Hi, it’s Karen Burniston with the August 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 to use the Character dies (Hoppy the Frog, Poppy the Owl, Chilly the Penguin and optional Props1) to make any sort of project, pop-up or otherwise. You’re going to love the clever creations they’ve made.
For my project, I have used the new Spiral Circle Pull Card, the All Seasons Tree plus Poppy the Owl and Props 1 for an all-purpose Love card (or should I say “owl-purpose”?). This would make a great back-to-school card, too. Learn how I made it, along with general tips and tricks for the Spiral Circle Pull Card die plus several great decorated samples from the team in this video tutorial:
Here are photos of the finished card, which measures 5″ wide by 6″ tall and will mail for a single stamp in an A7 envelope (5×7).
- 916 Spiral Circle Pull Card die set by Karen Burniston
- 781 All Seasons Tree die set by Karen Burniston
- 910 Poppy the Owl die set by Karen Burniston
- 911 Props 1 die set by Karen Burniston
- 917 Clock & Gears die set by Karen Burniston (3″ circle die only)
- Prima patterned papers, Core’dinations cardstock, washi tape, Hero Arts woodgrain stamp, Stampendous greeting stamp, write-on transparency, twine
Time to check out the amazing inspiration by the Designer Challenge Team.
Hoppy the Frog:
Caz Counsell got very clever making a card in the shape of a lily pad. Then she added the Lots of Pops Pop it Ups die inside to animate Hoppy the Frog, wearing Props 1.
Fran Sabad used Hoppy for a festive Thank You card using the Lorna Label pop-up and the Agatha Edges dies. Such fun colors in this card. See the front on Fran’s blog.
Helen Cryer’s Hoppy Fancy Accordion card is full of fun. Such great patterns and colors, including jump lines for Hoppy and little Props1 bows with pearl-centers in the corners. She had me at hello.
Raquel Mason doubled the Lorna Label pop-up die by cutting it into a folded card instead of an open card. This creates a double platform and she decorated it perfectly with Hoppy decorated as a tree frog. The All Seasons Tree makes a great branch for the Characters by turning it sideways. Raquel also used the Outdoor Edges on this card and she’ll be teaching it as a class in Florida in September. (details on her blog)
Frances Byrne created such fabulous movement with this Spiral Circle Pull Card featuring Hoppy and the lips from Props 1. Notice that she decorated the tuck slots with little flies. The coloring on the lilies is fabulous.
Karen Aicken also used Hoppy with the Spiral Circle Pull Card die, but for her card she did not use the spiral die and made a gate-fold double instead. She also added a spring feature behind the frogs so they jiggle. Love the use of the Props 1 to create a masculine and feminine Hoppy.
Summer Hills-Painter made a quick and easy card front using Hoppy holding the present from the Evergreen Pivot Card. The Character dies are a nice finished size (around 2.5″ tall) to fill the space for card fronts. She also took advantage of the emboss/stencil feature on Hoppy to add leg spots and nostrils.
Kelly Booth made these adorable lunch box notes for her grandkids. How sweet for them to get a special little note from Mom and Grandma each day in their lunch. She used Hoppy the Frog and Props 1.
Chilly the Penguin:
Fran Sabad used Chilly the Penguin to decorate a Bell jar to fill with candy. What a great way to present a gift. Six Chillys will fit perfectly on the jar. Fran also used the snowflake decorator die that is included with the All Seasons Tree and embellished with rhinestones. See the top of the jar on her blog.
Caz Counsell made a brilliant card featuring a scene with Chilly the Penguin making a snow penguin. She used the shadow layer of the Chilly die for the snowman and added Chilly’s scarf and the hat from Props 1. She created a background using the Outdoor Edges and snowflakes from the All Seasons Tree. Love this!
Frances Byrne is clever, clever, clever! I love that she used the Evergreen Pivot Card and the Outdoor Edges to make a snowy scene for Chilly the Penguin (wearing Props 1) and then used the greeting “Have a chillin’ birthday!” so it could be used any time of the year. Great color combo, too!
Poppy the Owl:
Kelly Booth made this adorable birthday card for my twins’ 16th birthday using Poppy the Owl and Props 1 on a doubled Lorna Label pop-up card. For the grass in the background she used the Outdoor Edges. Karl and Emma loved it!
Donna Wright was commissioned to make a Mr. & Mr. wedding card and used Poppy the Owl and Props 1 on the Spiral Circle Pull Card. Notice her use of different colors to create tuxedos for the owls – how clever!
Frances Byrne used the Happy Birthday Stand-up Helper die to create a great easel card and then decorated with Poppy the Owl perched on an All Seasons Tree used as a branch. Love the leaves especially!
Caz Counsell shows how perfectly the Characters fit on the Accordion Album dies. For her card she used the Oval Accordion and *NEW* Oval Clouds Frame Edges plus Poppy the Owl. She also mixed in some of the decorator dies from other sets. (I encourage this! Don’t think the decorator dies are just for the set they came with.)
Fran Sabad really had fun with Poppy and the Props1 die for this card, attaching all the props to swing-out arms so it becomes a fun interactive card for the recipient. She also made a kids’ art holder using Poppy dressed as a scholar. Amazing projects!
Karen Aicken has packed a lot of smiles into one awesome Heart Pivot Card. Poppy the Owl looks great in pink, along with the Props 1 glasses and perched on an All Seasons Tree. Notice the clever use of a dots stamp to fill in the foliage on the tree. She rounds it out with an Agatha Edges flourish along the bottom. Lovely!
Summer Hills-Painter created a great easel card in a wedding theme by using the Square w/Circle Frame Edges as a backdrop and filling in with a happy Poppy couple. The crown on the bride is made using a decorator die from the Katie Label Accordion die and the Props 1 die creates the rest of the accessories. How clever to use Poppy’s heart as the eyes! The Congratulations Stand-up Helper works perfectly to make this an elegant gift for the newlyweds.
Shelly Hickox created one of her signature Shellypieces for this month’s challenge. She used the new Ring Accordion album, Poppy the Owl, Props 1 and the Clock and Gears die for a fantastic steampunked birthday card. Poppy has a monocle and spats!
More than one Character:
Raquel Mason made this sensational gatefold Spiral Circle Pull Card to showcase two of the Characters – Poppy and Chilly, plus Props 1, the present from the Evergreen Pivot Card, the fence post (as a candle) from the House Pivot Card, and the Clock and Gears dies. So many amazing details in this card!
I’ll be back next month on September 17th with another Designer Challenge. In September the Designers have been challenged to use Pop it Ups dies for Spooky September and inspire your Halloween creations.