover off and place it on the next box.  I can foresee making seasonal tissue box covers now, using autumn/Halloween/Thanksgiving or Christmas Holiday Designer Series Papers.

Click on any of the product photos above to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! store to get your supplies for making this project.

My monthly newsletter will be coming out on July 4th.  If you aren’t on my mailing list (upper right corner) why not sign up right now!?  I always have new ideas and projects to share throughout the month with my Talk & Tips publication.

In the meantime, pull out a piece of Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper and make a tissue box cover.  You’ll make yourself smile when it’s done.  Make one for a friend while you’re at it!

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0 In Birthday/ Cards

Lemon Lime Twist, 2017-2019 In Color, On GMA

June 16, 2017

Take a look at Ginger Zee’s Lemon Lime Twist dress!

GMA weather DRESS

Ginger Zee is sporting a Lemon Lime Twist dress AND shoes.

 

I’ve seen this color in commercials on TV but could never jump up fast enough to capture a photo.  It’s amazing to me how Stampin’ Up!, the fashion industry and other entities can predict an upcoming trend.

I just caught another one with a fashion sporting woman in the GMA morning crowd:

GMA crowd - Lemon LIme Twist

GMA crowd – Lemon Lime Twist:  on a by-stander as well as on a sign.  Could the “MA” almost be Berry Blast?

 

Here’s one of the cards we’ll be making, featuring Lemon Lime Twist, in my June Card Buffet on June 27th here in my Country Loft Studio:

June buffet card #1

Festive birthday card

 

You can find more details for June’s Buffet by clicking on the “Blythe’s Buffet” rectangle in the upper right, just under the banner.  Or check it out here.

Have you liked my Facebook page yet?  I would be thrilled if you’d pop over there and like it.  Now.  😉  I’m working towards adding 20 new ‘likes’ this weekend.  Tell a friend.

Next…….a z-fold birthday card for my son.  Check back tomorrow.

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