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My addiction to Draw Something!

John: Playing "Draw Something" again?

Me: I prefer to think of it as "Draw Fine Art."

John: Right.

Me: My only concern is that some people use their bombs too early! I draw all the crucial parts to solve it, but if they don't understand the drawing as it is developing they blow up the letters, and then they've wasted a bomb!

John: Well maybe everyone doesn't have 20 minutes to wait for you to draw everything. Maybe they're done pooping.

Me: <gasp!>

John: Yes, Karen. That's where people are most likely viewing your "fine art."

You see? You see what I put up with?

But he did present me with an iPad this weekend, so all is forgiven!

I learned how to take screen shots with the iPad, too, so here are some of the drawings from this weekend:


Strike Ugly

Well maybe just a little . . .


Pop-up 2torial: Father's Day Card using two Pop-up Dies


It's time for another Pop-up 2torial! And by "2" I really just mean "less than 3", as you will see by this video, which clocks in at 2:43! Heh.

This Father's Day card was inspired (naturally) by my Dad. We took lots of cross-country road trips as kids and had lots of adventures. 

01 Dad Card Closed

The new SEI Mayberry collection was absolutely perfect for this card! I scoured the word-search paper looking for "Dad" and I found it! I circled it with a red pencil and then added the Route 66 sign and a "Dad-esque" button. I let the button cover the word "eats" so it looks like it says "The Good Dad". (I'm still patting myself on the back for that one!) The gears are an On the Edge die and the background paper is Bazzill glazed cardstock.

02 Dad Card Open
Watching the video is the best way to understand how I combined the two pop-up dies to get all the platforms I would need for my pop-up scene. So go ahead . . .scroll back up and watch it . . . it's less than 3 minutes . . . I'll wait . . .

03 Dad Card Details

Next I turned my attention to the jalopy. I wanted to create the effect of wood paneling on the sides, so I die cut the car first in black cardstock and then again in thin wood. I noticed that the window pieces that fell out were the right size for paneling, so I used scraps of wood over just the window-portion of the die to create extra panels. I used inks and stains to weather the wood, and the fender pieces are embossed with clear powder. The silver centers of the wheels are old nailheads from my stash and the headlights are clear rhinestones.

04 Dad Card Summary
Here are the major supplies used in the card. I didn't list the minors (stash items), like nailheads, rhinestones, a computer-printed greeting, crimp beads, silver cardstock, white cardstock, inks and stains.

Pop-up 2torial: Graduation Card using Flip-up Flower Die


This week has been full of filming and editing beginner Sizzix videos, and since my room was (the area within camera range anyway) all tidied up, I thought I would also film a quick tutorial for a pop-up card.

My idea is to limit myself to 2 minutes (ish) videos to be able to explain the technique. If you recall, I filmed six 90-second videos last year and those were blazing fast! I figured adding an additional 30 seconds (ish) would give me a luxurious amount of time but . . . not so much!

Here's the video and then you can scroll down for pictures, a supply list and more detailed instructions for a couple of the steps that I had to leave out of the video (so I didn't have to figure out a new catchy title using the number 3! Heh!)


The dies I am featuring in the video are the Bigz Flip-up Flower and the Celebrate Sizzlit set. Both of these dies have how-to videos which are viewable on the product pages when you click those links.

05 Sizzix Dies

The idea for this card is to use the mechanism of the Flip-up Flower to animate something else. In this case, I cut a 3x3 square of lightweight black chipboard and added a mini tassel to the front using a decorative brad. The tassel was in my stash from years ago, so I found an alternate source to put in the supply list.

01 Grad Card Closed

When you pull the tab, the graduation cap will flip up:

02 Grad Card Partial

The video tutorial shows the technique for making the shadow effect with the Celebrate word, but I wasn't able to include how I stamped the "congrats" label for inside, so here are some quick instructions for that:

  1. Die cut the label shape from the Celebrate Sizzlit set.
  2. Stamp the word "congrats" in the graduate's darker school color in the center of the label. Clean the stamp well.
  3. Stamp the "congrats" word all over the rest of the label, staggering the locations, using a clear watermark ink.
  4. Brush the piece with chalk on a cotton ball. The chalk will stick to the watermark ink and bring out the word pattern. Choose a chalk color that corresponds to the graduate's lighter school color.

03 Grad Card Open
Roll a bill (or check) tightly and make a band of cardstock in the center to act as a diploma. Use a mini glue dot under the cardstock to hold it to the card. The graduate can slide the money out of the tube to remove it.

A personal message can be written inside the card itself. One nice thing about the Flip-up Flower die is that it is a pull tab pop-up, meaning it does not need to be built inside a card fold - it can be put anywhere on the project, including the front.


Not Pictured: The Stamps of Life "congrats" stamp - banners4all

04 Grad Card Summary

Graduation Pop-up Card (Pop 'n Cuts)

It's really hard to believe that my friend Gretchen has a daughter old enough to be graduating from high school, but it's true! We received Kenna's announcement in the mail the other day.

I just returned from a wonderful teaching trip to Minnesota. I got to hang out for several days with my dear friend Eileen Hull, plus teach a couple of classes, plus see my sister, Julie, and her family, plus win some money in the casino, plus visit several cool scrapbook stores . . . all good stuff!

I spotted the new Dylusions stamps from Dyan Reaveley while shopping at Scrapbooks, Too, and just had to get the Birds on a Wire set. I knew Dyan's stamps would mix just perfectly with my new Birds on a Wire Sizzlit strip (shipping to stores in just a couple of weeks, ya'll!) 

So here's what I came up with for Kenna's graduation card:

01 K Card Closed

Here is the inside of the card:

02 K Card Open

Here is a side view:

03 K Card Side View

And a close-up of one of the 3D flowers, made with the Hello Sizzlit Set:

04 K Card Flower

Here is a basic tutorial for making this card:

05 Step1

Start by die cutting two Birds on a Wire Sizzlit strips - the first from clear plastic (I like Bazzill's thin plastic sheets for this) and the second from thin white chipboard. Before removing the Birds from the white chipboard, stamp them with a font stamp and black ink. Use alcohol inks on the clear Birds, mixing a couple of colors to get the desired effect.

06 Step2

Run the finished colored bird strip through the Xyron "X" machine to add adhesive all over the backs of the birds. Stick them to the white stamped birds, offsetting them slightly for a shadow effect. Use white and black Sharpie markers to make the eyes.

Now it's time to make the fun pop-up card using the new Pop 'n Cuts A2 Card Base (shipping the first week of June, 2012) and the Circle Magnetic shape.

07 Step3

Put the Circle Label Pop 'n Cuts insert inside the Pop 'n Cuts base and slide it until it touches the edge of the opening as shown above. Add the Circle Magnetic Shape above the insert. Lay the patterned paper over the die and run it through a Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond die cutting machine.

08 Step4

Work the four folds to create the pop-up shape. Notice that the Circle hole is actually two pieces - a scalloped circle is nested inside the solid circle. We won't need either piece for this card, but I just thought I would mention it. 

09 Step5

The Pop 'n Cuts A2 Card Base die can also be used to cut the backing card. Carefully remove the insert and do not shift the circle magnetic shape at all! (Important!) Cover the die with a contrasting paper and run it back through the Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond die cutting machine. 

10 Step6

This will cut the backing card with the hole in the exact same spot as the pop-up card.

11 Step7

Line up the backing card over the pop-up card and use a tape runner to stick them together, avoiding all the pop-up areas with the adhesive.

04 K Card Flower
To make the 3D flowers, use the flowers Sizzlit from the Hello Sizzlit set. It cuts four flowers at a time. Spritz the four flowers with water, stack them (use double-sided paper and alternate which color is up) and pierce a hole in the center. Add a mini-brad through the center of the stack. Crumple and shape the flowers into a 3D design and then allow to dry (or blast with a heat gun if you're impatient)

I added a section of the Birds on a Wire to the pop-up so that one bird would be perfectly framed in the circle when the card is closed. I mixed in some stamped birds and stamped hats and used letter stickers for the greeting. I hung a key charm from my stash off the pop-up.

You can see the entire Pop 'n Cuts collection and watch videos on them here: Pop 'n Cuts. Look for them in stores the first part of June, 2012!

Congratulations on your graduation, Kenna! 

12 K Card Summary
Here are some picture links for the primary supplies used:

Mothers Day Class - VIP & Scrapbook Gallery, Rochester, MN

Once again, I've commanded the Kitting Room (er, Dining Room) for preparations!

Eileen Hull and I are heading up to Minnesota next week to teach at a trade show and will start our adventures in Rochester teaching a class at VIP & Scrapbook Gallery.

Here are the particulars from VIP's newsletter:

All Seasons With Sizzix!

Join Sizzix licensed artists Eileen Hull and Karen Burniston in this class featuring products from both of their collections. In the first half of class, Karen will teach a double-page spread with a Seasons theme. Four cards open on the layout to reveal pop-up trees, each tree decorated for the specific season. Your handout will include instructions for altering page protectors so the layout can be easily opened in an album. The second half of class will be taught by Eileen Hull, the designer of Scoreboard dies. This hands-on gift card holder project will give you the opportunity to die cut mat board and emboss it. You'll also learn how to create a 3D flower using one of Eileen's layered flower dies. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from the designers and have all your Sizzix questions answered! 
Treat yourself to this great opportunity! 2 nationally known designers at V.I.P., Sunday, May 13th, 1pm to 4pm 
3 jam packed hours, dessert and You ~ only $35 
Registration Required-Call Soon! 


