Otterly Awesome Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals Fun Fold Blog hop. We hope you enjoy the inspiration we have for you. You will find the lineup to the other great fun fold stampers at the bottom of my post.

The card I have for you today is a super cute gate fold flap card. I used Mary Fish’s sketch #38 only I flipped it on it’s side. Her measurements were extremely helpful.

Don’t you just love this little Otter? He and his other otter friends in the Otterly Awesome stamp is only available through the end of the month (when Sale-a-Bration ends). The paper, Simply Marbleous, is also from Sale-a-bration. I really love this paper & I’m so glad I stocked up on it as it makes the perfect background for so many cards. Anyway, the point is get your orders in before Sale-a-Bration ends on this upcoming Monday, February 28th.

The shot above and below show the card unfolded; first standing up and 2nd lying flat. As you can see, I decorated the inside. First, I cut out a small piece of the reverse side of the paper, rounded the corners & stamped my sentiment. It hides under the front flap. I added Balmy Blue panels on both sides for writing a special note & added a narrow strip of DSP to give it a little character. I also added, on the backside of the flap, a DSP diecut Scalloped Contour piece.

Here is a close up of the otter. I colored him with the light and dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends. For the water, I used a combination of Stampin” Blends and Stampin’ Write markers in Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue. I wanted the water to look lighter than my Misty Moonlight light blend so I used the color lifter & it affected the water based markers but I love how it turned out. [Note to self: Don’t use this technique unless you’re sure it’s the look you are trying to achieve.]

I used to struggle with closure of flap cards. Some people velcro & others use lightweight magnets. Lately, I have been using a small glue dot that I have worked over between my index finger & thumb to roll it. It loses its permanent sticky-ness but is still tacky enough to hold the flap closed. I’m guessing that over time that this rolled glue dot will lose all of its tackyness.

Here is one last look at the gate fold flap card. I hope you like it! Marilyn (aka MJ)

I’m so happy to be posting today for the Pals Fun Fold Blog Hop. It is an honor to be hopping with these very talented artists. Check it out!

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Sheltering You- Simple & Artistic

I think most of you know I like to make a few versions of the same layout and papers. The Stampin’ Up products are so versatile and beautiful that you can make simple cards that are gorgeous or you can step it up with all the coordinating products. So it is no surprise that I have a trio of cards for you today.

For my first card, I inked up the Poppy Seed Pod in Crumb Cake and stamped off before stamping on the Daffodil Afternoon DSP. In Early Espresso, I stamped the sentiment from Inspiring Thoughts. [This is the same for all three cards.] Then, it was mounted on an Early Espresso panel before adding to the Bumblebee card base. Easy simple but pretty, right? A great card to mass produce or for a class.

The second card is still simple but adds a little more. First, it is likely difficult to see, but the Early Espresso panel was scored at 1/4″ all the way around, creating a little frame for DSP panel which was elevated with Stampin’ dimensionals. Instead of centering the main panel, it was placed towards the top of the card so that a 1/2″ strip of Early Espresso card stock could be added to the bottom. Last an Early Espresso Faux Suede ribbon was added.

The Artistic card was so much fun! I just love all the embellishments from Stampin’ Up. I distressed the stamped image with Crumb Cake ink & our Blending Brushes.. That was adhered to a Scalloped Contour rectangle die. Bakers twine was wrapped and knotted; plus a little Bumblebee trinket was added. The entire panel was elevated with dimensionals on top of an angled Paper Lattice piece.

So you can see that you can make a variety of cards depending on your embellishments and techniques. You don’t have to have everything, but it helps to have a few things. I think ribbon and especially Bakers Twine add a nice touch and you get so much that they will last a long time.

Thanks- that’s it for me this week. Have a great weekend! See you all again on Monday! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inspiring Thoughts, Enjoy the Moment
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
  • Dies: Scalloped Contour
  • Embellishments: Paper Lattice, Bumblebee trinkets, Early Espresson faux suede ribbon, Bakers Twine essential pack
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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

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)

Even More Daffodil Afternoon DSP

I don’t think I’m obsessed with this paper, but I am on a mission to show you how versatile our Stampin’ Up Designer Series Papers are. The cards I created today use a simple cutting strategy for a single piece of DSP as shown below. This is the same cut that I used on my card from Monday.

You get twelve pieces of DSP and there are so many ways to use these pieces. You might need to pay attention to the orientation of the design if there is a true horizontal or vertical orientation, like Monday’s card or today’s card.

This one was made by cutting the 4”x 3” into two pieces; two 2”x 3” pieces. Then a large label was placed between the two pieces giving the appearance that it is on big piece.

The card base is the standard A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5 “) in Daffodil Delight. I used the Hive 3D Embossing folder on a 3.75″ x 5” piece of Daffodil Delight paper. THen with my Blending Brush, I burnished with Early Espresso ink. Then I distressed the corners and edges a bit.

The sentiment label is cut from Bumblebee cardstock using the Tasteful Labels dies. The sentiment is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set from the Mini catalog. Last a Bumblebee Trinket was added on the label.

I have a second card for you today. Same layout, but different papers and a different piece of DSP from the same Daffodil Afternoon Sale-a-Bration paper. (free with $50 purchase).

The card base is Pear Pizzazz & a Daffodil Delight piece of card stock was run through the Pretty Flowers Embossing Folder. The label in Very Vanilla was made using the same label as the first card (Tasteful Label dies) & the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz is from the new celebrating You stamp set in the January-June mini catalog. The little flowers stamp from Hello Ladybug stamp was inked with Daffodil Delight ink & stamped off & then stamped on the label to add color and dimension. I added Bumblebee Gingham ribbon & a bow.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards. Have a great Friday & weekend! See you again on Monday. 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

More Fun with Daffodil Afternoon DSP

Hello friends; I’m here again today with more ideas on how to use “Free with $50 purchase” Designer Seriers Paper (DSP).

One of my favorite ways to cut my DSP is into 12 pieces; each 4” x 3”. There’s just so many sketches you can use to make different cards.

And so many ways to decorate even if you don’t have the matching stamp set & dies. Here I used Pierced Blooms dies in So Saffron with Flirty Flamingo centers. I added the gorgeous Champagne Rhinestones.

My sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo cardstock & reads “you’re on my mind & in my heart”. It is from the “Celebrating You” stamp set in the January-July mini catalog; a fantastic set of seasonal sayings including Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Congratulations (graduation), Baby, Wedding, & more. It’s easy to flip past it in the catalog but pause when you get to page 65.

This particular sentiment is just so special- it let’s a special someone know that you’re thinking of them. So many have lost love ones & others are struggling with different challenges so this is the perfect sentiment. I know I’ll be using it often.

Have a great day! Marilyn (aka MJ)

  • Supplies: All Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Celebrating You
  • Paper: Basic White card base; Evening Evergreen (4-1/8 x 3-1/8); Flirty Flamingo (4-1/8 x 2-1/8)
  • DSP: Daffodil Afternoon
  • Dies: Pierces Blooms
  • Accessories: Champagne Rhinestones

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.

Birthday Tulips

Yesterday was our youngest daughter’s birthday. She is a lovely, beautiful young adult who works very hard at a dream job in her field. She and her handsome husband live about 40 minutes away so we don’t see them on a daily basis. 😦 I mailed this card with a special “birthday present” check tucked inside from My Mister (her Dad) and I.

She loves elephants and I’ve bought & used just about every elephant stamp that Stampin’ Up has ever made (Good Luck, Henry Says, elebration birthday single stamp, little elephant stamps & builder punch to name just a few). And I still have all of them since that’s her favorite. But this year I wanted to switch it up & send just a beautiful card that represents her beauty, both inside and out.

She has always been our “little sunshine” so I decided to use So Saffron card stock as the base & topped with a piece of So Saffron that was embossed with our Tasteful Textures EF (Embossing Folder). Over that layer, I added a piece of vellum with the corner cut with the geometric collection of tiny squares from the Tulip Dies.

For the tulips the “Simply Marbelous” DSP in Bumblebee- Saffron and also Balmy Blue-Misty Moonlight from the Sale-a-bration catalog was used. It’s a wonderful collection of blended, gradient colors that work great for all sorts of images such as these tulips.

There is no “right” way to put the tulips together; you can look at the catalog images for ideas. I watched a few YouTube videos but most people had their own idea on how the pieces went together so I went with my own idea. Just pioneer your own way!

When making this card, I tried to add some bling or ribbon, but that took away from the beauty of the flowers. I just love the look of the tulips against the vellum! The sentiment is from the Flowering Tulip stamp set too; there are a lot of wonderful sentiments- I like the Thank You the best but not appropriate for a birthday card- LOL!

  • Supplies: All Stampin up
  • Stamps: Flowering Tulips
  • Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
  • DSP: Simply Marbleous (Sale-a bration)
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight
  • Dies/Punch: Tulip dies. Lovely Labels Pick a Punch
  • Accessories: Tasteful Textures EF