Friday, February 7, 2014

Fussy and Fancy Challenge #107 "Be My Valentine!"

Good Friday morning all!!

Today marks the beginning of a brand new challenge over at Fussy and Fancy with another AMAZING sponsor...Marianne Design!!!!

Come on over and join the fun, check out my teamies GORGEOUS inspirational projects...most of all we'd LOVE to see your you have a chance to win a FANTASTIC prize from our WONDERFUL sponsor!!!   

I just LOVE their dies so I decided not only to use them in my project but I thought that I would try my hand at my VERY FIRST TUTORIAL...knuckle biting...stomach churning...should I or shouldn't I...will people even care???  And finally JUMP right in with a TON of pictures and this time I am not kidding when I say that this post is VERY picture HEAVY!!!  I just had coffee with my friend Karen...she laughed when I told her that my post would be "Picture heavy"...she said "You always say that!"  Well this time it is with so much truth that I state...


I thought it would be a good idea to make my Granddaughters' Valentine's "cards" into folders that they could use to store all the Valentines that they will get from friends!!

Here goes...

For a closer look at ALL of the pictures please click on the first image for a full screen view and slide show.
I started by cutting a piece of red card stock to 8"X12" and then scoring this at 5-1/4" (this forms the front and back of the folder) and again at 10-1/2" or slightly over (this is for the flap so make sure that you add enough so it folds over nicely)...

Above it looks like I scored at 5-1/2' but as there is no 5-1/4' marker on my scoring plate I moved the paper from the left edge to 1/4" making up the 1/4" difference...if you have a scoring tool that will give you that 5-1/4" measure then use that...
Next I used Marianne Design CR1236, the largest die in that set and cut two pieces from double sided patterned paper...
I scored each one right down the centre with a valley fold and then again down the center of each half created, with a mountain fold (on the side of paper being used as inside of the folder)...
 Next I used Marianne Design LR0111 to make two fancy cut outs on the flap...
Before I started putting my folder together I cut four 7-3/4"X5" pieces of the double sided DP paper to decorate the inside and outside of the folder...I sewed these on with my sewing machine but you could just as easily use a strong adhesive favourite is Sook Wang.
Now it is time to adhere your two DP side pieces to form your folder using a strong adhesive tape...I used my Sook Wang 1/4" tape...keeping the picot edge of the die over the edge so it shows when finished...


Next I cut one 7-3/4"X1-1/4" piece of the double sided DP for the inside of the flap and adhered it with Sook Wang.  After that was done I applied Sook Wang to the outer edges of the flap and adhered some lace with pearl string running through the middle...  

For a "latch" I cut out a tab from Marianne Design CR1236...

Attach this to the front of your flap, add a magnet for keeping your folder closed...

And you are ready to decorate!!!

Here is mine decorated...

I used Tilda with Spring Heart from the new Lost and Found 2014 collection...

I added a pearl to the "latch" and a chiffon ribbon above the latch...

 the folder opened a smidge to show the inside...

 a closer look at Tilda...

I cut around her leaving a thin border so I wouldn't lose the little hearts floating around her...
she is sitting on handmade flowers (with pearls in centers) using Marianne Design LR0111...
and some cream cherry blossoms and tiny pick roses from Wild Orchid Crafts...
flourishes cut from Marianne Design LR0150 & LR0151 and LR0111...
I added some fern branches cut from Martha Stewart fern branch punch... 
 and the sentiment is computer generated then cut with Spellbinders Classic Hearts...
I added a stick pin and key heart charm from Live and Love Crafts...
and another handmade flower surrounded by cherry blossoms, flourishes and ferns...
PHEW!!!  Hope I didn't lose you way back there!!
That concludes my first tutorial and a view of my Granddaughter Calla's Valentine's folder...still have Mia's to do...but I promise no tutorial this time...LOL!!!
Materials Used:
DP-My Mind's Eye-Lost & Found TWO-Blush "Sweet" Bouquet Paper by Jen Allyson
Stamp-Tilda with Spring Heart-Magnolia-licious
Die Cuts-Spellbinders Classic Hearts
               Marianne Design CR1236,LR0111,LR0150 & LR0151
Stick pin and charm-Live and Love Crafts
Pearl lace, pearls, ribbon and magnet are from my stash
Copics:  Hair E33, 34, 35 & 37...Skin E000, 00, 21 & R20...Dress RV11, 32 &34...
              Socks E50, 51 & 53...Bow RV000, 00 & 11...Shoes E30, 31& 33...
              Heart E0000, 000 & R30
Challenges I will enter:
Magnolia-licious-"Anything Goes"
Magnolia Mania-Challenge #84 "Hearts"
Marvelous Magnolias-Challenge #61 "Seeing Red"
Tilda's Town-Challenge #90 "Be Mine"
Time for Magnolia-Challenge #45 "Be my Valentine"
Totally Tilda-Challenge #89 "Pink and Red for Valentine's"
Lovely hAenglar or Sweet Magnolia-Challenge #87 "Pearls and Lace"
Sweet Stampin'-Love/Valentines
Color Me Creative-Challenge #86 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Well that really is the end of this VERY LONG post...thanks for HANGING in there!!!  Your visits and comments are so very much appreciated!!!


  1. Wow this is some project Beth's fantastic , love those papers too
    Thanks for playing the Totally Tilda challenge
    Hugs Susie Sugar xx

  2. Morning Beth, firstly Congratulations on your first tutorial.....Brilliant....and I am now looking forward to pressure. Ah....
    Love your Valentines project , it is perfect inspiration for the Challenge...
    Have a good weekend...hugs...Jo. X

  3. Exquisite , you put so much detail into everyone of your projects, just love this little wallet xxx Annie

  4. SWOON! I am so in love with this little project. How incredibly sweet and gorgeously detailed is this?!!?
    Beautiful work Beth!

  5. Holy smokes Beth! This is one beauty tutorial! Wowzers!!!! You put so much detail into every single project you do. You are my inspiration. I just love this little Valentine's project!!!!!!!
    Beautiful work!!!!!!!

  6. Holy Moly Beth!! I am totally WOWWED!!!!! This is superb and I do love your step by step tute:)) Thanks and will have to give it a try....sometime!!! Your granddaughters are so lucky and am sure they will cherish this---"Made with love by grandma" gift!!
    God bless

  7. This is just absolutely stunning Beth and a fantastic tutorial too! Thank you for sharing it with us! Hugs, Vannessa x

  8. so gorgeous project, love all the dies you've used
    thanks for playing with us at marvelous magnolia

  9. WOW Beth this is truly amazing! Judy x

  10. Beth, I absolutely love this creation..You have done a great job with your first tutorial! Your image is coloured beautifully! I love all the twirlies and embellishments you used! The girls are going to love them....Dianne

  11. Fabulous project and tutorial. I love the image and design you've used - perfect for our challenge. Thank you for sharing your card and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  12. BETH!!! What a wonderful surprise for me to arrive at your blog, to comment on your gorgeous, purse folder, and find a TUTORIAL!
    I LOVE IT! Happy Dance!! I am smiling from ear to ear over here!
    I love everything about this gorgeous project! I am so very impressed with all of the die cuts that you used! GO BETH!!
    I am going to have to set a day aside to start featuring special tutorials at Fussy and Fancy! This is outstanding!
    I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!
    Big Warm hugs and smiles, Sheryl

  13. Amazing Project!
    Thanks for Playing with us at Magnolia Mania!
    Hugs Andrea

  14. This is absolutely brilliant Beth, your tutorial is so explanatory - no need to apologize for all of the photographs, they make everything so clear. I have to say I think this project might be a little complex for me but you have made a fabulous job of your Valentine folder.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  15. beautiful in pictures, but even better in person! the detail is unbelieveable...... and I just have to add that we do LOVE your tutorial! the only thing better than your tutorial would be a hands on class with you as our teacher!! �� .... always love your pictures to show the stages to creation

    February 8, 2014 at 7:11 AM

  16. This is so sweet, I love the pretty wallet with the gorgeous paper and flowers, your Tilda is just darling, beautifully done, well done with your first tutorial! Thanks so much for joining in at Magnolialicious
    Hugs Julie P

  17. Beautiful creation. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative.

  18. Gorgeous Beth, I adore your folder & great tutorial....the papers & design is amazing... Love the image too...Great job I hope to see more tutorials in the future.... Hugs May x x

  19. Lovely post!
    You create magic, all your cards are absolutely beautiful.
    I love the cherry blossoms!

  20. Awesome super cute creation great design & tute love all this sweet details..great take on the Red/Pink Valentine chall theme.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Totally Tilda chall

    smiles Christine xx

  21. Wow, just beautiful! Glad you shared with us at CMC.

  22. Beautiful project and well thought out tutorial. Thanks for joining in with our Pink and Red Valentine's challenge at Totally Tilda :) xx

  23. Great tutorial and a fantastic project! Thank you for joining Marvelous Magnolia.
    Gr. Samantha