Pop[up] Spotted: Donna Gibson's Italian Suitcase!
CHA-S 2012 Sneak Peek Video - new Pop 'n Cuts!

Pop[up] Spotted: Gretchen's Pop 'n Cuts tutorial with Framelits


I absolutely adore this card that Gretchen made me for my birthday! (Actually, she never said it was for my birthday, but I'm sure after seeing this gushy blog post in her honor . . .)


You can learn a lot of cool techniques in her tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, including how to use Framelits dies to add a decorative border around your PNC piece. (Cool cats abbreviate "Pop 'n Cuts" to PNC. "Cool" is pronounced "lazy")

Pop 'n Cuts are shipping now, so ask at your local store. And if they haven't ordered them, just ask them to. It's OK. Just say "I am in desperate need of some Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts dies so I can make quick, easy and dynamic pop-up cards to impress my friends and family, who will say that I am brilliant, and talented, and insist that I spend more time and money on paper crafts because I'm so good at it. I notice that you sell Sizzix products but I don't see Pop 'n Cuts here. Can you order them for me? I'd like the entire collection, item numbers #657788-657802." (Or something similar. Heh)

In other news, Gretchen and I leave insanely early for CHA tomorrow.

Text exchange:

Gretchen: What time are we leaving on Saturday?

Me: Practically Friday! 2.5 hours before our flight time. When is our flight?

Gretchen: 7am

Me: Pick you up at 4:30 then. Sorry.

Gretchen: Good Lord. Is there a Starbucks at the airport?

Here is our schedule of events:

Saturday July 14th - 1-3 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Demonstration, Stamp Thyme, Lockport IL

Sunday July 15th - 11:30 - 2 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Card Class, Lorraine's Memories, Woodstock, IL (I believe this class is sold-out, but she might have one more take-home kit, so call the store if interested)

Sunday July 15th - 4-6:30 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Card Class, Stamp, Scrap 'n More, Mundelein, IL (A week ago there were a couple of spots left, but I haven't heard an update, so call the store if interested)

Monday - Thursday - Craft and Hobby Show, retailers only.

I am trying to finish up some samples of my new dies. If you check back here later (much later, like this evening) you may find some sneak peeks. Maybe. If I have a very productive day, that is.

Anyone who has read my blog from the beginning (2005) knows that I used to end each post with a quote from my favorite movie of all time, The Princess Bride. (A line from that movie is my blog's title, by the way, not a prejudice against lefties, as some have accused me of over the years) Once I had quoted the entire movie I used to end with funny quotes from my kids. They still say funny stuff, but it's not exactly adorable. More like sarcastic. Apple, meet tree. 

So I am moving into Phase 3, where I end each post with one of my favorite drawings from Draw Something, my current procrastination addiction. Here is today's offering: