E is for Elliptical Easel Fun Fold

It’s Ariane again, this time to showcase my mom’s Mother’s Day card. As she is in the middle of her fun fold series, I tried to follow suit and created this elliptical easel card.


The nice part about this card is you can use any sentiment.


The first thing to do is to prepare the base. I used a pool party card base and placed the scalloped oval framelit over it with a tiny bit at the top overhanging. You want the top to be connected.


Then you want to cut out another scalloped oval which will become the card front. You also want to score the top of the card so it can fold. Make sure when you score you flip the card inside out so the card folds like a mountain and not a valley.


To do the card top, I cut out a whisper white oval using the largest oval framelit and layered it on top. I used a stamp from Paper Pumpkin for the sentiment. To do the cascading flowers I used several punches to punch an assortment of flowers in So Saffron and Pink Pirouette.  I popped up a few using dimensionals. For the finishing touch, I added three pearls, which I forgot to picture, whoops (they can be seen in the first picture).

All that is left is to assemble all the pieces. First, you want to add another whisper white oval to the inside of the card. I left it blank so I could write a message. You could stamp a message as well. Then you want to adhere the card front and the card base together. To do this only place glue below the crease on the top of the card base. Then try to line up the scallops and place the card base on top. The final step is to create something to prop up the card front. I used a leftover flower, attached it to a dimensional and then placed it inside the card. That’s it!


The best part about this card is it is so easy to modify. A few years ago, for Valentine’s Day, I used this technique with the heart framelits to make my parents Valentine’s cards. My mom has it on display in her craft room

If you want to see more and get directions to make a traditional easel card, Click HERE to see one my mom made for our Christmas card.

Hope you have a day full of stamping.

Ariane Stark


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.

Congratulations to Susan K. for guessing the theme of this ABC series!!!  I will send you a pack of Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack.  The 6 x 6 paper is great to use for today’s project, cards, or the treat holders I showcased HERE! Thanks to everyone who played along!  I had so much fun reading your responses and I got lots of great ideas for future ABC series.  I hope you will enjoy this series as we work our way through the alphabet with some fun folds! I shared that my inspiration for today’s accordion fun fold came from one of my Paper Pumpkin kits.  Well, here’s your chance to start your own Paper Pumpkin subscription and SAVE 25% off your first 3 months!

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Have an Awesome day!

Just Stampin’


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