Fragrant Flowers Sale-a-bration!

Favored Flowers DSP designed for the Fragrant Flowers bundle from Stampin' Up!

Did you see the Favored Flowers designer series paper (DSP) in the Sale-a-bration catalog? It works perfectly with the Fragrant Flowers bundle from the January Mini catalog. As soon as I saw the gorgeous peony patterns in rich purples, deep greens, and warm corals and all the sample cards, I had to have the set.

Twelve sheets of double sided 12″x12″ paper with flowers on one side and graphic patterns on the opposite means you don’t need much more than some cardstock to create beautiful cards. The dies from the bundle are sized to cut the flower images perfectly. To get a good idea of what I could do with the set, I started with a CASE of a card in the Sale-a-bration catalog.

Copy and Share Everything card

I started with a base of Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ – so a standard half-sheet card. I think the card in the catalog is slightly larger and they used a Mossy Meadow base, but I’m such a fan of purple. I added a layer of DSP cut to 4″x5-1/4″ and there is another strip of a different pattern across the middle. This is 4″x 1-1/4″.

As designed, the dies cut the main flower image from the DSP perfectly, including the two little buds. I used Dimensionals to lift that piece. Next I die cut leaves from White cardstock, and peony buds from Blackberry bliss. I tinted the leaves with Fresh Freesia and a blender brush. The big, bold Thanks stamped a bit patchy, but I liked the touch of vintage feel, so I didn’t restamp it. Both the stamp and the banner die come in the bundle. For my final touch, I added Classic Matte Dots in black.

An Upline Card – Simply Elegant

Beautifully Happy and Favored Flowers card.

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I get a ton of support from my upline demonstrator. She recruited me and helps me with any questions I have. She also sends me beautiful cards! This one is just elegant. I’m going to do my best to describe how she made it, and probably make one in Calypso Coral.

It’s a base of Blackberry Bliss. You can use the other half of the sheet from the card above. A layer of white cut 5-1/4″ x 4″. The next layer starts with a piece of Blackberry Bliss cut to 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. The DSP is cut in 1″x4″ strips. The sentiment is from another Sale-a-bration set, Beautifully Happy, and stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. The final embellishments include a Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon from the annual catalog and some Opaque Adhesive-Backed gems from the Mini catalog.

If you’d like more ideas on how to use the Fragrant Flowers bundle and Favored Flowers DSP, check out my Pinterest Board here: https://www.pinterest.com/dayinker/stampin-up-fragrant-flowers/

You can order any of these products with me by using the shop with me code on the right. Sale-a-bration ends February 28, 2023 or as long as supplies last. So, don’t delay. Until next time: Ink up!

Four-Fold CASE with Dandy Garden DSP

This Four-Fold card blew me away when my sister demonstrator, Carrie Todd, showed it at the recent Stampin’ Up! event. I begged her for the instructions, and she was so kind to share them with me. And now, I’m sharing with you. This design is so awesome when you have a pack of patterned paper you love. Show it off using this creative fun fold.

The Front of the Card and the Basic Instructions

Four-fold card folded up. This one uses the Dandy Garden DSP from Stampin' Up!
Front of the Four-Fold card with Dandy Garden DSP

First, let’s cover all the card stock you need to cut for this card. Once you have this part done, you can dress it up in various ways that we’ll discuss next.

Start with the base layers. I used Blackberry Bliss for my base. Cut one piece 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 3/4″ and 4-1/4″. The second piece is cut at 6-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ scored in half at 3-1/2″.

The next layers in my card are Mossy Meadow. I used one 5-1/4″x 4″, two 4-1/2″x 3-1/4″, and two 3-3/4″x 2-1/2″.

The last pieces of card stock are my Bumblebee piece cut to 4-1/4″x 3″ and a White piece cut 4″x 2-3/4″.

The Assembly

Inside of the four-fold card with Dandy Garden DSP from Stampin' Up@
The four-fold card opened fully

Fold the base card stock pieces on the score lines. Then, on each panel, cut 3/4″ off the top of the front panel. This creates the staggered height. Be sure to only cut to the mid-score line.

Next, using Stampin’ Seal + (the strong stuff) on the 3/4″ tab on the larger base piece, glue the two cards together. This is the middle fold between the two evenly sized panels.

The card is basically complete. It’s time to decorate.

Patterned Paper Pieces for the Four-Fold Panels

At a minimum, you’ll want the following pieces of pattered paper to decorate the card: 5″x 3-3/4″, two pieces 3-12/” x 2-1/4″. This decorates your front small panel, inside and out and the back panel interior.

I could have embossed my Bumblebee piece and left it as is. Instead, I cut another piece of DSP at 4″ x 2-3/4″ to go on top of the Bumblebee layer and finished that panel off with a dragonfly. As an additional layer under the White panel, I cut that piece of paper at 4-1/4″ x 3″.

I also added one of the memory and more cards to the inside of the back panel with a small dragonfly. Lastly, I added the sentiment to the front of the card using Mossy Meadow ink on a scrap of White layered over a piece of Mossy Meadow.

That’s it. Huge thanks to Carrie Todd for sharing this design. The four-fold card is only fussy in the number of pieces you put together. Once you have your base figured out, it’s easy to embellish with embossing, die-cuts, or even more stamping. Of course, I’m going to use this layout for at least one Christmas card. Let me know if you try it. Until next time, ink up!

Kaleidoscope Card with Fancy Phrases

A Kaleidoscope card technique using the Fancy Phrases stamp set from Stampin' Up!

I saw a Kaleidoscope card for the first time on the Splitcoast Stampers site. As soon as I did, I knew I had to try it. This is my first attempt. Overall it was easier to create the kaleidoscope, but I think I would have picked a denser part of the stamp for my image if I tried it again.

How to Kaleidoscope

The card is a basic base of Terracotta Tile paper with a 3-3/4″ square of Daffodil Delight. Now comes the fun part. I used a 4″ square of Basic White paper and used a 1-7/8″ square die to cut a square out of more or less the middle. You will want to use a die for this technique, so if you don’t have the Layering Squares dies, get them before they retire this month. I then cut three more squares from a different piece of white paper.

Next, I placed my template, the four-inch square with a hole in it, in my Stamparatus and secured it with the magnets. I placed one of my die cuts in the hole. It fits perfectly, as it should. Next, I selected a portion of the large floral stamp from the Fancy Phrases set to put on the square. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have chosen so much of the edge of the image and more of the floral piece of the image, but it’s good either way. So I stamped that square, then I swapped out the squares and stamped each one. Because the template aligns the die-cut and the Stamparatus stamps in the exact same place every time, I have four identical squares.

The hard part is over. I colored in the images using my Stampin’ Blends in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Seaside Spray. I used Terracotta Tile ink to stamp a sentiment from the same stamp set and punched it out with the Timeless Label punch. It’s lifted on Dimensionals. I had to add a little something, and I had some retired Calypso Coral ribbon. And that’s it. If you try the Kaleidoscope technique, I’d love to hear how it went for you and see your project. Until next time: Ink up!