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.

StaggeredAccordionFront

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

StaggeredAccordionOpen

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. 

StaggeredAccordionCharm

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.

StaggeredAccordionPage1_2

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. 
StaggeredAccordionPage3
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:

 


image from karenburniston.typepad.com

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.

Accordions

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.

KB_Watermarked Photo 4 (2016-07-23-0659)(1)

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!

KA_Card_PIU_DC_OvalAccordConcertina_5

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!

RM_RectangleButterfly

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.

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups butterfly accordion

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!

SHP_July 2016

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!

FB_KBDCBabyGirl1wm

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.

CC_July accordion album long

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!

FS_PIU-Rocky-the-Crab-01

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. 

SD_celebratelife

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,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


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!

HelloBabyFront

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!

HelloBabyOpen

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.

HelloBabyDetail

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.

Ready to give it a try? You will find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent stores worldwide or through these online shopping links:

2016 DC Long Banner

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.

CC_jinks in space 2

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.

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups botanical card

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!

KA_Card_PIU_LornaSunshine_2

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!

FB_KBDCJuneKite3wm

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.

KB_WatercolorHAB

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.

RM_KBDC July CTC 2

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!

SD_JinksOPC

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.

FS_Bella-HAB

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!

SHP_DoubleHCPT

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.

  RM_PIU House Pivot UP! inside

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,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com

 


June 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Summer!

Welcome to this month's Designer Challenge! Each month I challenge my talented design team to use Pop it Ups products for a specific theme. This month I issued this challenge:

Summer Lovin'! - Make a project to celebrate Summer - this could be nature, or beach or 4th of July or anything that means "summer" to you.

I think you'll agree that the 20 projects the team made are absolutely spectacular!

For my project and video I wanted to create a technique for altering a die into a new mechanism. Dies are an investment, so customers are always looking for ways to use dies for more than one thing. The Adirondack Chair seemed like the perfect choice for this challenge. It makes an amazing chair, but I wanted to show a different way to use it that would end up looking nothing like a chair. I came up with this horizontal card, which I'm calling a Cascading Tag Card. To make this card you'll need tags and the Tags Pivot Card set includes the perfect size decorator tag to make this card go together quickly. If you prefer to cut the decorator tags by hand, you'll use these dimensions, which are also shown in the video tutorial; Tag is 2" wide by 3.25" tall and the notches for joining should be at 5/8" from the top of the tag.

 

Here are some photos of the finished card. For photos of the Father's Day Version, click HERE.

CTC_Front

The front of the card is a simple lead-in to the magic inside. I'm a fan of repeating colors and themes for the card front, so I used another Rocky the Crab and a cupcake, plus the remaining patterned paper.


CTC_PartialOpen

Open the card and both of the Adirondack Chairs expand to cascade the tags through the card. Charms can be hung from the chair arms for another element of interactive fun.

CTC_Open

This top view shows the fun zig-zagging mechanism of this card.

CTC_TopView

The video tutorial shows how to make the join in the center of the card. I love that you can un-notch these two tags at any point to be able to flatten the sides and add decorations.

CTC_Join

One of my favorite dies in the entire Pop it Ups collection is the little fork that comes with Props 8. It's adorable! It's also the perfect size to use with the Characters. For the cake slice itself I used colored pens to add sprinkles on top of the cake, then covered the frosting with Glossy Accents and dropped a few pieces of silver confetti into it while it was wet. After it dried I punched a hole and hung the charm from the card using a jump ring.

CTC_Charm1

The other charm is the Birthday Hat from Props 2. Glitter dots work really well in the openings to add sparkle to the hat. I also used glitter dots on the cupcakes.

CTC_Charm2

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold worldwide at independent retailers as well as on The Craft Channel in the UK. For those of you sadly without a local store you can also buy online from the ECD website. 

2016 DC Long Banner

The Designer Challenge Team really embraced the Summer Lovin' theme this month and made 20 incredible projects. Now I know that might seem overwhelming, so I've separated the ideas into categories based on what type of card and die they feature. Also, each team member's name is a link to the specific blog post for that card. The links will open in a new window so feel free to click away as you scroll through, opening new windows for the cards you want more details on. Let's dive in!

 FLAT CARDS, SHAKER CARDS & TAGS 

One nice thing about the Pop it Ups collection is how many of the products are accessories that work with or without an interactive card.

Shelly Hickox made this gorgeous summery tag using the Butterfly Pivot Card dies and the Butterfly Accessory dies. Shelly also created a beautiful stenciled background and included a die cut Chicken Wire embossed in silver. 

SH_shelly hickox butterfly tag

Kelly Booth made several cards for the challenge, including this fun shaker card featuring Rocky the Crab, Props 3 and the Flower Stage it Stencil. What fun colors!

KB_ShakerRocky2

Caz Counsell lives in England and says that her summer, so far, has been full of rain. She made this fun homage to an English Summer using the new Rain Stencil and Jinks the Monkey. Jinks is holding the umbrella charm from the new Baby Charm set.

CC_summer 1

Sandy Diller made this beachy tag with so many fun details and layers. I particularly like the way the Beach Edges waves are pointed toward the shore, the hilarious punny greeting, and the pail full of shells. Amazing!

SD_seas

Kelly Booth's next shaker card is for her daughter's anniversary. I particularly like her combination of two stencils for a custom background and the way she made frosted glittery champagne glasses using the Wedding Charms.

KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2016-06-08-1547)

Kelly Booth also made this shaker card for her granddaughter and I absolutely love the girly colors, including pink glittery Palm Trees with sequin coconuts! Brilliant!

KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2016-06-10-1001)

 ACCORDIONS 

Fran Sabad made this wonderful Father's Day card for her dad. Her parents are celebrating their 60 year anniversary with a cruise, so this is a very fitting theme. Fran used the Ring Accordion and I particularly like her decoration of the outer rings to look like life preservers. 

FS_PIU-Circle-Accordion-03

Sandy Diller knows that Independence Day is a huge part of Summer in America. This project is so patriotic and fun. She mixed one page of the Star Accordion with three pages of the Fancy Accordion for a Stars/Stripes theme to the pages themselves. Then she alternated the look with the Star Fancy Frame Edges on the outside. This is fabulous!
SD_land that i love

There's something about Shelly, am I right? Shelly Hickox has such unique ideas, like this one where she took colorful napkins and fused them to cardstock for a one-of-a-kind Fancy Accordion project. The Just a Note clear stamps provide a handy assist for the greeting. I am smitten!

SH_shelly hickox coral pop it ups card

 PIVOT CARDS 

Caz Counsell created this scrumptious popsicle card featuring Chilly the Penguin wearing the Props 1 glasses. I love the fun Summery colors and the clever greeting.

CC_summer lovin 3

Fran Sabad made this wonderful Butterfly Pivot Card where the butterflies are also shakers! Wow! I also love the background, made using the Blossom Layering Stencil. What a beauty!

FS_ButterflyShaker

 PULL CARDS 

Frances Byrne used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a beachy scene featuring Rocky the Crab, the Palm Tree and Pail, and Beach Edges. I love her use of a sun to make the pull tab itself. What an amazing card!

FB_KBDCSummerCrab1wm

Caz Counsell also used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a Character scene. This wonderful card features Jinks the Monkey wearing a grass skirt, bikini and flower headband. I mean cute!! Love the pink palms, too.

CC_JinksHCPT

Karen Aicken loves the Pull Cards and turned to one of her favorites, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, for a base of this fun Summertime card. She embellished the front with the Clock & Gears die, cut in bright colors to match the theme. Sweet!

KA_Card_PIU_SCPC_SummerTIME_1

 POP-UP CARDS 

Kelly Booth made a shaker card for the front of this project and then embellished inside with the Lucy Label, Rocky the Crab and the Beach Edges. The background features the Swirly Flourish Stencil and Kelly's signature fab color choices!

KB_ShakerPopupFrances Byrne used the generic pop-up die included in the Hot Air Balloon set to create a platform for a Jinks the Monkey ice cream scene. Frances also used the Pull Card Edges to define the areas for her greetings. Fun colors!

FB_KBDCMonkeyIcecream1wmKelly Booth was on fire this month! She made five cards, including this under the seascape using the Lorna Label pop-up, Rocky and the Beach Edges, and a wonderful background with the Petite Flourish Stencil. Amazing!

KB_SeaPopUp

 ADIRONDACK CHAIR POP-UP CARDS 

Raquel Mason was so clever with this fun summer scene featuring Jinks the Monkey as both mama and child. Mama Jinks hangs out in her beach chair wearing a very clever bikini made from a bandana die. Son Jinks swims in an innertube made from nested circle/scallop dies. So many amazing details in this one!

RM_KBDC June 1

Karen Aicken combined many of her signature looks into one amazing card. For the front she used her handwriting and the Ring Frame Edges as accents. Then inside the card she used a photorealistic backdrop for the Adirondack Chair. Perfection!

KA_Card_PIU_Adirondack_Relax_1

Summer Hills-Painter knows a thing or two about Summer! (See what I did there?) This card is so beautiful I want to step right into it. I love her combination of the Beach Collection into a stunning "Relax" card.

SHP_Summertime

So how about that?! No shortage of Summer inspiration.

Here's an exciting programming change for Designer Challenges - starting in July we will offer TWO challenges a month! Challenges will be posted here on my blog on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The first Challenge of the month will be a theme that I choose for the team and the second challenge theme for the month will be chosen by a team member. For each challenge the team will make just one card and post it on their own personal blogs on Monday of Challenge Week. This new format will provide the same number of amazingly inspiring cards per month, but spaced out onto two dates instead of all lumped together. Join us for our first July Designer Challenge on Tuesday, July 12th with a theme of UP! The team will post high-flying cards featuring the sky and I will have a new card and video tutorial as well.

Happy Crafting,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


May 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Stage it Stencils!

Welcome to the May 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of Stage it Stencils, which is a new category of products for the Pop it Ups line. The first six stencils launched at CHA and have been very popular. (Watch the introductory video to the first release of stencils here.) The Spring Release will be shipping out to stores about a week from now, so keep an eye out for these twelve new designs, including (3) Layering Stencils, (3) Pattern Stencils, (3) Charm Dies, and (3) Clear Stamps.

KB_SpringRelease2016

Because our focus was on the Stencils this month, I chose not to do a single project and instead to create an overview video of all 6 new stencils. The video covers how to use the Layering Stencils, how to emboss a pattern stencil, a partial masking technique, making your own glitter paste and cleaning the stencils. I've also included photos of a lot of this month's creations by the team, so after watching the video make sure you scroll down to see all of those cards with links to their blog posts for more information.

 

The Spring Release has three main themes: Wedding, Baby and Steampunk, each with a Charms die and a Clear Stamp set. All of the Charms sets are sized to fit perfectly in the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set, as an option. Here's an example of the Wedding Charms and Best Wishes Clear Stamps, plus the Petite Flourish Stencil, used for a Hanging Charm Pull Tab card:

HCPTWedding

The Charms also work well for other types of projects, like mixed media tags, scrapbook layouts, jewelry, etc. Here's a mixed media tag using the Steampunk Charms and Steampunk Greetings Clear Stamps, plus the Gears Stencil, embossed and sanded like in the video:

ArtTag

Another way to use the new Charms is by chopping off the hang holes and using the shapes as Props for the Characters. Here's the card I made in the video with Lucky the Rabbit holding the umbrella from the Baby Charms set. Inside the card it says "Rain or shine you're a friend of mine" - a cute stamp from Verve.

