Fancy Folds

{Masculine Peek A Boo Card}

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Peekaboo cards are a fun twist on the traditional card and hold a sweet inside!  This is a take on the lovely card AnneMarie designed a few weeks ago. 

Stampinuppeekaboo Once you know where to score, this one goes together very quickly.  The centre window is made using the circle scallop punch, and then the remaining image is used to layer on the front.

The focal image is done using In the Stars stamp set and the two sizes of star punches.  I added just a bit of glitter, even though I was going for masculine!  I did run this by my husband, and he gave his approval. 

Colours Used: chocolate chip, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi

Stampinuppeekaboo2 Stamps Used: In the Stars, Rough Texture jumbo wheel

Other: Scallop circle punch, both star punches, Scallop Edge Punch, silver brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

The chocolate heart inside is from the Chocolate Boutique and come in a myriad of colours.

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{Masculine Valentine Double Card}

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Rivetmaleapproved Likely the most difficult cards to design . .  masculine!  And a Valentine to boot! 

Inspired by the beautiful elements from Nicki Tidbold's swap, I set out to design a card for the men in our lives. 

IMG_5309_edited-1 I have used a double card design here for added interest.  The concept is simple – make a smaller, coordinating card and adhere to the front of Stampinupmasculinevalentine your main card, which gives you lots of room for writing love notes (or for an invitation!).  I told my ladies that were here for class that if you didn't have much to say, then just do some conveniently extra stamping inside the cards!

This card uses a neat trick with the crimper.  First, run your card through one way, turn it 90 degrees, and run it through again. Repeat until you have the texture you would like. 

Stampinupmasculineval The buckles or hinges here is the Designer Label punch turned sideways.  Love it! 

The hearts used here are great for Masculine Valentine because they are not toooo girly.  They are from the set Polka Dot Punches and you can only get this set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration (running through the end of the month) with any qualifying order or workshop.  I love the punched tin look of these stamps.  And the fact that they coordinate with the punches makes them extra easy to use!

Yes, you still have time to get this set before Valentine's Day! Email me to get yours sent out today!

Colours used:  Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky

Stampin' Up Stamps Used: Sanded Background, Polka Dot Punches

Other: Crimper, jumbo eyelets, Designer Label Punch, Sponge Daubers, Double stitched ribbon

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{Cute, Quick, & Easy Valentine’s Chocolate!}

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I took this idea from Angie Juda, a demo from the United States.  I can see where she's from, but from her accent, I'd guess Texas?  You can see her project here.  And this is my adaptation on it:

Stampinupchocolatevalentine This is a super easy project, made easy by the slit punch.  This is such a useful punch for creating little closures!

The images are from both Big On Spring and from Love Owl-ways, both sets from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  The scallop is done with the new scallop edge punch.

I love the Love Owl-ways set for Valentines because it includes words suitable for friends.  I suggest we all Stampinupvalentinechocolate make a valentine and remember our girlfriends!  My girls and I are going to make up Valentine treats and take them to some of the  the single ladies at church. 

Of course you can change the dimensions and the treat inside to suit you!  please email me for the dimensions on this to fit the Whittaker's chocolates.

Colours Used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Stamp sets used:  Big on Spring or Love Owl-ways

Other:  Slit punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 5/8 grosgrain ribbon, blender pens, Dazzling Diamonds glitter

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{Fancy Folds Valentine}

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Aren't these cute?!  I just adore this set (A Happy Heart)- so many options.  I've seen lots done with the heart in the set, but I am very partial to the tic-tac-toe board, as seen here and in previous posts.  And what an adorable background paper it would make!  This set is available until the end of March.

Stampinupprimaryvalentine This card uses no more cardstock than a traditionally folded card, but has great impact.  I designed these up to be used for a Daddy-Daughter Valentine's Party, as you can see by the invitation that was adhered to the tag. 

Colours Used:  Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White

Stamp Sets:  A Happy Heart  49.95

Other:  Scallop Square Punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, grosgrain ribbon

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{A Cute! Gift from Melinda}

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Rivetbudgetwise Melsstampinupchapstick I have to confess my dearest and long-timest (hate to say "oldest") friend, Melinda, sent these for my girls . . .  a long time ago!  It took me shoveling out my craft closet to find them again.  And bonus! Perfect stocking stuffers.

Aren't they adorable?!  Pefect for three little girls who love to doll themselves up.  She's a clever lady, that Melinda.  She made up this little project, too.  Now maybe if we all write to her, she might come and visit-teach us.  She's timid of airplanes, so she'll need lot of encouragment.

The stamps used here are Stampin' Up! stamps, but from a retired set.  the colours are from the Bold Brights collection.

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{Criss Cross Thank You}

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Designed by Jacqui Mitchell!  I taught this class by the seat of my pants, working it out as we went along!  I decided I should not have cropped the photo so closely so you couldn't see all the mistakes  . . .Stampingtechniques

But I do like her clean design here and the rich colour combination.  But what I really loved was her idea of stamping on the Certainly Celery printed paper!  The Thank You stamp from Lovely Labels . . is stamped in Old Olive on the paisley printed Certainly Celery papers.  You can just see the paisleys peeking through the image.  It's a cool look; I don't think to stamp on printed paper, but I like!

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{One of a Kind Hidden Panel}

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This template is a lot of fun!  All credit goes to Kayoko in Christchurch for showing Anne who showed me this technique.

The inside panels open up to reveal a hidden panel inside.  Sounds tricky, but deceptively simple once you see how it's done!  I've made a closure for this card using magnets under the One of a Kind flower medallion, an idea from Racheal.  I had to do some fiddling to get the rhinstone brad to lie flat so the magnets would stick, but with persistance, it does work!

I just love how the background worked out on this one with the Boho Background stamp and the white gel pen.  Again, this pen is the best white gel pecard classes Aucklandn on the market.  It's worth ordering!!

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{Booming with Beauty Accordian Card}

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Stampin Up Pauline, a very talented and lovely demonstrator in Napier, designed this beautiful card.  She has a style very different from my own, and I love it!

The accordion fold on this only looks tricky – it's very simple and straightforward once you get your head around how it fold together.  The stamp set used here is Bloomin' with Beauty in the Spring Mini Catalogue (sept 08-Nov 08).  The images were coloured in using sponge daubers with Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss, and Apricot Appeal. 

Pauline then added a bit of Crystal Effects for a glossy, wet look on some of cardmaking classes the petals and while it was still wet, sprinkled on just a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Simple and stunning.

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