Succulent Birthday

I’m curious – how do you stay on top of your friends’ birthdays? (Assuming you do stay on top of it.) I’m so bad about it…I’m hoping you’re MUCH better than me and can give me ideas. For most of my friends, I have their birthdays in my head and never get around to putting them in my Google Calendar. Then the day passes and as usual, I haven’t sent a card. It’s a pity, because I’ve got some nice cards to send. LOL.

Starting TODAY, as soon as I’m done writing this post, I am putting at least 5 of my friends’ birthdays in my Google Calendar, with reminders set for a week in advance, so I can get some cards in the mail. I hope you join me and go running to do this as soon as you’re done reading this, if you haven’t already. Why not send some joy and cheer around. Isn’t that one of the big reasons why we love card making?


For my card today, I wanted to incorporate some woodgrain into the card, without making it too dark looking. Luckily, I have a slew of browns to choose from. I went with a subtle Sahara Sand (my absolute favorite light brown color) and added some cool texture to the card. I love the woodgrain embossing folder.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Use Your Pretty Paper

The Succulent Designer Series Paper is so beautiful that I’m trying not to hoard it and to use as much as I can in my cards. Some of my paper is actually used up. Really. That never happens, right? The paper I used in this card is so soft and beautiful, it is one of my favorites from the stack. It makes a difference in the card, doesn’t it?

The flowers are so pretty but I didn’t want them to overdone. I stamped a few on scrap paper, using the same colors from the Designer Series Paper. Adhering them to the sentiment is a subtle technique, but it makes everything pop.

Birthday Card handmade with Succulent Garden Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

May you have a wonderful day, filled with lots of creativity and joy. Thanks for stopping by.


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.


Happy Sale-A-bration!

Before I begin my post, I’m putting the links to the new catalogs, released today, right up top so you can see them right away!

Today is an exciting day since two new catalogs are being released: The Occasions Catalog contains brand new beautiful seasonal items. It’s fun to see new products throughout the year and not have to wait for the annual catalog in June. My favorite is the Succulent Garden suite. I’ve already ordered it and have started playing!

The other catalog is for Sale-A-bration. Do you know what Sale-A-Bration means? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a little bit about celebrating the return to normal life after the holidays. Usually, this can be a sad time for some of us. But Stampin’ Up! wants to turn this time around to make it something to celebrate. And they know that the best way to make us stampers happy is to give us free stamping supplies.

Happy Sale-A-bration!

I don’t know about you, but in my world, that’s more exciting than cleaning the bathrooms, making dinner, or even doing laundry! Shocking, right? It takes my humdrum world and fills it with excitement. That’s why I love our hobby. It actually uplifts me every time I head to my stamping space, but that’s another blog post! Free supplies are exciting! And Stampin’ Up never makes the supplies boring or something you’d see on the clearance rack of other people’s leftovers. No way! The company makes their free products as exciting as they possibly can, incorporating the latest stamping trends.

If you’re new to Sale-A-Bration, the way you earn free products is for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) on products, you get any product of your choice from the Sale-A-bration catalog here.

To place an order, click here. If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code RVJET46W. If it’s more than $150, please leave the hostess code field blank.

Succulent Garden

Whenever there’s a new catalog, we always have our favorites. I always gravitate to the flower stamp sets. They make me smile. The Succulent Garden stamp set is neat because you can also make cactus-type plants with it – succulents. Here’s my first card made with the stamp set. I wonder how many more cards I’ll make with it?! Many, I’m sure!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

The Technique

To make the card, I first cut out the center oval. I then lightly traced around it in pencil onto the Whisper White card stock. This allowed me to create a wreath effect, with the flowers surrounding the sentiment. Thanks the pencil mark, I knew exactly where to stamp to surround the sentiment. Once I finished stamping, I used a good quality artist eraser to erase the pencil line. It’s a simple technique, and it has a cool effect, doesn’t it?

Do you notice something else on the card that’s new? If you look carefully, you’ll see a little paper clip. Adorable, no? This paper clip is also in the new Occasions catalog. It adds just enough interest to make the card a little special without it being over-the-top. I love it!

Handmade Card using the stamp set Oh So Succulent by Stampin' Up!

There are also little orange enamel dots throughout the card. Those dots add so much fun and texture to a card. I love them and need to use them more!

Finally, to put it all together, I splattered the card with ink. I LOVE this effect. It’s amazing how plain a card can look without the splatter. Afterwards, the flow is different and everything comes together. To do this effect, I used my Aqua Painter and Peekaboo Peach ink. I inked up the Aqua Painter with the ink and then hit it so the ink would splatter over the card. Fun!

If you have any questions about Sale-A-Bration, let me know! I’m here to help. I hope you enjoy perusing the two new catalogs. Have a happy Sale-A-Bration!

With love,

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Oh So Succulent
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Sugarplum, Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Archival Black
Paper: Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach
Other: Gold Metallic Thread, Gold 1/8 ribbon, Brights Enameled Dots, Rhinestones, Paper Clip, AquaPainter (for splatter)

To place an order, click here. If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code RVJET46W. If it’s more than $150, please leave the hostess code field blank.