Welcome to our second Designer Challenge for October. Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month and chose Boy, oh Boy! - a challenge to focus on rough and tumble masculine cards.
One of my friends is expecting twins and just announced that it's two boys. I decided to make her a card to celebrate this upcoming outnumbering. This is a great alternate technique for the Flower Pot Pop Stand to utilize the mechanism and base of the pot to animate two trees instead.
My card measures 5" x 5" square and will fit nicely in an A7 (5x7) envelope for mailing. In fact, it folds flat enough to mail for a single stamp if you don't go too crazy with bulky embellishments. I used older papers from my stash.
I particularly like how well the leafy vine from the Flower Pot die set fits the tree/branch from the Halloween Scene set to transform it into a year-round tree. It's always great to repurpose seasonal dies so they don't have to sit lonely for a year.
The tire swings are made using the Baby Charms pacifier die (trimmed to just a ring with a hang hole) and the small gear from the Steampunk Charms. I love how the spokes of the gear creates the tread of the tire. The bunny charm was perfect for the twins.
As a mother of twins myself, I can attest to the greeting inside this card. Twins are definitely an adventure!
I'm sure you can imagine that the trees in this card could be swapped out for anything - think of this technique animating two Characters, or the Barn, or Christmas trees! Go forth and create with your mad talents, my crafty friends!
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores and websites worldwide. Here are supply links for the products used in the video:
Summer Hills-Painter set the theme this month. As the mother of three boys she had plenty of inspiration for this amazing card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab plus the Clock & Gears, Steampunk charms and stamps and Gears stencil. I love the industrial feel to this ultra-masculine make!
Sandy Diller hit it out of the park with this sports-themed card. I love how she used the Twist Circle to animate the big baseball and then embellished with the Barrel Basket filled with the Sports Charms. Perfect!
Fran Sabad used one of my favorite generic pop-up dies, the Lorna Label, for this dynamite dinosaur card. What a perfect card for a boy!
Raquel Mason got very clever with repurposing the overlay of the soccer ball from the Sports Charms die set to inlay into the front of her fun monster card to look like jacks. The Twist Circle die set was used on this adorable card.
Karen Aicken made a card for her grandson by converting the Twist Circle into a panel card and decorating with boy-themed papers and embellishments. Perfect!
Caz Counsell created a great western-themed card front featuring Cocoa the Horse and the Western Edges, along with matching clear stamps. Pop it Ups work wonderfully for card fronts, with or without pop-ups inside the card.
Frances Byrne also went out west with this amazing Twist Circle Panel Card combining all the western-themed items from the Pop it Ups line. Love this!
Thanks to the team for another wonderful challenge and for Summer for setting the theme. Join us for our first November challenge on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 with a theme of "Hat Attack!". We'll be showing off the different hats from the various Pop it Ups dies. Should be a fun one!
Today I'm sharing an encouragement card I made for a friend. See this card opening and closing in an animated GIF here.
I decided to make a Twist Circle Panel card combined with the Iron Fence pop-up. This card measures 5" x 7" when closed. For the front of the card I used an older Stampin' Up! stamp set called Chalk Talk. The bird is from the Iron Fence die set.
As the card opens the panels start to twist and open. I followed my video tutorial for converting the Twist Circle die set into a base for animating a set of panels.
As for the panels themselves, I needed the outer two to be wider to be able to animate the Iron Fence. The outer two panels are 4.25" wide x 3" tall. The inner two panels are 2.25" wide x 3" tall. I added pink All Seasons Trees to each fence, along with a string of banners from the Anita Frames die set.
The Anita Frames labels were used to frame the stamped greeting. (Stamp by Verve) The detail shots below show the arching fences and hanging banners. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I added pink ribbons to the card as well.
If you're interested in the supplies used on this card they can be found using these links:
Great news! The Halloween Scene and Halloween Charms dies have come back into stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs!
In honor of the return of the popular Halloween Scene die set, Elizabeth Craft Designs is offering a limited quantity of "Buy it All" bundles featuring the four products used in the Twist Circle Spiders Card.
The front of my card features elements from the Cup Pop Stand and Hanging Charm Pull Tab, along with a coffee-themed stamp set from Verve. The card measures 5" x 6" when closed.
As the card is opened the panels start to twist and raise. This is a modification of the Twist Circle die.
Once open, the panels pop-up in the center of the card. I decorated them with various coffee-themed dies and stamps. I also added additional pop-up layers by cutting the tiered pop-up from the Hot Air Balloon into each valley fold.
You can see the extra pop-up platforms in this side view. This gave me the opportunity to make many layers to my scene.
In addition to the Cup Pop Stand (large cup, steam, spoon, coffee beans) I used the to-go coffee cup charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. I also used the postage edge from the Paris Edges to cut out my pop-up greeting and to add borders to the background of the card. The frame and greeting are inlaid into the background to avoid any catch points as the panels pop up.
Learn how to make a Twist Circle Panel Card by watching the video tutorial:
Sorry for the late arrival of this Designer Challenge post. I had major technical issues getting the video to upload to YouTube. You know it's a major problem when even my tech wizard son Karl couldn't explain it. (I know . . . scary!)
I think you'll agree that this Challenge was worth the wait, however, when you see this fun new video technique plus the amazing creations made by the team. We were challenged by Caz Counsell to draw inspiration from each other.
For my card and video I took inspiration from my cousin, Jessica, and from team member Karen Aicken. Jessica came for a visit recently and mentioned that she'd been wanting to make a pop-up panel card. This card style has become very popular as a "cut-by-hand" style of interactive card. Jessica showed me a photo of the card style she was referring to and I mentioned that the Twist Circle Pop-up die could be modified to create a similar style mechanism without much effort. I made her a very rough prototype to get her started and then she perfected it and wrote down the dimensions so I could teach it in a video.
The dimensions are listed in the video tutorial, but if you didn't write them down, here they are:
Backing Card: 6" x 10", scored for folding at 5" (making a 6x5 top fold card)
Inner Card: 5.75" x 9.75", scored for folding at 4 7/8" (center)
Arms: 1.25" x 4.5", scored for folding lengthwise up the center
Interior Pop-up Panels: 9" x 3", scored every 2.25" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/2" radius
Exterior Decorator Panels: 6" x 2", scored every 1.5" to make four panels and corners rounded with 1/4" radius.
Here are photos and the specific decorations for my card.
For the front panels I decorated as follows: Panel #1 features the woven basket from Props 7. I removed the handle so I could fill it with hearts cut from the Ring Frame Edges. The whitewash on the basket is a white paint pen, brushed onto the basket and then immediately wiped off with a rag. The eggs also come from Props 7. Panel 2 features the spatula from props 8. The cupcake from Baker the Beaver (topped with the heart from Props 8) fills Panel #3 and then the final panel features the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. One of the Ring Frame Edges is used as banners across the top of the panels, inspired by Karen Aicken. The stamp is from the Just a Note set.
From the side you can see the slight accordion shape to the front panels. I achieved this by adding pop dots on the outside edge and in the center. This mimics the look of the pop-up panels.
For the pop-up panels, they are decorated with the same dies as the front panels. Panel #1 features the spatula, chef's hat and heart from Props 8, along with the eggs from Props 7. Everything is brushed with various Distress Inks for coloring. Panel #2 features the cupcake from Baker the Beaver topped with the heart from Props 8. I surrounded the cupcake with stars from the Happy Birthday set. Panel #3 has the slice of cake and fork from Props 8. Panel #4 is the greeting, stamped from the Just a Note set and embellished with more Happy Birthday stars.
An important consideration for this card is to avoid any catch points at the location where the panels hit the card and slide into the closed position. To make sure my title was not a catch point I did an inlay on it using the script dies from the Happy Birthday pop-up set.
Ready to give your own Twist Circle Panel Card a try? You can find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft stores worldwide. They are also available on their website.
Stash items: Cardstock, Patterned Paper (My Mind's Eye ST1058), Distress Inks, Glitter Spray (added with a paintbrush)
The Inspired Challenge is like an extra bonus because each team member will link to their inspiration piece on their blog posts. This gives even more great inspiration to check out, so definitely click their names to travel to their blog posts and learn more about these projects.
Caz Counsell had several sources of inspiration for her awesome Halloween card. The structure is a Staggered Accordion, from one of my video tutorials, and then she took inspiration from Kelly, Sandy and Karen A. for her spooky embellishments. This is sensational! So many things to look at and admire.
Sandy Diller took inspiration from Frances's love of owls to include Poppy the Owl in a Props 9 witch costume on her amazing Hanging Charm Pull Tab card. I love how the moon and the bat are behind the spooky trees in the closed position and then when you pull them, the trees raise up and suspend the 3D Ghost charm. Amazing!
