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Stampin’ Up! Eden’s Garden Fun Fold Friday Birthday Card

Hello and Happy Friday! I am so happy to be so close to the weekend! Today I am sharing my Stampin’ Up! Eden’s Garden Fun Fold Friday Birthday Card! Yes, Fun Fold Friday is back!

Disclaimer: Today’s card is a little challenging. I am using few techniques. Let me know if you have any comments or questions about the instructions.

Today I have a very special card to share. My neighbor, who I have know for about 23 years, is turning 98! I am so excited for her! I am giving her this card to help her celebrate! Happy Birthday Jane!

The Card Base

Using the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer I created the card base in Soft Succulent Card Stock (CS) with the measurements as shown above. All of the lines are scored except the two vertical lines at 1 1/4 inches and 4 1/4 inches which run from 1 inch to 5 1/4 inches in length. You will need to cut the paper along those lines. Fold as shown above.


The first layer is Evening Evergreen CS. You will need two 1 x 3 inch pieces, a 3 x 2 3/4 inch piece and a
5 1/4 x 3/4 inch piece. The patterned paper is some of the Ever Eden Cotton Paper that I embossed with Gold Emboss Powder. You can see how to make your own patterned paper HERE. Each measurement is 1/8 inch smaller than the Evening Evergreen CS. You will need two 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch pieces, a 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 inch piece and a 5 1/8 x 5/8 inch piece. If 1/8 inches drives you nuts, you could decrease the Evening Evergreen CS measurements by 1/4 inch instead. The border would be a bit thicker.

The Gold Foil circle is from the Tasteful Labels Dies. The square is made using Partial Die Cutting with a die from the Scalloped Contours Dies. The small flower sprigs are in the Eden Dies. The center photo shows the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set die cut with the Layered Circle Dies. The leaves and berries image is from the Eden’s Garden stamp set. This is fussy cut.

Putting the Card Base Together

The first step is to adhere the Gold Embossed Ever Eden Cotton Paper to the Evening Evergreen CS. I used a thin layer of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue spread with my finger on the back of the Embossed Cotton Paper. Then adhere these card pieces to the corresponding spot on the card base.

Adhere the 2 7/8 x 2 5/8 inch Gold Embossed Ever Eden Cotton Paper to the 3 x 2 3/4 inch Evening Evergreen CS. Follow by using Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Gold Foil scalloped piece. Adhere this card piece to the center of the card base.

Adding The Decor

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the stamped leaves and berries card piece to the center of the Gold Foil scalloped square. Adhere the “Happy Birthday” sentiment to the Gold Foil circle. Then use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the bottom half to adhere it to the front of the card base. Note: I put the Stampin’ Dimensionals only in the center of the stamped leaves and berries piece so that I can insert the flower sprigs around the edges.

Insert several of the Evening Evergreen CS flower sprigs around the sentiment and around the leaves and berries image. Add the Gold Foil flower sprigs.

Add a 5 1/4 x 3 inch Very Vanilla CS to the inside of the card. I stamped a few leaves at the edge in Evening Evergreen ink.


Now for some Bling! The Garden Gems are really interesting. They appear to be Evening Evergreen with gold accents, but when photographed turn blue and red in places! Very cool!

Voila! You have a very special birthday card that is a little challenging but worth the effort!

It was so nice to have you drop by today. I hope you try this card out. This particular fun fold lends itself to many great cards!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2021 Stampin' Up! July-December Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, flowers, Nature, Simple stamping

Stampin’ Up!® #SimpleStamping Birthday With Amaryllis Abloom

This lovely birthday card is actually very simple to make with the Amaryllis Abloom stamp set. This set is available when you Host a Party and reach a sales goal of $150 USD. If you would like to host an online Stampin’ Up! party, let me know at


The card base is an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Poppy Parade card stock that is scored at 4 1/4 inches. Fold the card base in half at the score line. Use Poppy Parade ink to stamp the images randomly over the front panel.

Next stamp onto a 2 1/2 x 4 inch Basic White cardstock. Start with the amaryllis. Use Garden Green for the leaves and stem and Poppy Parade for the amaryllis. Place the stamp on the ink pad carefully so that the Poppy Parade ink is only on the amaryllis and the Garden Green ink is only on the stem and leaves. Huff on it to moisten the ink and then stamp. Remember to use your Stampin’ Pierce Mat since this is a Photopolymer stamp to get the best stamped images.

Add a “Happy Birthday” sentiment. This one is from the Pansy Patch stamp set, but you could use any “Happy Birthday” sentiment. Add the diamond design under the sentiment with Garden Green ink.

Stamp a design onto a 5 1/4 x 4 inch Basic White card stock for the inside panel.

Assembling the card

Adhere the stamped Basic White card stock card piece to the center of the front of the Poppy Parade card base. Adhere the inside panel to the inside of the Poppy Parade card base.

Voila! This is a great #simplestamping card! I hope you give it a try.

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Posted in 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Animals, Birthday, Blends Alcohol Technique, Child's Birthday, Coloring Techniques, Guys cards, Masculine, Sea, Techniques

Cardz4Guyz Challenge #278- Things With Tails and Stampin’ Up!® Turtle Friends with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Technique

I have such an exciting and fun card to share today! The cute Turtle Friends stamp set and Turtle Punch come together with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Technique for this cute card.

Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Technique

What you will need to do this technique is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, a plastic dish for the alcohol, a paint brush, a straw, vellum card stock and the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. I recommend the Stampin’ Up! brand of vellum because it is thicker than the other brand I tried. The thicker vellum doesn’t curl as much when it dries.

I cut my vellum card stock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. Using a light, medium and dark color of Stampin’ Blends Marker, I randomly colored in blotches to fill the paper. Here I am using Dark Fresh Freesia, Dark Highland Heather and Dark Blackberry Bliss. (For the turtle card, I used Dark Pool Party, Dark Bermuda Bay and Dark Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.)

I filled in the spaces for this piece with the Dark Misty Moonlight. Next, dip the paint brush in the dish with the alcohol in it, and then dab it onto the vellum card stock. You can blow through the straw to help the alcohol spread, making neat patterns with the ink. I used my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool to spread the alcohol and also to dry it. Use the low setting so you don’t melt the vellum.

When the vellum card stock is dried, use a glue stick or spread the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue in a thin continuous layer on the back. Adhere to a piece of Basic White Card Stock. Now you just get the other basic pieces for a card together and Viola! you have a fun and cool card!

Back to the Turtle Card

The Scalloped Contour Dies make the waves on the Vellum Alcohol Technique card piece, as well as on a 5 x 1 1/2 inch Misty Moonlight Card Stock piece. These were adhered together slightly layered, then adhered to a 5 x 3 3/4 inch Pool Party Card Stock embossed with the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. Next, the Pool Party card piece was adhered to the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Misty Moonlight Card Stock. To finish, adhere the Misty Moonlight/Pool Party card piece to the front of a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Basic White Card Stock card base.

Now for the turtles. The images were stamped onto Basic White Card Stock in Memento ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in Dark Pool Party, Light Bermuda Bay and Light Misty Moonlight. Bermuda Bay ink was used to stamp the turtle’s shell. The little bird and the “Happy Birthday” sentiment were stamped in Misty Moonlight ink. I used a scrap of the Alcohol Technique card piece on the inside.

Add a few blue rhinestones from the Holiday Basic Rhinestone Jewels and Voila! You have a fun and cute birthday card for your favorite little guy!

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Posted in 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, 3D Embossing Folder, Animals, beginner stamper, Birthday, Lake/Sea/Ocean, Sea, Turtle

Stampin’ Up!® Turtle Friends Birthday for the Paper Players PP542- Sketch Challenge

Today I have card for The Paper Players Challenge which is a sketch challenge.

Here is the card I came up with using the Turtle Friends stamp set by Stampin’ Up! This is such a cute set. My Mom loved turtles. She collected little turtle figurines. When she passed away, each of her 16 grandchildren were allowed to select one of the turtle figurines to take with them. This card is a tribute to her.

The paper on the lower third of the card is from the Whale of a Time Designer Series Paper. The turtle is stamped in Shaded Spruce ink onto Just Jade Card Stock (CS). The bird is stamped in Pacific Point ink onto Balmy Blue CS. The card base is Balmy Blue CS and is embossed with the new Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. The rhinestones are from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Here is a peek at the inside. So adorable!

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Posted in 2021 January-June Stampin' Up!®Mini Catalog, 3D Technique, beginner stamper, Birthday, Congratulations, flowers, Friendship, Fun/Fancy fold card, Graduation, Gratitude/ Thanks, Hello, Two-step stamping

Stampin’ Up!® Hydrangea Haven Pop-Up Gift Card

Hello and Welcome to Fun Fold Friday! Today I have Pop-Up Gift Card made with the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Hydrangea Haven stamp set. This is a terrific set for practicing the Two Step Stamping Technique.

This awesome gift card holder is really very simple to make with the photographic tutorial that follows.


Measurements: Misty Moonlight Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches with score lines at: 3, 4 1/4, 5 1/2 and 8 1/2 inches; Very Vanilla CS: two, cut at 2 3/4 x 4 inches; Hydrangea Hill DSP: striped piece: 2 3/4 x 4 inches and floral piece: 1 x 4 inches. You will also need 16 inches of the Misty Moonlight 2020-2022 In Color Ribbon.


The first stamping is in Gorgeous Grape ink onto one of the 2 3/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS. The stamp is from the So Sentimental stamp set. This is one of my favorite large sentiments which can be used in a variety of settings.

Sadly, the So Sentimental stamp set is on the Retired List and will only be available until May 3, 2021. Here is the Retired List. I recommend ordering early as product is only available while supply lasts.

The next stamping is a Two Step Stamp. Start with stamping the outline of the bunch of flowers and the leaves in Memento ink. Stamp them onto the bottom right-hand corner of the sentiment card piece.

The second step stamp uses the solid stamp to make a “watercolor” design over the outlines of the flowers and leaves. For this step use the Gorgeous Grape ink for the bunch of flowers. Use the Mossy Meadow ink for the leaves. Tip: To easily line up the second stamp I recommend you stand up. Lean over the card piece so you are looking straight down when you place the second step stamp.

Follow the same procedure to stamp the hydrangea on the other 2 3/4 x 4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Note: The ‘watercolor’ design for the second step on the hydrangea is slightly off. It is possible I did not have it turned the proper way to line up better. Or that is just the way it is supposed to be.

Finally, stamp the “for you” sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink onto a 1/2 inch strip of Basic White CS. The sentiment is in the Hydrangea Haven stamp set.

Constructing the Gift Holder

The best tool for Fun Folds is the Bone Folder. This tool helps you make each fold nice and crisp. Start by folding the 8 1/2 inch score line as shown.

Continue by making a fold at the 5 1/2 inch score line as shown.

Next you will make a fold in the opposite direction at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Then fold the gift card holder closed at the 3 inch score line as shown.

Here is a side view.

Decorating the Gift Card Holder

With the gift card holder folded shut, adhere the striped pattern to the front.

Open the gift card holder. Adhere the sentiment card piece to the top panel. Adhere the Hydrangea to the bottom panel.

Now flip the gift card holder over. Adhere the pop-up portion by applying adhesive ONLY to the edges as shown. Note: If you glue it shut the gift card will not slide in.

Place the adhered panel in the Label Me Lovely Punch about 1/4 of the way in. Punch.

Lay the gift card on the outside of the pop-up panel and mark how wide it is with a pencil mark.

Use some Paper Snips to make a cut along the score line to the pencil marks. This is so that the gift card will slide in between the two panels.

Once you have widened the opening the gift card should slide right on in! Note: Be sure to erase the pencil marks. I almost forgot.

Fold the gift card holder shut. Adhere the 1 x 4 inch Floral design to the top. Cut a banner edge on both ends of the “for you” sentiment. Adhere to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tie the Misty Moonlight Ribbon around the gift card holder and Viola! you are done!

Thank you for stopping by to see how to make this awesome Stampin’ Up!® Hydrangea Haven Pop-Up Gift Card! I hope yo give it a try. Have fun with using different papers and stamp sets to create your own!


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Posted in 2021 January-June Stampin' Up!®Mini Catalog, Birthday, Butterfly, Gilded Leafing, Masking Technique, Stamparatus, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Techniques

Stampin’ Up!® Butterfly Brilliance and Masking Technique

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday Techniques! Today I am using the Stampin’ Up!® Butterfly Brilliance and Masking Technique. I will be using the Stamparatus and if you do not know what one is, I will show you how the Stamparatus makes stamping a large image very easy.

This gorgeous card is really easy to create. In addition to the Masking Technique, I also used the Tear and Tape with the Gilded Leafing Embellishment which is such an easy way to add a lot of sparkle!


Measurements: Mango Melody Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Basic White CS: 6 x 6 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches (not pictured).


The Stamparatus is a stamp positioner tool which helps you stamp perfect crisp, dark images every time. The Stamparatus comes with 2 magnets which I have wrapped in Duct Tape to make it easier to pick them up off of the plate. The dark foam mat is to use with the Photopolymer Stamps. The Stamparatus also comes with 2 hinged plates. You may purchase yours HERE.

Stamping with the Stamparatus and the Masking Technique

To begin making this card, adhere some removable sticky note tape in a diagonal across the 6 x 6 inch Basic White CS. Place the Basic White CS on the Stamparatus as shown. Leave a little border around the paper.

Lay the Butterfly Brilliance stamp onto the paper where you want it. Close the hinged plate and press firmly so that the stamp will stick to it.

Open up the hinged plate. Apply the Memento Black ink using a stamp case underneath to help stabilize the opened plate. Close and press firmly all around. This stamp is lighter that I would like, so all I need to do is re-ink the stamp and close the hinge again. It keeps the stamp in perfect alignment.

When the butterflies are stamped dark enough, remove the 6 x 6 Basic White CS and peel the sticky note tape off.

I had started to color in the butterflies but realized I should stamp the sentiment first, in case it did not turn out right. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Black ink.

Now use the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color the butterflies. These markers are great because they blend together and leave a nicely colored image without any lines where layers overlap. The colors I used are : So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Dark Pumpkin Pie.

Gilded Leafing Embellishment Technique

Apply a strip of Tear & Tape to the sides of the sentiment. This is where the Gilded Leafing will stick.

I store my Gilded Leafing in a box about 1/2 the size of a shoe box. I just lay the card on the Gilded Leafing and press down a little.

When you pull it out of the box there will be a lot of Gilded Leafing on the card piece. Just brush it away and then use a Stampin’ Sponge to get all of the small pieces of the Leafing away.

Adhere the stamped and Gilded Butterfly Brilliance card piece to the front of the Mango Melody CS card base. Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS to the inside of the card base.

Viola! You have a beautiful birthday card to send off to some one special. And you learned 2 Techniques!


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Posted in 2021 January-June Stampin' Up!®Mini Catalog, Animals, beginner stamper, Birds, Birthday, Child's Birthday, Fun/Fancy fold card, Masking Technique, Owl, Squirrel, Summer

Stampin’ Up!® Woodland Wonder Fun Fold for Friday

Welcome to the Stampin’ Up!® Woodland Wonder Fun Fold for Friday! This is an adorable and fun card to wish Happy Birthday to someone young at heart. The Stampin’ Up!® Woodland Wonder stamp set is found in the 2021 January to June Mini Catalog on page 53. You can buy one for yourself right HERE.

This cute Fun Fold opens up to reveal a tall tree with a family of animals ready to say “Hip-Hip-Hoo-Ray!”


Measurements: One piece of 4 1/4 x 11 inch Basic White Card Stock (CS) with score lines at 2, 3 3/4, 7 1/4 and 9 inches.

Folding the Fun Fold

Fold the Basic White CS card base as shown.


The first step is to stamp the bottom of the tree in Memento ink so that the top of the stamp abuts the 9 inch score line and is in the center.

Fold the card closed and use a pencil to mark where the borders of the tree trunk are. This is to help guide you where to stamp the top of the tree so that when the Fun Fold is closed the tree trunks are aligned.

The next step is to fold the card part way and make a pencil mark at the border of the tree trunk. Use these pencil marks when you stamp the large image of the tree trunk with all the animals to help keep the trunk aligned. There will be some space between the top of the trunk with the animals and the tree top trunk.


Masking. To be able to fill in the tree trunk you will need a sticky note to cover the grass on the tree trunk bottom. Use the Memento ink upside down to ink up the trunk. Then remove the sticky note before you stamp.

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