Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The end of procrastination....

Good morning and welcome, so lovely to see you here.
Today I am sharing an accordion card, - you may well have come across this type of card in other corners of crafty blogland.
The first time I came upon this type of card was on the blog of the wonderful Red Anne HERE

I left her a comment and this amazing lady then got in touch with me and offered to cut me some dies and all the bits and pieces needed to create one of my own. It duly arrived soon after, with enough bits and pieces to make several of these cards and some lovely papers to use with it as well, how kind was that? Well, to be honest, it all looked pretty complicated, even though Anne described clearly how it should work (and there are videos  you can look at too), but I kept procrastinating. Other projects kept coming in between and it has taken me all this time to finally sit down and make the first one. Trust me, it is quite easy just as everyone says! Here you can see my version:




Even though of course this is a Sizzix die, I found that one of my Spellbinders Nestabilities, fitted it pretty well. I chose a wild flower theme to go with the beautiful papers Anne had included. They are from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped in Versafine Sepia,while still in the die, then sponged with various colours of distress inks and coloured the images further with Distress Markers and my water brush. The bees and butterflies are from an Artemio set.

I had great fun making this and can't wait to do another one soon, and of course I now need that die lol...

Here you can see it on a shelf in my hallway, but it won't stay there long as it will become the birthday card for a special friend.

Well, that's it from me for today. Thank you for dropping by
Hugs

48 comments:

  1. I am sure, the "special friend" who will receive this gorgeous card will be over the top happy :-) I just loooove this card, Astrid!!!
    {hugs} Sylvia

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  2. Love this accordion card!! I have the die but have not used it yet, can't wait to play with it. Your card turned out great!!

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  3. This looks beautiful! I have tired making one but think I over complicated it and mine went in the direction of the bin, never touched the die since! love the beautiful vintage flowers and Anne has made some great ones and really is a lovely lady! Hugs trace x

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  4. Love your accordion card Astrid and love how you've decorated it with your fabulous images and rich colours

    Anne

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  5. This is very beautiful but it looks a difficult make to me. Thank you for the link and the inspiration

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. I can't ever imagine you procrastinating Astrid lol. Love this beautiful card, what a wowzer for your friend. Beautiful wild flower images and colours.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  7. Hi Astrid, I am so glad that you had fun making it and that you found it easy too! I love your card much better than any of mine, the butterfly and wild flower theme is stunning. Thank you for your kind mention too. Your friend is going to adore this beauty! Hugs, Anne x

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  8. A beautiful album Astrid. I absolutely love this die, and your make is wonderful.

    Anne is a star and so kind. This will be treasured

    Have a great day

    Annie x

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  9. Oh my goodness, this is so gorgeous Astrid. Now I definitely HAVE to find out, how to make one of these too, so will have to get looking for a templeate and instructions too somewhere on the net. Is it just called Accordion card? You have justr mmade a masterpiece here as usual hun and that friend is definitely going to love it, I´m sure. It´s so beautiful.

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  10. Good Morning Astrid. I,m lost for words when I look at this wonderful card. Anne R is such a special lady and is always so kind. Your friend will treasure this one I'm sure. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  11. I'm sure the special friend who receives this will be thrilled - I bet you are so pleased you got around to making the card and the images you've chosen are beautiful. I guess you might be NEEDING that die now for yourself!!

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  12. Wauw this looks difficult :-) But your stamped images and colours are really stunning. It's just a piece of art!
    xxx Marianne

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  13. This is such a great idea! Wish I could make something like that :-)

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  14. This is gorgeous ... I confess I've looked at these and wondered about buying the dies ... How lovely that your friend sent you them to try ... You really did a fantastic job!

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  15. This card looks so pretty. I don't think I cab make something like it. It looks so difficult to me.
    Love the vintage look of it. And like your stamoing too. Love Anneke.
    www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

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  16. It doesn't surprise me that Anne did this. She is so generous and kind. You have done a spectacular job on this amazing card. Love the images you have paired with the beautiful papers. The neutral colours with the pops of brights are so eye-catching. Lucky friend! Now I really want that die...I've been procrastinating ordering it...lol.

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  17. Beautiful card Astrid, and such beautiful images and colours.
    Avril x

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  18. Amazing Astrid, love this accordion,,,,really I am finishing a new Twinchie sheet filled of butterflies,,,wow,wowww,,I´ll send it in a few hors,,,,and also a new adorable Brownies one,,,,,,,horaay for Astrid.

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  19. This is stunning, Astrid! How kind of Anne, she always sounds like a lovely lady. I would have been scared of tackling this too,

    Lucy x

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  20. What a great card!!! I love every details!!! Great image , great accordion scape!!, love the colours, an really amazing piece of ART!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  21. I cannot believe you have time to procrastinate, you are so productive.
    This has a lovely elegance to it and all the colours are so beautifully blended.
    It will be treasured by your special friend.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Well done Astrid - you've made a brilliant job of this card and Anne is such a good friend to have. Bet your friend will be very impressed to receive this from you. Margie x

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  23. Absolument magnifique ! j'adore la carte et surtout les couleurs et la colorisation.. vais essayer avec les Spellbinders ou avec la caméo.. cela parait tellement compliqué, que je remets aussi.. il faut enfin arrêter de procrastiner.. lol amitiés de France
    Nicky

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  24. I love your accordion card, Astrid. I've wanted that die for quite a while and I finally got it over the weekend! I can't wait to play with it! Your card is beautiful as always. I love the colors and the wildflower designs!

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  25. It looks so beautiful, my dear Astrid,-
    but also difficult to make !!! even you say it is not :-)
    But the papers and colours, the chosen nature wild flowers ,with the sepia stamped background is so adorable, it must be a very gorgeous birthday card to recieve for your friend. Such a wonderful gift from Red Anne to you !!
    Hugs and love,
    Dorthe

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  26. Exceptionally beautiful card Astrid. Thank-you to Anne for being such a sweetheart that we all end up being even more inspired. Nicola x

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  27. Hello Astrid.
    The flower images on this are gorgeous and make it a very special piece.
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  28. WOW what a breathtaking unique masterpiece, I'm really impressed!
    It fits also to the TAW Challenge this week "warm summer colors"
    Hugs Anja

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  29. Every time you do a project using nature, ie flowers and the like, your projects are breathtaking!!! Gorgeous project!

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  30. A super, super gorgeous accordion card Astrid. I have seen a few of these before but yours outdoes them all. Love the stamped images and as always you have coloured everything beautifully. The special friend who receives this is going to be over the moon. Totally stunning!!! ox

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  31. What a stunning accordion card ! you are definitely gifted !!

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  32. So beautiful, as always you blend the images and tones together so very well xx

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  33. I remember when Anne got her lovely hands on that die! This is a most lovely nature themed birthday card! Your friend will feel very special receiving this beauty! Love this much. Hugs!

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  34. Absolutely beautiful Astrid and so kind of Red Anne. I too have seen her beautiful concertina cards which sent me looking for the die but I've resisted buying one for now as they are a bit pricey. Love the stamps you've used on this gorgeous card.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  35. How gorgeous! Love the way your b'flies bridge the different papers. And how totally sweet of Anne!

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  36. It is a beautiful card, and I love the way it all folds out and shows off all the pretty images you have done. Really inspiring.

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  37. I love how you've used Anne's die cut gift here Astrid. It provides the perfect frame for your beautiful flora/fauna images. Hugs, Jenny x

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  38. Your card is absolutely stunning! I love everything about it.

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  39. Beautiful! Not seen this style before I don't think but beautifully photographed very nice Astrid;)

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

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  41. Wow, eine ganz besondere Kartenform und wunderschöne Stempel!
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  42. Fabulous work Astrid, Love the images & great colours...Brilliant job...Hugs May x x x

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  43. Gorgeous honey-warm colours, and I love all the nature stamps - plants and insects. A really beautiful accordion card... I'm starting to think I might "need" the die, even though I don't seem to "do" cards!
    Alison x

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  44. Gorgeous accordion card Astrid, and I think you left it to the perfect time to create, when It was suppose to be made, and aren't crafting friends the best :O). Love the beautiful frame for each gorgeous flower and the backgrounds are the perfect color to show off those beautiful stamps, all colored to perfection, guess what I'm trying to say it's perfect, thanks for sharing..

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