Sunday, 24 February 2013

Christmas Card Club Trifold

Made my very first fancy folded card...I googled how to make one and was super nervous and read the directions 3 or 4 times. Well, I should have read them again because I made mistakes assembling it!
I'm not sure if i made the right kind of card, but it was fun doing it and this was a great challenge theme.

I used a Sizzix die that I had never used before and didn't realize that just like card stock has a right and wrong side after you have cut it, so would a die cut card, as the blades would create a smooth and a raised side as they cut through.

I should have folded my card the opposite way so that the smooth side of the cut on the main card would be visible. Instead you get a view of the rough, cut edge when it is open. I wondered why it didn't want to stay sitting open properly!  I cut a sample card first and folded it correctly (by total fluke). It sits open very nicely and has a nice smooth front view...not so much this one!   I had to struggle with it a bit to sit nicely.

Here is a look from the other side   Now sometimes you can't win for trying...I managed to stamp the sentiment off  center vertically and didn't even notice until I had already glued it down! Wanted to get it up on my blog in time for club viewing, but will restamp and recut the sentiment  a smidge smaller, and then just glue it over this one.  Hopefully it will just look like a double mat!

Cardstock - from my stash and snippets bin
Image - Penny Black Stickeroo
Flower - from my stash but picked up for 25 cents a package in the after Xmas sales.
Stamp - Hero Arts

I am submitting this card to the following challenges.:

1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - Must use snippets. The card stock is all snippets. The stickeroos were left over from last Christmas.
2. CHCC Extra - Anything goes.


Gibmiss said...

This is fabulous ... Love it ..... Gorgeous card...
Hugs Sylvie xxxx

DebiJ said...

Well Maureen, this is wonderful fine card! How lovely that you made it especially, even if few things went astray long the way. Cos it really is outstnding!
Hugs xxx

pinky said...

Its gorgeous, love the image.

Crafty Kitten said...

Well I think it is gorgeous. Love that poinsettia, just beautiful.

Christine Harrop said...

A lovely fold to this card. Love the two different images. Christine x

Di said...

Absolutely FAB Maureen!! I can't see any problems at all with the die cutting.Love the colours and design you used.

If you do have a raised edges from die cutting - not that I can see any - you can often flatten them by running the back of a fingernail along the edge. Ha! Ask me how I know this :))

Hugs, Di xx

Carol said...

This is fabulous Maureen, love the fold - think it's much nearer the mark than mine is! Catch you in the playground! Carol x

Sue said...

Huggles Mo!!!! this card is gorgeous..I've never made a trifold card I made a stepper (which had three folds in it!) so I thought it was wrong so I took it all to pieces late last night hahaha oh well it was fun but your card is fab hun.. Stay safe ..Sue J xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Redanne said...

Well despite your slight difficulty with it, it looks absolutely gorgeous, that red is just so rich looking and your card is very elegant. Love it. Hugs, Anne x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Fabulous card, I love the design and the poinsttia.
Kevin xx

Hazel said...

This is gorgeous - fab response for Debi's CCC challenge - don't forget that you could also enter it for my - would love to see it there x

Hazel said...

Thanks for linking your lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for February - hope to see you again soon. x

Irene said...

Your card is absolutely fabulous, right or wrong way.


Thanks for joining CHNC Extra challenge this month.

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Maureen,

This card is just amazing! I've never attempted any fancy folded cards; usually mine are plain jane.

Have a lovely rest of the weekend.


Stamping in Pink said...

Maureen it's lovely. Hope you don't mind but I've learnt that if you I cut stuff roughly using a bone folder or scoring tool helps it to sit smoother and hides the rough edges a little.
However it's still a beautiful card, love the colour and the image, and woudln't have noticed the edge if you hadn't said anything lol! Karen x

Diana Seal said...

WOW, I think the card looks absolutely fabulous!!!
I never made one, but I think I have to try, they just look to fancy. Thanks for the inspiration!
Have a great weekend!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Well I think this card is just FABULOUS Mary.

