Three Things I Like: Paulette Birkbigler

2016 Holiday One-for-One Swaps, Stampin' Up!I’ve had so much fun sharing the cards I received for my Holiday One-for-One Swap.  What a gorgeous collection of festive and fun cards!  I loved opening each one, and I am glad I get to share them with you.

If you missed the first two days of the swaps, you can see them here:

While I shared parades of cards of the past two days, today I’m featuring a card that deserves to be called out as special.  I’m happy to share Paulette Birkbligler’s special card with you today, and I’ll offer three things I really like about her project – it can be difficult to limit myself when there are so many great things to love.  Here’s Paulette’s beautiful card:

by Paulette Birkbigler, Stampin' Up!, double gate fold cardWhen the band slips off the front of this card, the pieces open up to reveal quite a spectacular card beneath.  Here’s a look at the opened card:

by Paulette Birkbigler, Stampin' Up!, double gate fold card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

    • Double Gate Fold.  I don’t make a lot of cards with fancy folds, and I don’t make a lot of 3-D projects.  I know you love them, but they are difficult to photograph, and I’m not an inventor – I think of myself as a designer. Anyhoo – I love this card.  What’s best – it fits in a standard, medium envelope – WOO HOO!  My dear friend, Dawn Olchefske, created a great tutorial for making this fancy fold project – if you want to give this style of card a try, you can see that written tutorial here or the video here:

  • Presents & Pinecones.  Paulette’s pretty project perfectly promotes the Presents and Pinecones Designer Series Paper.  *Say that five times fast*  While the page with pinecones could easily become “too busy” and the page of Cherry Cobbler hearts could be “a bit much,” they are perfectly balanced on this card.  The pops of Emerald Envy really pull the green from the paper, and the silver embossing (and even touches of glimmer paper) add a wonderful touch.
  • Colors.  You know how much I adore great color balance with great colors.  Paulette’s card features a perfect balance of Cherry Cobbler and Emerald Envy with perfectly placed pops of silver.  If you like this combination, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, Silver

Stamp Sets:  Wrapped in Warmth  Papers:  Presents & Pinecones, Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper  Inks:  VersaMark  Accessories:  Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Retired Star punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Please leave a comment below to let Paulette know how much you love her card – it’s a clean and classic beauty.  There are more Holiday One-for-One Swaps just around the corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Such a lovely card, Paula! I’m diggin’ the double gatefold. Classic to deliver holiday magic!

  2. Hello Paula: I love fun fold cards and yours is beautiful, very festive and perfect for the Holidays and the silver embossed sentiment looks amazing framed this way. This types of cards can be displayed all Season long.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  3. I had not seen that version of the fold before. I love it! Great card Paula! Thank you for showing the details and the link Brian.

  4. Love the card I received from Julie Draper. It’s even cuter in person!

  5. It looks like a very elegant wrapped package. Love it!

  6. WOW! Now that is one “out-of-the-ballpark” card. Just gorgeous and thank you for sharing Paulette’s fabulous creation with us Brian. You certainly have a talented group of followers.

  7. So pretty! I love this fold. And the presentation with the belly band is just adorable. Great card, Paulette

  8. Wowzers Paulette! How in the world could you decide on what paper to use? This is so much fun and so pretty! It constantly amazes me when you can take a single piece of a paper and do something this fun and unusual and come up with a complete work of art! Thanks for the video link too. Wonderful job Paulette!

  9. It’s a beautiful card. The pictures turned out very well. I really like your card. I’m going to try and make one for a special friend. She would love this! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  10. Many thanks for all your kind comments! It’s always fun to try new designs, folds, and color combinations ? Special thanks to Brian for hosting this card swap and for sharing all these beautiful cards with us!

  11. Lucky me!! I just got back from a trip and was going through my mail when I found that I received this card in the swap!! It is even more gorgeous in person. Beautifully designed and perfectly executed. Thanks for making such a wonderful card, Paulette and I hope you get this message! Happy Thanksgiving, too!

    • Happy Thanksgiving, Barbara! Creating and sending cards is one of my favorite things to do — it means so much to me that you enjoyed my card and that you also love to create cards — I can’t wait to see the card you designed for the card swap 🙂

  12. Paulette, your card is amazing!

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