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

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

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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.

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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.

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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’

Jeanie

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Let’s Celebrate

I had an amazing fun filled weekend at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Richmond, Virginia! I will be sharing sneak peeks with you just as soon as I can. (Check back this afternoon for a sneak peek at this month’s Paper Pumpkin!)


What I can share with you is the card I made for the card swap. Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators love to share cards and projects to inspire you and each other.  Here are the cards I made.

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I love to make fun fold cards!  This one is a free standing triple panel card and not only is it really quite easy to make, it’s also useful for many different occasions…birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement, new baby, or any event you want to celebrate.  I made 50 of these (the day before I left). When I make multiple cards I do it assembly line style. I cut everything, then score, emboss, stamp, and finally assemble. Most of the time I use the Stampin’ Trimmer to score my cards. However, for this project I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and quickly scored 26 pieces of cardstock.

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My cardstock measures 8 1/4 x 11.  With the 8 1/4″ length across the top, I scored it at 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 6, and 7.  ThenI  cut it in half to make 2 pieces measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/4.  I folded the sides back and forth along the score lines to create the panels then I embossed the ends using the Confetti Embossing Folder. I used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies (and the Precision Base Plate) to cut the center panel from a piece of 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of whisper white. I stamped the sentiment and banner from the Balloon Adventures Stamp Set using Night of Navy ink. (The photopolymer stamps make it so easy to see exactly where you are stamping.) I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch to punch the balloons from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack as well as Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I attached the balloons using Multipurpose Liquid Glue then adhered the center piece to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used a glue dot to attach the bow.  (I wish I had a picture of me making the bows and attaching the Stampin’ Dimensionals in the back seat of the car during the drive to Richmond Friday afternoon. Nothing like last minute! LOL)

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Here’s a look at the finished projects.  Which color do you prefer?

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Melon Mambo with Night of Navy

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Bermuda Bay with Night of Navy

The cards fold flat and fit in a standard envelope.  I packaged each in a clear envelope for swapping.

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Stamp Set: Balloon Adventure  Ink: Night of Navy Papers: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot, Confetti Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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I had so much fun celebrating all weekend…driving down and back with team members, dinner Friday and Saturday nights with several other PALS, prizes, inspiration, make & takes, training, and other events all day Saturday, and more! Here’s a photo of some us having dinner Friday night at Tarrant’s Cafe in Richmond.

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Deb Echelmeyer, Me, Nancy Gleason, Vikki Byers and her hubby, Bridget Trefethen, and Ramsey Alexander.

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I will continue to share the celebration, card swaps, and new product sneak peeks with you all week long.  I hope you will check back and join the celebration. Would you like to receive one of my swap cards? Just leave me a comment and I will pick a winner using random.org.

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Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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More Birthday Fun!

I absolutely LOVED reading the comments the other day with stories of your birthday memories. Thank you so much for sharing!!!  It just reaffirms my feelings on “gifts”…it’s not what you get, it’s who you spend your time with! My husband and I like to give our children a “birthday experience” each year.  Fads come and go but memories last a lifetime! And when you give an experience, everyone enjoys the gift! Many family vacations have been someone’s “gift”.

Speaking of gifts…Sharing handmade kindness is a gift from the heart! When someone takes the time to write a note inside a card and/or make a card, it is a “gift” in and of itself! I treasure the handwritten notes and cards from my kids over the years as well as those I’ve received from friends and family. I bet you do too!

The other day I shared some of the beautiful birthday cards I received.  You can see that post HERE.  Yesterday my blog was “hacked” by my daughter.  If you missed her post and the card she made for me, click HERE. Today I have a few more cards to share with you from some of my very talented stamping friends…

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Nancy heat embossed this card and even punched the envelope flap. I love the extra protective piece she added to protect the card.  How clever!

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Chris R.’s card is striking in black and pink with washi tape!

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Chris did something I have never done before and I love it!  She stamped the inside on DSP.  I love her envelope too!

Ramsey added sparkle inside and out!

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Ramsey knows I love adventures! It just so happens I am going on one today with my friend and upline, Susan Itell. We are taking a road trip and will be joining our friend, Roseanne, for an afternoon crafting adventure somewhere in Delaware.

It’s time to announce the winner of the birthday blog candy…Linda Schilling!

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How funny that she was # 13…here’s her comment:

 

  • Sounds like you did have a happy birthday I “held my breath” all day when I turned 13 on Friday the thirteenth – but nothing bad happened. Best birthdays are shared with family doing nothing really special except being together. Having grandkids makes it even sweeter

 

Linda, it looks like #13 is pretty lucky! Please email me (j.stark@myactv.net) your address and I will send my birthday party favors to you.

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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