Pocket Card

I have another Fun Fold to show you today.  It is one that I have done a few times, or at least it is the same beginning to previous ones.  This one I kept very simple.  It is a Pocket Card that could also be used as an Invitation.  The time for needing these is almost upon us.  At least I hope most can begin having showers, graduation, and other special occasion parties now.



Products I Love

The High Tide stamp set is such a great one to use for quick and easy cards.  Or it can be layered and become more advanced.  I stuck with quick and simple for this card.

All of the stamps on the pull out card are included in the stamp set.  The lighthouse is a 2 step stamp.  However I chose to just do the base layer without the detailed stamp.  Letting the Light shine, 🙂 , was my idea as it pairs so perfectly with the sentiment.  Was that too corny????

The Happy Birthday is from the Happy Thoughts stamp set.  I love the mixed font and especially the beautiful script of the Birthday!  To go along with my quick and simple card, I used two punches for the focal sentiment layers.  Punches are my go to when I need a quick card.  The stamped sentiment is cut with the Tailored Tag Punch.  The background is the Label Me Lovely Punch.  They fit very well together.

The DSP beneath the sentiment was chosen to go along with the Smoky Slate cardstock.  I think it looks sort of stormy!  It is from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  I am thrilled that paper is carrying over to the next Annual Catalog!  It has a little bit of everything needed for backgrounds.

Inside Card

How To Create

To make the card base I began with a strip of Daffodil Delight Cardstock cut 4 1/4 X 11.  It is scored at 5 1/2 and then 3″ is cut off of one end.  My previous cards made similar to this, I would only cut off 1″ and then fold that end over to create a gift card pocket.  So that is an option for you to try.  If you take that option however it is not able to be a pocket card.

Adhere the Smoky Slate cardstock (cut 4 X 5 1/4) to the back panel.  Lay the stamped white piece (3 1/2 X 5) in place to give the bulk to make ease of pulling out.  Same as you do for a gift card holder.  Place Tear & Tape on each side of the small front panel and press down.

Add the DSP (2 1/4 X 4) to the front of the small panel.  The rope is another great product, the Braided Linen Trim.  To make it easy on myself, I add a small piece of Tear & Tape in the center of the small panel  where the sentiment will be placed.  Lay one end of the ribbon down and wrap it around the back of the card and back to the front.  Adhere the other end.  Cut a piece approximately 4 ” and double it.  We are making an upside down bookmark pull.  Start the looped end from the top and run under the rope.  Pull the loose ends through and flatten out, being careful not to pull loose your ribbon ends from the tape.

The finishing touch is simply adding the layered sentiment.  I used adhesive putting the two pieces together.  Then add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back one to adhere to the panel.  You have a cute card and the area you would write on is covered down inside the pocket.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed the Pocket Card and will give it a try.  It can be a Beginning Stamper card or an Advanced if you prefer adding more stamping and details.

Both the stamp set and the ribbon are in the Retiring Products.  If you like them as much as I do, consider going ahead and ordering them now!



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April InKing Royalty Blog Hop


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s April Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature a mix of butterflies and dragonflies – just in time for Spring. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I chose to share a pretty dragonfly with you for this hop.  She is sharing the spotlight with some pretty Designer Series Paper and a cute little stamp. And best of all there is a FunFold!


Stampin' Up!, Valentine Keepsakes, Artistry Blooms, Dragonfly Garden, jackie beers


This super cute fold was shared with me by one of my downline, Deirdre Reilly.  I loved it and had to share with you all.  It was cased from a UK demonstrator Jan Mansour Brown.

Stamps and Colors

The center stamps are from the retiring set Valentine Keepsakes.  I love the heart flowers.  The Love is from the set but is “with love” .  I used the Black Stampin’ Write Marker to only color the Love.

The colors I chose came from this beautiful DSP.  It is the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.  From the colors shown, I chose Coastal Cabana and Rococo Rose to pair with it.  The dragonfly is colored with Stampin’ Blends in Rococo Rose and Bermuda Bay.  The finishing touches are the Rhinestones, plus the dragonfly perched on the edge.

Measurements and Directions

This is a square card that is 4 1/4 X 4 1/4.  It begins with a piece of cardstock 4 1/4 X 8 1/2.  The Rococo Rose layer is 3 7/8 X 3 7/8.  The DSP is 5 X 5, and the White center is 3 7/16 X 3 7/16.

