Video: Cut a clear stand to keep pop-up cards open for display

Here's a great way to keep your general pop-ups open for display. These are the cards that are meant to be viewed at 90 degrees.  



Here are the eight (as of now) general Pop it Ups dies that will work great with the clear stands:

Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1039 Merry Christmas Pop-up

The Merry & Bright collection is shipping now! Here is a video tutorial for the Merry Christmas Pop-up die:


Here are some photos of the card from the video. The front is a very simple lead-in to the magc inside. Just a tag with the "Santa Says" stamp outfitted with the Santa costume from the new Props 5 die set. (Supply links at the end of the post)

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Inside the card is the Merry Christmas pop-up, some washi tape and another tag cut with the Tags Pivot Card and stamped with the prancing reindeer stamp. I also added Glossy Accents to the Merry Christmas to make it shiny.

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A side view of the die shows that it's just a box-on-a-box, exactly like the Lorna Label and the Happy Birthday pop-up dies. If you're familiar with either of those dies you already know how to fold the Merry Christmas pop-up die.

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 The finished card will mail for a single stamp in an A2 envelope. 


Wouldn't your friends and family be ever so impressed if they received a card like this from you for Christmas? With Pop it Ups dies it only LOOKS complicated. I'm your silent partner. I'll design the dies with all the intricate folds and tricky business figured out, and then you assemble, decorate and collect all the accolades from the impressed recipients. It's the perfect partnership, you and I!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide and we always encourage supporting your local store with your business first. If you need them, here are some online shopping links for the products used in both Merry Christmas cards above:


Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1037 Christmas Trees Pop Stand

The Merry & Bright Collection is shipping now! Here is a video tutorial for one of the new pop-ups, the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die.


This is such a versatile die set as the trees can be combined in lots of ways to make pop-ups and flat trees. The set includes a star, trunk and two garland dies in addition to the tree dies.

Pop it Ups Christmas Trees Pop Stand Front

 Use the included Pop Stand die to make pop-up tree(s) inside a card.

Pop it Ups Christmas Trees Pop Stand Open

 From the side you can see all the layers of the tree and how they expand when the card is opened.

Pop it Ups Christmas Trees Pop Stand Side

 Here's a printable reference sheet for how to assemble the large expanding tree:

1037 DirectionsThe smaller solid tree can also be used with the Pop Stand to make an animated tree. There is even a stamp from the Merry & Bright stamp set that fits the solid tree perfectly for instant decoration.




Interested in the supplies used in the video? Check with your local independent craft store to see if they've ordered them. Otherwise, here are some online links for the video supplies:

Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1042 - Sleigh Gift Card Holder

The brand new Merry & Bright Collection is now shipping! One of the new pop-up dies is the Sleigh Gift Card Holder die set. Check out how to assemble it here:


Need a closer look at Fran Sabad's birthday hot air balloon card from the video? Here's the link to her blog post: Celebrating You Card

The next video will be for the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die, so stay tuned for that!


Please check with your local independent scrapbook store for the dies. For anyone without a local store, here are some supply links for the products used in the video. 


Halloween Ring Accordion - Ghost Poppy

Two posts in a day?! I know . . . who AM I?

But the dies were out on the table, you see. And it's ever so much more fun to craft with stuff on the table than to put said stuff away. (YAWN!)

So here's another idea for using the dies you can win (QUICK! almost over!) on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Page  - Ring Accordion, Poppy the Owl, Clock & Gears and Props 1 ( I didn't use Props 1 for this card)



This is a 3-page Ring Accordion with a few fun techniques. For the orange leafy pattern on pages 1 and 3 plus the clock numbers, I used stencils and Texture Paste. Once dry I simply brushed orange ink over the paste. The stencil I used for the outer rings is a Jenni Bowlin TCW stencil called Mini Vineyard. To make a clock stencil I used Plaid's "cut your own stencil" material, the Clock die and the Sizzix Precision Base Plate to make sure the stencil material cut easily with the die.




For "ghost Poppy" on Page 1 I used white transfer paper. First I arranged an embossing sandwich in my Big Shot, which is Tab 1, Impressions Pad (hard), Silicone Rubber (soft), cardstock, transfer paper, Poppy detail layer die, cutting pad.


After rolling through the machine, the transfer paper will add a nice ghostly white texture to the cardstock in the shape of Poppy the Owl. Don't throw the transfer paper away because it can be used over and over.


Use the Poppy shadow layer die to cut out the ghostly Poppy. Voila!


 I cut an All Seasons Tree from black cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and embossed with clear powder for a nice shine. Ghost Poppy is perched on the tree for Page 1. The spiderweb is a very old stamp from my stash. Poppy's eyes are a combination of red glitter dots underneath some metal jewelry spacer beads.


