I mentioned on Social Media that I recently achieved a goal of 25,000 YouTube subscribers! Whoo hoo! Thanks, all. At the end of this post are details about a Giveaway.
To celebrate, here's a new video tutorial for combining the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set plus the Heart Pivot Card decorator dies to make a pop-up heart-filled flower pot with extra pop-up hearts attached to the front of the flower pot.
The patterned papers I used are older designs from My Mind's Eye from "The Sweetest Thing" collection, but any patterned papers could be used in this design. The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and can be mailed in an A7 (5x7) envelope. The front decoration features an embossed border strip (Stampin' Up! embossing folder), two hearts from the Heart Pivot Card set with vines from the Flower Pot Pop Stand set, and a metal key from my stash.
As the card is opened the flower pot starts to raise and expand.
Once open, the pop-up sculpture is revealed, including extra heart pop-ups built on the front of the pot so they, too, will pop-up. The "love" is an older script die (Stampin' Up!) from my stash.
The video shows a technique for cutting notches in the small hearts to be able to make the interlocking hearts to go in the flower pot.
This side view shows the "feet" that I added to the back of the large decorator hearts to turn them into pop-up hearts for the front of the flower pot. This technique is explained in the video.
This card would be suitable for many occasions, including Valentines Day, Anniversary, Mother's Day, Birthday, Thanks, Love and Thinking of You.
GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a random drawing to win the two dies featured in the video - Flower Pot Pop Stand and Heart Pivot Card. Leave your comment by the end of the week, Friday, February 3, 2017 at 5 pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and dies will be sent out as soon as we can connect by e-mail to get your mailing address.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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:
I'll be teaching a 2-hour, 2-card Pop it Ups class at Croppin' Bug on Saturday, September 17. 2016. The video shows the cards in action.
In addition to the two pop-up cards, students will make a bonus Halloween Tag featuring the new Bats Stencil, Halloween Clear Stamps and Midnight the Bat.
I'd love to see you there, Houston-area crafters!
In other news, the winner of the August "Girly or Ghouly" Designer Challenge giveaway has been chosen. Congratulation to Petra! Her comment:
Wow, just wow. I am speechless. going to be watching the You Tube videos a few times and then will get my order in. Love the new products
was chosen by random draw to win her choice of the Twist Circle Pop-up die, plus a "girly" die or a "ghouly" die.
As it turns out, the Twist Circle (and several other new dies, sorry!) is out of stock until the 18th, so I gave Petra the choice of any two Pop it Ups dies for a prize. She chose Whiskers the Cat and the Halloween Scene.
If you'd like to know about future giveaways, sign up for my mailing list. I generally only send one e-mail a month, but now that we're doing two Designer Challenges, I am going to attempt to send two per month. The list is maintained by Constant Contact and you can unsubscribe at any time, so give it a try! You may just win the next giveaway!
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!
Welcome to our second month with a 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.
Here is the challenge I issued to the team: "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide!
For my card I'm sharing the project I made for the packaging of #1207 Twist Circle Pop-up plus a general assembly video for this new die. The front of my card is a very simple lead in using patterned paper, the scalloped edge from the Pull Card Edges, and a ribbon bow. As the card is opened the circle starts to twist up into the center of the card.
The "Hi" circle comes with the set and works so well with the other circles to create a fun center decoration. I added flowers from the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set and a greeting from the Occasions Clear Stamps. Jolly the Mouse hangs out inside the card and I created a rickrack border using the Pull Card Edges.
Ready to learn how to assemble this die? Check out this video tutorial for the Twist Circle.
The video card is such a quick and simple design. I used mostly just the pieces from the Twist Circle die set to achieve this look, adding greetings from the Just a Note clear stamps and one additional circle die from the Labels & Circles set (to frame the "just a note to say" stamp).
Here are the products used on the Jolly card and the video card. Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world.
The Designer Challenge team is going to blow your mind this challenge. Be sure to click their names to visit their individual blog posts to see full supply lists for their cards and more photos and tips.
Sandy Diller also used the Twist Circle for this month's challenge and created an amazing cupcake-a-ganza! I am in love with all the details in this amazing card for the "flour" side of the challenge. I especially love the cupcake that fell - what a clever touch!
Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this card is no exception. I love her combination of pinks and reds for a sweet and pretty Flower Pot Pop Stand card. Kelly added the Paris Edges as doilies inside the card and I love her yellow butterfly.
Fran Sabad made a vertical card using the Flower Pot Pop Stand. What a great idea! To create visual balance Fran added a wide accent strip to one side of the card. This card is so classy and light. I love Fran's use of the Flower Stage it Stencil on the sides of the pot. Gorgeous!
Summer Hills-Painter's Flower Pot Pop Stand uses such a beautiful color scheme. She added the Occasions Clear Stamps "Happy Birthday" greeting, which can be cut out perfectly using a die from the Anita Frames die set. Inside she made her pot match the gorgeous patterned paper.
Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set but repurposed it as an oven for Buster the Dog's favorite cake .... uh oh . . . it's made with Whiskers the Cat! Ha ha ha. This card cracks me up! (No cats were harmed in the making of this card) Love Raquel's use of the Props 8 baking items plus the Props 6 bandana.
Caz Counsell needed a special card for a departing co-worker and created a beautiful bouquet. This card features the Flower Pot Pop Stand being built closer to the back of the card and collapsing inward - another great way to use this die. Caz also put Poppy the Owl in the pot. Adorable!
Karen Aicken did a marvelous job creating a fun scene for the "flour" side of the challenge. Karen used Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Cake on a Rectangle Pull Card repurposed as an Easel Card. I just love the colors and all the fun details in this.
Frances Byrne made a pretty in pink Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a custom plaid paper that she created using the new Stripes/Plaid stencil. I love the pop of greenery in her sweet bouquet. Using the plaid as big chunky corners is a fabulous look!
Shelly Hickox got very creative with repurposing the Flower Pot Pop Stand into a tombstone! Then she added pieces from the Halloween Scene die set, including a row of tombstones, trees, bats and a hanging spider. Amazingly this all folds down flat in the card and you can see it in action by watching a video posted on her blog post. Spooktacular!
Well I think we can all agree that this team is amazingly talented! Join us in two weeks for the second Designer Challenge of August. Shelly Hickox set the theme and it's a good one - "Girly or Ghouly" - you'll see feminine pretty projects AND creepy crawly projects - pick your poison! Heh heh heh.
What a year it's been! No more high school. No more braces. And no more childhood! Meet these two fantastic 18-year-old young adults who will be voting in their first Presidential election this November. Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma, you amazing people, you!
Naturally, as their mother, I still see them like this . . . "Emma Bear" and "Boo Boo"
For their birthday cards I turned to brand new Pop it Ups die shipping soon from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I always start my pop-up cards by designing the inside of the card. After all, that's how the card will be displayed! For Emma's card I used a BoBunny cupcakes paper for the background of the card and also fussy cut several cupcakes to fill the pot, along with William the Goat wearing glasses similar to Emma's. (Eyelet Outlet)
Another reason I always start with the inside of the card is because it gives me the opportunity to add disguising elements to the card's front in case any portion of the pop-up is visible in the closed position. For Em's card William the Goat's horns were visible on the side of the card in the closed position so I added a strategically placed label to the card's front to disguise the horns. The American Crafts eyeglasses paper has been in my stash for months waiting on Em's birthday. I was excited to get to use it. The label and circle are both from the Labels & Circles die set.
The other day a friend of mine who owns a craft store messaged me to say that several customers had called the store after the Video Tutorial for the Flower Pot was posted, asking her to order it for them. I told my friend that the Flower Pot may well be my crowning achievement in die design. It's just so versatile and dynamic. It's exciting to see it come to life as the card is opened. Plus, the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone box card makes it even more versatile!
Perhaps there's a subconscious reason that I chose to use William the Goat for Emma's card. I'm not sure I'm ready for my "kid" to be an adult! But William also looks really cute wearing the brad glasses and eating the ribbon from the 18 tag. (Made with the new Sports Charms)
The Flower Pot die set comes with flowers, a butterfly and vine, but you can always fill it with whatever you choose. I simply fussy cut cupcakes from the leftover paper and glued them to the lattice at different angles. The Happy Birthday is one of my favorite peel-off stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I think I used these same stickers on last year's cards!
