Christmas Version - Garden Bench Pop-up

My latest Christmas Version of a previous video tutorial is based on the March 2014 Designer Challenge where I taught an Easter-themed Garden Bench card and taught how to add extra "pops" next to the bench using the Lots of Pops die. 

For this transformation I changed several things from the video. The general concept is the same - a bench with an extra platform on the side - but instead of sponging the background I used patterned papers. Instead of two extra pops on each side of the bench I went with just one pop on one side. More on these changes below, but first, here's the card:


My first thought, when I chose this video as inspiration, was a snowy wintry scene. I pulled out the appropriate trees and edge dies and went searching through my paper stash for papers in a frosty blue. When I came across these gorgeous burgundy Bo Bunny papers (older designs) they reminded me of wallpaper and a different idea was stoked. Instead of an outdoor scene, I began to picture an indoor scene. I pictured a pretty foyer, with a bench for taking off your boots, decorated for the holidays.

This card measures 5.75" wide by 5.5" tall when closed and can be mailed in a 6x6 envelope. For the front of the card I went with my usual "simple lead-in" approach. A square of the same patterned paper, three layered labels from the Labels & Circles die, a ribbon bow and the tree Holiday Charm, decorated with silver twine and tiny rhinestones. 


When the card is open, the foyer scene is revealed, including a 2-tone bench, snowflake garlands and pillows, a mirror on the wall, side table with topiary evergreen tree, and a rug.


The garland is made using beads and the fishtail banner from the Lots of Pops set. I added the small snowflake from the Holiday Charms to the banners. The mirror is a combination of circles from the Labels & Circles set, with silver Shimmer Sheetz as the mirror itself. For the rug, I was inspired by Summer Hills-Painter, who tightly wound Baker's twine to make a bathmat for a card last year. I followed her lead by tightly winding twine onto a piece of cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. Then I die cut the rug through the wound twine using a label from the Labels & Circles set and brushed the edges with burgundy ink. For both the mirror and the rug I used the Precision Plate in my Big Shot to be able to cut through the tougher materials.


Here are some step shots showing how I created this card. I started with a 5.75" x 11" piece of cream cardstock and added panels of patterned paper to each half, making sure that there was NO adhesive under the paper in the bench area. I used the alignment nubs on the die to add it over the fold, slid to the right side of the card to leave room for my table on the left. After die cutting the bench I snipped away the paper in the bench area and glued down the remaining paper around the bench.


I followed the video instructions for folding the bench and for creating the "extra pops" with the Lots of Pops die. I decided to add just one "pop" for a side table. After installing it in the card I added a scrap of the wall paper to the top of the pop so it would blend in. I also cut a bench from burgundy cardstock and trimmed out the arms and the decorative swirls to add to the cream bench. 


To make the side table, I used the pole from the Lots of Pops die set. The table leg is the bottom part of the pole, with a piece of the pole turned sideways to be the base and the table top. I created the pot by trimming down the present from the Holiday Charms and then filled it with the evergreen tree charm. The present charm is attached to the leg of the bench. To cover the openings left by the bench, I used pieces of the same two papers so the wall and the floor would continue. I also added a piece of white cardstock, scored twice for texture, to be the baseboard along the bottom of the wall.


For the pillows, I used the present charm die and nested in the small snowflake die. I trimmed the box "lid" so it would be a square and then inlaid a silver snowflake into the opening. The best way to attach items inside the bench so they "float" in the middle somewhere is to add an "L" support through one of the slats of the bench. The foot of the "L" is attached to  the floor below the bench. The pillows are attached to the upper part of the support. 


I finished out my scene with a "Season's Greetings" stamp from my stash. Learn how to fold the bench and cut extra "pops" by watching this video tutorial:

Here are the items I used on my Christmas foyer card. The papers are very old, so substitute something similar.

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


July 1, 2015: Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Category Breakdown

Happy Wednesday and Happy July! I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups Collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I'll explain it all!

It's a good ol' fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst - want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)

Pivot Cards

Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.



Pivot Card Product Links:

Pivot Card Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pivot Cards
Seamless Pivot Card Backing Cards
Double Heart Pivot Card
Double Katie Label Pivot Card
Double Evergreen Pivot Card
Triple Pivot Card Technique
House Pivot Card
Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card

Pivot Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pivot Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pivot Card Posts

Pull Cards

Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element - the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.


Pull Card Product Links:

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

Spiral Circle Pull Card
Introduction to Spiral Circle Pull Card (slide to 7:30)
Introduction to Rectangle Pull Card (slide to 6:43)
Rectangle Pull Card - Buster Plays Dead
Rectangle Pull Card - Rocky Doffs his Cap

Pull Card Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pull Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pull Card Posts

General Pop-up Cards

Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional "magic trick" cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.


General Pop-up Product Links:

General Pop-up Video Tutorials:

Introduction to General Pop-ups
Garden Bench
Double Lorna Mummy Card
Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card
Adirondack Chair

General Pop-up Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's General Pop-up Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Lucy Label PostsLots of Pops PostsGarden Bench PostsHappy Birthday PostsLorna Label PostsBeach Collection Posts

Pop Stands

Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.


Pop Stand Product Links:

Pop Stand Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Pop Stands (slide to 1:30)
Eiffel Tower
Barn Pop Stand with Floating Floor

Pop Stand Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Pop Stands Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Pop Stand Posts

Accordion Albums & Frame Edges

Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you'll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.

Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.


Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:

Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Accordions
How to add Clear Pages to Pop it Ups Accordions
Pivot Accordion Technique
How to turn Portait Accordions into Landscape Accordions
Stacked Accordions
Barn Accordion Card

Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Accordion Albums Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Accordion Posts

Characters & Props

The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.


Character & Props Product Links:

Character & Props Video Tutorials:

Introduction to Characters
Honey the Bear as a Panda
Honey & Dutch as Woodland Animals

Characters & Props Inspiration:

Karen Burniston's Characters Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston's Blog: Character Dies

Edge Dies

Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.


Edge Dies Product Links:

Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders

Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.


Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:


Clear Stamps

In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps - the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps - meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon! 

So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.

Happy Crafting!


Lots of Pops Birthday Card - Hoppy Party Animal

Today I'm sharing a fun birthday card using one of my favorite Pop it Ups dies - the Lots of Pops. This versatile die is the perfect generic die for pop-up scenes, since it creates several platforms at different depths and heights.


I started with a piece of blue cardstock 4.5" x 10" and scored at 5" for a top-fold card. (11.4 cm x 25.4 cm) I cut a smaller lighter blue panel at 4.25" x 4 7/8" (10.8 cm x 12.4 cm). I used temporary tape to stick the light blue panel to the top inside panel of the card, lined up the Lots of Pops die over the center fold and ran through the machine. Since I had used temporary adhesive I was able to remove the light blue cardstock piece after die cutting and trim away the pop-up area using scissors. Then I embossed the panel with the Clouds embossing folder and adhered it back inside the card, where it now fit perfectly around the Lots of Pops.


I always start by decorating the inside of pop-up cards. I used the Beach Edges to create waves and adhered them to the back wall and the pop-up platforms. The Lots of Pops comes with the pole to fit the tall skinny platforms and two styles of foldover banner.


Two Hoppy the Frog's were used for the inside of the card. One was assembled as usual and stuck to the platform above the first step. I bent his front feet to adhere them to the top of the step. For the second Hoppy I used scissors to separate his legs and head and tucked them in behind waves to look like a crazy frog party was underway. I stamped the Happy Birthday To You! greeting onto the fishtail banner that comes with the Lots of Pops, made a double-fold on the ends and then cut two flies from the Hoppy set to hold the banner in the sky.


 A side view shows the little bent feet and how all the items are attached to the platforms. The Lots of Pops makes it so easy to create fun layered pop-up scenes.


For the greeting area I added a 3.25" x 4.25" piece of orange cardstock (8.3 cm x 10.8 cm) and then die cut a large stitched oval from the Oval Accordion die set. I snipped a little chunk out to make it look like a lily pad.  I sponged green ink around the perimeter and embellished with a stamped "Celebrate" and some lilies from the Hoppy set. I will write the personal greeting in the leftover space.


Once I had the card's interior done it was easy to make the front of the card as a "lead in" to the magic inside. I used a piece of light blue cardstock, embossed with the clouds, as the backing card. More Beach Edges create the waves. I chopped up another frog (Sorry, Hoppy!) and strategically placed his limbs among the waves so it would look like he was floating. The balloon is from the Props 2 die set with the ears cut off.


If you are new to the Lots of Pops die or need a refresher scroll to 4:59 in this introductory video:


If you are new to Hoppy the Frog or need a refresher scroll to 3:00 in this introductory video:


Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, folders and stamps are available in independent craft stores worldwide or with the following online links.

