Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Dress Form Card - So Happy for You!

I'm back from CHA and after the requisite day spent on the couch leguming, I spent today in the studio having fun with the new Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts die from Stampin' Up!

Gretchen has a great CHA recap posted on her blog today, btw, if you want to see what my section of the Sizzix booth looked like.

The 2013 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog features this exclusive A2 Card Base for Pop 'n Cuts. The card base is sold separately for $39.95 (USD), and it will cut an A2 sized card (4.25" x 5.5" when folded) with a decorative edge at the top, rounded corners at the bottom, and slits for the decorative edge to slide through to hold the card closed. This base will accomodate ANY Pop 'n Cuts insert from any collection, but you will only be able to get this particular base from Stampin' Up!

You can use this Base as a plain card, a backing card, a Movers & Shapers card or tray in addition to using it for Pop 'n Cuts, so it is a versatile die. On its own it looks great as either a vertical or horizontal card. This is the only Pop 'n Cuts Base die that features a built-in closure.

Here is the card I made today to send to my future sister-in-law, Iris. My brother popped the question about a month ago and they will be married next fall. We are thrilled for them!

So Happy Dress Closed
Stampin' Up! #130099 Card Base Pop 'n Cuts

My usual method for making Pop 'n Cuts cards is to start with the inside of the card. This is where the "magic" is, and the card is probably going to be displayed propped open by the recipient. For this reason, I often do a relatively simple card front. Just a lead-in to the magic inside. I'll pull colors and textures from the interior. In this case, I used the white pearl lace and the plain lace inside on the dress, so I used strips of both on the card front.

For the interior of the card, I used the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Insert inside the Base and then cut it from white cardstock. I also cut a sleeveless dress using the companion Framelits set and wrapped the dress in lace.

So Happy Dress Open
Stampin' Up! #130100 Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Insert + #130101 Dress Up Framelits

All of the supplies on my card are Stampin' Up! with the exception of the pearl lace and the lace. Those were just stash items.

I know the Designer Series Paper I used for the floor is retired, but you could get a similar look by stamping vines on cardstock with Versamark ink. The wallpaper is stamped using the Solid Stripes stamp. Ink colors are Basic Gray and Sahara Sand.

I cut a piece of Gray cardstock to cover the table top with a slight overhang. I then trimmed away the overhang in the area of the dress so it would operate smoothly. My original plan was to have some dressmaking items on the top of the table - a ruler, needle and thread, etc. But then the dress turned out so nice that I didn't want to draw focus, so I left the table top bare.

So Happy Closeup

Here are links to the three dies I used, all exclusive to Stampin' Up! You'll want to order from your local demonstrator to support him/her. 

I will be doing video instructions on these dies soon, so look for those to be posted on my blog in the next few days.
So Happy Dress
Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Dies

Video Tutorial: Stampin' Up! Exclusive O Christmas Tree Die

Here's a 9-minute card idea using the Stampin' Up! Exclusive O Christmas Tree die.

The card I'm showing in the video is this one:

SU Hello You Card

Stampin' Up! Products used: O Christmas Tree exclusive pop-up die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, 2-Step Bird Punch, "Hello, You" and "Forest Friends" stamp sets, cardstock, patterned paper, buttons, mini-brads, inks 

And then here is the video tutorial for assembling the O Christmas Tree pop-up die:


 Happy May, everyone!

UStamp WINNERS! Plus 5 more chances to win


It's time to announce the FIVE winners (because three just wasn't enough!) of the UStamp passes for this event.


UStamp with Dawn and Friends - Classes, Clubs and Camps, Spring Edition 2011

The winners are . . .

Penny Silva - Karen you make things look so easy. LOL thanks for giving a chance to win

Sharon F. - Wow, Karen.. what a fabulous opportunity to win a free pass to UStamp with Dawn and Friends, I'd LOVE to win... I'm sure you pop up project is fabulous! Hugs!

Michelle Potts - I would love to see more of your designs in the upcoming catalog! The xmas tree die really WOWs the customers. Can't wait to see if I can win the USTAMP free pass.

Melissa Goodwin - What a great way to interact with other great stampers! I would love to win a chance to interact with Dawn and friends!

Betsy Z. - I'd love a chance to win! I've been thinking about trying U-Stamp as it is, lol! Checking it out and getting extra help with interactive dies would be double good!

Congratulations, Winners! I look forward to getting to know you all better during the event. If you see your name here but no e-mail from me in your in-box, please leave a comment here (or e-mail me using the link in the sidebar) so I can get in touch with you.

Don't see your name on the above list? Scoot on over to GRETCHEN'S BLOG and enter her contest for another five chances to win! Dawn asked Gretchen to be a guest designer for this next event, too. If you're not familiar with Gretchen's work, definitely poke around her blog a bit - she's incredible! She is drawing her winners on Monday, April 4th, so you still have a couple of days to enter her contest.

And of course you always have the option to register for the event and take advantage of Early Bird Pricing. Learn all about it here: UStamp with Dawn and Friends

Thanks for all the great comments! (Did I mention that I love comments?)

(GIVEAWAY) UStamp with Dawn & Friends: Classes, Clubs & Camps (Oh my!)

Remember how I was asked by Dawn Rapsas to be a Guest Designer for her Big Shot Brilliance event? Well that event is in full swing and we're having a blast! In fact, I'm having so much fun connecting with the fabulous crafters, that when Dawn asked me to design for her next event, I jumped at the chance!

It's Early Bird Pricing time right now, and you can find out all about this event on Dawn's site:

Opening Day Website Invites go out

April 29, 2011

Last Project posted May 18, 2011


My projects will feature the Stampin Up! Pop-up dies. (In other news . . . water is wet!)

The online event is worldwide (it's so fun to hang out in the Chat Room and meet new friends from all over the world!) and features a new project posted every 12 hours, complete downloadable PDF tutorials for every project, (Pssst: I also post exclusive video tutorials for my projects!) a gallery where you can post your own re-creations of the projects, live chats, prizes, tips GALORE . . . it's really a wealth of information and inspiration if you are a demonstrator or fan of Stampin Up! products.

But wait - it gets better. Dawn has given me THREE FREE REGISTRATION PASSES to give away on my blog! Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw 3 random winners on Saturday morning, April 2, 2011 at 8 am, CST. That gives you three days to get your comments in.

I will annouce the lucky winners on Saturday, giving everyone else time to register for Early Bird Pricing if they so desire. Here is the website again:

 Good luck everyone!

Video Tutorial: Pop-up Cake Die

At long last I have made a video showing assembly of the Pop-up Cake die . (cue applause)

Because it has several steps and requires a lot of adhesive, it will take about 15 minutes to assemble the cake die. Knowing, however, that you don't like watching 15-minute tutorials (stats don't lie, yo!) I sped it up so it will only take 7 and a half minutes to watch the video. Plus, it's kind of fun to watch me assembling the cake lightning fast. Smokin'!


Here is the finished card from the video:

Black Red Congrats Cake 
Sizzix supply list:

Bigz XL Pop-up Cake, by Karen Burniston (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Originals Bird w/Branch and Flower, by Karen Burniston (AVAILABLE NOW!)
Sizzlits sets - Celebrate & Flower, Swirl & Butterfly , by Karen Burniston (May 2011 ship)
Bigz Clear Scalloped Circle, by EL
Mini Bird and Cage set, by Tim Holtz
On the Edge Ornate, by Tim Holtz
Texture Fades Pattern & Stitches Set A2, by Tim Holtz
Texture Fades Damask & Regal Flourishes, by Tim Holtz
Black Matboard

Other Supplies:

Rubber stamps ("congrats" "best wishes" swirl on top tier) - The Stamps of Life
Grunge Paper, Metal frame, ball chain, mini paper clip - Tim Holtz for Advantus
Luminarte paints - Creative Imaginations
Patterned Papers, border punch-out - My Mind's Eye "Meadowlark"
Cardstock - Core'dinations
Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch
- Stampin' Up!
Write-on transparency (top tier) - Office Max
Inks - Ranger & Tsukineko (Staz On for swirls, top tier)
Slot Punch - EK Success
Tacky Tape - Therm-o-web
Stash items (source unknown) - bead, elastic, eyelets, metal flower brad, rhinestone, pearls, white acrylic paint (top tier, back of transparency)

I'll finish with a few close-ups. The bird die is steel-rule, so you'll be able to cut thicker materials with it. It is available NOW at your local independent Crafter's Home scrapbook store.

 01 black red cake card front

On my card, I die cut the bird from red cardstock and then embossed it with a Texture Fade folder. Then I used Poppy Red and Heavenly Luminarte paints on it. The "congrats" word came from the Banners4All stamp set from The Stamps of Life. That same stamp set has the "best wishes" greeting and then I also used the Swirls2Build stamp set for the top tier.

 02 black red cake card closure

The closure was born from necessity - my first idea didn't work! I thought I could just shove the tip of the Ornate edge through the slot, (LOVE my EK Success slot punch!) but I underestimated the pop-up power of the cake, so it just popped right back out again. (grrr!) Never one to admit defeat, I came up with Plan B - use my slot punch to add cut-outs on the sides of the Ornate point and then use elastic around it. Adding the bead was (pardon while I pat myself on the back) a stroke of genius, right? Because it's easy to grab, that's why!  

03 black red cake card cake

Final photo is the cake. You can see me assemble the cake in the video, but in case you don't want to watch it (why not?) I will tell you what's going on here. The cake pops down. That requires folds in those tiers and thus you will always have a slight amount of "footballing" when the cake pops up. Still, it's a 3-tier cake that POPS UP and you sent it through the MAIL, so if your recipient is unimpressed because of a slight almond shape when viewed from above, well . . . one word . . . Hallmark. Heh.

But . . . you can do a lot to minimize the footballing. Here are my best tips, all of which I've used on the above cake:

  1. Use chipboard or matboard or a few layers of cardstock for the card itself. Heavy cards will hold themselves open much better than light ones. The card has to be open fully flat for the cake to pop up all the way.
  2. Reinforce the center piece. You need a strong center piece to support the cake. Download the Reinforced Cake Instructions PDF  (also in this blog's sidebar) for a photo of a crumbling center piece - it ain't pretty! Also reinforce the outer fold connections on the tiers with a staple or mini-brad. Constructing your cake on a "cake plate" first can really help you reinforce those connections.
  3. Choose materials for your tiers that resist folds. Transparencies are awesome for the cake tiers. Paint the back if you don't want a see-through cake. (Or don't - this card just runs with it! So does this card.) Grunge paper also works great. If you're going to use paper, then run it through a crimper so the folds appear to be part of the design OR back it with transparency OR add an embellishment just forward of the folds to disguise them.
  4. Add a spine, or "river" to your card. I use three parallel folds in the middle of my pop-up cards - normally 1/8" between each fold, making a 1/4" river in the card. This allows the cake tiers to remain slightly rounded when the card is folded. Helps a lot!

One last piece of advice . . . BUY THIS DIE! It was released two years ago, so I'm sure the clock is ticking on its longevity. Check your local store, or contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator to buy the SU! version of this die, which assembles the same way. I will say that this die, despite its material and construction requirements, remains my very favorite pop-up die and the one that I have made the most cards with.

Cake collage 

EDITED TO ADD: I totally stole the idea of collaging all those cake cards from my dear friend, Gretchen, from this post!

UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance opens tonight!

Just got this reminder e-mail and thought I would pass it on:

  If you have not registered yet, you still have time to jump in!!

Don't miss even one minute of the BIG FUN!! 


Join us for UStamp with Dawn & Friends!! Big Shot Brilliance...projects to DIE for!! 


 To see a list of all the FABULOUS Designers and to learn more about the event...

Visit to jump in today!!

Winner, Winner . . . and another GIVEAWAY!

I'm sure you've all heard the phrase "Winner, Winner, chicken dinner!" right? Well someone had to think that up and now they can boast of adding a phrase to the American vernacular! Well done, unknown coiner!

I think there's room for another "Winner, Winner" phrase, though. Coined, perhaps, by yours truly!

I decided to come up with my own "Winner, Winner" phrase to announce the winners of the Registration Passes to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance event.Ustampbigshot11600 
The problem is . . . I thought of WAY too many EXCELLENT phrases and can't decide which to use. I've got:

  1. Winner, winner, Cheshire grinner!
  2. Winner, winner, game show spinner!
  3. Winner, Winner, fish with finner!
  4. Winner, Winner, dimpled chinner!
  5. Winner, Winner, Aidan Quinner!
  6. Winner, Winner, sardine tinner!
  7. Winner, Winner, Sun and Jinner!
  8. Winner, Winner, slap my shinner!
  9. Winner, Winner, you look thinner!
  10. Winner, Winner, Lynyrd Skynyrd!

Obviously it is too close to call, so we'll just need another GIVEAWAY to decide.

BUT FIRST! Let's announce the THREE WINNERS of the registration passes to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends Big Shot Brilliance event. They are:

Tami Gilmartin - "Your pop-ups are amazing and FUN! Looking forward to learning more...."

Cas Rifkin - "Oh Karen, I always love your projects and I love, love, love learning about what seems to me to be magical: pop-up cards. I bought a whole book on them but am still intimidated to try them. Thank you for all of your inspirations!"

Carol G. - "I would love to be part of this. Thanks for offering the chance to win it.
It sounds like fun."

BUT WAIT! Let's give away TWO MORE registration passes to the event! They are:

Jannette E. - "I will love to win!, that was the first thing that popped up in my head when I was reading your email!! Hopefully my name pops up as a winner and I'm not popped out of the list!!"

Laura T. - "Would love to win this! I love Stampin' Up! and the Big Shot. Can't wait to see what you've done with the tree and cake pop-up dies!"

Congratulations to you all! I will be e-mailing you with the news and particulars. If you don't see anything in your in-box from me today, please e-mail me using the link in the sidebar.

Remember, just because you didn't win a free pass doesn't mean you can't participate in this event. Early Bird registration ($5 discount!) runs for two more days. Go to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends website to register.

So let's talk about the next GIVEAWAY!

It's the Bigz XL Hearts-a-Plenty Pop-up Die! Here's what it looks like:


 The card in the above photo was made by the uber-talented Deena Ziegler.

 And here's a card using this die that I posted a few weeks ago:

Muse You Card

So here's how you win your very own Hearts-a-Plenty die AND help me decide on a new "Winner, Winner" phrase to announce it -

  1. Choose your favorite "Winner, Winner" phrase from the list of 10 above and use it in your comment.
  2. Include the word "congratulations" (or a variation) for the winners of the UStamp passes. (Because good Karma pays forward, yo!)

Example: "Winner, Winner, you look thinner! Congrats winners!" or "Winner, Winner, fish with finner! Way to go, winners!"

On Monday, February 28, 2011, at 6:00 pm, CST, I will choose a winner by random draw. The winner will be announced in a blog post at that time (Titled with the most popular "Winner, Winner" phrase) as well as contacted by e-mail for an address to send the die.

Good luck and thanks for playing!

(GIVEAWAY) UStamp with Dawn & Friends: Big Shot Brilliance Online Event

This is going to be SO COOL! Dawn Rapsas, a Stampin' Up! Creative Coach, has invited me to be a guest designer for her upcoming UStamp with Dawn and Friends event featuring the Big Shot and all the dies that Stampin' Up! sells.

Early Bird registration ends in 4 days, so you really need to scoot on over to Dawn's site and register if you're a fan of awesome projects made with 100% Stampin' Up! materials. Dawn has an excellent video on her site to show you what her events include. You can also read the Q&A in the right sidebar for a great overview. Here's the link again: UStamp with Dawn and Friends

I will be teaching two projects using the O Christmas Tree die and the Pop-up Cake die.

The event starts on March 18th and runs through April 6th with a new project posted every 12 hours, complete downloadable PDF tutorials for every project, live chats, 30 designers, giveaways, swaps, fun, frivolity, dancing babies . . . (OK, so maybe not that last one)

But wait - it gets better. Dawn has given me THREE FREE REGISTRATION PASSES to give away on my blog! Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw 3 random winners on Saturday morning, February 26, 2011, at 10 am, CST. That gives you all of today, all of tomorrow and a little bit of time on Saturday to get your comments in.

Oh! And do make sure that when you're filling out the comment form that you include your e-mail. I've got to be able to get in touch with you if you're one of the lucky winners! I'll also announce the winners on my blog Saturday morning and you can e-mail me.

If you don't win, you'll still have two days to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration discount.

I mentioned that this event is 100% Stampin' Up! If you're unfamiliar with Stampin' Up!, take a few minutes to watch this video by the founder, Shelli Gardner. There are some awesome projects in this video!


 Hope to see you at this fun online event!

 SATURDAY, 2/26/2011 UPDATE: Winners and a new Giveaway are now posted!