The Impossible Card

Hello Stampers!  Today’s card is really unique. Once again I’ve found inspiration from Dawn Griffith. I love her folds and unique cards. Naturally I made it my own. We made these cards in my September Classes and the girls loved it!


The piece standing up folds down to slide into the envelope. It looks impossible but it is soooo easy!


Here is a photo of it laying down.



Aren’t these really cute!

Rather than try to give you the directions I’ll send you to Dawn Griffith’s video:

A little tip:  make templates if you plan on making more than one card. It is much easier once you’ve done all the measuring. 

This card is great for using up all your scraps and retired DSP.

Side Note:  As you can see I’m still having issues with lighting for my photos. My new camera is not working well so I’ve resorted to using my phone but I’m not satisfied with that either. I’ll gladly accept suggestions. 🙂

Since you can use any color cardstock and DSP I’m not including details. If you have questions…contact me at

Until the next post…Happy Stamping!      Donna




Tropical Birthday

Hello Stampers!  Today I have a very bright and tropical card for you using the Tropical Chic stamp set and Tropical Thinlits. If you are on the fence about ordering this bundle…do it! This bundle is so versatile and always makes a fun and very “in” card.


This card was a big hit in my classes last month. If you don’t like my color combo…try others…you can do so much with this design.

I even jazzed up the inside greeting…


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Tropical Chic

Ink – Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Pool Party, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green Old Olive

Accessories – Tropical Thinlits


You may be seeing more cards using this bundle!  Soon I’ll be working on Christmas cards so it might not be right away. 🙂



Until next week…Happy Stamping!      Donna

Gate Fold Shutter Card

Hello Stampers!  Today I have a really neat card for you. I had made this style fold once a while back but it was a larger size card. This one is the 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 size and I LOVE it. I adapted the fold from Maria Russell.


Here’s the card as you take it out…ok…not too overwhelming but…

Start to open it…


Hmmm…something is happening.


Oh Wow…that is so cool!  



There you have it! I presented this card to my Stamp Club and one of the gals made it into a Thanksgiving card. She put a cute little turkey inside the shutters and had a banner with Happy Thanksgiving below it. She used a great fall DSP and it turned out adorable! Great job, Judy S.!

Here is my printed direction sheet.


Enjoy this Gate Fold Shutter Card and have fun making one or more! I have made this card with many different sheets of DSP and sentiments. People just love receiving this card. (It’s a great way to use up your retired DSP!)

Until next time…Happy Stamping!      Donna

Springtime Birthday

Hello Stampers! 

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Sorry you didn’t receive a blog post on Friday…oops. I had it written down that this card posted and well…it didn’t!

This will be very quick…just photos today.


I used the lovely die set Springtime Impressions. This particular die is so versatile. You can cut it out in Shiny White Cardstock (as I did) or sponge color onto it or even put a cut to size piece of white behind it while you sponge color and let the sponging go on to the white background to give a whole new look!


I used one of my favorite returning colors, Blackberry Bliss, for this card. 




This one shows the sponging onto the die cut.



This card shows the result of sponging the cut die onto the plain white card stock. Both are lovely!

This set is a must have…you can see that you can change up the technique and use several different color combinations to get some beautiful and unique cards.

Until Friday…Happy Stamping!    Donna


Elegant Anniversary Card

Hello dear Stampers! Today I have a simple but elegant Anniversary card I made for my daughter and son in law. They are celebrating their 11th year of marriage.


I used the new Tufted Embossing Folder for the background with dots of Dazzling Details at each vertex.


I used the framelit from the Stitched Labels Framelits set to make this lovely greeting. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop” it up. My color grouping is Coastal Cabana, Pool Party and Whisper White.


The simple message inside says Congratulations and I wrote a personal message.

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Thank you for stopping by…until my post…Happy Stamping!      Donna

Secret Message Card

Hello Stampers! Today I have a really unique card for you. It’s very easy to make but it really has a “wow” feature! I got the idea from fellow stamper Dawn Griffith.


This looks like a normal card with the gate opening but once you open it there are surprises.



Under the flap there are messages.



Now you can see little messages on both sides of the inside of the card.




Now make a tent out of the inside messages and pull the sections apart…



…and you will find more “hidden” messages!



To help you understand this card and get full and easy directions…I’m going to send you to Dawn Griffiths video.




Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Abstract Impressions, Special Celebrations, Bella and Friends, Itty Bitty Greetings, Dragon Dreams

Ink – Mango Melody, So Saffron, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Old Olive


Be sure to try this card out…it’s soooo cute!

Until next week…Happy Stamping!     Donna



Cut Out To Be Friends

Hello Stampers!  Today I have a really cute card for you. I used the great stamp set Crafting Forever. Anyone who crafts or knows people who craft love this set. 


This card can be used for any crafter who uses scissors! That would be ALL I think. I stamped the scissors randomly on the front of the card then colored the handles in Pacific Point, added the little border (used some retired DSP), stamped the white circle and punched both out. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to “pop” the circles. I stamped another pair of scissors and did some fussy cutting to cut it out then adhered it to the circles.


Here’s one where I didn’t color the scissor handles and moved the circles to the left. Be creative and change up my idea. 


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Crafting Forever

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Pacific Point

Paper – Whisper White, Pacific Point

Accessories – DSP (R), 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Pacific Point Stampin’ Marker


Hope you enjoyed seeing this cute crafty card!


Until next week…Happy Stamping!     Donna