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Today I have a fun tutorial for doubling the width of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to make room for wider charms (or multiple charms).
First, align the Frame die centered and butted up next to the Card Base die. Tape the two dies together temporarily with removable tape.
Cut a 5″ x 8″ piece of patterned paper and fold up the middle. (Hint: to disguise the fold in the finished card, consider using a pattern with vertical stripes) Place the fold of the paper over the two dies so the paper covers most of the opening but stops right before the rounded corners. Use removable tape to secure the paper to the dies so it won’t shift while die cutting.
After die cutting, carefully remove the tape and the frame and card base. If paper remains stuck in the slot area of the card base die, leave it in the die to act as a guide for placing a piece of folded black cardstock over the frame die in the same position. Die cut the black cardstock to make a second wide frame that matches the size of the patterned paper frame.
Although a similar folding technique could be used to make a wider Pull Tab, it’s easier to simply cut a 3″ x 4.5″ piece of patterned paper to be the pull tab. Round the corners, punch a center hole and add a decorative hole protector cut with the Tags Pivot Card set. Cut a strip of black cardstock to 0.5″ x 3.75″ and glue it, centered, to the base of the pull tab as shown.
Assemble the Hanging Charm Pull Tab in the usual fashion from here. For a video tutorial of HCPT assembly, click here. I used the 3mm Double-Sided Adhesive tape for the outside edges and the 10mm tape for the bottom edge that attaches to the pull tab.
After attaching the card base to a 4.5″ x 4.125″ piece of black cardstock, die cut a decorator tag shape from the black cardstock using the Tags Pivot Card. This allows for an inlaid greeting tag and eliminates any catch points as the card is opened and closed.
Glue the two decorative frames together for stability and add an eyelet in the center. Using the Steampunk Charms, die cut a black hat, patterned paper hat band, silver wings and gears. Grunge up the silver pieces with black StazOn ink. Hang the charms from a chain in the opening.
Add the larger gear to the corner of the frame and tie a piece of sheer black ribbon through the tag. Attach the finished HCPT piece to a 5″ x 6″ flat card, decorated using the Gears Stencil with black texture paste.
Stamp the greeting using the Steampunk Clear Stamps and die cut the greeting with the same decorator tag die. Inlay the greeting tag into the opening.
The finished card measures 5″ x 6″ and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The wider opening will also work great for animating larger solid objects, too. Or perhaps think of putting a Character in half the opening and a hanging charm in the other. So many options!
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Welcome to our brand new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Starting this month, challenges will be posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming. If you missed our first challenge of this month, with a theme of "Up!" - you can see it here.
For our second challenge the theme was set by Kelly Booth: "Stretch it Out" - use any of the Accordion dies for a project of any theme.
Now when I mention that it's the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration each month, that's not technically true. It's actually MORE great inspiration each month because instead of posting just one DC card/video per month, I will be posting two. For Kelly's challenge I wanted to try something with the Fancy Accordion where I elongated the pages and then flipped the middle one so the interactive pages would stagger through the album. This is going to be a great generic use of the Fancy Accordion for any theme project. For the video I chose to do a Baby Girl theme, mainly because I wanted to show how the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil works and coordinates perfectly with the cute little pajamas charm in the Baby Charms set. Here's the full video tutorial:
When the card is closed it measures 5" x 6 7/8", making it fit perfectly in an A7 envelope for mailing. The patterned paper I used was a pretty Pebbles design from my stash.
Open the card and you get a wonderful display piece, complete with hanging charm and staggered interactive pages.
I just love how the little stitched pajamas charm matches the look of the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil. It's so easy to make your own custom background paper using the stencil. Add the Baby Charms and the Baby Clear Stamps and you've got all the ingredients for a special card for a precious new addition.
The Baby Charms set comes with four total charms. I used three of them on this project - the pajamas, the pacifier and the bunny. The set also comes with a cute umbrella. The bunny and umbrella are going to work so well for themes other than baby.
Page 3 features similar styling to the other pages. I used a decorator label cut from the patterned paper, a stamped and die cut greeting from the clear stamps, and hung the pacifier charm from a ribbon bow using a jump ring. Ready to give this technique a try? Remember, it's a great generic staggered album, so don't feel limited to just baby themes. You can find Pop it Ups products anywhere Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold or through these online links:
The Designer Challenge Team is more than a team. They are a group of my best friends. I am always so inspired by these ladies and by how they inspire and support each other. I have had the chance to hug 7 of them, but I still need a trip to Canada (or Arizona) to hug Karen Aicken, and a trip to Australia to hug Frances Byrne. Bucket list!
