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"Be Jolly" Accordion Album

Next week is my monthly Designer Challenge on the Sizzix blog. This month the challenge is:

RED + Stitched Framelits

The designers were challenged to use the color RED predominantly in their project and to also incorporate one of the three *NEW* Stitched Framelits from my Sizzix collection. Their choices for Stitched Framelits are:

Each of these Framelits sets include cut dies and stitch dies which are independent from each other, making it possible to use the stitch lines nested inside the cut dies for a single pass downward stitch, OR the stitched dies can be used on their own to make a pressed stitch on a card front or layout OR they can be used to create a raised embossed stitch by using the Silicone & Impressions pads in place of the bottom cutting pad. To watch me do the raised stitch effect, check out the Thankful House Video (skip to 10:30) and/or the Multi-Tier w/Spiral video (skip to 6:33).

The Designers will be posting their projects on their own blogs next Monday and Tuesday (November 18, 19, 2013) and then I will compile all the project links plus a *BRAND NEW* project and video from me, into one big post on the Sizzix Blog next Thursday, November 21, 2013. If you don't want to wait until Thursday to peruse the designers' projects, make sure you "LIKE" my new Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page, where all the projects will be linked in real time as they go up on the designers' blogs.

I decided I needed a warm-up project. I've been so busy with teaching that I haven't had much time for crafting. Plus, CHA is right around the corner and I have a ton of work to do to prepare for my new launch with Elizabeth Craft Designs

For this warm-up project, I decided to use some of my new Stacey Yacula Rubber Stamps from Purple Onion Designs. I fell in love with these stamps after seeing them used so amazingly by both Kelly Booth and Helen Cryer. Of course, after seeing their creations I was also pretty darn intimidated! Ack! 

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I cut the Accordion Album out of red cardstock and used the companion Frame & Label Bracket die to cut two red cardstock outer frames and two Shimmer Sheetz outer frames. All of the frames were embossed with the Berry Swirls Embossing Folder.

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For the inner panels, I also used the Frame & Label Bracket die to cut the Labels from white cardstock on which I added Be Creative Adhesive Sheets. After die cutting, I removed the liner from the adhesive and covered the white labels with Warm Diamond MicroFine Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The glitter is so fine that it does not flake off. Just burnish it into the adhesive and you're set. Very easy to stamp right over the top of the glitter and to color the images with Copics.  

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The snowman's buttons and the centers of the stamped snowflakes have Glitter Peel-off Dots stickers on them. I love these flat sticker embellishments from Elizabeth Craft Designs that give all the wonder of rhinestones but without any bulk. 

After I stamped and colored each panel of the scene, I ran the panels through the Big Shot using the Labels & Stitched Frames Framelits to add the raised embossed stitch lines. I highlighted the stitches with a dark gray Copic marker.

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I used the Gift Card Holder Framelits set to die cut a small tag around my "be jolly!" greeting. I attached the tag to the third page using a rhinestone brad through a felt snowflake (Creative Impressions, from my stash) I felt like the tag needed some edging, so I turned to one of my new favorite items, a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. They were a gift from Kelly and they are super cool! The ends are brushes and they dispense a liquid color infused with glitter for a very quick and pretty sheen.

Shopping links for the items used on this project are below:

Stay tuned next week for a ton of RED + Stitched Framelits inspiration during Designer Challenge Week!

 

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