For Karl's card I used the new Twist Circle die set. This versatile die twists up a platform into the middle of the card, allowing you to animate all sorts of things into fun pop-ups. I chose to use Jinks the Monkey and tried to make him into quite the distinguished gentleman in honor of Karl's "man" status.
The Twist Circle die set comes with five different circles to use on the platform, but you are also able to use just the platform itself, as I did for Jinks. He is wearing the Steampunk Charms tophat and the same brad glasses as Emma's card. The mustache is from Props 1 and the greeting from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps.
For the card front I did a similar trick with the label, extending it off the side of the card because Jinks' "happy birthday to you" sign was partially visible in the closed position. I added another tophat, cut one of the glasses brads in half to be a monocle, and added another mustache. The Labels & Circles die set was perfect to frame everything.
The Twist Circle is another die that's really fun to open and close. As the card is opened the platform is going to twist up into place, hovering over the center of the card.
Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma! I love you to the moon and back.
By the way, tune in Tuesday for a video tutorial on the Twist Circle die set. New dies, stamps and stencils are expected by mid-August at Elizabeth Craft Designs. Call your local independent craft store to order, or you can use these online links:
This week I'm posting video tutorials for the new products in my summer Pop it Ups release. These products are arriving soon to Elizabeth Craft Designs and should be available in stores (and online) by mid-August.
Today I'm introducing the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set (#1205). Now I don't play favorites with my dies (that would be like picking a favorite kid!) but let's just say that the team went a little gaga over this one when they saw it. It comes with everything required for a beautiful bouquet-in-a-card, but it's when you start filling it with everything else in your collection that you're really going to appreciate this all-purpose die. It has a Pop Stand die included to make it into a pop-up card, but you also have the option to use it as a stand-alone box card. It will stand without a card base, so you have the option to fill it, collapse it and mail it. Here's the video tutorial:
For the video card I also show how to use the new Stripes/Plaid Stage-it Stencil. I used my custom plaid paper on the front of the card, along with the "Celebrate" from the Flourish Gift Frame die set. I'm a fan of creating a simple lead-in for the fronts of pop-up cards. After all, the card will most likely be displayed open, so saving time and supplies by crafting a simple card front gives you more time for making more pop-ups!
When used in a pop-up card the pot will sit diagonally over the fold.
The pot comes with a lattice structure for holding the contents of the pot. You can choose to attach your items facing in all one direction OR facing in two directions. It looks lovely either way. For my video card I chose to fill the pot in both directions.
The new Occasions Clear Stamps provide some nice all-purpose greetings and a small flower that can be cut out using the smallest flower die in the Flower Pot set.
Elizabeth Craft Designs is exhibiting this week at the Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Event in Salt Lake City. If you're at the show, be sure to stop by the ECD booth to see these two new Pop it Ups collections, shipping the second week of August, 2016.
Here's a little overview to show what's coming. The Design Team and I have been making projects using the new collections and we will start posting those ideas on our blogs and social media starting August 1st, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here is a brief description of the new collections.
HALLOWEEN COLLECTION - By popular request I've created a Halloween collection. It includes 5 new dies, a clear stamp set and 2 stencils.
1202 Iron Fence Pop-up - this fence can be used flat or animated with the included slider arm and sleeve to arch up as the card opens. Lots of possibilities here for garden scenes, too, so it will be great beyond Halloween.
1201 Halloween Scene - this fun little set has 5 useful dies for setting a spooky mood. A tombstone edge die, a jagged branch/tree, spiderweb, spider and bat.
1200 Halloween Charms - this set will make a flat jack-o-lantern charm (or pumpkin) and an expanding 3D ghost. Charms will fit the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set.
1204 Props 9 - dress up your Character dies in this fun witch costume OR use it on its own
1203 Midnight the Bat - the latest Character die comes with a little sidekick. The small bat die will cut out the stamped version of Midnight from the Halloween Clear Stamps.
