Oct 30 2009

Stamp Simply #111 – 3 Panel Accordion

3 Panel Accordion – Accordion cards are some of my favorite things to make, and that’s just what we’ll do today.  We’re taking it easy with just 3 panels today.  Your accordion may be as large or as small as you like it.  It may serve as table decor or it may tie closed as a little gift waiting to be opened. Anything goes — just do a 3 panel accordion card. But beware — they are ADDICTING!!!  Be sure to check out all the DT girls links to get some GREAT ideas and to get your juices flowing!

Keyword ssnotime111 – There is no time limit. You can play this challenge and upload your project at Splitcoast and/or your Blog, anytime at all. You (and that means anyone and everyone, blogger or not!) can play as many times as you like!!! The point is to keep it simple, quick and have fun!!! Please link back here.

Check out the great samples for the Stamp Simply Challenge today on the blogs of these fabulous designers:

  • Amy, October Guest Designer
  • Janine   
  • Julie 
  • AJ
  • Tammy 
  • Deb  
  • Barbara
  • Jenny
  • Barb Schram (Barb is kindly filling in for a bit as Jennifer Buck takes some much needed time off — enjoy your break, Jennifer — we’ll miss you!)

Please bear with us all as we each upload and link on Thursday night.  Everyone should be up and set by Friday morning.

You may see all SCS Gallery Submissions here.

Now I must apologize for this very late post.  Today just did not go the way I had planned — it’s nearly 4 a.m. so I’m only going to post the photos of my project.  I’ll come back tomorrow morning to add the supplies and details for you — thanks for understanding.  Editing:  Added!!!  Measurements provided below as well!


Journal Notes (Christmas),  Flower Soft Vintage Envelope Sentiments, Flower Soft Polar White, Flower Soft Glue,  SU Dazzling Diamonds applied with Quickie Glue Pen, Basic Grey Buttons, May Arts White Ruffled Faux Suede Ribbon, Offray Wired Ribbon from Wal-Mart, Hairy Yarn from Wal-Mart , SU Bella Bleu DP, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets and Felt Snowflake covered with Dazzling Diamonds

There is NO stamping on this project and it is so soft and pretty, IRL, with tons of texture from the Flower Soft snow on each panel and the glitz of the Dazzling Diamonds, which is lost in the photos — so sorry.


All images are from the Christmas Journal Note pad I carry in the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.  Here I’ve made my snowy border very textural with Polar White Flower Soft and added a bit of glitz to the birds and berries with Dazzling Diamonds.  Doing something on this order to a Journal Notes image would make a quick and easy card front for Christmas!


This center panel is SO sparkly and glitzy IRL.  The bottom is the Polar White snow and the trees are all Dazzling Diamonds.  The piece is a bottom half (journal portion) from the Jouranal Notes pad.  I intended this panel to be where the giver would sign the *card*.  These cute envelopes are all from the Vintage Envelope Sentiments by Flower Soft, put on with an SU Dimensional.  They add a nice touch!


This panel is the bottom half of the first bird panel from the Journal Note sheet (Christmas).  I am LOVING this 5/8″ Ruffled Faux Suede.  The pure white looks so good with a Christmasy/wintery theme.  It’s soft and easy to tie.  My buttons are all by Basic Grey.

Here’s the how-to for this sized accordion:

Cut paper 12″ x 5″.  Score at 4″ and in again 4″, or at 4 and 8.  This gives you the 3 panels.

Working on a surface with diagonal lines (I used my Scor Pad), use a ruler and pencil to mark your *peaks*.  Take to paper cutter and cut on your pencil lines.

Cut DP strips 4″ wide and adhere one strip over each panel.  Once applied, it is easy to now come with scissors and cut the DP along your *peak* lines – no measuring — super easy. 

Apply ink direct to all edges of panels for a finished look and decorate away.


Please note the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store has several sales running right now:

30% off on the boxed JustRite Monogram SetsDamask, Special Occasions, Curlz

15% of on ALL ribbon orders BY THE SPOOL (not cut yardgage)

Buttons at greatly reduced prices.


Thanks for stopping in!  I hope all the great DT samples encourage you to try a fun 3 panel accordion card — I just LOVE decorating these fun little projects!  I have many more projects to share over the weekend, so hope to see you soon.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

23 responses so far

23 Responses to “Stamp Simply #111 – 3 Panel Accordion”

  1. June Houck says:

    Beautiful, Sharon! This is simply gorgeous 🙂

  2. So pretty. I love those fibers and ribbon. Thanks for sharing and hope you got some rest.

  3. Deb Saaranen says:

    So very pretty! Such a gorgeous project! I tried to keep mine more “stamp simply!” Your extra special touches really make a keepsake!

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    Gorgeous! Love it!

  5. Jerri Kay says:

    Oh Sharon, no one does accordian cards the way you do! You’re the Queen girl! This is positively stunning! Love, love, love the white fringe added to the ribbons. Just an incredible accordian, I love the colors, the softness, everything!!

  6. Totally adorable … love how it looks like a tag and the Christmas theme is PERFECT! Beautiful as always … you are amazing my friend!!

  7. Pat Adam says:

    Awesome work and food for thought on the use of the journal notes. Those I love, and totally love your work here. Pat

  8. Sharon says:

    I love this card. I’ve never tried an accordion card but thanks to your directions, I’m going to make one today. Love those journal notes, too.

  9. WOW, Sharon, this is one stunning accordion card!!! Love the dimension where those bird sit in the frame….amazing!!! Love those colors too. Hope all is well. Hugs, Sabrina

  10. Donna VW says:

    This is lovely. I can’t believe how great the blue gingham looks with it, I never would have thought to pick that combo.

  11. Wow Sharon, this is absolutely incredible! Blows me away!

  12. Stephanie says:

    So gorgeous!! You are such an inspiration! I am making my very first Christmas accordian cards for our house and to send to family all because of your beautiful tutorial last year!! But I love the idea of a 3 panel card as well!! TFS!!!

  13. Stunningly beautiful, as always, Sharon. I’m in awe.

  14. Gabriela says:

    Oh my word, Sharon – this accordion Christmas card has run away with my heart and taken my breath away. This is absolutely sensational. Heart stopping, actually. I’m swooning. If I don’t “come to” shortly, you may need to call 9-1-1 for me.

  15. Janine says:

    ooohhh!!! Lovin’ this one Sharon!!

  16. Sheila says:

    Hi Sharon,
    You make the cutest accordian cards/tag items. This one is so pretty and I love the soft blue and white color scheme and the pretty paper. TFS! Sheila

  17. Amy/rohla says:

    Love the fibers, images and the sparkle–just vintage gorgeous, Sharon!

  18. Marisa says:

    You are so right, Sharon, these are addicting! I saw the fabulous one you made last Christmas and made a Valentine’s Day one for my DH and he thought it was a really fun idea. This one is lovely as well. May have to make a few Christmas ones for friends. Thanks for the reminder 😀

  19. Great challenge! Thanks for the inspiration.

    My card is here

  20. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely drop dead gorgeous!!!! What a super classy creation!

  21. Well… I did mine wrong but at least I had fun doing it, LOL!! Here is my creation: http://darscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2009/11/stamp-simply-111-crafty-secrets-window.html
    Hope you’re having a wonderful week! Stay warm!!

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