Sunday, May 15, 2016

Designer Challenge Week and new stuff!

It's a double happy day because it's not only Designer Challenge Week but also the release of some great new dies, stamps and stencils from Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I love to mix things up so I have combined some of the old with some of the new.

Karen challenged the team to feature her Stage It Stencils this month.  I love to stencil using paint, ink, sprays and molding paste but this time I decided to use one of my favorite new Stage It Stencils - Gears, as an embossing element.  It gives the same great effect as an embossing folder by simply using the embossing sandwich for your machine.

SteamPunky Monkey is back for a visit.

Here's how I made it!

I embossed my copper paper with the Gears Stage It Stencil (coming soon) then attached to card base.

I cut my card from dark brown cardstock using the Rectangle Pull Card Die. Using the Pull Card Edge Set I cut a piece of coordinating paper for the front panel.

Next came all the parts for Jinks the Monkey as well as the new Top Hat, Band and Wings from
the new Steampunk Charms Set.  If you are unsure how to assemble Jinks, click here for a video. After I began assembling Jinks, I decided to change the color of his face and chest piece.  I then added a bow tie from the Props 1.   The hat and wings are designed to be charms but I didn't need the ring on the hat so simply cut it off.  The loops on the wings came in very handy for attaching them to a gear using a brad.

While making my gears, from the Clock and Gears Set and the new Steampunk Charm Set, I discovered what I like calling "a happy accident".   I wanted my gears to have some dimension so decided to cut them from Fun Foam.   It worked perfectly except for the color of the foam.  A friend told me about this marvelous Rusty Paper Paint from Viva so I decided to see if it would work on Fun Foam.  I'm so happy with the results.  They look and feel just like rusty gears.

I couldn't find a link to the paint but I ordered it on line from JoAnn's.  The company is My Paper World, the Viva line.  If you enjoy steampunk as much as I do you will definitely want some of this.
Next comes the inside of the card.  Included in the Rectangle Pull Card is this handy little piece that makes anything you attach to it move.  I used the new Steampunk Clear Stamps for my greeting.  To assemble the moving platform, simply fold on the score lines, shown by the arrows, and add to the card in the fold. Next attach your greeting.

This was a fun card to put together.  Don't forget about using your stencils for embossing, who doesn't love double duty from one product?  The Stage It Stencils are high quality and have a convenient hole on the top of the stencil for a ring as well as the Elizabeth Craft Designs name etched on the top edge.

Hope to see you tomorrow when I will be sharing another new stencil, stamps and dies from the new release.

Until then - stay crafty,

Here are some links to the new items - Coming Soon
Steampunk Charms
Steampunk Clear Stamps
Gears Stencil

Want to complete your Characters and Props collection? Now's your chance!

Poppy, Buster, Rocky, and Brownie. Bears, dogs, owls, and frogs. Cowboys and party hats. Mustaches and glasses. Scuba gear. Let your imagination run wild with Characters and Props die sets, from the Pop it Ups line by Karen Burniston!

We are offering 20% off all Characters and Props on our online store from now until Thursday, May 19th.

Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge will be up on her blog on Wednesday, May 18th. Be sure to stop by, it's a good one! 


  1. Love love love this...I just want to come play with you and your stash!!!

  2. Hi Sandy, I love your card :) I really like the square shape when it is closed. Could you please tell me the measurement of your base piece and where you scored for folding. I would appreciate your help so much. Have a great day. Linda.

  3. Hi Sandy, I got it figured out. Did lots of different sizes and got what I wanted. Thanks anyway. Love seeing your creations. Greetings, Linda.


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