Thursday, June 13, 2013

Triple Take Thursday (x5) - Suitcase Pop 'n Cuts Idea File & Video Tutorial

Hello crafters! Karen here with a featured product post on the new Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase Insert and companion Bigz Suitcase decorator die from the Journey Collection which has just shipped to stores.

"Triple Take Thursday" would typically show off one die with three ideas, but you're getting five times that today - fifteen ideas for using the Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase Insert and the Bigz Suitcase die, including a video tutorial for the first card. Edited to add: make that seventeen ideas!!! 

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Triple Take Thursday with Karen Burniston

IDEA #1:  Use a Movers & Shapers piece in the Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase insert to cut a decorative window and create a shadowbox effect in a card. I used the Label & Ribbon Movers & Shapers Set.

Learn how to make this card by watching the video tutorial below:

Here are some additional photos.

The card front:
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Triple Take Thursday with Karen Burniston

A close-up of the pop-up Suitcases. The Darkroom Door stamp inside the window reads "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - what a lovely sentiment!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Triple Take Thursday with Karen Burniston

Here is a side view showing the Bigz Suitcase, cut with a fold-under foot, and attached behind the Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase to provide the second layer when viewed through the window. (Pssst, the video shows how to do this!)

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Triple Take Thursday with Karen Burniston

A supply list for this card is included at the end of this post.

IDEA #2:  Here's a card that shows all the decorator pieces on the Bigz Suitcase die. The die cuts the suitcase, a handle, four corner pieces, a strap, buckle and tag. It's very easy to layer these pieces to create a decorator suitcase, both for pop-ups and for flat projects.
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial: Triple Take Thursday with Karen Burniston

But enough from me, let's pack our suitcase (see what I did there?) and head out on a worldwide blog hop to check in with some top-notch designers who posted pop-up Suitcase cards on their blogs this week!

IDEA #3: Let's start in Mississippi, where Shelly Hickox has cooked up this incredible Gift Card Holder using the dies. She has a giveaway for the Suitcase dies if you get your comments in by Sunday, June 16, 2013. 

IDEA #4: Yeehaw! Texas-bound to check in on Gretchen Schmidt's adorable Happy Vacation card featuring some wonderful colored stamped embellishments:

IDEA #5: We need to mosey on over to Arizona to see Kelly Booth's amazing combination of stamped backgrounds, stamped suitcase, and a perfectly colored owl.

IDEA #6: Time to hop over to Kentucky to check in with Fran Sabad and admire her bright, fun travel card, which is bursting with joy. I love her idea for adding the look of belt holes to the strap.

IDEA #7: But wait! There's another Frantastic sample to check out while we're visiting Fran's blog. What Fran does particularly well, along with her amazing attention to detail, is to combine the Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts inserts with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base. Houndstooth is a great pattern for the suitcase.

IDEA #8: Let's head back to Texas to check out another card by Gretchen Schmidt. Gretchen did something really cool with the Bigz Edge & Scroll die by trimming down the edge to give it a different look for her card front. Clever! And who doesn't love a polka-dot suitcase?!

IDEA #9: California, here I come! This card by Richele Christensen is a jaw-dropper! Faux leather, stitching, rivets - she pulled out all the stops to make a very realistic weathered suitcase for her Enjoy the Journey card.

IDEA #10: Time to hop across the pond to England where we can check out Helen Cryer's Going to Miss You card. I must say that this color scheme captivates me. What a beautiful rose-patterned suitcase!

IDEA #11: Donna Wright, who lives near Helen in England (and apparently is often awakened by wild peacocks, true story!) made this next bright fun birthday card. I liked everything about Donna's card, but I was especially struck by how she cut all the corner pieces from different colors, and she used a suitcase for the journaling area as well. Clever, clever!

IDEA #12: Since we're still in the neighborhood, how about dropping back in on Helen Cryer to see her other awesome Suitcase creation, featuring an opening suitcase and English (not Canadian!) birds. 

IDEA #13: Let's stay in jolly old England and see what Caz Counsell has been busy creating. First up, her "We Loved Butlins" card, where she used the front face of the suitcase to hold a photo - very clever!

IDEA #14: Let's stay on Caz's blog for a patriotic card featuring some adorable stamped critters marching through London.

IDEA #15: I once flew from London to South Africa (eleven hours) and would do it again to be able to see this Anna-Karin Evaldsson layout up close. She has two opening cards on her layout, both with pop-up Suitcases, and both featuring a great Flagpole/Street sign combo also popping up. Brilliant as always, Anna-Karin!

IDEA #16: I once flew from South Africa back to London so let's repeat that and head back over to Caz's blog for a third suitcase card from her, called Tropical Kitty. (See how quickly these dies can produce impressive pop-up cards? I know... awesome!)

So there you have it - sixteen ideas using the new Pop 'n Cuts Suitcase Insert and companion Bigz Suitcase decorator die. All of these ideas and more can also be viewed in my Journey Pop 'n Cuts Pinterest Board. For Idea #17 with an additional video tutorial for creating a faux suede texture on the suitcase, check out my blog post here

All of the Journey Collection Dies are available at local and online retailers immediately!

Happy crafting!


die cutting supplies

Patterned Papers - Prima
Stamps - Darkroom Door "Love Birds"
Exclusive Die - Stampin' Up! Little Leaves Sizzlits
Inks - Ranger Distress Inks, Staz-on Black
Cardstocks - Bazzill Pepper & Phoenix Dotted Swiss
Other - Ribbon, transparency, twine, Glossy Accents, black rhinestone for bird eye

Ready for more inspiration featuring the Pop 'n Cuts card designs? The die cutting project gallery has you covered! We have over 90 projects featuring Karen's interactive card dies that are sure to inspire you!
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  1. Such amazing inspiration! Thank you. That suitcase die is super cute! Love!!!

  2. So fun to see all those suitcases projects in one post. It is such a fun die! Thank you for including my layout!

  3. Wow!!!! I love the idea of the transparancy in the suitcase! So many great cards all in one post, thanks so much for putting it all together.

  4. I love how each artist has interpreted this die - so versatile! Great post, Karen, and your video rocks!!

  5. So many wonderful ideas. Thank you for the inspiration. x

  6. These are all wonderful-brightened my day just seeing them.Thank you for all the inspiration.

  7. Oh My! Be Still my beating heart! I love what you have done. Kudos to all of the artists too.
    You are all so talented!

  8. Stunning! All cards are beautifully made. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing!

  9. wow! lots of goodness here!
    Sandra ltb

  10. Super cards, all of them! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Hi Karen,

    Love the ideas and inspiration you have shared here! Do you know if Sizzix will come out with the companion dies for the Mug Pop n Cuts die?? I would love to see those as I just bought the mug Pop n Cut before I realized the suitcase die had a companion set. It would be great if a companion set was released, lots of coffee/tea/hot chocolate lovers in the crafting world :)

    Thanks again!

    1. Mari, there are two accessory dies that go great with the Mug PNC Insert - The Coffee Embossing Folder Set - and the Flower & Heart Movers & Shapers set - - which will look like steam rising out of the mug.

      For the mug, I felt like a smaller version of the mug would look weird in the handle area, so if you want to change the color of the mug, just add a decorator piece of paper over just the mug area and run it through your machine. Snip the sides of the mug to remove it and you have an instant decorator piece!

      If you scroll down one more post on this blog you'll find Gretchen's adorable mug card and tutorial, and for a Hot Cocoa card, check out this one from Helen Cryer:

  12. Such a Fun Post with AWESOME creations...just Love these Pop N Cuts they make such Happy Cards!!


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