Class Projects - Kaitlyn's Crop Scrappin' Rodeo 2019

This Friday I'll be teaching at Kaitlyn's Crop in Spring, TX, plus setting up a full trunk show at the Scrapp'n Savvy booth. If you're coming to the event come see me at the booth.

The class is sold out, but I'll be there all day to answer questions, show all the beautiful samples, demo, etc.

CLASS PROJECTS:

You will be making two cards featuring our brand new release. First up, a Photo Collage Pop-up card, embellished with the Memory Charms, Border Blends - Argyle and Word Set 10 - Thinking of You.

Thinking of You Photo Collage Card

For my sample card I added photos of our very talented Design Team and then labeled their photos with a Dymo manual labelmaker

Thinking of You Photo Collage Card

Next, we'll make a card using the newly re-released Barn Pop Stand and embellished with the Chicken, Pig and Lamb, Cow and Goat, Tiny Accessories 3, Farm Edges, Crosshatch Squares, Border Blends- Party and Howdy die sets.

Howdy Barn Card

The Barn is a fun die because it has very easy assembly, plus a double reveal - after opening the card and watching the barn pop up, you can also slide the doors open to reveal a hidden surprise. For our card it will be a cute lamb peeking out. 


Howdy Barn Card

To my students - the e-mail went out yesterday with the What to Bring list but here it is again. I also e-mailed you the latest catalog in PDF form in case you want to print that for reference.

  • Scissors
  • All types of adhesive including: glue capable of making a fine line (crucial for the animals), tape runner, strong double-sided tape like tacky tape or scor tape in any width, pop dots and glue dots.
  • Black pen - you’ll need this for nostrils, hooves and tractor wheels
  • Gray marker - optional, but looks nice on inside of camera lens - I used a Comic C5, but any medium gray marker would work
  • Paper piercer and something to pierce into, like a small piece of foam.
  • Quickstik or tweezers - very helpful when assembling animals
  • Pen or pencil
  • Wink of Stella or similar glitter pen to add sparkle to the heart (optional)
  • 9 small square photos sized to 1.25” square if you want no inside black border, or 1 1/8” square for a border. 
    • To print photos at home, pull them into Word or a photo editing program like Photoshop, crop them into a square, size them to 1.25” (or 1.125” square) and print.
    • If you want an easy way to get 9 photos sized perfectly for your card, use Walgreens online photo app with their 4x4 Collage Print for $0.49. Here’s a YouTube video that shows exactly how to do it. https://youtu.be/KHw-w7FanbA
  • Print the photos of the cards shown below or save them to your phone or tablet to refer to in class.

OPTIONAL - watch these assembly videos for the two pop-up dies to familiarize yourself with the process.


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 23: Picture this!

Happy July! And to my fellow Americans, have a patriotic and fabulous 4th of July.

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This month's Designer Challenge has a theme of "Picture this!" where I challenged the team to incorporate a photo or photos into a card of any theme. For my card and video I'm teaching how to assemble the brand new Photo Collage Pop-up die set which will start shipping on July 15, 2019. My friend Rebecca and I have done a lot of fun things over the last few years so I wanted to make a "hello" card featuring photos of our fun activities. Watch the video to learn about this die set.

To use the Photo Collage Pop-up with photos, you'll need 8 (or more) photos sized to 1.25" square. This is easy to do on a computer using a photo editing software like Photoshop or Microsoft Word. However, if you are not technically inclined but you live anywhere near a Walgreens (sorry to my international viewers - you'll have to find if your local drug store will make a similar collage print) you can take advantage of their 4x4 collage print option to easily size your photos to fit. Here's a video showing how:

This card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when folded and will mail easily in an A2 envelope. For the front decoration I mimicked the feel of the inside, adding two more photos and then the camera charm from the new Memory Charms and the word Hello from Word Set 6 - Summer. The patterned paper is an old Jillibean Soup design from my stash. 

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As the card opens the collage starts to twist and expand. I must credit our very talented design team for the inspiration to make some of the photo frames in colors instead of leaving them all white. I chose colors that would pop against the patterned paper.

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Once open you can see the entire photo collage. Eight photos are attached to the pinwheel spinner. The die set also includes the push pins, binder clips, ticket and the word "smile."

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We are taking pre-orders for the new dies now, with shipping starting July 15, 2019 in the order received. We do ship all store orders first, so if you're lucky enough to have a local store, please ask for our products. Here are links to the products used in the video:

 

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Let's take a look at the creations by our very talented Design Team. First I want to extend a huge thank-you to Irene Mendes, who answered our Design Team call last year and was selected to join the team for a six month term. She brought beautiful creations to our team and we are so grateful for her talents. She is stepping down as an official team member but we will continue to see her beautiful works on the Pop-up Peeps group and her blog.

Kelly Booth made a special personalized card for her son-in-law's 40th birthday. What a wonderful trip down memory lane for the lucky recipient. Kelly also added extra photos to the collage and used a 5x7 card size so they'd all fit.

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Karen Aicken used the Triple Flip die set to create a custom card for her grandson's 7th birthday. This is a great mix of colors, patterns, borders and more. The birthday boy is going to delight in pulling the arrow and watching the rectangles flip.

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Frances Byrne expanded the number of photos on the Photo Collage Pop-up to 10 and filled it with pictures of her grandpuppy. I love everything about this card, from the colors to the fun captions to the clever use of the "sweet" portion of the Home Sweet Home die set. 

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Fran Sabad and Frances both chose to focus on grandpuppies with the Photo Collage this month. Fran made some great choices here, including patterned photo frames and the addition of the dog die from the Cat and Dog. Precious!

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Sandy Diller's parents will soon celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Yes, you read that right! What a wonderful celebration and cause for a very special card. Sandy shows on this Photo Collage how to use fewer photos to keep the focus on just a few milestone images. I love the border around the inside as well. The Happy Ever After die works perfectly as a card front. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Lois Bak surprised her daughter with a commemorative card from their trip to Sea World. Using the Photo Collage Pop-up not only creates a dynamic exciting card, but a treasured keepsake as well. Lois used a background paper of cork board, for a very realistic bulletin board effect, and mixed in the Sea Animals into the collage.

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Summer Hills-Painter created a personalized birthday card for her children's grandmother. I love her choice to use the photo frames from the Photo Collage Pop-up on the Triple Flip. What a great way to make a card also be a gift for a beloved grandparent.

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Helen Cryer is currently moving her family across the country but found a little break for crafting a card for the challenge. I just love how she used the Photo Collage Pop-up with bright fun elements for this happy Thank You card. Oh, and apparently binder clips are called "bulldog clips" in England. The more you know!

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Shelly Hickox recently moved to a new state and is working on a new craft space. We're so happy to have her back! In this card Shelly uses the Photo Collage Pop-up without the photo frames and instead adds some fussy-cut elements to the pop-up for a dynamic, pretty card.

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Such an amazing array of inspiration this month. One thing that the team has reported is that cards that are personalized with photos are much appreciated by the recipients. The Photo Collage and Triple Flip die sets also work wonderfully in scrapbooks and mini-albums. I hope you are inspired to give them a try!

Join us next month on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 for our next challenge with a theme of FUN ON THE FARM. We will be showing off the Barn Pop Stand and related farm dies. 

Happy Crafting!

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July 2019 Farm Dies Assembly Videos

Happy July!

In just two weeks we will start shipping our July 2019 Die Release. Over the next two weeks I will be posting the assembly videos for the new dies. Today I am sharing all the videos for the new Farm dies. 

The Barn Pop Stand is a re-release of a previously licensed design. The new version doubles up the dies for the sliding doors to make it easier to cut everything at once. It also adds a small rectangle to be able to cut a hole for the window of the barn, a clump of hay to fit in the window, and a clump of grass for decoration. Otherwise it remains unchanged from the retired design. The Farm Edges is a brand new design, featuring a tractor on a stitched hill, picket fence and chicken wire border. Learn the assembly of these dies here:

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The Chicken, Pig and Lamb set is new. The chicken resembles a previously licensed design (Cheepers) but is now sized down to match our other small animals. The other two animals in this set are completely new, drawn in the style of our small animals standing on back legs and able to hold items. Watch the assembly here:

The Cow and Goat set will also make a longhorn. The cow reesembles a previously licensed design (Brownie) but is now sized down to match our other small animals. The goat is brand new, drawn with long ears and able to hold items. The set comes with a flower and a tin can. Watch the assembly here:

The Horse, Unicorn and Zebra was a specific request from our talented design team member, Karen Aicken. She asked that whenever I added a horse die to please include pieces to style it as a unicorn and zebra. Watch the assembly here:

Here are links to all the products used in the videos. We are taking pre-orders now for the new release with shipping starting July 15, 2019 in the order received. We will ship store orders first, so do consider pre-ordering through a local store if you're lucky enough to have one. 


Karen Burniston July 2019 Die Release Sneak Peek

In just three weeks we will have 20 new die sets available at KarenBurniston.com and at many of your favorite local and online retailers. You may pre-order from our website starting today, but do please consider pre-ordering through your favorite local store if you have one. We always ship store orders first.

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Check out the new dies in this collection preview video:

We have also compiled a July 2019 Digital Catalog with all of the new dies in one handy spot. Feel free to download and print your own copy.

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Let's look closer at the six new interactive dies in this release.

Train Pivot Panels - the newest in our popular series of Pivot Panels die sets is the Train Pivot Panels. The Train Elements set is the perfect add-on, including the tracks, crossing sign and All Aboard greeting. Our animal dies fit in the cars as an option, and the new Tiny Accessories 3 die set includes a train conductor's hat and bandana.  

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As with all of our Pivot Panels die sets, the Train Pivot Panels can be added to the Twist Panel die set (sold separately) to make an extra-dynamic pop-up card.

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Family Room Pop-up - Here's a pop-up that's specific . . . and yet generic! It's so customizable to whatever colors/patterns you choose. It has quick and easy assembly and a very impressive reveal. You can also customize it be adding any of our animal sets to the furniture. Add-on sets include Word Set 10 - Thinking of You, Home Sweet Home, and the Memory Charms.

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The Memory Charms coordinate perfectly with the Family Room Pop-up, especially for the fronts of the cards.

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Barn Pop Stand - by popular request we've brought back the Barn Pop Stand die set. The set has been expanded with extra duplicate pieces (no more double cutting the doors) and a couple of new pieces (hay, grass, window). The barn doors slide open to reveal something inside. We also have a brand-new add-on set called the Farm Edges, plus three animal sets, including a chicken, lamb, pig, goat, cow, longhorn, horse, unicorn and zebra! The Tiny Accessories 3 set includes a farmer/cowboy outfit for the animals and the new Howdy word makes a great greeting.

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Triple Flip - our newest pull tab die set is the Triple Flip. It's sized for an A2 card, at 5.5" wide. Pull the tab and all three rectangles flip over at the same time. The rectangles are sized to fit our charm sets and animal dies perfectly. It's shown here with our new Happy Hour Charms and Cheers word.


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Here's another Triple Flip card, this time combining the Space, Happy Hour and Birthday Charms and staggering the locations of the rectangles.

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Rocket Pop-up -the Space Charms are also a great add-on to the new Rocket Pop-up. This fun mechanism will launch the rocket as the card is opened. The rocket can be use independently as a stand alone element and this pop-up also makes great window cards. The Enjoy the Ride word set goes nicely with the Rocket and the Train Pivot Panels.

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I will be teaching a two-card class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday using the new dies. We will be making this bright and fun Rocket Pop-up card in class. It also uses the Space Charms, Enjoy the Ride and our Crosshatch shape dies.

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Photo Collage Pop-up - if you're looking for a completely generic but massively WOW pop-up die, you'll love the Photo Collage Pop-up. This fun mechanism twists and expands to reveal eight photo frames in a fun collage bulletin board style. The photo frames can be filled with our animals, charms, your favorite stamps, or actual photos. Accessories that come included in the set are push pins, binder clips, a ticket and the word "smile". Great add-ons are the Memory Charms and Home Sweet Home word set.

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The Photo Collage Pop-up will also work wonderfully on scrapbook pages or to make a truly personalized card featuring photos. Here's a birthday card where I used pictures of my twins from age 3 to age 20. The photo frame fits square 1.25" photos. This sample also uses the little camera from the Memory Charms set.

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Scrapp'n Savvy students on Wednesday will get to try this die and make a birthday-themed card. One frame will be left open for a photo of the recipient. On my sample card I used a photo of myself on my 9th birthday, wearing my favorite Mork 'n Mindy tee-shirt that said "Shazbot". (Nanu nanu!)

