A Quick Card Stand Tutorial

I have had questions about how to make the stand I showed with my calendar.


I do not know who to give credit to for the stand.  I had a sample of the stand in my files.

  • Start with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"  card stock.  The ones I made for the calendars were made using Stampin' Up! Basic Black card stock
  • Score in half at 2-3/4"


  • Draw a diagonal line from the fold line to the lower right hand corner.
  • Measure 3/4" up from the bottom and draw a line from the edge to the diagonal line


  • Draw a line from the 3/4" mark to the diagonal line 1/2" up from the corner.
  • Now cut from the top of the diagonal line stopping at the 1/2" marking.
  • Cut along the short diagonal line from the 3/4" marking to the 1/2" mark.



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Hope you found this helpful.  

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Christmas Gleaming and the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0048

Welcome to another Festive Friday Challenge!  The festivity we are being inspired by is Wear Your Pearls Day!  Bet you didn't know there was a special day to celebrate wearing your pearls.  The Inspo list for this challenge is so fun.  To play along all you have to do is pick a minimum of 3 items from the Inspo List to use on your project and share it on the Festive Friday blog.  Easy peasy and a lot of fun too!


For this challenge I chose to use rhinestones, black & white, pink, and embossing paste.


It is a little hard to see that I used Shimmery White Embossing paste.  There are flecks of glitter in the paste which makes for a very sparkly background. 


I think you can see the glitter in the embossing paste in this picture.  The mask I used is from the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog on pg 35.  It is a little hard to find.  


To make things even more sparkly I brushed Clear Wink of Stella over the body of the ornament and some Frost White Shimmer paint on the top of the ornament.  I thought I might as well go all out and added rhinestones  and a glittery black bow to the ornament.  To finish it off, I added a die cut sentiment from the Jolly Season dies

Want a tutorial and list of all the products I used?  Here is a link to a tutorial.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team created for this challenge.  


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Snowman Season Gift Card

Ready for a fun to make and receive gift card holder?  Let's go!


Here's what you will need:

    *Coastal Cabana 5-1/2" x 6-3/4" scored at 4-1/4" &  a Stitched Nested label (2nd largest) 

    *Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4" & Stitched Oval largest & scraps for snowman, tree

    *Real Red Layering Ovals scallop oval (largest)

    *Let it Snow DSP cut 2 at 2-1/4" x 5-1/4"

    *Snowman Season bundle

    *Tree stamped from Perfectly Plaid set in Shaded Spruce

    *Sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas

    *Star Designer Elements

    *Let it Snow Embellishment kit

(Look below my signature for a complete list of supplies and links to where you can purchase it.)


Score the Coastal Cabana Stitched Nested label as shown below.


This tab is what you will secure between the Coastal Cabana card base and the Whisper White layer.  I like to use glue or Tear & Tape.  Secure down the Whisper White layer to the Coastal Cabana card base.

Stamp in Coastal Cabana ink the snowflakes from Snowman Season on the Whisper White Stitched Oval. 

Layer the stitched oval on to the Real Red scalloped oval.  

Attach a plaid tree stamped in Shaded Spruce using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and the snowman from Snowman Season on to the Whisper White Oval.

Attach the star to the top of the tree.  Attach a cap to the snowman.  Color in the snowman's nose using Pumpkin Pie Blends or Stampin' Write marker.

Stamp "lots of love" in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White CS and cut the banner.  Attach a little red heart to the end and adhere.

Attach the oval to the Coastal Cabana label.  

Stamp the sentiment in the upper right hand corned in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

Attach one of the DSP sheets to the outside piece.


Punch a half circle in the middle of one of the long sides of the remaining DSP piece.  This is the opening where you will put in the gift card so do not put any adhesive along this long edge.  Run a thin line of liquid glue along the 2 short sides and the long side that does not have the half circle.  Attach this to the inside.


Super cute and easy to make too!  Hope you liked this gift card idea.  Check out the links below for a complete list of products used.

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hanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Here's to Strong Women

It is Festive Friday Challenge time!  I am really liking the changes that were recently made in the challenge.  There is now an Inspo list (aka Inspiration).  This Inspo list has elements inspired by the festivity.  You pick at least 3 elements from the Inspo to use on your project.  


The 3 items from the Inspo List I chose for my project; blue, encouragement, hearts.


This big beautiful sentiments is from the Here's to Strong Women stamp set.  I have been using this stamp set a lot lately, especially this sentiment.  We are all going through something and I love sharing a little bit of encouragement & support.  I wanted to make something that was easily mailed that would stand up on its own.

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This card has its own build in stand.  It folds up fairly flat and will fit in a note card size envelope (5-1/8" x 3-5/8") which is a mailable size.  There is even a little place in the back for you to write a little message.


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If you would like to make your own CLICK HERE for a PDF tutorial.  

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the Festive Friday blog and enter your project in the gallery!  

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Festive Friday Challenge #0042

It is time for the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0042.  This challenge marks the start of something new.  The Festive Friday challenge Inspo list.  We are still being inspired by upcoming festivities but now you can choose from 3 different items from the Inspo list to use to create your project.  I think this will be a lot easier, more fun and hopefully will inspire you to join in the challenge!


I chose to use these three items from the Inspo list; black, gold, and birds for my project.


This is a tri-fold card.  It is fun and easy to make.


These lovely birds were die cut from the Bird Ballad DSP .  The polka dot pattern is also from this paper pack.  The Bird Ballad DSP is one of the packs that qualify for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free promotion.


This is the inner panel.  The sentiment is from the Here's A Card stamp set.


Ready to make this fun card?  

Stamps: Here's A Card 149438

                Free As A Bird 149468

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento pad 132708

         Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blends 146866

Paper: Petal Pink 146985  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2"

            Basic Black 121045 4-1/4' x 5-1/2"  scored at 1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"

            Whisper White 100730 4" x 5-1/4"

            Gold Glimmer 146958 3" x 7-1/2"

            Bird Ballad DSP 149592  

Dies:  Layering Oval dies 141706

            Stitched Be Mine dies 148527

Embellishments: Petal Pink Organdy ribbon 149441

  1. Die cut an oval (use the #6 oval, #1 being the smallest) in the 4-1/4" 5-1/2" Basic Black cs.   Use the long scallop stitched die to cut along the edge of the Basic Black card stock.
  2. Place the #6 oval die on the Gold Glimmer paper and the #7 scalloped oval around it.  Next to it place the #6 scalloped oval and run them both through the die cutting machine.
  3. Adhere the Gold Glimmer oval frame around the oval cut out in step 1.
  4. Layer the 4" x 5-1/4" Basic Black cs on to the front of the Petal Pink cs.  Make sure that the fold is on the bottom.  Layer the polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad DSP on to the black card stock.
  5. Attach the Basic Black flap (1/2" score line) to the back of the Petal Pink card base.  
  6. Use the #6 oval to cut out the birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.  Adhere  it on to the remaining Gold Glimmer oval.  Position the ovals on to the  polka dot pattern so that it fits the oval on the Basic Black flap.
  7. Stamp the sentiment and the flower on the Whisper White card stock.  Color the flower using the Petal Pink Stampin' Blend.  Adhere to the inside of the card base.
  8. Tie a bow using the Petal Pink Organdy ribbon and secure it to the front of the card.


Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team created for Festive Friday Challenge #0042!

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Here are links to where these Stampin' Up! products can be found. 

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Fun Fold Friday

I received some questions on how I made this card.  Here's a quick tutorial.


  1. Card Base:  Night of Navy card stock 5-1/2" x 11".  Score at 3-1/4" and 7-1/2"
  2. Very Vanilla CS: 4" x 5-1/4", DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


    3. Front Panel DSP  3-1/4" x  5-1/4"


    4.  Very Vanilla CS-3" x 5-1/4",  DSP 1" x 5-1/4"


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This fold is a great one to show off your Designer Series paper.  Here's another card using the same fold.





