Birthday Fun Fold Blog Hop

so delighted to be with other creative Stampin Up! demonstrators. At this posting I am celebrating 5 years as a demonstrator. The year 2020 to present has been hard because of Covid, husband forced into early retirement and I have had many surgeries but thankful I am still creating and sharing the joy.

fun fold birthday

I made a simple, fun and easy

I used cherry cobbler as a base. This is a standard A2 card. 8-1/2 by 5-1/2 scored at 1-1/4 and 4-1/4. Turn back the 1-1/4 panel. I cut two 1″ strips of DSP ( I used Pattern Party) into 5-1/4″ length and glued to strip turn back…fun fold. I added one strip one strip to inside white layer, 4″ by 5-1/4″

Fun fold
Inside fun fold

I than die cut a medallion from Encircle in Beauty dies, stamped with Happy Birthday. The Happy Birthday from an old Paper Pumpkin. Love Paper Pumpkin, a monthly kit to create cards or 3d items like boxes and bags. Get Paper Pumpkin subscription here….

Dies to have in tool box of basic shapes Encircle in Beauty Dies
Happy Birthday!

Roll Call
Tricia Butts
Betty Bickford

Karen Egan
Mo Rootes (UK)
Lorraine Tierney
Vickie Littlewood
Candi Suriano
Robbie Susan Chandler-Florida, USA
Carol Brown
Diane Evans
Kristie Wilson
Melva Peters
Kelly Taranto

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Monochrome Card..the Blues

Blog hops are so much fun

I love the colors of Stampin Up!, I love the Blues most of all. The Night of Navy is my go to and favorite color, second is a blue called Misty Moonlight, a in color for 2020-2022. Misty Moonlight will be retired in a few months. I have added several packs to my cardstock over the past two years,because once it retires in April or when it runs out, will no longer be available.

I had to make a special birthday card for my nephew. He always appreciates my cards, even though he is in his late 20’s, he loves cards. His Mom taught him well. His Mom, my twin, passed in 2014 from a brain bleed, I do everything I can to make his birthday special. We will have pizza later today to celebrate….I have not seen him Much and in 2000, I sent his card by mail….it took 2 weeks to arrive and we live in the same town.

Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, my go to colors. The DSP Designer Series Paper is NEW HORIZONS.

I believe you call this a Z-fold card.. as shown below

Card base for Z-fold card

I used the rectangular stitch dies for “You make me SMILE”. I was there the day he was born, he always makes me smile when I see him. The saying comes from Calming Camellia, a set only earned by purchasing $300.00 or having a group sell of $300.00 or more…worth the effort.

Redtangle Stitch Dies are a must have to create beautiful cards


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Roll Call
Linda Moore
Deb Schultz
Mickey Moore
Krissi Hannahs
Mo Rootes (UK)
Tricia Butts
Candi Suriano
Diane Evans
Melva Peters
Robbie Susan Chandler
Vickie Littlewood
Angie McKenzie
Helen Jennings
Karen Egan
Lorraine Tierney
Betty Bickford
Rachel Merrick

Caron Bailey

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Birthday Deer Card No Electricity Needed

Deer Birthday card for my Dear Brother

So the birthday came and went…but did not get a card to my dear brother. Like I posted earlier, we were born on his 4th birthday. What day every year sharing my birthday. I loved it. I missed seeing him this year cause of Covid. Praying I can see him in the Spring.

This is a simple card to make, truly fun and easy. When you have the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine. Love this little cut and emboss machine. Compact and no electricity needed. You lay the die on the plate, sandwich between the plate and roll through…the press does all the cutting. Yes, it is manual but accurate and you can take it outside to the picnic table, the porch and camping. Sadly, now like many with no electricity you can use it and enjoy as long as you have light to see.

First you die cut a circle, than make the base. The base is crumb cake, 8-1/2″ by 4-1/4″. Score at 4-1/4″ to get a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ base folded.

I next glue the die cut circle to the center of the base. Note: Only glue the lower half. What I do is put the base over a actual A2 card, which is 4/1/4″ x 5-1/2″ folded. I give it the eye to center. The pink above is a A2 card, I lay my base and Circle over. As shown below, only glue the lower portion of the card.

Lay circle dye cut over and let dry.

Now the fun begins, take a clear block, ink up with pad or marker, than spritz with water….you are watercoloring. You had to have water soluable markers and inks, that is why l like Stampin’ Up! ink pads. Also, non toxic. Easy to clean with water.

The above is using blue on top and green on bottom. Ok, the deer is fussy cut…oh my, fussy cut. Simple From Natures Beauty stamp set.

My go to deer Stamp from Nature’s Beauty Stamp set.

I wanted Crumb Cake Ink on Crumb Cake cardstock…well, My Stampin’ Pad was dry so I went to Early Expresso. I have a new Crumb cake ink bad on order and a refill. Now, if I had a refill, I would not need to order another. Tip: Order a Ink pad and refill at same time, you will not regret. I ordered another ink pad cause the style changed a few years ago, love the new style. Yep, I use Crumb Cake on many cards and projects along with Navy…my go to colors.

So I went to my go to sets, yes, these are used over and over. They give a watercolor look, the look I love. Snow Front has trees, Deer, Mountains and water, grass….use with many other sets.

These are how I keep my sets, in a little crate I pick up at dollar store or thrift store. Needless to say the passed year I have been no where, these are items I had….thank goodness.

My favorite set…use with so many other sets.

I added some trees in Tranquil Tied…a color no longer available. Yes, every two years new colors come and go…yes they are called the in colors. The basics stay but to jazz up things a bit, new colors come. So when you find something you like and use, get back ups. I did not on this color and truly missed out. Cause once they retire they can not be ordered. Same with stamp sets, they come and go. Sooo….if you like this set, by end of May 2021, it may have retired.

OK, now. I should have done the white circle on its own and stamped. Yes, I did this wrong…but hey. Do you see the blue blop by the pine tree, well I stamped over it, to try to make it better.

Added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the deer. Yes, you can cut them to fit. This makes the deer stand out more.

Next, I showcased my dies to see the right size, to cut white cardstock to cover my ink blobs…yep, no mistake, just a designer creativity…

The cardstock comes out nice…..these are stitched dies that are again used over and over.

I added the dimesionals to the back of both these stitched die cuts to give more dimension.

Ok….have fun…. enjoy and share. Have a great day giving. Create Joy, Give Joy.

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March…Spring is Coming

I have been under the weather. The season is changing…so thankful. I am moving slow but push myself to get out everyday walking. I always walk the dog but now I walk more when the weather is nice. Yesterday, it snowed here, but I still walked. I do a extra walk.

Creating new cards, need sympathy cards, thank you cards, get well card. I thought I had extra, I do not, wow, they are going out fast. I am behind on Birthday cards, too.

The above card is a mish match. A little of this and a little of that. I do it often. Save those scraps of paper….be it DSP (Designer series paper or plain cardstock that I have stamped. You stack ontop of each other, creates something unique. I also like vellum and I cut that out with punches or dies. I have them ready and pick them here and there. You can see I used a punch of a circle. I add embellishments, the bird I found in some embellishments I bought at dollar store. I have to stay away from dollar store, I purchase to much.

The happy Birthday is from a stamp set I truly love, Botanical Bliss Cling-Mount Stamp Set. It has matching dies.

This is a book mark using the dies. They have so many uses. I used the Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight. University of Michigan Colors. I love Stampin Up paper, you can find your school colors and create lasting memories. The bookmark has been used, so it is a little ratty, a memory I made to celebrate a special occasion.

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Inking Errors

Inking Errors, what do you do?? Start over, sometimes. But what about that shadow by that “Y” you see above…scrap it? Flip over the paper and use the other side…yes you could the reink. I keep it…yes. You do the cover up technique. Use a rinestone, or some greenery from a die cut out or just a little circle. Yes, circles are my friend.

Birthday Jubilee is my go to stamp set of late. It is great alone or you can get the matching die set. I went with the just the stamp set, wish I bought the matching dies… I am going to put on my wish list.

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Happy Birthday SAB

Stamped on Whisper white cardstock with Night if Navy ink. Fussy cut out cake. Used rectangular stitch dies to cut Happy Birthday. Made a card base with Night of Navy cardstock

Basic A2 card with whisper white background. You take a 8-1/2 by 11 piece of whisper white and cut in half to get 5-1/2 by 8-1/2 piece of paper. Take that and score at 4-1/4″ to fold in half. You get a 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ card. You than cut the Night of Navy to 4″ by 5-1/4″ for layer one. Stamp the cake onto whisper white and also the Happy Birthday. I fussy cut the cake with scissors but to let you know…a die is coming next month….yes…so cool. Take the Happy Birthday and die cut with the rectangular stitched frames…yes, you need the Big shot or some other die cutting machines.