Archive | October 2016

Double Z Fold Christmas

Welcome back my dear stampers! Today I have a Double Z Fold Christmas card. I’m sure you have seen this all over Pinterest and everywhere else because it is absolutely beautiful. I actually have two versions to share with you today. Let’s first take a look at the Star of Light version.


The original card I saw had two or three layers of cardstock and DSP which made the card very heavy. If I’m going to use these for Christmas cards I don’t want to also pay double postage! I simplified and used Vellum on the thin strip which reduced the weight quite a bit.


This photo shows off the embossed lettering in the sentiment…very cool.


When opened all the way this is just stunning. You may notice that I brought the thin band down to the bottom of the card unlike most on Pinterest. I just changed it up.

Here’s another version of this fold – did this in my stamp class.


I love this one. I cut the darling little gingerbread house out of our Candy Cane Lane DSP in the Holiday Catalog.


Look whose peeking out behind the house. 🙂


Open all the way. Do you notice that I brought the band up higher on this card. I like the way the front sentiment circle overlaps the band. I really like this style fold for display purposes. Many people like to display their cards (like me) and this is so cute opened up.


Products Used (Green for the Star of Light card and Red for the Gingerbread card):

Stamp Sets – Star of Light, Cookie Cutter Christmas, Tin of Tags

Ink – Versa Mark, Chocolate Chip

PaperNight of Navy, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White, Winter Wonderland Vellum (R), Real Red, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP

AccessoriesSilver Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Rhinestones, Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon


Directions for the Double Z Fold

Use an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock, cut into pieces 4 1/4″ x 11″, 1 1/4″ x 11″ – you will have a piece of 3″ x 11″ left over to use for your star or circle.

On both red pieces score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″

From Whisper White cardstock cut:  (2) 2 1/2″ x 4″, (1) 4″ x 5 1/4″, (2) 1″ x 2 1/2″, (1) 1″ x 5 1/4″

From DSP cut:  (2) 7/8″ x 2 3/8″, (1) 7/8″ x 5 1/8″


I hope you will try this fold because I think you will get “hooked” and find yourself using it often.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear from you and your comments.

Until Friday…Happy Stamping!

New Geo Christmas

Hello fellow stampers! As promised, here’s my Friday post. Being a former Elementary Math Specialist I LOVE geometric shapes so here is something a little different for you.


This is actually two different dies (not Stampin’ Up! but I couldn’t resist!). The more I look at it the more I think it needs something behind the geometric figure. Any suggestions? I don’t want to use white since that will cause the white flaps to blend in.


I love the gold foil paper. I used the Encore Gold Ink (now retired). I have both the silver and gold Encore ink. They are amazing.


Rather than embossing in gold for the sentiment I again used the Encore Gold ink. A simple card but I just love it. I have some other different dies that make beautiful geometric shapes I’ll share with you.


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Star of Light

Ink – Encore! Gold

Paper – Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Foil

Accessories – Triple Corner Punch (retired)


If you want to know about the dies I used just email me and I’ll share my information. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this card. I’ll be back on Monday with a Double Z Fold for you. Until then…

Happy Stamping!

Thinking of You at Christmas

Wow, I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post. Sometimes life just keeps us too busy! It was all good and fun.

I promised I’d start on Christmas cards…so here is my first one…I was really just messing around. I like it but would change some things. You know how that goes…the more you look at it the more you want to change it.


I used Cherry Cobbler embossing powder but I think I’d prefer it in plain ink. I’m not sure if it is the texture of the stamps or the powder but it didn’t come out nice and solid. But I still think it’s a cheery card.

Here’s a close up – I think you’ll see what I mean.


This is the inside sentiment…


It looked a little plain on the inside so I added a strip of DSP.

Isn’t that little Christmas bear cute? You will be seeing a lot of him.


Products used:

Stamp Sets – Time of Year (Hostess set), Star of Light

Ink – Versa Mark, Emerald Envy, Cherry Cobbler & Emerald Envy Stampin’ Write Markers

Paper – Emerald Envy, Whisper White

Accessories – Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool


It’s like Santa’s card shop in my craft room – Christmas cards and parts of are everywhere! Actually – a mess of stuff. Couldn’t find my Adhesive Remover anywhere – so I had to clean up a bit. Unfortunately, I still haven’t found it. 😦  Time to order a new one I guess.

I’m going to try to keep on a schedule of posting on Mondays and Fridays. That way you will know when to look for new ideas and it should keep me on task. (Let’s hope!)

Hope you enjoy my cards…until Friday…Happy Stamping!

Beautiful Birthday Cards from Stamping Friends!

Hello my dear stamping friends! Today I am sharing some absolutely beautiful birthday cards I received from the ladies in a stamp club I belong to. They use products from many different companies including Stampin’ Up! They are among the most creative stampers you will want to meet. I feel so fortunate that they invited me to join them.

This card was made by Ann who taught us how to make the sculpted flowers.















Aren’t they fantastic! I just had to share these and show off the talent of these wonderful ladies.

I’ve had a great birthday today. My husband made my card himself. He used my paper and the computer. He wrote a lovely sentiment on the inside and he even put his “mark” on the back – Hand Made by RAK. I love it! Better than any Hallmark card! I will treasure this card!

Christmas cards next on the agenda. Until my next post…

Happy Stamping!


Paisley Thanksgiving

Hello fellow stampers – I have one more Thanksgiving card for you, AGAIN using my new favorite – Paisleys & Posies stamp set.


I think this combination of Elegant Eggplant, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil and Copper Embossing Powder is just elegant. This is my favorite Thanksgiving card. The sentiment is perfect.


The Copper Foil and Copper Embossing Powder add just enough shimmer.


Stamped another of the set’s flowers on the inside and embossed with the Copper Embossing Powder.


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Paisleys & Posies

Ink – VersaMark

Paper – Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil Sheets

Accessories – Copper Embossing Powder


Please feel free to CASE this card…clean, simple and quick but elegant.

See you for my next post…Christmas!

Until then…Happy Stamping!

Thanksgiving Paisleys and Posies

Here we are with Halloween just ahead of us and I’m already into Thanksgiving. In card making we must stay ahead. I need to get my Christmas cards out the day after Thanksgiving because we will be traveling and I won’t have any other time after that and before Christmas. So, after my Thanksgiving posts you’ll be seeing LOTS of Christmas cards! 🙂

This card and the one in my next post both use Paisleys and Posies. I really wasn’t going to get this set but I just couldn’t resist and I’m so happy I got it! You’ll also see a lot of Copper Foil. This has been such a huge hit that supplies are low and it may take a while to order after this foil is gone. So, if you are on the fence about getting the Copper Foil…go for it before it’s all gone.


This card is very clean and simple. Thanksgiving isn’t a foo foo time for me…it’s all about the food!


You can see that the Copper Foil cut outs do add some pizzazz. I also added a strip of the matching DSP on the inside to pull it all together.

I’m really hooked on the Paisleys & Posies stamp set, Paisley Framelits and Petals & Paisleys DSP. Add the Copper Foil and you have a fantastic package to make tons of different cards! And to think I fought getting these. You never really know what you want until you see what others have done with the set.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Petals & Paisleys DSP, Copper Foil Sheets

Accessories – Paisley Framelits Dies, Linen Thread


Until my next Thanksgiving card post…Happy Stamping!

World Card Making Day Winner

This is a very quick post. One of my wonderful customers and stamping friends, Judy Corwin, submitted two cards she made on October 1 for World Card Making Day. I had hoped that more of you would have sent cards in but maybe next year you will get into the spirit.

Judy made this unique card and I love the way she put the foliage on the tree. Check this out…


Great job, Judy. So colorful…a great fall note card!

Here’s another she created with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.


This card is so clever the way she used the Swirls to make the snowman. The hat, scarf and present totally add to the snowman.

Judy will receive the “Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit” for celebrating World Card Making Day. Congratulations, Judy.  A job well done.

I’ll be back soon with a Thanksgiving card…until then…Happy Stamping!

World Card Making Day – Halloween Double Fun Fold


Here’s a super fun card for any occasion. I got this idea from a great demo named Dawn Griffith. Of course, I put my own spin on it. This card has a double flip opening as the name implies. This is what it looks like out of the envelope.

Now, let’s open the first flap.


A nice little surprise inside but wait…let’s open the black card.


What fun!


I love this technique and I’m sure I will use it over and over again with different themes. I seem to be into flip cards and different folded cards. Now when I do a regular card it seems so plain!

This card is not difficult…here are some simple directions:

Pumpkin Pie CS:  card – 5 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ on the 6 1/4″ side score at 2″;   (2)   3″ x 3 1/2″

Black CS – 5 1/4″ x 8″ score at 4″

Whisper White CS – (2)  2 3/4″ x 3 1/4″;  3 3/4″ x 5″ for inside

Use a 1 1/4″ circle punch to make a mask for the moons. Sponge on the small white pieces starting with Daffodil Delight and going over with Tangerine Tango

Tip:  place the second small piece first then line up the front piece so they match. VERY important…only put adhesive on one side of the front square 🙂

Since the Black card is a bit smaller you just center it onto the Pumpkin Pie card (opening backwards)


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Halloween Treat, Spooky Fun

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write Marker

Paper – Pumpkin Pie, Black, Whisper White


I did make a card today but I’m not ready to share it. I will shortly. I decided I’d finish up with Halloween Cards first.  I have a couple Thanksgiving cards to share then…CHRISTMAS! I love making Christmas cards. I also make a few Hanukkah cards but we don’t have any new sets so I’ll be using my old standby the retired set Jewish Celebrations.

I hope you were able to find some time today to make a card. If you did…please send a photo to me and I will post your card on my blog and choose one lucky stamper to win a nice Stampin’ Up! gift.

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!