Here are the nine Accordions available for Kelly's challenge. There is quite a nice variety of inspiration in the team cards to follow, and they've used six of the nine albums, so a nice variety of dies as well.
Kelly Booth, our challenge hostess, made several Distress Ink backgrounds in bright beautiful colors, and then created this explosion of butterflies using the Fancy Accordion. I have never seen anything like this - so unique and lots of clever extras, like the wire-suspended butterfly in Page 2 and the garland of butterflies spanning the opening.
Karen Aicken made this summery fun tunnel/concertina card using the Oval Accordion die. This method of altering the Oval Accordion with notches for tunnel cards was first made popular by Shelly Hickox and has inspired many amazing versions ever since. I particularly love how Karen Aicken mixed in die cut Hot Air Balloons, but also premade embellishments that matched the collection. It all coordinates perfectly!
Raquel Mason made this bold geometric Rectangle Accordion with the extra interactivity of the Butterfly Pivot Card, cut and notched to fly through the album providing even more layers of interactive fun. Butterflies were a common theme for this challenge, but all of the creations are so unique. The beauty of die cutting!
Shelly Hickox took inspiration from a card by Helen Cryer, who had taken inspiration for her card from Shelly Hickox! Shelly calls it "full circle crafting at its finest" - I agree! Speaking of finest . . . this card is cleverly made to match the gift bag that Shelly purchased for a friend's birthday. The Oval Landscape Accordion does the light lifting (because butterflies aren't heavy - see what I did there?) to create the base for the cacophony of butterflies.
Summer Hills-Painter created this delightful Oval Accordion with Jinks the Monkey in his natural habitat. I love her use of the All Seasons Tree to make a leafy branch for Jinks. There are also plenty of bananas, both the die cut and embossed variety. I'm bananas for this card!
Frances Byrne created this darling Rectangle Accordion in a Baby Girl theme. I absolutely love how she used the Barrel Basket on two of the pages and filled it with the Baby Charms. The Paris Edges create a soft lacy edge to the accordion. Change the colors and this is also a perfect look for a Baby Boy card. Notice that she also included the umbrella charm in the lower left corner. Perfection!
Caz Counsell was in need of a teacher appreciation gift and Kelly's Stretch it Out Challenge was perfect for the task. Caz used the Star Accordion for her charming gift, including Poppy the Owl and some handcut scholastic props. The dimensional barn star that comes included in the set works perfectly in patchwork on Page 3.
Fran Sabad created a beachy playground for Rocky the Crab using the Rectangle Accordion and soft colors. I love how the Palm Tree & Pail and Props 3 (snorkel set) are used to set a fun scene, and notice the little heart charm (Hanging Charm Pull Tab) hanging on page 1 - great touch!
Sandy Diller knows a thing or two about a love story. She's been married to her husband for over 50 years! If you're like me, this sweet Gift Card Accordion in a "Celebrate Life" theme makes you chant "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage!" I love Sandy's combination of cute elements from lots of Pop it Ups sets. You'll be amazed how many ways you can combine elements as you build a Pop it Ups collection.
Amazing makes! I know I'm inspired! Join us back here on my blog on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 for our next Designer Challenge. The theme, set by me, is: "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide! Hope you can join us, as you're going to see a lot of the brand new collections being used for that challenge. New products are expected to arrive the first week of August and ship immediately to independent craft stores worldwide. Have you let your local store know what to order? See the new products in the Coming Soon section of the ECD website.
Elizabeth Craft Designs is exhibiting this week at the Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Event in Salt Lake City. If you're at the show, be sure to stop by the ECD booth to see these two new Pop it Ups collections, shipping the second week of August, 2016.
Here's a little overview to show what's coming. The Design Team and I have been making projects using the new collections and we will start posting those ideas on our blogs and social media starting August 1st, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here is a brief description of the new collections.
HALLOWEEN COLLECTION - By popular request I've created a Halloween collection. It includes 5 new dies, a clear stamp set and 2 stencils.
1202 Iron Fence Pop-up - this fence can be used flat or animated with the included slider arm and sleeve to arch up as the card opens. Lots of possibilities here for garden scenes, too, so it will be great beyond Halloween.
