Hi, it’s Sandy Diller here with a fun Pop it Ups card for you. I love all the characters created by Karen Burniston but if I had to pick a favorite it would be Lucky the Rabbit. Today’s card features Lucky, here to say “Hi” to a friend.
Hi my friends and welcome, it’s Sandy Diller here to share a pivot card with you today. June is a traditional month for weddings, so that’s what I’ve made this time. Weddings evoke thoughts of love & hearts so I’ve used Karen Burniston’s Heart Pivot Card and Els Van de Burgt’s Dotted Scallop Rectangles along with a few other lovelies from the new release to create this card.
It’s Frances Byrne here with today’s Pop it Ups Wednesday tutorial. Christmas is just a couple of days away which means that we will soon be farewelling 2015 and welcoming the new year 2016. So today I am sharing a New Years card using Brownie the Cow and the Tags Pivot Card die set.
Here is how I created my card:
- Using a piece of 12 inch square designer paper score at 6 inches. Fold designer paper in half.
- Open the designer paper up again and this time fold in the opposite direction so the pattern we want to be seen when the card is complete is on the inside.
- Take the piece of Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape 6 inches x 12 inches and cover one side of the paper. Remove protection backing and refold the paper so that you now have the designer paper pattern on both sides sides.
- Trim designer paper down so it measures 8 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches.
2. Score along the 8 1/2 inch side of the card at 4 1/4 inches. Place the centre nubs of the main pivot die from the Tags Pivot Card so it is centred on the score line and run through die cutting machine.
- Take a scrap of black card stock and place the main pivot card die onto this card and run through die cutting machine.
- Trim out just the Tag portion from the black card and adhere this over the tags on the designer paper piece.
3. Using the Brownie the Cow Character die set die cut the following:
- (1) Solid Cow Body from black card
- (1) Detail Cow Body from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
- (1) Set of Cow Horns from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
- (1) Set of Eyes from white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
- (1) Set of Hooves from black card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
- (1) Cow Face from pink card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting)
- Using a black marker create cow spots randomly over the white detail cow’s body.
- Assemble Brownie the Cow. You can view Karen Burniston’s video on how to assemble Brownie the Cow here.
4. Using three of the tag die from the Tags Pivot Card die set die cut using White Soft Finish Cardstock.
- Attach the Cow to the largest tag using foam tape and then adhere this tag to the largest pivot tag on the card again using foam tape.
- Using the Numbers & More die set die cut the numbers “2 0 1 6” from black card that has Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back. Attach the numbers to the two smaller tags referring to photo above for placement.
- Using the “and Happy New Year” sentiment from the Merry & Bright Clear Stamp set. Mask all of the sentiment except for the word Happy using masking tape or post it notes. Ink Up the word Happy using black ink and stamp towards the bottom of the middle tag.
- Now mask the sentiment so just the word Year! can be stamped and stamp this onto the other tag.
- Add the word “moo” above the word year on the last tag by using the Black Alphabet 1 Lower Key Peel Off Stickers.
- Attach the remaining tags to the tag pivot portion of the right side of the card.
- Thread black ribbon through the holes of each of the tags and tie off using white hemp cord.
5. Decorate the inside of the card by die cutting the decorative ribbon from the Ribbon & Jewels die set from both black card and white card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting) Note: You will have to die cut a total of 4 of each color to complete the card.
- Adhere the white decorative ribbon to the lower portion of the card and then apply the black so it is offset from the white ribbon so both colors can be seen.
- Add Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to the circle portion of the die cut.
- Using the Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles die set, die cut the largest photo corner from black card (apply Transparent Double Sided Adhesive to back of card before die cutting). Adhere the photo corners to the top left and right corners of the inside of the card.
6. Using black card that has Double Sided Adhesive Tape adhered on the back, die cut the letters “W H A T S M O O” from the Alphabet 1 Caps die set. Also die cut the symbol @ from the Numbers & More die set.
- Referring to the photo above attach the letters onto the card. Create the apostrophe by cutting part of @ symbol and by adding a inner circle from either the number 6 or number 9 from the Numbers & More die set.
- Decorate the lower portion of the card by adding the decorative ribbon from the Ribbons & Jewels die set as we did in step 5 on the inside of the card.
7. Add the remaining decorative ribbon from the Ribbons & Jewels die set along the bottom of the back of the card.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.
Supplies:Elizabeth Craft Designs: 973 Tags Pivot Card 1022 Brownie the Cow 967 Alphabet 1 -Caps 968 Numbers & More 1 1061 Fitted Frames 1 Lace Rectangles 1070 Ribbons & Jewels CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamp Set 1281 Alphabet 1 Lower Key Black Peel Off Stickers 7018 Black/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers PSF102 Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 pack 509 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 152mm 508 Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape 64mm Other: Cardstock: black, pink Designer Paper: Pink Paislee Rainbow Bright Designer Paper Black Ribbon White Hemp Cord Ink: Black Foam Tape
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.
Hello my crafty friends! It’s Raquel Mason here today. I want to show you how easy it is to make a smaller sized Z-Fold card. The recipient will be surprised when they open the card to see the colorful butterflies pop out. Let’s get started!
1. Cut white card stock at 4″ x 12″ and score at 4″ and 8″. Place Butterfly Pivot die on the 8″ score line and die cut.
2. Cut (2) pieces of white card stock at 1 7/8″. Adhere both pieces to the back of the card, behind the butterfly opening. Tip: this step is not required, adding card stock will just make the base more sturdy. See bottom photo for placement.
3. From scrap turquoise card stock, die cut the Butterfly Pivot and cut excess off so you only have the butterflies. Adhere butterflies to base card.
4. From pattern paper, die cut several butterflies using the companion dies included in the Butterfly Pivot card and Butterfly Accessories die.
- Place the filigree butterfly die onto desired card stock and emboss using your embossing sandwich. Doing this adds beautiful texture and interest to the butterflies.
- Adhere one small butterfly to the center fold of the Butterfly Pivot.
- Placing adhesive only on the bodies of the butterflies will allow the wings to have more dimension.
- Add Glitter Dots to the bodies of the butterflies for a little bit of bling without added weight or bulkiness.
5. Apply “Thinking of You” peel off to the top left corner of card.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it out yourself. What an amazingly beautiful card made using only 2 dies!
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Tempting Turquoise, Irresistibly Yours and pattern paper from Stampin’ Up!
Happy Wednesday and Happy July! It’s Karen Burniston here with a different type of Wednesday post. As the Pop it Ups collection grows larger, it may be a little overwhelming to understand all the different mechanisms and how they are different. Today I’ll explain it all!
It’s a good ol’ fashioned Pop it Ups Category Breakdown! (cheer! applause! fireworks!) For each different category of die I have a visual reference of the available choices in that category plus any coordinating dies/folders shown below the die. (Pssst – want to make yourself a catalog/wish list? Got a printer?)
Pivot cards were designed to be a quick and easy interactive card. A fun feature of Pivot Cards is that the same decoration on the front of the card then pivots inside as the card is opened. This provides double-duty decoration, saving time and materials. Pivot Cards work by lining up the alignment nubs on the die over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold. This allows for complete customization of card size, shape and pivot card placement. There are currently six available styles of Pivot Cards.
Pivot Card Product Links:
Pivot Card Video Tutorials:
Introduction to Pivot Cards
Seamless Pivot Card Backing Cards
Double Heart Pivot Card
Double Katie Label Pivot Card
Double Evergreen Pivot Card
Triple Pivot Card Technique
House Pivot Card
Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card
Pivot Card Inspiration:
Pull cards are Z-fold flip or swing cards with a few extra features. They have tuck slots to keep the card closed to avoid an accidental reveal. They also have alignment nubs and the ability to cut the mechanism anywhere along the fold of any size card. They also have an optional pop-up element – the Circle comes with a spiral pop-up die and the Rectangle comes with a spinner pop-up die. Pull Cards differ from Pivot Cards because in this case, the item flips over when the card is opened, so you have front/back decorations. There are currently two available styles of Pull Cards.
Pull Card Product Links:
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
Pull Card Inspiration:
General Pop-up Cards
Whereas Pivot and Pull Cards are immediately identifiable as interactive cards from the front of the card, the General Pop-ups are the traditional pop-ups where the recipient has no idea that something will happen until they open the card. These are the traditional “magic trick” cards, since they offer the most surprise to the recipient. All of the dies in this category have alignment nubs allowing them to be placed anywhere along the fold of any size card. They are viewed best when the card is open to 90 degrees. There are currently six available styles of General Pop-up Cards.
General Pop-up Product Links:
General Pop-up Video Tutorials:
General Pop-up Inspiration:
Karen Burniston’s General Pop-up Cards Pinterest Board
Karen Burniston’s Blog: Lucy Label Posts, Lots of Pops Posts, Garden Bench Posts, Happy Birthday Posts, Lorna Label Posts, Beach Collection Posts
Pop Stands are another type of General Pop-up card, but whereas the General Pop-ups are viewed in cards at 90 degrees, Pop Stands are viewed in cards that open all the way flat to 180 degrees. Another feature of Pop Stands is that the main item (tower, tub, barn, hay) is independent of the pop stand mechanism so it can be used on its own for flat cards, layouts, place cards, 3D items, etc. A Pop Stand die comes included with each design, and when lined up over the fold of any size card, anywhere along the fold, will cut tabs to fit the decorative item and turn it into a pop-up. There are currently four available styles of Pop Stand Cards.
Pop Stand Product Links:
Pop Stand Video Tutorials:
Pop Stand Inspiration:
Accordion Albums & Frame Edges
Accordion albums are a special category of Pop it Ups dies because they do not have alignment nubs and you do not line them up over the fold of a card. Rather, you use the Accordion die to cut a single page of your card/album and there is an integrated tab system to connect as many pages together as you desire. This makes the Accordions very versatile, as the same die can be used for a quick 2-page card or a 20-page masterpiece. In addition, each Accordion comes with decorator dies included, so right out of the package you’ll have what you need to start making incredible interactive cards and albums to impress and delight your friends and family. There are currently seven available styles of Accordions and more styles in the works.
Add-on dies (separate purchase) that are sized to coordinate with the Accordions (but can also be used on their own to make flat frames) are the Frame Edges. Frame Edges work by cutting four of each piece (square/circle designs) or two of each long/short piece (rectangle designs) and lining them up around the perimeter of the Accordion for fun decorations. Each Frame Edge packaging lists which Accordions it fits. The easiest way to adhere Frame Edges is by using ECD Double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper/cardstock before die cutting, so that the frame edges can be applied like stickers.
Accordion & Frame Edges Product Links:
769 Circle Accordion
770 Square w/Circle Frame Edges
771 Fancy Label Accordion
971 Star Accordion
774 Fancy Frame Edges
907 Fancy Seasons Frame Edges
976 Star Fancy Frame Edges
772 Oval Accordion
776 Oval Dots Frame Edges
777 Oval Flourish Frame Edges
906 Oval Clouds Frame Edges
903 Katie Label Accordion
972 Rectangle Accordion
905 Katie Holly Frame Edges
913 Katie Stars Frame Edges
977 Katie Flourish Frame Edges
904 Ring Accordion
950 Ring Frame Edges 1
Accordion & Frame Edge Video Tutorials:
Accordion & Frame Edges Inspiration:
Characters & Props
The Characters all feature similar construction, with a shadow layer and a detail layer, and then accessory dies, like eyes, tails, etc. Using ECD double-sided adhesive on the back of the paper or cardstock before die cutting makes assembly of the Characters very quick and easy. A signature look to the Characters are their big cartoon eyes, but they are also easy to style with other eyes for a completely different look. There are currently eleven available styles of Characters and four Props styles.
Character & Props Product Links:
908 Chilly the Penguin
909 Hoppy the Frog
910 Poppy the Owl
946 Dutch the Fox
948 Honey the Bear
983 Whiskers the Cat
984 Buster the Dog
985 Rocky the Crab
1022 Brownie the Cow
1023 Cheepers the Chicken
1024 Virgil the Pig
911 Props 1
949 Props 2
986 Props 3
982 Props 4
Character & Props Video Tutorials:
Characters & Props Inspiration:
Edge dies are decorative dies that cut just the edge of the item so the height is customizable by the user. It also allows for easy decorative-edges cards. There are currently four available styles of Edge Dies.
Edge Dies Product Links:
Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders
Accessory dies are flat designs meant to complement the interactive cards and/or be used independently. There are currently five available styles of Accessory dies and five available styles of Embossing Folders.
Accessory Dies & Embossing Folders Product Links:
In Spring 2015 I released my first set of Clear Stamps – the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps – meant to coordinate with the Farm collection as well as fit some of the other interactive dies. Look for more clear stamps coming soon!
So there you have it! The entire Pop it Ups Collection broken down by category with a ton of video and inspiration links. Speaking of inspiration links, I post cards daily on the Karen Burniston, Designer Facebook Page.
Hello crafty friends, it’s Summer Hills-Painter here.
Today I want to share with you a fun technique, a tri-fold pivoting shutter card. I cannot say how wonderful it is to not be limited by your card size and design with Pop It Ups dies. Let me show you how I made this card.
1. Cut a 6” x 12” piece of cardstock and score at 4” and 8” for your card base
2. Fold the card and place the Fancy Label die on one end just above the points and cut with your machine, cutting through all layers.
3. Place the Agatha Edges die at the top of the card and run through your machine, cutting through all layers.
4. Cut 3 panels of patterned paper at 3 ½” x 3 ¾” each.
5. Open up your card flat and adhere the second and third panels with temporary adhesive. Place the Heart Pivot Card die on the last 2 panels, making sure the alignment nubs on the die are directly over the fold between the pages. Run the card through your machine to cut the pivot card.
6. Remove the die and the patterned paper panels and trim the heart from the paper using detail scissors. Adhere the paper to the card with permanent adhesive.
7. Cut three coordinating flourishes from the Agatha Edges and trim them down to fit the card by cutting off the outermost swirl section from each flourish.
8. Adhere your flourishes and add decorations as desired. Train the hearts to pivot so they fold in the opposite direction as the pages. For my decorations I used the spiral from the Spiral Circle Pull Card to make 3D roses, the Leafy Branch die, the Happy Anniversary die and glitter dots.
Your card is now complete and is can fit in an A7 (5 x 7) envelope when folded up. This could also be a great birthday, love, thank you or thinking of you card.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies –
Glitter Dots – Transparent/Gold
Other Supplies –
DCVW patterned paper cardstock
Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters,
Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the June 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 What’s in a Name? I challenged the team to incorporate a Pop it Ups die corresponding to their first and last initials. They were allowed to get creative with how they chose dies, as long as it could be defended. So, for example, my initials are KB and I chose to style Whiskers the Cat as a “Kitty” in a beach-themed card using the Adirondack Chair, Palm Tree & Pail and the Beach Edges.
Here is the video tutorial:
When the card is closed you see Whiskers sitting in the house looking longingly at a beach scene framed on the wall. The caption (computer generated) gives a hint to Whiskers’ future . . . after all, if you can dream it, you can do it! My thought was that this could be a nice congratulatory card for any reason – promotion, graduation, engagement, new baby, new job, dream vacation, etc. It’s about visualizing something improbable and then making it happen.
The video tutorial walks through all the specifics of assembling the beach dies plus styling Whiskers the Cat with different expressions. Using the detail/shadow outlining technique is a great way to change the facial features of any of the Character dies.
To add a Character inside the chair, the video explains the technique for placing an L-support through one of the slats of the chair. This is my preferred method, as it puts no stress on the chair folds themselves. However, it is also possible to animate items inside the chair by building a simple box pop-up into the seat of the chair and/or by using the Spinner die from the Rectangle Pull Card to create an angled platform. (Donna Wright does this brilliantly in her mer-dog card that you’ll see later on in this post) Here is a side view of the L-support method from the video:
The Farm Greetings Clear Stamps offer plenty of generic greetings that are not farm puns, and by selectively inking certain phrases, you can create custom greetings, like this one:
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supply list:
975 Adirondack Chair
981 Beach Edges
983 Whiskers the Cat
987 Palm Tree & Pail
972 Rectangle Accordion (two nested rectangle dies)
973 Tags Pivot Card (two tag dies)
CS001 Farm Greetings Clear Stamps
Shimmer Sheetz – White Iridescent, Yellow Iridescent, Red Iris
Double Sided Adhesive
Patterned Papers: Sand (Farm House), Clouds (Echo Park), Cat Fur (Kaiser Craft)
Bakers Twine: Creative Impressions
Black ink: Versafine (Tsukineko)
Now let’s take a look at the fabulous creations of the Designer Challenge Team plus guest designer Sandy.
Frances Byrne chose the “fly” from the Hoppy the Frog die set (Frog also counts, or Farm Greetings Clear Stamps) plus Brownie the Cow (or Barn) and created this colorful and inviting farm-themed birthday card. I l just love her pebble path, the hay blob used as hair for Brownie, and especially the fly on Brownie’s nose. So cute!
Fran Sabad created a wonderful patriotic 4th of July album. She used “frame edges” (in this case the Star Fancy Frame Edges) for her “F” and the Star Accordion for her “S”. Make sure you click over to her blog post to learn more about the flag banner and the barn star styling, plus see the front of the album.
Summer Hills-Painter had an extra challenge with a hyphenated name, but had no trouble combining the Spiral Circle Pull Card, Hay There Pop Stand and Props2 (along with Virgil the Pig and Farm Greetings Clear Stamps) into this fun birthday card. The pinks/reds look so great with the teal green. Great color scheme!
Karen Aicken went hog wild with this amazing 3-panel card featuring the Barn on the front (love that pen detailing on the edges of the cloud and hay) and Katie Label Pivot Card (with All Seasons Tree) inside the card. She used the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps and Virgil the Pig (notice the toupee) as well. Fun!
Raquel Mason got very clever with her beachy accordion. Her R was covered nicely by Ring Accordion, Ring Frame Edges 1, and Rocky the Crab. Then she added the “Mask” from Props3 for her second initial. Love this! The “shell-a-brate” greeting is so clever.
Kelly Booth created a birthday card with bright fun colors. She used the Katie Label Pivot Card and the accessory dies from the Butterfly Pivot Card for her initials and then added the script Happy Birthday and Butterfly Accessory dies as well. Lovely!
Sandy Diller joins us this month with a very clever Spiral Circle Pull Card with Dutch the Fox. She also used the Barn, Hay There and Cheepers the Chicken dies to make a fox in the henhouse card. Brilliant!
Caz Counsell made her son Caiden a very special birthday card. She used Cheepers the Chicken and Brownie the Cow along with three Lucy Labels, Props 1, Props 2, Virgil the Pig, and more! Who doesn’t love a chicken with a bow tie?!
Frances Byrne had lots to choose from with her initials. For her second card she used Hoppy the Frog and the Bathtub Pop Stand die. She also incorporated the Paris Edges and the party blower from Props 2 as a frog tongue. Brilliant!
Shelly Hickox got extremely clever and adapted the House Pivot Card into a garden planter box and filled it with beautiful flowers, including some cut with the All Seasons Tree die. The Lots of Pops poles worked perfectly for feet and she used barn doors for molding details. Amazing!
Fran Sabad made this gorgeous Fancy Accordion using the Star Fancy Frame Edges and the matching butterfly label peel-off stickers. I love those little pearls on the antennae and flower centers. The colors are superb.
Talk about the perfect man card! Karen Aicken created this card for her husband’s recent retirement. She used the Katie Label Accordion (front of the card) and the Adirondack Chair for her initials. It was such a clever idea to incorporate the glossy lake paper and cut the pop-up right into the scene. Brilliant!
Raquel Mason made this sweet friendship card using the Rectangle Pull Card and the Mouse from Whiskers the Cat. She used the spinner to animate her greeting. What a cute card!
Kelly Booth created the perfect metal barn! I just love all the textural fun of this Katie Label Accordion using Brownie the Cow, Cheepers the Chicken and the Barn Pop Stand dies. She used Shimmer Sheetz to create the metal barn. Perfection!
Donna Wright made a beach scene for her card and used Buster the Dog and the Waves from the Beach Edges for her name dies. She also got very clever and converted Buster into a mer-dog by making a mermaid tail from the Palm Tree die. Love it!
Helen Cryer has such a way with colors and patterns. Her House Pivot Card using Brownie the Cow is a perfect example. The front of the card is just as beautiful as the interior, featuring the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps embossed in white powder on pink cardstock.
Shelly Hickox made this wonderful shaker card using the Spiral Circle Pull Card and the Happy Birthday dies. Notice how the tag lines up over the tuck slot and the clever use of the “th” from Birthday to make the 4th part of the greeting. Shelly includes videos of her cards opening and closing on her blog posts, so definitely check it out!
Caz Counsell made a second card for the challenge featuring Brownie the Cow and the All Seasons Tree Clouds for her initials. She used the Lorna Label die to animate her super cute pink cow (I believe this is where strawberry milk comes from!) Also note Brownie’s cute flower, eyelashes and pen detailing.
So there you have it. Such variety in the ideas this month – as varied as the names themselves! Join us next month on July 15, 2015 for the next Pop it Ups Designer Challenge with a theme of “Homegrown Holidays”. The team will be showing Christmas (or other winter holidays) in July ideas.
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 I challenged the team and guest designer as follows: Make ’em Laugh! – Funny cards for any theme.
As soon as I saw the “Dog Years” stamp I knew I had to use it for this challenge. I thought it would be fun to make a seemingly cheerful birthday card that turned into something decidedly more snarky upon opening. When my daughter Emma saw the card she said “Oh no! You killed Buster!” to which I replied “No, no, he’s just playing dead! He’s very talented.” The Rectangle Pull Card was the perfect choice for this effect. Learn how in this video tutorial:
Here are some photos of the card made in the video. When the card is closed (the tuck slot will keep the card closed so there is no accidental reveal), Buster looks like a styling pooch, happy and very much among the living . . .
Pull the card open and things start moving. The glasses fly off of Buster’s face, revealing that he isn’t quite as “alive” as he appeared a moment before. (Movie plot? Weekend at Buster’s?) Buster elevates and falls over . . .
…ending up flat in the grass, playing dead. The “Dog Years” punch line spins up into place at the same time.
The Buster the Dog die set comes with the decorator bone that he’s holding. I also added just a few blades of grass to both sides of the hill to round it out.
You can use the bridge technique with the spinner to get a greater arc of motion for any item, so don’t feel like it’s only useful for making a dog play dead. Think about making a plane, rocket or bird (maybe a pig?) fly across the top of the card, or a hat fly off of a Character’s head, or a sports ball sail through the air . . . you get the idea(s)!
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
- KB105 Clouds Embossing Folder
- 974 Rectangle Pull Card
- 984 Buster the Dog
- 982 Props4 (paw print)
- 911 Props1 (glasses)
- 949 Props 2 (birthday hat)
- 917 Clock & Gears (Roman numeral X for eyes)
- 914 Outdoor Edges
- 768 Katie Label Pivot Card (label)
- 506 Double Sided Adhesive 6mm roll
- 801 Detail Tweezers
- 802 Detail Scissors
- 390B Happy Birthday peel-off stickers
- “Dog Years” rubber stamp – Rubberstamp Ave.
- Cardstocks – white, black, pink, glitter blue
- Patterned papers – Basic Grey (Buster), Bazzill (grass)
- Computer font – Mailart Rubberstamp
- Fineline 20 gauge glue bottle filled with Lineco pH neutral adhesive
- Die cutting supplies – machine, small cutting pad, silicone rubber, magnetic platform
- Brayer, removable Scotch tape
Get ready to laugh! Here are the clever and funny cards from the team and our regular guest designer, Sandy Diller.
Shelly Hickox kicks things off with a hilarious card using a Funny Bones stamp on the Fancy Accordion die. She also used the Fancy Frame Edges on the card’s front. What a great idea to stamp the greeting and then cut the lines space them out.
Summer Hills-Painter made a Rectangle Pull Card asking the recipient just how old they are, via a very surprised bird. She used all of the rectangle decorator dies from both the Rectangle Pull Card and Rectangle Accordion to get the triple mat on the bird.
Our regular guest designer Sandy Diller created an adorable funny Easter card featuring Whiskers and Buster dresssed up as bunnies. She combined several Pop it Ups dies for this great card.
Caz Counsell created a super fun Rectangle Pull Card featuring Buster the Dog asking an important doggie question. Notice that Caz extended the width of her card. With Pop it Ups dies you’re always in control of your card size.
Frances Byrne made the perfect funny card for any dog owner. The stamped images are adorable and colored perfectly. Frances swapped the orientation of the Rectangle Accordion from portrait to landscape. A link to the video instructions is on her blog. Also notice her signature look to the Frame Edges with alternating page/frame colors.
Raquel Mason got very clever with this funny card. She made the robot dog’s head spin around when you pull the string. Fun! You can see a video of the card in action on Raquel’s blog and find out details about her upcoming classes featuring this card. She used the Tags Pivot Card and Props4 on this card.
Kelly Booth made this hilarious card featuring the Lucy Label pop-up and some great stamps. For the front of the card Kelly used the Lorna Label to from her first greeting. She also used the Agatha Edges on the bottom. Open the card and the birthday girl pops up (and out) of a cake attached to the Lucy Label. Kelly also used the Happy Birthday die.
Karen Aicken found the perfect funny sentiment stamp to use for this card, featuring the Bathtub Pop Stand, Buster the Dog and the Props3 Snorkel set. Karen has a great tip for how she extended the Lorna label as a backdrop for her circular greeting. Make sure you check out her blog post to learn more.
Fran Sabad rocked the funny challenge (pun intended) with this fabulous mixed Accordion (Oval and Rectangle) featuring a very groovy Whiskers the Cat and a greeting stamp that is both funny, true and therefore scary! Notice that Fran made mirror-image Whiskers and converted the collar die into a jaunty scarf!
Helen Cryer made me chuckle with this funny card using the Katie Label Accordion, Buster the Dog and the Palm Tree & Pail dies, together with the perfect sentiment to get a laugh!
Donna Wright made this fun card using the Rectangle Pull Card die (notice her extended width to the card – card size is always your choice with the Pull Card dies) and several patterned cats. She hand wrote the greeting of “Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit”. Ha ha ha!
Summer Hills-Painter had a great “punny” stamp for a Honey-the-bear-turned-panda card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card as a base for this adorable project.
Fran Sabad made this fabulous Rocky-takes-a-bath-on-the-beach card. Notice how she strung twine around the Palm Tree and hung items off of it. What a great idea! Fran also used the Beach Edges and Bathtub Pop Stand dies.
Raquel Mason made a second “spinning head” card, this time with a clever adaptation of the Bathtub Pop Stand into a Snow Globe. Get the details of Raquel’s upcoming class on this technique on her blog post.
Frances Byrne celebrated a birthday this week so it’s only fitting that she also made a funny birthday card for the challenge. This one uses the Rectangle Pull Card and she added balloons from the Spiral Circle Pull Card on the spinner and used the speech bubble from the Rectangle Accordion to frame the hilarious greeting.
Karen Aicken made two versions of a card to illustrate a Funny Bones stamp about camping. She first cut the stamp into two parts so she could use the first half on the fronts and the “punch line” for the interiors. The first is a water theme with the Adirondack Chair and Beach Edges. The second is an outdoorsy card using the Lorna Label, Outdoor Edges and Holiday House. Both cards are fabulous!
Kelly Booth made this very funny 3-page Rectangle Accordion featuring a great color scheme and the perfect stamps. I love how she alternated the colors of the Katie Stars Frame Edges. She also used the script Happy Birthday die.
Caz Counsell needed a card for a 12-year-old boy and was inspired by an image online with a frog dancing Gangnam Style. She created this fun card with the Lorna Label and Hoppy the Frog.
Well I had a lot of fun this month and I hope you did, too. Pop up cards are perfect for funny sentiments because they have an inside and an outside, allowing for a “punch line” reveal. Hopefully you are inspired to make your own funny cards using Pop it Ups dies.
Join us in April for a special Designer Challenge called “Accordions with DC Team and friends” – all ten team members invited a guest to join the challenge and we’re all using Accordion albums for our cards. This is a challenge you don’t want to miss! Join us Tax Day, April 15th to see all 20 albums plus a new Accordion and video from me.
Hello crafty friends, it’s Summer Hills-Painter here.
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite techniques, a peek-a-boo z-fold pivot card. One of the things that I love about Pop It Ups dies is that you are not limited by your card size and design. Let me show you how I made my card.
1. Cut a piece of white cardstock at 5.5 x 8.75 score at 4.25 and 8.5. Place Heart Pivot die on the 4.25 score line and run through your die cutting machine.
2. Cut a piece of acetate 4.25 x 5.5. Attach double sided adhesive and leave the backing on. Run through run through your die cutting machine using the Damask embossing folder.
3. Adhere your decorator pieces to the inside of the card with the card remaining flat.
4. Adhere the embossed acetate to the .25 inch tab of scored cardstock.
5. Attach a strip of ribbon to cover the visible tab of cardstock.
Your card is now complete and is a standard A2 size card when folded up.
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