Thank You Flowers

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Hi! It’s Candy here and i’m back to show you a floral Thank You card. For this card I used the circle Stand-Up Helper from Stand-Up Helpers Set 2. I also used a flower Peel-Off that I thought would match perfect with the floral paper that I just purchased.

Instructions: 

1. Cut paper 4 1/4″x11″. Score at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″ and 8 1/4″.

2. Use washi tape to hold round Stand-Up Helper die in place at the 2 3/4″ mark and cut.

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3. Cut white cardstock and Double-Sided Adhesive slightly larger than the flower Peel-Off. Remove backing off Double-Sided Adhesive and adhere to cardstock.

4. Remove other side of the adhesive and place it upside down on the table. Remove sticker and place it upside down on backing. Place adhesive/cardstock, sticky side down, on top of sticker. Flip over and remove cover.

5. Coat with Soft Teal Silk Microfine Glitter. Shake off excess and polish. (a coffee filter catches leftover glitter so it can be dumped back into the jar.)

6. Cut out sticker.

7. Repeat with small flower.

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8. Use tweezers to apply Glitter Dots and Glitter Flowers as shown.

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9. Cut patterned paper 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhere to top quarter of card base.

10. Attach large flower with dimensional adhesive.

11. Cut leaves from patterned paper. Adhere.

12. Cut patterned paper 4″ x 2 1/2″ and adhere below Stand Up Helper.

13. Cut patterned paper 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″. Mat with another piece of patterned paper. Adhere to card.

14. Cut sentiment from patterned paper and adhere to card.

15. Adhere small flower to inside of card.

16. Apply Glitter Flowers as shown.

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17. Apply Double-Sided Adhesive to white cardstock. Use circle die from Crystal Flowers Set to cut flower center.

18. Peel-off protective sheet and apply Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish. Attach with dimensional adhesive.

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I hope you enjoyed making this card!

SUPPLIES:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

501 Double-Sided Adhesive

930 Stand-Up Helpers Set 2

629 Soft Teal Silk Microfine Glitter

609 Fire Opal Silk Microfine Glitter

0413 Big Flowers Peel-Off Sticker

7018 Glitter Dot Peel-Off Sticker

7048 Glitter Flower Peel-Off Sticker

801 Fine Pointed Tweezers

723 Thank You Die

730 Curvy Leaves Die

924 Crystal Flower Set

 

Other Supplies

White Cardstock

Patterned Paper (We R Memory Keepers Indian Summer)

Dimensional Adhesive

 

Spooky Candle Card

Howdy!

Debra here today with something a little different.  We’ve had a lot of  Christmas in July ideas so how about Halloween in July!! I absolutely love the Candle die and while working on a Christmas card my son suggested the candle would make a great Halloween candle too. I loved the idea! Today’s card uses the same sketch I used in a Christmas version of the card. If you have a great sketch to start with you can alter it to almost any occasion by simply changing the color scheme and papers.

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Instructions:

1. Fold a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of white cardstock in half to form a standard A2 size card. Cut a piece of pattern paper to 4 x 5 1/4 and die cut the largest oval from the Accordion Oval Card die in the center of the paper. Cut a piece of green cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5 and adhere to the center of the card base.

2. Die cut a candle from Black Shimmer Sheetz, the candle drips and flames from white cardstock covered with double sided adhesive, the pine branches from black cardstock, and green poinsettias from the Candle die set. Die cut orange and purple holly leaves from the Holly die.

3. Peel the liner off the candle drip and flame die cuts. Glitter the drip and middle flame with Orange Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish with your finger to set the glitter in the adhesive and bring up the shine. Repeat the same process with Warm Silk Microfine Glitter on the small and large flame.

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4. Using black ink, ink the edges of the pattern piece, holly leaves, poinsettias. Ink a little heavier on the top of the oval to suggest the soot from the burning candle. Assemble the candle by adhering the glittered drips to the top of the candle. Color the large flame with Copic V17 and the small flame with Y17. Adhere them together. Add black Glitter Dots to the centers of the flowers.

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5. Adhere the pattern oval frame to the center of the card over the green cardstock using pop dots or foam adhesive. Add candle and flames on pop dots to the center of the oval. Arrange and adhere the holly leaves, alternating colors, along the bottom of the oval.

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6. Die cut only the word Greetings from the Season’s Greeting die in white cardstock. Adhere curved as shown. Add a little “soot” black ink to the bottom of Greetings. Add the flowers on pop dots and the black pine branches. Add Glitter Dots to the top branches to complete.

Happy Halloween!

Here are both cards side by side so you can compare. Which do you like best?

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I hope you enjoyed making this project with me. This same sketch and die sets could easily be used for a birthday card, sympathy or gratitude card. The possibilities are endless!

Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies used:
945 Season’s Greetings
926 Holly Leaves & Berries
919 Candle
772 Accordion Oval Card
613 Orange Silk Microfine Glitter
640 Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Double Sided Adhesive
7018 Glitter Dots Assorted Colors- Black

Other Supplies:
Pattern Paper- Graphic 45
Cardstock- Bazzill
Black Ink
Pop Dots/Foam Adhesive

Christmas in July

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Hi, It’s Jackie and I’m back showing you another Christmas card using the newest Candle die by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Christmas is my favourite time of the year and these Graphic 45 papers coordinate really well with the candle die.

Instructions:

1. Create card base from black cardstock. Cut 7″ x 10″ rectangle, score and fold in half (5″x7″ finished card size).

2. Cut Holly paper 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″. Sponge edges and adhere to card base using double-sided adhesive.

3. Cut cream word paper 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Sponge edges and adhere to Holly paper.

4. Using the Accordion Oval Card by Karen Burniston, cut one accordion page out of black candle paper. Cut out middle oval and trim long side tab leaving just the outside frame. Adhere to card using dimensionals.

5. Cut candle from Red Velvet Adhesive. Cut flames from Yellow Iridescent and Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Apply double-sided adhesive to white cardstock and cut out candle drippings. Remove release sheet, apply Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter and burnish with your finger. Assemble candle and adhere to card.

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7. Cut 2 Holly Borders from Green Velvet Adhesive. Adhere to both sides of the oval. Add Red Glitter Dots as shown.

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8. Cut out holly leaves from paper called ‘Calling Birds’. Cut berries using the Holly Leaves & Berries from Red Velvet Adhesive. Adhere to card using dimensionals. Adhere Transparent Glitter Borders along the green Holly paper as shown.

Supply List:

Elizabeth Craft Designs

919 – Candle

926 – Holly Leaves & Berries

925 – Holly Border

772 – Accordion Oval Card

402 – Red Velvet Adhesive Sheets

403 – Green Velvet Adhesive Sheets

SS 0108 – Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

SS 0109 – Orange Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz

Sku 7018 – Red Glitter Dots

Sku 7010 – Transparent Gold/Silver Glitter Borders

638 – Solar Gold Silk Microfine Glitter

502 – Double- sided Adhesive Sheet

Cardstock and Patterned Papers – Basic Black, Whisiper White – Stampin’ Up!, 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Emporium -Graphic 45

Other: Paper trimmer, die cut machine, Phthalo Green X-Dark 620.1, Phthalo Blue S/Shade 560.1 – PanPastel, Dimensionals – Stampin’ Up!

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Crystal Flowers

Hello my crafty friends, it’s Raquel here today. When I first saw Elizabeth Craft Designs’ new die set called Crystal Flowers set 1, I couldn’t wait to create a card showcasing how beautiful they are.
I used several 2014 Summer Release dies for this card, including the Circle Spiral Pull Card for the base. Let me show you how I made this card, simply change the colors and sentiment to suit your needs.

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1.  Cut pattern paper at 5 x 8 and score at 4 to form a finished base card of 5 x 5.

