Apr 07 2009

Accordion Gift Pockets and Blog Hop!

Today’s a fun day! TheJustRite CHA Release #1 Blog Hop is today, featuring a good 10+ fabulous designers creating fun projects with NEW JustRite product that they now have available to ship to you!!! How fun. Scroll to the very bottom of my post for links to all the designers participating in today’s Blog Hop. And here’s the project I made:


It’s a 5 panel Accordion Pocket Card holding seeds for herbs! What a fun gift to give, and so simple to make. I’ll show you how after a few more pics!


Here’s a close up of one of the pocket panels. This was so easy to do using my Scor-It to create the accordion folds and pockets, and again, instructions will follow. I have to tell you, I knew a while back I wanted to do an accordion pocket card for seed packs, so I went on a seed buying spree — LOL!!! I have many coordinated sets of seed packs in some GORGEOUS colors, so I wouldn’t be surprised if you see me sowing more seeds in these parts — LOL!!! All the perimeter verbiage is with NEW Just Rite product which I’ll explain in a bit.


This is what the accordion looks like with the seed packs removed. I love this Blue Awning paper by K & Co from Michaels. I accented the tops with my 1.5″ striped grosgrain ribbon by May Arts which I have in the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.


Here I just wanted to show you the SU Jumbo Eyelet and those little tiny Mini Library Clips. Gotta love that SU hardware!!! Those Jumbo Eyelets work so well just to run a wide ribbon through totie up in an application such as this! See the *Sprinkled with Love* – that is one of the new Demi Phrases from JustRite that fits their new 2″ Wood Stamper. It’s just the upper half of the border. You fill in the bottom with whatever you like using the new 15 pt font that comes with the 2″ stamper. I filledmine in with the names of my seeds — how fun and how versatile!!!


OK, now let’s get to the HOW TO for this Accordion Pocket Card. Here are the measurements for your card base:

Panel #1

Cut 4 wide x 7.5 high

Using your Scor-It, score 2 up from bottom to form pocket

Panel #2 & 3

Cut 8.5 wide x 7.5 high

Using your Scor-It, score in from left edge to form tab

Score 4.5 in from left edge to form 2 panels

Score 2 up from bottom to form pocket

Panel #4 & 5

Cut 8.5 wide x 7.5 high

Using your Scor-It, score in from left edge to form tab

Score 4.5 in from left edge to form 2 panels

Score 2 up from bottom to form pocket


Just a view of the last 2 panels as they are being scored. Sorry you can’t read the writing on these views — that’s why I printed all the measurements above. As you can see, using the Scor-It, I can quickly and easily score all my folds as well as my pocket that runs across the bottom.


Once all 3 pieces are cut and scored, this is what they’ll look like. As you can see, I cut off the lower left bottomtab section, and angled the bottom of the tabs. I then also cut the score line on the pocket that folds up at the center score separating the panels. Justusing my scissors I cut out only a sliver — just the width of the scored channel from the Scor-It. Doing this makes a world of difference in how your pocket accordion will function. It gives it room to bend on the folds without any extra bulk. These are layed out in position to be adhered together with red sticky tape.


Once the base card is adhered together, I then cut and adhered on my DP pieces as shown above. (They were DTP’d (directto paper) on the edges first) Even before that, however, I did clip my corners. I just made a corner template from heavy cardstock and then used it as a guide to clip all my corners with scissors. I also stamped my initials using the Times New Roman Font Uppercasein 95 pt on my original Harmony Classic Circle Stamper1. Meanwhile, I also had my 2″ Wood Stamper set up with the Demi Phrase on top and I kept changing my bottom herb names as I stamped along. I had a regular little assembly line going — then I cut all my circles for mat layers.


And here’s the new product in its blister packaging. You’ll love the 2″ Wood Stamper. It comes with that fun bonus center and the new 15 pt Times New Roman Font. That bonus center is a fun colorable image!!! You can also see the package of Celebrations Demi Phrases that I used. Talk about NICE to just snap in an entire phrase — very cool!!! And for my initial I used my Times New Roman Font Uppercase in my originalHarmony Classic Circle Stamper I. Tried and true — love those original stampers for monograms!!!

Stamps: All by JustRite: Wood 2″ Stamper w/15 pt. Font and Bonus Center, Celebrations Demi Phrases to fit the 2″ Wood Stamper, Times New Roman Font Uppercase, Harmony Classic Circle Stamper I.

Paper: SU Chocolate Chip; PTI Vintage Cream; Prism Spring Willow Dark (Stampers Dream); K & Co. Blue Awning (Michaels)

Ink: Versa Fine Vintage Sepia; Color Box Chalk Blue Iris

Accessories: Scor-It; May Arts 1.5″ Striped Grosgrain, Hemp (Wal-Mart), Seed Packets (Fleet Farm), Petite Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders; SU: Jumbo Eyelets, Mini Library Clips, Cropadile, Red Sticky Tape, Dimensionals; Glue Glider

And please HOP ON OVER to these fabulousmembers of the JustRite Blog Teamto check out more fun and innovative ideas to use all the new JustRite product NOW available to you:

JustRite Stampers Blog

Barb Schram

Becca Feeken

Debbie Olson

Heidi Blankenship

Kellie Fortin

Lauren Meader

Lisa Somerville

Michelle Wooderson

Sharon Harnist

Taylor Van Bruggen

Thank you SO MUCH for checking in!!! I always appreciate your visits and hearing what you have to say — now, be sure NOT to miss those blogs linked above — you’ll enjoy the trip!!! See you soon!!!

46 responses so far

46 Responses to “Accordion Gift Pockets and Blog Hop!”

  1. Sharon! Once again this is fantastic!! Simply beautiful. That paper is gorgeous!! I love how your mind works and comes up with these awesome projects. Love it, love it, love it!

  2. Swedie says:

    I LOVE tags… and the colors you did this in are so perfect! What a clever idea for packaging seeds!

  3. jules p says:

    this is a great. thanks for showing us how you made it.

  4. Jerri Kay says:

    You’ve blown me away yet again!!! Oh my gosh, do I ever love this! The choice of colors, ribbons, papers, hardware . . . oh my . . . . so spectacular! You continue to amaze me with your creativity . . . this will definitely be cased, what a fabulous gift my gardening friends!

  5. Christyne says:

    Oh my word! This is just STUNNING!!! I am SO making some of these for my girlfriends! TFS.

  6. OMGoodness! Your projects are ALWAYS awesome. Love the colours and the whole theme.

  7. connie says:

    This is so cute and a perfect gift for teachers. Thanks for sharing the instructions!

  8. lisa808 says:

    How creative. What a lovely gift idea for starting an herb garden.

  9. Diane says:

    A great idea…..perfect for a nice gift…for Mother’s Day…my Mom would love it!

  10. What a great project idea, Sharon, I absolutely love everything about it! Very clever way to present seed packets and wonderful use of the new JR products!

  11. Marisa says:

    I love these accordian cards you make!! This one is gorgeous and what a fun idea to put in the herbs. I made a mini one for my DH for Valentines and it was a blast to do! Thanks for the directions, I think I’m going to have to make another one!

  12. rainy says:

    GET OUT!!! This is such a fabulous project, Sharon!!! And just the perfect timing for the Spring planting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

  13. debb says:

    OMG- this is wonderful! As a child, we always received seeds in our Easter baskets (and candy of course!). This makes a wonderful gift. Love it! debb

  14. Lisa says:

    Such a great gift idea Sharon! Love the colors of DSP you used along with the new JustRite products!

  15. Carol says:

    Hi Sharon:
    Wow I can really use this idea for Mother’s Day! It is truly gorgeous, and now I’m off to JustRite to make an order – hope you get some kind of recompense!

  16. Charlette says:

    Sharon, How very cute! This is a great idea for friends who love to cook and use fresh herbs! I’ll be making many of these. Thanks for sharing.

  17. taylor says:

    Gorgeous, Sharon! I love that wide striped grosgrain you tied on the top of each tag. What a great idea to use the accordion tags for seed packets… it would make such a lovely gift!

  18. Oh my heavens Sharon! This is amazing. How you create these projects one after the other keeps me in awe!! And, there is that striped ribbon that I SOOO am trying to use! Hugs,

  19. Tracy says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous project!! I need to try this

  20. Sharon, I absolutely LOVE this!! What a gorgeous project and a fantastic gift idea! Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial on how to make the Accordion Pocket Card! I love the designer paper and the yummy ribbon you used!

  21. Carol C says:

    Sharon, WOW!
    I absolutely love your accordian cards. This one is just as beautiful.
    You have dazzled us again. Thanks so much for sharing.

  22. barb schram says:

    OH, Oh my! Loved your accordian creation at Christmas and this one is as perfect, Sharon! YOU are a master at coordinating every last detail! Wonderful presentation and tutorial…thanks for sharing with all of us!

  23. Cindy H. says:

    Beautiful project!! Love all your details and instructions.

  24. Janet Sisk says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Abby says:

    Oh, I love this! What a great gift! Thanks for the tutorial!

  26. Elena says:

    Wow! That is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial, Sharon!

  27. Elaine Allen says:

    Sharon –

    What a fantastic piece of art! These would make truly great gifts and you can change out the ideas and use other things, like tea bags, etc. Wonderful!

    Elaine Allen

  28. Connie says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have always wanted to try one of these…maybe very soon now! 🙂

  29. Cheri Howard says:

    What a wonderful idea! As a gardener myself, I know I’d LOVE to receive a gift like this!

  30. Joan Fricker says:

    Oh Sharon, this is adorable. Any gardener would be thrilled to receive this card! What a fabulous design!!! thanks for the tutorial too!
    Great job!!!!


  31. Carolen says:

    What a great gift idea! Ever so beautifully done!

  32. Heidi Karpen says:

    What a beautiful spring gift Sharon! I am going to make one for my SIL who is a master gardener- after seeing your wonderfully detailed tutorial, picking the seeds will be the hardest part!

  33. leslierich says:

    What a fabulous idea for an accordian card with pockets! And such a beautiful design. Just love those papers, and the seed packets, themselves, are a fabulous decoration. How pretty!

  34. Missy says:

    I am one of those annoying people that come to look often but rarely leave a comment–sorry! I just had to tell you how beautiful this project is. You are so very talented, and I am greatful to you for sharing all your work and the directions as well! Best wishes to you!

  35. Linda Bandow says:

    Thanks you for this super idea for my gardening girls….This is great and the Just Rite is perfect-o.

  36. Chris says:

    I just love this Sharon – gorgeous as always. I am going to try and make one for my Dad whose an avid gardener – just in time for Summer planting.

  37. Oh Sharon! What a stunning project for your accordian style card! This would be a great gift!

  38. Jean Fitch says:

    Super WoW project! Thanks for all the details! I can see so many possibilities for this one!

    Hugs and Blessings – Jean

  39. Becca Feeken says:

    Beautiful project Sharon!! I love every bit of it, from the colors to the embellies! Way to go!!

  40. Thanks for the tutorial. Your gift accordeon gift pocket card looks so good.

  41. Debbie Olson says:

    FABULOUS, Sharon! You blew this challenge out of the water!

  42. GL ONEAL says:

    Them are some great ideas for gift cards.

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