On Sunday afternoon I had a group meeting with the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators in my PAWS group.  Not everyone was able to come but the ones that did had a great time.  I would love to have more people join Stampin’ Up! and be part of my group and this is a great time to do it.  During Sale-A-Bration (thru the end of March) there is a special on the Starter Kit – 15% off plus you get an extra FREE stamp set.  I joined during Sale-A-Bration the year that I signed up so I could get the extra stamp set – I was able to pick the most expensive one in the catalog at that time – I don’t think the kit was discounted that year though.

Anyway at our meetings we talk a little business, share ideas with each other – Lisa brought a bunch of cute decorate milk cartons using the new Big Shot die from the Occasions Mini catalog.  And of course we do some stamping.  One of the cards we made was what I guess you would consider a fancy fold card – it is called a Tri-Shutter card.  I designed this one using several products from the Occasions Mini catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  This was a fun card and not nearly as hard as it looks.  I’m thinking about using this as a Stamper’s Club project for our March meeting – not this exact design but this style of card.

Here is the card when it is folded closed.  It has lots of different panels and you could decorate each one with various things.

For the whole card the base is Old Olive card stock, each layer is Taken with Teal card stock and on each panel I used various pieces from the Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Pack.

On the front panel I added a ribbon flower.  This was easy to make using our Double-Stitched Grosgrain ribbon.  You cut a length of ribbon (short piece creates a smaller flower), then pull the white stitching on one side to gather the ribbon in the center – I pulled from both ends until it was tight and then tied the white thread into a knot and trimmed the excess.  I just overlapped the two ends – since the flower is gathered you can’t really see where the cut ends are unless you look for them.  I used a Jumbo Glue dot to attach the flower to the front of the card.  Then used another Jumbo Glue dot to add one of the little circle from the Sweet Pea Stitched Felt Flowers.  A stitched felt leaf was added under the flower.

I also cut some butterflies using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit for the Big Shot – these are in Pumpkin Pie.  The tiniest one is glued to the ribbon flower.  Two of the others are glued on the panel next to the flower.

When you pull the card open you can see some more of the panels.  The far right one matches the front minus the ribbon flower.  For the bottom panel I added a piece of Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon.

One view shows all the “front” facing panels.

And the other view also shows you the “back” facing panels including the large one in the center.  Here I added a bird punched with the new XL Two-Step Bird Punch.  And then stamped with the Whimsical Words stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration brochure – I used “you’re to Kind” for my card.  This would also be fun for Mother’s Day, a birthday or Thank you.  You could do more decorating on each panel and stamp some more too.  My top panels that look really plain in these photos actually have the paper with the clouds on them so it is supposed to be the sky part of my card.

I also used the Scallop Trim Border punch from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I didn’t realize just how many products I used from that were SAB and from the Mini – 2 Sale-A-Bration items and 5 from the Occasions Mini.

Have a wonderful day!  Thanks for stopping by – if you have time leave me a comment – I love reading them!