Tutorial – How to Make Double Z Fold Card

There’s something about a Fancy Card Fold that always feels intimidating. Every time I see a card with a Fancy Fold I think “Beautiful! But NO WAY am I going to be making one.” When I finally do, I’m usually surprised at how easy it is to make. Isn’t that true with everything in life? Till we actually do it, it seems over-the-top crazy hard. Then we do it and wonder why we were ever intimidated.

The Double Z Fancy Fold is the same way. Whenever I try something new, I always start with inexpensive printer paper. When it comes out right on the first try, I know I have a winner. LOL. My card came out correctly the first time and I went right to my good paper. So that shows you that Double Z Fancy Fold is really easy peasy. I should come with a new word besides “Fancy” fold. Fancy means complicated, right? This card fold is so NOT complicated. And it fits in a standard envelope. Win win!

It's so easy! See this clear tutorial on how to Make Double Z Fold Card

How to Make Double Z Card

Step 1 – Cardstock: To make the Double Z Card, you’ll need two pieces of card stock:

  1. 4 ¼” x 11” card stock scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”
  2. 1 ¼” x 11” card stock scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”

Tip: The second, thin piece of card stock can actually be cut to any width, but it needs to match the length of the card, so always keep it at 11” long. I chose the width of 1 ¼” for my card, but you can go thinner or wider depending on how you want your card to look in the end.

Step Two – Folding the Paper:

To fold the paper: First, fold in half. Then flip up the small 2 ¾ piece. Do this to both pieces. (Sounds crazy to fold both pieces the same way, but in the end, we’ll flip the smaller piece around so it lays the exact opposite of the larger piece.)

Tutorial - How to Make Double Z Fold Card

Step 3 – Decorate the Card:

At this point, you are excited to put everything together and want to attach the two pieces. But wait!!! Don’t attach them yet because then decorating the cards will be very hard to do. You can play with the two pieces (as I show below) to see how they will attach, but don’t actually attach them. You’ll be sad. Instead, decorate!

To keep my decoration from taking all afternoon, I just put some beautiful (and coordinating) paper pieces on the first two sides. The paper on the smaller sides measures 4” x 2 ½.”

I also put a layer of paper on my long strip. This layer measures 1 x 11.

Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Double Z Fold Card

Step 4 – Attaching the Two Pieces

Now your card is beautifully decorated and we’re ready to put everything together. Flip over the smaller piece of card stock so it lays as shown below.

Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Double Z Fold Card

  • Put adhesive on the wider card stock on the leftmost side of the card (2 ¾”) at the bottom
  • Put adhesive on the thin strip of card stock, on the rightmost side of the card (also the 2 ¾” side of the card)

Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Double Z Fold Card

If you’d like to keep a snapshot of these instructions, feel free to Pin this picture to Pinterest.

Step-by-Step Tutorial on How to Make a Double Z Fold Card

Extra tips on this card:

To make this card, I used the Succulent Garden suite. This suite included the beautiful paper, stamps, and framelits to cut out the flower. I kept with the same colors that are used in the paper so that everything would coordinate. Easy Peasy!

To create the glitter effect (goodness I love glitter!) I dabbed tombow ink randomly over the paper (okay, not randomly. I quickly put in places where I thought it would look good. LOL. There are different ways to do this, but I wanted to be intentional on where the glitter went.) I then sprinkled some silver glitter over the tombow adhesive. Looks really sparkly in real life!

I hope you give this special card fold a try! If you like this project, you’ll love the free projects I send every few weeks. Sign up below for your freebies.


Learn How to Make a Pocket Card!

I am so excited about today’s project! Every year I take upon an important task. I make the cards for all the teachers in our kid’s small school. The cards mean SO MUCH to the teachers. They thank me, and then thank me again. And a few months later, again….It is amazing how much they appreciate my work! I also take the time to write EACH teacher an individual note, telling them why the students and parents appreciate them. It takes me forever, but as you can tell, it’s so worth it. The teachers should be earning more than investment bankers, in my opinion. I can’t give them the six-figure salary that they deserve, but I can tell them how much we all appreciate them.

We usually give them cash or gift certificates for their holiday gift, so I wanted a project with a pocket. I have a tutorial to show you exactly how to make the cards. It’s easy! I had to make it easy since I needed to make a lot of them. LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I decorated the cards for Chanuakah using the candle from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set. The card is square and the finished size measures 4 x 4.

