Friday, July 21, 2023

Sweet Citrus Carousel Card for Creative Creases Challenge

Today I have the privilege of being a guest designer for my favorite fun fold challenge: Creative Creases. Thanks for inviting me to be a GD, Debbie! If you enjoy making fun fold cards, you'll find a lot of great inspiration at CCC. Here's the link Creative Creases Challenge Archives - Secrets to Stamping ( to join the fun!

Two of my nieces have July birthdays, so for the first one, I wanted to make a citrus-themed card. I pulled out my SU! Sweet Citrus stamps, dies, and hybrid embossing folder and got busy stamping, embossing, ink blending, and die cutting elements for this card. Then I watched a video tutorial on creating a carousel card because who doesn't love a card that spins, right? If you'd like to try a carousel card, here's the video I watched: 🔴 How to Make an Out-of-This-World Space-Themed Carousel Card in Minutes! - YouTube. Tami's card only has four squares, but I wanted my card to be a bit fuller (plus I had all those elements I had stamped, embossed, and die cut to use!), so I added two more squares to my carousel card base, but the instructions for forming the squares are the same as in the video. 

After cutting and scoring all 6 squares, I adhered them together to form the base of the card. I love my SU! paper trimmer for projects where I need to both cut and score because it has attachments for both. After assembling the card base, I chose some great design papers for the bottom of the squares as well as the background for the top of the squares. I had some papers in my stash that I thought went great with my citrus theme. In the video tutorial I linked above, Tami cuts and scores the design paper for the bottom of the squares, but I decided to cut the squares on the diagonal and avoid having to line up score lines and bend the design paper over the scored card base. Instead I just cut the squares into two pieces and kept an even border around all the pieces as I glued them down. 

Then came the fun part! I arranged all the little grapefruit, lime, lemon, and oranges pieces I had stamped, embossed, and die cut as well as the little flowers and leaves from the same Sweet Citrus SU! set that I stamped and die cut on the squares to decorate everything. I had a 4 sentiments I had stamped, and I fussy cut two of them and die cut two of them to add to some of the panels. Then I played with some pink specialty paper that shrinks up like Shrinky Dink paper when I use my heat tool on it. I used the flower stamps and dies from the Sweet Citrus set on the specialty paper and then put the pieces on my glass mat and held them down with my craft tweezers while I used my heat tool on them. It was so much fun to watch them shrink up! I felt like a kid again! Anyone else remember playing with Shrinky Dinks? 😂 Then I added those little embellishments to 2 of my sentiment panels and love the dimension and fun they add to the card. 

I've included photos of all the different panels (each one is different from the others) and a video of the card in motion at the end. If you are interested in purchasing the Sweet Citrus stamps, dies, and/or embossing folder and don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator already, I've linked the items below to my friend Debbie Mageed online SU! store. It's such a versatile and fun set! Besides making lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruits, some of the stamps/dies can be coconuts with a little creativity! Plus you can emboss and die cut the images in the different colors of card stock and just use a little ink blending if you don't want to bother with stamping the images. 

Top views of the card: 

Close ups of the panels when holding the folds down:

1st set of panels:

2nd set of panels:

3rd set of panels (the flower embellishments on the "It's time to celebrate you" sentiment are from the shrinkable specialty paper stamped and die cut with the flowers from the Sweet Citrus SU! sets):

4th set of panels (the flower embellishments on the "Birthday blessings to you" sentiment are also from the shrinkable specialty paper stamped and die cut with the flowers from the Sweet Citrus SU! sets):

5th set of panels:

6th set of panels:

Another top view:

Here's what it looks like when closed. I'm going to hand deliver the card, so I wasn't worried about how thick it was. I also didn't decorate the front or back panels because they don't show when the card is open:

I chose to use tiny magnets to make the card stay open, and I couldn't believe how strong they are! Even through several layers of paper, they snap together to hold the two ends of the card open. 

Here's a look at how the card spins:

If you'd like to purchase the Sweet Citrus set, I've included photos and links to Debbie Mageed's online SU! store below:

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge ( Shaped Card (1/2; ends 8/2/23)

Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Inspiring creativity 8-ways each week: Middle row horizontal: Any color, free, sentiment (1/3; ends 7/27/23)

Ellibelle's Corner: I spy with my little eye ( Sweet Treat or Summer Colors (1/5; ends 8/13/23)

The Crafty Addicts: ATG (1/3; ends 8/1/23)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (1/5 for the week; 1/10 for the challenge; ends 8/2/23)

A Place To Start ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Crafting Happiness Challenges: ATG (ends at the end of the month)

 613 Avenue Create ( ATG (8/8; ends at the end of the month)

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog ( ATG (3/3; ends at the end of the month) DT Favorite 7/31/23

Daisy Chain Challenges: Summertime (2/3; ends 8/5/23)

The Diva's that cut ....paper! ( Birthday (3/4; ends at the end of the month)

DL.ART ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

The Creative Crafters ( ATG (3/3; ends 8/15/23) Top 3 Pick 8/15/23

The Crafting Challenge: Summer Time (3/3; ends at the end of the month)

Scribbles Designs Challenge Blog: Say it with flowers (2/3; ends 8/15/23)

Scribble Challenge ( ATG (5/5; ends at the end of the month)

{PIN}spirational Challenges ( Birthday and Summertime Vibes (ends at the end of the month) DT Favorite 8/1/23

Mix It Up Challenge Blog: ATG with option of aperture (1/5; ends 8/16/23)

Love To Scrap Challenge Blog: ATG (1/8 ends 8/14/23)

Love To Craft Challenge Blog: ATG (1/8; ends 8/14/23)

Let's Craft and Create ( Add flowers (3/3; ends at the end of the month)


  1. WOW! This card is so incredible, Carrie! I know that your niece will cherish it forever! The images and papers are so perfect together. I will have to check out the tutorial soon. Thank you so much for being our guest designer at Creative Creases! Your entries are always something we look forward to seeing. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Debbie! CCC provides so much great inspiration for my fun fold cards!

  2. Congrats on your GDT spot and WOW absolutely fabulous carousel card and love all the fruit stamps.Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Adicts
    Carol DT x

    1. Carol, thank you very much! This one was so fun to create!

  3. This is amazing! Love it!
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge this week at CRAFT Challenge looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Hugs Sheryl CRAFT DT xx

  4. Wow, so very creative and awesome, lots of work here but so worth it!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at The Four Seasons!
    Diane FS Co-Owner
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  5. Thank you very much, Deanne!

  6. What a fun and interactive design! So much to see with all the beautiful and creative pieces! Wow!! So happy you shared with us over at Scribbles Designs! ~Katrina

  7. What a fabulous fn and creative card fold Carrie - I'm intrigued by the specialty paper too! Thanks for sharing with us at TicTacToe Challenge this week!

  8. WOW, an incredible amount of work and well worth it. A treasure to keep. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for the Birth Day challenge.

    1. Arlene, this one was definitely a special one to make! Thanks so much for your kind words!

  9. Wow!! Love your creation. Thank you for all the detail explanation on how your created the little book. What a fun card. Thank you for joining us at A Place to Start this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  10. Thanks, Wendy! It was a fun card to make!

  11. Carrie, AMAZING! Reminds me of the playground carousel we used to play on. Minus the dizziness, of course. Thank you for joining being a guest designer on Creative Creases #62.

    1. Thanks so much, Rae! And yes! I remember spinning until I was dizzy on the playground merry-go-round, too!

  12. WOW - what a fun card Carrie! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 The Avenue Create, so happy you came to play on our street!
    Hugs, Kate (Cards a la Kate)!

    1. Thanks, Kate! This one was a fun one to make!

  13. Such an amazing card! I love how it folds into a little book and then explodes into a carousel! Beautifully decorated with the textured fruits and lovely citrus colours!
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” July Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  14. Not sure I've ever seen this card style before but how fun it is and beautifully done! Lots of fabulous details!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

    1. Thanks, Ellibelle! It was a fun card to make!

    2. Many thanks also for playing along with us at I spy with my little eye, so perfect for the challenge!

  15. What a magical card! This is gorgeous and thank you for the invite to join the fun with the Fancy Folds!! Entered all 3 of my cards but let me know if that was not allowed. Thanks!!

    1. There's no limit on the number of entries at Creative Creases! So glad you entered your cards! It's one of my favorite challenges!

  16. Gorgeous card Carrie. Love the papers and stamps that you used.
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Anything Goes plus the option of Add Flowers Challenge #197 at Let's Craft and Create for July 2023.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
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