Today I'm sharing a fun way to use the new Anita Frames Pop-up die set with any of the Charms sets in the Pop it Ups line.
The front of my card is very simple - just layered squares of cardstock and paper wrapped in a ribbon to resemble a present. I hung two of the Holiday Charms from the knot in the ribbon. The patterned papers I used on my card are retired designs from Basic Grey that I found in my stash. But of course any patterned paper would work for this type of card.
When the card opens the Anita Frames pop-up is revealed and the other two Holiday Charms hang in the openings. I also used one of the banner dies that comes in the Anita Frames set for added decoration. The greeting is from the new Holiday Clear Stamps, cut out with the decorator labels that come in the Anita Frames set.
Here's a close-up so you can see more detail on the charms. The Candy Cane charm comes as a solid and an overlay, making it very simple to create the stripes. The tree charm features decorative dots around the perimeter and is easily decorated with Glitter Dot ornaments.
The Anita Frames pop-up die will cut solid labels that can be decorated for any theme. When you want to create openings for hanging charms, simply cut the pop-up in the usual manner and then use the largest decorator die over each pop-up label to remove the centers. This will work for any charms, any theme.
Learn how to cut and assemble the Anita Frames Pop-up in this instructional video:
Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world. You can also order direct from their website. Here are links to the products I used on this card:
We are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
The theme for this team challenge was set by Shelly Hickox and is: "Girly or Ghouly" - think pretty, shabby, feminine or French, OR think creepy, crawly, spooky or eerie.
In addition to a new card and video from me, plus cards by the 9 members of the DC team, Shelly's good friend and designer extraordinaire, Cyndi Watkins, has joined us as a guest and just wait until you see what she made - amazing!
For my card I wanted to combine both sides of the challenge to make a card that transforms from a feminine Parisian scene into a ghoulish Halloween version. The new Twist Circle die set worked perfectly for this effect. Here is the video tutorial for my card, which I'm calling a Hidden Halloween Card:
Obviously I made this card specifically for Shelly's challenge theme, of Girly/Ghouly, but the idea of transforming a scene using the Twist Circle is universal. Because the Twist Circle changes position upon opening the card, it is the perfect choice for a card with a transparency layer that allows you to see the pop-up's location in the closed position and then watch it move as the card is opened.
For the front of my card I kept it simple, with a glittered Eiffel Tower and some pre-made flowers from my stash. I added Glitter Lines around the perimeter of the pink paper for some extra sparkle. The elastic closure keeps the card closed tightly so there's no hint of the spooky scene that will be revealed inside.
Move the elastic to open the card. The Twist Circle will start to raise and twist the moon.
When the card is opened the Paris scene has been completely transformed into the "Ghouly" version, complete with a pop-up moon, purple bats, spiders and a spooky graveyard.
I was pretty proud of my idea for the greeting. I did selective inking on the "Bonjour" stamp by first inking just the "Bo", then just an "o" and then the "njour". A small spider stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps added the perfect dot above the j. I also used the Halloween Clear Stamps for the "Trick or Treat" greeting that's attached to the pop-up. Midnight the Bat is the newest Character die and works well as the host of this Parisian graveyard scene.
Ready to try your own transformation scene card using the Twist Circle? All of the new release products have shipped out to stores throughout the world. They are also available on the ECD website, but get them while you can - the response to this release has been tremendous and the Flower Pot Pop Stand has already sold out (but more are on order and expected in two weeks) Here are the products used on my card:
The Designer Challenge team, plus our esteemed guest, Cyndi, have made some delightfully demure/dreadful creations for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Make sure you click on their names to travel to their blog posts, where you will find more photos, instructions and supply lists.
Shelly Hickox chose the Girly side of the challenge for this amazing soft and pretty Twist Circle project. I did not realize at first that the pretty flowers were made by hand using the decorator dies in the Flower Pot Pop Stand. Drop the mic! You should definitely check out Shelly's blog post for more information on how she made the flowers and this Shellypiece.
