Drapery Fold Technique – Fun Use For DSP

Do you hoard paper? I sure do and this technique is one of many that will prompt you to use that beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP) that is collecting dust in your crafting area.

Drapery Fold Technique

I watched a video by Diane Thorsen of DLT Creations showcasing the Drapery Fold, I quickly jotted down the measurements, grabbed a piece of DSP, my paper trimmer, pencil and got to work.

I Started with a piece of Fine Art Floral DSP 5” x 10”, score on the 10” side at 1”, 1 1/2”, 2 1/2”, 3”, 4”, 4 1/2”, 5 1/2”, 6”, 7”, 7 1/2”, 8 1/2” & 9” Make a small mark on the edge of the paper (top and bottom) at the 4 1/2” & 5 1/2” score lines.

Turn the DSP and make a small mark at 2” & 3” (both top & bottom)

Angle the DSP in your paper trimmer to cut from the closest mark to the corner on both the 5” and 10” side, cut that wedge piece off, repeat for the other 3 corners. Set aside those 4 wedge pieces for another card!

Accordion fold on the score lines, working from the center out, carefully burnish the folds with your bone folder. I am sorry I didn’t take a pic of this step, but look at my card for appropriate folding process. You can use liquid adhesive, Stampin Seal or tear n tape to secure folds.

I then took Pool Party Cardstock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4” to create a card base. Next is Basic White Cardstock 5 1/4” x 4” and created texture using the Painted Textures 3D Embossing Folder, adhered it to my card base with the liquid adhesive. I then applied 4 strips of tear n tape to the back of my drapery folded DSP, evenly spaced, pulled off the backing strips and centered it to the card front.

Next I cut a strip 3/4” x 4” in Poppy Parade cardstock and used the Pick a Banner punch to flag each end. Then I stamped the sentiment on Basic White. I used a Mother’s Day sentiment, you can use what ever you desire, this card can be feminine or masculine depending on the DSP you choose to use! I punched it out using the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch. I adhered the Poppy Parade strip to the center of the Drapery Fold DSP then centered the sentiment and adhered it using dimensionals. I topped the card off using the Opal Rounds Embellishments.

You could also add additional die cut of choice to change up the look and as I said before this could be a masculine card very easily by just changing the DSP.

I hope you give this fold a try, it really is quite easy as long as you score according to the listed measurements and fold from the center outward. Watch for more ideas using the drapery fold in the future.

All items used to create this card are available in my online store. Here is my shop with me link: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

If you need a catalog and aren’t a demonstrator or already have a demonstrator you work with I would be happy to send you one. Please message me your full name and mailing address.

Happy Crafting,

Tammy ❤️

The Art Gallery Bundle – Not Just For Mother’s Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day, I was working and intended to finish up this blog post of the card I created for my mom on my lunch break, but a crazy day left no time so here it is! 😬 #nurselife.

Today’s card features the Art Gallery Bundle which I used to create this beautiful Mother’s Day card for my mom. The Art Gallery Stamp Set is photopolymer and is a two step stamp process and has a beautiful printed block font with a great collection of sentiments for most occasions. I used the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder to create the textured background.

The Art Gallery Bundle

To make the card:

For the card base I used Granny Apple Green Cardstock 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored and folded at 4 1/4”. Next I used a piece of Basic White Cardstock 3 3/4” x 5” and created the texture using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, and adhered it to the card front using liquid adhesive.

Next I stamped the large flower head in Flirty Flamingo Ink and the second step stamp overlay again in Flirty Flamingo Ink, thus creating a darker version of the ink, adding depth to the image. Next I stamped the stem and leaves in Granny Apple Green ink. I used the Floral Gallery Dies to die cut the stamped images out. Then I used liquid adhesive to attach the flower head to the stem at the angle I desired, and applied dimensionals to the flower head and stem, placing onto the card front in the upper left, angled to draw the eye from top to the bottom right for the placement of the sentiment.

For the sentiment I used the Happy Mother’s Day from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set in Granny Apple Green Ink on Basic White Cardstock. Unfortunately the punch I used is now retired but either the Label Me lovely or Everyday Label Punch would create the same effect. I punched a second label from Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, cut it down the center, horizontally and adhered the pieces to the back of the sentiment piece creating the colored background. I attached the sentiment to the card front with dimensionals.

The finishing touches are Wink of Stella glitter pen to the highlighted areas on the petals and leaves, 5 Opal Rounds Embellishments applied in random. I stamped a smaller flower head inside the card and also stamped an image on the envelope.

All of the items used can be purchased from my online store using my personal link: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

As always, I am happy to help, send me a message, call or text.

Happy crafting,

Tammy ❤️

Gorgeous Posies

Check out this gorgeous card kit, stunning colors and images, that quick and easy to assemble 16 cards and a beautiful treasure box.

This kit coupled with the Gorgeous Posies stamp set, Blackberry Bliss Ink, Highland Heather Ink, Gorgeous Grape Ink and Blushing Bride Ink you can create 16 cards, 4 of each design. The kit is thoughtfully designed so you can use other sentiments and inks as well.

This is a fun kit to assemble, with loads of alternate ideas! The kit item #153131 is retiring and is discounted to $25.60, the stamp set #153289 is $19 and also retiring on May 3rd.

Shop now in my online store: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Happy crafting!


Gorgeous Posies

Check out this gorgeous card kit, stunning colors and images, that quick and easy to assemble 16 cards and a beautiful treasure box.

This kit coupled with the Gorgeous Posies stamp set, Blackberry Bliss Ink, Highland Heather Ink, Gorgeous Grape Ink and Blushing Bride Ink you can create 16 cards, 4 of each design. The kit is thoughtfully designed so you can use other sentiments and inks as well.

This is a fun kit to assemble, with loads of alternate ideas! The kit item #153131 is retiring and is discounted to $25.60, the stamp set #153289 is $19 and also retiring on May 3rd.

Shop now in my online store: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Happy crafting!


Last Chance Product Sale

As we gear up for the 2021 -2022 Annual Catalog debut on May 4th, the time has come to say goodbye to some of our favorite products as the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog winds down. So what does this mean for you? Discounts on many items, as well as limited availability so time is of the essence!

I can publish a list of the retiring items, but quite frankly your best source of item availability is to look under the Last Chance Sale section in my online store.

If you want any of the 2019-2021 In Color items, Rocco Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile and Purple Posey, RUN don’t walk to your computer! If you had your eye on a specific punch or the Layering Ovals and Layering Squares they will sell out FAST.

Here is the link to my online store: http://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Happy Crafting and thank you for supporting my tiny crafting business.

XO, Tammy

Kicking off the New Year with the January to June Mini Catalog, Saleabration and Basic White cardstock!

Live today!

I believe we were all saddened to hear that Stampin’ Up!’s beloved Whisper White cardstock, envelopes etc. retired in late December, I know I was! The mill that manufactured that fabulous cardstock and envelopes went out of business thanks to the shutdowns related to COVID-19.

I am happy to share that Stampin’ Up! Has worked diligently to source new products for us and after a lot of testing, are happy to report the new Basic White products are a fabulous replacement.

What does this mean for you? Well, first of all, there is an ever so slight slight difference in color, I know, in white you say?? Yes, in white! Secondly and most important, is there are new ordering numbers for these products!

Here are the details:

  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ CARDSTOCK (159276)
  • BASIC WHITE 8-1/2″ X 11″ THICK CARDSTOCK (159229)
  • BASIC WHITE 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 CM) CARDSTOCK (159231)
  • BASIC WHITE 3″ X 3″ (7.6 X 7.6 CM) ENVELOPES (159233)

In addition to the new Basic White, the January to June Mini Catalog is live along with Saleabration!! Earn free products with each $50 (before tax and shipping) spent. Have you seen the Darling Donkeys? Yep, they are FREE with your $50 purchase and so much more to choose from!

Shop here: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Need the new catalogs? If you don’t have a demonstrator I would be happy to send one out for you.

Christmas is almost here – are you ready?

As I am scrambling to finish Christmas gifts I find myself in need of some small boxes. I came across the template I had for a self closing box (sorry, I do not remember who yo credit as I made the template several years ago)

Self Closing Box

I used the Wishes & Wonder Stamp Set, Mossy Meadow cardstock, measuring 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, a scrap of white cardstock to stamp the sentiment onto. 2 pieces of Heartwarming Hugs Designer Series Paper, measuring 3 3/4” x 4”

Cut and score the cardstock as indicated on the template seen here. Cut lines are solid and broken lines are scoring.

Cut 2 of the Designer series Paper as shown in the DSP cutting template.

Stamp the sentiment from the Wishes & Wonder Stamp Set on a scrap of white cardstock, I used Momento Black ink but Mossy Meadow or Real Red would also look great as well. I used the scalloped circle die to cut the layering piece for the sentiment out of Mossy Meadow and after the fact realized the matching dies called North Pole Wonder Dies had a perfectly sized scalloped die for the sentiment backing.

I hope you give this project a try, it is easier than it sounds! All products can be purchased from my online store: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Here is the link for my Facebook video: https://fb.watch/2pdchC_VeR/

Happy crafting!

Tammy ❤️

Thankful For You

I am writing this, on the eve of Thanksgiving, reflecting on my tiny crafting business and how grateful I am for you all.

Tomorrow I will working my “day” job as Charge Nurse of a new unit with new coworkers. I am grateful for my family who never complain when it is my turn to work a holiday, I love you. I am grateful for those who I have worked with over the years, we have spent many holidays together, missed birthdays, anniversaries, plays and children’s sport events. You all are all in my heart.

My message is simple, enjoy each other and reflect what you are thankful for.

With a grateful heart I share these simple cards I created using the Gilded Autumn Suite.

Card Recipe

Cut 4 card bases from Early Espresso cardstock, two are 4 1/4” x 11” score and fold at 5 1/2”. The other two are 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” score and fold at 4 1/4”. Cut 4 pieces of Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper 4” x 5 1/4” (if using directional paper, pay close attention to not have your paper upside down) cut 2” off the 5 1/4” side on all 4 pieces of DSP and flip the 2” piece over to the other side of the paper. Taking the two pieces that make a 4” x 5 1/4” piece and adhere to the card base, repeat this process for all 4 cards. Cut 4 pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock 3” x 4”. Using Early Espresso Ink stamp the outlines of the maple and oak leaves as well as the acorn in a whimsical pattern on each of the 4 pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock. Using the fill in stamp to color the leaves with Cajun Craze ink, Crushed Curry Ink and the acorn with Early Espresso for the cap and stamp off once for the body. Using Mint Macaron Ink, stamp off once and fill in the spaces between the leaves with the leaf cluster stamp. Stamp the sentiments in Early Espresso. (Stamp 2 in portrait orientation and 2 in landscape) All stamps are from the Beautiful Autumn Stamp Set. Using 1/2” x 4” ribbon or strip of Cardstock, cover the seam between the two sides of DSP. Repeat for all 4 cards. Adhere the stamped cardstock to each card base, add a decorated Very Vanilla panel, measuring 4” x 5 1/4” to the inside of each card. Remember to decorate your envelopes.

All items can be purchased from my online store: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

I hope you enjoy these cards, did you notice the cuts are the same for the DSP, just change the card orientation and you get a different look!

Happy Thanksgiving to all and happy crafting

Tammy ❤️

With Sympathy

A sentiment no one wants to think about or use, but it is a part of life that hits close to home for all of us at one point or another.

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle

Recently we lost a former coworker and friend. She was a beautiful soul, radiated sunshine and joy, gone too soon. I knew this card for her family to embody her spirit. I immediately knew the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle would do that!

Card Recipe

Powder Pink Cardstock 4 1/4” x 11” score 5 1/2” Shimmer White Cardstock 4” x 5 1/4” Watercolor wash on shimmer white with Powder Pink ink and allow to dry. Stamp large sunflower image with Blushing Bride ink onto Blushing Bride Cardstock, die cut the stamped image, die cut the sunflower skeleton from Flirty Flamingo Cardstock. Die cut leaves from Old Olive and Garden Green Cardstock and the center of the sunflower from Early Espresso. Stamp the sentiment in Early Espresso ink. The sentiment I used is from a long ago retired set, but there are so many options in the current catalog! I adhered all the layers with liquid glue, not feeling the need to add dimensionals at all.

All the items used can be found at my online store. Happy crafting! http://www.stampintammy.stampinup.net

Tammy ❤️

Feels Like Frost

There is something about frosty or snowy mornings that invokes a sense of peace for me. The Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper is photo realistic made using photographic images of frosty, snowy nature scenes. Quite simply, stunning images and many can be used for other themes, not just winter or Christmas cards.

Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper, pared with Pretty Peacock cardstock, ink and Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set.

Card Recipe: Cut card base from Pretty Peacock 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”, fold and burnish using a bone folder. Take the 6” x 6” piece of Specialty Designer Series Paper, centering the image as you wish, trim down to 5 1/4” x 4” and adhere to the card base. Stamp the sentiment, from Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set directly onto the Specialty Designer Series Paper, using Pretty Peacock Ink. Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock 5 1/4” x 4” for the inside of the card and decorate. Pair with a Whisper White envelope, remember to decorate it too!

Stamp your envelope to coordinate
Decorate the inside of your card

This beautiful paper makes it easy to create many cards quickly and if you can bear to turn it over the other side has fabulous foil images great for backgrounds!

Feels Like Frost 6” x 6” Specialty Designer Series Paper

I hope this card gets your creative juices flowing! All items used can be found in my online store:

Link for my online store: https://www.stampinup.com?demoid=2189212

Happy crafting,

Tammy ❤️

All products used are linked here: