Stampin’ Pretty RAK’s


Is there anything more special than being the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)?  The card above was given to me by Ginger Toivonen of my Stampin' Pretty Pals.  I love how the Petal Pizzazz  and Flight of the Butterfly (sentiment) stamps are combined.  It is a CASE from Jamie Sears at

The card below was a thank your from my fellow Tucson, AZ Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Ginny Tabor.  She says that this card is not her original idea but isn't 100% where she first saw it (maybe Splitcoaststampers).  If anyone knows whom I should credit, leave me a comment below.  I will update this post with the info!  Thank you, Ginny, for your beautiful execution.

UPDATE:  Here are tips and instructions from Ginny.  Also, thanks to reader Jeanna . . . who shared this excellent tutorial from Barbara Jean Smith (we think she's the original designer):

As far as tips on making the card, I've made it with 12 x 12 cardstock
as well as 8 1/2 x 11.  I prefer to use the 12 x 12, as that way the
card totally overlaps on each side, but it will look okay using the
regular size, too.
When using 12×12, I cut it down to 5 1/2 x 12 – that way you can get two
cards from each sheet.  I then score at 3 7/8 and at 8 1/8 on the long
side.  I place the embossing folder so that the widest part of the
flower is lined up against the scoring line or fold of the card, then
flip the embossing folder (not the cardstock) so that the other "flap"
is also lined up with the widest part of the embossed flower on the
fold.   That way, one side is "embossed" and the other flap is
"debossed".  I use my paper snips to cut around the flower on each flap,
cut "up" on the score lines to the top of the card, then round the
corners at the top.  You may want to trim each side of the card just a
bit, so that the card lays flat and doesn't have excess bulk when
folded.  This is probably as clear as mud, so feel free to e-mail me
with questions, and I'll try to answer.


I love the monochromatic color scheme and texture from the Stampin' Up! Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder (114517).  What a "wow" card!


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  1. This tutorial is from Linda Heller’s Stamping School. Her instructions and video were posted in March 2009 in the member’s area of

  2. What a very unique idea with the fold! thank you for sharing! 🙂

  3. That might very well be the best use of this Impressions folder I’ve seen! Wow!!!!

  4. Thanks for sharing – they are beautiful cards. I will try the Manhattan Flower.

  5. The double fold rose card is a wonderful idea! Thanks for posting it! I also loved your pheasant card!

  6. These are beautiful cards!! Any chance of a tutorial for the Manhattan Flowers card? Would love to be able to make something that classy. Thanks for sharing. Mary Jo

  7. Beautiful cards–don’t know who to credit but I would love a tutorial on the Manhattan Flower embossed card! Wow, so many possible uses. Thanks for sharing. Mary Jo

  8. My friend Barbara Jean posted this tutorial for the second card back in May of last year. as far as I know she is the one who came up with it.

  9. Beautiful cards! I, too, love the unlikely combination of the sentiment from Flight of the Butterfly coupled with the flower images from Petal Pizazz! The second card with the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder is so elegant and beautiful!

  10. Mary, beautiful card, I have a Blog Award waiting for you on my blog, come and get it!!

  11. Shirley DeArmond

    Really like this card. Tried several times, but I think I need a tutorial.

  12. I love how you cut along the dry embossed edges. This is just beautiful! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  13. Marilyn McCree

    Beautiful cards but my favorite is the Manhattan Flower one. Is the color saffon?


  14. Nothing beats happy mail 😀 Two gorgeous cards too.

  15. Cards by Gina

    Ooooh!Such pretty cards! Love looking at them.

  16. WOW!!! Simply WOW. Those cards are absolutely gorgeous. TFS 🙂

  17. I love this card it was also make a great mothers day card I might have to try it thnaks for sharing I love your work

  18. What beautiful careds…………

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