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


Chilly & Hoppy become a Minion Explosion Birthday Card

My nephew turned one this week and I wanted to make him a special card. Michael's too young to have favorite cartoon characters (and really, he'll probably just want to eat the card anyway) but I remembered that my niece Hannah, his older sister, loves Minions.

It was actually quite easy to fashion Minions by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Hoppy the Frog. Here's a picture tutorial for how I did it. (click the photo to enlarge)

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Once I had my Minions I made an explosion pop-up card. 

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I used the same dimensions and instructions as the Happy Birthday Explosion Card but swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label instead of the Happy Birthday. Here is the video tutorial:

 

The card uses the same magnetic closure system as in the video. I decorated the front of the card with another Minion, peeking out and giggling.

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I found a thin gray printed grid paper in my stash to use for the explosion sides and used a blue spray to make it colorful for the card. As it turned out, I preferred the back side of the paper (white) where the blue spray had soaked through. When I cut the ends of the explosion sides with the Outdoor Edges I also punched a hole through the entire piece, creating holes along the sides that I could weave twine through.

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The card's interior features my two Minions - one holding onto two balloons (attached to the explosion side) and the other sitting against the top Lucy platform. I bent his legs to make him look like he was sitting. I used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps for the Happy Birthday, stamping in watermark ink and embossing with white powder. Neither Minion could wear the birthday hat or it would stick out of the card, so I used it above the Happy Birthday greeting instead.

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My original thought was to weave twine through the holes, across the back, and then use it to suspend the balloons. Unfortunately the balloons were far too heavy for the twine and ended up pulling it down. So I attached the balloons to each other and then to the explosion side and added a foldover "1" banner to the twine instead.

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If you need instructions for assembling the Lucy Label Pop up Die, check out this blog post: Lucy Label

If you'd like to see the original blog post for the Happy Birthday Explosion Card video, it is here: Happy Birthday.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. If you need online shopping links they are shown below. In addition to the pictured supplies I used various cardstock colors, baker's twine, white embossing powder, a C10 Copic marker (eyes) and blue spray.


Lucy Label plus Buster the Dog Pop-up Birthday Card

Today I have a simple birthday card using the Lucy Label Pop-up die plus Buster the Dog, Props 4 and the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps. This card measures 4.5" x 6" when folded and can be mailed in an A7 envelope.

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For the front of the card I kept it very simple. I used the same styling as the card's interior, with a big panel of teal cardstock (4" x 5.5") on a slightly larger panel of white (4.125" x 5.625") and the background of dark gray (6" x 9" folded in half). I used selective inking of the Farm Greetings clear stamps to stamp the Happy Birthday greeting and then die cut it using one of the accessory label dies that comes included with the Lucy Label. I also used the two Lucy slot dies to make the slots in the label for a cardstock strip. Behind the label a partial Buster peeks out. Since I didn't need Buster's body I snipped out his two paws and folded them over the cardstock strip so it would look like he was holding it. I tucked a milk bone (Props 4) under one paw.

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For the card's interior I used the Lucy Label pop-up die, which I slid to the left on the center fold so the label would be off-center, leaving me room for Buster on the right. That's the beautiful thing about Pop it Ups dies - they can be positioned anywhere along the fold of any size card. You're in control, crafters!

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The slot dies worked perfectly for adding a ribbon detail along the back wall of the card. All of the work on the pop-up portion of the card was done prior to adding the dark gray backing card. The teal insert is 8.5" x 5.5" folded in half. Rather than use a large white card behind it, I cut narrow white strips for the perimeter and glued them up under the teal card.

To decorate the pop-up I used the Lucy pop-up die on a darker green cardstock, trimmed out just the label portion, and glued it to the front of the pop-up. Then I selectively inked a phrase from the Farm Greetings clear stamps and die cut it with the smaller label. The very smallest label in the set has the heart-shaped holes. I added the pet food bowl with two Buster bones to that label using a pop dot and attached the decorated label to the upper stairstep platform.

