Wednesday 11 August 2021

Let's Shake it Up for Around The World on Wednesday


Welcome to this month's Around the World on Wednesday blog hop. If you've not visited us before, we hop on the second Wednesday of every month with a theme to inspire you. It's 'around the world' because we represent each time zone that Stampin' Up! operates in: from New Zealand (me) all the way around to Hawaii. 

Our theme for this month is 'Let's Shake it Up'. While that could be seen as making a shaker card, the team have taken it be let's shake up what we do and try something new. 

If you've followed me for a while, you might have realised that I've seldom shown you fancy folds or projects heavy on DSP. That's because I'm much more of a texture over patterns person. Mixing DSP patterns terrifies me! 

As to fancy folds - well, I'm pretty fussy. They have to be easy to make. They have to stand up by themselves. They have to be easy for the recipient to understand and display. Having said that, my daughter made me an Arrowhead fold card a couple of years ago and I loved it. It also intimidated me and fascinated me. Time shake things up and embrace this fold! And I'll take on DSP while I'm at it!

So, it turned out that the Arrowhead fold is not actually difficult at all, while looking fiendishly difficult. To make this, I read/watched a few different tutorials but it comes down to two simple scores lines and two simple measurements.
1. Cut a card base 29cm x 10.5cm (I cut the A4 card short to make the maths easier but you don't have to.)
2. Score the card base at 14.5 cm to make a tent fold base.
3. Make a pencil mark half way along the bottom. (i.e. at 5.25cm)
4. Make a pencil mark half way up each of the sides (i.e. at 7.25cm)
5. Score from the centre bottom to the centre sides. 
6. Now score from the centre bottom to each of the top corners of the card front. 
7. Fold and burnish the centre-bottom to top-corner folds inwards then fold the mid-bottom to mid-side scores  outwards. Glue or tape the folds to the card front so they don't unfold. 
8. Take a piece of DSP 14cm x 10cm. Mark half way across the short side (5cm) and cut from there to the top corners to make 3 triangles. Then choose which of the sides will go on the arrowhead and which side will be showing on the card base. 

Of course, the co-ordinating nature of Stampin' Up! DSP means that really no-one should be scared of mixing and matching different patterns. Certainly the wonderful new Harvest Meadow DSP is both gorgeous and easy to use.

To decorate the arrowhead panel, I used the Nature's Harvest bundle, which is my favourite from the July-December Mini Catalogue. The flowers were stamped in Tuxedo Black and coloured with Stampin' Blends. The wheat die cut is in Cajun Craze. The finishing touches come from the addition of three of the fabulous Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots.

You can carry on around the hop by visiting the extremely talented Leonie Stuart in Australia.

In case you get lost along the hop here's a list of the hop participants with links. 

Jan Clothier - NZ --- You are here

Leonie Stuart - AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith - AU

Cheryll Miller - AU

Danielle Kassing - NL

Aurélie Fabre - FR

Mikaela Titheridge - UK

Annette Ball - CA

Angie McKenzie - US

Wendy Lee - US

Shel Anderson - CA

Chris Smith - US

Brenda Nelson - CA

Tricia Butts - US

Elaine de Montmorency - CA

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert - US

Teri West - US

Cheryl Hamilton - US

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page. You can shop with me from anywhere in New Zealand by clicking on the SHOP NOW button in the sidebar or clicking on any of products below.

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  1. Beautiful card Jan. Love the colours you chose as well. x

  2. Love that you were inspired by a card from your daughter, Jan! Thanks for trying this amazing layout and mixing up the DSPs. I love this bundle, too, and now cannot wait to case this card. Thanks for the inspiration and for hopping with us. x

  3. Gorgeous card Jan ... and you have really shown this fold off to it's full advantage! xxx

  4. Beautiful Fall card design. Love this fancy fold and the colors you chose for your design.

  5. Jan, your card is gorgeous!! I think you need to keep doing more cards with DSP (and fun folds!!)

  6. What an interesting fun fold Jan - and perfect for this floral stem!

  7. Fabulous card Jan! Love this fold as it shows the floral image perfectly. Gorgeous!

  8. Jan, this is a lovely fancy fold.

  9. Oh beautiful card! I find this shape wonderful! It makes me want to immediately try to create a version! Thank you for sharing !