Always Here For You Encouragement Card

When a family goes through tough times, this Always Here for You encouragement card is the perfect card to let them know that you’re thinking of them and supporting them. This sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set helps you create heartfelt cards, and also supports Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

How You and Stampin’ Up! Support the Ronald McDonald House Charities

For each Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to RMHC. Each year they feature a new RMHC stamp set in the annual catalog. With your help, to date they have donated more than $1.5 million to help keep families close to each other. Win Win! Every little bit makes a difference in caring for sick kids and keeping their families together. You can find more information about the stamp set and the charity on the inside back cover of the Stampin’ Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog. If you need a copy of the catalog, contact me and I’ll get one out to you! While you’re waiting, you can purchase this stamp set in my online store  here.

Always Here for You encouragement card with two ladybugs

I’m By Your Side – Always Here for You

Create this Always Here for You Encouragement Card

  • Fold an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Thick card stock in half to make your card base.
  • Cut a piece of the Lemon Lime Twist Fresh Florals paper to 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ and adhere it to the center of the card base.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 2-3/4″ x 4″.
  • Stamp the branch from the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp in Chocolate Chip ink on the small Whisper White piece.
  • Stamp the lady bugs in Basic Black ink on the branch.
  • Add the greeting in Lemon Lime Twist ink.
  • Using Lemon Lime Twist ink and an Aqua Painter, or a Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker, color the leaves.
  • Color the lady bugs with Real Red Red ink.
  • Cut a small banner from Gold Glimmer paper and adhere it on the Fresh Florals piece.
  • Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the small Whisper White piece and adhere it to the center of the Fresh Florals layer.

Coordinate the Sharing Sweet Thoughts Stamp Set with other Products

  • The Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set coordinates with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies.

    Everyday Jar Framelits Dies

    Everyday Jars Framelits Dies

  • Combine it with the Jar of Love stamp for even more design options and sentiments.

    Jar of Love Stamp Set

    Jar of Love Stamp Set

  • Add 1/2″ Gingham Ribbon in Night of Navy or Smoky Slate to enhance your project’s country charm.

    Gingham Ribbon in Night of Navy

    Gingham Ribbon in Night of Navy

  • Check back on my blog later this week for additional projects featuring the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set! Here are a couple of ideas from the 2017-18 Annual Catalog

    Sharing Sweet Thoughts project ideas

    Sharing Sweet Thoughts project ideas

All of the products used in this project can be found in my online store. Click the images for more details.

Gatefold Birthday Cards

Easy Card Fold Alternative – a Gatefold

What is a Gatefold Card?

A Gatefold card is a simple alternative to a standard card fold. It is a great choice for an invitation, or anytime you want to keep the contents of the card a surprise! Your card base is cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, just like a standard card base. However, instead of scoring it on the long edge at 4-1/4″, you’ll score it at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″, as shown below:

Then the side flaps are folded inward on the score lines, so that they meet in the center to form the ‘Gate’.

Decorating your card

Once your basic gatefold is created, you can embellish it in many ways. You can simply add a piece of 1-7/8″ x 5-1/4″ cardstock to the front of each flap, or you can get fancier. This one just uses DSP:

Also, think about how you’ll want the card to stay closed. For the featured card shown below, I’ve used a square die to cut a diamond-shaped window in the card, and a ribbon belly band to close it. The dimensions and directions for creating it are included in the recipe.

Paper Colors

Both this card, and the one shown below use the Stampin’ Up! Naturally Eclectic DSP (Designer Series Paper) which has all these colors: Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky and Whisper White.

This gives you a lot of options for the color of your card base. Here I’ve chosen the Berry Burst cardstock for the base.

Cut your cardstock and a window

  1. Cut Berry Burst cardstock (or any of the other coordinating colors listed above) to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ for the card base.
  2. On the long edge, score the card base at 2-1/8″ and 6-3/8″ and fold in along the score lines to form the gate fold.
  3. Use the fourth smallest framelit in the Square Collections framelits set. (The cutting lines are about 2-7/16″square.) Alternatively, use a round framelit or one of the Stitched Shapes framelits. 
  4. Open the left flap. Turn the framelit to make a diamond shape. Place the cutting edge face down on the left flap, about 3/8″ from the top, and align the corners of the diamond with the edge of the left flap. This will help you get the diamond centered properly on your card.
  5. Secure the framelit to the inside edge of the left flap with low tack tape. If you’re using washi tape, make sure it isn’t too sticky as you don’t want to pull up any of your paper when you remove it.
  6. Close the card with the framelit inside. Check that the diamond is still properly aligned, with half of it beneath the left flap and half beneath the right flap. Secure the card shut with low tack tape.
  7. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP.
  8. Center the DSP on top of the closed card front & secure it with low tack tape.
  9. Next, run the card, with the die inside, through the Big Shot to cut through both your card front and the DSP at the same time.
  10. Remove the low tack tape from the DSP & card front and remove the die. Keep the square that you cut from the DSP.
  11. Cut the DSP, lining up the edges of the diamond on the cutting line. Cut it in half with your paper trimmer. Adhere one half to the left and one half to the right card front flap.
  12. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhere it to the inside of the card on the center panel.
  13. Cut a 2″ x 2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and adhere it to the square that was cut from the DSP on the card front. If you’re using a circle shape, cut a smaller circle from the Whisper White cardstock.
  14. Stamp the greeting ‘Party Time’ from the Stampin’ Up! Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set on the white square in Berry Burst ink. This stamp set has such great sentiments and fonts for birthdays.

    Item #143662 Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set

  15. Close the card and adhere the square (diamond) in the card opening, using Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise it up, if desired.
  16. Open the card and stamp ‘happy birthday’ from the same stamp set, beneath the diamond, in Berry Burst ink.
  17. Wrap Berry Burst Crinkled 5/8″ Seam Binding around the card and tie a bow (optional). This will add a pretty touch and keep the card closed.

Alternative Birthday Card

For the card below, use the same steps outlined above, but change the colors, and use a circular die instead of a square die. The 3/8″ Silver Metallic-Edged ribbon adds an elegant touch to this card, don’t you think?.



If you have any questions about how to make this card, or where to get supplies, leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to help!

You can shop in my online store at Ink, Shimmer and Shine at your convenience!

Boating with Swirly Bird and Man’s Best Friend

Cute little dog riding the waves behind the sailboat. Stampin' Up! Bike Ride and Swirly Bird stamp sets

May life be filled with fond memories, like boating with a friend.

All the Deets

Do you ever sit down in your craft room and realize that you really need to clean and organize if before you can even begin your current project? That’s how this card-making adventure began – with the stuff on my desk, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF STUFF!

So I created a whimsical card for you with the Stampin’ Up! Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles framelits. It all started with the background paper. The pack of Stampin’ Up! Naturally Eclectic paper was staring at me from the pile. As I looked at it, it seemed like it could be an evening sky, so that’s what I went with.

Once I had chosen the background, using the Swirly Scribbles framelits, I cut the waves twice, once in Night of Navy and once in Whisper White. Then I fitted the white pieces back into the spaces on the navy piece to finish off the wave and give the card a lighter look.

More Pinterest Ideas for the Swirly Bird Bundle

(You can see lots more ideas for the Swirly Bird Bundle on my Pinterest board at

Add the Bike Ride Bundle

The boat, tow rope, doggie surfboard and scarf are stamped in Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White cardstock. The little dog from the Stampin’ Up! Bike Ride stamp set is stamped in Sahara Sand and Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and die cut with the coordinating Build a Bike framelit dies.

Bike Ride stamp set and Build a Bike framelits by Stampin’ Up!

How About Lots of Labels too?

The Whisper White label is die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits, and stamped with the sentiment from the Better Together stamp set in Flirty Flamingo ink  It just seemed appropriate for this little evening boating adventure!

To embellish the card just a bit, I sponged the label edges with Flirty Flamingo ink and added 3 small hearts from the 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes. Happy Sailing!


World Cardmaking Day Fall Thank You

I have one last fall leaf card to share with you today for World Cardmaking Day! This one features beautiful copper embossing with the Vintage Leaves and Colorful Seasons stamp sets! Here’s a close-up peek. I must admit that I have not actually SEEN any of these copper-spotted leaves on the ground – lol, though I always look for pretty ones when I walk. I wanted to create the speckled look that I see on many leaves, so I stamped the speckle stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Swirly Bird stamp set in Versamark ink and heat-embossed it with Copper embossing powder. I love how it turned out, and hope you do too!

World Cardmaking day Fall card with a Crumb Cake base and man leaves stamped, heat-embossed and die-cut, then layered on a corrugated Pumpkin Pie background.

Heat-embossed Fall leaves on a corrugated background.


Some of the other leaves were stamped with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler (all retired) and Clear embossing powder. If you don’t have the colored embossing powders, you can stamp the image using a juicy ink pad in the color of your choice, then heat emboss it with Clear embossing powder and the Heat Tool to get the same effect.

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock and the corrugated Pumpkin Pie piece background is left over from a past Paper Pumpkin kit. I think it adds great texture to the background, don’t you?

I stamped the banner from the Home Life bundle in Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock and die cut it with the Welcome Home framelits (also part of the Home Life bundle). It’s a nice large banner, so many sentiments will fit on it. Here the Thank You from the Stampin’ Up! Daisy Delight stamp set was added in Early Espresso ink. Since Daisy Delight is a photopolymer set, it’s easy to position it where you want it on the banner.

The completed World Cardmaking Day fall card features a large banner die cut with the Welcome Home framelits. The Thank You sentiment is from the Daisy Delight stamp set. All products shown are from Stampin’ Up!.

Crisp and Cool – Fall is here!

This year I was beginning to wonder if Fall had been hijacked! The temperatures were in the 90’s near the end of September, and the leaves were all still green. But in the last week, the weather has returned to more normal fall temps, the leaves have changed color, and many of them are now on the ground. What a difference a week makes!

Some of the leaves I colored recently have made their way onto today’s card, along with the ‘Crisp and Cool’ sentiment that just didn’t fit Wisconsin temps a week ago.

Fall card created with the Woodland embossing folder and Colorful Seasons leaves.

Crisp and Cool Fall Leaves


To Create This Crisp and Cool Card:

You can create many wonderful fall cards using the embossed backgrounds and colored leaves. Just change the layout and the sentiment for a whole new look! Each card will be unique.

Fall Colors with the Colorful Seasons bundle

Do you love all the colors of fall leaves? In your craft room, it’s easy to use a few ink pads to make them as wild or subdued as you like!

Last week I shared this photo on my Facebook page of some leaves I had inked up for fall projects:


Autumn Leaves die cut with the Stampin Up! Big Shot and Colorful Seasons bundle, then colored with various ink pads and sponge daubers.

How To Create Today’s Fall Card

I started this card with Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry Cardstock and the Colorful Seasons Bundle. If you look closely at the stamp pads in the photo, you’ll see that the ink colors I used are Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist – all from Stampin’ Up!.

After using the Big Shot to die cut the leaves with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits , I just used sponge daubers to add the various colors – lots of fun and no two alike!

Today I’m sharing the first project I made with these leaves.  In the original version of this card, I left the front plain and added the sentiment on the inside:

Autumn Leaves created with the Stampin; Up! Colorful Seasons bundle and several ink pads.

Plain Autumn Leaves Card Front. The background paper is from the Color Theory paper pack.

Inside of card with autumn leaves and sentiment Life is a Beautiful Thing

Life is a Beautiful Thing – stamp the sentiment and leaves on the inside of this card

Words or no words?

However, I wasn’t satisfied with the front of the card being so plain, so I added a few words from the Tabs for Everything stamp set, like happy, smile, and enjoy, with Tangerine Tango ink. What do you think – keep the words or leave them off?

A fall card in crumb cake with color theory background, leaves colored with sponge daubers and Stampin' Up! ink colrs and words like happy, smile and enjoy - from the Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything stamp set.

Fall card with Colorful Seasons bundle and sentiments from Tabs for Everything

Pumpkin Spice Latte Season

With the cooler weather arriving here, and school back in session, it’s time to embrace all the things we love about the Fall season! Today’s card is for all my coffee-lovin’ friends who enjoy a great cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Enjoy the Fall season with Pumpkin Spice Latte

To create this card:

Product List

Glue Dots


Big Shot


Big Bear

Big Bear has something to say …

Stitched From the Heart to Celebrate Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Let’s celebrate love, for all the couples tying the knot today, and for everyone who has special people in their lives!

Hearts card with Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes framelits

Do you have pretty paper in your stash?

Use some for a background and to cut out two hearts for this easy card!

This layout and sentiment is a wonderful way to celebrate love for a wedding or anniversary, as well as for Valentine’s Day. Try a different paper or color combo and see what you can create today!


Beautiful Lace

Today I have a beautiful lace design for a Valentine, Wedding or Anniversary card. Lace Anniversary card

The best news is that you can get this stamp set FREE during Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase, so that you can create your very own version! Here are a couple of ideas from the Sale-a-Bration catalog

Delicate Details card designs from the Sale-a-Bration catalog

Want the ribbon too? Then spend $100 on craft products (before tax & shipping) and get the ribbon FREE too!

OR, for an even better deal, JOIN MY TEAM, and for $99 you get $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice with free shipping, PLUS 2 stamp sets FREE during Sale-a-Bration (ends March 31, 2017). Contact me for all the details or visit Join the Fun to get started.

Just click the photo below to get to the Stampin’ Up! catalog page where you will find the Sale-a-Bration, Occasions and Annual catalog links. The Delicate Details stamps set is on page 9, and the gorgeous metallic ribbon comes in a pack of silver and gold on page 11 in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

Lace Anniversary card


The Whisper White card base is 4-1/4″ x 11″, with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Whisper White on top.

Before adhering the white layer, stamp your lace pattern and attach the Silver Metallic ribbon. The Delicate Details stamp set features 5 stunning lace stamps which can be used alone or in endless combinations. Here four of the five stamps were used with a large glass block and stamped twice in Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand ink to create this pattern with an antique feel. Then the metallic ribbon was attached by wrapping it around the edges of the white layer and using a little Snail adhesive to adhere it on the back of the panel.

The Happy Anniversary sentiment was heat embossed in Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso embossing powder, which is now retired. If you don’t have any, simply stamp a sentiment in your favorite ink color.

Add a couple of Blushing Bride glimmer paper hearts with Stampin’ Dimensionals and your elegant card is done!



Christmas Cards

Lots of Christmas cards went in the mail this week. Here are a few, and you can see more on Facebook at Carol Gleason! Let me know which ones are your favorites by leaving a comment here or on FB!

Be sure to check what’s on the Year End Sale, going on now through January 3, 2017!



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Peaceful Woodlands

It’s That Time of Year

We awoke to snow on the ground on Saturday morning in Green Bay, and I must say, I’m not really ready for it. On Friday it was in the 60’s, on Saturday – only in the 30’s!
Photo of Gold embossed Stampin' Up! Woodlands embossing folder with Christmas Greetings Thinlits


Photo 2 of Stampin' Up! gold-embossed Woodlands embossing folder and Christmas Greetings Thinlits
To create this woodlands scene, apply Versamark ink to the Stampin’ Up! Woodland embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. Then apply gold embossing powder and heat it with the heat tool until the powder melts. Decorate as desired with glimmer paper, sequins or other embellishments.
Use the Christmas Greetings thinlits dies and fine tip glue pen to add a sentiment.
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Thankful for You

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there’s no better time than now to think about the people in your life that you’re grateful for, and let them know what they mean to you. This easy card we created in class this month can be sent for Thanksgiving, or really any time of year!
Photo of Thankful for You card with Stampin' Up! Blooms and Bliss paper and Sheltering Tree greeting
Card Base: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock,  cut to 5-1/2” x  8-1/2”
Flower Layer:  Blooms & Bliss DSP, cut to 3” x 5-1/2”.
Larger Rectangle: Mint Macaron card stock, cut to ¾” x  3”.
Smaller Rectangle: Whisper White ½” wide scrap, long enough for
sentiment, ~2-3/4”. TIP: use a
longer scrap, then trim after stamping the sentiment.
Sentiment:   Stamp ‘Thankful for You’ from the ShelteringTree stamp set in Rich Razzleberry ink
Optional: Add a layer of Whisper White card stock, 5-1/4” x 4” on
the inside to have a lighter area to write on.

