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Thursday 23 May 2024

Krafty Chicks challenge #717 - All Occasions

Good morning friends; it's Thursday so that means it's time for a new challenge over at Krafty Chicks challenge.  This week is Week 4 so the lovely Lori is our hostess and our theme is 'All Occasions', so you have free rein to create whatever you like.  
I was inspired by a card I saw recently in a video by Gina K Designs.  She made a gatefold card and I thought I hadn't made one of those for a while.  I deviated slightly as I made a bellyband for my card to keep it closed.  There are quite a few photos today (sorry) as I wanted to show all the different aspects!
Here is my card:
The card without the bellyband:
The card & bellyband together:
A close up of the flower:
I decorated the inside:
I also decorated the envelope:
I began by creating my gatefold card by cutting my white card 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and scoring the long side at 2 1/8" and 6 3/8".  I had already created my background using the letterpress embossing folder technique using teal ink so cut the background into 2 strips, each 1 7/8" x 5 5/8".  I also cut 2 black mat panels slightly larger and added them to my card with double sided tape.  I die cut the flower outline with black card and the base layer in white card and then ink blended the white layer using teal ink pads.  I made the bellyband by cutting my white card 1 1/2" x 11 3/4" and folded it around the card.  Before adhering the ends together I stamped my sentiment in black ink on the left side of the front.  I then adhered the ends with red liner tape.  I added the flower to the right side of the belly band.  Once I removed the bellyband I thought the card looked a little bare so cut another flower and also cut 2 leaf dies from black card.   I carefully placed the flower onto the card just slightly overlapping the join of the card and tucked the leaves underneath.  I wanted the flower on the bellyband to hide the one on the card so that it would be a surprise when you removed the bellyband and thankfully, for once, my plan worked lol.  For the inside I cut a white card panel and black mat layer and adhered them together with double sided tape.  I added a thin strip of the background to the top and bottom of the white panel, added a black leaf to the bottom right and stamped a sentiment to the centre in black ink.  As I had some strips left of the background I decided to decorate my envelope too.  I'm really happy with how this turned out and it's nice to make something different for a change.  

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:

A Place to Start challenge - ATG option: for a lady
Aud Sentiments challenge - foiling and/or flowers + sentiment
Beautiful Blossoms challenge - anything floral goes optional mood board
Creative Creases challenge - ATG with a fun fold (stamped sentiments)
Cut It Up challenge - send me flowers
Papercraft challenges - flower power
Shopping Our Stash challenge - how does your garden grow (13 challenges max)
Unicorn challenge - for the girls

I hope you will be able to join us for our 'All Occasions' challenge and I cannot wait to see your creations in our linky.  Please leave some love for my fellow chicks - LeanneDiane and Lori and also our guest designer for May, Rachelle

Thanks for stopping by. 

Love and hugs, 
Card ingredients:
Gina K Designs - fresh cut flowers dies
Gina K Designs - perfect posy stamp (for outside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - tapestry EF
Gina K Designs - on the inside stamp (for inside sentiment)
Gina K Designs - ink pads - sea glass, tranquil teal, turquoise sea
Hobbycraft - A4 black card


Debbie Mageed said...

Beautiful gatefold card, Denise! Love the papers and your rose is gorgeous!! Thank you for playing with the Creative Creases Challenge, and I hope you can join us again soon. We really appreciate your support!
Debbie, DT
Secrets To Stamping

Leanne said...

This card is wonderful, love the color and love flowers, wonderful inside too, glad you shared lots of photos friend, awesome.
Have a great day, hugs, L

Carrie said...

What a gorgeous gatefold card, Denise! I love the pretty belly band you made to keep it closed, too! And you even made a matching envelope! Awesome! Thanks for sharing this beauty at Creative Creases!

Inkyfingers said...

What a stunning card, Denise! It is so elegant and I love the texture on the gatefold image. I'm going to have to find out more about that betterpress embossing technique!
Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM.
Carol x

Betta said...

I love this card!!! I love it ... EVERYTHING!!!!
What struck me most was the double flower on both the card and the band that keeps it closed!
Fantastic!!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thanks for stopping by A Place To Start !
Hugz, Bettascrap DT

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG, this is such a gorgeous card ! Love the design and the beautiful dimension you gave with the letterpress embossing. So beautiful with the bellyband. Thanks so much for sharing and for playing at ATSM.

Alyson Mayo said...

That flower is gorgeous against the harvest embossed background! Thanks for sharing with us at Cut It Up :)

Francesca said...

Gorgeous gatefold! Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start!

Rachelle Oltean said...

What a beautiful gatefold card Denise! The teal blues are so pretty with the black accents!

Ink Outside The Box With Diane said...

Stunning card Denise! The wow factor though is that embossing folder and the inking technique you did. Never mind that it’s a great fold! I also love that flower dies you used. Spectacular!!