F is for Family

Welcome to my ABC Holiday Series! Holidays are all about celebrating different occasions with family and friends! Many people send family photo cards for the holidays. I like to take a photo and add a personal touch to make my own holiday cards for family and friends. I send a lot of cards so I need it to be simple and this gate fold card with a belly band is just that…quick & easy!

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I love to make fun fold cards and the gate fold is one of the easiest! The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 1/8 on each end. I used Whisper White as my card base and added (2) 2 x 5 1/2 strips of Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I wanted to get the most cuts from my 12 x 12 DSP so I added some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape down the sides. You could use silver foil or just leave it white.  I like the added sparkle to tie in with the DSP and other silver elements.

The belly band is my favorite part! I cut a 3 x 10 Night of Navy cardstock and wrapped it around my card (creasing it as I went) and secured the ends with Fast Fuse on the back. I stamped my sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set on Whisper White using Night of Navy ink. (I love this sentiment for a photo card!)  I cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layered it on a silver foil circle I cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. I use my shape framelits all the time!  (These are on my list of favorite things!) I wrapped some Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon (LOVE THIS!) around my belly band and tied a bow. The ribbon makes the card in my opinion! I added a glue dot under the ribbon to keep it secure.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

It is easy to just slide the belly band off to open the card.

Stampin Up Snowflake Sentiments Christmas card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I like that the gate fold card allows you to display the card so you can see the photo on the inside.  You can stamp a sentiment on the side or add a handwritten note.

With my children in two different states it gets harder and harder to get everyone together.  (The photo was taken during our summer vacation.)  I am looking forward to the holidays this year! We will be traveling to Massachusetts to celebrate with all 25 family members.  YEA!!!

Here are a few more Christmas photo card ideas from previous years.

I made a fold over flap for this photo collage I had printed at CVS. (Talk about quick & easy!!) Click on the image to see the original post with directions.

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I used My Paper Pumpkin kit (and refill kits) to make this photo card a few years ago.

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November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, Simply Snowflakes
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The last one is an easel card (another favorite fun fold). Click on the image to see the original post with directions and more photos.

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I hope you enjoyed these photo card ideas today! You can purchase any of the Stampin’ Up! products used to make today’s gate fold project from my online store. Click HERE to shop or click on the images below to order.  *The Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set is offered as a bundle and I recommend purchasing it as a bundle to save 10%! I didn’t use the dies today but I will be sharing ideas using them later! They are great for winter projects and more! Check out this video for ideas and more!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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It’s Time to Play Tic Tac Toe!

Stampin Up Whole Lot of Lovely Friend card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

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I am so excited and quite humbled to be part of the design team for this new challenge that starts today! It is really simple and fun to do and I hope you’ll play along! Here’s the challenge board for this week that was created by the very talented Peggy Noe.

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Pick 3 boxes in a row across, down, or diagonal and create using those elements. I chose the row across the middle for this simple gate fold card.

Stampin Up Lovely Words Thinlits gatefold card idea for a friend - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The star of this card is the beautiful new Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I love the contrast of colors with the black background. I cut a 1 1/4 x 11 piece of vellum for the belly band.  I wanted to add a bit of texture so I embossed it with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder. The Lovely Words Thinlits Dies has 3 dies to choose from for a variety of cards or projects.

Stampin Up Lovely Words Thinlits gatefold card idea for a friend - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The inside sentiment makes a bold statement from the Big on Birthdays Stamp Set.

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This card is simple and quick! I started with a piece of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2  cardstock and scored it at 2 1/8 from each side. The DSP strips measure 2 x 5 3/8. The inside panel is 4 x 5 1/4 and the vellum belly band measures 1 1/4 x 11. I love fun fold cards and the gatefold is one of my favorites.

Stampin Up Whole Lot of Lovely Friend card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stamp Set: Big on Birthdays  Ink: Tangerine Tango  Papers: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Vellum, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper  Tools & Accessories: Layered Leaves Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder, Lovely Words Thinlits

Now it’s your turn!  Come play along!!

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G is for Gate Fold Cards

Welcome to my ABC’s with Fun Folds series.  Today I am showcasing the Gate fold.  I think this is one of the easiest fun fold cards to make. I made a variety of cards for you today using the new 2017-2019 In Colors.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases and Fresh Florals In Color Gate Fold card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I love how this fun fold showcases the designer series paper.  I mixed and matched the patterns in the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack to make a set of cards to give as  a gift. I also wanted to show several different ways to use ribbon on your cards.  I love how the Stampin’ Up! ribbon matches the cardstock and ink colors. I think ribbon adds a nice element of texture to a card.  This new 1/2″ In Color Ribbon is finely woven and very easy to manipulate. I will be offering a ribbon share for the In Color ribbons as well as some of the other ribbon in the new catalog.  You can pick and choose which ribbon shares you want…there are so many choices for ribbon (which thrills me)!!

I have lots of photos for you today so let’s get to the details to make this card. Start with a piece of 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 cardstock.  Score at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8 (or just flip and score at 2 1/8 on each side if that is easier.)

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I cut two 2 x 5 3/8″ strips of DSP for the front of my card and mixed up the patterns.  I stamped the floral image from Floral Phrases Stamp Set 3 times for each color…once on the envelope flap, once on a piece of 5 1/4 x 4 Whisper White (for the inside), and once on a piece of Whisper White to cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I also cut a scallop layering oval in each color cardstock. I attached the oval pieces together.  I adhered the DSP strips to the card bases then had some fun choosing different sentiments and playing with different ways to add ribbon. *Make sure when you adhere the ovals you only put adhesive on the left side so the card will open from the center.

Here’s a look at each of the cards…

Stampin Up Fresh Florals and Floral Phrases Happy Birthday Gate Fold card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I made a birthday card in Lemon Lime Twist and added a banner in whisper white to showcase the Lemon Lime Ribbon.  I love how these gate fold cards open.

Stampin Up Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Floral Phrases Fresh Florals Gate Fold birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used the Happy Happenings (retiring) and Happy Birthday Gorgeous (available June 1st) stamp sets for my sentiments on this card.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases and Fresh Florals Gate Fold birthday card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

My next card is for a baby in the new Powder Pink. I made a simple bow with the ribbon and attached it with a glue dot.

Stampin Up Fresh Florals Gate Fold baby card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I thought the peek-a-boo sentiment from Suite Sayings (retiring) was perfect for this gate fold design.

Stampin Up Suite Sayings and Floral Phrases Gate Fold baby card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Fresh Florals Gate Fold baby card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I made a sympathy card in Fresh Fig and wrapped the ribbon around the card and tied a bow in the front.  I attached the  oval to the ribbon so you can slide it on and off like a belly band.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases and Teeny Tiny Wishes Gate Fold Sympathy card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The sympathy stamp on the front of my card is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  This is one of those MUST HAVE stamp sets.  There are so many sentiments for every occasion!  It is one of the first stamp sets I purchased and I have used it over and over again.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases and Flourishing Phrases Gate Fold Sympathy card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

The inside sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases…another versatile stamp set with sentiments for several occasions (sympathy, wedding, thank you, congratulations, hello, love, just a note, etc.)

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Fun Fold Sympathy card ideas - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I used Berry Burst to make a wedding card.  I think the gate fold design would be great  for wedding invitations as well as cards to congratulate the new couple.  The teeny tiny Mr. & Mrs. stamp is from one of my favorite bundles that is retiring, That’s the Tag.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Gate Fold wedding card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I like the fun ribbon tie on this one!  I simply wrapped the ribbon around the card and tied it with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine.  I adhered the oval to the ribbon using Fast Fuse so it can slide on and off like a belly band. The inside sentiment is from the Floral Phrases stamp set (which I also used to stamp the flower on each card).

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Gate Fold wedding card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Gate Fold wedding card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I decided to switch the opening on the Tranquil Tide card for a fun twist.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Gate Fold thank you card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I attached ribbon under the oval with a glue dot and made a bow tied with Bakers’s Twine for the front.  I love how you can open the card with the ribbon.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases Gate Fold thank you card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

I use this thank you sentiment from Floral Phrases all the time!  It works on the front of a card as well as the inside.

Stampin Up Floral Phrases and Fresh Florals Gate Fold thank you card idea - Jeanie Stark StampinUp

Tranquil Tide in my favorite of the new In Colors. (Though Fresh Fig is a close second!) Do you have a favorite new In Color?

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Stamp Sets: Floral Phrases plus various others for sentiments (see cards above) Ink: 2017-2019 In Colors: Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide  Papers: 2017-2019 In Colors, Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Pack (available June 1st), Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits, Pearl Basic Jewels, 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in 2017 – 2019 In Colors (available June 1st), Whisper White Baker’s Twine

I hope today’s cards inspire you to try something different with ribbon, DSP, and/or sentiments. I love that we have the power to make someone smile with such a simple gesture.  I hope you will make a card to send to someone today.

If you need more inspiration, Click HERE to see another Gate fold card that my sister made using the beautiful Eastern Palace Suite.  Reminder… the Eastern Palace Bundle is only available through May 31st. The stamp set and dies will be available in the new catalog; however, the special bundles with FREE product will no longer be available. This is a gorgeous set which you will use again and again and the dies are so versatile! *Bonus…get your hands on 3 of the new In Colors with the purchase of this suite!

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Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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When I went to Massachusetts for Easter I stayed with my sister Cindy.  She is a great cook, lots of fun to be around, and super talented!!! (She’s the one who made me the beautiful spring wreath for my front door.)  She has a beautiful home with a breathtaking view of the water and an awesome craft room! Needless to say I felt like I was at a resort being pampered.

My pre-order arrived just before I left so I packed the box with the new Eastern Palace Premier Bundle (and some other new product) and we had so much fun creating! Yesterday I shared 3 of the cards I made using the Eastern Palace Suite. (If you missed that post you can click HERE.) Today I am sharing 2 cards my sister made using this suite. Here is a photo of her creating her projects.

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Here’s the first card she made.

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She started with the NEW Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock which will be in the new annual catalog June 1st (or you can get it for FREE with the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle in May). She used 2 different patterns of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper cut at 2 x 5 1/4 each. We both agree that our favorite NEW In Color is Tranquil Tide…it is gorgeous!!  Unfortunately, I could not order the new ribbon just yet but that didn’t stop her…she used the White Organza Ribbon (which I am sad to say is retiring) and dyed it using the Tranquil Tide ink and a sponge dauber.  (You can click HERE to see one of my very first blog posts showcasing this technique.) She stamped the sentiment from the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set and cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  (I love the way Stampin’ Up! designs products to work together!) She adhered the sentiment to the Eastern Medallion Thinlit Die using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I love this font and sentiment!

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What a simple and elegant card!

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She stepped it up with her second card and made a fun gate fold card.

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The card base is Dapper Denim cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 1/8 on each end. The Designer Series Paper measures 2 x 5 3/8.  She cut several dies from the Eastern Medallion Thinlit Dies and layered then on a piece of Very Vanilla and Dapper Denim. She tied a simple knot with Very Vanilla Ribbon to hold the tassel and attached it to the center with a glue dot. It reminds me of a door knocker…perfect for a gate fold card!

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The center panel is adhered to the card base with Fast Fuse along the left side only to allow the card to open from the center.

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This card could be used for just about any occasion!

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I would love it if you left a comment for my sister.  Her cards really showcase the versatility of this bundle. Remember, Stampin’ Up! is offering two different options available for you to purchase from May 1st  – 31st and both come with FREE product. Whether you are a beginning crafter or an avid crafter, Stampin’ Up! has a bundle for you!

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I hope you have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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