Stampin’ Up! Using Retiring Paper

Hi Everyone! I hope you are doing well. It’s beautiful today on the East coast and cries out to be enjoyed and appreciated. One of the things I did this past week was open our backyard to a specific group of folks for meditation and social distancing. They were thrilled at the opportunity to get out! Our backyard provides a peaceful setting and is full of birds so it’s perfect for this. Today may be the time to do that again…

To today’s card(s)… Peaceful Poppies DSP and Lovely Lipstick are not a perfect match, but my challenge to use retiring papers moved me in this direction, and I don’t think it’s too bad. My other challenge was to create something simple, few embellishments (no extra postage!) and be cheerful. I also needed a lot of them. Let’s take a peek:

Peaceful Poppies DSP
Fun Folds

Each card was either a Gatefold or a Z fold to create a bit of fun. And here are the details…

Z Fold Card…

  • Z fold cards are all cut 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. I used Lovely Lipstick.
  • DSP is 3 x 4 and i used the retiring Peaceful Poppies.
  • The DSP was adhered to basic Black 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 with liquid glue. This was adhered just to the left portion of the Z fold – again with liquid glue.
  • Whisper White cs for the sentiment panel – die cut with the Layering Circles Dies. The sentiment comes from Under My Umbrella – NOT RETIRING!
  • The inside panel, 3 x 4 in Whisper White, was stamped in Black Memento ink using the Peaceful Poppies stamp set. Adhere this so it does not show when the card is closed!

Gatefold Card… I created eight total but used two different dimensions

  • 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 2 3/4 from each end. The Whisper White inside panel is 5 1/4 x 4
  • 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 from each end. The Whisper White inside panel is 4 x 5 1/2
  • The DSP is 3 x 4, adhered to Basic Black 3 1/4 x 4 1/4. Adhere to the left front ‘gate’
  • The inside panel was stamped using the Peaceful Poppies stamp set  – NOT RETIRING!
Peaceful Poppies DSP

The envelopes…

  • All were stamped in the lower left corner with the beautiful poppy from Peaceful Poppies stamp set
  • DSP was adhered to the envelope flap with liquid glue and trimmed to fit. I ran out of this particular DSP so on one envelope I stamped the flap with the same poppy stamp. You can see that in each of the photos.
Peaceful Poppies
Peaceful Poppies DSP












All in all I was able to create 11 cards in such a short time. I’m generally not one to make multiples of the same card, but cutting everything and laying it out made it so easy peasy. I hope you enjoyed this little exercise and make use of some of your retiring papers.

Peaceful Poppies
Gatefold and Z Fold

Thanks for stopping by

May you have a beautiful day

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4 responses to “Stampin’ Up! Using Retiring Paper”

  1. Pretty cards Terry Lynn! I think that the colors work well together too! Enjoy your backyard, we’re definitely enjoying the outdoors here too! 🙂

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  2. Wow! What an amazing collection of cards, Terry Lynn! They’re gorgeous and fun and…I like the Lovely Lipstick with that paper – I DO think it works!! 🙂

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