2.  Line the Circle Spiral Pull Card alignment nubs on the score line and die cut. Cut a spiral (included in Circle Spiral Pull Card) from the same pattern paper.

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3.  Die cut 1 of each size solid shaped Crystal Flowers from Yellow Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.
Die cut 1 one of each size overlay from paper that has Double Sided Adhesive on it. From green paper die cut 2 Holly Borders as shown in the picture below.

4.  Remove release sheet from the 2 Crystal Flower overlays and 2 flower centers, cover with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter, shake off excess and polish with your finger. Adhere overlay to Crystal Flower solid shapes and adhere flower centers.

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5.  Using Candle die, cut 3 pine springs, 2 triple berries, 1 single berry and 1 poinsettia (including circle) on paper that has Double Sided Adhesive on it. Cut 2 holly leaves from green paper.
See picture below.

6.  Remove release sheet from all pieces cut in step 5 and cover with True Red Silk Microfine Glitter, shake off excess and polish with your finger.

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7.  Using Holiday House, die cut 1 green small decorator door (I used this as a tag). Place Merry Christmas Peel-Off Sticker and star on tag.

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8.  Adhere Spiral end only to the circle area using liquid glue or a glue dot. To glue the other end, place a glue dot or liquid glue at the end of the spiral and close card to adhere, this will ensure perfect placement.

9.  Use Glitter Dots for the berries on both of the Holly Borders. Cut one of the Holly Border die cuts into small pieces and adhere to several places on the spiral as shown. Adhere poinsettia and tag to spiral as shown.

10.  Adhere Holly Border to the left side of card.

11. Adhere largest Crystal Flower and 2 pine sprigs to front circle. Adhere smaller Crystal Flower and 1 pine sprig to top right corner of card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and feel inspired to try it out for yourself.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

924 Crystal Flower Set 1

922 Crystal Flower Overlay Set 1

916 Spiral Circle Pull Card

925 Holly Border

919 Candle

918 Holiday House

SS 0229 Yellow Metallic Shimmer Sheetz

501 Double Sided Adhesive

614 True Red Silk Microfine Glitter

351 Gold Merry Christmas Peel-Off Sticker

Other Products:

Pattern Paper from Authentique

Green paper

White paper

 

Snowman Katie Label Accordion Card

Hi everyone! Helen here with a Christmas Accordion card today. I know we have been seeing a lot of  ‘Christmas in July’ lately, but it’s hard to resist with all of Elizabeth Craft Designs’ wonderful new die releases! Starting your Christmas cards now is actually a pretty good idea. I always end up getting to the middle of December, with a grand total of about three cards made and a mad panic to make more!

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Directions:

1. Cut out two plain white Katie Label Accordion panels and eight border pieces from blue glitter card using the Katie Stars Frame Edges. Keep four of the tiny blue stars which are left over from cutting the borders.

2. Use the Katie Label Accordion die to cut blue patterned paper center pieces. Cut off the excess tabs by hand.

3. Cut out the various parts of the snowman as shown below including two snow drifts, a ‘Merry Christmas’, a large star and two snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card set. (Please note that the small black gems shown in the picture below didn’t end up being used!)

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4. Using a glue runner, glue pen, white glue and small adhesive foam pads, assemble all the card parts, leaving the joining tabs of the two Katie Label Accordion panels till last.

5. Use one of the Katie Stars Frame Edges to cut three tiny red stars for the center of the two snowflakes and for decoration on the larger star.

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And it’s done! I challenge you to also have a go at a Christmas card in July!

Elizabeth Craft Design Products:

(903) Katie Label Accordion

(913) Katie Stars Frame Edges

(944) Merry Christmas

(929) Snowman

Other Products:

White cardstock

Blue glitter card

White glitter card

Blue patterned paper

Paper-backed hessian (from DCWV)

Star punch

Dark brown cardstock

Orange cardstock

Paper-backed red satin

Two googly eyes

Tape runner, white glue, glue pen and small adhesive foam pads.

