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Giving Thanks!

Sometimes life throws you some curve balls and this last week was a doozy. Luckily I am blessed with amazing family and friends. Christy - I will love you forever! (Thanks to you, too, Ann, Gretchen and Tammy!)

In the spirit of Giving Thanks, I thought I would post this card made with some of my newest Hearth & Home dies, available now in stores.

Thanksgiving Card

The pop-up in this card is the new Bigz Raising Platform, so it is not part of the Pop 'n Cuts collection. I need to do a proper tutorial video on it, but in the meantime, Karl recorded me assembling it in two quick iPhone videos.

The PDF instructions can be downloaded, but trust me - the videos make it much easier!

Start by finding every fold. If the score lines are faint, try shimming under the die with a piece of cardstock or cutting two at a time. You really want to be able to see the score lines so you fold them accurately. Work every fold one way and then the other so they all fold easily. 

Now, watch how quickly I can assemble the platform:

 

 

See? Easy!

You can swap out the label that comes on the die with any other shape that you'd like to animate. Simply fold the item in half and glue it to the platform. For my card, I used a sticker from the collection by first sticking it to thin paper and cutting around it so it wouldn't be sticky behind the label.

Giving Thanks2

I styled the Silverware by cutting them from gray cardstock, embossing the handles (sorry, don't remember which folder I used) and then lightly brushing the silverware with gray ink. I found some clear stamps in my stash (old!) that I could bend into a shape that would just fit the outer contours of the Ornate Plate and used those to stamp the decor.

The papers are from the gorgeous Bo Bunny Apple Cider collection and the cardstock is Bazzill Bling. Here are some handy shopping links:

I am thankful for many blessings in my life, and especially for my friends!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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