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Upcoming Pop 'n Cuts teaching dates

Crawling out from under my rock for a quick update on where I'll be teaching in upcoming weeks.

Journey dies have shipped worldwide! They've been spotted at scrapbook stores everywhere and a couple of the styles are available at JoAnn, so keep an eye out.

I'm heading to Florida this weekend to teach Pop 'n Cuts card classes at Everything Scrapbook & Stamps. Come join me Saturday morning for free Pop 'n Cuts demos, followed by the Journey Pop 'n Cuts Card Class. I believe there are a couple of seats left:

Journey PNC Card Class copy

Here's my usual disclaimer about my card classes - you don't have to love my color or theme choices. Everyone has a kid in their life who would love a Robot birthday card, but even if you don't, the important thing you learn in that card is how to use Movers & Shapers pieces with your Pop 'n Cuts. You learn how to create an extra shelf pop-up and how to attach the flagpole as a third pop-up dimension. Then you take those techniques home and make the card again with a heart instead of the star, and a flourish popping up majestically behind the label, and a bird flying on the flourish, and a sentiment about soaring. You see? It's all about techniques and ideas! 

You'll learn how to assemble the two new Pop 'n Cuts insert folds in this class, too - the Window inserts (We'll use the Butterfly) and the Chair. The Journey class is a great class for all levels and focuses on how to use the three features of Pop 'n Cuts - Simple, Interchangeable and Coordinated - to allow for quick and dynamic pop-up cards.

Sunday's class will be the Amped Up Pop 'n Cuts card class. This class focuses on add-on techniques to take your Pop 'n Cuts cards to the next level. Techniques include a floating floor, tripling the star, and using a mirror to reflect a word insert. The fourth card will be a quick and easy Father's Day chair card.

Amped Up PNC Card Class

Once again, you don't have to love my choices - just the techniques. Students have changed the themes of these cards by not using the stamped greetings that are included in the kits and swapping them out later for different greetings. Bring your inks if you're an ink-lover. All of these cards look great "grunged up", too.

After Florida I'm home for a few days and then I head out to San Diego to teach the Journey Card Class at CKU San Diego. 



June 21-23rd is Ohio/Kentucky. Join me for Amped Up Pop 'n Cuts Cards at Scraps, Etc., KY on Friday June 21. Join me for Journey AND Amped Up Card Classes at Stamping Buddies in Cincinnati on Saturday, June 22nd, and Journey Cards at Scraps, Etc. OH on Sunday, June 23rd.

But wait, there's more!

June 28-29th is the CK Convention in Houston. I myself am not teaching at the event, but if I'm not curled up in my bed recovering from all the previous travel, I plan to head up there to help out in two classes that I designed for Kristi Coy, of 

Last year I designed Kristi's convention classes and they were so popular that she asked me for new versions for 2013. Cool Closures 2 features a different album than last year and three new closures. How to Give a Gift Card features a Pop 'n Cuts card, a hidden message card and a cool pillow-box pull tab thingie that pops the gift card out the other end. It's a fun class with some techniques you'll use again.

Because of all the travel in June/July, my next class at Scrapp'n Savvy will be the Journey cards in early August. I'm also working on a date for Craft Crossing, also in August, also Journey Cards.

Fall will find me in Colorado, Houston and North & South Carolina. Stay tuned for more details on those events.

But for now - I'd better get these kits finished up and into a suitcase. Bon Voyage!

Pop-up Graduation Card using new Journey Dies

The Journey Collection of new Pop 'n Cuts inserts and accessory dies are shipping to stores as I type, so keep an eye out at your local and online Sizzix retailers. 

I needed to make a Graduation card for our friends' daughter. I'm actually not sure if she even likes cats, but I found these cute cat stamps in my stash of old Rubber Baby Buggy Bumper stamps and decided to use them.

Graduation Cats Closed

The card itself is cut with the new Pop 'n Cuts Base - Square Card with Ornate Edge XL die and the nesting labels were cut with the Funky Label Framelits set.

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The cat and "purrrr" stamps are retired RBBB and I created the flying graduation cap myself using cardstock, a black brad, and embroidery floss. (Thanks to Leslie for the tip on using floss for tassels)

My friends have been inspiring me a lot lately. Fran Sabad posted a stunning mosaic stamped card a while back that definitely inspired my stamped background on this card. I used an old Stamp Oasis diamond border stamp, 4 colors of inks and a stamp positioner.

Graduation Cats Detail2

Stamping my own backgrounds and coloring with Copic markers (still learning) are inspired in general by my friend Kelly Booth.

Graduation Cats Open

Stamping is fun, but don't expect me to give up my beloved patterned paper! This chevron paper is from Glitz and worked perfectly with the Funky Label Pop 'n Cuts insert for the card's interior. I used the Funky Label Framelits again to make the nesting label set to perfectly fit the pop-up leaving a slight shadow, and also added a little heart using the Heart & Flower Movers & Shapers set. The white flourishes were cut with the Pop 'n Cuts Base - Square Card with Ornate Edge XL, which includes the decorator piece. The banners were cut with the Flagpole w/Lantern & Sign Sizzlits Strip and the Label & Ribbon Movers & Shapers set.

