April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - The Great Outdoors

Welcome to the April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of The Great Outdoors and I think you'll be very inspired by their clever creations.

For my card and video, I'm showing a simple conversion of a pop stand design into a box pop-up design. This is going to be a handy little technique to use with all the pop stand designs, including the Cup, Eiffel Tower, Bathtub, Fence, Christmas Trees and Barn. As it says in the video, use 1" for the length of the joiner pieces, no matter which die is being converted. Choose the width of the joiner to match the width of the die's tabs. Watch the video here:

This last weekend I was in Dallas with Emma and the high school band on their spring trip. Over 200 kids went on the trip. Unfortunately heavy rains in the Dallas area closed Six Flags and then the rains hit Katy and produced dangerous flooding throughout the Houston area. A decision was made to skip our activity on Monday and get the kids home as soon as possible. It all worked out because we rolled into town during a lull in the storms. School has been canceled since Monday to allow the floodwaters to recede. Our neighborhood is surrounded by deep bayous, which filled up much higher than I've ever seen them, but still several feet below the banks. There was no flooding in our neighborhood. We count ourselves very lucky, as many have lost their homes and businesses and eight people lost their lives.

Because of the weather, I got a late start on my project, so I chose to make a simple design. I am in need of several "belated" cards for birthdays I missed in March, so this one will be perfect for that. The front of the card is a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock that I embossed with the Clouds embossing folder and sanded the edges of the clouds to turn them white. The "hay there" comes from the Hay There set and the banners are a sticker from my stash.

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Inside the card I used joiners to convert the tabs of the pop stand die into simple box pop-up platforms. The background is the Clouds embossing folder again, this time with light blue ink brayered inside the folder before embossing. The grass area is sponged with green ink. Snowball the Sheep is styled as a Suffolk, with a black head and legs. Suffolks, according to Wikipedia, make up 60% of the sheep population in the U.S. 

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Here's a side view showing how easily joiners can be used to convert the pop stand tabs into boxes.

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The stamp set for the greetings is the Homegrown Greetings set. I stamped the "I feel baaaad" greeting onto white cardstock and cut it out with a label die from the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I also cut a larger Katie Label from the leftover wood paper for a mat. The other greetings are stamped directly on the card.

If you'd like to make your own version of this card you'll find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft retailers worldwide or through these online links:


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The Designer Challenge Team always blows me away with their amazing creations. This month is no exception! For each of their Great Outdoors cards you can click on the name to go directly to that blog post, where you're likely to find supply lists, additional photos, explanations, etc. 

Frances Byrne starts us off with this amazing adaptation of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die used to raise up a circle. She decorated the circle in a western theme using the Western Edges and used the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps for the greeting. The colors are so rustic and warm. Fabulous!

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Raquel Mason created this cozy little home using the House Pivot Card. I really love her styling on the All Seasons Tree with the dimensional foliage. She also took advantage of the built-in emboss feature on the house to add the brick pattern. I'll be right over!

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Karen Aicken shows just how perfectly Pop it Ups dies can be used with patterned papers. She used cut-outs from the paper on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to create the interactive card. The Palm Tree, embossed to shiny perfection, completes the scene. Nautical and nice!

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Kelly Booth really should have a middle name of "color"! She has such a way of combining colors - it's magical! Check out this fun outdoor scene featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and Poppy the Owl. I love how Kelly used balloon strings from Props 2 as flower stems. Gorgeous!

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Sandy Diller made this crab-ulous card featuring the Adirondack Chair, Palm Tree & Pail, Rocky the Crab and Beach Edges. I particularly love her layering of the spotted palm fronds and the shell from Rocky inside the pail. This makes me want a beach vacation!

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Caz Counsell thought "outside" the card (see what I did there?) and created a photo canvas. She featured a handsome photo of her son and used the All Seasons Tree to decorate the canvas. What a wonderful way to showcase a photo! 

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Summer Hills-Painter created a beach shack out of the House Pivot Card. I love the thatched roof! She used the Rectangle Pull Card, adding in the Palm Tree and the sun from the Oval Pull Card. This is such a serene beachy scene. I want to step right into this card!

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Shelly Hickox was inspired by a card Karen Aicken made using a photorealistic scene with a pop-up cut into it. Shelly created her own backdrop by taking a photo of her garden and then cutting the Adirondack chair into the photo. She printed a second photo to fussy cut elements, like stones, and layer them over the original, creating very cool dimension. This is a fabulous technique that has so many possibilities!

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Fran Sabad was inspired by a pretty Garden Bench card made by Kittie C. a couple of years ago to create her own version. It turned out so soft and pretty! I love the delicate flowers on the All Seasons Tree and the brightly colored bird perched on the bench. Beautiful!

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Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers for her cards. This beauty features the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Pull Card Edges and What's Up? clear stamps. I love the way Frances layered the Pull Card Edges and used them to frame the greeting circle. Beautiful!

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Karen Aicken wins the prize for the cutest card ever with this adorable picnic scene. Baker the Beaver looks so cute with his watermelon, big shades and hot dog. Karen used the Adirondack Chair and the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil inside the card. Cute! Cute! Cute!

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Kelly Color Booth created a beautiful background for this House Pivot Card. The Lorna labels provide a handy assist for the greetings and she also used the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil to add the sun. This card is so bright and sunny!

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Sandy Diller mentions that when hot air balloons fly over her home in Arizona their bright colors seem to give them a glow of being lit from within. She recreated that feel with this beautiful card, featuring the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Western Edges. I love the stamped balloon in the background, seeming far away in the distance. Stunning!

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Caz Counsell styled the Spiral Circle Pull Card just perfectly to resemble a tree on the left side. The All Seasons Tree is used as a branch and Caz cleverly cut the eggs from the Props 7 set to style as leaves for the tree. Brilliant! Poppy the Owl looks lovely cut from Through the Lens paper, and the Clouds Embossing Folder creates the sky. Wonderful!

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Fran Sabad chose bright primary colors for this bold and breezy Hot Air Balloon card. What a nifty background with the pattern on the left and the solid on the right. So unique! If you click to Fran's blog post you'll see an equally impressive card front, featuring a rainbow. Love it!

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How's that for fifteen amazing cards?! I hope you've enjoyed the wonderful Great Outdoors inspiration by the team. Join us for next month's Designer Challenge on May 18, 2016. The theme for May is "Stage it Stencils" and in addition to the six available-now stencils, we will be featuring the six newest designs! You don't want to miss it!

Happy Crafting,

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Crabby 'til my Coffee - Kelly's birthday card

My dear friend Kelly Booth came for a visit this week. We've had so much fun! On Wednesday I took her to Brazos Bend State Park to see some alligators. It was a little too cold for them to be sunning themselves all over the paths like normal, but we did see some big ones in the water, plus 31 babies on the bank.

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On Thursday it was cold, rainy and windy, so we spent all day in the studio. Kelly made an adorable cupcake & coffee card and we filmed it for a video! Check it out on Kelly's blog here: Cupcake & Coffee Card & Video. I was pleased to discover that Kelly and I have the exact same style of messy-table crafting! Ha.

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Today it was my turn to make something. I wanted to create a coffee-themed card for Kelly's recent birthday that I could also use for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, that ends today. Here's that I came up with. The saying is computer generated and I saw a plaque with this saying in a beach gift shop and thought it would be perfect for Rocky the Crab and the coffee items.

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The pop-up die is the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and I also used the Coffee Stage it Stencil and the Coffee Bean Embossing Folder. The little beans in the woven basket are fussy-cut from an embossed piece of brown cardstock and then glued in the basket.

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For Rocky I wanted the coffee cup to be out further from his body so I chopped off his left arm and used another right arm. The woven basket is from Props 7 with the handle chopped off. The coffee cup is one of the charms that comes with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set and I chopped off the hang hole from the top. I didn't use the frame that comes with the die and used it just for the mechanism to animate Rocky. Here is a side view, showing how the card works. 

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The heart charm also comes included with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set. The paper is an older piece of Basic Grey paper from my stash. Learn how to assemble the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set by watching this video:

 

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Stage it Stencils - Watch and Win!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a great giveaway this week. You may win all 6 of the Stage it Stencils by simply leaving a comment on the introductory YouTube video. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Page on Friday, March 25, 2016. 

