My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AMAZINGLY-Fancy Folds Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle Amazingly-Fancy Folds Blog Hop, where you will see some imaginative designs, and have a chance at winning great prizes. If you did not arrive here by way of the incredibly talented Cammy Vietzke, you may wish to start at the SNS Home Blog, where prize details are explained - multiple prizes are being given away with winners being announced on Monday, January 21. You are cordially invited to visit all the designers' blogs:
Donna Ellis (you are here) - and Keri Brown.

First, a brief word from our sponsors (LOL)

(to view another booklet made with this template, please click here)

To view this month's SNS specials just click here.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program:

I know what you're thinking -- "that doesn't look so fancy"  but I promise it's a bit fancy.

It all started with Kelly Gettelfinger's YouTube video creating something she called a "Waterfall Mini Album".

(thanks for the great idea, Kelly).

Kelly's mini album looked like it would make an interesting card! (and it does)

Please click on any of the photos to enlarge details.

Start with one piece of
12" x 12" cardstock
For a complete tutorial in creating this card/album base, 

The booklet/mini album can be designed very simply, or with more intricate embellishments.
Either way, it is fun to make!

The folded card booklet measures 3" x 4".
Let's untie it.

The spine on this embellished version is 1/2"

Turn the first "accordion folded" page.
The accordion folds are what create the "waterfall" feature.

Below are columns 1 and 2, still folded up.


Pull down on the first column and see the strip facing the front cover:

Top Panel of Column 1 
Panel is dry embossed and brushed with 
Lavender Pearlescent Brilliance Ink
Butterfly enhanced with Eggplant Glitter:

Center Panel of Column 1 
Photo Corners also with Eggplant Glitter:

Bottom Panel of Column 1:
Pearl Stickers had the tacky adhesive which shows through.
Tip: Sprinkle glitter on top of your rhinestone and pearl stickers 
to cover the clear adhesive between jewels.

Turn the now-opened Column One to the back side:

Back Side of Column 1 revealed 
Closed front of Column 2 shown:

Top of Back Side of Column 1:
Tip: Staz-on inks actually look more vibrant when stamped on top of Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter.

Middle Panel of Back Side of Column 1:
Circle behind Eggplant Glitter Circle is embellished with Parisian Mist Glitter.
The green photo corners were covered with transparent Starfire glitter.

Bottom Panel of Back Side of Column 1
Starfire Glitter on edges, Cloud Nine under inked sentiment:

Pull down the Waterfall feature for Column Two:

Front Top for Column Two
Parisian Mist glitter in adhesive behind lace and on the adhesive of
the pearl flourish sticker:

Middle Panel for Column Two
Transparent Starfire Glitter on edge of hummer panel:

Bottom Panel for Column Two:

This is the back side of Column Two, which is also the back side of the Waterfall Booklet.

I hope you enjoyed the ideas in this project
and the SNS Fancy Folds Blog Hop.
Thanks for hopping, and for your wonderful support.

We have one more designer in this fun blog hop. Keri Brown's card is so gorgeous, you'll want to take a peek, and see how pretty it is so you can make one, too! Just click here to see Keri's card.

We would love for you to comment about the hop, cards, or products on the SNS Home blog.

and of course
I love when you leave me a little sugar in the form of a comment. To leave a comment and become eligible for the prizes, just scroll down to the tiny word "comments" below my signature, and click on it.

Challenges are listed at the bottom of this post.

The following SNS products were used in the booklet:
(to see the other products, please scroll to the bottom of this post)

Hummingbirds and Flowers Set 451
Heart With Wings 3579-451A
Smallest Things 3582-451A
Bahama Woodstar Hummer 3583-451P
Flying By 3581-451AA
Pansy Set #479 (sneak peek - set only available through classes at Conventions)
Nature Set #478 (sneak peek - set only available through classes at Conventions)
(Set 478 has a sister set which is a larger set, has larger images, and more images. It is set  467 Nature)
Eggplant Glitter G1066
Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter GM2000
Starfire Glitter G1017
Parisian Mist Glitter G1037
Brushable Glue 540
Super Adhesive Sheets SAS02
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye 99710

Other Products used in the booklet:

SB Petite Scalloped Oval S4-141
SB Rose Creations
SB Carnation Creations
SB Labels Five S4-229 (hummingbird)
SB Labels Thirteen S4-248
SB Classic Scallop Squares Lg S4-127HL
MS PATP Floral Crochet Deep Edge Punch
MS Lace Heart Edge Punch
MS Heart Seal Punch
MS Flourish Lace Punch
MS Lacy Doily Edge Punch
MS Garden Gate Punch
SU Scallop Circle Punch
EKS 1 1/4” Circle Punch
EKS large butterfly Punch
CL Tropical Flourish
CL Fanciful Flourish
Pearl stickers
Lace, Ribbon
Photo Corners
Craft Concepts Secret Garden EF
Pearl Flourishes and Stickers
Cardstock: DCWV Latte, Heidi Grace double green, White

Memento Tuxedo Black Dye
VersaFine Imperial Purple pigment
Staz-on Royal Purple Dye
Shabby Shutters Dye
Milled Lavender Dye
Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender pigment

This card is entered in the following challenges:

ATC's and Cards with Attitude - #31 Add a tag or Sentiment - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - #24 Butterflies
Card Makin Mamas - Anything Goes Inspiration (Jan 12)
Daring Cardmakers - The 'Frill' of it All - (Jan 11)
Delicious Doodles Challenges - #18 Anything Goes Fave Colors (purple, lavender)
Inspire Me Fridays - #91 Anything Goes!
Totally Papercrafts Friday Challenges - #149 Ribbon
Allsorts Challenges - #189 Dies and Punches
Drunken Stampers - #112 All that Glitters
613 Avenue Create - #2 Anything Goes

Always a sweet hug for you,


Debi said...

Absolutely wonderful, Donna! This took so much work, I'm sure. I am so going to have to make one of these. Thanks so much for the directions. Hugs.

Barbara Bruder said...

Donna, WOWSER!!! this project is really gorgeous. I love each page. The colors you used are great!!!I love these little books and this one really is a keeper.

Gail said...

I'm so thankful you came and left a comment on my blog cause I got to come and visit yours. I visited your "farm" blog first and copied down a recipe and now I got to see this ART. You are a true artist. Your eye for color and design are wonderful. Outstanding projects. Just beautiful!!!! Hugs, Gail

Audrey Hiltke said...

Donna - this is A MAZING!! What a truly special work of art - each page has it's own beautiful story! I'm in awe!! Thank you for sharing all the details too - just in case I ever want to try it!!! Thank you too for your visits and sweet comments on my Blog - you make me smile.

Scrappin Sista said...

Beautiful project! Thank you for playing along with Brown Sugar this week, we hope you decide to join us again!! Good Luck,
Alice B.

April said...

What a fabulous project! I love the folds and all the wonderful elements! Great job!

sharon g said...

Your coloring is amazingX1,000. SO gorgeous and colorful. NICE

Karalee said...

Holy Cow! This is like a never ending card - only way better. This is beautiful. Each "page" is just more eye candy. Oh, I love this!

Gita said...

Wow! This looks like it took forever!! But it is very pretty. So different.

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Wow, Donna, the details on this project are amazing and eye catching. Very stunning.
My favorite colors are pink and purple. Lately, I am liking yellow. Colors in my home are cranberry, earth tone, blues, pinks

Shanna Shands said...

This was such a lovely idea. You used one of my favorite stamps. I love all the different details and the lace!

Brenda said...

You are always so inspiring with your projects!!! They are always so filled with vibrant color and so much texture and bling - a feast for the eyes!!! You had me at the purple and blues LOL

Brenda said...

Okay purple and greens LOL.... anyway you had me on the first photo LOL :)

Lythan said...

Wow Donna - what an incredible work of art. A lot of love has gone into this project. Thanks for playing along with Daring Cardmakers this week - and especially for the lovely coment on my blog :)

Bridie said...

Oh wow, that's stunning. I love the striking colour combo, my fave purple with muted green. It works really well!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Crafty Hugs.

brenda said...

A totally delightful card Donna and wonderful colour palette

B x

creativearts said...

What an amazing piece of art! I love the folds, the paper you used, all of the glitter, everything about this project! You are so talented and I'm so glad to see that you are back using the talent that you have. I just might have to case this project one day!

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

OMG, Donner. This is exquisite. So much richness in color and composition. Layer after layer of beauty. You never cease to amaze me with your creativity. Love you.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Donna your folded creation is so gorgeous ! Love it, the colours, the images, embellishments. A lot of work went into this and the end result is so worth it. Amazing work. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Shona Erlenborn said...

For heaven's sake! This is just down-right amazing, exquisite, delicate, feminine, beautifully color coordinated and glitterific! Need I say anymore. Oh yes, just one thing more - You rock!

Unknown said...

WOWSER!! Your hands were working well for that card!! It is gorgeous with all the pretty sparkle, folds, butterflies, lace and flower...oh my!! Sooo beautiful Donna!

Linda Wescott said...

What a stunning project, lovely keepsake for someone. Took a look at the tutorial, definitely one i'll save to make at later date. Hugs lin

Pat said...

Wow!! Gorgeous papers.. Awesome technique. ..Great fold idea. Looks Beautiful..

Becky said...

Gorgeous card, Donna. Thanks for sharing!

Anne Temple said...

Wow, I'm speechless - you really outdid youself! This looks amazing with so many wonderful details!

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeou...Thanks for playing along with us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Wendy xxs

Christina Hicks said...

WOW, so so beautiful Donna. I love it. And the colors are beyond!!!

Anonymous said...

All of that from a 12 x 12 sheet. Amazing. Loved it.

Julie Z said...

My, my - when you make a project it's just LOADED with details! You must have spent forever on this masterpiece. So many wonderful components to this unique project!! Absolutely gorgeous piece of art Donna!

Donna said...

This is gorgeous! I am definitely making one. Thank you so much for your beautiful inspiration.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Fantastic! I am so amazed to see the work you put into that card. And, I adore all the colors you used and the beautiful papers which coordinate so well.

elf1023 said...

Wow, this card is above and beyond. Perfect for a very special person. Love your ideas.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

What a wonderful project Donna! Filled with so many exquisite details! WOW!

namabear said...

Donna WoW!!!! what a beautiful card lots of detail I luv the hummingbird my favorite bird. Thanks for sharing you wonderful card

Karin said...

Oh my word! This is simply outstanding! Each panel is more impressive than the last, and I love all the glittery details. The the different punched borders look amazing and even though I have that paper in my stash, what I've made with it, sure didn't look like this! What an amazing gift this makes for someone! Well done!

Roxie said...

Wow! What a beautiful card full of sparkly goodness! I love the colors.

Unknown said...

I have that stamp with the humming bird love and love your cards very cute Thanks

Priscilla said...

Stunningly gorgeous card! So much work and such detail. Thanks for the link to the video and all the description, in case I decide to try one like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

Oscar said...

Such a beautiful card folder. Thanks for sharing with us at the Daring Cardmakers this week x

Juliet A said...

This is so amazing - I love it! I will have to watch the video to see how to make it.

Lynne said...

Fabulous, I hope you win your entries with this wonderful card.

Pawprintx4 said...

What a masterpiece. One keeps unfolding another surprise. I love the green & purple.
Stephanie K

Bibiana said...

your details are awesome, wow! a magnificent card maker...congratulations I love everything...thanks for sharing

Dianne Potter said...

Your card is beyond fabulous! What a wonderful card to give or receive from someone. It's beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Goodness, this is so complex and elegant--receiving it would make someone feel very special. Thanks for sharing your beautiful design.

FranTic said...

Intricate fold intricate designs - very nicely done!

crafty grandma said...

What a beautiful card! Very artistic...these blogs will become my favorites this year for sure. TFS! What an artistic team!

gobarb26 said...

I have never seen this fold before and your card is just beautiful. I love the purples and greens. TFS!

Keri Brown said...

This is absolutely stunning.. I honestly don't know where you found the time to create such an elaborate card... Wonderfully done and wonder color choices... I love it!!! :)

Alicia DiCarlo said...

Gorgeous, stunning, fantastic. Great colors & design elements. What an inspirational card. Never saw this fold before, want to try it now. Great job!

RuthAnn said...

I've never seen this fold, but it would make a beautiful card for a special friend or family member. A very beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Abfabdesigns said...

Simply Stunning so much work and detail wonderful
Big Hugs xxx

Gina said...

A gorgeous card and you put so much love and time into it. Thanks,

Carol said...

Holy Cow! WOW!

NanaConnie said...

Stunning, Donna! This must have taken hours and hours. I love that particular green you chose for your color palette. It works so well with all the other lavenders, purples, blues and pinks you also used. The mini album is just incredible!

cotnob said...

Wow! What a fabulous creation, you certainly incorporated a very fancy fold. Amazing attention to detail and beautifully crafted.

Jude said...

WOW! what a beautiful card. It looks like you put lots & lots of work into this one! Thanks for sharing your card.

Donna said...

Fantastic project Donna!
Thanks for playing along with the All that Glitters challenge at Drunken Stampers!

carrie said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fantastically beautiful card! It is absolutely gorgeous! Love the vintage feel, the colors, the paper, the sparkle, and the folds.

Gina H said...

Okay, what's not to love about this card? Nothing! What a beautiful project! The paper, glitter, dies, ermbossing folders, stamps, lace, ribbon, layering, all spectacular! Just stunning ! I'm going to make this folded card for sure! Great art!

Mimi said...


Linda said...

Okay Donna this is out of this world! I have looked at it three times now and at each section. I watched the video on you tube. I can see that you dry embossed then delicately sponged ink on the dry embossing. The hummingbird had me at Hello!. The colors and all the elements on each section well.... took my breath away. Each section is a masterpiece of its own. I told you earlier that I would like to try it but I can't you are untouchable. Hugs

Linda said...

Even Mimi is with me on this one because if you notice you got an Awesome from her where I believe everyone else got a Cute.

Angie said...

Beautiful work! I am sitting here thinking of all the ways I could make my own card. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Donna, this is really stunnng. Your colors and sentiments make it very special! Thanks for sharing, Phyllis.

Frann said...

This is a very, very fancy fold! Every page is stunning.

Marlou McAlees said...

hi Donna :) thanks for visiting me and your kind words. this is fabulous creation, and TFS step by step tutorial, im sure it took ages!
take care Marlou :) :)

Tigerberry said...

Donna, I could not wait to make one of these album cards. I have my paper cut and folded and ready to decorate. I love all your beautiful decorations. Thanks for showing us this and sending us to the video.

KristiDaroci said...

This looks like it took you a lot of time and let me tell you i am so glad u spent that time making this card it is.....well.....i just cannot find a word to do it justice!

Anita Braddock said...

wow how Beautiful and amazing. I love all the Details of each part of this card. the colors and papers are my favorite colors. what amazing cards you all have show. thanks for sharing your Beautiful card.

Donna Maligno said...

What a simply gorgeous card! Love your color combo and all that antique lace tatting. Thanks for the info on this waterfall card -- definitely one to try!

Eliza said...

Wow this card is an amazing masterpiece, such attension to detail on every page, trully inspiring thank you so much for sharing your card, love the colours too.


E. Marie said...

Donna, this is stunning. Love your color choice and all the details. Each "page" is a creation in itself!! WOW!!!

Gerlinde said...

Hi Donna! This is absolutely stunning! I'm going to have to come back and check it out again, because each panel is so intricate, it deserves a second (or third) look! All I can say is WOW!

Shannon White said...

Oh My word Miss Donna!! This is GOR-JUSS!! Love every Yummy detail!! Such super patterned papers and LOVE the purples and greens together!! ( one of my all time fav color combos!!) So many fabulous design elements and Definitely a SUPER fancy fold!! Just LOVE this my friend!! Wow! 8-)

Big Hugs

dmbennett said...

Gorgeous waterfall album. Never seen anything like this before. Each page is stunning with so much detail and color choices. wow.....

maria's knutselplezier said...

wow, what a masterpiece is this, is it a card or is it a present, the one ho get this as a present wil be greatfull for all her life, it's really a piece of ART congrets Donna, you are the master!!!


Dawn said...

Stunning card, Donna! I can only imagine the number of hours this took - but it is soooo worth it. A real treasure. Fantastic tip for glittering the adhesive strips between pearls and gems too - I love how this looks.

Hugs, Dawn

Amy Martin said... I missed this I have no clue....well ok I do. I have been so busy lately. But I do want to just say WOW!!! These are completely Gorgeous. You inspire me more than you will ever know.

Sue from Oregon said...

I so love fancy folds, such a fun mini! The colors are wonderful as well! Thanks for stopping in to say hello! ♥ Sue Kment

Anonymous said...

De, love this idea and your blog, too! Am going to try this with graphic 45 paper. Love the saying that has to do with the smallest things take up the most spacer in our hearts. Happy Valentines Day!
Loretta in Texas

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