Monday 25 July 2016

Accordion/Concertina Challenge Card

Good morning friends

Welcome to the second Designer Challenge of July ... this time the challenge came from Kelly Booth:  "Stretch it out!" - use any of the Accordion dies for a project of any theme.

I was looking at the different Accordion dies and trying to decide which one to use for the challenge. I knew I also wanted to use the Hot Air Balloon and all of a sudden I remembered "Shelly's" Concertina idea. LOVE it when you can use your dies more than one way. (More on Shelly's cards below).

This is the card ready to be put in the envelope. It folds completely flat!

After I cut the four Accordion Ovals from white Soft Finish Card Stock, I used the Petite Flourish Stage-it Stencil to add some colour before assembling. I picked a scrapbook kit from my stash and had fun choosing different patterned papers for the Hot Air Balloons.

There were some coordinating stickers that I added to white card stock and fussy cut, and I also added some clouds from the All Seasons Tree. The Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up comes with  cloud dies as well, but for this card I liked the chubby clouds from the All Seasons Tree set.

Finally, I added two of the printed cards that would normally be used for Pocket Scrapbooking to the back of the card. You can see the one from the front of the card and the other is adhered to the back of it so you see it from the back.

A while ago, Shelly Hickox made THIS awesome concertina card and then another for an Elizabeth Craft Designs post. I was INSPIRED I tell you, and made THIS ONE for a Designer Challenge in November 2015. (Shelly credits Karen Burniston as coming up with the method of using the Accordion dies to create a concertina card, which is totally brilliant).

Karen Burniston will be posting on HER BLOG tomorrow (Tuesday) so be sure to check it out. The Designer Challenge Team is linked on the right of my blog, if you want to see what they've come up with for this challenge.


Accordion Oval, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
All Seasons Tree, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Stage it Stencil, Petite Flourish, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Soft Finish Card Stock, White, 100# - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - Carta Bella (and stickers)
Fun foam
Fine Point Tweezers - Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Card size: - just over A2 because of the overhanging balloons. Would fit easily in a 5 x 7" envelope.

Thanks for stopping by today



  1. such a fun card for this challenge Karen, love love love it!

  2. Fantastic card!


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