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Quick and Easy Easel Card Tutorial

October 24, 2017

I’ve made a quick and easy easel card tutorial for you today so you can make one for yourself.  It’s not hard at all and the finished product offers a bit of a WOW.


Oct '17 PP Easel card

You’ve got to try this easy easel card!

The easel card does require a whole-card-and-a-quarter from the October Kit.  Fear not.  You’ll be able to use the full front or back of the card as a layer for another card using a Whisper White card base.   Thus you’ll be getting two cards from one.

Since I’ve used up all of my supplies, you’ll have to use a bit of your imagination for construction of the easel card.

Easel Card Step 1-  8-1/1″ x 5-1/2″ card stock, scored at 4-1/4″ (fold on score line to form card base) and 2-1/8″ on the back side: fold on score line in same direction as card base.

1- Cutting/scoring card stock

Score card base for your easel card


Easel Card Step 2:

2- fold on score lines

Fold and crease on score lines; burnish (rub over folds) with a bone folder


Easel Card Step 3:

3- attach layer to flap

Attach a 2-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ layer to folded over flap


Easel Card Step 4:

4- attach stopper

Stamp a banner and create a slight larger banner to place under it. Attach to each other and then to the card with Dimensionals. This will be the ‘stopper’ for the folded over easel.


Easel Card Step 5:

5- attach decorative layer

Create a focal piece for your easel card’s message.


Easel Card Step 6:

6- apply adhesive to only half of layer

Be sure to leave the top half of the easel card layer free of glue so it will ‘float’ when the easel is in place.  Attach glued area to flap.


Easel Card Step 7:

7- card will lay flat in envelope

You can flatten your easel card to fit into a standard medium (A-2) envelope and your recipient will hopefully slide the easel in to place.


I obviously didn’t have any more of the October Paper Pumpkin kit supplies to create my easel card tutorial but this shows how one of these cards can be created from any type of card stock and decorative paper.  Try one today!  (and then consider sharing it with us in a comment.)




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October Paper Pumpkin Cards and Alternatives

October 23, 2017

October Paper Pumpkin Cards and Alternatives make this kit even more exciting that normal.  I decided before opening this kit that I was going to create some alternative cards (I’ve seen others do it and know I can as well!) and use up as many pieces as possible and make even more than the ten cards in the kit.   Here are the sample cards offered in the kit instructions:

Oct '17 PP Kit cards

I think shaker cards are fun and mysterious at the same time.


I’m always looking forward to each month’s kit and October was especially exciting since it’s going to coordinate with November’s kit–a first for Stampin’ Up!  Two month’s of coordinating kits.

Check out this video for the basics of October’s Kit:


I saw a few alternative cards on the web and the following cards are my attempt at sharing some of them.

Sometimes you have to hold your breath and cut the original card in half.  For October’s cards that was a bit hard because this Old Olive and Basic Black plaid is so bold and awesome.   The front and back of the card are one continuous plaid image.

The cards on the left and right below each use a 5-1/2″ x 4″ piece of the basic plaid full card.  One is added to an 11″ x 4-1/4″ Whisper White card base and the other is added to a Pool Party card base of the same size.  The card on the left has a Gold Glimmer layer, 5″ x 3-3/4″ topped with a pre-printed layer from the October Kit, trimmed to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.  The card on the right has a few more tweaks:

  • The plaid layer of the card on the left actually has a Circle Framelit (largest) piece cut out from the middle before the Glimmer Paper layer was added.  Take that circle cut-out piece and add it as the ornament for the card on the right.
  • Punch out as much of the pre-printed trees from the square piece in the kit as you can, using a 2-1/2″ punch.  Layer it onto the plaid ornament.  Tie a bow and add it to the top of the ornament with a Mini Glue Dot.
  • Stamp your greeting on either a banner (left card) or right on the ornament (right card), each with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.
  • The center card is a full card from the kit with some additions:
    • 1-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Pool Party Card stock
    • 1″ x 5-1/2″ Glimmer Paper (or Gold Foil)
    • scrap of Whisper White for stamping 2 large and one small snowflakes using Pool Party ink.  Punch the snow flakes out with 3/4″ and 1/2″ circle punches.
  • Attach the layers to the card front with adhesive of your choice (I used Fast Fuse):  Pool Party on the left about equidistant from all sides.  Butt the gold layer right up against the Pool Party layer.  then top with the pre-printed tree layer from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Attach the larger snowflakes with glue dots (in kit) and the smaller one with a Mini-Dimensional.  Using Liquid Adhesive place a tiny dot atop each snowflake and add a gold star from the bag of confetti.
  • Finally stamp your greeting on a white banner with either Pool Party or Cherry Cobbler classic ink.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.
October Paper Pumpkin 3 cards

Three alternative cards for October’s Paper Pumpkin Kit


Come back tomorrow for a tutorial on making the easel card below:

Oct '17 PP Easel card

You’ve got to try this easy easel card!


This October Paper Pumpkin kit, which has supplies for 10 holiday cards, is going to be available on October 23rd for those who weren’t Paper Pumpkin subscribers by October 10th.  You’ll need to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before October 23rd since that’s the day the October kit will be available to subscribers only while supplies last.  Just click here to subscribe.  Please be sure to list me as your demonstrator; then you’ll always have me at your service to assist you.  Be sure to go to that same Paper Pumpkin site to order your October Kit on October 23rd.  They’re sure to run out fast so I’d suggest getting yours order early in the morning — although Stampin’ Up! is saying they won’t be posted until around 2 p.m. MST (Utah).  I’ll let you know when they post the final announcement.   Come November, you’ll also be receiving that coordinating kit.  (No, I don’t have any clue what it’s going to look like!)  You can subscribe for as long as you want or stop your subscription whenever you want.

These October Paper Pumpkin cards and alternatives have made great use of the kit’s components and I hope you try a few of them yourself once you have the kit in your hands.  You can also use these ideas to adapt to other cards.  Try it.  Share your results.   Get your creativity published here.  I’d love to feature you!











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Stepped Up I am Thankful for You Card

October 22, 2017

I was really wanting to see what this stepped up version of yesterday’s I am Thankful for You card would look like.  Bottom line:  I like it!

Stepped up 'thankful' card

Stepped up ‘thankful’ card with just a simple textured background ‘upgrade’.


I positioned my layers just a bit differently from yesterday’s by placing the decorated layer about 1/2″ from the bottom and right edges of the card front.

Simple step up:

Place only the card front in the embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot and add your layers just the same as yesterday.  Be sure to run the folder spine first through the Big Shot.


8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card front base

8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card front base


different ways to position card

Regardless of which size you choose, the card front will still be 5-1/2″ wide by 4-1/4″ high


Stepped up 'thankful' card

How do you like the addition of the Layered Leaves embossing?


What do you think about the addition of this stepped up dry embossed layer?  Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts about it.  The comment link is that little grey box to the right of this article’s title.  I’m looking forward to seeing that you think about this stepped up card.








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I am Thankful for You – Mi Wuk Library Card #2

October 21, 2017

Our second card, using the I am Thankful for You greeting from the Painted Harvest stamp set, is sort of quite a bit like yesterday’s card.  Great sentence structure!  But, the two cards are similar.

October Library card 2 - Thankful

  • Basic card front:  Very Vanilla, either 11″ x 4-1/4″ scored at 5-1/2″ and folded in half OR 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ and folded in half.

Photo of each card front


  • Attach Designer Series Paper layer to Cajun Craze layer with adhesive of your choice
  • Apply a strip of adhesive on both side (short length) of back of Cajun Craze layer
  • Wrap Burlap Ribbon over front of card and secure on the back on those strips of adhesive
  • Place adhesive on the upper and lower edges and over the wrapped ribbon and attach to card fro
  • Stamp greeting on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock and then cut it out with second from smallest Stitched Oval — using the Big Shot.
  • Use a scallop edged Layering Oval, next size up from Stitched Oval layer, and die cut the Cajun Craze scrap.
  • Attach oval layers to each other and then to the card front using Dimensionals.

If you need any of the supplies for this card just click on the links above to go directly to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  I’m just an email away, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com, to offer help to you as well.

This is a quick and easy card that’s perfect for sending to friends and relatives this fall to show that that you are thankful for them.  I know I am thankful for you!








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Boo to You at the Mi Wuk Library

October 20, 2017

Stamping with friends at our little local library is so much fun and say Boo to You yesterday was no exception.

There were eleven mellow stampers present for stamping, three of whom were brand new to me and to stamping.  And everyone left with perfectly lovely cards to send to their special/lucky recipients.

October Library card 2 - BOO

These are the two class samples of our Boo to You card

I make two samples to set on each side of the tables so stampers can see what they’re making.  Then I hand out the supplies, tucked in to the mailing envelope.  And then we work our way around the tables, step by step, with the tools, stamps and ink pads.  I supply enough adhesive for either each stamper or for two stampers to share.

Since I didn’t purchase a Halloween stamp set or the darned cute Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits dies this year, I was counting on using a few retired Halloween sets.  I could not find them and think that, when I cleaned deep in my retired stamp sets, I let them go to new homes.  ARGH!  So I had to do some very creative use of supplies that I do have.

Boo to You Supplies

1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

1/4″ Circle Handheld Punch


  • Pumpkin Pie card stock: 11″ x 4-14″, scored at 5-1/2
  • Very Vanilla card stock: 4″ x 2-3/4″
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8″ x 2-5/8″
  • Large Letter Framelits:  “B”
  • Layering Ovals Framelits:  second to smallest oval
  • Flourishing Thinlits: largest image – cut off bits and pieces and secure over pumpkin bases with Liquid Multipurpose Glue
  • Fox Builder Punch: little piece that’s under the tail on the punch for the pumpkin top
  • 1/8″ Circle Punch: white of the eye
  • 1/4″ Circle Punch: black eye and nose (cut in half)

Here are a few of the variations made yesterday:

Variation 1

Vicki’s BOO


Variation 2

Jeanne’s BOO


Variation 3

Roberta’s BOO


Gals working hard

I love the concentration!   Kerry*, JustLinda*, Vicki, Bella*       *These three are the newbies who did a GREAT JOB!


Tomorrow I’ll share our other card, similar yet totally different.  If you need any supplies for today’s card just click on the supply images above to be taken right to my Stampin’ Up! store.  Be sure to email me (in the banner above) with any questions.  🙂

I wish you a Boo-tiful day.  Boo to You!



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This Little Piggy Says Hello

October 17, 2017

I’ll say from the get-go that this This Little Piggy Says Hello card is not quick and easy but……it sure is cute!

3 little piggies peeking at you

This little piggy says hello to you and you and you


Once again, these little piggies are among those I stamped and colored with Stampin’ Up!’s soon to be released Stampin’ Blends a few days ago.  After all the stamping and coloring I started making the actual cards.  This card was based on one I saw on Pinterest.  I loved the peek-a-boo windows.  I’m sure there’s more than one person out there who remembers Laugh In.  These piggies remind me of those characters peeking out of their little doors/windows.

I used quite a few supplies for this card: 

Big Shot



Here are a few tips:

  • Card base:  Basic Gray card stock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″, folded and burnished with a Bone Folder.
  • Brick wall:  5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Whisper White card stock placed in the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder that has been inked up on both sides.  You can choose which side you want to show on your card.
  • Big Shot:  using Laying Circle Framelits, cut out circles and scallop rings and attach rings to card front.
  • Big Shot:  place Basic Gray card stock in Hexagons Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder and place behind Brick Wall layer.
  • Piggies:  stamp, using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and cut out 3 different piggies and position inside circles.
  • Big Shot:  using Old Olive card stock, cut out the Flourish Thinlits vine, snip off flowers or leaves as necessary and attach to brick wall over piggies.
  • Big Shot:  using Rich Razzleberry scraps cut out three Flourish Thinlits flowers and attach to card front.
  • Rhinestone Jewels:  place in center of flowers.
  • Hello:  stamp ‘hello‘ with Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White scrap
  • Big Shot:  using Layering Ovals, cut out ‘hello’ and a scalloped Basic Gray layering piece.  Attach to card front with Dimensionals.

And now you have a very cute this little piggy says hello card to send to someone very special!  Need supplies to make your very own?  Just hop over to my Stampin’ Up! store here.






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October’s Card Buffet Cards Have Been Posted

October 16, 2017

Well…….at least 6 of them have been posted!  The rest will be posted later today.  Time is being brutal to me these last few days.

Click on the Buffet link on the right sidebar.  I’m also working on making it a bit more visible but that will take a day or two of trial and error to accomplish!

Also, if there’s an extra large, yet cute, snowman card at the very top of the page, please just ignore it.  It doesn’t show in the html code of the page but it does show in my preview.  Crazy.  Just drop down to the words and then the photos of the posted cards.

And now I’m off to finish the remaining two cards!  Which one, so far, is your favorite?  Leave a comment by clicking that tiny little grey emoticon box to the right of the day’s blog title. (It often has a zero in the middle of the box!  Hee hee.)





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This Little Piggy Friend

October 16, 2017

This little piggy friend card takes a totally different look at the cute little piggies in the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I pulled out my Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper stack to make a light and refreshing background.

this little piggy friend

Friendship is beautiful.


I also used the fabulous Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Lovely Words Thinlits to add a pop of interest.

And then the little piggies were stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink so the ink wouldn’t run when using (still testing them out) the Stampin’ Blends which will be released in a month or so by Stampin’ Up!

The assembly of the card is pretty basic:



I have one more piggy card for tomorrow and then I’ll be moving on to some other sets that I just haven’t gotten around to stamping with.  I probably won’t be doing six different cards though.

If you’d like to make your own This Little Piggy Friend card just click on any of the links above to go straight to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Or you can send me an email,  blythe@stampingwithblythe.com, and I’ll gladly help you with your order.  And I’m always here to help with your questions.




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This Little Piggy Believed She Could

October 15, 2017

This little piggy believed she could is the theme of today’s card.  Have you ever needed a card for someone who has been working on something for a long time?  Someone who believed in herself and finally achieved a goal?  Well, this is the card to say that you’ve noticed their achievement.


This little piggy thought she could

This little piggy believed she could


This was just about the easiest of the This Little Piggy series of cards I’ve been working on the last few days.  On a Whisper White piece of card stock, stamp the flying pig using Memento InkThen add an odd (as opposed to even) number of clouds using Soft Sky Classic ink.  Also using the Soft Sky Classic ink and a Sponge Dauber, add some color to the sky area.  Finally, using the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, color in the clouds.  Twice.

For a little dimensional interest, I stamped the wings a second time on a piece of Whisper White scrap, colored them, and then fussy cut them with my Paper Snips.  I attached them to the card front using a few Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Flying piggy

Stamp, fussy cut and attach an extra layer of wings


Inside the card, stamp the …so she did image.

...so she did

You can see the flap of her wings as well as the greeting inside the card


Card front measurements:

Now I’m feeling like a this little piggy believed she could…   And…so she (I) did.  It might have taken several months but I finally got my bunch of little piggy cards created and it feels great.  I still have two more to share.  If you need any supplies for this card, just click on the links above to go straight to my Stampin’ Up! online store.  And remember, I’m always available to help you and answer your questions.







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Thanks for Lifting Me Up!

October 14, 2017

The Thanks for Lifting Me Up! greeting for today’s little piggy trio card comes from the Lift Me Up stamp set.  What else might a pile of three piggies say?  And I love the little bows on each piggy.  Silly little creatures.

thanks for lifting me up piggy trio

I think these little piggies need a few splotches of mud–after all, they are laying in the dirt!


