Paper Pros Challenge - Spring!

Hello, long lost friends! 

It's time for another Paper Pros Challenge and the theme this month was set by Karen Aicken, who challenged us to make a card celebrating Spring, using  blooms and/or butterflies.

I decided to get a jump on Mother's Day with a Butterfly Double Pivot Card for my Mom.

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This technique is simple, and you can watch three different videos on how to do it on this post: Double Pivot Cards. The videos will show how to create the accordion card first, then die cut each half. For my card, I was using a thick cardstock so I decided to die cut each card separately and then join them together. I'll explain how I did it.

First, I cut an 8.5" x 11" piece of pink cardstock in half, making two 5.5" x 8.5" strips. On each strip I scored at 4" and then at 7.5", creating a card with a 4" panel, a 3.5" panel, and a leftover 1" strip (the tab). I arranged the strips so one had a right-facing tab and one had a left-facing tab and then added 3" x 4.5" pieces of patterned paper (SEI Vanilla Sunshine) to each panel, using a temporary removable tape. I die cut the Butterfly Pivot Card into each card, making sure I measured the distance from the die to the top of the card so I could duplicate it for the other side. After die cutting I removed the patterned paper rectangles and snipped out the butterflies from the patterned paper. This left me with two pieces from each rectangle - one to fit above the butterfly and one to fit below the butterfly. I glued the patterned paper pieces onto the cards, creating the patterned background.

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To join the two Pivot Cards I first trimmed off the side panel from one of the cards (either one - doesn't matter) and then used the other card's tab to join the two, trimming the tab as necessary to avoid the butterfly area. To join the pivoting butterflies themselves, each one had a small tip of the wing that had crossed the fold, so it was just a matter of choosing one to be the tab and trimming the other one away. Here's a view of the back of the card, showing the connections.

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The Butterfly Pivot Card comes with decorator butterfly dies, so I used those with the leftover patterned paper and a piece of glitter paper from my stash to decorate the card. I incorporated a few smaller butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set, which perfectly coordinates.

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A Double Pivot Card is impressive, but easy. (My favorite combination!) For the front of the card I kept it very simple with just a couple of strips of patterned paper and a ribbon.

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Remember that Pop it Ups dies are only available in 2017 or until they're gone, whichever comes first, and while I am not ruling out the option of a re-release on certain styles, I can pretty well say for certain that the Butterfly Pivot Card will not be one of those re-released styles. So I guess I'm saying . . .  get it if you want it! I'll include some Amazon links below, or you can always find great deals on my dies at It's Cheaper than Therapy.

Want to check out the other great cards by the Paper Pros? Remember this is a no-stress, no-committment challenge, so not everyone participates. The links to the other Paper Pros blogs are in the sidebar at the left. 

Happy Crafting!

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VIDEO - Love & Hearts Flower Pot Pop Stand (Giveaway!)

Happy Monday!

I mentioned on Social Media that I recently achieved a goal of 25,000 YouTube subscribers! Whoo hoo! Thanks, all. At the end of this post are details about a Giveaway.

To celebrate, here's a new video tutorial for combining the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set plus the Heart Pivot Card decorator dies to make a pop-up heart-filled flower pot with extra pop-up hearts attached to the front of the flower pot.

The patterned papers I used are older designs from My Mind's Eye from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, but any patterned papers could be used in this design. The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 (5x7) envelope. The front decoration features an embossed border strip (Stampin' Up! embossing folder), two hearts from the Heart Pivot Card set with vines from the Flower Pot Pop Stand set, and a metal key from my stash.

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As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.

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Once open, the pop-up sculpture is revealed, including extra heart pop-ups built on the front of the pot so they, too, will pop-up. The "love" is an older script die (Stampin' Up!) from my stash.

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The video shows a technique for cutting notches in the small hearts to be able to make the interlocking hearts to go in the flower pot. 

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This side view shows the "feet" that I added to the back of the large decorator hearts to turn them into pop-up hearts for the front of the flower pot. This technique is explained in the video. 

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This card would be suitable for many occasions, including Valentines Day, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Birthday, Thanks, Love and Thinking of You. 

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a random drawing to win the two dies featured in the video - Flower Pot Pop Stand and Heart Pivot Card. Leave your comment by the end of the week, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and dies will be sent out as soon as we can connect by e-mail to get your mailing address. 

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Christmas Version - Twist Circle Panel Card with Evergreen Pivots

This month I've been revisiting some of my favorite technique videos and making Christmas versions of the cards. Today's share is an amped-up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card where I added two Evergreen Pivot Card cuts into the panels, giving it an extra layer of interactivity.

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This card is a top-fold A2 (4.25" x 5.5") but because of the bulk, it will need a larger envelope and extra postage. I kept the front very simple, with a stamped layered label set (Labels & circles), ribbon and some evergreen trees (Evergreen Pivot Card). 

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As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift up. I made sure that my ribbon bow was high enough that the twisting labels will not hit it.

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Once the card is opened fully, the panels will expand and the trees pop-up, creating a fun zigzagging double pop-up. 

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To create the burlap/glittered trees, I first added double-sided adhesive to a piece of cardstock and then pressed a piece of burlap into the adhesive. I die cut the decorator trees using the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to make sure it would cut the burlap and cardstock completely. After die cutting I poured glitter through the burlap to stick to the leftover adhesive. I alternated between two colors of glitter (Imperial Garnet and Light Brass) to give the line of trees some variety. The Evergreen Pivot Card includes a die to cut stars for the tops of the trees.

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The patterned paper I used is a very old piece of Lily Bee Design paper (Jingle egg nog) from my stash. I used the smaller snowflake die from the Holiday Charms set to die cut the maroon snowflakes from the leftover patterned paper and sprinkled snowflakes throughout the card. The Merry Christmas stamp is also an older design (Stampendous) from my stash. I stamped and embossed it onto maroon cardstock and then cut it into a tag shape.

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From the side you can really see the layers of dimension to this card. The outer two panels are connected to the arms of the Twist Circle Panel Card in the usual manner. The label on the base of the card is inlaid so make sure it is not a catch point. I embossed the "Dec 25" stamp and left room to sign the card with a white gel pen.

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For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:

  • Backing Card: 4.25" x 11", scored for folding at 5.5" (making an A2 top fold card)
  • Inner Card: 4" x 10.75", scored for folding at 5 3/8" (center)
  • Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
  • Interior Pop-up Panels: 10" x 3", scored at 2.75", 5" and 7.25" to make four panels (outer two panels are 2.75" wide and inner two panels are 2.25" wide) with corners rounded with 1/2" radius

Here are some step-by-step photos for how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card die into the panels. 

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Step 1: After scoring to make the 4-panel strip, line up the Evergreen Pivot Card alignment nubs on the right-most fold line, using temporary adhesive to hold the small trees in place. Fold the other three panels underneath as shown above. Roll through a die cutting machine to die cut the small trees through two panels.

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Step 2: Open the panel set up and move the die to the left-most fold, taping down the small trees so they don't shift. Fold under the left-most panel and pull the small tree that is already die-cut over the top of the die so it won't be cut again. Roll through the machine.

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Step 3: Turn the panel set over so you're working on the back of the piece. Use clear tape to join the small trees in the center. Add cardstock panels to the outside edges. The panels should measure 1.25" wide by 3" tall.

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Step 4: Turn the panels back to the front again. Start working the folds between the trees to create the pop-ups as shown. You'll have to create your own fold between the two outermost trees. This can be scored if you prefer, but I just used my fingers to create the folds.

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Step 5: Turn the panels to the back again. Cut four cardstock strips, each measuring 1.5" x 3" and add them to the back of the panels. Make sure the adhesive is added to the panels so you can avoid the tree areas with adhesive.

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Step 6: Decorate the panels as desired. I used washi tape (stash item) across the top and bottom edges of my panels and then rounded the corners with a 1/2" corner rounder. To add the small burlap trees in the very center, the interior side of each tree had to be trimmed so it wouldn't cross the fold. 

Once I had my panel set completely decorated, I followed the video instructions for creating the base of the card (Twist Circle) and adding the panels. I reinforced all of my arms with patterned paper (this is shown in the video).


Ready to give this amped up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card a try? Here are the items from my Christmas Version that I was able to source. 


Twin Boys Cowboy Pivot Card

I'll be back to my "Christmas Version" series tomorrow, but I needed to change gears to make a card for my friend Rebecca's baby shower yesterday. She's expecting twin boys and went with a cowboy theme for the shower.

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I went stash diving to find some papers that matched the cowboy theme - a red paisley, red dot and blue gingham. I also found some ribbon that looked like denim and some cowboy boot charms. The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when folded, making it fit nicely in an A2 envelope.

