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.
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:
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.
Kelly Booth created this delightfully wicked haunted house scene and I love all the boo-tiful details!
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!
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!
Frances 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!
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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Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day (so the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday) you'll find a compilation blog post here on my blog along with a new card and video tutorial from me.
This month, since it is our first challenge, I issued a challenge for the team to make cards of any theme in their Signature Style. You'll find photos of their cards and links to their blog posts below. For my card, I wanted to draw on my love of repurposing dies into new combinations. I also love making Halloween cards that are creepy. This card is a combination of two die sets - the Christmas Tree Pop-up (for the base and mechanism) and the Tree Pop-up (for the tree).
Watch the video tutorial for this card:
For the front of the card I used an older rubber stamp from my stash (I would love to know who made this stamp - could it be Twenty-Two?) that features a line from The Raven.
As the card opens, the tree starts to pop-up.
Borrowing the mechanism from the Christmas Tree Pop-up to make other things pop-up is a great technique for creating custom standing pop-ups. What else can you make pop-up this way?
For my spooky tree, I decorated with black birds from the Halloween Elements die set plus the spiderweb from the Halloween Scene die set. A metal spider charm hangs from the tree.
The greeting is a combination of a die cut word "Happy" with a stamped word Halloween, cut out with a Katherine label die and embellished with a bone.
Here are supply links for this card:
One of the things I mention in the video is how easily the Raven Tree Card can become an any season tree card by changing out the colors and styling. I put that challenge to the test and made this pretty version of the card in a Thank You theme.
Let's take a look at how the team interpreted the theme. If you click their names you will go to their individual blog posts, where you will find more photos and information about their cards, including supply lists.
Kelly Booth always incorporates beautiful colors into her cards. She also loves making her own backgrounds using inks and techniques. This Halloween card really shows off her style. It uses the floating floor die from the House & Fence die set plus the Halloween die sets.
Karen Aicken made this Snowman Twist Circle (minus snowman) beauty to show off her style, which often features patterned paper, shimmer and sparkle, and premade embellishments. Such unusual elegance in this Halloween card.
Fran Sabad loves to combine patterns and to color stamped images. She combined both those loves into this fun holiday card featuring the Sleigh Pop-up and a festive Riley the Moose stamp.
Frances Byrne loves owls and also loves to combine the perfect patterned papers with the perfect stamps to complete cards for any theme. This one uses the Katherine Label to animate the adorable owl stamp. I love how she also incorporated the Gift Card Label.
Shelly Hickox has such a way with steampunk, artsy and edgy cards. This Twist Panel card featuring elements from the Halloween die sets is the perfect example. Notice her use of the witch hats on the patterned paper people. Clever!
Helen Cryer has returned! Helen took some time off to become a volunteer firefighter (talk about multi-talented!) and is now able to add crafting and blogging back into the mix. What a debut! This darling House & Fence Pop-up is the perfect illustration of Helen's detailed and charming style.
Summer Hills-Painter loves making flowers and it shows with this beautiful Flower Pot pop-up card. I love the classy color scheme! She also shows how well the Gift Card Label can be used for greetings. So pretty!
Join us next month on October 4th, for our next challenge with a theme of "G-G-G-Ghost!" We'll be making Halloween cards.
Is it hot where you are? Because it's blazing hot here in Texas. And so naturally I like to cool off with a little Fall/Winter/Holiday crafting!
There are ten new dies available now in the Summer 2017 Holiday collection. You'll find these dies at your local shops, favorite online retailers, or you can purchase directly from our website.
Let's look at the three new pop-up dies. The House & Fence Pop-up is a very versatile die set. It comes with a Floating Floor mechanism that can be used for so many other things. Plus, the house can be styled for any season. To learn how to assemble this die, check out the video tutorial here: Die Assembly Video - 1015 House & Fence Pop-up
This winter version of the house is the one I make in the video tutorial. In addition to the House & Fence die, I used the Winter Charms (trees, snowflakes) and Word Set 3 (greeting) plus labels from the Katherine Label Pop-up.
There are two Halloween dies in this release. The Halloween Elements die is all new, featuring lots of great elements and props to use with the other dies, especially with the House & Fence for haunted house cards. The Halloween Scene die was previously licensed last year, but sold through, so I brought it back. Combine the dies together and you have everything you need for a spooky scene!
The House & Fence is also going to be great for year-round cards for any theme. This card uses the Tree Pop-up, Nature Edges, Winter Animals and Word Set 1.
A really great pairing (can you tell I just returned from a trip to wine country?) with the Christmas Tree is 1012 Snowman Twist Circle. You'll be able to use the largest circle die (3" diameter) to make tree skirts.
The Christmas Tree Pop-up includes a decorative cardinal to perch in the tree, plus a die that cuts four circle ornaments at a time, plus a 3D star topper. Plus I design collections that coordinate, so that as you build your collection, you have tons and tons of options. The winter white tree below incorporates borders made with the Nature Edges, a flourish from the Gift Card Label, circles from the Snowman Twist Circle, and a few of the Winter Charms.
The last of the new pop-ups is the Sleigh Pop-up. Now I have to give proper acknowledgement to my business partner, Tanya Kostynuk, for suggesting a pop-up sleigh for this release. I was hesitant at first, because I have designed two previous sleigh dies in the past, but Tanya rightly pointed out that a sleigh would be perfect for the little animals and her Riley the Moose stamps.
I challenged myself to make this new sleigh very different from my previous ones. The sleigh itself is more ornate, with swirly runners and a pretty damask stencil/emboss feature, and the mechanism is very versatile - you can assemble it as a standing pop-up (card opened up flat to 180 degrees) or as a traditional pop-up (card opened and viewed at 90 degrees) Learn how to assemble this die set by watching the video tutorial: Die Assembly Video - 1021 Sleigh Pop-up
For this traditional pop-up I incorporated the new Gift Card Label on the front of the card. It's a great all-around label/flourish set for any theme, but also holds a standard size gift card perfectly.
Another option with the Gift Card Label is to cut a piece of cardstock to gift card size (2 1/8" x 3 3/8") and slide it into the large label, as I did for the card below.
A note about the new #1017 Snowman set. Seven of the eight dies in this set are identical to the ones included in #1012 Snowman Twist Circle die set. For customers who bought last year's licensed version of the Twist Circle, you can purchase 1017 Snowman and it will add on all the pieces you need for a Snowman Twist Circle. For customers who own 1012 Snowman Twist Circle, you really don't need both these sets unless you want doubles for cutting multiple snowman parts quickly.
Also, 1014 Halloween Scene is a straight re-release of last year's licensed version. It was a very popular die set so we've brought it back.
This collection also includes a new animal set - 1016 Winter Animals. This set will make a bear, penguin and hedgehog. Learn how to assemble them in this video: Die Assembly Video - 1016 Winter Animals
Hey Ohio (and surrounding areas) - who will be at Stampaway this weekend? Me! Me! I'll be demoing these dies in the Riley & Company booth on Friday and Saturday. Also, if you're near Dayton, Ohio, stop in to Marco's Paper tomorrow to meet my business partner, Tanya, who will be demoing from 11 am to 5 pm and will have the new dies (and all of my sample cards) on display.
I used the same dimensions as the original card, changing only the background patterned paper, cardstock colors and greetings.
When closed, this top-fold card measures 4.5" wide by 5.5" tall and will mail in an A7 (for a 5x7 card) envelope for extra postage because of the thickness.
I like to decorate card fronts as a simple lead-in for the magic that's inside, using up my leftover materials. The "Hello" greeting is in Word Set 1. The flowers, vine and bee are all from the Flower Pot Pop-up die set. The pretty patterned paper is from Blue Fern Studios.
As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift.
Once open, the Flower Pots are revealed. There is a floating appearance thanks to the clear panels underneath the pots. The interior greeting is also from Word Set 1. The scalloped rectangle comes included with the Twist Panel set.
I really enjoyed making the Distress Oxide inked backgrounds for the flower pots, vines, bees and flowers. If you watch the video I demonstrate how I made them, and also how I shaped everything for more texture.
The video also explains how to cut the clear panels and hinge them with twine to achieve the "floating" effect. As you can imagine, this technique could be used with any theme. Ready to give it a try? The Twist Panel die set is now back in stock! You can find my die sets at your favorite local or online craft stores or on our website. England crafters, check Crafts U Love. Australia crafters, check Craft Giraffe.
Check out our Videos Page to learn how to assemble the die sets OR if you learn better with written instructions, check out our Instructions Page to download a PDF Owner's Manual.
Today's Paper Pros challenge theme was set by Shelly Hickox to make masculine birthday cards. What I really needed to make, though, was a Father's Day Card, so I went rogue!
I wanted to use the Charm Accordion die set, which creates an adorable little 2-page Accordion in one pass. Then, you can use the included hinge dies to expand the album into a 4-page, or 6-page, etc. See how this is done by watching the assembly video for this die:
But . . . I wanted a 3-page album and I didn't want to hinge just one page onto the end.
So what I did was to start with a 4.5" x 12" strip of cardstock and folded it at 3.5" from the end. Then I placed the fold right up to (but not crossing) the edge of the die. I used temporary removable tape to keep the cardstock aligned with the die.
After die cutting, I had a 3-page album! I used a trimmer to take off any excess cardstock from the third page, so it would match the width of the other two pages (3.25")
The other modification I made to the album was to make an elongated charm frame by gluing two charm frames between each page and then trimming out the center with scissors. This will allow me to hang a larger charm between the pages.
From here it was just a matter of decorating. Both sides of the album got panels of patterned paper. I used the die to cut the pages and then trimmed 1/8" from each edge of the paper. A labelmaker was used for the greeting.
The chipboard letters were from my stash and fit the squares perfectly. I also found the metal tool charms in my stash and knew they would be perfect for my Dad's card, since he is a mechanic and always has tools in his pockets. Since the metal charms are heavy, I used metal jump rings instead of the paper jump rings that come in the set.
I did use a paper jump ring for the heart charm in the lower right corner. This view shows the other metal tool charm.
Check out all the other masculine cards on the Paper Pros blogs here:
Today I'm sharing a video showing a storage idea for my new dies. Kelly Booth mentioned that the Ellen Hutson storage sleeves were the perfect size to fit my new packaging. She was right! I ordered the Large and Small sizes and the sleeves are durable and heavyweight and just perfect for this storage idea.
I made a quick video to show how I'm using the sleeves and magnet strips to store my dies:
If you like this idea, here are some shopping links for the supplies:
We've officially changed the status of our brand new website KarenBurniston.com from "preorder" to "available now!" All dies are in stock and shipping immediately. Retailer orders placed in May have all shipped, so you may also find these dies at your local shops. If not, ask them to consider bringing them in - it's a great way for you to support your local shop and save on shipping. If you are sadly without a local shop, you can always order direct from our website, and yes, we ship internationally! (Australia - check Craft Giraffe. England - Crafts U Love is taking pre-orders)
I wanted to post a little tutorial today in honor of our opening, and Karen Aicken was the inspiration. I woke up to a lovely e-mail from Karen - she received her order this week and has been busy! I can't wait to share Karen's cards as she posts them on her blog in the upcoming days and weeks. Karen mentioned that she planned to use felt for the squirrel from the Woodland Animals, but not on his face because the stencil feature wouldn't work well on the felt. Naturally this got me thinking of how someone might use the stencil feature on felt.
First, if you haven't had a chance to watch the assembly video for the Woodland Animals, here it is:
For my felt Squirrel, I started with a scrap of printer paper and drew the face using the die as a stencil. I also cut a piece of felt large enough for the squirrel.
OK, this is the part of the blog post where I have to apologize for my rusty embroidery skills. I did fine with the simple backstitch for the mouth and nose, but when it came time to do the french knots for the eyes . .. well, I didn't exactly remember how to do them. Did I look it up on YouTube like a smart person? Of course not! I wound the floss around the needle a couple of times and just went for it. The first eye looked great. The second eye looked . . . big! Did I pull it out and start over? Please. Do you even know me? Heh.
I figured it would give the squirrel character! Yeah, that's it!
After stitching (I used two strands of embroidery floss, by the way) I carefully tore away the paper.
Ta da! One cute little stitched face for Squirrelly-one-big-eye. Next came the die cutting. Lining up the die is easy because you can see the stitched face through the die.
Since the dies are wafer-thin, you may need to use a metal shim to cut through felt. I used a Precision Plate in my Sizzix Big Shot. If you're using a different machine, my suggestion is to look up on YouTube "cutting fabric with a _____ machine" While you're there, check out the MULTITUDE of videos for how to properly make a french knot. Heh.
