I am so excited to announce that the Summer 2014 Karen Burniston Pop it Ups release will be shipping to stores the first couple weeks of July.
The Summer release includes 16 new dies and 1 new embossing folder. Today's Sneak Peek will show you the first 10 dies in the release and then check back in a couple of weeks to see Part 2 of the Sneak Peek.
The Character dies are a new look for me. My Designer Challenge Team is comprised entirely of owl-lovers and they had been asking me to design an owl die. I had so much fun drawing Poppy that I just kept on drawing, adding Hoppy the Frog and Chilly the Penguin. Then, because it's fun to play dress-up, I created a set of Props dies to fit any of the Characters.
Obviously the Characters and Props can be used for flat cards and projects but they are also sized to fit perfectly on any of the Accordion dies, Pivot Cards or General Pop-up dies. You'll see a lot of ideas for the Characters by watching this introductory video, which features assembly instructions as well as a ton of Character cards made by the Designer Challenge Team.
As you saw in the video, the DC team has been churning out great projects using the Characters with the two new Accordion Album dies. The Katie Label Accordion is the same outer dimensions as the Oval Accordion, so you'll be able to mix pages between those two. It folds up into an A2 sized card (4.25" x 5.5") and is designed as a vertical version of the Katie Label shape, which is already available as a Katie Label Pivot Card die. The decorator dies that come with the Katie Label Accordion do not duplicate the decorator dies that come with the Katie Label Pivot Card die set but all decorator dies will coordinate nicely and can be mixed between the two die sets. Two new sets of Frame Edges will fit the Katie Label Accordion - the Holly (which will look like general leaves when cut from Fall colors) and the Stars.
The Ring Accordion Album was requested by Els van de Burgt, the founder and owner of Elizabeth Craft Designs. She had an idea for an accordion album with a circle inside a circle that could be decorated as ornaments for Christmas. I came up with the Ring Accordion design, which features a scalloped frame edge (included with the set) and two sizes of ornament tops in addition to decorator circle dies. Once again, this die will coordinate perfectly with the Circle and Fancy Accordion Albums but will not exactly duplicate the decorator dies so they can be mixed between the sets for more possiblities.
The schedule is to have the entire release (which means these ten dies and six more that I'll show in Part 2) available in stores by July 15, 2014. You will not find ECD products in the big chain craft stores, so make sure you're asking your local independent stores to order them. They can do so directly from Elizabeth Craft Designs or through their sales rep.
The next few weeks is going to be a great time to make sure you've Liked my Facebook Page and followed my Pinterest Boards where you'll find daily links to all of the Designer Challenge Team creations using these dies, as they are now free to share everything they've been creating with the summer release on their own blogs. You're going to LOVE the clever ideas!
Make sure you don't miss next week's Designer Challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, where the team is taking on the theme of Photo Accordion Albums. You'll see some creations made with the new Ring and Katie Label Accordion Albums as well.
Also stay tuned for Part 2 of the Sneak Peeks, coming in a couple of weeks, where I'll reveal the remaining 6 dies in the Summer release.