Pop it Ups #1206 Anita Frames Pop-up VIDEO

Happy Saturday, fellow crafters!

Today I have the final assembly video for the new interactive dies in the Summer release. This is the Anita Frames Pop-up die set, named in honor of Anita Izendoorn, who was a big fan of a similar die called the Floating Frames from my early Sizzix days and has been requesting for years that I bring it back.

This is going to be a great all-purpose generic pop-up die for any theme. Watch this video to learn how to assemble it:

 

The card I make in the video is a simple card design using just a few supplies.

The card front is very simple, using a harlequin patterned paper from BoBunny with glitter dots to highlight all the diamonds. The banners are stamped (Occasions Clear Stamps) onto white cardstock and then cut out with the matching dies and strung onto a piece of twine. I attached them to the front of the card with pop-dots. 

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I layered the two smaller decorator labels together and then die cut a crown with double-sided adhesive on the cardstock so it could be glittered. I embellished the crown with glitter dots and lines.

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When the card is opened the Anita Frames pop up is revealed. The oval provides a spot for me to sign the card. 

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In the video I show the die cutting of the "Happy Birthday to you" stamped label using the medium label die included in the set. This will leave a slight shadow around the stamped black border. The banners are attached to the card with miniature paper clips.

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 The new collections are available now at retailers who carry Elizabeth Craft Designs products. Or you can shop online and here are some links to the products used in the video:


Twist Circle Snowman Card

Last Tuesday was our first Designer Challenge of August and I shared a video tutorial for assembling the BRAND NEW #1207 Twist Circle Die Set. Today I'm sharing one of the sample cards I showed in the video.

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This card measures 5" x 7" when folded. I started with a 7" tall by 12" long strip of light blue cardstock and scored it at 4.75" from the left side, then 5" from the first fold. The remaining 2.25" on the right side became the fold-over flap and I scored the paper a few times close together to make the flap have dimension. I hid strong magnets between the layers as I covered each flap with patterned paper.

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Because a Big Shot die cutting machine is only wide enough for a 6" card, I cut my inner paper card to 6" tall before die cutting the Twist Circle. After folding the mechanism and attaching it inside the card I added the remaining patterned paper along the bottom to complete the paper. Then I covered the seam in the cut papers with coordinating washi tape.

The Twist Circle die set had two of the circle sizes I needed for the Snowman - the large stitched circle and the medium solid one. For the snowman's head I turned to the decorator circles in the Ring Accordion, which had a nice 1.2" diameter circle that would fit the top hat nicely. The top hat is from the Steampunk Charms die set - I simply cut off the hang hole at the top. The carrot nose is from Lucky the Rabbit, trimmed down slightly. The eyes and mouth are black rhinestones and the arms are branches from the All Seasons Tree. I used pop dots between the layers of the snowman.

The remaining decorations are snowflakes from the Holiday Charms set, circles from the Labels & Circles set, including the medium stitched one used to frame the stamped greeting. 

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I spent some time trying to find the originator of the stacked snowman idea that ended up all over Pinterest. I believe it may have originated in a paper crafting magazine, but I was unable to find the original or the designer. I am not a fan of generic "inspired by Pinterest" credit, but I'm afraid it's all I have in this case. Thank you, whoever first thought of this idea for a stacked snowman.

Here is the video tutorial for the Twist Circle Die Set:

 

The new release had an unfortunate shipping delay but is expected to arrive early next week and start shipping immediately to independent craft stores worldwide. You can also find Pop it Ups products on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website:


August 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge #1: Flower or Flour

Welcome to our second month with a new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming. 

Here is the challenge I issued to the team:  "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide!

For my card I'm sharing the project I made for the packaging of #1207 Twist Circle Pop-up plus a general assembly video for this new die. The front of my card is a very simple lead in using patterned paper, the scalloped edge from the Pull Card Edges, and a ribbon bow. As the card is opened the circle starts to twist up into the center of the card.

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The "Hi" circle comes with the set and works so well with the other circles to create a fun center decoration. I added flowers from the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set and a greeting from the Occasions Clear Stamps. Jolly the Mouse hangs out inside the card and I created a rickrack border using the Pull Card Edges.

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Ready to learn how to assemble this die? Check out this video tutorial for the Twist Circle.

 

The video card is such a quick and simple design. I used mostly just the pieces from the Twist Circle die set to achieve this look, adding greetings from the Just a Note clear stamps and one additional circle die from the Labels & Circles set (to frame the "just a note to say" stamp).

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Here are the products used on the Jolly card and the video card. Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores throughout the world.

 



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The Designer Challenge team is going to blow your mind this challenge. Be sure to click their names to visit their individual blog posts to see full supply lists for their cards and more photos and tips.

Sandy Diller also used the Twist Circle for this month's challenge and created an amazing cupcake-a-ganza! I am in love with all the details in this amazing card for the "flour" side of the challenge. I especially love the cupcake that fell - what a clever touch!

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Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this card is no exception. I love her combination of pinks and reds for a sweet and pretty Flower Pot Pop Stand card. Kelly added the Paris Edges as doilies inside the card and I love her yellow butterfly.

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Fran Sabad made a vertical card using the Flower Pot Pop Stand. What a great idea! To create visual balance Fran added a wide accent strip to one side of the card. This card is so classy and light. I love Fran's use of the Flower Stage it Stencil on the sides of the pot. Gorgeous!

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Summer Hills-Painter's Flower Pot Pop Stand uses such a beautiful color scheme. She added the Occasions Clear Stamps "Happy Birthday" greeting, which can be cut out perfectly using a die from the Anita Frames die set. Inside she made her pot match the gorgeous patterned paper.

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Raquel Mason used the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set but repurposed it as an oven for Buster the Dog's favorite cake .... uh oh . . . it's made with Whiskers the Cat! Ha ha ha. This card cracks me up! (No cats were harmed in the making of this card) Love Raquel's use of the Props 8 baking items plus the Props 6 bandana.

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Caz Counsell needed a special card for a departing co-worker and created a beautiful bouquet. This card features the Flower Pot Pop Stand being built closer to the back of the card and collapsing inward - another great way to use this die. Caz also put Poppy the Owl in the pot. Adorable!

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Karen Aicken did a marvelous job creating a fun scene for the "flour" side of the challenge. Karen used Baker the Beaver, Props 8 and the Cake on a Rectangle Pull Card repurposed as an Easel Card. I just love the colors and all the fun details in this. 

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Frances Byrne made a pretty in pink Flower Pot Pop Stand card using a custom plaid paper that she created using the new Stripes/Plaid stencil. I love the pop of greenery in her sweet bouquet. Using the plaid as big chunky corners is a fabulous look!

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Shelly Hickox got very creative with repurposing the Flower Pot Pop Stand into a tombstone! Then she added pieces from the Halloween Scene die set, including a row of tombstones, trees, bats and a hanging spider. Amazingly this all folds down flat in the card and you can see it in action by watching a video posted on her blog post. Spooktacular! 

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Well I think we can all agree that this team is amazingly talented! Join us in two weeks for the second Designer Challenge of August. Shelly Hickox set the theme and it's a good one - "Girly or Ghouly" - you'll see feminine pretty projects AND creepy crawly projects - pick your poison! Heh heh heh.

Happy Crafting!

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18th Birthday Cards for Karl & Emma

What a year it's been! No more high school. No more braces. And no more childhood! Meet these two fantastic 18-year-old young adults who will be voting in their first Presidential election this November. Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma, you amazing people, you!

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Naturally, as their mother, I still see them like this . . . "Emma Bear" and "Boo Boo"

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For their birthday cards I turned to brand new Pop it Ups die shipping soon from Elizabeth Craft Designs. 

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I always start my pop-up cards by designing the inside of the card. After all, that's how the card will be displayed! For Emma's card I used a BoBunny cupcakes paper for the background of the card and also fussy cut several cupcakes to fill the pot, along with William the Goat wearing glasses similar to Emma's. (Eyelet Outlet)

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Another reason I always start with the inside of the card is because it gives me the opportunity to add disguising elements to the card's front in case any portion of the pop-up is visible in the closed position. For Em's card William the Goat's horns were visible on the side of the card in the closed position so I added a strategically placed label to the card's front to disguise the horns. The American Crafts eyeglasses paper has been in my stash for months waiting on Em's birthday. I was excited to get to use it. The label and circle are both from the Labels & Circles die set.

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The other day a friend of mine who owns a craft store messaged me to say that several customers had called the store after the Video Tutorial for the Flower Pot was posted, asking her to order it for them. I told my friend that the Flower Pot may well be my crowning achievement in die design. It's just so versatile and dynamic. It's exciting to see it come to life as the card is opened. Plus, the fact that you can use it as a stand-alone box card makes it even more versatile!

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Perhaps there's a subconscious reason that I chose to use William the Goat for Emma's card. I'm not sure I'm ready for my "kid" to be an adult! But William also looks really cute wearing the brad glasses and eating the ribbon from the 18 tag. (Made with the new Sports Charms)

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The Flower Pot die set comes with flowers, a butterfly and vine, but you can always fill it with whatever you choose. I simply fussy cut cupcakes from the leftover paper and glued them to the lattice at different angles. The Happy Birthday is one of my favorite peel-off stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I think I used these same stickers on last year's cards!

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For Karl's card I used the new Twist Circle die set. This versatile die twists up a platform into the middle of the card, allowing you to animate all sorts of things into fun pop-ups. I chose to use Jinks the Monkey and tried to make him into quite the distinguished gentleman in honor of Karl's "man" status.

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The Twist Circle die set comes with five different circles to use on the platform, but you are also able to use just the platform itself, as I did for Jinks. He is wearing the Steampunk Charms tophat and the same brad glasses as Emma's card. The mustache is from Props 1 and the greeting from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps. 

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For the card front I did a similar trick with the label, extending it off the side of the card because Jinks' "happy birthday to you" sign was partially visible in the closed position. I added another tophat, cut one of the glasses brads in half to be a monocle, and added another mustache. The Labels & Circles die set was perfect to frame everything.

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The Twist Circle is another die that's really fun to open and close. As the card is opened the platform is going to twist up into place, hovering over the center of the card.

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Happy Birthday, Karl and Emma! I love you to the moon and back.

By the way, tune in Tuesday for a video tutorial on the Twist Circle die set. New dies, stamps and stencils are expected by mid-August at Elizabeth Craft Designs. Call your local independent craft store to order, or you can use these online links:

 


Pop it Ups #1205 Flower Pot Pop Stand VIDEO

Howdy fellow crafters!

This week I'm posting video tutorials for the new products in my summer Pop it Ups release. These products are arriving soon to Elizabeth Craft Designs and should be available in stores (and online) by mid-August. 

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Today I'm introducing the Flower Pot Pop Stand die set (#1205). Now I don't play favorites with my dies (that would be like picking a favorite kid!) but let's just say that the team went a little gaga over this one when they saw it. It comes with everything required for a beautiful bouquet-in-a-card, but it's when you start filling it with everything else in your collection that you're really going to appreciate this all-purpose die. It has a Pop Stand die included to make it into a pop-up card, but you also have the option to use it as a stand-alone box card. It will stand without a card base, so you have the option to fill it, collapse it and mail it. Here's the video tutorial:

 

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For the video card I also show how to use the new Stripes/Plaid Stage-it Stencil. I used my custom plaid paper on the front of the card, along with the "Celebrate" from the Flourish Gift Frame die set. I'm a fan of creating a simple lead-in for the fronts of pop-up cards. After all, the card will most likely be displayed open, so saving time and supplies by crafting a simple card front gives you more time for making more pop-ups! 

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When used in a pop-up card the pot will sit diagonally over the fold. 

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The pot comes with a lattice structure for holding the contents of the pot. You can choose to attach your items facing in all one direction OR facing in two directions. It looks lovely either way. For my video card I chose to fill the pot in both directions. 

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The new Occasions Clear Stamps provide some nice all-purpose greetings and a small flower that can be cut out using the smallest flower die in the Flower Pot set. 

Want to see what the team has been making with these new dies? Be sure to "Like" my Facebook Page: Karen Burniston, Designer for daily links to new cards. You can also follow my new Pinterest boards created for these two new collections: Occasions Collection and Halloween Collection.

I'll be back tomorrow with another new video!

Happy Crafting! 


SNEAK PEEK: Pop it Ups Summer Collections - Shipping August 2016

Elizabeth Craft Designs is exhibiting this week at the Sierra Pacific Crafts Mixed Media Event in Salt Lake City. If you're at the show, be sure to stop by the ECD booth to see these two new Pop it Ups collections, shipping the second week of August, 2016.

Here's a little overview to show what's coming. The Design Team and I have been making projects using the new collections and we will start posting those ideas on our blogs and social media starting August 1st, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here is a brief description of the new collections.

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HALLOWEEN COLLECTION - By popular request I've created a Halloween collection. It includes 5 new dies, a clear stamp set and 2 stencils.  

  • 1202 Iron Fence Pop-up - this fence can be used flat or animated with the included slider arm and sleeve to arch up as the card opens. Lots of possibilities here for garden scenes, too, so it will be great beyond Halloween.
  • 1201 Halloween Scene - this fun little set has 5 useful dies for setting a spooky mood. A tombstone edge die, a jagged branch/tree, spiderweb, spider and bat.
  • 1200 Halloween Charms - this set will make a flat jack-o-lantern charm (or pumpkin) and an expanding 3D ghost. Charms will fit the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set.
  • 1204 Props 9 - dress up your Character dies in this fun witch costume OR use it on its own
  • 1203 Midnight the Bat - the latest Character die comes with a little sidekick. The small bat die will cut out the stamped version of Midnight from the Halloween Clear Stamps.
  • CS020 Halloween Clear Stamps - this small 3" x 4" stamp set has lots of all-purpose greetings to coordinate with the collection. Optionally cut out the bat using the die from #1203 Midnight the Bat. Optionally cut out the oval 31 stamp using the oval die from #1206 Anita Frames (Occasions Collection)
  • S013 Bats Stage it Stencil - need to make a quick background for a Halloween card? This all-over pattern stencil is perfect.S014CandyCornLayeringImage
  • S014 Candy Corn Layering Stage it Stencil - I am really proud of this one! Instead of a 2-part layering stencil it's actually a 3 or 4) part. If you're working on white cardstock you do not need to ink the white tips of the corn (3rd column), but I did put them on the stencil in case you're working on colored cardstock. Start with the left-most column to start the double row candy corn border by sponging the base of the corn in either yellow or brown. Slide the stencil to the left and use orange for the center. Assuming the paper is white, skip the third column and go to the 4th, which is the shadows that make the corn appear to float off the page. Sponge the shadows with gray. This stencil can also be used as an all-over confetti pattern. 

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OCCASIONS COLLECTION - universal pop-ups and accessories for year-round crafting in popular themes. 5 new dies, 2 new stamps, 1 new stencil.

  • 1205 Flower Pot Pop Stand - makes a very cool pop-up flower pot that can be filled with the included flowers, butterfly and leaves, but also filled with anything else. You can also use this die as a stand-alone box card if you prefer. Now I don't like to brag . . . so I'll let the team do it! Ha. Here are some of their comments when they got their first sneak peek of this die in action:
    • So so so SO cool!! I'm madly in love with this!!
    • Omg omg omg!!!!!! Love love love!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😍
    • OMGoodness. Really? Really? I'm actually glad you can't see it but I'm doing a HAPPY DANCE. WOWSA!!!!!!!
    • This is AMAZING!!!!! Completely jaw dropping amazing!
  • 1206 Anita Frames Pop-up - this die is named after Anita Izendoorn, who has begged me for two years now to re-release the Floating Frames die, which was a popular one from my early Sizzix days. I redesigned it with bigger labels and made it a Pop it Ups die so you can choose your own card size. It also comes with decorator dies, including a crown, 3 labels, one of which will cut out the Happy Birthday stamp perfectly, 2 banner dies that will also cut out the banner stamps, and an oval that will cut out the 31 stamp from the Halloween collection. This is going to be a fabulous generic pop-up for any theme.
  • 1207 Twist Circle - since I was revisiting some of my early artwork for Sizzix, I decided to update and release a much better version of the original Spinning Platform die. The Twist Circle has alignment nubs so you cut it right into any size card. The circles are included for decorating with any theme. It comes with the "hi" circle, too. Another great generic die with a fun mechanism. The circle twists up and down as the card is opened and closed.
  • 1208 Labels & Circles - this is a decorator die with labels and circles to coordinate with the Anita Frames and Twist Circle die set.
  • 1209 Sports Charms - these fun charms can also double as props if you cut the hang hole off and use them with the Characters.
  • 1210 Holiday Charms - these also double as props without their hang holes. They will work wonderfully in the Pop-up Sleigh die from last year's Merry & Bright collection.
  • CS021 Holiday Clear Stamps - some new greetings to use with the new generic pop-ups and with last year's Merry & Bright pop-ups (Sleigh, Tree, Merry Christmas)
  • CS022 Occasions Clear Stamps - these generic words will work perfectly for so many projects. Cut out the banners and the Happy Birthday using decorator dies from Anita Frames, as an option.
  • S015 Stripes/Plaid Stage it Stencil - makes a great diagonal stripe, either single color or multiple, but you can also flip the stencil over and add the stripes in the opposite direction to make plaids. Clean the stencil and start again in another color to make multi-color plaids. The team has been using this stencil a lot!

If you are a retailer at the SPC event this week, stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs booth to see these products in action. Retailers will also be able to order directly from ECD or through their reps. The ordering info will be e-mailed to retailers after the show.

Shipping is the second week of August with ideas and videos posted starting August 1st.

Happy Crafting,

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