Friday, 9 December 2016

Fancy Fold Blog Hop




Hello and welcome to our monthly Blog Hop, the last one in 2016.

WOW, where has this year gone?  I am however ready, and will happily put this one behind me, cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring,...For sure it will be a better one :). 

This month's Fancy Fold is called Twist and Pop and it was was.... errm, challenging let's say. Actually scrap that,  it was flippin mind boggling and I am ashamed to tell you just how many pieces of card ended up in the bin. But, my lovely friend, and host of this hop Patrice, saved me with some really easy step by step instructions, and by Golly, I ended up with a card that I quite love. Thank you Patrice :)



I kept it quite simple, (no wonder after the mammoth task getting the folds right, I was frazzled) but because of the funky folds it didn't really needed much to looks gorgeous. 

I love this years Paper Pad Warmth&Cheer and its an incredible price right now at only £4.50 for 48 sheets.  

The fab Large Letters of course,  pop in gorgeous gold glimmer paper, my fave for adding a bit of sparkle, I very rarely make anything without a hint of this card :).

I ended up skipping a layer of card on my project. As I looked at the middle section shape I realised it looked like a house shape. So instead of wrapping it with another folded bit of card, I just went ahead and finished it off as it was. 

It turned out cute, I though,  and the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set  had the perfect sentiments to finish it off :) Felt like it was meant to be.. you know,  not much planning or anything like that LOL


Held the card in place with a belly band, made out of some stamped Kraft Cardstock , some vanilla satin ribbon, gold thread and a sentiment. The shaped layers were cut with the new,  and oh so fabulous Stitched Framelits, currently out of stock,  but let me know if you are interested in them and I can keep you informed once they are back. 

And then as a last flourish I used another fave of mine, the gorgeous Holly Punch and matching Hooly Berry Happiness stamp set. I never want this combo to retire its just so easy to add a quick oomph to everything festive. 

Sorry, what did you say? where did the gorgeous red berries came from?? Ah, they are these little cute Brights Enamel Shapes, aren't they the perfect finish?? .




Thank you so much for stopping to visit me today, I hope you are not too busy to carry on hopping while soaking up some more inspiration using this fabulous fancy fold. Hope over to my friend Tanja to see her beautiful creation. 

ps. Please tell me you are still making your Christmas cards as well, I cannot be the only one left...

Hugs and kisses Monica 







1- Patrice Halliday-Larsen
2 - Monica Gale- You Are Here
3 - Tanja Kolar
4 - Delphine Lorelli
5 - Martha Inchley
6 - Shannean Moncrieff
7 - France Poitras Martin
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Friday, 11 November 2016

Fancy Folds Blog Hop


Hello there, and welcome to another Fancy Fold Blog hop with some of my International friends. 

This month we are trying our hands at the Pop Up Book Card !!!

Now I will not lie to you, I am not the biggest fan of fancy folds because well, they not always straight forward and I like SIMPLE. However, me accepting to be a regular participant in this hop was for a reason and that was to make myself try some of the different folds and get out my normal comfort zone. And I really like taking part, some months they are more of a challenge then some I feel like they are going ok, like this month. It might be because I had a little help in the form of a diagram from my friend Patrice (thanks honey). This was my first and only attempt...



Ahhh love this Father Christmas stamp set!!! You cannot get more Christmas than this traditional looking set. 

My colours were Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake. I added a big of garden green as well. 
I have coloured the image using re inkers and a aqua painter filled with Isopropyl Alcohol, then inked everything using crime cake ink. The musical note paper is from the pack.

I added some texture with the new burlap ribbon and a bit of sparkle with some gold card. 

I used the newly releases stitched framelits to add the gold rim around my sentiment and what a fail !!! my round circle punched shaped totally covered the beautiful stitching LOL 




Oh well I will have to show you them on another card....
And oh my the Holly Berry Happiness bundle with the holly punch has been the perfect this season for adding pretty details... love it !!! Here's the inside view:


I really wanted to go to town and spruce up the inside but in the end I had to think practically and chose to leave one side plain for the sentiment to go on. I did watercolour the Santa sack filled with goodies though to provide some decoration to the book fold.
What do you think? 
Thank you for stopping to visit me, I truly appreciate it. 

Monica xoxo 
 







1- Patrice Halliday-Larsen
2 - Monica Gale- YOU ARE HERE
3 - Tanja Kolar
4 - Delphine Lorelli
5 - Martha Inchley
6 - Shannean Moncrieff
7 - Anne Granger
8 - France Poitras Martin
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