Hi Everyone! It’s Tina here today for Susan’s Garden Club. My DH works with flowers, before I met him I honestly didn’t know much about flowers except roses and tulips.mThis tag is inspired by him for the beauty he showed me and bestows on me week after week. Lilies have become one of my top 5 flowers. Here are the steps to recreate this Lily tag.
Hi there, Sanna here today to share a clean and simple style card with you. I was recently organizing my Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and, while doing it, had a card idea that I immediately needed to try.
Hello everyone, it’s Christine here from Susan’s Design Team. Well summer has finally arrived and that makes me very happy as it seems like we have waited a long time for this. Flowers blooming, birds chirping, peeps peeping and yes the warm weather….oh how I love it!
Today my post is a 6″ X 6″ pop up card using Susan’s CountryScapes dies for the pops. The Nantucket Arbor has been altered to give it a rustic look which is actually my style of gardening. If you came to my garden you would find lots of old watering cans, bicycle, wagon, wheelbarrow, old washing machine and old pails being used as planters and of course a little Yorkie. Enough about me and more about the card.
Let’s get started. The finished card is 6″ X 6″ .
- Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock 5-3/4″ X 11-3/4″, score at 5-7/8″, fold and open again.
- Using Karen Burniston’s Lots of Pops die, place on the fold making sure the alignment nubs are over the fold, then die cut.
- Using Susan’s CountryScapes Clouds & Grass dies cut templates from heavy cardstock.
- Take cloud template and blue PanPastel (Phthalo Blue Tint used here) using a makeup sponge loaded up with color, lay the template at top of card and wipe across the template. Move template and repeat staying close to the edge of the template all the way down to where you want the grass to begin. When you get to the pop ups you will want to make sure the top of the pop ups are green grass. You can have as many or as few clouds as you want. Susan has a video on clouds and grass which can be found here.
- Now take the grass template and Bright Yellow green PanPastel you will be swiping downward towards the template then slide template slightly left or right just until you see white again and rub sponge down again repeating until what is covered. Then move template down the paper and repeat to the bottom of the card.
- Close card and work the pop ups folding them over at the score lines and popping them to the inside all but the very top small pop up which we are not using.
- Cut Soft Sky Soft Finish Cardstock 6″ X 12″ score at 6″ and fold so the blue is the outside of the card.
- Add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to back of the insert piece avoiding the pop up areas. Adhere to inside of card base. It is easiest to do one side at a time making sure to line up folds exactly.
- Cut 2 Nantucket Arbors from brown cardstock. Cut off gate and narrow up the posts on inside of arch just a little. If you place one on top of the other and trim both at the same time they will line up perfectly. Adhere 1 on top of the other. Cut 1 Oval grapevine Wreath from same brown cardstock. Cut branches from the brown cardstock using new Bouquet Stems & Branches die set. I cut the branches several times. Using clear drying glue add cut pieces to arbor to bulk it up a little. The curved pieces from wreath I used on the top of the arbor. Some of the branches will stick out too far so just trim them off.
- Cut Wisteria stems/vine from light brown cardstock twice adhere one on top of other with clear drying glue. You can add a little ink for shading if you wish. Take a piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock and with 2 shades of purple PanPastels randomly sponging color over paper filling in all the white (you want variation. Violet Tint from set 1 and Violet from set 2 used here). Die cut florets approximately 10 times from this cardstock. Lay florets onto a hard rubber mat (I have found that a Speedball Carving Rubber works very well and is larger than an eraser giving you more space) take smallest ball tool from Susan’s tool kit and slightly cup each one. Using clear drying glue attach in clusters (approximately 16-18 per cluster) to stem/vine. Glue to the arbor.
- Using CountryScapes Woods 3 Wheelbarrow die set cut three wheelbarrows – 1 from dark brown cardstock, 1 from Through The Lens – Wood Series cardstock and 1 from gray cardstock ( gray one you only need the wheel and brace underneath the rear). Glue patterned paper one on top of dark brown one. Cut wheel and brace from gray one then cut spokes out of wheel leaving just outer wheel glue on top of the patterned paper lining up the wheel and brace exactly.
- From CountryScapes Backyard 1 cut geranium leaves and stems twice from green cardstock and geraniums twice from red cardstock. Lay the geraniums right side down on molding mat and using medium ball tool lightly rub the back of each giving it a little dimension glue to the stems then glue to the wheelbarrow.
