Do you ever get stuck for inspiration once you’ve used up the co-ordinating paper for a bundle, thinking you can’t create with it anymore? This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you a fun and simple layout to help you get out of your designing slump and keep using your beautiful products!
This past weekend I got to go away to the second happiest place on earth … Wyldflower Crafting Retreat in Qualicum. Imagine a B&B with a giant crafting room, and in addition to breakfast they feed you lunch & dinner as well? That pretty much sums it up!
Although the location can hold up to 14 guests, our group of six people were the only ones attending this time – so we had loads of room to spread out and craft. I had not one, but two eight-foot tables to myself, and I managed to fill them up quite easily! Not sure how I’m going to go back to crafting at my four-foot desk now!!
My goal for the weekend was to use up as much as I could of my retired and retiring Designer Series Paper. Rather than fully finishing the cards – which would have required bringing dozens of stamp sets, ink pads, die sets, etc. – I focused on getting the cards designed, cut, and assembled, ready for me to add sentiments and embellishments at home. This approach worked incredibly well, and I managed to make nearly 300 cards over three days – and that doesn’t even count the cards that are designed and cut but not assembled due to running out of a specific colour of cardstock!
If you are also ready to de-stash some of your Designer Series Paper, you’re in luck! I’m hosting a StashBuster event on Saturday, February 5th. In addition to securing yourself an uninterrupted day of crafting at a nice big table, your event cost also includes:
*Tutorial pack featuring 12+ tutorials on how to use up your DSP *Pack of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock (your choice of colour) + pack of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock *Coffee/tea/snacks
Everyone will get to bring as much of their DSP as they can carry, and you can choose to come and go throughout the day or stay for the full event in order to maximize your stashbusting powers. Find out more and register here!
Hope to see you there – I can’t wait to see what you’ll create!
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This week’s Stampin’ Sunday video will show you how to make a fabulous little gift box, perfect for table favours, stocking stuffers, or even as an ornament on the tree. I learned this design from Julie DiMatteo.
You know I am always on the lookout for fun new card folds to learn – and this one caught my eye, for sure! It’s a terrific way to show off lots and lots of our beautiful Designer Series Paper. You’ll have to cut a lot of pieces to get started, but it’s pretty easy to put together – I’ll walk you through every step!
Here are the measurements: Cardbase: 10 x 6″
Cardstock: 7-1/4 x 3-5/8″ White cardstock: 3-3/4 x 3-3/4″
Cardstock: 3-7/8 x 3-7/8″ (3 pieces) Cardstock: 1-7/8 x 1-7/8″ (7 pieces)
Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4 x 3-3/4″
Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2 x 3-1/2″ (3 pieces)
Designer Series Paper: 1-3/4 x 1-3/4″ (7 pieces)
You’ll also need about 16″ of ribbon or twine.
Let’s start with your piece of 7-1/4 x 3-5/8″ cardstock. Score this in half and burnish the fold to make it into a mini card. Add two of your DSP pieces (3.5 x 3.5″ to the two inside panels.
Wrap your ribbon around the left side of the closed card, so that both ends are on the right. Apply adhesive to the front and back of the card to secure ribbon.
Attach third piece of 3.5 x 3.5″ DSP to the front of this mini card (which will cover the ribbon). Set aside.
Now let’s work on the main cardbase. We have some cutting and scoring to do.
Put your cardstock into your trimmer at the top and line up the long side at 2″. Cut only from 4″ to 8″.
Do not flip your cardstock over, but rotate it (spin it like a record, baby) 180 degrees. Repeat the step above: put the cardstock into the trimmer at the top and line up the long side at 2″. Again, cut only from 4″ to 8″ (these cuts will not line up.) At this point, your cardstock looks like this:
Now time for some scoring. Rotate your cardstock so the short side is parallel to the scoring blade, and score as follows:
At 2″: From the top edge to the cut line At 4″: Full length of card At 6″: Full length of card Rotate the cardstock 180 degrees again, and score the opposite side at 2″, from the top edge to the cut line.
Your cardstock should now look like this:
Start laying out all your cardstock and DSP pieces on the cardbase to see where they go and which sides you want to use. (The pieces shown at the top of the below photo will go on the back of the card.)
The mini card you completed earlier will go in the bottom left of the main cardbase.
Once you have everything lined up how you want it, attach all your pieces to the main cardbase.
Here is the back view, where you can stamp a sentiment and write a message.
Now you can burnish all your folds. Here’s a photo to show where all the different folds are going.
When the card is closed, it looks like this:
You can add extra stamps and embellishment to the card, but there really isn’t much needed in order to finish it off – it’s already pretty terrific!
Once you’ve tried out this fold, be sure to share a pic in the comments below! I love to see your creations!
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!