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Connecticut Pop it Ups Classes - June 12-13, 2015

Hey Connecticut peeps! I'm heading north in a couple of weeks to teach at The Inspiration Station and Papercraft Clubhouse. Here is the schedule:

The Inspiration Station - Stafford Springs, CT - Friday, June 12, 2015

    • 3-4:30 pm - FREE Pop it Ups Demo
    • 6-9 pm - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

Papercraft Clubhouse - Westbrook, CT - Saturday, June 13, 2015

    • 10:30-1:30 - Pop it Ups Card Class (call store for pricing and availability)

It is the same class at both stores and they have ordered in plenty of supplies to feed your need for after-class shopping.

You will make three cards in class, focusing on three different types of Pop it Ups dies - pop stands, general pop-ups and pull cards. This will give you an excellent base of knowledge for assembling the other dies in the collection as well.

Please bring these tools to class

  • Scissors
  • A variety of adhesives - tape runner, fine glue (my favorite is a Fineline 18 or 20 gauge bottle filled with Scotch Quick Dry or Lineco pH neutral adhesive), pop dots, mini glue dots
  • Paper piercer
  • Optional: inks for inking edges. I show my cards “clean” but they will look great with ink.
  • Optional: markers or colored pencils for coloring the words on the greeting label.
  • Optional: smart phone or camera for taking photos of the hundreds of sample cards on display

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I must say, I am really excited about this trip! I haven't been doing much teaching or traveling this year, allowing me to focus on my two high school Juniors and this busy important time in their lives. As such I haven't been able to feed my love of teaching as much as I'm used to. Get ready, Connecticut, because I am going to lace up my teaching shoes and dance a jig! (Ha, just kidding)

Hope to see you there!


Pop it Ups "Hog Wild" Birthday Bathtub Card

Now that the Farm Collection is shipping, I thought I'd share one of the cards I taught last month at the Collins Show using Virgil the Pig and the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps with the Pop Stand Bathtub, Paris Edges and Props 2 for a fun "Hog Wild" Birthday Bathtub Card. 


This card was very easy to put together and made good use of the patterned paper by using both the positive and negative pieces of the Paris Edges to create the bath mat and the front decoration.  Choose any patterned paper that would make a nice floor and any color cardstock that would make a nice contrasting bath mat.


Here is a list of the colors and the cuts:

  • Dark Brown Cardstock (I used Candy Bar Card Shoppe, Bazzill): 6" x 9" scored at 4.5" for folding. Line up Bathtub Pop Stand die over the fold, centered, and cut. Also cut a shadow layer for Virgil the Pig.
  • Patterned Paper (I used Echo Park Jack & Jill girl, Cute as a Button): two pieces at 5.75" x 4 3/8" with Paris Edge cut into one long side of each piece.
  • White Cardstock: die cut two bathtubs, a 1" x 6" strip with the "go hog wild" portion of Farm Greetings Clear Stamps stamped onto it in chocolate brown ink, a rectangle around the "pig out" portion of the same clear stamp, also in chocolate brown ink, and a set of Virgil the Pig's eyes. (Optional but helpful: use ECD double-sided adhesive behind the cardstock for the eyes before die cutting so they will become stickers)
  • Silver Cardstock: die cut a faucet and claw feet (Optional but helpful: use ECD double-sided adhesive behind the cardstock for the claw feet before die cutting so they will become stickers)
  • Light Blue Cardstock: die cut the party hat overlay from Props 2.
  • Teal Cardstock: die cut the party hat base and pom-pom from Props 2.
  • Pink Cardstock: Virgil the Pig's detail layer, snout and tail.
  • White Shimmer Sheetz: three bubble strips from the Bathtub die.

For the front of the card use the two positive pieces of the Paris Edges, leaving a gap in the middle to fill with a strip of coordinating washi tape (I used Echo Park's Jack & Jill Boy ruler tape) Add the Pig Out greeting rectangle and line it with transparent/silver glitter lines for sparkle. Color the "pig out" words with a coordinating marker. The crepe ribbon can go through the two holes at the top of the card's front, but not all the way through the card - just woven through the front holes - and tied in a knot. (Part of the ribbon is now inside the card, but will be hidden by the bathtub)


Inside the card start by adding the two floor pieces, lined up close to the center fold. Assemble the bathtub in the usual fashion (video link at the end of this post), making sure to attach the two tubs to each other only out on the outside edges, leaving the center open to be able to slide Virgil the Pig inside. Add the bubbles, faucet and claw feet. Another strip of washi tape was put across the back half of the card and the "Hog Wild" greeting strip, highlighted with markers or pencils, across the front. Highlight the seam with a glitter line, if desired.


For Virgil the Pig, start by assembling him in the usual fashion, then use detail scissors to cut out his front legs, cutting on the outside edge of the brown portion so the legs will have a shadow layer. It's easiest to just cut straight across the top of his legs and then chop out the little piece in between the legs (you won't need it). When he is tucked down into the bathtub you won't be able to tell that he is missing limbs. Assemble the birthday hat and add the pom-pom lined up with the top of the hat to keep the hat as short as possible. Attach it at a jaunty angle and partially over Virgil's eye to keep it within the card when closed. Fill in the hat's spots with transparent/silver glitter dots, if desired.


Slide Virgil between the two tubs and attach his lower half inside the tub with glue, closing the card to check that the hat is hidden while you can still adjust his location. Also glue in his two legs at a fun "whoopee!" angle.


If you are new to the Bathtub Pop Stand die and/or need a refresher, move the slider to 1:24 on this introductory video:


All of the ECD products used on this card can be purchased at your local independent craft store. If your local store doesn't carry ECD please encourage them to do so. For those of you sadly without any local shopping options, here are some links. The crepe ribbon color is Magenta (I think!).

Happy Hog Wild Birthday Crafting!



(ECD supplies used: Cheepers the Chicken, Farm Greetings Clear Stamps, and Ring Accordion scalloped circle die. Other supplies: Stampin' Up! Hardwood stamp, white embossing powder, red, brown, cream, yellow and white cardstocks)

Last week Elizabeth Craft Designs celebrated the arrival of the Farm Collection in grand style, sponsoring a blog/Facebook giveaway of the entire collection to two commenters, chosen by random draw. 


Congratulations to the two lucky winners, one from the blog comments and one from the Facebook comments.

Deborah on Facebook said:

That is awesome, I love those animals with the barn - I'm sure the kids on the school bus would love it for their birthday. My husband is the school bus driver and I make a card for a child whose birthday fall on the day to make the child feeling special 

Angelique on the ECD blog said:

Because of you I AM NEVER LEAVING MY CRAFT ROOM! The Barnyard card will be perfect for my Mom. She grew up on a farm and when I was a little girl I enjoyed the time I spent with my grandfather on his farm, feeding the chickens and the pigs, milking the cows, etc. I can’t wait for these to become available.

Deborah and Angelique will each receive a full Farm Collection.

If you missed the video tutorial on adding a Floating Floor beneath the Barn for dynamic pop-up scenes, here it is again:


Link to the Barns! Barns! Barns! blog post (for scoring diagram and more photos of the barnyard card)

The Farm collection is now in stock and shipping. As always, I encourage you to give your local independent craft store your business first, but for those of you who are sadly without local store options, here are some links.

Happy Farming!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Barns! Barns! Barns!

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Barns! Barns! Barns! and you're going to be amazed at the incredible ideas.


For my project I wanted to show off my latest release, which debuted at the Collins Rep Group Retailer Training Event in Boston this last month. There are five new dies and a set of clear stamps in the Farm collection.  


A popular technique I've taught with other dies is the Floating Floor, so I wanted to show how easy it is to incorporate a Floating Floor below a Pop Stand die. Watch this video to learn how. You would use the exact same measurements and technique to add a Floating Floor below the other Pop Stand dies - the Eiffel Tower and the Bathtub.


A Floating Floor allows items to pop up anywhere on the floor through the use of slots and L supports behind each item. This allows for really fun dynamic pop-up cards. I made a barnyard scene with a generic "Just sayin' Hay!" theme, but you could use any of the Farm Greetings chalkboard-style stamps and this same design to turn it into birthday, thank-you or congrats.


For the card's front I turned to the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps and realized that with selective inking I could take portions of the Cow chalkboard greeting stamp and mix in one of the phrases from the Chicken chalkboard greeting stamp and make my own custom phrase. Brownie the Cow is holding the greeting.


Floating Floors are the same thing as a "stage" or "table" pop-up. Three supports hold up the floor and by cutting slits and adding L supports, any item anywhere on the floor can be popped up as well. Notice the L support attached to the back of Brownie.  


One of my favorite tricks for making sure an L support stays put is by sliding in a Tiny Attacher stapler and stapling the L support's foot to the base card.  The front decoration will cover the staple. You can just make out the staple on the Cheepers L-support foot in the photo below.


One last view of the card, this time from straight on, where you can just spy Brownie peering over the barn. I love that the Country Fence die from Susan Tierney-Cockburn's collection works so nicely with the Farm Collection. 


Here is a cheat sheet (with metric measurements, too) for the folds and cuts to make the Floating Floor:


The Farm Collection is shipping this week and should be available soon at your local independent craft store. Here are some shopping links to the items used on the card. The patterned paper for the Barn is October Afternoon "Seaside; Seashells" paper. The cardstock is Bazzill's Card Shoppe. I also used various inks and an old grass stamp from my stash.

Happy Crafting!


Farm Greetings Clear Stamps with Misti tool


Good news! The Farm Greetings Clear Stamps are shipping now! The Farm Collection dies (Barn, Hay There, Brownie the Cow, Virgil the Pig and Cheepers the Chicken) are due to start shipping at the end of this week.

My Designer Challenge team is comprised mainly of hard core stampers, so when they started telling me about this fabulous new MISTI tool I had to order one. Kudos to My Sweet Petunia for inventing this fabulous positioning tool. I've been playing around with it using the Farm Greeting Stamps and getting all sorts of cool effects.

I put together a quick video for how I got the multi-colored effect on the Pig Birthday Card using the MISTI. 


It's a very versatile tool for all clear and cling stamps and I can see lots of cool effects being possible with the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps.


Here are some shopping links for the products used in the video. I have no affiliation with MISTI or My Sweet Petunia - I'm just a satisfied customer. Definitely check out their website for more technique videos.

Happy Mother's Day Mixed Accordion

I am lucky enough to have three Moms in my life - my mom, Marilyn, my step-mother, Karen and my mother-in-law, Ann. Since I did not get three handmade cards done and into the mail in time I have made this lovely e-card instead. 

I know! Thoughtful!

This is a mixed accordion album - the outside pages are the Rectangle Accordion and the middle page is the Oval Accordion.


My idea was to have the inside portions of the pages be transparency so I could "float" the letters on the pages. The letters themselves were very easy to make by just using the accordion pages themselves to cut two rectangles and one oval. For the oval I nested in the stitched die, then flipped the oval and cut the stitched die again, but from the back of the paper, which completes the cut so the oval falls out. For the rectangle pages I used scissors to turn them into M's. 


Decorating the pages was mostly done with peel-off stickers - both glitter lines and Pink/Silver Elegant Swirls. I found a 3D rose embellishment in my stash and added it to the first page, tucking in some die cut rose leaves underneath. I used the accordion page dies to make patterned paper frames for each page and used the postage Paris Edge on the oval piece. The greeting is computer-generated.


If you are new to the technique of adding clear pages to accordion albums or need a refresher here is a video tutorial:


The Elizabeth Craft Designs products used on the MOM album can be found at independent craft stores worldwide or through the following supply links.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Katie Label Pivot Card - Bonjour

Another really great generic Pop it Ups die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This die has no theme so you can use it for any occasion and the decorator label dies that come with the set are perfect for all your other cards and layouts when you want to frame a title or greeting.


My Bonjour card has two main pieces - a 10" wide by 6" tall piece of maroon cardstock, with an 8.5" x 6" tall piece of decorated cardstock inside. The background was a big experiment and I didn't take photos as I went, but I'll give general instructions:

  1. Start with a piece of lightweight white cardstock measuring 8.5" wide by 6" tall. (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm) Prepare the die cutting machine for embossing (Big Shot sandwich: Tab 1, Impression Pad (hard), Silicone rubber pad (soft), paper, die, cutting pad) Add the paper over the silicone rubber and then place the Eiffel Tower die in the lower left corner and the Paris Edges lace edge die on the right side of the piece. Add the cutting pad on top and roll though the machine to emboss the dies into the paper. Leave the dies in place.
  2. If you've used temporary tape on the dies you'll need to remove it before this step. Leaving the dies in place, start spraying the background with a mix of yellow, orange and rose sprays. (I used Luminarte sprays from my stash, but there are plenty of other brands that will give the same effect
  3. Remove the dies and use yellow ink and a blending tool to fill in the white tower and edge. Blend a little rose ink over the areas as well.
  4. For the tower, replace the die (it will seat into the grooves) and sponge a dark rose ink through the die to highlight the gridwork even more.
  5. For the Paris Edge, replace the die and roll through the machine with a cutting sandwich to cut the lace edge. Keep the negative edge of the cut for the front of the card.
  6. Open the Damask Embossing folder and press a juicy dark rose ink onto the raised side of the folder. Press the folder down onto a craft mat to transfer the damask patterned ink. Turn the card face down and press into the craft mat, picking up portions of the Damask pattern. Repeat randomly until the desired effect is reached.

