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Pop-up Spotted: Bonnie and Wendee


Happy Leap Year! I discovered it was Leap Year just two days ago, when switching out my calendar, so it was especially nice to get an extra day before my March 1st artwork deadline for next winter's die designs.

Between artwork and a packed teaching schedule I've definitely let my blog slip. I'm so glad when I can "spot" someone out there using the pop-up dies since I've had very little time for creating. (*sniff*)

Normally I would grab images from these lovely ladies' blogs and post them here as teasers, but I simply MUST work on Saturday's class kits, so I'm going to have to just post links.

First up, check out Bonnie Brun's amazing projects using Simple Stories paper and Sizzix dies.

Also make sure you see Wendee Deal's March Card class.

Bonnie uses the Hearts-a-Plenty die and Wendee uses the Pull Tag Frame die.


I am sincerely thrilled and flattered when people send me links and photos of projects they've created with my dies (or templates - happy to post those, too!). Please keep them coming!

Did you know? Pop 'n Cuts work in your Base Tray!

First off, I do not have an official update on the ship date for Pop 'n Cuts. It still shows June on the Ellison website, but that is not my final answer, Regis. We are still working on getting that moved forward. (Fingers, toes and eyes crossed!)

Today I thought I'd talk about Pop 'n Cuts and Movers & Shapers.

Check out this video where I show the difference. I'll also show you how to use your Pop 'n Cuts inserts in the Tim Holtz Base Tray to make integrated pop-ups in larger-than-A2-sized cards.


Here are the cards shown on the video:





The Supply list for the two Clock cards:

Pop-up Crown-Shaped, uh, project? Let's call it a mini-album!

So one of the things about occasionally looking at the files on your computer is that you come across stuff that was actually kind of cool, even though you *think* maybe you never shared it.

(Still claiming that I am far too lazy busy to check my own archives.)

This was a fancier-castle version of a class called King of the Castle that I taught way back in 2008. (See? I checked my archives on that one!) Remember that logo with the murder font? Good times!

Get Happy Crown Project
As I looked at my files, I found the above photo, where I hadn't added any photos to the project yet, and then this one, which has photos and explains how the thing works:

Get Happy Color
Can't do much about the supplies here - they are too old. The paper was Cosmo Cricket's Get Happy, and the crown/album was made from a Creative Imaginations Pennant Album called Elain.

So why (you may be wondering) am I digging up ancient artifacts and posting them on my blog?

Two reasons.

(1) - I don't have any new stuff to post on my blog. (a given, perhaps)

(2) - Creating the For the Record template class this week caused me to save some stuff in a rarely-used folder on my laptop, and, always a fan of procrastinating, I started opening folders and looking at some of these old classes.

Pop-up Layout Project - Candid Camera

I came across this project from a year and a half ago. I had designed it as a class for Akkefietje in the Netherlands and I don't think I posted it on my blog. (I could, say, verify that by checking my archives but instead I'm just going to post it)

Mamarazzi copy
For a full supply list including links to the products for sale at, click the photo below:

CLASS: Pop-up Layout - For the Record

Here is a brand new layout class project that will debut in The Netherlands at Scrap4Fun's spring weekend retreat.

It is a double-page spread using the For the Record collection, by Echo Park plus Bazzill cardstock.

01 For the Record Closed

I like this collection. It has a vintage feel, but with bright fun colors. The sticker sheets have lots of fun captions and I can see this layout being used for almost any theme. I chose to use family photos from our reunion trip last summer. (Note: With a full sheet of letter stickers, with four different alphabets on the sheet, you'll be able to spell out a title in Dutch, if you prefer.)

02 FTR Closeup

This secton of Page 2 is a card that opens. I've made a 3D flower for the front using one of my favorite Eileen Hull dies- Flower Layers #9.

Here is the layout with the card open:

03 FTR Open

The pop-up bird is a die design that I submitted to Sizzix about a year ago, but by then we were working hard on Pop 'n Cuts, and this lonely bird had no home in the release. This actually happens quite a bit, but it keeps me in good supply of extra pop-up designs in case someone asks for a template class. I styled the pop-up bird to look like the sticker bird by brushing black ink across its back and using black cardstock for the wings.

04 FTR Bird

Here's a look at the whole card area. Plenty of room for extra photos, titles and journaling.

05 FTR Card Closeup

By the way, I should clarify that I am not the instructor for this class. Scrap4Fun will use one of their instructors. One of these days I'm going to make it back to Europe to teach, but until then, I'll just keep sending designs across the pond! 

Check Scrap4Fun's website for information about the weekend, costs, etc. I will be providing Vera with a "What to Bring" list shortly. (Won't require more than general tools plus a mini-stapler and black ink/blending tool) The handout will include instructions for altering a page protector so the card can be opened in an album.

In other news, I am looking forward to being an online student at True Scrap 3, where Gretchen is one of the instructors. She posted some information on her blog today with early-bird registration for alumni. 

CLASS: Posh Pop-up Cards

I really must thank my loyal students at Scrapp'n Savvy, in Spring, TX, who filled up tomorrow's class sessions having absolutely no idea what the projects look like!

I think there might be two seats left, but I'm not sure which session(s), so call the store if you're interested.

I'm calling this month's class "Posh Pop-up Cards". We are using the BRAND NEW, just released at CHA, Bazzill Wayfarer paper line, designed by Janet Hopkins. I absolutely adore Janet and her amazing style, so I was thrilled to have a chance to design with her papers, especially so early! Thanks to Karrie and Bazzill for making this happen.

Janet mentions in her blog post that this collection, while technically travel-themed, is universal enough to be used for many themes, which I totally agree with! This is proven by the fact that none of these three cards is travel-themed! Ha.

The first card we'll make is by request. Several people have requested a version of the hanging birdcage card, and I love the light and airy feel that Janet's papers brought to the inside of this card:

Posh Bird Card
Normally I give my students an optional greeting, but this card has so many possibilities that I decided to leave the pull tag blank. Feel free to stamp or write a greeting on it at home - I can see this being so many types of cards, from "Thinking of You" to "Happy Birthday" to "Congratulations" to "Thank you".

The second card is also by request. Everyone has been asking for a House card. On this one, I am providing six possible greetings or you can leave your label blank and fill it with something else at home. (no pun intended)

Posh Home Card
How cute is the little swing? And there's a felt welcome mat in front of the door! (So difficult to reach my back for patting . . .) Heh.

The third card is a fun combination of two pop-up dies to get a ton of dimension and layers. I made this a "friend" card, but you can certainly use it for other things. I left space inside (left panel) to add a photo, if you choose.

Posh Heart Card
These three cards are going to fill our 2.5 hour class time, but I am providing a SIMPLE fourth card that can be assigned as homework if we don't get to it. I haven't exactly finished it yet (what? the class is tomorrow - plenty of time!) but once I do, I'll edit this post and add the photo. 

Here's what you should bring to class:

Favorite Adhesives - tape runner and fine-line glue pen
Strong Adhesives - 1/4" tacky tape or Scor tape and mini glue dots
Paper Piercer
Bone Folder
Crop-a-Dile (if you have one)
Tim Holtz tiny attacher (if you have one)
Craft knife and cutting mat (just a little bit of cutting around the bird's legs - not bad, I promise!)
Optional: small brown or black ink pad for inking edges

Hope to see you there!


I wish I had more time for a detailed report on CHA-W, but I am fighting deadlines (what else is new?) and must keep my head down and work, work, work!

A couple of things to share:

First, Scrap Time was nice enough to film a little demo of Pop 'n Cuts at the show:


Here's what I can tell you about the ship date . . . dunno. (I know! Frustrating!)

Sizzix has an "official" ship date of June, 2012, which is the very LATEST they will ship. We are actually working on moving that ship date forward, perhaps (but no promises) as early as April! Whoo! 

If you recall, I mentioned that these dies have to be manufactured with incredible precision so they will always cut perfectly, and so that the inserts (sold separately) will always fit/function inside the base. They are just making sure that the manufacturing is perfected before going into full production, and although it kills me to wait, I definitely approve of the high quality control standards at Sizzix/Ellison.

You can PREVIEW (not order yet) the entire Pop 'n Cuts collection on the Ellison website here. (Thanks to Gretchen for finding that link!)

PNC Collection
The MSRP for the Base A2 Card kit is $49.99, which comes with your first pop-up insert - the Circle Label Pop-up. Think of it this way - it's a $40 Bigz XL base + a $20 Pop 'n Cut insert = $60  NOPE - only $50!

After you've purchased your Base A2 Card Kit (#657802) then you can purchase additional inserts for $19.99. Every time you sink one of those $20 inserts into your Base Die, you've created a $40 die for half the normal price and a quarter of the storage space!

