Nov. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Charmed!

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. 

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Inside the card pops up a forest of Christmas trees with snowflake charms dangling in two of the trees.

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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.

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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.

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Here are the supplies that I used for my card:


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Happy Crafting!

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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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Oct. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: ROYGBIV, the monochromatic challenge

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:



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Once again the Designer Challenge Team has created amazing inspiration for the challenge. Let's look at them in rainbow order:

RED

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!

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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. 

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ORANGE

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. 

CC_OrangeBirthdayShelly 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.

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YELLOW

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!

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GREEN

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!

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BLUE

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.

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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!

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VIOLET

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. 

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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.

Happy Crafting!

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Sept. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Inspired By

Howdy crafters!

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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)


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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 called ROYGBIV - each team member may choose a color from the rainbow for their monochromatic make. Should be a colorful and fabulous-as-ever challenge!

Happy Crafting!

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Sept 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: Halloween - Cute or Creepy!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

 


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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Crafting!

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August 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Girly or Ghouly

We are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. 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 team challenge was set by Shelly Hickox and is: "Girly or Ghouly" - think pretty, shabby, feminine or French, OR think creepy, crawly, spooky or eerie.

In addition to a new card and video from me, plus cards by the 9 members of the DC team, Shelly's good friend and designer extraordinaire, Cyndi Watkins, has joined us as a guest and just wait until you see what she made - amazing!

For my card I wanted to combine both sides of the challenge to make a card that transforms from a feminine Parisian scene into a ghoulish Halloween version. The new Twist Circle die set worked perfectly for this effect. Here is the video tutorial for my card, which I'm calling a Hidden Halloween Card:

 

Obviously I made this card specifically for Shelly's challenge theme, of Girly/Ghouly, but the idea of transforming a scene using the Twist Circle is universal. Because the Twist Circle changes position upon opening the card, it is the perfect choice for a card with a transparency layer that allows you to see the pop-up's location in the closed position and then watch it move as the card is opened.

For the front of my card I kept it simple, with a glittered Eiffel Tower and some pre-made flowers from my stash. I added Glitter Lines around the perimeter of the pink paper for some extra sparkle. The elastic closure keeps the card closed tightly so there's no hint of the spooky scene that will be revealed inside.

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When the card is opened the Paris scene has been completely transformed into the "Ghouly" version, complete with a pop-up moon, purple bats, spiders and a spooky graveyard.

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I was pretty proud of my idea for the greeting. I did selective inking on the "Bonjour" stamp by first inking just the "Bo", then just an "o" and then the "njour". A small spider stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps added the perfect dot above the j. I also used the Halloween Clear Stamps for the "Trick or Treat" greeting that's attached to the pop-up. Midnight the Bat is the newest Character die and works well as the host of this Parisian graveyard scene.

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Ready to try your own transformation scene card using the Twist Circle? All of the new release products have shipped out to stores throughout the world. They are also available on the ECD website, but get them while you can - the response to this release has been tremendous and the Flower Pot Pop Stand has already sold out (but more are on order and expected in two weeks) Here are the products used on my card:

 


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The Designer Challenge team, plus our esteemed guest, Cyndi, have made some delightfully demure/dreadful creations for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Make sure you click on their names to travel to their blog posts, where you will find more photos, instructions and supply lists. 

Shelly Hickox chose the Girly side of the challenge for this amazing soft and pretty Twist Circle project. I did not realize at first that the pretty flowers were made by hand using the decorator dies in the Flower Pot Pop Stand. Drop the mic! You should definitely check out Shelly's blog post for more information on how she made the flowers and this Shellypiece. 


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Shelly Hickox set the theme this challenge so she decided to do both sides of the challenge. She used the Twist Circle again to make this devilish delight featuring a very distinctive vintage witch stamped image. I like her use of the bat die for modesty! The front of this card, with the Iron Fence and Bats stencil, is spooktacular!

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Cyndi Watkins is a good friend of Shelly's and they get together for crafting sessions in which Shelly is always singing the praises of Cyndi's work. Cyndi had taken a break from blogging but decided to return so I asked if she'd like to join Shelly's challenge as a guest designer. WOW! She absolutely ROCKED this challenge! Cyndi made a Staggered Fancy Accordion and decorated one side girly and the other side ghouly! Check out all the fabulous details. She used the Iron Fence and Halloween Scene as well. I'm blown away! 

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Summer Hills-Painter is the mother of 3 boys so she jumped at the chance to craft for the Girly side of the challenge. Summer used the Flower Pot Pop Stand and added a bamboo trellis die to the pot to make an amazing structure of pretty pink flowers. She also used the Occasions clear stamps and Labels & Circles dies. Stunning!

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Caz Counsell also turned to the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creation, but went for the Ghouly side of the challenge. I love how Caz made Midnight the Bat hang upside-down on the front of her card, and her delightfully spooky pot featuring Hoppy the Frog and a hanging spider! 