Once I had my background created and it was dry, I used spray adhesive to add it to the maroon piece. I scored in the middle of the card, lined up the Katie Label Pivot Card over the center fold and die cut through both layers. On both sides of the card I also nested in a smaller decorator die - the lacy pattern die for the left side and the smallest label for the right side.

I embossed the ends of the card with the Damask folder. For the card's front I added the negative piece from cutting the Paris Edge and a ribbon wrapped around and tied in a knot. 


 You can see the decoration for the first label - I used the built-in emboss feature on the smaller label that was die cut from the background of the card at the same time as the pivot labels. I layered a maroon label and then the embossed label. When the card is closed the yellow looks like a pattern - you have no idea it's actually part of the tower. I die cut some flowers from a similarly sprayed and inked background, shaped them and added rhinestone brads to the centers.


When the card is opened the first label pivots to the inside of the card and completes the tower.


For the second label I once again layered the decorator labels that come included with the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die to cut the title after placing ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the cardstock before die cutting. Then I placed the sticker letters onto a larger piece of maroon cardstock and carefully cut around the title with detail scissors. I had to use my craft knife to cut out the centers of the letters, but it also looked nice with the centers staying maroon, so that step is optional.


Since the background is so saturated, it would be hard to sign this card so I added another decorator label and the oval as a place to sign the card. 


 If you're new to the Katie Label Pivot Card or need a refresher, here are a four fun technique videos using this versatile die set:





Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide or on the website. Supply links are below. 

I've had so much fun revisiting some of my favorite dies from the first Pop it Ups collection. Next week I'll be tacking newer dies with the Designer Challenge, entitled Barns! Barns! Barns! I will have a new video tutorial next Wednesday for the DC. Happy Crafting!

Lots of Pops Birthday Card - Hoppy Party Animal

Today I'm sharing a fun birthday card using one of my favorite Pop it Ups dies - the Lots of Pops. This versatile die is the perfect generic die for pop-up scenes, since it creates several platforms at different depths and heights.


I started with a piece of blue cardstock 4.5" x 10" and scored at 5" for a top-fold card. (11.4 cm x 25.4 cm) I cut a smaller lighter blue panel at 4.25" x 4 7/8" (10.8 cm x 12.4 cm). I used temporary tape to stick the light blue panel to the top inside panel of the card, lined up the Lots of Pops die over the center fold and ran through the machine. Since I had used temporary adhesive I was able to remove the light blue cardstock piece after die cutting and trim away the pop-up area using scissors. Then I embossed the panel with the Clouds embossing folder and adhered it back inside the card, where it now fit perfectly around the Lots of Pops.


I always start by decorating the inside of pop-up cards. I used the Beach Edges to create waves and adhered them to the back wall and the pop-up platforms. The Lots of Pops comes with the pole to fit the tall skinny platforms and two styles of foldover banner.


Two Hoppy the Frog's were used for the inside of the card. One was assembled as usual and stuck to the platform above the first step. I bent his front feet to adhere them to the top of the step. For the second Hoppy I used scissors to separate his legs and head and tucked them in behind waves to look like a crazy frog party was underway. I stamped the Happy Birthday To You! greeting onto the fishtail banner that comes with the Lots of Pops, made a double-fold on the ends and then cut two flies from the Hoppy set to hold the banner in the sky.


 A side view shows the little bent feet and how all the items are attached to the platforms. The Lots of Pops makes it so easy to create fun layered pop-up scenes.


For the greeting area I added a 3.25" x 4.25" piece of orange cardstock (8.3 cm x 10.8 cm) and then die cut a large stitched oval from the Oval Accordion die set. I snipped a little chunk out to make it look like a lily pad.  I sponged green ink around the perimeter and embellished with a stamped "Celebrate" and some lilies from the Hoppy set. I will write the personal greeting in the leftover space.


Once I had the card's interior done it was easy to make the front of the card as a "lead in" to the magic inside. I used a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed with the clouds, as the backing card. More Beach Edges create the waves. I chopped up another frog (Sorry, Hoppy!) and strategically placed his limbs among the waves so it would look like he was floating. The balloon is from the Props 2 die set with the ears cut off.


If you are new to the Lots of Pops die or need a refresher scroll to 4:59 in this introductory video:


If you are new to Hoppy the Frog or need a refresher scroll to 3:00 in this introductory video:


Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, folders and stamps are available in independent craft stores worldwide or with the following online links.

In addition to these products I used cardstock: 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of green, 2 shades of orange, plus twine, ribbon, and inks. 

Spiral Circle Pull Card - Thank you

Today I'm sharing a simple flowery Spiral Circle Pull Card. I decorated it as a Thank You card, but it could easily be used as a Mother's Day or Hello or Birthday card. 


I started with an 8" x 6" (20.3cm x 15.3cm) piece of shimmery cream cardstock and scored up the middle for folding. I embossed both halves of the card with the Bark embossing folder. Then I lined up the Spiral Circle Pull Card die over the center fold and nested in the spiral to cut it at the same time. A glue dot in the center of the spiral was used to attach it to the other side of the card. I hand cut a rectangle of cream cardstock, matted it with green, and glued it inside the card to be able to write a personal greeting.


The tuck slots are cut automatically by the die in the proper spot to keep the card closed, avoiding an accidental reveal. I added a silver ribbon to the left side of the card. 


For the big flower I used the ECD Victorian Flower Set 1 die. It has two sizes of flower so I cut three larger ones and two smaller ones. I pinched all the petals (valley folds) to give them dimension and then layered the flowers together, offsetting each layer from the one below and securing them to a cream decorator circle (circle die comes included with the Spiral Circle Pull Card set) with a brad through the center. I covered the brad with a large pearl. I also added some leaves from the Susan's Garden Rose 1 die. I brushed dark pink ink over the petals after assembling. When I glued the circle to the front of the card I made sure to use adhesive only around the perimeter of the circle, avoiding the spiral.


I used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps for the greeting, stamping in brown and coloring in the letters with a pink marker. I embellished the spiral with the small flower and leaf that come included in the Spiral Circle Pull card set. The heart is also part of the set. 


If you are new to the Spiral Circle Pull Card or need a refresher, here is a video tutorial:


Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available in independent craft stores worldwide. They are also available on the ECD website using the links below. In addition to the ECD products I also used pink, green and shimmery cream cardstock, brown, dark pink and green inks, silver ribbon and white pearls.

National Scrapbooking Day - Farm Fun Layout

Well I'm a little rusty at scrapbooking, but I did want to show the new Farm Collection on a scrapbook layout in honor of NSD today. Els provided some adorable pictures via her sister of her niece and nephew visiting a farm.

I'm sure most people think of Pop it Ups dies mainly for card making, specifically interactive and pop-up cards, but there are so many dies in the collection that will work great for any type of paper project, from scrapbooking to wall art to 3D, etc. 

For the scrapbookers, a great choice are the Frame Edge die sets. They are sized to fit the Accordion albums, but they are sold separately so people can purchase them just to make fun frames. Today I'm showing how to use any of the Fancy Frame Edges to frame square photos. There are three Fancy Frame Edge die sets for a total of 9 possible frames to use with these instructions.

Here is a pictorial how-to for framing square photos with the Fancy Frame Edges. (click to enlarge)


Funny story about the meerkat photo above. I went to print a pretty photo of Colorado aspens for the tutorial and my photo printer ran out of ink! AURGH!

So I went upstairs to find my old photos. You know, actual photo prints with negatives and everything! I found this photo from a trip to the Denver zoo when the kids were in kindergarten. I showed the photo to John and said "Check out this photo of a meerkat" but what John heard me say was "I just took this photo of a meerkat" To which he answered, quite bizarrely, "What? In the yard?" Ha ha. Funny stuff.

But I digress.

For my Farm Fun layout I used the stripes frame from #976 Star Fancy Frame Edges to frame the photos. For the first frame I cut the background square from brown cardstock and the Frame Edges from yellow (with DSA on the back for easy sticking). For the second frame I swapped the colors and also placed some of the small rectangles back into the frame for a different effect.


I die cut three Cheepers the Chickens for this layout. I found an old piece of patterned paper in my stash that was a rust pattern that reminded me of the color of chickens. I die cut two of the chickens with the paper face up and one with the paper face down to get a mirror-image chicken. The two mirror-image chickens are holding the title, jumprope-style, which was die cut using the Alphabet Caps die.


When the barn doors slide open they reveal a photo of one of the actual chickens on the farm. I embellished the barn with the companion Hay There set and Cheepers' egg in the loft. 


You can learn how to assemble the barn's sliding doors by watching this video tutorial. 


The Farm Collection will be available soon but in the meantime you can take advantage of the ECD National Scrapbooking Day's Free Shipping promotion May 2-5, 2015 to stock up on Frame Edges and Double-sided adhesive rolls.

Hopefully you got a chance to do some fun crafting today on NSD!