Confession time.  Or……there’s no such thing as a mistake when creating a hand-stamped greeting card.  On the bottom-most piggy I got some ink where I didn’t want it and I just couldn’t camouflage it.  So I took a 3″ piece of Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon, cut it in half lengthwise, tied it in a knot, trimmed the ends with my Paper Snips and attached it to that piggy with a Mini Glue Dot.  And you know what happened then???  The other two piggies demanded bows as well!

Card layer measurements:

Because I colored all of the piggies on the same afternoon, at one sitting, I used the soon-to-be-released Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers for all of the coloring on the cards.  I wanted to test them and also teach myself how to use them to their best advantage.  I’m still learning but could see improvement as I went from piggy to piggy.

Now that you’ve seen the first three This Little Piggy cards, which one is your favorite?  Card OneCard Two?  Or today’s card?  Do you own this stamp set yet?  Will you be considering purchasing it now?  Does it at least make you smile?

Thanks for lifting ME up!  I can’t tell you how fulfilled I feel finally putting the stamp set on my work table and getting that bunch of cards I intended on making months ago finally made.  And shared.







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This Little Piggy Duo is Ready for You

October 13, 2017

I’m on a definite roll now, sharing This Little Piggy Duo this time.  The other day I made six cards using the This Little Piggy stamp set and I’m excited to finally have them done and sharable.

The faces on each little piggy are so expressive and the words in the set are uplifting smile makers.


She believed she could…     …so she did.

This little piggy…     loves you

(a stamp image of three pairs of [hot] lips)

This little piggy…     says, “Thanks!”

Hogs & kisses

You make me happy

and a puffy cloud


2 little piggies

This little piggy duo are waiting for a thank you occasion from the two of us.


I used the soon-to-be-released Stampin’ Blends on this card too.  But I added some Sponge Daubers to smudge the dirt (Crumb Cake Classic Ink) and color in the sky (Soft Sky Classic Ink).

I also used the Memento Pad (Tuxedo Black) for these two little piggies because my plan was to color them in with the Stampin’ Blends.

I think this card will be a WE thank you card when the time comes.

After today’s This Little Piggy Duo, what do you think tomorrow’s card might be?  You’re probably right.  Needless to say, once I got on a roll and was having some f-u-n.  You can get your This Little Piggy stamp set in my Stampin’ Up! online store right here.








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This Little Piggy has been Released

October 12, 2017

When This Little Piggy came to live in my home about 4 months ago, it was used once or twice and then hidden, alphabetically, in my stamp cupboard.  My intentions were good.  As soon as I had time I was going to make a bunch of cards using this oh-so-cute and charming stamp set.

This little piggy, 143919-w

Also, my 10-year old granddaughter just loves pigs.  She’s almost holding her breath until she can have her own.  (Which won’t be happening any time soon according to her parents!)

Yesterday was dedicated to This Little Piggy and I released the stamp set from my cupboard.  Now I’m looking forward to sharing the six cards I made.  I stacked some pigs atop each other–the set really lends itself to pigs standing on pigs–and I stamped a bunch of individual pigs.  Then (sneak peak words here) I colored each This Little Piggy scene with Stampin’ Up!’s soon to be released Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  I really wanted to give these markers a test work out.  Thumbs up.  But more about them when it’s closer to release time.

Here is today’s This Little Piggy card which I’m calling One Little Piggy.


This little piggy + a spider

This little piggy like his spider friend!


This card was my first attempt using the soon-to-be-released Blends alcohol markers.  I need more practice!  But they’re smooth and fun.


This little piggy base before adding the stamped layer

This little piggy card front base


My goal with this card was to place this little piggy in a pig-pen……with an October/Hallowe’en spider web.


All ingredients used in this cute pigpen card are listed above.  Just click on any of the red words in the article to be taken to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store. Disclaimer:  I prefer wood mounted stamps so all of the stamps set are linked to the wood mounted set.  Clear mount info for the two stamp set used is right here:

Please shop in my Stampin’ Up! store if you’d like to purchase any of the items used in today’s card.  Just click on SHOP NOW.

I’m looking forward to sharing Two Little Piggies (of course using the This Little Piggy stamp set) with you tomorrow!