For our Designer Challenge this month we are making Halloween Cards and you'll be very impressed with the cards from the team. Since I made a rather elaborate Halloween card last month for the Signature Style challenge, I wanted to teach a more simple card this month.
Watch the video to learn how to make an easel card using the creepy hands die from the Halloween Elements die set as an easel stop.
Here are a couple of photos of the finished card.
The card measures 4.25" x 5.5" when closed and mails easily in an A2 envelope. I decorated my envelope with the same dies as used on the card.
I found the patterned paper in my stash - it's a Moxxie paper called "Midnight Dreary" from many years ago. Any patterned paper will work for this design, or it could be made with solid cardstocks or inked backgrounds.
Here are the supplies used for this card:
Get ready for some fun and spooky inspiration by the design team. Click on each team member's name to go to her blog and see more photos and supply lists.
Shelly Hickox has step-by-step instructions on her blog for how she made the amazing elements in this Katherine Label window card with a custom background and fun flying ghosts.
Kelly Booth created this delightfully wicked haunted house scene and I love all the boo-tiful details!
Karen Aicken went all out for this fabulous Katherine Label window card with a round window made into a ghost wreath! How clever!
Helen Cryer doesn't normally make Halloween cards but you wouldn't know it by seeing this fabulous Charm Accordion. I love how Helen combines patterns.
Summer Hills-Painter created a Katherine Label window card and decorated it fabulously for Halloween. As the label lifts, the ghosts fly and the graveyard is revealed. Love it!
Fran Sabad filled a flower pot with ghosts and it's fabulous! She incorporated the iron fence from the House & Fence die to the scene. Fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a delightful scene on her Halloween Charm Accordion. I love how she incorporated the "to you" die from Word Set 3 to create a "Boo! to you!" greeting. Clever!
Well I hope you feel inspired to make a few Halloween cards this year. Join us back here on November 8, 2017 for our next Designer Challenge, called "Gingerbread" - the team will be incorporating gingerbread elements into their projects. What fun!
EDITED TO ADD: Whoops! I completely forgot to include the information about last month's Secret Word Giveaway winner. Congratulations to Marty F. whose comment was chosen by random draw to win the Christmas Tree and Tree Pop-up die sets.
Amazing samples from the Design Team and so fun to see everyone's personal style. Love the tree pop-up and how you can make more than one style of tree with it! So glad to see you with these talented ladies again :-)
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Welcome to our first Designer Challenge with our new Design Team! Each month I issue a challenge to the Design Team and they post their challenge card on their own blogs the first Tuesday of each month. The next day (so the first Wednesday after the first Tuesday) you'll find a compilation blog post here on my blog along with a new card and video tutorial from me.
This month, since it is our first challenge, I issued a challenge for the team to make cards of any theme in their Signature Style. You'll find photos of their cards and links to their blog posts below. For my card, I wanted to draw on my love of repurposing dies into new combinations. I also love making Halloween cards that are creepy. This card is a combination of two die sets - the Christmas Tree Pop-up (for the base and mechanism) and the Tree Pop-up (for the tree).
Watch the video tutorial for this card:
For the front of the card I used an older rubber stamp from my stash (I would love to know who made this stamp - could it be Twenty-Two?) that features a line from The Raven.
As the card opens, the tree starts to pop-up.
Borrowing the mechanism from the Christmas Tree Pop-up to make other things pop-up is a great technique for creating custom standing pop-ups. What else can you make pop-up this way?
For my spooky tree, I decorated with black birds from the Halloween Elements die set plus the spiderweb from the Halloween Scene die set. A metal spider charm hangs from the tree.
The greeting is a combination of a die cut word "Happy" with a stamped word Halloween, cut out with a Katherine label die and embellished with a bone.
Here are supply links for this card:
One of the things I mention in the video is how easily the Raven Tree Card can become an any season tree card by changing out the colors and styling. I put that challenge to the test and made this pretty version of the card in a Thank You theme.
Let's take a look at how the team interpreted the theme. If you click their names you will go to their individual blog posts, where you will find more photos and information about their cards, including supply lists.
