Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Fancy-Fold Card for You ... plus a dragonfly tip!

On my Facebook Live on Tuesday, I featured a fancy-fold card that I made, inspired by a card that Sharon Armstrong shared a few years back.

I made the card using 3 different stamp sets that are carrying over to the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. For all of these stamp sets, there are some coordinating designer papers. What that means is that, even though the stamp set carries over, there isn't a matching paper and the paper is what enamored me to the set to begin with. 

I'm not sure what to call this card -- a double-fold card maybe? 

Let's talk measurements for this card. The base card is 7" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4". This leaves a 2 3/4" flap for the front. You'll also need a piece of cardstock that is 3 1/4" x 3 1/4", scored on 1 side at 2 3/4". That is the "over-flap".  The inside card piece is 4" x 5 1/4" -- stamp whatever snetiment you'd like to use on this piece of cardstock so it's ready to go for the later steps. *I embossed my inside layer with the dandelion 3D embossing folder that is retiring, and also stamped some grouped dragonflies to the inside. ( may still add a 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" Basic White strip to the left (not pictured) so I can add another sentiment and sign my card.

Close the base card (the 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" side will be facing up) and add a piece of tear-n-tape to the left flap to hold the ribbon in place. Add a length of ribbon to the paper and feed it out to the left, leaving about 6" length to the left.  Add a 2nd piece of tear-n-tape over the ribbon to secure it. Add the larger and longer piece of designer paper to the card front, covering the ribbon feed. 

The next step is to add some tear-n-tape to the scored 1/2" of the "overflap" -- you'll need to add it to both sides of this 1/2 strip. Remove the protective covering from the top side and attach this cardstock piece to the underside of your card "middle).  Now you can attach the card inside to the larger card base (peel off the remaining tear-n-tape protective cover and add additional adhesive)  -- my Basic White cardstock piece here is inside, and I've attached the smaller "overflap" card to the right, under the card middle. 

Notice that there is a smaller card attached to the underside of the card inside.

You'll need 2 pieces of designer paper -- I used 2 pieces from the same pack, but 2 different but coordinating patterns. The larger piece is 2 1/2" x 5 1/4". The piece for the "overflap" is 3"x 2 1/2".  As above, the 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece is going to attach over the ribbon for the card base.  Next, I will add some tear-n-tape, again repeating the process as above for the card base, but lay a length of ribbon (again, leave about 6" that will peek out from under the designer paper layer) out to the left of my "overflap".  I know ... real technical terms here! Add the tear-n-tape over, then add more adhesive and attach the smaller piece of designer paper. The last step is to decorate your card front (both the card base where I added a few smaller dragonflies, and the "overflap" where I added some decorations). 

To decorate this "overflap", I "stamped off" (the process involves inking up your stamp, stamping it on a piece of scrap paper, then stamping on your cardstock) my "wildflower bunch" image -- I used Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp these flowers. Then I used some Night of Navy ink to stamp my sentiment over top of the stamped off flowers. If I had stamped the flowers in full-strength ink, you wouldn't be able to read the sentiment.  I cut it out with a Nested Label die, then cut a larger diecut from Misty Moonlight cardstock to mount my sentiment onto. I punched out a few sprigs from Old Olive cardstock using the Sprig Punch, then attached them below and between the diecuts with dimensionals. The final thing to do was stamp the dragonflies.  This led me to a discovery! ...

How do you feel about naked dragonflies?!  I'm not a fan!  I have always had "naked" mini dragonflies, with only the large dragonfly stamped. 

I discovered that, if I stamped the large dragonfly of my choice, then punched out the mini dragonfly by lining up the body and the wings, I could have stamped and dressed mini dragonflies as well.  Yay!  Tell me what you think of THAT tip!!

Let me share the other two cards I made.

This is a Pampered Pets sympathy card I made for a dear friend. The designer paper is the retiring Playful Pets designer paper. I used the retiring dog punch to stamp one of the little hearts, and of course, the matching dies to cut out the dog from the paper.

The inside ... I diecut the paw prints for the left side, then added a 1/2" x 5 1/4" strip of designer paper to the right side of the card inside.

My last card uses the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the Flowers for Every Season designer paper. 

I used one of our  punches to punch out the sentiment, then added some Just Jade ribbon.  Check out my inside below:

The card base is Soft Seafom -- I don't often use this color but it's a great complement to the Just Jade ribbon. I colored both the inside and front images with the Dark Daffodil blend, the Dark Soft Suede blend, and the light Just Jade blend. The sentiment is from the Here's a Card stamp set that's retiring -- get it before it's gone!  

Thanks for joining me today!  Make sure to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by, and let me know if there are questions!  Again, you can check out my Facebook Live on 4/6/2021 for a more detailed walk-through  of the technique of assembling this card.  I'm Jeannie Nielsen, the Card Lady ... and I'm so excited to be share with you!

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Monday, March 15, 2021

YOU are Amazing!

