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Pop-up 2Torial: Spring Loaded Double Fold Pop-up Card


Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for two techniques - how to spring load a card so it opens automatically, and how to split and double the card fold allowing for two pop-ups inside.

The card in the video is Gretchen's birthday card. Visit the Sizzix blog to see more photos and a full supply list.


Gretchen Bday Card

Sizzix supplies used:

Pop 'n Cuts: Create Art card

01 Art Closed

I don't think it's any secret that I am a fan of patterned paper and my cards usually include it.

But today felt more like a "make my own background" sort of day.

I wanted to use my Dina Wakley "Lonely Girl" stamp and she was crying out for some sort of artsy layered creation.

02 Art Front

The outer card is made from matboard, which took the mists and stamping just beautifully.

03 Art Open

The inside of the card is made with the Pop 'n Cuts Base A2 Card kit, cut from both cardstock and canvas. The canvas is misted and stamped and then mounted to the cardstock for stability.

04 Art Details

I love going stash diving when making these artsy creations. I found some filagree wings and a bejeweled crown charm. The primitive heart is die cut from plastic paper, embossed, shifted, debossed, inked, silver-penned edged and then wrapped with silver cording.

The greeting is on my new Fancy Frame die. The larger piece was cut from plastic paper, stamped with the greeting, and then layered over the smaller piece, cut from cardstock. I used tiny eyelets to connect the two pieces.

The medallion at the top of the card is one of my older Sizzlits, similarly inked.

I used a combination of Luminarte and Tattered Angels mists - whatever I had that was in the orange/yellow/fuschia family.

This card was a lot of fun!

Here are links to the dies and to the Dina Wakley art stamp.

05 Art Card

Pop[up] Spotted: Thank you for being a friend!


The paper crafting industry is brimming with incredible talent and I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends showing off my dies in ways that I could never dream of.

Check out this stunner from Anna-Karin on the Sizzix blog today:

She stamped an evergreen tree on the Pop-up Evergree Tree die. That. Is. Brilliant!!!! All of Anna-Karin's techniques are brilliant. You should also check out the beautiful wall hanging she has posted today on her blog. The techniques are overflowing and the results are simply gorgeous!

I am so thankful for Anna-Karin and her amazing techniques!

There are not enough ways to say how thankful I am to have Gretchen in my life. She is a true friend and I'd love her even if she didn't make paper crafts but even luckier for me . . . she does! She always amazes me with her crisp style that's always just the right amount of balanced decorating, never too little, never too much. Her use of white space (or kraft space) is something that I can never seem to duplicate. She is the master of clean chic with bold punch.

This adorable Christmas card featuring the new Pop 'n Cuts Ribbon Tree insert is on her blog along with a great video tutorial! Make sure you check it out. She has an awesome tip for how to get a "fold-in-a-fold" card to lay flat! Click on the photo to head on over there!

I am so thankful for Gretchen's friendship and her amazing happy inviting style. 

Both Anna-Karin and Gretchen are members of the Sizzix Design Team, which was established this year and is absolutely BRIMMING with incredible talent! Apparently I was under a rock, because I had not really checked out the blog of one such amazing designer, Shelly Hickox, before being introduced to her via the Sizzix team. She's become a great friend and I eagerly await every creation!

Shelly has this fantastic ability to take a little bit of inspiration and Shellify it into something that defies all logic and boundaries of beauty. Every time I post a new Pop-up 2Torial I am secretly hoping that Shelly takes the technique and runs it up the Shellypole so I can stare all slack-jawed at her creation. Don't miss her amazing variation of Hilary's 3D tree on the front of this Pop 'n Cuts card:


I am so thankful for Shelly's Oregonian sense-of-humor and her eye for perfection in all that she creates.

I also love it when my friends introduce me to their other friends! 

Kelly Booth is blowing me away with her perfectly crafted, stamped and colored Pop 'n Cuts creations. She definitely knows her way around a Copic marker and her composition skills with layers and colors are sooo impressive! This little glittered beauty is her latest and I am so impressed with the way she combined the Ribbon Tree Sizzlits with the Noel Pop 'n Cuts insert!

I am so thankful for Kelly and her amazing way with color!

Speaking of Copic markers, I must give an "Atta-girl!" to my friend Debra Hensley, who just got her intermediate Copic certification. Debra is a fellow teacher at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX and if you have a chance to take any of her card classes, you should! She is incredible! Check out this beauty colored with Copics over glitter!

I am so thankful for Debra and how she shares her talents so freely!

I am excited to get to know Tracy Evans better and see more of her brilliant creations. This stunner on her blog is a must-see, plus it features the Pop 'n Cuts Star Insert inside the card! Click on over!

Another new friend is Vivian Keh, who had posted some of her Pop 'n Cuts creations on the Sizzix Facebook Wall and I fell in love with her rich, layered style. Check out this splendid autumn card using my new Fancy Frame Bigz die. 

I am so thankful for new friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pop-up 2Torial: Sizzix Bigz Raising Platform pop-up die


Today's Pop-up 2Torial will show how to assemble the Bigz Raising Platform die #658042.


This die, although ultimately quick and easy to assemble, has a couple of origami folds that can be tricky to figure out for the first time. I've been getting a few e-mails from folks asking for a video tutorial.

What I thought might be helpful is to re-make the card that is on the front of the packaging so that anyone who purchases the die has the package sample for reference when making their own version of this card. Also, I happen to love the card on this package, which was created by Cara Mariano, Art Director for Sizzix.

Here is a photo of my version of Cara's card and the one I create in the video:

01 Raising Hello Card
The video is not under 3 minutes and I'm starting to really regret my naming choice of "2Torial"! Ha! It's 6 minutes, but pretty concise. You'll have the Raising Platform mastered by the 3:42 mark, and then the rest is showing how to do the fluffy flower folds and the front decoration.


Here are a couple of other shots of the card details:

  04 Raising Front

02 Raising Inside

03 Raising Flower
Look for the Sizzix dies at your local scrapbooking and paper crafting stores. Or, if you prefer to shop online, has almost every supply I used, so I uploaded the card there and linked in all the supplies. Click on the thumbnail below to view this project and all the supply links at Supply Links

Need some additional inspiration for the Bigz Raising Platform die? Here are some other card and layout ideas. Click on the photos to go to their blogs and see additional photos and supply lists.

Gretchen did an awesome recap of the new Hearth & Home Bigz dies in two parts on her blog. I love the layout she created using the Raising Platform:


Anna-Karin created this stunning white-on-white card using the Raising Platform and it was chosen as a Fab 5 winner by Hero Arts! 

This 6x6 Christmas card shows how you might use the Raising Platform to animate something larger, like a gift card or a photo. Simply attach the item to the platform, making sure that your card is big enough to cover the item when the card is closed. In the same manner, you can replace the label that comes on the die with any other object, folded up the middle, and allow the platform to animate it. Think butterflies, and hearts, and gothic skulls!

As always, I love to see what you create with my dies! Send me links to your blog posts or tag me on your Facebook uploads so I don't miss them!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pop[up] Spotted PLUS One-Day Deal on Accordion Album!


It really has been far too long since I "spotted" some folks using my dies.

Louise Charlton is teaching a class using the Accordion Album at Bonnidée in Montreal, Canada and has created a very clever box to hold the album. I asked Louise if I could copy her box idea and create a template and she said yes! So look for that in the next few days. Although you can collapse the album and put it in an envelope, a box is a great way to present it as a gift. Click on this picture of Louise's album to learn more about her class and project:

Kelly Booth is absolutely ROCKING the Pop 'n Cuts! Her cards are stunning and she knows her way around those Copics like nobody's business! Check out her two fun cards that she just whipped up for her twin niece/nephew's 6th birthday. Whipped up! Like nothin'! Kelly is illustrating exactly what I've been saying till I'm blue in the face - the Pop 'n Cuts allow you to get from paper to pop-up in 30 seconds! It lets you spend all your time decorating in your signature style. For Kelly, getting to her stamped images, coloring savantishness, and amazing composition skills within a few minutes meant that her niece/nephew get these amazing pop-up cards! Click on the picture of Jack's card below so you don't miss Morgan's!

Wendee Deal is the Pop 'n Cuts Whisperer of Iowa! She creates amazing cards and then teaches them at her home and local stores in the Cedar Rapids area. Definitely check out Wendee's blog to see her creations. I was especially tickled by the spinner card, where the mistletoe spins out up over the "old lady with a lovely personality"! Love Wendee's sense of humor!

Karen Hudson also created a box for her Accordion Album gift. All these smart box people! I absolutely love this wedding-themed Accordion Album and especially the way Karen added the lacy heart elements in the corners where they don't impede the opening/closing of the album. What a gorgeous addition to the intricacy of the album!

I'd also like to give a shout out to the peeps that tag their pop-up creations on my Facebook wall. Caz always has some gorgeous creations and so does Karrie. 

Here is one of Caz's latest Pop 'n Cuts creations using the new Star insert and the companion Party Sizzlits set: I love the way she's combined her stamping (and amazing coloring skills) with the die cut shapes. Such fun colors, too!

And of course you should bookmark all the personal blogs of the amazing Sizzix Design Team. They recently featured Pop 'n Cuts on the Sizzix blog and WOW! Gretchen even included a very helpful "how to use Pop 'n Cuts" video! Click on this gorgeous creation by Tammy Roberts to see all the cards and watch Gretchen's video:

Here's what's so great - I could go on "spotting" all day! It's fabulous to see so many people using the new dies and being so successful with them. 

Pop-ups for the win!

ONE DAY DEAL FOR NOVEMBER 19TH ON ACCORDION ALBUM & FRAME/LABEL BRACKET. You can snag a one-day deal at Molly's Square (while supplies last) for both these Bigz dies for only $27.98 plus shipping! That's a $40 value, yo! Click the logo below to go snag the deal:



Christmas Circle Album Class PLUS winners!

01 Christmas Cover

On December 1st I'll be teaching an interactive Christmas Circle Album at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX. The first two sessions sold out so we've added a third. Call the store if interested.

I enjoyed creating this class with one of the Interactive Chipboard Albums that I designed for Echo Park. The paper line is Very Merry Christmas by Jessica Sprague for Echo Park. There are also several of my new Hearth & Home Sizzix dies worked into the class.

Speaking of the new dies, here are the winners of the GIVEAWAY, chosen by random number from members of my mailing list who left a comment on my last post. If you are not already a member of my mailing list, fear not a full in-box because I am absolutely terrible at sending out e-mails. But when I do, I will often give the list a chance to win a prize, so just hunt up the blue button in the left sidebar and sign up!

Peg and Nancy each get to pick two dies from the Hearth & Home collection - either Pop 'n Cuts inserts, matching accessory Sizzlits, or Bigz dies. I'll be contacting you both by e-mail for your addresses. Congratulations!

Peg Smith - I'm So excited these products are in the stores now!! A must have for me is the ALBUM ACCORDIAN FLIP 3D. I haven't been this excited for a long time! You're work is exquisite! 

Nancy Walker - I just love all the new Pop 'n Cuts Hearth and Home series dies. I have a few now, but I would love to add the ribbon tree insert to my collection. I hope Santa is listening!

Here are more photos of the class. 

02 Christmas Spread1

The first interior spread has a chipboard flap on the left page, held down by a small circle of Velcro. Open the flap to reveal the pop-up Poinsettia:

03 Christmas PNC

Turn the page to the second interior spread and notice the Accordion Album on the right page, held down by an oval-shaped closure.

04 Christmas Spread2

Spin the oval to release the album and use the tab on the right to pull it open:

05 Christmas Accordion

I didn't photograph the back of the album, but it offers more real estate for photos and journaling. Plus, each page has a pull-out section, so you'll be able to cram a ton of memories into this album!

06 Christmas Pull-outs
There are some accessory items (optional purchase) that you can buy at the store to further embellish your album with matching stickers, etc. and you'll also have some leftover paper.

Here are the tools and supplies you'll need in class:

  • Scissors and Trimmer
  • Adhesives - whatever you most like for wallpapering paper to chipboard. Some wet glues that I like for this are Tombow's blue mono and Zip Dry (but you have to work fast). I also have used a tape runner, but you'll use a lot, so bring a refill. Some of my instructor friends swear by Yes Paste.
  • Other adhesives - small pop-dots will be great to elevate the layered wreath. You'll also want a strong tape, like tacky tape or Scor-tape, for attaching the Accordion Album. I always like having mini glue dots in class - very helpful for flourishes, etc.
  • Stapler and staples (you'll use this to keep the templates attached to the papers while cutting)
  • Crop-a-Dile or 1/4" chipboard hole punch. 
  • Paper piercer
  • Craft knife and sanding block - these are helpful for making adjustments to the edges of the album
  • Clean brayer - optional, but this can be great if you're using wet glue to wallpaper the pages.
  • Adirondack Metallic Paint Dabber - Pearl (Karrie will have these for sale in the store)

Hope to see you there!

*NEW* Christmas Pop 'n Cuts Inserts & Coordinating Decorator Dies

In stores now are the newest inserts for the Pop 'n Cuts Collection, including three that will be perfect for Christmas cards! (Yes, I know that a lot of you had your cards finished before Halloween, but perhaps you can get a jump on next year! Also, stop showing off! Heh.)

What I like to do with my die collections is to create optional decorator dies to fit the pop-ups. These decorator dies can also work on their own as flat dies, independent of the pop-ups, as you'll see in this first card, which uses the Ribbon Tree from the Noel Sizzlits Set on the front of the card as a stand-alone item. I've also used the Poinsettia from the Noel Sizzlits Set to decorate the interior of the card above the pop-up. The third Sizzlits in this set is the word Noel, which can be used flat, but also fits the Noel Pop 'n Cuts insert just perfectly, leaving a small shadow. 

Noel with Burlap

Often the Sizzlits sets for the Pop 'n Cuts collection will decorate more than one insert. In the case of the Noel Sizzlits set, it actually decorates THREE inserts! Next up, the Pop 'n Cuts Ribbon Tree Insert, which is one of four new "stand-up" designs. These Pop 'n Cuts inserts work a little differently than all the previous ones. Notice in the "Noel" card above that the card is meant to be viewed at 90 degrees. The top half of the card interior becomes a backdrop of the card.

In the case of the "stand-up" designs (Ribbon Tree, Poinsettia, Frame, Star), the finished card will open up fully flat, to 180 degrees, and the pop-up will stand-up in the middle of the card. Assembly is just as easy, perhaps even easier, because all that is required is folding the mirror-image items upwards from their bases and gluing them back-to-back near the top of the image. Done!

Pop 'n Cuts inserts always create the pop-up from the card itself, meaning they leave holes that need covering with a backing card. In the case of the "stand-up" designs, the holes themselves are interesting and can be backed, covered or filled for interesting results. In the case of the Ribbon Tree card that's next, the coordinating Ribbon Tree Sizzlits was used to not only decorate the pop-up, but also to fill the holes with trees.

PNC Ribbon Tree Card

On the above card I also made use of some decorator pieces from other dies. The vine is from the Hello Sizzlits Set and the label (stamped with Merry Christmas) is from the new Raising Platform die.

The other Pop 'n Cuts insert that is decorated by the Noel Sizzlits Set is the Poinsettia insert. There are a couple of ways you can use the Sizzlits to decorate the pop-up. You can use the solid Poinsettia or the single petal/leaf piece. For this next card, I cut seven leaves and created a larger decorator poinsettia to fit the pop-up. Then I used the solid poinsettia from the Sizzlits set to decorate the holes. My new Ornate Plate die makes a great wreath for the front of the card. For this card I embossed texture and added a bow. Simple!

