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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - FLY!

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Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for this month's Designer Challenge. Here are the only instructions I gave my team of eleven designers plus three guest designers:

The word is "FLY" - how will you interpret it? Use Pop it Ups for a project showing your vision.

They took the theme and ran flew with it! (See what I did there?) Definitely check out the ECD Blog to see photos and find links to all their amazing creations.

For my project I used the Butterfly Pivot Card along with the Butterfly Accessory Dies and Butterfly Embossing Folder to create a Triple Pivot card. Learn how I did it in this video:


The video has five main subjects:

  • Making a Triple Pivot Card using the Butterfly
  • Dryer Sheet tricks
  • Glittered inlaid butterfly
  • Butterfly Embossing Folder & Die coordination
  • Making Triple Pivot Cards using the Heart, Katie Label and House Pivot Card dies

Lots of content for 12 minutes, so I hope you'll give it a look. (And subscribe!)

Here are photos of my project followed by shopping links.


The video also shows how to get the tripling effect using the other Pivot Card dies:


Shopping Links:

A huge thanks to the amazing Designer Challenge Team (Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Karen, Kelly, Raquel, Shelly and Summer) and to my special guests Jenn Dove, Jennifer Mock and Sandy Diller for their projects for the FLY theme. My mind is soaring with ideas! (See what I did there?)

Secret Word Giveaway Winner for April

Thank you to Vivian, who e-mailed me to politiely inquire about April's giveaway winner since I had not *cough* posted said winner on my blog.

Uh oh.

I had forgotten to choose the winner. Sorry about that.

Rectified. chose this comment by Joy Hauck:

Loved all the beautiful creations by the design team and I’m looking forward to getting the new house die and the other soon to be revealed ones too!

Joy was supposed to win her very own House Pivot Card die set plus the All Seasons Tree set. However, since Joy had already purchased both dies, she chose to receive the Fancy Accordion Album and Fancy Frame Edges instead. Those will be speeding their way to Canada soon.

House Prize Pack

How did Joy win this glorious prize? She is a subscriber to my mailing list and receives one e-mail a month (seriously - it's all I can muster) where she is informed of the Secret Word. She left a comment on the Designer Challenge post using the Secret Word (it was "house") and just like that she was entered into the drawing. 

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Pop it Ups + Peel-offs = Perfection!

One of the many things I love about working with Elizabeth Craft Designs is having the opportunity for Els van de Burgt to work her magic with my dies. She has such an amazing style, so rich with sparkle and layers. I love everything she creates and especially what she creates with (and for!) the Pop it Ups dies.

Els has been designing and commissioning new Peel-off stickers to perfectly match the Pop it Ups dies. 

One such Peel-off is the Roses in Oval, which matches the Oval Accordion die. I've been using this beautiful Peel-off in my current card class, making this project:


For a short period, the Oval Accordion die was out of stock, so I remade the class project using the Circle Roses Peel-off sticker, which fits on the Circle Accordion die. As you can see, it's the exact same project, just with a swap of die and sticker.


For my upcoming classes at Clipper Street Scrapbook Company, in Langley, BC, Canada, I will be teaching both the Oval Roses project and this Fancy Accordion project using the new Flower Labels 2 Peel-offs that fit the Fancy Accordion die perfectly:


Need a quick lesson in how to use the Accordion Albums? Check out this great video by Els. You'll also see the fantastic Owl Circle Peel-off stickers that fit the Circle Accordion die plus great samples by Kelly Booth and Frances Byrne.


Here are shopping links for all of the Accordion Albums, coordinating Frame Edge dies, plus all the choices for coordinating Peel-off stickers: 

But wait! There's even more!

Els also did this fantastic video showing how to use the Pivot Card dies. 


The House is the newest Pivot Card die and you can watch a video tutorial here.


The Butterfly Pivot die comes with all the decorator pieces, but also coordinates perfectly with the Butterflies Embossing Folder and the Butterfly Accessory Dies. 


The Heart Pivot Card can be used year round for a variety of all-purpose Love themes, so don't think it's just a Valentines Day die!


Finally, the Katie Label Pivot Card includes a great variety of labels for decorating, and many times I find myself reaching for the Katie Labels to decorate other cards as well. 


Here are shopping links for all four Pivot Card dies, the coordinating dies/folders and the coordinating Peel-offs to fit the Katie Label Pivot Card: