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Pop it Ups Card Class - Scrapp'n Savvy, February

This Saturday, February 1, 2014 I'll be teaching a Pop it Ups class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. There are three sessions and I believe there may be a few seats left, but I'm not sure in which session. Call the store if you're in the Houston area and want to join the fun.

The class will consist of the three cards from my CHA class (which are also the cards featured on the packaging for those particular dies) and then a fourth card using the Garden Bench, All Seasons Tree and Agatha Edges.





Please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors (you may also want some detail scissors for fussy cutting)
  • Tape Runner
  • Strong red-liner or Scor tape (1/4" width is great)
  • Mini glue dots
  • Pop dots
  • Fine Line Glue pen (you're going to want this for the flourishes and tree branches)
  • Sanding tool (for the front of the Garden Bench card)
  • Paper piercer
  • Tiny Attacher stapler (optional, but I like to staple the small tabs on the Accordion Album)
  • Tweezers (optional, but helpful for working with Peel-offs)

All of the coloring will be assigned as homework, but if you want to attempt it in class, I used Copic markers in blues (Lots of Pops card), pinks (Heart Pivot Card) and teal/tan (Circle Accordion)

Reminder: Dillon's Eagle Scout project is to collect new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals (suitable for children). If you can help him out by donating one, please bring it. 

Thanks, and see you there!

2014 CKC class - Cool Closures 3 for

For the last few years I've been helping my friend Kristi Coy of with convention class designs. Kristi teaches the classes at nearly every CKC, so check the schedule at the end of this post to see when she'll be in your area.

For 2014 Kristi commissioned a third Cool Closures class, after the previous two years' Cool Closures classes were sell-outs. We decided to make this year's album a Christmas theme. This will make a great keepsake album or gift album and you'll end up with a ton of leftover paper and die cuts, making it easily expandable with more pages. I love the idea of having a mini-album all ready for Christmas when December rolls around. 

Kristi asked me to do a little video preview of the class so you can see how the three closures work:


In this class you'll be mixing some fun shaped chipboard pages with rectangular chipboard pages to make an album with a mixture of 5" x 8" and 6" x 8" pages. The first closure is on the front of the album, where hidden magnets hold a decorative metal buckle in place. 


The second closure is an elastic bead closure with a snowflake stopper. The bead keeps the elastic cording from getting lost behind the stopper and makes it easy to release this closure. 


Behind each closure is a ton of extra space for filling with photos and journaling. You'll have a lot of leftover die cuts for embellishing, too.


The final closure I lovingly refer to as the "Pac Man Closure" - a notch is cut from a spinning circle that will line up with the decorative edge to allow the page to open. Spin Pac Man's mouth away from the page and the circle will trap the page closed.


 Once again there is a ton of space for photos and journaling behind the closure.


 Here is a shot of the back of the album:


Kristi always puts together impressive kits by purchasing in large quantities enough for a year's worth of classes. This kit includes a lot of leftover paper and die cuts - certainly enough to expand your album with more pages if you choose. 


Here are the CKC's where Kristi will be teaching Cool Closures 3. The first several have registration open already, so visit the CK Scrapbook Events website to register. 


When you register for the class the description will tell you to bring these supplies to class:

Supplies to bring to class: Trimmer, Scissors, Dry Adhesives (tape runner and strong double-sided tacky or score tape), Wet Adhesive (fine line glue pen), Mini glue dots, Pop dots, Paper Piercer, Scoring tool and straight edge

The "what to bring" list is due before the classes are designed so I always guess what I think you'll need. That's a pretty good list, but I have some additional suggested supplies to bring. Please also bring a Crop-a-Dile, stapler & staples and a Craft Knife w/Cutting Mat to class. I used a tape runner for adding papers to my album, but a lot of students prefer using a strong glue stick (Uhu is great) and a brayer. Also, if you like the look of inked edges you can bring a red ink pad, but inking can also be done at home. This class is only an hour long, so the class time will be spent on assembling the album and the pace is going to be brisk, but manageable.

Kristi is a fabulous instructor, very organized, and I know you'll have a great time in this class. Hope you can make it!

Pop it Ups Expanding Heart Pivot Card Tutorial

In lousy news, I've been home a full week from CHA and still am not completely well. I seem to be in a state of constant coughing, making videos completely impossible. We're going to blame the illness for why I can't shoot vidoes, not the chaos on every surface of my office 'mmmkay?

Today I'm kicking it old school with a good old fashioned picture tutorial using my brand new Pop it Ups dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I'll teach a fun technique for making expanding hearts on the Pivot Card.

