Paper Pros Challenge - Shake it up!

Happy Tuesday!
 
The former Pop it Ups Designer Challenge team has regrouped as a friends group called Paper Pros and today is the first of our monthly no-pressure challenges. Summer Hills-Painter challenged us to "Shake it Up" by incorporating a shaker element or action wobbler into a project of any theme.
 

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This is a version of a Twist Circle Window Card (Video Link) but as a shaker card instead. I started with a 4.75" x 12" strip of patterned paper (Authentique Legacy "Kindred") and scored it into three 4" panels. I cut the base of the Twist Circle die over the right fold and cut the upper portion of the platform from the leftover paper. Next I folded the left panel underneath the center panel and die cut through both layers with the medium circle die from the Twist Circle set. Between the two layers I added a square made from two transparency pieces sealed around the edges and filled with silver confetti and micro beads. I made a similar shaker label by cutting the label out of both patterned paper and transparency and then hand stitching the two together with yellow thread. This was easy because the label die creates decorative pierce marks around the perimeter. Before stitching the top edge of the label I used a paper funnel to fill it with the same silver confetti and micro beads.

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The card measures 4.75" x 4" when closed, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. The greetings are from a Stampin' Up! set from my stash called Sale-a-Bration "A Happy Thing"

LoveLifeShakerClosedHere's a close-up of the window area when the card is closed. The flower embellishment is visible through the window in the upper right.

LoveLifeShakerCloseUp1As the card is opened the Twist Circle mechanism starts to lift and twist the interior shaker label.

LoveLifeShakerPartialOnce the card is open the flower has moved to the left side and the "Love Life" (same stamp set) greeting is revealed. I also added flourishes from the Merry Christmas Pop-up die set. The flowers themselves are a combination of silk and paper flowers from my stash.

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Here's a close-up of the shaker label:

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Also, congratulations to Lana R. for winning two dies in the 25,000 YouTube Subscribers giveaway from the last newsletter. Here is Lana's winning comment, chosen by random draw:
 
"Your cards are amazing! But I am a little intimidated by them."
 
Lana, I hope you've had a chance to try your dies and that you're no longer intimidated! 
 
Here are links to the other Paper Pros.

Caz Counsell - Valentines treat boxes with wobbling critters
Fran Sabad - beach-themed shaker card
Karen Aicken - pop-up Valentine with shaker balloon
Sandy Diller - accordion Valentine with wobbling bear
Frances Byrne - pop-up Lorna label window shaker card
Shelly Hickox - screen card with Heart Pivot shaker 
Summer - Hills Painter - coffee-themed shaker card
Raquel Mason - http://raquelmason.blogspot.com
Helen Cryer - http://diningroomdrawers.blogspot.com
Kelly Booth - http://cruzinkellster.blogspot.com
Donna Wright - http://oldredshed.blogspot.com

Here are shopping links for the dies I used on my card.


VIDEO - Love & Hearts Flower Pot Pop Stand (Giveaway!)

Happy Monday!

I mentioned on Social Media that I recently achieved a goal of 25,000 YouTube subscribers! Whoo hoo! Thanks, all. At the end of this post are details about a Giveaway.

To celebrate, here's a new video tutorial for combining the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set plus the Heart Pivot Card decorator dies to make a pop-up heart-filled flower pot with extra pop-up hearts attached to the front of the flower pot.

The patterned papers I used are older designs from My Mind's Eye from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, but any patterned papers could be used in this design. The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 (5x7) envelope. The front decoration features an embossed border strip (Stampin' Up! embossing folder), two hearts from the Heart Pivot Card set with vines from the Flower Pot Pop Stand set, and a metal key from my stash.

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As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.

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Once open, the pop-up sculpture is revealed, including extra heart pop-ups built on the front of the pot so they, too, will pop-up. The "love" is an older script die (Stampin' Up!) from my stash.

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The video shows a technique for cutting notches in the small hearts to be able to make the interlocking hearts to go in the flower pot. 

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This side view shows the "feet" that I added to the back of the large decorator hearts to turn them into pop-up hearts for the front of the flower pot. This technique is explained in the video. 

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This card would be suitable for many occasions, including Valentines Day, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Birthday, Thanks, Love and Thinking of You. 

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a random drawing to win the two dies featured in the video - Flower Pot Pop Stand and Heart Pivot Card. Leave your comment by the end of the week, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and dies will be sent out as soon as we can connect by e-mail to get your mailing address. 

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Shopping links:


Announcement

Happy 2017!

I know, I know. You've probably noticed a few changes, most notably the lack of Designer Challenges and no sneak peeks or hints from me about new products.

After three years of licensing Pop it Ups dies, stamps, folders and stencils to Elizabeth Craft Designs, the contract is up and we've mutually decided not to renew. This means there won't be any new Pop it Ups collections with Elizabeth Craft Designs, but existing products will be available, inventory-permitting, throughout 2017.

I've been designing and licensing craft products for fifteen years and have been blessed to work with many companies. I've designed and licensed hundreds of products. Before product design, I worked in the creative side of the industry, including design team work, magazine and idea books and freelance teaching at events throughout the world.

My goal when I turned my crafting hobby into a career was to earn enough to fund my kids' college accounts. John and I put ourselves through school on scholarships, grants and loans. I remember the day, 10 years after graduating, when we paid off our last loan. John's mother framed the payoff stub for us and we hung it on the wall. When our twins were born 18 years ago we made the decision that, if we could, and with provisions for their contributions of hard work and decent grades, we would pay for our kids' college educations. We met that goal and their college accounts are fully funded. Yay!

Now don't worry. I didn't tell this story to announce my retirement or anything. Perish the thought! I love creating with paper and now that my kids are young adults and starting their own journeys, I'll have even more time to devote to it. 

No, I tell this story to explain why, when it became obvious that my journey with Elizabeth Craft Designs was ending, I didn't feel the need to immediately pursue a replacement licensing deal, as I've done in the past. To explain why I chose instead to take my time and weigh several options of where to best focus my particular set of skills in this ever-changing industry.

What's next for me is in development, but there is something coming and it will be great! 

During this transition period, I won't have work for a Design Team, so there is no longer an official Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team. After years of working together, though, we've become such good friends that we've formed our own little club and are considering putting together regular challenges just for fun. You'll see in the sidebar that my former team members are now linked as "Super Talented Designer Friends" and I encourage you to bookmark their blogs so you can keep up with their crafty endeavors. There aren't enough words to properly praise and thank them for their years of friendship, talents and support. Thank you SO much to Shelly, Raquel, Kelly, Karen, Fran, Frances, Summer, Caz, Sandy, Donna and Helen. I also must thank all of my readers, viewers, students and fans who have supported this passion I have for interactive paper crafting. 

While I work on what's next, I'm going to continue to enjoy creating YouTube videos and tutorials for my blog. I'll continue to post on my Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page with links to projects made using my products. I'll continue to teach at stores in South Texas (next class is at Scrapp'n Savvy in March) and I'll be attending the Creativation show next week in Phoenix to walk the show with my friends and to celebrate, gratefully, the blessings that this creative industry has provided.

Much love,

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LOVE Twist Circle Panel Card

Today I'm sharing a Twist Circle Panel Card in a Love theme.

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Shelly mentioned that the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog had a theme of Be Square, so I thought I'd adapt the measurements of the Twist Circle Panel Card video to be a square card with square panels and enter it into the Challenge. 

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This is a top fold 4.5" square card with a ribbon tie closure. The front features layered heart stamps from a Dina Wakley set, plus a key charm from Hobby Lobby. 

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When the card is opened the panels twist and open. The laser-cut wood letters came from Michaels and I painted them to match my project colors. The patterned papers are older from my stash - Teresa Collins.

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For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:

  • Backing Card: 4.5" x 4.5", scored for folding in the center with 5 closely-spaced score lines to create a rolling fold to accommodate the thick wooden letters in the closed position. (NOTE: If you're not using thick items on the panels, there is no need for a rolling fold - simply score once in the center of the backing card)
  • Inner Card: 4.25" x 4.25", scored for folding in the center.
  • Arms: 1.25" x 3.75", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
  • Interior Pop-up Panels: 8" x 2", scored every 2".

Here is the video tutorial for converting the Pop it Ups Twist Circle die into a base for a panel card. If you're making the square version, make the appropriate measurement substitutions listed above. 

Here are some shopping links for the products used on my Love card:


Dec 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Party Animals!

Well 2016 is nearly over and our final Pop it Ups Designer Challenge is full of fun! Sandy Diller set the theme of "Party Animals - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else" 

For my card I wanted to show yet another way to adapt the Twist Circle Pop-up die set. This time I'll use it without the upper platform and instead I'll add spirals to the lower platforms. This generic card design could be used for any theme. I decorated mine for New Year's using Hoppy the Frog and the decorator pieces from the Anita Frames. It would make an adorable Valentines card with hearts decorating the spirals.

The front of my card features the same confetti patterned paper (SEI 8-6909 from my stash) as the card's interior. I cut the patterned paper into two pieces to allow the frog to be tucked behind the title. I added his front legs, trimmed and folded, to look like he's holding the greeting. "Happy New Year" is spelled out in (very old) letter stickers from my stash and Hoppy's eye sockets, cut from gold paper, created the perfect confetti in between the letters.

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As the card is opened, the Twist Circle lower platforms start to pop-up, causing the spirals to expand.

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Once open, the spirals expand and the frogs pop-up. The banners suspend between the spirals, spelling out the year to come. The greeting comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called "Lovely Amazing You" - I thought it was the perfect greeting for a new year full of promise.

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I explain in the video about the banners. If you're stringing 3 banners they fit nicely between the spirals - simply attach the string to the spirals and hang the banners between. However, if 4 banners are required, it took a little extra engineering. Basically I needed to anchor the "2" banner, but that meant it wouldn't be able to shift locations when the card closed. To allow for the other banners to shift, I needed the string to be able to slide through the "2" banner to give slack to the other three so they can find a good resting position when the card is closed. Because the string is anchored to the card, it will pull the slack out of the banners as the card is opened and raise them into the air.

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This card design is very generic and can be decorated for any theme. You need only the Twist Circle for the mechanism, but if you're interested in replicating this exact card, here are the items you'll need:

 


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Just a quick note about these 9 amazing ladies. Most of them have been on my team since my Sizzix days and we've been posting monthly Designer Challenges for years! Every month for the last three years this team has posted jaw-dropping projects promoting Pop it Ups and Elizabeth Craft Designs. What an honor to have these beautiful people showing off my products in such clever and creative ways. They are my best friends and I couldn't have done it without them. 

Sandy Diller set the theme this month and then created this absolutely amazing card featuring several Character dies and a Hee Haw theme. She doubled the Lots of Pops using a clever box cut in the center of the card. So fabulous!

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Frances Byrne
 created a Z-fold card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into the panels to animate her greetings. Jinks the Monkey and his pals are partying on the front of the card. As usual, Frances found the perfect mix of papers, stamps and dies for an awesome card.

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Karen Aicken
 is ushering the new year with a stylish card featuring kraft and red with black accents. So many great details in this card - I love the pink bubbly and the styling on Jinks. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab provides the base.

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Raquel Mason shows Jinks the Monkey's true party instincts with this fun Oval Pull Card featuring a background of embossed bananas and an inverted monkey flying on the slider arm. I am bananas for this card!

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Fran Sabad created a stunning New Year's card featuring black and gold accents and the Clock die turned into a shaker! I love the way she used the Anita Frames pop-up to highlight the date inside the card. The Party Animals have a couple of hours left!

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Shelly Hickox
 is celebrating the new year by getting organized with her planner. She created these adorable Character planner clips using a woodlands styling on Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. I like the addition of Chilly the Penguin's scarf to Honey as well. This makes me want to become a planner girl!

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Caz Counsell ends the year and the Designer Challenges with this fabulous ode to the team, featuring 10 different "spirit animals" representing all of us. She die cut the Lots of Pops across the card several times to give plenty of platforms. I adore this card almost as much as I adore this team!

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At year's end it's always a great time to reflect on the journey, and it's been marvelous! 

Happy New Year!


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Christmas Version - Twist Circle Panel Card with Evergreen Pivots

This month I've been revisiting some of my favorite technique videos and making Christmas versions of the cards. Today's share is an amped-up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card where I added two Evergreen Pivot Card cuts into the panels, giving it an extra layer of interactivity.

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This card is a top-fold A2 (4.25" x 5.5") but because of the bulk, it will need a larger envelope and extra postage. I kept the front very simple, with a stamped layered label set (Labels & circles), ribbon and some evergreen trees (Evergreen Pivot Card). 

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As the card is opened, the panels start to twist and lift up. I made sure that my ribbon bow was high enough that the twisting labels will not hit it.

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Once the card is opened fully, the panels will expand and the trees pop-up, creating a fun zigzagging double pop-up. 

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To create the burlap/glittered trees, I first added double-sided adhesive to a piece of cardstock and then pressed a piece of burlap into the adhesive. I die cut the decorator trees using the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to make sure it would cut the burlap and cardstock completely. After die cutting I poured glitter through the burlap to stick to the leftover adhesive. I alternated between two colors of glitter (Imperial Garnet and Light Brass) to give the line of trees some variety. The Evergreen Pivot Card includes a die to cut stars for the tops of the trees.

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The patterned paper I used is a very old piece of Lily Bee Design paper (Jingle egg nog) from my stash. I used the smaller snowflake die from the Holiday Charms set to die cut the maroon snowflakes from the leftover patterned paper and sprinkled snowflakes throughout the card. The Merry Christmas stamp is also an older design (Stampendous) from my stash. I stamped and embossed it onto maroon cardstock and then cut it into a tag shape.

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From the side you can really see the layers of dimension to this card. The outer two panels are connected to the arms of the Twist Circle Panel Card in the usual manner. The label on the base of the card is inlaid so make sure it is not a catch point. I embossed the "Dec 25" stamp and left room to sign the card with a white gel pen.

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For the Twist Circle Panel card itself, I followed the video instructions, with these changes to the dimensions:

  • Backing Card: 4.25" x 11", scored for folding at 5.5" (making an A2 top fold card)
  • Inner Card: 4" x 10.75", scored for folding at 5 3/8" (center)
  • Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
  • Interior Pop-up Panels: 10" x 3", scored at 2.75", 5" and 7.25" to make four panels (outer two panels are 2.75" wide and inner two panels are 2.25" wide) with corners rounded with 1/2" radius

Here are some step-by-step photos for how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card die into the panels. 

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Step 1: After scoring to make the 4-panel strip, line up the Evergreen Pivot Card alignment nubs on the right-most fold line, using temporary adhesive to hold the small trees in place. Fold the other three panels underneath as shown above. Roll through a die cutting machine to die cut the small trees through two panels.

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Step 2: Open the panel set up and move the die to the left-most fold, taping down the small trees so they don't shift. Fold under the left-most panel and pull the small tree that is already die-cut over the top of the die so it won't be cut again. Roll through the machine.

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Step 3: Turn the panel set over so you're working on the back of the piece. Use clear tape to join the small trees in the center. Add cardstock panels to the outside edges. The panels should measure 1.25" wide by 3" tall.

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Step 4: Turn the panels back to the front again. Start working the folds between the trees to create the pop-ups as shown. You'll have to create your own fold between the two outermost trees. This can be scored if you prefer, but I just used my fingers to create the folds.

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Step 5: Turn the panels to the back again. Cut four cardstock strips, each measuring 1.5" x 3" and add them to the back of the panels. Make sure the adhesive is added to the panels so you can avoid the tree areas with adhesive.

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Step 6: Decorate the panels as desired. I used washi tape (stash item) across the top and bottom edges of my panels and then rounded the corners with a 1/2" corner rounder. To add the small burlap trees in the very center, the interior side of each tree had to be trimmed so it wouldn't cross the fold. 

Once I had my panel set completely decorated, I followed the video instructions for creating the base of the card (Twist Circle) and adding the panels. I reinforced all of my arms with patterned paper (this is shown in the video).


Ready to give this amped up version of the Twist Circle Panel Card a try? Here are the items from my Christmas Version that I was able to source. 


Dec 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: All I want for Christmas

Howdy crafters!

Can you believe it's just a couple of weeks until Christmas? The month is flying by but the team and I took a moment from the hustle and bustle to contemplate our own lists . . . what would we want for Christmas from the Pop it Ups line if we didn't already have it? That was the challenge I issued the team - use your favorite Pop it Ups die.

