Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Motions and Folds Blog Hop Day!!!!

I am so very excited to be participating in my first blog hop! I really enjoy blog hops and I was pleased to visit Ellen at (also the first stop of the hop!) and saw that she was looking for people to join her in creating projects that use motions or folds and jumped at the chance to join. I have never even made a card that fit into the category so I considered it a challenge. And I HAD to buy that scored board that I had wanted!

First off, here is the lineup in case you just stumbled on here and want to start at the beginning--you should! Lots of great projects!
1. Ellen at
2. Selina at
3. Sarah at
4. Jessica at
5. Sue at
6. Janice at
7. Wendy at
8. Kacee at
9. Jennifer at
10. Amanda at ---You Are Here!!
11. Kim at
12. Brynn at
13. Ashley at
14. Nikki at
15. Elaine at

Now, here is my card! I have wanted to make a trifold shutter card for a while but I lacked the score board and the confidence. Thanks to a little shopping and some googling for directions, I found a great tutorial HERE. The directions were super easy to follow and I would reccommend it to anyone wanting to try this type of card.

Here is the base of my card after scoring and cutting (I neglected to take any pictures of that--check out that awesome tutorial!).

Next, I did the cuts for the paper to cover each surface and did a dry fit before glueing them on. The hardest part of the entire card was getting the proper cut for the lime zebra paper. Admittedly, I am not very skilled with the paper cutter but it all worked out in the end.
The complicated part is over!!! Now for the fun part--embellishing! I like to keep things pretty simple and I was making this card for my sister's 20th birthday so I kept her in mind as I decorated.

I used Simply Charmed for the cake and Birthday Bash for the balloons and tied them with a little piece of twine. I also used the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder for the silver shimmer paper behind the cake. I also added a pretty purple ribbon, a button with some twine and some faux stitching to finish it off.

There you have it! My very first blog hop and my very first fancy card! My sister loved it--she laughed because she couldn't figure out how to open it at first!

Because I was motivated to make cards with interesting folds, I also made my first easel card to give to my mother-in-law on her birthday next week. Here is the tutorial I used and here is the card!

Your next stop is Kim at Check out her great project next!

So, if you made it this far, you will be rewarded!!! A chance at some blog candy!!! I don't have a lot but I do have a Sizzix embossing kit that can also be used in your Cuttlebug. I bought one for myself as well and it's really cute!
I'd love you to be a follower, but that isn't required. Just leave me a comment with a way to reach you and I'll randomly pick a winner!

Whew! All done! Hop on over to see Kim's project!


  1. awesome job! I am having a challenge at my blog f you would like to join in! Dina

  2. Love the colors on this card, Amanda! Nicely done ... and thank you for hopping with me!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    cardmonkey at Comcast dot net

    THANK YOU for participating in this bloghop! For a full list of every scrap/papercrafters' blog hops, go to the NEW SITE

  3. I am a new follower. For your first blog hop (it was mine too), you did an AMAZING job. You are so much braver than me. Now I have to try this. TFS them and have a great day!

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B
    Suenj99 at yahoo dot com

  4. Amanda, What fun cards. I too love the colors, it makes the cards really pop. Great job!


  5. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. I'm a new follower - Just love this idea! Thanks for inspiring me today.

    Patti ross

  7. Amanda you chose such fun colors! I love this fun card! You are super talented my friend! Love the candy! So generous!

  8. I'm a new follower. Gotta love green zebra stripe and purple polka dots!

  9. I'm your newest follower and woo hoo!!! Glad I am.. I just LOVE your cards!!! Weren't they such fun? Your colors are bright and cheery and just draw the eyes!! LOVE them!!

  10. Wowzers! I can't believe that was your first time making a tri fold card, it turned out fabulous!! I LOVE the papers you used too. What a fun card!

    skcactusflower75 at hotmail dot com

  11. Great cards! I'm your newest follower!


  12. Great job on both of your cards. I am yet to try the trifold card but thanks to the tutorial that you provided just might have to try it! Was great playing along with you today!

  13. You sure hit the ball out of the park!!! Love both your cards, how wonderful!!! I am your newest follower. Can't wait to see more!!

    lauermaa at gmail dot com

  14. Awesome Job!, keep up the great work... you did great!. I'm a new follower.

  15. Amazing, love the cards. Your newest follower. Great job. TFS

  16. LOVE both cards! Beautiful! I am a new follower and look forward to looking through your blog. :) TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  17. Your card are really cool. I an going to try them. Looks like I will be busy trying to make all these cards



    tristans_time_4_craftin at yahoo dot com

  18. your butterfly card is beautiful all great

  19. Great job, Amanda! Your card is darling! From one teacher to another - TFS!
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

  20. I am a new follower! Not only did I enjoy your project and blog, but I was a k-3 teacher for 6 years!! :D

  21. I am a new follower I so loved your project and really these are your 1st can not tell at all you do great work. So what scoreboard did you buy I am looking and not sure yet.

    Thanks for sharing with us

    teri dot barefoot at gmail dot com

  22. I love your cards..The colours are amazing on the first card!! You did a great job on both!!!
    I am a new follower!

  23. Wow.... love both your cards. Love the patterns and colors of paper you used. TFS!


  24. I am a new follower. Love your cards!

    pennyspad at sbcglobal dot net

  25. New follower! Both cards are adorable!!!
    craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

  26. those are beautiful cards!! I love the patterned paper you used for the tri shutter card!! i too am trying to find a good deal on the scor has eluded me for so long! ha ha ha...lovely cards

  27. Amanda- You rocked this hop! Amazing cards!

  28. Oh my gosh! that is so cute! i love the tri shutter card! never tried it out myself...but i do want to! I just got myself a big shot! I would love love love to win this candy!thanks for the chance!
    viji.lg at gmail dot com

  29. Your cards turned out fabulous! Great job! I've been a little intimidated by the tri shutter card, but I'll have to give it a try!

    Thanks for participating in the hop & chance to win! I'm a follower

    Can be reached by comment at:

  30. Cute cards I have yet to try out the trifold card soon I will seems like its time to jump and do it but I love making Easel cards.. Both were awesome creations. first time on your blog and I like it New follower..

  31. I love both of your cards! You did such a great job!!! Thank you for sharing!

  32. I love the look of easel cards! And yours is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    PS- I'm a new follower too! feel free to stop by my page if you get a chance I love the company!

  33. new follower here, thanks to the hop. I love both of your cards. Congratulations on your first's to many more.

  34. Your cards are so bright and fun! Love the fun folds you used.
    Thank-you for sharing! :)

  35. Love the colours of the trifold shutter card! And the easel card is just beautiful, well done! TFS :)
    smile4jenn at hotmail dot com

  36. Amanda,

    Two very beautiful cards! I just love that butterfly on the easel card.
    Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win:)

  37. Love your cards both are so colorful and fun. TFS I am a new follower.

    Katsews at gmail dotcom

  38. Great job on all of your firsts! I am sure your sister and your mother-in-law appreciated the special cards. Fun reason to need that new score board you have been wanting! I always love a good reason for new tools! I think you blog candy is a great gift. Thank you for offering it!

    mariannebrinkley at msn dot com

  39. New follower. Great card ideas. Thanks for the hop.

    Patti's Paper Fun

  40. Beautiful cards! I've made one trifold shutter card before and you just reminded me how much I liked it! I've really got to do it again. Your easel card is gorgeous- love the riot of colors!

  41. I love the trifold card. I will have to try making one myself, looks a little dificult but i am sure it will be fun! A challenge, I am always up for a challenge. Great card..

  42. OMG, I love your card. It is just adorable. I am already a follower and look forward to seeing more of your projects along the way. TFS Dee:)

  43. New follower. Love your cards and use of color. TFS

  44. Your card is so Funky!! Tfs the tutorial as I want to try one of these tonight. I just got a scoring board last week. I like your excuse for buying one, blaming the hop. lol good for you. I am in a hop until Monday and I am giving candy away too.

  45. Love both cards. The color choices are amazing.

  46. Great cards Amanda! My daughter would love that lime zebra print :) Thanks for giving the sites to get the tutorials for both of these - I can't wait to try them but of cours eI need to do a little shopping too - for a score board of course :) Great job on your first blog hop!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  47. Adorable cards. Your tri-fold shutter card turned out great--I just found out how to make that too, but haven't tried it yet. Just have to jump in and do it. Great job on both-really pretty papers. I'm a new follower. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy!--Pat N.

  48. your cards are very cute

    Thanks for sharing


  49. Absolutely beautiful cards! TFS! I'm a new follower.

  50. Amanda, I saw your post on the MB and start hoping... this hop has been so much fun, so thanks for inviting!
    I love both of your cards, they are gorgeous.
    I am a new follower.

    vivienpapel (at)gmail(dot)com

  51. Both of your cards are awesome! I'm sure your sister and mother in law will love them! Thanks for the chance to win some yummy candy.

    paperbutterflies AT sbcglobal DOT net

  52. Your cards are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.

  53. Two Fabulous cards, love them, such pretty colors and great folds!!
    miller896042 at bellsouth dot net

  54. I haven't tried the tri-fold or easel card before but think I will give them a try tomorrow when I have time. Thanks. Love your cards.

  55. Love the pink and purple together!!!

  56. I love the colors you used for these cards! So Sassy!!

  57. WOW!!!! Beautiful job!!! I love it!! I love any excuse to HAVE to purchase a crafty item. :) I have really been wanting a score board, I think I need to beg the hubby to get me one for our anniversary. I love the zebra type pattern (my niece would love it); I'm not surprised that your sister loved it!!! You did an amazing job!!! TFS! :)

    Celeste B.
    mctdbillman at gmail dot com

  58. You did a great job! Adorable card!

    lulu2007510 at gmail dot com

  59. Great cards!!! Great blog hop!!! You did awesome.
    I'm a new follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    http: // mamawann. blogspot. com/
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

  60. Great cards. I love the tri-folded shutter the most. I love the colors/paper you used and all them folds are just so wonderful. It is something that I think people who walk by would have to take a second look at. Very pretty.
    susanslomski at yahoo dot com

  61. Amanda you did a great job on your first blog hop cards. The tri-folded shutter one always looks so complicated but yours turned out beautiful...both cards are great. I am a new follower, love your twine flower, that looks like alot of work, will be back to check out the rest of your site. TFS today.
    Cathy S

  62. Loved your cards, especially the shutter fold card. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a new follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  63. Both of your cards are fabulous! LOVE the balloons on the inside of the first one - great job!

  64. ThesE cards are gorgeous! Great job! Loved hopping with you today :-)

  65. WOW! What a beautiful card! you did an amazing job. I have been trying to figure out how to make them so thanks for the directions and pictures. I love the colors and how they pop also the different patterns are perfect!!! Great Job!!!

  66. I want to learn to make both of those folded cards, thanks for the links!

  67. I need to make a tri fold card. Thank you so much for showing us how easy it is. Beautiful job!!


  68. Very cute cards as usual! Awesome job!


  69. I found your post on the Cricut messageboards about this type of card. I love it! Your masculine cards are also all fantastic! I'm a follower!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    karenskapin at yahoo dot com

  70. I love the tri-fold shutter card! I am going to try this as my next card!

    ksully4597 at gmail dot com

  71. Your projects are AMAZING. I love your first attempt at the tri-fold shutter card. TFS and the chance to win.

    askscrappinsista (at) hotmail (dot) com

  72. Both of your cards turned out great as always! I haven't tried either type, yet. Need to do them soon!