Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Z-Fold Birthday Card

Hello Friends!

A slight break from the Christmas Cards...I forgot to mail a Birthday Card for a dear friend of my Husband. He lives up in RI where we're from and I totally spaced out his Birthday...I didn't forget him, just his Birthday.

So I made a special card for him. It is a Z-Fold card. There are many different kinds of these folds...this one I liked. She is a former Stampin'Up! Demonstrator who now works for another company. Her name is Deb Valder.

I logged out of many blogs when I made the move to NC from RI. I unsubscribed from many , many blogs I visit. I wasn't sure how long I would be without internet connection. Deb's was one of them...and just as I cannot recall the company she now works for...I couldn't recall her Blog name either. So I went to a Blog that I visit often and lo and behold...there she was giving a tutorial for this Z-Fold card!

Well, I clicked on her link to her blog and resigned up to get her emails alerting me to her new posts! So grateful for the internet now!

Here is the Card:

All items to create this card are from Stampin'Up!

For the Base of the Card I used 'Pumpkin Pie' and 'Old Olive' Cardstocks.
For the Mats, I used 'Peekaboo Peach' Cardstock.
The DSP is 'Fruit Stand'. 
I stamped the Greeting/Sentiment in Versa Mark and used the
'Glitter Stampin' Emboss' Powder' and
heat set it with the 'Heating Tool'.

I left the center blank to write a note to the recipient of this card.
I am working on another like this in different colors.
I am also making one as a Christmas Card too!
I will share them when I make them.
Until the next the Post...Blessing to all of you!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Simple Step Card

Hello Friends!

This is a real EASY Step Card.
Card Base measures 5 1/2" x 10 1/2".
Score @ 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6", and 8 1/4"'
Fold mountain and valley folds.
Decorate as you feel!

Here's my card:

After the folds were folded and burnished...I  used the 'Swirly Scribbles' Thinlits to cut out the 'Whisper White' Cardstock Mountains. They then were attached to the facing folds with 'Snail' Tape Runner.

From the 'Peaceful Pines' Stamp Set, I stamped onto Cardstock
with their respective 'Classic Stampin' Ink color.
'Always Artichoke' onto 'Always Artichoke', 'Old Olive' onto 'Old Olive', and 'Garden Green' onto 'Garden Green'.
I then cut them out with the 'Perfect Pines' Framelits.
Half of the trees, I re cut the trees with the
 smaller 'Perfect Pines' Framelits.
I wanted 2 sizes with the same tree stamp!
I cut off the 'trunks' of the trees and then attached
 to the hills on the card.

I then cut out the Little Village, in 'Early Espresso' Cardstock.
I used the retired 'Sleigh Ride' Edgelits. I cut tiny squares of
'So Saffron' Cardstock for the doors and windows in the Village!
I used the 'Fine-Tip Glue Pen' to attach them to back of the buildings.
I used 'Mini Glue Dots' to attach all the trees to the card and also
to tuck in the village and the tree behind it!

The Greeting is stamped in 'Early Espresso' Classic Stampin' Ink.
The greeting from the 'Peaceful Pines' Stamp Set.

Looks like a scene from Maine!
You can't see it in any of the pictures (believe me I tried to catch
in the photos) I used the Clear 'Wink of Stella' on the trees.
For the Snow on the trees,
I used the 'Blender Pen' and the 'Whisper White' Craft Stampin' Ink.
I touched the Ink pad with the 'Blender Pen' and swiped each branch
on the tree. Then I went back and touched the snow with the
'Wink of Stella'.

I used a different tree from the 'Peaceful Pines' Stamp Set to
stamp the left hand side of the 'Medium Envelope'
With 'Garden Green' Classic Stampin' Ink.

On the flap of the envelope, I stamped in the 'Garden Green'
Classic Stampin' Ink, a forest of trees. I stamped a tree then kept stamping
two more times to get like a depth for the trees.

Here is a view from the another angle.
Cute isn't it?
You must try your hand at these step cards!
Something different than the regular cards!
Sometimes, it is good to Change it Up!
I hope you are still inspired to get working on your cards!
Until the next Post...Blessings to ALL of you!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cookie Cutter Double Center Step!

Hello Friends!
This Card today is one I had in my head, when I first purchased the "Candy Cane Lane 'Suites' Collection'. In the 'Candy Cane Lane DSP' is this snowy looking DSP and also the little Gingerbread Houses. There is a whole sheet of these little houses! So Cute! I 'fussy cut' them out of the DSP! I adhered the 2 side houses with 'Stampin' Dimensionals'. The middle house, I used 'Mini Glue Dots' to adhere to the second step.

The Card Base is 'Crumb Cake' Cardstock. The mats are 'Early Espresso' Cardstock. I used the 'Cookie Cutter Christmas' Stamp Set for the Gingerbread Man and Woman! I stamped him in 'Early Espresso' Classic Stampin' Ink, and I stamped her in 'Crumb Cake' Classic Stampin' Ink.
I adhered the to the back panel with 'Stampin' Dimensionals'. I adhered
their 'Garb', with 'Mini Glue Dots'.

I used the 'Real Red Glimmer Paper' and punched out the bow tie, buttons, heart and hair bow with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch'. All stamping was done on 'Whisper White' Cardstock and the Sentiment trimmed and matted and the Gingerbread Man and Woman were cut out using the 'Cookie Cutter Builder Punch'.

The Sentiment is from the 'Cookie Cutter Christmas' Stamp Set and stamped also in 'Early Espresso' Classic Stampin' Ink. Isn't this card cute! I added the back 'Panel' to hold the Gingerbread people, to the back 'step' of the card.




Again this card is bigger than an A2 card. I made the envelope from
Printer/Copy Paper.


I stamped the flap of the envelope in 'Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Ink.
The 'Endless Wishes' Stamp Set (now retired) is the stamp set I used on the flap of the envelope.
I hope you are feeling inspired!
Until the next Post...Blessings to you All!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Center Step Card with Pretty Pines

Hello Friends!

Another Center Step Card!

This Card is the same 'Center Step' card I showed you yesterday.
It looks different, yet the Card Base Color And Mats are the same as Yesterday's Card...Take a peek:

The Card Base is 'Crumb Cake' Cardstock
and the Mats are 'Early Espresso' Cardstock.

I used the 'Pretty Pines Thinlits' to cut out the Pine Boughs in
'Emerald Envy' Cardstock and 'Mint Macaron' Cardstock. I
cut the Pine Cones out of 'Early Espresso' Cardstock.
The DSP is from the 'Presents and Pine Cones' DSP.
I Love this DSP!
 From the 'Christmas Pines' Stamp Set I stamped the
 'Noel' Greeting in 'Versa Mark' and sprinkled with
the 'Copper Embossing Powder' and heat set it with
the 'Heating Tool'. So rich looking!

Here is a side view of the 'Center Step Card'.

The inside of the card...I adhered a piece of 'Whisper White' Cardstock to
a Mat of 'Early Espresso' Cardstock. I stamped the Sentiment, also from the 'Christmas Pines' Stamp Set, in 'Versa Mark' and used the 'Copper Embossing Powder' and heat set that too! I also trimmed it and matted it
in 'Early Espresso' Cardstock. This was something different I did on this Card and on Yesterday's Card! I did cut out from the 'Copper Foil Sheets' the little pine cone, from the 'Pretty Pines Thinlits'.

Here's a little close up of the Greeting on the front of the Card.
I also made the Envelope from Printer/Copy Paper for the Card.
The Card measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". I do not have an envelope that size
I made one so I can mail out next month with my other cards.
Here is the Card and the Stamped Flap to decorate the
Homemade Envelope!

Are you getting your cards ready for mailing?
I hope this inspires you to do so!
My next Post is going to be a 'Double Step, Center Step' Card!
Until the Next Post...Blessings, Love and Joy to you ALL!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ring Ding a Ling....

Hello Friends!

Today's Card is a 'Center Step Card'!
I decided to try my hand at one of these cards. Not really that hard...but, I
really had to pay attention to measurements. Took me two tries, but I got it!
I would suggest that you use the paper out of your printer for practice. Then move on to your cardstock.  Therefore you won't waste your cardstock, should you err!

I used 'Tip Top Taupe' Cardstock for my Base. I used 'Early Espresso' Cardstock for my Mats. For my DSP, I used the new 'Candy Cane Lane DSP' in the Holiday Catalog. I really like this pattern...looks like it's snowing!

Onto 'Whisper White' Cardstock I stamped in Versa Mark, the Banner, the Bells and the Greeting, and heat embossed in 'Copper Embossing Powder'. I then heat set it with the 'Heat Tool'. I used 'Bunch of Banners' Framelits to cut out the top Banner. I used the 'Bell Punch' to punch out the Bells. The bottom Greeting is trimmed to size and matted.

All DSP and Mats are adhered together with 'Snail Adhesive'. The bottom Greeting was adhered to card with 'Snail' and the Banner and the Bells were adhered to the card, popped up with 'Stampin' Dimensionals'. I used some Neutral with Copper Baker's Twine from my stash.

The Inside of the card I matted 'Whisper White' Cardstock Panel with 'Early Espresso' Cardstock for a mat. Same with the Sentiment, which is also 'Copper Embossing Powder' and heat set. That Sentiment is from the 'Christmas Pines' Stamp Set. I also trimmed and matted the Sentiment to the Panel. A little different thing to do! I like it!

This card measures, 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". It doesn't fit a 'Medium Envelope'. I used some 'copy paper' from my printer to make an envelope to fit the card!
I even stamped the flap of the envelope to jazz it up a little!

I hope you are working on your Christmas Cards...although Christmas is 2 months away...I mail mine the day after Thanksgiving!

Hope you are feeling inspired...Till the next post...Blessings to you ALL!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Two-For...Reason For The Season!

Hello Friends!

Today is a 'Two-For'. You know, Two for the 'price' of one!

The 'Reason for the Season' Stamp Set has Two ways you can use the stamp Set.
One is with just the stamp set...and the other is to stamp and use the 'Festive Flower Builder Punch'.

The First Card...I used the 2 Step Flower and Leaves.
I stamped the Flower in the 'Archival Stampin' Pad' in Black.
I then used the stamps that I call 'fill in' stamps.
For the Flower Used 'Blushing Bride' and 'Real Red' Classic Stampin' Ink.
Touched the 'Blushing Bride' with the stamp and then touched the 'Real Red' Classic Stampin' Pads. I wanted a two tone effect for the flower. You know how some Poinsettia's are Red and some are Pink. I wanted to make mine a Pinkie Red color.

Here is the card:

I also used the same stamping technique for the Leaves.
I used 'Old Olive' and 'Always Artichoke' Classic Stamping Pads.
The Greeting is from the same stamp set...'Reason for the Season'.
For the Flower Center I used 'Crushed Curry'
Stampin' Write Marker to color the center.

Here is the inside of the card. The 'pine' needles are also in this stamp set.
I used 'Always Artichoke' to Stamp the Pine Boughs (which are Flower and Leaf veins) on the inside of the card and also the corner of the 'Medium Envelope'. I used the little dot in the stamp set to make 'berries'.
Here is my Christmas Card and Envelope to send out!


This next Card is also made from the Same Set!
For the 'flower veins', I stamped pieces of 'Real Red' Cardstock with
'Real Red' Classic Stampin' Ink.
For the leaf veins I stamped some 'Always Artichoke'
Cardstock with 'Always Artichoke' Classic Stampin' Ink.
I then used the 'Festive Flower Builder Punch'
 and punched out all the flower and leaves pieces.
I used 'Crushed Curry' Cardstock and punched the
yellow flower center.
You can see that there are Three different sizes to Stamp and Punch.
Here is the Card:
I used the '1" Circle Punch' and punched a circle.
I used 'Fast Fuse Adhesive' all over the 1" Circle and started by layering the
'Always Artichoke' Leaves and then the 'Real Red' Flower Petals.
I used 'Mini Glue Dots' to adhere the flower layers together.
After all were stacked, I used 'Mini Glue Dots' under the flower petals and leaves to hold all down.
Here is the inside of the Card:

The Sentiment is from the same 'Reason for the Season' Stamp Set.
I used the part that 'colors' the flower (as you can see on the first card shown up above) to decorate the envelope.
Here are they together and ready for my Christmas mailing!

I hope you are inspired and will make your cards.
Hate to be the bearer of the news,
Christmas is 2 months away.
Until the next post...Blessings to you ALL!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

It's A Flurry!

Hello Friends!

It is back to Christmas Cards again!

I am going to show the "Suites" or the "Sets" that are in the Annual and Holiday Catalogs for Christmas.
Today's Card is made with 'Flurry of Wishes' Stamp Set and the 'Snow Flurry' Punch from Stampin'Up!
One of my Favorite Christmas color combinations is Navy Blue with Silver.
So Rich looking!
The Card Base is 'Night of Navy'. I stamped the Large snowflake from the 'Flurry of Wishes' Stamp set, in Versa Mark and sprinkled a mixture of embossing powders, that I mixed, on the snowflake, and heat set it with
the 'Heat Tool'.

Here is the Card:

I lost my 'Silver Embossing Powder' and so I improvised.
I ordered more last night!.
My improvised mix is made of the 'Pewter Embossing Powder' and 'Silver Stampin' Glitter'!
Hey, Necessity IS the Mother of Invention!

I stamped on a separate piece of 'Night of Navy' Cardstock, the snowflakes that matched the 'Snow Flurry Punch'. I stamped them also in Versa Mark and sprinkled my 'silver' mixture on them and heat set them. I punched them out and used 'Stampin' Dimensionals' to adhere the to the card. The top small snowflake and the bottom left snowflakes. The snowflake above the Greeting is adhered with a couple of 'Mini Glue Dots'. I  wanted the snowflakes to have different heights on the card! The Greeting was also stamped and heat embossed. The Greeting is from the same stamp set as the snowflakes...'Flurry of Wishes'.

Can you see the different heights of the Snowflakes?
Here is a closer look.

I stamped the envelope with the Pair of snowflakes from the
'Flurry of Wishes' Stamp Set in 'Night of Navy'
 Classic Stampin' Ink. I stamped the front left side of the envelope
 and I also stamped the flap! 

The inside of the card...I attached a panel of 'Whisper White'
Cardstock and in 'Night of Navy' Classic Stampin' Ink, I stamped the
sentiment from the same 'Flurry of Wishes' Stamp Set!
The two snowflakes were stamped and heat set in my 'Silver' mix.
I punched them out with the 'Snow Flurry Punch' and adhered the to the card, with 'Mini Glue Dots'!
So Pretty!

When you make Dark Cards...Put a Panel inside.
When you write out your cards, it makes it easier!
I have used white gel pens on the dark to sign only our names.
To write a personal message, it just doesn't look or work right.
The panel is the life saver!
I hope you get inspired to get your cards made
for the FAST upcoming Holidays!
I have mentioned, I have a LARGE Family
and many Friends that I mail cards out to for Christmas.
Until the next Post...
Blessings to you All!

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