Fancy Fold Cards

In my April card class we will be making fun cards with fancy folds. This one is a Secret Message Panel Card.

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I used the fantastic Happy Birthday thinlit die and some retired designer paper, Melon Mambo , Crushed Curry and Basic Black cardstock to make this gatefold card.

When you open the card this is what you see:

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Then you *peel* open the centre fold to show…..tadah!!  Another view which reveals the hidden messages.

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Dont you think this is so cool?  And what’s more, it is not difficult to make.I used what has become one of my favourite greeting sets, Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I think this card would suit anyone, young or young-at-heart.  What do you think?

On Stage Local

I  have been spending a lot of my spare time recently getting ready for On Stage Local in Sydney on 7 April.  On stage is a Stampin’ Up! event for Demonstrators held in a number of different places around the world on the same date.  This one is special because it is the 30 year anniversary of Stampin’ Up!

The day is full of fun.  Meeting other Demonstrators, make n takes, door prizes, give aways, training for techniques and business and lots, lots more.  And we get to see previews of new products in the pipeline.  One of the things Demonstrators can do is prepare swaps. Swaps are multiple copies of a card or 3D item which  we make to swap for the ones other Demonstrators have made.  That way we get lots of new ideas from each other and we get samples to show customers using Stamp Sets and other products that we don’t personally own.  We also get to meet other demonstrators from far flung places.

Here is one of my swaps.  I like to make a few because I get bored making too many copies of the same project.


I love the Bird Banter stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue.  It has lots of cute birds and corny sayings.  I fussy cut the bird and the party hat and the balloon and used Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay.

I cut the circles with the Layering Circles Dies and added some texture with the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

I hope you like it.  If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you. And if you live in Australia, I would love to be your Demonstrator.


Explosion Box Butterfly Birthday Card

I had so much fun making yet another Explosion Box card for my friend Vicki’s special birthday.  I used her favourite colours; Teale and Elegant Egplant and a Very Vanilla box.  I used the Number of Years stamp set with the Large Numbers Framelits and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set  for the hearts and swirls.   The large birthday greeting is from a retired hostess set.  The butterflies were cut using the Butterfly Thinlits.


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The box is 4″ X 4″ X 4″ Here is another view of it closed.


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And the big surprise when it is open. The interior butterfly sat on top of a tiered cake-like structure.


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Needless to say, she loved the card and I was very pleased with it myself.  Again, I have relied on Angela Lorenz and Jacinta Argent for ideas.

I hope you like the card.  If you do, I’d love to hear from you.  Likewise, I would be happy to answer any queries you might have.  If you click on the comments button below the heading, you will be able to comment.


Amazing You Birthday Card

Below is a card my trusty sidekick recently made (Hi Vicki!) to help me prepare some sample cards for my Open House event to launch the Occasions Catalogue and the Sale-A-Bration promotion. The card features the Amazing You stamp set which is only available during Sale-A-Bration and is FREE when you buy $90 worth of Stampin’ Up! product.

Vicki used a Peek-a-boo Peach card base which has an oval window cut with the Oval Framelit Dies and encloses a piece of textured Vellum Cardstock. The card base was stamped using the “sun” image from the set and Peek-a-boo Peach ink.  The flowers were stamped in Archival Grey Ink, coloured using Peek-a-boo Peach ink,  cut by hand and layered using dimensionals. They were finished off with a punched circle of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper raised on dimensionals.

The Happy Birthday is in Lemon Lime Twist card, cut using the Happy Birthday framelit, the same colour used for the leaves which were punched using the Bird Builder punch (no longer available).

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I hope you like this card.  Let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear from you. Happy to reply to any questions you might have about this card. Enjoy your weekend!