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Pull Through Accordion Fun Fold Card

You all know that I love a good fun fold card. And this Pull Through Accordion Fun Fold Card is SO fun and easy. In fact, this fold is so simple that I was able to make TEN examples for you!

Today’s Video

Today’s card uses the Happiest Day stamp set. I was the most excited to play with this set. This fun fold allowed me to break out many of my newest stamp sets and dies as a test drive. It was a great way to get acquainted with my new friends. 🙂 The inside of the cards gives you plenty of space for decorating.

When I was putting away my supplies, I realized I used the wrong stamp on my card! Two very similar ones were on my desk, and I grabbed the wrong “sparkle” stamp. No wonder it didn’t look right to me! Ha! At least our stamps mix well together. 🙂

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Do you have a favorite card? Or a favorite new stamp set? Please leave a comment and let me know! I enjoyed getting to know the new sets, colors, and papers from the 2024-2025 Annual Catalog. I hope you do as well.

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Petunia Pop Cardstock: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 6″ x 5″, score at 2″ and 4″; (2) 2″ x 1/2″, score at 1″; 2 1/4″ x 3″; scrap for sentiment
  • Summer Splash Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 2 1/2″
  • Designer Series Paper: 4″ x 5 1/4″

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So Very Merry by Stampin’ Up

The So Very Merry Stamp Set is part of the Online Exclusives Collection by Stampin’ Up. What this means is that this set is not featured in any publication. Also, supplies are usually while supplies last. Sometimes products will be reordered by the home office and sometimes they will not. I knew when I first saw this set that I wanted to buy it. I love coloring with our Stampin’ Blend Markers and the images are perfect for coloring!

Today’s Video

The colors I used for today’s projects are Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, and Poppy Parade. However, please keep in mind that this layout works with any colors and/or stamp sets of your choosing! You can even vary the sizes of your cardstock strips to use up any extra scraps you might have on hand.

More So Very Merry Cards

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I hope that you were inspired with today’s project. Coloring is very therapeutic for me. Do you feel the same way? As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

World Cardmaking Day Replay:

Here is the link to the replay: https://www.stampinup.com/portal/happening-now/wcmd-2023 I am not sure how long this link will be available.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″; 1″ x 6″
  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 1″ x 6″
  • Crushed Curry Cardstock: 1″ x 6″

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A Quick and Easy Fun Fold Card

Today’s card is a very quick and easy fun fold card! You can make this card without a lot of supplies or fuss. Even a beginner stamper can easily have success making this fun fold.

Today’s Video

Do you like being able to make two card bases at one time? That is a great time saver when you are trying to mass-produce cards. And there is very little waste with this fold! You could even recycle that small scrap into your card design.

I chose to use A Walk In The Forest Designer Series Paper to make our card today. This particular page has several images that can easily be die-cut or punched directly from the paper. The Merriest Trees Bundle has dies for the trees and the Beary Cute Punch will punch out the bears.

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The Joy of Noel is another collection in our upcoming 2023 Holiday Mini Catalog. The catalog won’t officially launch until September 6th.

However, if you would like to be able to order products early, you can simply purchase a Starter Kit and join my team! There is seriously NO PRESSURE in Stampin’ Up. Some other companies do not like it when you join for the Starter Kit or just for the discount. Stampin’ Up throws the doors wide open and says “Welcome to the family!” You pay $99 plus tax and YOU get to pick $125 in products. You do not pay shipping on your Starter Kit. A past Paper Pumpkin Kit and business supplies are also included with your kit. After you purchase your kit, you will immediately get a minimum of 20% discount on your future Stampin’ Up purchases. There are low, quarterly minimums to maintain but you are likely already spending that much on your supplies anyway! 🙂

As you can see, this fun fold card is very versatile. You can take my measurements and use whatever supplies or stamp sets that you already own. After looking at the photos, which card is your favorite? Please let me know in the comment section. Just FYI–When you leave a comment on YouTube, give my video a thumbs up, or share my video it helps push my video out to other crafters!

Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. I appreciate you. As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Pecan Pie Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 10 1/2″, score at 2 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 6 3/4″, 8″
  • Garden Green Cardstock: 4″ x 4″ (2), 2 1/4″ x 4″
  • DSP: 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (2)
  • Basic White: 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″

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Fitting Florets by Stampin’ Up

Stampin’ Up is currently offering an online exclusive collection called Fitting Florets. I had so much fun creating and playing with these products! To begin, I took the coordinating colors of cardstock and started cutting frames and shapes. Next, I stamped and colored many of the floral images using my Stampin’ Blend markers. And lastly, I began to put cards together. I was like a kid at Christmas!

Today’s Video

The Fitting Florets Collection is made up of many different products. Take a look at these images to see all of the beautiful things.

The Framed Florets Bundle will actually carry over to the new January – April Mini Catalog. But, the Designer Series Paper, Framed & Festive Stamp Set, and the Gold Adhesive-Backed Swirls are only available while supplies last.

More Fitting Florets Cards

The card featured in the video is really nice. However, I think the first card I made with this collection is my favorite. It is the same design used in the video. I simply used different colors. The remaining cards just got easier to make once I started playing! Having many elements cut and ready was the key! Which card is your favorite?

Hopefully, you will find this video and these examples inspiring. That is always my goal! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Gold Foil Sheet: 3 3/4″ x 5″, Scrap for die cut oval
  • Basic White Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″, Scraps for images
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: Scrap for die cut oval

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Driving By (A Free Set by Stampin’ Up)

Driving By is a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up. And, it is also FREE with a $50 purchase! The stamp set is part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion that is active through February 2022.

Today’s Video

Working with the Driving By Stamp Set was so much fun. I love it when Stampin’ Up gives us outline images! As a result, we have the opportunity to choose from several different techniques to color the images. We could use Watercolor Pencils, Water Painters and ink, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blend Markers, Blending Brushes, and paper piecing.

More Driving By Cards

As you can see in the video, I chose paper piecing for my technique to share on camera. In addition to this card, I also made two other cards that were colored using the Stampin’ Blends Markers.

This is just such a happy card. I love the bright colors! And I don’t think that either the still photos or the video catch the sparkle of the ribbon or the Wink Of Stella on the balloons.

It has been a while since I have made a square card. I feel that some people shy away from them because they think the postage will be more. However, If the card is made to fit inside our regular Medium Envelopes, there is no additional postage.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing today’s cards. Remember that Sale-A-Bration only lasts until the end of February!

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Mint Macaron Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″; 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″; Scrap
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″; 4″ x 5 1/4″ (2); Scrap

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Flowers Of Friendship Color Challenge

Today, I will show you how I made my Flowers of Friendship Color Challenge card. The colors assigned this month were Early Espresso, Granny Apple Green, and Gorgeous Grape. This combination is not my favorite!

Today’s Video

I decided to use the Early Espresso to stamp my main image. Even though we could, I chose not to use Memento Black as I felt it just introduced another color into the strange mix!

The Watercolor Pencils by Stampin’ Up are the stars of the show today. I mistakenly referred to them as colored pencils in the video. These are most definitely not regular colored pencils! You color with them just like a colored pencil, but you can blend them smooth using various methods. As a result, you get a gorgeous finish to your image!

Version One Of My Flowers Of Friendship Card

This was my first version of the card. I decided that I would like a thinner strip of the Early Espresso exposed, Also, I didn’t love the strip of ribbon that ran down the side. It didn’t connect with the bow and I felt that looked strange.

An Additional Color Challenge Card

For this second card, I used products from the Elegantly Said Bundle. If I didn’t need to add the Gorgeous Grape or Early Expresso to this card, I would love it! I just might rip off the sentiment and do it again! A Gorgeous Grape flower decorates the inside of the card.

Color Challenges help us to learn and grow. The above card leads me to a monochromatic card idea! Take some time to play with your supplies. Let yourself go. Enjoy the process.

Thank you for joining me today! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: Use Rectangle Die closest to 3″ x 4 1/4″, also 2″ x 5 1/5″, and scrap for sentiment
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock: Use Rectangle Die closest to 3 3/8″ x 4 3/4″
  • Early Espresso Cardstock: 1″ x 5 1/2″

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July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

My July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit has arrived! The kit is titled The Adventure Begins. The kit has included supplies to make 12 cards and envelopes. Coordinating Stampin’ Up colors are Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso,Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green,Mango Melody, Night of Navy, and Basic White. You will find a Garden Green Stampin’ Spot inside the kit.

Today’s Video

I really love the included cards and ideas in the kit. So I decided to create alternatives using the stamps only. I feel that this makes the most sense anyway! We own our Paper Pumpkin stamps long after the kit contents are gone. I place my stamps in a sleeve, download and print the image for that kit, and file them in a bin. You can download the inserts here: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/how-paper-pumpkin-works. Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see several inserts to download.

I love the softness of the card shown in my video. The card is made using a very simple layout. However, I think that is why I like it so much. It’s very clean and uncomplicated.

More July 2021 Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

A multi-colored greeting card made using the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit.

The first thing I did was make a background DSP. I used Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green to create the background. It is really fun to play with blending brushes! Second, I took the solid tree stamp and stamped three trees along the bottom of my paper in Evening Evergreen. Next, I stamped those same trees and stamped them on Evening Evergreen cardstock. I fussy cut the images. Finally, I glued the trees to my paper. I adhered the center tree using Stampin’ Dimensionals. You can choose to add a sentiment to your card by stamping directly on the paper or by adding a banner.

In like manner, I created this card using only the stamps from the kit. I showcased the Let Your Light Shine sentiment by stamping the adorable fireflies around it. Additionally, I used the Hand Penned DSP to anchor the greeting to my card. The Macrame Embossing Folder adds the perfect texture to the background.

A Look At August’s Kit

As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Soft Succulent Shimmer Vellum: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

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Flowers of Friendship

The Flowers of Friendship Bundle can be found in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog on page 78. It is made up of a stamp set and a coordinating punch. I love punches! They are a great time-saving tool.

Today’s Video

The cards that I made today are for my upline team’s monthly color challenge. We were given the colors of Blushing Bride, Highland Heather, and Garden Green. At first, I was a little stumped because there isn’t much to pick from as far as DSP goes. We do have the DSP of our color families but I haven’t purchased the new ones yet. So, I had to dig deep. Much like a beginning stamper that might not have a ton of supplies yet.

I have enjoyed playing with many of the new products. At first glance, I felt this set might be a little boring. However, I certainly do not feel that way anymore! It just lends itself to so many different techniques! Be sure to watch the video to see what everyday tool I used to shape the flower petals.

More Flower of Friendship Cards

This card is where I started. I made my own DSP for two of the tags. I used Blushing Bride ink on Blushing Bride cardstock for one of the tags, On the other tag, I used my Stampin’ Blends marker in Highland Heather and my Stampin’ Write Marker in Garden Green to make stripes. Stampin’ Write Markers are often ignored. They aren’t flashy products. They are a standard workhorse! These markers come in every color in the line. You can use them for fixing mistakes, coloring images, and writing on our cards and envelopes.

I love the clean and simple feel of this card. Now I just need to decide who will receive it. I feel very led to share the love of Christ with others through my crafting. Do any of you feel led in that way?

This card is my favorite of the three. I embossed three pieces of Basic White Cardstock with three different embossing folders. I used our Blending Brushes to color each sheet. Next, I cut each sheet into 1/2″ strips. And last, I adhered each strip to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Basic White. You will need to use liquid adhesive for this process. Cut the strips even to the edge of the panel and then you can adhere the panel to your card. I chose to use an additional panel of Blushing Bride before adhering mine together.

