Make My Monday # 216 Rings in the New Year

Welcome back to the first Make My Monday for 2024! I’m hosting this challenge and chose Happy New Year as the theme for challenge #216. When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge site to see the creations from the rest of the design team.

Here’s my card:

This double z-fold card uses DSP (designer series paper) that retired on New Year’s Eve. However, the colors, Lost Lagoon, Pebbled Path, and white cardstock are all available.

I used the nested essentials die set for the sentiment and number hexagon shapes.

Measurements for a Double Z-Fold card:

  • The base measures 5-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 2-1/8 and 4-1/4 inches.
  • The smaller z-fold piece measures 1-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 4-1/4 and 6-1/8 inches.
  • Remember, that the 4-1/4 inch long piece gets adhered to the panel on the very front. The shorter piece gets adhered to the inside of the base.
  • I used the Alphabet a-la mode dies for the numbers. I did want the numbers to have more sturdiness to them than just a single piece of DSP. Therefore, I cropped 4 sets of the numbers and very, very carefully adhered them together.
  • The DSP for the front measures 2 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The inside DSP measures 5-3/8 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • I used a piece of white cardstock for the inside piece that doesn’t show. This is where I wrote my note to my daughter and her boyfriend.
  • The DSP for the z-fold measures 4-1/8 by 1-3/8 inches. There are two pieces which measure 2 by 1-3/8 inches.

I hope you have a very happy and healthy 2024!

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Have a Peachy New Year!


Friends Forever for Make My Monday #183

Welcome to the latest Make My Monday two-week challenge. Our host for # 183, Debbie, chose “friend”ship. When you are finished here, I hope you will join us at the challenge site to see what the rest of the design team members created. I love that there’s always so many wonderful creations from which inspiration can be drawn. I hope you find something to spark an idea, and that you feel compelled to play along.

For my card, I chose the adorable Elephants on Parade bundle. I combined it with Happy Forest Friends DSP (designer series paper). I knew I wanted to make a double Z-fold card, I just had a difficult time figuring out the measurements for what I wanted to accomplish and wound up doing the card twice. It’s all good though because even the OOPS card is adorable and I’m going to take it to work and just leave it on the bookcase behind my desk.

Here’s my final card:

Since this is a fun fold, I will be entering it in the current Creative Creases challenge.  I love fun folds, and this challenge theme is always anything goes with a fun fold.  I have to make more fun folds so I can join this fun challenge more often!  Check it out if you love creating fun fold cards!


  • The Old Olive base measures 5-1/2 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 and 2-3/4 inches.
  • The Calypso Coral cardstock measures 8 x 4-3/4 inches, scored at 3-3/4 and 5-7/8 inches.
  • The So Saffron DSP 5-3/8 by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Both the Old Olive DSP and the leaves pattern DSP on the inside measure 2 by 5-3/8 inches. I also trimmed a piece of the leaves DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Then, I punched a 1 inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • The tree DSP on the front measures 4-5/8 by 4-1/2 inches. I only needed half the width for the back panel of trees, so it measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches.
  • Finally, the blank white cardstock also measures 2 by 4-5/8 inches. I left it blank so I can decide on the inside sentiment when I’m ready to use the card. I temporarily attached it with repositionable tape so I can remove it when I need to stamp the sentiment.
  • All the DSP panels were adhered with my favorite adhesive, the multipurpose liquid adhesive. Before adhering the front trees DSP, I wrapped a piece of Old Olive ribbon around it and tied it in a square knot. This way, the elephants and sentiment don’t just float on the front of the card. The ribbon grounds everything.

Stamping, Coloring, and Cropping:

  • Since I used the blends for the vast majority of the coloring, I stamped all the elephant elements using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad.
  • Then, I used the light Petal Pink blend, dark and light Smoky Slate blends, and the light Basic Black blend for the elephants.
  • I used the Calypso Coral and So Saffron Stamping Write Markers. The black marker filled in the body of the butterflies.
  • Finally, I used the Crumb Cake blends to color the peanut.
  • I cropped the sentiment using one of the Stylish Shapes dies.
  • Everything else was cropped using the elephant dies. I decided to use some scraps of 6 x6 inch DSP to crop the balloons. Since I adhered them onto the stamped balloons, I just needed to trim off the excess . I really don’t think I could have colored the balloons half as cute as they turned out by using the DSP.
  • I used dimensionals for everything on the front panel of the card.
  • Since I didn’t want to add any more thickness to the card, I adhered everything on the back panel using multipurpose liquid glue.

With that, I’d finished this second coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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Have a Peachy Day!


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Christmas Music for Sparkles Christmas Blog Forum #127

Welcome to the monthly Sparkles Christmas Challenge, #127. Debbie chose a trees theme for the challenge starting today, August 1, 2021. I hope you will pop over to the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team created as well. We all look forward to seeing what you create in our gallery!

I made a double z-fold card using the Snowman Season photopolymer stamp set. Here’s my Christmas music card:


  • The Night of Navy base measures 8-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches. To create the Z-fold, score at 4-1/4 inches and 2-1/8 inches.
  • The Night of Navy strip at the bottom measures 8-1/2 inches by 1-1/4 inches. This piece is also scored at 4-1/4 inches and 2-1/8 inches.
  • I trimmed the Balmy Blue piece to 5-3/8 inches by 2 inches.
  • Next, I trimmed the white cardstock for the inside panel to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • Finally, I trimmed all the vellum pieces 1-1/4 inches high. Two of the pieces measures 2 inches long, and the third piece measures 4 inches long.


  • I started with the Balmy Blue panel and stamped it with the snowflake trio from the Snowman Season stamp set using StazOn white ink.
  • Next, I worked on the line from the song, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow. In order to make the placement of the sentiments easier, I used the Stamparatus.
    • First, I figured out the placement of the strip on the bottom.
    • Next, I figure out the middle of the area above the strip and hinge-stepped it up and down to make sure all three would fit.
    • Then, I stamped all three using Night of Navy ink starting at the top and hinge-stepping down one notch on the Stamparatus.
    • Next, I cleaned the stamp without (!!) removing it from the Stamparatus plate. Then, I grabbed my VersaMark and restamped all three sentiments using clear Stampin’ emboss powder.
    • Finally, I heat set the sentiments using my heat tool.
  • The snowman and the sentiment on the inside both come from the Snowman Season. I stamped the sentiment based on what the card looks closed.
  • Then, I stamped the snowman in Balmy Blue on the inside so it is mostly covered when the card is closed.

Now for the Vellum:

  • I didn’t want just vellum on the strip, so I embossed it using the Stitched Snowflakes die set. This gorgeous die set can be found in the new mini-catalog, which starts on Tuesday!!! YEAH!!
  • Then, I had to figure out how to attach the vellum to the Night of Navy cardstock. I used some retired snowflake sequins and mini-glue dots. The glue dots are holding the snowflakes on the sequins. There are also glue dots under the vellum as well. There are new sequins that are gorgeous coming in the mini-catalog!!
  • Here’s the only “hard” thing about making a double Z-fold card – the strip goes opposite of the fold of the card. Therefore, the long piece attaches to the very front Balmy Blue piece. The other end attaches to the inside of the card. Boom, you are done!
  • I couldn’t leave the middle Night of Navy panel empty. So, I cropped three snowflakes from the same die set. Again, I used glue dots under the sequins to attach the snowflakes to the cardstock.
  • Finally, I trimmed a piece of Night of Navy 6 x 6″ DSP to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I also stamped the snowman on the front, bottom, left-hand corner on the envelope.

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Happy birthday for my DH


I needed a special birthday card for my Dear Husband this week.   I kind of had an idea of what I wanted to do, but found exactly what I wanted with a YouTube video for a double z-fold card by Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts.  Her video was so easy to follow and I kept pausing the video so I could cut along with her measurements.  The card looks complicated, but it wasn’t at all and it was fun to create.

Here’s the card:


The first picture is of the closed card, second one shows the inside.  The DSP is from the True Gentleman suite, and it is fabulously masculine without smacking you over the head with it.  I used the Happy Birthday thinlit and cropped it for 3 layers.  The bottom is Night of Navy, middle is Tranquil Tide, and the top is Wood Textures DSP.  The bases are all Very Vanilla. I tend to have a difficult time with liquid adhesives with this thinlit, and I don’t trust myself to use snail adhesive with all these layers.  Enter my Xyron machine for the save. The inside sentiment is from the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set, another MUST HAVE suite.  I used Chocolate Chip ink for the inside sentiment.  

My DH was quite impressed and initially thought it took a long time to create.   I was able to convince him it was not as complicated as it looks.  I’ll definitely do this one again!

Have a Peachy day!