Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fancy Fold Card.

Another 2 weeks has sped by again 
and it's time for the girls in the 
Christmas Card Club to show our makes.
The challenge was set this time by Maureen 
and her theme was  'Feature a Critter or Critters'.
A quick look through my used Christmas card pile
turned up 3 possibles.
I spent ages waffling on the 1st picture but nothing 
seemed to work so in the end I went onto the 2nd
card of my choice and so glad I did as I love the result.
I found a great tutorial by Brenda of Floral Fantaises 
for this Fancy Fold Card.
I did change my measurements slightly to accommodate the 
card front I was using.
The Artists name is 'Audrey North'
and I cut the shape of the card to
 leave  it showing. 
The detail on the mice  is fantastic.
I did a search on the web but all I could
find out about her is that she is a
British Visual Artist.
Her prints sell well on auction sites. 

I cut the card down using my XCut  Oblong Parenthesis die
and backed it with a further die cut using gold pearlescent card.
Base was made using cream card stock and then the panels layered up
using cherry red card and the gold pearlescent card. 
I had thought that bit  was the most time consuming part
until I got to the Ivy die!!
The die is acutally a Joaanna Sheen Ivy corner
but the snippets of  green and brown card I wanted to use
were just that  'snippets' so I ended up cutting the leaves
with the die individually from the scraps. and then pieced/glued
the trailing  leaves down the outside side panels.

Sentiment is Briannia word dies.
Maureen  also runs the Rudolph Day challenge 
which is just as well as I spent so much time on this card
I can enter it there too and not miss the deadline!!
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra#   Christmas cards only
Rudolph Day #  1  Chrismtas  card only.
Me and Mine #14 Beat the rush.
Fab 'n' Funky #252 Christmas.
Southern Girls # Punching above your weight.
Allsorts #304 Feature a creature.
Hiding In My Craft Room #193 Any holiday.
A Gem Of A Challenge #141 Shaped cards anything but square.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #170 Use up your snippets.

It is going to be all go here for the next month 
as we are having a major refit done 
starting tomorrow with the electrics.
So if I go all quiet you'll know that our
temperamental Internet access    
has not rebooted when the switch gets flicked back on!!


MaryH said...

This is just AWESOME! You are delighting me with all these intricate folds you've been doing, as they scare me woefully. I would be so intimidated by this one, even with a fabulous tutorial. Aside from the complex fold, I love the image...and how wonderful it was a recycle too. Great idea on the trailing ivy borders, and can just imagine the tedium of piecing these down the sides, but it's a beautiful border treatment too. Clever girl, to be able to meet several challenges with this wonderful card. Love it! TFS &Hugs

scrappymo! said...

This is so beautiful. I know I keep saying I am going to try one of these fancy folds...but this time i promise to try your fancy choice here. It is so wonderful!

A beauty of a card, a beauty of a fold, and a beauty of an upcycled image!

Margreet said...

What a gorgeous fancy fold card Mrs all of your details!
Good luck with the refit!
xxx Margreet

Christine Harrop said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I have done this and made a square card out of it but this is great so I will have to try this now. Fabulous image too, so sweet. Greatto re-cycle a card too. Hugs Christine xx

Sally H said...

An absolute stunner, Mrs A! fabulous image and a great fold too! I love it!

rachel said...

great shape here Valery - a lovely card! Big hugs rachel x

Liz said...

What a beautiful card! I love the fold. xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

What a great shape and fabulous fold Mrs A. A lovely creation with some cute little critters too.

LesleyG said...

Fabulous Fancy Fold, and good luck with the refit! xxx

Sue said...

Gorgeous card, I love the image, beautiful and fabulous shape!
Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge.
Sue xx

Kathleen said...

Brilliant creation Mrs A, especially gorgeous because of all the time and trouble you have taken to make. Great re-cycled image and love the fold.

Kath x

Karen Petitt said...

Brilliant! You really are the queen of making shaped cards, I just shudder when I have to do one and avoid it at all costs. I hope your re-fit goes well and you get some time to craft, rather you than me, they create so much more mess! Karen x

sue k said...

Beautiful card, great design and colors. Thank you for joining us this week at HIMCR.


Carol said...

Love this Mrs A, what a fabulous fold and cute little meeces. Hope the refit goes well. carol x

Di said...

Stunning card Mrs A and such a clever fold too. LOVE the image you used plus the trailing ivy - how patient you are!

Ahem, another major refit - hope it all goes well!!


Di xx

Lucy Woods said...

Wowee you do love your fancy folds! I adore that mousy image!! Sooo cute
Lucy x

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card! Such a lovely image really showcased beautifully on your wonderful card design xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous Mrs A, I like the sweet image the fabulous designand the embellishments
Kevin xx

scrappymo! said...

Back again in my official Scrappymo Job!

Thanks for taking part in the March Rudolph Days Challenge. Your fancy folded card is superb!

brenda said...

A lovely card for our theme this week Valeryanne and so pleased you found the tutorial useful.

Thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts this week.

B x

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word how gorgeous this is I totally love that card fold also the wonderful image and side embellishments, superb make, thank you for sharing it with us at CHNC EXTRA
lorraine x

Catherine said...

Such a beautiful card Sweetie ! Love the shape ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

SARN said...

Absolutely brilliant card fold and great Christmas card.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Valery
Fabulous card... Fabulous image...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Zue said...

Really cool!
So nice to do something different.

Brenda in IN said...

This is adorable. You find the best folds I've ever seen. I'm not sure I would know how to open a card from you! Those mice are the cutest and this is a great card.

Wendy L said...

A lovely shaped card, great image too, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

Jacee said...

Lovely design, fabulous!
hugs jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Princess Judy Palmer said...

That's one fancy fold indeed! Love how it came out, the image and all the fancy touches you added to your card. This one is a real stunner!

KandA said...

Super card Mrs A. Great design and I love yourr trailing ivy xx

Pat K said...

Great shaped card with such a lovely image.
Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K x

Planetsusie said...

What a gorgeous card Valery - I do love the shape and the image is so cute. Thank you so much for entering the CCAYR (cute critters) Challenge this month, lots of luck to you.

Hugs Sue Pxxx DT

Hettie said...

This is lovely Mrs A. I thought I recognised that ivy die. Well done on your patience. Never thought I would be saying that after the toilet soap episode!! LOL!

MiniOwner said...

Oh wow! These are fab - I must have a go. Thank you for joining in with Beat the Christmas Rush.
Sue @ Me&Mine x

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

I like the ivy down each side, that's a great detail x

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Mrs A
Wow, you and your fancy folds! This looks marvellous.
Good look with all the work, especially the technology. . . . . Its not been kind to me the last few days.
Ang x

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Lovely fancy fold Christmas card. Thanks for joining in the fun at Southern Girls this time for our 'Dies & Punches' challenge. You've used some gorgeous dies. Hugs, Wends x SGC DT

Kimbo said...

Love this design - a beautiful card x

Kimbo said...

Love this design - a beautiful card x

Zoe Tant said...

Love the unusual fold and what a gorgeous scene of Christmas. Zx

The Little Stamper said...

I love the clever shape of your card and how you have put it all together to match the nature inspired image.

Thanks for sharing at Fab N Funky.

Sharon x

Helen said...

What a great shaped card - a really clever design.

Thanks for joining us at a Gem of a Challenge.

Helen x

Merry said...

The image is so cute and love the colours you have used with it. Great card.

Karen Oliver said...

Thats a very fancy folded card indeed, love those little field mice. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.