Karen Burniston Designer Challenge 24: Fun on the Farm

For this month's Designer Challenge we have a theme of Fun on the Farm where I challenged the team to use the new farm-themed dies on a card.

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For my video I wanted to teach a technique of combining the Family Room Pop-up with the floating floor from the House & Fence Pop-up to make a top-fold double floating floor family room card. To make it fit the theme I decorated mine using the farm dies, but this is a generic technique that can be used for many themes. Learn it by watching this video.

The card measures 4.75" x 5.5" in the closed position. The front of the card is a simple lead-in to the magic inside.

FamilyRoomFloatingFloorFrontWhen the card opens, the entire pop-up scene comes to life. 

FamilyRoomFloatingFloorOpenHere are a couple other versions of this card that I made at a recent retreat. The Halloween version uses the same two base dies - Family Room and House & Fence, plus our Halloween themed dies - Scene, Elements and Charms.

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Then I tried it in a Thank You theme. This one adds Word Set 4, Thank You and the Memory Charms.

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Ready to give this technique a try? Here are links to the dies and supplies used in the video.

 

Let's take a look at the great ideas by our talented Design Team.

Fran Sabad is planning a wedding for her youngest daughter at their family farm so this theme was perfect to celebrate the upcoming nuptials.  

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Frances Byrne combined the Barn with the Family Room to make this super cool hang out for cows.

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Karen Aicken made the most exquisite Christmas Barn. I love all the incredible details. Make sure you click over to see the other photos of this spectacular card.

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Sandy Diller made a double floating floor to animate the Barn and then added cows to extra supports. Fabulous!

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Kelly Booth made a super fun birthday card using the Barn and animals, plus Tiny Accessories sets.

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Lois Bak created a fun fold card and then dressed up the farm animals in fun costumes from our Tiny Accessories sets. 

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Summer Hills-Painter was inspired by a recent technique Karen Aicken shared for creating a single large flip with the Triple Flip card. There's a fun reveal when the tab is pulled - click over to Summer's blog to see it.

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Well we hope you are inspired by all these ideas for using the farm dies for all seasons and occasions. Join us next month on September 4, 2019 for our next Designer Challenge with a theme of Enjoy the Ride.

 


Class Projects - Kaitlyn's Crop Scrappin' Rodeo 2019

This Friday I'll be teaching at Kaitlyn's Crop in Spring, TX, plus setting up a full trunk show at the Scrapp'n Savvy booth. If you're coming to the event come see me at the booth.

The class is sold out, but I'll be there all day to answer questions, show all the beautiful samples, demo, etc.

CLASS PROJECTS:

You will be making two cards featuring our brand new release. First up, a Photo Collage Pop-up card, embellished with the Memory Charms, Border Blends - Argyle and Word Set 10 - Thinking of You.

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For my sample card I added photos of our very talented Design Team and then labeled their photos with a Dymo manual labelmaker

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Next, we'll make a card using the newly re-released Barn Pop Stand and embellished with the Chicken, Pig and Lamb, Cow and Goat, Tiny Accessories 3, Farm Edges, Crosshatch Squares, Border Blends- Party and Howdy die sets.

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The Barn is a fun die because it has very easy assembly, plus a double reveal - after opening the card and watching the barn pop up, you can also slide the doors open to reveal a hidden surprise. For our card it will be a cute lamb peeking out. 


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To my students - the e-mail went out yesterday with the What to Bring list but here it is again. I also e-mailed you the latest catalog in PDF form in case you want to print that for reference.

  • Scissors
  • All types of adhesive including: glue capable of making a fine line (crucial for the animals), tape runner, strong double-sided tape like tacky tape or scor tape in any width, pop dots and glue dots.
  • Black pen - you’ll need this for nostrils, hooves and tractor wheels
  • Gray marker - optional, but looks nice on inside of camera lens - I used a Comic C5, but any medium gray marker would work
  • Paper piercer and something to pierce into, like a small piece of foam.
  • Quickstik or tweezers - very helpful when assembling animals
  • Pen or pencil
  • Wink of Stella or similar glitter pen to add sparkle to the heart (optional)
  • 9 small square photos sized to 1.25” square if you want no inside black border, or 1 1/8” square for a border. 
    • To print photos at home, pull them into Word or a photo editing program like Photoshop, crop them into a square, size them to 1.25” (or 1.125” square) and print.
    • If you want an easy way to get 9 photos sized perfectly for your card, use Walgreens online photo app with their 4x4 Collage Print for $0.49. Here’s a YouTube video that shows exactly how to do it. https://youtu.be/KHw-w7FanbA
  • Print the photos of the cards shown below or save them to your phone or tablet to refer to in class.

