0 In Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Celebrations/ Masculine/ Stamp Sets

This Tuscan Vineyard Brought Me Serenity

January 21, 2018

This Tuscan Vineyard brought me serenity and a smile the first time I saw it in the 2016-2017 Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  It can bring to mind the Napa/Sonoma Valleys of northern California or European vineyards along the Rhine River or farther south in Italy and France.  So pastoral and serene.

I made this card when I first got the stamp set:

This Tuscany Vineyard brought me serenity - Just a note my original card

 

Yesterday’s update:

This Tuscan Vineyard bought me serenity - no greeting

Rather than Sahara Sand Classic Ink, I used Crumb Cake ink for the background images.  I also used the new Stampin’ Blends (2018 Occasions Catalog) for coloring in the vineyard scene.

 

Tuscan Vineyard products used:

Big Shot

$110.00

 

The stamp set comes in both wood mount and clear mount.  And finally my last card for today:

This Tuscan Vineyard brought me serenity - Happy Anniversary

This card is for one of my best friends.  She and they have been there for me and my family over many years and this pastoral scene reminds me of them.  The olive tree branch was fussy cut using my lovely Paper Snips.

And the rough edges were created with my thumb nail.  For some reason I think this card calls for the bit of added texture. The little crumb cake layer is 2″ wide x 4″ long.  Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  And the card base is 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded in half.  Did you know……..After you score your card at 4-1/4″ the **valley** part (indented) of the scoring line goes to the outside of the card, not the *mountain* part.  Then burnish it with a Bone Folder


This Tuscan Vineyard brought me serenity - Anniversary card inside

 

Since we are now in the months of Sale-A-Bration, you could combine $50 worth of the supplies I used in these cards to earn a Sale-A-Bration set (or more) of your choice.  Send me an email, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com, if you’d like some help placing your order.  Also, let me know if you need a hard, in-your-hands-copy of the 2018 Occasions Catalog or the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.

 

0 In Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards

This Little Piggy Loves You

January 16, 2018

My almost eleven year old granddaughter just loves p-i-g-s and I made this this little piggy loves you card just for her.

The This Little Piggy stamp set is just so darned cute!

This Little Piggy Loves You

It’s available in wood mount as well as clear mount.

And so is Miss Nora’s card:

This Little Piggy Loves You

 

Product List

Blender Pens

$12.00

Big Shot

$110.00

Then……

  • Pink Pirouette cardstock:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded in half and burnished with a Bone Folder.
  • Pink Pirouette cardstock:  5-1/4″ x 4″, run through the Big Shot using the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
    • Wrap twice around using Whisper White Baker’s Twine, tie a knot and then tie a bow.
    • Attach to card front using five Dimensionals
  • Stamp ‘this little piggy’ image onto Whisper White scrap (about 3-1/2″ square)
    • Color in using Blender Pen
    • Cut out using 2-7/8″ – 3″ Stitched Frame Circle Die
    • Attach to card front using Dimensionals
  • Stamp ‘loves you’ image onto Wild Wasabi scrap (about 1-3/4″ square)
    • Cut out using 1-5/8″ Stitched Frame Circle Die
    • Attach to card front using Dimensionals
  • Add the greeting of your choice inside the card
  • Be sure to add ‘hand-stamped by’ YOU on the back of the card.  I always add the date as well.

Happy Birthday Nora Belle and remember, this little piggy loves you and is bringing you lots of hogs (and hugs) and kisses.

0 In Classes & Events

January’s Buffet Cards are Ready for Viewing!

January 15, 2018

I’m so excited to say that I really kicked booty in my stampin’ studio this weekend, not only getting my work space tidied up (woohoo!) but also ensuring that January’s Buffet Cards are ready for viewing!  Due to cedar pollen and lack of rain or snow, I tried to stay indoors just as much as possible.  That pollen is my annual Christmas gift from Mother Nature and it’s two months of itchy eye misery.

