Pansy Patch Diagonal Fun Fold

Stampin Up Pansy Patch, Diagonal Fun Fold Card

I have to say we picked a great time to head to Florida.  Tennesse had a mini ice storm right after we left.  I call it mini because everything was covered with a thin layer of ice. The schools were closed for a day and the city shut down. When we lived in Northern New York an ice storm meant inches of ice on everything. The trees were breaking, power poles were down and the roads were unpassable.  There was no power and no school for weeks.  Of course, this doesn’t mean that Tennessee should not have reacted this way because it is all what you are used to. In any case, I am glad we missed it.  It is 80 and sunny here and I am enjoying every minute of it.

The card I made for today is called a Diagonal Fun Fold Card.  This is what it looks like when you open it.

The center portion opens to the right and then the diagonal front piece opens to the left.  It was fairly simple to make.

First, I took a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of Basic White card stock that I folded in half.  Then I cut from the fold down to the corner of the front of the card to make the diagonal part. I took a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper and cut that in half diagonally and adhered it to the front of the card.  I cut another piece of the same size and added that to the inside of the card.  Dandy Designs DSP is one of the products you can get for free during Sale-a-bration. It is a huge pack (48 sheets) of 12″ x 12″ double-sided paper that has four sheets of each design.  I absolutely love the colors of this paper.  They are so soft and beautiful.

Next, I took an 8″ x 3″ piece of Basic White card stock and folded it in half.  I added a 2.75″ x 3.75″ piece of Dandy Designs DSP to the back.  If you look at the photo above you can see why it has to be on the back since it opens the opposite way.  I used the stamp set called Pansy Patch and the coordinating Pansy Dies to make the flowers and leaves.  The Pansy Patch stamp set is a two-step stamp set.  That means it can take two or more stamps to make one image.  I first stamped the outside of the pansy in Calypso Coral ink, the middle section in Pale Papaya and the center of the flower in Highland Heather.  Then I cut them out using the coordinating die.  I cut three leaves out of Soft Succulent card stock.  The dies are different because they cut out the outside edge of the leaf and they emboss at the same time.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heron Habitat and cut it out using a die from Stylish Shapes.

Don’t forget there is only one month left to Sale-a-brate and earn free products!  The products will be available while supplies last or until the end of February.  Plus, Stampin’ Up! added more items on February 1st!

 

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Cup Of Tea

Stampin Up Cup Of Tea

I know people think I am crazy because I don’t drink coffee.  Actually, I have never had a cup of it in my life.  I never even tasted it.  I just can’t stand the smell.  My parents did not drink coffee at all either and neither do my sisters.  I guess it depends on how you were raised.  I drink a cup of tea every day, though, and I do get a little cranky if I don’t have one (unlike a certain person who shall go unnamed who gets violent with no coffee).  Ask me how I know! 🙂

The Tea Boutique Suite of products is in the Stampin’ Up! 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.  The suite includes the Cup of Tea stamp set, Teacup Dies, Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes.  You can order the entire suite using one item number (158670) or you can order things separately.  If you order the stamp set and the dies using the bundle item number (158667) you can save 10%. The Suite order number includes the 10% discount too.

To make this card, I first cut a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper and layered it onto a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and a Basic White card base.  Next, I cut out the tag using the Tailor Made Tags and the same DSP.  I stamped the tea cup using Orchid Oasis ink on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and cut it out using the coordinating die.  I stamped the leaves in Garden Green ink and the flowers in Fresh Freesia and cut them out too.  I adhered the flowers using Mini Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the Sending Smiles stamp set and cut it out using a die from the Sending Dies.  Lastly, I tied a quadruple bow using white Baker’s Twine and adhered it using a Glue Dot.

Let me know if your parents drank coffee when you were growing up and whether or not you do too.  I would be interested in knowing if my hypothesis is correct or not.


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Sending Smiles Fun Fold

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

A couple of weeks ago I told you how I signed up for a virtual card retreat put on by some other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  The retreat was last weekend.  Although I did not join the retreat when it was live, we were all given PDF directions on how to make all the cards they were showing ahead of time.  Plus we were given links so that we can go back and watch the videos on our own time.  Most of the cards were fun folds (which I love!).