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Scrapp'n Savvy Students please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors
  • All types of adhesive including glue with a fine tip, tape runner, mini glue dots, double-sided tape and pop dots
  • Black pen for pig feet and snout
  • Bone folder 
  • Quickstik or tweezers for placing small pieces
  • Optional: if you have a photo of the birthday recipient, bring it sized at 1.25" square. Otherwise, plan to add it at home later.

We are introducing the collection today as a Sneak Peek and opening our website for pre-orders at 8 am, Eastern time. Our shipping starts July 15th in the order received.  

I am plugging away on assembly videos and will be uploading them over the next couple of weeks as I complete them. The Design Team has been making AMAZING cards with the dies and they are free to start posting their cards on their blogs today, so definitely check out those blogs (there's a clickable list in the sidebar at left) and I also suggest "liking" our Facebook Page and joining our fun Facebook group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps. If you want to make sure you don't miss out on any videos, please consider subscribing on YouTube.

Happy Crafting,

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Fathers Day Pop-up Card

For this month's Paper Pros challenge the theme was to be inspired by one of my previous videos to make a new version.

I decided to revisit the video I created for Designer Challenge 20 that featured a mash-up of the Woven Basket Box Card with the Coffee Cup Pop-up die set. 

Katie (she's a Puggle) refused to move out of the way so she is making a cameo in this little preview video and was interested in the card only to see if it contained anything edible. It did not. Poor Katie. 

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This is a standard top fold A2 card. The front is very simple, made with the Outdoor Edges die set and paper and cardstock scraps from my stash.

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Open the card to reveal the pop-up basket, made with red plaid paper. The pop-up combines the Woven Basket Box Card with the mechanism of the Coffee Cup Pop-up. 

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The filling is a combination of the Outdoor Edges, plus a few decorator trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels. The small lantern from the Camping Charms hangs from twine on the front of the basket.

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Learn this technique by watching this video:

Here are supply links for the products used:


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 22: Beach Day!

I love this month's challenge! The theme is Beach Day and the team will definitely inspire you with their cards below.

For my video I'm combining the mechanism from the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up and then decorating it with the Castle Pop-up, Beach Charms, Tropical Scene and Word Set 6 - Summer

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Learn how to make this card by watching the full video tutorial here:

This card is a top-fold A2 size, 4.25" x 5.5" when folded, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. The front of the card is a simple lead-in made with leftover materials.

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Open the card to reveal a pop-up sandcastle, complete with drawbridge. The Beach Charms give the pop-up some color and whimsy. 

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Because the flamingo and beach ball are attached to the angled platforms of the pop-up, (using clear extender strips) they will move outward as the card is opened and then tuck back in when the card is closed. 

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Ready to give this card a try? Here are the product links:



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Ready to toss off those flip-flops and feel the sand on your toes? Check out these inspiring makes by the Design Team.

Frances Byrne made this delightful Oval Frames Pop-up beach scene featuring an ice-cream loving crab duo and a serene scene revealed in the ovals. This is a card with so many thoughtful details and a beautiful mix of scale. Add this to my Frances-Favorites pile. (Hint - it's a very large pile!)

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Irene Mendes has the amazing ability to seamlessly combine paper elements with die cut elements. This month's card is no exception, with the Oval Frames Pop-up decorated beautifully in a seaside theme. Notice that among her patterned elements are dies mixed in - the pail and shovel and the clouds - and yet everything feels cohesive. Love this!

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Karen Aicken focused on all the beach-themed decorator dies to style them wonderfully with inks and then created a diorama card to show them off. She teaches the entire diorama technique, so definitely click over to her blog to learn how to do this. From freckles to googly eyes Karen has thought of everything with this fun card.

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Kelly Booth has been rocking the technique from last month's challenge video - to create a stage using the bottom tier of the Cake Pop-up. This is such a fun island! The crab is stealing flip flops, the shark is checking things out and the sun blazes bright behind the palms. Tucking a square behind the sand is also a great look to this delightful card.

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Fran Sabad created two cards for the challenge. This first one, featuring several dies layered to create a sandcastle birthday scene, is amazing. The Rockin' Rectangle provides the action, but she's layered in many other dies. Such a great way to really maximize your collection by mixing between the sets.

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Fran's second Rockin' Rectangle beach card is a window card and features stamped and colored images. Another great way to get maximum value from a die set - to mix it with decorator stamps and dies from your collection and also to vary the assembly. Try window cards, top fold cards, doubled cards, etc. with this die.

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Lois Bak also created two cards for the challenge. First up is a Circle Tag Book featuring an excellent mix of patterned paper, dies and stamps. I love her double stripe details and the chic look of elements against white backdrops.

 

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Lois also made this wonderfully-layered Rockin' Rectangle card. Her use of photorealistic papers makes the scenery come to life. I love the palm trees in the distance behind the pop-up and punch of red from the crabs. Beautiful!

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Sandy Diller created the perfect beach chair and as I listen to the rain falling steadily outside I certainly wish I was at Sandy's beach instead! Notice her excellent inking of the edges and palms, plus the vellum clouds and peeking sun. Fabulous details in this serene and lovely card.

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Kelly Booth posted another card for the challenge and it's an amazing mix of beautiful colors and beachy goodness. This Upsy Daisy card features several dies mixed to perfection. Kelly's eye for color is exquisite.

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Well I don't know about you, but I feel beachy keen after all that wonderful inspiration. Join us next month on July 3, 2019 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of PICTURE THIS! We will all be incorporating photos into our challenge cards. We will also be free to use dies from our July release. Plan on sneak peeks starting on June 24, 2019 with shipping expected mid-July. There are 20 dies in the collection.

Happy Crafting!

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Cardmaking with Dies: Pop up Flower Pots + Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop

It's time for another Save the Crafty YouTuber video hop!

2019 STCY Hop Sponsor

We are one of the sponsors of the event, which is explained so well by Justine Hovey, the organizer:

The Save the Crafty YouTuber Video hop is a celebration of cardmaking video tutorials created by a group of talented crafters of all different styles and levels. We are coming together to give our viewers a chance to discover other amazing cardmakers and help reach monetization goals! All you have to do is watch, like the video, consider subscribing, and click the link in the video description below to hop to the next video. Let yourself be inspired! Don’t forget to comment because we have tons of prizes to give away. Please indicate if you are located in the USA or International so that prizes can be awarded appropriately as some prizes (not all!) have restrictions on them. (NOTE FROM KAREN: you'll need to click over to YouTube to leave comments and keep hopping - blog comments don't count)

A couple of weeks ago I posted photos of an Oval Frames/Flower Pot combination card I made for a friend's birthday. I received a lot of requests for a video for the card. For the original card I created a "lift up" assembly but I thought for the video that more people would prefer the "drop down" assembly since it creates a better display piece. Watch the video to learn the technique:

This card measures 5x7 when closed and will mail easily in an A7 envelope for extra postage. The front of the card is made with the leftover materials - my favorite way to make card fronts.

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Once open the Oval Frames Pop-up drops down from the upper corners, covered completely with flower pots, flowers, vines and a flying bee. This could be used for any theme so I went with a generic "love you" die from Word Set 9. The background paper inside the card is from 49 and Market and the front paper is an old scrap. The flowers are also cut from paper scraps. The pot texture is created using Distress Oxide Inks. You can learn how I did it by watching the Twist Panel Flower Pot version of this card.

OvalFramesFlowerPotsOpenHere are the supply links for the card:

Remember, you need to do all your hopping and commenting on YouTube. Comments must be posted by June 5, 2019 to qualify for the prize drawings.

Good luck and happy hopping!

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Thank You Stage Pop-up Card

For our last Designer Challenge my video taught a technique for using the bottom tier of the Cake Pop-up as a stage for a graduation card. The beauty of this technique, though, is that it can be used for any theme. Today I'm sharing a Thank You version, using the mouse from our Christmas Animals die set.

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This card is a standard A2 top fold card (5.5" x 4.25" when folded) and fits nicely in an A2 envelope for mailing. The paper is a retired Photo Play paper called Belles Fleur (FM2497) and the stamp on the front is an older Stampin' Up! design. Just a simple lead-in using our Circles and Border Blends - Party dies for the front.

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Open the card and the stage pops up. Clear supports added to the stage during assembly are used to animate the mouse and the Thank You greeting.

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The mice hold the heart-shaped candy box from Tiny Accessories 2. The background of the card interior is again very simple - just the patterned paper, some borders from Border Blends - Argyle, and a crosshatch Circle as a place to write a personal greeting.

ThanksStageBothWatch this video to learn the technique.

Here are the dies I used on my Thank You version:


Oval Frames + Flower Pot Pop-up Card

Here's a birthday card that combines the mechanism from the Oval Frames Pop-up with the decorator dies from the Flower Pot Pop-up die set. 

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I started by making my entire pop-up off of the card so I could measure it after and make a card big enough to hide it. My card measures 5.5" wide by 7.5" when closed, so I will give it to my friend in a 6x9 envelope. I created the flower pots using Distress Oxide Inks and basically following the same technique as my Twist Panel Flower Pot card video. The front of the card uses the leftover pieces of Blue Fern Studios patterned paper and a pot of flowers to create a lead-in to the pop-up inside.

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Open the card to lift up the Oval Frames Pop-up, completely covered with flower pots. The patterned paper does all the work in the background. I cut the Happy Birthday greeting into individual words and positioned them to fit in the lower left corner.

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A bee flies above the flower pots suspended on a piece of wire. 

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In addition to the dies and supplies listed below I also used green, maroon, white and glittered cardstocks.

Here is the assembly video for the Oval Frames Pop-up. I used a "lift up" assembly for the flower pot card.


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 21: Congratulations!

Happy May!

For this month's Designer Challenge the theme is Congratulations! Graduation season is coming up soon, so here's a fun way to repurpose the Cake Pop-up die set into a stage for a graduation scene.

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Watch the video to learn the technique:

This card is a standard A2 size, 5.5" x 4.25" (top fold) when closed. For the front of the card I chose a minimalist design - just the leftover woodgrain paper and then a triple layer of Congrats where the black layer is slightly offset for a shadow. The graduation cap from Tiny Accessories 2 adds the finishing touch.

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Open the card to reveal a pop-up graduation stage complete with graduate, year and greeting. The owl is from the Feathered Animals set and the year is made using our Numbers set.

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In this close-up you can see the clear supports that create the gravity-defying scene. The video also shows a fun technique for fashioning a graduation robe for the owl. 

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You can use this same technique to make robes for any of our animals. Here are a few examples. (Spring Animals, Woodland Animals, Knight and Dragon)

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 Ready to give this card a try? Here are the dies and supplies used in the video:

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Let's see the divine congratulatory (and thank-you) inspiration made by the team this month. As I mentioned last month, we have three design team members who are in the process of moving, so they will be out for a few months but will be back!

Sandy Diller focused on the thank-you side of congratulations gifts with this amazing mash-up of the Coffee Cup Pop-up and the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up. By robbing the mechanism from the coffee cup, Sandy was able to make a standing sundae without a back wall to the card. This is so impressive and easy to do. You can learn how by watching Sandy's full YouTube tutorial on the technique. (And please give a subscribe, too - I know from experience the work that goes into these videos and your support is the currency of motivation!)

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Karen Aicken combines and customizes dies in ways that are so clever and polished. I love what she's done here with the Oval Frames Pop-up by removing the front frame and focusing instead on a pop-up 4-panel oval spread - room to spell out CONGRATS. Then she added another oval with the sweet owl that rises with the pop-up.

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Kelly Booth used her master coloring skills on a cute stamp to add to the front of the Frame Pull Pop-up. Our word sets with connected phrases, like Word Set 8 - Congrats, work perfectly on the pop-ups as you see here. This card will definitely bring smiles!

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Fran Sabad made a congratulations Tag Book for a new baby. It's a wonderful mix of stamped and colored imagery alongside die cut Baby Charms. The new parents are sure to display this beauty! 

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Frances Byrne also created a congratulations for a new baby card with this cute Frame Pull Pop-up. I love how the Baby blocks charms fit perfectly on the inner pop-up. The color scheme is so sweet and classy. Adorable!

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Lois Bak also celebrates baby with this month's theme. This double Woven Basket Box Card is filled with charm. She's added the Baby Charms, flowers, Spring Animals and bright balloons. What a charming display piece to celebrate a new arrival.

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Irene Mendes focused on a thank you card (new parents and graduates always need thank you cards!) featuring the Spinner Square pop-up, soft pretty colors and loads of clouds. As usual, Irene's card is an exquisite mix of colors and images.

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I say this every month, but isn't this team spectacular?! Join us next month, on June 5, 2019 for our next challenge with a theme of Beach Day! We will all be making cards with a tropical/beach theme.

Happy Crafting!

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