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Let it Ride ~ Z-Fold Card

Today I am sharing a card I designed for a swap at OnStage this past weekend.  The category was Avid Crafter cards which includes WOW and Fancy Fold cards.  I chose to use the Let it Ride stamp set (because I love Horses) and to incorporate it on a Z-Fold card.

A Z-Fold card is one of the easier fancy folds in my opinion. No rocket science involved, just an extra fold on the front panel, and add your layers as usual… but it packs such a wow!

Let it Ride Full Card

I wanted to keep the colors neutral so that my horse would be the star of the card, and I colored him and his friends on the inside with my Blends!

This is what the card looks like folded flat, as it would be in an envelope.

Let it Ride 1

Here is my inside panel.  I just love the vibe that these horses give… not a care in the world and just grazing along.  I wish I could live like that some days… but responsibilities prevail…

Let it Ride Inside Panel

Since this card was intended to be for an avid crafter, I had to step it up a bit!  I used my rectangle stitched dies, added some designer paper, did a watercolor wash on my background, colored with my Blends, and heat embossed my sentiment on vellum.   All pulled together, just makes this card a WOW.

The Z-Fold is a really simple design to do as well… and it packs such a punch!

  1. Cut your standard card base (5 1/2″ x 11″)
  2. Score and fold your card as normal, at 4 1/4″.  It will look like a standard portrait card at this point…
  3. Score the front panel at 2 1/8″.  Then fold the piece back the other way.  

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

The Let it Ride stamp set will carryover into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, so we can enjoy this set for another year!  But the Designer Paper will not carryover, so if you love it, you better get it quick before its gone forever!

If you would like to purchase any of the items I used on this card for your own supply stash, email me or click the images below to add them to your cart in my online store.  My store is ALWAYS open!

Thanks for looking!

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Last-Chance Products!

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Its that time of year again … time to say good-bye…  Our retiring item list is now available.  Get them quick before they are gone forever!

BUT, BEFORE YOU START SHOPPING, note that this year’s retiring list is quite different…

First of all,  Stampin’ Up is retiring our current Stampin’ Trimmer and the BIG SHOT!  There is no need to panic!  We will have replacements available at a later date, but they will not be available in the new 2019-2020 catalog.  But not to worry, they will continue to carry and over a vast selection of dies and embossing folders, and you can still order a Big Shot and a Trimmer while supplies last.  If you need help with alternatives, please contact me!

Also, Stampin’ Up is transitioning all of their Clear-mount stamps to CLING!  And after June 4th, they will no longer offer stamps in Wood-Mount (with the exception of Background stamps).  This transition will impact you only if you are ordering a stamp set that is carrying over, and IF you have a preference to receive it in Clear-mount or CLING-mount.  If you are interested in learning more about the differences in these two styles, come to one of my classes and play with these products or contact me with any questions!

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Effective immediately, stamp sets offered in clear-mount or wood-mount in the 2018–2019 annual catalog that are carrying over into the 2019–2020 annual catalog will be offered in clear-mount and/or wood-mount until existing inventory has been depleted or until June 4, 2019 (whichever comes first). If our inventory is depleted, you will be notified of the automatic switch to cling when placing an order for that stamp set. This means that you may end up purchasing select cling stamp sets (in carryover artwork) before they can be ordered from the catalog! All carryover rubber stamp sets will be available in cling medium only (with the exception of background stamps in North America) beginning June 4, 2019.

Here is a list of stamp sets that are carrying over and that the Cling-mount transition applies to:

Accented Blooms
Animal Outing
Artisan Textures
Barn Door
Beautiful Day
Beautiful You
Bee Thankful
Birthday Backgrounds
Bokeh Dots
Botanical Bliss
Buffalo Check (will continue as wood mount as well)
Country Road
Crafting Forever
Dandelion Wishes
Dashing Deer
First Frost
Flourishing Phrases
Gallery Grunge
Healing Hugs
Hold On To Hope
Itty Bitty Greetings
Kindness & Compassion
Label Me Pretty
Lilypad Lake
Little Elephant
Little Twinkle
Love you to Pieces
Magical Mermaid
Painted Glass
Peaceful Place
Perennial Birthday
Pop of Petals
Rooted in Nature
Sea of Textures
Sorry for Everything
Special Celebrations
Stitched All Around
This Little Piggy
Tropical Chic
Winter Woods

NOTE ABOUT BUNDLES: Don’t forget, that when the current catalog retires on June 3rd, items that are currently available in Bundles at a 10% discount will no longer be bundled, but will have to be purchased individually.  So, if you have had a bundle on that wish list, get it now while you can still save that 10%!

