Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - Make 'n Takes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . which for me means paper is flying everywhere. No, I don't mean wrapping paper, I mean cardstock and patterned paper, being cut into the pieces for CHA Make 'n Takes.

This year I'm focusing all of my CHA education efforts at our booth with our customers. No need to pay for a class when you can come get a free class at the booth, in the form of a different Make 'n Take on each of the three full days of the trade show. 

I'm focusing primarily on products from the new Pop it Ups collections - High Jinks, Coffee & Cake and Stage it Stencils.

The High Jinks collection is named as a little play on words for Jinks the Monkey (short for hijinks) and an elements of flying/adventure. The Oval Pull Card features a Slot & Slider to get fun action inside a card. There's also a Barrel Basket (so named because it resembles a barrel and can hold the monkey) and a Hot Air Balloon that each come with a very generic little box platform pop-up die for when you want to make pop-ups with them. The Oval Landscape Accordion is the same outer shape/dimensions as the popular Gift Card Accordion and you'll be able to mix and match the pages and the frames on both. The Pull Card Edges will give you the option to add patterned paper with a small shadow around any of the Pull Cards - the Rectangle, Spiral Circle and new Oval. However, it also makes for a great all-purpose die and you'll see it used a lot in other ways. The two small affordable Clear Stamp sets provide perfectly-sized greetings to fit/match the collection. Finally, I know you probably didn't realize how much you were missing a Bananas embossing folder in your craft collection . . . well the wait is over!

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The Coffee & Cake collection is just what you need for crafting up a tasty card. The two-tier Cake has a fun triple-platform on top to hold candles and/or strawberries for birthday, wedding and more. The Cup Pop Stand is the perfect choice for coffee, tea, cocoa or for holding a Character die. Speaking of Characters, meet Baker the Beaver (A year ago my friend Angela Beavers gave me a list of 10 reasons I needed to design a beaver die, and she made a great case!) Baker comes with a cute little cupcake and looks adorable wearing the chef's hat from Props 8. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab die is a fun take on a standard pull tab pop-up by incorporating a frame with a hanging element. The set comes with four possible charms to hang in the opening. Rounding out the collection is a coffee bean embossing folder and two small Clear Stamp sets (3" x 4") featuring greetings to match the collection.

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A new category of product for me is stencils. With pop-up cards you're always looking for background options and stencils work just great to fill in the space behind the pop-up or on the front of the card. (You know, to set the stage!) Of course you can use these stencils for so much more than just pop-up cards. Use them with sprays, pastes, paints, inks, chalks, etc. for any type of mixed media project, home decor, scrapbooking, card making, etc. The Coffee stencil is designed to pair perfectly with the Cup Pop Stand to add a flourish detail to the cup and saucer, plus the beans portion of the stencil is repeatable in all directions. The all-over pattern stencils include small flowers, medallions, paisley and swirly flourish. There's also a stencil called Partly Cloudy to give you options for sky scenes. Each stencil is 5" x 7" on the outer dimensions with a pattern area of 4 3/8" x 6 1/8". They come with a hole in the corner to store them on a ring, and the brand and item number is etched into the top of the stencil so you won't have to wonder where they came from. The price is very affordable and the quality is great. I'm excited!

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Learn more about some of the new products by watching the how-to videos for the three Make 'n Take Projects. Here they are:

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If you are a retailer coming to CHA I encourage you to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #775 to make these projects (while supplies last) and receive full instructions, supply lists and even special bundle pricing on the materials to repeat the Make 'n Takes in your store. 

The team has been working for a month on booth samples and you'll definitely want to come check out their work in the booth. You'll start seeing those samples show up on their blogs in the coming weeks as well. 

Have a wonderful holiday season!


Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - mini Sneak Peek

Well, CHA is less than a month away. Can you believe it? I can't! 

I have two new Pop it Ups collections being released at the show, called High Jinks and Coffee & Cake. You'll be able to see a complete Sneak of all new products next week on December 15th. For now, a partial sneak peek is posted on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, including a look at one of my Make 'n Take projects for the show. 
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This year I'm doing something different at CHA - I opted for a Make 'n Take program at the booth rather than teaching a class. Knowing how much the retailers appreciate ideas that they can re-teach, I have designed three Make 'n Takes (one for each full day of the trade show) that are supported with video tutorials. Elizabeth Craft Designs will make it very easy to purchase the supplies to re-teach the Make 'n Takes by offering special bundles for the retailers who come to our booth to make the projects. Plus, you'll receive a complete set of written instructions in addition to the video tutorial. You can also opt to use these projects as "Take 'n Makes" since the customers can watch the video to learn the assembly process. They would also work well as class projects. 

