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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Photo Accordion Cards

June 18, 2014

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the June Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the challenge was to create an Accordion Album showcasing a photo or photos.

For my video I wanted to show how to make Accordions with clear inner pages. I am using the new Katie Label Accordion die in the video. This die will be available in stores next month, so be sure to ask your favorite retailer to order it. You can use the techniques in the video with any of the Accordion dies, so don’t feel limited to just the Katie.

Topics covered in the video:

  • Showing off the Designer Challenge Team’s collaborative 11-page Oval Accordion album
  • Snipping tips for the accordion dies that come with stitching dies (Oval Accordion, Katie Label Accordion and Ring Accordion)
  • How to achieve a raised embossed stitch using an embossing sandwich
  • How to make clear inner pages for Accordion albums
  • Using brads to connect clear tabs
  • Assembling accordions in a layered sandwich style that hides the long tabs and the clear frames
  • How to repair an accidental break
  • Envelope sizes to mail Accordion Albums

Here are some photos and additional details about the project made in the video:

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I made sure to add a solid white decorator label to the back of Page 2 so that when the album is closed the clear title will be easy to read against the white. I added the same colorful brads to the left side of the page to balance the ones on the right.

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My twins, Karl and Emma, are 15 years old and have certainly come a long way since being born seven weeks early (Emma was 4 lb. 9 oz. Karl was 2 lb. 9 oz.) to their current size (Karl is taller than me, Emma is getting close!) I thought it would be fun to show photos from their birthdays at ages 5, 10 and 15. Notice that Karl was still shorter than Emma on their 10th birthday. Clearly that changed in 5 years!

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Because I didn’t have a vertical shot of them at Age 5 I had to crop a horizontal one. I covered the seam with Glitter Borders. For the age numbers, I printed them on transparency and then outlined them with a silver paint pen on the back of the transparency before cutting them out. The brightly colored mini-brads are both functional and decorative. Some of them go through the small tabs to join pages together. I thought the visible brad prongs from behind the album added a festive touch to the album, almost like a colored staple, so I didn’t trim them. Instead, I just made sure I chose brads that had painted prongs.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies: office transparencies, Carta Bella Patterned Paper “Homemade with Love” Collection, colored mini-brads, white gel pen

Time to see what the incredibly talented Designer Challenge Team, plus three Guest Designers, created for the challenge. 11DC Team Album

This compilation photo accordion album is featured in the video. I asked each member of the team to create one Oval Accordion page. They were instructed to include a photo of themselves and their blog address on the page, but otherwise could design it with any colors, any theme, any embellishments. The results are fantastic! If you’re in any of my classes for the rest of the year you’ll be able to see it close up, as it will travel with me.

First let’s look at the albums the team had to choose from. Three styles are available now: Circle Accordion, Oval Accordion and Fancy Accordion. For each style there are optional companion frame edge dies that coordinate: Square w/Circle Frame Edges, Oval Dots Frame Edges, Oval Flourish Frame Edges and Fancy Frame Edges.

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Last week I posted a Sneak Peek Part 1 showing the first 10 of 16 new dies that will be available in stores July 15, 2014 as part of the Pop it Ups Summer Release. Included in that Sneak Peek were two new Accordion Albums and four new Frame Edge dies. The Designer Challenge Team received advance copies of the new dies and were allowed to use them for the Challenge if they liked.

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All of the Accordion Album dies work the same and you can learn how to assemble them in this video. The beauty is that YOU decide how many pages to add to the album. They can be as short or as long as you like. For the projects below, I’ve sorted them by number of pages to illustrate the different looks. Click on each designer’s name to go to their blog posts to see more photos, instructions, supply lists, etc.

TWO-PAGE ACCORDIONS:

Helen Cryer made this two-page Circle Accordion project to give to her husband for his desk at work. She included recent pictures of the family on vacation. I think this is brilliant idea and will be making something similar for my husband’s desk!

 

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Karen Aicken‘s little grandson Ethan will be turning 2 soon so she made this very cute card using the Katie Label Accordion. She also mixed in the ECD balloon die. Notice the balloon string wrapped around the 2 – so cute!

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THREE-PAGE ACCORDIONS:

Caz Counsell used the new Katie Label Accordion for a beautiful 3-page album featuring her niece’s wedding photos. She used the Butterfly Embossing Folder and Butterfly Accessory dies to create an elegant first page for the album.
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Frances Byrne chose the new Ring Accordion for a Christmas album using photos of her granddaughter. The Ring Album comes with two sizes of ornament top die   as well. Frances did some clever combining of letter pieces to create the date.

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Jenn Dove is back this month as a Guest Designer and used the Circle Accordion for a three-page album featuring a brilliant cardinal and a great photo of the two of us in Yosemite last month. I love the color combo and the sweet sentiment.

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Jenn Mock is also back as a Guest Designer for this challenge and borrowed my Katie Label Accordion die to make this fabulous 3-page beach card with photos of her grandsons. The coral on page one is a section of the All Seasons Tree die – how clever!

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Kelly Booth also chose to use the new Katie Label Accordion for a 3-page SUPER card featuring her grandson dressed up as a superhero. She used the Katie Stars Frame Edges and mixed in decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot Card. (Note: the decorator dies between the two Katie Label dies fit either die but do not duplicate, so they can be mixed for a ton of possibilities.)

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Shelly Hickox made a beautiful and elegant Ring Album and turned it into a pocket watch with a clever addition of a printed winder and loop at the top of the first page. She used photos from her daughter’s wedding, turning them black and white for a timeless feel. You can see a Vine video of this card in action if you click over to her blog.

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Summer Hills-Painter shows how wonderfully Pop it Ups dies interchange with each other. Here she used the Katie Label Accordion but mixed in decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot Card and Fancy Accordion. She also used the ECD Pumpkin die. Her two older boys look like they found the perfect pumpkins!

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FOUR-PAGE ACCORDIONS:

Raquel Mason created this wonderful mixed album using the Oval Accordion and the Katie Label Accordion. She also used the new Oval Clouds Frame Edges and a fun technique that Karen Aicken showed us for filling in the first page as a solid front to the album. Love these sweet beach photos of Raquel and her son.

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Frances Byrne made a second project to focus on her grandson. What a fabulous mixed album! She mixed the Katie Label Accordion with the Oval Accordion, using perfect boy colors and elements to document William’s cubby construction.

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Helen Cryer made this fun 4-page Katie Label Accordion for her Dad. Starring in the photos are his parents, his bride, his kids and his grandkids – who wouldn’t love a gift like this?!

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Kelly Booth is the queen of color! This 4-page Fancy Accordion using the new Seasons Fancy Frame Edges is the perfect showcase for everyday photos of her grandkids.

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Raquel Mason made a very unique 4-page Fancy Accordion by stacking two 2-pagers on top of each other! She used the new Poppy the Owl and Props 1 dies to highlight the silly photos she took with her son. What a great project!

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Summer Hills-Painter recently had her third son and showcased her cute boys in this 4-page Fancy Accordion using the new Fancy Seasons Frame Edges. Awesome boy colors!

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Gretchen Schmidt also used the Fancy Accordion Album for a four-page album celebrating a four-legged friend. The crisp colors of this album are very striking. The scalloped frame from the Fancy Frame Edges die is a great choice.

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SIX-PAGE ACCORDIONS:

Karen Aicken knocked my socks off with this fabulous blooming cactus Fancy Accordion project. She created a solid cover to the album. Click over to her blog to see it in the closed position. Great photos, great techniques!

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Fran Sabad created a 6-page Oval Accordion using fun photos from a trip to Universal Studios. Notice the clever star garlands strung between the pages. She also embossed every page with the Trendy Tiles 1 Embossing Folder.

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Donna Wright created a gorgeous 6-page Circle Accordion generations album, using the All Seasons Tree to set the scene. Such a lovely project and so powerful to see the women of Donna’s family going back several generations.

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TWENTY-PAGE ACCORDION:

Sandy Diller drops the mic with this absolutely stunning, fantastic, awesome, amazing, impressive 20-page Fancy Accordion album celebrating her 50 years of marriage. You just really need to click over to her blog to read more about it and see the photo of it stretched out. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Thank you, Sandy for Guest Designing with us again.

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So there you have it. Amazing inspiration for using the Pop it Ups Accordion Album dies with photos to make amazing cards, gifts and memory albums. Which Accordion die is your favorite?

The Designer Challenge Team will be back the week of July 14th with Christmas (or other winter Holidays) in July projects. My compilation post and video will be posted July 16th. This is a great chance to let the team inspire you to get an early jump on your holiday cards. The new dies will be available in stores at that time.

