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.