Our store is conveniently located in the

TJ MAXX Plaza at
1300 Salem Road SW (not far from Apache Mall)
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 281-2031

Here are photos of the class projects. I will teach the Seasons Layout, which is a double-page spread with four pop-up trees decorated for each season. 

01 Seasons Closed
02 Seasons Texture
03 Seasons Open
04 Winter Spring
05 Summer Fall

Please bring these tools/supplies to class:

  • Scissors & Trimmer (trimmer probably won't be needed, unless we need to square something up)
  • Paper adhesive (tape runner or glue - whatever you like)
  • Fine Line glue pen (for scrolls and small pieces)
  • Glue Dots (mini or regular)
  • Strong Adhesive (tacky tape or Scor tape)
  • Bone Folder
  • Sanding Block
  • Needle Nosed Pliers for jump rings

Eileen will take the second half of class to teach a Gift Card Holder:


Eileen has information on her projects posted on her blog here. Her What to Bring list is as follows:

  • Craft Knife
  • Stencil 
  • Inks- aqua, green, deep pink and brown
  • Blending tools for each color
  • Spray Adhesive

Please come join us for an afternoon of fun projects and dessert! It's Mother's Day . . . treat yourself!

CLASS: Note to Self Mini-Album (with pop-up)

This Saturday, May 5th (National Scrapbooking Day!) I will be teaching a class at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, Texas. Because of NSD, we're going to offer just one class, in the morning, from 10:30 - 1 pm. There may be two spots left - there were the other day - so contact the store if you are interested.

Last month I was brainstorming with Karrie and Leslie about what to do for the mini-album class and Leslie showed me the Echo Park "Note to Self" collection. As soon as I saw the viewfinder image I knew that it would be perfect to use with the Photo Wheel die! 

The front cover of the album features the Photo Wheel, styled to look like a viewfinder, with space for eight small photos.

01 NTS Cover

A couple of things to know about my classes:

  1. If ink isn't critically necessary, then I don't use it on my class sample. I always like to show a "clean" version of the project for my students who are not crazy about inked edges. You are always welcome (encouraged even!) to bring inks and blending tools to class and grunge the heck out of your project. As I like to say . . . it's your project, not my project!
  2. Everything is always pre-cut for class, but I give you a detailed handout showing you all the cuts I made, so if you want to reproduce the album again (maybe in a different color scheme?) you have everything you need to do so.
  3. We often run over on time, so please plan your afternoon accordingly. (No 2 pm matinee, 'k?)

Here are photos of the interior spreads of the album. Best part - the chipboard color is the perfect gray to match the collection colors, meaning we don't have to paint the chipboard! (WHOO-HOO!) 

I love the Echo Park "Note to Self" collection because between the stickers and papers, there are captions and borders and everything you need to make the album for almost any subject! I chose to make the album about my son Karl, but it does not need to be a boy - the collection is universal.

02 NTS Spreads 1 2

03 NTS Spreads 3 4
As you see above, you'll have plenty of room in this album (pages are just under 6x10) for photos and journaling.

The final spread has the pop-up in it, the Gift Card Holder die, used as a billboard.  

04 NTS Spread 5 Pop up

Here are the items you should bring to class:

  • Scissors and Trimmer
  • Favorite adhesive to adhere paper to chipboard (I like a tape runner w/refill, but some people like glue for this)
  • Liquid glue - for gluing down the rickrack
  • Strong adhesive - I recommend having some tacky or scor-tape for the pop-up. Also bring some mini-glue dots.
  • Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite - you'll need to punch the holes back into the album, so don't forget this!
  • Regular 0.25" corner rounder - you can do this by hand, but a corner rounder is your friend!
  • Paper piercer
  • Optional: inks & blending tools for inking edges. I recommend a dark brown or charcoal gray.

All photos and journaling can be done at home - no need to bring to class, but if you're staying for the crop and want to finish up this album, most of my photos are 3x4 (so I could fit two on a 4x6 canvas) and the one on the Billboard is 3.25" x 2". (If you buy the die, you can cut your photo into the billboard's bracketed label shape instead, so you'll want a 4x3 if you're doing it that way) The Photo Wheel requires 8 one-inch square photos. You can use a 1" square punch to reduce the photos, or, if you're handy with photo-editing software, you can shrink them on the computer and print them all out on a 4x6 paper.

Hope to see you Saturday!