For my card I was very torn - I love all of my dies! In the end I chose two favorites - the Lorna Label Pop-up and the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. The Lorna label was chosen for two reasons - first, it is named after my late Grandmother, Lorna Madsen, who was one of my very favorite people, and secondly, because I love the shape and generic versatility of the die. My other favorite is the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. I love the way the trees expand in this set, giving an extra dimension to the pop-up.

This card is a top-fold A2 card, measuring 4.25" x 5.5" when closed. The front design is a repeat of elements inside, a "simple lead-in" approach that I use often.

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A piece of sparkly silver ribbon is used for a simple closure. I added hook and loop tape to the ends of the ribbon. To make it easy to lift, I added a loop of ribbon to one end, embellished with the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. The ribbon is anchored on the back of the card.

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As the card opens the trees start to pop-up. Doubling the Lorna Label is such an easy way to create a floating floor to animate anything. I can see this card design being used for so many themes. Swap out the trees with little stamped images and create an impressive layered scene!

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In the open position the trees expand, creating even more dimension to the card. I wrapped some silver twine around the lower Lorna label. The little greeting stamps from Stacy Yacula (POD) were the perfect size to fit in the fishtail banner die from the Lorna set.

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Here is a side view showing how "L" supports work with a floating floor. You simply need a slot and a support and then anything can pop up anywhere on the floor. The foot of each support is glued to the base of the card. The floor (in this case, the Lorna label) will pull the support up as the card is opened and push it down as the card is closed.

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The trees and snowflakes are cut from a piece of white cardstock that was first coated, front and back, with Sparkle Mod Podge. I love the hint of sparkle that the embedded glitter provides. All of the ornaments are Glitter Dots in Transparent/Silver.

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It's a great time to stock up on Pop it Ups holiday dies during the Elizabeth Craft Designs sale, going on through 12/23/2016. Both the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and the Holiday Charms are included in the sale.

Here are the links to the products in my card:


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As usual, you are going to be blown away by the team's projects. We are especially happy to have Kelly Booth back, who took some time off for health reasons. The talent and creativity of these nine designers is astounding.

Frances Byrne mentioned that it was hard for her to choose a favorite die, but settled on the Twist Circle. She converted it into a panel card and then decorated with several Pop it Ups accessory dies, including Rudy the Reindeer. Frances always chooses the perfect papers for her cards. I am amazed at how she layers and composes a card.

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Kelly Booth fell in love with the Flower Pot Pop Stand die as soon as it was released mid-summer and has made so many amazing cards with it. A signature Kelly touch is to add the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card to the side of the pot for even more interactivity. For this delightful card she used Jinks the Monkey on the front of the card and bright festive blooms inside. Amazing!

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Sandy Diller created a spectacular snow globe card for the challenge and filled the shaker area with a hybrid house (House Pivot and Holiday House), evergreen trees and snow. Then, as an extra special touch, she put lights behind the windows that activate when you press the base of the globe. Brilliant!

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Karen Aicken departed from her predicted favorite, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, and chose the Sleigh Gift Card Holder instead. She put it to great use by substituting her own amazing decorations instead of the sleigh. I love the sweet snowman and the clever pail full of snowballs. So much awesomeness!

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Caz Counsell
mentions that her "go-to" die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This was from the first collection three years ago but the generic labels are timeless, as Caz shows with brilliance on this card. She cut two pivot cards into a larger card and decorated with several sets, including Rudy the Reindeer as a white stag. Caz is so talented at styling the Characters - I'm looking forward to her card for next challenge, too!

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Raquel Mason says that if she had to pick only one die, it might be the Lorna Label, so she gave it a place of honor on the front of her card. Inside, in true Floridian style, she made a beach-themed holiday scene featuring the Adirondack Chair and Rocky the "Santa" Crab. This card is made of fun!

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Summer Hills-Painter created a gold-plated fabulous card! I love the way it shines. Her "all I want" die is the Anita Frames and she embellished with the trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card. Amazing!

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Fran Sabad
posted her card to the team's group and mentioned that it wasn't a Christmas card but that she has 5 birthdays in December and really needed to make a birthday card. Christmas is, after all, a birthday celebration! The Twist Circle is Fran's choice for "all I want" and she shows the versatility brilliantly by using it to animate a stamped balloon. Love it!

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Shelly Hickox is so clever! I love how she used her favorite die, the Iron Fence, to frame a pretty 3D Christmas scene. The Holiday House has been transformed into a 3D house and you can learn how to do it on Shelly's blog. Amazing!

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How's that for some amazing inspiration?! Join us for our final Designer Challenge on December 27, 2016. We'll be taking on a theme chosen by Sandy Diller of "Party Animals" where we use any of the 20 Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else.

Happy Holidays!


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Twin Boys Cowboy Pivot Card

I'll be back to my "Christmas Version" series tomorrow, but I needed to change gears to make a card for my friend Rebecca's baby shower yesterday. She's expecting twin boys and went with a cowboy theme for the shower.

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I went stash diving to find some papers that matched the cowboy theme - a red paisley, red dot and blue gingham. I also found some ribbon that looked like denim and some cowboy boot charms. The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when folded, making it fit nicely in an A2 envelope.

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The interactive die is the Katie Label Pivot Card and I cut one of the smaller decorator labels out of the center of the left label to be able to dangle the Props 6 cowboy hats in the opening. As the card is opened the label starts to pivot.

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I computer-generated a greeting and cut it out with the decorator labels that come included with the set. I used twine to create a lasso.

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This is a simple card design that uses just two dies. It could be easily adapted for a single baby/child by dangling one cowboy hat in the opening instead of two. 

Here's what you'll need to make it:


Christmas Version - Garden Bench Pop-up

My latest Christmas Version of a previous video tutorial is based on the March 2014 Designer Challenge where I taught an Easter-themed Garden Bench card and taught how to add extra "pops" next to the bench using the Lots of Pops die. 

For this transformation I changed several things from the video. The general concept is the same - a bench with an extra platform on the side - but instead of sponging the background I used patterned papers. Instead of two extra pops on each side of the bench I went with just one pop on one side. More on these changes below, but first, here's the card:

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My first thought, when I chose this video as inspiration, was a snowy wintry scene. I pulled out the appropriate trees and edge dies and went searching through my paper stash for papers in a frosty blue. When I came across these gorgeous burgundy Bo Bunny papers (older designs) they reminded me of wallpaper and a different idea was stoked. Instead of an outdoor scene, I began to picture an indoor scene. I pictured a pretty foyer, with a bench for taking off your boots, decorated for the holidays.

This card measures 5.75" wide by 5.5" tall when closed and can be mailed in a 6x6 envelope. For the front of the card I went with my usual "simple lead-in" approach. A square of the same patterned paper, three layered labels from the Labels & Circles die, a ribbon bow and the tree Holiday Charm, decorated with silver twine and tiny rhinestones. 

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When the card is open, the foyer scene is revealed, including a 2-tone bench, snowflake garlands and pillows, a mirror on the wall, side table with topiary evergreen tree, and a rug.

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The garland is made using beads and the fishtail banner from the Lots of Pops set. I added the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms to the banners. The mirror is a combination of circles from the Labels & Circles set, with silver Shimmer Sheetz as the mirror itself. For the rug, I was inspired by Summer Hills-Painter, who tightly wound Baker's twine to make a bathmat for a card last year. I followed her lead by tightly winding twine onto a piece of cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. Then I die cut the rug through the wound twine using a label from the Labels & Circles set and brushed the edges with burgundy ink. For both the mirror and the rug I used the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to be able to cut through the tougher materials.

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Here are some step shots showing how I created this card. I started with a 5.75" x 11" piece of cream cardstock and added panels of patterned paper to each half, making sure that there was NO adhesive under the paper in the bench area. I used the alignment nubs on the die to add it over the fold, slid to the right side of the card to leave room for my table on the left. After die cutting the bench I snipped away the paper in the bench area and glued down the remaining paper around the bench.

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I followed the video instructions for folding the bench and for creating the "extra pops" with the Lots of Pops die. I decided to add just one "pop" for a side table. After installing it in the card I added a scrap of the wall paper to the top of the pop so it would blend in. I also cut a bench from burgundy cardstock and trimmed out the arms and the decorative swirls to add to the cream bench. 

Step2

To make the side table, I used the pole from the Lots of Pops die set. The table leg is the bottom part of the pole, with a piece of the pole turned sideways to be the base and the table top. I created the pot by trimming down the present from the Holiday Charms and then filled it with the evergreen tree charm. The present charm is attached to the leg of the bench. To cover the openings left by the bench, I used pieces of the same two papers so the wall and the floor would continue. I also added a piece of white cardstock, scored twice for texture, to be the baseboard along the bottom of the wall.

HolidayBenchTable

For the pillows, I used the present charm die and nested in the small snowflake die. I trimmed the box "lid" so it would be a square and then inlaid a silver snowflake into the opening. The best way to attach items inside the bench so they "float" in the middle somewhere is to add an "L" support through one of the slats of the bench. The foot of the "L" is attached to  the floor below the bench. The pillows are attached to the upper part of the support. 

HolidayBenchSide

I finished out my scene with a "Season's Greetings" stamp from my stash. Learn how to fold the bench and cut extra "pops" by watching this video tutorial:

Here are the items I used on my Christmas foyer card. The papers are very old, so substitute something similar.


Christmas Version - Mixed Double Pivot Card

Happy Wednesday!

For today's Christmas version I'm once again taking on a video of a Christmas card, so we'll call it "Another Christmas Version". 

For the November 2014 Designer Challenge: Red, White or Blue I was quite the over-achiever and made three videos. The technique I taught was how to double a Pivot Card die, creating a card that has the effect of an Accordion but made with a Pivot Card. I created a red version with the Heart Pivot, a blue version with the Katie Label Pivot, and a white version (the most popular) with the Evergreen Pivot Card. 

For my redo, I wanted to try this technique with two different pivot card dies to create a mixed double pivot outdoorsy holidayscape. (Say that five times fast!)

HouseEvergreenPivotBoth

Once again I followed the video instructions, cutting a 5.5" x 12" strip and scoring it in the center and then 2.5" from the center fold in both directions. I wallpapered the panels with a piece of pretty foil paper I had in my stash. Then, instead of folding the card in half and cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card through both halves, I kept the card open flat and used the House Pivot Card on the left fold, placing the die on the front of the card, and then used the Evergreen Pivot Card on the right fold, placing the die on the back of the card. (I did this so I'd have the larger tree toward the outside and the smaller trees by the fence.)

Step1

When die cutting the Evergreen Pivot Card, part of the small tree was hanging over the fold so I made sure to tuck it under the fence before rolling it through the machine, so it would not clip off the end of the fence. After die cutting I trimmed that overhang part of the small tree so I'd have a smooth edge of the tree lining up with the center fold. I cut two small strips of cardstock to hinge the fence to the tree on the back of the card.

Step2

Next it was time to decorate. My dies include the decorator pieces, but for the House I wanted to switch to the Holiday House, which is a separate decorator die that will fit on the House Pivot Card as an option. You can also mix and match the pieces in both sets, giving more window, door and roofline combinations. For my house I used the brick house for the background (House Pivot Card) and then used that same die to emboss bricks on the small house (Holiday House) and then assembled as shown. I embossed the scalloped rooflines with a chunky white embossing powder. The greetings come from a Darkroom Door set and I used the Labels & Circles die to cut out the 25 Dec for the front of the card.

HouseEvergreenPivotClosed

The card measures 2.75" x 5.5" when closed. When I added the backing strips to the front and the back of the card I made them a little wider than normal to increase the width of the card just a smidge. Those backing strips are 1-5/8" x 5.5" and you can see them in the photo below.

HouseEvergreenPivotPartial

Once open the entire holidayscape is revealed. The Merry Christmas greeting is from the same stamp set and trimmed into a fishtail banner shape.

HouseEvergreenPivotOpen2

I added pop dots under the fence posts for dimension and then draped the little Holiday House wreath from two of the fence posts.

HouseEvergreenPivotHouse

For the trees, I found a piece of dark green hemp fabric in my stash and used spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of cardstock for stability. I die cut two of each decorator tree from the hemp fabric. For one of each tree, I pounced Versamark ink over the fabric and then dumped the chunky embossing powder over it. Because of the ridges of the fabric, a lot of the powder blew away as I heated it, giving the splotchy snow look. I layered a snow tree over a green tree, slightly offset, and then added the red present bow (Evergreen Pivot Card) to the top of each tree.

HouseEvergreenPivotTrees

Learn how to make a Double Evergreen Pivot Card by watching this video:

Here are the items used on my Mixed Pivot Card: