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Video Instructions: Sizzix Pop-up Gift Card Holder Die #656740

Next week's die in the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop will be the Pop-up Gift Card Holder.

This nifty die goes together very quickly and is just perfect for presenting your holiday gift cards. Here is the sample from the Sizzix website:


What's nice about this die, though, is that it also cuts a separate label piece to allow easy conversion from a gift-card-holder into a generic billboard die. Here's how it looks as a billboard:

 Billboard sample

Step-by-step picture instructions are included with the die, but if you're more of a visual learner, here are video assembly instructions:

Make sure you come back here on Thursday, December 2nd, to see my Blog Hop project and, via the handy navigation buttons, journey around the ring looking at nearly 60 other ideas for using this die!  

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 4: Frame with pop-up ornament

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week's Blog Hop die is the Scoreboard Frame and Frame Back Pro die, by Eileen Hull.

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! 

01 Frame ClosedHere 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.

 02 Frame Open 1Open 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. 03a Frame Open magnetsI'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.

 04 Frame Open 3After 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.
05 Frame Open OrnamentBecause 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. 

06 Ornament Close UpOne 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.

07 Frame Back 
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.

 11 Frame Mailing

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.

Supply List:

Scoreboard Pro Die - Frame and Frame Back, by Eileen Hull
Bigz Pop-up Pumpkin, by Karen Burniston
Bigz Deer, by Basic Grey
Sugar TI folder, by Basic Grey
Originals Mistletoe, by Basic Grey
Vintage Market Sizzlit alphabet strip, by Tim Holtz
Matboard, white
Patterned papers by My Mind's Eye
Magnets by Basic Grey
General Craft (source unknown): beads, bead pins, rhinestone, cardstock, ribbon, ornament hanger, cardstock, ink

Two Dollar Templates - Explosion Box

Twodollar templates Logo Box 
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.

1 Birthday Cake in a Box Closed

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.

2 Birthday Cake in a Box lift lid 

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.

3 Birthday Cake in a Box Open 

4 Birthday Cake in a Box top view

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.

5 Birthday Cake in a Box closeup cake 

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!)

6 Birthday Cake in a Box room for gift

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.

 Explosion Box Summary

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.


Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 3: Rosette Beauty Bloom Flowers (and a pop-up chandelier)

It's Blog Hop day again!

This week we're featuring the Originals Beauty Bloom die, by Brenda Pinnick.

 Beauty Bloom Card Closed

For the front of my card, (6x9 if you were wondering - it's a large card!) I used the Beauty Bloom die to make paper rosette flowers. Here is a side view of the rosette flowers:

Beauty Bloom Card Side View 
They're quick and easy to make, and I've put together a video tutorial at the bottom of this post if you're interested in how exactly I made them.

The frame around the front of the card was made with paper-covered 1" matboard strips, to create a shadowbox appearance for the flowers.

Now it's time to open the card:

 Beauty Bloom Card Partial Open
Beauty Bloom Card Open 
Inside the card I've used the Pop-up Christmas Tree die (by me) to animate the Bigz Chandelier die, by Rachael Bright.

Here's a close-up of the 3D chandelier:

Beauty Bloom Card Chandelier

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:

 Beauty Bloom Card Open Top View

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.

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Stampin' Up! O Christmas Tree - One Tree in a Box

So here's a wild story.

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.

SU One Tree in a Box Closed 
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.

 SU One Tree in a Box lift lid

Speaking of the lid, just lift it straight up and the four sides will fall open, and the Christmas Tree will stand up. 
 SU One Tree in a Box Open

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!)

SU One Tree in a Box Tree Closeup 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!

There is a Two Dollar Template available for the Explosion Box itself. Read about it in this post: Two Dollar Template - Explosion Box


Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: Twist Cube Projects Permalinks

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:

Stefanie Girard - Word up!

Stephanie Barnard - Christmas Ornament

Tara Noel - Postcard Cube

Terry Ricioli - Origami Paper Ornament 

Theresa Cifali - B is for Baby

Tiffany Windsor - Intention Box

Veronica Goff - Pet Photo Cubes

Vicki O'Dell - Graduation Card

Amy Anderson - Holiday Shadowbox Ornament

Ann Butler - Graduation Announcement

Beth Watson - Baby Block Birth Announcement 

Bonnie Bruns - Disney Cube

Brenda Pinnick - Baby Announcement

Candice Windham - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Carla Schauer - Kids' Artist Twist Cube

Carol Heppner - Romantically Chic Cube

Cathleen Smith - Happy Holidays

Cherish Fielder - Christmas Heart Twist Cube

Cheryl Miyashiro - Christmas Ornament Shaker Box

Cindi Bisson - Snow Globe Diorama

Cindy Rippe - Black & White Favor Box 

Colleen Schaan - Portable Zen Garden

Debra Quartermain - Nested Delight

Denise Clason - Sewing Kit

Dina Wakley - My Loves Twist Cube

Eileen Hull - Pop-up Gift Box

Erin Madsen - Street Lace Friendship Cube

Gretchen Schmidt - Transparency Photo Ornament

Jane Dean - Pop-up Christmas Money Box

Jen Goode - For the Love of Penguins

Jenn Ellefson - Present Pop-up

Julie McGuffee - Four Legged Friends Cube

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - Rubik's Cube Card

Karen Burniston - Gift Card Presentation Folder

Kathy Cano-Mur - Lucha y Amigo Mini Shadow Box

Kathy Peterson - Pop-up Box Ornament

Ken Oliver - Thinking Inside the Box

Keri Lee Sereika - Surprise Package Ornament

Laura Bray - Gift Cards with a Twist!

Linda Peterson - Empowerment!

Lisa Rojas - A Friendship through the Years

Lolly Chessie - Time for Tea

Lorine Mason - Happy Birthday

Madeline Arendt - We are Family

Meggan Maravich - Painted Christmas Block

Lynda Kanase - Hey Tim!

Michelle Cummings - Pop-up Christmas Ornament

Niki Meiners - Christmas Cube

Phyllis Dobbs - Spot of Color Twist Box

Roann Mathias - Black Magic Cube

Roxi Phillips - ATC with a twist!

Sandy Laipply - Happy New Year Pop-up Card

And to everyone on this list, a heartfelt THANK YOU! for sharing your talents and putting them to work on my die design. You are rock stars!

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2: Twist Cube Gift Card Presentation Folder

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.

Joy card closed 

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!

Joy card partial open 

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."

Joy card cube down 

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.

Joy card pull up 
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.


Joy card cube up 

Once expanded, the "for you" tag has flipped over, revealing a "Merry Christmas" greeting.

Joy card gift card 

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.

Joy card twist closed 
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.

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Video Instructions - Sizzix #656739 Twist Cube

Tomorrow by noon, EST, all of the Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop Week 2 projects will be posted. We challenged the designers to use my new Twist Cube die for this week.

Each designer received the cut-out pieces to assemble a black cardstock twist cube like shown below.

Blank Twist Cube

I can hardly wait to see the fun interpretations that the Blog Hop designers have created!

For anyone who has already purchased or is thinking of purchasing this die, here are some resources to help you assemble it: 

The die comes with step-by-step picture instructions: Twist Cube PDF instructions

But if you're a visual learner, I've put together a 2-part video tutorial for assembling the Twist Cube:



Make sure you come back tomorrow (or scroll up) to see my new Twist Cube project and hop around the ring looking at the other projects.