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Handmade Z Fold Graduation Card

Z Fold Graduation CardToday I am sharing a handmade Z Fold Graduation card that I made for my daughter this past weekend!  

I am so proud of my baby girl (now 21).  She graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University on Sunday.  She has been accepted into a Masters Program at Case Western Reserve so is moving to Cleveland, Ohio at the end of the summer…  Eventually she wants to go to Medical school.  Anyway, back to the card.

I choose the colors of Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry since Sacred Heart’s colors are dark red and yellow – along with gray. 
This card uses the Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday Blast stamp set with the Star Blast Edgelit dies.  But hurry and get your copy of this set. This set is retiring and will be gone at the end of May!  I also used the Star framelits to cut out extra stars.  The numbers are cut out with with the Large Number Framelits.
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The Star Blast framelit was used to cut out an applique from Gold Glimmer paper and also from Red Glimmer paper.

So to make this card:
The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 7 3/4″.  Fold the base into a Z shape.  Each panel of the Z is layered with Crushed Curry cardstock.  The front cross-panel is a 1″ x 11″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 7 3/4″.  I then layered a 7/8″ x 11 inch piece of crushed curry card stock over this piece.  Fold it in the opposite direction of the card.  So the long side is matched up with the short side of the card.

Want more detailed instructions on making a Z fold card?  Check out this video that i recorded earlier this year on how to make a Z Fold Card.  

Here are the supplies that I used for this card.
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Happy Stamping!


More Z Fold Cards

Dragonfly Z Fold CardToday I am posting a video that I made showing how to make a Z Fold Card.  These cards have been really popular lately and can be made with virtually any stamp set.  Here are 3 examples!

This top example is a card that is made using the Dragaonfly Dreams stamp set (designed by one of my customers).  It uses the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper combined with a piece of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, both from the current Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

Both the Dragonfly Dreams and Oh So Succulent Stamp sets are used to create the stamped images for this card.

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This second card is made using the Lift Me Up stamp set with the Carried Away Designer paper from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs from this spring.

One of the things that I love about this card is using the design of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper in the design.  I cut out the mountains out of the Designer paper and used those on the 3D center portion of the card along with the map.

My son is moving to Canada next week for a new project with his job.  What a great card for him – moving onto new adventures!

A few weeks ago I posted this card for Valentine’s Day using the Sending love Designer Series Paper with the Sealed with Love Bundle.   This was actually the first Z Fold Card that I made.

Enjoy the Video!! 

Don’t forget to download the FREE PDF with full instructions at the end of the video!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out these great cards!


3D Poinsettia Christmas Card

Today I am sharing three 3D Poinsettia cards made with the Stampin’ Up! Reason for the Season stamp set and the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  I purchased the Reason for the Season set and coordinating Festive Flower Builder Punch last fall when it came out since poinsettias are my favorite Christmas flower.  But unfortunately I never got the chance to use the set.  So last week I decided to pull out some of the Christmas sets that I had purchased last year but didn’t have time to use.  So they were incorporated into my Christmas in July class for this year!

So here we are.  I am loving this new Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate.  This product is a window sheet with designs stamped in gold and silver.  If you use one side it is gold and flip it over, it is silver.  What a great idea!  I can see some really pretty wedding invites with this acetate too!  Ok – so for the details of these cards. 

I made this card using the 3 different shades of pink cardstock.  The top left is Blushing Bride, then Flirty Flamingo and then Pink Pirouette cardstocks.  For each card, I used the coordinating ink to stamp the poinsettia petals.  The leaves are Garden Green card stock with Garden Green ink.
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The base of each card is the color of the flower for that card.  Then I layered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Next is a piece of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate cut to the same size as the white piece. 

The large flower is made using 8 Large petals stamped and punched from the Blushing Bride cardstock.  There are 4 medium petals stamped and punched and 2 of the small double petals.  I used a 1 1/4″ circle (the size of the circle doesn’t matter) to build the flower.  The Fine Tip Glue Pen was used to put the flowers together.

The smaller flower is 8 Medium petals and 2 small double petals.

I used the Christmas Greetings thinlits to cut out the Peace and Merry from Silver and Gold foil to match the side of the acetate that I used.

And to make it easier I recorded a video with all the details.

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I hope you have enjoyed my 3D Poinsettia cards today!

Did I mention that Poinsettias are my favorite Holiday flower?  What is your Holiday flower?

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Holiday Gift Bags & Update

Today I have a share of some Holiday Gift Bags that were made with the Gift Bag Punch Board (135862).  Perfect for packaging those Holiday gifts!  These are examples of a large gift bag,
Holiday Gift Bag   and a small gift bag   Holiday Gift Bag
The details for these two bags are below.  In the meantime – a little update on my life.  I just realized when I checked my website that I hadn’t posted since Thanksgiving.   Unfortunately, I had to put a few things on hold for the past month.   My Mother was diagnosed with Bladder cancer this summer that was not treatable.   So my sister planned a Thanksgiving getaway for all of us with our Mother (who lives in Buffalo).  That was a great week and it turns out our last time together as a family.  That week it was evident that she was declining quickly.  I really think that she had held on for Thanksgiving.  The following week she was in the hospital for 3 days, came home for a few days with support from Hospice.  But we couldn’t manage her condition so she was admitted to an inpatient Hospice facility in Buffalo, NY.  I have to say that the Hospice nurses are fantastic and were able to make her comfortable and manage her pain. She passed away very peacefully on December 10th.  So I have just returned back  home to the Boston, MA area.  Needless to say – Christmas is the last thing on my mind.  I have very little Christmas shopping done!  So have some catching up to do!  I am not sure how many Christmas cards will be going out from my house this Holiday Season.

So the Details on the Holiday Gift Bags:
These bags use the Gift Bag punch Board (135862)  which is very quick and simple to use!  You can use any cardstock or Designer Paper for these bags.  Something that is a little heavier than paper.
Small Bag pictured above:  6 1/2″ long by 10″ wide.  If you would like a shorter or taller bag – adjust the length of the cardstock.  A small bag always has to be 10″ wide.
Medium Bag Measurements:  7 to 10″ length by 11″ wide.  A medium bag will always be 11″ wide.Bag - 1
Large Bag Measurements:  8″ to 12″ wide.  A large bag will always be 12″ wide.  A full piece of 12″ x 12″ designer was used for the bag pictured above.

To use the punch board:
1.  Line up the width of the paper (S=10″, M=11″, L=12″) with the line on the left side of the punch board that is labeled Start.

2.  Mash the punch at the top of the board and score the line marked with the S, M or L based on the size of your bag.
3.  Move the cardstock over so the line you just scored lines up with the Start Line.

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4.  Mash the punch at the top of the board and score the line marked side.  Also score along the triangle and the center line to make the folds for the side of the bag.
5.  Move the cardstock over so the Side line you just scored lines up with the Start Line.

6.  Mash the punch at the top of the board and score the line marked with the S, M or L based on the size of your bag.
7.  Move the cardstock over so the line you just scored lines up with the Start Line.
8.  Mash the punch at the top of the board and score the line marked side.  Also score along the triangle and the center line to make the folds for the side of the bag.  You will now have a 1/2″ piece that becomes your tab to assemble the bag.
9.  With a scoring tool, turn the cardstock and score along the point where the tabs meet so the tabs fold in to make the bottom of the bag.
NOTE:  if you are using Designer paper to make the bags – use the paper upside down if it is a one way design since the tabs that you punch at the beginning of each step become the bottom of the box.

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10.  At the top of the punch board is a double hole punch that works great to make holes for the front and back of the bag for handles.  So line up/center the front side on the reverse side of the board and punch to make two holes.  Repeat with the back side.
11.  Fold along all the score lines and use Tear & Tape Adhesive to assemble the bag.  Add two pieces of 8″ ribbon to make the handles.
12.  That’s it!  You have your custom gift bag!

Here is a listing of the supplies that were used to make the Christmas gift bags:

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Have fun making your own handmade Gift Bags with the Gift Bag Punch Board.

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Pop Up Birthday Card

Today I have a handmade Birthday card that I made for a FrPop Up Birthday Cardiend’s birthday last week. This 3D card uses the Birthday Bash designer paper from the Occasions catalog and the Balloon Bash stamp set.

The color combination of the this Designer paper wasn’t my favorite when I first saw it. Why is it that I don’t necessarily like a pattern until I use it!  I will definitely be putting together a Birthday card kit with this set and designer paper.

So here are the Details for this card:

Cardstocks:  Birthday Bash Designer Paper, Night of Navy Cardstock, Whisper white cardstock and Silver Glimmer Paper for a little bling!100_0488cu
Since there is a lot of area to decorate with this card, I used several Birthday stamp sets: Balloon Bash stamp set, Big Day stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catalog and the Perfect Pennants stamp set for the Annual catalog.  The ink colors are:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Coastal Cabana.

The pieces of the card were cutout using a couple of different sets of framelits; the Deco Labels collection framelits, the Window framelits collection and the Apothecary Accents framelits.  I used the framelit that best outlined the image. 

Interested in making a Pop Up Box card?  Check out my You Tube video HERE.


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Valentine Easel Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Easel Card that I made for Valentine’s Day. 
Valentine Easel CardThis is a really cool 3D card guaranteed to put a smile on your Valentine’s face.

This card is made using the Heart Framelits, real red cardstock, whisper white cardstock and the Stacked with Love Designer paper.

I will tape a video and post how to  make this easel card.

Here is what the card looks like opened up.

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On the front layer (outside of the card) I layered the You & Me sentiment on a piece of DSP and a scalloped circle cut from whisper white cardstock.  This is layered on half a doily and a banner cut from the Stacked with Love designer paper.  I100_0469side accented the sentiment with a bow made with the bow punch and Designer paper.

The inside layer is made with a real red card base layered with a piece of Stacked with Designer paper.   The “Love You” sentiment is punched out with the Decorative Label punch and layered onto a piece of black cardstock also cut from the Decorative Label punch. 

Stay tuned for my video.

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3D Holiday Tree

IMG_0578wToday I have a 3D Holiday Tree to show you.  I used this 3D tree for my display at our public Library’s Festival of Trees.  Local businesses each place a Christmas tree on display throughout the Library for the Holiday season.

The inspiration for this 3D display was a picture that I saw from the Stampin’ Up! European convention.  I am not sure who designed it, but I CASED it and made up my own pattern for the tree.

The Designer paper is All is Calm with the houses and decorations stamped from the Holiday Home stamp set.
The Houses are stamped with Momento ink on Whisper white cardstock.  I colored in the houses with the new Blendabilities markers and cut them out with the coordinating framelits.

The framework of this display is 3 long triangles.  I used a smaller triangle for the middle base that the center tree is oIMG_0580wn. 

Each side of each triangle is covered with the All is Calm Designer Paper.  The center triangle is covered with the designer paper and then a layer of white cotton snow that you use around Holiday displays.  The inside tree in the center of the display is a set of 7 lollies that I made using my Big Shot and the Designer Rosette Die.  Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the previous layer starting at 2″.  A glue gun is used to stack the lollies together.  The star on top of the tree is made by punching out several stars from Silver Glimmer paper using the Itty Bitty Punch pack and layering them together with dimensionals.
To hold this display together, I made a “cover” from a smaller set of triangles that I cut from another pattern of the All is Calm designer paper.  Each Triangle is scored at 1/4″ on the two long sides and folded and attached together with sticky strip.  I attached a second star to the top of this triangle.

As a final touch, I used a can of the spray snow that you can purchase in a craft store and sprayed the outside of the finished display.  NOTE:  It did curl the designer paper a bit.

I hope you have enjoyed this little project that I made this year…  How will I top this for my display next year??

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Handmade Step Card

Happy Halloween!!

DSC_6351 copyToday I have a 3D Step Card that I demonstrated last week to members of my Stamper’s Club.  I also recorded a video for this 3D Step Card technique. So the details on this card: Cardstocks: Island Indigo cut to 5 1/2″ x 11″ for the card base. Whisper White and Motley Monsters DSP from the Holiday catalog are used to decorate the panels.  The DSP measures 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and 3 1/4″ x 5″. Stamp Set  – Tee Hee Hee The images are stamped with Black in on Basic Gray cardstock.  The headstones are punched using the new Note Tag Punch from the Holiday catalog. DSC_6350cuThe dirt hill is made from a 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of black cardstock which I have torn. Want to make this card? Watch the video below to check out all of the details, measurements for cutting and scoring the Step portion of the card! Like these ideas and the video??  These are the types of projects that my Stamper’s Club members get each month.  For a $35 purchase each month, you can get a file with 5 or 6 project ideas and a technique video in your mailbox each month!!  Check out the details  of my Stamper’s Club here. Have a great Halloween and Fun Trick or Treating!!   signature line-003