For this first Make 'n Take, the products are from the High Jinks collection. This high-flying collection features 7 new dies (4 of them are interactive), a bananas embossing folder, and two small clear stamp sets for greetings. The new Character for this collection is Jinks the Monkey. Jinks (short for hijinks) is definitely a cheeky little monkey and will work with all the dies in this collection whenever you want to send a card that is full of fun. He pairs particularly well with the Oval Pull Card. All of my Pull Card dies include an optional interactive feature and for the Oval Pull Card, the optional interactive feature is a slot & slider. When you add this feature to the card, you can make an item slide (fly!) across the card as it opens. Learn how to make this project by watching the video tutorial:

 

You can see another variation of a flying monkey card on the packaging of the Oval Pull Card die, this time decorated with the new Partly Cloudy stencil and Pull Card Edges die, two more components of the High Jinks collection. 

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The Designer Challenge Team has been hard at work making gorgeous samples for the booth. Definitely stop by Booth #775 at CHA and see what we've been up to!

In the coming days you'll see more Sneak Peeks on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and then next week, on December 15, 2016, you'll be able to preview the entire collection. When can you buy these new products? Retailers are pre-ordering right now and orders will start shipping in just a few weeks.

Happy Holidays!


Rectangle Pull Card - Back in Stock!

It's baaaack!

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The Rectangle Pull Card die with included spinner has been quite the popular die! I'm pleased to report that it is back in stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs. In honor of its arrival I thought I'd "pull" together (see what I did there?) some of my favorite projects using this die.

If you're unfamiliar with this die, start first by sliding to 6:43 on this introductory video and watching the assembly, including how to use the included spinner die.

 

Nifty, eh?

Here are some blog posts using this die:

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"Hello Honey" blog post

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"Buster Plays Dead" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"Rocky doffs his cap" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"We're all mad here" blog post

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Kit Kat Clock-inspired RPC blog post

You can find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft stores worldwide, or here is an online shopping link: 


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


Connecticut Pop it Ups Classes - June 12-13, 2015

Hey Connecticut peeps! I'm heading north in a couple of weeks to teach at The Inspiration Station and Papercraft Clubhouse. Here is the schedule:

The Inspiration Station - Stafford Springs, CT - Friday, June 12, 2015

    • 3-4:30 pm - FREE Pop it Ups Demo
    • 6-9 pm - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, CT - Saturday, June 13, 2015

    • 10:30-1:30 - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

It is the same class at both stores and they have ordered in plenty of supplies to feed your need for after-class shopping.

You will make three cards in class, focusing on three different types of Pop it Ups dies - pop stands, general pop-ups and pull cards. This will give you an excellent base of knowledge for assembling the other dies in the collection as well.

Please bring these tools to class

  • Scissors
  • A variety of adhesives - tape runner, fine glue (my favorite is a Fineline 18 or 20 gauge bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry or Lineco pH neutral adhesive), pop dots, mini glue dots
  • Paper piercer
  • Optional: inks for inking edges. I show my cards “clean” but they will look great with ink.
  • Optional: markers or colored pencils for coloring the words on the greeting label.
  • Optional: smart phone or camera for taking photos of the hundreds of sample cards on display

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I must say, I am really excited about this trip! I haven't been doing much teaching or traveling this year, allowing me to focus on my two high school Juniors and this busy important time in their lives. As such I haven't been able to feed my love of teaching as much as I'm used to. Get ready, Connecticut, because I am going to lace up my teaching shoes and dance a jig! (Ha, just kidding)

Hope to see you there!

 


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Make 'em Laugh!

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Make 'em Laugh and the team plus guest designer did a fabulous job making funny cards.

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For my Challenge card I wanted to use a funny Rubberstamp Ave. stamp that says "In dog years, you're dead" and my idea was to make Buster the Dog appear alive and well on the front of the card but then fall over dead (playing dead, of course) when the card opened. The spinner that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card was the obvious choice. The video will show how to use a bridge technique with the spinner to allow an item to be placed far away and have a greater range of motion. Watch the video tutorial to learn how:

 

What's fun about this card is that when it is closed, it appears to be a cute upbeat card with a stylish dog who wants to share a fun (and certainly wholesome) fact about your birthday . . .

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As the card is pulled open the true snarky nature of the card is revealed. Buster is in fact, (playing) dead, and keels over in the grass dramatically.

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With the bridge technique you can get a big sweeping arc of movement from the spinner. This has more applications than just teaching a dog die how to die. (See what I did there?) Think of the possibilities with other themes and Characters.

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Want to make your own dead (but only playing) dog card? Here are links to the supplies used. Don't forget to click over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see 19 more hilarious Pop it Ups cards from the team.

 
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Rectangle Pull Card - Hello Honey

Happy Valentines Day! 

Here's a card that would make a great Valentine but also can be used all year round just to say hello to someone you love.

This is a Rectangle Pull Card featuring Honey the Bear, who I altered to make an articulated bear using brads. This is the same type of card as Rocky Doffs his Cap which has a video tutorial, so I'll only explain the few differences between this card and the Rocky card.

The starting dimensions are the same - 8" wide by 6" tall. Instead of patterned paper in each panel I embossed them with the Clouds Embossing folder and then added green cardstock along the bottom cut with the Outdoor Edges. 

I nested in the rectangle decorator die and cut it at the same time as the Rectangle Pull card. I didn't use a transparency window pane but added some grass (also the Outdoor Edges) along the bottom of the window. The big heart in Honey's hand and the medium heart on the front of the card are from the Heart Pivot Card. I used the swirly heart's emboss feature as a stencil with a white gel pen and then embellished with red glitter dots.

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When the card is opened Honey lifts up the heart so you can see his face and his giant spectacles. Originally I was going to have the card say "Talk nerdy to me!" but then I got the idea to have it say "Hello, Honey" and use the honey pot that comes with the bear as an embellishment. Honey is also wearing a bow tie from Props1 and holding the small heart frame from the Rectangle Accordion. The script hello is also from the Rectangle Accordion and HONEY is the ECD Alphabet Caps die.

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Notice that Honey has two arm parts on the left (his right). This is required for him to have the proper range of motion when the spinner pulls up the heart. I simply used another arm, chopping off the paw, to make the extra piece. It's his other arm (his left, your right) that has the brad through the card to anchor him. I only used the arms, legs and the centers of the ears from the detail layer, fashioning the rest of Honey using just the shadow layer and the accessory pieces (eyes, snout, feet).

Here is the card in motion:

Remember that you can watch a video tutorial for this card technique.

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Artsy or Cutesy

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Artsy or Cutesy and I gave the team and our two guest designers these instructions:

FEBRUARY - Artsy or Cutesy - Which way will you go? Feel free to do both. Cards should lean very artsy fartsy, with inks and textures and quotes about the soul (or whatever) OR very cutesy, like puppies and kittens and rainbows and sprinkles. 

Now it's no secret that the team (myself included) leans more cute with our typical cards than artsy. I invited frequent guest Sandy Diller and new guest Tracy Evans to participate this month, knowing that they would provide amazing artsy inspiration and balance the scales. As it turns out, the team pulled out their inner artsy-ists and made more Artsy cards than Cutesy! (More than double!) Make sure you check out their inspiring cards on the ECD blog post

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I tackled both halves of the challenge as well. My Artsy card was posted a few days ago along with a video tutorial for creating the Grungy Gears background. 

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For the Cutesy side I thought it would be fun to teach a technique for making a window card with the Rectangle Pull Card to allow the recipient to see something attached to the spinner through the window and then watch that item move as the card opens. Here is the video tutorial for Rocky Doffs his Cap:

 

If you are unfamiliar with the term "Doff my cap" - here's what Merriam-Webster has to say about it:

transitive verb

1      a  :  to remove (an article of wear) from the body 
        b  :  to take off (the hat) in greeting or as a sign of respect 
2     :  to rid oneself of :  put aside 
        — doff one's hat to or  doff one's cap to
       :  to show respect to :  salute

Origin of DOFF

Middle English, from don to do + of off
First Known Use: 14th century

Examples of DOFF

  1. He doffed his cap as he introduced himself.
  2. They doffed their coats when they came inside.

Thanks, internet - I doff my cap to your instantaneous wealth of information!

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It is completely redundant to post a video of the card in action when there is a full video tutorial just a simple scroll up, but if you weren't sure you wanted to watch - here's what you're missing:

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The challenge cards this month are absolutely amazing, so head on over to the ECD Blog Post to check them out!


Kit Cat Clock-inspired Rectangle Pull Card

Continuing on my quest to style the new Whiskers the Cat character as all the "famous cats", I bring today's offering, which is based on the famous Kit Cat clock. My clock doesn't have a swinging tail or moving eyes, though. I wasn't quite up to that much paper engineering, although I did use the Rectangle Pull Card for some fun movement inside the card. 

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My version of the Kit Cat clock is made using the Clock and Gears die for the body, Whiskers the Cat for the head and tail, the Props1 bow tie and the paw prints from Props4. After assembling everything from white and black cardstock I pounced the whole clock with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder for a glossy look.

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When the card is opened I added a greeting made with the script word "hello" from the Rectangle Accordion and my own "THERE" cut from the ECD Alphabet 1 Caps die. I also added more paw prints to "hold" the greeting, the heart from the Rectangle Accordion and the swirlydo from the Rectangle Pull Card. The stitched circle dies from the Ring Accordion made the perfect base for the greeting. After pouncing and embossing the greeting circle I added it to the spinner die that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card. (Learn how to use it here: Skip to 6:44 for RPC directions)

As the card is pulled open the circle starts to spin up into place.

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Inside the card is another Kit Cat clock and a white rectangle for writing a personal greeting. I made this as a generic "hello" card but it would also make a great Happy Birthday card.

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Here's a little Vine video so you can see the card in action. The tuck slot at the top keeps the card closed so you don't get an accidental reveal. Simply pull to open.

My other "famous cat" cards are linked in the "Related articles" box below this post. I've done the Cheshire Cat and the Cat in the Hat. Who should be next? I'm thinking Garfield! 

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 Other supplies: White & black cardstock, Black polka-dot paper (Old Bazzill from my stash), white brads


Rectangle Pull Card - We're all mad here!

Here's an idea for a welcome card using the Rectangle Pull Card, Whiskers the Cat, the new ECD Alphabet die and the All Seasons Tree. The new dies start shipping to stores next week!

When the card is closed you cannot see the interior cat, just the eyes and the smile.

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Pull the card to open and the Cheshire cat will start to spin up, attached to the spinner die that comes with the rectangle pull card. (Learn to use this die in the preview video here)

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I used the new ECD Alphabet die to make the greeting, which is a quote from Alice in Wonderland. (I used the tail of the Q for the apostrophe.) I thought a card like this would be a fun way to welcome someone, perhaps a new in-law joining the family or a new co-worker. The All Seasons Tree makes a great branch for the Cat to perch on.

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Whiskers the Cat was easy to style as the Cheshire Cat. All I had to do was substitute a big smile over the top of his usual smile. I also substituted the larger eyes from Rocky the Crab (Poppy the Owl also has big eyes) instead of the eyes that came with Whiskers. I did use Whiskers' eyes to make the eyebrows, however. I cut the eyes from purple cardstock and then slid the eyes die down just a smidge and die cut again, creating the crescent slivers to use for eyebrows.

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To get a striped cat I cut the detail layer from three colors of purple. The darkest detail layer stayed whole and I sliced the lightest purple into stripes. The medium was used for the mouth area and the tip of his tail.

The easiest way to make the big grin was to cut the Whiskers detail layer from white cardstock and then to use a craft knife to cut a swatch from the chin area so that the bottom edge was already rounded by the die and I only had to hand-cut half of the mouth. Then I used a thin black pen to add teeth lines and coated both the mouth and the eyes with Glossy Accents to make them shiny.

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The new dies are shipping now to independent craft stores worldwide. If you do not live near a craft store you will be able to buy online. Links are below.

In addition to the supplies shown in the links I used black, white, cream, yellow and three colors of purple cardstock. I also used some striped washi tape and an old piece of spotted orange paper from my stash. I cut the "welcome baby" stamp from the Lawn Fawn stamp set (shown below) into two separate stamps so I could use just "welcome" on the front of the card.

Next week is the Designer Challenge - a new video from me will be posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and the team will be showing ideas using the new dies. Mark your calendars!