Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pop it Ups Designer Challenge - Homegrown Holidays

Hi all! Today I'm sharing my card for Karen Burniston's July Designer Challenge. This month, we're a little bit country! With Karen's new dies coming out soon, she wanted us to share our Homegrown Holidays cards. My card started out to be a quick and simple card, but you know how that goes! I was having so much fun I couldn't stop adding little details to it.

Ever since the Barn Pop Stand die set came out, I knew I wanted to make a wintry card with a snowy red barn. I started by cutting white cardstock to 5" x 10" to created a five inch square card. Next, I used the Evergreen Pivot die to cut the pop up element. On the right side I added a barn that was cut from kraft cardstock and painted with Barn Door (of course) Distress paint. The wreath was cut twice from green cardstock using a die from Karen's new Rudy the Reindeer set and tied with twine. All the snow was created with Ranger's Texture Paste and Elizabeth Craft Designs Warm Diamond glitter.

It's easy to elongate the new fence from the new Fence Pop Stand die set to any length you want. Just place the top cutting pad over the die, then pull it back to the center of the last post and cut - that way the die won't cut all the way through the end fence post. Then move the die down, matching it up with the previous cut. Place the cutting pad over the die, leaving the other half of the last post uncovered and cut. You could also just glue two together, but that would have made it too bulky to fold for this card.

To color my fence, I used Frayed Burlap Distress paint. To make the fence pop out when the card is open, make sure it's slightly shorter than the width of the card and adhere the ends to the outside of the card. You might have to play around with the length of the posts to make sure it doesn't interfere with the pivot mechanism. I trimmed mine down until it didn't catch - very easy!

The horse silhouette die is one of my faves from the new Western Edges die set. I cut the horses from brown cardstock and then white and layered them together. The sky was created by clear embossing the snowflakes from Karen's new Merry and Bright stamp set and then inking over them with Stormy Sky ink.

See that banner? The sentiment says 'from our family to yours', but I wanted to reflect my farm theme, so I simply stamped the word 'farm' from Karen's other new stamp set - Homegrown Greetings - then snipped it out and adhered it over the word family. Perfect! I used the banner from the Lots of Pops set to cut it out. So cute!

I kept the card front fairly simple. I added another horse to match the one on the inside, a snowy hill, and a small tree. The sentiment from Karen's Merry and Bright set was stamped with Wendy Vecchi's Red Geranium Archival ink (my all-time favorite red ink!).

You know I love my little videos! It's so fun to see how the fence pops out when you open the card.

All the supplies I used can be found at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Simon Says Stamp via the links below. To read more about Karen's new Pop it Ups release, check out THIS post on her blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure and check the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog tomorrow for a very informative post from Karen, and to see all the wonderful inspiration from the Designer Challenge team.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous, fantastic attention to detail. I love the scene you have set and I love the text, gorgeous piece, so well thought out. Tracy x

  2. You nailed it again, Shelly! Who wouldn't want to display this cute interactive card after receiving it from you this Christmas? I am keeping this URL so I can do something similar for a few special people this year.

  3. I adore this card and wish I had a barn or horses or even a great fence so I could use it. I'll think of something since it is so fun. I especially like the front becoming part of the inside scene without "disclosing" the whole scene until it opens. I'm thinking some kind of garden scene would work, or even an over the river and thru the woods, to Grandma's house we go.

  4. This is so cool I can hardly stand it!! YaHOO! =) It makes me smile.

  5. That is so much fun Shelly, love your wintery farm scene!

  6. So absolutely adorable. What a fantastic way to combine the two dies sets for a genius card. Gorgeous treatment on the trees and I love the wreath on the barn. What a great card! -- Mary Elizabeth

  7. Seriously??....You're amazing!!!!! This is incredible. :)

  8. What an adorable and amazing card!


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