To celebrate the release of the new Farm Collection, shipping at the end of this month to stores near you, the Secret Word was "Farm".
I used a random number generator to choose the two winners. Congratulations to Diane and Linda for these winning comments:
"Back home on the farm now takes on a whole new meaning! I love the Hogs & kisses card. These are so cute & I like that they are not too “childish” …fantastic creativity!"
"Hi Karen, I love the new farm dies…the barn is so cute! Love them all!…."
Diane and Linda will each get to choose a prize pack based on the dies used in the March video or the dies used in the April video. I have discovered that I accidentally showed the Katie Label Accordion in the April prize pack when it was actually the Rectangle Accordion that I used in the video. Linda and Diane will get to decide which accordion they want if they choose the April pack.
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Today I'm sharing a couple of Heart Pivot cards for themes other than Valentines or Love and in colors other than pinks and reds. After all, a heart is a great all-purpose shape. Dust off that Heart Pivot Card die if you had it stored away after February!
First up is a simple "hello" card combining the Heart Pivot Card with the Agatha Edges die. I embossed both halves of the 5x5 card with the Damask Embossing folder before die cutting the edges and heart pivot card. This meant that the die cutting would press down the embossing and leave a very subtle texture to the background.
The decorator hearts that come in the set can be nested to make a thin heart frame. I also used more chopped up Agatha flourishes and the script "hello" die from the Rectangle Accordion.
There is a decorator heart in the set with an emboss feature that adds a swirl pattern all over the heart. I embossed that heart and then sponged white ink through the die like a stencil to highlight the pattern. Then I added a die cut keyhole and attached a die cut key with a rhinestone brad.
Another decorator heart was added to the lower right corner to provide a place to sign the card. I also added transparent/silver glitter dots to the Agatha flourishes for added sparkle.
Next up is an artsy Happy Birthday card. The color scheme is perfect for masculine cards but will also work for anyone. This is an A2 card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) and I created the background by starting with a white piece of cardstock, smearing a blue ink pad randomly over the surface, then brushing with a blue distress stain, sprayed with white mist, and stamped lightly with an open embossing folder.
I have fallen in love with WOW! Embossing Powders and used a lot of the Clear Gloss Ultra High on this card. I stamped the Happy Birthday to You stamp (from the Farm Greetings Clear Stamps) and then sponged Versamark ink over the heart and embossed with the Clear powder. The gears were also embossed after die cutting. I used the larger gear from the Clock & Gears die to cover a smaller heart and attached it to the left pop-up heart so it would float in the middle of the card when open. I draped the chain over that heart after connecting it through the key.
Once again I took advantage of the swirly emboss/stencil feature on the heart to add pattern. The key is cut from a sheet of Glitter Lines attached to thick cardstock and then colored over with a dark Copic marker. A tan heart in the lower corner allows the card to be signed.
Need a refresher on how to use the Heart Pivot Card? Watch this video:
Once you've mastered the single Pivot Card how about trying your hand a Double Heart Pivot Card? Here's the video tutorial:
The supplies used in my two cards can be purchased at your local independent craft stores. Otherwise, here are some shopping links for the supplies used in my two cards:
Today I'm sharing a card using the House Pivot Card #902. This die is such a great all-purpose die for many themes; Welcome to the Neighborhood, Congrats on your new Home, Welcome Home, Home is where the Heart is, Open House, Happy Spring, etc. The house also can be converted into a bird house, dog house, castle, jean pockets, a man's vest - so many possibilities!
If you're new to this die or need a refresher for how to use it, here is a video from last year when I used the House Pivot Card for a Mother's Day card. You can see photos of the video card and a bunch of great samples by the team on this blog post.
For my new card, I cut the decorator house out of a dark brown cardstock, embossed it with an embossing sandwich to raise the bricks, and then lightly brushed white paint over the house with a foam brush to highlight the bricks. Now that Susan Tierney-Cockburn has joined ECD as a licensed artist there are some wonderful choices for itty-bitty flowers to fit in the window boxes of the house. I used the tiny flowers from the Country Flora 1 set. I also used the heart from the Poppy the Owl set on the front door.
