Saturday, April 27, 2013

Folding Fika Fabulously

Hello friends! A couple of weeks ago, I pulled out one of my favorite collections of Maja Design papers, Ska vi ta en fika. Then my mind started to wander…how can I make something really neat out of these papers? They are beautiful in and of themselves, but, what can I do differently with them? In a roundabout way, I came up with this card here:

If you remove the flower band (I call it a belly band, not sure why) the card can be opened by pulling on the two purple floral triangles. 

Inside reveals the sentiment.

Here’s the flat version so you can get a better feel of how it opens. The band is shown up at the top. It does not open, it simply slides from the bottom up to the middle to keep the card closed.

The outside panels are all sewn and I added some Zva Creative flourishes, antique copper corners and Dark Chocolate Liquid pearl drops to both the top and bottom exposed panels.

To keep the card closed, slip the ‘belly band’ up onto it.

The papers that I used from this collection are Kaffetåren den bästa är, Kaffetåren den bästa är-bs, Kärleksmums – bs and Lejas cafe. There was a lot of measuring, trial and error, frustration and tears (no, just kidding about the tears part). It took me most of the day to make, so if you’re looking to make something quickly, this is not the card. However, it was worth the work, I really like how it came out.

Here are the directions:

Cut Early Espresso to 6” X 6”, turn paper 45º and fold left and right corner in at 2 & 3/8”. Cut off top and bottom points flush with folds. Fold each side panel inside point back 1 ¼”. Measure patterned paper and sew onto front exposed panels. On the inside, measure and adhere patterned papers, add liquid pearls, copper corners and stamp sentiment.  To make belly band, cut an 8” X 7/8” piece of patterned paper, wrap loosely around card and glue it into a loop. Add flower. After band is in place, add crystal flourishes. 

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me, I hope you were inspired!

Stamps: Thanks a Bunch stamp set (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Ska vi ta en fika collection (Kaffetåren den bästa är, Kaffetåren den bästa är-bs, Kärleksmums – bs and Lejas cafe) Maja Design, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: CRB-04CB-119 Imperial Light Grape Flourish (Zva Creative), Antique Copper corners (Close to My Heart), Paper flower (Michael’s), Dark Chocolate Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Sewing machine, Tacky glue
Size: 6" X 2 3/8"
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  1. What a great fold!! Love the papers and the card :)

  2. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE this...may I copy-cat it? haha! Just spectacular! I always feel like I have to leave a note attached "to remove belly band" or use velcro to open the flower with an arrow pointing to the opening! Great Job Andrea!

  3. Wow!!! LOVE this card with all it's beauty! Gorgeous paper and over the top design!

  4. This is so lovely and what a special card to give to someone. Thanks for sharing the measurements too. Those shades of browns and violets/purples are beautiful together. Love how you used the copper corners, very neat!

  5. Andrea - Beautiful card! It may have taken all day but it was certainly worth the effort. I love the flower you put on the band. Its perfect.

  6. Beautiful card and so are the papers. Thank you for the instructions and measurements to duplicate your lovely card. Well, all your cards are beautiful, Andrea!

  7. For an 'Andrea Card' this has a raaaather conservative look... but gorgeous just the same! Did you know you could do 'conservative'? I am already planning one of these in my mind!! TFS!


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