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.

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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.

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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,


Product List

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 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!