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November 6, 2014

This morning on Good Morning America they had a segment called Thankful Thursday.  They’re going to share a Thankful Thursday person or event every week from today until Thanksgiving.  What a lovely idea.

Without being corny, I’ll start Thankful Thursday with my thanks.  I am sincerely thankful for Stampin’ Up!  I was introduced to SU! in April 1996.  I also became a demonstrator in April 1996!  In my past I have done myriad of crafts: knitting, counted cross stitch, crewel, ornaments (sequins etc), needlepoint, rubber stamping and more I’m sure.  I did each for several years and moved on to the next thing.  (Except for knitting–I always have a tv time knitting project ongoing.)  Needless to say, my stamping interest is still going strong.  It’s ever evolving which makes it a new “past time”  several times a year at the least!

I’m also thankful for all of the great friends I made through the years.  That includes fellow demonstrators whom I’ve met via Sudsol (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line) or at Stampin’ Up! Events, as well as customers.  Especially special are some of my long distance customers whom I’ve never met face-to-face, but I do chat with on email on occasion.   Local customers make my day at our classes and stampin’ at the library.

Stampin’ at the Library started in February 2004 as a ‘test’ to see if adults would come out once per month and stamp a few cards.  It’s been going on monthly ever since with probably only 6-8 missed months in all those years.  It’s one of many highlights each month.  (Where we stamp used to be 2 bays for fire trucks!  But that was in a different incarnation of the building.)

Half of the group of library stampers, April 17th, 2014

Busy ladies working on their cards in the area of the library that was once ‘bays’ for 2 fire trucks.

Without Stampin’ Up! I don’t think I would have learned all the computer skills (don’t laugh–there really aren’t that many) I now have.  3 functioning email addresses, two blogs, digital scrap booking and card/tag making, playing with photos and videos, ordering goods online and I’m sure many others.

I would never have participated in a craft fair or a farmer’s market.  I would never have become as comfortable as I am talking to strangers about the benefits of a punch!  Several years ago I sold six (I’ll never forget) Bird Builder punches one afternoon at a local farmer’s market because I was showing fun corner bookmarks.

Take a square piece of Designer Series Paper.  I used my quick and easy holiday favorite Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Pack from the Holiday Catalog.  Fold it in half.  Open.  Turn 90 degrees and fold again.  Remove one square.  Cut the opposite square on the diagonal.


4-1/4" square minus one quarter square and 1 diagonal cut

Cut out one square and cut the opposing square on the diagonal and remove that piece.


Add adhesive and fold over

Place adhesive on one ‘green’ square. Fold the other square over the diagonal and then cover with the square that has the adhesive.


folded bookmark

Now you have a 2-1/4″ square

You’re almost done!  Put SNAIL adhesive on all four side of one of the remaining sides.  Fold remaining square over the adhesive.

finished bookmark

Flip it over and you see the finished bookmark. Well, almost finished.

Now it’s time for the Bird Builder Punch!  Using the square that you cut out, punch the bird, wing, and branch.  Arrange them on the bookmark and you’re done.  It really takes no more than five minutes.

Punch using Bird Builder Punch

That 2-1/4″ square will just fit in the punching area.


Attach branch, bird and wing using Multipurpose glue

Due to the patterns it’s sometimes quite difficult to see the branch!


Attach branch, bird and wing using Multipurpose glue

Yes, this is NOT my book but it’s kind of like a page!

Wasn’t that fun?!  I made another bookmark after this green one.  You can see it, plus a little quiz question over on my StampingWithBlythe Facebook Page.  Check it out.  (Psssst……have you liked my FB page?  I sure wish you would!)

Have fun making your own bookmarks.  Put one in a card or as a decoration on a holiday package.  Or have a few in your purse or tote bag to hand to a thankful grocery store clerk, dental assistant or post man/woman.  Or anyone else who passes your breathing space.  🙂  Don’t forget that UPS driver!!!

Thank you for stopping in today.  I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow.  And in the meantime, have a great day.


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