Handmade Butterfly Frame

Today I am sharing a handmade Butterfly Frame that I recently made using the new Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala stamp set, the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch and the Butterfly  Beauty Thinlits.

Each year my Stamping Team the New England StampINKers, has a 3D Yankee swap.  Originally it started out as a Holiday party held in the beginning of December.  But over the years we have moved it to the beginning of January since people are just too busy during the Holidays.   The rule is that the items must be a 3D item made using Stampin’ Up! product.  It does not have to be current product.  We always have fun with these projects.

This was the project that I made for this year.  I have had this frame for a while and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Here are the details on the frame.  I took the frame apart and removed the glass.  I knew that I wanted the butterflies to be 3D so didn’t want the glass in the frame.  Next I traced each of the openings onto the piece of paper that was in the frame.  I used that as my guide to design each of the images.  
Next I selected sayings that I wanted to use.  I wanted inspirational phrases and also wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart.   the  Stampin’ Up! Statement of the heart was a stamp that demonstrators could purchase last year.   The “It’s a Beautiful Day” phrase is from the Share what you Love stamp set.   The Share what you Love stamp set also has a background stamp that I used for the shading behind the Statement of the Heart with Calypso Coral ink.

The 3rd phrase at the top right “Here’s to those that inspire us and don’t even know it!” is from one of the new Sale-a-bration sets Part of my Story which you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase of product!   All the Designer paper used for this frame is also a Sale-a-bration item:  The Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper.   You can see these and other Sale-a-bration items HERE.

The two medium butterflies on the bottom right squares are punched out from the designer paper using the Butterfly Duet punch.  I colored these butterflies with Blends markers.  The small butterflies are also punched from the Botanical Butterfly Designer paper.  

The layered butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Beauty
 Framelit Dies.  What I love about these dies is the detail of the butterflies and the layering that you can do with the dies.  This is a “two-part” die.  You cut a background layer and then a top detailed layer.  I used a little Wink of Stella to add some Glitter to the butterflies.  I used the Fine Tip Glue pen to put these butterflies together.  If I were doing this again, I would use the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets on the back of the cardstock so the layers are cut with adhesive.  That would be easier to use than glue.

Here is a picture of my team together with all of our 3D Items that we swapped.  What a great time we had!  Interested in joining my team?  Sale-a-bration is a great time to join my team!

During Sale-a-bration you receive and extra $50 worth of product for joining.  And there is a second option to join and get a beautiful Crafting Bag.

You can check out the details HERE.    Feel Free to call me and ask questions.  If you are in the USA I would love to have you as part of my team!

Don’t Miss out – 4 great crafting Classes

How can it be only 2 1/2 weeks from our next Creative Crafters’ Escape on Saturday June 16th??  Time just flies too fast!  So I wanted to share a couple of points with you for the day.

Creative Crafters' Escape
(Click on the flyer above to print it off and share with your friends – Bring a friend that is new to us and receive a special gift from us!)

My team and I have been very busy planning for another fantastic and Fun day!!  We do need to close registration 5 days before the event so we have time to order all the supplies.  So registration is closing on Sunday the 10th.  Registration is $80 but only until May 31st  which is tomorrow!  After this, registration goes up to $85!

So CLICK HERE to Register for our Event now before Registration goes up to $85!

We have created 4 fantastic new classes for the day.  You are sure to learn something new!

Techniques and Textures Class using the new In-Colors – with Jeanne
Creative Crafters' Escape petal palette class

This class uses the new In-Colors Designer series paper with the in-colors with the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  In this class you will:
  • Make 5 cards using the new In-Colors
  • Learn 5 different Stamping Techniques – a separate technique for each card!
  • Receive a half package of the new In-Color Designer paper with the class
You are sure to learn something new and will have some of the new paper to play with after the class!  Class Cost is $30.


Share What you Love Cards
with Lisa
Share what you love card class for Creative Crafters' Escape
In this class you will:

  • Complete 4 beautiful cards – perfect for any occasion!
  • Learn the Triple Layer technique
  • Receive a Full Step-by-step Tutorial for 6 cards with this gorgeous Designer paper!

Did I mention that this is the Designer paper that you receive as part of your registration gift?  Class Cost – $25

                                                                           Sea of Textures 3D Box
– with Debbie
Creative Crafters' Escape Sea of Textures 3D Box
All I can say about this box is WOW!!  Wait until you see it!  This box is absolutely gorgeous!

  • You will  make this fantastic 4 x 4″ box decorated with the Sea Critters from the 
Sea of Textures Stamp set.
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this box so you can re-create it in the future
  • Your friends will be awed by this project!
Class Cost – $20

Creative Crafter’s Sampler
– with Marilyn

  • You’ll make this beautiful Creative Sampler using the Crafting Forever and Apron of Love Stamp sets
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this sampler – you will have all the measurements to re-create this sampler for a friend
  • A Perfect gift for a Crafty Friend or Family member!
Class cost $25

So are you ready to register for the classes?? 

Click  HERE.

We are so looking forward to the day!!

See you there!

Springtime Foil Fancy Fold Card

Springtime Foil Designer Series PaperToday I am sharing a beautiful Fancy Fold Card that I made with the Stampin’ Up! Springtime Foil Designer Series paper.   This Designer Series paper is by far my favorite of all the DSPs that I have seen in a while!  It is a thick glossy white cardstock with Silver, Gold and Copper embossed images..  It is simply gorgeous!

I saw this Fancy Fold technique on Pinterest and had to figure it out!  I love Fancy Fold techniques!  So I will see if I can explain it!  For cards like this – I always make a template.  I recommend using two different colors of Cardstock to make your template as it helps you to remember how the pieces fit together!

NOTE:  These pictures are from my template.  I used Pool Party as the base for this card and whisper white for the inside portion of the card.
1.  Card Base:  5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock,  scored at 5 1/2″.   cut a 3/4″ window on the front side of the card.  Line up your paper trimmer at 3/4″.  Move your cutting blade to 3/4″ on the top clear ruler of the cutter.  Cut up to 4 3/4″.  Rotate your piece and make the next cut.  Cut each side to make a window.  When you are finished you will have a 4″ square.  Save this square.  You will use it later on.

2.  Cut a coordinating piece of cardstock to 7 1/2″ x 5 1/4″, score at 2 1/2″ and 5″ (I used whisper white for my 2nd piece on my template).  Fold in a Z pattern.  Attach the back of the 2nd piece to the back of the base.  With the Z fold – the two pieces together will form a square in the center.  

3.  Attach the 4″ square that you cut when you cut out the window to the front part of the Z fold.  I trimmed 1/8″ off two sides so the piece will fold smoothly thru the window of the card base.  I then added a 3 1/2″ square of whisper white as a layer.

4.  Cut two tabs to 3/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Score each at 2 1/2″.  Line up the score line on the tab with the line where the white piece lines up with the Pool Party piece.  Attach the tabs (cut from Pool Party) to the back side of the inside piece, white piece, and attach to the inside of the window frame.  Do the same on the bottom.   NOTE:  I added a small piece of white over the tab on the back of the white piece to make the tab less noticeable.

That’s it!  So here are pictures of my finished project with the Springtime Foil DSP.  I do love this DSP – did I mention that already?  The flowers on the front are fussy cut from the Copper Foil design and colored with the Blends markers.  The square on this card is a 4″ square of Gold Foil that I have embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.   I stamped “wedding wishes” from the Rose Wonder stamp set with versamark and embossed with Silver embossing powder.

The inside piece for my Springtime Foil card is the embossed leaves.  I stamped 3 of the small flowers from the Rose Wonder stamp set on a piece of Glossy White cardstock, embossed them and cut them out with the coordinating thinlits.  I added a message also from the Rose Wonder stamp set to the back layer of the card.

So I hope you have liked my project today.  I am planning on recording a video for this technique. 

So the important point for this week – is this the last week of Sale-a-bration!  So don’t miss out!

Ready to place an order?   If your order is under $150, use the Host Code SWRR2KMW and I will send you a sampler of this DSP.  I love to share Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course, if your order is over $150, then use the Hostess benefits for yourself!

Happy Stamping!

Back by popular demand……

I participated in an Artisan Craft Fair a couple of weeks ago and had many comments about the two types of handmade papercrafted Christmas trees that I have made in the past couple of years.

So I am bringing them back – I have 3 sets of the boxes for the to make the Advent Tree with the boxes. 

I do need to prep for the Christmas Tree made from Designer paper – so I do need a count form this tree as well.  Otherwise, I can’t guarantee that I will have supplies left for this tree.

The classes is going to be on Friday November 17th during the day from 10am to 3pm or in the evening at 7pm.

You can Register below for either class:
Christmas Tree

Interested in the instructions for either Christmas Tree?  Either PDF is $7.95

Folded Paper Tree – $7.95

Advent Tree – $7.95

Have fun with the trees & Happy Stamping!


3D Handmade Christmas Card

Today I am shari3D Handmade Christmas cardng a 3D Handmade Christmas card that I made using the Ready for Christmas Stamp set.  I have to admit that this card does take a little time to make.  But as soon as I saw the Ready for Christmas stamp set – this card was stuck in my head!  LOL.

Here are the details on the card:

The Card base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/4″ x 11″.  Score on each side at 3 1/2″.

This card uses two different Stampin’ Up! Designer papers:  The Fresh Florals and the Wood Texture DSP. 

I used a piece of 3 7/8″ x 5″ piece of Fresh Fig DSP from the Fresh Florals DSP stack.  Attach this piece to the inside center panel.  Stamp the pictures on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Color in the pictures and cut them out with the coordinating framelits from the Christmas Staircase thinlits.

Fireplace:  Cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock to 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  Use the brick pattern mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  Lay the brick mask over the Cherry Cobbler cardstock and  use a sponge dauber with Cherry cobbler ink to rub over the mask to make the brick look.  Use the Hearth & Home thinlits to cut a mantle from the Wood Texture DSP.  Cut out the separate piece to use as the mantle on the fireplace.  Trim out the window panes and the bottom piece of the window to make the hearth. Line up the brick background on the center of this panel.  Attach the Hearth over the brick background. 

Cut out 6 pieces of pine using the framelit from the Christmas Staircase thinlits and Garden green cardstock.  Add to the Fireplace Mantle.  Stamp 3 stockings with Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink.  Cut out with framelits.  Cut 3 small bows from a scrap of Cherry Cobbler.  Attach the stockings to the mantle with glue dots.

Next we are going to work on the staircase side of the card on the left.  Cut 2 staircases from the Wood Texture DSP. 
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Stamp 2 pine swags with Garden Green ink on a piece of Garden Green cardstock.  Cut out with the coordinating thinlits from the Christmas Staircase thinlits set. NOTE:  you need to the two swags to line up – so you will flip one over and carefully fill in the swag with the pine stamp.    Stamp the little dog with Basic Black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and color as desired.  Also stamp the cookies from Santa.  Stamp the side table with Black ink on a scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  Cut out all of these items with the coordinating Christmas Staircase thinlits.  Attach one set of stairs to the front of the side panel.  Cut down the fold line to the top of the top step and follow the line of the stair to cut a diagonal line.  The white of the card base will be hidden behind the stairs.  Line up the second staircase and attach to the back/inside of the card.  Attach the table to the bottom of the stairs.  Attach cookies for Santa on the table top and attach the dog next to the table.  Attach one swag on th3D Handmade Christmas Carde outside of the staircase.  Attach the reverse swag to the inside of the staircase.

Last is the right side of this card.  Attach a 3 7/8″ x 5″ piece of the Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP to the outside of the right panel.  Stamp the Christmas tree with Garden Green ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp 8 ornaments.  Cut out the ornaments and the tree with the thinlits.  I used a scrap of Silver Glimmer paper to cut a star for the top of the tree.  I cut out 4 small squares of Quilted Christmas DSP to make the presents.  Use the thinlits to cut out matching bows for the presents.  Attach the tree to the right panel of the card using dimensionals.  Cut along the edge of the tree diagonally up the card along the tree edge.  Add the ornaments and star to the tree.  Add the presents below the tree.

Stamp the sentiment “a Wish for Everything Merry” with Cherry Cobbler ink on the inside of the right panel.  That’s it!

Here are the items that were used to make this card:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I would love to see your version of this card.  If you make one post a picture in the comments below or on my FB page at  www.facebook.com/stampwithmarilyn/.  And while you are there don't forget to like my page!

Happy Stamping!


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.
Handmade Z Fold Graduation Card
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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If you are in the United States and need a demonstrator, then you can order your supplies in my online store.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code 96BMYB2J and I will send you a package of rhinestone jewels.  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers!  Also - please send me a message if you need a new catalog and you are in the USA.

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.

Life me Up Z fold card
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