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Butterfly Basics Tunnel Sympathy Card

I finally took some time today to finish the sympathy card I was making for my cousin before I decided to drop everything and head to Ohio for the funeral of her husband of 51 years.  (Gosh we really, truly don’t seem old enough for that to be our reality!)

I must thank Amanda Bates of North Yorkshire UK for the idea and prototype.   When I first saw the card I knew I would c.a.s.e. it for my special sympathy card need.

Dragonfly Sympathy Card

Sympathy Tunnel Card

 

Sympathy Tunnel Card, inside

Embossed Vellum Dragonflies hover over this tunnel card.

 

Particulars about this card:

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, folded and burnished (rubbed over crease) with a Bone Folder.
  • Whisper White Cardstock:
    • inside: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, stamp, using Pool Party Classic Ink and Watercolor Wash Background stamp; stamp greeting with Mint Macaron Classic Ink; score at 2-1/8″ after stamping; adhere to inside of card using Fast Fuse.
    • inside: 8-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.  Ink up the side of the Brick Embossing Folder where the ‘mortar lines’ are raised, using Crumb Cake classic ink.  Run through the Big Shot twice (once from each end) so that the entire piece of card stock is embossed.  Then score at 2″, 4″ and 6″ and fold ‘valley’, ‘mountain’, ‘valley’.  Stamp foliage using Mint Macaron classic ink, using second generation ink (do not reink stamp) several times.
    • outside: 4″ x 5-1/4″;  ink up the side of the Brick Embossing Folder where the ‘mortar lines’ are not raised, using Crumb Cake classic ink.  Run through the Big Shot.  Again, stamp foliage using Mint Macaron classic ink, using second generation ink (do not reink stamp) several times.  Also stamp greeting with same ink.
  • Vellum:  Stamp three dragonflies using Pool Party Classic Ink.  Immediately sprinkle two of them with Clear Embossing Powder and one with White Embossing Powder.  Set with Heat Tool.  Die cut using Big Shot and appropriately sized dragonfly outline thinlit.  When these are attached to the card, inside or outside, use Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the body only.

Please ask if you have additional questions!  (Comment or email)

Sympathy card/envelope

 

Products used for this tunnel sympathy card:

Heat Tool

$30.00

 

I’ll be using this same card technique for another card soon.  It’s fun!

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0 In Sale-a-Bration

WOW! Even More to Love During These Last Days of Sale-A-Bration

There is only one week left of Sale-a-Bration 2017.   And, to place the cherry on top of these final days of Sale-a-Bration, Stampin’ Up! has added seven new products!

Seven new Sala-a-Bration 2017 products

Seven new Sale-a-Bration 2017 products

 

Save Seven New 2017 Sale-a-Bration Selections

 

There are special order numbers for each of these items which are shown in the Pool Party-ish box at the top of this article.

How can you get one (or more) of these additional items?  For every $50 you spend for any Stampin’ Up! catalog product you will earn one FREE Sale-a-Bration product.  You can place your order yourself, online here (be sure to use March’s Hostess Code (4SN3MZW4) in order to receive a free tutorial at the end of the month) or send me an email at blythe@stampingwithblythe.com or give me a call (see right side of banner above).

Have fun shopping during this last week of Sale-a-Bration!  Oh……you can still select items from both Sale-a-Bration 2017 brochures–except for the Glimmer Paper which is g-o-n-e.  I’ll have a post on how to make your own tomorrow.

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0 In Birthday/ Cards/ Classes & Events

Work of Art Birthday or Any Occasion Card

This simple Work of Art card was our second project at the Mi Wuk Village Library on Thursday afternoon.

Work of Art (134111) birthday card

Quick and easy birthday card or……….(next card please)

 

A new gal to the library group, Cindy, made this variation to her card, using the You are a Fabulous work of art greeting from the Work of Art stamp set.

Work of art stamp set

Work of art stamp set

 

Products used for this card:

 

Just swap out the colors and the greeting but use this same layout and you’ll have a totally different looking card.  Quick and easy.

As always, the tutorials will be available for sale for $1.50 for the pair, sent via email.

