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: 


Emma's a future Aggie!

It took Emma a while to decide what she wanted to study in college. John and I (naturally) thought she'd make an excellent engineer, but she was not convinced. Then she took an AP Statistics course and loved it. She aced the course and scored a 5 on the AP Exam. She asked her teacher if there were any careers in Statistics and was delighted to hear that it was actually a sought-after field, highly employable. She also loves research, especially the study of people, so she's hoping to combine those interests into a career as a research statistician.

We started researching universities with Statistics majors and discovered that it was a Masters level degree at most institutions. The University of Washington offers a Bachelors degree in Statistics so we went out and toured the campus last year, but while Emma loved it, the finances and geography made it an impractical choice, especially with so many great schools in Texas. As we explained, her college fund could be stretched to cover part of grad school with in-state tuition, but would be depleted much faster with out-of-state tuition.

John came across an article about Texas A&M possibly starting a Statistics undergraduate program in the Fall of 2016. After talking to the head of the department it seemed extremely likely to be added, so Emma put all of her energies into getting accepted to A&M. She retook her SAT's and increased her score. She wrote three amazing essays. Then we went on a prospective student tour and left feeling a little discouraged. By State law, Texas public universities are required to admit all applicants from the top 10% of their graduating class from accredited Texas high schools. The top 10% makes up the bulk of incoming freshman at A&M. While Emma has a good GPA, she attends a huge and very high-performing high school. The top 10% in her school all have GPA's of 4.3 or higher. (I know!) With Emma's rank, she had to apply for one of the "review" spots, which only encompass 13% of the incoming freshman and includes the out-of-state applicants as well. Even worse, they don't consider major choices when deciding who to admit. So even though Emma does not intend to study engineering, business or architecture (the 3 most sought-after majors at A&M) it wouldn't increase her odds for acceptance. We started to consider "Plan B's" and hoped that if she wasn't admitted straight in, that A&M would offer her an alternative for her Freshman year - either Blinn team (the local junior college) or one of their other campuses. 

Yesterday she got the best possible news . . . admitted straight in, and with her first-choice major! WHOO HOO! Way to go, Em!

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I'm fairly sure I'm going to be a blubbering mess when I drop her off in College Station next fall. Karl will be staying home for another year to work on some additional computer certifications and take some community college courses, so at least I'm not sending them both off at the same time. Still, I look at the photos of Emma and all I can see is this:

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Love you, baby girl! Congratulations!


Bonjour Coffee - Hanging Charm Pull Tab Card

Today I had a chance to make a card using a lot of the new Pop it Ups products. I wanted to combine new products with existing products to show how well Pop it Ups builds on itself to make a cohesive and versatile collection.

This is the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set. I assembled it with the pull tab pulling from the front and eliminated the frame to use the "tent" to animate the Cup Pop Stand and Eiffel Tower dies instead. The HCPT die has a lot of variations, making it a great all-purpose interactive die.

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To create the texture on the cup I sponged watermark ink through the Swirly Flourish Stencil and then embossed with light blue embossing powder. I lined up the stencil over the pattern again and then placed the Flower Stencil over the top and sponged dark brown ink through the flowers and onto the flourishes. I embossed with a shimmer embossing powder. The blue-green ink was applied with a brayer and the white detailing with a paint pen. For the Eiffel Tower I cut a piece of cardstock and added Double Sided Adhesive so it was sticky on top. I die cut a bunch of brown coffee beans and placed them into the adhesive, then dumped Chocolate glitter over the piece to "grout" the beans. Finally I cut the Eiffel Tower through the piece and embellished with glitter lines.

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When I cut the card base piece of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab I stopped the cutting pad short so I could extend the length and cut it with the Paris Edges instead. I embossed the spoon in silver powder.

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I stapled the cord to the end of the pull tab to make it easy to pull. The spoon covers the staples. Since the tab now pulls to the front I was able to use it for the greeting, which is made by stamping the "Bonjour" from the Just a Note clear stamp set and the "Coffee" from the Coffee & Tea set. The steam is cut from vellum.

