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:

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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.).

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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).

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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!

Michelle

Celebrating Summer (and other things!)

Hi, all, it’s been a while.  I have been “on the road” for a couple of weeks, tried to post and lost my content- I was not happy! But I’m back home and things are getting back to normal.  My husband and I drove almost 3000 miles in 10 days- from Florida to a Rougeux family reunion in rural Pennsylvania, then on to my sister’s lake cottage in New York, and off to Ohio for her granddaughter’s wedding. On the way home we stopped in South Carolina to see my brother-in-law’s new home.  Whew! It was all wonderful, getting to see both of our families, and enjoying slightly cooler nights than at home (although days were still HOT!).  I got to see some wildlife, including elks up close and personal, bears, ducks, eagles, so many other birds and butterflies, woodchucks, and deer, and some WILD life (those twenty somethings at the wedding know how to party!).  I also got to see a lot of the flowers and trees of my past that just don’t grow in my subtropical climate. Anyway, less than 48 hours after returning home, I hosted another card class, and here are a couple of the cards we made.  They say summer to me.

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This one uses the large daisy punch, and is done in Purple Posy, Highland Heather, So Saffron, and Whisper White.  The Purple Posy designer paper was glued to the card front, the window cut with a Stitched Shapes circle, and the same circle was used to cut the gingham paper (retired). White cardstock was glued to the card interior, the card was closed, and the gingham circle was attached to the white mat through the window, so that it would be perfectly aligned.  Three daisy shapes were punched out and glued together slightly offset, the flower center was diecut- any round shape will do- and then I used the top of a Tombow multipurpose glue container to push against it in a circular fashion while it lay on my Stamp N Pierce foam mat, so that it would dome up a bit.  I attached it to the daisy with a Stampin Dimensional, and also used dimensionals to attach the daisy to the gingham circle. The sentiment is from the Daisy Lane set, stamped in Highland Heather, and the leaf was cut from Highland Heather cardstock.  Added a bit of bling, and there you have it.

Another card we made used my favorite Butterfly Gala die. I used only the “top layer” die, the more open one,  I originally planned to use both dies and layer them, but I thought the Basketweave embossing folder should be left more visible.  Pool Party cardstock for the card base and butterflies, Whisper White for the embossing.  Most of my students prefer cards that are not specific celebrations, so I left off a sentiment on the front and kept it simple with just a few sequins.  Inside, we glued a white panel for out note, but to add to the summery feeling, we glued a floral paper from the Bird Ballad paper to the left inside panel. You could also add a sentiment or a butterfly diecut there.

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I can just imagine myself writing a cheerful note to a friend on this card!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are enjoying your summer.  In our district school starts next week, but here in southwest Florida, summer will go on for quite awhile.

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Happy stamping,

Michelle

 

Getting Started

I often have someone in my class who is new to stamping, and they marvel at all the gadgets we use- paper trimmers, dies and diecutting machines, embossing folders, heat tool, etc.  I keep telling them that all you really need to make a nice card is paper, ink, and stamps, but then we go ahead and use all the gadgets…   This time I decided that one of the cards for class would use minimum tools (I did use a paper trimmer!). The card uses cardstock, designer paper, a few sequins, Memento black ink, and a stamp from the new Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog, Capture the Good.  Here is the card:

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Cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock lengthwise, to 4.25 x 11 inches.  Score this piece at 3.5 inches and 9 inches, fold, and burnish the folds.  Slide a piece of scrap paper under the 3.5 inch flap, keeping the card folded, and protect the surface underneath the card as well. Use the various sentiments from the stamp set to randomly stamp on the 3.5 inch flap only, letting some words hang off the edges, but also taking care that some will be readable after placing the front panel on the card.  On the 2 inch flap, adhere a 1.75 x 4 inch panel of designer series paper.  This one is from the 2019-2021 In Color Assortment in the Terracotta Tile colorway.  Stamp the camera image in Memento black on Whisper White cardstock and trim to 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and cut a panel from Terracotta Tile cardstock measuring 2.75 x 3.75 inches.  Adhere these two panels together, center in on the card, and use dimensionals to adhere only to the left sided flap.  Add a couple of sequins if desired, and a sentiment inside (this is one of the versatile sets I talked about last time!). Voila! A simple stamped card, but with a little pizzazz from the “fancy” fold.

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Happy stamping!

Michelle

Stretching the Stamping Budget

Of course, sometimes you just NEED a certain stamp- it may speak to your other hobbies, or remind you of a certain person, or have sentiments you love.  As a hobbyist, those were often the deciding factors when I bought stamps. Now, however, as a demonstrator I have to consider other things as well.  Does it have broad enough interest to please class members? Can it be used in multiple ways so that I can use it for more than one class? Does it have sentiments that are flexible for use with several occasions? I recently used those criteria to choose some new stamp sets.  Here are the sets I bought:

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First is Perennial Birthday.  This is a simple but fun set that is clearly for birthdays, but has a number of flower and leaf stamps, as well as a couple of sentiments that could be used for other occasions- “today blooms just for you”, “wishing  you the best on your special day”, and “here’s to celebrating you”.  It’s also great for using the Stamparatus for the hinge-step technique to make multiple stamps in a linear pattern, like this:

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Next is Seaside Notions- I think this set is VERY versatile!  It has great line drawings, and sentiments that say “here’s to you”, “with gratitude”, “happy birthday”, and “thinking of you”.  This fun bridge card is what I made:

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I bought two other sets with the same criteria, Capture the Good, and Over the Moon:

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I haven’t had time to play with them, but can you see that they might be used for several occasions, right?  If your stamp budget is unlimited, just buy what you love, but if you want sets that you can use  in different ways, keep these sets in mind!  The annual catalog is full of others, too, so browse around- you may find just what suits your needs. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

 

 

Is It Wrong to Love My Embossing Folders?

I made three fairly simple cards for my class next week- not a lot of stamping or coloring, and no fancy folds- but I really like them anyway.  I was looking at them, trying to decide what made me choose them for the class, and realized that I really, really like the (dry) embossing on them. Take a look and tell me what you think.

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The first card uses two embossing folders, one (Lace 3D) for the background in Whisper White adhered to a matching card base, and the other (Subtle 3D) in Blushing Bride for the “ribbon” effect. A few embossed leaves, a butterfly (snipped from the multiple butterflies in Butterfly Beauty die set), and a word from the Well Written dies makes a happy card for just about anything you want to celebrate!

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Next up is another multi- purpose card- it could be for a birthday, thinking of you, or any special celebration.  It has an Early Espresso card base with a panel of Blushing Bride embossed with the Subtle 3D folder (you’ll see a pattern here, I love this folder!). Next is a panel of Early Espresso which has been cut and embossed in one step with  a die from the Lovely Flowers die set. Add your sentiment, this one is from the Forever Lovely stamp set, and cut a piece of light cardstock for the inside sentiment.

Lastly, a slightly more involved card, featuring- you guessed it, the Subtle 3D folder again.  This one uses one of my favorite stamp sets from the new Annual Catalog, Bird Ballad.

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Over a Basic Black card base, I used the Crackle Paint background stamp in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  Next I made a frame from Soft Suede cardstock using two adjacent sizes of the Stitched Rectangles die set, and used the smaller rectangle of the two to cut the piece with the birds, which are stamped in Memento Black ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  I then textured the stamped image with the Subtle 3D folder.  I think it looks like fabric! The cool hexagon stitched label is from the Stitched Nested Labels die set.

I hope you’re inspired to try some embossing folders in your papercrafting- I really do think they bump a project up to the next level.  I’ve embossed and die cut using my (very old) Big Shot embossing machine, but I am excited to tell you that Stampin’ Up! is soon going to be offering a new embossing alternative.  I am waiting with you to find out what they have in store!  They did such a great job upgrading from the available stamping platforms when they came out with the Stamparatus, I feel sure the new offering will be special.  Hmm, Stamparatus… that gives me an idea for my next class!

Happy stamping,

Michelle

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A New Stamping Adventure (for me!)

I’m back from my trip to France, and facing a whirlwind of activity!  Recently I was invited to participate in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrators group to swap ATCs- Artist Trading Cards- which are 3.5x 2.5 inch little cards intended only for trading, never for sale.  While they are done in a variety of media, this group wanted to highlight our products and trade ideas for their use.  I decided to use one of my favorite stamps, Beauty Abounds, and to document my process.  If you are not familiar with ATCs, do a Pinterest or internet search- the results are amazing! Here is the final product:

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First, I made my own pretty paper by stamping the same stamp in Pool Party all over Whisper White cardstock, turning the stamp so it would face different directions.

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Next, I cut that paper into pieces that were 3.25 x 2.25 inches, stamped a flourish, greeting, and “splatters” on each piece, and mounted them with Tombow Multi Glue on 3.5 x 2.5 inch bases of Pool Party cardstock.

I only needed one small part of the butterfly diecut, so I positioned it accordingly, and cut it with my Big Shot diecutting machine (I used my Take Your Pick Tool to get the tiny bits out!).  Then, I trimmed the butterfly and hand cut pieces of vellum to glue to the back of the butterfly. I held them up to the light to check placement!

Finally, I use mini-dimensionals, cut it half, to adhere the butterfly to the card.  I positioned it slightly out of the white frame to give it some “movement”.

Of course, if you aren’t interested in swapping ATCs, you could still make similar cards and adhere them to the front of a plain folded card, or decorate the card with coordinating papers before adhering the ATC.  Give it a try!

Happy Stamping,

Michelle

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Bonjour!

I’m so enjoying the visit with my family in France, and experiencing spring in a way I just can’t do in Florida!

I am looking forward to getting back to my desk, though, and working with some of the new supplies that will be arriving while I’m away. The Stampin’ Up! catalog year is ending June 3rd, and as a demonstrator I’m able to pre-order some things from the new catalog which goes live June 4th. Wait till you see what is coming!

Meanwhile, there are some beautiful things in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog and 2019 Occasions Catalog that are retiring for good, so if you are curious about those, click on Visit My Site above, and look for this logo:

There is also an online item that will only be offered during May- a complete product suite called Everything is Rosy. Check Pinterest for amazing samples using these products. It’s a lovely combination of pink and blue:

I’m looking forward to sharing some project ideas of my own when I get home in a couple of weeks. Thanks for dropping by, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Long Distance Blogging

Of course, one can blog from anywhere, but right now I’m away from my usual cozy blogging chair in southwest Florida, visiting my daughter and her family in France! My French grandchildren are 9, 7, 5, and 3, so we’re having a lively time, and cardmaking is on the to-do list.

In the meanwhile, here is a card I made for my last class:

I used a combination of soon-to- be retired items (the Humming Along stamp set and cutting dies, and the lovely Petal Pink/ Whisper White variegated ribbon) and items that will continue into the next year (Petal Pink and Soft Seafoam cardstock, Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam and Gray Granite inks, and the oh-so-fabulous Crackle Paint background stamp). The doily was actually cut with a discontinued cutting die, but similar white doilies are in the catalog.

The base is Petal Pink cut to 8.5 by 5.5 inches, and scored and folded to 4,25 by 5.5. The Soft Seafoam is cut to 4 by 5,25 inches, and stamped with the Crackle Paint stamp in Gray Granite, then lightly daubed with it on the corners using Sponge Daubers. Likewise, the flower was stamped in Gray Granite, cut out, and both flower and Doily were daubed as desired with the three inks. A small length of ribbon was folded and adhered with Tombow Multi glue behind the doily and Doily and flower were glued to the crackled layer. The sentiment was stamped in Gray on Soft Seafoam, cut with a die, and adhered with Stampin’Dimensionals to raise it up.

All products are available in my shop (click Visit My Site above to shop), and the retiring items will be unavailable after June 2nd. Thanks for stopping by to say “Bonjour”, and happy stamping!

Michelle

Finishing the Catalog Year!

The new Annual Catalog for Stampin’ Up! goes live at the beginning of June, so I am busy using products from this year’s stash, and anxiously awaiting news of which items will carry over into the new catalog, and what new and exciting things will be offered!  In this project, I’m using my favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) from last year’s catalog- the Share What You Love DSP. The florals and coordinating graphics are just so pretty!

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The card is a simple Z-fold; the Basic Black cardstock was cut to 5.5 by 8.5 inches, and scored at 2 and 1/8 and 4 and 1/4 inches to make the A-fold- first fold in half as usual, then fold the scored edge back and burnish the creases with the bone folder.  Choose your favorite coordinating prints.  The front and inner left panels are 1 and 7/8 inches by 5 and 1/4 inches.  The larger inside panel is 4 x 5 and 1/4 inches.  Then I used the largest  oval from the Stitched Shape diecuts, one in black and one in white, and the next largest one in white. On the smaller white oval, I stamped a flower from the Petal Palette stamp set, and “for you” from Beauty Abounds, and colored the leaves and flowers with Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write markers.  On the larger white oval I stamped Happy Birthday from a retired stamp set.

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Center the large white oval on the inside and adhere.  After adhering the small white oval to the black oval matte, close the card, and apply adhesive only over the edge that will touch the front of the card.  Carefully center these ovals while the card is closed so that they cover the inner oval.  You could add other embellishments if you wish, but I let the pretty paper shine.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using your pretty papers- and, of course the card could be used for any occasion by changing out the Happy Birthday stamp.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy stamping,

Michelle