Masterfully And Gorgeously Made

One of my favorite Bundles is on the Last Chance List. The Gorgeously Made Bundle will be off the shelf as of Ap;ril 30th. It has everything you need to create beautiful cards and projects. There are large element dies, a notebook edged die, and you can even get a torn paper look with a special die. There’s only one sentiment layer die, but it’s sized for most sentiments.

The Gorgeously Made stamp set includes two background stamps, large floral focal point stamps, and three clean and simple sentiments.

If the Gorgeously Made Bundle has been on your radar, add it to your wish list. It’s available until April 30th or while supplies last.

So, let’s make a card!

  • The Parakeet Party (retiring color as of April 30th), cardstock card base is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ on the long side.
  • The Masterfully Made Designer Series Paper layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″. (It’s retiring as of April 30th).
  • I marked the top of the DSP layer at 1 1/4″ from the left side, and put a pencil mark at 1 3/4″ down from the top on the right side.
  • Align the two pencil marks in the paper trimmer and score on the diagonal from pencil mark to pencil mark.
  • I folded the corner down toward the center of the card and adhered the folded corner to the layer.
  • I cut a Parakeet Party cardstock layer 1 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.
  • To create the triangle, I cut the cardstock layer on the diagonal from point to point. (This piece should fit into the folded triangle at the top of your patterned paper layer).
  • Attach the patterned paper layer to the card base.
  • Stamp and attach your sentiment as shown.
  • Die cut a Parakeet Party cardstock element from the Gorgeously Made Dies, snip it to the size you want and attach it under the sentiment layer.
  • Embellish your beautiful card.

So, pick out a beright, bold patterned paper, fold down the corner, attach it to a cardstock card base, and create a Gorgeously Made masterpiece to share with a friend.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Hooray For Surprises With The Pals

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

This month, the theme is Sale-A-Bration. We hope that you will be inspired by the creations the Pals are sharing with you! You will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Can you notice the die cut circle in the center of my card? It has a little “pull tab” on the right. Well, if you pull up the tab, you will definitely be surprised. Under the bright and fun element cluster is a “Hooray” sentiment, just for you!

The Hooray For Surprises Bundle is featured in my post today, and I’m also showcasing both the Sunny Days and Most Adored Designer Series Paper packs. They’re both in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure and are free with a $50 product purchase. You can get the Hooray For Surprises Bundle and pick a pretty pack of Designer Series Paper to make lots of “surprise” cards to share.

Here are a few more cards I put together with this Bundle and the featured Designer Series Paper. Once I got started, I was able to breeze through constructing the surprise layers in no time at all.

  • There are Video and PDF Tutorials below that will give more “construction” details.
  • The Pool Party cardstock card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″.
  • The large Basic White mat layer is 3 3/4″ x 5″.
  • The floral patterned paper layer is 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″.
  • The Pool Party small cardstock layer is 3 1/2″ x 3″.
  • The Pool Party patterned paper layer is 3 3/8″ x 2 7/8″.
  • There’s a secret Basic White layer that you will need. It’s 3 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.
  • I stamped the flowers with Petal Pink and Sweet Sorbet ink, and die cut them with the coordinating dies.
  • There are a few Basic Black die cut sprigs, and Basic White small flowers. These are also die cuts using the Hooray For Surprises Dies.
  • I stamped the sentiment with Black Memento ink and hand cropped the banner.
  • I dotted the centers of the small flowers with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.

You can click on the button below to download the PDF Tutorial with more assembly details and photos.

If you’re more of a visual learner, as I am, you can download the Video Tutorial below.

So, do you love surprises? Or better than that, do you love to send surprises. The Hooray For Surprises Bundle is one of those that is fresh and fun. I know you’ll have as much fun with it as I did. Remember…

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop next month, when our theme will be “Love is in the Air” on February 14th.

Until then, have fun in your craft space.

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty!
  2. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  3. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  4. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  8. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  9. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  10. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  11. Pamela Sadler at Pamela Sadler
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb… You are here…
  14. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  17. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!

January Host Code – MB9N2AD9

  • During the month of Januaryr, with a minimum product purchse of $50.00 from my Online Store, you will receive all of the supplies to create these two cards as I’ve designed them, along with a PDF Tutorial and video tutorial to make the cards along with me.
  • You will need your favorite adhesive and sentiment stamp.
  • To receive this FREE Card Kit, you must use the Host Code above when placing your order.
  • If your order is $150.00 or more, please don’t use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Rewards directly from Stampin’ Up!, and you will also receive the FREE Card Kit from me.


Wow! Iris Folding – Almost!

Here’s some weekend inspiration for you. It comes with another Stampin’ Story and honors a very dear friend, team member and talented paper crafter, Georgia Egan. Georgia passed away this week, losing her battle with bile duct cancer. In the past, I’ve showcased some of Georgia’s work here on my blog. Today, I thought I would use a technique Georgia taught me many years ago. It’s called Iris Folding.

Iris Folding is a detailed technique using folded paper to create concentric patterns. It’s enjoyable and the outsome is amazing and unique only to you. One of my original Iris Folding cards is below. I believe I created this card about eight or nine years ago. The Iris Folding technique is the center of the card.

My card, today, is a scaled down version of Iris Folding using up scraps of DSP, a punch, and glue or your favorite adhesive.