Feel free to use these logical points to explain how much you SAVED, not spent, to your significant other. Heh.

In other news, I also did some design work for Echo Park. With the help of my buddy Lance Anderson, who put the whole deal together, Echo Park released two blank chipboard interactive albums that I designed. For many years now, Lance has asked me to design classes for him to teach. One such class was called Inner Circle, which was the project these albums were based on. Believe me, this is going to be WAY easier than cutting and assembling the album by hand.

Here are photos of the decorated samples from the Echo Park website. I would love to credit the fabulous designer who decorated these, so please let me know via e-mail or comment which amazing Echo Park Design Team member to thank.

EDITED TO ADD: Just heard back from Echo Park, who told me that Jen Gallacher decorated these albums. Thank you Jen, for making them so spectacular!



Last piece of news and it's not about me. It's about my dear, dear friend Gretchen Schmidt. (The "g" in gscrapbooks!)

Gretchen's friendship has meant so much to me that I can't even put it all into words. Because of her and her family, our family settled right in to our new life in Texas and felt the comfort of having their support. She's right around the corner from me (actually 7 corners and 4 stoplights, but who's counting?) and she's on speed dial for my entire family.

When I wake up to a text at CHA from John that says "Mom cut her finger and needs stitches. Gretchen is taking her to the urgent care" my first thought is "That deserves a CALL, not a TEXT!" and my second thought is "Thank goodness for Gretchen!"

She's THAT type of friend - the one that will come let your dog (make that dogs) out when you're away. The type that can see you and your house at its messiest. The type that will take your visiting mother-in-law to the emergency room to get her finger stitched up, or give a handy assist making class kits while calling it a hang-out, or help you mass-produce giveaway cards for CHA in the final hours after gently reminding you for weeks that you really ought to start that project, already!

In short, I love Gretchen.

Did I mention that she's a hell of a paper crafter? So I move to Texas, meet a friend who "gets" me, and (BONUS!) she rocks my dies! I've learned so much from her about crafting. She has this clean, focused style that never feels under or over-done. Me, I'm a space-filler, but by studying Gretchen's work, I've discovered a new ability to edit. (A little.) More is, in my case, unfortunately, sometimes just more.

Want to learn what it's like to learn from Gretchen? You get the opportunity, no matter where you live, because she is one of the teachers for True Scrap 3! Click the banner below to link to Gretchen's Blog, learn about True Scrap 3, and discover a great coupon opportunity:

This event looks amazing and I, for one, am definitely signing up! Gretchen mentioned that the link you take to get to the sign-up page is unique to each instructor, so definitely link from G's blog if you want to join me for this fabulous online event! I can't wait!

EDITED TO ADD: Small world alert . . . Jen Gallacher (who decorated the Echo Park albums above) is also teaching at True Scrap 3!  

Scrapp'n Savvy Blog Hop - February

Welcome to the first ever Scrappn' Savvy blog hop! During this blog hop, you will visit each instructor's website and see some wonderful projects featuring the We R Memory Keepers "Love Struck" collection.

Houston-area folks can win a prize! You will have to go pick up your prize at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring. To be entered, leave a comment at each blog, and then return back to the Scrappn' Savvy blog and leave a comment that you have finished the hop. There will be some small prizes given away on each blog for a random commenter, and there will be one grand prize given away from all those comments left on the Scrappn' Savvy blog after you have finished the hop. 

You can comment, of course, even if you're not from the area. If you want to be entered into the prize drawings, simply let us know you're local within the text of your comment. You might say such things as; "I'm local" or "Pick me!" or "I've been wanting a road trip", etc.

The order of the blogs to visit is listed below. 

Here is a project that I created with the We R Memory Keepers "Love Struck" collection: 


01 Cupid Front
02 Cupid Inside
03 Cupid Pop up
04 Cupid Closeup

Now continue on with the hop and visit the next person in line!  Once you have visited everyone's blog and left a comment, be sure to return to the Scrappn' Savvy blog and leave a comment that you have finished the hop!

Also, please be sure that you check out the Scrappn' Savvy store website to see upcoming events and classes. My upcoming dates are:

February 10th, Friday - Pop-up Cards

March 3rd, Saturday - Pop-up Mini-Album

Time to get hoppin'! Here are the links:

Scrappn’ Savvy Blog-