Fancy Phrases Birthday Cards

Hello! I made a few birthday cards to send out this month and thought it was the perfect time to break out Fancy Phrases, a new set in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The floral images are lovely and if you like to color, you will enjoy using your Stampin’ Blends or watercoloring. I also like the variety of greetings and type fonts included in this set. I used an easy fun fold that I think shows off the colored image beautifully.

One of my favorite color combinations is gray and yellow and I haven’t used it in awhile so I decided to make two cards, each with different shades from the two color families.

The first card uses Basic Gray and Bumble Bee.

The second card uses Gray Granite and So Saffron for a softer look.

Here is how I made the cards.

  • First card base: Cut piece of Basic Gray or Gray Granite cardstock at 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Score at 2 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder. Second card base: Cut piece of Bumblebee or So Saffron cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 1/4″, fold and crease sharply with a bone folder.
  • Cut two pieces of the large Bumblebee floral paper from the Flowers from Every Season Designer Series Paper or two pieces of a Gray Granite paper from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper at 2″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere to front and inside flap of the larger card base.
  • Cut two pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4″. Stamp the large floral image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and stamp the birthday greeting Basic Gray ink. For the inside of the card stamp another greeting with Basic Gray ink and stamp the smaller flower with the Memento ink in the bottom left corner of the card. I used the Stamparatus for the large image and greeting in order to position it perfectly.
  • Color the images. I used the light and dark So Saffron and Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends for the flowers and light and dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves.
  • Adhere the colored in images to the smaller yellow card bases. Make sure that the opening is to the left side before adhering to the larger gray card bases in order to have them overlap the front of the card when folded. The front flap of the larger card bases will be tucked into the opening of the smaller card bases.
  • Embellish the card front with a few pearlescent white Elegant Faceted Gems. On the inside of the smaller yellow card bases I adhered square vellum doilies for an extra-added touch.

To my readers, I will be taking a week-10-day hiatus from blogging. In addition to my Stampin’ Up! business I have an information consulting business and was recently asked to give a presentation to a local women’s business group I belong to on September 8. I’ve done many presentations over the years but this is on a new topic so I have to start from scratch. All of my energies need to be focused there. I will still be making new cards during this time and look forward to sharing them with you when I return. I will also be re-organizing my craft room-it’s time to pack away retired products to make room for all of my new goodies!

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Tasteful Touches Z-Fold Card

Hello! Today I’m sharing a Z-fold card I made with products from the In Good Taste suite. I decided to challenge myself to use one of the papers from In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and to work in neutrals, something that is hard for me to do, as I lean more towards the brights and jewel tones. I had an idea in mind so it was a matter of auditioning several papers from the set until I found one that worked for me. I think it came out better than I thought it would!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Cut a piece of Cinnamon Cider cardstock at 4″ x 10 1/4″ and score at 2 1/2″ and 5″. Fold on score lines, making sure to give them a good crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one piece of the DSP at 3 3/4″ x 5″ and another at 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ . Adhere the 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece to the front of the Cinnamon Cider piece. The smaller piece will be adhered later.
  • Adhere the Cinnamon Cider piece to the Very Vanilla card front.
  • Stamp greeting from the Tasteful Touches stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink on scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Cut using the largest die in the Tasteful Labels set. Stamp feather image over the greeting with Cinnamon Cider ink, stamping off on a scrap of paper before stamping onto the greeting.
  • Cut another label from a scrap piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Cut label in half horizontally and layer the two pieces onto the stamped greeting, adhering with liquid glue.
  • Adhere the 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ piece of DSP to the front of the smaller Cinnamon Cider fold.
  • To build the spray of gold leaves I used the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper , selecting a grouping of the die cuts that would give good coverage for the front of the card. I arranged them at the top of the fold and once I liked how they looked I used tape to adhere them in place, only taping the bottom of the stems so that when the card is opened, they don’t stick to the front of the card. I also added one leaf to the bottom of the small fold. With all of the leaves now in place, adhere the label, making sure not to put glue at the top of the label, otherwise it will stick to the card front.
  • Add one the largest of the three sizes of the Gilded Gems to label for an added accent.
  • Cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting with Cherry Cobbler ink. Stamp feather image with Cinnamon Cider ink at bottom left. Adhere to the inside of the card.

