Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 50: Haunted! (Haunted House Pop-up)

Welcome to our October 2021 Designer Challenge with a theme of Haunted! The team was challenged to make Halloween Cards. This is our 50th Designer Challenge. Whoo hoo!

For my card and video I created the assembly video for the Haunted Tiny House Add-ons, which requires the foundation die  Tiny House Pop-up.

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Watch the full assembly video to see how I made this card:

My card measures 5" x 5" when closed, which means it will fit in an A7 envelope for mailing. For the front of the card I layered two Echo Park patterned papers, added a thin border from our Border Blends - Arglye set, and then created a spooky scene with the Landcape Scene, Haunted Tiny House Add-ons and Happy Halloween dies. I was inspired by Karen Aicken to double the tree to make it bigger. You'll see her card when you scroll through the Designer cards below.

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Open the card and the haunted house pops up, decorated with all the pieces included in the Add-ons set. 

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The Landscape Scene includes the tree and the circle die that's perfect for a moon. The rest of the elements come included in the Tiny House Pop-up and Haunted Tiny House Add-ons sets.

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Ready to give this card a try? All patterned papers are Echo Park. Here are the other supplies used in the video:

NOTE: Amazon links are affiliate links where I receive a small commission on the sale at no cost to you. 


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Now let's take a look at the awesome Halloween cards created by our talented design team. For each of these cards there is a full blog post, supply list and, for some of the cards, a video as well. Click the designer's name to visit the blog post, which will open in a new window.

Fran Sabad made an absolutely haunting (see what I did there?) spooky castle card featuring a pop-up vampire inside. The colors are amazing and Fran chose to have a flap fold to the back of the card instead of the front to not obscure any of the scene.

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Frances Byrne also made a pop-up vampire card featuring the Halloween Scene, Halloween Elements and Iron Fence Pop-up. I particularly like her choice to use the creepy hands from the Halloween Elements set as vampire hands. Brilliant!

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Lois Bak chose to make a Pumpkinhead character for her card. I love her choice to hold the card closed with a decorated belly band. She has also incorporated the Holiday House and some of our other Halloween decorator dies. Delightful!

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Sandy Diller blew us away with this clever haunted pop-up Barn card. What a great idea! I love how she's decked out the farm animals in costumes. So many great details on this card, including the crooked doors and spiderized weather vane!

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Kelly Booth made this clever gatefold slimline card where two angled platforms from the Mini Pops set lift up ghosts and a string of banners above the cemetery below. The eerie night sky is stunning!

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Karen Aicken shows how well the small elements in the Haunted Tiny House Add-ons set also work with our other House dies to turn them into haunted houses. For this fabulous card she used the House and Fence Pop-up. So many great details and clever touches in this card. I love how Karen made custom trees using the Landscape Scene for the backdrop of this card.

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make Halloween cards. Join us next month on November 3, 2021 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of WINDOW CARDS! 

We started our Mission Poppable hashtag with Designer Challenge 45 and have been delighted with the projects posted. For the September challenge our winner (by random draw) is Christine Roy, who posted two great Charm Accordion projects.

Each challenge will bring a new mission and you have a month to complete it. You are welcome to post more than one card for the mission, which will increase your chances to win by random draw.

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own card following this month's challenge theme of "HAUNTED!" Make sure your Halloween card features our die(s) heavily. Post your card on Instagram using the hashtag #missionpoppable OR on our Facebook Group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps OR both. If posting in the Facebook group, please add it to the photo album for this month's challenge, which you'll find in the Media section of the group. You have until the next Designer Challenge date (November 3, 2021) to complete your mission. This message will not self-destruct because I don't know how to do that.

We will choose a winner by random draw from all the cards for a $25 credit to our website. The winner will be contacted via messenger or e-mail. 

Make sure if you're posting on the Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook Group that you follow the rules of the group. Outside product is allowed, but not for the pop-up portion of the card. Cards posted on the group must heavily feature our brand. You can find us on Instagram @karenburnistonbrand and also my personal account @karenburniston

Happy Crafting!

