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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spooky September + BONUS

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the September Designer Challenge, which is to use Pop it Ups dies to make Halloween cards. Make sure you click over to the blog post to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching a technique I call the "Double Lorna" where you cut the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die into a folded card to double the pop-up. Additionally, I'm showing how to add an additional box platform to the card to allow for a sturdy extra support to animate anything.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I created a Chilly-the-Penguin-turns-Mummy card. Watch the video here:

 

Here are photos of my finished card:

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Here are supply links for the Mummy card: 

I really love this technique and I didn't want people thinking it was only for Halloween cards, so I whipped up a second version of the card using the same measurements, same techniques, but changing the theme to a Hoppy the Frog "Warts New?" card.

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If you haven't been introduced to the Character Dies yet, feel free to watch the Intro to Characters Video, which shows you how to assemble them. Hoppy the Frog comes with two accessory dies - a Lily and a Fly. For my card I used patterned paper for the detail layer and spun the eyes to be looking upward.

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This card was built exactly like the Mummy card but instead of using the All Seasons Tree for the tree iteslf, I used just the clouds that come in the set to create a layered cloudy sky backdrop. 

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Litte fun fact about me - I used to collect frogs as a child. I had frog stuffed animals and figurines and the very first rubber stamp I ever purchased was an Inkadinkado jumping frog. As a stamper for many, many years I've collected all sorts of interesting stamps, such as the "It's not easy being green" stamp, (have no idea who made it) and the "Warts New?" stamp (Art Impressions, copyright 1996). I also have one that says "Frog: the other green meat!" (RBBB copyright 1991) but it didn't exactly fit the theme of this fun card to suggest that Hoppy should be fricasseed.

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For the front of the card I used the stitched Lorna label decorator die plus a couple more clouds. I snipped out a leg from the Hoppy detail and shadow layers to hold the label. The ribbon is Creative Impressions' Crepe ribbon.

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The back wall will give you your first glimpse of a *BRAND NEW* Karen Burniston embossing folder that should be available from Elizabeth Craft Designs soon. It's a layered clouds folder, just perfect for filling in the sky quickly. I brushed ink over the embossed surface to highlight the cloud ridges and then also added clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. The Fly die comes with Hoppy and I attached a few "flying" among the clouds.

Supplies for the Hoppy the Frog Card:

Well I hope you enjoy this technique as much as I do. The Double-Lorna-Extra-Box card is completely generic and can be decorated for any theme. I'd love to see what you come up with! 

For more Spooky September inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team, make sure you head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog!

 


Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

9:30am–1pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.

CLASS #1: HOLIDAY/OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:

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Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:

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For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)

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And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.

CLASS #2: ALL OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:

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Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.

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For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:

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And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!