Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CCDT September Blog Hop "Upright Piano"

Welcome to the
Creative Circle Design Team blog hop!
This is a long post, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back & relax!
This month's hop is one of my signature 3D designs. It is an "Upright Piano" design!

It is designed to hold A2 cards and envelopes in the string compartment box. 

The piano has a hinge cover that opens and closes to reveal the keyboard. The hinge cover is held with mini magnets to give some interactive fun, which can be left closed or opened. I showed two of the same picture without moving them to show you the cover.

Who doesn't want an Upright Piano to display! It is a perfect signature piece for any piano teachers or anyone who plays keyboard instrument. Size of the 3D Upright Piano measures 5-1/2 (w) x 3-3/4 (d) x 4" (h).

Did you know that this can coordinate with all the music sheets, background stamps and musical dies we have in the 2017 Holiday catalog? If you haven't seen it, shoot me an email.

I actually made two pianos because I am soooo in love with this piece. I wanted to show you how it can hold coordinating cards and/or as a display.

Piano 1: Is made from basic black cs and whisper white cs. When I think of music, I think black & white because of the music sheets. 

I made "Thank You" cards to insert inside the Piano. It actually holds 5 cards and 5 envelopes. I used the music sheet DP as my background.

For the music bars, I stepped outside the box to show you that you can use the You Move Me thinlits dies. You will need 6 lines, but before you trim away, add two end bars to hold the lines together. 

Add a treble clef on the left side from the musical instruments framelits. We didn't have any current "thank you", so I made myself a SVG file to cut with my e-cutter.

I gave away this piece to a special piano instructor. She is not my piano instructor but my workout trainer at the gym. I got to know her since I started going to the gym in March, 2017 and she is an awesome instructor. I wanted to show her my appreciation and getting me back into shape. 

Piano 2: I turned my piano template to hold a small flowering box. I can't tell how beautiful this piece is using the Orchid Builder Bundles. It is so realistic and sitting on top of my piano.
The base is made from Tangerine Tango cs to create a terracotta look, and stamped all the covers using Hardwood stamp in Sahara Sand ink. To create a more vintage like - the edges are then sponged with Sahara Sand ink. 
The holder has a white foam board that can be purchased at your local craft store. The foam board sits inside the box to raise the depth, and to hold my flowers in place. The base is then covered with sphagnum moss. As I love orchids, I created an orchid display for my piece which sits on top of my piano.
The stem is made from large gauge wire that is wrapped in green floral tape. I also cut small stem nodes to attach to the stem. The orchid flowers do not lay flat on the wire but on the nodes. 

After stamping and die cutting the orchids, I sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry and assemble the pieces together. 

The leaves in the stamp set are not the leaves you see in the phalaenopsis orchids.
So I hand cut to create the rich bold green, and sponge the edges with Always Artichoke. 

Demonstrators Value

Do you have a keyboard instrument person in mind? Let me help you! Place a $25 order online and/or a kit to go, and you will receive this tutorial for FREE. 

The kit to go comes with pre-cut piano pieces. You will receive a zip file of PDF, SVG and Silhouette patterns, PDF step-by-step tutorial and an assembly video tutorial, and (3) mini magnets. This includes shipping.

Did you know, if you are a demonstrator you can teach this signature piece in your own workshop! It is a great value!

Before you hop over to my next amazing team member's blog, don't forget to add a comment below!

Stamps: Hardwood, Climbing Orchid, Sheet Music
Inks: Sahara Sand
Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolor, Merry Music
Tools: Big Shot, Precision Plate, You Move Me thinlits, Musical Instruments Framelits Dies (144677)
Other: lizhollowaydesign - 3D Upright Piano, mini magnets

I hope you enjoyed this project. Live in Canada? Come shop with me and you will have access to the StampersPlus VIP only FB group. This holds all my 3D templates, and exclusive videos for members only and other perks.!


Liz Holloway, Stampin’ Up! Canada Independent Demonstrator! 

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I ship ACROSS Canada with my shop. Join my InkRedible Crafters team. As part of the team, you will receive my 3D designs too for your electronic cutter! 
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Liz Holloway Design
Liz Holloway Design

I'm Liz Holloway. an independent demonstrator with Stampin' Up! I am a Canadian Demonstrator. I am a legal assistant by day and by night a wife/mother/designer. I am married to a wonderful husband, Stuart.


  1. Wow Liz both of your piano designs are over the top exciting and beautiful! Luv, luv, luv them. I like all the detail you've given in your post and beautiful pictures of your pianos. The orchid is awesome and showcases just how versatile this design can be. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

  2. Totally Amazing Liz! Love both of your piano's versatility. The orchid display is a masterpiece, so clever and creative. Thank you for sharing them, they're so much fun to decorate. :)

  3. I am so VERY much mind blown by this project Liz. We have a relative that music has played a HUGE part in her life. As soon as I saw mind went straight to Erica.
    I am an SU demo in Sydney Australia. Sadly I cannot place an order with you but I am wondering is this available to purchase???
    I do not have.a Silhouette cutter or similar....just me and my scissors....LOL
    I would appreciate any feedback or thoughts you have with regards to my enquiry.
    Thanks again for sharing such a magical project.
    Lynda....SU Demo fm Down Under!!! ooxx

    1. PS...forgot to say LURVE the orchid idea too oxox

    2. Hi Lynda, thank you so much for leaving a comment! It is a great hit, and yes it will be available for purchase. I will upload it this weekend, and available in the online store.

  4. Liz, thanks for the piano cut file you shared with us to make this wonderful project. Both of your designs are totally awesome. I had thought of something similar to your Orchid design but didn't get to it. Yours is beautiful!

  5. AMAZING! Liz- you are so talented! I can't thank you enough for sharing this gorgeous piano 3D file with all of us in this blog hop. You are just amazingly creative! I just love what you've created here, thanks for all you do for us!

  6. Ohmigoodness I LOVE this piece. Amazing and I can think of a couple of people that I will have to make it for!

    1. You will love the pattern! It will be up on the online tutorial site by Monday!

  7. OMGoodness!!! The piano is amazing and the flower pot version is unbelievable! Your 3D creativity never ceases to astound me.

  8. These are amazing are your 3d designs! Proud to be on your team!

  9. This is so beautiful Liz. I just love the colors you used and a terrific take on the Challenge.

  10. Hi Liz

    I just love your pianos, they are beautiful. I would love a tutorial, but I don't have any machines that will cut out the design. Do you have an alternative please?
    Cheers Wendy

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