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.
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I was just starting to play with this stamp set called Special Reason when I found out it is retiring on May 31st. It has a set of matching dies called Stylish Stems, which is also retiring. This set is different then the usual flower sets. A couple of the dies actually cut our the negative image of the flowers instead of the positive image. I didn’t use those dies in this card but you can see how they work in this video.
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My oldest sister has a son who is getting married in May. My sister is what you would call a free spirit. She loves nature, she is an awesome cook, she meditates and takes care of herself. She makes me very proud. Anyway, she and her husband are responsible for the rehearsal dinner. Instead of doing the normal invitation she asked me to make her some random cards to use. The reason I am telling you this is because for the next couple of weeks (at least) you are going to see some of the cards I have been making. They are invitations so you won’t see any birthday or thank you cards (although this could be used as a birthday card too).
I used a set of Framelits called Stylish Stems to make this card. These Framelits do have a matching stamp set but I didn’t use it in this card. I thought the sentiment “celebrate” would be a good one for the invitation. I got that stamp from the stamp set called Birthday Bright. This set actually matches a card kit but I just loved the set I decided I could use it with other projects.
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Edit: I have to apologize about this post. I had to do a bunch of posts early because Rob was scheduled for some surgery. This was written before the Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack was sold out. You could still make this card using Sweet Sugarplum card stock and it would be just as pretty. Please accept my apologies.
There are only ten more days left for Sale-a-bration. Last month, Stampin’ Up! added three new products to the free items you can earn. One of these items is the new Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. The colors in this pack are gorgeous. You get four sheets of Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper. It is just gorgeous and is my favorite Sale-a-braiton item. You can get this pack for FREE with a qualifying purchase!
I made this card using the new Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper. It is hard to catch on camera, but the sparkle is amazing. I also used new stamp set called Special Reason on this card. It has a set of matching Framelits called Stylish Stems. These Framelits are different than normal Framelits. Instead of cutting out a shape, they cut out the inside of the shape. I cut out the flower using these Framelits and then cut around the flower using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. They are not in any catalog right now but are available for purchase.
Stylish Stems is one of those sets of Framelits that you might overlook when you first see it. I get it. We already all have a lot of dies that cut out beautiful flowers. I thought the same thing at first. Then I watched the video that Stampin’ Up! made about this set (which I have posted below). It is nothing like the other dies. It doesn’t cut out the flowers. It creates a negative image of the flowers and stems. It is very cool. Watch the video and you will see what I mean.
Don’t you just love it?!? It is so different than what we usually have. I love that Stampin’ Up! comes out with these fresh ideas. It also has a matching stamp set called Special Reason and you can save 10% by purchasing both in a bundle. I just cut out the flowers and stems and then adhered the colored card stock behind the images. The stamp set I used is called Birthday Bright (my new favorite birthday sentiment set!).
Don’t forget it is Sale-a-bration time! Earn FREE merchandise with a qualifying purchase! Get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order)! Join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $104)!!Stylish