Friday, November 12, 2010

Just Us Girls Technique Challenge #59...Gatefolds Galore!

Happy Saturday!  Ready for the latest with Just Us Girls?  Our talented Kathryn has chosen Gatefold cards this week!  So get your scoring board out and let's make some gatefold cards!

Gatefold cards generally have two flaps that fold and either overlap or meet in the front of the card.  The "gate" can meet in the middle, off to the side, or, in my case, be shaped.  I chose this adorable cupcake cut file by the super fab Kelleigh Ratzlaff.!  I kept trying to make this card "cuter" but the fact is, the cut file does all the work!  Awesome!  I just added a little papercrafted frosting in the Color Cue #9 color pallette (I'm too late but I couldn't resist this color combo) and voila, card confection!

 I decided to try my hand at a handmade crepe paper flower.  I made mine simply by cutting individual petals our of crepe and then pinched the bottoms to create the petal shape before I glued it down to a circle punch that served as my flower backing.  I later added glitter to the edges using a little Scotch quick dry adhesive and martha stewert glitter.

See how cute this cuppie is?  The muffin top lifts to expose the top of the cupcake "liner paper" which I pinked to give it a real cupcake wrapper look.  The bottom striped paper panel hinges down to expose the entire inside for writing your message or stamping a cute cupcake image like I did here.

OK, ready to play "gatefold" with us?  Be sure to check out the designer examples at Just Us Girls, including our guest designer this month, Cheryl Rowley, for lots of inspo and then join us in our gatefold challenge.

On another note, I am riding high, my friends, on the creative spirit I witnessed last weekend at two classes led by Tim Holtz!

Weeeee!  What a fun creative festival it was last weekend!  Tim is an incredible teacher, inspiration and an all around cool guy to hang out with.  He and Mario ran a seamless show I tell you!  I can't wait until they come back to town for another round of creative fun....I am so there.  I am sure these ladies are too!
So glad to be sharing creative space with some of my favorite sisters in scrap and stamp and Tim Holtz last weekend!  What a fabulous day!  (and I just counted that I said the word "creative" far too many times in the last couple of sentences, but hey, what can I say, the man bleeds creativity and you just can't help but catch the fever of "I NEED to make something" and THAT is so exciting!!!  I can't wait to show you what we made but I'm still poking at my someday soon :)  In the meantime, check out Tim's blog for a classroom photo that illustrates how lucky we were to sit  front and center for the whole day (I am fourth from the front and my pals are right near).  Our theme was christmas so you could say that I am excited for the Twelve Tags festival this year, oh yeah, you could say that!  Bring it on!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it so much!  Have a good one, friends!


Stampin' Pam said...

TRULY creative *wink* Dana! I just love the cupcake. It's almost good enough to eat! I love how unique this is - very out of the box thinking. Want to wish you a HAPPY birthday - hope it's one of you best ever. May the day be filled with hugs, laughter, joy and cake :-) What a fun time for your to see Tim Holtz. COOL! ROckin' awesome as always Dana.

Kristin Bueter said...

Oh girl...I can always count on you to come up with something totally unique! What a fantastic idea to create a gatefold out of a cupcake cut file! Your colors are so soft and pretty...a girlie girl cupcake that I'm loving! Love how you "pinked" the cupcake wrapper paper to make it look more authentic on the inside also.

Soooo jealous you got to hang out and LEARN from Tim Holtz! He looks like he would be a blast to visit with :] Very happy for you girlfriend!

Hope you have a fab birthday weekend and have fun plans for the big day tomorrow ♥

Debbie B said...

Cute card!!
Just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Debbie B

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

What an adorable little card! Looks like you had a great, creative weekend last weekend. I just love classes that inspire:)

Rosemary said...

what a cutie cupcake, dana!! and happy birthday, girl!!! i hope you have a fabby one!

Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Your cupcake is so cute!! Love the pinked edge on the wrapper. Adorable touch!

Lisa Kind said...

OMGosh, Dana! This is so adorable! I love it! That cupcake is so cute and the flower is fabulous! You really are the flower making queen, aren't you? Great take on the gate fold card!

And how fun was meeting Tim? Isn't he just so cute and fun? I loved the class I took from him. Can't wait to see what you made!

And Happy Birthday, girlfriend! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a fun card Dana! Love the BIG cupcake! The gold embossing on the flower looks fab! Happy Birthday!!!

Tim Holtz is a hoot isn't he? Looks like you had a great time :) TFS

Elise said...

Scrumptious MUFFINS! Aren't you cute! POSITIVELY the most adorable adaptation of GATE FOLD! Pinky and cotton candy deliciousness abound, glitter girl - you DAwoman! Excellent, excellent share, here! You SURE have some fun friends! {hee hee} Can't wait to see your custom work on the Tim project! {Twelve days o Tim are comin'! Yee Haw!} Love you, sweet Birthday girl! Yipeeee!

Anne said...

Love the cupcake! Such a sweet gate fold card and I like that it's different than the traditional one. Very cool!!

Kathryn B said...

Ya couldn't have made this card any cuter Girl this is just delicious! Love it and the flower is a perfect touch! Happy Birthday Dana!!! I hope you had a fab day!
Oooh!!! I can't believe you got to get that close to the uber talented Tim Holtz he is just so creative!!! Not to mention easy on the eyes! LOL!!!

Andrea M said...

Dana! This totally ROCKS!!!! It is, like Kristin put it, so unique and beautiful! Way to think out side the box!!! Love it!!!
Great pics of you, Tim and the gals :) Looks like a blast!

Hope you had a great birthday :)

Rebekah said...

what a cool idea! Cute card.. love it. so very 'out of the box' thinking..

Robbie said...

I LOVE your crepe flower!! How unique. I'm going to have to try this. The card is gorgeous for any age female...