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0 In Miscellaneous/ Sale-a-Bration

What do Crayola and Sale-a-Bration 2017 Have in Common Today?

Sale-a-Bration 2017 is ‘retiring’ today and Crayola has announced the retirement of its Dandelion color, a staple in the infamous Box of 24 colors.

National Crayon Day announcement

National Crayon Day announcement: Mr. Dan-d-lion is retiring

 

Rumor has it that a shade of blue will be replacing Mr. Dan.

Also happening today:  Sale-a-Bration 2017 ends.  It seems as if it just began.

What were your favorite products?  Here are my awards:

Versatility:  Avant Garden and Inside the Line Designer Series Paper

 

Dragonfly Dreams Suite of products, Occ and SAB 2017

Dragonfly Dreams Suite of products, Occasions and Sale-A-Bration 2017.  These are the items I shared at OnStage Local in Phoenix in November 2016.  There are three cards showing the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.

 

Splash:  So Very Much

Just Darned Cute:  Tasty Trucks and Hey, Chick

Tasty Trucks Sale-a-Bration 2017

Tasty Trucks Sale-a-Bration 2017

 

Hey Chick, SAB 2017

Hey Chick, Sale-a-Bration 2017

 

Usefulness:  Pretty Pocket Card Kit and the Card Tin

2017 Sale-a-Bration offering Card Files for Blythe's Buffet attendees

2017 Sale-a-Bration offering Card Files for Blythe’s Buffet attendees

 

Be sure to get your final Sale-a-Bration (SAB) orders in today, the earlier the better.  Remember, SAB items are available while supplies last and some are already gone.  You can shop in my store here right now!

I hope you’ve had fun shopping and earning FREE products during Sale-a-Bration.  I know I have.  Actually, I still am placing that final order for myself and a few others.  🙂

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0 In All Occasion/ Cards/ Celebrations/ Encouragement / Congrats/ Mother's Day/ Sale-a-Bration/ Spring/ Stamp Sets/ Summer/ Sympathy/ Techniques/ Winter

Delicate Details (Sale-a-Bration offering) Multi-Purpose Card

I think you’ll really like this quick and easy way to make an awesome card using the Delicate Details stamp set from this year’s Sale-a-Bration offerings.

Delicate Details photopolymer stamp set from 2017 Sale-a-Bration

Delicate Details photopolymer stamp set from 2017 Sale-a-Bration

 

Have you ever placed multiple photopolymer images on a clear block, thus making something that looks rather time consuming into an easy-peasy process?  Check this out:

Photopolymer stamps on clear block F

Photopolymer stamps from Delicate Details Sale-a-Bration 2017 set on clear block F

 

Using Clear Block F, lay each of the Delicate Details images onto it.   This is just one more reason to love those photopolymer stamps.  Be sure to butt them up against each other unless you want a really ‘spacey’ layout.

When I got my layers attached to the card front I realized it needed a pop so I started looking through my ‘flower’ stamp sets.  I stopped at the Botanical Blooms stamp set since it had some pre-die-cut pieces that were just perfect for my card!  Mind you, the lovely leaves are cut using retired Mossy Meadow 2014-2016 In-Color card stock.  (Yes I miss that color!)  I sponged the edges of the Blushing Bride flower.

The greeting was stamped using the Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad on the stamp and then onto Smoky Slate card stock — after brushing the card stock with the Embossing Buddy to eliminate static which could attach little rogue bits of the embossing powder onto your card stock.  Finally I sprinkled the greeting with White Embossing Powder, shaking it off gently and then heat setting it with Stampin’ Up!’s gentle but efficient Heat Tool.

I hope you’ll try this trick — laying multiple photopolmer stamps onto one clear block and then stamping onto your card stock.  And remember…….there are only THREE MORE DAYS, including today, to take advantage of this year’s Sale-a-Bration free product opportunities.  You can place your $50 order in my Stampin’ Up! store here.  For each $50 you spend (before tax and shipping of course) you can choose a Sale-a-Bration item.  Be sure to use March’s Host Code, 4SN3MZW4, when placing your order in order to received a free exclusive product or project tutorial from me the first week in April.

 

Products used in today’s card:

Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Mossy Meadow 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
[133676]
$7.00

Heat Tool

$30.00

Big Shot

$110.00

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0 In Cards/ Designer Series Papers/ Gifts/ Thank You

Sale-a-Bration Throwback to 2013

This afternoon one of the stampers at my monthly Card Buffet brought me a little gift that I have to share–along with the card I’ll be sending to her tomorrow.  Disclaimer:  yes, I do collect British Red Phone Boxes.

British Phone Box Bird Feeder

Of course I just had to pull out the 2013 Sale-a-Bration stamp set that I just couldn’t part with:  Feeling Sentimental.

Feeling Sentimental 2013 Sale-a-Bration, Stampin' Up!

And here’s Darci’s thank you card:

Feeling Sentimental thank you card

Finally, here’s the comparison size of the bird feeder which will henceforth be hanging in my Stampin’ Studio.  I made this A-2 card (regular size that is made by using one-half of an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of card stock) magazine file card holder a few weeks ago.

Size Comparison to A-2 Magazine Card File

It just makes me smile.  Thanks Darci!

 

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0 In Miscellaneous

Why I Stamp…or…The Fun Stress of Actually Painting

This past Sunday I took a hookey day with my daughter, Andrea, and we went to Pinot’s Palette in Alameda CA to actually do a painting.  With acrylics.

This was the redemption of my January 2016 birthday gift……an afternoon together, painting and sipping some wine.  We could never work out a mutual date with a painting we both liked until this one.  And actually this was a “do or die” opportunity since Andrea and her family will be moving out of the area at the end of the school year.  Yes, I got over the shock of that announcement fairly (and amazingly) quickly.

We had nice up front seats with our names on them

We had nice up front seats with our names on them

 

paint palette of the day

This was our paper plate color palette

 

First the background, then the moon

First the background, then the moon.  The outside shape of the moon was shaped by a paper plate as well.

 

Blythe and Andrea

Now we’re filling in our moons with white paint.

 

finished painting

Our finished paintings….mermaid sitting on a moon. Andrea’s talisman for years and years has been the mermaid and that’s why this was the perfect painting for us.

 

Pretty cool huh?

And now it’s back to stamping.  Today is my monthly Card Buffet and I’m looking forward to my guests’ arrival in about two hours.

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Designer Series Papers/ Sale-a-Bration

Sale-a-Bration Says Bye-Bye in Just a Few More Days

Sale-a-Bration has been with us since early January and now it’ just about time to bid it adieu for 2017.  March 31st is the last day you’ll be able to add Sale-a-Bration 2017 items to your Stampin’ Up! order for this year.

Final Days of Sale-a-Bration 2017 are here

Last week a few more items were added to the FREE Sale-a-Bration collection and almost immediately several were sold out.  Additionally a few of the original selections have been sold out.   Sale-a-Bration items have always been offered on a “while supplies last” basis but it was quite sad to see some of them fly out the door almost immediately.

The Card Tin SOLD OUT on March 7, 2017*.
The 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack SOLD OUT on March 19, 2017.
The Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder SOLD OUT on March 23, 2017.
The Seaside Texture Impressions Embossing Folder SOLD OUT on March 23, 2017.

 

*Participants in my monthly Blythe’s Card Buffet class have received their own Card Tin for holding the cards we make at the Buffet.

Card Files for Blythe's Buffet attendees

Sale-a-Bration 2017 Card Tin (already retired/”sold” out)

 

Here are a few of the great cards we’ve made during Sale-a-Bration, using, of course, some Sale-a-Bration products.

Tasty Trucks, SAB 2017

Tasty Trucks Sale-a-Bration 2017 stamp set plus strip of already retired Sale-a-Bration 2017 Glimmer Paper

 

Avant Garden and So Very Much , SAB 2017

Avant Garden and So Very Much, 2017 Sale-a-Bration stamp set offerings

 

Avant Garden and Delicate Details stamp sets - SAB 2017

Avant Garden and Delicate Details Sale-a-Bration 2017 stamp sets

 

So Very Much, SAB 2017

So Very Much 2017 Sale-a-Bration stamp set

 

Inside the LInes + Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, SAB 2017 + 2017 Occ Catalog

Inside the Lines (Sale-a-Bration) and Dragonfly Dreams Bundle ( 2017 Occasions Catalog):  these are the samples I made for November 2016’s OnStage Local event in Phoenix.

 

Carried Away Designer Series Paper (SAB 2017 + Lift Me Up Bundle (2017 Occ catalog)

Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration) and Lift Me Up Bundle (2017 Occasions Catalog): these are the samples I made for November 2016’s OnStage Local event in Phoenix.

 

Don’t miss out on getting your Sale-a-Bration 2017 products!  You can place your own order in my online Stampin’ Up! store here.

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0 In Big Shot/ Cards/ Sympathy/ Techniques

Handmade Greeting Card Techniques for Every Occasion

Today I made a card using one of my favorite handmade greeting card techniques that I have used before for something FUN but it worked perfectly for this sympathy card.

Today I took the time 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.

You can see how some handmade greeting card techniques LOOK complicated but when you go to make them it’s just a few simple steps and you get to look like a card making rock star.

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

Handmade greeting card techniques

 

Products used for this tunnel sympathy card:

Heat Tool

$30.00

 

I will be using more handmade greeting card techniques like this one on more cards in the future – check back to learn how to make a few small tweaks to make them work for any occasion.

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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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