Pop it Ups Wednesday with Kelly – Lorna Label Pop Up with a Bluebird!

Hi, It’s Kelly Booth and I have a birthday card tutorial today using the Lorna Label Pop it Ups die by Karen Burniston and a great Bluebird stamp created by Petroschi Designs by Bianca.

Here’s the front of this top-fold A2 card:

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And the inside:

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Here are the pieces required for this card:

  • 2 –  4 1/2″ by 11″ pieces of Soft Finish cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ to make top-fold cards.
  • 1 –  4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of spotted blue patterned paper or make your own by coloring the paper with Copic markers and using Copic blending fluid on a paintbrush and lightly touching the card stock to make droplets.
  • 1 –  4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of white Soft Finish cardstock
  • 4  – blue die cut “Celebrate” words backed with transparent Double Sided Adhesive (keep the negatives)
  • 1 –  white die cut “Celebrate” word backed with Transparent Double Sided Adhesive.
  • 1 –  blue large stitched Lorna Label die cut from the leftovers of the spotted blue paper.
  • 1 –  white small Lorna Label decorator die with the sentiment stamped or hand written in black.
  • 1 –  4″ x 5″ light blue cardstock


  1. Stamp the Bluebird in the center of the single panel of Soft Finish cardstock and color with markers of your choice.
  2. From the panel of blue spotted paper die cut an Oval Accordion page and snip out the center and side tab to leave just an oval frame. Adhere the frame around the stamped bird and then trim a small amount from all four sides to leave a white shadow when attached with pop dots to the front of one of the top fold cards.
  3. Remove the adhesive liner from the backs of the light blue Celebrate die cuts and begin adhering them in a stack at the bottom of the oval on the card front, placing the negative pieces into the letters for each layer. Remove the negative pieces from the white Celebrate and place it on top of the stack.
  4. Switching to the other white card, center the Lorna Label die over the fold of the card and die cut. Work the scored lines and fold according to the package instructions. Adhere the pop-up card inside the backing card, making sure to avoid the pop-up areas with adhesive and working one side at a time.
  5. From the remaining oval of spotted blue paper, die cut the large stitched Lorna label and adhere it centered on the pop-up label. Keep the scraps of spotted blue paper.
  6. Use pop dots or foam tape to adhere the small stamped Lorna Label in the center of the blue label.
  7. From the 4″ x 5″ panel of light blue cardstock die cut a Gift Card Accordion panel and snip away all of the tabs to isolate just the slotted rectangle to hold a gift card. Adhere it to the inside of the card, making sure not to use adhesive under the tabs that will hold the gift card.
  8. From the scraps of light blue cardstock and spotted blue paper, die cut 7 hearts using Poppy the Owl’s little heart. Add two hearts to the front of the card and the remaining five hearts to the bottom pop-up platform inside the card as shown in the photo.

Your card is now finished! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it has inspired you to give it a try. Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and have a wonderful day!

 Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Lorna Label Pop Up (915)

Poppy the Owl  (910) (hearts)

Flourish Gift Frame (1096) (Celebrate)

Oval Accordion Card (772) ( Oval Frame on front of card)

Gift Card Accordion (1095) (Gift card Holder)

Bluebird (RS020)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 10mm (507)

Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 64mm (508)

Soft Finish Card Stock 8″1/2″ by 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 pack (PSF102)

Other Supplies:

Black Ink, foam Tape, Scissors, Die cutting Machine, Copic Markers, Copic Blending Fluid, Sentiment Stamp

Pop it Ups Karen Burniston Designer Challenge – Video Techniques

Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the November Pop it Ups Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my Designer Challenge team to use Pop it Ups dies for a specific theme. This month the theme is Video Techniques. The team was challenged to use any of my Pop it Ups technique videos to put their own spin on a new version of that card. I think you’ll find that the cards they created are amazing and you’ll find new inspiration to try the video techniques using their fun adaptations.

For my card and video I decided to teach a new technique for mixing the smaller Accordion pages with the larger Accordion pages. Mixed Accordions are very popular with the team, and we’ve seen amazing small/small and large/large mixed albums. With a simple modification of height, plus the addition of two hand-cut “chunky” tabs, it’s also possible (and beautiful!) to make small/large combinations.