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On to Adventure Easel card & tutorial

I have a fun card today featuring the On to Adventure stamp set and a tutorial.


This easel card is fashioned after an easel card I made for the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop.  Here's the card.


I received a lot of questions on how I made this card so i thought I would do  a quick tutorial for you.  

I am starting with a pre-made card base.  The one I am using is not currently available.  

    1.  Use a paper trimmer and cut starting from the middle (2-3/4") of  the card fold  to the bottom edge of the front of the  card base.  Once you understand the basics of this card you can choose to make your easel different sizes.

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    2.  Score one of flaps (card front) at 2-1/8".  Apply adhesive to the other flap and secure.


    3.   Stamp the image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock and color using Stampin' Blends.  Cut the image out using the Stitched Shapes dies.  Cut a coordinating scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits in Soft Suede ink.

    4. Stamp "Congratulations" sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a 3/4" x 3-1/2" strip of Whisper White card stock.   Line up the strip so it lines up with the edge of the closed flap and attach the other end to the Soft Suede scalloped circle.

    5.  Fussy cut the leaves and rose images from the Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP. Arrange some roses and leaves around  the main image and attach them to the back of the Whisper White stitched circle.  Sandwich the flowers and leaves with the Soft Suede scalloped circle 

    6.  Attach a flower and leaf to the back of the sentiment strip.  


    7.  Cut a 1/2" x 2-3/4" strip of DSP and attach it to the inside of the card.  Stamp "Follow your Bliss!"  on Whisper White card stock and cut out using the Layering Circles dies.  Cut a coordinating Soft Suede scalloped circle.  Adhere the Whisper White circle on to the Soft Suede.  Attach it to the DSP strip using a Stampin' Dimensional.  This will act as the "stop" for the easel.



Now you know how to make an easel card.  It is easy and now you can play around with different widths and orientations of your easels.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and spotlight on the On to Adventure stamp set!  If you have any questions please leave me a comment.  Here's a list of the supplies I used.  You can click on any link and it will take you to my online store. Thank you!

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On To Adventure Cling Stamp Set
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Balmy Blue Light Stampin' Blends Marker
Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper
Stitched Shapes Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Noble Peacock Rhinestones

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Tasteful Textures and the Floral Essence bundle

Ready for another idea on how to use the Tasteful Textures Bundle?  


You know I adore a black & white card with a pop of color.  The pops of color are provided by the Floral Essence bundle.  Why the Floral Essence bundle?  I chose the Floral Essence stamp and punch because the shape of the petals mimics the look of this Tasteful Background die.  It is almost as if they were meant for each other.

Here's how I made this card

    1.  Cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Use the Tasteful Background die and cut it 4-5 times through a die cutting machine.

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2. Use the Stitched Rectangle die that cuts out a 3-3/8" x  4-3/4" rectangle and the die that cuts out a 2-1/4" x  3-5/8" rectangle and cut out a frame.

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    3,  Set aside the frame.  We will use it on tomorrow's card.  

    4.  Cut a  2-5/8" x  4" Basic Black Stitched Rectangle.  Layer the inner rectangle from the frame on to the stitched Rectangle.


    5.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" Thick Whisper White card stock card base.  Layer the inner rectangle (step 4) on the front of the card base.

    6. Stamp the 3 petal flower (from the Floral Essence stamp set) in Real Red ink on Whisper White card stock.  Repeat.  Use a blender pen and color in     the petals using just the ink that is already on the petal.  Punch out the petals using the Perennial Flower punch.  Assemble the flower.   

    7.  VersaMark a strip of Real Red card stock.  Sprinkle  Glittery Goodness mix (one part Dazzling Diamonds glitter & one part Clear Embossing     powder) and heat emboss.  Punch a 1/2" circle and attach it to the center of the flower.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue pen and apply a layer of glue over the     Real Red flower center.  Set aside to dry.  

    8. Stamp in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock the leaf from the Floral Essence stamp set.  Punch out using the Leaf punch.  

    9.  Use a Basic Black marker or carefully ink up just the "Thanks" (part of a sentiment in the Tasteful Textures stamp set) and stamp on a strip of Whisper White card stock.  Cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die 7/8" x  2-7/8".

    10. Attach the sentiment strip (trim one end so it doesn't extend past the black layer 2-5/8") using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Attach the flower using a     Stampin' Dimensional.  Tuck in the leaves and attach using glue dots.  


Below you will find all the supplies I used to make this card.  Click on the link/picture to easily shop for supplies.  Remember July is Bonus Days!  For every $50 (US) you spend in July you will receive a coupon for $5 you can spend in August! 

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Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the card I made using the frame portion!  

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Painted Season DSP Panel Card and tutorial

The Painted Season Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites!  Every design is great but I think this one might be my favorite.  


Here's how to make this card.

Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set (Occasions catalog page 16)

Early Espresso ink pad

Early Espresso card stock 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2", 3-3/4" x 4", scrap piece for labels

Poppy Parade card stock  4" x 5-1/4"

Whisper White card stock (inside of card) 4" x 5-1/4", scrap piece for labels

Painted Seasons DSP 3-3/8" x 4" cut into three 1-1/8" x 4" strips, 1/2" x 4" strip (optional)

Labels from the SAB Coordination Lily Framelit dies

Poppy Parade 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon

Metallic Pearls

  1. Evenly space and adhere the DSP on the 3-3/4" x 4" Early Espresso card stock.
  2. Adhere the panel to the Poppy Parade card stock.
  3. Wrap the Poppy Parade ribbon around the bottom of the panel and tie a bow
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthday set in Early Espresso ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.
  5. Cut out the sentiment using the  small label in the Lily Framelit dies and the large label in Early Espresso card stock.  Using dimensionals attach them to the card.  Attach 2 gold Metallic Pearls. 
  6. Adhere the Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card.  Attach the strip of Painted Season DSP if desired.


This quick and easy card is a great way to show off the beauty of the Painted Season DSP (Designer Series Paper).   The Painted Season DSP is available as part of a Level 2 (FREE with a $100 order) Sale-A-Bration bundle which includes the Painted Season stamp set and the Painted Season DSP.  You can also get an extra pack of the Painted Season DSP with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration. 

March is the last month of Sale-A-Bration so be sure to contact me to place an order or you can also order through my online store.  You can click on the pictures below and it will take you to my store.  You don't want to miss out on all the fabulous Sale-A-Bration products!

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Sweet Soiree Pocket Card and Tutorial

At long last I have a tutorial for the pocket/envelope card I shared on this post.  Let me first show you the card we will be making together.


  1. Cut a piece of Marina Mist cs 4-1/4" x 11" and score it at 5-1/2". Cut on the diagonal from the top of the score line to the bottom corner. AstheInkDriespocket1
  2. Cut a piece of Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP 4-5/8" x 6".  Cut on the diagonal and score along one side at 1/2". AstheInkDriespocket2  
    Fold on the score line and snip off the piece of DSP that extends over the edge of the diagonal.  AstheInkDriespocket3
  3. Apply Tear and Tape to the edge of the DSP and secure it to the edge of the Marina Mist cs.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the Marina Mist cs.                                                                                           AstheInkDriespocket4
  4. Fold the Marina Mist cs over the Tear and Tape.  Place a strip of Tear and Tape along the bottom edge of the  inside of the Sweet Soiree DSP. AstheInkDriespocket5                                                                                                            Secure the DSP down over the Marina Mist cs.  You now have the pocket for your card.
  5.  Cut a 3-7/8" x 5-3/8" Marina Mist cs piece and a 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White piece for the inside card.  AstheInkDriespocketinside
  6. Decorate the front of the pocket.   If you are wondering, I cut out the cake from one of the papers in the Sweet Soiree DSP.                                               AstheInkDriespocketside     


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If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment.  This is a fun card to make and to show off some of the beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! has to offer.  

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