OPTIONAL - watch these assembly videos for the two pop-up dies to familiarize yourself with the process.


July 2019 Farm Dies Assembly Videos

Happy July!

In just two weeks we will start shipping our July 2019 Die Release. Over the next two weeks I will be posting the assembly videos for the new dies. Today I am sharing all the videos for the new Farm dies. 

The Barn Pop Stand is a re-release of a previously licensed design. The new version doubles up the dies for the sliding doors to make it easier to cut everything at once. It also adds a small rectangle to be able to cut a hole for the window of the barn, a clump of hay to fit in the window, and a clump of grass for decoration. Otherwise it remains unchanged from the retired design. The Farm Edges is a brand new design, featuring a tractor on a stitched hill, picket fence and chicken wire border. Learn the assembly of these dies here:

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The Chicken, Pig and Lamb set is new. The chicken resembles a previously licensed design (Cheepers) but is now sized down to match our other small animals. The other two animals in this set are completely new, drawn in the style of our small animals standing on back legs and able to hold items. Watch the assembly here:

The Cow and Goat set will also make a longhorn. The cow reesembles a previously licensed design (Brownie) but is now sized down to match our other small animals. The goat is brand new, drawn with long ears and able to hold items. The set comes with a flower and a tin can. Watch the assembly here:

The Horse, Unicorn and Zebra was a specific request from our talented design team member, Karen Aicken. She asked that whenever I added a horse die to please include pieces to style it as a unicorn and zebra. Watch the assembly here:

Here are links to all the products used in the videos. We are taking pre-orders now for the new release with shipping starting July 15, 2019 in the order received. We will ship store orders first, so do consider pre-ordering through a local store if you're lucky enough to have one. 


Karen Burniston July 2019 Die Release Sneak Peek

In just three weeks we will have 20 new die sets available at KarenBurniston.com and at many of your favorite local and online retailers. You may pre-order from our website starting today, but do please consider pre-ordering through your favorite local store if you have one. We always ship store orders first.

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Check out the new dies in this collection preview video:

We have also compiled a July 2019 Digital Catalog with all of the new dies in one handy spot. Feel free to download and print your own copy.

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Let's look closer at the six new interactive dies in this release.

Train Pivot Panels - the newest in our popular series of Pivot Panels die sets is the Train Pivot Panels. The Train Elements set is the perfect add-on, including the tracks, crossing sign and All Aboard greeting. Our animal dies fit in the cars as an option, and the new Tiny Accessories 3 die set includes a train conductor's hat and bandana.  

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As with all of our Pivot Panels die sets, the Train Pivot Panels can be added to the Twist Panel die set (sold separately) to make an extra-dynamic pop-up card.

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Family Room Pop-up - Here's a pop-up that's specific . . . and yet generic! It's so customizable to whatever colors/patterns you choose. It has quick and easy assembly and a very impressive reveal. You can also customize it be adding any of our animal sets to the furniture. Add-on sets include Word Set 10 - Thinking of You, Home Sweet Home, and the Memory Charms.

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The Memory Charms coordinate perfectly with the Family Room Pop-up, especially for the fronts of the cards.

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Barn Pop Stand - by popular request we've brought back the Barn Pop Stand die set. The set has been expanded with extra duplicate pieces (no more double cutting the doors) and a couple of new pieces (hay, grass, window). The barn doors slide open to reveal something inside. We also have a brand-new add-on set called the Farm Edges, plus three animal sets, including a chicken, lamb, pig, goat, cow, longhorn, horse, unicorn and zebra! The Tiny Accessories 3 set includes a farmer/cowboy outfit for the animals and the new Howdy word makes a great greeting.

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Triple Flip - our newest pull tab die set is the Triple Flip. It's sized for an A2 card, at 5.5" wide. Pull the tab and all three rectangles flip over at the same time. The rectangles are sized to fit our charm sets and animal dies perfectly. It's shown here with our new Happy Hour Charms and Cheers word.


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Here's another Triple Flip card, this time combining the Space, Happy Hour and Birthday Charms and staggering the locations of the rectangles.

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Rocket Pop-up -the Space Charms are also a great add-on to the new Rocket Pop-up. This fun mechanism will launch the rocket as the card is opened. The rocket can be use independently as a stand alone element and this pop-up also makes great window cards. The Enjoy the Ride word set goes nicely with the Rocket and the Train Pivot Panels.

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I will be teaching a two-card class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Conroe, Texas, on Wednesday using the new dies. We will be making this bright and fun Rocket Pop-up card in class. It also uses the Space Charms, Enjoy the Ride and our Crosshatch shape dies.

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Photo Collage Pop-up - if you're looking for a completely generic but massively WOW pop-up die, you'll love the Photo Collage Pop-up. This fun mechanism twists and expands to reveal eight photo frames in a fun collage bulletin board style. The photo frames can be filled with our animals, charms, your favorite stamps, or actual photos. Accessories that come included in the set are push pins, binder clips, a ticket and the word "smile". Great add-ons are the Memory Charms and Home Sweet Home word set.

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The Photo Collage Pop-up will also work wonderfully on scrapbook pages or to make a truly personalized card featuring photos. Here's a birthday card where I used pictures of my twins from age 3 to age 20. The photo frame fits square 1.25" photos. This sample also uses the little camera from the Memory Charms set.

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Scrapp'n Savvy students on Wednesday will get to try this die and make a birthday-themed card. One frame will be left open for a photo of the recipient. On my sample card I used a photo of myself on my 9th birthday, wearing my favorite Mork 'n Mindy tee-shirt that said "Shazbot". (Nanu nanu!)

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Scrapp'n Savvy Students please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors
  • All types of adhesive including glue with a fine tip, tape runner, mini glue dots, double-sided tape and pop dots
  • Black pen for pig feet and snout
  • Bone folder 
  • Quickstik or tweezers for placing small pieces
  • Optional: if you have a photo of the birthday recipient, bring it sized at 1.25" square. Otherwise, plan to add it at home later.

We are introducing the collection today as a Sneak Peek and opening our website for pre-orders at 8 am, Eastern time. Our shipping starts July 15th in the order received.  

I am plugging away on assembly videos and will be uploading them over the next couple of weeks as I complete them. The Design Team has been making AMAZING cards with the dies and they are free to start posting their cards on their blogs today, so definitely check out those blogs (there's a clickable list in the sidebar at left) and I also suggest "liking" our Facebook Page and joining our fun Facebook group Karen Burniston Pop-up Peeps. If you want to make sure you don't miss out on any videos, please consider subscribing on YouTube.

Happy Crafting,

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Nov. 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: Hat Attack!

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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: 


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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!

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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!

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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! 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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! 

Happy Crafting!

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April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - The Great Outdoors

Welcome to the April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of The Great Outdoors and I think you'll be very inspired by their clever creations.

For my card and video, I'm showing a simple conversion of a pop stand design into a box pop-up design. This is going to be a handy little technique to use with all the pop stand designs, including the Cup, Eiffel Tower, Bathtub, Fence, Christmas Trees and Barn. As it says in the video, use 1" for the length of the joiner pieces, no matter which die is being converted. Choose the width of the joiner to match the width of the die's tabs. Watch the video here:

This last weekend I was in Dallas with Emma and the high school band on their spring trip. Over 200 kids went on the trip. Unfortunately heavy rains in the Dallas area closed Six Flags and then the rains hit Katy and produced dangerous flooding throughout the Houston area. A decision was made to skip our activity on Monday and get the kids home as soon as possible. It all worked out because we rolled into town during a lull in the storms. School has been canceled since Monday to allow the floodwaters to recede. Our neighborhood is surrounded by deep bayous, which filled up much higher than I've ever seen them, but still several feet below the banks. There was no flooding in our neighborhood. We count ourselves very lucky, as many have lost their homes and businesses and eight people lost their lives.

Because of the weather, I got a late start on my project, so I chose to make a simple design. I am in need of several "belated" cards for birthdays I missed in March, so this one will be perfect for that. The front of the card is a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock that I embossed with the Clouds embossing folder and sanded the edges of the clouds to turn them white. The "hay there" comes from the Hay There set and the banners are a sticker from my stash.

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Inside the card I used joiners to convert the tabs of the pop stand die into simple box pop-up platforms. The background is the Clouds embossing folder again, this time with light blue ink brayered inside the folder before embossing. The grass area is sponged with green ink. Snowball the Sheep is styled as a Suffolk, with a black head and legs. Suffolks, according to Wikipedia, make up 60% of the sheep population in the U.S. 

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Here's a side view showing how easily joiners can be used to convert the pop stand tabs into boxes.

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The stamp set for the greetings is the Homegrown Greetings set. I stamped the "I feel baaaad" greeting onto white cardstock and cut it out with a label die from the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I also cut a larger Katie Label from the leftover wood paper for a mat. The other greetings are stamped directly on the card.

If you'd like to make your own version of this card you'll find Elizabeth Craft Designs products at independent craft retailers worldwide or through these online links:


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The Designer Challenge Team always blows me away with their amazing creations. This month is no exception! For each of their Great Outdoors cards you can click on the name to go directly to that blog post, where you're likely to find supply lists, additional photos, explanations, etc. 

Frances Byrne starts us off with this amazing adaptation of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die used to raise up a circle. She decorated the circle in a western theme using the Western Edges and used the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps for the greeting. The colors are so rustic and warm. Fabulous!

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Raquel Mason created this cozy little home using the House Pivot Card. I really love her styling on the All Seasons Tree with the dimensional foliage. She also took advantage of the built-in emboss feature on the house to add the brick pattern. I'll be right over!

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Karen Aicken shows just how perfectly Pop it Ups dies can be used with patterned papers. She used cut-outs from the paper on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to create the interactive card. The Palm Tree, embossed to shiny perfection, completes the scene. Nautical and nice!

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Kelly Booth really should have a middle name of "color"! She has such a way of combining colors - it's magical! Check out this fun outdoor scene featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and Poppy the Owl. I love how Kelly used balloon strings from Props 2 as flower stems. Gorgeous!

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Sandy Diller made this crab-ulous card featuring the Adirondack Chair, Palm Tree & Pail, Rocky the Crab and Beach Edges. I particularly love her layering of the spotted palm fronds and the shell from Rocky inside the pail. This makes me want a beach vacation!

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Caz Counsell thought "outside" the card (see what I did there?) and created a photo canvas. She featured a handsome photo of her son and used the All Seasons Tree to decorate the canvas. What a wonderful way to showcase a photo! 

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Summer Hills-Painter created a beach shack out of the House Pivot Card. I love the thatched roof! She used the Rectangle Pull Card, adding in the Palm Tree and the sun from the Oval Pull Card. This is such a serene beachy scene. I want to step right into this card!

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Shelly Hickox was inspired by a card Karen Aicken made using a photorealistic scene with a pop-up cut into it. Shelly created her own backdrop by taking a photo of her garden and then cutting the Adirondack chair into the photo. She printed a second photo to fussy cut elements, like stones, and layer them over the original, creating very cool dimension. This is a fabulous technique that has so many possibilities!

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Fran Sabad was inspired by a pretty Garden Bench card made by Kittie C. a couple of years ago to create her own version. It turned out so soft and pretty! I love the delicate flowers on the All Seasons Tree and the brightly colored bird perched on the bench. Beautiful!

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Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers for her cards. This beauty features the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Pull Card Edges and What's Up? clear stamps. I love the way Frances layered the Pull Card Edges and used them to frame the greeting circle. Beautiful!

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Karen Aicken wins the prize for the cutest card ever with this adorable picnic scene. Baker the Beaver looks so cute with his watermelon, big shades and hot dog. Karen used the Adirondack Chair and the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil inside the card. Cute! Cute! Cute!

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Kelly Color Booth created a beautiful background for this House Pivot Card. The Lorna labels provide a handy assist for the greetings and she also used the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil to add the sun. This card is so bright and sunny!

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Sandy Diller mentions that when hot air balloons fly over her home in Arizona their bright colors seem to give them a glow of being lit from within. She recreated that feel with this beautiful card, featuring the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Western Edges. I love the stamped balloon in the background, seeming far away in the distance. Stunning!

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Caz Counsell styled the Spiral Circle Pull Card just perfectly to resemble a tree on the left side. The All Seasons Tree is used as a branch and Caz cleverly cut the eggs from the Props 7 set to style as leaves for the tree. Brilliant! Poppy the Owl looks lovely cut from Through the Lens paper, and the Clouds Embossing Folder creates the sky. Wonderful!

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Fran Sabad chose bright primary colors for this bold and breezy Hot Air Balloon card. What a nifty background with the pattern on the left and the solid on the right. So unique! If you click to Fran's blog post you'll see an equally impressive card front, featuring a rainbow. Love it!

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How's that for fifteen amazing cards?! I hope you've enjoyed the wonderful Great Outdoors inspiration by the team. Join us for next month's Designer Challenge on May 18, 2016. The theme for May is "Stage it Stencils" and in addition to the six available-now stencils, we will be featuring the six newest designs! You don't want to miss it!

Happy Crafting,

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Feb 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Glitter!

Welcome to this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge with a theme of: GLITTER! 

For my card I did not spare any glitter! I used the new Flower stencil to create an ombre effect with three colors of pink glitter, then carefully removed the stencil from the adhesive and "grouted" the remaining adhesive with Warm Diamond glitter. I did this technique three times to get a panel for the front of the card and for the background inside the card and, as you'll see on the video, I had no trouble removing the stencil by giving it slow even pressure while simultaneously holding down the sticky parts with a backing sheet from the adhesive.

However, some of the Designer Challenge team reported mixed results when using stencils for two-tone glitter. It seemed to depend on the cardstock and/or the "open-ness" of the stencil as to whether the stencil would release from the adhesive or cling so tight that the cardstock would peel/separate as they attempted to remove the stencil. Both Fran and Frances mentioned that coating the stencil with watermark ink like Versamark before laying it down into the adhesive can help it release from the adhesive easier. I've also had great success loosening the ECD adhesive by breathing warm air onto it while carefully pulling.

The white cardstock I used in the video is Hammermill 80 lb. Color Copy Digital Cover. It's a smooth white cardstock (Amazon link below if you need it) and I had no trouble with it peeling or separating as I removed the stencil. It probably also helped that I was using the Flower Stencil, which is a tight, even pattern stencil. So my advice would be to try the Versamark trick and/or use the same cardstock/stencil that I used in the video to ensure success with this technique.

OK, with disclaimers in place, here is the video!

 

Here are photos of the card and the details. It's an A2-sized card, but the brad and ribbon bow on the front will make it too bulky for a single-stamp. If you plan to make a similar card and want the most economical postage, change the front design to something completely flat.

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Speaking of the front design, I am a big fan of not doubling my work with pop-up cards. Let's face it, they're going to display these cards propped open. For that reason I always start by designing the interior of the card and then create some sort of "simple lead-in" for the front, carrying in the same colors/themes. For this card it was very simple - just a glittered panel with ribbons to look like it's a wrapped present, and a bow held on with a (very old, stash item) decorative brad. For the interior greeting I used the Just a Note clear stamps with the decorator dies (ovals, corner flourish) from the Oval Landscape Accordion. 

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The three supports at the top of the Cake Pop Up are particularly fun because the two outside ones pop-up at an angle, creating festive movement to the candles/strawberries (both included with the set) as the card is opened and closed. The cake stand is cut from a metallic silver paper.

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This side view shows the construction of the cake - it's really just a series of stacked boxes. I'm looking forward to people getting creative with turning it into other things. 

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If you're interested in giving this card a go, check your local independent craft store to see if they carry Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies. If not, how about asking them to? It's so important to support our local stores so we continue to have local stores! However, I also recognize that there are lots of places in the world without access to a nearby independent craft store, so you will also find the supplies online and here are some links:

 


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The Designer Challenge Team slayed the challenge this month. So much inspiration! So much sparkle! Remember that each of their names is a direct link to their blog post for that particular card. You'll find more photos, supply lists, even general instructions, by clicking those names.

Karen Aicken starts us off with this amazing Anniversary card featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab with two fun modifications - an extended tab for pulling and a doubled charm that expands when it hangs. She used an oversized card for space to add Rocky the Crab and the Palm Tree, both glittered to perfection. Absolutely fabulous!

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Kelly Booth REALLY loves coffee, so if you're the lucky recipient of this card you know that you are truly special! Notice the cute glittered monkeys (Jinks) with their tails creating a heart! Adorable. They're hanging out in the Cup Pop Stand, decorated beautifully with the Flower Stage-it Stencil. I love this card more than coffee!

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Caz Counsell made this extremely clever "changing title" card where the "Be" becomes "Beaver" as the card opens. Inside this sweet Valentine is Baker the Beaver, holding a glittered heart. Baker sports rosy cheeks and an embossed waffled tail. Adorable!

CC_beaver challengeFrances Byrne made this delightful Happy Chinese New Year card celebrating the "Year of the Monkey" - a fact that I didn't realize when I was designing Jinks, but a very fortunate coincidence! The Katie Label Pivot Card (one of Frances's "go to" dies) is perfect for any theme and I love her addition of the Paris Edges, plus the different poses of the glittery monkeys.

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Sandy Diller also celebrated the Year of the Monkey with this fun display piece made with the Katie Label Accordion and Katie Stars Frame Edges. She found some wooden numbers and covered them with glitter for a fabulous sparkle. She also styled Jinks as two different types of monkey. Really clever and cool!

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Fran Sabad used glitter to make shimmery sand as a backdrop to a very cool Rocky the Crab, sporting the Santa glasses from Props 5 turned into shades. Open this Oval Pull Card and Rocky has lifted his shades. The sun flies into the sky attached to the Spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card set. Super adorable card! 

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Selma Stevenson is guest designing for this month's challenge and made this fabulous tag/card. The bottom half of the tag lifts up to reveal the pop-up greeting. How very clever! Dutch the Fox is done in glitter for the front of the tag. Love it! We hope that Selma can join us for more challenges this year and if you're not familiar with her work, be sure to click her name and bookmark her blog. Her cards are exquisite!

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Raquel Mason went to the wild west with this fun glittered Cocoa the Horse card. She used the Rectangle Pull Card, Pull Card and Western Edges and decorated with the Paisley Stage it Stencil and Cocoa Western clear stamps. These are such fun colors. Yee haw!

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Kelly Booth had coffee on the brain when she created this delicious homage to her favorite beverage. The Cup Pop Stand works perfectly with Joset's Cupcake die to add foam. Kelly did a beans and glitter grout technique on the inside cup and used the Paisley Stencil on the front cup. Really lovely!

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Frances Byrne was also thinking java with this beauty, featuring a fun blue/brown color scheme and lots of stencil work. The Coffee Stencil creates both the beans and the flourish pattern on the rim of the saucer. Frances used the Swirly Flourish stencil on the cup and embellished with the Pull Card Edges. A gorgeous script word from Suzanne Cannon's collection finishes off this elegant card.

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Caz Counsell made this romantic card featuring the Medallion stencil with glittered paste for a textured sparkly backdrop and then added the Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. So pretty! Pop it Ups products can be used in so many ways, so don't feel limited to just interactive cards.CC_bonjourSandy Diller made this absolutely delightful Animal Party Block (a daytime pet Rave, she says!) using various Character and Props die sets. This is such a cute display piece and so, so creative! Makes me smile.SD_ animal party

Summer Hills-Painter made this brilliant pop-up scene by using the Pop Stand die from the Christmas Trees set to animate her two glittered Palm Trees. A vine suspended between the trees holds up Jinks the Monkey, just hanging out! She also used the Bananas embossing folder (come on . . . you know you need it!) Flourish Gift Frame, two clear stamp sets and the Pull Card Edges. Definitely high on the list of my favorite Summer makes!

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Shelly Hickox had been requesting a Pop it Ups Hot Air Balloon die set for some time and I was happy to be able to add one to the collection and especially when I see what she had in mind! This sweet Valentine is made with the Rectangle Accordion and Shelly added an expanding balloon on the first page. A Katie Label and the heart charm from the Hanging Charm Pull Tab sets create the decoration for Page 2. Shellypiece!

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Karen Aicken has been rocking her new favorite die - the Hanging Charm Pull Tab. In this creation she used the HCPT as the "gate" with the fence around it, then pulls it up to reveal a hidden greeting. Virgil, Cheepers and Snowball hang out in this barnyard full of love. Great idea on the red shadow layers to really bring home the "love" feel.

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Fran Sabad really thought of the details when she made this glittery goodness of an Easter-themed Fancy Accordion. The Frame Edges are glittered, along with the Easter Eggs, but also check out the paint splatters, made with candle flames and strawberry leaves from the Cake Pop Up, plus the paintbrush, made by shortening the Props 8 spatula. So many amazing details in this card.

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Kelly Booth created four cards for this month's challenge! She's a huge fan of glitter and it shows in her beautiful creations. These last two feature the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and the two-tone glitter technique like in the video but using the Paisley stencil. I particularly like how she inlaid the greeting on the green/teal version and extended the pull tab, cutting it into a decorative shape with the Agatha Edges. Also a great idea to mix in butterflies from the Butterfly Accessory die set.

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Well? Are you on inspiration overload? So many sparkly glittery ideas! Which will you try first?

For this month's giveaway it's a great one - Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a giveaway of all the ECD products from the video! One lucky winner will win this:

Feb2016WinThisHow do you enter? Simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us which Pop it Ups product is on your wish list. (ANY Pop it Ups product - not limited to the ones in the prize pack) You have until Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5 pm CST to leave your comment. The winner will be chosen by random draw and contacted for an address by e-mail.

Good luck, and Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com
 

 


October 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Characters in Costume

It's Designer Challenge day! For October I challenged the team to transform the Characters with costumes and/or a complete transformation into something new. I think you'll agree that the 20 inspiring projects they created are full of imagination. You can see them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.

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For my project and video I knew I wanted to use the Ring Accordion. I've used the Ring on several projects in the last few months, but realized that I'd never used the Ring specifically for a video tutorial. Time to remedy that!

My Character transformation was to dress William the Goat as an Elf. I also wanted to teach how to add the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages of an Accordion so they will expand when the album opens, but collapse for mailing. Here's what I came up with:

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Learn how to make this project, step-by-step, in this video tutorial:

 

When the album is folded close the first expanding tree will pivot to the front of the album. I decorated the outer ring with a red cardstock ring with texture paste stitch lines. The Agatha flourish adds additional decoration as well as disguises the back of William's ear in the closed position.

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When the album opens the first tree pivots into the inside of the card and the front section expands to make a 3D tree. I used the Groove Tool to sand and ink the core cardstock after embossing with the Damask folder. Learn more about the Groove Tool and enter their monthly drawing for a free Groove here: Momenta - ArtC

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William the Goat makes such a cute elf but the techniques are universal and can be translated easily to the other Characters. The Agatha Edges flourish is perfect for elf shoes and the solid Christmas Tree converts to a great elf hat.

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For this week only you can save 20% on all Characters and Props dies. Sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 at midnight MDT. Click the photo below to check it out.

If you'd like to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf, you'll need these supplies:  


Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.

Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.

Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.  

To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)

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I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set. 

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Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:

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When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.

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The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse. 

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The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges. 

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At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.

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If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories. 

Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!

Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.  


Fall in love with Autumn SALE! (October 1-5, 2015)

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Do you subscribe to the Elizabeth Craft Designs mailing list? If so, you already know about this awesome SALE that started today. Select fall-themed products are discounted 30% through Monday, October 5, 2015.

Six Pop it Ups products are included in the sale and here are some video tutorials using the sale items:

 

 

 

 

If any of these products have been on your wish list it's a great time to pick them up at a discounted price. But hurry! The sale ends Monday. The sale also includes nineteen other Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, stamps and stickers from Susan's Garden, Petroschi Bianca and Els van de Burgt Studios. Click the picture link below to check it out!

Happy Fall, ya'll!