Dec 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: All I want for Christmas

Howdy crafters!

Can you believe it's just a couple of weeks until Christmas? The month is flying by but the team and I took a moment from the hustle and bustle to contemplate our own lists . . . what would we want for Christmas from the Pop it Ups line if we didn't already have it? That was the challenge I issued the team - use your favorite Pop it Ups die.

For my card I was very torn - I love all of my dies! In the end I chose two favorites - the Lorna Label Pop-up and the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. The Lorna label was chosen for two reasons - first, it is named after my late Grandmother, Lorna Madsen, who was one of my very favorite people, and secondly, because I love the shape and generic versatility of the die. My other favorite is the Christmas Trees Pop Stand. I love the way the trees expand in this set, giving an extra dimension to the pop-up.

This card is a top-fold A2 card, measuring 4.25" x 5.5" when closed. The front design is a repeat of elements inside, a "simple lead-in" approach that I use often.

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A piece of sparkly silver ribbon is used for a simple closure. I added hook and loop tape to the ends of the ribbon. To make it easy to lift, I added a loop of ribbon to one end, embellished with the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. The ribbon is anchored on the back of the card.

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As the card opens the trees start to pop-up. Doubling the Lorna Label is such an easy way to create a floating floor to animate anything. I can see this card design being used for so many themes. Swap out the trees with little stamped images and create an impressive layered scene!

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In the open position the trees expand, creating even more dimension to the card. I wrapped some silver twine around the lower Lorna label. The little greeting stamps from Stacy Yacula (POD) were the perfect size to fit in the fishtail banner die from the Lorna set.

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Here is a side view showing how "L" supports work with a floating floor. You simply need a slot and a support and then anything can pop up anywhere on the floor. The foot of each support is glued to the base of the card. The floor (in this case, the Lorna label) will pull the support up as the card is opened and push it down as the card is closed.

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The trees and snowflakes are cut from a piece of white cardstock that was first coated, front and back, with Sparkle Mod Podge. I love the hint of sparkle that the embedded glitter provides. All of the ornaments are Glitter Dots in Transparent/Silver.

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It's a great time to stock up on Pop it Ups holiday dies during the Elizabeth Craft Designs sale, going on through 12/23/2016. Both the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and the Holiday Charms are included in the sale.

Here are the links to the products in my card:


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As usual, you are going to be blown away by the team's projects. We are especially happy to have Kelly Booth back, who took some time off for health reasons. The talent and creativity of these nine designers is astounding.

Frances Byrne mentioned that it was hard for her to choose a favorite die, but settled on the Twist Circle. She converted it into a panel card and then decorated with several Pop it Ups accessory dies, including Rudy the Reindeer. Frances always chooses the perfect papers for her cards. I am amazed at how she layers and composes a card.

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Kelly Booth fell in love with the Flower Pot Pop Stand die as soon as it was released mid-summer and has made so many amazing cards with it. A signature Kelly touch is to add the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card to the side of the pot for even more interactivity. For this delightful card she used Jinks the Monkey on the front of the card and bright festive blooms inside. Amazing!

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Sandy Diller created a spectacular snow globe card for the challenge and filled the shaker area with a hybrid house (House Pivot and Holiday House), evergreen trees and snow. Then, as an extra special touch, she put lights behind the windows that activate when you press the base of the globe. Brilliant!

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Karen Aicken departed from her predicted favorite, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, and chose the Sleigh Gift Card Holder instead. She put it to great use by substituting her own amazing decorations instead of the sleigh. I love the sweet snowman and the clever pail full of snowballs. So much awesomeness!

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Caz Counsell
mentions that her "go-to" die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This was from the first collection three years ago but the generic labels are timeless, as Caz shows with brilliance on this card. She cut two pivot cards into a larger card and decorated with several sets, including Rudy the Reindeer as a white stag. Caz is so talented at styling the Characters - I'm looking forward to her card for next challenge, too!

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Raquel Mason says that if she had to pick only one die, it might be the Lorna Label, so she gave it a place of honor on the front of her card. Inside, in true Floridian style, she made a beach-themed holiday scene featuring the Adirondack Chair and Rocky the "Santa" Crab. This card is made of fun!

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Summer Hills-Painter created a gold-plated fabulous card! I love the way it shines. Her "all I want" die is the Anita Frames and she embellished with the trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card. Amazing!

