Just one week left until our Winter 2018 die release starts shipping. My goal is to have all of the assembly videos up before the dies ship and I'm plugging away on them. So far I've completed videos for the Royalty dies (Castle and Accessories) and the Coffee dies (Coffee Cup and Charms) See those videos below and also on the product pages linked below each video.
All of the new dies, plus a restock order of the Tag Book Pop-up will start shipping February 1, 2018. Stores around the world have already ordered, so definitely ask for these products at your local store if you are lucky enough to have one. Even if they don't carry our products now, please ask if they'll order them in for you. We make it easy for retailers with convenient online ordering and low minimums, or they can order through a distributor.
Well 2016 is nearly over and our final Pop it Ups Designer Challenge is full of fun! Sandy Diller set the theme of "Party Animals - use any of the Character dies for a card celebrating New Years or anything else"
For my card I wanted to show yet another way to adapt the Twist Circle Pop-up die set. This time I'll use it without the upper platform and instead I'll add spirals to the lower platforms. This generic card design could be used for any theme. I decorated mine for New Year's using Hoppy the Frog and the decorator pieces from the Anita Frames. It would make an adorable Valentines card with hearts decorating the spirals.
The front of my card features the same confetti patterned paper (SEI 8-6909 from my stash) as the card's interior. I cut the patterned paper into two pieces to allow the frog to be tucked behind the title. I added his front legs, trimmed and folded, to look like he's holding the greeting. "Happy New Year" is spelled out in (very old) letter stickers from my stash and Hoppy's eye sockets, cut from gold paper, created the perfect confetti in between the letters.
As the card is opened, the Twist Circle lower platforms start to pop-up, causing the spirals to expand.
Once open, the spirals expand and the frogs pop-up. The banners suspend between the spirals, spelling out the year to come. The greeting comes from an older Stampin' Up! set called "Lovely Amazing You" - I thought it was the perfect greeting for a new year full of promise.
I explain in the video about the banners. If you're stringing 3 banners they fit nicely between the spirals - simply attach the string to the spirals and hang the banners between. However, if 4 banners are required, it took a little extra engineering. Basically I needed to anchor the "2" banner, but that meant it wouldn't be able to shift locations when the card closed. To allow for the other banners to shift, I needed the string to be able to slide through the "2" banner to give slack to the other three so they can find a good resting position when the card is closed. Because the string is anchored to the card, it will pull the slack out of the banners as the card is opened and raise them into the air.
This card design is very generic and can be decorated for any theme. You need only the Twist Circle for the mechanism, but if you're interested in replicating this exact card, here are the items you'll need:
Just a quick note about these 9 amazing ladies. Most of them have been on my team since my Sizzix days and we've been posting monthly Designer Challenges for years! Every month for the last three years this team has posted jaw-dropping projects promoting Pop it Ups and Elizabeth Craft Designs. What an honor to have these beautiful people showing off my products in such clever and creative ways. They are my best friends and I couldn't have done it without them.
Sandy Diller set the theme this month and then created this absolutely amazing card featuring several Character dies and a Hee Haw theme. She doubled the Lots of Pops using a clever box cut in the center of the card. So fabulous!
Frances Byrne created a Z-fold card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into the panels to animate her greetings. Jinks the Monkey and his pals are partying on the front of the card. As usual, Frances found the perfect mix of papers, stamps and dies for an awesome card.
Karen Aicken is ushering the new year with a stylish card featuring kraft and red with black accents. So many great details in this card - I love the pink bubbly and the styling on Jinks. The Hanging Charm Pull Tab provides the base.
Raquel Mason shows Jinks the Monkey's true party instincts with this fun Oval Pull Card featuring a background of embossed bananas and an inverted monkey flying on the slider arm. I am bananas for this card!
Fran Sabad created a stunning New Year's card featuring black and gold accents and the Clock die turned into a shaker! I love the way she used the Anita Frames pop-up to highlight the date inside the card. The Party Animals have a couple of hours left!
Shelly Hickox is celebrating the new year by getting organized with her planner. She created these adorable Character planner clips using a woodlands styling on Honey the Bear and Dutch the Fox. I like the addition of Chilly the Penguin's scarf to Honey as well. This makes me want to become a planner girl!
Caz Counsell ends the year and the Designer Challenges with this fabulous ode to the team, featuring 10 different "spirit animals" representing all of us. She die cut the Lots of Pops across the card several times to give plenty of platforms. I adore this card almost as much as I adore this team!
At year's end it's always a great time to reflect on the journey, and it's been marvelous!
OK, true story. I was going to call this series "12 Pop-ups of Christmas" and challenge myself to make a Christmas Version of a video card and post one per day for the first 12 days of December. Our first Designer Challenge is on the 13th, so this was going to work out just perfectly . . . until . . . I remembered that it is, in fact, December.
In December there are lots of other things to do. Gulp!
So instead of doing the formal "12 days" thing, I called it the much more generic "Christmas Version" series, and mentioned that it would be going on "this month", thus removing all requirements to post daily.
Good thing, too, because I finished yesterday's card quite late and had to choose between watching The Affair or posting my card. TV won. (psst . . . TV always wins!)
But then . . . as if in punishment for not posting my Day 5 card on Day 5 . . . this morning I woke up to no internet! It's a terrible affliction. Uploading stuff over a phone hotspot is soooo slooooow!
Here's my Day 5 card (on Day 6). It's the very cool "Double Lorna" technique from the September 2014 Designer Challenge. I swapped out the mummy for a mouse and what a transformation, eh?
Once again I followed the video instructions for construction of the card, although I chose to hand cut my slots to make them wider for the stack of presents below Jolly the Mouse. The card measures 5" x 6" in the folded position, making it fit nicely in a 5x7 (A7) envelope for mailing. The holiday papers I'm using for these Christmas Version cards are all older ones from my stash. If you're like me, you have an obscene amount of patterned paper already, so I encourage "stash diving" to find papers that speak to you.
As the card is opened the pop-up scene starts to be revealed. I created a very simple card front as a "lead-in" to the magic inside. The Holiday Charms paired with a decorator label from the Lorna set and an older sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs. I roughed up the edges of the card with a Tonic Paper Distress tool for a rustic touch.
When fully open, a magical scene pops up. The doubling of the Lorna Label plus the addition of the extra platform creates a variety of surfaces to decorate. I strung the Holiday Charms snowflakes across the top (use the hang hole from the large snowflake to add hang holes to the small ones) and a crepe ribbon bow to the upper label. I also wrapped the ribbon around the top of the extra platform.
Jolly the Mouse comes with a small candy cane and the larger one is from the Holiday charms. The tree and present are also from the charms set. For Jolly's hair bow, I used one from Props 1, but you could also trim out the bow from the Holiday Charms and use it instead. The glasses are a brad. The "celebrate the season" stamp is also an older Purple Onion Designs style.
Learn this fun technique by watching the video tutorial:
Here are the products used on my Christmas version:
This month I'm revisiting some of my favorite technique videos to make Christmas versions.
One of my favorite technique videos is from the Feb 2015 Designer Challenge where I used the Rectangle Pull Card with included spinner die to make Rocky the Crab doff his cap. For this Christmas version I followed the video instructions exactly, simply swapping the paper, colors and embellishments for Christmas versions.
The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position, so it will fit nicely in an A7 envelope for mailing. The snowflake charm is from the Holiday Charms set.
As the card opens Rocky will start to raise his hat and the Merry Christmas greeting, which is attached to the candy cane, slides into the open space for easy reading. This card creates such a fun motion that you'll want to open and close it over and over to watch the animation.
Rocky himself is made using a dark green shadow layer for an extra nod to Christmas. I followed the video tutorial to articulate his arms with brads. The candy cane is another one of the Holiday Charms and the Props 5 set includes the Santa hat, beard and mustache. For the Merry Christmas greeting, I wanted to frame it with the postage stamp from the Rectangle Pull Card set, but needed the frame to be longer so I cut two frames and combined them into a longer frame.
The "Fa la la la la" paper is from Bo Bunny's Elf Magic collection, but it's a few years old, so I suggest substituting any festive paper from your own stash.
Watch the video to learn the techniques:
Here are the items I used on my Christmas version of this card:
Today I'm sharing a class card I taught in early November. This card combines several Pop it Ups products to make a festive "Santa Mouse in a Chimney" scene.
The front of the card features the decorator pieces from the House Pivot Card plus the Outdoor edges. The house die features a brick stencil/emboss feature to give the house texture.
The card measures 5" x 6" in the closed position and opens to a 5" x 12". As the card is opened the Flower Pot starts to expand and pop up.
Inside the card the Flower Pot Pop Stand is decorated as a chimney. I used the House die to emboss a brick texture on the panels for the sides of the pot. Jolly the Mouse is wearing the Props 5 Santa costume.
I also used the Holiday Charms inside the pot. The candy cane in Jolly's hands comes included with the mouse die set. The stamp set is called Merry & Bright and the Labels & Circles set works perfectly to frame the greetings as well as a blank circle to write a personal greeting.
Learn how to assemble the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set by watching this instructional video:
Here are the items used on the card. In addition to these items, I used red, white, tan, pink, green and black cardstocks, plus coordinating ribbon.
For last week's Designer Challenge I posted a video tutorial for how to make a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I mentioned that window cards make particularly good holiday cards because the item in the window can decorate the front of the card and the inside as well. This will save time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.
Today I have another video tutorial for making a window pop-up card, this time with the Twist Circle die set. I particularly like the Twist Circle for this technique because there is a double motion to the pop-up - twisting and lifting - so the penguin (or whatever you choose to put on it) changes position. Watch this 15 minute video tutorial to learn the technique:
This card measures 5" x 5" in the closed position, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope and mail for a single stamp. (Also important for holiday cards!)
I recommend adding a closure when creating this type of card so the card will stay nicely flat until opened, making for the best viewing of the "closed" position through the window. I created a simple fold-over magnetic closure for my card and added striped washi tape from my stash to decorate both sides of the flap. You can see in the photo below how the Twist Circle starts to lift and twist as the card is opened.
Inside the card Chilly the Penguin, wearing the Props 5 Reindeer outfit, has now changed position and floats inside the card, festively. All of the circle dies used on this card are included with the Twist Circle set. The ornament top die comes with the Ring Accordion set.
Chilly the Penguin and Props 5 combine to make a cute penguin-reindeer. I cut the nose and the scarf out of felt.
Here are clickable shopping links for the products used in the video. The paper is an older design from my stash. I also used several colors of cardstock - kraft, black, white, red and silver, plus twine, a piece of clear transparency, and pop dots.
Today in America we elect a new President and I'm sure I speak for most Americans when I say that it's been a very stormy political climate during this election cycle. We all need a break and nothing could be better than a crafting hat party to lighten the mood!
Welcome to our first Designer Challenge for November. I set the theme for this challenge as Hat Attack! The team was challenged to incorporate one of the several hat dies from the Pop it Ups collection into a card of any theme. My first count was six hats - Props 1 bowler, Props 2 birthday, Props 5 Santa, Props 6 Cowboy, Props 8 Chef and Props 9 Witch. However, I had forgotten the Steampunk Charms Top Hat and the Anita Frames Crown, so there are actually 8 hat choices, and even more if you make your own by transforming other dies into hats.
For my card and video I'm teaching a very easy generic technique for making a window pop-up card using the Lorna Label die set. I decorated mine as a Thanksgiving card, featuring Cheepers the Chicken converted into a turkey and the Props 9 Witch hat converted into a Pilgrim hat. Watch the video to learn these techniques:
My finished card is A2 sized (5.5" x 4.25" when folded) and will mail in an A2 envelope for a single stamp. This technique is a great one for Christmas cards, too, and the window design is both pretty and practical, as it allows the interior decoration to be viewed in both the closed and open position. This will save both time and materials when you need to make a lot of cards.
For my card I used some pre-made laser cut felt leaves from Creative Impressions and mixed them with die cut embellishments, including the Witch hat turned into a Pilgrim hat and a the pumpkin charm from the Halloween Charms. As the card is opened the pop-up starts to raise up.
The Lorna Label is such a great generic pop-up die that offers a large surface for decorating. It easily accommodates Cheepers converted into a turkey thanks to Props 2 birthday hat tail feathers.
The greeting is from an older SU! set called Harvest of Thanks. I embossed the "gratitude" stamp in white powder and then die cut around it with the smaller decorator label from the Lorna set. Cheepers makes a great turkey by simply adding tail feathers using the solid party hat die from Props 2.
If you'd like to make your own Thanksgiving-window-pop-up-Cheepers-turkey-in-a-pilgrim-hat card, you'll need the following supplies:
Hats off to the Designer Challenge Team, who created amazingly fun and clever cards featuring hats.
Sandy Diller kicks us off with a fabulous homage to hats for all seasons. Her 5-page Oval Landscape Accordion features four seasonal hats made by altering other hat dies. Brilliant! On her blog are instructions for each hat. Clever!
Fran Sabad is brilliant! I absolutely love everything about this fun "barrel of monkeys" card featuring Jinks the Monkey and the Props 6 Cowboy Hat. Inside the card the Twist Circle spins up another monkey and the greeting. What great colors!
Raquel Mason made this "wild" card featuring animal print and hot pink for the perfect color scheme for a Whiskers the Cat double slider card. As the card is tilted, the cats on the front will slide up and down the circle! How fun! Inside the card Raquel added even more interactivity with the Happy Birthday pop-up. Meow-vulous!
Karen Aicken made this gorgeous Twist Circle Panel card featuring several pastel hats and her signature Ring Frame Edges banner technique across the top. I love all the fun colors and the stacked bowler hats on the front of the card.
Caz Counsell turned Jolly the Mouse into Santa, courtesy of the hat, glasses and mustache in Props 5. Then she styled the Flower Pot Pop Stand as a chimney, complete with snowy edges and Holiday House lights. I love the brick paper and the presents on the roof. Perfection!
Summer Hills-Painter made a super fun Christmas card featuring Chilly the Penguin and Honey the Bear wearing the Props 5 Santa hat. I love her use of the Sleigh on the front of the card stacked high with presents and the Anita Frames is the perfect way to animate the greeting inside. Love this!
Shelly Hickox created an adorable harvest treat bag featuring a lovely plaid background using the Stripes/Plaid stencil. She also used the Labels & Circles for the window and created a pilgrim hat using an upside-down pail die. Brilliant! Love her use of the wheat stalk from Props 6, too.
Frances Byrne gave Jinks the Monkey a whole closet full of hat choices. Hatty Birthday! Ha ha ha. What an awesome pun. This uses the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to animate Jinks. Love!
Amazing! I love all the cards by the team this month and I especially love that this challenge produced such FUN cards! Speaking of fun, our next challenge is in two weeks, on November 22, 2016. The theme was set by Karen Aicken as "Charmed, I'm sure!" - we are all to use any of the Pop it Ups Charms dies on our creations. I'm sure it will be a (wait for it) "charming" challenge!
Great news! The Halloween Scene and Halloween Charms dies have come back into stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs!
In honor of the return of the popular Halloween Scene die set, Elizabeth Craft Designs is offering a limited quantity of "Buy it All" bundles featuring the four products used in the Twist Circle Spiders Card.
Hopefully you are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges as much as we are. 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 challenge was set by me as "Halloween! - Cute or Creepy - you decide!" and I also instructed the team to use products from the new Pop it Ups Halloween Collection.
For my card and video I wanted to teach a very fun adaptation of the Twist Circle Pop-up die. With the very simple addition of two cardstock "arms" extending from both sides of the Twist Circle platform, it is transformed into a different type of pop-up. Even if you're not much into Halloween (or you're in a country where it isn't celebrated) I invite you to watch the video anyway just to learn the technique. Swap out the webs for other shapes and it becomes a completely generic pop-up and an excellent way to get multiple effects with the Twist Circle die set.
The card measures 5" x 6" when folded. This means it can mail in an A7 envelope (5x7) for no additional postage. As the card opens the double twist sculpture starts to raise up.
I am a big fan of keeping my Designer Challenge videos under 20 minutes, which sometimes means I can't show every single decoration on the video. For the small spiders on the sculpture I used the Halloween Scene spider and cut them from black Shimmer Sheetz. For the one on the left side of the lower web I strung black thread from the spider to the upper web.
Midnight the Bat makes an excellent spider, don't you think? It was easy to transform him with just a few snips of the scissors and some extra legs cut from additional bats. Watch the video to see this transformation.
I'm not sure if my card counts as "cute" or "creepy" - maybe both? In any case, it's a fun technique and I can't wait to see the adaptations by the team and fellow pop-up enthusiasts! Make sure you post your creations in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group, where the gang is very friendly and welcoming and always leaves nice praise for every card.
Ready to make your own double web Twist Circle spiders card? Here are the links to the products used in the video. Out of stock items are expected back by September 18th. Other local and online retailers may have the Pop it Ups items in stock now.
OK, OK, I know. Every single challenge I boast on the amazing abilities of the DC team, but this time there can be no debate. It will certainly go down as one of the most epic Designer Challenges of all time - you will not find a single project that is not over-the-top incredible in the team's offerings.
Fran Sabad starts us off with an absolutely darling trick-or-treat scene featuring the Halloween Charms and the Twist Circle die set. I love how she used the 3D ghost charm as an embellishment and added little hand cut trick-or-treat bags. Adorable!
Raquel Mason decided to make a Halloween decor piece. I love her use of all the Halloween items to create this marvelous scene. Notice the pen detailing on the tombstones - a great touch! Love the crow sitting in the spooky tree, too. Amazing!
Jake Mason, Raquel's nearly-10-year-old son, decided to make his own version of the Halloween decor piece his mother created. I love his extra bits, like adding a second tree, pumpkins on the front and the bright orange spider web. Nice to know that we have a new generation of crafters ready to step in! Well done, Jake!
Caz Counsell made this absolutely delightful and clever Halloween Cake card. I love that Poppy the Witch/Chef is holding a piece of the "eye of newt" cake on the front of the card, and then you see the tiered concoction (complete with frog legs sticking out the top) when the card is opened. Brilliant!
Karen Aicken has beautiful penmanship and put it to great work on the front of her spooky pop-up cauldron card. Karen used the Lucy Label for the pop-up and decorated with Hoppy the Frog Witch and items from the Halloween Scene die set. Converting a coffee cup into a cauldron is so clever!
Sandy Diller also had a witch's brew in mind for her cauldron card, which is a clever shortening of the Bathtub Pop Stand die set. Also clever is Sandy's use of Cocoa the Horse's mane as flames under the brew. Also notice her clever styling of the iron fence to add a gate. Terrific!
Kelly Booth has an amazing way with color. I just love the glowing effect she achieved on this card's front scene, and then open the card to find a Flower Pot filled with a ghostly Poppy the Witch Owl and more ghoulish delights. Kelly was particularly clever with her use of the spinner die from the Rectangle Pull card to animate the jack-o-lantern next to the pot.
Shelly Hickox made a delightfully wicked version of the Cascading Tag Card. I love how she mixed cool papers, tapes, dies and stamps for this layered creation. The stamped and embossed 31 plaque looks just like enamel! Another Shellypiece!
Frances Byrne shows yet a third way to make a witch's cauldron using Pop it Ups die sets - she used the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creepy stew. Witches are apparently very clumsy, as they keep falling into their own brews headfirst! What an amazing mixture of elements for this fabulous card.
Summer Hills-Painter blew everyone away with this amazing array of Halloween decor items. From the amazing Haunted House (made from the Holiday House die) to the transformed Characters to the party bags, straw decor and more - this is one party that you don't want to miss! Click to her blog post to see close-ups of all the items.
Pretty amazing stuff, huh? Hopefully you feel inspired to make a few cute/creepy ghoulish delights of your own this Halloween season. Join us back here in two weeks for the next Designer Challenge, on September 27th when we take on Caz Counsell's challenge to "be inspired" - an all-time favorite challenge of the team where we are inspired by each other.
I'll be teaching a 2-hour, 2-card Pop it Ups class at Croppin' Bug on Saturday, September 17. 2016. The video shows the cards in action.
In addition to the two pop-up cards, students will make a bonus Halloween Tag featuring the new Bats Stencil, Halloween Clear Stamps and Midnight the Bat.
I'd love to see you there, Houston-area crafters!
In other news, the winner of the August "Girly or Ghouly" Designer Challenge giveaway has been chosen. Congratulation to Petra! Her comment:
Wow, just wow. I am speechless. going to be watching the You Tube videos a few times and then will get my order in. Love the new products
was chosen by random draw to win her choice of the Twist Circle Pop-up die, plus a "girly" die or a "ghouly" die.
As it turns out, the Twist Circle (and several other new dies, sorry!) is out of stock until the 18th, so I gave Petra the choice of any two Pop it Ups dies for a prize. She chose Whiskers the Cat and the Halloween Scene.
If you'd like to know about future giveaways, sign up for my mailing list. I generally only send one e-mail a month, but now that we're doing two Designer Challenges, I am going to attempt to send two per month. The list is maintained by Constant Contact and you can unsubscribe at any time, so give it a try! You may just win the next giveaway!