Triple Gate Fun Fold Card

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have one last V-day card to share with you. It’s a fun fold so you can use the design anytime. I’m calling it a Triple Gate.

It was fun & easy to make. First step, score your 8.5 x 5.5 at 2-1/8 & at 6-3/8 (or 2 1/8″ from each side). This will give you a split center card base. Next, use three pieces of 1.75 x 4″ card stock & adhere 1-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ of DSP to each piece. . Next adhere two of these to one side of the split card base; one towards the top & the other towards the bottom. HINT: Be sure to only add adhesive to the area that touches the front flap. Next adhere the third piece between the other two but on the opposite split front panel. HINT: Be sure that the three panels do not overlap but weave together.

As you can see I rounded the corners using our Detailed Trio punch. I also decorated the inside of the card. I used the Word Wishes die cuts for the sentiment on the front.

Here’s a look at the inside when folded out.

Here is one more look at how the card folds together.

I hope you liked this fun fold in a non-traditional colored Valentine. Have a great week! Marilyn (AKA MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Evening Evergreen, Just Jade
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Dies: Word Wishes, Bouquet of Love
  • Punch: Detailed Trio

Stepped-Up Cactus Cuties Card

On Wednesday, I posted two simple cards using the Cactus Cuties bundle. I’m back today to share a stepped up version. Basically, I used the same layout but changed a lot of the elements.

The card base is Just Jade. I created three shades of green embossing paste by adding a few drops of ink to a small amount of paste & used a palette knife to blend. I used Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade and Evening Evergreen inks to create the ombre effect. The Butterflies and Flower Decorative Masks were used on a piece of Just Jade card stock.

The Bloom Where you are Planted DSP is mounted on a piece of Evening Evergreen. Just Jade Gingham ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack was wrapped around the DSP & tied in a bow. Layering Circle scalloped dies in Basic White and Cinnamon Cider are the base for the cactus.

Compare to yesterday’s simple cards… same basic card, but the ombre embossing, the pebble enamel shapes and the gingham ribbon take the simple card and steps it up.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamp & Punch: Cactus Cuties Bundle
  • Paper: Just Jade, Evening Evergreen, Cinnamon Cider, Polished Pink, Basic White
  • DSP/Specialty: Bloom Where You Are Planted, Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Ink: Soft Sea Foam, Just Jade, Evening Evergreen, Cinnamon Cider
  • Accessories: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks (Mini), Just Jade Gingham ribbon, Pebble enamel shapes

Simple Cactus Cuties Cards

Hi friends! I have a fun set to share with you today. I can’t believe I’ve had this punch and stamp set for about a month & I’m just now playing with it! Well, I made up for it as I spent a couple of days creating with it.

I have two cards for you. Two are simple stamping worthy. On Friday, I’ll share a stepped version. Basically, I used the same layout but changed some things up.

The first starts with a Cinnamon Cider card base (4.25 x 5.5). The front panel was partially embossed with one of the small Greenery EF. The DSP is from the Annual Catalog & is called Bloom Where You Are Planted. Using the Layering Circles dies, a scalloped circle was cut. The cactus was stamped & punched & mounted on the circle. The sentiment “Just a Note” in that fun font is from the set.

My second card is also Simple but a little different from the first card, although the sketch is virtually the same. I used a card base of Basic White, and mounted my DSP onto Just Jade card stock. As you can see, the cactus is exactly the same. It is mounted on a white circle backed with Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum. The side piece is Cinnamon Cider which was embossed with dots from the Checks & Dots small Embossing Folders. (These EF fit in the mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine- gotta’ love that, right?!). The sentiment is in a different spot but the same design.

Come back on Friday when I share my Stepped-up version of the same card. Hugs, Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ UP
  • Stamps & Punch: Cactus Cuties Bundle
  • Ink: Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
  • Paper: Basic White, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Polished Pink
  • DSP/Specialty: Bloom Where You Are Planted, Soft Succulent In-Color Shimmer Vellum
  • Embossing Folders: Greenery, Dots
  • Dies: Layering Circles

Winter Wonderland

Hi friends! I hope you are doing well & haven’t been hit too badly by this winter storm. In our little St. Louis suburb, we got 11.5 inches. We rarely get more than 4 inches. True story: my first winter in STL, we had a huge storm- 14 inches.

My card today was made for a “members only” Royal Inking Team challenge to be inspired by winter, sports, winter sports, patriotism, travel…tie it to The Olympics.