- From CountryScapes Backyard 1 cut watering can 3 times – 1 from black cardstock, 1 from Through The Lens – Metal Series paper and 1 from gray cardstock (you only need nozzle from gray). Glue patterned paper one on top of black one then cut nozzle only from gray one and glue onto patterned paper.
- Cut Yorkie from white cardstock using die from CountryScapes Critters 5 color using markers or PanPastels.
- Cut 3 small ladybugs from white cardstock using die from Garden Notes Bugs & Butterflies then color using markers. Shape slightly and attach to wisteria.
- Using Clear Double Sided Adhesive attach arbor and wisteria to the two small outer pop ups. Attach the wheel of wheelbarow to very front pop up. Using a pop dot attach watering can to right front of the largest pop up and the Yorkie pop dot to the base of the wisteria.
- Using Susan’s Seeds of Thought stamp Lie on the Grass and black ink stamp onto the grass area of the card.
- From white Soft Finish Cardstock and using the two largest dies from the Stitched Squares cut a square frame add Clear Double Sided Adhesive to back and attach to front of card.
- From Black cardstock cut the “i” using the exclamation point from the A Way With Words – Calligraphic Elements 1 die set trimming it up and cuttting the dot off. glue to card front. Using heart die from same set and red cardstock cut heart and attach to card front centered under the “i”. Using black cardstock A Way With Words – 4 Seasons die set cut Summer and adhere to card front.
- Cut clouds from white cardstock and cloud die from Rainbow Sky attach one directly to card front and pop other one with a pop dot.
- Cut Sun from same die set using either white card stock and color with PanPastels (which was done here) or cut from yellow cardstock. Adhere to card front using pop dot.
- Cut Jasmine flower three times from white cardstock using Susan’s Garden Notes Jasmine die. Cut stamen from yellow card stock three times and cut several leaves and 1 stem from green cardstock. Using yellow from PanPastels set 1 shade center of each flower. Lay flowers face down on molding mat take small loop tool and pull down each petal turn over and with small ball tool push down in center to cup. Spread a little glue along the bottom of the stamen and roll up. Fan out stamens. Add a little glue to bottom and attach to center of flower. Lay leaves face down on leaf molding pad and using leaf tool draw vein down center of each turn over and using yellow-green PanPastels add shading down the vein line. Attach to lower right corner of card front and attach flowers. Add a few more leaves.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Small pieces of white, green, dark brown, light brown, black and gray cardstock
Various markers for sun and dog
Clear & fast drying glue
Hard rubber mat
I do hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial and will make your own card using the tutorial as your guide. Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs for all your supplies.
Until next time Happy Scrapping!
Christine here from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team posting a card featuring Susan’s new Garden Notes Queen Anne’s Lace die along with Rose 2 from her first release of dies. Susan has so many fantastic dies. I also used a couple of Els’s newly released dies, too: Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Ovals and Stitched Ovals. It is funny how it seems that everything is “coming up roses” in the posts lately.
Here is how I made the card. I like to make all my components first before any assembling. The card base is 5″ X 7″.
- Starting with the Queen Anne’s Lace die, cut 2 each of the flower bases for each flower (I did 3 flowers) from medium green cardstock. Also cut several leaves and the stamen from the same cardstock. From White Soft Finish Cardstock (85#) cut the florets about 8 times. Using white PanPastels shade your leaves and flower bases to give them a muted look. Put vein lines in the center of the leaves and pinch them up with fingers to give them dimension. Attach 3 florets to each cross area on the flower bases using a clear drying glue.
By Judi Kauffman
It’s Judi Kauffman, back as guest designer on the blog. Today, it’s all about the ‘bling’ – a pair of cards to tell a friend ‘You R a Gem!’
I created this duo to help introduce Els van de Burgt Studio Chains 1 and Stitched Circles dies. It’s a peek at two of the sets that will debut at CHA, the annual trade show in Anaheim, January 2016.
They’re sized for a #10 business envelope; long, narrow cards, one with a left-side fold, one with a top-fold. This shape provides lots of space for chains, bracelets, and charms or a big, glitzy pendant!
