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Holiday Homes Card in a Box

This Fall, I had a lot of fun teaching “How to make a Card in a Box” at the Ottawa Public Library! The “card in a box” can lay flat to fit in an envelop and than becomes a “box” when you open it! It’s an amazing surprise every time!!! I made this Christmas theme “card in a box” as an example to show at my class. I used the Holiday Homes stamp set and matching framelits to cut the houses. I colored the houses with the Blendabilities Markers. The box was decorated with the “All is Calm” Specialty Designer series paper.


Holiday Homes card in a box

Holiday Homes card in a box1

Here’s the basic instructions to make a Card in a Box.

Create a card that lay flat when closed but open into a 3D card.


  1. Cut a piece of card stock of 5-1/2” x 9”.

  2. Score vertically at 2-1/8”, 4-1/4”, 6-3/8” and 8-1/2”. Score horizontally at 2-3/4”. Cut along the vertical scored lines up to your horizontal scored line. Cut off the small rectangle at the end. Form your box and glue the flap in place. (see picture)

  3. Cut three 1-7/8” squares of Designer Series paper. Adhere on the “open flaps” on the box. Cut one 1-7/8” x 4” rectangle of Designer series paper. Adhere on the inside back of the box.

  4. Add 2 inserts in the box: 1” wide x 3” long. Score at 1/2” and at 2-5/8”. Fold on scored lines and glue in your box.

  5. Decorate with some embellishments, stamps, etc.

Card in a Box template-001 (2)


Technique Thursday: Beautifully Baroque Wedding Card

Welcome back to Technique Thursday (actually on Friday since I didn’t get a chance to post this yesterday!)  Today I will show you how you can use the brayer and an embossing folder to create a unique background.

But first, here’s my card!

Beautifully Baroque (Christine et Marc)

Do you see how the background is embossed and colored? That’s very easy to do when you know how to do it!

First step is to ink your brayer (I used Pool Party on this card). Then roll the brayer on the inside of your embossing folder (top part, where the writing and Stampin’up logo are), in order to ink the top part. Place your White card stock inside your embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. The ink on the embossing folder will transfer on your paper as it is embossed! Really cool! For this card, I used the “Beautifully Baroque” embossing folder.

For the rest of the card, I used the Beautifully Baroque stamp with Coastal Cabana ink. I added some Daffodil Delight ink with the marker on the outer edge and with a sponge dauber (in the inside). I used the Oval Framelits to cut the 2 ovals.

The Beautifully Baroque stamp and embossing folder can be bought together as a bundle for $23.75. Only available until June 2nd! Click here to order today!

The inside of the card was also pretty “special!” I used the Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts and the Label Pop ‘n Cuts die to make this 3D pop-up card! The “pop-up” is the same shape of the Deco Label Framelits, so that’s what I used to cut a beautiful piece of “Eastern Elegance” designer series paper. (That paper matches perfectly with the Beautifully Baroque stamp!)

The Card base Pop ‘n Cuts and inserts are on sale right now 25%! Click here to order yours! These items will also be discontinued in a few days only.

Beautifully Baroque inside


Stamp set: Beautifully Baroque, Voeux Mignons, Itty Btty Banners

CS and paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Crush Curry, Eastern Elegance Designer Series paper

Ink: Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight

Tools: Brayer, Big shot, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Card Base Pop ‘n Cuts, Label Pop ‘n Cuts die, Ovals Collection Framelits dies, Deco Labels Collection dies, Itty Bitty punch pack, Large Oval punch.

Accessories: Basic Pearl Jewel, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding ribbon


Dress up Pop-up card

I love making pop-up card!  With the new Dress Form Pop’n Cuts die, it’s so easy!  I made this card for my niece who turned 7 years old. She loved it!

Here’s the front:

dress up Axelle chapeau sacoche

I used the Petite Purse Bigz L die to cut the little purse on the front but change it a little bit to make it flat instead of 3 D.  But you could actually open it and put a little “tiny” surprise inside!

Here’s the inside view, made with the Dress up framelits:

Dress up Axelle inside1

Dress up Axelle inside


Stamp: No stamp!

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar

CS and paper: Crisp Cantaloup, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White, Birthday Basics Designer Series paper,

Tools: Big Shot, Card Base Pop’n Cuts, Dress Form Pop’n Cuts, Dress up Framelits, Framed Tulips embossing folder, Square Lattice embossing folder, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, 1-1/4″ Circle punch, Petite Purse Bigz L die.

Accessories: Ruffled Calypso Coral ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls,


Artisan Award Entry #5: Pop-up Pinwheel card

Welcome to Day 5!  Today’s card was probably the most complicated of the five cards I made for the Artisan Award Contest.  It’s a pop-up card or a 2-steps card.  I just made my own template (basically trial and error).  I wanted that the pinwheels stand-up when you open the card and that was a real challenge!  Some were falling down, so I ended up putting little paper brackets at the back so they couldn’t fall.  I wished I had taken some pictures from the side so you could see better how it’s made, but I guess I didn’t think about it… Since I don’t have the card anymore, it’s now too late. The challenge was that nothing sitck out the card when it’s closed.  (Seem kind of obvious, but when you fold the card, everything shift up, so it’s trickier than you think!)

I used the Sizzlit Pinwheel die (from last year mini-catalogue) and make 6 of them.  I used different buttons and brads to attach them in the center.   The super colorful Designer Paper ” Sunshine & Sprinkles” (now retired) inspired me this card.


Here’s the inside: A real surprise when you open the card!!!

pinwheel inside

close-up details:

pinwheel close-up


Make a Cake, Word Play, You’re Amazing, Pretty Petites  stamp sets;

Whisper White, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Old Olive Card Stock; Sunshine & Sprinkles, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper; Bright Collection Designer Series Paper Stack;

Basic Gray, Pacific Blue, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pacific Blue, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers;

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin Glitter;

Big Shot, Oval Collection Framelits Dies, Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies; 1-3/4” Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Petite Curly Label Punch;

Vintage Faceted Designer Button, Brights Designer button;  3/8” Designer Printed Brads; 3/16” Neutral and Brights brads, 1/8” Mini brads, Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Paper- Piercing Tool and Piercing Mat, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail adhesive.

A card for my Mom

My mother is really special and has a great part in my life so I always try to make her a special card for her birthday! She has a whole collection of cards I made her, I have to say! So for this year, I made her a 3D card using the new Dress Form Pop’n cuts die. However, I changed it a little bit to make a flower pot instead of a “dress form”. I also used the new flower punch “Pansy” that coordinates with the Flower Shop stamp set.

For the outside, I stamped the flower from Secret Garden and I colored it with the Watercolor crayons and blender pen. I added some white “glint” with the gel pen, for the light. The other flower is from Flower Shop and I used the new Color Coastal Cabana.

Here’s the outside:
Flower shop 3D (maman)
And the inside that pops up!
Flower Shop 3D inside
FLower shop 3 D closeup


Stamp sets:Secret Garden, Flower Shop, Tableau noir.
CS and paper: Natural Ivory, Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, This and That Epic Day Designer Series paper
Ink:Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Brights Watercolor crayons, Signo Gel White pen.
Tools: Big Shot, Card BAse Pop’n Cuts, Dress From Pop’n Cuts dies, Dress up Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Pansy punch, sewing machine

All dressed up 3D card!

This new die for the Big Shot is phenomenal!!! I’m loving it! You can create pop-up card (or 3D cards however you want to call it!) so easily!  There’s a Card Base Pop’n Cuts die (item #130099) and an insert die that goes in the middle of the first die, called Dress Form Pop ‘n Cuts (item #130100).  I’m pretty sure that other inserts dies will be available shortly to make different pop-up cards! (Patience! it’s coming in the new catalogue!!!) Check this one out p.32 of the Occasions mini-catalogue.

So here’s the card I made. I used the Dress up Framelits Dies to cut the dress in the beautiful Print Poetry Designer Series paper stack (you can still get this for only $8.50 for 48 sheets of designer series paper, 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ until the end of May only! p.16 in the Occasions mini-catalogue). I also used the Cute Clips (“Hung up” p.28 in the mini catalogue) for the hanger and a rose from the Flower trim (both items available in the mini-catalogue. Hurry up it’s only available until May 31!)

All dressed up

And here’s for the inside:

All Dressed up inside


Stamp set: Occasions Alphabet

CS and paper: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Summer Startfruit, Baja Breeze, Print Poetry Designer Series paper stack,

Ink: Midnight Muse

Tools: Big Shot, Card Base Pop’n Cuts die (item #130099), Dress Form Pop ‘n Cuts (item #130100), Dress up Framelits Dies, Oval Collection Framelits Dies, Large Oval punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Owl Builder punch (small circle, for the flower center), Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Accessories: Flower trim, Cute Clips Hung up

Snow Flurry Card with 3D Christmas tree inside

I made this card to thank someone for bringing her friends to my class.  It really has the “WOW” factor when you open it! There’s a standing Christmas tree inside!  This is a discontinued Bigz XL die but I really love it!  It certainly take some time to make it but it’s always worth it! If you want to order one for someone really special in your life email me!!!

For the front of the card, I used the “Snow Swirled” stamp set, stamped with the new Illuminate Glimmer Stampin’pad on Cherry Cobbler card stock.  It’s almost like “silver” ink and looks really nice!  I used the new Snow Flurry Bigz Die to cut the snowflake in Glossy White card stock and added a big pearl. The strip of designer paper is from the “Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ ” kit (p.9 in the Holiday mini-catalogue.)  I used the Decorative Label punch to complete the card. (Don’t forget that punch and many others are on sale 30% off until Wednesday Nov.28!!!)

Here’s the inside:

side view:

After cutting all the parts of my Christmas tree, I embossed them with the Petal-a-Plenty folder and added some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling details.


Stamp set: Snow Swirled, Fêtes diverses (retired)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler and Illuminate Glimmer Stampin’pad

CS and paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Real Red, Merry Moments Simply Scrappin’ ” kit designer paper, Glossy White card stock.

Tools: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz die, Petal-a-Plenty folder, Pop-up O Christmas Tree Bigz XL die, Scallop Circle #2, Decorative Lable punch

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Dazzling details, Big basic pearl