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Snippets/Journey Card Class PLUS Secret Giveaway winner

This Friday I will be teaching my newest card class at The Collins Rep Group Fall Education Event in Houston. This event is open only to retailers, but I will be repeating this class for consumers at Scrapp'n Savvy in Spring, TX on Friday, October 25, 2013.

For North and South Carolina in early November, I will be using this class with one exception - the Halloween Card will be traded out for the Chair Card from the Journey class (the class favorite) since it will be after Halloween.

01 Spiral_Easel_Halloween

The first class card uses the Journey Pop 'n Cuts Square Base w/Ornate Edge, along with the Funky Label Framelits, to create a Spiral Easel Card. The card folds flat, as you see, and then when lifted, the spiral opens and causes the bats to fly. This card is desperately simple to make using just a few supplies. Here's what I used:


02 PopnCuts_Autumn_Card

The second class card combines two of the *NEW* Snippets Pop 'n Cuts inserts into one card. I've used both the Multi-Tier platform (very generic - you can make any sort of layered scene) with the new Sassy Label insert on the front. There is a companion Sassy Label Stitched Framelits set, which was used to make the greeting. I've also incorporated the Flagpole and *NEW* Chevron Border Sizzlits Decorative Strips.

Here are the supplies used in this card:

  03 PopnCuts_House_Christmas

Scroll one post down if you'd like to watch a video tutorial for using the *NEW* House Pop 'n Cuts insert along with the companion House Thinlits set. For this card, we'll style it as a cozy Christmas house.

Supplies used in the Christmas House Card:

04 Butterfly_Accordion_Card

Finally we will make a 3-page Accordion Album incorporating the *NEW* Stitched Framelits that coordinate with the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies.

Supplies used on the Accordion Album:

To recap, here are my remaining teaching dates for 2013:

September 27-29, 2013 - The Collins Rep Group Fall Education Show - Retailers Only

October 10-12, 2013 - CKU Dallas - Journey Card Class

October 25, 2013 (this is a Friday) - Scrapp'n Savvy, Spring, TX - This class

November 5-10, 2013 - North and South Carolina Stores (This class with chair instead of Halloween)

Tuesday - Sandy's Scrapbook Corner in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Wednesday - Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville, North Carolina
Thursday - Scrapbooks By The Sea in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Friday - The Stamping Place in West Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday - Dorothy's Stamps N Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina and
                 Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg, South Carolina (stores are 45 min. apart)
Sunday - The Stamping & Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and new faces. 

This is the fourth card (to replace the Halloween card) for the North/South Carolina trip:


September Secret Giveaway Winner -


Congratulations to Melanie Tong, who left a comment on my September Designer Challenge Sizzix blog post incorporating the secret word.

Cannot wait to get these so I can start my Holiday cards for the family!

Melanie also left a comment on my blog post:

With all these new products, I am looking forward to the Holidays in September!

Because Melanie is a member of my Mailing List, she was in on the Secret Word Giveaway and by random draw, has won a prize of the brand new Sassy Labels Stitched Framelits and the Circle & Sassy Labels Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

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*NEW* Pop 'n Cuts House - Video Tutorial

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for using some of the new dies from the Sizzix Snippets collection.

Snippets is shipping to stores now, so keep a look out. If she hasn't sold out, Simple Pleasures had some of the House Inserts last weekend when I was there teaching. 


Click below to watch the video tutorial for making this card. You'll learn how to cut and fold the House insert, how to use the companion House Thinlits set, including the optional embossing step, how to use the Stitched Framelits to create a raised stitch, creating an easy Floating Floor to allow animation of other objects (in this case, two leaves cut and embossed from Shimmer Sheetz) and see the new Trellis and Swirls embossing folders in action. Whew! That's a lot for 12 minutes!


Here is a printable version of the folds for the Floating Floor for the House insert. Note - you can add pop-ups anywhere on the Floating Floor by cutting slits and adding "L" supports. Watch last month's video for a visual of using a Floating Floor this way: Ribbon Tree Floating Floor Video


I made this project as part of my September Designer Challenge. This month I challenged ten fabulous designer/bloggers to use Karen Burniston dies in a project for an upcoming holiday. You will see amazing creations from Shelly Hickox, Raquel Mason, Kelly Booth, Helen Cryer, Gretchen Schmidt, Frances Byrne, Fran Sabad, Donna Wright, Caz Counsell and Anna-Karin Evaldsson. All of the links are on the Sizzix blog here: Karen Burniston September Designer Challenge: Holiday Projects 

Here are some shopping supply links for the products used in my project. As of now, the four Snippets dies are not in stock yet at so the links will go to the product pages at Sizzix. As soon as they become available I will update the links.

Hopefully with all the wonderful Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas ideas you'll be inspired to put a little "pop" into your holiday cards!

Happy Crafting!


Halloween Flying Easel Card w/*FREE* Ghost Template

I love it when I post a card idea and it inspires other people to try it. In the case of the Flying Easel Card, I posted a photo about a month ago of the Pop 'n Cuts Butterfly Flying Easel Card that I designed for UStamp with Dawn & Friends' Cards with Cool Moves event. That card has a video and PDF tutorial, but they are only available to the registered students of the CWCM event.

Not that you really need a video, mind you. It's one of those cards that you can just look at and figure out, which is what Frances Byrne did when she posted her beautiful Merry Christmas Flying Easel Card complete with flying Christmas tree.

This week Shelly Hickox posted a gorgeous Birdcage Flying Easel Card using her signature Faux Finishes. 

So now, in one of those "inspiration full circle" sort of things, my friends have inspired me to make another Flying Easel card, this time with a basic picture tutorial and a *FREE* template for the ghosts.

This card is heavily influenced by Shelly's. Her Faux Finishes are so beautiful that I took a baby step in that direction by embossing my hanging ghosts and frame to give them more weight and shine. Shelly also mentioned wanting to make a FEC that also pulled up a fence, and we discussed how that might be done using a combination of mechanisms. In my case, I took the lazy way out and just glued a fence behind the bottom section of the frame. The mechanism combo idea has great promise, though, and I'm hoping Shelly attempts it!


Both Shelly and Frances cut the inner (smaller) shape out of the Pop 'n Cuts Base and then glued a full frame around the opening, using adhesive only on the bottom half of the frame. This is a great way to make the card and for a photo tutorial of that method, check out Shelly's post

Mine is a little different because I also cut a half-outer-frame from the Pop 'n Cuts card base. This gives me a double layer for the upper frame so I can sandwich the fishing line between the two layers. Either way works and the card will look essentially the same regardless of the method you choose.

If you'd like to make my version of the card, first you'll need the template for the ghost. Click the link below to open the file and then you will be able to save it to your computer. (Personal use only!)

  Download Hanging_Ghost_Template

 Here's how I made my card:01_FEC

To make the outer frame, I used the largest two Wavy Labels Framelits. I used strips of Washi Tape over a piece of white cardstock until I got an area large enough to cut the frame.


For my ghosts, I cut them from white cardstock and then pounced them with Versamark ink, covered them with white embossing powder and then heat set. I repeated this three times to get an enamel look. To assemble the Ghosts, I started by sliding #2 into #1, getting the bottom notch in the slot, and then folding down the back of #2 to get it through the slot. Unfold on the other side to lock the pieces together.


The third Ghost goes in the same way - start by getting the bottom notch through BOTH of the previous ghosts until the bottom notch is in. Then fold down the back half and slide it through the slot, unfolding on the other side and locking the pieces together. You'll now have a triple ghost that will open and close.  


The solid Ghost can be used as an Easel Stopper. I flipped the ghost to the back, added strips of black Washi Tape over the eye holes, and then on the front I stuck small googly eyes to the sticky side of the tape. To make sure the eyes stayed permanently, I also added Glossy Accents around them.


To make the card, I first die cut a Pop 'n Cuts Square Card with Ornate Edge using no Pop 'n Cuts insert, so I had a solid card. I cut the oval from the front of the card.


For the outer frame, I only wanted to cut the upper half, so I stopped my upper cutting pad at the halfway point of the Framelit and then rolled it through. 


Now fold the front of the card as shown. The outer frame will stand up, providing a place to attach the fishing line that hangs the triple ghost. I also glued a die cut fence to the back side of the frame.


Then I glued the Washi Tape frame, which I had also pounced with Versamark Ink and embossed with clear powder until it was enameled, to the front of the card. I also added the solid ghost, on pop-dots, to the interior of the card in a position where the googly eyes would be viewable through the holes of the triple ghost when the card was closed.


You can see how the card operates in this side view. Notice the solid ghost elevated on pop-dots so the easel has a stopper.


The moon is just a 2" circle with a black stamped bat and some ink brushed around the edges. I attached it behind the upper part of the frame so it will raise and lower with the card. The greeting is from a Stampin' Up! stamp set called Best of Halloween. A lovely gift from my friend Fran Sabad. 


I cut another Pop 'n Cuts Card Base from black cardstock and added it to the back of the card to make it sturdier. I attached it lower than the other card so I would have room for some little photo turns to keep the card closed. It lays pretty flat without a closure, but it's nice for getting in and out of the envelope without an accidental reveal.


You can see in this close-up how I attached the fishing line. I used a crimp bead over the line to seal the loop and then just attached the ends between the two upper frames.


