Saturday, October 28, 2023

Autumn Greetings Card

With snow and below freezing temperatures in Denver today, it seems more like winter than fall.  Nonetheless, I'm showing you today how I made this beautiful fall card.

Many thanks to the person who posted this layout online (sorry I don't have a name or a link to a site).  I've tweaked the card a bit from the original using a few items from my stash, but it's the same basic layout as the original.

Stampin' Up! Materials & Tools:
* Copper Clay card stock: 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4" (card base); 5" x 3-3/4" for layer.
* All About Autumn 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3" circle 
* Oxidized Copper Specialty Designer Series Paper: scraps for leaves
* Very Vanilla card stock: 5-1/4" x 4" for inside
* Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad
* 3" Circle Die (from retired Layering Circles Framelits Dies)
* Leaf Fall 3D Embossing Folder
* Small Maple Leaf Punch (retired)
* Clear Embossing Powder
* Heat Tool
* Foam Tape or Stampin' Dimensionals

Materials & Tools from my Stash:
* Stampin' Sponge
* Copper Satin Ribbon (about 6")
* Autumn Greetings Stamp
* Larger Maple Leaf Die

And here are the steps to making this easy card!

1. Fold 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock away from score line to create card base.
2. Sponge Early Espresso ink around edges of Very Vanilla card stock, 5" x 3-3/4" Copper Clay card stock, and 3" Circle cut from 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.
3. Stamp sentiment in upper left corner of 5" x 3-3/4" Copper Clay card stock.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over wet ink, and melt with heat tool to create shiny image.
4. Emboss 5" x 3-3/4" Copper Clay card stock with Leaf Fall embossing folder.  Wrap ribbon across front and adhere ends on back of card stock.  Center and adhere card stock to card front.
5. Use foam tape or Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere 3" Circle to card front over ribbon.
6. Cut leaves from Oxidized Copper and adhere with foam tape or Stampin' Dimensionals.

7. On inside, adhere Very Vanilla card stock and adhere a few small leave randomly.

That's it!  Wasn't it easy?!

Cathy :D

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Fun Fold Winter Card (Crazy Card Chics September 2023)

Happy Fall, Stampers and Card Makers!  My Crazy Card Chics group got together this past weekend to offer a live stamp camp.  The cards were awesome and everyone had a great time making them!

This is the card we made at my table.  Yes, I understand that it's just barely fall, but winter is just around the corner!  And I couldn't resist trying this great card design inspired by Donna Ross, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator in Houston, Texas.  You can see Donna's card at Stamped

This is a tri-fold card, so you have plenty of room to add several greetings as shown below.

Listed below are the ingredients for this card, including measurements.
NOTE:  Unless otherwise stated, materials are from Stampin' Up!

* Enjoy the Adventure Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (retired): card base
* One Horse Open Sleigh 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper: 6" x 1-1/2" and about 3" x 3" for front flap
* Pebbled Path card stock: about 5" x 3-1/2" for front flap; 3" x 2-1/2" for sentiment under flap
* Lost Lagoon card stock: 6" x 4" for inside
* White card stock: 5-3/4" x 3-3/4" for inside; about 2-3/4" x 2" for sentiment under flap
* Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad
* Countryside Corners Dies 
* First Frost Stamp Set (retired): inside sentiment
* Color & Contour Stamp Set: sprinkles on card front
* Free Skate Stamp Set (retired): sentiment under flap
* Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels

All other items used on this card are from my stash.  Watch my YouTube video below for more information, including assembly instructions and miscellaneous tips.

I hope you enjoy this card and try it yourself!

Cathy :D

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Simple Fun Fold Card Made Three Ways

Today I'm showing you a great quick and easy fun fold card that I made for two stamp camps and a card swap using different patterned paper for each.

Thanks to Patty Bennett for sharing this cute layout.  Visit Hello Ladybug Cards & New Product Video Review - Patty Stamps to see Patty's cards.

This first card was made for Crazy Card Chics August Collection.  The card base is 9-3/4" x 4-1/4", scored at 5-1/2".  The patterned paper for the front is 4" x 4".  The inside is simply a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of vanilla card stock, with a coordinating piece of patterned paper cut at 4" x 1-1/2".  For the sentiment I cut a piece of vanilla card stock with the Scalloped Contours Dies from Stampin' Up!

The second card using the same layout was made using some new paper from the Stampin' Up! September-December 2023 mini catalog.

The card base for this one was cut slightly shorter because the patterned paper was from a 6" x 6" pack (All About Autumn), and I wanted to be able to get two or three pieces from each sheet.

The card base is 8-3/4" x 4-1/4", scored at 5-1/2".  The patterned paper for the front is 4" x 3", and the patterned piece across the bottom is 4" x 2".  There was a tiny gap between the front flap and the patterned paper on the inside, so I added a 4" piece of  Wavy Trim to cover the gap.  The vanilla card stock and the mat piece were cut with the Deckled Rectangles Dies.

(The card stock looks like vanilla in this photo,
but it's actually white.)

The final card was made for another stamp camp, and this time I used 12" x 12" patterned paper, so I went back to the measurements for the original card above.  For this one, I used the Deckled Rectangles Dies for the sentiment, and cut a piece of navy card stock about 1/8" larger so it's a much narrower mat.

This is such a versatile layout -- you can vary the length of the card front or vary the size and shape for the sentiment piece, add a layer or go without a layer for that piece, pop up or not pop up the sentiment piece, etc.

I hope you enjoy these cards and perhaps try this layout yourself.  Here's how simple it is to make -- for the third version I was able to cut all of the paper for 54 card kits, including the die cut for the sentiment, in less than two hours!  Of course, I cheat a little -- I have a huge guillotine cutter that can cut 4 or more pieces of card stock at a time . . . .

Cathy ;D

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Happiness Is . . . Fun Fold Greeting Card (Crazy Card Chics 07/22/2023)

Howdy, paper crafters!  Hope you're having a fun summer -- hot and humid here lately.  Yesterday, for instance, temps were either close to or in the 90s, and then we had rain coming down in buckets later in the day!!!  Gotta love Denver weather!  You never know from one minute to the next what might happen!

Today I'm showing you a card I designed for Crazy Card Chics July card kits to go.  Fun card and pretty easy to make!  Inspiration for this card came from Fiona Whitten, Oakfield Crafts (Third Fold WOW Card - A Simple Fun Fold Card (

Click on image for closer look.

If you know me at all, you know I'm kind of a coffee-holic -- drink the stuff from early in the morning until late in the day!  So this card was especially fun for me to make!


Card base: White card stock (7-1/2" x 6", scored at 2" from top and left edge, and also diagonally beginning 4" from corner at top of card base, and ending 4" from the top on left side, crossing over junction of horizontal and vertical score lines).

Front pieces:
    Banner: Bumblebee card stock: 3-1/2" x 1-3/4", trimmed with Triple Banner Punch; Naturals Ivory paper: 3-1/4" x 1-1/2", trimmed with Triple Banner Punch
    Square in upper right hand corner: Bumblebee card stock: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4"; patterned paper: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"
    Rectangle in lower left corner: Bumblebee card stock: 3-1/4" x 1-3/4"; patterned paper: 3" x 1-1/2"

Inside pieces:
    Bottom layer: Bumblebee card stock: 5-1/4" x 3-3/4"
    Top layer: Naturals Ivory card stock: 5" x 3-1/2"
    Coffee cup: White card stock for coffee cup: about 2-1/2" x 2"; Bumblebee card stock for lid: about 1-3/4" x 1/2"; patterned paper for sleeve: about 1-1/2" x 1-1/4"; Sweet Sorbet card stock for heart: about 3/4" x 3/4", plus scraps for tiny hearts (made from Hearts Border punch)

Watch my video tutorial for additional information and assembly instructions.

I hope you enjoy this fun card!

Cathy ;D

Tuesday, May 2, 2023


Howdy, stampers!  Today is the big day -- the 2023-2024 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is now live and items are available for purchase through April 30, 2024!

Click on image to view catalog online.

Lots of fun new stuff in this catalog, including some beautiful paper designs and fun new stamp sets.  This catalog also features a color refresh, so be sure to check out all the great new and returning colors!

IMPORTANT:  You may notice that several of the items you have been used to seeing in the printed catalog (i.e., bone folders, cutter blades, scoring tool, etc.) are no longer there.  Not to worry -- they are still available, but have been changed to Online Exclusive items.  Also included in the Online Exclusives are some leftover stamps, paper, dies, etc., from past catalogs -- these items will be available only while supplies last.

Enjoy browsing the new catalog.  I think this one has something for everyone!!!!

Cathy  ;D

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Stampin' Up! Announcements re Retiring Items and New Color Lineup!

Stampin' Up! has released the Last Chance lists for items items that will be retiring when the new 2023-2024 Annual Catalog goes live on May 2, 2023.  Note that some of these items are on sale at discounts up to 60% off catalog prices.  Once these items are gone, they're gone, so act now to order your favorites!!!  (Visit my Current Promotions Page at Cathy's Craft Room: Stampin' Up! Current Promotions ( to see the lists for both the 2022-2023 Annual Catalog and the January-April 2023 Mini Catalog.)

Also, Stampin' Up! has introduced a color refresh for the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog.  This means that we'll say goodbye to several of the colors we've become used to, but we're also going to be seeing some great new colors, as well as the return of some of the old favorites!

Be sure to watch for more information as it becomes available.  Or visit my Stampin' Up! page at Cathy Hansen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ( for all the latest updates!

Cathy :D

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Great Way to Destash Your 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper!

Do you (like me) have a bunch of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper hanging around?  Or even 12" x 12"?  I've got a great way for you to use up a bunch of it!

Click on photo for closer look.

Make a bunch of these cute little 6" x 4-1/2" journals!  Each of the larger books uses 2 sheets of 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper ("DSP"); the smaller one uses 2 sheets of 6" x 4-1/2" DSP.

Inside each booklet are 3 pieces of 8-1/2" x 6" notebook paper (8-1/2" x 4-1/2" for smaller book), folded in half to make 6 pages.

Everything else is just embellishment.

These are great little books to stash in your purse or backpack for notes on the go.  They also make great gifts!  And what a stash buster!  You also could cut your 12" x 12" DSP into 4 pieces of 6" x 6" to make two booklets!

Watch my YouTube video to see just how easy it is to make these books -- and it takes only about 10 minutes to make each one!!!!

I hope you enjoy this fun and quick project!

Until next time . . . .

Cathy ;D