Here is the video tutorial for this project.

Here’s how the album looks when folded up. Because the pages are different widths, you’ll actually see parts of the Rectangle page peeking through the area around the star. I really like the way this looks – so many layers!


Here’s a top view:


For the bead garland, I used a clear flexible bead string with red, silver and clear beads. I die cut four snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree die set from white cardstock with double-sided adhesive on it. I added a small pearl to the center of each snowflake and then dumped the same embossing powder from the stars and trees over the snowflakes and heated. Next, I pierced a hole in each snowflake to add a jump ring and then hung them from the bead string. To attach to the stars I wove the end of the bead string through the pierced hole from the front of the star, slid a crimp bead onto the string from the back and crimped it close to the star to trap the end.



The finished card, when folded up, measures just under 5″ x 5.5″, meaning it will fit in an A7 envelope for mailing. However, with the beads being so chunky, this one is a better candidate for a bubble mailer.

Ready to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need, and to help you out, here are the details of a fabulous offer, good only through tomorrow. To coincide with the November Designer Challenge, every purchase made over $40 of Karen Burniston’s Pop It Ups will receive a FREE $10 Gift Card. You will receive your Gift Card with your order in the mail and your Gift Card can be used on the Elizabeth Craft Designs website. This offer only applies to purchases made on our website between Tuesday 17th November and Thursday 19th November.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

  • Simple Stories “Pumpkin Spice” Crisp Air patterned paper (wood), Echo Park “The Story of Christmas” Village patterned paper (snowflake)
  • Bazzill “Candy Bar” Card Shoppe cardstock
  • Any smooth white 80 lb. cardstock, any bright red cardstock
  • Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel, plus heat tool
  • Fineline 20 gauge bottle w/Lineco pH neutral glue
  • General items: spray adhesive, brayer, beads, bead string, jump rings, crimp beads, small halfback pearls, coordinating ribbon

2015_Designer_Challenge_Team_FallLet’s see how the amazing Designer Challenge Team interpreted this assignment. As you scroll through their cards below, take note of the links. The VIDEO TECHNIQUE is linked, which will open the video from my YouTube channel in a new window. For information, supplies, instructions, more photos, etc. about the specific cards, click on the designer’s name to open a new window with their blog post.

Doublehigh Katie1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Doublehigh Katie Label Pivot Card – This technique makes use of paper folding to allow the Katie Label Pivot Card to die cut twice as tall.

Caz Counsell used this technique to create more height for Whiskers the Cat and Buster the Dog. The colors are fabulous and I particularly like her edge strips using the Butterflies Embossing Folder.

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Double KatieVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Katie Label Pivot Card – This is a different technique than the Doublehigh technique above. This time the Pivot card doubles horizontally, creating a 4-panel card that resembles an Accordion card.

Karen Aicken made this amazing western themed Double Katie card and combined phrases from several Clear Stamp sets. I just love the way she built her scene throughout the piece and the black pen detailing really creates an impact.


Caz Counsell also used the Double Katie Label technique for this cheerful birthday card. She used bright colors, Lucky the Rabbit and the Lucky Birthday Clear Stamps. Caz has such an eye for soft colors. I like how this card coordinates with her earlier card above.

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DoubleEvergreenVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Double Evergreen Pivot Card – This is the same technique as with the Katie Label above, but using the Evergreen Pivot Card die set.

Helen Cryer outdid herself with this stunning version of the Double Evergreen Pivot Card. I just love her choice of patterned papers and how she added the dimensional element to the trees.


Explosion BdayVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Explosion Birthday Pop-up Card – This is one of my most popular videos, combining hand-folded explosion sides to a pop-up card.

Frances Byrne created a Christmas version of the explosion card and swapped out the pop-up die for the Lucy Label. She also used the Christmas Trees Pop Stand, Merry Christmas and Outdoor Edges and the results are definitely festive!


Grungy Gears

 VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Grungy Gears Background – fun with gears, foil, paint and more!

Sandy Diller started with the general idea of the background but expanded with more items and a different paint color for this fabulous Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring the Clock & Gears and Lucky the Rabbit.

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Pivot Accordion1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Pivot Accordion – another really popular video, this one teaches how to cut the Evergreen Pivot Card into the Fancy Accordion die.

Kelly Booth put her own spin on this technique with an amazing unusual and beautiful color scheme. She used the Fancy Seasons Frame Edges, Outdoor Edges and Holiday House as well.

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Shelly Hickox also used the Pivot Accordion technique to make this gorgeous woodland Christmas card. She used the Barn instead of the Holiday House and embellished with the Western Edges, Merry Christmas and banners from the Lots of Pops.

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SCPC1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Spiral Circle Pull Card with Clear Spiral – the video shows how to use the Spiral Circle Pull Card die with a clear spiral to make things fly.

Summer Hills-Painter adapted the card to use the new Lucky the Rabbit die plus lots of balloons on a clear spiral. She used the “swirlydo” die from the Rectangle Pull Card as balloon strings. The balloons themselves come included with the Spiral Circle Pull Card die. She also used the new Lucky Birthday clear stamps. SHP1_November closed SHP2_November open

Fran Sabad also used this video for inspiration, making this fun Jolly the Mouse Christmas card. She used the Spiral Circle Pull Card, Clock & Gears die, Merry & Bright Clear Stamps, Props 5 and Jolly. Instead of a clear spiral she used patterned paper. Candy canes flying on the spiral – how fun!


Seamless BackingVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Seamless Pivot Backing Cards – this video shows three different methods for cutting seamless backing cards for Pivot Cards.

Raquel Mason used the outside border technique on this fabulous Evergreen Pivot Card. She took advantage of the stencil features on the decorator tree dies to add glittered decor and used the Merry Christmas script die on the card’s front. So festive!

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Triple Pivot1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Triple Pivot Card – This video teaches you how to cut a Pivot Card die into the fold of the card, away from the fold to create a triple.

Frances Byrne used the Triple Pivot technique with the House Pivot Card to create the floating fence between two houses. She then decorated with the Holiday House die and decorator dies from the Evergreen Pivot Card. The Merry & Bright Clear Stamps create the perfect greeting.


Sandy Diller also used the Triple Pivot Card technique for her card, using the Tags Pivot Card. An adaptation that Sandy made was to slide the die even further from the fold, creating more of a Quadruple Pivot Card, which she accordion-folded as a cascading inner pop-up element. The colors and styling are just perfect for her Thanksgiving theme.

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Confetti AccordionVIDEO TECHNIQUE: Confetti Stream Accordion Card – this video shows how to cut a stream into the pages of the Gift Card Accordion and fill it with confetti for a fun shaker card.

Fran Sabad used Whiskers the Cat for her confetti accordion. She chose bright patterned papers to tie in all the colors of the sequin confetti. As Fran says on her blog; “You just can’t help shaking this card!”

Rocky Doffs1VIDEO TECHNIQUE: Rocky Doffs his Cap – this video shows a fun technique using the Rectangle Pull card and altering a Character die to have articulated limbs that allow the spinner die to create great movement.

Raquel Mason made a brilliant version of this technique using the Rectangle Pull Card, Sleigh, Chilly the Penguin, Props 5 and Merry & Bright Clear Stamps. On her blog is a video of the card opening and closing – well worth the click!

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shelly-hickox-accordion-steampunk-card-open-viewCARD TECHNIQUE: Shelly Hickox’s Accordion-turned-Tunnel Card – Shelly Hickox has been transforming Accordion dies into tunnel cards with an easy little notching technique in the centers of the pages. She’s made several versions, including a Tea Card and a Winter Wonderland Card.

Karen Aicken really wanted to try Shelly’s tunnel card idea for her second challenge card and since I make the rules for the challenge, I can change the rules for the challenge! Ha ha. Here’s Karen’s fun card, featuring a lot of Pop it Ups dies, including the Gift Card Accordion, Fence & Christmas Trees Pop Stands, Characters Virgil, Snowball, Brownie and Cheepers, Props 1 and 2.


I say this every month, but I’ll say it again – the Designer Challenge Team is INCREDIBLE! Not only are these ladies talented, but they’re so nice and supportive to each other. They are my very best friends.

Hey Facebook users – there is a new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family group where you can share your own projects using ECD products. Crafters have joined from all over the world and are posting amazing inspiring projects. You can also participate in regular contests and giveaways, so join the family today!

As for Designer Challenges, we’ll end our second Pop it Ups year with a theme that hits close to home (literally!). Join us December 16th for a challenge called “Home for the Holidays.” The team will be interpreting the phrase using Pop it Ups dies.

Happy Crafting!

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Deck the Halls Chilly Gift Card Accordion

Hi!  It’s Fran Sabad and I’m excited to share with you a cute idea using Karen Burniston’s Gift Card Accordion with Chilly the Penguin.

Here is the card in the closed position:

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And here it is opened up:

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  1. Use the Gift Card Accordion Die cut to cut the following pieces:
    1. (2) full pages from sturdy red cardstock
    2. (2) pieces from patterned paper, using the paper over the inner rectangle only. Trim to just the rectangles and glue the patterned paper rectangles over the red cardstock pages, taking care to line up the tuck slots on Page 2 perfectly to be able to add a gift card later.
  2. Use the companion Flourish Gift Frame die set to die cut 3 white Flourish Frames. Adhere the frames to the pages, including one for the front of the album when closed.
  3. Assemble the Gift Card Accordion according to the package directions or by watching Karen’s assembly video here: Gift Card Accordion
  4. Die cut Chilly the Penguin using white, black and orange cardstock and assemble him.  Make slits between his body and arms.  Using gold thread, wrap Chilly as shown.EDC Nov 14 detail 2EDC Nov 14 detail
  5. Die cut the string of Christmas lights from the Holiday House die set four times (1 set each in red, blue, green and yellow) and trim into individual bulbs. For the bulbs that are adhered to Chilly, simply glue them over the thread. For any bulbs that are hanging off of Chilly, sandwich the thread between two bulbs adhered back-to-backPIU GCH 02 side
  6. Die cut the largest decorator tree from the Evergreen Pivot Card set and sponge green ink through the die to create the swirl pattern, Adhere the tree to the page with a pop dot and add a glitter star.
  7. Stamp “Santa Says” in green and “Shop!” in red using the Merry & Bright clear stamps. Die cut the circle and add to the page.
  8. Die cut 4 presents and bows using the Evergreen Pivot Card set – one each in yellow, red, green and blue. Assemble the presents and adhere them to Page 2, being careful not to cover the tuck slots that will hold the gift card.

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Add your gift card and make someone smile!  Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Cardstock in red, white, blue, green, yellow and orange
  • Glittered star embellishment
  • Gold thread
  • Acrylic block, red and green ink
  • Coordinating patterned paper

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Helen – Accordion Circle Cowboy Birthday Card

Hi everyone – Helen here! I thought for today’s card I should challenge myself to tackle one of those trickier male cards. Fortunately, Karen Burniston has created some wonderful products perfect for celebrating the boys and men in your life!

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Instructions for making the card:

1. Using the Accordion Circle Card die set cut four panels from kraft cardstock, and four more from differing patterned papers. Trim the tabs and the inner circles from the patterned paper panels.

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2. For the first panel of the card, cut the two circles, clock face and hands, as shown below. The larger circle was made with a die from the Accordion Circle Card die set, and the smaller with a circle punch. Use dark brown ink and a sponge applicator to ink round the edges of the patterned paper pieces.


3. Assemble the first panel as shown below, using a brad through the clock hands and smaller circle. Stick the smaller circle on with foam pads.

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4. For the second panel of the card, cut the circle, ‘TIME’ letters and ‘Birthday’ as shown below. (The circle was made with a die from the Accordion Circle Card die set.) Stamp ‘Pardner’ in dark brown ink, and cut a larger orange border rectangle for it. Ink the edges of the patterned papers.

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5. Assemble the second panel as shown below, sticking the ‘Pardner’ pieces on with foam pads.

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6. For the third panel of the card, cut another circle using the same die, a piece of twine, and four flags from folded over pieces of patterned paper. Ink the edges of the patterned papers.

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7. Tape the ends of the twine to the back of patterned paper circle, before sticking it to the panel. Glue on the flags as shown below.

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8. For the last panel of the card, cut another circle, and pieces from the Props 6 die set as shown below. Cut by hand the little decorative parts of the boots. Ink the edges.

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9. Assemble the last panel as shown below, sticking the hat and boots on with foam pads. Make a little lasso by coiling up some kraft twine, and tie another piece of twine round it to secure it. Glue on the lasso.

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10. Finally, attach all of the panels to each other, and you are done!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Other Products:

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Patterened Papers (Basic Grey’s ‘Hey Boy’ 12 x 12 Pad)
  • Gold Cardstock
  • Dark Brown Cardstock
  • Turquoise Brad
  • Bark Brown Ink
  • Sponge Applicator
  • Bakers Twine, Kraft Twine
  • Trimmer, Scissors
  • Tape Runner, Foam Pads, Liquid Glue

Pop it Ups Winter Wonderland Tunnel Card

shelly hickox pop it ups tunnel cardHappy Saturday, everyone! It’s Shelly Hickox here today, and I’m going to show you how, with a few snips and a lot of glitter, you can turn Karen Burniston’s new Gift Card Accordion die into a beautiful winter diorama card.

shelly hickox pop it ups winter tunnel cardHow gorgeous are those layers of trees and snow?! The beauty of this card is that it’s three dimensional, but folds completely flat for mailing. The recipient will be amazed at how complex it looks, but it’s actually incredibly simple. Let’s get started!

IMG_49061. Begin by cutting a piece of 100 lb Soft Finish cardstock in half lengthwise, creating two 4.25″ x 11″ panels. Fold each panel in half. Place the folded panel on the Gift Card Accordion die, making sure you drop the folded edge below the cutting line on the die, so that the fold stays intact (you may want to tape it to hold it in place). Run the die and paper through your machine to cut. Repeat for other card. Cut out the center panels and cut off the tabs. Next, cut notches into the outer frame of one panel, and into the inner edges of the other, as shown.

IMG_49082. Use a sponge or inking tool to lightly color the panels on both sides.

IMG_49363. To give the card a bit more shimmer, stamp the two small snowflake dies from Karen Burniston’s Merry & Bright stamp set onto the card using embossing ink. Cover with sticky embossing powder and heat. Immediately cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Let cool and tap off excess. Assemble the card. For a more detailed tutorial, see my original post.

IMG_49324. Cover a sheet of white cardstock with double sided adhesive and die cut seven trees, being sure to cut with the release paper side up. Remove the release paper from the trees and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Polish the glitter with your finger to completely adhere and bring out the sparkle.

IMG_49425. To create the snowbanks, cover another piece of cardstock with double sided adhesive and cut several pieces using the wavy die from the Outdoor Edges set. Cut to fit the area of the card you’re decorating. Remove the backing paper and cover with Warm Diamond glitter. Tip – for an easy way to adhere the panels, cover the outer edges with a bit of release paper before you apply glitter. Remove the release paper and stick onto your card.

IMG_49456. To make the stickers usable for the card, adhere them to cardstock and then trim carefully with detail scissors.

shelly hickox accordion tunnel cardTo complete the card, add the glittered tress and snow as desired and adhere the deer as shown. I also cut a few snowflakes from the excess adhesive-covered paper (never throw away those scraps!) using the snowflake die from the All Seasons Tree set and added them randomly to the card.

I hope you enjoyed my wintry card tutorial! I love the sparkling snow and glittery deer, and how gorgeous is that embossed frame?! I can think of so many different ways you could use this idea. I would be thrilled if you’re inspired to try one of your own. If you do, we’d love to have you share it on the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family page on Facebook. People have been sharing some amazing cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful, creative weekend!



Supply List:

Other Supplies:

  • Blue Ink
  • Sticky Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Scissors

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Caz – Whiskers Winterland Fantasy

Hi friends, It’s Caz and I am here today with a fun hybrid card using the Garden Bench Pop it Ups die and the Gift Card Accordion Die.

It’s fun to play around with the dies and use them in a different way than their original design.  Today’s card is just such an experiment.

First up here is the main card opened.  You can see Whiskers the Cat is getting ready for Christmas, possibly waiting to meet a friend to exchange gifts?  Any one of the Character dies would look great on this card.  Or why not add a bunch?

