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Pop-up Flower Pot (with the cake die)

The snowman outside is . . . frightful!

What does the new Pop Up Snowman die make you think of? Why Halloween, of course! What? You were thinking something more traditional? The beauty of the snowman die is that he really only looks like a snowman if you decorate him as such. I designed him with two circles (I started to type "snowballs" instead of "circles" but that didn't sound right!) so he could easily be converted into other animals and characters. For example, his carrot nose looks just like a beak! (gobble, gobble)

But we're not talking Thanksgiving yet, we're talking Halloween! Fright night! Ghoulish fun. Mwaaa haaaa haaaaa! And in honor of our favorite crafting holiday, my friend and designer Bonnie Bruns and I challenged ourselves to dress the snowman up, all ready for trick-or-treating! In this first sample, Bonnie turned him into a pirate, complete with peg leg, eye patch and dreadlocks!

Bonnie Pirate Card 
Supply List: Pop-up Snowman die and matboard from Sizzix, Rusty Pickle papers and stickers, Jolee's pirate chest, ribbons, beads, rhinestones, twine and an earring hook

To make the pirate, Bonnie die cut the large snowman pieces out of both white and black cardstock and then combined those pieces to make a two-tone core. The outer snowman pieces were die cut in black. Once assembled, this gives the illusion of clothing. Notice her clever re-purposing of the pieces on the die for accessories - the button becomes an eye patch, the arms become a mouth, the eye circles are used as bandanna spots and the carrot nose is a hook-holder. Shiver me timbers, mateys, "aye" think that's pretty clever! (What? Too much? Not punny enough?)(See what I did there?)

Next, let's go to the movies! The snowman can become any character you can imagine with some creativity and accessorizing. Do you recognize Jack in this next sample?

Skeleton Halloween Card
Supply list: Pop-up Snowman die from Sizzix, Basic Grey papers, stickers and embellishments, cardstock, ribbon, white colored pencil and black pen.

Just like for the pirate, the core pieces were die cut in both white and black and combined to create a white head/black suit. The outer snowman pieces were cut in black and on all the black parts, I drew in stripes with a white colored pencil before assembling. Arms and legs are freehand cut from scraps of cardstock. The face is a combination of cardstock scraps and a Sharpie pen for the nostrils and stitch marks.

Let's look at one more sample. This is Bonnie's brainstorm and creation, but I contributed the witch. This is a 6x6 accordion-style mini-album made from 8 pieces of Little Sizzles matboard, bound with twine. How cute would this look on your mantle for Halloween? Add some photos of the kids in their costumes and you have a wonderful memory album for the spookiest of seasons!

Bonnie Halloween Accordion
Supply list: Pop-up Snowman die from Sizzix, Bo Bunny papers, twine, cardstock scraps, popsicle stick for broom handle, brads

Hopefully these ideas inspire you to turn the snowman into a variety of characters. He also makes a great snowman! Heh.

RKQOTD aka IRDUB (I really don't understand boys) (Karl on the phone: Hey Tyler, check your e-mail - I just sent you a picture of my butt! Me: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Did I just hear you say that you had taken a picture of your BUTT?! Karl: Well it's just the back of my jeans. Me:Oh. Hmmm. Well OK, I guess, but why on earth would you take a picture of the back of your jeans and send it to your friend? Karl: Because we thought it would be funny!)