Cards and Cosmos

Hi, all! Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun a couple of nights ago, when my bff and my baby sister came to visit! We had a little cardmaking session, and had Cosmos while we were crafting- so many laughs… Anyway, I decided I was going to use some pretty papers to make some simple cards. The first one made me think of a pair of bell-bottom pants I had back in the day. šŸ™‚

To a white card base I added an Old Olive panel topped with the pretty paper from the Ornate Garden collection, then topped that with a small, embossed white cardstock piece at an angle, a “ribbon” of Bumblebee paper (embossed with my favorite embossing folder, the Subtle folder), and the I added the matted sentiment attached with dimensional foam. The sentiment was made by first stamping the daisy image, using the “stamping off” method. This means you ink up the stamp, lightly stamp it on some scrap paper, then stamp it on your card. It gives a softer effect. I then stamped the words over top, full strength with the same ink color. I used graduated circle dies to cut the sentiment and the green mat.

The second card was even simpler, and made with minimal supplies. To the Just Jade colored mat, I adhere two pieces of coordinating designer paper from the Flowers for every season collection, then I attached a length of the Bumblebee gingham ribbon along the join, and attached it to the back of the colored cardstock with glue dots. I made a “faux knot” by tying a short piece of ribbon around the longer one- it’s easier than trying to tie the ribbon around the whole piece). I stamped a sentiment on white and matted it with So Saffron, and adhered that with dimensional foam. Then, the whole shebang was adhered to a white card base! I often use a white or off-white base, because I prefer the heavy weight of the Whisper White and Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.

I hope you are inspired to do some stamping, (with or without cocktails!), and that you share your creations with me in the comments. If you need supplies (listed below) you can shop by clicking on visit my site above- I appreciate your support. Come back to see what else I’ve been up to! In the meanwhile-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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Hidden Gate-Fold Card

Hi, thanks for stopping by! I’ve been enjoying my card-making time this week, and have another fun fold to show you. I’m calling it the hidden gate-fold card, because I haven’t seen it called anything else! It was inspired by an old UK cardmaking magazine that a friend gave me. the card opens like a normal top-fold card, but inside is a hidden gate-fold, with lots of room to show off pretty paper!

This does make for a thick/ heavy card, and although it does fit in a standard A2 envelope it might need extra postage! I cut the outside card from thick cardstock at 4 and 1/4 by 10 and 7/8 inches- the reason for the slightly shorter length is that I scored it at 5 and 3/8 and 5 and 1/2 inches to allow for some thickness, and I needed the sides to match! I cut three panels of colored cardstock (Terracotta Tile) to 3 and 3/4 by 4 and 7/8 inch for the front and inside flap, and for inside of the gate-fold portion,and layered them with 3 and 1/2 by 4 and 5/8 inch printed paper (the front of the card is hand-stamped with the leaf from the Daisy Lane stamp set).

To make the gate-fold, I used regular thickness cardstock measuring 5 and 1/4 by 8 inches, scored and folded at 2 inches and 6 inches. I cut four pieces of Terracotta Tile cardstock to 1 and 3/4 by 5 inches, and four pieces of printed paper cut to 1 and 1/2 by 4 and 3/4. Isn’t this Ornate Garden paper gorgeous?

To decorate, I stamped “Smile” from the Daisy Lane set and another leaf (stamped off), and cut and matted it with Stitched Ovals, and I stamped and punched the medium daisy. On the gate-fold, I stamped and punched one large daisy, and punched two more out of colored cardstock, layered them, and cut the entire thing in half, removing a few partial petals at the edges. Glue the halves in place on both “gates”. The inside sentiment is from the retired Forever Lovely stamp set, cut with Stitched So Sweetly dies.

I hope this inspires you to make your own hidden gate-fold card, and I would love to see a picture in the comments! If you need any supplies, click of Visit My Site above- I appreciate the support. Also, if you love cardmaking as I do, and want to inspire others to create, I am always ready to welcome new members to my team! During June 2020 Stampin’ Up! is offering, in addition to the usual $125 worth of product for $99, your choice of a stamp and die or stamp and punch bundle! Contact me if you have question. In the meanwhile, as always-

Happy stamping!

Michelle

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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! šŸ˜¦ 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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