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Here is how I made it :)

1. To get started I took  piece of blue card and cut the Accordion Gift card twice.  To make it stiffer I also cut 2 in white and backed them so the white is on the outside and blue is on the inside. The die makes the pretty decorative score lines in the frame and also cuts notches to hold a standard size gift card.

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2. For the center panel start with a piece of patterned paper cut to 14.5cm x 20cm (5.75″ x 8″) and folded in half.  Place the Garden Bench die onto the center fold and cut.

3. Also die cut a Garden Bench from brown card and use scissors to isolate just the bench so you get a piece as shown.  Use a brown ink pad to colour the bench.

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4.Using sticky notes, mask off the bench so only the detail part is showing and use a sponge and white ink to colour the detail white.

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Once the ink has dried, adhere the brown/white bench onto one that was cut into the patterned paper. Fold the bench according to the package instructions. You may also watch one of Karen’s videos here: (slide to 7:27) Garden Bench Assembly


5. Use the tabs on the Accordion panels to adhere them on either side of the card with Garden Bench.  Here you can see how it looks both on the front and back.

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6.  Cut two hills from the Outdoor Edges in white and stick onto the Accordion pages.

7. Cut the Flourish Gift frame twice from silver glitter paper and stick to the outside of the frame. (Note: roll the Flourish Gift Frame through your die cutting machine diagonally to get the best pressure for intricate dies)

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9. Cut and Emboss 6 trees from the Evergreen Pivot Card die set.  Cut 2 extra of the larger tree to make the tree that is behind the bench.  Cut as shown.  Edge trees with green ink.

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To make the large tree behind the bench I had to cut 2 trees and assemble and cut as per picture below. The notch will allow the tree to slide around the back arm of the bench and glue to the back of the card.

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9. Cut Whiskers the Cat from cardstock and colour as desired.  I have used my pencils to create a calico cat with lots of colours. I also die cut the Santa hat from the Props 5 die set and added it to Whiskers.

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11. Add a rectangle from the Flourish Gift Frame and cover the front of the Accordion and add Merry Christmas with Blue cardstock.

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12. Add gift card of your choice to other page on Gift Card Accordion.



Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

Other Items Used : Silver Glitter card, Blue & White card, Patterned Paper.

I hope you have enjoyed this style card and I look forward to seeing your take on it over at the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook group where I have seen lots of you sharing your amazing creations!

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Caz xx

Frosty Pinecones and Holly

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Hi, it is Christine from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team here. Today I would like to share a Christmas card that I created using Susan’s Garden Notes “Whitepine Boughs and Pinecones” die along with “Holiday Holly and Berries” die. I just love working with all of Susan’s dies. Here we go!

  1. Using the Accordion Circle Card, die cut 3 panels from off-white cardstock, 4 panels from B&T paper (background and texture) and 2 from Shimmer Sheetz. Also cut 1 piece of off-white cardstock 4-3/4″ square and 2 pieces of B&T 4-3/4″ square. From off-white cardstock, cut 2 scalloped circles using the largest scallop circle die in this set and 1 from Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Also From the Shimmer Sheetz cut “Merry Christmas” using the Quietfire die and “Joy” using ECD’s die (use Metal Adaptor Plate for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz). Lastly cut a set of frames for the center panel from off-white cardstock using the Square w/ Circle Frame Edges – circles. Note: on the items cut from the Shimmer Sheetz and the scallop circles I backed the paper with the Double Sided Clear Adhesive before die cutting.
  2. From the 4 B&T panels and the 2 Shimmer Sheetz panels remove the circle and all the tabs. Set these aside as they will be used to decorate your card base. Ink edges of all panels, your circles (with tabs removed), scalloped circles and frame pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  3. Cut, shape and build your pinecones and boughs using Susan’s video found here and do the same for the Holly and Berries using Susan’s video found here. To create the frost I used Dries Clear Designer Adhesive sprinkled with Diamond Dust.
  4. Next build your card base using Karen Burniston’s video found here.  Susan’s and Karen’s videos are wonderful and very easy to follow.
  5. Using your pieces decorate your card.


I hope that this inspires you to try your hand at this card – Enjoy!

Until next time – Happy Crafting!



Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

1088 Susan’s Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

1091 Susan’s Garden Notes – Whitepine Boughs and Pinecones

808 Susan’s Garden 4 pc All Metal Tool Kit

810 Large Molding Pad

811 Leaf Pad

30115 PanPastels Set 1

753 Joy Die

769 Accordion Circle Card

770 Square w/ Circle Frame Edges – circles

1056 Quietfire Die – Merry Christmas

SS0214 Shimmer Sheetz – Rd Metallic

503 Double Sided Clear Adhesive – 6X6

506 Double Sided Clear Adhesive – 6mm

801 Fine Pointed Tweezers

803 Metal Adaptor Plate


Other Supplies Used:

Close to My Heart cardstock – Colonial White, Coca, New England Ivy

Close to My Heart B&T – White Pines

Distress Ink – Vintage Photo

Diamond Dust

Dries Clear Designer Adhesive





Christmas Trees Pop Stand Exploding Box Tutorial

Hello! Helen here, this time with a card idea I’ve wanted to try for a while – an exploding box card with a Pop Stand feature in the middle. I decided to use Karen Burniston’s lovely new Christmas Trees Pop Stand, which has a beautiful floating centre.

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Directions for making the card:

1. Score a 12” x 12” double-sided piece of card stock into 4” squares as shown below.

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2. Cut away the four corner squares. Fold under the two outer side squares (so that the card base can fit through a die cutting machine). Die cut the small pop stand tabs into the middle of the centre square. (This will also die cut the two folded-under side squares, but these die cuts will get covered up later.) Open out the card base again, so that it looks as below.
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3. Using more double-sided card stock, die cut pieces to make the larger 3D tree from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand set, following Karen’s directions in this video. Attach the tree to the die cut Pop Stand tabs, as shown below.

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4. Cut four 3” x 3” squares from patterned paper, and die cut four contrasting coloured trees, using the die from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand set as shown, plus 6 silver glitter card stock stars.
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5. Use the pieces shown in step 4 to decorate the four internal sides of the exploding card, as shown below. Adhere the trees with foam pads, and glue some silver tinsel to the trees. Adhere the stars, including two back-to-back at the top of the 3D tree. Glue a small amount of tinsel to either side of the 3D tree’s stars.

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6. Use a stamp from the Merry and Bright Clear Stamp set on cream card. Layer it onto red patterned paper. Cut two banner ends from silver glitter card stock, and stick everything to the card base as shown below.
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7. To make the lid, cut a 6” x 6” square, and score it 7/8” in from all four sides. Snip one side of each of the four little corner squares, to make tabs. Glue these tabs behind the long rectangles, to made the sides of the lid.Helen Cryer - 8

8. Cut two 3” x 3” squares and adhere one to the bottom of the box (to cover over the pop stand holes), and the other to the lid. Cut another tree and star, and add to the lid, along with some more tinsel.Helen Cryer - 9

9. Finally, cut four 2” x 3” rectangles of patterned paper, and adhere them to the box sides. Die cut an assortment of silver glitter card stock stars (from the All Seasons Tree die set and the Spiral Circle Pull Card die set), and use them to decorate the box sides.Helen Cryer - 10

The lid holds the sides of the box in place, and when the lid is removed, the sides fall open to reveal the trees inside. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and perhaps come up with some other versions of exploding box Pop Stand cards!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Two different sheets of 12” x 12” double-sided Card Stock
  • Silver Glitter Card Stock
  • Cream Card Stock
  • Tinsel
  • Tape Runner, Foam Pads and Glue Pen
  • Score Board
  • Paper Trimmer, Scissors
  • Dark Red Ink

Pop it Ups Wednesday with Fran – Hedgehog Halloween

Hi!  It’s Fran Sabad from the Karen Burniston Design Team ready to share a fun Rectangle Accordion Album .

My favorite part about Halloween is that there are no “rules” to decorating.  Sequins, cobwebs, princesses and ghouls – all go together to create some spooky fun!  This Pop It Ups Rectangle Accordion card is a perfect example of “everything goes!”  I started with three accordion panels in gray card stock and the Katie Star Frame Edges and Katie Flourish Frame Edges in black.  I stamped the Hedgehog Daisy Halloween stamp set on gray and colored it with Copic markers.(W7, W5. W3,W1 and W00)  Then I added some washi tape, sequins, and black glitter stars along with a glitter banner and big jewel.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 open


Here it is open.  Each panel has it’s own character. I used the Katie Flourish Frame Edges on the middle page and the Katie Stars on the two outer pages and on the front of the album.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 left sideThe moon is lightly colored with a white chalk marker.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 middle

The vampire has white chalk marker on the lantern, cummerbund, and bow tie and the witch has the same marker on her scarf.

PIU Rectangle Accordion 03 right side


The Rectangle Accordion makes scenes come together in such a fun way!  For matting each image, I also mixed in the matting dies from the Rectangle Pull card. Both sets of decorator rectangle dies work together and don’t duplicate!  Perfect!

For a video tutorial on assembling the Accordion albums, watch Karen’s video.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies

Other Supplies

Stampin’ Up! Gray and Black cardstock, ink, washi tape, jewels, sequins and white chalk marker.

Copic markers

A Christmas Card using the brand new Gift Card Accordion

Hi it’s Kelly Booth Here,

Have you seen the new Gift Card Accordion die by Karen Burniston Pop it Ups that was launched yesterday? It is definitely one of my favorites and I know it will get used often!  I thought it was the perfect die to use with one of the recent Petroschi Designs by Bianca stamps, named Cardinal. They are gorgeous stamps and so fun to color.

The Card in the Closed Position:

Watermarked Photo 2 (2015-09-28-1112)(1)

Opened up:

Watermarked Photo 4 (2015-09-28-1113)

And a close up:

Watermarked Photo 3 (2015-09-28-1112)

Here is a diagram of the dies I used; the Gift Card Accordion and Flourish Gift Frame (coming soon) and the Merry Christmas Pop-up (available now).


I also have a diagram of the cuts I made from the various papers. If I say backed with DSA it means to apply ECD Double Sided Adhesive to the back of the cardstock prior to die cutting.

You will need a piece of red cardstock 5 1/2″ by 11″ , olive cardstock 5 1/2″ by 11″, light blue 8 1/2″ by 11″, white cardstock 4 1/4″ by 5″ 1/2″ and a small scrap of red for the “a gift for you”.


  1. Color the cardinal with markers of your choice. I used Copics on mine.
  2. Do all the die cutting as shown/described above.
  3. Put small piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape onto the tabs of the red accordion. Facing the tabs to the right, join the two and snip off the tabs of the second panel. (Hint: watch Karen’s video tutorial for Gift Card Accordion assembly)
  4. Place the two olive pieces that have the gift card slots onto the two pages of the album, making sure to line up the notches perfectly on the second page so a gift card can be added later. Place the solid olive panel onto the first page of the Accordion, covering up the slots and making a layered olive backdrop.
  5. Place the colored Cardinal piece onto the first page and then the “a gift for you” greeting, making sure to place it toward the left so it does not cover up too much of the cardinal.
  6. Remove adhesive backing from 2 of the frames and place them onto the outer frames, lining up with the outside edges for perfect placement. Fold the card into a valley fold.
  7. Put a small piece of double sided tap onto the inner tab of the cardinal page and bring the gift card page over to the tab to connect in the usual fashion. Train the inner rectangles to fold as a mountain fold.
  8. Add the final Flourish Frame to the front of the album.
  9. Using a liquid adhesive put a little bit on the very bottom of the Merry Christmas and adhere to the top right side of the accordion.  Add a gift card to page 2. Your card is now complete  :)

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today!

Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. Don’t forget to take a peek at Karen’s five brand new dies.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

 Gift Card Accordion

Flourish Gift Frame

Merry Christmas Pop Up (1039)

Cardinal (RS021)

Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″ 270gr/100lb 10 pack (PSF102)

Transparent Double Sided Tape – 101mm (510)

Other Supplies:

Cardstock, Red, Olive, White and Light Blue

Black Dye Ink

Copic Markers

Die Cutting Machine

Liquid adhesive