Kelly Booth always incorporates beautiful colors into her cards. She also loves making her own backgrounds using inks and techniques. This Halloween card really shows off her style. It uses the floating floor die from the House & Fence die set plus the Halloween die sets.
Karen Aicken made this Snowman Twist Circle (minus snowman) beauty to show off her style, which often features patterned paper, shimmer and sparkle, and premade embellishments. Such unusual elegance in this Halloween card.
Fran Sabad loves to combine patterns and to color stamped images. She combined both those loves into this fun holiday card featuring the Sleigh Pop-up and a festive Riley the Moose stamp.
Frances Byrne loves owls and also loves to combine the perfect patterned papers with the perfect stamps to complete cards for any theme. This one uses the Katherine Label to animate the adorable owl stamp. I love how she also incorporated the Gift Card Label.
Shelly Hickox has such a way with steampunk, artsy and edgy cards. This Twist Panel card featuring elements from the Halloween die sets is the perfect example. Notice her use of the witch hats on the patterned paper people. Clever!
Helen Cryer has returned! Helen took some time off to become a volunteer firefighter (talk about multi-talented!) and is now able to add crafting and blogging back into the mix. What a debut! This darling House & Fence Pop-up is the perfect illustration of Helen's detailed and charming style.
Summer Hills-Painter loves making flowers and it shows with this beautiful Flower Pot pop-up card. I love the classy color scheme! She also shows how well the Gift Card Label can be used for greetings. So pretty!
Join us next month on October 4th, for our next challenge with a theme of "G-G-G-Ghost!" We'll be making Halloween cards.
Well 2016 is nearly over and our final Pop it Ups Designer Challenge is full of fun! Sandy Diller set the theme of "Party Animals - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else"
For my card I wanted to show yet another way to adapt the Twist Circle Pop-up die set. This time I'll use it without the upper platform and instead I'll add spirals to the lower platforms. This generic card design could be used for any theme. I decorated mine for New Year's using Hoppy the Frog and the decorator pieces from the Anita Frames. It would make an adorable Valentines card with hearts decorating the spirals.
The front of my card features the same confetti patterned paper (SEI 8-6909 from my stash) as the card's interior. I cut the patterned paper into two pieces to allow the frog to be tucked behind the title. I added his front legs, trimmed and folded, to look like he's holding the greeting. "Happy New Year" is spelled out in (very old) letter stickers from my stash and Hoppy's eye sockets, cut from gold paper, created the perfect confetti in between the letters.
As the card is opened, the Twist Circle lower platforms start to pop-up, causing the spirals to expand.
Once open, the spirals expand and the frogs pop-up. The banners suspend between the spirals, spelling out the year to come. The greeting comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called "Lovely Amazing You" - I thought it was the perfect greeting for a new year full of promise.
I explain in the video about the banners. If you're stringing 3 banners they fit nicely between the spirals - simply attach the string to the spirals and hang the banners between. However, if 4 banners are required, it took a little extra engineering. Basically I needed to anchor the "2" banner, but that meant it wouldn't be able to shift locations when the card closed. To allow for the other banners to shift, I needed the string to be able to slide through the "2" banner to give slack to the other three so they can find a good resting position when the card is closed. Because the string is anchored to the card, it will pull the slack out of the banners as the card is opened and raise them into the air.
This card design is very generic and can be decorated for any theme. You need only the Twist Circle for the mechanism, but if you're interested in replicating this exact card, here are the items you'll need:
Just a quick note about these 9 amazing ladies. Most of them have been on my team since my Sizzix days and we've been posting monthly Designer Challenges for years! Every month for the last three years this team has posted jaw-dropping projects promoting Pop it Ups and Elizabeth Craft Designs. What an honor to have these beautiful people showing off my products in such clever and creative ways. They are my best friends and I couldn't have done it without them.
Sandy Diller set the theme this month and then created this absolutely amazing card featuring several Character dies and a Hee Haw theme. She doubled the Lots of Pops using a clever box cut in the center of the card. So fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a Z-fold card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into the panels to animate her greetings. Jinks the Monkey and his pals are partying on the front of the card. As usual, Frances found the perfect mix of papers, stamps and dies for an awesome card.
Karen Aicken is ushering the new year with a stylish card featuring kraft and red with black accents. So many great details in this card - I love the pink bubbly and the styling on Jinks. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab provides the base.
Raquel Mason shows Jinks the Monkey's true party instincts with this fun Oval Pull Card featuring a background of embossed bananas and an inverted monkey flying on the slider arm. I am bananas for this card!
Fran Sabad created a stunning New Year's card featuring black and gold accents and the Clock die turned into a shaker! I love the way she used the Anita Frames pop-up to highlight the date inside the card. The Party Animals have a couple of hours left!
Shelly Hickox is celebrating the new year by getting organized with her planner. She created these adorable Character planner clips using a woodlands styling on Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. I like the addition of Chilly the Penguin's scarf to Honey as well. This makes me want to become a planner girl!
Caz Counsell ends the year and the Designer Challenges with this fabulous ode to the team, featuring 10 different "spirit animals" representing all of us. She die cut the Lots of Pops across the card several times to give plenty of platforms. I adore this card almost as much as I adore this team!
At year's end it's always a great time to reflect on the journey, and it's been marvelous!
Can you believe it's just a couple of weeks until Christmas? The month is flying by but the team and I took a moment from the hustle and bustle to contemplate our own lists . . . what would we want for Christmas from the Pop it Ups line if we didn't already have it? That was the challenge I issued the team - use your favorite Pop it Ups die.
For my card I was very torn - I love all of my dies! In the end I chose two favorites - the Lorna Label Pop-up and the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. The Lorna label was chosen for two reasons - first, it is named after my late Grandmother, Lorna Madsen, who was one of my very favorite people, and secondly, because I love the shape and generic versatility of the die. My other favorite is the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. I love the way the trees expand in this set, giving an extra dimension to the pop-up.
This card is a top-fold A2 card, measuring 4.25" x 5.5" when closed. The front design is a repeat of elements inside, a "simple lead-in" approach that I use often.
A piece of sparkly silver ribbon is used for a simple closure. I added hook and loop tape to the ends of the ribbon. To make it easy to lift, I added a loop of ribbon to one end, embellished with the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. The ribbon is anchored on the back of the card.
As the card opens the trees start to pop-up. Doubling the Lorna Label is such an easy way to create a floating floor to animate anything. I can see this card design being used for so many themes. Swap out the trees with little stamped images and create an impressive layered scene!
In the open position the trees expand, creating even more dimension to the card. I wrapped some silver twine around the lower Lorna label. The little greeting stamps from Stacy Yacula (POD) were the perfect size to fit in the fishtail banner die from the Lorna set.
Here is a side view showing how "L" supports work with a floating floor. You simply need a slot and a support and then anything can pop up anywhere on the floor. The foot of each support is glued to the base of the card. The floor (in this case, the Lorna label) will pull the support up as the card is opened and push it down as the card is closed.
The trees and snowflakes are cut from a piece of white cardstock that was first coated, front and back, with Sparkle Mod Podge. I love the hint of sparkle that the embedded glitter provides. All of the ornaments are Glitter Dots in Transparent/Silver.
It's a great time to stock up on Pop it Ups holiday dies during the Elizabeth Craft Designs sale, going on through 12/23/2016. Both the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and the Holiday Charms are included in the sale.
As usual, you are going to be blown away by the team's projects. We are especially happy to have Kelly Booth back, who took some time off for health reasons. The talent and creativity of these nine designers is astounding.
Frances Byrne mentioned that it was hard for her to choose a favorite die, but settled on the Twist Circle. She converted it into a panel card and then decorated with several Pop it Ups accessory dies, including Rudy the Reindeer. Frances always chooses the perfect papers for her cards. I am amazed at how she layers and composes a card.
Kelly Booth fell in love with the Flower Pot Pop Stand die as soon as it was released mid-summer and has made so many amazing cards with it. A signature Kelly touch is to add the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card to the side of the pot for even more interactivity. For this delightful card she used Jinks the Monkey on the front of the card and bright festive blooms inside. Amazing!
