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Elizabeth Craft Designs FREE e-Book #1: Holiday Head Start

Are you in need of some holiday card inspiration? Check out the first Elizabeth Craft Designs eBook, "Holiday Head Start", by clicking HERE

It's a free download by entering your e-mail address. Included are step-by-step photo instructions for 14 different projects - 2 each from all of the licensed and in-house designers.  There are links to videos, a special discount code and even convenient "Buy it All" bundle deals to purchase the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies for any of the projects.

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This was a big undertaking by the new marketing and graphic art department at Elizabeth Craft Designs and they did a brilliant job. Thanks to Marli, Anna and Aisling for all their hard work.

Here are the two projects I contributed to the book.

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 EDITED TO ADD: If you have any trouble getting the eBook, please e-mail Elizabeth Craft Designs customer service at: info@ecraftdesigns.com 


Pop it Ups Gift Card Accordion - Autumn

The Fall Release dies are in stock! They're shipping now to independent craft stores worldwide.

Today I wanted to use a few of the new dies for an Autumn-themed Gift Card Accordion. 

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The Gift Card Accordion measures 5.25" wide by 4" tall when folded up, meaning it is just under an A2 size for easy mailing. The notches are cut automatically into the pages to hold a standard size gift card. The die set also comes with the script "a gift for you" die.

My card is a simple 2-page design using the companion Flourish Gift Frame set for the swirly frames and the rectangle die to cover page 1 perfectly.

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I also used the new Prop 7 Woven Basket die. This little cutie is so easy to assemble and makes a surprisingly realistic-looking woven basket in just 3 pieces. I filled the basket with the leaves from the All Seasons Tree die and also used branches of the tree as decoration for the card. The "a gift for you" die was cut from Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate.

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The instructions for assembling the woven basket are printed on the packaging. It's a very simple assembly as follows:

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Learn how to assemble the Gift Card Accordion in this video tutorial:

The patterned paper I used was a BoBunny line from my stash. Any fall-themed patterned paper would work. You will find these dies in independent craft stores very soon. You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website.


September & October Giveaway Winners!

In this month's Pop it Ups Newsletter there were two "WIN" opportunities for commenting on recent Designer Challenges.

Congratulations to Barbara, who won the Secret Word Giveaway on the Characters in Costume Designer Challenge with her comment:

I love all the dies you’ve made but especially the character dies. thank you so much for designing them and ECD for making them.

Barbara has won her choice of one of the 8 Accordion dies:

PLUS her choice of one of the 17 Character dies: (Lucky is now available!)

Congratulations to Debe, who won the "Celebrate" Designer Challenge giveaway. Her comment:

The accordian gift card holder is terrific! How unique and who doesn’t give out gift cards this days! Great idea.

Debe has won her very own Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame. (Available NOW!)

 
Want to be in on future Secret Word Giveaways? Join my mailing list for ONE e-mail a month that will include the secret word for that month's giveaway plus a link to the Designer Challenge post where you should add your comment. Click the button below to join the mailing list. Your first newsletter will come on the next Designer Challenge day (or thereabouts)
 
 
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Pop it Ups Circle Accordion - Simple Halloween Card

Need a quick and simple Halloween card? Here's a 3-page Circle Accordion featuring Jack S. faces - so easy to draw with a black pen.

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I used some old stash paper for the pages themselves -  distressed gray - you could substitute cardstock or any similar patterned paper in dark tones. I used the Dots edge from the Square w/Circle Frame Edges set and cut it 8 times from black cardstock. I tore sections of the Frame Edges and glued them randomly around the pages to create an interesting texture to the frames. This is also a great way to make fewer frame edges fit more pages. For the faces I used the large circle decorator die from the Clock & Gears set, which is just slightly smaller than the Circle Accordion circles. A substitution would be to use the Circle Accordion die itself to cut the white cardstock, then trim out the circles to decorate as faces. I drew the faces with a black pen (search "Jack Skellington Cookies" on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration!) and then added Glossy Accents over the black pen to make the expressions raised and shiny. The greeting is a Stampin' Up! stamp from a set called "Halloween Bash". I believe that set is retired, but you could substitute any suitable Halloween greeting.

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Since my pages were made from patterned paper I also used Frame Edges on the front of the album - this time the solid edger from the same gray paper. A little pop of orange ribbon acts as a bow tie. The other two pages were backed with additional patterned paper frames to make sure all pages were a similar heft. If a strong cardstock is used for the pages this step could be eliminated.

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The Circle Accordion folds up to just under 5" square, meaning it fits nicely in an A7 envelope (5x7) and, if not too bulky, can be mailed for a single stamp. 

If you're new to Pop it Ups Accordion dies you can learn how to assemble them in this instructional video:

The dies for this card can be purchased at independent craft stores worldwide - wherever Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold. If you have no access to a nearby store, you can also find the dies on the website here:

Additional Supplies: Patterned paper, "Halloween Bash" stamp set by Stampin' Up! (retired), black ink, white cardstock, black cardstock, black pen


October 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Characters in Costume

It's Designer Challenge day! For October I challenged the team to transform the Characters with costumes and/or a complete transformation into something new. I think you'll agree that the 20 inspiring projects they created are full of imagination. You can see them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I knew I wanted to use the Ring Accordion. I've used the Ring on several projects in the last few months, but realized that I'd never used the Ring specifically for a video tutorial. Time to remedy that!

My Character transformation was to dress William the Goat as an Elf. I also wanted to teach how to add the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages of an Accordion so they will expand when the album opens, but collapse for mailing. Here's what I came up with:

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Learn how to make this project, step-by-step, in this video tutorial:

 

When the album is folded close the first expanding tree will pivot to the front of the album. I decorated the outer ring with a red cardstock ring with texture paste stitch lines. The Agatha flourish adds additional decoration as well as disguises the back of William's ear in the closed position.

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When the album opens the first tree pivots into the inside of the card and the front section expands to make a 3D tree. I used the Groove Tool to sand and ink the core cardstock after embossing with the Damask folder. Learn more about the Groove Tool and enter their monthly drawing for a free Groove here: Momenta - ArtC

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William the Goat makes such a cute elf but the techniques are universal and can be translated easily to the other Characters. The Agatha Edges flourish is perfect for elf shoes and the solid Christmas Tree converts to a great elf hat.

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For this week only you can save 20% on all Characters and Props dies. Sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 at midnight MDT. Click the photo below to check it out.

If you'd like to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf, you'll need these supplies:  


Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.

Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.

Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.  

To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)

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I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set. 

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Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:

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When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.

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The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse. 

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The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges. 

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At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.

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If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories. 

Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!

Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.  


20th Wedding Anniversary

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Twenty years ago today I married my college sweetheart at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans. Despite having no family in the area, we managed to pull an impressive amount of out-of-towners (Pssst - here's the secret to "yes" RSVP's - get married in New Orleans!)

Hurricane Opal was heading our way in the week before the wedding but turned and hit the Florida panhandle. It was terrible for Florida, but the western side of the storm seemed to suck all the stifling heat right out of New Orleans and left October 7, 1995 as one of the most glorious weather days we experienced in the dozen years we lived there.

Perfect weather and all our friends and family in town? Oh yes, it was a party!

Fast forward 20 years, two big moves and a couple of kids and we're still Mr. & Mrs. Burniston. And yes, we're rather impressed with ourselves for it!

John asked me to look up what twenty years is, for anniversaries. "You know," he said "How it's like paper, silver, etc.?"

I looked it up and informed him that 20 years is the China Anniversary.

"Oh good!" I said, "I'll get you some forks and that will be close enough!"

In twenty years you lose a few forks. A regular question in our house, after opening the silverware drawer, is "Is the dishwasher clean?" 

"Forks," said John, "are not China."

"Hey, we said no presents - don't look a gift fork in the mouth!"

I did, in fact, buy some forks today. I had the fun experience of spending part of my China Anniversary at the dentist. I also got the car washed and my hair done and went to the bank. It was actually a glorious day today, too, just like 20 years ago!

Here's a card I made for John (to go with the forks). We're going out to dinner tonight and have plans with friends for Oktoberfest this weekend. The perfect way to celebrate two decades! 

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"Hey, 75 years is the Platinum Anniversary, John, so when we're 100, I expect you to buy me something Platinum"

"Will do!"

EDITED TO ADD: More info on the card -

  • Since it was our China anniversary I took a photo of a pretty plate while out shopping. I used the computer to overlay the greeting on the photo and then printed it out at a size to fit the Ring Accordion. 
  • The Ring Accordion has a built-in stencil feature of stitch marks. For Pages 1 and 3 I simply pressed Texture Paste through the die to add the raised stitch marks. I dumped some Champagne Gold glitter onto the paste while it was wet.
  • For the center page, I made my own stencil from the flourish included in the Merry Christmas die set. I did the same thing with the glitter, but was admittedly in a bit of a hurry, so it's not the cleanest glitter job.

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Here are links to the products I used on the card. 


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

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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!