This month, the theme is The Color Purple. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
My daughter absolutely loves all things Halloween! I need to get a card, and other things, in the mail to her asap since she lives on the other side of the country. She actually started decorating in September because that’s almost October…you get the picture. Since this is a fun fold card, that means I will also be uploading this to the current Creative Creases Challenge. If you love fun folds as much as I do, this anything goes fun fold challenge is perfect for you!
Here’s my card:
This year, I only need Halloween cards for my daughter, two great-nieces and one great-nephew. Therefore, the only current Halloween supplies I have is this Pumpkin Pie DSP from a paper share I purchased from Brian King, of Stamp with Brian.
Do you notice anything about the DSP I used for the left, inside panel? The “BOO” sentiment goes in one direction and EEEK! goes in the opposite direction. Love it!
Here’s a close-up:
The Gorgeous Grape base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches. It’s scored at 2-1/8 and 4-1/4 inches.
The inside piece of Them Bones DSP (designer series paper) measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
The DSP for the flaps measures 2-5/8 by 5-3/8 inches. I used a piece of Them Bones DSP (shown above) and a piece of Gorgeous Grape 6 x 6 inch DSP.
Trim a piece of the Gorgeous Grape DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
Punch a 1-inch circle of Them Bones DSP and run it through the XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal.
I used the Trick or Treat panel trimmed from the DSP. You can see that whole 12 x 12 sheet below.
I trimmed a piece of black cardstock to 1/8 inch larger than the Trick or Treat DSP because the back of the DSP didn’t really go with the colors I used.
I used cardstock scraps for the white inside panel and the Gorgeous Grape letters.
My No-Stamping Assembly:
Tie a piece of the gingham ribbon around the Gorgeous Grape DSP.
Add dimensionals to the back of that piece of DSP and adhere to the front panel of the card. Since the card is bulky and with the addition of dimensionals, it will require additional postage.
Adhere the Halloween DSP to the inside panels of the Gorgeous Grape DSP.
Emboss a piece of white cardstock using the dots folder from the Basics Embossing Folders set available as an online exclusive.
Using the Alphabet a la Mode die set, I cropped three sets of letters and the exclamation mark, including those little, tiny, tiny dots.
Next, I using multipurpose liquid glue to stack the sets of letters on top of each other. I wanted some dimensional, but I didn’t want to have to use dimensionals to accomplish that.
Use multipurpose liquid glue to attach the letters to the white cardstock, which gets adhered to the white panel.
When placing the white panel on the inside of the card, make sure that it is covered by the Trick or Treat panel. You don’t want that sticking out.
With that, I’d completed this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop next month (second Wednesday), when our theme will be Home for the Holidays.
Welcome to the Stampin’ UP! Demos’ September Fun Fold Blog Hop! That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? This group of demonstrators loves to create fun folds, and I can always find inspiration from the projects on this hop! This month I chose one of my favorite, and relatively simple, fun folds: an easel card.
After you finish here, I hope you will hop along with us by following the links down below. When you’ve created your own fun fold card, please upload it to the gallery at Creative Creases Challenge!
Since I need about 25 Thanksgiving cards, I’ve already made and posted a couple of them. You can find that blog post here.
The Pretty Peacock base measures 11 by 4-1/4 inches, scored at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2 inches.
After embossing a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using one of the Basics Embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
TIP: If you loved and deeply miss the Subtle 3D embossing folder, this crosshatch folder is for you!
The Very Vanilla cardstock piece for the inside measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches.
I started with a piece of DSP measuring 3-3/4 by 4-1/2 inches.
Then, I trimmed it in half vertically so I had two pieces measuring 4-1/2 by 1-7/8 inches.
Next, I trimmed the right hand side in half horizontally so I had two pieces measuring 2-1/4 by 1-7/8 inches. In order to have these pieces match the challenge layout, I trimmed 1/16 from what would be the center of the DSP image.
I trimmed a piece of the Pretty Peacock and Copper Foil coordinating 12 x 12 inch specialty DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
Finally, I punched a 1-inch circle from the Autumn DSP to make the envelope seal.
What I Did to Create this Easel Card:
Adhere the DSP to the embossed cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.
Then, adhere the bottom half of the embossed cardstock to the bottom half of the card base using liquid glue.
After wiping down a piece of vellum with an embossing buddy, stamp the sentiment, from the Autumn Leaf stamp set, in Pretty Peacock ink.
Since the ink take a little bit of time to dry, you have enough time to cover the ink with clear embossing powder. Then heat set it using your heat tool.
HINT: Make sure you warm up your heat tool before trying to set the embossing powder on the vellum. If you are not careful, you will burn the vellum instead of heat setting the powder.
Crop the leaf using the Autumn Leaf dies from the coordinating 12x 12 inch specialty DSP.
I cropped two of the thin banner pieces from the same DSP to use as the stop for the easel.
Crop the veins for the leaf from Pretty Peacock cardstock and adhere to the leaf.
Add dimensionals to the back of the leaf and adhere to the front of the card.
Adhering vellum can be tricky because you don’t want whatever you use to show. For this card, I cut mini-dimensionals in half and placed one-half in each of the three outside corners. Since the top left-hand corner sits on top of the leaf, I just added a dot of liquid glue to adhere it down.
I slid a small length of copper ribbon under the vellum and adhered it with a glue dot.
The last step for the front of the easel was to add speckled dots to each corner to hide the adhesives used.
I stamped the sentiment and image on the inside piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, which is adhered to the base using liquid glue.
Finally, add your easel stops using dimensionals. If you want the card to sit steeply (like mine), adhere the stops closer to the top of the inside cardstock. The further down you place the easel stops, the more the angle of the easel will decrease.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.
Back to the Demos’ Fun Fold Blog Hop:
Thank you for joining us today as we hop through a series of fun fold cards! I know you will find loads of inspiration from the rest of these very talented demos! When you finish here, please hop over to Tara Carpenter at Tara Beth Stamps. If you get lost along the way, the following list will help get you back on track.
Welcome to the bi-weekly Cardz 4 Galz challenge #208. Our host for this challenge, Dawn, chose using a stencil, image, and sentiment for the theme. I added embossing to the three parts of this challenge, as well as creating a fun fold card, thanks to the tutorial by Susan Campfield. The possibilities are endless for the way this card can be created, and you can find Susan’s video here. I followed Susan’s measurements and directions for creating this card, and also included minor changes. I didn’t want the back of the DSP to show, so I added the embossed layer of Misty Moonlight cardstock. You can find my measurements and directions below. Just don’t tell anyone that if you can score, fold, and adhere elements together, this card is relatively easy.
When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. There’s always loads of inspiration and we’d love to see your takes on the challenge theme. So, please be inspired, create, and upload your stencil, image, and sentiment card to the challenge gallery.
Here’s my squeeze box fun fold card:
I used the snowflake decorator mask for the stenciling, the Brightest Glow and Hope and Peace stamp sets for the sentiments, and the One Horse Open Sleigh DSP (designer series paper) for this fun fold. In addition to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge, I am going to enter this to the current Creative Creases challenge.
You can use the following measurements and directions to create your own squeeze box fun fold card! Let’s get started!
I used three pieces of Misty Moonlight cardstock. Each measures 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches.
The white cardstock for the inside measures 11 by 4-1/2 inches, scored in half at 5-1/2 inches .Score again at 2-3/4 inches from either end.
The DSP on the front is from the One Horse Open Sleigh DSP pack and measures 5-1/2 by 3-1/4 inches.
Each DSP piece for the inside folds measures 2-5/8 inches by 4-5/8 inches. I used one piece of the One Horse Open Sleigh DSP and trimmed it down to use the focal image of this piece of DSP.
Trim a piece of coordinating DSP to 2-1/2 by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
Punch a 1-inch circle of DSP for the envelope seal. Run it through the XYRON create-a-sticker to finish the seal.
I stamped the sentiment banner on vellum cardstock and adhered it to a scrap of white cardstock.
That’s it for the measurements. Next, let’s put the card together.
Stamping, Embossing, Stenciling, and Assembly:
After running one piece of the Misty Moonlight cardstock through your Cut & Emboss machine using the Snowflake Sky 3D embossing folder, trim it to 4-1/4 by 5-1/2 inches.
Adhere the piece of the DSP you cut for the front to the embossed Misty Moonlight cardstock using multipurpose liquid glue.
On one side of each of the remaining two pieces of Misty Moonlight DSP, use the snowflake stencil, a blending brush, and Misty Moonlight ink to create the snowflakes. I found it easier to just stencil the whole side of the cardstock even though part of it would be covered.
Outline the two pieces of DSP for the inside using a Misty Moonlight Stamping Write Marker.
Stamp your chosen sentiments on two panels of the inside “squeeze box” piece of cardstock.
Adhere your outlined DSP pieces to two of the “squeeze box” panels.
Line up the inside cardstock panels with each of the two pieces of the Misty Moonlight cardstock and adhere using multipurpose liquid glue.
Adhere the front panel that you created to the front of the Misty Moonlight panel using liquid glue.
Use your embossing buddy to clean off your piece of vellum cardstock.
Stamp your chosen sentiment using VersaMark ink.
Cover the sentiment with copper metallic embossing powder and heat set it with your heat tool.
Crop both the sentiment vellum panel and a scrap piece of white cardstock using the Tailor Made Tags die set.
HINT: I’ve found the easiest way to adhere vellum to cardstock when you can’t hide the adhesive behind other elements is to spread a layer of glue all over the cardstock. I use a make-up sponge to adhere a layer of liquid glue. Don’t skimp on the glue, but don’t overload it either.
Line up the vellum cardstock with the white cardstock to create your tag.
Thread a length of copper ribbon through the whole in the tag and tie it off. Use a glue dot on the back of the ribbon to hold it in place.
HINT: This ribbon is a bit stiff when taken off the roll. I used my fingers the way you’d use scissors if you were using curling ribbon. It was much easier to work with the ribbon when I’d removed the stiffness of the ribbon.
This card will be hand-delivered so I was able to use dimensionals under the sentiment. If your card has to be mailed, use liquid glue to adhere the sentiment to cut down on a bit of bulk.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal.
Now it’s your turn:
I really hope you watch Susan Campfield’s video or just use my measurements and directions to create your own squeeze box fun fold card. Don’t forget to upload your project to the Cardz 4 Galz and Creative Creases challenge sites.
You can download the following catalog, or find the link on the Stampin’ UP! website. Not surprisingly, some items have already gone on backorder. Now is the time to order your Halloween and some of your Autumn supplies.
This month, the theme is All Creatures Great and Small. We really hope that you will be inspired by all the amazing creations the Pals are sharing with you! Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.
I chose to use the Little Monkey stamp set and Countryside Corners die set. These monkeys are so stinking cute!
The Calypso Coral base measures 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches to create a tent base.
The easel piece of Calypso Coral cardstock measures 5-3/8 inches by 2 inches scored at 3/8, 1, and 1/38 inches. Use your bone folder to burnish the scores, creating a mountain in the middle. Each end folds up to attach to the inside of the card base. However, don’t attach the easel piece until you are finished with the rest of the card.
After I embossed a piece of Calypso Coral using the Basics Embossing Folder, I trimmed it to 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
Connie Stewart has a video, which you can find here, explaining how to use the Countryside Corner stamp set and a mask to get just the part of the stamp you want. For the front, I used Granny Apple Green cardstock for the stamped octagon and a Calypso Coral one for the back The Calypso Coral octagons were cropped from the largest die, and I used the next largest for the Granny Apple Green.
