Aug 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations

It's Designer Challenge day! This month I challenged the team to be inspired by each other. They were instructed to go back through their teammate's creations and find one (or more) to use as inspiration for a new project. They could be inspired by the whole card, a technique, a color scheme, a combination of dies - anything. The results are magnificent and you'll definitely want to check them all out on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

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I was inspired by three projects - Kelly Booth's Easter Oval Accordion from the Spring/Easter challenge, and Caz Counsell's "FrankenPop" card and Fran Sabad's Poppy Halloween card from the Spooky September challenge.

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From Caz's FrankenPop card, I took inspiration for styling Jolly the Mouse as a monster. I filmed this as its own video so it can double as the "how to assemble" video for Jolly. Just cut the pieces from traditional mouse colors instead of monster colors when you want to create a sweet mouse instead of a scary one.

 

Once I had my "monster mouse" I was ready to tackle the main project, where I included several techniques. Here are the techniques (and start times) included in this video:

  • Technique #1: How to create the silver/black embossed damask pages. (slide to 1:50)
  • Technique #2: How to create an Open Center Accordion. (slide to 3:35)
  • Technique #3: How to cut an opening in an accordion page and add fishing line to float items. (slide to 6:00)
  • Technique #4: How to make bats and bones from the Cocoa the Horse die. (slide to 8:40)
  • Technique #5: How to use transfer paper to make a spooky debossed tree background. (slide to 12:35)

  

When the album is closed there is no indication that the middle pages are not full outer frames. This is why it's important to make Open Center Accordions in multiples of 4 pages so that each "open center section" is attached to full pages on each side. This view shows off Technique #1 (silver/black embossed damask), #3 (Cocoa bat) and #5 (transfer paper spooky tree background)

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Here is a close-up of the first two pages:

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The close-up of the second two pages shows Technique #3 (fishing line floating) and Technique #4 (Cocoa bat & bones) plus another version of Technique #5 (spooky ghost tree)

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Here’s a handy reference for making bats using the Cocoa the Horse die.

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The video mentions that the display of an Open Center Accordion will differ slightly from a typical accordion. The two inner ovals will not pull out all the way into a straight line but will stay slightly bent in the center. However, the lack of a center outer frame means there’s no problem viewing both inner ovals.

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Don't forget to see all the inspiration pieces on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

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

 
Edited to add . . . Shelly Hickox told me that there are actual craft videos on Vine, which I found surprising as you only get 6 seconds. I've used Vine to post looping videos of my cards opening and closing, but never any instructions or anything. So I thought I'd see if I could pick out 6 seconds of the Monster Mouse video and it's surprisingly how much you can show in 6 seconds! So if you don't have nearly 8 minutes to spare to watch the real video above, here's a 6 second version:

 

17th Birthday Cards for Karl & Emma

HEY! This isn't funny . . . these babies just keep growing up! Here's a selfie of us Thursday on their birthday - seventeen years old! (Can you believe Karl was less than 3 lbs at birth? I know! Crazy!)

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I like to personalize their birthday cards for what they're into at the time. Two years ago they got Dr. Who 9th Doctor cards. Last year Karl got a video game/music card and Emma got a Captain America card. This year I was a little stumped for Karl because he really hasn't changed his interests in a year. However, he does attend horse therapy and we do live in Texas, so I hit on the idea to make their cards have a Texas theme. 

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Both cards are 5" x 6" cards, fitting nicely in A7 envelopes. For Karl's card front I assembled a Texas flag using strips of cardstock and the barn star from the Star Accordion die. By selectively inking three stamps in the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps I was able to create a custom "Keep Calm and Howdy Birthday" greeting and used a tag die from the Tags Pivot Card to cut it out. The barbed wire is from the new Western Edges die set.

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Inside Karl's card I've used the pop-up portion of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die to make the platforms and then used the Barn and Cocoa the Horse on the platforms. I embossed the Chicken Wire die in silver and black powder for the foreground and used the horses edge die from the Western Edges for the backdrop. The "Texas, Est. 1836" is a Deadbeat Designs rubber stamp that is stamped, colored and fussy-cut, then added with All Seasons Tree clouds into the sky. Cocoa the Horse is styled as a Texas flag with an altered Props 1 Bowler-hat-turned-cowboy-hat.