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Sneak Peek - Karen Burniston August 2021 Die Release

Happy August!

Today we are starting a week of sneak peeks for our August 2021 release. We have fourteen new dies that will start shipping to stores later this week. For those without a local store option, the dies will be available for ordering from our website, KarenBurniston.com, starting August 9, 2021.

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Learn about these dies by watching the preview video here:

Throughout this week the Design Team will be sharing ideas for the new dies on their blogs. You'll find a list of links in the sidebar of this blog.

If you're looking for the foundation dies for the new Add-ons and shadow die, they can be found here: Bitty Ball Pop-up, Tiny House Pop-up, Merry Christmas

Next Monday we will have a blog hop that includes prizes for leaving comments. 

Stay tuned for lots of ideas and videos this week!

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 37 - In the Wild! Pumpkin Costume Card

Welcome to our September 2020 Designer Challenge.

Our theme this month is "In the Wild!" and I challenged the team to create animals by combining our Surprise Ball Pop-up with the new Bitty Ball Pop-up

For my card and video I wanted to show how the pieces in Animal Add-ons 1 can be repurposed to make a raccoon. I also thought it would be fun to show how any of the stacked animals can wear a pumpkin costume for Halloween.

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Learn how to make this card by watching the YouTube video here:

This card measures 6x6 when closed, so it will require additional postage, both because it's a square but also because the bead closure on the front adds thickness to the card. I recommend a bubble mailer. The silver elastic cording is attached to the back of the card and stretches across to hook onto the bead/brad, keeping the card closed.

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Lift the cord off of the bead/brad and the gatefold card will spring open, revealing a raccoon all ready for trick-or-treating in a pumpkin costume. The Happy Halloween greeting is from Halloween Charms and the backing oval is from our Ovals - Crosshatch set.

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The pumpkin costume will fit any animal.

You also have the option to make animals (with or without pumpkin costumes) by stacking two of the same size ball dies. A note, though. The Bitty Ball die set includes animal accessories (arms, smile, pointy nose) that you will need to make the animals in Animal Add-ons 1. If you only want to invest in one ball die and animals are what you primarily want to make, then I would recommend the Bitty Ball. If you are looking for an Add-on set to use with your Surprise Ball only (no Bitty Ball) then I would recommend Animal Add-ons 2 because it includes arms. Hopefully that makes sense.

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Want to give this card a try? Again, you can make the head, arms, legs and tail into any animal, so get creative with who will be wearing your pumpkin costume. Here are links to the supplies used. The plaid paper is from Echo Park in their Celebrate Autumn line from a couple of years ago. The paper on the pumpkin is a very old sheet of Basic Grey from my stash. The silver elastic cording is from Michaels, where you can also find plastic beads.


Are you ready for more animal inspiration? Check out these amazing cards by our incredibly talented design team!

Fran Sabad made this masterpiece of a card to celebrate her daughter's first wedding anniversary. I actually attended that wedding, which I was surprised to learn was just one year ago, when it feels like a decade! There are so many amazing details to this card, but especially that the hippos rotate and kiss!

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Karen Aicken did something very clever with her batty bitty ball - she put the Surprise Ball on top for a bigger head than body! Brilliant! Karen hand cut the wings and has a YouTube video explaining the details and tips/tricks for her card. Definitely check it out!

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Kelly Booth has a favorite color and it's on full display with this wonderful teal elephant. I adore the way Kelly has added the flowers from the Flip Frame die set to make a flower tiara for the elephant. The matching small elephant from the Safari Animals on the front of the card is perfection.

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Sandy Diller made a sweet birthday card using a Bitty/Surprise stacked elephant in bright fun colors. I particularly like the way she snipped out some of the individual fronds from the Fronds Pattern Plate to decorate her interior greeting strip. And whiskers as elephant hair is brilliant!

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Frances Byrne made this absolutely stunning lion card. I adore the scene she created on the front circle using the new Landscape Scene. Her use of the crosshatch circle die to create a mane is a stroke of genius. Love it!

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Lois Bak fashioned her favorite mouse for this magical birthday card. This is a great example of combining pieces from other die sets to expand your menagerie (circle dies for ears) as well as clever panel decoration to make clothes. Awesome!

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Please join us next month on Wednesday, October 7th (my 25th anniversary!) for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "Inspired by -" we will be taking inspiration from each other for this fun challenge.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 13 - House!

Happy September! It's been a busy few days already with the September Release now available for pre-order on KarenBurniston.com as well as the announcement of three new Design Team members, expanding our team from seven to ten. For this month's challenge the theme is House, and team members were instructed to create a card of any theme but incorporating either the House & Fence Pop-up die set OR the new House Pivot Panels die set OR some sort of house image from a stamp set or paper.

For my card and video I decided to use the House Pivot Panels for a Halloween card, also using the new Halloween Charms. I thought it would be fun to cut a house-shaped window (you know me - I never met a pop-up card that wasn't calling out for a window! grin) into the front of the card to line up with one of the pop-up houses when the card is closed. Watch the video to learn this technique:

My card is a landscape A2 card - 4.25" x 5.5" when closed, and will mail easily in an A2 envelope. I used the Circles-Crosshatch set for the rings on the card's front and the Halloween Charms to decorate. All of the papers on my card were just old ones from my stash.

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As the card opens, the House Pivot Panels start to pop-up.

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Once open a neighborhood pops up, perfect for Trick-or-Treating. 

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Here's a closer look at the houses, cut from solid colors of cardstock. I stamped the yellow ones with an old spider web stamp from my stash. The "Halloween Hello" stamp is from a Stampin' Up! set of the same name. I glued the moon charm to the back of a chimney so it floats above the houses and then attached one of the bat charms to the moon.

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Our products are sold at independent and online retailers throughout the world. We are always looking for more retailer partners, so please ask for our products at your local stores. Otherwise, we do sell on our website. New dies will start shipping September 10, 2018. Here are the links to the products used on my card:

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We're excited to have our new team members joining in for this month's challenge. If you're new to our challenge format, our design team members post their challenge creations on their own blogs on the first Tuesday of each month. (*Next month we're a week later) Then, on Wednesday I post a compilation blog post (you're reading it!) including my card and video for the challenge as well as photos and links to each of their projects. You are highly encouraged to click the name of each designer to visit their blog (in a new window, so no worries about losing this post if you click) to see more photos, full supply lists and tips about their individual projects. Let's start with our three newest members:

Sandy Diller (Arizona) was on the Design Team during my licensing days and we were thrilled when Sandy applied for an expansion slot. She not only creates amazing combinations with the die sets, but also teaches cards on YouTube. For this month's challenge she created a double floating floor using the House & Fence die and then crafted the most amazing picturesque property, complete with matching dog house! So clever!

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Irene Mendes (Portugal) has an amazingly soft, pretty, layered style that works beautifully with our dies. For this Tag Book she incorporated some gorgeous papers and house elements to decorate. We are excited to welcome Irene as our fourth international Design Team member. (Note: her blog is easily translated using the translate button at the top of the blog page.)

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Lois Bak (Florida) has been wowing us with her clean, classy style with clever touches and tons of whimsy. Lois incorporates a mix of stamps and blending techniques into her projects for beautiful results. For this challenge she created a 3-page Fancy Accordion card featuring the Fancy Flourish Frames and some sweet home-themed stamps. I like Lois's choice to start with a mountain fold on the Fancy Accordion so the first label will fold inward.

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Shelly Hickox (Mississippi) combined the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set plus some of our Halloween dies for an absolutely spooktacular card. Check out the clever and unique ways she styled each house in this chilling pop-up neighborhood. Amazing!

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Frances Byrne (Australia) used the new House Pivot Panels in the Tag Book die set for a holiday card in a fresh mod color scheme. I love how her patterned paper seamlessly integrates with the row of house. She also used the perfect greeting stamps for the theme. So festive!

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Kelly Booth (Arizona) created a new home card using the House Pivot Panels with the Twist Panel die set. What a great color scheme for this card. I love, too, how Kelly used the Happy portion of the Happy Birthday die with a decorator house for the front of the card. Gorgeous!

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Karen Aicken (Canada) shows an awesome combination of both Pivot Panels die sets - the Evergreen and the House. She created a row of trees and houses to mix up the look. It's a wonderful color scheme for a Thanksgiving card. So pretty!

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Fran Sabad (Kentucky) created an absolutely darling little elf village for this holiday card using the House Pivot Panels. What a wonderful mix of stamps, dies and papers. Everything about this card is made of happy!

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Summer Hills-Painter (California) posted her in-progress photos of this incredible inked background and everyone was excited to see the finished card. This is an incredible mix of the House Pivot Panels and Twist Panel for a fabulously eerie neighborhood. I love how Summer used the brick stencil feature of the House & Fence set to put a brick texture on the small houses. Amazing!

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Helen Cryer (England) also mixed the House & Fence with the House Pivot Panels for a charming neighborhood. Helen has such a talent for mixing pretty patterned papers and creating such sweet scenes. I love the bunting on the front of the fence and the clever way she used the small foliage piece from the House Pivot Panels to fill in the larger Tree. Helencredible!

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What amazing inspiration for home-themed cards! We're proud of our amazing team, representing five different states and five different countries. Join us next month on Wednesday, October 10th for our Designer Challenge with a theme of "Happy Fall, Y'all!" - the team will be making autumn-themed cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 02 - Halloween Easel Card

Happy October!

For our Designer Challenge this month we are making Halloween Cards and you'll be very impressed with the cards from the team. Since I made a rather elaborate Halloween card last month for the Signature Style challenge, I wanted to teach a more simple card this month. 

Watch the video to learn how to make an easel card using the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements die set as an easel stop.

Here are a couple of photos of the finished card.

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The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when closed and mails easily in an A2 envelope. I decorated my envelope with the same dies as used on the card.

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I found the patterned paper in my stash - it's a Moxxie paper called "Midnight Dreary" from many years ago. Any patterned paper will work for this design, or it could be made with solid cardstocks or inked backgrounds.

Here are the supplies used for this card:

 


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Get ready for some fun and spooky inspiration by the design team. Click on each team member's name to go to her blog and see more photos and supply lists.

Shelly Hickox has step-by-step instructions on her blog for how she made the amazing elements in this Katherine Label window card with a custom background and fun flying ghosts.

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Kelly Booth created this delightfully wicked haunted house scene and I love all the boo-tiful details!

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Karen Aicken went all out for this fabulous Katherine Label window card with a round window made into a ghost wreath! How clever! 

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Helen Cryer doesn't normally make Halloween cards but you wouldn't know it by seeing this fabulous Charm Accordion. I love how Helen combines patterns. 

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Summer Hills-Painter created a Katherine Label window card and decorated it fabulously for Halloween. As the label lifts, the ghosts fly and the graveyard is revealed. Love it!

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Fran Sabad filled a flower pot with ghosts and it's fabulous! She incorporated the iron fence from the House & Fence die to the scene. Fabulous!

FS_KB-Flower-Pot-01-openFrances Byrne created a delightful scene on her Halloween Charm Accordion. I love how she incorporated the "to you" die from Word Set 3 to create a "Boo! to you!" greeting. Clever!

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Well I hope you feel inspired to make a few Halloween cards this year. Join us back here on November 8, 2017 for our next Designer Challenge, called "Gingerbread" - the team will be incorporating gingerbread elements into their projects. What fun!

Happy Crafting,

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EDITED TO ADD: Whoops! I completely forgot to include the information about last month's Secret Word Giveaway winner. Congratulations to Marty F. whose comment was chosen by random draw to win the Christmas Tree and Tree Pop-up die sets. 