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Fran Sabad
posted her card to the team's group and mentioned that it wasn't a Christmas card but that she has 5 birthdays in December and really needed to make a birthday card. Christmas is, after all, a birthday celebration! The Twist Circle is Fran's choice for "all I want" and she shows the versatility brilliantly by using it to animate a stamped balloon. Love it!

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Shelly Hickox is so clever! I love how she used her favorite die, the Iron Fence, to frame a pretty 3D Christmas scene. The Holiday House has been transformed into a 3D house and you can learn how to do it on Shelly's blog. Amazing!

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How's that for some amazing inspiration?! Join us for our final Designer Challenge on December 27, 2016. We'll be taking on a theme chosen by Sandy Diller of "Party Animals" where we use any of the 20 Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else.

Happy Holidays!


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Christmas Version - Double Lorna Pop-up Card

OK, true story. I was going to call this series "12 Pop-ups of Christmas" and challenge myself to make a Christmas Version of a video card and post one per day for the first 12 days of December. Our first Designer Challenge is on the 13th, so this was going to work out just perfectly . . . until . . . I remembered that it is, in fact, December.

In December there are lots of other things to do. Gulp!

So instead of doing the formal "12 days" thing, I called it the much more generic "Christmas Version" series, and mentioned that it would be going on "this month", thus removing all requirements to post daily.

Good thing, too, because I finished yesterday's card quite late and had to choose between watching The Affair or posting my card. TV won. (psst .  . . TV always wins!)

But then . . . as if in punishment for not posting my Day 5 card on Day 5 . . . this morning I woke up to no internet! It's a terrible affliction. Uploading stuff over a phone hotspot is soooo slooooow! 

Here's my Day 5 card (on Day 6). It's the very cool "Double Lorna" technique from the September 2014 Designer Challenge. I swapped out the mummy for a mouse and what a transformation, eh? 

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Once again I followed the video instructions for construction of the card, although I chose to hand cut my slots to make them wider for the stack of presents below Jolly the Mouse. The card measures 5" x 6" in the folded position, making it fit nicely in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. The holiday papers I'm using for these Christmas Version cards are all older ones from my stash. If you're like me, you have an obscene amount of patterned paper already, so I encourage "stash diving" to find papers that speak to you.

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As the card is opened the pop-up scene starts to be revealed. I created a very simple card front as a "lead-in" to the magic inside. The Holiday Charms paired with a decorator label from the Lorna set and an older sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs. I roughed up the edges of the card with a Tonic Paper Distress tool for a rustic touch.

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When fully open, a magical scene pops up. The doubling of the Lorna Label plus the addition of the extra platform creates a variety of surfaces to decorate. I strung the Holiday Charms snowflakes across the top (use the hang hole from the large snowflake to add hang holes to the small ones) and a crepe ribbon bow to the upper label. I also wrapped the ribbon around the top of the extra platform.

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Jolly the Mouse comes with a small candy cane and the larger one is from the Holiday charms. The tree and present are also from the charms set. For Jolly's hair bow, I used one from Props 1, but you could also trim out the bow from the Holiday Charms and use it instead. The glasses are a brad. The "celebrate the season" stamp is also an older Purple Onion Designs style. 

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Learn this fun technique by watching the video tutorial:

Here are the products used on my Christmas version:


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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Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.

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The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.

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Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.

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Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.

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We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.

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If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!


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 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


Video Tutorial: Grungy Gears Background Technique

This month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge has two parts. Here are the instructions I provided the team and our guest designer:

FEBRUARY - Artsy or Cutesy - Which way will you go? Feel free to do both. Cards should lean very artsy fartsy, with inks and textures and quotes about the soul (or whatever) OR very cutesy, like puppies and kittens and rainbows and sprinkles. Post your creations Monday & Tuesday, February 9th and 10th. My post will be on Wednesday, February 11th.

Many of the team is tackling both halves of the challenge and I decided to do the same, focusing on the Cutesy side of the challenge for the video tutorial (The cutesy video tutorial will be posted next week on the 11th) and making the Arsty side of the challenge just for fun, since when I work in this genre I tend to experiment with mixed media until I like something - much harder for me to reproduce what I did and teach it on video.

And so I came up with an artistic bathtub card! (I know, crazy, right?)

The front of the card features the grungy gears (and clock) background technique and then I ripped a tear into the background to allow butterflies to "escape". 

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The card's interior features the Bathtub die, cut from another grungy gears background, attached to the Lorna Label, and more escaping butterflies, this time from a key hole cut into the tub.

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When I posted this card to the team's private group I got some questions about how I did the background technique and I figured that at least that part of things was easy to reproduce, so here's a video tutorial for how I did the background for the card's front and for the bathtub's texture:

 

What I like about this particular background technique is that it doesn't require much else. For my card front I added just a few elements - more gears die cut from black cardstock and layered together to create chipboard-like elements. I dotted the tops with a silver leafing pen and then embossed with black powder to mostly cover the silver. The metal clock that is layered over the "lump" clock is from my stash, as is the metal flower brad. The clock hands come with the clock die. To make the numbers more visible I used my fingernail to scrape away the black paint on the numbers, revealing the silver shelf liner.

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The small butterfly die comes included with the Butterfly Pivot Card set. I found some teal glittered paper in my scrap drawer, added ECD Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the paper and then die cut a ton of butterflies from it. For each butterfly I added a small section of black/silver Glitter LInes to be the body and head, and then bent the wings up and stuck only one side down on the card. For the ones that are suspended on the pop-up I used two butterflies back-to-back so there would not be any stray adhesive. The metal key and keyhole, plus the chain were all from my stash. As it turned out, the keyhole die from the Heart Pivot Card was nearly an exact match for the keyhole in the metal plate, making it very easy for me to add a hole in the tub to correspond with the metal plate.
 
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Surprisingly enough I did not have an idea for the greeting when I started this card. I was going to have it say "Hello Art" or "Escape the rules" or "Let your creativity fly free!" - but then I remembered this old quote stamp I had and it could not have been a more perfect greeting. I stamped it on cardstock and used the stitched ovals die from the Oval Accordion to die cut it into a bath mat.
 
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I did use a lot of stash items on this card, but I've sourced what I could with the links below. I didn't see the Duck Easy Liner brand of shelf liner on Amazon but I found a Con-Tact brand version. I believe I bought my roll of Duck Easy Liner at Walmart many years ago, but I'm not sure if it is still available in stores. A quick Google search will turn up lots of choices for shelf liners in fun colors, patterns and finishes, so this could be a great technique for further experimentation on your part.
 
If you do end up experimenting send me an e-mail or a link on Facebook so I can see your awesome interpretations!
 
Join me and the team next week for the official start of the February Artsy And/Or Cutesy Pop it Ups Designer Challenge!
 
 

Grumpy Valentine!

On Facebook this morning I received this challenge from my cousin Jessica:

I challenge you to use Whiskers to create Grumpy Cat!

I immediately replied "Challenge accepted!" and stopped working on new die designs for the much more important task of meeting the challenge. 

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I chose to make a Valentines card and used the Crate Paper "Fourteen" collection from my stash. A tag that said "Sweetest Valentine" worked perfectly for the greeting. I only had to cover "Sweetest" with red cardstock, add the die cut letters for "GRUMPY" and then die cut the tag into the stitched Lorna Label shape. I used a paper piercer to scratch and drag through the label and then added the paw print from Props 4 with some hand cut claws. The background is the Damask Embossing Folder.

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When the card is opened the Lorna Label pops up along with Grumpy Whiskers and her message to the world on Valentines Day. I've had this particular Funny Bones stamp since last summer and have been waiting for the perfect excuse to use it. (And someone with a good sense of humor to receive it!)

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I let the patterned paper do all of the decorating for me, only adding some die cut red hearts from the Rectangle Accordion, X's and O's from the Clock & Gears, and the mouse that comes with Whiskers.

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I Googled a photo of Grumpy Cat to be able to style Whiskers to match. I cut the shadow layer from white cardstock and the detail layer from black cardstock. The detail layer provided the lines to define the tail and legs, the centers of the ears and the nose/mouth. I snipped the smiley mouth into two pieces and flipped them to make the frown. I used the eyes that come with Whiskers but spun the hole to the top where the eyelids (a second set of eyes cut into lids) would cover them. I used the ovals that fall out of the Props 4 paw print for the black pupils. I used my Copics to shade Whiskers, added a cork collar decorated with glitter dot studs (an idea I borrowed from Kelly Booth!) and white whiskers.

Here are Supply Links for this card.  


*NEW* Fall 2014 dies, plus Spooky Sept. Secret Word winner

Congratulations to Pammy B. for participating in the Spooky September Secret Word Giveaway. Her comment on the ECD blog post incorporating the secret word ("technique") was chosen by random draw.

I’m always open to new and fresh ideas so when you post a new technique that I can use I really appreciate it. Halloween is my most favorite holiday so I was really pleased to see all the awesome cards your design team came up with. Never stop inspiring us!!

