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Birthday Pivot Card and Bonbon Box

February 19, 2017

Hello friends!

Karen Aicken here and I’m happy to be the Guest Designer for today’s blog post. I’m sharing a birthday card made with one of Krista Schneider’s new line of stamps/dies and a coordinating Bonbon box. Since I’m a visual learner, there are lots of photos in this post.

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Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Pull Card with Extra Flap

December 9, 2015

Hello friends

Karen Aicken here with a masculine birthday card. It’s a Spiral Circle Pull Card with an extra flap, which gives you more room to write a message or add a larger greeting. Here is the card in the closed position:

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Here is the card part way open;

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And finally, opened all the way;

 

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Here is how to make the card:

1. Cut your patterned paper 12 x 5-1/2″ and score at 4-1/4 and 8-1/2″. Line up the Spiral Circle Pull Card’s alignment nubs on the 4-1/4″ score line (pattern side up), centring the circle and stopping the cutting pad before the notches. You do not want to cut the notches for this card. Fold the right flap to the inside (patterned sides together). Fold the left flap to the inside on the 4-1/4″ score line, (patterned sides together) then fold the smaller section back to the left (pattern side out).  This is your base card which is now ready for layers and embellishing.

2. Cut a second patterned paper as follows: one 3-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and one 4 x 5-1/4″. Adhere the larger panel to the inside centre of the card, and the smaller panel to the front of the right side flap (when it’s folded in).

3. Cut a white panel 3-3/4 x 5″ and centre it over the larger patterned paper centre panel from Step 2.

4. Using the decorator dies that come with the SCPC, cut a circle from the second patterned paper and adhere it to the front circle. Draw or computer print a number 4, fussy cut and add colour with markers if desired. Add to front circle with foam tape. Cut a few elements from the first patterned paper and adhere around card with foam tape. (Alternatively, you could use the Numbers & More die set.)

5. Using the Clock and Gears set, cut two large black gears, one small black gear and one large gear from the second patterned paper. Pierce a hole in the two large black gears and adhere a red mini brad through each. Add a red mini brad to the small gear. Layer one black gear with one patterned paper gear on the inside panel, and the others as shown or as desired.

 

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6. Using adhesive backed red card stock, cut two red stars from the Happy Birthday Pop-Up and the letters to spell your name of choice. Adhere to card. Using adhesive backed black card stock, die cut the Happy and Birthday from the Happy Birthday Pop-Up and adhere to the inside panel as shown.

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Note – If you want more room to write a message or note, add a second white panel to the inside right flap.

This type of extra flap works for many different occasions, and all the Pull Cards! It’s an easy way to change up the look of your cards in addition to giving you extra room for decorating. Try adding a spinner to that inner fold – or add the spiral to that extra inner flap!

Have fun with this technique.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card

917 – Clock & Gears,

947 – Happy Birthday Pop-Up,

967 – Alphabet 1 Caps 

509 – Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 152mm (6″) width

Patterned paper – Pink Paislee

White, Black and Red card stocks

Red mini-brads

Font – KG Happy

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Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Spiral Circle Pull Card Treat Holder

October 21, 2015

Good morning friends:

It’s Karen Aicken today with a card I made for a challenge, where we were to make cards with treats. Since Karen Burniston’s Spiral Circle Pull Card is one of my favourite dies, I figured out a way to include three mini chocolate bars inside a SCPC for Halloween!  Below is the card in the closed position:

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and here it is opened up:

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Here is how I made it:

1. Cut green card stock to 7-1/2 x 5-1/2″. Cut patterned paper to 7-1/4 x 5-1/4″ and adhere securely to green card stock. Score both layers at 3-5/8 and 4″.

Put SCPC on the left 3-5/8″ score line but keep the end of the cutting pad away from the notches. You want to die cut everything but the notches:

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Put SCPC on right, 4″ score line and cut the notches only:

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2. Using the Clock & Gears die, cut large circle from green card stock and adhere inside SCPC covering the patterned paper on the left circle.

Cut clock and  3 small gears  from black card stock

Cut patterned paper 1-1/2 x 3″ and cover Mini Chocolate Bars adhering the paper at the back with 6mm (1/4″) ECD Clear Double Sided Tape.   Tip: Use patterned paper not card stock.

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3. Cut a 7 x 2-1/2″ piece of orange card stock, and die cut the clock hands from one end. Adhere the remaining orange card stock to 64 mm (2-1/2″) ECD Clear Double Sided Tape.

Die cut the letters to spell T I M E and T R E A T S, and cut the number 4 from the orange adhesive backed card stock. Colour the 4 with a black marker. Alternatively, cut the 4 from ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive-backed black cardstock.

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Die cut Spiral Circle Pull Card accessory circle from off-white card stock. Lightly stencil numbers from black clock with light grey ink and ink edges. Adhere letters and number, and adhere to inside over green circle.

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4. Stack black clock face, 1 small gear, large clock hand, small clock hand and secure with purple mini-brad. Adjust time to your liking. Adhere to front of SCPC on outer edges only using liquid glue.

Cut green circle using the SCPC accessory circle die. Adhere green circle on the right side as shown so it doesn’t show when the card is closed. (touching 4″ score line)

Adhere wrapped candy along the 4″ score line.

Adhere the remaining 2 gears to the SCPC notches as shown, using liquid glue.

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Close up and your card is ready for giving. Note: The gear-decorated tabs (notches) are more for decoration than to securely hold the card closed.

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I used a clear bag as an envelope, as it will be hand delivered. Alternatively, you could create a Belly Band using a strip of card stock or patterned paper 9-1/4 x 1″ wrapping it around your closed card and securing at the back with a piece of ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

I had so much fun making this Treat Pull Card – I hope you will give it a try as well!

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Spiral Circle Pull Card, Pop it Ups – Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Clock and Gears, Pop it Ups – Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm, 2-1/2″ & 1/4″

Alpha 1 – Caps, Elizabeth Craft Designs

Numbers & More – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Fine Point Tweezers – Elizabeth Craft Designs

 

Other Supplies:

Off-white card stock

Patterned paper 

Green card stock

Black card stock

Orange Card stock

Purple Mini Brad

3 pieces wrapped chocolate

Liquid Glue

 

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Hello Autumn Pull Card

September 5, 2015

Hello friends – Karen Aicken here with a fall themed Spiral Circle Pull Card. While I am in no way happy that summer is almost past, I did enjoy creating this card.  It’s no secret that I love the Spiral Circle Pull Card – especially those notches that hold the card in the closed position. The recipient simply pulls the sides to open the card which reveals the surprise inside.

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When this card is opened the leaves appear to be ‘flying off’ the bare tree, thanks to the spiral that comes with the Spiral Circle Pull Card.

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  1. Let’s get started making the card.   Cut the patterned paper 7-1/2 x 5-1/2″and score at 3-3/4″. Lay the Spiral Circle Pull Card die on the score line, with the circle portion on the left and the notches on the right. Use the alignment nubs for easy placement on the fold. Run it through your die cut machine then fold as shown.

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2.  Now cut the rest of your pieces:

  • Die cut one All Seasons Tree from brown card stock
  • Die cut spiral from a 3″ square of beige card stock and snip the end so the spiral comes away from the outer square. We will be using the spiral portion only.
  • Die cut 3 circles from beige card stock, using the circle Accessory die that comes with the Spiral Circle Pull Card.
  • Die cut one small circle from beige card stock, using the smallest circle Accessory die from Accordion Circle.
  • Die cut 18 leaves (two at a time) from patterned paper. Alternativly you can use cream card stock and add colour with markers, PanPastels or inks. Highlight the centre vein with a marker on each of the leaves.
  • Die cut the letters to spell AUTUMN from patterned paper, using the Alpha Caps – 1.
  • Die cut the ‘hello’ from the Rectangle Pull Card, from a 2 x 1″ piece of  black card stock. TIP: apply ECD Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of the black card stock before die cutting.

3.  Ink the edges of one beige circle and adhere to the front of the card. Adhere the letters and hello as shown. Trace inside the letters with a fine point brown pen if desired. Adhere the smallest circle and two of the leaves to the top left of the card adding foam tape under one of the leaves.

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4.  Adhere the remaining two circles inside the card as shown, then adhere the tree on the right side avoiding the notches.

5. To attach the spiral inside the card, put strong adhesive on the open end of the spiral, and attach it to the right beige circle as shown.  Then add strong adhesive to the opposite side of the spiral end and close the card. That will attach it so it remains hidden when the card is closed, but spirals open as the card is opened. Let dry. NOTE: often for Spiral Circle Pull Cards, you would attach the open end to the left and the widest end to the right. For this card though, I wanted the leaves to appear to be flying off the tree so attaching it this way made the most sense.

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6. Adhere the leaves to the spiral and the circles as desired, using foam tape under some of them for dimension. TIP: Place one or two leaves on the end of the spiral that is attached over the tree branch to hide the end.

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I hope you will try the Spiral Circle Pull Card – it is such a versatile die,  fun to use and the finished cards are fun to receive!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Spiral circle Pull Card

Accordion Circle (small circle)

Accordion Rectangle (hello)

All Seasons Tree

Fine Point Tweezers 

Alpha One – Caps

 

Other Supplies

Patterned paper

Beige card stock

Copic markers

Fine Point Brown marker

 

 

 

 

 

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Pop it Ups Wednesday With Karen Aicken – Masculine Card Duo

August 26, 2015

Karen Aicken here, and welcome to Pop it Ups Wednesday!  Since many card makers get stumped when faced with making a masculine card, I have two flat cards to share today. I also wanted to show you how adding some simple die cut shapes to patterned paper can add texture and pizazz. My first card is for a Birthday and features the Barbed Wire from Karen Burniston’s new Western Edges. Let’s get started…

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1. Cut blue card stock to form a 5 x 7″ folded card. Cut masculine print patterned paper to 4 x 6″. Cut red card stock to 4-1/4 x 6-1/4″, centre and adhere the patterned paper to the red panel. Cut black card stock to 4-3/8 x 6-3/8″, centre and adhere the decorative panel to the black one.

2. Adhere a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2″ piece of black card stock to one side of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive. Use the arrow from the Rectangle Pull Card and die cut 9 Arrows. Peel off the backing from 8 of them and adhere to your patterned paper where desired. Set aside the remaining arrow and scrap of adhesive black card stock.

3. Die cut 3 Barbed Wire pieces from a Black Velvet Adhesive Sheets. From the Happy Birthday Pop-Up, die cut a Happy & Birthday using the same sheet of Black Velvet Adhesive. Wrap one of the Barbed Wire pieces around your decorative panel at the top left as shown below. Repeat for the bottom right. Then apply your finished panel to the front of the the card with Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

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For the inside of the card, cut a white panel to 4-1/4 x 6-1/4″, and a red panel to 4-1/2 x 6-1/2″. Centre the white panel over the red one and adhere. Adhere the third Barbed Wire down the left side and the Happy Birthday as shown, then adhere your panel inside the card with Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

The black velvet adds such a nice feel to the card – you just want to touch it! Tip: Keep the scraps from when you die cut the Barbed Wire as it makes perfect Pop it Ups Character noses, hooves etc. Another  great way to use those smaller dies, as the Black Velvet Adhesive Sheets essentially make those pieces into stickers and easy peasy to attach.

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I had one small piece of the patterned paper leftover, and I was determined to use it up. So I created a simple A2 sized note card that will be perfect to send to my Dad, who is in a Nursing Home.

1. Cut white card stock to an A2 folded card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2″). Cut the remaining patterned paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a piece of black card stock to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8. Centre the patterned paper on the black panel and attach, then repeat to attach the decorative panel to the front of the white card base.

2. From the Rectangle Pull Card, die cut ‘hello’ using the remaining adhesive backed black card stock from Step 2 above. Adhere the remaining arrow from Step 2 and the ‘hello’ to your patterned paper where desired and your note card is done and ready to send to someone special.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to use some of the Accessory Dies that come with the Pop it Ups in a new way! Thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

1047 Western Edges (Barbed Wire)

947 Happy Birthday Pop-Up (Happy & Birthday)

974 Rectangle Pull Card (Arrow)

972 Rectangle Accordion (Hello)

406 Black Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape, both the 6mm (1/4″) and the 64mm (2-1/2″) widths.

 

Other Supplies

Blue, Red, Black, and White card stocks

Patterned paper – Ruby Rock-It (leftover from a previous Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Hop)

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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Have You Herd?

June 10, 2015

Good morning friends! Karen Aicken here with today’s Pop it Ups Wednesday tutorial. I’m having lots of fun with the new Pop it Ups Farm Collection, and today’s card uses a play on words for a Father’s Day card with Brownie the Cow.

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1. First we will make up two Brownie the Cow’s. Adhere a 4-1/2 x 2-1/2″ strip of rust cardstock, a 3/4 x 2-1/2″ strip of white cardstock, and a 1 x 2-1/2″ strip of black cardstock to the 64mm (2-1/2″) Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive. Die cut two shadows from charcoal pearlized card stock. Die cut two bodies from the rust adhesive backed card stock (remembering to leave room for the letters HERD and the word HAPPY), two pairs of eyes from the white adhesive backed card stock and two sets of hooves from the black adhesive backed card stock. Die cut the horns and muzzles from  beige velvet adhesive sheet, then die cut two hay stacks and one small hay piece from a scrap of yellow polka dotted patterned paper. Assemble the two Brownies as shown, with one looking up. Ink the edges of the hay pieces and using the die as a stencil, use a marker to add the inner markings. Add the smallest hay piece as hair to the Brownie that’s looking down.

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2.  Cut your outer card to 4-1/4 x 12″ and score in half at 6″. Cut a piece of patterned paper 4-1/4 x 1-3/4″, ink the edges and attach to the bottom edge with the sides even. Computer generate or handwrite the words “HAVE YOU”, “IT’S FATHER’S DAY!” and “HAVE A      ONE” on white card stock, leaving lots of room between the phrases. Use the largest rectangle decorator die from the Accordion Rectangle set to  die cut the ‘HAVE YOU” leaving enough room below the words for the die cut letters and ink the edges. From the remaining rust card stock, cut the letters H E R D using the Alphabet 1 – Caps  and centre the letters below the words. Attach to the front of your card as shown in the first photo. Add foam tape to the back of the looking up Brownie and adhere as shown.

3. Cut your inner card to 4-1/4 x 12″ and score in half at 6″. Centre the Lots of Pops die on the score line, using the alignment nubs on each side then die cut. Train your folds. Note, Karen Burniston has a video  here that shows how to do this. Cut the “IT’S FATHER’S DAY” piece to 4-1/4 x 2-1/4″, ink the edges and attach to the inside top of your inner card as shown. Adhere a hay bale on each of the smaller bump outs and the remaining Brownie to the largest bump out.

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4. Cut the “HAVE A      ONE!” to 3 x 3″ square, ink the edges and adhere to the bottom of your inner card as shown. From the remaining adhesive backed rust card stock, die cut Happy from the Happy Birthday Pop Up and adhere as shown.

5. Apply 6mm (1/4) Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to one side of your inner card as shown in the photo below, and adhere it to the coordinating side of your outer card. Repeat to adhere the other side.

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Trim bottom edges even and your card is ready for a special Father/Grandfather. It will be sure to make them smile!

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By switching out the greeting this could make a great masculine birthday or congratulatory card as well. Have a great week!

Karen Aicken

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

1022 Brownie the Cow

778 Lots of Pops

1022 Hay There Pop Stand

972 Accordion Rectangle (rectangle on front)

947 Happy Birthday Pop Up

967 Alphabet 1 Caps

508 Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive 64mm, (2-1/2″)

506 Elizabeth Craft Designs 6 mm (1/4″)

404 Beige Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Other Supplies:

Rust, White and Black cardstock

Charcoal Stardream

Computer Font – DK Insomniack

Foam tape

Dye ink and a sponge

Yellow Marker

 

 

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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Karen – A Stand-Up Pull Card

April 8, 2015

Hello friends – Karen Aicken here. I love figuring out ways for my dies to do double duty, as with the Rectangle Pull Card. Today I’ve turned it into a Stand-Up card! Let’s get started.

1. Cut light blue card stock 7-1/2 x 6″ and score the centre of the long side at 3-3/4″. Centre the Rectangle Pull card on the fold line and run it through your die cutting machine  *Note: place the top cutting pad so the notch on the die does not cut. You are only cutting the Rectangle and about 1/4″ past the centre score line. Turn the card base so it opens from the bottom instead of the side.

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2.  Die cut Poppy’s shadow from black card stock. Cut a strip of peach patterned paper 3 x 6″, and adhere a 3 x 6″ strip of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape to the back. Cut a Poppy the Owl detail layer from this piece and adhere to the black shadow. Place the peach beak back into the opening on the black shadow. Die cut the eyeballs and beak from white card stock that also has Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Tape on the back. Colour the beak with an orange marker and adhere the eyeballs and beak to Poppy. Cut one of the remaining peach circles in half and adhere over the white eyeballs to create eyelids. Adhere a black Glitter Dot Peel-Off on each of Poppy’s eyes over the opening in the white eyeball. Save the remaining peach patterned paper for step 6.

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3. Now die cut the rest of the pieces for the inside of the card as follows.  Cut a 6 x 1-1/4″ strip of green patterned paper and die cut the top edge with the Grass from the Outdoor Edges. Cut a rectangle of patterned paper 5-3/4 x 3-1/2″ and a white rectangle using the rectangle Decorator Die that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card. Die cut a green solid party hat and a white pom-pom and adhere together. Die cut 2 large and one small cloud from white card stock, using the All Seasons Tree. Die cut the spinner from the same blue card stock as the card base. Die cut the Happy Birthday from patterned card stock and adhere Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots to Poppy’s Party Hat. Assemble the inside of the card, using the top photo for placement.

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4. Cut a patterned paper strip 6 x 2-1/4″. This is going to go over the ‘easel’ part of the card, covering the opening. It’s not necessary to cover the opening, but for this card I preferred the look. Apply your adhesive on the card frame, and not on the patterned paper.

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5.  Adhere the strip as shown, trimming the long edges even if needed.

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6. Finish the front by cutting a white card stock strip 4-1/8 x 1″ and notch the ends to create a banner. Die cut letters to spell SMILE from the same adhesive backed patterned paper as in step 2 and adhere them to the banner. Add Glitter Dots as shown, then use foam tape to adhere the banner to the blue rectangle. Die cut one large cloud and two small ones. Add the clouds as shown, using foam tape on one of the small clouds.

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I hope you will try this technique – there are so many fun scenes you can create inside these Stand-Up/Pull Cards!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

974 Rectangle Pull Card

910 Poppy the Owl

914 Outdoor Edges (Grass)

781 All Seasons Tree (Clouds)

949 Props 2

947 Happy Birthday Pop Up (Happy Birthday)

7018 Glitter Dots in Black, and Transparent/Silver

967 Alphabet 1 Caps

508 Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape – 64mm (2-1/2″)

 509 Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape – 152mm (6″)

 

Other Supplies:

Blue card stock – Stampin’ Up

White & Black  card stock

Patterned paper – MME

Green Patterned Paper Scrap

Orange Glittered Patterned Paper Scrap

Foam Tape

Copic Marker (to colour beak)

 

 

 

 

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Sparkly Bird Christmas Card

December 18, 2014

Hi, Karen Aicken here. For today’s blog post I want to share a Christmas card. I used the pretty Winter Birds Circle Peel-Offs in Gold and colored on top of the Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.

1. Form a 5″ square side-fold card from green cardstock.

2. Using the Accordion Circle Card, cut one panel from white pearl cardstock. Snip the circle away from the frame, and cut off all the tabs as we won’t be needing them.

3.  Emboss the frame with the new Sprig embossing folder. You will need to run it through twice, shifting the embossing folder so the whole piece is embossed. Because of the random pattern of the sprigs, you hardly notice where the pattern starts and stops. Adhere the frame to the card front using double sided tape, not a tape runner. (A tape runner can flatten embossed cardstock.)

4.  Emboss the circle from the Accordion with the same embossing folder and attach it inside the frame with double sided tape.

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5.  Attach a 4″ square piece of white card stock to one side of a double sided adhesive sheet. Attach the gold Winter Bird Peel-Off to the other side of the double sided adhesive and cover the adhesive with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Brush off the excess and polish the glitter with your fingers to bring up the shine, then color with alcohol markers. Els has a wonderful video showing this technique, which you can see by clicking HERE.

6.  Fussy cut the coloured Peel-Off and adhere it in the center of the embossed circle with foam tape.

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7.  Cut a white panel 4-1/2″ square and adhere it inside the card. Apply a gold Merry Christmas Peel-Off and your card is ready to give to someone special.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

8546 Winter Birds Circle Peel-offs in Gold

769  Accordion Circle Card

506 Transparent Double Sided Tape 6mm

502 Transparent Double Sided Tape Sheet

642 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter

E-127 Sprig Embossing Folder

2576 Merry Christmas Large Peel-offs in Gold

Other Products:

White cardstock

Green cardstock – Papertrey Ink

White pearl cardstock – Gina K Designs

Foam tape

Copic markers

Hanukkah Card

December 4, 2014

Hi, Karen Aicken here. Today I have an elegant Hanukkah card to share. There are a few Elizabeth Craft Designs dies that are my favourites – ones I turn to again and again because of their versatility. The Candles die is one of those favorites. Here I’ve made a long, narrow card that fits in a #10 business envelope for mailing.

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1. Using white cardstock, create a top fold 9″ x 4″ card.  Cut a navy card stock panel 8 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhere it to the front of the folded card.

2. Cut a 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel from white card stock and ink the edges with navy blue ink. Adhere a horizontal strip of 10mm Transparent  Double Sided Tape close to the bottom edge of this panel. Adhere a horizontal strip of 6mm above the first, leaving a little space between the two. In the next step these rows will become the menorah in which the Hanukkah candles sit.

3. Remove the liners from both strips and cover exposed adhesive with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter. Tap off the excess and return to the jar, then polish the glittery stripes with your fingertips to bring out the shine. Adhere to the navy panel as shown.

4. Die cut 9 candles (the basic candle with attached wick and flame silhouette shape) from navy cardstock and emboss eight of them with the Swirly Curves embossing folder. Tip: Make sure that the flame is not inside the embossing folder so only the candle (wax) portion will be embossed with pattern and the flame will remain flat.

5. Tip: Turn inexpensive adhesive-backed fun foam from the craft store into double sided adhesive foam by adding 6mm Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the foam side. Use small strips of this foam to pop up the candles!

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6. Cut  nine 1 1/4″ pieces from the long strip and adhere to the back of each candle. Cut off tiny pieces and adhere to the widest part of the flame area of each candle. Adhere the candles to the white textured panel as shown.

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7. Attach Glitter Dots to the flame area of each candle, and around the center candle.

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8. To decorate the inside of your card, cut a navy panel 8-1/2 x 3-1/2 and attach it inside the card. Cut a white panel 8-1/4 x 3-1/4″ and attach that over the navy one.

9. Die cut two corners from the Tags & More 2 – Deco and adhere as shown. Add a Glitter Dot to each corner.

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10. Using a fine point black marker, pen the words inside the card. Alternatively you could use a computer and print on the white panel before cutting it out, or use stamps.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to look at the Candles dies in a new way. They’re not just for birthdays!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

732 Candles

7018 Glitter Dots, Transparent Silver

507 Transparent Double Sided Tape, 10 mm

506 Transparent Double Sided Tape 6mm

603 Silver Silk Microfine Glitter

952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

E-119 Swirly Curves Embossing Folder

Other Products:

White and Navy cardstock

Textured white cardstock

Adhesive Fun Foam

 

Rubber Ducky Spinner Card

November 20, 2014

Hi, Karen Aicken here with today’s project. As promised with my last post, I have an interactive Spinner Card to share. These cards are also referred to as Slider, Penny Spinner or Penny Slider Cards.

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I chose to use  the adorable Rubber Ducky die, cutting it out of both patterned paper and white cardstock. I adhered the pieces together so they would be nice and sturdy, then inked the edges. Rubber Ducky slides along the track, spinning around as he goes. His jaunty bow is from the Balloons die set.

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1.  Cut a 6 x 4-1/2″ panel  from white cardstock. Using the clouds from the All Seasons Tree, cut three from the top area of this panel and add a strip of blue patterned paper behind the openings. Ink the cut out clouds and attach over their openings with a double layer of foam tape. Using the Outdoor Edges die, cut a strip of blue patterned paper 6 x 2″ and attach it to the bottom of this panel lining up the bottom and side edges. On the back side of this decorated panel, pencil a line 1″ from the bottom edge.

2. Use the Tab Accessory Die that comes with the Tags and More 2 – Deco to create your track. Cut one from the center, then slide the tab die over to the left and cut again. Continue in this manner until you have your slot/track cut all the way across, leaving 3/4″ uncut on either side.  Just remember to overlap your cuts each time you move your die. Trim any uneven edges as you don’t want your slider mechanism to catch.

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3.  Create a 6.5 x 5″ top fold card from white cardstock. Adhere a 6-3/8 x 4-7/8″ panel of yellow patterned paper. Cut a 6 x 2″ strip of the same blue patterned paper as on the front ‘water’ area of your decorated panel and attach it to the yellow patterned panel. You want it to be seen through the track on your decorated panel for a seamless look.

4.  Create your penny mechanism by adhering two round adhesive foam tape circles together with a penny on either side. Add a piece of foam tape to the outside of one penny, which is how you will adhere the Rubber Ducky. Insert the back penny through the track in the center of the decorated panel, bending the panel slightly so it fits in. Test your mechanism to be sure it freely rolls along the track.

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5.  Attach the Rubber Ducky to the foam tape on the front penny, then add foam tape to the back of the decorated panel Do not add any tape along the track area as you want your penny mechanism to have lots of room.

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6. Attach decorated panel to the folded card and have fun sliding and spinning the Rubber Ducky!

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7. Use an orange fine point marker or pen to write words above the curve at the water’s edge as shown. Option: Use rubber stamps and stamp the words BEFORE adding tape to the back of the panel and before attaching the panel to the card front.

Spinner Cards are so much fun, both to make and receive. Kids love them! The spinning element can be just about anything and the track can be vertical or diagonal as well as horizontal. Some examples: A balloon floating straight up into the sky, a Karen Burniston Character running up a hill and tumbling back down!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

920 Rubber Ducky

781 All Seasons Tree

914 Outdoor Edges

 952 Tags & More 2 – Deco

 726 Balloons

Other Supplies:

White card stock

Yellow patterned paper – Bo Bunny

Blue patterned paper – MME

Two pennies

Foam Tape

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