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!

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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.
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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!


Valentine’s Z Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today I am sharing a Double Z Fold Card that I made for a Valentine’s Day class that I was teaching.  This card uses the Sending Love Suite of Products from Stampin’ up!

The stamp set is Sealed with Love from Stampin’ Up! which is part of the Sealed with Love Bundle (144705).  Don’t forget that you save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and coordinating famelits together!

The Designer paper is the Sending Love Designer paper (142733) which coordinates with Real Red and Whisper White cardstock.

So the details on this Z fold card…  Warning that this card is not a quick card.  There are a lot of moving parts and it does take some time to assemble.  But they are beautiful when they are done!

The card base is a piece of Real Red cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 3″ and 5 1/2″.  The first panel has a 2 3/4″ x 4″ piece of Sending Love Designer paper layered on a 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of whisper white cardstock.  The middle panel is a different piece of the designer paper cut to 2 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  The 3rd panel is cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ layered on a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 4 1/8″x 5 3/8″.

The piece that makes this card fun is the front piece that makes the Z Fold.  This is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 1″ x 11″ scored at 3″ and 5 1/2″.  The key to this piece is you fold it in the same Z pattern but attach it in the opposite direction.  The end of the 5 1/2″ piece is attached to the front 3″ panel and the 3″ piece is attached to the 5 1/2″ panel.  Warning:  Make sure to fold your card before you go any further to make sure the fold works correctly.

The front panel is decorated with a couple of 7/8″ pieces of the Sending Love Designer paper.  Now the fun part!  Stamping all the embellishments and you can go crazy with this!  I used Real Red ink with Whisper White cardstock to stamp the Happy Valentine’s Day message on the 3rd panel.  This is cut out with a circle from the Layering Circles framelits and is layered on a larger scallop circle cut from Real Red cardstock.  These Love Notes framelits are so much fun.  There are a lot of pieces to this set!  I cut the cupid’s arrows from scraps of Real Red cardstock and used these to enhance the Happy Valentine’s day message.  

Other embellishments are rows of hearts that I stamped with real red ink on whisper white cardstock and cut out to line the Z panel.  The 3D Heart Flowers were stamped with real red ink on whisper white and with white craft ink on Real red cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  The Heart flowers are cut out with the die that makes them 3D and attached to a 1/8″ strip of cardstock to make a “stem”.  These are attached to a 1/2″ x 4″  piece of cardstock that is run from the card base to the front strip so the hearts can pop when the card opens.  Also included with this framelit set is two small envelopes that you can add Love Notes to.  

The envelope is a scrap of whisper white cardstock cut using the envelope die.  The little love note is a piece of whisper white that I stamped the string of hearts on and cut out with the love note die.   The heart on the outside of the envelope is a scrap of blushing bride cardstock with a single heart stamped and cut out with the dies.  I added a second envelope in Real Red cardstock with a another love note to the middle panel.  This die set is a great way to use up lots of scraps!  I made other embellishments from scraps of Red Glimmer paper.  This is my favorite Valentine stamp set that Stampin’ Up! has made in several years!  Such a great versatile set!  I think that I will make a couple of Wedding and Anniversary cards with this set.

Stay tuned for my video which is being edited that shows the details of this card.

Here is a list of supplies for this card:

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Thanks for stopping by!


Sneak Peak Avant Garden Z Fold Card

avant-garden-wToday I am posting a Sneak Peak of a Z Fold Card that I made with the new Sale-a-bration stamp set Avant Garden for a swap.  Swaps are part of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s life when a new catalog is coming out.  Since we can’t buy everything (even though we want to), as a Demonstrator we can purchase sets a month early to make samples and prep for classes.  And we do want samples of stamp sets that we don’t own to show our customers and to use for our displays.  So we all participate in swaps.  Each Demonstrator designs 1 project and then makes multiple copies of the project to trade with other demonstrators.  I just received some cool cards yesterday from a swap with the new sets that are coming out on Wednesday January 4th with the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration!

So this is one of the cards that I designed using the Avant Garden stamp set which is the new floral set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration catalog.  I also made this card in two different color schemes.  The first color scheme is Island Indigo with Mint Macaroon and the second is Rich Razzleberry with Sweet Sugarplum.  The Designer series paper is Blooms & Bliss from the catalog.

Z Fold Card Directions:
Card base: 
5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 2 1/8″ &
4 1/4″ and fold the casugarplum-avant-garden-wrd in a Z format!
Front Background layer:
a 1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper.

The Inside of the card is a coordinating color (mint macaroon or Sweet sugarplum) cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ with a piece of Blooms & Bliss Designer Series paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.

The main element on the front of the card is the flower from the Avant Garden Stamp set stamped with Island Indigo Ink or Sweet Sugarplum & Rich Razzleberry stamped on a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The background behind the flower is stamped lightly with Mint Macaroon or Blushing Bride ink stamped off – so the image is very light.  The flower is layered onto a piece of darker cardstock cut to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.  This is layered onto a piece of the lighter cardstock cut to
2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″

The message “Thanks for being you.” is stamped on the front of the card. The flower petals are enhanced with the Clear Wink of Stella brush that adds a little glitter to the image.  And of course Rhinestone jewels were added along the bottom of the piece.  I used a larger jewel in the center to add a little dimension.

Ready to place an order?  I love to share hostess benefits with my customers!  So if your order is under $150, then use the hostess code RHSP2U6R and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

So do you like the Island Indigo/Mint Macaroon or Rich Razzleberry/Sweet Sugarplum card better?

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Balloon Birthday Day Card

Today I am sharing a really cool Pop-up Box card with a Birthday Card theme that I made for a friend’s 80th Birthday.  I know this card has a 50 on it since this is now my sample card.
birthday pop-up-w_edited-1So the theme for the Stamping New England Design Team cards in February is Birthdays.  And this week the theme for the Global Design Team challenge is balloons.  So here we are!  My first entry for the Global Design Project!


So the Details on this card. 

The base of the card is Basic Black cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 11″.   I made a little cheat sheet of how to cut and score card stock for the base of this really cool card.   Score down the middle the long way at 3″.  Then score at 2 5/8″, 5 1/4″, 7 7/8″ and 10 1/2″.   Cut up each score line on the 2 1/2″ side to the score line in the center of the piece.

popup box cardThen fold and cut out the 2 1/2″ x 1/2″ piece.  Use a piece of Tear & Tape strip on the small tab that is left.  Fold into a box.  Fold down the flap on each side.

Next I layered each side of the box.  I used the It’s Your Party designer paper stack layered onto Crushed Curry cardstock for the sides.  I choose the white confetti pattern for the back piece so I could stamp the message “Look who’s turning” from the Number of Years stamp set with Black Momento ink.  The dimensions for these layers are:  Crushed Curry 2 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ and the Designer paper is 2 3/8″ x 2 1/4″.

Next punch out balloons from pieces of crushed curry and basic black cardstock using the new Balloon Bouquet punch from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  I also punched out a few balloons from Gold Glimmer paper and Gold Foil for a little extra bling!  Next were a few stars punched out using the Star punch.  Then stamp the desired number of years using the new Stampin’ Up! stamp set Number of Years and cut out with the matching framelit dies.  Don’t you love when Stampin’ Up! designs dies to cut out stamped images?

To attach the balloons and numbers to the center of the box, cut 2 pieces at 3/4″ x 3 5/8″ and score 1/2″ from each end to make cross bars for the box.   Fold each piece in a Z fold.  Add a little piece of Tear & Tape strip to the end of each Z.  These then fit into the Box attaching each piece to the side of the box to make two cross bars.  Next cut little stems from scraps of cardstock.  I took a 3″ scrap of cardstock and cut very narrow 1/8″ pieces to make the stems which I used to attach the balloons, stars and numbers to these little crossbars.

I have recorded a video of this project.  Check it out HERE.

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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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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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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

Happy Halloween!!

100_9915 copy  Happy Halloween!!  Here is another card that moves designed for Halloween.  This card uses Halloween Happiness and the Best of Halloween stamp set.  The Haunted House is one of my favorite Halloween stamps that SU has designed over the year!! The designer paper on this card is the Witch’s Brew design.  The card colors are basic black and tangerine tango card stocks. So to make the unique fold, use a card stock base that is cut the long way 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.  Cut 2 1/4″ off the top half of the card.  Cut another piece 100_9916 of basic black card stock to 3″ x 8″.  Score at 4″ and fold in half.  Layer the bottom half of the smaller card onto the base of the larger card, folding in the opposite direction. With this card, the haunted house which is punched with a circle punch holds the layer closed!   Enjoy your Halloween and don’t eat too much candy!!   signature line-003

October Technique Class

Each month I design a technique class with a video demonstrating a technique with full directions for 3 cards using the technique!   Well, this month I have designed the technique around  the new Thinlits Dies that allow you to make Flip Cards in one quick step. 100_9908

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These dies are great and make interactive cards so easy!  Who wouldn’t want to receive an interactive card like one of these above! So for the remainder of October – place an order for one of the thinlit die sets and receive a link to my technique video and full instructions for these cards for FREE!  Each set of thinlit dies has 8 great shapes that coordinate with the die to make beautiful cards all for $32.95.
  • 133479 – Label Card Thinlit
  • 133480 – Circle Card Thinlit
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Thinlit Die Christmas card

Another card from my  Cards that Move series using the Circle thinlit Die.  This is a Christmas card that is made with the Season of Style Designer paper and the Ornament Keepsakes set which is still available. 100_9829_e1This card is actually a CASE (copy and steal everything) from one of my downlines, Michele Lacerda.  Michele is one of  several really great card designers in my downline.  i have a very talented downline and we have a great time when we all get together! In fact, our weekend retreat is coming up.  Want to join us on Cape Cod for a Girls’ weekend on October 26th?  Join my group! We meet monthly to share ideas and stamp.   I have the best team!   I have been a STampin’ Up! Demonstrator for 12 years (next week) and I am always learning something new from one of my team members.  You can watch a short video about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Dmonstrator here. So back to this card.  I used the diagonal stripe from the Season of Style designer paper in the Holiday catalog with accents using Cherry Cobbler card stock.  The ornament is stamped with Old Olive ink. and cut out using the coordinating Ornament keepsakes framelits.  Don’t forget to stamp two ornaments.  One for each side of the circle. And I really think the bling with the Champaign Glitter paper makes this card. Check out my Cards that Move Class on October 2nd at 7pm.  Cards that Move 2 is on October 22nd at 7pm.  You can Register here:
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 Not local to me??  Don’t fret.  Place an order of $35 or more from my website and receive detailed instructions and a technique video for my cards that move class. You can place an order here.  Use the hostess code SGC3GEV7 and you have a chance to be the mystery hostess this week! Happy Stampin’ signature line-003

More with Thinlit Dies & Halloween

Here is another example of the new Circle thinlit die and a Halloween card that moves!  I love the ease of these new dies in making the flip cards. 100_9828_e I used the Witches’ Brew designer paper with black card stock and the Halloween Bash Stamp set. The bat in the middle of the circle card flips around as the center of the circle is cut out.     Want to learn how to make this card?  Stop by my Cards that Move Class – Part 1 on Wednesday October 2nd!!  Not local to me?  Place a $35 order and receive a link to this technique video and full instructions on how to make this card.  Use the hostess code SGC3GEV7 and earn a chance to be the mystery hostess for this week.  I will be closing this order next Sunday the 29th! You can Register here for my Cards that Move class:
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Thinlit dies and more Flip Cards

The theme for my upcoming October technique classes is cards that move.  With the new thinlit dies, these cards have become so much easier to make!100_9823_e1   This is a card that I designed yesterday using the SoHo Subway designer paper with the By the Tide Stamp set.   I added a little flair to the card by making the shell spin within the circle of the thinlit.     100_9826     To do this you need the circle framelits to cut out the center of the circle on the card.   Like this card?  This is one of the cards that I will teaching how to make at my Cards that Move Technique Classes in October.   Cards that Move Part 1 Wednesday October 2nd  7pm and Cards that Move Part 2 Wednesday October 23rd 7pm You can attend one class or both.  Each class will teach techniques for making different types of interactive cards.  You can register here via paypal:  
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