Pop-up 2Torial: Sizzix Bigz Raising Platform pop-up die
Pop 'n Cuts: Create 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!