It was a beautiful weekend here, but it was a bit on the hot side. I’m not ready for the heat yet – because it’s only the middle of APRIL – so I spent some time organizing my retiring stamps and creating this card. Should I have been outside raking up some of the Winter debris from the yard? Yes, but I really don’t enjoy doing that and it was too stinkin’ hot to get super sweaty at the same time. Hopefully the heat will break soon and we’ll get a chance to do the yard work before the grass gets too tall. Meanwhile I was able to create with several retiring products to make this card and escape the heat.

I recently shared a book fold card in my email newsletter, and I wanted to create another one. They are super-easy to make and they are something a bit different from the usual card. For this one I used cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and 6 3/4″. With this size and scoring you get a 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ area on the right of the book spine, which is perfect for maximizing use of a sheet of 12″ x 12″ patterned paper because you can use a 4″ x 4″ piece. Isn’t it great when you can use every square inch (pun intended) of a sheet a beautiful DSP? And then for this card – I was wasteful since the paper is 6″x 6″. *sigh* But… this paper is so gorgeous, I just had to use some more of it!

This current challenge from the Tic, Tac Toe Challenge blog was part of my inspiration for my card. I was so excited when I saw the square for “Fancy Fold” because I wanted to make another book fold and this was just the thing to add a framework around my creativity. So, I chose the top row: Fancy Fold – Die Cut – Enamel Dot. I have no shortage of dies and embellishments so the plan was easy! I think the trickiest thing was picking which sheets of patterned paper to use for my card. My only regret… the panel on the left doesn’t have an obvious tie-in to the square on the right. Before I trimmed the ends, there were some blues so you could connect them. I do love the imagery of the paper that looks like palette applied splodges of acrylic paint. It’s so gorgeous to add some background color!

Several (but not all) of the products that I used for the card are retiring. In fact, the only things that are sticking around are the stamp sets and the Two -one Flora dies. So if you want to get any of these products, use the links below or shop the Retiring products here. Please use order code TVQG97WS when you check out if your order is < $!50.

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