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!
Naturally, as their mother, I still see them like this . . . "Emma Bear" and "Boo Boo"
For their birthday cards I turned to brand new Pop it Ups die shipping soon from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
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)
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.
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!
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)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Candy Corn Stencil is a little different because the pattern is laid out in four vertical strips. By combining the strips, an adorable 1.25" x 6" border of candy corns is created. Repeat the process to make larger backgrounds. Here's the video tutorial for this stencil:
In the video I show a non-Halloween use for the stencil to make random confetti backgrounds. The card below features the new Labels & Circles die, a stamp from the Steampunk Greetings, the candle from the Gift Card Accordion set and Whiskers the Cat.
Kelly Booth mentioned to me (after I'd already completed this video) that candy corns come in other colors for other holidays. What?! I had no idea! Sure enough, a Google Image search produced a wide array of candy corn color combos. How cute will it be to use the Candy Corn stencil year round for all holidays? I'm smitten!
Back on Halloween for a second, though. I show in the video that when you're using the stencil on white cardstock you do not need to use the third column at all. For this next card I used a colored cardstock so I used all four sections of the stencil. The white tips were done using the stencil and a white gel pen, rather than sponging white ink. Since I was doing an entire background I sponged all of the column one yellows, moving the stencil over three times to complete, before I switched to the middle oranges. It goes faster this way because you're not moving your tape until you finish a color.
I finished out my Halloween card with the Barrel Basket and Dutch the Fox. Dutch is wearing the new Props 9 Witch hat with the broom resting in front. The Labels & Circles die set was used to frame the new Trick or Treat stamp and the Outdoor Edges created the grass.
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.
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:
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!
When used in a pop-up card the pot will sit diagonally over the fold.
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.
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.
It's only a couple of months until Halloween, so definitely time to start planning out those cards and today I've got some brand new goodies from my Summer 2016 release to share. These products are speeding their way to the Elizabeth Craft Designs warehouse in Colorado and are expected to arrive by mid-August, where they will then ship out immediately to independent craft stores worldwide.
This week I will share video tutorials for the four new interactive dies. Today we're focusing on #1202 Iron Fence Pop-up. Here is the video tutorial for this die set:
This die set comes with five dies - the fence, slider arm, sleeve and two birds. The nice thing about the fence is that it works great as a flat fence, too. You do not have to always make it into a pop-up. This is particularly nice for being able to extend the fence across the interior of a card, using a flat fence next to an arching one as I show in the video.
The video card also uses the new Halloween Scene die set, the Bats Stage it Stencil and the Halloween Clear Stamps.
Although the Iron Fence was designed to be included in the Halloween collection, it can be styled for any theme. Here's the card I showed in the video using a Winter theme.
In addition to the Iron Fence, this card also uses the Holiday Charms, Labels & Circles, Outdoor Edges and Holiday Clear Stamps.
For the front of my wintry version of the fence I added glitter to the tops of the posts and wove ribbon through the fence. Such an easy way to make it look festive for other seasons.
Thanks to Shelly Hickox, who suggested that I figure out how to use the birds from the Iron Fence die as cardinals. I teach in the video how to stop the cutting pad short on the head of the bird to reshape it into a cardinal.
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Today I have a fun tutorial for doubling the width of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to make room for wider charms (or multiple charms).
First, align the Frame die centered and butted up next to the Card Base die. Tape the two dies together temporarily with removable tape.
Cut a 5″ x 8″ piece of patterned paper and fold up the middle. (Hint: to disguise the fold in the finished card, consider using a pattern with vertical stripes) Place the fold of the paper over the two dies so the paper covers most of the opening but stops right before the rounded corners. Use removable tape to secure the paper to the dies so it won’t shift while die cutting.
After die cutting, carefully remove the tape and the frame and card base. If paper remains stuck in the slot area of the card base die, leave it in the die to act as a guide for placing a piece of folded black cardstock over the frame die in the same position. Die cut the black cardstock to make a second wide frame that matches the size of the patterned paper frame.
Although a similar folding technique could be used to make a wider Pull Tab, it’s easier to simply cut a 3″ x 4.5″ piece of patterned paper to be the pull tab. Round the corners, punch a center hole and add a decorative hole protector cut with the Tags Pivot Card set. Cut a strip of black cardstock to 0.5″ x 3.75″ and glue it, centered, to the base of the pull tab as shown.
Assemble the Hanging Charm Pull Tab in the usual fashion from here. For a video tutorial of HCPT assembly, click here. I used the 3mm Double-Sided Adhesive tape for the outside edges and the 10mm tape for the bottom edge that attaches to the pull tab.
After attaching the card base to a 4.5″ x 4.125″ piece of black cardstock, die cut a decorator tag shape from the black cardstock using the Tags Pivot Card. This allows for an inlaid greeting tag and eliminates any catch points as the card is opened and closed.
Glue the two decorative frames together for stability and add an eyelet in the center. Using the Steampunk Charms, die cut a black hat, patterned paper hat band, silver wings and gears. Grunge up the silver pieces with black StazOn ink. Hang the charms from a chain in the opening.
Add the larger gear to the corner of the frame and tie a piece of sheer black ribbon through the tag. Attach the finished HCPT piece to a 5″ x 6″ flat card, decorated using the Gears Stencil with black texture paste.
Stamp the greeting using the Steampunk Clear Stamps and die cut the greeting with the same decorator tag die. Inlay the greeting tag into the opening.
The finished card measures 5″ x 6″ and can be mailed in an A7 envelope. The wider opening will also work great for animating larger solid objects, too. Or perhaps think of putting a Character in half the opening and a hanging charm in the other. So many options!
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Welcome to our brand new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Starting this month, challenges will be 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. If you missed our first challenge of this month, with a theme of "Up!" - you can see it here.
For our second challenge the theme was set by Kelly Booth: "Stretch it Out" - use any of the Accordion dies for a project of any theme.
Now when I mention that it's the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration each month, that's not technically true. It's actually MORE great inspiration each month because instead of posting just one DC card/video per month, I will be posting two. For Kelly's challenge I wanted to try something with the Fancy Accordion where I elongated the pages and then flipped the middle one so the interactive pages would stagger through the album. This is going to be a great generic use of the Fancy Accordion for any theme project. For the video I chose to do a Baby Girl theme, mainly because I wanted to show how the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil works and coordinates perfectly with the cute little pajamas charm in the Baby Charms set. Here's the full video tutorial:
When the card is closed it measures 5" x 6 7/8", making it fit perfectly in an A7 envelope for mailing. The patterned paper I used was a pretty Pebbles design from my stash.
Open the card and you get a wonderful display piece, complete with hanging charm and staggered interactive pages.
I just love how the little stitched pajamas charm matches the look of the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil. It's so easy to make your own custom background paper using the stencil. Add the Baby Charms and the Baby Clear Stamps and you've got all the ingredients for a special card for a precious new addition.
The Baby Charms set comes with four total charms. I used three of them on this project - the pajamas, the pacifier and the bunny. The set also comes with a cute umbrella. The bunny and umbrella are going to work so well for themes other than baby.
Page 3 features similar styling to the other pages. I used a decorator label cut from the patterned paper, a stamped and die cut greeting from the clear stamps, and hung the pacifier charm from a ribbon bow using a jump ring. Ready to give this technique a try? Remember, it's a great generic staggered album, so don't feel limited to just baby themes. You can find Pop it Ups products anywhere Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold or through these online links:
The Designer Challenge Team is more than a team. They are a group of my best friends. I am always so inspired by these ladies and by how they inspire and support each other. I have had the chance to hug 7 of them, but I still need a trip to Canada (or Arizona) to hug Karen Aicken, and a trip to Australia to hug Frances Byrne. Bucket list!
Here are the nine Accordions available for Kelly's challenge. There is quite a nice variety of inspiration in the team cards to follow, and they've used six of the nine albums, so a nice variety of dies as well.
Kelly Booth, our challenge hostess, made several Distress Ink backgrounds in bright beautiful colors, and then created this explosion of butterflies using the Fancy Accordion. I have never seen anything like this - so unique and lots of clever extras, like the wire-suspended butterfly in Page 2 and the garland of butterflies spanning the opening.
Karen Aicken made this summery fun tunnel/concertina card using the Oval Accordion die. This method of altering the Oval Accordion with notches for tunnel cards was first made popular by Shelly Hickox and has inspired many amazing versions ever since. I particularly love how Karen Aicken mixed in die cut Hot Air Balloons, but also premade embellishments that matched the collection. It all coordinates perfectly!
Raquel Mason made this bold geometric Rectangle Accordion with the extra interactivity of the Butterfly Pivot Card, cut and notched to fly through the album providing even more layers of interactive fun. Butterflies were a common theme for this challenge, but all of the creations are so unique. The beauty of die cutting!
Shelly Hickox took inspiration from a card by Helen Cryer, who had taken inspiration for her card from Shelly Hickox! Shelly calls it "full circle crafting at its finest" - I agree! Speaking of finest . . . this card is cleverly made to match the gift bag that Shelly purchased for a friend's birthday. The Oval Landscape Accordion does the light lifting (because butterflies aren't heavy - see what I did there?) to create the base for the cacophony of butterflies.
Summer Hills-Painter created this delightful Oval Accordion with Jinks the Monkey in his natural habitat. I love her use of the All Seasons Tree to make a leafy branch for Jinks. There are also plenty of bananas, both the die cut and embossed variety. I'm bananas for this card!
Frances Byrne created this darling Rectangle Accordion in a Baby Girl theme. I absolutely love how she used the Barrel Basket on two of the pages and filled it with the Baby Charms. The Paris Edges create a soft lacy edge to the accordion. Change the colors and this is also a perfect look for a Baby Boy card. Notice that she also included the umbrella charm in the lower left corner. Perfection!
Caz Counsell was in need of a teacher appreciation gift and Kelly's Stretch it Out Challenge was perfect for the task. Caz used the Star Accordion for her charming gift, including Poppy the Owl and some handcut scholastic props. The dimensional barn star that comes included in the set works perfectly in patchwork on Page 3.
Fran Sabad created a beachy playground for Rocky the Crab using the Rectangle Accordion and soft colors. I love how the Palm Tree & Pail and Props 3 (snorkel set) are used to set a fun scene, and notice the little heart charm (Hanging Charm Pull Tab) hanging on page 1 - great touch!
Sandy Diller knows a thing or two about a love story. She's been married to her husband for over 50 years! If you're like me, this sweet Gift Card Accordion in a "Celebrate Life" theme makes you chant "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage!" I love Sandy's combination of cute elements from lots of Pop it Ups sets. You'll be amazed how many ways you can combine elements as you build a Pop it Ups collection.
Amazing makes! I know I'm inspired! Join us back here on my blog on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 for our next Designer Challenge. The theme, set by me, is: "Flower or Flour" - Make a card with flowers OR make a card with a baking/cooking theme - you decide! Hope you can join us, as you're going to see a lot of the brand new collections being used for that challenge. New products are expected to arrive the first week of August and ship immediately to independent craft stores worldwide. Have you let your local store know what to order? See the new products in the Coming Soon section of the ECD website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome to our brand new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Starting this month, challenges will be 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.
For our first challenge I set the theme: "Up!" - Let's get things airborne with high-flying cards featuring the sky.
For my card and video I wanted to create a long overdue baby card for my newest nephew, Ronan. He's about ½ years old now. (whoops!) But hey - anywhere in the year of birth still counts, right? Last year I made my sister's July birthday card on time, but didn't end up mailing it until Christmas. I think the word you're looking for to describe me is "charming." (Except the opposite of that!) Heh.
I love how this card turned out, though, and if I had made it 6 months ago when Ronan was born I wouldn't have had the little bunny die yet or the stamp set to match. So there ya go!
As I mention in the video, don't think that this design is limited to a Baby card. Swap out the greetings to birthday or encouragement and it works for anyone. The front of the card is just a simple balloon-turned-into-a-stitched-circle to frame a stamped greeting. Then I simply embellished with a couple of clouds and a strip of washi tape. Easy!
Inside the card the included pop-up die has been cut twice to extend the length (watch the video to learn this trick) and all of the pop-up platforms are decorated with clouds. The Clouds Embossing folder works perfectly to fill the sky.
This view shows a little closer the different layers of the pop-up and the other greeting circle. The cloud dies that come in the Hot Air Balloon set are easily able to cut through two layers of light to medium-weight cardstock, so be sure to stack double when cutting all the clouds.
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The Designer Challenge Team knocked it out of the clouds with their sky-inspired creations. You're in for such a treat! Make sure to click their names to open up the individual blog posts for more instructions, photos, supply lists, etc. A new window will open when you click the names, so worry not about losing this post by clicking.
Caz Counsell really shot for the moon with this Jinks in Space card. I mean, how clever! The spaceship is made from the Barn die with Hot Air Balloon basket boosters! I love absolutely everything about this card.
Shelly Hickox has been collecting gorgeous napkins and fusing them to cardstock to make unique papers. Then she die cuts them into fun cards and fussy cuts the imagery for decoration. It ends up being such a unique one-of-a-kind look. Check out this gorgeous 3-page birdy Rectangle Accordion.
Karen Aicken always does the most amazing penwork and hand lettering. This month's creation is no exception, with a stenciled and doodled sun and clouds on the front and a hand penned sentiment on the Lorna Label pop-up. What a sunny card!
Frances Byrne took last month's Cascading Tag Card tutorial to new heights with this fun version featuring Lucky the Rabbit flying kites. I love the stenciled cloudy background traveling through the card. I'm flying by to say I adore this!
Kelly Booth is the queen of color and this month really shows it with her amazing watercolored balloons. Kelly used the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up to create her pig flying scene. Virgil the Pig's wings are from the Steampunk Charms. The watercolors really pop against the white card.
Raquel Mason also created a Cascading Tag Card and filled her sky with parachuting cupcakes. Yum! I want to hang out wherever this is that cupcakes fall from the sky. Such a clever way to combine the stamped cupcakes from the Just a Note set with the clouds from the Hot Air Balloon.
Sandy Diller also had parachutes in mind and used the Oval Pull Card to create a skydiving Jinks the Monkey! I mean adorable!!! The slot/slider moves Jinks as the card is open, revealing the "Watch for Flying Monkeys" stamped greeting. Clever!
Fran Sabad has been using an adorable Stampin' Up! stamp set that looks just like her dog Daisy. This cute card uses the Hot Air Balloon, Clouds embossing folder and banners from the Lots of Pops. I just love the whole feel of this sweet card.
Summer Hills-Painter already knows that she simply must create a tutorial for this amazing double Hanging Charm Pull Tab card with hundreds of colorful balloons! By extending the tab into a long tag she was able to weave it through both card bases and with a single pull, both balloon bunches raise up. Absolutely brilliant!
So I think we can agree that the sky's the limit when you're working with a theme like Up! How about one last throwback inspiration - the original "Up!" House Pivot Card by Raquel Mason - this card has traveled the globe with me and has been photographed hundreds of times.
Well hopefully everyone agrees that this is a better Challenge Format with half the amount of cards (more manageable to see them all) and then another theme and inspiring set in two weeks. Speaking of our next challenge, it will be posted here on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 with a theme chosen by Kelly Booth. The theme is "Stretch it out!" and we'll all be using Accordion dies for cards of any theme. Hope you can join us!
I am a sponsor of the Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop so of course I wanted to participate, and since I have Cascading Tag Cards on the brain right now, I thought I'd make a coffee version of the card.
The front of the card is made using the Coffee Stage it Stencil with some translucent paste mixed with brown glitter. After the paste dried I painted the card with brown paint and then wiped it off .
Open the card and the tags expand to reveal a coffee scene. The mechanism is made using the Adirondack Chair Pop-up and decorator tags from the Tags Pivot Card.
The first two pages feature the first half of the greeting, stamped using the Coffee Clear Stamps onto a decorator tag from the Tags Pivot Card. The coffee beans and spoon are included in the Cup Pop Stand die set.
The second set of tags completes the greeting and features a large steaming cup of coffee. The fleur de lis is a decorator piece from the Tags Pivot Card and I stamped the little heart from the Coffee Clear Stamps onto it.
If you'd like to learn how to make a Cascading Tag Card, watch this video tutorial. The blog posts for previous Cascading Tag Cards are HERE and HERE.
If you're interested in making your own Coffee-themed Cascading Tag Card you will find Elizabeth Craft Designs products sold at independent craft stores worldwide. You can also shop online:
Welcome to this month's Designer Challenge! Each month I challenge my talented design team to use Pop it Ups products for a specific theme. This month I issued this challenge:
Summer Lovin'! - Make a project to celebrate Summer - this could be nature, or beach or 4th of July or anything that means "summer" to you.
I think you'll agree that the 20 projects the team made are absolutely spectacular!
For my project and video I wanted to create a technique for altering a die into a new mechanism. Dies are an investment, so customers are always looking for ways to use dies for more than one thing. The Adirondack Chair seemed like the perfect choice for this challenge. It makes an amazing chair, but I wanted to show a different way to use it that would end up looking nothing like a chair. I came up with this horizontal card, which I'm calling a Cascading Tag Card. To make this card you'll need tags and the Tags Pivot Card set includes the perfect size decorator tag to make this card go together quickly. If you prefer to cut the decorator tags by hand, you'll use these dimensions, which are also shown in the video tutorial; Tag is 2" wide by 3.25" tall and the notches for joining should be at 5/8" from the top of the tag.
Here are some photos of the finished card. For photos of the Father's Day Version, click HERE.
The front of the card is a simple lead-in to the magic inside. I'm a fan of repeating colors and themes for the card front, so I used another Rocky the Crab and a cupcake, plus the remaining patterned paper.
Open the card and both of the Adirondack Chairs expand to cascade the tags through the card. Charms can be hung from the chair arms for another element of interactive fun.
This top view shows the fun zig-zagging mechanism of this card.
The video tutorial shows how to make the join in the center of the card. I love that you can un-notch these two tags at any point to be able to flatten the sides and add decorations.
One of my favorite dies in the entire Pop it Ups collection is the little fork that comes with Props 8. It's adorable! It's also the perfect size to use with the Characters. For the cake slice itself I used colored pens to add sprinkles on top of the cake, then covered the frosting with Glossy Accents and dropped a few pieces of silver confetti into it while it was wet. After it dried I punched a hole and hung the charm from the card using a jump ring.
The other charm is the Birthday Hat from Props 2. Glitter dots work really well in the openings to add sparkle to the hat. I also used glitter dots on the cupcakes.
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The Designer Challenge Team really embraced the Summer Lovin' theme this month and made 20 incredible projects. Now I know that might seem overwhelming, so I've separated the ideas into categories based on what type of card and die they feature. Also, each team member's name is a link to the specific blog post for that card. The links will open in a new window so feel free to click away as you scroll through, opening new windows for the cards you want more details on. Let's dive in!
FLAT CARDS, SHAKER CARDS & TAGS
One nice thing about the Pop it Ups collection is how many of the products are accessories that work with or without an interactive card.
Shelly Hickox made this gorgeous summery tag using the Butterfly Pivot Card dies and the Butterfly Accessory dies. Shelly also created a beautiful stenciled background and included a die cut Chicken Wire embossed in silver.
Kelly Booth made several cards for the challenge, including this fun shaker card featuring Rocky the Crab, Props 3 and the Flower Stage it Stencil. What fun colors!
Caz Counsell lives in England and says that her summer, so far, has been full of rain. She made this fun homage to an English Summer using the new Rain Stencil and Jinks the Monkey. Jinks is holding the umbrella charm from the new Baby Charm set.
Sandy Diller made this beachy tag with so many fun details and layers. I particularly like the way the Beach Edges waves are pointed toward the shore, the hilarious punny greeting, and the pail full of shells. Amazing!
Kelly Booth's next shaker card is for her daughter's anniversary. I particularly like her combination of two stencils for a custom background and the way she made frosted glittery champagne glasses using the Wedding Charms.
Kelly Booth also made this shaker card for her granddaughter and I absolutely love the girly colors, including pink glittery Palm Trees with sequin coconuts! Brilliant!
Fran Sabad made this wonderful Father's Day card for her dad. Her parents are celebrating their 60 year anniversary with a cruise, so this is a very fitting theme. Fran used the Ring Accordion and I particularly like her decoration of the outer rings to look like life preservers.
Sandy Diller knows that Independence Day is a huge part of Summer in America. This project is so patriotic and fun. She mixed one page of the Star Accordion with three pages of the Fancy Accordion for a Stars/Stripes theme to the pages themselves. Then she alternated the look with the Star Fancy Frame Edges on the outside. This is fabulous!
There's something about Shelly, am I right? Shelly Hickox has such unique ideas, like this one where she took colorful napkins and fused them to cardstock for a one-of-a-kind Fancy Accordion project. The Just a Note clear stamps provide a handy assist for the greeting. I am smitten!
Caz Counsell created this scrumptious popsicle card featuring Chilly the Penguin wearing the Props 1 glasses. I love the fun Summery colors and the clever greeting.
Fran Sabad made this wonderful Butterfly Pivot Card where the butterflies are also shakers! Wow! I also love the background, made using the Blossom Layering Stencil. What a beauty!
Frances Byrne used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a beachy scene featuring Rocky the Crab, the Palm Tree and Pail, and Beach Edges. I love her use of a sun to make the pull tab itself. What an amazing card!
Caz Counsell also used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set to animate a Character scene. This wonderful card features Jinks the Monkey wearing a grass skirt, bikini and flower headband. I mean cute!! Love the pink palms, too.
Karen Aicken loves the Pull Cards and turned to one of her favorites, the Spiral Circle Pull Card, for a base of this fun Summertime card. She embellished the front with the Clock & Gears die, cut in bright colors to match the theme. Sweet!
Kelly Booth made a shaker card for the front of this project and then embellished inside with the Lucy Label, Rocky the Crab and the Beach Edges. The background features the Swirly Flourish Stencil and Kelly's signature fab color choices!
Frances Byrne used the generic pop-up die included in the Hot Air Balloon set to create a platform for a Jinks the Monkey ice cream scene. Frances also used the Pull Card Edges to define the areas for her greetings. Fun colors!
Kelly Booth was on fire this month! She made five cards, including this under the seascape using the Lorna Label pop-up, Rocky and the Beach Edges, and a wonderful background with the Petite Flourish Stencil. Amazing!
ADIRONDACK CHAIR POP-UP CARDS
Raquel Mason was so clever with this fun summer scene featuring Jinks the Monkey as both mama and child. Mama Jinks hangs out in her beach chair wearing a very clever bikini made from a bandana die. Son Jinks swims in an innertube made from nested circle/scallop dies. So many amazing details in this one!
Karen Aicken combined many of her signature looks into one amazing card. For the front she used her handwriting and the Ring Frame Edges as accents. Then inside the card she used a photorealistic backdrop for the Adirondack Chair. Perfection!
Summer Hills-Painter knows a thing or two about Summer! (See what I did there?) This card is so beautiful I want to step right into it. I love her combination of the Beach Collection into a stunning "Relax" card.
So how about that?! No shortage of Summer inspiration.
Here's an exciting programming change for Designer Challenges - starting in July we will offer TWO challenges a month! Challenges will be posted here on my blog on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. The first Challenge of the month will be a theme that I choose for the team and the second challenge theme for the month will be chosen by a team member. For each challenge the team will make just one card and post it on their own personal blogs on Monday of Challenge Week. This new format will provide the same number of amazingly inspiring cards per month, but spaced out onto two dates instead of all lumped together. Join us for our first July Designer Challenge on Tuesday, July 12th with a theme of UP! The team will post high-flying cards featuring the sky and I will have a new card and video tutorial as well.