 

 

A Spiral Circle Pull Card

Hi, Kelly Booth here! Have you seen the new Spiral Circle Pull Card by Karen Burniston yet?
This die is so much fun and it comes with 9 really cool accessory dies as well! There are so many different ways to use this die. I am going to show you one that I made using the cute bees from the Ladybugs Peel-Off sticker sheet.

Here is the front of the card in my happy colors!

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And the card opened up:

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Directions for making this card:

1. Cut a piece of teal cardstock 5.25″ by 11, score in half at 5.50″

2. Stamp background stamp on all sides of this piece with Audrey Blue dye Ink.

3. Place the Spiral Circle Pull Card die on the center fold lining up the little nubs to the fold and cut using your die cut machine like this:

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4. Fold card so it pulls and trim 1.25″ from each side making the card 4.25″ by 5.50″.

5. Take a piece of white cardstock and run the Scalloped Spiral Circle Pull die through your die cutting machine and stamp polka dots on both sides. Blue on one side and yellow on the other.

6. Cut 3 sets of the Bunch of Flowers 1 from white cardstock.

7. Cut circle from white cardstock using the largest circle accessory die from the Ring Accordion set. Cut stitched circle from yellow cardstock using the middle stitched circle die from the same set.

Below is a photo showing the dies I used to finish the card:

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8. Adhere a piece of double sided adhesive onto white cardstock large enough to fit one small bee and one large bee from the Ladybugs Peel-off sheet.

9. Remove release sheet and place bees peel-offs onto the adhesive. Shake some Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter over the adhesive and bees, polish with your fingers and shake off excess glitter.

10. Color bees with alcohol markers and cut them out.

11. Apply a a tiny amount of liquid glue onto the back edge of the  large scalloped spiral pull and adhere it to the the large circle on the inside of the card.

12. Place a tiny bit of glue on the bottom of the center spiral and close card to get it in the right position. Let this dry.

13.  Adhere white flowers to the spirals and adhere a second flower to the back of each flower. Adhere Glitter Dot Peel-Offs to the flower centers and color them using a yellow alcohol marker. Place one on each side of the flower centers that are visible.

14. Glue small bee onto the spiral near the end so he pops up slightly when the card is opened.

15. Adhere a glitter dot on each of the closure tabs for a little sparkle.

Below is what it should look like at this point.

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16. Cut a small oval from white cardstock using one of the accessory dies from the Katie Label Accordion Card set. Ink edges slightly and stamp sentiment in black. Adhere on the far right side of the card.

17. Adhere large white circle to the front of the card and the stitched yellow circle (cut in step 7) on top using pop dots.

18. Adhere large bee to the stitched yellow circle and add a flower or two for a finished look.

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So many possibilities using this fun new die created by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs!

If you have any questions, leave a comment here and I will get back to you. Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Spiral Circle Pull Card (916)

Accordion Circle Card (769)

Ring Accordion (904)

Katie Label Accordion (903)

Bunch of Flowers 1 (728)

Lady Bugs (2341)

Double Sided Adhesive “5 x 12″ (501)

Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter (641)

Glitter Dots Assorted colors (7018)

Other Supplies:

Impression Obsession Background Small Swirls stamp

Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Dye Ink

Teal, Yellow and white cardstock

Black Dye Ink

Die Cutting Machine

Foam Tape or Pop Dots

Copic Markers or Alcohol markers

Paper Trimmer

Liquid glue

‘Hello’ Stand Up Card

Hi – Karen Aicken here. For today’s post I wanted to share a different style of Stand-Up card using the new Hello Stand Up Helper die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I saw a similar card somewhere on the web and I wanted to make one right away. As you can see in the picture below, the card looks like a normal A2 sized card but the middle part with the jar adhered is where the card  stands up.
This is a quick card to make – Let’s get started!

