Friday, December 8, 2023

Mushroom Fun Fold Card

It's time for a new challenge over at Creative Creases, and I'm thrilled to be a guest designer again for Challenge #72. You can join the fun with any fun fold project here:  Debbie Mageed supplied me with the cute little tear off monthly calendar from Taylored Expressions for this challenge (thanks, Debbie!), and I wanted to use it to create a card for my youngest daughter who is a Navy "nuke" in San Diego. We miss her so much every single day!

I have recently been seeing a lot of puns with a mushroom theme, so when I saw a Bo Bunny mushroom stamp set at Hobby Lobby, I bought it and paired it with a 12X12 sheet of washi tape with a woodland/mushroom scene that has been in my stash for years. Then I chose a fun fold card base from the Silhouette Design Store that I've been wanting to try out for awhile now. I think it's so fun the way there are flip card panels on both sides of the card base! It's such a unique style!

I chose some dark brown card stock for the card base and then some cream-colored card stock for the panels I stamped with the Bo Bunny mushroom stamps. I also used cream card stock for the heart print and cut layers.  I designed the print and cut sentiments with Alitha Christmas and Black Hulk fonts. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the base and layers (including the washi tape sheet that came with a backer sheet) and then adhered the washi tape to a layer of cream card stock to give it more stability. After adhering the layers, I die cut some mushroom bases and caps using SU!'s retired Tree Ring dies set and then colored the mushroom caps with my Ohuhu alcohol ink markers to match the colors in the washi tape. 

The sentiments are: "Every day of the year, there's so mushroom in our hearts for you" and "we love and miss you so mush!" I divided the sentiments to fit onto 3 of the hearts and then added 3 die cut and colored mushrooms to the 4th heart. I also added 4 die cut and colored mushrooms to two of the inner panels. Then I created a mushroom border for the middle of the card by stamping seven of the mushrooms from the Bo Bunny set and fussy cutting them. I adhered them to a brown panel and used foam tape to give the panel and mushrooms some dimension. I added the calendar to the middle panel above the mushroom border.

I had both sets of grandparents, my husband, my other kids, my sister-in-law and 2 of my nieces join me in writing a little message and along with our signatures on the back of the card to let my daughter know how special she is to all of us. Then I let my other daughter jot a note about her birthday in January on the tear-off calendar before I went through the calendar and marked other dates when there are family birthdays and trips to see our sailor. My hope is that this card will lift her spirits and convey the love and support she has back home.

Stretched out all the way:

Close ups:

A look at the back before everyone signed it:

After we signed it:

Close ups of the back panels:

It folds flat for mailing:

A few more views:

Challenges I'm entering:

613 Avenue Create ( with option of winter holiday (1/8; ends at the end of the month) Top Rocker Dec. 3-9

We Love to Create mixed media Challenge Blog...sponsored by Polkadoodles ( Anything creative goes (ends 1/9/23)

A Place To Start ( ATG with twist of "new" (I used a new stamp set) (ends at the end of the month)

Double Trouble Paper Crafting ( Thing 1: die cuts (I have die cut mushrooms) Thing 2: I used washi tape sheets for the mushroom pattern pieces and the polka dot pattern pieces (ends at the end of the month)

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (ends 12/20/23) Use craft dies (ends 12/13/23)

Crafty Gals Corner ( Dots and/or stripes (I have polka dot washi tape on several panels of the card) (ends 12/12/23)

Creative Inspiration Challenges: ATG (ends at the end of the month)

Doodle Challenge ( ATG (ends at the end of the month)

A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: ATG (ends at the end of the month) DT Favorite 1/28/24

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (ends 12/10/23) Special Mention Winner 12/14/23

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog ( ATG (ends at the end of the month) DT Favorite 1/1/24


  1. WOW!! This card has so much to love and appreciate, Carrie!! I love the mushroom theme (I love them any way I can find them) and the design has my creative juices going, too. Thank you, as always, for being our Guest Designer for our last challenge of the year! I wish you all the best during the holiday season and the coming year, my friend. Hugs!

    1. Carrie, what a beautiful and very personal gift for your daughter who is far from home! I'm sure she will treasure it for many years!! I love all the details of the card shape itself, and how you cleverly used the mushroom theme throughout!! Thank you for sharing your card, your story, and especially your creativity with us at Double Trouble for our "Die-cember" challenge!!! -Donna

  2. Gorgeous card. I love the design and how you've played with the mushroom theme. The colour combo is awesome and I'm sure your daughter is going to love this wonderful card. Thanks for joining us at A Place To Start. Hugs, María.

  3. Thank you for joining in our challenge this month with your wonderful project!
    DT – Val, Nan, Leigh, Cat

  4. Wow! That looks absolutely amazing! What a great fun fold card. The recipient is going to love this. Thank you so much for joining us at 613 Avenue. Looking forward to more of your creations
    ~Tamara (DT)

  5. Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for our "Dots and/or Stripes" challenge at Crafty Gals Corner!

  6. Lovely fun fold card Carrie. I don't think I've seen this particular fold before. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

  7. Wow, what a great fun fold and love the pun sentimeents throughout your card... your daughter will surely enjoy these. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Double Trouble and Wrapping It Up with Use your Stuff. Happy Holiday Seasons!

    1. Thanks, Suzanne! My daughter loved the card. Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year!

  8. Wow!! So much incredible creativity!! I love the folds and the colors and those mushrooms are so cute. Thanks for sharing this with us at Double Trouble :)

    1. Thanks, Kellianne! This was a special one to make!

  9. So clever and creative, Carrie! Love the puns, too. Thank you for sharing at Double Trouble Challenge #155. - Melanie R.

    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! I am a big fan of puns!