Sunday, April 22, 2012

Z-Fold Cards

Good Evening Everyone!  
I hope you are enjoying a restful weekend!

I was taking a peek at the challenges listed over at Feline Playful and came across a few that caught my attention.  I made a decision last week to create a variety of 'fancy fold' cards for the upcoming local Fall Craft Show and as I was doing a bit of investigating over at Splitcoast Stampers as well as online (YouTube, etc.), I found that there can be more than one card design that falls under the same name.  i.e. Z-Fold Cards

Here are a couple that I have created.  
(My post is a bit lengthy ... might want to grab a comfy chair.)

This is what I initially called a Z-Fold card and is the style they were looking for at the Come and Get It Challenge. So following the guidelines that they provided by Linda Duke (here) I've created this lovely z-fold card in purples & greens.  The double sided designer paper is from K&Co and the focus image if from JustRite Stamps.

I have stamped this sweet image from the JustRite Clear 'Botanical Butterflies' (CR-02245) set several times and popped up the flowers & the outer word ring with dimensional tape.

My flower was created from a scrap of designer paper, Best Creations Inc 'A Walk in the Garden' (AW012) and the medium PunchBunch 'Ovoid' floral punch.  The center stamen is the PunchBunch 'Big Skye' punch and the leaves are Marianne (LR0156) die.  Martha Stewart 'branch' leaf punch and purple Stickles were also used in the creation of my flower.  Ooops nearly forgot to mention the PunchBunch Flower Making Kit and McGill black mat were also used.

The other items used on this card are the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Kaiser pearls, Michael's satin ribbon and the SU scallop border punch.

(Items identified in RED were purchased at Joan's Gardens.)

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The other style of Z-fold card I found looks like this:

It is this style that I have cut out several 'base cards' and started to decorate for the upcoming show.  I will be using this particular card as a SAMPLE to show the people what I mean by 'Z-Fold' instead of them wanting to take the cards out of their protective sleeves.  I will share the other cards made in this style at a later date.

On this card I have used a cute sticker from Crafty Secrets, SU red gingham paper (very old), Spellbinder scallop rectangle dies, and the sentiment is from Verses Rubber Stamps.  Pretty simple design but still cute I think!


Here are a few challenges I'd like to enter these cards into:
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
 PanPastel UK Challenge - Add a Flower
That Craft Place Challenge - Anything but a Square or Rectangle
Hiding in My Craft Room - Homemade Flowers
Joan's Gardens - Homemade Flowers from punches and/or dies
Just Some Lines - Give a Gift of Flowers
Prairie Fairy Friday - Anything with Flowers
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Punches & Dies

Since it's getting late (nearly bedtime), I guess I'll bring this post to an end.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I'd really LOVE to hear your opinion on this fancy fold style ... or any comment you may have for that matter!  LOL!

Big Hugs to you all and I wish you a FABULOUS week ahead!



  1. Darlene - Your card is beautiful. Love your flowers and 3D effect.
    Thank you for playing Come and Get it Challenges this week.

  2. Very pretty card. Thanks for playing at OSAAT.
    Hugs Nataliya

  3. Wow great cards. I love the diffrent folds. Your pick in flowers are so cute. TFS & Thanks for joining us at HIMCR DT AJ!

  4. Darlene these creations are gorgeous. The first definitely means a Z-fold to me.

  5. Stunning work Darlene. Your such a great inspiration in all that you do. The colours you have used are so beautiful and I love butterflies too. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxx

  6. Really gorgeous card, I love the fold and the colours and the die cuts and flower look beautiful. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  7. Wowza! This card is amazing...and the hand cut layers for the stamped flowers wonderful!

  8. Both cards are so amazing Darlene. Love the colors and embellies. I am trying to learn how to do more of my own flowers so seeing the first cards helps alot. Can u do more flowers? Great, great job. evette k.

  9. oooooh...aaaaaah! I love these! But my favorite is the green and purple z fold. Just stunning! I love the dimension of the popped up flowers and your punched flowers are always spectacular. I can't wait for my "bow easy" lesson!

  10. absolutly stunning! fab job
    thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy this week

  11. Both styles are beautiful, but I am absolutely adoring that green and purple beauty (probably because it features my favorite color - green) and that spectacular bow =) Gorgeous floral accents and your dimension is incredible. Lovely creations =)

  12. Wow what gorgeous cards, they are both beautiful but I just love the purple and green one - stunning! Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK
    Claire xx

  13. Great creations! Thanks for joining us at Just Some Lines. :)

  14. This is lovely! Love the shape! Thank you for sharing at One Stitch at a Time and good luck with the Challenge. Judy DT x

  15. Very lovely card. The ribbon and the image is so nice. Lovely. Thanks so much for taking part in this week's Come and Get It Challenge.

  16. Great cards...BOTH of them! Thanks so much for joining us at Come and Get It this week!


  17. lovley cards, the colors are so beautiful along with the images...thanks for sharing at just some lines


  18. Love both cards, Dar! Your first z-fold is spectacular! My fav and the style I associate with Z-fold. Thanks for sharing.

  19. BEAUTIFUL CARDS!!! I was checking out different card styles on SPS the other day too! I love the Z Fold!! I will be doing a video on it soon!! YOur cards are FANTASTIC!!!!

    Thanks for joining us at HIMCR!!!

    Crafty HUgs,

  20. Fabulous cards! Both are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. Hugs

    NIKkI DT

  21. Wow wow gorgeous cards, love both the folds, I think my first thought of z folds would be the first one type, but it's great to think that you can do so many more. Love the colours and the stamps you have used and all the detail embellishments. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place Challege Blog :-) Kezzy x

  22. These are great cards!! Thanks for joining us at HIMCR!

  23. These turned out wonderful - now you are encouraging me to step out of the box!!!

  24. Both cards are wonderfully done Darlene!

    Wonderful to have you join the challenge this week at Come and Get It.


  25. This is so wonderful! Thanks for playing with us at One Stitch At A Time! Best of luck in the draw!
    Karen C (OSAAT DT)

  26. Both your cards are wonderful, I've never seen anyone using ribbon as you have don on the first one, so prettty.
    Thank you for joining us at the Fairy Fun Friday this time.


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