Peekaboo Tutorial

At the end of my last blog post I promised a tutorial on how I made the peekaboo card.  So here it is …

img_1868-web Supplies:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock (8½” by 11”) for the base. (I used Stampin Up Calypso Coral)
  • I piece of Cardstock for the frame (I used Stampin up Daffodil Delight cut to 3” by 7”
  • A piece of DSP cut to 4⅛” by 4⅛” (you will need 2 of these), and 4⅛” by 5⅜” (you need one).
  • A die to cut the peekaboo opening. I used the 2⅛” square from the Layering Squares Framelits (item # 141708) and for the Scallop frame I used the second scallop from the top of the largest set from the same die set.IMG_1857
  • A piece of ribbon 10½” long (I used the 3/8″ gold metallic ribbon (item #143601)
  • A piece of white cardstock at least 2½” by 5” to make the art pieces for the openings.
  • Tools: Adhesive of choice, A die cutter (my preferred is the Big Shot), a trimmer with a score blade or a scoreboard, and a bone folder.


    1. Cut your cardstock as shown. I found it most efficient to cut two 8½” by 4¼” pieces from the first piece of cardstock and then trim one to 8¼”. Then I cut the second piece at 4¼” by 11” and trimmed one of the pieces to 5¾” long.img_1845
    2. Then you will make one score in each of the base cardstock pieces as shown in the photo. After making all the score lines, flip the 3rd piece of cardstock over so the score line is on the left with a mountain fold. (not a valley on the right as shown) Laying them out this way will make it easier for you to see how to glue them together.
    3. For the frame around the opening die cut your plain 2⅛” square from the center so you have room to place the scallop around the square opening and die cut the outside of the frame. You will need to do this twice if you want the frame on the inside panel as I did.IMG_1887-for-webTo prevent the scallop die from shifting in your die cut machine, I will often hold it in place with a post-it note.
    4. Your die cut opening can be any size or shape as long as the opening is 2½” or smaller in width. To make my initial cut, I glued the larger piece of DSP (patterned paper) to the center of the front of my card. This is card panel #1 flipped over from the cutting photo. Then line up the inside of the opening ½” from the edge of the card. I used micropore tape to hold it in place and ran it thru the Big Shot.IMG_1856
    5. Once you have the front opening, you will want to glue the remaining pieces of DSP to the inside of the 2nd card panel. Then put the first two panels back to back with the folds on the left and the front of the card facing you. With a light pencil, trace around the opening of the front panel. This lets you know where to put the die for the first cut in the 2nd Cut out this opening. Fold at the score and mark and cut the third opening.
    6. Now glue the 2 panels together with the fold in the second panel away from the right side of the front panel. When you have the 2 panels glued together it should look like this.IMG_1862
    7. To adhere the inside to the front panel on the inside open up your card piece as shown below. IMG_1863
    8. Place adhere on the back of the art piece and set it in place thru the opening. Lift the opening out of the way and burnish down to secure.
    9. Set the card base aside and take one of the square cut-outs and trace it twice on your white cardstock lightly with a pencil to get guide lines for your stamping. Stamp out your two images for the front and inside of the card. Erase your pencil lines and die cut them with the plain square die. IMG_1864
    10. With your assembled card in front of you like this, you need to glue the final piece to the card base. You will need to burnish the folded edge on panel three and adhere the ¼” section to the edge of the card so you have a fold on the left and the cut edge is in the center. When you are done it should look like this:IMG_1866
    11. Move the panel with inside art piece out flat as shown above. When you turn the card over you should see the empty inside of the panel you just glued in place thru the opening in the front of the card. Adhere the front art piece to the back just as you did the previous art piece.
    12. If you open the card up completely and view it from the back it will look like this with front art piece on the left and the inside art piece on the right.IMG_1867
    13. To complete your card, tie the ribbon around front so It wraps around 2 layers of card stock and is snug against the fold in card panel #2.

To download a print version of this tutorial click here.



‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


Peekaboo…a non-traditional Valentine

It’s a new month and a new year. Are you ready for the First Fun and Crafty Blog Hop of 2017? We are starting of the year with Valentines but I decided to go a little non-traditional with my Valentine. I got my original inspiration from a Stamp Demo at my local Stamp store – but the demo was confusing in a few spots so I headed to the web where I found an awesome Video on Youtube. Half way thru the creation of this card I discovered that it was a square card. Oops!

So I went back to my notes from the demo… and using the dimensions for the cardstock from the demo and how it goes together from the video came up with this card.
t img_1869-webThe Card mechanism has only 3 pieces of cardstock which are then embellished as desired. Here is step one in the tutorial I will be posting next week.






Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop stops:

  1. Stacey Lane – A Work of Carte
  2. Danielle Elvin – Going to Collage
  3. Susan Schultz – Stampin’ By the San Francisco Bay
  4. Kathy ThistedStampablog <– YOU ARE HERE
  5. Nicole Flournoy – Inky Fingers Stamping
  6. Jennifer Blomquist – NW Stamper



‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


What’s an Occasions?

In the Stampin Up world the word Occasions evokes the joy of the Spring Mini Catalog celebrating all those Special occasions that  occur after Christmas and before Halloween. So its a lot of cool feelings. The 2017 Occasions catalog is filled with a lot of super fun stamps, dies, and embellishments. But sometimes you end up with a stamp set that puts your mind into fugue and you sit at your craft table going “Duh, … where do I go with this?”

The Oh So Succulent stamp set which I received at On Stage in Nov was one of those sets. So after using the super artistic Mediterranean Moments for the November Blog Hop, I challenged myself to make at least 2 cards with this set.

The first card I created features a 3 panel die cut opening thru which the succulents are seen.

I used Sahara Sand for my cardbase and stamped the images on Whisper White which I mounted on the inside of the front panel. I stamped my images in Memento Black and colored them in with Stampin write markers and a Water Brush. For the sky I lightly sponged on some soft sky. ( I used Peekaboo Peach, Sweet sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.) I finished the front by stamping the Birthday sentiment from the set in Soft Suede.

For my second card I went with a more floral theme, using the large and medium flowers as my focal point. I know from living in Arizona for many years that the plants these images are drawn are green but I just couldn’t stick with all greens.

So I layered my “flowers” making them Sweet Sugarplum with Rich Razzleberry outlines, Peekaboo Peach with Calypso Coral outlines and So Saffron with Delightful Dijon outlines. For my greenery, I used 2 solid images from the set- the large bubbles as my husband called it and the grassy one. I masked off my flowers and placed two bubbles in pear pizzazz on the upper right and upper left. Then randomly stamped the grassy image in pear pizazz stamped off once and delightful dijon stamped off twice. I cringed the first couple of times I used the Dijon as it seemed like a waste of ink but I really liked the effect. I have one 2nd gen Delightful Dijon that seemed too dark, so I tried stamping off twice. For my Sentiment I used Chocolate chip ink. The stitching is unfortunately not Stampin Up but I am addicted to stitched dies and looking forward to Stampin Up releasing some rectangles now we have squares, circles and ovals that are stitched. My cardbase is Sweet Sugarplum. (I hope my Mom likes this card when she gets in Jan)

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


The Last Tag… Does it jingle or squeak?

Are you afraid of mice? The only ones I want in my house are made of plastic or rubber.   

When I saw this stamp I just had to get it and some action wobbles too. They are so much fun. A friend gave me a card she made this year for Christmas with a snow angel that jiggles. Too cool!

This was my first take on this tag. I got the idea for the background from a tag Sandy Allnock did for Ellen Hudson’s feminine tags challenge.But then I did it my way. I placed the stamped bell on the mini action wobble on her tail and decided my mouse was going to hold the sentiment in one hand. I quickly discovered that my tag die was too short for this mouse. So I gave myself the challenge of making it taller. While not easy it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to line it all up and feed through the Big Shot. I used copics for Coloring  the mouse and on this first one I used the red & white bakers twine for all my ribbon. My base was a piece of Old Olive Cardstock that I embossed with the Stitched Coverplate Die by Ellen Hudson. My Tag itself was die cut out of Very Vanilla Cardstock. and though it doesn’t show in the photo the bell and the zipper have Wink of Stella Sparkle.

For the next tag, I used a tiny jingle bell from Stampin Up on his tail dangled the stamped bell from the ribbons. For the ribbon I used a retired real red polka dot grosgrain ribbon and tied it with the red metallic bakers twine from the Holiday 2016 catalog.

The next tag is just like the previous except my husband suggested not using the stamped bell — so I attached it to the back as shown below. 

My final variation uses Emerald Envy cardstock instead of old olive. Even though everything else is the same the change in the color of the green background changed the way the mouse himself looked. Do you like the variation? I’m not sure I do. Let me know your thoughts

 Well i’m done with Christmas tags for another year. 

Have a veryMerry Christmas!

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!


Just one little tag today…

I just got my Stampin Up watercolor pencils  today and had to play. During the NW Stamper Retreat in September, I borrowed a friends Merry Mice stamp set and stamped off several images on some scrap watercolor paper. So that seemed a great place to play. 

img_2943I stamped the sentiment in versamark and embossed with White Embossing powder on an old olive strip of cardstock. I used the ornate tag topper punch on the top and applied my watercolored image to it  and voila! a gift tag in minutes! Quick, Simple and fun!


 I will be showing you my final set of tags for Christmas 2016 tomorrow.

Merry Christmas!

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!