March Madness Blog Hop

MarchMadnessBannerIt’s time for another Wacky Watercooler blog hop!  This one is all about March Madness and Fancy Folds.   If you’re following the hop, you arrived here from the amazing Deborah’s blog.  Deb is one of my all-time favorite artists.  Her projects always make me say, “Wow!  I need to CASE that!” – and I usually do.

“Madness” was up to our own interpretation, and I went a little crazy on the folds.  I used a “fancy fold” on each of my projects.  To keep the verbiage at a minimum, I’m going to just give basics here.  Instructions, diagrams and other tips are on this page.

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!This looks like a straightforward “gate-fold” card, using the Birthday Bash specialty designer series paper and the and Balloon Bash stamp set, right?  Wrong!!  You’ve heard of a “card in a box?”  Well, this is a box in a card.  I got the idea from Valita’s Designs and Fresh Folds.  The video is linked in the instruction page.  She’s from Australia, so it’s fun to listen to!

When you open the card, there’s a little box that you can put a small gift in.  I was going for a skinny candy bar, but that got eaten before the project was photographed.  So I opted for a couple packages of Skittles instead.  (What can I say?  It’s been a busy week!)

Here’s the open card.

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Of course, when I photographed it, the candy all fell to the bottom.  Scroll a bit further down, and you’ll see how deep the box is.  You can’t fill it up, or your card will gap a lot.  But you can put some tags, bookmarks, thin candy, or other flat-ish stuff in there.  By the way, I changed the measurements a bit from Valita’s so they’d work a little better for us non-metric people.

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Next I have a napkin fold.  I’m not sure why it’s called that.  I’ve never – ever – folded a napkin like this.  But it’s a cute fold and an easy (like, really easy!) card to make.  I got the idea from demonstrator Deb Valder.  (The link to her video is also on the instructions page.  I also have printed dimensions if you’re like me and don’t like watching videos.)

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!Like the “box in a card,” this one is kept closed with a belly band.  I used one of the newer monthly Photopolymer sets, Lovely Amazing You.  I love those feathers, and, yes, you do have to “fussy cut” them.  It’s not that bad, though.  For the paper, I used the “Stacked with Love” designer series paper stack.

Here’s the open card.  I used some Snuggles and Smooches, another monthly photopolymer set, for the crazy circles.

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Doesn’t it remind you of one of the “cootie catchers” we made as kids?

My final card uses a tea bag fold.

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!I used 1″ squares for the tea bag folds, and, let me tell you, that was tough!  They’re really tiny.  But it’s doable.  I punched 16 squares from the Birthday Bash designer series paper, then layered them to form the outside flower.  I layered three stamped, punched images from “Flower Shop” to the center with an antique brad.  This is also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sketch challenge.  Here’s the sketch –


It was designed by Amanda Corbet for our demonstrator forum.  I forgot to add the ribbon before I glued the layers to the card, so I just added a big floppy bow instead of tying it around the layers.

That’s it for me – and I’m the end of the train.  However – if you started with me or somewhere in the middle, you can keep hopping around the circle until you get back to where you started.  In that case, your next stop is back at the beginning with Marsha Reed.  I know she has something fabulous for you to see!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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12 Responses to March Madness Blog Hop

  1. Gail Allen says:

    Very ambitious, Buffy! That napkin-fold card sure does look complicated.


  2. Christine Giuda says:

    Yep, great minds….! The funny thing is, I almost did the “napkin fold” card. Love the colors on it.


  3. debsmart says:

    You really did go ‘mad’ with 3 fancy folds, Buffy!! I love them all, but I think my favourite is the box in a card – I NEED to try that one! I’m sure you have the patience of a saint to do the napkin folds; I tip my hat to you, my friend! 🙂


  4. Kath says:

    You always amaze me!


  5. Ter says:

    wow, great folds, Buffy!! I will have to try it… I am amateur at fancy fold cards!


  6. Kathy L says:

    Goodness! I am overwhelmed by all these folded cards! What beauties. Nope, I refuse to believe the napkin folded card is easy, but it is lovely. And the candy box card…how clever is that? Thanks for giving us some great ideas to try.


  7. Heidi Weaver says:

    Hi Buffy, thanks so much for being part of the blog hop. I love your madness (and Christine’s). Three fancy folds and they’re all wonderful. Just for sheer fun, I love the little box-in-a-card fold. What fun for my grandsons to get a card like that and then to open it up and find their favourite treats. That’s one for my files!

    If you hadn’t sunk into madness before, I’m certain that you had by the time you completed the tea bag fold card. I love it but oh, what a job! One inch squares are fussy to fold and you’ve done a beautiful job. I especially love the colours in that card.

    I, too, have never folded a napkin like that but the card is stunning.


  8. Jackie says:

    Buffy, such wonderful cards, esp the box card. I wish I could play with them in person because they look so cool and interactive.


  9. stampwithbev says:

    Like the box in a card idea – have some folks who love skittles .. The belly band fold card is neat too.


  10. Walker says:

    You definitely out did your self. What beautiful creations! I will have to give the box in a card a try. Thank you for sharing some amazing folds.


  11. Marsha Reed says:

    Great projects, Buffy. Love the napkin fold.


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