So here's one good thing about me neglecting my blog for weeks - I was completely oblivious to Typepad being down for several days this week! Tra-la-la!
Oh sure, I could have played that differently, maybe something like "I have been trying and trying to get a post up, but Typepad has been down. Quite frustrating since I am so DILIGENT to have NEW POSTS up all the TIME!"
Except that wouldn't be quite true.
Or any true.
Quite false, in fact.
Because things have been so busy, you see. I've been insanely busy with teaching a bunch of classes, getting new die designs sent in, last-minute tax preparation, eating crawfish, pulling together the April Designer Challenge post and . . . oh yeah . . . launching a new die!
The House Pivot Card die is now available at independent retailers around the world. Check with your local store because they might already have it in stock, if they order direct from Elizabeth Craft Designs. If they order from a distributor it's going to take longer.
You can learn how to use this die by watching this video tutorial.
If you watched the video you got to see some of the amazing cards made by the Karen Burniston Design Team. I've assembled those here with links to their associated blog posts if you'd like to look at them closer, see the card fronts, see their specific supply lists, tips, etc. (In other words, click away!)
Els van de Burgt, the owner and founder of Elizabeth Craft Designs, created this wonderful cabin card, which she posted recently on the ECD Facebook Page. Notice the smoke coming out of the chimney and her different height trees made with the Five Part Pine Tree die.
Frances Byrne turned the House die into a dog house and embellished with cute dog stamps, the label from the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die and the All Seasons Tree.
Gretchen Schmidt also used the house for a dog house card but the cards are very different. This is the wonderful thing about die cutting, where YOU choose your theme, colors and textures. Gretchen used the grass from the Garden Bench die and the stitched oval from the Oval Accordion for the door.
Donna Wright made a lovely friend card, which uses the House, Garden Bench Grass, All Seasons Tree and the Fancy Frame Edges die to make a cool partial border.
Frances Byrne has the best sentiment stamps, including this one that says Love lives Here. How perfect! Love her use of additional fence cuts (I suspect the seam is behind the little boy) to create a longer fence for the left half of the card.
The house die is going to be perfect for Christmas cards, as Gretchen Schmidt illustrates here with her adorable gingerbread house card. Notice the stamped peppermint sticks cut out with the extra picket die - love that! She also used the Agatha Edges and the snowflake from the All Seasons Tree on this card.
Helen Cryer made this positively lovely coral and white house creation. I like how she separated the window boxes from a second set of die-cut window frames and glued them over the top for contrast. The individually cut leaves to decorate the All Seasons Tree die look great.
The colors in this next card by Kelly Booth are so bright and fun. She's embellished with adorable Stacey Yacula stamps and a label from the Katie Label Pivot Card die set. Kelly also made two-tone window frames/boxes and also added a wire smoke wisp.
Kelly Booth made a second card, also with a wire smoke wisp but this time using the All Seasons Tree and a decorator die from the Fancy Accordion Album. Love her sponged cloudy sky, too.
When I first told the design team about this die I mentioned some adaptations that they could try. All I had to say was "you can reverse the folds and the fence will be on the front" and Raquel Mason was on it! She came up with this great Dream Home card, featuring the die folded opposite.
This next card, the UP house, has been quite the "crowd favorite" with the students in my classes. Raquel Mason added a clear platform from the Lots of Pops die above the house to have a way to attach all of her balloons, cut from Shimmer Sheetz and embossed.
Raquel Mason hasn't run out of good ideas yet! Another adaptation I mentioned to the team was that they could line up either the house or the fence side of the die over a folded card to double it and make a double-house card or a double-fence card. Leave it to Raquel to not only try the technique, but also to flip the double house over and decorate it like a man's vest! Now that's CLEVER!!!
But wait! She didn't stop with a double-house-flipped-vest card . . . she also made a sand castle card using the double-house technique! Way to go, Raquel Mason!
Gretchen, Frances, Kelly, Helen and Raquel were the Design Team members who were available to "drop everything" and make some sample cards on very short notice. We have since sent out the die to the rest of the team and it's been showing up in their mailboxes this week. I expect a lot more House Pivot Card inspiration to start hitting the Facebook Page in the days and weeks ahead, so definitely give the page a "Like" so you don't miss any of their wonderful creations.
If you'd like to learn how to use the House Pivot Card in person and you live in the Houston area, you can join me on Saturday, April 26th, at Scrapp'n Savvy for a Pop it Ups class. The morning session is full, I believe, but the afternoon session has space. Call the store for details. We will make these four cards: