Fun Fold Happy Mail

I interrupt my regularly scheduled post to bring you some happy mail. When I came home last night from my book club meeting there was a package sitting on the counter for me. (Both my husband and I are terrible about remembering to get the mail!) One look at the envelope and I couldn’t wait to open it!


Cute, right? When I opened it, I was amazed to find this gorgeous purse!! Daisies, my favorite! There was a note enclosed and I can’t tell you how much it touched my heart.  It was from a blog reader, Kathy Royce. She saw this on Splitcoast Stampers and said she had to make one especially for me.  She thought it was perfect timing because I was doing this fun fold series.  Oh my Gosh!!!  I am so blessed!


The clutch purse was designed by Dee Slater and you can bet I will be checking out Splitcoast Stampers for directions to CASE it too! (Kathy, if you are reading this, post the link in the comments or email me and I will update with the link.)

It gets even better….when I opened it there were 4 gorgeous note cards enclosed!  WOW! What an exciting surprise!


Here’s a close up of each of these adorable cards and custom envelopes.





I am one lucky person! I love to create and it brings me joy if I can inspire others to share handmade kindness. Kathy, you made my day!!! I am honored to be the recipient of this generous gift and kindness.


Please leave a comment for Kathy and then make someone’s day…send a card to someone today!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Just Stampin’


L is for a Lever Fun Fold with Butterfly Basics

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I have a Lever Card for you. Spring is in the air and we released our butterflies at school today.  My Pre-K students love this every year!  We’ve watched them change from caterpillars to butterflies and now it was time to let them go. I was drawn to the Butterfly Basics stamp set for my fun fold card today.


I decided to use one of the new In Colors, Lemon Lime Twist, to go with the letter of the day.  I really didn’t think I was going to like this color but, after pairing it with black with last month’s Paper Pumpkin and now with Dapper Denim, it is really growing on me. I think sometimes it just takes the right color combination.  I often get asked how I choose the colors.  Most of the time I get my inspiration from clothing, bedding, home decor, magazines, HGTV, or our Designer Series Paper packs. For this card I chose the colors from the Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper.  I love the way the paper packs have the coordinating colors printed right on the pack.  Makes it so easy!  I used the DSP to cut my butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits. I cut another butterfly from vellum using the Bold Butterfly Framelits and adhered the two with glue dots.


Then I pulled the colors from the DSP to make the card.  The card base is Lemon Lime Twist cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  I cut a piece of 5 x 6 Very Vanilla for the inside and scored it at 2 and 4.  I used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut a square out of the front of my card.


I also used the Layering Squares Framelits to cut 3 squares the colors of my butterfly.  I stamped the top layer using the fern from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and Lemon Lime Twist Ink. I stamped the inside and front of my card using sentiments from this set and Dapper Denim Ink.

Next, I applied adhesive to the back of the inside sentiment panel only and adhered it to the inside of the card.  Then I closed the card and applied adhesive just where the inside piece peeks through the front and attached the layered squares inside the square.

I attached the butterfly with some glue dots and added a few rhinestones. This card sits nice on a desk or shelf.  I also like that there’s a nice panel to sign the card.


Here’s a short video showcasing the Butterfly Basics and Butterfly Thinlits Dies. *This is an older video.  She uses the magnetic plate and wax paper to cut out the butterfly die.  I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate and the thin die adapter.  I was able to cut my butterfly out easily just running it through the Big Shot once.  Much easier with better results!!!

She made some adorable cards with this stamp set and dies and you can too!  If you would like to purchase any of the materials I used on my card today, please Click HERE to visit my online store.


Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics  Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim  Papers: Lemon Lime Twist, Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, Vellum  Tools & Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Have a Lovely Day!

Just Stampin’


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tic tac toe challenge
Do you remember playing the game Tic Tac Toe and taking turns with an opponent drawing X’s and O’s in empty boxes until the winner got their 3 X’s or O’s in a row? Well, we have something more exciting… Tic Tac Toe, crafter style! We’ll give you a Tic Tac Toe board filled with various craft elements and you simply choose any three elements in a row – down, across or diagonal to use in your challenge project.
Pretty easy …and tons of fun, right?

I am honored to have been chosen to be on the design team for this awesome new challenge! We are working to bring lots of inspiration to you!! Please visit the website to view the description of the challenge and meet the design teams! We will host challenges every Thursday with our first challenge going live on June 8th. Our goal is for you to have FUN while creating and using inspiration from our Challenge Boards and Design Team projects to inspire your next creation! We hope you’ll join and play along with us!

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Fun Fold card in my alphabet series, ABC’s with Fun Folds.  Any guesses as to what L will be??

Have a wonderful day!
Just Stampin’

K is for Kite Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I have a fun fold Kite card for you. This would be a great kids card.  I remember when my daughter was turning 3 we had a Winnie the Pooh birthday party.  We made kite shaped invitations and delivered them to her friends. This would make a cute invitation or birthday card.  This card reminds me of my son, he LOVED dinosaurs!


I admit I had no idea what I was going to do for a fun fold for K.  I was thrilled when I found this tutorial by Brenda Quintana ( I followed her tutorial and put it together in no time!

Kite Card Tutorial

Step One

1. Start with a piece of card stock 10” x 4”. On the long side, score at 5”.

Step Two

2. On BOTH long sides, make a mark on the edge at 3” and 7”.

Step Three

3. On BOTH short sides, make a mark on the edge at 2”.

Step Four

4. Score from the 3” mark on one long side to the 7” mark on the other side. This will be a diagonal score, which runs across the 5” score line. Hint: I darkened the groove of my 6” score line with a permanent black fine tip Sharpie marker. This line makes it easier to align points for diagonal scoring.

Step Five

5. Score from the opposite 3” mark to the other 7” mark. You should now have score lines in the shape of an ‘X’ that cross the 5” score line in the center.

Step Six

6. Using a cutter or scissors, cut off the four corners of the card stock from the 3” marks on the long sides to the 2” marks on the short sides.

Step Seven

7. Fold the card in half on the 5” score line.

Step Eight

8. Tuck in the corner of the card along the score lines.

Step Nine

9. Tuck in the other corner.

Step Ten

10. Decorate card as desired.

I used Emerald Envy cardstock for my card base and the DSP is from the new catalog (available June 1), called Pick a Pattern.  (I used the flower print from this paper pack on yesterday’s Joy Fold Card. ) There is a wide variety of patterns in this paper pack.

DSP Pick a Pattern

 I cut the DSP 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 and scored it at 1 7/8 on each side.  

Then I cut the 4 corners off from where the score lines meet the edge to where the other score line meets the edge.  I cut along the score lines and adhered the pieces to the front of the card.

I did the same for my Whisper White piece on the inside except I didn’t cut it apart.  I stamped my sentiment from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set with Emerald Envy Ink and stamped the clouds in Soft Sky. I attached a piece of Emerald Envy ribbon with a glue dot on the inside then adhered my sentiment layer on top.

I couldn’t help but sing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins as I was making this card! This would this be a fun card to give with a new kite for a kids birthday party or anytime. You could make a custom envelope or it fits in a note card envelope.img_2494

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up  Ink: Emerald Envy, Soft Sky  Papers: Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Pick a Pattern (available June 1)  Tools & Accessories: Emerald Envy ribbon, glue dots, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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Reminder… Today, May 22nd, is the LAST DAY that all retiring Stampin’ Up! stamp sets are guaranteed to be available. After that they will only be available while supplies last or until May 31st. Click HERE to check out the retiring stamp sets. Don’t miss out!!!

Have a wonderful day.  Share handmade Kindness! 

Just Stampin’



J is for Joy Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I have a Joy fold card for you. The joy fold is basically a card within a card.  It is all about the layers and a fun focal point.  This Little Piggy is the most adorable stamp set!  It will be available June 1st.  I’ve been waiting for her big debut until it was closer to when you could order…I didn’t want to tease you any longer than necessary.  I couldn’t resist giving her center stage on my card today.


Isn’t she stinkin’ cute?! I used my aqua painter to bring her to life.  I gave my Shimmery White cardstock a quick wash with Soft Sky then I stamped Little Piggy with Basic Black ink. I used Flirty Flamingo and Sahara Sand inks with the aqua painter.  It was so fast & easy…just a quick wash with the brush.  No need to overthink it…she’s a pig…she likes to be dirty and handles imperfection with pride! She has several friends in her stamp set too!


I have lots of photos and measurements for you today so you can make one of these on your own.  The card base is Sahara Sand cut at 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 and scored at 5 1/2. Now let’s start layering…


The Flirty Flamingo Layer measures 4 x 5 1/4.  The Polka Dot pattern is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (retiring) but you could easily use the same patterned paper as the front.  This layer measures 3 3/4 x 5.  Now for the front layers…

img_2461 The Flirty Flamingo layer measures 2 3/4 x 4.  The DSP is from the new Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. It measures 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  There are many fun patterns in this pack.

DSP Pick a Pattern

The Little Piggy sits on a Sahara Sand card base measuring 8 x 3 and scored at 4.  The Flirty Flamingo layer measures 2 3/4 x 3 3/4 and my Shimmery White layer measures 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. I adhered this inside the card making sure to center it.

The inside layers for this are Flirty Flamingo and Whisper White and are the same measurements as the front. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black.



This is definitely a fun fold!  I love how it opens and closes.


Here’s my envelope to match with the new Pick A Pattern DSP!


Stamp Set: This Little Piggy (available June 1)  Ink: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo Sahara Sand  Papers: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Flirty Flamingo, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (retired), Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper Accessories: Aqua Painter

Click HERE to see another Joy Fold Card I shared previously.

Hope your day is filled with Joy!

Just Stampin’


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I is for Interlocking Fun Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I am showcasing an Interlocking Gate Fold. This is one of the many variations to the Gate Fold cards I shared for the letter G.  (If you missed that post you can see it HERE.)  I adore daisies and can’t seem to get enough of the new Delightful Daisy Suite (available June 1st). The Designer Series Paper in this suite goes with so many different colors.  Here I paired it with Wisteria Wonder.


My daughter was going to bed as I was going downstairs to create this card. (I am a night owl and seem to be more creative in the evening.)  She asked what color card I was going to make today and I said I didn’t know yet. Her favorite color is purple so of course she said, “Purple always looks nice”.  So purple it is!

The real treat to this card is how it opens.


Here’s how to make this fun fold interlocking card…

Start with a piece of  4 1/4 x 11 piece of cardstock and score it at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2.  Fold on the score lines and adhere 2 pieces of 2 1/2 x 4 Designer Series Paper.  (I love this Delightful Daisy DSP!!!)


Die cut two layering shapes ( I used squares but you could use any layering dies) making sure one is about 1/4″ larger than the other.  I also cut a piece of DSP from the inside square and adhered that to the cardstock.

Adhere the scalloped square shape on the left gate flap making sure to just put adhesive on the half that attaches.  Adhere the right half of DSP square to the right gate flap.

I stamped the daisy twice on Shimmery Whisper White cardstock then blended the color a bit while it was still wet to give it the same washed look that is in the DSP.  I punched both out with the Daisy Punch and adhered them together with a glue dot.  I curled the ends of the daisy with my bone folder then attached the daisy to the center square with a glue dot.  I also stamped the inside of the card and the envelope with the daisy stamp but left the inside of the card blank.  This card could be used for just about anything and by leaving it blank for now I will be ready for any occasion.  All I have to do is stamp a sentiment inside and send!




Stamp Set: Daisy Delight (available June 1st)  Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight Papers: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (available June 1st), Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack (Retired)  Tools and Accessories: Daisy Punch (available June 1st), Blender Pen

Have you started your list for the new catalog?

Hope you have an Incredible day!

Just Stampin’


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H is for Hidden Message Fun Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today’s fun fold has a hidden message. I have been wanting to make one of these fun folds for a long time.  I like simple cards and did not think this style card would fit that bill.  I was wrong!  It really is quite easy once you break it down into steps.  Many thanks to fellow demonstrators, Patrice Halliday-Larsen, Natalie Lapakko, and Meg Loven who shared their inspiration and directions to get me started.  I changed it up a bit to simplify it! Here’s my card.img_2422

I have lots of photos and measurements for you.  You need to cut and score 3 pieces of paper for this card.

Front: 4 1/4 x 8 1/4 scored at 5 1/2

Back:  4 1/4 x 5 3/4 scored at 5 1/2

Inside:  4 1/4 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4


Punch a circle out of the front piece by sliding the 2″ Circle punch along the side as far as it will go.


Line up the inside piece the same way and punch from both the front and back. (*You may prefer to line up the inside piece under the top piece and trace the circle with a pencil first then punch it out if you are not confident you will line it up exactly.)  The 3 circles should all line up.

Add sticky strip or use Fast Fuse Adhesive along the flap on the back piece.  Adhere this piece along the right side of the inside piece.

Close the inside piece and apply adhesive to the top piece only.  The front page of the middle layer is adhered completely to the inside of the front layer, with the right side edges lined up.

The photo below shows what the card should look like assembled.


Stamp the sentiments through the hole to make sure they line up exactly. My sentiment is from Garden in Bloom which is a photopolymer stamp set so it was easy to see.  (*If you are using a clear mount or wood mount stamp you may want to trace the circle then open the card and stamp the sentiment inside the pencil line using the stamp a ma jig. Remember to erase your pencil marks afterwards.)  I opened my card to slide the hidden message part in view and stamped my inside sentiment through the hole.

I decorated my card using the Flourish Thinlits.  I adhered the die cut pieces using the Fine-tip Glue Pen. I embellished with ribbon and Pearl Basic Jewels.  I stamped the envelope using the Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set and Soft Sky ink. This is such a fun card to make and open!  This fun fold would be great for kid birthdays as I’m sure they would enjoy the hidden message appearing when they open their card.




Stamp Sets: Garden in Bloom, Flourishing Phrases, Balloon Adventures  Ink: Island Indigo, Soft Sky  Papers: Soft Sky, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, 2″ Circle Punch, Island Indigo Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels

Have a Happy Day!

Just Stampin’


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