PP291 – Two New Wishes to Celebrate Spring

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Today, when I checked in on The Paper Players Challenge, I saw that Sandy posted a Clean and Simple Spring theme.  I created this card to celebrate Spring and wanted to feature it in today’s Simple Sunday Sampler blog post.  I thought it would be perfect for the Challenge also.


A few days ago, I noticed a few birds in my yard beginning the work on their nest. As I watched them carry small twigs to the tree, I thought that soon enough their little ones will be popping their heads just above the nest while their mother feeds them. So, I titled this card “Two New Wishes”.  Isn’t this a nice way to celebrate Spring?  Year after year, the birds make my weeping cherry tree their home and it seems this year is no exception.

I chose Night of Navy because it’s so classic and peaceful… I just love those blues!  Of course, the silhouette stamped image is simple and serene, as well.  It’s from the “World of Dreams” stamp set.


The silhouette stamp image is so detailed that I wanted to keep the card clean and simple to emphasize the image. By design, I chose a sentiment that would blend with the image so the image would remain the focal point.  The “wishes” sentiment is from “Endless Birthday Wishes”.

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So, I’m watching the nest take form and soon enough, I’ll know when the “little ones” arrive.


A Wonderful Journey – Two More Weeks of Weekly Deals

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My pick for this week’s Weekly Deals is the Decorative Label punch.

I designed this project for the very first Global Design Project Color Challenge and it is still a favorite of mine.  This project features, among other beautiful products, Stampin’ Up!’s “Decorative Label Punch”.  As I scrolled back through my blog posts to find this card, I saw just how much I’ve used this punch.  It’s the perfect size for many sentiment stamps and works perfectly with any style card.

Below are more of the Weekly Deals that you can get now.  My Picks of the Week are the Decorative Label Punch and the Brights Sequin Assortment… Sequins… you need Sequins!!  Click on the Weekly Deals Banner for more details.


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GDP 001 – Dreams Come True!

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Although I am excited about the new holiday "fun" and will continue to post the rest of "My Favorites", today I wanted to support my friends over at the NEW Global Design Project Challenge Blog. I enjoy design challenges and this one's sure to be a favorite.


Today's colors are soft so I thought my card had to suit the mood the colors conveyed to me… dreamy and peaceful. I found the perfect stamp set for inspiration… "World of Dreams".

While creating this card design, I realized Smoky Slate is a gorgeous neutral. When I stamped the floral image onto the Pink Pirouette background, I was taken with the softness of it… perfect for the image and mood I wanted to achieve.

Once I held that "Delicate Doily" in my hand, the whole design came together for me… simple and soft.

Remember to always keep your dreams alive and most of all, enjoy the journey!

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So, pull out a fabulous sentiment stamp, crop today's colors and create something magical to link up over at the Global Design Project.


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Bubbles of Happiness

This past Saturday, I hosted a Bridal Shower for my daughter, Alison. Along with picking a venue and planning the menu, I added a theme. Family and friends came together to wish Alison "Bubbles of Happiness". 

There were "bubble" balloons coming out of champagne buckets (including a bottle of champagne, of course), and we toasted our bride-to-be with champagne in pretty glass flutes. The planning was a fun experience for me, and the outcome was just what I wanted…a special memory for Alison.



A Stampin' Up! Bridal Shower for sure. The invitations were filled with Rhinestone Basic Jewels as were the favor tags.


The champagne flutes from Embellished Events were a hit stamped with Whisper White Craft ink on brushed silver cardstock, and the Petite Purse in Brushed Silver was my seating place card. Inside the purse was a raffle ticket for some games we played. This little purse was the star of the show!


I even used retired white organdy ribbon from Stampin' Up! long ago. 

After the party was over, I received e-mails and telephone calls with compliments on the beautiful handmade details. My theme was original and inspired by one of my most used and versatile stamp sets, Embellished Events. I love the champagne flute included in that set, so it was fitting that I made it part of an important and happy occasion.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: Cardstock – Brushed Silver, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight. Ink – Whisper White Craft. Stamp Set – Embellished Events. Tools – 1 3/4" circle punch, Petite Purse Die. Embellishments – Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Embellished Events Stamp Set #126947 Clear Mount


Petite Purse Bigz L Die #125606

Create a perfect little purse in a snap with the Petite Purse Bigz L Die. Available now only for a limited time!


Enjoy the new Stampin' Up! 2013-2014 Catalog…It's filled with trendy new products that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Click on the Catalog to download the PDF version




Iris Folding Heart Tutorial


Here's the tutorial for the Iris Folding Valentine Heart.

