Card Ideas

Written and Created by PaperCraftCentral Susan

Are you looking for new card ideas? On this page I will add all the recent card projects I have developed for my regular classes being held each month.

Many of the cards featured on this page are made by people who attended my classes, using kits and instructions I provided for them.

You may find a way to get a free card kit or two on this page, so if that interests you, do read on!


Card and Project Ideas September 2019

In September our card ideas turned to Dino Days and a stair step card base. The Dino Days Suite form Stampin' Up! is really cute. If you don't believe me, I dare you to play with these images and see if you think so too after you have made a couple of cards ‍

I had thought these made adorable children's cards but it turns out plenty of adults like dinosaurs too. And these can be made in pinks, blues, greens, yellows - a heap of colours coordinate with the designer series paper pack.

Here are a couple of dinosaur stair step cards I made myself:

Dino Days Stair Step Card
Dino Days Stair Step Card
Dino Days Stair Step Card


For the last card in Pineapple Punch, I used a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.


If you would like to have free detailed instructions and kits for making the cards shown above, just purchase the Dino Days bundle (item number 151139) from me. Contact me to confirm your address details and I will get your instructions and kits in the mail to you but only while these stamps are current.


The next cards we made were a totally different style. These required some brushing of colour onto the heat embossed images with makeup brushes! I got some inexpensive ones from eBay and some of the class attendees bought theirs from KMart. I believe Daiso also sells them.

We made our cards with the Floral Essence and Love What You Do stamp sets, Versamark ink and three ink colours, Blueberry Bushel, Melon Mambo and Call Me Clover.


Floral Essence Embossed Card

Again,if you would like some free card ideas instructions and a kit for this card, order the Floral Essence and Love What You Do stamp sets from me, contact me to confirm your address, and I will send them to you. I can do that only while these stamp sets are current though.


Card and Project Ideas in August 2019

Our August class was so much fun! We played with the Sailing Home Bundle and created a couple of lovely cards.

The first card was created for pretty new stampers.

Sailing Home Bundle

All you need to make this lovely clean and simple (CAS) card is the Sailing Home bundle, some cardstock, ink and a Big Shot machine.

This first card was made possible because of the inspiration of Kate Morgan.

For the next card, we used the tearing, sponging and masking techniques, and an embossing folder. We used one of the Sailing Home trinkets to make this card really pop! This card is for the casual or avid crafter.



Huge thanks to Patti McDermott for inspiring this card.


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you would like to have free detailed instructions and kits for making the cards shown above, just purchase the Sailing Home bundle from me. Contact me to confirm your address details and I will get your instructions and kits in the mail to you but only while these stamps are current.


Origami Paper Frame Project


We decided to switch it up in August after playing with the first two card ideas. We made some pretty paper frames using the Silhouette Scenes bundle.

We folded our frames with the designer series paper then decorated them with stamped images and die cuts. I think the stamps and dies really enhanced our photos!



We had a great time with this project. There were a lot of laughs and giggles, especially when my hubby decided to come say hello to the class.

Here he is with my friend and class attendee, Shirley!



You can easily find out how to make this frame by watching the following step-by-step video:



You can see how it would be possible to use ANY designer series paper and decorations to make the frame.

No kit is necessary!

But the Silhouette Scenes Bundle makes it easy to obtain beautiful results....


Card Ideas in July 2019

Floral Essence Card Idea

Floral Essence Card Ideas


One of the first cards I designed in the new Stampin' Up! year was the Floral Essence card pictured above. It's an off-centre gate fold card.

Inside it can look like this:


Floral Essence Card Idea

We did not have the Leaf Punch (item 144667) at the time so we fussy cut the few leaves on the card, or just stamped them straight onto the cardstock.


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you like this card and would enjoy having a kit to make it, purchase the Floral Essence bundle (item number 151055) from me at my SusanSalutations online store and contact me to request your kit.

I'll check your order and send you a kit to help you get started making projects with your new stamp set and punch but only while these supplies  are current.

Here's another way you could make a card with this bundle, created in class by Shirley Tait:


Floral Essence Card Idea

#Makersgonnamake!


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas


This lovely stamp set really caught my eye, especially after I saw a card created by Eva Doblias. I tweaked her card idea a little, especially with the colours I used, and created this card:


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas

Aren't the flowers and leaves gorgeous?

I also made use of an embossing folder that is now retired on this card, but I think the Magnolia Embossing Folder (item no 149579) would look nice in the background there too. 

Here's how the inside of the card could look, and the envelope as well:


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas
Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas

Decorating the inside of your card and adding an image to the envelope as well really makes your card ideas stand out.

I think Shelli Gardner's (co-founder and Board Member of Stampin' Up!) philosophy of never sending a naked envelope out into the world has stuck with me! Lol!


How to get a free card kit for the card shown above:


If you like this card and would enjoy having a kit to make it, purchase the Good Morning Magnolia bundle (item number 151087) from me at my SusanSalutations online store and contact me to request your kit.

I'll check your order and send you a kit to help you get started making projects with your new stamp set and memory dies but only while these supplies are current.

Remember to add in the Magnolia Embossing Folder (item no 149579) to your order and I will send you two of this kit.


Good Morning Magnolia Card Ideas


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