Thoughtful Expressions Accordion Card for the Pals Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin’ Pretty Pals’ Blog Hop!

Hi, Stampers!

This month, the theme is “Love Is In The Air.” We hope that you will be inspired by the creations the Pals are sharing with you! Then, you will find the lineup at the end of my post to help you “hop” along from Pal to Pal. This theme is perfect for February, but this card can be enjoyed any time of year. I love sending this type of all-occasion card to my children and will be sending this card soon. I used the beautiful Thoughtful Expressions bundle to make this card and used the coordinating Poetic Expressions designer paper that is so lovely.

Create this card using Thoughtful Expressions by Stampin' Up! Debbie Mageed @ SecretsToStamping

My Secrets!

Let’s start with the card base…

  • Firstly, I made this accordion card using this tutorial by Lisa Curcio. Although I changed the size of the designer paper panels a little, the cardstock sizes all remain the same.
  • Card Base: You will need two pieces to make this card base.
    • Cardstock: 5-1/2″ x 12”, score at 4″ and 8″
    • Cardstock: 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score at 1/2″
    • Designer Paper: 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ (4)
  • Accordion: You will need two pieces to make the accordion.
    • Cardstock #1: 3-1/8″ x 8-1/2″, score at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″
    • Cardstock #2: 3-1/8″ x 9”, score at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″, and 8-1/2″, score at 1/2″
    • Cardstock layered under the first and last panels: 3-1/4″ x 2-7/8″
    • Designer Paper: 3″ x 2-5/8 (3) and 3″ x 2-7/8″ (2)
    • White Cardstock for a personal message on the last panel: 3″ x 2-5/8″

And now, the fun part!

  • Once that was done, I adhered the card bases together as well as the accordion pieces, making the score lines in the mountain-valley folds.
  • After that, I used Countryside Corners die to cut a window into the two interior card base panels. Then, I cut more cardstock to make the frames with the next larger size and glued them around the window.
  • I stamped the pretty floral images, colored them lightly with the Stampin’ Blends, and then punched them out with the Modern Oval Punch.
  • After that, I cut out the outline flowers and leaves to use on each panel.
  • Once that was done, I popped them up on the first, second and fifth panels.
  • The first and sixth panels were layered onto cardstock once they were woven through the card base. Finally, I added some Classic Matte Dots to the flower centers.

Then, on the front…

  • So, the inside of the card is the star of the show, but the front should be pretty, right? Firstly, I added the same designer paper from the inside.
  • Then, I stamped the beautiful hummingbird and floral stamp and colored them with the same Stampin’ Blends.
  • After that, I cut the other designer paper with the Thoughtful Expressions die and also cut a frame with two of the frames in white cardstock.
  • Once that was done, I cut cardstock with a Countryside Corner die and dry embossed them with the Basics 3D embossing folder.
  • I glued that panel down first, then popped the circle frame up with dimensionals to the center of the card.
  • Then, I tied a loose bow with the jute trim and popped the flower image over it.
  • I cut out the “love you” from the Love For You dies in both colors. After that, I glued them together so you could see the background layer, and glued them to the framed panel.
  • I popped the hummingbird image, as well, and then added the dots to the flowers.
  • Finally, to close the card, I cut a long piece of the jute trim around the card a couple times and tied it into a bow. SECRET: the jute trim comes off of the spool pretty curly, so I dampened it to straighten it out. Once it was dry (which didn’t take long at all), I was able to wrap it around the card.

More inspiration awaits, so use the lineup below to visit the rest of the Design Team. Then, mark your calendars for our next blog hop next month, when our theme will be “It’s All About The Kids.”

Until then, have fun in your craft space!

Stampin’ Pretty Pals Blog Hop Lineup

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  4. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  5. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  6. Debbie Mageed at Secrets to Stamping <<<You are HERE>>>
  7. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  8. Rae Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  9. Melissa Seplowitz at The Stamping Ninja
  10. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stamping Habit
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Deb Walker at Deb Stamps Life
  14. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  15. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  16. Windy Ellard at Windy’s Wonderful Creations

I’m sharing my card with these challenges:

  1. Allsorts
  2. 613 Avenue Create
  3. A Place To Start
  4. Crafty Catz
  5. Die Cut Divas
  6. Ellibelle’s Crafty Wednesday
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges
  8. The Paper Funday
  9. A Perfect Time to Craft
  10. Try It On Tuesday
  11. We Love Stamping

I love hearing from you! Please leave a comment if you have any questions or comments about my project today.

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If you enjoyed my project today, please be sure to…

  • Firstly, visit my Gallery and Fun Fold Gallery for lots of ideas, and…
  • Enter the Creative Creases Challenge HERE with any fun fold card!
  • Then, complete this contact information to receive a birthday card from me!
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Kit details …

  • Paper Pumpkin always goes all out for their anniversary month! This kit promises to be OTT gorgeous!
  • Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs with 9 coordinating envelopes
  • Pre-cut vellum pieces and wood embellishments
  • Coordinates with the Meandering Meadows Suite Collection (item 162745)
  • Coordinating colors: Granny Apple Green, Garden Green (Classic Stampin’ Spot), Balmy Blue, Night of Navy, Gorgeous Grape, Fresh Freesia
  • TWO stamp sets: a FREE stamp set will be included (Please note that one of the images does not fit on the Paper Pumpkin Clear Stamp Block)
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Nothing makes Noah happier than having all of us together. Sarah was home for less than 24 hours but we were so happy she could come see us!


32 thoughts on “Thoughtful Expressions Accordion Card for the Pals Blog Hop”

  1. Wow! Debbie, this card is stunning!! I love this amazing fun-fold design. Thanks for the instructions. Enjoy your day!

  2. WOW! What a beautiful card and an amazing fun fold that I’ve never seen before! Thank you for sharing. You are very talented!

  3. Debbie, I LOVE this fold! I will have to give it a try. It reminds me of a concertina. So glad Noah got to enjoy his aunt and you can tell he loves his mother!

  4. Outstanding card!!! I was looking for a special card to do for friends’ birthdays this year and I believe this is it! Thanks so much for sharing your card & the recipe!

  5. Such a delightfully different shape and lovely in all the golden tones, lovely to see you at Allsorts and We Love Stamping challenges again, many thanks for joining us at both.

    B x

  6. Such a pretty card Debbie – you have combined all the elements beautifully to created a stunning, multi-fold card.
    Thank you for joining us at We Love stamping this month, and using the theme
    Maxine WLS DT

  7. So beautiful. The front of the card is amazingly beautiful and the inside is just gorgeous. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas. Arlene

  8. Wow! Amazing work. Your attention to detail is evident in this project. It’s like a card in a card. Thanks for sharing with A Place to Start.

  9. Very nice, Debbie! You have taken patterns that can get busy and gaudy and given them a most elegant presentation. Additionally, you did it while keeping to one palette! Well done, you! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place to Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

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