In addition to these products I used cardstock: 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of green, 2 shades of orange, plus twine, ribbon, and inks. 

Lots of Pops (or should I say Lots of Hops?)

Today I've got a fun Pop it Ups card featuring the new Hoppy the Frog die. Hoppy is part of the Summer 2014 release and will be in stores mid-July. Elizabeth Craft Designs caters to independent retailers, so definitely ask your local store to order the new dies.

You will be able to order online and for some people that's their only option if they have no local stores. It's always nice, though, when you can pick up a product and hold it in your hand before purchasing, so let those local stores know that you're interested! 

909 - Hoppy the Frog

Hoppy the Frog is one of the three new Character Dies. Here is the introductory video for the Characters:


For this card I used Hoppy on the front of the card as well. I embossed the cardstock with the Trendy Tiles 1 Embossing folder, which looks good both embossed and debossed, so it's perfect for backing cards, where you'll see both sides. The Hoppy styling for the front of the card is just two staggered detail layers  with no shadow layer. I also used the stitched and circle decorator dies from the new Ring Accordion and the flourish from the Agatha Edges die.


This is an A2-sized card, opening from the top (so 4.25" wide by 11" long, folded at 5.5") I die cut the Lots of Pops die into a slightly smaller piece of green patterned paper and cut the bottom edge with an Agatha Edge. I styled Hoppy a couple of different ways, just playing. The dark green Hoppy on the right edge was embossed with the Trendy Tiles 1 embossing folder and put together with pop dots. The greeting stamp was a gift from my friend Margene, who thought it was right up my alley. She was right! 


For jumping Hoppy, I simply cut his legs from the side of his body and glued them back on in a different position. I created the jump lines using a Sharpie marker on transparency and attaching it to one of the pops. The fly is a decorator die that comes in the Hoppy set.


Although Hoppy and the Ring Album (for the stitched circles) aren't available for another few weeks, the rest of the Pop it Ups dies are available now. Check your local store or use these shopping links:

The Characters celebrate Halloween! (in June)

If you missed this week's Sneak Peek (Part 1) of the new Pop it Ups release coming to stores July 15, 2014, you may be seeing the new Character die sets for the first time. Here is the introductory video:


Summer Release is when we introduce dies that can be used for the fall and winter holidays. With product design you're always working six months ahead with ideas, classes and samples - it's pretty funny, actually! So as the kids start summer vacation I'm pulling out Halloween papers!

I created three Halloween samples using the new Character dies and even though the newest dies won't be available for another month, I've mixed in a lot of existing Pop it Ups dies that are available now.

For example, this first card uses the Lots of Pops, Oval Flourish Frame Edges and All Seasons Tree dies. (Supply links follow each card)

My concept for this card was to have Poppy the Owl wear a Ghost costume when the card was closed. The ghost is hand drawn and cut with a craft knife through both layers (white spiderwebs and black spiderwebs) of the card's front so that I could fill the opening with a larger piece of vellum sandwiched between the layers. A circle punch worked perfectly for punching the eye holes into the vellum before sandwiching. To finish the card's front I cut four Oval Flourish Frame edges from orange cardstock and created the frame. 


You'll see in the photo above that Poppy's eyes shine through the ghost costume when the card is closed. Open the card and a pop-up scene is revealed, complete with spooky tree and Poppy in a Groucho Marx mask.

When I cut the Lots of Pops into the bats patterned paper one just happened to line up with the upper stairstep platform. I hated to cover it up, so instead I wove the brown tree trunk (just a folded piece of brown cardstock) underneath the stairstep and glued it to the back side of the stairstep. I added a hand cut wider section for the base of the tree and branches from the All Seasons Tree.

The Props 1 set includes the glasses and mustache and I thought it would be fun to make a Groucho Marx mask for Poppy so I used his beak cut-out, cut from a flesh color and flipped upside-down, to be the nose. Poppy is attached to another All Seasons Tree used as a branch.


With the Lots of Pops die you can choose which "pops" to expand and which ones to leave collapsed. I only used the big center pop and one of the stairsteps (for the tree) and left the other three pops in the collapsed position.


Die supply links:  

Next up is a different look for Poppy the Owl and Hoppy the Frog - realistic textures!

I wanted to show how nicely you can mix pages between the existing Circle Accordion Album (available now) and the upcoming Ring Accordion (available mid-July 2014). I used the Ring Album for the outside pages and the Circle Accordion for the center page. The inner circles on both albums are the same size, so assembly is a breeze. The outer square on the Circle Accordion will have to be trimmed down on the bottom edge to match the base of the ring page, but it's a quick and easy modification with a trimmer.


For this album I also used a large corner rounder on the center page. When I photographed this project I was losing light and the silver tray was off balance. I didn't notice the album not resting evenly on the tray until I was editing the photos. The album does stand up nice and even on a flat surface.


The Characters are definitely drawn in a cute, cartoonish way but I wanted to show that they can be styled in a realistic way by simply changing their eyes and choosing realistic textures for their bodies. In this case I printed some owl feathers and frog skin photos and then die cut them. For Poppy's eyes I used two different circle punches, since I did not want the little cut-out in the eyeballs. Hoppy's eyes are made using the detail layer die to cut green circles, then hand cutting an almond shape from each circle and gluing them over a black circle. For both Characters I added tiny Glitter Dots for the catch lights and coated the eyes with Glossy Accents.


Die supply links: 

One more Halloween-themed Character project to show. I loved making this one, where each Character is wearing a mask of one of the other Characters. Ha ha ha! What fun!


I used the new Ring album to make a four-page album but mixed in some of the decorator dies from the Circle Accordion album. None of the decorator dies duplicate between the two albums, so by mixing them you get a lot of sizes!


The masks are cut from Shimmer Sheetz so they have that authentic plastic mask sheen to them. I hand cut the little trick or treat bags and drew their little faces on with a black pen. Some black and orange twine spun together made perfect mask cords and handles for the treat bags.


Die supply links:


Sneak peeks also allow customers to plan and budget for items they know they'll want to purchase. For this release, I split the Sneak Peeks into two parts - showing the first 10 dies now and the final 6 in a couple of weeks, closer to the ship date. 

Another perk to Sneak Peeks is that the amazing Designer Challenge Team, who has been making samples with the new dies for the last month or so, are now free to share those projects on their blogs. How do you find them? The easiest is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Page on Facebook, where I post daily links to new projects using Pop it Ups dies.

I've also added a new Pinterest board dedicated to Character samples.

So how about it? Which of these Halloween ideas is your favorite?

Pop it Ups Upcoming Classes

It's a busy time around here as I gear up for a bunch of upcoming teaching trips.

First up I will be teaching at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA on Thursday, March 27th from 6-9 pm with this card class:

*Note* the Funky Cakes Peel-off Sticker sheet includes 5 different styles of birthday cake, so each kit gets one cake, not necessarily the one photgraphed, but equally nice!


Next, I head to Framingham, MA for The Collins Rep Group Spring Retailer Training Event, where I will be teaching two classes, a Make 'n Take, and co-teaching a Workshop with Els van de Burgt.

The first class, Easy Pop it Ups Pivot Cards, is sold out. We will be making a card with each of the three Pivot Card dies in the first Pop it Ups release - the Heart, the Butterfly and the Katie Label. Two of the cards feature new Embossing Folders that have just shipped out to stores.


The next class has a few spots left, at last check. This is the General Pop it Ups card class, where we focus on the three general pop-ups, the Garden Bench, the Lots of Pops and the Lucy Label. Again, you'll see some of the new embossing folders used on these cards as well.

*Note* the Ladybug card was hard to photograph because of the Shimmer Sheetz but in person the two large ladybugs are very shimmery red - quite striking.


I do not have photographs yet of the Workshop projects, but it is also sold out. Els is in Australia, but before she left she designed two brand-new Peel-off Sticker sheets to coordinate with the Fancy Accordion Album and the Katie Label Pivot Card. Those two Peel-offs will be debuted in the workshop, along with a third project that I cannot reveal yet! (ooooh! suspense!!!)

The Store Class #1 (Birthday, Butterfly, Smile Bench Card, Roses Oval Accordion) will be taught at these upcoming stores and events:

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Spring & Easter Cards

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today with the March Pop it Ups Designer Challenge for Spring & Easter cards. You'll definitely want to check out the eighteen amazing projects by the Designer Challenge team plus a guest designer.



In addition to the Spring/Easter creations by the team, I have a new video tutorial for this Easter Garden Bench + Lots of Pops card. I had a lot of tips to share for this card, and I listened to those of you who requested that I slow down a bit. I'd love your feedback on whether this video length is better - around 15 minutes instead of under 10 minutes. 