Only 3 easy steps – Cut, Arrange, Embellish:
- Cut. Back Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and die cut the Chains 1 strips needed for each card and a Stitched Circle (smallest in the set) for each pendant card. Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube video HERE if you are new to this technique.
- Arrange. To make the pendant card: Position the two chains and circle on a vertical side-fold card base measuring 4.25” x 9.25”. To make the necklace and bracelets card: Position the chains as shown, on the diagonal, on a piece of cardstock measuring 9” x 3.5”. Crop chains at the edges as needed. Add the rectangle to a 4.25” x 9.25” horizontal top-fold card base made from contrasting cardstock.
- Embellish. Add assorted flat-backed gems to the pendant, bracelets and necklace. If gems are not adhesive-backed, use tiny pieces of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to secure them. Complete the cards by spelling out the words ‘You R a Gem’ in fine scale curly, curvy purchased alphabet stickers. Other options: Die cut or hand-letter the sentiment.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Adhesive-backed gems, assorted
Solid color cardstock to coordinate with gems
Half-inch glittered alphabet stickers to coordinate with cardstock
By Els van de Burgt
For a long time I had an idea and a dream: To someday turn my collection of close-up photos of textures into printed papers! Well, it turns out that dreams DO come true and my Through the Lens patterned paper pack series is now a reality, part of the exciting new Els van de Burgt Studio product release taking place at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show in California in early January. And this project is a sneak peek at sheets from the pack called ‘Wood Series’ – Forty-eight 6×6 sheets (80lb/220gr), 16 designs, 3 sheets per design. Please check out the other two packs, Stone Series and Metal Series, too, as they were designed to coordinate with each other.
Of course, I’m sure that what you noticed first about the project was not wood grain, or even the ropes and hearts. I know it is my granddaughter Annika’s face that caught your eye! And that was precisely my goal with the project: To show how easy it is to mix textures in Through the Lens papers to create frames and backgrounds for the focal photo.
In addition to Through the Lens papers, the project also incorporates the new Ropes die set (4 different dies), Fitted Rectangles and Stitched Rectangles dies from the new release, as well as hearts from Ornament Set 5 that came out a few months back. My dies have always been designed to mix and match, to combine and collect. Dies you bought years ago, whatever you choose now and in the future will always be easy to coordinate because I design them for maximum versatility. It’s like how I furnish my home and organize my studio: New things and old things getting together.
Because no two people will have the same photos to showcase, my instructions are written with tips on how to alter and customize the project. Here’s how it works…
- Choose a focal photo. Use a vertical rectangle as shown. Other options – Circles, ovals, squares.
- Choose Through the Lens papers in 3 different coordinating patterns that compliment the photo. I love the contrast that a black and white photo offers, but color photos work well with Through the Lens papers, too.
- Choose 2 Fitted Rectangles and 1 Stitched Rectangles dies that fit one inside the other. Starting with the smallest of the three, die cut the photo print. From two different Through the Lens papers die cut a Stitched Rectangle for the first border (the wider, inner mat) and a Fitted Rectangle for the second border (a narrower mat). Use Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to adhere the layers. Alternatively, die cut the photo and two mats using Fitted and Stitched Squares, Ovals or Circles dies.
- Again using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere the double-bordered photo to the third 6×6 Through the Lens paper. Adhere to an 8×8 square of coordinating solid color cardstock.
- Die cut 4 Ropes strips from Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape prior to cutting, 5 heart charms cut from Through the Lens papers and 3 heart charms cut from Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz that has been lightly sanded. (Hearts are not backed with adhesive.) Reminder: A Metal Adaptor Plate is required for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. View my video tutorial HERE if you are new to this technique. Use Distress Ink to lightly ink the edges of the Ropes strips and bring out the embossed details.
- Use twine to tie heart charms to the rope that has open areas (the strip that looks something like a chain). Layer and overlap the hearts as shown.
- Assemble the project with 1 rope as a horizontal element across the bottom of the photo (positioned so that the rope curves upward and an unraveled end stops at the right side as shown) and 3 ropes (including the one with hearts) as vertical elements toward the left, overlapping for added interest. Make sure that the hearts ‘dance’ and are not hanging straight down. They are grouped at angles to the left, then right, left then right again.
