Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 20 - Happy Easter or Spring

Can you believe it's April already?! 

This month we're taking on the challenge to make Easter or Spring cards. The projects by the team are spectacular as usual. For my card and video I wanted to see how well the Woven Basket Box Card could be turned into a pop-up using the mechanism from the Coffee Cup Pop-up. It worked exactly as intended! For anyone new to my Designer Challenges, I normally try to show a new twist or combination with the dies to get more mileage from your collection. Many people are collectors of the brand, so this is a way to take two different pop-up dies and use them together to create something new. Here's the video:

For this card I started with beautiful patterned papers from Blue Fern Studio. I was able to find a source for the interior design (supplies linked below) but not the outside paper (Spring Parade April Medley). A challenge in our industry among YouTubers and teachers is the short product lifespan of patterned papers. This technique, however, will work wonderfully with any papers. I kept the front simple with just a rectangle of patterned paper and a crepe ribbon bow. The card measures 4.25" x 5.25" when folded.

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Once open the pop-up woven basket is revealed. By combining the mechanism from the Coffee Cup with the decorator pieces from the Woven Basket a completely different look is achieved. For the greeting block I took inspiration from a card by Helen Cryer where she added a square over the center of the napkin to cover the slots. I strategically placed the Happy Spring greeting to cover the seam between the two napkin halves.

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To style the bunny I took inspiration from a famous literary rabbit and fashioned a blue jacket from a second cut of the bunny die. The Spring Animals die set comes with an adorable little basket for the bunny to hold, but I wanted him to hold a carrot from the garden. I used the carrot nose from the Snowman die set along with the ostrich's neck feathers from the Feathered Animals (cut in half) to fashion a carrot. 

WBCC CloseupReady to give this card a try? I definitely encourage you to "shop" your own collection of pretty papers. The papers for the woven basket were just random papers from my scrap bin. In terms of the basket itself, do plan to use patterned papers instead of cardstock. The lighter the better on the pop-up with this mechanism, so your card will stay open for display. Here are links to the supplies I used:

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One of the things that we tell our Design Team is that family always comes first. This is why you will sometimes find a team member or two on sabbatical as something else needs their full attention. Worry not - they will be back! Many of these talented ladies have been on my design team for nearly a decade, if you can believe it. What a blessing! Please consider giving a click to your favorite cards below and leaving a comment on a blog or two. Everyone loves comments!

Karen Aicken styled the cute little chick from the Spring Animals to perfection on this Upsy Daisy Easter card. The colors and details are amazing!

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Irene Mendes really shows her talent for soft, pretty and elegant combinations with this Twist Panel Easter card. I love her choice to make it a side-fold card with a vertical panel stack.

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Kelly Booth knows how to style hip Spring Animals. Check out the pink and blue bunnies with sweet white feet! This Upsy Daisy Easter card is sure to delight!

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Summer Hills-Painter created the perfect Easter scene with this Tag Book creation featuring the Easter Charms. I love how the panels create a beautiful Easter landscape.

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Frances Byrne has an absolutely darling Oval Frames Pop-up featuring the Spring Animals and Garden Charms. Notice the bunny peeking out of the grass. Adorable!

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Sandy Diller has been rocking the Woven Basket Box Card. Check out this array of amazing makes. Her Easter basket is bright and full of treats. Then she made a doublewide steampunk basket and a masterpiece large basket for her mother's birthday. Awesome!

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Lois Bak created this blooming bouquet to celebrate the reason for the season. In my Lutheran upbringing, when the pastor calls out "He is risen!" the congregation responds "He is risen, indeed!" and so naturally I cannot see this card without saying that in my head. What a gorgeous basket.

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Fran Sabad converted the Frame Pull Pop-up into a waterfall and then created the sweetest story with the Spring Animals. What fresh colors and adorable styling.

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Another amazing challenge. Join us next month, on May 8, 2019 for our next challenge with a theme of CONGRATS! 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 19 - Square Charm Accordion with Tiny Accessories

Happy March!

We've got a great challenge for this month. The theme is Tiny Accessories and the team was challenged to incorporate Tiny Accessories 1 or Tiny Accessories 2 (or both) die sets into their projects.

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Tiny Accessories are designed to dress up any of our animal die sets, but they also work well on our charm sets. For my project and video I dressed up the Sweet Treats Charms and then modified the Charm Accordion die set to be a square album with ribbon pivots. 

The page sets are trimmed to 3.25" high to match the width, turning it in to a square album. It's a cute fun-sized card that can easily mail in an A2 envelope. 

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Instead of using the charm frame connector piece that comes included in the die set, I opted instead to pivot the album with ribbon. I used the Squares-Crosshatch die set for the outer decorator frames. The Darkroom Door greeting stamp was a perfect fit for the sentiment.

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I dressed two sets of Sweet Treats charms with the outfits from both Tiny Accessories sets. I drew on the eyes and mouths with a black pen. The smaller charms dangle from the ribbon on the paper jump rings.

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Ready to make your own version of this card? Here are links to everything used on my card. The green patterned paper is an old one from my stash. The ribbon is Bo Bunny.

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Let's see how our talented international design team interpreted the Tiny Accessories challenge. In each case, their name will link to their personal blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, tricks and sometimes even videos. So click away for inspiration galore!

Sandy Diller created a special card for a friend going through a rough time. This really shows the joy and caring of being able to create customized cards for any occasion. I absolutely love Sandy's sweet queen owl peeking through the window and then soaring along with the supportive sentiment on the Katherine Label Pop-up. The animal scenery is delightful.

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Kelly Booth has a knack for picking color schemes and especially with her signature aqua/teal color. This coffee-themed Rockin' Rectangle card, complete with crowned-kitty, is purrrrfection! I love how she mixes stamped imagery with dies seamlessly. Gorgeous!

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Frances Byrne has so many amazing little touches on this birthday card I could stare at it all day. First, she put the Circle Tag Book pop-up inside a larger card - a great alternate assembly for that die set. Then she dressed up the chicks adorably. Notice the cape and diploma used as a mantle and scroll for the king. Notice the sequins used as pirate doubloons - incredible!

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Karen Aicken made this touchingly sweet anniversary card featuring the waterfall assembly of the Frame Pull Pop-up. As the waterfall is pulled the pages flip and more parts of the outfits appear until the happy couple is revealed on the final page. This is exquisite!

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Summer Hills-Painter created this absolutely amazing Easter-themed Rockin' Rectangle card complete with super bunny. The styling of everything is perfection and especially the dimensional leaves on the trees. Stunning!

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Lois Bak cleverly converted the turkey from the Feathered Animals set into a peacock for the front of this fabulous 4-page Fancy Accordion. I love all the dashing and dapper couples in her sweet Easter parade. Everything about this makes me smile!

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Irene Mendes has an amazing ability to combine beautiful patterned papers with dies and style those dies to perfectly blend with the papers. In this beautiful Circle Tag Book featuring the Garden Charms, Irene added the Tiny Accessories 1 crown to the premade bunny. This is so pretty!

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Fran Sabad made this fun menagerie of dressed-up animals for a good luck card. This is such a clever repurposing of the House Pivot Panels to make a neighborhood, complete with fox pirate, squirrel duke, ostrich lady and dog sheriff. Amazing!

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Another out-of-the-park challenge by the team! Join us next month on April 3, 2019 for our next challenge with a theme of EASTER OR SPRING. 

Happy Crafting!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 18 - Love, sweet love!

Happy February!

Our newest release is in stock and shipping! If you missed the preview video of the 18 new dies you'll find it here: January 2019 Release Preview Video.

The theme for this month's challenge is Love, sweet love, in which I challenged the team to make love-themed cards that also incorporate chocolate. You'll find amazing cards by the team at the bottom of this post with links to their blog posts.

For my card and video I wanted to show the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up die set being used to lift the lid off of a box of chocolates. A clear card front allows the recipient to see the box "closed" and then open the card to lift the lid. Watch the video tutorial to learn how to make it:

This card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position so it can be mailed in an A7 envelope. Because of the bulky ribbon, I would suggest adding the extra ounce stamp (only 15 cents more) just to make sure. The heart border on the card front was made using the Border Blends - Argyle die set, blending the thin wavy border with the diamond press dot border to create the heart-shaped border.

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As the card opens the lid starts to rise up and move to the right, while the chocolate box slides to the left. 

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Once open the box lid is up in the air and the entire box of chocolates is revealed. To make the heart-shaped chocolates I die cut the decorator hearts from the Heart Pivot Panels die set, embossed them with clear powder, and then stacked them double for thickness. They sit on liners created with the smallest rectangle die in the Rockin' Rectangle set, die cut from thin white cardstock and then crimped with a tube crimper.

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Want to make your own "unboxing" card? Here are the links for the dies and other products used in the video. The red gingham paper is an older design from Pebbles: 733479 Bougainvillea. Cardstock colors are brown, maroon, red and white. You might also check for the dies at your local store. We shipped store pre-orders first so they may have already arrived in your area.

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Let's see how our talented international design team interpreted the Love, sweet love challenge. In each case, their name will link to their personal blog post, where you will find more photos, supply lists, tips, tricks and sometimes even videos. So click away for inspiration galore!

Fran Sabad has been creating amazing Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up cards and this is no exception. Look at all those fun details, including little faces on the ice cream scoops! I love how she used the Border Blends Party set, too. Adorable!

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Sandy Diller combined the Heart Pivot Panels, Circle Tag Book and gorgeous patterned papers for this vibrant Valentine. The Border Blends Party set works perfectly as an accent.

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Irene Mendes created a beautiful card dedicated to her and her husband's love of coffee and chocolate. This is a great mix of stamps and dies on a Rockin' Rectangle window card. I love the dripping chocolate!

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Kelly Booth has such skills with coloring stamped images and this delicious cookie bouquet card is no exception! I love her choice of a two-tone red Woven Basket Box Card and the extra touches, like a ribbon bow tucked into the arrangement and the XOXO greeting perched on top. 

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Frances Byrne always creates the perfect mix of stamps and dies and this month's creation is no exception. She used the new Heart Pivot Panels die set for this monster chocolate card. Adorable!

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Karen Aicken created this absolutely adorable Upsy Daisy Pop-up card featuring owls holding big donuts and I am ALL.FOR.IT! So many amazing details on this card.

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Lois Bak combined the Woven Basket Box Card with decorator dies from the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up for this Valentine extraordinaire! What a wonderfully sweet combination!

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Summer Hills-Painter created this love-filled Valentine using the Circle Tag Book, Word Set 9 and a decorator rectangle from the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up. The chocolate kisses work perfectly for the theme!

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Helen Cryer created this scrumptious Ice Cream Sundae Card with colors that make a great masculine card as well. I adore the bunting and the burlap elements.

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This was one of my favorite challenges yet! The team made such decadent cards and really showed off the possibilities with the new release. Join us next month on March 6, 2019 for a Designer Challenge theme of TINY ACCESSORIES. We will be featuring Tiny Accessories 1 and Tiny Accessories 2 in our cards.

Happy Crafting!

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January 2019 Sneak Peeks - Oval Frames Pop-up

Happy Wednesday!

Our January release is now available for pre-order with shipping starting January 31st in the order received. I'm working on assembly videos for the new dies and sharing them here on my blog as I finish them.

To see some great inspiration using these new dies you can check out the blogs of our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar). 

Today's post is introducing the Oval Frames Pop-up die set.