Click the Button Below to see the entire list of retiring products:


Get these items before they’re gone!  You can shop my online store any time – it is ALWAYS open!

STORAGE by Stampin’ Up

Check out the new STORAGE by Stampin’ Up that is available NOW!


Stampin’ Up’s STORAGE line is completely customizable and stackable to fit YOUR space and needs.  It is designed to fit our inks, embellishments, and anything else you need a home for on your craft space!  I just love that it allows for items to be out in the open and easy to see and grab.  I have found that having my items out where I can see them inspires me to use them more.

Follow my Blog and Facebook page for more STORAGE inspiration and see how I will incorporate it into MY craft space!


Q:  How sturdy are the units when stacked?

A:  The system is designed so each unit will interlock with the others when stacked so the trays will not wobble and will not bow when stacked.

Q:  Do the old style ink pads fit in the Ink Pad Storage?

A.  Yes, They will fit …but the sides will have a small gap between the trays and that may cause the stack to become unstable when pulling ink pads in and out.  I would not recommend storing them in the ink pad holders.  HOWEVER, you can get the open cubes and store them!

Q:  Do Momento, StazOn, and VersaMark pads fit in the ink pad trays?

A:  No, they are just a smidge too tall.  But you can stack one of the open cubes on top to stack them in!

Q.  How many pieces do I need?

 A. You can use THIS PDF document to help determine how many pieces you need.   Remember, you can always order more if you want and as your collection grows!

Q.  Will Storage be in the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog?

A.  YES, these items will be available in the new Annual Catalog, so they will be around for a long time to come.

Q. Do the Stampin’ Blends Markers fit next to the Ink Pad?

A.  The space beside the ink pad is designed for our Stampin’ Write markers.  You can place a blend in the slot, but only one will fit, and where will you put the other shade to the color?

Q.  Are you getting rid of your current storage units?

A.  No!  But, I will add the new STORAGE by Stampin’ Up to my current storage system to store my Blends and some other items.

Q.  Do they fit on the IKEA Kallax shelves?

A. Absolutely!  The trays and cubes can be stacked and rearranged to fit in any space you have.

Q:  Do they come in any other colors?

A:  No.  They are available only in our WHITE glossy plastic, which is designed to brighten and coordinate with any setup you have!

Q:  How many ink refills will fit in a tray?

A:  Approximately 20.

Click the links below to access the flyer that contains each item’s dimensions, and prices, and to access a worksheet that will help you determine what and how many pieces you need for your STORAGE

Flyer w/ Prices and Dimensions

STORAGE Configuration Worksheet

Get your STORAGE today by shopping for them in my store or by using the links below!  My Store is ALWAYS open!

STORAGE by Stampin’ Up Item List 

Forever Lovely

Today I am having a fun play with the Forever Lovely Stamp set from the Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set is currently only available through June 2nd, so if you love it, get it now while you know it is available!

Forever Lovely 2Forever Lovely Close Up

This set is Photopolymer and features two-step stamping.  For those that may not be familiar with two-step stamping, it simply means that you will stamp part of the image with one stamp, and then stamp over the same image with another stamp.  The first flower stamp in this set will stamp your outline, with the second being the “fill-in” and is often lighter than the outline stamp.  This gives the crafter so much versatility and detail in their images.   With the set being photopolymer, it is quite easy to line the second image back up over the first.

Tip:  Our Stamparatus is a wonderful tool in accomplishing perfectly aligned two-step images.

This set also features the new product line called Distinctive Stamps.  These type of stamps provide much more detail than traditional stamped images, and the details definitely show through!

