A Zany Birthday for the July SU! Demos Fun Fold Blog Hop!

Welcome to the July edition of the Stampin’ UP! Demos Fun Fold Blog Hop! When you finish here, I hope you will follow the Hop list of demos below and visit everyone’s blog. I always find something new to try, which is part of the reason I thoroughly enjoy this blog hop.. Since this is a fun fold card, I will be entering it in the Creative Creases challenge.

This is actually my second post for this morning. You can find the first one here.

An Aperture Card:

I love fun folds, and recently found a new-to-me fold: an aperture card. I had to look it up and tried to find a video that would be relatively simple to follow. This was it! I won’t tell people how few steps this card entails, and it will just be our secret!

I do have to thank Brian King with Stamp with Brian, for the color combination. You can find his card here. (Glory, there are a lot of links in this post!)

Here’s my fun fold aperture card:

Obviously, this card was made for a specific someone, my daughter, who lives on the other side of the country. “We” had a mailing snafu and this card is actually on it’s way back to me. Then, I’ll re-mail it to her. At least her Edible Arrangement arrived on her birthday, with the help of another special someone. Hint: Henry! I keep telling my daughter how stinking cute this card is and how much love went into it. Honestly, it wasn’t as difficult as it looks.

I’ve actually posted another aperture card, and you can find the link here.

I used a video from Amanda Charlesworth with Create with Scrimping Mommy for the directions. I had to make some very small adjustments to be able to fit in the medium SU! envelopes, but the directions are easy to follow and create. I’ve found that I need to watch whole tutorial videos before I do anything and then go back and start the video over as I work. The pause button is a very good thing! If you like fun folds, Amanda’s directions are also a very good thing.

Changes for the U.S. Measurements:

  • I started with a 5-1/2 by 12 inch cardstock.
  • Both the inside and outside DSP panels measure 3-7/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock to 3-1/2 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside.
  • I added dimensionals for the outside elements, as well as the llama on the inside, so the card will need 2 stamps for the post office.
  • As always, I trimmed a piece of coordinating DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I also punched a 1-inch circle from another piece of DSP for the envelope seal.
  • For the inside opening, I cropped both the opening and the frame using the Deckled Rectangle dies. In addition, I cropped the inside sentiment banner using the Deckled Rectangle dies. To save some bulk, I used a black Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the sentiment banner.
  • After running the seal through my XYRON create-a-sticker, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Back to the Blog Hop!

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Shirley Gentry with Stampin with Shirley G. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group! If you get lost along the way, please follow the links below:

  1. Karen Finkle
  2. Rae Burnet
  3. Debbie Mageed
  4. Beth McCullough
  5. Sue Jackson <<—YOU ARE HERE!
  6. Shirley Gentry
  7. Mary Deatherage
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard
  9. Tara Carpenter

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!


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Birthday Fun for the SU! Demos May Fun Fold Blog Hop

Welcome to the SU! Demos May Fun Fold Blog Hop!  I love fun folds, and am so grateful to Debbie Mageed from Secrets to Stamping for organizing this every month.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the rest of the demos participating in the hop.  I’m always inspired by this hop and the creations each demo posts.

Here’s my card:


If this fun fold looks familiar, it’s because I’ve already posted a card with this fold,, and you can see that one here. I originally found this particular fun fold card on Mary Deatherage’s Stamps-n-Lingers page, which you can see here. I used Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, along with the Zoo Crew bundle and DSP from the annual catalog.


  • The Lemon Lime Twist base measures 4-1/4 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches. This creates the front flap.
  • The black cardstock piece measures 3-1/2 by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches. This piece is larger than the original directions. I adjusted the measurements based on the die cuts from the Scalloped Contours die set.
  • DSP (designer series paper) pattern # 1 – 5-3/8 by 4-1/8 for the inside panels
  • DSP pattern # 2 – 3-7/8 x 4-1/8 inches for. the front flap panel. I used the Scalloped Contour dies for the front panel and the inside.
  • DSP pattern # 3 – 3-7/8 x 4-1/8 inches. I colored the flowers using Petal Pink and Lemon Lime Twist markers.
  • Don’t forget to trim a piece of DSP to 6 inches .by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap. Punch a 1 inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • I added the black and white gingham ribbon around the front flap. I did use by bone folder to get good creases.
  • The Zany Zoo die set will crop the animals out of the DSP, so I didn’t need to stamp and color anything.
  • I put dimensionals under the cutie pies on the front flap.
  • I used VersaMark and white embossing powder for the front sentiment, which comes from the Zany Zoo stamp set.
  • By following Mary’s directions, and with my adjustments, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Back to the SU! Demos Fun Fold Hop!

I hope you hop along with us today!  As I said, the demos participating in this hop will provide you with a wealth of inspiration.  If you get lost, please follow the links below

  1. Rae Burnet
  2. Beth McCullough
  3. Karen Finkle
  4. Debbie Mageed
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard
  6. Tara Carpenter
  7. Sue Jackson <<--- YOU ARE HERE!
  8. Shirley Gentry


Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

Have a Peachy Day!



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Confetti Party Kit!

There’s a new kit added to the already wonderful selection.  

What makes this kit spectacular is that it includes shaker card elements!  How cool!

Take a look

Here’s an unboxing and directions video by Sara from Stampin’ Up!

If you live in the United States and don’t already have a SU! demo, I would be honored to help you on your stamping journey!


Once again, thank you for stopping by!

Cardz 4 Guyz # 322 – It’s a Bike Thing

Welcome to the Cardz 4 Guyz biweekly challenge.  First, thank you for participating in challenge #321, which I hosted.  It was difficult to narrow down the entries to the winners as I enjoyed seeing all the entries.

Our theme for #322 is bikes of all kinds.  When you finish here, I hope you will pop over to the challenge site to see the inspirational projects from the rest of the design team members.  We look forward to seeing your creations posted in our gallery.  

I chose to use the new Zany Zoo suite of products for my card.  This suite is just so much fun!  The DSP is fabulous, and if you like black and white patterns, 

Here’s my card:


I live in Florida, and you can pretty much guarantee that.any lake in the state has gators.  We live on a small lake, an I know there’s at least one gator in our lake, which, quite frankly, freaks me out!  However, this fun gator is one I don’t mind seeing or using.  He is so colorful and fun!

Measurements and Such:

  • Trim a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock to 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches, and score at 4-1/4 inches.
  • The black cardstock mat measures 4-1/8 by 5-3/8 inches.
  • The black and white layer of DSP measures 4 by 5-1/4 inches. This is one of the black and white patterns in the DSP pack.
  • Trim another piece of DSP to 6 by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Punch a 1-inch circle from coordinating DSP for the envelope seal.
  • Crop a focal mat from the center of the black cardstock layer to conserve paper.
  • Use the party confetti stamp to randomly stamp confetti all over the black mat using Versa Mark ink.
  • Cover the VersaMark with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Here’s a close-up of the dry-embossing, but it’s still difficult to see in a picture.



  • Before adhering the black panel, wrap a piece of black and white gingham ribbon around the panel and tie in a square knot.
  • Adhere the layer for the front of the card using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Using the raccoon and balloon stamp from Zany Zoo, make off the raccoon and stamp the balloons using Momento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • Crop the balloons and trim as needed.
  • Crop the gator from the DSP. Don’t you just love when the dies match up with the DSP characters?
  • Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock and crop using a deckled rectangle die.
  • Outline the sentiment panel using a Lemon Lime Twist marker.e
  • Trim a piece of white .cardstock to 4 by 5-1/4 inches for the inside of the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the inside and adhere using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Have a Peachy Day!



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Discover the New In Colors!


The individual color families were also refreshed.  Some of your favorites have been moved to another family, some retired, and new ones added.  Here are the new color families:

Refreshed Regals:



Refreshed Subtles:



Refreshed Brights:



Refreshed Neutrals:




While I love a color refresh, it means I have to reorganize my color families to update them.  I like to keep my stamp pads in the Stamp-n-Storage inkpad storage in color families.  Same with my markers.  

HINT:  I use a stamp set container to store my markers.  It allows me to keep store them flat and I can fit one color family in each container.  I just write down a list of the colors on a piece of paper and slip it in the cover.

However, I haven’t reorganized my color families yet.  Truth be told, my room is a mess right now because I am in the middle of reorganizing.  I have so, so , so much retired product that I need to sell ASAP.

Again, thank you for stopping by today!  Enjoy!