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!


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.


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.



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,



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:


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!


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:


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:


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:


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


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,




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.


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!


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.


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,


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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,


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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!