Pinwheel Fold Tutorial

Hey stamping friend! Well, Murphy’s Law has struck again; whatever can go wrong, will! I’ve been trying to add the Pinwheel Fold Tutorial to my Tutorials page – but it just won’t load for me!

I can access it as a ‘viewer’, but when I try to access it from my Admin. side – no go! So, until I get that glitch fixed, I’m going to add the tutorial here!

My apologies for any frustration that I may have unintentionally caused; the last thing we need at this time of year is more stress!


Pinwheel Fold Tutorial


Designer series paper, 8″ square

Whisper White cardstock 4” x 4”, 2 ½” circle

Calypso Coral cardstock 4 1/8” x 4 1/8”, 1” x 11”

Stamp Set: Big Day

Inks: Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral

Simply Scored board

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (optional)

Bone folder



1) Place diagonal plate onto scoring board and place an 8″ square of patterned paper on the board with the “pinwheel” pattern side down (this will also be the “inside” of the card). Score diagonally at 3″. Repeat for all four sides.

If not using a diagonal plate, mark the paper at 3″ from each corner. Align square panel on scoring board with opposite points up and down. Score down from each 3″ mark, using a ruler to ensure alignment with the groove.

2) Cut away “triangles” where score lines intersect. Repeat for all four sides.

3) Remove diagonal plate from scoring board and turn paper over so the “pinwheel” pattern is up. Score at 1″ from top to the half way point/triangle. Repeat for all four sides.

4) Fold at the 1″ score lines (away from the “groove”). Repeat for all four sides.

5) Fold at the 3″ score lines in the opposite direction. Repeat for all four sides.

6) To create the Pinwheel Fold: Fold up bottom flap, then fold over the flap to the left (clockwise); repeat with 3rd flap (continuing clockwise).  Fold over the last flap and tuck under the first flap, like folding a box.

7) Stamp the 4” x 4” Whisper White cardstock with the ‘ice cream’ sentiment and the cake image; colour the cake using Stampin’ Write Markers.  Layer the stamped cardstock on top of the Calypso Coral 4 1/8” x 4 1/8” piece, and glue to centre of card base.

8) Stamp the ‘celebrate’ sentiment in Calypso Coral ink onto the 2 ½” whisper White cardstock circle.  Stamp again onto a scrap piece of paper, this time inking only the word ‘celebrate’ in Coastal Cabana ink; cut out using scissors, and overlay onto circle, using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

9) Fold belly-band around card, glue closed, and attached stamped circle to centre.

Pinwheel Fold Tutorial

Of course, this tutorial was originally from 2015, so the products I used are now retired, along with the Diagonal Score Board. However, the instructions are there for marking the lines without the Diagonal board!

Whatever stamp set and papers you decide to use to make your Pinwheel fold card – have fun! Be sure to shop at my online store for all your product needs. I really appreciate your business!

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Pinwheel Fold Revisited

Hi stamping friend! I hope you had a great weekend.  We actually had some snow here – not too surprising, but it doesn’t usually ‘stick’ this early in the year! Lots of snow on the mountains, though – skiers will be loving it!  Anyway, I thought I’d share another card from my friend’s card swap – it’s the Pinwheel fold revisited!

I first shared this fold technique back in 2015, so you may not remember it. You can read the post HERE.  I had seen it online somewhere, and taught it to my Techniques Club.  (I miss that club – anyone want to start it up again??)

This is the card I created back then:


Pinwheel Fold Revisited

And here it is, below, opened up:


Pinwheel Fold Revisited

The belly band comes off, the flaps open up, and voila! A stamped greeting inside! There’s plenty of room to write your salutation, and this fold will even accommodate a gift card, or cash inside.

This next one was created by a friend, Kathy, from the card swap. She used retired holiday paper, and embellished the belly band with an adorable snowflake!


Pinwheel Fold Revisited

These would be perfect little gifts for a coworker or hostess; just tuck a gift card, or flat chocolate (like a Ghirardelli square) inside!


Be sure to check out my Tutorials page, here on my blog! I’ll add this one, for the Pinwheel Fold.  While the papers and stamp sets used in the tutorials may now be retired, you can still use them, and just change up the products you want to use!