Chanukah (Hannukah) card with Sprinkles of Life stamp set with Stampin' Up!

When you open it up, here’s how it looks on the inside:

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

The project is easy to make since I needed so many of them. Here’s how to make them:

Step 1: Cut the card stock to 8 x 5 1/2. I designed the cards so I could get two projects from one sheet of card stock.  This saved me some money since I had so many to make! If you’re making them in bulk, I suggest shaving 1/2 off the long side (as shown below), and then cut the card stock in half, at 5 1/2″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 2: Score the card stock at 4″

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 3: Turn the card stock and score again at 4″. See, you can’t mess it up!!! LOL.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 4: Trim off the left block. I like to trim on the outside of the score lines .

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 5: This step is optional, but lovely. If you have a corner rounder, round the left corner pocket. This makes it look especially lovely when the pocket is done.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 6: You’ll want to us a strong adhesive, such as sticky strip or tombow, to adhere the pocket. Put the adhesive, as shown below, and bend up to form a pocket.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

Step 7: If you’d like to decorate the inside of the card (with designer paper or white so you can wrote a message), cut the paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card


Here’s how it looks when it’s done. You can fill your pocket with cash, gift cards, anything!

Tutorial - How to make a pocket card

I hope you enjoy this project!! If you make it, please send me a picture. It was such fun to make and I’ve already given them to the teachers. I’ve gotten so many heartfelt thanks that my heart is swimming with joy. Isn’t it great to be a papercrafter? What a beautiful opportunity.



How to Make Easy Pop Up Cards

I’ve always thought that Pop Up cards were fun. You open the card, expecting the usual, but instead something beautiful pops up. Whenever I saw pop ups, I thought it was complicated and not something that I wanted to create. However, I thought they were REALLY neat so one day when I was feeling adventurous, I gave it a try. I tried many different techniques, but then I came up with a method that was so easy, I was amazed. My mantra in life is “keep it simple.” This method definitely keeps it simple. I will show you how to make easy Pop Up cards. There’s a video in this post that takes you through each step of the process.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Making easy Pop Up cards

When trying a new technique, I always recommend using regular copy paper, first. This way, you won’t be nervous about wasting high quality paper and you can feel free to learn (and perhaps make mistakes.)

To make the pop up cards below, I carefully measured to make sure that everything would fit. But you really don’t have to, especially if you use copy paper for your first draft of the project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Here’s my secret: I cut the inside of the card (just two cuts, it’s really easy — you’ll see in the video at the end of this post). To keep it simple and cover these cuts, I used a piece of card stock measuring the same dimension as the top of the card (5 1/2 x 4 1/4) and I glued it over top, hiding the areas I cut out. So EASY!!

From the outside, the cards look like a regular card, right? However, when you open it, you get a nice surprise. Here’s what you see:

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

The ice cream pops out and it is so much fun, isn’t it?

Here’s a video on how to make it:

Below is a photo you can PIN on Pinterest if you want to save this project. I hope you enjoy. And if you also have always wanted to do this but thought it was too complicated, try my techniques and see how they go. I know you’ll be surprised at how fast, fun, and easy it is to make this type of project.

How to make easy pop up cards using Stampin' Up! and Hello You Thinlits, Sprinkle of LIfe

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Crazy About You
Paper: 2016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder
Other: Hello You thinlits, Metallic Sequins, Silver Thread

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Video – Watercolor Washing

Dear Friends,

I hope my last blog post tempted you to try the Watercolor Wash technique. If not, perhaps my card today will encourage you to give it a try. The stamp set, Awesomely Artistic, is ideal for the effect. Even the little dots on the paper are made using an image from the stamp set.

The card below is actually the first card I made using the technique. I had a little mess up, but I learned from it.  The video (shown at the end of this post) shows what I did wrong and how I fixed it. You just gotta try — you don’t learn unless you do. And if we  “mess up” badly, we’ve just wasted a little paper. Isn’t paper crafting great?


I made a pdf with instructions on how to do the technique.  Click April 2016 Watercolor washing to download it.

This technique was so much fun that I decided to use it for my Monthly Creative Challenge. The members are having a BALL with this technique. I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I’ve been smiling big smiles at how excited they are to try it for themselves. Love my creative challenge members 🙂  Would love for you to join in on the fun. Click here to sign up.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Lost Lagoon and Shimmer White
Ink: Versmark, Lost Lagoon, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake
Accessories: Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Rhinestones, Gold baker’s twine
Tools: Aquapainter, Heating Tool,


New Video – Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card

As many of you reading this blog already know, I am smack in the middle of running a Creative Challenge.  As part of the challenge, we are making cards.  One of Challengers made a Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Card and it was beautiful and inspired so many of us.  Some of our Challenge members wanted to know how to create this type of card so this post is really for them!

I’ve developed my own method of creating this type of card.  If you notice in the sample below, the lines around the scallop are all clean.  It can be tricky cutting out excess paper using the paper trimmer, so I developed a method using scoring and some scissors.


I find with this type of card, sometimes it’s better to keep the decoration simple so that the eye goes to the unique effect of the card.  I therefore double-tied the blue ribbon, drawing the eye to the focal point of the card.


Here is the inside of the card.  You can write a sentiment, just as you normally would.  However, given the card looks like you’re opening a gift, I think gluing a gift card to the inside would be very nice, too.


Here’s my video showing how to create it:

Pdf file with dimensions and supplies: Scallop Tag Topper Card

Supplies Used:

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Money Holders

Dear Friends,

I have a confession. I’m not a huge fan of summer.  I used to love it!!  Ice cream, flowers, playing outside, what’s not to love?  Then I had kids.  And my kids LOVE summer.  They love it so much, they act exuberant and playful.  If you know my kids, you know that results  in a lot of mischief.  They had  great time in camp this summer and I wanted to give a special thanks to their counselors.

Luckily, I cam across an amazing money holder idea, right when I needed it.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  It came from Erica Cerwin of Pink Buckaroo.  Click here for her video and project.   She uses the new bag maker punch to make the money holder.

Here’s one of the money holders I made.


I followed her instructions and cut the DSP to 7 1/2 x 10.  Score at 2 1/2  and 7 (long side).  Then, line punch up with the 2 1/2 inch and 7 inch score lines (see below) and punch two sweet little V’s (see below on where to line it up).


Next, I used my score board to make a score line where the flaps are (see where my stylus is pointing to).


Here’s what it will look like:


I then cut off the flaps on the sides


Fold the long sides and adhere with sticky strip or other tacky glue, then fold in the flap.  Ta da!  You have a pocket.  I then used my 1 3/4″ round punch in the center middle so that a card could easily be removed (see below).


The white insert is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (standard card size).  I followed Erica’s instructions and cut a little piece of DSP for the inside card.  I cut mine 3/4″ x 4 1/4.  I put glue on the very bottom and stapled it on either side to secure it.  I then wrote a nice note to each counselor (not shown :)) and tucked a check inside.  I hope they liked it!

Here are more samples that I made.





If you make one, be sure to send me a picture!


Flower Basket for Spring

Last summer when I went to the Stampin’ Up! conference, I received a beautiful swap.  I knew right away I’d be making my own version.  Just looking at it made me smile.  See my version below!


The flowers come up and you can write a little sentiment in the card.


I made this for my sweet mother-in-law. Then I realized it was teacher appreciation week.  So you guessed it.  I made 15 more of them . . . In less then two days.  I’m crazy like that — and I know I’m not the only one.  I typed little notes on the computer and glued them to the card so that I could fit in all the thanks I wanted to say to the amazing teachers.

Here’s a version with in light brown:


Since I knew you’d love to make one yourself, I made a tutorial on how to do them.

Stamp Set: Flower Patch and Flower Fair framelits
Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake


  1. Cut Crumb Cake 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 (You can get 3 pots from one piece of card stock!)
  2. Score at 3 1/2 and 7
  3. Using your scallop punch, scallop the small side (as shown below)
  4. Fold as shown below.
  5. Angle the folded pot in your cutter diagonally, whit the folded side on top.  Put one corner at the 3 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line (as shown below).
  6. After cutting, flip over and line up with the 2 1/2 inch mark and angle to the bottom score line.
  7. Your finished project should look something like this.
  8. Cut green card stock to 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 and white 2 1/4 x 4 1/2.flowerpot_tutorial7
  9. Stamp flowers in assorted colors and cut out.  *Use dimensionals when putting the flowers onto the rectangular card stock.*  This will ensure that the card rests nicely over the flower pot.
  10. Use ribbon, tie a knot around the flower pot.

If you make one, be sure to send me a picture!  This is SUCH a fun project.