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Karen Aicken made this elegant masterpiece of a tea-themed Cascading Tag Card for the Girly side of the challenge. I love all the details and the vintage styling of this card. The card itself is made with the Adirondack Chair and Tags Pivot Card and then she embellished with the Cup Pop Stand and Coffee & Tea clear stamps. Karen is a master crafter and this is simply stunning!

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Sandy Diller knocked my socks off with her Steampunkin' Hanging Charm Pull Tab project. I just love the use of the Clock on the HCPT and then hanging the new Halloween Charm in the opening. The gears, the Props 9 Witch hat, the googly-eyed Midnight pull - I'm in love! She even combined two stamp sets for a custom greeting.

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Raquel Mason also went with the Ghouly side of the challenge for this fun Halloween Card featuring a lot of the new items. I particularly like her purple candy, made with the Candy Corn Layering Stencil, and check out how she added monster scars to the Characters using laces from the football in the new Sports Charms set! I mean brilliant! Love her arching Iron Fence with 31 placard. Fab-boo-lous!

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Frances Byrne went with a pretty Paris-inspired theme for her Girly card. It features the new Anita Frames Pop-up, which is completely generic and perfect for any theme. Frances decorated it beautifully with the Paris Edges, Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. As always, Frances found the perfect patterned paper for her theme. Exquisite! C'est magnifique!

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Kelly Booth had a brilliant idea! She used the Anita Frames in the center of a wide card, which created two new folds to be able to animate the Iron Fence on both halves of the card! This is amazing! She created such an interactive scene inside the card between the fences arching, the pop-up popping, and the 3D ghost charm expanding! Wow! Wow! Wow!

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Fran Sabad created a sensational peek-a-boo Circle Accordion card by cutting the centers from her first two circles to allow a view of all the decorations in the closed position. In the first vignette she created a spooky fence scene and then the 3D ghost charm hangs in page 2. She finishes with an eerie graveyard on page 3. This is amazing!

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Well I hope you feel inspired to try a Girly or Ghouly (or both!) project of your own. Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for MORE ghoulish inspiration because our theme for the first September challenge, set by me, is Halloween! 

Happy Crafting!

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August 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: Flower or Flour

Welcome to our second month with a new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. 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. 

Here is the challenge I issued to the team:  "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide!

For my card I'm sharing the project I made for the packaging of #1207 Twist Circle Pop-up plus a general assembly video for this new die. The front of my card is a very simple lead in using patterned paper, the scalloped edge from the Pull Card Edges, and a ribbon bow. As the card is opened the circle starts to twist up into the center of the card.

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The "Hi" circle comes with the set and works so well with the other circles to create a fun center decoration. I added flowers from the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set and a greeting from the Occasions Clear Stamps. Jolly the Mouse hangs out inside the card and I created a rickrack border using the Pull Card Edges.

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Ready to learn how to assemble this die? Check out this video tutorial for the Twist Circle.

 

The video card is such a quick and simple design. I used mostly just the pieces from the Twist Circle die set to achieve this look, adding greetings from the Just a Note clear stamps and one additional circle die from the Labels & Circles set (to frame the "just a note to say" stamp).

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Here are the products used on the Jolly card and the video card. Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world.

 



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The Designer Challenge team is going to blow your mind this challenge. Be sure to click their names to visit their individual blog posts to see full supply lists for their cards and more photos and tips.

Sandy Diller also used the Twist Circle for this month's challenge and created an amazing cupcake-a-ganza! I am in love with all the details in this amazing card for the "flour" side of the challenge. I especially love the cupcake that fell - what a clever touch!

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Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this card is no exception. I love her combination of pinks and reds for a sweet and pretty Flower Pot Pop Stand card. Kelly added the Paris Edges as doilies inside the card and I love her yellow butterfly.

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Fran Sabad made a vertical card using the Flower Pot Pop Stand. What a great idea! To create visual balance Fran added a wide accent strip to one side of the card. This card is so classy and light. I love Fran's use of the Flower Stage it Stencil on the sides of the pot. Gorgeous!

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Summer Hills-Painter's Flower Pot Pop Stand uses such a beautiful color scheme. She added the Occasions Clear Stamps "Happy Birthday" greeting, which can be cut out perfectly using a die from the Anita Frames die set. Inside she made her pot match the gorgeous patterned paper.

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Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set but repurposed it as an oven for Buster the Dog's favorite cake .... uh oh . . . it's made with Whiskers the Cat! Ha ha ha. This card cracks me up! (No cats were harmed in the making of this card) Love Raquel's use of the Props 8 baking items plus the Props 6 bandana.

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Caz Counsell needed a special card for a departing co-worker and created a beautiful bouquet. This card features the Flower Pot Pop Stand being built closer to the back of the card and collapsing inward - another great way to use this die. Caz also put Poppy the Owl in the pot. Adorable!

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Karen Aicken did a marvelous job creating a fun scene for the "flour" side of the challenge. Karen used Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Cake on a Rectangle Pull Card repurposed as an Easel Card. I just love the colors and all the fun details in this. 

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Frances Byrne made a pretty in pink Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a custom plaid paper that she created using the new Stripes/Plaid stencil. I love the pop of greenery in her sweet bouquet. Using the plaid as big chunky corners is a fabulous look!

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Shelly Hickox got very creative with repurposing the Flower Pot Pop Stand into a tombstone! Then she added pieces from the Halloween Scene die set, including a row of tombstones, trees, bats and a hanging spider. Amazingly this all folds down flat in the card and you can see it in action by watching a video posted on her blog post. Spooktacular! 

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Well I think we can all agree that this team is amazingly talented! Join us in two weeks for the second Designer Challenge of August. Shelly Hickox set the theme and it's a good one - "Girly or Ghouly" - you'll see feminine pretty projects AND creepy crawly projects - pick your poison! Heh heh heh.

Happy Crafting!

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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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July 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: UP!

Welcome to our brand new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Starting this month, challenges will be posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.

For our first challenge I set the theme: "Up!" - Let's get things airborne with high-flying cards featuring the sky.

For my card and video I wanted to create a long overdue baby card for my newest nephew, Ronan. He's about ½ years old now. (whoops!) But hey - anywhere in the year of birth still counts, right? Last year I made my sister's July birthday card on time, but didn't end up mailing it until Christmas. I think the word you're looking for to describe me is "charming." (Except the opposite of that!Heh.

 

I love how this card turned out, though, and if I had made it 6 months ago when Ronan was born I wouldn't have had the little bunny die yet or the stamp set to match. So there ya go!

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As I mention in the video, don't think that this design is limited to a Baby card. Swap out the greetings to birthday or encouragement and it works for anyone. The front of the card is just a simple balloon-turned-into-a-stitched-circle to frame a stamped greeting. Then I simply embellished with a couple of clouds and a strip of washi tape. Easy!

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Inside the card the included pop-up die has been cut twice to extend the length (watch the video to learn this trick) and all of the pop-up platforms are decorated with clouds. The Clouds Embossing folder works perfectly to fill the sky.

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This view shows a little closer the different layers of the pop-up and the other greeting circle. The cloud dies that come in the Hot Air Balloon set are easily able to cut through two layers of light to medium-weight cardstock, so be sure to stack double when cutting all the clouds.

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The Designer Challenge Team knocked it out of the clouds with their sky-inspired creations. You're in for such a treat! Make sure to click their names to open up the individual blog posts for more instructions, photos, supply lists, etc. A new window will open when you click the names, so worry not about losing this post by clicking. 

Caz Counsell really shot for the moon with this Jinks in Space card. I mean, how clever! The spaceship is made from the Barn die with Hot Air Balloon basket boosters! I love absolutely everything about this card.

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Shelly Hickox has been collecting gorgeous napkins and fusing them to cardstock to make unique papers. Then she die cuts them into fun cards and fussy cuts the imagery for decoration. It ends up being such a unique one-of-a-kind look. Check out this gorgeous 3-page birdy Rectangle Accordion.

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Karen Aicken always does the most amazing penwork and hand lettering. This month's creation is no exception, with a stenciled and doodled sun and clouds on the front and a hand penned sentiment on the Lorna Label pop-up. What a sunny card!

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Frances Byrne took last month's Cascading Tag Card tutorial to new heights with this fun version featuring Lucky the Rabbit flying kites. I love the stenciled cloudy background traveling through the card. I'm flying by to say I adore this!

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Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this month really shows it with her amazing watercolored balloons. Kelly used the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up to create her pig flying scene. Virgil the Pig's wings are from the Steampunk Charms. The watercolors really pop against the white card.

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Raquel Mason also created a Cascading Tag Card and filled her sky with parachuting cupcakes. Yum! I want to hang out wherever this is that cupcakes fall from the sky. Such a clever way to combine the stamped cupcakes from the Just a Note set with the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon.

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Sandy Diller also had parachutes in mind and used the Oval Pull Card to create a skydiving Jinks the Monkey! I mean adorable!!! The slot/slider moves Jinks as the card is open, revealing the "Watch for Flying Monkeys" stamped greeting. Clever!

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Fran Sabad  has been using an adorable Stampin' Up! stamp set that looks just like her dog Daisy. This cute card uses the Hot Air Balloon, Clouds embossing folder and banners from the Lots of Pops. I just love the whole feel of this sweet card.

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Summer Hills-Painter already knows that she simply must create a tutorial for this amazing double Hanging Charm Pull Tab card with hundreds of colorful balloons! By extending the tab into a long tag she was able to weave it through both card bases and with a single pull, both balloon bunches raise up. Absolutely brilliant!

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So I think we can agree that the sky's the limit when you're working with a theme like Up! How about one last throwback inspiration - the original "Up!" House Pivot Card by Raquel Mason - this card has traveled the globe with me and has been photographed hundreds of times.

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Well hopefully everyone agrees that this is a better Challenge Format with half the amount of cards (more manageable to see them all) and then another theme and inspiring set in two weeks. Speaking of our next challenge, it will be posted here on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with a theme chosen by Kelly Booth. The theme is "Stretch it out!" and we'll all be using Accordion dies for cards of any theme. Hope you can join us!

Happy Crafting,

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