November 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Video Techniques

It's Designer Challenge day! For November I challenged the team to be inspired by any of my Pop it Ups technique videos and make their own version. As always, they did a fantastic job and you'll find their interpretations, plus links to the video tutorials, on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.


For my project and video I wanted to teach a new technique - mixing pages between different sized accordions. Here is the video tutorial:


When the album is closed you see all the layers in the album because of the different page sizes. 


The Star is a particularly good choice for this technique because the stars overhanging the interior pages allows for easy hanging of a garland. 


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.

_KB_MixedAccordionCloseupHere's a view from the top:


 If you'd like to make  your own Mixed Size Accordion you'll need these supplies. You can find my products at independent craft stores worldwide.

You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website and here's a special offer: 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.

Pop it Ups Cards for Kit Kraft Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Scrapp'n Savvy, my old stomping ground, teaching cards I made with the Kit Kraft Day kit. I took absolutely no photos, because a charming thing about me is that I completely forget that I own a phone whenever I start teaching. Luckily Karrie, the store owner, took one photo.


The Kit Kraft day is a very cool concept that Karrie introduced this year. She keeps the number small - 12 crafters max - and students purchase a kit full of materials (this month it was an absolute mountain of beautiful Bo Bunny Juliet products) and they have the option to use that kit however they want. Karrie has several of her instructors create projects using the kit and write instructions for those projects, which are e-mailed to the students. Some of the ladies yesterday were using their kit for a beautiful mini-album. Others were working on the cards that I designed. If students wish to make multiple projects and some of the materials overlap, there are extra supplies available for purchase. It really is a brilliant concept and so well-received by the students and by us, the instructors, who no longer have to make kits! (HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!)

I also very much appreciated that opportunity to teach the actual die cutting parts of my cards, not just assembly. I think the students learn more when they get to do the actual die cutting themselves, which is, of course, absolutely impossible in large classes.

We started with the most elaborate of the cards, the Confetti Stream Accordion. There is a full video tutorial for this card in the previous blog post here: Video Tutorial: Confetti Stream Accordion.


Our next card was the simplest design. This card uses just one die set, the House Pivot Card. This is a really good example of how to let patterned paper do all the work for you. The kit included lots of little squares and tags with designs and sayings, like "Cherish the Beautiful Memories" - just perfect for a sweet house card! A glitter dot makes the perfect doorknob.


Next up was the Lorna Label card. When Karrie gave me the kit to use, she included a stamped image that had been colored for me by Scrapp'n Savvy Copic instructor, Becky Morehead. Becky is so talented and it was very easy to create a card around this beautiful Mo Manning for Penny Black stamped image. I also used the Agatha Edges to edge the card and for the red flourish.


We ran out of time before completing the final card, but students received full instructions, so they can complete it at home. Karrie had asked me to use the Bathtub Pop Stand die for one of the cards, which I initially thought might be challenging as the Juliet collection is so elegant and floral. However, once I thought of filling the tub with flowers, the card came together beautifully. I used the flower die from the Props 7 basket set, since it cuts 4 flowers at a time. Glitter dots are used in the centers of the flowers and to make them appear to be flowing from the faucet, I added a thin piece of transparency connecting the faucet to the tub and then glued the flowers to it. The script "hello" that was used on the Lorna and Tub cards came from the Rectangle Accordion die set.


If you are in the Houston area and are interested in the kit, I believe Karrie has a few left, and she also has the original cards in the store in case any students want to purchase a kit and make the cards independent study, perhaps at one of the crop nights. You have to use your own dies, however, so here are the Elizabeth Craft Designs products that were used for these cards. Karrie expects the Fall Release dies & stamps to arrive to the store today, so call and reserve them if you're interested. If you're local, I really encourage you to give Scrapp'n Savvy your business on Pop it Ups dies. Having a creative gathering place like Scrapp'n Savvy is a treasure and we really must support our local stores or we'll lose them.

However, if you're somewhere without a local store (I'm so sorry!) here's what you'll need to make these cards. All of the papers and embellishments are Bo Bunny Juliet. The cardstock colors are Bazzill Pomegranate (red), white and a dark brown.

Happy Crafting!

