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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Owl Lots of Pops 30th Birthday

This is a card that I made at my local cardmaking group. It's a cute pop-up card using a die to create the mechanism. It was pretty simple to make, although you do have to ensure that whatever you put on the pop-up will remain within the card when closed.

I needed a 30th birthday card for my 'little' brother (how did that happen?) and thought this would make a good "special card".

The die used to create this card is the new Lots of Pops die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts.

Firstly, the card blank and inner panel were created, with the inner panel being slightly smaller than the card blank. In this instance, the inner panel was created using a panel of paper from the First Edition Sweet Owl paper pad. To create the pop-up, place the die along the centre fold of the inner panel. Work the folds of the pop-up and then adhere to the card blank.

I decided that I would use the free owl stamp by Sugar Nellie that came with the July 2009 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. The image was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and coloured using Copic markers. Highlights were added using Ranger Glossy Accents. The image was then fussy cut.

The Copic markers used are:
E41, E43, E44, E49, YR14

In the set of dies there is also a post die and a couple of different banner dies. Two of each of these were die cut, the banners being cut from patterned papers from the Sweet Owl paper pad.

The two fishtail banners were stamped on he reverse of the patterned paper using the Whimsy Letters and Numbers stamp set by See D's using Memento Teal Zeal dye ink. The banners were then attached to a length of brown embroidery thread which was then tied and adhered to the two post die cuts and these were then in turn attached to the pop-up mechanism.

The longer fishtail ended banner was then stamped using the PSX Buttons Pixie alphabet stamps and the Teal Zeal ink. This was placed on the front pop-up, and the owl placed sitting on branches and leaves, die cut using the Sizzix Sizzlet Flowers and Branches die and the Joy! Crafts Branches die.

A strip of the brown circle paper from the Sweet Owl paper pad was matted onto the beige card and added across the inner panel. Ranger Crystal Stickles were added to the circle pattern on the patterned paper. The 'Have A Hoot...' sentiment, from the Woodware Owl stamp set, was then stamped using the Teal Zeal ink and die cut using the Nestabilities Classic Ovals die and matted onto a Labels Thirty-One shape.

Once the inside of the card was completed, the front of the card was created using the same owl stamped image and the branch and leaves die cuts. The owl image was adhered to panels of oval and Labels Thirty-One shapes.

The fishtail banner from the Sizzix Framelits Banners #2 set was die cut from the beige card. The matching stamp was stamped onto white card using a pale ink and fussy cut. The 'All of a Twitter' sentiment, also from the Woodware Owl stamp set, was stamped onto the reverse of the shape and matted onto the diecut shape.

All panels and diecuts were distressed using Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.

For an area to write the greeting, a large classic oval diecut was matted onto a Labels Thirty-One diecut with a few of the leaf diecuts and adhered to the reverse of the card. The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment, from the Kanban Farmyard Animal Wobblers stamp set, was created in the same way as the 'All of a Twitter' sentiment on the front of the card.

I'm rather pleased with this card, even if I do say so myself. I love the combination of the die cut elements and the stamped elements.

Here are the blog challenges I'd like to enter this card into:

A Creative Romance - Seeing Double
Brown Sugar - #86 - Anything Goes
Craftitude - #61 - Anything Goes
Crafts4Eternity - #168 - Anything Goes
Cut It Up - #41 - Anything Goes
Fairytale - #87 - An Old Stamp
Pattie's Creations - #88 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - #80 - A Little Birdie Told Me
Simply Create Too - #57 - Animals
Sister Act - #49 - Anything Goes
Stampin' For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls - #14 - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - #102 - Anything Goes
Copic Marker Europe - Birthday
Red Rubber Inspirationals - #112 - Colour In The Lines
Crafter's Café - #55 - Make A Square Card
Inklings and Yarns - #48 - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers - #139 - Masculine
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - #27 - Anything Goes
Oldie But A Goodie - Bunting (Owl Stamp)
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes 18/3-24/3
Aurora Wings - #1 - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Nature
Crafty Boots - Feathers
Fitztown - #27 - Anything Goes
Lexi's Creations - #112 - Punches and Dies
Shabby Tea Room - #210 - Anything Goes
Paper Nest Dolls - #6 - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - #63 - Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody - #39 - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Wings (Pink Team)
Penny Black and More - So Sweet
Pile It On - #11 - For A Guy
Sentimental Sundays - #198 - Cute and Cuddly
Cards Galore Encore - #3 - Use Stamp or Digi
Crafts & Me - #146 - Anything Goes
Flat Friends - #18 - Cards For Men
Just B Creative Crazy - Anything Goes


Ema M said...

That's too cute! Thanks for joining us at Fitztown Challenge Blog. We hope you'll join us again soon and good luck!
FCB DT Coordinator

Angela Treasures said...

Absolutely love your card, I love the bright colors you have used and absolutely love the image.Any boy would love this card!!!!!!!!!!! I also like how you have done in in 3D, how they stand out, would love to know how you have done this. Would love you to pay me a visit and join my blog, I have joined yours too. Thank you for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Remember you can enter 3 projects each month. I have a few tutorials and templates on my blog now if you would like to try one. Good Luck! Ange DT:)

sueo78 said...

Joining the blog hop! What a fabulous Owl card. My granddaughter is such an owl fan, she would love this. You have such a lovely blog and fabulous cards. Thank you for sharing.
Sue x

Lisette Baker said...

Fabulous card. Love the pop up design and that owl is soooo cute. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots challenges this time.

verybellemakes said...

So sweet!! Love the layout :)

Thank you for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge this week, hope to see you again soon.

Victoria DT

Kay Wallace said...
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Kay Wallace said...

An absolutely delightful card with definite masculine undertones! Great owl image perfectly paired with your sentiment! Please go back to the Stampotique site and add SDC139 after your name to qualify for the monthly gift certificate draw! Thanks for participating in the Stampotique Designers' Challenge!!

Judith Taylor - Wright said...

Hi hun great card love it and ty for sharing with us at Fantastic Tuesday very good luck J x

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh how adorable, Kathleen! Love the pop up and all of the fab details. Obviously a labor of love and your "baby" (LOL)brother will be thrilled. Thanks so much for joining our first challenge at Aurora Wings. xxD

Nikki said...

Oh I totally adore this!
I love all things owls...
On the hop over from DC x

Shirley said...

Such a cute card kathleen and the little Owl is so cute. I like the glossy accents for the hi-lights it makes the image stand out too.
Thank you for joining us at Penny Black and More and good luck in our prize draw.


Sue Bridesmith said...

Very Pretty Design, love all the texture..thank you so much for sharing with us over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday we would love you to join us again next week for another fab challenge...Good Luck
Suzy B~Owner~Fan~Tastic Tuesday

ALI said...

Gorgeous card, love all the detail.

Sparkly Engineer said...

What a super card. Your brother is going to love this. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us at Red Rubber Designs.

Mary Anne

Jackie Trinder said...

This is a fantastic card. I love the owl stamp. I really like owls. Just hopped over from Do-crafts. Happy crafting. Jackie

Del said...

What a gorgeous card. I love the 3D effect. Those owls are fabulous, great colouring. Thank you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge #3 Use A Stamp Or Digi Anywhere On Your Project and Good Luck! x

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our current challenge “Anything Goes” at Pattie’s Creations. What a cute image too! Thanks for joining us!
Pattie ♥
at Pattie's Creations Design Challenge!

Melissa @ M Miranda Creations said...

This is an incredible card from start to finish. The owl is absolutely adorable!!! Thank you for sharing it with us at Simply Create Too!

Hugs, Melissa said...

Kathleen what a gorgeous card love the image and colours you have used. I too like owls. Love Alison xxx

Drea Slee said...

Wow! This is so awesome!!I love the owl and everything you did here!! Too cute! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!
Drea DT host Inspirational #112

Sandi said...

Thanks for playing in our "Anything Goes!" Challenge #88!
Sandi ♥
DT Coordinator for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
and Pattie's shop
Home of Pattieboop and Allie!

~ginny said...

Kathleen, you did a great job on this pop up! I love seeing another kind of fold for a change. Your choice of papers fit beautifully and your fussy cutting and design in total is really well done. A fun card and yet successfully masculine!
Thank you for sharing your project & creativity with us!
DT for Aud Sentiments: [#102 "Any Thing Goes"]
RubberMAD (

Bianca said...

What a super lovely card! It´s inside and outside just perfekt! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

This is really cute. That's a great die - you can make lots of different cards from it. I love your owl card.

Thanks for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!

Dips said...

owl be danged, what an absolute super card, very lovely.

Dee's Craft Room said...

Fabulous pop-up card, thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


crafty-stamper said...

great pop-up card love the owl image and B.paper-just hopping
Carol x

Alizabethy said...

What a stunning card - the owls are so sweet!

Kay Wallace said...

WooHoo! Thanks for persisting, Kathleen! You are all set on the Stampotique site!! Good luck! Kay

Tonnie Deijkers said...

i like your pop up card thanks for joining us at sister act and brown sugar this week and good luck

Sherri said...

Just love this adorable little owl & the pop up card you made with him! This is a great 3D card and sure to please someone. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede!

Stacy said...

Cute Owl card, love the pop up feature on the inside :)

Anne Taylor said...

Lovely card. Inside it will be well received.just hopping by from docrafts x

Anonymous said...

great cards, owls are so popular at present :D

Simply Shaz said...

Lovely card :)
Thanks for joining in with us at the shabby tea room.
Shaz x

Elizabeth S said...

Fantastic card, love the little owl. Just hopping by.

Rachael Evans said...

So sweet I love it! Your little owl is adorable and the muted monochrome colour pallet are perfect. Thanks for sharing this with us at Sentimental Sundays! x

Michaela said...

Just owltastic! This card rocks! xx

Lorna said...

Gorgeous card Kathleen , love the design and the cute little owl

just hopped over from DC
Lorna xx

sandy's crafty bits said...

super little owl card kathleen and thank you for the detailed instructions ... well done ... just doing a bit of blog hopping ... hope you have a super week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

MissyG said...

Lovely card
Linda x

Lorraine said...

This is so adorable and I'm sure your baby brother's going to be absolutely thrilled with it. Thank you for sharing this cutie with us at Aurora Wings and we hope to see you again for our next challenge too.
Huge Hugz, Lorraine xx

Kaija said...

What a cute card here!
Thank you for participating Fitztown Challenge
Hugs Kaija DT-member

Jackie said...

Hope your brother likes his cute owl card!
Thank you for joining us at stampotique

Angela said...

What a superb card and thank you very much for posting how you made it. The owls look fabulous, really want to give a pop up card a go now x

Mirella Diaz-Kaleem said...

this is a really cute card!!!! your "little" brother is going to love it! love the pop-up on the inside, and the beautiful space you've made at the back of the card for the greeting! Thank you so much for joining us in our Cute and cuddly challenge at Sentimental Sundays ! Good Luck! a new challenge started today, Flowery Springtime, don't forget to check it out!
Mirella DK
DT Sentimental Sundays (Cute and Crafty Cards by Mirella)

sparklingblackrose said...

Really gorgeous Kathleen! Happy leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

Mollie said...

Super cute pop out card! Your owl is adorable and I really like the color scheme you used! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Cut It Up!

Mollie's Motif

Monica Taylor said...

What a great card. Perfect for our Anything Goes challenge over at Pattie's Creations. Thanks for playing along. Monica, DT

Emma Canning said...

This is amazing - I love the clever card design and the beautiful colouring :-) Thanks so much for joining us over at Flat Friends, have a lovely week, Em xx

Red Rubber Designs said...

Love the owl! Very neat card - thanks for playing along with us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

Liz's creative corner said...

Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous cute card with us at crafts and me, love the image, hugs Liz xx

Alycia said...

Love your card! Thanks so much for joining us at Pile It On. -Alycia

Clay - Scrap - Kreativ said...

Fab card. Thanks for joining us at Fairytale Challenge. Hugs, Susanne.

Chris said...

very cool, love the pop up! thanks for playing with us at SFTW.

Za ovinkom said...

Wow love owl and awesome design. Gorgeous card!Thank you for joining our Anything goes Challenge at The Paper Nest Dolls.
Jasmina DT PND

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Kathleen your pop up card is adorable.
Thanks for sharing with us at Lexis, Susan x

michele said...

Lovely card Kathleen! thanks for joining us at crafts 4 eternity this week hugs x

verybellemakes said...

Really cute card, love the little owl! Thanks for joining the Crafty Girls Challenge, hope to see you again soon.

Victoria DT

*Arwen* said...

Wonderful card!
Thanks for joining us at Stampotique DC :)

xx Arwen

Asha said...

How adorable is that owl! Thanks for joining our “Wings” challenge.… x
Asha - Eclectic Ellapu DT

susiestacey said...

Lovely card, wonderful shape.
Thank you for sharing with Penny Black & More @ Allsorts 'So Sweet' challenge and good luck x Susan x

caroline said...

great card thanks for joining us at craftitude, good luck
caroline dt

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