Peaceful Moments Envelope Fun Fold

Welcome to the Stampers Dozen monthly blog hop. We’re so glad you joined us. This month, we feature handmade cards and projects featuring items that will be retiring from Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog. If you see something you want, get it sooner rather than later. Retiring products won’t be available after Monday, May 1. Some of the items are reduced in price up to 60 percent. Click here to visit the online store.

Be sure to visit all of the participating blogs to gain paper crafting inspiration. Look for the list near the end of this post.

Peaceful Moments Envelope Fun Fold

Peaceful Moments Envelope Fun Fold

I combined a host of retiring products with the Envelope Fun Fold. See this post for other examples of this unique fold. 

  • Tea Boutique 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (retiring), 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, scored on the diagonal
  • Basic White card stock measuring 8 x  51/4, scored at 4
  • One half of the white embossed with the Gingham Embossing Folder (retiring)
  • Garden Green card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Basic White circle die cut with Layering Circles Dies (retiring)
  • Birthday sentiment from Peaceful Moments Stamp Set (retiring), stamped in Crushed Curry
  • Garden Green scallop circle from Layering Circles Dies (retiring)

Here’s a look at the inside:

Envelope Fun Fold Inside

Watch the video below to see step-by-step instructions for making the unique Envelope Fun Fold (Note: I don’t create this specific card on the video, but you’ll get the idea.)

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Ginkgo Branch Free Tutorial

Ginkgo Branch Free Tutorial

Do you like to stretch the limits of a bundle? If you’re like me, you love it when you can use a stamp set and the coordinating dies for more than one reason. The Ginkgo Branch Bundle has been on my craft table for the last couple of weeks. Initially, it looks as if it’s geared only toward thinking of you and sympathy cards. And, it works great for that. Click here to see a post that showcases three of these cards using this bundle.

But I’ve also used it to create birthday cards. See another example here. And, today, I share a free birthday card tutorial featuring the Ginkgo Branch Bundle. Please enjoy the step-by-step instructions for creating this gorgeous, handmade birthday card. 

Ginkgo Branch Free Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Peaceful Moments (151595)
  • PAPER – Tahitian Tide Cardstock (159261), Petal Pink (146985), Basic White Cardstock (159276), 2022-2024 In Color Glimmer Paper (159246), Country Gingham 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper (DSP) (160388)
  • INK – Versamark (102283)
  • OTHER – Ginkgo Branch Dies (160468), Tahitian Tide 1/8” Metallic Woven Ribbon (159197), Stylish Shapes Dies (159183), Enamel Dot Essentials (160751), Basics Embossing Powder (155554), Heat Tool (129053), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Take Your Pick Tool (144107), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Tahitian Tide Cardstock — 8 ½” x 5 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) and 4 ¼” x 3 ¼”
  • Tahitian Tide Glimmer Paper – 4 ¼” x 3 ¼”
  • Basic White Cardstock – 5 ¼” x 4”
  • Petal Pink Cardstock – 2” x 2”
  • DSP – 5 ¼” x 4” (Petal Pink design), 4” x 3” (a different Petal Pink design)
  • Ribbon – 12”


  • Die cut the open flower die from the Ginkgo Branch Bundle from the Tahitian Tide Glimmer Paper.
  • Attach to Petal Pink 4” x 3” DSP panel by placing Glue Dots beneath the solid flowers.
  • Glue this piece to the Tahitian Tide 4 ¼” 3 ¼” piece.
  • Wrap the ribbon around this layer and tie a bow.
  • Stamp the birthday sentiment in Versarmark on the 2” x 2” square and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Die cut with a circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies.
  • With Stampin’ Dimensionals, attach the sentiment on top of the leaves die cut and ribbon on the right-hand side, as shown above.
  • Attach the 5 ¼” x 4” DSP to the card front.
  • Place the image layer on the card front with your choice of adhesive.
  • Add three white Enamel Dot Essentials to the card front with the Take Your Pick Tool.
  • Adhere the 5 ¼” x 4” Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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Create a Fall Card with a Fun Technique

Rubbing Alcohol Fall Birthday Card

You love creating handmade greeting cards with rubber stamps, ink, and paper. But sometimes, you enjoy the challenge of using a new technique to give your creations a different look.

In today’s post, I show you how to create a cool background with rubbing alcohol and Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends. Be sure to watch the video below to see exactly how it’s done.

Create a Fall Card with a Fun Technique

  • Start with a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Vellum Card Stock, cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Cut a piece of Adhesive Sheets to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Adhere the Adhesive Sheet to the back of the Vellum Card Stock
  • With your choice of Stampin’ Blend (alcohol-based blending markers) colors, scribble or draw on top of the Vellum
  • Fill a Water Painter with 91 percent rubbing alcohol
  • Squirt drops of rubbing alcohol on your scribbles, making sure you’ve covered most of the ink
  • You can let it dry as is or blow on it to move the ink around
  • Let it dry (it doesn’t take long)
  • You can then die cut or use any way you wish as a background

Rubbing Alcohol Fall Congratulation Card

For the two cards above, I die cut the Vellum background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and ran it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine in the Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder. I then layered it on a piece of Cherry Cobbler Card Stock also die cut with a Stitched Rectangle. The sentiments come from the Peaceful Moments stamp set found in Stampin’ Up!’s 2022-2023 Annual Catalog.

I love this technique because you get a different result each time. Switch out the colors to change the theme or holiday. Click here to see another example of this technique. (Please note: Some of the products used may be retired, but other stamp sets can be used.)

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Expressions in Ink Gift Card Holder

Expressions in Ink Gift Card Holder

I recently returned from Stampin’ Up!’s incentive trip to Maui! What a treat! The weather was beautiful, and the company spoiled the earners and their guests. I truly thank all of my friends, customers, team, and supportive husband for this awesome opportunity.

The event focuses mainly on relaxing, recharging, and connecting with other demonstrators. We didn’t have any planned stamping events, but we did exchange swap cards. To participate, I made 26 of one card. (See my card here.)

Then, we receive 25 different cards back! It’s so fun to see the variety of ideas presented by other demonstrators. (Review the video of the cards I received here. Hint: the card showcase takes place near the end of the video.)

Expressions in Ink Gift Card Holder

I really liked a card I received from Selene Kempton; it doubles as a gift card holder. I changed up the Designer Series Paper and the sentiment to make it my own.

My version uses the following products from Stampin’ Up!’s 2021-2022 Annual Catalog:

  • Expressions in Ink 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper
  • Sentiment from Peaceful Moments
  • Fine Art Gold Ribbon
  • Gold Foil Paper

Dimensions to cut the card stock, working from the top down:

  • 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 — your choice of Designer Series Paper
  • 4 1/2 x 3 — colored coordinating card stock
  • 7 1/2 x 4 3/4, scored at 1 inch and 4 1/4 inches — white “base”
  • 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 — colored coordinating card stock mat
  • 1 x 4 3/4 — Designer Series Paper for the inside trim piece
Expressions in Ink Gift Card Holder

Gift Card Holder Inside

Be sure to watch the following video for a visual look at how this unique gift card holder goes together.

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