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!


Watercolor Brusho Adds Gorgeous Color

Watercolor Brusho

Watercolor Brusho adds gorgeous color effortlessly, and each time you use it, it is unique!

Havent used Brusho before? Let me give you a few quick tips.

1) Wet your paper first. I used watercolor paper for this card, but you can use other paper, just use less water.

2) Poke 1 or 2 holes in the top of the Brusho container.

3) Start with the lightest color first.

4) Shake the Brusho sparingly over the wet paper. Spritz with water, wait a moment, spritz again.

5) Repeat step 4 until desired color.

6) Add different colors of Brusho as desired, repeating step 4.

7) Dry with heat tool.

I embossed the branch of flowers image first by stamping the image with Versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder. Then I started with the yellow Brusho and ended with the orange Brusho following the steps listed above. I love the washed watercolor look as well as the little specks of color dotted randomly across the surface.

Then I added the embossed cross from Hold on to Hope, a new stamp set and Framelit bundle available June 3 from the new Occasions catalog. I stamped and clear embossed another branch of flowers as well as a mum and die cut both, and adhered with rolled up glue dots.

I tied a piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim and a piece of the Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon (free with a $50 purchase beginning in January) together with the gold 1/8 inch ribbon and used a glue dot to stick the whole thing on the card front.

And Tutti-fretting Adhesive-backed(!) sequins scattered on top finish off the card.

Watch for more projects coming up using the amazing watercolor Brusho!

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.

Card Kits Equal Zero Prep

Card Kits, Soft Sayings Card Kit
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Do you love to make cards, but sometimes want to skip all the preparation such as cutting and scoring cardstock, cutting out images with the Big Shot and searching for matching ribbons and embellishments? Card kits to the rescue!

The Soft Sayings Card Kit (145466) makes it easy to create a stack of all-occasion cards. The kit makes 20cards, 2 each of 10 designs in 3 sizes. The kit includes all the printed, cut and scored card bases, coordinating envelopes, a 15-piece photopolymer stamp set, a clear stamp block, a Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot, die-cut accents, baker’s twine, washi tape, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The coordinating colors in this kit are: Basic Gray, Berry Burst, Gold, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, and Tranquil Tide.

When you’ve completed all your cards, don’t be sad! You can order a refill kit (145387) and use the stamp set, clear block, and ink spot to create 20 more beautiful cards.

Order your kit today and enjoy making some great cards with this awesome card kit!

Boost Your Creativity with a Card Sketch

Sketches can be a great way to boost your creativity. You can create your card exactly like the elements in the sketch or you can make adjustments to the orientation, move the elements or add more details to your card.

With my first card, I’ve followed the sketch pretty closely. I added interest by using my markers to add two tones of color to the sentiment.

Not only have I changed the orientation of the card, I’ve stepped it up by embossing the Old Olive cardstock, adding a third color to the sentiment, and added ribbon and thread.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks can make such a difference.

Masculine Cards Made Easy

Do you have trouble when it comes to making masculine cards?
I often hear something like this “I have a terrible time coming up with ideas for masculine cards”.  Really, feminine and masculine cards are not much different.  You only need to use items that have more texture, more neutral colors such as earth tones, and simple lines to make a masculine card.

Let’s take this simple card pattern.

masculine card sketch

It has a base layer of cardstock, two different papers, a banner and a circle along with three simple embellishments.  Very simple and not fussy.  Remember, when using a card pattern, you can change positions of the pieces.

Now, using the pattern and the same pieces, let’s make a feminine card.
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Here I used Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and the Petal Garden DSP paper stack.  It has two different papers, a circle, and a banner and three rhinestones like the sketch.  I raised the banner higher since my card is in portrait mode.  In the circle I stamped Happy Birthday from the Special Celebrations stamp set.  The verse is stamped on the inside of the card.

Then I wanted to make a masculine card using the same card pattern.

masculine card with faux suede technique
Same banner, two different papers and a circle and three embellishments. I used the Wood Textured Designer Series Paper Stack, Early Expresso cardstock, and a Garden Green layer of yardstick on a Very Vanilla card.  For the banner, to add more texture, I used the Faux Suede technique on the yardstick. I colored the dots with a Sharpie Marker and the verse is stamped in Early Expresso. In the circle I stamped the verse from Special Celebration and the Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped inside the card.

