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Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - Make 'n Takes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas . . . which for me means paper is flying everywhere. No, I don't mean wrapping paper, I mean cardstock and patterned paper, being cut into the pieces for CHA Make 'n Takes.

This year I'm focusing all of my CHA education efforts at our booth with our customers. No need to pay for a class when you can come get a free class at the booth, in the form of a different Make 'n Take on each of the three full days of the trade show. 

I'm focusing primarily on products from the new Pop it Ups collections - High Jinks, Coffee & Cake and Stage it Stencils.

The High Jinks collection is named as a little play on words for Jinks the Monkey (short for hijinks) and an elements of flying/adventure. The Oval Pull Card features a Slot & Slider to get fun action inside a card. There's also a Barrel Basket (so named because it resembles a barrel and can hold the monkey) and a Hot Air Balloon that each come with a very generic little box platform pop-up die for when you want to make pop-ups with them. The Oval Landscape Accordion is the same outer shape/dimensions as the popular Gift Card Accordion and you'll be able to mix and match the pages and the frames on both. The Pull Card Edges will give you the option to add patterned paper with a small shadow around any of the Pull Cards - the Rectangle, Spiral Circle and new Oval. However, it also makes for a great all-purpose die and you'll see it used a lot in other ways. The two small affordable Clear Stamp sets provide perfectly-sized greetings to fit/match the collection. Finally, I know you probably didn't realize how much you were missing a Bananas embossing folder in your craft collection . . . well the wait is over!


The Coffee & Cake collection is just what you need for crafting up a tasty card. The two-tier Cake has a fun triple-platform on top to hold candles and/or strawberries for birthday, wedding and more. The Cup Pop Stand is the perfect choice for coffee, tea, cocoa or for holding a Character die. Speaking of Characters, meet Baker the Beaver (A year ago my friend Angela Beavers gave me a list of 10 reasons I needed to design a beaver die, and she made a great case!) Baker comes with a cute little cupcake and looks adorable wearing the chef's hat from Props 8. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab die is a fun take on a standard pull tab pop-up by incorporating a frame with a hanging element. The set comes with four possible charms to hang in the opening. Rounding out the collection is a coffee bean embossing folder and two small Clear Stamp sets (3" x 4") featuring greetings to match the collection.


A new category of product for me is stencils. With pop-up cards you're always looking for background options and stencils work just great to fill in the space behind the pop-up or on the front of the card. (You know, to set the stage!) Of course you can use these stencils for so much more than just pop-up cards. Use them with sprays, pastes, paints, inks, chalks, etc. for any type of mixed media project, home decor, scrapbooking, card making, etc. The Coffee stencil is designed to pair perfectly with the Cup Pop Stand to add a flourish detail to the cup and saucer, plus the beans portion of the stencil is repeatable in all directions. The all-over pattern stencils include small flowers, medallions, paisley and swirly flourish. There's also a stencil called Partly Cloudy to give you options for sky scenes. Each stencil is 5" x 7" on the outer dimensions with a pattern area of 4 3/8" x 6 1/8". They come with a hole in the corner to store them on a ring, and the brand and item number is etched into the top of the stencil so you won't have to wonder where they came from. The price is very affordable and the quality is great. I'm excited!


Learn more about some of the new products by watching the how-to videos for the three Make 'n Take Projects. Here they are:





If you are a retailer coming to CHA I encourage you to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #775 to make these projects (while supplies last) and receive full instructions, supply lists and even special bundle pricing on the materials to repeat the Make 'n Takes in your store. 

The team has been working for a month on booth samples and you'll definitely want to come check out their work in the booth. You'll start seeing those samples show up on their blogs in the coming weeks as well. 

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Dec 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Home for the Holidays

Our last Designer Challenge for 2015! For December I challenged the team to interpret the phrase "Home for the Holidays" using Pop it Ups dies. OK, so I say this every month, but this month it's really super-dee-duperly true - the team SLAYED THIS CHALLENGE! Check out their creations on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.


For my project and video I wanted to create a fireplace scene with Santa arriving down the chimney. I was pleasantly surprised to find how easy it was to modify cowboy boots (Props 6) into Santa boots and stockings. Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial:


The front of the card features the same patterned papers (an older Basic Grey collection from my stash) and a strip of washi tape with "Merry Christmas" printed on it. The Props 5 Santa hat sticks out of the chimney, giving a hint of what's inside.


Open the card and up pops a fireplace, complete with a pair of Santa boots dangling in the opening. Both the boots and the stockings were made with easy modifications of the Cowboy Boots dies in the Props 6 set, plus cuffs made from the Lots of Pops banner die. The Suzanne Cannon Quietfire Design "Believe" calligraphy word die was the perfect greeting.


I kept my mantel decor relatively simple - a candle made from the bottom portion of the Lots of Pops pole (cut from red Shimmer Sheetz) and a flame, greenery and berries from the Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die. The wreath that comes included with Rudy the Reindeer worked perfectly on the back wall and I inlaid the center of the wreath, cut from silver Shimmer Sheetz, to be a mirror. The star garland uses the two stars from Props 6 sandwiched around a piece of gold thread.


This side view is perfect for showing how the card is built. The fireplace is supported by the two outer platforms on the Lots of Pops die, plus a hand cut/scored fireplace insert & boots support. That piece is a 2" x 6" piece of gray cardstock scored at 1", 2.5", 3.25", 4.75", and 5.5". Fold the piece starting with the 1" panel as follows: valley, valley, mountain, mountain, mountain. The video shows how to do this. For the candle support (not shown on the video) it's just a simple box platform made from a scrap of cardstock. A box platform, as the name implies, is a strip of cardstock with three equal distance folds that is then folded into a box shape. The two outer panels get adhesive and meet in the fold of the card. Attach something to the front of the box and it will pop up and pop down as the card is opened/closed.


The finished card measures 5.5" wide by just under 5" tall. You can mail it in an A7 envelope but it will be bulky, so extra postage is required.


Want to give it a try? How about making a fireplace card just for a cozy winter scene? Eliminate the boots and you've got a technique for housewarming, etc. 

You can find all of these supplies at your local independent craft store or by following these online links:


Pop it Ups 2016 CHA Mega Show - mini Sneak Peek

Well, CHA is less than a month away. Can you believe it? I can't! 

I have two new Pop it Ups collections being released at the show, called High Jinks and Coffee & Cake. You'll be able to see a complete Sneak of all new products next week on December 15th. For now, a partial sneak peek is posted on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog, including a look at one of my Make 'n Take projects for the show. 

This year I'm doing something different at CHA - I opted for a Make 'n Take program at the booth rather than teaching a class. Knowing how much the retailers appreciate ideas that they can re-teach, I have designed three Make 'n Takes (one for each full day of the trade show) that are supported with video tutorials. Elizabeth Craft Designs will make it very easy to purchase the supplies to re-teach the Make 'n Takes by offering special bundles for the retailers who come to our booth to make the projects. Plus, you'll receive a complete set of written instructions in addition to the video tutorial. You can also opt to use these projects as "Take 'n Makes" since the customers can watch the video to learn the assembly process. They would also work well as class projects. 

For this first Make 'n Take, the products are from the High Jinks collection. This high-flying collection features 7 new dies (4 of them are interactive), a bananas embossing folder, and two small clear stamp sets for greetings. The new Character for this collection is Jinks the Monkey. Jinks (short for hijinks) is definitely a cheeky little monkey and will work with all the dies in this collection whenever you want to send a card that is full of fun. He pairs particularly well with the Oval Pull Card. All of my Pull Card dies include an optional interactive feature and for the Oval Pull Card, the optional interactive feature is a slot & slider. When you add this feature to the card, you can make an item slide (fly!) across the card as it opens. Learn how to make this project by watching the video tutorial:


You can see another variation of a flying monkey card on the packaging of the Oval Pull Card die, this time decorated with the new Partly Cloudy stencil and Pull Card Edges die, two more components of the High Jinks collection. 


The Designer Challenge Team has been hard at work making gorgeous samples for the booth. Definitely stop by Booth #775 at CHA and see what we've been up to!

In the coming days you'll see more Sneak Peeks on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and then next week, on December 15, 2016, you'll be able to preview the entire collection. When can you buy these new products? Retailers are pre-ordering right now and orders will start shipping in just a few weeks.

Happy Holidays!