Handmade Center Step Card

DSCN0484cuwToday I have a handmade Fall card that I have made using the Center Step technique for one of my October designs for Stamping New England.  This technique make a beautiful 3D card perfect to display on a desk for that special someone. This card uses Cajun Craze for the card base, Crushed Curry for the layers and Fun with Autumn designer papers.  The stamp set is the Fall Fest stamp set with the matching framelits.  Don’t forget to purchase the bundle (137628) for an extra 15% off the framelits!   Card Instructions: This card is a little different froDSCN0474edm your regular card.  The card base is 5 1/2″ x 11″  so you can only get one card from a regular sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  But it is worth that little extra cardstock for the investment. 1.  Cut the card base at 5 1/2″ x 11″.   For this next step you will use the clear ruler on the top of your cutter.  Start at the 1″ mark and cut up to the 6 1/2″ mark. 2.  Flip the paper over and do the same on the other side.  But make sure that you are starting 1″ from the same end as the previous cut. DSCN0476_edScoring 3.  Score the two side panels at 1″, 2″ and 6 1/2″. 4.  Score the center panel at 5 1/2″. 5.  Carefully fold up at the 1″ score line on the side panels and down at the 2″ mark to make a mountain fold.  Fold up again at the 6 1/2′ mark. 6.  Carefully fold the center panel up at the 5 1/2″ mark to make the center piece of the card. That’s it!! You have made your base for a Center Step card. Now it is time to decorate it!  I stamped pumpkins in tangerine tango and used black staz-on to stamp the faces.  The pumpkins and leaves are all cut out using the Fun Fest framelits.  The center panel is a 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of crushed curry cardstock with a 3″ x 5″ piece of leafy designer paper.  The side panels are 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ pieces of designer paper. This card was designed as one of my October projects for Stamping New England, the design team that I am part of.  Members of my Stamper’s club receive 5-6 designs from our Stamping New England design team each month.  You can check it out HERE.   Happy Stamping, signature line-003              

Handmade 3D Card with Tutorial

I had the opportunity to learn how to make this beautiful 3D card this past weekend from one of my downlines, Jeanne.  I love my group – even thou3D Gatefold Collage.jpggh I have been a Demonstrator for over 13 years – I am always learning something new from someone in my group!!   As you can see there are  two variations of the 3D Gatefold card that I have made. DSCN0353w The first was a Birthday card for my sister and the second card is a sample that I made for future classes and to use as a demo card. I made this card for my sister’s birthday since it opens up and has a DSCN0355w belly band in the middle.  Perfect for a gift certificate! Here is the second card that I made to use as a Demo card for upcoming classes! DSCN0391w         DSCN0392w                   So I have used this card to try my hand at recording videos.    You can see the video tutorial for this card here. This attached PDF file has the full cutting and assembly instructions for a  3D Gate Fold Card. Want to make one yourself?  You can order supplies from my website HERE.   Click on SHOP in the upper right corner. Enjoy your day! signature line-003

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!!  This is a gift box that one of my talented customers Annie made for her Daughter’s Mother’s Day present!!  Beautiful!    GiftBox copy Annie used the Fresh Prints designer paper from the Occasions catalog with Read Red and whisper white card stocks.  I thought the rose on the top of the box was made with the flower die in the Occasions catalog but Annie tells me that it is punches that have been layered.  She found the pattern for this box on Poodlescraft You tube channel. I have such talented customers! Enjoy your day everyone! I will be driving down to CT to pick up my daughter.  Hard to believe that her freshman year at Sacred Heart is almost over!  It seems like yesterday that we dropped her off. signature line-003

April Project Bundle – Mother’s Day

The worker bees at Stamping New England have been busy designing some beautiful projects for all of you for April!!    and the projects for April are Mother’s Day and Graduation Projects.  Get ahead of the game and made your Mother’s Day and Graduation projects now!! DSC00089w-s

There are a couple of ways to get the directions for these projects.

Purchase the items below to make these projects and receive the directions for FREE or purchase the directions via the paypal link below.  These projects use the following items.  You can shop at my online store here.  Click on SHOP in the upper right corner!

Graduation Projects
Modern Medley DSP  126926     $10.95 Pomp and Circumstance Stamp set   134168  $14.95
1/8″ Black Taffeta Ribbon  119261   $5.95
and/or  Mother’s Day Projects
Watercolor Wonder DSP  132994   $10.95
Happy Watercolor Stamp Set  133191   $21.95
White Organza Ribbon    114319    $5.95
Mother’s Day/Graduation
I absolutely love these projects and I think that you will as well!! Questions?  contact me at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net   Happy Stamping! signature line-003      

Roses for Valentine’s?

