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Spooky Sportstember! (See what I did there?)

Yes, yes, I know that I am supposed to be posting Halloween ideas this month for Spooky September, but I also want to show some ideas for using my Halloween Pop-up Dies for other seasons and events.

Now the Pop-up Pumpkin Die makes a really cool Jack-o-Lantern, and all the pieces to make it look like this are on the die (stem, vine, eyes, nose, mouth, body):


Both the Pop-up Pumpkin and the Pop-up Bat can also be used to make 3D ornaments and table decor, too, by simply cutting additional body parts and completing the circle:

Felt Pumpkin

The pumpkin in the above photo is made from stiff felt and would look adorable as fall decor, on a mantle, etc. Another idea is to create pumpkin place card holders for your Thankgiving table.

Pumpkin place card

There are plenty of pumpkin-ey ways to use the Pop-up Pumpkin die.

However, the pumpkin is only a pumpkin if you accessorize it as such. By using your own accessories, you can turn the pumpkin into anything round. Think about apples, and globes, and balls of all varieties.

Today I focused on sports balls.

First up, a baseball. For this one I used eleven body parts to give the ball a more dense effect. I punched holes in the body parts with a Crop-a-dile and wove twine through them to simulate the stitching on the ball. The glove was cut using the eClips machine, as was the baseball on the front of the card acting as the "o".

Thanks Coach Card

Supply List: Sizzix Pop-up Pumpkin Die, Sizzix eClips cartridge "School & Sports", The Twinery twine, American Crafts letter stickers, Bazzill cardstock.

After making the baseball I wondered if I could make a football by starting with a football-shaped base and using the pumpkin as the rounded part. It worked! I wasn't sure how to get the effect of the stitching and finally settled on using embroidery floss on twill and then weaving the twill through holes punched in the body parts. The football base shape (and the football on the front of the card) were cut using the eClips. I simulated the field markings with graphic art tape and number stickers.

Football Card
Supply List: Sizzix Pop-up Pumpkin DieSizzix eClips cartridge "School & Sports",Sizzix matboard, Tim Holtz On the Edge die, American Crafts letter stickers, Bazzill cardstock. Stash items: twill, embroidery floss, graphic art tape.

You could also make a volleyball and soccer ball using similar methods.

These dies are so versatile!

Spooky, huh?

Pop-up Spotted: Kathy's stamping rocks my world!


Rubber stamping was my first major hobby. (And "major", if I'm being honest, doesn't scratch the surface!) In the decade between starting college and starting a family I amassed a rubber stamp collection that rivaled a small store. 

In those pre-kid days, I would send a handstamped card for every occasion and (this is where the obsession will reveal its true extent) at Christmas . . . no two cards the same! Fifty unique designs, including matching envelopes. 

I know.

Eventually the stamping got pushed aside in favor of scrapbooking and although I still have an impressive stamp collection, it isn't nearly as large or as all-consuming as the days of yore.

These days I send photo cards at Christmas, and I'm doing well if you get them by New Year's.

And this lead in is just to really punctuate that these next couple of cards that I'm "spotting" on Kathy's blog are absolutely STUNNING in a simple "let the stamps shine" manner that I have never, despite a decade of obsession to the craft, seemed to master. I see cards like this and I wonder how on earth she can conceptualize and construct these cards. They are so clean and inviting. So full of detail without any clutter. 

Soak in all the details. See those buttons on the snowman? The wheels on the pram? The sheep is wooly!

Kathy Nakata: Baby Girl Congrats Card

Kathy Nakata: Snowmen Pop-up Card

Kathy used the Bigz Scalloped Circle Card die on her projects. This die is very, very generic. You can watch the video tutorial on it by clicking that link to the product page. 

Since the Scalloped Circle is currently out of stock on, here are a couple of shopping options: - Scalloped Circle - Scalloped Circle

Thank you for sharing your awesome creations, Kathy! Please keep sending me those links!

Pop-up Spotted! Wendee's Halloween Cards.


Wendee Deal sent me links to her upcoming Halloween Pop-up Cards Class at All About Pictures, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I met Wendee when she was nice enough to take a road trip to Mundelein, IL to take my classes right before the CHA show. (I should really thank her husband, too, who accompanied her on the trip)

Check out her cool cards! Here's the link again: Halloween Pop-up Cards Class

I love to see what you've made with my Pop-up dies from Sizzix. Send me a link to your blog post and I'll "spot" you. Oh, and I have been traveling and have an unruly mess in my in-box, so if you've sent me a link in the last few weeks and I haven't spotted you, feel free to re-send the e-mail and jump to the top of the pile. 

