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Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

It’s Front and Centre Friday and you get to see how Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink with this fabulous double z-fold card by my friend Leslie!

But warning!  Be prepared to get flooded with primary school memories with her Many Marvelous Markers colour coordination and fun design!

Bright papers, cheery colours and happy thoughts will make special birthday greetings for the young – and young-at-heart! Take a little peek!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Doesn’t it bring back memories of primary school days? Not only is the set full of nostalgic characters, when you can while away minutes (hours? days?) colouring, you’ll be transported back to that classroom with the chalky blackboards and pint-sized desks!

Another super bonus with this suite? You can cut out characters from the designer series paper like I did with this other fun fold card

But Leslie didn’t. What? Did she run out of paper? EEK?? (Believe it or not, it actually IS possible to use up full packages of patterned paper! 😂)

Well, then you make your own – easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Stamp chosen character (TIP: use Basic Black Archival ink so marker colour stays true)
  2. Colour with Stampin Write markers (Leslie used her Brights and Neutrals colours: Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate)
  3. Die cut with the matching framelit

Take another view of her 3D card to see other images she created this way too.

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

OK here’s where you come in! Close down the computer and grab your supplies to transport yourself back to primary school! I’ve got all the supplies Leslie used here to help you!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Are you running into your room as we “speak” to make a few of these?  Remember March is my Front & Centre Contest!  Send me one and you could win a fabulous prize.  Check it out here!

Really, I’m not kidding! You’d better get busy ’cause I wanna see Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink from your stamp room too!

Make a Pretty Reverse Fold Love You Card – VIDEO

Make a Pretty Reverse Fold Love You Card – VIDEO

With Valentine’s and wedding season just around the corner, why not make something a little different – a reverse fold love you card? Check out my video and let’s make your cardmaking fun and fast with a card like this!  Simple, elegant and quick, you can make up a batch of these in no time and send them to family and friends. And don’t forget about your sweetie! He (or she) will think it’s super special.

reverse fold love you card

Anyone who is a paper crafter knows exactly how we can go down that “more is better” rabbit hole right. And when we do that, our greetings can sometimes take a few hours to make, not mere minutes. We add a little more colour, a few more framelits, some ribbon and pretty soon our afternoon has vanished – and we still have to do the envelope. Yup, we had fun, but if we’ve got a stash to make, we can’t always take such a long time.

That’s what’s so great about this card. It’s got a fun little surprise, uses almost NO supplies (LOL!) and goes together in under 10 minutes.  It’s very similar to this Valentine’s Day card, yet completely different!

So where’s the surprise? This card has a cut-away for the heart and the rest of the card front is folded back and glued in place. Your greeting will fit perfectly in behind the heart.

reverse fold love you card

What are the supplies…a little card stock, a couple nested framelits, some specialty designer series paper (this Bundle of Love is beeyouteeful!) and pearls and you’re all set! Here are the measurements:


Blushing Bride cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”
Very Vanilla cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
Bundle of Love DSP – 2 1/8” x 5 1/4”

Take a look at my video to make this pretty reverse fold love you card yourself.

Everything you need to recreate this card is here. Simply click on any image to take you to my 24-7 online store to have it shipped right to your door.

reverse fold love you card

Did you see how quickly this card goes together on my video?  You can achieve the same results just as quickly.

Cardmaking should be fun, not painful. Don’t get me wrong…there is certainly a time for intricate and involved, 4 hour, 6 layer cards. Just not when we’ve got a deadline to meet – and lots of people to greet. That’s why I love cards like this reverse fold love you card – it’s pretty, it’s fast, and your recipients will love it too.

Why I Love Fancy Fold Birthday Cards

Why I Love Fancy Fold Birthday Cards

Pssst – I’m going to tell you exactly why I love fancy fold birthday cards so much! Let’s face it, birthdays are a happy occasion – well, MOST of the time. And don’t you try and grab a card that’s cheerful for the birthday boy or girl? With lots of fun birthday greetings? Just look at all the mass produced cards – lots of jokes and bright colours and cartoony characters right? Well, take a look at what you can make yourself with some stamps and die cuts.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Cheerful? Check. Bright colours? Check. Cartoony characters? Double check! Don’t you agree? Ultra cute and perfect for kids of all ages, this just makes you happy.  This card was for my friend and team member Trudy.  While I know she thought it was fun, I’ll bet her two grandsons thought it was a bomb!

So, yeah, you’re thinking…it’s a cheerful square card, right? Well sometimes you just want to add even more variety to your card making. Do something out of the ordinary. How about something expected when you take off the belly band?

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Isn’t that just the best? A fun fold out card with a secret pocket message inside! And this sparkly glimmer paper message is from only ONE die cut. It creates its own focal point with funky cursive lettering. You could make this from glimmer paper, like I did, or from patterned paper, cardstock or lots of other supplies you probably have “aging” in your craft room.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

You may think a folded card takes more time or work to make…absolutely not! In fact, the folded part of this card takes 5 minutes or less! And my total card goes together in about 15-20 minutes. (The fiddly parts are the circles on the belly band since I wanted to fancy up the closure).

What’s also neat about this folded card is it lies so flat. It will go through the mail easy breezy. That’s because the folded part is made with designer series paper so there’s no bulk. I LOVE working with my patterned papers. They make card making so quick and easy. There’s tons of variety, lots of neat shapes to cut out, and patterns for every birthday taste. Did you see my gatefold card last week? It was made with patterned papers too – and went together super fast!

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Want to learn how to make this fold for yourself? It’s included in the five simple folds featured in my Creative Folds online class. With a video, templates and instructional PDFs, it may be right up your alley! Just click the button below to see all the details!

