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!


Love the At Home with You Stamp set?

Do you love the At Home with You Stamp set??  At Home with You is one of my favorite sets from the new catalog!  There are so many different projects that you can make with this set and the coordinating thinlits!  You can make anything for any season or occasion!  This has to be one of the most versatile stamp sets in the new catalog!

One of the things that I love about this stamp is that you can cut the Door so that it opens and shows the inside of the house!

And Voila!  Check out the inside of this Beach House made with the At Home with You Stamp set!

I do have to warn you that this class is not an easy class.  These are very advanced cards and they do make use of a couple of stamp sets.  You can substitute similar sets for some of the designs.

The 3 primary stamp sets and thinlits used to make these cards are:
  • At Home with You
  • Ready for Christmas
  • Colorful Seasons

You can check out the details of this class HERE.

Enjoy and 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 Swing Card

Today I am sharing a 3D Swing Card that I recently made for my Stamper’s Club.  My theme for January and February classes is Cards that Move also know as Fancy Fold Cards.  This is one exampmsc Valentine3D-wle and actually not too difficult to make!

After demonstrating this card at my Stamper’s Club, I promised that I would record a video on how to make these cards – so HERE it is!

This card is made using the Bloomin’ Love stamp set and the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

The cardstock is Rose Red and Whisper White with Rose Red ink.  The frame is cut using the Deco Labels framelits.

The Details on this card:
Cut a full piece of Rose Red cardstock into quarters to 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  Cut 4 coordinating pieces of Designer paper to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and attach to the front of the cardstock.  Score and fold each piece at 2 1/8″ the long way.

Stamp the Heart from the Bloomin’ Love Stamp set with Rose Red ink on Whisper White cardstock 4 times.  Cut out each heart and score down the middle of the heart.  Attach one folded side to the folded side of the 2nd heart.  Cut an 8″ piece of Baker’s Twine and place thru the center of the heart.  Add the next folded heart with the baker’s twine thru the center. 

Using Fast Fuse, add adhesive to half of one side.  Line up the next piece and secure.  Add adhesive to half of the 3rd piece and fold back.  Repeat with the 4th piece.  Add a little fast fuse to the folded seam of the card.  Lay the 3D Heart with the baker’s twine to the center of the card.  Add adhesive to the last side and seal the card!

Check out my Video on You Tube HERE.

Here are the supplies that you need to make this card:

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This card does fold flat to put in an envelope.  If I am mailing a card like this I use a small padded envelope or an invitation envelope that is a size larger than the standard invitation envelope.


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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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3D Christmas Tree

This beautiful 3D Christmas Tree is made with Christmas Designer Paper and the Stampin’ Up! Rosette Die on the Big Shot.   These trees are made by scoring strips of designer paper and folding them to make lollies.   The Lollies are stacked together and glued with a glue gun.
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3D Christmas Tree made from Designer Paper
This tree was made with the Winter Frost Designer paper.  (The Winter Frost designer paper is now retired but another Christmas pattern can be used).  The designer paper is cut into strips starting at 5″ and scored with the Rosette die.  

Each layer decreases by 1/4″.   The wider layers on the bottom use 3 pieces of designer paper to make one Lolly.  The smaller Lollies use 2 pieces of Designer paper.

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3D Christmas Tree made from Designer paper.
Check out this video with the details on how to make this tree HERE.  You can also purchase the full detailed instructions for this tree below for $7.95.

Have fun making these trees!

Happy Stamping,

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