Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 14 - Happy Fall, Y'all!

Happy October! Here in South Texas we still have humid hot weather.

For my card and video I crafted what I would love to see outside - trees with changing and falling leaves. I used the Tree Pop-up combined with the base of the Palm Tree Pop-up to create a grove of three autumn trees. This exact technique could be used to style the tree for any season, so think of winter trees with snow on the branches, spring trees full of blooms, and summer trees with picnic baskets.

My card measures 4.75" x 6" when folded and will mail easily in an A7 envelope for no additional postage. I mimicked the look of the card's interior for a simple lead-in on the card's front.

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As the card opens, the trees start to pop-up.

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Once open a grove of three autumn trees pops up in the middle, shedding brightly-colored leaves.

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Here's a closer look at the trees and the tire swing. 

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I used patterned papers from my stash, but this card would look good with any papers. 

Our products are sold at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We are always looking for more retailer partners, so please ask for our products at your local stores. Otherwise, we do sell on our website. Here are the links to the products used on my card:

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Our extremely talented Design Team has once again hit it out of the park with their amazing Fall projects. If you click their names you'll go to their blog posts, where you will find supply lists, tutorials, videos and more!

Shelly Hickox created this amazing floating leaves staggered Charm Accordion by using clear panels behind the leaves. What an amazing effect! She has a full tutorial on her blog post, so definitely check it out!

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Karen Aicken cleverly stacked two Pivot Panels into one card to create a delightfully spooky Halloween card. I just love all the dimension and elements in this card.

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Sandy Diller created a double spinner in a top fold card and has a full YouTube tutorial video to teach you how to achieve this technique with the Spinner Square die set. In addition, her vellum wreath of leaves and squirrel popping out of the pumpkin are beautiful touches.

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Kelly Booth chose muted beautiful colors for this fall leaves card featuring the Circle Charm Pop-up doubled. The Distress Oxide inking for the leaves is perfection and I love the use of the clouds edge as a border.

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Frances Byrne combined the Twist Panel die set with the House Pivot Panels to create this delightfully wicked Halloween card. I love all the spooky elements and the wonderful sky. 

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Summer Hills-Painter created this gorgeously rich autumn-colored Frame Pull Pop-up card. I love the Woodland Animals holding the leaves on the front. How charming!

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Fran Sabad combined the Evergreen Pivot Panels with the Woodland Animals and plenty of leaves for a splendoriffic fall card. The combinations on this card are beautiful.

FS_KB-Evergreen-Pivot-01-openLois Bak created this eerie haunted house card using the House and Fence Pop-up plus our Halloween dies. I love that spooky graveyard on the front of the card and the flying bats over the house. Fabulous!

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Irene Mendes combined elements so beautifully in this rich autumn Spinner Square card. Her skillful mix of patterned papers and die cut elements are so striking and this card is a feast for the eyes.

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Helen Cryer has such a gift for mixing colors and patterns and this Halloween card is no exception. I love the mix of yellows, oranges and grays with accents of wood. Helen used the Upsy Daisy Pop-up for this fabulous card.

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Well hopefully you're inspired to welcome Fall with some handcrafted cards. Join us next month on November 7, 2018 for our next challenge with a theme of CHRISTMAS TREE. The team will be incorporating trees into their cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 13 - House!

Happy September! It's been a busy few days already with the September Release now available for pre-order on KarenBurniston.com as well as the announcement of three new Design Team members, expanding our team from seven to ten. For this month's challenge the theme is House, and team members were instructed to create a card of any theme but incorporating either the House & Fence Pop-up die set OR the new House Pivot Panels die set OR some sort of house image from a stamp set or paper.

For my card and video I decided to use the House Pivot Panels for a Halloween card, also using the new Halloween Charms. I thought it would be fun to cut a house-shaped window (you know me - I never met a pop-up card that wasn't calling out for a window! grin) into the front of the card to line up with one of the pop-up houses when the card is closed. Watch the video to learn this technique:

My card is a landscape A2 card - 4.25" x 5.5" when closed, and will mail easily in an A2 envelope. I used the Circles-Crosshatch set for the rings on the card's front and the Halloween Charms to decorate. All of the papers on my card were just old ones from my stash.

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As the card opens, the House Pivot Panels start to pop-up.

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Once open a neighborhood pops up, perfect for Trick-or-Treating. 

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Here's a closer look at the houses, cut from solid colors of cardstock. I stamped the yellow ones with an old spider web stamp from my stash. The "Halloween Hello" stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set of the same name. I glued the moon charm to the back of a chimney so it floats above the houses and then attached one of the bat charms to the moon.

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Our products are sold at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We are always looking for more retailer partners, so please ask for our products at your local stores. Otherwise, we do sell on our website. New dies will start shipping September 10, 2018. Here are the links to the products used on my card:

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We're excited to have our new team members joining in for this month's challenge. If you're new to our challenge format, our design team members post their challenge creations on their own blogs on the first Tuesday of each month. (*Next month we're a week later) Then, on Wednesday I post a compilation blog post (you're reading it!) including my card and video for the challenge as well as photos and links to each of their projects. You are highly encouraged to click the name of each designer to visit their blog (in a new window, so no worries about losing this post if you click) to see more photos, full supply lists and tips about their individual projects. Let's start with our three newest members:

Sandy Diller (Arizona) was on the Design Team during my licensing days and we were thrilled when Sandy applied for an expansion slot. She not only creates amazing combinations with the die sets, but also teaches cards on YouTube. For this month's challenge she created a double floating floor using the House & Fence die and then crafted the most amazing picturesque property, complete with matching dog house! So clever!

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Irene Mendes (Portugal) has an amazingly soft, pretty, layered style that works beautifully with our dies. For this Tag Book she incorporated some gorgeous papers and house elements to decorate. We are excited to welcome Irene as our fourth international Design Team member. (Note: her blog is easily translated using the translate button at the top of the blog page.)

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Lois Bak (Florida) has been wowing us with her clean, classy style with clever touches and tons of whimsy. Lois incorporates a mix of stamps and blending techniques into her projects for beautiful results. For this challenge she created a 3-page Fancy Accordion card featuring the Fancy Flourish Frames and some sweet home-themed stamps. I like Lois's choice to start with a mountain fold on the Fancy Accordion so the first label will fold inward.

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Shelly Hickox (Mississippi) combined the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set plus some of our Halloween dies for an absolutely spooktacular card. Check out the clever and unique ways she styled each house in this chilling pop-up neighborhood. Amazing!

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Frances Byrne (Australia) used the new House Pivot Panels in the Tag Book die set for a holiday card in a fresh mod color scheme. I love how her patterned paper seamlessly integrates with the row of house. She also used the perfect greeting stamps for the theme. So festive!

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Kelly Booth (Arizona) created a new home card using the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set. What a great color scheme for this card. I love, too, how Kelly used the Happy portion of the Happy Birthday die with a decorator house for the front of the card. Gorgeous!

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Karen Aicken (Canada) shows an awesome combination of both Pivot Panels die sets - the Evergreen and the House. She created a row of trees and houses to mix up the look. It's a wonderful color scheme for a Thanksgiving card. So pretty!

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Fran Sabad (Kentucky) created an absolutely darling little elf village for this holiday card using the House Pivot Panels. What a wonderful mix of stamps, dies and papers. Everything about this card is made of happy!

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Summer Hills-Painter (California) posted her in-progress photos of this incredible inked background and everyone was excited to see the finished card. This is an incredible mix of the House Pivot Panels and Twist Panel for a fabulously eerie neighborhood. I love how Summer used the brick stencil feature of the House & Fence set to put a brick texture on the small houses. Amazing!

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Helen Cryer (England) also mixed the House & Fence with the House Pivot Panels for a charming neighborhood. Helen has such a talent for mixing pretty patterned papers and creating such sweet scenes. I love the bunting on the front of the fence and the clever way she used the small foliage piece from the House Pivot Panels to fill in the larger Tree. Helencredible!

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What amazing inspiration for home-themed cards! We're proud of our amazing team, representing five different states and five different countries. Join us next month on Wednesday, October 10th for our Designer Challenge with a theme of "Happy Fall, Y'all!" - the team will be making autumn-themed cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Design Team Call Winners

Happy September!

Last month we did our first public design team call to expand our existing design team by two spots. Our product line is very specialized - wafer thin cutting dies with a specialization of pop-up and interactive cards. We weren't sure what the response would be, but hoped at least a handful of people would apply.

