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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Paper Pros Challenge - Spring Fever

For our monthly no-stress just-for-fun Paper Pros challenge, the theme was set by Sandy Diller as Spring Fever. I've been teaching a lot for the last several months and have been unable to participate in the challenges, but I lucked out this month because one of my class projects for Friday fits the theme!

This Friday I'll be at Kaitlyn's Crop 2019 Spring Fling teaching a 2-card class. The class kits will also include a die. In addition, students may shop our entire line at the Scrapp'n Savvy mobile store at the crop. 

The first card features the Woven Basket Box Card die set and also incorporates decorator dies (bird, frame, heart) from the Frame Pull Pop-up. The borders and twigs come from our Border Blends - Party die set.

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The other class card is a Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up birthday card, featuring the ostrich from Feathered Animals. It also uses decorator dies from the Cupcake Pop-up, Rectangles - Crosshatch and Birthday Charms.

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All items in the kits are pre-cut. Here are the items students should bring to class:

  • Scissors
  • All your favorite adhesives including liquid glue with a fine tip, tape runner, double-sided tape (0.25" is best), miniature glue dots, pop-dots.
  • Tweezers or Quick Stik for placing small items like ostrich parts, hearts and sequins
  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper piercer and a piece of foam to pierce into
  • Bone folder
  • Optional: Wink of Stella (or similar) glitter pen
  • Optional: Inks and blending tools for brushing edges 
  • Optional (but recommended): print out the card photos for reference OR save them to your tablet to refer to in class
  • Smart phone or tablet to take photos of the hundreds of sample cards on display

If you're not taking the class but would like to check out the rest of the Paper Pros projects, you'll find the links in the left sidebar under Design Team and Paper Pros.

Happy Crafting!

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Class Projects - Scrapp'n Savvy January 2019

On Wednesday I'll be teaching at Scrapp'n Savvy with our brand new release. Both class sessions are sold out, but I do teach at Scrapp'n Savvy once a quarter, so check the teaching events portion of our monthly newsletter for dates.

Everything in the kits is pre-cut so we only have to focus on assembly and you will not need to use your included die set, the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up in class.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that the shipment of new dies is still en route to Kansas and will not arrive to Texas in time for class. We're very sorry. So we'll need you to pick up your Rockin' Rectangle die set next week from the store and if that's inconvenient we will mail it to you. The trunk show will go on as normal with our other 73 dies being available to purchase and take home and the 18 new ones can be purchased with the class-day special and then picked up next week.

So let's look at what you'll be making.

Our first card features the Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up, the new Feathered Animals (turkey), Spring Animals (chick) and Tiny Accessories 2 (outfits). This is a fun "hello" card to send to a girlfriend. The little pieces to make the animals are small. You'll definitely want your fine glue and a pair of tweezers or a quick stick. The purses have brads, so bring a paper piercer.

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Our second card is a beautiful "thanks" bouquet using our new Woven Basket Box Card die set and a greeting from Word Set 1. Many thanks to Fran Sabad for giving me permission to teach a card heavily inspired by one of hers. Once again you'll want your fine glue for assembly and if you like sparkly flower centers, bring your Wink of Stella glitter pen or some Stickles.

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Our final card will be a Heart Pivot Panels card that you can use as a Valentine or as an anytime card for someone you love. It is accessorized with our new Word Set 9 - Love and our Crosshatch Rectangles. Once again you'll want your fine glue and a paper piercer for the brads.

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Here are the class supplies you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • All manner of adhesives including tape runner, glue capable of a fine line, thin double-sided tape (1/4" is good), miniature glue dots and pop dots.
  • Paper piercer
  • Tweezers or Quik Stick for placing small pieces
  • Print out the pictures from this blog post OR save them to your phone or tablet for reference during class.
  • Optional extras - Wink of Stella (or similar) glitter pen, Inks for edges (a little brown on the turkey looks nice!), ball stylus and a piece of fun foam for shaping flowers if that's your thing

And one last thing - I have to extend a HUGE thank you to Becky Morehead for spending Saturday at my house helping me cut kits. The pieces really add up when you're teaching entirely with die cuts - something that I will often discover AFTER the design phase, when I start writing down exactly what needs to be cut for each card. GULP!

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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: