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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PP 524 CAS Challenge – A Little Bit of Snow!

It’s Sunday and time for another Paper Players Challenge!  This week, Claire is hosting a CAS challenge all about SNOW!

With that in mind, I went through my “winter” stamp collection and found the Mountain Air Bundle. The Bundle includes the Mountain Air stamp set and matching Majestic Mountain dies. For my card today, I used both.  I love the look of these pine trees. To me, they are strong and graceful.

I thought about how I would feel surrounded by nothing but pine trees like these after some freshly fallen snow.  Peaceful is what I came up with.  So, with that in mind, my sentiment had to be soft and peaceful which took me to my stamps again.  I found a sentiment from the Wishing You Well stamp set, which is retired now, but a huge favorite of mine.  The sentiment is clean and simple and matches my card design well.

I’m sure you know, a CAS card is a Clean and Simple design with lots of white space.  I thought about adding a Mossy Meadow layer to  match my pine trees, but instead scored the edges of my card layer, die cut my trees and attached them with Dimensionals.  Those few changes made the difference and I didn’t need the Mossy Meadow layer.

Okay, now for my “snow story”.  I wanted puffy snow on my tree branches.  I tried white embossing powder with an embossing pen, I tried embossing paste, I also used a ton of my white glue and let it dry overnight. These attempts at puffy snow turned into what I would call a “hot mess”!  So, I stepped away from my card production and gave it some thought.

Ha!  I had a white Stampin’ Chalk Marker!  So, I easily (and without any more hot messes) tapped the white chalk ink onto my tree branches.  After a few doses, my trees had freshly fallen snow.

So, just for today, put away your floral designs and create a clean and simple snow scene.  Celebrate winter and link up with us over at the Paper Players.  All of us on the Design Team are looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

…the only limitation is your imagination!

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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!



Well Written Happy New Year!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I shared some “happy” news I received for the start of 2021 and today, I want to share my “Happy New Year” card with you.

I can’t seem to get enough of the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The photographed images are beautiful, and they can be used well beyond the holidays throughout the winter season. The simple silver and white classic patterns on the reverse side can be used all year for just about any occasion.

The Feels Like Frost DSP pack will be retiring as of January 3rd.  It’s in the August-December Mini Catalog on page 42 and is on sale now at 50% off.  The new price is $7.50.   You can click on the product picture at the end of this post for more details..

  • I added a Highland Heather cardstock layer to a Whisper White card base.
  • The Feels Like Frost top layer reminds me of festive lights for the New Year.
  • I cropped the “2021” numbers with the Playful Alphabet Dies and Highland Heather cardstock.
  • The “Happy” sentiment is from the Well Written Dies and is cropped with a Silver Foil Sheet.
  • I scattered a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels for a little sparkle.

This is just one of the cards I created with the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.  Below are a few samples of the many possibilities you have using this paper pack.  And, they are all quick and easy cards to put together.

…the only limitation is your imagination!


Warm & Toasty In The Snow!

I can’t tell you how many times I open up a Stampin’ Up! catalog.  The Annual Catalog is a staple on my desk as are the Minis’.  I refer to them constantly for both inspiration and to make decisions on what to purchase.  The Warm & Toasty stamp set is in the August-December Mini Catalog on page 42.  I saw this stamp set many times and always gave it a lot of attention.  I finally purchased it and I’ve used it over and over.  It’s retiring this year and will only be available for another few weeks.

The images are what I call “whimsical”.  They are clean and happy, you can’t help falling in love with them. The sentiments are a mix of line weights and fonts and are just as cute as the images.

Here’s today’s card story.

  • In yesterday’s post, I used a flower from Stampin’ Up!’s new Designer Series Paper called True Love.  It’s part of the Love You Always Suite coming in the new January – June Mini Catalog.
  • The patterned paper was still on my desk.  I noticed the striped pattern on the reverse side of the floral and decided to use it.
  • I knew it would make a perfect frame for my little polar bear and add that extra “something” to my all white card.
  • The pattern is a diagonal stripe and I wanted a straight up and down stripe so I cut the paper into 6″ X 6″ squares.
  • I turned one of the squares so the stripes were straight up and down and cropped the frame with my Stitched Rectangle Dies.
  • To lift my frame, I added a few Foam Adhesive Strips to the back of the frame and simply framed my original card.
  • With the dotted Curvy Die, I cut the little snow hill and stamped the sentiment on the “hill”. My original sentiment was on the card below the polar bear.
  • It’s amazing how a simple frame can change the look of a project.
  • I shaded the area around the polar bear with Pool Party ink and a sponge dauber.
  • The little white dots are from All The Trimmings Embellishments which are retiring and on sale.

So, look around your crafting space, find a scrap or two, add a little something more to a simple card and create something happy, warm and toasty!

…the only limitation is your imagination!