Gather Together Double Z-Fold Card

Today I’m sharing a double Z-fold card featuring the Gather Together bundle in the Holiday Catalog. This was another one of the cards we made at my stamping club earlier this month. I CASEd this idea from Susan LeVasseur, WOW NOLA Creations and also changed up some of the card dimensions.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ and fold. For the smaller Z-fold base cut a piece of Mango Melody cardstock at 3″ x 9.”  Score at 3″ and 6″ and fold.
  • Select one of the papers from the Come to Gather Designer Series Paper. Cut one piece at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and two pieces at 2 1/2″ x 4″ and adhere them to the card base.
  • Cut three pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock at 2 3/4″. On the first piece stamp the speckles with Pretty Peacock ink around all four sides. Stamp the wheat sheaf with Crushed Curry Ink on the second piece. Stamp the greeting of your choice with Pretty Peacock ink. Adhere pieces to Mango Melody base. Adhere this base to the larger card base. For the front flap only apply glue on one half of the Mango Melody base in order for the card to open and close properly.
  • Stamp one leaf with Early Espresso ink on a piece of Early Espresso cardstock. Stamp another leaf with Crushed Curry ink on piece of Crushed Curry cardstock. Cut with coordinating die from the Gathered Leaves die set. Cut two Gold Foil leaves using the medium and large leaf embossing dies. Spray Early Espresso leaf with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. To use this paint add 70% rubbing alcohol to a Stampin’ Spritzer, filling halfway. Add 3-5 drops of the Shimmer Paint and shake it up so that the paint mixes thoroughly with the alcohol. Sponge Celestial Copper Metallic Ink on tips of the Crushed Curry leaf, Arrange leaves and adhere to front of card.
  • Tie a bow with a thread of your choice. I used a gold thread that has been retired. Attach with a Mini Glue Dot to the base of the Early Espresso leaf.

I really enjoyed creating this card and hope you like it! Please feel free to leave me a comment.

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Season of Thanks SIP Card

Today I have a SIP card (Stamps, Ink, Paper), #stampsinkpaper, that features the Gather Together stamp set. I’ve been a long-time member of a local chapter of the American Business Women’s Association and recently hosted a mini-mixer at my home for a small group of members. In addition to the socializing and refreshments, I designed two cards for the women to make that will be donated to the Cards for Soldiers organization. One card is for the recipient to keep and the other is for them to send to a friend or loved one back home. Since not everyone knew how to stamp and there was a limited amount of time to do the projects I had to keep the cards easy to make. I think it turned out to be simple yet elegant. I also used this project at my stamping club last week. All of the club members are avid crafters and they loved making this card too!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut piece of Cajun Craze cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut piece of the woodgrain paper from the Come to Gather Designer Series Papers at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card base.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″. Using the leaf image from the Gather Together stamp set, stamp two leaves with Cajun Craze ink and then fill in the blank spots by stamping the leaves with Blackberry Bliss. Attach to a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut at 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″ and attach to card front
  • Stamp greeting with Blackberry Bliss ink on piece of Whisper White cardstock and use circle punch or circle die to cut out. Punch a larger circle with a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock and adhere to the greeting. Attach to the card.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″ for inside of card. Stamp leaf in left corner and stamp greeting of your choice or leave blank.

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Gather Together – Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to Kylie’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for September! I’m part of a group of amazingly talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie Bertucci’s program for building our businesses.

Today’s card features the beautiful new Come To Gather suite from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Each year I look forward to making autumn-themed cards, especially because I love working with the rich hues of the season.

Here is how I made the card:

  • Card base: Merry Merlot cardstock cut at 4 1/2″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Merry Merlot paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ from the Come to Gather Designer Series Papers and adhere to card base.
  • Emboss a piece of Copper Foil with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder and then die cut using largest circle in the Layering Circles Dies. Adhere to card.
  • Stamp leaf image from the Gather Together stamp set on piece of Cajun Craze cardstock with Early Espresso ink. Die cut with Gathered Leaves Dies. Die cut two more Cajun Craze leaves with the small and medium size leaf dies in the set. Sponge Early Espresso ink on leaf veins.
  • Die cut two Grapefruit Grove springs from the die in the Butterfly Beauty die set.
  • Arrange die cuts around embossed circle and adhere to card. Adhere large stamped leaf image with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Add linen thread bow.
  • For inside of card cut piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp sentiment with Early Espresso ink. Stamp leaf image in lower left corner with Cajun Craze ink.

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Feels Like Frost Sneak Peek

Today I have a card for you featuring Feels Like Frost, one of my favorite suites from the new 2019 Holiday Catalog. The products in this suite are so pretty. The Designer Series Paper is amazing – photographic images in wonderful non-traditional Christmas colors on one side and silver foil images on the other side! Stampin’ Up! has brought back Crystal Effects, which they retired a few years ago – yay! Pair this with the fun new Ice Stampin’ Glitter to give your projects a frosty, sparkly effect. The new Seaside Spray Metallic Ribbon is soft and shimmery. All of these products will be available as of September 4th.

Here is how I made this card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to card base.
  • Die cut a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock with the stitched frame from the Frosted Frames Dies. Ink up the berry branch from the Frosted Foliage stamp set with Seaside Spray ink, stamp off and then stamp onto die cut piece. Stamp yuletide greeting with Night of Navy ink over the branch.
  • Cut piece of Seaside Spray 1/4″ Metallic Ribbon and make ribbon loop. I used a few small pieces of Scotch Tape to hold them in place.
  • Die cut one set of leaves from scrap piece of Seaside Spray cardstock. The die makes two leaves from the one piece. Apply Shimmery Crystal Effects onto the leaves and then sprinkle them with the Ice Stampin’ Glitter. Let dry for an hour before handling them. Once dry, adhere the leaves, using a thin line of liquid glue, to the opposite corners of the frame piece.
  • Finish off the card by adhering the greeting over the ribbon loops. Adhere a few Seaside Spray sequins from the Woven Threads Sequin Assortment for a little extra bling.

If you’d like a 2019 Holiday Catalog please contact me. I’d be happy to send you a copy!

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Snowflake Showcase Promotion


You will not want to miss out on this amazing suite of limited-time products in the Snowflake Showcase promotion that runs from November 1-30, or until supplies last.  The five products included in this suite are two stamp sets, coordinating thinlits dies, white velvet paper and snowflake trinkets. Don’t just think winter with these products.  The Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set includes images and greetings that can be used all year round!


Click here to view the Snowflake Showcase flyer.

Watch this video featuring Shannon West as she gives you some product highlights.

Happiness Surrounds Stamp Set

Snow is Glistening Stamp Set

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

Snowflake Trinkets

White Velvet 12×12 Sheets

Here are some sample card created by the talented Stampin’  Up! staff artists.


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Country Lane Suite

Today I’m featuring the first two cards I’ve made using products from the new 2018 Holiday Catalog.  I’ve had many new products sitting, waiting to be used in the last few weeks but other things kept getting in the way and it was hard for me to find creative time.  Hopefully I am back on track now!  These cards feature products from the Country Lane Suite pictured on pages 42-43 in the catalog.  I love the images and greetings in this set because they are very versatile.  While they make lovely autumn or Thanksgiving cards when used with the coordinating designer series paper, they  can also be used for general cards as well by changing  up the different designer series papers and pulling different colors from the papers you choose.

This first card is done in a portrait layout, using Rich Razzleberry cardstock cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  A piece of Country Lane designer series papers was cut at 3 3/4″ x 5″ and attached to a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and then attached to the Rich Razzleberry.

I stamped the images of the pitcher and flowers in black Memento ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/4″ x 3 7/8″, using the Stamparatus to position the stamps.  I colored the pitcher with Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends and used Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends and the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker.  I adhered the image to the front of the card and added small and medium Blackberry Bliss Faceted Dots for a finishing touch.  I inadvertently used Rich Razzleberry cardstock for the base of the card, when I meant to use Blackberry Bliss, but I like how it looked, so kept it as is!

The next card is also done in the portrait layout and uses the stunning Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Stampin’ Up! is right on trend with this folder, as tin tiles are making a resurgence in home and commercial decor these days.

The Cajun Craze card base is cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  I ran a piece of the new Galvanized Metallic Paper cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ through the Big Shot using the embossing folder.  This paper is metallic on both sides, unlike our other foil papers which are white on one side, so you can choose to use either the embossesd or debossed side.

I stamped the images of the jug and flowers in black Memento ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 2 3/8″ x 4 1/2″, using the Stamparatus to position the stamps. First I colored the bands and handles on the jug with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends.  I wanted a very soft, faded look for the rest of the jug so I did a light watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink with an aqua painter.  To color the flowers I used the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write marker and Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends.  Next, I cut a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock at 1″ x 4 1/2″, ran the long framelit with the stitched edge from the Stitched Labels Framelits through the Big Shot and attached it to the image as an accent.  I stamped the greeting in Cajun Craze ink on Crushed Curry cardststock, used the banner from the Petals & More Thinlits to die cut  the greeting, and used three dimensionals to pop it up.  For a final touch I added a small Gold Faceted Gem to the upper right corner of the image.

Since I was using the Tin Tile embossing folder I decided to try out other papers.  Here are photos showing all of the foil sheets, with item numbers, shown on page 192 in the annual catalog, along with vellum and a piece of dsp from Nature’s Poem. 

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