Poinsettia Card

One last card to show. Pop 'n Cuts accessories will work with all the collections, and the Flagpole/Lantern/Sign Sizzlits Strip is a perfect example. Look how nice the lantern looks with the Noel Pop 'n Cuts insert. You can get directions for how to add poles through the shelf area in this video tutorial: Pop-up 2Torial: Call Me Card

Noel with Lantern

This card also makes use of decorator pieces from other dies. I used the Frame Label die for the Merry Christmas piece and the wreath from the Door die on the lantern.


Here is a video guide to the six newest Pop 'n Cuts inserts:


The holiday season is here. Let's do this!

Giving Thanks!

Sometimes life throws you some curve balls and this last week was a doozy. Luckily I am blessed with amazing family and friends. Christy - I will love you forever! (Thanks to you, too, Ann, Gretchen and Tammy!)

In the spirit of Giving Thanks, I thought I would post this card made with some of my newest Hearth & Home dies, available now in stores.

Thanksgiving Card

The pop-up in this card is the new Bigz Raising Platform, so it is not part of the Pop 'n Cuts collection. I need to do a proper tutorial video on it, but in the meantime, Karl recorded me assembling it in two quick iPhone videos.

The PDF instructions can be downloaded, but trust me - the videos make it much easier!

Start by finding every fold. If the score lines are faint, try shimming under the die with a piece of cardstock or cutting two at a time. You really want to be able to see the score lines so you fold them accurately. Work every fold one way and then the other so they all fold easily. 

Now, watch how quickly I can assemble the platform:



See? Easy!

You can swap out the label that comes on the die with any other shape that you'd like to animate. Simply fold the item in half and glue it to the platform. For my card, I used a sticker from the collection by first sticking it to thin paper and cutting around it so it wouldn't be sticky behind the label.

Giving Thanks2

I styled the Silverware by cutting them from gray cardstock, embossing the handles (sorry, don't remember which folder I used) and then lightly brushing the silverware with gray ink. I found some clear stamps in my stash (old!) that I could bend into a shape that would just fit the outer contours of the Ornate Plate and used those to stamp the decor.

The papers are from the gorgeous Bo Bunny Apple Cider collection and the cardstock is Bazzill Bling. Here are some handy shopping links:

I am thankful for many blessings in my life, and especially for my friends!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Pop-up 2Torial: Pop 'n Cuts Reindeer Spinner Card


Today the Sizzix Design Team is featuring Pop 'n Cuts! Check out the post here with links to all the designers' amazing creations: Sizzix Blog - Pop 'n Cuts Mania Feature 

You can also upload your own Pop 'n Cuts card and there are prizes to be had, so definitely head on over there to check out the fun!

Last week when Eileen Hull was in town we were honored to help launch the Sizzix Club at Scrapp'n Savvy. My regular students had voted for a spinner card from me and I happily obliged. Here is the project we created:

01 Reindeer Card Closed

This is an A7 card with a clear front to see the spinner in the "closed" position.

As the card is opened, the spinner starts moving.

02 Reindeer Partial

When the card is fully open the "Happy Holidays" greeting is revealed.

03 Reindeer Open

Here is the video tutorial for this card:


You can also watch the previous Spinner tutorial here: Pop 'n Cuts Spinner Technique


Make sure you hop around and see all the projects from the talented Sizzix Design Team! I am thrilled and honored to have these talented designers working with Pop 'n Cuts!

