Saturday, November 13, 2010

Just Us Girls Challenge #59

Just Us Girls are bringing you a fun technique challenge today!  Kathryn is the hostess and she chose to challenge everyone with making a gatefold card!  No catches, just a gatefold card designed and adorned however you choose! 

Soooo...if you know me and my way of thinking, I like to go against the grain with a lot of things.  I did just that with my gatefold card.  I thought it would be cool to have the opening run horizontal vs vertical.  Yes, I realize that an open gatefold that is made the traditional way, could stand on it's own...BUT, who leaves an open gatefold card on the counter?  I wouldn't!  They're decorated soooo cute on the outside, I would want to show that off instead.  SO...here we are with my non-traditional gatefold ;] 
I kept it fairly simple despite how it may look.  I designed my gatefold by welding a rectangle to my new Trendy Tags Set #1 cut file in SCAL (one on each side of the rectangle).  I printed some of my new MTME digi paper, Timeless Tradition (two sheets per page at 5"x7" each). I like the scaled look of the paper's design on cards.  I sized one of the mat layers manually and cut off the opposite side.  Once my mat layers were adhered, I cut out my new MTME Holly-Day Accents cut file and ran the leaves through my crimper several times turning the leaf 45 degrees before each run through.  I then used an embossing stylus to create veins in my leaves.  I adhered on leaf to the bottom fold and the other to the top.  The larger buttons overlap the center fold just slightly but they aren't heavy enough to hold the card shut securely, so I added some ribbon under my sentiment tag.  I created the tag by coloring the digi version of my image and sentiment from Dashing Through the Snow, printing and punching it out.  I also punched a Cherry Cobbler oval to make this layer sturdier.  For the holly berries, I decided to just adhere the buttons instead of threading them first...to keep the red as bold as possible :] 
Here's a shot of the inside.  I used two different stamps from the MTME Secret Santa set to create my sentiment and more of the Timeless Tradition paper to decorate it.
Here's a snapshot of the complete card wide open:
Last but certainly not least, I want to wish our dear Dana a very happy birthday!!!!  It's tomorrow :]  I made her card earlier this week so that I could send it on time, BUT, it just went into the mail today!  Sorry girlie :O)  Here's a peek of the card I made and the link to my post:
Okay, that's really all I have for you today.  If I missed anything you're curious about, please ask and I'll clarify.  I type my posts late at night sometimes and get a little groggy during that process :]  Mistakes are inevitible!  Please swing by our fab DTs' blogs (links are in my left sidebar), and visit our fab November guest designer, Cheryl Rowley.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm hoping to work on a special project this weekend!  I'll share as soon as it's finished :]  Have a great weekend!!

15 comments:

Chrissie said...

This looks absolutely STUNNING!
It's just SO clever as well as being a joy to look at!
What wonderful inspiration!
Chrissie

Laura Pryor said...

I AM SOOOOO LOVING YOUR NEW PAPERS!! I love it I love it I love it!!!

Laura Pryor said...

Sorry, hit send too soon....I love love love your card! All the different elements came together soooo nicely. This is a beauty!

Stampin' Pam said...

Wow this is amazing Kristin - love the different orientation of the card. Thanks for sharing how you made it. It's truly stunning. GOod to see you creating again.

Lisa Kind said...

Wow! Aren't you the clever one? This is beautiful! Love the colors and your paper looks fabulous! Now if I could only follow your directions and create something like this! Great job with the challenge!

Lynn said...

Kristen, GORGEOUS card...I love that you did it non traditionally!!!

Lynn said...

Hey there...thanks for the comments...glad your daughter liked Ryan's comments!!! My birthday is the 7th! Happy birthday to you too!!!

Diane - Rubber 'n Rafters said...

kristen I LOVE your card .... the design, the colors, everything. Just beautiful.

Elise said...

Positively GORGEOUS little treasure you have created here, Kristen! You are SUCH a rebel! {hee hee} I love it! The details and the layers of goodness peeling back to expose more and more stampilicious wonder - talk about a GATEWAY - gateway to crafty, that is! Stunning work! And THEN, a birthday card for Sweet Lil' Dane! You're awesome!

Thanks for ALL of the terrific inspiration, m'dear! Love, love, loved the Gate FOLD concept: yipeeee!

Tammy Hershberger said...

OMG Kristin, that is positively GORGEOUS! LOVE those holly leaves and berries and the oh-so-clever gate-fold of your card!!! Go against the grain anytime, girlie.... you ROCK!

Anne said...

AWESOME take on the traditional gate fold card! Yours is stylish and just plain cool!

Kathryn B said...

OMG Kristin this is way to stinkin' perfect!!! I just love how you turned it around and that paper along with the leaves and holly berries...sigh just gorgeous! Love the scallop border inside too! Not to mention that Birthday card!!! Will be back to drool over this eye candy a little more later!!! LOL

Andrea M said...

THIS IS FLIPPIN' AWESOME!!! Love the scalloped edges and the way it opens! Wow girl - way to think outside the box!!! I LOVE it and find myself wanting the SCAL file :) The holly leaves are simply fantastic too!!! Just huge wow factor :) Great job girlie!!!

Dana Gustafson said...

Go ON with your bad rule breakin self...it' suits you! ;) I LOVE your layers and textures in this gorgeous holiday card. THe bold red and mossy greens are stunning together!

And thank you for the brithday wishes...when I saw that card on your blog last week the colors caught my eye for sure. Now I know why, that delightful piece of paper magic was made for lil ol me! You are a doll!

Ann said...

Wowza, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! So festive and fun!

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