Sunday, February 10, 2013

Pop[up] Spotted: Love, Gratitude & Wall Art projects

Hello Sizzix enthusiasts! Today I thought I'd share some fun die cutting projects spotted around the web using Karen Burniston dies.

It is so fabulous to see these dies showing up on blogs around the world, and especially thrilling to see so many stores out there teaching classes with Pop 'n Cuts.

Let's start in Crown Point, Indiana, at Cafe Crop where Lisa McGushion has designed an adorable card class featuring a Pop 'n Cuts Love card:
Love card

Lisa has used the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base Die with the Love Pop 'n Cuts Insert and companion Love Sizzlits set to create the shadowed effect on the pop-up.

Speaking of classes, this class project by Sizzix Design Team member Richele Christensen is amazing!
Richele included a complete tutorial on how she created this card, using the Bigz Accordion Album die and the companion Frame & Label, Bracket die.

Are you falling in "love" yet with interactive dies? I know! They're so fun! And so versatile! Check out another Love-themed project courtesy of the talented Sandy Diller.

You'll need to visit Sandy's blog post to see the clever way she decorated the back of this album. Plus she rounded the corners of the outer frames - love that! This project uses the same two dies as Richele's project (Bigz Accordion Album die and the companion Frame & Label, Bracket die) but with a totally different feel. That's the beauty of die cutting!

Check out what Kelly Booth did with these same two dies. The Bigz Accordion Album die is very versatile (and affordable!) because it cuts just one panel of the album and you chain as many as you like together. For Richele's card, she used two panels. Sandy used five, and here is Kelly's creation using eight panels.

Let's keep the Love theme going with this fabulous Winged Heart card by Fran Sabad.

Fran is doing an excellent job of illustrating how the exclusive Pop 'n Cuts dies for Stampin' Up! can be integrated with Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts dies. She's used the decorative-edge A2 Card Base, Pop 'n Cuts (this particular base is exclusive to Stampin' Up!) with the Winged Heart Pop 'n Cuts insert. She's used the companion Heart & Wing Movers & Shapers set to decorate the pop-up perfectly.

Fran has a ton of fabulous pop-up samples posted on her blog, so it's hard to pick just one more to "spot" for this post, but I decided on this beauty:

Fran has used the decorative-edge A2 Card Base, Pop 'n Cuts (this particular base is exclusive to Stampin' Up!) with the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts Insert (also exclusive to Stampin' Up!) and the results are positively magical! There are even suspended water sprays from that watering can! You really ought to spend some time on Fran's blog soaking up the ideas.

You can learn more about the exclusive Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts in my video: Stampin' Up! Pop 'n Cuts Introduction.

Thanks to Fran, who sent me a link, I discovered these amazing frames by Patty Bennett. Patty has used the Dress Up Framelits Set (exclusive to Stampin' Up!) to make amazing wall art, with custom dresses that she styles cleverly with papers, embellishments and stamping. Amazing! Patty has just posted a YouTube tutorial on the Stampin' Up! exclusives that is very informative.

Once a month you will find me teaching classes at Scrapp'n Savvy, in Spring, TX. This store is definitely a destination store - you have to know where it is (in the woods!) and once you discover it, you're hooked! The staff and customers treat each other like a tight knit family and it is heartwarming to see how they rally around each other in times of trial. The owner, Karrie Allen, recently had reason to make some Thank you cards and shared her design as a Make 'n Take at last week's PJ crop.

I particularly like the way Karrie utilized the "shelf" area above the word to create a scene with her vase and overhanging flower doily. This card uses the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base Die with the Thanks Pop 'n Cuts insert and companion Thanks Sizzlits set to get a perfect shadow.

The Karen Burniston line of Sizzix dies started with pop-ups, but over the years I've expanded it to include a lot of decorator dies that coordinate perfectly with the pop-ups, but can also be used as flat embellishments on a host of other projects. Leslie Parlette illustrates this perfectly with her clever use of the Frame & Label, Bracket die to be an owl-faced treat topper!
This next Valentine's Day card from Helen Cryer had my jaw on the table.

Helen used the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base Die (it comes with the Circle Label pop-up) and accessories from the Love Sizzlits set and the Birds on a Wire Sizzlits Strip to make her gorgeous card.

Since the overriding theme of this post is Love, I'll leave you with my own latest Love project - a fun experiment using mirrored paper to reflect the word "Love" into the background.

For this card I've used the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base Die with the Love Pop 'n Cuts Insert and companion Love Sizzlits set to create the shadowed effect on the pop-up. I also used the Flagpole Sizzlits Strip to suspend dangling hearts.

If you would like to be spotted in a future post be sure to send me links (use the e-mail me button on my blog) to your creations using Karen Burniston dies. With die cutting, the pop-a-bilities are endless! (See what I did there?)


Ready to put a little more POP into your die cutting?  You can find the full line of Karen Burniston dies and embossing folders on Don't forget to check out the Karen Burniston project gallery while you are there to see even more ideas for Pop 'n Cuts and Pop Ups!
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  1. what fun! thanks for sharing!
    Sandra ltb

  2. LOVE, LOVE how you put all these beautiful cards in one place! I especially love the thanks card with the vase of flowers on the shelf. The thanks shadow die is on its way to me so I can make a version of that sometime very soon. You see, everytime you post a new photo of someone's creative use of all things Pop n Cuts, I find another one of the dies I NEED! Thanks for enabling me on this cold and wintery morning!

  3. Karen, Thanks for sharing my card. It was so exciting to see it posted.
    All the cards are awesome.

  4. Thanks for sharing the amazing projects from others around the world! See how popular your pop-up designs are, Karen! Thank you for continuing to amaze all of us who love interactive cards.

  5. THanks for including my project.. I'm so honored!


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