Side Step Fold In Fall Leaves

For today’s Fun Fold Friday, I decided to try something I’d never done before. I’ve looked at the Side Step Fold Cards over the years and thought they looked pretty complicated. Long story short – EASY! I’ve even prepared a photo tutorial for you, so you will see how easy it is! Here’s my first try.

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Yes, of course, I also did heat embossing!

Design Notes for Side Step Fold Card:

Well, I found a video somewhere and followed along. In my usual fashion, I wrote up the directions, with lots of photos myself. Here’s the tutorial. Side Step Card Tutorial I think it looks very fallish and would be a perfect Thanksgiving card. I used some of the new Country Lane Designer Series Paper along with the Thinlits from the Detailed Leaves set. As I mentioned, I did some heat embossing. Here’s a close up of that.

Side step crd, Falling for Leaves stamp set, Deatailed Leaves Thinlitsdies, Stampin' Up!,

How can you not love heat embossing?

Here’s another picture of the card to give you an idea about the folds and steps.

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I Think I’m Falling For Leaves

Falling for Leaves, that’s the name of a new stamp set. Isn’t that cute? And, yes, I am falling for it. True, I fall for just about anything that’s fallish. (Well, don’t get me started on Pumpkin Spice Latte, but that’s another story.) So I wanted to make a card for the Global Design Project sketch challenge and started with the Falling for Leaves Bundle. Here’s what I came up with.

Falling for Leaves stamp set, heat embossing, Frosted floral Specialty Designer SEries Paper, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, #GDP154, Stampin' Up!,



Here’s the banner and a link to Global Design Project. Be sure to stop there and see all the great projects for this sketch.

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Design Notes for Falling For Leaves Card:

Hard to know which I love more the Falling for Leaves stamp set or the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper. Let’s call it a tie. I used both for this project.

When I saw the sketch, I had this idea that the area where the sentiment is was really a little flap and was a card on top of a card base. So that’s what I created. Here’s the inside of the card.

Falling for Leaves stamp set, heat embossing, Frosted floral Specialty Designer SEries Paper, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, #GDP154, Stampin' Up!,

Here you can also see that I couldn’t decide if I wanted the Old Olive ribbon under the Galvanized Metallic Paper or below, so I did both!

By the way, the card stock on the bottom is the new Galvanized Metallic Paper. I just took a small piece and used one of the dies from the Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies set to give it that nice, soft edge.

I think the card is kind of interesting. More like a post card with a card adhered to it. Good for those who don’t want to write a lot on the inside.



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Hope you are having a great day. Be sure to check back tomorrow for another Manly Monday post. All the inspiration you need to create those sometimes difficult cards for the guys in your life.







Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy thanksgiving! Oh, I know, I’ve been MIA! There have been lots of things going on and getting to post to my blog seemed low on the list. But I promise, I’m back. Today’s post will be short. I know you want to enjoy family time. We are having 11 for our feast. Fortunately, everyone is bringing something so the whole meal need not be my creation! The 18 pound turkey and 6 pound turkey breast will probably be cooking by the time you read this. I did make cards to send to a few dear friends who are in other places – Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, and Massachusetts.

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(Yes, I did feature this card before. I made some other cards but forgot to photograph them before I mailed them out!)

I’m going to share another lovely thanksgiving card made by my very talented down line, Janet Davis. I actually CASED (copy and share everywhere) this card !

Happy thanksgiving, Janet's card


I’ll be back tomorrow with a REALLY cute Christmas card! Just a little hint, it features Bella!

Tomorrow I’ll also give you some information about the Sale that Stampin’ UP! has going on – On Line Extravaganza!

Happy Thanksgiving!


National Cat Day, Just a Bit Late

Well, yesterday was, apparently, National Cat Day. Who Knew? Many years ago, we had a cat, Mickey. I’m generally not a cat person, but he was a pretty good cat. But since I have lots of friends who would identify as ‘cat people’, I thought I’d honor their devotion. The stamp set, Pretty Kitty does have some cute cats. Here’s my autumn-like cat card.

Pretty Cat stamp set, Blends, Freshly Made Sketches 310, Stampin' Up!,

The layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for this week. Isn’t it interesting? I would say, I wouldn’t have thought of that arrangement of layers, but, I like it!


Design Notes for National Cat Day Card:

I think I was killing a few birds with one card here. I wanted to make a card for Cat Day, I wanted to use the Freshly Made Sketches layout and I wanted a Thanksgiving card. While the sentiment isn’t really Thanksgiving, I’ll include Happy Thanksgiving inside and magically transform the card to Thanksgiving. I have some friends in distant places that will like this as a Thanksgiving card.

I stamped the kitty with the Basic Gray Archival ink. Next, I colored the kitty with the Smoky Slate Light Blends pen. I know that you are supposed to use Momento Ink and I generally do. But, ok, I forgot. The pumpkin is cut from the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper. The other background paper is the same package.

The last little touch was to add some Linen Thread to the piece of Tangerine Tango card stock. I think it added just the right texture and dimension.


Supply List for National Cat Day card:

The Pretty Kitty stamp set comes in both Clear Mount and Wood Mount. Take your choice.


Stampin' Up! Blends,

Starting Thursday, Nov. 1, the Blends will be available. They are so much fun to work with. I’ll post specifics – colors, etc. on Wednesday.

Hope you are having a great day.

Thanks for looking.


Layered Leaves Thanksgiving Place Cards

I’m both behind and ahead with this project. The September Paper Pumpkin Kit, Layered Leaves is a terrific one. I almost immediately made up the pillow boxes and filled them with little treats for my November card class folks. The cards sat somewhat neglected in the box. Then I had an inspiration… use the note cards as place cards for Thanksgiving dinner! We also attend a large community dinner and have eight people at our table so it worked out perfectly!

Layered Leaves Place Cards, Paper Pumpkin, Stampin Up!,

Most of the items on the cards were in the kit. The only thing I added were the pieces of paper with the names.

Design Notes for Layered Leaves Place Cards:

I pretty much assembled the cards according to directions. I punched out banners for each name, wrote the names then sponged around the edges with some Cajun Craze Ink. The top leaf is gold foil and  I wanted to add just a bit more shine. So, I just punched out another banner from some Gold Foil Card Stock and backed the name piece with it. Done.

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Thanks to all of you who voted for my card last week over at Kylie Bertuccis’s Internation Blog Highlights. I had the most votes! So next month, I will be in a Blog Hope next month.

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Hope you have a fun weekend!