Tuesday 11 March 2014

2nd Spring Designer Challenge Card

Good morning frirends!

I found a package of sweet bird stickers when I was poking around Michaels one day, and picked them up even though I didn't have a plan for them. Then Karen Burniston announced her March Designer Challenge as a "Spring" theme using any of the Pop It Ups die collection. Bingo!

First, the front of the card. I love the chalkboard look that is so trendy right now, so kept the front of my card nice and simple. I added pink buttons from the same sticker sheet to chalkboard printed paper and the front was done!

I used the 'Lots of Pops' Pop it Up die for the card inside.  The Pop it Ups dies are unique in that you can choose the size of card and  you can place the die anywhere along the fold of your card. I chose to keep the pop up portion towards the left edge, leaving me room to place the trellis on the right.

That sounded good in my head, but when I cut the Bamboo Trellis, it was too wide for the area.  The remedy was to cut the trellis into two vertical pieces, slide one over the other and attach them in place. I was so pleased at how well the two pieces lined up! The added bonus was the doubled up layer gave the trellis more stability.  In the photo below, you can see the join - it's on the left of the trellis. (You can also click on the photo to enlarge it).

I used a banner die that comes with the Lots of Pops die & Bakers Twine to create the little banner at the top left, adding more buttons from the sticker sheet.

I wanted it a little more stable so I added a 1" strip of transparency to the back that extends the full height of the trellis.

The crochet flowers were also an impulse buy at Michaels (I know - I'm weak.) but I sure loved having them to use on this card! I added a few tiny Glitter Flowers to the crochet ones for a bit of shine.

I cut one of the labels that come with the Lucy Label Pop Up and hand lettered 'Spring has Spring'.  After inking the edges, it got popped up on the Lots of Pops platform. One of the Curvy Leaves and a bird sticker were added to the smaller (optional) bump that cuts with the Lots of Pops.

I trimmed a couple of strips from additional patterned paper and attached them across the bottom enter of the card.

Below you can see how I attached the trellis to the card. Once it was decorated, I decided I didn't want it flush with the inside. I cut a 3-1/4" x 1/2" strip of patterned paper.  I scored 4 lines, 3/4" apart which left me with a small tab to attach the strip into a 3/4" square 'box'.   I attached it just barely above the fold line.

All in all, I was happy with how this card turned out, and it will be going to someone special this Easter.  :-)

Be sure to check out the rest of Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge Team (links on my sidebar, to the right) to see what they've come up with for the challenge, and the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog tomorrow when Karen B does her post!

Supplies used:
Lots of Pops - 778 Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Lucy Label (Label) - 779 Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Bamboo Trellis - 727, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Curvy Leaves - 730, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Glitter Flowers  - 7048 Elizabeth Craft Designs
Bird stickers - Martha Stewart
Patterned paper - We R Memory Keepers
Crochet Flowers - Michaels
Bakers Twine

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Such a fun Spring card, so many awesome details on this card.

  2. such fabulous card! Every day a new highlight!

  3. WOW, this is one FABULOUS card, Karen!
    I love...love...love...the "chalkboard" paper!
    Beautifully done!

  4. Beautiful card! I really love the colors - they just say "spring" to me.

  5. Cute little birds & the crochet "Impulse" flowers.


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