The other Pop it Ups accessories that work great with the House Pivot Card are the All Seasons Tree, Clouds Embossing Folder and Outdoor Edges, which has a grass edge. I used more of the Poppy hearts in the tree.
The greeting is meant to convey "Home is where the Heart is". I used the ECD Alphabet Caps die for the letters, cutting out a rectangle around each letter to use the negative space instead of the positive letter. In the center of the O is the heart from the Oval Accordion die.
It's hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since we launched this die. It's always been one of my favorites and if you'd like to own one, check your local independent craft store or here are some online shopping links for the supplies used on this card.
I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Designer Challenge. You will not want to miss all the amazing inspiration on that post from the Designer Challenge Team and ten talented guests invited by the team. I've discovered some new blogs to follow and I'm sure you will, too!
For my project I wanted to show off my latest release, which debuted at the Collins Rep Group Retailer Training Event in Boston this last weekend. There are five new dies and a set of clear stamps in the collection.
The idea for my accordion project was to have the new Barn placed on the first page with holes behind the window and sliding doors so that, in the closed position, Brownie the Cow would peer though the window and a haystack would be visible through the doors.
Then, when the album opens, the pages separate into one overall scene.
One of the techniques in the video tutorial is a way to use Frame Edges to make a debossed frame using an embossing sandwich. When inked, it gives a lovely effect. The technique is shown in the video, but here is the sandwich for achieving this effect using a Big Shot, Big Kick or Vagabond (adjust your sandwich accordingly if using a different machine)
Tab 1 on your flippy tab platform
Impressions Pad (black, hard)
Silicone rubber pad (black, squishy)
Cardstock big enough to build a full frame
Two frame edges taped together at right angle to make half the frame
Cutting pad (clear, hard)
Roll through the machine, switch the dies to the other corner, and roll through again. After debossing the frame into the cardstock highlight it with sponged or brayered ink, then cut out the frame using the Accordion Album die, snip out the interior shape and the long tab, and glue to the page.
Ready to learn how to make this card? Here is the video tutorial:
The Farm dies will be available at the end of April/early May at independent craft stores worldwide. If you don't live near an independent craft store you'll be able to order online from the ECD site once the collection arrives. Here are the "available now" supply links to get you started.
Today I'm blogging on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with this month's Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. The theme this month is Make 'em Laugh and the team plus guest designer did a fabulous job making funny cards.
For my Challenge card I wanted to use a funny Rubberstamp Ave. stamp that says "In dog years, you're dead" and my idea was to make Buster the Dog appear alive and well on the front of the card but then fall over dead (playing dead, of course) when the card opened. The spinner that comes with the Rectangle Pull Card was the obvious choice. The video will show how to use a bridge technique with the spinner to allow an item to be placed far away and have a greater range of motion. Watch the video tutorial to learn how:
What's fun about this card is that when it is closed, it appears to be a cute upbeat card with a stylish dog who wants to share a fun (and certainly wholesome) fact about your birthday . . .
As the card is pulled open the true snarky nature of the card is revealed. Buster is in fact, (playing) dead, and keels over in the grass dramatically.
With the bridge technique you can get a big sweeping arc of movement from the spinner. This has more applications than just teaching a dog die how to die. (See what I did there?) Think of the possibilities with other themes and Characters.
Want to make your own dead (but only playing) dog card? Here are links to the supplies used. Don't forget to click over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see 19 more hilarious Pop it Ups cards from the team.
The front of the card is very simple - just a piece of shiny bling cardstock embossed with the Lots of Dots embossing folder. I stamped the greeting (the rubber stamp came from Hobby Lobby and was a gift from my friend Kelly) which said "There is nothing better than to end a bad day covered in dog slobber" and covered "bad day" with another piece of paper with "birthday" written on it. I used decorator Katie Label dies to cut out the greeting and added the milk bone from the Props 4 die set.
Inside the card I had already cut the Happy Birthday pop-up into the patterned paper when I realized that I didn't have enough room for Buster the Dog without obscuring the "B" in birthday. I thought it would be cute to have Buster holding the "B" in his mouth. Buster is wearing the party hat from the Props2 die set. I was able to create Hannah's name from the script Happy Birthday by using two upside-down "y"s for the "n"s.
We just returned from a week on the west coast visiting family in Oregon and Washington so we were able to deliver Hannah's card and gift in person.
If you're interested in any of the dies I used on this card, here are some shopping links.
ME: Hey Emma, can I put this pink Eiffel Tower on the front of this bathtub? I really like it there, for some reason.
EMMA: Well it looks cool, but how do they go together? What's the reason for an Eiffel tower in the bathroom?
JOHN: Eiffel up the bathtub?
ME: Ha! Yeah! It could be "Eiffel into a warm tub!"
EMMA: (losing interest) OK, sure.
In the end I added a string of pearls, a computer-generated greeting plus some glitter lines and it came together quite nicely. See? Dies are awesome - you can combine them in unexpected ridiculous ways and it only takes a creative greeting to finish off a cool, unique and (very) pink card for a friend.
This card is for my friend Janice, whose previous handmade card got lost in the mail. Also, I'm calling my messy office "the mail" now. Heh.
Seriously, though, I did make Janice a card. I'm just not sure where I put it. *sigh*
I started, as I always do, with the card's interior. I recently purchased a large background stamp from Stampin' Up! called Hardwood and it worked perfectly for my pink floor.
The tub is cut from white cardstock that was covered in a piece of fuzzy vellum from my stash. I used the leftover pieces of vellum cardstock to cut the bubbles, which I inked with the same pink ink (Stampin' Up! Strawberry Slush) as the floor. Rocky the Crab is cut from pink patterned paper from the scrap drawer and a dark pink cardstock for the shadow layer. The "hello" and speech bubble are decorator dies from the Rectangle Accordion set and I inlaid the "hello" into the white portion of the bubble. The faucet and claw feet are embossed with a metallic powder. I made the string of pearls with some stash beads on a strand of embroidery floss. For the tower itself I first cut the tower from white cardstock and left it in the die while I sponged Strawberry Slush ink through the holes to add the gridwork detail to the tower. I then ejected the die, which was white with dark pink X's. The die itself needed to be cleaned so I spritzed it with water and before wiping it off, I simply turned my white tower face down and pressed it against the inky/watery die, which put a lighter pink color over most of the tower. The gridwork holes in the die left shadows of uninked white around the darker pink X's. I dried the cardstock with a heat gun, added some glitter lines, consulted Emma and then glued it to the front of the tub.
One thing about the Pop Stand dies is that the card itself needs to open up to a fully flat 180 degree card. For this reason I generally do not recommend gluing a full fold interior card into a full fold backing card. It makes it hard to open the card flat when you've tried to line up a fold-in-a-fold. The way I was able to accomplish a fully flat card with a fold in a fold is by only gluing down the back half of the pink edged card. The front half is attached with three brads through holes in the Paris Edges die. The paper is able to slide on the brad just enough to provide the "give" needed for the card to open easily to a fully flat position and still close up without bunching in the fold. I used a decorator Tags Pivot Card die to cut out the interior greeting and tied glitter lines through the hole.
The greeting is computer-generated. The uppercase font (Nomad) was printed in pink and the script font (Pendulum) in black. To give it more of a handmade look I traced around the uppercase font with a fine black pen. The card's front mirrors the design elements of the card's interior and provides a simple lead-in to the magic inside.
This card is 5.5" wide by 5" tall when folded (14 cm x 13 cm) and will mail in an A7 envelope. However, I used thick cardstock so the card is pretty rigid, which may require a second postage stamp.
Here are links for the Elizabeth Craft Designs products I used. Consult your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator if you're interested in the ink and stamp. Everything else is generic/stash items.
Congratulations to Joyce, who entered and won this month's Secret Word Giveaway.
The secret word was to incorporate the word Artsy or the word Cutesy into a comment on the February Designer Challenge Post. A random number generator was used to pick the winner. Joyce's comment was the winning comment:
As always your cards are great. The video has so many ideas. Very artsy. Thank you.
She will get to choose her prize of either the two main dies used in my Artsy Card or the two main dies used in my Cutesy Card.
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Somehow nearly a year has gone by since I took these pictures of Karl and Emma. Emma has since chopped her hair into a short pixie cut. Just last night Karl got his hair buzzed, too. Both of my children were lucky enough to inherit their father's curls and both kids keep chopping them off! Unfair!
I made this Accordion for a display piece. I have lots of pictures of the twins in frames throughout the house but very few of them as teenagers. I made the large silver butterfly when I was filming the Grungy Gears Background video for the Artsy Bathtub card. I didn't end up using the butterfly so it was sitting on the desk and I wanted to do something with it.
The Katie Label Accordion (or either of the other two portrait-style albums - Oval or Rectangle) was the perfect choice for an accordion with photos since there is plenty of real estate for a decent-sized photo plus embellishments.
The background is thin white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on the back. I created the color and pattern using a combination of stain, paint, spray, a leaf stencil and a polka-dot stamp. I started by mixing the paint and stain on a craft mat with a little water and then dredging the cardstock through it. Then I added the leaf mask, sprayed it with white spray and then flipped the stencil and pressed it to the paper as well, creating both positive and negative leaves. I overstamped randomly with the polka-dot stamp in green ink. After the background dried I snipped out the center labels from the outer frames and mixed them up for more variety. The pages for the album were cut from a thick olive cardstock and then the frames and labels stuck to them.
For the front of the album I used the Katie Flourish Frame Edges on my leftover background cardstock, which already had double-sided adhesive on the back. I die cut the Frame Edges and carefully lifted the die off the cardstock so that most of the pieces remained in place. I poked out a few random pieces but left most of the "confetti" in the frame edges for an etched look.
In addition to my leftover butterfly, I also had several modeling paste backgrounds left over from the Modeling Paste Backgrounds video tutorial. I used those backgrounds for the Clock, gears, lace butterfly and hinges. I inked them all with Black Soot Distress ink.
Although I most often make cute cards, it is fun to occasionally mess around with my inks, paints and sprays. I love that dies allow me to choose any style of card and to change that style from one card to the next.
Here's a card that would make a great Valentine but also can be used all year round just to say hello to someone you love.
This is a Rectangle Pull Card featuring Honey the Bear, who I altered to make an articulated bear using brads. This is the same type of card as Rocky Doffs his Cap which has a video tutorial, so I'll only explain the few differences between this card and the Rocky card.
The starting dimensions are the same - 8" wide by 6" tall. Instead of patterned paper in each panel I embossed them with the Clouds Embossing folder and then added green cardstock along the bottom cut with the Outdoor Edges.
I nested in the rectangle decorator die and cut it at the same time as the Rectangle Pull card. I didn't use a transparency window pane but added some grass (also the Outdoor Edges) along the bottom of the window. The big heart in Honey's hand and the medium heart on the front of the card are from the Heart Pivot Card. I used the swirly heart's emboss feature as a stencil with a white gel pen and then embellished with red glitter dots.
When the card is opened Honey lifts up the heart so you can see his face and his giant spectacles. Originally I was going to have the card say "Talk nerdy to me!" but then I got the idea to have it say "Hello, Honey" and use the honey pot that comes with the bear as an embellishment. Honey is also wearing a bow tie from Props1 and holding the small heart frame from the Rectangle Accordion. The script hello is also from the Rectangle Accordion and HONEY is the ECD Alphabet Caps die.
Notice that Honey has two arm parts on the left (his right). This is required for him to have the proper range of motion when the spinner pulls up the heart. I simply used another arm, chopping off the paw, to make the extra piece. It's his other arm (his left, your right) that has the brad through the card to anchor him. I only used the arms, legs and the centers of the ears from the detail layer, fashioning the rest of Honey using just the shadow layer and the accessory pieces (eyes, snout, feet).