Eileen Hull has organized a new blog hop! This hop will feature all 12 of her new Fresh Vintage Sizzix dies and the first project will be posted September 27th. From there, new dies will be featured every Tuesday and Thursday until all twelve have been featured, ending on November 3rd.
Right now we're still testing the buttons for the navigation system, but by September 27th, that little icon in the upper left corner is going to make it super-dee-duper easy to navigate through all the cool projects. (Thanks for your amazing techie skills, Jen Goode!)
There are several pieces on this die, so you'll find a topper, label or accessory item for a variety of bag sizes. OR, if you've got a Sizzix eClips electronic cutter on your Christmas list, you can make your own bags, as I did for my project.
Click on the center "play" button (bottom middle of the frame) to play a slideshow of my project for the week. Naturally I was determined to make something pop-up!
If you're interested in static photos, general instructions and a supply list, continue reading after the jump.
I love this die because it has so many combinations. You can use the square frame with or without the nested bracket shape, and then there's a large bracket shape, too. A lot of value on this die.
I decided to construct one of those flippy album thingies (it's a technical term) using the square/bracket nested piece. Hit play on this slideshow (look at the bottom of the frame for the controls) to view my project.
If you're interested in static photos and a supply list, continue reading after the jump.
Oh, and just for kicks I recorded a 30-second video of the album in action.
It also has a built-in greeting and a useful purpose.
It really ought to have been easy to create something this week.
It is, after all, my own die design.
It kicked my hiney.
I had a grand plan that involved the GCH cut out of transparency with an elegant prancing reindeer seemingly suspended in the sky. It could work. I know it could work.
But not if I start at 11 pm and don't have the proper weight transparency.
Then, alas, gravity rules.
The reindeer survived, though. He is now prancing atop a more traditional card, which is probably for the best anyway. Plus, I have inadvertently proven my own point about this die going together quickly, since I created this card from start to finish in the last hour.
This versatile frame comes with a lot of pieces and can be configured in a variety of ways. For my frame, I used the back, easel and larger front frame from the die, and then created a box card inside the frame that, when closed, shows a cute reindeer and the word "Joy" and when opened, shows a pop-up ornament made from the Pop-up Pumpkin die. The frame front is able to be moved out of the way to change the scene, and then put back into place around whichever scene you're in the mood for. Nifty, huh?
You can see all the shots of the project in this handy little slideshow I whipped up (in four hours with hair pulling, adobe tv how-to video watching, and a bunch of texts and calls to my brother). Hit the center play button to start the show and then, if desired, you can hit pause on any slide to examine it closely.
If for some reason the slideshow doesn't play for you, or if you prefer static photos, they are posted below.
A supply list is at the end of this post. Gobble gobble!
Here you'll see the frame in the closed, or "scene one" position. I've used My Mind's Eye "Holly Jolly" papers and the fun new Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses Deer and Mistletoe dies. The "JOY" letters are cut using the Tim Holtz Vintage Market Sizzlit strip.
Open the front frame by sliding it off of the magnet on the right and swinging it open. The little beaded "feet" are attached to the front frame. The feet are merely decorative. There is an easel (you'll see it in a later photo) that comes with the die and supports it quite nicely, even with the added weight of the box card. I've drawn in some arrows to point out how this card stays open and closed. I've used strong magnets; a flat one is hidden under the paper/deer at the right side of the box card. The small flap that wraps up over the deer (at right) to keep the card closed uses a strong tube magnet, both for its added strength and also to allow it to be a peg for the front frame to slide over. When Scene 2 is revealed by opening the card, a third magnet will catch it at the left side to keep the ornament open.
After opening the card to reveal the ornament, the front frame can now be swung back into place and hooked over the tube magnet to stay in place. Because I wanted the ribbons to play a starring role in this ornament, I elected to use just 5 pumpkin body parts. This gives more span between the pieces for the ribbons to show up. Still, I needed a big "river" in my card to hold the bulk of the ribbons/cardstock (especially that pom-pom trim). This card measures 0.75" between the two center folds.
One nice thing about having such a huge area between the folds, though, is that it easily accomodates an ornament top without having to figure out how to fold it. The ornament hanger came from an inexpensive ball ornament and I hot-glued it to the card between the folds above the ornament.
I like the built-in easel that comes on the die. You can either glue it permanently open, or, if you're planning on mailing the frame, the easel will collapse.
The frame can be mailed in a 7.5" square envelope (I like translucent envelopes) with the ornament and easel closed up. The matboard makes it quite sturdy and unlikely to be damaged (too badly) in the mail. Of course, a bubble mailer is always the safest bet.
In the close-up you'll get a sense for how it works. The Pop-up Christmas Tree die was cut out of transparency because I wanted it to "disappear" and just provide the mechanism for the pop-up. Before assembling the clear tree, I glued full chandeliers to the two large tree parts and partial chandeliers to the four smaller tree parts. After gluing the six chandeliers (two full, four partial) to my clear tree pieces, I had one more step - to turn each piece over and use a craft knife to cut away any part of the chandeliers that were covering the notches and slots that are necessary to assemble the tree. Any tree branches that stuck out past the chandelier were trimmed away as well, since all I cared about was the mechanism of the tree, not the shape.
I've used the Pop-up Christmas Tree die in the past to animate a flat die. I did a Video Tutorial: Pop-up Birdcage Cad (Tim Holtz). If you're interested in learning how to use the tree die to animate flat dies, bookmark that link and check it out later. This card is exactly like that one only slightly easier, because the chandelier has a natural triangle shape like the tree itself, so I didn't have to move any notches or slots - simply cut them back in and assemble.
Back to the card, and then it's time for you to keep hopping! 50-odd great projects aren't going to view themselves! Here's a top-view of the card interior so you can see the rest of the decorations:
I've used My Mind's Eye "So Sophie" papers for this entire card, with the exception of the flourish corners, which were cut from a piece of black-text-on-white paper that I found in my stash of scraps. (Source unknown, but you could really use any type of scripty-paper or stamp your own) The caption was made using KI rub-ons. I've used more of the Beauty Bloom flowers to embellish inside the card as well.
Not one, but TWO videos to accompany this post. (Who has two thumbs and loves her new video editing software? This girl!)
First, a 48-second video showing this card in action:
And next a 4:13 video tutorial for making the paper rosette flowers using the Beauty Blooms die. Hit pause at the 1:40 mark and you'll have a visual of all the score lines.
If you're interested in the specific supplies I used on this card, they're posted in the continuation section of this post.
When Eileen Hull, Brenda Pinnick and I teamed up to organize a massive Sizzix Blog Hop featuring two each of our dies, (3 for Eileen because we couldn't decide) I wasn't sure how it would go on my weeks. We each invited some of our designer friends to participate, so I only knew my handful of invitees personally. The rest of the list was comprised of amazing designers who craft in a host of mediums and a lot of them wouldn't classify themselves as primarily paper artists.
And even crafters who DO primarily work with paper don't necessarily have experience or interest in making pop-ups.
I've got a bit a specialty audience, I guess is what I'm saying.
And I know that.
So it was hard to let go and trust. I thought that participation would plummet on the weeks featuring my dies.
I was wrong.
Very, very wrong!
I am awed, humbled, and frankly a bit emotional about all the amazing projects posted this week using the Twist Cube die. You've just GOT to hop around and see them all! So much variety. You can either use the navigation buttons in this blog's sidebar to go on a journey around the entire ring (assuming you're here on or close to November 11), OR, for perusing ala carte, I've assembled the permalinks to each designer's project right here, in ring order:
I am VERY excited to see all of today's Triple Play Blog Hop projects because they're using one of my dies!
This week we're using the Bigz XL Twist Cube die. Die Cuts with a View generously donated black cardstock to pre-cut the pieces for all the designers. Since I have the die, I didn't use black, but I do want to say a big THANK YOU to Erin and DCWV for their support (and participation!) in our hop.
For my project, I wanted to make a really fancy gift card presentation folder. Gift cards for the holidays are always an appreciated gift (and very practical) but I hate losing the opportunity to watch the recipient open a gift. A fancy presentation folder like this provides that "opening" experience. Plus, this can go under the tree with the other gifts with no worries that it will get lost.
The folder measures 6" wide by 8" tall and uses a metal closure to stay closed. These types of closures can be found at hobby stores and/or hardware stores. (I think I found this one at Hobby Lobby) The bow is visible through a scalloped circle opening cut into the front of the card. The Sizzix eClips machine, using the centerpoint feature, made cutting that opening an absolute breeze!
The folder is a gatefold card, created with matboard for sturdiness.The bow was created using the Create-a-Bow die, by Eileen Hull. I love that I can use this die to make a bow that perfectly matches my project, in this case, that rustic "Basic Grey Red."
Once the card is open, you'll see that the scalloped circle cut-out is decorated like half a wreath and the bow that was visible from the front is attached to the top of a collapsed cube.
The jingle bells on the end of the ribbon are used as a handle. Pull straight up to expand the cube. Notice that the "for you" tag is attached to the cube itself.
Once expanded, the "for you" tag has flipped over, revealing a "Merry Christmas" greeting.
The "for you/Merry Christmas" tag is actually a pocket, created to hold a standard-sized gift card. Once the cube is expanded, the additional greeting "joy" is revealed below the present.
To collapse the cube, hold the bottom with one hand while twisting in a clockwise direction with the other hand.
To see this card in action, check out this 90-second video:
I've typed up a supply list and general instructions at the bottom of this post.
General craft items: Bird, 3/8" dowel, chain, small book rings, mini brads, dark brown ink pad
Tools and adhesives: Craft knife, cutting mat, ruler Strong glue or tape runner for adhering paper Mini hot glue gun Pop-dots Paper piercer
Die cut the House from white matboard. Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a wedge out of one side of the front of the house. Start the wedge about 1/2 inch from the top so the sides stay connected. Once you've cut one wedge, flip it over and use it as a template for the other side of the front. Continue flipping and moving the wedge to cut the same two wedge slices from the back of the house.
Cover the front, back and both sides of the house with patterned paper, covering the door and windows on the front. Brush all the edges with brown ink. Use a mini glue gun to assemble the house.
Cover the roof section with currugated paper and also cut thin pieces of corrugated paper for the front edge of the roof. Attach the small book rings to the roof using mini-brads. Use the mini glue gun to add the roof to the house and the thin pieces to the front edge. Open the book rings, slide the ends of the chain onto the rings, and then close them.
For the front bump-out section of the house, first cover the front and sides with patterned paper and brush the edges with brown ink. Inside the piece, draw a 3/4" circle for the hole and a slightly-less-than-3/8" circle below that for the peg. Cut out both circles with a craft knife. For the peg hole, make slices radiating around the circle. (Like RK eye surgery)
Cut a 3.25" piece of dowel and pierce holes through it to weave the bird's wire legs through. Cut off the excess wire and hot glue the ends. Press the peg through the hole in the front of the house bump-out.
Glue the house bump-out and the end of the peg to the front of the house using hot glue. Hold it in place while it cools/sets. Cover the roof with corrugated paper and glue small strips to the front edge like with the larger roof. Hot glue the roof into place.
Freehand cut a primitive heart shape from thick birch. Dauber the piece with alternating layers of Mediterranean Blue and Copper Luminarte daubers until a pleasing color/sheen is reached. Allow to dry and then attach the heart to the front of the birdhouse with pop-dots.