These beautiful paper roses would be a great present for Valentine’s Day!  They will certainly last much longer than the real ones. Each year my Stampin’ Family gets together for a Yankee swap of 3D items.  When I was a new demonstrator, this event started out as a DSCN0044_e Christmas party.  However over the years, we have moved it to January since everyone is so busy around Christmas time!  This year – I went with a Valentine’s theme for my 3D item.  I really wanted to try out the new spiral flower die (item# 129379) that is in the Occasions catalog for spring. I love this die.  This will be my next video technique to record.   Making the flowers does take a little practice.  These roses are made with Real Red card stock and a  piece of wire.  You will also need a container and a glue gun. DSCN0045e_cu   So to make the flowers:
  1.  Cut a piece of real red card stock to 4″ x 4″.
  2. Run the die through your Big Shot to cut out the spirals.
  3. Use a bone folder to break down the stiffness of the card stock.  You want the card stock to be more pliable.
  4. Cut a 12″ piece of wire.  With a pair of  pliers, bend over one end of the wire to make a loop on the end.  This becomes the center of the flower.
  5. Wrap the narrow end of the spiral around the loop of the wire and pinch with your fingers.  Begin to wind around while pinching the bottom.  Use a dot of hot glue to hold the bottom together as you are wrapping around.  There is a tab at the larger end of the spiral.  This becomes the bottom of the flower.  I put a dab of hot glue in the center to hold the whole thing together.
DSCN0045e_edited-1 6.  The leaves are made with the large oval punch and a piece of old olive card stock. 7.  The oval is folded in half the long way and then I poked a hole in the center of oval to feed it onto the wire. 8.  I painted the tips of the flowers with Red Dazzling Details to add a little bling to the flowers! The container is a wooden container that I got at the local craft store.   The container was painted white with gesso paint.  I added a decorative layer with Real Red card stock and Fresh Prints designer paper stack. DSCN0045e2The center heart is stamped in silver and embossed with silver embossing powder from the Language of Love set also in the Occasions catalog.  The heart is layered onto a heart cut from red glimmer paper.  All the hearts are cut using the Hearts Framelits set.  The large hearts are layered onto a doily.  I added a couple of pieces of ribbon scraps that I had around. To make the filler for the container:
  1. Cut narrow strips of pool party card stock.
  2. Run through a crimper and add to the container.
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3D Christmas Tree

This 3D Christmas Tree made with Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper and Dazzling Details glitter is absolutely beautiful in person.  I have had so many compliments on this tree over the past two years since my friend Karyn created it!


The Story behind this Tree.  2 years ago the Simply Scored Scoring Tool came out and my friend Karyn immediately purchased one.  And she went to town.  The next week, when I saw her, she had created this beautiful tree!  Then last year – Stampin’ Up! introduced the Rosette Die for the Big Shot.  The die made this project much easier and quicker!!

So this year – after many requests I am offering the directions for this 3D Tree with full detailed directions and a technique video.

There is a small and large version of the tree.  It is made by cutting strips of designer paper and using the Rosette Sizzix die to score the strips.  You then accordion fold the strips and make lollies for the layers of the tree.

 I am also offering this Tree in Kit form with a   full set of directions with pre-cut and scored designer paper with a bottle of dazzling details for embellishment.  Everything has been pre-cut and scored for you so all you need is a glue gun to assemble the tree.

Option 1 – Full Instructions with Technique Video

Option 2 – Pre-cut Designer paper with Instructions and Video

Pre-cut 3D Tree
There are a couple of options for designer papers…  This is what I have prepped: Winter Frost – Blue/Silver blue-silver               Victorian – Red/Green victorian-red-green         Red/Green red-green              


These trees are a lot of fun to make!

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Handmade luggage tags

I wanted to show you some handmade luggage tags that I made today for Emily.  I know that there isn’t anything Stampin’ Up! on these other than the card stock.  Emily is leaving for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on Sat. 100_9766This morning, I realized  that Emily didn’t have any luggage tags for her new Vera Bradley luggage that she received as a graduation gift from her Aunt.  So I thought, I can make those… I went out to Google and found the logo for the Sacred Heart Pioneers and then added Emily’s dorm information.  I printed this on white card stock and layered this with gray and cherry cobbler which are Sacred Heart’s colors! I finished the luggage tags off with gray and red ribbons. This will be a busy weekend for us and a big change. signature line-003
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