This versatile frame comes with a lot of pieces and can be configured in a variety of ways. For my frame, I used the back, easel and larger front frame from the die, and then created a box card inside the frame that, when closed, shows a cute reindeer and the word "Joy" and when opened, shows a pop-up ornament made from the Pop-up Pumpkin die. The frame front is able to be moved out of the way to change the scene, and then put back into place around whichever scene you're in the mood for. Nifty, huh?
You can see all the shots of the project in this handy little slideshow I whipped up (in four hours with hair pulling, adobe tv how-to video watching, and a bunch of texts and calls to my brother). Hit the center play button to start the show and then, if desired, you can hit pause on any slide to examine it closely.
If for some reason the slideshow doesn't play for you, or if you prefer static photos, they are posted below.
A supply list is at the end of this post. Gobble gobble!
Here you'll see the frame in the closed, or "scene one" position. I've used My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly" papers and the fun new Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Deer and Mistletoe dies. The "JOY" letters are cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlit strip.
Open the front frame by sliding it off of the magnet on the right and swinging it open. The little beaded "feet" are attached to the front frame. The feet are merely decorative. There is an easel (you'll see it in a later photo) that comes with the die and supports it quite nicely, even with the added weight of the box card. I've drawn in some arrows to point out how this card stays open and closed. I've used strong magnets; a flat one is hidden under the paper/deer at the right side of the box card. The small flap that wraps up over the deer (at right) to keep the card closed uses a strong tube magnet, both for its added strength and also to allow it to be a peg for the front frame to slide over. When Scene 2 is revealed by opening the card, a third magnet will catch it at the left side to keep the ornament open.
After opening the card to reveal the ornament, the front frame can now be swung back into place and hooked over the tube magnet to stay in place. Because I wanted the ribbons to play a starring role in this ornament, I elected to use just 5 pumpkin body parts. This gives more span between the pieces for the ribbons to show up. Still, I needed a big "river" in my card to hold the bulk of the ribbons/cardstock (especially that pom-pom trim). This card measures 0.75" between the two center folds.
One nice thing about having such a huge area between the folds, though, is that it easily accomodates an ornament top without having to figure out how to fold it. The ornament hanger came from an inexpensive ball ornament and I hot-glued it to the card between the folds above the ornament.
I like the built-in easel that comes on the die. You can either glue it permanently open, or, if you're planning on mailing the frame, the easel will collapse.
The frame can be mailed in a 7.5" square envelope (I like translucent envelopes) with the ornament and easel closed up. The matboard makes it quite sturdy and unlikely to be damaged (too badly) in the mail. Of course, a bubble mailer is always the safest bet.
I'm introducing something new. And cheap! It's a template (plus assembly instructions) for two dollars!
First up we've got the Explosion Box. I posted a Christmas version of this box the other day and promised that I'd show the same box in a completely different theme.
I created another box using Stampin' Up! supplies, this time in a floral/birthday theme and using the Pop-up Cake die.
The box, when closed, measures 5.75" square on top, and is about 5.5" tall with the lid on. I designed it to be constructed out of three pieces (or half a pack) of Stampin' Up! #114320 On Board Long Board chipboard. You could also use 3 sheets of Sizzix matboard, any color, or any other chipboard you have on hand.
When you lift the lid straight up, the four sides will fall open. This box will accomodate pretty much all of the Sizzix pop-up dies, including the cake. Simply build your pop-up in the usual manner on any of the interior folds and it will pop-up when the box falls open.
Here is a close-up of the cake, which was constructed using the Reinforced Cake Instructions (available in this blog's sidebar) and Whisper White cardstock. The side tiers are made from Designer Series Paper (Sweet Pea) with two layers of white lace ribbon on the bottom and top tiers. The center tier is covered in felt flowers.
Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "Why do I need to build the cake over a card fold? Why don't I just construct a static cake and stick it in the center of the box?
Good question! You could certainly center the cake in the box as a static object, but by taking advantage of the fold-a-bility of the pop-up cake, it will end up positioned diagonally inside the box when closed, leaving you room to add a small gift or gift card next to it inside the box! (Plus, it's just fun when things pop up!)
All Supplies Stampin' Up! with exception of: ribbon lace (Wyla), pink ribbon (source unknown), big buttons (general craft)
Want to make your own Explosion Box and don't feel like measuring? How about an inexpensive template set with some pictorial instructions to walk you through creating the box? The templates are for the box itself - not the pop-up parts, which are dies that have their own instructions included in the packaging.
(However, I do, within the Explosion Box instructions, tell you where to place the base piece if you're using the O Christmas Tree pop-up die inside the Explosion Box so it fits properly. From there you would just follow the instructions that came with the die to complete the tree.)
After your payment of $2, you'll be e-mailed the 5-page PDF file. The first 3 pages are pictorial instructions and the last two pages are templates.
Reiterating - this template set is only to make the Explosion Box itself, as shown in the diagram above, in whatever colors/themes you choose. It does NOT include templates for the pop-ups - those are made using my pop-up dies and a Sizzix Big Shot die-cutting machine. The pop-up dies come with their own instructions and can be purchased through your Stampin' Up! demonstrator or, for non-SU! dies, wherever you normally purchase Sizzix dies.
Delivery of this template set is via e-mail upon payment.
In the close-up you'll get a sense for how it works. The Pop-up Christmas Tree die was cut out of transparency because I wanted it to "disappear" and just provide the mechanism for the pop-up. Before assembling the clear tree, I glued full chandeliers to the two large tree parts and partial chandeliers to the four smaller tree parts. After gluing the six chandeliers (two full, four partial) to my clear tree pieces, I had one more step - to turn each piece over and use a craft knife to cut away any part of the chandeliers that were covering the notches and slots that are necessary to assemble the tree. Any tree branches that stuck out past the chandelier were trimmed away as well, since all I cared about was the mechanism of the tree, not the shape.
I've used the Pop-up Christmas Tree die in the past to animate a flat die. I did a Video Tutorial: Pop-up Birdcage Cad (Tim Holtz). If you're interested in learning how to use the tree die to animate flat dies, bookmark that link and check it out later. This card is exactly like that one only slightly easier, because the chandelier has a natural triangle shape like the tree itself, so I didn't have to move any notches or slots - simply cut them back in and assemble.
Back to the card, and then it's time for you to keep hopping! 50-odd great projects aren't going to view themselves! Here's a top-view of the card interior so you can see the rest of the decorations:
I've used My Mind's Eye "So Sophie" papers for this entire card, with the exception of the flourish corners, which were cut from a piece of black-text-on-white paper that I found in my stash of scraps. (Source unknown, but you could really use any type of scripty-paper or stamp your own) The caption was made using KI rub-ons. I've used more of the Beauty Bloom flowers to embellish inside the card as well.
Not one, but TWO videos to accompany this post. (Who has two thumbs and loves her new video editing software? This girl!)
First, a 48-second video showing this card in action:
And next a 4:13 video tutorial for making the paper rosette flowers using the Beauty Blooms die. Hit pause at the 1:40 mark and you'll have a visual of all the score lines.
If you're interested in the specific supplies I used on this card, they're posted in the continuation section of this post.
A little over a year ago I made a project for a door prize at a SU! charity event in Colorado Springs that Holle invited me to. (And yes, that's a lot of prepositions for one sentence) I made an explosion box with four SU! O Christmas Tree pop-up trees inside. You can see pictures and read about it here: Stampin' Up! project - Box full o' Trees
Within that post, you will find reference to a demonstrator named Kirsteen, who, unbeknownst to her, inspired me to create the project, which I refer to as "Four Trees in a Box."
Flash forward a year and now I live in Katy, Texas. Holle calls me one night and says she's at SU! convention, has met Penny Thomas, a demonstrator from Katy, Texas, and would it be OK to share my phone number with her? Well of course!
Penny graciously invited me to her monthly meeting (with 25 demonstrators!) last night and gave me the opportunity to show samples and demonstrate the O Christmas Tree die. Guess who was there? KIRSTEEN! How funny is that?!! Thusly, I declare the world to be rather small.
Because . . . coincidences continuing, I arrived to the meeting with another explosion box as a thank-you gift for Penny! It is designed to accomodate one pop-up tree and can be made from 3 sheets (or half a package) of Stampin' Up! #114320 On Board Long Board chipboard.
When closed, this box measures 5.75" square on top, and 4.5" square on bottom. It's about 5.5" tall with the lid.
Speaking of the lid, just lift it straight up and the four sides will fall open, and the Christmas Tree will stand up.
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - you must own the Medallion stamp! In addition to being awesome in every way, it also makes a great tree skirt (and cake plate!)
All Supplies Stampin' Up! except heart button, glitter glue and rickrack
Here's a quick 58-second video of me opening the box. The lighting is underwhelming, but you'll get the idea of how the box works:
Make sure you come back here tomorrow for the Blog Hop project and then on Saturday I'll be uploading another explosion box sample in a completely different theme!
When Eileen Hull, Brenda Pinnick and I teamed up to organize a massive Sizzix Blog Hop featuring two each of our dies, (3 for Eileen because we couldn't decide) I wasn't sure how it would go on my weeks. We each invited some of our designer friends to participate, so I only knew my handful of invitees personally. The rest of the list was comprised of amazing designers who craft in a host of mediums and a lot of them wouldn't classify themselves as primarily paper artists.
And even crafters who DO primarily work with paper don't necessarily have experience or interest in making pop-ups.
I've got a bit a specialty audience, I guess is what I'm saying.
And I know that.
So it was hard to let go and trust. I thought that participation would plummet on the weeks featuring my dies.
I was wrong.
Very, very wrong!
I am awed, humbled, and frankly a bit emotional about all the amazing projects posted this week using the Twist Cube die. You've just GOT to hop around and see them all! So much variety. You can either use the navigation buttons in this blog's sidebar to go on a journey around the entire ring (assuming you're here on or close to November 11), OR, for perusing ala carte, I've assembled the permalinks to each designer's project right here, in ring order:
I am VERY excited to see all of today's Triple Play Blog Hop projects because they're using one of my dies!
This week we're using the Bigz XL Twist Cube die. Die Cuts with a View generously donated black cardstock to pre-cut the pieces for all the designers. Since I have the die, I didn't use black, but I do want to say a big THANK YOU to Erin and DCWV for their support (and participation!) in our hop.
For my project, I wanted to make a really fancy gift card presentation folder. Gift cards for the holidays are always an appreciated gift (and very practical) but I hate losing the opportunity to watch the recipient open a gift. A fancy presentation folder like this provides that "opening" experience. Plus, this can go under the tree with the other gifts with no worries that it will get lost.
The folder measures 6" wide by 8" tall and uses a metal closure to stay closed. These types of closures can be found at hobby stores and/or hardware stores. (I think I found this one at Hobby Lobby) The bow is visible through a scalloped circle opening cut into the front of the card. The Sizzix eClips machine, using the centerpoint feature, made cutting that opening an absolute breeze!
The folder is a gatefold card, created with matboard for sturdiness.The bow was created using the Create-a-Bow die, by Eileen Hull. I love that I can use this die to make a bow that perfectly matches my project, in this case, that rustic "Basic Grey Red."
Once the card is open, you'll see that the scalloped circle cut-out is decorated like half a wreath and the bow that was visible from the front is attached to the top of a collapsed cube.
The jingle bells on the end of the ribbon are used as a handle. Pull straight up to expand the cube. Notice that the "for you" tag is attached to the cube itself.
Once expanded, the "for you" tag has flipped over, revealing a "Merry Christmas" greeting.
The "for you/Merry Christmas" tag is actually a pocket, created to hold a standard-sized gift card. Once the cube is expanded, the additional greeting "joy" is revealed below the present.
To collapse the cube, hold the bottom with one hand while twisting in a clockwise direction with the other hand.
To see this card in action, check out this 90-second video:
I've typed up a supply list and general instructions at the bottom of this post.