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October and November Paper Pumpkins are Coordinated!

September 24, 2017

Something’s new with Stampin’ Up!’s October and November Paper Pumpkin Kits this year.  They are coordinated.  They can each stand alone or they can be used together.  They’ll be called Season of Style holiday kits.

The video below is my friend Carrie, from Stampin’ Up!, who will tell you a bit about these kits.

If you’re already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber your October Kit will automatically be mailed on October 11th and your November Kit will be mailed on November 11th.  I have no clue what the contents are but I know it’s going to be something fun, cute, easy and shareable.

And if you aren’t already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber be sure to order the October Kit by October 10th and the November Kit by November 10th.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry!  Make time for a little holiday creativity.  I’m going to order two extra kits for each month to my subscription so I can share them with my grandkidlets.  They’re creative and we can work on them together.  I’ll be taking one of those kits to Idaho for my late October visit.

If you’ll be a new subscriber, click on the image below to sign up.  You can always cancel future mailings if you’re not pleased.


Order your October and/or November Kit today!  As always, there are no sneak peaks so I can’t give you a clue.  I’m just going to t-r-u-s-t.  I hope you do too. 

Be ready to create your Season of Style cuteness and have them finished and ready to share before the ultimate craziness of the holidays begins.

How about hosting a gathering of stampers (or not-yet-stampers) and make your kits together?  What could be more fun than creating with friends!?  Hot chocolate/mulled wine, Christmas music and friends–what could be better?  Invite your friends now so the date can be on their calendar and they can be sure to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin in time to receive their kit their October and November kits.  Looks like maybe you should be hosting two parties!  Or……you host for October and have a friend host for November.   I can help you plan.  Remember, the Paper Pumpkin kits are only $19.95 which includes shipping, a stamp set, the necessary ink spot and accessories.  You can’t go wrong!  Call me today (or soon) and let’s get you on the schedule!








0 In Blythe's Stamping Business/ Class Kit To Go/ Classes & Events

Blythe’s (September) Card Buffet has been Uploaded

September 15, 2017

After taking a few months off for summer events and over-scheduling I’m very happy to announce that my September Blythe’s Card Buffet is ready for you to check out.  Then select the eight cards (any combination of the eight selections) for our September 26th morning or afternoon class.  You can click here to view them or click on the green rectangle, above right-ish–the one that says Blythe’s Buffet.

September buffet cards

September card buffet card selection


Registration for Blythe’s Card Buffet closes on September 19th.  Firm.  Pre-paid.  Firm.  This timing gives me adequate time to carefully prepare your individual packet of supplies.  Click here to view cards and then scroll down to register.

Remember, I do offer a PDF tutorial of each card if you can’t attend OR a PDF tutorial plus pre-cut, punched and die cut card stock.  Sorry, I’m not allowed to pre-stamp any of the contents.








0 In Techniques/ Tools

Faux Metal Embossing

September 14, 2017

Faux Metal Embossing,  here I come!  I have a very full plate today, getting all of my September Card Buffet samples finished, photographed and uploaded to their viewing/selection page but……..this is what I be playing with this weekend:

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I want to try it with my Musical Season instruments first. Then we’ll see what happens from there.  I’ve seen this Faux Metal Embossing technique before and have actually played with it but not for a long time.  I’m really looking forward to getting my fingers back into it!

Have you ever tried heat embossing at all?  It’s what got me into stamping wa-a-a-a-y back ‘when’ in the early 1990s.  I went to an Expo in San Mateo CA with a girlfriend and the rest is history.  After floundering around for a few more years I finally ‘found’ Stampin’ Up!.  And that was 21 years ago.  Back to heat embossing:  You’ll need a

  • VersaMark stamp pad
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Stampin’ Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • card stock of your choice


When you’re ready to Heat Emboss, these are the tools you’ll need: 

Heat Tool


I’ll be back with my own Faux Metal Embossing project this coming weekend.  But first I have to finish my current project!  Stamp on and have fun.

0 In Cards/ Designer Series Papers/ Masculine/ Wedding / Anniversary

Watercolor Words Anniversary Card

September 13, 2017

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary and the Watercolor Words stamp set came to my rescue in creating my sweetie’s card.