Today’s Card Pieces And Parts

  • I punched a piece of Basic White cardstock using the Country Bouquet Punch.
  • Then, I die cut the punched image using one of my Stitched Circle Dies.
  • The circle measures 3″ in diameter.
  • I chose several patterns from the Regency Park Designer Series Paper and cut them into 1/4″ strips.
  • With the wrong sice of the punched image facing up, I attach the strips to the back of the punched layer to create a pattern.
  • I checked the front of my design consistently to make sure my pattern was forming the way I wanted it to look.
  • The image below shows the back of my circle. Lots of overlapping scraps!
  • I attached the circle to my card front with Dimensionals and added a sentiment.
  • That’s it!

So, find that amazing punch or die, circle it, cut some paper scraps, and fill your design, and create something unique to you!

… the only limitation is your imagination!

Today’s Product Details



March Mini Card Kit With Bonus Insert Fun Fold Card (Center)

From now through March 31st, with a product purchase of $50.00 (before shipping and tax), you will receive a FREE Mini Card Kit along with a Video Tutorial link and Project Sheet so you can assemble the cards with me. The card bases, layers and elements are all included. You add your sentiment, and supply your favorite adhesive. This Mini Card Kit uses the Dandy Designs DSP. There’s a Fun Fold Bomus this month. I added a third card (in the center of the photo). It’s a quick and easy insert card. You can wtire your message and attach a gift card to the insert. They’re all quick, easy and fun to put together.


If your order is $50.00 (before shipping and tax), please use the Host Code above when prompted. You will receive Rewards from me along with the Mini Card Kit featured this month. If your order is over $150.00 (before shipping and tax), please do not use the Host Code. You will receive Stampin’ Rewards. You will also receive Creative Coins and the FREE Mini Card Kit from me.

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Diamond Front Pop-Up Fun Fold – Video Tutorial and Project Sheet

Happy Friday!

Today’s post features a Diamond Front Fun Fold Pop-Up card. There’s a video tutorial for you to view along with a Project Sheet. You’ll have everything you need to complete this card using the Rustic Harvest Product Suite, or choose cardstock and Designer Series Paper that you might have on hand. It’s a fun weekend project. I can promise you that you’ll probably want to make more than one.


Click the button to download the Diamond Front Pop-Up Fun Fold Project Sheet


Have fun with it and please reach out to me with questions on either the video or Project Sheet.

Also, please forgive the “back of my head” in some of the video. This is my first public video and I’m not an editing expert yet. I hope you enjoy watching.

So, download the Project Sheet, watch the video, cut some cardstock layers and create a pretty gift!

… the only limitation is your imagination!




  • The Pool Party and Soft Sea Foam Notes And Envelopes and the Tree Lot Dies from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure are no longer available.
  • Stampin’ Up! has made more products available for FREE with a qualifying purchase so we all can continue to enjoy the benefits of Sale-A-Bration.
  • Click the flyer below for details.









A Friendly Hello Easel Card

Hello Friends!

Today’s post is an easel card using the Friendly Hello Bundle.  The Bundle is FREE with a $100 product purchase.  Today is the last day to Sale-Brate!  If you haven’t already checked the  the FREE Sale-A-Bratiuon products, be sure to take a look and place your order.

Once you have your layers cut, this is an easy card to assemble.  All of the measurements and a quick how to are below.

Today’s Card Details

  • The Fresh Freesia card base is 4 ” x 11″. scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the longer 11″ side.
  • Fold at the center 5 1/2″ score line first then fold the 2 3/4″ piece in toward the center fold.  Burnish your folds.
  • The Basic White card front layer is 3 3/4″ x  5 1/4″.
  • The card front patterned paper layer is 3 1/2″ x 5″.

The Inside

  • The inside of the card has three Basic White layers.
  • Cut the bottom Basic White layer 2″ x 3 3/4″ – Cut the center Basic White layer 3″ x 3 3/4″ – Cut the top Basic White layer  2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.
  • The patterned paper layer for the sentiment panel is 1 3/4″ x 3 1/2″.
  • The patterned paper layer for the center of the inside is 3 1/2″ x 2 3/4″.
  • Attach all of your layers to the inside of the card as shown below.
  • The top two layers are attached with Multipurpose Glue while the bottom layer is attached with Dimensionals.
  • The bottom layer will hold your card front in place when you create your easel because it has the height from the Dimensionals.

The Outside Card Front

  • Attach the cut layers to the outside of the card base as shown below.

  • Cut a white sentiment strip and cardstock layer to the size you need for your sentiment.
  • The basic white sentiment strip in my card is 7/8″ x 2″.
  • The cardstock layer for the sentiment strip is 1 1/8″ x 2 1/4″.
  • I stamped and fussy cut the flowers and leaves from the Friendly Hello stamp set and shaded them with Fresh Freesia and Granny Apple Green Blends.
  • They’re attached with Dimensionals.
  • The large Friendly Hello sentiment is stamped directly onto the patterned paper front with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Just A Note

A regular A-2 card is 4 1/4″ wide.  This card is 4″ wide.  It has a bit of dimension and does fit nicely into a regular A-2 envelope.

I hope you enjoy re-creating this card as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

So, find some great patterned paper, add coordinating cardstock, fussy cut some flowers and create a special easel card to say hello to a special friend!

…the only limitation is your imagination!


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