Saturday 13 April 2024

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - Fun Fold Time!

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is all about Fun Folds.

I love making fun fold cards and for this blog hop we were encouraged to make a fun fold card that is new to us. I am looking forward to trying out some new recipies from the other participants.

Whilst it is true that new and unique cards can be made simply by revamping the stamps and papers used with old favourite folds, I'm always on the look out for a new favourite fold! I saw Connie Stewart demonstrate this one, and knew that I had to try it myself.  She called it a book fold explosion card and I can see many possibilities!

From the outside this looks just like any other book fold card, except it's a little more bulky! The front of the gorgeous Grape base card is divided such that the right hand side is a square and it's decorated with Painted Lavender Designer Series Paper on a matting layer of Pretty Peacock. The spine part has a layer of Pretty Peacock decorated with an embossed layer of Gorgeous Grape card. I used a new 3-d embossing folder from the new Annual Catalogue called Eyelet. I also used a strip of embossed card beneath the sentiment, using the dots as a sort of punctuation mark!

The Linen Thread coordinates perfectly with the background of the DSP, which is also adorned with some Purple Fine Shimmer Gems and a couple of extra stamped butterflies. 

Opening the cover reveals the first page of the book which I've decorated simply with a birthday message and a couple of stamped and die cut butterflies.

Turning the next page of the book unveils my favourite page! I used the second largest of the Perennial Postage dies to cut a square matting layer - the die is rectangular in shape, so you have to shorten it by doing two passes through the die cutting machine to create the square shape.

The embossed layer is made from the new Basic Beige card, which is a colour that I already love. It is decorated with a little lavender posy and some more of the 
Purple Fine Shimmer Gems. 

I think that this panel really deserves to be on the front of the card! 

Finally, the last page opens upwards - hence the explosion part of the name! Here there are a further two postage squares stamped with more butterflies and another birthday greeting. There is plenty of space to write a message. Both sentiments on the card are from a new set appearing in the new Annual Catalogue - it's called Simply Said. There are a mixture of fonts and sayings, which I know are going to be so useful.

The exploding piece of DSP is folded in to quarters and to allow it to fold up like a book one of the fold lines is cut from the outside edge to the centre (as shown by the white line). This side of the paper has an obvious direction so it is important to check that the orientation is correct before you stick it into the book and attach the layers! Perhaps, using a non-directional pattern would be easier next time.

I hope that you are inspired by my card today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment.

Aurélie FabreTricia Butts

Leonie Stuart  ●  Danielle Kassing   ●   Kim Fee

Marga Bultena  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Mo Rootes  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Judith Patterson

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  1. Fabulous fun fold, Karen! I love the embossed page, so pretty. Thank you for sharing this!đŸ’•

    1. Glad you like it Jan - I'll be making some more of these for sure.

  2. What a great fun fold, perfect use of those beautiful papers too, I kive your card, xxx

    1. So please you like it Kim. These papers are such a pleasure to use.

  3. Such a pretty fun fold, loving the addition of the Basic Beige x

    1. Thanks Mo - Basic Beige is going to be so useful.

  4. Oh, I love this fold - which could be used as a nesting doll, don't you think? Anyway, it's really perfect and I find the idea really fun with these hidden elements that appear as you go along, thanks for this inspiring share!

    1. I am delighted you like it Aurelie - love the suggestion of a nesting doll.