Fun Fold on the Diagonal

Country Floral Lane Diagonal Pop Up 1


Country Bouquet Bundle – save 10% [160383]

    Country Bouquet Stamp Set [160377]

    Country Bouquet Punch [160382]

Tailor Made Tags Dies [155563]

Happy Labels Pick a Punch [160693]


Country Floral Lane DSP [160375] 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”

Balmy Blue – 4 ¼” x 8 ½” (146982, card base), ½” x 3” strip

Basic White [159276] 1 ¼” x 3”, 4” x 4”, scrap for heart and leaves

Sweet Sorbet [159268] 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”, scrap for hearts



        1.  Score 4 ¼” x 8 ½” on long side at 4 ¼”. Score right panel from bottom of center score diagonally to top right corner.               Fold card in half with diagonally scored panel as card front.  Fold the diagonal fold in a “mountain” fold.

  1. Adhere DSP square to center of Sweet Sorbet square. Center the Sweet Sorbet square on the card front and adhere ONLY to the bottom right diagonal half of the card front.
  1. Cut a tag from 1 ¼” x 3” Basic White. Stamp sentiment on right end of tag (without hole).  Tie Linen Thread bow on left end with hole.  Punch ends of Balmy Blue strip with Happy Labels Pick a Punch and adhere to bottom of tag with glue.
  1. Stamp leaves twice in Mint Macaron on Basic White, and heart outline once in Sweet Sorbet on Basic White. Punch using Country Bouquet Punch.  Punch two small hearts from Sweet Sorbet scrap.
  1. Adhere three leaves to tag with glue and add hearts with Dimensionals (save a small heart for inside).
  1. Stamp inside Sentiment on 4” x 4” Basic White square. Stamp small hearts in bottom right corner in Sweet Sorbet and adhere square to inside of card.
  1. Place the final red punched heart with a Dimensional as a “stop” to hold the card open.  Add Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins to front.

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Cards received ~ thank you!




I may have missed some cards and I apologize if I have left some out.  I did use some creative Christmas cards when I was wrapping gifts for my family (you can see those cards HERE).  And, I received other cards from wonderful friends but I wanted to feature the handmade cards on the blog. Thank you each and every one ~ it's been a wonderful Christmas.

IMG_9075One last one ~ thank you Julia.

New Year's Cards

The first card uses the Warm Welcome Bundle from yesterdays post.  Because the dies contain a set of numbers it is easy to do any year/any date!  

Warm Welcome New Years Card

The second new year card is one I made to send.  I used the greeting from BRIGHTEST GLOW and the foliage from MERRIEST MOMENTS, both in the current mini catalog. 

New year 2

To make this card you mask the center of the basic white cardstock (2 1/2" x 4") and stamp the pine leaves over the mask.  I used Shaded Spruce and Old Olive.  Remove the mask and stamp the sentiment (Garden Green).  Before I adhered the basic white to the DSP, I drew the lines above and below the sentiment using my ruler and my Garden Green marker.  Do you have a new year card you would like to share ~ send it to me and I will send you one of mine!


Boughs of Holly Christmas Eve

What a great way to use the label in the die set! Thank you Adrienne!

Leaves of Holly Slim Line

Leaves of Holly Bundle
Leaves of Holly Bundle, page 25, July - December Mini Catalog

There is a lot to like about this collection of stamps and dies, the Beautiful Boughs of Holly Suite on page 24 and 25 in the current (through the end of the month) mini catalog.  I particularly like the use of the die with the two holly leaves on the side.  Enjoy these packages and cards and your Christmas Eve.  Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness.  Susan Elise


Card by Adrienne Allen
Card by Claire Cason

A Holiday Thank You Card

Snowflake Card Front


Something I try to do when making Thank You Cards for the winter holidays is to use more of a winter theme than a holiday theme. By the time we send out Thank You Cards, most of us are a bit weary of traditional holiday themes. But winter is still around, so why not celebrate one of the prettiest winter themes – snow!

Stampin’ Up! has made it easy for us to create cards with a snow theme this year with their Joyful Flurry Bundle, including the Joyful Flurry Stamp Set and the Frosted Flurry Dies. Add in the Snowflake folder in the Wintry 3D Embossing Folder set, and you can almost feel the snowflakes in today’s card.  

Snowflake Embossing Folder InkedFor the center strip in this card, I tapped my Starry Night ink pad all over one side of the inside of the embossing folder (the side with the Stampin' Up! logo on the outside).  The indentations do not pick up the ink.  Place your cardstock inside the folder on the side that is not inked up, close the folder.  Run it through the embossing machine then carefully open the folder and slide the cardstock out.  To clean the folder, run it under a faucet until there is no more ink.

Here's the sketch for this card.  While the inked center strip is shown as 2 3/4" x 5 1/2", the piece of cardstock that I inked was larger (3 1/4" x 6").  I trimmed it down afterwards to the final size.

Snowflake SketchFor the inside of the card, stamp a vertical line of small snowflakes from the Joyful Flurry stamp set along the right side of the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic White.  Enjoy cardmaking and stay warm!  Hugs, se

Snowflake Card Inside

December Stamp Club Projects....

These are the two projects that we created in stamp club this month.  Interested in joining us?  We meet once a month for several hours for stamping fun and friendship!  If you would like more information ~ let me know!

Snow Crystal
Snow Crystal background stamp, page 38, Mini Catalog IMG_8926 (2)

Forever Friendship stamp set, page 66, Mini Catalog

Storybook Gnomes

Angled Gnome Front


Gnomes Angled Card

This is a fun and easy angled card to create for the holidays!

Stamps: Kindness Gnomes Bundle (1596260)

Paper with cutting dimensions: Bermuda Bay CS (131197) 5 ½ X 11, sc 3 3/8 on both ends, ¾ X 10, Basic White CS (159276) 4 X 5 ¼ and scrap, Storybook Gnomes DSP (159615) (4) pieces cut at 3 1/8 X 5 1/4 two for front and two for inside flaps.

Ink: Memento Black (132708), Stampin’ Blends: Bermuda Bay (154878), Night of Navy (154891), Smokey Slate (154904), Balmy Blue (154830), and Soft Suede (154906).

Accessories: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149643), Paper Trimmer (152392), Paper Snips (103579), Silicone Craft Mat (127853), Multipurpose Glue (110755), Seal Adhesive (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Fine Sparkle Adhesive Back Gems (159967).



1. Using your Stampin’ Trimmer cut the Bermuda Bay CS to 5 ½ X 11 sc 3 3/8 on both ends and burnish with Bone Folder.

2. Lay the right score line onto the trimmer track. Move the right top card point down to 1 ¼” and cut at an angle.

3. Move the top point (above) to the trimmer track and hold in place. Move the bottom right corner to the 1” mark and cut.

4. Do steps 2 & 3 to the left side of the card.

5. Cut 4 DSP to 3 1/8 X 5 ¼”

6. Take two pieces for the front of the card stacked together. If you want the same design for both sides, flip the bottom piece over. Lay in Paper Trimmer repeat steps 2 & 3.

7. Adhere to front flaps using your adhesive.

8. Take the next two pieces of DSP for the inside flaps and repeat step 6. If you want the DSP to be different images, then place them face up together and cut.

9. Adhere the above to the inside flaps using your adhesive.

10. Stamp your Gnome on your 4 X 5 1/4 bottom corner of Basic White and color as desired using your Stampin’ Blends. Attach to the inside of the card using your adhesive.

11. Stamp a second Gnome on a scrap of Basic White and run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine with coordinating die.

12. Using your Stampin’ Blends color as desired.

13. Wrap the ¾” X 10 CS (belly band) around the card leaving it slightly loose to allow it to slide off. Add adhesive to end and close

14. Add your Gnome using Stampin’ Dimensionals to Belly Band.

15. Using your Memento Black ink stamp sentiment on a scrap of Basic White and cut using your Paper Snips or Paper Trimmer. Add SU Dimensionals and place them on the belly band.

16. Add a few of the gems to your card and belly band to complete your card.


Fancy Fold Snowflake

Snowflake Faux Side-step Card

Snowflake Faux Side-step Card Photo 2


Show off the gorgeous iridescence of the Snowflake 12” x 12” Specialty Vellum with this easy faux side-step fancy fold. This Christmas card will stand out from all the other cards your family and friends will receive this Christmas.  Try it ~ it's easier than it looks!!!


Stamp Set – Leaves of Holly (159601)

Ink – Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (132708)

Paper including cutting measurements –

Fresh Freesia Cardstock (155613) 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 3”, 6”, 7 ¼” (card base); 8 ½” x 3” scored at 4 ¼”

Pool Party Cardstock (122924) 5 ¼” x 1”, 5 ¼” x 2 ¾”, 2 pieces 4” x 2 ¾”

Snowflake 12” x 12” Specialty Vellum (159832)

dotted iridescent pattern 5” x ¾”, 3” x 3”

snowflake iridescent pattern 5” x 2 ½”

Accessories –

Twinkling Lights Dies (159541) Snowflake dies

Paper Trimmer (152392)

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653) or Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (150673)

Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Mini Glue Dots (103683)


1. Make a mountain fold on the 3” and 7 ¼” score lines. Make a valley fold on the 6” score line. Burnish well with bone folder.

2. Adhere the vellum strips to the Pool Party strips using small liquid glue dots on the back of the larger iridescent parts of the design.

3. Adhere these layers to the card base.

4. Place ‘PEACE’ and ‘TO FRIENDS NEAR AND FAR’ on a clear block and check the alignment by stamping on a piece of grid paper. Adjust as needed. Then stamp with Memento ink on the bottom of one of the 4” x 2 ¾” Pool Party pieces.

5. Adhere the two Pool Party pieces to the two ends of the 8 ½” x 3” strip of Fresh Freesia.

6. Attach the bottom of the stamped end of the strip to the front of the card lining up to bottom of the strip with the bottom of the card front.

7. Then turn card over and close it. Apply liquid glue to the top and bottom edge of the card back just under the strip.

8. Die-cut the 3” x 3” iridescent dotted vellum with the two snowflake dies nested together. Run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine several times to be sure all the die cuts through the vellum.

9. Adhere the snowflake to the card front with several glue dots.

10. Enjoy!