Sandy Diller created a spectacular snow globe card for the challenge and filled the shaker area with a hybrid house (House Pivot and Holiday House), evergreen trees and snow. Then, as an extra special touch, she put lights behind the windows that activate when you press the base of the globe. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken departed from her predicted favorite, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, and chose the Sleigh Gift Card Holder instead. She put it to great use by substituting her own amazing decorations instead of the sleigh. I love the sweet snowman and the clever pail full of snowballs. So much awesomeness!
Caz Counsell mentions that her "go-to" die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This was from the first collection three years ago but the generic labels are timeless, as Caz shows with brilliance on this card. She cut two pivot cards into a larger card and decorated with several sets, including Rudy the Reindeer as a white stag. Caz is so talented at styling the Characters - I'm looking forward to her card for next challenge, too!
Raquel Mason says that if she had to pick only one die, it might be the Lorna Label, so she gave it a place of honor on the front of her card. Inside, in true Floridian style, she made a beach-themed holiday scene featuring the Adirondack Chair and Rocky the "Santa" Crab. This card is made of fun!
Summer Hills-Painter created a gold-plated fabulous card! I love the way it shines. Her "all I want" die is the Anita Frames and she embellished with the trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card. Amazing!
Fran Sabad posted her card to the team's group and mentioned that it wasn't a Christmas card but that she has 5 birthdays in December and really needed to make a birthday card. Christmas is, after all, a birthday celebration! The Twist Circle is Fran's choice for "all I want" and she shows the versatility brilliantly by using it to animate a stamped balloon. Love it!
Shelly Hickox is so clever! I love how she used her favorite die, the Iron Fence, to frame a pretty 3D Christmas scene. The Holiday House has been transformed into a 3D house and you can learn how to do it on Shelly's blog. Amazing!
How's that for some amazing inspiration?! Join us for our final Designer Challenge on December 27, 2016. We'll be taking on a theme chosen by Sandy Diller of "Party Animals" where we use any of the 20 Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else.
Welcome to our team-theme Designer Challenge for November. Karen Aicken set the theme as "Charmed, I'm sure!" and we are to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies for a card of any theme.
For my card and video I'm teaching a scenic Christmas Trees card featuring multiple trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand set, two of which are decorated with charms dangling in the trees. Watch the video to learn how to make this card:
My card measure 9.25" wide by 4" tall in the closed position, making it the perfect size to fit in a #10 Business Envelope for mailing.
Inside the card pops up a forest of Christmas trees with snowflake charms dangling in two of the trees.
I could see this card being adapted easily as a winter/nature card by removing the garlands, ornaments and stars. Perhaps with a woodland deer or other critter(s) attached to the trees.
Any of the charms will fit in the tree frames, and by using a jump ring trapped between the trees, the charms will hang facing forward. From the side view below you can see all the dimension and cool interactivity of this card.
The team has once again created some amazing inspiration for the team challenge theme. Make sure you click their names to head to the individual blog posts, where you will find additional photos, supply lists, tips and tricks.
Karen Aicken set the theme for this challenge and her card is so charming! (Pun intended) I absolutely love the color combination and how she used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die combined with the Holiday Charms for a very festive and chic card.
Shelly Hickox created this amazing Shellypiece by converting the Barn Pop Stand into a snow globe! The Holiday Charms were used for the evergreen trees. Shelly has posted picture instructions and a video of this card in action on her blog.
Summer Hills-Painter made this delightful holiday card by cutting a window in the Rectangle Pull Card and dangling one of the Holiday Charms in the opening. I love her combination of jingle bells patterned paper with golden greetings.
Frances Byrne made a version of the Lorna Label window card in an adorable baby theme. She combined the perfect plaid decorator paper with the Barrel Basket filled with Baby Charms. I love the umbrella charm in the corners, too. So sweet!
Fran Sabad used the Holiday Charms for a card featuring a circular window with a suspended glittery snowflake charm in the opening. Buster the Dog enjoys playing Santa in this charming scene.
Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand base technique to create a corner pop-up Evergreen Pivot Card vignette with Holiday Charm gifts popping up in front of the trees. I love her use of the Iron Fence adorned with the wreath from the Holiday House. This is a great example of how Pop it Ups products can be combined to create amazing scenes.
Sandy Diller used the Holiday Charms for festive gift tags. I particularly like how she used the decorator shapes from various Pop it Ups sets to make the layered tags and then adorned with charms and stamps. What a lovely personal touch to a Christmas gift!
Caz Counsell made this terrific Hanging Charm Pull Tab card featuring a very happy Jinks the Monkey with cake and coffee. The coffee cup charm comes included with the pop-up die and I love her addition of the small heart from Props 8 to the front of the cup. Perfection!
Well I hope you're positively charmed by the inspiration for this challenge. Join us for our next Designer Challenge on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with a theme called "All I want for Christmas". I've challenged the team to use their all-time favorite Pop it Ups die (the one they would want for Christmas if they didn't already own it) for a holiday card. I'm looking forward to seeing which dies they choose for the challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
As a mother of twins myself, I can attest to the greeting inside this card. Twins are definitely an adventure!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
First things first - congratulations to Barbara M. and Karen H. for each winning a Twist Circle die set in the last Designer Challenge. Their comments were chosen by random draw. If you want to have the chance to win free dies this month make sure you subscribe to my mailing list (blue button in the left sidebar) so you'll receive the newsletters with the instructions.
Our first Designer Challenge for October was set by me as a monochromatic challenge. I gave the team the choice of 7 colors to play the primary role in their creations - ROYGBIV - the seven colors of the rainbow. I chose Indigo for my monochromatic color scheme, and it seemed that a Halloween card would be perfect for that color scheme.
The technique I am teaching is how to use the Iron Fence die to double the fold inside a card allowing for two arching fences in the same card. This also allows for easy animation of a tree in the centerpiece to create a 3D pop-up tree. For the video tutorial, I chose to teach this technique in a more worldly and year-round theme - as a garden scene with a "thinking of you" theme. The indigo Halloween version is also shown in the video:
For the front of my garden card I used the Labels & Circles die set and then added the All Seasons Tree and one of the birds from the Iron Fence set. I'm a big fan of crediting my inspiration and Caz Counsell styled the birds with black beaks and legs on her recent Wednesday With post.
This card measures 5" x 6" when closed, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope (5x7 envelope) and mail for a single stamp without pop-dots or thick embellishments.
Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, it was Kelly Booth who first posted an idea for animating two Iron Fences in the same card when she posted her amazing Halloween card for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Kelly used the Anita Frames Pop-up to create a centerpiece and a double fold for two fences. This is another great option and we saw two more versions of the Anita/Double Fence technique in our last Designer Challenge: Inspired By.
For my technique, you don't use the Anita Frames to double the interior fold - you use a section of the Iron Fence. This also allows for a 3D tree to be used in the center as well.
The All Seasons Tree includes the die that cuts three small flowers at once. I doubled some thin white cardstock so I could cut 6 flowers at a time, giving me a ton of flowers with just a few passes through the machine. Each flower was tinted with Distress Inks and embellished with a glitter dot.
One of the things I mention in the video is why I like to use two sleeves to disguise the slider arm of the fence, but how it's important to make sure the inside end of the sleeve can rise up as the card is opened, to provide a smooth even arch to the fence.
Here are links to the products used in both versions of the Double Fence & Tree card:
Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:
Fran Sabad chose pink (or "light red" as we're calling it) for this beautiful Twist Circle Panel card in a birthday theme. She used the Labels & Circles set on the front of the card and embellished the panels with gifts and balloons using various accessory dies. Lovely!
Raquel Mason also chose Red for the challenge, making this steampunk-themed Katie Label Pivot Card. Raquel used gears from the Clock & Gears die along with the Gears stencil for this artsy creation.
Caz Counsell made this bright and beautiful birthday card using the Anita Frames pop-up. The Flower stencil works wonderfully with paste for the interior decor and I love the use of the Flower Pot flower/vine for the front of the card.
Shelly Hickox also chose orange for the challenge and made this beautiful fall card featuring the Twist Circle Panel card technique. I love her use of the Labels & Circles in the vertical position with the addition of the vines from the Flower Pot extending from the panels. She has a video of this card in action on her blog post.
Karen Aicken created this bright and sunny "Hi" card using the Twist Circle die set to make a panel card. I love the cheerfulness of this card, featuring Lucky the Rabbit and the Props 7 woven basket among others. Adorable!
Frances Byrne's green staggered Fancy Accordion is stunning. The combination of greens is beautiful and I love the use of the Sleigh as the lower embellishments. Everything about this card is beautiful!
Summer Hills-Painter chose blue for her color and made this fabulous baby boy card. The Anita Frames was a popular choice with the team this month precisely because it's so generic and works for any theme. Summer used the Baby stamps and charms to decorate this card and I love her custom plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil plus tape and glitter.
Sandy Diller also used blue for her challenge card and made this happy Happy Birthday pop-up card. I love how she used candles to give the Happy Birthday pop-up the look of a cake. She also edged the card with the Agatha Edges and mixed in the Paris Edges for a great layered look. Fabulous!
Kelly Booth wanted to make a custom card for a friend's wedding and the ROYGBIV challenge provided the perfect color scheme. I love how she used the Petite Flourish stencil for the patterns and then adapted the Wedding Charms for a Mr. & Mr. card. Great idea to adapt the rings for the couple as well.
What a fun challenge! I love that there was so much variety to the monochromatic makes. Join us back here in two weeks on October 25, 2016 for our second Designer Challenge. The theme was set by Summer Hills-Painter and is "Boys will be Boys" - it's the masculine challenge. We'll all be making cards for the men (and boys) in our lives.
Sorry for the late arrival of this Designer Challenge post. I had major technical issues getting the video to upload to YouTube. You know it's a major problem when even my tech wizard son Karl couldn't explain it. (I know . . . scary!)
I think you'll agree that this Challenge was worth the wait, however, when you see this fun new video technique plus the amazing creations made by the team. We were challenged by Caz Counsell to draw inspiration from each other.
For my card and video I took inspiration from my cousin, Jessica, and from team member Karen Aicken. Jessica came for a visit recently and mentioned that she'd been wanting to make a pop-up panel card. This card style has become very popular as a "cut-by-hand" style of interactive card. Jessica showed me a photo of the card style she was referring to and I mentioned that the Twist Circle Pop-up die could be modified to create a similar style mechanism without much effort. I made her a very rough prototype to get her started and then she perfected it and wrote down the dimensions so I could teach it in a video.
The dimensions are listed in the video tutorial, but if you didn't write them down, here they are:
Backing Card: 6" x 10", scored for folding at 5" (making a 6x5 top fold card)
Inner Card: 5.75" x 9.75", scored for folding at 4 7/8" (center)
Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
Interior Pop-up Panels: 9" x 3", scored every 2.25" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/2" radius
Exterior Decorator Panels: 6" x 2", scored every 1.5" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/4" radius.
Here are photos and the specific decorations for my card.
For the front panels I decorated as follows: Panel #1 features the woven basket from Props 7. I removed the handle so I could fill it with hearts cut from the Ring Frame Edges. The whitewash on the basket is a white paint pen, brushed onto the basket and then immediately wiped off with a rag. The eggs also come from Props 7. Panel 2 features the spatula from props 8. The cupcake from Baker the Beaver (topped with the heart from Props 8) fills Panel #3 and then the final panel features the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. One of the Ring Frame Edges is used as banners across the top of the panels, inspired by Karen Aicken. The stamp is from the Just a Note set.
From the side you can see the slight accordion shape to the front panels. I achieved this by adding pop dots on the outside edge and in the center. This mimics the look of the pop-up panels.
For the pop-up panels, they are decorated with the same dies as the front panels. Panel #1 features the spatula, chef's hat and heart from Props 8, along with the eggs from Props 7. Everything is brushed with various Distress Inks for coloring. Panel #2 features the cupcake from Baker the Beaver topped with the heart from Props 8. I surrounded the cupcake with stars from the Happy Birthday set. Panel #3 has the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. Panel #4 is the greeting, stamped from the Just a Note set and embellished with more Happy Birthday stars.
