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Sizzix Pop-up Ball Die

So let's talk the Sizzix Item #656024 - The Pop-up Ball die. All of the pop-up dies are shipping soon to a store near you!

Speaking of a store near me (see what I did there?) my good friends at Scrapbook Destination, in Centennial, Colorado, are hosting an all-day Make n Take Frenzy next Saturday, April 11th, from 10-4:30 dedicated to the pop-up dies. There are seven dies and you'll get a chance to try them all with seven different Make n' Takes going on from 10-1pm, and then ANOTHER seven Make n' Takes going on from 1:30-4:30. Six of the talented designers at Scrapbook Destination were each assigned one of the pop-up dies and they each created two Make n' Takes with their assigned die. Each of their MnT's costs $3.00 and you can pick and choose which ones you want to create.

I am the seventh designer, and I was assigned the pop-up ball. My Make n' Takes cost $5.00 each. In the morning hours we'll be creating this Happy Easter circle project. This could be a card, or a coffee-table project, or you could put it on a scrapbook page later. You decide!

Happy Easter Summary Page 1 copy  

In the afternoon hours, I'll switch to a different Make n' Take, the Transparency Ball Card. Again, this could be a card, a coffee-table project or added to a scrapbook page. The theme is wide open - you do not have to add travel photos to it. In fact, the transparencies we're using to create the ball have a "youth" theme (if you get in there and read it, I mean) so this would be a great project with pictures of a child or teen.

Transparency Ball Card Summary Page 1 

The transparency ball is fun because you can see the "guts" of the ball. In fact, we'll hang a little decorative tag in there. Cool!

I hope to see you there!

And for you non-Coloradans, who don't have snow on your daffodils, let me share some tips and tricks for working with the ball.

Jeanie e-mailed me with a great question about how to contain the ball in a card. The secret is in the C's - cardboard (or chipboard) and closures. The ball wants to pop-up, so you need something relatively stiff to keep it closed. My favorite way to keep the ball down is with a petal-fold envelope that closes in on four sides. With a petal-fold, you can make it out of cardstock instead of cardboard. It will take one sheet of 12x12 cardstock to make a petal-fold envelope and I'll make it easy for you with a template. Download Pop up Ball Envelope Template

Make sure when you print the template, that you change Page Scaling to "None" in the print dialog box.

You don't HAVE to use a petal-fold envelope, though. Here's a layout (the infamous "ball fell onto the floor" layout from the QVC segment) where I simply cut the patterned paper like a capital I to make a card big enough to hold the ball. I backed each of the card flaps with cardboard and then covered the cardboard on the inside with additional patterned paper (purple). I also backed the entire layout with cardboard so it wouldn't bow.

Butterfly Page 

You will need some sort of closure to keep the card closed until you're ready to have it pop-up. You can use a strong magnet, velcro, a rubber band around the card or over two brads, ribbon ties, snaps, or by wrapping a string in figure 8's around two brads or circles. On the layout above, I used that "legal envelope figure 8 string" thing with two flower brads.

On the Happy Easter project, it may be hard to see, but there is a rubber band stretched between the two brads where the pink flowers are. On the Transparency Ball project, I used a ribbon tie.

Closures are needed when you need the ball to store perfectly flat. (In a card or on a layout) If you have room for height, though, you can flatten the ball and pull up the petals until the ball holds itself down. This works great if the ball is on the front of a mini-album like so:

Emma Album cover 

Or maybe you just want to make a fun ornament that doesn't need to be stored flat at all. Here is the Beach ornament that Bonnie made for the QVC segment:

Bonnie Ornament Beach 

Imagine sending something like this to a friend by just collapsing the ball and putting it in a mailing envelope. It would pop up when the recipient pulled it out - all ready for hanging. (Christmas maybe?)

Hopefully this helps those of you who have the ball die already. e-mail me any questions - we definitely want happy customers. And as always, I'd love to see what you create with the dies!

RKQOTD (Karl: Mom, when can I get my money out of the bank? Me: When you're 18. You're saving for college, remember? Karl: (mopily) Yeah, that's what I thought. Me: You can make money every week if you'll just start doing your chores consistently. Karl: (aghast) I don't want to work for money!!)