Monday, June 25, 2012

Papertrey June Blog Hop Challenge

I was challenged by the color palette in this month's Papertrey blog hop challenge, but loved the idea of playing around with pleats and ruffles.

Here is the inspiration photo - more details on the challenge are found on Nichole's blog :


And what I finally came up with:

The stack of scrap paper was getting a little high on my desk, so I was sorting it when I came across a piece of older My Mind's Eye paper that had the colors of the challenge. 

I started playing around with the idea of a box pleat and cut a couple of 1.5" strips of this 12" paper. I played with a couple of scraps to figure out my score lines - even scribbled a pattern to follow.

Please note: nothing is to scale on that pattern LOL.

I put a little adhesive on the back of the folds to hold the pleats in place while I worked out the rest of my pattern.

I used a die from the PTI Half & Half Die Collection to create a frame for my sentiment.

The die creates a finished edge on one side and is open on the other, allowing you to make as long or short a cut as you want.

Because I wanted to create a frame, I took the fancy cut end and taped it to the die so I could run the piece through my Big Shot a second time and cut the other end.

Isn't that a cool little option? LOVE versatile dies & stamps!

My sentiment comes from the PTI Mega Mixed Messages stamp set and ribbon & pearls from my stash add the finishing touches.

Here is a closeup of the box pleat - each of the pleated strips is attached to the card base in the middle, with the ribbon covering the seam. I didn't attached the other end, allowing the pleats to open up a bit. All the corners are rounded to help soften the look.

I'm not happy about the way the colors are coming across in these photos - they are much closer to the inspiration colors in real life, but I don't have time to play with them now.

The chore I've been avoiding all day is still waiting for me, so I'm off to work on taxes.

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Wow! So much detail and perfection on your card. I am just amazed and think I may try and give this a try now. I am so impressed with what you did and the perfect card to thank some one with.

  2. Great technique and the box pleat is fantastic.

  3. What a pretty card. I love those pleats, and what a cool way to use that half and half die.

  4. I love your pleated background and how you made a little mat stack with your half and half die!

  5. Your pleated background looks perfect Jacquie. Isn't it great when you find scraps that fit the challenge!

  6. love the pleated looks wonderful!

  7. Gorgeous pleats!! So pretty!

  8. Very nice card for this challenge. Good luck. Smooches... Felicia

  9. Love the ruffles! I kept thinking about ruffles for this blog challenge too!

  10. So pretty Jacquie. Love the pleated piece and how you made the tag. Neat idea.

  11. I like your use of pleats. I have used them as a border or in lieu of ribbon, but this as the centerpiece. Looks really neat-o!

  12. This is so pretty! I love the pleating and instructions on how to make it. Great die cut technique too! Thanks!!!! :)


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