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I combined a little graduation cap from an old RBBB stamp with a newer Stampin' Up! kitty stamp for the main image. The greeting is a Lawn Fawn stamp and "congratulations" is a Tim Holtz stamp.

I used all Card Shoppe cardstocks from Bazzill for this card. I love that they also come in 12x12 now.


There are so many great projects being posted all over the web using Karen Burniston dies and here are a few to check out. These links should all open up in their own windows, so feel free to just click away - you'll still have this post open if you do.

Gretchen's "You're Tweet!" Pop 'n Cuts Card - This project was posted just today and is one of my favorites of all time from Gretchen. She'll show you step-by-step how she created this vibrant card PLUS you might win the Hello Sizzlits set if you leave a comment. 

Anna-Karin's "Clear Butterfly" Pop 'n Cuts Card - I should probably rename this "Karen's Clear Butterfly Pop 'n Cuts Card" because A-K mailed it to me! That's right - I have this amazing card sitting on my desk right now and the photos are great, but in-person is even better!

Helen's "3-D Chair" Pop 'n Cuts Card - When I saw this card I fell out of my chair! How ironic! In fact, I sent the link to Gretchen and she texted back that she wanted to go crawl in a hole, to which I said I would make room in my hole so we could share. Helen just blows me away with her artistry. Make sure you also see her Friends Card, Butterfly Card and Hot Chocolate Card

Richele's "Thanks" Pop 'n Cuts Card - I really like how Richele combines patterned papers (I love PP!) with inky techniques, dies and pearl drop accents to create this rich and elegant Thank You Card. Who wouldn't feel special receiving something this beautiful in the mail? They'd probably send you a thank-you card back . . . to say thanks for the card!

Fran's "Feel Goods" Pop 'n Cuts Card - Fran rocks Stampin' Up! products like nobody's business! Oh wait, like her business! I love how she illustrates with this card that any Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts insert will work in the exclusive Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Base Die. Make sure you read about how she achieved that two-tone greeting - love that tip! You also don't want to miss her Traveler Pop 'n Cuts card - fantastic details! I want to go where this girl is going!

Kelly's "Blue Skies" Pop 'n Cuts Card - Kelly uses the same dies as I've used in my card above, (Funky Label Insert, Framelits and Square Base Die) but her card is built in the vertical orientation whereas mine is horizontal. Same insert and accessories, but completely different looks! What a great stamp set to go with a congrats theme!

Paula Pascual on The Craft Channel UK - this is a fantastic video by Paula showing how Pop 'n Cuts work. She really nailed all the great features - simple, interchangeable and coordinated. She has the video posted on her blog and says she won't watch it because she doesn't like her accent! (Which is awesome!) Join me in telling her she's fabulous. Also, we are in for a treat in the USA - Paula's dies have always been exclusive to Europe, but a few of her designs are included in the new Big Shot Starter Kit - what a great chance to get the new pretty Big Shot, with the extended platform PLUS some awesome Paula dies in the process.

Sizzix Accordion Album Ideas Pinterest Board - I've separated the ideas using the Accordion Album onto their own board since it is such a popular die. You'll see some fabulous recent Accordion Album projects from Caz Counsell, Anna-Karin, Helen Cryer, Jodi Amedei and more! Definitely give it a peek!

I've also started a new Pinterest Board to pin projects using the new Journey dies. Here it is: Journey Pop 'n Cuts Pinterest Board

Graduation Cat Summary

As these dies make their way to the stores and then hopefully home with you, please make sure you send me a link if you've posted a project using my dies. I'll link to your project on FB and Pin it to the appropriate boards. I love to see your creative Journey! (See what I did there?)

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Label Window Pop 'n Cuts Card - Love Birds

The Journey Collection is shipping to stores in the next couple of weeks and I could not be more excited!

Love Birds Card Closed

This card shows off one of the two new "Window" Pop 'n Cuts inserts. There are two styles of insert with this fold - the Butterfly and the Label (used in this card). Window inserts allow the bigger image to come through to the front of the card when closed. Then, when you open the card, the item lifts and becomes part of the interior decoration as well.

Love Birds Card Open

Pop 'n Cuts inserts always have one or more decorator dies, and the Window Inserts share a couple of decorator dies - the Bigz Butterflies & Labels, which decorates both inserts leaving a small shadow, and the Bigz Edge & Scroll, which creates a decorative edged backing card to fit both Window inserts perfectly. I used both on this card. I also used the new Pop 'n Cuts 5x5 Square Base with Decorative Edge and the Heart & Flower Movers & Shapers Set.

Love Birds Card Detail1

Anna-Karin Evaldsson is on the Darkroom Door Design Team. I was unfamiliar with their stamps until Anna-Karin posted amazing projects using their stamps and I knew I would have to order some. (Well played, Anna-Karin!) For this card I used the Love Birds set. The stamps are unmounted red rubber and you have to trim them, but there is cling mount on the back and they come beautifully packaged and indexed in a storage DVD-style case. 

I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers to color directly on the bird stamps and then highlighted the colors with Copics. I adhered the stamped image to a piece of chipboard and then fussy cut it with a craft knife.

Love Birds Card Detail2

The bird cage is also on the stamp set. I stamped it in black Staz-on ink onto a piece of thick Bazzill Plastic Paper, cut it out and used black pop-dots under the bottom edge. I used a white paint pen to add some detail dots to make the front half of the cage stand out more. I added a chain at the top, attached to the card with white brads.

Love Birds Card Detail3

I have a huge addiction to patterned paper, but Kelly Booth often stamps her own backgrounds and they always look stunning, so I waded through my large stamp collection for a suitabley "viney" background stamp. It was unmounted and I have no idea who made it, but it did the trick to give me that jungle feel. Maybe I'll make more of an effort to use my extensive stamp collection on backgrounds!

I'm including the link for the Journey Collection Preview video showing all the new inserts and decorator dies. You'll see how the Edge & Scroll is used to create the backing cards for the Window cards as well as how easy it is to fold them.

The Journey dies will be available at Sizzix retailers on or around the first week of June. I notice that Inspiration Emporium is doing pre-orders (with discounted pricing!) - scroll down until you see them.


As always, I love to see what you're making with my dies. Send me those links so I can promote you on Facebook and Pinterest!

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Class: Wonderful Day Waterfall Pop-up Layout

I am blessed to have a loyal group of students at Scrapp'n Savvy who sign up for my class every month. Last month I taught the You Make my Heart Sing Mini-Album with the waterfall heart feature. We were talking in class about what other pop-up dies would work well in a waterfall, so I decided to show a couple of options with this month's class. (This class is this Saturday, May 18, 2013 - there are a few spots left!)

"Wonderful Day" is a Layout class where I've used a waterfall technique with my brand new Pop 'n Cuts Square Base die to make a decorative-edged waterfall complete with a couple of pop-ups.

Wonderful Layout Closed

We will make the full spread in class - everything you see here. You'll also have a full sheet of alphabet stickers (used for the word "day") in your kit. I only added a few photos to my sample layout to give a feel for how it will look with photos, but between the background and the waterfall, there is room for many, many photos! I suggest documenting a "wonderful day" when you were quite the shutterbug!

Wonderful Layout Detail Left

The title embellishment cluster features a few of my dies (Bigz Butterflies & Labels, Movers & Shapers Heart and Flower, Bigz Frame & Label, Bracket). You can choose a different second word for your title if you prefer - anything that you find wonderful, like family, life, garden, father, mother, son, daughter, granddaughter, DVR . .  you get the idea!

Wonderful Layout Detail Right

The decorative edge of the new Pop 'n Cuts Base die, plus the included flourish piece, really dresses up the look of the waterfall feature. Pull the tab at the right to engage the waterfall.

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The first set of pages in the waterfall will reveal the first pop-up, a combination of two brand-new Journey Pop 'n Cuts dies - the Funky Label Insert and the Butterflies Movers & Shapers set. I've also strung some of the ribbons from the Label & Ribbon Movers & Shapers set as banners.

Wonderful Layout Waterfall2

Keep pulling the tab and the first section will close and slide under and the next section will open. This is a picture/journaling spread - fill it however you like!

Wonderful Layout Waterfall3 

Keep pulling and the final spread will open, featuring the Spinning Platform die with the new Funky Label Framelits on top. The beauty of the "oldie-but-a-goodie" pop-up die is that it will spin the item out of the fold to lay flat and you can therefore use photos and rigid items on the platform without worrying about folds through people's faces.

Here is a Vine video showing the waterfall in action:


  • Scissors & Trimmer
  • Tape Runner or favorite paper adhesive
  • Mini-glue dots
  • Scor Tape or Red Liner Tacky Tape
  • Fine line glue pen (see that black flourish? Enough said!)
  • Pop-dots/foam squares
  • Tiny Attacher Stapler & staples
  • Brown ink and blending tool (I used Vintage Photo)
  • 12x12 page protector (if you want me to show you how to alter it to hold the waterfall)

See you then!

Video Tutorial: Bigz Door Die

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a product spotlight on the Bigz Door die. There are larger photos of the video project plus awesome door projects from Gretchen Schmidt, Kelly Booth, Helen Cryer, Fran Sabad and Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Door Laugh Card summary

Sizzix Supplies:


Bigz Door DieFunky Framelits

Other Supplies:

Cardstock - Bazzill Card Shoppe

Patterned Paper - Glitz "Yours Truly" collection

Rubber Stamps - Hero Arts (woodgrain, sentiment); Art Impressions (laughter)

Inks - Stampin' Up! (red, brown), Ranger (distress)

Other/Stash items - paper flowers, twine, pop-dots