Thursday, February 26, 2009

Accordion Fold Flower Tutorial

I have gotten a lot of requests for photos, so I decided to make a quick video instead. It's my first video- I hope to do more in the future that will be better. I just decided to do this one off the cuff and we didn't do any editing, so you get what you get :)
My husband shot it with our point & shoot camera & we don't have a tripod so it's not the greatest, but hopefully you get the idea!
Here you go:

I hope this helps those of you who have had trouble trying to create ths flower.

Have a beautiful day!

Laura Albertson

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Accordion Folded Flower

Here is one of the cards I did at my club meeting on Sunday:

It uses the same folded flower technique that I used on my chat & challenge card, but I cut the paper strips wider, and it creates a much larger flower. Unfortunately, it is also harder to flip open.
The finished size of this card is 8.25" x 3.75"
All supplies are SU!- I used retired dsp for the blue background because my SAB DSP wasn't here yet.

You can see the basic steps of how to create this flower in the Sale-A-Bration brochure on page 5. If you don't have a Sale-A-Bration brochure, you can view it by clicking the picture of the brochure on the right side of my blog.

For this card, I cut the strips to 1-1/2" by 12", and scored every 1/2 inch. Then I folded on the score lines back and forth, accordion style.


Make sure that the first fold you make is a mountain fold, with the side of the paper you want to be your flower facing up! If you do this, your last fold will also be a mountain fold with the color you want facing up.
If you are using card stock, then it won't matter which way you start folding.

**if you start folding the wrong way & then reverse your folds, you will have a VERY hard time getting your flower to flip open for you nicely, so it is important to fold it the right way on the first try! (guess how I know that?? LOL)

**(Obviously photos would be more useful to you at this point... I will see what I can do over the next day or so- it's a really busy week for me & we are all sick, so I'll try my best, but I can't promise. The Buffalo area weather has been crazy- warm one day & freezing the next, and everyone I know is sick, too!)

Okay now, where were we?
When you join the two end pieces together, you will want to make sure that you are joining a mountain fold to a mountain fold, with the color of your flower facing out. Now your strip of pleated paper should be joined so that the two end pieces that are joined together face in.

**At this point, you will want to make sure you have the supplies you need to glue or tape the flower together at hand. Otherwise, when you flip out your pleated card stock circle into a flower, it will just pop back open.

After playing with this for some time, I suggest the following supplies:

A 1" or 3/4" circle of card stock for the back of the flower (any color, this won't show)
A 3/4" to 1" circle of coordinating card stock for the front of the flower.

Craft glue dot (SU! doesn't carry this size), Pop up glue dots, or a hot glue gun (works great!)

**If using glue dots, prepare your card stock circles ahead of time by adhering the glue dots to them and setting them within reach before you flip your flower open.

The craft glue dots are flat like mini glue dots, but larger in diameter; the minis won't work well for this. I also tried sticky strip covering the back of my card stock circle, and it wouldn't hold well. The glue dots are stickier & have more give.
The hot glue works great, but you have to make sure you have the flower just where you want it, and be able to hold it in place with one hand while you put a blob of glue in the center of the flower with the other hand.

The Sale-A-Bration brochure shows the flower being flipped open in mid-air, but I found it easier to flip my flower against my work surface, then I could hold it in place while sticking on my circles. When I tried to open the flower in mid-air, it would try to flip itself back and wouldn't stay in a flower shape.

It doesn't matter if you glue a circle to the front or back of your flower first, just make sure you glue one on in the center of both sides of the flower to stabilize it. Once your circles are on you will be able to tape/glue it in place on your card. Embellish the front center of the flower with a button or layer a another card stock circle that has been stamped with a cute design & punched out with a circle punch just a little smaller than your center.

**I used a thinner strip of card stock on my C&C card (shown in the post below).
I cut the CS 1" by 12", and again scored at every 1/2 inch. It was much easier to open this flower, and the smaller size is better for a standard size card.
For the record, I do like the look of both size flowers, but next time I would probably use a larger circle for the center of the larger flower ;)

** I do suggest scoring at every 1/2 inch, although you could just do an accordion fold free hand. the scoring will make your life easier when creating your flower, though. If you have a scor-pal, the scoring is a SNAP. You just put your paper in the tray & score every 1/2 inch, you don't need to move your paper or do any measuring, it's so great. When I pre-scored for my club, I scored a whole sheet of 12x12 every 1/2 inch (took like 30 seconds!), and THEN cut it into strips- easy peasy.

So... if you are planning to make multiples, I definitely recommend pre-scoring your larger piece of paper first & then cutting your strips off across the fold lines.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions, and if you have done these and have addition tips, please feel free to share them with us by posting a comment!

Have a great day!

Laura Albertson

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Chat & Challenge card

Hi Everyone!