 

 

If you would like the tutorial plus card stock and accessories (no ink or adhesive) the cost is $4.50 (the regular library charge of $3 plus postage of $1.50).  I will donate the usual $1 to the library for each tutorial packet sold.

 

 

If you’re ever in the Sonora CA area on the third Thursday of the month, 1-3 p.m., come on ‘up the hill’ to the Mi Wuk Village Library and join our class.  It’s just off of Hwy 108 below the Mi Wok Ranger Station.  No reservations.  No experience necessary.  Just bring a smile.  And $3.00 ($2 for supplies and $1 for the library’s fund raising jar).

 

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0 In All Occasion/ Cards/ Classes & Events/ Mother's Day/ Thank You

Lacey Feminine Birthday or Thank You Card

By the hairs (no comments please!) on my chinny-chin-chin I made it to my Mi Wuk Library class about half an hour late on Thursday.  That brings a huge thank you to Roberta for doing such a fabulous job of getting the first card made (I had left all the supplies plus a printed tutorial) with total control and grace.  Long story short for being late:  I drove French house guests to Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, spent the night and then drove nearly three hours home after breakfast and depositing them at their new lodging inside the park.  Hubby and I return on Saturday to bring them back to our home in Mi Wuk Village.

All 3, vista pt., 5.30, 3-15-17

Vista point about 3 miles from the Yosemite Valley floor; Half Dome in the center distance.  Our ‘surrogate daughter’ Chau, partner Christoph and moi.

 

Now to what we stamped at our monthly Mi Wuk Library/Community Center class gathering yesterday.  Roberta guided the group as they made this card:

Card 1 Library 3/17 - Avant Garden and Delicate Details Sale a bration stamp sets

Card 1 Library March 2017 – Avant Garden and Delicate Details Sale-a-Bration stamp sets

 

This is a lovely, quick and easy card that can be used for more than one occasion.  My original was created as a thank you card but can also be made as a birthday card.  Would you believe that my small stamen piece disappeared from my stamp set.  Soooooo sad.  It would add a bit more punch to the center of the flowers.  But tell me honestly, did you miss that flower center?

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Products I used:

Glue Dots

$5.25

 

As always, the tutorials will be available for sale for $1.50 for the pair, sent via email.

 

 

If you would like the tutorial plus card stock and accessories (no ink or adhesive) the cost is $4.50 (the regular library charge of $3 plus postage of $1.50).  I will donate the usual $1 to the library for each tutorial packet sold.

 

 

If you’re ever in the Sonora CA area on the third Thursday of the month, 1-3 p.m., come on ‘up the hill’ to the Mi Wuk Village Library and join our class.  It’s just off of Hwy 108 below the Mi Wok Ranger Station.  No reservations.  No experience necessary.  Just bring a smile.  And $3.00 ($2 for supplies and $1 for the library’s fund raising jar).

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0 In 3-D Projects/ All Occasion/ Gifts

Mini-Magazine File Revisited with Fresh Tutorial and Designer Paper

It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I’ve made and shared a Mini Magazine File that can hold at least eight A-2 sized cards.  A-2 is the size of most of the cards I make:  an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock cut in half before the stamping and layering fun begins.

Here is my fresh Mini-Magazine File:

Magazine file type card holder

March 2017 Magazine type Card File

 

mini-magazine file side view, finished

Mini Magazine File seen from the side.  The cards are some that I made in November at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local in Phoenix.  They are some of those that I shared while on stage.

 

front view

Lift Me Up Mini Magazine File

 

You can find the tutorial here.  (My skills have improved from the old tutorial that’s on my old Typepad blog.  It’s really too long to put on a post but it will always be available to you by just clicking the link.

Filled with cards this Mini Magazine File would make a great gift!

 

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0 In Paper Pumpkin

April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit is Going to be F-U-N!

Don’t miss the April Paper Pumpkin kit inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sara Douglass. Sara’s style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass.”  (That’s also my kind of style when I can pull it off!)  Get ready to embrace your inner artist and skip to the fun with Sara!

It's a SARA thing: April 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

You’ll need to subscribe at PaperPumpkin.com by April 10.  (Please use my name as your demonstrator when you see the appropriate box.)  There’s going to be a ‘secret gift’ in each April kit as well.  I have no idea what it’ll be but you can bet I’m in line for getting it!

Did you know that every Paper Pumpkin kit comes with an exclusive photopolymer stamp set? The April kit was designed by Sara Douglass, so I know it’s going to be good! Contact me now (blythe@stampingwithblythe.com) to sign up or click on the link just under the flashy image above.

PS. We have house guests from Paris for the next two weeks so if I’m not “here” for a day, please understand.  We’re playing the roll of hosts.  Today it’s Calaveras Big Trees State Park and a visit to a local winery, Ironstone, where in addition to wine there is a l-a-r-g-e gold nugget from the gold rush days in the 1850s.  Tomorrow I take them to Yosemite National Park for a several days (for them) of hiking and relaxation.  Then Saturday we go back to pick them up.

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0 In Announcements/ Travels

My Sudden Absence and Have You Changed Your Clock???

While I was tidying up as well as making a sympathy card last Wednesday morning I made the decision to go to Columbus Ohio to be present for the funeral of my amazing cousin-in-law, Bob Tucker.  That led to a red-eye flight to Columbus Ohio and very little sleep for the next few days.  My card parts are awaiting my return to business on Monday morning.  Bob’s wife Lynn and I are very close and I just couldn’t not be there to offer my support.  (I also fly stand-by so that part was fairly painless and easy.)

I was an attendant in the Tucker wedding in 1966.  Two-thirds of the wedding party were at the funeral.

Wedding party 1966-2017Wedding party 1966-2017, my partner Jim, moi, Lynn (bride), Dwayne, Sue (Bob’s younger sister)

 

If you’re an Ohio State football  fan, Masillon High School, Wichita State, Iowa State, College of Wooster, Wooster High School, Youngstown State and once again The Ohio State, you will know Coach Tuck.  I was never aware of just how amazing he was and how much he touched and the so many lives he helped to mold with his wise counsel.

Bob Tucker, man who changed the lives of many.

Bob Tucker, the man who changed the lives of so many.

 

Bob's Creed

Bob’s Creed and what he stressed to his ‘boys’–who are now proud and contributing adults with families of their own.

 

He was also a huge patriot and saw to it, in his final career position, that wounded warriors were able to visit to locker rooms and go to OSU games and mingle with the players and coaches.  That meant a lot to our service personnel as well as their families.  Bob Tucker was an amazing, quiet, humble man.

Carmel, CA, October 2016, during their 50th wedding anniversary tour of 'places and people'

Carmel, CA, October 2016, during their 50th wedding anniversary tour of ‘places and people’.

 

Cheers to you coach Tuck

Cheers to you Coach, Husband, Cousin Tuck

 

I’m glad I went.  I’m sad for the reason I had to go.  And I’m looking forward to sharing some stamping with you tomorrow!

I hope you’ve remembered to push your clock forward!

 

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0 In Miscellaneous/ Mother's Day/ Sale-a-Bration/ Stamp Sets

When You’re Going to be Waiting for Hours, Bring Stamping Supplies

I had to go to our local Prompt Care on Wednesday and just knew I’d be there waiting.  For hours.  So before I left home I gathered up eleven pages of freshly printed fashion show tickets for our Fire Auxiliary’s annual fund raising Fashion Show.  This year’s theme is Garden Party and I figured the Avant Garden Sale-a-Bration stamp set would be a quick and easy way to decorate the tickets.  I’ve been making these tickets for the past 5-6 years (or more?).

Into my Stampin’ Up! convention bag I placed my Clear Blocks, Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist, 4 stamp pads, an old stamping order board for stamping stability, my paper snips (just in case) and some business cards.  You never know when someone might want one!  (maybe not in a medical prompt care waiting room though!) And I had my pre-printed card stock.

STAMPIN' UP! CONVENTION bag and supplies

 

I managed to get all eleven sheets stamped while in the waiting room.  The only attention I got was from a toddler and a woman with a protective face mask sitting next to me who didn’t speak much English.  But she did really admire the pretty colors of what I was stamping.