CS020 Halloween Clear Stamps - this small 3" x 4" stamp set has lots of all-purpose greetings to coordinate with the collection. Optionally cut out the bat using the die from #1203 Midnight the Bat. Optionally cut out the oval 31 stamp using the oval die from #1206 Anita Frames (Occasions Collection)
S013 Bats Stage it Stencil - need to make a quick background for a Halloween card? This all-over pattern stencil is perfect.
S014 Candy Corn Layering Stage it Stencil - I am really proud of this one! Instead of a 2-part layering stencil it's actually a 3 or 4) part. If you're working on white cardstock you do not need to ink the white tips of the corn (3rd column), but I did put them on the stencil in case you're working on colored cardstock. Start with the left-most column to start the double row candy corn border by sponging the base of the corn in either yellow or brown. Slide the stencil to the left and use orange for the center. Assuming the paper is white, skip the third column and go to the 4th, which is the shadows that make the corn appear to float off the page. Sponge the shadows with gray. This stencil can also be used as an all-over confetti pattern.
OCCASIONS COLLECTION - universal pop-ups and accessories for year-round crafting in popular themes. 5 new dies, 2 new stamps, 1 new stencil.
1205 Flower Pot Pop Stand - makes a very cool pop-up flower pot that can be filled with the included flowers, butterfly and leaves, but also filled with anything else. You can also use this die as a stand-alone box card if you prefer. Now I don't like to brag . . . so I'll let the team do it! Ha. Here are some of their comments when they got their first sneak peek of this die in action:
So so so SO cool!! I'm madly in love with this!!
Omg omg omg!!!!!! Love love love!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😍
OMGoodness. Really? Really? I'm actually glad you can't see it but I'm doing a HAPPY DANCE. WOWSA!!!!!!!
This is AMAZING!!!!! Completely jaw dropping amazing!
1206 Anita Frames Pop-up - this die is named after Anita Izendoorn, who has begged me for two years now to re-release the Floating Frames die, which was a popular one from my early Sizzix days. I redesigned it with bigger labels and made it a Pop it Ups die so you can choose your own card size. It also comes with decorator dies, including a crown, 3 labels, one of which will cut out the Happy Birthday stamp perfectly, 2 banner dies that will also cut out the banner stamps, and an oval that will cut out the 31 stamp from the Halloween collection. This is going to be a fabulous generic pop-up for any theme.
1207 Twist Circle - since I was revisiting some of my early artwork for Sizzix, I decided to update and release a much better version of the original Spinning Platform die. The Twist Circle has alignment nubs so you cut it right into any size card. The circles are included for decorating with any theme. It comes with the "hi" circle, too. Another great generic die with a fun mechanism. The circle twists up and down as the card is opened and closed.
1208 Labels & Circles - this is a decorator die with labels and circles to coordinate with the Anita Frames and Twist Circle die set.
1209 Sports Charms - these fun charms can also double as props if you cut the hang hole off and use them with the Characters.
1210 Holiday Charms - these also double as props without their hang holes. They will work wonderfully in the Pop-up Sleigh die from last year's Merry & Bright collection.
CS021 Holiday Clear Stamps - some new greetings to use with the new generic pop-ups and with last year's Merry & Bright pop-ups (Sleigh, Tree, Merry Christmas)
CS022 Occasions Clear Stamps - these generic words will work perfectly for so many projects. Cut out the banners and the Happy Birthday using decorator dies from Anita Frames, as an option.
S015 Stripes/Plaid Stage it Stencil - makes a great diagonal stripe, either single color or multiple, but you can also flip the stencil over and add the stripes in the opposite direction to make plaids. Clean the stencil and start again in another color to make multi-color plaids. The team has been using this stencil a lot!
If you are a retailer at the SPC event this week, stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to see these products in action. Retailers will also be able to order directly from ECD or through their reps. The ordering info will be e-mailed to retailers after the show.
Shipping is the second week of August with ideas and videos posted starting August 1st.
Welcome to this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge with a theme of: GLITTER!
For my card I did not spare any glitter! I used the new Flower stencil to create an ombre effect with three colors of pink glitter, then carefully removed the stencil from the adhesive and "grouted" the remaining adhesive with Warm Diamond glitter. I did this technique three times to get a panel for the front of the card and for the background inside the card and, as you'll see on the video, I had no trouble removing the stencil by giving it slow even pressure while simultaneously holding down the sticky parts with a backing sheet from the adhesive.
However, some of the Designer Challenge team reported mixed results when using stencils for two-tone glitter. It seemed to depend on the cardstock and/or the "open-ness" of the stencil as to whether the stencil would release from the adhesive or cling so tight that the cardstock would peel/separate as they attempted to remove the stencil. Both Fran and Frances mentioned that coating the stencil with watermark ink like Versamark before laying it down into the adhesive can help it release from the adhesive easier. I've also had great success loosening the ECD adhesive by breathing warm air onto it while carefully pulling.
The white cardstock I used in the video is Hammermill 80 lb. Color Copy Digital Cover. It's a smooth white cardstock (Amazon link below if you need it) and I had no trouble with it peeling or separating as I removed the stencil. It probably also helped that I was using the Flower Stencil, which is a tight, even pattern stencil. So my advice would be to try the Versamark trick and/or use the same cardstock/stencil that I used in the video to ensure success with this technique.
OK, with disclaimers in place, here is the video!
Here are photos of the card and the details. It's an A2-sized card, but the brad and ribbon bow on the front will make it too bulky for a single-stamp. If you plan to make a similar card and want the most economical postage, change the front design to something completely flat.
Speaking of the front design, I am a big fan of not doubling my work with pop-up cards. Let's face it, they're going to display these cards propped open. For that reason I always start by designing the interior of the card and then create some sort of "simple lead-in" for the front, carrying in the same colors/themes. For this card it was very simple - just a glittered panel with ribbons to look like it's a wrapped present, and a bow held on with a (very old, stash item) decorative brad. For the interior greeting I used the Just a Note clear stamps with the decorator dies (ovals, corner flourish) from the Oval Landscape Accordion.
The three supports at the top of the Cake Pop Up are particularly fun because the two outside ones pop-up at an angle, creating festive movement to the candles/strawberries (both included with the set) as the card is opened and closed. The cake stand is cut from a metallic silver paper.
This side view shows the construction of the cake - it's really just a series of stacked boxes. I'm looking forward to people getting creative with turning it into other things.
If you're interested in giving this card a go, check your local independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies. If not, how about asking them to? It's so important to support our local stores so we continue to have local stores! However, I also recognize that there are lots of places in the world without access to a nearby independent craft store, so you will also find the supplies online and here are some links:
The Designer Challenge Team slayed the challenge this month. So much inspiration! So much sparkle! Remember that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.
Karen Aicken starts us off with this amazing Anniversary card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab with two fun modifications - an extended tab for pulling and a doubled charm that expands when it hangs. She used an oversized card for space to add Rocky the Crab and the Palm Tree, both glittered to perfection. Absolutely fabulous!
Kelly Booth REALLY loves coffee, so if you're the lucky recipient of this card you know that you are truly special! Notice the cute glittered monkeys (Jinks) with their tails creating a heart! Adorable. They're hanging out in the Cup Pop Stand, decorated beautifully with the Flower Stage-it Stencil. I love this card more than coffee!
Caz Counsell made this extremely clever "changing title" card where the "Be" becomes "Beaver" as the card opens. Inside this sweet Valentine is Baker the Beaver, holding a glittered heart. Baker sports rosy cheeks and an embossed waffled tail. Adorable!
Frances Byrne made this delightful Happy Chinese New Year card celebrating the "Year of the Monkey" - a fact that I didn't realize when I was designing Jinks, but a very fortunate coincidence! The Katie Label Pivot Card (one of Frances's "go to" dies) is perfect for any theme and I love her addition of the Paris Edges, plus the different poses of the glittery monkeys.
Sandy Diller also celebrated the Year of the Monkey with this fun display piece made with the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges. She found some wooden numbers and covered them with glitter for a fabulous sparkle. She also styled Jinks as two different types of monkey. Really clever and cool!
Fran Sabad used glitter to make shimmery sand as a backdrop to a very cool Rocky the Crab, sporting the Santa glasses from Props 5 turned into shades. Open this Oval Pull Card and Rocky has lifted his shades. The sun flies into the sky attached to the Spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card set. Super adorable card!
Selma Stevenson is guest designing for this month's challenge and made this fabulous tag/card. The bottom half of the tag lifts up to reveal the pop-up greeting. How very clever! Dutch the Fox is done in glitter for the front of the tag. Love it! We hope that Selma can join us for more challenges this year and if you're not familiar with her work, be sure to click her name and bookmark her blog. Her cards are exquisite!
Raquel Mason went to the wild west with this fun glittered Cocoa the Horse card. She used the Rectangle Pull Card, Pull Card and Western Edges and decorated with the Paisley Stage it Stencil and Cocoa Western clear stamps. These are such fun colors. Yee haw!
Kelly Booth had coffee on the brain when she created this delicious homage to her favorite beverage. The Cup Pop Stand works perfectly with Joset's Cupcake die to add foam. Kelly did a beans and glitter grout technique on the inside cup and used the Paisley Stencil on the front cup. Really lovely!
Frances Byrne was also thinking java with this beauty, featuring a fun blue/brown color scheme and lots of stencil work. The Coffee Stencil creates both the beans and the flourish pattern on the rim of the saucer. Frances used the Swirly Flourish stencil on the cup and embellished with the Pull Card Edges. A gorgeous script word from Suzanne Cannon's collection finishes off this elegant card.
Caz Counsell made this romantic card featuring the Medallion stencil with glittered paste for a textured sparkly backdrop and then added the Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. So pretty! Pop it Ups products can be used in so many ways, so don't feel limited to just interactive cards.Sandy Diller made this absolutely delightful Animal Party Block (a daytime pet Rave, she says!) using various Character and Props die sets. This is such a cute display piece and so, so creative! Makes me smile.
Summer Hills-Painter made this brilliant pop-up scene by using the Pop Stand die from the Christmas Trees set to animate her two glittered Palm Trees. A vine suspended between the trees holds up Jinks the Monkey, just hanging out! She also used the Bananas embossing folder (come on . . . you know you need it!) Flourish Gift Frame, two clear stamp sets and the Pull Card Edges. Definitely high on the list of my favorite Summer makes!
Shelly Hickox had been requesting a Pop it Ups Hot Air Balloon die set for some time and I was happy to be able to add one to the collection and especially when I see what she had in mind! This sweet Valentine is made with the Rectangle Accordion and Shelly added an expanding balloon on the first page. A Katie Label and the heart charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab sets create the decoration for Page 2. Shellypiece!
Karen Aicken has been rocking her new favorite die - the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. In this creation she used the HCPT as the "gate" with the fence around it, then pulls it up to reveal a hidden greeting. Virgil, Cheepers and Snowball hang out in this barnyard full of love. Great idea on the red shadow layers to really bring home the "love" feel.
Fran Sabad really thought of the details when she made this glittery goodness of an Easter-themed Fancy Accordion. The Frame Edges are glittered, along with the Easter Eggs, but also check out the paint splatters, made with candle flames and strawberry leaves from the Cake Pop Up, plus the paintbrush, made by shortening the Props 8 spatula. So many amazing details in this card.
Kelly Booth created four cards for this month's challenge! She's a huge fan of glitter and it shows in her beautiful creations. These last two feature the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and the two-tone glitter technique like in the video but using the Paisley stencil. I particularly like how she inlaid the greeting on the green/teal version and extended the pull tab, cutting it into a decorative shape with the Agatha Edges. Also a great idea to mix in butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set.
Well? Are you on inspiration overload? So many sparkly glittery ideas! Which will you try first?
For this month's giveaway it's a great one - Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a giveaway of all the ECD products from the video! One lucky winner will win this:
How do you enter? Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us which Pop it Ups product is on your wish list. (ANY Pop it Ups product - not limited to the ones in the prize pack) You have until Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5 pm CST to leave your comment. The winner will be chosen by random draw and contacted for an address by e-mail.