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Accordion Circle Ladybugs Card

March 18, 2014

Hello everyone! This is Helen Cryer here, sharing with you my first ever card post as a member of the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team!

As soon as I saw the Lady Bug die set, I thought how well those little ladybirds (as I call them – I’m from the UK!) would go with the spotty border from the Square w/Circle Frame Edges die set, on the Accordion Circle Card. Here is the card I came up with:

I wanted to show you the different die cut elements to my card. You can see that I used the Frame Edges die set to cut solid black borders, as well as red spotty borders, which I glued over the top of the black borders. I cut the red borders from paper-backed satin, which is why they have a sheen. The other circle pieces are cut with the Accordion Circle Card die set. I cut six ladybirds, but only ended up using five of them.

For the leaves, I cut one layer from Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet (which is absolutely gorgeous, luxurious stuff!), and another leaf layer from Light Green Velvet. The Big Triple Leaf die puts an embossed line down the leaves, which I used as guideline to cut along. I stuck half of each Light Green leaf onto the darker green layer, so I could create two-toned leaves.

I adhered all the card elements, joining the two card halves together last. I felt like the card looked a bit plain though, and decided to add some flowers and leaves to the outer frames of the card. I cut another Green Velvet leaf, another Light Green Velvet leaf, and the flower layers shown below. I made two smaller flowers (each with two layers), and one larger flower (with three layers). I shaped the top layer of each flower by using a ball tool to mould it, pressing into a foam pad. I created flower centres with Transparent Silver Glitter Dot stickers. I used an assortment of plain red card stock, and Red Velvet Sheet for the flowers.

On the first page of the card, you can see the Light Green Velvet I used for one of the circle layers, and the ‘Hello’ which I die cut from Green Velvet:

Flower detail on the second page: 

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing this card, and hopefully it will have sparked some ideas for something you’d like to create too!

Elizabeth Craft Design Supplies:

Accordion Circle Card 

Square w/Circle Frame Edges

Lady Bugs


Big Triple Leaf

Flower Set 2 (For the largest flower layer)

Bunch of Flowers (For the two smaller flower layers)

Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Light Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Red Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Glitter Dots Transparent/Silver Peel-Offs

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  • cindyh2014 April 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I love your ladybugs! I have a question about the white circles you cut using the circle accordion die…what embossing folder did you use to get the lovely large circle/dots. I love how textured they looked. Can you let me know, please.

  • Karen Aicken March 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    This card made me fall in love with the lady bug dies. Thanks for a wonderful post – all the pictures are so helpful!

  • Suzanne Ponce (sue) March 19, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Love this card with the lady bugs, my granddaughter would go nuts….when she was younger we would buy tubs of live lady bugs & let her put them out in our plants & bushes., oh what fun we had She loves being outside with nature & our breaks are spend in the craft room making cards & being creative with chalks, glitter, colored pencils, makers, stamps dies & ink. Love our time together, she fills my heart, life & soul with joy & love, I am so blessed.

  • Paula Harley March 19, 2014 at 12:42 am

    What a beautiful card. I love lady birds.

  • Linda K March 18, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Just love your card. Great use of color and texture. Nice job on your first tutorial.

  • Pam March 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Love your bright cheerful card!!!

  • Frances Byrne March 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Love love love this Helen, love your use of the velvet sheets on this

  • Kelly Booth March 18, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Such a Cute Card Helen….Love this Sweet Creation!

  • dazzlingdesignsbydebbie March 18, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Very cute and springy.

  • Sue Frese March 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Wow! I love this card with all of it’s different textures. I just received three colors in the Velvet Adhesive sheets, but can see I will need more colors. Thanks for all of the information as it helps to see all of the pieces and how you put them together for this great card.

  • Robyn March 18, 2014 at 8:45 am

    this is such a fantastic card and absolutely love the ladybugs. will definitely
    need to put that on my shopping list

  • Charline H March 18, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Very nice card, so cute. Great instructions!

  • Nancy March 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Helen, I love that you have shown all of the pieces and parts! For those of us, from those new to the craft to long time scrapbookers/card makers, new items sometimes need more explanation than the material they come with. Karen Burniston’s videos are awesome also. LOVE the card, looking forward to seeing projects from all of the ECD new design team. The ones so far have been wonderful:)

  • Fran Sabad March 18, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Really pretty card. I love the use of the Velvet sheets for some of the elements.

  • Bonita March 18, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I adore this card with its great mix of texture and layering ideas. Sings spring!

  • Raquel Mason March 18, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Wonderful card Helen. Love how you made the 2-tone leaves. Those ladybirds (my hubby is a Brit) are so adorable!

  • Angela Styles March 18, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Lovely card Helen -some great ideas for using the ladybirds.can we buy the velvet adhesive sheets here in the UK?

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