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Peony Garden Fun Fold Card

Hello! Today I have a fun fold card for you that features products from the gorgeous Peony Garden Suite. This is a soft and elegant suite of products and it reminds me a bit of the shabby chic look. The die cut flower is amazing and while it looks complicated, it is actually designed in such a clever way that it is easy to put it together! I also like the assortment of greetings in the stamp set.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Basic Gray cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″ and crease with a bone folder.
  • For the smaller base cut a piece of Gray Granite cardstock at 3″ x 9″. Score at 3″ and 6″ and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut two pieces from one of the Petal Pink papers from the Peony Garden Designer Series Papers, one at 2 1/2″ x 4″ and the other at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Adhere large piece to inside of card and the other to the front flap.
  • Cut three pieces of Whisper White cardstock at 2 3/4″ square.
  • On the first square, stamp greeting of your choice from the Prized Peony stamp set with Gray Granite ink. Adhere to inside of smaller card base.
  • On the second square, stamp medium sized peony image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. Color center of flower with the light Gray Granite Stampin’ Blend. Color the rest of the flower with the light and dark Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends. Adhere to center of smaller card base.
  • On the third square stamp the small diamond image multiple times all around the piece with Gray Granite ink, stamping off before stamping onto the cardstock. Adhere to front flap of smaller card base. Adhere smaller card base to larger card base.
  • To make the three-dimensional peony, there are five dies in the Peony Dies set that are made to nest together, from smallest to largest. Using Petal Pink cardstock, run them through a die cutting machine. Die cut the flower center from a scrap piece of Basic Gray cardstock. Assemble flower pieces. Curl the petals with your fingers or with a bone folder to give the flower some extra dimension.
  • For the leaves, cut two of the larger ones and one smaller one from a scrap piece of Old Olive cardstock. For the leaf accent pieces cut two large and one small from a scrap piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock. Adhere pieces together.
  • Adhere leaves to smaller card front and then adhere flower over the leaves. Finish it off with a few Elegant Faceted Gems.

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Field of Flowers-Kylie’s Training Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Blog Hop for June. I’m part of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world that participate in Kylie’s program for building our businesses. Please be sure to click on the names in the list at the end of this post to hop around and view the beautiful cards posted by so many talented stampers.

Today’s fun-fold card features a sweet stamp set, Field of Flowers, from the new annual catalog. It immediately said spring and summer to me and who could resist the cute little dragonflies!

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – Cut piece of Magenta Madness cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″. Score at 3″ and 8 3/4″, fold along score lines and use bone folder to sharply crease the folds.
  • Use the Magenta Madness papers from the 2020-2022 InColor Designer Series Paper pack and cut one of each of the papers at 3″ x 4″ and one each of the papers at 2″ x 4″. Adhere one set to the outside flaps and the other set on the inside flaps.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 3″ x 4 3/8″. Stamp grass image with Granny Apple Green ink along bottom of the piece. Stamp the large flowers with Magenta Madness. Stamp the smaller flower image with Mango Melody ink. Stamp greeting and two dragonflies with Coastal Cabana ink. Add a bit of shimmer to the dragonflies with Wink of Stella.
  • Cut piece of Mango Melody cardstock with the next-to-largest die in the Stitched Rectangles die set.
  • Cut piece of Magenta Madness 1/4″ ribbon and tie in bow around Mango Melody piece. Adhere stamped piece to Mango Melody piece. Adhere to flap on left side of card front. Only apply adhesive to one half of the stamped piece in order for the card to open.
  • Cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp leaf image with Granny Apple Ink. Stamp flowers with Magenta Madness ink. Stamp greeting with Coastal Cabana ink. Adhere to inside of card.

I love this bright, cheerful color combination – it made me smile as I was making the card and I hope you like it!

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Tropical Oasis Double Z Fold Card

Hello! Today’s card is a Double Z Fold card made with products from the Tropical Oasis Suite. This was one of the projects I had prepared for my club, which meets in-person six times a year. However with the sheltering in place orders I had to switch it to a virtual club and mail out kits. Since I didn’t have enough time to prepare in advance the club members didn’t have the Timeless Tropical stamp set on hand so I kept the stamping to a minimum so that they could each use greetings from stamp sets in their own collections. I added more die cut pieces and a label that would accommodate whatever greetings they used.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base – cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″ and fold in half.
  • Z fold base – cut piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock at 4″ x 10 1/4″, score at 2 1/2″ and 5″ and fold on score lines.
  • Cut one piece of Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Cut two pieces of DSP at 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. For one of these pieces you can use a contrasting piece of DSP. Adhere to Z fold piece. If you cut a contrasting piece of DSP adhere it to the middle section.
  • Die cut two of the labels from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies set. One uses a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock for the greeting. Stamp thank you greeting from the So Sentimental stamp set with Terracotta Tile ink. Cut the larger label with scrap piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock.
  • Die cut a variety of leaves from Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the dies from the In the Tropics dies. I also used the large fern die from the Tropical die set. Before adhering the two labels together, position two of the larger leaves in between both pieces at the top part of the label and then adhere them to the Terracotta label, then adhering both label pieces together. Place label halfway on top of the bottom fold. Arrange remaining leaves under the piece and then adhere them before adhering the label to the card. Apply adhesive only on the bottom half of the label in order to keep the Z fold open.
  • Add a Noble Peacock rhinestone to the greeting for a touch of bling.
  • For the inside of the card, cut piece of Whisper White cardstock at 4″ x 5 1/4″. Stamp greeting of your choice. Adhere to inside of Pretty Peacock card base. Adhere Z fold piece to card base to complete the card.

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Tropical Oasis Fun Fold Card

Hello! Today’s card features the Tropical Oasis Suite and the fun fold was inspired by a recent blog post from Patty Bennett. This is such a fun suite and I especially love the bright and cheery Designer Series Papers.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Cut piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Cut piece of DSP at 5 1/4″ x 11 3/4″. Score at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″ and fold accordion style. You can either adhere the smaller front flap to the larger one or leave it open.
  • Cut Grapefruit Grove label with next-to-largest die in the Stitched Nested Label die set.
  • Cut Daffodil Delight pineapple base with coordinating die from the In the Tropics set. Cut Old Olive leaf with die from set. Adhere pineapple base to bottom of label. The leaf has some partial cut outs. Pop them open and lightly curl them so they stand out. Adhere bottom part of leaf making sure that top part extends over top of label .
  • Die cut “aloha” from scrap piece of Real Red cardstock. Adhere to pineapple base with either a Fine Tip Glue Pen or a liquid adhesive.
  • Partially adhere the label piece to the front flap, leaving part of the right side unattached in order to be able to open the card.
  • Cut another label from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the birthday greeting from the Timeless Tropical stamp set with Real Red ink. Adhere to the inside of the card, making sure that you place it close the fold so that it doesn’t stick out when the front flap is folded over.
  • Adhere folded DSP piece to the card base. You can keep the remaining flaps open or glue them shut. If you keep the back of the flaps open you can decorate them with die cuts or stamp additional greetings on pieces of Whisper White cardstock.

I’m happy that the stamp set and dies will be carrying over to the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog, however please note that they will no longer be sold as a bundle at the 10% discount. The coordinating products such as the DSP, embossing folder, trinkets, etc. will be retiring and will only continue to be available while supplies last.

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Brightly Gleaming Gift Card Holder

Today I’m featuring a gift card holder made with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper. I got the idea for this card from a Halloween card posted by Jackie Bolhuis on her Klompen Stampers blog. I loved how easy it was to put together, while at the same time, being such a great way to showcase our beautiful papers.

Here is how I made the card.

  • Card base: Cut piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and score at 1 1/2″ and 5 1/2″. Fold along score lines with bone folder.
  • Cut one piece of DSP at 3 3/4″ x 4″ for front of card and adhere. Cut two pieces at 1 1/4″ x 4″ for inside of card. Adhere one piece at right edge of card the other piece on the folded flap.
  • Cut piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 3 3/4″ x 4″ and stamp greeting with Pretty Peacock ink. I used one of the greetings from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set. Adhere to inside of card, close to fold line, so that it does not show when the front of the card is folded.
  • Using the 1″ circle punch, position it in the center of the inside folded flap and cut a half-circle. This will make it easy to slide the gift card in and out. Run a thin line of liquid glue along short sides of the flap and adhere.
  • Tie piece of Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon around front of card, making a knot.
  • For the little tag on the front of the card, stamp greeting with Pretty Peacock ink on small scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the “Be Merry” stamp from the Tidings All Around set. Cut out using the tag die in the Ornate Frames die set. Thread piece of Linen Thread through the tag and tie to ribbon with a knot.

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