A New-To-Me Fun Fold

Have you seen all the posts about the Theater Card (or Theatre Card, for those using the Queen’s English!)??? Well, I decided to give it a try, but I altered the design just a bit to hide the mechanism better. This is the first card I made:

For this one, I used the designer paper from the Ornate Garden Suite, the Basketweave embossing folder, and stamps from the Celebrating Sunflowers (available in the 2020-2021 catalog), Timeless Tropical, and Daisy Lane sets. I also used the Medium Daisy punch, the Sprig punch, and a flower center from the To A Wild Rose suite. The gems are new, too- Gilded Gems. I put together a video (sorry I was off camera on occasion!), and it is not as complicated as you might think.

You start with one sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch cardstock. Cut it in half, so you have two pieces measuring 4.25 by 11 inches. Trim one of these pieces to 4 by 11 inches, then cut both the 4.25 inch and 4 inch wide pieces in half. You will have two pieces that are 4.25 by 5.5 inches, and two that are 4 by 5.5 inches.

Score the 4 inch wide pieces at 1.25 inches and 2.75 inches, and use a bone folder to smooth the folds. Fold at the score in the same direction, so you get C-shaped pieces. Take one of the larger cardstock pieces, and glue the small flap of each folded piece to the edge of the larger piece, so that the larger flaps meet in the middle. I then glued designer paper to the flaps and center, measuring 2.75 by 4 inches, and on the sides of the “theater” I used 1.25 by 4 inch strips.

Ignore the cut away pieces on the edge- that was a mistake! The cut away pieces should be on the front of the card, as in the card at the top of the page! ūüė¶ I later fixed them by adding some white cardstock to the back… Next, I glued a piece of 4 by 5.25 inch designer paper to the front of the card, and cut out an opening with a Stitched Rectangle, measuring about 4 by 2.75 inches. On the back of this frame, I used two pieces of .5 by 5.5 inch pieces of cardstock (I used white but you could match it to the card), and folded the ends in so that the folded length was about 4 and 1/8 inches. Glue these to the back of the frame so that they line up with the frame opening, and are centered top to bottom on the card.

Now all that’s left is to add sentiments and decoration as you wish (I’ll leave it to your imagination, or I’ll never get this post written!), then slide the large flaps of the theater “curtains” into the straps on the front of the card. I rounded the edges to make that easier.

Voila! The theater card is complete. Let me know if you give it a try- I would love to see pictures of your finished card. As always, thanks for stopping by and for visiting my shop if you need supplies- I listed the ones I used below, although I didn’t list the designer paper in the second card as it will soon be retired.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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In With the New!

Hello, again! Thanks for joining me. Today I made a video showing the new Ornate Garden Suite’s various stamps, dies, ribbons, and an embossing folder. I used some of these to make a few relatively simple cards if you have a die-cutting/embossing machine. If you don’t, you can still make beautiful cards with the stamp sets, designer paper and ribbon from the collection.

The Suite is new in the Annual Catalog that goes live June 3rd, but they released it early so it’s available now. The papers are lovely, a combination of foiled prints (you can color the white and gold ones!), small and large florals, and subtle backgrounds. There are two stamp sets, one with floral images, and the other with several thank you sentiments, but the additional sentiments can be used for a variety of occasions. Here are two of my cards:

The embossing folder (see the card on the left, is so sweet, and the frames and edge dies are amazing. There are two die sets in this suite:

The left die includes framed rectangles, and the one on the right shows edge dies and freestanding components. Both are used in the cards above. You don’t have to make them quite so girly, though. I used the rose border on this card in black and white:

These are the stamp sets- I tried to show some of the additional sentiments:

So, that’s been my day so far! If you want to watch the video, you can get a better look at the designer papers, and I talk more about how I put the cards together.


Thanks again for stopping by- I hope you enjoyed looking, and, as always but especially in these trying times of social distancing, I encourage you to make and send cards. If you don’t have a Stampin’Up! demonstrator, please check out my shop with the button above, and if you want to get my newsletter, sign up below! I appreciate your support.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Cards for beginning cardmakers

Hello! Last time I talked about using designer papers to make quick cards, but as I was doing that, I thought that it is also a good way for beginning cardmakers to make pretty cards with few tools and stamps. The new year Stampin’ Up! catalog year starts June 4th, and while we have a great selection of new papers to look forward to using, those from the current catalog will not continue. This is the case with two fun stamp sets featured above- Free As A Bird, and Dressed to Impress. The stamps will continue to be offered in the next annual catalog but, sadly, the beautiful coordinating papers will no longer be available after this month.

