Fun Fold Friday with Pick a Pennant

I know, it seems like I’m obsessed with alliterative titles – Manly Monday, the occasional Scrapbook Sunday and now, Fun Fold Friday. I promise, no more. But, different folds really are fun and there are so many! I’ve decided to feature one each week for awhile. To start off with, I’ve selected an easy one, a Z-fold.

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Oh, yes, it’s a Christmas card. I’ve resisted the urge to do “Santa Saturdays”!

Design Notes for Pick a Pennant Christmas Card:

Well, of course the most interesting thing about this card is the fold! Here are the directions for the fold:

Z-fold, Stampin' Up!, Diannescards.comif you want to you can print out this sketch ,z-fold illustration.

I added some of the terrific Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper to each panel. Isn’t it cute? The Santa was stamped with Versamark, heat embossed with Black Stampin’ Heat Emboss Powder then colored with Stampin’ Blends. I made the pennants with the Playful Pennants Framelits and some more of the Under the Mistletoe Paper.  I stamped the Ho Ho Ho  with the Pick A Pennant stamp set.

Do you like the little tag I stamped on the inside?

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Hope you are having a great day.




Christmas in July with Blended Seasons

I’m always conflicted about “Christmas in July”. On one hand, it’s way too early to be thinking about Christmas. We still have lots of summer, fall, Halloween and, my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving before thinking about Christmas. On the other hand, there are wonderful new stamp set, and papers calling out to be used. So, I gave in. Stampin’ Up! is offering a beautiful new stamp set to celebrate many seasons called Blended Seasons. As you might guess, it’s also perfect for using Stampin’ Blends as I did in the card below.

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Just a reality check here. Today in July 25, 5 months until Christmas!



Design Notes for Blended Seasons Card:

There are some terrific framelits in this bundle. I know I will use them for lots of cards and tags. Stitched Seasons Framelits, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comI actually started out with the centerpiece and worked my way out. The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Heat Emboss powder. After stamping the holly border, I colored it in with Stampin’ Blends in one of the new colors, Call me Clover. I added some Wink of Stella on the mistletoe sprigs.



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The background paper is from the Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper package. You can find this in the Annual Catalog on page 95. Lots of great designs.



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Two Special Things:

First, there is still time to take advantage of the Designer Series Paper Sale. Under the Mistletoe is one of the papers on sale. Remember, buy 3 get the 4th one FREE! Here are the papers that are on sale.


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Also, there are lots of new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers that are available now, like the Call Me Clover ones that I used for today’s card.



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Hope you are having a great day.






Merry Christmas to All!

As promised I’m sharing with you today, all of the cards I’ve received that are created by hand. Some are from my friends and customers, some from down line or up line. Not all are current Stampin’ Up! materials. But all are made with care and love!

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Mary Ann’s card stunned me with this beautiful gold heat embossing on Cherry Cobbler beauty.

Jo had these cards done well before I even knew what I was making. She is amazing and this is one of my favorite of her cards.

My upline, Alisa, used some of my favorite designer paper on this one.

I love how the embossing and stamping on Diane’s card just seem to blend together.

I love the dark Night of Navy combined with the Glimmer White on AnneMarie’s card.

Angels are one of my favorite Christmas themes. Grace’s angel is just beautiful.

I think the cluster of candles on Jeanne’s card makes it a real stand-out.

I think Karen added some touches of gold in just the right places!

Joyce used a lovely tag to create a focal point on this beautiful card.

I think Celeste must have had fun coloring in this lovely wreath.

Please feel free to comment and let my friends know how much you admire their work.


I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Day filled with great food and dear friends and family!


My Last Christmas Card – Night in Bethlehem

This was the last card I made for Christmas but really should have been the first. As soon as I saw, Night in Bethlehem stamp set in the catalog, I knew it would be mine! I actually CASed one of the cards in the Holiday catalog. (That means I copied – or was inspired by-  some of the features of the card. Check out my CASE series of videos by clicking on Video Tutorials above.)

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I have to say, of all the cards I’ve made for Christmas, this might be my favorite.

Design Notes for Night in Bethlehem Card:

I think one of the things I like the best is the color combination. The Crumb Cake ink on the Very Vanilla card stock are both soft and work with the rich Night of Navy. Then the touches of Gold Foil just pull it all together.


The first, boldest layer of the city was created by cutting the silhouette of Bethlehem from Gold Foil with the Bethlehem Edgelits. The next layers were created by stamping and then stamping again without re-inking. Since the stamp was wider than the paper I was stamping on, I needed to be careful when stamping off. I butted scraps of the same weight card stock on either side so that all the ink would be removed equally. I wanted to stagger the design so it would appear as different buildings on the horizon. Maybe a video will be in order to talk about the fine points of stamping off!

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Tomorrow is Christmas. I hope everyone enjoys the day, safe and well fed. I know we will be well fed and happy visiting some dear friends in Virginia. I’ll be posting many of the great hand crafted cards I received tomorrow.



Every Good Wish – Almost My Last Christmas Card!

Last year I started doing our Christmas cards a little differently. Instead of making about 150 of one card, I make batches. Sometimes a card that I post, I’ll make a dozen or so. I finally completed all the cards, addressed, signed and mailed them on Friday. (Yes, woefully late!) Here is one of the last ones I made using the Every Good Wish stamp set.

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Design Notes for Every Good Wish Card:

Well, I think the sentiment on the front is really meant to be on the inside. No matter. I stamped, punched, added a Glitter Enamel Dot  and called it the front!  I have really liked this stamp set and one of the first Christmas cards I made this year used this set. (See it here.) I thought about using one of the great snowflakes behind the sentiment but wanted to keep the roundness, so went with a silver Metallic Foil Doily instead. Of course, the Year of Cheer Specialty Paper is probably my favorite part of the card. No, wait, I love the ribbon. Well, it doesn’t matter. I was really happy with the whole look!

I did I little something different with the way the card is put together. The base of the card is Tranquil Tide, cut at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ the I stamped and designed on a piece of Whisper White, 4″ x 10 1/2″ and placed that on the Tranquil Tide base. You can see that better here.

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I know you are busy. You are talking to someone who mailed Christmas cards out three days before Christmas.) But, think about looking at the Clearance Rack and the End of Year Sale Items. You won’t be sorry.

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Tomorrow I’ll show you my LAST Christmas card. On Christmas day, I’ll be featuring some of the wonderful cards my friends have sent, hand crafted of course! Thanks for stopping by to look at my blog today!