Wednesday, March 03, 2021

New Joy Folds

Spring is certainly in the air. The days are beginning to be sunny and the bulbs are all starting to flower too. The Magpies have finished building their nest in the tree top opposite our back garden and are just tweaking it to their liking. It took them nearly two weeks to construct. They will start to nest shortly. 
In the meantime it is time for a new Butterfly Challenge. 
I know that we have already done this shape but I have found a couple of different variations which in my opinion  make re visitng this shape worth while. We made the original version way back in July 2019 in the hazy,lazy days of summer pre Covid. If only we knew then what we know now!!

  Your 6  elements are:
Joy Fold 2/Jade/Jasmine/Japanese Carmine/Jewels
+your Butterfly.

n.b.   Jasmine = a pale hint of yellow
Japanese Carmine = light Burgundy
Jewels  = use your diamonds and pearls.

So here is my first variation for your inspiration.  Instead of the usual Joy Fold Flap you make it into a Buckle Fold closure. Very easy to do. I have made tutorials for both of the cards and you will find them under the Card Shapes Tab over on the Butterfly Blog. 

I am using all six of the elements. 

The Butterfly paper is a freebie from Making Cards July 2015 called Busy Butterflies and the Jade coloured card is from a pad from 'The Works' Su punch for the butterflies and the Thankyou Die cut is by Cheery Lynn Designs.  Here you can see the card slightly open and where  you make a simple slit in the front part of the card to fold the buckle into.

Variation 2 is for a Double Joy Fold which I have also attached together in an unusual way for added interest.
Again I have used all of the 6 elements. 

Not showing very clearly here but the front of the card also folds back on itself. The tutorial explains it more fully.  Butterfly paper is from the same freebie set of papers as the first card. The jade design is from Making Cards Magazine Christmas edition 2016. Sentiment is a stamp by Tonic. 

Well I hope I have whetted your appetite and you will come and give these shapes a go over at the Butterfly Blog. The challenge is running for two weeks and closes on Tuesday 16th Mar at 8pm (GMT).  Gosh the clocks will be going forward shortly. The days are already drawing out. It was warm enough in the Summer House to have our Tea in there.  

and continue to Stay Safe. 


Aquarius said...

Two beautiful and interesting cards. Butterflies seem to be 'on trend' at the moment - crafty ones seem to be everywhere!!

Sandra H said...

Beautiful are both your cards Mrs A so creative too enjoy your day x

Margreet said...

Gorgeous cards with interesting folds.
It is great that tea in the summer house is possible again.
xxx Margreet

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous colours and gorgeous projects. xxx

Chris said...

Yes, spring is definitely on its way- been very cold and a bit foggy here the last few days but it's not stopping the spring flowers. It will soon be time for me to clean out our summer house ready for use, it tends to get used to store some of the garden furniture during the winter so it's difficult to get in there until we're ready to put i back outside.
Your beautiful cards with the clever folds have a lovely feeling of spring to them too.

Jackie T said...

Hi Mrs A all of your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Lia said...

Both cards are really gorgeous. I like the shape!!
Lia xx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Valery, what beautifully designed cards, as someone who never makes cards with fancy folds I'm always in awe of those who do. You've used lovely papers too, Kate x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mrs A,
oh my word those folds are so lovely and what super pretty papers used too.
Love both of them I may try and enter as I haven't for a long time.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards and great take on the Joy Fold!

Diane said...

Gorgeous cards and fun folds Valery.

Hugs diane

cotnob said...

Fabulous cards, a super fold and pretty papers.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Mac Mable said...

Always good to revisit a fold Mra A and what amazing both versions are....really pretty and striking x. Yes Spring is on the way x.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Such lovely foldings, I will try one day for sure, when I will have some time to craft again. Sadly my job keep me so very busy :(
Both your samples are gorgeous and particularly love the first one, more simple but so sweet!

Carol S. said...

Mrs A, 2 stunning cards and amazing designs. I really must use some of your gorgeous designs. Hugs, Carol

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Such a pretty selection of cards. Glad you're enjoying the summer house x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Valery, I so love your fancy folds. Pleased you're making good use of your Summer House too bet you're pleased you have it now. Take care and have a lovely day, Angela xXx

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, ValeryAnne! You always ALWAYS have the most innovative and interesting fun fold cards on your blog! These are incredible! I love the combination of papers and colors you've selected! Thank you so much! hugs, de

pinky said...

Two beautiful cards Valery! I had used the first version before but not the second so must have a wee go.

Hazel (Didos) said...

I cant beleive I missed the last challenge, my brain has been awol!!! These cards are all lovely, what agreat fold. Off to make something tonight now!!Hazel xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are all gorgeous! I can't say that I am brave enough to try this fold, especially after my battle with the Inside-Out card, but I am already working on some cards for your Butterfly challenge so I will be over there soon!

Sally H said...

wonderful joy fold examples and lovely papers too!

Di said...

Wow - these are all really lovely my friend! I just don't have any mojo right now for crafting - perhaps I should knuckle down and try to enter this challenge as there's almost a week left.


Di xx