For convenience, I'm embedding the video with a player here on the blog post, but to leave a comment on the video itself (to be entered into the drawing) you'll need to click to watch the video on YouTube and leave your comment under the video itself: Pop it Ups Introducing Stage it Stencils

 

S001S-001 Coffee Stencil - This stencil was designed to coordinate perfectly with the Cup Pop Stand die set. The coffee bean pattern is easily repeatable in all four directions for bean patterns of any size, and the flourishes are sized to fit both across the cup and around the saucer to create a china pattern. For the sample card shown, I used a dark brown ink sponged through the stencil for the bean background. I then used white texture paste through the straight line of flourishes for the cup itself, and translucent texture paste for the semi-circle flourishes for the saucer. Once the paste dried, I used a blending tool with some light tan ink over the saucer to highlight the pattern.

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S004 - Paisley Stencil - I wanted to design some generic all-over pattern stencils for doing card fronts and backgrounds behind (and on) the pop-ups. Paisley is a great generic pattern but can also have a real western flair. This card front uses translucent texture paste through the stencil onto a pink piece of cardstock and then, once dry, I used a dark red ink with a blending tool over the entire background. I used the Western Edges die set to add horses and barbed wire and then added ribbon and a metal horseshoe charm I found in my stash. Glitter lines create the perimeter border.
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S006 - Swirly Flourish Stencil - Here's another all-over pattern that I felt would work great for elegant cards, whimsical designs or even to resemble frosting when used with the Cake and Props 8 die sets. Another great way to use stencils is to emboss their pattern into cardstock. Simply set up your machine with an embossing sandwich (the same sandwich you would use for embossing a wafer thin die) and use the stencil instead of a die for embossing. For this tag, I used a core cardstock, which means it was gray on the front, but white inside. After embossing the Swirly Flourish stencil into the cardstock I sanded the top of the cardstock, which revealed the white core on all the flourishes. I also embossed some glossy white cardstock for the heart.

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S003S003 Medallion Stencil - if you've followed me for years then you may recognize this medallion. It's one that I drew for a Sizzlits set in my second year at Sizzix. (long since discontinued) I've always liked this medallion and was thrilled to have a reason to bring it back - slightly modified to work as a stencil. I envisioned this stencil being used for elegant, regal, artsy and masculine looks. It would work well for travel, graduation, wedding or perhaps even sympathy in the right colors. For this tag I used translucent paste through the stencil, let it dry, and then added the various colors afterward, creating a resist appearance for the background.Adventure_Awaits_Tag_KB

 

S002S002 Flower Stencil - this is a very popular stencil because of the versatility of an all-over tight flower pattern. On the tag below I used two different colors of sparkle glitter paste through the stencil. This is a pattern that repeats easily by moving the stencil and lining up the flowers to continue on. This flower also resembles jacks (the child's toy with the ball) and would work well for floral designs, but also for fun vibrant kid cards.

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S005 Partly Cloudy Stencil - this one is so useful for filling in sky scenes. You've got several sizes of fluffy clouds on top and four flat-bottomed clouds at the bottom. You've also got a sun and a flock of flying birds. I used this stencil on this Oval Pull Card by tinting white texture paste with blue paint for the clouds that would be added to pieces of white cardstock, and by using white texture paste for the clouds on the blue cardstock. 
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The Design Team has been loving the stencils and based on the strong response we will definitely be adding new designs in the future. (So buy a big storage ring! Ha!) 

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold worldwide at independent craft stores or you can also purchase online. Here are some direct links: 


Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Super Sponsor

image from coffeelovingcardmakers.comHead on over to Coffee Loving Card Makers blog to join in the fun this week of the Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop. I am a Super Sponsor of the hop and donated a prize of these four coffee-related Pop it Ups products: Cup Pop Stand wafer thin die set (creates a pop-up coffee cup OR use the pieces on flat cards), Coffee Stencil, Coffee Bean Embossing Folder and Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps.

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Here's a video from CHA with a demo of the Cup Pop Stand die set 

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March 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Pull it!

Welcome to this month's Designer Challenge where we are taking on a theme called Pull it! I challenged the team to create a card using any of the three Pull Card dies OR the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set. 

For my card and video I decided to make a Pop Post video. Pop Post cards are made very specifically for someone in my life and this month I chose my niece Hannah, who recently celebrated her 16th birthday. Hannah is very musical and also really loves corny puns. See how I used the Oval Pull Card to animate a musical pun in this video. The techniques in the video (embossing using a stencil, an Oval Pull Card with window/clear slider/ double reveal area) can be adapted for cards of any theme. 

 

In the closed position the card measures 5" wide by 6" tall, so it will fit easily int an A7 (5x7) envelope and mail for a single stamp. The slider arm is cut from recycled blister packaging, making it clear and durable. The musical rest is attached to the end of the slider arm. 

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When the card is opened, the "Stop" flips over and out of the way, revealing the rest of the pun, which slides across the card, revealing a cupcake decoration. The musical rest also slides across the card until it's over Baker the Beaver's head.

KarenBOPCOpenFor the greeting, I knew that Hannah would appreciate the notes for "happy birthday to you" in place of the words. I used a white gel pen and a ruler to draw the staff and then drew in the notes. The back of the card is where we will write our personal note and sign the card.

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Want to give this card a try? Check with your independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs products. You also have the option to purchase online. Here are some links:


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The Designer Challenge Team created wonderful inspiration for the dies that pull. If you're new to our challenges, let me mention that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.

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#916 Spiral Circle Pull Card Inspiration

 

 

Kelly Booth starts us off with this adorable birthday card with a St. Patrick's day theme. She used the Pull Card Edges die to cut the flower paper (made with the Flower Stencil) to fit the card. There are so many fun details to this card.

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Karen Aicken made a very fun gatefold double using the Spiral Circle Pull Card. She keeps the card closed with a belly band and decorated with her (signature) Ring Frame Edges 1 as banners, and the Cake Pop-up used flat inside the card. 

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Raquel Mason provides some great masculine inspiration with this Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Clock and Gears and Props 1 die sets. She also incorporated the new Through the Lens papers by Els van de Burgt. 

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#974 Rectangle Pull Card Inspiration

 

 

Fran Sabad made this gorgeous tulip Rectangle Pull Card and incorporated the lacy Paris Edges for an extra feminine touch. Her coloring on the stamped image is perfection!

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Caz Counsell created a larger card for this spring-like card featuring a window cut into the Rectangle Pull Card, gorgeous colors, and plenty of butterflies. The What's Up? clear stamps create the greeting. 

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Raquel Mason used this month's challenge to create a fun boy birthday card for her son's friend. Using the spinner die (included with the Rectangle Pull Card) she was able to spin up a star with the birthday boy's age. Love these colors!

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Summer Hills-Painter made a gorgeous Easter card with a fun technique where she created a gatefold card. For the left panel, she created a window and through it you can view the closed Pull Card (right panel). This is a fabulous combination of folds and look for this as an upcoming tutorial by Summer.

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Shelly Hickox is amazing in how she can craft a scene using fussy cut images from detailed papers, like Graphic 45. This beauty uses the slot and slider to pull across the Hot Air Balloon. The What's Up? clear stamps fit the theme perfectly.

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Kelly Booth normally creates her own patterned paper with background stamps and/or stencils, but challenged herself this month to work with patterned paper. Clearly she is a natural! This fun birthday card features a gorgeous plaid paper and very fun versions of Jinks the Monkey.

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Sandy Diller used the Oval Pull Card to make a birthday card with a huge balloon bouquet and Lucky the Rabbit attached to the slider arm so they move as the card opens. The interior greeting is revealed as Lucky slides across the card. So spectacular!

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Caz Counsell provides some masculine inspiration with this oversized Oval Pull Card with manly colors and textures. The Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder is used on this card as well as Happy Birthday and the decorator pieces from the Cake pop-up. Els' Through the Lens patterned cardstock works so well for masculine cards.

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Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers to match her themes. This gatefold double Oval Pull Card has a nautical theme and the waves in the pattern are perfect. She added dies from Joset and Els and used the Pull Card Edges for the scallops. What a great Father's Day card!

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Sandy Diller got very clever with this adaptation of the Oval Pull Card. She turned it into a vertical pull and used two slots/sliders to pull up a gaggle of Hot Air Balloons, revealing the greeting. Absolutely amazing!

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1104 Hanging Charm Pull Tab Inspiration

 

 

Kelly Booth made this fun birthday card by combining the Hanging Charm Pull TAb die set with the Hot Air Balloon. I love how her greeting cloud is also animated.

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Karen Aicken also used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die to animate a solid object, making this beautiful Easter card that also includes the woven basket from Props 7. This is so pretty!

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Fran Sabad chose a great combination of colors and patterns to make a Hanging Charm Pull Tab card using the included coffee cup charm. She added a heart to the cup's sleeve for a great look. I love how she created the two-part greeting with the Coffee & Tea clear stamps.

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Frances Byrne finishes out the challenge with this fun Easter card featuring Lucky the Rabbit on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. What a great idea to use a clip die to extend the pull tab for easy operation. She also used dies from Joset and Suzanne on this adorable card.

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Thanks for joining us for this month's challenge and I hope you feel inspired by all these ideas to make cards that pull!

Happy Crafting,

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John's Birthday Scramble

So there's something you may already know about me . . . shocker . . .I'm a deadline girl!

Give me a deadline and I'll meet it - usually by the skin of my teeth, but I'll meet it.

Don't give me a deadline and I'll advance 50 levels in Candy Crush and watch a bunch of HGTV. 

One time I mentioned to John that it doesn't help my cause that I often produce my best work under crushing deadlines, thus giving me no penalty for my deplorable lack of time management skills. He replied that I may simply be unable to work ahead, that it is the deadline itself  that unlocks my creativity. 

Uh oh.

He may be right.

Wise beyond his years, that guy.

Or maybe wise FOR his years, since he's been getting pretty old of late.

His birthday was yesterday, a Wednesday, and I was right proud of myself for figuring out what to get him during our bike ride last Saturday, when his Fitbit watch was out of battery (AGAIN!) so he was unable to track his exercise. We got Karl an Apple Watch for his birthday last summer and at the time John mentioned that he might like one, too. He doesn't buy himself technology, though. He still has an iPhone 5, despite daily e-mails from Verizon begging and incentivizing him to upgrade. I considered upgrading his phone, but I wasn't sure what he would like, so instead I decided to get him the Apple Watch. I ordered it from Apple on Monday and with free 2-day shipping it was set to arrive on his birthday and all would be well.

Except . . . it was "out for delivery" ALL.FREAKING.DAY!!! And you have to sign for it, so there was no leaving the house to go pick up the cupcakes or drop off a package at the post office that HAD to go out yesterday.

Oh, and I had a deadline for work, too, so I had to finish that up before I could even think about making a birthday card.

I couldn't even take a shower until the kids arrived home from school, for fear that I would miss the doorbell. When the kids got home from school I was able to leave the front door attending to them and run the errands, but still the UPS truck didn't come.

John left work early and called me to say he was only a half hour away.

Emma and I looked at each other in horror, realizing that we had NOTHING for him. No card, no present. OK, yes, we had cupcakes, but nothing else.

So we sprang into action. We found some pieces and parts of pop-up Cake cards left from CHA Make 'n Takes and built the basic structure of the card. Emma colored the greeting and cut the decorator pieces for the cake. 

"Can you cut out a Liverpool bird for the top of the cake?" she asked me. Sheesh! Of course she would have that very sweet but time-consuming personalization idea.

So I found an image online, traced it SUPER QUICK, shrunk it and cut it out on my e-cutter. Whew! Inside of the card done.

For the front of the card I had an idea to make an Apple Watch for one of the Characters. I used the little apple from Props 7 and styled it like the Apple logo on a small piece of black cardstock. We found an assembled Jinks the monkey, stole a cupcake from an assembled Baker the Beaver, and Emma cut out a party hat from Props 2. 

Unfortunately John arrived home before we had quite finished the card, so we had to claim that we were working on Emma's Government homework in my office and needed absolute privacy.

"I think he's onto us" I said to Emma when we returned to my office.

"Because you're a terrible liar!" she replied.

We also had to admit to John that we couldn't go to dinner yet as we were waiting on the UPS truck and that it was now highly probable that it was not coming. He didn't mind.

But we spoke too soon, because I heard the truck just after 6 pm and was standing on the front stoop jumping and giggling when the driver walked up with the package.

Emma wrapped the present while I decorated an envelope and took some quick photos of the card. Despite the scramble, we somehow managed to leave for dinner NOT empty-handed!

Once again, saved by a crushing deadline!

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John chose a local Italian restaurant, Hasta la Pasta, for his birthday meal.

I should note that it's been raining, non-stop, for two days now. And if you don't believe me, just check out the curly locks on these three! Emma says she's tired of trying to tame her hair and is just embracing the curls. 

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I, on the other hand, as evidenced by this blurry selfie, have stick-straight hair that will not hold curl, even if I were to get a perm, as I tried many times in my teenage years. People say that Emma looks like John and that Karl looks like me, which I think is mostly true, but Karl definitely got John's curls!

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I hid the gift in my purse because we knew that John would recognize the box shape, especially since he knew that it was delivered by UPS and that I had to sign for it. He's no dummy, despite his advanced age. Heh.

Sure enough, as soon as we gave it to him he said "Hey! I recognize this box from YOUR birthday, Karl!" He also commented that he and President Obama now have the same watch. (Which he knows from watching "Comedians in Cars getting Coffee", mind you!) 

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Everyone was stuffed from dinner so we decided not to go for the cupcakes when we got home. Well, everyone except Karl, naturally.

"I'm just going to make mine into a cupcake sandwich and eat half of it" he declared.

"What's a cupcake sandwich?" asked John.

"It's when you cut the cake part in half and move the bottom to the top so the frosting's in the middle," answered Karl, while demonstrating. "Ymfou gmet frmosrming in emvery bite!" (You get frosting in every bite)

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"Wow!" said John, laughing and impressed, "Did you invent that?"

"Nope. Life hacks." 

Ha! Good times.

Happy Birthday, John!

 


Feb 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Glitter!

Welcome to this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge with a theme of: GLITTER! 

For my card I did not spare any glitter! I used the new Flower stencil to create an ombre effect with three colors of pink glitter, then carefully removed the stencil from the adhesive and "grouted" the remaining adhesive with Warm Diamond glitter. I did this technique three times to get a panel for the front of the card and for the background inside the card and, as you'll see on the video, I had no trouble removing the stencil by giving it slow even pressure while simultaneously holding down the sticky parts with a backing sheet from the adhesive.

However, some of the Designer Challenge team reported mixed results when using stencils for two-tone glitter. It seemed to depend on the cardstock and/or the "open-ness" of the stencil as to whether the stencil would release from the adhesive or cling so tight that the cardstock would peel/separate as they attempted to remove the stencil. Both Fran and Frances mentioned that coating the stencil with watermark ink like Versamark before laying it down into the adhesive can help it release from the adhesive easier. I've also had great success loosening the ECD adhesive by breathing warm air onto it while carefully pulling.

The white cardstock I used in the video is Hammermill 80 lb. Color Copy Digital Cover. It's a smooth white cardstock (Amazon link below if you need it) and I had no trouble with it peeling or separating as I removed the stencil. It probably also helped that I was using the Flower Stencil, which is a tight, even pattern stencil. So my advice would be to try the Versamark trick and/or use the same cardstock/stencil that I used in the video to ensure success with this technique.

OK, with disclaimers in place, here is the video!

 

Here are photos of the card and the details. It's an A2-sized card, but the brad and ribbon bow on the front will make it too bulky for a single-stamp. If you plan to make a similar card and want the most economical postage, change the front design to something completely flat.

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Speaking of the front design, I am a big fan of not doubling my work with pop-up cards. Let's face it, they're going to display these cards propped open. For that reason I always start by designing the interior of the card and then create some sort of "simple lead-in" for the front, carrying in the same colors/themes. For this card it was very simple - just a glittered panel with ribbons to look like it's a wrapped present, and a bow held on with a (very old, stash item) decorative brad. For the interior greeting I used the Just a Note clear stamps with the decorator dies (ovals, corner flourish) from the Oval Landscape Accordion. 

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The three supports at the top of the Cake Pop Up are particularly fun because the two outside ones pop-up at an angle, creating festive movement to the candles/strawberries (both included with the set) as the card is opened and closed. The cake stand is cut from a metallic silver paper.

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This side view shows the construction of the cake - it's really just a series of stacked boxes. I'm looking forward to people getting creative with turning it into other things. 

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If you're interested in giving this card a go, check your local independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies. If not, how about asking them to? It's so important to support our local stores so we continue to have local stores! However, I also recognize that there are lots of places in the world without access to a nearby independent craft store, so you will also find the supplies online and here are some links:

 


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The Designer Challenge Team slayed the challenge this month. So much inspiration! So much sparkle! Remember that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.

Karen Aicken starts us off with this amazing Anniversary card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab with two fun modifications - an extended tab for pulling and a doubled charm that expands when it hangs. She used an oversized card for space to add Rocky the Crab and the Palm Tree, both glittered to perfection. Absolutely fabulous!

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Kelly Booth REALLY loves coffee, so if you're the lucky recipient of this card you know that you are truly special! Notice the cute glittered monkeys (Jinks) with their tails creating a heart! Adorable. They're hanging out in the Cup Pop Stand, decorated beautifully with the Flower Stage-it Stencil. I love this card more than coffee!

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Caz Counsell made this extremely clever "changing title" card where the "Be" becomes "Beaver" as the card opens. Inside this sweet Valentine is Baker the Beaver, holding a glittered heart. Baker sports rosy cheeks and an embossed waffled tail. Adorable!

CC_beaver challengeFrances Byrne made this delightful Happy Chinese New Year card celebrating the "Year of the Monkey" - a fact that I didn't realize when I was designing Jinks, but a very fortunate coincidence! The Katie Label Pivot Card (one of Frances's "go to" dies) is perfect for any theme and I love her addition of the Paris Edges, plus the different poses of the glittery monkeys.

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Sandy Diller also celebrated the Year of the Monkey with this fun display piece made with the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges. She found some wooden numbers and covered them with glitter for a fabulous sparkle. She also styled Jinks as two different types of monkey. Really clever and cool!

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Fran Sabad used glitter to make shimmery sand as a backdrop to a very cool Rocky the Crab, sporting the Santa glasses from Props 5 turned into shades. Open this Oval Pull Card and Rocky has lifted his shades. The sun flies into the sky attached to the Spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card set. Super adorable card! 

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Selma Stevenson is guest designing for this month's challenge and made this fabulous tag/card. The bottom half of the tag lifts up to reveal the pop-up greeting. How very clever! Dutch the Fox is done in glitter for the front of the tag. Love it! We hope that Selma can join us for more challenges this year and if you're not familiar with her work, be sure to click her name and bookmark her blog. Her cards are exquisite!

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Raquel Mason went to the wild west with this fun glittered Cocoa the Horse card. She used the Rectangle Pull Card, Pull Card and Western Edges and decorated with the Paisley Stage it Stencil and Cocoa Western clear stamps. These are such fun colors. Yee haw!

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Kelly Booth had coffee on the brain when she created this delicious homage to her favorite beverage. The Cup Pop Stand works perfectly with Joset's Cupcake die to add foam. Kelly did a beans and glitter grout technique on the inside cup and used the Paisley Stencil on the front cup. Really lovely!

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Frances Byrne was also thinking java with this beauty, featuring a fun blue/brown color scheme and lots of stencil work. The Coffee Stencil creates both the beans and the flourish pattern on the rim of the saucer. Frances used the Swirly Flourish stencil on the cup and embellished with the Pull Card Edges. A gorgeous script word from Suzanne Cannon's collection finishes off this elegant card.

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Caz Counsell made this romantic card featuring the Medallion stencil with glittered paste for a textured sparkly backdrop and then added the Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. So pretty! Pop it Ups products can be used in so many ways, so don't feel limited to just interactive cards.CC_bonjourSandy Diller made this absolutely delightful Animal Party Block (a daytime pet Rave, she says!) using various Character and Props die sets. This is such a cute display piece and so, so creative! Makes me smile.SD_ animal party

Summer Hills-Painter made this brilliant pop-up scene by using the Pop Stand die from the Christmas Trees set to animate her two glittered Palm Trees. A vine suspended between the trees holds up Jinks the Monkey, just hanging out! She also used the Bananas embossing folder (come on . . . you know you need it!) Flourish Gift Frame, two clear stamp sets and the Pull Card Edges. Definitely high on the list of my favorite Summer makes!

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Shelly Hickox had been requesting a Pop it Ups Hot Air Balloon die set for some time and I was happy to be able to add one to the collection and especially when I see what she had in mind! This sweet Valentine is made with the Rectangle Accordion and Shelly added an expanding balloon on the first page. A Katie Label and the heart charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab sets create the decoration for Page 2. Shellypiece!

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Karen Aicken has been rocking her new favorite die - the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. In this creation she used the HCPT as the "gate" with the fence around it, then pulls it up to reveal a hidden greeting. Virgil, Cheepers and Snowball hang out in this barnyard full of love. Great idea on the red shadow layers to really bring home the "love" feel.

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Fran Sabad really thought of the details when she made this glittery goodness of an Easter-themed Fancy Accordion. The Frame Edges are glittered, along with the Easter Eggs, but also check out the paint splatters, made with candle flames and strawberry leaves from the Cake Pop Up, plus the paintbrush, made by shortening the Props 8 spatula. So many amazing details in this card.

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Kelly Booth created four cards for this month's challenge! She's a huge fan of glitter and it shows in her beautiful creations. These last two feature the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and the two-tone glitter technique like in the video but using the Paisley stencil. I particularly like how she inlaid the greeting on the green/teal version and extended the pull tab, cutting it into a decorative shape with the Agatha Edges. Also a great idea to mix in butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set.

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Well? Are you on inspiration overload? So many sparkly glittery ideas! Which will you try first?

For this month's giveaway it's a great one - Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a giveaway of all the ECD products from the video! One lucky winner will win this:

Feb2016WinThisHow do you enter? Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us which Pop it Ups product is on your wish list. (ANY Pop it Ups product - not limited to the ones in the prize pack) You have until Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5 pm CST to leave your comment. The winner will be chosen by random draw and contacted for an address by e-mail.

Good luck, and Happy Crafting!

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Winner! January Secret Word Giveaway

Congratulations to Linda Shepard for her number coming up by random draw in the January Secret Word Giveaway.

In honor of the NEW products, the Secret Word was "new" and Linda won her choice of (1) new die, (1) clear stamp set, (1) embossing folder and (1) stencil. 

Here are the four products that Linda chose: 

 
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In just one week I'll be posting the February Designer Challenge, with a theme of GLITTER! Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a great Pop it Ups giveaway for this month's challenge, so stay tuned for that!

Happy Crafting!

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Pop Post Video: Spiral Circle Pull Card for Kelly

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Happy Monday!

Today I'm posting the first in a new video series called Pop Post.  I will choose someone in my life who has a milestone or occasion or just to say hello and I will make that person a customized interactive card . . . and actually mail it!

Now you may be thinking "Don't you do this all the time?" and the answer is . . . "Nope."

How sad is that?

I'm a card maker and I send very few cards! I spend a lot of time telling my students that there is so much joy in the making and sending of interactive cards, but I am not practicing what I preach. Nearly all of my cards in recent years end up being used for business - displayed in a booth, used for packaging, placed in my travel kit for display, given to a rep or retailer, used for a class, demo or make 'n take - I have even been known to write the personal greeting on cards for John on a Post-it note! (So he can view the card, feel loved, keep the Post-it, and give the card back to me for my travel kit)

I know!

It really is shameful. I'm pretty much a lousy pen pal.

So I'm turning over a new leaf and I'm inviting you along for the ride. Pop Post videos are real cards for real people, personalized, customized and MAILED! 

This first video is a card for my friend Kelly Booth, who accompanied me to CHA and completely spoiled me. She was so helpful to all of us in the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth and made more than her fair share of coffee runs! Watch the video to learn more about Kelly and to learn how I made her customized card:

The concept here is that when the Spiral Circle Pull Card is closed, the spiral joins together and you see the coffee cup.

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Open the card and the spiral opens up, revealing a new coffee cup inside the card, with Kelly's puppy, Sassi, perched inside. My goal for Kelly's card was to incorporate her love of Coffee, Sassi, her favorite color (Teal), and Owls. I couldn't quite figure out where an owl would work on the card, so I added Poppy the Owl to the back of the envelope, and stamped an older Texana Designs rubber stamp that reads "Owl meet you in Texas". (Kelly is coming for a visit next month - whoo hoo!)

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The card mailed for a single stamp and arrived in just a couple of days. Poppy made it unscathed on the back of the envelope (lots of glue) and Kelly really appreciated the card.

I have so many ideas swirling for the cards I plan to make for the other members of my Design Team, plus friends and family - this is going to be so much fun, and I hope that you'll enjoy these Pop Post videos focused on the "real" side of card making. There's no set schedule for Pop Posts - just whenever I can fit them in.

Happy Crafting,

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If you are interested in making a similar card you can shop for Elizabeth Craft Designs products at your local independent craft store (highly, highly encouraged!) but if you are sadly without a local store, here are some online shopping links:


Video demo from CHA: Pop it Ups Cup Pop Stand die set

Anna, a graphic artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs, shot some demos of each of the artists while at CHA. Mine was a demo of the new Cup Pop Stand die set. 

 

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The cup will work well for both pop-up cards (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Character, etc.) but also for flat cards and tags. It's a very versatile die set and if you like Coffee, definitely check out some of the companion products - the Coffee Stencil, Coffee Bean Embossing Folder and Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps.

These products are available in your local independent craft store. If you are sadly without a local store, you can also buy online. Here are some links: