Thursday, March 4, 2010

Happy (SPRING!)...


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I think everyone is just about done with winter and is ready for Spring! This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge is Spring-themed, and I was pleased to pair this frisky theme with Kazan's 2 Sketches 4 You Sketch and Embellish Magazine's Color Challenge with Borders (whew!) I decided to try something new today, and I made a "Z-fold" card (see sidebar for a tutorial link).








For this card, I took Kazan's sketch and flipped it so that the sentiment was not on the bottom. For the card itself, I scored the base cardstock and then began cutting panels to fit each section. I used the Sizzix XL Flower Folds Die from Stampin' Up to create the pretty center flower element, also running through each section with an embossing folder to add texture.

To fulfill the "borders" portion of one challenge, I added some along the top and bottom of my card with a border punch. I used a background stamp to create a subtle background on my topmost panel and then got to work on my sentiment. I knew I wanted the card to be a bit of a "surprise" on the inside, so I kept the sentiment simple and tiny. Once open, the "Spring" would be revealed. A few Liquid Pearls and a nice green button added a little extra spring to my card!
BEAN NOTES: (Unless otherwise noted, all materials are Stampin' Up) Occasions and En Francais; "Spring" Clear Stamp (generic); VersaMark Clear Ink; Groovy Guava Classic Dye Ink; Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette Cardstock; Scallop Trim Border Punch; Sizzix XL Flower Folds Dye; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Big Shot; Green Button (generic); Hemp Twine; 1-1/8" Circle Punch; HAPPY BEANS: Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls

31 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Wow! This card screams "Spring"! I love the colors and those beautifully embossed flowers! Fantastic job!

Carla Bazhenow said...

I'm with Ann!!! Gorgeous card, I love everything!!! Hugs,

Kathy Martin said...

Such a gorgeous card! Love the flower and the way it opens! :)

Diane Jaquay said...

LOVE the z fold card and that big, gorgeous FLOWER!!

Kay said...

Wow, this is an amazing card! You've embellished it perfectly inside and out! I love the texture and dimension of the flower! Fabulous job! Thank you for joining us at 2S4Y! ♥♥ Kay

Cheryl Nelson said...

Love how this opens!! What a beautiful card!!

Phyllis Strickland said...

Love the colors, layout, everything!!!

Kim said...

Oh, SO HAPPY!!! :) Gorgeous card Regina!!!!

Butternut Sage Designs said...

oh my this certainly is springy!!!

Mary Fish said...

gorgeous flower and amazing engineering. hugs, m

Kris Kilcoyne said...

What a fun Spring card!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

I love that z fold, kind of the opposite of the easel card that's been so popular, very clever, your flower is the prettiest I've seen using that die.

Maureen said...

fun blossom and love all the textures...what a fun little box!!

Laural-Lee said...

wow this is lovely and a winner for sure. I love the shades of your colours. Beautiful

Cards by Gina said...

Wow! What a gorgeous card! I love the colors, design, embellishments, but I especially love the way it folds! Absolutely terrific!

Patti MacLeith said...

oh. so. pretty. And those colors!! S-P-R-I-N-G!!!

Linda Callahan said...

Gorgeous colors - great design - and I just love how you use those liquid pearls!

Daniela Hendea {PurpleD} said...

Look at these colors. They are so beautiful, so soft! Spring is definitely in the air!

Lea L. said...

Very pretty!! I love the embossed flowers! Great job with Kazan's sketch!

♥Lea

Heather P. said...

Such a FABULOUS card!

Thanks for playing along with us @ 2S4Y. :)

Dallas said...

Simply beautiful!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Beautiful! I love the zfold card---I've never seen that done before!!! And the soft color palette is gorgous!

Rochelle said...

Love the flower and the colors are perfect for a spring card!

Kazan Clark said...

Regina! This is sooo pretty - i love the way it opens :)

lauren said...

ooooooooooooooh! ♥ this is beeeeeautiful as well as clever--i love that cool "z" fold design, not to mention all of the texture & dimension you've achieved on that flower!

Shemaine Smith said...

Beautiful card!!! Congrats on the Fab 5 :)

Stacey Schafer said...

so pretty! congrats of fab 5:) this is the flower folds at its finest!

Lisa Petrella said...

Congrats on being named one of the Fab 5 at 2S4Y!! Way to go!

Anja (scrappie) said...

Congrats on the fab 5 over at 2s4y your card rocks love how it opens.

Traveling Mama said...

Gorgeous!! What a lovely card! Thanks for playing along with us at Embellish!

Mariana Grigsby said...

Beautiful! Thank you for participating in the Embellish Color Challenge.