My Knight Pop-up Card - Paper Pros Challenge

Once a month we have a for fun challenge with a friends group called the Paper Pros. Raquel Mason set the theme for this month as "What's in a Name?" and challenged us to use a die set that started with the same letter as our first name.  I decided to use the Knight and Dragon die set and actually get a jump (gasp!) on my Anniversary Card for (gasp!) OCTOBER!

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The card is a very simple design. It measures 4.25" x 4.25" square when closed. I used the Knight die to cut a window into the front of the card and then assembled a bunch of knights from all white cardstock. I glued the knights into a collaged mosaic on the front of the card, cutting off partial knights where they extended off the edge. I then traced around all the pieces with a fine black pen.

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Through the window you can see a silver knight, lined up perfectly with the opening. As the card opens that knight starts to move, attached to a platform from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up die set. 

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Once the card is open the silver knight stands on the ground in front of the card. I used my leftover knights to decorate the background plus added a greeting using Word Set 5 - Royalty

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It was fun to make my knights-a-plenty card. Plus it's nice to have an anniversary card all ready for my real-life knight come October.

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Here are the other Paper Pros participating this month and links to their "What's in a Name?" cards:

Karen Aicken

Frances Byrne

Fran Sabad

Raquel Mason

Sandy Diller

Here are links to the products used in my card. I also used silver ink, white and red cardstock. 


Class Projects - Kaitlyn's Crop 2018

Hey Kaitlyn's Crop students - here are the photos of the two cards we'll make in Friday's class.

Your class kits will include the Circle Charm Pop-up die set and if you already own it I'll swap you out for a different die. All pieces will be pre-cut for class to keep us on time.

Card #1 features the Circle Charm Pop-up for a birthday card. This card also uses the Circles - Crosshatch, Ovals - Crosshatch, Birthday Charms and the smaller decorator cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-up die set. The cardstock is Bazzill, papers are Echo Park, and greeting stamp is Verve.

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The other card will be a Tag Book Pop-up featuring the Tropical Scene and Sea Animals. The cardstock is Bazzill, papers are Echo Park, and greeting stamp is Stampin' Up!

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Please bring to class:

  • Print-outs of the two class cards OR have them loaded onto your tablet or phone OR plan to take a photo of the originals when you arrive
  • Scissors
  • All your favorite adhesives - tape runner, strong double-sided tape (6mm or 0.25" is the best size), mini glue dots, fine-tip glue pen or bottle.
  • Paper Piercer
  • Optional - you are always welcome to bring inks for brushing edges.
  • Optional - tweezers for placing small pieces.
  • Optional - Wink of Stella clear glitter pen - for making things sparkly!

It's going to be a fun class! See you Friday!


USA Staggered Charm Accordion

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Learn how to create a staggered Charm Accordion by watching today's video:

 Here are the items used on my patriotic version:

Happy Independence Day!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 11 - Sweet Summer

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!

Our Designer Challenge for today has a theme of "Sweet Summer."

For my card and video I made my sister's birthday card using a staggered assembly for the Charm Accordion die set. You can also heck out my earlier wine-themed staggered charm accordion card.

Here is the video tutorial for this technique:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:


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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Happy Crafting!

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Class Projects - Croppin' Bug June 2018

Happy Sunday! 

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.

We will start with the Circle Charm Pop-up card, featuring the new Sweet Treats Charms and Word Set 6 - Summer. We also make use of the new crosshatch shape dies.


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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.

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Our final card is the Upsy Daisy Pop-up card, assembled in a slide style. There are so many ways to use this die set! Once again it is embellished with the nested crosshatch shape dies. Also used are Word Set 6 and the vine from the Flowers and Bee die set. 

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What to watch:

If you'd like a preview of these die mechanisms and how they work, feel free to watch the assembly videos before class.

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
  • Scissors
  • All your favorite adhesives - tape runner, strong double-sided tape (6mm or 0.25" is the best size), mini glue dots, fine-tip glue pen or bottle.
  • Paper Piercer
  • Black pen - for coloring the beak and legs of the flamingo. (Note - an alcohol or fine-tip permanent marker works best on the coated pink cardstock)
  • White gel pen - for the lines on the tree stump.
  • 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.
  • Optional - tweezers for placing small pieces.
  • Optional - Wink of Stella clear glitter pen - for making things sparkly!

It's going to be a fun class! Hope you can join us!


Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 10 - The Great Outdoors

Happy June, my crafty friends!

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)

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As the card opens the tent starts to expand. The balloons are suspended on transparency strips.

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Once open the whole scene is revealed. 

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The Squares - Crosshatch dies were perfect for making the windows, window frames and flower boxes. The flowers came from the Tree Pop-up.

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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: 


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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.

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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!

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Frances Byrne combined some cute camping-themed stamps to create a wonderful birthday card with the Tent Pop-up and Camping Charms. Adorable!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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".

Happy Crafting!

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Class Projects - Scrapp'n Savvy May 2018

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.

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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
  • Scissors
  • All your favorite adhesives - tape runner, double-sided tape, mini glue dots, fine-tip glue pen or bottle.
  • Paper Piercer
  • 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!

 


Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

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It's time for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and we are sponsoring some prizes! Make sure you check out the hop here: Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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For my card I thought it would be fun to make a window card where you could see the Coffee Cup Pop-up in the flat position and then open the card and watch it pop up. To do this, I needed a bottom fold card, so I created one with a foldover magnetic flap closure at the top. The card measures 4.5" x 5.75" in the closed position. Through the window you can see the coffee cup and the "I love you" portion of the greeting. The window and decorative circles were made using the Circles- Crosshatch die set. 

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To open the card, lift the magnetic flap at the top of the card.

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Once open, the coffee cup stands up. The large heart on the cup came from the Circle Charm Pop-up. The sleeve, stirrer stick, coffee beans and napkin come included in the Coffee Cup set.

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The patterned papers are from Bo Bunny's "Stay Awhile" collection. The rubber stamp is from Hampton Art.

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Learn more about the Coffee Cup Pop-up by watching this assembly video:


Karen Burniston die set are available at independent and online retailers worldwide as well as on our website. Here are some shopping links for the dies used on this project.

Enjoy hopping on the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!

 


Karen Burniston and Brutus Monroe Blog Hop

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.

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As the card opens the two labels start to lift and move.

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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.

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I embellished with sequins and the various labels that come in the Katherine Label die set. 

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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!

Happy Crafting!

 


KB + Brutus Monroe Collaboration - Upsy Daisy Floral Frenzy

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.

Today I'm sharing a fun combination with our newest dies combined with the Floral Frenzy Background stamp from Brutus Monroe. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!