Celebrating Mr. & Mrs.

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Weddings, the formal ceremony and celebration of two people becoming one.

This card was created using Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-Up die set for the pop-up and Poppy Crafts Star Flourish die and star embossing folder for decorations.

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The base card with hearts is one from DCWV’s Embossed Box of Cards 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches.WEDDING Cake-Pop-Up

I used a silver metallic pen to color the die-cut letters and cake accents. Nuvo Glitter Drops were used to add a bit of sparkle to embossed hearts and pop-up flourishes.

Inside tabs cut to hold a gift card.

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Simple with a Twist

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Inspiration can be as simple as seeing something that reminds you of another thing. It was a simple as that when I looked at the 6 x6 paper pad in Prima’s Spring Farm House collection.  I saw the 12 rectangular images on one page and my mind wondered if they were the same size as the photo frames in Karen Burniston’s Photo Collage Pop-Up die. They were close enough in size to make the mechanism work.

The mechanism is where the twist comes in to play. It has four arms that you can attach flat images to that explode out as you open the card. From the folded close position, the mechanism twists out to display the images. (I watched KB’s assembly video several times to understand how the mechanism works and its assembly before I made my test mechanism to play with and keep stored with the die set.)

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It was trial and error when placing the images on the four arms. I used a tape runner as recommended in the assembly video to place the images, test the placement when folded up, move the image several times, rub off adhesive and start over with the placement.

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For the front of the card I used on of the journaling postcards that I trimmed down and glued a die-cut “Happy Birthday.”

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Bendi-Shadow Boxes

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Bendi-Shadow Boxes are quick to make when using a scene building die set. I built this tree swing example in under 2 hours from design, locating materials from scrap paper stash to die-cutting all the pieces to assembly, using the Xcut “Make Me” die set included in the Homemaker Die Cuts & Digi Stamps All-in-one Die & Digi Stamp Kit.

I cut two pieces of card stock 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches for the outside pieces and one piece 5 inches x 4 1/4 inches for the inside layer. Next I scored the two outer pieces at 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 5 3/8 inches and 5 1/4 inches on each piece. The score marks closest to the inside are mountain folds and the score marks closes to the outside are valley folds.

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Next I laid-out my two rectangular nesting dies and decided on the size cuts I wanted for my shadow box openings on one of the 5 1/2 inch outer pieces and the 5 inch middle piece.  I used the largest die on the front outside layer. After cutting the front layer, I used it as a template to place the next size smaller die on the 5 inch middle layer.

I decorated my layers before I assembled the layers together. (I did use some foam tape for the grass in front of the fence for an extra layer of dimension.)

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Using 1/8 inch red double-sided sticky tape, I ran strips down the inside edges of the outer two pieces.

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Peeling only the left back layer red tape, I lined up the inside layer left edge to the back piece left edge and pressed together. I did the same for the back, right edge and the front edges – doing one edge at-a-time for the most control over alignment of edges.

Because the outer layers are longer than the inside layer, they bow out some which allows the card to stand-up.

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Here is another example of a bendi-shadow card.

 

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Be Spontaneous!

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Spontaneous birthday parties are wonderful, especially pop-up ones. This card’s inspiration came from experimenting with cutting multiple square wave frames and playing with shadow boxes. Once I realized the square wave frames fit the Karen Burniston Frame Pull Pop-Up top square, I knew I had to create a mini pop-up version of Courtney Chilston’s Birthday Shadow Box card.

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Having made the Frame Pull Pop-up card before, I studied my practice card to make sure I remembered the assembly. (You can access the assembly video at here.) I remembered her advice to keep the top square flexible and not over decorated with stiff layers and used papers rather than cardstock to lay the background of colorful wave frames. I made sure the top edge did not have any overhanging edges of the frames that would catch when the card popped open.

