A stamping challenge card

Well, the 5th of July was even hotter with temps reaching 102, and high humidity.  We had storms that came through at about 3 am that dumped and inch of rain, with high winds (and hail in some areas).  That added to the humidity, and I am worried about my paper warping.  I hauled the stamping stuff down to my friend, Debby's trailer to stamp for several hours.  I brought out the challenge card first.  Last night, stuck inside due to heat, we started texting photos back and forth to each other showing off the cards we had made that day.  I gave her a challenge of making a fancy fold card that evening.  Later I got a text back saying "Unfair challenge!  I have no pattern or picture for inspiration, and I have used up seven sheets of cardstock experimenting with unsuccesssful results!"
I did a lot of messing around too, but I had my idea book with me.  My idea book is photos of cards I like gathered from a variety of sources that I use for inspiration.  This is what I came up with.

 Stamping was done with Bordering on Romance stamp set colored using blender pens and Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, and Certainly Celery inks.  I used paper from retired DSP Cheerful Treat.  It had a page of paper that was made up of multiple stripes used for borders.  There was much measuring, cutting, and adjusting and trimming done to get this card right.

I kept thinking that if I was at home I could probably find this card online, along with dimensions for cutting and folding and paper cuts, but I had to do it the old-fashioned way with a ruler and scratch paper.  I love figuring this kind of thing out, especially when I have a photo to go with.  Debby did not have the photo, and she did not come up with an elaborate card like I did.   The greetings inside the card came from Bring on the Cake.  I know somebody that has a birthday coming up next week.  I wonder if I can part with with card? 
Hope you enjoyed this card, and I challenge you to try your hand at a fancy fold card once in a while.  It is so much fun to wow your friends.

Mary Alice


  1. WOW!! This is amazing and gorgeous! I just love the way the printed paper you used goes so well with Bordering on Romance! I thought you didn't like Bordering on Romance? You are using it like a pro here!


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