Amazing samples from the Design Team and so fun to see everyone's personal style. Love the tree pop-up and how you can make more than one style of tree with it! So glad to see you with these talented ladies again :-)
 
If you'd like to be included in this month's drawing, make sure you're subscribed to the newsletter (big blue button in the left sidebar of this blog) so you'll receive the Secret Word.

Paper Pros Challenge - Halloween

 Today is our monthly no-pressure just-for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros. The theme for this month is Halloween so I decided to make a 3-page Charm Accordion. I taught how to do this technique in a previous challenge HERE.

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I found an older piece of striped Halloween paper in my stash and cut 6 paper pages to decorate both sides of the album. I trimmed out the center squares and used pinking shears along the edges of the paper. Normally the Charm Accordion uses a piece called the Charm Frame to glue between each of the pivoting squares, but for this assembly I decided instead to enlarge the size of the pivoting squares by turning them into labels. I attached the medium label from the Katherine Label pop-up to each of the pages. Each label had twine attached behind it so I was able to then tie the pages together to hinge them. The smaller label (green) is from the Gift Card Label set. 

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The decorations for each page came from the Halloween Elements set, along with the flourish that comes included with the Charm Accordion. I accented all the black pieces with Nuvo Crystal drops to make them shiny, taking care on the "Boo!" greeting to leave some areas of the cardstock exposed for a distressed look. 

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When folded up, the Charm Accordion is small and fun size - 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope.

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Make sure you check out the other awesome Halloween makes by the Paper Pros. Here are some links:

Karen Aicken - Bat Pop-up Card

Frances Byrne - Boo! Twist Circle Card

Kelly Booth - Halloween Gift Card Holder

Fran Sabad - Phantom Pop-up Card

Raquel Mason - Haunted House Pop-up Card

Sandy Diller - Spooky Graveyard Pop-up Card

Caz Counsell - Creepy Hands Pop-up Card

Shelly Hickox - Halloween Charm Accordion

Here are shopping links for the items used in my card:


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 01 - Signature Style - Raven Tree Pop-up Card

Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day (so the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday) you'll find a compilation blog post here on my blog along with a new card and video tutorial from me.

This month, since it is our first challenge, I issued a challenge for the team to make cards of any theme in their Signature Style. You'll find photos of their cards and links to their blog posts below. For my card, I wanted to  draw on my love of repurposing dies into new combinations. I also love making Halloween cards that are creepy. This card is a combination of two die sets - the Christmas Tree Pop-up (for the base and mechanism) and the Tree Pop-up (for the tree). 

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Watch the video tutorial for this card:

For the front of the card I used an older rubber stamp from my stash (I would love to know who made this stamp - could it be Twenty-Two?) that features a line from The Raven.

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As the card opens, the tree starts to pop-up.

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Borrowing the mechanism from the Christmas Tree Pop-up to make other things pop-up is a great technique for creating custom standing pop-ups. What else can you make pop-up this way?

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For my spooky tree, I decorated with black birds from the Halloween Elements die set plus the spiderweb from the Halloween Scene die set. A metal spider charm hangs from the tree.

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The greeting is a combination of a die cut word "Happy" with a stamped word Halloween, cut out with a Katherine label die and embellished with a bone.

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Here are supply links for this card:

One of the things I mention in the video is how easily the Raven Tree Card can become an any season tree card by changing out the colors and styling. I put that challenge to the test and made this pretty version of the card in a Thank You theme.

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Let's take a look at how the team interpreted the theme. If you click their names you will go to their individual blog posts, where you will find more photos and information about their cards, including supply lists.

Kelly Booth always incorporates beautiful colors into her cards. She also loves making her own backgrounds using inks and techniques. This Halloween card really shows off her style. It uses the floating floor die from the House & Fence die set plus the Halloween die sets.

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Karen Aicken made this Snowman Twist Circle (minus snowman) beauty to show off her style, which often features patterned paper, shimmer and sparkle, and premade embellishments. Such unusual elegance in this Halloween card.

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Fran Sabad loves to combine patterns and to color stamped images. She combined both those loves into this fun holiday card featuring the Sleigh Pop-up and a festive Riley the Moose stamp. 

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Frances Byrne loves owls and also loves to combine the perfect patterned papers with the perfect stamps to complete cards for any theme. This one uses the Katherine Label to animate the adorable owl stamp. I love how she also incorporated the Gift Card Label.

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Shelly Hickox has such a way with steampunk, artsy and edgy cards. This Twist Panel card featuring elements from the Halloween die sets is the perfect example. Notice her use of the witch hats on the patterned paper people. Clever!

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Helen Cryer has returned! Helen took some time off to become a volunteer firefighter (talk about multi-talented!) and is now able to add crafting and blogging back into the mix. What a debut! This darling House & Fence Pop-up is the perfect illustration of Helen's detailed and charming style.

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Summer Hills-Painter loves making flowers and it shows with this beautiful Flower Pot pop-up card. I love the classy color scheme! She also shows how well the Gift Card Label can be used for greetings. So pretty!

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 Join us next month on October 4th, for our next challenge with a theme of "G-G-G-Ghost!" We'll be making Halloween cards. 

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pros Challenge - Monochromatic Cards

It's time for our monthly no-stress, for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros group. This month's theme was set by Raquel Mason as Monochromatic.

I decided to create a Halloween Card using my two new die sets - Halloween Elements and Halloween Scene. 

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I started with a 4.25" x 11" strip of black cardstock and scored it at 2.75" and 5.5" from the top. I added a decorator panel of cardstock, colored with distress inks, and then cut the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements set into the center of the panel. This die is perfect for easel stops because the bottom edge is not cut by the die, leaving the option to hinge, cut or extend the arms.

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For the labels I used the Katherine Label Pop-up, cutting the smaller of the two over the upper fold and then creating a black frame by nesting the two labels together. I backed the frame with a large label cut from vellum. The spiderwebs are glued to the back of the vellum.

For the front of the card, I added black bats to the area above the fold. The bat on the label and the spider were highlighted with black Nuvo drops. 

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To open the card, the top is folded and placed behind the creepy hands, creating an easel card for display. I added some spiderwebs and the word "Boo!" to the inside of the card.

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Check out the other monochromatic makes here:

Raquel Mason

Karen Aicken

Kelly Booth

Fran Sabad

Caz Counsell

Frances Byrne

Here are shopping links to the supplies I used on my card:


Oct. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: ROYGBIV, the monochromatic challenge

First things first - congratulations to Barbara M. and Karen H. for each winning a Twist Circle die set in the last Designer Challenge. Their comments were chosen by random draw. If you want to have the chance to win free dies this month make sure you subscribe to my mailing list (blue button in the left sidebar) so you'll receive the newsletters with the instructions.

Our first Designer Challenge for October was set by me as a monochromatic challenge. I gave the team the choice of 7 colors to play the primary role in their creations - ROYGBIV - the seven colors of the rainbow. I chose Indigo for my monochromatic color scheme, and it seemed that a Halloween card would be perfect for that color scheme.

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The technique I am teaching is how to use the Iron Fence die to double the fold inside a card allowing for two arching fences in the same card. This also allows for easy animation of a tree in the centerpiece to create a 3D pop-up tree. For the video tutorial, I chose to teach this technique in a more worldly and year-round theme - as a garden scene with a "thinking of you" theme. The indigo Halloween version is also shown in the video:

For the front of my garden card I used the Labels & Circles die set and then added the All Seasons Tree and one of the birds from the Iron Fence set. I'm a big fan of crediting my inspiration and Caz Counsell styled the birds with black beaks and legs on her recent Wednesday With post. 

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This card measures 5" x 6" when closed, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope (5x7 envelope) and mail for a single stamp without pop-dots or thick embellishments.

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Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, it was Kelly Booth who first posted an idea for animating two Iron Fences in the same card when she posted her amazing  Halloween card for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Kelly used the Anita Frames Pop-up to create a centerpiece and a double fold for two fences. This is another great option and we saw two more versions of the Anita/Double Fence technique in our last Designer Challenge: Inspired By.

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For my technique, you don't use the Anita Frames to double the interior fold - you use a section of the Iron Fence. This also allows for a 3D tree to be used in the center as well.

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The All Seasons Tree includes the die that cuts three small flowers at once. I doubled some thin white cardstock so I could cut 6 flowers at a time, giving me a ton of flowers with just a few passes through the machine. Each flower was tinted with Distress Inks and embellished with a glitter dot.

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One of the things I mention in the video is why I like to use two sleeves to disguise the slider arm of the fence, but how it's important to make sure the inside end of the sleeve can rise up as the card is opened, to provide a smooth even arch to the fence.

Here are links to the products used in both versions of the Double Fence & Tree card:



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Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:

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Fran Sabad chose pink (or "light red" as we're calling it) for this beautiful Twist Circle Panel card in a birthday theme. She used the Labels & Circles set on the front of the card and embellished the panels with gifts and balloons using various accessory dies. Lovely!

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Raquel Mason also chose Red for the challenge, making this steampunk-themed Katie Label Pivot Card. Raquel used gears from the Clock & Gears die along with the Gears stencil for this artsy creation. 

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ORANGE

Caz Counsell made this bright and beautiful birthday card using the Anita Frames pop-up. The Flower stencil works wonderfully with paste for the interior decor and I love the use of the Flower Pot flower/vine for the front of the card. 

CC_OrangeBirthdayShelly Hickox also chose orange for the challenge and made this beautiful fall card featuring the Twist Circle Panel card technique. I love her use of the Labels & Circles in the vertical position with the addition of the vines from the Flower Pot extending from the panels. She has a video of this card in action on her blog post.

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YELLOW

Karen Aicken created this bright and sunny "Hi" card using the Twist Circle die set to make a panel card. I love the cheerfulness of this card, featuring Lucky the Rabbit and the Props 7 woven basket among others. Adorable!

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GREEN

Frances Byrne's green staggered Fancy Accordion is stunning. The combination of greens is beautiful and I love the use of the Sleigh as the lower embellishments. Everything about this card is beautiful!

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BLUE

Summer Hills-Painter chose blue for her color and made this fabulous baby boy card. The Anita Frames was a popular choice with the team this month precisely because it's so generic and works for any theme. Summer used the Baby stamps and charms to decorate this card and I love her custom plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil plus tape and glitter.

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Sandy Diller also used blue for her challenge card and made this happy Happy Birthday pop-up card. I love how she used candles to give the Happy Birthday pop-up the look of a cake. She also edged the card with the Agatha Edges and mixed in the Paris Edges for a great layered look. Fabulous!

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VIOLET

Kelly Booth wanted to make a custom card for a friend's wedding and the ROYGBIV challenge provided the perfect color scheme. I love how she used the Petite Flourish stencil for the patterns and then adapted the Wedding Charms for a Mr. & Mr. card. Great idea to adapt the rings for the couple as well. 

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What a fun challenge! I love that there was so much variety to the monochromatic makes. Join us back here in two weeks on October 25, 2016 for our second Designer Challenge. The theme was set by Summer Hills-Painter and is "Boys will be Boys" - it's the masculine challenge. We'll all be making cards for the men (and boys) in our lives.

Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


Pop it Ups Halloween Bundle Deal - Limited Quantities

Great news! The Halloween Scene and Halloween Charms dies have come back into stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs!

In honor of the return of the popular Halloween Scene die set, Elizabeth Craft Designs is offering a limited quantity of "Buy it All" bundles featuring the four products used in the Twist Circle Spiders Card.

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You can shop the bundle here, and you'll find the video, photos and supply list on the Twist Circle Spiders Card Blog Post.