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!

 

Love You Lots Floating Froggy

Love You Lots Floating Froggy
Love You Lots Floating Froggy

I fell head over heels in love with all of the little critters from the Love You Lots hostess set in the big catalog. This little froggy appears to float in mid air while sending happy thoughts. And he spins! Just ‘wind’ him up before putting the card in the envelope, and he’ll spin around when the card is taken out – too cute.

Love You Lots Thinking of You
Love You Lots Thinking of You

This type of card, floating image or thread spinner, is very easy to make, and looks impressive. My froggy wasn’t symmetrical, so to get around that, I inked him up and stamped him on a window sheet. I then pressed the stamped image onto a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut him out. I stamped another image of him onto cardstock like usual, placed it back to back with the already cut out image, and fussy cut again, so my cutting would line up as much as possible. If your image is symmetrical, just ink and stamp twice and cut out.

Love You Lots inside detail
Love You Lots inside detail

After I colored the images with ink and a blender pen, I sandwiched a piece of baker’s twine between the two frog images with adhesive. For the card base, I lined up a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock with the front of my card base and used a circle framelit to diecut through both layers at once. I adhered my frog-on-a-string in the center of the circle on the back of the card front and hid the ‘mess’ with the extra piece of cardstock.

The tiny flowers are from Swirly Bird, just stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks and diecut with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlit. I layered them around the circle using glue dots.

I had a blast making this card – hope you enjoy it!