Here are my finished sheets, cut in half before I remembered to photograph them.

Full sheet of 10 fashion show tickets

Full sheet of 10 fashion show tickets

 

I got them all cut after dinner and will deliver them to the gal who’s in charge of selling the tickets later this morning.  Gratefully my part is done, even a week before they were due.  One just can’t pass up the opportunity of totally idle time.  I was able to work on my lap in the small space of the chair I was sitting in.  For more than two hours.  And I finished my project, except for the cutting.

Cut and ready to go fashion show tickets

110 cut and ready to go fashion show tickets

 

Question:  What year did we receive this Stampin’ Up! convention bag with black patent-like straps and pockets for photos?  I’m thinking it was over ten years ago.

 

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0 In Classes & Events/ Tips/ Tools

Wink of Stella Glitter Pen – Important “Getting Started” TIP

If you haven’t yet played with the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, why not?  OK, that was rather fresh of me!  If you haven’t yet played with the Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, now’s the time to check it out.  It’s so much bang for the buck.

While I was prepping for my Blythe’s Buffet yesterday I realized that I was using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen on two different projects.  Since I had a new one it was a no brainer that I would open it up and use it rather than have two stations needing the same tool.

So…..I opened the package and opened the pen and there was no shimmer flowing into the tip.  Hmmmmm.  And I couldn’t figure out (aka remember) how to get the shimmery liquid flowing.  I quickly went to Stampin’ Up!’s You Tube Channel and checked it out.

  • remove the cap
  • remove the bottom
  • important:  remove the 1/8″ black ring from the barrel
  • reattach the top to the bottom
  • give it entire unit a little shake shake shake and perhaps a squeeze on the barrel, until the ink is flowing.  Don’t let it ‘gush’ too much.

 

Remove cap and barrel

Remove cap and barrel

 

see that black ring?

See that black ring?

 

remove the ring

Slip the ring off of the barrel

 

discard the ring

Discard the ring

 

Squeeze the barrel a bit to get the flow going

Squeeze the barrel a bit to get the flow going

 

And now that the glimmer is flowing I can add some glitz to the dragonfly’s wings on card #5 for today’s buffet.

Difference between left/right wings

Difference between left/right wings

 

I’m just glad I didn’t try to get my new Glitter Pen flowing during my class!

You can get your very own Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, Clear or Gold, in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  If you wouldn’t mind (unless you’re a demo), select me as your Demonstrator.  You’ll love having this Glitter Pen available for adding that little pop of glitz when and where you want it.

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0 In 2017 Occasions Catalog/ Blythe's Studio/ Cards/ Class Kit To Go/ Classes & Events/ Designer Series Papers/ Stamp Sets

I’m All Ready for Tomorrow’s Card Buffet

My monthly Card Buffet, $24 for eight cards/envelopes, is tomorrow and I’m all set to go.  It’s such a good feeling to be completely ready a day ahead of time!

Have you ever wondered what I go through to get ready for the Buffet?

First I select the cards for the month.  Then, as I put each card together I prepare a comprehensive tutorial with a photo of the card plus all supplies used, measurements where necessary, and step-by-step instructions.

After registration closes the week before the actual Buffet I take about half a day to pre-cut the cardstock for each participant.  I put the number of the card (1-8) in pencil on the left side of the envelope.  This month everyone has opted to make one each of all eight cards.  That’s a first.  Usually a guest will make, say, 3 of card #5, 2 of card #6 and one each of three others for a total of eight cards.

Individual Buffet packets

Individual Buffet packets

 

It’s really a lot of fun during the Buffet.  I do my best to not duplicate a stamp set or ink pad with the eight cards so there’s no need to share supplies.   This month those doing card #8 will have to use the big shot to prepare one of the layers.  Usually layers are limited to two since we are creating eight cards in two hours.

numbered Buffet projects

Numbered Buffet projects

 

How does it function?  Each person starts with a  different project number, makes their card, puts everything back in the basket and moves on to another project.  No one is working from the same basket at the same time.  When all of their supplies are gone they’ve done all eight of their cards.  It’s fun.  We chat.  We laugh.  I provide a very light and c-l-e-a-n snack, like pretzels.  And water.  In short stubby glasses.  We all need to drink more water!

