Just another Fancy fold!

This one I had to really figure out.  The example I have is from a card swap and I basically deconstructed it so I could remake it!  Here’s what I learned; I was wondering why not just cut on the diagonal instead of wasting all this designer paper?  Well, our DSP is really not thick enough to do this as a cut piece unless you are using one of the heavier foil-based DSP packs, this is why it is folded.  Below are three example photos.

Here’s the recipe:

12×12 Designer Series Paper (DSP) folded on the diagonal – point to point
Score lines detailed below
Coordinating card stock 2”x2” and 4” x 4 3/8”
Very Vanilla card stock 1 ¾”x1 ¾” and 3 ¾”x 4 1/8”
Multipurpose Glue/Tear Tape
Embellishments of choice

Instructions:

Now that you have your 12×12 folded point to point we are going to work with the points.
Score with the flat long edge up at 10 7/8” and 6 ¼”
turn 90degrees with flat edge facing left and score at 4 ¼” (photo 1)
Snip out the corners at the cross of the score lines (photo 1 is what your card should look like)
Trim ½” of the top (on each side) (Photo 1.5)
>> fold right point up to form a triangle – edge to edge.  Repeat on Left point. (forgot to photo)
>> open at top of the triangle and fold flat to form a square (photo 2). Repeat on Left point
>> Fold this back and use glue to adhere to just the triangle portion (photo 3 & 4.1). Repeat on Left point
>> ONLY ON THE RIGHT SQUARE glue the inside flat (Photo 4). Left side remains open (photo 5)
TIME TO DECORATE!
>> Adhere your coordinating card stock to both Squares (photo 6)
>> Stamp your design & sentiment on the VV 3 ¾”x4 1/8” and the VV 1 ¾”x1 ¾”
>> adhere VV 3 ¾”x4 1/8” to inside of the card (photo 7)
>> adhere VV 1 ¾” X1 ¾” to the left square (photo 8)

Fold right point at score line and then left point, Top point folds and fits into the left square to hold the card closed (photo 9).

Hope this tutorial was helpful and not too confusing to follow. I appreciate any comments you may have.

Keep on stampin’ everyone!
Francine

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Bridge Card

Super Simple card that looks complicated and will impress the recipient with your craftiness!

I love this card, the Bridge Card is diverse, it can be used for any season any reason!

RECIPE STARTS HERE:

Terracotta Tile Card Base is 8″x4 1/4″ scored RtoL: 1 1/4″ 2 1/2″ 5 1/2″ 6 1/4″
same card stock: 5 3/8″x1″ and 2″x2″
Whisper White: 5 1/8″x3/4″ 3″x2″ 4″x2 3/4″
Garden Green: scrap 3″x3″
Mosaic Mood DSP 1″x4″ (2pcs)
Layering Ovals & Butterfly Dies were used
Snail & black dimensionals for adhesive

Here is how you build it!

>>Adhere your DSP to the two end panels with snail
>>Stamp your sentiment just left of center on the WW 5 1/4″x3/4″, then adhere it to the TT 5 1/2″x1″
>>Stamp your inside sentiment on the WW 4″x2 3/4″ just above center and 1/3 from the left. Your image can go to the lower right corner.
>>Run the inside WW with the floral spray through your die-cutting machine, then adhere it to the center panel of the card base.
>>Stamp your leaf on the GG 3″x3″ & die cut with Leaf die
>>using the smaller leaf dies, lay on your ink pad and carefully pick up & place on the WW, then run through the die-cutting machine…repeat on the TT 2″x2″
>>adhere the smaller leaves to each other & the bigger leaf with snail.
>>Stamp your lead sentiment & image on the WW 3″x2″, then run it through your die-cutting machine with the layered oval of choice & adhere to the leaf spray. Adhere this to the left panel with black dimensionals
NOTE: If you wish to write a personal note, then you can adhere a WW (4″x2 3/4″) panel to the backside of the card base

Happy Stamping!

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Corner Flip card

This beautiful Corner Flip card is made with the Feels Like Frost 6×6 DSP. It is so easy to make. Your recipient will think it took you all day to make it!