Here are some shopping links for the three dies I used:


Other Supplies:

Authentique "Glowing, Enchanted" Patterned Paper

Washi Tape

Stampin' Up! Greeting stamps

Lawn Fawn Bat stamp

Googly Eyes

Fishing line + crimp bead

White & Clear Embossing Powders

Happy Haunting!

EDITED TO ADD: Once my unlisted videos get leaked to the public via Pinterest then there's no reason to leave them unlisted. Here's a video tutorial for a Flying Easel Card:


Holiday Cards needed - VA Hospital (Giveaway, too!)

Jeannie Huff contacted me in need of some help from card makers. She is organizing a Holiday Card signing for her local VA Hospital and is in need of holiday cards.

These do not have to be handmade! They can be store-bought cards, or handmade, or even card fronts. Jeannie just needs cards.

Also, the cards cannot have metal on them - no brads, staples, etc. Some of the veterans have brain injuries and small metal pieces can be dangerous.

I told her I would put out the word on my blog and offer a giveaway to anyone who helps out by sending in some cards. Leave me a comment on this post if you intend to send cards and I will randomly select a winner on SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 (she needs the cards to arrive by the 25th) to receive a Pop 'n Cuts prize package

Here's where to send the cards:

Attn: Debbie  Volunteer Services
VA Hospital
1900 E Main
Danville, IL  61832
Thanks to anyone who can help out, and thanks to Jeannie for her volunteer efforts with our nation's heroes. 

Deadlines and Clutter and Candy Crush

I know.

I win the "lousy blogger" award once again.

What can I say? Life's been busy. The kids went back to school and I've taken on what appears to be a more-than-part-time job as the Treasurer II of the Band Boosters.

Somehow I always seem crushed under deadlines at this time of year. Suddenly things start slipping, like blogging and picking up after myself. It doesn't help that I have found a new procrastination addiction called Candy Crush. (Don't start playing. Just don't. Trust me.)

Oh, and I've been teaching a lot. 

Teaching equals two fundamental truths:

1. HARD DEADLINES - the classes are scheduled and the kits must be finished. There's no asking for an extension or showing up late. Priorities therefore MUST be reordered something like this:

  • Family.
  • Kits. 
  • Candy Crush. 
  • Having something in the house to make for dinner. 
  • Dogs. 
  • Sleep
  • Anything else that seems important. 
  • Anything else that seems unimportant. 
  • Housework.

2. BOXES ARRIVE - I am a documented boxhoarder and this is probably what attracted me to my current profession. Some may think that I do what I do because I am creative, but the truth is that I am simply addicted to cardboard.

Because of these fundamental truths of teaching, coupled with the fact that I taught three weekends in the month of August, the dining room quickly turned into "kit-central" and then, once it was suitably trashed, "dump central".

Behold, but be warned . . . it is grotesque. You may want to avert your eyes . . . 


I know!

I decided that Labor Day was to be spent laboring . . . in this room! I purchased some plastic bins to contain all the elements of each project of my two current card classes and separated all the kit materials by card. There are a lot of kits to be made over the next two months and now I finally feel like I have a handle on things. I can simply grab one of the bins from the stack, work on die cutting the pieces for that project, and then return everything to the bin. Whew!


What are all the kits for? Here are my remaining teaching dates for 2013:

September 13-14, 2013 - Simple Pleasures, Colorado Springs, CO  - Snippets and Journey Card classes PLUS free demo on Saturday (these classes are sold out but she is reserving take-home kits)

September 20, 2013 - Die Cutting Club - Scrapp'n Savvy, Spring, TX - I'm designing an amped up Make 'n Take for this.

September 27-29, 2013 - The Collins Rep Group Fall Education Show - Retailers Only

October 10-12, 2013 - CKU Dallas - Journey Card Class

October 25, 2013 (this is a Friday) - Scrapp'n Savvy, Spring, TX - NEW Snippets/Journey Cards

November 5-10, 2013 - North and South Carolina Stores - hybrid class of 2 Journey, 2 Snippets cards (photos to come soon)

Tuesday - Sandy's Scrapbook Corner in Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
Wednesday - Enchanted Cottage in Lewisville, North Carolina
Thursday - Scrapbooks By The Sea in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Friday - The Stamping Place in West Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday - Dorothy's Stamps N Scraps in Boiling Springs, North Carolina and
                 Scrapbook Creations in Spartanburg, South Carolina (stores are 45 min. apart)
Sunday - The Stamping & Scrapbooking Room in Greensboro, North Carolina.

There will be monthly teaching dates at Scrapp'n Savvy to be added after the Sampler.

Whew! It's going to be a busy fall. Hope to see some of my old friends and some new faces, too.