Pop it Ups Class at Craft Crossing AND Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

This Saturday I'll be at Craft Crossing in Gonzales, Texas with a Pop it Ups card class. We'll make two cards that double as optional Gift Card Holders.

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The class is this Saturday, December 5th, from 12:30-2:30 and only costs $25. In addition, I'm showing up early so I'll have time for demos before class and to set out all the sample cards - lots of great inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team will be on display.

Everything in the class kits will be pre-cut, but please bring these basic tools to class:

  • Adhesives, Adhesives, Adhesives! - a strong double-sided tape, tape runner, and fine glue pen or bottle.
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and reindeer eyes)
  • Blending tool and coordinating inks (optional, if you're an inky sort - brown for Rudy, maybe some red/green/blue?)
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the sample cards (I usually have about 100 with me!)

Call the store to sign up: 830-203-5303

In other news, Congratulations to Nancy Walker, who won the November Secret Word Giveaway on the Video Techniques Designer Challenge with her comment:

Karen, I can’t tell you how much your VIDEOS help me when I am trying to learn how to teach your fantastic pop its cards to the Tennessee Stampers group and others. You show great shortcuts and great variety of uses for each! I love this particular challenge. It sure shows the talent you have in the designers for ECD!

 

Nancy has won the two accordions used in my video tutorial: Star Accordion and Rectangle Accordion.  Or, if she has either or both of those dies already, she may substitute another Accordion style instead. There are 8 Accordions:

 

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Congratulations to Nancy and to the Craft Crossing students - see you Saturday!


November 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Video Techniques

It's Designer Challenge day! For November I challenged the team to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos and make their own version. As always, they did a fantastic job and you'll find their interpretations, plus links to the video tutorials, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I wanted to teach a new technique - mixing pages between different sized accordions. Here is the video tutorial:

 

When the album is closed you see all the layers in the album because of the different page sizes. 

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The Star is a particularly good choice for this technique because the stars overhanging the interior pages allows for easy hanging of a garland. 

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For the bead garland, I used a clear flexible bead string with red, silver and clear beads. I die cut four snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die set from white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. I added a small pearl to the center of each snowflake and then dumped the same embossing powder from the stars and trees over the snowflakes and heated. Next, I pierced a hole in each snowflake to add a jump ring and then hung them from the bead string. To attach to the stars I wove the end of the bead string through the pierced hole from the front of the star, slid a crimp bead onto the string from the back and crimped it close to the star to trap the end.

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_KB_MixedAccordionCloseupHere's a view from the top:

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 If you'd like to make  your own Mixed Size Accordion you'll need these supplies. You can find my products at independent craft stores worldwide.

You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website and here's a special offer: To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.


Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.

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The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.

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Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.

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Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.

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We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.

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If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!


Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups Confetti Stream Accordion

I was asked to be a guest designer for Scrapp'n Savvy's November Kit Kraft Day, which is a fun event where you purchase a kit of materials and receive instructions for a variety of projects using those materials. For my main project, I wanted to teach a fun technique for creating a ribbon of confetti traveling through an Accordion card. I've used dies and stamps from the Fall 2015 Pop it Ups collection, plus the Beach Edges to create the confetti stream.
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If you are joining us at Scrapp'n Savvy tomorrow to make this project, you'll need to bring or purchase these supplies:

  • (2) sheets Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock
  • Scraps of cardstock in: white (eyes, tail, teeth, feet), pink (nose, ears), gray (whiskers), dark brown (shadow layer)
  • Transparent/Silver glitter dots (or something sparkly and flat for the center of the flower)
  • (1) 8.5x11 transparency (printer or write-on)
  • Brown ink and blending tool
  • Acrylic block and dark brown ink for greeting
  • Confetti if you want something other than red stars (I will bring the red star confetti)
  • Double-sided adhesive in sheets or rolls, including a thin roll for the sides of the confetti stream.
  • Fineline bottle filled with glue (my favorite is Lineco pH neutral OR Scotch Quick Dry)
  • Detail scissors, tweezers

You'll also need these Pop it Ups dies/stamps, which are expected to arrive to Scrapp'n Savvy in time, plus your die cutting machine with plates/platforms for wafer thin dies:

  • 1095 Gift Card Accordion
  • 1096 Flourish Gift Frame
  • 1097 Lucky the Rabbit
  • 1099 Props 7 Basket
  • CS009 Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps
  • 981 Beach Edges (OR you may substitute #914 Outdoor Edges)