I cut the belly die from ivory felt and then assembled as usual. As an optional step, you could glue the felt squirrel to a cardstock squirrel for stiffness, which will be good for pop-up cards. (My favorite!)
If you do choose to back the squirrel with cardstock you might also try adding tape over the seam between the tail and the body on the back of the cardstock. This will keep your thread from pulling through if you want to stitch the line. The cardstock on the back will give you an easy guide for the stitching. The next time I do this I might try brown embroidery floss for the line so it's a little more subtle, but still creates the definition. Oh, and I'll make the eyes the same size, too.
It's good to have goals!
Voila! One cute felt squirrel all ready for a project!
Here are handy direct links for the Spring 2017 collection.
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.
As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well 2016 is nearly over and our final Pop it Ups Designer Challenge is full of fun! Sandy Diller set the theme of "Party Animals - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else"
For my card I wanted to show yet another way to adapt the Twist Circle Pop-up die set. This time I'll use it without the upper platform and instead I'll add spirals to the lower platforms. This generic card design could be used for any theme. I decorated mine for New Year's using Hoppy the Frog and the decorator pieces from the Anita Frames. It would make an adorable Valentines card with hearts decorating the spirals.
The front of my card features the same confetti patterned paper (SEI 8-6909 from my stash) as the card's interior. I cut the patterned paper into two pieces to allow the frog to be tucked behind the title. I added his front legs, trimmed and folded, to look like he's holding the greeting. "Happy New Year" is spelled out in (very old) letter stickers from my stash and Hoppy's eye sockets, cut from gold paper, created the perfect confetti in between the letters.
As the card is opened, the Twist Circle lower platforms start to pop-up, causing the spirals to expand.
Once open, the spirals expand and the frogs pop-up. The banners suspend between the spirals, spelling out the year to come. The greeting comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called "Lovely Amazing You" - I thought it was the perfect greeting for a new year full of promise.
I explain in the video about the banners. If you're stringing 3 banners they fit nicely between the spirals - simply attach the string to the spirals and hang the banners between. However, if 4 banners are required, it took a little extra engineering. Basically I needed to anchor the "2" banner, but that meant it wouldn't be able to shift locations when the card closed. To allow for the other banners to shift, I needed the string to be able to slide through the "2" banner to give slack to the other three so they can find a good resting position when the card is closed. Because the string is anchored to the card, it will pull the slack out of the banners as the card is opened and raise them into the air.
This card design is very generic and can be decorated for any theme. You need only the Twist Circle for the mechanism, but if you're interested in replicating this exact card, here are the items you'll need:
Just a quick note about these 9 amazing ladies. Most of them have been on my team since my Sizzix days and we've been posting monthly Designer Challenges for years! Every month for the last three years this team has posted jaw-dropping projects promoting Pop it Ups and Elizabeth Craft Designs. What an honor to have these beautiful people showing off my products in such clever and creative ways. They are my best friends and I couldn't have done it without them.
Sandy Diller set the theme this month and then created this absolutely amazing card featuring several Character dies and a Hee Haw theme. She doubled the Lots of Pops using a clever box cut in the center of the card. So fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a Z-fold card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into the panels to animate her greetings. Jinks the Monkey and his pals are partying on the front of the card. As usual, Frances found the perfect mix of papers, stamps and dies for an awesome card.
Karen Aicken is ushering the new year with a stylish card featuring kraft and red with black accents. So many great details in this card - I love the pink bubbly and the styling on Jinks. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab provides the base.
Raquel Mason shows Jinks the Monkey's true party instincts with this fun Oval Pull Card featuring a background of embossed bananas and an inverted monkey flying on the slider arm. I am bananas for this card!
Fran Sabad created a stunning New Year's card featuring black and gold accents and the Clock die turned into a shaker! I love the way she used the Anita Frames pop-up to highlight the date inside the card. The Party Animals have a couple of hours left!
Shelly Hickox is celebrating the new year by getting organized with her planner. She created these adorable Character planner clips using a woodlands styling on Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. I like the addition of Chilly the Penguin's scarf to Honey as well. This makes me want to become a planner girl!
Caz Counsell ends the year and the Designer Challenges with this fabulous ode to the team, featuring 10 different "spirit animals" representing all of us. She die cut the Lots of Pops across the card several times to give plenty of platforms. I adore this card almost as much as I adore this team!
At year's end it's always a great time to reflect on the journey, and it's been marvelous!