Pam has won a Lorna Label Pop-up die plus her choice of Character die. (She chose Dutch the Fox)

  image from karenburniston.typepad.com

Speaking of Character dies, meet the two newest Characters, Dutch the Fox and Honey the Bear:

946 - Dutch the Fox
946 - Dutch the Fox

We released the two new Characters at the Collins Show last weekend. The 75 retailers who attended the show and placed an order will be the first shipments and then the dies will ship out to all retailers who place an order. 

This mini-release for me has a Birthday Theme, so there is a new Props 2 die set to fit any of the Characters:

949 - Props 2

Also released at this show is a new set of Frame Edges to fit the Ring Accordion die. 

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You can see these four dies used together on this project, from the What a Bunch of Characters class:

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And of course there must be a BRAND NEW interactive die in the release. Take a look at the new Happy Birthday Pop-up die:

947 - Happy Birthday PopUp

The script writing is my handwriting and if you are curious how many times I wrote the words "Happy Birthday" before I picked the best one to use it was 8,952 (or thereabouts!) Ha! 

I love that the script words are on separate dies so you can use either word on its own and for card fronts, layouts, 3D projects, etc. Here is the birthday card the Collins Workshop attendees made. It's fun to have one of the Characters peeking out from behind the words and notice that the script dies also work great on the card's front.

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Two more Collins class projects that featured the new Characters:

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So how do you get your hands on these hot new dies? The quickest way is to ask your local store to order them. If they attended the Collins show and put in an order at the show, then the dies are shipping to the store right now. After those stores' orders are shipped the other store orders (from all over the world) will be shipped in the order they arrived.

Don't have a local store? Check the ECD website and when the "Sold Out" sign disappears then they are ready to order. (There isn't a "Coming Soon" option on our website - it's coming soon! Ha.)

Which is your favorite new Character? Dutch the Fox or Honey the Bear?

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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spooky September + BONUS

Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with the September Designer Challenge, which is to use Pop it Ups dies to make Halloween cards. Make sure you click over to the blog post to see all the amazing projects by the Designer Challenge Team.

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For my project I am teaching a technique I call the "Double Lorna" where you cut the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die into a folded card to double the pop-up. Additionally, I'm showing how to add an additional box platform to the card to allow for a sturdy extra support to animate anything.

In keeping with the Halloween theme, I created a Chilly-the-Penguin-turns-Mummy card. Watch the video here:

 

Here are photos of my finished card:

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Here are supply links for the Mummy card: 

I really love this technique and I didn't want people thinking it was only for Halloween cards, so I whipped up a second version of the card using the same measurements, same techniques, but changing the theme to a Hoppy the Frog "Warts New?" card.

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If you haven't been introduced to the Character Dies yet, feel free to watch the Intro to Characters Video, which shows you how to assemble them. Hoppy the Frog comes with two accessory dies - a Lily and a Fly. For my card I used patterned paper for the detail layer and spun the eyes to be looking upward.

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This card was built exactly like the Mummy card but instead of using the All Seasons Tree for the tree iteslf, I used just the clouds that come in the set to create a layered cloudy sky backdrop. 

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Litte fun fact about me - I used to collect frogs as a child. I had frog stuffed animals and figurines and the very first rubber stamp I ever purchased was an Inkadinkado jumping frog. As a stamper for many, many years I've collected all sorts of interesting stamps, such as the "It's not easy being green" stamp, (have no idea who made it) and the "Warts New?" stamp (Art Impressions, copyright 1996). I also have one that says "Frog: the other green meat!" (RBBB copyright 1991) but it didn't exactly fit the theme of this fun card to suggest that Hoppy should be fricasseed.

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For the front of the card I used the stitched Lorna label decorator die plus a couple more clouds. I snipped out a leg from the Hoppy detail and shadow layers to hold the label. The ribbon is Creative Impressions' Crepe ribbon.

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The back wall will give you your first glimpse of a *BRAND NEW* Karen Burniston embossing folder that should be available from Elizabeth Craft Designs soon. It's a layered clouds folder, just perfect for filling in the sky quickly. I brushed ink over the embossed surface to highlight the cloud ridges and then also added clouds from the All Seasons Tree die. The Fly die comes with Hoppy and I attached a few "flying" among the clouds.

Supplies for the Hoppy the Frog Card:

Well I hope you enjoy this technique as much as I do. The Double-Lorna-Extra-Box card is completely generic and can be decorated for any theme. I'd love to see what you come up with! 

For more Spooky September inspiration from the Designer Challenge Team, make sure you head over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog!