Category: Spring/Easter

Creative Inking Blog Hop: The Dies Have It

Creative inking blog hop

I’ve been a stamper for a long time (30+ years–wow!) and when I say ‘The dies have it’, it means the dies have what it takes to make the card. In my opinion, the coordinating dies for Stampin’ Up stamp sets takes card making to a whole new level!! The new Pansy Patch bundle is one of those sets I fell in love with immediately. The die cuts for the pansy is so realistic with the embossed images that are made when you die cut the pieces. This card is an example of using mostly dies. Read on how to make this fun fold card using the Pansy dies.

Pansy dies


  • Gorgeous Grape Cardstock: 5.5″ x 8.5″, scored at 4.25″ along 8.5″ side; cardstock for 4 die cut pieces
  • Basic White: 5.25″ x 8.25″ scored at 2.25″ & 4.25″ along the 8.25″ side, cardstock for center piece of pansy, cardstock for a white circle die cut
  • Highland Heather Cardstock: cardstock for 2 pansy petals
  • Garden Green Cardstock: cardstock for 2 leaves
  • Evening Evergreen Cardstock: cardstock for 2 die cut leaf overlays
  • Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper: 4″x5.25″


  • Die cut in Gorgeous Grape cardstock the outline of the pansy (3 pieces total), middle of pansy and small flower piece for inside. Using Gorgeous Grape cardstock, die cut the largest scalloped circle from the layering Circles die set. Then die cut a circle from the center of the scallop to create a frame.
  • Next, die cut in Highland Heather cardstock the 2 petals and the small flower for the inside of the card.
  • Using Basic White cardstock, die cut the middle piece of the pansy and sponge daub with Daffodil Delight ink in the center of the white. Also die cut a Basic White circle, using the same size circle used to make the scalloped frame.
  • Then die cut the leaves in Garden Green cardstock and the 2 overlays in Evening Evergreen. Die cut the stem for the inside of the card in Garden Green.
  • Stamp sentiment in Gorgeous Grape and die cut with Stitched Rectangle.
  • Adhere the DSP to the front of the Gorgeous Grape cardstock card base. Die cut a circle through the front of card (slightly more to the top so that you have room for the sentiment). (Note: Use the same size circle used to create the scallop frame.) Note: you will not use these circle die cuts on this card.
Pansy dies

Assembly for Pansy Dies card:

  • Assemble the pansy and leaves and adhere to the white die cut circle.
  • Pansy Petals
    • Center and adhere the 3.75″ section of the 5.25″ x 8.25″ piece of Basic White cardstock to the inside of the Gorgeous Grape card base, making sure the scored section is to the right. On the first score line, fold the Basic White cardstock as a valley (or to the left) and fold the second score line as a mountain (or to the right)..
    • Close the card. Place adhesive on the 1/2 circle of white folded cardstock you can see underneath the circle cutout on the front. Place the circle with the pansy through the circle on the front of the card, onto the adhesive on the white folded cardstock.
    • Assemble and place the small pansy bloom on the inside of the card.
    • Adhere Gorgeous Grape scalloped frame around circle cut out on front of card. Adhere the sentiment to the front of the card with dimensionals.
    Pansy dies

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    Supplies for Pansy Dies Card:

    Ornate Garden Suite: Thank You Card

    I’m excited that Stampin’ Up released the Ornate Garden Suite early so we could use it for Spring, Easter, and Mother’s Days cards or any occasion for that matter! This card uses the Ornate Style stamp set and Ornate Layers Dies to create a simple but pretty card using just stamps, ink and dies! This card uses only the small, single flower from the Ornate Style stamp set–imagine what can be done with the larger flower image! I will be showing more of this Suite here and on my other social media links!

    Ornate Style Stamp Set and Ornate Layers Dies

    The first step is to die cut the whisper white frame and terracotta tile rectangle from the Ornate Layers die set as shown in Figure 1. Other die cuts include an Whisper White oval and a Terracotta layering stitched oval for the sentiment.

    Figure 1

    The rest of the steps are straight forward. Layer the white lace rectangle onto a Terracotta card base. Use the Detailed Trio punch to round the corners on the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series patterned paper then layer onto the white rectangle. Next layer the Terracotta rectangle on top of the patterned paper. Layer the ovals together and stamp the sentiment and the small flower from the Ornate Style stamp set on the white oval. Color in the flower with blends and then apply the oval to the card using dimensionals. Tie a bow and add to the card.

    Give to your favorite person to brighten their day!

    Measurements for Ornate Garden card:

    • Terracotta Tile card stock: (1) 8.5″x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″ on the 8.5″ side; piece for stitched rectangle and stitched oval
    • Whisper White card stock: (1) 4.25′ x 5.5″; piece for oval; (1) 4″ x 5.25″ for inside
    • Ornate Garden Specialty Paper: (1) 4.75″ x 3.25″


    This card base was inspirational when Easter rolled around. The bunny and the squirrel from Fabled Friends was looking for a home and this card base was perfect! They look like they are sitting in a field of flowers!

    Fabled Friend bunny
    Fabled Friends squirrel
    Fabled Friends sqirrel

    Stampin Up Timeless Tulips: Step Fold Card

    Tulips are a symbol of spring and cards made with Stampin’ Up Timeless Tulips and the Tulip Builder Punch are full of joy and love of Spring!  This card is well suited for Easter, Mother’s Day and anytime you need a card to brighten someone’s day!    

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    Timeless Tulip Step Fold Card

    Measurements for Timeless Tulips:

    Whisper White card stock: 5.25”x4.25”, white scrap for tag
    Daffodil Delight card stock: 2.5” x 5.25”, scored at 0.5”, 1.5” on 5.25” side
    Pear Pizzazz card stock: 4.25”x10.25”, scored at ½”x 1.5” x 3.75” x 4 ¾” on the 10.25” side.
    Whisper White Bakers Twine: 14”
    DSP: Pleased as Punch Green sheets: (1) 3/4”x4”; (1) 2.25”x3.75”; (1) ¾”x2.25”
    DSP: Pleased as Punch Rain: 4”x3.25”
    DSP: Please as Punch Stripes: 4” x 2”


    Place tear & tape on the ½’ scored section of the Pear Pizzazz and the Daffodil Delight card stock. Crease all the score lines on the Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight card stock in same direction with a bone folder, keeping the tear & tape on the outside of the folds, i.e. it should not be on the inside of the box that it forms.
    Adhere the striped paper and the green strip on the Pear Pizzazz card stock in the 2 sections next to the tear & tape. Flip over the Pear Pizzazz cardstock and adhere the rain paper to the largest section at the top (figure 1)

    Figure 1

    Tie the twine around the 2.25” side of the 2.25”x 3.75” green sheet about 1/3” from the bottom. Next, adhere this green piece to the largest section of the Daffodil Delight card stock on the side with the tear & tape. Adhere the smallest piece of green paper onto the Daffodil Delight card stock (see Figure 2).

    Figure 2

    Adhere the Daffodil Delight card stock to the striped paper, with patterned paper facing away from back of card.
    Stamp the greeting and adhere to the top of the largest section of the Daffodil Delight card stock (Figure 3)

    Figure 3

    Decorate the front with punched and stamped tulips and leaves; use dimensionals on the center tulip.

    Place 1 leaf and 1 tulip on each side of card
    Figure 4 – Add center tulip with dimenstionals

    Important Step:

    It is time to take off the tear & tape and adhere ends to card base. First, fold the Pear Pizzazz card stock between the bottom of the card (i.e. the fold between the bottom of back of the card and the bottom of the card, i.e. the section with no card stock). Second, fold in the section between the top of the stripe paper and the section with the green paper card stock (see Figure 5). Take off the tear & tape, keeping the folds in place and lay flat against back of card to adhere.

    The next step is to adhere the Daffodil Delight cardstock to back of card. Keeping the card folded as you did for the Pear Pizzazz piece, fold the Daffodil Delight card stock between the two green pattern papers and take off the tear & tape and adhere to back of card. You card should be laying flat when you are adhering these pieces.

    Figure 5

    Stamp the white card stock with sentiment and adhere to back of card.

    Supplies for Timeless Tulips Card:

    Stampin Up Sending Flowers: Tunnel Pop Out Card

    With only a few more weeks of Stampin’ Up Sale-A-Bration remaining, it will be hard to see the Stampin’ Up! Sending Flowers dies go.  I love this die set and this card is sure to make an impression on your loved ones. This tunnel card looks complicated, but it’s so easy!

    Finished Card
    Picture 1: Finished Card


    • Whisper White card stock:   5.5” x 8.5”, scored at 4.25” on 8.5” side for card base; 1” x 4” for sentiment; white scraps for flowers
    • Calypso Coral card stock:  (1) 4.25” x 5.25”, (1) 5.5” x 8.5” scored at 2 ⅛”, 4 ¼”, & 6 ⅜” on 8.5” side
    • Granny Apple Green card stock: 1.25” x 3.25” piece
    • Classic Weave White Ribbon:  8”
    • Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Pleased as Punch (1) 4”x 5.5”; (2) 0.5” x 5.5”, (1) 4”x 4”
    • Designer Series Paper (DSP):  Free as a Bird striped 4”x 4”


    Die cut of flowers
    Picture 2: Cut Sending Flowers on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Calypso Coral cardstock
    • Die Cut Sending flowers on 4.25”x5.5” piece of Calypso Coral cardstock, placing die about ½” down from top of card stock.  Then die cut Sending flowers from the 5.5” x 8.5” Calypso Coral cardstock, centering along the 8.5” side. (See Picture 2)
    • Color stems of both flower die cuts with granny apple green blends pen.  Die cut white flowers and add to some of the flowers on each die cut. 
    • Adhere tulip DSP to inside of white card base, centering along fold, and top to bottom.
    • Adhere 0.5”x5.5” strips on the inside edges of white card base.
    Folding Sending Flowers Card
    Picture 3: How to fold the card
    • Fold 5.5”x8.5” Calypso Coral CS along score lines:  first fold is a valley, middle is a mountain, and last is a valley (see Picture 3).  Adhere one edge of Calypso Coral CS alongside the 0.5” strips of DSP.  Glue the other edge to other edge of inside card base, next to DSP strip.  This ½” on each side makes sure when card is folded, flowers do not stick out of card.
    Picture 4: How to adhere the piece on the backside to cover the die cut opening
    • Add adhesive to backside of 4.25”x5.5” Calypso Coral CS, including flowers.  Adhere 4”x4” of DSP to backside of Calypso Coral 4.25”x5.5” to cover die cut opening (see Picture 4). Then adhere Calypso Coral CS to front of card base.
    • Die cut white label and green stitched rectangle.  Stamp sentiment on white label.  Adhere to front of card with dimensionals.
    • Add white bow to front of card with glue dot.
    • Die cut stitched rectangle and stamp sentiment for inside of card.

    Supplies for Sending Flowers Card:

    • Dies: Stitched Rectangle 1” x 3”
    • Dies: Stitched So Sweetly 3.25”x2” rectangle