Christmas Version - Garden Bench Pop-up

My latest Christmas Version of a previous video tutorial is based on the March 2014 Designer Challenge where I taught an Easter-themed Garden Bench card and taught how to add extra "pops" next to the bench using the Lots of Pops die. 

For this transformation I changed several things from the video. The general concept is the same - a bench with an extra platform on the side - but instead of sponging the background I used patterned papers. Instead of two extra pops on each side of the bench I went with just one pop on one side. More on these changes below, but first, here's the card:

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My first thought, when I chose this video as inspiration, was a snowy wintry scene. I pulled out the appropriate trees and edge dies and went searching through my paper stash for papers in a frosty blue. When I came across these gorgeous burgundy Bo Bunny papers (older designs) they reminded me of wallpaper and a different idea was stoked. Instead of an outdoor scene, I began to picture an indoor scene. I pictured a pretty foyer, with a bench for taking off your boots, decorated for the holidays.

This card measures 5.75" wide by 5.5" tall when closed and can be mailed in a 6x6 envelope. For the front of the card I went with my usual "simple lead-in" approach. A square of the same patterned paper, three layered labels from the Labels & Circles die, a ribbon bow and the tree Holiday Charm, decorated with silver twine and tiny rhinestones. 

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When the card is open, the foyer scene is revealed, including a 2-tone bench, snowflake garlands and pillows, a mirror on the wall, side table with topiary evergreen tree, and a rug.

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The garland is made using beads and the fishtail banner from the Lots of Pops set. I added the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms to the banners. The mirror is a combination of circles from the Labels & Circles set, with silver Shimmer Sheetz as the mirror itself. For the rug, I was inspired by Summer Hills-Painter, who tightly wound Baker's twine to make a bathmat for a card last year. I followed her lead by tightly winding twine onto a piece of cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. Then I die cut the rug through the wound twine using a label from the Labels & Circles set and brushed the edges with burgundy ink. For both the mirror and the rug I used the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to be able to cut through the tougher materials.

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Here are some step shots showing how I created this card. I started with a 5.75" x 11" piece of cream cardstock and added panels of patterned paper to each half, making sure that there was NO adhesive under the paper in the bench area. I used the alignment nubs on the die to add it over the fold, slid to the right side of the card to leave room for my table on the left. After die cutting the bench I snipped away the paper in the bench area and glued down the remaining paper around the bench.

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I followed the video instructions for folding the bench and for creating the "extra pops" with the Lots of Pops die. I decided to add just one "pop" for a side table. After installing it in the card I added a scrap of the wall paper to the top of the pop so it would blend in. I also cut a bench from burgundy cardstock and trimmed out the arms and the decorative swirls to add to the cream bench. 

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To make the side table, I used the pole from the Lots of Pops die set. The table leg is the bottom part of the pole, with a piece of the pole turned sideways to be the base and the table top. I created the pot by trimming down the present from the Holiday Charms and then filled it with the evergreen tree charm. The present charm is attached to the leg of the bench. To cover the openings left by the bench, I used pieces of the same two papers so the wall and the floor would continue. I also added a piece of white cardstock, scored twice for texture, to be the baseboard along the bottom of the wall.

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For the pillows, I used the present charm die and nested in the small snowflake die. I trimmed the box "lid" so it would be a square and then inlaid a silver snowflake into the opening. The best way to attach items inside the bench so they "float" in the middle somewhere is to add an "L" support through one of the slats of the bench. The foot of the "L" is attached to  the floor below the bench. The pillows are attached to the upper part of the support. 

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I finished out my scene with a "Season's Greetings" stamp from my stash. Learn how to fold the bench and cut extra "pops" by watching this video tutorial:

Here are the items I used on my Christmas foyer card. The papers are very old, so substitute something similar.


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,

image from karenburniston.typepad.com

 


July 1, 2015: Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Category Breakdown

Happy Wednesday and Happy July! I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups Collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I'll explain it all!

It's a good ol' fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst - want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)

Pivot Cards

Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.

 

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Pivot Card Product Links:

Pivot Card Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pivot Cards
Seamless Pivot Card Backing Cards
Double Heart Pivot Card
Double Katie Label Pivot Card
Double Evergreen Pivot Card
Triple Pivot Card Technique
House Pivot Card
Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card

Pivot Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pivot Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pivot Card Posts

Pull Cards

Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element - the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.

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Pull Card Product Links:

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

Spiral Circle Pull Card
Introduction to Spiral Circle Pull Card (slide to 7:30)
Introduction to Rectangle Pull Card (slide to 6:43)
Rectangle Pull Card - Buster Plays Dead
Rectangle Pull Card - Rocky Doffs his Cap

Pull Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pull Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pull Card Posts

General Pop-up Cards

Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional "magic trick" cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.

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General Pop-up Product Links:

General Pop-up Video Tutorials:

Introduction to General Pop-ups
Garden Bench
Double Lorna Mummy Card
Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card
Adirondack Chair

General Pop-up Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's General Pop-up Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Lucy Label PostsLots of Pops PostsGarden Bench PostsHappy Birthday PostsLorna Label PostsBeach Collection Posts

Pop Stands

Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.

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Pop Stand Product Links:

Pop Stand Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pop Stands (slide to 1:30)
Eiffel Tower
Barn Pop Stand with Floating Floor

Pop Stand Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pop Stands Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pop Stand Posts

Accordion Albums & Frame Edges

Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you'll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.

Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.

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Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:

Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Accordions
How to add Clear Pages to Pop it Ups Accordions
Pivot Accordion Technique
How to turn Portait Accordions into Landscape Accordions
Stacked Accordions
Barn Accordion Card

Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Accordion Albums Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Accordion Posts

Characters & Props

The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.

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Character & Props Product Links:

Character & Props Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Characters
Honey the Bear as a Panda
Honey & Dutch as Woodland Animals

Characters & Props Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Characters Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Character Dies

Edge Dies

Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.

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Edge Dies Product Links:

Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders

Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.

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Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:

 

Clear Stamps

In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps - the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps - meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon! 

So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting!

Karen


Sketch style Garden Bench/Poppy card

Recently I saw a piece of ceramic art by Katharine Morling and I was blown away by the look of her pieces, which incorporate black line art onto 3D sculpted everyday shapes.

It inspired me to try this look with my dies to create a pop-up card. All you'll need to replicate this look are some dies, white cardstock and a black pen.

I started with an A2 card but discovered after adding Poppy to the bench that I needed some extra height to the card to hide Poppy in the closed position. I solved the problem with some clouds placed at the top to become a decorative edge/Poppy hider.

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It's really quite fun to cut absolutely everything from white cardstock and then just trace/doodle the details as desired. Since I was creating a scene using the Garden Bench, I decided to incorporate some of the pieces from the new ECD Wheelbarrow die by Els van de Burgt. I also used the All Seasons Tree, which comes with the clouds, leaves and flowers, and the Outdoor Edges die for the grass. Poppy the Owl is wearing the hat and glasses from the Props 1 die set. For the card front, I embossed with the Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder and then traced around the pattern. I used a black gel pen, medium, to do all the detail work on this card.

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The greeting stamp is by Texana Designs. Here are supply links for all of the dies used. 


Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spring & Easter Cards

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with the March Pop it Ups Designer Challenge for Spring & Easter cards. You'll definitely want to check out the eighteen amazing projects by the Designer Challenge team plus a guest designer.

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In addition to the Spring/Easter creations by the team, I have a new video tutorial for this Easter Garden Bench + Lots of Pops card. I had a lot of tips to share for this card, and I listened to those of you who requested that I slow down a bit. I'd love your feedback on whether this video length is better - around 15 minutes instead of under 10 minutes. 

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The video covers a variety of subjects including:

  • How to fold the Garden Bench and Lots of Pops dies.
  • Cutting the Lots of Pops die into separate platforms to add next to the Bench.
  • The sponge-around-a-template technique for the sky and grass, including inlaid grass and cloud details.
  • Tips for using the All Seasons Tree.
  • Suspending the Butterfly Accessory dies on wires.
  • How to get the black/white texture on the Poles
  • How to extend the length of the Fancy Frame Edges to fit a 6x6 card, plus add glitter.

Right? Everything but the kitchen sink! Here are some photos:

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Here are some supply links for the products used in the video:

 

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Just this week I received an e-mail saying that my account was chosen as a 2013 All Star winner. It said in the e-mail that only 10% of their accounts are chosen for this honor and among the criteria for being chosen were:

  • Consistently high open rates (greater than 25%), click through rates, and low bounce rates
  • Regular contact with your audience

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Pop it Ups Card Class - Scrapp'n Savvy, February

This Saturday, February 1, 2014 I'll be teaching a Pop it Ups class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. There are three sessions and I believe there may be a few seats left, but I'm not sure in which session. Call the store if you're in the Houston area and want to join the fun.

The class will consist of the three cards from my CHA class (which are also the cards featured on the packaging for those particular dies) and then a fourth card using the Garden Bench, All Seasons Tree and Agatha Edges.

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Please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors (you may also want some detail scissors for fussy cutting)
  • Tape Runner
  • Strong red-liner or Scor tape (1/4" width is great)
  • Mini glue dots
  • Pop dots
  • Fine Line Glue pen (you're going to want this for the flourishes and tree branches)
  • Sanding tool (for the front of the Garden Bench card)
  • Paper piercer
  • Tiny Attacher stapler (optional, but I like to staple the small tabs on the Accordion Album)
  • Tweezers (optional, but helpful for working with Peel-offs)

All of the coloring will be assigned as homework, but if you want to attempt it in class, I used Copic markers in blues (Lots of Pops card), pinks (Heart Pivot Card) and teal/tan (Circle Accordion)

Reminder: Dillon's Eagle Scout project is to collect new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals (suitable for children). If you can help him out by donating one, please bring it. 

Thanks, and see you there!


Pop it Ups Winter Garden Bench Card with Floating Floor

I'm back from CHA and unfortunately have been sick, which is why you didn't see a nice blog recap post from me with the two photos I took while at CHA. (OK, I took more than two photos, but barely - we were so busy!)

Today I felt a little better so I decided to make a card. I'd been wanting to style the Garden Bench in a winter theme to use the little snow bank that comes with it and the All Seasons Tree with the included snowflake. Here's what I came up with:

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I added a Floating Floor to the base of the card to allow for the little Penguin stamp to pop-up as well. If you're already familiar with how a Floating Floor works, then here's a template to use with the Garden Bench. If not, you'll have to wait until I have a chance to make a video. (Sorry . . . cough. . . cough. . . wheeze . . . cough)

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I didn't give you any side edges to the template so you can make it match the width of whatever card you're using. With Pop it Ups dies YOU choose the card size and YOU choose the pop-up placement, so when using this template, cut your Floating Floor piece wider than your card, cut out the leg slots, slide the floor onto the card, mark the edges of your card, and trim away the excess.

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The above photo will show how the Floor attaches to the card - use a strong adhesive on the fold-down tabs and glue them to the back wall and the two bench legs. Make sure you've cut slots in the floor for any pop-ups before adhering the floor to the card. Use "L" supports through the slots. I used the Slot die from the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die to cut a perfect slot for my penguin.

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I was able to bring home the one and only set of my new Embossing Folders from the show. There are four folders and they are in transit expected to hit the warehouse by the end of the month. This is #KB102 Trendy Tiles 1. I used it for the backing card as it looks good both embossed and debossed. For the front of the card I kept it simple, with just a Lucy Label (slot dies used again to make a ribbon slide) and a few snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die, plus a colored and fussy-cut stamped image by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

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Inside the card are more Stacey Yacula images, including the penguin, fox and bird. I attached the fox's tail to the bench. Warm Winter Wishes is computer-generated and then cut out with a Lucy Label. The snow bank that comes with the Garden Bench was used along the front of the floor and along the back wall.

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I went stash diving to style the bench and the tree. On the white bench I rubbed in some metallic rub-ons with my finger to make it pewter. Then I dumped some dimensional embossing powder over the bench and heat set it. For additional texture I used a Marvy Snow Pen, which you let dry and then heat to make it puff up. I cut two trees - one from corrugated cardboard and one from real wood. Both were stained brown and then embellished with the Snow Pen. I tucked my stamped bird on a branch and added snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree (embellished with glitter dots) throughout the scene.

Here are some shopping links for the main items used in my card. The Pop it Ups dies are shipping now to stores throughout the world, so check with your local store to see if they have been ordered. Otherwise, if you do not have a local store (oh how sad!) then you can buy through the links below.

Also, to make sure you don't miss any of the amazing cards being posted by the Designer Challenge Team, please "Like" my Facebook Page. I also have Pinterest Boards for all the Pop it Ups dies.


*SNEAK PEEK* CHAW2014 General Pop-up Dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Here we go! The final Sneak Peek of the new Pop it Ups dies.

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I refer to the final three interactive card dies in the collection as general pop-ups. These are the dies that are like Pop 'n Cuts, but just the guts. You line them up on the fold of any size/shape card and it cuts the pop-up into the card. Then you'll need a backing card to cover the hole. Watch this video to see how to use the Lots of Pops, Lucy Label and Garden Bench.

 

All of the pre-order information went out to retailers this week, so you should be able to call your local store to pre-order or to encourage them to order these dies if they haven't already. They can also tell you the specific pricing for each die. While we do have suggested retail prices, Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold worldwide, so the pricing may vary by country. What I can tell you is that in the USA, the suggested retail pricing for all the interactive die sets ranges from $17.95-$24.95 for the general pop-ups shown here, $26.95 for the Pivot Cards and $32.95 for the Accordion Albums. I am thrilled with the value of these Made-in-the-USA die sets, with the pop-up and the decorator dies sold as a set at competitive prices.

Let's talk first about the Lots of Pops die. The sample shown below will be our third and final class project at CHA. As of the last e-mail I got from CHA, there are a few seats left in the Tuesday class. The class costs $35 and you'll take home one of the new dies. Here's the link: NEW Interactive Card Dies by Karen Burniston (CHA is a trade show, so only retailers and industry professionals can attend)

778 Lots of Pops NP

I love how generic this die is and how all of the platforms are independent. This means you can choose not to pop-out some of the platforms if you don't need them. 

Next is the Garden Bench. I really see this die being used year round, especially if you pair it with the All Seasons Tree (sold separately and shown below)

780 Garden Bench NP

781 All Seasons Tree NP

 

Since I am not deciding your card size for you, I thought I would include a way to edge them and decorate with a flourish. This is a very popular feature with my previous Pop 'n Cuts Square Base die. 

782 Agatha Edges NP

I designed the decorator flourish with easy cut points so you can reduce its size to fit a variety of card sizes. Here is a visual showing three popular card sizes - 6", A2 long (5.5") and A2 short (4.25")

Agatha_edges

 

The final die in the debut Pop it Ups collection is the Lucy Label. This is a great generic label that includes two slot dies that are going to work great for sinking poles and trees through the shelf area and/or for making ribbon slides or floating floor slots.

779 Lucy Label NP

 

So there you have it! You've seen all 16 of the new dies. There are also 4 new Embossing Folders but I don't have them yet to make samples. We will be demoing those, plus all these dies, at the CHA show, so stop by the booth and see what we're up to!

On a more personal note, I just want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all my blog readers for the wonderful support you've given me through this transition. I've had more than a few sleepless nights wondering about the future and it was the support of my family, friends and fellow pop-up enthusiasts who kept me moving forward when my confidence was shaken. Working with Els, her family and staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs feels like coming home, and I hope that happiness shows in these designs.