This is what the gals will see when they walk in tomorrow:

Blythe's February '17 Card Buffet

 

If you aren’t able to attend my Card Buffet in person, I do create a complete tutorial each month that includes all supplies plus cutting instructions for each card, available for purchase for $4.00.

 

 

And then I also offer the complete tutorial plus pre-cut/punched/die-cut cardstock + envelopes for each card for $14.00.  The only thing I’m not allowed to do per Stampin’ Up!’s rules is to stamp your images.

 

 

I look forward to perhaps seeing you in person for March’s Card Buffet.   The Buffet is always on the last Tuesday of the month in my Country Loft Studio in Mi Wuk Village, CA., first session at 10 a.m., the other at 2 p.m.   Don’t forget, there’s always the tutorial if you aren’t able to attend in person.  Class in-person attendees will receive the tutorial via email upon request as a part of their class purchase.

I almost forgot to remind you that you can see February’s Buffet cards by clicking on the green honeycomb box at the upper right:  Blythe’s Buffet.

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0 In Big Shot/ Tips/ Tools

Storage Solution for Stampin’ Up!’s Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Framelits and Thinlits

I was struggling with how to conveniently store my Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (TIEFs) yesterday and put a call out to my fellow demonstrators on the Sudsol (Simply Unique [or Stampin’ Up!] Demonstrators Sharing On Line) email list.  Apparently my photos didn’t get through to everyone when I posted my end solution, and I was asked to share that enlightenment here on my blog.  I’m sure there are many readers who also have storage issues when they have more than 5-10 of these great folders.  My ‘success’ email post to Sudsol is below:

[TIEF = Textured Impressions Embossing Folder]

“I have to say that being a member of Sudsol is just one of the most rewarding moves I’ve ever made!  So many of you (Sudsol members) had such great suggestions for how you store your TIEFs and I hope others will take advantage of some of your tips.

“You’ll croak when you see what I’ve done.  Mega simple.  I have a small ‘unit’ where I store most of my Big Shot stuff.  With asking my TIEF question I purged the bookcase thing and got rid of several of the Bigz Dies I had held onto and not touched since they retired.  Gone.  I also reorganized my Framelits and Thinlits into a box for current ones and then I left the retired ones in two albums where they’d been since SU! came out with them.

Bookcase storage unit

Bookcase storage unit in one corner of my stampin’ studio

“Why will you croak?  I put my TIEFs in a dollar store box that fits them perfectly and is easy to move around.  Before I had them in a retired Bigz Die box that was………too big and they slopped all over the place.  They’re neat and tidy, still have post it note like tabs at the top of each folder, but they’re so much tidier and I’m content, at least for now.  They drove me nuts each time I went to retrieve one!”

TIEF storage

TIEF storage box from dollar tree

TIEF storage box from dollar tree

I just used post it note tabs to identify each folder at a glance. They’re alphabetically stored in the box.  Retired folders are in the back, also alphabetically.

 

For now, my Framelits and Thinlits are stored alphabetically stored in retired Stampin’ Up! card storage box or in the stamp set box they coordinate with.  I’ve always kept the sturdy plastic folders they come in and now all of those folders are in the storage box, with or without the Framelits inside.

storage box for Stampin' Up! Thinlits and Framelits

This storage box for Stampin’ Up! Thinlits and Framelits, where they ‘lived’ for less than 24 hours, has already been changed to this below……….

 

TIEFs, Framelits & Thinlits storage

I decided to take one of my retired card storage boxes and put my Framelits and Thinlits there and place it in that same storage unit. Wow does that feel right!  The yellow albums above hold retired framelits/thinlits and the striped ones are empty.  For now.

 

As I’m attacking some storage issues in my Stampin’ studio, I’ll share what I do and the thoughts behind my moves.  It seems as if it’s a never ending project.

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