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August Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

Linda Won This

Congratulations to Linda Burkert who is the winner of the Ribbon Tree Pop 'n Cuts Insert and the Noel Sizzlits Set dies.

Since Linda is a member of my mailing list she was in on the Secret Word giveaway and left the following lovely comments on the Sizzix blog and my blog:

Karen,

I have just recently gotten started with the Pop-n-cuts dies and I love them. My FAVORITE is ALL OF THEM! But if I had to pick just one it would be the chair. After taking your class in Ohio, I made one for my father-in-law for his birthday. He loved it. The videos are so helpful and make it easy for anyone to make the cards. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing you talent.

Linda B.

Karen, Thank you for sharing this wonderful card. Love your tutorials. Just got the star die and can't wait to use it. Linda B.

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Inspired by Shelly: Travel Journal

One of the conversations I have oft had with my crafty friends is how we all have our special gifts and talents. For example, I'm a pretty darn spiffy paper engineer, (yeah, I said it) and it does not diminish the value of my gift (paper engineering) if I pale in comparison when it comes to, say, making an embossed faux leather travel journal ala Shelly Hickox.

*sigh*

My travel journal isn't terrible. Yes, it's slightly tortured like a face in a metal pin board, but not totally unworthy. There's a kernel of beauty here. If I had it to do over again I'd use lighter-weight chipboard for the suitcase so the paper bag didn't have to bunch and climb mountains to encase it.

If you didn't look at Shelly's first you'd probably think this was pretty good, in fact!

Or maybe you'd stick a needle in it, grab some DNA and reconstruct a dinosaur. 

Potato, potahto.

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I'll walk you through the construction steps of my Tortured Travel Travel Travel journal. (Because why put just one rub-on word Travel on the binding when there's room for three?!) I will then direct you to follow Shelly's steps for the actual faux leather part.

STEP 1: Die cut a Suitcase from chipboard (Tip: choose a lightweight chipboard instead of heavyweight) and assemble all the suitcase pieces as shown. Also die cut a Pop 'n Cuts Square Base card from black matboard and from patterned paper. I used the smaller Tim Holtz ring binder for my journal.

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STEP 2: Put the matboard card into the trimmer and slide the blade ONE TIME through the matboard with light pressure 0.5" on one side of the centerline tick marks. Slide the matboard in the trimmer to do the same thing 0.5" on the other side of the centerline tick marks. This will create a 1" spine.

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STEP 3: Measure the width of the journal's interior panels and decide how much of a black border you'd like on the decorative ends. Cut from either end of the patterned paper card to make panels for inside the journal. I did not bother to cut a paper panel for the center because the ring binder will cover that area.

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STEP 4: Follow Shelly's instructions for creating the faux leather on the front of the journal.

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Thanks, Shelly, for inspiring me to try something out of my comfort zone. I loved the technique and will definitely try it again and see if I can improve my results.

*NOTE* I see that the small Ring Binders are hard to find but the large ones are readily available. I would suggest increasing the spine width to 1.25" (so score at 5/8" from each side of the centerline tick marks) to be able to use the larger ring binder.

Here are the supply links for what I used. The patterned paper in my journal is from Teresa Collins Far & Away called "Postcards Paper" #FA1005. They don't have it at Scrapbook.com, though, so I'm linking a substitute paper that would look very similar:

 


USwD&F: Cards w/Cool Moves Project #2: Pop 'n Cuts Standing Dress Form Card

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One of the lovely things about having product back in the Stampin' Up! catalog is that I get to be a guest designer again for UStamp with Dawn and Friends events. In fact, I've done enough of Dawn's events that my little avatar has moved out of the "Grand Guest Designer" category and into the "Creative Crew Girl" category. Go me! 

Except that I blew my deadlines for Cards with Cool Moves so terribly that I think my avatar might be moving back into guest status! (Sorry everyone!)

Cards with Cool Moves is over as far as new and/or live content, except for this final project from me, which should be posted to Dawn's site tonight with a video and PDF tutorial. The concept of this card is how to convert the Stampin' Up! Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts die from a 90 degree box design into a 180 degree stand-up design. It's a very simple technique, but opens up a lot of other possiblities for this die.

If you want access to the instructions you have to buy your way in, but I can say for certain that you'll learn a lot of great techniques in this event, even though all the live chats are done. All of the photos and tutorials are available for download if you purchase access. I perused Pinterest looking for pins from the designers who created for this event and compiled what I could find onto a UStamp with Dawn and Friends: Cards With Cool Moves Pinterest Board.

Check out the board to get a taste for the project suites available. You'll learn how to make triple easel cards, pop-up cards, accordion cards, swing cards, lever cards, penny cards, double sliders and more! The event is open to anyone who wants to learn fabulous techniques, it's not just for SU demos. Products used are all Stampin' Up! but the techniques can be used with any products. My Pop 'n Cuts Standing Dress Form card uses the SU Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base, the Dress Form insert, the Dress up Framelits plus the Deco Labels Framelits.

Click the blinkie below to purchase access to all the instructions. 




If you prefer to try out one of Dawn's events that is still currently going on, check out Heating up the Holidays. I am making two cards for this event as well - one will be Halloween and one will be Christmas. Both will use the Pop 'n Cuts dies that are exclusive to Stampin' Up!
I think if you click on this little blinkie it takes you where you need to go to sign up:

Many thanks to Dawn for the opportunity to guest design for these events. I love Stampin' Up! products!


Video Tutorial: Pop 'n Cuts Ribbon Tree Floating Floor

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a Designer Challenge to use any of the Pop 'n Cuts inserts that depict imagery. Here are the ten inserts included in the challenge:

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I invited ten designers from four countries and five states to create something using any of the ten inserts shown. A big thank you to Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly. You will find all their projects with links to the full blog posts on the Sizzix blog: Pop 'n Cuts Imagery Inserts Designer Challenge

For my contribution, I created a Floating Floor for the Ribbon Tree Insert by scoring and folding the Pop 'n Cuts card itself. For the Stand-up designs (Ribbon Tree, Star, Poinsettia and Frame) you could use these same measurements to create a floor and you will not need a special template to do so.

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The video tutorial shows how to achieve this effect:

Here are the measurements for the Floating Floor:

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Here's a side view of the floor for a better visual of the L supports. The center tree is the original Pop 'n Cuts ribbon tree and is supported in the usual "tent" fashion, so there are no L supports for that tree. You'll only need L supports for any extra pop-up items that you place around the floor.

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Here are shopping links for all three Pop 'n Cuts Base Die options, plus all ten Imagery inserts (plus the Noel insert because it's used in the project). For each insert, I've added a link to the decorator die (or dies) that perfectly coordinate. These are all shopping links for Scrapbook.com, who has everything in stock (as of this moment) except the Butterfly Window Insert and Bigz Butterflies & Labels. Sizzix tells me that a re-order is expected in a couple of weeks. The Stampin' Up! Exclusive dies can be ordered through your local demonstrator. 

Oh! And there's another great project to see - Anna-Karin's Butterfly Window masterpiece on the Simon Says Stamp Blog here.

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to my talented designer friends for accepting the Designer Challenge. Next month's challenge is scheduled for September 19th on the Sizzix blog.

EDITED TO ADD:

Check out this Frantastic version of the Ribbon Tree Floating Floor card by Fran Sabad. (See it here: Floating Floor Santa Scene) I love how Fran added the little stamped Santa and Rudolph in front of the trees. Fran used the same scoring measurements with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Base and it worked perfectly.

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*FREE* 9th Doctor Template/SVG for SU Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts

We are having quite the timey wimey birthday here as these two little darlings:

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Have somehow turned (overnight, I believe) into these giant 15-year-olds!

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Karl and Emma were born 15 years ago today on a rainy Thursday in New Orleans, LA. They were exactly 7 weeks early, born by emergency C-section because Karl was not growing. Emma weighed 4 lbs, 9 oz but Karl weighed only 2 lbs., 9 oz. As you can see, he has since caught up, shot past, and doesn't seem to be in danger of ever not growing again!

Emma has marching band camp in the evenings so we decided to have our birthday celebration at lunch. We met John at a Chili's near his work and enjoyed some family festivities.

Emma has long been a Dr. Who fan - she's even in the Dr. Who Fan Club at school, but Karl only caught the bug a few months ago. He's managed to catch up quickly as a super fan and just the other day he snuck outside Emma's door and played an extremely loud recording of a Dalek; "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!" and got the desired effect of watching her scream and jump a mile high. (And then chase him down the hall yelling "Not funny!")

You'll notice Emma wearing her 10th Doctor tee-shirt. She also has a similar shirt for the 9th Doctor, who is her favorite. I asked Karl which Doctor was his favorite and he also said the 9th. (Well, they are twins, after all!) As such, I felt I just HAD to try my hand at a 9th Doctor birthday card (times two!)

I've used all Stampin' Up! supplies for this card, including the exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base, Dress Form Insert and Deco Label Framelits. (picture links to follow)

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When they opened their cards they were very impressed, particularly with the little Sonic Screwdriver tucked under the Doctor's sleeve.

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Karl had predicted that I'd asked about his favorite Doctor with an ulterior card motive in mind, so in addition to congratulating me for a card well done, he spent quite a bit of time congratulating himself for figuring out what I was up to.

If you'd like to make your own 9th Doctor outfit to fit the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts, download a FREE template (PDF) or a FREE SVG file to cut on e-cutters.

PDF Template for printing and hand-cutting: Download Ninth_Dr_Template

SVG File for use with e-cutters:  Download Ninth_Dr_SVG

Here are the Karen Burniston for Stampin' Up! dies that I used on the cards:

All stamps, inks, ribbon and cardstock are from Stampin' Up! I used some old leathery paper from my stash for the jacket and added black brads as buttons and a blue rhinestone for the Sonic Screwdriver.

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Karl's presents were mostly money, although he did get an Xbox doohickey for his computer and a charger doohickey for that and a computer game about pirates that looked shockingly violent. (No more Veggietales pirates. sigh)

At lunch Emma opened a Hetalia stuffie and a book on how to draw Anime characters, but her main present had not arrived yet. Luckily it was in the mailbox as we left for Marching Band practice, and she was thrilled! She had mentioned one time that she'd seen a Gear Ring online that looked really cool. Google fixed me right up with the link: Kinekt Designs Gear Ring

Check out her ring in action:

All in all an excellent birthday for two fabulous kids!

I'll leave you with this blurry photo that I love anyway. What hasn't changed from their 1st birthday to their 15th? They both LOVE CAKE!

Lunch


USwD&F: Cards w/Cool Moves Project #1: Pop 'n Cuts Flying Easel Card

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One of the lovely things about having product back in the Stampin' Up! catalog is that I get to be a guest designer again for UStamp with Dawn and Friends events. In fact, I've done enough of Dawn's events that my little avatar has moved out of the "Grand Guest Designer" category and into the "Creative Crew Girl" category. Go me! 

My first card for Cards with Cool Moves has been posted and we will have a live chat tonight at 10pm EST on the CWCM website. All of the other projects have already been posted (other than my #2 project which will be posted next week) so after seeing them all I can say with certainty that you will learn AMAZING interactive projects by purchasing access to this event. 

In fact, I perused Pinterest looking for pins from the designers who created for this event and compiled what I could find onto a UStamp with Dawn and Friends: Cards With Cool Moves Pinterest Board.

Check out the board to get a taste for the project suites available. You'll learn how to make triple easel cards, pop-up cards, accordion cards, swing cards, lever cards, penny cards, double sliders and more! The event is open to anyone who wants to learn fabulous techniques, it's not just for SU demos. Products used are all Stampin' Up! but the techniques can be used with any products. My Pop 'n Cuts Flying Easel card uses the SU Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base plus the Deco Labels Framelits.

Click the blinkie below to purchase access to all the instructions. I also post private video instructions for my cards, in addition to a downloadable printable PDF instruction sheet.




I was lucky enough to meet Dawn in person at Stampin' Up! Convention a couple of weeks ago. I have scoured my phone looking for the photo that I know we took together, but can't find it! What?! Maybe she will send me hers. 

I met a lot of people at SU Convention - here's the view from my demo table. Talk about a big energetic awesome crowd! What a fantastic experience. I loved it!

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