For Page 2 I found an old pumpkin brad in my stash to hold the clock hands on the page. I added red rhinestone eyes, some webbing and a plastic spider.


Page 3 is also some stash diving - an old "Happy Halloween" stamp from years ago (source unknown.)


The finished card folds up to be just under 5" in diameter, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope. Because my card is bulky (plastic spider, Poppy's eyes) it may require a second stamp.


Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. We always encourage shoppers to check with their local store first, but for anyone sadly without a local store, here are some online shopping links: 

Ring Accordion - Back to School Time

Elizabeth Craft Designs is running a great giveaway on their Facebook page but you have to act quickly because winners are announced on Thursday, July 30, 2015 (tomorrow!)

Two lucky winners will win the four dies used by Shelly Hickox on her now famous Steampunk Poppy Birthday Card


In honor of this promotion I decided to pull out the same four dies (Ring Accordion, Clock & Gears, Poppy the Owl and Props 1) and make an "inspired-by-Shelly" project. 

Back to school is fast approaching and while my two about-to-be-Seniors would just roll their eyes if I gave them a back-to-school card, I thought some of your younger kids/grandkids might find it fun to receive a card like this.


My first step was to cut two pages of the Ring Accordion from yellow cardstock and stamp them in black ink with two of my favorite Lost Coast Designs background stamps. I cut off the tabs on the second page and die cut the clock out of the middle, making sure that 12 was at the top so the red clock would inlay perfectly. The red clock is simply a piece of red cardstock die cut with the clock, pounced with watermark ink and embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel for a raised glossy sheen. I also die cut the clock's solid circle shadow layer die from black cardstock that had ECD double-sided tape applied to one side.


To inlay the clock I first peeled up the liner on the black circle and pressed it behind the page's opening so the top was sticky. The red clock inlaid perfectly onto the sticky cardstock and then I dumped black Silk Microfine Glitter over the piece, which stuck down into the sticky number holes but also into any crevices in the UTEE.



I pierced a hole through the center to add two Royal Blue glittered clock hands using a similarly colored brad. The clock hands can point to the child's grade. I also stamped the "Love You" stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps and hand cut a banner shape around it.



For the first page I wanted a little piece of notebook paper so I used a ruler and a blue pen to make horizontal lines on a scrap of white cardstock. I added a dark pink line vertically and then cut it out with the little rectangle die that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card (cut a rectangle with a trimmer as an alternate method) and punched three 1/8" holes. I wrote "back to school" on the paper.


Poppy sports a pair of Royal Blue glittered glasses from the Props 1 die set and a little ruler button from my stash. Poppy's eyes are glittered in Cool Diamond.


For the front of the card I intended to use the scalloped ring frame edge that comes included in the Ring Accordion but mistakenly pulled out the solid scalloped edge from Ring Frame Edges 1 instead. In either case, the way to best line up the Ring Frame Edges is by starting at the bottom and centering a frame edge so that two scallops touch the bottom edge. Notice that a thin line of yellow is visible between the edge of the Frame Edge and the edge of the circle. 


Once the first Frame Edge is on it's easy to just line up the next one touching the first one and around the circle you go. It will take 4 frame edges to go around.


I die cut red and black "ABC" letters from the Alphabet Caps die to decorate the inner frame. The finished card can be mailed in an A7 envelope (5x7) for a single stamp.


This could also make a nice gift for your child's new teacher, by substituting the "Love You" for the teacher's name, perhaps even in your child's handwriting! Instant teacher's pet status!

Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold at independent craft stores worldwide. We always encourage customers to give their business first to their local store, but since (sadly) many of you are without local stores, here are some online shopping links:

Sympathy Card



I really wish I didn't have to make this card, but one week ago my friend Debra Hensley unexpectedly passed away. 

I first met Debra when I started teaching pop-up classes at Scrapp'n Savvy, in Spring, Texas. Debra was also an instructor there and made the most beautiful cards, often using Elizabeth Craft Designs glitter, peel-offs and her mad, mad Copic skills. Debra came to a lot of my classes as a student and gave me a makeshift beginning Copic class when we were both teaching at an out-of-town retreat in Louisiana.

It was on the Louisiana trip that I first met Curtis, Debra's husband of three decades. The love between those two was undeniable - they were clearly a match made in heaven and my heart breaks for Curtis and their children who must now navigate a life without Debra.

Douglas Allen made this beautiful picture collage for the funeral with photos of Debra's life. 


Goodbye, my friend.


July 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays

I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Homegrown Holidays where I challenged the team to make Christmas in July cards with a farm or country feel. They were encouraged to use new dies from the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections, which will ship the first week of August 2015.