1201 Halloween Scene - this fun little set has 5 useful dies for setting a spooky mood. A tombstone edge die, a jagged branch/tree, spiderweb, spider and bat.
1200 Halloween Charms - this set will make a flat jack-o-lantern charm (or pumpkin) and an expanding 3D ghost. Charms will fit the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set.
1204 Props 9 - dress up your Character dies in this fun witch costume OR use it on its own
1203 Midnight the Bat - the latest Character die comes with a little sidekick. The small bat die will cut out the stamped version of Midnight from the Halloween Clear Stamps.
CS020 Halloween Clear Stamps - this small 3" x 4" stamp set has lots of all-purpose greetings to coordinate with the collection. Optionally cut out the bat using the die from #1203 Midnight the Bat. Optionally cut out the oval 31 stamp using the oval die from #1206 Anita Frames (Occasions Collection)
S013 Bats Stage it Stencil - need to make a quick background for a Halloween card? This all-over pattern stencil is perfect.
S014 Candy Corn Layering Stage it Stencil - I am really proud of this one! Instead of a 2-part layering stencil it's actually a 3 or 4) part. If you're working on white cardstock you do not need to ink the white tips of the corn (3rd column), but I did put them on the stencil in case you're working on colored cardstock. Start with the left-most column to start the double row candy corn border by sponging the base of the corn in either yellow or brown. Slide the stencil to the left and use orange for the center. Assuming the paper is white, skip the third column and go to the 4th, which is the shadows that make the corn appear to float off the page. Sponge the shadows with gray. This stencil can also be used as an all-over confetti pattern.
OCCASIONS COLLECTION - universal pop-ups and accessories for year-round crafting in popular themes. 5 new dies, 2 new stamps, 1 new stencil.
1205 Flower Pot Pop Stand - makes a very cool pop-up flower pot that can be filled with the included flowers, butterfly and leaves, but also filled with anything else. You can also use this die as a stand-alone box card if you prefer. Now I don't like to brag . . . so I'll let the team do it! Ha. Here are some of their comments when they got their first sneak peek of this die in action:
So so so SO cool!! I'm madly in love with this!!
Omg omg omg!!!!!! Love love love!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😍
OMGoodness. Really? Really? I'm actually glad you can't see it but I'm doing a HAPPY DANCE. WOWSA!!!!!!!
This is AMAZING!!!!! Completely jaw dropping amazing!
1206 Anita Frames Pop-up - this die is named after Anita Izendoorn, who has begged me for two years now to re-release the Floating Frames die, which was a popular one from my early Sizzix days. I redesigned it with bigger labels and made it a Pop it Ups die so you can choose your own card size. It also comes with decorator dies, including a crown, 3 labels, one of which will cut out the Happy Birthday stamp perfectly, 2 banner dies that will also cut out the banner stamps, and an oval that will cut out the 31 stamp from the Halloween collection. This is going to be a fabulous generic pop-up for any theme.
1207 Twist Circle - since I was revisiting some of my early artwork for Sizzix, I decided to update and release a much better version of the original Spinning Platform die. The Twist Circle has alignment nubs so you cut it right into any size card. The circles are included for decorating with any theme. It comes with the "hi" circle, too. Another great generic die with a fun mechanism. The circle twists up and down as the card is opened and closed.
1208 Labels & Circles - this is a decorator die with labels and circles to coordinate with the Anita Frames and Twist Circle die set.
1209 Sports Charms - these fun charms can also double as props if you cut the hang hole off and use them with the Characters.
1210 Holiday Charms - these also double as props without their hang holes. They will work wonderfully in the Pop-up Sleigh die from last year's Merry & Bright collection.
CS021 Holiday Clear Stamps - some new greetings to use with the new generic pop-ups and with last year's Merry & Bright pop-ups (Sleigh, Tree, Merry Christmas)
CS022 Occasions Clear Stamps - these generic words will work perfectly for so many projects. Cut out the banners and the Happy Birthday using decorator dies from Anita Frames, as an option.
S015 Stripes/Plaid Stage it Stencil - makes a great diagonal stripe, either single color or multiple, but you can also flip the stencil over and add the stripes in the opposite direction to make plaids. Clean the stencil and start again in another color to make multi-color plaids. The team has been using this stencil a lot!
If you are a retailer at the SPC event this week, stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to see these products in action. Retailers will also be able to order directly from ECD or through their reps. The ordering info will be e-mailed to retailers after the show.
