Thursday, September 10, 2015


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being the beginning of the month, it is time to introduce our new challenge hostess which is Lois Bak.

 SWAP IDEAS DAY – Make a card using a technique you’ve learned and want to share.  Either describe the details of the technique, or link to a tutorial on the web.

For my card today, I decided to create a side panel stand up or easel card. I made one of these late last year and thought it would be fun to use for this challenge.

Here is how I created my card:

1. Cut a piece of black card so it is 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches. Score at 4 1/4 inches along the 8 1/2 inch side and fold. You now have a card that is 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches.

2. On the front of your card measure in 1 3/4 inches from the right hand side. Use your trimmer to cut from the bottom of your card to the fold line so you have two separate pieces on the front only. Decorate the right hand panel with designer paper which measures 1 1/2 inches x 4 inches and the left hand panel with designer paper which measures 3 1/2 inches x 4 inches. Find the centre of the left hand panel, score and fold into a mountain fold.

3. Open the right hand panel of the card and measure up from the edge of the card 1 1/8 inches, position the Circle Stand Up Helper die so that the straight edge of the die is on the 1 1/8 inch mark, and approx 1/4 inches from the left edge of the card.  Secure die with removable tape so it doesn't move while die cut. Tip: Ensure both the left and right hand front panels are lifted up when die cutting the stand up helper. Remove the Circle Stand Up Helper die and position so it is approx 1/4 inches from the right side of the side panel and die cut again.

Die cut the Circle Stand Up Helper die again twice, this time from black card, trim along bottom edge and adhere to the the circles over the circles on the card. Fold the Circles up so it is standing upright.

4. Cut a piece of blue designer paper 3 3/4 inches x 3 inches. Adhere this to the inside of the card so it covers the hole from when we die cut the Circle Stand Up Helper. Make sure there is approx an 1/8 inch border on the right hand side and the top of the card. Cut a piece of designer paper 3 3/4 inches x 7/8 inches and adhere this to the right panel in front of the Circle Stand Up Helper die. (Note: a small amount of designer paper will be in the area under the left hand panel).

5. Glue the left hand panel to the back panel.

I decorated the inside side panel of my card using two paws from the Pop Up Kitties stamp set from Stampendous and added two sentiments from DRS Designs.

Here is my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope. I decorate the front using one of the kitties from the Stampendous Pop Up Kitties and adding it to an oval panel which is only  attached to the bottom half of my card.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:

Stamps: Pop Up Kitties - Stampendous; "Paws"itively Fantastic Birthday; Cat Out of the Bag - DRS Designs
Paper: White; Black; Furry Friends DP - Kaisercraft
Dies: Stand Up Helpers 2 - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Pop Up Kitties - Stampendous;  Oval Stax - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


Vicky Gould said...

OMG, this definitely is the cat's meow!!!! Adorable, Frances!

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Clever and cute design. I'll be trying this for sure!

Karen Aicken said...

Fun card - and thanks for the tutorial. Once again you have the perfect patterned paper to go with your stamps. Love this!

Sabrina said...

How enchanting and delightful! Thanks too for the details of how to do this fold.

Lois said...

Clever easel card, Frances! I think I'll give it a try sometime soon. Cute, cute card!

Maryann said...

Thanks for the step by step instructions. This style has been on my to do list for some time. The stampendous cat looks fabulous and the sentiment is just perfect.

Joanne (jojot) said...

you are the fancy fold queen....and that fish paper is to die for...perfect for your kitty card