Katie Label Pivot Card - Bonjour

Another really great generic Pop it Ups die is the Katie Label Pivot Card. This die has no theme so you can use it for any occasion and the decorator label dies that come with the set are perfect for all your other cards and layouts when you want to frame a title or greeting.


My Bonjour card has two main pieces - a 10" wide by 6" tall piece of maroon cardstock, with an 8.5" x 6" tall piece of decorated cardstock inside. The background was a big experiment and I didn't take photos as I went, but I'll give general instructions:

  1. Start with a piece of lightweight white cardstock measuring 8.5" wide by 6" tall. (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm) Prepare the die cutting machine for embossing (Big Shot sandwich: Tab 1, Impression Pad (hard), Silicone rubber pad (soft), paper, die, cutting pad) Add the paper over the silicone rubber and then place the Eiffel Tower die in the lower left corner and the Paris Edges lace edge die on the right side of the piece. Add the cutting pad on top and roll though the machine to emboss the dies into the paper. Leave the dies in place.
  2. If you've used temporary tape on the dies you'll need to remove it before this step. Leaving the dies in place, start spraying the background with a mix of yellow, orange and rose sprays. (I used Luminarte sprays from my stash, but there are plenty of other brands that will give the same effect
  3. Remove the dies and use yellow ink and a blending tool to fill in the white tower and edge. Blend a little rose ink over the areas as well.
  4. For the tower, replace the die (it will seat into the grooves) and sponge a dark rose ink through the die to highlight the gridwork even more.
  5. For the Paris Edge, replace the die and roll through the machine with a cutting sandwich to cut the lace edge. Keep the negative edge of the cut for the front of the card.
  6. Open the Damask Embossing folder and press a juicy dark rose ink onto the raised side of the folder. Press the folder down onto a craft mat to transfer the damask patterned ink. Turn the card face down and press into the craft mat, picking up portions of the Damask pattern. Repeat randomly until the desired effect is reached.

Once I had my background created and it was dry, I used spray adhesive to add it to the maroon piece. I scored in the middle of the card, lined up the Katie Label Pivot Card over the center fold and die cut through both layers. On both sides of the card I also nested in a smaller decorator die - the lacy pattern die for the left side and the smallest label for the right side.

I embossed the ends of the card with the Damask folder. For the card's front I added the negative piece from cutting the Paris Edge and a ribbon wrapped around and tied in a knot. 


 You can see the decoration for the first label - I used the built-in emboss feature on the smaller label that was die cut from the background of the card at the same time as the pivot labels. I layered a maroon label and then the embossed label. When the card is closed the yellow looks like a pattern - you have no idea it's actually part of the tower. I die cut some flowers from a similarly sprayed and inked background, shaped them and added rhinestone brads to the centers.


When the card is opened the first label pivots to the inside of the card and completes the tower.


For the second label I once again layered the decorator labels that come included with the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die to cut the title after placing ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the cardstock before die cutting. Then I placed the sticker letters onto a larger piece of maroon cardstock and carefully cut around the title with detail scissors. I had to use my craft knife to cut out the centers of the letters, but it also looked nice with the centers staying maroon, so that step is optional.


Since the background is so saturated, it would be hard to sign this card so I added another decorator label and the oval as a place to sign the card. 


 If you're new to the Katie Label Pivot Card or need a refresher, here are a four fun technique videos using this versatile die set:





Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide or on the website. Supply links are below. 

I've had so much fun revisiting some of my favorite dies from the first Pop it Ups collection. Next week I'll be tacking newer dies with the Designer Challenge, entitled Barns! Barns! Barns! I will have a new video tutorial next Wednesday for the DC. Happy Crafting!

Butterfly Pivot Card - Aloha


Today's share combines the Butterfly Pivot Card die with the coordinating Butterfly Embossing Folder and the lacy Paris Edges die. The tropical colors made me think to use "Aloha" for the greeting instead of "hello" as I had originally intended.

The Butterfly Pivot Card comes with several accessory dies, including the large solid butterfly, the lacy overlay butterfly, the body/antennae, a small butterfly and a small flower. I cut several small butterflies and strung them together to hang from the left side of the card. The bodies of the little butterflies are made with pieces of Glitter Borders Peel-off stickers. 


This card started as an A2 (8.5" wide x 5.5" tall, folded) but I made it wider by adding the Paris Edges Lace die to the sides. I decided I didn't want to see through the lace holes for this card so I made backing pieces using the same color green. I could have done a two-tone effect if I'd wanted the edges to stand out more. 

You can click to enlarge this picture tutorial for how to back the Paris Edges.


For the greeting label I used decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot Card and the ECD Alphabet Caps die. I used an embossing sandwich to emboss the pattern on the lacy Katie label and then cut it out with the slightly larger label die from the set. I brushed white ink over the raised pattern.


When the card is closed I kept it very simple. My fussy cutting on the Paris backer wasn't too terrible so I just left the edge as is. I highlighted the embossed background and edge by brushing some pink ink over the piece randomly. A strip of pink cardstock and a couple leftover flowers and I was done.


If you are new to Pivot Card dies you can learn how to use them in this introductory video: 


You might also enjoy learning how to use the Butterfly Pivot Card to make a Triple Pivot Card. Here's the video tutorial for that:


The supplies for the Aloha card are available at your local independent craft store. If you are in need of online shopping links those are shown below. 

Heart Pivot Cards

Today I'm sharing a couple of Heart Pivot cards for themes other than Valentines or Love and in colors other than pinks and reds. After all, a heart is a great all-purpose shape. Dust off that Heart Pivot Card die if you had it stored away after February!

First up is a simple "hello" card combining the Heart Pivot Card with the Agatha Edges die. I embossed both halves of the 5x5 card with the Damask Embossing folder before die cutting the edges and heart pivot card. This meant that the die cutting would press down the embossing and leave a very subtle texture to the background.


The decorator hearts that come in the set can be nested to make a thin heart frame. I also used more chopped up Agatha flourishes and the script "hello" die from the Rectangle Accordion.


There is a decorator heart in the set with an emboss feature that adds a swirl pattern all over the heart. I embossed that heart and then sponged white ink through the die like a stencil to highlight the pattern. Then I added a die cut keyhole and attached a die cut key with a rhinestone brad.


Another decorator heart was added to the lower right corner to provide a place to sign the card. I also added transparent/silver glitter dots to the Agatha flourishes for added sparkle.


Next up is an artsy Happy Birthday card. The color scheme is perfect for masculine cards but will also work for anyone. This is an A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and I created the background by starting with a white piece of cardstock, smearing a blue ink pad randomly over the surface, then brushing with a blue distress stain, sprayed with white mist, and stamped lightly with an open embossing folder.


I have fallen in love with WOW! Embossing Powders and used a lot of the Clear Gloss Ultra High on this card. I stamped the Happy Birthday to You stamp (from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps) and then sponged Versamark ink over the heart and embossed with the Clear powder. The gears were also embossed after die cutting. I used the larger gear from the Clock & Gears die to cover a smaller heart and attached it to the left pop-up heart so it would float in the middle of the card when open. I draped the chain over that heart after connecting it through the key.


Once again I took advantage of the swirly emboss/stencil feature on the heart to add pattern. The key is cut from a sheet of Glitter Lines attached to thick cardstock and then colored over with a dark Copic marker. A tan heart in the lower corner allows the card to be signed.


Need a refresher on how to use the Heart Pivot Card? Watch this video:


Once you've mastered the single Pivot Card how about trying your hand a Double Heart Pivot Card? Here's the video tutorial:


The supplies used in my two cards can be purchased at your local independent craft stores. Otherwise, here are some shopping links for the supplies used in my two cards: 

House Pivot Card - Home

Today I'm sharing a card using the House Pivot Card #902. This die is such a great all-purpose die for many themes; Welcome to the Neighborhood, Congrats on your new Home, Welcome Home, Home is where the Heart is, Open House, Happy Spring, etc. The house also can be converted into a bird house, dog house, castle, jean pockets, a man's vest - so many possibilities! 


If you're new to this die or need a refresher for how to use it, here is a video from last year when I used the House Pivot Card for a Mother's Day card. You can see photos of the video card and a bunch of great samples by the team on this blog post


For my new card, I cut the decorator house out of a dark brown cardstock, embossed it with an embossing sandwich to raise the bricks, and then lightly brushed white paint over the house with a foam brush to highlight the bricks. Now that Susan Tierney-Cockburn has joined ECD as a licensed artist there are some wonderful choices for itty-bitty flowers to fit in the window boxes of the house. I used the tiny flowers from the Country Flora 1 set. I also used the heart from the Poppy the Owl set on the front door.


The other Pop it Ups accessories that work great with the House Pivot Card are the All Seasons Tree, Clouds Embossing Folder and Outdoor Edges, which has a grass edge. I used more of the Poppy hearts in the tree.


The greeting is meant to convey "Home is where the Heart is". I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die for the letters, cutting out a rectangle around each letter to use the negative space instead of the positive letter. In the center of the O is the heart from the Oval Accordion die.

It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we launched this die. It's always been one of my favorites and if you'd like to own one, check your local independent craft store or here are some online shopping links for the supplies used on this card.


Famous Cat Valentine - Wine & Roses

My latest creation in my "famous cat" series of Whiskers the Cat cards is a Valentine I made for John. Once again I went to my stash of Funny Bones stamps for the greeting.

I used the Tags Pivot Card for the structure of the card. The patterned paper (Basic Grey Knee Highs from my stash) was cut into a 6" x 9" piece and then two 4.5" x 6" panels for the front and back of the card. I used the Seamless Backing Card Technique #1: Full Panels to create the pivot card with seamless backers.

Then I used the Agatha Edges to cut the right side of the card into a decorative edge and I also used a large corner rounder on the left corners.


In the closed position you may be fooled into thinking that Whiskers (aka Garfield) is a very sweet cat. He has a big heart. He loves roses. But open the card and you get a sense for what he REALLY loves! Ha.


The Agatha Edges die includes the matching flourish to fit the edges. I cut the flourishes from Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate to make die cutting a cinch.

To style Whiskers the Cat as Garfield I cut the detail layer from both orange and yellow cardstock, trimmed just the mouth area from the yellow one and glued it to the orange. I then used my ECD detail scissors to lengthen the cat's smile and add the smirk lines at the end. I also used the detail scissors to remove the ears and the fluffy fur from the detail layer. I ended up using two of the same ear when I reattached them to the top of Whiskers' head so they would be pointing in one direction like Garfield's ears. I added pen detailing for the stripes and freckles. 


The ECD Rose die was perfect as a backdrop for the cat. I cut the detail overlay from Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate, glued it to the solid piece, cut from red cardstock, and then filled in all the petals with Glossy Accents. The greeting is another great stamp from Funny Bones and John will find it hilarious and appropriate, since I do, in fact, love red wine!


There are ten dies in the Tags Pivot Card set, so I really did have everything I needed for decorating the tags and adding greetings and a signature tag. For the signature tag I stamped "I love you" and embellished with the cute paper clip die that comes in the set. The paper clip is cut from the Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate.


If you're interested in my other "famous cat" cards you can check them out with these links:

The Cat in the Hat

The Cheshire Cat

Grumpy Cat

Kit Cat Clock

The new Pop it Ups dies are showing up in independent craft stores throughout the world, so give your local store a call and see if they have them in stock. Or here are some shopping links. The patterned paper was from my stash and the cardstocks (orange, yellow, white, red) were from my scrap drawer. I also added some red/white baker's twine and some beads at the end of the twine on the greeting tag. 


CHA Mega Show 2015 Booth Photos

Well I'm back from CHA, and what a difference a year makes.

In 2014 our booth was a modest creation using black curtains and gridwall. Signs were printed on foam board. It was exactly what we needed, and I was absolutely thrilled to have my own work on the Pop it Ups packaging, to be arranging my own displays, to have my team creating the samples for the booth . . . I didn't think the booth could possibly get better.

Joset, Els, Karen in 2014 CHA Booth

Boy was I wrong!

First Joep sent me a photo of them loading half (yes, HALF) of the new booth at the Colorado warehouse, ready for its trip out west to the 2015 CHA Mega Show:


Once the booth went up I realized how very far we've come in just one year. It DID get better. Much better. Professional acrylic signs, a slatwall system that we could customize to show off the product and samples side-by-side, demo tables for Els, Susan and myself. Interior tables for customers to sit and write orders. We even had a digital catalog and professional lighting. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs 2015 CHA Mega Show Booth

Once again I was given full creative freedom to arrange my section of the booth. 


New dies were on display with these cute end cap vignettes. 


And then every Pop it Ups die and embossing folder in the line was displayed on this mega wall:


I have the best Design Team in the industry. These ten ladies hail from four different countries and bring every imaginable style to the dies. They filled the booth with more samples than we could fit on the walls. Next year's task is to figure out how to display more samples. We also had a few samples stolen from the booth so we're brainstorming how to improve security as well.


Since none of the Design Team members were at the show, I shot this quick video to show them their samples on display. Yeah, it's handheld, I'm moving too quickly and it will make you a little seasick, but you'll have a closer view of the amazing cards.


At my demo table I was doing an Eiffel Tower Make 'n Take until we ran out of materials. Then I switched to demonstrating the Adironadack Chair, Rectangle Pull Card and showing the Dryer Sheet trick. Mostly people wanted to see the dryer sheet trick. Here's the video again:


This is the Make 'n Take we were doing. A quick and simple card using the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand die and the Paris Edges plus the Damask Embossing Folder.


On Sunday I taught a class called How to Teach with Pop it Ups. It was a big crowd and we made card starts in all the different categories as I shared all my best tips and tricks for teaching the folds. Definitely a different format for me, but I love how the class went. 

Els took a couple of photos of the class. Here I am showing a great idea by Anita Izendoorn using Poppy the Owl.


One of the slides I showed in the presentation was a map of all the places I taught in 2014. Whew! I'm tired just looking at it. It was a busy, exciting and oftentimes stressful (will the kits be done in time?) year, but it was very important for me to get out on the road and launch Pop it Ups in the local stores; our primary customer.

TeachingMap2014In 2015 I will be staying home to ready my twins (Juniors in high school) for college. I'll be back out on the road again in 2016, but I don't want to miss out on this last important year with my only two kids. Instead, you will be seeing more YouTube videos from me and more classes that are designed by me, but taught by freelance and local instructors and sales reps. I will be teaching only at Trade Shows this year.

In addition to the growth of my line of Pop it Ups dies plus new offerings in all categories of the ECD in-house line, we welcomed a new licensed artist to the family. Susan Tierney-Cockburn is well-known for her love of flowers and gardening and she is able to recreate realistic flowers from paper using dies. It's amazing to see what she does. She also has stamps, low-relief flower designs for card fronts, and accessory dies. Here she is with Judi on set-up day, deciding how she wanted to display her products.

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Susan Tierney-Cockburn's *NEW* line of dies and stamps

Packaging is in full swing in Colorado as I type with the intention of starting shipments on Monday, January 19, 2015 to all of the retailers who have ordered the dies. Those of you with local stores, please give the store the first opportunity to get your business. You won't be paying shipping costs when you buy locally. If you do not have a local store then here are some links to be able to purchase the dies:

Just in case you missed it, here's the video for the new dies again:

Here are some (not all) of the amazing team at ECD. I cannot express enough how delighted I am to be part of this family. We have an amazing year coming . . . hold onto your socks!

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Joep van de Burgt, Judi Kauffman, Susan Tierney-Cockburn, Karen Burniston, Els van de Burgt, Joset van de Burgt, Mark van de Burgt


*SNEAK PEEK* CHA Mega Show 2015 Pop it Ups Release

Happy New Year!

It seems that the CHA winter show gets earlier and earlier every year. It's less than a week until I leave for Anaheim to debut my 2015 Winter release of 17 new Pop it Ups dies

I always like to show a Sneak Peek video before a show so you have the opportunity to let your local stores know what you're excited about. Elizabeth Craft Designs caters to independently owned craft stores worldwide and those retailers tell us that they love to hear from customers about products they'd like to see in the store. So don't be shy - now is the time to call up your local store or e-mail them a link to this post and encourage them to stop by Booth #335 if they're attending the CHA Mega Show and check out the new Pop it Ups release plus all the amazing samples by the Design Team.

If your local store is not attending the show they can still make a pre-order through their independent sales rep. All of the information was e-mailed to the retailers, reps and distributors today. Dies will start shipping about a week following the CHA show and should be in stores by the end of January/first of February 2015. 

Although you may be tempted to scroll past the video to immediately check out all the dies, I highly encourage you to start first with this introductory video. I explain the entire release and show a ton of ideas by the Design Team. I also demonstrate how the Pop Stands work and how to use the spinner die on the Rectangle Pull Card.


One nice thing about Pop it Ups entering its second year is I can design new dies that will build on the previous releases. The new Accordion shapes are a prime example - I designed them with the same outer frame shapes as two existing Accordions so the Frame Edges would fit more than one album. The new Rectangle Accordion also has the inner tabs in the same location as the Katie Label Accordion so you can easily mix the pages if you'd like. The Star Accordion shares a frame size with the Fancy Label Accordion.


We've changed the packaging style so that instead of showing colored cut-outs of the decorator pieces we are now showing all of the die shapes themselves. This will make it easier when you're snipping them into their individual dies - simply refer to the packaging to see what each die looks like.

Both of the new Accordions have optional stencil/emboss features - the Rectangle has a zigzag stitch pattern and the Star Accordion has stars. The Rectangle Accordion includes the stitched speech bubble (which also fits the Rectangle Pull Card) and the script word "hello". 

The new Frame Edges include a Flourish Edge to fit the Rectangle and Katie Label Accordions and a Stars/Stripes/Flourish set to fit the Star and Fancy Accordions. 


Next up is the *NEW* category of die in the Pop it Ups collection . . . Pop Stands! These dies are a hybrid type of die. They are designed to be used either as a really cool flat decorator die OR as their own standing pop-up card using the included Pop Stand die. The video explains how they work so if you've scrolled down without watching the video - just reverse that motion and scroll back up! 


The bathtub Pop Stand comes with everything you need to style a really cool bathtub and is sized to fit the Character dies when you want to give any of them a bath. Think of the fun kid, pets and baby cards you can make with this die! The Eiffel Tower has a really cool emboss feature to create the look of gridwork on the tower. It has optional extra crossbar pieces (also with emboss features) if you want to add dimension. The Pop Stand dies themselves can certainly be used to animate other dies, but they are specifically designed to fit the dies they come with, so the tabs will be hidden by the tub's feet and the tower's legs when assembled.

I mentioned in the video that my collection tends to fall into three categories: A for Artsy, B for Beachy and C for Cutesy. The two Edge dies are a good example. The Paris Edges are designed to complement the Eiffel Tower die but also the Tags Pivot Card, Rectangle Pull Card and the Accordions. For example, the small Fleur de Lis die will coordinate (but not duplicate) the one included with the Tags Pivot Card. The postage frame edger is the height of the rectangle on both the Rectangle Pull Card and the Rectangle Accordion and goes nicely with the postage stamp frame in the Rectangle Pull Card die.


The Beach Edges (above) are going to work great with the new Adirondack Chair and Palm Tree & Pail dies (below). The waves also work great in the bathtub.

Although the Adirondack Chair is styled as a Beach chair on the packaging, don't feel limited to just beach scenes - it can be a deck chair or a fishing chair or a wicker chair, or cover the slats and make it into an arm chair. Speaking of arms, there is a cool emboss feature on the arm dies to give them a woodgrain texture. Another cool feature is the Pail in the Palm Tree & Pail die - it has a 3D handle that slides over the pegs on the side of the pail to look exactly like a beach pail. Simply pinch the holes after sliding them over the pegs to keep them in place - no adhesive required!


The new Tags Pivot Card is going to be a great choice for generic cards of any theme. Plus you'll be able to use the included decorator tags (and that cute paper clip) on other projects for greetings, etc. The die will coordinate perfectly with the Tags & More dies designed by Els van de Burgt when you want to create a large tag-shaped card and then cut the Tags Pivot Card into it. 

The team has been having a blast with the new Rectangle Pull Card and included spinner die. The video explains how it works, so if you're still scrolling without watching - back up you go. Up. Up. Up. It's only 11 minutes. Snacking is acceptable. Go ahead and watch - I'll wait right here for you.

CHAW15PivotPullBig thanks to Tanya at Stamper's, Ink. who granted permission for me to use the Funny Bones stamp on the packaging of the Rectangle Pull Card. I taught in August at Stamper's Ink and as soon as I saw that stamp I knew I wanted to use it with Whiskers the Cat.

Speaking of Whiskers, meet the three new Characters; Whiskers the Cat, Rocky the Crab and Buster the Dog. They each have a little accessory item included - a mouse for Whiskers, a shell for Rocky and a bone for Buster. 


I can't think where I got the inspiration for Buster. Ha ha.



The two new Props sets are a lot of fun and the Snorkel will fit on all the Characters, not just Rocky the Crab. So if you've been wanting desperately to make a snorkeling Fox . . . here's the die you've been waiting for!

Another tip - if you want to put food in the dish the top of the paw print works perfectly. I just cut a slit in the top of the bowl and slide the paw print in from underneath.



The amazing samples shown in the video will all be on display at our CHA Booth #335. In addition, the team will be posting their creations on their own blogs in the days and weeks to come. The best way you can ensure that you don't miss any of those cards is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page and/or follow my Pinterest Boards

I'll leave you with one of my cards from the video. I'm months ahead with a card for John for our 20th wedding anniversary next October! 

On a more personal note, I really want to thank all of my fellow crafters and pop-up enthusiasts for making my first year with Elizabeth Craft Designs such an easy transition with such positive results. There are big things coming for ECD this year and I am honored and thrilled to be a part of the growth of this amazing company.

Leave me a comment with your favorite dies so I know which ones to feature in the January Designer Challenge. In January the team will be showing ideas where they combine dies from at least 3 categories. Categories include: Accordions & Frame Edges, Pivot Cards, General Pop-ups, Pull Cards, Pop Stands, Edge dies, Characters & Props, Embossing Folders, and Accessory Dies. The Designer Challenge post with all of the team's ideas and a new card and video from me will be on the ECD blog on January 21, 2015.

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting!

Video Tutorial: Seamless Backing Cards for Pivot Cards

Earlier this week I posted a Christmas Cookies Evergreen Pivot Card with a seamless backing card and promised a video tutorial for how to do it.

The video will show three different ways to achieve seamless backing cards for Pivot Card dies. You can use these techniques with any of the Pivot Card dies and to prove it, I used three different Pivot Card dies for the video samples.


The first card in the video is the Congratulations card featuring the "full panel" seamless backing card technique.


When I need to make a card quickly I choose patterned paper. It's a great space-filler and there are so many beautiful designs out there. This card uses paper from a 6x6 Teresa Collins Far and Away pack. (Shopping Links below each card)


Since Congratulations cards are often related to some sort of new "journey" - graduation, new job, engagement, promotion, etc. - travel related papers are a great base for Congrats cards.

I had a lovely older script stamp in my stash that read "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware" and fit the theme perfectly. 


The decorator dies from the Katie Label Pivot Card do not duplicate the decorator dies in the Katie Label Accordion die set but they are designed to perfectly coordinate. I used the largest solid KLA decorator die plus the KLA stitching die, plus two labels from the KLPC. 

Stitching dies are becoming very popular now. Did you know that most of my stitching dies are on their own die so you can use them independently? Notice how I used just the stitching die to add interest to the bottom portion of the card. On one side I added the Congrats peel-off sticker and on the other side I will write my personal message.

You can find these items at your local independent craft stores or by following these shopping links: 

The next card in the video is the Evergreen Pivot Card, using the "outside border" seamless backing card technique.
This card, once again, relies heavily on the patterned paper. I simply die cut the decorator trees from the patterned paper, inked the edges with brown ink, then pounced them with Versamark Ink and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. A bit of twine on the trunks and my decorator trees were done.
I also used some glitter lines for sparkle and a Season's Greetings peel-off sticker. This card would be easy to reproduce in multiples and would work with many different patterned papers.

You can find these items at your local independent craft stores or by following these shopping links:
The final card/technique in the video is the House Pivot Card using the "inside border" seamless backing card technique.
The House Pivot Card comes with all the decorator pieces you need to make the cute little embossed-brick house with the windows, flower boxes, door, chimney, etc. There is a video tutorial for how to use the House pivot card posted on my blog.

I used the grass border die from the Outdoor Edges to add grass pieces to the pop-up. I've also been getting a lot of use out of my Modeling Paste/Embossing Folder backgrounds, in this case, to make a picture frame for the Home Sweet Home greeting. I stamped a "Home Sweet Texas" stamp by Deadbeat Designs twice and cut out the words to reconstruct a Home Sweet Home greeting.

 You can find these items at your local independent craft stores or by following these shopping links:
So there you have it! Three techniques for making seamless backing cards for Pivot Cards. Which is your favorite technique?
By the way, I always love to see what you create from my videos so feel free to send me an e-mail (link in the sidebar) or a private message on the Facebook Page with a photo and/or link to your creations.
Happy Crafting!

Inspired by Shelly - Evergreen Christmas Ornament

Are you following along with Shelly Hickox's 12 Days of Ornaments? She is posting a new ornament tutorial every day for the first 12 days of December.

Her Day 2 Ornament featured Poppy the Owl looking extremely cute as a stitched/stuffed ornament.

I also fell in love with her Day 3 Ornament featuring a faux galvanized metal Noel ornament made with letter dies. I really wanted to give that technique a try, so I created a triple evergreen tree ornament using the decorator dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card die.



I followed Shelly's instructions, with the exception of the sides, which I painted with a silver leafing pen and then Viva Ferro Special Effect Paste in black. The emboss feature is built-in to the dies themselves and since I had used thick foil-covered cardstock with ECD Double-Sided Adhesive on the back, the pressure from cutting the dies also embossed them.

I used a wire hanger instead of jute. To give it the spiral effect I wrapped it around a pencil and then slid it off the end, stretched it into an arch and twisted it onto the wire loops.

Shelly has an excellent supply list and shopping links on her 12 Days of Ornaments Day 3 post for all the paints and foil and chipboard and such. I only added these items:

Sweet Christmas Evergreen Pivot Card & Christmas Clues Update

Well it's December 2nd and I'm sure a lot of you are wondering if we will be doing our annual Christmas Clues Countdown to Christmas tradition this year.

I started this tradition back in Colorado where the kids solve a rhyming clue each day from December 1st through Christmas to find prizes. When they were younger it was Dollar Store trinkets. In Texas we changed to money - at least half of the money has to go to charity and I will match the amount on Christmas day. Emma usually donates all of her money. Karl pretty much sticks with half. 

The kids are now 16 and Juniors in High School. It's a busy time for them with school and finals and we haven't made it to the end of the clues the last couple of years. On Thanksgiving we discussed whether the tradition would continue and the kids voted . . . 


What?! Hazzuh? Did they mispronounce "We love this tradition, darling mother!"?

I asked whether it would be OK to just reduce the number of clues and Karl was sticking firmly to "no" but I swayed Emma with a plan to hunt clues only once a week, with 3-5 chained clues, and they'd be hunting for sweets. (Emma has a serious sweet tooth!)

The answer turned to:

YES! (for Emma)


I guess. (for Karl)


We settled on the 4 Wednesdays in December, hunting after school, so the clues will start tomorrow. At some point I'll figure out how to introduce some origami-folded charity money into the hunt.

In honor of our change to hunting for sugary sweets and snacks, I made this card featuring the Evergreen Pivot Card decorated like frosted cookies:


I am working on a new video, by the way, for how to make seamless backing cards for the Pivot Card dies. Expect that to go up by the end of the week.

For this card I used green cardstock as the Evergreen Pivot Card base and then cut the pivot card again into silver foil. I trimmed out just the pivoting trees section from the foil and attached it to the green one to look like a cookie sheet underneath the cookies.


Modeling paste made excellent frosting. I tinted my four colors using acrylic paint and used a popsicle stick as a frosting spreader. For the little lines and dots I put the modeling paste into a plastic baggie, snipped a hole in the corner and squeezed it out, decorator style.

Decorating cookies is not a special skill of mine. These fake cookies look pretty much the same as real ones when I'm in charge of the frosting. Notice the splotchy uneven blobs on tree #2 - I thought about fixing them, but then thought - nope! These look like "real" cookies in how imperfect they are.


I found a small little wooden spatula in my stash. I have no idea where it came from, but it worked perfectly on the card.


I knew I wanted the title to be "Have a Sweet Christmas" but I didn't have any stamps with that greeting so I made the greeting on the computer, printed it onto white cardstock and then die cut with a label from the Fancy Accordion set. The Holly Border die was cut from the same "cookie colored" cardstock and then the holly leaves "frosted" to match the cookies.



This side view will show how I layered a couple die cuts together to make them thicker and more cookie-like. I added Double-Sided Adhesive behind the cardstock before die cutting the decorator trees, making them easy to attach to each other and to the cookie sheet.

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See you tomorrow for the start of the Christmas Countdown!