So there you have it, there is not much difference in a masculine and a feminine card.  Just change your ingredients for making the cards.  For masculine, think simple lines, earthy and masculine colors, and lots of texture.  Don’t let masculine cards scare you.

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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Daisy Daisy Give Me Your Answer Do

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Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) was a song written in 1892 and it became a huge hit immediately– kind of like Stampin’Up!’s Daisy Punch! The punch and bundle sold out almost immediately upon the release of the new catalog. I’m happy to report they are back in stock and you can now purchase them in my online store.

This card is all about texture, from the watercolor paper, embossing, double layers of the Daisy, the faux stitching on the edges, the banner and the copper trim. I love that copper trim-sleek and slim as is , or pull it out on the sides for a more lacy or netting look.

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Summer Solstice Twice as Nice

Stampin'Up! Sunshine Sayings, Wherever You Go, summer solstice, handmade, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreads

In honor of the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. Had to do something that was quick, as I thought June 21 was the day, but it can be June 20-22, depending on what time zone and what hemisphere you’re in 🙂

And the best part when making this card? A second card with hardly no extra work!

Stamp the sun rays on a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″ using the Stamp-a-ma-jig for exact placement. Stamp the rays again on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock cut to the same measurements and in the exact same position.

Layer the cardstock pieces on top of each other, place the “sunshine” thinlit on top and run through the Big Shot several times, cutting out the word on both pieces at the same time.

Cut the word “sunshine” out from scraps of Whisper White and Very Vanilla 4 times each. Stack and adhere the plain “sunshine” 4 high, and adhere the matching stamped “sunshine” as the top layer.

Adhere the original Whisper White cardstock with the empty word space to a Very Vanilla card base. Adhere the stacked Very Vanilla “sunshine ” over the empty word space. repeat on the other card, reversing the color layers.

Stamp the sentiment on strips of cardstock with Versamark and Peekaboo Peach ink, emboss with clear embossing powder and adhere to card front.

See the opposite color scheme card below the supply list.

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Five Ways to Add Texture

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Add texture to a card without adding bulk! I took a rather simple design and just by using texture, took it over the top. Here are the five ways I added texture:

1) embossed a piece of Dapper Denim cardstock with the Brick Walls embossing folder

2) sponged Whisper White Craft Ink with a sponge dauber over the cracks in the brick

3) tore the edges of the cardstock, exposing the inside layers

4) embossed the Real Red star with silver embossing powder

5) coiled a piece of metallic silver thread behind the star to provide a nice contrast with the solidness of the wall

Dimensionals on the back of the star pop it away from the wall, adding more dimension.

This card is intended for my neighbor, who is on his Badger Honor Flight today. The Badger Honor Flight is a program that flies veterans to Washington DC for the day, all at no cost to the veteran, as a way to say thank you for your service. On the return flight, each veteran receives mail call, with thank you cards and notes.

How To Custom Color Glitter with Wink of Stella

Stampin'Up!, custom color glitter with Wink of Stella, enjoy your day, Inside the Lines, birthday card, handtsamled, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsRemember that sneak peek from last week – the custom color glitter with Wink of Stella? Well, I went a little crazy and ended up making a set of four different cards.

The basic technique is super easy. Take a clear acrylic block, scribble on it with the Stampin’Up! Marker of your choice. Then pick up the color with a clear Wink of Stella brush and color away.

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TIP 1: Once you’ve used up the color on the block, wipe off the leftovers with a baby wipe before adding more marker. If you don’t, your marker tip will get all glittery.

TIP 2: If you’re not getting much glitter, gently squeeze the middle of the pen to get the glitter flowing again.

TIP 3: Brush the Wink of Stella tip on a paper towel until the glitter runs clear after each color.

True confession time, after I had my first panel done I decided I didn’t like the light color of my flower stems. So I colored over them with a darker green and now I love them.

It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but all of the Watermelon Wonder flowers are glittery, and so is the dragonfly. Who knew it’s kinda difficult to photograph glitter!

I’ll post the rest of the cards in the set over the next few days as well as the complete supply list.

A Piece of Pi, or a Trillion?

Stampin'Up!, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Pi day, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsHappy Pi Day! In honor of the trillion-digit ratio of a circle’s circumference, I bring you a piece of Pi in the form of this card.

A few facts—did you know the symbol for Pi (π) was first used in 1737 by Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler? And that the value of Pi rounds up to 3.14159? The number is extremely useful when solving geometry problems with circles. The area of any circle equals πr2 where r is the radius or distance across the middle of the circle.

I have no idea what the areas of the circles are on my card, but I know that if I wanted to calculate it out, I could. Sheldon Cooper would say shame on me.

How are you celebrating this March 14? Whether it’s baking your favorite pie, ordering pizza pie, or participating in NASA’s Pi in the Sky challenge, I hope you bring out your inner math nerd today!

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Barnwood Chicken Says Hi

Stampn'Up! Hey Chick, Occasions Catalog 2017, handstamped, imadethis, barnwood, #peribeal, #papercraftingthreadsMaking your own barnwood is so easy, and you only need the basics – stamp, paper and ink! I inked up the Hardwood background stamp with Soft Suede ink, laid the stamp ink side up on my table, and pressed a piece of Real Red cardstock face down on the stamp. I repeated this with narrow strips of Real Red cardstock to create the crossbars. Then I glued the strips on the main piece, let it dry and punched out a circle. I put the piece over my Very Vanilla card base and lightly penciled inside the hole.

After removing the barnwood, I stamped my chicken in Soft Suede ink, let it dry, and colored her in with my colored pencils, and blended the color with a blender pen.

I finished off the front of the barnwood with a rosette and glued the whole piece on top. Pretty cute, eh?

She reminds me of the chickens on my grandma’s farm when I was a kid. I used to get to collect the fresh laid eggs from the henhouse. And the henhouse was a bright red, just like this barnwood card!

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Thanks For That Thing You Did

Thanks For That Thing You Did

Emboss resist, sponging, die cuts, double layered ‘love’, lace and a tag all add up to lots of glorious texture, elevating this card from boring to sensational. Who wouldn’t love a thank you card like this? Want to learn how to make a card like this? Hold a workshop or attend one of my classes. Contact me at info@papercraftingthreads.com today!

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Valentine Take Heart

Valentine Take Heart

Today’s featured card is a pretty gatefold card that can be used for encouragement or for a valentine.  Cut base cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 2 1/8 on each end of the long side and fold inward. Embossing with the Sparkle Embossing Folder adds texture and interest without adding bulk. A belly band made from the gorgeous Falling In Love designer series paper adds a soft touch of bokeh, and a dragonfly cut from Gold Foil adds the bling. And a matching gold embossed stamped dragonfly graces the inside, with plenty of room for a personal message. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post and order everything you need today!

Inside of Gate Fold Card


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Dandelion Marks Silver Anniversary

Dandelion from Balloon Celebration
Dandelion from Balloon Celebration

I have been waiting to make this dandelion image since the moment I first saw the individual seed image in Balloon Celebration. Since I was using Versamark, a clear ink for embossing, I first stamped a template using the small seed spaced evenly in a circle with a colored ink, and then stamped the large seed in a different color ink. I placed my piece of vellum cardstock over the top of the template, and stamped in Versamark. Then I heat embossed with white embossing powder, applied my adhesive under the dandelion image and adhered to a Silver Foil mat. And my dandelion stem is made of the words ‘let us celebrate’, a perfect sentiment for a 25 year silver anniversary!

Thank You with a Flourish

Thank You With a Flourish
Thank You With a Flourish

This card started with the yellow swoosh from Work of Art that was left over from a previous card making session that didn’t work out the way I planned. All of a sudden, I had a burst of inspiration, and these cards came together in minutes. I love the mix of Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Daffodil Delight, and the bold pop of black contrasts beautifully. It’s amazing what can be created with scraps!


Counting Stars

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Shaker cards are easier than ever with the new Foam Mounting Strips! The four big stars are all shakers with mini multi-colored stars inside. No need to cut the mounting strips for each star point. I chose a starting point, and curved/pointed my way around all in one strip. And the Star framelits make quick work of the shapes.

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