USA Staggered Charm Accordion

Well it's a pretty soggy 4th of July here in the Houston area. It's been steadily pouring rain for hours and we're under flash flood advisory.

Since we can't do our cookout, I decided on a craft-in!

This morning I posted our July Designer Challenge with a theme of Sweet Summer and posted a new video teaching a technique for assembling the Charm Accordion die set with staggered squares. In honor of Independence Day I made a patriotic version.

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On the front of the card I die cut stars from white glitter paper. The large star came from the Circle Charm die set and the smaller one comes included with the Charm Accordion set. The red striped paper was from my stash. The scalloped frame from the Upsy Daisy Pop-up fits the squares of the Charm Accordion perfectly.

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When opened, the card resembles a flag. Glittered star charms dangle in the small frames. Our chunky Alphabet die was used for the USA letters.

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To create the inlaid letters, I cut them from the pages themselves and then also from two layers of black cardstock. I used the negative cut-outs behind the letter-shaped openings on each page. Then I sunk the original letters back into the opening, creating the reverse eclipse effect. You can learn this technique in last month's Designer Challenge Video.

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Learn how to create a staggered Charm Accordion by watching today's video:

 Here are the items used on my patriotic version:

Happy Independence Day!

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Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 11 - Sweet Summer

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans!

Our Designer Challenge for today has a theme of "Sweet Summer."

For my card and video I made my sister's birthday card using a staggered assembly for the Charm Accordion die set. You can also heck out my earlier wine-themed staggered charm accordion card.

Here is the video tutorial for this technique:

For the front of the card I added glittered flourishes using some lovely new microfine glitters from VZ Crafts. (Full disclosure - VZ sent me the glitters to try out.) I used Aquamarine, a more matte-finish with bits of sparkle, and Warm Crystal with tons of sparkle. The circle paper is an older Bella Blvd. design from my stash.

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Even though the Charm Accordion is a petite-sized card (just 3.25" x 4.25" when folded up), it doesn't feel small when it is displayed. The staggered orientation adds an extra element of movement and excitement to the card. The Happy Birthday stamp is Hero Arts. The blue paper is Photo Play.

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Our charm dies are all sized to work perfectly with the Charm Accordion die set and with each other. This card combines the four charms from the Sweet Treats Charms set with two charms (birthday hat and cupcake) from the Birthday Charms set. The tiny heart comes included in the Birthday Charms set. All of the charms dangle from paper jump rings using the die included with the Charm Accordion that cuts four paper jump rings at a time.

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Ask for Karen Burniston branded die sets at your favorite independent and online retailers. If you are sadly without any local shops, you will also find them on our website. Here are the links to the video products:


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The team will make your mouth water with these amazing Sweet Summer card ideas. If you click the designer's name you'll go to their blog post for more photos, supply list and information.

Frances Byrne informs us that popsicles in Australia are called "ice blocks"! The more you know! I love how she was inspired by the ice block paper to style the ice block charms and have her stamped and colored birds holding them. The pop-up is the Tag Book, placed into a larger card. So cool!

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Helen Cryer made this vision in pink of a Circle Charm Pop-up card. I love how she cut a circle hole into the back of the card to line up with the pivoting circle for a tunnel effect when the card is closed. The styling in all pink (check out that palm tree) is lovely!

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Karen Aicken can do it all! I love how her blog is filled with practical ideas, such as making use of premade embellishments with your pop-up dies to make fabulous cards on a time budget. This one uses the Katherine Label Pop-up to animate the Happy Birthday label and sunglasses. A great mix of premades and dies.

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Summer Hills-Painter used the perfect popsicle paper to highlight the Sweet Treats Charms on this vibrant Twist Panel card. I particularly like how Summer used the scalloped squares from the Upsy Daisy to mix in with the scalloped rectangle included with the Twist Panel set. Such a great way to get more use out of your sets, to mix and match the decorator pieces.

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Fran Sabad made a donut-shaped card! I just love this! She cut the card itself using the Circles- Crosshatch set and then decorated with the donut charm from the Sweet Treats set, along with Word Set 6. I adore the little girl (colored to perfection) anchoring the card. The Circle Charm Pop-up is the perfect choice for a donut-shaped card!

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Kelly Booth knows a thing or two about coloring and it's obvious in this gorgeous Upsy Daisy card. Look at those popsicles! They look good enough to eat! And clearly Mr. Fox agrees! (Plus he has left all the lime popsicles for meeeeee!) I like how Kelly incorporated a money gift by making the lower decoration a pocket.

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Have a safe and blessed 4th of July. Meet us back her next month on August 8, 2018 for our next challenge with a theme of CHARMED!

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pros Challenge - Halloween

 Today is our monthly no-pressure just-for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros. The theme for this month is Halloween so I decided to make a 3-page Charm Accordion. I taught how to do this technique in a previous challenge HERE.

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I found an older piece of striped Halloween paper in my stash and cut 6 paper pages to decorate both sides of the album. I trimmed out the center squares and used pinking shears along the edges of the paper. Normally the Charm Accordion uses a piece called the Charm Frame to glue between each of the pivoting squares, but for this assembly I decided instead to enlarge the size of the pivoting squares by turning them into labels. I attached the medium label from the Katherine Label pop-up to each of the pages. Each label had twine attached behind it so I was able to then tie the pages together to hinge them. The smaller label (green) is from the Gift Card Label set. 

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The decorations for each page came from the Halloween Elements set, along with the flourish that comes included with the Charm Accordion. I accented all the black pieces with Nuvo Crystal drops to make them shiny, taking care on the "Boo!" greeting to leave some areas of the cardstock exposed for a distressed look. 

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When folded up, the Charm Accordion is small and fun size - 3.25" x 4.25" and mails easily in an A2 envelope.

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Make sure you check out the other awesome Halloween makes by the Paper Pros. Here are some links:

Karen Aicken - Bat Pop-up Card

Frances Byrne - Boo! Twist Circle Card

Kelly Booth - Halloween Gift Card Holder

Fran Sabad - Phantom Pop-up Card

Raquel Mason - Haunted House Pop-up Card

Sandy Diller - Spooky Graveyard Pop-up Card

Caz Counsell - Creepy Hands Pop-up Card

Shelly Hickox - Halloween Charm Accordion

Here are shopping links for the items used in my card:


Paper Pros Challenge - Summer Road Trip to Wine Country

Today is our monthly no-pressure for-fun challenge with the Paper Pros.

Sandy Diller set the theme as "Summer Road Trip" and I know that the other Pros have wonderful cards that match the theme perfectly.

Me? Not so much!

I was STUMPED! Despite living in a papercrafter's hoarding den, I couldn't find any paper or stamps in my collection that would match the theme. When I arrived too early to pick up Karl from work yesterday I had a chance to pop into Michaels and see what I could find. My idea was to take a page from Karen Aicken's style - she uses a lot of pre-made embellishments. Sure enough, there were a lot of fun stickers for Road Trip themes and I started to pick out a couple when I spied something . . . wine stickers!

WINE! I love wine!

And as it turns out, John and I are attending a wedding this summer in wine country, so that counts as a summer trip. We are flying to the wedding, but then will rent a car to drive north, so the road is involved, too. Perfect!

I decided to make a 4-page Charm Accordion, but to change things up a bit by staggering the pages.

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To make the Charm Accordion staggered, cut each card in half so you have individual pages. Then flip Pages #2 and #4 so the pivoting square is closer to the bottom. You can hinge the pages using the included hinge die OR, as I did for this card, just use a strip of the same color cardstock and hinge the entire height of the page with a thin folded piece of cardstock. From there, it's just a matter of assembling as usual by adding a Charm Frame between each of the pivoting squares.

I used the Charm Accordion die again to cut my patterned paper backgrounds. I trimmed a bit off of the edges of the patterned paper so I would have a brown border. The "Welcome to Wine Country" sticker worked perfectly on Page 2 so that when the card is closed, it is also visible. I did remove the back layer of the sticker so it wouldn't be so thick.


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My second sheet of stickers were puffy wine glasses and wine bottles filled with glitter. I stuck two wine glasses back-to-back and punched a hole to create a charm. I used the jump ring die that comes with the Charm Accordion to hang the charms from the frames. The wine bottles went onto the pivoting squares, embellished with sequins and the die cut heart charm from the set.

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The greeting is one of my favorite Funny Bones stamps. 

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In this angled view you can see the third charm hanging in the center between the pages. 

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Check out our Videos Page to learn how to assemble the Charm Accordion OR if you learn better with written instructions, check out our Instructions Page to download a PDF Owner's Manual. 

Also make sure you check out the cards by the other Paper Pros who are participating this month. Their cards are AMAZING!!

Sandy Diller
Karen Aicken
Frances Byrne
Fran Sabad
Raquel Mason

Supply links:


Dad Charm Accordion - Paper Pros Challenge

Today's Paper Pros challenge theme was set by Shelly Hickox to make masculine birthday cards. What I really needed to make, though, was a Father's Day Card, so I went rogue!

I wanted to use the Charm Accordion die set, which creates an adorable little 2-page Accordion in one pass. Then, you can use the included hinge dies to expand the album into a 4-page, or 6-page, etc. See how this is done by watching the assembly video for this die:

But . . . I wanted a 3-page album and I didn't want to hinge just one page onto the end.

So what I did was to start with a 4.5" x 12" strip of cardstock and folded it at 3.5" from the end. Then I placed the fold right up to (but not crossing) the edge of the die. I used temporary removable tape to keep the cardstock aligned with the die.

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After die cutting, I had a 3-page album! I used a trimmer to take off any excess cardstock from the third page, so it would match the width of the other two pages (3.25")

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The other modification I made to the album was to make an elongated charm frame by gluing two charm frames between each page and then trimming out the center with scissors. This will allow me to hang a larger charm between the pages.

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From here it was just a matter of decorating. Both sides of the album got panels of patterned paper. I used the die to cut the pages and then trimmed 1/8" from each edge of the paper. A labelmaker was used for the greeting.

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The chipboard letters were from my stash and fit the squares perfectly. I also found the metal tool charms in my stash and knew they would be perfect for my Dad's card, since he is a mechanic and always has tools in his pockets. Since the metal charms are heavy, I used metal jump rings instead of the paper jump rings that come in the set. 

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I did use a paper jump ring for the heart charm in the lower right corner. This view shows the other metal tool charm.

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Check out all the other masculine cards on the Paper Pros blogs here:

Shelly Hickox
Kelly Booth
Fran Sabad
Raquel Mason
Frances Byrne
S@ndy Diller
Caz Counsell
Karen Aicken

You can find my new dies at many retailers, both local and online, as well as on our website here:


July 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Stretch it Out!

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.

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Open the card and you get a wonderful display piece, complete with hanging charm and staggered interactive pages.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 
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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:

 


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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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.

Happy Crafting,

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Jan 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: *NEW*!

Happy New Year! I am delighted to welcome you to our new home for the Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Having the challenges hosted on my blog allows us to change up the format a bit in the coming months and bring you even more videos and inspiration from the talented Designer Challenge Team and invited guests.

This month I issued a pretty simple challenge in honor of all the new Pop it Ups products . . . NEW! As long as they incorporated at least one new product into their projects, everything else was up to them. I love what they came up with, from tags to flat cards to pulls, slides and pops - they hit it all! Themes? We've got coffee, friendship, encouragement, Valentines, congratulations, love, birthday and tea. Change the greetings and many of these ideas would work for other themes as well.

For my card I wanted to transform Jinks the Monkey into a sock monkey for a fun "we should hang out" card. I wanted something that could be used as a Valentine, but would also work for any time of year. The new Oval Landscape Accordion fit the bill nicely and I assembled it a little differently to get a symmetrical look on a 3-page album. Learn how I made it by watching the video:

 

 When the album is closed it measures 4" x 5.25". 

