In Bloom Birthday! A Clean and Simple Fun Fold!

Happy Tuesday to you!  Today, I followed a favorite tutorial with a different look.  A few posts ago, I created a cluster of hearts using the same fun fold card dimensions and design.

One of the great things about card making is that you can use the same sketch or fun fold tutorial and put your own spin on it for a different occasion or a different look.

Today, I used the In Bloom stamp set and the FREE coordinating Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper.  By now, I’m sure you all know about Stampin’ Up!’s sale event, Sale-A-Bration.  For each $50 product purchase from any current catalog, you can earn a free Sale-A-Bration item from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.

Here’s an example:

  • You can purchase the In Bloom Bundle which includes the stamp set and matching dies.  By the way, the dies for this are incredible!
  • The price for the Bundle is $48.50.
  • If you add a package of Neutrals cardstock you qualify for the FREE Designer Series Paper.
  • You will have everything you need to make this card and many different versions of it.

Here’s the quick and easy “how to” for this project:

  • Cut a standard  4 1/4″ X 11″ A-2 Card Base using Night of Navy cardstock.
  • Score the card base at 5 1/2″ and burnish your score line with a bone folder.
  • With the inside of the card base facing you, cut off 3″ from the left side.
  • This piece will be your Fun Fold focal point front.
  • Cut a Basic White layer 2 3/4″ x 4″.  This layer is attached to the Night of Navy focal point front.
  • Cut a Basic White 4″ x 5 1/4″ layer for the inside sentiment layer.
  • The patterned paper layer is 2 1/4″ x 4″.
  • The flowers are fussy cut from a piece of Paper Blooms DSP.
  • Stamp your sentiment on the inside card layer.
  • I added a few faceted dots from my embellishment stash.

I enjoy sharing project dimensions with you to make it easier for you to pull out what you have and create your own design.

So, do just that.  Grab your favorite patterned paper, match up a cardstock base, add a few white layers and create your own original!

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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Berry Blessings For The January Pals Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team created projects featuring “Sale-A-Bration Products.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments. We love hearing from you! At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

The Berry Blessings stamp set and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper were favorites of mine since I first saw the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  The stamp set features simple berry images and three mixed font sentiment stamps.  The Designer Series Paper includes fun, bright patterns and “Berry” delightful coordinating mixed berry patterns. Combined, these products will have you stamping and smiling, and in my case, fussy cutting. In fact, I was having so much fun cutting and creating with this paper that I made a second card using different colors and patterns.

Below are the layer measurements for this card.  I hope you have as much fun with this design as I did.

  • Start with a standard A-2 card base.  (Granny Apple Green and So Saffron)
  • The Basic White layer on both cards is 5 3/8″ X 4 1/8″.
  • The top layer which will hold your focal point layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″.  (Granny Apple Green and So Saffron)
  • The mat layer for the strawberry patterned paper is 2 7/8″ X 4 3/4″.  (Shaded Spruce and Bumblebee)
  • The strawberry patterned paper layer is 4 3/4″ X 2 3/4″.
  • Cut the banner layer 2″ X 4″ if you are going to use the SU Triple Banner Punch.  If you are going to hand crop the banner, cut the cardstock 2″ X 3 3/4″.  (When the punch cuts, you lose 1/4″ from the bottom).
  • The patterned layer on top of the banner is 1 7/8″ wide.  If you are using the punch, cut the paper 4″ long.  Attach the layer on the cardstock banner from the bottom to the top and trim the top. It’s better to have a longer layer for this cut.  Trust me on this!!  (smile)
  • If you’re going to hand crop your banner layer you can stay closer to the finished 3 3/4″ length and trim from the top.

I still can’t decide which I like best, but you can tell me what you think.  Green or yellow?

For those who read my blog regularly I want you to take notice that the color blue is not in my post today!  I promised I would work on that… and I am.  BUT…I’m probably going to do a blueberry card just like this one.  Maybe for tomorrow’s post. (smile)

I’m wishing you the “berry best” always!

So get out your banner punch, cut a few layers, fussy cut some strawberries and create something that will make you smile.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on February 10th when our theme will be “Birthday Bonanza” where the design team will be sharing birthday projects that celebrate our family and friends. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft room.


  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Renae Novak at Blessed By Cards w/Renae Novak
  7. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  10. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  11. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  12. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  13. Leah O’Brien at Honey Bee Stamping & More!
  14. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  15. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  16. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  17. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  18. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  19. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  20. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps INK
  21. Jennifer Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  22. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  23. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  24. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  25. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  28. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  29. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
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PP552 A Mix of New and Very New!

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to the first Paper Players Challenge for 2021!  LeAnne is our Hostess this week and she asked us to use something new in our design; something we’ve never used before.

My card is a mix of new and very new.  The Curvy Dies have been around for a short time and the Floral Gallery Dies and Many Messages Bundle are brand new.

I wanted to create something bright and “happy” for our first Paper Players Challenge in the new year.  I thought a colorful card with black and white neutrals and bold lettering would be fun.

The bold lettering is from the large die in the Floral Gallery Dies.  This Die is a first for me.  I didn’t realize each word was separated until I used it.  It was easy to create a “shadow” for the lettering since the font is so large and bold.  I cut two sets of letters, one in white and one in black and slightly offset them when I glued them together.  The Basic Black shadow gives the white lettering depth.  Although I didn’t use an embossing folder, this design has a lot of texture.  The Curvy Dies helped accomplish that.

The inside card sentiment reads,  “Wishing you a year of magical moments and wonderful memories.”

Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness and Just Jade are fun colors and work beautifully together.  I added a little more Bumblebee which helped the other colors pop.  I always say… when in doubt, go with yellow!  Yellow is a great neutral or accent for any project.

The inside sentiment is from the Many Messages Bundle.  This sentiment works perfectly with the Happy New Year message I want to send.

This card was a cinch to put together.  With one of the Curvy Dies, I cut a bunch of oversized cardstock layers and attached them to a Whisper White card layer.  Although I had to trim the sides of the first Whisper White layer before I added it to the second Whisper White layer,  it all sat nicely on a Basic Black card base.

So, pull out something you haven’t used – a bold sentiment die, colorful cardstock or a heartfelt sentiment and create something amazing to link up with the Paper Players!  We’re excited to see what your “New” is.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


Garden Wishes And A Little Bee!

Happy New Year!  I wish you all lots of joy, good health and much love in 2021.

Here’s my Sneak Peek for the Garden Wishes Bundle.  When I was thinking about what to do for my first post of 2021, many ideas came to mind.  I kept going back to the Garden Wishes Bundle.  The Bundle has been available for a while now and I’ve seen many versions of it.  It’s part of the Dandy Garden Suite featured in the upcoming January-June 2021 Mini Catalog scheduled to go live on January 5th.

One of the perks I receive by being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is that I get to see, touch and feel all of the new products before they’re available to the customer.  This is probably the most exciting perk since excitement is generated early for the new and I look forward to that bit of a refresh.  I’m sure you do, as well.  We all need a refresh from time to time.

I’ve been stamping so many holiday cards and putting together holiday projects that stamping and coloring a few wisps of flowers blowing in the breeze is refreshing.  Along with all of this, I love Misty Moonlight and here I go again with the blue and yellow color combination.   I am going to work on “refreshing” that fact….maybe!

So, on to my card.  Actually, my inspiration for this design was that little bee.  I saw the bee stamp in the stamp set and had to use it somewhere.  I’m not sure if you know it but the name “Debbie” means bee and I’ve always loved bumblebees.  When you think about it, they are smart and industrious.  Okay, enough about that. (smile)

This card design grew from that little bee.  I love when that happens.  It’s proof that inspiration can come from just about anyplace.  I stamped all of the images except for the bee in Smoky Slate ink and used my Blends to color the images.  A few layers later, my card was complete. There’s no sentiment today.  This card will be one of my personal handwritten notes.

So, find that one little thing that you love, add a few colored images and a layer or two and create something simple and soothing.

…the only limitation is your imagination!



A Well Suited Happy Birthday Sneak Peek!

Today’s post is a mix of classic old and classic new.  It features a Sneak Peek at the Well Suited Designer Series Paper and the Many Messages Bundle.  Both will be in the 2021 January-June Mini Catalog scheduled to go live on January 5th.  That’s less than a week away!

I can’t show you the actual paper, but I will tell you that this Designer Series Paper is a must.  The patterns are perfect for the product Suite they’re part of but the designs are once again beautifully versatile.

For my card today, I chose to go with a Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Whisper White dotted pattern.  The Designer Series Paper color palette was my color inspiration, and my card design inspiration came from a past post which I added below.   I accented the patterned paper with a Smoky Slate card base and Basic Black, Whisper White and Silver Foil cardstock layers and shapes.

The Happy Birthday sentiment is part of the new Many Messages Bundle.  The Bundle features sentiment images that can be stamped all at once and cropped with the matching die.  I tried it and liked the idea.  I used this sentiment for my card today and saved the others for future projects.

Any of the “shapes” dies are basic card making staples that you’ll use time and again.  My card today features the stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes Dies and the Stitched Stars Dies.  Both have proven to be great additions to my card making tools. If you don’t already have them, think about adding them to your new Wish List.

I finished my card with a little Basic Gray stamped ink splatter and a few white resin dots from All The Trimmings Embellishments.

So, crop a few circles, add a few stars and a sentiment, and create a simple and versatile card.

...the only inspiration is your imagination!