Cards that Move – Pop ‘n Cuts

My hands-on stamping class last week was “Cards that Move”  – it was a lot of fun.  We actually made 4 cards and 1 mini scrapbook.  It took much longer than I anticipated and the morning class had to finish quickly because I was late getting Ryan to a doctor appointment – yikes!  But we got there only a few minutes late.  To speed up my evening class I did a lot of the Big Shot cutting ahead of time.  I need to do a better planning job!  Everyone really enjoyed the projects.

Most of my projects were “Shelli” projects – she did a presentation at Convention this summer featuring cards that move – so most of the projects were taken from that presentation – with minor changes.


This first card that moves features the Label Pop-‘n-cuts die and the coordinating Deco labels Framelits.  Here is the inside:


Here are some notes on how I made it –

  • I cut a Daffodil Delight card base – it’s actually a slightly smaller card – the finished size (when it is folded) is 5″ x 4-1/4″.  That is so the decorative edge and slits for the Pop ‘n Cuts card base could be trimmed off on the inside layer and the corners rounded instead.
  • The front of the card base was embossed with the Chevron Embossing Folder.
  • On the front I added Washi Tape from the Gingham Garden collection, a flag that says “hello there” and a little flower.
  • Cut Sahara Sand piece for the inside piece – the piece was 4″ wide and 9-1/4″ long and centered on the pop ‘n cuts die to cut the inside piece.  Gently fold the cut piece so that the pieces bend into a “table” and then fold flat when the card is closed.
  • TIP!!  This tip will help you get this pop up card to fold nicely.  First be sure the inside piece is “trained” to fold flat.  Then put adhesive on ONE side of the inside piece and attach in to the inside of the same side on the card base.  Again fold the inside piece flat.  Then add adhesive to the second side and fold the card base over it as though you are closing the card.  Close the card flat.
  • Now open it up and add the decorations to the inside pop up piece.  Cut a Deco Label framelit piece out of Whisper White card stock and stamp with the Chevron stamp – I used Tempting Turquoise – and trimmed one edge flat so I could place it up against the inside of the card covering the base.
  • For the butterfly I used the Beautiful Butterflies die – the smallest image cut in white and the next smallest Melon Mambo.  The white piece has some Washi tape on it.  Adhere the butterflies together and tie Baker’s Twine around with a bow at the top.
  • Layer on a mini brad – a Daffodil Delight flower, stamped Word Window punch, the butterflies, a flag of designer paper.  Add to the center of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Be sure that the butterfly doesn’t interfere with the folding of the card.

It’s a really happy card to send to some one special!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Pillow Gifts at the Retreat!

Pillow Gifts are so much fun!  What are pillow gifts?  It is something that Stampin’ Up! does – not sure about other companies.  On the incentive trips that the demonstrators earn Stampin’ Up! pampers them with little gifts that they normally leave in their room in the evening and often on the pillow – so I guess that is how they came to be called “pillow gifts”.  When we go to convention and other events we usually bring gifts for our roommates and also leave them on the pillow.  I finally earned my first incentive trip this year (the Hilton Head trip that I went to in September) and yes the pillow gifts were the most exciting part – after dinner everyone wanted to go back to their rooms and see what Stampin’ Up! had left.  So of course for the Stamp, Scrap and Create retreat I wanted to pamper everyone and give them special “pillow gifts” – but since everyone wasn’t spending the night rather than leaving them on their pillow I left the gifts at their “spot” in the crafting room.

The retreat theme was focused around the Sent with Love Designer paper and stamp set – if you haven’t purchased these yet you better hurry – they are only available through April 30th!!  One of our make&takes was also created out of these and I’ll share that tomorrow.  It’s a great set and paper to use in your scrapbooking.

Well on to the pillow gifts – here they are:

pailWhen everyone arrived they had this little pail on their spot.  Each one has a chalkboard vinyl cutout with the Oval Framelits.  I added a banner that was made with the Sent With Love Designer Paper and then tied a piece of chalk to the bucket it has a little wrap of paper on it too.  These worked out perfectly because everyone carried them around to the Make&Take stations throughout the weekend.  Their adhesive and scissors fit inside and anything else they wanted to corral into one place.

Friday night after dinner they got this little treat.

jelly-bean-tubeA little tube filled with Jelly Beans and decorated with a tag made out of the Sent with Love Stamp set and matching designer paper.  I stamped the images and punched them out with a 1″ circle punch and added them to the tag.  A little treat that was “sent with love” to everyone that came to the retreat.

I got up early Saturday morning and got breakfast ready and then snuck downstairs to leave a new little pillow gift on everyone’s spot. This is what they got.


