Fall in love with Autumn SALE! (October 1-5, 2015)


Do you subscribe to the Elizabeth Craft Designs mailing list? If so, you already know about this awesome SALE that started today. Select fall-themed products are discounted 30% through Monday, October 5, 2015.

Six Pop it Ups products are included in the sale and here are some video tutorials using the sale items:





If any of these products have been on your wish list it's a great time to pick them up at a discounted price. But hurry! The sale ends Monday. The sale also includes nineteen other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, stamps and stickers from Susan's Garden, Petroschi Bianca and Els van de Burgt Studios. Click the picture link below to check it out!

Happy Fall, ya'll! 


Rectangle Pull Card - Back in Stock!

It's baaaack!

974 - Rectangle Pull Card

The Rectangle Pull Card die with included spinner has been quite the popular die! I'm pleased to report that it is back in stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs. In honor of its arrival I thought I'd "pull" together (see what I did there?) some of my favorite projects using this die.

If you're unfamiliar with this die, start first by sliding to 6:43 on this introductory video and watching the assembly, including how to use the included spinner die.


Nifty, eh?

Here are some blog posts using this die:

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"Hello Honey" blog post

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"Buster Plays Dead" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"Rocky doffs his cap" blog post (Includes full video tutorial)

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"We're all mad here" blog post

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Kit Kat Clock-inspired RPC blog post

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Happy Fall pop-up chair card


Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a step-by-step tutorial for making this fall-themed Adirondack Chair pop-up card. 

And check out this limited offer: 

Just like Karen, Elizabeth Craft Designs wants to wish you a 'Happy Fall', so we are offering FREE shipping on all Karen Burniston Pop it Ups purchases of over $50 on our website. This offer is available to the first 50 people only, so hurry!

When you get to the checkout with your $50 or more of Pop it Ups purchases, just enter the code HAPPYFALL2015  to receive free shipping for your order.

Click the logo below to start shopping. Happy Fall, ya'll!

Fall 2015 Pop it Ups Collins Release

Yesterday I flew home from The Collins Rep Group Fall Retailer Training Event where I launched a mini-collection and taught some classes.

Els went to Germany for StampelMekka so at the Collins show our sales rep Lisa Harrison stepped in to teach Els' portion of the workshop, a lovely wall hanger designed by Angela Beavers. My portion of the workshop was a country Christmas card featuring the Fence Pop Stand, Cocoa the Horse, Props 5 and the Western Edges.


Here's the Friday night workshop in full swing:


The next day I taught two retailer classes. The first was a gift card pop-up card class featuring the brand new Gift Card Accordion die and companion Flourish Gift Frame. These dies launched at Collins and will ship at the end of October. 

Project #1 showed off these two new dies.


Project #2 used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Rudy the Reindeer and the Merry Christmas die sets. 


Learn how to assemble the Sleigh GCH die in this video:


Project #3 also used the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die, but minus the sleigh. Instead, the Paris Edges and Eiffel Tower plus some gorgeous Graphic 45 paper all combined to make an elegant glittered Happy Birthday card.


Next up was the Characters & Props board class. Now that we have so many Characters (17) and Props (7) dies it's difficult for the stores to have the room to keep all of them in stock all the time. This display board can help the customer know all their choices so the store can special order any they don't have in stock. Many of the retailers who weren't able to take this class wanted to know how to get one for their store. Stay tuned for that, my retailer readers - we have a plan forming! 

The board also shows off the three new additions - Lucky the Rabbit, Props 6 (western) and Props 7 (woven basket) - which will ship at the same time as the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame in late October.


After I was done teaching my three classes I was delighted to be invited to attend Susan Tierney-Cockburn's class. The project was a gorgeous 3-panel tag card using a variety of Susan's Garden dies  including her fabulous stone wall die. Swoon! Here I am sponging a sky using Susan's Pan Pastels and clouds-die-used-as-stencil. 



Saturday night is always the Sample Making Frenzy, where every vendor sets up one or two Make 'n Take tables. My table featured a simple pop-up tree card using the Merry & Bright Collection. I had planned to do all the prep work for this card at the show, in between classes, etc. I was thrilled when the ECD team stepped in on Thursday to help me complete the pre-cutting of the pieces. Aisling cut fifty sets of Christmas Trees and Joep cut all the pop stands and embossed the cards. What a life saver! Thanks, team!


Here's a shot of the Make 'n Take in full swing. Our prep amount was extremely accurate, as I was left with just 2 kits at the end of the 3-hour session. Yeah!


Sunday is the trade show. Here's where all the education pays off - in orders! We stayed quite busy and of course having the amazing cards by the Designer Challenge Team on display, plus the awesome giant poster of Pop it Ups dies by category (made by the amazing Marli) made it easy for the retailers to place their orders.




Sharp eyes in the photo above may have spied the two new Clear Stamp sets coming out in the Fall Release. I've had a lot of requests to release the Characters as stamps so people can color them with their Copics. I'm starting with two small Clear Stamp sets - just 3x4 with smaller outline versions of a Character and phrases to fit the theme. The stamped versions of the Characters are about half-size to the die version, so you could use them (say) on the fronts of the cards, on the envelopes or to make kids for your Characters by combining the stamps and the dies. The coordinating phrases will work great with all the decorator labels, tags, etc. in the Pop it Ups line. Here are some visuals so you have a sense of how big the stamps are in comparison to the dies. 


Without Els at the show to remind us nobody thought to get our usual "team photo" - whoops! Huge thanks to the staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs for all their prep work getting ready for the show with catalogs, boards, posters, etc. and to Joep, Aisling and Susan for making the show a success.

Check back with me tomorrow for this month's Designer Challenge. The theme is Celebrate with Frame Edges and the team has knocked it out of the park as usual. Look for the new Fall Collection dies and stamps to ship to independent retailers at the end of October.


Holiday House featured in Papercraft Inspirations Issue #144

image from www.papercraftinspirationsmagazine.co.ukI was delighted to contribute some ideas for issue #144 of Papercraft Inspirations magazine using the Holiday House die. If you're in the UK this issue should be on newsstands this week. I'm actually not sure where you purchase the magazine in the USA and Canada, though - I'll see if I can find out. Edited to add - JoAnn's and Barnes & Noble carry Papercraft Inspirations.

As part of this assignment I created a bonus card with video for the Papercraft Inspirations YouTube channel. This short video will show how to create an entirely glittered Holiday House.


Here is the video showing how I made the glittered house, step-by-step.


Thank you so much to the lovely team at Papercraft Inspirations; Angela, Vicki, Hannah, Sarah and Kristin. It was an honor to be invited to contribute.

If you're interested in making your own glittered Holiday House, you can purchase Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent retailers worldwide. In the UK you can find a huge selection of Pop it Ups dies, including the Holiday House, at Crafts U Love.

Here are some online shopping links as well:

Season's Greetings Open Center Ring Accordion

For the August Designer Challenge I taught a technique for an Open Center Accordion and mentioned that it works with any of the Accordion dies.

Today I'm showing a Christmas version of the Open Center Accordion using the Ring Accordion.


The concept of an Open Center Accordion is that the center two pages have incomplete outer frames, leaving them open for unobscured viewing of the inner shapes. This is particularly useful when the center pages have a greeting and/or photographs.

For my project I used the Ring Accordion and cut the open center pages from a sturdy white cardstock. I used the built-in  stencil on the die to add the stitching lines with a red pen and then stamped the frames with the three snowflake dies from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps.


For the outer (full) pages I used a sturdy red cardstock for the pages themselves and then layered the small inner pieces from the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion over the solid scallop edge from Ring Frame Edges 1. I stamped red snowflakes on the frame.


The inner circle decorations start with the head of Rudy the Reindeer, wearing a bow from the Sleigh die. The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells Ring - a 6x6 paper pack. On the second page I used the birch tree paper and embellished with a couple of branches from the All Seasons Tree die, a glittered wreath from Rudy the Reindeer and a stamped greeting from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I cut out the "from our family to yours" using the fishtail banner die from the Lorna Label. (All supplies are linked at the end of the post)


I repeated the same papers for the final two pages, stamping and embossing Season's Greetings with white powder and cutting it out with one of the decorator dies included with the Ring Accordion. Another Rudy head completes the final page.


For the front of the album I used the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion, plus the snowflakes that come included in the All Seasons Tree die set.


Ready to give an Open Center Accordion a try? Watch the video below for instructions. If you want more information on the Halloween album made in the video you can go to that blog post here: Halloween Open Center Accordion.



Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used. 

August Secret Word Giveaway *Winner*

Congratulations to Melanie, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the August Secret Word Giveaway. Melanie's comment:

I am a big fan of the Halloween Holiday so the use of Jolly in the accordion card was great. I am Team Jolly today!

The secret word for August was "Team Jolly" or "Team Cocoa" in honor of two new Characters used in my project for the August Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations. Mailing list members were asked to say which "team" they were on, based on their favorite of the two. Jolly edged out Cocoa for the win, but it wasn't a landslide - plenty of votes for both teams.


Since Melanie's comment was the lucky number chosen, she will get to choose any Accordion die and either Cocoa or Jolly.


Congratulations, Melanie! Check your e-mail for some happy mail!
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Aug 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations

It's Designer Challenge day! This month I challenged the team to be inspired by each other. They were instructed to go back through their teammate's creations and find one (or more) to use as inspiration for a new project. They could be inspired by the whole card, a technique, a color scheme, a combination of dies - anything. The results are magnificent and you'll definitely want to check them all out on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.


I was inspired by three projects - Kelly Booth's Easter Oval Accordion from the Spring/Easter challenge, and Caz Counsell's "FrankenPop" card and Fran Sabad's Poppy Halloween card from the Spooky September challenge.


From Caz's FrankenPop card, I took inspiration for styling Jolly the Mouse as a monster. I filmed this as its own video so it can double as the "how to assemble" video for Jolly. Just cut the pieces from traditional mouse colors instead of monster colors when you want to create a sweet mouse instead of a scary one.


Once I had my "monster mouse" I was ready to tackle the main project, where I included several techniques. Here are the techniques (and start times) included in this video:

  • Technique #1: How to create the silver/black embossed damask pages. (slide to 1:50)
  • Technique #2: How to create an Open Center Accordion. (slide to 3:35)
  • Technique #3: How to cut an opening in an accordion page and add fishing line to float items. (slide to 6:00)
  • Technique #4: How to make bats and bones from the Cocoa the Horse die. (slide to 8:40)
  • Technique #5: How to use transfer paper to make a spooky debossed tree background. (slide to 12:35)


When the album is closed there is no indication that the middle pages are not full outer frames. This is why it's important to make Open Center Accordions in multiples of 4 pages so that each "open center section" is attached to full pages on each side. This view shows off Technique #1 (silver/black embossed damask), #3 (Cocoa bat) and #5 (transfer paper spooky tree background)



Here is a close-up of the first two pages:


The close-up of the second two pages shows Technique #3 (fishing line floating) and Technique #4 (Cocoa bat & bones) plus another version of Technique #5 (spooky ghost tree)


Here’s a handy reference for making bats using the Cocoa the Horse die.


The video mentions that the display of an Open Center Accordion will differ slightly from a typical accordion. The two inner ovals will not pull out all the way into a straight line but will stay slightly bent in the center. However, the lack of a center outer frame means there’s no problem viewing both inner ovals.


Don't forget to see all the inspiration pieces on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used in both videos:

Edited to add . . . Shelly Hickox told me that there are actual craft videos on Vine, which I found surprising as you only get 6 seconds. I've used Vine to post looping videos of my cards opening and closing, but never any instructions or anything. So I thought I'd see if I could pick out 6 seconds of the Monster Mouse video and it's surprisingly how much you can show in 6 seconds! So if you don't have nearly 8 minutes to spare to watch the real video above, here's a 6 second version:


July Secret Word Giveaway *WINNER*(s)

Congratulations to Judy, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the July Secret Word Giveaway. Judy's comment:

I am excited about the merry and bright collection. I get excited about anything that pertains to Christmas. Excited about adding to my Christmas stuff.

The secret word for July was "Excited" in honor of the brand new collections. Judy's comment on the July Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays blog post was chosen by random number generator and she has won her very own #1045 Fence Pop Stand die plus a Farm Character die of her choice.


Now why is the July winner announced in mid-August, you ask? Two reasons - 

  1. I didn't send the July newsletter in July. I waited until the dies were shipping the first week of August, so as not to frustrate folks who wanted the dies as soon as they saw them. (What can I say? I'm a giver!)
  2. I forgot to post the winner last week like I was supposed to. Luckily Liz e-mailed me a reminder so I am rewarding her niceness by picking a second not-at-all-random winner from a list of exactly one comment and guess who won? LIZ!

Liz's comment...

I’m Soooooooo Excited !! as the song goes …. Thank you for the wonderful additions to the Farm series. My card recipients will appreciate their new cards. The Mouse and Reindeer characters will be MUST HAVES too. Can’t wait to get my hands on them. Thanks again for your creativity.

...was chosen as a bonus winner. Liz will also win her very own Fence die and her choice of Farm Character.

Congratulations, Judy and Liz! Check your e-mail for some happy mail!
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17th Birthday Cards for Karl & Emma

HEY! This isn't funny . . . these babies just keep growing up! Here's a selfie of us Thursday on their birthday - seventeen years old! (Can you believe Karl was less than 3 lbs at birth? I know! Crazy!)


I like to personalize their birthday cards for what they're into at the time. Two years ago they got Dr. Who 9th Doctor cards. Last year Karl got a video game/music card and Emma got a Captain America card. This year I was a little stumped for Karl because he really hasn't changed his interests in a year. However, he does attend horse therapy and we do live in Texas, so I hit on the idea to make their cards have a Texas theme. 



Both cards are 5" x 6" cards, fitting nicely in A7 envelopes. For Karl's card front I assembled a Texas flag using strips of cardstock and the barn star from the Star Accordion die. By selectively inking three stamps in the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps I was able to create a custom "Keep Calm and Howdy Birthday" greeting and used a tag die from the Tags Pivot Card to cut it out. The barbed wire is from the new Western Edges die set.


Inside Karl's card I've used the pop-up portion of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die to make the platforms and then used the Barn and Cocoa the Horse on the platforms. I embossed the Chicken Wire die in silver and black powder for the foreground and used the horses edge die from the Western Edges for the backdrop. The "Texas, Est. 1836" is a Deadbeat Designs rubber stamp that is stamped, colored and fussy-cut, then added with All Seasons Tree clouds into the sky. Cocoa the Horse is styled as a Texas flag with an altered Props 1 Bowler-hat-turned-cowboy-hat.


In this next photo you can see that when the barn doors slide open a little "happy birthday" message is revealed inside the barn plus some additional hay blobs from the Hay There set. The grass die comes in the Western Edges die set.


I wanted to continue the Texas theme for Emma's card but also wanted it to have a driving theme as she recently got her Learner's Permit and is currently doing her driving sessions. I decided to make a Texas Longhorn cow and style her like Emma with short brown hair and hipster glasses. The Western Edges were used to create a suitably Texas backdrop for the card front and Brownie Emma sports a pink cowboy hat.


I used the tail of Jolly the Mouse to make the horns for Brownie the Cow. The cowboy hat was made easily by simply trimming the top of the bowler hat from Props 1 into a cowboy hat shape.


When the card is opened I wanted to have Brownie Emma driving a car. The Lorna Label pop-up die provides the platform for the car and the backdrop is the barbed wire Western Edge and some fussy cut clouds from a piece of patterned paper. I used gray cardstock to make the road and added the stripes with yellow and white graphic art tape. The striped patterned paper is an older Basic Grey paper from my stash.


I assembled another Brownie Emma, this time with her hat attached to a horn as though it were flying in the wind. I also trimmed out her front legs and tail to move them into a driving position. The steering wheel is two small nested circle dies and two thin cardstock strips to make cross bars.

The car itself is made from the Bathtub die. I cut one from red and turned it upside-down to be the main portion of the car. Then I cut another bathtub from silver Shimmer Sheetz and trimmed out the lip to be the car's bumper. I found some metal mesh and two silver buttons in my stash and added them to the front of the car. I made the little Texas license plate by hand and used two black rectangles of cardstock with rounded corners for the tires. For the top I used the Oval Accordion and largest oval decorator die, nested together.


The cards were a hit! Happy Birthday, my babies! 


Want to make your own Texas-themed cards? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available at independent craft stores worldwide. Nowhere near a craft store? Here are some online links for all the ECD products used on these two cards: