Monday, 2 October 2017

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #197 - Fancy Folds

Hello lovely visitors and welcome to my blog.  Hope you are having a wonderful day.

There's a new Challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and I am happy to tell you that it's my turn to play Host!
The Theme is Fancy Folds and this particular Challenge is for cards only. 

I wasn't sure what type of card to make for this Challenge.  Thought about Step cards and Easel cards but they weren't really what I wanted to do.  Then I saw a card on Pinterest that piqued my interest .. an Upright Z Fold card .. I had never made one of these so I thought, 'That's what I'll do.  Something new and different.'    Well, for me anyway.

The papers are a mix of Maja and Kaisercraft.  I seem to be using them a lot lately but they do go so very well together.
I still had quite a bit of Autumn coloured bits and pieces on my work bench left over from the last Challenge (yep!!  afraid I haven't really been very particular about cleaning up my Craft room) so decided to use some of them.

The flowers are available at Megs Garden.  They were a creamy white and I altered them with sprays made from watered down acrylic paint.  I always make sure to wet the flowers with water first and then the colour soaks in really well.
The leaves were cut from Maja papers with a Cheery Lynn die.
Had to add some prills of course, with some micro beads mixed in, and I also added some gesso highlights to the flowers and leaves along with a few splats on the base.
 This is another first for me.  The bit of 'lace' was made with a mould and Acrylic Gap Filler.  It is a little fiddly but quite easy to do and looks pretty good, I reckon! 
When you start to open it right out, this card is fairly long ..
 .. and a bit difficult to photograph but I managed to get it in one shot.
 Easy to see how it stands up here.  I used a gem brad to anchor it.

It was fun to make and, although I probably won't use this style a lot, I might make some of my Christmas cards like this.

Update:  I have just found out that it was Berit Rosenfeldt who first created this fold.  Thank you Berit .. it is awesome!!   Unfortunately I cannot find a current blog of hers to link to but HERE is a video of the original cards.  I'm afraid it's in Danish but the cards are gorgeous!! 

Well, I hope I have given you some inspiration to try a new style of card and to join in with our Challenge!  For more inspo', pop on over to the Blog and take a look at the wonderful creations by my Teamies and then link up your entry.  Please read our rules and take note of the 15 Challenge limit.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #197 - Fancy Folds.

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Whatever you plan to do for the rest of your day, do it safe and do it happy!!

Take care and God Bless.
oxox   Marg


  1. Very very nice and elegance card you created!!! Thank you for sharing your fabulous inspiration with us!!! Have a wonderful day:)

  2. Gorgeous and so many lovely touches to it, you do such fantastic work. Love the fold too!

  3. Gorgeous card Margaret and love the fold. Happy crafting, Angela X

  4. A beautiful elegant card with lovely papers. A very nice shape too. Gorgeous as allways! Marlies

  5. Beautiful card with lovely flowers!
    Hugs, Caroline

  6. I have never seen a fold like this, but it really shows the card off beautifully, the papers are lovely and the lace looks very elegant! A really beautiful card! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. This is so awesome Margaret. Your fancy fold looks very sofisticated and the embellies are gorgeous. Hugs Veerle

  8. Well this is a totally new fold to me and it stands so beautifully with that gorgeous little gem to anchor it. I agree with the mix of Maja and Kaiser - they do play so nicely together. The gap filler lace is a knockout; gosh you come up with some original ideas. Beautiful work. x

  9. Hi Marg.... this is a fabulous design, totally love the fold, I may have to try this one if you don't mind?! You never fail to please dear lady

    June x

  10. I love your arrangement! So pretty against the patterned paper. A beautiful fold and beautiful creation. (PS. Congrats on winning an Eileen Hull die in the recent giveaway! - you are on a roll!) Hugs, Autumn

  11. I "invented" this card fold back in july 2016, and it is funny to see it going around the world... First in Denmark, then scandinavia and now further... .. take a look on the original video:

    Berit Rosenfeldt...

  12. what a gorgeous all the elegant details you put together so well.

  13. Hi Marg! Do you know you always inspire me with your cards! I love how you create them... they may seem simple to others, but I know what goes into making a card and you always have the end result as something beautiful.. I love this one.. love the colors you have put together and love the way it stands like that.. I hope October is being kind to you, we have had some beautiful rain and some relief from the heat we had been having.. so a good week so far...

  14. A really lovely set of flowers and I'm loving the fold. I must give it a try sometime.
    Mary your team member

  15. Hello, my friend!! I'm so happy to be back and visiting your blog to see the gorgeous projects I've missed while I was away!! Wow, this is stunning!! I love the fold and the gorgeous flowers!! It's so beautiful!! Love, love this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  16. Hi Margaret..what a beautiful card you have created. I love the fold and stunning florals...a real treasure for sure.
    I am now your newest follower

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  17. Margaret, what a fabulous design, both from a technical and artistic view! I adore those papers and flowers/prills and your molded piece is so unique! I bet you get hooked on those! I love making paper clay pieces, but this one is brilliant! Looks like I've got a good amount of catching up to do. Hope to get to comment on at least a few of your lovely posts that I've missed! Hugs!

  18. Wow Margaret, this is simply genius! I have never seen a layout like this and I have to say it is one of the most creative fancy folded cards that I have seen! I love the colour palette, the combination of warm oranges and cool blues creates a wonderful feeling of crisp autumn day! The papers are lovely and the floral arrangement is just gorgeous! Loving the bling you used for the bottom panel, and it has a function which adds to the amazingness of it! LOVE LOVE LOVE your creativity!! sending hugs :)

  19. Looooove the mix of soft colours here....just so pretty and magical! Gorgeous work! ;-)


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