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Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of card stock or patterned paper to 8.5 x 5.5″. Score in the centre at 4.25″ to give you a 5.5″ wide x 4.25″ tall top fold card.

2.  You are going to cut two vertical strips down the front of your card, one on each side.  Start at the fold and cut down to the bottom edge. Each strip is  1.25″ wide.  When you are finished your top fold card will have a 1.25 x 4.25″ strip, a 3 x 4.25″ strip and a 1.25 x 4.25″ strip … everything still joined at the fold but not at the bottom edge.

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3.  Glue the two side strips down to the card, making sure the edges are even and leaving the 3 x 4.25″ wide” strip untouched.

4.  Now, score the 3 x 4.25″ strip in half horizontally at about 2″ from the bottom edge. (2-1/8 is exactly half, but I hate measuring 1/8″ so tend to go with the 2″ mark instead).

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5.  Working on the inside of your card, decide on where you want your Stand Up Helper to be inside your card and place your die. I have been putting mine about 1″ up from the bottom edge.  It’s a good idea to hold it in place with a post-it note or piece of washi tape. Run it through your die cutting machine, where it will cut away the top edge but only score the bottom edge. (Brilliant!!)

6.  Decorate as desired. The decorative panels attached to each side strip measure 1″ x 4″. I also cut some flowers and leaves for the sides, adding foam tape and enamel dots.

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The paper stack I used had a sheet of printed jars, so I fussy cut one out to use on this card, cutting the lid off of a 2nd one to pop up over the first with foam tape.

7.  Cut the small dragonfly, with the wings and overlay image from patterned paper and the body from white card stock. Adhere together and pop up on the panels with foam tape onto the jar.  Adhere the jar to the centre card panel, making sure to keep the adhesive below that 2″ fold line. This is the same as for regular Stand-Up cards too.

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8.  To make the HELLO stand out a little more, I cut it again from pink card stock and trimmed off the bottom edge. Then I adhered it right on top of the one that cut through the inside of the card.

9.  Decorate the inside as desired. I added some die cut leaves and a flower & enamel dot, as well as a stamped image below the HELLO. You can cut a piece of coordinating patterned paper to fit above the Word Stand Up Helper; the height will depend on where you cut your Stand Up Helper, and the width is 2.75″.

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I am loving Stand-Up (or Easel) cards these days. I love that they fold flat for mailing and can fit in a standard envelope. Then the card stands up for display!

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This was actually the second card I made, the first one was quick and simple and you can see it today on my BLOG.  For my Elizabeth Craft Designs post though, I wanted to show how fun this card is to embellish.

I hope you will make some Stand Up Cards of your own! With the variety of Stand-Up Helpers now available here at ECD, there is truly something for any occasion.

 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

712 Small Dragonfly

730 Curvy Leaves

728 Bunch of Flowers (1)

938 Hello Stand Up Helper

 

Other Supplies Used:

Enamel Dots

Dotted stamp – Impress

Wink of Stella Glitter pen

Foam tape

Patterned Paper – American Crafts (Dear Lizzy)

Karen Burniston Pop it Ups Designer Challenge – Christmas in July

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the July Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the challenge was Christmas in July (or other winter holiday) and I made a second optional challenge to design a second card as a simple reproducible design. You’re going to love what they came up with for both parts of the challenge!

For my project, I wanted to teach a fun hybrid card called a Pivot Accordion, where I cut the Evergreen Pivot Card into the pages of the Fancy Accordion Album. Watch the video to learn this technique, which would also work with the Katie Label Accordion and House Pivot Card.

Here are some photos and additional details about the project made in the video. One of the nice things about all the pieces in the Holiday House die is that they can be combined in different ways to make smaller houses, too. For the front of the card I used just the smaller house, roof, door-as-a-chimney and window.

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When the card is opened you’ll see the full size Holiday House on Page 1, using all ten dies in the set. You can watch me assemble the Holiday House in this video:

Here is a top view of the Pivot Accordion plus a close-up of the trees. I didn’t mention this in the video but I used Copic markers to tint the glitter dots the same purple and blue colors as in the papers.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies: White cardstock, Echo Park “Winter Wishes” Patterned papers, gray ink

Let’s check in with the amazing Designer Challenge Team to see what they came up with for both simple and not-so-simple holiday cards. Each one of these creations is featured with more photos, information, supply lists and general instructions on the designers’ personal blogs. Click each name to see the blog posts for each card.

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SIMPLE FLATS:

Did you know that there are currently 33 dies in the Pop it Ups Collection and of those, only 15 of them are interactive card dies?  The other 18 dies are accessory dies that will work great with the pop-ups, but can also be used on their own for flat cards and layouts.

Fran Sabad chose the new Outdoor Edges for a classy white and silver card front featuring a greeting stamp that works perfectly with the evergreen tree edge die. She cut the same edge from silver foil cardstock and offset it slightly behind the white one to create a detail shadow. What a great tip!

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Donna Wright has an absolutely brilliant idea for maximizing card yield by using both the positive and negative sides of two die cuts, the Outdoor Edges and Merry Christmas dies. These are cards that would be both efficient and inexpensive to produce in multiples.

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Caz Counsell used the new Chilly the Penguin die for this fun card front, also featuring the Outdoor Edges, the leaf from the Spiral Circle Pull Card, and a label made with the Agatha Edges. So sweet! 

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HOLIDAY PIVOT CARDS:

The new Evergreen Pivot Card is the fifth Pivot Card in the Pop it Ups collection. These dies are popular for their ease of use and for the way that they decorate the exterior and interior of the card with the same pivoting item. Many of the team chose to use Pivot Cards this month. Let’s see what they made.

Summer Hills-Painter used the Katie Label Pivot Card for a simple design suitable for any holiday. Here she shows both Christmas and Hanukkah. The snowflakes came from two other Pop it Ups die sets – the All Seasons Tree (smallest snowflake) and the new Spiral Circle Pull Card (two larger snowflakes). I always like to remind people that the accessory dies in Pop it Ups die sets are meant to be shared! Mix and match!

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Raquel Mason shows that with the Evergreen Pivot card’s included decorator dies, you don’t need anything else! She made this entire simple, yet dynamic Christmas card using just the Evergreen Pivot Card set, which comes with the pivot card, three decorator trees, a die to cut 9 small ornaments, a die to cut 4 stars, a present and ribbon.

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Karen Aicken went a different route with the Evergreen Pivot card, focusing on an outdoor holiday scene with simple embossed green trees. She also used the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card and the Outdoor Edges. These three die sets are used together on a lot of the challenge cards  this month. In the same blog post, Karen made a second Evergreen Pivot Card using glitter lines in fun designs to decorate the trees.

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Helen Cryer used the same three dies as Karen’s green card – Evergreen Pivot Card, Outdoor Edges and the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card. But check out the difference, not only between Helen’s card and Karen’s card, but between Helen’s card and Helen’s second, same-design-but-different-papers card! Ah the beauty of die cutting, where the colors, theme, textures, patterns and (in the case of Pop it Ups) placement is all up to YOU!

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Caz Counsell and Frances Byrne also used the same three dies – Evergreen Pivot Card, Outdoor Edges and the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card. They even chose similar stamps and themes, yet their cards are so unique. Caz chose to decorate her trees with the built-in emboss features and a few glittered ornaments. . .

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. . . whereas Frances chose patterned paper and brightly colored ornaments and stars. Both cards are knock outs!

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I’m sure you’ve already decided that the Evergreen Pivot Card is a must-have, but to seal the deal, check out how well it works with the tripling technique in this card by Fran Sabad. Once again you’re seeing the Outdoor Edges and the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card used perfectly with the Evergreen Pivot Card. I just love Fran’s choice of red stars atop the trees.

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Shelly Hickox used the Evergreen Pivot Card’s decorator trees to make 3D trees that can still fold flat for mailing. You’ll definitely want to check out her blog post to see a video of this card being opened. The Outdoor Edges work perfectly to create the rolling hills.

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Summer Hills-Painter created a very unique card using the doubling technique with the House Pivot Card die to create a double fence pivot card. Then she bent the outer portions of the fences back in line with the card so they are only revealed when the card is opened. Behind the fence she added the largest Evergreen Pivot Card decorator tree, cut from Honeypop paper to make an expanding 3D tree. The new Holiday House die set finishes off this masterpiece.

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HOLIDAY GENERAL POP-UP CARDS:

The new Lorna Label pop-up die is the fourth die in the category of “general” pop-up, joining the Garden Bench, Lucy Label and Lots of Pops. General pop-ups are the traditional style where the pop-up is revealed only upon opening the card, like a magic trick.

Raquel Mason created a stunner with the new Lorna Label, using the two separate platforms to full advantage to animate the new Holiday House and decorator trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card set. This card has a beautiful front, too, so click over to give it a look.

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Karen Aicken layered her way into a breathtaking Christmas scene using the Garden Bench die. She mixed in pieces from several more Pop it Ups – a practice I encourage! The Outdoor Edges die set makes a gorgeous backdrop combined with one All Seasons Tree with glittery branches. She used the Christmas lights from the Holiday House to adorn the bench and added Agatha Edging and the new ECD Holly Flourish die at the bottom. The greeting is a Katie Label.  So beautiful!

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Another stunner comes courtesy of Helen Cryer, who shows off several of the new releases from the ECD line (Els and Joset) like the Crystal Flowers, Holly border, Merry Christmas and Candle dies. She created her scene on the new Lorna Label pop-up die. I love that this card is made entirely with dies!

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HOLIDAY ACCORDION CARDS:

There are two new Accordions in the Summer Release – the Ring Accordion and the Katie Label Accordion plus new Frame Edges to fit existing accordions, the Oval Clouds Frame Edges and the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges.

Kelly Booth shows off the new Fancy Seasons Frame Edges on this classy simple 2-page, 2-color Fancy Accordion card, which also features the Outdoor Edges and a decorator tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card die.

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Helen Cryer‘s color scheme on this Ring Accordion card is simply beautiful. She added acetate panels to be able to “float” the new ECD Ornaments #3 die set, which works perfectly with the Ring Accordion. Once again the snowflakes from the Spiral Circle Pull Card work perfectly with other sets.

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Raquel Mason created a super fun 3-page Ring Accordion with some very clever die combinations, like the holly leaves from the new ECD Candle die used as the hands for the new Clock & Gears die. She made a fun scene for Chilly the Penguin in the center panel with decorator trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card set and Chilly holds the strand of lights from the Holiday House.

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HOLIDAY SPIRAL CIRCLE PULL CARDS:

The Summer Release includes a brand new type of die from me – the Spiral Circle Pull Card. This die combines the opening mechanism of a z-fold flip card with an optional interior spiral to create a pop-up. Two little tuck slots keep the card closed so you won’t get an accidental reveal. To open, simply pull.

Frances Byrne wanted to show two options with the Spiral Circle Pull Card. The first is a very simple flip card using a decorator tree from the Evergreen Pivot card. For her second version, she stepped up the design with a few additional elements, like the Holly Border die and the spiral, embellished with holly leaves and berries. Either card would be quick to make.

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Kelly Booth made this adorable Spiral Circle Pull Card using a perfectly colored stamped image on the front, embellished tuck slots, and cute stamped envelopes flying on the spiral. With this die you’ll be able to choose your card size and placement along the fold.

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Kelly Booth made another wonderful Spiral Circle Pull Card, this time with holly on the spiral that peeks out in the closed position. Then pull the card open and see the holly fly. (Check her blog for the “open” photos)

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Donna Wright drops the mic with this AMAZING Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring a joyous snowman dancing on the spiral. The two larger snowflakes come included in the set and then Donna used the small snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree to fill the background with bejeweled snowflakes. What a fabulous card!

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Hopefully we have inspired you to start planning your holiday cards and incorporating some Pop it Ups dies. The dies are shipping this week to independent stores worldwide, so check with your local store to see if they have ordered. For customers without local stores you will be able to order from the website here: Pop it Ups Dies

I’ll be back next month on August 20th with another Designer Challenge. In August the team will be showing off the Character dies (Hoppy, Poppy, Chilly and Props 1) with any type of project they can dream up.

Happy Crafting!

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Rainy Day Stand-Up Card

Hi everyone – Helen here today! The new Summer Release from Elizabeth Craft Designs will be available SO soon, and I made a simple Stand Up card using a couple of the new products – the Rainy Day die set, the Thinking of You Stand Up Helper, and a new color Shimmer Sheetz. I wanted to show how easy the Stand Up Helpers are.

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Directions:

1. Cut a piece of thick double-sided patterned paper to 12” x 4.5”, and two strips of the same paper, 1.25” x 4.5” (ie. The light blue strip, and diagonal patterned strip, in the picture below.)

2. Cut a 3” square of Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz, and emboss it with the Lots of Dots embossing folder.

3. Cut a 3.25” square of contrasting patterned paper, and adhere the Shimmer Sheetz square to the centre of it.

4. Cut a thin strip of the contrasting patterned paper .5” x 4.5”

5. Cut out an umbrella, hand cut 2 contrasting umbrella panels, cut two lots of boots, and two flowers and flower centres.

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6. Fold the big sheet of paper in half, and fold one half in half again. Place the Stand Up Helper die half way down the unfolded side, and die cut, as shown below.

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7. Adhere the Shimmer Sheetz square so that about a third of it sticks up over the top of the fold, on the top half of the card.

8. Use a glue pen and small self-adhesive foam pads to adhere the other card elements as shown in the picture below.

9. Stick the remaining 1.25” x 4.5” strip of patterned paper to the underneath of the card, covering the hole left by the Stand Up helper die cut.

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I hope that if you haven’t tried making  a Stand Up card yet, that you’ll be inspired to give one a go!

 

Elizabeth Craft Design Products:

(928) Rainy day

(942) Thinking Of You Stand Up Helper

(702) Flower Set 2

(SS 0230) Light Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz

(E114) Lots of Dots Embossing Folder

(802) Fine Pointed Scissors

Other Products:

Trimmer

Thick double-sided patterned paper

Three contrasting patterned papers

Tape runner, Glue pen and Small self-adhesive foam pads

Summertime Seashells Cards

Judi Kauffman shared some happy summertime cards she made as a guest designer for Norwegian stamp company Rubber Dance. She used Tsukineko Timber Brown StazOn ink to stamp the shells on White Iris Shimmer Sheetz. Using the same ink, she stamped the mesh, image with mother and child, and Anne Morrow Lindberg quote on Worldwin Paper’s ColorMates Smooth & Silky 90# White cardstock. The two dotted backgrounds are Yellow and Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz embossed with Lots of Dots Folder, lightly sanded to bring out the white core of the SS and tone down a bit of the sparkle. Cardstock pieces and the shipping tag were sponged with Ranger Adirondacks Brights in Sailboat Blue and/or Sunshine Yellow. She used Prismacolor pencils to color the water and sky on the card with mesh background. All three Kraft Brown card bases measure 5” x 7”. The little yellow bubbles are die-cut from Yellow Velvet Adhesive sheets. Judi photographed the cards on her patio in the late afternoon so they would be dappled in sunlight – a nice touch!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

SS 0102 White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0108 Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
SS 0103 Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz
E114 Lots of Dots Embossing Folder
401 Yellow Velvet Adhesive Sheets