It was more than a handful!

It was more than many handfuls!

Many, MANY talented designers answered the call!

We were equal parts thrilled and filled with dread - how on earth could we pick just two?

So the first thing we did is expand the available slots to three, but we still had to send a ton of rejection e-mails to very qualified applicants. We thank everyone for their interest and we definitely invite people to apply to future calls. As our company grows we expect our team needs will grow as well. Additionally, we will keep all applications on file for future guest designer and special assignment opportunities.

So please join us in welcoming our three new design team members - Sandy Diller, Irene Mendes and Lois Bak! Our team of 7 has jumped to 10!

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Sandy, Irene and Lois will be participating in this week's Designer Challenge with a theme of "House" so make sure you check it out this Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

We've also opened up the September Release for pre-order on KarenBurniston.com. Shipping starts September 10th. The assembly videos for the pop-ups and animal sets are loaded onto the product pages already. Charm set videos will go up this week. Here'a a summary video for the 16 new dies:

Happy Crafting!

 


September 2018 Die Release Sneak Peeks start today!

It's one week until September and that means sneak peeks of the new dies coming September 1st to KarenBurniston.com

We've also been on the move! We've moved our Kansas offices from Edwardsville to Topeka. As you can imagine, trying to juggle a move with a new release has been (shall we say) challenging, but we're excited for our bigger space and Tanya and Sue definitely appreciate the new lake view!

Here's the release schedule:

August 25, 2018 (that's today!) - Design Team members are free to start sharing their projects using new dies on their own blogs. Facebook users will find links to those projects throughout the week on our Facebook Page and in our fun community fan group - Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps

August 25, 2018 (also today!) - Stores will be able to pre-order the dies. If you have a local store in your area, please ask for our products. Store orders ship first!

September 1, 2018 (that's a week from today!) - the dies will be loaded onto KarenBurniston.com for pre-order. (Your local store may also be taking pre-orders, and did I mention the part where we ship to stores first? Just sayin' . . . )

September 4, 2018 - Store orders start shipping!

September 10, 2018 - website pre-orders start shipping!

Throughout this week I'll be putting up blog posts with samples and the video assembly tutorials on the new dies. For now, check out this collection preview video:

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In other news, we received a tremendous response to our Design Team call and we're all feeling a little regretful that there are only two spots to fill. As our company grows our team will grow as well, so thank you to everyone who applied and if you don't get one of the spots this time, we definitely hope that you will re-apply for our next call. We will notify the two new team members on August 30th.

 Happy Crafting!

 


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 12 - Charmed!

Happy August! 

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is "Charmed" and the team was challenged to use any of our Charm dies for a card of any theme. 

Last month I posted an Upsy Daisy window card called My Knight Pop-up Card and got several requests for a full video tutorial on the technique. I decided to make a coffee-themed version for this month's challenge. Here is the full video tutorial:

When closed, this card measures 4.25" x 4.25" (10.8 cm x 10.8 cm) and will fit nicely in an A2 envelope and mail for a single stamp. The technique for getting the stamped or line drawn look is to cut and assemble the coffee charm out of all white cardstock and use the stencil features of the dies plus tracing around the edges to achieve the look. 

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As the card opens the colorful coffee cup starts to lift up, attached to a platform from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set.

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Once open, the colorful coffee cup stands on the table in front of the card along with a banner saying hello. The greeting is a Funny Bones (Riley and Co.) stamp. 

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Karen Burniston (KB Riley) die sets are available at many independent craft stores throughout the world. If your local craft store doesn't carry our line, please ask them to contact us. We're always looking for more retailer partners and it would be great to be in your area. If you are sadly without any local stores, you can always shop online. Here are links to the products used in the video.

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These six Charmed cards are sure to knock your socks off! Click on each designer's name to check out their blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, etc.

Summer Hils-Painter created this mocha-rrific Tag Book Pop-up featuring the Coffee Charms. I just love the color scheme on this card and the mix of stamps and dies. Perfection!

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Fran Sabad created this wonderful tropical Circle Charm card as a congratulatory card. I love the way she created the palm tree element using the Beach Charms.


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Frances Byrne created this fabulous coffee-themed Upsy Daisy card. Such a great mix of charms, larger dies and the Alphabet set. The pink/brown color scheme is so chic!

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Karen Aicken created this masterpiece of a charm star book using the Charm Accordion. WOW! This is just tremendous! I love all the charms dangling in the openings and the clever scalloped edging to the pages.

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Helen Cryer always has such a way with color and pattern. This Charm Accordion is no exception and I love her signature technique of cutting a circle through the back of the card as another place to dangle a charm. Helen mixed the Beach and Sweet Treats charms.

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Kelly Booth created this seascape staggered Charm Accordion and it's wonderful from all angles! I love the styling on the flip-flops from the Beach Charms and the cute coloring of the crab from the Sea Animals.

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So? How about it? Do you feel CHARMED?! I know I do! Join us next month on Wednesday, September 5th for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "House".

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston + Darkroom Door Blog Hop

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Welcome to our fun collaborative blog hop with the designers from Darkroom Door! You've landed on the stop for the projects by Karen Burniston (that's me!) and Tanya Kostynuk, my business partner and the other half of KB Riley LLC. If you hop through all the stops you'll be inspired by TWENTY designers!

But wait, there's more! Both Darkroom Door and Karen Burniston (KB Riley) will be giving away prize packs, with winners randomly chosen from ALL of the blog hop comments received by Sunday, July 29th, 2018. Lots of chances to win some goodies, so just leave a comment on this post or any other blog hop post to enter!

For my project I wanted to show yet another take on a Staggered Charm Accordion. This time I made a 3-page card with rectangles to replace the pivoting squares and charm frames. This gives a larger surface area to fill with stamped images, like the gorgeous Collage Seaside Squares rubber stamp. I also used the Brushed Sentiments stamp set for the greeting. Learn how I made this project by watching this 8 minute assembly video.

When closed, the card measures 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope. The patterned papers on my project are Kaisercraft from my stash.

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I used colored pencils to color the six seaside squares and then cut them out and added them to rectangles that were edged using the Crosshatch Rectangles die set. Then I used the hinge die included in the Charm Accordion to hinge the rectangles together. The sentiment is from the Brushed Sentiments stamp set. (All supply links are at the very bottom of this blog post)

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With this side view you can see the other hinge connecting the second and third rectangles. I added brads to the hinges.

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Tanya decided to use the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set two ways. For her first card, she used just one of the platforms in a side-fold card and added a stamped and colored flamingo from the Tropical Birds stamp set. She also mixed in the grass edge from the Nature Edges, Happy Birthday, Flowers and Bee and our Crosshatch Rectangles.

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Here's a closer look at the fabulous flamingos!

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Tanya also wanted to use the Upsy Daisy in a top-fold card to show off the Under the Sea stamp set and make it look like an aquarium. She used the two platforms as usual, but without the suspended center square. There are so many possibilities with the Upsy Daisy die set!

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For the card's front, Tanya used the Tropical Scene set to create a tropical lead-in for the beautiful aquarium inside.

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Here's a closer look at Tanya's beautiful coloring on the fish.

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Ready for more inspiration?! Keep on hopping and make sure you leave a comment on at least one blog to enter the giveaway for prizes. Supply links for Karen and Tanya's projects are at the very bottom of this post. Happy hopping and a huge thank you to Rachel, the designers at Darkroom Door, our design team and special guests for this fun collaboration!

Darkroom Door / Rachel Greig: 
https://www.darkroomdoor.com/Blog/dd-kb-blog-hop

KB Riley LLC / Karen Burniston & Tanya Kostynuk <----- YOU ARE HERE

Belinda Spencer: 
https://happyscrapspace.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Summer Hills-Painter
https://1craftypainter.blogspot.com/2018/07/its-hop.html 

Teresa Abajo: 
https://thetamarisk.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Karen Aicken


Anneke De Clerck: 
https://somefiddlingonthekitchentable.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-bloghop.html

Frances Byrne


Godelieve Tijskens: 
https://stampingmathilda.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-bloghop.html

Shelly Hickox


Anna-Karin Evaldsson:
httphttps://layersofink.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-and-karen-burniston-blog.html

Mary Prasad


Robyn Wood: 
http://purplesalt.net/2018/07/24/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop/

Fran Sabad


Connie Mercer: 
https://www.craftygoodies.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-karen-burniston-blog-hop.html 

Kelly Booth


Autumn Clark: 
https://sewpaperpaint.blogspot.com/2018/07/darkroom-door-stamps-karen-burniston-die-cuts.html 

Helen Cryer


Kymona Tracey: 
https://wp.me/p3TRKZ-2Sa 

 

SUPPLY LINKS FOR KAREN'S CARD:

SUPPLY LINKS FOR TANYA'S CARDS:

 

 


My Knight Pop-up Card - Paper Pros Challenge

Once a month we have a for fun challenge with a friends group called the Paper Pros. Raquel Mason set the theme for this month as "What's in a Name?" and challenged us to use a die set that started with the same letter as our first name.  I decided to use the Knight and Dragon die set and actually get a jump (gasp!) on my Anniversary Card for (gasp!) OCTOBER!

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The card is a very simple design. It measures 4.25" x 4.25" square when closed. I used the Knight die to cut a window into the front of the card and then assembled a bunch of knights from all white cardstock. I glued the knights into a collaged mosaic on the front of the card, cutting off partial knights where they extended off the edge. I then traced around all the pieces with a fine black pen.

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Through the window you can see a silver knight, lined up perfectly with the opening. As the card opens that knight starts to move, attached to a platform from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set. 

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Once the card is open the silver knight stands on the ground in front of the card. I used my leftover knights to decorate the background plus added a greeting using Word Set 5 - Royalty

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It was fun to make my knights-a-plenty card. Plus it's nice to have an anniversary card all ready for my real-life knight come October.

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Here are the other Paper Pros participating this month and links to their "What's in a Name?" cards:

Karen Aicken

Frances Byrne

Fran Sabad

Raquel Mason

Sandy Diller

Here are links to the products used in my card. I also used silver ink, white and red cardstock. 


Class Projects - Kaitlyn's Crop 2018

Hey Kaitlyn's Crop students - here are the photos of the two cards we'll make in Friday's class.

Your class kits will include the Circle Charm Pop-up die set and if you already own it I'll swap you out for a different die. All pieces will be pre-cut for class to keep us on time.

Card #1 features the Circle Charm Pop-up for a birthday card. This card also uses the Circles - Crosshatch, Ovals - Crosshatch, Birthday Charms and the smaller decorator cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-up die set. The cardstock is Bazzill, papers are Echo Park, and greeting stamp is Verve.

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The other card will be a Tag Book Pop-up featuring the Tropical Scene and Sea Animals. The cardstock is Bazzill, papers are Echo Park, and greeting stamp is Stampin' Up!

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Please bring to class:

  • Print-outs of the two class cards OR have them loaded onto your tablet or phone OR plan to take a photo of the originals when you arrive
  • Scissors
  • All your favorite adhesives - tape runner, strong double-sided tape (6mm or 0.25" is the best size), mini glue dots, fine-tip glue pen or bottle.
  • Paper Piercer
  • Optional - you are always welcome to bring inks for brushing edges.
  • Optional - tweezers for placing small pieces.
  • Optional - Wink of Stella clear glitter pen - for making things sparkly!

It's going to be a fun class! See you Friday!


USA Staggered Charm Accordion

Well it's a pretty soggy 4th of July here in the Houston area. It's been steadily pouring rain for hours and we're under flash flood advisory.

Since we can't do our cookout, I decided on a craft-in!

This morning I posted our July Designer Challenge with a theme of Sweet Summer and posted a new video teaching a technique for assembling the Charm Accordion die set with staggered squares. In honor of Independence Day I made a patriotic version.

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On the front of the card I die cut stars from white glitter paper. The large star came from the Circle Charm die set and the smaller one comes included with the Charm Accordion set. The red striped paper was from my stash. The scalloped frame from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up fits the squares of the Charm Accordion perfectly.

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When opened, the card resembles a flag. Glittered star charms dangle in the small frames. Our chunky Alphabet die was used for the USA letters.

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To create the inlaid letters, I cut them from the pages themselves and then also from two layers of black cardstock. I used the negative cut-outs behind the letter-shaped openings on each page. Then I sunk the original letters back into the opening, creating the reverse eclipse effect. You can learn this technique in last month's Designer Challenge Video.

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Learn how to create a staggered Charm Accordion by watching today's video:

 Here are the items used on my patriotic version:

Happy Independence Day!

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