Thursday, 26 November 2015

Pop it Ups Accordion & Purple Onion Design Christmas Card

Here's another Christmas card I made, using Karen Burnison's new Gift Card Accordion die, teamed with the Flourish Gift Frame, and stamps from Purple Onion Designs.

I used a metallic coppery card for the flourish frames, and added a little arrangement in the bottom left-hand corner using punches, including the Martha Stewart Branch punch.
I coloured the bunny and bridge with Copics and added Stickles for some glittery detail. I used dies from the Flourish Gift Frame die set to create the glitter background layer, and the green and white layers on the other side.

I used these stamps on the other page: 'Have yourself a merry little Christmas', MERRY, and Jungle Bells, using inks from Stephanie Barnard.

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Purple Onion Design Stamps - Warmest Wishes Christmas Card

For the background, I used white textured cardstock, stamped a few snowflakes on with Versamark ink, heat embossed them with clear embossing powder, then I blended some Panpastels over the top.

I used Copics to colour the house, and cut out an extra layer house layer, stuck on with foam pads.
I added some Stickles for the sparkle.

You can see the embossed snowflakes a bit better in this picture.
I used this stamp set for the sentiment, also from Purple Onion Designs.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

November Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Double Evergreen Pivot Christmas Tree Card

The theme for November's Designer Challenge is to create a card based on one of Karen Burniston's previous DC Technique Videos. If you haven't watched one of Karen's videos before, you are missing out! She creates great tutorials which are well made and so easy to follow.

I followed Karen's directions, using a piece of card 12'' x 5.5'' (from K&Co's 'Christmas Cheer' 12x12 pad), and a Martha Stewart score board to create the folds needed, prior to die cutting. 
The card ends up looking like this from above - a really pretty combination of folds and pivoting panels!

For my version, I cut two decorative layers for each of the trees. I stuck one on with foam pads, and the other I folded in half, and glued on just along the crease line.
I stuck on glitter card stars to the outer four trees.
I stuck on extra strips of cardstock behind the gaps left by the pivoting trees.

I then added decorative strips made with a die from the Agatha Edges set, and made little arrangements with leaves from the ECD Candle set, in the centre of each. I also glued on metal bells (from eBay) with Bakers Twine tied in each.
I used grey ink and a foam applicator to ink around the edges of the card and all the pieces.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Accordion Circle Cowboy Birthday Card

Hi everyone - I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Design Blog today, with a tutorial for this card...  I thought I'd challenge myself to tackle one of those trickier male cards. Fortunately, Karen Burniston has created some wonderful products perfect for celebrating the boys and men in your life!
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Instructions for making the card:

1. Using the Accordion Circle Card die set cut four panels from kraft cardstock, and four more from differing patterned papers. Trim the tabs from the patterned paper panels.
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2. For the first panel of the card, cut the two circles, clock face and hands, as shown below. The larger circle was made with a die from the Accordion Circle Card die set, and the smaller with a circle punch. Use dark brown ink and a sponge applicator to ink round the edges of the patterned paper pieces.
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3. Assemble the first panel as shown below, using a brad through the clock hands and smaller circle. Stick the smaller circle on with foam pads.
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4. For the second panel of the card, cut the circle, 'TIME' letters and 'Birthday' as shown below. (The circle was made with a die from the Accordion Circle Card die set.) Stamp 'Pardner' in dark brown ink, and cut a larger orange border rectangle for it. Ink the edges of the patterned papers.
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5. Assemble the second panel as shown below, sticking the 'Pardner' pieces on with foam pads.
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6. For the third panel of the card, cut another circle using the same die, a piece of twine, and four flags from folded over pieces of patterned paper. Ink the edges of the patterned papers.
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7. Tape the ends of the twine to the back of patterned paper circle, before sticking it to the panel. Glue on the flags as shown below.
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8. For the last panel of the card, cut another circle, and pieces from the Props 6 die set as shown below. Cut by hand the little decorative parts of the boots. Ink the edges.
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9. Assemble the last panel as shown below, sticking the hat and boots on with foam pads. Make a little lasso by coiling up some kraft twine, and tie another piece of twine round it to secure it. Glue on the lasso.
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10. Finally, attach all of the panels to each other, and you are done!

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Purple Onion Stamps - Deer Christmas Card

A quick card using another of Stacey Yacula's new stamps from Purple Onion Designs - 'Meadow' the deer.

I used My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles for the pale blue background piece, and Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders for the snow. I hand cut a couple of banners, and used a Tim Holtz Tattered Banner for the sentiment.

For the deer, I stamped onto patterned paper, and again on white and red card stock, then cut out the parts that were needed. I added some shading with Copics, some white stripes to the scarf with a Signo pen, and a spot on the cheek with Liquid Pearls. I stuck the deer down with foam pads.

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Pop it Ups Gift Card Holder Accordion Card

I have been a bit busy lately, with not much time dedicated to crafting... about three months ago I started the process of applying to be an On-Call Fire Fighter, and this week I had my final interview and the last lot of assessments, and I'm so happy because I passed them all! It was hard work! (I have the bruises and aching muscles to prove it!)
All being well, I will start my initial training in January.

Anyway!! I do have a new card to show you today, using some of Karen Burniston's latest fantastic dies!
I used the Gift Card Accordion die set for the card base and die cut words, the Flourish Gift Frame for the beautiful all-in-one scrolly frames and white rectangle layer, and the Props 7 set for the cute little woven basket and apples.

The Gift Card Accordion is such a great set! It's a beautiful shape for a start, and really versatile, in that you can use the die cut slots to easily slide a regular size gift card into, or you can just cover them over and have a regular card.
For this card, I used an Apple gift card, and based the colours for the rest of the card around it. I actually used the cardboard packaging that the gift card came on, for the die cut apples, and the lovely graduated colour words.

The card is quite a simple one, and came together really quickly.
Isn't the apple basket sweet?! Karen designed it really cleverly so that you slot three simple pieces easily together for the woven look.

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