Paper Pros Challenge - Summer Road Trip to Wine Country

Today is our monthly no-pressure for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros.

Sandy Diller set the theme as "Summer Road Trip" and I know that the other Pros have wonderful cards that match the theme perfectly.

Me? Not so much!

I was STUMPED! Despite living in a papercrafter's hoarding den, I couldn't find any paper or stamps in my collection that would match the theme. When I arrived too early to pick up Karl from work yesterday I had a chance to pop into Michaels and see what I could find. My idea was to take a page from Karen Aicken's style - she uses a lot of pre-made embellishments. Sure enough, there were a lot of fun stickers for Road Trip themes and I started to pick out a couple when I spied something . . . wine stickers!

WINE! I love wine!

And as it turns out, John and I are attending a wedding this summer in wine country, so that counts as a summer trip. We are flying to the wedding, but then will rent a car to drive north, so the road is involved, too. Perfect!

I decided to make a 4-page Charm Accordion, but to change things up a bit by staggering the pages.

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To make the Charm Accordion staggered, cut each card in half so you have individual pages. Then flip Pages #2 and #4 so the pivoting square is closer to the bottom. You can hinge the pages using the included hinge die OR, as I did for this card, just use a strip of the same color cardstock and hinge the entire height of the page with a thin folded piece of cardstock. From there, it's just a matter of assembling as usual by adding a Charm Frame between each of the pivoting squares.

I used the Charm Accordion die again to cut my patterned paper backgrounds. I trimmed a bit off of the edges of the patterned paper so I would have a brown border. The "Welcome to Wine Country" sticker worked perfectly on Page 2 so that when the card is closed, it is also visible. I did remove the back layer of the sticker so it wouldn't be so thick.


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My second sheet of stickers were puffy wine glasses and wine bottles filled with glitter. I stuck two wine glasses back-to-back and punched a hole to create a charm. I used the jump ring die that comes with the Charm Accordion to hang the charms from the frames. The wine bottles went onto the pivoting squares, embellished with sequins and the die cut heart charm from the set.

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The greeting is one of my favorite Funny Bones stamps. 

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In this angled view you can see the third charm hanging in the center between the pages. 

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Check out our Videos Page to learn how to assemble the Charm Accordion OR if you learn better with written instructions, check out our Instructions Page to download a PDF Owner's Manual. 

Also make sure you check out the cards by the other Paper Pros who are participating this month. Their cards are AMAZING!!

Sandy Diller
Karen Aicken
Frances Byrne
Fran Sabad
Raquel Mason

Supply links:


VIDEO TUTORIAL: Twist Panel + Flower Pot + Distress Oxide Inks = Pop-up Card!

A few days ago I posted the card I made for my sister's birthday and ended up with a lot of requests for a full video tutorial, so here it is.

I used the same dimensions as the original card, changing only the background patterned paper, cardstock colors and greetings.

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When closed, this top-fold card measures 4.5" wide by 5.5" tall and will mail in an A7 (for a 5x7 card) envelope for extra postage because of the thickness.

I like to decorate card fronts as a simple lead-in for the magic that's inside, using up my leftover materials. The "Hello" greeting is in Word Set 1. The flowers, vine and bee are all from the Flower Pot Pop-up die set. The pretty patterned paper is from Blue Fern Studios.

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As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift.

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Once open, the Flower Pots are revealed. There is a floating appearance thanks to the clear panels underneath the pots. The interior greeting is also from Word Set 1. The scalloped rectangle comes included with the Twist Panel set.

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I really enjoyed making the Distress Oxide inked backgrounds for the flower pots, vines, bees and flowers. If you watch the video I demonstrate how I made them, and also how I shaped everything for more texture.

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The video also explains how to cut the clear panels and hinge them with twine to achieve the "floating" effect. As you can imagine, this technique could be used with any theme. Ready to give it a try? The Twist Panel die set is now back in stock! You can find my die sets at your favorite local or online craft stores or on our website. England crafters, check Crafts U Love. Australia crafters, check Craft Giraffe.

Check out our Videos Page to learn how to assemble the die sets OR if you learn better with written instructions, check out our Instructions Page to download a PDF Owner's Manual. 

Supply links:


Twist Panel + Flower Pot + Distress Oxide Inks = Pop-up Card!

OK, so I sometimes take a while to catch up with the latest crafting trends. I spend a lot of time in my little "die cut pop-up" bubble. However, all of my crafty friends have been raving about the Distress Oxide inks, so I figured I'd better try them for myself and see what all the fuss is about.

Wow! I'm a fan!

Now normally I avoid a lot of mixed media techniques with the pop-ups - not because I don't love paints and inks and such, but because I don't want to add a lot of time to the projects, especially if I'm teaching a card in a class or video. I've found that people tend to associate all the technique time with the pop-up and are left with the impression that pop-ups are very time-consuming, even if the pop-up assembly took a minute and the inks/paints/sprays/splatters took twenty. 

As I have oft proclaimed . . . you have to choose your techniques.

But actually it didn't take long to make the backgrounds. I smeared the inks onto a craft sheet, spritzed with water, dredged some white cardstock through the ink, dried with a heat gun, and voila! I made the backgrounds for the flowers, vines and flower pots using the inks.

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After creating and die cutting all the pieces for a Flower Pot Pop-up Card, I decided instead to use the pieces on a Twist Panel card.

When closed, this top-fold card measures 4.5" x 5.5" and will fit in an A7 envelope (for a 5x7 card) for mailing. It is bulky, though, so extra postage will be required. The front decoration is a simpler copy of the styling of the interior, using the leftover flowers, bee and the word "Celebrate" from Word Set 2.

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As the card opens, the panels start to twist and open. I used green cardstock for the arms, figuring they would blend in behind the vines since I was making clear panels.

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Once open, the line of flower pots suspend in the air. The greeting is an older Stampin' Up! stamp from my stash, used on a scrap of the terra cotta inked background.

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To give the illusion of floating flower pots, I cut the panels for the Twist Panel card from scraps of clear packaging material. I knew that the plastic would not want to bend and unbend easily, so I cut between each panel to create four individual clear panels, punched holes, and tied them together with twine to act as the hinges. For the upper hinges, I tied knots in the twine and cut off the excess, but for the lower hinges, I tied bows in the twine as further decoration. This close-up will show the clear panels and the styling of the flowers, using the inked backgrounds, a clear rhinestone in the center of each flower, and then accenting with copper Nuvo drops on the big flowers, and white paint pen on the smaller ones.

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 Here's a quick GIF showing the card in action: (click to make it play - not sure why it won't auto-play)

  image from karenburniston.typepad.com

The Twist Panel die set is now back in stock! You can find my die sets at your favorite local or online craft stores or on our website. Check out our Videos Page to learn how to assemble the die sets OR if you learn better with written instructions, check out our Instructions Page to download a PDF Owner's Manual. 


Dad Charm Accordion - Paper Pros Challenge

Today's Paper Pros challenge theme was set by Shelly Hickox to make masculine birthday cards. What I really needed to make, though, was a Father's Day Card, so I went rogue!

I wanted to use the Charm Accordion die set, which creates an adorable little 2-page Accordion in one pass. Then, you can use the included hinge dies to expand the album into a 4-page, or 6-page, etc. See how this is done by watching the assembly video for this die:

But . . . I wanted a 3-page album and I didn't want to hinge just one page onto the end.

So what I did was to start with a 4.5" x 12" strip of cardstock and folded it at 3.5" from the end. Then I placed the fold right up to (but not crossing) the edge of the die. I used temporary removable tape to keep the cardstock aligned with the die.

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After die cutting, I had a 3-page album! I used a trimmer to take off any excess cardstock from the third page, so it would match the width of the other two pages (3.25")

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The other modification I made to the album was to make an elongated charm frame by gluing two charm frames between each page and then trimming out the center with scissors. This will allow me to hang a larger charm between the pages.

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From here it was just a matter of decorating. Both sides of the album got panels of patterned paper. I used the die to cut the pages and then trimmed 1/8" from each edge of the paper. A labelmaker was used for the greeting.

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The chipboard letters were from my stash and fit the squares perfectly. I also found the metal tool charms in my stash and knew they would be perfect for my Dad's card, since he is a mechanic and always has tools in his pockets. Since the metal charms are heavy, I used metal jump rings instead of the paper jump rings that come in the set. 

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I did use a paper jump ring for the heart charm in the lower right corner. This view shows the other metal tool charm.

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Check out all the other masculine cards on the Paper Pros blogs here:

Shelly Hickox
Kelly Booth
Fran Sabad
Raquel Mason
Frances Byrne
S@ndy Diller
Caz Counsell
Karen Aicken

You can find my new dies at many retailers, both local and online, as well as on our website here:


Karen Burniston Die Storage Idea (VIDEO)

Happy Wednesday!

Today I'm sharing a video showing a storage idea for my new dies. Kelly Booth mentioned that the Ellen Hutson storage sleeves were the perfect size to fit my new packaging. She was right! I ordered the Large and Small sizes and the sleeves are durable and heavyweight and just perfect for this storage idea.

I made a quick video to show how I'm using the sleeves and magnet strips to store my dies:

If you like this idea, here are some shopping links for the supplies:


June 1, 2017 - We're officially OPEN! Plus, a squirrel.

Happy June, my favorite crafters!

We've officially changed the status of our brand new website KarenBurniston.com from "preorder" to "available now!" All dies are in stock and shipping immediately. Retailer orders placed in May have all shipped, so you may also find these dies at your local shops. If not, ask them to consider bringing them in - it's a great way for you to support your local shop and save on shipping. If you are sadly without a local shop, you can always order direct from our website,  and yes, we ship internationally! (Australia - check Craft Giraffe. England - Crafts U Love is taking pre-orders)

I wanted to post a little tutorial today in honor of our opening, and Karen Aicken was the inspiration. I woke up to a lovely e-mail from Karen - she received her order this week and has been busy! I can't wait to share Karen's cards as she posts them on her blog in the upcoming days and weeks. Karen mentioned that she planned to use felt for the squirrel from the Woodland Animals, but not on his face because the stencil feature wouldn't work well on the felt. Naturally this got me thinking of how someone might use the stencil feature on felt.

First, if you haven't had a chance to watch the assembly video for the Woodland Animals, here it is:

For my felt Squirrel, I started with a scrap of printer paper and drew the face using the die as a stencil. I also cut a piece of felt large enough for the squirrel.

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OK, this is the part of the blog post where I have to apologize for my rusty embroidery skills. I did fine with the simple backstitch for the mouth and nose, but when it came time to do the french knots for the eyes . .. well, I didn't exactly remember how to do them. Did I look it up on YouTube like a smart person? Of course not! I wound the floss around the needle a couple of times and just went for it. The first eye looked great. The second eye looked . . . big! Did I pull it out and start over? Please. Do you even know me? Heh.

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I figured it would give the squirrel character! Yeah, that's it!

After stitching (I used two strands of embroidery floss, by the way) I carefully tore away the paper.

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Ta da! One cute little stitched face for Squirrelly-one-big-eye. Next came the die cutting. Lining up the die is easy because you can see the stitched face through the die.

Since the dies are wafer-thin, you may need to use a metal shim to cut through felt. I used a Precision Plate in my Sizzix Big Shot. If you're using a different machine, my suggestion is to look up on YouTube "cutting fabric with a _____ machine" While you're there, check out the MULTITUDE of videos for how to properly make a french knot. Heh.

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I cut the belly die from ivory felt and then assembled as usual. As an optional step, you could glue the felt squirrel to a cardstock squirrel for stiffness, which will be good for pop-up cards. (My favorite!)

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If you do choose to back the squirrel with cardstock you might also try adding tape over the seam between the tail and the body on the back of the cardstock. This will keep your thread from pulling through if you want to stitch the line. The cardstock on the back will give you an easy guide for the stitching. The next time I do this I might try brown embroidery floss for the line so it's a little more subtle, but still creates the definition. Oh, and I'll make the eyes the same size, too.

It's good to have goals!

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Voila! One cute felt squirrel all ready for a project! 

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Here are handy direct links for the Spring 2017 collection.


I'm baaaack!

Howdy fellow crafters!

It's been many months in the making and I'm thrilled to announce a new home for Karen Burniston branded products, and it's easy to remember -

karenburniston.com

That's right! After fifteen years of licensing my products to other companies I was ready to take the plunge to go out on my own. I've teamed up with my good friend Tanya Kostynuk, who owns Riley & Company, to form a brand new small business (KB Riley, LLC) to produce and sell my die designs. Between us we have decades of experience in product design, education, retail store ownership, manufacturing and distribution. Plus, we have a ton of fun working together!

Our first release is 12 fabulous die sets, including new designs and a couple of expanded and re-released favorites (been looking for the Flower Pot? It's back! With new flowers and a new "smiley" feature to make assembly even easier)

The dies are arriving soon to our Kansas office and we're taking website pre-orders right now for shipping June 1st.

Store orders start shipping next week, so if you have a local store in your area, please let them know about our new company as we do offer wholesale.

For social media we're sticking with my existing channels for YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter, (links at the top of this blog) so if you already follow me on those channels you're good. For Facebook I'm keeping my Karen Burniston Designer page because it's chock full of great inspiration for my licensed dies, but for the new stuff we've started a fresh new Facebook Page and we'd love for you to give it a "like".

Well I don't want to spend too much time chit-chatting here on my blog when you could be perusing the new website and watching the NINE (yep, 9) new assembly videos for the new release. While you're on the website, be sure to check out the Instructions Page, where you'll find downloadable PDF sheets for all the interactive dies. 

The fun is just beginning!  

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 Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pros Challenge - Spring!

Hello, long lost friends! 

It's time for another Paper Pros Challenge and the theme this month was set by Karen Aicken, who challenged us to make a card celebrating Spring, using  blooms and/or butterflies.

I decided to get a jump on Mother's Day with a Butterfly Double Pivot Card for my Mom.

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This technique is simple, and you can watch three different videos on how to do it on this post: Double Pivot Cards. The videos will show how to create the accordion card first, then die cut each half. For my card, I was using a thick cardstock so I decided to die cut each card separately and then join them together. I'll explain how I did it.

First, I cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of pink cardstock in half, making two 5.5" x 8.5" strips. On each strip I scored at 4" and then at 7.5", creating a card with a 4" panel, a 3.5" panel, and a leftover 1" strip (the tab). I arranged the strips so one had a right-facing tab and one had a left-facing tab and then added 3" x 4.5" pieces of patterned paper (SEI Vanilla Sunshine) to each panel, using a temporary removable tape. I die cut the Butterfly Pivot Card into each card, making sure I measured the distance from the die to the top of the card so I could duplicate it for the other side. After die cutting I removed the patterned paper rectangles and snipped out the butterflies from the patterned paper. This left me with two pieces from each rectangle - one to fit above the butterfly and one to fit below the butterfly. I glued the patterned paper pieces onto the cards, creating the patterned background.

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To join the two Pivot Cards I first trimmed off the side panel from one of the cards (either one - doesn't matter) and then used the other card's tab to join the two, trimming the tab as necessary to avoid the butterfly area. To join the pivoting butterflies themselves, each one had a small tip of the wing that had crossed the fold, so it was just a matter of choosing one to be the tab and trimming the other one away. Here's a view of the back of the card, showing the connections.

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The Butterfly Pivot Card comes with decorator butterfly dies, so I used those with the leftover patterned paper and a piece of glitter paper from my stash to decorate the card. I incorporated a few smaller butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set, which perfectly coordinates.

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A Double Pivot Card is impressive, but easy. (My favorite combination!) For the front of the card I kept it very simple with just a couple of strips of patterned paper and a ribbon.

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Remember that Pop it Ups dies are only available in 2017 or until they're gone, whichever comes first, and while I am not ruling out the option of a re-release on certain styles, I can pretty well say for certain that the Butterfly Pivot Card will not be one of those re-released styles. So I guess I'm saying . . .  get it if you want it! I'll include some Amazon links below, or you can always find great deals on my dies at It's Cheaper than Therapy.

Want to check out the other great cards by the Paper Pros? Remember this is a no-stress, no-committment challenge, so not everyone participates. The links to the other Paper Pros blogs are in the sidebar at the left. 

Happy Crafting!

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Pop-ups 3 Ways - Class projects

Happy Pi Day! I am supposed to be posting a pi/pie-themed card today for the Paper Pros challenge in honor of Pi Day, but preparing the class kits for tomorrow's "Pop-ups 3 Ways" class at Scrapp'n Savvy took much longer than expected, so I ran out of time to make a card. Instead, I'm posting the photos for tomorrow's class.

This class focuses on three different ways to make pop-up cards - with templates, with dies and with SVG files.

For the template card, I took inspiration from a card made by my cousin Jessica. I added an extra element of interactivity by incorporating a spinner cut on the upper fold. As the card opens, one of the flowers spins up above the card. 

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For the die card, I used the Lucy Label Pop-up die set along with the Hot Air Balloon die set for a birthday card. 

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For the SVG card, I converted one of my earliest Sizzix dies, the Pop-up House, into an SVG file that can be cut on all the major electronic cutting machines. 

PopUpHouseCardStudents should bring the following tools/supplies to class:

Scissors
Fine glue bottle/pen
Pop dots
Tape runner/tape
Scoring tool & ruler
Craft knife & cutting mat
Paper piercer
Sanding block
Die cutting machine with plates/platforms for wafer-thin dies
Removable tape to hold dies in place (or magnetic platform if you prefer)
Wink of Stella pen for sparkle (optional)
Inks for edges (optional)
Photos of the cards from this blog or from the e-mail (print or access on a phone or tablet) - you do not need to print the templates - they will be provided in class

 

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Paper Pros Challenge - Shake it up!

Happy Tuesday!
 
The former Pop it Ups Designer Challenge team has regrouped as a friends group called Paper Pros and today is the first of our monthly no-pressure challenges. Summer Hills-Painter challenged us to "Shake it Up" by incorporating a shaker element or action wobbler into a project of any theme.
 

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This is a version of a Twist Circle Window Card (Video Link) but as a shaker card instead. I started with a 4.75" x 12" strip of patterned paper (Authentique Legacy "Kindred") and scored it into three 4" panels. I cut the base of the Twist Circle die over the right fold and cut the upper portion of the platform from the leftover paper. Next I folded the left panel underneath the center panel and die cut through both layers with the medium circle die from the Twist Circle set. Between the two layers I added a square made from two transparency pieces sealed around the edges and filled with silver confetti and micro beads. I made a similar shaker label by cutting the label out of both patterned paper and transparency and then hand stitching the two together with yellow thread. This was easy because the label die creates decorative pierce marks around the perimeter. Before stitching the top edge of the label I used a paper funnel to fill it with the same silver confetti and micro beads.

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The card measures 4.75" x 4" when closed, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. The greetings are from a Stampin' Up! set from my stash called Sale-a-Bration "A Happy Thing"

LoveLifeShakerClosedHere's a close-up of the window area when the card is closed. The flower embellishment is visible through the window in the upper right.

LoveLifeShakerCloseUp1As the card is opened the Twist Circle mechanism starts to lift and twist the interior shaker label.

LoveLifeShakerPartialOnce the card is open the flower has moved to the left side and the "Love Life" (same stamp set) greeting is revealed. I also added flourishes from the Merry Christmas Pop-up die set. The flowers themselves are a combination of silk and paper flowers from my stash.

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Here's a close-up of the shaker label:

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Also, congratulations to Lana R. for winning two dies in the 25,000 YouTube Subscribers giveaway from the last newsletter. Here is Lana's winning comment, chosen by random draw:
 
"Your cards are amazing! But I am a little intimidated by them."
 
Lana, I hope you've had a chance to try your dies and that you're no longer intimidated! 
 
Here are links to the other Paper Pros.

Caz Counsell - Valentines treat boxes with wobbling critters
Fran Sabad - beach-themed shaker card
Karen Aicken - pop-up Valentine with shaker balloon
Sandy Diller - accordion Valentine with wobbling bear
Frances Byrne - pop-up Lorna label window shaker card
Shelly Hickox - screen card with Heart Pivot shaker 
Summer - Hills Painter - coffee-themed shaker card
Raquel Mason - http://raquelmason.blogspot.com
Helen Cryer - http://diningroomdrawers.blogspot.com
Kelly Booth - http://cruzinkellster.blogspot.com
Donna Wright - http://oldredshed.blogspot.com

Here are shopping links for the dies I used on my card.