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z-fold with a gift October 26, 2007

Filed under: weekend sketch challenge — mjalbright @ 8:30 am

Here is my card for Beate’s wsc#25.  This weekends sketch challenge is a z-fold card.  You can view details and directions on Beate’s blog Fresh & Fun.

z-fold wsc#25       

I have been seeing posts with the good ol’ stamp set Lovely As a Tree, so I thought I’d dust it off and use it.  I actually used a couple older stamp sets for this card.   

There are so many details and it can be confusing for me to type out the explanations.  For reasons of trying to keep it simple (have been battling a migraine for past 2 days)….I’m just going to post a couple pics from different angles so you can see all the fun details this card has:)   You can also see samples by Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist …..Check them out.  They are very talented.

Here is a side view of the card:

 z-fold wsc#25 - sideview created a pocket on the inside section of the card which holds 2 tags (one with a simple elegant snow covered tree and one with a sentiment)…these can be tags or can be ornaments). 

Here is a front view with the card open:

z-fold wsc#25 - front open viewI think it turned out beautiful.  I had trouble with this layout.  With the main front image on one side, I had to come up with something that would coordinate, “flow”, and not take away from this main image.

Here is a inside upclose/details pic:

 z-fold wsc#25 - inside details

Just a little FYI, I applied Icicle Stickles to the chipboard snowflakes & stamped trees.  I didn’t like the way it turned out on the trees.  I had to do a little experimenting, since I did this last and didn’t want to change things around.  I added a very small amount of White Embossing Powder over the wet Stickles and heated.  It is a cool turnout.  It “puffed” up and created a primarily white surface with a touch of glitter.  I don’t know if this is a known technique….I was just in a last-minute desperate situation which luckily turned out okay!

Before I post all the details & supplies, I want to share with you my little skunk.  Last night was Trick Or Treat here at my home.  My son is 3 years old who just thinks this holiday is so cool….ringing doorbells and getting candy:)


ethan halloween 07 munching on a Hershey Bar.  Isn’t this a cute costume?  I will have fun scrapbooking with some of the pics I got last night.

ethan halloween 07 #2sitting on our porch waiting for 6pm and the okay for us to go!


STAMP SETS USED:  Lovely As a Tree, Season by Season, and Solemn Stillness.

CARDSTOCK USED:  Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, and Shimmery White CS;  BasicGrey Fruitcake — Glisten/Avalanche & Pine Branch/Avalanche PP

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; same as CS.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Vintage Brads Assortment; Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon; White Embossing Powder; Icicle Stickles; District Ribbon Originals; Aqua Painter; Ticket Punch; On Board Garland Galore; Stampin’ Sponges;  Ribbon — American Crafts Elements Oxford #88381.

TFL and have a wonderful weekend.


21 Responses to “z-fold with a gift”

  1. Charmaine Says:

    GORGEOUS card! I LOVE it! And that little skunk is ADORABLE! Oh my!

  2. jenn Says:

    Beautiful – the card and the sweetest skunk EVER! I had to laugh at your color combo. . . I was feelin’ those colors, too! 🙂

  3. Lori Craig Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! What an incredible card! So much detail, glitter!! It’s just beautiful!

  4. beate Says:

    MJ, your little skunk is adorable! I hope your migraine is getting better soon.
    Your card is simple out of this world fantastic! I love the details, the paper, the sparkle, the extra tags. You rock!
    Hugs and smiles

  5. Angel Says:

    What a cute lil guy! And your card…..OH MY! I LOVE it!

  6. jen del muro Says:

    such a pretty card and a sweet lil’ skunk!!!

  7. What a beautiful card, Mary Jo, love the pockets and pull-outs you created — what a wonderful idea! Your little skunk is adorable, too!

  8. Penny Says:

    What a beautiful card. I love all the detail that went in to your card. Your little skunk is so cute. I hope you get to feeling better and have a great weekend.

  9. Rose Ann Says:

    Your card is so gorgeous!! I love all the detail and sparkle!

    Your skunk is also very very adorable!

    Hope you feel better soon!

  10. Jennifer Says:

    Gorgeous design and layout Maryjo! LOVE the pocket inside and those beautiful tags and ribbon, Jennifer 🙂

  11. Charlene Austin (SCS - Willow01) Says:

    I am in such awe! This is unbelievably gorgeous!

  12. Another beautiful creation Mary Jo!

    That costume is sooo cute! Bet you will have a blast scrapbooking!

  13. Laurie Says:

    Mary Jo, this is GORGEOUS!!!!!! I love your design for this!!! The details, the ribbons, the stamps…well just the whole darn thing…is amazing! I also think you little skunk is just darling!!!
    Feel better soon!

  14. Sandra Smart Says:

    Love how you added the tags to the inside of this card! Beautiful! And, I hope your headache goes away!

  15. Angie Tieman Says:

    LOVE your card!! It’s gorgeous! Hope I get a chance to try the sketch this weekend. And your little skunk is absolutely ADORABLE! I just want to scoop him right up!

  16. Jill Kirk Says:

    Awesome card. I love everything about it!!

  17. Lovely as a Tree is one of my favorite sets for Winter. Well…for any season as I love to incorporate the trees into scenes. Your winter work is gorgeous. I sure hope you are feeling better.

  18. Susan Daly Says:

    Your little skunk is soooo cute. You’ll have some great pictures for scrapbooking.

  19. Kathleenh Says:

    Mary Jo, your pocket card is beautiful! And your little skunk is……dare I say it -Stinkin’ cute!

  20. Heather P. Says:

    Oh my goodness, your 3 year olds costume is just TOO cute!! LOVE it! My daughter Lindsay was a skunk when she was 5 months old… It had “little stinker” embroidered on her bottom… LOL

    What a gorgeous card… So love all the incredible little details. 🙂

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