My friend and fellow crafter Monika was kind enough to teach me this amazing fold recently. I think you’ll love it too! It has a huge impact but is actually not that hard to make, once you know the trick!
Start with three cardstock squares measuring 5×5″.
Score each one vertically and horizontally at 2.5″, and along *one* diagonal (not both!).
Burnish all your score lines and fold each square into the pop-out shape shown below.
Once you have folded all three of your squares, it’s time to attach them! The two squares shown below are in different orientations: one with the opening towards the camera (right) and one with the opening towards the desk (left). This is really the only trick to assembling the card – you must attach your squares in alternating orientations: one facing up, one facing down, and so on.
Apply adhesive as shown below, and attach your two squares together.
Now your shape looks like this!
Repeat this step to attach the third square. Note: You can actually create and attach more squares at this stage if you like! No matter how many squares you add, your card will still ‘squash’ down to a size of 2.5″ square. Just remember to keep alternating!
To decorate your card, you’ll need six squares of Designer Series Paper cut to 2.25″ square.
Cut your DSP diagonally and attach it to your card as shown.
You can fill in the gaps with 2.25″ squares of stamped cardstock, blank cardstock for writing a message, or even more Designer Series paper!
To finish, tie closed with a ribbon and add a sentiment.
What do you think – will you give the Squash Card a try? If so, please share a photo with me! I love to see your creations!
Did you fall in love with the Tidings and Trimmings bundle after watching this video? Well, good news – until November 10th, you can get this bundle PLUS the prepared supplies and tutorials to make five beautiful cards for your holiday giving!
Use the tutorials to assemble the cards at your convenience – or, join me for a Zoom call where we’ll hang out and craft together! You can even buy extra sets of supplies and make multiples of each card! Be sure to sign up here by November 10th to join the fun!
Some of you might remember my 100 Cards Challenge last summer where I gave all my profits to the Nanaimo FoodShare Society. In that same vein, I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming Fun-Raiser to thank those who definitely need some fun in their lives: our hardworking health care workers.
Here’s how it works: I am looking for people to sponsor a gift for a healthcare worker in our community, at a cost of $30 each. These gifts are meant to offer an hour or so of fun, relaxation, joy, and creativity – an escape from the stress and sadness of their busy work life. They will receive a fully inclusive and easy-to-make crafting kit that will allow them to not only enjoy a fun crafting experience, but will also leave them with a collection of beautiful handmade cards for them, in turn, to pass on to friends and family members.
As shown in the sample photo below, these kits really do include everything needed, right down to instructions, but I will also be hosting a FREE Zoom crafting session so that if they choose, the recipients can get together and socialize while we assemble the cards.
Your donation of $30 covers the kit and a portion of the taxes; I’ll be covering the remainder of the taxes, and the shipping costs. The profits I make from this fun-raiser will all be donated back to the project so I can buy more kits. All donating sponsors will be acknowledged on the kit(s) they donate, and on my website. I am working with a co-ordinator at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital to distribute the kits to our heroic healthcare workers when they arrive. If you have contact with any other health care facilities who might like to be part of this project, please get in touch!
The Christmas Cardmaking Mega-Class is one of my FAVOURITE days of the year! And since we had to cancel last year, we’re going to make this year’s event BIGGER and BETTER than ever to make up for it. Wondering what it’s all about? Read on!
The Mega-Class is a full day event, 10am – 4pm, where participants will make twelve Christmas cards – two each of six designs – in a fun, social setting. All supplies are provided, and so is lunch! There will also be a free gift for each attendee, and some special offers throughout the day, including: – Mystery Hostess Party – Door Prizes – Pick-a-Prize with Order … and more!
The event is held at the Rotary Field House in Nanaimo (850 Third Street), on Saturday, November 20th. The fee is $64, but until October 22nd you can claim the Early Bird discount and pay just $59. Be sure to register here right away to get your discount!
We’ll also be enjoying some games and fun on Facebook leading up to the in-person event on November 20th. You can join the fun here, and be sure to invite all your friends, as well!
One of the best parts of the Christmas Mega-Class is getting to try out LOTS of beautiful holiday products, including DSP, embellishments, and specialty papers. Check out the list at the end of the post to see just a few of the items you’ll get to play with at our class!
This year, instead of throwing the whole party myself, I’ve got my team helping me! Three of my Stampin’ Queen teammates, Arvon, Carol, and Dianna, have been working with me to make this year’s class the best ever. You won’t want to miss it … be sure to sign up today!
I fell in love with the Blackberry Beauty suite as soon as I saw it in the Autumn Mini Catalogue. The colour palette of deep Blackberry Bliss, lush gold accents, and the warm tones of Cinnamon Cider grabbed me right away, and the more I have played with this suite the more I enjoy it! In addition to the stunning specialty Designer Series Paper, the suite includes a stamp set and die bundle; an ephemera pack for embellishing your projects; gold shimmer ribbon; and gold shimmer vellum. This suite brings the bling to your autumn projects!
Since I love this suite so much, it’s no surprise that the featured product for October’s Creativity to Go is the Beauty of Tomorrow stamp set, for a cost of $37 (including tax and shipping). Sign up here by October 10th to get the stamp set AND prepared supplies and tutorials to make five cards like the ones shown here!
Beauty of Tomorrow is the featured product for September’s Creativity to Go! For just $37, you’ll receive this stamp set PLUS prepared supplies and tutorials to create five cards with your new stamp set. You can also choose to join the optional Zoom crafting class, where we’ll meet and assemble the cards together! Sign up here by October 10th!