So to recap. Here’s why I love fancy fold birthday cards:

  • a hidden surprise for the birthday “kid” (and you too!)
  • super quick to make
  • all kinds of cheerful cardstock, patterned papers and inks to use
  • cartoony characters can decorate the fold
  • easy peasey
  • cardmaking variety (for you AND your family and friends)
  • just plain HAPPY

With designer series paper on sale right now, you may want to pick up some extra packs to make a few of these great greetings.  Or you may want to make this exact card.  Here is everything I used.

why I love fancy fold birthday cards

Make up a batch. They’re a ton of fun to both create and give – just watch someone as they open it up. I guarantee smiles. Then you’ll fully understand why I love fancy fold birthday cards so much – and you will too!


Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Patterned Paper Gatefold Fall Greetings

Today I want to share how patterned paper gatefold fall greetings can add an interactive element to your cards. Rather than the good ‘ole regular card that opens from the right, why not try something just a tad unexpected? Spark some interest with an easy gatefold.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

I have to admit this is one of my favourite folds. It’s quick and easy, and you can play with the front in lots of different ways. It’s called gatefold since you can open it in the middle, just like a gate to a driveway. Sometimes I lay it on its side so you open it from the middle up to the top and bottom like I did on this congrats card . Or I’ve also overlapped framelits like I did on this card to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

When you have the two shorter pieces to the front of your card, it helps to keep it closed with a little embellishment. Or a belly band. Or in my case here, a pair of stitched circles with minimal stamping and a fab banner. With such a busy patterned paper, I decided to keep the main image quite clean and simple.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Speaking of the patterned paper, isn’t it just divine? Perfect for fall with the berries and golden blossoms. When I took a closer look at those flowers, my Colourful Seasons stamp set immediately popped to mind. The branch with the blossoms would match perfectly! I pulled it out, inked up two stamps in coordinating colours and VOILA, a focal point for my card! To pretty it up even more, I dabbed on some Fine Tip Glue and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

If you’re intrigued by cards with folds, you will LOVE my Creative Folds online class available next week! All the templates, written tutorials and video with step-by-step details to make FIVE great folded designs.

I’m not sure exactly why, but your inside greeting just seems to pop a little more when it’s in a gatefold. I kept this one pretty simple matching the outside banner. I simply inked up my Teeny Tiny Wishes Happy Thanksgiving sentiment in Early Espresso. While the words themselves would have been just fine, I added a couple of the blossoms to echo the card front.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Is it possible to overdo the Color Theory Suite? I think not! This card is just one more great example of how versatile this set is. If you haven’t picked one up yet, you’re going to want to.

Let’s take one final peek.

patterned paper gatefold fall greetings

Folded cards add interest, both for your card recipient and for you, the cardmaker! Keep the interest alive for everyone by changing up your card openings. Start simply and consider creating patterned paper gatefold fall greetings this Thanksgiving – you’ll be glad you did!

Gatefold Canada Day Card

Gatefold Canada Day Card

We attended a fun games and barbecue day yesterday and I took this gatefold Canada Day card to share with friends. It was a wonderful day with lots of fabulous Canadian food and trivia, a little friendly competition and some great stories. But you probably would rather hear more details on this card right?

I did share it on my post with my other Canada Day designs and told you I would share the deets. Here’s a closer peek before I do…

gatefold Canada Day card

I’ve shared gatefold cards before. In fact, my very first post a year ago featured one!  Why do I like this style? Because they’re a bit unique, but still a cinch to make! You start with the same size card base (5 1/2” x 8 1/2”) but you score it two times (at 2 1/8” and 6 3/8”), so both sides fold into and meet, in the middle. Then the fun starts – you get to decorate these, usually with some kind of overlapping piece.

My gatefold Canada Day card has two overlapping maple leaves, one red, one white, cut with the Leaflets Framelits. I stamped in the middle of both of them using the Celebration Time stamp set – LUV this set! Like the card I showcased last post, I inked up the “It’s your birthday” stamp and left off the ‘y’. And this time I also left out the cake shape. It fits perfectly in the middle of the large leaf! Here’s a close-up.

gatefold Canada Day card

It was Versamark and white embossing powder for the red leaf. The “time to celebrate” also fit smack in the middle of the leaf – it’s almost like they were made for each other! Inside the card I stamped one more greeting from this SUPER set – the “Woohoo” was also an absolute fit! See for yourself.

gatefold Canada Day card

Tips to make your own overlapping leaf gatefold card:

  • cut out your leaves before stamping
  • place leaves how you want them on the card front BEFORE stamping to line up your words at the right angle
  • reposition your leaves as you want them, and take note where you will need to apply your glue (half of the leaf will not get ANY glue)
  • glue down one leaf (I did the bottom first) and make sure the closure will work together before applying glue to the second leaf
  • I used liquid glue for a secure hold

This would make a superb fall card if you’re thinking along those lines yet.  Here are all the supplies I used for you to recreate it.  PS – don’t forget about the Bonus Days promotion going on right now!!

You Can Make It Too

Celebration Time Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Celebration Time Clear-Mount Stamp Set


Leaflets Framelits Dies


Brights Stampin' Write Markers


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock


Real Red 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad


Versamark Pad


White Stampin' Emboss Powder


Heat Tool


Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies


Red Glimmer Paper


White Perfect Accents


Liquid Multipurpose Glue


Big Shot


Hopefully, you were able to get out for Canada Day 2017 celebrations yesterday too and have stories to share! It’s not likely we’ll be around for the next 150th celebration. But why let that stop you? You can whip up some of these gatefold Canada Day cards, with maybe a family or friend’s birthday in mind instead!

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