I used an empty button container and decorated the top with card stock and a flower – the stamp is from the A Round Array stamp set – and I stuck with the same colors that are in the Sent With Love designer paper.  Inside the container was a roll of Washi Tape – each person got a roll from the Epic Day pack.   The stamp set and Washi tape are both sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog.  I added the “you make me smile” stamp because they all make me smile and I was so happy that everyone came to this retreat.

Saturday night was a special treat that I put out while everyone ate dinner –


I made a cute little box using the Pop ‘n Cuts base die and the Sent with Love Designer paper.  I stamped some of the images from the matching stamp set, punched and cut out the pieces and added them to the front of the box.  Inside was a three pack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates!  A sweet treat “special delivery” to end a wonder Saturday of crafting.

And lastly on Sunday morning I left everyone a final “pillow gift” to say thank you for coming.

petite-pocket-pearlsA cute little Petite Pocket made from the Sent with Love Designer Paper.  Wrapped with some Baker’s Twine and some little tags from Tiny tags – I used “thanks so much”, “hand crafted”, and “friends”.  Inside each pocket were some of the Jumbo Pearls.  Just a fun little gift for everyone.  I’m sad that the Petite Pocket Die, the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Jewelry Tag punch are all on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list – so hurry and order them now before they are gone!  I love making these little pocket for so many things.

I know everyone loved all the little surprises and I loved make them and giving them!  I can’t wait to plan the next retreat – I’ll have dates soon so you can mark your calendar and be sure to join us!


All Dressed Up – Pop-Up card

I don’t think I’ve shared these All Dressed Up Pop-Up cards on my blog yet.  During the month of March I think almost every class I had we made one of these or a variation of it.  There are tons of possibilities with the pop-up die and the dresses.  These are just a couple of variations that I created.


Notice the few differences on the fronts and the insides of these.  Not much changed but a little bit.




And the side view so you can see what the pop-up piece looks like.


Tonight I’ll be going to the Ronald McDonald house for some stamping with the guests that are staying there.  It should be fun.  Come back for a visit tomorrow – I have something new going on this month.


A Round Array Pop ‘n Cuts Card

I had one of those “a-ha” moments last week while assembling my brand new A Round Array stamp set.  It’s a sneak peek from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog and right now you can get it in a bundle with the coordinating 7/8″ Scalloped Circle punch for 15% off  or just order the stamp set early.  I got this stamp set in Clear mount (that’s available early if you want wood you’ll have to wait for the new catalog) and one of the things that I have been doing with all of my clear mounted stamps is to trim the labels close to the image before attaching them to the stamp.  Doing that leaves a little bit of the foam exposed and it sticks better to the clear block than the label clings.  You could leave the labels off but I want to know what I’m stamping to I want the labels on.  Any way – my “a-ha” moment came when I realized I could PUNCH the labels!   Before you peel any of the backing off just use the punch to punch them out then attach to the stamp!

stamp-labelsThat was so much faster and cleaner than cutting them out.  I wish I had figured that out sooner and did it on some of my other stamps too.  So if you can punch them then you can also use the framelits to cut out the ones that match those.

Now to show you the card that I created using this cute set –

A-round-Array-cardDo you see the fancy edge on the right side?  Well the card base was cut using the Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base die.  The back of the card has the little slits that the tabs can slide in to hold it shut.  Here are a few more details:

  • Cut Island Indigo card stock with the Big Shot and Pop ‘n Cuts card base  (I actually scored my 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock first – lining up the score line with the marks on the die).
  • Punch a strip of Lucky Limeade card stock with the Ribbon Border Punch and attach to the edge of a piece of Tea for Two Designer Series paper.
  • Punch a So Saffron card stock with Blossom punch and pierce using the Paper Piercer and Occasions Piercing Pack template.
  • Stamp image from A Round Array stamp set in Island Indigo ink on Whisper White card stock, punch out with the 7/8″ scallop circle punch.
  • Punch Island Indigo with 1″ Circle punch.
  • Punch Lucky Limeade with 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle punch (carry over from the Holiday catalog).
  • Layer the punches together and add to the front of the card.

(from the Stampin’ Up! Spring catalog)

I checked in on the bluebirds today while mom and dad were out – all 5 eggs are still there – no babies yet.  Today is day 12.   So any day now they will start hatching – we shall see how many babies we get – hopefully all 5 will be there in a few days.  I better fill up the bird feeders again.  The squirrels have been driving me crazy – they have learned how to get around the baffle finally – he uses it as a spring board now – grrr.  And the squirrel proof feeder – while it does close once the squirrel has his weight on it but he know that when he jumps on it seed flies out and he can jump back down and get all of that.  I call the them “he” but I’m sure some are “she’s” in fact one looks like she is either going to have babies or just had some babies.

Thanks for checking in with me today!