I wanted to make some more cards that leaned heavily on the designer paper, and only used a sentiment stamp. For this card, I used the Bird Ballad designer paper.

This card was made with two pieces of a reversible designer paper, adhered to white cardstock with a thin margin. Tip: the ribbon was actually two pieces, about 5 and 6 inches. The shorter was knotted around the longer, which was adhered to the back of the white card. The sentiment was stamped on coordinating cardstock, trimmed with scissors and glued down.

For this card, I cut a piece of the reversible designer paper into 4 by 5.25 inches, then cut that into two pieces that were 2 by 2 and 7/8 inches, and two that were 2 by 2 and 3/8 inches. I adhered the pieces with glue, starting with the pieces on the left, trying to keep margins even. I finished it with some coordinating ribbon and a sentiment which was punched with a 2-inch circle, and backed by card punched with the Starburst punch- I’m sad that it’s also being discontinued- I love this punch! The sentiment “stack” was raised with foam dimensional dots.

The next card used the paper from the Dressed to Impress suite. So girly!

This time I didn’t leave any margins- I cut all strips 5.5 inches wide, the floral strips are 1 inch and 1.25 inches, and the green is 2 inches high. They were butted against one another, and the sentiment is on white cardstock that was cut with a die, but could easily have been trimmed to a rectangle. I was tempted to add some other embellishments, but I resisted! The sentiment (stamped in the gorgeous Lovely Lipstick color, which is being retired) was again raised with dimensional dots. It isn’t necessary if you don’t have them, but gives a nice dimension to the card.

I hope you enjoy the cards, and as always, if you need supplies or want to browse, click the button above to visit my store. As mentioned, the designer papers some ink colors (the five 2018-2020 InColors), the Starburst punch, and many other items will be discontinued as of June 3rd, and are offered now while supplies last, so if you’ve had your eye on something, don’t wait. I had to stock up on a couple of my favorites! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping,

Michelle

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Free As A Bird Cling Stamp Set [149468] $22.00 Dressed To Impress Photopolymer Stamp Set (English) [151666] $18.00 Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper [149592] $11.50 Best Dressed 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper [151319] $11.50 Pool Party 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122924] $8.75
Calypso Coral 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [122925] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Smoky Slate 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [131202] $8.75 Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad [147113] $7.50 Lovely Lipstick Classic Stampin’ Pad [147140] $7.50
¬®C10C Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00¬®C11C Sweetly Stitched Framelits Dies [147918] $26.00¬®C12C 2″ (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch [133782] $18.00¬®C13C Starburst Punch [143717] $18.00

When you need a card right now!

Sometimes, when I need a quick card, I let the paper do the hard work of design, as I did with the following cards. Every year, Stampin’ Up! introduces a wonderful selection of new designer series papers. The downside to that is that the papers from the current catalogs are discontinued, and that will happen on June 2 of this year. These cards were made with papers from the current catalogs.

This was one of the great papers from the See A Silhouette suite, which has such vibrant colors. I cut a 4 by 5.25 inch piece, and matted it on coordinating cardstock cut at 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 inch, These were adhered to a white card folded t0 4.25 by 5.5. I then used a 3/4 inch by 4 inch strip of the reverse side of the same paper, matted that on a one inch by 4 inch strip of white. The sentiment was stamped on white and punched out with a 2 inch punch, and behind that is the starburst punch (also retiring- nooooo!), all popped up with dimensional foam. Simple, but pretty, don’t you think?

Here’s another example where the paper makes a huge statement on the card, this time with a pretty diecut:

The paper is the Perennial Essence designer paper, cut to 4 by 5.5 inches and adhered to the folded card base all the way to the right, leaving a margin on the left. The green ribbon is wrapped all the way around the front of the card, and the Butterfly Beauty diecut is glued to the front. I heat embossed the sentiment, and popped it up with dimensional foam.

Finally, I used the paper from the Country Club suite. I love the argyle patterns! One of the papers in the suite has these cool line drawings, which would be perfect for coloring, but I liked the simplicity of the black-and-white. Both pieces and the sentiment were cut and matted, and the golf scene and sentiment were popped up with foam dimensionals.

Designer papers can be a small or a large part in card design, but when you are in a hurry, they can do the heavy lifting! The papers above are available, while supplies last, or until June 2nd. The good news is that June 3rd brings a whole new selection of gorgeous new designer papers! It only takes a few minutes to make a card that showcases pretty paper. So, no excuses- send cards to the people you care about, and to the people who are your heroes! Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper [149443] $11.50Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper [149100] $11.50 Butterfly Beauty Dies [148536] $39.00 Country Club Designer Series Paper [151314] $11.50

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A Star is Born

Hi, there! I hope this finds you well and happy, and creating with stamps and paper! My sister’s birthday is coming up, and I wanted to make a special card for her- this one fit the bill! I was inspired by some old papercrafting/stamping magazines that a friend recently gave me- while the example in the magazine had a stamped focal point, I decided to fussy cut these gorgeous flowers from the See a Silhouette designer paper collection. Such wonderful colors!

I started with an 8.5 x 5.5 inch piece of Olive Green cardstock. This was folded in half, then cut diagonally from the top of the fold to the bottom of the free edge (see photo). Then, I took two pieces of the leaf paper, each 4 x 5.25 inches, and cut them diagonally. PLEASE NOTE: one sheet was cut from the left upper corner to the right lower corner, and the other from the right upper corner to the left lower corner (see photo).

Glue the printed triangles to the green cardstock as shown above. Criss-cross the single triangles over one another, with the long edges facing down, and glue them together. Place your focal point over top of these, as well as a sentiment if you wish (see photo below).

Cut 1/2 inch slots into the folded triangle approximately 3 inches from the lower points. Cut matching slots into the flower piece about 1.5 inches from the lower points (see photos). I also adhered a white circle to the back and trimmed away the lower part so that I could write a message on the back.

The card will require a 5 x7 inch envelope to mail flat. Just match up the notches, and stand it up- voila!

I hope you enjoyed reading about this as much as I did making it- and don’t tell my sister! Thanks for stopping by! You can find the materials to make a similar card in my shop.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Old Olive 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100702] $8.75 See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper [149443] $11.50 Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Multipurpose Liquid Glue [110755] $4.00

Quilting with Paper

Hello, again! I hope this finds you well. Last time, I showed you how to make a simple easel card. This time I wanted to give you an idea for the card front. My friend is making quilts, and that inspired me to make one, too! This one used lovely paper from the Woven Threads collection, which has just the right faded-by-wear look for a quilt. The card base was made like the one in the previous post.

The quilt was made with 1.25 inch squares, in three patterns. You could cut them out with a paper trimmer, or use a die. These were glued to a 3.75 inch square of cardstock, covering the entire square. Glue that piece to a 4 inch square of paper to form the “binding” for the quilt, and attach it to the top of a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card front. Ordinarily, I might have place a sentiment on the front under the quilt, or on the “stopper” on the inside, but I just got these lovely dies that make a pattern in paper, and I thought they worked nicely with the quilt. What do you think? I glued the diecut patterned pieces to a piece of white cardstock, and adhered them with dimensional foam dots.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Comments are appreciated, and I hope you are inspired to make your own paper quilt!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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Woven Threads Designer Series Paper [155883] Seaside Spray 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [150883] $8.75 Ornate Frames Dies [150664] $34.00 Stitched Shapes Dies [152323] $30.00 Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430] $4.00

A Simple Easel Card

While I was working on coming up with cards for thank-yous to first responders, and cards without stamps for mail-in kits, making an easel card popped into my head. Of course, this particular card doesn’t fit into EITHER of those categories, but it will be a fun card to send to a friend. Start with an 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of sturdy cardstock. Cut it in half lengthwise, score one of the pieces at 1.5″ and 5.5″, and fold at both score lines in the same direction . It should look like this. Cut the other, unscored half sheet in half; you will need one of the resulting 4.25×5.5″ sheets. Decorate this as desired. This will be your card front. In my case I used butterfly diecuts. The top layer was cut from printed paper to give it some variety of color.

Apply glue to the small flap, and attach the bottom of your card front to this glued area, lining them up carefully.

Decorate the inside of the card. I stamped a 3.5x 4 inch piece of white cardstock with a sentiment and placed that at the top of the inside. Then you will need a stopper- something to prop your card front against. Since I had a two-part sentiment, I used the second part for my stopper, but you could use a small diecut or stamped image. It needs to have a bit of height, to catch the card front, so I raised it with foam dimensional pads. Now, when you open the card, and prop up the front, it looks like this:

I finished my card off with a few rhinestones, but you could add stamps or diecuts. I kept this one simple for the sake of illustration, but your card could have multiple layers on the front, ribbons and other embellishments, and designer papers.

I hope this inspires you to make a card to brighten up a friend’s day. Until the coronavirus “lockdown” lifts, we could all use a little extra sunshine! Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stamping!

Michelle

Teaching Cardmaking Without Classes

Hello, again! I have been busy during these days of social isolation, helping my teenaged grandson with studies, cooking with food from the freezer, and trying to keep in touch with customers, class participants, family and friends online. To keep my class participants involved, I’ve offered a kit by mail, and am pleased to say that it has been well received. Because of copyright issues, the kits-by-mail must not contain any stamped images, so they are created using designer papers and diecut shapes. These are the three cards:

My first kit-by-mail

The card on the left is a z-fold, meaning that a standard fold card has had the front panel folded back on itself. The floral paper is from the Bird Ballad collection, and the butterfly was punched from paper as well! The sentiment is diecut from the Well Written dies, and the circles cut with Stitched Shapes dies.

The center card (I called it the Queen Bee card!) uses two different papers matted on black card which is then centered on the card front. There is a strip of gold foil over the join of the two papers, and two scalloped rectangles in black and white, onto which a lovely been image from the Detailed Bee dies has been adhered.

The card on the right makes use of papers from the Peaceful Poppies series, simply wrapped with a bow, and decorated with poppy dies from the Poppy Moments dies, popped up with dimensional foam.

As are most people I know, I am looking forward to a return to normalcy in our daily schedules, but I think that kits-by-mail may be something that becomes part of the new normal.

Thanks, as always, for stopping by. If you have questions or comments, I would love to hear from you. If you need cardmaking supplies, you can visit my Stampin’ Up! onlineshop by clicking on Visit My Site. Thanks for your support!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

Color Me Happy

Well, I’m still stamping! It really does lift my spirits during the self-imposed isolation. I hope this finds you well and that you are taking time, as I have, to count my blessings. I have been experimenting with the Stampin’ Up! Pigment Sprinkles, which are water-soluble powdered pigments. This is one of the cards I made:

I started with Shimmery White Paper, which holds up well with water, and stamped it multiple times with the flower outline stamp in the To A Wild Rose set. I used Versamark embossing ink and White Embossing Powder to heat emboss the outlines. I then gave the paper a light spray of water with my misting sprayer, and VERY lightly sprinkled the Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight powders, trying to concentrate the majority of the powder over the flower shapes. I added a small amount of water if needed to blend the color a bit more. You will need to let this dry before you can use it for a card. After my paper was dry, I put it under some books to flatten it nicely, then I cut it to 4 x 5.25 inches and mounted it using Tombow liquid glue on a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card of Melon Mambo cardstock. I also cut a sentiment three times from Melon Mambo cardstock (this was a retired die) and layered them for dimension, swiped them with some Wink of Stella for sparkle, and adhered it to the card with glue. It will certainly cheer up the recipient, and was easy to do!

Another card made with the powders was done on the Shimmery White paper without first embossing it, using Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, and Bermuda Bay. After drying, it was cut to 3.5 x 4.75 inches, matted with Granny Apple Green cut to 3.75 x 5 inches, and mounted on a Pacific Point card. Decorate as desired- I used a butterfly cut from the Butterfly Beauty diecuts in Blueberry Bushel Noble Foil, a diecut doily in Granny Apple Green, a sentiment from the So Sentimental stamp set and Stitched So Sweetly dies, and some retired gems.

It was really fun just playing with the Pigment Sprinkles, and deciding how to showcase the results. Give them a try! They come in a pack of six, and will last a long time, because you need so little to produce vibrant colors. All products are from Stampin’ Up! and if you need supplies, you can click on the Visit My Site button on this page to shop or just browse and get ideas. Thanks for stopping by- if you enjoyed the visit, like and share my blog. It helps!

Stay well, be happy, and keep stamping! You never know how much a handmade card will mean to the person who receives it.

Michelle