I finished all eight cards yesterday, got them photographed, got tutorials mostly finished and then…….I couldn’t get them to upload to my computer!  Never a dull moment.  So I went “in the back door” and emailed them to myself!  And then saved them to my January Buffet file.  Another decision made!

January '18 Buffet Cards - ALL

Different stamp sets, different techniques, different greetings.

Click on the sidebar* where it says Card Buffet to view each individual card and make your choice of what combination of the eight cards you’d like to make.  You can make one of each or any combination of cards, just so your total is eight.  You must pre-register and pre-pay.  Registration deadline is January 23rd.  That will allow me time to assemble each individual packet of supplies.

  • *Click here as a work around since I can’t get the correct link for my Card Buffet.  It keeps wanting to show you October!!!

 

Thanks to my guru, teacher, daughter-in-law, blog designer, Khris, (who has the flu!) the problem has been worked out and I have learned another step in maintaining my own blog.  All is good and next month, February, should be totally smooth.  And as for January, you can click any link and get taken to the January Buffet page.
~Blythe, the ever so grateful one!

0 In Blythe's Studio

Delayed Decision Making

January 15, 2018

Did you ever think that your clutter and piles of “this and that” were the product of delayed decision making?

Delayed decision making

Do you wonder why you can’t ever seem to get ahead of yourself?  Never seem to get those piles picked up and put away where they belong?

delayed decision making - working side

This Made My Day!

Delayed Decision Making

 

Apparently I’ve suffered from delayed decision making for years because when I saw this little mime on FaceBook the other day it really spoke to me!

True Confession:  You’ve been looking at my work table, a huge heavy door that provides a great work space.  It’s 4′ x 8′.  Of clutter!

Several comments from the Queen of This Clutter:

  • I use my Big Shot all the time so it’s ok that it lives on one corner of the work top.
  • The log, from our Christmas Tree (today is January 15th) is right where it was placed about a month ago, between the Big Shot and my stampin’ order.  Ooops.  I never made as decision as to where to put it in the house.
  • The box from Stampin’ Up! is right where I set it after the man-in-brown brought it to my door.  Hmmm…..  (It was mostly 2018 Occasions and S-A-B products insides.)

delayed decision making - stampin up order

  • Many of the stamp sets below (but not quite all) are a work-in-progress as I prep for my January Card Buffet.  I promise myself and my customers that I’ll have the sample cards in place for them to check out but the 15th of the month.

delayed decision making - working side of table delayed decision making - put away pile

 

One hour — yes ONE HOUR — later my work table is mine and everything is put away where it belongs.

delayed decision making - 1 hour later!

 

Amazing!  It was just lazy clutter and now I can sit tall and feel great about my work space.  I made decisions!  I think the emphasis should be on the word m-a-d-e.  I made the decisions and just did it and now I have a nice clean place to finish January’s Card Buffet samples as well as get a few more January/February birthday cards made.

 

delayed decision making - my desk and forest view

 

My not delayed decision making is that I will put away each project’s supplies before I begin the next project.  Join me?  🙂

0 In Announcements/ Classes & Events

Warm Welcome to My New Readers!

January 14, 2018

I’m taking a few minutes of time-out to give a hearty welcome to new subscribers and blog readers.  Thank you so much for joining me/us.

My Country Loft stampin' studio in winter

My Country Loft stampin’ studio

If you ever have a question you’d like addressed or a technique explained or a stamp set demonstrated, please send me an email, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com, or leave a comment below any article.  I’d love to address what’s important to you.

I’m currently finishing up January’s eight buffet cards for January’s Last Tuesday of the Month Blythe’s Card Buffet.  After I create the cards I photograph them, write out the tutorial and then upload them to the Buffet selection Page.  I’ll post the link as soon as they’ve been processed.  My Card Buffet is a fun morning or afternoon where we (well–I watch and assist) make eight cards that you can use for your following month’s events.  If you have a special event coming up, let me know and I’ll be sure to include an appropriate card or two in the month’s buffet. Reservations and pre-payment are required for this event.  PayPal links are at the bottom of each month’s page of card samples.  I look forward to seeing you in my Studio here in Mi Wuk Village or via tutorial with or without pre-cut card stock and other necessary supplies.  By pre-arrangement we can even do a FaceTime session if you are long distance.  Cards will be posted by the 15th of January (or whatever month we’re working on).

Again, welcome everyone!

0 In Uncategorized

Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever

January 13, 2018

Now really, how could I use the fun Crafting Forever stamp set and not put the best image of all on my card?!  Today’s card shows another aspect of this fun stamp set: Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever.  You just have to keep everything in perspective.

I’m not sure what to call this call except maybe a flip card?  Flip the flap, or lift the flap and you’ll have a little greeting inside.  Then you can open the entire card to see the rest of the message.

It’s kind of hard to believe that the card below is made from the same stamp set as yesterday’s card.  But it is.  It simply uses more of the images plus some artsy crafty Designer Series Paper and some imagination.

Crafting Forever, Housework Never

 

When I use Designer Series Paper I always flip the package over to see just which colors have been used in the pack.  They’re always listed and that makes a stamper’s life much easier!

Crafting Forever, Housework Whenever - Designer Series Paper

The basic colors I used for my card were Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo and Sahara Sand.

I wanted to use two of the main stamped greetings from the Crafting Forever stamp set so decided to create a little flip-up flap to hide (and expose) one of them:

 

crafting forever, housework whenever

Crafting Forever, Housework Never - under flap

For this oval layer I used White Glossy card stock, the Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits and Brusho Crystal Colour, aka Brusho, a new to Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Occasions Catalog.

The final greeting, inside the card, was stamped with Emerald Envy Classic Ink.

 

crafting forever, housework never - inside greeting

 

crafting forever, housework never - two cards

This was one of the first stamp sets that I acquired from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and I haven’t used it as much as I planned.  It feels great to finally have brought it out from the darkness of the storage cabinet.  My next project will be some Just a Note note cards using the fountain pens in another scenario.  And in the meantime I’ll try to keep my motto true:  Crafting Forever, housework whenever.

0 In Cards/ Catalogs/ Stamp Sets

Time Out for Crafting Forever

January 12, 2018

One of my favorite stamp sets from the annual catalog is called Crafting Forever and I finally took a bit of time out for Crafting Forever the other day.  I love using a fountain pen and woke up Wednesday morning thinking about a diagonal row of fountain pens.  After a little thought this is what I came up with:

Time out for crafting forever

And wouldn’t you know it!  The very last step on my card was a less than perfect inking of the message.  It’s a great lesson in humility and non-perfection.  And yes, I will definitely be sending it to someone.

I stamped the fountain pens using Tuxedo Black Memento ink so that I could color them in with the Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Light and Dark Bermuda Bay Blends as well as the Light and Dark Calypso Coral Blends.  Then I very carefully used the Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Marker for the center fountain pen.

Products Used

  • The most complicated (not really) bit of this card was stamping the fountain pens.  I stamped the image 5 (or more?) times, each stamping right next to the previous.  Then, using my Stampin’ Trimmer, I cut off the excess Whisper White cardstock just above and just below the pens.  I laid the stamped image piece from lower left to upper right corners and marked, lightly in pencil, where the piece would need to be trimmed so that the pens would be laying at an angle.  After trimming that, I laid the colored pens onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, secured it, leaving 1/16″ margins on all sides.
  • Wrap those two layered pieces with the 1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon, tie it in a bow and attach the piece to the card front.

Time out for Crafting Forever - closeup

  • Using Tuxedo Black Memento Black Ink, stamp your greeting, ensuring that you’ve properly covered the rubber with ink!  (not like I did!).

Enjoy your completed card.

Remember, taking time out for crafting forever will keep you young and relaxed.  It’s such good therapy!

1 In All Occasion/ Big Shot/ Birthday/ Catalogs/ Stamp Sets

Wine and Birthday Cards for a Few of My Friends

January 9, 2018

January and February are crazy birthday months in my life and that means Wine and Birthday cards for a few of my friends.  The Half Full stamp set (available in wood or clear mount), which is being carried over from the 2017 Holiday Catalog, is the perfect stamp set for my wine-sipping friends’ birthdays.

Wine & Birthdays

 

Wine and Birthday Cards for a Few of My Friends

 

I continued to add little elements to the card until achieving the look I was looking for.

Product List

Big Shot

$110.00

Blender Pens

$12.00

The three flags were cut from scraps of the Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist scraps.

After die cutting the Whisper White pieces with the Flourish Die, I ran the sponge brayer over them using Lemon Lime Twist classic ink and then snipped them into little segments and slid them under the stamped and fussy cut main image.

Wine and Birthday Cards for a Few of My Friends

Wine and Birthday Cards for a Few of My Friends

I’m pretty tickled with this card and know my recipients will get a smiles on their faces as well.  A little wine and birthday cards for a few of my friends will be sure to make us all smile!

0 In Catalogs/ Sale-a-Bration

Sale-a-Bration is the Most Wonderful Time of the Stamper’s Year

January 5, 2018

Let me explain to you why Sale-a-Bration is The Most Wonderful Time of the Stamper’s Year.  It started on the 3rd of January and will run through March 31st.

I know I’m two days late (but not really a dollar short) with the Sale-a-Bration hype but…..I’ve had THE COLD since before New Year’s and am still rebuilding my energy.  I feel fine but doing the smallest chore puts me back on the couch or in the bed for a little rest before attempting anything else.  It’s a bummer.  To add to the insult of having the cold, my husband has it!  He’s about two days behind me and much more “dramatique”.  Bonus:  no appetite.  And I also have the cedar pollen eye allergy from you-know-where.  My eyes are itchy-itchy-itchy.  I’m pretty miserable!

Back to Sale-a-Bration and the new 2018 Occasions Catalog.  If you don’t yet have your copies of these catalogs, click on their image in the sidebar and you can download the PDFs.  Additionally, send me an email and I’ll be glad to get one in the mail to you a.s.a.p.

— WHAT IS SALE-A-BRATION? —

It’s the biggest sale of the year!  You can earn free, exclusive products with every qualifying order.

You’ll reap the rewards when you shop, host, or join during Sale-A-Bration.

 

 — SHOP! —

Sale-a-Bration is The Most Wonderful Time of the Stamper's Year

 

For every $50 USD/$60 CAD you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product.  For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, Stampin’ Up! has an exciting new announcement for this year:  There’s a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.

  • If you spend $50 USD/$60 CAD, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend $100 USD/$120 CAD, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If you spend $150 USD/$180 CAD, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  • And so on and so on and so on………..

— HOST! —

Sale-a-Bration is The Most Wonderful Time of the Stamper's Year

 

When you host holds a qualifying party with at least $250 USD/$330 CAD in sales during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn $25 USD/$35 CAD more in Stampin’ Rewards!* These rewards can even be applied towards a Starter Kit, allowing customers and hosts to also join Stampin’ Up! and become a demonstrator.

*Additional Stampin’ Rewards can also be earned by an individual purchase or order of $250 or more.

JOIN!

Sale-a-Bration is The Most Wonderful Time of the Stamper's Year

In addition to hosting, let me tell you about the fantastic benefits of joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration.  Joining at this time gives a new demonstrator their starter kit at $99 USD/$135 CAD, along with the choice of TWO additional stamp sets for their kit—any stamp set, any price. (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

So that’s why Sale-a-Bration is the most wonderful time of the stamper’s year!

0 In Announcements/ Celebrations/ Stampin' Up! Events

Happy 30th Anniversary Year for Stampin’ Up!

January 2, 2018

This new year of 2018 begins the Happy 30th Anniversary Year for Stampin’ Up!

