March Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

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Welcome to another edition of the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.  You must have just come from Jackie’s blog.  Weren’t her projects amazing?  She always does such a nice job!

This month our assignment was to do whatever we wished.  I always like assignments like that.  I decided to do a couple of birthday cards because everyone needs birthday card ideas.

My first project uses the Stampin’ Up! Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base Big Shot die with the Label Insert.  Pop ‘n Cuts cards are always so much fun because when you open then, there is a surprise inside that is not expected.  In 2012, Stampin’ Up! introduced the Pop ‘N Cuts line with the Dress Form Insert and in 2013 they added this Label Insert.  I think it is very versatile and matches our Deco Labels Framelits perfectly.

The card base uses the Designer Series Paper called Quatrefancy Specialty Paper.  The great thing about Designer Series Paper is that each side has a different pattern with different colors.  It is perfect to used with the Pop ‘N Cuts dies.

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One side of this paper uses Daffodil Delight while the other side is Strawberry Slush.  I added Rich Razzleberry because it looks good with both of those colors.  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants and the Mosaics are from Mosaic Madness (which has a matching punch also called Mosaic).

The inside of the card uses a couple of different stamp sets.  The banners are a Sale-a-bration stamp set called Banner Blast that you can get FREE with a qualifying purchase.  That set also has a matching punch (you have to love those sets that have matching punches because it makes life so much easier).  Look closely at the stamp in the middle.  Have you ever seen it?

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Now the fun part about this card (besides the Pop Up) is the stamp I used in the middle of it.  I actually designed this stamp.  Stampin’ Up! now offers a Photopolymer Stamp called Circle Monogram (item # 132852) where you design what it says.  This particular stamp is a Happy Birthday stamp.  Here is a close up of it:

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Don’t you just love it?  I had so much fun designing it and it was easy to do.  When you order it, a window pops up and you just put whatever you want it to say in the blanks.  I made two of them.  The other one has my name, email address and web site address on it.

My second project is also a birthday card that is a Fun Fold Card.  Karen Burniston is the woman who designed the Pop ‘N Cut dies for Stampin’ Up!  A couple of years ago, I saw a card she made that she called an Accordion Card.  I purchased the template from her and finally decided to use it for this hop.  I must admit that Karen makes it look so easy to make, but honestly, it took me a while.  I also decided to just use three panels instead of four.

Here is the front of the card ( I also used the Envelope Punch Board to make a matching envelope that you can see in the background):

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I used the stamp set called Starburst Sayings with the matching Framelits that are in the Occasions Catalog.  The Designer Series Paper is called Sweet Sorbet and is a Sale-a-bration item you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase.

When you open the card, it looks like this:

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Here is a close up of the middle panel:

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I used the Small Oval Punch and the feet in the Owl Builder Punch to make the balloons.

Here is the last panel:

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This stamp is from the Occasions Catalog and is called Another Great Birthday only I did not use this stamp set.  Confused?  I don’t actually own this set.  I downloaded a digital download of it to My Digital Studio and then printed it on my printer.  The “real” stamp is actually a lot bigger than this and would not have fit on this panel.  My Digital Studio was perfect because you can re-size it to whatever size you need.

My last project is a last minute thing I actually decided to add yesterday.  I know.  It is so unlike me to do a last minute thing and I am sure I will get lots of comments about this. I can’t help it.  I am a planner.  Anyway, I saw a video on the Stampin’ Up! Facebook page and decided to try it out.  It uses My Digital Studio and some Plastic Shrinkable Pages (in other words Shrinky Dinks!).

Key Chains

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I made key chains for some ladies who are taking a My Digital Studio Class with me.  All you do is design the little charms using My Digital Studio.  Then print them out on the Shrinky Dink Plastic Pages, cut them out and put them in your oven for about 2 minutes.  Well, there is a little bit more to it than that because they are double sided.  You can watch the video here.

The designs do shrink quite a bit.  For the larger circles I used Designer Series Paper called Sweet Sorbet from the Sale-a-bration Digital Download called One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014 (you can get this download for FREE with a $50 purchase).   I cut them out using the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch.  This is how much they shrank:

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That is it for my projects for the March Blog Hop.  Now hop on over to Marsha’s blog to see her amazing projects.  I am sure you won’t be disappointed!  If you get lost along the way, you can always come back here and click on the Next Button to go to Marsha’s blog, the Previous Button to go back to Jackie’s blog or the Home Button to go to the Blog Hop home page.  Happy hopping!

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Pop ‘N Cuts Gift Card Holder

Front of Card

Front of Card

Inside of Gift Card Holder

Inside of Gift Card Holder

The third card we made at Club meeting this month used the Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base and the Dress Form Pop ‘n Cuts Insert.  As you can see, instead of using the dress I used the base of the insert and attached a Top Note Die Cut to make a pocket to hold a gift card.  You could also use the new Label Pop ‘n Cuts Insert to do the same thing.  It is a nice surprise to open the card and find this gift card that pops up as you open it.  I used Sticky Strip to attach the Top Note die cut to the dress form.  Very easy!

 

Pop ‘n Cuts Gift Card

I love the Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base that is in the Occasions Catalog.  Not only does it make cute cards with the Pop ‘n Cuts Dress Form, you can also make cards that have other shapes beside the dress form.  This  next card, I used the Card Base and the Dress Form but then cut off the dress safe and covered it with the Top Note Bigz Die to make a Pop Up Gift Card holder.

Front of Card

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Inside of Card

Bride & Groom Place Cards

Yesterday I showed you the place cards I made for my son’s wedding (which is today! Yay!  I will have a daughter today!).  I decided to make the bride and groom separate ones.

Front of Place cards

Front of Place cards

I used the Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base and Dress Form from the Occasions Catalog.  The whole thing is a hybrid because I used some card stock and some images from My Digital Studio.  That is what I love about My Digital Studio.  If you don’t have the exact stamp set you need, you can download to your computer and use it immediately.

Inside of the Place Cards

Inside of the Place Cards

Close Up of the Bride's

Close Up of the Bride’s

Close Up of the Groom's

Close Up of the Groom’s

I got the groom’s suit from Karen Burniston’s web site.  She is the designer of Pop ‘n Cuts and makes amazing projects with it.

 

Pop ‘n Cuts Secret Garden

Yesterday I showed you a gift card holder I made using the Pop ‘n Cuts Card Base and Dress Form.  Today I have made another card using these items but again, by cutting the dress form out and replacing it with something else.  In this case, I used the stamp set called Secret Garden and the matching Framelits (buy the bundle to save money) to make my pop up card.

Front Of Card

Front Of Card

Inside of Card

Inside of Card

Pop ‘N Cuts Video

Here is a great video showing you how to use the new Pop ‘N Cuts from the Spring Catalog.

Tutorial on My Valentine Pop Up Card

Yesterday I showed you the Valentine I made with the new Pop’N Cuts Big Shot Die.  Here is a picture of the inside of it.

The card opened

The card opened

To make this you need the Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base.  The first thing you need to do it take a piece of card stock (I used Real Red) 4.5″ x 11 and cut out the card base using the big shot die.  The die has two little lines showing where to score the card after cutting.  Take a pencil and mark this place on both sides and then score using your Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

Mark Sides of Card Base in order to score in half

Mark Sides of Card Base in order to score in half

Score Your Card Base at Pencil Marks

Score Your Card Base at Pencil Marks

Then take a piece of Designer Series Paper (4.5 x 11) and cut using the Pop ‘N Cuts Card Base.  I used Summer Smooches DSP.  Then score your DSP at 4″, 7″ and 8.5″.

Score Your DSP

Score Your DSP

Crease your DSP at the score marks.  The top score mark is a valley fold.  The second one is a mountain fold and the bottom one is a valley fold.

Fold at Your Scores

Fold at Your Scores

Place snail adhesive on the top section of the DSP and the bottom section.  Do not put adhesive in the two middle sections or your card will not pop up.

Snail Adhesive at Top and Bottom Only

Snail Adhesive at Top and Bottom Only

Attach your DSP to your Card Base.  Be careful to line it up exactly even.

Your card will look like this.

Your card will look like this.

Decorate as desired.

This is the front of the card.

This is the front of the card.

The card opened

The card opened

Pop Up Valentine

The Occasions Catalog has a new Big Shot item in it called Pop ‘N Cuts.  There is the base die that cuts a cute little card and then you buy the insert called the Dress Form Pop ‘N Cuts.  The whole idea is very cute but I was so not sure about the dress part but love the shape of the Card Base.  Therefore, I made my own insert!

I used a couple of different heart sets to make all the hearts.  They include Hearts A Flutter with the matching Framelits and Fashionable Hearts Embosslits.  The jar is from Perfectly Preserved Stamp set and Cannery Framelits.  The words are from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the Bitty Banners Framelits.

Tomorrow I will post the directions on how to make this card.

This is the front of the card.

This is the front of the card.

The card opened

The card opened