A is for Accordion Fun Fold

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  I am super excited about this series! I love fun fold cards (and boxes too)! Today I am showcasing an accordion fold card I made for my mom for Mother’s Day.


My mom loves red so the color was an obvious choice.  I used the different designs from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack Stack as a backdrop for my letters. My inspiration for this fun fold came from a previous Paper Pumpkin kit a few years back, Layers of Gratitude. The kit contained accordion folded thank you cards and a little box to wrap them in.  I made my card with just 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 Real Red cardstock.  I cut 2 strips at 3 3/4 x 2 3/4.  I scored these at 2 3/4, 3 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4. I was left with a strip measuring 1 x 11 which I used for a belly band to hold my card closed. The 8  DSP pieces measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2.  I cut the letters out from Real Red cardstock using the Large Letters Framelits Dies.

I folded along the score lines in a mountain/valley fold and glued the two strips together by overlapping in the middle.  You are left with 7 spaces to decorate. Simply adhere the DSP then each of the letters. I stamped Happy and Day from the Crazy About You Stamp Set and adhered them with the inside sentiment. I think this will look nice on my mom’s bookcase where she displays photos and some of her favorite things.

I made a belly band with the leftover piece of 1 x 11 Real Red cardstock.  I simply wrapped it loosely around the closed card, cut the excess, and adhered it with Fast Fuse.  I used the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set to stamp and punch the sentiment. I attached it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. It makes such a pretty presentation and a nice surprise when you slide off the belly band and open.




Stamp Sets: Crazy About You (Retiring), Butterfly Basics  Ink: Real Red  Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Sending Love Designer Series Paper Pack Stack (Retiring)  Tools & Accessories: Large Letters Framelits Dies, Decorative Label Punch (Retiring)

This is a fun fold you could use for many occasions…you could spell out anything from Welcome to Congrats for a new baby, retirement, graduation, etc.  It could even be used to showcase photographs to keep in your purse or display on your desk or shelf.  So many possibilities with just 1 sheet of cardstock.

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Just Stampin’


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O is for One Sheet Wonder with DSP

Welcome to the ABC’s with DSP!  This month I am featuring projects showcasing Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. Today I am using the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper to make 5 cards and envelopes from just one sheet of 12 x 12 DSP.

One Sheet Wonder using Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper

I love working with one sheet of 12 x 12 paper and seeing what I can make.  I wanted some quick cards so I cut my 12 x 12 sheet of Designer Series Paper into 6 4×6 inch pieces.  The Festive Birthday DSP coordinates with Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, and Whisper White cardstock so I pulled out a sheet of each to play with. Here’s how I put the cards together.

Festive Birthday Thank You card

I trimmed a piece of precut 4 x 6 DSP to 4 x 5 1/4 and then just folded down one corner and adhered it to a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White.  I stamped the sentiment from the Happy Happenings Stamp Set in Tempting Turquoise ink to match my card base. I punched the flower from a scrap piece of melon mambo using the pansy punch.  I added a white perfect accent to the center and adhered it to my card with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  I used the 3/4 x 4 inch leftover piece of DSP inside the card. (I just adhered it to the bottom of a piece of Whisper White measuring 4 x 5 1/4. I forgot to take a photo.  Sorry!)

I cut 2 pieces of 4 x 6 DSP in half to make 4 2×6 pieces to decorate the envelopes. I cut a 1/4 inch strip from each color of cardstock used for the card bases to put on the envelopes with the DSP.

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper Thank you card and matching envelope

My next card also uses a piece 4 x 6 DSP trimmed to 4 x 5 1/4. (This time I saved the 3/4 x 4 inch piece for another card.)  I love the way the Stampin’ Up! DSP is double sided.  Here I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut my butterfly from a piece of 2 1/4 x 5 Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Butterfly Basics in Emerald Envy, cut the banner, and attached some Emerald Envy ribbon and a bow. I used a glue dot to adhere the butterfly and added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin Up Bold Butterfly birthday card idea using Butterfly Wishes stamp set - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The first 2 cards and envelopes used 3 pieces of the 4 x 6 DSP. For my next 2 cards I will use 2 more pieces.  I cut one piece of 4 x 6 DSP in half to make 2 3×4 inch pieces. (The other 4 x 6 piece is used for the envelopes.)

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder

I adhered the 3 x 4 piece on to a Crushed Curry card base.  I stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Words on Whisper White cardstock with Crushed Curry ink.  I used the Layering Circles Framelits to cut the sentiment and a scalloped circle from Emerald Envy cardstock.  I added a piece of the Emerald Envy ribbon with a glue dot and attached the sentiment layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Rhinestone Basic Jewels finished off this quick & simple card.

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder card and matching envelope

My next card uses the 3/4 x 4 ” piece of DSP leftover from trimming the striped paper on the banner card. (It could be used on the inside of a card or layered on the front like I did here.)

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper with Watercolor Words Stamp Set

I adhered the DSP to a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from Watercolor Words using Melon Mambo ink.  I wrapped some Melon Mambo thick Baker’s Twine and tied a bow before adhering it all to the card base using Fast Fuse.

Festive Birthday and Watercolor Words

I cut my last piece of 4 x 6 DSP in half to make the card below. I attached the DSP to a Pumpkin Pie card base.  This card could easily be vertical or horizontal. This is one of those layouts I use again and again.  It seems to look different every time just by changing the DSP and matching cardstock, ribbon, cut out shape, and/or orientation.

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder

I stamped the sentiment from Suite Sayings using Pumpkin Pie ink.  I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch and also punched one out from a scrap of Peekaboo Peach to layer the sentiment. I attached the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a Peekaboo Peach bow using a glue dot.

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and Suite Sayings Stamp Set

How cool is it that you can make 5 quick cards using just 1 piece of 12 x 12 DSP?! When you add the different sentiments and embellishments no one would ever know it was just a 4 x 6 piece of paper that started it all!  They all look different. Do you have a favorite?

Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper One Sheet Wonder set of cards


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