Feb 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Glitter!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck, and Happy Crafting!

image from karenburniston.typepad.com
 

 


Video demo from CHA: Pop it Ups Cup Pop Stand die set

Anna, a graphic artist with Elizabeth Craft Designs, shot some demos of each of the artists while at CHA. Mine was a demo of the new Cup Pop Stand die set. 

 

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The cup will work well for both pop-up cards (Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Character, etc.) but also for flat cards and tags. It's a very versatile die set and if you like Coffee, definitely check out some of the companion products - the Coffee Stencil, Coffee Bean Embossing Folder and Coffee & Tea Clear Stamps.

These products are available in your local independent craft store. If you are sadly without a local store, you can also buy online. Here are some links: 


Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.

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The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.

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Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.

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Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.

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We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.

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If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!


Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

Happy Fall, ya'll! 

 

17th Birthday Cards for Karl & Emma

HEY! This isn't funny . . . these babies just keep growing up! Here's a selfie of us Thursday on their birthday - seventeen years old! (Can you believe Karl was less than 3 lbs at birth? I know! Crazy!)

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I like to personalize their birthday cards for what they're into at the time. Two years ago they got Dr. Who 9th Doctor cards. Last year Karl got a video game/music card and Emma got a Captain America card. This year I was a little stumped for Karl because he really hasn't changed his interests in a year. However, he does attend horse therapy and we do live in Texas, so I hit on the idea to make their cards have a Texas theme. 

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Both cards are 5" x 6" cards, fitting nicely in A7 envelopes. For Karl's card front I assembled a Texas flag using strips of cardstock and the barn star from the Star Accordion die. By selectively inking three stamps in the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps I was able to create a custom "Keep Calm and Howdy Birthday" greeting and used a tag die from the Tags Pivot Card to cut it out. The barbed wire is from the new Western Edges die set.

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Inside Karl's card I've used the pop-up portion of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die to make the platforms and then used the Barn and Cocoa the Horse on the platforms. I embossed the Chicken Wire die in silver and black powder for the foreground and used the horses edge die from the Western Edges for the backdrop. The "Texas, Est. 1836" is a Deadbeat Designs rubber stamp that is stamped, colored and fussy-cut, then added with All Seasons Tree clouds into the sky. Cocoa the Horse is styled as a Texas flag with an altered Props 1 Bowler-hat-turned-cowboy-hat.

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In this next photo you can see that when the barn doors slide open a little "happy birthday" message is revealed inside the barn plus some additional hay blobs from the Hay There set. The grass die comes in the Western Edges die set.

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I wanted to continue the Texas theme for Emma's card but also wanted it to have a driving theme as she recently got her Learner's Permit and is currently doing her driving sessions. I decided to make a Texas Longhorn cow and style her like Emma with short brown hair and hipster glasses. The Western Edges were used to create a suitably Texas backdrop for the card front and Brownie Emma sports a pink cowboy hat.

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I used the tail of Jolly the Mouse to make the horns for Brownie the Cow. The cowboy hat was made easily by simply trimming the top of the bowler hat from Props 1 into a cowboy hat shape.

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When the card is opened I wanted to have Brownie Emma driving a car. The Lorna Label pop-up die provides the platform for the car and the backdrop is the barbed wire Western Edge and some fussy cut clouds from a piece of patterned paper. I used gray cardstock to make the road and added the stripes with yellow and white graphic art tape. The striped patterned paper is an older Basic Grey paper from my stash.

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I assembled another Brownie Emma, this time with her hat attached to a horn as though it were flying in the wind. I also trimmed out her front legs and tail to move them into a driving position. The steering wheel is two small nested circle dies and two thin cardstock strips to make cross bars.

The car itself is made from the Bathtub die. I cut one from red and turned it upside-down to be the main portion of the car. Then I cut another bathtub from silver Shimmer Sheetz and trimmed out the lip to be the car's bumper. I found some metal mesh and two silver buttons in my stash and added them to the front of the car. I made the little Texas license plate by hand and used two black rectangles of cardstock with rounded corners for the tires. For the top I used the Oval Accordion and largest oval decorator die, nested together.

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The cards were a hit! Happy Birthday, my babies! 

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Want to make your own Texas-themed cards? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are available at independent craft stores worldwide. Nowhere near a craft store? Here are some online links for all the ECD products used on these two cards:


Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1037 Christmas Trees Pop Stand

The Merry & Bright Collection is shipping now! Here is a video tutorial for one of the new pop-ups, the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die.

 

This is such a versatile die set as the trees can be combined in lots of ways to make pop-ups and flat trees. The set includes a star, trunk and two garland dies in addition to the tree dies.

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 Use the included Pop Stand die to make pop-up tree(s) inside a card.

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 From the side you can see all the layers of the tree and how they expand when the card is opened.

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 Here's a printable reference sheet for how to assemble the large expanding tree:

1037 DirectionsThe smaller solid tree can also be used with the Pop Stand to make an animated tree. There is even a stamp from the Merry & Bright stamp set that fits the solid tree perfectly for instant decoration.

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Interested in the supplies used in the video? Check with your local independent craft store to see if they've ordered them. Otherwise, here are some online links for the video supplies:


July 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Homegrown Holidays where I challenged the team to make Christmas in July cards with a farm or country feel. They were encouraged to use new dies from the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections, which will ship the first week of August 2015.

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For my contribution this month I did something different. Rather than make one 16-18 minute video teaching a fully decorated card, I concentrated on a couple of shorter "how to assemble" videos that will be easy to refer back to when you just need a quick refresher for how to assemble a die. Today I have the Farm videos - How to Assemble the 6 Farm Characters and How to Assemble the Fence Pop Stand die. Coming soon will be the Merry & Bright assembly videos. 

 

 

The clear stamp sets have arrived the but dies are still two weeks out. They will start shipping to independent craft stores worldwide the first week of August 2015.

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If you are lucky enough to live in the area of an independent craft store I highly encourage you to give that store your business before ordering online. Yesterday my friend Karrie Allen, the owner of Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, Texas came over to use my set of dies to design cards using the Christmas kit from SS's upcoming Kit Kraft Day.  If you are a Houston-area crafter you should definitely check it out. Here are the cards Karrie designed. This is the type of personal service, ideas, inspiration, love-of-the-craft that store owners show their customers every day. Please support your local stores first - they are such a vital part of our industry and of our communities.

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For those of you sadly without a local store, you will be able to purchase the new dies online when they become available. 

 
Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for all the amazing Homegrown Holidays cards by the team!
 
Happy Crafting!
 
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Sneak Peek: Summer 2015 Pop it Ups Release

Today's the day! I'm excited to share Sneak Peeks of my two newest Pop it Ups collections for Summer 2015. Each of the collections features six new dies and a 4" x 6" clear stamp set. 

First up, Farm 2. The first Farm Collection has been very popular and I've been getting a lot of requests for more farm animals. 

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Meet Cocoa the Horse, Snowball the Sheep and William the Goat. (It's up to you if you call him Billy!)

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The packaging sample for the Fence Pop Stand is an "I love you" card and you can see how nicely the collection coordinates. For this card I've used Cocoa the Horse, the Chicken Wire, Fence Pop Stand, William the Goat and the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps. 

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The Fence can be used several ways - with or without the cross bar that makes it an X-lattice fence, with or without the included emboss/stencil feature that give it the woodgrain look, with or without the extra posts that give it dimension and with or without the included Pop Stand die that turns it into a pop-up fence. Additionally, the fence can be assembled as a corral by connecting the outside posts and not the center. There are a ton of variations with the fence die.

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You may notice some things we've added to the packaging - the assembled size of the dies (since you always choose your own card size the pop-up "sizing" is just the pop-up portion of the die), the number of dies in the set, and the item numbers/names of the other ECD products used on the decorated package sample. The instructions for assembling the pop-up dies are on the back of the packaging as usual.

People always ask how I name the Characters, and in this case Cocoa the Horse was named by my husband, John. I wanted a name that would be similar in feel to Brownie the Cow and he came up with Cocoa. Everyone knows a Billy Goat, so I decided for the more formal version, William, just to be silly. Snowball got her name because she's big, white and fluffy. (or in some cases . . . she's pink!)

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Inside this card I added the "Baby don't herd me!" stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps. This 4x6 set includes sixteen stamps meant to coordinate with the new Characters. There's a little something for all sorts of themes in this set; encouragement, love, birthday, hello, belated birthday, I don't follow the herd, and farm living. 

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I designed the Farm 2 collection with more of a western feel than the first Farm collection. The Western Edges can be used to make great backgrounds. The small horses will also work great with the Barn Pop Stand die.

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Finally there is the Chicken Wire die. This die doubles as a hexagon template - the ejection holes in the die are perfectly spaced hexagons that can be sponged or sprayed through for interesting backgrounds. Another great feature of this die is its size. It's 5.5" wide, so it will span a landscape A2 card, and 3" tall, but repeats on the vertical. So in other words, if you want a full background simply cut two chicken wires and stack them to make a 6" tall piece.

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Next up is the Merry & Bright Collection. Once again there are 6 new dies and a 4x6 Clear Stamp set. Since the stamp sets are meant to coordinate with the entire collection, I felt that it was important to keep the number of dies in each collection to a manageable (and more affordable) size. 

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Two new Characters join the gang in this collection. Rudy the Reindeer was named by my daughter Emma and Jolly the Mouse was named by John. I wanted a name for the mouse Character that would work for a Christmas release, but also year-round. Once again John came up with a great name. Jolly the Mouse comes with two accessories - a 2-part candy cane and a 2-part piece of cheese. Rudy the Reindeer comes with a wreath to wear around his neck or hanging from an antler.

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Several members of my Design Team had been asking for a Santa hat and antlers to fit the Characters. Props 5 includes a whole Santa costume - hat, glasses, mustache and beard, plus a set of antlers and a bright red nose to turn any of the Characters into a reindeer.

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Here's a card with Jolly wearing the Santa suit. The background is made using the Merry & Bright clear stamp set.

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You'll see the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps show up on all of the pop-up samples to follow. There are 16 individual stamps in the set and they are designed to coordinate perfectly with all the dies in the Merry & Bright collection. 

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Next up is the Merry Christmas pop-up die. The Happy Birthday has been a popular die so Els asked if I could design a similar pop-up in a Merry Christmas theme. Instead of having just the words as the pop-up part, I thought it would look nice with some extra decor so I incorporated swirls, a flourish and hearts. 

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The die set includes a dimensional banner to fit the lower platform that can be optionally stamped with the clear stamp set. The accessory words, flourish and hearts can be used independently as well, so this is a great die for both pop-ups and flat cards. 

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I really love how the new Christmas Trees Pop Stand die works. You can create two sizes of tree - a smaller flat tree (the clear stamp set includes a greeting that will fit this tree perfectly) and a larger dimensional tree with a hanging center and two trees that expand when the card opens.

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The included Pop Stand die is a single, so you are not required to put both trees in the card, but it's easy to do so by simply cutting a Pop Stand wherever you'd like a tree. There are two string-of-baubles dies that can be used for decorating the small tree when not using the coordinating stamp. The dimensional tree is best decorated with patterned paper, embossed cardstock and/or glitter dots to make sure it can still open and close without too many bulky ornaments.

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Another request by Els was a pop-up sleigh. I designed a pop-up sleigh die years ago with a different (more complicated) mechanism. That die is long since discontinued but I always liked the shape of the sleigh, so I have brought it back with an easier and more useful mechanism.  This die is called Sleigh Gift Card Holder because the pop-up structure behind the sleigh includes integrated tuck slots to hold a standard size gift card. The pop-up is fully functional with or without the gift card. Additionally, since the sleigh parts and the pop-up parts are on different dies, they can be used independently of each other. You can swap out different items on the front of the pop-up to change the theme entirely. The card below shows off the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps and how well they coordinate with the dies in the collection. The "Santa Says" circle stamp can be optionally filled with "Nice!" "Naughty!" or "Shop!" and fits perfectly on the sleigh.

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Another fun (and optional) feature of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder is the extra angled platform on the right side of the card in front of the sleigh. I designed it to perfectly fit Rudy the Reindeer so that Rudy's antlers, which extend outside the card edges when the card is open, will be hidden when the card is closed. The small angled platform can be popped back in when not needed. 

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The team has been busy making amazing cards with the new collections and you'll see a lot of those cards debut on their personal blogs this weekend and especially next week, when the team takes on the Designer Challenge with a theme of Homegrown Holidays - Christmas cards with a country or farm feel. The best way to make sure you don't miss those cards is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page, where I post links every day.

The collections were previewed to retailers yesterday and many stores have already started placing their pre-orders to be first in line to get the collections when they start shipping the first week of August, 2015. Is your local store already carrying Pop it Ups? If not, please encourage them to do so. Elizabeth Craft Designs ships to stores worldwide and they can find out more information on the website: elizabethcraftdesigns.com

Make sure you check back next week on July 15th for the Designer Challenge. My contribution will be short how-to assembly videos for all the new pop-up dies in the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections. I can hardly wait for you to see all the amazing samples by the team! Some are being posted already:

Fran Sabad's Birthday on the Farm Card
Kelly Booth's Jolly Santa Rudy Sleigh Card
Caz Counsell's White Stag with Christmas Tree Card
Karen Aicken's Silver Rudy Lots of Pops Card

 

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GIVEAWAY: leave me a comment on this post by 5 pm CST Sunday, July 12, 2015 to be entered into a random drawing for your choice of either CS002 Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps or CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I'll draw two lucky winners!

I hope you're as excited about these new releases as I am, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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

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

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

Pivot Cards

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

 

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Pivot Card Product Links:

Pivot Card Video Tutorials:

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

Pivot Card Inspiration:

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

Pull Cards

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

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Pull Card Product Links:

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

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

Pull Card Inspiration:

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

General Pop-up Cards

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

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General Pop-up Product Links:

General Pop-up Video Tutorials:

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

General Pop-up Inspiration:

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

Pop Stands

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

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Pop Stand Product Links:

Pop Stand Video Tutorials:

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

Pop Stand Inspiration:

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

Accordion Albums & Frame Edges

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

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

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Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:

Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:

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

Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:

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

Characters & Props

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

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Character & Props Product Links:

Character & Props Video Tutorials:

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

Characters & Props Inspiration:

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

Edge Dies

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

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Edge Dies Product Links:

Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders

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

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Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:

 

Clear Stamps

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

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

Happy Crafting!

Karen