Well it's a pretty soggy 4th of July here in the Houston area. It's been steadily pouring rain for hours and we're under flash flood advisory.
Since we can't do our cookout, I decided on a craft-in!
This morning I posted our July Designer Challenge with a theme of Sweet Summer and posted a new video teaching a technique for assembling the Charm Accordion die set with staggered squares. In honor of Independence Day I made a patriotic version.
On the front of the card I die cut stars from white glitter paper. The large star came from the Circle Charm die set and the smaller one comes included with the Charm Accordion set. The red striped paper was from my stash. The scalloped frame from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up fits the squares of the Charm Accordion perfectly.
When opened, the card resembles a flag. Glittered star charms dangle in the small frames. Our chunky Alphabet die was used for the USA letters.
To create the inlaid letters, I cut them from the pages themselves and then also from two layers of black cardstock. I used the negative cut-outs behind the letter-shaped openings on each page. Then I sunk the original letters back into the opening, creating the reverse eclipse effect. You can learn this technique in last month's Designer Challenge Video.
Learn how to create a staggered Charm Accordion by watching today's video:
For the front of the card I added glittered flourishes using some lovely new microfine glitters from VZ Crafts. (Full disclosure - VZ sent me the glitters to try out.) I used Aquamarine, a more matte-finish with bits of sparkle, and Warm Crystal with tons of sparkle. The circle paper is an older Bella Blvd. design from my stash.
Even though the Charm Accordion is a petite-sized card (just 3.25" x 4.25" when folded up), it doesn't feel small when it is displayed. The staggered orientation adds an extra element of movement and excitement to the card. The Happy Birthday stamp is Hero Arts. The blue paper is Photo Play.
Our charm dies are all sized to work perfectly with the Charm Accordion die set and with each other. This card combines the four charms from the Sweet Treats Charms set with two charms (birthday hat and cupcake) from the Birthday Charms set. The tiny heart comes included in the Birthday Charms set. All of the charms dangle from paper jump rings using the die included with the Charm Accordion that cuts four paper jump rings at a time.
Ask for Karen Burniston branded die sets at your favorite independent and online retailers. If you are sadly without any local shops, you will also find them on our website. Here are the links to the video products:
The team will make your mouth water with these amazing Sweet Summer card ideas. If you click the designer's name you'll go to their blog post for more photos, supply list and information.
Frances Byrne informs us that popsicles in Australia are called "ice blocks"! The more you know! I love how she was inspired by the ice block paper to style the ice block charms and have her stamped and colored birds holding them. The pop-up is the Tag Book, placed into a larger card. So cool!
Helen Cryer made this vision in pink of a Circle Charm Pop-up card. I love how she cut a circle hole into the back of the card to line up with the pivoting circle for a tunnel effect when the card is closed. The styling in all pink (check out that palm tree) is lovely!
Karen Aicken can do it all! I love how her blog is filled with practical ideas, such as making use of premade embellishments with your pop-up dies to make fabulous cards on a time budget. This one uses the Katherine Label Pop-up to animate the Happy Birthday label and sunglasses. A great mix of premades and dies.
Summer Hills-Painter used the perfect popsicle paper to highlight the Sweet Treats Charms on this vibrant Twist Panel card. I particularly like how Summer used the scalloped squares from the Upsy Daisy to mix in with the scalloped rectangle included with the Twist Panel set. Such a great way to get more use out of your sets, to mix and match the decorator pieces.
Fran Sabad made a donut-shaped card! I just love this! She cut the card itself using the Circles- Crosshatch set and then decorated with the donut charm from the Sweet Treats set, along with Word Set 6. I adore the little girl (colored to perfection) anchoring the card. The Circle Charm Pop-up is the perfect choice for a donut-shaped card!
Kelly Booth knows a thing or two about coloring and it's obvious in this gorgeous Upsy Daisy card. Look at those popsicles! They look good enough to eat! And clearly Mr. Fox agrees! (Plus he has left all the lime popsicles for meeeeee!) I like how Kelly incorporated a money gift by making the lower decoration a pocket.
Have a safe and blessed 4th of July. Meet us back her next month on August 8, 2018 for our next challenge with a theme of CHARMED!
Next Saturday, June 16, 2018, I'll be at Croppin' Bug in La Marque, Texas (just south of Houston) teaching a pop-up card class from 9am to noon featuring brand new dies from our Spring collection. Here are the projects and "what to bring" list for students.
NOTE: Normally you are instructed to bring your die cutting machine to cut some pieces using the die set included in your kit. However, because of the number of pieces in each card, I have elected to pre-cut all the pieces for the kits to make class go faster. You do not need to bring your die cutting machine to class. You will still receive the Circle Charm Pop-up die set in your kit, but you will not be required to use it during class.
Next up, a Tent Pop-up Card. If you need a last-minute Father's Day card this will work wonderfully, but the greeting is generic so you'll be able to use it for any occasion and the colors are gender-neutral. This card also uses the Camping Charms and the nested crosshatch shape dies.
Welcome to our March 2018 Designer Challenge with a theme of Coffee & Cake. I challenged the team and our guest designer to use either the Coffee Cup Pop-up or the Cake Pop-up for a card.
For my card and video I couldn't decide which die to use, so I decided to combine them. The bottom two layers of the cake are used as a pedestal for the coffee cup - a completely reasonable celebration of such a magnificent beverage! Watch how I did it here:
In the closed position this card measures 5" x 6" and will mail easily in an A7 envelope. For the front decoration I mimicked the look of the pop-up, trimming pieces of the cake and scalloped trims and then topping with one of the Coffee Charms, styled in the same colors as the pop-up version. The spotted patterned paper is an old piece of Bella Blvd. paper called Thankful. The other papers were just scraps from my stash.
Once open, the pop-up pedestal expands, revealing the coffee cup, which holds a gift card. The ribbons are stamped in bright colors, embossed with clear powder, and then trimmed into individual strips.
The scalloped trim pieces that come included with the Cake Pop-up would normally act like frosting, but for this card I wanted to decorate the two tiers as platforms, so I turned the trim scalloped-side-up to act as a decorative molding instead. The Coffee Charms adorn the upper platform while the beans that come included with the Coffee Cup Pop-up decorate the lower platform.
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As usual, the team really hit it out of the park with their cards this month. We also invited a guest designer to participate this month. In all cases you can click on the designer's name to open their blog post in a separate window. Those blog posts will give you more photos, information and supply lists for their particular cards.
Coffee Cup Pop-up Cards
Karen Hasheck is joining the challenge this month as a guest designer. Her Coffee Cup pop-up card features a great color scheme with pops of royal blue. Click over to Karen's blog to see more of her work and find links to her YouTube videos. Karen also runs a children's charity challenge blog called Send a Smile 4 Kids to collect and distribute cards for hospitalized children. How amazing is that?!! We are thrilled that she was able to join us this month.
Karen Aicken chose such an exquisite color scheme for this card. I love her choice to use the Birthday Charms hat on the front of the cup. So lovely!
Fran Sabad also chose an amazing color scheme for this refreshing card. I love all the floral accents and the pretty elements.
Kelly Booth found a twenty-year-old logo stamp in her stash that was the absolute PERFECT choice for the Coffee Cup. Plus, the stamp is still available! Love the crisp colors to this happy card.
Shelly Hickox has such a way with textures. This masculine version of the Coffee Cup pop-up for her son's birthday is perfection. By the way - if you're looking to impress a man in your life with a handmade card - try a pop-up card!
Cake Pop-up Cards
Frances Byrne created this delightful cake card using stamped birds and bright fun colors. I predict that a lucky 8-year-old is going to be very impressed with this card!
Summer Hills-Painter was very clever with this idea to swap out the top tier of the cake for palm trees for a tropical-themed birthday card. Mermazing indeed!
Helen Cryer has such a talent for combining patterned papers. This beauty includes bunting on top of the cake and a floral surround. Gorgeous!
How inspiring! Hopefully these ideas by the team have your mind buzzing with wonderful pop-up ideas. Join us next month, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 for our next challenge, with a theme of HIP TO BE SQUARE - we will all be incorporating a square or squares into our projects.
Just one week left until our Winter 2018 die release starts shipping. My goal is to have all of the assembly videos up before the dies ship and I'm plugging away on them. So far I've completed videos for the Royalty dies (Castle and Accessories) and the Coffee dies (Coffee Cup and Charms) See those videos below and also on the product pages linked below each video.
All of the new dies, plus a restock order of the Tag Book Pop-up will start shipping February 1, 2018. Stores around the world have already ordered, so definitely ask for these products at your local store if you are lucky enough to have one. Even if they don't carry our products now, please ask if they'll order them in for you. We make it easy for retailers with convenient online ordering and low minimums, or they can order through a distributor.
My office is REALLY messy. Like, take the biggest craft supply hoarding mess you can envision and then triple it.
It's overwhelming to think about cleaning this office. There's just so much to go through. So much to purge. So much to organize.
Most of the time I opt for a snack instead.
But this week I did decide I would tackle just one corner. It took several hours, but I was able to purge a lot of old class materials and reclaim cabinet and drawer space for things that didn't have a home. Progress!
One of the things that I discovered in the mass was a partial Christmas Tree pop-up card. It was a green tree inside a plain white card with a red cardinal and a glittery star. Perfect! I decided to finish it as a warm-up card for next week's Designer Challenge, which has a theme of "Trees, Please!"
I started with the interior of the card. The tree was assembled in a folded white card, but I wanted to use a single-piece red backing card, so I carefully cut on the fold line of the white card to separate it into two white base pieces under the tree. I then trimmed down the outer edges of the white so I would have a nice border inside a standard A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) cut from red cardstock.
To further decorate the tree, I added glue to the bottom third of the tree and dumped silver confetti pieces over the glue. I also dotted glue randomly around the white card and added confetti to the background. In keeping with my sparkly theme, I added some rhinestones to the upper part of the tree. The greeting is two stacked layers from Word Set 3 - Holiday brushed with red ink and attached in a curved line.
As the card is closed the tree will pop down and lie flat.
For the card front, I used the larger tree charm from the Winter Charms die set and styled it with the same "confetti dip" as the pop-up tree. I used a stamp set from Darkroom Door (Christmas Reindeer) to add the script to the background - stamped in Versamark ink and then brushed with Pearl Ex powder. I used the Nature Edges die set to add the snow drifts and stamped Joy (same stamp set) on the bottom drift.
My finished card fits in a standard A2 envelope for mailing.
Happy Thanksgiving! (And to folks outside the US . . . Happy Thursday!)
Today I'm sharing a fun adaptation of the Flower Pot Pop-up die into a clear cookie jar, filled with gingerbread people.
My card measures 5x7 when folded. I went with a very simple and clean card front.
As the card opens, the cookie jar starts to rise up.
Once open, the card reveals a fun tabletop scene. To create the card's interior, I cut the woodgrain paper (old Kaisercraft, from my stash) into two panels, 6" tall x 4.5" wide. I placed the panels temporarily onto my 10x7 white cardstock base to determine where to cut the pop-up mechanism and then taped the pop-up die over the two panels in the centered position, leaving a little gap between the paper so it wouldn't bunch in the fold of the card later. I lifted the two paper panels, now held together with the die, and ran them through my machine to cut the two tabs to hold the flower pot.
To convert the flower pot into a cookie jar, I cut the side pieces from medium clear plastic and cut them into individual panels. When using thick plastic, it needs to be hinged with something that folds easily, like cardstock. I used just slices of flower pots cut from cardstock to create a bottom band and an upper band. These two cardstock bands hold the shape of the flower pot. The upper band (red) also hides the connection points for the lattice strips, which were cut out of green cardstock. The bottom band is also red, attached inside the pot. I didn't like seeing the adhesive through the plastic, so I cut individual pieces of green spotted paper for the outside of the pot. (Eagle eyes will see where one of my green spotted panels is lifting a bit in the corner and yes, I have glued that down but was far too lazy to retake all the photos!)
The cookies are all made with the Winter Charms die set. I had some corrugated kraft cardstock in my stash that worked perfectly to make the cookies, plus the ridges added a fun texture to the cookies. I brushed the edges with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. I used letter stickers from my stash to spell out "cookies" on a small label from the Katherine Label Pop-up set.
I thought it would be fun to create a plate of cookies, so I used decorator pieces from the Snowman Twist Circle die set to create the plate. I used the eyes and buttons that fell out of the large cookie overlay to add crumbs on the table.
In this top view you can get a sense for how the cookies fill the jar. Four big cookies are attached to the lattice strips, with two hanging down into the jar and two sticking up out of the jar. Then I filled in with one more large cookie and eight small cookies, all attached to the clear sides of the jar.
For the greeting block, I used the Word Set 3 - Holiday die set, and cut the greeting twice from white cardstock, stacked them and brushed the bottom with red ink. I curved the greeting to match the shape of the small oval from the Katherine set. I'll sign the card on the oval. I also added one more small cookie and some crumbs.
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If you're interested in the dies I used on my Cookie Jar Card, you'll find them at independent craft stores, some of your favorite online stores, and on our website as well. You'll also find assembly videos and instruction sheets on our website.