RECIPE starts here:

Card base is standard 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
Mat sizes are 5 1/4″x4″ (inside) & 2 3/4″x2 3/4″ (front) & 4 3/4″x1 1/8″ for banner
DSP is 2 1/2″x2 1/2″
Whisper White is 5″x3 3/4″ (inside) & scrap for sentiment
Triple Banner Punch (or use snips to flag)
Rhinestones, some Ribbon, Snail, and Glue Dots
Inkpad of choice

Before you fold your card base, you are going to make a couple of cuts to get the folding corner. Place the long side at 3″ and your cutting blade at 4 7/8″, cutting towards 2 1/2″. Turn a quarter turn and place the cutting blade at 5/8″ and cut toward 3″. Your two cut lines should meet (forming and L). Adhere your mat before you turn your corner cut. Carefully, from the upper right corner, twist over onto the front of the card. Burnish your score line with your bone folder and use a glue dot to secure the corner to the base. You can now apply your DSP, your sentiment and banner mat with a few Rhinestones & a pretty bow to set it off!

Inside adhere your mat. Stamp your design of choice to the Whisper White, add a sentiment or leave blank for your own little note. Adhere to the mat and voila, you’re finished!

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Here’s what has been going on

Here’s what has been going on in my life lately. I try to be Live on Facebook every Tuesday at 3 pm so I can give you news updates and cool new/old technique. I like to post the card info here so you can have all the measurements. Well, I got a call from my web hosting company stating that Google is shutting out bloggers without security on their site. So I listen to what they have to say and it makes sense. I don’t sell anything here on this site, but if it makes y’all feel better and safer, I went with it and purchased the security package.

Let me tell you, this has been one of the most difficult things to get completed. First, they were way over my head with technical jargon (I used to do tech support too). Then there was the whole thing about having an email address that is more professional and where the information they were sending was going – – I didn’t have it set up yet! I already have an Office 365 subscription, evidently, theirs is a separate subscription and it is free for a year. Well, they said that all the emails were going to the default email that I signed up the site with, but they definitely weren’t going there. I finally got the email set up through them (had to pay to have that done too)…y’all will get that new email address at a later date. Then to complete the SSL (security) install, more technical jargon. They said it would be easy for me to do it, but I had no clue what they were talking about! I finally paid to have that done. well, that took 4 days to get done because there was so much editing on my site. Today I woke up today and see that my site is finally secure! So feel safe everyone!

The next few days will have me updating some tutorials and videos to post here. Thank you for being so patient with me and visiting my page to see what’s happening.

Keep on Crafting y’all!
Francine

Bird Ballad Fancy Fold card

bird ballad

Wow, what a challenge it was to get this video made & uploaded! The Bird Ballad suite is one of my favorites, but technology is a bit challenging lately. My editing software isn’t working correctly, so this video is completely unedited and showing sideways for some reason. There is no audio, but I have all the measurements right here. The video is below for you to follow along. So, without further ado!

Thick Whisper White card base is 5 1/2″x6 7/8″ scored at 2 5/8″ on the left and a 3 1/2″ square piece scored at 1/2″. adhere the 3 1/2″ square to the card base on the right side at the middle. Bird Ballad DSP is 5 1/4″x 2 3/8″ for the left panel and 2 1/2″ square for the small panel on the right, both adhere with snail. I have some scrap Old Olive for the sprigs I punched out to embellish with. I used scrap whisper white (ww) and pool party for my sentiment label. I punched using the Everyday Label punch. Cut the Pool Party label in half and adhere to the ww label with the sentiment on it, apply two dimensionals and set aside. You need ww 5″x3″ for the birds on a branch and stamp them with Early Espresso ink, then color them with your Stampin’ Blends.after all the coloring is complete, fussy cut the image out and place a few dimensionals across the back to the right side (this overlaps the left and you do not want adhesive there). Adhere your sentiment label centered on the lower-left panel, then adhere your birds on a branch above it. Next, embellish the flower centers with pearls and you’re done!

See, Easy Peasy! Looks complicated, but it really isn’t.

Keep on creating,
Francine

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It takes a year!

Why is all your own home projects take so long? It takes a year! Really it does.

I have been working on a remodel of one of our bathrooms. Thank goodness we have 3! We started June of 2018, took a road trip after the demo, and I can’t remember anything else after that. Seriously, I can’t. Here we are June 2019 and the project is almost complete. Almost! My hubby and I both do the demo, he does all the electrical & plumbing (unless we are required to have a plumber) and I do all the finish stuff. So I paint & lay and hang all the tile, grout it and finish it off. I will install all the baseboards and do any touch-up painting needed. He will install the toilet & vanity.

These are some of the photos of the process. I am hoping to finish the grouting tomorrow. Today, I grouted the entire shower stall walls, it was a lot to complete before the grout turned into a rock!

After I finish the shower pan & floor, I have to clean up the craft room and get ready for my 2019-2020 catalog launch party on Friday & Saturday. I have a very busy week ahead, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Keep on stampin’ folks!
Francine

June equals new catalog launch

June equals new catalog launch! Yep, that’s right, the 2019-202 Annual Catalog has launched and there are so many new and beautiful things in there.

June Host Code 79XASCDB…mystery host this month. All online orders using this host code will be in the drawing for host rewards accumulated. I will post the winner June 28th, closing the order June 30th.

I will have a catalog launch class on Friday, June 14th @ 6pm-8pm and Saturday, June 15th 11am-1pm. This class is FREE, you will make 2 cards with the new product. Best of all you will have access to see and touch many of the new products in the catalog. Check out the event on my Facebook business page and reserve your spot now.

Get your craft on!

Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine

You can use Any Die Cutting & Embossing Machine you want!  That’s right use a Big Shot, Cuttle Bug, Gemini, Spellbinder, or Vagabond to name a few.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer be carrying the Big Shot in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, and yes, it is sad.  But it opens a whole new world for us demonstrators. 

Think about your clients that are fighting arthritis, carpel tunnel, or tendonitis, etc.  You can recommend an electric machine like the Vagabond or Gemini.  For those clients with limited space, there is the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr. 

Most of our dies and embossing folders work in any one of the above and many more Die Cutting Machines.  I know that all of our dies will work in any one of the machines listed.  We have a few embossing folders that are too big for the Cuttle Bug and Gemini jr., but there are other ways to work with those folders. 

If you have a folder too big for the Cuttle Bug or Gemini jr., you can use a rolling pin (like you roll dough with) to emboss your card stock!  It take a little muscle, but it can be done.  Personally, I would try to find a marble or granite rolling pin, they have the weight, to make it easier on the muscles!

So, there you have it, alternate ideas to die cutting and embossing! 

Get your craft on!

Francine

Always Learning Always Growing

I was checking out some info on my support Facebook page the other day and came across an interesting LIVE video. These lovely European demonstrators were doing a live video in three languages! English, French & German. I watched and learned a new technique! Always Learning Always Growing…that is a great motto.

So here’s what I learned. To give your images some depth, use your stampin’ write markers or daubers. I took their information and passed it along in my Live FB Technique Tuesday video.

Basically, ink your image in the lightest color, then use your markers or daubers to dot in more colors to the image. In this case, I used Lovely as a Tree and Rooted in Nature trees. Lovely as a Tree is being retired after 30 years of service in our annual catalog. That is almost as long as the company has been around (31 yrs). Rooted in Nature will be taking the place for your basic tree needs and hopefully will be around for a very long time as well. both sets are wonderfully versatile, seasonal and scenery use.

Check out my video and here are the measurements I used for the two cards. See the list of supplies below.

card bases are 8 1/2″x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″, the designer paper is 5 1/4″x4″ & 1″x5 1/4″ and the whisper white card stock is 4″x2 3/4″ for the front and 5 1/4″x4 for the inside.

Thanks for watching & get your stamp on!

Francine

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Wreath Cards

  • Stamparatus       wreath template              stamp set of your choice              stampin’ write markers
  • whisper white card stock (WW)             cardstock of your choice for card base    dimensionals/snail
  • any embellishment of your choice (rhinestone/pearls/faceted)     washi tape          punches of your choice

cut WW to 4”x4” to fit the wreath template
place template into Stamparatus and secure with washi tape
place 4”x4” WW into template and secure with magnet

The greatness of the Wreath Template is that it makes it so easy to create a beautiful & symmetrical image. With the template, you will place your 4×4 card in the square, stamp your image and rotate one corner to your left or right. The direction you rotate is up to you, but you will continue in that direction to create the finished product. In the photo above, I used my Stampin’ Write markers, but you can just as easily use regular ink pads.

You will use the stampin’ write markers to color your stamps if you want a colorful image as in the example above. Here is the video I made showing how to use the templates with your Stamparatus.

On your first wreath, you will place the first stamp on the card where you want it. Make sure it will not go over the edge, if you don’t want it to, continue around (close Stamparatus plate to secure the stamp).  Place subsequent stamps on the card, continue around, (flip Stamparatus plates if necessary) to continue with 3rd & 4th stamps.

Now that all stamps are on the plates where you want them, you can stamp all images then turn then continue around in one rotation to complete the rest of your cards.

now that all 4″x4″ cards are completed, you can now place them on your card base, centered or at top or bottom with snail or dimensionals.  these cards are very versatile.

you can use a full card front in the wreath template as well and do your design in an offset mode.  Just make sure to place the same corner of card front into the next turn of the template each to time to ensure placement is correct to create the wreath.

Get your stamp on!
Francine

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