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I had cut and assembled several sets of decorations from the Birthday Shadow Box card die set the last time I had made the card, so I only had to cut the cake and frosting and a circle for a plate from scrap cardstock in my stash. I found two shades of browns for the cake and used a white gel pen to added accents to the frosting. After gluing the cake together, I gently rounded the cake with my fingers to add depth to it as well as a Mini Dimensional foam dot to adhere it to the pop-up cube on the card. Double-sided red tape was used to attach the awning to the top of the pop-up.

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Decorations for the inside of the card all came from the Birthday Shadow Box set. The sentiment banner is a strip of thin cardstock stamped and embossed using Stampin’ Up Blow Out the Candles stamp set, VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad and Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder. The balloons stamped on the envelope flap are also from the Blow Out the Candles set. The die cut words on the pop-up come from Karen Burniston Word-Set-2-Birthday.

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Bee Sweet

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Summer holidays are wonderful for their lazy days to be creative.

I had picked up several BoBunny paper pads at my Tuesday Morning store which included the BEE_UTIFUL YOU 6 x 8 paper pad. The collection features bees. I also picked up at the same time Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Little Things Cling Stamps set which has a bee about to land.  Needless to say, I felt the need to get BEE-zy and created something from all this inspiration.

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This simple Oval Landscape Accordion fold card was created using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Karen Burniston Pop It Ups die set 1108. I cut six frames with the inner oval taped to cut a narrow frame around the pivot oval.

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Once all six frames were cut, I mixed the inner ovals patterned paper and taped them into the oval frames on the back side using white paper backed double-sided tape.  I left the backing paper on the tape until I was ready to adhere two frames together.  Once I had decided on the fronts and back of the frames and the order of the patterned paper on the frames, I placed double-sided tape on the backside frames (only the three patterned paper for the backside of the card.) Starting with my last frame on the right, I peeled off the backing paper on the two oval sections and carefully matched them up. I did not press the ovals together as I wanted wiggle room to remove the backing paper from a side of the outer frame, one-at-a-time, matching the sides together as best I could.  I did not put tape on the two tabs that would attach to the next frame.  I snipped off the two tabs of the back frame. Next I folded back the backing paper off just on the tape on the back frame of the middle section where the two tabs would adhere. I lined up the tabs and pressed them onto the tape of the middle section and started the process again to adhere the ovals first and then the outer frames of the middle frame section. Finally, I cut off the tabs on the first section before adhering the middle section tabs to the first frame as described before.

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The ovals tabs were inserted between the sticky sections, aligned and firmly pressed together to adhere.  (See Karen Burniston accordion assembly video which shows a different shape, but the principles for accordion assembly are similar.)

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I decorated the ovals after I had assembled the frames so that I would not over embellish them.  To mail this card, I needed it to lie flat, but I wanted some dimension to the panels. Using small flower shapes cut from colored food boxes, I assembled six small flowers and two large flowers (see Supplies Used list for specific dies). On the Thinking of You frame, the flower and bee come from a Burts Bee’s box I had saved in my stash.

The last oval has a lacy oval of cream colored card stock to write a personal note on.

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The Urge to Create

Finished inside Autumn pop-up

When does a cupcake become a bushel of apples with a gift card? When rain cancelled my afternoon plans and the idea, I had been tossing around for a few days with a new die beckoned.

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I started with Karen Burniston’s Cupcake Pop-Up die and since the cupcake liner dies cut slits in the design, I cut a liner and some thin strips from brown paper and embossed the liner using Stampin’ Up’s Sizzix Big Shot Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to give texture to the bushel basket. Next, I wove three strips alternating between liner slots with each strip.  For the smaller liners I texture embossed and wove two thinner strips to form the woven baskets.

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Next, I cut a sheet of glittered craft cardstock 6 inches x 10 inches scoring in half at 5 inches. I folded with the glitter side inside and opened it again centered the Pop-Up cupcake die following Karen Burniston’s directions on the package and assembly video. After measuring a gift card and the width of the frosting on the cupcake, I knew there was just enough space to cut a slot in the frosting for a gift card slider. I also had to cut small extension slots at the base of the cupcake liner. (The yellow pencil and silver scissors point to the two slots cut with an X-Acto knife.)  I traced the outline of the cupcake on the back of a piece of the glitter craft cardstock as well as the outline of the gift card overlapping it with the frosting and finally cut the card outline with some of the frosting on top. The gift card slider resembles a tag shape with straight sides and a decorative top.

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I found I needed to reinforce the cupcake shape by backing the shape with another cupcake cut from the craft cardstock. Next, I cut a square the width of the frosting and traced where the slot needed to be cut.  Once the slot was cut, I glued it to the front of the cupcake.  I tested the gift card slider moving it up and down with the gift card taped to it.  I found that I needed to clean-up the slot cuts to get a smooth slide. Once satisfied with the slider slots I glued the large basket to the square over the cupcake liner leaving the top edge unglued so I could tuck corn stalks and apples under it.

To decorate the Pop-Up, I used the large cherry die from the cupcake set and cut approximately 20 with short stems from thick red Hero Arts cardstock. A black Sharpie marker and a white gel pen were used to color the apple stems and shiny patches. I cut four corn stalks using the leaf dies from Karen Burniston’ Flowers and Bee die set. And I cut eight of the tiny flowers from the same set in a maroon cardstock and another eight in a bright yellow cardstock. I fringe cut around four each color flower and pushed the fringe up and glued them to the center of the remaining cut flowers.

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Test arranging the four corn stocks to hide the slider slot and act as the backing to glue the pile of apples, I then glued the base stem and first two leaves to the square, tucking the stems under the edge of the basket. Starting from the top edge of the basket I put a dot of glue on the back of each apple and then placed them as one would when stacking real apples in a basket. The top few apples I rounded between my fingers to add dimension and glued the edges, but not the centers down.

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The small baskets of chrysanthemums use the fringed flowers glued to a scrape of craft cardstock adhered to the basket. The leaves are scrape green cardstock from my stash. I used Stampin’ Up Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the three loose apples which were rounded between my fingers.

Using red double-sided-sticky tape, I adhered on side of the glitter craft cardstock Pop-Up to an A7 size heavy craft card (5in x7in) and then the other side of the pop-up as recommended by Karen Burniston in her assembly videos.

To have good CRX (card recipient experience), I used the arrow tab from Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-Up Die and cut it from brown paper, adding a part of a yellow sticky note for the arrow color and folding it over the tip of the gift card slider tag and adhering with glue. I trimmed the excess of the brown tab off.

I found two stripes of red and white gingham-checked paper in my scrapes and pasted them onto the card. Because I didn’t have a specific person in mind to give this card to, I’ll leave it unfinished until autumn when I can finish it up for a wedding card or a birthday card.

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In-VEST

Being in-VESTED in parenthood is a huge commitment. I wanted to card to thank the fathers in my life who have invested their time and energy into being awesome Dads!

This card is completely die cut with a computer-generated sentiment (my spouse’s wording). Divinity Designs by Kelley Holland has come out with a bundle including the shirt, tie and vest as well as the fishing and hunting die set. What makes this bundle unique is the papers.  Trying to find papers that mimic the fabrics is difficult.

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With the exception of the herringbone material all the printed papers used in this card came from the Menswear paper pack. (I tracked down a creative commons photo of the wool herringbone and printed it after adjusting the size of the image.)

While the basic shirt card could be created without the die, it does make the assembly process quicker and adds some embossing lines around the edges that make it a more finished card. I decided to use two vested images to make this Z-fold card.  Which meant that I used only half of the shirt die to cut out the shirt fronts and half to cut out the sentiment and backing papers.

My base card was 11 inches x 5 inches folded at 4 inches and 8 inches.  The sentiment page base card is only 3 wide, so the need of a backing cardstock as well as the sentiment page being cardstock was essential to maintain the weight needed to balance out the card. I rounded the top two corners of the base card so the rounded shoulders of the shirt didn’t have the corners showing.

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(I’m working on a baseball uniform for my husband’s card as you can see in the photo above.)

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When I cut my shirt fronts out, I had to cut off the collar strips and glue them to the folded shirt base because the paper is printed only on one side. The double layers added dimension to the collar. When I make this card again, I may do the doubling up of the buttons in two layers to add dimension as well.

Happy Father’s Day!

 

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Heartfelt

 

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Sending heartfelt sentiments to a couple who have been married for over 62 years, can be tricky.  You don’t want a card to be too feminine or too masculine. You want it to reflect both of their interests and tastes.

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This card was created using Karen Burniston’s Frame Pull Pop-up die. Since this would be my first time using this die, I cut a set of practice pieces from white cardstock so I can make mistakes without messing-up the printed paper.  This is a practice I am starting to do with more of my KB die sets and storing the practice cards with the die sets for future reference. (I also store my extra cuts and spare pies in tiny plastic bags and keep with the set as well.)

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After watching Karen Burniston’s assembly video again, I made my practice card and then started playing with designing the card. Since the couple the card is for live in Pennsylvania where folk art is big, I thought about trying to a scherenschnitte (cut paper) or fraktur (hand-lettered and painted) card, but my time was limited. So, I looked for printed papers that would have the colors and geometric shapes that are popular with the aforementioned art forms. In going through my paper stash, I came across my tiny bags of shapes cut from junk mail using small paper punches.  This was a huge time saver, but it meant I needed to change up some of my papers I had planned to use because I found a beautiful heart that was graduated from light to dark as if it had been distressed with ink.

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I had new Gemini sentiment dies that I when attempted to cut from heavy black card stock, I found I had to sandwich the cardstock and die between a folded sheet of wax paper to get enough pressure to cut the words out of the heavy cardstock. (My spouse added the dot to the “i” with a fine-tipped marker since I lost the dot on my worktable.)

Assembly time: Having the practice card to refer to, was a mistake saver. I referred to it often to find the glue points that make the card function. While I tried to follow KB’s tip to not glue the top edge of the front mat to the working edge of the from cover as it needs to be flexible, I forgot.  The cover pops up stiffly. (FOLLOW KB’s tip! Don’t over embellish the cover or the inside of the pop-up.)

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Be Adventurous!

IMG_5828Say yes to adventure. Chase your dreams.  Who knows where it will lead you?  This is a card that tries to capture all these sentiments and to celebrate achievement.

The inspiration for this card comes a desire to use all of my bicycle dies, but morphed into a card trying to only use one paper set (Chasing Dreams by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper). The bicycle die set is by Simon Says Stamp and has the wheel as a separate die so you can cut the perfect tire from a separate color and has a separate basket die as well. The balloons, string of lights and banner flags are from one of my favorite die sets by Sizzix and Courtney Chilson. A fine tipped black marker was used to color the bike’s handles, pedals and balloon strings. A white gel pen was used to color in the balloons’ highlights.

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While the outside of the card is to suggest the current moment, the inside is to suggest how pleasant the future will be if you chase your dreams and say yes to adventure.

All of the pop-up, stamped, watercolored and die cut images come from the Hero Arts January 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I had to cut off the top awning of the flower stand and lower it to fit inside the card.  I reinforced the back side of the stand with strips of scrap paper before attaching with double-sided tape.

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The tiered stand was inspired by a tiered pop up cake by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Since the die is no longer available, I had to improvise to create the right proportional shelves.

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The outside sentiments come from the paper stack while the inside sentiments are from two separate sets.  The “you’re wonderful” is stamped and embossed from the Hero Arts set and the ”Celebrate” is die-cut from Momenta Firefly’s Celebrate Happy Birthday die set.

 

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