For my contribution this month I did something different. Rather than make one 16-18 minute video teaching a fully decorated card, I concentrated on a couple of shorter "how to assemble" videos that will be easy to refer back to when you just need a quick refresher for how to assemble a die. Today I have the Farm videos - How to Assemble the 6 Farm Characters and How to Assemble the Fence Pop Stand die. Coming soon will be the Merry & Bright assembly videos. 



The clear stamp sets have arrived the but dies are still two weeks out. They will start shipping to independent craft stores worldwide the first week of August 2015.


If you are lucky enough to live in the area of an independent craft store I highly encourage you to give that store your business before ordering online. Yesterday my friend Karrie Allen, the owner of Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, Texas came over to use my set of dies to design cards using the Christmas kit from SS's upcoming Kit Kraft Day.  If you are a Houston-area crafter you should definitely check it out. Here are the cards Karrie designed. This is the type of personal service, ideas, inspiration, love-of-the-craft that store owners show their customers every day. Please support your local stores first - they are such a vital part of our industry and of our communities.


For those of you sadly without a local store, you will be able to purchase the new dies online when they become available. 

Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog for all the amazing Homegrown Holidays cards by the team!
Happy Crafting!

Giveaway winners announced!

Congratulations to Jan and Lorie for being randomly selected to win the Sneak Peek Giveaway. 

Jan wrote:

OOHHH my!! What fun new critters! And I love the props, I want to spread those around on Hoppy and his friends!

Lorie wrote:

Perfect found my Christmas cards for my horse friends. Thanks for listening to all our requests.

Jan and Lorie will each get to choose one clear stamp set from the two choices below: Homegrown Greetings or Merry & Bright.

If you missed the preview of the two new collections you can see them here: Sneak Peek: Summer 2015 Pop it Ups Release

Your next opportunity to win will be this week when the monthly newsletter goes out with the Secret Word Giveaway. If you're not already a member of my mailing list you can sign up in the left sidebar using the blue "join my mailing list" button. You will receive one e-mail a month normally on the day of (or day following) the Designer Challenge. 

Jan and Lorie, check your e-mail for some happy mail!

Thanks to everyone for commenting on the new collections. They will start shipping to stores the first week of August 2015.

Sneak Peek: Summer 2015 Pop it Ups Release

Today's the day! I'm excited to share Sneak Peeks of my two newest Pop it Ups collections for Summer 2015. Each of the collections features six new dies and a 4" x 6" clear stamp set. 

First up, Farm 2. The first Farm Collection has been very popular and I've been getting a lot of requests for more farm animals. 


Meet Cocoa the Horse, Snowball the Sheep and William the Goat. (It's up to you if you call him Billy!)

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The packaging sample for the Fence Pop Stand is an "I love you" card and you can see how nicely the collection coordinates. For this card I've used Cocoa the Horse, the Chicken Wire, Fence Pop Stand, William the Goat and the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps. 


The Fence can be used several ways - with or without the cross bar that makes it an X-lattice fence, with or without the included emboss/stencil feature that give it the woodgrain look, with or without the extra posts that give it dimension and with or without the included Pop Stand die that turns it into a pop-up fence. Additionally, the fence can be assembled as a corral by connecting the outside posts and not the center. There are a ton of variations with the fence die.

You may notice some things we've added to the packaging - the assembled size of the dies (since you always choose your own card size the pop-up "sizing" is just the pop-up portion of the die), the number of dies in the set, and the item numbers/names of the other ECD products used on the decorated package sample. The instructions for assembling the pop-up dies are on the back of the packaging as usual.

People always ask how I name the Characters, and in this case Cocoa the Horse was named by my husband, John. I wanted a name that would be similar in feel to Brownie the Cow and he came up with Cocoa. Everyone knows a Billy Goat, so I decided for the more formal version, William, just to be silly. Snowball got her name because she's big, white and fluffy. (or in some cases . . . she's pink!)


Inside this card I added the "Baby don't herd me!" stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps. This 4x6 set includes sixteen stamps meant to coordinate with the new Characters. There's a little something for all sorts of themes in this set; encouragement, love, birthday, hello, belated birthday, I don't follow the herd, and farm living. 


I designed the Farm 2 collection with more of a western feel than the first Farm collection. The Western Edges can be used to make great backgrounds. The small horses will also work great with the Barn Pop Stand die.


Finally there is the Chicken Wire die. This die doubles as a hexagon template - the ejection holes in the die are perfectly spaced hexagons that can be sponged or sprayed through for interesting backgrounds. Another great feature of this die is its size. It's 5.5" wide, so it will span a landscape A2 card, and 3" tall, but repeats on the vertical. So in other words, if you want a full background simply cut two chicken wires and stack them to make a 6" tall piece.



