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September 2018

Pleat Fold Technique - Country Lane Suite

Now that it is officially fall, I am excited to share my projects with you featuring the Country Lane Product Suite.  I will be sharing several techniques over the next few days, so be sure to check back.


For this first project, I tried a new fold technique.  It was at the request of a class attendee, I am glad she asked for it as I have been wanting to try.  To my surprise, there are several names for this fold:  Pleat, Curtain, Skirt, Drapery, Pleated Skirt, etc. etc.  There is also Elegant Pleats, Double Pleats, Landscape Drapery.... phew!

Amazing how one simple fold technique can spawn off so many different names and variations. 

I think I am just going to go with Pleat Fold Technique.  Simple and easy.

Product supply list is below!  

I chose one piece of patterned paper from the Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack and cut a strip that is 12" x 4".

With your now rectangle piece, having the long side horizontal, measure up 1" from the bottom left corner and mark with pencil.  Then measure down 1" from the top right corner and mark with a pencil.  Cut your DSP at an angle from pencil mark to pencil mark.  You will now have 2 triangular pieces (just no point at the narrow ends).

Mark sure your pattern is going to be facing the correction direction on your card.

With the wide side on the left, use your Simply Scored score board and score at:

1", 3", 4", 6", 7", 9", 10" and 11" 

Starting with the 1" score line, fold back for a mountain fold.  Do you know mountain and valley folds?  It is the peak and crease when folding paper back-n-forth.  That is what you want to do.  So the 3" score will then be a valley, 4" will be a mountain and so on until you have folded all scored lines. 

Add adhesive under each fold to secure down.  Do this on both sides.


As I said above, soooo many different variations!  I like the above method because there is no paper waste and the score measurements are even numbers.  But, for an alternative, here is one for you to try:

Cut your DSP paper to 11" x 4" and cut diagonally as we did above.  Then score at:  1", 2-1/2", 3-1/4", 4-3/4", 5-3/4", 7-1/4", 8", 9-1/2" and 10-1/4".  Notice there is one extra measurement than the above example.  This will just be a little different variation.  Go ahead and try it! 

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I'm Going To Greece!


It is official!  I earned the 2019 Incentive trip to the Greek Isles! 

Thank you to everyone for all your love and support.  It has been quiet a ride for the last 12 months.  I could not have achieved this goal without you, my team, customers and friends.  So much love and admiration for each and every one of you.  I am truly blessed and humbled. 

The trip takes place in July 2019.  It is cruise based and we will be porting into Katakolon, Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini.  When the time comes, I will be sure to share pictures.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart! 

A Special Occasion with "Wonderful Moments"

Hi everyone, Hope you are having a good Friday as we head into the weekend.  

With the Holiday Catalog in full swing, and all the excitement and buzz of new, great product, I wanted to take a moment to share two wedding cards.  A friend asked if I could make a couple and I of course said yes! 

These cards highlight the bride image from the "Wonderful Moments" stamp set.

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My first card is inspired from another demonstrator, Beverlee Morales.  Using the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder in the background.  But what I did was add some shimmer with the New Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint.  I added a few drops of paint into a spritzer with some water and spritzed over the tufted Whisper White card stock.  I think I am addicted to this stuff!  You can do so much with it.  I will be sharing more soon from my October's Technique Class

The card is completed with some Gold Foil paper, lace oval piece from Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, ribbon, pearls, and a bit of color from my Blends alcohol markers!

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This card is inspired from Lisa Curcio.  She is a lovely demonstrator who I cannot wait to meet, hopefully in November!  Basic Black card stock base, then a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Basic Black embossed with the Tufted Embossing Folder.  This time I spritzed with the Frost White Shimmer Paint (see above how).  Look at that...well, Shimmer!!!

Her veil was made by folding a piece of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon in half.  I secured the veil with a glue dot that is hidden by Pearls. 

Well, I hope you liked these projects.  You can Shop at my online store to get these great products.  As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

Using Botanical Bliss (Cards & 3D Projects)

Ever see a stamp set and coordinating dies that are underrated?  I think this is one of those sets.  The name is Botanical Bliss and Tag Thinlits.   Here are 4 card projects that I hope you like and encourages you to get this bundle.  Make sure to read all the way to see my 3D projects!

 I love the Sheet Music Background stamp in the above photo.  But I am a music lover... I was a Music Major my first go-around in College.  To this day, I keep up my flute playing skills with a community band.  If we are not rehearsing then we are performing at senior centers and rehab facilities.  It's a nice small group with some great musicians and I really enjoy it.  We all volunteer our time but it is so worth it, especially when the residents and patients clamp to the beat or try to sing along.   

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So a big shout out to one of my downline members, Linda Sebrasky.  I had to have surgery about 1-1/2 weeks before class and she agreed to help me.  The next two designs are Linda's.  I love them both and she did an excellent job!  So pretty!

 The Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper by far, is my Favorite DSP paper in the Annual Catalog.  It is gorgeous and what Linda used in the first card.  And my favorite ribbon of the catalog, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle!   The Smokey Slate and Black card is simple and elegant.  The Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets add just the right amount of bling, don't you think?

3-D PROJECTS:  Clear Treat Box and Reese's Cup Cover


This would make sure a great favorite at any party!  The Clear Treat Boxes fold are such a great quality!  The Coastal Cabana card stock is cut 8-1/2" x 2-1/2".  It is scored on the long side at 2-1/16" .... then at 4-1/8" ... then at 6-1/8" and finally at 8-3/16".   I then put a strip of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, just about the same size as my card stock strip, on one side.  Then die cut with one of the Botanical Tags Thinlits Dies, cut four times making sure you are lined up between the score lines.  The Multipurpose Adhesvie sheet works like magic sticking to the Clear Treat Box.  There will be a little over hang of card stock edge.  Secure down with a mini glue dot. 


For my Reese's Cup cover, I used a regular size Reese's Cup.  Black card stock is cut to 7" x 2-1/2".   Use the bird or crow image tag die from the Botanical Tags Thinlits and cut at top of card stock.  On either side of the die cut arch, snip off each side.  Measure down 2-1/4" from the snipped edge and score.  From this score line, measure down 1/2" and score again (or the 2nd score would be 2-3/4" from snipped edge).  

Pumpkin Pie card stock is cut 2-1/4" x 2".   Whisper white card stock is cut 2" x 1-3/4".

The bird or crow and the vine stamped images are from the Botanical Bliss stamp set as well.  I used a couple of glue dots to help hold the Reese's cup on the card stock and tied closed with Black Cord.  

I hope your enjoyed all the projects I shared today.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Shimmer Paint Returns!


The HOLIDAY CATALOG is now live!!! 


I am so excited to start sharing all the wonderful products and accessories from the catalog, along with projects for my classes.  I am a little behind schedule due to having surgery two weeks ago.  But all is good, and I'm healing nicely.  

So you are probably asking what does the above card have to do with the Holiday Catalog?  The is the Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder and the rose & leaves (fussy cut) are from Healing Hugs stamp set! 

Well, take a look at this picture....


It was so hard for me to capture on camera, but I think you can see it.  Do you see the sparkle???? 

This makes me squeal with excitement because Stampin' Up! brought back SHIMMER PAINT and there are 4 colors;  Champagne, Bright Copper, Vegas Gold, and Frost White.  You can find the Shimmer paint in the Holiday Catalog or SHOP at my online store.  

I used a Stampin' Spritzer filled about 3/4 full of rubbing alcohol.  Dropped in some Frost White Shimmer Paint.  Shook and spritzed my card.  You should see it in person!

Simple and clean looking card.  Colors are Fresh Fig and Mossy Green.  Isn't the Fresh Fig Ruffled Ribbon nice? 

Make sure you download the Holiday catalog today!  I have a September Special going.... ASK ME ABOUT it if you are not on my mailing list.