Happy crafting!

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143 Comments

  • Reply Cheryl August 31, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I LOVE the videos, I had a chance to meet Karen this Friday in person while shopping in Scrap Store and see the cards I will be getting the Katie Label, because they had sold out of that one! The cards were to die for.

  • Reply Fern August 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I love the penguin! So sweet!

  • Reply scramblinrosie August 21, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    It was hard to pick just one when I have a list of 5 suggestions for the Secret Word, but here it is.

    My Secret Word suggestion is a Dog, or more to the point, a Labrador Retriever!

  • Reply scramblinrosie August 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I LOVE that Cardinal Card trio. It was hard to pick a favorite, but when I saw that cardinal, I was hooked!
    Seeing some of these cards have definitely inspired my design for my 20th anniversary card for November.

  • Reply Cathy DiBlasi August 21, 2014 at 7:58 am

    i have the accordian album dies. Evert time I make a card with them, The response is unbelievable. As a result, I use them to death. Thanks so much for all the ideas as how to use them. I think i will eventually wear out these dies.

  • Reply Judi Sparks August 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Great accordians. Now, I would love to see a fun elephant die.

  • Reply Judy C August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I love the owl and the penguin. Would love to see a hedgehog… Great work

  • Reply patricia p. August 20, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you so much Karen for all your wonderful and imaginative dies. Thank you for the in depth tutorials on how to do these and put them together. they are complicated and one has to be an engineer to be able to figure them out but your demo’s really do help us a lot. I know it does for me. Being able to see how it’s done and why and how it’s put together and why is so helpful . I appreciate your slowing down too as I couldn’t really take it all in when it was fast. I just couldn’t keep up. So your teaching us and working with us is making it all possible to do these fantastic cards using your dies. Love them They are all so original and out of the box. thank you Karen so much.
    pat

  • Reply Sandra ltb August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    WOW! very fun! I have 2 character die suggestions, if I may …. I am partial to pandas so would love to see a bear die that I can make into a panda … and we recently acquired a turtle …. would love to see a turtle die – it would be so turtley cool!
    Thanks for the fun.
    Sandra ltb

  • Reply Linda Agers August 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Karen, I love your dies and your creations from them. I want to tell you that the class you gave at Stamp Asylum was one of the BEST I have ever attended. Your creations are pure genius.

  • Reply Connie L. Riley June 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Karen, thanks for sharing such a great tutorial on the new Katie Labels Accordion Die. I thought it would be my favorite, but after viewing all the examples from the DT, I’m not so sure. I guess I’ll have to have both it and the Ring Accordion Die as well. I can’t wait to try them out!

  • Reply Carol B (CC)) June 26, 2014 at 6:47 am

    I love the Katie label die the best. It is so elegant. I do like the way people have combined the different dies.
    Carol bu

  • Reply snap-schotts June 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Those new Ring and Katie dies are wonderful!

  • Reply Pam Vittorino June 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Can’t wait to try the Katie die

  • Reply Sandy June 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    As usual your dies are amazing, kudos on the new dies, the Katie label is so pretty, just like Katie. The ring die looks amazing too.

  • Reply Lisa Giedt June 25, 2014 at 12:30 am

    At first I liked the look of the Katie label best, but I could see actually having a ring on my desk with pictures. It is very fancy looking and would class up my messy desk.

  • Reply Judi Sparks June 24, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I was like totally wowed! An extremely cool photo album. Love that it is kinetic!

  • Reply Charlene Itamura June 24, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, I will have to buy both Katie and the Ring accordion album dies. AMAZING albums by all the designers. Cannot wait for the release of the “critter” dies also

  • Reply savagetwin June 24, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Excellent video! You made me love the Katie. If you demo-ed the Ring, I’m sure I couldn’t decide. The design team didn’t fail to produce works of art. Well done to all of you!

  • Reply Mary M. June 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    All of the samples here are so amazing! These accordion dies are so much fun. I will definitely be buying the Ring one first! =)

  • Reply Robbie June 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I have loved seeing all the accordion albums. I love the new Katie label one. I need to play with this and see if I can make a ring album using it. Wouldn’t that be cool!

  • Reply Fran T June 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Love the Katie accordion die to make those really long albums and the new circle ring die will be so great for a Christmas ornament card. Can’t wait to get both of these! I really enjoy your videos and the inspiration of your design team!

  • Reply Donna Gibson June 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Great inspiration from your design team!! I will definitely be looking for the Katie accordion die at my LSS! Thank you for the video, too! You definitely make the albums look super easy to assemble! I think the difficult part will be choosing photos to use!

  • Reply Jennyfer L June 23, 2014 at 9:43 am

    My fave is the ring accordion dies!!! Love what your DT came up with the Katie and Ring dies! Gorgeous!

  • Reply Sabrina Radican June 23, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I am just in love with all of your accordion dies especially the Katie and the Ring. They are both on my wish list!!

  • Reply Ana June 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Love the Katie and Ring dies! Everyone did such a great job with the challenge. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Betty Bywater June 23, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I’ve loved your accordion cards since back in the day…excited to see part 2 of the summer release. The katie label accordion is now on my wish list. It appears to have more ‘real estate’ for decorating on.

  • Reply Jean Crocker June 23, 2014 at 5:21 am

    I can’t wait for the new dies and I have big plans for the holidays using the dies! Great product as always!

  • Reply Paulette S June 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love the new Katie label. What a great display die.

  • Reply Beverly Lewis June 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    All of the projects are simply great. I thought the Ring was my favorite, then saw so many great example for everything but think Katie is a very close second. But I can’t rule anything out. I change favorites on a daily basis. For me it’s whoever has the best colors WINS!!!

  • Reply Cindy Doty June 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Your demo with the Katie Accordion Die using transparicies was fabulous. Good thing I will have time to construct snow scenes before winter.

  • Reply Diane Sasscer June 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, I am a Karen addict for sure. That has a nice ring to it! I am sure I can add katie to the list! After all, they both start with “k”. Love your designs! 🙂

  • Reply Beverly Oliver June 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    All of these are really great. I can’t decide which I like best.

  • Reply Debe Aston June 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Karen, you have an incredible talent and I thank you for sharing it with us. The Katie and Ring dies are outstanding and I can’t wait to give them a try! Love your characters and disguise kits too!

  • Reply Debbie Kaste June 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    The projects are absolutely stunning! My favorite is Shelly Hickox’s RING album. My nephew’s girlfriend KATIE would love it if I made her a cute album of the two of them. Thanks much for the inspiration.

  • Reply Brendabee June 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Observing your new post “Rings” a bell for me. Karen, I am grateful that you share your talent with other artist/stampers. I can not wait to purchase the new “Katie” accordion die. Thanks Karen.

  • Reply Angie DiMeglio June 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Karen I just love all the dies you are doing for Elizabeth Crafts — I wish you would come back east and teach in Connecticut!! I love both the Katie Label and the Ring accordion dies — can’t wait till they are available.

  • Reply soggystamper June 22, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Lots of comments this time around. The new Katie Label accordion die is wonderful and I think one will be in my stash whether I win or not! I hope I win the drawing though. I’d be soooo excited. The ring die is also very cool.

  • Reply linda fontanella June 22, 2014 at 8:33 am

    all design team members ideas are great. It would be hard to decide between the Katie Label or the Ring accordian dies, because they all make beautiful pieces. would be pleased to use either or all.

  • Reply vivink June 22, 2014 at 8:19 am

    WOW!!! Everyone’s projects are so cool! And as always, Karen your video is superb! The new critters are a hoot. Love the new Ring Accordion Album and the Katie Label Accordion album is great too. There is just no way to choose a favorite.

  • Reply Shari Del Buono June 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    WOW! Fantastic projects. I am growing quite the collection of dies. Each time a new one comes out I must have them. Seeing all the ideas on your blog I must add both the Ring and Katie. Thanks for your inspiration.

  • Reply David Berg June 22, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I think the creativity in all the examples of the Katie and Ring Accordion albums are wonderful. The versatility of the dies is limited only by your creativity. That the use of clear backgrounds and personal images can make the albums so special, personal, and one-of-a-kind is just wonderful. I especially like the way the ring album was made into a pocket watch, but each was amazing.

  • Reply Cathy DiBlasi June 22, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I am in love with the Pop It Ups. I think that the Katie Label die will be my favorite. Watching the video caused my imagination to go for a run. I cannot wait to get my hands on this and all the other new dies coming out.

  • Reply Diane Hover June 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

    We had a graduation party for a friends daughter “Katie”, I thought about getting her a “ring” but decided it was too much, so money was it!! Love both new dies…I am addicted to these I think!!! Wonderful examples by the DT!!

  • Reply Marlene Lewandowski June 22, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Outstanding examples of your dies. Either the Ring or Katie will make my heart sing! Madly in Love with the Critter dies…..

  • Reply Paris June 22, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Love both the Katie Label and Ring Accordian dies. Wouldn’t they make the greatest photo albums for grandparents of the grandchildren? Use holiday paper and they would look great spread across the fireplace mantel, across a dresser, or on a shelf decorated with other holiday decor. LOVE THEM!!!

  • Reply sonnumber1x1 June 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    love love
    BOTH! especially the Katie Label Accordion, the samples are so inspiring! wOw!

  • Reply Denise June 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Love all the examples and Katie wins for me hands down HOWEVER, the Ring is so unique I was really loving it too.

  • Reply Debbie Rusk June 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I absolutely love your dies. I can’t choose between the “Katie” or the “Ring”. I have quite a few dies, but I can’t wait to get these new ones!

  • Reply Penny Kitzmiller June 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Oh my goodness!! All of this wonderful talent is making my ears RING! I wish I had a little granddaughter to name KATIE! We would make cards and scrapbook till the cows come home

  • Reply Annie Chan June 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Omg! Love the new Katie and ring accordion dies! It’s a must get! Can’t wait till they’re out. The ring die is so different, looks like a circle but stands up! Amazing!! The examples are amazing as well.

  • Reply Debbie Flattum June 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    The creativity of this design team is amazing. These projects are over the top. And Katie and Ring are to ‘die’ for!! Thanks for sharing all the creativity.

  • Reply Mary Schmidt June 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t wait to play with the new Katie & Ring dies. Wow! What great examples!

  • Reply MaryBeth Stull June 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    OMG … I can hardly wait for this new release! I love every single one, and the new “Katie” and “Ring” accordions will certainly be used often.

  • Reply Susan June 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Oh, my. This is trying to choose who is your favorite child! Ring speaks to me as I have many ideas for the use of this die. I love all of Karen’s dies and would love to add this one to my stash!

  • Reply Sheryl June 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Loving the new Katie accordion die. Hope to get it soon!

  • Reply Gayle Cramer June 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Amazing projects! I think each designer displayed truly original ways to use both the Katie and Ring dies. All the designs “ring my bell” and stir up some creative juices! My favorite is the Katie die, but I certainly think I can make room for both Katie and Ring dies in my crafty world! Thanks for sharing the wonderful designs..

  • Reply momcct June 21, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Great Cards…my hubby just gave me a new Ring and I happily accepted it, with the comment “Will you get me and Katie some new Karen B’s pop up cards to work on”!

  • Reply Sue Root June 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    What fantastic projects! I really enjoyed all of them. Both Katie and the Ring dies are great!

  • Reply Dianne Lowe June 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    These are all amazing. So inspiring. I think I am going to have a hard time choosing between Katie and the Ring. It looks like I may need both/

  • Reply Sue Anderson June 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    my daughter Katie and I love all your dies, she especially loves KATIE for obvious reasons and we would love to RING in the summer vacation with your dies

  • Reply dazzlingdesignsbydebbie June 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I just love all the accordion albums. I love both the Ring and Katie dies.

  • Reply Faye douglas June 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Both dies are great…either Ring or Katie will do…preferably both!

  • Reply Joyce June 21, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Your lessons are always so helpful. Thank you! I would love to have both the Ring and Katie Dies.

  • Reply Cheryl June 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I am just now getting into the Pop Up Cards, I looked at the videos twice and I love them both, who would not love to have Katie and Ring in their life, my Scrap Room has made space for them both! You are GREAT!

  • Reply Mary Popa June 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Katie or Ring, both wonderful dies.

  • Reply Julie W June 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    One Ring to rule them all…..

    Wonderful dies; I need both Ring and Katie in my collection!

  • Reply Dianne Kozil June 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Just love all the new characters and new accordion dies I am looking forward to trying the Katie and Ring dies. Keep up the good work on the new and exciting dies.
    Dianne Kozil

  • Reply Angela Eccles June 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    All the Accordion dies are great fun to work with and I am really looking forward to trying both the Katie and Ring dies when they are released-not to mention all the cute characters!

  • Reply Belinda Shupe June 21, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Karen thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial!!! I love the new Ring Die!!

  • Reply Pauline McIntyre June 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    So very exciting and innovative, love the way the new Katie accordian die has both a label and an oval, great mix. The Ring accordian looks so elegant and makes a lovely wedding card. Lots of possibilities, these are keeping my mojo going to experiment with your dies. Can’t wait for the little P op ups,, Owl, frog and penguin, so so cute and owls are so much fun to decorate. You are amazing, thanks.

  • Reply Barbara Eichner June 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Your dies make me so happy. I have two of the three and would love the circles to complete the ring.

  • Reply DebiJean Wankel June 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I think I am partial to the KATIE ACCORDION as I have the Katie Pivot T and the Lucy Label pop up now and Love how they work together ! But seeing the different ways to use the RING make me want that too ! Decisions decisions !
    Looking forward to Part 2 of the sneak peak !

  • Reply bgwashing June 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    My imagination is on overdrive. What wonderful examples. I need, need the Katie label die and I love, love the Ring die. Of course, those little critters are adorable and need to be part of my family.

  • Reply Louise Luoma June 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Love watching your videos they are such an inspiration. Would love either the Katie or Ring accordian.

  • Reply Margo June 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    You are so creative. I will be dancing in a Ring if I win the prize.

  • Reply Shirley Benedict June 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love them all especially the Katie and the Ring! Keep up the wonderful work and thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Reply auntiemaryann June 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love accordion cards! The Katie label looks fun. But the Circle label could be very versatile. Looking fprward to the cute characters!

  • Reply Brenda Campbell June 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Like a Ring, my head just goes round & round trying to keep up with all the new products & new designs & how-tos associated with these products. Keep them coming Karen & Friends.

  • Reply lisa808 June 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Your video and all the DT samples are awesome! Love the Katie and Ring albums.

  • Reply Jeannie Huff June 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I love, love, love the “ring”. I want to use it for my August card.

  • Reply Susan B. June 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Accordion cards are such a great expression of creativity. Karen, you are loaded with ideas. I wish I could come up with half as many. I would be loaded with cards to send. The “Ring”, as well as the “Katie” accordion look like so much fun to play with. I can’t wait to get the characters. Keep your ideas coming. I will probably run out of space with all that I want. Thanks, Karen.

  • Reply louisecharlton June 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    So many great creations and inspiration. I love them all, especially those made with the Katie die – so much room to work with!!! But I really like the ring die also, such a cute shape! Thanks Karen for a great post!!!

    Louise

  • Reply Mary June 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I really love the Ring one I will have to try that one out when I win.

  • Reply Lynda June 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I love them all, Katie and Ring but I really like the Ring. So fun to see all the ideas and creativity of you and the design team! Can’t wait to see the next ones coming out:)

  • Reply Karen Lai June 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Loved the project! Such an inspiration to use acetate for my future cards! I loved how the Katie dies can be used with each other and not duplicate.. looking forward to get the Katie Label!

  • Reply Arleen Graham June 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Wow…don’t know how you do it but you really RING my bell with your new ideas. Love KATIE. Thanks for sharing both your ideas and expertise.

  • Reply ruryv June 21, 2014 at 11:30 am

    You designer team is amazing and full of inspiration. Love the Katie dies. I can’t wait for your Christmas in July post. It is that time of year to start thinking Christmas cards, accordion cards this year for sure. Thanks Karen.
    Maria V.

  • Reply Sandra ltb June 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I have always loved the accordion projects – the Katie and Ring are both fabulous additions to the line!
    Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
    Sandra ltb

  • Reply eileen June 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

    love your creations Karen both the Katie and the Ring each set has its own appeal

  • Reply Marcia Coleman June 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Love the video!! The Katie label is a favorite and I’ve already purchased it. Now I just need to use it!!

  • Reply Nona June 21, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I find inspiration in all the wonderful ideas you share on your blog. I’m especially excited to see the new Katie label accordion coming out soon. I have nearly all the ECD dies you’ve created and can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Thanks for making cards fun!

  • Reply Diane J June 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Thank you so much for the “clear” video. As always, it was great!

    • Reply Diane J June 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

      oops, forgot “Katie.” How could I, when it is so pretty.

  • Reply Sue Foss June 21, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for the grest video. Love the ability to use clear frames. Love the katie label.

  • Reply Carol B (CC)) June 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I do like Katie because it’s higher but Ring is so nice, especially for Christmas . It is hard to pick a favorite.
    Carol bu

  • Reply Kimberly Hines June 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Karen, thank you for the wonderful design ideas. I used Katie Label card when my daughter’s boyfriend put a Ring on it. The announcement card was lovely.

  • Reply Carol June 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I really enjoyed the video showing how to use clear pages with the Kathie design. It was also great that you showed us how you fixed the card when it broke. Keep up the great work.

  • Reply AdrianeC June 21, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I am looking forward to your new release especially the Katie frame.

  • Reply Jan June 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I really love these dies; I have one already but wanting more. I think I like the Katie die better than the ring die but it’s nice too.

  • Reply Jan Butler June 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I really like the Ring frames, esp. for Christmas cards. But the Katie is so elegant.

  • Reply Jayne June 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Does Katie Ring a bell?

  • Reply Pam Brown June 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Your designs just get better and better but the new Katie die is my favorite. So many possibilities!

  • Reply heather June 21, 2014 at 9:49 am

    AMAZING projects, wow ! I love that your Pop It Ups dies include little extras like the fun ornament tops in the Ring Accordion Album =)

  • Reply Alisa Mellen June 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    So many great ideas. I love all the pivot and accordion dies. I have made quite a few of them and now plan to make a lot more. My daughter “Katie” is in love with these dies too. We can’t wait for all the new dies to be available.

  • Reply Clare A June 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Love the new Katie dies. Can’t wait to get it. You are so talented!

  • Reply dyeandpigment55 June 21, 2014 at 9:31 am

    wowza…great new stuff again. Can’t decide if the ring is my favorite (’cause I love circles so much) or the Katie due to it’s portrait placement. Hmmmm, buy both 🙂

  • Reply Gail Scott June 21, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Well how cool are the New Album dies? Super Duper – I have to say I love that “Katie” Album Die and the Ring is great as well – hard to pick a favorite as I love all the products you design – I have many of the Pop n Cuts and enjoy creating with them very much – It would be awesome to be a winner- thanks for showing all the lovely ways to create with your Dies Karen – I look forward to view all of the lovely creations – have a blessed day! ~ Gail ~

  • Reply Jan Jueckstock June 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I just LOVE your kinetic designs! The Katie album is a must for me, it provides so much real estate to decorate, but the Ring album looks soooo intriguing to the recipient. Can’t wait to see the rest of the release!!

  • Reply Deb Hurtig June 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I wonder if I could do a ring around a Katie 😉

  • Reply Barbara Woodard June 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Love your products Karen. I am in love with both the Katie Label and the Ring album and well all of your products.

  • Reply Debbie ware June 21, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Ka Ka Ka Katie, beautiful Katie! Can’t wait to try my hand using this one!

  • Reply Deana Hayes June 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Love all your videos and am looking forward to adding some to my stash. Katie is awesome, but Ring might be a sparkle to my cards too.

  • Reply Beth Noble June 21, 2014 at 9:15 am

    The design team came up with fantastic albums! The Rings pocket watch would be perfect for my steam punk daughter!

  • Reply Pam Derrett June 21, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Love all the accordion dies, just bought the oval accordion die and made my best friends day when I used it to make a graduation card showcasing the 13 years of school for her first sons graduation. recently used the Katie pop up (borrowed from a friend – haven’t bought mine yet) on the inside of a box card for another friend who was asking his wife to marry him all over again and the Katie pop up did wonders for keeping the ring solid in the box for him

  • Reply Mary Ann Evans June 21, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Outstanding examples of the new designs… I would love to add the Katie or Ring to my collection~~~

  • Reply Renee Collier June 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    So loving all of the accordion dies. And the design team has done a fabulous job of showing off the versatility. I want every one of them in my craft stash! Two of my favorites shown so far are the Katie Label Accordion die and the Ring Accordion die. Just fabulous.