- Mat and frame the project. (I chose a simple and inexpensive standard 8×8 frame.) Options: Add the page to an 8×8 scrapbook. Back it with chipboard and display on a bulletin board or easel. Add flat magnets and put it on the fridge!
I can’t wait to make more projects featuring Annika! I’m having so much fun with my dream-come-true Through the Lens paper packs! And I can’t wait to see what you create, too, so be sure to join the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Family so you can post your projects for the community to see.
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
8” frame with mat
Distress Ink (any shade of brown)
Hello everyone it is Christine from Susan’s Design Team here to share my Christmas ornament project. This idea came to me when I came across these clear open face balls which brought back a childhood memory of our Dad bringing home a box of 6 ornaments that were half balls with a scene in each one. Those became my favorite ornaments and today I have the only 2 remaining ornaments from that set. I knew Susan’s CountryScapes Build a Snowman die set would be perfect for this project. Lets get started on our project.
- Using a small foam brush and Kids Choice glue coat the inside of a clear open face ball completely and evenly and also put some around the rim of the opening.
- Pour diamond dust into the ball and swirl around covering all the glue and dump out the excess. Dip rim in diamond dust coating the rim. Set aside to dry.
- Cut 2 inch foam ball in half then cut the half into 4 even pieces. Take the first 2 pieces with dome side up coat with glue and sprinkle on diamond dust. Set aside to dry.
- Using Susan’s CountryScapes Woods 4 Holiday Evergreens and Trimmings die set, cut 4 trees from green cardstock. Cut top 1-1/2″ from trees. Cut wooden skewers to 2″ from point end and wrap with green floral tape starting at top and wrap towards point leaving the last half inch exposed. Run line of glue down the center of 1 tree lay skewer on the center leaving the exposed 1/2″ end as the tree trunk. Place glue down the skewer and add second tree off setting just a little to give a fuller look. Repeat for the second tree. When dry, use your fingers to pinch up the limbs and add dimension.
- Apply Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Clear Double Sided Adhesive to the front and back of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ 100lb white Soft Finish Cardstock, then die cut the snowman from Susan’s CountryScapes Build A Snowman die set. Cut the hat, eyes and mouth from black cardstock with adhesive on front and back. Cut the nose from orange cardstock with adhesive on both sides. Using brown cardstock with adhesive just on the back, cut stick arms and 2 brooms. Using yellow cardstock with adhesive on the back, cut 2 sets of just the broom bristles. Cut the cat and bird using Susan’s CountryScapes – Country Critter 1 die set. 1 small holly leaf was cut free hand from green cardstock. Cut 2 scarves from printed paper and glue together.
- Using Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond, peel off the top layer of protective paper on the 3 pieces of snowman and sprinkle with glitter, the burnish it with your finger. Repeat with the hat, eyes and mouth using black glitter and orange for the nose.
- Build your snowman on a scrap of black cardstock and then cut out using Elizabeth Craft Designs’ fine scissors. For the broom bristles using fine scissors cut the bristles into 1/2 or 1/3 glue onto the broom attach only on the top of the bristles and fluff the bristles with your fingers.
- Take the first piece of foam ball (will be the shorter pc), add glue to the front lower part of snowman and attach the snowman to the back side of ball pc (which is the cut side), making sure the bottom of the snowman is at the bottom of the ball hold in place until the glue holds. Glue the cat to front of the ball. Stick 2 trees into the top of next slice of foam ball. Take the two pieces dry fit inside ball and adjust height if needed. When satisfied with placement, glue together and add glue to bottom edges especially on the ends place in ball. Allow to dry. Add the bow to the top. Elizabeth Craft Designs has a video on their YouTube channel on using the Silk Microfine Glitter seen here and Susan has a video for building the snowman seen here. The videos are so helpful!
I do hope that you have enjoyed this tutorial today and will be inspired to make your own ornaments. There are so many possibilities with Susan’s wonderful dies. Enjoy!Until next time,
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used
Clear Open Ornament – (JoAnn Fabric)
2″ Smooth Foam Ball
Twinklets Diamond Dust
Kids Choice Glue
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Close To My Heart Cardstock – New England Ivy, Black, Canary, Chocolate and Cranberry
Close To My Heart Background & Texture Paper
Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the November 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 Video Techniques. The team was challenged to use any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to put their own spin on a new version of that card. I think you’ll find that the cards they created are amazing and you’ll find new inspiration to try the video techniques using their fun adaptations.
For my card and video I decided to teach a new technique for mixing the smaller Accordion pages with the larger Accordion pages. Mixed Accordions are very popular with the team, and we’ve seen amazing small/small and large/large mixed albums. With a simple modification of height, plus the addition of two hand-cut “chunky” tabs, it’s also possible (and beautiful!) to make small/large combinations.
Here is the video tutorial for this project.
Here’s how the album looks when folded up. Because the pages are different widths, you’ll actually see parts of the Rectangle page peeking through the area around the star. I really like the way this looks – so many layers!
Here’s a top view:
For the bead garland, I used a clear flexible bead string with red, silver and clear beads. I die cut four snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die set from white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. I added a small pearl to the center of each snowflake and then dumped the same embossing powder from the stars and trees over the snowflakes and heated. Next, I pierced a hole in each snowflake to add a jump ring and then hung them from the bead string. To attach to the stars I wove the end of the bead string through the pierced hole from the front of the star, slid a crimp bead onto the string from the back and crimped it close to the star to trap the end.
The finished card, when folded up, measures just under 5″ x 5.5″, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope for mailing. However, with the beads being so chunky, this one is a better candidate for a bubble mailer.
Ready to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need, and to help you out, here are the details of a fabulous offer, good only through tomorrow. To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
- Star Accordion (971)
- Rectangle Accordion (972)
- Outdoor Edges (914)
- All Seasons Tree (781)
- Fancy Frame Edges (774)
- Merry Christmas Pop up (1039)
- Double-sided Adhesive
- Fine pointed tweezers
- Simple Stories “Pumpkin Spice” Crisp Air patterned paper (wood), Echo Park “The Story of Christmas” Village patterned paper (snowflake)
- Bazzill “Candy Bar” Card Shoppe cardstock
- Any smooth white 80 lb. cardstock, any bright red cardstock
- Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel, plus heat tool
- Fineline 20 gauge bottle w/Lineco pH neutral glue
- General items: spray adhesive, brayer, beads, bead string, jump rings, crimp beads, small halfback pearls, coordinating ribbon
Let’s see how the amazing Designer Challenge Team interpreted this assignment. As you scroll through their cards below, take note of the links. The VIDEO TECHNIQUE is linked, which will open the video from my YouTube channel in a new window. For information, supplies, instructions, more photos, etc. about the specific cards, click on the designer’s name to open a new window with their blog post.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card – This technique makes use of paper folding to allow the Katie Label Pivot Card to die cut twice as tall.
Caz Counsell used this technique to create more height for Whiskers the Cat and Buster the Dog. The colors are fabulous and I particularly like her edge strips using the Butterflies Embossing Folder.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Katie Label Pivot Card – This is a different technique than the Doublehigh technique above. This time the Pivot card doubles horizontally, creating a 4-panel card that resembles an Accordion card.
Karen Aicken made this amazing western themed Double Katie card and combined phrases from several Clear Stamp sets. I just love the way she built her scene throughout the piece and the black pen detailing really creates an impact.
Caz Counsell also used the Double Katie Label technique for this cheerful birthday card. She used bright colors, Lucky the Rabbit and the Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps. Caz has such an eye for soft colors. I like how this card coordinates with her earlier card above.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Evergreen Pivot Card – This is the same technique as with the Katie Label above, but using the Evergreen Pivot Card die set.
Helen Cryer outdid herself with this stunning version of the Double Evergreen Pivot Card. I just love her choice of patterned papers and how she added the dimensional element to the trees.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card – This is one of my most popular videos, combining hand-folded explosion sides to a pop-up card.
Frances Byrne created a Christmas version of the explosion card and swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label. She also used the Christmas Trees Pop Stand, Merry Christmas and Outdoor Edges and the results are definitely festive!
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Grungy Gears Background – fun with gears, foil, paint and more!
Sandy Diller started with the general idea of the background but expanded with more items and a different paint color for this fabulous Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Clock & Gears and Lucky the Rabbit.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Pivot Accordion – another really popular video, this one teaches how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card into the Fancy Accordion die.
Kelly Booth put her own spin on this technique with an amazing unusual and beautiful color scheme. She used the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges, Outdoor Edges and Holiday House as well.
Shelly Hickox also used the Pivot Accordion technique to make this gorgeous woodland Christmas card. She used the Barn instead of the Holiday House and embellished with the Western Edges, Merry Christmas and banners from the Lots of Pops.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Spiral Circle Pull Card with Clear Spiral – the video shows how to use the Spiral Circle Pull Card die with a clear spiral to make things fly.
Summer Hills-Painter adapted the card to use the new Lucky the Rabbit die plus lots of balloons on a clear spiral. She used the “swirlydo” die from the Rectangle Pull Card as balloon strings. The balloons themselves come included with the Spiral Circle Pull Card die. She also used the new Lucky Birthday clear stamps.
Fran Sabad also used this video for inspiration, making this fun Jolly the Mouse Christmas card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card, Clock & Gears die, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Props 5 and Jolly. Instead of a clear spiral she used patterned paper. Candy canes flying on the spiral – how fun!
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Seamless Pivot Backing Cards – this video shows three different methods for cutting seamless backing cards for Pivot Cards.
Raquel Mason used the outside border technique on this fabulous Evergreen Pivot Card. She took advantage of the stencil features on the decorator tree dies to add glittered decor and used the Merry Christmas script die on the card’s front. So festive!
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Triple Pivot Card – This video teaches you how to cut a Pivot Card die into the fold of the card, away from the fold to create a triple.
Frances Byrne used the Triple Pivot technique with the House Pivot Card to create the floating fence between two houses. She then decorated with the Holiday House die and decorator dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card. The Merry & Bright Clear Stamps create the perfect greeting.
Sandy Diller also used the Triple Pivot Card technique for her card, using the Tags Pivot Card. An adaptation that Sandy made was to slide the die even further from the fold, creating more of a Quadruple Pivot Card, which she accordion-folded as a cascading inner pop-up element. The colors and styling are just perfect for her Thanksgiving theme.
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Confetti Stream Accordion Card – this video shows how to cut a stream into the pages of the Gift Card Accordion and fill it with confetti for a fun shaker card.
Fran Sabad used Whiskers the Cat for her confetti accordion. She chose bright patterned papers to tie in all the colors of the sequin confetti. As Fran says on her blog; “You just can’t help shaking this card!”
VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Rocky Doffs his Cap – this video shows a fun technique using the Rectangle Pull card and altering a Character die to have articulated limbs that allow the spinner die to create great movement.
Raquel Mason made a brilliant version of this technique using the Rectangle Pull Card, Sleigh, Chilly the Penguin, Props 5 and Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. On her blog is a video of the card opening and closing – well worth the click!
CARD TECHNIQUE: Shelly Hickox’s Accordion-turned-Tunnel Card – Shelly Hickox has been transforming Accordion dies into tunnel cards with an easy little notching technique in the centers of the pages. She’s made several versions, including a Tea Card and a Winter Wonderland Card.
Karen Aicken really wanted to try Shelly’s tunnel card idea for her second challenge card and since I make the rules for the challenge, I can change the rules for the challenge! Ha ha. Here’s Karen’s fun card, featuring a lot of Pop it Ups dies, including the Gift Card Accordion, Fence & Christmas Trees Pop Stands, Characters Virgil, Snowball, Brownie and Cheepers, Props 1 and 2.
I say this every month, but I’ll say it again – the Designer Challenge Team is INCREDIBLE! Not only are these ladies talented, but they’re so nice and supportive to each other. They are my very best friends.
Hey Facebook users – there is a new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family group where you can share your own projects using ECD products. Crafters have joined from all over the world and are posting amazing inspiring projects. You can also participate in regular contests and giveaways, so join the family today!
As for Designer Challenges, we’ll end our second Pop it Ups year with a theme that hits close to home (literally!). Join us December 16th for a challenge called “Home for the Holidays.” The team will be interpreting the phrase using Pop it Ups dies.
Hi, it is Christine from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team here. Today I would like to share a Christmas card that I created using Susan’s Garden Notes “Whitepine Boughs and Pinecones” die along with “Holiday Holly and Berries” die. I just love working with all of Susan’s dies. Here we go!
- Using the Accordion Circle Card, die cut 3 panels from off-white cardstock, 4 panels from B&T paper (background and texture) and 2 from Shimmer Sheetz. Also cut 1 piece of off-white cardstock 4-3/4″ square and 2 pieces of B&T 4-3/4″ square. From off-white cardstock, cut 2 scalloped circles using the largest scallop circle die in this set and 1 from Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Also From the Shimmer Sheetz cut “Merry Christmas” using the Quietfire die and “Joy” using ECD’s die (use Metal Adaptor Plate for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz). Lastly cut a set of frames for the center panel from off-white cardstock using the Square w/ Circle Frame Edges – circles. Note: on the items cut from the Shimmer Sheetz and the scallop circles I backed the paper with the Double Sided Clear Adhesive before die cutting.
- From the 4 B&T panels and the 2 Shimmer Sheetz panels remove the circle and all the tabs. Set these aside as they will be used to decorate your card base. Ink edges of all panels, your circles (with tabs removed), scalloped circles and frame pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
- Cut, shape and build your pinecones and boughs using Susan’s video found here and do the same for the Holly and Berries using Susan’s video found here. To create the frost I used Dries Clear Designer Adhesive sprinkled with Diamond Dust.
- Next build your card base using Karen Burniston’s video found here. Susan’s and Karen’s videos are wonderful and very easy to follow.
- Using your pieces decorate your card.
I hope that this inspires you to try your hand at this card – Enjoy!
Until next time – Happy Crafting!
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:
Other Supplies Used:
Close to My Heart cardstock – Colonial White, Coca, New England Ivy
Close to My Heart B&T – White Pines
Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
Dries Clear Designer Adhesive
Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the October 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 Characters in Costume and the goal is to transform the Characters in some way – perhaps it’s by dressing them in a costume, or perhaps it’s a complete repurposing of the die cut shapes. I think you’ll agree that the team was very creative this month and have provided 20 inspirational ideas.
For my card and video I decided on a Christmas theme and thought William the Goat would make an excellent elf. I used the Ring Accordion and a technique for adding the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages.
Here is the video tutorial for this project.
When the Ring Accordion is folded up it becomes a circle with a diameter just under 5″, which means it fits nicely in an A7 (5×7) envelope for mailing.
Any of the Characters can be “elfified” by using the same techniques as shown in the video with William. The Agatha Flourish provides excellent elf shoes. I also added a scrap of leftover glitter line to William’s hat.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies
- Ring Accordion
- Christmas Trees Pop Stand
- William the Goat
- Agatha Edges
- Damask Embossing Folder
- Merry & Bright Clear Stamps
- Glitter Lines (transparent/silver)
- Double Sided Adhesive
- Detail Scissors
- Fine Pointed Tweezers
- Groove Tool – ArtC
- Fineline Bottle 20 gauge filled with Lineco pH-neutral adhesive
- Green ink, Copic Marker #R89
- My Mind’s Eye “Sleigh Bells Ring” 6×6 Paper
- Core’dinations Whitewash cardstock
- Texture Paste, Glossy Accents – Ranger
- Green, Red, White cardstock
- Jingle Bell brad – The Paper Studio
Let’s see what the Designer Challenge Team came up with for this month’s Characters in Costume challenge.
Kelly Booth made a Tent Card from the Oval Accordion, following the great instructions by Frances Byrne, and decorating with the Oval Dots Frame Edges. She added the Outdoor Edges grass and the All Seasons Tree and then transformed Poppy the Owl into a ghost. What a cute Owl-o-ween card!
Frances Byrne created a whole new Character by combining pieces from Chilly the Penguin and Rocky the Crab. Meet her cute jellyfish on this fabulous Rectangle Pull Card.
Summer Hills-Painter transformed Honey the Bear into Santa for this sweet Ring Accordion. I love her color scheme of blues and whites and then the pop of Ho Ho Ho Honey! She used the Props 5 set for the Santa parts.
Raquel Mason made a clever transformation by adding a label from the Lucy Label set to create turkey feathers. Dutch the Fox becomes Dutch the Turkey! She used Poppy the Owl’s foot for a waddle.
Donna Wright made this fun frosty Adirondack Chair card with Chilly the Penguin transformed into a snowman. Then she went to work using a lot of the decorator pieces from Pop it Ups sets to create her scene. This is a lovely feature of Pop it Ups dies – that the decorator pieces are included, and very interchangeable.