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The Oval Frames Pop-up is a great all-purpose generic die set with a lot of possibilities. While the oval shape is perfect for Easter-themed cards, it is very generic and will work for any occasion, any theme. It creates a 4-panel pop-up in a side fold card, making a great display piece. Learn the assembly in this video:

For the video card I used the drop down assembly and decorated with a heart tree and butterfly scene. The heart tree, ovals, grass and rolling hills come included in the set. The butterfly is a charm from the Charm Accordion set. The hello greeting is from Word Set 1. On the front of the card I added a Crosshatch Rectangle. This card measures 5" x 5" when closed.

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The card on the packaging measures 4.5" x 6" when closed and also features the drop down assembly method. I added the clouds and background hills from the Outdoor Scene die set, plus a greeting from Word Set 9 - Love and the bunny from the Spring Animals die set.

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I will also be creating assembly videos for the new charm sets and the animal sets. Look for those over the next week or so. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Border Blends

Happy Tuesday! 

Our January release is now available for pre-order on our website. Last week I started sharing the assembly videos for the new dies and have another one to share today.

As you look for inspiration for the new release, be sure to check out the blogs of our talented design team. (clickable links in the left sidebar

These are the Border Blends dies - Argyle and Party. Each set comes with three individual dies to cut positive space borders, but then they feature a tab and notch system that also allows the dies to be combined to make various combinations using the negative spaces.

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Learn how these clever dies work by watching the assembly video:

Here's a card featuring the Party set and our Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up, along with the new You're Sweet! word die.

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For this Heart Pivot Panels card, I used the Argyle Border Blends.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up

Happy Saturday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up is a fabulous generic pop-up die set. It makes great window cards, although of course you can use it without a window for a pop-up surprise inside the card. Opening the card will cause the rectangle to lift up, out, and rock as the card opens and closes. All of the decorator pieces are generic  Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the video card I made a "hello" card featuring two fancy feathered friends. The chick is from the Spring Animals and the turkey from the Feathered Animals and the pillbox hat, glasses, pearls and purses came from Tiny Acessories 2. The script word is from Word Set 6 - Summer and the rest of the greeting is computer generated. The edge at the top of the grass was made by slipping the rectangle through a border die in the Border Blends - Argyle set and cutting just one edge. The sequins are made using a die in the Rockin' Rectangle set.

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You can also assemble the Rockin' Rectangle in a horizontal card with or without a window. For this sample I used the Garden Charms, Nature Edges and Rectangles - Crosshatch.

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For the packaging sample I created a graduation card with the owl from the Feathered Animals, graduation cap and diploma from Tiny Accessories 2, and greetings from Word Set 8 - Congrats.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up

Happy Friday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Ice Cream Sundae Pop-up came at the specific request of Corinna, who handles our social media and customer service. It was the perfect suggestion for a specific themed pop-up that could be offered at a very affordable price. (Thanks, C!) Despite having 9 individual dies that combine to make an impressive and substantial pop-up, the actual footprint of the die set is small, meaning we are able to offer it at the lowest price of any of our pop-ups to date. If you've been considering getting started with our pop-up dies this might be the perfect first choice - a die set that has a specific theme, but yet works for many occasions, includes decorator dies that can be used independently and all at a price that you'd associate with a decorator set.  Learn the assembly by watching this video:

For the video card I've added our new Border Blends - Party die set, You're Sweet sentiment greeting, and our Circles- Crosshatch.

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For the packaging samples I used the same combination of dies, except using the Squares - Crosshatch instead of the circles.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Circle Tag Book Pop-up

Happy Thursday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Circle Tag Book Pop-up. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Circle Tag Book Pop-up is a new version of our best-selling Tag Book Pop-up. We wanted to give a second option for this popular mechanism. For the new die set, the tag itself measures 3.25" x 5" (versus the 3" x 6" tag in the Tag Book set) meaning the completed card will mail in an A2 envelope. It also features pop-up circles instead of a square/tag combo on the pop-up. The pop-up circles each measure 2.25" in diameter, making them the perfect size to highlight any of our Charm Die Sets or to showcase stamped images. Learn how to assemble the die by watching the assembly video:

The card I make in the video incorporates a few other dies, including the Get Well Charms, Word Set 9 - Love, and Word Set 2 - Birthday. The rest of the decorator pieces on this card come included in the Circle Tag Book die set, including the circles, rings, borders, banners and hole protectors. 

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For this baby-themed Circle Tag Book I incorporated the Baby Charms and "sweet" from You're Sweet
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For the card featured on the packaging, I used the Garden Charms

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The Circle Tag Book Pop-up coordinates well with our Pivot Panels die sets as well. Overall it is just a great all around generic pop-up with tons of possibilities.

Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Woven Basket Box Card

Happy Wednesday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Woven Basket Box Card. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Woven Basket Box Card checks off two common requests  from fans of the brand - a standalone box card die set and a new version of the cute tiny woven basket from a now-retired Props set. This die set does both. It features tapered sides, a woven texture, rope handles and grassy crossbars. Everything is very user-friendly, as you will see in this assembly video:

This die does differ from our Flower Pot Pop-up die set. The Flower Pot is smaller and is designed to be installed inside a card. The Woven Basket is meant to be a standalone card that you flatten and mail. However, if you own both sets, you'll be able to mix and match the decorator pieces (flowers & vines) between the two sets and they do not duplicate. This card uses our new Happy Spring script die for the greeting.

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As always, you choose your colors, styling and theme. Our script word dies work really well with the basket, either suspended in the bouquet or attached to the front. If you want to add a place to sign the card, simply add a shape to the back panel or tie a tag to the handle. 

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For this masculine version, I didn't use the flowers or vines that come in the set and instead turned to the Outdoor Scene, the decorator trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels, and our Camping Charms. The greeting is from Word Set 2 - Birthday.

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The Woven Basket Box Card flattens for mailing (I recommend an A7 envelope) and then becomes a beautiful display piece. It's so versatile - you can fill the basket with anything, for any season, any theme.

Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is:


January 2019 Sneak Peek Week - Heart Pivot Panels

Happy Tuesday!

This week we are showing ideas for our upcoming January release, which will show up on our website for pre-order on Monday, January 21, 2019 with shipping starting January 31st.

You will find some great ideas from our talented design team (clickable links in the left sidebar) on their own blogs. On my blog this week I'll be sharing the assembly videos for the new dies to help people understand how they work.

Today's post is introducing the Heart Pivot Panels. (All new release die links will start working on January 21st)

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The Heart Pivot Panels will work exactly like the Evergreen Pivot Panels and the House Pivot Panels and, just like those two die sets, the decorator pieces can be used independently on other projects. The pop-up can be installed inside a card OR, as an option, coordinates with the Twist Panel Pop-up, Tag Book Pop-up and Circle Tag Book Pop-up. Watch this assembly video to learn how this die works.

This die will work well year-round for any type of love-themed card, from Valentines to wedding, anniversary, pick-me-up, congrats, thank-you, Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthday, sympathy, get well . . . pretty much any theme! HeartPivotPanelsBoth

Some dies that coordinate perfectly with the Heart Pivot Panels are the Border Blends- Argyle, which can be blended to create heart-shaped borders. and Word Set 9 - Love. For greeting panels, our nested crosshatch shape dies work wonderfully.

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Pivot panels can also be used with our Twist Panel Pop-up die set to add even more pop-up action to the twist panel. 

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To up the "cuteness" factor of the Heart Pivot Panels, consider pairing it with some of our animals and accessories sets. This card uses the new Feathered Animals and Tiny Accessories 2 to add the heart-shaped glasses and heart-shaped candy box.

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Check back tomorrow for another assembly video of our new release. If you missed the summary video of the release, here it is: