Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the August Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the theme is Inspired Creations. I challenged the team to look back through previous Designer Challenges and pick inspiration from their teammates. They could be inspired by a technique, color scheme, combination of dies – anything that could be a “muse” for a new creation. I think you’ll agree that they hit it out of the park with their new creations and as a bonus, I’ve included links to all the inspiration pieces as well. Settle in with a nice cup of something, because you’re about to be . . . you know what I’m going to say . . . INSPIRED!
For my card and video I couldn’t narrow it down to just one inspiration card so I decided to use three. I was very inspired by Kelly Booth’s 4-page Easter Oval Accordion, especially her use of fishing line to suspend an item, but I also really wanted to make a Halloween card. I went back to last year’s Spooky September challenge and found the perfect inspiration from Caz Counsell with her Frankenpop card and from Fran Sabad with her Poppy Halloween card.
There are two videos for this project because I wanted the Jolly the “Monster” Mouse to be its own video for people to refer to for general assembly of Jolly the Mouse. Just cut typical mouse colors instead of monster colors when you want to assemble him as a sweet mouse.
The second video teaches the Open Center Accordion technique along with several other techniques as follows:
- Technique #1: How to create the silver/black embossed damask pages.
- Technique #2: How to create an Open Center Accordion.
- Technique #3: How to cut an opening in an accordion page and add fishing line to float items.
- Technique #4: How to make bats and bones from the Cocoa the Horse die.
- Technique #5: How to use transfer paper to make a spooky debossed tree background.
When the album is closed you have no idea that the two center frames are shorter. It appears to be a typical Accordion album. This page shows off Technique #1 (silver/black embossed damask), #3 (Cocoa bat) and #5 (transfer paper spooky tree background)
Here’s a close-up of the first two pages:
The close-up of the second two pages shows Technique #3 (fishing line floating) and Technique #4 (Cocoa bat & bones) plus another version of Technique #5 (spooky ghost tree)
Here’s a handy reference for making bats using the Cocoa the Horse die.
The video mentions that the display of an Open Center Accordion will differ slightly from a typical accordion. The two inner ovals will not pull out all the way into a straight line but will stay slightly bent in the center. However, the lack of a center outer frame means there’s no problem viewing both inner ovals.
This technique will work with any of the Accordion Dies and can be made in any theme. I hope you’ll give one or more of these techniques a try. Here’s what you’ll need:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:
- 1038 Jolly the Mouse
- 772 Oval Accordion
- 906 Oval Clouds Frame Edges
- 1044 Cocoa the Horse
- 781 All Seasons Tree
- KB104 Damask Embossing Folder
- Glitter Dots
- ECD Double-Sided Adhesive
- Detail Scissors
- Detail Tweezers
- Fineline Bottle w/Lineco pH neutral adhesive
- Red and White pens
- Fishing Line & stiff wire & brayer
- Twill & Ribbon – Creative Impressions
- Silver ink pad
- Bazzill cardstocks – black, gray, green, yellow, white
- Saral White Transfer Paper
- Embossing Sandwich for your die cutting machine (should include a silicone rubber squishy mat)
Let’s see what the amazingly talented Designer Challenge Team came up with for their inspired creations. You can click each designer’s name to open a new window with their blog post, where you will see more photos, supply lists, basic instructions and either a link or photo of the inspiration piece. I’ve also linked all the inspiration pieces in each project’s description. I’ve separated the inspiration into All Occasion Cards and Holiday Cards. Have fun and be INSPIRED!
ALL OCCASION INSPIRATION
Karen Aicken took inspiration from a lovely floral Katie Label Eiffel Tower Pivot card by Helen Cryer. Karen used a beautiful combination of patterned papers, ala Helen, and created this gorgeous version.
Frances Byrne was inspired by Donna Wright’s Owl & Pussycat card to make a new version in a 90 degree pop-up card instead of a Pop Stand design. Frances used the Lots of Pops for her card, also featuring the bathtub as a boat. Such fabulous styling on the waves!
Caz Counsell was inspired to combine the Oval Accordion and Tags Pivot Card by Helen Cryer’s Rectangle/Tags card from the January challenge. I love how Caz used the structure and idea of Helen’s card as her muse, but swapped out the Accordion and Characters for a completely different look.
Kelly Booth made a version of Karen Aicken’s Glamping Card as a beautiful new home card. I love how Kelly incorporated a signature Karen Aicken look – the “high tree line” background effect. The Holiday House die works year round for any type of home.
Karen Aicken sent me this fabulous birthday card and come to find out it’s also a challenge card and I was the inspiration! How sweet (times two!) Karen was inspired by me to behead the Characters! Awww. Karen used lots of Farm and Farm 2 dies and it’s really fun to play with the fence on the front of this card, which is attached to an Action Wobbler so it jiggles.
Summer Hills-Painter took inspiration from Helen Cryer’s Butterfly Card for this cheerful pretty explosion of butterflies card. She used the Butterfly Pivot Card, Butterfly Accessory dies and the Agatha Edges to make this bright and beautiful card.
Helen Cryer took inspiration from Raquel Mason’s tent card to create this sweet version, featuring a barn-turned-tent and some styling All Seasons Trees. I just love that hanging heart tag and the tent strings – so clever!
Donna Wright‘s father loves Minions so for his 65th birthday she made him this special card, inspired by my Explosion Birthday Card for my nephew earlier this summer. I especially like how Donna suspended the balloon on a piece of acetate so that when the card is opened, the balloon floats in the air. Brilliant!
Kelly Booth took inspiration from a clever adaptation of the House Pivot Card by Shelly Hickox where she turned it into a planter box. Kelly filled her inspired planter with beautiful hydrangeas from the STC Garden Notes die. The lavender color scheme is gorgeous!
Shelly Hickox took inspiration from Summer Hills-Painter’s Heart Pivot Shutter Card to make this lovely Butterfly birthday card. The colors are so pretty and the lace detailing along the bottom is a beautiful touch.
Shelly Hickox used Donna Wright’s Westminster Clock Card as her inspiration for this spooky version. Inside the clock (made from the Spiral Circle Pull Card) a cascade of gears pop up at you – if you click Shelly’s name you’ll travel to her blog where you can also see a video of the card in motion. Amazing!
Fran Sabad used Frances Byrne as her inspiration for this mixed accordion with a beautifully crafted and colored stamped scene. Fran mixed pages from the Circle and Ring Accordions. Doesn’t it look like that happy elf is swinging right through the album? Amazing!
Frances Byrne chose to be inspired by Shelly Hickox’s tunnel card for this Christmas creation using new dies and stamps from the Merry & Bright collection. Make sure you click to Frances’s blog post to see a video of the card in action. Amazing!
Raquel Mason was inspired by Donna Wright’s impressive knowledge of how many “sleeps” there are until Christmas. This is a common bit of knowledge that you’ll find on Donna’s blog year round and Raquel decided to use it as inspiration to make a “sheeps” until Christmas card using Snowball the Sheep, the Fence, Props 5 and the Sleigh pop-up die.
Frances Byrne took inspiration from Fran Sabad’s stacked mice card to create a Jolly tree. What a cute idea! Frances incorporated the Katie Label Pivot Card, Paris Edges, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps and Props 5 as well as one of the brand new Quietfire Designs script word dies. Gorgeous!
Fran Sabad made a colorful hanging trees Circle Accordion using Shelly Hickox’s all-white card as her inspiration. She added the new Rudy the Reindeer Character die and altered his antlers to bring them more vertical – a great idea for using Rudy on an Accordion where his wide antlers may otherwise impede the mechanism of the card.
Raquel Mason shows what Christmas is like in her home state of sunny Florida where they decorate palm trees. Raquel was inspired by Debra Hensley, who was Raquel’s guest for the April Challenge and made an adorable baby-themed Star Accordion. Debra unexpectedly passed away last month and we are all missing her generous spirit and amazing talent. Thank you, Raquel, for honoring Debra with your inspiration piece this month.
Fran Sabad has developed quite a bond with Jolly the Mouse. So much so that the team jokes that Jolly’s middle name is “Fran”! I love her description of “cutting off his tail with a carving knife” and moving it to the other side so it fit in her card, inspired by Caz Counsell’s Merry Christmouse Sleigh Card. Adorable!
Once again, an amazing challenge by an amazing team. Join us next month on September 16, 2015 when the team is taking on a challenge called Celebrate! They can make any type of project using any dies for any celebratory occasion, from birthday, to anniversary, to new baby, new home, retirement, new job, etc. – anything! As an added twist I’ve asked them to incorporate Frame Edges into their piece. The Frame Edges are sold separately from the Accordion dies because they work great as flat frames and borders in addition to fitting the Accordions perfectly. Get ready for some clever inspiration!