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By using the (optional) alternate assembly method with the center page folded, the album looks very symmetrical when open, despite being made from an odd number of pages.

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This top view shows how it is assembled. The center page is folded and used as an X to connect the outer two pages.

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Using a stencil to decorate the center page is a great choice since it has to be folded for this assembly method. Using a stencil pattern rather than adding layers keeps the bulk down on the page. The Trellis Wavy Frame added to the outer edges punches up the red, and the decorator heart is made with monkey tails.

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All of the new products with the exception of the clear stamps have shipped out to local stores and I really encourage you to give those local stores your business before buying online. One thing I certainly saw at CHA were fewer local independent stores. We need them! If, however, you are sadly without a local store, here are online shopping links for the items used in the video:

 


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Let's see how the incredibly talented Designer Challenge Team interpreted this challenge. I am happy to report that nearly all of the new products are represented this month. For each card you'll see a photo here with my thoughts on why it's such an awesome card, but you'll see SO MUCH MORE if you click their names to go to their blog posts. They all have additional photos, tips, supply lists, etc. Don't worry - by clicking you will merely open a new window, not lose this one. So whenever you spy a card you want to see closer, just click the name and open that window.

FLATS & TAGS - For the debut of this collection I asked the team to make some flat card fronts and tags to show that Pop it Ups can be used for more than just pop-ups. They came through with amazing booth samples and a few of them are posted for this month's challenge.

Shelly Hickox made these three pretty tags incorporating new products (Stencils, Hot Air Balloon, Stamps) with existing favorites (Clock, Eiffel Tower, Happy Birthday) and the results are gorgeous! I love all the pretty layers and textures.SH_shelly hickox tags

Sandy Diller went steampunk with this tag, featuring Jinks the Monkey, Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamps and the Clock & Gears dies. I have nicknamed this tag Steamponkey. (See what I did there?) I love the rivets on the tummy. Brilliant!

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Raquel Mason converted Cheepers the Chicken into a super chick, complete with mask and cape. She used the new Partly Cloudy Stencil for the sky and altered the Cheeky Monkey Clear Stamps to fit her theme. I love the chicken wire debossed into the piece. 

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GENERAL POP-UPS - There are three new styles of General Pop-ups in the CHA 2016 release and all three were used in the challenge. There's the Cake Pop-up, the Hot Air Balloon with Pop-up and the Barrel Basket with Pop-up. You'll also see how the two new Characters, Baker the Beaver and Jinks the Monkey, plus the Baking-themed Props 8, tie in with the new pop-up dies.

Kelly Booth made this bright and fun birthday card with Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Swirly Flourish Stencil for the front of the card. She used some new stitched rectangle dies from Els van de Burgt Studio for the layers. The greeting is from the Just a Note Clear Stamps. I love the mixture of textures - pastes, Shimmer Sheetz, fluff & glitter.

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When Kelly's card is opened, up pops the new Cake. Once again she mixed various textures and I absolutely adore her use of the lace Paris Edges die as doilies!
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Karen Aicken also used the new Cake Pop Up, but by using elegant shimmer papers, she achieved a completely different feel to the die. I love how she slid the die toward the right (placement along the fold is always up to you!) to keep the floral pattern traveling uninterrupted along the left side. Karen discovered an excellent alternate use for the Ring Frame Edges 1 die set - she makes banners! You'll see more banners on her second card coming up. What a clever idea!

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Karen Aicken's second card uses the new Hot Air Balloon with Pop-up and once again, Karen shows the versatility of Pop it Ups where you choose your location along the fold. She decided to cut two pop-ups into the card and place a balloon on each, plus her signature banner technique connecting the two. Another way to spot a Karen Aicken card is to look for beautiful pen detailing, as she has done on the clouds and the balloons.

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Fran Sabad shows the other new pop-up in this release - the Barrel Basket with Pop-up. For the Hot Air Balloon and Barrel Basket, the idea is that they are great decorator dies that happen to include a simple single or double tier pop-up for when you want to animate them. In Fran's case she decided she wanted the Barrel Basket further forward in the card to make room for her monkeys, so she switched to the Lots of Pops for the structure. Who doesn't love three monkeys juggling bananas?! She also shows the new Bananas Embossing Folder and the Pull Card Edges.