These supplies are included in the Kit that you will purchase from Scrapp'n Savvy:

  • Bo Bunny "Juliet" papers - Juliet, Verona and Nostalgia
  • Bo Bunny Blossoms - Wildberry Zinnia

OPTIONAL but recommended: Bring your smart phone or tablet to be able to watch the video tutorial while you're crafting (maybe some headphones, too, so my voice isn't coming from every device)

For those of you sadly unable to join us at Scrapp'n Savvy, perhaps because you live far, far away from Spring, Texas, here is the video tutorial for this project:

Plus the video for assembling Lucky the Rabbit:

And online shopping links:

 


Pop it Ups Gift Card Accordion - Autumn

The Fall Release dies are in stock! They're shipping now to independent craft stores worldwide.

Today I wanted to use a few of the new dies for an Autumn-themed Gift Card Accordion. 

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The Gift Card Accordion measures 5.25" wide by 4" tall when folded up, meaning it is just under an A2 size for easy mailing. The notches are cut automatically into the pages to hold a standard size gift card. The die set also comes with the script "a gift for you" die.

My card is a simple 2-page design using the companion Flourish Gift Frame set for the swirly frames and the rectangle die to cover page 1 perfectly.

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I also used the new Prop 7 Woven Basket die. This little cutie is so easy to assemble and makes a surprisingly realistic-looking woven basket in just 3 pieces. I filled the basket with the leaves from the All Seasons Tree die and also used branches of the tree as decoration for the card. The "a gift for you" die was cut from Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate.

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The instructions for assembling the woven basket are printed on the packaging. It's a very simple assembly as follows:

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Learn how to assemble the Gift Card Accordion in this video tutorial:

The patterned paper I used was a BoBunny line from my stash. Any fall-themed patterned paper would work. You will find these dies in independent craft stores very soon. You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website.


Pop it Ups Circle Accordion - Simple Halloween Card

Need a quick and simple Halloween card? Here's a 3-page Circle Accordion featuring Jack S. faces - so easy to draw with a black pen.

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I used some old stash paper for the pages themselves -  distressed gray - you could substitute cardstock or any similar patterned paper in dark tones. I used the Dots edge from the Square w/Circle Frame Edges set and cut it 8 times from black cardstock. I tore sections of the Frame Edges and glued them randomly around the pages to create an interesting texture to the frames. This is also a great way to make fewer frame edges fit more pages. For the faces I used the large circle decorator die from the Clock & Gears set, which is just slightly smaller than the Circle Accordion circles. A substitution would be to use the Circle Accordion die itself to cut the white cardstock, then trim out the circles to decorate as faces. I drew the faces with a black pen (search "Jack Skellington Cookies" on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration!) and then added Glossy Accents over the black pen to make the expressions raised and shiny. The greeting is a Stampin' Up! stamp from a set called "Halloween Bash". I believe that set is retired, but you could substitute any suitable Halloween greeting.

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Since my pages were made from patterned paper I also used Frame Edges on the front of the album - this time the solid edger from the same gray paper. A little pop of orange ribbon acts as a bow tie. The other two pages were backed with additional patterned paper frames to make sure all pages were a similar heft. If a strong cardstock is used for the pages this step could be eliminated.

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The Circle Accordion folds up to just under 5" square, meaning it fits nicely in an A7 envelope (5x7) and, if not too bulky, can be mailed for a single stamp. 

If you're new to Pop it Ups Accordion dies you can learn how to assemble them in this instructional video:

The dies for this card can be purchased at independent craft stores worldwide - wherever Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold. If you have no access to a nearby store, you can also find the dies on the website here:

Additional Supplies: Patterned paper, "Halloween Bash" stamp set by Stampin' Up! (retired), black ink, white cardstock, black cardstock, black pen


October 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Characters in Costume

It's Designer Challenge day! For October I challenged the team to transform the Characters with costumes and/or a complete transformation into something new. I think you'll agree that the 20 inspiring projects they created are full of imagination. You can see them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I knew I wanted to use the Ring Accordion. I've used the Ring on several projects in the last few months, but realized that I'd never used the Ring specifically for a video tutorial. Time to remedy that!

My Character transformation was to dress William the Goat as an Elf. I also wanted to teach how to add the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages of an Accordion so they will expand when the album opens, but collapse for mailing. Here's what I came up with:

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Learn how to make this project, step-by-step, in this video tutorial:

 

When the album is folded close the first expanding tree will pivot to the front of the album. I decorated the outer ring with a red cardstock ring with texture paste stitch lines. The Agatha flourish adds additional decoration as well as disguises the back of William's ear in the closed position.

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When the album opens the first tree pivots into the inside of the card and the front section expands to make a 3D tree. I used the Groove Tool to sand and ink the core cardstock after embossing with the Damask folder. Learn more about the Groove Tool and enter their monthly drawing for a free Groove here: Momenta - ArtC

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William the Goat makes such a cute elf but the techniques are universal and can be translated easily to the other Characters. The Agatha Edges flourish is perfect for elf shoes and the solid Christmas Tree converts to a great elf hat.

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For this week only you can save 20% on all Characters and Props dies. Sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 at midnight MDT. Click the photo below to check it out.

If you'd like to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf, you'll need these supplies:  


20th Wedding Anniversary

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Twenty years ago today I married my college sweetheart at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans. Despite having no family in the area, we managed to pull an impressive amount of out-of-towners (Pssst - here's the secret to "yes" RSVP's - get married in New Orleans!)

Hurricane Opal was heading our way in the week before the wedding but turned and hit the Florida panhandle. It was terrible for Florida, but the western side of the storm seemed to suck all the stifling heat right out of New Orleans and left October 7, 1995 as one of the most glorious weather days we experienced in the dozen years we lived there.

Perfect weather and all our friends and family in town? Oh yes, it was a party!

Fast forward 20 years, two big moves and a couple of kids and we're still Mr. & Mrs. Burniston. And yes, we're rather impressed with ourselves for it!

John asked me to look up what twenty years is, for anniversaries. "You know," he said "How it's like paper, silver, etc.?"

I looked it up and informed him that 20 years is the China Anniversary.

"Oh good!" I said, "I'll get you some forks and that will be close enough!"

In twenty years you lose a few forks. A regular question in our house, after opening the silverware drawer, is "Is the dishwasher clean?" 

"Forks," said John, "are not China."

"Hey, we said no presents - don't look a gift fork in the mouth!"

I did, in fact, buy some forks today. I had the fun experience of spending part of my China Anniversary at the dentist. I also got the car washed and my hair done and went to the bank. It was actually a glorious day today, too, just like 20 years ago!

Here's a card I made for John (to go with the forks). We're going out to dinner tonight and have plans with friends for Oktoberfest this weekend. The perfect way to celebrate two decades! 

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"Hey, 75 years is the Platinum Anniversary, John, so when we're 100, I expect you to buy me something Platinum"

"Will do!"

EDITED TO ADD: More info on the card -

  • Since it was our China anniversary I took a photo of a pretty plate while out shopping. I used the computer to overlay the greeting on the photo and then printed it out at a size to fit the Ring Accordion. 
  • The Ring Accordion has a built-in stencil feature of stitch marks. For Pages 1 and 3 I simply pressed Texture Paste through the die to add the raised stitch marks. I dumped some Champagne Gold glitter onto the paste while it was wet.
  • For the center page, I made my own stencil from the flourish included in the Merry Christmas die set. I did the same thing with the glitter, but was admittedly in a bit of a hurry, so it's not the cleanest glitter job.

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Here are links to the products I used on the card. 


Fall 2015 Pop it Ups Collins Release

Yesterday I flew home from The Collins Rep Group Fall Retailer Training Event where I launched a mini-collection and taught some classes.

Els went to Germany for StampelMekka so at the Collins show our sales rep Lisa Harrison stepped in to teach Els' portion of the workshop, a lovely wall hanger designed by Angela Beavers. My portion of the workshop was a country Christmas card featuring the Fence Pop Stand, Cocoa the Horse, Props 5 and the Western Edges.

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Here's the Friday night workshop in full swing:

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The next day I taught two retailer classes. The first was a gift card pop-up card class featuring the brand new Gift Card Accordion die and companion Flourish Gift Frame. These dies launched at Collins and will ship at the end of October. 

Project #1 showed off these two new dies.

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Project #2 used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Rudy the Reindeer and the Merry Christmas die sets. 

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Learn how to assemble the Sleigh GCH die in this video:

 

Project #3 also used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die, but minus the sleigh. Instead, the Paris Edges and Eiffel Tower plus some gorgeous Graphic 45 paper all combined to make an elegant glittered Happy Birthday card.

