Happy Friday, Stampers! Today marks 14 days that we have been officially “quarantined.” To be honest, I did hold two “in person” classes, but they were only with two-five people each; the others opted for online. But I wiped the tables, chairs, door knobs, stamp blocks, scissors, stampers, and anything else that was “communal” with anti-bacterial wipes. (Just kidding about the stampers. I didn’t really wipe them down. I did, however, offer wipes for them to clean their hands. And I can happily say I didn’t spray anyone with Lysol! At least not without their permission.) I also had to go to the grocery store a time or two, because no matter how much you plan, life throws surprises at you. Like all the parents who had plenty of toilet paper until their kids got sent home and the TP users went from two to four (or more). So I guess I haven’t totally quarantined. But for the most part, I have been home, washing my hands, crafting, washing my hands, snacking, washing my hands, snacking before more crafting… I’m thinking Jennie Craig, Nutri-System, Noom, and Weight Watchers are going to have a ton of new business when this Coronavirus is over!
Today’s card is a fun fold card with a twist. This is actually the first fun fold card I ever created – a gate-fold. Gate-fold cards are probably the easiest cards to create. Instead of folding a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of card stock in the middle, you fold the edges to the middle. Then the card opens at the middle, like a gate.
Usually with gate fold cards, I just guess/eyeball the fold, but since this one had some added pieces, I actually measured. So first – here’s the card.
To create this, I first cut two 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ pieces of Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper. I used the same design, but simply flipped one piece over.
I placed the two pieces of DSP together, then used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to diecut the center.
Next, I cut a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock. I placed a smaller Stitched So Sweetly die in the center and ran it through my die-cutting machine.
And then I cut it down the center.
I glued the DSP to the front of the Pool Party Cardstock pieces.
Next, I cut a 5-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock. I scored 1/2″ on both of the 5-1/2″ sides (so you need to place the 5-1/4″ side at the top of your scoreboard or Stampin’ Trimmer to score).
Add Tear & Tape Adhesive to the outside of each of the 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ flaps.
Adhere the Pool Party/DSP layers to the flaps, being sure to line up the edges of the Pool Party/DSP layers to the scored edges of the Pool Party card base.
I centered the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock in the inside of the card. Then I closed the card so I could see where to add my sentiment from the So Sentimental Stamp Set. I placed the stamp in the open area, then carefully moved the stamp and Whisper White Cardstock to my Stamparatus. After adhering the stamp to the Stamparatus plate, I inked it with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then stamped.
I added a couple Peaceful Poppies Elements to the inside of the card as well as the front.
Be sure you only add adhesive to the top of the Peaceful Poppies Element so you don’t seal your card closed. (This is a rookie mistake that I made with my first gate-fold card. I have never made that mistake again!)
By the way, if you bundle the So Sentimental Stamp Set with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies, you can save 10%. But this deal only lasts through June 2, so order now!
Since Wesley took some leave time and Stephanie has been working from home, I haven’t gotten as much Amelia time as I had hoped. But life will be back to normal soon, and she’s out of school until fall. I did get to spend a little time with her today while Wes had therapy for his shoulder. We had such fun. First, she gave me a manicure and did my hair. Then she played teacher and taught me some ballet moves that she learned from their dog, Sophia. And she encouraged me to journal. Then she set up stations with different activities. So fun! She even wrote me a note to let me know what a good job I was doing. She’s so amazing! She misses school, but is still learning and growing and looking forward to next year with Ms. Laura. And she’s really enjoying spending time with her parents. So there’s a plus for the quarantine! I have a feeling that a lot of kids will look back on this time as one of the best times of their lives because they got to spend time with parents.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!
What a beautiful card. sun is shining at the moment so that is good too!
Thanks, Peggy! Sunshine is good right now!!
Jeepers Buffy, this is GORGEOUS. What a nice combination of dies to make this opening. thank you for the excellent directions!
Thanks, Jackie! This was really simple and fun to make.
I love this too! I like how you did it a little differently. It is beautiful!
Thanks, Susan! (I had to do it differently because of the sentiment. I wish I could say it was planned, but…)
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