Pop it Ups Oval Dots Frame Edges in Positive and Negative

Today I'm sharing a quick Oval Accordion card using a fun technique with the Oval Dots Frame Edges.

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The Oval Dots Frame Edges are used in the usual manner on Page 1, cut from green and attached to the white Oval Accordion page. On Page 2, however, I've used a negative frame, cut from white using the Oval Dots Frame Edges as follows: (You can click any photo to make it larger to read the text)

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Isn't that fun? For my project I trimmed away all the outer parts of the negative frame so I just had the inner oval with attached dots and glued that white decorator piece to my teal page.

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For my oval decorations I used Peel-off stickers and a Hello die. All the supplies are linked below.

On Page 1, I used the Oval Roses Peel-off stickers by using a Transfer Sheet to pick up all the black parts of the Rose and adding them to white cardstock where I had already applied Double Sided Adhesive. I used Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter in the "grout" and rubbed it in well. Next I colored in the grout with alcohol markers (I used Copics BG15, BG18 and G24) After coloring I cut out the oval with scissors, layered it on a slightly larger oval from the Oval Accordion set, and glued it on Page 1.

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For Page 2 I started with the largest two oval decorator dies from the Oval Accordion set. The bigger one is a solid and the smaller is a stitched die. I nested them together and cut them from thick white cardstock. I die cut the Hello die from the scraps of glittered white cardstock and from a section of unused (solid black) peel-off sticker material on the rose sheet that was big enough for the die. I colored the glitter with the same colors of alcohol markers and then layered the black Hello over the colored Hello for a shadow look. The Flourish Peel-offs came from the Flowers with Doodles sheet and then I added Glitter dots in all the loops. 

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So what do you think? Pretty fun to use the Oval Dots Edges this way to make two usable frames from one Oval Accordion page.

In other subjects, have you "Liked" my Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page? Every day I link as many new Pop it Ups projects as I can find around the web. Today, for example, I linked EIGHT inspiring projects. It's like having a free idea book, DAILY, in your News Feed. Please "Like" the page and also invite your friends to Like it, too. We're giving away prizes as we reach milestones (getting close to 3,000 LIKES, which equals . . . you guessed it . . . prizes!) Honestly, I feel like the amazing designers from all over the world who share their talents using my dies are in need of a bigger audience and I'd love your help to make that happen! 

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Here are links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies I used to make my Rose Oval Accordion project:


Two Tone Glitter Cards PLUS February Secret Word Giveaway Winner

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I have a new project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a picture tutorial for how to make these cool two-tone glittered Fancy Frame Edges to fit the Fancy Accordion Album. This is a really fun technique that will work with any dies.

Since I still had the supplies out, I thought I would make up a quick Thank You card using the rest of the patterned paper and the two-tone glitter technique on a Butterfly Pivot Card.

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The card itself is A2-sized (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and cut from Basic Grey "Corset" double-sided patterned paper. Since the patterned paper was not as stiff as cardstock, I used a backing strip behind the card, cut from a clear transparency so it would provide invisible support.

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I let the patterned paper do all the work for me as the background of the card. I only added strips of washi tape to the front and interior of the card.

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For the first butterfly I used the solid decorator butterfly, cut from a scrap of red patterned paper, and covered with double-sided adhesive. The masking liner was cut with the butterfly overlay die. Both these decorater dies come included with the Butterfly Pivot Card die set. I used Warm Silk Diamond Microfine Glitter first, then removed the masking liner and used Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter. I also glittered the butterfly body (also included in the set) and glued it over the top.

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 For the second butterfly I again used the largest solid butterfly, cut from red patterned paper and covered with double-sided adhesive as the background. The overlay masks were cut using the small butterfly die that comes in the set. I arranged the masks over the adhesive, used the Basic Black glitter first, and then Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Over dark papers you can see the difference in the two Diamond glitters - the warm has gold tones and the cool has blue tones.

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For a greeting I stamped the Thank You stamp (Stampin' Up!) onto patterned paper and used a decorator die from the Fancy Accordion Album to cut it out.

Here are supply links for the two-tone glitter cards. The picture tutorial for this technique is on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

FEBRUARY DESIGNER CHALLENGE "Secret Word" Giveaway Winner -

Congratulations to Glenda P., who was randomly chosen as the winner of the February Secret Word Giveaway. Members of my Mailing List receive one e-mail a month, normally on Designer Challenge Day, with the secret word to include in their comment on the Designer Challenge Post. This month the secret word was "pivot" and the prize will be a Pivot Card Die Prize Pack chosen by Glenda. Here are her choices:

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Butterfly Pivot Prize Pack - #767 & #773
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Heart Pivot Prize Pack = #775 & #782
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Katie Label Pivot Card Prize Pack - #768 & #782

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Glenda P. I am in love with all of your pivot and accordion card dies. They are so clever and so well received by recipients of one of these cards. I look forward to seeing each new idea that you present.

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Butterfly Tree Card

So today I have something quite unusual for me . . . a card front only!

Yep, I made a good old fashioned regular card.

I jot notes all the time. It would be great if they were all tidy in a notebook, but the truth is that they end up on little scraps of paper that end up in the junky heap or thrown on the floor, etc. (I'm not neat, you see.) Anyway, I came across a couple of those notes and decided to combine them. One said "Butterflies in the tree. Rainbow colors?" and the other said "Tree as a hole"

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Now with such an excellent game plan this should have been a very quick card, but not so much.

The background cardstock is the last little bit of a coated wood cardstock that I picked up in the U.K. years ago. It was by Inspire Me Papers, but I don't see this particular cardstock on their website.

Anyway, I die cut the All Seasons tree from a 4" x 5.25" piece of the wood cardstock, added foam tape behind the piece, mounted it on a dark brown A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" folded) where I had already added a border of yellow patterned washi tape and figured it was time for rainbow butterflies.

Except I just kept staring at that monotone wood-colored background and feeling like it "needed something".

It ended up getting a whole lot of somethings.

  1. Oh I know! How about I whitewash the wood with a white paint dauber? I'll do it all streaky-like, so the original wood color comes through.
  2. Huh. This cardstock is coated. I forgot. The paint really IS streaky - almost beady. Not sure I like this.
  3. Oh say! Where's that giant woodgrain stamp from Hero Arts? I'll stamp it over the white paint and it will add woodgrain to the background. Brilliant idea! The cardstock is coated, so I'd better use Staz-on ink so it will show up.
  4. Wow, Staz-on black ink is really dark.
  5. I wonder what would happen, since this is coated cardstock, if I took strips of removable Scotch tape and pressed them over the background and then ripped them off, eyebrow-waxing-style?
  6. Hey, this is kind of cool!

I do like the background, although it is teetering on the edge of being too busy for this particular card. However, I was determined to complete my original idea so I could throw away the notes. 

The tiny Butterfly die comes in the Butterfly Pivot Card die set. The grass comes from the Garden Bench die.  Links to all my supplies are at the end of this post.

I die cut the grass several times from two colors of green and then layered them at the bottom of the card. Next I stamped the "Find your Happy" stamp on white cardstock, added stripes with the same Copic markers I had picked out for the butterflies, and then cut out the greeting close to the words and glued it over the grassy area.

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I lined the edges of the card with Glitter Border Peel-off Stickers.

For the butterflies, I first applied Elizabeth Craft Designs double-sided adhesive to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut fourteen small butterflies - enough to do each rainbow color twice. I applied Warm Diamond Silk Microfine glitter to each one, pressed the glitter into the adhesive really well with my fingers, and then applied a spot of bold Copic color to the center of each butterfly. I used the Copic Blender pen to disperse the spot of color out to the wings. 

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If you'd like to make your own rainbow Butterfly Tree card, with or without happy accident distressed wood background, here are the links to the supplies I used:

One last thing for Facebook users. If you have not already "liked" my Facebook Page, I hope you will take a second to do so. Every day I link several amazing card ideas from my Designer Challenge Team and other folks around the web using my dies. It's a great source of inspiration.

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Pivot Cards

It's a new year, a new die collection and a new home for the Designer Challenges! The February Challenge is posted on the *NEW* Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

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This month the Designer Challenge Team (plus one Guest Designer) have knocked it out of the park with amazing creations using the three Pop it Ups Pivot Card dies, available NOW at an independent retailer near you. Ask your local store to order them if they haven't already. 

