Saturday, April 13, 2024

Stampin' Up! Circle Sayings FUN FOLD ~ Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to my blog!  I'm so happy to be joining the Stamping Inspirations Blog Hop today.  I love being a part of these fun Blog Hops with other stampers sharing what we love and create!  Links to all the other blog posts for this hop are near the end of this post - be sure to check them out!  Hopefully you will be as inspired as I always am seeing what everyone else creates for this month's challenge. 

This month our challenge was to create a New to Us Fun Fold.  I don't make a ton of Fun Folds, but they are something I am wanting to try more of this year, so this challenge was perfect!  I think the hardest part was decided which Fun Fold to try!  I am loving this Slide & Lock Fun Fold Design and can see many more of these in my future. 

One of my favorite things about this design is it's use of a square panel as the focal point, which doubles as the sliding and locking mechanism.  I always like the idea of square cards, but want them to fit perfectly in a standard envelope. So, I love it when I find a card design that lets me easily adapt square cards to not really be square anymore.  Make sense? 

The other thing I love about this design is that it is all easy cuts and scoring that I do with my normal Paper Trimmer.  Nothing crazy here!  
The Card Base was cut to 4-1/4" x 11" (standard dimensions), then scored at 2-3/4" from each end, to make a standard card base.  I did cut a sliver (about 1/16") off of the right side to make room for the slide. 
The DSP was cut to 4" x 2-1/2", 4" x 2-7/16" and 3-1/4" x 3-1/4". 
I also cut four Lost Lagoon panels 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".  Two of these I scored down the middle (1-3/4"), then folded in half.

I can't wait to make more of these Slide & Lock Fun Fold Cards.  Not only that, but I'm so excited to see what other fun folds I can learn from the other crafters in this Blog Hop!  Click the image below to hop along to the next blog for more inspiration. 

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, April 6, 2024

Stampin' Up! Go to Greetings Birthday Card ~ Sketch Saturday

Hello & Welcome!  Today's card was created for Sketch Saturday's Challenge #748.  This is the first day of the challenge and you have two weeks to play along.  (Challenge ends April 19)  The optional twist for this card challenge is to incorporate a food or drink theme.  

I've been wanting to use these Paper Butterfly Accents, and thought this sketch was ideal for them, so I skipped the food/drink theme this time.  In fact, the very first thing I did when making this card was to choose the 3 butterflies I wanted to use. Then, I used a Mini Blending Brush to add a touch of Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape inks.  

When that was done, I started putting this sweet card together.  The butterflies in the corner were attached with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals that I trimmed to fit in strategic places behind the butterflies.  Before I adhered the middle butterfly with Liquid Glue, I added a bit of Wink of Stella to it, which gave it a subtle shimmer and spread the ink around a little to make a bit more of a contrast.

Go to Greetings really has been my 'go to' for sentiments, which makes it super sad that this stamp set is retiring soon!  After stamping the smallest birthday greeting from this set in Gorgeous Grape ink, I cut it out with a die cut from Countryside Corners Dies.  

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!  I hope you are able to play along with this month's sketch.  Don't forget to visit the original blog post at Sketch Saturday to find even more inspiration from the Design Team.

Happy Stamping!

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