Hugs to You

Bear Hugs This Christmas

Today’s card is one we made at card class last week and features the Stampin’ Up! Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the baby bear from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set. Isn’t he cute in his Christmas pajamas?
Photo of Baby Bear Christmas card with Stampin' Up! Presents & Pinecones paper & Fa-La-La-La Friends stamps


Card Base: Mint Macaron card stock, cut to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and folded in half

DSP: 2 pieces of Presents & Pinecones paper:

  1. Cut one piece 3″ x 4″.
  2. Cut the second piece 2″ x 3″.
Oval: Emerald Envy card stock, die cut with the 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ oval from the Layering Ovals framelits.
Sentiment: Use a 1/2″ wide scrap of Whisper White card stock, long enough to stamp the sentiment, ~4″.
  1. Stamp the Bear Hugs greeting from the Fa-La-La-La Friends stamp set in Cherry Cobbler ink on the white scrap.
  2. Trim the length of the sentiment so there’s equal white space on each end.
  3. Sponge the edges of the sentiment with Cherry Cobbler ink and a sponge dauber.
  1. Stamp the bear from Fa-La-La-La Friends in Mint Macaron ink on another scrap of Whisper White card stock.
  2. Die cut the bear with the Big Shot and the Bear Hugs framelits.
  3. Color the bear with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write markers, or other colors, as desired. NOTE: There are several sets of just two markers available in the Holiday catalog: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green, Real Red and Crumb Cake, or Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie, and they’re also available in color family sets, like the Brights.
  4. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the bear to the Emerald Envy scalloped oval.
Embellishments: Add a Silver Metallic Enamel Shapes Heart to the bear’s pjs.


  1. Adhere the pretty designer paper to the card base, with the smaller rectangle in the upper right corner and the larger rectangle in the lower left corner.
  2. Add the sentiment across the two layers of pretty paper.
  3. Use Snail or other adhesive to attach the scalloped oval with the attached bear to the larger rectangle.
Grab yourself a treat and congratulate yourself for adding one more card to your Christmas stash!


Merry Christmouse

Merry Mouse on Candy Cane Lane

Today I have another card featuring the beautiful Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper along with a cute mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in the 2016 Holiday catalog. It was lots of fun coloring this little guy with the Stampin’ Write markers!

BONUS:  The Merry Mice stamp set is on sale this month!

photo of a Christmas card featuring the Merry Mice stamp set and Candy Cane Lane paper from Stampin' Up!


Card Base: Crumb Cake card stock, 8-1/2″ by 5-1/2″, folded in half to create a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card
Peppermint Layer: Candy Cane Lane DSP, cut to 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″
Large Square: Early Espresso card stock, 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ square
Smaller Square: Very Vanilla card stock, 3″ x 3″


  1. Stamp the mouse from the Merry Mice stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, close to the top of the 3″ square. Stamp the greeting from the same set in Real Red ink, centered below the mouse.
  2. Color as desired – here are the Stampin’ Write marker colors we used:
    • Ornament – Real Red and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers.
    • Mouse’s shirt – Soft Sky Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s pants – Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker
    • Mouse’s nose – Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write marker. You could also color the inside of the ears if desired.
    • Tree branches – Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write marker.
  3. Add a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape over the star on the mouse’s tail.
  4. Layer the peppermint DSP about 1/2″ from the left side of the Crumb Cake card base, then layer your square on top.
There you go! A few pieces of paper, some ink, markers and adhesive, and you’ve got a cute card ready to put in the mail!