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The interactive die is the Katie Label Pivot Card and I cut one of the smaller decorator labels out of the center of the left label to be able to dangle the Props 6 cowboy hats in the opening. As the card is opened the label starts to pivot.

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I computer-generated a greeting and cut it out with the decorator labels that come included with the set. I used twine to create a lasso.

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This is a simple card design that uses just two dies. It could be easily adapted for a single baby/child by dangling one cowboy hat in the opening instead of two. 

Here's what you'll need to make it:


Christmas Version - Mixed Double Pivot Card

Happy Wednesday!

For today's Christmas version I'm once again taking on a video of a Christmas card, so we'll call it "Another Christmas Version". 

For the November 2014 Designer Challenge: Red, White or Blue I was quite the over-achiever and made three videos. The technique I taught was how to double a Pivot Card die, creating a card that has the effect of an Accordion but made with a Pivot Card. I created a red version with the Heart Pivot, a blue version with the Katie Label Pivot, and a white version (the most popular) with the Evergreen Pivot Card. 

For my redo, I wanted to try this technique with two different pivot card dies to create a mixed double pivot outdoorsy holidayscape. (Say that five times fast!)

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Once again I followed the video instructions, cutting a 5.5" x 12" strip and scoring it in the center and then 2.5" from the center fold in both directions. I wallpapered the panels with a piece of pretty foil paper I had in my stash. Then, instead of folding the card in half and cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card through both halves, I kept the card open flat and used the House Pivot Card on the left fold, placing the die on the front of the card, and then used the Evergreen Pivot Card on the right fold, placing the die on the back of the card. (I did this so I'd have the larger tree toward the outside and the smaller trees by the fence.)

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When die cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card, part of the small tree was hanging over the fold so I made sure to tuck it under the fence before rolling it through the machine, so it would not clip off the end of the fence. After die cutting I trimmed that overhang part of the small tree so I'd have a smooth edge of the tree lining up with the center fold. I cut two small strips of cardstock to hinge the fence to the tree on the back of the card.

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Next it was time to decorate. My dies include the decorator pieces, but for the House I wanted to switch to the Holiday House, which is a separate decorator die that will fit on the House Pivot Card as an option. You can also mix and match the pieces in both sets, giving more window, door and roofline combinations. For my house I used the brick house for the background (House Pivot Card) and then used that same die to emboss bricks on the small house (Holiday House) and then assembled as shown. I embossed the scalloped rooflines with a chunky white embossing powder. The greetings come from a Darkroom Door set and I used the Labels & Circles die to cut out the 25 Dec for the front of the card.

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The card measures 2.75" x 5.5" when closed. When I added the backing strips to the front and the back of the card I made them a little wider than normal to increase the width of the card just a smidge. Those backing strips are 1-5/8" x 5.5" and you can see them in the photo below.

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Once open the entire holidayscape is revealed. The Merry Christmas greeting is from the same stamp set and trimmed into a fishtail banner shape.

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I added pop dots under the fence posts for dimension and then draped the little Holiday House wreath from two of the fence posts.

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For the trees, I found a piece of dark green hemp fabric in my stash and used spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of cardstock for stability. I die cut two of each decorator tree from the hemp fabric. For one of each tree, I pounced Versamark ink over the fabric and then dumped the chunky embossing powder over it. Because of the ridges of the fabric, a lot of the powder blew away as I heated it, giving the splotchy snow look. I layered a snow tree over a green tree, slightly offset, and then added the red present bow (Evergreen Pivot Card) to the top of each tree.

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Learn how to make a Double Evergreen Pivot Card by watching this video:

Here are the items used on my Mixed Pivot Card:


June 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Summer!

Welcome to this month's Designer Challenge! Each month I challenge my talented design team to use Pop it Ups products for a specific theme. This month I issued this challenge:

Summer Lovin'! - Make a project to celebrate Summer - this could be nature, or beach or 4th of July or anything that means "summer" to you.

I think you'll agree that the 20 projects the team made are absolutely spectacular!

For my project and video I wanted to create a technique for altering a die into a new mechanism. Dies are an investment, so customers are always looking for ways to use dies for more than one thing. The Adirondack Chair seemed like the perfect choice for this challenge. It makes an amazing chair, but I wanted to show a different way to use it that would end up looking nothing like a chair. I came up with this horizontal card, which I'm calling a Cascading Tag Card. To make this card you'll need tags and the Tags Pivot Card set includes the perfect size decorator tag to make this card go together quickly. If you prefer to cut the decorator tags by hand, you'll use these dimensions, which are also shown in the video tutorial; Tag is 2" wide by 3.25" tall and the notches for joining should be at 5/8" from the top of the tag.

 

Here are some photos of the finished card. For photos of the Father's Day Version, click HERE.

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The front of the card is a simple lead-in to the magic inside. I'm a fan of repeating colors and themes for the card front, so I used another Rocky the Crab and a cupcake, plus the remaining patterned paper.


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Open the card and both of the Adirondack Chairs expand to cascade the tags through the card. Charms can be hung from the chair arms for another element of interactive fun.

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This top view shows the fun zig-zagging mechanism of this card.

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The video tutorial shows how to make the join in the center of the card. I love that you can un-notch these two tags at any point to be able to flatten the sides and add decorations.

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One of my favorite dies in the entire Pop it Ups collection is the little fork that comes with Props 8. It's adorable! It's also the perfect size to use with the Characters. For the cake slice itself I used colored pens to add sprinkles on top of the cake, then covered the frosting with Glossy Accents and dropped a few pieces of silver confetti into it while it was wet. After it dried I punched a hole and hung the charm from the card using a jump ring.

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The other charm is the Birthday Hat from Props 2. Glitter dots work really well in the openings to add sparkle to the hat. I also used glitter dots on the cupcakes.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold worldwide at independent retailers as well as on The Craft Channel in the UK. For those of you sadly without a local store you can also buy online from the ECD website. 

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The Designer Challenge Team really embraced the Summer Lovin' theme this month and made 20 incredible projects. Now I know that might seem overwhelming, so I've separated the ideas into categories based on what type of card and die they feature. Also, each team member's name is a link to the specific blog post for that card. The links will open in a new window so feel free to click away as you scroll through, opening new windows for the cards you want more details on. Let's dive in!

 FLAT CARDS, SHAKER CARDS & TAGS 

One nice thing about the Pop it Ups collection is how many of the products are accessories that work with or without an interactive card.

Shelly Hickox made this gorgeous summery tag using the Butterfly Pivot Card dies and the Butterfly Accessory dies. Shelly also created a beautiful stenciled background and included a die cut Chicken Wire embossed in silver. 

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Kelly Booth made several cards for the challenge, including this fun shaker card featuring Rocky the Crab, Props 3 and the Flower Stage it Stencil. What fun colors!

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Caz Counsell lives in England and says that her summer, so far, has been full of rain. She made this fun homage to an English Summer using the new Rain Stencil and Jinks the Monkey. Jinks is holding the umbrella charm from the new Baby Charm set.

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Sandy Diller made this beachy tag with so many fun details and layers. I particularly like the way the Beach Edges waves are pointed toward the shore, the hilarious punny greeting, and the pail full of shells. Amazing!

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Kelly Booth's next shaker card is for her daughter's anniversary. I particularly like her combination of two stencils for a custom background and the way she made frosted glittery champagne glasses using the Wedding Charms.

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Kelly Booth also made this shaker card for her granddaughter and I absolutely love the girly colors, including pink glittery Palm Trees with sequin coconuts! Brilliant!

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 ACCORDIONS 

Fran Sabad made this wonderful Father's Day card for her dad. Her parents are celebrating their 60 year anniversary with a cruise, so this is a very fitting theme. Fran used the Ring Accordion and I particularly like her decoration of the outer rings to look like life preservers. 

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Sandy Diller knows that Independence Day is a huge part of Summer in America. This project is so patriotic and fun. She mixed one page of the Star Accordion with three pages of the Fancy Accordion for a Stars/Stripes theme to the pages themselves. Then she alternated the look with the Star Fancy Frame Edges on the outside. This is fabulous!
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There's something about Shelly, am I right? Shelly Hickox has such unique ideas, like this one where she took colorful napkins and fused them to cardstock for a one-of-a-kind Fancy Accordion project. The Just a Note clear stamps provide a handy assist for the greeting. I am smitten!

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 PIVOT CARDS 

Caz Counsell created this scrumptious popsicle card featuring Chilly the Penguin wearing the Props 1 glasses. I love the fun Summery colors and the clever greeting.

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Fran Sabad made this wonderful Butterfly Pivot Card where the butterflies are also shakers! Wow! I also love the background, made using the Blossom Layering Stencil. What a beauty!

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 PULL CARDS 

Frances Byrne used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a beachy scene featuring Rocky the Crab, the Palm Tree and Pail, and Beach Edges. I love her use of a sun to make the pull tab itself. What an amazing card!

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Caz Counsell also used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a Character scene. This wonderful card features Jinks the Monkey wearing a grass skirt, bikini and flower headband. I mean cute!! Love the pink palms, too.

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Karen Aicken loves the Pull Cards and turned to one of her favorites, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, for a base of this fun Summertime card. She embellished the front with the Clock & Gears die, cut in bright colors to match the theme. Sweet!

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 POP-UP CARDS 

Kelly Booth made a shaker card for the front of this project and then embellished inside with the Lucy Label, Rocky the Crab and the Beach Edges. The background features the Swirly Flourish Stencil and Kelly's signature fab color choices!

KB_ShakerPopupFrances Byrne used the generic pop-up die included in the Hot Air Balloon set to create a platform for a Jinks the Monkey ice cream scene. Frances also used the Pull Card Edges to define the areas for her greetings. Fun colors!

FB_KBDCMonkeyIcecream1wmKelly Booth was on fire this month! She made five cards, including this under the seascape using the Lorna Label pop-up, Rocky and the Beach Edges, and a wonderful background with the Petite Flourish Stencil. Amazing!

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 ADIRONDACK CHAIR POP-UP CARDS 

Raquel Mason was so clever with this fun summer scene featuring Jinks the Monkey as both mama and child. Mama Jinks hangs out in her beach chair wearing a very clever bikini made from a bandana die. Son Jinks swims in an innertube made from nested circle/scallop dies. So many amazing details in this one!

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Karen Aicken combined many of her signature looks into one amazing card. For the front she used her handwriting and the Ring Frame Edges as accents. Then inside the card she used a photorealistic backdrop for the Adirondack Chair. Perfection!

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Summer Hills-Painter knows a thing or two about Summer! (See what I did there?) This card is so beautiful I want to step right into it. I love her combination of the Beach Collection into a stunning "Relax" card.

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So how about that?! No shortage of Summer inspiration.

Here's an exciting programming change for Designer Challenges - starting in July we will offer TWO challenges a month! Challenges will be posted here on my blog on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The first Challenge of the month will be a theme that I choose for the team and the second challenge theme for the month will be chosen by a team member. For each challenge the team will make just one card and post it on their own personal blogs on Monday of Challenge Week. This new format will provide the same number of amazingly inspiring cards per month, but spaced out onto two dates instead of all lumped together. Join us for our first July Designer Challenge on Tuesday, July 12th with a theme of UP! The team will post high-flying cards featuring the sky and I will have a new card and video tutorial as well.

Happy Crafting,

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#1 Dad - Father's Day Cascading Tag Card

Happy Father's Day!

This week is our Designer Challenge, with a theme of Summer, and for my video tutorial I'll be teaching how to combine the Adirondack Chair Pop-up with the Tags Pivot Card to make a card I'm calling a Cascading Tag Card. 

I liked the technique so much that I decided to make John's Father's Day Card using the same technique. 

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Since I will be posting a full video tutorial for this card technique on Wednesday, I won't spend a lot of time explaining the mechanics, but here are some photos and descriptions of the decorations.

The card measures 3" x 6" when closed. The outer corners are rounded. For the card front I used my electronic cutting machine to cut the letters and shadow for the "Fatherhood, Est. 1998" title. The paper clip die comes with the Tags Pivot Card.

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You can see all the layers in this partially open photo. Everything folds flat for mailing, but it's a bulky flat because of all the layers.

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Open the card and both Adirondack chairs expand to create a cascading pop-up. The largest decorator tag die from the Tags Pivot Card is the exact perfect size for decorating and linking the two chairs together. Wednesday's video will explain this.

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Another fun feature of this card is the ability to hang charms from the supports. This could be charm dies, or small dies turned into charms or even metal charms, as I used here. The #1 Dad letters and shadows are made with my electronic cutter.

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Tune in Wednesday for a full video tutorial for a summer birthday version of this card. 


Sympathy Card


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I really wish I didn't have to make this card, but one week ago my friend Debra Hensley unexpectedly passed away. 

I first met Debra when I started teaching pop-up classes at Scrapp'n Savvy, in Spring, Texas. Debra was also an instructor there and made the most beautiful cards, often using Elizabeth Craft Designs glitter, peel-offs and her mad, mad Copic skills. Debra came to a lot of my classes as a student and gave me a makeshift beginning Copic class when we were both teaching at an out-of-town retreat in Louisiana.

It was on the Louisiana trip that I first met Curtis, Debra's husband of three decades. The love between those two was undeniable - they were clearly a match made in heaven and my heart breaks for Curtis and their children who must now navigate a life without Debra.

Douglas Allen made this beautiful picture collage for the funeral with photos of Debra's life. 

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Goodbye, my friend.

 


Star Pivot Accordion Birthday Card

One year ago I made a Pivot Accordion Card for the Christmas in July Designer Challenge where I combined the Fancy Accordion with the Evergreen Pivot Card. 

I always liked that technique and figured it was time to use it again, but this time with a different Accordion, a different Pivot Card and a different theme. This is a birthday card for my sister, Julie. One year ago I made her card much more somber, in celebration of her 40th, but this year she gets a nice colorful card. What can I say? I'm nice like that!

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This Pivot Accordion combines the Star Accordion with the Tags Pivot Card. I had been wanting to use a stamp set I purchased a while back hoping it would fit nicely with the Star Accordion and I was right - it's a Stampin' Up! set called Be the Star. (Supply links at the end of the post)

I stamped the large barn star stamp, colored it and then cut it out with the barn star die that comes included with the Star Accordion and has the score lines to create the 3D barn star. After stacking three small pop-dots underneath the center, I glued the edges down and covered it with Crackle Accents.

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The center portion of the Accordion is where I cut the Tags Pivot Card. This one was a little more tricky than the Fancy because there's only one small tab for the Star Accordion and it was cut away in the process of cutting the Tags Pivot Card. So you can see below that I made a makeshift replacement tab near the bottom of the stars. It had to be longer to account for those points of the star normally having a gap between them. To disguise the seam where my makeshift tab is attached, I added a round metal clip on one side to suspend more stamped stars, and a die cut star on the other side.

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The Be the Star stamp set does not include a birthday greeting so I used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps to make the greeting tag for the 4th page. 

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Here is a top view of the album so you can see how it operates. I used a 6x6 paper pack from Simple Stories called "Legacy" for all the frames and tags.

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Learn how to make a Pivot Accordion Card in this video. The blog post for the video card is here: Pivot Accordion Card

 

Here are the specific shopping links for the Star Accordion. 


July 1, 2015: Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Category Breakdown

Happy Wednesday and Happy July! I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups Collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I'll explain it all!

It's a good ol' fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst - want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)

Pivot Cards

Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.

 

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Pivot Card Product Links:

Pivot Card Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pivot Cards
Seamless Pivot Card Backing Cards
Double Heart Pivot Card
Double Katie Label Pivot Card
Double Evergreen Pivot Card
Triple Pivot Card Technique
House Pivot Card
Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card

Pivot Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pivot Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pivot Card Posts

Pull Cards

Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element - the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.

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Pull Card Product Links:

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

Spiral Circle Pull Card
Introduction to Spiral Circle Pull Card (slide to 7:30)
Introduction to Rectangle Pull Card (slide to 6:43)
Rectangle Pull Card - Buster Plays Dead
Rectangle Pull Card - Rocky Doffs his Cap

Pull Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pull Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pull Card Posts

General Pop-up Cards

Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional "magic trick" cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.

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General Pop-up Product Links:

General Pop-up Video Tutorials:

Introduction to General Pop-ups
Garden Bench
Double Lorna Mummy Card
Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card
Adirondack Chair

General Pop-up Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's General Pop-up Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Lucy Label PostsLots of Pops PostsGarden Bench PostsHappy Birthday PostsLorna Label PostsBeach Collection Posts

Pop Stands

Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.

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Pop Stand Product Links:

Pop Stand Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pop Stands (slide to 1:30)
Eiffel Tower
Barn Pop Stand with Floating Floor

Pop Stand Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pop Stands Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pop Stand Posts

Accordion Albums & Frame Edges

Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you'll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.

Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.

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Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:

Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Accordions
How to add Clear Pages to Pop it Ups Accordions
Pivot Accordion Technique
How to turn Portait Accordions into Landscape Accordions
Stacked Accordions
Barn Accordion Card

Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Accordion Albums Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Accordion Posts

Characters & Props

The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.

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Character & Props Product Links:

Character & Props Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Characters
Honey the Bear as a Panda
Honey & Dutch as Woodland Animals

Characters & Props Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Characters Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Character Dies

Edge Dies

Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.

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Edge Dies Product Links:

Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders

Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.

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Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:

 

Clear Stamps

In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps - the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps - meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon! 

So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting!

Karen