Sunday, January 8, 2012

An Angled Accordion Fold Card

Hello Ladies,

Before I lose you with this long post, I was wondering if you can tell a difference in the quality of the blue photos vs. the red photos at the bottom. I used a different lens for the Tilda images. I had forgotten I had this particular lens and thought it might enhance my photos. Your opinion is much appreciated. This is a long post with two different cards. The first one is my DT project while the second card is our little Tilda.

It's time for a new challenge at Hooked on Craft! Today, for Challenge #15 - Try Something New, I decided to give an Angled Accordion Fold Card a try. I have to say, it was a lot of work only because of how I did it. I know it would have been a lot easier if I had used a heavy, almost cardstock weight, double sided paper and only did one side. But, that would have been too easy. I wanted to challenge myself! Isn't that what challenges are all about?

Challenge #15 requires that you challenge yourself to try something new - a new technique. The challenge will run from January 9 through January 21. You might want to give this type of card a go. I know there are lots of techniques out there. Find one that you've wanted to try and try it. I can't wait to see what you create. I, personally, would love it if, in your blog post, you share the link where you found how to do the technique and maybe a brief explanation. That way, others can grow in their techniques, too!

Here is the front side of my card:

Here is the back side of my card:

Isn't it cute? I used a lot of glittered cardstock to make the card very festive! I began by folding and scoring a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock at 4" and 8". Next, I decided how high I wanted it at the highest point. I drew a line and then cut on that line using my paper cutter.

The next step was to use a punch to punch a choo choo train border which I thought was pretty boyish. Now I was ready to do the decorating.

Because I am persnickety, I absolutely had to have each piece of cardstock and patterned paper match at the angled tops. That was not as easy as I first thought, but after a couple of tries, I got the hang of it. Let's look at each segment.

On the cover panel, I used the following items from Hooked on Craft:

Cherry Blossoms -
Roses -
Rosebuds -

This panel was so much fun! I love that precious little stamp! Karen doesn't currently have them in her store, but keep checking back. I used Copic pens to color the image. I accented the image by adding Kindyglitz in yellow, orange, light green, dark green. I used a cyan piece of glittered cardstock for the background and cut it with one of my dies. The stamp is from my stash. I chose to use my Nesties dies and cut a scalloped background in a royal blue glittered cardstock.

On this panel, I used lovely aqua pearls from Hooked on Craft. I also used red Kindyglitz for the cherry nestled inside the whipped cream which I emphasized by using a texture paste. I stamped the sentiment and then backed it on the royal blue glittered cardstock.

On the back of the card, I used the following items from Hooked on Craft:
aqua pearls -
bear charm -
bud and bow ribbon -

Here are photos of the back panels:

I would like to enter this birthday card into the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #21 - Use the color blue

Challenge Up Your Life#60 ends 1/20 - Bingo (flowers, buttons, sparkle)

One Stop Craft Challenge #164 ends 1/13 - Bingo (Pearls, die cuts, buttons

Tilda Goes Bananas Over You

Oh, I had so much fun with this card! When I first saw this stamp, I thought it was hilarious and maybe very hard with which to work. However, it was a fun stamp to use and I had a riot with it. My husband was doing a little rhumba every time I called him in to get his opinion! Too funny! I wanted to keep the card bright and cheery. Here she is:

Tilda has been colored with Copics. The flowers are felt. I added some Kindyglitz to the purple grapes on her hat and a couple of the red beads on her necklace - just to add some sparkle. The sentiment is elevated on pop dots. I used deep red pearls on the sentiment and the image mat. There is machine stitching on each mat as well. I added a double layered flower to her dress and placed a yellow rhinestone in the center.

The inside is just as bright and cheerful. Here it is:

On the inside, I repeated the use of felt flowers and machine stitching. I stitched the buttons and added ribbon. I couldn't resist adding a banana!

I hope you liked my cards. I love how they turned out. Thank you so much for visiting. I hope you will take a second and leave a comment for me, please! I love reading what you write.


I would like to enter the Tilda card into the following challenges:

Creative Inspirations Paint ends 1/14 - Inspired by Something Old (and in my case, it's Chiquita Banana which began in 1944)

Penny Black & More 1/31 - Love/Hearts


Madge H. said...

Chris, this is so colorful - I love it!!! OK, I really LOVE it!! now you have to "fess" up -- where did you get that stamp????????
~ rubber hugs ~

Peggie said...

How adorable. Love what you did with Tilda. Can't say as she is for me but I do love your card.

Angélique said...

Wow! Love your card. Tilda is beautifully colored. Love the sentiment and the stitching on the card.
TFS! :)


Rene said...

Absolutely adorable! Love how wonderfully bright and cheery your cards are!
Rene :D

Paper Tails said...

Very cute! I like the bright colors.


Lisette Morris said...

How Fun!! Such festive paper and coloring!

Only By His Grace said...

Super creations Chris. I particularly love the Tilda card.
The colors are gorgeous on both cards.
Hugs Maz

Karen's Fun Blog said...

This is great! Love the details!

Barb Hardeman said...

OMG! Chris these cards are sensational! What fabulous work you've done on BOTH of them. I haven't had a chance to ink up Bananas Tilda, and you've done an exceptional job with the bright cheerful colors and your fabulous coloring. Your birthday card is tooo stinkin' cute! Fabulous, dear heart, just fabulous!
Hugs, Barb

Cami said...

Cute, colorful, fun card, Chris! Love cheeful!
Hugs, Cami

Agnes van Hensbergen - agnesstampcards said...

She is so cute.Love it.
Hugs agnes

cabio's craft corner said...

Sweet card and how fun looking at the banana inside. It just made me smile. Tilda's coloring is so cute!! What a fun design :-)

Francy said...

I love the first card, the papers and the image are happiness.
The Tilda card is gorgeous to.

Kelly Neis said...

She is so cute and I love the cheery vibrant colors you chose.

DJ said...

Awesome cards. I especially love the Tilda card with the bananas. She is so cute. She is on my wish list.

DJ said...

Awesome cards. I especially love the Tilda card with the bananas. She is so cute. She is on my wish list.

DJ said...

Awesome cards. I especially love the Tilda card with the bananas. She is so cute. She is on my wish list.

Elle said...

So happy and colorful! I LOVE it!

Linda Palmer said...

So cute, sweet and fun!!! Love the bright cheerful colors, gorgeous coloring too.

Suzan L said...

Hi Chris, Your card is so cute!! I love the saying that you used!!
Happy New Year!!

Linda said...

Wow what a superb design!!!!! Love both the cards!!!!! Fabulous work!!!!!

Basslady said...

my goodness! this is so lovely and sweet!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Angela said...

Oh how adorable! I just love the bright colors and fun embellishments! Beautiful coloring on your image. hugs, Angela

Mandy said...

Two beautiful cards...Love the shape of your first one,looks like so much work went into it...And Tilda is adorable on your second one....Fabulous work....
Mandy x

Christina C. said...

All I can say is WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!
lOVE your amazing birthday card and your Tilda is so darn cute!!! Haven't inked mine up yet!
You put a lot of work into those gorgeous creations, but the end result is fantabulous!!!!

Chris said...

Comment From Sylvia - Blogger won't post it - Sorry Syllie

Wow Chris, this is the most colurful card i have ever seen and i love it. Tilda is looking great with her banana hat. I love the DP they are matching very well with Banana Tilda. Also the inside is wonderful. i have this stamp and i think i will make a card with her very soon after seeing your card.

ladyjanet_56 said...

Bingo What a pretty cards, love your colour choices & images, thank you for playing along at OSCC. Janet

Maribel said...

I love the colors that you used! Your image is so cute and the detail you added to this angled card is amazing! Thank you for playing along with us at Birthday Sundaes!

Diane said...

Thank you for entering your accordian card in to the latest challenge at the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog
It is great and you obviously put a lot of time into it..well done!

Stempelhexe said...

Eine wunderschöne und aufwenige Karte,danke für deine Teilnahme bei CUYL:


EnblogSail said...

Bright and cheery. Very refreshing!

Ani said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing long at OSCC this week!

Kathy Gerace said...

Love both of your cards! The birthday in blue is just perfect for a child's card - bright and colorful. What a cute shape too.
Tilda Going Bananas is just too much fun!! Love the dp you put in the background - perfect! Great job coloring on both of your cards.

Sandy said...

Your cards are always amazing Chris. That soda looks real enough to drink! Your cards are just fandantastic!!

Jean said...

Loving your cards Chris.. The blue birthday card is so perfect for a little boy, love the design but the Tilda banana card is so precious.. love the bright and cheery colors.. I saw her and was going to get her but decided I wouldn't have too much use for her so decided against it.. your did and awesome job though!! Proud of you.. A great job and a great card
Hugs, Jean

beadz said...

What great cards!I love the Carmen Miranda Tilda - and that banana is so cute! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Creative Inspirations Paint challenge. Good luck and we hope to see you again soon!

Julie said...

Hi Chris! Both cards are just gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge!


Teresa said...

Hello Chris, This is a beautiful card, thanks for playing along at the Addicted to Stamps January Blues challenge. Teresa xx

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

Wow Chris, these are both gorgeous! I especially love your Tilda card! That flower on her dress is the perfect accessory, and I love that yellow! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

Dodici said...

Your cards are fantastic,Chris!Bright and cheerful!
Thanks for joining us at ATSC!