Dino Days

One of my fellow stampers shared a sketch and challenged us to come up with a card.  This is the sketch:


It happens that I had just finished fussy-cutting all of the dinosaurs from one sheet of designer paper (while I sat with hubby watching a football game- it was actually kind of zen!).  This is what I ended up with- aren’t they adorable?


I’d been sorely tempted to buy the coordinating stamps and dies, but as I’ve said before, I’m trying to focus on stamps that will be most useful for my classes, so I just bought the paper instead.  Here’s what I did- super simple, and I probably will tweak it considerably if I do it for a class (I think tone on tone stamping on the orange would look nice).


I thought the window would be a cool way to feature the cut image, rather than attaching it to the front.  I used a punch for the opening, and here is the inside.  Cute, right?


I think it would be appropriate for any age.  We should all dream big!   Thanks for stopping by.  If you are interested in any of the items used here (listed below), or need other stamping items, please visit my shop by clicking on the Visit My Site button on this page.  I love feedback, so if you are so moved leave a comment!

Happy stamping!



cardstock- Whisper White, Mango Melody, and Flirty Flamingo, and DinoRoar Designer Series Paper

ink- Flirty Flaming, Mossy Meadow

stamps (sentiments)- Capture the Good, and Over the Moon

2-inch Circle Punch, Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer for cutting and scoring, Glitter Enamel Dots






Everyone Loves a Little Sparkle

Ha! Another Christmas card, though it’s still getting to 87 degrees every day in SW Florida.  I’m not complaining, though.  That’s why I (and millions of others) moved here. Anyway, in my class yesterday, we made a birthday card, an all-occasion note card, and this Christmas card.  It was a hit, so I thought I’d share it with you.


The cardbase is 5.5x 8.5 inches, folded in half to make a 4.25x 5.5 inch card.  I used a fabulous Mercury Glass acetate for the background, cut a 3 inch circle from it, and glued it with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I diecut the trees in white and silver glimmer paper, and I diecut the deer three times- twice in navy and once in white.  I diecut the silver circle twice, with circle measuring 2.75 and 3.25 inches- I found it better to cut them separately as it caused less distortion.  I ran a bone folder (you could use the back of a spoon) over the back of the circle to get it nice and smooth. I glued the deer diecuts together with the white on top, and ran that through my diecutting machine with the 2.75 inch circle, so it would fit snugly against the silver circle without having to glue the circle over it. Assemble as shown, first the silver circle, then the trees, and finally the deer.  I didn’t use any glue on the antlers so they stood up a little.  I added my sentiment over a strip of glimmer paper.

I love how the navy behind the deer gives it just a little definition against the trees.  What do you think?

All materials (with the exception of the circle dies, but I have listed the SU equivalent below) are available from my Stampin’ Up! shop- you can get there by clicking Visit My Site on this page, and I appreciate your support.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!



Cardstock/specialty papers- Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Silver Foil Sheets, Mercury Glass Designer Acetate

Ink- Night of Navy

Dies-Snow Globe Scenes, Layering Circles

Stamp- Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set



Hello, again!


I just wanted to pop on this evening, because I was so pleased with this card.  I had seen a layout like this on a Jennifer McGuire video, and was inspired by this beautiful paper to give it a seaside twist.

A 2 inch by 5.5 inch piece of designer paper  was glued to the card base, and 1 inch and 2 inch wide pieces of cardstock had a 1/8 inch strip of navy cardstock was glued to each as shown. The sentiment was stamped on the 2 inch piece, and both were attached to the card base with foam dimensional tape.  I stamped the shell and fussy-cut it, gluing one end to the white cardstock and attaching the other end with a foam dimensional to the designer paper.

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Happy stamping!


Materials, all from Stampin’ Up!: Whisper White cardstock for base, raised panels, and shell. Night of Navy cardstock for the strips.  See a Silhouette designer series paper. Seaside Notions (shell) and Colorful Seasons (sentiment) stamp sets. Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals. Miscellaneous: dimensional foam tape.







Stamping, Coloring, and Pretty Papers

Yep, I’ve been playing with my stash, old and new, and it’s all in here.  Most of my classes are three cards, but sometimes I make A LOT of cards before I settle on the ones for the class.  I try to make at least one simpler card, to encourage beginners and let experienced stampers breeze through that one.  Instant gratification!  That’s what I love about making cards. Here is my simple card, letting the designer paper do all the work:


Gorgeous paper, matching cardstock, and a heat embossed sentiment.  Boom. Inside it says “today blooms just for you”.  Next up is a card inspired by one in the SU annual catalog.  Here, I stamped my own “designer paper” using a beautiful fern leaf stamp.


I adhered the stamped paper to the background piece, and I adhered the oval directly to the vellum.  The sentiment was raised on the vellum with foam dimensionals.  Once those were in place, I carefully positioned foam dimensionals on the backside of the vellum, making sure they could not be seen by hiding them behind the other elements. Attach the vellum to the stamped paper, and adhere the whole works to a card base.

Finally, the coloring:

I stamped both cows with Memento.  I used Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) on the front paper, because I knew I could hide any bleed-through with the blue backing paper. The inside cow wasn’t colored, but I added a little color with green “grass” and a red heart, which was done with a water-based marker, taking care not to smear the black ink (start coloring from the middle of the image, and get close to the black line without going OVER it).  This way, there was no bleed-through to the back of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards.  I’m guessing all three may eventually make it to a class, but we’ll see!  Let me know what you think!  If you want to purchase any of the supplies (I’ll list them below), click on the Visit My Site button.  If you want to be notified when I post a new blog, follow me!  I’m also on fb and instagram @readyinkgo

Happy stamping!


Card 1: Blackberry Bliss cardstock and ink (interior), Crushed Curry ink and clear embossing powder, Perennial Essence designer series paper, Very Vanilla cardstock (interior), Perennial Birthday stamp set.

Card 2: Very Vanilla cardstock for card base, 4x 5.25 for leaf stamping and misc. pieces for stamping.  Crumbcake background (4.25x 5.5 inches), Vellum, Old Olive ink, Daisy Lane and Perennial Birthday stamp sets, Stitched Ovals dies.

Card 3: Whisper White card base and 4x 5.25 inch piece for front, Pacific Point cardstock for base piece (4.25x 5.5 inches), Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Stampin’ Write Markers, Over the Moon and Perennial Birthday stamp sets.

Planning for Christmas!

Because I sell cards and teach cardmaking, I need to stay ahead of the seasons!  I am teaching a Christmas card class this week, and have designed three cards. First is a fun fold, with 4.25 by 8.5 inch cardstock, folded at 2.75 and 7 inches.


The gorgeous paper is Brightly Gleaming designer paper, and the stamp set is Christmas Gleaming, with coordinating punches.  Punches are great if you don’t have a diecutting/embossing machine!  After the fold, I just made panels to fit, stamped and punched the ornaments (and their “shadows”), gluing them to the left panel, with one overlapping the gap, and I stamped a sentiment from the Still Scenes stamp set, matted it and glued that to the right panel.

Next I made a simpler card, using two of the designs from Toile Tidings designer paper, Real Red cardstock for the mat, and Real Red Ruched Ribbon. I stamped the sentiment using stamps from the Merry Christmas to all set, and cut it and the mat with the Stitched Shapes ovals.


Lastly, I used the Snow Globe Shaker Domes, Snow Globe Scenes dies, and Still Scenes stamp set.  I love this suite, and can imagine lots of non- Christmas snow globes!  The stamps and dies give you lots of options for scenes, and I chose to combine the homestead stamp with the church diecut.  Our Snowfall Accents Puff Paint adds to the dimension. The paper is another design from the Brightly Gleaming set.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards.  All supplies mentioned are from Stampin’ Up!, and can be purchased by going to my store- just click the Visit My Site button on this page.  Thanks for stopping by; follow my blog for more stamping fun, or see my cards on Instagram @readyinkgo.

Happy stamping,


Gift Card Holder in a Card



This is a card I came up with to combine a gift card holder in a regular-sized (4.25×5.5 inch) A2 card.  I decorated this one for Christmas, but it is really an all-occasion fold.  It starts with an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of cardstock, cut lengthwise into equal halves, 4.25 x 11 inches.  Score along the long side at 2.75 and 5.5 inches.


Watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uxc0d3phzw

Next, make a notch at the top of the first panel so you can easily remove the gift card.  In the example above, I used a small circle diecut, but I felt a larger notch would be better, so here I used a 2 inch circle punch, centering on the first panel.


Now you’ll adhere the side and bottom of this panel to the next one.  Be sure to use adhesive (Tear-n-tape or Tombow Glue, for example) only on the edge of the side of the panel, but at the bottom, use the adhesive high enough to keep the card up near the top of the card.


Decorate the card as desired, and use an additional piece of cardstock to make your front piece, which can be any shape or size, depending on your sentiment or image.  Center the front piece on the card, but be careful to glue it only to the top panel of the card.  Be sure your inside sentiment is hidden completely by the front piece.  You’re done!

I hope you enjoy making this card for your next gift card occasion.  If you need any of the materials used, clicking Visit My Site will take you to my store. Thanks for stopping by, and comment or add pics of your own if you like.

Happy stamping!


What Is the Name of This Fold???

Good morning, fellow cardmakers!  Today I have a “prototype” that I thought I would show you- I think I will tinker with it a bit more, but don’t know when I’ll get to it, so here is the project thus far.  I know I have seen this fold SOMEWHERE, but I can’t for the life of me find the name of it– if you know, please comment!  I wanted to use a designer paper that has Soft Suede line drawings on a Mint Macaron background; I find the combination calming somehow, so here is what I came up with:



I actually intended to use a complementary designer paper on the inside, but I was working late at night, and glued down the popup before I adhered the designer paper (oops!).  Anyway, the base of the card is 11 x 4.25 inches of Mint Macaron, folded in half.  I decorated the front with a 5 and 3/8 by 4 and 1/8 inch piece of Soft Suede, and a 5.25 x 4 inche piece of designer paper (Garden Lane Series).  All products are from Stampin’ Up!.  The centerpiece used two sizes of the Stitched Shapes dies, the larger in Soft Suede and the smaller in Very Vanilla, a bird stamp from the Free As a Bird set (I used Soft Suede ink but stamped off once), linen thread, and woven ribbon, colored with Crumb Cake Blends marker. The stamped image was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I stapled the v-shaped piece of ribbon to the brown shape and adhered that to the card, then glued a circle of the thread in place, and added the stamped piece with dimensionals.  A few Iridescent Sequins finished it off.

Inside, I used a 6 x 6 piece of Soft Suede cardstock, and folded it in half to make a rectangle.  Then I unfolded it, and folded the paper  in half in the other direction to make a rectangle.  Open and fold from corner to corner in one direction.  It should look like this:


Now push the triangles toward one another, and it will fold into a square, turned on point.  Decorate the surfaces as you wish- I embossed two pieces of cardstock cut to 2.75 inch squares, cut them in half to form triagles, and adhered them to the larger triangles.  I used Very Vanilla squares for the sentiment and a place to sign or write a note, stamped with Mint Macaron Ink.  Don’t be like me, adhere some pretty paper to the inside first, THEN glue the squares to the inside of the card at the center of the fold, leaving just a hair of space to account for the thickness of the fold.

I hope you’ll enjoy give this fairly simple fold a try.  If you do, send a picture in the comments!  And someone please, please, tell me what it’s called.  Click Visit My Site on this page to go to my Stampin’ Up! store if you want to shop. There are lots of lovely paper, stamps, and trinkets in this year’s Annual Catalog, and the Holiday Catalog will go live on September 4th.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping!


Thinking of Christmas???

I know, I know- it’s still summer (although here in SW Florida the kids have been back at school for 2 weeks).  Nevertheless, when you teach card classes and sell craft supplies you have to stay ahead of the seasons… no-one will be coming to a Christmas card class in mid-December!  As a result, I’ve  started “playing” with some of my holiday stamps, and ordering others so I can offer some ideas to my students.  Honestly, some of the papers by Stampin’ Up! in the new holiday catalog are so beautiful, they hardly need embellishment to make a great card. Here are a couple of examples of that:


I paired the Brightly Gleaming designer paper with copper foil sheets (the foil on the right was textured with our Subtle embossing folder,and the ribbon is a gorgeous two-toned satin. The sentiment for the card on the left was stamped with Delicata Copper ink.  Both cards came together really quickly, and the photos really don’t do them justice!

For my next card, I was wanting a “tropical Christmas” feel.  I think I achieved that, using the Seaside Notions stamp set, and some more Brightly Gleaming paper, copper foil,  delicious Pretty Peacock cardstock and ink, and Delicata Copper ink.


As you can see, I stamped the images on Pretty Peacock, textured that layer with the Subtle embossing folder, then cut it with a Stitched Rectangles die.  I layered it with a piece of copper foil over a piece of designer paper, using dimensional foam to pop it up a bit.  Paper-saving tip: I cut out the center of the designer paper with a slightly smaller rectangle, and will use that on another card!  I then stamped the sentiment in Pretty Peacock, added some dots in copper, and matted that with copper foil, once again popping it up with dimensionals.  It’s really pretty, and I thought it had a tropical flair.  Here is the inside:


Now I’m waiting for another stamp set delivery.  Wait till you see the 3D snowglobe!  Items from the new catalog go on sale Sept. 4th.  If you are in the US, I would be honored to have you order through my store (click View My Site on this page).  The catalog will be online 9/4, but I can get you a paper catalog if you want to contact me at rougeuxm@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!







Double-Point Fold, Two Ways

I have been STAMPING a long time, but I’m fairly new to fancy fold cards, so although some of them have been around a loooong time, I am only just trying them out!  One of these is the double-point fold, an easy but elegant card.  I was experimenting with it and found two ways to get the look, depending on your papers and preference.  Here are two cards for examples:


To make the the card on the left, I cut a 5.5 x 4.25 inch piece of cardstock (Mossy Meadow), and a 4 x 5.25 inch piece of cardstock (Very Vanilla). Cut two pieces of pretty paper (these are from the Garden Lane collection) 4 x 3 and 1/8 inches. On both pieces score 1/2 inch from one 4 inch edge and fold- this will be glued under the Very Vanilla rectangle- and mark the center point of the flap (2 inches) and cut from both folds to the center point making two triangle shaped doors once the tabs are glued in place. Stamp a sentiment in the center of the Very Vanilla piece and adhere that carstock with attached doors to the Mossy Meadow base. Die cut two pieces of cardstock- here I used the Stitched Shapes dies- making one slightly larger than the other.  I used Soft Seafoam and Very Vanilla cardstock.  You will want to make the larger of these big enough that it will cover not only your stamped sentiment but also any writing you add (greeting, signature, etc.).


Stamp the top piece with the fern leaf in Mossy Meadow from the Daisy Lane stamp set going in both directions.  Stamp and punch multiple large daisies from the same stamp set- I used Sahara Sand ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and used two daisies for this one.  Adhere the daisies together in a staggered fashion, and use a dimensional foam piece to pop up from the leaves. I also used sponge daubers to color the flower center. Center this piece on the card, and adhere to one flap only, taking care to place adhesive only where the pieces make contact (see photo).

For the card on the right, I cut a 4.25 x 11 inch piece of cardstock, Very Vanilla in this case. Score at 2 .75 inches from each end to make the doors. Where the two flaps meet, find the center point on the “doors” (2 and 1/8 inches) and using your trimmer, cut from the outer edges of the fold to that center point, making a triangle-shaped flap on each end. Cut a piece of designer paper to 4 x 5.25 inches (this one is again from Garden Lane) for the inside.  On the flaps, I cut two pieces of paper from the Pressed Petals collection in 4 x 2.5 inches, and finding the center point (2 inches) make the triangles as above and adhere, leaving an even border all around.  Die cut three pieces for this card, one large in Soft Seafoam, and a large and slightly smaller in Very Vanilla.  Stamp your inside sentiment on the large Very Vanilla diecut, but wait to adhere.  The front of this is similar to the previous, except that instead of stamping the leaves, I diecut them, and I used three daisies on this card. Center the piece and adhere as above. Afterward, adhere the sentiment inside so it is completely covered by the daisy piece (I like glue for this to give you a bit of wiggle room).


You could also decorate the inside flaps if desired. The card on the right is my favorite, as I feel it is a bit sturdier and gives a “guide” for your signature, but the card on the right shows off two sides of the designer paper on the flaps without extra decoration. Give either (or both!) a try and let me know what you think.

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Happy stamping!