Saturday, September 8, 2012

FALL cards and a TUTORIAL ...

Hello everyone and I hope you're having a nice start to your weekend!
Here in NE Ohio we have rain .... clouds ... wind
Well, you get the picture!
So I'm playing in my cave trying to get some things ready for my November craft show.  And, along the way, I created a couple of cards with 2 of the latest digi images from "priscillastyles".  Check 'em out!

"priscillastyles" image called FALL CAT
 This FALL CAT creation uses DCWV designer paper for the background.  The fall leaves punch from Creative Memories was used with various fall colored cardstock to make my cluster of fall leaves and the acorn was made from chocolate chip cs and the Spellbinder Fall Leaves die set.  The added corner embellishment is from the Cheery Lynn Designs B165 - Lace Corner die set.  My coloring was done with Prismacolor markers and blue chalk applied with a makeup applicator for the sky.

"priscillastyles" image called FALL DOG
I have used several of the same elements to create my Z-FOLD FALL DOG card.

Here are a few other qualifying challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge - Fall 
One Stop Craft Challenge - No Floral Embellishment
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Cute Fall or Halloween 4 kids

Bloggers Challenge - Bring on Fall
Clearly Inspired Challenge - Leaves
Raise The Bar - Celebrate Fall
Divas by Design - Friendship
Fab 'n' Funky - Colors of Autumn
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If you've never made a Z-FOLD card, they are very easy ... 
here's a quick step tutorial for you. 

Materials needed:
  • Card stock for base card measuring 4 1/4" x 11
  • Design Paper for panels measuring:  (1) at 4" x 5 1/4" and (2) at 4" x 2 1/2"
  • Focus Panel can be any size/shape you wish.  
 For the card below I have used a Shelly's Images digi stamp called "Pumpkins" and the Spellbinder Labels 1 dies.  For my FALL DOG creation, I simple cut & matted in square shapes.
Other items used on this sample card are:
Michael's satin ribbon ... Spellbinder Fall Leaves die (acorn) ... Fine tip marker for faux stitching ... sentiment from a Carolyn King 'Whimsical Autumn' stamp set.


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 STEP 4:


These are easy, fun cards to create!  I hope you'll give them a try and when you do, be sure to let me know so I can come take a peek at your creation and leave you some love!
(More Z-Fold samples are available by clicking on the TUTORIAL tab beneath my header.)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a 'fun-tabulous' weekend!


  1. These are all beautiful cards Darlene! The colors are all so nice and bright - and that dog looks like he's staring right at you! And thanks for the tutorial. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. All of the cards are lovely in their fall oranges and golds. I'm so ready for fall, but then it is followed by winter which I could do without. The first card, fall kitty, is my favorite because I've had a kitty or two who have found themselves out on thin branches chasing birds (smile). Thank you so much, too, for taking the time to do the Z-fold tutorial!

  3. I love them all. Fall kitty is adorable! Love the pumpkins. Thanks for the tutorial too. Oh, yesterday's pumpkins tri-fold card was beautiful too.

  4. Lovely fall cards, even though we are now into spring...hopefully.
    Especially love the kitty one. Hugs, Ursula

  5. Darlene I just love this. So beautifully designed. Thanks also for the great tutorial. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life - my personal blog}

  6. I love them all and thanks for the tutorial.
    Hugs, Marianne

  7. Beautiful fall cards and what a great, easy-to-follow tutorial, Darlene! Even math-challenged me should be able to do this one. Thanks so much!

  8. Lovely cards, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky this week in our challenge.

    Pat xx

  9. Love the cards and brilliant tutorial
    thank you for joining us at fab n funky
    linda x

  10. Stunning cards you've made and I really like the fold! =)
    Thanks for the tutorial too! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  11. beautiful card! thanks for the tutorial fold card. Thank you for playing with us @ 2 Sisters this week.
    Hugs, Jill

  12. Such pretty fall cards...the kitty one is so cute...poor thing with an acorn dropped on his to the doggy one,'s beginning to feel like fall here...I love it!!

  13. Fantastic autumnal cards - I love your Z-fold dog... and thank you so much for the detailed tutorial too!
    Alison x

  14. Hi Darlene!!! Yes, I know. Shame on me for not visiting you more often. :( But when I do pop in, you never fail to impress me with your beautiful designs! I love your little showcase today - so adorable ushering in the Autumnal season. Your pup is sooo cute with those patterned papers! Thank you so much for joining in on our challenge this week at Raise The Bar! Have a great weekend Dar!!
    ~*Joni RTB DT

  15. Beautiful fall themed cards - love the Zfold! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

  16. I'm loving all those leaves!! Also the dog in the leaves is a favorite and maybe a "must have". Love him!!

    Thanks for playing with us at Clearly iStamp. Hope you come play with us again on the 21st when the new challenge is posted!


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