Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the March 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 Spring or Easter cards. You’ll find eighteen inspiring projects below from the DC team plus one guest designer.
The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Team is a group of eleven designers who were already participating in my challenges for a previous company. When I made the leap to Elizabeth Craft Designs I was thrilled that the team came with me and we were able to pick right back up again with monthly challenges.
Recently, an Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team was formed and five of those designers are participating in both teams. The KBDC team focuses primarily on Karen Burniston dies for the monthly challenges, mixing in whatever other products they like, including (and encouraging) other ECD products. The Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team promotes ALL ECD products and will post many types of inspiring projects, not just Pop it Ups cards. Hopefully this will clear up any confusion about the teams.
OK back to the Spring/Easter challenge. For my project I decided to combine the Garden Bench with the Lots of Pops die to give me additional platforms for creating my Easter scene. Then I started mixing in decorator pieces from many other Pop it Ups dies, like the All Seasons Tree, Butterfly Accessory, Katie Label Pivot Card, Oval Accordion and Fancy Frame Edges.
The video tutorial will show you how to extend the length of the Fancy Frame Edges to make a frame to fit a 6×6 card:
The video will also show how to use the Garden Bench and the Lots of Pops dies together, plus how to get the black/white texture on the Poles.
The butterfly is suspended on a wire attached to one of the “pops” of the Lots of Pops die:
- Pop it Ups Garden Bench die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups Lots of Pops die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups All Seasons Tree die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups Butterfly Accessory dies, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups Katie Label Pivot Card die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups Fancy Frame Edges die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Pop it Ups Oval Accordion die set, by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Happy Easter Peel-off Stickers #380B – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Flowers in Pot Peel-off Stickers #356B – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Fine Pointed Tweezers – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Double-Sided Adhesive – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Glitter Dots – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Basic Black Silk Microfine Glitter – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- White Silk Microfine Glitter – Elizabeth Craft Designs
- Jillibean Soup “2 Cups of Confetti” patterned paper (backing card)
- My Mind’s Eye “Follow your heart” patterned paper (tree foliage)
- Bazzill Cardstocks
- Green and blue inks with blending tools
- Copic Markers
- Xyron “X” Sticker maker
- Jump rings, twine
Time to see how the Designer Challenge team interpreted the Spring/Easter challenge. I will share one photo of each project, but know that the designers have full blog posts on their blogs (linked with their names) for these projects, including supply lists, instructions and additional photos. I encourage lots of clicking to fully experience the beauty.
Let’s start with six more Garden Bench projects.
Fran Sabad found the perfect girlfriends Art Impressions stamp to sit on the bench. She did some clever work with support boxes to hold the ladies in place just perfectly. I really want to know what’s so engrossing to these best friends – could it be talk of their favorite Pop it Ups cards?
Summer Hills-Painter, who just had baby boy #3 a couple of weeks ago, created this absolutely lovely walk in the park. I love the meandering path and the fish pond!
Sandy Diller joins us again this month as a guest designer. For this card she used the Garden Bench Floating Floor template to add a floating floor to animate her dog stamp and grass. I like the use of the All Seasons Tree with the foliage clouds glued over the branches instead of behind. Great idea!
Karen Aicken used photo-realistic stickers to add animals into her Garden Bench card that really make it look like a scene from nature. I love the doubled and staggered All Seasons Tree grouping in the background and the wooden bench.
Frances Byrne made this adorable Garden Bench card featuring some very cute rubber stamps. I love the Easter eggs in the All Seasons Tree! Frances also used the Garden Bench Floating Floor template to be able to animate her sign and grass.
Frances Byrne made another Garden Bench card for the challenge, swapping out the stamps and the styling of the tree for a completely different, but equally adorable, card.
Next let’s look at some Spring and Easter creations using Pivot Card dies.
Gretchen Schmidt created this simple elegant Butterfly Pivot Card with soft vellum layers and Agatha Edges. I especially like how she outlined the butterfly shape with a fine black pen. Neat touch!
Helen Cryer used the Katie Label Pivot Card along with a variety of other ECD dies to make this stunning white-on-white Easter card. She used her impressive calligraphy skills for the greeting and offers tips on how to glitter it.
Let’s look at some traditional pop-up cards next, using the Lots of Pops and Lucy Label dies:
Donna Wright has an impressive card using the Lots of Pops die where she left most of the “pops” in the collapsed position and used just one platform to animate her stamped girl. Her styling of the umbrella and impressive shadow photography are fantastic!
Donna Wright also made this impressive Lots of Pops card, this time using all the “pops” on the die, to animate her wild daffodils. She created the flowers quite cleverly from star and flower dies!
Shelly Hickox used the Lucy Label Pop it Ups die for this soft vintage Easter card. The front of the card is equally impressive so you’ll definitely want to check it out. Love how she used the extra stair step platform at the top of the Lucy Label to animate her stamped chick.
Karen Aicken illustrated perfectly with this next card that you can slide the Pop it Ups dies anywhere along the fold of the card. Here she’s shifted the Lots of Pops dies to the left side to leave room for the bamboo trellis die on the right. Such fabulous details in this card.
Caz Counsell has an absolutely beautiful and clever Lots of Pops card where she styled the ECD Birdie die to look like a chick and used oval dies from the Oval Accordion set to resemble eggs and a basket. She also incorporated the Butterfly Accessory dies an the Agatha Edges.
The All Seasons Tree die can also be used for card fronts, as Helen Cryer shows here with this beautiful vision of a pink Spring tree. I gasped when I saw it.
Finally, let’s look at some Spring and Easter ideas using the Accordion Album dies.
Guest designer Sandy Diller made this birds of Spring 4-panel Fancy Accordion Album, which also uses the Fancy Frame Edges. Love all her different colors and birds and the clever use of the Agatha Edge on the front of the album.
Raquel Mason also used the Fancy Accordion Album and Fancy Frame Edges for a 3-panel Easter card using both the positive and negative portions of the Peel-off stickers. This is a great technique and you’ll find more information and a link to Els’ video on the transfer sheet technique by visiting Raquel’s blog.
Summer Hills-Painter made this next card – a delightful 3-panel Oval Accordion card with a pieced bunny and peek-a-boo windows. She used accessory pieces from four other Pop it Ups dies on this card, illustrating how well the dies can work with each other.
And finally, check out this amazing 4-panel Oval Accordion Easter card by Kelly Booth. She’s used the Oval Flourish Frame Edges and glittered colored egg Peel-offs, suspended by threads in the openings. This is a beautiful project.
Well I hope you are as inspired as I am to make some pop-up and interactive Spring and Easter cards using Pop it Ups dies.
Thank you to the amazing team and to our guest designer for posting incredible creations. Join us on April 16, 2014, for the next Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme will be Mamas & Babies – the designers can choose to make a baby card or a Mother’s Day card. (I’m sure a bunch of them will choose both!)