KarenB_LuckyRain

The Spring Release will be available in late May at independent and online retailers worldwide. Here are some online links to the Spring Release and to the other few items used in my sample cards: 


2016 DC Long Banner

The Designer Challenge Team is showing off the Stage it Stencils and the Spring Release products amazingly this month. If you've already watched the video you've had a preview of a lot of these cards. Time to see them closer. Remember that each of their names is a link to their blog post about the card. On their individual blogs is where you will find all the information you need. Some of these cards are full tutorials, so definitely give them a click!

STEAMPUNK & ARTSY INSPIRATION

Kelly Booth made this fabulous Steampunk tag with the Gears stencil as a backdrop and a dapper Poppy the Owl, properly steampunked, taking center stage. Notice her use of the top hat charm with the hang hole removed. Poppy also holds the key charm from the Steampunk set and the wings charms were used on the heart at the bottom. 

KB_SteampunkPoppyTag

Summer Hills-Painter combined a couple of stencils for the background of this amazing altered memory box. The Gears are behind the frame and the Swirly Flourish is also used. I love all the layers of ephemera on this showcase piece. The Steampunk Charms are mixed in as well.

SHP_May 2016 Cover

Shelly Hickox altered a dollar store journal into this ode to Paris art piece. The Eiffel Tower die is cut from canvas to provide more texture. She used partial coverage with the Petite Flourish Stencil to create the textured background and the Steampunk charms and clear stamps complete the look.

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups altered notebook

Frances Byrne shows how nicely the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die can be used to animate a Character. She made a gentleman Poppy the Owl, sporting the top hat from the Steampunk Charms and holding the key. The Gears Charm works wonderfully for her textural background and the Steampunk Greetings clear stamps reveal the birthday message. This card would be suitable for anyone, including men.

FB_KBDCSteampunkOwl1wm

Sandy Diller also steampunked a Character - she chose Jinks the Monkey and used the Gears Stencil to emboss the backdrop of this clever Rectangle Pull Card. Notice the gear peeking out in the closed position? It moves up with the greeting as the card is opened. You can see a video of this card in action plus a full tutorial of how Sandy created it, by clicking her name.

SD_Steampunky Monkey

Caz Counsell made this brilliant homage to Game of Thrones for a birthday card with a Game of Bones theme. See the bones on the Adirondack Chair to make the Iron Throne? Brilliant! Plus Buster the Dog is styled as Jon Snow! I am in love with this card. Caz used the Petite Flourish Stencil inside the card to create the texture. Absolutely brilliant!

CC_GameofBones

BABY INSPIRATION

Kelly Booth shows the great coordinating between the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil and the Baby Charms. She hung the companion charm in the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set for this sweet baby boy card. The Baby Clear Stamps are used for the greetings and I love her use of a cloud for the pull. So sweet!

KB_HCPTBabyBoy

Sandy Diller can do it all! She can switch from the most artsy steampunk grungy project right into an adorable baby card like this! The Lots of Pops creates the pop-up poles inside the card to suspend the clothesline and then she added the Baby Charms throughout, including the little bunny charm inside the Props 7 woven basket. Awww! I love her use of the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil on the card front. She did not use the layering hearts, which is always optional.

SD_BabyInvite

Fran Sabad made this wonderful 3-page Rectangle Accordion in a sweet baby girl theme. I like how she cut a window from Page 2 to allow her to hang the Pajama charm, and the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil works wonderfully to create the pattern for the outer frames. So many details to soak in on this darling card.

FS_PIU-SOmething-for-Baby-01-open

WEDDING & ELEGANT INSPIRATION

Frances Byrne is brilliant! She immediately thought to put the new Wedding Charms bride & groom on the pop-up Cake die. Perfection! The Petite Flourish stencil provides the backdrop for this elegant confection. She also incorporated the Paris Edges and the Best Wishes clear stamps for the greetings. I love the white/gold/black color scheme.

FB_KBDCMr&Mrs1wm

Karen Aicken created such a stunning card by using metallic paints on black cardstock. The Rectangle Pull Card has never looked so fancy! She used the Swirly Flourish Stencil and mixed in some die cut coffee cup steam flourishes (clever!) for a classy background.

KA_Card_PIU_RPC_Metallic_3

Raquel Mason actually created this card for another challenge, but I wanted to include it because it's such a lovely use of the Blossom Layering Stencil. I love her use of white ink through the flower and then layered with black centers. A very charming backdrop for a thank-you card.

RM_WhiteFlower

SWEET INSPIRATION

Kelly Booth created several Cherries backgrounds using the Cherries Layering Stencil on Soft Finish Cardstock and then die cut the pieces into labels and Hot Air Balloons for this super sweet and fun card. I had this original card with me last weekend at the Denver Scrapbook Expo and it got raves from the customers. Absolutely fabulous!

  KB_CherriesHotAirBalloon

Raquel Mason used the Cherries as a background for this "Sweet" card. I like how she used paste and glitter to make the cherries raised and sparkly. This card would brighten anyone's day.

RM_KBDC May stencil

Karen Aicken used the Gears Stencil in a bright fun color to create a boy background for this cute card. I love how Karen Aicken took advantage of the slot/slider mechanism in the Oval Pull Card to hide Buster the Dog in the closed position with the Barrel Basket. Open the card and the basket slides out of the way. Her grandson is sure to love his one-of-a-kind birthday card!

KA_OPCPeekaBoo

Fran Sabad ends the challenge with this scrumptious card featuring a Cherries background and Baker the Beaver, wearing the Props 8 Chef's Hat and holding a cherry-topped cupcake. I mean CUTE! 

FS_PIU-Baker-Beaver-03
Well I hope you feel inspired to start incorporating the Stage it Stencils into your projects. They are very affordable and durable as well as versatile and functional. Join us next month on June 22, 2016 when we will take on a challenge called Summer Lovin'! The team and I will be making projects that celebrate the glorious summer season.

Oh! And the winners of the March and April Secret Shout-out Giveaway were Linda Agers, who won the Oval Pull Card and Baker the Beaver (March giveaway) and Margaret McChesney, who won the Barn Pop Stand and Snowball the Sheep (April giveaway). I will have the latest newsletter with this month's Secret Word Giveaway sent out either today or tomorrow, so if you're not already a member of my mailing list, just use the blue button on this blog's sidebar to join.

Happy Crafting,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com 


April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - The Great Outdoors

Welcome to the April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of The Great Outdoors and I think you'll be very inspired by their clever creations.

For my card and video, I'm showing a simple conversion of a pop stand design into a box pop-up design. This is going to be a handy little technique to use with all the pop stand designs, including the Cup, Eiffel Tower, Bathtub, Fence, Christmas Trees and Barn. As it says in the video, use 1" for the length of the joiner pieces, no matter which die is being converted. Choose the width of the joiner to match the width of the die's tabs. Watch the video here:

This last weekend I was in Dallas with Emma and the high school band on their spring trip. Over 200 kids went on the trip. Unfortunately heavy rains in the Dallas area closed Six Flags and then the rains hit Katy and produced dangerous flooding throughout the Houston area. A decision was made to skip our activity on Monday and get the kids home as soon as possible. It all worked out because we rolled into town during a lull in the storms. School has been canceled since Monday to allow the floodwaters to recede. Our neighborhood is surrounded by deep bayous, which filled up much higher than I've ever seen them, but still several feet below the banks. There was no flooding in our neighborhood. We count ourselves very lucky, as many have lost their homes and businesses and eight people lost their lives.

Because of the weather, I got a late start on my project, so I chose to make a simple design. I am in need of several "belated" cards for birthdays I missed in March, so this one will be perfect for that. The front of the card is a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock that I embossed with the Clouds embossing folder and sanded the edges of the clouds to turn them white. The "hay there" comes from the Hay There set and the banners are a sticker from my stash.

SheepishFront

Inside the card I used joiners to convert the tabs of the pop stand die into simple box pop-up platforms. The background is the Clouds embossing folder again, this time with light blue ink brayered inside the folder before embossing. The grass area is sponged with green ink. Snowball the Sheep is styled as a Suffolk, with a black head and legs. Suffolks, according to Wikipedia, make up 60% of the sheep population in the U.S. 

SheepishInside

Here's a side view showing how easily joiners can be used to convert the pop stand tabs into boxes.

SheepishSideView

The stamp set for the greetings is the Homegrown Greetings set. I stamped the "I feel baaaad" greeting onto white cardstock and cut it out with a label die from the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I also cut a larger Katie Label from the leftover wood paper for a mat. The other greetings are stamped directly on the card.

If you'd like to make your own version of this card you'll find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft retailers worldwide or through these online links:


2016 DC Long Banner

The Designer Challenge Team always blows me away with their amazing creations. This month is no exception! For each of their Great Outdoors cards you can click on the name to go directly to that blog post, where you're likely to find supply lists, additional photos, explanations, etc. 

Frances Byrne starts us off with this amazing adaptation of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die used to raise up a circle. She decorated the circle in a western theme using the Western Edges and used the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps for the greeting. The colors are so rustic and warm. Fabulous!

FB_KBDCWesternPullTab1wm

Raquel Mason created this cozy little home using the House Pivot Card. I really love her styling on the All Seasons Tree with the dimensional foliage. She also took advantage of the built-in emboss feature on the house to add the brick pattern. I'll be right over!

RM_KBDC April Great Outdoors 2

Karen Aicken shows just how perfectly Pop it Ups dies can be used with patterned papers. She used cut-outs from the paper on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to create the interactive card. The Palm Tree, embossed to shiny perfection, completes the scene. Nautical and nice!

KA_Card_PIU_HCPT_Beachy_1 copy

Kelly Booth really should have a middle name of "color"! She has such a way of combining colors - it's magical! Check out this fun outdoor scene featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and Poppy the Owl. I love how Kelly used balloon strings from Props 2 as flower stems. Gorgeous!

KB_Watermarked Photo 2 (2016-04-11-0919)

Sandy Diller made this crab-ulous card featuring the Adirondack Chair, Palm Tree & Pail, Rocky the Crab and Beach Edges. I particularly love her layering of the spotted palm fronds and the shell from Rocky inside the pail. This makes me want a beach vacation!

SD_crabulous day

Caz Counsell thought "outside" the card (see what I did there?) and created a photo canvas. She featured a handsome photo of her son and used the All Seasons Tree to decorate the canvas. What a wonderful way to showcase a photo! 

CC_harvey frame

Summer Hills-Painter created a beach shack out of the House Pivot Card. I love the thatched roof! She used the Rectangle Pull Card, adding in the Palm Tree and the sun from the Oval Pull Card. This is such a serene beachy scene. I want to step right into this card!

SHP_April 2016 Closed

Shelly Hickox was inspired by a card Karen Aicken made using a photorealistic scene with a pop-up cut into it. Shelly created her own backdrop by taking a photo of her garden and then cutting the Adirondack chair into the photo. She printed a second photo to fussy cut elements, like stones, and layer them over the original, creating very cool dimension. This is a fabulous technique that has so many possibilities!

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups garden card

Fran Sabad was inspired by a pretty Garden Bench card made by Kittie C. a couple of years ago to create her own version. It turned out so soft and pretty! I love the delicate flowers on the All Seasons Tree and the brightly colored bird perched on the bench. Beautiful!

FS_PIU-Garden-Bench-01-open

Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers for her cards. This beauty features the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Pull Card Edges and What's Up? clear stamps. I love the way Frances layered the Pull Card Edges and used them to frame the greeting circle. Beautiful!

FB_KBDCHotAirOutdoor1wm

Karen Aicken wins the prize for the cutest card ever with this adorable picnic scene. Baker the Beaver looks so cute with his watermelon, big shades and hot dog. Karen used the Adirondack Chair and the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil inside the card. Cute! Cute! Cute!

KA_Card_PIU_AdirondChr_BakerPicnic_1

Kelly Color Booth created a beautiful background for this House Pivot Card. The Lorna labels provide a handy assist for the greetings and she also used the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil to add the sun. This card is so bright and sunny!

KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2016-04-19-0951)(1)

Sandy Diller mentions that when hot air balloons fly over her home in Arizona their bright colors seem to give them a glow of being lit from within. She recreated that feel with this beautiful card, featuring the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Western Edges. I love the stamped balloon in the background, seeming far away in the distance. Stunning!

SD_Hot Air

Caz Counsell styled the Spiral Circle Pull Card just perfectly to resemble a tree on the left side. The All Seasons Tree is used as a branch and Caz cleverly cut the eggs from the Props 7 set to style as leaves for the tree. Brilliant! Poppy the Owl looks lovely cut from Through the Lens paper, and the Clouds Embossing Folder creates the sky. Wonderful!

CC_great outdoors 1

Fran Sabad chose bright primary colors for this bold and breezy Hot Air Balloon card. What a nifty background with the pattern on the left and the solid on the right. So unique! If you click to Fran's blog post you'll see an equally impressive card front, featuring a rainbow. Love it!

FS_PIU-HOt-Air-Balloon-02-open

How's that for fifteen amazing cards?! I hope you've enjoyed the wonderful Great Outdoors inspiration by the team. Join us for next month's Designer Challenge on May 18, 2016. The theme for May is "Stage it Stencils" and in addition to the six available-now stencils, we will be featuring the six newest designs! You don't want to miss it!

Happy Crafting,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com

 


March 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Pull it!

Welcome to this month's Designer Challenge where we are taking on a theme called Pull it! I challenged the team to create a card using any of the three Pull Card dies OR the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set. 

For my card and video I decided to make a Pop Post video. Pop Post cards are made very specifically for someone in my life and this month I chose my niece Hannah, who recently celebrated her 16th birthday. Hannah is very musical and also really loves corny puns. See how I used the Oval Pull Card to animate a musical pun in this video. The techniques in the video (embossing using a stencil, an Oval Pull Card with window/clear slider/ double reveal area) can be adapted for cards of any theme. 

 

In the closed position the card measures 5" wide by 6" tall, so it will fit easily int an A7 (5x7) envelope and mail for a single stamp. The slider arm is cut from recycled blister packaging, making it clear and durable. The musical rest is attached to the end of the slider arm. 

KarenBOPCFront

When the card is opened, the "Stop" flips over and out of the way, revealing the rest of the pun, which slides across the card, revealing a cupcake decoration. The musical rest also slides across the card until it's over Baker the Beaver's head.

KarenBOPCOpenFor the greeting, I knew that Hannah would appreciate the notes for "happy birthday to you" in place of the words. I used a white gel pen and a ruler to draw the staff and then drew in the notes. The back of the card is where we will write our personal note and sign the card.

KarenBOPCGreeting

Want to give this card a try? Check with your independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs products. You also have the option to purchase online. Here are some links:


2016 DC Long Banner

The Designer Challenge Team created wonderful inspiration for the dies that pull. If you're new to our challenges, let me mention that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.

916

 

#916 Spiral Circle Pull Card Inspiration

 

 

Kelly Booth starts us off with this adorable birthday card with a St. Patrick's day theme. She used the Pull Card Edges die to cut the flower paper (made with the Flower Stencil) to fit the card. There are so many fun details to this card.

KB_SCPCShamrock

Karen Aicken made a very fun gatefold double using the Spiral Circle Pull Card. She keeps the card closed with a belly band and decorated with her (signature) Ring Frame Edges 1 as banners, and the Cake Pop-up used flat inside the card. 

KA_Card_PIU_SCPC_BDCake

Raquel Mason provides some great masculine inspiration with this Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Clock and Gears and Props 1 die sets. She also incorporated the new Through the Lens papers by Els van de Burgt. 

RM_KBDC March SCPC

974

 

#974 Rectangle Pull Card Inspiration

 

 

Fran Sabad made this gorgeous tulip Rectangle Pull Card and incorporated the lacy Paris Edges for an extra feminine touch. Her coloring on the stamped image is perfection!

FS_Tulips_RPC

Caz Counsell created a larger card for this spring-like card featuring a window cut into the Rectangle Pull Card, gorgeous colors, and plenty of butterflies. The What's Up? clear stamps create the greeting. 

CC_RPC_Butterfly

Raquel Mason used this month's challenge to create a fun boy birthday card for her son's friend. Using the spinner die (included with the Rectangle Pull Card) she was able to spin up a star with the birthday boy's age. Love these colors!

RM_9_Birthday_RPC

1109_Oval_Pull_Card 

 

1109 Oval Pull Card Inspiration

 

Summer Hills-Painter made a gorgeous Easter card with a fun technique where she created a gatefold card. For the left panel, she created a window and through it you can view the closed Pull Card (right panel). This is a fabulous combination of folds and look for this as an upcoming tutorial by Summer.

SHP_Easter_OPC

Shelly Hickox is amazing in how she can craft a scene using fussy cut images from detailed papers, like Graphic 45. This beauty uses the slot and slider to pull across the Hot Air Balloon. The What's Up? clear stamps fit the theme perfectly.

