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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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.

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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. 

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

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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:


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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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,

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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:

 


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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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October 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Characters in Costume

It's Designer Challenge day! For October I challenged the team to transform the Characters with costumes and/or a complete transformation into something new. I think you'll agree that the 20 inspiring projects they created are full of imagination. You can see them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I knew I wanted to use the Ring Accordion. I've used the Ring on several projects in the last few months, but realized that I'd never used the Ring specifically for a video tutorial. Time to remedy that!

My Character transformation was to dress William the Goat as an Elf. I also wanted to teach how to add the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages of an Accordion so they will expand when the album opens, but collapse for mailing. Here's what I came up with:

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Learn how to make this project, step-by-step, in this video tutorial:

 

When the album is folded close the first expanding tree will pivot to the front of the album. I decorated the outer ring with a red cardstock ring with texture paste stitch lines. The Agatha flourish adds additional decoration as well as disguises the back of William's ear in the closed position.

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When the album opens the first tree pivots into the inside of the card and the front section expands to make a 3D tree. I used the Groove Tool to sand and ink the core cardstock after embossing with the Damask folder. Learn more about the Groove Tool and enter their monthly drawing for a free Groove here: Momenta - ArtC

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William the Goat makes such a cute elf but the techniques are universal and can be translated easily to the other Characters. The Agatha Edges flourish is perfect for elf shoes and the solid Christmas Tree converts to a great elf hat.

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For this week only you can save 20% on all Characters and Props dies. Sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 at midnight MDT. Click the photo below to check it out.

If you'd like to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf, you'll need these supplies:  


Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.

Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.

Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.  

To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)

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I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set. 

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Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:

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When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.

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The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse. 

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The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges. 

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At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.

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If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories. 

Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!

Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.  


Fall in love with Autumn SALE! (October 1-5, 2015)

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Do you subscribe to the Elizabeth Craft Designs mailing list? If so, you already know about this awesome SALE that started today. Select fall-themed products are discounted 30% through Monday, October 5, 2015.

Six Pop it Ups products are included in the sale and here are some video tutorials using the sale items:

 

 

 

 

If any of these products have been on your wish list it's a great time to pick them up at a discounted price. But hurry! The sale ends Monday. The sale also includes nineteen other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, stamps and stickers from Susan's Garden, Petroschi Bianca and Els van de Burgt Studios. Click the picture link below to check it out!

Happy Fall, ya'll! 

 

Aug 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations

It's Designer Challenge day! This month I challenged the team to be inspired by each other. They were instructed to go back through their teammate's creations and find one (or more) to use as inspiration for a new project. They could be inspired by the whole card, a technique, a color scheme, a combination of dies - anything. The results are magnificent and you'll definitely want to check them all out on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

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I was inspired by three projects - Kelly Booth's Easter Oval Accordion from the Spring/Easter challenge, and Caz Counsell's "FrankenPop" card and Fran Sabad's Poppy Halloween card from the Spooky September challenge.

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From Caz's FrankenPop card, I took inspiration for styling Jolly the Mouse as a monster. I filmed this as its own video so it can double as the "how to assemble" video for Jolly. Just cut the pieces from traditional mouse colors instead of monster colors when you want to create a sweet mouse instead of a scary one.

 

Once I had my "monster mouse" I was ready to tackle the main project, where I included several techniques. Here are the techniques (and start times) included in this video:

  • Technique #1: How to create the silver/black embossed damask pages. (slide to 1:50)
  • Technique #2: How to create an Open Center Accordion. (slide to 3:35)
  • Technique #3: How to cut an opening in an accordion page and add fishing line to float items. (slide to 6:00)
  • Technique #4: How to make bats and bones from the Cocoa the Horse die. (slide to 8:40)
  • Technique #5: How to use transfer paper to make a spooky debossed tree background. (slide to 12:35)

  

When the album is closed there is no indication that the middle pages are not full outer frames. This is why it's important to make Open Center Accordions in multiples of 4 pages so that each "open center section" is attached to full pages on each side. This view shows off Technique #1 (silver/black embossed damask), #3 (Cocoa bat) and #5 (transfer paper spooky tree background)

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Here is a close-up of the first two pages:

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The close-up of the second two pages shows Technique #3 (fishing line floating) and Technique #4 (Cocoa bat & bones) plus another version of Technique #5 (spooky ghost tree)

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Here’s a handy reference for making bats using the Cocoa the Horse die.

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The video mentions that the display of an Open Center Accordion will differ slightly from a typical accordion. The two inner ovals will not pull out all the way into a straight line but will stay slightly bent in the center. However, the lack of a center outer frame means there’s no problem viewing both inner ovals.

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Don't forget to see all the inspiration pieces on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Post here.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are some online shopping links for the products used in both videos:

 
Edited to add . . . Shelly Hickox told me that there are actual craft videos on Vine, which I found surprising as you only get 6 seconds. I've used Vine to post looping videos of my cards opening and closing, but never any instructions or anything. So I thought I'd see if I could pick out 6 seconds of the Monster Mouse video and it's surprisingly how much you can show in 6 seconds! So if you don't have nearly 8 minutes to spare to watch the real video above, here's a 6 second version:

 

July Secret Word Giveaway *WINNER*(s)

Congratulations to Judy, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of the July Secret Word Giveaway. Judy's comment:

I am excited about the merry and bright collection. I get excited about anything that pertains to Christmas. Excited about adding to my Christmas stuff.

The secret word for July was "Excited" in honor of the brand new collections. Judy's comment on the July Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays blog post was chosen by random number generator and she has won her very own #1045 Fence Pop Stand die plus a Farm Character die of her choice.

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Now why is the July winner announced in mid-August, you ask? Two reasons - 

  1. I didn't send the July newsletter in July. I waited until the dies were shipping the first week of August, so as not to frustrate folks who wanted the dies as soon as they saw them. (What can I say? I'm a giver!)
  2. I forgot to post the winner last week like I was supposed to. Luckily Liz e-mailed me a reminder so I am rewarding her niceness by picking a second not-at-all-random winner from a list of exactly one comment and guess who won? LIZ!

Liz's comment...

I’m Soooooooo Excited !! as the song goes …. Thank you for the wonderful additions to the Farm series. My card recipients will appreciate their new cards. The Mouse and Reindeer characters will be MUST HAVES too. Can’t wait to get my hands on them. Thanks again for your creativity.

...was chosen as a bonus winner. Liz will also win her very own Fence die and her choice of Farm Character.

Congratulations, Judy and Liz! Check your e-mail for some happy mail!
 
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17th Birthday Cards for Karl & Emma

HEY! This isn't funny . . . these babies just keep growing up! Here's a selfie of us Thursday on their birthday - seventeen years old! (Can you believe Karl was less than 3 lbs at birth? I know! Crazy!)

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I like to personalize their birthday cards for what they're into at the time. Two years ago they got Dr. Who 9th Doctor cards. Last year Karl got a video game/music card and Emma got a Captain America card. This year I was a little stumped for Karl because he really hasn't changed his interests in a year. However, he does attend horse therapy and we do live in Texas, so I hit on the idea to make their cards have a Texas theme. 

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Both cards are 5" x 6" cards, fitting nicely in A7 envelopes. For Karl's card front I assembled a Texas flag using strips of cardstock and the barn star from the Star Accordion die. By selectively inking three stamps in the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps I was able to create a custom "Keep Calm and Howdy Birthday" greeting and used a tag die from the Tags Pivot Card to cut it out. The barbed wire is from the new Western Edges die set.

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Inside Karl's card I've used the pop-up portion of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die to make the platforms and then used the Barn and Cocoa the Horse on the platforms. I embossed the Chicken Wire die in silver and black powder for the foreground and used the horses edge die from the Western Edges for the backdrop. The "Texas, Est. 1836" is a Deadbeat Designs rubber stamp that is stamped, colored and fussy-cut, then added with All Seasons Tree clouds into the sky. Cocoa the Horse is styled as a Texas flag with an altered Props 1 Bowler-hat-turned-cowboy-hat.

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In this next photo you can see that when the barn doors slide open a little "happy birthday" message is revealed inside the barn plus some additional hay blobs from the Hay There set. The grass die comes in the Western Edges die set.

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I wanted to continue the Texas theme for Emma's card but also wanted it to have a driving theme as she recently got her Learner's Permit and is currently doing her driving sessions. I decided to make a Texas Longhorn cow and style her like Emma with short brown hair and hipster glasses. The Western Edges were used to create a suitably Texas backdrop for the card front and Brownie Emma sports a pink cowboy hat.

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I used the tail of Jolly the Mouse to make the horns for Brownie the Cow. The cowboy hat was made easily by simply trimming the top of the bowler hat from Props 1 into a cowboy hat shape.

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When the card is opened I wanted to have Brownie Emma driving a car. The Lorna Label pop-up die provides the platform for the car and the backdrop is the barbed wire Western Edge and some fussy cut clouds from a piece of patterned paper. I used gray cardstock to make the road and added the stripes with yellow and white graphic art tape. The striped patterned paper is an older Basic Grey paper from my stash.

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I assembled another Brownie Emma, this time with her hat attached to a horn as though it were flying in the wind. I also trimmed out her front legs and tail to move them into a driving position. The steering wheel is two small nested circle dies and two thin cardstock strips to make cross bars.

The car itself is made from the Bathtub die. I cut one from red and turned it upside-down to be the main portion of the car. Then I cut another bathtub from silver Shimmer Sheetz and trimmed out the lip to be the car's bumper. I found some metal mesh and two silver buttons in my stash and added them to the front of the car. I made the little Texas license plate by hand and used two black rectangles of cardstock with rounded corners for the tires. For the top I used the Oval Accordion and largest oval decorator die, nested together.

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The cards were a hit! Happy Birthday, my babies! 

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Want to make your own Texas-themed cards? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available at independent craft stores worldwide. Nowhere near a craft store? Here are some online links for all the ECD products used on these two cards:


July 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Homegrown Holidays where I challenged the team to make Christmas in July cards with a farm or country feel. They were encouraged to use new dies from the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections, which will ship the first week of August 2015.

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For my contribution this month I did something different. Rather than make one 16-18 minute video teaching a fully decorated card, I concentrated on a couple of shorter "how to assemble" videos that will be easy to refer back to when you just need a quick refresher for how to assemble a die. Today I have the Farm videos - How to Assemble the 6 Farm Characters and How to Assemble the Fence Pop Stand die. Coming soon will be the Merry & Bright assembly videos. 

 

 

The clear stamp sets have arrived the but dies are still two weeks out. They will start shipping to independent craft stores worldwide the first week of August 2015.

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If you are lucky enough to live in the area of an independent craft store I highly encourage you to give that store your business before ordering online. Yesterday my friend Karrie Allen, the owner of Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, Texas came over to use my set of dies to design cards using the Christmas kit from SS's upcoming Kit Kraft Day.  If you are a Houston-area crafter you should definitely check it out. Here are the cards Karrie designed. This is the type of personal service, ideas, inspiration, love-of-the-craft that store owners show their customers every day. Please support your local stores first - they are such a vital part of our industry and of our communities.

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For those of you sadly without a local store, you will be able to purchase the new dies online when they become available. 

 
Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for all the amazing Homegrown Holidays cards by the team!
 
Happy Crafting!
 
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