Fran Sabad used the new Gift Card Accordion and companion Flourish Gift Frame for a fun 3-page accordion featuring Poppy the Owl as a graduate. She chose colors from their local high school and says her next job is finding a gift card to match the color scheme! (The gift card will slide easily into the slots on her center page).
Sandy Diller made this fabulous Etch A Sketch tent card and filled it with Cocoa, William and Chilly dressed like famous toys. She shows photos of each costume and how she made them with Props and decorator dies, so definitely click her name to go check it out.
Caz Counsell made this fun Superbunny card using Lucky the Rabbit and the Gift Card Accordion. She used it for a card/gift for her son’s friend and I’m sure it was a hit!
Frances Byrne made a second card for the challenge featuring Poppy the Owl wearing a pumpkin costume. She used the Tags Pivot Card and the grass from the Outdoor Edges turned sideways as borders. (Brilliant!)
Karen Aicken transformed Hoppy the Frog into a vampire for this fun Halloween Gift Card Accordion. I love the orange flies and how she colored everything with Pan Pastels.
Caz Counsell was inspired by one of her favorite rubber stamps to convert Whiskers the Cat into a flying bumblebee. She used the wings and antennae from the Butterfly Pivot Card and drew on the jumper with colored pens. She also used the Rectangle Pull Card very cleverly for a shaped top-fold card.
Shelly Hickox was very transformative with Whiskers the Cat – converting her into a witch doll perfect for Halloween decor. Shelly got clever with Props 2 and a decorative oval die to make the hat.
Sandy Diller was inspired by a friend to create Javelinas from Virgil the Pig. I just love the southwestern scene she created with the Western and Outdoor Edges, plus the branches of the All Seasons Tree. She also used the new Cocoa Western clear stamps.
Kelly Booth made this adorable tent card featuring Poppy the Owl all dressed for a luau. She used the Beach Edges to set the scene and framed the card with the new Flourish Gift Frame.
Karen Aicken made three cards for this month’s challenge including this fabulous Lucy Label pop-up card featuring Dutch the Fox as a chef. I love how she created the chef’s hat using the pail and cloud die. So clever!
Fran Sabad made a whole Halloween hay ride with four fun costumed Characters. She used the Lots of Pops die to animate her cart, and various Props dies to costume the Characters. Amazing!
Helen Cryer cracked me up with this fun Wonder Chick card. She dressed Cheepers the Chicken as the famous superhero, using clever touches like glitter dot earrings and cloud hair. Then she animated her wonder chick on the Lorna Label. Love it!
Raquel Mason made this adorable pop-up sleigh card featuring Jolly the Mouse dressed as Santa. She used the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps for the “Santa Says Shop!” greeting and I love those red pearls in the centers of the snowflakes.
Summer Hills-Painter felt Lucky in love and made this adorable Lucky the Rabbit turned Cupid card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card with the spiral cut from clear to animate all the little arrows (from the Rectangle Pull Card). I’d say this is a bullseye!
Kelly Booth had fun dressing Cheepers the Chicken as a cowgirl. She used the new Props 6 and put Cheepers on an action wobbler so she jiggles and dances when the card is open. The Lorna Label provides the pop-up structure.
And finally, something really important;
Karen Aicken found great meaning and purpose with this month’s challenge as a chance to transform Cocoa the Horse into a Purple Zebra, the symbol for Pulmonary Hypertension. Her granddaughter, Olivia, is living with advanced Pulmonary Hypertension and Karen explains a lot about the condition, the warning signs, and links to PH associations in four different countries. If you click to Karen’s post you’ll have the opportunity to win the four dies she used on this special card for Olivia. Elizabeth Craft Designs is providing the prize to raise more awareness of Pulmonary Hypertension.
There are seventeen Character dies and the team managed to use thirteen in their creations this month. That’s a lot of Character Costume inspiration! Ready to give some of these transformations a try? For THIS WEEK ONLY Elizabeth Craft Designs has discounted all Character and Props dies. Shop the sale here: October 12-16, 2015 Characters & Props Sale
Join me and the team next month on November 18, 2015 for the next Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. Next month the team is going to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to make new creations based on the videos. It should be a fun challenge with the added bonus of video instructions already available for the techniques.