Quick Tip - Creating Animal Prints


The strips of zebra and giraffe prints made this African themed card come together!  It was a special request for a neighbor...the challenge was that she wanted the zebra and giraffe prints and Stampin'   Up!® didn't have any DSP (designer series paper) at the time with giraffes and zebras. 

I had to get a little creative. And THAT is what I love to do. 

I started to feel like MacGyver or the NASA team when they have to make something out of whatever is in the room. And then it came to me.  Embossing folders!!  No, I didn't ink my embossing folders! (I've done it before though and it is quite messy.) 

Follow along on this quick video and see how truly easy it was to create these animal prints!  You will be hooked!

**** Please note that the Timber 3D folder is re-appearing in the upcoming Jan-Jun 2022 catalog.  I said that it would reappear in the annual catalog in the video.  I was wrong.... it happens sometimes!!

So grab your Hammered Metal and Timber folders and let's make something fun!!!  Be sure to send me a pic! Otherwise, I just feel left out. 

On To the B Sides!!!


This blog is part of a demonstrator training blog hop.  When you are done taking a look at my blog, hop on to the next blog from the list below.  That blog will have the same list at the bottom, and you will just hop on along to the next blog on the list.  That is so much better than googling the night away!!  All this talent in one quick and easy list! 

Welcome to Card Zen by Jen!  This is my December/January Customer Appreciation card.  What does that mean??  Place an order using my current host code, 3W9J72PD, and you will get this card mailed to you for your personal use. Tried something a bit different for this card.... I used the B sides.  I have always been a lover of the B sides.  It all started with Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."  Can you believe it was on the B side?? Never underestimate them. 

So, here we are in December... about to close out the June-Dec catalog and I have loads of the Cute Halloween paper left as well as the Cutest Halloween stampset.  Oh what is a girl to do???  Let's use some B sides.

Here are the A sides and B sides of this paper and the stampset. At a glance, it seems like you can only use this for Halloween, but let's think outside the box a little.


Using the Taylored Tag, I cut the shapes from the B sides.

Cut Flirty Flamingo cardstock to 3¾" x 5".

I started with the paper using the colored dots in the center and added the black and white shapes around it. Your shapes will go off the cardstock.

*** I put the center image down with TEMPORARY ADHESIVE while I worked out my design. I then adhered the black and white shapes with permanent adhesive.  Don't permanently adhere the colored center shape just yet.


Turn it over and cut around the cardstock.

Center it onto Rich Razzleberry cardstock measuring 4" x 5¼".

Did you know that we have Granny Green glittered organdy ribbon??  Well, we actually have white, but all you have to do is color it with a Stampin' Blend.  You can do this will all the white ribbons that Stampin' Up! sells. (Talk about the ultimate B side!)
So, you guessed it, color your ribbon!!!

Remove the center shape from your card, add some dimensionsals and wrap your ribbon behind it. 

Stamp the "You put a smile on my face" in Old Olive on Basic White cardstock.  Fussy cut it out. Add it to the center of your center shape using a dimensional. 
Adhere it to Old Olive cardstock (Gray Granite works well also.)

I hope that this really does put a smile on your face.  Take a look around your current supplies and see if they don't have some B sides that are still useful.

Don't forget to place your order using my current host code to get this card for free!

Reflected in Nature


This Reflected in Nature monochromatic card is my contribution to Kylie Bertucci's Monthly International Blog Highlights and my team member appreciation card for December. 

I would be honored if you would take a second to vote for my card.  The top 10 will get to participate in the Winner's Circle and I so want to be there!!!

As we near the end of the July-Dec 2021 catalog, I am drawn to some of the overlooked stampsets that will be retiring such as Reflected in Nature and Well-Defined.  And sadder yet, the designer series paper "Peaceful Place" will also retire. Have you seen it?  Absolutely beautiful, and it can be paired with any colors, or keep it monochromatic, like this.  

Items needed:

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Basic White
Peaceful Place DSP 
Stampsets: Well-Defined, Reflected in Nature
Ink: Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black Memento
Glittered Organdy Ribbon


~Cut the Smoky Slate cs to 4¼" x 5½"  for the base. Cut another piece 3¼" x 8' for the easel, scored at 4" and 6".

~Cut two pieces of the DSP to 4" x 1½". Adhere to the base as shown. Then adhere the Smoky Slate cs centered to the base so that it will act as an easel.

~Stamp the reflected cabin scene in Smoky Slate on a piece of Basic White, then fussy cut around the image. Adhere it to the Basic Black cs (cut to 3¼" x 3⅛").  Center it on the folded Smoky Slate piece. ADHERE ONLY BELOW THE FOLD. 

~Wrap the ribbon and tie a bow.

~Stamp your sentiment from "Well-Defined" onto Basic White cs, then die cut it using the smaller label die from the "Seasonal Labels Dies."

~Adhere the label to the inside of the card with dimensionals, just high enough to not be seen when you close the card.

Join my team before the end of December and you will get this card from me!  

Don't forget to get these stamps and paper before they are gone - which is January 3rd or when they are sold out, whichever comes first.  If you order through me using my current Host Code (shown on the right of this screen), you will get my customer appreciation card for December!  

Well Defined
Peaceful Place DSP