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VIDEO TUTORIAL: Snowman Pop-up Card

Hello you crafty crafters!

Earlier this week I posted a fun pop-up snowman card made by combining pieces from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set and the Snowman Twist Circle die set. There have been some really great Katherine/Circle combinations from the Design Team recently that inspired me to come up with this idea.

I promised a full video tutorial for the technique and here it is. 

The card is a square 5" x 5" and can be mailed in an A7 envelope for a single stamp. The patterned paper is a very old Bazzill design from my stash. The lace washi tape is also something that I've had for a while from Stampin' Up!

The fun of this card is the window that lets you look at a top view of the snowman, stacked up.


Open the card and the Katherine Label mechanism lifts up the sections of the snowman to expand him. The snow drifts are made using the Nature Edges die set and the greeting is from Word Set 3 - Holiday


Another fun feature of the card is the twig arm being attached to the mechanism so that it lifts up and looks like the snowman is waving. He looks quite dapper with his ribbon scarf and rhinestone buttons.


Ready to give this card a try? Here are the supplies used in the video. You can also shop for the dies at your favorite local independent craft stores. 

Paper Pros Challenge - Holiday Cards

Welcome to this month's just for fun no pressure challenge with the Paper Pros. Caz Counsell set the theme this month as Holiday Cards.

Before I share my card, let me take a moment to talk about craft idea inception. I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing crafty ladies who combine and style my dies in clever ways. When I designed the Katherine Label Pop-up I always had a window card in mind. I am a huge fan of pop-up cards where you can see the item in the closed position and then watch it move as the card opens. The Katherine Label lends itself well to that idea because of the way it lifts up. 

The first step in the idea inception for today's card came when Karen Aicken had the brilliant idea to swap out the Katherine label shape for a circle, creating a window card, but round. She made her fabulous Ghost Wreath Card

Karen's card sparked an idea in Fran Sabad, who mentioned how inspired she was by the circle idea and promptly created a delightful Phantom of the Opera Card with a rising chandelier.

Fran's card inspired Shelly Hickox, who immediately envisioned a circle window card with a rising moon and then came up with a clever idea to attach clear strips to the mechanism so that, as the moon rises in her G-G-G-Ghost Card, the ghosts (attached to the strips) rise up from the graveyard. 

Which brings me to today's card, which is a combination of all the clever circle-Katherine ideas before me. My idea was to create the stacked snowman from the Snowman Twist Circle and then use the Katherine mechanism to make the snowman expand as the card opens.


The card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position. The patterned paper was sitting on a big untidy pile of random older papers on the floor and happened to be on top of the pile. I thought the little asterisks on the side reminded me of snowflakes, so I chopped the paper into three 4.75" squares and got to work. (Echo Park "Scoot" collection, paper name Helicopter #SC41010, from 2013)

I used the Nature Edges to add drifts of snow to the bottom of the paper squares, stopping the snow when it reached the borders. The two largest circles in the Twist Circle were nested together to create a thin ring to surround the opening, made with the second-largest circle. I added a piece of transparency between the paper and the card to act as a window pane.


As the card opens, the Katherine Label mechanism rises up. The head of the snowman is attached to the top of the mechanism and the middle circle is suspended halfway through (and yes, I know I need to do a video on this technique, so stay tuned!) and the large stitched circle is attached underneath the mechanism. 


It's not easy to see in this photo, but the snowman's arm is attached to the mechanism so it rises up like he's waving. A ribbon scarf and some glitter snowflakes complete the scene.

The greeting is two layers stacked for dimension from Word Set 3 - Holiday.

Make sure you check out the other cards by the Paper Pros:

Caz Counsell
Karen Aicken
Raquel Mason
Frances Byrne
Fran Sabad

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

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 02 - Halloween Easel Card

Happy October!

For our Designer Challenge this month we are making Halloween Cards and you'll be very impressed with the cards from the team. Since I made a rather elaborate Halloween card last month for the Signature Style challenge, I wanted to teach a more simple card this month. 

Watch the video to learn how to make an easel card using the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements die set as an easel stop.

Here are a couple of photos of the finished card.


The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when closed and mails easily in an A2 envelope. I decorated my envelope with the same dies as used on the card.


I found the patterned paper in my stash - it's a Moxxie paper called "Midnight Dreary" from many years ago. Any patterned paper will work for this design, or it could be made with solid cardstocks or inked backgrounds.

Here are the supplies used for this card:


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Get ready for some fun and spooky inspiration by the design team. Click on each team member's name to go to her blog and see more photos and supply lists.

Shelly Hickox has step-by-step instructions on her blog for how she made the amazing elements in this Katherine Label window card with a custom background and fun flying ghosts.

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Kelly Booth created this delightfully wicked haunted house scene and I love all the boo-tiful details!

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Karen Aicken went all out for this fabulous Katherine Label window card with a round window made into a ghost wreath! How clever! 


Helen Cryer doesn't normally make Halloween cards but you wouldn't know it by seeing this fabulous Charm Accordion. I love how Helen combines patterns. 


Summer Hills-Painter created a Katherine Label window card and decorated it fabulously for Halloween. As the label lifts, the ghosts fly and the graveyard is revealed. Love it!

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Fran Sabad filled a flower pot with ghosts and it's fabulous! She incorporated the iron fence from the House & Fence die to the scene. Fabulous!

FS_KB-Flower-Pot-01-openFrances Byrne created a delightful scene on her Halloween Charm Accordion. I love how she incorporated the "to you" die from Word Set 3 to create a "Boo! to you!" greeting. Clever!


Well I hope you feel inspired to make a few Halloween cards this year. Join us back here on November 8, 2017 for our next Designer Challenge, called "Gingerbread" - the team will be incorporating gingerbread elements into their projects. What fun!

Happy Crafting,

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EDITED TO ADD: Whoops! I completely forgot to include the information about last month's Secret Word Giveaway winner. Congratulations to Marty F. whose comment was chosen by random draw to win the Christmas Tree and Tree Pop-up die sets. 

Amazing samples from the Design Team and so fun to see everyone's personal style. Love the tree pop-up and how you can make more than one style of tree with it! So glad to see you with these talented ladies again :-)
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