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In this next photo you can see that when the barn doors slide open a little "happy birthday" message is revealed inside the barn plus some additional hay blobs from the Hay There set. The grass die comes in the Western Edges die set.

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I wanted to continue the Texas theme for Emma's card but also wanted it to have a driving theme as she recently got her Learner's Permit and is currently doing her driving sessions. I decided to make a Texas Longhorn cow and style her like Emma with short brown hair and hipster glasses. The Western Edges were used to create a suitably Texas backdrop for the card front and Brownie Emma sports a pink cowboy hat.

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I used the tail of Jolly the Mouse to make the horns for Brownie the Cow. The cowboy hat was made easily by simply trimming the top of the bowler hat from Props 1 into a cowboy hat shape.

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When the card is opened I wanted to have Brownie Emma driving a car. The Lorna Label pop-up die provides the platform for the car and the backdrop is the barbed wire Western Edge and some fussy cut clouds from a piece of patterned paper. I used gray cardstock to make the road and added the stripes with yellow and white graphic art tape. The striped patterned paper is an older Basic Grey paper from my stash.

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I assembled another Brownie Emma, this time with her hat attached to a horn as though it were flying in the wind. I also trimmed out her front legs and tail to move them into a driving position. The steering wheel is two small nested circle dies and two thin cardstock strips to make cross bars.

The car itself is made from the Bathtub die. I cut one from red and turned it upside-down to be the main portion of the car. Then I cut another bathtub from silver Shimmer Sheetz and trimmed out the lip to be the car's bumper. I found some metal mesh and two silver buttons in my stash and added them to the front of the car. I made the little Texas license plate by hand and used two black rectangles of cardstock with rounded corners for the tires. For the top I used the Oval Accordion and largest oval decorator die, nested together.

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The cards were a hit! Happy Birthday, my babies! 

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Want to make your own Texas-themed cards? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available at independent craft stores worldwide. Nowhere near a craft store? Here are some online links for all the ECD products used on these two cards:


Halloween Ring Accordion - Ghost Poppy

Two posts in a day?! I know . . . who AM I?

But the dies were out on the table, you see. And it's ever so much more fun to craft with stuff on the table than to put said stuff away. (YAWN!)

So here's another idea for using the dies you can win (QUICK! almost over!) on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Page  - Ring Accordion, Poppy the Owl, Clock & Gears and Props 1 ( I didn't use Props 1 for this card)

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Mike & Cheryl

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This is a 3-page Ring Accordion with a few fun techniques. For the orange leafy pattern on pages 1 and 3 plus the clock numbers, I used stencils and Texture Paste. Once dry I simply brushed orange ink over the paste. The stencil I used for the outer rings is a Jenni Bowlin TCW stencil called Mini Vineyard. To make a clock stencil I used Plaid's "cut your own stencil" material, the Clock die and the Sizzix Precision Base Plate to make sure the stencil material cut easily with the die.

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For "ghost Poppy" on Page 1 I used white transfer paper. First I arranged an embossing sandwich in my Big Shot, which is Tab 1, Impressions Pad (hard), Silicone Rubber (soft), cardstock, transfer paper, Poppy detail layer die, cutting pad.

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After rolling through the machine, the transfer paper will add a nice ghostly white texture to the cardstock in the shape of Poppy the Owl. Don't throw the transfer paper away because it can be used over and over.

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Use the Poppy shadow layer die to cut out the ghostly Poppy. Voila!

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 I cut an All Seasons Tree from black cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and embossed with clear powder for a nice shine. Ghost Poppy is perched on the tree for Page 1. The spiderweb is a very old stamp from my stash. Poppy's eyes are a combination of red glitter dots underneath some metal jewelry spacer beads.

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For Page 2 I found an old pumpkin brad in my stash to hold the clock hands on the page. I added red rhinestone eyes, some webbing and a plastic spider.

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Page 3 is also some stash diving - an old "Happy Halloween" stamp from years ago (source unknown.)

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The finished card folds up to be just under 5" in diameter, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope. Because my card is bulky (plastic spider, Poppy's eyes) it may require a second stamp.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. We always encourage shoppers to check with their local store first, but for anyone sadly without a local store, here are some online shopping links: 


July 1, 2015: Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Category Breakdown

Happy Wednesday and Happy July! I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups Collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I'll explain it all!

It's a good ol' fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst - want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)

Pivot Cards

Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.

 

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Pivot Card Product Links:

Pivot Card Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pivot Cards
Seamless Pivot Card Backing Cards
Double Heart Pivot Card
Double Katie Label Pivot Card
Double Evergreen Pivot Card
Triple Pivot Card Technique
House Pivot Card
Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card

Pivot Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pivot Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pivot Card Posts

Pull Cards

Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element - the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.

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Pull Card Product Links:

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

Spiral Circle Pull Card
Introduction to Spiral Circle Pull Card (slide to 7:30)
Introduction to Rectangle Pull Card (slide to 6:43)
Rectangle Pull Card - Buster Plays Dead
Rectangle Pull Card - Rocky Doffs his Cap

Pull Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pull Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pull Card Posts

General Pop-up Cards

Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional "magic trick" cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.

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General Pop-up Product Links:

General Pop-up Video Tutorials:

Introduction to General Pop-ups
Garden Bench
Double Lorna Mummy Card
Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card
Adirondack Chair

General Pop-up Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's General Pop-up Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Lucy Label PostsLots of Pops PostsGarden Bench PostsHappy Birthday PostsLorna Label PostsBeach Collection Posts

Pop Stands

Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.

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Pop Stand Product Links:

Pop Stand Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pop Stands (slide to 1:30)
Eiffel Tower
Barn Pop Stand with Floating Floor

Pop Stand Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pop Stands Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pop Stand Posts

Accordion Albums & Frame Edges

Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you'll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.

Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.

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Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:

Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Accordions
How to add Clear Pages to Pop it Ups Accordions
Pivot Accordion Technique
How to turn Portait Accordions into Landscape Accordions
Stacked Accordions
Barn Accordion Card

Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Accordion Albums Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Accordion Posts

Characters & Props

The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.

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Character & Props Product Links:

Character & Props Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Characters
Honey the Bear as a Panda
Honey & Dutch as Woodland Animals

Characters & Props Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Characters Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Character Dies

Edge Dies

Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.

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Edge Dies Product Links:

Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders

Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.

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Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:

 

Clear Stamps

In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps - the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps - meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon! 

So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting!

Karen


House Pivot Card - Home

Today I'm sharing a card using the House Pivot Card #902. This die is such a great all-purpose die for many themes; Welcome to the Neighborhood, Congrats on your new Home, Welcome Home, Home is where the Heart is, Open House, Happy Spring, etc. The house also can be converted into a bird house, dog house, castle, jean pockets, a man's vest - so many possibilities! 

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If you're new to this die or need a refresher for how to use it, here is a video from last year when I used the House Pivot Card for a Mother's Day card. You can see photos of the video card and a bunch of great samples by the team on this blog post

 

For my new card, I cut the decorator house out of a dark brown cardstock, embossed it with an embossing sandwich to raise the bricks, and then lightly brushed white paint over the house with a foam brush to highlight the bricks. Now that Susan Tierney-Cockburn has joined ECD as a licensed artist there are some wonderful choices for itty-bitty flowers to fit in the window boxes of the house. I used the tiny flowers from the Country Flora 1 set. I also used the heart from the Poppy the Owl set on the front door.

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The other Pop it Ups accessories that work great with the House Pivot Card are the All Seasons Tree, Clouds Embossing Folder and Outdoor Edges, which has a grass edge. I used more of the Poppy hearts in the tree.

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The greeting is meant to convey "Home is where the Heart is". I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die for the letters, cutting out a rectangle around each letter to use the negative space instead of the positive letter. In the center of the O is the heart from the Oval Accordion die.

It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we launched this die. It's always been one of my favorites and if you'd like to own one, check your local independent craft store or here are some online shopping links for the supplies used on this card.

 


Video Tutorials: Modeling Paste Backgrounds & Honey as a Panda

Happy Thanksgiving! We had a nice low key holiday with just the four of us, and after our feast, games and pumpkin pie it was time for everyone to scatter to do whatever they wanted for a while.

I chose to finish the editing of my panda video and get it uploaded.

I'm going to be making more YouTube videos next year since I am reducing my travel schedule to be able to focus on the kids as they finish high school and prepare for college. 

This week I got the wild hair to see what modeling paste in an embossing folder would do and ended up loving the results so much that I filmed my process in case you want to try it.

 

Here's a close-up of what the "Pass 1" background loks like - lots of fun dimension and ridges.

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Now I know that I normally make interactive cards and even John immediately opened them to see what was inside.

ME: They're not pop-ups.

JOHN: Yeah, the inside is pretty boring.

Sheesh. Tough crowd!

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I've also been messing around with Character Transformations. Scroll down or click here to see Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear styled as woodland animals. You'll also see Hoppy the Frog dancing interpretively.

I didn't want to leave out Chilly and Poppy, so here are two cards using the Pass 2 and Pass 3 backgrounds and different stylings to the remaining Characters.

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For the Chilly card I used the Outdoor Edges to make a curvy banner for the top with the ECD Merry Christmas die. Then I used the Outdoor Edges again across the bottom with a tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card and then my altered Chilly the Penguin. All I changed were his beak and eyes. I used the pupils for the eyes and layered the beak shadow layer with the beak die. A white gel pen for the catch lights and a light pink marker for the cheeks finished off Chilly's transformation.

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Next I used a Pass 3 background for this woodsy owl card. Poppy the Owl perches on the All Seasons Tree, which makes a great branch for the Characters. The heart is from the Spiral Circle Pull Card die.

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For Poppy it didn't make sense to use just the pupils for the eyes - owls have big eyes! Instead I used the Shadow Layer, the positive lines to define his wings, the positive feather pieces, and the eyes, beak and feet. His features can be scrunched together a little closer when you eliminate the detail layer like this, so it gives him a different look.

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Want to make Honey the Bear into a Panda bear? No problem! You'll just need white and black cardstock and here's a video tutorial:

 

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It's amazing how different the Characters look when you change out their colors, expressions, etc. 

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Here are some shopping links for the items used in the cards: 


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Red, White OR Blue

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the November Designer Challenge, which is to create monochromatic cards in either all-white, all-red or all-blue. The rules state that they can mix in a little neutral into the cards as well. Make sure you click over to the ECD blog to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team and our guest designer and find links to their blog posts, where many of these cards have additional photos, supply lists and instructions.

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For my project I am teaching a technique for doubling the Pivot Card dies so they become 4-panel accordion-style cards. This technique works with any of the Pivot Card Dies, and to prove it, I've created video tutorials for three different pivot card dies. I wanted to keep up with my amazing designers, many of whom made a card for all three color schemes, so I did, too!

All-White Card: Double Evergreen Pivot Card

 

To make the structure for this card start with a 12" x 5.5" strip of cardstock. Score at 3.5", 6" and 8.5", measuring from the left edge. You'll end up with an accordion card with 4 panels. The outer two panels will be 3.5" x 5.5" and the inner two panels will be 2.5" x 5.5"

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One thing that ended up on the cutting room floor was the step where I took a Sharpie white paint pen and highlighted the silver bows and transparent glitter dots. This was my attempt to keep the card mostly white, not silver, to meet the challenge requirements. 

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ECD Supply Links for the Double Evergreen Pivot Card: (FREE SHIPPING THROUGH NOVEMBER 14, 2014 ON CONTINENTAL USA ORDERS OF ANY SIZE AND INTERNATIONAL ORDERS OF AT LEAST $50)

 
Other Supplies: 7gypsies patterned paper, Duck shelf liner, white acrylic paint, Bazzill Salt Dotted Swiss cardstock, Sharpie white paint pen, corrugated paper, ribbon

All-Blue Card: Double Katie Label Pivot Card 

To make the structure for this card start with two 5.5" x 8.5" strips of cardstock. Score 0.5" from one end of one strip to make a hinge. Use strong tape to hinge the two pieces together. Score from the center hinge 3 5/8" in both directions. After die cutting, trim the card, in the closed position, to 4.25" wide.

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ECD Supply Links for the Double Katie Label Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: Powdered Blue Shimmer Cardstock – TPC Studio, Grasscloth (stash item), “What’s the word?” stamp – Texana Designs, “Just Popping Up” stamp – Rubbernecker, black ink

All-Red Card: Double Heart Pivot Card

 

To make the structure for this card start with a 7.5" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper. Score 0.5" from each end to make hinges to attach the patterned paper to two 5" x 5" squares of cardstock. Score in the middle of the patterned paper.

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One of the tips I mention in the video is that you can use decorative twine (use a needle) to tie the top of the heart to the card so that if your pivot point ever tears, the hearts will still be connected and pivot using the twine. This is a great tip for when you want to make pivot cards from patterned paper but are worried about durability.

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ECD Supply Links for the Double Heart Pivot Card:

Other Supplies: “Merriment” Paper Stash – Advantus, Metal heart charms (stash item), Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock, red brads, baker’s twine

Feeling inspired to make your own Double Pivot Card? You've seen three versions done in these videos, but this technique will also work with the other pivot cards. Here are links to the other two styles of Pivot Card die that would work with this technique:

 Ready for more monochromatic inspiration? Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post.


North/South Carolina Teaching Tour Oct 21-26, 2014

I'll be heading to North and South Carolina for my final teaching trip of the year at the end of October. You can take this class at one of the eight stores listed below. You'll need to contact the stores for times and pricing.

  

Here are photos of the four class cards, although I really like the students to think of the cards more like recipes and idea starters for future creations. The real value in a Pop it Ups class are the tips, tricks and education about the dies themselves. You'll have the opportunity to learn all four categories of Pop it Ups folds; Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-ups and Accordions. You'll also try out a Character and other accessory dies and folders.

 

 

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Things you should bring to class:

  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! - Tape Runner, 1/4" strong tape, mini glue dots, pop-dots and a liquid glue capable of doing detail work. (My favorite is a Fineline 20 guage Applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive)
  • Scissors - detail scissors can also be helpful
  • Paper Piercer
  • Sanding Block (I will have some to share, but bring your own and the class moves faster)
  • Brayer (only if you have one - helps mash down the frame edges)
  • Detail Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and bear eyeballs)
  • Inks & Blending Tools (completely optional - all of my cards are inkless, but if you like the look of ink, bring colors to fit each card)

Hope to see you there!


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spooky September + BONUS

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the September Designer Challenge, which is to use Pop it Ups dies to make Halloween cards. Make sure you click over to the blog post to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching a technique I call the "Double Lorna" where you cut the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die into a folded card to double the pop-up. Additionally, I'm showing how to add an additional box platform to the card to allow for a sturdy extra support to animate anything.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I created a Chilly-the-Penguin-turns-Mummy card. Watch the video here:

 

Here are photos of my finished card:

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Here are supply links for the Mummy card: 

I really love this technique and I didn't want people thinking it was only for Halloween cards, so I whipped up a second version of the card using the same measurements, same techniques, but changing the theme to a Hoppy the Frog "Warts New?" card.

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If you haven't been introduced to the Character Dies yet, feel free to watch the Intro to Characters Video, which shows you how to assemble them. Hoppy the Frog comes with two accessory dies - a Lily and a Fly. For my card I used patterned paper for the detail layer and spun the eyes to be looking upward.

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This card was built exactly like the Mummy card but instead of using the All Seasons Tree for the tree iteslf, I used just the clouds that come in the set to create a layered cloudy sky backdrop. 

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Litte fun fact about me - I used to collect frogs as a child. I had frog stuffed animals and figurines and the very first rubber stamp I ever purchased was an Inkadinkado jumping frog. As a stamper for many, many years I've collected all sorts of interesting stamps, such as the "It's not easy being green" stamp, (have no idea who made it) and the "Warts New?" stamp (Art Impressions, copyright 1996). I also have one that says "Frog: the other green meat!" (RBBB copyright 1991) but it didn't exactly fit the theme of this fun card to suggest that Hoppy should be fricasseed.

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For the front of the card I used the stitched Lorna label decorator die plus a couple more clouds. I snipped out a leg from the Hoppy detail and shadow layers to hold the label. The ribbon is Creative Impressions' Crepe ribbon.

Hoppy_Frog_Popup

The back wall will give you your first glimpse of a *BRAND NEW* Karen Burniston embossing folder that should be available from Elizabeth Craft Designs soon. It's a layered clouds folder, just perfect for filling in the sky quickly. I brushed ink over the embossed surface to highlight the cloud ridges and then also added clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. The Fly die comes with Hoppy and I attached a few "flying" among the clouds.

Supplies for the Hoppy the Frog Card:

Well I hope you enjoy this technique as much as I do. The Double-Lorna-Extra-Box card is completely generic and can be decorated for any theme. I'd love to see what you come up with! 

For more Spooky September inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team, make sure you head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog!

 


Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

9:30am–1pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

Karen Burniston 

Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.

CLASS #1: HOLIDAY/OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:

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Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:

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For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)

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And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.

CLASS #2: ALL OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:

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Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.

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For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:

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And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!