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SU Tuxedo Card using Bow Punch

December 4, 2016

My daughter is in wedding mode for October 2017…save the dates, invitations, bridesmaids invites, and even groomsman invites. While preparing for her brother’s wedding a couple months ago where she was the Maid of Honor, her fiance mentioned how HE wanted to make invites for his groomsmen like she did with her “champagne cheers” invites for her bridesmaids.
So she surprised him with these tuxedo cards with some help
from Australian SU demonstrator Diane Barnes:



It was so fun to have her in my stamping room figuring everything out as she made them especially the cute bow ties made with the SU Bow Builder Punch. I love how she made the cumberbund or cummerbund (the second being the correct spelling and the first being a variant we Americans seem to use) check out WordLady’s take on it HERE.

I think she is a natural crafter who just won’t admit it!!!

BTW, she had to make 11 of these…no, that is not a typo- 11 attendants on each side…

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SU Sweet Cupcake with Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

July 25, 2016

I saw a card by the talented UK Demonstrator Amanda Bates that set the sweet cupcake on a doily on a portrait z-fold card. I couldn’t resist coming up with one of my own cards using the SU Sweet Cupcake stamp set and coordinating Cupcake Cutouts framelits.

SU Sweet Cupcake Best Things z fold

A Z-fold card is simple to make. I decided to make my card a landscape A2 sized card so I started with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scored it at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side. The band across the front is also scored this way. I used the Festive embossing folder on the back part of the card- cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I think it gave a great backdrop for the cupcake to pop- not too busy with DSP but just added texture. I think the landscape design allows the cupcake to fill in the white embossed space and not need any additional fill-ins on the front right DSP side of the card either. The DSP is cut to 4″ x 2 1/2″.

I chose to leave the middle panel blank and write on the back of the card on a white panel. It just looked cleaner to me and let all the other parts stand out. But, you could easily place another piece of DSP or another sentiment on a white panel on the middle part of the card.

SU Sweet Cupcake Z fold top view

You will notice the sentiment is stamped differently than it comes in the set. I did cut my stamp and stack the words on top of each other. When I alter a stamp this way, I am sure NOT to trim any edges- I just cut through cleanly so it can easily go back together like puzzle pieces fit together.

sweet cupcake

cupcake cutouts

Here is another use of the sentiments and thinlit words:

SU Sweet Cupcake z fold belated birthday

 The Sweet Cupcake stamp set comes with the icing and cupcake liner labeled 1, 2, and 3  for realistic 3-step stamping. It is meant to stamp in that order #1, #2, and then #3.

However, I stamp in reverse, that is, I stamp #3, #2, and then #1.  The icing was stamped on Pink Pirouette cardstock using Pink Pirouette ink for stamp #3, then Blushing Bride ink for stamp #2, and then Melon Mambo ink for stamp #1. The cupcake liner is stamped on Sahara Sand cardstock using Crumb Cake ink on stamp # 3, then Sahara Sand ink for stamp #2, and then Tip Top Taupe for stamp #1. I hope that makes sense to you:)

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SU Butterfly Basics Tunnel Card

May 6, 2016

Here is a fun fold card called a Tunnel Card. Google it and see how many diffferent names and designs you see! Here is what I came up with using the SU Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Fluttering embossing folder:

SU Watercolor Wings Vanilla Tunnel Card

Here is a top view showing the tunnel fold.

SU Watercolor Wings Tunnel Card Top View

First, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock  to 5 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ and score it at 4 1/8″. Center a framelit over the score line horizontally and vertically and die cut an opening. This is the part of the card above with the Sending Wishes Your Way stamped on the left.

Then lay the die cut cardstock  over a 5″ x 8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to know where to stamp the innermost part of the card. I came up with the sentiment fitting at 2 1/2″ down from the top and to the right of the flower and 4″ at the middle. You can eyeball the middle at 4″ or mark it with a pencil. I actually lined it up with my grid paper and just stamped at 4″ which is the middle. I lined up a ruler along the 4″ middle line and stamped the sentiment at the 2 1/2″ mark down from the top. You may come up with different measurements if you use a different die or stamp.

For this particular card, stamp BEFORE you fold it in the middle. It will not stamp fully on a score line. After you stamp it and it is dry, fold it over to make the middle score. This is very easy with the thinner Very Vanilla or Whisper White cardstock.


You adhere the stamped 5″ x 8″ to the card base (above) one side at a time to the card base. Take the folded stamped panel and adhere one side to the card base with an equal border on the top, bottom and side with the middle folds touching.  Fold it over and place adhesive on the folded over piece. Close the card and it will adhere to the card base. *This keeps the stamped cardstock panel from buckling.

To create the “tunnel,” fold the die cut opening on on the 4 1/8″ score line as shown below. You then fold each side in toward the folded score line which will form the four parts. You lay this over the stamped panel one side at a time like you did with the stamped panel. This panel is slightly larger than the stamped panel. You do not line it up flush with the other panel already adhered to the card.  You just adhere it with an equal border on the top, bottom, and sides.


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SU Kinda Eclectic Gate Fold

April 15, 2016

Hey kids…here’s an oldie but goodie Tri-gatefold card. I used the SU Kinda Eclectic stamp set and three of our retiring colors- Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist.

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03CB0515 SU Kinda Eclectic Tri gatefold open


06CB0515.jpg kinda eclectic inside

This card is a portrait A2 sized card (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). To create the gatefold, put the 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2 ” piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock on the Scoring Tool with the 8 ½” side along the top. Score at 2 -1/8 in. and 6-3/8 in. Fold sides in to create a 5 ½ in. by 4 ¼ in. Gate Fold card.

The three stamped panels each measure 1 1/8″ by 3″
and are bordered by colored cardstock that is 1 3/8″ x 3 ¼”.

*Note: The panels are retired Naturals Ivory cardstock and the ribbon is retired as well.  However,  Very Vanilla cardstock and Striped Cotton In Color 2014-16 ribbon would work wonderfully.

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SU From Land to Sea Center Step Card

March 4, 2016

Two cards…slightly different because of the sentiments..the first one comes from SU Going Global and the second one comes from SU Cottage Greetings.

I love how the SU Work of Art does all the coloring for me!


May 10, 2016 A special THANKS to Brian King for featuring me on his blog!

You can see it HERE.

SU From Land to Sea Center Step Dise View Corrugated

SU From Land to Sea with Cottage Greetings Front View


This IS an easy card to make. I do think having it in a written/pictorial form will help you make one of these if you have not tried one yet.

(Does this justify that I don’t have a video for it?)

Center Step Card Instructions:

*Note: the lines I drew are actually the cut lines.

1. Start with a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of card stock for the base.
2. Put the 5 1/2″ side at the top of your Stampin’ Trimmer.
3. Line up the right edge of the cardstock at the 1 1/4″ line at the top of the trimmer on the right side of the cutting groove. * LIFT the clear ruler blade guide and put the blade at the 1″ mark on the clear ruler blade guide. Put the blade back down and cut from 1″ to 5 1/4″ inches using the measurements on the clear ruler on the blade guide.

*I say LIFT so you do not cut the paper when you are moving the blade to the 1″ mark!!!!

On the photo, the drawn line is the cut line:

4. Lift the blade guide after cutting your first cut and put the left edge of the card on the 1 1/4″ line at the top of the trimmer on the left side of the cutting groove. Pick up the blade guide and put your blade again at the 1″ mark on the clear ruler, put down and cut again to the 5 1/4″ mark on the clear ruler.


You will see that you have matching cut lines on each side. LIFT the blade guide and tuck the blade down at the bottom of the trimmer to NEVER  use again on this project. This ensures you will not accidentally cut when you do your scoring next!!!
5. Now, turn your card counter clockwise one turn so the 8 1/2″ side is up at the top of the trimmer and the 1″ starting cut line is to the far left of the clear ruler guide.

6. Pull the card base to the right so the left side of the card base is at the 1″ mark on the top of the trimmer. Using the SCORING blade, score down from the top of the paper to the 1 1/4″ cut mark, skip the middle cut section, and score again on the other 1 1/4″ side of the cut line (4 1/4 to end of paper).
7. Slide the card to the LEFT up to the 2″ mark on the top of the trimmer and score again like you did in step #6.


8. Slide the card again to the left up to the 4 1/4″ mark on the top of the trimmer and score ONLY the cut middle section- not the two ends like you did at the 1″ and 2″ marks in Steps #6 and #7.

9. Next, slide the card again to the left to the 5 1/4″ mark on the top of the trimmer and score JUST the two end 1 1/4″ sections leaving the middle UNSCORED (like steps #6 & #7).

10. You did it! Now, just fold the middle section so it forms a landscape card and then accordion fold the steps  on the sides to create the landscape Center Step card.

Here is a template:

Center Step Card Template

11. The side diagonal striped Designer Series Paper Stack is 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ bordered by Basic Black cardstock cut to 1″ x 3″.
12. The white panel with the lighthouse is 2 5/8″ x  2 7/8″ bordered by Tip Top Taupe cut to 2 13/16″ x 3 1/16″. These crazy increments just fit the space for me. The height is the longer measurement on both. I used an 18″ piece of Baker’s Twine to triple wind it around the white panel and tie a knot.
13. The bottom base has a 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Tip Top Taupe cardstock bordered by a 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of black cardstock. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using the narrow banner in the Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits die set. It is approximately 1/2″.

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