Happy November and welcome to our monthly Designer Challenge!
This month you're going to be treated to mouth-watering projects by the team. I challenged them to work some sort of Gingerbread element into their projects and, shall we say . . . WOWZA!
This is also the week where we revealed our Fall 2017 5-die Mini-Release, including the Cat and Dog die, which is designated as our hurricane relief charity die for the first 1,000 sold. See this release in our flip catalog here.
For my gingerbread project I definitely wanted to showcase the new Tag Book Pop-up, and it struck me that the decorator pieces could be styled to look like cookie sheets. I used the Winter Charms to add the cookies and Word Set 3 - Holiday to add the greeting. Learn this project by watching the video tutorial:
For the front of the card I wanted to include a larger cookie. To make the larger cookie sheet I trimmed the decorator tag into a rectangle and then trimmed it with the beaded strip die and used the paint distressing as shown in the video. It created the perfect size cookie sheet to fit the larger gingerbread cookie charm from the Winter Charms set. The banners and heart are included in the Tag Book set.
I chose a "mod" holiday palette for this card - pink, green and red. The pink gingham patterned paper is an older My Mind's Eye design. The red paper is Bo Bunny and the green spotted cardstock is from Bazzill.
The cookie sheets are made by cutting the pieces from silver mirror board and doubling the beaded trim to make a lip. I covered the pieces with black paint and then immediately wiped it off with a paper towel, giving that oven-baked well-worn look to the cookie sheets.
The gingerbread cookies are made using the small tree and man charms from the Winter Charms set, plus the hearts from the Tag Book set. Each cookie is stacked with two layers and then highlighted using the stencil features on the dies and a white gel pen. I brushed the edges with a little brown ink as well. For authenticity, you might also try breaking a cookie.
The Tag Book goes together quickly and has no theme, so you'll be able to use it year-round for any occasion. It also has so many great decorator dies included in the set. If you're looking for a high value pop-up die, this is a great choice!
Ready to give this project a try? You can find my dies at independent and online craft stores throughout the world or order directly from our website. Here are links to the products used in the video:
The Design Team really hit it out of the park this month. I encourage you to click their names to visit their individual blog posts, where you'll find more photos and information about their gorgeous projects.
Helen Cryer is the queen of gingerbread house projects and you can see why with this stunning card featuring the House and Fence die set in gingerbread splendor.
Fran Sabad made this darling Tag Book Pop-up featuring a whole gingerbread scene. I love the way she used the beaded trims on the arms of the pop-up and the festive styling of this card.
Frances Byrne used the new Tag Book Pop-up for a charming gingerbread scene, including fitting the house from the House and Fence die set onto the tag. Brilliant! I love the cheery feel to this fun card.
Kelly Booth continues the Tag Book fun with this dog-themed card. I love how she turned the decorator House die into a gingerbread dog house! Brilliant!
Karen Aicken continues the fun with the Tag Book by using the pieces to make gift tags. These are absolutely darling! Make sure you head over to her blog post to see each tag closer. Such a clever dress-up to a gift.
Shelly Hickox cleverly converted the Cupcake Pop-up into a snow globe for the challenge. I love the little gingerbread man in the globe wearing the cap from the Winter Animals set. Another Shellypiece!
Such fabulous inspiration this month for crafting paper gingerbread goodness.
Join us next month on December 6th, for our Designer Challenge with a theme of "Trees, please!" The holiday and winter projects will all incorporate a tree.
Today's Paper Pros challenge theme was set by Shelly Hickox to make masculine birthday cards. What I really needed to make, though, was a Father's Day Card, so I went rogue!
I wanted to use the Charm Accordion die set, which creates an adorable little 2-page Accordion in one pass. Then, you can use the included hinge dies to expand the album into a 4-page, or 6-page, etc. See how this is done by watching the assembly video for this die:
But . . . I wanted a 3-page album and I didn't want to hinge just one page onto the end.
So what I did was to start with a 4.5" x 12" strip of cardstock and folded it at 3.5" from the end. Then I placed the fold right up to (but not crossing) the edge of the die. I used temporary removable tape to keep the cardstock aligned with the die.
After die cutting, I had a 3-page album! I used a trimmer to take off any excess cardstock from the third page, so it would match the width of the other two pages (3.25")
The other modification I made to the album was to make an elongated charm frame by gluing two charm frames between each page and then trimming out the center with scissors. This will allow me to hang a larger charm between the pages.
From here it was just a matter of decorating. Both sides of the album got panels of patterned paper. I used the die to cut the pages and then trimmed 1/8" from each edge of the paper. A labelmaker was used for the greeting.
The chipboard letters were from my stash and fit the squares perfectly. I also found the metal tool charms in my stash and knew they would be perfect for my Dad's card, since he is a mechanic and always has tools in his pockets. Since the metal charms are heavy, I used metal jump rings instead of the paper jump rings that come in the set.
I did use a paper jump ring for the heart charm in the lower right corner. This view shows the other metal tool charm.
Check out all the other masculine cards on the Paper Pros blogs here:
This month I've been revisiting some of my favorite technique videos and making Christmas versions of the cards. Today's share is an amped-up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card where I added two Evergreen Pivot Card cuts into the panels, giving it an extra layer of interactivity.
This card is a top-fold A2 (4.25" x 5.5") but because of the bulk, it will need a larger envelope and extra postage. I kept the front very simple, with a stamped layered label set (Labels & circles), ribbon and some evergreen trees (Evergreen Pivot Card).
As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift up. I made sure that my ribbon bow was high enough that the twisting labels will not hit it.
Once the card is opened fully, the panels will expand and the trees pop-up, creating a fun zigzagging double pop-up.
To create the burlap/glittered trees, I first added double-sided adhesive to a piece of cardstock and then pressed a piece of burlap into the adhesive. I die cut the decorator trees using the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to make sure it would cut the burlap and cardstock completely. After die cutting I poured glitter through the burlap to stick to the leftover adhesive. I alternated between two colors of glitter (Imperial Garnet and Light Brass) to give the line of trees some variety. The Evergreen Pivot Card includes a die to cut stars for the tops of the trees.
The patterned paper I used is a very old piece of Lily Bee Design paper (Jingle egg nog) from my stash. I used the smaller snowflake die from the Holiday Charms set to die cut the maroon snowflakes from the leftover patterned paper and sprinkled snowflakes throughout the card. The Merry Christmas stamp is also an older design (Stampendous) from my stash. I stamped and embossed it onto maroon cardstock and then cut it into a tag shape.
From the side you can really see the layers of dimension to this card. The outer two panels are connected to the arms of the Twist Circle Panel Card in the usual manner. The label on the base of the card is inlaid so make sure it is not a catch point. I embossed the "Dec 25" stamp and left room to sign the card with a white gel pen.
For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:
Backing Card: 4.25" x 11", scored for folding at 5.5" (making an A2 top fold card)
Inner Card: 4" x 10.75", scored for folding at 5 3/8" (center)
Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
Interior Pop-up Panels: 10" x 3", scored at 2.75", 5" and 7.25" to make four panels (outer two panels are 2.75" wide and inner two panels are 2.25" wide) with corners rounded with 1/2" radius
Here are some step-by-step photos for how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card die into the panels.
Step 1: After scoring to make the 4-panel strip, line up the Evergreen Pivot Card alignment nubs on the right-most fold line, using temporary adhesive to hold the small trees in place. Fold the other three panels underneath as shown above. Roll through a die cutting machine to die cut the small trees through two panels.
Step 2: Open the panel set up and move the die to the left-most fold, taping down the small trees so they don't shift. Fold under the left-most panel and pull the small tree that is already die-cut over the top of the die so it won't be cut again. Roll through the machine.
Step 3: Turn the panel set over so you're working on the back of the piece. Use clear tape to join the small trees in the center. Add cardstock panels to the outside edges. The panels should measure 1.25" wide by 3" tall.
Step 4: Turn the panels back to the front again. Start working the folds between the trees to create the pop-ups as shown. You'll have to create your own fold between the two outermost trees. This can be scored if you prefer, but I just used my fingers to create the folds.
Step 5: Turn the panels to the back again. Cut four cardstock strips, each measuring 1.5" x 3" and add them to the back of the panels. Make sure the adhesive is added to the panels so you can avoid the tree areas with adhesive.
Step 6: Decorate the panels as desired. I used washi tape (stash item) across the top and bottom edges of my panels and then rounded the corners with a 1/2" corner rounder. To add the small burlap trees in the very center, the interior side of each tree had to be trimmed so it wouldn't cross the fold.
Once I had my panel set completely decorated, I followed the video instructions for creating the base of the card (Twist Circle) and adding the panels. I reinforced all of my arms with patterned paper (this is shown in the video).
Ready to give this amped up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card a try? Here are the items from my Christmas Version that I was able to source.