I call it Iris Folding because that's the technique, but I used Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series patterned paper (DSP), which is a much heavier weight than actual Iris Folding paper, so there are no folds in this tutorial. 

If you were to use regular Iris Folding paper, or regular gift wrapping paper (which is much thinner), you would cut your strips to 3/4", fold them in half, then follow the tutorial below.

This is sort of a crazy tutorial because I drew the Template myself and had to make adjustments along the way, but if you follow exactly as I describe, you'll get the hang of it.

Ready….let's get started.

Supplies you will need (and I'm not kidding, have them all ready before you start…you'll see why):

  • Scotch tape, small scissors (Stampin' Up! Paper Snips work great);
  • The Hearts A Flutter scalloped heart framelit from SU's Hearts A Flutter Bundle;
  • 1 3" X 3" square of card stock; One 3 1/4" square piece of cardstock.
  • The Heart Template printed out on a heavier paper if you have it. If not, regular bond paper will be okay;
  • Post It Note;
  • Big Shot;
  • Stampin' Dimensionals;
  • Five different paper designs cut into 1/2" wide strips (the length doesn't matter you can always cut more if you need;
  • Heart Template. Below:

Heart Template

Lay out your paper strips as I did in the picture below and label them as follows: Color A, Color B, Color C, Color D and Color E.



  • Place the heart framelit in the center of the 3" X 3" card stock, hold it in place with a post-it note and run it through your Big Shot;



  • Now take the 3" X 3" cardstock with your "open heart" in the center and place it right side facing down over the heart template. 
  • Secure all four corners with a little piece of tape or post it note to hold it in place over the template. See below. If you look closely at the top left corner, you can see my tape holding the open heart over the template.



Okay, you're ready to "Iris Fold" (but not really fold). Hope you're excited, cause this really is fun!

  • Take a look at my chart below. Each 1/2" strip of paper design that you chose earlier, labeled, and laid out ever so neatly, corresponds to the chart.


  • So, your Color A corresponds to numbers 1,5,9 and 13 on the template; Color B corresponds to numbers 2,6,10,14 and 17 on the template and so on…
  • I'm sure by now you have this figured out…but don't go ahead of me because I had to do some tweaking…you'll see.


  • Take your strip of Color A and place it RIGHT SIDE DOWN so that the edge lays over the #1 space and lines up with the template. Tape the strip on one side, then snip off the excess and tape the other side. Use small pieces of tape.
  • See below:


  • Now fill in numbers 2,3 and 4 with Colors B, C and D respectively. (Tape, snip, tape, snip, tape snip). Your project should look like the picture below:


  • Beautiful!  Easy, right…once you get the hang of it, you'll fly through this.


  • Okay, but this is where it gets a little tricky, and only because I drew it myself and I'm not an expert, so bear with me. It's beautiful in the end.
  • Follow this chart step by step…read and follow across:

Tape in #6 with Color B    Tape in #7 with Color C    Tape in #11 with Color C

Tape in #8 with Color D    Tape in #12 with Color D    Tape in #16 with color D

  • Do you see the pattern forming?  Let's keep going…

Tape in #5 with Color A    Tape in #9 with color A    Tape in #13 with color A

  • The back of your heart is getting pretty thick with tape now, right? It's OK.

Tape in #10 with Color B    Tape in #14 with Color B    Tape in #17 with Color B

Tape in # 15 with color C    Tape in #18 with Color E    Tape in #19 with Color E

  • Okay, you're done! Isn't the large heap of taped paper outrageous? Your template should look like this.



  • Now gently remove your 3" X 3" cardstock from the template and turn it right side up. 


BEAUTIFUL!, but very thick. Not to worry…

  • Cut another piece of cardstock 3 1/4" X 3 1/4" for a mat, attach four dimensionals to each corner of your heart and set it on the 3 1/4" X 3 l/4" mat.




  • You did it! you "Iris Folded", or "Iris Stripped", whatever you feel comfortable calling it.
  • You can layer it again and place it on your card front.

Below is the Template again. 

Heart Template

Note that you might have to adjust the size of the template slightly to fit the framelit, (I'm not perfect with pixels, yet) but if it's a little off, it's okay. You can still follow the pattern and it'll work.

Also, if you don't have the Hearts A Flutter framelit, you can create an open heart by printing out two heart templates and cutting out one to trace onto cardstock, then cut out center of cardstock.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Hope you enjoy, and remember…

"…the only limitation is your imagination!"

Express your creativity,



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