Next up is the Merry & Bright Collection. Once again there are 6 new dies and a 4x6 Clear Stamp set. Since the stamp sets are meant to coordinate with the entire collection, I felt that it was important to keep the number of dies in each collection to a manageable (and more affordable) size. 


Two new Characters join the gang in this collection. Rudy the Reindeer was named by my daughter Emma and Jolly the Mouse was named by John. I wanted a name for the mouse Character that would work for a Christmas release, but also year-round. Once again John came up with a great name. Jolly the Mouse comes with two accessories - a 2-part candy cane and a 2-part piece of cheese. Rudy the Reindeer comes with a wreath to wear around his neck or hanging from an antler.

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Several members of my Design Team had been asking for a Santa hat and antlers to fit the Characters. Props 5 includes a whole Santa costume - hat, glasses, mustache and beard, plus a set of antlers and a bright red nose to turn any of the Characters into a reindeer.

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Here's a card with Jolly wearing the Santa suit. The background is made using the Merry & Bright clear stamp set.


You'll see the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps show up on all of the pop-up samples to follow. There are 16 individual stamps in the set and they are designed to coordinate perfectly with all the dies in the Merry & Bright collection. 

Next up is the Merry Christmas pop-up die. The Happy Birthday has been a popular die so Els asked if I could design a similar pop-up in a Merry Christmas theme. Instead of having just the words as the pop-up part, I thought it would look nice with some extra decor so I incorporated swirls, a flourish and hearts. 


The die set includes a dimensional banner to fit the lower platform that can be optionally stamped with the clear stamp set. The accessory words, flourish and hearts can be used independently as well, so this is a great die for both pop-ups and flat cards. 

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I really love how the new Christmas Trees Pop Stand die works. You can create two sizes of tree - a smaller flat tree (the clear stamp set includes a greeting that will fit this tree perfectly) and a larger dimensional tree with a hanging center and two trees that expand when the card opens.


The included Pop Stand die is a single, so you are not required to put both trees in the card, but it's easy to do so by simply cutting a Pop Stand wherever you'd like a tree. There are two string-of-baubles dies that can be used for decorating the small tree when not using the coordinating stamp. The dimensional tree is best decorated with patterned paper, embossed cardstock and/or glitter dots to make sure it can still open and close without too many bulky ornaments.

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Another request by Els was a pop-up sleigh. I designed a pop-up sleigh die years ago with a different (more complicated) mechanism. That die is long since discontinued but I always liked the shape of the sleigh, so I have brought it back with an easier and more useful mechanism.  This die is called Sleigh Gift Card Holder because the pop-up structure behind the sleigh includes integrated tuck slots to hold a standard size gift card. The pop-up is fully functional with or without the gift card. Additionally, since the sleigh parts and the pop-up parts are on different dies, they can be used independently of each other. You can swap out different items on the front of the pop-up to change the theme entirely. The card below shows off the Merry & Bright Clear Stamps and how well they coordinate with the dies in the collection. The "Santa Says" circle stamp can be optionally filled with "Nice!" "Naughty!" or "Shop!" and fits perfectly on the sleigh.


Another fun (and optional) feature of the Sleigh Gift Card Holder is the extra angled platform on the right side of the card in front of the sleigh. I designed it to perfectly fit Rudy the Reindeer so that Rudy's antlers, which extend outside the card edges when the card is open, will be hidden when the card is closed. The small angled platform can be popped back in when not needed. 

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The team has been busy making amazing cards with the new collections and you'll see a lot of those cards debut on their personal blogs this weekend and especially next week, when the team takes on the Designer Challenge with a theme of Homegrown Holidays - Christmas cards with a country or farm feel. The best way to make sure you don't miss those cards is to "Like" the Karen Burniston Designer Facebook Page, where I post links every day.

The collections were previewed to retailers yesterday and many stores have already started placing their pre-orders to be first in line to get the collections when they start shipping the first week of August, 2015. Is your local store already carrying Pop it Ups? If not, please encourage them to do so. Elizabeth Craft Designs ships to stores worldwide and they can find out more information on the website:

Make sure you check back next week on July 15th for the Designer Challenge. My contribution will be short how-to assembly videos for all the new pop-up dies in the Farm 2 and Merry & Bright collections. I can hardly wait for you to see all the amazing samples by the team! Some are being posted already:

Fran Sabad's Birthday on the Farm Card
Kelly Booth's Jolly Santa Rudy Sleigh Card
Caz Counsell's White Stag with Christmas Tree Card
Karen Aicken's Silver Rudy Lots of Pops Card


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GIVEAWAY: leave me a comment on this post by 5 pm CST Sunday, July 12, 2015 to be entered into a random drawing for your choice of either CS002 Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamps or CS003 Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. I'll draw two lucky winners!

I hope you're as excited about these new releases as I am, and may the odds be ever in your favor!