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Pop it Ups Oval Dots Frame Edges in Positive and Negative

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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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


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

Two Tone Glitter Cards PLUS February Secret Word Giveaway Winner


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

FEBRUARY DESIGNER CHALLENGE "Secret Word" Giveaway Winner -

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

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







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

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Butterfly Tree Card

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

Yep, I made a good old fashioned regular card.

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


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

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

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

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

It ended up getting a whole lot of somethings.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Pivot Cards

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

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


I love Designer Challenge weeks! So much inspiration. 

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

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

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Pop it Ups Clear Oval Accordion Birthday with Little Cuties

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


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

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

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

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

It worked.

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


If you're interested in any of the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used, here are some shopping links: - Studio Els February 2014 - Chalkboard Heart Pivot Card


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

 Here are the ECD products used on this card: