Drapery Fold Flowering Fields

Experiment with Card Folds Every once in a while, it’s good to shake up your card-making routine by using a different technique. This card features an easy fold that allows you to see both sides of your pretty Designer Series Paper. It is called a Drapery Fold or Pleat Fold, and you can find some videos on how it’s done on YouTube. Try it with your favorite paper! This sample shows the Autumn Traditions DSP, which is a retired Stampin’ Up! paper from the 2009-2010 Annual Catalog, a card base in Tip Top Taupe, and a Whisper White layer. Whichever…

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Where is Spring?

Flowering Fields Work of Art Last week the box of flowers I ordered in February arrived for the “right time for planting in Wisconsin”. But it’s been cool and rainy lately, so I planted some flowers in my studio instead. Flowering Fields This was my first chance to play with the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration Flowering Fields stamp set, and it was so much fun! To create this card: Ink up some of the flower images from Flowering Fields (shown below) with Stampin’ Write markers in Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight and stamp them in the middle…

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Endless Kindness

Kindness Lotus Blossoms Tip: When you have a stamp set out, use it to make several cards before putting it away again.Here is the second of my Lotus Blossom fever cards. To create this card: Supplies Ink: Perfect Plum Used on Lotus Blossom stamp 1, then stamped off for stamp 2 So Saffron for Lotus Blossom stamp 3 Old Olive for dark center of stem Pear Pizzazz for outer stemPaper:Perfect Plum Cardstock, 1/4″ x 4-1/2″ So Saffron Cardstock, 4-1/2″ x11″, folded in half. Whisper White Cardstock, 3″ x 4-1/2″ Tea for two DSP (retired), 3″ x 5″ Stamps: Lotus Blossom (retired) Punches & Embellishments:…

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Get Well Soon Soup

Soup for Recovery Now that you’re feeling a little better, you can progress from yesterday’s chicken soup, to a little tomato soup today. This card is very similar to yesterday’s card, so I won’t go through all the paper piecing steps again. The differences are mainly in the colors and papers, as well as the corners on the soft sky layer are rounded with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, instead of the Curvy Trio Punch. Here are the products used to create this version: Whisper White Thick Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5″, folded in half Soft Sky cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″, rounded…

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Feelin’ Under the Weather?

Get Well Soon with Get Well Soup! Many of the Stampin’ Up! items on this card are retired, but feel free to substitute what you have to make this card your own. Sometimes older products and stamps need love too! My favorite part of this card is the pretty corners made with the Curvy Corner Trio punch, which is still available! Click the items in the directions below for more information on the products used. To create this card: Start with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Baja Breeze (retired) or other light blue cardstock. Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″…

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Have a Beautiful Birthday

Spring is in the Air In my craft room at least, spring is in the air. We still have snow outside, but the temperature is supposed to reach 60 degrees in a few days, so I have spring fever! Birthday Blossoms for Spring Fever! While flipping through the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog on page 8, I came across this sample and just had to create my own version. The main features I cased were the tag with flowers and stamping background images on the card base. To create this card: Start with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Tip Top Taupe…

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Shaker Cards For Boys Too!

Baby Boy Congratulations! Today’s card is a slight variation of the Baby Girl Shaker card I showed you yesterday. It omits one layer of cardstock, and the ribbon is near the top of the card, instead of at the bottom. It’s easy to make lots of variations using the same basic design, with different colors, papers, inks, and punches or dies. To create this card: Start with an 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ piece of Crushed Curry cardstock, folded in half. If using ribbon, adhere it to the card base about 2″ from the top of the card. Here I used a…

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Baby Girl Congratulations Card

Congratulations for your Baby Girl! Yesterday I shared a birthday shaker frame card with you, and today I have a quick baby card butterfly shaker. Isn’t that a cute onesie for a new baby girl? To create this card: Start with an 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ piece of Naturals Ivory(shown) or Very Vanilla cardstock, folded in half. Add a 4″x 4″ piece of patterned paper. This sample shows Stampin’ Up! More Amore Designer Series Paper (DSP), which is now retired. Next add a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of coordinating solid color cardstock (Strawberry Slush shown) on top of the DSP. Cut…

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Happy Easter Lamb

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Easter is Early This Year It’s hard to believe that Easter is just a few short weeks away already! I’ve been all over the place with my stamping lately – one day a Valentine, another day a couple of birthday cards, maybe a Christmas card, and then this Easter one. This card actually began with the Blushing Bride/Gold banner, left over from last year’s ‘Filled With Love’ Paper Pumpkin kit from Stampin’ Up! (I never finished that kit, so there are pieces of it lying around my crafting space – shhh! I know Valentine’s Day…

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Cherry On Top

Shoe Box Swap Gather To Stamp Last month at the Song of My Heart Stampers demonstrator meeting we had a shoebox swap! If you don’t know what that is, it’s a get-together where each participant designs a card and cuts all the pieces needed to create their design. Then the cut pieces, along with stamps, ink and embellishments are placed in a shoebox or other container. Everyone goes around the tables and creates the project in each box. It’s so much fun! At this gathering, the Stampin’ Up! Cherry On Top DSP (Designer Series Paper) stack and coordinating Washi Tape was a…

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Best Day Ever Happy Dance

Do free crafting products make you dance? I love to create things, and when I get free products to make them with, I do a little happy dance! That’s what happened when I received the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the coordinating Best Day Ever Stamp set during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration. (If I mix up Best Day Ever and Best Year Ever, please forgive me. Why couldn’t they both have the same name to make it easier for confuzzled brains like mine to remember?) I’ve already shown you some easy card samples with the Best Year Ever paper…

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PPA 240 You Brighten My Day!

You Light Up My Life & Brighten My Day!

On a gray winter day in Wisconsin, whose day couldn’t use a little brightening? Today I played along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA240) and this sketch:
Last week, as I was twiddling around an idea about how I could combine the sentiments I love from two different stamp sets, I saw this PPA sketch and decided to try it out. So here’s what happened…
Simple.
Bright yellow contrasted with winter gray.
A little cut with the paper trimmer.
Punch, punch, punch.
Add a little washi tape.
Done.
Will you brighten someone’s day with a handmade card today?
Hope so.
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Thank You Best Year Ever

Sale-a-Brate with Best Year Ever The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration catalog is full of products I love! One of my favorites is the Best Year Ever designer series paper that you can choose as a free product when your order of fabulous products from the Occasions or annual catalogs reaches $50 (before tax & shipping). Today I have a simple cheery Thank You card to share, using Best Year Ever paper with the cute little Petite Petals stamps and punch, and the Cheers To Love stamp set:   Color Combo This paper has a great combination of colors: Calypso Coral,…

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Stampin’ Up! Another Side to Best Year Ever!

In the past few days I’ve shown a couple of cards with one sheet of paper from the Best Year Ever package, available as a FREE ITEM when your Stampin’ Up! order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping). Today I’m excited to show you the reverse side of this paper used to create two easy cards. Here’s the first one: This card is very quick and I love the bokeh effect on this paper! Cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Coastal Cabana card stock into two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card bases. We’ll use one for this card, and one…

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CASEing is FUN!

If you think you’re not very creative, I’m here to tell you that’s OK! Don’t let that stop you from making something beautiful. To CASE, means to Copy And Share Everything! Stampin’ Up! makes that really easy by providing catalogs (also called Idea Books) full of samples you can recreate exactly as shown, or you can personalize them by changing one or more elements. The GOOD NEWS: Today Stampin’ Up! released the 2015 Occasions catalog, full of fresh ideas for many spring occasions: Valentine’s Day (well, OK – maybe that’s not really a SPRING occasion in WI), Easter, Mother’s Day…

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