I hope that you have enjoyed today’s color challenge cards. If you decide to try the challenge, please post a picture in the comments. It would be wonderful to see your creations! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Blushing Bride: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and scrap for flowers
  • Basic White: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″, and scrap for sentiment
  • Highland Heather: 4 ” x 5 1/4″, scrap for flowers
  • Garden Green: scrap for leaves

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Use Your Stampin’ Up Supplies

My Stampin’ Up supplies are some of my favorite earthly possessions. I love using them to make my cards. One of the things that I love the most about them is the quality. Stampin’ Up cardstocks are colored the whole way from front to back, so there aren’t any unsightly white cores peeking through. Our cardstocks are a fantastic weight! Probably my favorite thing is that our cardstocks match our inks, ribbons, and markers.

Our products have boosted my confidence in what colors work well together. I can look at other objects and translate their color into the corresponding Stampin’ Up color. So, I decided to use my Stampin’ Up supplies to create a home decor piece for my office.

Today’s Video

My children blessed me with a Cricut cutting machine for Christmas. It sat in the box for a few weeks. I was a little apprehensive about using it. But, I watched some YouTube videos and read some blogs, and decided to give things a try. I made the decision to start out with a paper-based project since I felt most comfortable in that lane. My husband recently painted my office and I wanted to create a gallery wall. This shadow box project was a perfect choice!

I chose Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, and Petal Pink for my color palette. However, the shadow box I purchased needed more flowers than I had anticipated. And I did not have any more Petal Pink Cardstock! So, I brought out some Basic White cardstock, Petal Pink Ink, and the Peony Garden stamp set. I used the largest image and created a patterned paper. The design pattern didn’t really matter as it would be cut apart in a circular fashion. The cardstock did need to be stamped on both sides. I ended up loving those flowers the best!

After cutting all the roses, it just took a little time and effort to tighten them all up with the quilling tool. It was actually very enjoyable. Next, I used hot glue to adhere the roses to the DSP background in the shadowbox. Lastly, I assembled my shadow box. I love it!

The next time you are considering a crafting project, think about the Stampin’ Up supplies that you already own. The supplies are perfect for so many things! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used

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This is a photo of a bright blue and red Christmas card that is made on today's video.

Trimming The Town

Let’s go Trimming The Town! The stamp set from this suite is part of Stampin’ Up’s Making a Difference campaign. A portion of the proceeds from each stamp set sold is donated to charities that support infertility, foster care, and adoption. The images are representative of new homes for many children and welcoming in new members for families. My life has been impacted by each one of these situations. Therefore, that is why I am so thankful that Stampin’ Up has committed to make a difference in these areas.

Today’s Trimming The Town Video:

I love fun fold cards! That is why I chose to demonstrate one for you today. Some people find them intimidating But, if you simply break them down step-by-step, they are fun. Today’s card just has more steps and more pieces than a traditional card. But it isn’t hard at all.

Here Are Some Card Examples:

This is the card we made today on the video. I really do love both versions! Do you have a favorite?

This is a bright blue and red Christmas card, It has a whimsical image of a house on the front.

The inside of the two cards vary only slightly. But there are differences in image layout and colors used. You could alternate your panels between DSP and Whisper White card stock as shown or make all of the panels DSP or all Whisper White cardstock. You could also alternate the height of each panel in the row for an entirely different look.

This is the inside of a handmade greeting card.  It features four panels that are each decorated with fun winter images.  Products by Stampin' Up.

My images are colored using Stampin’ Blend alcohol markers. Of course, you could absolutely use watercolor pencils or watercolor using our ink refills and a water painter. And while the coordinating DSP is uses a lot of bright colors, the sky is the limit when it comes time for you to select your color palette! This card is my take on a more nature themed version. It would even make a great birthday card for someone with a winter birthday.

A handmade Christmas card that is Early Expresso brown and Old Olive green.  It features a woodsy winter scene.  The card is made with Stampin' Up products.
A greeting card that features a cute little red car hauling a Christmas tree.  It is made with products from Stampin' Up's Trimming the Town Suite.

Card Supplies:

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Card Measurements:

  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White Cardstock and/or DSP: (4) 2″ x 2 1/2″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock:1 3/4″ x 11″, scored at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, and 8 1/4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Misty Moonlight Cardstock: (4) 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Poppy Parade Cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″

Thank you so much for taking some of you time to visit my blog. I hope that today’s fun fold card brought you a smile! As always remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

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