For the Fun Fold, fold the DSP in half and score the fold.  Open the fold and then fold in the opposite direction and score the fold.  Now take a corner and fold the point into the center, getting as close to the score lines on each side as you can.  Continue doing the same with all of the corners.  Once finished with each corner, take the points and fold them back down to the edge.  See the photo for clarification.

Place the White piece inside and stamp or mark the edges , remove, stamp, and return.  It is a fairly tight fit and I did not adhere the white to the inside.  Use the Foam Adhesive Strips and cut approximately a 1″ length.  You will need 4 of these.  Lift up each section of the DSP and place the strip about halfway.  To secure the points place a Mini Dimensional underneath each point.  All you have to do now is adhere all the pieces together.

Here is a view of the dimension of the folded DSP.



Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  4. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  8. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  11. Rachel Brumley at Stamp with Rachel





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I Am Blessed

I have a little square card that is showcasing some retiring products for today’s project.  I love making square cards.  This one is a 4 X 4 size.  I make quite a lot of 3 X 3 to use as Random Act of Kindness cards.  For mailing though it needs to be at least a 4 X 4.



Retiring Sadness

I am so sad when I look at a stamp set or bundle and realize that I should have used it more.  Sadly this is one of those times.  The Bundle is the Today’s Tiles Bundle.  I made a couple of 3X3 cards using the sentiments and one of the other square tiles, but that was it.  And now it is retiring!  So Sad!!

I paired this with the also retiring Playing With Patterns Designer Series Paper.  This is one of my favorites because it is all bright colors.  Plus it is a 6 X 6 stack!   I naturally pulled all of my colors from this precious paper.


Color Inspiration

The Night of Navy was what I saw as the boldest of the cute circles of the DSP piece.  So it was my base and tile layers.  I then went to the other end of the spectrum and chose the lightest color of the sheet.  That is the Purple Posy.  Sadly it is a retiring item as well.

The sentiment is stamped using the Night of Navy Ink.  And the finishing touch to all of the details of the die cuts is the Pastel Pearls.  I think they paired perfectly with the Purple Posy.  Additionally, they sort of mimic the circle of the DSP.


As I said this is a 4X4 card.  The base is 4 X 8.  The Purple Posy is 3 3/4 X 3 3/4.  And the DSP is 3 1/2 X 3 1/2

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you will come back tomorrow for the InKing Royalty April Blog Hop.  There will be quite a lot of great card designs for you to check out.




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Peony Love

I love Peonies!  We lived with my Grandfather when I was young and there were peonies in the garden from my Grandmother and her awesome green thumb.  My Mom loved those special flowers as well.  And I grew to love them and their large beautiful flowers.

This time of year, when the peony should be blooming, always warms my heart.  And as my peony bush has been getting buds I knew I wanted to make another card using this gorgeous stamp set.



The stamp is very detailed so does not require a lot of assistance from me to become beautiful.  I stamped it using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored it with the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  My peony, and the ones from home, were all white with the touch of pink.  I tried to give this one that look by leaving the lighter color for the majority of the flower.

The leaves are colored using the Just Jade Stampin’ Blends.  I love this color more every time I use it.  The ribbon is from the Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo.  Even though the Terracotta Tile and Old Olive are not the colors of my card, they pair well and appear to me to be just darker versions of the same colors.

I die cut the peony using the matching Peony Dies.  Something that I rarely do is use the “edging” dies in any of my die sets.  For some unknown reason I decided that this card needed that edge.  I was so happy with the finished look.  Since the peony is on a plain background, the edging seems to be a perfect addition.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really appreciate your visiting my blog and commenting.




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Paper Hugs

Today’s card is a mix of Old and New products.  The cardstock and ink have just arrived in the Upcoming Annual Catalog.  The stamp set and elements are retiring and/ or carrying over.  I love coordinating our different products for a quick and easy project.


Stampin' Up!, comfort and hope, hydrangea mercury glass, painted labels dies, Jackie Beers


Paper Hugs Close The Distance

One of the best things to me is a Hug!  However, due to the virus, and usually a distance between friends, a Paper Hug is the next best thing!  This sentiment is from the Comfort & Hope stamp set.  Sadly it is retiring now.  But I think this little sentiment will have to stay here with me.  It is so appropriate just to let someone know you are thinking of them.

