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Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings Kit

August 23, 2017

I went out to our Post Office to pick up our mail this morning and among all the junk was my August Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings Kit.  Fun time for Blythe.  I’m still trying to get my groove back after vacation and this has proven to be a great way.

August 2017 Paper Pumpkin Kit

August 2017 Giftable Greetings Paper Pumpkin kit


Yesterday I assembled the July kit.  Today I assembled the August kit.  And I feel like my mojo is back!

August’s kit is the first one I’ve seen that’s a definite giftable one.  And I have to tell you, when you assemble the kits they are so much cuter than the photos show.

The first step for August’s Kit is to stamp the flower die cuts.  That’s a two step process as you can see in the photo below.

Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings kit - First step: Stamp the flowers

First step: Stamp the flowers


Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings kit - Mini Dimensionals along middle

Punch out the ovals: 12 are pre-stamped (THANKS and CONGRATS) and 6 are left blank for your choice. I did two of them using the WITH MUCH SYMPATHY stamp that is included in the kit.  Then flip over and attach 4 Mini Dimensionals–in a row.  The kids makes only 8 cards.


Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings kit

Then assemble card layers


Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings Kit - Cards/envelopes, ribbon, tag, box/lid

Place the finished cards and embellished envelopes into the enclosed decorative box.


Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings Kit

What a great finished gift!


If you decide to become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, now is a great time because your first kit will come to you at 50% off!  New subscribers must visit to join.  By September 10th!   Then enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 to subscribe.  I’m sure there’s a place to enter my name as your demonstrator-with-the-mostess.   Your subscription will continue at full price, $19.95/month and that includes shipping and handling, until you cancel it.

I also have a plan for another giftable greetings project using the new Acetate Card Boxes that you’ll see in the 2017 Holiday Catalog when it’s released on September 1st.  Each box will hold five standard cards plus envelopes. Stay tuned.  Let me know,, if you’d like a Holiday Catalog and I’ll send it a.s.a.p.



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In the meantime I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Paper Pumpkin Giftable Greetings Kit.  I think it’s a definite winner.





0 In Deals & Discounts/ Stampin' Up! Events

2017 Late Summer Clearance Rack

August 22, 2017

A new season is almost here, and that means it’s time for some change. What else does it mean? New Clearance Rack deals! Visit my online store now and save up to 60% on select products. These deals won’t last forever though, so fill up your shopping bag before supplies run out!

Here’s one of my favorites–a great way to make grass and hula skirts:

Fringle Scissors, 133335, now $6

Fringle Scissors, 133335, now $6


Be sure to check out the rest of the items for sale.  Here’s another of my favorites that will definitely remain in my all season ‘tool kit’:

Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, 141838

Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, 141838, originally $31, Clearance Price: $18.60


When you click on the Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies image you’ll be taken to my online store.  Be sure to check out the video right under the image.

(PS…..we’ve been on vacation and I’m doing my best to catch up with my stampin’ life!  Sorry I fell behind.  Intentions were good.  Follow through/reality wasn’t quite so good!)

Rainbow bridge

Trip highlight: Rainbow Bridge, on Navajo Nation land, at one end of a Lake Powell boat tour (Page AZ).  Amazing.  Russ had taken Boy Scouts here, on a 2-day hike, in 1984 and he knew they’d taken a boat back to ‘civilization’.  His son Jeff, who passed away from ALS three years ago, was one of the scouts so this was a very emotional and rewarding experience.







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The Power of Stampin’ Up!

August 20, 2017

You just never know when Stampin’ Up! is going to touch hearts!  I’ve been a.w.o.l., taking a 10 day Route 66 adventure with my husband Russ.  We got at far east (from California) as Gallup, New Mexico and knew it was time to head homeward so we headed north.  To Page, Arizona.  And there we stayed in a lovely B&B and went on a boat adventure on Lake Powell to Rainbow Bridge on the Navajo Nation’s reservation.

On the boat I got to chatting with our First Mate Mary.

BK Mary

First Mate Mary on our Lake Powell boat tour


Long story short, my stampin’ studio came into one of our conversations.  She said she had a friend who stamps and she thought it might be Stampin’ Up!  So she sent her a text.  Yes, ‘friend’ did do Stampin’ Up!   Yes, ‘friend’ is a Stampin’ Up! demo.  Yes, ‘friend’ knew me enough that she followed me on my blog!!!

Fast forward, we made a plan to meet, back on land, for cocktails and then dinner.  And that’s when I met Patty Ellwanger from Page AZ.

