Today is our monthly no-pressure just-for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros. The theme for this month is Halloween so I decided to make a 3-page Charm Accordion. I taught how to do this technique in a previous challenge HERE.
I found an older piece of striped Halloween paper in my stash and cut 6 paper pages to decorate both sides of the album. I trimmed out the center squares and used pinking shears along the edges of the paper. Normally the Charm Accordion uses a piece called the Charm Frame to glue between each of the pivoting squares, but for this assembly I decided instead to enlarge the size of the pivoting squares by turning them into labels. I attached the medium label from the Katherine Label pop-up to each of the pages. Each label had twine attached behind it so I was able to then tie the pages together to hinge them. The smaller label (green) is from the Gift Card Label set.
The decorations for each page came from the Halloween Elements set, along with the flourish that comes included with the Charm Accordion. I accented all the black pieces with Nuvo Crystal drops to make them shiny, taking care on the "Boo!" greeting to leave some areas of the cardstock exposed for a distressed look.
When folded up, the Charm Accordion is small and fun size - 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope.
Make sure you check out the other awesome Halloween makes by the Paper Pros. Here are some links:
Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day (so the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday) you'll find a compilation blog post here on my blog along with a new card and video tutorial from me.
This month, since it is our first challenge, I issued a challenge for the team to make cards of any theme in their Signature Style. You'll find photos of their cards and links to their blog posts below. For my card, I wanted to draw on my love of repurposing dies into new combinations. I also love making Halloween cards that are creepy. This card is a combination of two die sets - the Christmas Tree Pop-up (for the base and mechanism) and the Tree Pop-up (for the tree).
Watch the video tutorial for this card:
For the front of the card I used an older rubber stamp from my stash (I would love to know who made this stamp - could it be Twenty-Two?) that features a line from The Raven.
As the card opens, the tree starts to pop-up.
Borrowing the mechanism from the Christmas Tree Pop-up to make other things pop-up is a great technique for creating custom standing pop-ups. What else can you make pop-up this way?
For my spooky tree, I decorated with black birds from the Halloween Elements die set plus the spiderweb from the Halloween Scene die set. A metal spider charm hangs from the tree.
The greeting is a combination of a die cut word "Happy" with a stamped word Halloween, cut out with a Katherine label die and embellished with a bone.
Here are supply links for this card:
One of the things I mention in the video is how easily the Raven Tree Card can become an any season tree card by changing out the colors and styling. I put that challenge to the test and made this pretty version of the card in a Thank You theme.
Let's take a look at how the team interpreted the theme. If you click their names you will go to their individual blog posts, where you will find more photos and information about their cards, including supply lists.
Kelly Booth always incorporates beautiful colors into her cards. She also loves making her own backgrounds using inks and techniques. This Halloween card really shows off her style. It uses the floating floor die from the House & Fence die set plus the Halloween die sets.
Karen Aicken made this Snowman Twist Circle (minus snowman) beauty to show off her style, which often features patterned paper, shimmer and sparkle, and premade embellishments. Such unusual elegance in this Halloween card.
Fran Sabad loves to combine patterns and to color stamped images. She combined both those loves into this fun holiday card featuring the Sleigh Pop-up and a festive Riley the Moose stamp.
Frances Byrne loves owls and also loves to combine the perfect patterned papers with the perfect stamps to complete cards for any theme. This one uses the Katherine Label to animate the adorable owl stamp. I love how she also incorporated the Gift Card Label.
Shelly Hickox has such a way with steampunk, artsy and edgy cards. This Twist Panel card featuring elements from the Halloween die sets is the perfect example. Notice her use of the witch hats on the patterned paper people. Clever!
Helen Cryer has returned! Helen took some time off to become a volunteer firefighter (talk about multi-talented!) and is now able to add crafting and blogging back into the mix. What a debut! This darling House & Fence Pop-up is the perfect illustration of Helen's detailed and charming style.
Summer Hills-Painter loves making flowers and it shows with this beautiful Flower Pot pop-up card. I love the classy color scheme! She also shows how well the Gift Card Label can be used for greetings. So pretty!
Join us next month on October 4th, for our next challenge with a theme of "G-G-G-Ghost!" We'll be making Halloween cards.
I'm pleased to introduce the 2017 Karen Burniston Design Team. These six ladies have been on my previous teams for years and I was thrilled that they were available to make the jump with me from licensed design to my own small company, KB Riley LLC. - KarenBurniston.com.
Because we are a small start-up, we are starting with a small team, and then will expand the team over time as our product offerings increase.
Starting in September we will hold monthly Designer Challenges. The team will post their challenge cards on the first Tuesday of every month and then the next day, on Wednesday, you'll find a compilation post on my blog (you're here!) plus my challenge card and video. Join us here on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for our first challenge called "Signature Style" where each member will show off their own signature style for a project of any theme.
Let me tell you a little bit about these talented designers and what I most notice about their signature styles:
Shelly has a long resume in the crafting world, having designed for some of the biggest companies and designers in the biz. While many associate Shelly with her grungy/artsy/steampunk side (and it is amazing), she is equally skilled at making very soft/pretty/feminine cards. Her inking techniques for faux-finishes are legendary and I have been known to refer to her projects as "Shellypieces"
Karen is a card-making dynamo! She blogs every day and normally every card is specifically designed for someone in her family, or friends, or friends of her family, or family of her family - she keeps everyone supplied with beautiful handmade cards. She also donates cards to Seniors Secret Service, providing birthday cards for centenarians. Karen is known for her beautiful handwriting and for her clever repurposing of die shapes.
Summer is always up on the latest and greatest craft supplies and trends. Her classes and demos at The Stamping Place and other stores in the Carolinas are always packed with techniques and beautiful projects. She is a wizard at shaker cards, techniques and 3D projects. I would describe her style as equal parts cute and pretty, although she'll occasionally throw in a little steampunk just to keep everyone on their toes!
Kelly Booth is the master of color. Her Copic skills are exquisite and she can bring any stamped image to life with her coloring skills. Kelly rarely uses patterned papers, preferring to make her own textures and patterns with stamps, inks, stencils, etc. Her signature color is teal, which turns up in amazing ways in her cards. A recent cancer survivor, (Go Kelly!) she's now back to crafting in her jaw-dropping colorful style.
Fran Sabad's style is exquisite. She knows exactly how to balance elements with the perfect blend of color, pattern and technique. As a longtime demonstrator, Fran does an amazing job of combining the pop-up dies with Stampin' Up! stamps and papers for a look that is uniquely Fran. I would describe her style as classy and elegant (like Fran herself!) but she can also rock the cute cards!
There's a reason I describe Frances's cards as "downunderful" and it's not just because she lives in Australia and I love a good pun. Frances has the perfect stamps and paper for ANY THEME! You cannot stump Frances with any challenge - she will go digging through her craft room and come up with the most amazingly spot-on combinations. Frances has a fabulous eye for mixing patterned papers, stamps and dies in a style that is cheerful and colorful.
In other news, anyone going to Stampaway this weekend, come see me in the Riley & Company booth, where I will be demoing the dies and they will be available for purchase. Fran will be at the show as well, and then we're heading back to Kentucky where we will be teaching a class to Fran's regular students on Monday.
It's time for our monthly no-stress, for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros group. This month's theme was set by Raquel Mason as Monochromatic.
I decided to create a Halloween Card using my two new die sets - Halloween Elements and Halloween Scene.
I started with a 4.25" x 11" strip of black cardstock and scored it at 2.75" and 5.5" from the top. I added a decorator panel of cardstock, colored with distress inks, and then cut the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements set into the center of the panel. This die is perfect for easel stops because the bottom edge is not cut by the die, leaving the option to hinge, cut or extend the arms.
For the labels I used the Katherine Label Pop-up, cutting the smaller of the two over the upper fold and then creating a black frame by nesting the two labels together. I backed the frame with a large label cut from vellum. The spiderwebs are glued to the back of the vellum.
For the front of the card, I added black bats to the area above the fold. The bat on the label and the spider were highlighted with black Nuvo drops.
To open the card, the top is folded and placed behind the creepy hands, creating an easel card for display. I added some spiderwebs and the word "Boo!" to the inside of the card.
Is it hot where you are? Because it's blazing hot here in Texas. And so naturally I like to cool off with a little Fall/Winter/Holiday crafting!
There are ten new dies available now in the Summer 2017 Holiday collection. You'll find these dies at your local shops, favorite online retailers, or you can purchase directly from our website.
Let's look at the three new pop-up dies. The House & Fence Pop-up is a very versatile die set. It comes with a Floating Floor mechanism that can be used for so many other things. Plus, the house can be styled for any season. To learn how to assemble this die, check out the video tutorial here: Die Assembly Video - 1015 House & Fence Pop-up
This winter version of the house is the one I make in the video tutorial. In addition to the House & Fence die, I used the Winter Charms (trees, snowflakes) and Word Set 3 (greeting) plus labels from the Katherine Label Pop-up.
There are two Halloween dies in this release. The Halloween Elements die is all new, featuring lots of great elements and props to use with the other dies, especially with the House & Fence for haunted house cards. The Halloween Scene die was previously licensed last year, but sold through, so I brought it back. Combine the dies together and you have everything you need for a spooky scene!
The House & Fence is also going to be great for year-round cards for any theme. This card uses the Tree Pop-up, Nature Edges, Winter Animals and Word Set 1.
A really great pairing (can you tell I just returned from a trip to wine country?) with the Christmas Tree is 1012 Snowman Twist Circle. You'll be able to use the largest circle die (3" diameter) to make tree skirts.
The Christmas Tree Pop-up includes a decorative cardinal to perch in the tree, plus a die that cuts four circle ornaments at a time, plus a 3D star topper. Plus I design collections that coordinate, so that as you build your collection, you have tons and tons of options. The winter white tree below incorporates borders made with the Nature Edges, a flourish from the Gift Card Label, circles from the Snowman Twist Circle, and a few of the Winter Charms.
The last of the new pop-ups is the Sleigh Pop-up. Now I have to give proper acknowledgement to my business partner, Tanya Kostynuk, for suggesting a pop-up sleigh for this release. I was hesitant at first, because I have designed two previous sleigh dies in the past, but Tanya rightly pointed out that a sleigh would be perfect for the little animals and her Riley the Moose stamps.
I challenged myself to make this new sleigh very different from my previous ones. The sleigh itself is more ornate, with swirly runners and a pretty damask stencil/emboss feature, and the mechanism is very versatile - you can assemble it as a standing pop-up (card opened up flat to 180 degrees) or as a traditional pop-up (card opened and viewed at 90 degrees) Learn how to assemble this die set by watching the video tutorial: Die Assembly Video - 1021 Sleigh Pop-up
For this traditional pop-up I incorporated the new Gift Card Label on the front of the card. It's a great all-around label/flourish set for any theme, but also holds a standard size gift card perfectly.
Another option with the Gift Card Label is to cut a piece of cardstock to gift card size (2 1/8" x 3 3/8") and slide it into the large label, as I did for the card below.
A note about the new #1017 Snowman set. Seven of the eight dies in this set are identical to the ones included in #1012 Snowman Twist Circle die set. For customers who bought last year's licensed version of the Twist Circle, you can purchase 1017 Snowman and it will add on all the pieces you need for a Snowman Twist Circle. For customers who own 1012 Snowman Twist Circle, you really don't need both these sets unless you want doubles for cutting multiple snowman parts quickly.
Also, 1014 Halloween Scene is a straight re-release of last year's licensed version. It was a very popular die set so we've brought it back.
This collection also includes a new animal set - 1016 Winter Animals. This set will make a bear, penguin and hedgehog. Learn how to assemble them in this video: Die Assembly Video - 1016 Winter Animals
Hey Ohio (and surrounding areas) - who will be at Stampaway this weekend? Me! Me! I'll be demoing these dies in the Riley & Company booth on Friday and Saturday. Also, if you're near Dayton, Ohio, stop in to Marco's Paper tomorrow to meet my business partner, Tanya, who will be demoing from 11 am to 5 pm and will have the new dies (and all of my sample cards) on display.
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.
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.
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.
The greeting is one of my favorite Funny Bones stamps.
In this angled view you can see the third charm hanging in the center between the pages.
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!!
I used the same dimensions as the original card, changing only the background patterned paper, cardstock colors and greetings.
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.
As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a quick GIF showing the card in action: (click to make it play - not sure why it won't auto-play)
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.
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.
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")
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.
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.
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.
I did use a paper jump ring for the heart charm in the lower right corner. This view shows the other metal tool charm.
Check out all the other masculine cards on the Paper Pros blogs here:
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: