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!

This & That. Odds & Ends. Stuff & Other Stuff.


It's been a busy week leading into a busy weekend. John and I celebrated our 18 year wedding anniversary on Monday. It was my idea to take the "Modern Family" photo above. We used the camera on a tripod with the self-timer. We had to get the angle on the wedding photo just right to avoid a glare on the glass, but this was actually the first one we took. Go us!

John took the day off so we could hang out, go to lunch, make CKU kits and go to our dentist appointments. I think the word you're searching for is romantic!

Today I'll hit the road for a four hour drive up to CKU Dallas/Ft. Worth. I'll be teaching the Journey Card Class for the final time. Here are the four cards we will make in class. If you're not coming to the event but are interested in making these cards, I'm including the shopping links for the dies used in each. 






The new Snippets collection has also arrived at Scrapbook.com, although there are a couple of dies missing (Multi-Tier insert, Trellis Sizzlits Strip and Gift Card holder) They do, however, have the other 11 dies including all three sets of Stitched Framelits. They filmed me at the CHA show showing how the Stitched Framelits work in conjunction with the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies.Here is that video if you're interested:


I wish that "Video Karen" had given proper credit for the samples she showed in this video. (Shame on you, Video Karen!) The 2-page album that I show first was made by Fran Sabad. The Breckenridge album is mine. The 4-page red album with the amazing colored stamped images was made by Kelly Booth. The 2-pager with the Christmas lights was mine. The huge album showcasing the designers was a collaboration of Shelly Hickox, Helen Cryer, Fran Sabad, Kelly Booth, Gretchen Schmidt and Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here are shopping links for the Snippets dies plus the Accordion Album and Frame & Label Bracket dies (back in stock as of now - hurry!)

OK, a couple more random things before I hit the road.

Here is a photo of my first UStamp with Dawn & Friends project for Heating up the Holidays. The PDF tutorial and private video should be uploaded to the USwD&F website sometime today, so if you're registered for the event, you'll probably receive an e-mail when it's uploaded.


Final item - next Thursday is my Sizzix Blog Designer Challenge. We'll be making projects that incorporate clear materials to make items float. Here's a rather macabre example from my last blog post. (I really debated whether I should add the word "else" between nobody and gets, just to make it even more disturbing, but decided against it) You won't want to miss all the amazing creations by the ten designers who accepted the challenge plus I will add my own new project and video to the mix. All ten designers were provided a full set of Snippets dies, so I expect that we will see some great creations using the new dies.


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That's it for me for now. Time to pack the car and head north to CKU Dallas/Fort Worth

World Card Making Day - Hand over the Candy Corns!


Today is World Card Making Day and I thought I would celebrate by making a Halloween card (a macabre, gruesome card, which is really the best kind!) in my newly-cleaned studio. This studio photo is taken with the Panoramic option on my iPhone, so the island appears warped and the room looks larger than it is, but overall this is what it *should* look like on a regular basis. I have absolutely no excuse for not keeping it tidy when I have clearly designed it with a functional layout and plenty of storage. But unfortunately IKEA just sells the cabinets and boxes - not the little robots or monkeys that will put the stuff back into the boxes for me after I get it all out and litter it around the room. *sigh

I will keep it clean. I will keep it clean. I will keep it sort of clean-ish.

Perhaps if I keep this little dude out on the table threatening me with his big knife it will help my efforts. Behold my sick and twisted Halloween Pop 'n Cuts card -


Now I will warn you right now - there's no step-by-step tutorial or video for this card. I also used a few stash items that I can't source - this card was just for fun. The items that I can source, however, including the dies, some of the paper and most of the stamps are listed below with shopping links. 


This card was actually a warm-up card for this month's Sizzix Blog Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. Once a month I issue a challenge to my designer friends to make a project using a specified die, theme or technique and then I gather those ideas, along with a new project and video from me, into one massive inspiration post on the Sizzix blog. You can check out the September Designer Challenge here

The October challenge is CLEAR CREATIONS (aka Defying Gravity) and you'll see the designer creations showing up on their personal blogs on Monday and Tuesday, October 14th or 15th and the compilation post with a new project and video from me on the Sizzix blog on Thursday, October 17th. 

Basically the challenge is to cut the pop-up portion of the card out of a clear material, like a transparency, plastic paper, even die packaging (make sure you work the folds back and forth a lot if you're using die packaging) to make the mechanism "disappear" and the items that are attached to it will appear to be floating or flying.


For my card I cut the new Multi-Tier Pop 'n Cuts Insert out of clear die cut packaging and attached it with staples to my card interior, where I had already wallpapered the back wall and created the wood floor by cutting strips of Real Wood Birch, staining them with Distress Stain, brushing the edges of the slats with Black Soot ink and then gluing them down into a wood floor pattern.


I embossed the Braided Rug from the Foyer Textured Impressions Embossing Folder set onto a piece of orange cardstock and then brushed it with black ink, fussy cut it, and glued it over the edge of the plastic.


To embellish the clear Multi-Tier, I added my stamped, colored and fussy-cut Creepy Captain Underpants Boy. I used a craft-knife to carefully cut around his arm to tuck the knife under his mitten. (Seriously, what is the story with this kid? He remembers his mittens but not his pants?!) The blood on the knife, which has spilled down his leg and puddled on his shoe, is red acrylic paint with Glossy Accents to make it shiny. I have no idea where the knife came from - found it in my stash.

Funny story, though. I've had the tiny knife sitting on this stamp for days, hoping to get a chance to make a card with Creepy Captain Underpants Boy using the knife in some way. But when I finally got a chance the knife had disappeared! 


The message that's cut off says "I found it!"

You see? These are the types of conversations that are completely normal in our house. Emma didn't see anything odd about me asking her if she had taken a tiny knife out of my room. And in my defense, Emma has all sorts of found "treasures" in her room so this is not without precedent.


Here's a side view so you can see all the tiers on the Multi-tier. I did not use the little stairstep tier at the very bottom - just left it unfolded since I didn't want to use it. The upper stairstep tier holds a clear column to suspend the chandelier. CCUB is on the left tall tier and the candy corns and greeting are peppered onto the front tier and the right tall tier.

I know the front patterned paper is Authentique, and I *think* the interior wallpaper is House of Three, but not sure. I also dont know who makes the tiny Candy Corn stamp - it's unmounted and I've had it for decades. Everything else can be found via the shopping links below if you're interested in making a macabre card of your own.

Happy Haunting!


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 Scrapbook.com 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:


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. 


August Secret Word Giveaway Winner!

Linda Won This

Congratulations to Linda Burkert who is the winner of the Ribbon Tree Pop 'n Cuts Insert and the Noel Sizzlits Set dies.

Since Linda is a member of my mailing list she was in on the Secret Word giveaway and left the following lovely comments on the Sizzix blog and my blog:


I have just recently gotten started with the Pop-n-cuts dies and I love them. My FAVORITE is ALL OF THEM! But if I had to pick just one it would be the chair. After taking your class in Ohio, I made one for my father-in-law for his birthday. He loved it. The videos are so helpful and make it easy for anyone to make the cards. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing you talent.

Linda B.

Karen, Thank you for sharing this wonderful card. Love your tutorials. Just got the star die and can't wait to use it. Linda B.

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Inspired by Shelly: Travel Journal

One of the conversations I have oft had with my crafty friends is how we all have our special gifts and talents. For example, I'm a pretty darn spiffy paper engineer, (yeah, I said it) and it does not diminish the value of my gift (paper engineering) if I pale in comparison when it comes to, say, making an embossed faux leather travel journal ala Shelly Hickox.


My travel journal isn't terrible. Yes, it's slightly tortured like a face in a metal pin board, but not totally unworthy. There's a kernel of beauty here. If I had it to do over again I'd use lighter-weight chipboard for the suitcase so the paper bag didn't have to bunch and climb mountains to encase it.

If you didn't look at Shelly's first you'd probably think this was pretty good, in fact!

Or maybe you'd stick a needle in it, grab some DNA and reconstruct a dinosaur. 

Potato, potahto.


I'll walk you through the construction steps of my Tortured Travel Travel Travel journal. (Because why put just one rub-on word Travel on the binding when there's room for three?!) I will then direct you to follow Shelly's steps for the actual faux leather part.

STEP 1: Die cut a Suitcase from chipboard (Tip: choose a lightweight chipboard instead of heavyweight) and assemble all the suitcase pieces as shown. Also die cut a Pop 'n Cuts Square Base card from black matboard and from patterned paper. I used the smaller Tim Holtz ring binder for my journal.


STEP 2: Put the matboard card into the trimmer and slide the blade ONE TIME through the matboard with light pressure 0.5" on one side of the centerline tick marks. Slide the matboard in the trimmer to do the same thing 0.5" on the other side of the centerline tick marks. This will create a 1" spine.



STEP 3: Measure the width of the journal's interior panels and decide how much of a black border you'd like on the decorative ends. Cut from either end of the patterned paper card to make panels for inside the journal. I did not bother to cut a paper panel for the center because the ring binder will cover that area.


STEP 4: Follow Shelly's instructions for creating the faux leather on the front of the journal.


Thanks, Shelly, for inspiring me to try something out of my comfort zone. I loved the technique and will definitely try it again and see if I can improve my results.

*NOTE* I see that the small Ring Binders are hard to find but the large ones are readily available. I would suggest increasing the spine width to 1.25" (so score at 5/8" from each side of the centerline tick marks) to be able to use the larger ring binder.

Here are the supply links for what I used. The patterned paper in my journal is from Teresa Collins Far & Away called "Postcards Paper" #FA1005. They don't have it at Scrapbook.com, though, so I'm linking a substitute paper that would look very similar:


USwD&F: Cards w/Cool Moves Project #2: Pop 'n Cuts Standing Dress Form Card


One of the lovely things about having product back in the Stampin' Up! catalog is that I get to be a guest designer again for UStamp with Dawn and Friends events. In fact, I've done enough of Dawn's events that my little avatar has moved out of the "Grand Guest Designer" category and into the "Creative Crew Girl" category. Go me! 

Except that I blew my deadlines for Cards with Cool Moves so terribly that I think my avatar might be moving back into guest status! (Sorry everyone!)

Cards with Cool Moves is over as far as new and/or live content, except for this final project from me, which should be posted to Dawn's site tonight with a video and PDF tutorial. The concept of this card is how to convert the Stampin' Up! Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts die from a 90 degree box design into a 180 degree stand-up design. It's a very simple technique, but opens up a lot of other possiblities for this die.

If you want access to the instructions you have to buy your way in, but I can say for certain that you'll learn a lot of great techniques in this event, even though all the live chats are done. All of the photos and tutorials are available for download if you purchase access. I perused Pinterest looking for pins from the designers who created for this event and compiled what I could find onto a UStamp with Dawn and Friends: Cards With Cool Moves Pinterest Board.

Check out the board to get a taste for the project suites available. You'll learn how to make triple easel cards, pop-up cards, accordion cards, swing cards, lever cards, penny cards, double sliders and more! The event is open to anyone who wants to learn fabulous techniques, it's not just for SU demos. Products used are all Stampin' Up! but the techniques can be used with any products. My Pop 'n Cuts Standing Dress Form card uses the SU Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base, the Dress Form insert, the Dress up Framelits plus the Deco Labels Framelits.

Click the blinkie below to purchase access to all the instructions. 

If you prefer to try out one of Dawn's events that is still currently going on, check out Heating up the Holidays. I am making two cards for this event as well - one will be Halloween and one will be Christmas. Both will use the Pop 'n Cuts dies that are exclusive to Stampin' Up!
I think if you click on this little blinkie it takes you where you need to go to sign up:

Many thanks to Dawn for the opportunity to guest design for these events. I love Stampin' Up! products!