Enjoy the snow … or not!


The snow is here whether we want it or not!
So let the winter fun begin…

And if you don’t like the snow and everything that comes with it….
sit in your cozy house, have a warm cup of coffee and CREATE!!!!
Whether it be card making, scrapbooking, knitting, quilting….whatever your passion!

Paper Used:
Basis Blue Slider Die Cut – limited Seasonal color
Apollo Scored A-2 Card – the slider die cut is layers on to of the scored card
Silver Mirricard – layered behind the word swatch
Ice Silver – Tree Die Cut, word stamp swatch and swatch that you see on the inside when the slider is in the “up” position

Stamps & Dies Used: Impression Obsession
Tree Line Die
Snow Loves the Trees Word Stamp
Let It Snow
Snowflakes Cover A Card Background Stamp

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More Seasonal Sliders – Basis Green


Basis Green is another one of the new Seasonal Colors in the Slider Die Cut.
The next sample will be Basis Blue – the other new color!

You may recognize both colors because they are also the new Seasonal colors of the
Triple Scallop Square Swinging Z Fold Cards that were recently posted.

Papers Used:

Basis Green Slider Die Cut – stamped with Encore Metallic Ink (Swirl Background)
Poison Ivory – attached to the front of the Slider Die Cut center panel
and the Chirstmas icons are layers on a swatch
Gold Mirricard – die cut Christmas Icons
Jupiter A-2 Scored Card and Layers

Stamps & Dies Used: Impression Obsession
Christmas Icons Die Set
Christmas Trees Clear Stamp Set
Swirls Cover A Card

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Another Halloween Slider


Black is another of our 4 seasonal colors for the Slider Die Cut

Papers Used:
Basis Black Slider Die Cut
Basis Light Lime A-2 Scored Card
White – Slider Insert (included in package), attaches to tape tab and when you pull up the front of the slider die cut moves up and down
Basis Light Purple – seen when the slider is in the “up position, as discussed in last blog post
White – witch is stamped on this die cut piece

Stamps & Accessories Used:
Spa Day Witch (Impression Obsession)
Spider Web Cover A Card (Impression Obsession)
Be Scary (Impression Obsession)

Nestabilities – Labels One Dies

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Slider Seasonal Colors and assembly help!


Its alittle late for Halloween, but if you have an idea for next year….we have some seasonal colors of Slider Cards.
And not just for Halloween – there are also 2 colors for Christmas and Winter!

Seasonal Colors: Basis Orange, Basis Black, Basis Green and Basis Blue
I will be showing samples of all these colors in the next few days.

Papers Used on this “witchy” sample:

Basis Orange Slider Die Cut
Base Card – Black
Large Layer, Moon & accents – Basis Gold
Halloween Hill and Witch – Black Glossy

Stamps & Dies Used: Impression Obsession
Mesh Circles Cover A Card
Flying Witch Die
Halloween Hill Die
All Hallow’s Eve Clear Set

NOW…people are confused about what the Slider Die Cut is and what the package includes.
Here is a picture that shows the 2 pieces that are included in the Slider Die Cut Package:
1. the Slider Die Cut – shown below as the Brown piece. It folds in half to form a “pocket” and the front panel of the card folds to form a “tent shape” that moves up and down.
2. the Slider Insert – shown below is the Cream piece – it attaches to the die cut and when pulled up, it moves the front panel of the card.
The picture also shows how the Slider Die Cut is Folded – once folded and decorated, I usually attach to a scored A-2 Card or scored A-2 Steno Card. It’s not necessary, but then you have somewhere to write a message. Slider-blank%20folded_340

On my Halloween sample above – the Basis Orange Slider Die Cut is attached to a large Basis Gold Layer and then that is attached to a Black A-2 Steno Card. The piece of White that you see when the front panel of the Slider Die Cut is pulled up, is an extra piece of White Cardstock that I added before assembling the Slider Die Cut. I didn’t need to add this piece. But if I hadn’t, I would be looking at Basis Orange when it is in the “up” position as shown, similar to the blank sample above – when in the up position – you see the Brown. However, you can use an extra piece of cardstock that coordinates with your design and attach that to be seen when the slider is in the “up” position.

I hope this clears up some of the parts and assembly of the Slider Die Cut.
The package also includes instructions, but I plan on doing an instructional video (when I figure it out!) or at the very least – step by step “picture” instrutions that can be accessed online.

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Fun with Funky Folds


This Funky Fold Accordion Card made a FUN Birthday Card!
It is pre-cut and scored so just stamp and fold….and wa-la, you have an amazing card!
I didn’t actually do any stamping on the card – I just stamped layers and attached them.
I also used patterned paper on the end panels … super easy!
Think outside the box and use circles and overs to layer on different sections.
To fold this card – just remember…mountain, valley, mountain, valley.
The 2 outer sections are folded the same, while the middle section is opposite.
On the scores that line up across all 3 sections – if the outer sections are mountain folded,
then the middle section is valley folded. And vice versa!
Its not as hard as it looks and the package has an illustration showing the mountain and valley folds.

Papers Used:
Black Funky Fold Accordian
Basis Magenta
Basis Grey – stamped with Paisley stamps with Black Ink
Cotton Candy
Paisley Pattern Paper – from my stamproom stash

Stamps Used:
Impression Obsession Clear Sets
CL511 Cake
CL533 Birthday
Paisley Clear Set – but I couldn’t find the number

Congrats Grads….special Slider Cards!


Congrats to ALL 2014 Graduates!!!


Our youngest son, Josh, graduated high school…so, of course I made cards for him and other graduates!
Can you guess their school colors…yep, royal blue and bright orange.
Well, I have a lot of die cut cards to choose from, but not many in those colors.

So…I had one of our new die cuts – the SLIDER DIE CUT – specially run in Basis Blue and Basis Orange, just for the occasion!

When you pull up on the tab at the top of this card, it slides up and the front of the card pops up to give it dimension.
The Slider Die Cut are the Orange or Blue pieces that are on the front of the White A-2 Steno Card.
It is specially scored and die cut – the bottom tab of the slider is attached to an insert that pulls up – this is also included in the package.

There is better view of the slider die cut on the product section of our website – it is blank and not attached to a card, so it is easier to see how it is assembled. The package also comes with easy to read instructions and illustrations.

Other Papers Used:
Blue Mirricard
Basis Orange
Basis Blue

MORE Slider Samples coming …. in all 12 standard colors available!

Congrats Graduate!!!


continuing with the graduation theme…

on this card, I used some of the same stamps, but a totally different card design.
I used our pre-cut Bib Overlay Kit, so this card with super quick and easy.
The kit used: Black/White Bib Overlay Kit
On the half circle – I stamped on a White Circle that was punched using a 1.75″ Circle Punch.

You need to make more than one…this is the card for you!

Other Papers Used:
Silver Mirricard

Stamps Used: Impression Obsession
Dotted Argyle CAC Background
Graduation Clear Set
Happy Graduation and the Cap are from an older Clear Set, which I think is discontinued-but they may have some left?!?

Other Stamps- GRADUATE – Paper Inspirations

Flag Card folded wrong!


Who would have thought that a mistake could turn out to be a brilliant idea???
I designed this card – Triple Flag Swinging Z Fold Card
with the flags on the bottom half of the card.
But I was teaching this a class and one of the students fold her card the wrong way
and WA-LA, the flags are at the top…BRILLIANT mistake!

When folded with the flags on the bottom, you would typically use an image that is taller, but narrower at the bottom, such as a kite, flower, narrow words, etc… BUT with it folded opposite, so the flags are at the top, you have more space at the bottom for shorter images.

I embossed the front panel of the Sour Apple card and the Lemon Drop strip
that is on the inside, with Sizzix Embossing Folders.

To emboss on the front panel takes alittle bit of thought to make sure that you are embossing on the front panel.
I usually put my embossing folder on the front panel with the words on the Embossing folder (Sixxiz, Cuttebug, etc) facing the front of the card – remember the front of the card and the inside of the card are on the SAME SIDE. Then I fold back the front panel, so the flags are extended out. This way you don’t get a big kink in the middle of the die cut flags.

Other Papers used:
PopTone 65 Lb Lemon Drop and Gumdrop Green
Basis Orange & Basis Magenta
White Cougar Opaque

Stamps and Dies Used: Impression Obsession
Clear Set – Betsy
Flags Die Set
Butterfly Die Set

Are you sick of samples of Swinging Z Fold Cards yet? Hope not because I have a lot more of them!
But I also made some new Window Overlay samples and Funky Fold Accordian samples, so those will be coming also.

Fun with Flags!


That was my inspiration for our next NEW Swinging Z Fold Cards – the Triple Flag!!
Above is a sample of the Blu Raspberry Triple Flag Swinging Z Fold Card.
The flags are so cute…great for small words, gems, brads or die cut pieces.

I designed it with the Impression Obsession Flags Die Set in mind,
so you could die cut pieces to layer on the 3 Flags of the card!

On the cute Flag card, I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the Dotted Chevron on the front panel of the card. This card was so simple, but the Flags make it interesting….something different than your usual A-2 Scored Card! People will be impressed with the cut of the card…little do they know…its PRE-CUT and scored. All ready to go, so just let your creative juices get to work to create your work of art!

Other Papers Used:
Various Basis Stocks – Light Lime, Aqua, Magenta, Gold & Orange
Polka Dot Printed Paper

The Kite die is from Impression Obsession
The words are from 2 different Impression Obsession Clear Sets- Express Yourself and Live

Next post…try to picture this card turned upside down. Can’t see it….no worries, as my next post will have a sample of with the Triple Flags at the top of the card!!

Another New Shape of Swinging Z Fold


Sticking with our theme from my last post….both beachy and NEW.
Here is our White Triple Scallop Square Swinging Z Fold Card.
The 3 Scallop Squares are 1.25″ squares, so perfect so all of those small stamps and dies that you have!!
If you are anything like me…..you have a ton of stamps or dies that will work.

And these FUN sunglasses dies from Impression Obsession fit perfectly!!!
I die cut the sunglasses twice – once out of fun colors and a second time using BLACK MIRRICARD, which is perfect for the lens.

Other Papers Used:
Basis Light Lime – punched Scallop Circle
Basis Aqua & Basis Teal – Die Cut Mini Square & Scallop Square layers– Impression Obsession
For Sunglasses- Basis Golden, Basis Light Lime and Basis Orange

Other Stamps & Dies:
Dot Cover-A-Card – Impression Obsession
Word – Impression Obsession
Ocean Border – Impression Obsession

Stay tuned….1 more NEW Swinging Z Fold coming….