Prized Peony Fun Fold

Stampin Up Prized Peony

This is a quick and easy fun fold card I made using the stamp set called Prized Peony.  This stamp set is in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  It has coordinating dies called Peony Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

To make this card you will need the following cardstock:

4.25″ x 11″ card base scored at 5.5 inches and 6.75 inches (I used Gray Granite)

1″ x 4″ Basic White cardstock

(2) 4″ x 4″ Basic White cardstock (one for the inside and one for the outside)

7/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of DSP (I used Peony Garden)

3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of DSP (I used Peony Garden)

To make this card I first took a piece of 4.25″ x 11″  Gray Granite cardstock and scored it a 5.5″ and then again at 6.75″.  Then I used Tear & Tape to adhere the small 1.25″ section to the back so it opened like this:

Stampin Up Prized Peony


After that I took the Classic Label Punch and just punched out a notch on the top and bottom section.  I attached a 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock to the right part of the card and a 1″ x 4″ piece on the left side of the card and then adhered the appropriate size of Designer Series Paper to each side.  I wrapped a piece of retired ribbon around the card so that it was inside the notches and tied a knot.

After this I stamped the Peony flower on a piece of Basic White cardstock in Petal Pink ink and stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Band Together in Gray Granite ink on top of the flower.  Then I cut it out using the Layering Ovals Dies.  I used a large oval die to cut out a piece of Petal Pink cardstock and the scalloped die in Gray Granite cardstock and layered them all together.

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Prized Peony

I love Peonies so I was happy when I saw a new suite in the 2020/2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog called Peony Garden.  This suite includes the stamp set called Prized Peony, Peony Dies, gorgeous Designer Series Paper, beautiful Shimmer ribbon and other embellishments.  I ordered the entire suite.  By the way, did you know that Stampin’ Up!® now gives one item number you can use to order everything in one of their suites?  I love this because you only put in one number instead of 5, 6 or more.  I do have to say, the only bad thing is, if one of the products in the suite becomes unavailable, then you can’t use this number but you can still order the products separately.

To make this card I first cut out a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using a die in a new set called Many Medallions and layered it on top of a Crumb Cake card base.  Then I stamped the Peony in Smoky Slate ink because I didn’t want a strong border and cut that out using the matching die.  I know I have been using some of the other new InColors so I decided to give Magenta Madness a little love since I haven’t used that.  I colored the flower using my Magenta Madness Stampin Blends.  I colored the stem using the new Just Jade Blends too.  Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Band Together and cut it out using a die from the set called Ornate Frames.

So what do you think about the color Magenta Madness?  It is growing on me.



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Inspiring Iris

Iris are one of my favorite flowers.  They just seem so elegant and beautiful.  I have tried to grow them many times but our house just doesn’t get enough sun and I think some of the critters who live in the woods might be eating the bulbs.  I plant them and they halfway grow and the next spring there are no bulbs to be found.

Every time Stampin’ Up!® comes out with a stamp set that have Iris in it, I have to purchase it.  I really like the new Iris stamp set called Inspiring Iris that is in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog because it is a two-step stamp set.  This means it take two or more stamps to make one image.  The stamps are Photopolymer so they are clear and easy to line up.

I decided I wanted this card to have a watercolor look since I have been taking some online watercoloring classes.  I ordered a couple of kits from the web site called Let’s Make Art this summer and have been following along with their videos.  Sara (the woman who teaches the watercolor classes) is adorable and makes it look so easy.  Anyway, my watercolor paintings look kind of pathetic.  I decided that using stamps to watercolor is so much easier.   In any case, I decided not to use the outline of the flowers and leaves and just use the inside stamps.  This gave the card a softer look.

I first stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green three times.  Then I stamped the flowers in Highland Heather ink.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Band Together and I stamped it in Memento Black Ink.

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Band Together

This is the birthday card I sent to Buffy (you all know who Buffy is by now) earlier this month.  Well, I probably sent it in August because you also know I am always early.  In any case, I wanted to send her something special and not one of my usual quick and easy cards.

To make her card I first embossed the flowers from the stamp set called Band Together using Versamark and White Embossing Powder.  Then I colored them using the light and dark Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Old Olive and Soft Suede Stampin’ Up!® Blends.  I actually tried to find a real flower that is similar to this one and color it as correctly as I could.  I am not the best colorer but I think I did pretty well on this card.  Blends make colorer so much easier because they blend so well together.  Then I cut the flowers out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I adhered that to a piece of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Brights in Old Olive.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and cut it out also using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I couldn’t find one that fit perfectly but you can make your own size by cutting it multiple times.  Here is a picture on how I did it.

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Daisy Lane & Birch

I love background stamps.  They add so much texture to a card.  Birch is a new background stamp that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  We have birch trees all over our neighborhood and I have memories of sending letters using birch bark to my grandparents who lived in Vermont and Florida.  I also saw a card online that used the Birch stamp for water.  It was awesome!

The colors I used for this card are Balmy Blue, So Saffron and Smoky Slate.  The easiest way to stamp with such a large stamps is to use your Stamparatus.  That way if you don’t get ink in all the right places you can just stamp it again in the exact same spot.  If you don’t have a Stamparatus (what?  that is just craziness!), then you can always turn the background stamp upside side, ink it and then lay your cardstock on top and rub.  But really.  You need to get a Stamparatus!

I stamped the flowers from the stamp set called Daisy Lane and punched from out using the Daisy Punch and the Medium Daisy Punch.  The sentiment is from another new stamp set called Band Together.  I love the font in this stamp set.

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