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.
Today we're celebrating The Great Outdoors with our Designer Challenge and you'll find amazing (AMAZING!) inspiration by the team, especially for using the new Tent Pop-up die set.
For my card and video I thought it would be fun to style the Tent as an "Up" tent floating through the sky with an "adventure" theme. Here is the video tutorial:
This card measures 5" x 6.5" when closed and will mail in an A7 envelope. For the front of the card I created the scene first using the Nature Edges and Outdoor Scene die sets, and then used the Alphabet die set to cut the "Adventure" word using a stacked inlay technique. (Essentially an inverted eclipse effect)
As the card opens the tent starts to expand. The balloons are suspended on transparency strips.
Once open the whole scene is revealed.
The Squares - Crosshatch dies were perfect for making the windows, window frames and flower boxes. The flowers came from the Tree Pop-up.
All dies are in stock and shipping now. Stores have already started receiving their dies, so if you have one nearby, please consider giving them your business first. Otherwise, you can always shop on our website. Here are the links:
These seven Great Outdoors cards are sure to knock your socks off! Click on each designer's name to check out their blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, etc.
Summer Hills-Painter created this wonderful night scene Upsy Daisy pop-up featuring the Tent used flat on the front of the card, plus an amazing glow effect around the Camping Charms lanterns.
Karen Aicken has so many tremendous details in this card, which makes use of the floating floor from the House and Fence die set to animate a tent and animals. Amazing!
Frances Byrne combined some cute camping-themed stamps to create a wonderful birthday card with the Tent Pop-up and Camping Charms. Adorable!
Helen Cryer created this gorgeous feminine Tent Pop-up card featuring a book and beverage mug. I am swooning over this! What a great card for a friend. Helencredible!
Kelly Booth has such a way with creating a scene and I love this birthday card featuring the Tent Pop-up. Notice the raccoon (Woodland Animals) sitting on the tree stump and eating a piece of watermelon! Cuuuute!
Shelly Hickox made this amazing Father's Day card featuring the Tent Pop-up and a photograph of a relative leaning up next to the tent. How clever! I love her use of plaid and the great textures she created. Shellypiece!
Fran Sabad created this showstopper of a beach Tent card that also features the Palm Tree Pop-up behind the tent. Enjoying their own private island are a barrel (or two) of monkeys. Absolutely darling and clever card!
Well I hope you feel as inspired as I do after seeing all these magnificent Great Outdoors cards. Join us next month on Wednesday, July 4th (Independence Day!) for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "Sweet Summer".
I'll be at Scrapp'n Savvy this Wednesday teaching a pop-up card class 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 Circle Charm Pop-up die set included in your kit. Unfortunately, although the new release dies are en route to our home office in Kansas, they will not arrive by Wednesday. Your class kit dies will be delivered to Scrapp'n Savvy a few days after class. My apologies. Because of this, all pieces have been pre-cut for you and you will not need to bring a die cutting machine to class.
On the Tent card, the "Dad" greeting is optional. I will bring the stamp with me to class and students who plan to use the card for Father's Day can stamp their square.
Please bring to class:
Print-outs of the three class cards OR have them loaded onto your tablet or phone OR plan to take a photo of the originals when you arrive
All your favorite adhesives - tape runner, double-sided tape, mini glue dots, fine-tip glue pen or bottle.
Black pen - for coloring the beak and legs of the flamingo
White gel pen - for the lines on the tree stump and the dots on the heart
Optional - alcohol marker in a pink tone (I used a Copic RV25) to tint the brads on the summer card
Optional - you are always welcome to bring inks for brushing edges. For example, the edges of the rocks would look great with some dark gray or black ink.
Optional - tweezers for placing small pieces.
Optional - Wink of Stella clear glitter pen - for making things sparkly!
Welcome to our Blog Hop for the Karen Burniston + Brutus Monroe collaboration week. Yesterday the Brutus Monroe team had a hop and today it's our turn.
For my video and project I am teaching an easy adaptation of the Katherine Label Pop-up to double the mechanism so you have labels popping up on both sides of the card. To decorate, I am using a fabulous clear stamp set from Brutus Monroe called Topsy Cakes.
This is a simple and cute little card that measures 4" tall by 4.5" wide when closed. The patterned papers are all from KaiserCraft (#P371 Icing, #P370 Chocolate Drops and #P2485 Quilted) but this card would look just as cute with any birthday-themed patterned paper. I drew the colors from the paper for coloring the cakes with my Prismacolor colored pencils.
As the card opens the two labels start to lift and move.
Once open, the two labels suspend over the card. The cakes are all stamped, colored and fussy-cut. The greetings are from the stamp set.
I embellished with sequins and the various labels that come in the Katherine Label die set.
Would you like to WIN the Katherine Label die set? Simply leave a comment on this post by May 23, 2018 5 pm CDT and you're in on the drawing. I will contact the winner by e-mail for a mailing address.
You can find Karen Burniston die sets (KB Riley LLC) at independent craft stores throughout the world or on our website. Here are some shopping links for the items used in the video:
OK, ready to get hopping?! Check out the other six spots on the hop to see their beautiful creations as well as to leave comments for more prize chances. Each designer has a prize die to award to one lucky commenter, so get those typing fingers ready!
It's a busy busy week for the Design Team as we both show off our brand new Spring Release dies (available first week of June) and collaborate with the Brutus Monroe Design Team to show off products using both brands.
Each day this week there will be card(s) posted by members of the Design Team on their own blogs and on our social media channels. On Thursday of this week we will all participate in a blog hop where you can comment on each blog for the potential to win a die set. I will also have a new video tutorial for the hop.
I cut a 4.5" x 9" strip of green cardstock and scored it in the middle to create a 4.5" square top-fold card. I stamped the Floral Frenzy stamp three times with black ink onto white cardstock, colored the flowers with Prismacolor pencils, and then used the largest of the Squares- Crosshatch shape dies to cut them out. Each square was then matted with a 4.25" square of black cardstock.
Something I like to do to tie in the look of a black-outlined stamped image with die cut embellishments is to add black line detailing to the die cuts. For the scalloped square that comes included with the Upsy Daisy Pop-up, it's easy to just use the die as a stencil to add the black line square and then dot each of the press dots with the same black pen. I also added pen detailing to the bee's wings from the Flowers and Bee die set.
For the Upsy Daisy, I did something different with the squares. I turned them to a diamond orientation and then attached the outer two to the platforms as usual. (Video tutorial coming soon on the Upsy Daisy!) Then, instead of suspending a third square with twine, I attached my middle square to the right one using a pop-dot. When closed, the center square ends up over the top of the left square, but as the card opens, everything slides into position.
I used my leftover colored stamped background to cut decorator squares for the outer two panels and used the flower die that comes included in the Upsy Daisy for the center panel. Once again I added pen detailing to make the die cut flower tie in to the stamped flowers. The banner behind the greeting is included in the Upsy Daisy. The "hello" is from Word Set 6 - Summer.
Preview the Spring 2018 Die Release in this video:
The Spring 2018 Release will be available in stores and on our website shipping the first week of June. You can pre-order from our website OR (and this is my favorite) - call your local store and ask them to pre-order the dies for you. We are shipping store orders first, so this would be the fastest way for you to get these new dies, but also, we just really need to support our local stores whenever possible. If you are sadly without a local store, here are some links to the dies used on today's card, plus the gorgeous background stamp on the Brutus Monroe website.
See you back here on Thursday for our fun Blog Hop!
Starting today the Design Team is free to share projects made using our Spring 2018 collection. These 12 new dies will start shipping to stores the last week in May with website order being shipped in the orders received starting the first week of June. If you're interested in purchasing any of these dies, please consider giving your local store a chance for your business. The store orders will go out first and you'll save shipping charges by shopping locally.
I like to think of the dozen new dies as falling into four categories: Pop it! Say it! Charm it! and Shape it! Watch the preview video here:
We also have a downloadable/printable catalog supplement for this collection - view it here: Spring 2018 Catalog
There are three new pop-up dies that offer a little something for everyone.
The Circle Charm Pop-up is absolutely generic, plus easy and quick to assemble. The pivoting action of the front circle provides double-duty decoration because it will pivot to the inside as the card is opened.
I like to think of the Circle Charm Pop-up die as a hybrid between a Pivot Card and the Charm Accordion. Watch for the assembly video in the coming week to show how it can be changed up and amped up. The set includes 11 individual dies, giving you lots of circle and ring combinations for your pop-up. For this card I easily converted the solid circles to rings and then chained them through the pop-up so that the large lanterns (Camping Charms) all hide behind each other when the card is closed but then reveal as the card opens.
The Tent Pop-up is the most specific of the new pop-ups, but is packed with value for creating a complete scene. You get everything - the tent, rivets, extra platform, stump, pop-up fire pit and rocks. Add in the Camping Charms for even more accessories and Word Set 6 for some great greetings.
Obviously you can use this tent for camping and outdoor cards, but also think of it more generically. It's a great guy card, for Father's Day or any day. You can make it a beach tent. It works great as a play tent for kid cards and invitations. How about a card for a teacher to say "enjoy summer vacation"? Could it be styled like an A-frame log cabin? A gnome house? This is why I love die cutting - you can so easily change things up!
The Upsy Daisy Pop-up is full of possibilities with adaptable platforms that will raise items high in the card and shift them over the outside edges of the card. With the pieces included, you can easily string together three decorative squares and as the card opens, the outer two will lift, separate and pull the middle one up. It's the type of card you'll want to open/close/open/close.
When you open the Upsy Daisy all the way until it's almost flat, you'll get the greatest lift and separation on the squares. Take the slack out of your twine, however, and you can stop the card open at 90 degrees (traditional pop-up display) and the squares will sit close together as shown in the card below. Watch for an assembly video later this week to show even more possibilities with the Upsy Daisy.
There are two new dies to help you caption your cards perfectly. The Alphabet is uppercase and sized to coordinate perfectly with the previously-released Numbers set.
Then we have Word Set 6 - Summer, which can be mixed and matched within the set to make some great combinations, as well as mixed with previous word sets for even more possibilities.
Charm dies have become the perfect little accessory dies for our brand. By leaving them as charms, they can be suspended on all the generic pop-ups, including the Charm Accordion to add detail. Our customers report that they love the option to decorate a card using image dies without necessarily always needing to stamp and color images. Obviously the pop-up dies work well to showcase stamped images, too, but it's nice to have the option to decorate with dies.
The Camping Charms is the largest of the new sets. We wanted a mix of sizes in this set with some being smaller and sized to match the scale of the Tent Pop-up but then also a couple of larger charms to work well on the fronts of cards and on the other pop-ups. All of these charms work wonderfully with our animal die sets to accessorize. Simply cut off the hang holes and they become props.
The Sweet Treats Charms are small, adorable and might make you hungry. Again, they can look so cute being held by the Animal dies, or used on any of the pop-ups for a summery (or should I say "yummery"?) theme.
The Beach Charms will coordinate perfectly with the previously-released beach-themed dies, but can also be used independently. I particularly like the idea of using the flamingo with the House and Fence die set to fill the yard!
And finally, we have added some much-needed generic nested shape dies to our brand. Each set includes 7 dies, four of which have a fun crosshatch pattern on the edges and three that are solid shapes with a decorative score line for a classy polished look. The largest shapes are sized to fit a standard A2 card leaving a thin border, but they also work well on larger cards. The crosshatch pattern is generic but visually interesting and drawing it brought me right back to my engineering days!
Throughout this week you'll see ideas from the Design Team using the new release, as well as the products showing up on the website for pre-order, and videos being uploaded onto the product pages. Also join us on Thursday for a blog hop featuring a mix of Karen Burniston branded dies with Brutus Monroe products. You can hop through our team's blogs to get inspiration for mixing the two lines together and be in on prize opportunities, too.
It's time for our monthly Designer Challenge and this month I challenged the team with a theme of Paradise. They were welcome to interpret the theme any way they chose and while you'll see plenty of inspiration for tropical scenes, you'll also find some other paradises in the mix. The team has, once again, blown me away with their creativity.
I was in California teaching at an event this last weekend and found myself with exactly one day (GULP!) to get my card and video done. Luckily, a recent card I'd posted in our new Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps Facebook Group had received requests for a video tutorial. "Paradise" for me is when I have an idea that I can execute quickly!
This is a fun alternate orientation for the Cupcake Pop-up. Rather than use it in a top fold card, I switched to a side-fold card so I could incorporate a cupcake-shaped window on the front of the card, lining up with the decorator cupcake inside. It's a simple technique but a great way to mix things up. Watch how I did it in this video tutorial:
This card measures 5" x 5" when closed and will mail in an A7 envelope. On the front of the card I've used one of my very favorite Funny Bones stamps. The kitty is peeking through the cupcake-shaped window.
Once open, the scene expands. The cat is sitting atop a framed "Happy Birthday" square that lifts up and slides to the left attached to the box section of the Cupcake Pop-up. This also reveals the decorator cupcake, attached to the lower section of the pop-up and placed to line up perfectly with the window. The patterned paper is Doodlebug's "Kitten Smitten". The Happy Birthday stamp is Hero Arts.
I wrapped baker's twine around the card three times and tied it inside the card. I wove one end through the cat's paws and then tied a knot and let it hang. The other end of the twine is also knotted. I took inspiration for styling the cat from the paper - adding gray ears and stripes.
The inspiration card was one I made for Rebecca's birthday last week.
If you'd like to make this card yourself, please ask for Karen Burniston die sets at your local shops. They'd love your business and we'd love theirs! However, if you are sadly short on local shops, you can always shop online. Here are the links:
Let's check out the amazing Paradise cards by the Design Team. If you click the designer's name you'll be linked to her blog post where you'll find more photos and a supply list.
Fran Sabad created this amazing pirate-themed Palm Tree Pop-up card illustrating her idea of paradise - a deserted island with buried treasure! I love her triple tree cluster with attached hammock. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken considers the great outdoors to be her idea of paradise and then she made a brilliant version of it in card form. I love her use of the Christmas Tree Pop-up as an evergreen tree for her amazing yeti scene.
Kelly Booth says Paradise is by the ocean with friends and this card illustrates that perfectly. I love the crab hanging out in the hammock and the other Sea Animals frolicking in the surf. Perfection!
Shelly Hickox finds paradise in her garden and used it for inspiration for this absolutely gorgeous Flower Pot Pop-up card. The details are so pretty. What an exquisite card!
Frances Byrne created a gorgeous tropical island for her idea of Paradise. I love her mix of dies and stamps. Plus, Frances decorates both ends of the interior card so the scene looks wonderful from any angle. Such precision! Love it!
Summer Hills-Painter combined some gorgeous sophisticated paper with the Spinner Square die set for this vision of paradise. I love how she put a blank square opposite the pop-up square inside the card and the classy crisp elegant feel to everything.
Helen Cryer finishes us out this month with a fabulous double-fold card to allow for offset Palm Trees. I love Helen's signature bunting as decor and her bright cheery colors on everything. The shoreline and waves are also very clever and beautiful.
As usual, I am incredibly inspired by the talented team. Join us next month on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of "The Great Outdoors".