I already posted a flap card with the Little Monkey stamp set, which you can see here.
Crop two pieces of white cardstock using the largest Countryside Corner die for the front and back.
Trim a piece of coordinating Calypso Coral 6 x 6 inch DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Punch a 1-inch circle from another DSP pattern and run it through the XYRON create-a-sticker for the envelope seal.
I used scraps of white for the bananas and monkey, which needs to be fussy cut.
Stamping, Punching, & Fussy Cutting:
Stamp the monkey in Tuxedo Black ink. Color with the Crumb Cake combo blends. I just kept adding layers of color using the dark Crumb Cake for the darker parts of the monkey.
Use the pink-ish color blend from the light natural tones blend duo for the ears and cheeks.
Fussy cut the monkey.
Stamp five bananas in Early Espresso ink and color with Daffodil Delight Stamping Write Marker so the color doesn’t bleed. Punch with the monkey punch.
Using Early Espresso ink, stamp the branch surrounding leaves and the sentiment on the cropped white octagon.
Color the branch using the Pecan Pie blends.
Color the leaves with the Granny Apple Green blends.
The only dimensionals I used were to pop up the monkey and the top of the bunch of bananas.
Use multipurpose liquid glue to adhere the rest of the layers on the front.
I haven’t decided what the back sentiment will be yet. Therefore, after adhering the white cardstock and the Calypso Coral octagon, I temporarily adhered it to the back of the card using some repositionable tape.
Adhere the flaps on ends of the two sides of the card so the mountain fold is in the middle.
With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.
Back to the Pals’ Blog Hop:
More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. Then, please mark your calendars for our next blog hop next month (second Wednesday), when our theme will be The Color Purple.
You can download the following catalog, or find the link on the Stampin’ UP! website. Not surprisingly, some items have already gone on backorder. Now is the time to order your Halloween and most of your Autumn supplies.
There’s also going to be a release of ONLINE EXCLUSIVE DSP! I’m especially thrilled with the Tartan and Delightfully Floral DSP! You can see previews below:
If you live in the U.S. and don’t already have a SU! demo from whom you order, I would be honored to work with you.
When prompted, please enter September’s HOST CODE:
Again, thank you for stopping by! I’d love to hear your comments or thoughts. Sue
Welcome to my post for the cutest little monkey just swinging by to say hi. i must admit, while not difficult, this card did evolve. Connie Stewart’s video showed me how to create the card and how to mask off the Countryside Corners stamp. You can find her video here. I’ve already created a card using this fun fold for my husband, and you can find the link here. When my husband got this card in the mail, he thought it was an easel card and it looks create standing that way. Therefore, I decided to purposely do that for this monkey card.
I used Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green, and Flirty Flamingo to meet the generic colors of this challenge. In addition, I added Early Espresso and Crumb Cake for the neutrals.
Connie’s video has all the necessary measurements for the flap part of the card.
I needed some Flirty Flamingo on the front of the card, so I trimmed a piece of the 6 x 6 DSP to 3/4 by 5-3/8 inches.
After I finished the Gone Fishing card for my husband, I found that the card would lay flatter if I trimmed less than 1/8 of an inch off the front flap. It’s not even noticeable, but it does help with the bulk of the card.
The plain Berry Burst cardstock on the front looked too blah. So, I ran a piece of Berry Burst cardstock through my Cut & Emboss machine using one of the Basics embossing folders. Then, I trimmed the embossed piece to 4-1/4 by 5-3/8 inches.
These folders are online exclusives, and the link will be below with the rest of the products used on this project.
I trimmed another piece of 6 x 6 Flirty Flamingo DSP to 4-1/4 by 5-3/8 inches for the top of the inside flap.
I cropped three pieces of Basic White cardstock using the largest Countryside die. Since I used blends combos to color the front flap, I needed to add another piece of cardstock to the back to cover the ugly back. To cut down on bulk, I trimmed the back die cut to a length of 4 inches.
Stamping, Coloring, and Gluing:
This adorable monkey can be fussy cut, but I decided to try cutting it out using my Scan & Cut. I wasn’t sure how much I would actually use it so I got it for a steal on Facebook Marketplace. I am still a novice and learning as I go. There are a couple of things I found out with this monkey:
After stamping the monkey using Early Espresso ink, I needed to outline it with an Early Espresso Stamping Write Marker. There are parts that just don’t get recognized at all for some strange and unknown (to me) reason.
Stamp, outline, and cut twice as many as you think you will need, at least if you are a novice.
Don’t be surprised if you have to go back and outline the monkey again.
Thankfully, the curly tail cuts fairly well if it’s outlined enough.
I used Early Espresso to stamp all the leaves, branches, sentiments, and the Countryside borders.
Then, I colored the leaves with the Granny Apple Green blends combos.
The monkey is a combination of the dark and light Crumb Cake blends.
Finally, I added pink to the cheeks and ears using SU1000 pink-ish blend.
I didn’t add any dimensions because there was already so many layers. This card will definitely need extra postage. In the U.S., two Forever stamps will cover it.
I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere everything together.
Finally, I added a small Velcro dot to the flap to help hold it down. When the card is open to it’s easel form, the Velcro dot won’t even show.
It sounds much more complicated than it actually was to create this card. Connie Stewart’s video explains how to do everything. I love her videos because they are meant for quickly created cards.
Welcome to the September edition of the Sparkles Christmas Challenge! Our host for this month, Caz, chose the theme of snowman for challenge # 152. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the wide variety of snowman cards from the rest of the design team members. I can’t wait to see what you create and upload to the gallery!
I found this fun fold videos about 6 weeks ago and knew I would be making three of these for the great-nieces and great-nephew for Christmas. MayMay, from MayMay Made It, has two videos for this fun fold. You can find the links for them here and here. The first one explains the mechanism made with one sheet of cardstock and some scoring. The second one explains how to create the snowman. She even included a pattern for the mittens which can be printed from her blog post..
Here’s the inside of my stinking adorable snowman card:
I feel like the outside is just for show, but here it is:
I will be uploading this snowman to the Creative Creases Challenge as well. You can find the link for that challenge here.
MayMay Made It:
I used the directions and measurements found in MayMay’s videos, with a few adjustments.
After I did all the scoring and folding for the white inside pop and twist part, I closed it up and trimmed an extra 1/8 off of the top and bottom so the Misty Moonlight cardstock border was more even on the inside.
I trimmed the mechanism that holds the mittens to an inch wide in order to accommodate the size of the mittens.
I adhered both mittens to the bottom parts of the mechanism.
Before I did anything with the snowman parts, I turned the white cardstock over and used my bone folder to try to flatten out the vertical score line as much as possible.
Before drawing the face, adhere the DSP 9designer series paper) you are using for the scarf. Trust me, you want to adhere this piece first
I used a 1-inch circle punch for the buttons. I created the dots using the biggest end of a scoring tool and white craft ink.
I used a banner die from the Stylish Shapes die set for the letter banners.
I punched the eyes with a 1/2-inch hole punch and just trimmed a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the nose.
The embossing folder for the front is included in the new mini-catalog which goes llive in just a few days. YEAH! After embossing the snowflakes, I very lightly swiped the StayzOn white ink pad over the top.
This card will tightly fit in the medium basic white envelopes. However, it will require extra postage.
MayMay’s videos are very easy to follow. I’ll be posting my other versions of this card soon!
Welcome to Just Peachy Stamping by Sue Jackson: an independent Stampin' Up demonstrator.
Through Stampin' Up!, I happily share my love of papercrafting through sales, classes, small stamping group meet-ups and workshops. I think that being a teacher in my "real life", I have a unique approach to sharing my fantastic hobby. I look forward to connecting with you!