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Next up was the Characters & Props board class. Now that we have so many Characters (17) and Props (7) dies it's difficult for the stores to have the room to keep all of them in stock all the time. This display board can help the customer know all their choices so the store can special order any they don't have in stock. Many of the retailers who weren't able to take this class wanted to know how to get one for their store. Stay tuned for that, my retailer readers - we have a plan forming! 

The board also shows off the three new additions - Lucky the Rabbit, Props 6 (western) and Props 7 (woven basket) - which will ship at the same time as the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame in late October.

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After I was done teaching my three classes I was delighted to be invited to attend Susan Tierney-Cockburn's class. The project was a gorgeous 3-panel tag card using a variety of Susan's Garden dies  including her fabulous stone wall die. Swoon! Here I am sponging a sky using Susan's Pan Pastels and clouds-die-used-as-stencil. 

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Saturday night is always the Sample Making Frenzy, where every vendor sets up one or two Make 'n Take tables. My table featured a simple pop-up tree card using the Merry & Bright Collection. I had planned to do all the prep work for this card at the show, in between classes, etc. I was thrilled when the ECD team stepped in on Thursday to help me complete the pre-cutting of the pieces. Aisling cut fifty sets of Christmas Trees and Joep cut all the pop stands and embossed the cards. What a life saver! Thanks, team!

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Here's a shot of the Make 'n Take in full swing. Our prep amount was extremely accurate, as I was left with just 2 kits at the end of the 3-hour session. Yeah!

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Sunday is the trade show. Here's where all the education pays off - in orders! We stayed quite busy and of course having the amazing cards by the Designer Challenge Team on display, plus the awesome giant poster of Pop it Ups dies by category (made by the amazing Marli) made it easy for the retailers to place their orders.

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Sharp eyes in the photo above may have spied the two new Clear Stamp sets coming out in the Fall Release. I've had a lot of requests to release the Characters as stamps so people can color them with their Copics. I'm starting with two small Clear Stamp sets - just 3x4 with smaller outline versions of a Character and phrases to fit the theme. The stamped versions of the Characters are about half-size to the die version, so you could use them (say) on the fronts of the cards, on the envelopes or to make kids for your Characters by combining the stamps and the dies. The coordinating phrases will work great with all the decorator labels, tags, etc. in the Pop it Ups line. Here are some visuals so you have a sense of how big the stamps are in comparison to the dies. 

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Without Els at the show to remind us nobody thought to get our usual "team photo" - whoops! Huge thanks to the staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their prep work getting ready for the show with catalogs, boards, posters, etc. and to Joep, Aisling and Susan for making the show a success.

Check back with me tomorrow for this month's Designer Challenge. The theme is Celebrate with Frame Edges and the team has knocked it out of the park as usual. Look for the new Fall Collection dies and stamps to ship to independent retailers at the end of October.

 


Season's Greetings Open Center Ring Accordion

For the August Designer Challenge I taught a technique for an Open Center Accordion and mentioned that it works with any of the Accordion dies.

Today I'm showing a Christmas version of the Open Center Accordion using the Ring Accordion.

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The concept of an Open Center Accordion is that the center two pages have incomplete outer frames, leaving them open for unobscured viewing of the inner shapes. This is particularly useful when the center pages have a greeting and/or photographs.

For my project I used the Ring Accordion and cut the open center pages from a sturdy white cardstock. I used the built-in  stencil on the die to add the stitching lines with a red pen and then stamped the frames with the three snowflake dies from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps.

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For the outer (full) pages I used a sturdy red cardstock for the pages themselves and then layered the small inner pieces from the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion over the solid scallop edge from Ring Frame Edges 1. I stamped red snowflakes on the frame.

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The inner circle decorations start with the head of Rudy the Reindeer, wearing a bow from the Sleigh die. The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells Ring - a 6x6 paper pack. On the second page I used the birch tree paper and embellished with a couple of branches from the All Seasons Tree die, a glittered wreath from Rudy the Reindeer and a stamped greeting from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I cut out the "from our family to yours" using the fishtail banner die from the Lorna Label. (All supplies are linked at the end of the post)

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I repeated the same papers for the final two pages, stamping and embossing Season's Greetings with white powder and cutting it out with one of the decorator dies included with the Ring Accordion. Another Rudy head completes the final page.

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For the front of the album I used the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion, plus the snowflakes that come included in the All Seasons Tree die set.

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Ready to give an Open Center Accordion a try? Watch the video below for instructions. If you want more information on the Halloween album made in the video you can go to that blog post here: Halloween Open Center Accordion.

 

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used.