We were given the directions for this fun fold card (officially called a Corner Fun Fold) by Brandy Cox.  If you know anything about Stampin’ Up! then you have heard of Brandy.  She is the #1 Demonstrator for sales in the entire company (and has been for a few years).  She used different papers, colors and stamp sets than I did but the design is the same

This is what my card looks like when you are opening it….

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

….and this is what it looks like completely open:

Stampin Up Sending Smiles Fun Fold

Isn’t that fun?  It looks complicated but it really is not.  The first thing you do is pick a piece of Designer Series Paper you want to use (I used Design A Daydream DSP) and cut it to 7″ x 8.25″.  Then you score it as in the photo below ( I used Brandy’s photo).

Then fold the diagonal score lines back and the straight ones forward.

Here are the measurements for the rest of the cards

  • DSP: 7” x 8-1/4” 
  • Blackberry Bliss (2): 4-1/2” x 3-1/4” 
  • Old Olive (2): 4-1/4” x 3” 
  • Basic White (3): 4” x 2-3/4” 
  • Old Olive: 4-1/2” x 3-1/4” 
  • Blackberry Bliss: 4-1/4” x 3” 
  • Balmy Blue (envelope): 6” x 2-1/2” 
  • Scraps: Basic White, Balmy Blue 

I used the stamp set called Sending Smiles to make my card.  This stamp set has coordinating dies called Sending Dies.  The colors I used were Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Blushing Bride.

It was a fun retreat to participate in.  Look for more cards I made using the ideas from it in the future.

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Art Gallery

Stampin Up Art Gallery

Before I forget, I need to let you know that I am scheduling a bunch of blog posts ahead of time because I won’t be able to blog for a few weeks.  I wanted to let you know in case I happen to post something that may be unavailable to order due to the backorder situation.  At the time of the post, the item would have been available but sometimes things run out.  I apologize ahead of time if that happens.

I made this card using the stamp set called Art Gallery.  This set has coordinating dies called Floral Gallery.  You can’t get the discount on the bundle anymore since it has been in a few catalogs and the bundle discount is only available when it is in a catalog for the first time.  Either way, it is a beautiful set.  I stamped the flowers using Stampin’ Write Markers.  The best way to do this is to use a Stamparatus.  Sometimes when you color a stamp using markers you may miss a spot or two. If you use the Stamparatus you can just reink it and stamp again.  Then I cut it out using the coordinating die.  I also stamped the sentiment using the Art Gallery stamp set and Floral Gallery dies.

Next, I took a Mint Macaron card base and embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder.  I know I have been using this embossing folder a lot and I just realized it is retired.  Sorry about that but you can always use a different embossing folder.  This one happens to be one of my favorites since it adds a subtle texture to card stock.  There are a number of current embossing folders that can do the same thing.  I cut the frame out of Basic White card stock using the Fabulous Frames dies.  I backed the frame with a piece of the Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is a pack of 48 double-sided sheets and you can get it for $18 as a Host Gift with a $150 order.

Next, I cut another piece of Basic White card stock using the Scalloped Contours dies.  I layered the flowers on top of that.  I adhered the sentiment using Dimensionals.  Lastly, I add some 2021-2022 In Color Opal Rounds.

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Let’s Set Sail

Stampin Up Lets Set Sail

This is another card I made during that sunny 70 degree say we had a couple of weeks ago. It motivated me to make some summery cards.  Of course, it has gotten cold again and they are even talking possible snow but at least the snow does not last very long in Nashville.

I am, once again, using that gorgeous paper in the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Dandy Designs.  This pack of Designer Series Paper has 48 sheets for gorgeous double-sided paper.  You can get it free with a $100 order.  It is so worth it!  I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece and adhered it to a Basic White card base.

Next, I cut out the frame using two of the Stitched Rectangle dies.  To make it easier, I cut out the larger one first.  Then, I taped a smaller die to the larger die cut to keep it in place and cut out the center.  You can use Washi Tape or medical tape for this.  Sometimes Washi Tape can be a little to strong but you can stick it on your pants or sleeves a couple of times to redue the tackiness.

I took a 3″ x 4.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and added color to it using Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue, Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point ink for the background.  I first stamped the birds from the stamp set called Let’s Set Sail in Whisper White ink but they did not show up very well so I added some more using Starry Sky ink.  I am just saying the white birds are in the distance behind some clouds. I adhered this piece to the back of the frame I made earlier.

After this, I stamped the sails in Starry Sky ink and the sailboat in Crumb Cake and punched them using using the coordinating Sailboat Builder Punch.  If you purchase the stamp set and the punch in a bundle you can save 10%.  I stamped the shadow of the sailboat using Whisper White ink and the sentiment from Heron Habitat in Starry Sky ink.

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Daisy Garden

Stampin Up Daisy Garden

I love Christmas decorations but I always feel that once Christmas is over, I want them all taken down.  Rob always tries to talk me into keeping them until New Year’s Day.  No way.  When I have my way (which is not always) they come down December 26th.  The thing is though, once they are down the house looks so bare, boring and dull.   It is always such a dilemma!

My Stampin’ Up!® goal this year is to use as many of the current products that are possible.  I have so many stamps I haven’t used in a while, along with ribbons, embellishments and Designer Series Paper.  One of the things I have not used in months (probably even years!) are the Stampin’ Up!® Watercolor Pencils.  Stampin’ Up!® actually has two assortments of these pencils that include 23 different colors.  You can use them alone or with Blender Pens or Water Painters.

To make this card I first used the large background stamp called Daisy Garden.  The best way to stamp a large stamp (in my opinion) is to use a Stamparatus.  That way if you don’t get ink over the whole stamp you can just ink it up and stamp it again.  I used Starry Sky ink on a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Orchid Oasis card stock.  Then I used the Whisper White, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils to color the flowers and leaves in. I used a Blender Pen to smooth out the color.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Biggest Wish using Starry Sky ink onto a piece of Basic White card stock and cut it out using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.  I cut off one end of the die and adhered it to the card.

Don’t forget that you can earn free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  There is not limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

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Dainty Delight

Stampin Up Dainty Delight

I am ready for summer!  Last week the temperatures in Nashville went below zero.  It was the coldest it has been here for 20 years!  The cold temps latest a week and I froze.  I definitely have southern blood now because I was freezing all week.  The nice thing is this past Monday it was 70 degrees!  Rob and I drove the Mustang with the top down.  It was so much fun.  It was quite a swing in temperatures and now I am thinking about summer.  Of course, I know it is only January but a girl can dream, right?

Tomorrow is a big day in the world of Stampin’ Up!®!  The January – April Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration begin!  I always love it when a new catalog starts because I love using new products.  One of the bundles in the new catalog is called Dainty Delight.  The stamp set and the dies both have the same name.  I love that Stampin’ Up!® starting doing that.

To make this card, I first stamped all the leave and stems in Granny Apple Green ink and cut them out using the coordinating die.  Then I cut out all the flowers in Daffodil Delight, Fresh Freesia and Highland Heather card stock.  I embossed a piece of Basic White card stock using the Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder and layered that onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock and a Fresh Freesia card base.  Then I adhered all the stems and flowers on top.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink on a piece of Fresh Freesia card stock and cut it out using the Stylish Shapes dies.  I adhered that using Dimensionals.

Don’t forget that you can earn free merchandise from the Sale-a-bration Catalog with a qualifying order.  There is no limit to how many items you can get for free.  Plus Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin’ Up! In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three incredible options:

  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine ($63 value) + your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $129.
  • Option 3: Your choice of $175* of Stampin’ Up! products for only $99.

*That’s $50 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at shcommish @ gmail.com.

PS:  I can not post links to the products that I used until the catalog goes live.  Sorry about that!

 

 

Painted Poppies

Stampin Up Painted Poppies

Every now and then I have to go through my current stamp sets to see what I have not used in a while.  Painted Poppies is one of those sets that has not seen a lot of ink lately.  It is a cute set that has fun coordinating dies called Painted Labels.  The dies cut out some of the images in the stamp set but it also has a nice border die, a couple of label dies and a fun circle die.  I decided this was a fun set to get out and use again.

To make this card I first stamped the flower heads and leaves in Mossy Meadow ink and colored them using Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight, Pale Papaya and Mossy Meadow Blends.  Then I stamped the small background poppies on a piece of Basic White cardstock.  I stamped the stems only from the smaller flower and colored them in with a Blends.  I added some Balmy Blue splatters to the background to make it look like the sky.  Then I adhered all the pieces using Dimensionals.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Charming Sentiments in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock.  I adhered that to the card using Dimensionals too.

I wish everyone has a very Happy and Healthy New Year and lots of fun this weekend!  We are going to have some of our grandchildren spending the night to celebrate with us.  Since they are so young, I have them watch last year’s ball drop and we blow horns and make lots of noise and then they go to bed.  They are just too young to stay up until midnight and we are too old to do so!

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Happiness Abounds

Stampin Up Happiness Abounds

My daughter-in-law, Tara is in charge of a program at Vanderbilt that provides comfort supplies to the end of life patients in the hospital.  One of the items they are looking for are nice, homemade bereavement cards to send to the families.  I was wondering if any of you are willing to send as many sympathy cards as you can to help out her program.  If you can only send one, that is fine.  She would appreciate anything you could do.  If you have friends, family, downline, customers, etc that stamp, would you mind asking them too?  If you can send them with an envelope, that would be great but if not, I will donate a bunch of envelopes to help out.
Please send them to:
Tara Horr
2147 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN  37212
Thanks so much for your consideration.
One of my favorite things that Stampin’ Up!® does lately is to make dies that cut out some of the designs in Designer Series Paper.  The Hues Of Happiness Suite includes the stamp set called Happiness Abounds, Coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies, Hues Of Happiness Designer Series Paper and Glossy Dots.  Some of the dies in this suite cut out the leaves and flowers in the DSP.  It is a fun way to way to make a card when you don’t have a lot of time.
To make this card, I first cut out the various flowers and leaves using the dies.  Then, I cut out the frame from the Framed Florets die set in Basic White cardstock.  I layered the frame, flowers and leaves on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock that I had first embossed using the Gingham embossing folder and then onto a Basic White card base.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using Gold embossing powder.  Lastly, I added some Gold Adhesive Backed Swirls (which have sold out and therefore, are not available).

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Rays Of Light

Stampin Up Rays Of Light

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends.  The days before Christmas can always be a little stressful due to all the things I forgot to do beforehand but Christmas Day is always fun and relaxing.  All the hard work is already done (and if it is not, then it is too late anyway) so I always enjoy the day.

One of the best parts of this Christmas was my gift from Rob.  We have been trying to get out of the house every weekend and go explore a different area of Nashville.  Last weekend Rob wanted to go to Murfreesboro.  It is about a half an hour from us so we hoped in the car and went to explore.  Right before we arrived there, Rob says can you put this address into Google Maps for me?  It was a car dealer.  I asked why and he said he wanted to just browse around.  I just rolled my eyes (because he does this often).  This is what I found when we arrived:

Imagine my surprise!  At first I was thinking no way but then I drove it and I knew I had to have it.  It was so much fun to drive.  That baby can move!  At one point I had to ask the salesperson what the speed limit was.  He said 50.  I was going pretty close to 70 and it only took a couple of seconds.  Oops!  It is a mighty purty car if I do say so myself.  Needless to say we did not do a lot of exploring in Murfreesboro that day but we will go back someday and I will drive!

These cards were quick and easy to make.  I used the Rays Of Light background stamp.  The best way to stamp using a background stamp is with a Stamparatus.  The stamps are so big that sometimes it is hard to stamp it clearly the first time.  No worries if you use the Stamparatus because you can stamp in the exact same spot over and over until you are happy with the image.  It is the best invention ever (other than a mustang).  I stamped it once on Orchid Oasis card stock using Orchid Oasis ink.  Then I stamped it again using Sweet Sorbet ink on Basic White card stock.  I stamped the sentiments in the same ink color from the stamp set called Framed Florets.  I cut them out using the Stylish Shapes dies and then backed them with another die cut using a slightly larger die from this set.

Anyone want to go for a ride?  I promise to behave myself (maybe).

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