Swirly Bird Fun & a bit more

There is nothing better than playing with new stamp sets and this week I’m going to share some projects that I stamped and received when I got together with some fellow demonstrators last week.

Today’s card was made using the Swirly Bird Bundle (142353).

Swirly Bird Stamp Divas June 2016

Just perfect for a summer birthday! And I’ve got to tell you while this wasn’t on my original wish list it is now!!!

The more I see and use this set the more I love it. It’s just so versatile and the options are endless! I’m so glad that Kathleen shared this project with me.

Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll share a card made with the Moroccan Nights stamp set that Teresa gave me.

On a personal note –

What do you do when you have the house to yourself for a whole weekend? Recently I was at loose ends for a whole uninterrupted weekend of me time. What does that mean? Well I can do things that I’ve been wanting to or as the spirit moves me. Either way that means no cooking and being on my own time table. LOL!

This particular weekend – I got the bug to sew. Of course, this was after seeing my patio furniture dry rotted when it was uncovered for a family cook out!

Sewing Machine Old chairs

After a couple of weeks shopping around and being shocked at the price of replacement cushions. I remembered my friend Cindy recently telling me about recovering hers. Well low and behold there was a fabric sale that came across my email – I was inspired. Armed with limited sewing ability and measurements I headed to town. Straight lines I can do! So I figured I could tackle this project after a bit of googling. LOL!

I fell in love with this fun, bright colorful stripe at the store. Couldn’t resist the Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron combo, there is even a little real red and  Cucumber Crush in there! After cleaning out the store of all they had, I came home thinking I could do all 4 chairs with what I had.

Sewing Machine (1)

I was a bit off – Totally didn’t get what the girl was saying. Now I know why she seemed confused, she must have thought I was a bit crazy. I bet she was shaking her head when I left. ( I didn’t account for the pattern I soon learned!) But that’s okay, I had enough to get me started! Here is my trial run chair.

Sewing Machine Revovered chairs (2)

Simply made a pillow case and whip stitched the back edge. (Since no one will look any ways – that is except my husband! Who checked it out first thing when he got home.)

I was on a roll and soon got the fabric in for the last two chairs – didn’t want to forget what I was doing!

Sewing Machine Revovered chairs (1)

Everyone has been so sweet with their comments – some even thought I’d bought a new set!

Well once the machine was set up in my classroom I couldn’t quit. So since I’ve been wanting to get to this project for ages I thought why not?

old purse

This was a favorite purse of mine. Since it is cloth it is light weight and perfect for travel in the summer. Unfortunately my liner had gotten shredded from all the use so I set it aside a couple of summers ago. (I’m sure you have projects like this too. Thinking you’ll get to it soon, but then time passes. I’ve REALLY got to be in the mood to sew and I was on a high from the patio set sucess!).

Any how. I just knew our retired  Stampin’ Up! fabric that I had would be perfect for this little purse. So here is the finished project. I lined it in the Rich Razzleberry pattern so it won’t show the dirt.

Floral District Fabric Purse

Cute? Not perfect, but all the same I’m going to enjoy using it. The Floral District Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites (not that I’m hording any….shhh don’t tell but it’s sitting right there with my Tea Party Designer Series Paper that I’m saving for a special project!)

Well the machine has been put away for now so the classroom is fully operational again!

What do you do when you have a weekend to yourself? Why not leave me a comment and let me know?


Stamp Set: Swirly Bird (141749) and Butterfly Basics (138813/138816/137154)

Inks: Pacific Point (126951), Tempting Turquoise (126952) and Delightful Dijon Classic Ink (138327)

Paper: Pacific Point (111350), Tempting Turquoise (102067) and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies (141497) and  Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309)


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Blue Bell Creameries

Over coffee in the morning I’ve been working on a scrapbook that includes this Blue Bell Creameries Tour in Brenham. My Digital Studio makes this soooo easy with its predesigned books. All I have to do is drop and drag, add some details and save. How great is that! Less than 10 minutes a day and it’s done before I even get home.

