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Happy New Year! (Get a cake!)

Last evening John and I caught "When Harry met Sally" on TV. When it was over, I handed the remote to John and started to get up.

JOHN: You're leaving? All done with TV?

ME: Yeah. I want to finish a New Year's card I started today.

JOHN: What's it for?

ME: Nothing, really. Just a sample to put on my blog. I haven't made a New Year's card in ages, so I thought it would be fun. I'm using the cake.


ME: (puzzled) Yeah . . . the cake.

JOHN: No, no, it makes sense; nothing screams "New Year" quite like cake.

And now you must imagine that the following conversation is happening over the top of each other. We were both speaking at the same time.

ME: Hey, it's a celebration!

JOHN: I mean, when I go to a New Year's party the first thing I say is "Where's the cake?"

ME: It's the birthday of the Baby New Year! This baby gets only one birthday, then ages into an old man over the course of a year. I think the baby deserves his ONE AND ONLY CAKE!

JOHN: It wouldn't be New Years if we weren't eating cake.

ME: People make cakes for all types of celebrations. Cake = celebration!

JOHN: Whenever I see a cake I say "Hey? Is it New Years?"

ME: Tomorrow IS New Years, and it will be the last day of the DECADE! That's cause for celebration!

And suddenly there was a simultaneous pause. We looked at each other - me with righteous indignation and him with a comical smirk.

JOHN: We've got to get a cake.

*sigh* It's so difficult when your art is misunderstood.

Nonetheless, I ignored my vision-less husband and completed my NEW YEAR'S CAKE card. I used shiny round confetti pieces, attached to the cake using a paper tagger that I forgot I had. That thing is nifty! To suspend the year high above the cake I attached it to a scrap of plastic. Everything else is just flourishes, doodles, confetti and white rub-on letters.

(Click to make it bigger)

New Years Card

Sizzix dies used: Pop-up Cake, Scalloped Circle, Swirly

I've pretty much switched to thick "river" cards when making the cake now.If you'll look at the side view above, It allows the cake tiers to stay rounded when the card is closed. This reduces the "almond" or "footballing" when the cake pops up. I've also fallen in love with my paper crimper for the side tiers. The crimping really lessens the appearance of those folds, too.

Happy New Years! (And do please eat some cake!)

RKQOTD (Karl: I think it would be nice to have my stomach rubbed. Emma: after a confused pause You mean if you were a dog? Karl: Well, yeah!)

Sizzix Blog!

There's a new Sizzix Blog and the Licensed Artists will get to post to it! Check out posts from Dena, Brenda and Eileen as well as an in-depth look at this project:

Believe Photo 1

This album has pop-ups in every page! Definitely check it out on the Sizzix blog here.

Happy Holidays!

Video Tutorial: Sizzix Bigz XL Pop-up Gift die

The latest video tutorial is on the Pop-up Gift die. I've broken it into 4 segments so you can watch whichver parts you need. You can also click on "Video Tutorials" at the top of this page. (In case the embedded players aren't working right)

VIDEO #1: Die Cutting (1:54)

VIDEO #2: Assembling the Gift (4:36)

VIDEO #3: Attaching the Gift in a card (4:08)

VIDEO #4: Decorated Samples (2:32)

Time required to watch all 4 segments: 13:10

Video Tutorial: Sizzix pop-up Christmas Tree Die + Sizzlit Decorations

I'm getting much faster at these! Maybe I can actually get tutorials for all the Holiday dies done before Christmas!

This tutorial is on the Pop-up Christmas Tree die and the companion Christmas Ornaments and Phrase Set

I've broken the tutorial into 5 segments so you can watch whichever parts you need help with. You can also find the tutorials by clicking on the "Video Tutorials" button at the top of the blog (in case the embedded players aren't working right)

VIDEO #1: Die Cutting (3:32)

VIDEO #2: Assembling the Tree (6:40)


VIDEO #3: OPTIONAL; Adding a topper (2:21)


VIDEO #4: Attaching the tree inside a card (3:46)


VIDEO #5: Decorating + Samples (3:01)

Time required to watch all 5 segments: 18:40

Scoreboard Blog Hop - Business Card Box


It's Blog Hop day! It's Blog Hop day!

Today's die is the Scoreboard Business Card Box by Eileen Hull and I knew exactly which pop-up die I was going to use. Because the box is so small, I chose to use the pop-up cake die but only used one tier of the cake - the smallest. A die-cut bow attached to the top makes it look like a present, maybe even a wrapped fruitcake! Yum!

To convert the box into a card that opens, I cut off the side flaps and created a closure by hot gluing a snowflake mini-ornament to the top flap, holding the box closed, and piercing two holes next to the snowflake through the main part of the box. I made an elastic loop through the holes that can be stetched over the snowflake to keep the box closed.

Inside the card there's a pocket to tuck in a gift card.

Scoreboard Gift Card Holder

Sizzix dies used: Scoreboard Business Card Box, Pop-up Cake, Christmas Set #5

Other products used: Matboard (Crescent); Papers (Little Yellow Bicycle); Snowflake mini-ornament (Hobby Lobby); Rub-on (Imaginisce); Bling (Basic Grey); Scalloped border punch (Stampin' Up!); ribbon, elastic cord, snowflake stickers

Hop around and see the other fun projects made with the Scoreboard Business Card Box die. Here are the links:

Eileen Hull

Bonnie Bruns

Jennifer Ellefson


Korie B.

Denise Clason

Candice Windham

Debra Quartermain

Ann Butler

Niki Meiners

Video Tutorial: Bigz 3D Sleigh Die & Sizzlit Santa Set

I broke the tutorial into 6 segments so you can choose which parts to watch.

Video #1: Die Cutting (2:05)

YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 1


Video #2: Assembling the pop-up mechanism (2:22)

YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 2


Video #3: OPTIONAL: Embossing the sleigh (1:04)

YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 3


Video #4: Assembling the Sleigh (3:54)

 YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 4


Video #5: Adding an embellishment in the Sleigh (1:40)

 YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 5


Video #6: Adding the Santa Sizzlit Set to the Sleigh (5:33)

 YouTube link: Sleigh Tutorial 6


For more decorated sample ideas, visit Bonnie Bruns' blog - she's amazing with the sleigh!