RIP Tombstone Halloween Card

Spooky September continues!

This morning I posted this picture to FB and Twitter, commenting that it was hard to plan out my tombstone card with a lap assistant.

Lucy helper

Well, luckily she quickly grew bored with sitting on my lap and went in search of mischief.

Gretchen surprised me yesterday with an adorable set of Lawn Fawn stamps called Happy Haunting and I could hardly wait to use them on a card.



I started with the NEW Sizzix Framelits set: Tags, Rounded, which I thought looked like tombstones. 

1 RIP closed

I used the largest and the third-largest Framelits to make my outer card, which is an open window with no "glass". 

2 RIP partial open

The closure is a piece of riveted trim that wraps around the edge of the window and then the outer rivet sticks to a magnet hidden under the interior tombstone paper. The RIP letters are chipboard letters from my stash. (source unknown)

  3 RIP open

The front of the interior card is the second-largest Framelit tag, hinged this time at top. The interior card has a 3/8" spine to accomodate five sections of the Pop-up Bat die, which was cut and assembled out of Bazzill thin Plastic Paper so it would be clear and could be used as a platform to animate the stamps. You might also try write-on transparencies from the office supply store.

4 RIP closeup1

I stamped the haunted house and tree on gray cardstock and colored them with Luminarte paints to give them a sheen. I stamped the ghosts and moon on vellum and colored the moon with Luminartes. (Colors used: lemondrop, pewter, nutmeg, bronze) The iron fence was stamped on a scrap of plastic paper and glued in place. I used Zip Dry glue to attach everything to the "bat-form" (Instead of "platform" - see what I did there?)

5 RIP details

This last photo just gives two other angles to look at the card. You can see the bat-form pretty well in the right shot. Mini glue-dots hold the pieces together and assembly was according to the package directions

You can use the Pop-up Bat die to animate anything this way, so don't feel like it just has to be used as a bat. What kind of spooky scene can you dream up?!

Oh My Crafts! LIVE video project - Spooky Spider!

EDITED TO ADD: We had a blast doing this live class today! Missed it? Here's the link to watch the recording: Sizzix Owl & Spider Card 

Join me LIVE tomorrow, Friday, September 2, 2011 at noon, CST on Oh My Crafts! UStream channel. If you follow that link there's even a little "remind me" button at the bottom! Suh-weet!

Owl and Spider Card

I will show how to make this cute and funky Halloween card using products available in the Oh My Crafts online store, including the brand new Framelits and one of my favorite pop-up dies - the Spider!

If you'd like to start a cart (hey, that rhymes!) here are the links to every product I used on this card:






Spooky September Starts Today!

Happy September everyone!

I love Halloween! It's always been my favorite holiday for crafting but I always seem to get started on, say, October 29th-ish. *sigh*

Nobody has ever accused me of slaying deadlines.


I *meet* deadlines. Often by the skin of my chinny-chin-chin, but I never, ever, slay them.

So this year, I have challenged myself to fill my blog (not every day - come on - you know me!) with Halloween ideas in the month of SEPTEMBER. Smart, huh? This gives you time to go shopping and get whatever pop-up dies you'll need to make similar cards in the month of OCTOBER. Superb!

It's a totally brilliant plan.

I also asked my pals that design for me if they would do the same, so you'll want to check out the blogs of Bonnie, Gretchen and Tara this month as well.

I should have a new card up later today and I will be teaching it LIVE tomorrow on Oh My Crafts!, so stay tuned for details about that. (I'm guessing late this afternoon - come on - you know me!)

In the meantime, let me post a few pictures of last year's Halloween creations with links to their original blog posts. These cards use my three Halloween Pop-up Dies - the Bat, the Pumpkin and the Spider.

Halloween Chandelier Card

Link to original blog post: Bat/Pumpkin Chandelier Card

Bat Ornament



Link to original blog post: Halloween Bats & Spiders, oh my!


Link to original blog post: The Remains on the Desk


Link to original blog post: Spooky Spiders Flip Card

Spooky September has arrived!

Ooooooh . . . . are you scared?