Here is a supply list for my card:

Other supplies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter, Lawn Fawn "Happy Holidays" stamp, Staz-on ink, Kraft and Brown cardstocks, Red Stickles, The Twinery twine, blending tool

You may have noticed that the Base Pop 'n Cuts Die is out of stock on Here are a few places that are showing in stock as I type this:

Skellie's Story (only 363 days until Halloween)

Skellie was born on October 23rd, 2012 in the midst of a massive studio purge/clean session. The skeleton stamp set had recently arrived from Lost Coast Designs and, having ordered him over the internet, I had no idea that he was going to height-in at over 10" tall! 


The massive purge/clean session was months overdue and I was attempting to return my studio to its former glory while simultaneously impressing and confusing my friend Eileen Hull, who was due to arrive on October 25th and had always heard me say that my studio's regular decor was "Hoarders Chic".

Meanwhile, my friend Gretchen, who lives close enough to make any sort of neatness facade on my part completely futile, was regularly checking up on me via text and encouraging me to stay on track with the cleaning. I suggested that whoever told her I was not cleaning and instead assembling a giant stamped skeleton was obviously delusional as I would never do such a thing.

And then I sent her this photo:


Why don't you come over and see me sometime?

About this time I also got a text from Eileen, asking how my day was going. I replied with this:


Gretchen thinks I'm cleaning! Tee hee hee!

With a synergy that could only be arranged by mysterious mystical Skellie forces, I also received a "what up?" text from Shelly Hickox, thus ensuring that she, too, would start receiving Skellie poses.

It's just that the cleaning is so TIRING!

WHEEEEE!                                                                         What a workout!

Shelly proceeded to tell me to knock it off, already, because she was a VERY.IMPORTANT.CRAFTER and was trying to WORK.ALREADY! She said she was filming a tutorial video and lamented that her voice sounded like (her words, not mine) Minnie Mouse.

Ever the supportive friend, I sent her two more poses:

Gretchen, meanwhile, asked if I had completed the cleaning of my office

I sent her this:


All done except over there!

Convinced that there were more laughs to be had, and finding this exercise infinitely more entertaining than cleaning, I started crafting props for Skellie:

If you can believe it, I did finally grow weary of posing Skellie, taking pictures of him and harrassing my friends. (I know! Cray-cray!) I finally let him thank the audience and bid adieu.

The goal with Skellie was to have him dancing on the front of a card. To do so, he was going to require some string and a pull cord.

I found a charm of two bones and some black beads and got busy stringing up his dance cord. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't notice what everyone else noticed . . .

I showed it to John and he instinctively did what all men do when faced with such a jarring image. He clutched the front of his pants and winced.

JOHN: OUCH! That looks terrible! Why exactly did you choose to use TWO beads?

ME: What? I'm not sure what you . . . oh. Right. 

Shelly also had a few comments about poor Skellie's medical condition. I pointed out to the critics that he was still smiling, herniated jiggly bits and all, but nonetheless he went into a corner until such time as I could find time for reconstructive surgery.

It was only a short while later that the FedEx truck arrived to deposit FIFTEEN BOXES OF DIES in my foyer. Having just sorted, purged and broken down about 25 boxes that day, I reacted to the arrival of my new dies in a less than mature manner . . .

I walked right over to Skellie with a pair of scissors. SNIP!

And yet he was STILL SMILING!!!

I tried to work on Skellie's card the first part of this week to get him ready to post by Halloween. I wanted to show how to fold and double the Pop 'n Cuts Base Die to allow for a double spinner. The week got a little full, though, when Eileen and Lorine became hurricane refugees and I was forced instead to hang out and have margaritas. (Forced, I say!)



I did finally get him onto the front of a card, though, with my double-spinner, etc. Finished it up as the first Trick-or-Treaters were ringing the doorbell!

01 Skellie Front
Notice that his junk string was cleverly hidden behind some pieces of paper? Voila! I also made him a cool pair of shades so he would coordinate with the card interior, featuring Chester & the Boneyard Band.

02 Skellie Open
03 Skellie Upper
04 Skellie Lower
05 Skellie Mechanisms
You can see the mechanism for the double spinner in this side view.

And that's the story of Skellie!

Happy Belated Halloween!

06 Skellie Summary