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


Retired But Loved

You know how I love to make cards to coordinate with a gift.  Well, if I can, I also like to make my thank you notes reflect the gift I received. I had to pull a couple of retired stamp sets off the shelf for today’s cards.


I received this gorgeous orchid from the office staff at school.  This beauty has a place of honor on the table in my foyer so everyone who comes through my front door is guaranteed to see it!  I don’t have a green thumb so the pressure is on to keep it alive!


I wanted to use the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set (retired)  for the orchid and Sweet Sugarplum for my card base.


I stamped the orchid on a piece of 2 1/4 x 4 1/2 Shimmery White. This is my go to paper for watercolor projects. I colored the flower with the Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen. It is so quick and easy to do!! I love the new Glimmer Paper that I got for FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  I cut a 2 3/8 x 4 5/8 piece of Sweet Sugarplum to mat the stamped image. I made a bow from some Sweet Sugarplum Glitter Ribbon (retired from the Holiday catalog) which matched perfectly with the Glimmer Paper. I cut a Delicate White Doily in half and adhered it behind the layered piece. The sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.  I made one for each of the them and colored the envelopes to match.



My friend Caroline brought me a basket with dinner and flowers. She is such a great cook! I wasn’t feeling my best that day and her thoughtfulness really cheered me up!

Caroline often buys cards from me and she really likes the watercolor ones so I knew I wanted to watercolor her thank you note.


This card is a remake of one I made several years ago that I found on Pinterest.   I used the Love is Kindness Stamp Set (retired) because it had some beautiful tulips just like the flowers. I stamped the image on Shimmery White cardstock with Momento Black ink and colored it with the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen.  I cut it out with an Oval Framelit and adhered it to the Delicate White Doily. The sentiment is from Bunch of Blossoms Stamp Set.  I used Basic Black Bakers Twine to make a bow and attached it with a glue dot. My card base is Smoky Slate with another layer of Smoky Slate that measures 4 x 5 1/4. I adhered both the layered panel and the stamped layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The inside sentiment is from the Thankful Thoughts Stamp Set. I love to stamp the inside of my card as well as my envelope to match.


I still have several more thank you cards to make! I hope you will check back tomorrow to see what I made to go with the Edible Arrangement I received. I photographed all the Swap Cards today and hope to swap and send them out this week.  I’ll wait to make sure everyone receives their card before I showcase the cards on my blog.  You are in for a real treat!

Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’





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