Checkerboard & Sunshine Card Idea

Stampin Up Eastern Medallions and Eastern Beauty Friendship Card Idea - Mary Fish StampinUp

I love the simplicity of this black and white checkerboard background and the splash of sunshine!  The “sunshine” was created using Crushed Curry card stock and a die from the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies.

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Here are two ways you can get products from the new Eastern Palace product suite NOW – this is before their release in the new catalog on June 1.  The Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies are only included in the Premier Bundle.


  • Creating the checkerboard background was incredibly easy.  I used the smallest square die of the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and alternated Basic Black and Thick Whisper White Card Stock.Stampin Up Eastern Medallions and Eastern Beauty Friendship Card Ideas - Mary Fish StampinUp
  • I adhered each square to a piece of Whisper White Card stock and cropped evenly, leaving about 1/8″ on all sides.  The proportions of the squares (three across and four down) are perfect for a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card base.
  • The beautiful font and sentiment are from Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set (included in both the bundles above).  It’s cropped with a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.Stampin Up Eastern Medallions and Eastern Beauty Friendship Cards Idea - Mary Fish StampinUp
  • Here’s a WOW! video I previously shared showing the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies in action. Amazing mix and match possibilities.  The “flower” die I used for the card needs a few simple snips to release it from the card stock after it’s trip through the Big Shot.
  • Hover and Pin it!  The photo below shows key products for today’s checkerboard and sunshine card idea that you can save or pin to Pinterest.  If you are viewing this post by email, you’ll need to click the title of the post to access my blog and pin.  See ALL my labeled product photos in one spot on my How to Make Simple Cards board on Pinterest.

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  1. I just tried this card.. It was so much fun!

  2. These comments are amazing! Thanks so much!

    • Susan Delmage

      Ditto. You are amazingly gifted and I always go through your gallery of cards. Wonderful ideas and my friends have loved making your cards. Thank you. I wonder, do you ever get, can you create a card using…..Always and Forever stamp set… order for me to see what you would create. Happy Stamping and thank you again for freely sharing your gifts with us. Susan – Stittsville, Ontario.

  3. Wow, a real eye catcher Mary. Brought a big smile to my face. Love the black, white and yellow and as always your beautiful neat work.

  4. Robbye Hamilton

    One thing, among many, that I admire about you is your ability to use the classic simplicity of black and white in a beautiful way. Here you’ve added a pop of color that takes a classic color combination and pattern up a notch. Awesome project

  5. Mary love this card. Black and white have been my favorite colors, then you add the yellow and. WOW

  6. Beautiful card, Mary. I love this color combo and the sweet sentiment. I’ll have to CASE it because it’s my style. Have a great day!

  7. Rosa M. Vasquez

    Eye catcher! Really pops and just right for a Summer day.

  8. Mary, I’m from south of Indianapolis and May in Indiana is RACE month for the Indianapolis 500…….This is a perfect card . Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the world. I can’t wait and try and make this…….

  9. Love this card. You can never go wrong with black and white and then a splash of color. Fabulous to show another way to use the framelits in the Eastern Palace Suite, TFS!

  10. Kadie in Arizona

    I simply ADORE what you created Mary. OFF THE CHART CUTE!!!!!

  11. This is just perfect. I love everything about this card. And every time I see a new use for the Eastern Beauty dies I am happy!

  12. I love this checkerboard, Mary! The yellow, black and white are perfect together. Such a modern, cool card!

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