The video covers a variety of subjects including:

  • How to fold the Garden Bench and Lots of Pops dies.
  • Cutting the Lots of Pops die into separate platforms to add next to the Bench.
  • The sponge-around-a-template technique for the sky and grass, including inlaid grass and cloud details.
  • Tips for using the All Seasons Tree.
  • Suspending the Butterfly Accessory dies on wires.
  • How to get the black/white texture on the Poles
  • How to extend the length of the Fancy Frame Edges to fit a 6x6 card, plus add glitter.

Right? Everything but the kitchen sink! Here are some photos:







Here are some supply links for the products used in the video:


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Just this week I received an e-mail saying that my account was chosen as a 2013 All Star winner. It said in the e-mail that only 10% of their accounts are chosen for this honor and among the criteria for being chosen were:

  • Consistently high open rates (greater than 25%), click through rates, and low bounce rates
  • Regular contact with your audience

So I owe a big THANK YOU to the members of my mailing list for opening the e-mails and clicking the links. Thanks!


Pop it Ups Card Class - Scrapp'n Savvy, February

This Saturday, February 1, 2014 I'll be teaching a Pop it Ups class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. There are three sessions and I believe there may be a few seats left, but I'm not sure in which session. Call the store if you're in the Houston area and want to join the fun.

The class will consist of the three cards from my CHA class (which are also the cards featured on the packaging for those particular dies) and then a fourth card using the Garden Bench, All Seasons Tree and Agatha Edges.





Please bring these supplies to class:

  • Scissors (you may also want some detail scissors for fussy cutting)
  • Tape Runner
  • Strong red-liner or Scor tape (1/4" width is great)
  • Mini glue dots
  • Pop dots
  • Fine Line Glue pen (you're going to want this for the flourishes and tree branches)
  • Sanding tool (for the front of the Garden Bench card)
  • Paper piercer
  • Tiny Attacher stapler (optional, but I like to staple the small tabs on the Accordion Album)
  • Tweezers (optional, but helpful for working with Peel-offs)

All of the coloring will be assigned as homework, but if you want to attempt it in class, I used Copic markers in blues (Lots of Pops card), pinks (Heart Pivot Card) and teal/tan (Circle Accordion)

Reminder: Dillon's Eagle Scout project is to collect new or gently used teddy bears and stuffed animals (suitable for children). If you can help him out by donating one, please bring it. 

Thanks, and see you there!

Pop it Ups and Peel-offs

One of the many exciting things about joining the team at Elizabeth Craft Designs is getting better educated on all the products they are famous for - Shimmer Sheetz, Micro Fine Glitter, ECD Tape and Peel-off Stickers. 

I started my papercrafting obsession with rubber stamps, and out of habit I reach for my stamps when I need imagery for a card, but these Peel-off Stickers are addictive! I love the intricate detail and the glossy raised lines that give you a perfect professional image every time. I love using the Peel-off stickers on the double-sided tape sheets, filling with microfine glitter, and then coloring with my Copics. 

I also learned in one of Els' classes, with a refresher explanation by my friend Debra, how to use the transfer sheets to pick up the negative pieces of the stickers, too, to make another sticker out of them. In the card below I used both the positive and negative sections of the teacup sticker.


For this card I used some of my new Pop it Ups dies being released next week at the CHA show and shipping to stores immediately after. Please check with your local store to see if they are taking preorders if you're interested in the dies used. The main pop-up was made with the Lots of Pops die, which comes with the pole, two foldover banners and a fish tail banner. 

778 Lots of Pops NP


For the cork "Thinking of You" label inside my Tea card, I used one of the decorator labels from the Lucy Label pop up die and nested both slot dies in it before die cutting. The thin cork sheets from Creative Impressions (link in the supply list below) cut beautifully with the new dies!

779 Lucy Label NP


I used the flourish piece from the Agatha Edges to embellish the interior label (red flourishes) and also for steam rising out of the teacups (cut from vellum)

782 Agatha Edges NP


For the front of the card I needed larger labels, so I turned to the Fancy Label Accordion Album die set to get the pieces I needed.

771 Fancy Accordion NP


All of the card embellishments are made using the Peel-off stickers shown below, placed onto double-sided adhesive over white cardstock, glittered, colored and cut out. (The fine pointed scissors are fabulous for fussy cutting!) The cardstock color is Bazzill Cinder.

If you're coming to CHA I'd love to show you these dies in person. Stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Booth #441 where I will be demoing throughout the show, unless I'm teaching a class.