Blue Bell Creamery MDS Pages (1)

I’ll be heading back home today and as always have mixed feelings. I’m really looking forward to seeing my husband and son and getting home but will miss the time with my sister and husband. It’s always wonderful spending time together and things are going to change now with the youngest heading off to college this fall, so this time is precious – it’s been girl time for the three of us on these trips together.

Blue Bell Creamery MDS Pages (2)

I’ve used the Floral District Photobook Template (item 127211) to create this layout. I just loved the bright colors and images in the layouts that are already predesigned for me.  We’ve have had fun going through the pictures that we’ve taken during our day trips and choosing which ones to drop in together.

floral District Photobook Template MDS

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Double Fold Gate Card

I love to try new things and so recently fell in love with making these cards using the Double Fold Gate technique and the Layered Labels stamp set. It’s a lot of fun to see all the different combinations that you can come up with.

This card in particular that I’m showing you today uses one of my favorite NEW stamps sets from the 2012-2013 Catalog, Layered Labels. First I love it because of the sentiments and secondly because of the fact it has a matching set of Framelits Dies that coordinate with it making it quick and easy to use. After all who doesn’t love their Big Shot? And with all the new goodies in the 2012-2013 Catalog the Big Shot options are endless!

Double Fold Card Tutorial front

I’ve used the Floral District Designer Series Paper for this Double Fold Gate card. The Floral Districts DSP seems to be a DSP that I reach for most often right now– so much so I need to order my 3rd package of it already! I really like the bold, fun colors and patterns it contains.

I think these Double Fold Gate Cards are so much fun to make that I wanted to share with you the Double Fold Gate Card tutorial that I made for it. Grab your favorite pack of Designer Series Paper and see what combinations you can come up with – warning these can become addictive!

Double Fold Gate Card Tutorial


Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Stampin Trimmer

Bone Folder

Lay a 12″ x 5 ½” piece of Designer Series Paper on the Simply Scored Board with longest edge at the top. (I used our new Floral District Designer Series Paper.)

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 1

Score at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″ marks

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 2

Turn Designer Series Paper and make a small mark each short end at the 2 ¾” mark

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 3Use the bone folder and fold in the two ends on the 4″ and 8″ score lines. (This allows you to see your score lines easier for when you line up your DSP to cut.)

Decide which side is the top of your card and then using the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut a diagonal line on each side. Line up the 2 ¾” mark on the grove where your blade travels. You can hold this in place with your index finger if you would like.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 4

Then “swing” the top edge of your 4″ score line on the DSP until it is lined up on the grove too.


Double Fold Card Tutorial step 5

Repeat on the other side Lining up the 8″ score line and your

2 ¾” mark.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 6

Double Fold Card Tutorial 7

You should have three pieces that look like this.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 8

Flip over the piece and adhere to the bottom of card as shown. Repeat on the other side.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 9

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 10

Using the bone folder you can fold the card on the 4″ and 8″ score lines (if you didn’t fold and score before cutting off the corners.)

Double Fold card Tutorial step 11

Using Bone Folder, fold on the 2″ score line in the opposite direction to create Z fold.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 12

Repeat on the other side Using Bone Folder, fold on the 10″ score line folding in the opposite direction to create Z fold.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 13

Your card should like this.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 14

Adhere pieces of card stock to the inside and decorate front as desired. I used a piece of 3 ½” x 5″ Rich Razzleberry card stock with a layer of 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” Whisper White card stock. I used the Betsy’s Blossoms stamp set and stamped the flower image in Rich Razzleberry.

Double Fold Card Tutorial step 15

For the outside image I used our NEW Layered Labels stamp set and the coordinating Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies – Adhering the image only on the one side so that the card opens easily.

And here is the finished card.

Double Fold Card Tutorial front

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