BK and Patty

Here we are, Blythe and Patty, fast friends, at the 48 State Bar & Grill!


And all it took was a conversation on beautiful, scenic Lake Powell with mention of Stampin’ Up! that two women who would otherwise never had connected made a great connection.  And Mary, the non-artistic, non-stamper will be going to Patty’s next stampin’ get-together.  In November she’ll be coming to California to visit my stampin’ studio, our Sanctuary home and Yosemite National Park.

Blythe, Patty, Mary

Blythe, Patty and Mary, old friends, after beers and dinner in Page Arizona


Going to Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge was amazing.  And meeting/connecting with Mary and then meeting fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Patty, in Page, Arizona, was the icing on the cake.  BTW, the husbands all got along great as well.




0 In Miscellaneous

Glitter for Everyone!

August 12, 2017

Russ and I left for a Route 66 road trip yesterday (the 11th of August) not anticipating a dose of glitter on our first day out.  Our second stop was in Bridgeport CA (Hwy 395) for lunch.  (First stop was picking up a pair of hitchhikers at Kennedy Meadows… can find more about that on my Facebook home page.) Another couple came into this small hole-in-the-wall place for a sandwich and when the man turned around, this is what I saw.  I had to ask him for a photo.

men's glitter

The are many types of GLITTER!


I have no idea who “he” is but he sure enjoyed my photo request and giggles.  Russ didn’t think it was nearly as funny/awesome as I did.  I guess you just have to be a crafter to appreciate glitter!  Would YOU have smiled or laughed if you saw this tee shirt?




0 In Cards/ Thank You

Background Bits Thank You Card

August 11, 2017

It took me awhile to suddenly decide that I had to have the Background Bits hostess set from this year’s annual catalog.

Background Bits 2017-2018 Hostess Set

Available in either WOOD or CLEAR mount (suggested blocks: a, c, h, i)


I especially like the little miniature handwritten image that can be stamped one under another to create a nice subtle, soft background pattern.  I only used it twice on this card (with the help of a stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment).

Background Bits Hostess set (144026)

Thank you to Jeanne for hosting a few friends where we made this card.

We used these products to make our cards:


  • Using Crumb Cake Classic Ink stamp background words twice — use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment for the second stamping — on the Whisper White card stock.
  • Using Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Marker, color directly onto the rubber of the bouquet of the multiple flowers image and color in the stems and leaves.
  • Using Calypso Coral Stampin’ Marker color directly onto the rubber and color in the flowers.
  • Huff on the stamp to revitalize the ink and then stamp image over the crumb cake words, having the stems hang about 1/4″ below the words.
  • Ink up the flowers again with Calypso Coral marker and stamp again on a scrap of Whisper White card stock.  Cut three flowers (your choice which ones) out with Paper Snips.
  • Using Soft Suede Classic Ink stamp the ‘you’re always so thoughtful!’ greeting above the stamped images and the ‘thank you’ below the images.
  • Layer the Whisper White layer onto the Calypso Coral layer and than layer both layers onto the Crumb Cake card front.
  • Attach the three cut out flowers, using Mini Dimensionals, onto their corresponding flowers on the card front.
  • Add an odd amount of Rhinestone Jewels onto the card front.
  • Stamp the individual flower on the back of the card using Calypso Coral ink and sign your name/date over or below it so your recipient will know who created it.


Background Bits cards

I got an unwanted ink line on the middle card, much to my dismay, so I hid it with a small Linen Thread bow that is attached with a Mini Glue Dot.  You and I know I covered a boo-boo but my recipient will be able to just enjoy the added texture to the card front.  Can you see the odd numbers of Rhinestone Jewels on each card?






I hope you think about this charming Background Bits hostess set when you find yourself with hostess dollars to use when you (or I) place a qualifying order.  What’s a qualifying order?  An order that’s over $150.  I hope you consider placing your order in my online Stampin’ Up! store and choosing me as your demonstrator.  I’m always here to help you with questions, creative ideas or placing that order.


0 In 3-D Projects/ Designer Series Papers/ Tips

Window Box Thinlits and Ribbon Storage

August 10, 2017

Normally, when you look at the awesome Window Box Thinlits you wouldn’t think about ribbon storage.  But……take your thoughts just a little bit out of the box and you’ll see just what you can do.

Ribbon holder

The items in my cute new boxes are all retired but I didn’t want to hide them away and forget about them.  I used retired A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper stack sheets to decorate my boxes.


Just to show you, my current ribbons live here:

Gutter ribbon holder

I’ve been using variations of sizes and placement of pieces of white plastic gutter for well over 15 years.  Now it’s a 6-7 foot length attached to the wall between it (wall) and my cupboards (built by hubby and me in 2003).


Ribbon holder

My stampin’ studio has very slanted walls (it’s a room above our garage) so I have to make use of any space I can in any way I can!  My ribbons are stored just inside the door on the left.


Now back to the ribbon storage boxes!

You’ll need a 6-1/4″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Whisper White Thick card stock (or any color card stock you might want to use) for starters.  Plus scraps large enough to accommodate the die cut end pieces, about 4″ square each.


Window box die measurements

Score the 6-1/4″ x 5-1/8″ piece of card stock at 1-3/8″ and 3-1/2″ and fold on score lines.


The next step is to die cut the Window Box Thinlit Die pieces.  You’ll just need the ‘top’ of the window box piece times two.

Cut the Window box die ends

Cut two of the ‘top flap’ of the Window Box.


Then cut off those thin strips as shown below.

Trim those hanging out ends

Remove those thin strips as shown in the photo above.


Window Box end piece - cut in half.

Window Box end piece – cut in half. You’ll need two of these pieces.


Carefully fold on the score lines of the three sides of what is now becoming the end flap for the ribbon holder.  Apply either Tear & Tape or Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the ‘outside’ of these flaps and then position them inside each end of the folded ribbon holder base piece.  TIP:  Once you get the end pieces in place, burnish the flaps using a Bone FolderBurnish = rubbing them firmly to push the glue into the fibers of the card stock.  See photo below:

Adding end piece to box

Carefully place end pieces so that flaps are on the inside of the box.


interior of finished box showing both ends closed

Interior of finished box showing both ends closed.


You’ll need two pieces of Designer Series Paper, 1-3/4″ x 6″, for decorating the long outsides of the box.  For the end pieces, trim down that unused piece of the end of the box (third photo above) by about 1/8″ on all sides.  Then use it as a tracing template for your decorative pieces for each end of the storage box.

decorated exterior of box

Designer Series Paper decoration on outside of storage box.


I keep my finished Storage Boxes in a drawer where they’re easily visible and accessible.  They’re so much prettier than a plastic box.  And you can show it/them off as something that you’ve made.

Ribbon holder 2

Caution: they’re addictive! Let me know if you come up with other uses for these cute little trays.








0 In Paper Pumpkin/ Stampin' Up! kits

Fall Promo for Paper Pumpkin starts August 11th

August 9, 2017

Have you been sitting on the proverbial fence, wondering if you want to try Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin?  Well check this out:

If you sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription between August 11th and September 10th you’ll get the gorgeous, autumn-themed September kit delivered right to your door at 50% off.



This promo applies to new subscribers only.  Just click here ( and follow the “bouncing ball”.  Be sure to enter the promo code shown above AND, when you find the place, select me as your referring demonstrator.  Please.  🙂

The fun bit about Paper Pumpkin is that you never know what the next one is going to be.  Could be cards.  Could be 3-D items.  Could be a combo.  It will often be seasonal.  It’ll definitely be fun and easy to make.

More real fun is to get together with a few friends and make your Paper Pumpkin kits together.  Or make it with your kids.  They love to see their creativity come to reality.  Especially a reality that they can share!

Bonus:  Every month you’ll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won’t repeat a color in a 12-month period).   In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects.  And in your first kit you’ll receive a clear block to use with the exclusive photopolymer stamp set that comes each month.

Stampin' Up! ink Spots-

I haven’t checked but I’m pretty sure I have almost every color of Ink Spot. Great for traveling!


My suggestion for you:  “Try it.  You’ll like it.”   Paper




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

Love Today Planner

August 8, 2017

Is it only me or is summer just flying by? I was looking at my new Love Today Planner that Stampin’ Up! recently released–that I’m really loving–and I realized I haven’t even shared it with you all. I also understand that this planner has been flying off the shelf.  It’s just the right size at 7-3/4″ x 8-3/4″ x 2″.

Love Today Planner 144257

Keeping track of schedules and to-do’s is something we all spend a lot of time doing, so I think we might as well spend that time using a tool that is useful and pretty to look at.  This planner includes 4 photo protector pages so I can have pictures of who and what matters to me most close at hand.  I’m pretty ‘sappy’ and I love photos of my family as well as special-to-me places.  So those are the photos that will be living in my planner.