We went on a Rte 66 road adventure in mid-August and our favorite stop (which wasn’t on Rte 66) was at Rainbow Bridge while on a Lake Powell boat excursion.  I wanted to incorporate a photo of us from Rainbow Bridge into a card and this is what I came up with:

B&R Anniv card

Rainbow Bridge anniversary card featuring Watercolor Words stamp set


The basic card is 5″ x 5″ with the embellished layer being 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″.  I made the heart by ‘tracing’ the inside of a heart from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits with a water soaked paint brush.


Be sure the water soaks all the way through the card stock (flip card stock over to see that it’s as wet as the front side).


Then gently tear away the center of the heart:


After the layer has dried (you can speed this up by using the gentle setting on your Heat Tool)  sponge around the torn edges of the heart and then randomly elsewhere on the layer.  Don’t cover the entire layer.

Also using the Watercolor Words stamp set, add a heat embossed greeting to the inside of the card, matching the Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder greeting on the card front.  Be sure to rub the area where you’ll be stamping with your Embossing Buddy before stamping.

inside of 5" x 5" card

Stamp and heat emboss Watercolor Words greeting after rubbing card stock with Embossing Buddy.


Product I used to create this anniversary card:

Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad


I just love this quite simple card that features the Watercolor Words stamp set.  There are so many way you can use the “wet and tear” technique and I can’t wait to use it again soon.

If you need any of the supplies used for this card just click on the images above and you’ll link right to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  Be sure to select me as your demonstrator and I’ll be available to help you out with any questions you have regarding this or any other project you’re working on.





0 In Big Shot/ Birthday/ Cards/ Stamp Sets/ Techniques

Magical Mermaid Birthday

September 12, 2017

I couldn’t even think about putting the Magical Mermaid stamp set away without first creating a Magical Mermaid Birthday card.

I went through the same steps as for making yesterday’s mermaid card and isn’t it amazing how different each background can look.

Magical Mermaid birthday

Magical Mermaid birthday


finished Magical Mermaid card

Yesterday’s card


I changed up a few things for this Magical Mermaid birthday card:

  • Sand is Soft Suede rather than Crumb Cake
  • Seaweed stamped with Tranquil Tide
  • Three seaweeds rather than two
  • Mermaid is blonder, using Crushed Curry as the base and then bits of Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler in her hair–all with the Aqua Painter
  • After spritzing water on a scrap of Shimmery White card stock I added some Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz color from the lids of the stamp pads–using the Aqua Painter
  • After Shimmer White card stock dried I stamped the greeting with Soft Suede Classic Ink, covered with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool.
  • Used Layering Oval and Big Shot to die cut the greeting which was added to card front with Dimensionals
  • Added three Glitter Enamel Dots for a bit of pizzazz
  • Added Tranquil Tide shading to mermaid’s scales and tail
Stamp pads used with Aqua Painter

It’s crazy but….. these are the stamp pads used with Aqua Painter for today’s card.  I was just about to put them away when I thought ‘oh my, lots of pad’!


Check yesterday’s post for the how-to on the background of this watery card.

If you need any tips on how to put color on a clear block or any other part of these Magical Mermaid cards please don’t hesitate to ask me.




I have a few more Magical Mermaid cards in my head so stay tuned.  I’ll try to change up the colors in her scales.  🙂



1 In Cards/ Techniques/ Tools

Magical Mermaid Stamp Set is Out of My Cupboard

September 11, 2017

After four months my new Magical Mermaid Stamp Set is finally out of my stamp storage cupboard and on the drawing board.


stamp storage cabinet

My husband and I built this and 5 other cabinets into ‘dead wall space’ behind a peaked roof line, before we moved into our cabin full time–about 15 years ago.  Each cabinet is painted with left over paint from previous household projects.


My daughter, who moved to Idaho (from California) in June, is in need of hand stamped cards and (1) doesn’t have Mom nearby to play with and make some and (2) is working full time and at this point doesn’t have time to make any even if I was nearby!  She knows I have an overflowing stash of sample cards or class or buffet cards and that I will share a few (like 15 or so) of them with her.

So I have packaged up her cards but h-a-d to make a card just for her to enclose in the re-purposed Paper Pumpkin box.   (Have you tried turning a bright orange Paper Pumpkin box  ‘inside out’ and using it as a kraft colored mailing box?  It’s just about exactly the size of a Priority Mailing Box from the USPS.)   Back to today’s post…….   The mermaid has been her talisman since she was in high school and it’s hard not to indulge her fantasy when possible.  Of course when I saw the Magical Mermaid stamp set in the Annual Catalog it was on my first order.  But it remained unused until today!

finished Magical Mermaid card

MAGICAL MERMAID Stamp Set is available in either Wood Mount (144014) or Clear Mount (144017)


To make the background I covered my Clear Block E with ink from the Pear Pizzazz stamp pad; then I added bits of the Bermuda Bay and Tempting Turquoise stamp pads.  I wanted a bit more color so I added a drop of Ink Refill of each of those colors.  Then I spritzed the block with plain water and let the colors run together.  Finally I laid a 4-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ piece of Watercolor Paper onto the block, left it there for 10-15 seconds and then removed it and set it aside to dry for about 5 minutes.

Adding color to Clear Block E

Adding color to Clear Block E


Adding color to Clear Block E

Spritz with plain water.  I keep a little spray bottle filled with water within reach.


Can you tell I use my Grid Paper until it becomes unusable???  The grid paper I’m using was from OnStage November 2015 that I’d been saving for ?????  So now it’s being well used!

While waiting for my Watercolor Paper to dry, using a Basic Gray stamp pad I stamped the mermaid on a large enough scrap of Shimmery White card stock.  Then, using all the the previous colors and an Aqua Painter, I colored her in.  I colored the hair using Crushed Curry all over and then  added streaks of Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Tempting Turquoise.  Finally I cut her out with Paper Snips, added a bunch of Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back side and added her to the card front.


Space several mini dimensionals on the back of the cut out mermaid image.


For the greeting I first rubbed the area with my Embossing Buddy to remove any static, stamped the greeting using Versamark Ink, sprinkled it with (retired) Black Embossing Powder, and finally heat set it with my Heat Tool.

Close up of coloring of mermaid's hair

Close up of coloring of mermaid’s hair


close up torso/tail

I colored, with my Aqua Painter, the entire tail with Pear Pizzazz and then added other blues/greens for accents.  Then I added a bit of Wink Of Stella to make the tail look ‘wet’ and shiny.


I used Crumb Cake classic ink to scatter some shells and sand at the bottom of the images.

My next goal is to make some more mermaid cards using the other greetings.  You can get your own Magical Mermaid stamp set by clicking on the product image below.  It’ll take you right to my Stampin’ Up! online store.

Items used in my Magical Mermaid card:

Black Stampin' Emboss Powder

Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Heat Tool




When you make a Magical Mermaid card, share it with me so I can post it here on our blog–with your permission of course.  I’m sure others would really enjoy seeing how many ways one can color a mermaid or use the images in the stamp set.



0 In Deals & Discounts/ Stampin' Up! kits

Paper Pumpkin September 2017 50% Off Offer

September 9, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Promo

Promo Code

IF you’ve been wondering about what Paper Pumpkin is like, why not take advantage of this 50% off opportunity for your first Paper Pumpkin kit?

Ends tomorrow, September 10!  

First time Paper Pumpkin subscribers can enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!  You won’t want to miss out on October and November’s kits either (regular price of $19.95 each)! Think cute and VERY festive!

If you subscribe by September 10th, Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit right to your door, complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects—all for 50% off when you use COUPON CODE: HALFOFF0917!  And ‘no’, I haven’t seen it yet…..I’ve just heard it’s going to be great!

Fine print for the promotion:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Sunday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.


TO ORDER YOUR 50% OFF KIT AND SUBSCRIBE THROUGH ME, PLEASE visit Paper Pumpkin and enter HALFOFF0917 to receive 50% off the September kit.

Benefits of Having a Paper Pumpkin Month to Month Subscription:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends and family to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills (when available) so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!  I love surprises!

Paper Pumpkin kits ship on the 11th of the month so you won’t have to wait long for the fun to begin!







0 In Birthday/ Designer Series Papers/ Mother's Day/ Thank You

Tri-Fold Birthday Card – Quick & Easy

September 8, 2017

A few weeks ago I shared a fun tri-fold card that I looked forward to using for multiple events.  You can check out that post here.

Today’s card is for a friend here in Mi Wuk Village.  There’s a small group of us who go out to lunch or, this time, for afternoon tea, to celebrate our birthdays.  This social opportunity gets us out together 5-6 times a year.  I’m pretty sure this card will make my friend Cathy smile.

Tri-fold birthday card

Cathy’s tri-fold birthday card


When I first made this card I did two in each of Stampin’ Up!’s 2017-2019 In Colors using the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack.

Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack

2017-2019 In Colors: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (my fave), Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide


Now, when I need a card, I can stamp my sentiment on the little greeting layers piece, attach it to the card and have my card ready for mailing or hand-delivering.  Although each one of  these tri-fold (birthday) cards does take over half a sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, they’re totally worth it.  My next goal is to use some alternate designer series papers for a totally different look.

You can get supplies for your tri-fold card on my Stampin’ Up! website here.  Basically you’ll need a pack of Designer Series Paper of your choice and then a few sheets of coordinating card stock.  If you look on the back of the DSP (Designer Series Paper pack or stack) you’ll see the coordinating colors listed right there.  Sometimes having packages of Color Family Assortments on hand is the perfect way to be ready for the variety of colors used in our Designer Series Paper Packs.  Each assortment has 2 sheets of each color in that group.





Save Card Stock Assortment Packs


Take a few minutes to make a tri-fold card for yourself. I think you’ll like it. Measurements and instructions are here.  Have fun!


0 In 3-D Projects/ Classes & Events

CD Case Desk Calendar

September 7, 2017

One of my readers asked me the other day if I had a a clue how to make a CD Case Desk (or easel) Calendar.  I responded immediately that “yes”, I knew how to make one.  I just hadn’t done so for a long time.  Today I’m going to take you through the steps to make one and below have printable available for sale.

Here’s what you need:

  • an empty clear CD case
  • a paper trimmer
  • stamps (or stickers or whatever–I use stamps of course)
  • ink pads
  • a printed monthly calendar approximately 3″ x 4″ with margins on all sides
  • coordinating card stock

First the CD case:

Clear CD Case


Then choose your stamp set.  For this September 2017 page I chose the new Painted Harvest stamp set with beautiful autumn sunflowers in my mind.

The CD case desk calendar page is cut out to 4-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ and is matted on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that is 4-11/16″ x 5-7/16″.  You might have to adjust your layers to fit your CD Case.

finished Sept page


Painted Harvest is a two-step set which means the sunflower and the leaves are each stamped twice, in different colors, to achieve an image with greater depth.  First I stamped the larger sunflower image using Crushed Curry classic ink and then, over that, I stamped the smaller sunflower image using Pumpkin Pie classic ink.  I used Soft Suede Classic Ink for the center image for the sunflower.

Now to the leaves:  I stamped the larger flower image on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out.  Then I layered it over the finished sunflower and placed the leaves where I wanted them to be.  Leaves are Wild Wasabi Classic Ink for the more solid image and Garden Green Classic Ink for the veins image.

sunflower mask

Masked sunflower


Remove the mask and……..ta dah…..the leaves are ‘behind’ the sunflower.  Move the mask to another sunflower and repeat the process.

move mask

Move the mask to another sunflower and repeat the process.  Do you see how the leaves appear to be behind the first flower?


Here’s a close up of the sunflowers:

sunflower closeup

The stamps have little tiny squares in the images that create shadows/shading in the images.


Layer the stamped images onto a piece of Crumb Cake card stock using Snail Adhesive and insert into the CD case creating your CD Case Desk Calendar.  Pretty easy to make and very easy to look at!  Create all 12 months for your case, tie it with a ribbon and you’ve created a great gift for a special someone.





Products I used for September’s calendar page:


If you’d like to create your own CD Case Desk Calendar, I’m offering a PDF of the months for 2018, with a bonus of 4 more monthly PDFs for September – December 2017, for $8.  You will have to supply your own CD case, stamp sets and inks.  Then just stamp each month’s calendar and you’ll have a great piece of desktop décor.  Or a great gift!  Order yours by clicking the PayPal Buy Now button below.










0 In Cards/ Thank You

Sharing Sweet Thoughts Thank You Cards

September 6, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts and Jar of Love stamps sets are what I chose to use to make about 30 quick and easy (well almost) thank you cards for those who helped make our Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Station Spaghetti Dinner such a success on Labor Day Saturday.  It does take a village to put on a successful event!  I ended up not using the Jar of Love set but have to give it a shout out for coordinating and being awesome.