An important consideration for this card is to avoid any catch points at the location where the panels hit the card and slide into the closed position. To make sure my title was not a catch point I did an inlay on it using the script dies from the Happy Birthday pop-up set.
Ready to give your own Twist Circle Panel Card a try? You can find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft stores worldwide. They are also available on their website.
Stash items: Cardstock, Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye ST1058), Distress Inks, Glitter Spray (added with a paintbrush)
The Inspired Challenge is like an extra bonus because each team member will link to their inspiration piece on their blog posts. This gives even more great inspiration to check out, so definitely click their names to travel to their blog posts and learn more about these projects.
Caz Counsell had several sources of inspiration for her awesome Halloween card. The structure is a Staggered Accordion, from one of my video tutorials, and then she took inspiration from Kelly, Sandy and Karen A. for her spooky embellishments. This is sensational! So many things to look at and admire.
Sandy Diller took inspiration from Frances's love of owls to include Poppy the Owl in a Props 9 witch costume on her amazing Hanging Charm Pull Tab card. I love how the moon and the bat are behind the spooky trees in the closed position and then when you pull them, the trees raise up and suspend the 3D Ghost charm. Amazing!
Summer Hills-Painter loved a card that Kelly Booth made featuring the Cup turned into a shaker card. Summer added an extra element of interactive fun by adding her shaker cup to the front of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab so it will raise up when the ribbons are pulled. Notice that she found the perfect patterned paper to match the Macaron die from Joset.
Shelly Hickox loved Raquel and son Jake's spooky cemetery decor pieces from the last challenge and used them as inspiration for her own version. I love this macabre miniature, featuring the Iron Fence and more from the Halloween Collection. Shellypiece!
Kelly Booth loved a recent post by Caz where she used the Iron Fence in white. Kelly combined that inspiration along with my winter fence card as a jumping off point for her incredible Anita Frames & Fence card. The cardinals are glittered to perfection and I love the combination of colors for the crisp festive Christmas card.
Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a vertical card inspired by Fran. She also added the Rectangle Pull Card's spinner die to the side of the pot for an extra pop-up inside the card, as inspired by Kelly. I love Karen's clever trimming of the Vines die to look like holly leaves. Everything about this card is magnificent!
Raquel Mason listed the entire team as her inspiration. I absolutely adore this card she made for her aunt where she converted Whiskers the Cat into balloons for the front, and converted the Cake Pop-up into a pop-up box with Whiskers popping out for the inside. The colors and the shading on the cats is terrific!
Fran Sabad made this lovely holiday Cascading Tag Card, taking inspiration from my video and from Karen Aicken's patterned paper styling of a recent CTC creation. I love how Fran created a festive scene complete with plenty of presents, a Jolly the Mouse Santa, and hanging Holiday Charms. Fa la la la love it!
Frances Byrne was inspired by Kelly Booth's Anita-plus-two-fences technique and then styled her scene as a beautiful garden, like she saw in Caz Counsell's recent piece. I love everything about this pretty picture, from the cloudy sky to the pink flowers to the exquisite styling on the birds.
Once again, amazing inspiration by the Designer Challenge Team. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on October 11th when we take on my monochromatic challenge calledROYGBIV- each team member may choose a color from the rainbow for their monochromatic make. Should be a colorful and fabulous-as-ever challenge!
Hopefully you are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges as much as we are. Challenges are now 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.
The theme for this challenge was set by me as "Halloween! - Cute or Creepy - you decide!" and I also instructed the team to use products from the new Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
For my card and video I wanted to teach a very fun adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop-up die. With the very simple addition of two cardstock "arms" extending from both sides of the Twist Circle platform, it is transformed into a different type of pop-up. Even if you're not much into Halloween (or you're in a country where it isn't celebrated) I invite you to watch the video anyway just to learn the technique. Swap out the webs for other shapes and it becomes a completely generic pop-up and an excellent way to get multiple effects with the Twist Circle die set.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded. This means it can mail in an A7 envelope (5x7) for no additional postage. As the card opens the double twist sculpture starts to raise up.