Tip:  When stamping with distinctive stamps, the amount of ink on your stamp will play a critical role in achieving beautiful images.  If your pad is too juicy, the images will look like a solid mess, and no detail will show.  If your pad is too dry, you will not get good coverage.  For some, the best success has come with applying the ink to the stamp using a sponge dauber rather than inking directly to the stamp with my stamp pad.

Don’t you just love the sentiments in this set?  The mixed-fonts just make them so much more lovely.

All the supplies I used are listed below.  You can order them today by clicking on the images and adding them to your shopping cart.  My store is ALWAYS open!

Thank You for looking!



Sale-a-Brating Lovely Lattice

Last Day to Sale-a-Brate!

It is the last day of Sale-a-Bration and so I wanted to feature some additional ideas using our wonderful Sale-a-Bration stamp sets.  The first, I think has quickly became one of my favorites, the Lovely Lattice.

Lovely Lattice 2

Lovely Lattice Close Up

I created this card using a new technique with my Stamparatus.  Note, that you cannot do this technique without a stamp positioning tool!  This card uses very few supplies although it looks like you used 8 different ink colors, it uses only 3!

First, I inked the entire image up with my Daffodil Delight and Stamped:

Lovely Lattice Step 1

Then, I randomly applied Lovely Lipstick to my stamp in various spots, and stamped again.  Since my paper and originally stamped image had not moved on the Stamparatus base, and my stamp was still in the same position on the Stamparatus plate, I could easily stamp directly over my original image and have perfect alignment.  AND, if we remember what we learned in 1st grade art class, yellow and red make orange… so… this is what I now have, pretty cool, huh?:

Lovely Lattice Step 2

But, we can’t just stop there… well, we could, but that wouldn’t be as much fun.  So, I added a third color, Bermuda Bay.  I randomly inked spots on my stamp, and stamped over my image a 3rd time.  Back to our 1st grade art class where yellow and blue make green, and red and blue make purple… we get this:

Lovely Lattice 3

You can always go back over the stamp and apply more Lovely Lipstick or Bermuda Bay in places to get the look you want.  But this is such a cool technique, and NO two cards will be exactly alike!

The Lovely Lattice set does not contain any sentiments, so I added my sentiment from the Dear Doily stamp set and punched it out with my 1 1/2″ Circle Punch, and layered it on a 1 3/8″ Scallop Circle in Bermuda Bay.

Again, this technique could not have been accomplished without my Stamparatus.  If you would like to get the Lovely Lattice stamp set, you can earn it FREE with the purchase of Stamparatus, or any other items totaling $50!  WOW!  But hurry, this stamp set is only available until midnight TONIGHT!

The items I used are listed below.  Just click on the links to purchase them in my online store – it is ALWAYS open!

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Well Said Birdie

Well Said framelits Today’s card was designed using our wonderful Well Said bundle in the Occasions Catalog.  I was lucky that I received the stamp set when I attended Stampin’ Up’s OnStage event held in Orlando.  (Psst… if you join, you can win attend these events too and win awesome stuff!).

There are 24 dies in this bundle and 51 stamps… thats a LOT of phrases and combinations you can make, just think of all the possibilities.  And the mix of scripted and plain text sentiments is all the rage right now, and let’s face it, its a good rage!

The key to this card is using the adhesive sheets when running your pieces through the Big Shot.  It makes the assembly so quick and easy… just like peeling and applying stickers.  The alternative would be to use our tombow glue with a sponge and apply, but that makes a mess… and of course you could always use our fine tip glue… but why in the world would we want to??  The adhesive sheets are fabulous and a must-have if you get this bundle – trust me, its worth it!

Dont forget this is the last week of Sale-a-Bration too!  So, if you purchase the bundle, and the adhesive sheets, you will earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set… and if you add $13.50 in product to your order, you can earn 2 FREE Sale-a-Bration items, or a Level 2 item!  You do NOT want to miss out on getting FREE stuff!

You can see and purchase all of the items I used by clicking on them below and adding them to your order.  My online store is ALWAYS open for business, 24 x 7.

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