Pals Blog Hop: It’s a Retirement Fun Fold Party!

2019 DecemberWelcome to the Pals’ Blog Hop! We’re so glad you’re here because we made some great projects for our Retirement Fun Fold Party  – showcasing our favorite products from the Holiday Catalog that will be leaving us forever. You may be starting the hop here or coming from a previous Pal’s blog. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find the full line-up below to help you move, or “hop” along from Pal to Pal.

Today, I chose to feature the holiday bundle  “Cup of Christmas” with a fun fold called the Shadow Box card.  Since it is retiring, I wanted to show the versatility of this bundle; this card shows how the bundle can be used for a ‘get-well’ card or ‘thinking of you’ card as well as for the holidays.

Cup of Christmas Bundle - Shadowbox - tree - First Frost - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

I actually got the video pattern for this fun fold from Marsha Denning.  Her video tutorial can be found HERE.  Thank you, Marsha!

According to her directions, I took two panels of cardstock and cut them at 6 1/4″ by 5 1/2. I then scored on the 6 1/2″ side at 1/2″ and 1″ on both ends.  I folded the scores in and out like an accordion.  I then took the top panel of cardstock and used the Rectangle Stitched Dies to make a rectangle cut in the middle of the panel to create my shadowbox.  This was the framelit I used:

Rectangle Stitched Framelits

When put together, these two panels make an ‘accordian-style’ shadowbox frame that becomes your card.  Before putting the two halves together, I put a panel of Perennial Essence and adhered it to the bottom panel.  I then adhered the two halves of the card together.  The video makes it much easier to understand, believe me!  Here’s what it looks like from the bottom.

Cup of Cheer bundle - shadowbox card - bottom - First Frost - Perennial Essence - Mary Hanson - up north stampin'

Time for some die cutting! I cut out two cups from the Cup of Christmas bundle, one in Whisper White and one in Petal Pink, and added some fun diagonal pattern with the diagonal die from the same color.  You can put your cups together in any combination you’d like!  I also cut out the leaf die in Garden Green from the Christmas Layers Dies.

Cup of Christmas Bundle - Shadowbox Card - close up - First Frost - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin

Then I did some stamping!  On the white cup, I stamped a sentiment from the Cup of Christmas stamp set in Rich Razzleberry, and then added some fun small sequins.  This stamp set has many fabulous sentiments, depending upon your occasion, don’t you agree?

Cup of Christmas Bundle

I also stamped some flowers from the First Frost stamp set in Petal Pink and Rich Razzleberry and then cut them out with my die cutter.

Cup of Christmas Bundle - White background - Perennial Essence DSP - First Frost - Mary Hanson - Up North Stampin'

To put it all together, I adhered the leaf die to one side of the frame.  Next I adhered the two cups at their ends, and then attached them to the outside frame of the card over the leaf die.  I added the die cut flowers. A bow with some baker’s twine, and I was done! Remember, when folded flat, this card fits an A2 envelope, so it’s a piece of cake to send in the mail!

Cup of Christmas Bundle - Tree 2 - Up North Stampin' - Mary Hanson

I hope you enjoyed seeing a softer, more feminine version of a project made with the fabulous (and RETIRING!) Cup of Christmas Bundle.  Get yours NOW!!  The products I used to make this card can be found at the end of this post.

More inspiration awaits! Use the Blog Hop Line-up below to visit the rest of this month’s Design Team. My fellow Pals are excited to show you what they’ve created! Don’t forget to show us some love by commenting on our creations. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 8th, for our Time to Sale-A-Brate blog hop when our Design Team showcase projects using brand new products from the new mini catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure. Don’t miss the fun!

Pals Blog Hop Line-Up
  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  8. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  9. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  12. Jen Roque at Stamp Camp with Jen
  13. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  15. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
Product List

Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker's Twine

Elegant Eggplant Solid Baker’s Twine

14 thoughts on “Pals Blog Hop: It’s a Retirement Fun Fold Party!

  1. I absolutely LOVE this card! I hope you won’t mind, but I am going to recreate it as best i can for my January club card swap. It takes some work but is so worth it! Thanks for sharing your talent!


  2. Love this shadow box card! I haven’t made one in a while but I think you have gotten me to do one again soon. Your choice of floral papers for the background is perfect! Happy Holidays to you and your family!


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