Video Tutorial: Pop it Ups Confetti Stream Accordion

I was asked to be a guest designer for Scrapp'n Savvy's November Kit Kraft Day, which is a fun event where you purchase a kit of materials and receive instructions for a variety of projects using those materials. For my main project, I wanted to teach a fun technique for creating a ribbon of confetti traveling through an Accordion card. I've used dies and stamps from the Fall 2015 Pop it Ups collection, plus the Beach Edges to create the confetti stream.

If you are joining us at Scrapp'n Savvy tomorrow to make this project, you'll need to bring or purchase these supplies:

  • (2) sheets Bazzill Pomegranate Cardstock
  • Scraps of cardstock in: white (eyes, tail, teeth, feet), pink (nose, ears), gray (whiskers), dark brown (shadow layer)
  • Transparent/Silver glitter dots (or something sparkly and flat for the center of the flower)
  • (1) 8.5x11 transparency (printer or write-on)
  • Brown ink and blending tool
  • Acrylic block and dark brown ink for greeting
  • Confetti if you want something other than red stars (I will bring the red star confetti)
  • Double-sided adhesive in sheets or rolls, including a thin roll for the sides of the confetti stream.
  • Fineline bottle filled with glue (my favorite is Lineco pH neutral OR Scotch Quick Dry)
  • Detail scissors, tweezers

You'll also need these Pop it Ups dies/stamps, which are expected to arrive to Scrapp'n Savvy in time, plus your die cutting machine with plates/platforms for wafer thin dies:

  • 1095 Gift Card Accordion
  • 1096 Flourish Gift Frame
  • 1097 Lucky the Rabbit
  • 1099 Props 7 Basket
  • CS009 Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps
  • 981 Beach Edges (OR you may substitute #914 Outdoor Edges)

These supplies are included in the Kit that you will purchase from Scrapp'n Savvy:

  • Bo Bunny "Juliet" papers - Juliet, Verona and Nostalgia
  • Bo Bunny Blossoms - Wildberry Zinnia

OPTIONAL but recommended: Bring your smart phone or tablet to be able to watch the video tutorial while you're crafting (maybe some headphones, too, so my voice isn't coming from every device)

For those of you sadly unable to join us at Scrapp'n Savvy, perhaps because you live far, far away from Spring, Texas, here is the video tutorial for this project:

Plus the video for assembling Lucky the Rabbit:

And online shopping links:


Video Assembly Tutorial: Pop it Ups #1097 Lucky the Rabbit

The Pop it Ups Fall 2015 Collection has shipped to stores and is now available. I'll be using the Fall Collection for a video this week, including Lucky the Rabbit. I figured while the die was out I'd throw together a quick 90 second assembly video. Lucky is the 17th Character in the Pop it Ups collection and there are 7 Props sets that fit all of the Characters. 

If you've been collecting Characters, here are some good things to know:

  • Whiskers the Cat and Lucky the Rabbit have the exact same nose. If you lose your little nose die from one, you can use the die from the other set.
  • Hoppy the Frog and Chilly the Penguin have the same size eyes.
  • Whiskers the Cat and Buster the Dog have the same size eyes.
  • Cheepers the Chicken, Brownie the Cow, Virgil the Pig, Snowball the Sheep, William the Goat, Jolly the Mouse, Rudy the Reindeer and Lucky the Rabbit have the same size eyes.


Learn how to assemble Lucky by watching this quick video:

You'll find these products at independent craft stores worldwide. If you don't have access to a local store, here are some online shopping links:

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Elizabeth Craft Designs FREE e-Book #1: Holiday Head Start

Are you in need of some holiday card inspiration? Check out the first Elizabeth Craft Designs eBook, "Holiday Head Start", by clicking HERE

It's a free download by entering your e-mail address. Included are step-by-step photo instructions for 14 different projects - 2 each from all of the licensed and in-house designers.  There are links to videos, a special discount code and even convenient "Buy it All" bundle deals to purchase the Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies for any of the projects.

ECD eBook Holiday Headstart

This was a big undertaking by the new marketing and graphic art department at Elizabeth Craft Designs and they did a brilliant job. Thanks to Marli, Anna and Aisling for all their hard work.

Here are the two projects I contributed to the book.



 EDITED TO ADD: If you have any trouble getting the eBook, please e-mail Elizabeth Craft Designs customer service at: 

Pop it Ups Gift Card Accordion - Autumn

The Fall Release dies are in stock! They're shipping now to independent craft stores worldwide.

Today I wanted to use a few of the new dies for an Autumn-themed Gift Card Accordion. 


The Gift Card Accordion measures 5.25" wide by 4" tall when folded up, meaning it is just under an A2 size for easy mailing. The notches are cut automatically into the pages to hold a standard size gift card. The die set also comes with the script "a gift for you" die.

My card is a simple 2-page design using the companion Flourish Gift Frame set for the swirly frames and the rectangle die to cover page 1 perfectly.


I also used the new Prop 7 Woven Basket die. This little cutie is so easy to assemble and makes a surprisingly realistic-looking woven basket in just 3 pieces. I filled the basket with the leaves from the All Seasons Tree die and also used branches of the tree as decoration for the card. The "a gift for you" die was cut from Ruby Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate.


The instructions for assembling the woven basket are printed on the packaging. It's a very simple assembly as follows:


Learn how to assemble the Gift Card Accordion in this video tutorial:

The patterned paper I used was a BoBunny line from my stash. Any fall-themed patterned paper would work. You will find these dies in independent craft stores very soon. You can also order from the Elizabeth Craft Designs website.

September & October Giveaway Winners!

In this month's Pop it Ups Newsletter there were two "WIN" opportunities for commenting on recent Designer Challenges.

Congratulations to Barbara, who won the Secret Word Giveaway on the Characters in Costume Designer Challenge with her comment:

I love all the dies you’ve made but especially the character dies. thank you so much for designing them and ECD for making them.

Barbara has won her choice of one of the 8 Accordion dies:

PLUS her choice of one of the 17 Character dies: (Lucky is now available!)

Congratulations to Debe, who won the "Celebrate" Designer Challenge giveaway. Her comment:

The accordian gift card holder is terrific! How unique and who doesn’t give out gift cards this days! Great idea.

Debe has won her very own Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame. (Available NOW!)

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Pop it Ups Circle Accordion - Simple Halloween Card

Need a quick and simple Halloween card? Here's a 3-page Circle Accordion featuring Jack S. faces - so easy to draw with a black pen.


I used some old stash paper for the pages themselves -  distressed gray - you could substitute cardstock or any similar patterned paper in dark tones. I used the Dots edge from the Square w/Circle Frame Edges set and cut it 8 times from black cardstock. I tore sections of the Frame Edges and glued them randomly around the pages to create an interesting texture to the frames. This is also a great way to make fewer frame edges fit more pages. For the faces I used the large circle decorator die from the Clock & Gears set, which is just slightly smaller than the Circle Accordion circles. A substitution would be to use the Circle Accordion die itself to cut the white cardstock, then trim out the circles to decorate as faces. I drew the faces with a black pen (search "Jack Skellington Cookies" on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration!) and then added Glossy Accents over the black pen to make the expressions raised and shiny. The greeting is a Stampin' Up! stamp from a set called "Halloween Bash". I believe that set is retired, but you could substitute any suitable Halloween greeting.


Since my pages were made from patterned paper I also used Frame Edges on the front of the album - this time the solid edger from the same gray paper. A little pop of orange ribbon acts as a bow tie. The other two pages were backed with additional patterned paper frames to make sure all pages were a similar heft. If a strong cardstock is used for the pages this step could be eliminated.


The Circle Accordion folds up to just under 5" square, meaning it fits nicely in an A7 envelope (5x7) and, if not too bulky, can be mailed for a single stamp. 

If you're new to Pop it Ups Accordion dies you can learn how to assemble them in this instructional video:

The dies for this card can be purchased at independent craft stores worldwide - wherever Elizabeth Craft Designs products are sold. If you have no access to a nearby store, you can also find the dies on the website here:

Additional Supplies: Patterned paper, "Halloween Bash" stamp set by Stampin' Up! (retired), black ink, white cardstock, black cardstock, black pen

October 2015 Pop it Ups Designer Challenge: Characters in Costume

It's Designer Challenge day! For October I challenged the team to transform the Characters with costumes and/or a complete transformation into something new. I think you'll agree that the 20 inspiring projects they created are full of imagination. You can see them all on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog here.


For my project and video I knew I wanted to use the Ring Accordion. I've used the Ring on several projects in the last few months, but realized that I'd never used the Ring specifically for a video tutorial. Time to remedy that!

My Character transformation was to dress William the Goat as an Elf. I also wanted to teach how to add the expanding trees from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die into the pages of an Accordion so they will expand when the album opens, but collapse for mailing. Here's what I came up with:


Learn how to make this project, step-by-step, in this video tutorial:


When the album is folded close the first expanding tree will pivot to the front of the album. I decorated the outer ring with a red cardstock ring with texture paste stitch lines. The Agatha flourish adds additional decoration as well as disguises the back of William's ear in the closed position.


When the album opens the first tree pivots into the inside of the card and the front section expands to make a 3D tree. I used the Groove Tool to sand and ink the core cardstock after embossing with the Damask folder. Learn more about the Groove Tool and enter their monthly drawing for a free Groove here: Momenta - ArtC


William the Goat makes such a cute elf but the techniques are universal and can be translated easily to the other Characters. The Agatha Edges flourish is perfect for elf shoes and the solid Christmas Tree converts to a great elf hat.


For this week only you can save 20% on all Characters and Props dies. Sale ends Friday, October 16, 2015 at midnight MDT. Click the photo below to check it out.

If you'd like to make your own Expanding Trees Ring Accordion with William the Elf, you'll need these supplies:  

Howdy Kieran! Barnyard Pop-up Card.

Last week I received an e-mail from a boy named Kieran. He is eleven years old and loves Pop it Ups dies. He lives with his Nana (Debi, my other new friend!) and uses his two Pop it Ups dies (Happy Birthday and Honey the Bear) to make cards for teachers, therapists, friends, family, etc. (whether or not it's their birthday, Debi reports!) His cardmaking counts as an art credit for school, as various weekly appointments prevent him from attending his art class.

Kieran mentioned in his e-mail that he really loves the barn and the farm animals so of course I had to make him a barnyard card. The card arrived a few days ago (along with some other goodies) and Debi said it was fun to hear him planning his next cards.

Some days, folks, I get a big huge reminder about why I love what I do.  

To make Kieran's barnyard card I basically followed the video instructions for the Floating Floor card from the Barns! Barns! Barns! Challenge last May. I added in the dies and stamps from the Farm 2 collection as well. (They weren't available yet when I made the floating floor video)


I wanted to use all six farm Characters on the card, so the front of the card features Snowball the Sheep, Brownie the Cow and Virgil the Pig hanging out behind the Fence Pop Stand die. By using a craft knife along the chin line it's easy to lift their heads to slide them in front of the fence. The "Baa" is a stamp from the Homegrown Greetings Clear Stamp set. The grass is from the Western Edges set. 


Since I was including this card in a larger package of goodies, I had the luxury of adding a knob to the front to make a closure so the card wouldn't spring open from all the layers. It's just a simple rubber band attached to the back of the card as a loop that can come up and over the Kaisercraft knob attached to the front. When the closure is released you can see the card spring partially open from all the layers inside:


When the card opens all sorts of things pop-up. That's the beauty of the Floating Floor (or stage) technique, where items can be attached onto L-supports anywhere within the floor. The front of the floor is also a platform, so I added several grass clumps from the Western Edges and a fence made by mixing elongated posts from the Fence Pop Stand die with the Chicken Wire die. The Chicken Wire was cut from a dark gray cardstock, pounced with watermark ink and then embossed with silver powder, purposely leaving some areas uninked for a mottled look.


The other three farm Characters are all on L-supports throughout the floor. Cheepers the Chicken, William the Goat and Cocoa the Horse. 


The Barn Pop Stand features doors that slide open. Inside the barn I added the Hay There Pop Stand haystack plus the grazing horse from the Western Edges. 


At the base of the card I added another strip of green to cover the backs of the staples used to attach the rubber band. I added Kieran's name spelled out with the Alphabet Caps die. The "Howdy" is another one of the stamps on the Homegrown Greetings set.


If you're already the owner of the Farm 1 and Farm 2 Pop it Ups collections then you have what you need to make this card. If not, I'm going to warn you that I didn't spare any die expense to make this card! I used it all! You could simplify, though, by using fewer animals and accessories. 

Debi said that Kieran said "Nana, I need a blog!" He also told me he wants to be on my Design Team when he's older. The next generation is the future of crafting, and I, for one, can't wait!

Here are links to the dies and stamps used on this card.