A great option for the new Anita Frames Pop-up die is to use the included decorator label dies to cut windows from the pop-up labels and hang charms in the openings. Here's a Halloween card using this technique. (See this post for a Christmas version)
For the front of the card I used the new Candy Corn Layering Stencil to make a border and then added a stamped greeting from the Halloween Clear Stamps, cut out with the dies included in the Anita Frames set, and then added the jack-o-lantern charm from the Halloween Charms.
Speaking of the Halloween Charms, you can see the dies that come included in the set at the bottom of the packaging. The three ghosts that combine to make the 3D ghost are all on the same die, making it quick, easy, and paper-saving to construct the ghost. For the jack-o-lantern charm, there is a solid pumpkin die (cut from black) and a face overlay die (cut from orange), plus a die to cut the stem and vine (green). For solid pumpkins, perfect for harvest themes, simply eliminate the face overlay and cut the pumpkin charm from orange cardstock.
For today's card I used jump rings to hang the charms in the openings of the pop-up. I further embellished with spiders and webs from the Halloween Scene die set and the "31" stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps, which can be cut out perfectly by the oval die that comes included in the Anita Frames set.
Learn how to use this pop-up die set and the layering stencil in these two instructional videos:
Want to give this card a try? Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide and through their website.
We are loving this new format for Pop it Ups Designer Challenges. Challenges are now posted twice a month - on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. The first theme of the month will be set by me and the second theme of the month will be set by a team member. For each challenge the team will post one card on their personal blogs on Monday of challenge week. This way the same amount of great Pop it Ups inspiration is posted each month, but spaced out on two dates so it's not so overwhelming.
The theme for this team challenge was set by Shelly Hickox and is: "Girly or Ghouly" - think pretty, shabby, feminine or French, OR think creepy, crawly, spooky or eerie.
In addition to a new card and video from me, plus cards by the 9 members of the DC team, Shelly's good friend and designer extraordinaire, Cyndi Watkins, has joined us as a guest and just wait until you see what she made - amazing!
For my card I wanted to combine both sides of the challenge to make a card that transforms from a feminine Parisian scene into a ghoulish Halloween version. The new Twist Circle die set worked perfectly for this effect. Here is the video tutorial for my card, which I'm calling a Hidden Halloween Card:
Obviously I made this card specifically for Shelly's challenge theme, of Girly/Ghouly, but the idea of transforming a scene using the Twist Circle is universal. Because the Twist Circle changes position upon opening the card, it is the perfect choice for a card with a transparency layer that allows you to see the pop-up's location in the closed position and then watch it move as the card is opened.
For the front of my card I kept it simple, with a glittered Eiffel Tower and some pre-made flowers from my stash. I added Glitter Lines around the perimeter of the pink paper for some extra sparkle. The elastic closure keeps the card closed tightly so there's no hint of the spooky scene that will be revealed inside.
Move the elastic to open the card. The Twist Circle will start to raise and twist the moon.
When the card is opened the Paris scene has been completely transformed into the "Ghouly" version, complete with a pop-up moon, purple bats, spiders and a spooky graveyard.
I was pretty proud of my idea for the greeting. I did selective inking on the "Bonjour" stamp by first inking just the "Bo", then just an "o" and then the "njour". A small spider stamp from the Halloween Clear Stamps added the perfect dot above the j. I also used the Halloween Clear Stamps for the "Trick or Treat" greeting that's attached to the pop-up. Midnight the Bat is the newest Character die and works well as the host of this Parisian graveyard scene.
Ready to try your own transformation scene card using the Twist Circle? All of the new release products have shipped out to stores throughout the world. They are also available on the ECD website, but get them while you can - the response to this release has been tremendous and the Flower Pot Pop Stand has already sold out (but more are on order and expected in two weeks) Here are the products used on my card:
The Designer Challenge team, plus our esteemed guest, Cyndi, have made some delightfully demure/dreadful creations for the Girly or Ghouly challenge. Make sure you click on their names to travel to their blog posts, where you will find more photos, instructions and supply lists.
Shelly Hickox chose the Girly side of the challenge for this amazing soft and pretty Twist Circle project. I did not realize at first that the pretty flowers were made by hand using the decorator dies in the Flower Pot Pop Stand. Drop the mic! You should definitely check out Shelly's blog post for more information on how she made the flowers and this Shellypiece.
Shelly Hickox set the theme this challenge so she decided to do both sides of the challenge. She used the Twist Circle again to make this devilish delight featuring a very distinctive vintage witch stamped image. I like her use of the bat die for modesty! The front of this card, with the Iron Fence and Bats stencil, is spooktacular!
Cyndi Watkins is a good friend of Shelly's and they get together for crafting sessions in which Shelly is always singing the praises of Cyndi's work. Cyndi had taken a break from blogging but decided to return so I asked if she'd like to join Shelly's challenge as a guest designer. WOW! She absolutely ROCKED this challenge! Cyndi made a Staggered Fancy Accordion and decorated one side girly and the other side ghouly! Check out all the fabulous details. She used the Iron Fence and Halloween Scene as well. I'm blown away!
Summer Hills-Painter is the mother of 3 boys so she jumped at the chance to craft for the Girly side of the challenge. Summer used the Flower Pot Pop Stand and added a bamboo trellis die to the pot to make an amazing structure of pretty pink flowers. She also used the Occasions clear stamps and Labels & Circles dies. Stunning!
Caz Counsell also turned to the Flower Pot Pop Stand for her creation, but went for the Ghouly side of the challenge. I love how Caz made Midnight the Bat hang upside-down on the front of her card, and her delightfully spooky pot featuring Hoppy the Frog and a hanging spider!
Karen Aicken made this elegant masterpiece of a tea-themed Cascading Tag Card for the Girly side of the challenge. I love all the details and the vintage styling of this card. The card itself is made with the Adirondack Chair and Tags Pivot Card and then she embellished with the Cup Pop Stand and Coffee & Tea clear stamps. Karen is a master crafter and this is simply stunning!
Sandy Diller knocked my socks off with her Steampunkin' Hanging Charm Pull Tab project. I just love the use of the Clock on the HCPT and then hanging the new Halloween Charm in the opening. The gears, the Props 9 Witch hat, the googly-eyed Midnight pull - I'm in love! She even combined two stamp sets for a custom greeting.
Raquel Mason also went with the Ghouly side of the challenge for this fun Halloween Card featuring a lot of the new items. I particularly like her purple candy, made with the Candy Corn Layering Stencil, and check out how she added monster scars to the Characters using laces from the football in the new Sports Charms set! I mean brilliant! Love her arching Iron Fence with 31 placard. Fab-boo-lous!
Frances Byrne went with a pretty Paris-inspired theme for her Girly card. It features the new Anita Frames Pop-up, which is completely generic and perfect for any theme. Frances decorated it beautifully with the Paris Edges, Eiffel Tower and Just a Note clear stamps. As always, Frances found the perfect patterned paper for her theme. Exquisite! C'est magnifique!
Kelly Booth had a brilliant idea! She used the Anita Frames in the center of a wide card, which created two new folds to be able to animate the Iron Fence on both halves of the card! This is amazing! She created such an interactive scene inside the card between the fences arching, the pop-up popping, and the 3D ghost charm expanding! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Fran Sabad created a sensational peek-a-boo Circle Accordion card by cutting the centers from her first two circles to allow a view of all the decorations in the closed position. In the first vignette she created a spooky fence scene and then the 3D ghost charm hangs in page 2. She finishes with an eerie graveyard on page 3. This is amazing!
Well I hope you feel inspired to try a Girly or Ghouly (or both!) project of your own. Join us on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 for MORE ghoulish inspiration because our theme for the first September challenge, set by me, is Halloween!
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.
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.
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 the May 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of Stage it Stencils, which is a new category of products for the Pop it Ups line. The first six stencils launched at CHA and have been very popular. (Watch the introductory video to the first release of stencilshere.) The Spring Release will be shipping out to stores about a week from now, so keep an eye out for these twelve new designs, including (3) Layering Stencils, (3) Pattern Stencils, (3) Charm Dies, and (3) Clear Stamps.
Because our focus was on the Stencils this month, I chose not to do a single project and instead to create an overview video of all 6 new stencils. The video covers how to use the Layering Stencils, how to emboss a pattern stencil, a partial masking technique, making your own glitter paste and cleaning the stencils. I've also included photos of a lot of this month's creations by the team, so after watching the video make sure you scroll down to see all of those cards with links to their blog posts for more information.
The Spring Release has three main themes: Wedding, Baby and Steampunk, each with a Charms die and a Clear Stamp set. All of the Charms sets are sized to fit perfectly in the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set, as an option. Here's an example of the Wedding Charms and Best Wishes Clear Stamps, plus the Petite Flourish Stencil, used for a Hanging Charm Pull Tab card:
The Charms also work well for other types of projects, like mixed media tags, scrapbook layouts, jewelry, etc. Here's a mixed media tag using the Steampunk Charms and Steampunk Greetings Clear Stamps, plus the Gears Stencil, embossed and sanded like in the video:
Another way to use the new Charms is by chopping off the hang holes and using the shapes as Props for the Characters. Here's the card I made in the video with Lucky the Rabbit holding the umbrella from the Baby Charms set. Inside the card it says "Rain or shine you're a friend of mine" - a cute stamp from Verve.
The Spring Release will be available in late May at independent and online retailers worldwide. Here are some online links to the Spring Release and to the other few items used in my sample cards:
The Designer Challenge Team is showing off the Stage it Stencils and the Spring Release products amazingly this month. If you've already watched the video you've had a preview of a lot of these cards. Time to see them closer. Remember that each of their names is a link to their blog post about the card. On their individual blogs is where you will find all the information you need. Some of these cards are full tutorials, so definitely give them a click!
STEAMPUNK & ARTSY INSPIRATION
Kelly Booth made this fabulous Steampunk tag with the Gears stencil as a backdrop and a dapper Poppy the Owl, properly steampunked, taking center stage. Notice her use of the top hat charm with the hang hole removed. Poppy also holds the key charm from the Steampunk set and the wings charms were used on the heart at the bottom.
Summer Hills-Painter combined a couple of stencils for the background of this amazing altered memory box. The Gears are behind the frame and the Swirly Flourish is also used. I love all the layers of ephemera on this showcase piece. The Steampunk Charms are mixed in as well.
Shelly Hickox altered a dollar store journal into this ode to Paris art piece. The Eiffel Tower die is cut from canvas to provide more texture. She used partial coverage with the Petite Flourish Stencil to create the textured background and the Steampunk charms and clear stamps complete the look.
Frances Byrne shows how nicely the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die can be used to animate a Character. She made a gentleman Poppy the Owl, sporting the top hat from the Steampunk Charms and holding the key. The Gears Charm works wonderfully for her textural background and the Steampunk Greetings clear stamps reveal the birthday message. This card would be suitable for anyone, including men.
Sandy Diller also steampunked a Character - she chose Jinks the Monkey and used the Gears Stencil to emboss the backdrop of this clever Rectangle Pull Card. Notice the gear peeking out in the closed position? It moves up with the greeting as the card is opened. You can see a video of this card in action plus a full tutorial of how Sandy created it, by clicking her name.
Caz Counsell made this brilliant homage to Game of Thrones for a birthday card with a Game of Bones theme. See the bones on the Adirondack Chair to make the Iron Throne? Brilliant! Plus Buster the Dog is styled as Jon Snow! I am in love with this card. Caz used the Petite Flourish Stencil inside the card to create the texture. Absolutely brilliant!
Kelly Booth shows the great coordinating between the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil and the Baby Charms. She hung the companion charm in the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set for this sweet baby boy card. The Baby Clear Stamps are used for the greetings and I love her use of a cloud for the pull. So sweet!
Sandy Diller can do it all! She can switch from the most artsy steampunk grungy project right into an adorable baby card like this! The Lots of Pops creates the pop-up poles inside the card to suspend the clothesline and then she added the Baby Charms throughout, including the little bunny charm inside the Props 7 woven basket. Awww! I love her use of the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil on the card front. She did not use the layering hearts, which is always optional.
Fran Sabad made this wonderful 3-page Rectangle Accordion in a sweet baby girl theme. I like how she cut a window from Page 2 to allow her to hang the Pajama charm, and the Baby Pajamas Layering Stencil works wonderfully to create the pattern for the outer frames. So many details to soak in on this darling card.
WEDDING & ELEGANT INSPIRATION
Frances Byrne is brilliant! She immediately thought to put the new Wedding Charms bride & groom on the pop-up Cake die. Perfection! The Petite Flourish stencil provides the backdrop for this elegant confection. She also incorporated the Paris Edges and the Best Wishes clear stamps for the greetings. I love the white/gold/black color scheme.
Karen Aicken created such a stunning card by using metallic paints on black cardstock. The Rectangle Pull Card has never looked so fancy! She used the Swirly Flourish Stencil and mixed in some die cut coffee cup steam flourishes (clever!) for a classy background.
Raquel Mason actually created this card for another challenge, but I wanted to include it because it's such a lovely use of the Blossom Layering Stencil. I love her use of white ink through the flower and then layered with black centers. A very charming backdrop for a thank-you card.
Kelly Booth created several Cherries backgrounds using the Cherries Layering Stencil on Soft Finish Cardstock and then die cut the pieces into labels and Hot Air Balloons for this super sweet and fun card. I had this original card with me last weekend at the Denver Scrapbook Expo and it got raves from the customers. Absolutely fabulous!
Raquel Mason used the Cherries as a background for this "Sweet" card. I like how she used paste and glitter to make the cherries raised and sparkly. This card would brighten anyone's day.
Karen Aicken used the Gears Stencil in a bright fun color to create a boy background for this cute card. I love how Karen Aicken took advantage of the slot/slider mechanism in the Oval Pull Card to hide Buster the Dog in the closed position with the Barrel Basket. Open the card and the basket slides out of the way. Her grandson is sure to love his one-of-a-kind birthday card!
Fran Sabad ends the challenge with this scrumptious card featuring a Cherries background and Baker the Beaver, wearing the Props 8 Chef's Hat and holding a cherry-topped cupcake. I mean CUTE!
Well I hope you feel inspired to start incorporating the Stage it Stencils into your projects. They are very affordable and durable as well as versatile and functional. Join us next month on June 22, 2016 when we will take on a challenge called Summer Lovin'! The team and I will be making projects that celebrate the glorious summer season.
Oh! And the winners of the March and April Secret Shout-out Giveaway were Linda Agers, who won the Oval Pull Card and Baker the Beaver (March giveaway) and Margaret McChesney, who won the Barn Pop Stand and Snowball the Sheep (April giveaway). I will have the latest newsletter with this month's Secret Word Giveaway sent out either today or tomorrow, so if you're not already a member of my mailing list, just use the blue button on this blog's sidebar to join.
Welcome to the April 2016 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented Designer Challenge Team to create a project using Pop it Ups products. This month I chose a theme of The Great Outdoors and I think you'll be very inspired by their clever creations.
For my card and video, I'm showing a simple conversion of a pop stand design into a box pop-up design. This is going to be a handy little technique to use with all the pop stand designs, including the Cup, Eiffel Tower, Bathtub, Fence, Christmas Trees and Barn. As it says in the video, use 1" for the length of the joiner pieces, no matter which die is being converted. Choose the width of the joiner to match the width of the die's tabs. Watch the video here:
This last weekend I was in Dallas with Emma and the high school band on their spring trip. Over 200 kids went on the trip. Unfortunately heavy rains in the Dallas area closed Six Flags and then the rains hit Katy and produced dangerous flooding throughout the Houston area. A decision was made to skip our activity on Monday and get the kids home as soon as possible. It all worked out because we rolled into town during a lull in the storms. School has been canceled since Monday to allow the floodwaters to recede. Our neighborhood is surrounded by deep bayous, which filled up much higher than I've ever seen them, but still several feet below the banks. There was no flooding in our neighborhood. We count ourselves very lucky, as many have lost their homes and businesses and eight people lost their lives.
Because of the weather, I got a late start on my project, so I chose to make a simple design. I am in need of several "belated" cards for birthdays I missed in March, so this one will be perfect for that. The front of the card is a piece of Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock that I embossed with the Clouds embossing folder and sanded the edges of the clouds to turn them white. The "hay there" comes from the Hay There set and the banners are a sticker from my stash.
Inside the card I used joiners to convert the tabs of the pop stand die into simple box pop-up platforms. The background is the Clouds embossing folder again, this time with light blue ink brayered inside the folder before embossing. The grass area is sponged with green ink. Snowball the Sheep is styled as a Suffolk, with a black head and legs. Suffolks, according to Wikipedia, make up 60% of the sheep population in the U.S.
Here's a side view showing how easily joiners can be used to convert the pop stand tabs into boxes.
The stamp set for the greetings is the Homegrown Greetings set. I stamped the "I feel baaaad" greeting onto white cardstock and cut it out with a label die from the Katie Label Pivot Card set. I also cut a larger Katie Label from the leftover wood paper for a mat. The other greetings are stamped directly on the card.
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The Designer Challenge Team always blows me away with their amazing creations. This month is no exception! For each of their Great Outdoors cards you can click on the name to go directly to that blog post, where you're likely to find supply lists, additional photos, explanations, etc.
Frances Byrne starts us off with this amazing adaptation of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die used to raise up a circle. She decorated the circle in a western theme using the Western Edges and used the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps for the greeting. The colors are so rustic and warm. Fabulous!
Raquel Mason created this cozy little home using the House Pivot Card. I really love her styling on the All Seasons Tree with the dimensional foliage. She also took advantage of the built-in emboss feature on the house to add the brick pattern. I'll be right over!
Karen Aicken shows just how perfectly Pop it Ups dies can be used with patterned papers. She used cut-outs from the paper on the Hanging Charm Pull Tab to create the interactive card. The Palm Tree, embossed to shiny perfection, completes the scene. Nautical and nice!
Kelly Booth really should have a middle name of "color"! She has such a way of combining colors - it's magical! Check out this fun outdoor scene featuring the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and Poppy the Owl. I love how Kelly used balloon strings from Props 2 as flower stems. Gorgeous!
Sandy Diller made this crab-ulous card featuring the Adirondack Chair, Palm Tree & Pail, Rocky the Crab and Beach Edges. I particularly love her layering of the spotted palm fronds and the shell from Rocky inside the pail. This makes me want a beach vacation!
Caz Counsell thought "outside" the card (see what I did there?) and created a photo canvas. She featured a handsome photo of her son and used the All Seasons Tree to decorate the canvas. What a wonderful way to showcase a photo!
Summer Hills-Painter created a beach shack out of the House Pivot Card. I love the thatched roof! She used the Rectangle Pull Card, adding in the Palm Tree and the sun from the Oval Pull Card. This is such a serene beachy scene. I want to step right into this card!
Shelly Hickox was inspired by a card Karen Aicken made using a photorealistic scene with a pop-up cut into it. Shelly created her own backdrop by taking a photo of her garden and then cutting the Adirondack chair into the photo. She printed a second photo to fussy cut elements, like stones, and layer them over the original, creating very cool dimension. This is a fabulous technique that has so many possibilities!
Fran Sabad was inspired by a pretty Garden Bench card made by Kittie C. a couple of years ago to create her own version. It turned out so soft and pretty! I love the delicate flowers on the All Seasons Tree and the brightly colored bird perched on the bench. Beautiful!
Frances Byrne always finds the perfect patterned papers for her cards. This beauty features the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Pull Card Edges and What's Up? clear stamps. I love the way Frances layered the Pull Card Edges and used them to frame the greeting circle. Beautiful!
Karen Aicken wins the prize for the cutest card ever with this adorable picnic scene. Baker the Beaver looks so cute with his watermelon, big shades and hot dog. Karen used the Adirondack Chair and the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil inside the card. Cute! Cute! Cute!
Kelly Color Booth created a beautiful background for this House Pivot Card. The Lorna labels provide a handy assist for the greetings and she also used the Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil to add the sun. This card is so bright and sunny!
Sandy Diller mentions that when hot air balloons fly over her home in Arizona their bright colors seem to give them a glow of being lit from within. She recreated that feel with this beautiful card, featuring the Hot Air Balloon with pop-up, plus the Western Edges. I love the stamped balloon in the background, seeming far away in the distance. Stunning!
Caz Counsell styled the Spiral Circle Pull Card just perfectly to resemble a tree on the left side. The All Seasons Tree is used as a branch and Caz cleverly cut the eggs from the Props 7 set to style as leaves for the tree. Brilliant! Poppy the Owl looks lovely cut from Through the Lens paper, and the Clouds Embossing Folder creates the sky. Wonderful!
Fran Sabad chose bright primary colors for this bold and breezy Hot Air Balloon card. What a nifty background with the pattern on the left and the solid on the right. So unique! If you click to Fran's blog post you'll see an equally impressive card front, featuring a rainbow. Love it!
How's that for fifteen amazing cards?! I hope you've enjoyed the wonderful Great Outdoors inspiration by the team. Join us for next month's Designer Challenge on May 18, 2016. The theme for May is "Stage it Stencils" and in addition to the six available-now stencils, we will be featuring the six newest designs! You don't want to miss it!
My dear friend Kelly Booth came for a visit this week. We've had so much fun! On Wednesday I took her to Brazos Bend State Park to see some alligators. It was a little too cold for them to be sunning themselves all over the paths like normal, but we did see some big ones in the water, plus 31 babies on the bank.
On Thursday it was cold, rainy and windy, so we spent all day in the studio. Kelly made an adorable cupcake & coffee card and we filmed it for a video! Check it out on Kelly's blog here: Cupcake & Coffee Card & Video. I was pleased to discover that Kelly and I have the exact same style of messy-table crafting! Ha.
Today it was my turn to make something. I wanted to create a coffee-themed card for Kelly's recent birthday that I could also use for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, that ends today. Here's that I came up with. The saying is computer generated and I saw a plaque with this saying in a beach gift shop and thought it would be perfect for Rocky the Crab and the coffee items.
The pop-up die is the Hanging Charm Pull Tab and I also used the Coffee Stage it Stencil and the Coffee Bean Embossing Folder. The little beans in the woven basket are fussy-cut from an embossed piece of brown cardstock and then glued in the basket.
For Rocky I wanted the coffee cup to be out further from his body so I chopped off his left arm and used another right arm. The woven basket is from Props 7 with the handle chopped off. The coffee cup is one of the charms that comes with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab set and I chopped off the hang hole from the top. I didn't use the frame that comes with the die and used it just for the mechanism to animate Rocky. Here is a side view, showing how the card works.
The heart charm also comes included with the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set. The paper is an older piece of Basic Grey paper from my stash. Learn how to assemble the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set by watching this video:
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Elizabeth Craft Designs is sponsoring a great giveaway this week. You may win all 6 of the Stage it Stencils by simply leaving a comment on the introductory YouTube video. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Page on Friday, March 25, 2016.
For convenience, I'm embedding the video with a player here on the blog post, but to leave a comment on the video itself (to be entered into the drawing) you'll need to click to watch the video on YouTube and leave your comment under the video itself: Pop it Ups Introducing Stage it Stencils
S-001 Coffee Stencil - This stencil was designed to coordinate perfectly with the Cup Pop Stand die set. The coffee bean pattern is easily repeatable in all four directions for bean patterns of any size, and the flourishes are sized to fit both across the cup and around the saucer to create a china pattern. For the sample card shown, I used a dark brown ink sponged through the stencil for the bean background. I then used white texture paste through the straight line of flourishes for the cup itself, and translucent texture paste for the semi-circle flourishes for the saucer. Once the paste dried, I used a blending tool with some light tan ink over the saucer to highlight the pattern.
S004 - Paisley Stencil - I wanted to design some generic all-over pattern stencils for doing card fronts and backgrounds behind (and on) the pop-ups. Paisley is a great generic pattern but can also have a real western flair. This card front uses translucent texture paste through the stencil onto a pink piece of cardstock and then, once dry, I used a dark red ink with a blending tool over the entire background. I used the Western Edges die set to add horses and barbed wire and then added ribbon and a metal horseshoe charm I found in my stash. Glitter lines create the perimeter border.
S006 - Swirly Flourish Stencil - Here's another all-over pattern that I felt would work great for elegant cards, whimsical designs or even to resemble frosting when used with the Cake and Props 8 die sets. Another great way to use stencils is to emboss their pattern into cardstock. Simply set up your machine with an embossing sandwich (the same sandwich you would use for embossing a wafer thin die) and use the stencil instead of a die for embossing. For this tag, I used a core cardstock, which means it was gray on the front, but white inside. After embossing the Swirly Flourish stencil into the cardstock I sanded the top of the cardstock, which revealed the white core on all the flourishes. I also embossed some glossy white cardstock for the heart.
S003 Medallion Stencil - if you've followed me for years then you may recognize this medallion. It's one that I drew for a Sizzlits set in my second year at Sizzix. (long since discontinued) I've always liked this medallion and was thrilled to have a reason to bring it back - slightly modified to work as a stencil. I envisioned this stencil being used for elegant, regal, artsy and masculine looks. It would work well for travel, graduation, wedding or perhaps even sympathy in the right colors. For this tag I used translucent paste through the stencil, let it dry, and then added the various colors afterward, creating a resist appearance for the background.
S002 Flower Stencil - this is a very popular stencil because of the versatility of an all-over tight flower pattern. On the tag below I used two different colors of sparkle glitter paste through the stencil. This is a pattern that repeats easily by moving the stencil and lining up the flowers to continue on. This flower also resembles jacks (the child's toy with the ball) and would work well for floral designs, but also for fun vibrant kid cards.
S005 Partly Cloudy Stencil - this one is so useful for filling in sky scenes. You've got several sizes of fluffy clouds on top and four flat-bottomed clouds at the bottom. You've also got a sun and a flock of flying birds. I used this stencil on this Oval Pull Card by tinting white texture paste with blue paint for the clouds that would be added to pieces of white cardstock, and by using white texture paste for the clouds on the blue cardstock.
The Design Team has been loving the stencils and based on the strong response we will definitely be adding new designs in the future. (So buy a big storage ring! Ha!)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
Frances 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.Sandy 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
How 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.