Pop[up] Spotted: Accordion Album Inspiration

Next week I'm heading to Massachussetts for The Collins Rep Group's Spring 2013 Education event. This event is for retailers to gather education ideas to use in their stores. I will be teaching a Pop 'n Cuts class using the new Journey collection, shipping in June, 2013.

There is also an evening with Make 'n Takes. Retailers can make their way around a large ballroom making quick projects from all the manufacturers. With the popularity of the Accordion Album and companion Frame & Label Bracket dies, this is a set of dies that I'd like to see in every store with a display sample to show how the dies work. My Make 'n Take will be this simple Accordion Album project. Retailers can choose to make the album in the red color scheme or the yellow. Bazzill provided my favorite cardstock for this album - the ultra sturdy and smooth Card Shoppe, which now comes in 12x12 size, meaning you can make a 4-page album from one piece of cardstock! AWESOME! The patterned papers are from the new Bazzill Mac collection, by Heidi Lynn Schreiber. The "Celebrate" greeting is a Hero Arts stamp.

Accordion Album Make n Take

This project also incorporates two of the upcoming Journey dies - the Funky Label Framelits (robot and Celebrate panels) and the Heart & Flower Movers & Shapers (the robot's heart

Now, the title of this post promised some "spots" and spots you shall see! I'm going to dedicate this post to the Accordion Album die, which is back in stock at retailers if you act quickly. Check with your local store first - we really need to support our local retailers or we aren't going to have any! Just sayin'! 


First up, Donna Gibson's absolutely AMAZING Parisian album. She has close-up shots of each panel set on her blog post, so don't miss the opportunity to click and drool. She even decorated the back of the album! For this album she used both the Album and Frame & Label dies and linked together 6 panels of the album.

While you're falling in love with Donna's blog, make sure you also check out her Be Yourself Doublehigh Album Card. This is a perfect illustration of how versatile this die is. You can use it standard height (see above) or double height (see below) by following my Doublehigh Accordion Album tutorial. You also get to pick how many panels you link together. Donna used 6 panels for Paris and 2 panels for Be Yourself. 

Speaking of doublehigh albums, this project by Anna-Karin Evaldsson made my jaw drop doublefar! You simply must click over and see a close-up of that globe. Everything about this project is amazing!

Kelly Booth shows yet another adaptation of the album, which is to fold the inner panels with the same valley fold as the outer frames. This creates a fifth panel (the back of the first panel) for the front of the album. Click on over to see the fifth panel, featuring more of her incredible Copic coloring!

Shelly Hickox and I have decided we have synergy, which I always thought meant "loves to procrastinate with text messages and Scramble games" but apparently it means we feed off each other (creatively, not zombie-ly) and have been known to come up with similar ideas.

A while back and unbeknownst to either we were simultaneously working on versions of the Accordion Album cut from a clear material to achieve a floating effect.

My project was a belated birthday card for Kelly. I chose to keep the outer frames as the "clear" part of the album and added the Tim Holtz Pediments die on top of the album. 

Shelly also used clear panels in her Time Machine Birthday card, but used the inner panels as the clear parts, even adding another pop-up die to the mix to give her even more clear platforms for her gears.

The other great thing about synergy is that it is contagious! After these two clear projects were posted there was a wave of great clear album projects and clever adaptations showing up on blogs worldwide! 

Wendee Deal's It's Spring card


Helen Cryer's Butterfly Card

Torrey Moseley's Heavy Metal Album

Sandy Diller's Dad Green Album

Fran Sabad's Wonderful Mother Album (notice she used clear paneling to make the hearts float and line up when the album is closed!)

Well I could go on spotting all day, but I've got to finish up some class kits for tomorrow's "You Make My Heart Sing" Album class. What will you create with the Accordion Album and Frame & Label, Bracket dies? 

Have a crafty weekend!

Pop[up] Spotted: Throw me somethin', Mister!


Happy Mardi Gras! I'm celebrating by listening to The Neville Brothers and wishing for King Cake!

I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip to The Big Easy to teach at Scrapfest. The cards will be the same three cards as next week's Stamper's Corner trip, but not the chair card. We're not doing pre-orders in Louisiana because we're coming from out-of-state. So the fourth card will be a simple card using the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Base Die w/Circle Label insert. All of the dies I use in class will be available for sale at the Scrapp'n Savvy booth.

A couple more classes to announce and then it's on to the spots. I will be teaching at the Collins Spring Retailer Training Event in Framingham, Massachussets April 20-21, 2013. In early May I will be teaching at Scrapbook 'n Such's NSD event in Wichita Falls, TX.

June will find me in Florida and Ohio - stay tuned for specifics on those trips. July is the Create & Connect Trade show (formerly CHA) in Las Vegas. November is a BIG teaching trip to the Carolinas - lots of stores on that trip, so stay tuned for specifics. You might want to join my mailing list (blue button, left sidebar) so you won't miss any news on classes. (I sent one newsletter in January and one in February, so this is a vast improvement over last year, but certainly not in-box-clogging quantities. Feel safe to subscribe, is what I'm saying.)

To support my Stampin' Up! exclusive dies you'll find me posting SU ideas, templates and videos here on my blog, plus teaching online for UStamp with Dawn & Friends. You might also want to follow the Sizzix+Stampin' Up! Pinterest board.

So let's get spotting!

The theme for today is definitely Love and Puns!

Gretchen has an adorable card on her blog featuring the Bigz Circle Platform w/Ribbons die. A video for this die is still on my to-do list, so I especially appreciate Gretchen's step-by-step picture tutorial for assembling it. It's an easy one, very generic, and you can always add bigger items on top of the circle to change out the look.

Owl be the one to say it . . . how adowlable are those stamps? (See what I punned there?)

Next, let's check in with Shelly Hickox and see her very clever pop-up February Tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013. Shelly used the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Base Die w/Circle Label insert, cut from a clear material, to animate her adorable stamped sewing machine. The sewing machine is stitching a row of hearts cut from the upcoming Heart & Flower Movers & Shapers set. (Shipping in June - Shelly received one early to use for CHA samples)

I find her tag sewing-credible! (See what I punned there?)

Kelly Booth! What can I say about mad talent and Copic skills that turn me YG17 Grass Green with envy?! Here she's combined the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Base Die with the Love insert and companion Love Sizzlits set for a perfect shadow. Then, with a brushstroke of pure genius, she added the Bigz Scalloped Circle pop-up die to the shelf area above the Pop 'n Cuts and gave herself two more tiers for pop-ups! 

It brings me to tiers, it's so good! (See what I punned there?)

Speaking of clever combinations of dies, let's hop across the ocean to check in with Helen Cryer, who posted this beauty combining the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts Base Die with the Label Insert and the word "Love" from the Love Sizzlits set. And then, most brilliantly, she added a Flagpole with a hidden folded foot and used the banners (bunting) to pull it up when the card opens! SO SMART! Definitely will be trying this.

Helen's card is cute as a bunting! (See what I punned there?)

Before we head back to the States, let's take a detour to South Africa and see what Anna-Karin has been posting. Wow! This amazing project combines the Accordion Album with the Bigz Frame & Label die (for perfect decorating) and is brimming with clever techniques. (Note: the Accordion Album is coming back in stock this week! And yes, we will have them for sale at Stamper's Corner and Scrapfest)  

 Accordion to me, this project is a winner! (See what I punned there?)

Through our mutual love of papercrafting I have become friends with so many amazing designers. One of my newest friends, but I already feel like I've known her for forever, is Fran Sabad. Fran is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Lexington, Kentucky who is posting masterpiece after masterpiece of Pop 'n Cuts creations on her blog. Here is just a taste of her work. She's combined the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base with the Sizzix Flowers Pop 'n Cuts Insert for this super cute Happy Bee-day card!

Gotta give Fran a high-HIVE for this one! (See what I punned there?)

Let's scoot on up to Alaska and check out the clever adaptation of the Stampin Up Exclusive Card Base plus Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Insert from Sue Erickson. Sue removed the top of the dress form and the table legs, and then, by fashioning a doily tablecloth, the base of the dress form looks like fancy table legs! How very, very clever!

Now that's what I call FUN-iture! (See what I punned there?

Since I really want to be in the company of these fine designers, I'm going to spot my own post! From this very blog! (I know! Cheeky!) I posted my Queen of Hearts card, video tutorial and free template this weekend and in case you missed it, either scroll down one post or click the photo below to check it out!

Stampin Up Queen of Hearts

Clicking through these blogs and soaking up some inspiration is a fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Hey, Pocky A-Way! (Or Hey, Pop-up A-Way! for my fellow punsters!)

Pop[up] Spotted: These girls are on FIRE!


Do you see spots? Me too!!!

First up, a new source of inspiration, thanks to Shelly Hickox, who sent me the link to Stacy's blog. Stacy Cook has an absolute knack for finding inspiration in a piece and then "making it her own" with a lot of clever new ideas. She loved Shelly's door card, so she made her own, but added the twist of the door being aligned over a Pop 'n Cuts circle label in the closed position, so that when the whole card is opened, Santa pops up and the entire room is revealed. There are a ton of fun details in this card - you won't want to miss it!

Tracy Evans is a genius! Her ability to craft a scene by combining dies and stamping, is truly spectacular. you just get lost in her creations. I am particularly struck by how she stamped the greeting stamp from the tag onto the snowflake that is suspended on the Pop 'n Cuts Label die. Even though the greeting was too big for the snowflake, it essentially turned that greeting into a texture stamp. Although I've done all-over script stamps like this, I've never thought to use a specific greeting in this way, so that some of the words are legible and descriptive, and I will definitely be giving it a try! Click on the photo to visit her blog. The front of this card cannot be missed!

Caroline "Caz" Counsell is the Pop 'n Cuts Poinsettia whisperer! She posted this wonderful example of how to use the Poinsettia year-round by changing up the colors and styling so it becomes a generic flower. Notice the clever way she cut slits around the flower to define the petals, and the Paula Pascual butterfly die (exclusive to Europe, grrr) looks fabulous flying above the flower.

If Caz is the Poinsettia Whisperer then Karen Hudson is definitely the Accordion Album Whisperer! (These U.K. girls are tearing it up, yo!) There are several examples on her blog of the clever ways she's used the Accordion Album and companion Frame & Label Bracket dies, so you'll want to follow the link and then click forward and backwards to see the other posts using these dies. If you're lucky enough to live near Karen, you can take her classes! (Is there a bus from Houston to Kent?)

This next spot doesn't technically use any of my dies, but I just have to give a shout-out to my dear friend Gretchen (who will likely see this on her new iPad, which I think has replaced me in the BFF department) for another stunning December Daily album. I personally witnessed Gretchen planning for this project months ago, deciding on the album, papers, theme. She pre-cut all her numbers on the eclips and was very prepared for December, unlike her humanBFF (to distinguish from her electronicBFF) who simply let December sneak up on her and kick her in the hiney. The link I've provided is to her category of December Daily, so you'll be able to bookmark and follow it throughout the month. 

I have been so floored by Kelly Booth's cards that I've done two things. #1 I've asked Kelly to create a few cards for me with my brand new dies being released at Winter CHA. I'm very excited to see what she comes up with and I will have her creations with me at the show, and #2 I purchased my first Copic markers! Between Kelly and my friend Debra, I intend to become very versed in them. 

Not exactly sure why *I* get a Thank-You card when it should be me thanking Kelly for rocking my dies, but I'm not sending it back! This little beauty is on display in my office. Kelly used the Thanks Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the companion Thanks Sizzlits Set, and the Heart & Wing Movers & Shapers set on this card.

I also have to show this Kelly creation, which gives me the giggles! You have to click over and see what's behind the Door die. Kelly also used the Flagpole, Lantern & Sign Sizzlits strip.

Kelly also posted a happy whimsical Anniversary Card for her hubby. Here's what you do - you bookmark Kelly's blog and just check it every day. 

Now I am not going to say that I saved the best for last, because I love everything that everyone creates and we all have our gifts and talents, but DANG! Shelly Hickox got an unfair share of gifts and talents, yo! This star book is an absolute masterpiece. Each individual card is perfection and then she combines five cards into one magical album. Make sure you click and head over to see the video and, if you're there in time, to enter the giveaway to win two of my dies. (Coincidentally, the same two dies that Kelly used in her funny door card above) Shelly has what appears to be a complete collection of Tim Holtz dies (ha!) and has used the Pop 'n Cuts circle label to animate them. Remember that my dies can be used to animate all of your other dies, and stamps, etc. Think of them as foundation garments for your individual collections!

One last thing - do not be shy! I would love to say that I scour the internet daily looking for your creations using my products, but I am very deadline driven and I'm usually down to the wire on something. If you're thinking "it would be cool to have my project spotted!" then send me a link! Tag me on Facebook or Twitter - wave your hands in the air like you just don't care! And then forgive me if it isn't right away because (aforementioned) I'm probably hours away from a deadline. (eep!)

Pop[up] Spotted: Amazing inspiration!


Before I send you clicking around the web to see some stunning projects using my dies, I thought you might enjoy this story.

I grew up in Oregon, as did one of my friends...let's call her "Shelby Hiccup". Shelby and I got into a Very.Important.Discussion last week about the proper way to strap a Christmas tree to the top of a car.

Growing up we always went and chopped down a tree because, as previously mentioned, I grew up in Oregon where the trees outnumbered people and it was our civic duty to chop one down every year and hang tinsel on it. Civic.Duty.

My Dad taught us that the tree should always be strapped to the top of the car with the trunk facing forward so that the wind wouldn't back-bend and break the branches. Shelby maintained that she had no such experience because they just threw the tree in the back of their truck (with the coon dog and grandma's rocking chair) but that, regardless, it was much more *attractive* to have the tree facing forward. 

Now I'm not saying the conversation got heated with dueling Google searches, one person trying to rescind the other's Oregonian Card while the other said some snarky comment about how much "fun" it was to chat with engineers . . . nothing like that. . . but in the spirit of good will and forgiveness, I did send Shelby a little visual apology. This little cutie is hanging out on my desk now:

OK, enough silliness. Onward with the spotting!

When I saw this first project posted on the Sizzix Facebook Wall (are you not a fan? You should "like" the page so you don't miss any gems or sales or anything) I immediately fired off an e-mail to Kelly Booth with a subject line of "Hey Modest Mouse -"

You really need to be tagging me with these creations, or sending me a text, or e-mail. What if I miss one?!!!

Your accordion album is the best thing I've ever seen in my life, forever and ever, Amen. Like, I can die happy now.

Kelly has used the Bigz Accordion Album, the companion Bigz Frame & Label, and the Flagpole, Lantern & Sign Sizzlits Strip. Then she went to work, Kelly-of-the-Copics style, and filled it up with adorable snowmen. You've got to see this thing close up! Click and come back...I'll wait.


Oh good! You're back. There are more treasures to be seen!

Speaking of the Accordion Album die, I am noticing is out of stock all over the web - let me know if you're a retailer who has them in stock and is willing to ship and I'll update this post with a link to your website. 

Check out Sandy Diller's "Give Thanks" Album. There are so many clever ideas here! Make sure you scroll down on Sandy's blog to see all her other recent pop-up creations plus some very cool techniques for tags!

If you need to know how to assemble the Accordion Album, refer to this assembly video filmed by Scrapbook.com 


Next up, Anna-Karin! I'm starting to think that maybe Anna-Karin is trying to amaze me to death. Her projects are the type where you go "Wow! What a cool technique!" and then you scroll down to the next photo and you're like "Wow! What a cool technique!" and then you scroll to the next photo . . . and this goes on until one masterful project has blown your mind with, say, 294 techniques.

This weekend Anna-Karin participated in a Sizzix DT's Festive Blog hop and posted what can only be described as the most masterful of all masterful pop-up mini-albums. I absolutely LOVE what she showed with the new "stand-up" Pop 'n Cuts inserts - how you can use the negative space to your advantage. In Anna-Karin's case, she left the negative space open so the pop-up is viewable in the "flat" position and then, when you open the card, the pop-up stands up! You really need to click over and view this amazing display of artistry and technique!

Anna-Karin included a ton of Pop 'n Cuts inserts and accessory dies in her album, so you'll need to check her blog for a full supply list, but shown on this page set are the Ribbon Tree Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the Noel Sizzlits Set, and the Bigz Fancy Frame die.

But wait! There's more! Anna-Karin also posted a card on her blog using the Floating Floor technique. She is a master of using the pop-ups to animate her photos. 

Anna-Karin used the Pop 'n Cuts Base Die for this card.

I could go on "spotting" all day and I definitely appreciate it when you e-mail me your links. I have strict rules about things where I have no willpower. I don't buy Cheeto's puffed balls and I don't surf the internet. But I don't want to miss your beautiful creations, so please just send me a link, or tag me on FB or Twitter.

Shelly Hickox, who I will neither confirm or deny is the aforementioned Shelby Hiccup, posted this gorgeous card on Thanksgiving to give thanks for all her fellow-Oregonian/engineer friends and the fun chats she has with them about tree transport.


Shelby, er Shelly, used the Bigz Raising Platform and Bigz Fancy Frame die for this card.

I will leave you with this stunning card by Tammy Tutterow. The pop-up inside is so sophisticated in its styling. She really illustrates that pop-ups, unlike Trix cereal, are not just for kids. They delight all ages and especially the men in your life, so don't be sending them boring flat cards, yo! 

This beauty features a brilliant stamped-scripted embossing technique for the card front, so definitely click over and give it a look-see!

Tammy used the Label Pop 'n Cuts insert for this card.

I am glad to report that we finally got the tree up yesterday, despite Emma being miserably sick with a cough/cold. She wandered down earlier for juice, but is otherwise bedridden and sickly, poor girl. Hopefully she will only miss one day of school, but based on the coughing I can hear . . . not so sure!

Happy December!

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] 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!

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Pop[up] Spotted: Wendee is teaching Pop 'n Cuts for Stamp Camp!


It was my pleasure to see my friend Wendee in Chicago when I taught at Stamp, Scrap 'n More. I always appreciate her (and her husband) making the drive each year.

Wendee sent me a link to her blog post about demo'ing Pop 'n Cuts at her next Stamp Camp at All About Pictures, in Cedar Rapids Iowa.

You can see pictures of Wendee's cards and learn more about her upcoming teaching schedule here: Wendee Deal.

Pop[up] Spotted: Gretchen's Pop 'n Cuts tutorial with Framelits


I absolutely adore this card that Gretchen made me for my birthday! (Actually, she never said it was for my birthday, but I'm sure after seeing this gushy blog post in her honor . . .)


You can learn a lot of cool techniques in her tutorial on the Sizzix blog today, including how to use Framelits dies to add a decorative border around your PNC piece. (Cool cats abbreviate "Pop 'n Cuts" to PNC. "Cool" is pronounced "lazy")

Pop 'n Cuts are shipping now, so ask at your local store. And if they haven't ordered them, just ask them to. It's OK. Just say "I am in desperate need of some Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts dies so I can make quick, easy and dynamic pop-up cards to impress my friends and family, who will say that I am brilliant, and talented, and insist that I spend more time and money on paper crafts because I'm so good at it. I notice that you sell Sizzix products but I don't see Pop 'n Cuts here. Can you order them for me? I'd like the entire collection, item numbers #657788-657802." (Or something similar. Heh)

In other news, Gretchen and I leave insanely early for CHA tomorrow.

Text exchange:

Gretchen: What time are we leaving on Saturday?

Me: Practically Friday! 2.5 hours before our flight time. When is our flight?

Gretchen: 7am

Me: Pick you up at 4:30 then. Sorry.

Gretchen: Good Lord. Is there a Starbucks at the airport?

Here is our schedule of events:

Saturday July 14th - 1-3 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Demonstration, Stamp Thyme, Lockport IL

Sunday July 15th - 11:30 - 2 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Card Class, Lorraine's Memories, Woodstock, IL (I believe this class is sold-out, but she might have one more take-home kit, so call the store if interested)

Sunday July 15th - 4-6:30 pm - Pop 'n Cuts Card Class, Stamp, Scrap 'n More, Mundelein, IL (A week ago there were a couple of spots left, but I haven't heard an update, so call the store if interested)

Monday - Thursday - Craft and Hobby Show, retailers only.

I am trying to finish up some samples of my new dies. If you check back here later (much later, like this evening) you may find some sneak peeks. Maybe. If I have a very productive day, that is.

Anyone who has read my blog from the beginning (2005) knows that I used to end each post with a quote from my favorite movie of all time, The Princess Bride. (A line from that movie is my blog's title, by the way, not a prejudice against lefties, as some have accused me of over the years) Once I had quoted the entire movie I used to end with funny quotes from my kids. They still say funny stuff, but it's not exactly adorable. More like sarcastic. Apple, meet tree. 

So I am moving into Phase 3, where I end each post with one of my favorite drawings from Draw Something, my current procrastination addiction. Here is today's offering:


Pop[up] Spotted: Donna Gibson's Italian Suitcase!


Wow! Wowie wow wow! You've got to check out Donna Gibson's amazing card for her traveling-to-Italy niece. Click the photo below to go to Donna's blog post, where you'll find additional photos, supplies and instructions.

I love how she used the ZigZag pop-up die, cut out of acetate so it disappears and acts just as a pop-up mechanism. 

Love it, Donna!