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups balloon card

Kelly Booth normally creates her own patterned paper with background stamps and/or stencils, but challenged herself this month to work with patterned paper. Clearly she is a natural! This fun birthday card features a gorgeous plaid paper and very fun versions of Jinks the Monkey.

KB_Jinks_OPC

Sandy Diller used the Oval Pull Card to make a birthday card with a huge balloon bouquet and Lucky the Rabbit attached to the slider arm so they move as the card opens. The interior greeting is revealed as Lucky slides across the card. So spectacular!

SD_Hop_Hop_Hooray

Caz Counsell provides some masculine inspiration with this oversized Oval Pull Card with manly colors and textures. The Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder is used on this card as well as Happy Birthday and the decorator pieces from the Cake pop-up. Els' Through the Lens patterned cardstock works so well for masculine cards.

CC_Masculine_Birthday_OPCFran Sabad got very clever with combining features of the Pull Cards. She used the Oval Pull Card for the structure and then added the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card to animate Jinks. This is such a fun card!

FS_Jinks_OPC

Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers to match her themes. This gatefold double Oval Pull Card has a nautical theme and the waves in the pattern are perfect. She added dies from Joset and Els and used the Pull Card Edges for the scallops. What a great Father's Day card!

FB_KBDCLighthouse1wm

Sandy Diller got very clever with this adaptation of the Oval Pull Card. She turned it into a vertical pull and used two slots/sliders to pull up a gaggle of Hot Air Balloons, revealing the greeting. Absolutely amazing!

SD_Just flying by OPC

1104_Hanging_Charm_Pull_Tab_1 

 

1104 Hanging Charm Pull Tab Inspiration

 

 

Kelly Booth made this fun birthday card by combining the Hanging Charm Pull TAb die set with the Hot Air Balloon. I love how her greeting cloud is also animated.

KB_HCPT_BirthdayBalloon

Karen Aicken also used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die to animate a solid object, making this beautiful Easter card that also includes the woven basket from Props 7. This is so pretty!

KA_Card_PIU_HCPT_Lamb
Fran Sabad chose a great combination of colors and patterns to make a Hanging Charm Pull Tab card using the included coffee cup charm. She added a heart to the cup's sleeve for a great look. I love how she created the two-part greeting with the Coffee & Tea clear stamps.

FS_PIU-Hanging-Charm-Pull-Card

Frances Byrne finishes out the challenge with this fun Easter card featuring Lucky the Rabbit on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. What a great idea to use a clip die to extend the pull tab for easy operation. She also used dies from Joset and Suzanne on this adorable card.

FB_KBDCEasterWishes1wm

Thanks for joining us for this month's challenge and I hope you feel inspired by all these ideas to make cards that pull!

Happy Crafting,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


Feb 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Glitter!

Welcome to this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge with a theme of: GLITTER! 

For my card I did not spare any glitter! I used the new Flower stencil to create an ombre effect with three colors of pink glitter, then carefully removed the stencil from the adhesive and "grouted" the remaining adhesive with Warm Diamond glitter. I did this technique three times to get a panel for the front of the card and for the background inside the card and, as you'll see on the video, I had no trouble removing the stencil by giving it slow even pressure while simultaneously holding down the sticky parts with a backing sheet from the adhesive.

However, some of the Designer Challenge team reported mixed results when using stencils for two-tone glitter. It seemed to depend on the cardstock and/or the "open-ness" of the stencil as to whether the stencil would release from the adhesive or cling so tight that the cardstock would peel/separate as they attempted to remove the stencil. Both Fran and Frances mentioned that coating the stencil with watermark ink like Versamark before laying it down into the adhesive can help it release from the adhesive easier. I've also had great success loosening the ECD adhesive by breathing warm air onto it while carefully pulling.

The white cardstock I used in the video is Hammermill 80 lb. Color Copy Digital Cover. It's a smooth white cardstock (Amazon link below if you need it) and I had no trouble with it peeling or separating as I removed the stencil. It probably also helped that I was using the Flower Stencil, which is a tight, even pattern stencil. So my advice would be to try the Versamark trick and/or use the same cardstock/stencil that I used in the video to ensure success with this technique.

OK, with disclaimers in place, here is the video!

 

Here are photos of the card and the details. It's an A2-sized card, but the brad and ribbon bow on the front will make it too bulky for a single-stamp. If you plan to make a similar card and want the most economical postage, change the front design to something completely flat.

GlitterCakeBoth
Speaking of the front design, I am a big fan of not doubling my work with pop-up cards. Let's face it, they're going to display these cards propped open. For that reason I always start by designing the interior of the card and then create some sort of "simple lead-in" for the front, carrying in the same colors/themes. For this card it was very simple - just a glittered panel with ribbons to look like it's a wrapped present, and a bow held on with a (very old, stash item) decorative brad. For the interior greeting I used the Just a Note clear stamps with the decorator dies (ovals, corner flourish) from the Oval Landscape Accordion. 

CakeDetails
The three supports at the top of the Cake Pop Up are particularly fun because the two outside ones pop-up at an angle, creating festive movement to the candles/strawberries (both included with the set) as the card is opened and closed. The cake stand is cut from a metallic silver paper.

CakeFrontCloseup

This side view shows the construction of the cake - it's really just a series of stacked boxes. I'm looking forward to people getting creative with turning it into other things. 

CakeSide

If you're interested in giving this card a go, check your local independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies. If not, how about asking them to? It's so important to support our local stores so we continue to have local stores! However, I also recognize that there are lots of places in the world without access to a nearby independent craft store, so you will also find the supplies online and here are some links:

 


2016 DC Long Banner

The Designer Challenge Team slayed the challenge this month. So much inspiration! So much sparkle! Remember that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.

Karen Aicken starts us off with this amazing Anniversary card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab with two fun modifications - an extended tab for pulling and a doubled charm that expands when it hangs. She used an oversized card for space to add Rocky the Crab and the Palm Tree, both glittered to perfection. Absolutely fabulous!

KA_Card_PIU_HCPT_RockyLove

Kelly Booth REALLY loves coffee, so if you're the lucky recipient of this card you know that you are truly special! Notice the cute glittered monkeys (Jinks) with their tails creating a heart! Adorable. They're hanging out in the Cup Pop Stand, decorated beautifully with the Flower Stage-it Stencil. I love this card more than coffee!

KB_LoveYouMore

Caz Counsell made this extremely clever "changing title" card where the "Be" becomes "Beaver" as the card opens. Inside this sweet Valentine is Baker the Beaver, holding a glittered heart. Baker sports rosy cheeks and an embossed waffled tail. Adorable!

CC_beaver challengeFrances Byrne made this delightful Happy Chinese New Year card celebrating the "Year of the Monkey" - a fact that I didn't realize when I was designing Jinks, but a very fortunate coincidence! The Katie Label Pivot Card (one of Frances's "go to" dies) is perfect for any theme and I love her addition of the Paris Edges, plus the different poses of the glittery monkeys.

FB_KBDCYearMonkey1awm

Sandy Diller also celebrated the Year of the Monkey with this fun display piece made with the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges. She found some wooden numbers and covered them with glitter for a fabulous sparkle. She also styled Jinks as two different types of monkey. Really clever and cool!

SD_Year of the Monkey

Fran Sabad used glitter to make shimmery sand as a backdrop to a very cool Rocky the Crab, sporting the Santa glasses from Props 5 turned into shades. Open this Oval Pull Card and Rocky has lifted his shades. The sun flies into the sky attached to the Spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card set. Super adorable card! 

FS_PIU-Oval-Pull-Card

Selma Stevenson is guest designing for this month's challenge and made this fabulous tag/card. The bottom half of the tag lifts up to reveal the pop-up greeting. How very clever! Dutch the Fox is done in glitter for the front of the tag. Love it! We hope that Selma can join us for more challenges this year and if you're not familiar with her work, be sure to click her name and bookmark her blog. Her cards are exquisite!

SS_ECD-Karen-Tag

Raquel Mason went to the wild west with this fun glittered Cocoa the Horse card. She used the Rectangle Pull Card, Pull Card and Western Edges and decorated with the Paisley Stage it Stencil and Cocoa Western clear stamps. These are such fun colors. Yee haw!

RM_KBDC Glitter Cocoa

Kelly Booth had coffee on the brain when she created this delicious homage to her favorite beverage. The Cup Pop Stand works perfectly with Joset's Cupcake die to add foam. Kelly did a beans and glitter grout technique on the inside cup and used the Paisley Stencil on the front cup. Really lovely!

KB_CoffeeCup

Frances Byrne was also thinking java with this beauty, featuring a fun blue/brown color scheme and lots of stencil work. The Coffee Stencil creates both the beans and the flourish pattern on the rim of the saucer. Frances used the Swirly Flourish stencil on the cup and embellished with the Pull Card Edges. A gorgeous script word from Suzanne Cannon's collection finishes off this elegant card.

FB_KBDCCoffeeCup1awm

Caz Counsell made this romantic card featuring the Medallion stencil with glittered paste for a textured sparkly backdrop and then added the Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. So pretty! Pop it Ups products can be used in so many ways, so don't feel limited to just interactive cards.CC_bonjourSandy Diller made this absolutely delightful Animal Party Block (a daytime pet Rave, she says!) using various Character and Props die sets. This is such a cute display piece and so, so creative! Makes me smile.SD_ animal party

Summer Hills-Painter made this brilliant pop-up scene by using the Pop Stand die from the Christmas Trees set to animate her two glittered Palm Trees. A vine suspended between the trees holds up Jinks the Monkey, just hanging out! She also used the Bananas embossing folder (come on . . . you know you need it!) Flourish Gift Frame, two clear stamp sets and the Pull Card Edges. Definitely high on the list of my favorite Summer makes!

SHP_Feb Challenge

Shelly Hickox had been requesting a Pop it Ups Hot Air Balloon die set for some time and I was happy to be able to add one to the collection and especially when I see what she had in mind! This sweet Valentine is made with the Rectangle Accordion and Shelly added an expanding balloon on the first page. A Katie Label and the heart charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab sets create the decoration for Page 2. Shellypiece!

SH -shelly hickox love balloon pop it ups

Karen Aicken has been rocking her new favorite die - the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. In this creation she used the HCPT as the "gate" with the fence around it, then pulls it up to reveal a hidden greeting. Virgil, Cheepers and Snowball hang out in this barnyard full of love. Great idea on the red shadow layers to really bring home the "love" feel.

KA_Card_PIU_HCPT_GLitter

Fran Sabad really thought of the details when she made this glittery goodness of an Easter-themed Fancy Accordion. The Frame Edges are glittered, along with the Easter Eggs, but also check out the paint splatters, made with candle flames and strawberry leaves from the Cake Pop Up, plus the paintbrush, made by shortening the Props 8 spatula. So many amazing details in this card.

FS_PIU-Fancy-Label

Kelly Booth created four cards for this month's challenge! She's a huge fan of glitter and it shows in her beautiful creations. These last two feature the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and the two-tone glitter technique like in the video but using the Paisley stencil. I particularly like how she inlaid the greeting on the green/teal version and extended the pull tab, cutting it into a decorative shape with the Agatha Edges. Also a great idea to mix in butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set.

KB_GlitteredHCPTButterflyCards

Well? Are you on inspiration overload? So many sparkly glittery ideas! Which will you try first?

For this month's giveaway it's a great one - Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a giveaway of all the ECD products from the video! One lucky winner will win this:

Feb2016WinThisHow do you enter? Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us which Pop it Ups product is on your wish list. (ANY Pop it Ups product - not limited to the ones in the prize pack) You have until Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5 pm CST to leave your comment. The winner will be chosen by random draw and contacted for an address by e-mail.

Good luck, and Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com
 

 


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

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

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

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

 

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

Monkey_Oval_Closed

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

Monkey_Oval_Open

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

Monkey_Oval_Top_View

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

Monkey_Oval_Closeup
Monkey_Oval_Closeup

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

 


2016 DC Long Banner

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

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

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

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

SD_DSCN6111

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

RM_PIU Super Chick flatKelly Booth rocked the new Cup Pop Stand by using the Cup die for two coffee-themed cards. She incorporated the new Coffee Embossing Folder, Coffee Stencil, Flower Stencil and Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps. Kelly creates such amazing textures. 

KB_Watermarked Photo (2015-12-03-0849) KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2015-11-23-1122)

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

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

KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2016-01-17-2029)

When Kelly's card is opened, up pops the new Cake. Once again she mixed various textures and I absolutely adore her use of the lace Paris Edges die as doilies!
KB_Watermarked Photo 1 (2016-01-17-2029)

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

KA_Card_PIU_Cake_Roses_4

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

KA_Card_PIU_JanDC_HAB_2

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

FS_PIU-Jinx-02-open

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

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

FS_PIU-Oval-Pull-Card-01

As Fran's card opens, the slider arm pulls the balloon across the card, making it fly. This is also a great example of the Pull Card Edges in action. Her white patterned paper was cut with the edges to leave a slight shadow around the oval on the front of the card, and the scalloped border inside allows for decorating right over the tuck slot but it remains operational. This works on all three pull cards, by the way, which was no easy feat in the design process!
FS_PIU-Oval-Pull-Card-01

Summer Hills-Painter also used the Oval Pull Card, Pull Card Edges and Hot Air Balloon, but, once again, her choices are completely different and so the cards are completely different. So much versatility with dies - everyone should be using them! Summer shows an inspiration piece on her blog - a gift bag with hot air balloons. She used it as a jumping off point for both of her cards this month and even incorporated parts of the bag into the designs. On Summer's card you cannot spy any of the Hot Air Balloon in the closed position.

SHP_card 2 closed

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


SHP_card 2 closed

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

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

FB_HeartYouHangerPullTab1wm

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

SHP_Card 1 closed
SHP_Card 1 closed

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

CC_2c

CC_2b

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

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups pull tab card

SH_shelly hickox pop it ups steampunk pull card

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

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


CC_1

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

FB_CCEE1603Coffee1wm

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


SD_Look Book 10


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

Pop_it_Ups_January_2016_Release

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

Happy Crafting!

KarenSiggyLogo


Dec 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Home for the Holidays

Our last Designer Challenge for 2015! For December I challenged the team to interpret the phrase "Home for the Holidays" using Pop it Ups dies. OK, so I say this every month, but this month it's really super-dee-duperly true - the team SLAYED THIS CHALLENGE! Check out their creations on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

DecAnimated

For my project and video I wanted to create a fireplace scene with Santa arriving down the chimney. I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to modify cowboy boots (Props 6) into Santa boots and stockings. Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial:

  

The front of the card features the same patterned papers (an older Basic Grey collection from my stash) and a strip of washi tape with "Merry Christmas" printed on it. The Props 5 Santa hat sticks out of the chimney, giving a hint of what's inside.

FireplacePopUpCardClosed

Open the card and up pops a fireplace, complete with a pair of Santa boots dangling in the opening. Both the boots and the stockings were made with easy modifications of the Cowboy Boots dies in the Props 6 set, plus cuffs made from the Lots of Pops banner die. The Suzanne Cannon Quietfire Design "Believe" calligraphy word die was the perfect greeting.

FireplacePopUpCardOpen

I kept my mantel decor relatively simple - a candle made from the bottom portion of the Lots of Pops pole (cut from red Shimmer Sheetz) and a flame, greenery and berries from the Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die. The wreath that comes included with Rudy the Reindeer worked perfectly on the back wall and I inlaid the center of the wreath, cut from silver Shimmer Sheetz, to be a mirror. The star garland uses the two stars from Props 6 sandwiched around a piece of gold thread.

FireplacePopUpCardCloseup

This side view is perfect for showing how the card is built. The fireplace is supported by the two outer platforms on the Lots of Pops die, plus a hand cut/scored fireplace insert & boots support. That piece is a 2" x 6" piece of gray cardstock scored at 1", 2.5", 3.25", 4.75", and 5.5". Fold the piece starting with the 1" panel as follows: valley, valley, mountain, mountain, mountain. The video shows how to do this. For the candle support (not shown on the video) it's just a simple box platform made from a scrap of cardstock. A box platform, as the name implies, is a strip of cardstock with three equal distance folds that is then folded into a box shape. The two outer panels get adhesive and meet in the fold of the card. Attach something to the front of the box and it will pop up and pop down as the card is opened/closed.

FireplacePopUpCardSideView

The finished card measures 5.5" wide by just under 5" tall. You can mail it in an A7 envelope but it will be bulky, so extra postage is required.

FireplacePopUpBoth

Want to give it a try? How about making a fireplace card just for a cozy winter scene? Eliminate the boots and you've got a technique for housewarming, etc. 

You can find all of these supplies at your local independent craft store or by following these online links:

 


November 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Video Techniques

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

NovAnimated

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

 

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

_KB_MixedAccordionFront

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

_KB_MixedAccordionOpen

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

_KB_MixedAccordionCloseup
_KB_MixedAccordionCloseupHere's a view from the top:

_KB_MixedAccordionTopView

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

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