Tutorial: Dutch Door Fold Card

I came across the Dutch Door fold in the spring when I was planning my June class, and decided to pair it with the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Petal Garden DSP to create a teacher thank-you card. I really love this fun, simple fold, and have created several different cards with it since! Here are some of the cards I’ve created – you can see how easy it is to completely change the look of the design by using a different paper, sentiment, and shape on the front centre of the card. Read below for the tutorial so you can create your own Dutch Door card!

Start with two pieces of the same colour cardstock, one measuring 5.5 x 4.25” and one 8.5 x 2.75”.

Score the 8.5 x 2.75” piece in the centre (4.25”).

Cut two pieces of DSP, 2.5 x 4”. Cut one piece of Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock to the same size.

Attach the scored piece of cardstock to the bottom of the card base, with no border. This creates your “door”.

Attach one piece of DSP to the top of the card base, leaving a border around the top and sides. Attach the second piece of DSP to the front of the scored piece of cardstock.

Attach the White or Vanilla cardstock to the inside of the scored piece, leaving a small border around the bottom and sides.

Embellish as desired. Keep in mind that when attaching the embellished element to the front of your card, you will only use adhesive on the bottom part of the cardstock, so that the “door” will still open.

Lemon Lime Twist cardstock
Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
Lovely Words Thinlit Dies
Sunshine Sayings Stamps
Night of Navy Inkpad

Happy Stampin’!

One Design, Many Looks (and many many cards!)

As I’ve mentioned before, my summer 2017 goal was to use up all my retired DSP. It’s now winter 2017 (dare I say, the cusp of 2018?) and I’m still working on this goal! It was a far bigger project than I anticipated, but I am very pleased with my progress.

As part of this goal, I stumbled onto a method that I really enjoy. When I find a card design I like, I make as many of that card as I can with the paper supply I have, until every last shred of it is gone (or too small to use). In the case of the dragonfly card that you’ll see below, I made over 60 cards with that design to use up my beautiful Succulent Garden paper.

Then I discovered that I really, really liked this layout! It’s simple enough to make multiples (many many multiples … lol) and can be used with any paper and for any occasion. In the past five months, I’ve made several different card designs with this layout, and I can’t begin to guess how many cards I’ve made in total! It’s really helping me to get through my stash … with the new annual catalogue launching in June, it would be great to have lots of room on my shelves for the new paper and supplies I am sure to buy!

Here are the measurements for this card layout if you’d like to try it.

Card base: 5.5 x 8.5″
Background (if using; as shown in “Peace, Joy, and Love” card): 4 x 5.25″
Cardstock frames: 1.5 x 5 1/8″ and 3 1/8 x 3 1/8″
DSP: 1 3/8 x 5″ and 3 x 3″ (perfect for using up your 6×6″ paper stacks!)
White or vanilla for stamping sentiment

And that’s it! I hope you enjoy this layout and that it helps you use up your stash!

Drop me a comment below and show me what you’ve created with this layout, or tell me which DSP you just can’t bear to part with! Happy Stamping!

Tutorial: Sampler Frames

It’s easier than you think to create gorgeous samplers like these, thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s beautifully-coordinated Designer Series Paper! These would make a great Christmas gift!

For each sampler, you will need:
5 squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP), 2 x 2”
5 squares of co-ordinating cardstock to frame those DSP squares, 2.25 x 2.25”
1 large square of the same colour cardstock, 4.75 x 4.75”
1 large square of DSP or cardstock, depending on chosen design, 4.5 x 4.5”


The project is assembled on a cardstock base of 8 x 8”. I purchased the 8 x 8” shadowbox frames from Michael’s in a 3-pack.

Once you’ve chosen your design, decorate as desired. You can stamp on the large square, use punches or die cuts to decorate it, or even fussy-cut shapes to give it some texture and dimension. There’s a lot of customization possible for these frames. You could add a name, date of birth, wedding or graduation date … loads of possibilities! The Large Numbers and Large Letters dies come in very handy here. If you’re one of my Stampers’ Ten Club members and don’t already own these, you can borrow them from me!

I hope you have a wonderful time creating your very own custom sampler! I’d love to see photos of your creations when you’re done!

Happy Stamping!

Intricate Dies

If you love using intricate dies, like I do, you’ve probably struggled with how to attach them to your project without making a mess. I just learned this tip and it is so much easier than other methods I’ve tried! Hope you like it too – it is bound to come in handy for your Christmas crafting!

Start by putting Tear and Tape adhesive on the back of your cardstock.









Then place your die so it lines up with the tape, on the front side of the cardstock.

After you run the cardstock through the machine, you’ll have a cut-out that already has tape attached to it!







Remove the cardstock from the die, and peel off the paper from the tape to reveal the adhesive.








Attach to your project. Ta-da!

Happy Stamping!

Tutorial: Centre Step Card

This card fold was such a hit at September’s class!! I am excited to share the tutorial with you. The centre step card is a terrific way to show off beautiful designer series paper; and at the same time, you don’t need to use a lot of your stash to make a huge impact!

Supplies needed:
Card base: 5.5 x 8.5”
Designer Series Paper:
1 piece 5.25 x .75”,
2 pieces 3 x .75

Accent cardstock:
1 piece 5 3/8” x 7/8”,
2 pieces 3 1/8 x 7/8”,
1 piece 3 3/8 x 3 1/8”

White for front of card –
3 x 3.25”

White insert for inside of card – 3.25 x 3.5”

(Note: If you prefer video tutorials, click here! If you prefer written tutorials, read on!)

At 1” in from the long side, cut your card base from 5” to 9.25”.

Repeat on other long side of card base.

Rotate your card base 90 degrees.
Score from each cut to the edge at 1”, 2”, and 5.25”.

Score between the cuts at 4.25”.

Your completed card base should look like this:

Assemble the cardstock and DSP panels for the sides and bottom of the card, and attach.

For the front panel, note that the white piece is not quite a square; it is slightly wider than it is tall.
Stamp your design and sentiment accordingly!

Attach the white front piece to the framing panel and attach to card base.

Attach the white insert to the inside of your card.

Happy Stamping!

Tutorial: Gift Box

With Halloween around the corner, why not make some treat boxes for your neighbourhood ghosts and goblins? All you need is a piece of 6 x 6″ designer series paper, a scoring tool, a pair of scissors, and your favourite adhesive.

(Note: If you prefer written tutorials, read on! If you prefer video tutorials, click here!)

Score your paper at 1″, 2.5″, 3.5″, and 5″. Note that if your paper has a design with a specific top and bottom (such as the ice cream cones shown here), you’ll want to score these lines with the paper turned sideways.Rotate (so the paper is right side up) and score at 1″ and 5″.

Fold on all score lines.
Hold your paper so that the multiple score lines are vertical. Cut on each vertical score line to meet the horizontal score lines (in other words, four slits on the top and four slits on the bottom).

Put adhesive on the outside of each of the square flaps – not the rectangular flaps.

Assemble the box and decorate as desired.

Makes a great holder for some wrapped Hershey’s miniatures! A 3 x 1.5″ piece of dsp makes a perfect miniature wrapper.

Project Credit: Sam Hammond Donald

Getting Carried Away

I set a goal for myself to use up all my retired Designer Series Paper (DSP) over the summer. Well, I didn’t manage to do it by the end of summer (I kept finding more … and more … and more!), but I have made LOADS of cards and am continuing to use up beautiful retired paper. One of my strategies for doing this quickly and easily was to find a card design I like, and then make as many of that design as I can manage with my remaining paper. The latest paper to get that treatment in my craft studio was the lovely and whimsical “Carried Away” paper from the 2017 Sale-a-Bration catalogue.

I made over 50 of these cards in the past week or so. Once I chose the design, I just cut all the paper and cardstock to size, then assembled. I stamped different colours of balloons and used a variety of sentiments, so I got a whole assortment of different looks and occasions for the cards.

Here’s a handy tip: See that white square framing the balloon paper? I stamped the balloon on that cardstock square, then used the thinlit to cut it out. Because I covered the white square with another cardstock layer and then a DSP layer, you can’t see the cutout – and I saved cardstock 🙂

Here are the dimensions for the card, if you’d like to recreate the design with your favourite DSP:

Cardbase: 5.5 x 8.5″
DSP: 4 x 5.25″
White square: 2.5 x 2.5″
Cardstock square: 2 3/8 x 2 3/8″
DSP square: 2.25 x 2.25″
White cardstock for sentiment: 2.5 x .75″

Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Up and Away Thinlit Set
Stampin’ Trimmer
Designer Series Paper

Happy Stampin’!

Tutorial: Side Step Card

Supplies needed:

Cardstock: 8.5 x 5.5”

Coordinating Designer Series Paper:
2.75 x 4”
2.25 x 2.25”
2.25 x 1.5”

Whisper White cardstock for insert: 4 x 2.75”

Scraps and embellishments for decorating


Cut and score your Night of Navy cardbase as follows:

Line up the cardstock in your Stampin’ Trimmer with the long side lined up at 3”. Use the cutting blade to cut from 7.5” to 10”.






Rotate right 90 degrees. Score only from the cut line to the bottom of the card at 2.5, 3.25, and 5”.


Rotate 180 degrees. Score the opposite side of the card from the cut line to the edge at 4.25”.

Add the three pieces of DSP.








Decorate as desired. 

Happy Stampin’!

Tutorial: Mini Cards

Tutorial: Mini Cards
   I wanted to give my Stampers’ Club members a thank-you gift for supporting my business this past year, and decided to make them all a pack of mini cards. There’s just something about 3×3″ cards that is so adorable, don’t you think?

Start by cutting your coloured cardstock to 6 x 3″ and scoring in the centre. I used Powder Pink, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Tangerine Tango. For each card, cut two squares of white cardstock at 2.75 x 2.75″ – one for the front, and one for the inside of the card.

Stamp your card fronts with the desired images. I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set for these!

The Envelope Punch Board makes it easy to create custom envelopes. I used pages from the recently retired 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalogue, cut to 5 1/4″ square.

After scoring, punching, and folding, the envelopes are ready and look adorable!

As a finishing touch, I like to package a set of four cards and envelopes together in a clear sleeve.

Happy Stamping!

Tutorial: Fan-Fold Card

I decided to use up all my 12×12″ cardstock, as well as my retired designer series paper, and discovered this design as a great way to do both. Plus, it creates a very striking card, yet is so simple to make!

For each card, you will need:
Base cardstock: 5.5 x 12″
Accent cardstock: 5.25 x 1.25″
5.25 x 2.25″ (2 pieces this size)
5.25 x 3.75″
Designer Series Paper: 5 x 1″
5 x 2″
5 x 3.5″
White or Vanilla cardstock: 5 x 2″

Score your base cardstock at 1.5, 3, 5.5, and 8″. Fold like a fan.

Attach your DSP pieces to the corresponding accent cardstock pieces. Attach the white or vanilla cardstock piece to the corresponding accent cardstock piece.

Starting with the smallest panel, attach the cardstock and dsp pieces to panels 1, 3, and 5. Attach the white cardstock and dsp piece to panel 4.

Embellish as desired.

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