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set: Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for every set purchased


Jar of Love, 141587, photopolymer

Jar of Love is the coordinating set I didn’t use. 🙂


I love it that these two stamp sets coordinate with each other as well as with the Everyday Jars Framelits.

Everyday Jars Framelits Dies

What was my goal making this many cards as quickly as possible?  Using (fire engine) red as my focal color and keeping the card to one layer because I had to make a lot of them!



Jar of Love TY Cards

This is only a start in making my thank you notes—-which will be hand written.


I used these products:

Petite Pairs

Petite Pairs



Don't forget to sign your handmade card

Cute little ‘hand stamped by’ touch.


Don’t forget to sign every card you make.  H******* doesn’t leave their logo off of a printed-overseas card.  Neither should we leave our imprint off of a hand stamped card made with love by ourselves.


0 In 3-D Projects/ Christmas/ Stampin' Up! kits

Be Merry Kit for Your Playtime, aka Crafting Time

September 5, 2017

Today has been declared Be Merry Kit Day in my home.  By me.  I haven’t had a lot of time to stamp in the last several weeks and finally my ‘time’ is pretty much mine.  My volunteer’s mouth had put me in charge of our local Fire District’s annual Spaghetti Dinner for the last 7 years.  This was year eight.  So, I promised myself that as soon as everything was tidied up and put away I could declare it “TIME TO STAMP”!

I know I often purchase a seasonal kit from Stampin’ Up!’s various catalogs and, unfortunately, I also often don’t get them ready for sharing.  Like completed!  So today I made all twelve of the amazingly cute Be Merry Kit ornaments.

Holiday17 Be Merry Kit, 144648

Holiday 2017 Be Merry Kit contents

All you need is a bit of patience.  And a hot glue gun and the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  The instructions are clear and easy.  Not fast but easy.

The word ‘merry’ is translated into French and German so I decided to make holiday gift ornaments for some very special friends and family in France and Germany.

Be Merry Kit Rosettes


The rosettes below will be going to Kiel and Lutherstadt-Eisleben in Germany later this fall:

German greeting


These will be going to Houpperville, France:

French ornaments


And these will be staying in the U.S.:

English greeting

I can see that I’m going to be purchasing another kit since I really want to share more of these ornaments.

Can you see what I haven’t added to them?!  Yikes.  I totally forgot the ribbon bows that go on the top.  My ribbons needed to be smoothed out (like ironed!) before making them into bows and attaching them.  That will happen soon.

To get your Be Merry Kit just click here.  They’re really solid, sturdy and cute.  Purchase several kits and have a crafting party with friends to assemble them.  I know that I plan a special get-together to do just that.





0 In 3-D Projects/ Cards/ Catalogs/ Christmas

What to Do When You Make a Mistake with Adhesive

August 31, 2017

Making a mistake with your adhesive isn’t hard to do.  I’ve done it more than once.  Here’s what I did when putting my card layers together:  I adhered my Fast Fuse adhesive on the wrong side of my Designer Series Paper!

Usually when I make one card that I’m happy with I’ll go ahead and make a second one.  Here’s the card I made a few days ago with the Musical Season stamp set from the just released 2017 Holiday Catalog.   If you’d like a hard copy of the new holiday catalog and don’t have a demonstrator to call your own, please send me an email,, and I’ll send one out to you a.s.a.p.   Here’s the card I made to include in a gift basket I donated to our Fire Station for a fundraiser this weekend.

Musical Season stamp set (144814)


And here’s the finished gift basket…..

Spag Dinner Gift Basket '17


Now, when I was making the second card I “very carefully” adhered my Fast Fuse Adhesive to all four sides of the plaid image (the side I wanted to show) of the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper.   I was left with two choices:  toss it in the trash or let the other side of the Designer Paper show.  It’s a totally different look!!

Musical Season insideout card


I definitely prefer the plaid but the nutcrackers aren’t all that bad.  What would you have done?  Trash or use?

I hope to be able to get back to ‘normal’ next week.  It’s been distractingly busy for too long (road trip to my daughter’s new home in Idaho, personal vacation with hubby along Route 66 in California and Arizona and finally, being in charge of an annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at our local fire departement) and I’ve missed my regular stamping and posting.  And for the future, I’ll be much more attentive and try to avoid those adhesive mistakes!