Story of Elegance

Hello All and Happy Friday!

I am a big proponent of using what you have and I have plenty of products that are no longer available on the current line.

I love it when I find a retired product that pairs perfectly with a current line product like the products I’m using today.

I’m pairing the retired Basic Pattern Decorative Masks with the current 3D Embossing Folders.  From each, I’m using the Polka Dot pattern.

Speaking of Polka Dot – Did you know that the term “polka dot” is believed to have originated from the polka dance, a lively Central European dance that gained popularity in the mid-19th century?  The dance’s energetic and playful nature was reflected in the polka dot pattern.

In 1857, Godey’s Lady’s Book made the earliest known mention of the term polka dot. Before then, dotted patterns were sometimes called quiconce or dotted Swiss.  Exactly what the dots have to do with dancing isn’t fully explained anywhere that I could find.   Nonetheless, I like polka dots.  I think they’re cute.

Using the mask and folder, here’s what I created:

I also used the circles in the Stylish Shapes die set to continue the theme.

Elegance Made Easy

Following are the quick steps to recreate this card.

First, make your cuts:

  • Lemon Lolly card stock – 3 5/8″ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic White card stock – 2 pieces  4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Die cuts:
    • Cut the sentiment panel using Lemon Lolly card stock and Basic White card stock using the Stylish Shapes dies.  Emboss the Lemon Lolly die cut using Basics 3D embossing folder.
  • Punches
    • None

Add the Lemon Lolly card stock  panel to the front of an A2 card base made with Thick Basic White card stock.  (Note: An A2 card base is made by cutting an 8 1/2″ x 11″  piece of Thick card stock in half on the long side.  Score the 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″  (half sheet) of card stock at 4 1/4 “.)

Use the Polka Dot Basic Pattern Decorative Mask to color stripes of polka dots onto one of 4″ x 5 1/4″ pieces of Basic White card stock, alternating between Lemon Lolly and Basic Gray ink using a small Blender brush.   Cut the colored panel to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″, add a strip of Lemon Lolly Sheer Ribbon along the side of the colored panel, then add to the card front; offsetting a bit from the Lemon Lolly panel.

Place the  embossed Lemon Lolly die cut circle onto the card front.

Stamp the sentiment onto the die cut Basic White circle in Lemon Lolly ink then add to the embossed circle on the card front.

Finish the card front by adding silver Festive Pearls.

For the inside, I a strip of the leftover colored panel to the  bottom of the 4″ x 5 1/4” panel.

To complete the project, add a strip of the remaining leftover colored panel to the envelope front.

Finding Your Creative Elegance

In the end, the beauty of paper crafting lies in its ability to connect us with our own creativity and with others. It’s a chance to slow down, unplug, and create something beautiful and meaningful with our own two hands. So why not give it a try today? You never know where your creativity might take you.

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Kit Name: With Love & Gratitude

This kit includes:

  • 8 treat packages
  • 8 note cards
  • 8 coordinating envelopes
  • 1 photopolymer stamp set
  • 1 Lost Lagoon Ink S
  • pot
  • Specialty gold foil, precut embellishments
  • Adhesives
  • Finished treat packaging: 3-1/2″ x 5″ x 2″ (8.9 x 12.7 x 5.1 cm)
  • Final card size: 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ (8.9 x 8.9 cm)
  • Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Copper Clay, Crumb Cake, gold foil, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Pebbled Path


                                                             Introducing the latest addition to the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up!

It’s time to craft  with our latest kit: Festive Tags

’Tis the season to start your holiday crafting! It’s so simple with this all-inclusive kit. Adhere the die cuts and embellishments, then tie the tag to a gift with a twine bow. You’ll have handmade tags in minutes!



Thank you again for stopping by.
I’ll be back Tuesday with another easy and elegant card to share!
Until then,

Live Graciously!