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If you are familiar with the Buster the Dog Character die you may have wondered about the tilt of his head in my card. My dogs tilt their heads whenever they hear an unusual sound and it's so cute! I wanted to tilt Buster's head, so here's how I did it: (click to enlarge)

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The Lucy Label pop-up die is from the first Pop it Ups collection and continues to be a popular one. It's generic, easy-to-assemble and is one of the least expensive pop-up dies in the collection, mainly due to its small size. Don't let the die size fool you, though. As you can see, Lucy packs a big punch in a small package! The die creates one decorative label-shaped platform and a smaller, optional stairstep platform. You can make any number of scenes with this die and because of its pretty shape, it works perfectly when you want to animate a stamped greeting. You could make this same card with any of the Character dies for any theme.

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If you are new to the Lucy Label die and/or need a refresher, jump to 11:43 on this video to learn how to use it:

 

Finally I added the same racing stripes across the base of the card, stamped another greeting on the smallest Lucy Label and added some of the Props 4 items to finish the greeting area.

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The supplies to make this card can be found at your local independent craft store. In addition to the Elizabeth Craft Designs products shown below, I also used teal, 2 greens, dusty brown, white and 2 gray cardstocks.  I also used a teal and green ink for the greetings and a silver paint pen on Buster's collar.


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!

 


Colorado Classes - Simple Pleasures Sept 12-13, 2014

The machines have been humming and the paper flying non-stop all weekend as I continue preparing the class kits for this weekend's trip to my old hometown, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

It's going to be a jam-packed two days of fun at Simple Pleasures. There are two different class options and both classes will be offered on Friday and again on Saturday. Can't make a class? Head on down to the store on Saturday from 1-2pm for a free demo hour and a chance to see the 100 sample cards on display!

Here's the schedule. Call the store for pricing and availability: (719) 528-1338

 Sept 12 (Fri) 

1 – 4:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop it Ups Cards 

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Sept 12 (Fri) 

5:30 – 9pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

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Sept 13 (Sat) 

9:30am–1pm 

**Karen Burniston All Occasion Cards Pop It Ups Cards 

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Sept 13 (Sat) 

1 – 2pm 

Demo Time with Karen Burniston 

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Sept 13 (Sat 

3 – 6:30pm 

**Karen Burniston Holiday/Occasion Pop It Ups Cards 

Karen Burniston 

What will you learn in class?

In all of my card classes I include a card made with each category of interactive dies in my Pop it Ups collection. Once you've learned how to make one, you can feel comfortable buying any of the others in that category. The four categories are: Pivot Cards, Pull Cards, General Pop-up Cards and Accordion Cards.

What I always tell my students is not to concern themselves too much with the colors or themes of the cards they make in class. Class day is all about learning the techniques and having blueprints to re-make the cards in other colors and styles later on. You'll receive a detailed handout to be able to remake the cards, and I highly encourage "creative choices" where you make the cards your own.

CLASS #1: HOLIDAY/OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with a Pivot Card, this time the new Evergreen Pivot Card, decorated as a Halloween card:

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Next we'll do a Pull Card - the Spiral Circle Pull Card in a Birthday theme using the Clock & Gears die:

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For the general pop-up I am bringing back the class favorite from the May/June class - the Spring Butterflies card with the butterfly-shaped-window (this can be any theme, although you will receive a Thinking of You sticker in your kit)

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And finally we'll end with the Merry Christmas Katie Label Accordion project:

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer more sophisticated and/or elegant cards over cute. You'll learn techniques about wallpapering for pivot cards, making window cards that reveal a "flying" object when the card is opened, and tips for Accordion frame edges, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter.

CLASS #2: ALL OCCASION POP IT UPS CARDS

We will start with the House Pivot Card in a congrats/housewarming theme:

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Next will be the Pull Card, this time incorporating a clear spiral that is used to animate the Props 1 so the frog will change as the card is pulled open, allowing the props to fly off his face. (This one is super fun to play with!) A blank speech bubble allows you to write something personal inside the card.

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For the general pop-up we'll use the Lornal Label pop-up and Poppy the Owl:

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And for our final card, the Accordion, we will do a birthday theme with mixed pages - two from the Ring Accordion and one from the Circle Accordion. For an added technique, we'll also add the spiral die from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to the accordion, letting the spiral animate the balloons while also revealing a clear panel with a floating greeting.

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If you can't take both classes, you might choose this one if you prefer bright "cute" cards. You'll learn techniques about using the interactive dies as decorator dies, assembling the Character dies, using clear spirals and mixing Accordion pages, as well as learning all four categories of interactive Pop it Ups dies. You'll also use Elizabeth Craft Designs microfine glitter on the Cake Peel-off sticker.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

  • Scissors
  • Adhesives! Adhesives! Adhesives! 
    • Tape Runner
    • Strong 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape
    • Mini glue dots (these are flat)
    • Pop dots (these have dimension)
    • Fine glue pen (my favorite is the Fineline 20 gauge applicator bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry glue)
  • Sanding Block - I will bring some to share, but if you have you're own it makes things go faster
  • Paper Piercer 
  • Crop-a-Dile (this is only for the Holiday class to set an eyelet in the Halloween card) - I will bring mine, so bring this only if you have one
  • Detail scissors and tweezers - optional, but recommended for placing items and detail trimming
  • Brayer - really helpful for mashing down frame edges once you have them placed how you like them
  • Xyron "X" sticker maker - some students prefer to make their small pieces into stickers rather than use glue - optional
  • Coordinating inks and blending tools - absolutely optional, but if you're an inker, feel free!
  • Smart phone or camera for taking photos of the 100 sample cards on display. (seriously - you're going to feel inspired!)

Another reason you should absolutely come to class - the chance to try hundreds of dollars worth of dies before deciding which ones you want to own. Think of it like a test drive. We've cut all the pieces for you, so there's no stress in class and you will leave with four finished cards and no homework. (Other than coloring your cake, which is optional)

We're going to have a ton of fun this weekend - join us!


Pop it Ups Upcoming Classes

It's a busy time around here as I gear up for a bunch of upcoming teaching trips.

First up I will be teaching at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA on Thursday, March 27th from 6-9 pm with this card class:

*Note* the Funky Cakes Peel-off Sticker sheet includes 5 different styles of birthday cake, so each kit gets one cake, not necessarily the one photgraphed, but equally nice!

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Next, I head to Framingham, MA for The Collins Rep Group Spring Retailer Training Event, where I will be teaching two classes, a Make 'n Take, and co-teaching a Workshop with Els van de Burgt.

The first class, Easy Pop it Ups Pivot Cards, is sold out. We will be making a card with each of the three Pivot Card dies in the first Pop it Ups release - the Heart, the Butterfly and the Katie Label. Two of the cards feature new Embossing Folders that have just shipped out to stores.

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The next class has a few spots left, at last check. This is the General Pop it Ups card class, where we focus on the three general pop-ups, the Garden Bench, the Lots of Pops and the Lucy Label. Again, you'll see some of the new embossing folders used on these cards as well.

*Note* the Ladybug card was hard to photograph because of the Shimmer Sheetz but in person the two large ladybugs are very shimmery red - quite striking.

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I do not have photographs yet of the Workshop projects, but it is also sold out. Els is in Australia, but before she left she designed two brand-new Peel-off Sticker sheets to coordinate with the Fancy Accordion Album and the Katie Label Pivot Card. Those two Peel-offs will be debuted in the workshop, along with a third project that I cannot reveal yet! (ooooh! suspense!!!)

The Store Class #1 (Birthday, Butterfly, Smile Bench Card, Roses Oval Accordion) will be taught at these upcoming stores and events:

Hope to see you at one of these events!


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.