Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Fancy Folds

Happy Friday, everyone! The first Winter Friday if you’re down under, and after a prolonged warm and dry and spectacularly sunny Autumn, it certainly feels like Winter has arrived with a bang in the last 24 hours. It’s freezing!!


Time to warm up with a hot cup of tea and the Paper Adventures blog hop. This month we are having ourselves a little fan moment as we have the fabulous Jan B as guest designer and we are CASE-ing her fancy folds.

With so many options it was hard to choose a fancy fold to make, especially since I’m a little afraid of them. This was a card I’ve looked at before and loved, though, so I settled on this one.


I just love the way the butterfly slips through the opening on the front to be on the inside of the card as well when you open it. What a cool surprise! At the end of her video Jan mentions that other shapes may work well for this, for example a flower. Well of course, that got me thinking.

Only problem is while I was thinking life intervened in a most spectacular way, and, very long story cut very short, I had a catastrophic electrical failure at home which has meant I’ve had to suddenly up sticks and move out for a time while it all gets sorted out. Of course when I had to pack essential supplies in a hurry you can guess what the next thing after clothes for the kids was, can’t you?


Yep! #priorities

This has meant completing a project for this blog hop a monumental task, but I managed to use the butterfly card inspiration to make these two cards from the supplies I grabbed in a hurry.


The first card uses the beautiful new Bird Ballad DSP. I love it when a DSP collection has a fun stripe in it. The red in this paper is Calypso Coral but I have used the new In Color Terracotta Tile as a mat as that’s what I had with me, and they are pretty similar in tone. I fussy cut one of the sprays of flowers from the DSP as my feature flower, although a large die cut flower would be perfect for this. Again using what I had to hand, a stitched circle in vellum (I keep a pile of extra die cut shapes for sentiments on hand), some leaves punched from vellum and Mossy Meadow cardstock  and the thanks sentiment is from the Well Written Dies.


Here’s the flower as it slides through the slot made with the Classic Label Punch. I used my trimmer to make two score lines about 1/8″ apart where I wanted the flower to fold up, and adhered mini dimensionals to the back of this. In Jan’s card the butterfly has the perfect flat section in the middle and then the wings curl outwards, but I found flatter shapes need these score lines and the lift of the dimensionals to work (the dog from the Dog Builder punch does not work very well. Ask me how I know.)


In Jan’s original video she shows you really clearly how you make the slot in the card and then the card front (I went with a full sized front because that’s how I like to roll). It’s actually super easy to line it all up and the slot is the perfect size for something to slip through, without showing too much of the inside of the card until it’s open.


Eh voila, open! Again because I am clearly in the mood for making things more difficult than necessary this week I decided I wanted to use the same pattern I had cut the flowers from on the inside of the card and for the fussy cut flowers to sit on top of the matching ones in the paper. Now because I had just randomly cut these from a scrap piece I then discovered to do this meant cutting out the piece from pretty much the middle of a 12×12″ sheet at a weird angle. But I was committed. Were I to do it again I would think about this BEFORE so that the placement of the fussy cut flower was easier to match up. A simple mat of Terracotta Tile and Whisper White for writing on finishes off the card on the inside.


Searching around for a second shape that would work well for this style I thought of the sailboats from the new Come Sail Away suite. I don’t actually have the stamps and dies but I do have the beautiful DSP (mainly for this navy and white stripe because I love me some blue and white stripe action) and the Memories & More cards. So I fussy cut the boat from one of the small cards, and again made two score lines about where the mast and sail are.


The boat is taller than the Classic Label punch shape, but it was easy enough to enlarge the opening by punching once, sliding it down to the right spot, and punching again.


Here’s the boat sailing through the opening (you can see the line of mini dimensionals here as well).


The inside of this one uses that fabulous map type pattern from the DSP and a half mat of Soft Suede and Whisper White. The elements on the front of the card are from the M&M pack.


Another consequence of my temporary living arrangements is not having my usual photo set up, so I had to make do with this stool and slightly raggedly looking pot plant as my card props. The downside was having to battle the curious baby who would not leave the cards alone when I was trying to photograph them – she made a two minute job into a ten minute saga! The upside is that it shows you how you really can create a set up to take nice clear photos pretty much anywhere and with anything – something which I will be going into more detail with later in the month when I post a series of lessons on taking better photos of your cards and crafts. If that sounds like it interests you then please hit the subscribe button up top so you know  when they go live.

Next up is the fabulous Mandy and I can’t wait to see her creation as she is something of a fancy fold aficionado. I’m sure she’s really pulled out the stops for this month’s hop, along with the rest of our team members who are taking part, so make sure you hop right on through to see all the fabulousness by clicking on this link at the bottom of each page.



Thanks for stopping by,




Paper Adventures Team Hop June 2019 – Fancy Folds with Jan B

Jan Brown (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!

8 thoughts on “Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Fancy Folds

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  4. I love your cards you made! I actually made one of these card designs during the week, so much fun! I love how you have recreated Jan’s card with an alternative to the butterfly. Awesome! Not sure I have pulled out the stops for this month’s hop haha! But I had fun and that is the main thing xx

  5. Sheila Pybus

    I love your spin on this card Siobhan, it gives it the wow factor. I don’t know how you manage it but you always come up trumps. Hope the electrics are nearly fixed 😄

  6. Love your two examples of this great fancy fold. What a trooper you are – a major disaster and you still manage to make, photograph and blog some amazing cards for our team hop! I am very much looking forward to your photography tutorial! Kelly x

  7. Anne barker

    Yes, I’m impressed at your commitment to seeing this exercise through Siobhan! I would have said ‘barleeze’ when I had to pack my bags and move out! So GOLD STAR to you for persevering with these cards that require more skill and attention than usual. I love them!

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