Shipping is the second week of August with ideas and videos posted starting August 1st.
Welcome to our brand new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Starting this month, challenges will be posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
For our first challenge I set the theme: "Up!" - Let's get things airborne with high-flying cards featuring the sky.
For my card and video I wanted to create a long overdue baby card for my newest nephew, Ronan. He's about ½ years old now. (whoops!) But hey - anywhere in the year of birth still counts, right? Last year I made my sister's July birthday card on time, but didn't end up mailing it until Christmas. I think the word you're looking for to describe me is "charming." (Except the opposite of that!) Heh.
I love how this card turned out, though, and if I had made it 6 months ago when Ronan was born I wouldn't have had the little bunny die yet or the stamp set to match. So there ya go!
As I mention in the video, don't think that this design is limited to a Baby card. Swap out the greetings to birthday or encouragement and it works for anyone. The front of the card is just a simple balloon-turned-into-a-stitched-circle to frame a stamped greeting. Then I simply embellished with a couple of clouds and a strip of washi tape. Easy!
Inside the card the included pop-up die has been cut twice to extend the length (watch the video to learn this trick) and all of the pop-up platforms are decorated with clouds. The Clouds Embossing folder works perfectly to fill the sky.
This view shows a little closer the different layers of the pop-up and the other greeting circle. The cloud dies that come in the Hot Air Balloon set are easily able to cut through two layers of light to medium-weight cardstock, so be sure to stack double when cutting all the clouds.
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The Designer Challenge Team knocked it out of the clouds with their sky-inspired creations. You're in for such a treat! Make sure to click their names to open up the individual blog posts for more instructions, photos, supply lists, etc. A new window will open when you click the names, so worry not about losing this post by clicking.
Caz Counsell really shot for the moon with this Jinks in Space card. I mean, how clever! The spaceship is made from the Barn die with Hot Air Balloon basket boosters! I love absolutely everything about this card.
Shelly Hickox has been collecting gorgeous napkins and fusing them to cardstock to make unique papers. Then she die cuts them into fun cards and fussy cuts the imagery for decoration. It ends up being such a unique one-of-a-kind look. Check out this gorgeous 3-page birdy Rectangle Accordion.
Karen Aicken always does the most amazing penwork and hand lettering. This month's creation is no exception, with a stenciled and doodled sun and clouds on the front and a hand penned sentiment on the Lorna Label pop-up. What a sunny card!
Frances Byrne took last month's Cascading Tag Card tutorial to new heights with this fun version featuring Lucky the Rabbit flying kites. I love the stenciled cloudy background traveling through the card. I'm flying by to say I adore this!
Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this month really shows it with her amazing watercolored balloons. Kelly used the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up to create her pig flying scene. Virgil the Pig's wings are from the Steampunk Charms. The watercolors really pop against the white card.
Raquel Mason also created a Cascading Tag Card and filled her sky with parachuting cupcakes. Yum! I want to hang out wherever this is that cupcakes fall from the sky. Such a clever way to combine the stamped cupcakes from the Just a Note set with the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon.
Sandy Diller also had parachutes in mind and used the Oval Pull Card to create a skydiving Jinks the Monkey! I mean adorable!!! The slot/slider moves Jinks as the card is open, revealing the "Watch for Flying Monkeys" stamped greeting. Clever!
Fran Sabad has been using an adorable Stampin' Up! stamp set that looks just like her dog Daisy. This cute card uses the Hot Air Balloon, Clouds embossing folder and banners from the Lots of Pops. I just love the whole feel of this sweet card.
Summer Hills-Painter already knows that she simply must create a tutorial for this amazing double Hanging Charm Pull Tab card with hundreds of colorful balloons! By extending the tab into a long tag she was able to weave it through both card bases and with a single pull, both balloon bunches raise up. Absolutely brilliant!
So I think we can agree that the sky's the limit when you're working with a theme like Up! How about one last throwback inspiration - the original "Up!" House Pivot Card by Raquel Mason - this card has traveled the globe with me and has been photographed hundreds of times.
Well hopefully everyone agrees that this is a better Challenge Format with half the amount of cards (more manageable to see them all) and then another theme and inspiring set in two weeks. Speaking of our next challenge, it will be posted here on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with a theme chosen by Kelly Booth. The theme is "Stretch it out!" and we'll all be using Accordion dies for cards of any theme. Hope you can join us!