Sunday, January 1, 2017

Simplify. Simplify.

Hi everyone! I'm back with my final post this morning... getting this new year started with a bang! The January House of Cards challenge is live this morning and I'm excited to share my DT inspiration project for Add A Building and/or Colors! Look at this gorgeous wintery inspiration photo - isn't this a beautiful color palette?! It screamed masculine to me, so that's the angle I took.

I've been playing with fun folds again. You know me - if there's a new one out there, I'm going to find it, lol! This is called a Z box fold and my inspiration came from Splitcoast Stampers. And I just happened to have some new masculine papers in my stash that nailed most of these colors.

I had my heart set on using this particular sentiment with the old mill and it was too large for the panel, so I stamped it, cut it in strips and lined them up on the circle die cut. It kind of adds to the ruggedness of the card, I think.

Here's an angled shot showing the inside of the Z fold and the 'box'. Love it!

I stamped the old mill in black on gray cardstock. What an absolutely gorgeous focal image!

Here's an shot from above showing the full construction. So much fun and I'm really loving how it turned out.

Proud to enter this fun fold into the following challenges:

  • Cardstock/Paper: Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Basic Bray cardstock; Crafter's Companion Just For Men 6x6 paper pad
  • Stamps: Artistic Outpost Old Grist Mill stamp set
  • Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Dies/Punches: EK Success 2-1/2" and 2-1/4" circle punches; Stampin' Up! 2" and 1-3/4" circle punches
  • Accessories: Basic Grey metal studs

I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inspired to create a project with a building and possibly some of the colors in the photo! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)
Scrappy hugs,


  1. I love this fold - one of my favorites and there are so many things you can do with it. Love your covered bridge you used. Great card for this challenge.

  2. Wow! This is sooo lovely! I love the sentiment too! Happy New Year!

  3. What a fun fold and fabulous card Leslie! Happy New Year! Donna HOC Teammate

  4. I love your Card... it´s stunning. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Tina DT for

  5. Wow great card and fabulous design. Nice work. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for

  6. Thank you for sharing more of your lovely crafting for Penny’s challenge 309 – hope to see you again soon – Hazel DT x

  7. Also a beautiful card, and thanks for joining in the Vilda Stamps challenge blog.
    Hugs Astrid (DT)

  8. Beautiful masculine card idea, Leslie! I also love the idea of using a covered bridge as a building--so creative! It's been wonderful being inspired by you in 2016! Have a warm and wonderful 2017!
    Michele, HOC teamie

  9. What a wonderful creation! Thanks so much for playing with us at PDE Linky Party. Hope to see you again soon :)

    michelle (PDE DT)
    Purple Monkey Moments

  10. Fabulous folding, lovely card!
    Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts' New Something week;-))m

  11. Wow, this is Beautiful! I love the layout too! Thank you for joining our Challenge over on the Vilda Stamps Challenge Blog! DT Mindy

  12. Great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog.

    Happy New Year!

    Helen x

  13. Oh, I LOVE that you went masculine for this challenge, Leslie! The fun fold totally rocks, and I LOVE the sentiment and image combo, too! Here's to a wonderful 2017!!! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  14. What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our VILDA STAMPS challenge blog
    so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x

  15. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Lisa DT for

  16. Fab creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  17. A super masculine card. Great papers and design.
    Thank-you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore January Challenge “Anything Goes”. Good luck x

  18. Stunning masculine card, love your papers. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.
    Melanie DT for href="">

  19. Leslie, I LOVE this! Such a great combination of everything.
    Em HOC teamie

  20. Wonderful card fold. Sorry for the late comment. I would like to invite you to link with us again for our first Challenge this year at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the encouragement found in 1 John 4:18-19 which tells us, "There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us." Have a blessed day!

    JO ANN

  21. Absolutely stunning, Leslie! I love your idea to turn it to a masculine card!
    Hugs, Rosi

  22. What for a wonderful project you made. Thanks for joining in Vilda STAMP challenge blog. Hugs Ute (DT)

  23. I Love that you went masculine with this and the fold looks fantastic! Hugs, Christi, your HOC Teamie

  24. Such a fun fold! What a great way to overcome the sentiment not fitting where you want it! Love how it turned out.

    Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.


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