New Meets Old Products

I chose the new Soft Succulent card stock for the base of my card.  Actually I did not do an additional layer.  I stamped directly on the base.  All of the stamps are from the Comfort & Hope stamp set.  The background design stamps are stamped using Soft Succulent Ink and Evening Evergreen Ink.  The lighter stamping down the center is the Soft Succulent.

The Hydrangea Mercury Glass was a bold choice to go with the soft of the succulent color.  I wanted it to stand out with the sentiment.  I think I succeeded!!!  The mercury glass is cut using the die from the Painted Labels Dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen on Purple Posy cardstock.

For finishing touches, I added the bow from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo.  The check ribbon is a great match to these two green color. To coordinate with the Mercury Glass, I added three of the Pastel Pearls for a bit more of the purple.

Thank you very much for stopping by today.  Please come back on Monday for another new project.




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The images for the Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen are not available at this writing as they are not available for order by customers.  So sorry!


Waterfall Card

I have a Waterfall Card to share today.  To be honest, I had not made one of these in many years.  But I had a request for a class I was doing for a group of ladies.  They all loved it.  I hope you will as well.


Waterfall Cards are so much fun to play with.  However, there are several steps to getting them to work properly.  The first thing you need is stamps that all work together.  My preference has always been animal stamp sets.  Having the same type animal in different positions and expressions is perfect.  With that in mind, I chose the Way To Goat stamp set.  These goats are so adorable to play with and are wonderfully drawn by the Stampin’ Up! Artists.


Stamps and Paper

I chose the Way To Goat because of the adorable little goats.  I chose the DSP because of this pin stripe piece from the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Goats are not at all sophisticated, but the color worked perfectly with the gray outline and white cardstock.   But the more I looked at the card, the more I thought it was a perfect match!

The yellow was for a touch of contrast with all of the gray.  And it matches the flower the first goat you see is ready to eat.  The tip of the pull end was punched using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch .

Measurements and Instructions

This picture shows the fully extended Waterfall.  Click on the picture to get the PDF of instructions and more pictures.



This was my first time adding a PDF to the post.  It did not go as well as planned. I will improve before I add the next one!!!  If you have any questions, please contact me.



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Pals April Blog Hop

Hello, welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop! This month our Design Team’s theme is “Great Family Occasions.” We hope you enjoy and will be inspired by them! Don’t forget to leave comments! We love hearing from you. At the end of my post, you will find the full line-up to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

I have a bit of a difficult time with Family Occasions.  And in looking through the stamp sets, one has touched my heart a couple of times.  So I went with my heart and made a Grandparents or Grandfather card.  A bit unusual but probably a much lesser made card than most family ones.  I have some “Friends That Are Family” with new Grandbabies and that may have influenced me a bit.

Stampin' Up!, Treasures of Life, Suit & Tie, Well Suited, Jackie Beers

I chose the Treasures of Life stamp set.  It is so well drawn!  The set features men and women with children and a baby.  It would not have to be a Grand Child.

The layout I chose to do is a bit different.  I envisioned the stamped scene being viewed through a heart shape.  However, I could not make that work.  In looking through my different dies, I found the Suit & Tie Dies and this “V”.  It is supposed to be a shirt front “V”.  Regardless of the intention, it fit my idea perfectly.

The images are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I colored them using a variety of Stampin’ Blends.  They are all listed at the bottom of the page under Supply List.  One of my favorite things to do when there is an image and no background is to add color around the entire image.  I always use the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend and simply scribble around the images.  It just outlines, or gives them a grounding shadow.

The colors are all pulled from the DSP.  It is the Well Suited Designer Series Paper.  Maybe the flowers are not exactly a match for the winter dress of the images.  I take creative license there !  LOL!!

The sentiment is from the stamp set and a lovely one to use.  I die cut it using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  The enamel dots are from the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots in Misty Moonlight.  That is a simple touch and just enough I think.


  • Base card is Night of Navy cut 4 1/4 X 11, scored and folded at 5 1/2
  • The layer is Seaside Spray cut 4 X 5 1/4
  • The White layer is cut 3 3/4 X 5
  • The DSP layer is cut 3 3/4 X 5 and then Die Cut using the Suit & Tie Dies “V” shape.


Thank you very much for visiting today and joining in our hop.  I would love for you to comment and let me know your thoughts on my layout idea.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Mark your calendars for our next blog hop on May 12th when our theme is “2021-2023 New In Colors” when our Design Team creates a project with the new family of In Colors for any occasion. Don’t miss the fun! Until then, please stay safe and have fun in your craft space.

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  4. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  5. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  6. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  7. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  8. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  9. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  10. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  11. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  12. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  15. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  16. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  18. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  19. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping  ← YOU ARE HERE
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping
  21. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Lori Webb at Clever Copies
  24. Lisa Milligan at Stamping Made Simple
  25. Megan Cooper at Lazy Daze Stampin’
  26. Annette Elliott at AEstamps a Latte




Coloring With True Love

It is pretty obvious to those of you who follow my posts that I LOVE Coloring.  Especially using the Stampin’ Blends.  So today’s card is all about the coloring!  Oh Boy!!



I am so going to miss the beautiful True Love Designer Series Paper.  The black and white pieces are timeless by themselves.  I chose to use two different sheets in the True Love package.  A big Thank You to whoever decided to try coloring on the DSP years ago!!   Because when you add color to these sheets they are just elevated into Art.

My Color Choices

I opted to go a bit out of the norm for the main flower color and chose Poppy Parade.  I used both the Dark and Light Stampin’ Blends.  To compliment these , and add a touch of lighter color, I added the Dark of the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends.  For the leaves I used both of the Just Jade Blends.  The “sky” behind the flowers is colored using the Seaside Spray Stampin’ Blend.  I am so very sad to see this color retire.  It is my favorite Blue in the Stampin’ Up! color family 🙁

Finishing Touches

For the finished card, I added some twine from the Playful Pets Combo.  The black and white pairs perfectly with the black and white layer of the DSP.  I still felt it needed something.  So I added a little “Hello” from the Snailed It stamp set.  The tag if part of the Hydrangea Haven Dies.  I love that Stampin’ Up! seems to always have a little tag available in a set or two.  They are great finishing touches.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for the Pals Blog Hop.  You will find lots of wonderful projects to view.




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Pocket of Posies

The card I have for today is a new favorite Fun Fold.  I have to apologize up front because I cannot remember or find the card which inspired this one to give credit.  I would have sworn I wrote down the name!   That said, I hope you love this cutie as much as I do.



I made this card originally for a class I held.  The card uses Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper and Misty Moonlight Cardstock for the main colors.  They are followed by Highland Heather large flower and Purple Posy small flowers.

The In Bloom Bundle is a Must Have for flowers!  I love that you do not need to stamp them to get wonderfully textured flowers.  All of the flowers are from the dies.  The pocket is from the Well Suited Suite and the Suit and Tie Dies.  It has stitching around it that matches the flower stitching.

The sentiment, which is Amazing 🙂 is from the In Bloom stamp set as well.  Here is a view of the inside so you see the Fun Fold part.  I almost forgot to show it.


The Fun Fold section is 4 1/4 X 6, scored and folded at 3.  That is all that opens on the card.  But there is plenty of room for a sentiment and signature.  The card base is 5 1/2 X 4, with Misty Moonlight cut 5 1/4 X 4, then another White cut 5 1/8 X 3 7/8.  The DSP strip is cut 2 X 3 7/8.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed a really easy Fun Fold.  Please come back tomorrow for another new project.




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My card to share today is another one which has a cute little critter and a touch of whimsey.  It began with the Walk In The Woods stamp set.  After debating on how to showcase the stamps, I came up with a bit of fussy cutting and some DSP to create the scene.



The mushrooms and little hedgehog ( at least I think that is what he is?) seemed perfect for a watercolor look.  They are made almost like a pen and ink drawing, so a bit of watercolor goes well.  I used Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends along with Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends for the mushrooms.  The hedgehog is colored all over with Light Crumb Cake Blend and highlighted with the Dark Crumb Cake.  For the finishing touch I colored the background , white area, with Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blend.

After fussy cutting the stamped images, I found the perfect piece of DSP in the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I love how the green fades from one shade of green to another to.  I added a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock as a layer on a Granny Apple Green card base.

The sentiment is from the stamp set.  Since I have the white edge of the fussy cutting, I simply stamped the sentiment and cut using the Classic Label Punch.  Can you believe this punch is retiring?  So sad!

This card is not for a high school graduation.  But I think it would be great for a elementary or middle school graduation.  It would work for anyone off on a new adventure.  And we all need that right now!!

Thank you for stopping in today.  Please come back on Monday for another new project!




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