Shelly Hickox set the theme this challenge so she decided to do both sides of the challenge. She used the Twist Circle again to make this devilish delight featuring a very distinctive vintage witch stamped image. I like her use of the bat die for modesty! The front of this card, with the Iron Fence and Bats stencil, is spooktacular!
Cyndi Watkins is a good friend of Shelly's and they get together for crafting sessions in which Shelly is always singing the praises of Cyndi's work. Cyndi had taken a break from blogging but decided to return so I asked if she'd like to join Shelly's challenge as a guest designer. WOW! She absolutely ROCKED this challenge! Cyndi made a Staggered Fancy Accordion and decorated one side girly and the other side ghouly! Check out all the fabulous details. She used the Iron Fence and Halloween Scene as well. I'm blown away!
Summer Hills-Painter is the mother of 3 boys so she jumped at the chance to craft for the Girly side of the challenge. Summer used the Flower Pot Pop Stand and added a bamboo trellis die to the pot to make an amazing structure of pretty pink flowers. She also used the Occasions clear stamps and Labels & Circles dies. Stunning!
Caz Counsell also turned to the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creation, but went for the Ghouly side of the challenge. I love how Caz made Midnight the Bat hang upside-down on the front of her card, and her delightfully spooky pot featuring Hoppy the Frog and a hanging spider!
Karen Aicken made this elegant masterpiece of a tea-themed Cascading Tag Card for the Girly side of the challenge. I love all the details and the vintage styling of this card. The card itself is made with the Adirondack Chair and Tags Pivot Card and then she embellished with the Cup Pop Stand and Coffee & Tea clear stamps. Karen is a master crafter and this is simply stunning!
Sandy Diller knocked my socks off with her Steampunkin' Hanging Charm Pull Tab project. I just love the use of the Clock on the HCPT and then hanging the new Halloween Charm in the opening. The gears, the Props 9 Witch hat, the googly-eyed Midnight pull - I'm in love! She even combined two stamp sets for a custom greeting.
Raquel Mason also went with the Ghouly side of the challenge for this fun Halloween Card featuring a lot of the new items. I particularly like her purple candy, made with the Candy Corn Layering Stencil, and check out how she added monster scars to the Characters using laces from the football in the new Sports Charms set! I mean brilliant! Love her arching Iron Fence with 31 placard. Fab-boo-lous!
Frances Byrne went with a pretty Paris-inspired theme for her Girly card. It features the new Anita Frames Pop-up, which is completely generic and perfect for any theme. Frances decorated it beautifully with the Paris Edges, Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. As always, Frances found the perfect patterned paper for her theme. Exquisite! C'est magnifique!
Kelly Booth had a brilliant idea! She used the Anita Frames in the center of a wide card, which created two new folds to be able to animate the Iron Fence on both halves of the card! This is amazing! She created such an interactive scene inside the card between the fences arching, the pop-up popping, and the 3D ghost charm expanding! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Fran Sabad created a sensational peek-a-boo Circle Accordion card by cutting the centers from her first two circles to allow a view of all the decorations in the closed position. In the first vignette she created a spooky fence scene and then the 3D ghost charm hangs in page 2. She finishes with an eerie graveyard on page 3. This is amazing!
Well I hope you feel inspired to try a Girly or Ghouly (or both!) project of your own. Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for MORE ghoulish inspiration because our theme for the first September challenge, set by me, is Halloween!
Today I have the final assembly video for the new interactive dies in the Summer release. This is the Anita Frames Pop-up die set, named in honor of Anita Izendoorn, who was a big fan of a similar die called the Floating Frames from my early Sizzix days and has been requesting for years that I bring it back.
This is going to be a great all-purpose generic pop-up die for any theme. Watch this video to learn how to assemble it:
The card I make in the video is a simple card design using just a few supplies.
The card front is very simple, using a harlequin patterned paper from BoBunny with glitter dots to highlight all the diamonds. The banners are stamped (Occasions Clear Stamps) onto white cardstock and then cut out with the matching dies and strung onto a piece of twine. I attached them to the front of the card with pop-dots.
I layered the two smaller decorator labels together and then die cut a crown with double-sided adhesive on the cardstock so it could be glittered. I embellished the crown with glitter dots and lines.
When the card is opened the Anita Frames pop up is revealed. The oval provides a spot for me to sign the card.
In the video I show the die cutting of the "Happy Birthday to you" stamped label using the medium label die included in the set. This will leave a slight shadow around the stamped black border. The banners are attached to the card with miniature paper clips.
The new collections are available now at retailers who carry Elizabeth Craft Designs products. Or you can shop online and here are some links to the products used in the video:
Happy Halloween! (Yeah, yeah, I know it's mid-August, but the days move quickly, ya'll! It'll be here before you know it. Don't wait too long on the candy, either, or you'll be giving out boxes of raisins and believe me, word spreads quickly among the trick-or-treaters!)
Today I'm sharing a card I made to show off several of the new dies (and stamp set) from the Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
This card is a standard A2 size (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and features a card front made by combining the jack-o-lantern charm (Halloween Charms) with the witch costume from Props 9. A circle from the Labels & Circles die creates the body (and the stitched label backdrop) and the circle is stamped with a greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps. The spider and web are from the Halloween Scene set and the small bat die from the Midnight the Bat set will perfectly cut out the small stamped bat.
When the card opens the Iron Fence pop-up arches up. I also included more elements from the Halloween Scene die set and stamped greetings.
One thing that's fun to do with the Iron Fence is to take advantage of the pop-up to animate other things. In this case I wove the Props 9 broom through the spokes of the fence and glued the pumpkin charm to the end. As the fence arches, the broom pops up with it and the jack-o-lantern is suspended in the air. The arching fence also allows the 3D Ghost charm to expand behind the fence. So much interactive fun in this card!
The Iron Fence comes with an anchor sleeve for under the fence. If you cut your sleeve from the same pattern as the background it's easy to disguise. In fact, if you have a black slider arm but a lighter background (like this card) you can add two sleeves to the slider arm instead of one. Two sleeves creates the perfect length to cover the slider arm below the fence. You also always have the option to eliminate the sleeve(s) entirely and use a larger piece of paper to anchor the slider arm. I did that for this card, which you can see in the close-up below.
Learn how to assemble the Iron Fence in this how-to video:
The new releases are shipping right now to independent craft stores worldwide. If you do not have a local store you'll also be able to purchase online soon. Here are the items I used on my card today:
Last Tuesday was our first Designer Challenge of August and I shared a video tutorial for assembling the BRAND NEW #1207 Twist Circle Die Set. Today I'm sharing one of the sample cards I showed in the video.
This card measures 5" x 7" when folded. I started with a 7" tall by 12" long strip of light blue cardstock and scored it at 4.75" from the left side, then 5" from the first fold. The remaining 2.25" on the right side became the fold-over flap and I scored the paper a few times close together to make the flap have dimension. I hid strong magnets between the layers as I covered each flap with patterned paper.
Because a Big Shot die cutting machine is only wide enough for a 6" card, I cut my inner paper card to 6" tall before die cutting the Twist Circle. After folding the mechanism and attaching it inside the card I added the remaining patterned paper along the bottom to complete the paper. Then I covered the seam in the cut papers with coordinating washi tape.
The Twist Circle die set had two of the circle sizes I needed for the Snowman - the large stitched circle and the medium solid one. For the snowman's head I turned to the decorator circles in the Ring Accordion, which had a nice 1.2" diameter circle that would fit the top hat nicely. The top hat is from the Steampunk Charms die set - I simply cut off the hang hole at the top. The carrot nose is from Lucky the Rabbit, trimmed down slightly. The eyes and mouth are black rhinestones and the arms are branches from the All Seasons Tree. I used pop dots between the layers of the snowman.
The remaining decorations are snowflakes from the Holiday Charms set, circles from the Labels & Circles set, including the medium stitched one used to frame the stamped greeting.
I spent some time trying to find the originator of the stacked snowman idea that ended up all over Pinterest. I believe it may have originated in a paper crafting magazine, but I was unable to find the original or the designer. I am not a fan of generic "inspired by Pinterest" credit, but I'm afraid it's all I have in this case. Thank you, whoever first thought of this idea for a stacked snowman.
Here is the video tutorial for the Twist Circle Die Set:
The new release had an unfortunate shipping delay but is expected to arrive early next week and start shipping immediately to independent craft stores worldwide. You can also find Pop it Ups products on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website:
Welcome to our second month with a new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
Here is the challenge I issued to the team: "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide!
For my card I'm sharing the project I made for the packaging of #1207 Twist Circle Pop-up plus a general assembly video for this new die. The front of my card is a very simple lead in using patterned paper, the scalloped edge from the Pull Card Edges, and a ribbon bow. As the card is opened the circle starts to twist up into the center of the card.
The "Hi" circle comes with the set and works so well with the other circles to create a fun center decoration. I added flowers from the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set and a greeting from the Occasions Clear Stamps. Jolly the Mouse hangs out inside the card and I created a rickrack border using the Pull Card Edges.
Ready to learn how to assemble this die? Check out this video tutorial for the Twist Circle.
The video card is such a quick and simple design. I used mostly just the pieces from the Twist Circle die set to achieve this look, adding greetings from the Just a Note clear stamps and one additional circle die from the Labels & Circles set (to frame the "just a note to say" stamp).
Here are the products used on the Jolly card and the video card. Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world.
The Designer Challenge team is going to blow your mind this challenge. Be sure to click their names to visit their individual blog posts to see full supply lists for their cards and more photos and tips.
Sandy Diller also used the Twist Circle for this month's challenge and created an amazing cupcake-a-ganza! I am in love with all the details in this amazing card for the "flour" side of the challenge. I especially love the cupcake that fell - what a clever touch!
Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this card is no exception. I love her combination of pinks and reds for a sweet and pretty Flower Pot Pop Stand card. Kelly added the Paris Edges as doilies inside the card and I love her yellow butterfly.
Fran Sabad made a vertical card using the Flower Pot Pop Stand. What a great idea! To create visual balance Fran added a wide accent strip to one side of the card. This card is so classy and light. I love Fran's use of the Flower Stage it Stencil on the sides of the pot. Gorgeous!
Summer Hills-Painter's Flower Pot Pop Stand uses such a beautiful color scheme. She added the Occasions Clear Stamps "Happy Birthday" greeting, which can be cut out perfectly using a die from the Anita Frames die set. Inside she made her pot match the gorgeous patterned paper.
Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set but repurposed it as an oven for Buster the Dog's favorite cake .... uh oh . . . it's made with Whiskers the Cat! Ha ha ha. This card cracks me up! (No cats were harmed in the making of this card) Love Raquel's use of the Props 8 baking items plus the Props 6 bandana.
Caz Counsell needed a special card for a departing co-worker and created a beautiful bouquet. This card features the Flower Pot Pop Stand being built closer to the back of the card and collapsing inward - another great way to use this die. Caz also put Poppy the Owl in the pot. Adorable!
Karen Aicken did a marvelous job creating a fun scene for the "flour" side of the challenge. Karen used Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Cake on a Rectangle Pull Card repurposed as an Easel Card. I just love the colors and all the fun details in this.
Frances Byrne made a pretty in pink Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a custom plaid paper that she created using the new Stripes/Plaid stencil. I love the pop of greenery in her sweet bouquet. Using the plaid as big chunky corners is a fabulous look!
Shelly Hickox got very creative with repurposing the Flower Pot Pop Stand into a tombstone! Then she added pieces from the Halloween Scene die set, including a row of tombstones, trees, bats and a hanging spider. Amazingly this all folds down flat in the card and you can see it in action by watching a video posted on her blog post. Spooktacular!
Well I think we can all agree that this team is amazingly talented! Join us in two weeks for the second Designer Challenge of August. Shelly Hickox set the theme and it's a good one - "Girly or Ghouly" - you'll see feminine pretty projects AND creepy crawly projects - pick your poison! Heh heh heh.
What a year it's been! No more high school. No more braces. And no more childhood! Meet these two fantastic 18-year-old young adults who will be voting in their first Presidential election this November. Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma, you amazing people, you!
Naturally, as their mother, I still see them like this . . . "Emma Bear" and "Boo Boo"
For their birthday cards I turned to brand new Pop it Ups die shipping soon from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I always start my pop-up cards by designing the inside of the card. After all, that's how the card will be displayed! For Emma's card I used a BoBunny cupcakes paper for the background of the card and also fussy cut several cupcakes to fill the pot, along with William the Goat wearing glasses similar to Emma's. (Eyelet Outlet)
Another reason I always start with the inside of the card is because it gives me the opportunity to add disguising elements to the card's front in case any portion of the pop-up is visible in the closed position. For Em's card William the Goat's horns were visible on the side of the card in the closed position so I added a strategically placed label to the card's front to disguise the horns. The American Crafts eyeglasses paper has been in my stash for months waiting on Em's birthday. I was excited to get to use it. The label and circle are both from the Labels & Circles die set.
The other day a friend of mine who owns a craft store messaged me to say that several customers had called the store after the Video Tutorial for the Flower Pot was posted, asking her to order it for them. I told my friend that the Flower Pot may well be my crowning achievement in die design. It's just so versatile and dynamic. It's exciting to see it come to life as the card is opened. Plus, the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone box card makes it even more versatile!
Perhaps there's a subconscious reason that I chose to use William the Goat for Emma's card. I'm not sure I'm ready for my "kid" to be an adult! But William also looks really cute wearing the brad glasses and eating the ribbon from the 18 tag. (Made with the new Sports Charms)
The Flower Pot die set comes with flowers, a butterfly and vine, but you can always fill it with whatever you choose. I simply fussy cut cupcakes from the leftover paper and glued them to the lattice at different angles. The Happy Birthday is one of my favorite peel-off stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I think I used these same stickers on last year's cards!
For Karl's card I used the new Twist Circle die set. This versatile die twists up a platform into the middle of the card, allowing you to animate all sorts of things into fun pop-ups. I chose to use Jinks the Monkey and tried to make him into quite the distinguished gentleman in honor of Karl's "man" status.
The Twist Circle die set comes with five different circles to use on the platform, but you are also able to use just the platform itself, as I did for Jinks. He is wearing the Steampunk Charms tophat and the same brad glasses as Emma's card. The mustache is from Props 1 and the greeting from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps.
For the card front I did a similar trick with the label, extending it off the side of the card because Jinks' "happy birthday to you" sign was partially visible in the closed position. I added another tophat, cut one of the glasses brads in half to be a monocle, and added another mustache. The Labels & Circles die set was perfect to frame everything.
The Twist Circle is another die that's really fun to open and close. As the card is opened the platform is going to twist up into place, hovering over the center of the card.
Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma! I love you to the moon and back.
By the way, tune in Tuesday for a video tutorial on the Twist Circle die set. New dies, stamps and stencils are expected by mid-August at Elizabeth Craft Designs. Call your local independent craft store to order, or you can use these online links:
This week I'm posting video tutorials for the new products in my summer Pop it Ups release. These products are arriving soon to Elizabeth Craft Designs and should be available in stores (and online) by mid-August.
The Candy Corn Stencil is a little different because the pattern is laid out in four vertical strips. By combining the strips, an adorable 1.25" x 6" border of candy corns is created. Repeat the process to make larger backgrounds. Here's the video tutorial for this stencil:
In the video I show a non-Halloween use for the stencil to make random confetti backgrounds. The card below features the new Labels & Circles die, a stamp from the Steampunk Greetings, the candle from the Gift Card Accordion set and Whiskers the Cat.
Kelly Booth mentioned to me (after I'd already completed this video) that candy corns come in other colors for other holidays. What?! I had no idea! Sure enough, a Google Image search produced a wide array of candy corn color combos. How cute will it be to use the Candy Corn stencil year round for all holidays? I'm smitten!
Back on Halloween for a second, though. I show in the video that when you're using the stencil on white cardstock you do not need to use the third column at all. For this next card I used a colored cardstock so I used all four sections of the stencil. The white tips were done using the stencil and a white gel pen, rather than sponging white ink. Since I was doing an entire background I sponged all of the column one yellows, moving the stencil over three times to complete, before I switched to the middle oranges. It goes faster this way because you're not moving your tape until you finish a color.
I finished out my Halloween card with the Barrel Basket and Dutch the Fox. Dutch is wearing the new Props 9 Witch hat with the broom resting in front. The Labels & Circles die set was used to frame the new Trick or Treat stamp and the Outdoor Edges created the grass.
This week I'm posting video tutorials for the new products in my summer Pop it Ups release. These products are arriving soon to Elizabeth Craft Designs and should be available in stores (and online) by mid-August.
Today I'm introducing the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set (#1205). Now I don't play favorites with my dies (that would be like picking a favorite kid!) but let's just say that the team went a little gaga over this one when they saw it. It comes with everything required for a beautiful bouquet-in-a-card, but it's when you start filling it with everything else in your collection that you're really going to appreciate this all-purpose die. It has a Pop Stand die included to make it into a pop-up card, but you also have the option to use it as a stand-alone box card. It will stand without a card base, so you have the option to fill it, collapse it and mail it. Here's the video tutorial:
For the video card I also show how to use the new Stripes/Plaid Stage-it Stencil. I used my custom plaid paper on the front of the card, along with the "Celebrate" from the Flourish Gift Frame die set. I'm a fan of creating a simple lead-in for the fronts of pop-up cards. After all, the card will most likely be displayed open, so saving time and supplies by crafting a simple card front gives you more time for making more pop-ups!
When used in a pop-up card the pot will sit diagonally over the fold.
The pot comes with a lattice structure for holding the contents of the pot. You can choose to attach your items facing in all one direction OR facing in two directions. It looks lovely either way. For my video card I chose to fill the pot in both directions.
The new Occasions Clear Stamps provide some nice all-purpose greetings and a small flower that can be cut out using the smallest flower die in the Flower Pot set.
It's only a couple of months until Halloween, so definitely time to start planning out those cards and today I've got some brand new goodies from my Summer 2016 release to share. These products are speeding their way to the Elizabeth Craft Designs warehouse in Colorado and are expected to arrive by mid-August, where they will then ship out immediately to independent craft stores worldwide.
This week I will share video tutorials for the four new interactive dies. Today we're focusing on #1202 Iron Fence Pop-up. Here is the video tutorial for this die set:
This die set comes with five dies - the fence, slider arm, sleeve and two birds. The nice thing about the fence is that it works great as a flat fence, too. You do not have to always make it into a pop-up. This is particularly nice for being able to extend the fence across the interior of a card, using a flat fence next to an arching one as I show in the video.
The video card also uses the new Halloween Scene die set, the Bats Stage it Stencil and the Halloween Clear Stamps.
Although the Iron Fence was designed to be included in the Halloween collection, it can be styled for any theme. Here's the card I showed in the video using a Winter theme.
In addition to the Iron Fence, this card also uses the Holiday Charms, Labels & Circles, Outdoor Edges and Holiday Clear Stamps.
For the front of my wintry version of the fence I added glitter to the tops of the posts and wove ribbon through the fence. Such an easy way to make it look festive for other seasons.
Thanks to Shelly Hickox, who suggested that I figure out how to use the birds from the Iron Fence die as cardinals. I teach in the video how to stop the cutting pad short on the head of the bird to reshape it into a cardinal.