Yes, I am definitely talking to all of you friends and followers... all of you that need to hear once in a while how special you are, whether I know you personally or not!  I made a quick, springtime-cheery card today using the You are Amazing stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The designer paper is from the lovely Flowers for Every Season 6" x 6" stack.  What options!  You could choose one of every pattern to build your card.  I layered it on the Blushing Bride c/s as listed below, then tied a length of Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon around both layers, finally attaching them to the Whisper White Thick c/s base. 

I stamped the sentiment in Memento ink and cut it out with one of the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  I certainly hope this die set stays around for many more years!

The next step was to punch out the daisy -- I listed the Bumblee paper as a supply item on my list below because I used it as my flower center. You could use any yellow as the center if you have a small scrap laying around. The bumblebee matched my ribbon.  

I used the medium daisy punch to punch out two flowers, then layered them on top of eachother. I curled the tips around a bone folder, then added some Wink of Stella to the white petals. Of course, I had to pop up both my flowers and sentiment with dimensionals.  I'm including measurements so you can recreate  this  card.


Whisper White Thick c/s: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Blushing Bride c/s: 2 3/4" x 5 1/2"
Flowers for Every Season DSP, pink daisy pattern: 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Whisper White c/s scrap for sentiment and daisy
Bumblebee c/s scrap for daisy center
Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon to tie around layered Blushing Bride/DSP layers

The complete supply list with the Host Code is listed below.  PLEASE leave me a comment if you like my card!  Thanks for visiting my blog ... and happy stamping!  Stay Amazing!!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Making it easy!!

Today I want to share a card that we made in our card class this week.  I used the gorgeous Hydrangea Hill designer paper for all of my cards, and especially loved a card I made that is  most likely a 2 minute card!!  

Let's talk simple stamping... in other words, #simplestamping.  Stampin' Up! loves us to share cards that are SO easy to duplicate that even a beginning stamper can make the card.  This card is not only  easy, but also super-quick. You don't need to use a lot of tools for simple stamping cards.  For this card in particular, you'd need just a paper trimmer and a block with the stamp set. 

The card base is Highland Heather, and I chose to pull the blue out of the background in the designer paper for the mat under the designer paper layer.  What I love about this particular piece of designer paper is that you can get a minimum of 6 cards from each sheet (and don't forget that there are 2 sheets in the package!). This piece had bunches of blue, purple and pink Hydrangea blooms on the top and bottom which is why I could get 6 from one sheet. 

I cut the designer paper down to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and layered it on a Balmy Blue mat piece of card stock that is 3 3/4" x 5".  That gave me some leftover long narrow strips that I used for the insides of some cards to give a little bit extra interest PLUS I still had the middle of that piece that was 1 1/2" wide to use for other cards, either the middle blue sky, or the Rococo Rose plain design for other cards. 

All that was left to do was stamp the sentiment of my choice at the top of the card.  I could have added more, but it wasn't necessary so I didn't!

Here's another closeup view of the card:

I hope you enjoyed my super-quick share for today!  Make sure that you invest in this paper if you love purples and/or Hydrangeas!  It's available in my Stampin' Up! store for a few more months!  I'm including the supply list below so you can always click on that tto be taken to my store if you love it as much as I do!  

Until next time ... happy stamping!
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Sending Hearts Snow Fun!

Today, Massachusetts is digging out from a 'Noreaster.  We were forecasted up to a foot of snow, so it was a snow day for many school kids and businesses.  I decided to make the most of my "snow day" and put together my Paper Pumpkin kit.

Here I am, outside in my driveway.  My husband hasn't gotten the snowblower out yet!  We didn't get the foot they forecasted, although just west of us by 5 miles they got 20 inches!  I'm glad we only got 5 or 6!

Okay, here's the Paper Pumkin card I made today!  

Isn't it adorable?!  This little guy is hot on the mission of sending Valentine's wishes to some special someone!  I don't have the Snailed It bundle yet as the stamps are backordered, but "Mr Snail" was one of the stamps in this past month's Paper Pumkin.  

I just stamped the snail in Memento ink, colored him in with the Light and Dark Poppy Parade blends, and added some dirt and tufts of grass with the Dark Granny Apple Green blend, and the Dark Crumb Cake blends.  

The hearts and flowers in red were a stamp included in the stamp set as well.  What a cute Valentine background they make!  I also just added the black paper strip (it was a punch out) and the cute little pink epoxy heart to my envelope, and the card was done!  I could have popped it up or added more detail but the card doesn't need it!  

KISS!  Keep it simple Stamper!  The monthly Paper Pumpkin kit is your easy button for creativity!  Do you have nieces or nephews that like to craft?  Do you like to craft but not have a lot of extra space for supplies?  Maybe you have a full-time job but love to stamp!  This kit is for you!

Subscribe by the 10th to receive your monthly kit.  You can cancel at any time, or even hold for a month or two.  Oh yes, and you can buy pre-paid subscriptions for yourself or as a gift! 

Here's my link to subscribe for the February kit, Bouquet of Hope.  Oh yes, and here's quick peek (sorry, this is all I have) ...

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