I am a big fan of keeping my Designer Challenge videos under 20 minutes, which sometimes means I can't show every single decoration on the video. For the small spiders on the sculpture I used the Halloween Scene spider and cut them from black Shimmer Sheetz. For the one on the left side of the lower web I strung black thread from the spider to the upper web.
Midnight the Bat makes an excellent spider, don't you think? It was easy to transform him with just a few snips of the scissors and some extra legs cut from additional bats. Watch the video to see this transformation.
I'm not sure if my card counts as "cute" or "creepy" - maybe both? In any case, it's a fun technique and I can't wait to see the adaptations by the team and fellow pop-up enthusiasts! Make sure you post your creations in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group, where the gang is very friendly and welcoming and always leaves nice praise for every card.
Ready to make your own double web Twist Circle spiders card? Here are the links to the products used in the video. Out of stock items are expected back by September 18th. Other local and online retailers may have the Pop it Ups items in stock now.
OK, OK, I know. Every single challenge I boast on the amazing abilities of the DC team, but this time there can be no debate. It will certainly go down as one of the most epic Designer Challenges of all time - you will not find a single project that is not over-the-top incredible in the team's offerings.
Fran Sabad starts us off with an absolutely darling trick-or-treat scene featuring the Halloween Charms and the Twist Circle die set. I love how she used the 3D ghost charm as an embellishment and added little hand cut trick-or-treat bags. Adorable!
Raquel Mason decided to make a Halloween decor piece. I love her use of all the Halloween items to create this marvelous scene. Notice the pen detailing on the tombstones - a great touch! Love the crow sitting in the spooky tree, too. Amazing!
Jake Mason, Raquel's nearly-10-year-old son, decided to make his own version of the Halloween decor piece his mother created. I love his extra bits, like adding a second tree, pumpkins on the front and the bright orange spider web. Nice to know that we have a new generation of crafters ready to step in! Well done, Jake!
Caz Counsell made this absolutely delightful and clever Halloween Cake card. I love that Poppy the Witch/Chef is holding a piece of the "eye of newt" cake on the front of the card, and then you see the tiered concoction (complete with frog legs sticking out the top) when the card is opened. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken has beautiful penmanship and put it to great work on the front of her spooky pop-up cauldron card. Karen used the Lucy Label for the pop-up and decorated with Hoppy the Frog Witch and items from the Halloween Scene die set. Converting a coffee cup into a cauldron is so clever!
Sandy Diller also had a witch's brew in mind for her cauldron card, which is a clever shortening of the Bathtub Pop Stand die set. Also clever is Sandy's use of Cocoa the Horse's mane as flames under the brew. Also notice her clever styling of the iron fence to add a gate. Terrific!
Kelly Booth has an amazing way with color. I just love the glowing effect she achieved on this card's front scene, and then open the card to find a Flower Pot filled with a ghostly Poppy the Witch Owl and more ghoulish delights. Kelly was particularly clever with her use of the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull card to animate the jack-o-lantern next to the pot.
Shelly Hickox made a delightfully wicked version of the Cascading Tag Card. I love how she mixed cool papers, tapes, dies and stamps for this layered creation. The stamped and embossed 31 plaque looks just like enamel! Another Shellypiece!
Frances Byrne shows yet a third way to make a witch's cauldron using Pop it Ups die sets - she used the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creepy stew. Witches are apparently very clumsy, as they keep falling into their own brews headfirst! What an amazing mixture of elements for this fabulous card.
Summer Hills-Painter blew everyone away with this amazing array of Halloween decor items. From the amazing Haunted House (made from the Holiday House die) to the transformed Characters to the party bags, straw decor and more - this is one party that you don't want to miss! Click to her blog post to see close-ups of all the items.
Pretty amazing stuff, huh? Hopefully you feel inspired to make a few cute/creepy ghoulish delights of your own this Halloween season. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on September 27th when we take on Caz Counsell's challenge to "be inspired" - an all-time favorite challenge of the team where we are inspired by each other.