Paper Pros Challenge - Shake it up!

Happy Tuesday!
 
The former Pop it Ups Designer Challenge team has regrouped as a friends group called Paper Pros and today is the first of our monthly no-pressure challenges. Summer Hills-Painter challenged us to "Shake it Up" by incorporating a shaker element or action wobbler into a project of any theme.
 

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This is a version of a Twist Circle Window Card (Video Link) but as a shaker card instead. I started with a 4.75" x 12" strip of patterned paper (Authentique Legacy "Kindred") and scored it into three 4" panels. I cut the base of the Twist Circle die over the right fold and cut the upper portion of the platform from the leftover paper. Next I folded the left panel underneath the center panel and die cut through both layers with the medium circle die from the Twist Circle set. Between the two layers I added a square made from two transparency pieces sealed around the edges and filled with silver confetti and micro beads. I made a similar shaker label by cutting the label out of both patterned paper and transparency and then hand stitching the two together with yellow thread. This was easy because the label die creates decorative pierce marks around the perimeter. Before stitching the top edge of the label I used a paper funnel to fill it with the same silver confetti and micro beads.

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The card measures 4.75" x 4" when closed, so it will mail easily in an A2 envelope. The greetings are from a Stampin' Up! set from my stash called Sale-a-Bration "A Happy Thing"

LoveLifeShakerClosedHere's a close-up of the window area when the card is closed. The flower embellishment is visible through the window in the upper right.

LoveLifeShakerCloseUp1As the card is opened the Twist Circle mechanism starts to lift and twist the interior shaker label.

LoveLifeShakerPartialOnce the card is open the flower has moved to the left side and the "Love Life" (same stamp set) greeting is revealed. I also added flourishes from the Merry Christmas Pop-up die set. The flowers themselves are a combination of silk and paper flowers from my stash.

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Here's a close-up of the shaker label:

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Also, congratulations to Lana R. for winning two dies in the 25,000 YouTube Subscribers giveaway from the last newsletter. Here is Lana's winning comment, chosen by random draw:
 
"Your cards are amazing! But I am a little intimidated by them."
 
Lana, I hope you've had a chance to try your dies and that you're no longer intimidated! 
 
Here are links to the other Paper Pros.

Caz Counsell - Valentines treat boxes with wobbling critters
Fran Sabad - beach-themed shaker card
Karen Aicken - pop-up Valentine with shaker balloon
Sandy Diller - accordion Valentine with wobbling bear
Frances Byrne - pop-up Lorna label window shaker card
Shelly Hickox - screen card with Heart Pivot shaker 
Summer - Hills Painter - coffee-themed shaker card
Raquel Mason - http://raquelmason.blogspot.com
Helen Cryer - http://diningroomdrawers.blogspot.com
Kelly Booth - http://cruzinkellster.blogspot.com
Donna Wright - http://oldredshed.blogspot.com

Here are shopping links for the dies I used on my card.


Christmas Version - Explosion Merry Christmas Card

This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite video tutorials and making holiday versions of the cards. 

The Explosion Birthday Card remains one of my most popular videos (by far!) and is easily transformed into a holiday version by swapping the pop-up die and using your favorite wrapping paper for the explosion sides. This video tutorial debuted as my contribution for the December 2014 Designer Challenge and basically (pun intended) exploded! People loved it. 

Once again, I followed the video instructions precisely, making my holiday substitutions. Merry Christmas Pop-up instead of Happy Birthday. Pull Card Edges instead of Outdoor Edges. Holiday Charms instead of Props 2. 

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In the closed position this card measures 5" x 6", and fits in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. I used the Pull Card Edges to make red rickrack and added a circle and ring from the Labels & Circles set, plus a snowflake from the Holiday Charms set. I added reindeer washi tape (from my stash, but maybe from Michaels?) across the flap.

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The fold-over flap closure is magnetic, as shown in the video, but I swapped two tiny magnets in the corners instead of a single large magnet in the middle. This was because I only had the small diameter magnets on hand, but either would work.

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When the card opens the sides explode into a fun fan. I used wrapping paper and it worked great! I definitely recommend grabbing your favorite roll and giving this technique a try. I used the same wrapping paper on the front of the card and for accent strips inside the card. I used the "sharp scissors" option to edge my explosion sides but I did edge the inner pop-up card with a scalloped die from the Pull Card Edges.

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The Pull Card Edges makes great rickrack by cutting the scalloped border once, then flipping it to the other side and offsetting the scallops to cut the rickrack. That's how I did the red strip for the front of the card. Another option is to make an embossed rickrack border by cutting the outer edge as usual and then running the inner edge through using an embossing sandwich in your machine. It will merely press the die shape into the card, creating a cool integrated rickrack border.

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You can see the embossed rickrack border in the photo below. The Merry Christmas die set comes with a long fishtail banner to fit the bottom box of the pop-up. I used that die instead to make hanging banners and strung them on twine attached to the sides of the card. Although the card would work with them hanging loosely, I wanted to ensure even spacing so I attached the banners to the back of the card with pop dots. For the bottom box I used a decorative tape from Stampin' Up! (stash item) that fit well and resembled snowflakes.

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Watch the video tutorial to learn this card:

And here is the video tutorial for assembling the Merry Christmas Pop-up (very similar to the Happy Birthday)

Here are the products used in my Christmas version of the card:


Pop it Ups Flower Pot Chimney Card

Today I'm sharing a class card I taught in early November. This card combines several Pop it Ups products to make a festive "Santa Mouse in a Chimney" scene.

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The front of the card features the decorator pieces from the House Pivot Card plus the Outdoor edges. The house die features a brick stencil/emboss feature to give the house texture. 

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The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and opens to a 5" x 12". As the card is opened the Flower Pot starts to expand and pop up.

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Inside the card the Flower Pot Pop Stand is decorated as a chimney. I used the House die to emboss a brick texture on the panels for the sides of the pot. Jolly the Mouse is wearing the Props 5 Santa costume.

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I also used the Holiday Charms inside the pot. The candy cane in Jolly's hands comes included with the mouse die set. The stamp set is called Merry & Bright and the Labels & Circles set works perfectly to frame the greetings as well as a blank circle to write a personal greeting.

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Learn how to assemble the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set by watching this instructional video:

 Here are the items used on the card. In addition to these items, I used red, white, tan, pink, green and black cardstocks, plus coordinating ribbon.


Nov. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #2: Charmed!

Welcome to our team-theme Designer Challenge for November. Karen Aicken set the theme as "Charmed, I'm sure!" and we are to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies for a card of any theme. 

For my card and video I'm teaching a scenic Christmas Trees card featuring multiple trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand set, two of which are decorated with charms dangling in the trees. Watch the video to learn how to make this card:

My card measure 9.25" wide by 4" tall in the closed position, making it the perfect size to fit in a #10 Business Envelope for mailing. 

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Inside the card pops up a forest of Christmas trees with snowflake charms dangling in two of the trees.

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I could see this card being adapted easily as a winter/nature card by removing the garlands, ornaments and stars. Perhaps with a woodland deer or other critter(s) attached to the trees.

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Any of the charms will fit in the tree frames, and by using a jump ring trapped between the trees, the charms will hang facing forward. From the side view below you can see all the dimension and cool interactivity of this card.

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Here are the supplies that I used for my card:


image from karenburniston.typepad.com

The team has once again created some amazing inspiration for the team challenge theme. Make sure you click their names to head to the individual blog posts, where you will find additional photos, supply lists, tips and tricks.

Karen Aicken set the theme for this challenge and her card is so charming! (Pun intended) I absolutely love the color combination and how she used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die combined with the Holiday Charms for a very festive and chic card.

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Shelly Hickox created this amazing Shellypiece by converting the Barn Pop Stand into a snow globe! The Holiday Charms were used for the evergreen trees. Shelly has posted picture instructions and a video of this card in action on her blog.

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Summer Hills-Painter made this delightful holiday card by cutting a window in the Rectangle Pull Card and dangling one of the Holiday Charms in the opening. I love her combination of jingle bells patterned paper with golden greetings.

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Frances Byrne made a version of the Lorna Label window card in an adorable baby theme. She combined the perfect plaid decorator paper with the Barrel Basket filled with Baby Charms. I love the umbrella charm in the corners, too. So sweet!

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Fran Sabad used the Holiday Charms for a card featuring a circular window with a suspended glittery snowflake charm in the opening. Buster the Dog enjoys playing Santa in this charming scene.

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Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand base technique to create a corner pop-up Evergreen Pivot Card vignette with Holiday Charm gifts popping up in front of the trees. I love her use of the Iron Fence adorned with the wreath from the Holiday House. This is a great example of how Pop it Ups products can be combined to create amazing scenes.

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Sandy Diller used the Holiday Charms for festive gift tags. I particularly like how she used the decorator shapes from various Pop it Ups sets to make the layered tags and then adorned with charms and stamps. What a lovely personal touch to a Christmas gift!

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Caz Counsell made this terrific Hanging Charm Pull Tab card featuring a very happy Jinks the Monkey with cake and coffee. The coffee cup charm comes included with the pop-up die and I love her addition of the small heart from Props 8 to the front of the cup. Perfection!

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Well I hope you're positively charmed by the inspiration for this challenge. Join us for our next Designer Challenge on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 with a theme called "All I want for Christmas". I've challenged the team to use their all-time favorite Pop it Ups die (the one they would want for Christmas if they didn't already own it) for a holiday card. I'm looking forward to seeing which dies they choose for the challenge.

Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com


Season's Greetings Open Center Ring Accordion

For the August Designer Challenge I taught a technique for an Open Center Accordion and mentioned that it works with any of the Accordion dies.

Today I'm showing a Christmas version of the Open Center Accordion using the Ring Accordion.

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The concept of an Open Center Accordion is that the center two pages have incomplete outer frames, leaving them open for unobscured viewing of the inner shapes. This is particularly useful when the center pages have a greeting and/or photographs.

For my project I used the Ring Accordion and cut the open center pages from a sturdy white cardstock. I used the built-in  stencil on the die to add the stitching lines with a red pen and then stamped the frames with the three snowflake dies from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps.

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For the outer (full) pages I used a sturdy red cardstock for the pages themselves and then layered the small inner pieces from the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion over the solid scallop edge from Ring Frame Edges 1. I stamped red snowflakes on the frame.

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The inner circle decorations start with the head of Rudy the Reindeer, wearing a bow from the Sleigh die. The patterned paper is My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells Ring - a 6x6 paper pack. On the second page I used the birch tree paper and embellished with a couple of branches from the All Seasons Tree die, a glittered wreath from Rudy the Reindeer and a stamped greeting from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I cut out the "from our family to yours" using the fishtail banner die from the Lorna Label. (All supplies are linked at the end of the post)

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I repeated the same papers for the final two pages, stamping and embossing Season's Greetings with white powder and cutting it out with one of the decorator dies included with the Ring Accordion. Another Rudy head completes the final page.

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For the front of the album I used the open scallop frame edge that comes included with the Ring Accordion, plus the snowflakes that come included in the All Seasons Tree die set.

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Ready to give an Open Center Accordion a try? Watch the video below for instructions. If you want more information on the Halloween album made in the video you can go to that blog post here: Halloween Open Center Accordion.

 

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


Aug 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Inspired Creations

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

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

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

 

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1039 Merry Christmas Pop-up

The Merry & Bright collection is shipping now! Here is a video tutorial for the Merry Christmas Pop-up die:

 

Here are some photos of the card from the video. The front is a very simple lead-in to the magc inside. Just a tag with the "Santa Says" stamp outfitted with the Santa costume from the new Props 5 die set. (Supply links at the end of the post)

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Inside the card is the Merry Christmas pop-up, some washi tape and another tag cut with the Tags Pivot Card and stamped with the prancing reindeer stamp. I also added Glossy Accents to the Merry Christmas to make it shiny.

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A side view of the die shows that it's just a box-on-a-box, exactly like the Lorna Label and the Happy Birthday pop-up dies. If you're familiar with either of those dies you already know how to fold the Merry Christmas pop-up die.

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 The finished card will mail for a single stamp in an A2 envelope. 

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Wouldn't your friends and family be ever so impressed if they received a card like this from you for Christmas? With Pop it Ups dies it only LOOKS complicated. I'm your silent partner. I'll design the dies with all the intricate folds and tricky business figured out, and then you assemble, decorate and collect all the accolades from the impressed recipients. It's the perfect partnership, you and I!

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Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide and we always encourage supporting your local store with your business first. If you need them, here are some online shopping links for the products used in both Merry Christmas cards above:

 

Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1037 Christmas Trees Pop Stand

The Merry & Bright Collection is shipping now! Here is a video tutorial for one of the new pop-ups, the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die.

 

This is such a versatile die set as the trees can be combined in lots of ways to make pop-ups and flat trees. The set includes a star, trunk and two garland dies in addition to the tree dies.

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 Use the included Pop Stand die to make pop-up tree(s) inside a card.

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 From the side you can see all the layers of the tree and how they expand when the card is opened.

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 Here's a printable reference sheet for how to assemble the large expanding tree:

1037 DirectionsThe smaller solid tree can also be used with the Pop Stand to make an animated tree. There is even a stamp from the Merry & Bright stamp set that fits the solid tree perfectly for instant decoration.

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Interested in the supplies used in the video? Check with your local independent craft store to see if they've ordered them. Otherwise, here are some online links for the video supplies:


Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1042 - Sleigh Gift Card Holder

The brand new Merry & Bright Collection is now shipping! One of the new pop-up dies is the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die set. Check out how to assemble it here:

 

Need a closer look at Fran Sabad's birthday hot air balloon card from the video? Here's the link to her blog post: Celebrating You Card

The next video will be for the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die, so stay tuned for that!

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Please check with your local independent scrapbook store for the dies. For anyone without a local store, here are some supply links for the products used in the video. 

Supplies: 


Giveaway winners announced!

Congratulations to Jan and Lorie for being randomly selected to win the Sneak Peek Giveaway. 

Jan wrote:

OOHHH my!! What fun new critters! And I love the props, I want to spread those around on Hoppy and his friends!

Lorie wrote:

Perfect found my Christmas cards for my horse friends. Thanks for listening to all our requests.

Jan and Lorie will each get to choose one clear stamp set from the two choices below: Homegrown Greetings or Merry & Bright.

If you missed the preview of the two new collections you can see them here: Sneak Peek: Summer 2015 Pop it Ups Release

Your next opportunity to win will be this week when the monthly newsletter goes out with the Secret Word Giveaway. If you're not already a member of my mailing list you can sign up in the left sidebar using the blue "join my mailing list" button. You will receive one e-mail a month normally on the day of (or day following) the Designer Challenge. 

Jan and Lorie, check your e-mail for some happy mail!

Thanks to everyone for commenting on the new collections. They will start shipping to stores the first week of August 2015.