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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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Nature’s Sweetness by Stampin’ Up

Let’s play with the Nature’s Sweetness Suite Collection! It is featured in the 2024 Spring Mini Catalog by Stampin’ Up. There are two bundles in the collection along with Specialty Designer Paper, trim, and cork embellishments.

Today’s Video

Sadly, the Notes of Nature Bundle, trim, and embellishments will be retiring. But, the Lovely & Sweet Bundle and the Specialty Designer Series Paper will be carried over. Yay!

In the video, I mentioned that I forgot to rough up the edges of the Basic White cardstock. Here is a picture of my original card. You can also see what a difference there is in the colored image. My new Old Olive Stampin’ Blend marker is so much darker!

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One of the things I love about the collection is that you can create both earthy and elegant cards. I had so much fun playing and creating both types. If you purchase these products, I hope that you also have the best time playing and creating. 🙂

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

Sally

Nature’s Sweetnes Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Basic White Cardstock: (2) 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Pecan Pie Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″‘; 2 3/4″ x 3/4″
  • Designer Series Paper: 4″ x 5 1/4″; 2 1/2″ x 5/8″; scrap for inside

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Adoring Hearts by Stampin’ Up

Today’s card features the Adoring Hearts Stamp Set and the Most Adored Specialty Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up. The stamp set is featured in the 2024 Spring Mini Catalog. The DSP is a free Sale-A-Bration offering with a qualifying $50 purchase through February 2024.

Today’s Video

I love making fun fold cards! And this one is no exception. It actually looks very complicated. However, it is very simple to make. The first thing I love about this card is that I can showcase three different DSP patterns. Secondly, there is a lot of space for stamping. Lastly, the cute little cut out detail on the spine.

Inside Of The Adoring Hearts Card

More Fun Fold Cards

As you can see, this is a super versatile card layout. Please take it and make a card with supplies that you already own! And then bless someone in your life by sending it to them.

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

Sally

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Card Measurements

  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 1″, 2″, 3″, and 4″; 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″; 3″ x 4″
  • Real Red Cardstock: 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″; 2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″; 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 1/4″ x 2 1/2″; 2 1/2″ x 3″; 2 1/4″ X 4″
  • DSP: 2 3/4″ X 3 3/4″; 3 1/4″ X 4 1/2″; 4″ X 5 1/4″

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Ice Cream Swirl by Stampin’ Up

Our new mini catalog has now launched and I am so excited! If you look at the cover, you will see a project that was made with the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle. That is what we are going to use today for our cards!

Today’s Video

The cold weather has settled here in Alabama. I am not a fan of winter! Oddly enough, the Ice Cream Swirl Bundle just made me think of warmer days ahead. I know…ice cream is COLD! Ha. Working with the pastel colors of the Lighter Than Air Designer Series Paper along with the very bright ink colors just made me smile on this dreary day.

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Getting a card in the mail is always a nice surprise. But, taking the time to decorate the insides and envelopes of your cards just elevates that entire experience!

One thing that I forgot to mention in the video was that I did use a sponge dauber to add some Pecan Pie Ink to the edges of my cones. I felt it added some needed dimension.

This bundle has so many options. Today’s projects don’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can make! I hope that you take some time to settle in and play with this new bundle. Everyone from the beginner stamper to the avid crafter will enjoy using it to create cards, tags, gifts, and scrapbook pages.

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

Sally

Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Bubble Bath Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/4″, scored at 1 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ on each end
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 ” x 5 1/4″, one sheet for blending/stamping (or color of your choice)
  • DSP: 3″ x 5 1/4″
  • DSP: (2) 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, scrap for inside sentiment

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In The Moment By Stampin’ Up

Today, let’s visit the In The Moment stamp set from the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. This stamp set features three beautiful outline images plus sentiments.

Today’s Video

I wanted to create a sleek and modern card. This is not my usual style. However, I do enjoy that there are no rules when it comes to creativity! The black, white, and subtle colors blend together to create a cohesive look.

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I often avoided these types of images when I first began making cards. But, now I enjoy them. I have learned that not everything needs to be colored unless I am just in the mood to do that. And this set also lends itself to a messier coloring approach.

These three cards would make a lovely set for gift-giving!

Sale-A-Bration Refresh

Here is a better look at the items that have been added to the SAB gift with purchase selections. So many nice products!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s project. Thank you for your loyal support of my business! 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 Black Cardstock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (2)
  • Basic White Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (2)

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Merriest Moments by Stampin’ Up

Today’s card was made using the Merriest Moments Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up. It is time again for my team’s Color Challenge. We were assigned the colors Polished Pink, Mango Melody, and Mossy Meadow. I decided that I wanted to make a poinsettia card.

