Swinging into Spring🌷

I know it’s a bit early to think we are sliding into the spring season, but I’ve seen the tips of my daffodils peeking through the ground, and I’ve gone without a coat once or twice this past week so in my world (or at least on my stamping table) I’m diving into spring thinking. Are you with me?

Today I am sharing two ways to make cards that have a swing motion to the focal point. Cards that move are always a big hit with the recipient and are quite honestly pretty amazing considering they are made with paper! You’ll find the video tutorial, directions to download and more pictures below.

Easy Swing Fold Card

Easy Swing Fold Card using Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

 Easy Swing Fold – Supplies Needed

  • 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” Cardstock base
  • 6” x 6” patterned paper (DSP)
  • Nesting Die shapes (circle, oval, square)
  • Basic White for cutting 2-3 of smaller nesting die.
  • Cut & Emboss Machine

Step 1: Score the 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” cardstock base at 4 1/4” and 2 1/8”. The front of the card will be the side with the 2 1/8” score line down the middle.

Step 2: Lay the card open on the Cut & Emboss machine with the card front side entering the machine first.  Put the larger nesting die on the card front (face down), centering it  over the score line.  Lay the second cutting plate on top as usual except the edge of the plate must only cover the  2 1/8” section and stop at the 2 1/8” score line. (It is ok if the plate goes a smidge over the score line.) This positioning will ensure the machine only cuts one half of the die.

The key to this swing mechanism is only cutting out half of the die. This is pretty simple – just use the position of the cutting plate to determine where the Cut & Emboss machine stops cutting.

Step 3: Cut the 6” x 6” piece of patterned paper into three pieces. First cut off  3/4” from one side and trim this to 5 1/4”.  Then turn the paper and cut a 2” strip which will leave you with a 4” strip also. Adhere the patterned paper to the inside of card.  Optional: use the 3/4” x 5 1/4” piece for the front of the card.

Step 4: Press on the 4 1/4” score line to fold the card in half.  Then press the 2 1/8” score line in the opposite direction. The half of the die that was cut will “swing” open.

Step 5: Cut out 2-3 of the smaller nesting die set in Basic White cardstock. One will be used on the card front for a greeting and focal point, one will be for the inside greeting mounted directly under where the front focal point is located.  The optional third die cut is to back the focal image on the card front to serve as a secondary greeting and/or embellishment location.

Pop Out Swing Fold Card

Pop Out Swing Fold Cards

 Pop Out Swing Fold – Supplies Needed

  • 5.5” x 8.5” Cardstock base
  • 5.25” x 4” Double-sided patterned paper (DSP)
  • 8” x 5” Basic White cardstock
  • Nesting Dies to create a window
  • Additional cardstock for focal point

Step 1: Score the 5.5” x 8.5” cardstock base at 4.25” to create folded card.

Step 2: Attach the patterned paper to the front of the card base being careful to ONLY adhere around the outside edge (not in the center of the paper). 

Step 3: Use the larger of the nested dies to cut a window in the front of the card front, cutting through both the patterned paper and the cardstock at the same time. 

Step 4: Score the 8”x 5” Basic White cardstock at 2”, 4” and 6” Fold on the 4” score line first, which folds this piece in half. Press with a bone folder. Then fold one of the 2” sections back in the opposite direction. Adhere this 2” section ONLY to the inside of the card base (where the inside greeting would be stamped) aligning the edges so that there are equal amounts of the card base showing

Step 5: Use a strip of adhesive along the opposite end of the Basic White cardstock to attach it to the back of the card front.  This will be attached along the score line in the middle of the card base.

Step 6: Open the card base fully and doing so will fold on the final score line of the 8” x 5” Basic White piece.

Step 7: Cut out the smaller of the nesting dies in coordinating cardstock color and mount through the window on the card front, but ONLY adhere to the right side of the score line you can see through the window.

Today’s Facebook Live Crafting Playdate (#9!!!!!) is all about Swing Cards! Check out the video replay on YouTube.

Watch my Facebook Live replay

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle is here and so amazing!!! During March you can earn some free Butterfly Bijou DSP if you purchase the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle. More fun projects to come soon!

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle
Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper
Entire Butterfly Brilliance Collection

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Just Want to Say…Thank You!

Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration 2021! As I reflect back on the last two months and all of the Sale-a-bration projects I’ve created and the fun I have had interacting with YOU in a new way through my Live Crafting Playdates I am so very thankful and humbled by your enthusiasm! I cannot thank you enough for blessing ME with your presence throughout these two months. You are the best!

Art Gallery Bundle

I gathered all of the cards that I have created as a result of doing Live Facebook videos and totally astounded myself with my output! I didn’t count them all but am impressed with my stash of ready to send cards. Have you been more creative these last two months also? I love it when you send me pictures of the projects you create, and your enthusiasm gets me inspired!

I look forward to having more fun with you on Fridays on Facebook! If you have missed any of the Live Playdates don’t worry you can rewatch them all on my YouTube channel.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

As always Happy Stamping!

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Gettin’ Smooshy With Ink – Crafting Playdate #8

Ready to get messy? Or at least a bit inky? The Smooshy Technique creates beautiful backgrounds using ink, water and watercolor paper. It’s so simple!

Smooshing With Ink Technique

My Facebook Live Crafting Playdate video shows you how to get smooshy with ink three different ways. You can watch a replay of the live video below AND download the technique tutorial for your reference.

Basic Supplies Needed for the Smooshing Technique

First Step – Apply 2-3 colors of ink to a plastic surface.
Step 2 – Spray the ink with a Stampin’ Spritzer (about 10 sprays)
Lay watercolor paper on top of the watery ink and let sit a moment to soak up the ink! Thank lift up carefully and blot off any extra puddles of ink with a paper towel.

There are so many ways to modify this technique. You can change the type or amount of ink, use more of less water, or change how you apply the ink to the plastic and each variation will change up how the background looks. No two times with this technique will look the same.

Variation Ideas

  • Apply the ink on an acrylic stamping block to achieve the Smooshy Technique in a defined shape.
  • Stamp images on to the plastic surface.
  • Use a small piece of plastic and do the technique upside down for more control.
Use stamped images to create the ink patterns.

Don’t miss out on earning any of the Sale-a-Bration Free products – The sale ends February 28, 2021!

Use Hostess 7Q3KYPDM scode, spend $50 and get a free card class from me! During February 2021, the last month of Sale-a-bration, if you place a qualifying order of $50 or more you will get a free Card Class Kit from me. The kit will include the pieces to put together 3 cards with envelopes, color directions and access to a video class to assemble the cards along with me. AND you will get to choose a FREE item from Stampin’ Up! for Sale-a-bration!!!!

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Overlapping Gatefold Card Trio

Sometimes you need to play with paper but don’t want to think too hard, right? This template is super simple to make and allows you to produce multiple cards with very few supplies. The beauty of this card template is that it is mostly made of patterned paper so it is already gorgeous. You need easy? This is your template!

Here is how you put these cards together. Score the 12 x 12 paper at 3 1/2″ and 8 3/4″. Turn and cut the paper at 4″ and 8″ which gives you 3 pieces. Fold on the score lines to create overlapping edges. Attach these pieces to quarter sheets of cardstock ( 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″). Add the layered focal point piece of any size or shape, decorate, embellish and you’ve got yourself a super cute card!

Once you get started making these cards you won’t be able to stop!! Check out these other happy trios.

I challenge you to grab a piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper and get busy making some easy cards! Watch my Facebook Live recording that shows how to make the Overlapping Gatefold Card Trio.

Overlapping Gatefold Card and 4 Pocket Card Album

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4 Pocket Card Album – Crafting Playdate #7

Today’s project is a fast new favorite! What do I love more that double-sided patterned paper? Mailable mini albums!!! This pattern is a great way to send someone special a card that is interactive and can hold pictures or gift cards or multiple messages. I kept the project simple by using only 1 sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper and 1 sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Basic White cardstock. Watch the video tutorial for step by step instructions and download the pdf for directions and dimensions.

4 Pocket Card Album Video Tutorial
4 Pocket Card Album

Directions

  • Score the 12 x 12 paper at 4” and 8” across one side, and mark the top of the paper with a paper clip or washi tape.  Turn paper to the left and score at 3.5” and 8.75”.  Turn the paper back to the right so that the 4” and 8” score lines are vertical (Note the picture below and how the sections are numbered 1-9.  This will help you reference the directions for each section keeping the paper clip at the top)
  • Remove section #1 cutting on the score lines. Save this piece to use on the belly band.
  • Cut on the bottom score line of section 3.
  • Use the ruler and pencil to draw a diagonal line through the center of section 9 from the outside corner to the center corner as shown. Then cut on this line.
  • Cut on the right score line of section 7.
  • Trim a tiny bit (small sliver) on either side of the score lines between sections 1 & 4, sections 3 & 6, and sections7 & 8. This will help the flaps on the album to fold cleanly on top of each other.
  • Tear (or fold back) about 1” on the outside edge of section 3. Fold section 3 to the left onto section 2 and glue on the outside edges to create a pocket. Insert one of the 3.5” x 2.75” Basic White pieces.
  • Fold the two diagonal halves of section 9 onto section 6 and section 8 to create pockets. Glue on the outside edges. Inset one of the 3.25” x 4.5” pieces in the pocket on section 6 and insert one of the 3.5” x 2.75” Basic White pieces in the pocket on section 8.
  • Punch the 2 1/4”  circle punch on the bottom edge of section 7. Fold section 7 onto section 4 and glue along the edges to create a pocket. Insert one of the 3.25” x 4.5” pieces into the pocket on section 4. 
  • Attach the 3.5” x 4.75” Basic White piece to section 5 in the center.
  • Fold section 4 and 6 to the center, then fold section 8 up and section 2 down to close the album.
  • Wrap the 1.5” x 8.5” strip of Basic White around the middle of the closed album and glue where the ends overlap. This will create the belly band needed to keep the album closed.
  • Punch a circle out of section 1 that you removed from the album to use as a focal point on the belly band.
  • Decorate as desired.  Send to a very lucky person!

Here are some more! These 4 Pocket Card Album’s are so easy to make, once you start you won’t be able to stop! Once you add some pictures they become magical! Let your imagination add inspiration to this card album template and see what you can create!

Happy Stamping! Get out your patterned paper and make something beautiful!

Only 9 more days of Sale-A-Bration left. Order $50 or more with me using hostess code 7Q3KYPDM by the end of February and earn a FREE Card Class with 3 projects! Order Now!

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February Mail Call

It is a genuine pleasure to receive happy mail in my mailbox! Getting a handmade card or a handwritten note from someone you care about is extremely exciting and NEVER gets old. I rip open the envelopes of personal mail with glee anticipating a message from someone special! How about you?

I want to share the handmade cards I received with you and give a shout out to my amazing stamping friends who made them! Let’s give them some love…

Judy C. – The pretty pastel hearts she attached send a clear message of love and are so pretty in abundance! I love this gorgeous Valentine’s Day card and appreciate all the little details within it!

Judy K. – This amazing Christmas card from Judy is one I haven’t taken down with the rest of the Christmas decor. I love this 3D Diorama Card! Breathtaking!

Claudia K. – Claudia uses the best of December’s Paper Pumpkin kit creating her own version of the monthly project. It’s so cute! No, you ahhhh!

Carol D. – I love how Carol has watercolored the flowers with watercolor pencils. The color is so vibrant! I admire how Carol adds stamped greetings and images to all sides of her cards and the envelope too!

Sheri F. – Simply gorgeous is how I would describe Sheri’s card. Black, white, and yellow never fail to deliver a spectacular card! I will BEE yours, Sheri!

Jill W. – I actually got two cards from Jill this month because she is just EXTRA in everything she does. I am honored that Jill used my January Card Template to create her Valentine’s Day cards. And her thank you card tag is a delightful visual pop! Thank YOU, Jill!

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Sending So Much Love Your Way!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you, my friend!

Snailed It Stamp Set

One of my favorite color combinations for making Valentine’s Day cards is Real Red, Pool Party, and Petal Pink. Kinda traditional with a pop of freshness, that’s what I think anyway. Throw in a sweet snail and some X’s & O’s and you’ve got some Valentine sweetness. Sending you so much love today and always!

Do you see the pretty stitched border on this card? This cuteness is brought to you by the Stitched With Whimsy Dies.

Stitched With Whimsy Dies

Sending you warm and fuzzy love on this cold winter day!

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A Beary Sweet Valentine 💌

Valentine’s Day is in the air. My cards have been made and sent, and I’m happy to share some projects with you! This year I made the decision to not buy any new Valentine’s Day stamp sets and instead be creative and “use what I had”. I dove into my Paper Pumpkin kits to make my Valentine’s Day cards and am thrilled with how they turned out. What do you think? Check out my process video for making this beary cute card using Stampin’ Blends.

A Valentine using my Paper Pumpkin kits.

I purchased the January Add-On kit which included 20 cute boxes and these adorable snail cut-outs. These little boxes perfectly held little chocolates of all kinds, and I chose my favorite Ghirardelli Chocolates for the inside. Yum!

The Paper Pumpkin kits are a great way to get supplies sent to you in the mail. You choose how often you want them sent. You get a sneak peek of the next kit ahead of time so you can pick and choose which ones you need. You have until the 10th day of each month to decide whether you want to get that month’s kit. Currently, we are in the ordering period for the March kit.

ABOUT THE MARCH KIT –Here’s to You

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 8 cards—4 each of 2 designs—and coordinating envelopes. The kit’s contents include printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″
  • Coordinating colors: Bumblebee, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray
  • Includes four free stencils and a stamping sponge!
  • Arrives in a cute and collectible box.
March 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Get it today!

Sign up for 1 month of Paper Pumpkin or 3 months or 6 months or 12 months. You pick and choose when you get the kits sent to you. Sign up today!

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See Both Sides with the Trifold Window Card

Double-sided patterned paper is an amazing thing to add to projects because the designs/patterns add a layer of color, texture, and coordination that can tie all the elements of your project together. I have stacks and stacks of Stampin’ Up!’s double-sided patterned paper (Designer Series Paper) in my craft room and I love them all equally, just as I do my children. However, when it comes time to add a piece to my cards I always feel a bit bad for the side of the paper that doesn’t get used. So when I find a card template or fold that utilizes BOTH sides of the paper, it makes me happy!

Trifold Window Card
Paper Blooms Designer Series Paper

The Trifold Window Card template showcases the Designer Series Paper beautifully AND lets BOTH sides be in the spotlight! What I also like about this template is that with 1 full sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper you can make 2 Trifold Window cards and 2 bonus cards. Here is how you do it! You can download the pdf of this template to keep in your stash of designs and watch the video tutorial from my Facebook Live Crafting Playdate.

Watch the Facebook Live tutorial for this card template!paper
Supplies needed for the Trifold Window Card Template

 Supplies Needed

  • 5.25” x 12” Double-sided patterned paper (DSP)
  • 5.5” x 4.25” Coordinating cardstock
  • 3.75” x 5” Basic White cardstock
  • Pair of same shaped dies that nest together (two sizes)
  • Basic White cardstock to cut out window shape insert
  • Coordinating cardstock to create a frame around the window
  • Scraps to create decor for the card front
  • Cut & Emboss Machine
Score the patterned paper at 4″ and 8″ to create three panels for the trifold. . Use the smaller die to cut a window in the front panel. The piece that gets removed to create the window will be an extra piece to use on a different card. Use this same die to cut out a small oval in a Basic White cardstock.
Center the nesting dies together on the cardstock and cut out with Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. This will create the window frame for the window. The smaller piece that gets cut out is also extra so save for another card.
All the pieces ready to assemble!

Now that you know the basic template to make this card think about all the delicious double-sided paper you have in your stash waiting to be used and GET BUSY!!!! I couldn’t stop making them once I started. Check out all the samples!

By saving the pieces you cut out to create the window and frame you can make two more bonus cards and use up the entire sheet of 12 x 12 paper!

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In the dead of winter you dream of some spring… and lady bug trinkets! 🐞🐞🐞

Dandelions, dragonflies and lady bugs. Oh my! The ladybug trinkets are the perfect embellishments on your project! Use Stampin’ Blends in Poppy Parade to color the antique gold red and “BOOM” you have an adorable accent on a project! The Dragonfly Garden stamp set and Dragonfly Punch are a perfect match!

Stampin’ Blends can color just about anything!

Now to add them onto a card front I used glue dots to keep them from wandering away.😉

Ladybug Trinkets are so sweet!
Yup, I put three ladybug trinkets on one card!
Dragonfly Garden and Dragonfly Punch

During February 2021, the last month of Sale-a-bration, if you place a qualifying order of $50 or more you will get a free Card Class Kit from me. The kit will include the pieces to put together 3 cards with envelopes, color directions and access to a video class to assemble the cards along with me. AND you will get to choose a FREE item from Stampin’ Up! for Sale-a-bration!!!!

Use Hostess Code :7Q3KYPDM to order online or contact me to place your order!

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