I made this for the chat & challenge today. (C&C156 on sudsol) I haven't been able to participate in a very long time, so I had a lot of fun doing this.

This is a variation of one of the cards we did at my hostess club meeting/open house yesterday. I based the club card on the accordion folded flower card in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. I'll post that one tomorrow, along with a few tips & tricks to make it easier to make this flower. There are basic directions in the SAB brochure, but I know a lot of people have been having trouble getting the flower cooperate & open up properly, so it will help to have the particulars.

I was going to post those tonight, but I can barely keep my eyes open, so I'll be back in the morning!

take care,


Friday, February 20, 2009

Keeping Busy

Miss me? I just realized how long it's been since I posted!! Last week I was busy with classes & Valentines- busier than I thought I'd be! And this week the kids have been off, so I've been spending time with them. It's a bummer that the snow all melted just before their week off- we had planned to go sledding & ice skating during the vacation. I can say I didn't mind the break in the weather one bit, though.
Want to see what I made for the kids Valentine's this year? I didn't get to post them earlier because of technical difficulties, but they are cute, so I'll still share them with you:

You can click the pic to see the detail better. Ignore my bad cutting job- I knew I was cutting for kids & just needed to get them done-lol. Cards use SU! Just Jawing set + Bold Brights ink & cs. Shimmery black paper & Stickles are non- SU!

These were inspired by a sweetheart box valentine designed by Susan Wright. I originally was going to use her idea and do the sweetheart boxes, but it was getting close to Valentine's day & I had forgotten to pick up the sweetheart boxes, so I just said the heck with it and decided to make regular Valentines & send in suckers instead.

That decision was aided by the fact that it was also diversity week, and I had promised to send in Chrusciki to Luke's class to represent our Polish background (was going to send Pierogi but decided that would be too much work)- and they also needed ingredients to make salsa, so I had to send in food for that as well.

Unfortunately, since I decided to cut out the skulls so I could mount them to colored paper AND decided to put stickles in the eyes (just happened to have colors to match my SU! card stock), it still took FOREVER to make 40 of these puppies.
Dave said I was going overboard & spending way too much time on them, but when Loren came home and said that everyone loved his Valentine, it was worth it. Especially when he told me one little girl said it was "her most favorite valentine she ever got".

David sure didn't complain about the time I put into his Valentine this year. He loved it. I call it the heavy metal Valentine. Wanna see??

Click the pic to see the detail in the faux metal embossed piece. Looks like punched tin, doesn't it? I had the idea to do this as soon as I saw this set inthe SAB book. Since then I've seen it done a few times, so the idea to layer it to the scallop punched square came from other's I've seen. I did mine a little different though, and also added the brads. Any time you can add metal to a guy card, it's a good thing (lol).

It uses the new Taste of Textiles specialty papers from Stampin' Up! Specifically, the coated white pin stripe & black linen texture.
Also used:
SAB set Polka Dot Punches
Silver embossing powder
scallop edge punch
silver brads
Riding Hood Red card stock

I'll have more tomorrow for you so you can see what else I've been up to.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura Albertson

ps. my spellchecker is telling me I spelled "pierogi" wrong, but I didn't. Wikipedia even agrees with me ;) Who spells it pirogi???

anyway-- have a great day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sale-A-Bration Clarification

Page three of the Sale-A-Bration brochure states: "For a limited time, you can earn any of the products in this brochure simply by placing an order, hosting a workshop, or becoming a demonstrator." Please note that only Sale-A-Bration products can be earned. While other catalog products are featured in this publication as coordinating products, they cannot be earned as part of Sale-A-Bration.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sale-A-Bration is here!

Sale-A-Bration is here! YAY!

Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate!

From now until March 31, 2009:

Customers receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 purchase.

Hostesses receive a free Sale-A-Bration product with a $300 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.

Recruits can choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $47.95) from the current catalog when signing up during the promotion. Plus, get 15% off the regular $199 price of the Starter Kit--that's $335 worth of products for only $169!

These are all great deals!

I love that in addition to 4 stamp sets, you also have the option of choosing designer series paper or ribbon as your free SAB item, and the sets, paper and ribbon all coordinate.

Here are a couple of samples designed by Janie Murphy. She shared these on sudsol & gave me permission to post them here for your viewing pleasure!
The first one showcases the Polka Dot Punches Sale-A-Bration (SAB)stamp set and the SAB Delicate Dots Designer Series Paper.
She also used the Top note die and a bind-it-all to create this adorable scrapbook:

For this card, Janie used the same SAB set and our new SU! exclusive texturz plates for the Big Shot. She inked the texturz sheet with (I think) Tangerine Tango ink and then ran it through her Sizzix Big Shot machine using kraft cardstock. I love this technique and espcially love how the Tangerine ink pairs so well with the kraft cardstock:

Great projects Janie, thanks for letting me share them here!