Dun u worry bout nuffin' . . . just call the rough edges DISTRESSED - they're all the rage!

Sarn xxx

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Sorry Maureen . . .I think I just called you Mary . . . but it down to my age and a senior moment! Soz! xxx

dutchess said... thats what a tri fold should look like ...its georgeous hugs Margaret

Carol L said...

The picture shows no rough edges, but only the beauty of this fantastic creation! I love the big, bold sentiment, and both sides of the swinging panel! Gorgeous!

Joann Burton said...

This is just a wonderful card. It is amazing. One of your best. I also want to tell you how much your kind and thoughtful words meant to me with the passing of my husband. I still have hard days but hopefully will be back to creating soon. joann sassy raggedy

Samantha Elliott said...

Wonderful card there Mo! Great colours and glad you kept going with it!
I am with Sandra about distressing the edges!!
PS as for alcohol free Lent, it was either that or give up the chocolate! Tough choice but there is that time in a girls life when she needs chocolate, and twice during Lent!!

Tracy said...

With all the snow we still have this is a perfect card ;)
You card is beautiful
I have made a card like this when I first started to make cards...I thought it was called a flip seems there are 3 names for each card type, lol.
I think it will look like a matt if you re-stamp it on another piece.

Clare said...

Wow this is a real stunner Maureen!!! there are so many different variations of a tri-fold/3 fold card and this fits in perfectly with Debi's challenge for the CCC. You are very brave for attempting it hun as don't think I could make one without pulling my hair out!!!!. The stamps are gorgeous by the way. I am so glad that you have joined us girls at the CCC and can't wait to see more of your creations. Big hugs Clare xxxx

sue w. said...

Hi Maureen, this is gorgeous, I love the shape and folds and the wonderful poinsettia.
Hugs Sue W,

Sue Althouse said...

I think your card is totally lovely and way fancier than anything I would ever attempt!

Mrs A. said...

Can't believe this is your first try. It is gorgeous. Love the bright colours and the poinsettia is lovely as the set piece. Be rightly proud. Hugs Mrs A.

Pia S said...

Love the shape of this card, and I like how you've kept a clean design - it makes your card look so elegant. Well done!!!

Glenda Atkins said...

Fabulous card, your poinsettia is marvlellous and so is the ornament on the other side. wow!

Cathy said...

Wow, this is amazing Maureen! It all looks perfect from where I'm sitting! Gorgeous images and it sits beautifully. :) Cathy x

debby4000 said...

Oh what a wonderful, beautiful Christmas card.

Debs Willis said...

What a clever card, I can't believe it's your first try! And great use of your snippets.


Debs x

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely fabulous card - love the shape and the poinsettia is gorgeous too. I have to read instructions several time too, you're not alone :)) Elizabeth xx

Zoƫ said...

It's amazing. Your first fancy fold and it's gorgeous. Can't wait to see the second and third and........ Zx

MaryH said...

Oh, Maureen, this is so lovely, and I'm so proud of you with your 1st folded card (I've yet to do one, so am REALLY IMPRESSED!). We must be twins, telling on ourselves for boo-boos, because I didn't see one thing wrong with your very pretty card. Not even the sentiment you said was stamped wrong. Looked good to me! (But then I'm the one who glued my card front down wrong, so take it for a grain of salt! :-) I LIKE your card. I also enjoy reading about 'mistake saves' helps me a lot. I recognized a much loved PB sticker too! Great use of it here. TFS

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Maureen this is awesome I love that image and the simplicity of the design, that card fold looks fantastic.
lorraine x

Amanda said...

Now that is a very fancy folded card, love the images too. Would not have noticed the edge if you hadn't said. Hugs, Amanda x

Asha said...

Lovely card! I'm amazed at the different tri-fold design. Totally impressed with your take on it. Well done, my friend!
xxx Asha
Sunny Summer Crafts

Lisa said...

Great card! Love that image

Amy V. said...

I think this looks great! I love your design!

Erika said...

Beautiful card, poinsettias are my all time favourite Christmas card.
Happy crafting, hugs Erika.