The paper planner trend is really hot and I understand the appeal.  It’s more personal and, for us paper crafter-types, the ability to touch and feel and decorate is a big plus. You can personalize it with the included stickers and the coordinating stamp set called Tabs for Everything.  If you want to coordinate your notes to the colors used in the planner, you’ll need these matching ink colors: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Real Red.


If you’re a paper crafter and planner, this new kit is just for you.  Try it.  You’ll like it!  And let me know what your favorite aspect of your planner is.









0 In Blythe's Stamping Business/ Deals & Discounts/ Stampin' Up! Events

Bonus Days Promo Expires Today

July 31, 2017

One more reminder……… is the final day to take advantage of Bonus Days.  For each $50 order placed (and increments of $50), before tax and shipping, in July, you’ll receive a $5 coupon to use in August — which begins tomorrow!  Bonus days end today.

Bonus Days - July 2017

Keep track of those coupon emails that will be sent to you by Stampin’ Up! and then in August spend them on any type of an order.  They’re worth $5 each.  Just enter the code number under the item number to redeem.  Have fun!  I’ll share a screen shot tomorrow to show you where to enter your Bonus Days code just in case you’re unsure.

Be sure to place your qualifying order ($50 or more) right here in my Stampin’ Up! online store.







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Just One and a Half More Days…..Ends July 31st

July 30, 2017

Have you given one, two or three thoughts about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and owning your own paper crafting business and running it (almost) your way or being able to purchase your stamps/cardstock etc at a discount? Well, don’t miss out on this great deal when you sign up before the end of the day on July 31st.

Ho, ho, ho! Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator!  You’ll receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks and a Bone Folder.   Great basic tools.  That’s an added value of $52. 

Christmas in July SU! Promo

Additionally, to give you, as a new demonstrator, a taste of the perks of being a demo, you’ll also receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set from the holiday catalog for FREE, another $20 bonus.  (That’s $72 in complete freebies.)  These basic items will allow you to get your new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories.  It’s a perfect time to sign up and join my Country Loft Stampers (in the mountains) team of awesome demonstrators.

Essentials Gift Pack

Essentials Gift Pack Contents

Grid Paper



Please talk to me about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator today or tomorrow so you can take advantage of this giant opportunity.  In my twenty-one years as a demo I’ve never seen a promotion as generous as this one!  209-352-1059 or

This opportunity applies to former Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as well.  The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to your Starter Kit.  I hope you’ll seriously consider this opportunity.  🙂





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Bonus Days End July 31st

July 27, 2017

Bonus Days are Here Again

Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out?

Then treat yourself to Bonus Days:

for every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax),

you’ll get a $5 US Bonus Days coupon

(be sure to s-a-v-e this coupon when you receive it from Stampin’ Up!)

that you can use August 1–31.

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn,

but HURRY- this offer ends July 31st!

So if you spend $100, you get $10 in coupons to use in August.

If you spend $150,

you get $15 in coupons to use in August,

plus hostess benefits to use with your order.

Don’t miss out!


0 In Miscellaneous/ Travels

Razzleberry While on Vacation

July 25, 2017

Last week my husband and I drove about 600 miles to visit my daughter and her family in their new home in Boise, Idaho.  Needless to say I got zero stamping done en route or while there.  But that doesn’t mean that stamping — or something close to stamping — wasn’t on my mind.

(Rich) Razzleberry Yogurt

(Rich) Razzleberry Yogurt


This was my breakfast on several mornings:  Kashi topped with (Rich) Razzleberry Yogurt.  Yes it was yummy, refreshing and satisfying.

Rich Razzleberry is a member of the Brights Collection of colors with Stampin’ Up!’s 48 color offerings.  Stamp pads, cardstock, markers, embellishments, ribbons and more!

Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink Pad, 136950

Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink Pad, 136950


I have to give a quick ‘share’ of our drive.  Every fifty miles we took a photo of the trip odometer and then took a photo of the terrain.  We were pretty sure it was all going to look pretty much like the images following this one:

4- east side of Kennedy

Sonora Pass area, 50 miles from home, leaving California


19-100 view-Nevada

Driving through Nevada – 100 miles out


350 miles out–Oregon


Idaho + bugs

entering Idaho – dirty windshield; about 500 miles


Idaho-Hidden Springs hike

Idaho-Hidden Springs hike


Idaho sunflower

I love sunflowers….along the hiking path


Stamping ideas will resume tomorrow.  It’s been quite overwhelmingly busy where I live and stamp!