Happy 30th Anniversary year for Stampin Up

I’m pleased to say that I’ve been a part of Stampin’ Up! for nearly 22 years now, having become a demonstrator in April of 1996.  Who would have thought I’d still be here today?  Believe me, I’ve never had a second thought!  The creativity  just grows and grows, something new every time I turn around it seems.

This year my new favorites are barn doors (Barn Door stamp set, 145862-wood mount or 145865-clear mount) and Brusho (144101).  Both will be available starting tomorrow, January 3rd.  Barn doors are just plain cool and fun and Brusho?  It’s a surprise every time you use it.  Check them out in my Stampin’ Up! store here tomorrow.

It’s definitely going to be a busy, fun, creative year for me as well as for you I hope.  Let’s start it out with this wish for a happy 30th anniversary year for Stampin’ Up!  October will be the b-i-g month I’m thinking.

 

 

 

 

0 In Announcements/ Celebrations

It’s 2018! Happy New Year!

January 1, 2018

2018 HAPPY New Year

 

It’s 2018! Happy New Year to all of my readers and stamping friends!
I wish you a safe and healthy New Year.

And you know I look forward to sharing many ideas with you this year.  It plays with the imagination to see how many new techniques, styles, images, and ideas are out there for us to play and create with.

If you don’t have the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog in your hands yet, and you don’t have a demo with whom you normally work, send me an email blythe@stampingwithblythe.com and I’ll get one off to you immediately.  In a few hours there will be a pdf of the catalog on my sidebar that you can download.  But there’s nothing like having it in your hot little hands!

Enjoy today’s football games.  Or……..enjoy stamping away while the football fans are watching their games.  I know I’ll be watching the Rose Bowl Parade on HGTV and then it’ll be out to my Country Loft Studio.  All day.  Woohoo!

Again, Happy New Year, the 2018 version!  Let’s stamp, have fun, and share our creativity!

 

0 In Announcements/ Stampin' Up! Events

Reminder Day

December 27, 2017

As this year end gets really close several sales events offered by Stampin’ Up! will also be coming to a close.  You might as well check them out to see if any items you’ve been wanting are still available.  At quite a discount as well.

Reminder Day

Prepare to say hello to 2018 . . . and goodbye to the Year-End-Sales-Event.

Remember that supplies are limited, so take one last look at the items still available via my online store. You wouldn’t want to head into the new year with any regrets!

Another reminder:  You don’t want to miss out on this pre-order opportunity for the Stamparatus.

Stamparatus by Stampin' Up!

December has flown by, and there are just a few days left for you to reserve your Stamparatus before the final reservation window closes on Saturday, December 30 at 11:50 PM (MT). Remember, this fantastic, state-of-the-art stamping tool will not be available again until the new annual catalog goes live in June. So don’t wait another minute!  Reserve your Stamparatus today! Click on the Stamparatus image to go directly to the reservation form.  You can check out my earlier post with more details.

You may recall that Stampin’ Up! had a Project Life partnership with Becky Higgins LLC for a couple of years. Though that partnership was dissolved earlier this year, Stampin’ Up!  recently discovered that Becky Higgins LLC was still offering digital versions of Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products on its website.  Stampin’ Up! has reached out to them and wanted to let you know that Becky Higgins will shortly be announcing the discontinuation of these digital Stampin’ Up! Project Life products on her blog.  If you follow Becky Higgins please know that these digital products are a result of our former association with Becky Higgins LLC and they will be discontinued on December 31, 2017.

I know that I have used the Becky Higgins digital scrapbooking app via my iPad Mini, including some of the Stampin’ Up! images so, I too, am forewarned.  Any Stampin’ Up! images will be disappearing on New Year’s Eve.  If you have any questions you can call me (phone number is in the banner above) or Stampin’ Up!’s Demonstrator Services at 1-800-STAMPUP.

I think that’s it for reminder day.  I’ll have some creative ideas to share for this rest of this year beginning tomorrow.  I’m still recovering from Christmas and need to get that cleaned up (superficially for now) today.  🙂