Summer Hills-Painter loved a card that Kelly Booth made featuring the Cup turned into a shaker card. Summer added an extra element of interactive fun by adding her shaker cup to the front of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab so it will raise up when the ribbons are pulled. Notice that she found the perfect patterned paper to match the Macaron die from Joset.
Shelly Hickox loved Raquel and son Jake's spooky cemetery decor pieces from the last challenge and used them as inspiration for her own version. I love this macabre miniature, featuring the Iron Fence and more from the Halloween Collection. Shellypiece!
Kelly Booth loved a recent post by Caz where she used the Iron Fence in white. Kelly combined that inspiration along with my winter fence card as a jumping off point for her incredible Anita Frames & Fence card. The cardinals are glittered to perfection and I love the combination of colors for the crisp festive Christmas card.
Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a vertical card inspired by Fran. She also added the Rectangle Pull Card's spinner die to the side of the pot for an extra pop-up inside the card, as inspired by Kelly. I love Karen's clever trimming of the Vines die to look like holly leaves. Everything about this card is magnificent!
Raquel Mason listed the entire team as her inspiration. I absolutely adore this card she made for her aunt where she converted Whiskers the Cat into balloons for the front, and converted the Cake Pop-up into a pop-up box with Whiskers popping out for the inside. The colors and the shading on the cats is terrific!
Fran Sabad made this lovely holiday Cascading Tag Card, taking inspiration from my video and from Karen Aicken's patterned paper styling of a recent CTC creation. I love how Fran created a festive scene complete with plenty of presents, a Jolly the Mouse Santa, and hanging Holiday Charms. Fa la la la love it!
Frances Byrne was inspired by Kelly Booth's Anita-plus-two-fences technique and then styled her scene as a beautiful garden, like she saw in Caz Counsell's recent piece. I love everything about this pretty picture, from the cloudy sky to the pink flowers to the exquisite styling on the birds.
Once again, amazing inspiration by the Designer Challenge Team. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on October 11th when we take on my monochromatic challenge calledROYGBIV- each team member may choose a color from the rainbow for their monochromatic make. Should be a colorful and fabulous-as-ever challenge!
I'd been wanting to make a special card for my friend, who is expecting her first baby . . . and her second one too! It's twins!
She seems to think that I will be a valuable resource in the "how to mother twins" department, but I must say that the early years are a complete blur. It was, after all, 18 years ago!
Although they do plan to find out the sex(es) of the babies, they don't know yet, so when I saw this Crate Paper line with the animal crackers and wood chevron I thought it would be perfect for a neutral card. The front of the card features two cut-aparts from a piece of paper in the collection. I combined them along with a handwritten "and" to make it a "Sweet little baby and baby" greeting. The little stitched baby pajamas are from the Baby Charms die set.
As the card is opened you see the Flower Pot start to expand. I stamped Congratulations in gray ink onto one of the labels from the Labels & Circles die set.
The animal crackers paper was the perfect choice for both the background and the filling. I fussy cut a bunch of animals from the leftover paper and combined them with the Baby Charms to fill the pot.
On all the animals I added tiny glitter dots over their eyes to give them some extra personality. The baby pajamas die has a heart-shaped stencil feature, so I simply used a pencil through the heart stencil and then colored it with a peach marker.
My friend is not a crafter, but perhaps I can convert her! Heh heh heh. We had a nice girls' day out with lunch and a movie (Bridget Jones' Baby, naturally!) and she loved the card.
Ready to make your own animal crackers baby card? First, learn how to assemble the Flower Pot die set by watching this instructional video:
And then gather your materials. Here are the products used on the baby card:
My original Twist Circle Snowman Card was sent to Els for her shows. It did a fair bit of traveling and I believe it now resides in London at the offices of The Craft Channel, where you may see it on future shows featuring the Twist Circle Pop-up die set.
I was invited to demo at the recent CKC in Houston, and since the original Twist Circle Snowman Card had been so popular, but was, at the time, somewhere in The Netherlands, I decided to make a second version of the card to show in the booth.
Except the card never made it to the booth.
Or it did, and got immediately stolen. Not sure.
Because that card vanished! When I realized during my Friday demo that it was missing I just assumed I had left it at home and would bring it for the Saturday demo. I searched for it that night but it didn't turn up. Yesterday I did some cleaning of my office (vastly overdue) and still held out hope that the card would show up . . . but no!
At least I took photos of it before it vanished. The Fancy Pants patterned papers are years old, from my stash, so you'd have to substitute something from this decade, but any festive winter papers would work well as a backdrop for a fun twist circle snowman.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded and features a foldover flap with hidden magnets as a closure. I combined the large label dies from the Labels & Circles set with one of the large circles from the Twist Circle set to make the front decoration. It also features the Holiday Charms and some fussy cut mittens from the leftover patterned paper.
What's cool about the Twist Circle die set is the action on the mechanism. In the closed position the snowman sits face up and sideways flat in the card. As the card opens, he starts to raise and twist into the center of the card. The greeting inside the card is made with the Labels & Circles die set and the Holiday Clear Stamps.
Once the card is open the snowman floats in the card. To make the snowman I used the large stitched and medium circles from the Twist Circle set, and then the circle charm from the Sports Charms for his head. There are pop dots between the layers for dimension. The hat is from the Steampunk Charms set and the arms and carrot nose are trimmed branches from the spooky tree in the Halloween Scene set. The snowflake is from the Holiday Charms. His eyes, buttons and smile are black/silver glitter dots.
Learn how to assemble the Twist Circle die set by watching this instructional video:
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent retailers worldwide and through their website.
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. Here are the products I used in today's Flower Pot Card. Also check out the current sale on the Sizzix Big Shot. If you've been wanting to upgrade to this machine, (the one I use in all my videos) there's a Labor Day Sale going on at Sizzix.
Today I'm sharing a fun way to use the new Anita Frames Pop-up die set with any of the Charms sets in the Pop it Ups line.
The front of my card is very simple - just layered squares of cardstock and paper wrapped in a ribbon to resemble a present. I hung two of the Holiday Charms from the knot in the ribbon. The patterned papers I used on my card are retired designs from Basic Grey that I found in my stash. But of course any patterned paper would work for this type of card.
When the card opens the Anita Frames pop-up is revealed and the other two Holiday Charms hang in the openings. I also used one of the banner dies that comes in the Anita Frames set for added decoration. The greeting is from the new Holiday Clear Stamps, cut out with the decorator labels that come in the Anita Frames set.
Here's a close-up so you can see more detail on the charms. The Candy Cane charm comes as a solid and an overlay, making it very simple to create the stripes. The tree charm features decorative dots around the perimeter and is easily decorated with Glitter Dot ornaments.
The Anita Frames pop-up die will cut solid labels that can be decorated for any theme. When you want to create openings for hanging charms, simply cut the pop-up in the usual manner and then use the largest decorator die over each pop-up label to remove the centers. This will work for any charms, any theme.
Learn how to cut and assemble the Anita Frames Pop-up in this instructional video:
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world. You can also order direct from their website. Here are links to the products I used on this card:
We are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
The theme for this team challenge was set by Shelly Hickox and is: "Girly or Ghouly" - think pretty, shabby, feminine or French, OR think creepy, crawly, spooky or eerie.
In addition to a new card and video from me, plus cards by the 9 members of the DC team, Shelly's good friend and designer extraordinaire, Cyndi Watkins, has joined us as a guest and just wait until you see what she made - amazing!
For my card I wanted to combine both sides of the challenge to make a card that transforms from a feminine Parisian scene into a ghoulish Halloween version. The new Twist Circle die set worked perfectly for this effect. Here is the video tutorial for my card, which I'm calling a Hidden Halloween Card:
Obviously I made this card specifically for Shelly's challenge theme, of Girly/Ghouly, but the idea of transforming a scene using the Twist Circle is universal. Because the Twist Circle changes position upon opening the card, it is the perfect choice for a card with a transparency layer that allows you to see the pop-up's location in the closed position and then watch it move as the card is opened.
For the front of my card I kept it simple, with a glittered Eiffel Tower and some pre-made flowers from my stash. I added Glitter Lines around the perimeter of the pink paper for some extra sparkle. The elastic closure keeps the card closed tightly so there's no hint of the spooky scene that will be revealed inside.
Move the elastic to open the card. The Twist Circle will start to raise and twist the moon.
When the card is opened the Paris scene has been completely transformed into the "Ghouly" version, complete with a pop-up moon, purple bats, spiders and a spooky graveyard.
I was pretty proud of my idea for the greeting. I did selective inking on the "Bonjour" stamp by first inking just the "Bo", then just an "o" and then the "njour". A small spider stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps added the perfect dot above the j. I also used the Halloween Clear Stamps for the "Trick or Treat" greeting that's attached to the pop-up. Midnight the Bat is the newest Character die and works well as the host of this Parisian graveyard scene.
Ready to try your own transformation scene card using the Twist Circle? All of the new release products have shipped out to stores throughout the world. They are also available on the ECD website, but get them while you can - the response to this release has been tremendous and the Flower Pot Pop Stand has already sold out (but more are on order and expected in two weeks) Here are the products used on my card:
The Designer Challenge team, plus our esteemed guest, Cyndi, have made some delightfully demure/dreadful creations for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Make sure you click on their names to travel to their blog posts, where you will find more photos, instructions and supply lists.
Shelly Hickox chose the Girly side of the challenge for this amazing soft and pretty Twist Circle project. I did not realize at first that the pretty flowers were made by hand using the decorator dies in the Flower Pot Pop Stand. Drop the mic! You should definitely check out Shelly's blog post for more information on how she made the flowers and this Shellypiece.
Shelly Hickox set the theme this challenge so she decided to do both sides of the challenge. She used the Twist Circle again to make this devilish delight featuring a very distinctive vintage witch stamped image. I like her use of the bat die for modesty! The front of this card, with the Iron Fence and Bats stencil, is spooktacular!
Cyndi Watkins is a good friend of Shelly's and they get together for crafting sessions in which Shelly is always singing the praises of Cyndi's work. Cyndi had taken a break from blogging but decided to return so I asked if she'd like to join Shelly's challenge as a guest designer. WOW! She absolutely ROCKED this challenge! Cyndi made a Staggered Fancy Accordion and decorated one side girly and the other side ghouly! Check out all the fabulous details. She used the Iron Fence and Halloween Scene as well. I'm blown away!
Summer Hills-Painter is the mother of 3 boys so she jumped at the chance to craft for the Girly side of the challenge. Summer used the Flower Pot Pop Stand and added a bamboo trellis die to the pot to make an amazing structure of pretty pink flowers. She also used the Occasions clear stamps and Labels & Circles dies. Stunning!
Caz Counsell also turned to the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creation, but went for the Ghouly side of the challenge. I love how Caz made Midnight the Bat hang upside-down on the front of her card, and her delightfully spooky pot featuring Hoppy the Frog and a hanging spider!
Karen Aicken made this elegant masterpiece of a tea-themed Cascading Tag Card for the Girly side of the challenge. I love all the details and the vintage styling of this card. The card itself is made with the Adirondack Chair and Tags Pivot Card and then she embellished with the Cup Pop Stand and Coffee & Tea clear stamps. Karen is a master crafter and this is simply stunning!
Sandy Diller knocked my socks off with her Steampunkin' Hanging Charm Pull Tab project. I just love the use of the Clock on the HCPT and then hanging the new Halloween Charm in the opening. The gears, the Props 9 Witch hat, the googly-eyed Midnight pull - I'm in love! She even combined two stamp sets for a custom greeting.
Raquel Mason also went with the Ghouly side of the challenge for this fun Halloween Card featuring a lot of the new items. I particularly like her purple candy, made with the Candy Corn Layering Stencil, and check out how she added monster scars to the Characters using laces from the football in the new Sports Charms set! I mean brilliant! Love her arching Iron Fence with 31 placard. Fab-boo-lous!
Frances Byrne went with a pretty Paris-inspired theme for her Girly card. It features the new Anita Frames Pop-up, which is completely generic and perfect for any theme. Frances decorated it beautifully with the Paris Edges, Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. As always, Frances found the perfect patterned paper for her theme. Exquisite! C'est magnifique!
Kelly Booth had a brilliant idea! She used the Anita Frames in the center of a wide card, which created two new folds to be able to animate the Iron Fence on both halves of the card! This is amazing! She created such an interactive scene inside the card between the fences arching, the pop-up popping, and the 3D ghost charm expanding! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Fran Sabad created a sensational peek-a-boo Circle Accordion card by cutting the centers from her first two circles to allow a view of all the decorations in the closed position. In the first vignette she created a spooky fence scene and then the 3D ghost charm hangs in page 2. She finishes with an eerie graveyard on page 3. This is amazing!
Well I hope you feel inspired to try a Girly or Ghouly (or both!) project of your own. Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for MORE ghoulish inspiration because our theme for the first September challenge, set by me, is Halloween!