It’s “panda”-monium Around Here!

My new favorite card featuring the Party Pandas. I’m not crazy! I just love the Pandas!

Our family sends picture Christmas Cards each year. We have, without fail, sent them every year since 1985.

Did you see this years?

I have a lot of left over 4 x 8 sized envelopes, so every once in a while I like to challenge myself by making a card to use up the envelopes! Today I decided to rework the corner Fold Card. Yes, this mess becomes an awesome card! No, really! My favorite so far! LOL. I say that often, don’t I?

There is a lot going on and I used stamps from a few sets:

The heart balloons are actually the heart topiary stamp from Vertical Greetings stamped then punched with Balloon Builder.

The ❤️ is from Jar Of Love.

Sending, & Hugs and For are all from Sunshine Sayings and the Love Die-cut is from Sunshine Wishes die set.

The YOU is from the Sale-a-Bration freebie Celebrate You Framelits.

Of course Happy Valentines Day is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The star of the card is of course Party Panda and I used Hi from that set as well. Phew, I do have a mess to put away now!

I was frugal with my glimmer paper:


Here is a template for the card base:

I’ve also written a short pictorial tutorial to help guide you if needed!  Corner Fold Card-1

I love this card so much, I made a 2nd one! I do have 2 grand-girlies you know 🙂

That’s all I have for today!  Happy Stamping 🙂

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Window Wiper Card

Hello Panda Pals!

Today I’m sharing my latest Panda Project with you.  I’ve called it a window wiper card.  (I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve said windshield wiper card by accident LOL!!)

I actually made this card before using This Little Piggy.  Here is the link to that post:  This Little Piggy Wiper Card

I’ve stepped it up a notch by adding a DSP (Delightful Daisy) layer behind the window, so the “wiper blade” is actually fully hidden.  If you have made the “Card in a box” style card before this should be easy for you.  But just in case, I’ve got a tutorial for you that shows you step by step how I made this card.  Window Wiper Card

I also have a very short YouTube tutorial on how I get the openings to the card base and card front to line up perfectly using a template.  You can enjoy that video here:  https://youtu.be/BTMxCnjyBL8

I love cards with an element of surprise, don’t you?  With that DSP panel blocking the wiper blade, you don’t have to worry that a paw will be showing thru the window when closed.  A peeking paw surely hints and we don’t want a spoiler!  This is now my “go to” method of making this style card!

Here is a close up:

Notice I notched the blade a little?  I wanted my Pandas head to be a bit more prominant!  Still goes up and down without a hitch (almost)  His left foot does tend to want to jump the wall, so it just needs to be coaxed back over the wall to close the card.

I am really drawn to this DSP (good thing it’s Wednesday, right?)  Had to “slip” that in 🙂

By the way, if you do mosey on over to YouTube to watch that video and it’s content is interesting to you, I’d love to gain you as a subscriber.  I don’t post many videos, but if you subscribe you won’t miss it when I do!

That’s it for my What Do I do With This, DSP?! Wednesday Post!  I hope to see you back soon!  Will it be yet another Panda Project?  Who knows!

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Surprise!!! Birthday Card

Hello stampers!! I’m glad you came to visit today because this card has a little surprise!

But first let’s talk about this Cake Soirée stamp set and matching Sweet Cake Framelits. The minute…wait…second I saw this Cake I knew exactly how I was going to use it!

Have you figured out what’s going to happen when you pull the tab? I bet if you have been following my blog you have a pretty good idea!

Surprise! Who doesn’t love a popping out of the Cake Panda?! Hubby and I are at THAT stage in our lives…our peers are turning the big “six o”. Sigh. But anything more risqué than a sign wielding, party hat wearing panda jumping out of a cake could be the death of us LOL

The slider card tutorial can be found here.

I love a card with an element of surprise!  This post is short but sweet.  This morning I woke up to 36 degree temps.  I am in Southwest Florida.  Hello Mother Nature, want to get your act together please?  I’m going to snuggle under the blanket and get some pinspiration so I can make another project for you soon.  LOL  It’s even hard to type because my fingers are frozen!  (P.S. This was written on 1/4/2018…hopefully its warmed up everywhere by the time you read this!)

Ta Ta for now!

Panda and DSP! What?

Hi friends!

I knew Wednesday would roll around soon, I just didn’t expect it to get here so fast!  With the Holiday Catalog ending and not yet receiving my paper share for the new Occasions Catalog I was left with one package of DSP that I could work with.  I purchased the Delightful Daisy DSP when the Annual Catalog came out, because I found so much inspiration using the Daisy Punch and the DSP.

My problem, and I’m guessing I’m not alone, is that I hoard pretty paper.  There!  I said it!  I’m a hoarder!  That’s how my “What do I do with this, DSP?  Wednesdays came to life!.  Since I’m a hoarder, I just buy my DSP from other demonstrators.  I love getting a sample of the paper so a paper share works best for me!  Who knows, maybe someday in the future I may have my own paper share.  Lets just see if I can keep on track by actually using what I have first.  It’s a habit/routine I’m just going to have to fit into my crafting life!

Lets get back to this adorable card!  While searching Pinterest, I happened upon this Pin for a card fold I hadn’t tried yet.  Thanks to Kelly Griglione for the tutorial!  When I saw the window sheet version, I just knew the perfect stamp set would be the Party Panda with the flying away balloon!

I tweaked the tutorial just a bit.  The base is uses DSP cut to 4″ x 11″ scored at 1″, 2 3/4″, 3 3/4″, 7 1/4″, 8 1/4″, 10″.  Because my balloons actually made the window sheet top heavy, I added a strip of DSP along the bottom edge, slightly wider that the window sheet.  This helps the pop up not fall out!  Sometimes necessity is the mother of invention.  Is that how that saying goes?  LOL  I also didn’t want to use staples, so by doing the “reverse image” method of stamping, I had a back and a front for my Panda.  This way I could adhere my Panda and balloons with no visible adhesive.  The two pieces of window sheet are attached at the top of the yellow balloon.  I used the Balloon Builder Punch and punched 2 of each color.

LOL I just saw that my Pandas Face can be seen in this pic.  Well, maybe, my Panda has eyes in the back of his head!  I used a black sharpie to color in the back of his head, in person you can barely make out the extra face, so I may just give it another go with my sharpie..or maybe I won’t.  Next time I will use the lightest ink pad, since I can just outline the Panda with a black marker.  If you try this, let me know if that works better!

Next I got out the Happy Birthday Thinlits and cut 2.  This made it a tad more sturdy since only the lower portion of “Birthday” is adhered to the card.  And of course it folds and fits the envelope perfectly!

I think my very first attempt at this type card turned out better than I hoped!  I love when I can take an idea that I have floating around in my head and actually make it happen!

That’s all I have for today!  Enjoy your day!

I Love You…..This Much~Spinner Card

Hello! As promised here is another project (card) made using the Party Panda stamp set. When i saw that little Panda holding that envelope with the heart i just knew it was meant to be a Valentine! For this card i decided to turn it into a spinner/Easel Card

I Love You is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and This Much used Alphabet Labeler

That party Panda did not need it’s hat, because without it, he sure looks like he is showing how much he loves. That idea popped into my head because i find myself saying “how big is Olivia…soooo Big” and “how big is Quinn…soooo Big”. (It’s even Steven when it comes to my grandgirlies!)

I’m going to be giving this card to my hubby. I’ll be sure to wind my spinner up tight before putting my card in the envelope. I want it to wow him 🙂

Oh and look! I used some of the hearts from the Hometown Greetings edgelits!

Well that’s all i have for today! Please stay tuned for more Panda Fun! Oh and “What do I do with this, DSP!? Wednesday” returns! I’m excited to share my newest creation Wednesday, so don’t forget to come back!!!!

Happy New Year!! Now for a selfie!!

Happy New Year!  I’m sorry this post is late, but judging by my Pandas “selfie” they might have been a bit hungover!

I can’t believe another year has finished up!  I remember during my childhood Christmas would take forever to come around again.  The time really stood still…until Summer Break, then it flew by!  LOL I’m sure many of you can relate!

So, our Pandas are new this yea!  Aren’t they the cutest?  Awww, you can’t really see them, can you!  But you will!  Because I’ve already used them in a few projects…so please stay tuned 🙂

The Party Panda set is one of the new Sale-a-bration stamp sets you can earn for every $50 spent thru March 31, 2018!  But wait!  There is more!  Stampin’ Up! has added a new tier, there are a few items that you can redeem with a $100 purchase as well!  I’ve already earned the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies!  YES!!!  You did read that right, you CAN earn dies!  I LOVE dies 🙂

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There is a lot going on with this card!  I masked the Pandas, the Tree is from old reliable Lovely As A Tree, the “lights/ornaments (you decide lol) is just glue drops that I colored with markers once dried.

The balloons are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and Birthday Celebration.  The glasses are from Half Full and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Phew, I have quite a bit of stuff to put away, my work space looks like a hurricane went thru!  But it was worth it, I love the playfulness of this card!

Don’t forget to check out the New Occasions Catalog and of course the rewards you can receive because its Sale-a-bration!  I’ll be back Saturday with a Party Panda Project!

P.S. I think Stampin’ Up! should give the Pigs and Pandas a Selfie Stick, don’t you?  LOL

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Let’s Celebrate You! (Amazing Curtain Fold Card)

Ahhhhh. The final blog post of the year! I have so much to be thankful for. I have an awesome husband (awesome because he gives me the freedom to be creative, yes he even makes dinner if it seems I’m lost in craft land! Lol)

I have great kids that are turning into AMAZING parents themselves. Of course their adorable children are my beautiful grandgirlies who I love with all my heart!

But it’s YOU I want to CELEBRATE in this final post for 2017! YOU guys have been AMAZING! Thank YOU for reading my entrees weekly, and sometimes daily (at least for the month of December!). Your kind words have kept me inspired to keep up with my blogging. As long as I have AMAZING readers, I will do my best to make cards or projects that can help inspire your own creativity!

Ok have YOU seen what I’ve done here? LOL I’ve subliminally given YOU a sneak peek into one of my favorite sale-a-bration rewards! I love metal cutting dies. Sure I have a Cricut. Actually i have 3. LOL I should have given the others away long ago, but I call them my back ups hahaha! But for just one little diecut a Big Shot is more convenient. Oh? Did I not mention Santa brought me a Big Shot? Woohoo! It’s right next to my cuttlebug.  Remember, I have an awesome husband that really does spoil me ❤️❤️❤️

Back to my rewards! As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator one of the perks is being able to order early from the new Occasions catalog that goes live in January 3, 2018! That’s also the day Sale-a-bration starts! What’s new this year is that there are two tiers for earning freebies. $50 and $100 levels. The CELEBRATE You Thinlits can be earned by spending $100. Not that difficult to do hahaha!

To showcase the dies I made a few cards with the Curtain Fold Technique

I’ve sketched a diagram/template to make this particular orientation/size “curtain:

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For my DSP I used….wait for it…my own!  Why not, right?  I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.

My color pallet was Berry Burst, Sweet Sugar Plum and Pear Pizzazz.  I loved the “concept” however once my curtain was “pleated” I wasn’t entirely happy with the placement of some of the flowers.  Also, the balloon burst stamp used Berry Burst and I thought it was a little dark to sit behind my Berry Burst CELEBRATE diecut, so I cut another using Whisper White.  It breaks it up just a bit.

But since I may be a bit OCD I thought I would give it another try!  I used the same stamp set, but this time I used the Sweet Sugarplum stamped off once for the splatter!  Much better!  I also changed it to add a little more Pizzazz…Pear Pizzazz that is!

I love this version! Notice my “flowers” are a bit more evenly spaced? That’s because I didn’t stamp until AFTER I cut and scored my card stock. I was better able to visualize how the flowers would show since I could see where they would overlap. Clever, right?

The flowers and color pallet are a bit feminine and YOU may be fortunate to have a male in your life YOU think is AMAZING and want to CELEBRATE like I do…YOU know, that awesome man I married! So I made yet another version using DIY DSP in a color pallet that is a bit more masculine

Same exact layout but an entirely different feel, don’t YOU agree? I actually only used two colors this time Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. To create my “plaid” I used these two stamp sets:

Sometimes YOU have to think outside the box! But isn’t that what creativity is all about?

Well, that brings me to the end of my post.  The last for a year of wonderful memories!  I hope YOU all have a wonderful, yet safe New Year and CELEBRATE not only the year to come, but reflect in all this past year has brought YOUYOU are AMAZING!  See YOU in 2018!!!