When the card is closed, so are all the expanding hearts. You can use the Pivot Card dies on any size/shape card, so for my card today, I started with a 4.5" tall by 6" long card. I used the Agatha Edges to cut the front of the card down to around 5" long, giving a layered look to the outside edges.


 Open the card and both sides of the Pivot Card will turn into expanding hearts.


Need a closer look? The expanding hearts are nifty - they appear to be floating through the use of transparency pieces between the expanding hearts and the slightly-larger heart-shaped opening I cut into both sides of the Pivot Card. The pretty double-sided patterned papers (Crate Paper's Fourteen collection, from my stash) did all the work for me. I added Glitter Dots to the hearts in the paper for some extra sparkle and also a silver key (one of the dies included with the Heart Pivot Card) embellishment.


Here's a top view of the card:


And a close-up of the heart padlock embellishment I made by combining decorator oval dies from the Oval Accordion Album die to make a handle for the embossed heart from the Heart Pivot Card die. (I also die cut the keyhole through the heart, also included with the Heart Pivot Card die)



If you'd like to make a card like this, start by cutting a 4.5" x 12" horizontal strip of a sturdy double-sided paper. Score for folding and then line up the Heart Pivot Card die over the fold. (Watch a video on how to use the Pivot Cards here: Pop it Ups Pivot Cards) Nest the largest heart decorator die into one half of the Pivot Card die before rolling through the machine. After die cutting the Pivot Card, remove the pop-up die and then move the heart die to the other side and roll through again.



Next, fold the Pivot Card in the usual fashion, with the card folding in one direction and the Hearts pivoting in the other direction. Use the Pivot card die again on a piece of clear transparency and use scissors to cut out sections of the transparency corresponding to each heart half, leaving a gap between the pieces.



Use a glue that dries clear to attach the transparency pieces to the back of the pivoting hearts. There should be an open gap between the transparency pieces in the center of each heart.



Now it's time to make the expanding hearts. You'll need 4 of the second-largest decorator heart for each side (8 hearts total) and a craft knife and mat. Here are the instructions:



Here is a close-up of the cuts for each heart. (Shown in step #6 above)



After making two expanding hearts, add adhesive to the back of Heart #1 only. Gather the backs of Hearts #2, #3, and #4 so you can thread them through the gap between the transparency. Stick Heart #1 to the transparency, centering it with a little "air" showing all the way around.



Voila! If you want to use the Agatha Edges on the ends of your card, you would want to do that before adding the expanding hearts, so the card can still be sent through a die cutting machine easily. Everything else is just decorating to your liking.



The card collapses nicely (although you may have to give the backs of the hearts a little "help" if they get caught up in one another as you try to close it) and can be mailed for a single stamp in an A6 or A7 envelope.

Want to make your own Expanding Heart Pivot Card? Check with your local store for these items or use the shopping links below if you have no local store:

Pop it Ups Winter Garden Bench Card with Floating Floor

I'm back from CHA and unfortunately have been sick, which is why you didn't see a nice blog recap post from me with the two photos I took while at CHA. (OK, I took more than two photos, but barely - we were so busy!)

Today I felt a little better so I decided to make a card. I'd been wanting to style the Garden Bench in a winter theme to use the little snow bank that comes with it and the All Seasons Tree with the included snowflake. Here's what I came up with:


I added a Floating Floor to the base of the card to allow for the little Penguin stamp to pop-up as well. If you're already familiar with how a Floating Floor works, then here's a template to use with the Garden Bench. If not, you'll have to wait until I have a chance to make a video. (Sorry . . . cough. . . cough. . . wheeze . . . cough)

Download Garden_Bench_Floating_Floor

I didn't give you any side edges to the template so you can make it match the width of whatever card you're using. With Pop it Ups dies YOU choose the card size and YOU choose the pop-up placement, so when using this template, cut your Floating Floor piece wider than your card, cut out the leg slots, slide the floor onto the card, mark the edges of your card, and trim away the excess.


The above photo will show how the Floor attaches to the card - use a strong adhesive on the fold-down tabs and glue them to the back wall and the two bench legs. Make sure you've cut slots in the floor for any pop-ups before adhering the floor to the card. Use "L" supports through the slots. I used the Slot die from the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die to cut a perfect slot for my penguin.


I was able to bring home the one and only set of my new Embossing Folders from the show. There are four folders and they are in transit expected to hit the warehouse by the end of the month. This is #KB102 Trendy Tiles 1. I used it for the backing card as it looks good both embossed and debossed. For the front of the card I kept it simple, with just a Lucy Label (slot dies used again to make a ribbon slide) and a few snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die, plus a colored and fussy-cut stamped image by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.


Inside the card are more Stacey Yacula images, including the penguin, fox and bird. I attached the fox's tail to the bench. Warm Winter Wishes is computer-generated and then cut out with a Lucy Label. The snow bank that comes with the Garden Bench was used along the front of the floor and along the back wall.



I went stash diving to style the bench and the tree. On the white bench I rubbed in some metallic rub-ons with my finger to make it pewter. Then I dumped some dimensional embossing powder over the bench and heat set it. For additional texture I used a Marvy Snow Pen, which you let dry and then heat to make it puff up. I cut two trees - one from corrugated cardboard and one from real wood. Both were stained brown and then embellished with the Snow Pen. I tucked my stamped bird on a branch and added snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree (embellished with glitter dots) throughout the scene.

Here are some shopping links for the main items used in my card. The Pop it Ups dies are shipping now to stores throughout the world, so check with your local store to see if they have been ordered. Otherwise, if you do not have a local store (oh how sad!) then you can buy through the links below.

Also, to make sure you don't miss any of the amazing cards being posted by the Designer Challenge Team, please "Like" my Facebook Page. I also have Pinterest Boards for all the Pop it Ups dies.

Pop it Ups and Peel-offs

One of the many exciting things about joining the team at Elizabeth Craft Designs is getting better educated on all the products they are famous for - Shimmer Sheetz, Micro Fine Glitter, ECD Tape and Peel-off Stickers. 

I started my papercrafting obsession with rubber stamps, and out of habit I reach for my stamps when I need imagery for a card, but these Peel-off Stickers are addictive! I love the intricate detail and the glossy raised lines that give you a perfect professional image every time. I love using the Peel-off stickers on the double-sided tape sheets, filling with microfine glitter, and then coloring with my Copics. 

I also learned in one of Els' classes, with a refresher explanation by my friend Debra, how to use the transfer sheets to pick up the negative pieces of the stickers, too, to make another sticker out of them. In the card below I used both the positive and negative sections of the teacup sticker.


For this card I used some of my new Pop it Ups dies being released next week at the CHA show and shipping to stores immediately after. Please check with your local store to see if they are taking preorders if you're interested in the dies used. The main pop-up was made with the Lots of Pops die, which comes with the pole, two foldover banners and a fish tail banner. 

778 Lots of Pops NP


For the cork "Thinking of You" label inside my Tea card, I used one of the decorator labels from the Lucy Label pop up die and nested both slot dies in it before die cutting. The thin cork sheets from Creative Impressions (link in the supply list below) cut beautifully with the new dies!

779 Lucy Label NP


I used the flourish piece from the Agatha Edges to embellish the interior label (red flourishes) and also for steam rising out of the teacups (cut from vellum)

782 Agatha Edges NP


For the front of the card I needed larger labels, so I turned to the Fancy Label Accordion Album die set to get the pieces I needed.

771 Fancy Accordion NP


All of the card embellishments are made using the Peel-off stickers shown below, placed onto double-sided adhesive over white cardstock, glittered, colored and cut out. (The fine pointed scissors are fabulous for fussy cutting!) The cardstock color is Bazzill Cinder.

If you're coming to CHA I'd love to show you these dies in person. Stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #441 where I will be demoing throughout the show, unless I'm teaching a class. 

*SNEAK PEEK* CHAW2014 General Pop-up Dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Here we go! The final Sneak Peek of the new Pop it Ups dies.



I refer to the final three interactive card dies in the collection as general pop-ups. These are the dies that are like Pop 'n Cuts, but just the guts. You line them up on the fold of any size/shape card and it cuts the pop-up into the card. Then you'll need a backing card to cover the hole. Watch this video to see how to use the Lots of Pops, Lucy Label and Garden Bench.


All of the pre-order information went out to retailers this week, so you should be able to call your local store to pre-order or to encourage them to order these dies if they haven't already. They can also tell you the specific pricing for each die. While we do have suggested retail prices, Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold worldwide, so the pricing may vary by country. What I can tell you is that in the USA, the suggested retail pricing for all the interactive die sets ranges from $17.95-$24.95 for the general pop-ups shown here, $26.95 for the Pivot Cards and $32.95 for the Accordion Albums. I am thrilled with the value of these Made-in-the-USA die sets, with the pop-up and the decorator dies sold as a set at competitive prices.

Let's talk first about the Lots of Pops die. The sample shown below will be our third and final class project at CHA. As of the last e-mail I got from CHA, there are a few seats left in the Tuesday class. The class costs $35 and you'll take home one of the new dies. Here's the link: NEW Interactive Card Dies by Karen Burniston (CHA is a trade show, so only retailers and industry professionals can attend)

778 Lots of Pops NP

I love how generic this die is and how all of the platforms are independent. This means you can choose not to pop-out some of the platforms if you don't need them. 

Next is the Garden Bench. I really see this die being used year round, especially if you pair it with the All Seasons Tree (sold separately and shown below)

780 Garden Bench NP

781 All Seasons Tree NP


Since I am not deciding your card size for you, I thought I would include a way to edge them and decorate with a flourish. This is a very popular feature with my previous Pop 'n Cuts Square Base die. 

782 Agatha Edges NP

I designed the decorator flourish with easy cut points so you can reduce its size to fit a variety of card sizes. Here is a visual showing three popular card sizes - 6", A2 long (5.5") and A2 short (4.25")



The final die in the debut Pop it Ups collection is the Lucy Label. This is a great generic label that includes two slot dies that are going to work great for sinking poles and trees through the shelf area and/or for making ribbon slides or floating floor slots.

779 Lucy Label NP


So there you have it! You've seen all 16 of the new dies. There are also 4 new Embossing Folders but I don't have them yet to make samples. We will be demoing those, plus all these dies, at the CHA show, so stop by the booth and see what we're up to!

On a more personal note, I just want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to all my blog readers for the wonderful support you've given me through this transition. I've had more than a few sleepless nights wondering about the future and it was the support of my family, friends and fellow pop-up enthusiasts who kept me moving forward when my confidence was shaken. Working with Els, her family and staff at Elizabeth Craft Designs feels like coming home, and I hope that happiness shows in these designs.

*SNEAK PEEK* CHAW2014 Accordion Card Dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs

Happy New Year! 

It's time for another Sneak Peek of my new Pop it Ups dies being released at the CHA show in ten days. (*gulp! So much left to do!*)


The Accordion Album is one of my most popular designs and I'm excited to introduce three new shapes - a circle, an oval and a fancy label. Plus, all of the new die sets will come with the accessory dies included.  Optional add-on purchases are the mitered decorator frames and you can see how those work in this Preview video:


Here's a photo of the card made in the video:


Since it is January 1st the stores can start making pre-orders for the new dies, so if you're interested in getting your hands on them when they ship (immediately after CHA! Whoot!) you'll want to call your local store and make sure they know to either pre-order through their sales rep and/or place an order with Elizabeth Craft Designs before or at the show. 

The Circle Album pictured below will be the second class project for the CHA Class. As of the last e-mail I got from CHA, there are a few seats left in the Tuesday class. The class costs $35 and you'll take home one of the new dies. Here's the link: NEW Interactive Card Dies by Karen Burniston (CHA is a trade show, so only retailers and industry professionals can attend)

769 Circle Accordion NP


The optional Frame Edges die to fit the Circle Accordion can also be used as a flat die to make frames for scrapbook layouts and card fronts. Because the dies cut just one quarter of the frame, you get three styles instead of just one. When used on the Accordion Albums, all of the Frame Edges will leave a little border on both sides of the frame, for a layered look. 


770 Square Circle Frame Edges NP


I'm especially excited about the Oval Accordion because it's taller, so this is going to be a great choice for animating your larger stamps or photos. One of the decorator dies is a stitching oval that can be nested inside the larger oval decorator die or used independently.


772 Oval Accordion NP


For the Oval Accordion Album the sides are different lengths, so the optional Frame Edge dies come with one style per package, with both length edges. When you're using these Frames on cards and layouts you'll be able to make square frames of two sizes in addition to the rectangular frames that fit the album. The Flourish Edges are shown in the sample above.

777 Oval Flourish Frame Edges NP

776 Oval Dots Frame Edges NP


The final album is the Fancy Label. This one does not have the stitching ejection holes but rather a flourish/diamond corner pattern. It's actually used on this sample card in the center page, embossed tone-on-tone, but doesn't show up well in the photo. Trust me that it's a cool look, though! You can use the diamonds die that is included with the set to embellish the embossed pattern as an option. 

771 Fancy Accordion NP


The Frame Edges that fit the Fancy Accordion Die are another set of three - a solid, a trellis frame and the scalloped frame shown above. If you ink the Frame Edges like what you see in the above sample, you'll highlight the mitered corners, giving it a picture frame look. This was something my kitting helpers on Monday really liked about the Frame Edges. For the trellis frame, the mitered look is already highlighted by the pattern and the way the corners join together. (See what I mean in the picture below)

774 Fancy Frame Edges NP


Fun effects can be achieved by layering and mixing the Frame Edges, too. 

There's one final Sneak Peek Video that I am hoping to have edited and ready for Friday. It will feature the rest of the dies in this first Pop it Ups collection, including the Garden Bench, Lots of Pops and Lucy Label, so stay tuned for that!