Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Twist Panel Pop-Up One Year Missionary Card

Our lovely daughter Lucy is a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and in two days time she'll have done one year of her 18 month mission! I had a package ready to send her this afternoon, and wanted to make a quick-ish card to include with it.

I miss her incredibly, but to say she is happy and loving mission life is an understatement!

For her card I used Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up die set. All the mechanism pieces are included in the set, plus the panel layers, bunting flags and pop-up heart.

The mechanism folding down, as the card closes.

I used Concord & 9th's 'All About You' die set to decorate the first two panels, letters from Sizzix's Thinlits 'Paper Cuts Alphabet' for the third, and a stamp from Flora and Fauna's 'Birthday' set for the last panel.
The scalloped trim was made with a die from Sizzix's Triple Circle Flip-its die set.
The large number 1, and Anniversary banner are from Stampin' Up's 'Number of Years' and 'Large Numbers' sets.

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Pop-Up Quilt Birthday Card (Karen Burniston/Cricut/Echo Park)

 It was my friend Donna's birthday yesterday - we both love our crafting, and are going through a quilting phase at the moment, plus Donna just started a job in a fabric shop - so I thought a quilt themed card would be appropriate!
For the pop-up platform, I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set, then cut the quilt square and thread with Cricut's Country Life cartridge, and a Stampin' Up heart punch.
 

I added a string of bunting, using flag dies from Karen Burniston's Tag Book Pop-up set. I love the little stitch detailing on them!

The sentiment was cut with the gorgeous 'Happy Birthday Word' die set from Echo Park.
I then added some flowers from Karen Burniston's Flowers and Bee die set, with Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centres.

The outside of the card just has some cardstock layers, and another little string of bunting.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Charm Accordion Cupcake Birthday Card

The challenge this month for Karen Burniston's Design Team is 'Hip to be Square'!
I decided that I'd like to use the Charm Accordion die set, and cut a square window in each panel.
I used Crate Paper's 'Bloom' 6x6 pad for all the patterned papers.

I used dies from the Spinner Square Pop-up die set to create the little scalloped frames for the windows, and for the windows themselves.
The words are from Word Set 2: Birthday die set, and I glued them with glue in a Fineline Applicator onto clear acetate panels which I adhered to the back of each window.
I used little cupcake charms from the Birthday Charms die set, with glitter cardstock icing, to hang in each of the smaller frames.

For the larger cupcakes, I used dies from the Cupcake Pop-up die set, and candles from the Cake Pop-up die set, which I shortened a bit. I used adhesive foam pads to stick them to the acetate panels.

The front of the card follows the same theme.

I love the size of cards the Charm Accordion die set creates! They are so dinky and cute!!

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Cupcake Pop-Up Birthday Card

It's my friends' daughter's birthday this week, and I made this card for her using Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up die set.

I used Karen's Happy Birthday die, and Numbers die set, plus Sizzix's Thinlits Paper Cuts Alphabet.
The scalloped edges were made with Tim Holtz's Sizzix On the Edge Scallops die.

For the card front I just layered papers, with space for a message. I used the Birthday Charms die set for a little cupcake in the corner.


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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge - Cake Pop-Up Birthday Card

 The theme for this month's Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge is 'Coffee and Cake', and I chose to use the Cake Pop-up die set to make this card for my Mum. I absolutely love this die set!

I used textured cream card stock for the card base, and cut a circle from paper-backed wood, which I cut in half to reduce bulk along the fold line. (I used a similar coloured Copic marker to colour in along the crease.)
All the patterned papers are from Graphic 45's 'Botanical Tea' 8x8 and 6x6 pads.

For the cake, I added some trim cut from glitter card to each layer, with dies from the Cake Trim set.
I glued two cocktail sticks to the middle tier, and tied some natural twine between them, then glued hand-cut bunting flags to the twine.

I added some patterned paper to the card base, then decorated the edges with leaves and flowers cut from the Flowers and Bee die set. The flower centres are made with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bubblegum Blush.

Even with all the incredible dimension, the card folds down really well! I love the mechanism so much!


 For the card front, I used Karen's Happy Birthday die, and the Mum die from Sizzix's 'Female Occasions' die set.

I also thought I'd share this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Floral Delight challenge.

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Tim Holtz Distress Ink & Sizzix Funky Floral (Karen Burniston Cupcake) Pop-Up Birthday Card

It's one of my best friends' birthdays today, so I made this card for her.

I really liked Tim Holtz's new Funky Floral #1 die set when I saw it before it was released, and I bought it as soon as it came out. I used it to cut quite a few flowers and leaves, using pastel coloured card stock. (My laptop happened to be the least cluttered surface to put the due cuts on!)

I used mini Distress Inks with the mini blending tool to add more colour to the die cuts (I've linked at the bottom to the ink colours used), and glued the parts together with a fineline glue applicator. (Especially love those berries!)

I wanted to have the flowers in a container which would pop up, so I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up die set, to create the pop-up card base. I cut away the sides of the pop-up cupcake shape, and it was then the perfect size for the flower container which I added.

I inked and then embossed a canning jar (from Eileen Hull's Sizzix Scoreboard 3D Canning Jars die), using Brenda Walton's Sizzix 'Trellis' Textured Impressions embossing folder. I then just built up the flowers and leaves, using a fineline glue applicator. I used adhesive foam pads to attach just a couple of the top flowers.

You can see from the side view that the card is actually quite flat still. It folds closed really well, but the Cupcake Pop-up die is great for giving the impression of loads of dimension. I love it!

 The red patterned papers are from a new 12x12 pad which arrived yesterday - First Edition's 'Wonderlust' pad. The wood grain patterned paper is from an old Simple Stories collection.
For the card front I added Karen Burniston's new Happy Birthday die, and a 'JO', using Neat and Tangled's Journaling Alphas die, plus some more Funky Florals.

I really like how this card turned out! It's kind of what I envisaged when I first saw the Funky Floral set.

I also thought I'd share this card in the Crafty Cardmakers Floral Delight challenge.


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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Palm Tree Pop-Up Mermaid Birthday Card

This was another fun card to make, using the new Palm Tree Pop-Up die set by Karen Burniston.
Unusually for me, I didn't use a single piece of patterned paper! I cut all the die cuts from off-white textured card stock, and coloured them with Distress Oxide Inks and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

I cut two palm tree bases on the fold of the card base, and all the parts for two trees, then inked them before assembling. Karen has great instructions for assembling all her dies here on her website.

I strung up the hammock between the two trees, gluing the twine to the tree trunks.

 I used the Princess and Mermaid die set to create the mermaid lying in the hammock, and glued sequins to her tail.

I added sea shells and a star fish from the Tropical Scene die set, and some turtles from the Sea Animals die set, which I glued transparent sequins to.

For the card front, I took another off-white piece of textured card stock, and blended Distress Oxide Inks into a sunset (the Oxide Inks blend so easily and beautifully!), and then used a die cut from the Tropical Scene die set for the silhouette.

The palm trees look so effective but are really easy to assemble! It's also really cool to see how they fold down flat!

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Have a Whale of a Birthday Cake Pop-Up Card

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card in my sunny dining room this afternoon!
It's a slightly unusual themed card (an under the sea birthday cake!), but I think Karen Burniston's new Cake Pop-Up die set is great for animating anything!
I bought a couple of new Sizzix die sets a while ago, and wanted to try them out - they are the 'Under the Sea' and 'Paper Cuts Alphabet' Thinlit sets.


To decorate the cake I added scalloped trim that comes with the cake set, and used two yellow seaweed pieces attached to the top of the cake, either side of a whale.
To make the whale, I sandwiched some wire between two whale die cuts, and then between various sized water droplets.

 I used Studio Calico's 'Printshop' 12x12 paper pad for most of the patterned papers, plus a couple from Prima's 'All About Me' 6x6 pad.
I attached the letters with Fineline glue.

I used dies from the Sizzix 'Under the Sea' die set for the card front.

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