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I feel Baaaad….

August 1, 2015

Hi Crafters it’s Caz here today and I am bringing you a fun and comical Rectangle Accordion featuring the adorable Snowball the sheep.  Looks like Snowball is looking a bit sheepish as he has forgotten someone’s birthday.  Look, he even has blushing cheeks
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Instead of assembling this as a usual 3 panel Rectangle Accordion I have stopped connecting the third centre panel and made that into a stationary part of the card that will not swivel.  This could also make a nice surface for you to write on or a sentiment or verse.

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1. Start by cutting 2 Yellow Accordion Rectangles and one Green one.  As you can see I have run the die/paper through with the embossing sandwich to make the built it stitched lines around the edges.  Rub a dauber into a brown ink pad and lightly swipe the ink around on the stitch marks to make them more prominent.

2. Attach the first two panels as normal by attaching the right hand side of the first panel to the left side of the second panel, then again the second panel attached to the third panel.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Tape.

NOTE : You will need to decorate BEFORE attaching the central panels of the Rectangle Accordion.

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3. Using the snowball dies I have cut a selection of “Snowballs” in different colours.  Three white and one black.  Please refer to picture for the different ways I have styled him.  It is amazing how little tweaks and differences in colour can really transform this die to look so differently.

4.  Cut a rectangle from Rectangle Accordion onto some notepad printed paper and stamp the Farm Greeting Stamps using black ink. Stick this onto the front panel.  I have also decorated this front panel with some cut out grass, a cloud and the slightly hiding Snowball.

5. For the second panel I have cut a sheep from black card, a fence from brown card, a bright pink bow and another fluffy cloud.

6.  The last panel has been attached to the others with the long side strip BUT I did not attach the inside swiveling panel to the others.  I cut the connectors off from the right hand side both the large one all along the side and the small one in the middle.  I cut a piece of green card to bit the back of the last panel from behind which makes it a solid card.

7. Decorate the last panel with another Snowball, this one styled slightly different to the others by using just white and using the solid layer as my bottom layer and using the detail layer I have cut the head off and mounted it slightly higher.  I have also used the Elizabeth Craft Designs Balloons and another fluffy cloud.

Here are links to what I used from Elizabeth Craft Designs :

Farm Greetings Clears Stamps

Pop it ups Snowball the Sheep

Pop it ups Fence

Balloons

Clouds – from Tree for all Seasons

Glasses & Bow from Props 1

Party Hat from Props 2

Accordion Rectangle

Other Items Used :

Glitter Washi Tape

Frayed Burlap Ink Pad

Sponge Dauber

Pencils for grass

White Chalk Pen

I do hope you have enjoyed my post today.  I had real fun making this card and trying to think of new ways to style Snowball.

Until the next time.  Happy Crafting!

Caz x

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Pop it Ups Rectangle Pull Card – Peek-a-Boo card with Brownie the Cow

July 18, 2015

Happy Saturday! It’s Karen Burniston here sharing one of the cards I taught a few months ago at the Collins Retailer Training Event. How now, pink cow! Is this where strawberry milk comes from?

The Rectangle Pull Card die set features a z-fold opening action, a tuck slot to keep the card closed (no accidental reveals!) and an optional spinner die to create movement inside the card. In fact, it’s such a popular die that it is currently out of stock on our website (whoops!) but that does not mean that you can’t find it in your local independent craft store or at another online retailer if you want to give this peek-a-boo card a try.

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  1. Cut a piece of pink cardstock to 8.5” wide x 5.5” tall. (21.6cm x 14cm) and score in the middle for folding. Line up the Rectangle Pull Card die over the fold of the card with the top alignment nub touching the top edge of the cardstock and nesting in the small decorator rectangle to cut the window at the same time. Die cut. Fold according to the instructions on the packaging OR these video instructions: Introduction to Rectangle Pull Card (slide to 6:43)
  2. Add ECD Double-sided adhesive to the back of a piece of cream cardstock and die cut the following pieces to become stickers: Brownie the Cow’s snout, hooves and horns, Hay There’s stitched label, Rectangle Pull Card’s postage frame (cut two) and swirlydo, and Poppy the Owl’s heart. Add the postage frames to both sides of the window and the swirlydo and heart to the front of the card.
  3. From the floral patterned paper cut two pieces: 2.25” x 5.25” and 1” x 2.75”. (5.7cm x 13.3cm) and (2.5cm x 7cm). Adhere the larger piece to the right side of the card, leaving an equal amount of pink showing to the right, top and bottom of the strip. Add a 0.5” x 5.5” (1.3cm x 14cm) strip of cream cardstock over the seam, making sure not to cover the tuck slot in the card. Add the smaller strip of patterned paper horizontally on the card’s front. Die cut a stitched speech bubble from cream cardstock and add it to the front of the card. Refer to the photos for placement.
  4. From the small flowers patterned paper cut a Brownie the Cow detail layer and the “hay there” greeting.  From pink cardstock cut a Brownie the Cow shadow layer and the spinner from the Rectangle Pull Card. From light yellow cardstock die cut the hay stack and the cow’s bell. Emboss the haystack using an embossing sandwich before removing it from the die. Die cut a white pair of eyes.
  5. Assemble Brownie the Cow by attaching the detail layer to the shadow layer, adding the snout, eyes, horns and hooves, and using two strands of twine for the bow on the bell. Pierce holes and add black brads for pupils. Learn how to assemble Brownie in this video: Farm Character Assembly Video
  6. Add the spinner inside the card as shown in the photo below. Start by finding the three folds in the spinner and folding them all mountain style (you’re looking at the top of the mountain) Add double-sided adhesive tape to the outer panels, not crossing the fold lines. Add a small piece of double-sided adhesive tape up near the top of the spinner just to the left of the center fold as shown in the photo below. Peel up the liner on the right tape only, and adhere that panel of the spinner inside the card as shown below. The edge of the spinner should be placed directly in the fold of the card. The location should be roughly about even with the base of the tuck slot. Do not peel up the other tape liners yet!BrownieRPCSpinner
  7. Place Brownie over the spinner in approximately the angle shown below. Brownie’s tail and body should cover the tape at the center of the spinner, but not touch the tape at the end of the spinner. Notice Brownie’s ear is approximately vertical and lines up over the cream strip. Do not adhere Brownie to the tape yet, but hold Brownie’s left ear (on your right) while closing the card to check placement.BrownieRPCSpinnerAddCow1
  8. Close the card and check if Brownie is peering through the window at a pleasing angle. Make any minor adjustments to her location and then carefully open the card, peel up the liner on both pieces of tape, attach Brownie to the outer tape, and close the card to attach the inner tape to complete the spinner assembly.BrownieRPCSpinnerAddCow2
  9. Brownie will now spin up into a popped up position when the card opens.BrownieRPCSpinnerAddCow3
  10. Attach the haystack behind Brownie’s back hoof and tie a piece of crepe ribbon around the left side of the card. Add the two interior rectangles of the postage frames plus the stitched label to the inside of the card as shown. A personal greeting can be written in the stitched label. Avoid any embellishments in the area below Brownie and the haystack, as those can become catch points to impede movement. The finished card is 5.5” square (14cm square) and can be mailed in a 6×6 square envelope for extra postage.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

974 Rectangle Pull Card die set by Karen Burniston

972 Rectangle Accordion die set by Karen Burniston (stitched speech bubble)

910 Poppy the Owl die set by Karen Burniston (heart)

1025 Hay There Pop Stand die set by Karen Burniston

1022 Brownie the Cow die set by Karen Burniston

Double Sided Adhesives 506 (6mm), 509 (152mm)

• Optional (but helpful): detail tweezers & scissors

Other Supplies:

• Bazzill Cardstocks: Lollipop Card Shoppe, Butter Mints Card Shoppe, any light yellow, any white

• The Twinery Baker’s Twine

• Creative Impressions Cream 3/4” Crepe Ribbon and black mini-brads

• Echo Park Jack and Jill papers – Jill Floral and Mini Flowers

• Die Cutting Machine & sandwich parts for cutting and embossing wafer-thin dies

Pull Card Video Tutorials:

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

Have a wonderful weekend and if you didn’t get a chance to check out this month’s Designer Challenge, you should definitely do so. The team took on a challenge of Homegrown Holidays using new dies and stamps from the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections and the creations are spectacular!

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Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Homegrown Holidays

July 15, 2015

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the July 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 “Homegrown Holidays”and the challenge is to create holiday cards with a country/farm feel. The team received brand new dies to use just in time for the challenge – the *NEW* Farm 2 collection and the *NEW* Merry & Bright collection. Each collection features 6 new dies and a coordinating 4″ x 6” Clear Stamp set. Both collections are shipping in two weeks (first week of August, 2015) to independent craft stores worldwide. A full collection preview can be found on my blog here: Sneak Peek 2015 Summer Pop it Ups Release.

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This month I did things a little differently. Rather than make a card start to finish, I wanted quicker “how to assemble” videos for the new dies. Over the next week or so you’ll see new how-to videos showing up on my YouTube channel so that by the time the new dies ship the first week of August, 2015, there will be assembly videos for all the new pop-up dies. Today I’m focusing on the Farm Collection. Here are two new videos – one for assembly of all six Farm Characters and another for assembly of the Fence Pop Stand.


Since many of you probably watch my videos here on the ECD blog or on my blog or Facebook, you may not know that my YouTube channel has a Playlist for assembly videos. I only add a video to this playlist if, within the video, it explains all the assembly steps for a die. You can find that playlist here: Pop it Ups How to Assemble

Now that you know how easy it is to assemble the Characters and the Fence, take a look at seventeen amazing Homegrown Holidays/Country Christmas cards by the Designer Challenge Team. For each card you can click on the designer’s name to head over to their blog post for more photos, supply lists and basic instructions.


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Frances Byrne adapted the video tutorial for the floating floor barn card to use with the Christmas Trees Pop Stand instead. She added the Fence, Snowball the Sheep, Props 5 and the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. Her blog shows additional photos and details. Amazing!

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Karen Aicken made this sweet card using the Pop Stand die from the Hay There set to animate a Character, in this case Jolly the Mouse wearing the Props 5 Santa hat. She also used Jolly’s candy cane and the Outdoor Edges. Adorable!

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Kelly Booth made a super fun country Christmas card using lots of dies combined into a fun scene. She used the Fence Pop Stand, Evergreen Tree, Cheepers the Chicken, Props 5, Outdoor Edges, Merry Christmas, Western Edges, Jolly’s candy cane, the star from the Christmas Trees and the lights from the Holiday House. This is a great card to illustrate how well die sets from the Pop it Ups collection can be mixed and matched into amazing combinations.

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Caz Counsell shows in this next card how nicely the Characters work to decorate card fronts. No need to reserve them just for pop-ups and interactive cards. Here she has Cheepers the Chicken, Snowball the Sheep, Virgil the Pig and Brownie the Cow, along with Props 5. What a bunch of Characters!

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Fran Sabad has been making the cutest little mice cards using Jolly the Mouse. This adorable card uses the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and the flourish from Merry Christmas, along with two Jolly mice. Eeek! This is so cute!

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Raquel Mason does a fabulous job of telling a story with her cards and this one is no exception. William the Goat stands in a glorious country western landscape on the card’s front, featuring the Western Edges, Christmas Trees and Fence. Then, when the card is open you discover William eating a present from under the tree! So funny.

RM_KBDC July William & the present RM_KBDC July William & the present openHelen Cryer created this fabulous tri-panel double-fold Pop Stand card mixing dies from Farm 1, Farm 2 and Merry & Bright. Notice the lights on the barn and the sign on the fence – amazing details as always!

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Sandy Diller is our monthly DC guest, but this month she had a Designer Challenge Challenge by not having the new dies yet, so she got creative and chose a beach scene for her Christmas card instead of a country scene. The lights (from the Holiday House) in the Palm Tree are terrific!

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Summer Hills-Painter can craft a scene to perfection! She made two amazing scenes in one amazing card. The front features the Barn, Fence and Cocoa the Horse (plus the wreath from the Holiday House) and the inside features the Sleigh, Snowball the Sheep, Cheepers the Chicken and Brownie the Cow. Sensational!

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Karen Aicken is clever, clever, clever! She started with a fun country snowman paper and then fashioned her own matching snowman by altering Chilly the Penguin, Props 1 and a Cheepers the Chicken beak! Brilliant! She also used the Merry & Bright Clear stamps and the Tags Pivot Card. The pen detailing on the sleigh is marvelous.

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Frances Byrne dressed up Brownie the Cow in both the Christmas costumes included in Props 5. She used the Merry Christmas die inside and added the barbed wire from the Western Edges top and bottom for a more country feel. And of course the clever “to moo”. I love the gingham paper as a backdrop – sets the scene marvelously.

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Raquel Mason has a fabulous technique for the front of her second challenge card. She first used an embossing sandwich to press the Chicken Wire die into the cardstock. This brought out all the perfectly-spaced hexagons as an embossed pattern. Then she sunk a die-cut chicken wire piece down into the groove. Love that! Cheepers the Chicken is asking if you are a naughty or a nice egg, and then inside the card is the Merry Christmas pop-up (notice the egg!) with another piece of chicken wire. Perfect interpretation of the theme!

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Donna Wright cut several pop stands into a 12″ wide card to be able to make this fabulous Holiday House and Christmas Trees scene. She also used the Tags Pivot Card for the tags plus the stamps and the Merry Christmas die. Such a great illustration of how the Pop Stands can be used anywhere (and multiple times) in a card.

DW_july country karen challenge copyFran Sabad made this adorable card with three stacked Jolly the Mouse Characters working together to trim the tree. She used the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die for the tree, embossing and stacking it to make it tall. So adorable!

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Caz Counsell made a fun Christmas on the Farm card by focusing on the different holiday spirits of the animals. William and Rudy are quite festive, whereas Snowball is . . . not! Ha ha. Great card.

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Shelly Hickox‘s latest “Shellypiece” is this amazing country Christmas scene. Her fence technique is fabulous, spanning the card so it pops up as well. She also used the Barn, Evergreen Pivot Card and Western Edges. A video on her blog shows the card opening and closing. So pretty!

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Karen Aicken made this lovely country kraft & red card featuring the new Merry Christmas pop-up die. Her signature “high trees” backdrop looks fabulous behind the pop-up and she embellished with the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps and snowflakes from the Sleigh die.
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While it is true that I am completely biased, I would argue that the Designer Challenge team is one of the most talented group of bloggers, teachers, crafters in the industry. I feel very blessed to have these eleven designers creating with my products. They certainly take the dies in directions that I never even imagined during the design process. Plus they’re just really nice awesome supportive people. I am so lucky to call these ladies my friends.

Join us next month on August 12, 2015 for the next Designer Challenge, called Inspired Creations. Everyone is looking forward to this challenge, where we each get to pick a challenge card by a fellow teammate from any Designer Challenge and use it as inspiration for a new project. The inspiration can be a technique, a combination of dies, a color scheme – anything! Not only will this be a fun challenge, but a great chance for the team to show how to take inspiration and translate it into something new.

Happy Crafting!

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Pop it Ups Wednesday with Karen Aicken – Have You Herd?

June 10, 2015

Good morning friends! Karen Aicken here with today’s Pop it Ups Wednesday tutorial. I’m having lots of fun with the new Pop it Ups Farm Collection, and today’s card uses a play on words for a Father’s Day card with Brownie the Cow.

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1. First we will make up two Brownie the Cow’s. Adhere a 4-1/2 x 2-1/2″ strip of rust cardstock, a 3/4 x 2-1/2″ strip of white cardstock, and a 1 x 2-1/2″ strip of black cardstock to the 64mm (2-1/2″) Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive. Die cut two shadows from charcoal pearlized card stock. Die cut two bodies from the rust adhesive backed card stock (remembering to leave room for the letters HERD and the word HAPPY), two pairs of eyes from the white adhesive backed card stock and two sets of hooves from the black adhesive backed card stock. Die cut the horns and muzzles from  beige velvet adhesive sheet, then die cut two hay stacks and one small hay piece from a scrap of yellow polka dotted patterned paper. Assemble the two Brownies as shown, with one looking up. Ink the edges of the hay pieces and using the die as a stencil, use a marker to add the inner markings. Add the smallest hay piece as hair to the Brownie that’s looking down.

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2.  Cut your outer card to 4-1/4 x 12″ and score in half at 6″. Cut a piece of patterned paper 4-1/4 x 1-3/4″, ink the edges and attach to the bottom edge with the sides even. Computer generate or handwrite the words “HAVE YOU”, “IT’S FATHER’S DAY!” and “HAVE A      ONE” on white card stock, leaving lots of room between the phrases. Use the largest rectangle decorator die from the Accordion Rectangle set to  die cut the ‘HAVE YOU” leaving enough room below the words for the die cut letters and ink the edges. From the remaining rust card stock, cut the letters H E R D using the Alphabet 1 – Caps  and centre the letters below the words. Attach to the front of your card as shown in the first photo. Add foam tape to the back of the looking up Brownie and adhere as shown.

3. Cut your inner card to 4-1/4 x 12″ and score in half at 6″. Centre the Lots of Pops die on the score line, using the alignment nubs on each side then die cut. Train your folds. Note, Karen Burniston has a video  here that shows how to do this. Cut the “IT’S FATHER’S DAY” piece to 4-1/4 x 2-1/4″, ink the edges and attach to the inside top of your inner card as shown. Adhere a hay bale on each of the smaller bump outs and the remaining Brownie to the largest bump out.

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4. Cut the “HAVE A      ONE!” to 3 x 3″ square, ink the edges and adhere to the bottom of your inner card as shown. From the remaining adhesive backed rust card stock, die cut Happy from the Happy Birthday Pop Up and adhere as shown.

5. Apply 6mm (1/4) Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to one side of your inner card as shown in the photo below, and adhere it to the coordinating side of your outer card. Repeat to adhere the other side.

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Trim bottom edges even and your card is ready for a special Father/Grandfather. It will be sure to make them smile!

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By switching out the greeting this could make a great masculine birthday or congratulatory card as well. Have a great week!

Karen Aicken

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

1022 Brownie the Cow

778 Lots of Pops

1022 Hay There Pop Stand

972 Accordion Rectangle (rectangle on front)

947 Happy Birthday Pop Up

967 Alphabet 1 Caps

508 Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive 64mm, (2-1/2″)

506 Elizabeth Craft Designs 6 mm (1/4″)

404 Beige Velvet Adhesive Sheet

Other Supplies:

Rust, White and Black cardstock

Charcoal Stardream

Computer Font – DK Insomniack

Foam tape

Dye ink and a sponge

Yellow Marker

 

 

Pop it Ups Wednesday With

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Helen – Thank You Turquoise Barn Card

June 3, 2015

Hi everyone! Helen Cryer here today!

I’m sure by now you will have seen Karen Burniston’s fabulous new Farm Collection – I love how it all works together so well! I thought today I’d show you a Barn Pop Stand card featuring Brownie the Cow and a stamp from the new Farm Greetings Clear Stamps set.
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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Cut turquoise patterned cardstock to 11”x 4 ¾’’. Fold cardstock in half, and die cut with the large Pop Stand die (from the Barn Pop Stand set) across the fold line. Do two more die cuts with the smaller Pop Stand die (from the Hay There Pop Stand set) in the positions as shown in the picture below.

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2. Cut all the pieces as pictured below: Pink backing cardstock (measuring  8’’x 4 ¾’’), two cream hay stacks (from the Hay There Pop Stand set), a Brownie the Cow, pieces for the barn (from the Barn Pop Stand set), a pink cardstock backing rectangle (using die from Rectangle Accordion set), a stamped cream rectangle (using die from Accordion Rectangle set), a cream stitched label with a black ‘Hay There’ (both from the Hay There Pop Stand set), a strip of pink gingham ribbon (4 ¾’’ long) and a pink gingham bow.

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3. Assemble Brownie the Cow as shown in the picture below. Glue on a paper rose.

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4. Adhere all the smaller barn pieces to one of the pink patterned cardstock barn sides, as shown below. For video instructions on the sliding barn doors, watch Karen’s video here. Adhere the decorated barn to the front two tabs next to the card’s centre fold. Adhere the unembellished barn side to the back two tabs, and stick the two barn sides together, with a bit of double-sided adhesive in the top section of the barn roofs.

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5. Adhere Brownie the Cow to one half of the remaining tabs, nearest to the barn. (I taped the other half flat, from underneath the card.) Note: The patterned cardstock needs to be quite thick to support the weight of Brownie. If your cardstock is too ‘bendy’ add a small extra strip of cardstock to the fold of the tab, from underneath the card.

6. Adhere the two hay bales to the remaining two tabs.

7. Adhere the stamped rectangle on top of the pink rectangle, and adhere to the card base.

8. Adhere the ribbon strip across the back of the card base, and the bow to the corner of the stamped sentiment.

9. Adhere the pink cardstock to the back of the card.

I hope you enjoy coming up with variations of your own Farm scenes using these and the other fabulous new dies!

Helen

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Barn Pop Stand (1021)

Hay There Pop Stand (1025)

Brownie the Cow (1022)

Farm Greetings Clear Stamps

Accordion Rectangle (972)

Double-sided tape

Gold Shimmer Sheetz

Other supplies:

Trimmer

Turquoise patterned cardstock

Pink patterned cardstock

Pink cardstock

Turquoise cardstock

Cream cardstock

Black cardstock

Brown cardstock

Brown ink

Twine

Tape runner

Glue pen

Liquid glue

Scissors

Paper rose

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