Paper Pleating with Tea for Two

I can't believe it's Tuesday again already. I honestly don't know where the days go.

The Simply Scored scoring board makes paper pleating easy. So much so, that I am sure to share more variations on this technique in the future! I wanted to make a sweet mini card for a friend, and the sentiment from Friendly Phrases was perfect. 

Paper Pleating with Tea for Two

I'm not a fan of Calypso Coral, but maybe I'm starting to change my mind. I'll really know if I've been converted if I catch myself making it the main colour on a card though, and that's probably a way off yet.

The paper pleats in this panel of Tea for Two DSP are created by carefully scoring paper at set intervals. I say carefully as many a strip of DSP ended up in the scraps pile while I was perfecting this technique and this card! As a general guideline, you reduce the width of your paper just under half. This example is 3" wide, and my original DSP strip was 7" to give me a bit extra. Start by scoring at ¼", then you score at intervals of ¼", ½", ¼", ¾" and repeat that pattern all along the paper. Once you get to the end, you need to have another ¼" of paper left to help stick it down. I recommend using Tombow as it gives a bit of flexibility, but as mine ran out this morning (how can I not have a spare, I hear you cry!), I can say that Sticky Strip works very well but is a bit trickier to handle.

The Lucky Limeade piece was cut with the Adorning Accents edgelits, and embossed with the matching folder to create a bit more interest and texture. The top of the pleating isn't particularly messy, but I think it benefits from being 'finished off'. It reminds me of the way you put a waist band over the pleats in a skirt!

Even though I missed the exciting Stampin' Up! regional training last weekend, I have been reliably informed of the amazing things we have to look forward to over the next few weeks. All I can say is watch this space…

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations with Hearts a Flutter

I was so excited to hear that a couple of my best friends have finally got engaged. I say finally as they were together before my now husband and I even went on our first date, and we have been married for two and a half years! Special congratulations were definitely in order, so I reached for the lovely Hearts a Flutter stamp set and matching framelits…

Hearts a flutter congratulations

The combination of Basic Gray and Pool Party is fast becoming a favourite of mine. In fact, the combination of shades of grey with any colour may become a bit of a theme. Let's just say I can't wait until I can start using the new Stampin' Up! colour Smoky Slate when we finally get my hands on it. Primrose Petals was also a perfect accent colour for the heart image. After all, what is an engagement card without a heart? I really hope they liked it.

 

 

 

 

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