Wicked Folds for the October Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals October 2017 Blog Hop featuring some very “Wicked Folds”. Thank you so much for joining us today. Sit back and enjoy the view while the Stampin’ Pretty Pals treat you with their wickedly folded projects. Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from a previous Pal’s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Today, I’m featuring folding technique called “Iris Folding”.  Iris Folding looks complicated, but it’s so quick and easy to do… and I think it’s fun. I created a simple 4 1/4″ X 4 1/4″ square card iris folded medallion.

I’ll run you through a quick tutorial.

  • I used large Eastern Medallion framelit and cropped the center with the 1 1/2″ Circle framelit (you could also use your circle punch).
  • Cut 12, 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ strips from the black music pattern from the Merry Music Specialty DSP.  This works well because the paper is thin.
  • Cut 8, 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ strips from the white music pattern.
  • Place the medallion upside down over the Iris Fold pattern illustrated below:


  • Start with the black, fold each strip in half and begin to place them on the backside of the medallion following the Iris pattern and alternating rows black to white. I used green glue… it is forgiving for a while then it really holds the paper in place.
  • The backside of the medallion will look like this… You will have to trim it with your paper snips, but you’ll see that when you turn it over.

  • The front will look like this.

  • I used a Sponge Dauber and Basic Black ink to change the color of the silver Foil Snowflake which I thought was a wonderful background for the Whisper White Eastern Medallion.
  • I kept my card simple because I wanted to draw attention to the folds.
  • The simple sentiment is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

So, grab some thin patterned paper (or regular weight DSP and cut 1/4″ strips – don’t fold and use the same pattern), follow the Iris pattern and create something wickedly beautiful!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on November 8, 2017. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment.


Here’s the Hop line-up:

Thank You, Lost Lagoon

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It’s getting closer to that time of year when Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to announce their retiring stamp sets to make room for the beautiful new products that will be offered in the upcoming 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.

We do know that the 2014-2016 In Color Collection will be retiring.  I’m hoping for another color refresh so there’s a chance some of these colors might stay.  Lost Lagoon is one of my two favorites from this Collection. It’s such a beautiful blue.  So today, I’m saying Thank You to Lost Lagoon.

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I mixed Lost Lagoon with Basic Black and Very Vanilla… a soft, classy and elegant combination.  The stamped image from “World of Dreams” works well with the deep softness of Lost Lagoon.  The patterned paper is from “Going Places” Designer Series Paper Stack.

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Here are the dimensions for card design:

  • Start with a standard A-2 card base 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 1/8″ X 5 3/8″.
  • The Whisper White layer is 4″ X 5 1/4″.
  • The large Basic Black patterned anchor strip is 4″ X 2″.
  • The Lost Lagoon and Basic Black marble look patterned paper strip is 4 3/4″ X 1″.
  • The Lost Lagoon squares measure 1 1/2″ and I used my Squares Collection framelits.
  • The image and sentiment layer is 2 1/2″ X 3″.

So, pull out your favorite colors and patterns, crop the layers, and create something soft and classy.



Pals March Blog Hop = Spring Has Sprung!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring and Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.


It’s been a while since I created one of my CAS collage cards.  I simply adore moving cropped, patterned shapes around until I get the “look” I want.  This design began with the floral scalloped tag and just evolved from there.

Here’s a photo of my pieces and a quick how to:



  • I started with a Whisper White A-2 card base and stamped a little splatter dots with images from the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set.
  • Dimensions for the scalloped tag are 2″ X 3 1/2″ (punched using the “Scalloped Tag Punch”).  This was my first cut piece.
  • I didn’t like the was it looked with the tag in the center of the card, but I needed that large piece there to carry the rest of the design, so I punched the floral scalloped circle and cut a rectangle 1 7/8″ X 1 1/2″.  These shapes would balance the center tag on either side and continue keep the “straight line” and “scallop” theme.
  • So, I glued the heart patterned rectangle and the scalloped circle to the center of the card, then placed the scalloped tag on dimensionals over these pieces… now I was getting somewhere!
  • Two more rectangles would create my sentiment “frame”.  The vertical floral rectangle is 3/4″ X 4″ and the Crumb Cake heart patterned rectangle is 3 7/8″ X 5/8″.   I attached them both using dimensionals.
  • I stamped the “hello spring” image in Crumb Cake ink onto a second scalloped circle and trimmed the bottom just enough to tuck under the horizontal crumb cake strip.
  • I tucked in some Linen Thread and added two flowers from the “Circle of Spring” stamp set.  Two “Blushing Bride” candy dots finished the flowers.

All of the patterned paper is from the “Love Blossoms” DSP Stack.  When creating a pattern collage design, the 6″ X 6″  “stacks” make it so easy to choose the patterns you want to use.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used:  Card Stock – Whisper White, Love Blossoms DSP Stack.  Ink – Crumb Cake and Rose Red.  Stamp Sets – Gorgeous Grunge and Circle of Spring.  Tools – Scallop Tag Topper Punch and 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, Paper Snips.  Embellishments – Linen Thread and Subtles Candy Dots.


To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  7. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…  you are here!
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  12. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  15. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithBecky
  16. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  17. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin pink rose
  21. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  22. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  24. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

A Dash of Christmas



Happy Saturday!  Here's a card you could put together in no time. I saw a similar version on Pinterest and thought to put it together using some of the "Trim the Tree" DSP Stack. This card is clean and soft, but to me, borders on bright. I think it's because of the pops of Cherry Cobbler against the Whisper White base.

I suppose you could call this a "punch art" card too, since I used three popular punches; the Tree Punch, the 1 1/4" Circle Punch, and the star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. 

I just love the sentiments from "Endless Wishes".

So, here's a quick recipe:

  • The patterned frame is 3 1/4" wide by 4 1/4" long;
  • I used an Oval Framelit to crop the center, leaving a little more space at the bottom of the frame and attached it to a standard A-2 card base using Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • Punch a tree, a 1 1/4" circle, and a star. The circle is glued down and the tree and star are attached with Dimensionals;
  • The Whisper White sentiment banner measures 7/8" by 2 1/8" and is glued onto a hand cropped card stock banner measuring 3/4" by 3" which is attached to the bottom portion of the oval frame with dimensionals.

That's it, so grab your punches, crop a center frame, add a banner and create a bunch of quick cards for any occasion.



… and don't forget about the Online Extravaganza.  There's only a few days left to shop and join the fun. More about that here.

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PPA 227 – Flower Masking

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Happy Thursday and what a week for the Pals! Yesterday was our November "Thankful" Blog Hop, and as always, it was a huge success.

Today, the Pals Paper Arts Design Team has a new Color Challenge… this time, some bright Fall colors, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.


It's been a while since I did a little "masking" so I decided to design something clean and simple – lots of white space – with just a hint of color. These colors are bright enough to encourage some "masking".

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"Masking" is a stamping technique where you "mask" an image to create dimension on a single layer of stamping. The stamped images are from "Choose Happiness".

Here's a quick tutorial for you:

  • Stamp your main image (the one you want to fully display) onto a sticky note making sure part of your image is stamped near the edge, so you can use the sticky underside to hold the image in place.
  • Now, fussy cut the stamped image as close to the stamped edges as possible;


  • Stamp the same  image onto your card layer in the position you want it;


  • Take your "sticky note" image and place it perfectly over your stamped card layer image;


  • Next, stamp the image you want to appear "behind" your main image;


  • Remove the sticky note stamped image and enjoy your "dimensional" look. The leaves in the image below appear to be behind the flower.


  • Oh, save your sticky note image… you never know when you might want to do a little "masking" again. I usually keep mine in the case with the matching stamp.


So, grab some sticky notes, stamp and fussy cut, and mask something fabulous!

… and before I put in my signature block, I want to thank the Pals Paper Arts Design Team for choosing me as one of their Artist Picks from last week's color challenge. I was thrilled and humbled at the same time… the talent and creative spirit of those who participated was incredible… and most definitely, The Pals Rock! 


Click here to see the card that was the "Pick"!