Well, I’ve stretched it a bit with my card. I really needed a sympathy card- unfortunately. And like many of you, my stash is completely diminished. So my layout with the snow hill (in Shimmery White card stock) represents the Winter Ski Games.

I just love this sentiment! “Sheltering you with love when words fall short” can be for just about any hardship, not just sympathy.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps & Dies: Inspired Thoughts Bundle
  • Paper: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White
  • DSP: Marbleous (SAB)
  • Ink: Basic Gray
  • Accessories: Classic Matte Dots

Have a great Monday & start to your week. Happy Stamping, Marilyn (aka MJ)

Slimline Card

I was so excited to get the new Slim Card dies! I had so much fun making my first card. My brain is exploding with other ideas- more ideas than I’ll ever have time to make. Stampin’ Up also added envelopes to the catalog.

I wanted a design that showed off the die cut papers so I used a small sentiment from our Annual Catalog called “Happiest of Birthdays”.

I cut three pieces of paper with one of the slim card dies- Bumblebee, Pacific Point & the Sale-a-Bration DSP, Daffodil Afternoon. Yeah- I’m using it again. LOL. Next I adhered the Pacific Point frame to a base of Bumblebee. Then I pieced the angled pieces into the frame. It was so easy to put together!

I hope you’ll consider these dies- great fun & something different with which to play. Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays
  • Papers: Bumblebee, Pacific Point
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (yes- again)
  • Ink: Momento
  • Accessories: Shaker Shapes

Daffodil Afternoon DSP – take 2

Hello, my fun friends! I’m sorry I missed you on Wednesday- life just took a minor left turn. As you may recall, my focus this week is the Sale-a-Bration Daffodil Afternoon DSP.

It doesn’t look like Daffodil DSP, does it?! For many of our Stampin’ Up designer series papers, one side is a beautiful artwork & the other side is a color-matching paper like this- diagonal stripes in Flirty Flamingo on Pale Papaya. So if you’re not crazy about daffodils, or you want to switch it up, the flip side offers another fabulous design.

I used the card sketch from The Paper Players #575. Honestly, I’ve used this sketch for years. It’s one of those “Go To” sketches & when you check out The Paper Players site, you’ll see many beautiful interpretations.

My base is Pale Papaya. Using the flowers in the “Butterflies & Flowers” Decorative Masks & Blending Brushes to first lay down Flirty Flamingo ink with the floral outline mask & then Polished Pink ink with the detailed flower mask onto Flirty Flamingo cardstock.

My sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration “freebie”; this one with $100 purchase. It’s called “Special Moments”. This is definitely a “must have” sentiment stamp set; there’s a total of 21 sentiments. I stamped in Polished Pink on Pale Papaya; & used our “Double Oval” punch for the sentiment & Flirty Flamingo scalloped oval.

Have a great Friday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Special Moments
  • Paper: Pale Papaya, Flirty Flamingo
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink
  • Tools: Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Double Oval punch
  • Accessories: Pale Papaya & White ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones

Daffodil Afternoon DSP week

Hi friends! Happy Monday. We had a nice weekend. Yet today, I’m happy to get back to my weekly routine.

This week I’m going to focus my energy on creating with the beautiful Daffodil Afternoon DSP in the Sale-a-bration catalog; it’s free with $50 purchase”.

Today I am sharing two of the same layout – a clean & simple design and a detailed design. I usually send a good number of Easter or Spring cards. In my faith, Easter is a big deal so I like to send cards to family & friends. Nothing says Easter or Spring to me more than tulips and daffodils.

Lucky for us, Stampin’ Up released some awesome new bundles in the January-July mini catalog & one was daffodils and the other tulips. That said, I haven’t purchased the daffodil bundle… yet.

But I love this DSP so I’m planning on featuring this paper this week with other current products that I already have. Maybe this will help you to use your DSP even if you don’t have the coordinating stamp & die set.

Honestly, this DSP sheet really does all the work for you. This particular sheet has the daffodils on both sides of a vanilla center. I cut the DSP in half at 6” & then I cut 1/2” off the flowers’ green edge. Next I cut the 5.5 x 12 panels into six 4 x 5.5 panels. From there I trimmed to fit my card front.

For the simple card, I added a layer of Evening Evergreen under the DSP & used my Stamp-a-rates to stamp the sentiment in Mossy Meadow.

For the detailed designed card, I stamped my sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock & punched it out with the Label Me Fancy punch. An additional piece of Mossy Meadow was punched & cut in half & spread to make a border for the sentiment

I also added a 1.5” x 5.5” piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock that was masked with one of our new Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks. I used Mossy Meadow ink & our blending brushes to create a shaded panel- dark to light.

Last the beautiful Chevron Weave ribbon in Evening Evergreen was wrapped around the DSP panel before adhering to my Vanilla base.

I hope you like these cards & come back all this week for more creations with this “free with $50” DSP.

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Cardstock: Thick & regular Very Vanilla, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon (SAB)
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow
  • Ribbon: Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon
  • Accessories: Stamp-a-ratus, Label Me Fancy punch, Butterflies & Flowers Decorative Masks, Blending Brushes, Silicone mat.

Daffodil Afternoon – Fast & Easy cards

Hi friends & Happy Monday! I have some quick & easy cards using DSP from our Sale-a-Bration catalog. The DSP is Daffodil Afternoon. On one side are beautiful floral images & the other is basics patterns.

I love taking a pack of DSP and making basic cards. For all these cards, I used the same layout. The DSP is cut at 4” x 1.75”. I took three pieces & adhered to a 4-1/8” x 5-3/8” piece of cardstock in a coordinating color. I put a narrow piece of cardstock between the DSP panels. This allows me to lay down the DSP right next to each other versus cutting the DSP smaller & centering the DSP pieces on the cardstock. The effect is similar. I learned that trick from one of Connie Stewart’s videos.

I used the double oval punch & created “thinking of you” sentiment panels using the Sale-a-Bration set called “Special Moments. The “thank you” is from “Happy & Heartfelt” set in the January – June catalog. I added coordinating ribbon & embellishments to finish the cards.

Thanks for stopping over. I hope you are having as much fun as I am with your Sale-a-Bration “free with $50 purchase”!

Marilyn (aka MJ)

Art Gallery meets Black & White Stripes

Hi friends! Happy Friday. I hope you all are safe from the winter weather. Today’s card is one that I played with for two days before I “got it right” or was happy with it.

I used The Card Concept challenge as my inspiration. I really wanted to use my new Flowering Tulips bundle from the January-June mini catalog but I just couldn’t get them to work. So I pulled out my favorite floral back when the new Annual Catalog came out last June- Art Gallery

Even though I wasn’t able to use the new tulips, I was able to use new Layering Designs vellum from the January-June mini catalog. And new to me, but from our Annual Catalog, Encircled in Beauty dies.

My central flower was made by stamping Polished Pink on Flirty Flamingo. Then I used Versa-mark, Heat & Stick powder & my embossing gun to create a sticky layer & then I added Gold Leafing. With a stiff art stipple brush, I brushed off the excess leafing.

The inside of the card

Have a great weekend! If you’re snow bound, take some time for paper crafting! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Art Gallery
  • Ink: Polished Pink, Versamark
  • Paper: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Gold Foil Speciality, Patterns Party DSP, Layering Designs Vellum
  • Dies: Floral Gallery, Encircled in Beauty
  • Accessories: Heat & Stick powder, Gold Leafing

Hello Ladybug- Two versions- Simple & Avid

Hi friends! Today I have two cards for you, again, like last week. A simple and avid or stepped-up version. I love Stampin’ Up & all the coordinating products. But sometimes you need just a simple card that packs a punch. Below is a picture of both cards, side by side.

The simple & avid cards both use the same sketch, stamps and colors.

For the simple card, the first layer is a Basic Black 4” x 5.25”. On top of that is a piece of Basic White 3.75” x 4.25”. I stamped in Granny Apple Green the large leaf from the “Hello Ladybug” stamp set.

A 1.5” x 5.25” strip of Daffodil Delight DSP from Sale-a-bration was adhered directly to the black and white cardstock. A sweet sentiment “It’s a good day!” from the stamp set was inked Real Red ink & stamped on Basic White.

I stamped the wing dots in black Momento & punched them out using the new Ladybug Builder punch. Then I punched the Ladybug body out of Basic Black.

The avid card follows the above except the DSP was cut down so a Real Red panel could be added below it & popped up with dimensionals. I used the gorgeous Black & White Gingham ribbon that carried over from the past July -December Mini catalog.

For the sentiment, I pulled a little trick using our double oval punch. I stamped my sentiment on a 0.25” strip of Basic White. You can see in the picture below how I centered the strip & then punched to get the rounded ends.

I added Black Matte dots from our Annual catalog on the sentiment & the ladybug, like eyes. Last I changed the card base from Basic White to Granny Apple Green.

I hope you like these cards! Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)