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Jill — Marjorie Towers


Our featured Design Team member this month is Jill Petersen.

Using the Authentique Pride collection she designed a fabulous gate-fold easel card. Here’s what it looks like closed:

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And here’s a picture of the card open:

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If you would like to make one like it, here is how she made it:

1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock.

2. Using a scoreboard, score cardstock widthwise at 5 1/2”, lengthwise at 2 1/8”, rotate and score

again at 2 1/8”.

3. Then at top, cut away the outer corners of 5 1/2” x 2 1/8” leaving the 4 1/2” middle section.

Score this section in half (this will be your easel).

4. Crease all of your scored areas folds. Now your ready to decorate.

5. First, I chose a picture to put onto my easel from the Authentique “Pride”

Collection-”Privilege” sheet. I used 3 Star shaped brads in the left corner, and then mounted this onto a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” piece of “Amend” paper from the same collection with my adhesive.

6. Now attach this to the bottom fold of the easel with adhesive so it will be able to prop up when the card is opened.

7. Now, cut a 5 1/4” x 4 1/8” of “Assemble” with the doile side up and adhere it to the center section on the bottom of the card.

8. Then I chose one of the stickers from the “Pride” components co ordinating sticker sheets and used 3D dots to raise it up to hold the easel in place when the card is open.

9. Next, cut a 5 1/2” x 1 3/4” of “Assemble” and trim the right edge around doile giving it a ruffled like edge. Attach to outside left flap so that about an inch overhangs.

10. Cut 2 pieces of the “Assemble” at 5 1/4 x 2” and attach to the inside flaps with the stripe side up.

11. Then I used a couple scraps of the “Amend” paper and cut 2 banners to attach to either side of inside flaps and added Maya Road velvet pleats to the tops.

12. I used about 6” of star ribbon over the seam on the left inside and tucked the edges with adhesive.

13. For the front, I used Barn Door and Chipped Saphire Distress Stains on some Tim Holtz trimmings ribbon(rossettes). I did 3 with the Barn Door, left 3 white and then 3 with the Chipped Saphire. As it dried I got a really cool effect with the stains bleeding. So I cut the ribbon to length to show that. I also cut the extra tuele off the back for a cleaner edge. I attached these with glue dots so I could run about 28” of the star ribbon unerneath. I like longer ribbon tails, but you can cut them shorter if you would like. I used more glue dots along the back of the card to hold the ribbon down and in place and one dot on the front along the “ruffle” edge and left the ribbon loose on the right panel to tie my bow.

Jill also made a few cards for the store using the Graphic 45 Steampunk line.  So fun, especially if you like Halloween. Jill loves Halloween, so I knew this would be the perfect collection for her.

Check out this cute envelope:


And then turn it over and open it up. You will find this great card:


The Tim Holtz mini-gears work great with these papers.

Thank you Jill for your inspiring artwork.



Jill and her husband and two teenage sons just recently moved to Brookings.  She started coming to our Thursday Make ‘n Takes and I could see right away that she was a talented card maker. She has a lot of experience with Stampin’ Up and especially loves kinetic cards – that is, cards that move when opened.

Here is one of two cards she submitted for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel:

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She didn’t ignore the inside, but included a nice piece of the patterned paper there, too.

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Here are her instructions for making this card.

  1. Cut 6 strips of various lengths and widths of the Hello Pastel decorative papers.
  2. Clip the ends into triangular shapes, making them into banners.
  3. Curl up the ends and attach to card stock base.
  4. For decoration, tie an organza ribbon into a bow, attach a button with a piece of white string.  She used a couple of glue dots to attach to the top of the strips.
  5. Then cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller than the size of the card for the inside.

With her second challenge card, you’ll see her love of unique openings:

jill challenge 2

It opens to look like this:

jill challenge 2 inside 1

Then you open again to reveal this:

jill challenge 2 inside 2

To make this card, follow these instructions:

  1. Start with a 4 x 12″ piece of card stock.
  2. Score at 4″ and 8″.  Rotate paper and score diagonally on the two outside 4″ squares from the bottom left to the top right corner. Make sure the two diagonals are going in the same direction.
  3. Fold the left side into the middle then fold down the triangle. Repeat on the right side except fold the triangle up (see photo).
  4. Cut two 3 1/2″ squares of decorative paper. Cut one on the diagonal for the two triangular flaps.  Use the second for the inside. She sponged this one with brown ink.
  5. Using Spellbinders Label One, cut 2 pieces of solid card stock with the #3 die using your Big Shot, Cuttlebug or Vagabond. Sponge both pieces with brown ink.
  6. Cut three pieces using the #4 die using decorative paper. Stamp a saying on one of them for the first opening.
  7. When she attached the bigger labels to the card, she made sure they lined up witb each other and then she knew where to put dimensional adhesive to keep them attached on the outside label.
  8. Run 24″ of ribbon underneath the outside label before attaching. This makes a nice big bow.
  9. Decorate the outside with the Hello Pastel flowers and leaves. She also added a flower and leaf to the inside. A few pearls is a nice addition.

For her extra “favorite” projects, she submitted these two cards:

Easel card

Easel card

Easel card opened

Easel card opened

window card

window card

Window card opened

Window card opened

Window card opened - back side

Window card opened - back side

I love the net on the back side of that fish! Can’t wait to see what Jill will be coming up with for the design Team.  So glad you moved to our beautiful coastal town, Jill.  By the way, Jill just started working at Fred Meyer as a checker.  Look for her smiling face the next time you check out!


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