Sunday, 9 February 2014


Early February & our thoughts turn to luuuuurve. Here's a Valentine card for my other half (oh yes, he does not escape my pop-up frenzy!!).

I used the Karen Burniston Sizzix Pop n Cuts label die & cut a keyhole in the centre using a Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers die. The layered hearts at the back are Spellbinders. 

I die cut the Tim Holtz flourish & connected it between the background & the pop up to add further dimension. You can then add hanging items to it, like the layered labels shown here. 

Ok, that's it.  I am all pop-upped out for now.  

Pop n cuts star card

The Pop n Cuts Star die created a single star  shape out of the base card. Look on YouTube for Karen Burniston's video explaining how to add in extra stars for maximum pop-uppage! 

Small stars & 'springy' die cuts are from the Sizzix Sizzlits Party #2 set.

Thanks 'sew' much

Totally in love with this pop up thank you card, despite the rotten pun. 

Lots of die cutting on this card. Pop up 'Thanks' & card base dies by Karen Burniston for Sizzix. The dress form, buttons & cotton reels are the Tim Holtz Sizzix die. The layered labels are Spellbinders. Papers: DIY Shop (Crate Paper), Thrift Shop (October Afternoon) & Core-dinations (Tim Holtz Distress range).


I cut a slit in the top of the 'Thanks' die cut & sunk a support for the back of the dress form, to make sure it would fold flat.

Front - this is a detail from a larger Justrite background stamp, Grandma's Attic. 

Back - my hand writing isn't the greatest so for pop up cards, where the inside is the main feature, I tend to put space for a greeting on the back.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sizzix pop n cuts A2 card with butterfly insert. Crate Paper Random collection.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Hello December

More pop up fun. I saw Helen Cryer's gingerbread house on Pinterest & had a go myself. It looks great in kraft card, probably my favourite so far.

The paper is an old, old Cosmo Cricket, pack, Dutch Girl. It's always looked Christmassy to me, although I think it was actually a spring line. 

Here's the cover. The wood veneer snowflake is from John Lewis.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Pop Ups!!!

I've never been an early adopter of anything, so it seems fitting that I only discover Karen Burniston's Pop n Cuts range just as Sizzix stop making them. Such a shame, her pop up cards are awesome, and this pre cut die range takes the hard work out of the cutting stage, leaving more time for the fun decorating stuff. 

Karen's blog has loads of great ideas for using the dies, including a template to make a floating floor (a platform in your card that lets you sink other pop up elements in it). 
I recently bought the new square card base die set and had difficulty making the floating floor template fit that card base because it makes a shorter and wider card than the original A2 round label card base die. I searched the internet and couldn't find a floating floor template for the new square card. I tried drawing one up myself but I struggled. So I went back to Karen's original template and found that with a bit of alteration it does work with the square card. You just have to be ultra precise about placing score lines and instead of folding the back flap of the insert card down to support the back of the card, you need to cut two separate little legs to stick to the back of it.
Here! I made a handy video to show you what I mean. (Prepare yourself for some hopeless camera work - at one stage I think I forgot I was filming & the camera gazes glumly out of the window while I bang on about something out of shot. Also, I keep forgetting I could film in landscape view & get a lot more in shot. One day...).