Stampin’ Up! Hanging Garden Fun Fold for the Stamp Ink Paper #130

Hey, y’all!  Welcome to Tuesday and another fun challenge from Stamp Ink Paper!  

Our Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #130 this week is a theme challenge…Just Say No To Christmas!

I was glad to have a solid excuse to not do a Christmas card today – you know,  other than the obvious it’s-pretty-late-to-try-to-send-a-Christmas-Card reason! And it really opened the door for another 2018 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek!

I picked the beautiful Hanging Garden stamp set for today’s fun-fold card.  And I paired it up with the True Gentleman DSP.  Take a look-see:

Looks pretty standard, doesn’t it?  Well – it’s hiding a little secret.  A secret that I saw on Lisa Curcio’s blog site.  It’s a double-front card – check what happens when you raise up the circle art panel… It’s a second card front!

There’s still more to reveal, so read on!

I rather loosely used the sketch challenge at Sunday Stamps to help me make my – double! – card front!

I started with a Very Vanilla card base – regular A2 size – and cut the front panel off at 2 7/8″ from the fold.  Card base #1!

Then I cut a second Very Vanilla card base at 3 7/8″ x 10 1/4″ and scored/folded it at 5 1/8″.   I Fast Fuse’d a Tranquil Tide card stock mat to the inside of the larger card base #1 and then Fast Fuse’d the back panel of the smaller card base #2 to that.

Did that even sort of make sense?

I matted a small rectangle of the True Gentleman DSP (avail 3 Jan) on a Tranquil Tide mat and then to the short front piece on the outer card.

My art piece is a Very Vanilla panel cut with the largest of the Stitched Shapes Framelits circle dies.  On that, I stamped one of the pretty hanging baskets from the Hanging Garden stamp set (avail 3 Jan) in Versamark.  I sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it with my Heat Tool.

I used Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy and Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Markers to color the basket and then stamped some Tranquil Tide butterflies (from Hanging Garden) around the basket.

I matted the circle on a Tranquil Tide scalloped circle cut with the Circles Layering Framelits and then popped it onto the short card front panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a tiny Linen Thread bow and the card front (the first one!) was done!

On the second card front, I added a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon with some Liqud Glue.  Over that, I added a sentiment banenr – cut from Very Vanilla and stamped in Night of Navy with the sentiment from Hanging Garden.  The ends are snipped with my Paper Snips and I edged it with my Tranquil Tide Marker.  And that was it for card front #2!

On the inside – which is the inside of the inner card (card base #2 – LOL), I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp a second sentiment from Hanging Garden in Night of Navy.  I added another butterfly image in Tranquil Tide – and that was it!  The card-within-a-card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got more Tranquil Tide Hanging Garden butterflies on the front…

…and some more of the True Gentleman DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Isn’t Hanging Garden a gorgeous stamp set!?  It’s got wonderful sentiments and beautiful images – winner winner!  I love the True Gentleman DSP, too – so subtle and quiet!  

And this is a fun – and easy! – fun fold that will surprise your recipients! Hope you like!





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The Hanging Garden stamp set and True Gentleman DSP will be available on 3 Jan!


Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base #1, scored and folded at 5 1/2″ and cut at ); 3 7/8″ x 10 1/4″  (inner card base #2, scored and folded at 5 1/8″); 2 7/8″ Stitched Shapes Circle (art circle); 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (sentiment banner)

Tranquil Tide Card Stock: 2 5/8″ x 4″ (mat for small True Gentleman DSP panel on front); 3 3/4″ x 5″ (mat for second card front); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for back of card base #2); 3″ scalloped circle (mat for art circle)

True Gentleman DSP: 2 1/2″ x 3 7/8″ (front DSP panel); 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front #2); envelope flap

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Finn Fan Fix  

We Hoo-mans are creatures of habit.

Finn and I start the day with coffee (me) and a little nap (him).

We brush our teeth (me) and put on our collars (him).

We set out the buckets (me) and check for any new tasty bites on the aisle floor (him).

The ponies come in and eat and we drive the golf cart around the fenceline (me) and check for wascle-y squirrels/ducks/deer/bugs (him).

Upon returning to the house to wait for the horses to finish their breakfast, we have another cup of coffee (me) and survey our world from the seat of the golf cart (him).

Every day.

With few exceptions!  I invite him to come in with me and he quite politely (but firmly) declines.

Guess he’s a Hoo-man of habit, too.



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16 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Hanging Garden Fun Fold for the Stamp Ink Paper #130

  1. What a cool fun fold card! Love the “hidden” surprise when you open it up! Great designer paper too, perfect with you pretty flower image. I am sure that Finn is very busy surveying and keeping all of the stray critters in line while you’re finishing up your coffee. He’s a busy guy with many jobs to do. 🙂

  2. Oh, that Finn! Yes, they are also creatures of habit. Maybe we are more alike than we think!
    Gorgeous card. I would never have thought to do that. And, I had to get out my catalog as that Hanging Garden had completely escaped my notice. It is a sleeper for sure. Love the sentiments. And that True Gentleman DSP is wonderful.

    • I think we’re a LOT alike! 🙂 Yep – Hanging Garden can be overtaken by the Stampin’ Blends display on those two pages! It’s seriously pretty, though!! Thanks so much, Julie! 🙂

  3. Kate

    Very pretty card!
    Lovely habits to share with one so accommodating.

  4. Pat Christ

    Mary, what a cool fun fold. I’ll be putting it on my “must try” list. Love the stamp too. As a matter of fact I think I hear this set calling my name!
    I don’t know if I should admit this, but…my favorite parts of your blog are your “Finn stories.” Maybe you should write a book, with pictures of course! I’m betting it would be a #1best seller! 😁

    • Thanks, Pat! Do give it a try and definitely get this set!! I need an illustrator – someone to turn my pictures into drawings!! 🙂

  5. What would we do without our four-legged partners? Good mental exercise this morning following the steps for this card! What would happen if we put the inside card upside down so the second flap opened DOWN from the top?!!!! I’m gonna try it. Great way to use the lighter weight Whisper White.

    • Yep – probably need to do a video on this one – it’s a lot easier than test directions make it seem! Thanks for Soldiering thru, Sharon! And – I want to see the results of your upside-down experiment! Sounds cool! 🙂

  6. I loved reading your morning ritual! So cute and fun! And speaking of cute and fun- your card is too! Love your fun flip card and looks great with the new DSP! Thanks for playing along at Sunday Stamps! Mary, and congrats on earning the incentive trip! yippee!

    • Glad that you enjoyed my ramblings, Annette! And thank you so much – I was so excited to earn that trip!! Now I’ve got my sights set on Greece! Appreciate you stopping by to leave such a nice comment! 🙂

  7. Very fun take on the sketch!

    Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!

  8. What a lovely whimsical card, Mary. That double front design is very cool…I may need to try it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sunday Stamps this week.

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