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Since my animated items were relatively heavy, I wanted to make sure the "tent" part of the die was strong enough, so I added a piece of cardstock to the back of the tent to reinforce it and then tied a decorative piece of twine around the tent back and tied it in a knot. Underneath the HCPT is a layer of brown cardstock embossed (and debossed) with the Coffee Beans folder. I also cut the heart charm from the brown cardstock in the area that is "revealed" when the tab is pulled and inlaid a charm cut from the stencil patterned cardstock.

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Here's a video tutorial on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab showing a different type of assembly - rear pull with hanging charm.

 

Thanks for stopping by today and if you missed this week's Designer Challenge definitely check it out, where you will find great examples of these new dies by the team.

Happy Crafting!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold in independent craft stores worldwide. If you are sadly without a local store, here are some online shopping links for the ECD items I used on the Bonjour Coffee card.


Jan 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: *NEW*!

Happy New Year! I am delighted to welcome you to our new home for the Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Having the challenges hosted on my blog allows us to change up the format a bit in the coming months and bring you even more videos and inspiration from the talented Designer Challenge Team and invited guests.

This month I issued a pretty simple challenge in honor of all the new Pop it Ups products . . . NEW! As long as they incorporated at least one new product into their projects, everything else was up to them. I love what they came up with, from tags to flat cards to pulls, slides and pops - they hit it all! Themes? We've got coffee, friendship, encouragement, Valentines, congratulations, love, birthday and tea. Change the greetings and many of these ideas would work for other themes as well.

For my card I wanted to transform Jinks the Monkey into a sock monkey for a fun "we should hang out" card. I wanted something that could be used as a Valentine, but would also work for any time of year. The new Oval Landscape Accordion fit the bill nicely and I assembled it a little differently to get a symmetrical look on a 3-page album. Learn how I made it by watching the video:

 

 When the album is closed it measures 4" x 5.25". 

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By using the (optional) alternate assembly method with the center page folded, the album looks very symmetrical when open, despite being made from an odd number of pages.

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This top view shows how it is assembled. The center page is folded and used as an X to connect the outer two pages.

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Using a stencil to decorate the center page is a great choice since it has to be folded for this assembly method. Using a stencil pattern rather than adding layers keeps the bulk down on the page. The Trellis Wavy Frame added to the outer edges punches up the red, and the decorator heart is made with monkey tails.

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All of the new products with the exception of the clear stamps have shipped out to local stores and I really encourage you to give those local stores your business before buying online. One thing I certainly saw at CHA were fewer local independent stores. We need them! If, however, you are sadly without a local store, here are online shopping links for the items used in the video:

 


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Let's see how the incredibly talented Designer Challenge Team interpreted this challenge. I am happy to report that nearly all of the new products are represented this month. For each card you'll see a photo here with my thoughts on why it's such an awesome card, but you'll see SO MUCH MORE if you click their names to go to their blog posts. They all have additional photos, tips, supply lists, etc. Don't worry - by clicking you will merely open a new window, not lose this one. So whenever you spy a card you want to see closer, just click the name and open that window.

FLATS & TAGS - For the debut of this collection I asked the team to make some flat card fronts and tags to show that Pop it Ups can be used for more than just pop-ups. They came through with amazing booth samples and a few of them are posted for this month's challenge.

Shelly Hickox made these three pretty tags incorporating new products (Stencils, Hot Air Balloon, Stamps) with existing favorites (Clock, Eiffel Tower, Happy Birthday) and the results are gorgeous! I love all the pretty layers and textures.SH_shelly hickox tags

Sandy Diller went steampunk with this tag, featuring Jinks the Monkey, Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamps and the Clock & Gears dies. I have nicknamed this tag Steamponkey. (See what I did there?) I love the rivets on the tummy. Brilliant!

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Raquel Mason converted Cheepers the Chicken into a super chick, complete with mask and cape. She used the new Partly Cloudy Stencil for the sky and altered the Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamps to fit her theme. I love the chicken wire debossed into the piece. 

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GENERAL POP-UPS - There are three new styles of General Pop-ups in the CHA 2016 release and all three were used in the challenge. There's the Cake Pop-up, the Hot Air Balloon with Pop-up and the Barrel Basket with Pop-up. You'll also see how the two new Characters, Baker the Beaver and Jinks the Monkey, plus the Baking-themed Props 8, tie in with the new pop-up dies.

Kelly Booth made this bright and fun birthday card with Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Swirly Flourish Stencil for the front of the card. She used some new stitched rectangle dies from Els van de Burgt Studio for the layers. The greeting is from the Just a Note Clear Stamps. I love the mixture of textures - pastes, Shimmer Sheetz, fluff & glitter.

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When Kelly's card is opened, up pops the new Cake. Once again she mixed various textures and I absolutely adore her use of the lace Paris Edges die as doilies!
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Karen Aicken also used the new Cake Pop Up, but by using elegant shimmer papers, she achieved a completely different feel to the die. I love how she slid the die toward the right (placement along the fold is always up to you!) to keep the floral pattern traveling uninterrupted along the left side. Karen discovered an excellent alternate use for the Ring Frame Edges 1 die set - she makes banners! You'll see more banners on her second card coming up. What a clever idea!

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Karen Aicken's second card uses the new Hot Air Balloon with Pop-up and once again, Karen shows the versatility of Pop it Ups where you choose your location along the fold. She decided to cut two pop-ups into the card and place a balloon on each, plus her signature banner technique connecting the two. Another way to spot a Karen Aicken card is to look for beautiful pen detailing, as she has done on the clouds and the balloons.

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Fran Sabad shows the other new pop-up in this release - the Barrel Basket with Pop-up. For the Hot Air Balloon and Barrel Basket, the idea is that they are great decorator dies that happen to include a simple single or double tier pop-up for when you want to animate them. In Fran's case she decided she wanted the Barrel Basket further forward in the card to make room for her monkeys, so she switched to the Lots of Pops for the structure. Who doesn't love three monkeys juggling bananas?! She also shows the new Bananas Embossing Folder and the Pull Card Edges.

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OVAL PULL CARDS - The newest addition to the Pull Card collection is the Oval Pull Card with optional Slot/Slider. I also added a fun set of edges called the Pull Card Edges that allow you to easily add paper around any of the three Pull Card designs, but also to use in fun ways like we've seen already for shaped cut outs, rickrack and more!

Fran Sabad combined the Oval Pull Card with the Hot Air Balloon for this sweet Valentine. Pull Cards have alignment nubs that allow you to choose your placement along the fold and also the card size. Fran made an oversized card to allow for three balloons.

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As Fran's card opens, the slider arm pulls the balloon across the card, making it fly. This is also a great example of the Pull Card Edges in action. Her white patterned paper was cut with the edges to leave a slight shadow around the oval on the front of the card, and the scalloped border inside allows for decorating right over the tuck slot but it remains operational. This works on all three pull cards, by the way, which was no easy feat in the design process!
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Summer Hills-Painter also used the Oval Pull Card, Pull Card Edges and Hot Air Balloon, but, once again, her choices are completely different and so the cards are completely different. So much versatility with dies - everyone should be using them! Summer shows an inspiration piece on her blog - a gift bag with hot air balloons. She used it as a jumping off point for both of her cards this month and even incorporated parts of the bag into the designs. On Summer's card you cannot spy any of the Hot Air Balloon in the closed position.

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As Summer's card opens, however, it rises up. This is another great technique where she used the optional pop-up feature from one of the other Pull Cards - in this case the Spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card - with one of the other Pull Card shapes. I love the styling on the balloon with the heart peel-offs as the trim.


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HANGING CHARM PULL TAB - This die set was very popular at CHA and uses a basic interactive card technique, the pull tab tent, but with an added twist of an open frame to animate a hanging charm. Four charms come included in the set - a coffee cup with cardboard sleeve, a butterfly, a heart and an Eiffel Tower. You can also eliminate the charm and use the frame to animate a solid object. You also have the option to orient your pull tab as a forward pull or a rear pull. Lots of options with this set and the team has been making the most of them!