  • Reply barbara macaskill June 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

    WOW! What amazing creations by the DT! I am in total awe! I bet if Katie got a Ring she would have to make beautiful cards to announce it to the world! Karen Aiken’s 6page accordion card is absolutely spectacular!!! Off to watch the video now and awaiting today’s sale of EC dies on Blitsy!! Finally going to get the circle accordion and fancy frame edges dies!!! YAY!!
    My favorite of the new dies is the Ring die so that will have to come see me soon! TFS!
    leaving my email here: macaskillbarbara@yahoo.com

  • Reply Lori Stilger June 21, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Although I really like the Ring Accordion, I think I’d get more mileage out of the Katie. Of course, both are really creative – I especially like the three-section accordians Lee Mock and Summer Hills-Painter did. (I love the sea AND pumpkins/fall! 😀 ) THANK YOU for sharing!!!!

  • Reply Pammy June 21, 2014 at 8:36 am

    At first I thought I loved the Ring Accordion the best BUT then I saw some of the wonderful examples with the Katie and I fell in love all over again. Oh well, I guess I need them both!

  • Reply Jan Farring June 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

    GREAT to wake up to some “Katie”-did’s to “Ring” in this beautiful Summer morning. LOVE, LOVE these beautiful album dies – WOW – I’m totally blown away! Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to watch every video and view every website!!

  • Reply Elizabeth Holloway June 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I love seeing all the designs you made with Katie Label Accordion and the Ring Accordion. Both are so versatile that you can intertwine with another. Love it!

  • Reply Debbie Burton June 21, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I love all the new inspiration and your new to be release. What girl doesn’t like Rings? I know Katie does. 🙂

  • Reply Sharon Zeigler June 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

    It is always fun to see what you have designed that is new. I have already pre-ordered the Katie Label Accordion and the Ring Accordion along with all the other cuteness. I want to thank all the designers for the great inspiration!!

  • Reply Nina June 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

    What amazing cards and Katie Acordian albums. I especially like the cute dog album.

  • Reply Rosa M. Vasquez June 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Wonderful versatility! A look for every person or event! You have captured the brass Ring!

  • Reply Nancy Walker June 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

    As always, Karen, you have covered all possible angles to this video. Love the Katie Accordion album now. Can’t wait for the middle of July. Of course, I will also have to have the Ring album as well…

  • Reply Billie Dee Jelin June 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    What fun your designers must have had! I have to admit I have a thing for rings. Keep up the good work! I can’t wait to see your stuff at Scrappn Savvy!

  • Reply srobelotto June 21, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Katie is my favorite! They are all amazing.

  • Reply Theresa June 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

    KAREN!! I didn’t know you have twins. I have boy-girl twins, also – they are about to be 21. Life sure has been interesting, hasn’t it!?! Mine are Kyle and KATI

  • Reply Jackie June 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I love your Katie label tutorial! Thank you for sharing it. 🙂

  • Reply Karen Buchanan June 21, 2014 at 8:05 am

    What awesome inspiration! Great job everyone. I like the new Ring but my favorite is Katie! and the new critters are adorable!

  • Reply Joy Gainey June 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I Love them both the Ring & the Katie, you have made a lot of beautiful thing with them. I can’t wait to get them in July.

  • Reply Linda Elston June 21, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Love love love the designs of these dies and the Katie Label Accordion with the Oval Accordion look really Rings true a delight to be sure.

  • Reply Melanie June 21, 2014 at 7:53 am

    These accordion dies are so wonderful! I have already ordered my favorite, the Katie Label and you and the team have sold me on the Ring! Looking forward to July!

  • Reply amazeofmemoriesChristina Doré June 20, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Fabulous inspiration! The new Katie label accordion is probably my favourite but I love them all!

  • Reply Angela Styles June 19, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Really useful video and so many wonderful examples for inspiration!

  • Reply Joset van de Burgt June 18, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Wonderful projects. Absolutely stunning!

  • Reply Frances Byrne June 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I always look forward to designer challenge time and this month didn’t disappoint. Awesome video Karen and loved all the albums everyone created for the challenge

    • Reply Mary Ann Evans June 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Good onya, Frances..I look forward to your creations as well as the rest of the DT.

  • Reply Raquel Mason June 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome video Karen, thanks for showing how to repair a break in the clear pages. The Design Team hit it out of the park on this challenge! Great job by all.

    • Reply Janice W June 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Raquel, I always love what you do……you are a very creative and inventive teacher! I love your classes and your samples.

  • Reply Kelly Booth June 18, 2014 at 9:53 am

    AWESOME Video and Creation Karen….So Many amazing projects in this post!!!

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