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Chilly & Hoppy become a Minion Explosion Birthday Card

My nephew turned one this week and I wanted to make him a special card. Michael's too young to have favorite cartoon characters (and really, he'll probably just want to eat the card anyway) but I remembered that my niece Hannah, his older sister, loves Minions.

It was actually quite easy to fashion Minions by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Hoppy the Frog. Here's a picture tutorial for how I did it. (click the photo to enlarge)


Once I had my Minions I made an explosion pop-up card. 


I used the same dimensions and instructions as the Happy Birthday Explosion Card but swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label instead of the Happy Birthday. Here is the video tutorial:


The card uses the same magnetic closure system as in the video. I decorated the front of the card with another Minion, peeking out and giggling.


I found a thin gray printed grid paper in my stash to use for the explosion sides and used a blue spray to make it colorful for the card. As it turned out, I preferred the back side of the paper (white) where the blue spray had soaked through. When I cut the ends of the explosion sides with the Outdoor Edges I also punched a hole through the entire piece, creating holes along the sides that I could weave twine through.


The card's interior features my two Minions - one holding onto two balloons (attached to the explosion side) and the other sitting against the top Lucy platform. I bent his legs to make him look like he was sitting. I used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps for the Happy Birthday, stamping in watermark ink and embossing with white powder. Neither Minion could wear the birthday hat or it would stick out of the card, so I used it above the Happy Birthday greeting instead.


My original thought was to weave twine through the holes, across the back, and then use it to suspend the balloons. Unfortunately the balloons were far too heavy for the twine and ended up pulling it down. So I attached the balloons to each other and then to the explosion side and added a foldover "1" banner to the twine instead.


If you need instructions for assembling the Lucy Label Pop up Die, check out this blog post: Lucy Label

If you'd like to see the original blog post for the Happy Birthday Explosion Card video, it is here: Happy Birthday.

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. If you need online shopping links they are shown below. In addition to the pictured supplies I used various cardstock colors, baker's twine, white embossing powder, a C10 Copic marker (eyes) and blue spray.

June Secret Word Giveaway *Winner*!

Congratulations to Vencine, who was chosen by random draw as the winner of this month's Secret Word Giveaway.

The Secret Word for June was "Name" in honor of the theme: What's in a Name Designer Challenge. Members of my mailing list learn the Secret Word in the monthly newsletter, along with instructions for how to enter the Secret Word Giveaway by simply leaving a comment on the ECD blog post incorporating the secret word.

Vencine's is the lucky winner this month for her comment:

"Love the Name, Whiskers, for the cat. So appropriate and cute!"

She has won her very own #975 Adirondack Chair Pop it Ups die plus her choice of any Character die to sit in the chair. 

Congratulations, Vencine! Check your e-mail for some happy mail!
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Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - What's in a Name?

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is What's in a Name? where I challenged the team to choose dies based on their first and last initials. You'll see incredible inspiration - as varied as the names themselves!


For my project I wanted to celebrate the start of summer (even though I was making this project while Tropical Storm Bill was approaching Texas) by focusing on dies from the Beach Collection.

Beach Collection


To make sure my initials were represented I decided to use Whiskers the Cat instead of Rocky the Crab. Whiskers, I reasoned, could be called a Kitty. The Beach Edges qualified as my other initial.


I had an idea for the card where Whiskers would be gazing wistfully at a framed picture on the wall of a tranquil beach chair, dreaming that he could be magically transported to that scene.


Then, when the card opens, Whiskers' dream has come true and he's in the exact chair from the framed picture. I thought this could be a great card to congratulate someone on just about anything. You could also substitute Buster the Dog in place of Whiskers.


Watch the video tutorial for all the assembly instructions for this card, including how to make an L support through the slats of the chair to animate a Character in the chair.


The Farm Greetings Clear Stamps can be used to create all sorts of custom greetings by using the Selective Inking Technique. For my card I used just a couple of the phrases from the Congratulations chalkboard greeting stamp. I stamped in black and then colored the words with a light blue marker.


Most of the supplies used on the card are in the links below. Cardstock colors are light blue, dark blue, dark brown, kraft, white and green. The twine is from Creative Impressions.

Have a fun and crafty summer!