A Magical Day

Double Z Fold, fancy fold, magical day 

Double z fold, magical day

Not only is this Double Z Fold card magical, but today is a magical day. Today is the first day of the new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.

What is Sale-A-Bration? This year, Stampin’Up! has UPPED the freebie potential. As usual, for each $50 in product purchases, you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. And new this year are additional items for every $100 spent, like an awesome set of dies.

The starter bundle offer is outstanding too. For just $99 you get a completely customizable bundle, plus two free stamp sets (up to $101 total), free shipping and an additional $25 in free product. And there are no strings attached–your $99 also gets you a discount for six months if purchased in January. No obligation whatsoever except to get a pile of goodies and craft away. Sounds like a deal to me – if you think so too, contact me today and I’ll help you get started.

So since it’s a new year and a new catalog, I thought I’d make it a magical day as well.

The new stamp set Magical Day cast a spell on me the first moment I laid eyes on it. It has dragons! Wizards! Mermaids! Unicorns! And the matching paper has all of those, plus it has glittery embossed bits! Be still my heart.

The Double Z Fold is one of those cards that’s a big wow but is very easy to make, once you know how.

How to Make a Double Z Fold

I cut my Basic Grey cardstock at 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored the long side at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″. Then I cut a second piece of Basic Grey cardstock at 8 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and scored the long side at 2 7/8″ and just a smidgen under 5 3/4″. Fold each piece to resemble the letter “Z”.

I cut my unicorn paper to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and two more pieces at 2 1/2″ x 4″. I used the largest square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out three pieces of Shimmery White cardstock.

Adhere the cut pieces as shown to the two Basic Grey base pieces. Then flatten the small z piece so it looks like a square and center it over the back panel of the z peace and adhere. Close the big z piece and wherever the little z piece overlaps it, apply adhesive and press down. Voila, you have a perfect double z fold! Decorate as desired. Below is a list of all the product I used to make my card. Hope your day was magical!

 

Shut the Barn Door

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Slide open the barn door and say hello to this little piggy!

The Pinewood Planks embossing folder ups the ante with 3D dynamic texture for my barn. A little sponging with Early Espresso over the Real Red cardstock adds more depth. The hardware is die cut from Copper Foil for some metallic shine, though I suppose I should have grunged it up for a more realistic farm look (my barn wall is new so it can be shiny!)

I colored in my little piggy with a watercolor pencil and blended the color with a Blender Pen so there were no harsh lines on my watercolor paper and fussy cut him out.

And the barn door? So easy with the new bundle, Barn Door stamp set and Sliding Door framelit dies. Ran everything through the Big Shot and voila! a sliding door.

The barn door bundle will be available for purchase on January 3rd. Contact me to get a catalog now.

Self Closing Impossible Box

Impossible Box, Self Closing Box
  Impossible (Self Closing) Box

I love a lot of bang for my buck, and the ‘Not So’ Impossible Box delivers! At first glance, the Impossible Box looks like — a box. The surprise comes when you open the box – the lid slides up and from the top, it looks like a door from the Death Star  is opening!

Top View Closed     Top View Open     Side View Open

Want to make your own Impossible Box? Click here for a free, downloadable PDF with complete, step by step instructions.

I decorated my Impossible Box with the gorgeous, drool-worthy Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, coming in the Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2018. Pink is probably my least favorite color, but I adore every sheet in this collection. Just goes to show you that the right shade of pink makes all the difference 🙂

A dash of gold with the word ‘love’ die cut from gold foil and the gold edging of the vanilla ribbon add a touch of luxe to bring out the gold foil that’s part of the Painted With Love Paper, and my Impossible Box positively glows!

Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper

Wow, the Designer Series Paper selection in the new Holiday Catalog is absolutely outstanding. Click on the photo above to watch a short video to see all of the gorgeous patterns.

What’s so great about Designer Series Paper you ask? The Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) is lighter weight than cardstock, and perfect for adding patterned layers to a project. Most DSP is double-sided, so you get two patterns for the price of one. Stuck for color inspiration? Pick your favorite pattern and use the colors from the paper as a starting point for your project. The DSP patterns and colors coordinate with stamps and cardstock for an easy way to get started creating. And last but not least, DSP is drool-worthy!

My Favorite Things

MyFavoriteThingsThe new 2017 Holiday Catalog is now live! I have my favorites…

13. 7/8″ Striped Ribbon, 144624

12. Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper, 144621

11. Winter Wonderland Textured Impressions Folder, 144686

10. Year of Cheer Embellishments, 144643

9. Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper, 144640

8. Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, 144644

7. Champagne Foil Sheets, 144748

6. Foil Snowflakes, 144642

5. Cheers to the Year, 144925

4. Spooky Cat, 144749

3. Vintage Crochet Trim, 144611

2. Black Rhinestone Jewels, 144639

And my number one favorite is…….

1. Graveyard Gate Bundle, 146018

There’s a little something for everyone, including not one but two non-traditional color schemes for the holidays. And check out those Halloween offerings-spooky!

Colorful Seasons

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A bit of watercolor gives a soft touch to this sympathy card. I used the positive and the negative from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die to create a double frame effect for added dimension.

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