Each month I will also participate in the Designer Challenge with a new project and a video tutorial. You can see my project and technique in this video. (If you watch to the end you'll meet Katie!)

 

The technique in the video is how to fold your paper first to allow the Katie Label Pivot Card to become taller for larger decorations. Plus, the fold technique allows larger cards (this one is a 5" x 7" card - A7) to fit through a standard die cutting machine.

When closed, the Heart Mosaic on pivot page 1 is visible on the front of the card. I used scraps of the Shutters patterned paper to add strips around the card front. 

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Here's a close-up of the Heart Mosaic element. 

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The stamp set I used for this card is from Ali Edwards for Technique Tuesday and is linked in the Supply section.

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To carry the Shimmer Sheetz heart motif through the card I used one inlaid into the blank label where I can write a personal greeting.

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The card was made from a single sheet of patterned paper, so I decided to reinforce it with two backing strips of the same paper.

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I love having the option to make the Katie Label taller when I need space for larger embellishments or photos. All it takes is a little creative "fold-hiding" and you've basically got two dies for the price of one!

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Here are some shopping links for the supplies used on this card. Definitely check with your local retailer first, however. It's so nice to shop locally when we can and Elizabeth Craft Designs caters to the independent retailers.

 If you head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog you'll see all the amazing creations by the Designer Challenge Team plus this alternate card from me with the Doublehigh Katie Label technique:

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I love Designer Challenge weeks! So much inspiration. 

The March Challenge will be posted on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog on March 12, 2014 and the theme is Spring cards. The team can use ANY of the Pop it Ups dies to create their project, so I expect lots of fun inspiration (and I'm sure the very popular Garden Bench die will make an appearance or two!)

One last thing for Facebook Users - head on over to my Facebook Page: Karen Burniston Designer for a chance to win a Pivot Card prize pack.

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Pop it Ups Clear Oval Accordion Birthday with Little Cuties

I had fun with some brand new Peel-off stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Little Cuties 1, designed by Judi Kauffman. The larger ballerina fits just perfectly on the Oval Accordion Album.

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To make this card I first cut three Oval Accordion pages from a clear material, nesting in the Oval Stitching die (that comes in the set) so each page would also have stitch lines on the transparency. I used Write-on Transparencies from the office supply store, because they are a little sturdier and a little less expensive than printer transparencies. I used red liner tacky tape to attach the outer pages together, knowing that the flourish edgers would mask the tape.

Next I ran some dark pink patterned paper (old Crate Paper 6x6 Christmas stack from my stash, actually) through a Xyron machine before I die cut all the Oval Flourish Edge pieces so they would be stickers.

Then, before adding the Flourish Edges to the front of the album, I pounced them with clear watermark ink and embossed with clear powder so they would be raised and shiny, which I thought would go well with the raised shiny lines on the Peel-offs.

After applying all my embossed Edge pieces to the album, I had a brainstorm that I could run it through the Big Shot to mash down all the stickers so they would be well-applied.

It worked.

But it also squished out the clear embossing beyond the edges of the flourishes. I decided I liked this effect, so yay for happy accidents!

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I used the Oval Accordion die again, this time with the largest Oval die nested inside, to cut some pink oval frames to go behind each page.

To make the Peel-off embellishments I first applied Elizabeth Craft Designs double-sided adhesive to white cardstock. I peeled up the liner from the top of the adhesive. I then used the ECD fine point tweezers to pick up the various Little Cuties Peel-off stickers and arranged them, sticky-side-up, on the adhesive liner that I had just peeled up off the adhesive. I learned how to do this from my friend Debra, who is an expert with ECD products and worse than me with keeping her blog up to date! (Heh) Anyway, now you have all these sticky-side-up stickers that you know will fit on the adhesived-cardstock because you're using the liner to hold them. Press the adhesived-cardstock down over the liner and it will transfer the stickers onto the adhesive and they will be perfect - no bubbles, no overlaps, and none of your fingerprints in the adhesive.

Next I dumped Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the adhesive and polished it in with my fingers. This will make the most amazing glitter surface which can then be colored with alcohol markers. (I used Copics) 

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I colored the extra held Heart and cut around the ballerina's hand to raise the hand over the extra heart, which I attached with pop dots. Summer Hills-Painter recently shared with the Designer Challenge team how she colors clear ECD glitter dots to match her project and I loved that idea! I colored mine with a red Copic marker to match the heart.

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I fussy cut all my Peel-off images using ECD detail scissors and then brushed a dark Copic marker on the white edges around each piece to disguise any uneven cutting. I created little heart flowers by combining stickers and then used the decorator Oval dies to create backdrops for them.

Once the pages were decorated I attached the oval pages to complete the assembly of my album by using small glue dots on the small tabs and then, because the pages were transparent and the glue dots were visible, I punched through the glue dots with a Crop-a-Dile and set an eyelet through each tab. I added a companion eyelet on the opposite page for symmetry and then wove twine through each eyelet set and tied on a Peel-off tag embellishment. I added pretty silver beads to the ends of the twine and held them on with crimp beads below the round beads.

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 All of the oval decorator dies, including this one with the built-in stitch detail, are included with the Oval Accordion Pop it Ups die. For this card, I added Happy Birthday Peel-off stickers, although it would also make a pretty Valentine, Thinking of You, Mothers Day or Thank you card.

There is a video tutorial for assembly of the Accordion Albums here: Intro to ECD Accordion Albums

Because my album is transparent, I was a little worried about how the back of Little Cutie would look when the album was closed, but I rather liked seeing just the white silhouette in the background, so I left it. I did add more pink Flourish Edges to the back of the album, lining them up with the ones on the front, which was easy to do because the pages are transparent.

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Thanks to the super talented Judi Kauffman for designing such fun Peel-off stickers! I love these Little Cuties!

If you haven't tried Peel-off stickers you should. They are very affordable, at $2.10 per sheet. You can use both the outline (positive space) sticker and the remaining inner pieces (negative space) by picking them up with Elizabeth Craft Designs' Transfer Sheet. (Watch a video on that here: How to use Transfer Sheets) Here is a link to purchase transfer sheets: Transfer Sheets.

Here's a visual of how many of the Peel-offs that I used on this project. I can repeat this project three more times and then make another version with the interior pieces and make four more! 

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If you're interested in any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used, here are some shopping links:


Scrapbooking.com - Studio Els February 2014 - Chalkboard Heart Pivot Card

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 How fun to be asked to contribute a card tutorial for the Studio Els article this month for Scrapbooking.com! You will find a full supply list and step-by-step instructions for this card, plus another great tutorial by Els for an easel card using her *NEW* Heart w/Wings and Stand-up Helper dies here: Studio Els Dept. - Have a Heart

 Here are the ECD products used on this card:


Pop it Ups Card Class - Scrapp'n Savvy, February

This Saturday, February 1, 2014 I'll be teaching a Pop it Ups class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. There are three sessions and I believe there may be a few seats left, but I'm not sure in which session. Call the store if you're in the Houston area and want to join the fun.

The class will consist of the three cards from my CHA class (which are also the cards featured on the packaging for those particular dies) and then a fourth card using the Garden Bench, All Seasons Tree and Agatha Edges.

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Please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors (you may also want some detail scissors for fussy cutting)
  • Tape Runner
  • Strong red-liner or Scor tape (1/4" width is great)
  • Mini glue dots
  • Pop dots
  • Fine Line Glue pen (you're going to want this for the flourishes and tree branches)
  • Sanding tool (for the front of the Garden Bench card)
  • Paper piercer
  • Tiny Attacher stapler (optional, but I like to staple the small tabs on the Accordion Album)
  • Tweezers (optional, but helpful for working with Peel-offs)

All of the coloring will be assigned as homework, but if you want to attempt it in class, I used Copic markers in blues (Lots of Pops card), pinks (Heart Pivot Card) and teal/tan (Circle Accordion)

Reminder: Dillon's Eagle Scout project is to collect new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals (suitable for children). If you can help him out by donating one, please bring it. 

Thanks, and see you there!


2014 CKC class - Cool Closures 3 for Dollarscrapbooking.net

For the last few years I've been helping my friend Kristi Coy of Dollarscrapbooking.net with convention class designs. Kristi teaches the classes at nearly every CKC, so check the schedule at the end of this post to see when she'll be in your area.

For 2014 Kristi commissioned a third Cool Closures class, after the previous two years' Cool Closures classes were sell-outs. We decided to make this year's album a Christmas theme. This will make a great keepsake album or gift album and you'll end up with a ton of leftover paper and die cuts, making it easily expandable with more pages. I love the idea of having a mini-album all ready for Christmas when December rolls around. 

Kristi asked me to do a little video preview of the class so you can see how the three closures work:

 

In this class you'll be mixing some fun shaped chipboard pages with rectangular chipboard pages to make an album with a mixture of 5" x 8" and 6" x 8" pages. The first closure is on the front of the album, where hidden magnets hold a decorative metal buckle in place. 

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The second closure is an elastic bead closure with a snowflake stopper. The bead keeps the elastic cording from getting lost behind the stopper and makes it easy to release this closure. 

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Behind each closure is a ton of extra space for filling with photos and journaling. You'll have a lot of leftover die cuts for embellishing, too.

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The final closure I lovingly refer to as the "Pac Man Closure" - a notch is cut from a spinning circle that will line up with the decorative edge to allow the page to open. Spin Pac Man's mouth away from the page and the circle will trap the page closed.

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 Once again there is a ton of space for photos and journaling behind the closure.

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 Here is a shot of the back of the album:

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Kristi always puts together impressive kits by purchasing in large quantities enough for a year's worth of classes. This kit includes a lot of leftover paper and die cuts - certainly enough to expand your album with more pages if you choose. 

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Here are the CKC's where Kristi will be teaching Cool Closures 3. The first several have registration open already, so visit the CK Scrapbook Events website to register. 

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When you register for the class the description will tell you to bring these supplies to class:

Supplies to bring to class: Trimmer, Scissors, Dry Adhesives (tape runner and strong double-sided tacky or score tape), Wet Adhesive (fine line glue pen), Mini glue dots, Pop dots, Paper Piercer, Scoring tool and straight edge

The "what to bring" list is due before the classes are designed so I always guess what I think you'll need. That's a pretty good list, but I have some additional suggested supplies to bring. Please also bring a Crop-a-Dile, stapler & staples and a Craft Knife w/Cutting Mat to class. I used a tape runner for adding papers to my album, but a lot of students prefer using a strong glue stick (Uhu is great) and a brayer. Also, if you like the look of inked edges you can bring a red ink pad, but inking can also be done at home. This class is only an hour long, so the class time will be spent on assembling the album and the pace is going to be brisk, but manageable.

Kristi is a fabulous instructor, very organized, and I know you'll have a great time in this class. Hope you can make it!


Pop it Ups Expanding Heart Pivot Card Tutorial

In lousy news, I've been home a full week from CHA and still am not completely well. I seem to be in a state of constant coughing, making videos completely impossible. We're going to blame the illness for why I can't shoot vidoes, not the chaos on every surface of my office 'mmmkay?

Today I'm kicking it old school with a good old fashioned picture tutorial using my brand new Pop it Ups dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I'll teach a fun technique for making expanding hearts on the Pivot Card.

When the card is closed, so are all the expanding hearts. You can use the Pivot Card dies on any size/shape card, so for my card today, I started with a 4.5" tall by 6" long card. I used the Agatha Edges to cut the front of the card down to around 5" long, giving a layered look to the outside edges.

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 Open the card and both sides of the Pivot Card will turn into expanding hearts.

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Need a closer look? The expanding hearts are nifty - they appear to be floating through the use of transparency pieces between the expanding hearts and the slightly-larger heart-shaped opening I cut into both sides of the Pivot Card. The pretty double-sided patterned papers (Crate Paper's Fourteen collection, from my stash) did all the work for me. I added Glitter Dots to the hearts in the paper for some extra sparkle and also a silver key (one of the dies included with the Heart Pivot Card) embellishment.

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Here's a top view of the card:

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And a close-up of the heart padlock embellishment I made by combining decorator oval dies from the Oval Accordion Album die to make a handle for the embossed heart from the Heart Pivot Card die. (I also die cut the keyhole through the heart, also included with the Heart Pivot Card die)

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If you'd like to make a card like this, start by cutting a 4.5" x 12" horizontal strip of a sturdy double-sided paper. Score for folding and then line up the Heart Pivot Card die over the fold. (Watch a video on how to use the Pivot Cards here: Pop it Ups Pivot Cards) Nest the largest heart decorator die into one half of the Pivot Card die before rolling through the machine. After die cutting the Pivot Card, remove the pop-up die and then move the heart die to the other side and roll through again.

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Next, fold the Pivot Card in the usual fashion, with the card folding in one direction and the Hearts pivoting in the other direction. Use the Pivot card die again on a piece of clear transparency and use scissors to cut out sections of the transparency corresponding to each heart half, leaving a gap between the pieces.

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Use a glue that dries clear to attach the transparency pieces to the back of the pivoting hearts. There should be an open gap between the transparency pieces in the center of each heart.

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Now it's time to make the expanding hearts. You'll need 4 of the second-largest decorator heart for each side (8 hearts total) and a craft knife and mat. Here are the instructions:

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Here is a close-up of the cuts for each heart. (Shown in step #6 above)

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After making two expanding hearts, add adhesive to the back of Heart #1 only. Gather the backs of Hearts #2, #3, and #4 so you can thread them through the gap between the transparency. Stick Heart #1 to the transparency, centering it with a little "air" showing all the way around.

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Voila! If you want to use the Agatha Edges on the ends of your card, you would want to do that before adding the expanding hearts, so the card can still be sent through a die cutting machine easily. Everything else is just decorating to your liking.

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The card collapses nicely (although you may have to give the backs of the hearts a little "help" if they get caught up in one another as you try to close it) and can be mailed for a single stamp in an A6 or A7 envelope.

Want to make your own Expanding Heart Pivot Card? Check with your local store for these items or use the shopping links below if you have no local store:


Pop it Ups Winter Garden Bench Card with Floating Floor

I'm back from CHA and unfortunately have been sick, which is why you didn't see a nice blog recap post from me with the two photos I took while at CHA. (OK, I took more than two photos, but barely - we were so busy!)

Today I felt a little better so I decided to make a card. I'd been wanting to style the Garden Bench in a winter theme to use the little snow bank that comes with it and the All Seasons Tree with the included snowflake. Here's what I came up with:

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I added a Floating Floor to the base of the card to allow for the little Penguin stamp to pop-up as well. If you're already familiar with how a Floating Floor works, then here's a template to use with the Garden Bench. If not, you'll have to wait until I have a chance to make a video. (Sorry . . . cough. . . cough. . . wheeze . . . cough)

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I didn't give you any side edges to the template so you can make it match the width of whatever card you're using. With Pop it Ups dies YOU choose the card size and YOU choose the pop-up placement, so when using this template, cut your Floating Floor piece wider than your card, cut out the leg slots, slide the floor onto the card, mark the edges of your card, and trim away the excess.

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The above photo will show how the Floor attaches to the card - use a strong adhesive on the fold-down tabs and glue them to the back wall and the two bench legs. Make sure you've cut slots in the floor for any pop-ups before adhering the floor to the card. Use "L" supports through the slots. I used the Slot die from the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die to cut a perfect slot for my penguin.

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I was able to bring home the one and only set of my new Embossing Folders from the show. There are four folders and they are in transit expected to hit the warehouse by the end of the month. This is #KB102 Trendy Tiles 1. I used it for the backing card as it looks good both embossed and debossed. For the front of the card I kept it simple, with just a Lucy Label (slot dies used again to make a ribbon slide) and a few snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die, plus a colored and fussy-cut stamped image by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

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Inside the card are more Stacey Yacula images, including the penguin, fox and bird. I attached the fox's tail to the bench. Warm Winter Wishes is computer-generated and then cut out with a Lucy Label. The snow bank that comes with the Garden Bench was used along the front of the floor and along the back wall.

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I went stash diving to style the bench and the tree. On the white bench I rubbed in some metallic rub-ons with my finger to make it pewter. Then I dumped some dimensional embossing powder over the bench and heat set it. For additional texture I used a Marvy Snow Pen, which you let dry and then heat to make it puff up. I cut two trees - one from corrugated cardboard and one from real wood. Both were stained brown and then embellished with the Snow Pen. I tucked my stamped bird on a branch and added snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree (embellished with glitter dots) throughout the scene.

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