FINAL Sizzix Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Anything Goes!

My final Sizzix Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is on the Sizzix blog today. For the challenge, I issued an Anything Goes theme - the designers could choose any Karen Burniston die to make a project of any theme, any style. The only catch was that I wanted them each to use a different Pop 'n Cuts insert or pop-up die, so the last challenge would showcase as many of my dies as possible. As it turns out, between all of the projects there are 35 different Karen Burniston dies used. How cool is that?!

Wow! They hit it out of the park! You'll definitely want to head over to the Sizzix Blog to see all their projects with links to their blog posts.

There is also a new project from me. This is the card I made for Gretchen's birthday last week. Gretchen loves coffee, the color green, Kraft colored cardstock, Alan Rickman, Adam Levine, and books, books and more books. I was able to work three of those passions into this card. (Alan Rickman was represented in her card from a few years ago, actually. See it here, in between the sock monkey and Jack Skellington: A snowman for any season)


The technique for Gretchen's birthday card is how to easily create windows in the front of Pop 'n Cuts cards that will perfectly line up with the pop-up in the closed position. This is a great way to let an image or greeting pull double-duty as both an exterior and interior decoration. You'll be able to use this technique on any of the inserts that work in a horizontal orientation. (See a list of those inserts on the Sizzix Blog Post)

Watch this video to learn how I made Gretchen's card using the Window technique:


Here are some additional photos, followed by some shopping links for the products used.








Now even though this is the final SIZZIX Designer Challenge, it is certainly not the end of the Karen Burniston Designer Challenges! We will pick back up again in February showcasing my brand new dies for Elizabeth Craft Designs. You'll see ideas from your favorite designers as well as some new designers, so definitely stay tuned for that. 

How do you stay tuned? I asked Gretchen to send me the code for a great summary of my accounts that she has posted on her blog. Thanks, G! You can also find these links in the left sidebar of this blog.

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Gretchen and I went to lunch yesterday to celebrate her birthday. She liked her card and the glass bead I gave her for her new Pandora bracelet. She told me her tee-shirt was a birthday present from herself! How cool is she? (Answer - very!!!)


I'll leave you with some shopping links for the Coffee Birthday Card: 

November Designer Challenge - RED + Stitched Framelits

It's my favorite day of the month - Designer Challenge Day! 

Designer BlogsI have amazing designer friends.

Eleven of them participate each month in the Designer Challenge and if you'd like to bookmark their blogs, you'll find a handy list of links in the sidebar to the left. 

The worldwide web is a beautiful thing. The designers are from five different countries and five different states and through the power of the interwebs (heh), all of their amazing inspiration collides into one epic blog post each month.

This month the theme is RED plus Stitched Framelits. You can see all the projects and find links to the specific blog posts on the Sizzix Blog Here.

For my project, I knew I wanted to make a wedding card for John's cousin Jennifer, who is marrying Tony on Saturday. My original thought was to make a more traditional card focused on their big day, but then I spotted this beautiful Home-themed patterned paper from Little Yellow Bicycle and it made me think more in terms of celebrating their future life (and home) that they will build together from this day forward.



This month's video tutorial is an overview of Stitched Framelits and how to get different looks.


For my card, I used the Pressed Down Debossed Stitch effect for all the labels.


 Here is a close-up of the House so you can see some of the details. I embossed the texture onto the house using the Silicone/Impressions sandwich (learn about that technique in the Thankful House Video Tutorial) and then, while the paper was still in the die, I sponged red ink through the holes and onto the embossed surfaces for a clean look. I also used the die as a stencil and outlined all the bricks and slats with a red felt-tip pen before removing the paper from the die. For the curtains, I put tiny strips of a sheer red ribbon in between the window frames and panes. The heart is cut from felt.


For a place to write a personal message, I added a Pressed Down Debossed Sassy Label to the bottom portion of the card.


There are so many amazing RED Stitched Framelits inspiration projects, that you'll want to make sure to check out the Sizzix Blog and then each of the individual blogs as well. Just settle in with a drink and snack - it's worth it!

If you're interested in purchasing the products I used on my project, here are some shopping links. I also included a link to the Circle Label Stitched Framelits, which are not used on my project, but are shown in the video.

My final Designer Challenge for Sizzix will be posted on the Sizzix blog on December 5th. The theme is "Anything Goes" so you will see a wide variety of colors, themes and textures from the designers. One twist, though, is that they will all feature a different insert or die from the Karen Burniston collection. This means that you'll get the opportunity to see around a dozen different dies featured in one post. It will be epic - mark your calendars!

Happy Crafting!

October Designer Challenge - Clear Creations!

It's Designer Challenge day on the Sizzix blog! This month I challenged eleven designers to make something using Karen Burniston dies that incorporates a clear material to make an object float or defy gravity.

You'll find links to FIFTEEN clear creations on the Sizzix blog as well as this new project and video from me. 



Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about using clear materials for the pop-ups:

  • What type of clear material should I use? You have several choices. You can use the plastic packaging that the dies come in - I save all my packaging for use in projects. When using packaging, however, the plastic is very stiff. You'll want to bend the folds back and forth a few times to weaken them and make them fold/unfold easier. Other choices are scrapbooking transparencies, either printed or plain, Bazzill Thin Plastic Paper, Grafix plastic, or office transparencies. When choosing office transparencies, I use write-on transparencies instead of printer ones. They are normally a little less expensive and a little thicker. Just make sure you keep them in their original packaging so you don't accidentally send them through your printer.
  • How do I attach the clear pop-up inside the card? My very favorite way to attach a clear pop-up is by using metal. The easiest is staples, which can either be worked into the design, hidden or covered. Another option is brads or eyelets. If you prefer to use adhesive, then choose either a very strong dry adhesive (glue dots or tacky tape) and plan to cover the adhesive with an embellishment, or use a strong glue that dries clear, like Glossy Accents or Zip Dry.
  • My card is bulky and doesn't stay closed - any solution? Especially when using the thicker plastics, like packaging, your card is going to get bulky. You can either add a closure to the card, like a belly band, Velcro, magnets or elastic, or you can just put it in an envelope, seal it and mail it. Most likely the time through the mail will flatten it, and if not, well the recipient wants to display it open anyway!

Here are some shopping links for the dies and papers used in the card. Very sorry to say that I could not locate a source on the exact Ghost stamp - I've had it for years. The bat stamp is Stampin' Up! and the "Halloween" and "31" were from a clear Recollections stamp set I found at Michaels.

A big THANK YOU to Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Karen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly for participating in this month's challenge. Make sure you click to the Sizzix blog to see their creations!

*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!


Video Tutorial: Pop 'n Cuts Ribbon Tree Floating Floor

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a Designer Challenge to use any of the Pop 'n Cuts inserts that depict imagery. Here are the ten inserts included in the challenge:


I invited ten designers from four countries and five states to create something using any of the ten inserts shown. A big thank you to Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Frances, Gretchen, Helen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly. You will find all their projects with links to the full blog posts on the Sizzix blog: Pop 'n Cuts Imagery Inserts Designer Challenge

For my contribution, I created a Floating Floor for the Ribbon Tree Insert by scoring and folding the Pop 'n Cuts card itself. For the Stand-up designs (Ribbon Tree, Star, Poinsettia and Frame) you could use these same measurements to create a floor and you will not need a special template to do so.


The video tutorial shows how to achieve this effect:

Here are the measurements for the Floating Floor:


Here's a side view of the floor for a better visual of the L supports. The center tree is the original Pop 'n Cuts ribbon tree and is supported in the usual "tent" fashion, so there are no L supports for that tree. You'll only need L supports for any extra pop-up items that you place around the floor.


Here are shopping links for all three Pop 'n Cuts Base Die options, plus all ten Imagery inserts (plus the Noel insert because it's used in the project). For each insert, I've added a link to the decorator die (or dies) that perfectly coordinate. These are all shopping links for, who has everything in stock (as of this moment) except the Butterfly Window Insert and Bigz Butterflies & Labels. Sizzix tells me that a re-order is expected in a couple of weeks. The Stampin' Up! Exclusive dies can be ordered through your local demonstrator. 

Oh! And there's another great project to see - Anna-Karin's Butterfly Window masterpiece on the Simon Says Stamp Blog here.

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to my talented designer friends for accepting the Designer Challenge. Next month's challenge is scheduled for September 19th on the Sizzix blog.


Check out this Frantastic version of the Ribbon Tree Floating Floor card by Fran Sabad. (See it here: Floating Floor Santa Scene) I love how Fran added the little stamped Santa and Rudolph in front of the trees. Fran used the same scoring measurements with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Base and it worked perfectly.


Video Tutorial: Label Window Pop 'n Cuts Insert

Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for this card, along with a dozen links to designers' blogs who have posted inspiration for all the Label and Frame Pop 'n Cuts inserts.



If you're interested in any of the Label and Frame inserts used by the talented designers on the Sizzix blog, I've posted shopping links to all of the dies (available from here: Label & Frame Pop 'n Cuts

Shopping Links for the "Thanks" Video Tutorial Card are posted here, from and Simon Says Stamp.

A big thank you to my designer friends; Anna-Karin, Caz, Donna, Fran, Gretchen, Helen, Kelly, Raquel and Shelly who accepted the challenge and posted amazing Pop 'n Cuts Label & Frame inspiration on their blogs. You'll see photos of their projects with links to their specific blog posts on the Sizzix blog.

Happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Faux Suede Pop-up Suitcase Card using Pop 'n Cuts

For my June Sizzix Blog Post I chose to feature dies from the new Journey Collection, which has recently shipped to stores worldwide.

I asked several of my designer friends to post Suitcase cards on their own blogs this week so that I could link them into my Sizzix Blog Post. The response was incredible and there are SIXTEEN ideas for the Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase Insert plus Bigz Suitcase die posted plus a video tutorial for my Bird Suitcase Card. Definitely check it out!

I was so inspired just writing up the blog post and drooling over all those great cards that I decided to add yet another idea for the Suitcase Pop 'n Cuts insert and Bigz Suitcase die.

IDEA #17: This card uses a faux suede technique (an oldie but a goodie) using Liquid Applique, a brayer and a heat gun.

Bon Voyage Suitcase Card

Here is a quick video tutorial showing how to make the faux suede texture:

To style my suede suitcase I first stamped it with a couple of old postmark stamps from my stash and then added a double strap/buckle using the accessory pieces included on the die. The buckles are cut from Bronze Shimmer Sheetz (as is the handle) and then once the straps and buckles were adhered to the front of my suitcase, I blasted the Shimmer Sheetz buckles with a little bit of heat to make the edges curl under and look more dimensional.

Bon Voyage Suitcase Close-up

I fell in love with the look of Richele Christensen's riveted corners on her suitcase card, so I tried a similar look using 1/16" eyelets. The patterned papers are from a Teresa Collins "Far and Away" 6x6 paper stack. I used the new Pop 'n Cuts Square Card with Ornate Edge for the base and embellished with pieces from the Wavy Framelits set and banners from the Flagpole Sizzlits Strip. The "Enjoy the Journey" is a Tim Holtz stamp. shopping links are show below.

Make sure you also check out my Journey Pop 'n Cuts Cards Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Pop-up 2Torial: Sizzix Bigz Circle & Ribbon Platform Die


Today I'm blogging on the Sizzix blog with a video tutorial for how to assemble the Bigz Circle & Ribbon Platform die.

My inspiration for the video card was my completed Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 April Tag, which I made first, then decided to expand into a pop-up card.

01 Bird Celebrate Closed

05 Bird Celebrate Closeup Tag

For the tag itself, I generally followed Tim's instructions for the background, although my patina ended up a little muddied, so I sanded it and overstamped some words in Broken China Distress Paint (my favorite!). I used birds from the Artful Flight stamp set.

I carried through the same styling and colors from the tag into the card's interior, which features the Bigz Circle & Ribbon Platform die.

02 Bird Celebrate Open

Here is the video tutorial:


You will see additional photos of the card on the Sizzix Blog post, plus a supply list for the video card and links to great cards by other designers using this die. 

What I love about the Circle & Ribbon Platform die is how generic it is. It has no theme, so you'll be able to use it for anything. It can also be used to animate larger objects, as shown in the PDF instruction sheet.

Here's another card I made using this die:

Create Card

This card combines Jenni Bowlin papers and embellishments, Bazzill cardstock, and some of my other dies from the Hello Sizzlits set, Birds on a Wire Sizzlits strip and Bigz Fancy Frame die to create an eclectic collage-style "Create" crop night invitation.


Bigz Circle & Ribbon Platform Die


If you're looking for a great all-purpose pop-up die that you'll be able to use year-round for any occasion, the Bigz Circle & Ribbon Platform die is a great choice! 

Bird Celebrate Card

Pop-up 2Torial: Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Floating Floor *FREE* template + video


If ever a Pop 'n Cuts insert was calling out for a Floating Floor template it is the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts insert. (Floating Floor templates for the Sizzix Base Die and the Frame inserts can be found by scrolling through the category of "Free Templates")

With all of Stampin' Up!'s stamp sets there are endless combinations of cute items waiting to be animated with a Floating Floor!

Since I didn't want to hide any of the dress form to support the floor, I drafted a template to build the floor underneath the Pop 'n Cuts piece.

Learn how to use the template in this video:


You can download a copy of the template here:

Download SU Floating Floor Template

Demonstrators, the answer is YES! You may use this template for classes (leave my logo on it, please) and you may embed my template and video on your own sites. Did I mention that I'm here for you? I'm here for you! *grin*

PRINTING NOTE - with PDFs, your printer may default to "shrink to fit" or something similar. When you send the file to print, just take a look-see and make sure it says "no shrinking" or "no page scaling" or "scale=100%" or "print full size" - however your printer likes to say it. If you're printing templates for a class, then you print ONE first, take out your ruler, check that the width is 4.25", and then print the rest. 

Here are some photos of the Queen of Hearts card that I make in the video. 

01 Stampin Up Queen of Hearts Card 

For the front of my Queen of Hearts card, I used the new Honeycomb Textured Impressions folder, some bakers twine and a single stamped heart.

03 Stampin Up Queen of Hearts Card Details

04 Stampin Up Queen of Hearts Card Details2

Inside the card I've fashioned a Queen of Hearts dress from the Dress Up Framelits and used stamped & colored hearts popping up throughout the floating floor. 

I used all Stampin' Up! products on my card. 

Interested in the dies used for this card? You can click on the images below to go to the SU website and find a demonstrator in your area. I highly recommend supporting your local demonstrators - they offer so much valuable education, ideas and customer service!



In case you haven't seen it, here is video tutorial for these three dies.


Video Tutorial: Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts (Dress Form)

The 2013 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog includes three exclusive dies for the Pop 'n Cuts system. You can click on the images below to go to the SU website and find a demonstrator in your area. I highly recommend supporting your local demonstrators - they offer so much valuable education, ideas and customer service!


As promised, here is video tutorial for these three dies.


If you're new to Pop 'n Cuts, you might also want to check out my video series of Pop-up 2Torials for additional ideas and techniques for using Pop 'n Cuts. You can adapt the ideas for use with the SU designs.

As an example, I used the Doublewide Pop-up 2Torial technique with the Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts dies to make a wedding card.

01 WeddingClosed

By folding my paper lengthwise before die cutting, I was able to cut a card that is 7" wide but maintains the built-in closure of the Card Base.

02 WeddingOpen

Inside the card the folding technique resulted in two dress forms! Fun!

03 WeddingDetail

A Vintage Label stamp with mirrored paper makes a nice backdrop behind the happy couple. I created the tuxedo from black and white cardstock. I printed a photo of a tuxedo from the internet to use as a guide. The dress is the sleeveless Dress Up Framelits, extended to make a full-length dress.

04 WeddingPopup

This angled view shows the pop-up. I cut pieces of Designer Series paper to cover the "wall" and "floor" of the card. I used a craft knife to remove a rectangle from the papers corresponding to the footprint (and wallprint) of the tables. The rectangles that were removed were then slid under (and behind) the tables so the pattern would continue.

05 WeddingDetail2

To decorate the dress I used a paper flower and snipped all the petals off. I layered the petals at the bottom of the dress and used lace above them and across the top of the dress. The veil is tulle, bunched together with a strip of lace at the top.

Here's a visual of where I placed my fold to create the Doublewide Dress Form:


If you place your fold just next to the closure it makes a nice double and you don't end up with any closure pieces in the center of the card. If you'd like to eliminate the center table leg just move the fold more to the left until the entire table leg is outside of the fold. The dress forms will be closer together and share a single table. You can even get the fold close enough to join the dress forms at the hips! (Got twins?)

Here is the video tutorial for making Doublewide Pop 'n Cuts cards. If you want to skip right to the Pop 'n Cuts technique, it starts at about the 3:00 mark.


I'll end this post with a few Frequently Asked Questions about the Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts:

Do the Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts interchange with the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts?

Yes! All Pop 'n Cuts inserts fit in ALL Pop 'n Cuts Bases. 

Why would I buy the Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Base instead of the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts base?

It's going to come down to personal preference. The Stampin' Up! base is an A2-sized card with a decorative edge and built-in closure. You might prefer the added function of the closure and the pretty edge to the base. People might also prefer the SU! base if they just want a decorative card without using any Pop 'n Cuts inserts at all. The Sizzix A2 Pop 'n Cuts Card base comes pre-bundled with an insert, whereas the SU! base is sold separately. Can't decide? Maybe you need both! :)

Will there be a similar dress form Pop 'n Cuts insert available from Sizzix?

No way! I designed that exclusively for Stampin' Up! You can find a local demonstrator using the Find A Demonstrator tool on SU's website.

Will there be more inserts available through Stampin' Up! in the future?

I hope so! I definitely hope that Pop 'n Cuts are successful with Stampin' Up! so we'll have expansions to the line. 

How did you get started with Stampin' Up!? Are you a demonstrator?

My association with Stampin' Up! is entirely through Sizzix. Sizzix manufactures the dies and machines for Stampin' Up! and I was able, through my relationship with Sizzix, to pitch Pop 'n Cuts to Stampin' Up! My contract is with Sizzix and I am not a demonstrator. However, I have a lot of demonstrator friends and purchase a lot of Stampin' Up! products. My goal with my videos and samples is to provide support to the demonstrators for promoting and educating on these products. Demonstrators are encouraged to use my ideas as sales tools. As much as possible, I try to limit my supplies to only Stampin' Up! when working with SU dies. Some of the SU products I've used are retired, but at least you will get the general idea and can re-make the cards with current product.

One last piece of news. I am a guest designer for the current UStamp with Dawn & Friends event. The event just started and you can still get early bird pricing through February 3rd. The projects from all the designers are fabulous and are made entirely with Stampin' Up! product. The focus is on product in the new Spring catalog.