On Facebook this morning I received this challenge from my cousin Jessica:
I challenge you to use Whiskers to create Grumpy Cat!
I immediately replied "Challenge accepted!" and stopped working on new die designs for the much more important task of meeting the challenge.
I chose to make a Valentines card and used the Crate Paper "Fourteen" collection from my stash. A tag that said "Sweetest Valentine" worked perfectly for the greeting. I only had to cover "Sweetest" with red cardstock, add the die cut letters for "GRUMPY" and then die cut the tag into the stitched Lorna Label shape. I used a paper piercer to scratch and drag through the label and then added the paw print from Props 4 with some hand cut claws. The background is the Damask Embossing Folder.
When the card is opened the Lorna Label pops up along with Grumpy Whiskers and her message to the world on Valentines Day. I've had this particular Funny Bones stamp since last summer and have been waiting for the perfect excuse to use it. (And someone with a good sense of humor to receive it!)
I let the patterned paper do all of the decorating for me, only adding some die cut red hearts from the Rectangle Accordion, X's and O's from the Clock & Gears, and the mouse that comes with Whiskers.
I Googled a photo of Grumpy Cat to be able to style Whiskers to match. I cut the shadow layer from white cardstock and the detail layer from black cardstock. The detail layer provided the lines to define the tail and legs, the centers of the ears and the nose/mouth. I snipped the smiley mouth into two pieces and flipped them to make the frown. I used the eyes that come with Whiskers but spun the hole to the top where the eyelids (a second set of eyes cut into lids) would cover them. I used the ovals that fall out of the Props 4 paw print for the black pupils. I used my Copics to shade Whiskers, added a cork collar decorated with glitter dot studs (an idea I borrowed from Kelly Booth!) and white whiskers.
Congratulations to Diane, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the January Secret Word Giveaway.
Each month I send one newsletter (it's truly all I can manage, so rest assured that I won't be deluging you with e-mails) on Designer Challenge day (or thereabouts) with the Secret Word to incorporate into your comment on the ECD blog post. In January's newsletter the readers received these instructions:
Since our theme this month is Triple Categories we're going to make the Secret Word something to do with the number 3. Use the word "3" or "Triple" in your comment OR simply repeat a word three times. (Wow! Wow! Wow!) OR list three cards you like from the challenge OR list three dies you want from the new collection OR use three words that mean the same thing (Fabulous! Sensational! Awesome!) OR well, you get the idea, get the idea, get the idea!
Love all your wonderful creations and dies….I don’t know why, but when I was reading your awesome newsletter, the first thing that came to mind was the song “You’re THREE Times A Lady”…do you remember that or am I aging myself…lol…lol…lol….Wow the design team certainly has outdone themselves once again…wonderful projects!! I want them ALL!!
A random number generator chose Diane as the winner and she will receive a Star Accordion die plus a Frame Edges die to fit her Accordion (her choice) so she, too, can be making Stacked Star Accordions like the one featured in this month's video tutorial:
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Continuing on my quest to style the new Whiskers the Cat character as all the "famous cats", I bring today's offering, which is based on the famous Kit Cat clock. My clock doesn't have a swinging tail or moving eyes, though. I wasn't quite up to that much paper engineering, although I did use the Rectangle Pull Card for some fun movement inside the card.
My version of the Kit Cat clock is made using the Clock and Gears die for the body, Whiskers the Cat for the head and tail, the Props1 bow tie and the paw prints from Props4. After assembling everything from white and black cardstock I pounced the whole clock with Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder for a glossy look.
When the card is opened I added a greeting made with the script word "hello" from the Rectangle Accordion and my own "THERE" cut from the ECD Alphabet 1 Caps die. I also added more paw prints to "hold" the greeting, the heart from the Rectangle Accordion and the swirlydo from the Rectangle Pull Card. The stitched circle dies from the Ring Accordion made the perfect base for the greeting. After pouncing and embossing the greeting circle I added it to the spinner die that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card. (Learn how to use it here: Skip to 6:44 for RPC directions)
As the card is pulled open the circle starts to spin up into place.
Inside the card is another Kit Cat clock and a white rectangle for writing a personal greeting. I made this as a generic "hello" card but it would also make a great Happy Birthday card.
Here's a little Vine video so you can see the card in action. The tuck slot at the top keeps the card closed so you don't get an accidental reveal. Simply pull to open.
My other "famous cat" cards are linked in the "Related articles" box below this post. I've done the Cheshire Cat and the Cat in the Hat. Who should be next? I'm thinking Garfield!
A pop-up bathtub and a cat die in the same release? Clearly this begs for a Cat in the Hat card!
I had a blast making this card to display in our CHA booth. (Click to enlarge the photo)
In addition to the new Bathtub Pop Stand die (learn how to use it here: Slide to 1:30 in Video) I used a couple of Els' dies for the umbrella and the cake fork. The whiskers of the cat made perfect water spray.
To elongate the bowler hat from the Props1 set I kept my cutting pad short so only the bottom half of the hat (with the brim) would cut. Then I slid the die further up the paper and tilted it slightly before cutting the top half of the die. I used scissors to connect the two cuts and voila! - instant tall tilted hat! I only had to add red stripes and repeat the process for the card front and I was done.
I used a black pen to add detailing to the cat, umbrella, cake and hat. The new Beach Edges die made the perfect wavy stripe for the card front plus the puddle of water on the floor. The two nested rectangles from the Rectangle Accordion were used for the frame. The script Happy Birthday dies added the greeting.
The thin black border stripe was made easily with one of my favorite crafting supplies - 1/16" graphic art tape. You can get it at any office supply store or I've included an Amazon link below. When you want a crisp thin black border and don't want to use a ruler and a Sharpie, the tape is a great choice.
These dies are available now at independent craft stores worldwide or on ecraftdesigns.com. (Shopping links below)
Stay tuned for my next "famous cat" card. I've already done the Cheshire Cat and the Cat in the Hat, so clearly I need a Garfield card or a Felix clock or Sylvester and Tweety! Ha.
In June 2013 I posted a picture tutorial for using wafer thin dies to emboss instead of cut. I used the Deco Labels Framelits in that tutorial, a die set that I designed for Stampin' Up! It ended up being a popular post and I always thought I should probably do a video on that technique.
It only took me a year and a half to make that happen! I know . . . speedy!
Any set of nested wafer thin dies will work for this technique and I am using (no surprise!) Pop it Ups dies by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Here is the video tutorial:
One nice thing about Pop it Ups dies including all the decorator pieces is how easily those decorator pieces can be used on their own for card fronts, layouts, 3D decor pieces, etc. It would be such a shame to use the versatile decorator dies only for decorating the interactive card dies they come with.
This first card is so quick and simple that you can put it together in minutes.
This is an A2 card with a 4" x 4" square of patterned paper on top, the brayerinked Lorna Label from the video, a couple of strips of washi tape, a heart button and the script "hello" die from the Rectangle Accordion. Quick, easy, done!
The Love Monkey card is also an easy design with just a few more steps. I wanted the heart (notice I used the back side of the heart piece for this card) to be shiny and glossy so I pounced watermark ink over it and embossed with clear powder. The monkey stamp was a gift from Raquel that I stamped, colored and fussy cut, running my dark brown marker around the edges after cutting to disguise any white or jagged edges. The "Love you" stamp is from Stampin' Up!
For the Starfish card I went stash diving. In the top of a cabinet with a layer of dust on top was an embellishment bin filled with lots of old treasures, including some small seashells and a rope net. I've seen small shells like this in craft stores, but I have no idea where the net came from. To give the white cardstock the look of beadboard I first scored it with a scoring board every 3/8". The thin cork is from Creative Impressions and the tag die is from the Tags Pivot Card. Glitter dots create the warts (what do you call those things?) on the starfish. I used Glossy Accents to adhere the seashells.
It's always fun to use dies for something other than what they were intended for. Give this technique a try, or maybe invent your own version expanding on it. I'd love to see what you come up with!
Today I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme for January is to include dies from at least three categories in the Pop it Ups line. Categories include: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, and Accessory Dies. The team, as usual, knocked it out of the park with 20 fabulous cards incorporating a ton of the brand new dies from the CHAW2015 collection.
For my project I took requests during the CHA show last week. Visitors to the booth wanted to learn how to make the Stacked Star Accordion album like the one I made to introduce the 2015 Designer Challenge Team. They also asked how I achieved the sketch cartoon effect on the Garden Bench/Poppy card. I combined the two techniques into my project. Here is the video tutorial:
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking - "Great, Karen, I only need white cardstock, adhesive and a gel pen . . . oh wait . . . plus enough dies to pay off my mortgage!"
It is true that I got a little excessive with the amount of dies I used on this project, but I have a very good reason.
I want you to want them all.
Ha ha. Just kidding. (sort of) The real reason is that I didn't know which Character or Characters you might choose for this technique and which Frame Edges might call out to you and I thought you might like to see my tracing and sketch/hash marks on all the choices. So I went for it and made a Manifesto of a Stacked Star Accordion that is positively dripping with dies.
My suggestion, so as not to break the bank, is to pick one or two of your favorite Characters for your version of this project and fill the other pages with those same Characters (maybe swap out the props to give them a different look), photos, other dies or embellishments from your stash.
Here is how I traced and hashed each Character:
The Props dies are used as follows:
Props 1: Glasses on Buster the Dog and Honey the Bear, Bow on Poppy the Owl, Bowler Hat on Chilly the Penguin
Props 2: Party Hat on Dutch the Fox, Noisemaker on Hoppy the Frog, Balloons with string bows on the album edges
Props 3: Snorkel and fins on Rocky the Crab
Props 4: Bonefish by Whiskers the Cat
The Frame Edges are used as follows:
Fancy Frame Edges: Scalloped edge on front of album
Fancy Seasons Frame Edges: Spotted edge on Page 3
Star Fancy Frame Edges: Stars edge on Pages 1 and 4, Striped edge on Page 2
How fun would it be to send a child a black/white sketched Character card with a box of crayons? They could color it in! If you're going to try that idea, though, I do not recommend doing it as an Accordion Album, since you cannot flatten it once assembled. (Too hard for them to color) Far better to use your sketched Characters on a flat card front if you're going to send the card with crayons. But cool idea, huh?
Truckfuls of the new dies are leaving the Colorado warehouse daily heading to independent craft stores worldwide. If you have no local store near you I've provided some shopping links for everything I used on my dripping-with-dies Stacked Star Accordion, including the stuff people tend to ask me about - dryer sheets, glue bottle, small cutting pad, magnetic auto parts tray, etc. It's all in the links below, right down to the actual gel pen and cardstock I used.
Don't miss checking out the ECD blog for photos and links to all the great Triple Categories projects by the team. You'll also find out what next month's challenge is - it's going to be a great one! Something for everyone.
Here's an idea for a welcome card using the Rectangle Pull Card, Whiskers the Cat, the new ECD Alphabet die and the All Seasons Tree. The new dies start shipping to stores next week!
When the card is closed you cannot see the interior cat, just the eyes and the smile.
Pull the card to open and the Cheshire cat will start to spin up, attached to the spinner die that comes with the rectangle pull card. (Learn to use this die in the preview video here)
I used the new ECD Alphabet die to make the greeting, which is a quote from Alice in Wonderland. (I used the tail of the Q for the apostrophe.) I thought a card like this would be a fun way to welcome someone, perhaps a new in-law joining the family or a new co-worker. The All Seasons Tree makes a great branch for the Cat to perch on.
Whiskers the Cat was easy to style as the Cheshire Cat. All I had to do was substitute a big smile over the top of his usual smile. I also substituted the larger eyes from Rocky the Crab (Poppy the Owl also has big eyes) instead of the eyes that came with Whiskers. I did use Whiskers' eyes to make the eyebrows, however. I cut the eyes from purple cardstock and then slid the eyes die down just a smidge and die cut again, creating the crescent slivers to use for eyebrows.
To get a striped cat I cut the detail layer from three colors of purple. The darkest detail layer stayed whole and I sliced the lightest purple into stripes. The medium was used for the mouth area and the tip of his tail.
The easiest way to make the big grin was to cut the Whiskers detail layer from white cardstock and then to use a craft knife to cut a swatch from the chin area so that the bottom edge was already rounded by the die and I only had to hand-cut half of the mouth. Then I used a thin black pen to add teeth lines and coated both the mouth and the eyes with Glossy Accents to make them shiny.
The new dies are shipping now to independent craft stores worldwide. If you do not live near a craft store you will be able to buy online. Links are below.
In addition to the supplies shown in the links I used black, white, cream, yellow and three colors of purple cardstock. I also used some striped washi tape and an old piece of spotted orange paper from my stash. I cut the "welcome baby" stamp from the Lawn Fawn stamp set (shown below) into two separate stamps so I could use just "welcome" on the front of the card.
Next week is the Designer Challenge - a new video from me will be posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and the team will be showing ideas using the new dies. Mark your calendars!
Well I'm back from CHA, and what a difference a year makes.
In 2014 our booth was a modest creation using black curtains and gridwall. Signs were printed on foam board. It was exactly what we needed, and I was absolutely thrilled to have my own work on the Pop it Ups packaging, to be arranging my own displays, to have my team creating the samples for the booth . . . I didn't think the booth could possibly get better.
Joset, Els, Karen in 2014 CHA Booth
Boy was I wrong!
First Joep sent me a photo of them loading half (yes, HALF) of the new booth at the Colorado warehouse, ready for its trip out west to the 2015 CHA Mega Show:
Once the booth went up I realized how very far we've come in just one year. It DID get better. Much better. Professional acrylic signs, a slatwall system that we could customize to show off the product and samples side-by-side, demo tables for Els, Susan and myself. Interior tables for customers to sit and write orders. We even had a digital catalog and professional lighting.
Elizabeth Craft Designs 2015 CHA Mega Show Booth
Once again I was given full creative freedom to arrange my section of the booth.
New dies were on display with these cute end cap vignettes.
And then every Pop it Ups die and embossing folder in the line was displayed on this mega wall:
I have the best Design Team in the industry. These ten ladies hail from four different countries and bring every imaginable style to the dies. They filled the booth with more samples than we could fit on the walls. Next year's task is to figure out how to display more samples. We also had a few samples stolen from the booth so we're brainstorming how to improve security as well.
Since none of the Design Team members were at the show, I shot this quick video to show them their samples on display. Yeah, it's handheld, I'm moving too quickly and it will make you a little seasick, but you'll have a closer view of the amazing cards.
At my demo table I was doing an Eiffel Tower Make 'n Take until we ran out of materials. Then I switched to demonstrating the Adironadack Chair, Rectangle Pull Card and showing the Dryer Sheet trick. Mostly people wanted to see the dryer sheet trick. Here's the video again:
This is the Make 'n Take we were doing. A quick and simple card using the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die and the Paris Edges plus the Damask Embossing Folder.
On Sunday I taught a class called How to Teach with Pop it Ups. It was a big crowd and we made card starts in all the different categories as I shared all my best tips and tricks for teaching the folds. Definitely a different format for me, but I love how the class went.
Els took a couple of photos of the class. Here I am showing a great idea by Anita Izendoorn using Poppy the Owl.
One of the slides I showed in the presentation was a map of all the places I taught in 2014. Whew! I'm tired just looking at it. It was a busy, exciting and oftentimes stressful (will the kits be done in time?) year, but it was very important for me to get out on the road and launch Pop it Ups in the local stores; our primary customer.
In 2015 I will be staying home to ready my twins (Juniors in high school) for college. I'll be back out on the road again in 2016, but I don't want to miss out on this last important year with my only two kids. Instead, you will be seeing more YouTube videos from me and more classes that are designed by me, but taught by freelance and local instructors and sales reps. I will be teaching only at Trade Shows this year.
In addition to the growth of my line of Pop it Ups dies plus new offerings in all categories of the ECD in-house line, we welcomed a new licensed artist to the family. Susan Tierney-Cockburn is well-known for her love of flowers and gardening and she is able to recreate realistic flowers from paper using dies. It's amazing to see what she does. She also has stamps, low-relief flower designs for card fronts, and accessory dies. Here she is with Judi on set-up day, deciding how she wanted to display her products.
Susan Tierney-Cockburn's *NEW* line of dies and stamps
Packaging is in full swing in Colorado as I type with the intention of starting shipments on Monday, January 19, 2015 to all of the retailers who have ordered the dies. Those of you with local stores, please give the store the first opportunity to get your business. You won't be paying shipping costs when you buy locally. If you do not have a local store then here are some links to be able to purchase the dies:
It seems that the CHA winter show gets earlier and earlier every year. It's less than a week until I leave for Anaheim to debut my 2015 Winter release of 17 new Pop it Ups dies.
I always like to show a Sneak Peek video before a show so you have the opportunity to let your local stores know what you're excited about. Elizabeth Craft Designs caters to independently ownedcraft stores worldwide and those retailers tell us that they love to hear from customers about products they'd like to see in the store. So don't be shy - now is the time to call up your local store or e-mail them a link to this post and encourage them to stop by Booth #335 if they're attending the CHA Mega Show and check out the new Pop it Ups release plus all the amazing samples by the Design Team.
If your local store is not attending the show they can still make a pre-order through their independent sales rep. All of the information was e-mailed to the retailers, reps and distributors today. Dies will start shipping about a week following the CHA show and should be in stores by the end of January/first of February 2015.
Although you may be tempted to scroll past the video to immediately check out all the dies, I highly encourage you to start first with this introductory video. I explain the entire release and show a ton of ideas by the Design Team. I also demonstrate how the Pop Stands work and how to use the spinner die on the Rectangle Pull Card.
One nice thing about Pop it Ups entering its second year is I can design new dies that will build on the previous releases. The new Accordion shapes are a prime example - I designed them with the same outer frame shapes as two existing Accordions so the Frame Edges would fit more than one album. The new Rectangle Accordion also has the inner tabs in the same location as the Katie Label Accordion so you can easily mix the pages if you'd like. The Star Accordion shares a frame size with the Fancy Label Accordion.
We've changed the packaging style so that instead of showing colored cut-outs of the decorator pieces we are now showing all of the die shapes themselves. This will make it easier when you're snipping them into their individual dies - simply refer to the packaging to see what each die looks like.
Both of the new Accordions have optional stencil/emboss features - the Rectangle has a zigzag stitch pattern and the Star Accordion has stars. The Rectangle Accordion includes the stitched speech bubble (which also fits the Rectangle Pull Card) and the script word "hello".
The new Frame Edges include a Flourish Edge to fit the Rectangle and Katie Label Accordions and a Stars/Stripes/Flourish set to fit the Star and Fancy Accordions.
Next up is the *NEW* category of die in the Pop it Ups collection . . . Pop Stands! These dies are a hybrid type of die. They are designed to be used either as a really cool flat decorator die OR as their own standing pop-up card using the included Pop Stand die. The video explains how they work so if you've scrolled down without watching the video - just reverse that motion and scroll back up!
The bathtub Pop Stand comes with everything you need to style a really cool bathtub and is sized to fit the Character dies when you want to give any of them a bath. Think of the fun kid, pets and baby cards you can make with this die! The Eiffel Tower has a really cool emboss feature to create the look of gridwork on the tower. It has optional extra crossbar pieces (also with emboss features) if you want to add dimension. The Pop Stand dies themselves can certainly be used to animate other dies, but they are specifically designed to fit the dies they come with, so the tabs will be hidden by the tub's feet and the tower's legs when assembled.
I mentioned in the video that my collection tends to fall into three categories: A for Artsy, B for Beachy and C for Cutesy. The two Edge dies are a good example. The Paris Edges are designed to complement the Eiffel Tower die but also the Tags Pivot Card, Rectangle Pull Card and the Accordions. For example, the small Fleur de Lis die will coordinate (but not duplicate) the one included with the Tags Pivot Card. The postage frame edger is the height of the rectangle on both the Rectangle Pull Card and the Rectangle Accordion and goes nicely with the postage stamp frame in the Rectangle Pull Card die.
The Beach Edges (above) are going to work great with the new Adirondack Chair and Palm Tree & Pail dies (below). The waves also work great in the bathtub.
Although the Adirondack Chair is styled as a Beach chair on the packaging, don't feel limited to just beach scenes - it can be a deck chair or a fishing chair or a wicker chair, or cover the slats and make it into an arm chair. Speaking of arms, there is a cool emboss feature on the arm dies to give them a woodgrain texture. Another cool feature is the Pail in the Palm Tree & Pail die - it has a 3D handle that slides over the pegs on the side of the pail to look exactly like a beach pail. Simply pinch the holes after sliding them over the pegs to keep them in place - no adhesive required!
The new Tags Pivot Card is going to be a great choice for generic cards of any theme. Plus you'll be able to use the included decorator tags (and that cute paper clip) on other projects for greetings, etc. The die will coordinate perfectly with the Tags & More dies designed by Els van de Burgt when you want to create a large tag-shaped card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into it.
The team has been having a blast with the new Rectangle Pull Card and included spinner die. The video explains how it works, so if you're still scrolling without watching - back up you go. Up. Up. Up. It's only 11 minutes. Snacking is acceptable. Go ahead and watch - I'll wait right here for you.
Big thanks to Tanya at Stamper's, Ink. who granted permission for me to use the Funny Bones stamp on the packaging of the Rectangle Pull Card. I taught in August at Stamper's Ink and as soon as I saw that stamp I knew I wanted to use it with Whiskers the Cat.
Speaking of Whiskers, meet the three new Characters; Whiskers the Cat, Rocky the Crab and Buster the Dog. They each have a little accessory item included - a mouse for Whiskers, a shell for Rocky and a bone for Buster.
I can't think where I got the inspiration for Buster. Ha ha.
The two new Props sets are a lot of fun and the Snorkel will fit on all the Characters, not just Rocky the Crab. So if you've been wanting desperately to make a snorkeling Fox . . . here's the die you've been waiting for!
Another tip - if you want to put food in the dish the top of the paw print works perfectly. I just cut a slit in the top of the bowl and slide the paw print in from underneath.
The amazing samples shown in the video will all be on display at our CHA Booth #335. In addition, the team will be posting their creations on their own blogs in the days and weeks to come. The best way you can ensure that you don't miss any of those cards is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page and/or follow my Pinterest Boards.
I'll leave you with one of my cards from the video. I'm months ahead with a card for John for our 20th wedding anniversary next October!
On a more personal note, I really want to thank all of my fellow crafters and pop-up enthusiasts for making my first year with Elizabeth Craft Designs such an easy transition with such positive results. There are big things coming for ECD this year and I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the growth of this amazing company.
Leave me a comment with your favorite dies so I know which ones to feature in the January Designer Challenge. In January the team will be showing ideas where they combine dies from at least 3 categories. Categories include: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, and Accessory Dies. The Designer Challenge post with all of the team's ideas and a new card and video from me will be on the ECD blog on January 21, 2015.
If you missed the December Designer Challenge last month during the busy holiday season you should definitely check it out. The team provided ideas for using Pop it Ups dies for every month of the year.
I also sent out the monthly newsletter which included instructions for the Secret Word Giveaway. Because it was the holidays I brought back one of my favorites, which was the Secret Shout Out giveaway. I instructed the readers to leave a comment telling me who in their life might enjoy receiving a handmade pop-up card from them. I also told them they were on the honor system to make good on the shout-out if they were the lucky winner by making and sending that person a card.
If you're looking for a pick-me-up, scroll through the 90+ comments on the blog post and read the heartwarming shout-outs made by the entrants.
Today I used a random number generator to pick the winner and Myrna's number came up:
What a stunning array of designs! Thanks again for tons of ideas. I’d love to make a birthday card using the explosion design for my Auntie Bay who lives in a nursing home. She has always enjoyed the cards I’ve sent her.
Myrna got to choose a general pop-up die and an edge die so she would be able to make Auntie Bay an Explosion Pop-up Card like the one from my video tutorial.
Myrna chose the Happy Birthday Pop-up and the Agatha Edges as her prize. Hopefully Auntie Bay has a birthday coming up soon.
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