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OVAL PULL CARDS - The newest addition to the Pull Card collection is the Oval Pull Card with optional Slot/Slider. I also added a fun set of edges called the Pull Card Edges that allow you to easily add paper around any of the three Pull Card designs, but also to use in fun ways like we've seen already for shaped cut outs, rickrack and more!

Fran Sabad combined the Oval Pull Card with the Hot Air Balloon for this sweet Valentine. Pull Cards have alignment nubs that allow you to choose your placement along the fold and also the card size. Fran made an oversized card to allow for three balloons.

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As Fran's card opens, the slider arm pulls the balloon across the card, making it fly. This is also a great example of the Pull Card Edges in action. Her white patterned paper was cut with the edges to leave a slight shadow around the oval on the front of the card, and the scalloped border inside allows for decorating right over the tuck slot but it remains operational. This works on all three pull cards, by the way, which was no easy feat in the design process!
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Summer Hills-Painter also used the Oval Pull Card, Pull Card Edges and Hot Air Balloon, but, once again, her choices are completely different and so the cards are completely different. So much versatility with dies - everyone should be using them! Summer shows an inspiration piece on her blog - a gift bag with hot air balloons. She used it as a jumping off point for both of her cards this month and even incorporated parts of the bag into the designs. On Summer's card you cannot spy any of the Hot Air Balloon in the closed position.

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As Summer's card opens, however, it rises up. This is another great technique where she used the optional pop-up feature from one of the other Pull Cards - in this case the Spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card - with one of the other Pull Card shapes. I love the styling on the balloon with the heart peel-offs as the trim.


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HANGING CHARM PULL TAB - This die set was very popular at CHA and uses a basic interactive card technique, the pull tab tent, but with an added twist of an open frame to animate a hanging charm. Four charms come included in the set - a coffee cup with cardboard sleeve, a butterfly, a heart and an Eiffel Tower. You can also eliminate the charm and use the frame to animate a solid object. You also have the option to orient your pull tab as a forward pull or a rear pull. Lots of options with this set and the team has been making the most of them!

Frances Byrne made a very pretty in pink Valentine using the heart charm and a rear pull. By extending the pull tab and cutting the end into a tag shape, she adds form and function to the design. As usual, she has the perfect stamps for the card! I marvel over Frances's skill with combining colors and patterns. She's a master!

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Summer Hills-Painter also extended the pull tab into a tag shape for easy pulling and used her inspiration piece, the gift bag, for the hidden greeting. Instead of a hanging charm, Summer used the frame to animate the Hot Air Balloon, which she assembled as a shaker! Such a great way to use the balloon. Once again those heart peel-off stickers along the trim really give the balloon that finishing touch.

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Caz Counsell combined some beautiful colors for this card and I love how she incorporated the same colors into the "enjoy" stamp from the Just a Note Clear Stamps. Caz illustrates a great technique with the Pull Card Edges here - by using the scalloped edge on both sides of a skinny strip of cardstock, offsetting the scallops, the die creates a gorgeous rickrack! Caz also used the new Flower Stencil on this card, with paste for texture. Lovely!

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Shelly Hickox drops the mic with this amazing masculine steampunk Valentine for her hubby.  It's such a wonderful combination of signature Shelly textures created with mixed media materials, plus metals for that industrial feel. If you click Shelly's name you'll be able to see this card in action in a video. As I like to say about everything she makes . . . Shellypiece!

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 CUP POP STANDS - If you're looking for a great all-around die set to celebrate your favorite beverages - coffee, tea, hot cocoa - look no further than the new Cup Pop Stand die set. As we saw on Kelly's flat cards, it works great just as a cup embellishment for any type of project, but can also be animated into a pop-up using the included Pop Stand die.

Caz Counsell (from England) knew that she'd be using this die all the time to send tea cards, so she created her very own custom stamp to use as a tea bag hanging from the cup! Brilliant! I particularly liked this angled photo showing much of the card, but if you click her name you'll be able to see the other photos showing more of the details, such as the lace Paris Edge along the back of the card. I like her use of the Oval Pull Card heart on the cup - so sweet!


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Frances Byrne (from Australia) made it a coffee cup for this gorgeous coffee card. You'll see the Pull Card Edges in use again - for the scalloped borders between the papers and also for the scalloped border across the cup - that scalloped border is a great addition to any card. Frances also used the Coffee & Tea clear stamps and the Just a Note clear stamps to make her custom greeting. The colors are so fresh and fun.

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Sandy Diller (from USA) made this steampunk version of the Cup for the Pop it Ups Cardmaking | Winter 2016 eBook. It's FREE, so definitely check it out for awesome card ideas and instructions. The details in this card are spectacular, from the clever use of the Clock & Gears die, to the rivets and metal gears on the coffee cup. Sandy incorporated the new Coffee Embossing Folder into this piece as well.


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Well I hope you feel inspired to check out the latest release of Pop it Ups dies, folders, stencils and stamps to make dynamic cards for any occasion.

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Join us here next month, on February 10, 2016, when we will be taking on a challenge called GLITTER! 

Happy Crafting!

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Pop it Ups Class at Craft Crossing AND Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

This Saturday I'll be at Craft Crossing in Gonzales, Texas with a Pop it Ups card class. We'll make two cards that double as optional Gift Card Holders.

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The class is this Saturday, December 5th, from 12:30-2:30 and only costs $25. In addition, I'm showing up early so I'll have time for demos before class and to set out all the sample cards - lots of great inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team will be on display.

Everything in the class kits will be pre-cut, but please bring these basic tools to class:

  • Adhesives, Adhesives, Adhesives! - a strong double-sided tape, tape runner, and fine glue pen or bottle.
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers (optional, but very helpful for placing glitter dots and reindeer eyes)
  • Blending tool and coordinating inks (optional, if you're an inky sort - brown for Rudy, maybe some red/green/blue?)
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the sample cards (I usually have about 100 with me!)

Call the store to sign up: 830-203-5303

In other news, Congratulations to Nancy Walker, who won the November Secret Word Giveaway on the Video Techniques Designer Challenge with her comment:

Karen, I can’t tell you how much your VIDEOS help me when I am trying to learn how to teach your fantastic pop its cards to the Tennessee Stampers group and others. You show great shortcuts and great variety of uses for each! I love this particular challenge. It sure shows the talent you have in the designers for ECD!

 

Nancy has won the two accordions used in my video tutorial: Star Accordion and Rectangle Accordion.  Or, if she has either or both of those dies already, she may substitute another Accordion style instead. There are 8 Accordions:

 

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Congratulations to Nancy and to the Craft Crossing students - see you Saturday!


November 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Video Techniques

It's Designer Challenge day! For November I challenged the team to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos and make their own version. As always, they did a fantastic job and you'll find their interpretations, plus links to the video tutorials, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I wanted to teach a new technique - mixing pages between different sized accordions. Here is the video tutorial:

 

When the album is closed you see all the layers in the album because of the different page sizes. 

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The Star is a particularly good choice for this technique because the stars overhanging the interior pages allows for easy hanging of a garland. 

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For the bead garland, I used a clear flexible bead string with red, silver and clear beads. I die cut four snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die set from white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. I added a small pearl to the center of each snowflake and then dumped the same embossing powder from the stars and trees over the snowflakes and heated. Next, I pierced a hole in each snowflake to add a jump ring and then hung them from the bead string. To attach to the stars I wove the end of the bead string through the pierced hole from the front of the star, slid a crimp bead onto the string from the back and crimped it close to the star to trap the end.

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 If you'd like to make  your own Mixed Size Accordion you'll need these supplies. You can find my products at independent craft stores worldwide.

You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website and here's a special offer: To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.


Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.

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The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.

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Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.

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Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.

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We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.

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If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!