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May 5, 2018

Allsorts Challenge 466 and Papercrafters' Linky Party 14

Good morning! How has your week been? We're having some summery weather here in Illinois (almost seems like spring has missed us),  my Magnolia tree (that I planted last year) is finally blooming, but unfortunately the squirrels decided to steal some of the buds, and since the tree is still small there aren't many left. Silly animals ... But the blossoms do smell delicious so who can blame them :0)

It's Saturday so it's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge, as well as the new Papercrafters' Linky Party. If you're new to my blog, please note - these are two separate things, and the theme I am posting about is just for Allsorts challenge. The Papercrafters' Linky Party is always anything's just a fun feature here on my blog for papercrafters to share any papercraft they recently made.
Anyway...if you are here to join in the "Anything Goes" Papercrafters' Linky Party, you can find the linky tool at the end of this post.

This week at Allsorts challenge Mervi is our host and she wants to see "Fancy Folds". This is always one of the most challenging things for me to create ... I just don't do fancy folds a lot, but had fun looking through the internet until I finally just decided on a "gate fold" card. I know it's nothing spectacular but it's not an ordinary card fold so I hope it counts :)

Above is the card  closed up. I used some pretty designer papers from Prima Marketing (I am sure the pack I used isn't available anymore, but I think all their packs are so pretty and  currently (as I type this)  on sale at . I made a sliding closure band with a simple strip of card stock, glued together in the middle and finished off with a large prima flower I've had forever.

Here is the card opened up.

The cute hedgehog stamp is Penny Black's "Message from Above". I think this has been retired by Penny Black but you might still find it at some online shops or ebay. I heat embossed on Bristol Vellum card stock using  Versafine Onyx ink  and clear embossing powder. Coloring was done with Zig Clean Color markers. I decided to decorate the sides a little bit too by adding some clouds (I made a stencil with a sticky note and cloud dies (similar), placed the clouds on the white paper and then inked with tumbled glass distress ink. After removing the cloud masks, the white puffy clouds were revealed. I used the grass from the Penny Black set  Enjoy Life to add some stamped grass to the card. The little butterflies are also from a penny black set, but it got separated from the set and I am not sure which set it belongs to.

In case you'd like to know... I started out with a  8.5 inches x 4.25 inches card stock, scored at both ends at 2 1/8th inches and then folded it. I cut the panels slightly shorter to fit with little border around. My card is a 4.25 inch square when closed.

There isn't really any room for a message inside the card so I added a mini envelope to the back of the card. I think this is a cute way to include a little message

 The envelope was made with an old envelope die by Whimsy Stamps and no longer available. If you're interested in making your own envelopes of various sizes, then you might like the Envelope Punch Board  by We R Memories Keepers. I haven't personally used this tool, but heard many good things about it. 


Today I am also joining these challenges:
Always Fun Challenges -  Flowers
Make My Monday -  Embossing Wet or Dry  (Wet embossed image)
Stinkin' Inkers -  April Showers bring May Flowers 
Tuesday Throwdown Critter Crazy
Fab 'n' Funky - Embossing Wet or Dry (Wet embossed image)
Simon Says Wednesday -  Animal Magic
Sunny Day Crafting -  Butterflies and other Garden Critters
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Use Embellishments
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes this week
Crafty Catz -  Anything Goes with opt. Twist of Flowers
Pattie's Creations - Flowers
Double D Challenges - May Flowers


Papercrafters' Linky Party 14

Thanks to all of you sharing in last week's linky party, I had lots of fun visiting your blogs and the new top pick has been selected! This week my top pick is............


Such a beautiful creation! Love the mix of florals and pretty butterflies! 

Congratulations Hazel! Your top pick logo is below, feel free to post it to your blog if you like to!

The new linky tool for this week is below ...remember ANYTHING PAPERCRAFTS GOES! I can't wait to see what YOU've been up to in the craft room!

This post contains affiliate links, this means I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Please note: This is a public blog and by linking your card you agree to have your first name, blog link  & papercraft you shared posted here on this blog, should you be selected as the top pick. If you do not agree to this, please do not join in the challenge. Also, remember that any comments/linked cards left on this blog will be visible/clickable by third parties as this blog is public.
ETA: I will no longer post blog links to top picks in order to comply with the new GDPR Regulations. 


Mervi said...

So gorgeous card with lovely scenery inside, pretty surprise. Fabulous card Ellie;-))m

brenda said...

Such an unusual but effective design ELlie and as Mervi said a lovely surprise inside.

Have a happy and sunny weekend.

B x

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for choosing my card for top pick xx

kiwimeskreations said...

What a gorgeous card Ellie - love the fold you used

Marilyn said...

Cute gatefold card!! Congrats to the top pick
Have a great day!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So GORGEOUS! LOVING those colors and that flower!!!!!!!!!

Amy Johnson said...

Oh wow! I love how it opens up and the beautiful scene you created inside! My magnolia tree looks pathetic this year. The only flowers are way up on top of the tree, and last year's leaves are still on the tree. They didn't fall off!

Terri's Cards N More said...

What a beautiful gatefold card. Love how it opens up to this gorgeous scene. Thanks for joining the Stinkin' Inkers challenge.

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card Ellie, love the little hedgie too, xxx

Tracy said...

Hi Ellie,
This is super, super cute, I adore the image and you've set a pretty scene.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Kathleen said...

Really gorgeous creation, lovely papers and flower on the front and a super image and design inside.
Have a great week.

Kath x

Terri Winske said...

Adorable card with great coloring, and I especially like how the inside makes a whole scene with the 3 panels. Great design on your gatefold card! Thanks very much for joining our Critter Crazy challenge at Tuesday Throwdown challenge!

Donna Phelan said...

What a fabulous fold! Love that flower belly band closure, so pretty! And how FUN to open and see that sweet image. Great coloring and the pot of flowers is perfect for our Challenge! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Challenge Blog, May Flowers, Donna, DT Member.

Priya said...

What a beautiful card.
Love it.
Thank you for playing with us at MMM challenge.

Darlene said...

This is fabulous! What a great design with the fancy fold! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘May Flowers’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

Lucille K said...

Love the brown and teal colors together on your card; the inside is just adorable. Thank you for joining us at City Crafter :)

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning, loving the beautiful card full of colour for our "MAY FLOWERS" Challenge. Thanks for joining in and good luck in the draw.  Double D Challenges{DT aNNie}

susiestacey said...

Adorable card Ellie, love the sweet stamp and like you don't often do fancy folds x

carol said...

Lovely creation, thanks for sharing your card with us at CRAFTY CATZ x carol

Helen said...

Beautitful - love the gatefold and the envelope on the back of the card is a great idea too.

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz.

Helen x

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our current challenge “Flowers” at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
What a cute image!
Artist & Owner

Elizabeth Hart said...

Adorable card and I love the surprize of opening it up - thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pattie's Creations challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Dawn said...

Adorable HedgeHog and such a cute surprise. Thanks for sharing at Stinkin' Inkers.
DT Dawn

Vic said...

Love your flower card - its just gorgeous! the outside - and the inside, too. How lovely it would be, to be the recipient of this. Thank-you for sharing your creativity with us this month at Patties Creations - Vic DT.

Margreet said...

Gorgeous project.
Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket.
xxx Margreet DT