Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Castle Pop-Up!

Hi all! It's time again for Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge. For February, the designers are highlighting her new Castle Pop-Up die - another one of my faves from the Winter 2018 release! This die is incredibly versatile. It can be a medieval castle, a sandcastle, a sweet princess castle, and anything else your creative mind can think up!

I decided I would go the medieval route and started by decorating the front with stamps from Oxford Impressions' Castle Keep stamp set. The papers are all from My Mind's Eye. The little flowers were cut with dies from Karen's Flowers and Bee die set.

When the card is opened, the 3D castle expands - incredible! Look at those turrets! And the little drawbridge! The die pieces have the brick/stone texture built in, so I used my Sizzix impressions pad to emboss the panels, then sponged them with ink to highlight the texture. So cool! To give it even more dimension, I glued little bits of moss to the turrets and wall, making it look like ivy was climbing up. To create a greeting, I die cut a banner using the word inset (both from the new Royalty Word Set), then heat embossed the word 'Queen'.

I think this would be the perfect birthday card for a special friend who deserves to be called 'Queen for a Day'!

The supplies I used can be found via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog tomorrow to see her cool idea using the Castle Pop-Up die plus tons of inspiration from the rest of the team!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New Karen Burniston Cake Pop-Up Card!

Hi all! I'm back today with another amazing new die from Karen Burniston's Winter 2018 release. This one might just be my favorite (today at least!). It's the Cake Pop-Up die and it is definitely a show-stopper!

I chose an older collection from Graphic 45 for this card. I have been hoarding this paper and it's absolutely perfect for this pop-up die. I kept the front fairly simple since I didn't want any bulk to keep the card from lying flat when opened. I added a decorative clip, which actually serves a dual purpose. On the front it's a pretty embellishment...

And on the inside it helps to hold the card open for display. And seriously, who wouldn't want to display this?! The Cake Pop-Up die looks so complicated, but is one of the easiest of Karen's dies to assemble (you can find her assembly video here). I cut each tier with a different paper to give it more interest. The top tier has a little tab so that you can glue candles, etc onto the top. Here, I added fussy cut flowers and a banner for maximum 'wow' factor. I added a few more fussy cut details to the back of the cake, making sure that it could still move freely when opening and closing.

Great news! Karen's new collection is shipping tomorrow, February 1st! You can shop for this die and all the other incredible dies from the release via the links below. Have fun!

Be sure and follow me on Instagram for videos of this card (and others) in action! There's nothing quite like a video for showing how amazing these cards really are.

Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a great day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Dies From Karen Burniston!

Hi all! I have some exciting news to share - Karen Burniston is releasing a brand new die collection and it's amazing! She seems to outdo herself with each new release and this one is no exception.

The first card I am sharing uses Karen's new Spinner Square Pop Up. I am really excited about this one! I have wanted to make a card like this for ages. I wanted the front to have the look of a travel journal, so I used Tim Holtz's ink refresher technique to give my cardstock the look of leather. I added various embellishments, tying it all together with a frame cut using the square dies from the set.

Here's the exciting part - when you open the card, the mechanism causes the plane to "fly" out from behind the globe. Cool, right?!? I absolutely love this idea and can't wait to experiment more with it. Any ideas for what could pop out from behind something? I love how much Karen's dies get my creative juices flowing!

You can see the whole collection on Karen's blog, along with videos snippets showing how each die works. I'll be sharing more of my cards in the coming weeks!

All of the new release dies are available for pre-order now. You can find them, along with the other dies and supplies I used via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Birthday Banners

Hi everyone! Happy belated New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a great start. Today I'm sharing a fun party invitation for Karen Burniston's January challenge. This month the theme is Birthday Banners. I'm having a birthday party for one of my close friends and thought it was the perfect excuse to create an invitation for the party.

If you're fans of the show The Great British Bake Off (or Baking Show as it's called in the US), you'll probably understand the theme from the banners on the front of the invitation. I used bits and pieces of the words from Karen's Birthday words die set to spell out bake. The banners are from her Twist Panel set.

This is the back of the invitation. The information was computer generated, leaving just enough room to insert the die cut birthday sentiment. I used the label die from the Katherine Label Pop Up die set to cut it out.

The cupcake was created using Karen's Cupcake Pop Up die set. I love that the wrapper folds to give it a dimensional look. The paper is an older collection called In Bloom from My Mind's Eye.

The supplies I used can be purchased via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check out Karen's blog tomorrow for a great tutorial from Karen and lots of inspiration from the whole team!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone! I have one last Christmas project to share with you before the holidays are over. One of my favorite things about Karen Burniston's dies is how versatile the sets are. Amazing as pop-ups, yes - but you can also use the individual dies in lots of other ways.

In my last post, I used the large tag die with lightweight chipboard and created a faux wood effect. For this project, I decided to use the same tag die, but as a window for a card that folds flat to mail, but pops out to create a shadow box that can be displayed. Read on to see how I made it!

Start by cutting a piece of cardstock measuring 8" wide by 7" high. This pattern from Tim Holtz is perfect because the front and back coordinate. Score as shown above at 1/2", 3 3/4", 4 1/4", and 7 1/2". Fold on all creases. (Ignore the fact that this also shows the window cut and the snow added - I thought I'd taken a pic of it before this was done, but I guess I didn't!)

Next, with the paper flipped to what will be the outside of the card, position the tag die with the cutting edge down on the right side of the paper and secure with tape. Unless you have a wide die cut machine, you'll have to fold the left side over the top, sandwiching the die between, to get it through your machine. This might made a slight impression on the left side of the paper, but it won't be noticeable at all.

Cut three pieces of white cardstock using the wavy die from Karen's Nature Edges set and trim to fit. Cover with glue and sprinkle glitter over. Let dry completely. Adhere the bottom piece to the back of the card, then add the next two layers using thin foam dots. Cut snowflakes from glitter cardstock and adhere with foam dots.

Apply a length of scor-tape to the 1/2" edge and adhere to the other edge, creating a box. Cut trees using the large tree die from Karen's Winter Charms set, cut off the loop at top, and adhere to card. Finally, stamp the deer from Tim Holtz's Styled Woodlands set on white cardstock with grey ink, trim closely, and adhere to card. Add embellishments as shown.

Here is the finished card, all ready for mailing! If you add any dimensional embellishments, you might have to pay more postage. And I always add a piece of scrap cardstock over anything like brads so that they don't poke through the envelope.

You can find the products I used at my favorite stores via the links below.

Happy Holidays to you all and thank you for all of your comments and shares over the past year. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas Faux Wood Tag

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well and not too overwhelmed by the holidays. For once, I feel like I'm not running behind with a million things left to do - very rare for me!

A couple weeks ago I was browsing through the Christmas decor at JoAnn's and spotted a cute little wood sign and immediately thought, 'I'll be I could make that out of chipboard!' I came home and pulled out some of my favorite dies from Karen Burniston and got to work. I have a quick tutorial below if you'd like to try it yourself.

Begin by cutting two tags from lightweight chipboard using the large tag die from Karen's Tag Book Pop Up set. I had some dividers from a liquor store box I grabbed (I can't resist those boxes when they set them out - weird, I know!) that ended up being the perfect weight. Paint them both white and cut one into slats as shown. Cut sentiment and cardinals from red Kraft Core'dinations paper. Cut leaves from green Kraft Core'dinations.

Adhere the slats on top of the other painted tag, starting with the center slat and leaving just a bit of space in between (the left and right edges will overhang just a bit). Use sandpaper to rough up the edges and give it a worn appearance.

Adhere your sentiment using Karen's fine tip bottle glue. Use a circle die and pencil to lightly trace a circle to use as a guideline for your wreath. Using the same glue, begin adhering your branches as shown, trimming and layering until your wreath is complete.

Color some of Tim Holtz's Beaded Berries with red alcohol ink and tuck into the wreath. Finally, adhere tiny cardinals to wreath and tie with a length of twill ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this quick holiday project! I love the look of the faux wood slats and will definitely be using this idea on future projects. The supplies I used can be found at my favorite stores via the links below.

Have a great week!