Floral Affection Embossing Folder – Braided Card

There are so many wonderful card ideas that we can all find on blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, and in catalogs and magazine.  It is refreshing that crafters are very generous in sharing ideas and personal tips and tricks.  When I CASE a card, I really try to add my own twist to make sure that I am not making a true copy.  The card below is a blending of several ideas that I found from many sources.  It also includes some personal touches and experiments that were fun to try.  Here is the card:




















A good friend of mine showed me a braided card that she made recently and pointed me to a template that is available on-line.  The template can be found by going to Brandy Cox’s tutorial for a braided card.  You’ll be able to download the template from this page.  Thank you, Brandy, for sharing such a wonderful technique and template!

Below are directions for making the card:

  1. Create a white cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. Use the template, referenced above, to cut the folded edge of the card.  Make sure that you don’t cut too close to the top or bottom of the card.  Brandy’s tutorial goes through the step-by-step process to make the braid after the card edge is cut.
  3. Add a sentiment of your choice to the bottom right of the card front.  Use an ink color that corresponds with your background framed cardstock.  In the picture, I used the “You are so kind” stamp from the Watercolor Wings set.  I really like the font from this set and think it helps highlight the whimsical theme of the card.  The sentiment is stamped with Emerald Envy ink, one of my new favorites.
  4. Emboss a piece of white cardstock, cut to 2 ½” x 4” with the floral image in the Floral Affections embossing folder duo.
  5. Use markers, in your choice of colors, to highlight the embossed image.  The markers from the two sets of in-colors really worked well for me.  The effect is similar to needlework.  It is even prettier in person.
  6. Add some sparkle in the middle of the leaves and flowers with a Wink of Stella pen.  Be sure to let the ink on the embossed image dry completely before you use the Wink of Stella pen.  If you don’t wait, you may get some bleeding of your colors in the areas that you want to sparkle.
  7. Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed, colored piece to a dark cardstock cut to 2 ¾” x 4 ¼”.  Emerald Envy is used in the pictured card.
  8. Adhere the dark colored cardstock to a lighter corresponding color cardstock, cut to 3” x 4 ½”.  Mint Macaron is the color for the lighter green in the example.
  9. Use dimensionals to adhere the lighter color cardstock to the card front.
  10. To cover the ends of the braid, tie bows on the front of the card, as pictured.
  11. This card also looks very elegant without any color on the embossed image.  It is a great, versatile style to have in your arsenal of quick cards.

The products I used to make the pictured card are shown below.  If you click on any image, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!

Products Used to Make the Card:

Sitting Here – Dry Brush Painting

I recently watched a great video about stamping and was reminded that we should all have fun and relax when we create cards and other projects.  It is so easy to get caught up in trying to make the perfect card.  Well – I have found a stamp set that just forces relaxation!  It is the Sitting Here stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog.  I truly relaxed when I made the card pictured below.  Your blood pressure may fall a few points when you look at the card!  Directions and more information are included below.

Sitting Here - Dry Brush Painting


Here are the instructions for making this card:

1. Create a pink cardstock card base cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Cut a beige piece of cardstock cut to 4 ¼” x 5”. Adhere the beige cardstock to the pink card base, as pictured.

2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4” x 4 ½”. Stamp the porch swing stamp and flower pot images from the Sitting Here stamp set onto the watercolor paper. Use the smooth side of the watercolor paper for your stamping. Use a beige or brown ink to stamp.

3. Dry brush painting is a little of a misnomer. You actually use a very slightly damp brush for this technique. The Aqua Painters are a great tool for this technique. Fill an Aqua Painter with water. Squeeze the barrel to get some water into the brush. Use your fingers to squeeze out almost all the water. Then gently use the brush to pull the ink from the stamped image into the open areas. This will cause the wood to look as if it is lightly colored. Use the same technique to add dimension to the flower vase.

4. Add color to the swing’s cushion and to the flowers with markers in the colors that you choose.

5. Finish the card by stamping “just sitting here thinking of you” onto a banner and staple the banner onto the card front, using the Handheld Stapler.

6. Use dimensionals to adhere the watercolor paper to the beige cardstock.

Supplies that I used to make the card are pictured below.  If you click on any supply picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

I hope you enjoy making this card and relax as you are putting the card together!

Happy Stamping!
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Fruit Stand DSP – Double Pocket Card

I have a confession.  I don’t use Designer Series Paper (DSP) a lot in my cards and projects, but that trend may change!  The card below is made with the absolutely gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP.  It is quick and easy to make.  The bookmark in the front pocket features the new Jar of Love bundle which is amazing and incredibly versatile.  Directions for the card follow.20160710_084205


















  1. This is a great, quick card to make with any Designer Series Paper.
  2. Cut a sheet of DSP to 8 ½” x 11”.   Save the extra DSP to use later.
  3. Use your scoring board to create the folds for the card.  On the 8 ½” side, score at 4 ¼”.  On the 11” side, score at 5 ½”.
  4. Place the DSP onto a diagonal scoring board with the patter that you want to have as the primary card design facing up.  In the example above, the strawberries were placed facing up.  Put the DSP onto the diagonal scoring board with the 8 ½” side at the top.  Score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  Turn the page 180 degrees, and score a diagonal line at the 4 ½” mark in the upper right quadrant.  The diagonal score line will be on opposite sides of the DSP.
  5. Turn your DSP over, and fold the scored lines in toward the middle.  You have created the pockets.
  6. Fold the bottom half of the DSP up.  Your front pocket will now be on the right side.
  7. Fold the left side behind the right side.  Your inside pocket will now be seen on the inside of your card.
  8. Finish your card with a bookmark or other paper item in the front pocket.  The inside pocket can be used for anything you would like – a letter, gift card, recipe, package of cocoa mix – the possibilities are endless.

Here is another picture that helps show the two pockets in the card – one on the front and one in the middle.




















And, here is a close-up of the bookmark.




















Below are the supplies that I used to make this double fold card. Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!

Painter’s Palette – Work of Art

If you’ve already purchased stamps, inks, paper, and accessories from the new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, it’s probably a safe bet that the Painter’s Palette stamp set was on your list.  It is a great, versatile stamp set that I am going to feature this week.

The card below was made using a spotlight technique.  The parts of the flower that are inside the frame are colored.  The parts of the flower outside the frame remain black and white.  This technique can be used in many different ways.  Check out your craft stash to see the ways that you can design projects with spotlights.




















Color palette for this card:

Directions for the cards are provided below:

  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 5 ½” x 8 ½” .  Score the 8 ½” side at 4 ¼” and fold into card base.

2. Cut the additional pieces that you’ll use for the layers on the front of the card:

  • 4” x 5 ¼” – This is the focal color for the card. The picture shows Peekaboo Peach.
  • 3 ½” x 4 ¾” – Black cardstock
  • 3 ¼ x 4 ½ – White cardstock

3. Stamp “Our Friendship is a work of art” in the bottom right corner of the 3 ¼” x 4 ½” white cardstock piece.  Use the color of ink that corresponds to the focal color.  The picture shows Peekaboo Peach.

4. Stamp the flower image from the You’ve Got This stamp set onto the same piece of white cardstock.  Use Memento black in for the stamping.  Reference the picture to place this image.

5. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, use the easel stamp from the Painter’s Palette stamp set, and stamp the easel image in Memento Black ink.  Cut out the frame from the stamped easel image.  It is going to become the frame used on this card for the spotlight technique.

6. You’re going to need to cut out the middle section of the frame to make sure you can see the flower image.  You can either use a square die to cut out the middle or scissors to cut it out.

7. The spotlight technique focuses color to one area of the card.  In this example, the color is focused to the inside of the frame.  Notice that the flower stem and petals that fall outside the frame are left without color.

8. Determine where you want the color to be on the flower and stem.  Lightly draw a pencil line to make sure you know where to color.  Use the new in-color Stampin’ markers to color the stem and flower.  Be sure to use the same new in-color for the flower petals as you have for the focal color of the card.  The picture again shows Peekabook Peach.

9. When you have finished coloring the flower, adhere the frame to the front of the card to align with your coloring.

10. Adhere the stamped white cardstock to the black layer.  Adhere the black layer to the focal color layer.

11.Use dimensionals to adhere the focal color layer to the white cardstock base.

12. A finishing touch in the picture is the addition of the push pin stamp to give the impression that the colored flower piece is tacked onto the card.  The push pin stamp is from the Painter’s Palette set.  It is stamped in Memento black ink, fussy cut, and adhered to the card.

The supplies used to make the card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!