Nov. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: Hat Attack!

Today in America we elect a new President and I'm sure I speak for most Americans when I say that it's been a very stormy political climate during this election cycle. We all need a break and nothing could be better than a crafting hat party to lighten the mood!

Welcome to our first Designer Challenge for November. I set the theme for this challenge as Hat Attack! The team was challenged to incorporate one of the several hat dies from the Pop it Ups collection into a card of any theme. My first count was six hats - Props 1 bowler, Props 2 birthday, Props 5 Santa, Props 6 Cowboy, Props 8 Chef and Props 9 Witch. However, I had forgotten the Steampunk Charms Top Hat and the Anita Frames Crown, so there are actually 8 hat choices, and even more if you make your own by transforming other dies into hats.

For my card and video I'm teaching a very easy generic technique for making a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I decorated mine as a Thanksgiving card, featuring Cheepers the Chicken converted into a turkey and the Props 9 Witch hat converted into a Pilgrim hat. Watch the video to learn these techniques:

My finished card is A2 sized (5.5" x 4.25" when folded) and will mail in an A2 envelope for a single stamp. This technique is a great one for Christmas cards, too, and the window design is both pretty and practical, as it allows the interior decoration to be viewed in both the closed and open position. This will save both time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.

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For my card I used some pre-made laser cut felt leaves from Creative Impressions and mixed them with die cut embellishments, including the Witch hat turned into a Pilgrim hat and a the pumpkin charm from the Halloween Charms. As the card is opened the pop-up starts to raise up.

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The Lorna Label is such a great generic pop-up die that offers a large surface for decorating. It easily accommodates Cheepers converted into a turkey thanks to Props 2 birthday hat tail feathers. 

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The greeting is from an older SU! set called Harvest of Thanks. I embossed the "gratitude" stamp in white powder and then die cut around it with the smaller decorator label from the Lorna set. Cheepers makes a great turkey by simply adding tail feathers using the solid party hat die from Props 2.

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If you'd like to make your own Thanksgiving-window-pop-up-Cheepers-turkey-in-a-pilgrim-hat card, you'll need the following supplies: 


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Hats off to the Designer Challenge Team, who created amazingly fun and clever cards featuring hats.

Sandy Diller kicks us off with a fabulous homage to hats for all seasons. Her 5-page Oval Landscape Accordion features four seasonal hats made by altering other hat dies. Brilliant! On her blog are instructions for each hat. Clever!

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Fran Sabad is brilliant! I absolutely love everything about this fun "barrel of monkeys" card featuring Jinks the Monkey and the Props 6 Cowboy Hat. Inside the card the Twist Circle spins up another monkey and the greeting. What great colors!

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Raquel Mason made this "wild" card featuring animal print and hot pink for the perfect color scheme for a Whiskers the Cat double slider card. As the card is tilted, the cats on the front will slide up and down the circle! How fun! Inside the card Raquel added even more interactivity with the Happy Birthday pop-up. Meow-vulous! 

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Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Twist Circle Panel card featuring several pastel hats and her signature Ring Frame Edges banner technique across the top. I love all the fun colors and the stacked bowler hats on the front of the card.

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Caz Counsell turned Jolly the Mouse into Santa, courtesy of the hat, glasses and mustache in Props 5. Then she styled the Flower Pot Pop Stand as a chimney, complete with snowy edges and Holiday House lights. I love the brick paper and the presents on the roof. Perfection!

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Summer Hills-Painter made a super fun Christmas card featuring Chilly the Penguin and Honey the Bear wearing the Props 5 Santa hat. I love her use of the Sleigh on the front of the card stacked high with presents and the Anita Frames is the perfect way to animate the greeting inside. Love this!

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Shelly Hickox created an adorable harvest treat bag featuring a lovely plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil. She also used the Labels & Circles for the window and created a pilgrim hat using an upside-down pail die. Brilliant! Love her use of the wheat stalk from Props 6, too.

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Frances Byrne gave Jinks the Monkey a whole closet full of hat choices. Hatty Birthday! Ha ha ha. What an awesome pun. This uses the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to animate Jinks. Love!

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Amazing! I love all the cards by the team this month and I especially love that this challenge produced such FUN cards! Speaking of fun, our next challenge is in two weeks, on November 22, 2016. The theme was set by Karen Aicken as "Charmed, I'm sure!" - we are all to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies on our creations. I'm sure it will be a (wait for it) "charming" challenge! 

Happy Crafting!

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Oct. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Boy, oh Boy!

Welcome to our second Designer Challenge for October. Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month and chose Boy, oh Boy! - a challenge to focus on rough and tumble masculine cards. 

One of my friends is expecting twins and just announced that it's two boys. I decided to make her a card to celebrate this upcoming outnumbering. This is a great alternate technique for the Flower Pot Pop Stand to utilize the mechanism and base of the pot to animate two trees instead.

My card measures 5" x 5" square and will fit nicely in an A7 (5x7) envelope for mailing. In fact, it folds flat enough to mail for a single stamp if you don't go too crazy with bulky embellishments. I used older papers from my stash.

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I particularly like how well the leafy vine from the Flower Pot die set fits the tree/branch from the Halloween Scene set to transform it into a year-round tree. It's always great to repurpose seasonal dies so they don't have to sit lonely for a year.

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The tire swings are made using the Baby Charms pacifier die (trimmed to just a ring with a hang hole) and the small gear from the Steampunk Charms. I love how the spokes of the gear creates the tread of the tire. The bunny charm was perfect for the twins.

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As a mother of twins myself, I can attest to the greeting inside this card. Twins are definitely an adventure! 

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I'm sure you can imagine that the trees in this card could be swapped out for anything - think of this technique animating two Characters, or the Barn, or Christmas trees! Go forth and create with your mad talents, my crafty friends!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores and websites worldwide. Here are supply links for the products used in the video:


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Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month. As the mother of three boys she had plenty of inspiration for this amazing card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab plus the Clock & Gears, Steampunk charms and stamps and Gears stencil. I love the industrial feel to this ultra-masculine make!

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Sandy Diller hit it out of the park with this sports-themed card. I love how she used the Twist Circle to animate the big baseball and then embellished with the Barrel Basket filled with the Sports Charms. Perfect!

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Fran Sabad used one of my favorite generic pop-up dies, the Lorna Label, for this dynamite dinosaur card. What a perfect card for a boy!

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Raquel Mason got very clever with repurposing the overlay of the soccer ball from the Sports Charms die set to inlay into the front of her fun monster card to look like jacks. The Twist Circle die set was used on this adorable card.

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Karen Aicken made a card for her grandson by converting the Twist Circle into a panel card and decorating with boy-themed papers and embellishments. Perfect!

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Caz Counsell created a great western-themed card front featuring Cocoa the Horse and the Western Edges, along with matching clear stamps. Pop it Ups work wonderfully for card fronts, with or without pop-ups inside the card.

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Frances Byrne also went out west with this amazing Twist Circle Panel Card combining all the western-themed items from the Pop it Ups line. Love this!

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Thanks to the team for another wonderful challenge and for Summer for setting the theme. Join us for our first November challenge on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with a theme of "Hat Attack!". We'll be showing off the different hats from the various Pop it Ups dies. Should be a fun one!

Happy Crafting!

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Coffee Lovers Fall Hop - Twist Circle Panel Card

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This is my project for the Fall Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I've made another version of the Twist Circle Panel Card from this week's Designer Challenge Video

The front of my card features elements from the Cup Pop Stand and Hanging Charm Pull Tab, along with a coffee-themed stamp set from Verve. The card measures 5" x 6" when closed.

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As the card is opened the panels start to twist and raise. This is a modification of the Twist Circle die.

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Once open, the panels pop-up in the center of the card. I decorated them with various coffee-themed dies and stamps. I also added additional pop-up layers by cutting the tiered pop-up from the Hot Air Balloon into each valley fold.

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You can see the extra pop-up platforms in this side view. This gave me the opportunity to make many layers to my scene.

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In addition to the Cup Pop Stand (large cup, steam, spoon, coffee beans) I used the to-go coffee cup charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. I also used the postage edge from the Paris Edges to cut out my pop-up greeting and to add borders to the background of the card. The frame and greeting are inlaid into the background to avoid any catch points as the panels pop up.

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Learn how to make a Twist Circle Panel Card by watching the video tutorial:

Here are the items used for my card. 


Pop it Ups Halloween Rectangle Pull Card

Howdy crafters! Today I'm on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog scaring up a fun way to use the Rectangle Pull Card for a peek-a-BOO! Halloween card.

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The Rectangle Pull Card is a versatile, generic, interactive die made even more interactive by using the included Spinner die. For today’s card I’ll use the Spinner as a way to suspend the new 3D Ghost charm inside the card when open. When closed, the ghost will “peek” through a window. Let’s first look at the five steps to creating the window card:

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  1. Cut a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of heavy black cardstock and score in the center for folding. Add two 4″ x 5.25″ panels of spooky patterned paper inside the card. Line up the Rectangle Pull Card over the fold of the card using the alignment nubs. Add in the small rectangle die to die cut a window at the same time. Z-fold the card in the usual manner.
  2. Use the large rectangle decorator die included in the set to die cut a rectangle of a contrasting patterned paper. Use a temporary adhesive to hold the rectangle in place on the front of the card.
  3. Open the card and trace the window opening onto the back of the decorator rectangle.
  4. Remove the large rectangle and line up the small window die over the pencil lines to die cut the window in the correct location.
  5. Adhere the windowed panel into place on the front of the card.

Now that the card base is complete, it’s time to cut and assemble the 3D Ghost charm:

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  1. Die cut the ghosts from white cardstock. The die will cut (1) notched ghost, (1) notch/slot ghost, and (1) slot ghost with hang hole.
  2. Slide the bottom of the notch/slot ghost through the slot in the hang hole ghost until the notch is in the slot at the bottom.
  3. Depending on the weight of the cardstock, you should be able to just bend and pull the top of the ghost until the top notch is also through the slot. If this is too difficult, fold down the cardstock next to the notch to slide the ghost easily into the slot and then unfold.
  4. Collapse the 2-ghost set flat so both slots are lined up over the top of each other. Slide the notched ghost through both slots until the notch is in the slots at the bottom. For this ghost, you will definitely have to fold down the cardstock next to the notch at the top to slide it through the slot.
  5. Unfold the cardstock to lock all three ghosts together. The charm is now assembled and ready for hanging in the card.

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The Rectangle Pull Card comes with a Spinner die. It’s very easy to install anywhere along the fold of the card. I installed it near the top, first punching a hole in the center for the chain. I managed to find a ball chain in my stash that was the perfect size to shove through the hang hole in the ghost without needing any additional securing. A thinner ball chain could be used as a loop instead of a chain. Or the ghost could be hung with fishing line or twine. I thought the chain was fitting for a ghost! I also used the included postage frame die to frame the windows with black cardstock. If you’re new to the Rectangle Pull Card or need a refresher, scroll to 6:50 in this introductory video: Rectangle Pull Card 

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I cut two Iron Fences from black cardstock to decorate the card. For the piece on the front of the card I added a stamped 31 oval. I stamped it in watermark ink onto a textured black cardstock and covered it with white embossing powder. The powder didn’t completely cover the cardstock’s texture, which gave a great look. I was inspired to try a white-over-black embossed 31 by Shelly Hickox’s last Designer Challenge Card.

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The Iron Fence die set comes with two bird dies, both of which I used as blackbirds with Glitter Dot eyes, perched on the fence. I love how the ghost ends up peeking through the window in the closed/collapsed position, and then expands and hangs in the card as it is opened:

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For a greeting I stamped “Spooky Halloween greetings” onto white cardstock with watermark ink and embossed with white powder. Then I used some gray ink to sponge over the greeting turning the background gray. I cut out the greeting with a stitched circle die from the Labels & Circles set and added black dots over the “eyes” in Spooky.

The finished card measures 5.5″ square in the closed position and can be mailed in a 6×6 envelope for extra postage.

Here are the products used in the card.

Other supplies:
 
Reminisce “Glitter Webs” paper, White & Black cardstock, Versamark & Distress gray inks, White embossing powder, Ball chain
 

Pop it Ups Sweet Little Baby and Baby Card

I'd been wanting to make a special card for my friend, who is expecting her first baby . . . and her second one too! It's twins! 
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She seems to think that I will be a valuable resource in the "how to mother twins" department, but I must say that the early years are a complete blur. It was, after all, 18 years ago!

Although they do plan to find out the sex(es) of the babies, they don't know yet, so when I saw this Crate Paper line with the animal crackers and wood chevron I thought it would be perfect for a neutral card. The front of the card features two cut-aparts from a piece of paper in the collection. I combined them along with a handwritten "and" to make it a "Sweet little baby and baby" greeting. The little stitched baby pajamas are from the Baby Charms die set.

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As the card is opened you see the Flower Pot start to expand. I stamped Congratulations in gray ink onto one of the labels from the Labels & Circles die set.

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The animal crackers paper was the perfect choice for both the background and the filling. I fussy cut a bunch of animals from the leftover paper and combined them with the Baby Charms to fill the pot.
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On all the animals I added tiny glitter dots over their eyes to give them some extra personality. The baby pajamas die has a heart-shaped stencil feature, so I simply used a pencil through the heart stencil and then colored it with a peach marker. 

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My friend is not a crafter, but perhaps I can convert her! Heh heh heh. We had a nice girls' day out with lunch and a movie (Bridget Jones' Baby, naturally!) and she loved the card.

Ready to make your own animal crackers baby card? First, learn how to assemble the Flower Pot die set by watching this instructional video: 


And then gather your materials. Here are the products used on the baby card:


Twist Circle Snowman Card - version 2!

Interesting story about this card.

My original Twist Circle Snowman Card was sent to Els for her shows. It did a fair bit of traveling and I believe it now resides in London at the offices of The Craft Channel, where you may see it on future shows featuring the Twist Circle Pop-up die set.

I was invited to demo at the recent CKC in Houston, and since the original Twist Circle Snowman Card had been so popular, but was, at the time, somewhere in The Netherlands, I decided to make a second version of the card to show in the booth.

Except the card never made it to the booth.

Or it did, and got immediately stolen. Not sure.

Because that card vanished! When I realized during my Friday demo that it was missing I just assumed I had left it at home and would bring it for the Saturday demo. I searched for it that night but it didn't turn up. Yesterday I did some cleaning of my office (vastly overdue) and still held out hope that the card would show up . . . but no! 

A mystery!

At least I took photos of it before it vanished. The Fancy Pants patterned papers are years old, from my stash, so you'd have to substitute something from this decade, but any festive winter papers would work well as a backdrop for a fun twist circle snowman.

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The card measures 5" x 6" when folded and features a foldover flap with hidden magnets as a closure. I combined the large label dies from the Labels & Circles set with one of the large circles from the Twist Circle set to make the front decoration. It also features the Holiday Charms and some fussy cut mittens from the leftover patterned paper.

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What's cool about the Twist Circle die set is the action on the mechanism. In the closed position the snowman sits face up and sideways flat in the card. As the card opens, he starts to raise and twist into the center of the card. The greeting inside the card is made with the Labels & Circles die set and the Holiday Clear Stamps.

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Once the card is open the snowman floats in the card. To make the snowman I used the large stitched and medium circles from the Twist Circle set, and then the circle charm from the Sports Charms for his head. There are pop dots between the layers for dimension. The hat is from the Steampunk Charms set and the arms and carrot nose are trimmed branches from the spooky tree in the Halloween Scene set. The snowflake is from the Holiday Charms. His eyes, buttons and smile are black/silver glitter dots.

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 Learn how to assemble the Twist Circle die set by watching this instructional video:

 

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Halloween Charms Pop-up Card

A great option for the new Anita Frames Pop-up die is to use the included decorator label dies to cut windows from the pop-up labels and hang charms in the openings. Here's a Halloween card using this technique. (See this post for a Christmas version)

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For the front of the card I used the new Candy Corn Layering Stencil to make a border and then added a stamped greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps, cut out with the dies included in the Anita Frames set, and then added the jack-o-lantern charm from the Halloween Charms.

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Speaking of the Halloween Charms, you can see the dies that come included in the set at the bottom of the packaging. The three ghosts that combine to make the 3D ghost are all on the same die, making it quick, easy, and paper-saving to construct the ghost. For the jack-o-lantern charm, there is a solid pumpkin die (cut from black) and a face overlay die (cut from orange), plus a die to cut the stem and vine (green). For solid pumpkins, perfect for harvest themes, simply eliminate the face overlay and cut the pumpkin charm from orange cardstock.

For today's card I used jump rings to hang the charms in the openings of the pop-up. I further embellished with spiders and webs from the Halloween Scene die set and the "31" stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps, which can be cut out perfectly by the oval die that comes included in the Anita Frames set.

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Learn how to use this pop-up die set and the layering stencil in these two instructional videos:

 

 

Want to give this card a try? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide and through their website. 


Pop it Ups Anita Frames & Holiday Charms

Today I'm sharing a fun way to use the new Anita Frames Pop-up die set with any of the Charms sets in the Pop it Ups line.

The front of my card is very simple - just layered squares of cardstock and paper wrapped in a ribbon to resemble a present. I hung two of the Holiday Charms from the knot in the ribbon. The patterned papers I used on my card are retired designs from Basic Grey that I found in my stash. But of course any patterned paper would work for this type of card.

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When the card opens the Anita Frames pop-up is revealed and the other two Holiday Charms hang in the openings. I also used one of the banner dies that comes in the Anita Frames set for added decoration. The greeting is from the new Holiday Clear Stamps, cut out with the decorator labels that come in the Anita Frames set.

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Here's a close-up so you can see more detail on the charms. The Candy Cane charm comes as a solid and an overlay, making it very simple to create the stripes. The tree charm features decorative dots around the perimeter and is easily decorated with Glitter Dot ornaments.

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The Anita Frames pop-up die will cut solid labels that can be decorated for any theme. When you want to create openings for hanging charms, simply cut the pop-up in the usual manner and then use the largest decorator die over each pop-up label to remove the centers. This will work for any charms, any theme.

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Learn how to cut and assemble the Anita Frames Pop-up in this instructional video:

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world. You can also order direct from their website. Here are links to the products I used on this card: