Wacky Watercooler March Madness Blog Hop!

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Here we go – nothing like a little March Madness to start us off  on another fabulous blog hop with the Wacky Watercooler ladies! 🙂

This month we’ve decided to go a little ‘mad’, do a little extra, and show off some Fancy Folds!  So grab your favourite beverage, get comfy, and be prepared to be wowed by some fun & funky paper folding.

In case you haven’t ‘hopped’ with us before, we of the Watercooler ilk are a group of fun loving ladies; all of us are Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and we love to chat about everything and anything – sometimes even stamping! 🙂  Some of us have met in person; most of us have just met ‘virtually’ in our demonstrator-only forum.  That doesn’t stop us from getting together to share the fun with you, though!

Our blogs are linked in a circle, so that you’ll be taken to the next blog in line if you keep clicking in one direction; either the Next or Previous buttons.  You can also click on the Home button, if you want to see the entire list of participating blogs.

So this month’s hop we’re featuring Fancy Folds; you probably arrived here from Jackie Susnik’s blog; isn’t she so creative!?  I love her style.

For my first card, I wanted  to share this fun little fold I recently learned about, called a Collar Fold.

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First, my apologies for using retired Painted Blooms designer series paper; I thought I was using the current English Garden DSP, but obviously I grabbed from the wrong rack! (oh well – I’m sure you have leftover DSP to use up, too).

This look is really easy to achieve; I will do a tutorial for it (and I promise not to take too long this time, Patti!), but here’s a quick rundown; start with a piece of DSP that is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, make a mark on the right side at 2 3/4″.  Use either your Trimmer or scissors to cut 1 1/2″ in towards the centre of the DSP, at the 2 3/4″ mark.  Now, fold the two sides back upon themselves, and use a Glue Dot to keep them down.  I made my ‘collar’ stand up a little bit, but you can lay the down flat, as well.

Next, attach your collared DSP onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock; I used my Tombow liquid glue.  Then stamp your sentiment in the collar opening; I used the sentiment from a retired Easter stamp, inked in Rose Red ink.  Now you can attach your card front to the card base; mine is Wild Wasabi cardstock.

To decorate the front of the card I used the Botanical Blooms stamp set and Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  I die cut and stamped the flowers and leaves from Rose Red, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi cardstock and inks, sponged the edges, and added them to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I then tucked in some loops of Gold Cording behind the flowers.

For the inside of the card, I again used the retired Easter stamp (sorry – I didn’t purchase the new ones!) and added a strip of the same DSP from the front, to the inside left of the card.

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For my next card I decided to something fun with a bit of a surprise – have a look:

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You’re wondering what’s so special about this, aren’t you?!  Well, let me just tell you how I made the front, then I’ll show you the surprise!

My card base is Island Indigo cardstock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″.  I added a panel of Blushing Bride cardstock on top of that.  I used the Botanicals for You Sale-A-Bration set to stamp sentiment on Whisper White cardstock in Island Indigo ink, then stamped the flowers and leaves in Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo (stamped off once), So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz.  The Curvy Corner Trio Punch was used to make the scallop on each of the 4 corners, then I wrapped the Gold Cording Trim 3 times around the bottom.  I then used the Watercolour Wings stamp set to create the butterfly, stamping it in the same colours as the flowers.  I didn’t want it to be heavy looking, so I used the small Bold Butterfly Framelit to die cut it; it cuts out the details.

And now – for the surprise inside (sounds like a cereal box, doesn’t it?  I hope this is better!)

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A pop up butterfly! 🙂  Yes, I’ve done pop up’s before, but this one is a bit different.  I again used the Watercolour Wings stamp set for the butterfly, repeating the same colours as on the front;  stamping the butterfly twice.  I wanted the same intricate cut look, so this time I used the medium butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits die set, die cutting the 2 butterflies.

To create the inside part of the card that holds the butterfly, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 3 3/8″ x 9 1/2″.  Score it at 1″, 2 3/4″ and 4 1/2″.  Fold upwards at the 2 3/4″ score line, and using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, punch a 1/2 circle in the middle (you’ll be punching through 2 layers).  Attach a small strip of Window Sheet (3/4″ x 1 1/4″) using Glue Dots to the inside of the 2 3/4″ fold, then close the fold.  Attach this piece on the score line of your card base; now you’re ready to stamp and attach  your butterfly!

I stamped the inside again using the Botanicals for You set with the sentiment and flowers.  The top half of the 2 die cut butterflies were glued together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, then I put Glue Dots on both sides of the bottoms, and attached each side of the butterfly to the Window Sheet.  I finished off the top half of the inside of the card by using the Brick Wall embossing folder on a 3 3/8″ x 5″ piece of Blushing Bride cardstock, and gluing it inside.

I’m so glad you’ve spent some time having a look at my projects; I’d love to read any comments you’d care to leave for me – I do try to reply, too!

Now you can head forward to the amazing Heidi Weaver’s blog – hang onto your socks; Heidi’s designs have been known to blow off many a sock! 🙂  Simply click on the Next button.  If  you’d like to go back for another look at Jackie’s designs (and no one would fault you), simply click on the Previous button.

Thanks again for visiting; until next time – happy stamping!

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  1. Christine Giuda says:

    Beautiful cards, Deborah. My collar fold went a little farther than yours, but I like yours better as it looks more like a collar. This design is so easy and so versatile.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I agree, Christine – the collar fold is so easy & versatile – and shows off our DSP so well! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  2. Gail Allen says:

    Very pretty! Love the pop-up butterfly..

    • Deborah Smart says:

      It’s getting to be that time of year for butterflies, isn’t it Gail? Actually, for me, anytime is time for butterflies! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  3. Marie says:

    Nice cards Deb. The pop-up butterfly was definitely better than a cereal box! Love it!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks, Marie! I’m so glad that you thought my pop up butterfly was better than a cereal box surprise! 😉

  4. Jackie says:

    Deb, what wonderful projects. I love the first one, but really like the “surprise” butterfly in the second as well.

  5. buffycooper says:

    Great cards, Deborah!! The collar card is beautiful, and I love the colors. Of course, the “surprise” butterfly is nice, as well! (Much better than a cereal prize.)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      It’s so nice of you to say you enjoyed my cards, Buffy! It was difficult finding some ‘new’ folds to show off, but everyone did an amazing job.

  6. Libby says:

    Love your projects Deb! Both are folds I have yet to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Glad to hear that these are new folds for you to try, Libby! I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from this hop, too. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  7. Marsha Reed says:

    Wonderful projects, Deborah! I love that collar fold one, especially.

  8. As always Deb your cards are beautiful and inspiring. I really like the ease that the collar card goes together with and yet it looks so special. I’m glad you grabbed the wrong DSP because it looks simply stunning in this pattern. One can never have enough butterfly cards, and your second card featuring the Pop Up is just a delight. Thanks so much for instructions and your talents.

  9. Patti L says:

    Deborah, you can take all the time you need when sharing such amazing work. Love your instructions. Your leprechaun was a hit with my girls.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thank you for being so patient, Patti! 🙂 I’m glad that the leprechaun went over well with your ladies! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment – thank you, my friend!

  10. jlfstudio says:

    Wow, two more folds to add to the CASE list. That file is getting heavy and this only my second hop stop! ?

    Your descriptions are so good Miss Deb I think I can figure it out without the tutorial. Not sure about Patti. LOL

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I agree, Jean – so many great ideas being shared!! So glad that you like my ‘fancy folds’ too 🙂

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