You can find the button for my Tutorials page in the top menu bar, or simply CLICK HERE to navigate over.  And have fun! 🙂


Find a tutorial you want to use? Need some more supplies? No problem! Just click on my signature below, and you’ll be taken to my online store. It’s open 24/7, so whenever you’re feeling crafty, you can shop!

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Have You Noticed My New Look!

Have you noticed my new look? No, I didn’t get a haircut or anything – I’m talking about my BLOG LOOK!

What do you think? I have a new header, new buttons, and new Newsletter Sign-up form in the right hand side bar.  I’m in love with the new colours, and the clean look.

So, this post is all about tooting my own horn, for my new look, AND giving serious props to the person who implemented all these changes for me!  I was doing my best, trying to make the changes on my own, but struggling.

Technically challenged as I am, I started making things worse! That’s when I turned to Alison M. Wood, who saved the day (and my blog!)

Alison offers fabulous service, whether you want your entire site built, or rebuilt. She will either do it all for you, working to what you need, or she will work with you, helping you create.  Just my kind of gal! And she’s the most patient person!!


If you want a new site built for you, go to Alison M. Wood – Website and Blog Building. She has very reasonable prices, and as I said, she is a dream to work with.


If you’re like me, and just want to refresh your site and fix a few issues, then you can have Alison help you out with her WordPress Wizardry.  You identify up to 5 issues you need help with, and Alison will work with you on them, or go ahead and fix them for you!  BONUS – right now she’s offering this service for only $129 – that’s $50 OFF!

Do You Like My New Look!

I’ll tell you what happened with me. I wanted to add a Newsletter signup form onto my front page. I also wanted to add a line for ‘country’, because I live & can sell in Canada, but I know I  have readers literally world-wide.  Well, my one little change ended up in totally messing up my signup form – and I couldn’t fix it!!

I also wanted to create and change my blog header and buttons – but couldn’t figure out how to change the header. Seriously – this shouldn’t be hard, but how it was set up originally wasn’t ‘normal’.  And of course the person who did my original setup 5 years ago, isn’t doing it any longer 🙁   And given my lack of success with the newsletter form, I didn’t want to muck up my buttons either!

What to do?!

Well, luckily I have, for the past few years, been taking courses with Alison M. Wood.  She also  has a great Facebook group that you can join for FREE – it’s called Market Your Business With Joy. So I reached out, and as you can see – my blog (and pride!) were saved! 🙂  THANK YOU, ALISON! 

I hope you love my new look as much as I do! If there are any issues or drawbacks with the design – they’re all my own.  In the meantime, if you’re having blog issues, don’t fumble around any more. Just go to Alison, and let her help you out! Trust me – you’ll be glad you did! 


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Coffee Break Fun Fold Card

Hello stamping friend! I’m here today to share another card from my friend’s card swap. This one is a Coffee Break Fun Fold Card – using, of course, my favourite suite of products! 🙂

This card was created by my friend and customer Colleen. I think she likes her coffee almost as much as I do! So I was delighted when this, one of her swap cards, featured the Coffee Break suite of products.


Coffee Break Fun Fold Card

How cute is this?! And do you see the oval underneath the sentiment? It’s CORK! Yes – actual cork, hand cut to size! No one can say that Colleen doesn’t go the extra mile on her cards!


Since Colleen used mainly Stampin’ Up! products, I can pretty much figure out how she created this card.

The card base is Pear Pizzazz cardstock, measuring 5 1/2 X 8 1/2. Score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″, and fold on the score lines inwards, to create the 2 front ‘flaps’.  Cut 2 pieces of the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (cup rings pattern) 1/4″ smaller than each front flap, and attach with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. If you don’t  have the DSP, you can create your own by stamping the coffee rings image with the Timeless Textures stamp set.

Stamp the cup outline and solid lid from the Coffee Cafe stamp set, in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock; stamp the sentiment in Garden Green ink. Use the Big Shot with the Coffee Cups Framelits to die cut the lid, cup and sentiment. Colleen then hand cut the piece of cork so that it is about 1/4″ bigger than the sentiment die cut. Build your cup by layering the pieces together with Stampin’ Dimensionals, or Mini Glue Dots.

Colleen finished off the coffee cup by tying a bow with a piece of jute twine; you could use our Linen Thread, or a Baker’s Twine if you wanted.


A card this great has to have an equally awesome inside, right? Well, Colleen didn’t disappoint! She stamped the large sentiment in Early Espresso ink onto a large die cut piece of white cardstock.

Coffee Break Fun Fold Card


Now that you know how it’s done – create your own! Order the supplies used (minus the cork!) by clicking on the product images below. To go to my online store front, click on my signature. Either way, you can shop 24/7, as my store is always open 🙂

I always appreciate your business, and your spending time with me here at my blog! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave one – I love reading what you have to say!




Eclipse Card Technique

I’m sure you’ve seen it all over the internet and Pinterest – the Eclipse card technique. It’s a wonderful way to combine stamping, or using pretty designer paper, with die cutting. The first trend was using Stampin’ Up!’s Large Letters and Large Numbers Framelits, but you can also use image outline dies as well.

My friend and team member Lynn, created this beautiful card using the Large Letters Framelits and the Painted Harvest stamp set.


Eclipse Card Technique

Isn’t this beautiful?! The stamping itself is so pretty, but when you pop up the die cut letters, it’s even more special.  Here’s a side view, so you can see the detail.

Eclipse Card Technique

This next card I created for a friend, for her to send to her special aunt. Her aunt has difficulties with her vision, so when I create a card for her, I make sure that there is texture for her to touch. I thought that the eclipse technique would be fun!


Eclipse card technique

For this card, instead of stamping images, I used the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper from which to die cut the letters.


I first laid out the letters, and measured so I knew the size of panel I would need for die cutting. Next, I attached the DSP panel to a same-sized panel of Calypso Coral cardstock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Then I die cut the letters, saving the inside piece to the letter ‘O’.

I wanted lots of dimension for my letters, so I die cut 2 more layers of each letter, and glued them to the back of the patterned letter. Then, I attached the die cut panel of DSP to the larger Calypso Coral panel.  Each of the letters were attached using the Foam Adhesive Strips. They are a bit thicker than the Dimensionals, so they add even more height to the die cut letters.  Carefully insert the letters into the die cut spots; attach the middle of the ‘O’ using only the Liquid Glue – you don’t want this up to the same height as the letter.  Hint: Make sure that when you’re replacing the inside of the letter, that the pattern is the right way up! 🙂

The sentiment is from the retired Balloon Adventures stamp set, stamped in Wisteria Wonder ink with the banner in Calypso Coral ink. The Duet Banner Punch is used to then punch it out, and it’s added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The front panel is then attached to the Wisteria Wonder cardstock card base, with Dimensionals. Here’s a side view of this card, as well.

Eclipse Card Technique

I’m looking forward to making some Christmas cards with this technique, as well as more birthday cards. Really, it can be used for any occasion! So while the investment in the Large Letters Framelits may seem a bit steep at first, remember that you can use them for any type of card, and really for any project! Whenever you need large letters – for banners, monogrammed gift items or tags – even using the negatives of the die cut as stencils; you can use  these framelits for years to come.


You can order your Large Letters Framelits right now, through my online store. It’s always open, so you can shop whenever you like! Just click on either my signature to get to the storefront, or on the individual product icons below, to go directly to each item.

Thanks for spending some time with me today, and if you choose to order – thank you very much! I always appreciate it when you choose me as your demonstrator!




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Sketch Challenge with Painted Harvest

Welcome to PCC266 – sketch challenge with Painted Harvest! Actually, the challenge is with the Paper Craft Crew; I love this week’s sketch, and chose to use the Painted Harvest set.

The really great thing about the Painted Harvest set is that there is a whole suite of products that all coordinate! You can Bundle the stamp set with the Leaf Punch, and SAVE 10%, and you can also choose as many of the other products (designer paper, ribbon, embellishments) as you want.

Here’s this week’s sketch challenge:

Sketch Challenge with Painted Harvest

I’ll be honest; when I first saw this sketch, I was totally stumped! And seriously intimidated!! But once I decided to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper in my focal area, it all came together quickly after that.


Sketch Challenge with Painted Harvest

I’m so chuffed with how it turned out! (that’s a good thing, in case you don’t ‘speak’ Scottish!)


I used Chocolate Chip cardstock as my base; I would’ve used Early Espresso, but I’ve run out! The next panel is Soft Sky cardstock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  The Painted Autumn DSP is cut to 2″ x 3″. To create the scalloped piece behind it, I used my Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits. I die cut one edge of the large scalloped square, and trimmed it down to 1″ x 3″, and layered it behind the DSP with Tear & Tape.

To create the leaves, I stamped the small ones from the Jar of Love stamp set in Garden Green. The large leaves are from the Painted Harvest stamp set, inked in Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green. The Big Shot with the Everyday Jars Thinlits was used to die cut the small leaves; the Leaf Punch used for the large leaves.

The sentiment is from the retired Wetlands stamp set; stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock. It is die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The oval behind it is Chocolate Chip cardstock, die cut with the retired Ovals Framelits (I don’t have the Layering Ovals Framelits, but you can use those, if you do).

The sentiment and leaves are all layered onto the DSP panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots. After the layering was done, I attached the panel to the card front with Dimensionals. The Burlap Ribbon is attached with Tear & Tape, and the Shimmer Ribbon in Pool Party is attached with Mini Glue Dots.


I haven’t decided what occasion this card will be used for, so I haven’t stamped an inside sentiment yet.  I did stamp the flower image from the Painted Harvest set in the lower right corner. For the flower, I stamped the first layer in So Saffron ink, the second layer in Crushed Curry ink, and the middle in Chocolate Chip ink.

Sketch Challenge with Painted Harvest

I’ve just started stamping with this set, so I’m really hoping that it will carry over, after the Holiday catalogue period is finished!


You can recreate this card – or create one of your own! Click on the images below, or my signature, to shop at my online store.


Join the fun – you may be our next Top Pick!! Check out what the rest of the Design Team have created at our Paper Craft Crew page, grab the link, and link your card. I’m looking forward to see what you create, using this amazing sketch! Remember,  you can flip the sketch sideways, backwards or upside down (or all 3!), just stay with the basic sketch. The rest is up to your imagination!



If The Broom Fits…

If the Broom Fits

HAPPY HALLOWE’EN, stamping friend! I hope that  your trick-or-treaters have a safe and enjoyable time this evening 🙂 Nothing too spooky, but just creepy enough to keep in the spirit of the celebration!

My boys are both too old for going door-to-door, so I’m hoping that tonight they’ll be doing the running up & down the stairs to hand out the candy! Though I do love to see the little ones in their costumes.

I thought that today is the perfect time to share a card that a friend, Colleen, made for our card swap last week.


If The Broom Fits...

How cute is this?! Colleen has combined our new Cat Punch with a retired holiday set, called If the Broom Fits.


As I said in my earlier posts, our swap welcomes all types of projects as well as products, even the non Stampin’ Up!  It’s fun to see the different products, and how they can be used. Working with ‘only’ Stampin’ Up! can put you in a bit of a ‘bubble’ – so it’s nice to get outside of it once in while, and see other things!

Colleen has used the Cat Punch to create her cat from Basic Black cardstock. The brooms were stamped in Memento Black ink directly onto an orange cardstock – I’m not sure of the brand, but you can see it has some texture to it.

Loving her bling as she does, Colleen used some non-Stampin’ Up! rhinestones and bling to give the cat a beautiful collar, and glam up the brooms. Hey – even witches like pretty things, right?! 🙂


If the Broom Fits..

Also a firm believer in making the inside just as interesting as the outside, Colleen has fully decorated the inside as well! Isn’t that little black cat adorable?!  The sentiment is embossed, then die cut with our Stitched Shapes Framelits, and layered onto a cute doily.


Luckily for you, although Hallowe’en only lasts one day, our Hallowe’en products will be available until January 2nd, 2018! So even if you’re too late for this year, you can stock up on the stamps, papers and embellishments for next year! Of course, the Cat Punch can be used all year long 🙂


Today, October 31st, is your final chance to get the BUY 3, GET 1 FREE DESIGNER SERIES PAPER promotion! It’s also the last day to get the Merry Patterns stamp set for FREE with a qualifying order or party of $375 or more! Make sure your orders are in by 10 pm TONIGHT, PST!


Merry Patterns Meets Year of Cheer

Hello again, stamping friend! I’m back to share some cards with you from my card swap with friends last week!

This first card was created by Lynn, who is one of my team members. In this card, the Merry Patterns meets Year of Cheer.

Merry Patterns Meets Year of Cheer

This square card is so pretty! The combination of copper foil, copper ribbon and copper embossing gives it incredible shine.


Now, I didn’t make this card, but I can tell you the products that Lynn used to create it. The card base is of Basic Black cardstock. The panel on top of that is the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper. The next piece is a strip of Champagne Foil Sheet, with a length of 1/4″ Copper Trim tied around it.

The reindeer is stamped in Versamark ink onto Basic Black cardstock, and heat set with Copper Embossing Powder. She embossed the sentiment, from the Merry Patterns stamp set, in Clear Embossing Powder on top of the Basic Black ink.

Finally, the sentiment is die cut with the Big Shot and the Bunch of Banners Framelits.


This is such a pretty card, and it could be make quite easily in multiples. Get your supplies by clicking on the product images below, and shop in my online store. It’s open 24/7, so you can shop whenever you  like! Unfortunately, the Merry Patterns stamp set is only available for one more day – today, Oct. 31st! – with a qualifying order of $375 or more. So move fast, if you want it!




Second Swap Card

Good morning, stamping friend! I hope you had a good weekend, and feel refreshed for the week 🙂 I’m back today to share my second swap card, from last Friday’s card swap with friends. For this card, I used the Host  exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set.  There’s still time for you to get this set for FREE, with a qualifying party or purchase! You can read the details in THIS POST on how you can get this set – but only until October 31st!


Second Swap Card

This card is fun, in traditional red and green for the holidays. And don’t you just love that plaid?!


Stamp Set: Merry Patterns, Carols of Christmas.  Papers: Whisper White, Real Red and Pear Pizzazz cardstock, Christmas Around the World DSP. Inks: Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Gold Craft (non-SU!). Accessories: Banner Triple Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


This card comes together quite quickly, and is fun to make! First, stamp the candles image in Memento black ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Next, stamp the 1st set of candle images in Real Red ink, then the 2nd set in Pear Pizzazz. I love that the candle images come in 2 stamps, each made to fit the front & back rows of candles!  Stamp the greenery image in Garden Green underneath the front of the candles. Use the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the Pear Pizzazz square, then cut your candles panel to 1/8″ less than that size.

Cut a length of Christmas Around the World DSP to 2″ wide and about 4 1/2″ long. Use the Banner Triple Punch on one end. Run the Real Red 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. Finally, stamp the sentiment in Real Red ink onto Whisper White, then snip banner tails on each end.


Attach the embossed red cardstock onto your Whisper White card base, with Dimensionals. Use the Liquid Glue to attach the plaid banner down the middle, then attach the Pear Pizzazz square on top, with Dimensionals. Add the stamped panel in the middle of the Pear Pizzazz square, then add the sentiment just underneath the candles – both with Dimensionals.


Create a 4″ x 5 1/2″ Whisper White panel for the inside of the card. Stamp  your sentiment in Real Red ink. I added the ornaments image from the Carols of Christmas stamp set, using a gold craft ink that’s non-Stampin’ Up! (since we don’t have any). This was just a short cut for me; if I didn’t have this ink, I would’ve stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. You can see in the 1st image above that I also stamped the ornaments on the back flap of the envelope 🙂

Second Swap Card


As I said, the Merry Patterns stamp set can’t be bought; it can only be earned for free with a qualifying purchase or party order of $375 or more (before tax/shipping). If you’ve never hosted a party before – you’re missing out on some serious fun!! READ MORE ABOUT HOSTING A PARTY TO EARN THIS SET HERE!  The rest of the supplies I used can be ordered in my online store, which is open 24/7 for your convenience. Click on either my signature, or on the product images below for easy shopping!