Frances Byrne made a very pretty in pink Valentine using the heart charm and a rear pull. By extending the pull tab and cutting the end into a tag shape, she adds form and function to the design. As usual, she has the perfect stamps for the card! I marvel over Frances's skill with combining colors and patterns. She's a master!

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Summer Hills-Painter also extended the pull tab into a tag shape for easy pulling and used her inspiration piece, the gift bag, for the hidden greeting. Instead of a hanging charm, Summer used the frame to animate the Hot Air Balloon, which she assembled as a shaker! Such a great way to use the balloon. Once again those heart peel-off stickers along the trim really give the balloon that finishing touch.

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Caz Counsell combined some beautiful colors for this card and I love how she incorporated the same colors into the "enjoy" stamp from the Just a Note Clear Stamps. Caz illustrates a great technique with the Pull Card Edges here - by using the scalloped edge on both sides of a skinny strip of cardstock, offsetting the scallops, the die creates a gorgeous rickrack! Caz also used the new Flower Stencil on this card, with paste for texture. Lovely!

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Shelly Hickox drops the mic with this amazing masculine steampunk Valentine for her hubby.  It's such a wonderful combination of signature Shelly textures created with mixed media materials, plus metals for that industrial feel. If you click Shelly's name you'll be able to see this card in action in a video. As I like to say about everything she makes . . . Shellypiece!

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 CUP POP STANDS - If you're looking for a great all-around die set to celebrate your favorite beverages - coffee, tea, hot cocoa - look no further than the new Cup Pop Stand die set. As we saw on Kelly's flat cards, it works great just as a cup embellishment for any type of project, but can also be animated into a pop-up using the included Pop Stand die.

Caz Counsell (from England) knew that she'd be using this die all the time to send tea cards, so she created her very own custom stamp to use as a tea bag hanging from the cup! Brilliant! I particularly liked this angled photo showing much of the card, but if you click her name you'll be able to see the other photos showing more of the details, such as the lace Paris Edge along the back of the card. I like her use of the Oval Pull Card heart on the cup - so sweet!


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Frances Byrne (from Australia) made it a coffee cup for this gorgeous coffee card. You'll see the Pull Card Edges in use again - for the scalloped borders between the papers and also for the scalloped border across the cup - that scalloped border is a great addition to any card. Frances also used the Coffee & Tea clear stamps and the Just a Note clear stamps to make her custom greeting. The colors are so fresh and fun.

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Sandy Diller (from USA) made this steampunk version of the Cup for the Pop it Ups Cardmaking | Winter 2016 eBook. It's FREE, so definitely check it out for awesome card ideas and instructions. The details in this card are spectacular, from the clever use of the Clock & Gears die, to the rivets and metal gears on the coffee cup. Sandy incorporated the new Coffee Embossing Folder into this piece as well.


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Well I hope you feel inspired to check out the latest release of Pop it Ups dies, folders, stencils and stamps to make dynamic cards for any occasion.

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Join us here next month, on February 10, 2016, when we will be taking on a challenge called GLITTER! 

Happy Crafting!

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Winners! eBook die prizes

Last Saturday I launched my very first Pop it Ups eBook, called Pop it Ups cardmaking | Winter 2016. It's a celebration of the talented Designer Challenge Team - one project from each team member plus one from myself. It's a free resource, so definitely check it out for great Pop it Ups inspiration.

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On the blog post announcing the book I invited people to leave comments for a chance to win any die set featured in the book. I chose three winners by random number generator and here they are:

Chris R. said...

So cute. I see some awesome projects to try.

Linda C. said...

Wish I were at CHA, too! I can't wait to see more from you and ECD--love everything you do!

Mary S. said...

I saw your Periscope live this morning. So excited to see all the CHA products live from CHA. Several people I follow are there. Love the new products.

Congratulations, Chris, Linda and Mary!

I've heard back from Chris, who has chosen the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set, and from Linda, who has chosen the Oval Pull Card die set. Mary, check your inbox for a happy email from me.

We had a wonderful time at CHA and it was especially nice to have Kelly Booth helping me out with set-up, teardown and Make 'n Takes. I adore Kelly, who is a rock star in the cardmaking world, as evidenced by all the fellow stamper/colorer/designers who stopped by to see her and take photos. She is such a great ambassador for Pop it Ups and a dear, dear friend.

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It was also wonderful to spend some time with Sandy Diller, the newest member of the Pop it Ups Designer Challenge Team and the creator of one of the most-photographed booth samples, the Barrel of Monkeys card. Sandy is also a member of the Elizabeth Craft Designs team.

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Because we were running Make 'n Takes throughout the show, I didn't get a chance to leave the booth until the final day, so I especially appreciate all my friends who came to see me in the booth and apologize to those who were equally tethered and we didn't get a chance to see each other. Next year in Phoenix for sure!

Next week will be our first Designer Challenge of the new year. We will host the challenge right here on this blog and the theme is NEW! The team will be creating projects using the new release products (mixed in with existing favorites, too) for a wide-open theme.  Check it all out on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. 


Pop it Ups Cardmaking Winter 2016 - *FREE* eBook

Hello from no-longer-rainy but a-little-chilly Anaheim California!

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Karen, Joset, Els, Susan and Suzanne in our ECD aprons customized by Els.

Today is the start of the 2016 CHA Mega Show, where we officially launch new products. We've been setting up the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth (#775) for two days now, but the real prep started months ago.

My incredible Designer Challenge Team always creates beautiful cards for the booth and this year I assigned them the extra task of taking step shots and writing instructions for one of their booth cards for me to compile into our first Pop it Ups cardmaking eBook. This was a huge project for me, especially because I had to learn a whole new program for the layout, but well worth it. I love how it turned out!

 

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While the book is heavily focused on brand new product (every project features at least one Pop it Ups product being released at this show) we've also mixed in a lot of our favorites from previous releases so you can see just how perfectly Pop it Ups products coordinate and build to create a cohesive collection. In addition to the step-by-step instructions and full supply lists, you'll also be able to click directly from the book to any of the designers' blogs. Read their bios, see their photos, learn what inspires them (and me) to do what we do. It's a good read!

Are you a retailer or teacher looking for class ideas? You are permitted to teach the projects in this book, but please give credit where credit is due and  mention the designer's name as the source of the inspiration when promoting your class on social media, etc.

You can peruse the book easily on a computer, phone or tablet at this link: Pop it Ups Cardmaking Winter 2016 If you'd like to download the book so you can print it, choose the "Share" button and then choose "Download". Issuu also has a free mobile app if you prefer.

We want to hear from you! Leave a comment on this blog post and I'll choose three lucky winners to pick any Pop it Ups die used in the book as a prize! Winners will be chosen by random draw next Thursday, January 14, 2016 and contacted by e-mail for your prize choice and mailing address. 

Are you on Periscope? It's a free app for your phone and my user name Karen Burniston if you want to follow me.  I will be doing my very first live 'scope from the show this morning to tour the booth and show you all the team's projects up close. It's LIVE, folks! I could trip, or have a booger, or any number of embarrassing mishaps and it will all be captured and available for replay for 24 hours. Enticing, huh?

Well that's it for me this early morning. I'm a Central Timezone girl waking up in Pacific for a week. Hence . . . early mornings!

Happy Crafting!


CHA 2016: Mixed Media Tags using *NEW* Stage it Stencils

In a few days I'll be heading out to California for the CHA 2016 Mega Show. A couple of weeks ago I shared the Make 'n Takes, and I hope you'll stop by Booth #775 to make the projects and receive a full color set of instructions and supply list for re-teaching. (Plus full video tutorials for all three projects are already on YouTube).

The schedule will be as follows: (while supplies last)

Hanging Charm Pull Tab card - Saturday January 9th,   10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
Oval Pull Card with Jinks the Monkey - Sunday January 10th, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm
Pop-up Cake card - Monday January 11th, 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm 

In addition to new dies and stamps, a brand new product category for me are stencils. Stencils are such a natural fit with Pop it Ups dies - you often need to "set the stage" for the pop-up with a good all-over background. Plus, stencils work great for the fronts of cards. Six designs are being released at CHA. The outer footprint of the stencil is 5" x 7" with a pattern area of 4 3/8" x 6 1/8". The coffee bean pattern is repeatable in all directions by simply moving the stencil and continuing the pattern. The stencils have a corner hole for storing on a ring, and the brand and item number is etched into the header, making them easy to identify for supply lists and storage. 

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Although I had my Pop it Ups dies in mind when I created these stencils, they also work great on their own for cards, scrapbook layouts, 3D craft items and mixed media projects. One of the displays in the booth at CHA will be a series of mixed media tags made by Shelly Hickox, Sandy Diller and myself. We used the Els van de Burgt Studio Tags & More dies (#1, #2, or #3) to create the tag tops and then decorated with Pop it Ups products. We kept a consistent size to our tags - 3.25" wide (the width of the Tags & More #1, #2, #3) and 6.25" long.

For my first tag, I used the Medallion Stencil for the background. After combining various orange, pink and rose inks onto Elizabeth Craft Designs' 100# Soft Finish Cardstock, I added Translucent Embossing Paste through the stencil using a palette knife and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I dabbed some black paint randomly over the pattern and wiped it off of the paste. The base of the tag was created by loading my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich and embossing the stencil pattern onto burgandy cardstock. I brushed black ink over the debossed side of the cardstock to highlight the pattern. The butterfly charm comes with the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set and the "Adventure awaits" is from the What's Up? Clear Stamp set. Finally I added some Peel-off Stickers in black/silver, a metal flower charm from my stash and a spring from the hardware store for the tag handle.

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For this next tag, I started with a core cardstock and embossed the Swirly Flourish Stencil pattern onto it. Then I sanded the piece, revealing the pattern. I stitched around the tag with red embroidery floss and then softened it to a dark pink by brushing all the edges with white paint. I hand cut a big heart from glossy white cardstock, embossed the Swirly Flourish stencil pattern onto the piece and then brushed pink ink over the top. For dimension I glued it to a piece of white cardboard and cut around it. I roughed the edges using a distressing tool. In the new die sets there is a heart included in the Oval Pull Card die set that fits the Heart Charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die perfectly. I used those two dies together to make the hanging heart, which is attached by wrapping twine around the big heart. The "but first," is a great little stamp from the Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps set. You'll see that I used it on the next tag as well. You can "but first," just about anything, including the word "love", cut from the Els van de Burgt Studio Alphabet die set. For the top decoration I tied a piece of sheer ribbon through the hole and then used a piece of wire and pliers to pull the ends of the ribbons through pink pearl beads and then through rose beads. The paper clip die comes from the Tags Pivot Card set and I added a small acrylic charm from my stash, brushed with glitter paste on the back and embellished with the tiny heart from Props 8.

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For my final tag I used the Flower Stencil with Bo Bunny's glitter paste in both Silver and Caribbean blue. After the background was dry, I added a blue distress stain randomly over the background leaving a "river" of white showing for visual interest. The new Cup Pop Stand die works fabulously for flat cups, too. This one is embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel for a porcelain look. You'll see a lot of the same decorator dies used here (hey - they were already out on the table!) including the paper clip from the Tags Pivot Card, the heart from the Oval Pull Card and the tiny heart from Props 8. The spoon comes with the Cup Pop Stand die set and the greeting is stamped using the Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps.

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Some of the new products have already arrived to the Colorado warehouse and retailers who pre-ordered will have product in store this week! Some of the other products are in transit, so watch for them to show up in local stores and on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website in the coming weeks. 

If you're coming to CHA I'd love to see you in Booth #775.

Happy New Year of Crafting!

 Here are links to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products used on these tags.