Friday, September 15, 2023

Concertina Pocket Fold Card for Creative Creases

I'm back on the Creative Creases Challenge blog again today for the start of the new challenge, and I've chosen a concertina pocket fold card this time. If you'd like the measurements and instructions for the card base and layers, here's a link to the video by Di's Den: (3) #182 (23) Concertina Pocket Fold Card - YouTube. Di has a FB group where she posts a download of all the instructions for her fun fold projects for free, so if you enjoy fun fold cards, boxes, etc., be sure to check it out here: Di's Den for Stamping crafting and Tutorials | Facebook. If you'd like to make a similar card or any other fun fold card, please be sure to link it up to the Creative Creases Challenge here:

A missionary friend of ours is home from Thailand undergoing chemotherapy for his lymphoma right now, and I'm signed up to bring out a meal to him and his family soon and wanted to make a special card to give him when I drop off the meal. His three children have only ever lived in Thailand, so starting school here in the US this fall has been an adjustment. They are used to visiting the US in the summer some years but going back to Thailand by the time school starts, so I'm praying they will quickly make some wonderful friends and be able to enjoy this opportunity to see what school is like here. 

I don't make many masculine cards, but I have the Stampin' Up! "Ringed with Nature" bundle, so I thought that would work well for a masculine card. I love bundles that have a hybrid embossing folder that can emboss and die cut at the same time. This bundle has a really cool embossing folder with a tree ring pattern, and the tree rings can be die cut with the coordinating dies while running the EF through the die cutting machine. 

Once I chose the stamps, dies, and embossing folder, I picked out some papers and got to work. I watched Di's Youtube video and had a print out of her instructions that I was also following along on as I made this card. It's not complicated, but there are a lot of pieces to cut with all the layers. Once I had all the papers cut and scored, I glued everything together and then started adding my embellishments and stamps. I used 2 colors of ribbon and some twine for closing the card and for the two tags inside the card. The cream colored ribbon used to close the card has a touch of sparkle that doesn't really show up in the photos. The "Just for you," "thinking of you," and "Get well soon" sentiments came from the Ringed with Nature stamp set, and the three verses I've included on the back of the tags and on the back of the card itself are all from Verve stamps. The two tag and banner dies I used are from Tonic Studios. 

Here's a look at the inside of the card:

Front of the card when closed:

Close up of the stamped and embossed elements. All the tone-on-tone stamping on the red tag was done with stamps from the SU! Ringed with Nature set, and the embossing folder I used for the tree rings as well as the leaf trinkets are also from SU!:

Here's the back of the card:

Close up of the verse:

A few more pictures of the card:

A look at the right side. You can't really read the "Get" very well, but that's the start of the sentiment panels that say: "Get well soon."

A closer look at the right side of the card:

With the front of the tags displayed. The mushrooms were die cut using dies from the Ringed with Nature bundle:

With the back of the tags displayed. The mushrooms were stamped tone-on-tone onto a scrap of the blue pattern paper I used for some of my layers on this card. The stamps for the stems and mushroom tops were also from the Ringed with Nature set:

Close up of the back of the tags:

Here's the back of the card when opened. You can see it has a spine like a book:

View from above to show the thickness of the card. Definitely glad I'm going to hand deliver this one!

If you are interested in purchasing the Ringed with Nature stamp set or Tree Rings hybrid embossing folder and coordinating die set and don't already have a SU! demonstrator, here's a link to my friend Debbie Mageed's SU! shop:

 Challenges I'm entering:

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (2/5 for the week; 2/10 for the challenge; ends 9/27/23)

We Love Stamping: Trees and/or leaves or ATG (1/4; ends at the end of the month)

Stamping Sensations: Garden delights or ATG (1/4; ends at the end of the month)

613 Avenue Create ( ATG (2/8; ends at the end of the month)

Scribble Challenge ( ATG (1/5; ends at the end of the month)

Incy Wincy Designs Challenge -1st to the 25th every month: Colors of autumn and/or not at square or rectangle (1/5; ends at the end of the month)

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (unlimited entries; ends October 10 and new challenge starts Oct. 15)

The Diva's that cut ....paper! ( Die cut divas: ATG (3/4; ends at the end of the month)

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (unlimited entries; ends at the end of the month) ATG with an EF; optional twist: trees (1/3; ends 9/20/23)

A Place To Start ( ATG Option: All that glitters (I used metallic leaf trinkets) (unlimited entries; at the end of the month) Favorite: fall or winter and why: I love fall so much! Where I live (the state of Michigan in the US), the fall colors are AMAZING! Rich reds, bright oranges, dusky yellows…so many gorgeous colors to enjoy! 

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (3/3; ends 9/22/23)

(I hope the cute little mushrooms count 😀) (2/5; ends 9/20/23)

The Paper Shelter: Autumn Colors (1/2; ends 9/20/23)


  1. WOW! Oh, Carrie, this card is so creative and very special! I love everything about it!! The bundle you used is so great and perfect for a masculine card. I hope he and his family adjust to being here and he does well with his treatment! Is he going to the GR Cancer Center? I know that place pretty well :-) Thanks for being our guest designer this month! We always look forward to seeing your creations. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks, Debbie! This one was a special one to create, and that Ringed with Nature set had so many great elements to choose from! And yes, Chris is going to the GR Cancer Center for his chemo treatments.

  2. Amazing fancy fold Carrie. A gift in itself for sure. Your work is always so inspiring. Thank you for joining the Creative Creases Guest Designers this week.
    Rae, DT

    1. Thank you so much, Rae! It's been a pleasure being the GD over at CC this month!

  3. Absolutely stunning design and fabulous colour choices. He's a lucky guy, to have someone so caring go the extra mile for him. Thanks for sharing this with us at The Paper Shelter!

  4. A beautiful make, with so many details. Thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping.

  5. Wow, what a creative and awesome fun fold, lots of cutting but so worth it!!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Can You Handle The Pressure!
    Diane CYHTP Co-Owner
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  6. this is very impressive and must have taken ages to put together. Thanks for sharing it with us at we love stamping this month xx

    1. Thank you, Hilary! It did take awhile to create, but that gave me time to pray over my friend and his family, and I enjoy my craft time so much!

  7. Well this is just wonderful. I have never seen a fold like this, I bet it was so fun to make. . Beautifully done, and lots of wonderful work here. Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Can You Handle the Pressure, hope we see you back again soon!!
    Judy~ CYHTP DT Designer

    1. Thank you so much, Judy! It really was a fun one to create!

  8. Beautiful card and great design
    Thank you for joining with us The Paper Shelter Challenge
    Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  9. lovely card, so much work!

    thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

  10. What a beautiful, thoughtful project!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx

  11. What a gorgeous card - WOW, just incredible. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our "Anything Goes" challenge.

  12. This concertina card is delightful, Carrie - so many places for images and sentiments and I can see that a lot of work and love went into its making. Hoping your friend reponds well to treatment.
    Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” September Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!
    Carole x DT Craftilicious Creations

  13. Great work. Thank you for joining the challenge at The Paper Shelter and Creative Fingers. Hope to see you again