Video: 3 Types of Lock Fun Fold Cards

This week I had fun making THREE fun folds, all with one thing in common.
They are Lock Fold cards (or locking folds), which just means they have a closure on the front to keep them closed.

Watch my Video HERE or click the video photo below

The printable Recipe/measurement PDFs are located under each card below


Print Recipe with measurements HERE

The first card is called a Gate Fold Slide & Lock.
Not sure where it originated but I learned it from my talented friend, Cindy Brumbaugh.
(You can see Cindy’s Ice Cream cards Video HERE )

I used the Ornate Garden paper along and added a butterfly from the Butterfly Bijou paper to save time on coloring.
The sliding mechanism is super easy to make and gives a basic gate fold card some extra interest.


Print Recipe with measurements HERE

This paper is so pretty any way you use it!
It’s from the Fine Art Floral suite and I used the Butterfly Brilliance bundle but you could really
use a heart, a circle, a square….as long as you have the fold down the middle, it works!


Print Recipe with measurements HERE

I really love this one!  It’s easy to do and really holds the flap down.
I used the Forever Greenery bundle and the soon to be retired Pretty Peacock Cardstock and Ink.

By the way, the Stampin’ Up Annual catalog Retiring List will be out near the end of March!
So if you have the 2019-2021 In Color ink pads and need the re-inkers, I suggest to grab those soon.

Rococo Rose Ink Refill #150089
Seaside Spray ink Refill #150092
(Purple Posy was retired last year-if you need one, let me know)
Pretty Peacock Ink Refill #150090
Terracotta Tile Ink Refill #150093


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Video: Bottoms Up Card

Well, not bottoms up as in a glass of liquid cheer but rather a Bottom Fold up card!
This week I’m using the So Much Happy dies from the Stampin’ Up annual catalog:

Click HERE to watch video or on the video player below

PRINT RECIPE with measurements HERE

I like the playful little dots on the Playing With Patterns Designer paper!

Stampin’ Up Shopping List

Our new annual catalog will be arriving early in May this year!
Meanwhile, here is an early release bundle that will be in the new catalog in MAY that you can get now if you like!

You can get just the bundle of stamps/dies alone or add on the paper (the dies match the paper,!)
or the Natural woodgrain paper.  You can also get the whole suite under one item number #159408
BTW, the 6×6 Designer paper is limited time and will not be going into the annual catalog so be sure to grab it early.

I did a video showing the whole suite a few week ago – you can see it HERE
or click on the player below:

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Color Therapy Today…

I’m feeling a little under the weather today so I’m holding off on this week’s video til Monday or Tuesday.

I read an interesting article about how coloring and doodling can be like therapy by relaxing the mind and improving health.
(you can read that article HERE if interested)

So I got out my favorite 12×12 paper in the Stampin’ Up Jan-June catalog, True Love.
It has all black and white images perfect for adding your own color.
Large flowers, small flower and prints on the opposite sides.

I felt like going bold would help me feel better:)
I grabbed the alcohol markers, Stampin’ Blends, in dark Marvelous Magenta, a splash of dark Daffodil Delight in the flowers
and a little Granny Apple Green for the leaves.
I colored the white areas around the flower with Magenta so the flower stayed white.
it took about 5 minutes to color the background but I love the pop of color.

I added my most used, favorite bundle called So Sentimental.
I have a lot of stamps and dies and this one is hands down my most used!

I just love the stitching and how they layer with unique shapes.
Sentimental Stamp Set and the Stitched So Sweetly Dies

**before  I forget to mention it. SALE A BRATION ENDS SUNDAY, FEB 28th at midnight MT!
That’s the free gift with every $50 order – you can see all the freebies HERE)

Shopping List:

(you can add all to cart and edit once it’s in there – it’s like an EASY button:)

I’ll be back in a few days!
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Video: 5 ways to use background dies

This week I had a request to use the Flowering Vine dies!
Thank you Mindy for giving me the nudge to use ’em this week!

Let’s get right to the video so you can see them all in action!
You can click HERE or on the video below to watch.
I made a recipe/measurement PDF for each card.
See the link under each photo for the printable recipe and measurements


This one might be my favorite!
I like the 3 pages and the see thru window altho
I did change the orientation in the video so it cuts easier in the die cutting machine.

View/Print Recipe with measurements HERE


Some see an oval, I see an egg:)
This used the die as a focal point rather than a background.

View/Print Recipe with measurements HERE


I really like how this one came out, too!
I think it’s the woodgrain paper that lends to the farmhouse feel.
This shows how to use the background die as a stamped image
just by adding color with the alcohol Blends markers.

View/Print Recipe with measurements HERE


When I have more time, I’d like to try this with other papers but the
Inlay or Inlaid technique is a cool look, especially in person.  You really see it embedded it there.

View/Print Recipe with measurements HERE


This is the most traditional way to use the background dies, as a background to a sentiment or image.
The Hydrangea designer really sets it off against the darker purples.

View/Print Recipe with measurements HERE

I hope you give a few of these a try!

We still have a week left for Sale a Bration!
Free stamp set or paper with every $50 purchase!
See those here

Here are Links to the dies alone or in the bundle and the Hydrangea Paper:

Video: Double Pop Up V Fold

This week I’m creating with LOTS of butterflies and a fun,  oversized pop up fold!

click HERE for the video or below on the video photo


This pretty suite will be available March 2nd!

Or you can add it to your starter kit if you want to join my team as a discount shopper or as a business stamper.
The stamp/dies will be in the upcoming Stampin’ Up annual catalog in May.
The designer paper will not be in the new catalog so be sure to grab that in March!


Print/View the Flyer for the Butterfly Bouquet HERE

I’ll be adding more to my retired sale page today and tomorrow, so be sure to check back!
Spend under $50 and Shipping is only a $5 flat free for the retired items and I’ll mail those all together.
Free shipping for all retired orders over $50.
(Sale a Bration and Customer rewards do not apply to my retired items)

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Video: Adding Texture with Alcohol Markers & Snail Mail

Our Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) can create a create texture pattern!
Here’s my video showing how to do it
(if it doesn’t show below, go HERE)


I used the Color Lifter to create the texture –
It’s $4.50 #144608

Totally a veering off of the subject for a moment, but I recently found out there are people out there saving the snails by painting their shells (non-toxic paint of course) so they don’t get run over or stepped on as easily….
You can read the article HERE if it’s of interest:)

Snailed It is a fun little bundle and useful for mailing cards with the two ‘mail’ stamps:

Snailed it Bundle $44 #156255

I also had a request to use the Stitched With Whimsy Dies
so I incorporated them as ‘snail trails’ around my white card base.
They cut little stitches around….

Stitched With Whimsy $29 #155314

Extra samples from the Stampin’ Up Art department:

The artist used the little envelope die to create the background but a brick wall folder would be easier!

Here’s the main Snail products I used that link to my store:

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Chicks, Butterflies and a little Jackson Browne….

Hello, all!

I have 2 Stampin’ Up-dates to share today!

The new Chicks are in town arrive February 2nd!

I shared this post and a project video a few weeks ago showing all the 4 items, stamps & dies!

Hey Birthday Chick stamp set (Jan-June catalog)  $21  #154464
Birthday Chick Coordinating Dies $37   #158200
Bundle #158631    $43

RETURNING from 2017 Sale a Bration, Hey Chick stamp set  #158190  $17
New Coordinating dies #158199  $32
Bundle for both $44  #158627

These will all be available until June 30th, 2021
but Sale a Bration’s gift with purchase is still happening for all orders over $50
so it’s a good time to get ’em

**If you are getting the chicks, think about adding the All Wired Up background stamp also!

Butterfly Bouquet Demonstrator Preorder starts today

Stampin’ Up will pre-release a new annual catalog bundle and designer paper in March!
This beautiful bundle will be in the upcoming Annual catalog however the special designer paper will be a limited item.
(Demonstrators can preorder during February and yes, it can be added to your starter kit if you’d like to join)
I’m preordering mine today to see what it can do and I’ll do a video testing it out!
From what it looks like, the stamps are all on one block and so is the die so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

I have a new area on my blog for retired products that need a new home!
I’ll post things weekly but if there is something retired you have been looking for, email me.
Maybe I have it!
Shipping is a flat rate $5 under $50 and free over $50 for my retired SU store.
go here to see what’s added


When I redesigned my blog it was retro themed, like me.
One of the things I love about the old days is music and no surprise,
my go-to driving, stamping or washing dishes music is from the 60’s and 70’s.
I know a lot of you are like me, whether old souls or those that experienced it first hand.

This morning in the craft room some playing Jackson Browne and his Running on Empty is one of my favs.
He wrote it and recorded it in 1977 while driving to the studio every day.
(and for those that thought the Daryl Hannah story was true, he was exonerated of all that)
you can read more about it here if it’s of interest)

The song starts out “looking out on the road rushing under my wheels,
looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields…”

Now that I’m older, the lyrics are so spot on.

“Running on (running on empty)
Running on (running blind)
Running on (running into the sun)
But I’m running behind”

Always running but always behind, I should get a t-shirt that says that LOL
Here is the concert montage for the song….click here or on the video below




Video: Ten Cards made with Many Messages Bundle

I didn’t plan on making TEN cards and such a long video but it just sorta flowed and happened:)
I had a request from Stephanie to use the Many Messages bundle that has
19 greetings/sentiments on one stamp and ONE die to cut them all out at once!



Many Messages Bundle $50.25  #156272

If you are interested in the bundle, you can order HERE or drop me an email.
It’s still Sale a Bration time, which means you get a freebie with it!
(I used the Paper Blooms free paper)

Paper Blooms 12×12 #155222  free with a Level one $50 order

See all the SAle a Bration  freebies HERE

I also used the In Bloom Bundle for the floral dies:

The dies create all the paper piercing texture!  I love them.
And you really wouldn’t need the stamp set – there’s so much to do with the dies alone!
They are called Pierced Blooms  – 25 dies!
#154312   $37


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Video: Love you Always: Treat Box Ideas

I had a request to use the Love you Always Treat boxes so I had fun creating 5 this week.
I honestly could have kept going because they are large enough to add SO many themes
to them.   They are food safe, fit lots of goodies inside and very sturdy!
And they go together with zero glue or tape:)

They are approx 4″ long, 2″ wide and 1-1/2″ deep.
$9  #154285  for 10 boxes

If you order this week, you will have plenty of time to get some to decorate & fill for Valentine’s Day!

Watch video HERE
or click on video below

Shopping links for some of the supplies I used:

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