Today’s Video

While I chose to use the Merriest Moments stamp set, we have other stamp sets that include poinsettias. In fact, you could substitute any flower stamp and make cards for any occasion!

For each card, you will need to stamp 4 Mossy Meadow large leaves, 2 Polished Pink large leaves, 6 Polished Pink medium leaves, and 4 Mango Melody berry groupings. This will include pieces for adding a poinsettia to the inside layer of your card. Be sure to watch the video for instructions on how to group and assemble these pieces.

I also cut three circles of vellum. I adhered the circles to the card base. The flowers get adhered to them. You will notice that I used two different dies to cut my vellum. A different one on each version. I wanted you to see that you don’t always have to use the exact things that I use. As much as we would love to own every single thing from the Stampin’ Up catalogs, we don’t.

Another Version Of My Merriest Moments Card

Each card has a strip of the In Color Designer Series Paper in Polished Pink. They both have a strip of Mossy Meadow as well. The difference is the width of the Mossy Meadow strip. You will note that the smaller strip allowed a gap of the Basic White cardstock to peek through on my original card. I also took time to emboss the DSP with the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder.

The card that I made on the video used the wider strip that aligned flush with the top of the card. The Polished Pink layer was not embossed.

No Boring Inside Layers

Here is how I chose to decorate the inside of my card. I felt the plain white inside was just a little sad. And I also decorated my envelope by adding embossed cardstock to the flap and I added a poinsettia to the front of my envelope. Those details don’t take much time and really elevate the look of your stationery!

I hope that you are inspired to take this layout and make some cards of your own! Then take those cards and mail them to someone that needs a little blessing. 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: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Basic White Cardstock: Scraps or large enough for stamped images
  • Polished Pink DSP: 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Mossy Meadow Cardstock: 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ for thick border or 1 1/4″ for thinner border
  • Vellum: Scraps for die-cut shapes

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Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color June 2021

I am so late with my Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color alternatives! But isn’t this kit fantastic? I think that Paper Pumpkin has really upped the quality of their kits in the past year. And I really like the cards included with the kit. I had a hard time trying to decide how to approach my alternatives this month. That is why I only made one card using the kit supplies. For the other two, I used the stamp set and pulled in items from the Expressions In Ink Suite of products.

Today’s Video

The card featured in today’s video is a combination of kit supplies and other supplies I had on hand. You could totally use the large vellum flower that was included in you kit instead of die cutting a white one. And we have so many sprigs or greenery pieces that you could pull in as well. Make sure to watch the video to see both my vellum and my white cardstock versions. I was surprised that I actually like the white version better. Who knew?

This greeting card was made using supplies from the Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color kit.  Other supplies from Stampin' Up were also used.

Undoubtedly, Evening Evergreen has stolen my heart. And no one was more surprised than me! I am not usually a dark or jewel tone color person. It is falling into the same category for me as Night of Navy. I consider it a neutral. In particular, it works perfectly for accents and sentiments. I could have chosen any color for this card, yet I chose Evening Evergreen. This would be a perfect masculine card.

This card could also be made using any color of your choice. I seem to be having an In Color phase. 🙂

Next Month’s Kit

Here is a little preview of the July 2021 Paper Pumpkin kit. Please make sure that you are signed up on or before July 9th. That way you can craft along with me next time! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative.

Sally

Paper Pumpkin Expressions In Color Card Supplies

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Card Measurements:

  • Polished Pink Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ and cut 3/4″ off one edge
  • Fresh Freesia (Or from the card in the kit) 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Alcohol Inked Design or Basic White Stamped: 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White Cardstock: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ for sentiment, and 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ for inside layer

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Butterfly Brilliance and Color Challenge

Today, I am using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for my May team color challenge. My team leader chooses three Stampin’ Up colors that we must use on our cards. We are only permitted to use these three colors plus Basic White or Very Vanilla cardstock and Basic Black ink. This month she chose Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, and Calypso Coral.

Today’s Video

This challenge produced some pretty but bright cards! I feel that Magenta Madness is the most intense color in our Stampin’ Up lineup. However, it is a very happy color. I decided to use the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for the challenge. Butterflies can be imagined in any color. They can also be used for many different card occasions.

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I began the creative process with this card. It was my first time playing with some of the new products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. And it was so much fun! Sometimes, we just need one aspect of a card decided for us to help get our creativity going.

The Ombre Specialty Paper was the only DSP type of paper that I owned in the assigned colors. But it added such vibrance and sparkle to my card! I also used Wink of Stella on my butterfly.

Please be sure to take the time to watch today’s video. There are just too many options with both the die and stamp sets to cover in writing here!

I used the Checks & Dots Embossing folder to create paper to decorate my envelope flaps. And I had plenty of leftover butterflies to adhere to the front of my envelopes and insides of my cards. This color combination ended up being an enjoyable one for me. Although, it might not be fitting for every occasion.

Of course, these challenges are totally optional. Team members that choose to participate are eligible for prizes. And who doesn’t love a good prize patrol? Right now, Stampin’ Up is running the Join+ promotion. You can become part of the fun. A starter kit is $99 and that includes shipping. In May, you get to choose $155 of products! That is the crazy, best deal I have seen them offer!

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

Sally

Card Supplies

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Card Measurements

  • Calypso Coral Cardstock: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and scrap for butterfly
  • Basic White Cardstock: 2 3/4″ x 4″, 1 3/4″ x 5″, and 3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside layer
  • Mango Melody Cardstock: 1 3/4″ x 5″

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Beary Comforting

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit has arrived and it is Beary Comforting! I was actually very surprised to see my kit arrive before Christmas. With the huge volume of packages in the mail this year, I did not expect it until after Christmas to be honest. The USPS has really rocked it this holiday season in my area.

The ink spot included in this month’s kit is Rich Razzleberry. Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, and White are the colors featured in the kit. Additionally, the kit features die cuts of a pair of koala bears, a brown bear, and a raccoon.

As I mentioned in my video, this kit was not my favorite. And I simply could have skipped it. But I am glad that I did not! The stamp set still features greetings and images that I like. And the card bases and other basic items are beautiful! Nothing against the animals, but I just will not use them. They aren’t my style. However, when I started creating, I just could hardly stop!

Today’s Beary Comforting Video

My example in the video is slightly different than the original card that I created. A different embellishment was used. I love them both. You probably would not even notice the difference if I didn’t tell you. That is something that I hope you can take away from my video. If you do not have the exact item that I use, think about what items you do have that could be substituted in. Think of my example as a card sketch!

A greeting card made with the December 2020 Paper Pumpkin kit named Beary Comforting.

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Card Measurements

  • Gold Foil Sheets- Cut with largest Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Whisper White Cardstock- Cut with second largest Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″ base- Cut down one of the included envelopes, Cut down another envelope for a 1 1/2″ x 4″ strip for inside if desired
  • Calypso Coral- Scrap
  • Whisper White Cardstock- 4″ x 5 1/2″ for inside, Scrap for sentiment

Thank you for reading my post and watching my video. Please consider subscribing to my channel on YouTube so you don’t miss any of the fun! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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A greeting card made with Stampin' Up's Curvy Christmas Bundle

It’s A Curvy Christmas

It’s A Curvy Christmas here in Stampin’ Up world! Earlier this week, Stampin’ Up released a new collection of products called the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle. There are swoops and curves and they are so much fun to play with on our cards!

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Let Me Try To Explain It All

The Quite Curvy Variety Bundle consists of the Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper, the Curvy Christmas stamp set, and the Quite Curvy Bundle. The Quite Curvy Bundle is made up of the Quite Curvy stamp set and the Curvy dies. These two items must be purchased as a bundle. It is so confusing when they name things all so similarly! I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense! 🙂 The Christmas stamp set and the paper can each be purchased individually. Furthermore, they will only be offered until the end of the year or until the supply runs out. The Quite Curvy stamps and dies must be purchased together. In addition, these two items will be in the upcoming January-June Mini Catalog but Stampin’ Up made the decision to offer it as an early release.

Hopefully these graphics will help you see the different components.

Also, If you want everything you can simply order the Quite Curvy Variety Bundle and save 10%!

Curvy Christmas Cards

I like that can create whimsical, rustic, and elegant cards all with this set. The paper pack is great! The featured colors are Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Sahara Sand, and Whisper White. In total, here are a total of eight different prints.

A greeting card on a Whisper White base.  It has Shaded Spruce Designer Series Paper on the front.  It is stamped with a whimsical row of trees.  This card was made using Stampin' Up products.
The top layer of the card that I made with the Shaded Spruce ribbon bow on the front was glued together, stamped, and then embosses using the Subtle embossing folder. I wanted to take a photograph to show you that up close detail. It adds an element of texture to the card. However, it doesn’t show up well on video. Additionally, I love that the embossing mirrors the background pattern of the ribbon used on the card.
An up close photo of a greeting card showing the embossing that was used.

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Card Measurements

  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Gold Foil Sheet: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • DSP: 2″ x 6″

Thank you for taking some of your time to drop by my blog and YouTube channel! Please consider giving me a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribing to my channel. I would appreciate it greatly! As always, remember to be kind, send a card, and do something creative!

Sally

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