Accordion Fold Card with Nature’s Poem

Yesterday I went to a shoe box swap. What’s a shoe box swap you ask? Some demonstrators get together. (Fun right there!) Everyone brings all the materials to make a card in a shoe box. If five people are coming, bring enough to make five, etc. It turns out, a few of us made cards with different folds. I’ll be showing some of those in the days to come. I made a card with an accordion fold and used the Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

Design Notes for Nature’s Poem Card and a GIFT!

I actually made four different versions of this card. Each one takes about half of a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper. Since I needed to make nine for our swap, I made different versions. I’ve put the directions into a PDF document that you can download and print out. Yes, I knew you would like that idea! A little gift from me!

Directions for Accordion Card

Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper, Rooted in Nature stamp set, Stampin' Up!,

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The list below includes all the card stock I used for the four different cards.


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For My Best Friend – Dragonfly Dreams

Today I’m participating in Kylie Bertucci’s Blog Highlights. The theme this month is Friendship. Of course, I immediately thought of my best friend and wanted to make a special card for her. Dragonfly Dreams is such an elegant stamp set so I knew I would be able to make something suitable for my friend.

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Design Notes for Dragonfly Dreams Card:

Do you love all the copper accents on this card? I first heat embossed a dragonfly with Copper Heat Emboss Powder. Then I cut another dragonfly from Vellum Card Stock that I had colored with some Pool Party ink and a sponge. The heat embossed sentiment was also highlighted with some Pool Party ink and just a smidge of Copper Thread was wrapped at one end.

I used a piece of Copper Foil Paper behind the Pool Party card stock. Lastly, I took a piece of Copper Trim and pulled it as my final touch of copper.

Detailed Dragonfly stamp set, Kylie Bertucci's International bog Highlights, Stampin' Up!,

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In Every Season for FMS

I guess tulip season is over. Nonetheless, I do love them. The colors are so often vivid and cheery. With the In Every Season stamp set, you can have tulips (and lots of other flowers) whenever you want and in whatever color you want. Cool, right.

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It was a easy choice to make some thing for this week’s sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches using the tulips. It’s a great sketch! Check it out.

Freshly Made Sketches 340, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comDesign Notes for In Every Season Card:

I knew right away that the sentiment in the center would be from the beautiful Detailed with Love stamp set. So many nice sentiments. Here’s a look at that set.

Detailed with Love stamp set, Stampin' Up!, diannescards.comThe other fun things about this card was that I got to use my Stamparatus! Fun! I used the hinge technique. Since the image was larger than the distance between two hinges, I used every other hinge.

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I did a second row along side but added a shim at the top so they would be staggered.

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More About the Stamparatus:

Stamparatus is Stampin’ Up!’s new positioning tool. There are lots of great ways to use it. I highlighted a card using the hinge technique a few days and. Here’s a link to that post. In that post, I also have a video produced by Stampin’ Up! about the technique.

I you buy a Stamparatus during June, I am offering FREE shipping. However,to do this you need to order directly through me (not on-line). Email me ([email protected])

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Itty Bitty Greetings for TSOT Challenge

When I first saw the list of retiring item, I was disappointed that the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set was being retired. However, I quickly recovered when I saw the new set, Itty Bitty Greetings. The fonts are clean and modern and the phrases just perfect. When I saw this week’s Try Stampin’ on Tuesday (TSOT) sketch challenge, I knew I’d want to use one of the sentiments from the new Itty Bitty Greetings.

Itty Bitty Greetings, TSOT367, Garden Impression DSP, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Layering squares Framelits, Stampin' Up! ,

Here’s a look at the challenge, Be sure to go over to the page and see the samples. Create a card yourself and enter the challenge!

Design Notes for Itty Bitty Greetings Card:

Don’t you love the colors? The first layer is a sheet of paper from the 6″ x 6″ Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper. I used the colors that were in that sheet. That’s one of the things that I love about Stampin’ Up! products, it’s so easy to coordinate everything. The card stock pieces are Melon Mambo, So Saffron and Mango Melody, a new color!

I decided that I needed a little texture so I used the Petal Burst Embossing Folder with the piece of So Saffron card stock. After I put the adhesive on, I realized I’d put the  adhesive on the embossed side rather than the debossed side. But, when I looked at it I rather liked it. Happy accident! There is no rule saying that one side is better or more proper than another.

Itty Bitty Greetings, TSOT367, Garden Impression DSP, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Layering squares Framelits, Stampin' Up! ,

I could have used all circles. But I wanted to challenge myself and create a hexagon. First, I cut a square using the Layering Squares Framelits, Then I turned the Framelit so that I could trim off each corner and form the hexagon. Clever, right?

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Time is Almost Up!

Yes, there are just a few more days to order from the Retirement Lists. If there is something you want, get it today!

Here are the lists:

Annual Catalog: AC Retired List-US

Occasions Catalog: OCC Retired List-US

Discounted Items: AC-OCC Retired Disc-US


Hope you are able to order what you want, Some things have already been discontinued.

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Taking a Peek At Accented Blooms

Next week the 2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live. I’ve been playing with some of the great new stamp sets. Today, I’m giving you a preview of a set called Accented Blooms. Flowers and sentiments – what more could you want? Oh, and there is a coordinating punch!

Accented Blooms stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Shimmery White mbossing Paste, Tailored Tag Punch, Stampin' Up!,


There are so many possibilities with coloring the flowers! I know I am going to have fun with the stamp set!

Design Notes for Accented Blooms Card:

A lot of times, when I know that I am going to color in the design elements, I stamp with Basic Gray. I knew that when I used the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen the Basic Gray Ink would not run. Since the Basic Gray is softer than Black, it lets the flowers stand out a bit more.

I tried something new here. Did you notice? The small red flowers near the bottom of the card are colored with some bits of Shimmery White Embossing Paste that I tinted with Real Red Ink Refill. (Another great reason to buy the refills each time you buy an ink pad.) I mixed some of the paste with the ink refill on a scrap of cardboard and used one of the Palette Knives and added it to the flowers. Tip – might have been easier to do it with one of the larger flowers. Live and learn. In the center of each flower, I added one of the Faceted Gems.

The last touch was to add some Wink of Stella to the other flowers. You can never go wrong adding a Wink of Stella.


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