I thoroughly enjoyed opening all of the one-for-one swaps that were delivered to my mailbox last month. Although it was sad that I had to mail them back out (those are the rules about a swap), it was such a treat to see so many beautiful cards with fun layouts, amazing techniques and great folds. I studied them all with amazement and am happy I get to share them with you.
Today I want to share one of the swap cards that really stood out to me – it’s by Andrea Merlin from Johns Creek, Georgia. Andrea’s card features a super-fun fold with images from a Nice Cuppa stamp set and Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper. Tucked inside is a packet of tea – a perfect gift that ties in perfectly with this suite of products. How fun is this card?!
Not only is Andrea my friend, but she is a member of my InKing Royalty Team – our community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators – and frequently shares her amazing projects with our group. This isn’t the first time I have received a card like this from Andrea, and I’m glad she decided to make another for this swap. Here’s another card I received from Andrea about a month ago (side-by-side with this one):
Three Things I Like about Andrea’s Amazing Card
- Double Z-Fold. Not only is Andrea’s design of her card awesome, but this fold technique is quite amazing – and she has designed every element of her card to fit this fun fold! The card fits in a standard envelope, but it unfolds into layers of fun. I’m so glad Andrea introduced me to this fold and that I can introduce it to you. She found this technique from Jan Brown, a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the U.K., on Jan’s blog – here’s a link to her write-up on this fancy fold: READ HER POST. I’m sure she would love for you to visit – what a beautiful accent she has! And here’s Jan’s video about her Double Z fold – how clever!:
- Secret Pocket. As I mentioned above, I love that Andrea’s “always time for tea” card includes an individual tea bag. She created a perfectly placed pocket inside the card, making this card a perfect delivery system for tea. Whether the recipient is recovering from illness or just a pleasant person to be around, the inside panel is perfect for this small gift.
- Sentiment Placement. I love how this stack of mugs that says “There’s always time for tea” coordinates so perfectly with “and spending time with you.” I love how Andrea has paired them here – one on the outside and one on the inside YET you see them both at the same time when you open this fun card. Although she stamped this inside sentiment in Wisteria Wonder, your eye is drawn right to it because she brilliantly placed the Melon Mambo mug by the sentiment. Every component of this card is thought out and planned to a “tea.” Hahahaha. I can’t believe how funny I am! Just a hoot! 🙂
Stamp Sets: A Nice Cuppa Papers: Have a Nice Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White Inks: Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
If you missed Day One or Day Two of my Spring One-for-One Card Swap, you want to check them out! Each day is filled with great inspiration from talented paper crafters. You can check out the other days here:
Please leave a note below to let Andrea know how much you love her creations! She has really made some fun projects that work perfectly with this fun fold.
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