Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It Takes a Village (Idiot) to Make an Accordion Fold Flower ...

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So, I saw the directions ... if you can call three photos and three sentences, "directions," for this accordion flower in the new Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog and thought to myself, "Self, you can do that!"

Well, after two hours, three youtube videos, and one 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper, here it is. Maybe I'm accordion-fold-challenged, but has it taken anyone else that long to make one of these things? Mine looks a little beat up, huh? Well, that's 'cuz I beat-up on it! And it's not even cute ...

For all the gory details, refer to my supply list, below. Oh. And, if you want, I can also refer you to all the youtube videos, too.

So, about three months ago, Sheila and I and the DH's went out to dinner at this new Chinese restaurant in town. Sheila fell in love with the elegant calligraphy on the hand-written menu and umm, "borrowed" it to take home. She spent the next several weeks knitting a sweater with Chinese characters down the front.

Last Saturday night, we all went to a cocktail party to celebrate our mutual friends twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Since the weather was really cool ... and the sweater really did look fantastic ... she decided to wear it.

Liang, who is Chinese and lives next-door to the happy couple asked where she got the symbols.

"From a menu," she admitted.

"Do you know what they say?" he asked.

"Ummm, no ... and now I'm afraid to ask," Sheila said, "but tell me anyway."

"Cheap, but good," he responded.



  • Card Stock: "Ripe Avocado" by Papertrey Ink
  • Designer Paper: Stampin' Up
  • Stamp: Sentiment from "Simple Little Things" Set by Papertrey Ink
  • Ink: "New England Ivy" by Close to My Heart
  • Accessories: Natural Jute Twine; Wooden BBQ Skewer from Publix-Where-Shopping-is-a-Pleasure; Vintage Button
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Provo Craft; Tag from "Tiny Tags" Set by Provo Craft; "Threading Water" Border Punch by Fiskars; Stylus by Fiskars; Circle Punch by Punch Bunch; "The Ultimate" Craft Glue by Api; Scotch ATG 714


Tina said...

It's lovely, even if it was difficult.

Hannah said...

I think the card looks great! I love your blog-- it makes me smile :-)

Paula's ponderings said...

whats up with you woman, lol that is a great card and a great story!!

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Hi Deb,

You're the leader of our happy village here in Deb and Sheila world and definitely no idiot! I kinda like the shabby chic look of the poor little wumped on flower sorta fits the whole recession theme these days don't you think! After all what sensitive flower can get its petals folded just so when the fear of a big mortgage meltdown is going on just next door (or on its own little portion of heavenly sod!

Here's a couple of links to a terrifc tutorial for this one and the cards made - no video link required:

Love your view from the village - Jean

Elena said...

Loved Sheila's story!
Your card is so pretty, Deb! Why don't you like it? I love your idea with the flower stem!

Risa said...

Deb your card is beautiful and I'm crazy about your flower! And....Sheila too.....she is too funny!

Theresa said...

Ah, yes, the accordion fold flower... I believe that was a challenge a month or two ago. Mine hit the trash.

Yours came out great! I love the punched circle and button center.