Happy December! Karen here with my final Sizzix Designer Challenge. Each month I challenge my talented designer friends to use my dies in a specific way. November's challenge to craft with RED + Stitched Framelits produced amazing creations. This month I gave the designers an "Anything Goes" challenge. They could use any Karen Burniston die for a project of any style, any theme. The only requirement was that we all pick different dies.
For my project I wanted to show a fun technique for adding decorative windows in the front of Pop 'n Cuts cards that will line up with the pop-up while closed. This is a great way to have a greeting or image pull double-duty as both an exterior and an interior decoration.
This technique works with any of the Pop 'n Cuts inserts that can be oriented sideways, including the Mug & Heart, Circle Label, Square Label, Winged Heart, Flowers, Wavy Label, Funky Label, Friend, Multi-Tier and Sassy Label. Simply follow the same directions as in the video for placing the Framelits die blade-side-up on the pop-up (backed with strips of removable tape to make it stick) and then closing the card to place the Framelits die in the proper position for die cutting.
I made the Coffee Birthday card for Gretchen, who celebrated a birthday on Thanksgiving Day. Her favorites include the color green, kraft-colored cardstock and all things Coffee. Happy Birthday, G!
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants | Cardstock & Sanding Tool: Bazzill | Twine: Creative Impressions | Stamps: Impression Obsession | Other: transparency, pre-made embellishment, glitter, eyelets, vellum
Let's see what amazing creations the designers have cooked up for us this month!
SHELLY HICKOX crafts the most amazing layered pieces, including this stunning chalkboard Christmas card that features a giant tag as the outer card. You really don't want to miss this card's front, which is equally spectacular. Shelly used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base, Funky Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert, Funky Labels Framelits, and the Banner & Border Thinlits on this card. Check out more details and a complete supply list on her blog here: Shelly's Chalkboard Christmas Card
RAQUEL MASON did something very clever with her Label Window Monster card. When it is closed, you can read "Happy Birthday" but you don't know the image is a bomb until you open the card. I love how interactive that is! She's used the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base, the Label Window Pop 'n Cuts Insert and the Bigz Butterflies & Labels die to decorate. Check out the fun card front on her blog here: Raquel's Monster Card
KELLY BOOTH chose to use the Circle Label insert that is included with the A2 Base Die. She made two cards for the challenge, each featuring her signature coloring of stamped images. On both cards she used the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base with included Circle Label Insert plus the Circles & Labels Stitched Framelits. Notice all the cool layers she created on the pop-up. See the fabulous card front on her blog here: Kelly's Merry Christmas Card
For Kelly's other Challenge card, she amped up the design by adding a floating floor (free download on my blog here: Floating Floor for Circle Label) to animate her skater and cute pooch stamps. Once again it is colored to perfection! Check out the amazing card front, where Kelly turned the Circle Stitched Framelits into an ornament here: Kelly's Jolly Card
KAREN AICKEN chose the Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert and she, too, made two different versions. This first one is so elegant and sparkly! I love how regal and classy it looks. She's used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base with the Sassy Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert, the Sassy Label Stitched Framelits and the Banner & Border Thinlits. See the equally beautiful card front on her blog here: Karen's Joys of Christmas Card
Karen's second card is a completely different take, although it uses the same Pop 'n Cuts Base and the same insert. By simply switching out her colors and theme, she created a fun masculine birthday card. One of my favorite parts of this card is how Karen has shown how the Sassy Label Embossing Folder perfectly fits over the Pop 'n Cuts to emboss a texture onto the label and the background at the same time. The other folder in the set does a similar effect with the Circle Label. Check out Karen's second card here: Karen's Kraft Birthday Card
KAREN AICKEN also chose the Wavy Label Pop 'n Cuts Insert. Karen has made so many great cards with this insert that I jokingly renamed it the Aicken Label! Here's another fabulous make using the Wavy Label Insert, matching Wavy Labels Framelits, the Banner & Borders Thinlits (this one was quite popular with the designers this month!) and the Gift Card Holder Framelits. She has some great tips for these dies on her blog post here: Karen's Owl Card
HELEN CRYER has a crafting gift, I am convinced. Every one of her creations combines the absolute perfect mix of colors, patterns and textures. She hand-drew some of the elements on this card, too, increasing my awe of her supercraftypowers! For this card she used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base with the House Insert and House Thinlits. Check out more photos on her blog here: Helen's Gingerbread House Card
GRETCHEN SCHMIDT is my bestie! Her cards always have a bright cheerful quality to them. I love how she combines patterned paper with solid colors in a way that is always just right. For this sweet card she combined the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base with the Multi-Tier Platform, Labels & Stitched Frames Framelits and Banner & Borders Thinlits. Check out the cute card front on her blog here: Gretchen's Gingerbread Card
FRANCES BYRNE has such an impressive stamp collection. It seems she has the perfect mix of images and fun greetings for any type of card. For her first creation she made this hilarious Friends card using the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base, Friend Pop 'n Cuts Insert, Friends Sizzlits, Wavy Labels Framelits and Banner & Borders Thinlits. Frances also incorporated her signature technique of reconstructing the die cut borders by cutting them from two colors and using all the pieces. Love that! See more photos on her blog here: Frances' Friends Card
Frances chose two inserts for the challenge and her second card made me gasp in delight. She has created a whole Christmas scene here, down to the partially unwrapped gifts and a table and calendar on the back wall. Frances used the A2 Pop 'n Cuts Base with the Chair insert. I adore how she used just part of the table from the Foyer embossing folder set. She also used the House Thinlits for the front of the card. See more photos on her blog here: Frances' Cozy Christmas Card
FRAN SABAD always goes the extra mile with fun details on her cards. This beauty celebrates the upcoming New Year in style using the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base plus Deco Label Insert and Deco Label Framelits (all Karen Burniston exclusives with Stampin' Up!) Her use of a clear window sheet to animate her cascading stars and clinking glasses is so cool! Check out the card front on her blog here: Fran's New Years Card
DONNA WRIGHT is the flagpole whisperer! She's done such fun things with the flagpole die, including this great Butterfly Card where she suspends her banners high above the card. In the closed position the greeting changes - how clever! She's used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base, Butterfly Window Insert, Bigz Butterflies & Labels, Banner & Borders Thinlits and the Flagpole die to make this masterpiece. See the front here: Donna's Butterfly Banners
CAZ COUNSELL created this joyous Christmas card using the Love Pop 'n Cuts insert. What a great use for this insert, which people most often associate with Valentine's Day or anniversary or wedding. She's used the Square Pop 'n Cuts Base, the Love Insert and Love Sizzlits Set. How gorgeous is that wreath wrapping around the pop-up with the beautifully colored fairy angel? I love this! (Pun intended) Check it out on her blog here: Caz's Love at Christmas Card
ANNA-KARIN EVALDSSON created a beautiful vintage pop-up card using the Bigz Evergreen Tree die and the Berry Swirls Embossing Folder. The Evergreen Tree is not a Pop 'n Cuts insert, but rather a stand-alone die that will create the pop-up tree. It can be added into any card. I love how Anna-Karin styled the tree with little red decorations and the triple stripe of trimmings across the bottom. She also used some Karen Burniston dies on this card's front, so you'll definitely want to head to her blog and check it out: Anna-Karin's Evergreen Tree Card
Unrelated to paper crafting, you can also follow my kids' December daily sleuthing to solve my riddles for charity money. It's a fun tradition that I document on my blog and the readers enjoy seeing if they can solve the rhymes themselves. Here's the link: Countdown to Christmas 2013.
This is my final post on the Sizzix blog. Thank you all for a five wonderful years.